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May, 2004

Letters To The Editor

No More Lies

I'm an everyday citizen of this country, and I am personally tired of being lied to by the Bush Administration. The lies began when they stole the election of 2000, by scrubbing the Florida voter rolls of 75,000 eligible voters.

The lies continued after 9-11, when they blatantly hid critical evidence and used the events to further a questionable war agenda in Iraq, in search of weapons that simply never existed. And has this war truly made the world a safer place?

The lies persist today, as our President perpetuates a state of fear to keep serve the business interests of contractors rebuilding Iraq.

Americans are patriotic people. We know that our government can't be perfect, especially in these challenging times. But we are also intelligent people. And we can only take so much deception and international embarrassment to realize that a change is in order. Four years is enough for Bush.

Marc Fortier

San Francisco

You Guys are the Greatest!

Enclosed is my contribution of $5. I wish it could be more.

Thanks for everything - you guys are the greatest!

Pat Tunnard

Tiburon

Protect Your Sources!

Dear Jim Scanlon, You will find that, "A billion here and a billion there and pretty soon you're talking real money!" was [said by] Everett Dirksen, not Tip O'Neil. Protect your sources! They are endangered species (perhaps extinct).

A Reader

North Bay

 

Boot Bush Before 9/11 Probe

Watching the top officials of the Bush administration get grilled by the 9/11 commission confirms one's suspicion that these guys are not leveling with the American people. Asked if they have read the book of Mr. Clarke, accusing the incumbent administration of carelessness and incompetence in dealing with the planned terrorist attacks in the USA prior to 9/11, all of them said no and with straight faces too. How can we believe the rest of their testimonies if they start up with a flat out lie? These guys are insulting our intelligence.

The American people cannot currently expect to achieve anything by a commission inquiry. To begin with, it is chaired by a Republican and the members are split evenly between Democrats and Republicans. Only the Democrats have shown any interest to get to the truth during the hearings. The Republicans are there but more for show than substance. We will obviously go nowhere in the 9/11 investigation while Bush is in power. Let's boot them all out of office and only then can we have an honest to goodness probe. Only then will we know what the secretive energy policy meetings of Mr. Cheney had to do with that tragedy, as well as what the Saudis and the Israelis know about it.

Antonio Serna

Rohnert Park

Proud to See Work in CP

Thank you for printing my graphical letter-to-the editor in your March issue. I'm so proud to see my work in your pages that I'm inspired to create another graphic letter for publication in your April issue. Please find enclosed a full size version of the letter and a reduced version that I think will fit in the same size space you granted me in the March issue. I hope you like this cartoon as much as the last one.

Please also find enclosed $25 for a subscription for the Coastal Post. Since I find the Coastal Post wherever I travel in Marin, I'll just pick it up at the newsstand so you can save money by not having to mail it to me. Thanks again for considering my artwork for publication. This latest effort uses combined images from a 1918 cartoon book.

Aloysius Beerheart

Woodacre

MGH Lease is Lopsided

It's not secret that health care costs are soaring and especially in Northern California. The excessive costs in our part of the state have created a problem for CalPERS, the third-largest buyer of health care. (The federal government and General Motors buy more than CalPERS.)

The S.F. Chronicle on March 16 reported a Blue Shield of California study of hospital costs. Blue Shield found that Sutter Health hospitals were 60 percent more expensive than comparable Northern California hospitals. Sutter, a bottom line Sacramento-based hospital chain, operates both Marin General and Novato Community hospitals. CalPERS is considering dropping Marin General and 14 other Sutter hospitals because of excessive charges.

MGH is a Sutter hospital but MGH is owned by the residents of the Marin Healthcare District (all of Marin except Novato) and is leased to Sutter until 2015. Both are Sutter cash cows. Monies that could be used for patient care are siphoned to Sacramento. MGH has patient care issues chiefly because of understaffing.

