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  • Michael Moore Addresses His Fans

    07/16/2004 1:52:15 PM PDT · by Imal · 44 replies · 1,574+ views
    AboveTopSecret.com ^ | Friday, July 16, 2004 | Michael Moore
    My fellow Americans, devoted fans and valued consumers, I wanted to lay to rest some of the rumors you may have been hearing lately. Of course, anyone who revolutionizes film and print like I have is bound to make a few enemies along the way, and we both know I have many of those. Sometimes their criticism is warranted, sometimes not, so I want to set the record straight. According to my critics, I distort the truth in my books and films. This is absolutely true. In fact, converting source material into art worthy of bearing my name requires such...
  • Iraqis: Please Pardon Our Women

    05/06/2004 8:04:04 PM PDT · by Imal · 24 replies · 84+ views
    The World According to Imal ^ | May 6, 2004 | Imal
    The photographs of apparent "abuses" of insurgent prisoners by U.S. servicewomen are the scandal du jour. At first blush, it seems to be a devastating blow to America's efforts in Iraq. However, things are not always as they seem. There is definitely more to this than meets the eye.I'm pretty sure this all got whipped into a scandal because it benefits the U.S. to direct and control its course. Someone released those photographs, and did so purposefully. Their apparent source is a DoD investigation into prison abuses that dates back some months. The DoD even issued a press release when...
  • Democrats: Stop Supporting Our Troops

    05/03/2004 9:12:27 PM PDT · by Imal · 1 replies · 34+ views
    The World According to Imal ^ | May 3, 2004 | Imal
    Throughout the Iraq campaign, we have heard the same refrain from the Democrats: "We oppose the war in Iraq but we support our troops." This alleged support manifests itself many forms. But first, let me explain why I am singling out the Democrats for my request.There are some who take pains to claim that effort to undermine our troops in Iraq is not the work of Democrats, but of "Leftists". Where we might have been able to reasonably distinguish between "Democrats" and "Leftists" in the past, such a distinction no longer makes sense. This is particularly true in light of...
  • Communists Against Bush

    08/24/2003 4:52:10 PM PDT · by Imal · 4 replies · 82+ views
    The World According to Imal ^ | August 24, 2003 | Imal, Karl Marx
    From the Communist Party USA website: Push Bush Out the Door in 2004 It will take an extraordinary united all-people’s front with a movement on the ground to defeat the Bush right-wing agenda in 2004. It can be done with the combination of the labor vote, the women’s vote, and African-American and Latino vote, combined with the youth vote, the peace vote, the environmental vote, the senior vote, the farm vote, etc. all of whom are pledged to work as they never have before. CPUSA National Committee Resolution on the 2004 Elections The Communist Party USA meeting in New York...
  • The President Makes His Case Against Iraq

    08/22/2003 11:51:59 PM PDT · by Imal · 12 replies · 722+ views
    CNN.com ^ | August 22, 2003 | The President of the United States
    This is a time of tremendous promise for America. The superpower confrontation has ended; on every continent democracy is securing for more and more people the basic freedoms we Americans have come to take for granted. Bit by bit the information age is chipping away at the barriers economic, political and social that once kept people locked in and freedom and prosperity locked out. But for all our promise, all our opportunity, people in this room know very well that this is not a time free from peril, especially as a result of reckless acts of outlaw nations and an...
  • Bambi, Beware!

    07/18/2003 9:04:30 PM PDT · by Imal · 2 replies · 295+ views
    The World According to Imal ^ | Friday, July 18, 2003 | Imal
    WARNING!: If you are an attractive young woman accustomed to jogging nude through the desert outside Las Vegas, Nevada, then you may want to pay close attention to this story. Why? Because someday, when you least expect it, you may just find yourself the target of a ruthless, sex-crazed paintball hunter.Or so the press would have us believe.It's a sordid tale of guns, violence, sex and money. In other words, it has everything necessary to be the latest cause célébre among the perpetually-outraged set. So what is all the hubbub about?All you need to do is visit the website! Huntingforbambi.com...
  • Freep Ann Coulter's Book on Amazon.com, Show DU How It's Done

    06/26/2003 10:32:53 PM PDT · by Imal · 25 replies · 287+ views
    Amazon.com ^ | 6/26/03 | Imal
    Looks like the Gen-Xers over at DU are at it again. Note the amusing "recommendations" on Amazon.com, such as Mein Kampf and Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth. How about we FReepers stop by Ann's page and show these merry pranksters just what a good old-fashioned FReep, is?
  • Do "Three Strikes" Laws Cause Crime?

