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 Wednesday,   May 21, 2003 

 Quotes

"Bill Bennett is through...He is objectively discredited. He will not be proffered any public post by any president
  into the foreseeable future. He will not publish another book on another virtue, if there is any he has neglected to
  write about. It is possible that the books written by him on the subject, sitting in bookstores, will work their way
  to the remainder houses. These are the consequences of the damage he has done to himself.
     --William F. Buckley Jr,   Bennett and His Enemies
 

 Woo Hoo!
 The bad guy loses - for once!


 Terror Alert in U.S. Raised to 'High' 

  Click  Here

  Excerpt:
 The Bush administration, concerned that a wave of attacks overseas could spread to the United States,
 raised the terrorism alert level to orange on Tuesday and called for increased security nationwide.

 Authorities described the intelligence pointing to a domestic attack as general in nature, with nothing
 credible suggesting a time, location, method or target. They pointed to last week's bombings in Saudi
 Arabia and Morocco as part of a coordinated series that could spread.

"The U.S. intelligence community believes that al-Qaida has entered an operational period worldwide,
 and this may include attacks in the United States," Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said.
 

 Funny how Al Qaeda cooperated with Bush and gave him
 a peace window so he could play dress up and get some campaign footage...


     Y'know, those two guys look like,,, Nah, couldn't be...

 But now that the boy has had his chance to play with America's toys and take pictures,
 the Al Qaeda bombing campaign has resumed and people are dying again.

 Boy, this Bush White House has their photo-op timing down, don't they?



 Quotes

"We all live in fairly dangerous times in terms of freedom of speech and freedom of expression.
  A lot of the songwriters that I've admired and learned from ... are people who spoke in matters
  of conscience as well as matters of the heart. I think that it's essential that we defend that right."
          --Elvis Costello,


 Subject: Military Talk (re: Issue 1071)

 Bart,

 About the guy "Lee P" who mentioned Nuremberg; it's worth considering that those tried and executed
 were not just German foot soldiers and the like, but officers and others very high up on the chain of command.

 Even if the argument is made to hold water that soldiers are accountable for the actions they are ordered
 to do, the comparison is still off.  As you said there's a difference between toppling a government and
 wiping out millions of people indiscriminately.

 Long story short, I can't fault soldiers for doing their job.  I don't view soldiers or the military as being
 beyond criticism (the whole Iraq strategy was a mess, and succeeded only because Iraq's military was
 a joke, in my opinion), but that's hardly the fault of the men and women ordered to search the building
 that might be hiding a sniper, or rigged to blow up.

 Keep swingin', Bart, and good luck with BC Radio!

- John



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 The War Profiteers Card Deck exposes some of the real war criminals in the USís endless War of Terror.
 This is no Sunday bridge club. These are individuals and institutions that stack the deck against democracy
 in the rigged game of global power. Exposing their place in the house of cards illuminates the links among
 corporations, institutions, and government officials that profit from endless war. The US War of Terror is
 not about liberation, democracy, or UN resolutions. Plainly put, the War of Terror--whether in Iraq, Colombia,
 Afghanistan, or the USA--is about subjugation, resource extraction, and opening markets: a practice once
 referred to more honestly as colonialism.

 Each suit in this deck represents a category of war profiteers:

  Oil, gas, and energy companies

  US government officials (because they love you)

  Military and defense contractors

  Heads of industry, finance, media, policy, and hype
 

 The old Iran-Contra gang is back together and raping the world like crazy.
 George Schultz, James Baker, Bechtel, The Carlyle Group and Poppy Bush have joined forces with Lockheed Martin,
 Clear Channel, Rupert Murdoch and FOX News (who shamelessly cheered for this war like some damn football game)
 ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco, Halliburton, Shell Oil, Occidental Petroleum, Unocal, Paul Wolfowitz and Northrop Grumann
 Henry Kissinger - the Bringer of Death, John Ashcroft, Richard Perle, Amerada Hess, Unka Dick, Donald Rumsfeld,

 plus Tom Ridge, John Negroponte, the always-lying Colin Powell and don't forget convicted felon John Poindexter.

 How did they fit all these homegroan terrorists on a mere 52 cards?

 Sidebar:
 Did you know Poppy's Carlyle Group was the biggest shareholder in the maker of Bradley Fighting Vehicles?

 I ordered a deck - hell, just $10 for a scorecard that will be helpful in the next five years is cheap.


  Only Under Dubya: AWOL=AOK

  Click  Here

  Excerpt:
"We really don't look for deserters anymore," said Mark Raimondi, spokesman for the Army's
 Criminal Investigation Command. "If folks don't want to stay around, we don't want them."

