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When purple things are pulsating on your mind, I'm the one whose clock you want to clean. Aiding is Sparky, the Astral Plane Zen Pup Dog from his mountain stronghold on the Northernmost Island of the Happy Ninja Island chain, this blog will also act as a journal to my wacky antics at an entertainment company and the progress of my self published comic book, The Deposit Man which only appears when I damn well feel like it. Real Soon Now.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Sparky: Hate the warmakers as well as the wars - let's pray the GOP won't cheat again with their gimmicked DieBold voting machines this time.

Yahoo! News: Bush keeps revising war justification

Bush II Junta's Puppet Boy King
WASHINGTON - President Bush keeps revising his explanation for why the U.S. is in Iraq, moving from narrow military objectives at first to history-of-civilization stakes now.

Initially, the rationale was specific: to stop Saddam Hussein from using what Bush claimed were the Iraqi leader's weapons of mass destruction or from selling them to al-Qaida or other terrorist groups.

But 3 1/2 years later, with no weapons found, still no end in sight and the war a liability for nearly all Republicans on the ballot Nov. 7, the justification has become far broader and now includes the expansive "struggle between good and evil."

Republicans seized on North Korea's reported nuclear test last week as further evidence that the need for strong U.S. leadership extends beyond Iraq.

Bush's changing rhetoric reflects increasing administration efforts to tie the war, increasingly unpopular at home, with the global fight against terrorism, still the president's strongest suit politically.

"We can't tolerate a new terrorist state in the heart of the Middle East, with large oil reserves that could be used to fund its radical ambitions, or used to inflict economic damage on the West," Bush said in a news conference last week in the Rose Garden.

When no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq, Bush shifted his war justification to one of liberating Iraqis from a brutal ruler.

Caught in the Headlights once again ...

After Saddam's capture in December 2003, the rationale became helping to spread democracy through the Middle East. Then it was confronting terrorists in Iraq "so we do not have to face them here at home," and "making America safer," themes Bush pounds today.

"We're in the ideological struggle of the 21st century," he told a California audience this month. "It's a struggle between good and evil."

Vice President Dick Cheney takes it even further: "The hopes of the civilized world ride with us," Cheney tells audiences.

Except for the weapons of mass destruction argument, there is some validity in each of Bush's shifting rationales, said Michael O'Hanlon, a foreign policy scholar at the Brookings Institution who initially supported the war effort.

"And I don't have any big problems with any of them, analytically. The problem is they can't change the realities on the ground in Iraq, which is that we're in the process of beginning to lose," O'Hanlon said. "It is taking us a long time to realize that, but the war is not headed the way it should be."

Andrew Card, Bush's first chief of staff, said Bush's evolving rhetoric, including his insistence that Iraq is a crucial part of the fight against terrorism, is part of an attempt to put the war in better perspective for Americans.
The administration recently has been "doing a much better job" in explaining the stakes, Card said in an interview. "We never said it was going to be easy. The president always told us it would be long and tough."

"I'm trying to do everything I can to remind people that the war on terror has the war in Iraq as a subset. It's critical we succeed in Iraq as part of the war on terror," said Card, who left the White House in March.

Bush at first sought to explain increasing insurgent and sectarian violence as a lead-up to Iraqi elections. But elections came and went, and a democratically elected government took over, and the sectarian violence increased.

Bush has insisted U.S. soldiers will stand down as Iraqis stand up. He has likened the war to the 20th century struggles against fascism, Nazism and communism. He has called Iraq the "central front" in a global fight against radical jihadists.

Ignoring the deaths he recklessly caused he leaves ...

Having jettisoned most of the earlier, upbeat claims of progress, Bush these days emphasizes consequences of setting even a limited withdrawal timetable: abandonment of the Iraqi people, destabilizing the Middle East and emboldening terrorists around the world.

The more ominous and determined his words, the more skeptical the American public appears, polls show, both on the war itself and over whether it is part of the larger fight against terrorism, as the administration insists.

