Friday, June 8, 2007

A Sarcastic Judge

On Thursday, twelve notable legal scholars asked to file an amicus brief in the Scooter Libby case, arguing that there are serious constitutional questions regarding the legal authority of special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. The group includes mostly conservative legal experts, such as Robert Bork and Viet Dinh. But also aboard is Alan Dershowitz, a civil libertarian. The brief comes at a time when Libby's defense team is trying to convince federal district court Judge Reggie Walton, who sentenced Libby to 30 months in jail and a $250,000 fine, that there are significant legal issues at stake in their appeal of Libby's conviction for lying. If Libby's lawyers succeed in convincing Walton of this, Libby can stay out of prison on bail pending the appeal. The scholars take no position on the bail issue, but their argument is ammo for Libby's lawyers in their effort to keep their client from going straight to jail.

To intervene in the case, the legal experts had to ask Walton permission to file their amicus brief. In a brief two-sentence order issued on Friday, Walton said, fine. But he added a footnote--a sarcastic footnote--that read in its entirety:

It is an impressive show of public service when twelve prominent and distinguished current and former law professors of well-respected schools are able to amass their collective wisdom in the course of only several days to provide their legal expertise to the Court on behalf of a criminal defendant. The Court trusts that this is a reflection of these eminent academics' willingness in the future to step to the plate and provide like assistance in cases involving any of the numerous litigants, both in this Court and throughout the courts of our nation, who lack the financial means to fully and properly articulate the merits of their legal positions even in instances where failure to do so could result in monetary penalties, incarceration, or worse. The Court will certainly not hesitate to call for such assistance from these luminaries, as necessary in the interests of justice and equity, whenever similar questions arise in the cases that come before it.

This is one tough judge--but he has a sense of humor. Professor Dinh, Judge Walton on line two.

Posted by David Corn at June 8, 2007 07:34 PM


capt said...

Mr. David Corn,

I think I like this judge!

May be Scooter will do a little time.

Thanks for all of your work.


David B. Benson said...

I'm sure all those legal-beagles will be happy to do pro bono work any time the judge asks...

capt said...

"I went down on my knees and prayed to Almighty God for light and guidance ... and one night late it came to me this way. We could not leave (the Philippines) to themselves--they were unfit for self-government--and they would soon have anarchy and misrule over there worse than Spain's was. .. There was nothing left for us to do but take them all and educate the Filipinos, and uplift and Christianize them.": President William McKinley

Our men . have killed to exterminate men, women, children, prisoners and captives, active insurgents and suspected people from lads of 10 up.. Our soldiers have pumped salt water into men to "make them talk," and have taken prisoners people who held up their hands and peacefully surrendered, and an hour later. stood them on a bridge and shot them down one by one, to drop into the water below and float down, as examples to those who found their bullet-loaded corpses.": Philadelphia Ledger newspaper in 1901, from its Manila [Philippines] correspondent during the US war with Spain for the control of the Philippines

American strategists have calculated the proportion of civilians killed in this century's major wars. In the First World War 5 per cent of those killed were civilians, in the Second World War 48 per cent, while in a Third World War 90-95 per cent would be civilians: Colin Ward, Anarchy in Action

What a stupendous, what an incomprehensible machine is man! Who can endure toil, famine, stripes, imprisonment & death itself in vindication of his own liberty, and the next moment . inflict on his fellow men a bondage, one hour of which is fraught with more misery than ages of that which he rose in rebellion to oppose: Thomas Jefferson


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O'Reilly said...

Walton is sharp and he is not happy about the politcally motivated amicus brief. Sentencing was Tuesday and that is when Walton decided to accept briefs on the issue of whether Fitzgerald's authority was a close question.

These greybeards were working on their amicus brief long before that. They make the judge look like a tool and their argument rests on a dissenting [Scalia]opinion, which carries no weight of precedent. Therefore, the issue is necessarilty NOT a close question... which means Libby will NOT be out on bail during appeal.

The brief seems to be more of a means to pressure Walton and a PR effort to sell a pardon than a winning legal theory.

Yes Walton will allow the amicus brief and the greybeards will be called upon to give up their time and expertise in pro bono public service. Essentially, Walton puts to the test their motivation for filing the brief. Touche Reggie.

Gerald said...

I like Judge Walton's answer to these distinquished legal scholars. Hopefully, they will step up to the plate and help poor and disadvantaged persons with similar briefs. GIVE THEM HELL JUDGE WALTON!!! Sometimes we come across a person who is sane. Judge Walton helps to slow our slide as a nation toward insanity.

Gerald said...

Evangelicals contaminate the minds of the faithful

God has given Nazi Americans a free will. It is Nazi Americans who are the evildoers.

Gerald said...

