Friday, September 21, 2007

MoveOn gets "Dixie Chicked"

The following is my letter to the editor of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

On Thursday, Senator Casey (D-PA) and other "Democrats" in the world's greatest deliberative body got together to decide whether or not to condemn a newspaper advertisement. (S.Amdt. 2934) The final vote was 72-25 to admonish MoveOn for its "General Betrayus" ad.

Where was the senate when the "Swift Boat" people were attacking one of their own, John Kerry? Where was John Kerry, for that matter? The Senate is holding our kids hostage in Iraq, and continues to kill over a million Iraqi citizens, but they are worried about MoveOn hurting someone's feelings?! Apparently, the Senate hasn't even read the 1st amendment of the constitution. It's called freedom of speech. If you're in favor of free speech, then you're in favor of freedom of speech precisely for views you despise. Otherwise, you're not in favor of free speech. Sometimes I wonder what country I'm living in, where a kid gets tasered by thuggish cops for asking an annoying question in a political forum.

This is nothing but censorship of the kind the Dixie Chicks suffered through. Petraus is a big military boy. He can take it. He took it from his boss Admiral Fallon, who called him an ass-kissing little chicken s**t. He said he "hate(s) people like that." Where is the Senate's outrage against Fallon? No wonder the Senate's rating is so low. They vote to give their "full support" to the guy in charge of a war whose execution many of them oppose. Hypocrites.

Scott Manley
Coordinator of MoveOn's Operation Democracy Council of Greater Pittsburgh

Monday, September 17, 2007

This country needs real spiritual values NOW.

After the ’04 election, the exit polls asked voters what was the most important thing that guided their vote. The majority answer was “moral values.” This was a misleading answer, however, because to the “religious right” (which is neither) talk about moral values, they are talking about wedge issues like hating the gays, (because a great number of them are gay, and they hate themselves) and abortion, etc.

Everyone is frustrated with the way this country is headed, lead by these so-called Christians. Because the leaders have no real morality, the values of this country is drifting and heading towards the rocks. Although most people are waking up, there are still 30% of us that are following spiritually blind authorities, like blind lemmings, off the cliff, and the rest of us are afraid that we are going to be pushed off in the rush. Now we find ourselves in a mad rush to war with Iran – to World War III. Leaders, who claim to be religious, like Hagee and Leiberman, are urging the military and the executive to take the plunge.

It is time to stop this madness and re-examine our moral values. Did Jesus advise pre-emptive war? Did he promote ethic cleansing? I don’t think so. Nevertheless, the drumbeats are getting louder and louder.

“Stop, children, what’s that sound, everybody look what’s going down.”

Laura Flanders, of Air America radio and Radio Nation, when filling in last Friday for Thom Hartmann, brought up the terrifying possibility that the assassination of Sheik Abu Rishsa might be blamed on Iran, which would then become Cheney’s casus belli (reason to go to war) that he has been longing for. Greg Palast has said that this Sunni Sheik, which the Bush administration glorified as a hero, and the hope for Iraq is a fake Sheik. He was given millions of dollars and arms to ethically cleanse the Anbar province of Shiites. The other real Sunni Sheiks are jealous, and I think that they, or the Bush administration, killed him. The Shia are mostly afraid of the Madi army, so they probably didn’t do it, but one has claimed responsibility. The Iranians, of course, are Shiite. How convenient. Look for the bombs to start falling soon on your favorite cable network. God help us.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

An Open Letter to Nancy Pelosi - Put impeachment back on the table before they bomb Iran.

According to McClatchy newspapers, It looks like Cheney is on the precipice of convincing Bush to bomb Iran. So, here's my question to you, Madame Speaker. If attacking Iran with nuclear weapons is on the table, how the heck can you say that impeachment is off the table? Making Republicans "lame ducks" may be "good enough" for you, but you see, they don't care. Cheney is trying to start WWIII. Cheney is the real force behind this push, and he MUST be stopped, but from the way congress has let the executive branch run roughshod over the constitution, I don't have much hope. That's why I'm writing you. We need you to be a strong leader and put impeachment back on the table. This is not about "hating Cheney" or partisan politics. It's about restoring the constitution and preventing WWIII.

