More utter chaos and death

More utter chaos and death in the streets of Iraq. Thanks, “liberation forces”! A quote later (not below) is especially ripe: “”I’m sorry,” he says he tells Iraqis, but it’s just too early to expect reliable utilities or supplies of food and water.”
Yes, especially since America destroyed them so they could be rebuilt by Halliburton and Bechtel.

For Crime Victims in Iraq, No Place to Turn
The shop didn’t require armed guards in the past, when Saddam’s government swiftly caught and punished thieves. Now her husband, Hasham Hussein, is armed with a pistol. Another male relative brandishes a Kalashnikov. The men say a jewelry store owner around the corner was robbed and killed 10 days ago.
In a cobbler’s shop nearby, proprietor Samir Gul reports what happened a week ago. Right out front, at 2 p.m., two girls — about 17 — were stuck up by men with large knives. A car came by, its driver offering to rescue the women. It was a ruse. When the teenagers got in, the kidnappers did too.
The men in the cobbler’s shop, fearing they’d be shot, did nothing. Ordered earlier to disarm by American soldiers, the men had no guns.
“They promised us security,” Gul says of the soldiers. “We’re asking for it now.”
Three U.S. Army Humvees roll past, escorting a military trailer carrying a large white Iraqi missile, evidently discovered in the neighborhood. He’s also seen more soldiers on patrol lately. How many?
“Not enough.”

Is this why the administration

Is this why the administration decided to announce yesterday that the Baath Party was no more? So perhaps nobody would notice this story?

Hussein Backers Regain Role in Government
By Paul Watson, Times Staff Writer
MOSUL, Iraq — The U.S. Army has allowed several once-forceful supporters of Saddam Hussein’s regime back into power here, including a religious leader who just weeks ago ordered Muslims to fight American troops to the death.
Convinced that sweeping out all officials associated with Hussein would result in a government too weak to hold Iraq together, U.S. forces in Mosul hope to win over their enemies by allowing them to sit on a new interim city council.
It is a risky gamble that some say may undermine the long-term goal of a stable democracy. And it already has left some longtime opponents of Hussein in the northern city feeling left out of a new government that they say is shaping up as a reincarnation of the regime they struggled to overthrow.
“We’re afraid the dictators left and the smugglers took power — and the liars with them,” said Sheik Bader Hilaly, an imam previously jailed for speaking out against Hussein.
A powerful member of the new council is Sheik Saleh Khalil Hamoody, who also heads the Mosul region’s council of Islamic scholars. Several days after U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq began, Hamoody issued a fatwa, or edict, declaring that it was the religious duty of all Muslims to fight U.S.-led forces.
“Our valiant Iraq is facing a noble and faithful battle against imperialist and Zionist attackers who hate us,” said the fatwa, which was approved by the Islamic scholars council. “They aim to destroy Islam and its existence to achieve their goals of world domination and to guarantee security for Zionism and its future.”
Hamoody is widely known in northwestern Iraq for his close ties to the former Baath Party regime. He is a cousin of Hussein’s former defense minister, Sultan Hashim Ahmad Jabburi Tai, who is on the U.S. military’s list of most-wanted fugitives.

Remember that kooky little oil

Remember that kooky little oil war we had last month? Apparently those ungrateful brown people keep dying! Why aren’t they sipping lattes at a Baghdad Starbucks?

Shia mullahs take charge of hospitals to halt chaos
Sunday May 11, 2003
The Observer
Ten minutes pass and the gates of Chuwada hospital are again flung open by guards with machine guns slung over their shoulders. A rusting truck heaves through, and the latest bloodied arrival is hauled out.
This time it is Abdel Hussein, aged seven, injured by explosives he was playing with at the food market, which in Iraq’s first month of freedom has expanded to include an arms bazaar. All morning there has been the crack of small arms fire cutting the distant heat haze.
‘We’re taking in about 150 casualties a day,’ said hospital director Dr Mofawa Gorea, ‘the same as during the war.’
This is the midday hour of impenitent sun at one of only two hospitals in a vast throbbing sprawl of four million people on Baghdad’s edge that used to be called Saddam City, now reverted to its old name, Thawra City.
Gorea’s morning rounds are a narrative of Iraq’s war, and now its phoney peace. In ward 115, there is Basia Zukheir who was ripped open by a US cluster bomb; Abudi Kalim, shot when bandits came for his car, and little Fadel Kathem Khlef, caught in crossfire between looters and American troops.

Yet Commander Bunnypants is busy swaggering around with socks down his trousers while the majority of the sheeple think it’s all over. Oh well, onward to Syria!