The Repukes Do Not Hold a Monopoly on Religion

Gerald said...

If there is a 2008 presidential election, hopefully the religious issues will have a biblical base, such as the Beatitudes and when you do it for the least of my brethren you do it for me. Love one another as I have loved you!

Hopefully, a punishing God by the repukes, like Dobson, MacArthur, and others will be replaced by a loving God.

I am a sinner and I cannot judge another person on his or her transgressions. God will be the final judge.

Gerald said...

The Beatitudes Can Change the World

capt said...

Saturday morning cartoon at:

Bob Geiger

Always a hoot!


capt said...

Forgetting Helps You Remember The Important Stuff, Researchers Say

For the first time, Stanford researchers using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) have discovered that the brain's ability to suppress irrelevant memories makes it easier for humans to remember what's really important.

"It's somewhat of a counter-intuitive idea," said Brice Kuhl, a doctoral student working in the lab of Associate Professor Anthony Wagner of the Psychology Department. "Remembering something actually has a cost for memories that are related but irrelevant." But this cost is beneficial: The brain's ability to weaken unimportant memories and experiences enables it to function more efficiently in the future, Kuhl said.

Kuhl and Wagner's findings were published online June 3 in Nature Neuroscience in an article titled "Decreased Demands on Cognitive Control Reveal the Neural Processing Benefits of Forgetting."

According to Wagner, the findings demonstrate the brain's ability to discard irrelevant memories. "Any act of remembering re-weights memories, tweaking them to try to be more adaptive for the next time you try to remember something," he said. "The brain is plastic—adaptive—and one feature of that is not just strengthening some memories but also suppressing or weakening others."

This function, which is carried out in the prefrontal cortex region behind the forehead, helps the brain; it doesn't have to work as hard in the future when it tries to remember an important memory because the competing but irrelevant memories have been weakened. "The prefrontal cortex is the CEO of the brain; it governs cognition, bringing [memories] into line with your goals," Wagner said. "It's an important property of our memory system that the memories change in both directions—they get both stronger and weaker—and that this confers benefits," by allowing the brain to use less of its computational resources to recall what's important, thereby making them available for other processes.


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I think I am the opposite. I forget the important things and can always remember the dumbest minutia of meaninglessness.


Gerald said...

Twilight of Our Democracy

Gerald said...

Praying Each Day: June 9

Gerald said...


Let us live our lives by making people feel great!!!

Gerald said...

Praying Each Day: June 10

I cannot tell you what is the best of times but I will say that making people feel great is part of the best of times.

Let us stop the hatred, murders, torture, and war crimes against our brothers and sisters in God!!!

Gerald said...

Shy and Not Retiring

If you feel your shyness is a burden or barrier to an active life with rewarding relationships, consider the following.

“New research reveals shyness to be a valuable trait that can provide greater social sensitivity, self-reflection and a heightened ability to relate to others,” according to Alexander Avila in Catholic Digest.

The author identifies seven strengths of shy people: sensitivity, listening, modesty, mystery, gentleness, reflection and loyalty. People who are kind and care about others make treasured companions. People who spend time in deep thought often solve complex problems. Good listeners are widely valued.

Among the shy notables Avila mentions are Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Albert Einstein, Princess Diana and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you’re shy, you’re in good company and you can be good company, too. Recognize your special strengths and put them to good use.


Learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart. (Matthew 11:29)

Jesus, help me to value my own unique personality and others’.

My wife has several friends. She is quite shy around people. She possesses uncanny listening skills and people like to talk to her because she will listen very carefully to them.

Gerald said...

If there is a 2008 presidential election, here is the reason why Fred Thompson is our next president.

President Fred Thompson

Gerald said...

The claim that America has "the highest corporate tax rate in the world," of course, is a lie handed to Thompson from corporate-backed front groups like the Cato Institute.

Gerald said...

Here are the words for eternal happiness and eternal life:

…On the night before He went forth to His eternally memorable and life-giving death, like a Lamb led to slaughter, rejecting violence, loving His enemies, and praying for His persecutors, He bestowed upon His disciples the gift of a New Commandment:

"Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another."

Then He took bread into His holy hands, and looking up to You, almighty God, He gave thanks, blessed it, broke it, gave it to His disciples and said:

"Take this, all of you, and eat it: this is my body which will be given up for you."

Likewise, when the Supper was ended, He took the cup. Again He gave You thanks and praise, gave the cup to His disciples and said:

"Take this, all of you, and drink from it: this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven."

"Do this in memory of me."

capt said...

GOP/Media Rewrite Iraq War History

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman and radio personality Jay Diamond are right to wonder why Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney got away with rewriting a key chapter of the Iraq War history without political reporters raising a peep.

