What She Said!

The next time some guy asks you where all the female bloggers are,
tell him What She Said!

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Speak to the Women in Congress!

Ask Roberts

What would you like to hear women in Congress ask Judge Roberts? Here's your chance - go to that link and let them know!

Monday, July 25, 2005

Pentagon Blocks Release of Abu Ghraib Images: Here's Why

Pentagon Blocks Release of Abu Ghraib Images: Here's Why:

"'The American public needs to understand we're talking about rape and murder here. We're not just talking about giving people a humiliating experience," Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told reporters after Rumsfeld testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee. "We're talking about rape and murder -- and some very serious charges.""

"the Pentagon had refused to cooperate with a federal judge's order to release dozens of unseen photographs and videos from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq by Saturday."

Let's see now, what's that word for when a government puts itself above the law? Oh, Yeah - FASCISM.

And what's that phrase for when you do things in violation of a Prisoner's rights under the Geneva Conventions? Oh, yeah - WAR CRIME.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Today's Action: Waxman: 11 Security Breaches in Plame Case

Waxman: 11 Security Breaches in Plame Case

Go to that link, and choose the "email this article" option. Send it to some of the emails on the list I gave you, preferrably one at each paper or network. You might want to add a note that you hope they won't let the Republican talking points about this not being a crime or Valerie Plame not being under cover go unchallenged.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Today's Action: [Media Matters for America]

Fund, Mehlman, others falsely claimed that Wilson said his wife was not a clandestine agent

Go to that link and send an email to all the addresses listed there and ask for an on-air retraction specifying that Valerie Plame was a covert agent at the time Karl Rove revealed her identity. Also ask that they please take care not to repeat, or allow their guests to repeat, the fallacy that she was not.

As always, keep it short, and very polite. They won't listen if we're shouting, but numbers of requests DO matter. Peace.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Calling all Bloggers, Readers, Citizens - We have to get together!

Hey, Y'all-

If you're like me, you're feeling overwhelmed. Between the
Lies, the Iraq War, the Cover-up, the Smear Campaign against Joe Wilson, the Leak of a covert CIA Operative's Identity, Karl Rove and Scooter Libby (at least) being TRAITORS, a reactionary tool being nominated to the Supreme Court, Torture in Gitmo and Abu Graib and the constant assault on science and human rights being waged by the Religious Right, and let's never forget the STOLEN ELECTIONS and the greed and corruption of this Administration -- well, it's a lot to take in.

WE ARE AT WAR with the
NeoCon Death Cult. That's the only way to describe it. They're going to drag us back to a Colonial Monarchy complete with our own King George if we don't get united.

STEP 1: Join the FORUMS at BLACK BOX VOTING http://www.blackboxvoting.org.
                We'll never get rid of these guys if they keep getting away with stealing elections.



Step 2: Keep the heat on KARL ROVE!
                There's at least one traitor in the White House and he has to go. Period.


Step 3: Oppose John Roberts
                If you haven't contacted your congress people, do it now! AU.org has the hook-up.

Step 4: Do something Every Day!
                Make the commitment, right now, to do something every day about at least one of those issues.
                We have to be as relentless as they are. We can't let up for a minute.

                                Lives are at stake.
                                People are dying.

Step 5: Hound the Media!

I'm going to post these addresses I got from another site*. Everybody copy them to your computer and use them!

(*If someone can tell me where, I'll put a link here, but I can't remember.)

2020@abc.com,
thisweek@abc.com,
nightline@abcnews.com,
factorcorrections@airamericaradio.com,
mike@mikemalloy.com,
rrhodes@airamericaradio.com,
alan@alan.com,
info@alternativeradio.org,
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I'm going to post a new action item every day. Please help get the word out.

We have the numbers - let's use them.

Americans United: Take Action - stop Roberts!

Oppose Roberts for Supreme court!

Please go to this action page at Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and send letters to your congress people. It just takes a minute, and it's painless - unlike living in a country where the government limits your sex life, your religious expression, and your reproductive options. We have to stop this guy cold.

Tell your representatives that you won't go back to the 50's - The 1750's!

Remember : LIES, Iraq War, CIA cover blown, Cover-up by Bush Administration

Now they've done it. The Spooks are pissed.



18 July 2005


AN OPEN STATEMENT TO THE LEADERS OF THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF
REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE.