Bush's approval rating, reflected by AP-Ipsos polls, has slid from the mid 60s at the outset of the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003 to the high 30s now. There were light jumps upward after the December 2003 capture of Saddam, Bush's re-election in November 2004 and each of three series of aggressive speeches over the past year. Those gains tended to vanish quickly.

With the war intruding on the fall elections, both parties have stepped up their rhetoric.
Republicans, who are also reeling from the congressional page scandal, are casting Democrats as seeking to "cut and run" and appease terrorists.

Democrats accuse Bush of failed leadership with his "stay the course" strategy. They cite a government intelligence assessment suggesting the Iraq war has helped recruit more terrorists, and a book by journalist Bob Woodward that portrays Bush as intransigent in his defense of the Iraq war and his advisers as bitterly divided.

Democrats say Iraq has become a distraction from the war against terrorism — not a central front. But they are divided among themselves on what strategy to pursue.

Republicans, too, increasingly are growing divided as U.S. casualties rise.

"I struggle with the fact that President Bush said, `As the Iraqis stand up, we will stand down.' But the fact is, this has not happened," said Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., a war supporter turned war skeptic.

The Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. John Warner (news, bio, voting record) of Virginia, said after a recent visit to Iraq that Iraq was "drifting sideways." He urged consideration of a "change of course" if the Iraq government fails to restore order over the next two or three months.

More than 2,750 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the war, most of them since Bush's May 2003 "mission accomplished" aircraft carrier speech. Tens of thousands of Iraqis have died.

Recent events have been dispiriting.

The United States now has about 141,000 troops in Iraq, up from about 127,000 in July. Some military experts have suggested at least one additional U.S. division, or around 20,000 troops, is needed in western Iraq alone.

Dan Benjamin, a former Middle East specialist with the National Security Council in the Clinton administration, said the administration is overemphasizing the nature of the threat in an effort to bolster support.

"I think the administration has oversold the case that Iraq could become a jihadist state," said Benjamin, now with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "If the U.S. were to leave Iraq tomorrow, the result would be a bloodbath in which Sunnis and Shiites fight it out. But the jihadists would not be able to seek power."

Not all of Bush's rhetorical flourishes have had the intended consequences.

When the history of Iraq is finally written, the recent surge in sectarian violence is "going to be a comma," Bush said in several recent appearances.

Critics immediately complained that the remark appeared unsympathetic and dismissive of U.S. and Iraqi casualties, an assertion the White House disputed.

For a while last summer, Bush depicted the war as one against "Islamic fascism," borrowing a phrase from conservative commentators. The strategy backfired, further fanning anti-American sentiment across the Muslim world.

The "fascism" phrase abruptly disappeared from Bush's speeches, reportedly after he was talked out of it by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Karen Hughes, a longtime Bush confidant now with the State Department.

Hughes said she would not disclose private conversations with the president. But, she told the AP, she did not use the "fascism" phrase herself. "I use `violent extremist,'" she said.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Sparky: While Mark Foley isn't “Jesus” — the Chickenhawk's more real than a wildly unsucessful whisper campaign gone horribly awry ...

Mark Foley

Mark Adam Foley (born 1954 in Newton, Massachusetts) is an American Republican politician. He served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 until 2006, representing the 16th District of Florida.

Foley resigned from Congress on September 29, 2006 as allegations surfaced that he had sent sexually explicit instant messages[1] to Congressional pages and former pages who were both under and over the age of 18.[2] [3][4] As a result of the disclosures, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement opened investigations of the messages to find possible criminal charges.[5] The House Ethics Committee has also opened an investigation into the response of the House Republican leadership and their staff to earlier warnings of Foley's conduct. [6] ...