    01/15/2003 10:53:47 AM PST · by Imal · 26 replies · 904+ views
    How Two People Researching A TV Show Got in a Gunfight ^ | January 15, 2003 | Imal, Don W and Eagle Eye
    Introduction First, some background on why I decided to start a thread on this topic. In responding to another article, How Two People Researching A TV Show Got in a Gunfight, fellow FReeper Don W made a comment in this post that, to put it mildly, raised an eyebrow: "Then there's the 3 strikes thing: Would this guy have drawn and fired at the cops had the fear of hard time not been there? It seems to show that mandatory sentencing is counter-productive, unless you like firefights in the streets." My response was rather strongly worded, and from there a...
  • Funny you should mention Pearl Harbor

    01/11/2003 10:15:14 AM PST · by Imal · 36 replies · 234+ views
    Imal's Vanity Press ^ | January 11, 2003 | Imal
    (This was originally posted in the Iraq Betting Pool thread as part of an exchange between myself and Grampa Dave, both of us salty old dogs. After writing it, I thought I would share it as an article unto itself. -Imal) Many a year has passed since I last punched holes in the water for Liberty (I was one of Hymie's Boys in Reagan's Navy -- God bless them both), and I can't say I was sorry to rejoin the civilian world, but I'll be damned if we haven't left our Navy in the very best of hands. Funny you...
  • Bush Uses "Strategery" Against Iraq, the U.N. and the Democrats

    01/10/2003 2:31:13 PM PST · by Imal · 53 replies · 694+ views
    Imal's Vanity Press | January 10, 2003 | Imal
    This is my first, and possibly last, vanity post. I have held back from starting a thread on this article for months, and have posted various aspects of my "strategery" theory in different posts on different threads, but am dying to discuss it in its own thread, because I think it is important enough a theory to stand on its own. In fact, this article is mostly boilerplated from this post, which evolved out of a discussion about the American hero Captain Michael Scott Speicher, may God bless his name. Granted, my theories about George W. Bush are speculative, and...
  • Australian university gunman kills two

    10/20/2002 10:16:26 PM PDT · by Imal · 32 replies · 266+ views
    CNN.com ^ | October 21, 2002 | CNN Staff and wires
    <p>MELBOURNE, Australia -- A gunman has killed two people and wounded eight others on a university campus in Melbourne, before being captured by police.</p> <p>The shooting occurred on the sixth-floor of the Menzies building on the Clayton campus of Monash University in the city's south.</p>
  • Americans Want Saddam Out

    09/25/2002 5:37:54 PM PDT · by Imal · 69+ views
    Fox News, The O'Reilly Factor ^ | September 25, 2002 | Bill O'Reilly
    <p>Americans want Saddam out. That's the subject of this evening's Talking Points Memo.</p> <p>A new Gallup-USA Today-CNN poll says this, 57 percent of Americans favor sending U.S. ground troops to remove Saddam Hussein, 38 percent oppose doing that. Those numbers have held steady since August. Number rises to 79 percent if the United Nations decides to support an invasion. Nineteen percent of Americans oppose invading Iraq unless it attacks us.</p>
  • Vice President receives Yemeni delegation

    09/19/2002 6:39:19 PM PDT · by Imal · 1 replies · 121+ views
    Iraq Daily ^ | 19 September 2002 | Iraq News Agency
    Vice President receives Yemeni delegation Baghdad, INA Vice-President Taha Yassin Ramadhan has received Secretary of Popular Nasserite party Abdul Malik al-Mekhlafi, who is participating in the Baghdad Conference, currently held in Baghdad. During the meeting, Mr. Ramahan has clarified that Iraq's gesture to readmit the UN inspection teams to resume work in Baghdad was to unveil the US administration false pretexts. Referring that this gesture would give the team another chance to prove that Iraq is clear of the said weapons, which were destroyed many years ago. Mr. Ramahan called for supporting the Palestinian people and their struggle to restore...
  • Aziz receives delegations of Baghdad Conference

