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1. What Your Tax Dollars Buy: Maggots in
Noses at VA Hospital
2. What Your Tax Dollars Buy: Apache
Flying Coffins, That Cannot Fire Missiles
3. What Your Tax Dollars Buy: Bad Afghan
4. Futility of
Violence: “Tempt Not a Desperate Man” (Shakespeare)Apr.
5. The Fourth Reich? Nazi Symbols Creeping Up in “Land of the
New York 6. Say Goodbye to Privileged Client-Attorney CommunicationsApr. 9, 2002
What Your Tax Dollars Buy: Maggots in Patient Noses at VA Hospital
PHOENIX, Mar. 26 - With the tax deadline looming only a few weeks away, we thought it may be instructive to share with you some of the things your tax dollars buy while Washington lines the “death merchants’” and other war-profiteering vermin’s pockets with our money (see “Bush League All-Stars”, Feb. 2002 and “Dubya Dubya Dubya Dot Warmonger Dot Com” in “Weep Mankind!” -Jul 26, 2000).
So here’s the first of a TiM mini-series on the subject of “What Your Tax Dollars Buy.” We received the maggot story from Randy Givens, a Texas-based retired Special Forces colonel, along with his following comment:
the officials claim the maggots did not harm the patients, I think they
got rid of the wrong maggots.... The maggots I'm talking about were the
officials who were responsible to keep the premises clean in the first
Can you imagine being an official, running a cafeteria, and serving food to helpless Veterans - when your cafeteria and food storage area haven't been cleaned in a year??? Note that the article says nothing about discipline for those official vermin.”
And why should we be surprised.... An old East European proverb says, “fish always stinks from the head.” Has anyone been ever disciplined for the greatest government and intelligence services failure in this nation’s history? (September 11). So what’s a little maggot here, a little maggot there… in Kansas City, with so many of them on the loose in Washington, DC?
With that as a preamble, here is one example of “What Your Tax Dollars Buy.” Hope you don’t upchuck your meal after you read this excerpt from a Kansas City Star Tribune story:
CITY, Mo., Mar. 25 (AP) - Maggots were born in the noses of two comatose
patients four years ago at a city Veteran's Administration hospital
infested by mice and flies, according to a medical journal report released
Monday (Mar. 25). Maggots
were found in the nostrils of one patient on July 22, 1998, the article
said. Maggots were found in
the nose of a second patient on Sept. 30, 1998.
story in the Archives of Internal Medicine details the 1998 infestation. It said mice would sometimes dash over the feet of employees
in the hospital director's suite.
officials said the hospital no longer has any cleanliness problems. Barbara Shatto, the hospital's quality manager, said the
hospital scored 99 out of 100 when it was inspected by the Joint
Commission on Accreditation of Hospital Organizations in October. […]
infestation started with a housecleaning oversight, according to the
article. Dr. Stephen Klotz,
then the hospital's chief of infectious disease, said the mice moved in
after the cafeteria and food storage areas were dropped from a cleaning
list. Some areas weren't cleaned for at least a year, according to
1998, a pest control contractor put out bait and glue boards to kill the
mice. Inspectors later found
dead mice in food storage rooms, mouse nests behind boxes on food shelves,
and mouse droppings on the floor of a cafeteria work room.
Live mice were found in a large wastebasket. […]
For the full Star Tribune story, click here (at our web site)…
What Your Tax Dollars Buy: Apache Helicopters That Cannot Fire Missiles
LONDON, Mar. 25 -
Remember when the former NATO “Supreme Being,” Gen. Wesley Clark,
wanted to use the Apache attack helicopters against the Yugoslav Army
which was then defending Kosovo, and was overruled by the Pentagon brass?
Coffins? Apache Helicopters on Hold; Gen. Clark Impatient to Kill More
Day 55, May 17, 1999).
Well, it appears
that the Pentagon brass must have known what a bunch of multi-million
dollar flying lemons (or coffins) the Apaches were.
