Archive for September, 2006

Outfoxed is a terriffic movie and it is here

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

Outfoxed is a movie that shows how FOX News does what it does and why it does what it does. 
Part of it is here

Part of it is here as well

Other videos from YouTube

O’Reilly and Donahue is a great video!

Congressman Tim Ryan from Ohio lays it all on the line about 9/11.

 

How hard does your Senate work?

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

Sen. Arlen Specter, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, last Monday delivered an unusually candid assessment of the Senate’s notoriously light work schedule.

In a National Press Club luncheon speech, Specter noted it was “very hard to convene a Monday morning hearing” because of extended weekends. He continued: “We’ve fallen into a routine . . . of starting our workweek Tuesday at 2:15 after we finish our caucus luncheons, and people start to get edgy and heading for the airports early on Thursday. So we might increase the workweek by 50 percent, say, to three days.”

Realizing it was highly unusual for a senior senator to talk so frankly of the chamber’s work habits, Specter quickly added with a smile: “By the way, that’s off the record.” The speech was broadcast live on C-SPAN.

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3 guesses as to what Cheney and crowd will do once out of office

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

And it ain’t gonna be for free!

Top 300 songs of all time

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

NPR does a better top 300 song list of all time than about anybody else.

Unconditional love is global security

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

Unconditional love is global security.

The NEW Pledge of Allegiance

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

Ahh the Pledge of Allegiance.  I did it every day at school through the last day of High School.  Who doesn’t remember it?  Morning announcements over the PA system at school “And now please stand for the pledge.”  People still say it from time to time for a bunch of different reasons.  The Pledge was originally written in 1892 as a marketing campaign by a flag maker.  The hand over the heart came after the “Bellamy Salute” which was an outstretched arm towards the flag.  “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America” is a good way to start it off…a call to action…a mission statement as to why I am standing there.  “And to the Republic for which it stands”…well it could be that the past couple of elections were possibly not legal and the future remains hazy so therefore the question exists if we truly live in a republic.  “One nation under god” was added in 1951…some say to differentiate ourselves from the growing threat of Communism.  So if we are to be a nation under God, what about non believers?  I thought the First Amendment covered that with the following clause.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”  

As I read the pledge it appears to say that we have a God at work here in the USA and the government says so…but apparently not…since that would be contrary to the Constitution which was what I cut and pasted above….we will move on despite that confusion.  “With liberty and justice for all” is a nice ending with a catchy ring to it (like a marketing person wrote it ironically) but the Bush administration has recently changed that.  About 800 years ago Habeus Corpus was born which made the prosecutor go before a judge to charge you with something and give you a trial so you weren’t just thrown in prison forever at the whim of a crazed King or President.  So if you want to be correct, the Pledge of Allegiance should change from this

I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

TO THIS

I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, indivisible.

If you do not want to be correct, you may continue to use the older version but I don’t see how the older version still holds true.

House leader Dennis Haster KNEW about kinky online chat for a year?!?!?!

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican leader of the U.S. House of Representatives said his office knew a year ago about inappropriate contact between a former intern and newly resigned Rep. Mark Foley (news, bio, voting record) and called on Saturday for a criminal probe of the matter.

Foley, 52, a six-term Florida Republican, resigned from the House on Friday after ABC News reported he sent messages to current and former congressional pages with references to sexual organs and acts.

Staff for the Republican leader, Speaker Dennis Hastert, said they had been alerted to an exchange between Foley and one congressional page in the fall of 2005 but were not told about any sexually explicit e-mails or text messages, according to a statement issued by the speaker’s office.

The faith and values party has a lot of pedophiles

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

The faith and values party sure has a lot of pedophiles. 

FOX News calls Republican shills out as Republican shills

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

Neil Gabler on the FOX News weekend show that looks at the media actually lists FOX News hosts and calls them Republican shills.  A breath of truth that was quite shocking on FOX.  When someone tells the truth and it is shocking…you know things are not going the way they should.

You might be a Republican if…..

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

Check out the initial image on this page and read the comment about this woman.  To call someone like this less than a true American hero…then you my friend are a Republican.

Sean Hannity wants it both ways

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

Great right wing spinmeister Sean Hannity wants it both ways. 

First the FLIP- The first AUDIO link here has a very calm and understanding Hannity saying we need wiretapping for our own good. 

And now the FLOP- The second AUDIO link has an unhinged Hannity state that you have a right to privacy when you pick up the phone.

Which will it be…the FLIP or the FLOP?