At the June 5 Republican debate, co-sponsored by CNN, Romney defended George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq in March 2003 on the grounds that Saddam Hussein refused to let United Nations weapons inspectors in to search for WMD.

If Saddam "had opened up his country to I.A.E.A. inspectors, and they’d come in and they’d found that there were no weapons of mass destruction," the war might have been averted, the former Massachusetts governor said.

But the reality is that Hussein did open up his country through the fall and winter of 2002-03, giving Hans Blix and his U.N. inspection team free rein to check out suspected WMD sites. It was President Bush who forced the U.N. inspectors out in March 2003 so his invasion could proceed.

The answer to the media question of why the U.S. press corps didn’t object to Romney’s bogus account is that Washington journalists have accepted this revisionist history since Bush began lying about the facts in July 2003.


capt said...

Jewel of the Tetons

They were the prime movers behind the great Wyoming park. This summer, the Rockefellers are donating a final 1,106 acres, a spectacular parcel to be open to the public for the first time in 75 years

Who doesn't love the tart taste of forbidden fruit? Hiking through a pine forest high in Wyoming's Teton Mountains, I felt as if I'd been issued a pass to a secret world. This particular slice of the West, a scenic parcel of lakeside wilderness known as the JY Ranch, has been off-limits since 1932, when philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. claimed it as a summer retreat. Few people have ever seen beyond its entrance, a discreet gate on the gravel Moose-Wilson Road, or the wooden buck-and-pole fences that mark its boundaries. But this September the property will be open to the public—as a new Rockefeller donation to the Grand Teton National Park. Clay James, the longtime Rockefeller family associate overseeing the transfer, was giving me a tour.

Even by the breathtaking standards of Jackson Hole—a 55-mile-long, high-mountain valley dominated by the 13,770-foot Grand Teton—the JY is extraordinary. "There are seven different natural environments on the ranch, from open meadows to lakefront to woodland," James was saying as we walked. "It's rich with huckleberries and hawthorns. You can see moose, eagles, coyotes, black bears. There are wolves in the area...."

It was a classic summer morning, the Wyoming air crisp and clear, the sky an almost electric blue. We arrived at an overlook just above the water, and the trees suddenly parted to reveal jewel-like Phelps Lake framed by Mount Albright Peak. "This is where the main lodge once stood," James said, indicating a spot at our feet where purple wildflowers now burst between bare rocks. "The Rockefeller guests would gather here before dinner to enjoy the view." I followed James down to the lake: along its shallow shore, crystal water rippled over pebbles as smooth and pale as eggs; an osprey cruised high overhead.


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Almost like being there again.


David B. Benson said...

capt --- A hot wind is going to blow and that mountain jewel will, in about 50 years look like around Green River...

Gerald said...

A Place for the Just

capt said...

Old problems plague new security plan for Iraq

WASHINGTON - Three months after additional U.S. troops began pouring into Baghdad in the most recent effort to stanch violence in Iraq's capital, military observers are fretting that the same problems that torpedoed last summer's Baghdad security plan are cropping up again.

Violence is on the rise, Iraqi troops aren't showing up to secure neighborhoods, U.S. troops are having to revisit neighborhoods they'd already cleared, and Iraq's politicians haven't met any of their benchmarks.

With expectations high in Washington for a September assessment from new Iraq commander Army Gen. David Petraeus, military officials in Iraq already are saying they'll need more time.

One thing is already clear, however: The additional U.S. troops haven't yet had a major impact on reducing violence.

The number of bodies found on Baghdad's streets declined in March and April after the surge began on Feb. 15, but it shot back up to an even higher level in May. So far this month, 206 unidentified corpses have been found in the capital, compared with 176 in the first eight days of May.

Some question whether any plan can create an Iraqi force that would allow the U.S. to begin drawing down troop levels in Iraq any time soon.

"The U.S. commitment level is there. But we are still seeing the same thing where the Iraqis haven't shown up the way they were supposed to. It's the same problem (as last year) and that problem hasn't been fixed," said Jeffrey White, a military analyst for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. The Iraqi forces "still can't come in large scale and replace us."

Last summer, the U.S. military in Iraq, led then by Army Gen. George Casey, embarked on a plan in June to stop burgeoning sectarian violence. Casey increased the U.S. forces patrolling Baghdad's neighborhoods by 3,700, to a total of more than 15,000, and promised a canvass of the most troubled neighborhoods to root out insurgents. The Iraqi army was to lead in searching homes and securing the neighborhoods.

Military officials claimed a 40 percent drop in sectarian violence in August. But by October, violence was again out of control and the effort ended.

The current surge, which President Bush announced on Jan. 10, was to be different. U.S. forces in Baghdad were to increase by at least 17,000, bringing the total U.S. force in Baghdad to more than 30,000. The troops were to work alongside 30,000 Iraqi army and national police forces and 21,000 policemen to secure neighborhoods. U.S. forces would be stationed in neighborhoods in newly built mini-bases and patrol with their Iraqi counterparts.