But it took an article in the British media to tell us the truth
about “our” (meaning American-made) “death merchants” junk (by
Boeing, in this instance, the Pentagon’s second biggest supplier with
over $12 billion in Defense Dept. revenues in 2000 - see Top
50 Pentagon Vendors in “Bush
League All-Stars”, Feb. 2002).
excerpt from a London Guardian Mar. 25 article:
Army's new helicopter cannot fire missiles
Army's new Apache attack helicopter cannot fire its Hellfire anti-tank
missiles for fear that debris ejected on launching could cause
problem is confirmed by a Ministry of Defence document leaked to The
MoD was unable to say how much damage could be caused.
It was working with the makers to solve the problem, officials
said. But defence sources
said there were serious concerns that the debris could damage the main or
tail rotors, causing the helicopter to crash.
Army is buying 67 Apache helicopters at a cost of at least £27 million ($39
million - TiM Ed.) each.
They are being built in Britain by Westland under licence from the
US manufacturers Boeing.
The US has restricted its Apache helicopters to firing missiles only
during wartime and to launching them only from the right-hand side of the
try to ensure that the debris does not hit the tail rotor which is on the
WAH-64 Apache, which is due to take over the anti-tank role currently
performed by about a quarter of the Army's Challenger 2 tanks in three
years' time, normally carries a total of eight Hellfire missiles, four on
problem comes amid worrying signs from Afghanistan that the helicopter,
which is seen as providing devastating frontline firepower, may not be as
effective as was hoped, particularly in hot, dusty conditions.
out of the seven Apache attack helicopters sent to attack al-Qa'eda
terrorists during Operation Anaconda two weeks ago were disabled by
machinegun fire or ancient Soviet RPG-7 rocket-propelled grenade launchers
fired from the ground.
five helicopters had to be taken back to the US base at Bagram, north of
Kabul, and replaced by new aircraft flown out from America. […]
For the full
Guardian story, click
here. The highlighted
emphasis was added by Col. Randy Givens who also added in his note to TiM:
at the end of the story, that the Brit's acquisition of military equipment
is about as bad as ours.... they bought a rifle which jammed in combat,
and took 12 years to try and buy a radio... and gave up, just before their
troops were committed into combat. The
soldiers ended up using cell phones.
like the best thing we could do is give Al Qaeda some of our British and
American military equipment purchasing agents.
just think, such travesties are happening at the same time as our Pretzel
Prez in Washington and his warmongering “death merchant” Veep have
managed to push through Congress huge increases in our military spending. Here’s what we said about it in our “Bush
League All-Stars”, Feb. 2002 report:
no time for chance to gouge the flag-waving public, the Bush
administration has already marshaled huge increases in our nation’s
defense spending (an additional $59 billion in fiscal 2003 alone; $675
billion over the next 10 years - see the chart).
No wonder the shares of the top Pentagon contractors are thriving
on Wall Street…
as the lives of our servicemen hit a new low, endangered by the
Pentagon’s flying lemons (or “flying coffins,” as we put it in
1999), and not just by the Taliban or Al Qaeda.
a few “cheery” thoughts to keep in mind about “What Your Tax Dollars
Buy” before you send that tax check to the IRS (Internal Revenue
What Your Tax Dollars Buy: Bad Afghan Food Aid
BOSTON, Mar. 26 - Continuing
our mini-series of articles on the topic “What Your Tax Dollars Buy,”
we bring you another unmitigated disaster that the Bush administration has
pitched to the nation as an unmitigated success - the Afghan food aid.
It was supposed to be winning the poor starving Afghans to our
side. Instead, it has turned
many into even greater enemies of America than they were before September
following excerpts from a Mar. 26 front page story published by the Boston
Globe. It was preceded and followed by utter silence by our lamestream
media and by our Pretzel Prez, who hailed the effort at the outset.