Sutter has the hutzpah to ask that its lease at MGH be extended past 2015 when the hospital is scheduled to return to community control. The local daily supports the lease extension, sorry to say. The lease is lopsided in favor of the lessee. Anyone who reads the lease, and I have, would want to get of it as soon as possible.

Norman Carrigg, M.D.

San Rafael

Just Trying to Help

Like you, I am impressed by our President's stand in the Middle East. However, had he thought it out, he'd have realized what our local police departments have known for years. Specifically, if you go in shooting, have a couple of "throwdowns" in case you plug some weaponless bystander. So, even now, what's to prevent Bush from having Colin Powell "throw down" in Iraq a couple of old nukes left over from the Cold War? All they'd have to do is file off the serial numbers, right? Then we'd have W.M.D. in Iraq and Condy and the Bush regime would be off the hook, right? Just trying to help.

Kenneth Bristol

Mill Valley

The New Mexico Version

Well Howdy, I remember y'all publishing a letter about some fish in Monterey Bay eating steel nets from a guy living in New Mexico... well this is about, well this is the New Mexico version of something else.

New Mexico was a Land Grab Manifest from the Indians and Spanish, then water and minerals followed the same flow. Pretty soon, even if the pesky residents managed to hold the land, they couldn't farm 'cause they had no more water rights and likewise digging with mineral rights. So's all they could do was set and think about things. After awhile they come up with an idea. Seems to them like every darn thing was so contrary, down to where even them that held and worked the land had no say. So what they done was join the system but in the contrary manner that everything seemed to get done. New Mexico had never elected a Democrat, but when all them contraries got together and become Republicans and voted contrary they elected a Democratic Governor as a Republican!

It's pretty much worked there ever since.

Papa Guerre

Greenbrae

Attention Deficit Democracy

California's criminal justice system has been in the news quite a bit in recent months thanks to Stanford University's Little Hoover Commission, several senators, the Inspector General's Office and former Governor Jerry Brown. But, despite the news, the totality of truth related to the subject is like the storied Cheshire Cat camouflaged in a tree amongst the leaves and branches. Busy with their everyday lives, people pass by it as rat race speeds never slowing down to focus closely. The public gets a glimpse here, a snippet of news there, but never enough to stimulate the proper degree of scrutiny, in our much-vaunted America, the attention deficit democracy.

You, the "People of the State of California," are still in the midst of the worst budget crisis in the nation's history. You are idly watching social services being crippled, teachers being laid off, schools being closed, and tuition for college rising again directly on the heels of previous increases. Children are in the streets protesting the closure of libraries and suspension of music, drama, and sports programs. Vital projects to maintain and improve the state's infrastructure are also being put on hold. These things are happening in great part due to the wasteful, counterproductive, and ultimately destructive policies of the state's criminal justice juggernaut. You are paying dearly, and not just with your tax money, for failure that is being, and has been, intentionally caused for financial gain and the furtherance of political power. Those of you who are in denial about that fact need to snap out of it.

"Those who seek power will be corrupted by it. They will be willing to intentionally cause crime, depressions, revolutions and war in order to further their desire for more power. Conspirators are successful because the moral citizen cannot accept the conclusion that other individuals would cause incredibly destructive acts against their fellow human beings." -- The Unseen Hand

And Marin County? Your history includes Judge Haley being killed after having a shotgun duct taped to his neck and former Deputy DA Gary Thomas being shot in the spine and paralyzed for life. These things happened in the midst of a shootout involving people driven to violent protest at the Marin Civic Center. Despite the fact, you still have corrupt judges on the bench actively endeavoring to obstruct the efforts of other human beings who are struggling to pursue justice in a civilized fashion. (If you don't have money to pay for it, you're not getting justice.) How is such a system to be contended with? To remind you; fairness is not an option left exposed to the whims of judges -- it is the law!

This letter comes to the Coastal Post so that its readers cannot claim they did not hear anyone saying the situation is approaching a boiling point. A threshold will be crossed and in the not too distant future, beyond which lie similar violent incidents, if not worse than the Marin Civic Center shootout. Your apathy and the corrupt behavior of criminal justice system personnel are the two things making it inevitable.