Impeaching Cheney would have many benefits. It would immediately lower the blood pressure of the world by eliminating everyone's fear and anxiety, thereby lowering the risk of global conflict. If Cheney convinces Gates to bomb Iran, it's all over, and from the track record of the Democrats, they are not going to stop it. My only hope is that you will put impeachment back on the table.

It would also be a important civics lesson to the world that future politicians like Cheney cannot get away with mass murder and war profiteering during their reign of terror, only to be pardoned after leaving office.

And finally, don't be afraid of being labeled a "flip-flopper." R.W. Emerson said, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. — 'Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.' — Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood."

Scott Manley
Coordinator - Operation Democracy of Greater Pittsburgh

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Conservatives Gone Wild

On July 13th, some of you may have seen PBS’s Bill Moyers Journal, where he interviewed Bruce Fein along with Jon Nichols of The Nation magazine for some “Tough Talk on Impeachment.”

People, this is what you call “must see TV,” so if you didn’t catch it, please click here.

Bruce Fein is a constitutional scholar, and author of the articles of impeachment of Bill Clinton. He is also calling for the impeachment of George W. Bush. Fein also appeared on The Thom Hartmann program on July 18th.

Now. If you if you liked Bruce Fein, you’ll love Paul Craig Roberts. The day after that Fien interview, Hartmann did the double whammy with Roberts, another Reagan conservative, the brain behind "Reaganomics." Both these guys are "dyed in the wool" conservatives, and it's noteworthy to hear them make such strong statements.

Roberts totally agrees with Fine about what wussy Democrats refer to as the unspoken “I word,” but takes it one ominous step further. Roberts is saying that because of all the executive orders that have already been lined up to give Bush dictatorial powers in case "The Decider" decides to declare a national emergency which could result from a series of staged, or false flag, "terrorist" events in the near future "unless Congress immediately impeaches Bush and Cheney, a year from now the US could be a dictatorial police state at war with Iran."

When Hartmann, who remarked about the strength of his words, confronted Roberts, and he replied that he's gotten flak for not being strong enough. We don't even know the worst of it, because they won't tell us. Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) asked the defense dept. what they have as far as a contingency plan in case of a terrorist attack, and they wouldn't tell him! Makes you think what these guys are up to, doesn't it?

Here’s Robert’s article in

Also, you must click here to listen to Thom Hartmann's interview of Paul Craig Roberts on 7/19, courtesy of KPOJ Portland.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Should Dick Cheney Be Impeached?

On April 24, 2007, U.S. House Representative Dennis Kucinich introduced H.Res. 333, calling for articles of impeachment to be sent to the U.S Senate with regards to Vice President Richard B. Cheney.

The grounds of the proposed impeachment are that the Vice President 1) fabricated a threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, 2) purposely manipulated the intelligence process to deceive the citizens and Congress of the United States about an alleged relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda, and 3) has threatened aggression against the Republic of Iran absent any real threat to the United States, all in detriment to the national interest of the United States.

Oil seemed to be on Mr. Cheney's mind when he told the 3,500 to 4,000 members of the Stennis's crew 150 miles off Iran's coast on May 11th that the U.S. was prepaired to use its naval power to keep Tehran from distruputing oil routes or "gaining nuclear weapons." This was reminiscent of Mr. Cheney's speeches during the runup to the war in Iraq in August of 2002, which argued against sending weapons inspectors back in. The weapons inspectors were sent in, and Bush said Saddam didn't let them, but while he was saying that we were watching inspectors on the ground bulldozing Al-Samud missiles. The inspectors didn't find any W.M.D.'s, so Bush told them to leave before "Shock and Awe" began.

This is deja' vu all over again.

"Back in the days of "Shock and Awe", we came to liberate them all."
-Neil Young

Dick Cheney along with Paul Wolfowitz and Harlan K. Ullman and others, were the achitects of "Shock and Awe". The "D.C. Madam", Deborah Jeane Palfrey recently named Harlan K. Ullman as "one of the regular customers" of the high-end escort service. These men proclaim themselves to belong to the party of "moral values".

