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Saturday, May 13, 2006


featuring Ray McGovern's Buzz Flash Interview
Do not hesitate, if you wish to be off the list; forward if you like.
I am having some difficulty in making the various links "live" on the blog, the guard dogs at the firewalls start to bark at a profusion of htlm tags and links.
From now on I will simply send an alert about new postings in the subject line, and feew if any or no links at all.
Last week's sending about Bonzonet of the Comedie Francaise canceling their production of the great ART OF ASKING continues to make waves, especially in the world whose languages have a Latin inflection; it has now reached the Peruvian blogs and will fall into the South Pacific and be devoured by the rich upswelling of anchovies in the cold waters there this year. What has reached the English speaking world of mis and disinformation on this subject appears solely in a brief piece in The Guardian and Times on Line [ U.K] and the Toronto Globe and Mail. The NY Times ran two brief clips in its art summary section about a week or so ago. You can find a great deal of material and links on my artscritic blog, on the news pages of and ; also to Handke's various statements. Amazing amazing amazing the bog of ignorance that the mass information producers produce in the blooming minds of arts reporters en especial and the world at large. So much light producing darkness. Here are those links SCRIPTMANIA PROJECT MAIN SITE: , --
There is nothing especially mysterious as to their origin of most of the material that is collected in Summa Polico; herewith the list some with expression of preference for reliability and acumen, but in order of the preponderance of origin, all of which reach me via newsletter on a near daily basis for
Apr. 1500 addresses receive this summary on a weekly basis, approximately 100 addresses receive the sometimes daily sendings, with or without comments, which summary is then posted at
http://summapolitico.blogspot.comon whenever I find the time. [which itself is a collector from a large variety of sources, as is
which comes across the drink from London at the speed of the electron, and where Sidney Blumenthal is pitching a fine no-hitter on the Bush lies, an easy matter with such Bush league liars you may think, however he derives from a previous administration that knew something about prevarication, too .
which differs little from Romenesko at
the most important to me...
AND ....for excellent political economic background material on a daily basis... [some of it original, some of it roundup, there gets to be a fair amount of snakes biting snakes' tails all around, a different kind of daisy chain] Then there are: a weekly [Steven Aftergood's invaluable near daily sending of secrecy news which keeps proving over and over that the only secret is that there is no state secret except those that the priests of power create to stay in power]
[an occasional with a great data base] [The London Review of Books, a bi-monthly]
has an excellent daily newsletter which again links to their sources.... AP in most instances which shows how little use is made of AP by most major dailies, how much of it never makes it into print....John Dean especially but many other Legal Beagles with well honed snouts...
except for Tom Englehardt who works under the umbrella of the Nation Institute I find it a pallid publication....I think they endorsed motherhood this last week.., [Council of Hemispheric Affairs] is excellent on Latin Amurrica] to be supplemented by
for nitty-gritty stuff especially in Central America [ sometimes more than one communication per day! If you want a direct line to Sub-Commandante Marcos, here's your chance! they were great in their exposure of the NY Times terrible Latin coverage a few years back, especially the untrustworthy Juan Forero in Venezuela]
[the NY Review of Books appears every several weeks, except in summer when the backers of McCain and Wesley Clark for President retire to the Hamptons... its a permanently schizo shop with great political journalism.... Mark Danner... etc etc. [can be gotten as a newsletter, too but I prefer taking a gander at the site several times a week, and do the best I can to keep Jack "Jalapeno"Schafer honest. Unfortunately the preternaturally supercilious spirit of Michael Kinsley appears ineradicable, like the talcum powder that Arabian dust storm leave in every nook and cranny for decades to come. I am not kidding: I have some of it in a great radio I had shipboard with me in the Gulf in 1972/3! ]
arrives in my inbox with the first cry of the robin, [at 4 am PDT today] and differs little, except for speediness, in providing the daily grit from the variety of grit-producing spots in the Near East but has links to a variety of Arab papers which I consult with some frequency and does nothing to suppress the grit. I see nothing especially tendentious there, they present just "the fact" what the facts speak ....
arrive punctually and I am amused to see that both Tony the Pony and Bush the Whacker are doing the Cabinet Shuffle... at about the same time...