The irony of this is

The irony of this is almost too much! And still some of those workers will probably vote for the Chimp…

Bush Visit Could Cost Some Omaha Workers a Day’s Pay (washingtonpost.com)
By Mike Allen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, May 11, 2003; Page A09
SANTA FE, N.M., May 10 — About 340 workers at an Omaha plastics factory will lose pay or have to work next Saturday to make up for time lost during a visit by President Bush on Monday to promote his “jobs and growth plan,” their boss said today.
Brad Crosby, president of Airlite Plastics Co., said about 170 of his workers will lose a full day’s pay and another 170 will be docked for part of their pay for Monday unless they make up the time they spend attending Bush’s speech.

You’ll be next… Jessica says

You’ll be next… Jessica says we’re getting close to mainland China.

Secret Service Questions Students Even worse, they say, is the fact that the students were grilled by federal agents without legal counsel or their parents present, just the principal.
“When one of the students asked, ‘do we have to talk now? Can we be silent? Can we get legal council?’ they were told, ‘we own you, you don’t have any legal rights,'” Felson says.

Coming Soon: The End of

Coming Soon: The End of a Free Press. Just like Powell’s son wishes! Next stop: shutting down the Internet.

I Want My BBC
Dyke, who is generally seen as an ally of Blair, admitted that he was “shocked while in the United States by how unquestioning the broadcast news media was during the war.” He added that, while in the US, he was “amazed by how many people just came up to me and said they were following the war on the BBC because they no longer trusted the American electronic news media.”
Sincere criticism from abroad – along with the unprecedented abandonment of US news outlets for foreign sources – ought to make this a point at which US journalists, regulators, politicians and citizens pause to reflect on whether too few owners are running too much media in too greedy and irresponsible a manner.
Instead, with a strong push from the Bush White House, Federal Communications Commission chair Michael Powell is moving to enact ownership rule changes that will allow big media companies to get dramatically bigger. Promising the Newspaper Association of America convention last month that the FCC would eliminate the 1975 rule that prevents owners of newspapers from buying up radio and television stations in the towns where they publish, Powell told the newspaper executives, “We have finally taken this by the reins.”
If Powell and the other commissioners pull those reins tight and enact the proposed rule changes – a step the chairman wants the FCC to take by June 2 – the vast majority of American newspapers could become as vapid and unquestioning as American television and radio. If that happens, Americans who want to know what is going on in the world will have to import British newspapers to read while listening to their morning BBC reports.

Just one more way the

Just one more way the fascists will steal 2004.

Jim Crow Revived in Cyberspace
By Martin Luther King III and Greg Palast
Originally published May 8, 2003
At the heart of the ethnic purge of voting rights was the creation of a central voter file for Florida placed in the hands of an elected, and therefore partisan, official. Computerization and a 1998 “reform” law meant to prevent voter fraud allowed for a politically and racially biased purge of thousands of registered voters on the flimsiest of grounds.
Voters whose name, birth date and gender loosely matched that of a felon anywhere in America were targeted for removal. And so one Thomas Butler (of several in Florida) was tagged because a “Thomas Butler Cooper Jr.” of Ohio was convicted of a crime. The legacy of slavery — commonality of black names — aided the racial bias of the “scrub list.”
Florida was the first state to create, computerize and purge lists of allegedly “ineligible” voters. Meant as a reform, in the hands of partisan officials it became a weapon of mass voting rights destruction. (The fact that Mr. Cooper’s conviction date is shown on state files as “1/30/2007” underscores other dangers of computerizing our democracy.)
You’d think that Congress and President Bush would run from imitating Florida’s disastrous system. Astonishingly, Congress adopted the absurdly named “Help America Vote Act,” which requires every state to replicate Florida’s system of centralized, computerized voter files before the 2004 election.

I have yet to experience

I have yet to experience a talk by Molly Ivins in person, but I’d love to. Hey Molly! Why don’t you come to sunny S.B.?

News: Y’all don’t despair, Ivins tells UW crowd
By Chuck Nowlen
May 6, 2003
Scared of your government under George W. Bush? Worried by the wartime notion “that we’ll make ourselves safer by making ourselves less free?”
Firebrand author and columnist Molly Ivins had the antidote for a decidedly liberal UW-Madison audience Monday night:
“I can tell you guys are really desperate and you need some cheerin’ up,” Ivins deadpanned at one point, bringing the packed Wisconsin Union Theater house down – seemingly with her irreverent, Texas-drawl delivery alone.
“Well, just be happy that you don’t wake up every mornin’ in Texas, where the price of gas is so high that women who want to run over their husbands have to car pool.”

Again, Senator Byrd is one

Again, Senator Byrd is one of the few with any guts to call the Chimp on his chicanery.

Yahoo! News – Byrd Rips Bush’s Aircraft Carrier Use
By KEN GUGGENHEIM, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON – Questioning the motives of a “desk-bound president who assumes the garb of a warrior,” Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd on Tuesday reproached President Bush for flying onto an aircraft carrier last week to declare an end of major fighting in Iraq.
“I am loath to think of an aircraft carrier being used as an advertising backdrop for a presidential political slogan, and yet that is what I saw,” Byrd said on the Senate floor.