Friday, May 20, 2005

Won't be posting here much more

will not be posting here anymore.. have a forum now

a bunch of new animations since last post

Dont Give Up -

What is a Terrorist -

A Few Facts About George W. Bush -

History Repeating -

Iraq Conditions -

Blood and Tears -

Iraq Isn't Vietnam Yet -

How Much Do Republicans Really Care -

How Much Do Republicans Really Care v.2 -

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

New Animation

The Newest PeaceTakesCourage animation is here!

The Truth

Please be patient... it may take a moment to load =)

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Long Time No Post

It's been awhile since i posted.
I've been busy working on getting the forum back up
and making some new animations.

here is the full list -

Liberation Isn't Working

200 Billion

Bring Them Home

America Opposes Bush's War

American Poverty

Wounded America

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Bush Gives The UN The Finger

by David Corn

If you were sitting in the Oval Office and George W. Bush asked, "Hey, tell me, who could we appoint to the UN ambassador job that would most piss off the UN and the rest of the world," your job would be quite easy. You would simply say, "That's a no-brainer, Mr. President, John Bolton." And on Monday Bush took this no-brain advice and nominated Bolton to the post, which requires Senate confirmation.

Bolton is the rightwing's leading declaimer of the United Nations. He once said, "If the UN Secretariat building in New York lost ten stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference." And when the Bush administration failed to persuade the UN to back its war in Iraq, Bolton observed that was "further evidence to many why nothing should be paid to the UN system."

Bolton has expressed much more vitriol for the UN than those two (representative) remarks, for he has been a UN-basher for years. Sure, the UN has many flaws and deserves reform. But what message does it convey to the UN and the world to send to the UN a fellow who has essentially called for total defunding of the institution? And this move comes right after Bush went to Europe to mend fences and after he has started working closely with France in an admirable effort to push Syria out of Lebanon. The Bolton appointment is unfathomable--except if viewed as a payback to the neocons. This band of Bush-backers were considered the losers when Bolton, formerly an undersecretary at the State Department, was not appointed to the number-two slot at Foggy Bottom when Condoleezza Rice took over the State Department. But this is some consolation prize. Imagine Jerry Falwell being placed in charge of marriage in Massachusetts. Bolton's extremism does not stop at the UN's front door. A year and a half ago, I described Bolton, who's widely considered the leading hard-ass of the neocon clan, this way:

Bolton is a hawk's hawk in the Bush administration. He is the agent conservateurin Colin Powell's State Department. He has led the administration's effort against the International Criminal Court. Last year, he single-handedly tried to revise U.S. nuclear policy by asserting that Washington no longer felt bound to state that it would not use nuclear weapons against nations that do not possess nuclear weapons. (A State Department spokesman quickly claimed that Bolton had not said what he had indeed said.) Bolton also claimed that Cuba was developing biological weapons--a charge that was not substantiated by any evidence and that was challenged by experts. In July, he was about to allege in congressional testimony that Syria posed a weapons-of-mass-destruction threat before the CIA and other agencies, which considered his threat assessment to be exaggerated, objected to his statement. When England, France and Germany recently tried to develop a carrot-and-stick approach in negotiating an end to Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program, Bolton huffed, "I don't do carrots."

And there are questions about his integrity. Three years ago, Bolton was caught up in a little-covered scandal involving a pro-Taiwan slush fund. Writing about this, I noted,

Some scandals find traction in Washington, others fizzle. The Taiwangate affair--which involves a $100 million secret Taiwan government slush fund that financed intelligence, propaganda, and influence activities within the United States and elsewhere--seems to be in the latter category at the moment. The beneficiaries of the lack of attention include three prominent Bush appointees at the State Department who, before joining the Bush administration, received money from this account. And one of these officials, John Bolton, the undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, submitted pro-Taiwan testimony to Congress in the 1990s without revealing he was a paid consultant to Taiwan. His work for Taiwan, it turns out, was financed by this slush fund.

Bolton escaped damage in this scandal that got away, even though he arguably had acted as a foreign agent without having registered as one--a potential violation of US law. When the scandal broke in 2002--with Bolton then a senior official in the Bush State Department--the State Department refused to acknowledge Bolton's involvement in the scandal. And Republicans on the Hill called for no investigations.

