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March 31, 2006

Abramoff Ledgerdemain – Part 9

Filed under: The Superpower — jaspar @ 4:58 pm

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POLITICAL ESSAYS
Abramoff Ledgerdemain – Part 9
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U.S. Family Network.  The name's lovable.
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So why's USFN frontpage news?
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Sunday, March 26, 2006
Washington Post
Former DeLay Aide Enriched By Nonprofit –
Bulk of Group's Funds Tied to Abramoff
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A.
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"DeLay's former chief of staff, Edwin A.
Buckham, who helped create the [U.S.
Family Network] while still in DeLay's em-
ploy,
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and his wife, Wendy,
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were the principal beneficiaries of the
group's $3.02 million in revenue,
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collecting payments totaling $1,022,729
during a five-year period ending in 2001
…."
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B.
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"[USFN's] payments to the Buckhams
…[were] in the form of
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a monthly retainer as well as
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commissions on donations by Abramoff's
clients…."
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"A previous article in The Post detailed
how USFN had drawn its largest checks
from Abramoff's clients, including $1 mil-
lion from what several former Buckham
associates described as Russian oil and
gas executives…."
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THREE POINTS
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Almost all this enrichment was going on
b-e-f-o-r-e the Russian organized and
funded attack on September 11, 2001.
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USFN "had a tiny staff that barely regis-
tered an impact on Capitol Hill."
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"…Buckham and his wife, Wendy, acting
through their consulting firm [Alexander
Strategy Group], made monthly pay-
ments averaging $3,200-$3,400 apiece
to DeLay's wife, Christine, for three of
the years in which he [Edwin] collected
money from the USFN and some other
clients."
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Don't worry, there's more…
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Here's part one of your homework:
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/25/AR2006032501166_pf.html
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…and more.
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USFN bought a "historic Capitol Hill town
house" in 1999 for $429,000."
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"Buckham's lobbying firm [Alexander
Strategy Group] rented office space in
the town house from the [USFN]."
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The arrangement's lovable, too.
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Part two of your homework:
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Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Associated Press
Congressman Denies He Got Deal on House
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/29/AR2006032901883_pf.html
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March 30, 2006

Abramoff Ledgerdemain – Part 8

Filed under: The Superpower — jaspar @ 1:28 pm

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POLITICAL ESSAYS
Abramoff Ledgerdemain – Part 8
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Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Slate [1]
Think Tanks for Sale
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Hot Documents is a new Slate feature.
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Its proprietor is  Timothy Noah, who
writes:
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"Today's document is a series of e-mails
back and forth between…Abramoff…
and the head [Amy Ridenour] of a non-
profit [National Center for Public Policy
Research] on whom Abramoff shower-
ed much cash.
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"These e-mails have not previously been
made public."
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"Among the many revelations of the
scandal surrounding…Abramoff is the
remarkable degree to which the capital's
think tank 'scholars' can be bought."
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From Max Weinreich's *Hitler's Profes-
sors* [2]:
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"If the products of their research work,
even apart from their rude tone, strike
us as unconvincing and hollow, this
weakness is due not to inferior training
but to the mendacity inherent in any
scholarship that overlooks or openly re-
pudiates all moral and spititual values
and, by standing order, knows exactly
its ultimate conclusions well in advance."
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The original Abramoff Legerdemain post:
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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PoliticalEssays/message/694
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[1]
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http://www.slate.com/id/2138082/entry/2137077
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In "Think Tanks for Sale" is a link to:
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Friday December 16, 2005
BusinessWeek
Op-Eds for Sale
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http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/dec2005/nf20051216_1037_db016.htm
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[2] Page 7 of–
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Max Weinreich
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Hitler's Professors: The Part Of Scholar-
ship In Germany's Crimes Against The
Jewish People
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Yiddish Scientific Institute – YIVO
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1946
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293 pages
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March 29, 2006

A Real Club

Filed under: The Superpower — jaspar @ 5:36 pm

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POLITICAL ESSAYS
A Real Club
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Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Associated Press [1]
Arab Nations Urged to Enter Nuclear Club
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The Arab League is meeting in Sudan.
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It's secretary-general is Amr Moussa.
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"Moussa called on Arabs 'to enter into
the nuclear club and make use of nuclear
energy for peaceful purposes'…."
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For peaceful purposes?
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Deterring The Superpower from carry-
ing out to the end its
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DECLARATION OF WORLD $LAVERY.
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That explains the necessity of Moussa's
proposal.
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How so?
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From J H Parry's book *The Spanish
Seaborne Empire* [2]:
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"The achievements of the higher civilisa-
tions of [Middle and South] America
were such as to astonish the first Euro-
peans who saw them.
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"Their combination of wealth and tech-
nical weakness was their undoing.
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"No *conquistador* could resist the
temptations offered by
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civilised but infidel peoples possessing
land and gold;
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subject peoples accustomed to obey
and to render tribute;
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ruling peoples ready indeed to fight,
but armed only with weapons of wood
and stone."
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Today gold = black gold.
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Once again!
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"Their combination of wealth and tech-
nical weakness was their undoing."
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[1]
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/28/AR2006032800169_pf.html
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[2] Page 82 of–
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J H (John Horace) Parry
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The Spanish Seaborne Empire
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Alfred A Knopf
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1966
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418 pages
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March 28, 2006