Considering we now torture people as by Federal law and we also do not have to tell people what they are charged with in order to detail them for an unlimited amount of time…I think the Hannity that says the Government should be able to go through your drawers is the one to side with.

Isn’t it good to know that we have more freedom by lessening our freedoms and that we have more peace in a time of war!!!!  

 

 

Jesse Ventura speaks on 9/11

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

He was in Vietnam, he was a Navy Seal, he taught at Harvard, he was the Governor of Minnesota.  Apparently he is not an idiot.  He has some interesting views on 9/11 and other stuff.

Cheney running for President, er rather, Vice President, uh, same thing.

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

Oh the irony….OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh the ironyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.  It HURTS to read this!  OOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH the irony!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For eight years, Clinton and Gore have extended our military commitments while depleting our military power. Rarely has so much been demanded of our armed forces, and so little given to them in return. George W. Bush and I are going to change that, too. I have seen our military at its finest, with the best equipment, the best training, and the best leadership. I’m proud of them. I have had the responsibility for their well-being. And I can promise them now, help is on the way. Soon, our men and women in uniform will once again have a commander in chief they can respect, one who understands their mission and restores their morale.
George W. Bush will repair what has been damaged. He is a man without pretense and without cynicism. A man of principle, a man of honor. On the first hour of the first day he will restore decency and integrity to the Oval Office. He will show us that national leaders can be true to their word and that they can get things done by reaching across the partisan aisle, and working with political opponents in good faith and common purpose. I know he’ll do these things, because for the last five years I’ve watched him do them in Texas.
Later that day he also said………..

For eight years, the achievement gap in our schools has grown worse, poor and disadvantaged children falling further and further behind. For all of their sentimental talk about children, Clinton and Gore have done nothing to help children oppressed by bureaucracy, monopoly, and mediocrity. But those days are ending. When George W. Bush is president and I am vice president, tests will be taken, results will be measured, and schools will answer to parents and no child will be left behind.

Ok, that’s all I can cut and paste…I can’t take any more.  Go to the site above to read more.  I need some oxygen.

You now live in a nation that offically uses torture

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

Today the United States lost a right that many have died for, and the soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan die for today.  The United States has lost the right to Habeus Corpus which is the basis for our entire judicial system.  Today the United States has become part of the nations that officially use torture which is against the rules of the Geneva Conventions for Prisoners of War.  Osama Bin Laden Killed 3000 people on 9/11 which this country still aches from, however George W. Bush has changed law so we now accept actions that we have reviled in the past.  Osama hurt us that day but Bush has hurt us going forward.  Things that set US apart from THEM.  We are now THEM officially.  The United States has lost its moral high ground.  We have been changed.  If we look at the changes in these laws without wondering what is going on then we deserve what we get which is a nation that is far less than America has been in the past.  A nation that claims to be of Judeo-Christian origin…that tortures.  A Judeo-Christian origin that allows people to be locked in prison without showing the accused any evidence of what they are accused or even accusing them of anything.  How long will we hold the Guantanamo prisoners? How many prisoners have been held without being charged and died?  You feel safe because you don’t do anything wrong and you won’t wind up in jail and have these rights denied you…well you are naive.

We now officially torture, we have suspended Habeus Corpus and can hold prisoners indefinately without trial, the law allows the President (and his approved torture techniques that were illegal) to avoid possible War Crimes trials…he has 30 possible felonies stemming from this.

Following in the footsteps of the House, the Senate this afternoon approved the bill which vests in the President the power of indefinite, unreviewable detention (even of U.S. citizens) and which also legalizes various torture techniques.  It is not hyperbole to say that this is one of the most tyrannical and dangerous bills to be enacted in our nation’s history.

Habeas corpus is an ancient protection that stems from English common law, and its use dates back to as early as the 12th century. In 1969, the Supreme Court called it “the fundamental instrument for safeguarding individual freedom against arbitrary and lawless state action.” Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) introduced an amendment to remove this part of the legislation. He argued that the ability to challenge one’s detention is one of the most fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution. The proposed amendment failed.

The bill gives the president the power to “interpret the meaning and application of the Geneva Conventions.” Critics fear this means that the president can unilaterally authorize interrogation techniques that many people would consider torture.

If an enemy combatant made a statement under coercion before Congress passed the Detainee Treatment Act in 2005, the evidence is admissible at a military tribunal in most cases. If the statements were made after Congress passed the 2005 ban on coercive interrogation tactics, the evidence is admissible only if a military judge finds that “the interrogation methods used to obtain the statement do not violate the cruel, unusual, or inhumane treatment or punishment prohibited by the Fifth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution.”