That hasn't happened as rapidly as U.S. commanders had hoped. In an assessment completed at the end of May, one U.S. division found that U.S. and Iraqi forces control only 146 of 457 Baghdad neighborhoods.

Initially promising drops in violence haven't been sustained. The number of bodies found on Baghdad's streets declined steadily in the first months after the surge began on Feb. 15. Both March and April numbers showed drops from the previous months, according to statistics gathered by McClatchy Newspapers.

Attacks on coalition troops, Iraqi forces and civilians also appeared to be declining, according to statistics gathered by the Government Accountability Office, which assesses the impact of U.S. policies for Congress. The GAO numbers showed that attacks declined from an average of 164 daily in February to 157 in March and 149 in April.

But in May, the number of bodies dumped on the streets shot back up, reaching 736, 37 more than January's total and a 42 percent increase over April's 432.

The GAO expects to release its May numbers next week.

This month's statistics suggest that number could rise again. As of Friday, 206 unidentified bodies had been found on Baghdad's streets, compared with 176 during the first eight days of May.

At the same time, the number of people killed in explosions dropped in May, to 404 from 414 in April, and the number of car bombs and other explosions dropped as well, from 103 in April to 90 in May.

But that seemingly good news has a darker side. U.S. military commanders have long argued that militants resort to explosives and bombings when they can't enter neighborhoods and force residents out. A drop in bombings while sectarian killings rise would indicate that armed militias and insurgents are having better luck operating in a more targeted fashion in some neighborhoods.

The surge also hasn't met its non-military goal of giving the Iraqi government time to reach agreements on key political issues, such as how to distribute Iraq's oil revenues and whether to let former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath party work for the government.

The Iraqi government has missed every interim deadline set by U.S. officials and has made little progress toward 18 benchmarks that Congress has ordered Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker to report on in September.

Similar benchmarks were announced last year as the U.S. began that effort to pacify Baghdad.

Military officers who worked with Casey in Baghdad last year say they have a sense of deja vu as they contemplate the surge's progress so far.

"We didn't have embedded units with the Iraqis like now, but the surge has glimmers of our plan. And the political will didn't step up then," said one military commander in Washington who worked with Casey. He asked not to be identified because he's not authorized to discuss the current surge's progress. "Any plan can work if the Iraqi (leaders) step up and act like a unified country."

During his congressional confirmation testimony on Thursday, Lt. Gen. Doug Lute, whom President Bush has nominated to be a new "war czar" to oversee Iraq policy, said the Iraqis may not be capable of undertaking the kinds of changes that U.S. officials are asking of them.

"The question, in my mind, is not to what extent can we force them or lever them to a particular outcome, but rather to what degree do they actually have the capacity themselves to produce that outcome, and if produced or if pressed too hard, will we in turn end up with an outcome that isn't really worth the paper it's written on," Lute said.

In Baghdad, U.S. officials are calling for patience. They said that the Iraqi forces are better than they were during last summer's plan, that the Iraqi politicians have more experience now and will end their stalemate and that it's too early to assess the plan.

They disagree with those who say the Iraqi forces aren't stepping up, noting that Iraqi casualties are at least twice as high as U.S. troop deaths. Those numbers, however, aren't available because the Iraqi Ministry of Defense declines to release them.

Col. Steve Boylan, Petraeus' spokesman in Baghdad, attributes the rise in violence to an insurgency watching the mounting pressure in Washington for a September assessment.

"They (the insurgents) have got to do everything they can to make it appear it's not working," Boylan said.

Last October, Casey, then the top commander in Iraq, made a similar assertion as he and then-Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad held a rare joint news conference to tout the Iraqi government's supposed agreement to tackle political benchmarks.

Casey said then that the Iraqi forces were improving and that the plan was having a "dampening effect" on sectarian violence, in spite of statistics that suggested otherwise.

"We are about 75 percent of the way through a three-step process in building those forces," Casey said of the Iraqi army. "Their leaders are feeling more responsible for the security of Iraq, and they want to take the reins, and I think we need to do that."

Four days later, the U.S. announced the end of its security plan, conceding that violence had reached unprecedented levels.


Gerald said...

Is Martial Law Coming

Why am I right so often? I am starting to frighten myself. One thing that I do not want to predict is the end time and rapture. With Hitler Bush in office the end of the world may be sooner rather than later. That will truly be a glorious time for Nazi Americans.

Gerald said...

