Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Zinsmeister & disinformation

Karl Zinsmeister, the new chief domestic adviser to President Bush, while embedded as a reporter with the 82nd Airborne in Kuwait in 2003, declared that "many of the journalists observable in this war theater are bursting with knee-jerk suspicions and antagonisms for the warriors all around them. A significant number are whiny and appallingly soft."

Zinsmeister, editor-in-chief of the American Enterprise Institute's magazine, wrote the article for the National Review, and it appeared on March 28, 2003. He was appointed to the top adviser post last week.

On Tuesday, in a separate matter, The Washington Post revealed that Zinsmeister now acknowledges that he erred in taking a newspaper profile of himself, altering quotes and text, and then re-posting it on another Web site without noting the changes or asking for approval.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Scanner Darkly, Disinformation & Privacy

In a nation where the White House produces fake government PR and packages it as 'news' for the indoctrination of a bewildered US television audience, movies like Scanner are a refreshing challenge to the conformist driven orthodoxy

The outstanding Scanner Darkly website is continually updated and has a new audio clip of one of Alex's rants from the movie.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Association of Science-Technology Centers wins NSB Public Service Award

The U.S. National Science Board (NSB) has named ASTC as a recipient of its 2006 Public Service Award, given annually to people and organizations whose extraordinary contributions have increased the public understanding of science or engineering.

The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is an organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering the public understanding of science among increasingly diverse audiences. ASTC encourages excellence and innovation in informal science learning by serving and linking its members worldwide and advancing their common goals. ASTC provides professional development for the science center field, promotes best practices, supports effective communication, strengthens the position of science centers within the community at large, and fosters the creation of successful partnerships and collaborations.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Opus Dei, Crime Library, Hanssen, Da Vinci Code, Heritage Foundation

Robert Philip Hanssen was one of the FBI's most trusted agents and a valued colleague of Bureau Director Louis J. Freeh. But despite Hanssen's outward appearance, the model agent was leading a double life -- selling secrets to the Russian government that would destroy painstaking intelligence work and compromise a number of closely guarded national security secrets. If there were one place that Hanssen did belong, it was Opus Dei reports Crime Library. The group, founded in 1928, had just 84,000 members worldwide--3,000 in the U.S.--but its new $55 million, 17-story building in midtown Manhattan reflected a power far beyond its numbers. At least one member of the U.S. Supreme Court was said to be a member and the head of the FBI, Louis Freeh, was also rumored to belong. Still, even Catholics conceded that the group was controversial. Many members practiced self-flagellation, beating themselves while praying. Others wore the cilice, a spiked bracelet worn two hours a day around the thighs. Though the pain was supposed to replicate the agony of Christ at his crucifixion, most had difficulty understanding why such practices were necessary in a modern world. And since the group was private if not secret, rumors abounded. What was its goal? One of them, critics said, was to elect Opus Dei members as heads of countries and establish new governments where church and state are one.

DaVinci Code brings curiosity.
If more people worldwide and in the United States actually knew people in Opus Dei, then the portrayal in The Da Vinci Code would obviously be laughable," says spokesman Brian Finnerty, a 21-year member....But if The Da Vinci Code has spurred Opus Dei to new openness, so has it provided opportunities for critics - among them, former residents of Opus Dei centers who accuse the organization of conducting aggressive recruiting, alienating members from their families and pressuring them against leaving...Opus Dei was exactly what Patrick F. Fagan, a research fellow specializing in family and cultural issues at the Heritage Foundation was looking for.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

The President and "The Great Wall of Mexico"

"The Great Wall of Mexico." by John Sladek.

"What we need is antiseptic. Make the Rio Grande radioactive. Build a wall," he continued.

"A wall to write on!" Karl said. "A challenge for our painters."

"Sell off advertising space."

Dan cracked his knuckles with unrestrained excitement. "This could be great for the old folks. Give them something to look at, a new interest in life. You realize that there are over a hundred retirement ranches in that area, and that more than half our retired folks live within a hundred miles of Mexico."

Monday, May 15, 2006

2443 U.S.Troops Have Died in Iraq


o, and Happy Mothers Day.
Mothers Whose Sons Died in Iraq Lead Activists' Call for Peace

Saturday, May 13, 2006 is a single place for the public to both acquire and share information about Executive Branch wrongdoings.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Did Gonzales Mislead Congress about NSA Program?

Depressor of Democracy-Katherine Harris is Florida GOP Senator Candidate

Isn't it amazing that the Bush family would-be monarchy owe her EVERYTHING then ditch her? They will do ANYTHING to win, but won't admit the way they did it and Harris won't go away. She was on the tarmac with GeorgeJr. yesterday when he came out to fund raise (under the pretense of beingthe Willy Loman of Medicare).

GOP can't elude Harris vs. Nelson.
A desperate last-ditch Republican effort to replace Rep. Katherine Harris as the party's nominee for the U.S. Senate abruptly failed Wednesday when Florida House Speaker Allan Bense announced that he would not run.

Republicans now find themselves saddled with a candidate who has suffered repeated public embarrassments, including ties to a bribery scandal, and whom they have repeatedly declared unable to beat Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in November.

Bense's decision shocked and disappointed top Republicans from Washington to Tallahassee, including Gov. Jeb Bush and those at the White House, who had been counting on the affable and respected Panama City developer to challenge Harris.

Jeb Bush tried to close the Florida State Library fearful that the truth of Katherine's
efforts in the 2000 election (she then ran the state library) would be exposed.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Hedgerow Dating

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Jeeni Criscenzo For Congress

Jeeni Criscenzo For Congress
PO Box 2546
San Marcos, CA 92079