Uncle Sam’s Laddies

Filed under: The Superpower — jaspar @ 6:35 pm

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POLITICAL ESSAYS
Uncle Sam's Laddies
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March 27, 2006
New York Times
A Web Site So Hip It Gets Laddies to Watch the
Ads
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"Today, [a Heavy.com founder] says, young people
see no difference between entertainment and ad-
vertising;
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he points to celebrities like Snoop Dogg, the rap star,
and Tony Hawk, the skateboard champion, who are
closely associated with their product endorsements."
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The Times quotes the Heavy.com founder:
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"I grew up in a time when if you did something like
that, you were a sellout.
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"For kids under 24, the notion of sellout is nonexis-
tent.
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"If  Snoop sponsors Pepsi, it's not that Snoop has
sold out, it's 'Snoop is getting paid by the man.'"
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OK, DUMBED-DOWN LADDIES
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UNCLE SAM'S READY FOR YOU!
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http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/27/technology/27heavy.html?pagewanted=print
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March 24, 2006

The Intentionally Vague – Part 2

Filed under: The Superpower — jaspar @ 4:28 am
POLITICAL ESSAYS
The Intentionally Vague - Part 2
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In Part 1 I wrote:
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The Minimizing Confession is one
kind of The Intentionally Vague.
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In Part 2 we wish to draw your
attention to another kind of The
Intentionally Vague.
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March 21, 2006
William M. Arkin on National and
Homeland Security
Iraq: Experts are Part of the
Problem
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Arkin points out that besides
"op-eds and blogs" there is "a
much more pervasive and influ-
ential third voice: those with
no opinion."
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How vague can you get?
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"...the vast majority of Washing-
ton movers are merely experts.
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"These experts didn’t have a
'political' position on war pro
or con."
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"...in the ways of Washington
theirs was not to reason why."
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These dogs in the manger serve
the wolves of war.
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While the experts argued over
how-to tripe --"how many troops
were needed," for instance--
all their squabbles served the
wolves of war by
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MASKING
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the paramount question: "whether
[troops] were needed at all."
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Arkin's analysis is well worth
reading:
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http://blogs.washingtonpost.com/earlywarning/2006/03/iraq_experts_ar.html#more
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You may have scroll up to get
to the beginning of the article.
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March 22, 2006

Abramoff Ledgerdemain – Part 7

Filed under: The Superpower — jaspar @ 11:53 pm
POLITICAL ESSAYS
Abramoff Ledgerdemain - Part 7
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In Part 3 I mentioned
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Travel Agency Subpoenaed for
DeLay Records [1],
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but that and similar subpoenas
have been disallowed on appeal.
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Let's outline the background.
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"Grand jurors [at Austin TX] look-
ing into 2002 campaign contribu-
tions indicted DeLay on Monday
[October 3, 2005] for the second
time in less than a week" [2]
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"DeLay was first charged with con-
spiracy to violate the state elec-
tion code, which bans the direct
use of corporate money for politi-
cal campaigns.
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"His lawyers filed court papers
Monday attacking that charge on
technical grounds.
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"Hours later, a new grand jury
brought an indictment against De-
Lay that included one count of
conspiracy to launder money and
one count of money laundering."
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For the ensuing back-and-forth,
see "The Tom DeLay Story: A
Roundup of Texas Lawyer Coverage"
[3].
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It's come down to this.
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March 13, 2006
Houston Chronicle [4]
Judge tosses DeLay case subpoenas
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"A state appeals court today
threw out more than 30 subpoenas
requested by Travis County prose-
cutors building a criminal case
against...DeLay, saying the in-
vestigation should have stopped
in December when a district judge
halted proceedings in his court.
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"District Attorney...Earle has
been issuing the subpoenas ever
since Senior District Judge...
Priest dismissed all or part of
three indictments against DeLay
....
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"Earle appealed Priest's ruling,
and [Priest] stayed the case pen-
ding a ruling by the Third Court
of Appeals [on the dismissal of
the grand jury indictments]."
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And today?
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"The panel...is scheduled to hear
Earle's appeal on March 22...."
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Cheers!
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The original Abramoff Legerdemain post:
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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PoliticalEssays/message/694
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[1]
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/01/AR2006030102749_pf.html
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[2] ABC News: DeLay Conspiracy Charge Uses Uncommon Law
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http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/print?id=1184281
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or
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http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2005/10/04/national/w160921D74.DTL
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[3] Texas Lawyer is a publication.
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http://www.law.com/jsp/tx/PubArticleFriendlyTX.jsp?id=1131457369341
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[4]
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http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/printstory.mpl/front/3720707
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March 21, 2006