The only other newspaper we are aware of that carried this story
was the Austin Statesman (click
here to read it):
DROPS FOUND TO DO LITTLE GOOD
Elizabeth A. Neuffer, Globe Staff
March 26, 2002 Page: A1 Section: National/Foreign
administration's much publicized food ration airdrop in northern
Afghanistan - hailed by the Pentagon as a way to feed starving residents
while winning their loyalty - achieved neither goal in many targeted
areas, military experts, aid workers, and a report by retired US special
forces officers now conclude.
report, recently circulated in the Defense Department and on Capitol Hill,
found the airdrops so problematic that it called for an end to the
project, saying it was not winning the Afghans' trust and was thus
"in direct opposition to US military goals." In their report,
obtained by the Globe, the retired officers studied the drops during a
two-week period in November in parts of northern Afghanistan.
findings were echoed by some military officials and aid workers, who said
the airdrop last fall of 2.5 million pre-packaged meals, while it
brought food to some, was largely ineffective and at times
counterproductive (emphasis added - TiM Ed.).
bright yellow plastic-wrapped meals ruptured upon impact because they were
dropped from too high an altitude and spoiled, endangering the Afghans
who ate them, the report by the retired officers said (emphasis
added - TiM Ed.).
the meals often were collected by local warlords and sold for a profit at
Afghan markets and seldom reached hungry families, according to aid
workers. In other cases, Afghans were lured by the bright packages into
minefields or confused them with cluster bombs of the same color (emphasis
added - TiM Ed.).
impact was marginal," said Kenneth Bacon, the former Pentagon
spokesman who now heads Refugees International in Washington, D.C.
"Still, some food is better than no food." […]
from October through December, C-17 cargo planes dropped between 34,000
and 70,000 Humanitarian Daily Rations, known as HDRs, mostly over remote
areas of northern Afghanistan that aid groups then could not reach.
of soldiers were needed to load the planes. Pilots then flew them under
hazardous conditions, protected by fighter jets. Defense Department
officials have not put a price tag on the overall effort. But each meal
cost about $4.50.
beginning, aid groups criticized the effort as a propaganda campaign that
endangered their work by mixing humanitarian needs with military
objectives. Now, interviews with more than a dozen aid workers and former
and current US Army special forces officers in Afghanistan point to
technical problems with the airdrop project.
immediately recognized there was something really, really, wrong,"
said Lieutenant Colonel Greg Long, a retired special forces officer on a
civilian mission in Afghanistan last fall, who contributed to the critical
report by the nonprofit Partners International Foundation.
stunned to find a child grasping one of the yellow food packages - its
wrapping ruptured, possibly from impact - with spoiled food inside.
on to examine at least 500 food parcels collected from Northern Alliance
territory - from Khojabahuddin and Cha-e Ab to Kunduz in the first two
weeks of November. He found that nearly 70 percent of the packages
ruptured and exposed their contents. About 90 percent of those had spoiled
food. (emphasis added - TiM Ed.).
majority of them had a gaseous odor and foul smell," said Long.
"There were some Afghans that would eat them. But the majority of
them would not."
foundation's report stated: "Food packs that make [Afghanistan's]
people sick is just one more reason to hate the United States in an
already volatile environment." […]
(emphasis added - TiM Ed.).
To read the full Boston Globe report, click here (at our web site).
Futility of Violence: “Tempt Not a Desperate Man” (Shakespeare)
NOTE: As we said in our TiM Bulletin story, Futility of Violence: “Tempt Not a Desperate Man” (Shakespeare), "come to think of it, consider this (Israel’s pogroms against Palestinians) a Part 4 of our "What Your Tax Dollars Buy" mini-series." We do invoke it here by reference. You can also regard parts of the latest TiM readers forum as such.
U.S. Post Office Stamps That Would Have Made Hitler Proud
PHOENIX, Apr. 5 - The image was too much to take
even for a writer who discerned as far back as Sep. 20, that what was
happening in America in the aftermath of Sep. 11, was reminiscent of the
early days of Nazi Germany (see “War
on Terrorism in America: Clash of Greens,” Sep 28, 2001).
Yet, when I first saw an e-mail from a TiM reader a couple of days ago,
enclosing the column “Imperial
State Power in America,” by Al Martin, a former U.S. Navy officer
and a Washington government whistleblower, I could not believe my eyes.
creeping up in the “land of the free?”