Mark Foley scandal

The Mark Foley scandal, which broke in late September 2006, centers on sexually explicit and solicitative e-mails and instant messages sent by Mark Foley, a Republican Congressman from Florida, to congressional pages and former pages.[1][2] Although Foley resigned, the scandal has grown to encompass the response of Republican congressional leaders to previous complaints about Foley's contacts with the pages and inconsistencies in the leaders' public statements.[3][4][5][6][7]

The scandal provoked widespread calls for House Speaker Dennis Hastert's resignation, including the editorial page of the Washington Times and other conservative voices. Kirk Fordham, Chief of Staff to Rep. Tom Reynolds, resigned as a result of the scandal.

Foley, who was chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, which introduced legislation targeting sexual predators and created stricter guidelines for tracking them, resigned from the United States House of Representatives on September 29, 2006. His lawyer issued a statement saying that "Mark explicitly reaffirms his acceptance of responsibility and remorse. He reiterates unequivocally that he has never had sexual contact with a minor."[8][9][10] Foley announced through his attorney that he was checking into a rehabilitation clinic, that he is an alcoholic, that he was himself molested as a teenager, and that he is gay.[11][12]

The questionable conversations, which took place between 1997[13] and 2005, are under investigation by the FBI and Florida officials for possible criminal violations. The House Ethics Committee is investigating the response of the House Republican leadership and their staff to earlier warnings of Foley's conduct. [14]

In early October 2006, two news organizations quoted anonymous former pages as saying that they had sexual liaisons with Foley after they turned 18 and 21, respectively.[15][16] ...

Some less than usual links:

HuffPo's Blake Fleetwood: asks Why Did The Media Kill The Foley Story For More Than A Year?

Stewart's Comments Of "Network of GAY Staffers That Covered For Foley"...

Since some Republicans have tried to paint the Foley scandal as some sort of liberal-Democratic conspiracy, Jon decided to investigate the claim for himself and what he stumbles upon is truly fascinating; an intricate congressional network of secret gay operatives that worked tediously behind the scenes to orchestrate an early October surprise on behalf of the Democratic Party.
Lynn Sweet: Hastert Duped By “Egomaniac” Evangelical Minister…

“ House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, with his job on the line because of the spiraling Mark Foley cyberspace page sex scandal, was duped Tuesday into letting a stranger into his Plano home -- a serious security breach.

Hastert literally let his guard down and allowed in his house a hustling, self-promoting evangelist little known in this country, the Houston-based K.A. Paul, who at 7:30 a.m. arrived at the speaker's home with a camera-wielding associate.

How Paul and his aide, Dennis Ryan, got to Hastert's door is a tale of apparent chance. How the publicity-hungry Paul and Ryan walked through it was a matter of a "frank discussion" later in the day with the federal security detail assigned to Hastert around the clock. ...”


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New Republic's The Plank's Ryan Lizza on How Rove Twisted Foley's Arm:

It seems increasingly clear that the GOP congressional leadership, eager for every safe incumbent in the House to run for re-election, looked the other way as evidence accumulated that Mark Foley had a thing for pages. Holding onto his seat became more important than confronting him over his extracurricular activities.

But there's more to the story of why Foley stood for re-election this year. Yesterday, a source close to Foley explained to THE NEW REPUBLIC that in early 2006 the congressman had all but decided to retire from the House and set up shop on K Street. "Mark's a friend of mine," says this source. "He told me, 'I'm thinking about getting out of it and becoming a lobbyist.'"
But when Foley's friend saw the Congressman again this spring, something had changed. To the source's surprise, Foley told him he would indeed be standing for re-election. What happened? Karl Rove intervened.

According to the source, Foley said he was being pressured by "the White House and Rove gang," who insisted that Foley run. If he didn't, Foley was told, it might impact his lobbying career.

"He said, 'The White House made it very clear I have to run,'" explains Foley's friend, adding that Foley told him that the White House promised that if Foley served for two more years it would "enhance his success" as a lobbyist. "I said, 'I thought you wanted out of this?' And he said, 'I do, but they're scared of losing the House and the thought of two years of Congressional hearings, so I have two more years of duty.'"