In an editorial on February 19 of this year, aptly entitled “Making Martial Law Easier,” The New York Times wrote: “Beyond cases of actual insurrection, the President may now use military troops as a domestic police force in response to a natural disaster, a disease outbreak, terrorist attack, or to any ‘other condition.’ Changes of this magnitude should be made only after a thorough public airing. But these new Presidential powers were slipped into the law without hearings or public debate.”

Hitler Bush has consolidated his power to the point that he WILL GIVE UP THIS POWER FOR AS LONG AS HE LIVES. Hitler Bush will not leave the WH in January, 2008 or January, 2030. HE IS NOW AN EMPEROR AND A KING. HE IS FREE TO DESTROY HUMANITY AS WE KNOW IT.

Gerald said...

A Lengthy Article But Well Worth the Read

Gerald said...

The Admiral appears to be a much more convinced true-believer than Pace. Mullen was quoted in an address earlier this month to naval personnel:

"The enemy now is basically evil and fundamentally hates everything we are -- the democratic principles for which we stand ... This war is going to go on for a long time. It's a generational war."

Read that again. Mullen says he thinks we're in a Long War with Evil. Who does that sound like? Click the link above and take a look at Admiral Mullen. That man, if confirmed by the Senate, will have all of our lives in his hands. Is he the man you want to have that responsibility? You do have a say in that - let your Senator know what you think.



Gerald said...




capt said...

'We have made a deal with the devil'

Soldiers form uneasy alliance with militants

The war effort in Iraq has become so desperate that U.S. soldiers now fight alongside insurgents who have attacked and killed Americans in the past.

As one intelligence officer puts it: "We have made a deal with the devil."

And while some American soldiers call the uneasy alliance "encouraging" others wonder if this "deal with the devil" will become just another blunder in a war of blunders.

Writes Joshua Partlow of The Washington Post:


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I think anything except bringing the troops home is just more blunder.

We are talking about many human lives - both ours and theirs. When is enough enough?


capt said...

Senator Clinton meets with union members

June 10, 2007 - The Democratic senator from New York talked to a town-hall audience of about 700 labor union members and their families in the vast International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union hall in Detroit on Saturday.

DETROIT (AP) - Presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton is prescribing universal health care as a cure for what ails American workers and the struggling industry.
The Democratic senator from New York talked to a town-hall audience of about 700 labor union members and their families in the vast International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union hall in Detroit on Saturday. She said that health care reform with an affordable national health care system will bridge a gap for 45 million Americans who currently lack health care protection.

Such a system would do more than make sure there is quality health care for all, she said, it would help relieve the auto industry of the escalating health and retirement costs that make the domestic automakers less competitive with foreign automakers and put UAW jobs at risk. With that relief, coupled with tax credits for research and development, Clinton said, achieving higher fuel efficiency standards should be easier.

Clinton said revitalizing the nation's beleaguered manufacturing industry is critical, especially at a time when it faces fierce global competition and growing health care and retirement costs. "If we don't have a strong manufacturing base in our economy, it won't be long until we don't have a strong economy," she said.


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I wonder if HRC was pro-union when she sat on the board at Walmart? How hard did she fight in favor of "Made in the USA".


capt said...

Sources told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa that US security men tested German security by trying to smuggle C4 plastic explosive past a checkpoint at Heiligendamm.

German surveillance machinery detected the tiny stash in a suitcase in a car and the Americans in plainclothes then identified themselves. German police declined comment.


Sounds fishy to me.


capt said...

History Boys


Who knows what the world will look like in fifty years? It’s hard to imagine, but perhaps the Middle East is at the start of a decades-long road toward democracy and stability. If so, though, history isn’t likely to find the prime cause of that happy outcome in the Bush Presidency. Truman established the institutions and policies that guided America to victory in the Cold War. The loss of China, the stalemate in Korea, and the corruption and the domestic upheavals of the late forties and early fifties now seem secondary to the international architecture—the NATO alliance, the doctrine of containment, the legitimacy of democracies as a counter-force to Communism—that Truman left in place. Bush will have no such legacy. His Administration—or part of it—is trying to reverse or restrain his farthest-reaching policies without admitting that anything went wrong with them. We are not present at the creation of anything. A democratic Middle East would bear the same relation to the Iraq war as the United Nations does to the Second World War: the salvaging of a tragedy, not the fulfillment of a vision.

Historical legacies are bound up with the nature of the individual: leaders are remembered for the events and policies that express "the shadowy place we call our soul." Watergate captured Nixon’s deepest qualities, including his uncanny sense of his own failure; at the end of "Frost/Nixon," as the disgraced former President is pressed for an apology, and Langella’s face is frozen in torment across the multiple screens above his chair, Nixon seems to submit to his fate, which is his character. "Even Richard Nixon has got soul," Neil Young sang.


Gerald said...



