Rusticus' Broadside

A patriotic blog that supports American Ideals.

"Are we in like Manner to be given up to the Disposal of the East India Company, who have now the Assurance, to step forth in Aid of the Minister, to execute his Plan, of enslaving America? Their Conduct in Asia for some Years past, has given simple Proof, how little they regard the Laws of Nations, the Rights, Liberties or Lives of Men. They have levied War, excited Rebellions, dethroned lawful Princes, and sacrificed Millions for the Sake of Gain. The Revenue of Mighty Kingdoms have centered in their Coffers. And these not being sufficient to glut their Avarice, they have, by the most unparalleled Barbarities, Extortions, and Monopolies, stripped the miserable Inhabitants of their Property, and reduce whole Provinces to Indigence and Ruin. Fifteen hundred Thousands, it is said, perished by Famine in one Year, not because the Earth denied its Fruits; but [because] this Company and their Servants engulfed all the Necessaries of Life, and set them so high at a Rate that the poor could not purchase them. Thus having drained the Sources of the immense Wealth…they now, it seems, cast their Eyes on America, as a new Theatre, whereon to exercise their Talents." -- Rusticus, in "The Alarm", a colonial American "Broadside", 1773.

Monday, May 24, 2004

Bush's Next Strategy: Blame Everything on Iran!!!

An NSA source of mine told me about two months ago that scuttlebutt around their office is that the WMD never existed, that everyone, including Bush knew this from the start, and the goal was to surround Iran, and force a nuclear confrontation with Iran and Isreal.

Gee, I wonder how Bush is going to blame it on Iran?

I say Bush is going to next say that Ahmed was feeding false WMD intel for Iran's benefit...

Hey Bush, you haven't a single friend in the entire Defense/Intel establishment!

We tried warning everyone about these fucking fundies before the Y2K election.

Can you believe Bush has the gall to hold the coming NATO meeting in Constantinople? "Please ignore this meeting! This isn't a Crusade! We don't really want Armageddon!"

Constantinople was the headquarters for the Crusades.

Sunday, May 23, 2004

More Thoughts on War Crimes Immunity

This will be interesting.

Nobody in the Bush Administration will be able to leave the United States for the rest of their lives, else they risk arrest and extradition to The Hague.

If they are innocent, they can present their evidence to the world, in a court that is neutral, and not under Bush's control, and be found innocent, and thus they have nothing to be afraid of...if they are innocent.

The mere fact that Bush is asking for immunity indicates to America and the world that they aren't innocent though. What Bush is doing, is establishing evidence that WILL end up being used against him and all involved.

All evidence shows that Bush himself set the tone for the troops who did this, and probably sent the orders down the line to commit the atrocities. Bush further reinforced this position on Friday by merely asking the United Nations for immunity. Gee, I guess Bush just told the troops it's okay to do this kinda thing.

Bush will end up bunking with GOP hero Sobodan Milosovic.

Count on China to Veto Bush's request for Americans [including himself] to be immune from War Crimes prosecution.

What kinda message is Bush trying to send to the world? That the fucking terrorists are fucking right about Americans? That Americans are above the law? That seems to be the only message the Bush Admin and it's supporters are sending to both America and the world.

Hmm... Fight terrorism by proving the fucking terrorists right, and by giving them fodder to use for recruitment... Intersting concept, but I have a question: how does it prevent terrorism, when it's only purpose seems to be to increase terrorism?

Five bucks says China uses it's Veto on Monday. The question right now is, will France Veto as well? France was the target of the most heinous accusations and lies prior to this war. I wonder if they will rename American Cheese to "Nazi Cheese"? France knows what Nazis are too.

Two notes for Republicans that may be reading this:

"Not everyone who says to me 'Lord, Lord' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophecied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'"
-- Matt 7:21-23, NKJV


"Day of judgement, God is calling, on their knees the war pigs crawling. Begging mercies for their sins, Satan, laughing, spreads his wings. Oh lord, yeah!"
-- Black Sabbath, "War Pigs"

Saturday, May 22, 2004

Interesting Evidence Suggests the Solar System May Not Have Condensed From a Bok Globule.

This is interesting stuff.

Until now, it has always been thought that we formed from a giant cloud of matter called a Bok Globule that condensed. Well, hold on to your hat, the formation of the Solar System may have been more exciting than this according to astrophysicists at Arizona State University, and we may have formed not too differently than regions like the Triffid Nebula and the Orion Nebula.

If this plays out, it does answer a lot of questions.

It must drive the Republicans nuts every time we get closer and closer to the truth of creation. Why do you think they defunded the Hubble's camera upgrades during the exposure of the Hubble Ultra-Deep Field?

If we don't kick them out en-masse, they may just defund the Webb Observatory, it's possibilities with it's huge compound array scare the hell outta these whackjob creationists.