 From the Revolutionary War on, deserters have been seen as the dirty laundry of the armed forces
 ó the mockers of code and honor, the drags on morale.

 They come in varied shadings of character and motivation: lonesome 19-year-olds with a sick mom
 back home. Late-blooming conscientious objectors who signed up for the college benefits.
 Miscreants with an appetite for drugs and street violence. And the ones who simply got scared.

 During the Vietnam War, especially in its early stages, the FBI helped the military track down deserters.
 Courts-martial were common.


 ...unless Daddy was rich and protected your cocaine-sniffin', drunk ass.


 Hey Bart?

 Remember what you learned in the sandbox?
"It's nice to share, my son" (selflessness)

 And then when you started playing your favorite 'American' sport?
"Don't hog the ball, my son"  (sportsmanship)

 And then when you started dating?
"Treat her like her father's watching, and she'll be impressed you are a gentleman..." (good manners)

 Might as well throw those ideals out the window, because with the B.F.E.E., we've 'advanced' into:

 The Law of the Jungle Under the leadership of George: of the Jungle.

"What's our oil doing under their sand!"
"I don't have to listen to anyone, you see..."
"Damn French ingrates, who needs 'em!"

 International law? It is dying: with each movement GWB makes.
(as a student of International Law and the Law of War, Cambridge UK, 1995)

 But it can be restored in 2005, if the USA holds one last free election.

 Keep it up,
 Drew
 

 I don't have a good feeling about the 2004 elections.
 The Democrats apparently don't mind that Diebold (R-Funny software) owns and controls
 the voting process and that it's ILLEGAL to attempt to verify if the machines are accurate.

 There's an old hustle I learned in my days as a pool shark:
"I agree to play by your rules if I get to keep score."

 As long as the Democrats are willing to let the GOP keep score,
 and by law that score cannot be verified, they don't have a chance.



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 VCR Alert

 Season finale of Enterprise
 Shania will bring 5 minutes of good to the Country Music Hoedown
 Will the Dixie Chicks be there?

 ...but the big guns are on Law & Order, where they arrest Michael Jackson for child-dangling.

 TV Talk

 On the last 24 of the season, Keifer managed to stop the illegal oil war in the Middle East.
 You see, in Fantasyland, America doesn't murder smaller countries just to steal their oil.

 No, that only happens in real life, when the scared rabbit Democrats go to sleep
 and let the murdering B.F.E.E. run rampant and take over the whole planet.



 Subject: This modern world

 Hi BC!

 I am so happy to see you running "This Modern World."
 I used to read that strip regularly (koresh, it's been so long I can't remember
 what 'zine it was) and had totally forgot how scathing yet insightful it is.

 Not that I don't already, but I'll definitely visit your site every day for certain!

 YM
 

 YM, let me explain:
 Back in early 2001 (who knows, time goes so fast) my producer Marc Perkel went from free
 bandwidth to paying for it. We had to discontinue the larger toons. TMW is often hueueuege.

 But with the radio shows coming in at 100 meg, what's a giant toon here and there?
 I hope my good friend Tom Tomorrow doesn't think I stopped running his stuff
 out of some reason other than size - I should write and tell him that.

 Thanks



 Americam get facts right on present, past leaders
  by Mark Taggart

  Click  Here

  Excerpt:
Were sailors honored that their commander in chief paid them "a little homage?" Maybe so. However, when
this commander had the opportunity to serve, he went AWOL from his post for over a year in 1972-73.
A curious way to show respect, is it not?     If you or I deserted, it would have ruined our careers and perhaps
landed us in jail. But it apparently doesn't apply if you are the son of someone with connections in Washington;
you could end up having the Supreme Court appoint you as president.


 Another great error message
  This one's so good, it reminded me of 'get your war on'

 http://www.clint.ca/oops/index.htm



 Subject: Tuesday

 Good afternoon Bart,

 I just don't get it - I thought the idea behind the war with Iraq was to make sure Saddam didn't use
 his (so far nonexistent) weapons of mass destruction against us and to defeat terrorism, so if we won,
 where are the WMD and why is the terror alert level being raised?  Did we really lose?

 It was a handjob from day one, and everybody knows that now.
 

 Why is there no one in the press or the Democratic party questioning the many failures of the appointed moron?

 Thank you for letting me vent - it makes me realize that we really are stuck in Bizarro world -
 looking forward to the radio show.

 John P.
 

 John, good questions.
 The media is protecting Bush because they can make an extra nickel.
 Their corporate owners want another tax cut more than their integrity.