A senior U.S. diplomat said, "He still kind of runs by his own rules." This would confirm Cheney's statement to Tim Russert on Meet the Press on Septemeber 16th, 2001.

"We also have to work, though, sort of the dark side, if you will. We've got to spend time in the shadows in the intelligence world. A lot of what needs to be done here will have to be done quietly, without any discussion, using sources and methods that are available to our intelligence agencies, if we're going to be successful. That's the world these folks operate in, and so it's going to be vital for us to use any means at our disposal, basically, to achieve our objective."

Impeaching this dangerous chicken hawk would have many benifits. It would immediately lower the blood pressure of the world by eliminating everyone's fear and anxiety, thereby lowering the risk of global conflict. It would also be a important civics lesson to the world that future politicians like Cheney cannot get away with mass murder and war profiteering during their reign of terror, only to be pardoned after leaving office.

To sign a petition on this important issue, as well as send a message to your representatives, and write a letter the the editor of your local newspaper, click here.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Bush Threatens to Veto Anti-Terror Bill

The house voted last week (H.R.1592) to extend hate-crime protection to people who are victimized because of their sexuality. A hate crime is not just perpetrated against a number of human beings in a group - it is meant to terrorize a whole group, such as African Americans, gays, Muslims, etc. The KKK are domestic terrorists. Bush threatened to vetoed the bill. Why? Because it would give the victims of hate crime rights that other people don’t have. Perhaps he shares the concerns of Fred Phelps (above), or Focus on the Family’s James Dobson, who opposes the bill on the grounds that it could encroach on his right as a "christian" to indulge his hysterical gay panic. This would be Bush’s 3rd veto. The other two are stem cell research (which could saves lives), and pulling the troops out (which would also saves lives). Now, he will veto hate crimes legislation, which should properly be called anti-terrorist legislation. By doing so, he is advocating terrorism, hate, crime, and death; all in the name of God. Can there be any greater heresy?

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Nancy Pelosi: Impeachment off the table?

Right before the mid-term elections, Nancy Pelosi told 60 minutes that impeachment was “off the table.” She speculated that Republicans would "just love" the "waste of time" such proceedings would be. "Making them lame ducks," she concluded, "is good enough for me."

The problem is, even though the Republicans are lame ducks being served with a healthy side of subpoenas, they can still do plenty of damage in 679 days.

You may ask yourself “They've already destroyed practically everything. What more could they possibly do?” If you are sane, you may not be able to imagine what they could do. A sane person cannot predict what an insane person can do. During the Vietnam War, China was using weapons against us, and killing our troops. Did we attack China? No. Because that would have been insane.

In the current occupation of Iraq, spurious anonymous sources are claiming that Iran is providing weapons to the Shiah. These accusations are probably false because the Sunnis are responsible for 92% of the US casualties. Thanks to the kind donations of the citizens and government of Saudi Arabia, the Sunni insurgents have now acquired shoulder-fired missiles, and are currently using them to shoot down our helicopters at an alarming rate. No one says anything about that. Bush holds hands with the Prince Bandar because he is his oil buddy. That friendship is so strong, we overlook the fact that 18 of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia.

Bush and boyfriend

Not only does he hold hands with them, but also it has recently been revealed in a Vanity Fair article by Seymore Hersh that Bush is funding Jihadists connected to al Qaeda as part of a war with Iran he has ALREADY STARTED. Indeed, Raw Story reports that without the authorization of congress, covert operatives crossed over the border into Iran months ago and have been working with terrorists such as the MEK (Mujahedeen-e Khalq) to destabilize the country.

How are all these clandestine operations being funded? Some have speculated that they may be using some of the 12 billion in cash that Paul Bremer "lost" in Iraq (filling 18 tractor trailers, or 363 tons of hundred dollar bills) to give to the terrorists. John Stewart reported: "The House Oversight Committee trying to locate 363 tons of missing cash. Paul Bremer blames poor payroll records for the 12 billion dollars lost somewhere in Iraq. The Committee set up 2 websites -- just in case anyone sees the money that is stacked in $400,000 bricks each."

