SADDAM CAPTURE STORY A LIE
The ex-Marine stated that he was part of a 20-man unit, including eight of Arab descent, who searched for Saddam for three days near Tikrit, and that they found him in a modest home in a small village and not in a rat hole as previously announced by the Pentagon.
Saddam was captured after fierce resistance during which one Marine was killed. The ex-Marine said Saddam himself fired at them with a gun from a window but surrendered once he saw that there was no point in resisting. Later on, a military production team fabricated the film of Saddam's capture in a hole, which was in fact a deserted well, the ex-Marine said. (This story was found on the web site of TV 13 WHAM in Rochester, New York.)
Also in the news today, on the very LAST page of my local newspaper (Times Record), in a very tiny story hidden at the bottom of the page, was this headline: Nation's Infrastructure is crumbling
A report by the American Society of Civil Engineers assessed the four-year trend in the condition of 12 categories of infrastructure, including roadways, bridges, drinking water systems, public parks, railroads and the power grid. The engineers gave the nation's infrastructure the grade of D. As in downhill. Heading downhill very fast. Should have been on the front page, top of the page in place of the article called Kicking Up Her Heels about the local girl who does Irish step-dancing. Huge color picture of the dancer came with the story on the front page and two more big pictures on page 4 for the rest of the story. No wonder the American people don't know a damn thing about what is going on. The American people are not stupid, the media is. Of course crumbling infrastructure stories don't sell newspapers and money is what comes first. But does an Irish step-dancing story sell that many more papers? Except for her family, who else rushes out to buy it?
There was a tiny bit of good news today from the otherwise corrupt and disfunctional U. S. Senate. It seems that Bush's new "Clear Skies" legislation, that is really a polluters paradise bill, got hung up in committee when Republican moderate senator Lincoln Chaffee from Rhode Island voted to oppose it. The bill, while claiming to clean up air pollution, really is a give-away to the big polluting industries. The entire northeast of the U.S. is where the prevailing winds blow much of the nation's bad air and even Republican senators in this region are giving Bush some level of trouble on this bill. Hope for the best and give your senator a call if you are so moved.
My last item for tonight is the e-mail I got today from Global Network board member Helen John in England. She is going to run against Prime Minister Tony Blair in the next national election there. Blair has to run for a local seat in Parliament so Helen will contest him in the local race. Helen says Blair's slogan is "Don't Look Back, Look Forward." Now I wonder why he picked that one? Helen said her slogan will be "Back to the Beginning." Should be alot of fun to watch.
It reminds me what a good idea it would be if local activists all over the U.S. were to jump into House and Senate races in the coming elections. Run and say you want to cut the military budget by 50%, you want to convert the weapons industry to peaceful production, want to fully fund day care, health care for all, raise taxes on the rich, clean up the environment and send corporate criminals like Enron to jail. I mean if Martha Stewart can do time, how come Enron big wigs never spent time behind bars? We've got to get bold. Take the plunge, dive into a local campaign. Stop the corporate takeover and destruction of America! Give people a reason to go vote.