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    A Halloween Horror Story

    A Horror Story
    Washington DC, Friday November 10 2006 (AP) - Democrats are still celebrating the takeover of both chambers of Congress in Tuesday's mid-term elections, striking a serious blow to Republicans and the influence of now-lame-duck President George W. Bush.

    Shaking his head, DNC Chairman Howard Dean laughed at his good fortune. "We had terrible turnout", admitted the head of the Democrats' national committee, "but we lucked out because the Republicans stayed home, too.

    "It would have been very easy for the Republicans to have saved control of at least one chamber, but they sat on their butts and that worked for us."

    Baghdad, Iraq Monday February 5 2007 (AP) - Ordered by Congress to pull out of Iraq as soon as possible, U.S. troops began the first of a series of scaled pull-outs, removing 25,000 troops from positions deemed by Congress to be "too risky". In related news, sectarian violence surged in Fallujah, Sadr City, and along the border with Saudi Arabia, as insurgents took heart in the American retreat. Over a thousand people are believed to have died in the new surge in violence over the past ten days.

    Washington DC, Monday March 12 2007 (AP) - The U.S. Economy continued its slide for the third straight month, with Unemployment and the Consumer Price index both rising again. Economists say confidence in the economy has weakened due to fears of tax increases and a Congress which is hostile to the average person.

    Beijing, Wednesday March 14 2007 (AP) - Iran and China have signed a landmark cooperation and defense treaty, announced today in a ceremony in Tienamen Square. Analysts believe that the weakened U.S. position in Asian and the Middle East made the deal more attractive than It would have been in past years, especially since Senate Foreign Relations committee chairman Joseph Biden has publicly warned that Congress would not approve "any more adventures" overseas for the foreseeable future.

    Washington DC, Monday May 21 2007 (AP) - The Senate today slapped a stinging rebuke to the Bush Administration, by demanding a complete review and "overhaul" to intelligence-gathering procedures. In a move unprecedented since the Church Committee hearings of the 1970s, the Senate announced that the proceedings would be aired live and in public. Concerns about protecting "critical sources and methods" would be endangered by the publicity were brushed aside as "spooks trying to cover their behinds".

    The Hague, June 8 2007 (AP) - The International Court of Justice today indicted sixteen U.S. Marines on charges of abusing the human rights of over one hundred suspected members of Al Qaeda, by detaining Iranian nationals and incarcerating them without due process under the terms of Sharia. The case is widely viewed as a test case to determine the new American mood with regard to nations like Iran and North Korea. "It appears that the Congress has finally tired of allowing Bush to treat sovereign nations like beggars" commented an Iranian diplomat through Al-Jazeera. Veterans groups in the U.S. protested that turning over American troops to be tried in a foreign court was unconscionable, but a spokesman for the State Department explained that the new bill by Congress, which overrode President Bush's veto, requires the United States comply with international law "in all respects", including abiding by rulings from the ICJ.

    Washington DC, Friday June 29 2007 (AP) - Just before the Fourth of July break, Congress dropped a bombshell on the taxpayer, increasing the employer and employee portion of SSI taxes to 22.7% each, with a warning that further increases may be necessary. Explaining the hike, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said "look, no one likes raising taxes, but the only way to fix this problem is to put more money into the system."

    Baghdad, Friday July 20 2007 (AP) - U.S. troops are exiting Iraq as quickly as possible, promised General Peter Schoomaker, Army Chief of Staff, but casualties are an inevitable price paid by "quitting before the job is finished". U.S. forces have lost over a thousand casualties, including more than six hundred deaths, since the February decision by Congress to pull out of Iraq. Analysts say the country is effectively in civil war at this time, "total chaos in places" as confidence in the nascent democracy was shattered by the sudden decision by the United States to go home.

    Islamabad, Monday July 23 2007 (AP) - In a stunning move, the government of Pakistan has cut relations with the United States, opened talks with Iran regarding regional issues, and opened a consulate for Al Qaeda. Officials for President Musharraf explained, "we are merely adjusting to the reality of new conditions."

    Washington DC, Monday, July 27 2007 (AP) - The Fairness Doctrine is back, and bigger than ever. Both chambers of Congress passed a measure which will not only require radio stations and cable television networks to provide "equal time and resources" to contrasting points of view, but for the first time also requires that political opinion websites, often called political "blogs", be registered their financing reported, and agree to abide by "fair and reasonable" standards. Questions remain regarding enforcement, but one official who spoke on condition of anonymity said, "we can make sure extreme voices don't get out of hand".


    Is it all just a bad dream? If you sit on your butt or don't vote Republican, maybe not.

    D J Drummond
    Originally posted by Americanadian
    Palin: Omit the "i" and you're left with "Pain".

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    Re: A Halloween Horror Story

    Here's a horror story:

    Monthly U.S. death toll in Iraq tops 100
    Tue Oct 31, 2006 4:58 AM GMT

    By Ibon Villelabeitia

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The killings of two Americans took the monthly U.S. death toll in Iraq on Monday to more than 100 for the first time in nearly two years, just a week before elections that could cost U.S. President George W. Bush's Republicans control of Congress.