The White House declined a request for comment on the matter, but obviously the plan hasn't worked out quite as Rove hoped it would.

John Amato: Embattled GOP Rep. On Embattled Hastert: He “Didn't Kill Anybody"...
When all fails there’s

Remember Laura Bush? Chris Shays on Kennedy —
Mrs. Bush ran stop sign in fatal crash
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Details in a 1963 accident report say that Laura Bush, then 17, ran a stop sign in the Texas crash that killed a friend in another car. The report, adding information to previous reports of the crash, was released to The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Mrs. Bush now is the wife of president George W. Bush, the Texas governor.
''It was a very tragic accident that deeply affected the families and was very painful for all involved, including the community at large,'' said Mrs. Bush's spokesman, Andrew Malcolm. ''To this day, Mrs. Bush remains unable to talk about it.''
She did say in March, when asked at a campaign stop about the crash, ''I know this as an adult, and even more as a parent, it was crushing ... for the family involved and for me as well.''
There had been published accounts of the accident, but city officials had declined to release the records because those involved were under 18. The police report was released Wednesday in response to an open-records request that was submitted to Midland officials in March.
According to the two-page accident report, Laura Welch was driving her Chevrolet sedan on a clear night shortly after 8 p.m. on Nov. 6, 1963, when she drove into an intersection and struck a Corvair sedan driven by 17-year-old Michael Douglas.
Although previous news accounts have reported Douglas was thrown from the car and broke his neck, those details were not in the report.
The speed of Laura Bush's car was illegible on the report. The speed limit for the road was 55.
Laura Bush and her passenger, Judy Dykes, also 17, were taken to a hospital and treated for minor injuries, according to an accident account printed at the time in the Midland Reporter-Telegram.
The police report indicates no charges were filed. That section of the report was left blank.
''As far as we know, no charges were filed,'' said Midland city attorney Keith Stretcher. ''I don't think it's unusual that charges weren't filed.''
When the congressional page scandal broke last month, Democrats across the country saw a chance to lambaste Republican leadership - including Diane Farrell, who called on House Speaker Dennis Hastert to step down.

But when Sen. Edward M. Kennedy came to Connecticut last week to help her campaign, Rep. Christopher Shays hit back. "I know the speaker didn't go over a bridge and leave a young person in the water, and then have a press conference the next day," said Shays, R-4th District, referring to the 1969 incident in which the Massachusetts Democrat drove a car that plunged into the water and a young campaign worker died.

"Dennis Hastert didn't kill anybody," he added.
ABC: Foley's Visits To Page Dorm Known By House Staffer Since 2000...

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Former White House Official: Rove Privately Referred To Evangelicals As “The Nuts... Ridiculous... Out Of Control”...

- More later ... why your Guru didn't call Tower Records' demise “The Fall of the Tower” I don't know ...

Wednesday, October 11, 2006


The PP Guru is lamenting the demise of the one of the greatest retail institutions to ever exist in the world of man.

Last Friday, this e-mail memo was distributed to all department heads of the West Sacramento office of Tower Records:

'The fat lady has sung ....and she was way off-key, Thank you, Thank You'

Tower Records will cease to exist this coming Friday. All hopes of being rescued by bankruptcy are forever dashed. A deal by JR Music World on the east coast have failed and all stores will be closing by week's end.

The PP Guru was officially the last one to use the Sherman Oaks location's Ticketmaster last Monday night before they close that department down by the stroke of midnight when he purchased one ticket for tonight's performance of Porcupine Tree and the Tony Levin Band.

Where will the PP Guru get his concert tickets now?

Where now will the PP Guru get his rare prog rock CDs and DVD's imported from England and other European countries who know excellent musicanship and integrity when they hear it?

Where will Shannon Wheeler hock his monthly Too Much Coffee Man Magazine now?