Lastly, all I've written of here has been brought to the attention of Marin County and State authorities but in far more comprehensive detail than the Post's space concerns will allow. They (public servants) are content to ignore the "actionable intelligence" and just let it happen. When it does and somebody needs to sue those responsible for their negligence, contact me and I'll give you a list of who knew, what they knew, and when they knew it. At the top of the list will be Judge John Stephen Graham and District Attorney Paula Kamena.

"Seeking justice is not a threat to our democracy or our society. Ignoring injustice is the real threat."

James Samuel Kor, Jr.

Susanville

Government Complicity in 9/11

Why is it important to get answers to questions regarding this issue? We need to know where to place our energies and to know better where and how to protest and resist. As Stephen Simac's article in your April issue pointed out, what really happened on 9/11 has been studiously ignored by the media, most US politicians and the public. But while we ignore it, a large internet and international community inquiry is on-going. There will be a 10-day conference in Toronto, May 30th to June 13th precisely on what really happened.

One would think the Bush regime would think it important to answer the many questions being raised in order to establish some credibility for themselves. Instead they have thrown every kind of obstacle in the path of every investigative body formed to pursue such questions, which only increases their incredibility and casts even greater suspicion of their complicity.

Several books have come out raising questions. The best and most recent of these is David Griffin's "The New Pearl Harbor." Spokespeople for Bush's Project for a New American Century (PNAC) were already talking empire before G.W. Bush got into the White House. They even said that there was a need for a Pearl Harbor-like event to bring Americans into a war focus that was part of PNAC's strategy. After 9/11 they tried valiantly to sway us into way -- but a war on terror? Say what?

Just in case we might question this, they invented a few more things to make us believe it was an "external" threat. It was Osama bin Laden. It was the Taliban. It was Al Qaeda. It was Saddam Hussein. It was weapons of mass destruction-only in Iraq. It might be a mushroom cloud. It might be chemical or biological weapons. Who has the most of those latter in the whole world? External threat? I don't think so.

Could the events of 9/11 have involved foreign countries or their citizens? You bet! The majority of the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia. G.W. and his dad are close friends with the Saudi royal family and the bin Ladens. Immediately after 9/11 while all other planes were grounded, a few planes went from city to city where the Saudis were and picked them up and took them out of the US. Several bin Laden family members were among these passengers. Wasn't this part of the cover?

The majority of the Saudi population follow a Wahabi version of Islam, the most extreme interpretation of that religion. The adherents to this extremism could provide a pool of suicide bombers. They came to this country, attended flight schools, never getting arrested, some moving freely into and out of the country several times, even without visas.

Researchers, trying to piece together what actually happened, have uncovered gross discrepancies between the official account and actual circumstances. Some evidence, and when evidence is not available, the way events unfolded, government response to events and various slips of the tongue by high government officials readily point to a so far publicly unacknowledged scheme by major government "players" to further their agenda.

We need to see clearly what we, the ordinary American citizens, are up against. It's the White House and the whole military, economic (war profiteers) and foreign policy regime, working together to bring us to heel. The threat is not external. It simply is not just out there.

They'll even tell you about themselves. They've got "sleeper cells" in the US ready and awaiting their next assignment. Sleeper cells are also a creation of the CIA in conjunction with the national secrecy administration, the military industrial oiligarchy. They create the "intelligence chatter." They decide what bits of it get to the President and what gets to the National Security Advisor. They ratchet up public fear with their very own creations of green, yellow, orange and red alert codes. And you dutifully march down to get your duct tape and plastic to make your very own what? "Safe room?" "Fallout shelter?" Or maybe not. But you have become too frightened to speak out. So you continue to "mind your own business."