Bush's "Human Rights Report" - China Calls USA "Extremely Hypocritical"

I can't belive Bush had the audacity to complain about the Human Rights abuses of other countries after this bullshit!

Seriously. The damage the Republican Party as a whole has done to America will take decades to fix! We can only fix it if we make sure that the GOP gets defeated and if we make sure they don't win again for a freaking century!

How much ya want to bet that they are gonna veto Bush's "Please let me be above the law for another year, I'll be a good boy this time!" plea to the UNSC?

I think Bush's "Human Rights" report was the final straw.

China can save face and score lotsa points, not only with it's own people, in the aftermath of the outrage in China over this report, but also with the entire planet, just by telling Bush to fuck off.

Five bucks. You in?


From China Radio International:

US Human Rights Report "Extremely Hypocritical"
2004-5-22 6:10:06

A Chinese human rights expert said that the recent US human rights report reflected the hypocrisy of the United States on the issue of human rights, as it made no mention of the USA's own problems, including the systematic mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners that has shocked the world.

Dong Yunhu, vice-chairman and secretary-general of the China Society for Human Rights Studies, said the US report issued on May 17 was issued at a time when the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners by US troops was drawing worldwide condemnation.

In an article he commented that the US report had became the laughingstock of the world and further exposed America's hypocritical nature on the human rights issue.

Dong Yunhu said the mistreatment and humiliation of Iraqi prisoners by US soldiers is a reflection of inherent human rights "sins" in United States itself, and an inevitable outcome of the United States' long-term exertion of global power politics.

On the unjustified US criticism of China's human rights situation, Dong said that this unfounded criticism helped to illustrate the political bias and ulterior motives of the United States.

Dong listed China's unprecedented progress in human rights in the past year, including an amendment in the Constitution which provides for the protection of human rights and private property.

Unwarranted US attacks on China's human rights situation appear to be driven by its ideological bias and its wish to promote hegemony.

Friday, May 21, 2004

Will China Veto US War Crimes Immunity?

From BBC as well:

"There's growing opposition to this resolution and it's going to be reflected in an increase in the number of abstentions over last year", said Mr Dicker.

"Last year, it was more of an abstract question, but this year with the prisoner abuse scandal in Iraq it takes on a more sinister meaning."

The matter was due for discussion at the Security Council in New York on Friday.

But the vote has been delayed until Monday at the request of the Chinese UN ambassador, who is awaiting instructions from Beijing on how to vote.

The US needs nine votes for the resolution to be adopted - and no veto from the other four permanent members, Britain, France, China and Russia.


I honestly hope China does Veto. There is no valid reason we should be immune from the same International Law we expect everyone else to abide by.

"But I believe in torture and I will torture you."

This from BBC:

One detainee, named in the report as Ameen Saeed al-Sheik, said he was asked by a soldier whether he believed in anything.

"I said to him, 'I believe in Allah.' So he said, 'But I believe in torture and I will torture you.'"

He said one soldier struck his broken leg and ordered him to curse Islam.

"Because they started to hit my broken leg, I curse my religion," the paper quoted him as saying. "They ordered me to thank Jesus I'm alive."


Why are officials still calling this "abuse"? Our troops KNEW what they were doing, and admitted it.

Polish Want Troops Home

I was just listening to the BBC World Service [15190 kHz Shortwave], and they were saying that according to a nationwide poll in Poland, that the vast majority of Poles want their troops taken out of Iraq "immediately".

They followed up with an American from the right-wing/libertarian CATO Institute saying that it would be best if we do as well, because if we end up fighting a protracted war there, we not only encourage terrorism, but will probably be defeated.

It is rare that I agree with CATO people, but this guy was right on target.

Any fool can see that we will probably be defeated in Iraq. This is because we are fighting a war against an underground military fighting in a partisain guerilla operation that can last indefinitely. Will we have to learn the same lesson that the Soviets did?

Thursday, May 20, 2004

More on the Apostolic Congress! They Are Tax Cheats!

I was doing some looking around at that site, and clicked on their "Support" page, and guess what...

They send receipts for donations!

If this isn't the clearest violation of 26 USC Sec. 504 that I've ever seen in my entire life, then I'm freaking blind!

Please call the IRS Tax Fraud Tip Line at 1-800-829-0433 and file a complaint!

Those Wacko Armageddon Christians! Let's Give Them Six Months In Prison!

I was reading "The Jesus Landing Pad" by Rick Perlstein in the Village Voice the other night, and I thought I saw something in there that just didn't sound right.

Then I realized it was the description of the "Seal" used by the "Apostolic Congress" fruitcakes, so I went to their website to check it out...

Sure enough, right there in the upper-left hand corner, there it was.

My friends, this is highly illegal!