    Pressure has mounted ahead of the November 7 congressional poll to extract U.S. troops from the bloody turmoil afflicting Iraq since Bush ordered the invasion 3-1/2 years ago. But the Iraqi government, despite open friction with Washington this past week, said it wanted the U.N. mandate extended by a year.

    Speaking shortly after a bomb killed 28 people in a Baghdad Shi'ite slum on a day that saw at least 70 Iraqis killed across the country, Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari told Reuters: "The presence of the Multi-National Force is indispensable for the security and stability of Iraq and of the region at the moment."

    Iraq has become central to the congressional election campaign. Bush is rallying his Republic supporters, defending his policy and accusing opposition Democrats of lacking a plan.

    "The Democratic goal is to get out of Iraq. The Republican goal is to win in Iraq," he told a rally in the state of Georgia. "This election is far from over."

    A Marine killed on Sunday in western Anbar province, where troops are fighting Sunni insurgents, and an unidentified member of the military police shot dead by a sniper in east Baghdad took the U.S. military death toll to 101 in October.

    It was 71 last month, and last passed 100 in January 2005. In all, 2,814 Americans have died in the Iraq conflict.

    Commanders say October's increase is partly due to attacks in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

    The Pentagon also has said insurgents have been motivated by the upcoming U.S. elections, a case U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney pressed on Monday.

    "Whether it's al Qaeda or the other elements that are active in Iraq, they are betting on the proposition they can break the will of the American people," Cheney told Fox News. "... They're very sensitive to the fact that we've got an election scheduled."

    Following strains between Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's Shi'ite-led coalition government and U.S. officials over timetables for steps to bring peace, Bush sent National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley for talks with Iraqi officials.

    On Monday, he met Maliki, as well as U.S. ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and Iraqi security adviser Mowaffak al-Rubaie. Bush and Maliki spoke on Saturday and agreed to boost cooperation.

    TROOPS TO STAY

    The United States has 150,000 troops in Iraq, the highest total so far this year.

    Pentagon spokesmen say the increase is due to units moving in and out of the war zone, when soldiers cross-train for a period. The number of U.S. troops has been inching higher for weeks due to unit transitions.

    Pentagon press secretary Eric Ruff said he did not know if U.S. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld or ground commanders planned to increase the number of troops in Iraq, or make force adjustments after next week's election.

    Maliki complained last week that his forces were short of weapons and training but could be on top in just six months, faster than U.S. expectations, if Americans cooperated.

    The White House said Hadley's visit had long been planned and called media reporting of the sensitivities in relations between Baghdad and Washington "overblown". Privately, however, top Iraqi officials are expressing profound irritation.

    Despite mounting suspicion among the dominant Shi'ite Islamists about Washington's rapprochement with the minority Sunnis dominant under Saddam Hussein, Maliki has set no deadline for U.S. troops to leave. When he took office six months ago, he spoke of reviewing the terms on which they were in Iraq.

    Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington warned the United States against leaving Iraq abruptly.

    "Since America came into Iraq uninvited, it should not leave Iraq uninvited," Prince Turki al-Faisal said after a Washington speech. He added that dividing Iraq based on ethnicity would result in "ethnic cleansing on a massive scale".

    LABORERS HIT

    In the bloodiest attack on Monday, a bomb killed 28 people and wounded 60 in a square in the Shi'ite Sadr City slum in eastern Baghdad where labourers were gathering in the hope of being hired for casual work, Interior Ministry sources said. Five car bombs in different parts of Baghdad killed 13 people.

    Sadr City is a stronghold of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who heads the Mehdi Army militia blamed by Sunnis for sectarian killings. The blast tore through food stalls. Scattered clothes and twisted metal lay amid debris and pools of blood.

    "They were poor labourers bringing a daily living to their family. Let's have Maliki hear that," one witness said.

    While U.S. officials press Maliki to disband Shi'ite militias like the Mehdi Army, he portrays them as followers of the government and says the main threat is Sunni insurgency.

    Saddam was in court again on Monday, facing a charge of genocide against the Kurds in the 1980s. On Sunday, he is due to hear the verdict and a possible death sentence in a separate trial, for crimes against humanity involving Shi'ites.

    (Additional reporting by Mariam Karouny, Paul Holmes, Ahmed Rasheed and Alastair Macdonald, and Arshad Mohammed and Kristin Roberts in Washington)

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    Re: A Halloween Horror Story

    Quote Originally Posted by franKg
    A Horror Story
    Washington DC, Friday November 10 2006 (AP) - Democrats are still celebrating the takeover of both chambers of Congress in Tuesday's mid-term elections, striking a serious blow to Republicans and the influence of now-lame-duck President George W. Bush.