The Honorable Dennis Hastert, Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives
The Honorable Dr. William Frist, Majority Leader of the Senate
The Honorable Harry Reid, Minority Leader of the Senate

We, the undersigned former U.S. intelligence officers are concerned with the tone and substance of the public debate over the ongoing Department of Justice investigation into who leaked the name of Valerie Plame, wife of former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson IV, to syndicated columnist Robert Novak and other members of the media, which exposed her status as an undercover CIA officer. The disclosure of Ms. Plame's name was a shameful event in American history and, in our professional judgment, may have damaged U.S. national security and poses a threat to the ability of U.S. intelligence gathering using human sources. Any breach of the code of confidentiality and cover weakens the overall fabric of intelligence, and, directly or indirectly, jeopardizes the work and safety of intelligence workers and their sources.

The Republican National Committee has circulated talking points to supporters to use as part of a coordinated strategy to discredit Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife. As part of this campaign a common theme is the idea that Ambassador Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame was not undercover and deserved no protection. The following are four recent examples of this "talking point":

Michael Medved stated on Larry King Live on July 12, 2005, "And let's be honest about this. Mrs. Plame, Mrs. Wilson, had a desk job at Langley. She went back and forth every single day."

Victoria Toensing stated on a Fox News program with John Gibson on July 12, 2005 that, "Well, they weren't taking affirmative measures to protect that identity. They gave her a desk job in Langley. You don't really have somebody deep undercover going back and forth to Langley, where people can see them."

Ed Rodgers, Washington Lobbyist and former Republican official, said on July 13, 2005 on the Newshour with Jim Lehrer, "And also I think it is now a matter of established fact that Mrs. Plame was not a protected covert agent, and I don't think there's any meaningful investigation about that."

House majority whip Roy Blunt (R, Mo), on Face the Nation, July 17, 2005, "It certainly wouldn't be the first time that the CIA might have been overzealous in sort of maintaining the kind of top- secret definition on things longer than they needed to. You know, this was a job that the ambassador's wife had that she went to every day. It was a desk job. I think many people in Washington understood that her employment was at the CIA, and she went to that office every day."

These comments reveal an astonishing ignorance of the intelligence community and the role of cover. [emphasis mine - MS] The fact is that there are thousands of U.S. intelligence officers who "work at a desk" in the Washington, D.C. area every day who are undercover. Some have official cover, and some have non-official cover. Both classes of cover must and should be protected.

While we are pleased that the U.S. Department of Justice is conducting an investigation and that the U.S. Attorney General has recused himself, we believe that the partisan attacks against Valerie Plame are sending a deeply discouraging message to the men and women who have agreed to work undercover for their nation's security.

We are not lawyers and are not qualified to determine whether the leakers technically violated the 1982 Intelligence Identities Protection Act. However, we are confident that Valerie Plame was working in a cover status and that our nation's leaders, regardless of political party, have a duty to protect all intelligence officers. We believe it is appropriate for the President to move proactively to dismiss from office or administratively punish any official who participated in any way in revealing Valerie Plame's status. Such an act by the President would send an unambiguous message that leaks of this nature will not be tolerated and would be consistent with his duties as the Commander-in-Chief.

We also believe it is important that Congress speak with one non-partisan voice on this issue. Intelligence officers should not be used as political footballs. In the case of Valerie Plame, she still works for the CIA and is not in a position to publicly defend her reputation and honor. We stand in her stead and ask that Republicans and Democrats honor her service to her country and stop the campaign of disparagement and innuendo aimed at discrediting Mrs. Wilson and her husband. [emphasis mine - MS]


Our friends and colleagues have difficult jobs gathering the intelligence, which helps, for example, to prevent terrorist attacks against Americans at home and abroad. They sometimes face great personal risk and must spend long hours away from family and friends. They serve because they love this country and are committed to protecting it from threats from abroad and to defending the principles of liberty and freedom. They do not expect public acknowledgement for their work, but they do expect and deserve their government's protection of their covert status. [emphasis mine - MS]

For the good of our country, we ask you to please stand up for every man and woman who works for the U.S. intelligence community and help protect their ability to live their cover.

Sincerely yours,



Larry C. Johnson, former Analyst, CIA

JOINED BY:
Mr. Brent Cavan, former Analyst, CIA
Mr. Vince Cannistraro, former Case Officer, CIA
Mr. Michael Grimaldi, former Analyst, CIA
Mr. Mel Goodman, former senior Analyst, CIA
Col. W. Patrick Lang (US Army retired), former Director, Defense Humint Services, DIA
Mr. David MacMichael, former senior estimates officer, National Intelligence Council, CIA
Mr. James Marcinkowski, former Case Officer, CIA
Mr. Ray McGovern, former senior Analyst and PDB Briefer, CIA
Mr. Jim Smith, former Case Officer, CIA
Mr. William C. Wagner, former Case Officer, CIA


Are you listening, Karl Rove? If the special prosecutor don't get you, they will. Where you gonna hide, Karl?