It can’t be!
It can. They are. It is
happening, right here in the Imperial States of America, the Fourth Reich.
Here’s what Al
Martin said in that e-mail on Apr. 2 that grabbed my attention instantly
even US postage stamps will project the supremacy of American Imperial
Power into the world. The new 57-cent stamp shows an eagle, which is an
exact copy of the symbol of the Waffen SS (not
“an exact copy,” but pretty close - see the images below - TiM Ed.),
which in turn was taken from the Imperial Praetorian eagle of Ancient
Rome. This is one of the first in a new series of postage stamps being
released by the US Post Office to commemorate the New Age of State Power.
stamp portrays an eagle resting on triple-perched pediments. It's a
beautifully executed design, if one wants to portray State Power. This
eagle is man's most ancient and recognizable symbol of State Power. The
seven pediments on the eagle's chevron shaped breastplate represent the
seven hills of Rome. The three Ionic columned perch represents Order,
Discipline and Obedience, which was the pledge undertaken by the Obsidian
philatelist would recognize this eagle and any numismatist, who collects
Third Reich or Caesarian coins, would also know it. This iconography is
not original with the Third Reich, of course, since they borrowed it from
the ancient Romans.
symbolism is stark. The Germans also duplicated it during the time of the
monarchy in the 18th century. During the subsequent reign of the House of
Hohenzolleren, you'd see many flags with the expression: Ruhe, Ordnung und
Sichheit (Calm, Order and Security).
eagle then is not only a symbol of imperial power, but of the unity of the
State. As long as the State remains unified under the symbol of Imperial
State Power, then Calm, Order, Security, Discipline and Obedience will
prevail. It took the Romans centuries to squash out dissent. This is a
sublime warning for the people to be united under one banner, and that
banner is the imperial power of the State. In Ancient Rome, it constituted
a warning to any dissidents.
get back to the design, the eagle is perched on the famed triple Ionic
column, which was the symbol of the much feared and dreaded Obsidian Order
of the Imperial Praetorian Guard, also called the Black Order. Obsidian is
a very hard lustrous black stone that has been used for thousands of
Ancient Rome, the Obsidian Order was the most elite of the elite
Praetorian Guard, containing Caesar's assassins. They specialized in
liquidating dissidents… The Obsidian Order was the group, which quietly
liquidated those who dissented and any who threatened to tell the
To read the rest
of the column, click
here (at our web site).
reading the Al Martin piece, this writer went to the local Phoenix post
office. “Do you have a
“Yes, we do,”
the postal clerk replied.
”What is it used
first class mail.”
“May I see it?
I hear it has a Nazi eagle on it.”
55-cent stamp has the same eagle.”
please get me both of them.”
The clerk returned with two sheets of stamps - one with a bluish background (57 cents) the other golden (55 cents). I examined them carefully. I vaguely remembered seeing pictures of Nazi rallies at which Hitler spoke under such gigantic eagles in the background (see the photo of one at our web site with the US stamp superimposed on it).
one,” I said. “That’s
what somebody told me was a Nazi eagle.”
wouldn’t know about that,” the clerk hedged uncomfortably.
“We call it an art deco eagle.”
got it right then. That’s
the right era the 1930s. So
it must have been done deliberately.”
The clerk was
squirming uncomfortably. “How
many stamps would you like?”
“Just two,” I
replied. “One of each.”
“Yes. I want them as my Nazi souvenirs.”
I bought the stamps and then added to those images the original Nazi symbols, both the German Army insignia and the Nazi stamps (the latter, courtesy of Dr. Alexis Menander). If you go to our web site, you can see for yourself the Nazi symbols in the “land of the (once) free” which your tax dollars bought. They are on sale now, at your local U.S. Post Office.
Of course, the EU
(European Union) beat us to it. Longtime
TiM readers may recall our Nov. 1999 story about the new Lenin stamp being
issued by Belgium (click
here at our web site to see it again).