 Koresh only knows why the Democrats are too afraid to speak.
 I mean, can Mr Rove have pictures of every Democrat with a sheep?


 A victory (of sorts) in Iraq
   by Gene Lyons

  Click  Here

  Excerpt:
 According to the White House script, the made-for-TV action/adventure flick CNN called "Showdown Iraq"
 ended triumphantly when President Bush swaggered across the USS Abraham Lincoln's flight deck in his
 Village People fighter jock costume.  On Chris Matthews' MSNBC blatherfest, "Hardball," the hyperbolic
 host and G. Gordon Liddy got so overwhelmed with patriotic zeal that they actually discussed the president's,
 um, well, his "manly characteristic" was Liddy's euphemism. The Watergate felon turned  talk show host chided
 Democrats who found Bush's posturing ludicrous. "Run that stuff again of him walking across there with the
 parachute," Liddy scolded. "He has just won every woman's vote in the United States of America. You know,
 all those women who say size doesn't count - they're all liars."



 Quotes

"The whole time I kept thinking, 'When am I going to cry?'
  I remember when it finally came it was like getting hit with a brick wall."
   -- Sarah Michelle Geller on filming her last scene of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the desert outside Los Angeles.


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 Quotes

"What makes me angriest, is that the VA doctors, as federal employees, can't recommend marijuana use
  because the U.S.  government says it has no medical value.  Now that's ridiculous! Some of these guys
  have terrible problems.  It must have been a meat-grinder over there in Vietnam - and more of the wounded
  survived than in any previous war.  They have terrible battle wounds.  They've been shot to pieces, stepped
  on mines, exposed to Agent Orange.  Many of these people found out for themselves that marijuana is the
  best thing for post traumatic stress disorder, and that is not on the approved list, so I've had to tell them
 'Sorry, the Oregon law is set up only for physical disabilities.  If you have any kind of battle wounds I can
  do it for you, but I can't do it for PTSD, period.' It's an absolute travesty that marijuana can't be prescribed
  for psychiatric disabilities.  These guys have been given a whole bunch of stuff that doesn't work and that
  frequently makes them worse - Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft."
    -- Phil Leveque, a 79-year-old PhD pharmacologist and doctor of osteopathy


  Click  Here  to read more about "Dr Phil."


 Two of America's Richest Assail Bush Tax Cut
  Unelected monkey president trying his best to destroy the economy

  Click  Here

  Excerpt:
 Billionaire investors Warren Buffett and George Soros, Nos. 2 and 24 on Forbes
 Magazine's 400 richest Americans, both railed on Tuesday against Monkey's plan
 to deepen income tax cuts and eliminate taxes on corporate dividends.

 Buffett said he already pays about the same income tax rate as his receptionist -- about 30 percent.
 But Buffett said with the Bush tax cut, he could pay a mere 3 percent in income taxes. Recalling JFK's
 declaration that Americans should "pay any price, bear any burden" for the country, Buffett said a
 3 percent income tax rate "seems a bit light."
 

 Please, Mr Bush - just let us work a little - please?


 Subject: Problem with Bart Chat

 Dear Bart,

 I was unable to log into the chatroom Tuesday around 10:30 pm.
 Was there anything going on technically or has something changed and I just missed the notice?
 Didn't want to bug you since I know you're busy with the radio stuff.
 

 Yes, they changed the address to a more monkey-free environment.

 Click  Here  for the instructions


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 Quotes

"Who will replace Ari?  (Paging Chris Matthews!)
     -- Joe Conason's Journal
 
 


"Tweety is already on the payroll."


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 Yukon Bill is putting together the financial page.  If you want to help,
 (He needs bureau chief types ) contact him at  willstein@inamongus.com


Why Radio Files Donít Play

 Bart,

 Iím a Mac user, and the radio files freeze for me, too.  But at least I know why.  Itís because Iím on a
 dial-up internet connection.  No streaming-type audio works decently.  Even the samples on Appleís own
 iTunes Store play for no more than 5 seconds before they stop to rebuffer.

 Itís not your fault, Bart.  Unfortunately, thereís nothing either of us can do about it.  And though I
 wish you nothing but success beyond all expectation, thereís no reason for me to subscribe until I
 get a broadband connection.  Being unemployed for ten months now, high-speed internet service
 will have to wait for awhile.  Sorry.

 Keep up the good work.

 Steve
 

 Steve, I somewhat disagree.
 I had 56K at the car lot and I got Mike Malloy's Radio Show almost perfectly.
 About twice an hour, it would re-buffer, but otherwise it was fine.

 Is it a coincidence that Macs are having the trouble?
 Any Windows people out there having trouble with the stream?