The threat is internal folks. It's in the CIA, the FBI, in their programs for homeland security and patriot actions. One key point David Griffin makes in "The New Pearl Harbor" is that in spite of how frightening the thought is of the Bush regime's complicity in causing such a large-scale atrocity and our tendency to say "let sleeping dogs lie," these "dogs" may well not be sleeping but continuing to use their official story for nefarious purposes, both within the US and around the world. If we clam up out of fear when we suspect foul play, we may be forced to go down roads we don't want to go.

A good source to look into this issue is: www.globalresearch.ca.

Anonymous

Woodacre

Letter to Senator Chesbro

As a taxpayer in the State of California, I request that the CA state legislature reject Governor Schwarzenegger's proposed budget. This budget includes a significant increase in general fund allocations to corrections, while higher education is receiving a crippling decrease in general fund support for the second consecutive year. I also urge you to vote against the supplemental spending bill to backfill $1.5 billion in cost overruns from a negligent prison guard contract signed by Gray Davis.

Mismanagement, failed programs and corruption plague the California corrections industry. Coupled with irresponsible union contracts and cost overruns, this translates to billions of California tax dollars being wasted at the same time we are being forced to cripple our University system and deny tens of thousands of qualified high school graduates the promise of higher education. California currently leads the nation in number and percentage of technical, non-violent parole violators it returns to prison; nearly 75,000 annually at a cost of more than $1 billion to taxpayers.

While many of the expensive deterrence measures have failed to lower the number of inmates and tax dollars spent on corrections, education is a proven tool for preventing crime, especially disadvantaged communities. The Governor's proposal to cut CSU and UC Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) that help prepare high school students from disadvantaged communities for the reality of what is required to obtain a college education, is completely unacceptable. These programs overwhelmingly serve 1st generation college students that otherwise wouldn't have access to the essential information and assistance they need to obtain a college education. An investment in EOP is an investment in our future as the youth affected are the most at risk and marginalized in our K-12 system and those most likely to turn to crime or public assistance if they do not obtain a college education.

Along with the Governor's targeted cuts to EOP, for the second year in a row a Governor has proposed millions of dollars in general fund reductions to our higher education system. In order to preserve the quality of the educational experience, a cut of this magnitude will result in over 20,00 qualified high school graduates being denied admission to our state university system. Considering the $1 million lifetime earning gap between a college and high school graduate, that decline in enrollment equates to $20 billion in lost potential earnings in just one year of limiting enrollment.

This unprecedented decline in enrollment will not only adversely affect California's economy by limiting earning potential, it will also be affecting California businesses ability to compete by eliminating thousands of educated employees from the California workforce. Three decades ago, the state university system was the jewel of the state government and was considered the engine that drove California's economic boom. Let's return California to the days of nationwide economic prestige and put these decades of neglect of our higher education system in the past. In the early 1980's, corrections' spending was half that of higher education, by 1994 the two were essentially equal. If the Governor's proposed budget is approved, in 2004-05 corrections spending will be nearly 15% more than higher education. Not only is this unacceptable, it is not in line with the values of the people of California.

For our students, for our universities, for our future, please work with Governor Schwarzenegger to keep his campaign promises to make education a priority and to take the special interests out of Sacramento.

Concerned California Taxpayer

Where is the Outrage?

Where is the outrage?

Stephen Simac appropriately asks this question in the April issue of the Coastal Post where he points out that the public record contains a Congressional inquiry into an alleged transfer of $100,000 to one of the hijackers by a General in the Pakistani intelligence agency just two months before 9/11.

Why was this important information covered up? Why has the media neglected to badger the Bush administration about its foot dragging over revealing pre-9/11 events? Why has there not been more indignation over who doesn't testify under oath? President Bush announces a determination to "get at the truth," yet he -- who holds the ultimate responsibility for what was and wasn't done -- refuses to testify alone in public. That is as ridiculous as auditioning an orchestra without a conductor.

Something is rotten! But the media has its nose out the window. Choose your label: corrupt, blind or ignorant.

