Thursday, June 29, 2006

Stolen Laptop with Veterans Data Recovered

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government has recovered a stolen laptop computer and hard drive with sensitive data on up to 26.5 million veterans and military personnel.

The FBI said Thursday there is no evidence that anyone accessed Social Security numbers and other data on the equipment.

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Shock & Awe Hits the White House - Geneva Conventions Upheld at Guantanimo

Even this administration has not been able to pack the Supreme Court enough to prevent its breaking of the law from being exposed. Exposing the flawed and dangerous advice of an attorney general who believes the Geneva Conventions to be "quaint", the Supreme Court has slapped the face of this administration silly - for breaking the law and international agreements to which we are a party.

So what are the NeoconRepugs going to do now, accuse the court of being left-wing stooges? It wouldn't surprise me. But aside from the rights of anyone accused to be fairly tried, this administration has given no thought to the idea that if we break the law and the Geneva Conventions, then we can't complain when others do so - thereby putting our soldiers and civilians in war zones at extra risk if they are held as prisoners.

Congrats to the Court. I didn't think you had it in you to do the right thing for a change.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Recruiters to Raid Resthomes?

So, now you can be up to 42 years old, be a grunt, and carry a pack. Does this suggest that we might be running a little short of people? And why are we running short of people? It's not a mystery. It's not rocket science.

It's the policies and doctrine of this administration which does not know what it is doing with our well-trained and very capable military. This is a group of misdirected, arrogant, and incompetent ideologues who do not understand our Constitution and our history and will not hesitate to waste our sons and daughters in the process, to say nothing of our veterans.

The damage they are doing internally in this country and externally with the rest of the world will take years to repair - and it needs to be repaired at the polls beginning this November. That is, assuming we could trust the polls anymore.

Oh, and by the way, we have been using a lot of people in their 40s, 50s and 60s (and older!) in Iraq. They are deploying into combat areas with their Guard or Reserve outfits routinely. For those of you familiar with our 200-year old history, you will know that we are using them wrongly also.

But that's OK. I'm sure that some bright bufoon is now thinking that there are over 25,000 rest homes and assisted living facilities in this country. What a great source of future fodder!

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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Gray Cells Cut & Run From Santorum's Brain

What next from the delusional senator from PA?

Will he prove that the moon landings were done on a Hollywood set?

Will he try to convince us that the Holocast never happened?

Will he scream that Elvis is alive?

Is he hiding Bin Laden in his basement?

All I can say is: for you veterans in PA, if you vote for this guy in November, make sure you get an updated psychological evaluation from the VA - that is, if you can get an appointment...

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Entire Middle-East Library of Ancient and Modern Civilization Found Safe in the Bombing Rubble...

So, for two days we were shown pictures of Al-Z's safe house - and nothing was left, except pebbles, splinters, and the incongruous fairly intact visage of the infamous butcher. Now, it comes to light that not only did he live through two 500lb high tech guided bombs for an hour, but that other important documents were also apparently immune to the attack on this safe house which looked slightly stronger than a boy scout tent.

And not wanting to miss out on any more of this unfolding story, we sent our crack reporter to the scene to find out what else might have been recovered. Our efforts were rewarded, and we can now bring you this exclusive report from the Dept of Defense that the following items were also recovered amongst the otherwise incinerated debris:

- The secret formula for Coca Cola
- Proprietary engineering drawings for walking sticks to be used while escaping allied forces in the mountains
- A supposedly stolen original U.S. plan for withdrawing forces from Iraq
(believed to be a fake)
- Original digital images of Brad & Angelina's baby
- Mapquest directions for walking into the U.S. from Mexico (over 1,000 options available for study!)
- The clearest photo of a Sasquatch in existence

We knew you would be amazed at the incredible improvements in the administration's intelligence sources, and we are ready for a Pulitzer Prize anytime now.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Your Votes Are Not Being Counted

... especially if you voted by absentee ballot in the last two elections. There, did I get your attention? It's time you woke up, veterans. Regardless of whether or not you love what this administration is doing for (to) you, there is another army at work in this country - an army of conservative political hacks, scheming power brokers, and every-day self-appointed vote steelers and blockers at work in your state.

Witness the latest from Ohio:

The latest sign that Republicans have an election-year strategy to shut down voter registration drives comes from Ohio. As the state gears up for a very competitive election season this fall, its secretary of state, J. Kenneth Blackwell, has put in place "emergency" regulations that could hit voter registration workers with criminal penalties for perfectly legitimate registration practices. The rules are so draconian they could shut down registration drives in Ohio.

Mr. Blackwell, who also happens to be the Republican candidate for governor this year, has a history of this sort of behavior. In 2004, he instructed county boards of elections to reject any registrations on paper of less than 80-pound stock — about the thickness of a postcard. His order was almost certainly illegal, and he retracted it after he came under intense criticism. It was, however, in place long enough to get some registrations tossed out.

This year, Mr. Blackwell's office has issued rules and materials that appear to require that paid registration workers, and perhaps even volunteers, personally take the forms they collect to an election office. Organizations that run registration drives generally have the people who register voters bring the forms back to supervisors, who can then review them for errors. Under Mr. Blackwell's edict, everyone involved could be committing a crime. Mr. Blackwell's rules also appear to prohibit people who register voters from sending the forms in by mail. That rule itself may violate federal elections law.

Mr. Blackwell's rules are interpretations of a law the Republican-controlled Ohio Legislature passed recently. Another of the nation's most famous swing states, Florida, has been the scene of similar consternation and confusion since it recently enacted a law that is so harsh that the Florida League of Women Voters announced that it was stopping all voter registration efforts for the first time in 67 years.
In case you think that Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004 were aberrations, think again. Do you think these successful criminals - and that's what they are - are going to stop there? You had better believe they know that the House and possibly the Senate could go blue in 2006 or 2008 - and they are not about to stand by and let it happen.

You don't have to worry about being seen as a conspiracy theorist, because they ARE after you and your vote through direct illegal actions and voter machine fraud.

So how much of this are you going to take? Especially those who of you who have served in uniform to keep our right to vote unsullied - and available.

Yes, you are tired of being called crybabies over the spilt and spoiled milk of 2000 and 2004. But you better know about what happened, how it was done (start here), and what you can do to prevent these traitors from doing the same where you live, this time.

That means getting out and getting involved starting now, veterans. If no traditional parties suit your fancy, then take a look at the variety of progressive organizations - many are at the grass roots local levels - that are trying to make sure that every citizen can exercise their right to vote.

If you really care about your country - and your vote - it's time to start doing something about it.

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