 To check, Click  Here  and see if you hear anything

ol' Bart if anyone else has a clue...



 Subject: About the word "nigger"

 Bart

 I used to think like you regarding the word "nigger."   I felt that so long as using it serves to illustrate how
 profoundly offensive the term is, it is justified to discuss it. That is until I saw an episode of "Boston Public"
 where a white teacher was having a class discussion regarding the word. I was on the white teacher's side
 of the conflict, until towards the end where Marla (a black teacher) said that until any person is on the
 receiving end of that term in its most negative connotation, no one can know the true meaning of the word
 and how hateful that word truly is. Spike Lee, in an ironic twist, hinted that white folks who have the best
 of intentions "have not earned the right to say it." I don't know about that; but there truly is a difference
 between an African American saying it derogatorily, and a white man saying it with the best of intentions.

 The word is offensive in any context because of the baggage attached to it.
 Pidru.


 Where Are All The Democrats?
      by Vicki Gray

  Click  Here

  Excerpt:
 An unelected president, acting as if he had won an overwhelming mandate, leads our country into
 an aggressive war, trashes the international system, turns a huge surplus into an out-of-control deficit,
 and showers tax relief on the rich while the economy tanks. The Democrats? They head for cover.


 Subject: reality check

 Bart, you printed:

> "Acting Navy Secretary Hansford T. Johnson presented Mrs. Reagan with the Distinguished Public Service Award.
>  A citation recognized her "poise and bearing" in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. "

 I had to wake up in some alternate fucked up universe.
 That's the only explanation.   Up is down, right is left, war is peace, etc.
 Hell, give me an award for interdimensional travel without any intent.
 That would make more sense.

 migs
 

 Migs, true.
 Every day, Rush, Hannity and FOX explain how America is better now with war, terror and recession
 than it was when that criminal Clinton was giving us all that overblown peace and prosperity.

 Think the 2004 voters will buy it?
 Or will they buy it and Diebold straighten them out?


Marty's E! page
Harper's Weekly Review.
Jen, from Australia, sent a screen-grab that can only be accessed from the US
New BAGnews
Martin Scorsese is doing a film on Bob Dylan
Elton John & Billy Joel donated concert tickets for the musicians relief fund
'The Practice' fired 6 actors
David Gilmour donates to low-income workers & the homeless
Chevron/Texaco is bagging 63 years of sponsoring the NY Met broadcasts
James Brown pardoned in South Carolina
Buenos Aires recognizes gay & lesbian couples
Liive telecast from the summit of Mt. Everest
Scott Weiland - coke & heroin
Michael Jackson & Taco Bell
Pickles was in town with chump change for the peasants
And, Arnold had the best party at Cannes


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 Correction:

 In yesterday's issue, I inadvertantly said woman killer Joe Scarborough worked for FOX.


"I kill women - got any?"

 Marty, our intrepid Entertainment mogul, pointed out that the woman killer actually works for MSGOP.

 I asked her, "Is there a difference?"

 Her reply:

 Well, sorta-kinda.

 MSNBC is a joint-ownership venture of Bill Gates & GE (who bring good things to death).
 Faux is a joint-ownership venture of Rupert Murdoch & Satan.

 MSNBC, in an effort to become the 'new' fox, has a wonderful on-the-job-training program
 for white men only - like Joey Scarborough & Jesse Ventura.

 Of course, they're against affirmative action.
 Doo dah.  Doo dah.

 marty
 

 bartcop.com  regrets the error


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 Subject: phony turd

 You critiqued your radio gig and called yourself Patrick.
 You wrote the JK letter.

 ha ha

 You assume you know what happened to Scarboroughs aide.
 You must be an asshole to make that assumption.

 Here are the facts:
 A healthy young woman died from a blow to the head inside US Rep Joe Scarborough's office.
 Instead of getting the local coroner to determine a cause of death, the state of Florida (Jeb Bush)
 hired a coroner from Missouri who was previously fired for falsifying autopsy reports.

 And the press didn't care about Republican Scarborough's dead girl
 because Gary Condit was making news, and he was a Democrat.
  The press always covers for the Republican, and always hypes the "guilt" of the Democrat.

 The crooked coroner ruled that she died while standing up, then hit her head on corner of the desk
 as her lifeless body crashed back to Earth.   The problem is, you're a monkey who sees no crime there,
 but when Clinton got some tongue you were screaming "Crime! Crime! Impeach that criminal."

 Sidebar:
 I didn't print his name this time this time, but this is the same chimp
 who called me a liar for saying he reads bartcop.com  every single day.


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