    Shaking his head, DNC Chairman Howard Dean laughed at his good fortune. "We had terrible turnout", admitted the head of the Democrats' national committee, "but we lucked out because the Republicans stayed home, too.

    "It would have been very easy for the Republicans to have saved control of at least one chamber, but they sat on their butts and that worked for us."

    Baghdad, Iraq Monday February 5 2007 (AP) - Ordered by Congress to pull out of Iraq as soon as possible, U.S. troops began the first of a series of scaled pull-outs, removing 25,000 troops from positions deemed by Congress to be "too risky". In related news, sectarian violence surged in Fallujah, Sadr City, and along the border with Saudi Arabia, as insurgents took heart in the American retreat. Over a thousand people are believed to have died in the new surge in violence over the past ten days.

    Washington DC, Monday March 12 2007 (AP) - The U.S. Economy continued its slide for the third straight month, with Unemployment and the Consumer Price index both rising again. Economists say confidence in the economy has weakened due to fears of tax increases and a Congress which is hostile to the average person.

    Beijing, Wednesday March 14 2007 (AP) - Iran and China have signed a landmark cooperation and defense treaty, announced today in a ceremony in Tienamen Square. Analysts believe that the weakened U.S. position in Asian and the Middle East made the deal more attractive than It would have been in past years, especially since Senate Foreign Relations committee chairman Joseph Biden has publicly warned that Congress would not approve "any more adventures" overseas for the foreseeable future.

    Washington DC, Monday May 21 2007 (AP) - The Senate today slapped a stinging rebuke to the Bush Administration, by demanding a complete review and "overhaul" to intelligence-gathering procedures. In a move unprecedented since the Church Committee hearings of the 1970s, the Senate announced that the proceedings would be aired live and in public. Concerns about protecting "critical sources and methods" would be endangered by the publicity were brushed aside as "spooks trying to cover their behinds".

    The Hague, June 8 2007 (AP) - The International Court of Justice today indicted sixteen U.S. Marines on charges of abusing the human rights of over one hundred suspected members of Al Qaeda, by detaining Iranian nationals and incarcerating them without due process under the terms of Sharia. The case is widely viewed as a test case to determine the new American mood with regard to nations like Iran and North Korea. "It appears that the Congress has finally tired of allowing Bush to treat sovereign nations like beggars" commented an Iranian diplomat through Al-Jazeera. Veterans groups in the U.S. protested that turning over American troops to be tried in a foreign court was unconscionable, but a spokesman for the State Department explained that the new bill by Congress, which overrode President Bush's veto, requires the United States comply with international law "in all respects", including abiding by rulings from the ICJ.

    Washington DC, Friday June 29 2007 (AP) - Just before the Fourth of July break, Congress dropped a bombshell on the taxpayer, increasing the employer and employee portion of SSI taxes to 22.7% each, with a warning that further increases may be necessary. Explaining the hike, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said "look, no one likes raising taxes, but the only way to fix this problem is to put more money into the system."

    Baghdad, Friday July 20 2007 (AP) - U.S. troops are exiting Iraq as quickly as possible, promised General Peter Schoomaker, Army Chief of Staff, but casualties are an inevitable price paid by "quitting before the job is finished". U.S. forces have lost over a thousand casualties, including more than six hundred deaths, since the February decision by Congress to pull out of Iraq. Analysts say the country is effectively in civil war at this time, "total chaos in places" as confidence in the nascent democracy was shattered by the sudden decision by the United States to go home.

    Islamabad, Monday July 23 2007 (AP) - In a stunning move, the government of Pakistan has cut relations with the United States, opened talks with Iran regarding regional issues, and opened a consulate for Al Qaeda. Officials for President Musharraf explained, "we are merely adjusting to the reality of new conditions."

    Washington DC, Monday, July 27 2007 (AP) - The Fairness Doctrine is back, and bigger than ever. Both chambers of Congress passed a measure which will not only require radio stations and cable television networks to provide "equal time and resources" to contrasting points of view, but for the first time also requires that political opinion websites, often called political "blogs", be registered their financing reported, and agree to abide by "fair and reasonable" standards. Questions remain regarding enforcement, but one official who spoke on condition of anonymity said, "we can make sure extreme voices don't get out of hand".


    Is it all just a bad dream? If you sit on your butt or don't vote Republican, maybe not.

    D J Drummond

    That IS very scarey! :eek:

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    Re: A Halloween Horror Story

    if i was a WITCH!?i would be ESPECIALLY scared of CHRISTIAN REPUBS!?funny thing is......you have NEVER EXPRESSED any FEAR of SAME!?care to EXPLAIN to the WORLD as to WHY!?hehe!!......just askin......

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    Re: A Halloween Horror Story

    Hi Frank,
    Without going into too much detail IMO some of the predictions seem all too plausible. With that in mind I decided to save your post in a text file for comparison after the mid-term elections and after the first of the year... just to see how accurate they might be.

    They're not too encouraging.

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