Benson B. Roe, M.D.

San Rafael

Brickbats & Bouquets

It's a scuzzy tactic for proponents of parcel taxes to call a special election, at a taxpayer cost of about four to six dollars per registered voter, in order to stack the odds of getting a smaller voter turnout where only dedicated supporters turn out in major numbers.

So brickbats to the school board of Dixie School District for rejecting both the recent March and upcoming November elections, and instead calling an April 13 special election, sticking it to the taxpayers to the tune of some 51 to 77 thousand dollars.

And bouquets to the Tam School District board for recognizing the added costs of a special election, and for therefore planning to schedule their Tam High parcel tax measure for the November 2 election.

Fielding Greaves, Secretary

Marin United Taxpayers Association

Democracy Is Imbedded In The true Teachings Of Islam

Kim Hester writes from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, where I lived as a child, in the April issue of The Coastal Post expressing hopes that "democracy" will be exported to the doorsteps of governments throughout the Arab World. Such hopes are just a shade above unfulfilled dreams, for it is my contention that Western style democracy will never reach their shores as long as the US government's agenda in that part of the world is its increasing bullying hegemony, "our cruise missiles can beat your Chinese Silkworm missiles" mentality, invasion and take-over of its vast oil reserves and natural resources (such as Iraq's abundance of sulfur and phosphorous), and using those unsuspecting countries as futuristic testing grounds for drawing board weapons of super mass destruction as evidenced in places such as Lebanon, Afghanistan, and twice in Iraq.

If the US government wanted to veer the Arab Middle East towards its peculiar brand of "democracy" that houses two major political parties whose members spend more time discrediting and smearing each other than tending to the needs of its populace, positive growth and productivity, and the establishment of real justice and equality for all, it would have undertaken that task years ago. However, encouraging and exporting Western style democracy to the Arab World would mean that once established there, the US could no longer attack and decimate their lands at whim, take control over its natural resources, or to protect its spoiled brat with-friends-like-that-who-needs-an-enemy Israel that has raised its six pointed star flag over what has become Israeli Occupied Washington. It would have to desist in such acts and negotiate with its new democratic leaders. Where's the fun in that? Where would the US then test its forthcoming newer and more destructive weapons of massive mass destruction? Haiti? North Korea? Chile?

In reality, Hester should know by now that one of the best forms of democracy is imbedded in the true teachings of Islam. The problem, of course, is that there are no Arab or non-Arab Muslim countries whose leaders are willing to implement laws that require, for one, the removal of any leader who violates its equitable laws or is otherwise unfit to rule over the land and its people. Now, before readers submit their challenges to the fact that Islam contains the elements of a true, just, and equitable form of government, go on the Internet and learn about Islam beforehand, and log on to bonfire Muslim-established websites, and verify their sources of information.

Yousef Salem

Sunnyvale

Let Justice Be Done Though The Heavens Fall.

In this time of war against Osama bin Laden and the oppressive Taliban regime, we are thankful that OUR leader isn't the spoiled son of a powerful politician from a wealthy oil family who is supported by religious fundamentalists, operates through clandestine organizations, has no respect for the democratic electoral process, bombs innocents, and uses war to deny people their civil liberties. Amen.

The prayer of Huey Freedman, "The Boondocks" cartoon by Aaron McGruder.

The theory of a free press is that truth will emerge from free discussion, not that it will be presented perfectly and instantly in any one account.

Walter Lippmann

Every time anyone says Israel is our only friend in the Middle East, I can't help remembering that, before Israel, we had no enemies in the Middle East.

John Sheehan

Stop US aid to Israel.

If we're "the Home of the Brave," why do we always pick on countries much smaller and weaker than we are? Why do we bomb innocent civilians, who have few or no defenses, from 30,000 feet, killing them and their children, destroying their infrastructure, and, by way of sanctions, prevent them from rebuilding, an act which kills many of the survivors over time in slow lingering deaths? This is the mark of the coward, not the brave.