Gutless Going On 5 Years

Filed under: The Superpower — jaspar @ 11:36 pm
POLITICAL ESSAYS
Gutless Going On 5 Years
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Friday March 17, 2006
New York Times [1]
Same Washington, Different Office
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Ex-Attorney General Ashcroft has
made "his move from the nation's
chief law enforcement officer to
K Street, the heart of the lobby-
ing world...."
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He granted an interview to the
Times: "In the hourlong inter-
view,...Ashcroft used the word
'integrity' scores of times."
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Here's my take on Ashcroft from
June 30, 2001 [2]:
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{start}
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Under the June 28, 2001 headline
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U.S. Appeals Court Overturns
Microsoft Antitrust Ruling
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the NY Times reported:
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"A federal appeals court over-
turned...[the] ruling to break
up...Microsoft...and...ordered
[the trial judge] removed from
the case, saying 'the actions
of the trial judge seriously
tainted the proceedings.'"
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Two days later, I posted this:
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"Reno started the trial to dis-
tract attention from the Clinton
campaign funds scandal and from
her refusal to appoint a special
prosecutor to bring those crooks
to justice!
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"Now we'll see whether Ashcroft
has got the guts to put away
ALL those involved in BOTH that
initial attack on the electoral
system AND the follow-on attack
on one of the country's most
important industries, on the
federal judiciary, on the DOJ
itself; and on
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THE AMERICAN PEOPLE."
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{end}
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Ashcroft did nothing of the kind.
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He joined in the post-911 capers
of the Washington cowards.

Babbling about integrity "scores
of times" on K Street?
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It is to laugh to scorn.
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[1]
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http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/17/politics/17ashcroft.html?pagewanted=print
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[2]
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http://groups.google.com/group/alt.society.civil-liberties/msg/d3906daee911eeb4?dmode=source&hl=en
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March 20, 2006

The Intentionally Vague

Filed under: The Superpower — jaspar @ 11:18 pm
POLITICAL ESSAY
The Intentionally Vague
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The Minimizing Confession is one
kind of The Intentionally Vague.
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EXAMPLE of The Minimizing Confes-
sion:
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Saturday, March 18, 2006
Associated Press [1]
200K said killed in Algeria insur-
gency
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"Algerian Interior Minister...Zer-
houni said some 700 to 800 Islamic
insurgents continue to do battle in
various parts of the country."
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It is the will of the minister of
state terror to use seemingly plain
words to vaguely suggest that:
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a) while the Algerian Resistance is
still around [the confession]
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b) it no longer amounts to much
[the minimizing].
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Let's get to the root of this kind
of deception.
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EXAMPLE of The Intentionally Vague:
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Hannah Arendt is describing one of
the Nuremberg Documents [2]:
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"The document," she writes, "is a
report of the supreme [Nazi] party
court about 'events and [lower]
party court proceedings connected
with the antisemitic demonstra-
tions of November 9, 1938.'
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"On the basis of investigations by
the police and the office of the
Attorney General the supreme [Nazi
party] court came to the conclusion
that
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'the verbal instructions of the
Reichspropagandaleiter must have
been understood by all party lead-
ers to mean that,
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'to the outside, the party did not
wish to appear as the instigator
of the demonstration,
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'but in reality was to organize and
carry it through....
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'The re-examination of the command
echelons has shown...that the active
National Socialist molded in the
prepower struggle [= streetfighting
leading up Hitler's takeover]...
takes it for granted that actions
in which the party does not wish to
appear in the role of organizer are
not ordered with unequivocal clarity
and down to the last detail.
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'Hence he is accustomed to under-
stand that an order may mean more
than its verbal content,
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'just as it has more or less become
routine with the order giver, in the
interest of the party...not to say
everything and only to intimate what
he wants to achieve by the order....
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'Thus, the...orders--
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'for instance, not the Jew Grunspan
but all Jewry must be blamed for the
death of Party Comrade vom Rath,...
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'pistols should be brought along,...
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'every SA-man now ought to know what
he had to do
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'--were understood by a number of
subleaders to mean that Jewish
blood would now have to be shed
for the blood of Party Comrade vom
Rath....'"
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"Particularly significant," Arendt
continues, "is the end of the re-
port, in which the supreme [Nazi]
party court quite openly takes ex-
ception to these methods:
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'It is another question whether,
in the interest of discipline,
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'the order that is intentionally
vague,
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'and given in expectation that its
recipient will recognize the intent
of the order giver and act accord-
ingly,
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'must not [now] be relegated to the
[streetfighting] past.'"
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Arendt sums up:
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"Here, too, [in the party supreme
court!] there were persons who,
in Hitler's words, 'were unable to
leap across their own shadow' and
insisted upon legislative measures,
because they did not understand
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that not the order
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but the *will* of the Fuehrer
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was the supreme law."
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[1]
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http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1105AP_Algeria_Reconciliation.html
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[2]
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Note 31 on pages 399 and 400 of--
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Hannah Arendt
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The Origins of Totalitarianism. New
Edition with Added Prefaces
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One-volume edition
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527+ pages
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A Harvest Book. Harcourt Inc
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ISBN 0 15 670153 7
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November 9, 1938?  Kristallnacht.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kristallnacht
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March 19, 2006