On December 2, after John Danforth resigned as Bush's UN ambassador, I wrote on my blog:

So who is Bush going to name as a replacement? Paul Wolfowitz? John Bolton? (If you don't know who Bolton is, you're lucky. He's the neocon's sleeper-hawk/madman at the State Department.) How about Bill Safire? Or one of the many conservatives who have recently called for Kofi Annan's resignation? Or...Alan Keyes

I was trying to make a joke. But I suppose Bolton--who has ducked scandal and has escaped punishment for his misleading and false hawkish statements--is the one laughing now.

David Corn is the Author of "The Lies of George W. Bush"

Sunday, February 27, 2005


From Eric Blumrich at

This article caught my eye, the other day.

I'm pretty sure that a great number of you out there are familiar with Scott Ritter, but I shall recap, just for the sake of convenience.

Scott Ritter is a marine veteran, who served as the United States' chief weapons inspector in Iraq, in the 90's. He resigned under president Clinton in 1998, believing that Clinton was being "too soft" on Iraq.

However, As the frenzy the led up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq took hold, Scott Ritter, a hardliner, and republican, came to the fore as an effective debunker of Bush's accusations of WMD development in Iraq. Declaring time and time again, that Iraq had been "effectively disarmed", and demanding the restoration of weapons inspection, Ritter became an unlikely ally of the antiwar movement.

However, the republican smear machine went into overdrive, accusing Scott Ritter of being everything from a paid Iraqi agent, to a "Disloyal traitor" (sound familiar, folks?)

Long story short, Ritter was the target of a concerted corporate media hatchet job that was just shameful to witness. In the end, we find that he was, indeed, absolutely correct, in his assertions about WMDs, and the unfolding of the war in Iraq.

Now, just a few days ago, during a lecture in Olympia, Washington, Ritter has stated that Bush has "signed off" on plans to begin airstrikes, within Iran, in June, 2005.

Considering that Ritter was right, all along, in regards to Iraq, while the Bush administration has been almost comically incompitent, I'm more inclined to believe Scott's assertions, rather than Bush's continued statements that such predictions are "ridiculous".

Basically, the plan is this: We send in a few stealth bombers, to perform hits on suspected nuclear sites. The Neoconservatives within the Bush administration hope that this will set into motion a series of events that provoke a full-scale invasion, and "regime change", after which our troops will be greeted as liberators, and public squares will be named in honor of Bush.

Strange- I seem to have heard this line of logic, sometime ago- it turned out to be a load of bollocks, and it cost us 300 billion dollars. However- the facts don't dissuade the PNAC crowd.

This is a very interesting, and troubling development. We're now only three months from the new war in Iran, while things continue to spiral down the toilet, in Iraq.

Is there a draft, in here, or is it just me?

Tuesday, February 22, 2005






Two Year Anniversary Flash movie by Patrick King

great animation!


List of programs Bush wants to kill or cut back. Who needs police anyway?

The 154 programs that President Bush proposed to eliminate or cut in his 2006 budget. He would terminate 99 programs and make major spending reductions in 55.

Bush has recommended 59 of the 99 terminations before. Twenty-seven of the 55 programs targeted for spending reductions have been previously submitted to Congress. An x after a program's name indicates Bush has targeted it before.


Agriculture Department

Agricultural Marketing Service biotechnology program

Forest Service economic action program x

High cost energy grants x

Natural Resources Conservation Service watershed and flood prevention operations x

Research and extension grant earmarks and low priority programs x

Commerce Department

Advanced technology program x

Emergency steel guarantee loan program x

Public telecommunications facilities, planning and construction program x

Education Department

Comprehensive school reform x

Educational technology state grants

Even Start

(High school program terminations:)

Vocational education state grants

Vocational education national activities x

Tech prep state grants x

Upward Bound

Talent Search


Smaller learning communities x

Perkins Loans: capital contributions and loan cancellations

Regional education laboratories x

Safe and Drug Free Schools state grants

(Small elementary and secondary education programs:)

Javits gifted and talented education x

National Writing Project x

School leadership x

Dropout prevention program x

Close Up fellowships x

Ready to Teach x

Parental information and resource centers x

Alcohol abuse reduction x

Foundations for Learning

Mental health integration in schools

Community technology centers x

Exchanges with historic whaling and trading partners x

Foreign language assistance x

Excellence in economic education

Arts in education x

Women's educational equity x

Elementary and secondary school counseling x

Civic education x

Star schools x

(Smaller higher education programs:)

Higher education demonstration projects for students w/disabilities x

Underground railroad program x

Interest subsidy grants

(Small job training and adult education programs:)