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These are laws that go back to 1215 with the Magna Carta and they are now revoked.  If Bush did not want to use these laws they would not be enacted so the fact that Americans can be held without reason means they will be held without charges.  Will they be the people that should be held?  There was the Canadian computer programmer Maher Arar who was kidnapped and taken to Syria to be beaten and held.  He was later released as the charges were dropped.  This is now legal in your country.  What country do you live in?

Crooks and Liars checks in.

Could this new law be challenged in the courts?

Jack Cafferty comments on CNN.  Barak Obama says a lot when he says the weaker the case against you the fewer rights you have.

So did your Senator vote for torture or not?  Who would Jesus torture?

Nikita Kruschev said ‘We shall destroy you from within’.  Osama is still out there…so is Bush.

A whistleblower looks at 9/11

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

and says what she thinks about the lead up to 9/11.

Hopefully they got the right guy here

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

SO I hope they got the right guy in this story.  If they did get the right guy in the court and the prisoners got the right guy in prison then this is just what could happen if you go around being a bad guy.
http://www.wishtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=5456126&nav=0Ra7
 

Note to self- don’t go to prison!

PS- what if he is actually innocent or the prisoners got the wrong guy.
 

A visit with Christians on the move

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

I don’t know her, I don’t know them, but I know the story here.

A gaggle of political websites

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

http://www.huppi.com/kangaroo/Links1.html

Ah the Reagan Years

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

They were good for some but awful for most!

Shepard Smith on FOX News not towing the NeoCon line

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Bill Kristol, one of the leaders of Project for a New American Century (planner of the Iraq war back in the 90s) gets spanked with logic by Shepard Smith about the realities of Iraq/Afghanistan that Kristol helped to plan.  It almost seems like 1 non-right-wing-wacko works at FOX.  Almost…that is.

Wag the Dog, Clinton and Chris Wallace and lots of amnesia

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

From another site…

The collective amnesia is pretty astounding.

The “wag the dog” accusations against Clinton were strong, vocal and frequent. It’s was also well funded.

Anyone here remember the Jesse Helms founded Conservative Caucus? They pushed the wag the dog scenario to the limit.

A few tidbits from that brain trust, from 1998.

AT LEAST TEN REASONS TO OPPOSE INITIATION OF WAR ON IRAQ

1) President William J. Clinton lacks the moral authority to function properly as Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces of the United States.

2) Let’s not change the subject. The Number One business of the nation at this time should be the removal from office of William J. Clinton.

3) It is unconstitutional for America to go to war without a Congressional declaration of war.

Those are only the first three.

And, here’s a great one:

Wag the Dog?
U.S. Policy on Iraq

DID CLINTON LIE OR ABUSE POWER IN ORCHESTRATING RATIONALE FOR PRE-IMPEACHMENT WAR?

The Washington Times (12/18/98, p. 1) reports “The White House orchestrated a plan to provoke Saddam Hussein into defying United Nations weapons inspectors so President Clinton could justify air strikes, former and current government officials charge.

“Scott Ritter, a former U.N. inspector who resigned this summer, said yesterday the U.N. Special Commission (Unscom) team led by Richard Butler deliberately chose sites it knew would provoke Iraqi defiance at the White House’s urging.

“Mr. Ritter also said Mr. Butler, executive chairman of the Unscom, conferred with the Clinton administration’s national security staff on how to write his report of noncompliance before submitting it to the U.N. Security Council Tuesday night.

“The former inspector said the White House wanted to ensure the report contained sufficiently tough language on which to justify its decision to bomb Iraq.

“‘I’m telling you this was a preordained conclusion. This inspection was a total setup by the United States,’ Mr. Ritter said. ‘The U.S. was pressing [the U.N.] to carry out this test. The test was very provocative. They were designed to elicit Iraqi defiance.’…”

TIMING IS EVERYTHING

“The White House knew by Dec. 9, when U.N. inspectors were in Baghdad, that the House had planned to debate impeachment as early as Wednesday, Dec. 16. Air strikes began that day.”

EVIDENCE CONFIRMS THAT CLINTON’S UNCONSTITUTIONAL ATTACK ON IRAQ WAS A LONG-PLANNED POLITICAL PLOY

Robert Novak points out that (The Washington Post, 12/21/98, p. A29) “As Clinton took Palestinian applause in Gaza last Monday [December 14], secret plans were underway for an air strike coinciding with the House impeachment vote. The president had time to consult with Congress and the U.N. Security Council but took no step that might stay his hand.