Welcome to The Weekly Sunday Section by Gerald

Personal stress must be reduced to control the heart arrhythmia that increases the heartbeat to a dangerous degree and places my life in grave jeopardy. I need to develop a carefree attitude about Nazi America and her imminent demise. A carefree attitude is difficult to achieve when I see Nazi America murdering humanity.

John 31:34-35
A new commandment I give you, that you love one another as I have loved you, so you also love one another. By this will all men know that you are my disciples, if you love one another!

Psalm 51:1
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Love and mercy are essential behaviors for a better world and for all of God’s children.

Proverb 3:5-6
Have confidence in the Lord with all thy heart, and lean not upon thy own prudence. In all thy ways think on him, and he will direct thy steps.

Prayer for Peace – John Paul II
O God, Creator of the universe, who extends your paternal concern over every creature and guides the events of history to the goal of salvation, we acknowledge your fatherly love when you break the resistance of mankind and, in a world torn by strife and discord, you make us ready for reconciliation. Renew for us the wonders of your mercy; send forth your Spirit that he may work on the intimacy of hearts, that enemies may begin to dialogue, that adversaries may shake hands and peoples may encounter one another in harmony. May all commit themselves to the sincere search for true peace that will extinguish all arguments, for charity that overcomes hatred, for pardon that disarms revenge!

May God bless and keep you in the palm of His hand.

Illegal immigrants can voice their concerns but nonviolent protesters against the Iraq war are arrested. There is something wrong in Nazi America.



For the above reason Hitler Bush will not leave the White House in 2009. He must continue to maintain himself and the Nazi American empire through wars. His wars will always be unending wars in order for him to enslave the masses of humanity. Gerald!

Here are the words for eternal happiness and eternal life:

…On the night before He went forth to His eternally memorable and life-giving death, like a Lamb led to slaughter, rejecting violence, loving His enemies, and praying for His persecutors, He bestowed upon His disciples the gift of a New Commandment:

"Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another."

Then He took bread into His holy hands, and looking up to You, almighty God, He gave thanks, blessed it, broke it, gave it to His disciples and said:

"Take this, all of you, and eat it: this is my body which will be given up for you."

Likewise, when the Supper was ended, He took the cup. Again He gave You thanks and praise, gave the cup to His disciples and said:

"Take this, all of you, and drink from it: this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven."

"Do this in memory of me."

The Words

I have from time to time said what was my definition of love. As I have said, “Love is wanting the best for another person or persons.” This post is to share with you my love in words. There will be 29 words shared with you.

The Six Words

I was listening on the radio sometime back and Dr. Paul Pearsall, a psychiatrist, was discussing the six words that would bring us happiness in our natural word. He said the six words were HAVE LESS, DO LESS, SAY NO. Each person will decide for him or herself what these words mean in their life.

The Eight Words

Jesus of Nazareth has given each of us the eight words to practice in our lives to prepare us for happiness in the supernatural world. Jesus said, “Love one another as I have loved you.” If we practice these words in our daily lives toward our brothers and sisters in God, we will be preparing ourselves for supernatural happiness.

The Fifteen Words

With the six words and the eight words we will be ready upon our death to hear the fifteen most glorious words that you and I would want to hear. “Welcome home, my good and faithful friend. Come, I have prepared a place for you.” Please reflect on these words from time to time! Please think about God preparing a place for you and me! But, most importantly, please think about God calling you and me His friend! Can you even imagine the Creator of the Universe and the Creator of all there was and all there will ever be calling us His friend? The thought of being God’s friend is beyond comprehension for me as a mortal being.

You can accept these words or not accept these words. You have a free choice. I am giving you my love through these words.

Gerald said...

The above comment was not so much race but the class card that separates Americans.

capt said...

The gentlemen's club for the rich and famous that worships a 1980s Page 3 girl

former British topless model has become the extraordinary obsession of members of America’s most illustrious and secretive men's club, which is trying to track her down in time for its 100th anniversary party next month.

The Bohemian Grove Club holds an annual summer camp at which members, who include Henry Kissinger, former President George Bush Senior, Clint Eastwood and Bob Weir, founder member of Sixties rock band the Grateful Dead, debate world politics, perform weird mock Druid ceremonies – and, it turns out, ogle a poster of a blonde in a thong.

The Mail on Sunday can reveal that she is one-time Bond girl and 1976 Miss Wales, Sian Adey-Jones, 49, whom we have tracked down to Ibiza.


capt said...

Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity. Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong: James Bryce

Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn't. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide against your conviction is to be an unqualified and excusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let men label you as they may: Mark Twain

A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle: George William Curtis

It is not easy to see how the more extreme forms of nationalism can long survive when men have seen the Earth in its true perspective as a single small globe against the stars: Arthur C. Clarke


Thanks ICH Newsletter!

capt said...