The PP Guru bid adieu to a wonderous company who kept the PP Guru happy with some of his entertainment values to be stuck on his shelves

After 46 years, Sniff.

Good night Sunset Blvd.




Presenting stuff never before seen on this blog - because PP Guru was too busy whacking off to all his 600 or so downloaded pics of his myspace friends to even notice that he wasn't contributing enough to this blog.

Here's Chapter Three of the Rikki Lixxx Cary Coatney, the third time's the charm Chronicles. Will there ever be a fourth saga? No, the PP Guru doesn't believe in Quadalogies. It didn't work for the Alien movie franchise - and it shouldn't work here.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Not too Far Off From the Apple In Your Eye
Current mood: happy

All my medication with the exception of the viciodin has all been accounted for down in my gullet. Still feeling some pain at times when I do certain movements and stuff.

Damn lotto. I've been doing worse since last I wrote. I keep matching the mega number and the bonus and that only nets me a lousy couple of bucks. I see they finally upped the jackpot by six million rather than the four measley million increments that's been happening for the past two months. The jackpot for Super Lotto will be up to $70 mil.

Rather postulate on fleeting dreams of fancy- I realize something valuable that Lixi was trying to convey during the coarse of our relationship and I've just been too damn pigheaded to listen. Sometimes, or at least ninety percent of the time, it doesn't take a lot of wealth to really impress people. The reason why I say this is because when I mentioned last week that when I got her these small 'itemized gifts' for her birthday she flat out told me last weekend when I helped her put on a 'spur of the moment' garage sale, that the reason why she was so happy with these 'sacrifical' offerings (which took up a only little less than half of my paycheck rather than say, two whole ones) is that, for once during the coarse of our friendship I actually paid attention to what she really wanted: which is basically is stuff for her to pick out on her own. Now, why didn't I think of getting her a OSH card before?

Now I found out that she will be moving. Although, the date is not determined. And I don't know how to respond to that. I don't know if she will truly fully forgive me for my indiscretions. We haven't been intimate since last year - and it may or may not be a good idea to even try. I'm not sure if it will be a long while before I can be comfortable to climb between the sheets with little much of anyone until this mark of the beast or scar on my back will fully disappear - but stuff like that shouldn't or never be the crux of our relationship. My last weekend with Lixi, helping her out with the garage sale, seeing her make a little money with hardly an effort, and spending the rest of the afternoon poolside with her was the most uplifting day I've had so far this year and I've pretty much have had a shitty year so far.

Lixi without a doubt has been the most challenging relationship I've ever been in and I wouldn't trade this experience with her for anything in the world. She's the first girl that says things that I like to hear. She always has a interesting story to tell. She's a survivor- she's been through a lot of trials and tribulations and for the most part, she has emerged victorious with little signs of wear and tear and I will miss her TREMENDOUSLY when or if she ever goes.



Currently listening :
By Osi
Release date: By 30 May, 2006

Sparky talks North Korea's A-bomb ...

We can start here: Missiles, nuclear weapons program, and the six-party talks

On October 9, 2006, North Korea announced that it had conducted its first nuclear test, although it has not been confirmed. Wikinews has news related to: North Korea announces it has conducted a successful nuclear test.
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China was given 20 minutes notice of the test, and China subsequently warned Japan, Russia, and the United States. The seismic activity is disputed; the United States Geological Survey measured it as 4.2 on the Richter scale, while South Korean scientists placed it as 3.58. According to the Korean Central News Agency "no radioactive material leaked from that test site". On October 11, 2006, a second nuclear test was reported by Japanese sources. However, data available on the World Wide Web indicates that no seismic events have occured in North Korea since October 9th.