So does the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung's sending.
Oh yes, Columbia Journalism Review
too has a does
my impotent friends at what's left of the Trotzkyist Brigade. They see clearly, have nothing to lose by speaking truth to power, and their editorials differ little at this point from those composed by the highly paid staff of the NY Times... there's an idea for Mr. Sulzberger to save some money!
and I receive the L.A. Weekly and the Village Voice newsletters, too.
Painless as the receipt of all this information may be, ploughing through it, giving it some thought, letting it sink in... selecting from it depends also on my mood...
I do not, ordinarily, provide links to anything in the New York Times, for reason that it is a kind of coin, albeit impure and partial and very imperfect, of the realm; one or the other link to the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post and Guardian and Independent will appear, as well as to Slate
usually to one of Jack 'Jalapeño' Shafer's pieces, though Kaplan, Luthwick and a few other terrific people appear there as well, who have not gone gaga under the lasting influence of the malarial infection known as Michael Kinsley's superciliousness, not that Kinsley has not his occasional anti-dotal uses. [I know I said this before, but I had another metaphor]
The Atlantic. Harpers. Wired. Vanity Fair, The New Yorker... they all have more than nuggets...and some of them are on line.
Foreign Affairs has first rate material by serious people who are serious about the US Imperialism, as compared to the current clowns!
It is a rich world of political journalism for the few million too few.
Marc Cooper's piece on the Mexican/ American Border in the April issue of the Atlantic is a standout, Bernstein's piece in Vanity Fair got far too little play, best as I can tell, perhaps people don't expect anything from something with delectable girls on the cover and some gossip.
Seattle does not hold its own, it's at the bottom of the heap, just one cut [one game in the losing column] above Kansas as in the baseball standings, or Portland, O-gone in the basket ball league. It has always been like that is what people say, and it was too if you look at what it was like during the hot times in the late 60s and 70s. Summer always arrives late, the noggins never really dry out, moss grows not only on the north facing roofs of the houses. The most muscular dystrophy prone major city in the US also suffers from dystrophy of the mind, it is the lack of sunlight, of nearly any kind of light for up to six or seven months that is to blame, and the body's inability to produce it's own vitamin D. And the fact that the great majority of the profoundly provincial inhabitant of the area derive from the northern European reaches.
However, there was a time that the North West had the Wobblies... but those times ... long gone. Sanitized and with fat slugs slowly and innocently [no protective shells] oozing inside the northwestern minds... I delight when I hear a transplanted Brooklyn accent among the wonderful bus drivers.
I don't come up with many links to Time Magazine, Newsweek, or ABC or any of the networks that put their stuff into the sky, into your genes and onto the web simultaneously... Yahoo has a sharp news service but it seems entirely linked to AP... AP is great, except so few of its stories actually then make it into the papers... there might be a story in that for Uncle Jack. AP produces "just the facts, Ma'm" type pieces... but that is not what the populace seems to want to consume. Raw news, oh me Gawd!
I receive my weekly dose of the Weekly Standard... and though most of its attempts to defend Bush + Co. are entirely pathetic at this point, now and then there is a sound piece of one kind or the other; it has some clever whores writing for it, and some astounding fantatic such as Schwartz.
and sometimes I will pass something on from there and from
the Wall Street Journal's editorial page, whose nationalism and perversity for the rich often reminds me of Der Stuermer and many another fascist organ and which can get my juices flowing if the early Robin hasn't... different juices of course...
Only rarely have time to check the political blogs!
Each morning I visit Le Monde
for oysters and a glass of dry white wine...
and each afternoon
chiefly for the feulliton summary and links, although that also arrives as a newsletter from Perlentaucher, which as Sight and Sound provides a summary of the most exportable pieces in English.
However, it's a great age for journalism just below the layer that is most visible to the mass of sparrows, that feeds the main slow brain. And so there is a lot of low level rumbling, whether it will produce the necessary quake? It is to be doubted, too many people have followed the Crawford Kid's advice and just go shopping. And who knows what Carl Rove will have in store for the kiddies come Kingdome come!
Here now what interested me these past seven days or so:

As some of you may have heard or seen,
The BuzzFlash Interview with the Man Who Put the Washington Press Corps to Shame: Ray McGovern. "Why did you lie to get us into a war that was not necessary, that has caused these kinds of casualties? Why?" -- Ray McGovern, Questioning Donald Rumsfeld, May 4, 2006, Altanta
of you may have heard or seen, the BuzzFlash Interview with the Man Who Put the Washington Press Corps to Shame: Ray McGovern. "Why did you lie to get us into a war that was not necessary, that has caused these kinds of casualties? Why?" -- Ray McGovern, Questioning Donald Rumsfeld, May 4, 2006, Atlanta. McGovern was in the CIA for some 27 years,
and a few years ago, at around "Chuck and Ah" time I sent him an e-mail and he called me from Washington, and it turned out that he didn't know that if you spoke up as he did just now to Rumsfeld before an assembled crowd of super millionaires in Atlanta, that speaking up like that in Hitler's Germany meant that you were committing suicide in public, as of 1934 it did. Ray was only bodily removed after telling Rumsfeld what a total liar he was, to his face, and in front of a lot of witnesses, the latter is what counts. What puzzles me is that after 27 years as a "The Company" man Ray still thinks that the briefly super-powerful will tell the truth...
I know a fair number of matters quite confidently. Handke, I think I could tell one of his hairs if I came across it. Psychoanalysis. I also acquired a fair knowledge or the resistance to Hitler. What struck me about that was that the most clearheaded turned out to be those whose ethical motivation was also religiously based. The Swiss seminarian Maurice Bavaud, the German Counter Intelligence Officer Kurt Grosskurt, to mention only two. McGovern is within that line of the current resistance, and harks back to some fine people who opposed the Vietnam venture during the 60s and 70s,
Dictators come in many stripes, so do gangster, as Bert Brecht knew only too well.
Did Stephen Colbert Cross a Free Speech Line at the White House Correspondents' Dinner? And If So, What Defined the Line
Murdoch to host fundraiser for Hillary ClintonBy Caroline Daniel in WashingtonPublished: May 8 2006 22:01 Last updated: May 8 2006 22:01 Rupert Murdoch, the conservative media mogul whose New York Post tabloid savaged Hillary Clinton's initial aspirations to become a US senator for New York, has agreed to host a political fundraiser for her re-election campaign.
Washington May Soon Try to Pin the Venezuelan Uranium Tail on the Iranian Nuclear Donkey
The Path To War With Iran by Shadi Hamid, At least you can't say we're Johnny-come-latelies in this game of messing with Iranian regimes. ============
Probable Cause" Watch Gen. Michael Hayden claim that the Constitution does not require "probable cause" for warrants to be issued. (It does.)
Rove is Likely to be Indicted Says the Well-Informed David Shuster on the Keith Olbermann Show
By FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated Press Writer Tue May 9, 7:09 AM ET
WASHINGTON - Sen. Russ Feingold (
news, bio, voting record ), a potential anti-war candidate in the 2008 presidential field, urged fellow Democrats on Monday to show more backbone in challenging Top of Form 1;_ylt=Al0kNeXUVhgUKWf29IF8E6ms0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3OXIzMDMzBHNlYwM3MDM-
Britain: the political issues behind Labour's factional warfare
BP Refinery in Texas Called Biggest Polluter
Regional Conflicts Weigh Heavily on Sudan's Future" Intelligence Brief: New Peace Deal in Sudan Unlikely to End Darfur Conflict Drafted By:
But a distinctly different perspective was offered by John C. Gannon, former CIA Deputy Director for Intelligence, in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.
"I believe that the hard-won Constitutional freedoms enjoyed by Americans, along with our unparalleled commitment to civil liberties embedded in law, work against the development of domestic terrorist networks that could be exploited by foreigners," testified Gannon, who is now a Vice President at BAE Systems Information Technology.
The Appalling New York Times 'Vows' Videos (Slate) Troy Patterson: The Style channel of now contains a number of short films in which young lovers chat about their courtships and proposals. The Times is now providing the kind of entertainment generally reserved for the slide-show portion of a rehearsal dinner.
Washington May Soon Try to Pin the Venezuelan Uranium Tail on the Iranian Donkeyon
Robert Scheer: Hayden Is a 'Perfect' Pick: "This ability to accommodate totalitarian values in exchange for career advancement is viewed as a terrific asset by Negroponte, who handpicked Hayden for this new job within hours of Goss' abrupt resignation." More For The Rich, Everyone Else Gets the Finger - Last Chance Democracy Cafe by Steven C. Day Bush Nominates Another Crony and Political Hack to the Court - Kavanaugh Was Investigator for Ken Starr The prosecution of two former officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) for allegedly mishandling classified information is attracting growing attention as the momentous character of the case and its implications for American civil liberties become clear. (AIPAC itself is not a defendant and is not accused of wrongdoing.) The AIPAC case may be a prelude to the establishment of an American version of the British Official Secrets Act, wrote civil libertarian Nat Hentoff. See "Chilling Free Speech" by Nat Hentoff, Washington Times, May 8:
The case could "change the nature of how news is gathered in Washington and how lobbyists and academics interact with the government," wrote author David Wise. See "Read the News, Go to Jail," by David Wise, Los Angeles Times, April 30:
The Welfare Kings by Dean Baker, TomPaine.comThe GOP's latest round of tax cuts confirms the nanny state has been turned on its head: the poor now subsidize the rich.
Brown Disputed Levee Breach After Katrina, Documents Show
Rupert Murdoch backs Hillary Clinton: by their friends you shall know them
National Archives' Investigation into Missing Papers of Chief Justice John Roberts exclusive: Previously unreleased report on criminal investigation into disappeared "Affirmative Action Correspondence" file from Roberts' tenure as associate counsel to President Reagan
Tomdispatch Interview: Mike Davis, Turning a Planet into a Slum
[Note to Tomdispatch readers: This is the ninth in an ongoing series of interviews at the site. The last three were with