Three-week Correction

Filed under: The Superpower — jaspar @ 4:20 pm
POLITICAL ESSAYS
Three-week Correction
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Saturday, March 18, 2006
Reuters [1]
Saudi says macroeconomy sound
despite bourse fall
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Bourse fall = Stock market plunge.
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In this particular case, the fact
that...
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"The Saudi government holds near-
ly 40 percent of the bourse's
total capitalization through some
of the top listed firms"
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added momentum to the big plunge;
and...

"The two-week correction slashed
capitalization of the...[Saudi]
bourse by more than 30 percent."
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The trigger?
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Friday February 24th the Arabian
Resistance attacked "the largest
oil processing facility in the
world" which "processes about 5-
7 million barrels a day, removing
hydrogen sulfide from crude oil
to make it safe for shipping, be-
fore it is pumped to tankers for
export" [2].
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The stink-out plant's at Abqaiq,
"about 25 miles inland from Saudi
Arabia's eastern [Persian] Gulf
coast" and it's owned by Aramco,
a supposedly-Saudi oil company.
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Right away, by plan, word was put
out that the Arabian Resistance
attack had failed.
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Lies are standard psywar.
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But the very next day there was
an indication of the truth:
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"An AP correspondent at the site
saw ambulances racing through
Abqaiq's streets hours after the
attack."
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And the latest indication?
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"The two-week correction slashed
capitalization of the...[Saudi]
bourse by more than 30 percent."
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But before that began, it took a
week for investors to cut through
all the psywar lies --bin Laden
this, Al Qaeda that-- and to con-
clude:
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"It was the first [!!] attack on
an oil facility in Saudi Arabia."
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[1]
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/18/AR2006031800540_pf.html
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[2]
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Saturday February 25, 2006
CBSNews.com
Al Qaeda Purportedly Behind Oil
Attack
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http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/02/24/world/main1342381.shtml
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March 18, 2006

Abramoff Ledgerdemain – Part 6

Filed under: The Superpower — jaspar @ 10:38 pm
POLITICAL ESSAYS
Abramoff Ledgerdemain - Part 6
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Saturday, March 11, 2006
Washington Post [1]
Norton to End 5-Year Tenure at
Interior [Department] -
...Resignation Is Unrelated to
Probe of Abramoff's Ties to
Department
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So let's start with Norton's
friend Federici.
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"Also under investigation is
Norton's friend Italia Feder-
ici and a public interest
group she heads -- the Council
of Republicans for Environmen-
tal Advocacy, known as CREA [2]
-- which Norton co-founded with
conservative anti-tax advocate
Grover Norquist in the 1990s."
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Then continue with Abramoff.

"...Abramoff developed close
ties with Federici and directed
his casino-rich tribal clients
to give $500,000 to CREA."
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Why's Federici under investiga-
tion?
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"Federici had a personal rela-
tionship with Griles and often
agreed to press him on issues
important to Abramoff's cli-
ents...."
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And end with Griles.
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J. Steven Griles was Norton's
deputy secretary, now former
deputy secretary, now under in-
vestigation for "discussions
with Abramoff at a time when
the lobbyist was seeking de-
partmental actions on behalf
of his tribal clients."
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But there's always more.
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Since we're already in the
deeps of Satan, it makes sense
to ask: Were any casinos used
to launder money?
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If so, at whose direction?
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If so, who benefited?
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If so, was any of that money
used to bribe the way for the
911 operation in 2001?
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[1]
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/10/AR2006031001036_pf.html
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[2]
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Council of Republicans for En-
vironmental Advocacy:
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http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Council_of_Republicans_for_Environmental_Advocacy
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"Beginning early in 2001 [!]
Indian tribes gave more than
$250,000 to CREA.
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"The donations were made at
the recommendation of lobbyist
Jack Abramoff; the tribes were
his clients.
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"The suggestion for donations
had come from staffers of Re-
presentative Tom DeLay, who
were advising Abramoff on how
to gain influence with Norton."
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Grover Norquist
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http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Grover_Norquist
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