    09/19/2002 6:29:36 PM PDT · by Imal · 2 replies · 115+ views
    Iraq Daily ^ | 19 September 2002 | Iraq News Agency
    Aziz receives delegations of Baghdad Conference Baghdad, INA Deputy Prime Minister, Tareq Aziz has received Wednesday delegations from many countries participating in 8th meeting of the Follow-Up and Coordination Committee of Baghdad Conference. Mr. Aziz received delegations from Belgium, member of the Socialist Party, Patrich Morllow, and Member of European Parliament, Pheronic Doxir and the accompanying delegation. He also received Chairman of the Russian Popular Party, Serji Baporein, Chairman of the Ukrainian Socialist Party, Natalein Vederinco, member of Central Committee of the Moldavian Communist Party, Dawlic Doneshenco, and Chairman of the Russian Freedom and Unity Party, Omala Tuova. During the...
  • Iraq discusses practical measures for the return of the U.N inspectors

    09/19/2002 5:56:17 PM PDT · by Imal · 5 replies · 111+ views
    Iraq News Agency ^ | 19 September 2002 | Iraq News Agency
    Iraq discusses practical measures for the return of the U.N inspectors U.N, Sept. 19, INA Head of the International Organizations and Conferences Office at Iraq’s Foreign Ministry Dr. Sa’eed Al-Musawi and Person in Charge of Iraq-UNMOVIC relation Hassan Mohammed Amin have held a meeting at the U.N headquarters to discuss the practical measures for the return of the U.N arms inspectors. In a press interview after the meeting, Dr. Al-Musawi said the meeting discussed the practical measures of the return of the arms inspectors, describing the meeting as useful. The meetings are due to be continued in Vienna ten days...
  • The U.S and British warplanes launch a new aggression over Iraqi civil areas

    09/19/2002 5:38:46 PM PDT · by Imal · 6 replies · 232+ views
    Iraq News Agency ^ | 19 September 2002 | Iraq News Agency
    The U.S and British warplanes launch a new aggression over Iraqi civil areas Baghdad, Sept. 19, INA The U.S. and British warplanes violated Iraq’s airspace in a desperate bid to impair solid will of Iraqis and undermine their sovereignty and territorial integrity. A spokesman for the air defence command told INA that on Wednesday the U.S. and British warplanes violated Iraq‘s airspace coming from their bases in Kuwait backed by an AWACS inside their bases in Saudi Arabia. He added that the enemy ravens carried out 41 armed sorties and patrolled civil areas in Artawi, Al- Jiliba, As-Selman, Al- Nasiriya,...
  • No excuse for war now, Iraq says

    09/19/2002 5:30:50 PM PDT · by Imal · 15 replies · 179+ views
    Iraq News Agency ^ | 18 September 2002 | Iraq News Agency
    No excuse for war now, Iraq says Baghdad, Sept. 18, INA Iraq has removed any excuse for a US-led war by agreeing to new UN weapons inspections, Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz said on Tuesday. "The excuse used to launch an aggression has been totally blocked," Aziz told a gathering of foreign political supporters in Baghdad. "They (the Americans) thought Iraq wouldn't take such a courageous decision," as accepting the return of UN arms inspectors, Aziz said. "We are ready to work with the UN secretary general to apply our decision, Aziz said, stressing Baghdad's sincerity. "It is not in...
  • In defense of the believers

    09/19/2002 4:54:49 PM PDT · by Imal · 4 replies · 142+ views
    Arab News ^ | c. 20 September 2002 | Sayyid Qutb
    In defense of the believers Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Merciful, the Beneficent God will certainly defend those who believe. For certain, God does not love anyone who betrays his trust and is bereft of gratitude. Permission to fight is given to those against whom war is being wrongfully waged. Most certainly, God has the power to grant them victory. These are the ones who have been driven from their homelands against all right for no other reason than their saying, ‘Our Lord is God!’ Were it not that God repels some people by means...
  • Waiting for the invasion of Iraq