Please, at your earliest convenience, call your nearest FBI field office [they can be found under "Federal Bureau of Investigation" in the blue pages of your local white pages phone book, and report that you are highly offended by this disgraceful manipulation of the Great Seal of the United States of America! Then, call your Congressman and your two Senators, and demand that they also file complaints on this, and tell all three that you are offended by the very idea that the United States of America will become a theocracy, if this group has it's way, and that you are offended by the fact that this group meets with and advises Dubya multiple times a week, and and advises him on Middle East policy!

The law covering this is 18 USC Sec. 713, and the penalty is six months in prison!

Please pass this information on to everyone you know!

King George and his "Faith Based" nonsense.

Why is it that these so called evangelical "Christians" always want to impose their will upon everyone else as a matter of law?

On Oct. 7, 1801, the Danbury Baptist Association wrote the following letter to President Thomas Jefferson:

"Our Sentiments are uniformly on the side of Religious Liberty -- That Religion is at all times and places a matter between God and individuals -- That no man ought to suffer in name, person, or effects on account of his religious Opinions - That the legitimate Power of civil government extends no further than to punish the man who works ill to his neighbor: But Sir our constitution of government is not specific. Our ancient charter together with the Laws made coincident therewith, were adopted on the Basis of our government, at the time of our revolution; and such had been our Laws & usages, and such still are; that Religion is considered as the first object of Legislation; and therefore what religious privileges we enjoy (as a minor part of the State) we enjoy as favors granted, and not as inalienable rights: and these favors we receive at the expense of such degrading acknowledgements, as are inconsistent with the rights of freemen. It is not to be wondered at therefore; if those, who seek after power & gain under the pretense of government & Religion should reproach their fellow men -- should reproach their chief Magistrate, as an enemy of religion Law & good order because he will not, dare not assume the prerogatives of Jehovah and make Laws to govern the Kingdom of Christ."

In reply, President Jefferson wrote on January 1, 1802:

"Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God; that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship; that the legislative powers of the government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should `make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between church and State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore man to all of his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties."

But this wasn't enough to prevent the religious zealots from attempting to enact a law that made a church an arm of the Government by late 1810. In response to this, President James Madison [that's the guy who wrote the First Amendment, in case you forgot] rejected this bill, and furthermore, explained his intent in writing the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment as follows [scroll down to the second entry on the page]:

Madison's Veto Message

I think this is pretty definitive, and more than enough to overturn the Republican "Faith-Based Initiatives" in the Supreme Court of the United States, and there is no way they can say anything other than "cert. granted".

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

On the subject of War Crimes

Today it seems the first conviction happened in regards to the War Crimes some of our troops committed in Iraq.

It seems that Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia of the Florida National Guard only got a DD and a year in prison. I somehow don't think the Iraqis are going to be very amused at this slap on the wrist.

Washington Post Article

This is ludicrous!

In 1996, the 104th Congress, 100% Republican, mind you, passed the "War Crimes Act of 1996", which was signed into law at their behest by President Clinton.

Shall we take a stroll down memory lane here? Why not! This law defines a Life sentance and a Death sentance.

United States Code Source

18 USC Sec. 2441 01/22/02


Sec. 2441. War crimes

(a) Offense. - Whoever, whether inside or outside the United
States, commits a war crime, in any of the circumstances described
in subsection (b), shall be fined under this title or imprisoned
for life or any term of years, or both, and if death results to the
victim, shall also be subject to the penalty of death.

(b) Circumstances. - The circumstances referred to in subsection (a)
are that the person committing such war crime or the victim of
such war crime is a member of the Armed Forces of the United States
or a national of the United States (as defined in section 101 of
the Immigration and Nationality Act).

(c) Definition. - As used in this section the term ''war crime''
means any conduct -

(1) defined as a grave breach in any of the international
conventions signed at Geneva 12 August 1949, or any protocol to
such convention to which the United States is a party;

(2) prohibited by Article 23, 25, 27, or 28 of the Annex to the
Hague Convention IV, Respecting the Laws and Customs of War on
Land, signed 18 October 1907;

(3) which constitutes a violation of common Article 3 of the
international conventions signed at Geneva, 12 August 1949, or
any protocol to such convention to which the United States is a
party and which deals with non-international armed conflict; or

(4) of a person who, in relation to an armed conflict and
contrary to the provisions of the Protocol on Prohibitions or
Restrictions on the Use of Mines, Booby-Traps and Other Devices
as amended at Geneva on 3 May 1996 (Protocol II as amended on 3
May 1996), when the United States is a party to such Protocol,
willfully kills or causes serious injury to civilians.

(Added Pub. L. 104-192, Sec. 2(a), Aug. 21, 1996, 110 Stat. 2104,
Sec. 2401; renumbered Sec. 2441, Pub. L. 104-294, title VI, Sec.
605(p)(1), Oct. 11, 1996, 110 Stat. 3510; amended Pub. L. 105-118,
title V, Sec. 583, Nov. 26, 1997, 111 Stat. 2436.)


I will be posting soon for your intellectual stimulation.