Putin’s Censored Press Conference:

The transcript you weren’t supposed to see

On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave an hour and a half-long press conference which was attended by many members of the world media. The contents of that meeting---in which Putin answered all questions concerning nuclear proliferation, human rights, Kosovo, democracy and the present confrontation with the United States over missile defense in Europe---have been completely censored by the press. Apart from one brief excerpt which appeared in a Washington Post editorial, (and which was used to criticize Putin) the press conference has been scrubbed from the public record. It never happened. (Read the entire press conference archived here )

Putin’s performance was a tour de force. He fielded all of the questions however misleading or insulting. He was candid and statesmanlike and demonstrated a good understanding of all the main issues.

The meeting gave Putin a chance to give his side of the story in the growing debate over missile defense in Eastern Europe. He offered a brief account of the deteriorating state of US-Russian relations since the end of the Cold War, and particularly from 9-11 to present. Since September 11, the Bush administration has carried out an aggressive strategy to surround Russia with military bases, install missiles on its borders, topple allied regimes in Central Asia, and incite political upheaval in Moscow through US-backed "pro-democracy" groups. These openly hostile actions have convinced many Russian hard-liners that the administration is going forward with the neocon plan for "regime change" in Moscow and fragmentation of the Russian Federation. Putin’s testimony suggests that the hardliners are probably right.


capt said...

Bush in holy gaffe

Vatican City - US President George W Bush drew gasps at the Vatican on Saturday by referring to Pope Benedict XVI as "sir" instead of the expected "His Holiness", pool reporters said.

They could clearly hear the US leader say "Yes, sir" when the pope asked him if he was going to meet with officials of the lay Catholic Sant'Egidio community at the US embassy later during his visit.

A handful of pool reporters were on hand as Benedict greeted Bush at the door of his private library ahead of a private audience of about half an hour.

On his way to see the 80-year-old pontiff, the US leader apparently recognised someone he knew, and could be heard greeting the person with a casual "How ya doin'?"

The pool reporters also noted Bush's relaxed posture, crossing his legs "Texan style" while facing the pope across his desk in the private study of the apostolic palace.


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Neoconfratboy meets the Pope?


capt said...

Americans Keep Dying

Antiwar Parents Say Son Was Planning to Give Up 18-Yr Army Career (VA)

Friend Says Slain Hayward (CA) Soldier's Faith in Iraq War Was Waning

Birthday Flowers to Wife From Texas Soldier (TX) Arrive After His Death

Illinois Soldier Killed in Iraq Was Coming Home Soon

Army Specialist From Missouri Killed Rescuing Soldiers in Baghdad

Soldier: 'I Got Extended!!! I Ain't Ever Coming Home!!!' (HI)

Marine Lt. Col. (AL) Dies Four Days After Arrival in Afghanistan

Killed in Iraq, Soldier (FL) Was a New Father

Kentucky Soldier Left Instructions to Plan Funeral

Recently Married Soldier (FL) With Ties to Michigan Killed in Iraq

Vilonia (AR) Soldier Killed Trying to Rescue Fellow Troops

Texas Lieutenant Among Memorial Day Casualties

Mcallen (TX) Soldier Succumbs to Injuries Two Weeks Later

Russian-Born Soldier (CA) Believed in Cause

Carson City (NV) Father Among Soldiers Killed in Afghan Helicopter Crash

Wife: 'I Still Can't Believe You're Gone' (CA)

Family Grieves for Fallen Soldier (OH)

A Young Soldier's Life Cut Short (NJ)

NC Native Dies in Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan

Bellport (NY) Soldier Was Newlywed Who Believed in His Job in Iraq

Oakdale (NY) Soldier Died Fulfilling His Dream of Being in the Army

A Soldier’s Duty: Pembroke (MA) GI Felt Need to Serve

Slain Soldier (CA) Remembered for Lifting Others' Spirits
Remembering 'Bozzy' (TX)

Ohio Airman Killed on Second Iraq Tour

Fallen Arizona Sergeant Was Known for His Optimism

Utah Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Helicopter Crash

On Memorial Day, Another Family Weeps (FL)

Grieving Friends of Fallen Ohio Soldier Say They’ll Restore Prized Camaro

New Lenox (IL) Man Killed in Afghanistan Ambush

Ennis (TX) Mourns Fallen Soldier

Zachary (LA) Family Mourns Soldier Lost in Iraq

Bozeman (MT) Army Sergeant Dies in Iraq

Macoupin County (IL) Man Dies in Iraq

Guardsman Who Grew Up in Tucson (AZ) Killed in Afghanistan

Airman's Death a Shock to His Family (IN)

*****end of list*****

And this is before the $100 billion that is to be funded. Can we really afford more? It seems the numbers are just a blur.


Pandemoniac said...