North Korea has in the past stated that it has produced nuclear weapons and according to many intelligence and military officials it has produced, or has the capability to produce, up to six or seven such devices. It also has a certain quantity of Rodong-1 and 2, Scud, and the long-range Taepodong-1 and 2 missiles. It has test-fired each of these missiles more than once, despite the Six-party talks, initiated in 2003. The Six-party talks have been the diplomatic route used to resolve the concern brought about by North Korea's nuclear weapons program. These talks are a series of meetings with six participating states - the People's Republic of China, South Korea, North Korea, the United States of America, the Russian Federation and Japan and were a result of North Korea withdrawing from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 2003. The aim of these talks is to find a peaceful resolution to the security concerns raised by the North Korean nuclear weapons program.

According to Richard Saccone, an expert on Korea, in April 2006 : "After decades of hostile exchanges and months of stalled negotiations about its nuclear weapons, North Korea quietly put forward a positive signal that it is prepared to talk."[16]

North Korea is not a signatory of the Missile Technology Control Regime and states that it has the sovereign right to test its missiles and pursue its weapons program. The DPRK's stance on the 2002 Pyongyang Declaration with Japan is that the agreement is now void due to Japan's failure to normalize relations with the regime. US sanctions following the six-party talks are also cited by North Korea as a reason to continue missile tests and other aspects of its weapons program. [17]

North Korea announced on October 3, 2006, that it was going to test its first nuclear weapon regardless of the world situation, blaming 'hostile US policy' as the reason for the need for such a deterrent. However, it pledged a no-first-strike policy and to nuclear disarmament only when there is worldwide elimination of such nuclear weapons. On October 9, 2006, the state claimed to have conducted its first underground nuclear test successfully. The response from the international community was for the most part condemnation. The UN and NATO quickly held meetings to decide how to react to this situation, and North Korea has since stated that any sanctions imposed upon them will be viewed as an 'act of war'.

North Korea threatens war over sanctions

“... Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the United States would not attack North Korea, rejecting a suggestion that Pyongyang may feel it needs nuclear weapons to stave off an Iraq-style U.S. invasion.

Rice told CNN that President Bush has told the North Koreans that "there is no intention to invade or attack them. So they have that guarantee. ... I don't know what more they want."...”

Not that Kim isn't a first class nut job but maybe he want assurances from people who aren't like him. You know like cowardly liars and torturers?

North Korean official warns U.S. that the DPRK may fire a nuclear missile

October 10, 2006

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A North Korean Military official has said that if the United States does not "resolve its standoff with Pyongyang" that North Korea may conduct additional tests and deploy nuclear weapons on its missiles.

"We hope the situation will be resolved before an unfortunate incident of us firing a nuclear missile comes. That depends on how the US acts," an unnamed N. Korean military official told the South Korean news agency Yonhap.

The official goes on to say that the test of a nuclear weapon was an "expression of intentions" to get the U.S. to face the country.

"The nuclear test is an expression of our intention to face the United States across the negotiating table," said the official.

The official also said that the sanctions against N. Korea are "not a solution." and "never" will be a solution.

"We have lost enough. Sanctions can never be a solution. We still have a willingness to give up nuclear weapons and return to six-party talks as well. It’s possible whenever the US takes corresponding measures," said the official.

The U.S. has declined an offer by N. Korea to have talks with the country one on one saying that the U.S. will not be "intimidated" by N. Korea.


Russia estimates larger yield for N. Korea nuclear test

Russia's defense minister, Sergei Ivanov, said Monday in televised comments that North Korea's nuclear test has been confirmed and yielded as much as 15 kilotons of TNT; which was the size of the Hiroshima atomic bomb. That would be far greater than the force estimated by South Korea's geological institute of just 550 tons of TNT. Other international estimates have ranged from the sub-kiloton range — less than equivalent to a thousand tons of TNT — to upwards of 12 kilotons.

Other Asian neighbors said they registered a seismic event, but Russia is the only country which said its monitoring services had detected a nuclear explosion.

"We know the exact site of the test. The ecological situation is normal, including on Russian territory in Primorye." Ivanov said, referring to the Russian province that borders North Korea.