Nazi symbols in
the U.S., commie symbols in the EU… The new era of totalitarianism is
evidently upon us. As Al
Martin put it…
you don't believe it… look at the new Ed McMahon commercials for the
Department of Justice. Start looking for your new triangular State
Security street signs. And the orange knit capped people on your street
…I said, if you give the average downtrodden citizen an orange and black cap that says State Security and a clipboard, a whistle and an armband that puts a little sense of power in their bellies, there's going to be a hell of a lot of people, who not only get into it, but get into it in a big way. It'll go to their heads. If you give the little guy a little sense of power, he's going to run with it; and he's not going to want to give it up; and he's going to do what he's told in order to keep it. That's human nature.”
Just like in Nazi
Germany in the 1930s (see “War
on Terrorism in America: Clash of Greens,” Sep. 28, 2001).
Or the Praetorian Guards. Welcome
to the Imperial States of America, the Fourth Reich!
The more the world
changes, the more it stays the same (also see “Listen
Not to What They SAY, Watch What They DO,” Dec. 2000).
Say Goodbye to Privileged Client-Attorney CommunicationsApr.
York Attorney Arrested; Ashcroft - Tough on American Liberties, Soft on
Israeli Spies; Sharon/Israel Humiliates Office of the President
PHOENIX, Apr. 9 -
Say goodbye to another one of cherished American liberties.
Privileged client-attorney communications are no longer privileged in
this country. Here's an excerpt
from an Apr. 9 Associated Press story that just hit the wires:
YORK (AP) - An attorney and three other people were indicted Tuesday on
charges they helped an Islamic militant imprisoned in the United States
communicate with his followers in Egypt.
indictment accuses the defendants of supporting the Egyptian-based terrorist
organization known as the Islamic Group by passing messages "to and
from the imprisoned Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman."
the four is Lynne Stewart, a lawyer for the sheik. The indictment charges
that the unlawful communications with the sheik happened during prison
visits and attorney telephone calls involving Stewart and Mohammed Yousry,
an Arabic translator who was also charged.
The attorney general (John
Ashcroft - TiM Ed.) announced (Tuesday, Apr.
9) that the Justice Department had, for
the first time, invoked the authority to monitor communications between
Abdel-Rahman and his attorneys.
sheik is a person whose leadership is substantial in the community of
terrorists," he said. He added that the indictment didn't allege there
were any conversations about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. [...]
For the full AP
here (at our web site).
Ashcroft: Tough on
American Liberties, Soft on Israeli Spies
Welcome back to the
Imperial States of America! (as we put it in Item
5 of this TiM Bulletin re. the new Nazi look-alike eagle stamps).
What will come next - Gestapo?
If you want to let
our Washington "Nazis" know how you feel about their ILLEGAL and
UNCONSTITUTIONAL usurpation of yet another of our liberties, here are John
Department of Justice
Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
to the Department of Justice, including the Attorney General, may be sent to
Phone - Office of the Attorney General - 202-353-1555.
To help you along
with the composition of your note, here’s a copy of the letter/e-mail this
writer has just sent to the U.S. Attorney General:
Date: Tue, 09 Apr 2002 12:46:54 -0700
Dear Mr. Ashcroft,
I was appalled to read today's AP story
about the arrest of a New York attorney on the basis of your ILLEGAL and
UNCONSTITUTIONAL (!) eavesdropping on her communications with her client.
Aren't you supposed to dispense justice
rather than vengeance? Aren't
you supposed to protect our liberties rather than destroy them?
TiM Ed.: What makes
the latest Ashcroft assault on our liberties especially galling is the way
he and his Justice Department have handled the Israeli spy ring - by letting
the suspects leave the country.
Here’s a copy of a
(until now) private note this writer had sent in early March to a friend,
after having read a Le Monde (Paris, France) Mar. 5 story about the Israeli
spies in the U.S.:
you speak French, I am sending it to you in the original form (click
here) . There have been also
reports published about the Le Monde article in English (in Britain), but
NONE in the major U.S. media!? (at least none that I am aware of). Here’s
just one British example (The
you also see the Fox News four-part series on this that aired Dec. 11-14?
