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Book "burning" making a triumphant return. [Aug. 3rd, 2004|06:10 pm]
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[music |Stone Temple Pilots - Sex Type Thing]

CHICAGO -- The following statement has been issued by President-Elect Michael Gorman, representing President Carol Brey-Casiano, who is currently in Guatemala representing the Association:

Last week, the American Library Association learned that the Department of Justice asked the Government Printing Office Superintendent of Documents to instruct depository libraries to destroy five publications the Department has deemed not "appropriate for external use." The Department of Justice has called for these five public documents, two of which are texts of federal statutes, to be removed from depository libraries and destroyed, making their content available only to those with access to a law office or law library.

The topics addressed in the named documents include information on how citizens can retrieve items that may have been confiscated by the government during an investigation. The documents to be removed and destroyed include: Civil and Criminal Forfeiture Procedure; Select Criminal Forfeiture Forms; Select Federal Asset Forfeiture Statutes; Asset forfeiture and money laundering resource directory; and Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000 (CAFRA).

ALA has submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the withdrawn materials in order to obtain an official response from the Department of Justice regarding this unusual action, and why the Department has requested that documents that have been available to the public for as long as four years be removed from depository library collections. ALA is committed to ensuring that public documents remain available to the public and will do its best to bring about a satisfactory resolution of this matter.

Librarians should note that, according to policy 72, written authorization from the Superintendent of Documents is required to remove any documents. To this date no such written authorization in hard copy has been issued.
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Bush Backs Creation of U.S. Intelligence Director [Aug. 2nd, 2004|01:45 pm]
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By Steve Holland
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Under election-year pressure, President Bush on Monday endorsed the creation of a national intelligence director and backed other intelligence reforms recommended by the commission that investigated the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

"We are a nation in danger. We're doing everything we can in our power to confront the danger," Bush said, as authorities in New York and Washington moved to protect financial institutions after receiving information that al Qaeda might attack them.

Bush stopped short of recommending the national intelligence director be located within the executive office of the presidency, as the commission had recommended. There have been bipartisan fears that putting the director in the White House could politicize the job (Peter: yeah, we'd better not let a job in the government get politicial! Too late).

His Democratic opponent in the presidential campaign, John Kerry, said Bush waited too long to come around to the idea of a national intelligence director. "I called, a year ago or so, for the creation of a national director for intelligence. Finally this administration is getting around to thinking of doing it," Kerry told CNN. (Peter: Election year!)

More at: http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5848013
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John Kerry Resume [Aug. 2nd, 2004|01:24 pm]
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petercoffin
Here's an entertaining/informative little piece on John Kerry.
Note: This is obviously right-winged, but the things posted against Bush are obviously the opposite. Read it all and then form an opinion.

John Kerry Resume
Hello. My name is John Kerry and I'm running for President...I think. Please consider my qualifications as set forth in the following resume.

RESUME OF JOHN F. KERRY

RESIDENCE:
Seven mansions, including Washington DC, worth multi-millions.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: College:
I graduated from Yale University with a low C average. * Unlike my counterpart George Bush, I have no higher education and did not get admitted to Harvard or graduate with an M.B.A

MILITARY:
I used three minor injuries to get an early discharge from the military and service in Vietnam. I then returned to the US, joined Jane Fonda in protesting the war, and insulted returning Vietnam vets, claiming they committed atrocities ! and were baby killers. I threw my medals, ribbons, or something away in protest. Or did I?

MY BOOK:
"Vietnam Veterans against the War The New Soldier" shows how I truly feel about the military.

PAST WORK EXPERIENCE: I ran for U.S. Congress and have been there ever since. I have no real world experience except marrying rich women and running HJ Heinz vicariously through my wife Teresa.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS US SENATOR:
I set the record for the most liberal voting record, exceeding even Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton. I have consistently failed to support our military and CIA by voting against budgets, thus gutting our country's ability to defend itself. Although I voted for the Iraq War, now I am against it and refuse to admit that I voted for it. I voted in favor of every liberal piece of legislation. I have no plan to help this country but I intend to raise taxes significantly if I am elected. I make no or little charitable contributions and have never agreed to pay any voluntary excess taxes in MA, despite family wealth in excess of $700 million. I voted to cut every law enforcement, CIA and defense bill in my career as a US Senator. I ordered Boston to remove a fire hydrant in front of my mansion, thereby endangering my neighbors in the event of fire. Although I claim to be in favor of alternative energy sources, Ted Kennedy and I oppose windmills off Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard as it might spoil our view of the ocean as we cruise on our yachts.

RECORDS AND REFERENCES: None.

PERSONAL:
My wealth so far exceeds that of my counterpart, George Bush, that he will never catch up. I ride a Serotta bicycle ($2000-$6500). My Gulfstream V Jet I call "The Flying Squirrel." I named my $850,000 42 foot Hinckley twin diesel yacht the "Scarmouche." I don't own any SUVs, but my family does, including one parked at my Nantucket summer mansion, though I am against large polluting inefficient vehicles and blame George Bush for the energy problems. I am fascinated by rap and hip-hop and you had better listen to it as it reflects our real culture.

PLEASE CONSIDER MY EXPERIENCE WHEN VOTING IN 2004.

Author Unknown, http://minddiversion.typepad.com/mind_diversion/2004/07/john_kerry_resu.html
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Asserting This War Has Made Us Safer Won't Make It So [Aug. 2nd, 2004|01:10 pm]
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by Tom Maertens

On the campaign trail in Iowa this month, the President asserted that invading Iraq was the right thing to do, that America is safer now and will be even safer if we reelect him.