US now qualifies its view that North Korean test was small

After Russia's report that the North Korean test was much larger than the american estimate, the U.S. intelligence community is now saying it's possible the tunnel in which the test took place could have "muffled" the seismic waves and thereby caused the US estimate to be wrong on the downside.


Even worse it seems it's all the Bush II Junta's Boy King's fault as well - as per the to be trusted Greg Palast: How GEORGE BUSH gave KRAZY KIM The Bomb

“ ... [Tuesday, October 10th 2006] How did a berserker like North Korea’s Kim John Il get the bomb in the first place? Answer: He bought it from the Dr. Strangelove of Pakistan in 2001 — while all our President’s men ordered our intelligence agents to keep their eyes shut tight.

On November 9, 2001, BBC Television Centre in London received a call from a phone booth just outside Washington. The call to our Newsnight team was part of a complex prearranged dance coordinated with the National Security News Service, a conduit for unhappy spooks at the CIA and FBI to unburden themselves of disturbing information and documents. The top-level U.S. intelligence agent on the line had much to be unhappy and disturbed about: a “back-off” directive. ...

This call to BBC came two months after the attack on the Pentagon and World Trade Towers. His fellow agents, he said, were now released to hunt bad guys. That was good news. The bad news was that, before September 11, in those weeks just after George W. Bush took office, CIA and Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) personnel were told to “back off” certain targets of investigations begun by Bill Clinton. He said there were particular investigations that were effectively killed.

Which particular investigations? The agent was willing to risk his job to get this story out, but we had to press repeatedly for specifics on the directive to “back off.” The order, he said reluctantly, spiked at least one fateful operation. As he talked, I wrote in my notebook, “Killed off Conn. Labs investigation.” Connecticut Laboratories? I was clueless until my producer Meirion Jones, a weapons expert, gave me that “you idiot” look and said, “Khan Labs! Pakistan. The bomb.” Dr. A. Q. Khan is known as the “Father” of Pakistan’s atomic bomb. ...

Now, in 2006, comes what the spook-world calls, “blow-back,” the ugly consequences of playing hide-and-don’t-seek with the Saudis five years ago. Kim has finally decided to unwrap his gift from Pakistan — and our President is, once again, in that toxic mood we all know so well: both befuddled and belligerent.

Well, I suppose George can do what he usually does in a crisis: offer Kim a big fat tax cut.”

Doctor Syn

The Reverend Doctor Christopher Syn is the smuggler hero of a series of novels by Russell Thorndike. The first book in this series, Doctor Syn: A Tale of the Romney Marsh was published in 1915.

Character Biography

Doctor Syn was a brilliant scholar who also possessed many swashbuckling skills such as riding, fencing, and seamanship. He was content to live the quiet live of a country vicar until his wife was seduced away by a pirate.

Syn set out on a quest for revenge, in the process assuming the guise of the pirate Captain Clegg. With the end of his quest, Syn settled down to a more respectable life as the vicar of Dymchurch in Romney Marsh, Kent, and resumed his original name.

Syn learns that his parishioners have been smuggling goods from France to avoid the extravagant customs duties the government charges. Realizing that the townsfolk are falling into an ambush, Syn races to their rescue. A suit of clothing borrowed from a scarecrow makes an improvised disguise.

After this rescue Syn decides that he can only protect his people by becoming their leader. He makes a more elaborate scarecrow costume complete with eerie luminous paint. At night the respectable Dr Syn became "The Scarecrow", the feared head of the smugglers. Together with the church sexton (and former pirate colleague) Mr. Mipps, he organizes the smugglers into a well-organized band of "night riders", called "The Devil Riders" with macabre disguises and code-names. Syn's cunning is so great that the smugglers outwit the government forces for many years.