Occupational and employment information x

Tech-prep demonstration x

Literacy programs for prisoners x

State grants for incarcerated youth x

(Small postsecondary student financial assistance programs:)


Byrd scholarships

B.J. Stupak Olympic scholarships x

Thurgood Marshall legal opportunity x

(Small vocational rehabilitation programs:)

Vocational rehabilitation recreational programs x

Vocational rehabilitation migrant and seasonal workers x

Projects with industry x

Supported employment x

Teacher quality enhancement program

_Energy Department

Hydropower program

Nuclear energy plant optimization x

Nuclear energy research initiative x

Oil and gas programs x

_Health and Human Services Department

Administration for Children and Families Community Service Programs

ACF Early Learning Opportunities Fund x

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
congressional earmarks x

CDC Preventive Health and Health Services block grant

CDC youth media campaign

Direct service worker delivery grants

Health Resources and Services Administration emergency medical services for children

HRSA health facilities construction congressional earmarks x

HRSA Healthy Community access program x

HRSA state planning grant program x

HRSA trauma care x

HRSA traumatic brain injury

Health Resources and Services Administration universal newborn hearing screening x

Real Choice systems change grants

_Housing and Urban Development Department


_Interior Department

Bureau of Land ManagementJobs-in-the-Woods program

Land and water conservation fund state recreation grants, National Parks Service

National Park Service statutory aid

Rural fire assistance (Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs)

_Justice Department

Byrne discretionary grants x

Byrne justice assistance grants

Community Oriented Policing Services hiring grants

COPS interoperable communications technology grants x

COPS law enforcement technology grants

Juvenile accountability block grants x

National Drug Intelligence Center

Other state/local law enforcement assistance program terminations

State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) x

_Labor Department

Migrant and seasonal farm worker training program x

Reintegration of youthful offenders x

_Transportation Department

National defense tank vessel construction program

Railroad rehabilitation infrastructure financing loan program

_Enviromental Protection Agency

Unrequested projects x

Water quality cooperative agreements

_National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Hubble Space telescope robotic servicing mission

_Other agencies

National Veterans Business Development Corporation

Postal Service: revenue forgone appropriation

Small Business Administration: Microloan program

SBA: Small Business investment company participating securities program


_Agriculture Department

Federal in-house research x

Forest Service capital improvements and maintenance

Forest Service wildland fire management

Biomass research and development

Broadband x

Commodity Credit Corp. - bioenergy x

CCC - Market Access program x

Farm bill's environmental quality incentives program x

Farm bill's conservation security program

Farm bill's wildlife habitat incentives program x

Farm bill's farm and ranchland protection x

Farm bill's agricultural management assistance

Initiative for future agriculture food systems x

Renewable energy x

Rural firefighter grants x

Rural strategic investment program

Rural business investment program

Value-added grants x

Watershed rehabilitation x

Natural Resources Conservation Service conservation operations x

NRCS resource conservation and development program

Water and wastewater grants and loans x

_Commerce Department

Manufacturing Extension Partnership x

_Education Department

Adult education state grants

State grants for innovation

_Energy Department

Environmental management

_Health and Human Services Department

Health Resources and Services Administration Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education payment program x

HRSA health professions x

HRSA rural health x

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration programs of regional and national significance

State, local & hospital bioterrorism preparedness grants

_Housing and Urban Development Department

Housing for persons with disabilities x

Native American housing block grant

Public housing capital fund

-Interior Department

Bureau of Indian Affairs school construction

National Heritage Area grants x

Payments in lieu of taxes x

United States Geological Survey mineral resources program x

_Justice Department

Federal Bureau of Prisons construction program x

High intensity drug trafficking areas program x

Juvenile justice law enforcement assistance programs x

_Labor Department

International Labor Affairs Bureau x

Office of Disability Employment Policy

Workforce Investment Act pilot and demonstration projects x

_State Department

Assistance for the independent states of the former Soviet Union

_Transportation Department

Federal Aviation Administration

facilities and equipment

FAA - Airport improvement program

Federal Railroad Administration - next generation high speed rail

_Treasury Department

Internal Revenue Service - taxpayer service

_Environmental Protection Agency

Alaska Native villages

Clean water state revolving fund

-National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Aeronautics: vehicle systems program

Jupiter icy moons orbiter

_Other agencies

National Archives and Records Administration: National Historical Publications and Records Commission

U.S. Institute of Peace, construction of new building