So how are we safer? If we hadn't invaded Iraq, perhaps vicious crazed Iraqis would be conducting suicide attacks on America as they were before 9/11, right?

Well, actually, no Iraqis attacked the United States before our invasion of their country, with only a single exception: Abdul Rahman Yasin, one of the 12 perpetrators of the first bomb attack on the World Trade Center back in 1993, was an Iraqi.

More at: http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0727-04.htm
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Terror Alert Raised in NY & Washinton [Aug. 1st, 2004|03:23 pm]
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http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/02/content_1691213.htm
2004-08-02 02:26:01

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (Xinhuanet) -- The United States on Sunday raised the terror alert level for the financial centers in New York, northern New Jersey and Washington DC, US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said at a press conference.

The terror threat level was being raised from "elevated" (yellow) to "high" (orange), Ridge said.

There were specific intelligence reports of a threat to the International Monetary Fund and World Bank buildings in Washington,the New York Stock Exchange and Citibank buildings in New York as well as Prudential Financial buildings in New Jersey as potential targets, Ridge said.

Does this mean anything? Is this for real? If it is, are we doing what we need to be doing to stop it?
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The Case Against George W. Bush (by Ron Reagan) [Aug. 1st, 2004|01:33 am]
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The son of the fortieth president of the United States takes a hard look at the son of the forty-first and does not like what he sees

By Ron Reagan
September 2004, Volume 142, Issue 3
Illustration by Tim O'Brien

It may have been the guy in the hood teetering on the stool, electrodes clamped to his genitals. Or smirking Lynndie England and her leash. Maybe it was the smarmy memos tapped out by soft-fingered lawyers itching to justify such barbarism. The grudging, lunatic retreat of the neocons from their long-standing assertion that Saddam was in cahoots with Osama didn't hurt. Even the Enron audiotapes and their celebration of craven sociopathy likely played a part.

As a result of all these displays and countless smaller ones, you could feel, a couple of months back, as summer spread across the country, the ground shifting beneath your feet. Not unlike that scene in The Day After Tomorrow, then in theaters, in which the giant ice shelf splits asunder, this was more a paradigm shift than anything strictly tectonic. No cataclysmic ice age, admittedly, yet something was in the air, and people were inhaling deeply. I began to get calls from friends whose parents had always voted Republican, "but not this time." There was the staid Zbigniew Brzezinski on the staid NewsHour with Jim Lehrer sneering at the "Orwellian language" flowing out of the Pentagon. Word spread through the usual channels that old hands from the days of Bush the Elder were quietly (but not too quietly) appalled by his son's misadventure in Iraq.

Suddenly, everywhere you went, a surprising number of folks seemed to have had just about enough of what the Bush administration was dishing out. A fresh age appeared on the horizon, accompanied by the sound of scales falling from people's eyes. It felt something like a demonstration of that highest of American prerogatives and the most deeply cherished American freedom: dissent.

(much) More at: http://www.esquire.com/features/articles/2004/040729_mfe_reagan_1.html
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U.S. President George W. Bush a big winner at World Stupidity Awards [Aug. 1st, 2004|12:39 am]
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petercoffin
Monday, July 26, 2004

MONTREAL (CP) - The November elections may still be ahead of him but U.S. President George W. Bush came out a big winner Friday - at the World Stupidity Awards.

Bush was a dominating presence at the second edition of the awards presented at the Just for Laughs comedy festival. Host Lewis Black, whose biting satire is a highlight of TV's The Daily Show, took pride in the recognition the United States received at the awards, saying: "we are the gold standard."

Black said the awards "celebrate the pros" and "perfection in idiocy" because real stupidity is hard work.

Bush took the Stupidest Man of the Year Award and for the second time in the history of the two-year-old awards won the Stupidity Award for Reckless Endangerment of the Planet. That award was presented by Justin Trudeau, son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau. He got the biggest reaction of the night from females in the packed house, who hooted, whistled and yelled "yum" at him while he was on stage. Bush didn't take the category alone, however, and tied with British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The controversial Texan president shared in two other awards as the United States was noted for having the Stupidest Government of the Year.

"What was interesting about that is that the decision was made overwhelmingly by Americans who voted," said Albert Nerenberg, of the Main Organization Revealing Obvious Numbskulls which runs the awards.

More at: http://www.canada.com/national/nationalpost/news/artslife/story.html?id=d779a64c-1f81-46b0-8b75-b77df40ac1a7
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Kerry Pisses some Marines Off... [Aug. 1st, 2004|12:34 am]
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A good example of Kerry barking up the wrong tree:

July 31, 2004 -- SCRANTON, Pa. John Kerry's heavily hyped cross-country bus tour stumbled out of the blocks yesterday, as a group of Marines publicly dissed the Vietnam War hero in the middle of a crowded restaurant.

Kerry was treating running mate Sen. John Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, to a Wendy's lunch in Newburgh, N.Y., for their 27th wedding anniversary an Edwards family tradition when the candidate approached four Marines and asked them questions.

The Marines, two in uniform and two off-duty, were polite but curt while chatting with Kerry, answering most of his questions with a "yes, sir" or "no, sir."

But they turned downright nasty after the Massachusetts senator thanked them "for their service" and left.

"He imposed on us and I disagree with him coming over here shaking our hands," one Marine said, adding, "I'm 100 percent against [him]."

A sergeant with 10 years of service under his belt said, "I speak for all of us. We think that we are doing the right thing in Iraq," before saying he is to be deployed there in a few weeks and is "eager" to go and serve.

More at http://www.nypost.com/news/nationalnews/25935.htm
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