The theft is a high crime worthy of impeachment, because that money belongs to us, but giving aid and comfort to the enemy is not just an impeachable offence. It is treason, as is outing an undercover CIA agent to kill a story blowing the whistle on the lies this administration told to get us into war. Treason, according to our federal law is a crime punishable by death.

Impeaching Bush and Cheney is the very least we can and must do. If you see a crime being committed and you don't tell the police, you are guilty of being an accomplice. This process would be a civics lesson for the citizens of the United States. On the other hand, if we don't impeach them, it is sends the worst message to the world because it says we don't care about or uphold the rule of law, and the constitution. The best message to send to politicians is that they are not above the law, and We The People will not allow our employees to give themselves so much unfettered power that they are immune to prosecution. I know we probably couldn't get 18 Republicans to convict him in the Senate, but if we have a large unified American voice, (not a Democratic or Republican voice) that there is a party known as the Republican party that puts it's party before what is right and what is wrong. That is the best we can hope for, and it is the conversation that we need to have in this country right now, before it's too late.

Funding the Jihadists is yet another example of Bush doing the very same thing he accuses the "evil-doers" of. It fits the MO of the Bush administration, lacking confidence in the true casus belli, they conspire to invent additional ones, misrepresenting the available intelligence, crafting new “intelligence,” and then spreading these falsehoods to the public.

According to the British press, the US doesn’t even need an immanent threat of a nuclear weapons program, false flag operation, or Gulf of Tonkin type incident to trigger a war with Iran. The new “trigger” for starting a war with Iran is if there is a “major attack” on U.S. troops in Iraq that can be traced to Iran. How many troops have to be killed in order to qualify as “major attack”? 7? 3? 12? It could be anything, because George Bush is "the decider".

We can attack Iran for practically anything, without going to congress, using tactical nuclear weapons to destroy Iran’s nuclear production sites, military sites, and other key infrastructure. Bush doesn't need to go to congress for authorization to attack Iran. We are already there. If you think that the agenda for Iran is any different than Iraq, you have buried your head in the desert sand. The agenda is, "Nuke their ass, take their gas."

So my question to Pelosi is, if attacking Iran with nuclear weapons is on the table, how the hell can you say that impeachment is off the table?

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

"You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows" (Bob Dylan)

Last weekend, the forecast for Monday was partly cloudy and cold, with 20 mile per hour winds. That forecast was exactly correct, because they have computer models based on meteorological science.

On Monday, I was standing outside with the wind freezing my ass off, and I thought to myself, if they can do that for the weather, why couldn’t they do it with war? We have plenty of historical, sociological, cultural, and psychological data that could accurately predict, for example, what would happen in a situation like Iraq if there weren’t enough troops in the beginning, and no exit strategy, or if there were an escalation of 20 to 40 thousand additional troops 4 years into the occupation. Waging and preventing war is a science, and the Department of Peace proposed by Dennis Kucinich should include a group of scientists, historians, and military experts, who take all the data, work with computer software designers, produce software that introduces various scenarios, put it into computers, analyze the data, and come up with a scientific predictions that must be taken seriously by the executive branch of government.

George W. Bush is not a scientist. He distrusts science. He also can’t be bothered with diplomatic solutions. He is a spiteful loser who wants to colonize sovereign nations though war and chaos in order to steal natural resources for his corporate buddies. In 2003, I saw the protesters out there in the streets with their “no blood for oil” signs. I thought it was just a conspiracy theory, and I didn’t think our country would sink that low. Besides, there was no evidence to lead us to that conclusion. Now there is. As the number of US soldiers killed since the invasion rises past the 3,000 mark, and Bush gambles on sending in up to 30,000 more troops, The British Independent on Sunday has learnt that the weakened Iraqi government is about to push through a law giving Western oil companies the right to exploit the country's massive oil reserves for the next thirty years. Great…there’s a 30-year commitment for US troops to protect the oil companies. Now I know why they are building permanent bases there that are as big as the Vatican.

It doesn’t take a computer to predict that if Bush’s foreign policy were introduced into prediction software, the computer would likely spit out pre-emptive nuclear strikes, perpetual world war and terror.