Daniel Stone

[email protected]

Save The Hubble!

Dear 38,000 Hubble Petitioners,

No logic can support the notion that while the Space Shuttle is safe enough for multiple flights to the Space Station over the next decade, it is not safe enough for even one flight to Hubble. It is disingenuous to announce bold plans for a risky manned flight to Mars while at the same time retreating from a flight to Hubble just a few hundred miles away.

NASA's leadership should either defend the risk of the loss of life as justifiable given the overall benefits to mankind, or it should retreat from manned missions altogether. We can ill afford to spend another decade funding manned projects such as the Space Station and the trip to Mars, only to have them shelved when NASA realizes it has no appetite for the inherent risk. If the shuttle can not be made safe enough at any cost, then abandon it and the Space Station, and spend more resource developing a robotic solution to fix Hubble, and to launch future scientific missions.

The impact of Hubble on society and the enlightening new discovery of water on Mars make it clear that for the foreseeable future there is much more to be gained, in terms of science and political capital, from robotic initiatives (Hubble is an optical robot after all) than from projects that require NASA to make the environment safe enough for a man. Let's get back to manned flights when either we as a people have decided to accept the inevitable loss of life, or at such time as we have designed a space ship that is capable of traveling at near the speed of light. Only then will the benefits outweigh the risks. Spread the word.

Michael Paolucci

President

Savethehubble.org

Slooh.com

US Monitor Khyber Pass To Check Flow Of Heroin

I am angered at the Bush Administration for their feeble attack on the poppy growing fields in Afghanistan. For years we have been led to believe that American governments have been fighting the narco wars spending billions of dollars in Columbia, Mexico, countries it has a hard time to make progress, but it has the power in Kabul along with the puppet government and the United Nations forces there to put an end to the drug trade.

I sort of remember that during the Iran Contra days that the CIA was accused with Col. North of running drugs to pay for the clandestine wars in Central America. So I say to myself that some people in high places are probably padding their pockets with Afghan narco profits, not only the Taliban and Osama bin Laden. One of the main routes out of Afghanistan is through Pakistan and there must be some siphoning off of drug profits going to the Politicos there.

There is no hope that the poppy crop for 2004 will be destroyed as it should be. Could the UN be skimming some of the profits as Kofi did with the Iraq oil for food program? It would pay for the US and its allies to destroy the crop which they can do and reimburse the farmers with prepaid credits for the purchase of wheat, nuts and fruits. Unless this is done immediately it will be like waiting for another WTC meltdown from drugs, when all along Bush and company had knowledge of the wide spread drug profits into the fabric of the terrorists and the Coalition nations. Please Pres. Bush don't wait like we waited for 9/11. You know what has to be done, so do it NOW.

Dr. Norman Mann

San Diego

Something Positive On Bush, Please

Hello my name is Lias Djili. I am here to ask you to put some pro Bush articles in your news paper. As I know you are one of the most known news papers in the area so I write to you. Please I think this would make you even more well known in the area.

Lias Djili

Berkeley

Protect Alaskan Waters!

Alaskan waters are among the world's most diverse, productive and complex marine ecosystems. The seafloor of the North Pacific Ocean is adorned with magnificent, yet fragile, communities of deepwater coral and sponge, which recent scientific studies show provides essential habitat to fish, crabs and other marine life. Ongoing loss of this habitat, however, places the health of these remarkable deepwater ocean ecosystems at risk.

Like clear-cutting of old growth forests, bottom trawling fishing vessels cause extensive damage to deepwater coral habitat, potentially causing long-term changes to the entire marine ecosystem. For eight years, the federal National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has failed to protect Alaska's waters from the harmful effects of fishing, as required by law. In response to a court order, NMFS has finally drafted an Essential Fish Habitat Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the North Pacific, which includes the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, and Aleutian Islands. This EIS contains several alternatives to protect habitat from ongoing destruction, but amazingly recommends taking no action to do so.