Mark Danner , Chalmers Johnson( 1 and 2 ), and Katrina vanden Heuvel . Tom]
Muqtada al-Sadr: Iraq's Shadowy Power BrokerTIME Magazine, May 8, 2006
Kenneth M. Pollack , Director of Research, Saban Center for Middle East Policy In August 2004 Muqtada al-Sadr looked finished. Four months earlier, his Mahdi Army had risen up against U.S. and Iraqi forces, but in the end his militia was smashed. Al-Sadr, who is thought to be in his mid-30s, was forced to call off the revolt and join the U.S.-driven political process that he had fiercely denounced.
The reports from the Other Journalism with the Other Campaign are coming in to Narco News far too quickly to keep up through these alerts. Since the Mexican government unleashed a wave of brutal repression against the small farmers of Atenco and Texcoco, near Mexico City, the Other Journalism road team has kicked into overdrive.
Britons held at Guantanamo Bay win right to sue their captors
By Andrew Gumbel in Los Angeles
Published: 11 May 2006
NSA has massive database of Americans' phone calls
Updated 5/11/2006 10:38 AM ET
By Leslie Cauley, USA TODAY
The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, people with direct knowledge of the arrangement told USA TODAY.
Brezhnev Would be Proud of Bush:"The government has abruptly ended an inquiry into the warrantless eavesdropping program because the National Security Agency refused to grant Justice Department lawyers the necessary security clearance to probe the matter." No Accountability, Never. They Think That They Own the Government.;_ylt=AltzCvZmCXzQ.QsFg5wYT2Os0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA2Z2szazkxBHNlYwN0bQ--
George W. Bush lied when he said NSA's spying wasn't a domestic program. It is exactly a domestic spy program..., "[T]he largest database ever assembled in the world," and the goal is "to create a database of every call ever made" within America's borders. This is by definition, TYRANNY.
As Bush's popularity sinks to new lows--a boost from Hillary Clinton
The poll follows a similar survey done by USA Today/Gallup the day before that also recorded a 31 percent approval rating for the US president. Like the Times /CBS poll, it indicated a sharp drop in support among those considered by the administration to be its base, with little more than half of conservatives giving Bush a positive rating.
It was under these bleak conditions for the White House that the Democratic senator from New York, Hillary Clinton, came forward to praise Bush at a public appearance in Washington. In a speech at the National Archives on her political career, Mrs. Clinton said of Bush: "He is someone who has a lot of charm and charisma, and I think in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, I was very grateful to him for his support for New York."
While asserting that she had "many disagreements about many, many issues" with the Republican president, she added, "He's been very willing to talk. He's been affable. He's been good company."
Returning to the issue of Bush's response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City, Clinton claimed that Bush had kept his promise to provide New York City with $20 billion in aid. "He always kept it on track," she said. "He made sure we got the resources that we needed, and I'm very grateful to him for that."
It is not likely that "charm and charisma," "affable" and "good company" are the words that come to mind for the two thirds of Americans who are opposed to the Bush administration's policies, many of whom loathe the US president for the criminal actions he has taken over the past five years.
What precisely Mrs. Clinton finds charming, affable and good about the American president she failed to say.
A fairly acute description of the president's personal traits was provided not long ago by a prominent Washington psychoanalyst who diagnosed George W. Bush as a "paranoid megalomaniac." In his book Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President , Dr. Justin Frank identified in Bush a "lifelong streak of sadism, ranging form childhood pranks (using firecrackers to explode frogs) to insulting journalists, gloating over state executions...[and] pumping his fist gleefully before the bombing of Baghdad."
White House aides have described his behavior as arrogant and abusive, characterized by sanctimonious invocations of his personal relationship with Jesus Christ combined with obscenity-laced invectives against subordinates.
These personal traits are subordinate, but clearly not unconnected, to Bush's policies of aggressive war, torture, domestic spying and the unprecedented transfer of social wealth from the country's working class majority to the multi-millionaires and billionaires that make up its financial elite.
The fact that Mrs. Clinton can describe such an individual as "good company" and "charismatic" speaks volumes about her own personal makeup, and even more about her politics.
Defending Bush on 9/11
As for crediting Bush with playing some exemplary role in relation to the 9/11 attacks, Senator Clinton's views bear little relationship to reality, and even less to the feelings of many New Yorkers. For millions, the questions start with why the Bush administration failed to stop the attacks, which were then used as the pretext for launching a long-planned war against Iraq and conducting sweeping attacks on democratic rights at home.
Intelligence Brief: U.S. Refrains from Confronting North Korea Drafted By:
Iraq at the mercy of 'kingmaker' MuqtadaBy Sami Moubayed DAMASCUS - A short while ago, I met an Iraqi friend in Europe and greeted him with the traditional question in Arabic: " Kifak?" ("How are you?") With a weary smile he replied, "To tell you the truth, I don't really know anymore." I was taken by surprise at his response because in the Arab world, one does not really expect an answer to kifak?, which is a simple greeting that parallels "good day" in Western culture. He went on to say, "I do not think any Iraqi has an answer to this question today." The reasons, he explained, were that everybody around him in Iraq was complaining, "There is no electricity, no security, no jobs, no clean drinking water, no state, no government, no services."
Noam Chomsky A Just War? Hardly
War On The Web by Robert B. Reich, TomPaine.comCapitol Hill slugs it out this week in the latest battle to preserve a democratic Internet.