I was out of the country at the time. But I understand that after
airing it, the Zionist lobby brought such a pressure on Fox News that they
yanked the stories from their web site.
As of Dec. 21, 2001, “This story no longer exists,” reads the
terse Fox News explanation. You can check it out yourself.
exactly the proudest moment of American journalism, is it?
Of course, the most disgraceful thing about the whole sordid spying
and media-muzzling affair is that there is not a peep about it in the REST
OF THE AMERICAN MEDIA! Nor
is the fact that the U.S. media have spiked the story even though newswires,
such as Reuters and Associated Press, have also carried it.
TiM Ed.: At the time
this message was sent (Mar. 7), the four Fox News URLs were still accessible
on the Net. Now, Fox News has
evidently removed them altogether. All
that one gets now when clicking on them is an error message. Another
“proud moment” of the American journalism!
for Washington, which is supposed to defend our national interests, not to
mention its citizens' security and lives, our government (e.g., the FBI)
seems to have joined Israel in muzzling the media, and covering up the
existence of this spy ring. Such
attitude defies logic and common sense.
would the Justice Dept. deport these Israelis merely for immigration
violations (for which millions of other illegal immigrants are NOT
deported!), especially if they were (only) spying on Al Qaeda members in the
U.S? You would think the
Israelis would be given a reward for it, wouldn't you?
well, rephrasing that A.J. Liebling media quote, "the government is
only fair if you own it." The
Zionist lobby evidently does "own" Washington, and not just the
For some older
stories (from May 2000) about the Israeli spying in America, check out “Spies
Galore, Enemy Within, Foxes at the Gate” (May 13, 2000) .
As you can see, Jonathan Pollard (a convicted Israeli spy) was not an
Why should we be
surprised that the attorney general Ashcroft is tough on American liberties
while being soft on Israeli spies? Just
look at his boss - our Wimp-in-Chief. It
has been now five days since George W. Bush said “enough is enough,” and
told Ariel Sharon to pull his rampaging troops from the West Bank.
Only to be snubbed by the Israeli prime minister:
hours after President Bush's stern call for a withdrawal, Israeli forces
pulled out of the West Bank towns of Qalqiliya and Tulkarem early Tuesday (today,
Apr. 9 - TiM Ed.), but troops remained in the towns
of Nablus, Bethlehem, Jenin and Ramallah. Sharon has said the offensive
would continue until Palestinian militias were crushed.
here to read the original story).
Check out also this Reuters photo, for example, of a six-year old Palestinian girl, one of two schoolchildren killed by the Israeli troops - in southern Ghaza! (click here).
Or this 10-year old Palestinian girl injured today near Hebron (West Bank - click here) .
Or this Reuter’s photo of a Palestinian girl under sniper fire in the Old City of Bethlehem (click here) .
Check out also this AP photo of the fire raging at the Bethlehem Church of the Nativity - the place where Christ is believed to have been born - after the Israelis opened fire at the building (click here).
Here’s an excerpt from the caption under the photo:
the past 1,600 years, the Church of the Nativity has seen everything from
fire, earthquakes and looters to clerics coming to blows with chains and
broomsticks over who has the right to care for each stone and beam. The
basilica's sanctity may have been tarnished at times, but historians say the
violent standoff between Palestinian gunmen and Israeli soldiers at one of
Christianity's holiest shrines - now in its eighth day - is unprecedented.
(emphasis added - TiM Ed.)
One saving grace in
this disgrace of the American presidency… at least now Americans can see
quite plainly who is really calling the shots in Washington; who is the
master and who is the puppy. As
Pat Buchanan put it in his today’s (Apr. 9) column:
president is not to be seen in the
The only change we would make is to strike the word “Arab” from the above paragraph.
And that's also what your tax dollars buy - humiliation of our nation's highest office by a country that's been getting billions of dollars every year from the American taxpayer.
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