Publication History

The Dr. Syn books detail his adventures and attempts to evade the Excise. There are seven novels in the series written by Thorndike:

In 1960 American author William Buchanan used the character in his novel Christopher Syn. This is essentially a reworking of Further Adventures of Doctor Syn with a different conclusion and some conflation and renaming of the supporting characters. Christopher Syn became the basis for the 1962 Disney production (see below). There was also a book adaptation of the Disney theatrical version. This was titled Doctor Syn, Alias the Scarecrow and was written by Vic Crume.

Dramatic Adaptations

Three film adaptations have been made of Dr Syn's exploits. The first, Doctor Syn, featured noted actor George Arliss in the title role. The second, The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh, was produced as a television miniseries by Walt Disney in 1964 and starred Patrick McGoohan of The Prisoner fame (it was re-edited and released theatrically about six years later with the title, Doctor Syn, Alias the Scarecrow). That same year Captain Clegg (released as Night Creatures in the US) was produced by Hammer Film Productions with horror movie actor Peter Cushing in the lead role. Because Disney had a stronger claim to the copyright, the main character's name was changed to Dr. Blyss.

In 2001 the first ever stage adaptation was performed at churches throughout the Romney Marsh, the final night being performed in Dymchurch itself. The cast combined professional actors such as Daniel Thorndike (the author's son), Michael Fields, Steven Povey and Ben Barton, along with various amateurs from the marshes. Although covered heavily by the press and filmed, pressure from Walt Disney (who still own all rights) has ensured that this production will never be released on video.

Cultural Legacy

The "Days of Syn" festival is held every even-numbered year (e.g. 2004) by the residents of Dymchurch for fund-raising purposes. The 2006 "Days of Syn" was on 26th-28th of August (UK August Bank Holiday weekend) and featured a talk on Dr Syn at the Anglican church at 6.30pm, on Sunday at 3pm there was a church service where Dr Syn and the cast appeared in period costume and on Monday starting at the Bowery Hall scenes were reinacted from Dr Syn and during the day along the Dymchurch shoreline and in the Ocean pub.

Dr. Syn was also mentioned in Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. He was a member of an 18th century league that predated the one lead by Mina Murray. Moore has also stated he intends to create a new volume of the graphic novel, focusing on Dr. Syn and his contemporary heroes.

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Jamie Lee Curtis quits acting

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October 9, 2006

Jamie Lee Curtis, 47, has stated that her she will end her acting career, but said that she will continue writing.

"I'm not an actor anymore," she told Access Hollywood host Nancy O'Dell. "I really don't imagine I'll do that again." She later said in the conversation, "I'm just focused on my family and just can't imagine anything that's going to pull me away from them right now."

Curtis appeared on the Access Hollywood show to promote her newest children's book, Is There a Human Race?. The interview she participated in with O'Dell will appear on the show's weekend episode.
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The picture book writer had this to say about ending her acting career, "No. I don't want to be somebody else anymore."

The last film Curtis starred in was the 2005 film The Kid & I.


4 year-old Boy on U.S. No-fly List

October 11, 2006

A 4 year-old boy's name is on the no-fly list due to an unlucky coincidence. The boy, Sam Adams, has a name identical to the suspected terrorist Samuel Brady Adams, which is on the American National No-Fly list.

According to the director of the National Terrorist Screening Center, it's a "...regrettable inconvenience for those with these names to go through extra screening at the airport, but it's the price American's have to do to protect national security."

"Is this a joke?" she recalled telling Continental Airlines agents Dec. 21 at Bush Intercontinental Airport. "You can tell he's not a terrorist."

"I don't want to be on the list," the 4-year-old said. "I just want to see my grandma."

Ted Adams, the boy's father, said that "...they had 'ought to be able to have some sort of system set up where you can get a card, and say, 'Yes, I'm Sam Adams, but I'm not Sam Adams the terrorist.'".


Next time maybe we'll attack Jesus again. As some idiot evangelist got up into my face yesterday. - Sparky