“As whenever a president pulls the trigger, Clinton’s top national security advisers supported him. But majors and lieutenant colonels at the Pentagon, whose staff work undergirds any military intervention, are, in the words of a senior officer, ‘200 percent opposed. They disagree fundamentally.’ They know the attack on Iraq was planned long before Butler’s report and consider it politically motivated.”

U.N. VIOLATIONS PROP WAS A CLINTON-SCRIPTED PROP

According to Rowan Scarborough (The Washington Times, 12/17/98, p. A1), “The White House notified the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Sunday that President Clinton would order air strikes this week, 48 hours before he saw a United Nations report declaring Iraq in noncompliance with weapons inspectors, it was learned from authoritative sources last night….

“Pentagon sources said National Security Council aides told the Joint Chiefs to quickly update a bombing plan that was shelved in mid-November and were told that a strike would be ordered in a matter of days.

“Israeli spokesman Aviv Bushinsky said yesterday in Jerusalem that President Clinton discussed preparations for an attack with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just minutes before Mr. Clinton flew home from Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport on Tuesday, ending a three-day peace mission….”

There’s more where that came from…

http://www.conservativeusa.org/wagdog.htm

http://www.conservativeusa.org/iraq-war.htm

Amnesia…

News coverage is pretty embarrassing

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Why does it take a comedian to show us exactly the craziness going on in the world of news?

Keith Olbermann comments

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Here is a link to several Keith Olbermann comments that are so good they should be aired on MSNBC on a taped loop over and over and over again.  Olbermann hits the nail on the head every single time. 

And don’t forget Stephen Colbert

Monday, September 25th, 2006

His interviews are right here. 

Many Jon Stewart interviews

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Comedy Central gets a clue and posts Jon Stewart interviews in one stop shopping form.

Ahhh religion

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Here is a good discussion that about wraps up all angles of the world of religion.  I especially like the Photoshopped images which is the main reason I look at Fark.com occasionally.

So one Satan is better than the other.

Monday, September 25th, 2006

It is good to know that if you call someone Satan that it is different than calling someone else Satan.  Nothing like consistency!!

Let’s take a news quiz

Monday, September 25th, 2006

So which story would be bigger?   A- The recent discovery that Iraq is breeding terrorists and Al Quaida is making big enroads into Afghanistan.  B-  Annie Liebowitz and her wonderful pictures?  Newsweek chose B this week.

How about a dollop of lunacy?

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

Or perhaps 2 dollops?

The price of gasoline for a bunch of different places

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

around the world.

A poster to YouTube

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

has a ton of really good videos and a good blog!!!!! This poster will keep you enraged with the videos for about a week.  The videos are all highly frustrating in that all of tis stuff is going on and nothing is being done about it.

How many felonies that are contrary to the Constitution

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

will we put up with before something is done?

Bush declares himself above the law

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

and he will enforce laws that are not laws.  That is when one man creates his own laws and what is that called?

W’s legacy

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

How history will look at W.

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Alaska

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

Why do we have to have the leader of another country do this?  Why can’t we do this ourselves?  Does Big Oil do this?

A day in Iraq

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

So let’s see how a day goes in Iraq.

Bush: I reject the notion that this country’s in civil war.
Michael Ware: General Casey could not be more removed for the Iraq reality.

Terrorist attacks Bill Clinton stopped

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

Terrorist attacks Bill Clinton’s administration stopped.

Look at this photo and take a quick quiz!

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

Which country is responsible for this?

The fact that you don’t know is enough to prove that the methods being used by this administration are wrong.

The fact that a Private in the military is in jail for treatment like this once again shows that the administration does not take accountability serously by firing a higher up and instead held a Private accountable.  Shameful!

 

Background for George W Bush

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

a bit of history for the old shrubber.

Heaven is closed and you are not getting in

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

It is just like Disneyland filling up at around noon…Heaven is closed…so just deal with it!!!!

President Clinton does not back down to FOX News Shanghai

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

Interview video part 1 is located here

Interview video part 2 is located here

Interview video part 3 is located here

If the Democrats would do this more often they would win every time!!  Bill Clinton shows how it is done.  And contrary to the neocons assertions Clinton was busy during his administrations in protecting America.