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Freiheit und Wissen: Free Haiti, Part II: Calling All Bloggers

Freiheit und Wissen: Free Haiti, Part II: Calling All Bloggers Freiheit und Wissen: Free Haiti, Part II: Calling All Bloggers

If your head is already swimming from Downing Street Memos, CIA ID leaks in the White House, Napalm in Falluja, Torture in Gitmo, and why the hell is this bunch of incompetents and crooks still in office, hold on to something and get fixed on a point in space. We need you to focus. See, Saddam Hussein isn't the only sovereign leader we've overthrown and kidnapped recently.

I hear you saying "huh? - wouldn't I have heard that on the news?" Well, yes and no. What you heard on the news is that Haiti's President Aristide resigned following a bloody rebellion and was flown to safety. He claims that he was taken away in handcuffs and kidnapped. They didn't tell you that, did they? Yep, we violated the Inter-American Democratic Charter by overthrowing a democratically elected President. (Carried out, ironically, by our unelected pResident in violation of international law - the hits just keep on comin'!)

To put the frosting on the cake, UN peacekeepers slaughtered an entire neighborhood in Haiti, babies and all. Freedom is on the March, Y'all! It's stomping all over you.

I know I should take a more serious tone when writing about these atrocities, but I don't have any outrage left. I'm to the point where I'm running on sarcasm, derision and blind hate of the criminal coup that is controlling my government and indiscriminantly overthrowing foreign regimes and murdering babies.

Yeah, I campaigned and I voted, which didn't do a damned bit of good because the machines were fixed. Nobody wants to talk about how all over the country, Democrats like Kerry and Mongiardo were leading the polls, then at the last minute, Bush and Bunning pulled ahead. In other words, somebody figured out how many votes to add to get a victory. Just because they're getting better at stealing elections, it doesn't make them any less crooked.

So I'm writing about this now to contribute to the call for a blogswarm. Maybe we can get the media to cover this now that some of them are awake. I want to do a comprehensive list of everything that's going on with out government, with links and such, but I don't know if I can manage it. It's all so big and ugly and unAmerican that it's hard for me to focus, too. If we want to live in a democracy again, though, we don't have any other choice. Focus.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Treason is a Hanging Offense


You may say
I'm a dreamer
but I'm not the only one.

Take it. Use it. Post it everywhere.

Friday, July 08, 2005

ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES asks a salient question...

ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES:

"Today's Snarky Thought:
Would an alien from outer space die from laughing when it/she/he learned that the Catholic church decisions which ban women from the clergy and disapprove of any birth control for them are made by men in long dresses?"


My reply:

A little feminist revision history for y'all - in ancient times, the Queen represented sovereignty over the land. All authority flowed from her, and in order to have power a man had to become her consort. As men gained more power, they began to usurp the Queen as her representative. Early in the process, they had to don her garments to speak in her stead. Hence we have robed kings and priests. Just as many Goddess traditions are still practiced by people who don't know the origins of the practice, the ritual continues without the meaning.

How many Catholics know that they eat fish on Friday because of the cults that worshipped Aphrodite/Venus in Rome and Greece? Friday is her day, and the fish is symbolic of the yoni and of salacity. When Christianity destroyed the Roman Empire, the Pagans continued the practice, so a new reason had to be invented to explain it. The same with Easter, Samhain/Hallowe'en, Yuletide/Christmas, even Groundhog's Day/Candlemas/Brigid's Day.

The first pants were designed for women some where in Asia. One theory says they were for women working farms in China, another says they were for women kept in harems. Either way, they are designed for a body with no dangling parts. Why men ever started wearing them makes no sense to me.

Where I live in Kentucky, it is against the local religions for women to wear slacks or cut their hair and for men to have long hair. They don't know why they follow their rules, either.

Aliens haven't contacted us because they're still looking for intelligent life on this planet. So am I.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

riffRAG debuts tonight!

riffRAG

Quote:
queer feminist magazine committed to fighting white supremacy, promoting accessibility to art and building alliances across boundries


Looks like a really promising project!