    09/19/2002 4:30:58 PM PDT · by Imal · 92+ views
    Arab News ^ | 20 September 2002 | Rasheed Abou-Alsamh, Arab News Staff
    Waiting for the invasion of Iraq By Rasheed Abou-Alsamh, Arab News Staff Despite all the diplomatic maneuvering by the Bush administration at the United Nations in New York, and by the regime of Saddam Hussein, it now seems quite clear that the United States will be invading Iraq to institute a change of regime. It’s not a question of "if"; it’s a question of "when?" President George W. Bush has been insisting that a regime change is needed in Iraq because Saddam is a menace to the world and especially to his neighbors because of the stockpiles of chemical and...
  • Iraq’s offer

    09/19/2002 4:16:30 PM PDT · by Imal · 8 replies · 110+ views
    Arab News ^ | 18 September 2002 | Arab News Editorial
    Iraq’s offer Arab News Editorial 18 September 2002 Iraq’s decision to back down over arms inspectors and allow them back on without conditions will be regarded by many as a crafty move by a wily tactician intent on by spinning out the process and throwing American strategy into difficulties. Without doubt, that is precisely what was in Saddam Hussein’s mind. But equally, there can be no doubt that he would not have moved even this far had it not become blindingly clear that after the US decided to go down the UN route, the international community had closed ranks behind...
  • Baghdad doesn’t know the score

    09/19/2002 4:04:54 PM PDT · by Imal · 11 replies · 53+ views
    Arab News ^ | 19 September 2002 | Fawaz Turki
    Baghdad doesn’t know the score By Fawaz Turki Pre-emption? Well, two can play at this game of diplomatic poker. As the UN Security Council prepared to work on a resolution demanding that Iraq readmit its weapons inspectors into the country or face dire consequences, the Baghdad government indicated on Monday that it is ready, promptly and unconditionally, to allow the inspectors in. With President Bush having opted to take the UN route, which most of the international community has urged him to do all along, the ball was now in the Iraqi court, and Iraqi leaders would’ve had no one...
  • Al-Haramain steps up activities despite US accusations

    09/19/2002 3:50:22 PM PDT · by Imal · 3 replies · 239+ views
    Arab News ^ | 19 September 2002 | Muhammad Al-Harbi, Arab News Staff
    Al-Haramain steps up activities despite US accusations By Muhammad Al-Harbi, Arab News Staff RIYADH, 19 September — Al-Haramain Charitable Foundation has intensified its humanitarian activities across the world despite US accusations that the organization has financed the activities of Osama Bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda network. The Riyadh-based charity recently opened a large Islamic center in Bosnian capital Sarajevo. "It’s our organization’s largest Islamic center in Europe," Hisham Al-Mashari, chairman of Al-Haramain’s committee for Europe, told Arab News. The facility includes a cultural center, a dormitory for university students and a prayer hall for men in addition to administrative offices. Al-Haramain established...
  • Arab News Editorial: Ignorance

    09/19/2002 3:36:57 PM PDT · by Imal · 16 replies · 178+ views
    Arab News ^ | 19 September 2002 | Arab News Editorial
    Ignorance Arab News Editorial 19 September 2002 Prior to Sept. 11, Saudi Arabia hardly ever figured on the American media horizon: ignorance bred disinterest. Today, while there is much about Saudi Arabia in the US media, the ignorance is not any less. The coverage shows a disdain for the truth, for facts. So much of it is based on innuendo, half-truths, prejudice and scorn. A good example of that was a recent snide piece by Pulitzer Prize winner William Safire in the New York Times and syndicated around the world about supposed rivalries in the Saudi royal family. The New...
  • Aksa Brigade bombers 'educated, middle-class'

    03/24/2002 5:48:20 PM PST · by Imal · 9 replies · 228+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/25/02 | Douglas Davis
    LONDON (March 25) - The suicide bombers of the Aksa Martyrs' Brigade are educated, middle-class, and led by a second-year university student in international relations, according to Lebanese Muslim writer Hala Jaber, who recently spent four days with the group. In an article published in the London Sunday Times yesterday, Jaber, author of a book on Hizbullah, provided a unique insight into the profile, recruitment, and mind-set of the killers. She described traveling to Gaza, where she was blindfolded and driven for 20 minutes to a secret location for her meeting with brigade leader Abu Fatah and a group of...