Spurs beat the Cavs. US beats Trinidad and Tobago in the Gold Cup. It's nice to root for the winning team. Summer's a blast. Hitting the pool, Seaworld, the Zoo and Fiesta Texas (one of those 6 Flags parks). I have a 7 yr. old that wants to know how everything works and a 2 yr. old that wants to take everything apart. We've been to see the Shrek movie and one of those penguin movies in the last week. Hajji has always made it a point to remind me that it is crucial to savor every moment with them cause you blink, rub your eyes and they're grown up and on their own. These are definitely salad days for me.

I have time to read about the weirdness in DC but almost no time to write. Cutting and pasting funnies is about the highest level of contribution that I can hack these days. As it is, it's midnite here in SA; and I'm gonna regret staying up this late tomorrow. Capt. always warned me about the dangers of trying to get by on 4 hours sleep, like I always used to. Don't want to go back to that. No Sir.

Enough 'bout that, more funnies from early May:

Jimmy Kimmel: There was a big hubbub in Great Britain because President Bush winked at the queen. I'm pretty sure that was the first time the queen's ever been winked at. As you can see, she absolutely loved it
On screen: Queen Elizabeth looking stern.
J. Kimmel: In the old days, that's the look queens gave before you were beheaded.

Jon Stewart: Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been touring the new world. Yesterday, popping by the White House. ...
On screen: Bush saying, 'You helped our nation celebrate its bicentennial in 17, in 1976'.
Stewart: She's old.
On screen: Bush saying, 'She gave me a look that only a mother could give a child'.
Stewart: She did give that look. Only in this case, the mother is the Queen of England and the child is our president.

"The Queen of England is in the United States. ... Earlier today, she was down at the White House. And George Bush, by gosh, I wouldn't give this guy's troubles to a monkey on a rock. He gets confused and he went up to the Queen and congratulated her on her Academy Award."
--David Letterman

"The last time the Queen of England was in the United States was 1991. An awful lot has changed since 1991. Back then, President Bush was fighting a war in Iraq"
--David Letterman

"The people who want his job were in Simi Valley last night for the big first Republican debate. Ten of them got on the stage. ... Chris Matthews was the host and asked the question, 'Raise your hand if you do not believe in evolution.' Three of these clowns raised their hands. Actually, four. But McCain just had to use the potty. ... McCain said he not only believes in evolution, he remembers it."
--Bill Maher

"My favorite part of the debate was when Chris Matthews asked, 'Who does not believe in evolution?' And Sam Brownback, Mike Huckabee and Tom Tancredo all raised their paw. ... They said they do not believe in evolution. Then they said the biggest threat to America is religious radicals living in the Dark Ages."
--Jay Leno

"This is the week that Congress sent the president a bill to bring the troops home, which, of course, as he promised he would do, vetoed it. The president said setting a deadline for withdrawal was setting a date for failure. And we all know, this is a president who likes his failures unplanned and spur-of-the-moment."
--Bill Maher

"Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo. ... Down in Washington, DC, President George Bush will celebrate Cinco de Mayo the same way he does every year. He will be looking for tequila of mass destruction"
--David Letterman

"There's a brand new book out. In it Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says that she has a crush on President Bush. Well, sure. Who doesn't?"
--David Letterman

"President Bush vetoed the Iraq troop withdrawal bill. He said it would turn the country into a cauldron of chaos. And you hate to see Iraq become unstable."
--David Letterman

Jon Stewart: We begin tonight with news about the news. The fourth estate has had a rough ride of late, covering the stalemate over the war funding bill, the possible influence and peddling at the Department of Justice, some World Bank thingy. It makes the brain hurt. Well, help is on the way
On screen: reporters saying the D.C. madam story is fun to cover.
Stewart: Oh yeah, sex scandal baby! Happy days are here. It's like we got our pre-9/11 boners back. ... The first casualty was Randall Tobias, a deputy secretary of state who resigned last week after admitting to using the escort service. ... Tobias had been running the Bush administration's Global AIDS Prevention program, which emphasized abstinence ... because there is nothing this administration can do that is not ironic

Stephen Colbert: I'd rather not hear about Vietnam, but the cut-and-runners won't stop comparing it to Iraq. Just listen to former Senator Max Cleland from last Friday's 'Situation Room'
On screen: Cleland saying, 'The essence of what we're seeing in Iraq is what we saw in Vietnam'.
Colbert: How can he compare these two wars? He only fought in one of them. Whereas people like me and the president didn't fight in either, so we have a consistent perspective

"The Republicans have their big debate this week at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. ... Republicans want to see how they stack up against George W. Bush. It's like a very special edition of 'Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?'"
--Jay Leno

Hajji said...


It is as you say.

Thanx for the funnies.


capt said...

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