Greg Palast: The Spies Who Shag Us; The Times and USA Today have Missed the Bigger Story -- Again

Steve Chapman: Unconscionable torture tactics; Will the next CIA director have the courage to swear off waterboarding?,1,3996465.column?coll=chi-news-col
René Préval: Haiti May Get One Last Chance in Spite of Washington's Best Efforts

No Rules, Just Might by Aziz Huq, The Bush administration's flagrant disregard for international rules on torture threatens our national security.

All That Stands Between Us And Dictatorship ... by ...Is Arlen Specter's Senate investigation of the NSA's "total database" of American phonecalls. So says Jack Cafferty. We think he's putting too much faith in Specter, but other than that he's right on.

House Appropriations Chairman Is Facing Federal Investigation
By Charles R. BabcockWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, May 12, 2006; Page A03
The Justice Department has begun investigating the activities of Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, focusing in part on his dealings with a lobbying firm that hired some of his former staff members, sources familiar with the inquiry said.

Rice, Rumsfeld block access to secret Fri May 12, 2006 4:49am
Another President Bush? First Two Are for It
ORLANDO, Fla. (May 11) - Could there be a third President Bush? The current commander-in-chief said Wednesday that younger brother Jeb would make a great one, too, and has asked him about making a run. The first President Bush likes the idea as well.

Bush Sinks Below 30% Approval Rating: "Bush's job approval rating has fallen to 29%, its lowest mark of his presidency, and down 6% in one month, according to a new Harris poll. And this was before Thursday's revelations about NSA phone surveillance." "69% say "things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track."

Framework for a police state US government phone spying targets all Americans

The U.S. and the EU:Arm Wrestling over Cuba
Town council backs impeaching Bush. Get your town council to do the same.
What Kind of Justice Will Samuel Alito Be? A Recent Death Penalty Decision Provides Some Insights HYPERLINK "" By EDWARD LAZARUS HYPERLINK "" ----
A parallel universe
Paul Rogers
As the Iraq war becomes increasingly unpopular within the United States and President George W Bush records exceptionally low approval ratings, the administration needs to redouble its efforts to present the situation in Iraq as one of steady improvement. It can point to the fact that a new prime minister has at last been agreed , while the Pentagon holds back on replacing several thousand troops due to return home from Iraq. The political and media line follows: the trend of events in Iraq is positive, and this will allow plenty of troop withdrawals by the time of the congressional mid-term elections on 7 November 2006.


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