Administration Closed Unit Dedicated to Finding Bin Laden. “The Central Intelligence Agency has closed a unit that for a decade had the mission of hunting Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants, intelligence officials confirmed Monday.” [New York Times, 7/3/06]

“So I don’t know where he is. You know, I just don’t spend that much time on him, Kelly, to be honest with you.”
– Bush on Osama Bin Laden 6 months after 9/11

“We haven’t heard much from him. And I wouldn’t necessarily say he’s at the center of any command structure. And, again, I don’t know where he is,” Bush said during the 2002 news conference. “I’ll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him. I know he is on the run.”
– Bush on Osama Bin Laden a year later

“I don’t think I ever said I’m not worried about Osama bin Laden. That’s kind of one of those exaggerations.”
– Bush on Osama Bin Laden 3 years later.

A last minute software patch for voting machines in 2002

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

According to Hood, Diebold employees altered software in some 5,000 machines in DeKalb and Fulton counties – the state’s largest Democratic strongholds. To avoid detection, Hood and others on his team entered warehouses early in the morning. “We went in at 7:30 a.m. and were out by 11,” Hood says. “There was a universal key to unlock the machines, and it’s easy to get access. The machines in the warehouses were unlocked. We had control of everything. The state gave us the keys to the castle, so to speak, and they stayed out of our way.” Hood personally patched fifty-six machines and witnessed the patch being applied to more than 1,200 others.

Georgia law mandates that any change made in voting machines be certified by the state. But thanks to Cox’s agreement with Diebold, the company was essentially allowed to certify itself. “It was an unauthorized patch, and they were trying to keep it secret from the state,” Hood told me. “We were told not to talk to county personnel about it. I received instructions directly from Urosevich. It was very unusual that a president of the company would give an order like that and be involved at that level.”

What do you do when the circumstances are so sad?

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

What do you do with someone like this?

WASHINGTON — She lived alone in a tiny, top-floor apartment in one of the tougher sections of San Francisco. At 83, she was short and a bit stout. Diabetes took the sight in one of her eyes; arthritis left her leaning heavily on a cane. For long trips, she took a taxi.

Her husband had died. He was the love of her long life, a short, dapper man who had worked as a bartender and waiter at some of the city’s larger hotels and was active in Jewish activities. They buried him in a Jewish cemetery outside the city.

He had been gone just a short while when the two officials from the Justice Department in Washington knocked on her door. They confronted her with a terrible secret that all these years she had managed to keep from him.

In Germany during World War II, a much younger, still-single Elfriede Lina Rinkel, the girl with the blue eyes and the striking red hair, had worked as an SS guard at one of the Nazi regime’s infamous concentration camps. Called Ravensbruck, it was a slave labor prison for women, and during the year she worked there with a trained attack dog more than 10,000 women died.

Some succumbed to starvation and disease. Others were gassed. More died after cruel medical experiments. Some perished from sheer exhaustion.

On Tuesday, the Justice Department announced that the woman with the pleasant smile and the German accent had been deported to Germany. She admitted that she had lied on her U.S. visa application.

Her lawyer, Allison Dixon, said she never told Fred, her husband. Not during their romance after the war, on their wedding night in Germany, or their voyage to a new life in America. Always, she kept quiet.

“He did not know,” the lawyer said, “because all these years she was totally embarrassed.”

Washington officials, however, said she coldly offered no expression of remorse about her past and did not fight the deportation.

The government caught up with a woman in the dusk of her life who expected perhaps soon to join her husband in the Eternal Home Cemetery in Colma, south of the city. The double gravestone was already there, with the Star of David above their names.

Instead, she will be remembered as the only woman to be caught and deported in more than 100 completed cases of Nazi persecutors who lied their way into the United States. Matching Ravensbruck guard rosters with U.S. immigration documents — some 70,000 names have been studied since the Office of Special Investigations opened in 1979 — they lit on Elfriede Huth, her maiden name.

She had been born in 1922 in Leipzig, Germany. She came to the work camp in 1944 and left a year later as the war ended, the site abandoned by fleeing Nazis. She married Fred William Rinkel, a German Jewish refugee from the war. In 1959, not yet 40, she applied for a U.S. visa but discreetly failed to include on the form her time at Ravensbruck.

Eventually, the Justice Department traced her to the five-story apartment building in lower Nob Hill near the Tenderloin. The building today is rundown, covered in graffiti and largely home to recent immigrants from Mexico.

OSI Director Eli M. Rosenbaum said, despite her bid to remain anonymous, her past will no longer be hidden. Though he agreed that she appeared pleasant and kind, old and tired, he said, “her presence in the United States nevertheless was an affront to surviving Holocaust victims who have made new homes in this country.”