Please! We need to do more to protect our ocean habitats and the life they support.

Please Help Protect Alaska's Ocean Ecosystems!

Peter Bauer

San Rafael

Spain Pulls From Phony War

The Bush administration complains that Spain is giving into terrorism because Spain is pulling out of Iraq. But this is not the case. When Spain was attacked by Bin Laden they realized that they were making an error supporting Bush's phony war in Iraq. That they could no longer waste their resources on Iraq and that they should go after the real terrorists instead. I just hope that someday we in America figure out that it's more effective to go after the real enemy - Bin Laden - rather than fake enemies like Iraq.

Marc Perkel

San Francisco, CA.

Saddam May Be Called?

Bush may say he won't "Cut and Run" but it appears as though he is doing just that in respect to hiring Baath General officers. If all was going as well as his High Command including Gen. Abizaid there would be no need for officers of the criminal Saddam. Who knows it may get much worse and Bush in his desperation may even give Saddam a second chance to restore his broken country.

Dr. Norman Mann

San Diego

Target Income Inequity, Whew!

Target CEO Robert Ulrich's estimated hourly wage: $9,134. Average Target employee's hourly wage: $8. And yes President Bush and his anti-tax Republicans want to give these super rich folk further tax breaks. Consequences so far: Tax cuts go to those who already have more than enough; Income inequality is being exasperated by continuing tax cuts to the wealthy; America is faced with a whopping federal budget deficit caused by a loss of tax revenues. It seems Bush/Republicans could care less about the poor and Middle Class. Warm and fuzzy conservatism this isn't.

Ron Lowe

Nevada City, CA

UN Voting-Who's With Us?

With this info being documented and the documentation of where 90% of the terrorists originate, I wonder if we can say we are blowing own collective brains out... Ya' Really GOTTA' wonder where common sense went, I HAVE THE ANSWER .. POLITICS.

Below are the actual voting records of various Arabic/Islamic States which are recorded in both the US State Department and United Nations' records:

Kuwait votes against the United States 67% of the time.

Qatar votes against the United States 67% of the time.

Morocco votes against the United States 70% of the time.

United Arab Emirates votes against the U. S. 70% of the time.

Jordan votes against the United States 71% of the time.

Tunisia votes against the United States 71% of the time.

Saudi Arabia votes against the United States 73% of the time.

Yemen votes against the United States 74% of the time.

Algeria votes against the United States 74% of the time.

Oman votes against the United States 74% of the time.

Sudan votes against the United States 75% of the time.

Pakistan votes against the United States 75% of the time.

Libya votes against the United States 76% of the time.

Egypt votes against the United States 79% of the time.

Lebanon votes against the United States 80% of the time.

India votes against the United States 81% of the time.

Syria votes against the United States 84% of the time.

Mauritania votes against the United States 87% of the time.

US Foreign Aid to those that hate us:

Egypt, for example, after voting 79% of the time against the United States, still receives $2 billion annually in US Foreign Aid.

Jordan votes 71% against the United States and receives

$192,814,000 annually in US Foreign Aid.

Pakistan votes 75% against the United States receives $6,721,000

annually in US Foreign Aid.

India votes 81% against the United States receives $143,699,000

annually in US Foreign Aid.

Perhaps it is time to get out of the foreign aid business in these countries and give the tax savings back to the American workers who are having to skimp and sacrifice to pay the taxes.

Pass it along. Everyone needs to know this. Might even mention it to your congressman, who knows it anyway...what a disgrace...no wonder many in the world have no respect for us!

Rich Walko

[email protected]

YOUR President!

Where were your Leftist criticism when YOUR elected pRESIDENT cLINTON was in office mocking and degrading the office of the president?

Matt-Maine

[email protected]

Let The Truth Be Known

George W. Bush CEO Of America Inc.

Just so you know:

I attacked and took over 2 countries.

I spent the US surplus and bankrupted the US Treasury.

