Friday, June 02, 2006

Ishaqi, Haditha, Iraq Prime Minister Stands Up, War Loses Support, The V.A. and The Wiccan Soldier, Bush Stole Election, Economy, Internet Spying, Etc

Ishaqi, remember it, you'll be hearing a lot about it. While hoping that the slaughter in Haditha is just an isolated incident, along comes Ishaqi.

Reports say that U.S. troops were air-lifted in and then went into one house and killed everyone inside.

The best information I can get says it was 11 people five women, four children and two men. The ages ran from 70 to 3 years old. has the Iraqi police report here.

At 230 of 15/3/2006, according to the telegram (report) of the Ishaqi police
directorate, American forces used helicopters to drop troops on the house of
Faiz Harat Khalaf situated in the Abu Sifa village of the Ishaqi district. The
American forces gathered the family members in one room and executed 11 people,
including 5 children, 4 women and 2 men, then they bombed the house, burned
three vehicles, and killed their animals…

The responsibility for this type of criminal behavior goes all the way to the Commander in Chief and that's probably why the White House is so vocal about not being involved in the investigation.

"I'm not involved with the investigation," Bush told reporters following a
Cabinet meeting. "And you shouldn't expect me to be. I expect this investigation
to be conducted independent of the White House, with a full and thorough

Even Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki is getting fed up with U.S violence against Iraqis, which he terms as a "daily phenomenon". The only good news for Bush is that there's still a great many Iraqis alive.

In his comments, Mr. Maliki said violence against civilians had become a
"daily phenomenon" by many troops in the American-led coalition who "do not
respect the Iraqi people."

"They crush them with their vehicles and kill them just on suspicion,"
he said. "This is completely unacceptable." Attacks on civilians will play a
role in future decisions on how long to ask American forces to remain in Iraq,
the prime minister added.

He also wants the U.S. to turn over the Haditha investigation file. Smart move, makes him look like more of an Iraqi President than an American puppet.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The Iraqi government will ask the United States for the
files of an investigation into allegations that U.S. Marines killed Iraqi
civilians in Haditha last year, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Friday.

And Bush was so happy that Iraqi leaders will now take his phone calls.

Bush, on the other hand, is so desperate for positive signs that he is happy
just to get a callback from Iraqi leaders. "He wouldn't have taken my phone call
a year ago," Bush said Monday of the new Iraqi parliament speaker. "He's now
taken it twice." Wow, and it only cost $200 billion and thousands of maimed and
dead American soldiers to get the President's call returned.

Meanwhile, American support for the war keeps falling. After news of Ishaqi hits the mainstream news, I think it will take a nose dive.

(Angus Reid Global Scan) – Many adults in the United States continue to question
their government’s decision to launch the coalition effort, according to a poll
by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. 56 per cent of respondents think
going to war with Iraq was the wrong thing to do.

Bush's inept Veteran's Adminstration can lose 26 million SSNs in one night, but it can't get a fallen soldier a proper headstone.

RENO, Nev. -- Not unlike families who choose the Jewish Star of David, the
Christian cross and the Islamic crescent and star to honor their loved ones on
headstones and markers, Sgt. Patrick Stewart's family's symbol of choice for his
memorial plaque also was from his religion: the Wiccan pentacle.

But of all the symbols and faiths recognized by the Department of
Veterans Affairs, Wicca and its emblem -- a circle around a five-pointed star --
are not among them.

The ever helpful V.A. is saying that they're absolutely clueless about when a decision will be made.

VA spokeswoman Jo Schuda in Washington said the request was under review and she
did not know when a decision would be made.

Come on, V.A., this man gave his life for his country, put aside the fact that your boss is scared to death of the Religious Right, get the man a Wiccan headstone.

Breaking old news. If you ever wondered how Bush won reelection in 2004, he didn't, here's the story of Ohio's crooked vote count. Two stories, actually.

Was the 2004 Election Stolen?
Republicans prevented more than 350,000 voters
in Ohio from casting ballots or having their votes counted -- enough to have put
John Kerry in the White House. BY ROBERT

How They Stole Ohio
The GOP 4-step Recipe to 'Blackwell' the USA in 2008 Abracadabra: Three
Million Votes Vanish
(He's good)

If stolen elections aren't enough, there's the economy that's not doing nearly as good as Bush says it is.

"The slowdown in the housing market and higher gas prices have dampened
auto and other retails sales, and the jobs data indicate the economy is headed
for much slower growth and perhaps a downturn," he added.

"So the question becomes, is the economy really weakening or are the
last two payroll readings just noise or distorted," said Stephen Stanley of RBS
Greenwich Capital in a note to clients

To keep your mind off the bad news the Bush Administration wants internet companies to keep a record of all your internet activity for two years. I hope we don't just sit on our butts and let them get away with it.

Top law enforcement officials have asked leading Internet companies to keep
histories of the activities of Web users for up to two years to assist in
criminal investigations of child pornography and terrorism, the Justice
Department said Wednesday.

In Bush's new energy plan, it's the energy efficiency studies that get the ax. Gotta pay for them tax cuts somehow.

If Congress accepts the Energy Department's proposed 2007 budget, it will cut
$152 million - some 16 percent - from this year's budget for energy-efficiency
programs. Adjusting for inflation, it would mean the US government would spend
30 percent less on energy efficiency next year than it did in 2002, the ACEEE

On the night of September 11, 2001 George and Laura Bush still manage to have a laugh.

In a 2003
interview with Ladies Home Journal
, Bush told Peggy Noonan that during the
late-night hours of Sept. 11, he and wife Laura were hustled around the White
House in their bedtime clothes because it was thought a jet was going to crash
into the building. “[T]he day ended on a relatively humorous note,” he said. “We
got a laugh out of it.”

And I managed to get a laugh out of this. Is America getting smarter?

Fox News' average prime-time viewing audience tumbled 6%.

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