Rosenbaum was one of the two Washington officials who knocked on her door after her husband had died. She admitted being assigned to the camp, explaining that she had had a less desirable job as a factory worker and then volunteered to be a dog handler at the camp for better wages.

But she insisted she never used her dog as a weapon against the prisoners, never forced them into marches every morning to work or to die. She said never joined the Nazi Party, just did its bidding.

And she said she never applied for U.S. citizenship because she feared U.S. immigration authorities would learn of her time at Ravensbruck.

And oddly, Rosenbaum said, there were no tears from the woman sitting in front of him inside the little apartment. “No statement of remorse was volunteered to me,” he said.

Dixon, her San Francisco lawyer, explained that it was all just too long ago. She said her client had tried to remake her life and never thought she would be tripped up so late in her years.

“She was trying to atone for actions in the past,” said Dixon. “She married a Jewish man, and she gave to Jewish charities.

“And she always believed there was a certain coercion involved in what she did at the camp. She insisted that she had zero contact with the actual prisoners, that she just walked the camp perimeter.”

Knowing her fate, six months ago she began preparing to leave the United States even as she kept asking Dixon if she could stay. “Do I really have to leave?” she would say. “Can I come back for a visit?”

She also quietly set about putting her affairs in order. One task was to return once more to the mortuary, and to inform the staff that she would soon be “leaving the area.” She wanted to sell back her burial plot next to her husband.

“So we took it back,” said Gene Kaufman, director of the Sinai Memorial Chapel. “She was just such a pleasant-looking lady and very small. Such a nice sweet lady who seemed to have a very loving relationship with her husband.”

Sometimes, Kaufman said, he would bump into the childless couple at Jewish events. Everyone seemed to know, though, that she was not Jewish, and had no other religious faith. The distinction seemed never to rise as a problem between the couple.

Yet, “sometimes it did seem like their life together was from someplace else,” recalled Kathryn Allen-Katz, who also chatted with her at the funeral chapel. “Like they didn’t fit in here, didn’t belong. They lived in their own little island in a not-too-good part of town and they kept to themselves.”

At the apartment building on Bush Street, Gunvant Shah, who met the Rinkels in 1976, described a couple that sang German songs late at night, danced together, and sometimes fought loudly, prompting complaints from neighbors.

They lived “a modest life,” Shah said, with no car, but often strolled together in the evenings, dressed elegantly. “Mr. Rinkel would hold her by the arm. They would walk together, proud and joyful.”

Perhaps, he added, the closeness the couple shared was her private attempt at redemption. “Maybe she felt remorse,” said Shah.

She was given until Sept. 30 to leave the United States. She left Sept. 1. Some distant relations took her in, and she dutifully reported to the U.S. Consulate office in Frankfurt, Germany, that she was back home.

Eighty-three is a hard time to make one’s life over, and Dixon said that she could still face charges in Germany for her war-time duty at the concentration camp. But whatever happens, she likely now will die in the land of her birth.

Alive, she is legally barred from re-entering the United States.

In death alone could she be returned.

Look for a change in terms

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

The right wing media machine is changing the term Islamo-fascist.  Let’s use the stopwatch and see how long it takes for the spinmeisters to stop using that term now that W has stopped.

What does our present regime

Monday, September 18th, 2006

have with the Hungarian leadership?  Maybe it will start a chain reaction of truth that will come this way.

We are turning into the exact thing we are fighting in the Middle East.

Monday, September 18th, 2006

How does this differ from the religious fervor that bubbles like a cespool in the Middle East?  How can this video be watched and the horrible problems the world has in the Middle East not be brought to a paralell to what these people are doing to children in America?  If you think the problem is with “them Islamofascists” how are these kids not being turned into Christain-fascists?  This is what we are fighting in the Middle East and this thinking killed 3000 Americans on 9/11.  The Pope just commented on how Muslims convert people to their faith by the sword, so what are these people producing that differs from what the Pope said?  Intolerance is the reason for many problems in the world and that is exactly what these people are breeding…literally.   ABC did a story on this

Bush Crimes Commission Delivers Verdict

Monday, September 18th, 2006

George W. should be having some sleepless nights.

How is the present economy sustaining itself?

Monday, September 18th, 2006

The high cost of health care and growing health care employment is how our economy is keeping its head above water.

If English was good enough for Jesus…

Monday, September 18th, 2006

I thought this quote was just an Urban Legend but apparently someone had the myopia to actually say it out loud for others to hear and confirm what was thought of them.

Huey Long quotes

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

His first two here are quite good.