I shattered the record for the biggest annual deficit in history (not easy!).

I set an economic record for the most personal bankruptcies filed in any 12 month period.

I set all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the stock market.

I am the first president in decades to execute a federal prisoner.

In my first year in office I set the all-time record for most days on vacation by any president in US history (tough to beat my dad's, but I did).

After taking the entire month of August off for vacation, I presided over the worst security failure in US history.

I set the record for most campaign fund raising trips by any president in US history.

In my first two years in office over 2 million Americans lost their jobs.

I cut unemployment benefits for more out-of-work Americans than any other president in US history.

I set the all-time record for most real estate foreclosures in a 12-month period.

I appointed more convicted criminals to administration positions than any president in US history.

I set the record for the fewest press conferences of any president, since the advent of TV.

I signed more laws and executive orders amending the Constitution than any other US president in history.

I presided over the biggest energy crises in US history and refused to intervene when corruption was revealed.

I cut health care benefits for war veterans.

I set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously take to the streets to protest me (15 million people), shattering the record for protest against any person in the history of mankind.

I dissolved more international treaties than any president in US history.

I've made my presidency the most secretive and unaccountable of any in US history.

Members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in US history. (The poorest multimillionaire, Condoleeza Rice, has a Chevron oil tanker named after her.)

I am the first president in US history to have all 50 states of the Union simultaneously struggle against bankruptcy.

I presided over the biggest corporate stock market fraud in any market in any country in the history of the world.

I am the first president in US history to order a US attack AND military occupation of a sovereign nation, and I did so against the will of the United Nations and the vast majority of the international community.

I have created the largest government department bureaucracy in the history of the United States, called the "Bureau of Homeland Security" (only one letter away from BS).

I set the all-time record for biggest annual budget spending increases, more than any other president in US history (Ronnie was tough to beat, but I did it!!).

I am the first president in US history to compel the United Nations remove the US from the Human Rights Commission.

I am the first president in US history to have the United Nations remove the US from the Elections Monitoring Board.

I removed more checks and balances, and have the least amount of congressional oversight than any presidential administration in US history.

I rendered the entire United Nations irrelevant. I withdrew from the World Court of Law.

I refused to allow inspectors access to US prisoners of war and by default no longer abide by the Geneva Conventions.

I am the first president in US history to refuse United Nations election inspectors access during the 2002 US elections.

I am the all-time US (and world) record holder for most corporate campaign donations.

The biggest lifetime contributor to my campaign, who is also one of my best friends, presided over one of the largest corporate bankruptcy frauds in world history (Kenneth Lay, former CEO of Enron Corporation).

I spent more money on polls and focus groups than any president in US history.

I am the first president to run and hide when the US came under attack (and then lied, saying the enemy had the code to Air Force 1)

I am the first US president to establish a secret shadow government.

I took the world's sympathy for the US after 9/11, and in less than a year made the US the most resented country in the world (possibly the biggest diplomatic failure in US and world history).

I am the first US president in history to have a majority of the people of Europe (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and stability.

I changed US policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.

I set the all-time record for the number of administration appointees who violated US law by not selling their huge investments in corporations bidding for government contracts.

I have removed more freedoms and civil liberties for Americans than any other president in US history.

I entered office with the strongest economy in US history and in less than two years turned every single economic category heading straight down.

RECORDS AND REFERENCES: I have at least one conviction for drunk driving in Maine (Texas driving record has been erased and is not available).

I was AWOL from the National Guard and deserted the military during time of war.

I refuse to take a drug test or even answer any questions about drug use. (wink, wink)

All records of my tenure as governor of Texas have been spirited away to my fathers library, sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.

All records of any SEC investigations into my insider trading or bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.

All minutes of meetings of any public corporation for which I served on the board are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.

Any records or minutes from meetings I (or my VP) attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public review.

With Love,

GEORGE W. BUSH

The White House, Washington, DC

Note: this information should be useful to voters in the 2004 election.

 

 

 

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