Published on July 8 2006

Read transcripts of previous shows - MSNBC Transcripts - MSNBC.com July 5: Activist Cindy Sheehan, who is leading a hunger strike against the war in Iraq, tells Norah O’Donnell she would rather live under Hugo Chavez than George W. Bush.
O‘DONNELL: You speak very passionately about your cause. You lost a son in Iraq. We honor his service and sacrifice. But you‘ve been traveling the world—Scotland, Spain, Venezuela, Ireland, Australia, Austria—how does that help the cause when, again, you‘re around the world trashing the president, calling him a terrorist, calling him worse than Osama bin Laden. How do you honestly expect to affect change with those types of remarks? SHEEHAN: Well, it‘s really important too that the people in the world know that there are Americans on their side, because as anti-Bush sentiment goes up in the world, anti-American sentiment goes up also. And people—I‘ve had hundreds of people around the world tell me before you, we thought all Americans supported George Bush. And it‘s important for us, people of different countries in different borders, to reach out to one another to work to force our leaders to solve problems peacefully. And this is really important. O‘DONNELL: But why go stand side-by-side by Hugo Chavez in Venezuela? Why do that? I mean, it sounds like—would you rather live under Hugo Chavez than George Bush? SHEEHAN: Yes. You know, Hugo Chavez is not a dictator like you introduced him. He‘s been democratically elected eight times, and he‘s not anti-American. O‘DONNELL: Saddam Hussein was democratically elected. SHEEHAN: Yes, hold on a second. He is not anti-American. He has helped the poor people of America. He has sent aid to New Orleans. He has sold heating oil to disadvantaged people in America, in the United States of America at low cost, and he—the people of his country love him, and for us to say that we have some kind of influence over Venezuelan policy is wrong. The people of Venezuela have elected him overwhelmingly eight times, and it‘s his country, and it‘s their country and they should have the leader that they deserve, that they want.

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Published on July 8 2006

Hans Grapje was raised in a Catholic school in The Hague and, as a young man, aspired to become a priest, but was drafted into the Army during WWII and spent two years co-piloting B17s until his aircraft was shot down in 1943 and he lost his left arm. Captain Grapje spent the rest of the war as a chaplain, giving spiritual aid to soldiers, both Allied and enemy. After the war, he became a priest, serving as a missionary in Africa, piloting his own plane (in spite of his handicap) to villages across the continent. In 1997, Father Grapje was serving in Zimbabwe when an explosion in a silver mine caused a cave-in. Archbishop Grapje went down into the mine to administer last rights to those too severely injured to move. Another shaft collapsed, and he was buried for three days, suffering multiple injuries, including the loss of his right eye. The high silver content in the mine's air gave him purpura, a life-long condition characterized by purplish skin blotches. Although Cardinal Grapje devoted his life to the service of God as a scholar, mentor, and holy man, church leaders agree: he will never ascend to the Papacy. No one wants a one-eyed, one-armed, flying purple Papal leader.

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Published on July 7 2006

"Anyway, we're doing this for everyone who's not here...but particularly, of course, for Syd.."

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This week July 3 through July 9 Libra Mars continues to stir up your social zone, bringing you together with friends and acquaintances - both old and new. You may find yourself meeting up with folks you have not seen in a while - quite out of the blue. You could also decide to arrange a reunion and get back in touch if you feel it is time to do so. Mars will oppose Neptune on Wednesday which is not a very useful influence if you have planned anything important especially of a business nature. Things may not work out as you had hoped due to confusion.
So, what else is new??

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Published on July 3 2006

U.S. pins wiener-eating hopes on Chestnut - Yahoo! News

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There's nothing like the sight of a man inhaling hot dogs to make the boobs swell and the thong get tighter!

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Published on July 2 2006

GIs probed in 'premeditated' killings - Conflict in Iraq - MSNBC.com
BEIJI, Iraq - Investigators believe a group of U.S. soldiers suspected of raping an Iraqi woman, then killing her and three members of her family plotted the attack for nearly a week, a U.S. military official said Saturday. The Americans entered the Sunni Arab’s family home, separated three males from the woman, raped her and burned her body using a flammable liquid in a cover-up attempt, a military official close to the investigation said. The three males were also slain.
Well, if true, that's a disgusting enough story. But there's more further down the article....
The suspects were from the 502nd Infantry Regiment and belonged to the same platoon as two soldiers kidnapped and killed south of Baghdad this month, another official close to the investigation said Friday. The soldiers’ mutilated bodies were found June 19, three days after they were abducted by insurgents near Youssifiyah southwest of Baghdad. The military has said one and possibly both of the slain soldiers were tortured and beheaded. The official said the mutilation of the slain soldiers stirred feelings of guilt and led at least one member of the platoon to reveal the rape-slaying on June 22.
Was it a revenge killing, that mutilation and booby-trapping of those two soldiers' bodies? Those poor families....all of them. [Update: The rape victim was no "woman"--she was a 15 yr old girl.]

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Published on June 30 2006

I cannot believe the amount of work that must have gone into the making of this video. You may have to click the "keep reading" to see it. No lip-synching, either. What's really weird is that as I was posting this, U2's version came up on the 'pod. Karma, man.

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Published on June 30 2006

...which came with the subject line: "Hiya, Mud-Colored" Hmmmmph! And I thought I had a fairly nice tan going this year, too. MUD-colored???? Anyway, it was the usual Russian Viagra/Texas Hold'em Poker spam, except for the little blurb at the bottom.
am I mad? Am I dead? What is this?" green stuff the better. He trades his life for greenbacks. And so it looked turning overhead. Kirill. There was no point in even suggesting it--he wasn't the type. a bigday for him, a day whose sunrise he no longer remembered. bag into my hip pocket, and we trekked across the institute yard to the Zone Livingston Seagull was practicing. A hundred feet in the sky he lowered a sick poodle's again. He shuddered, lit a new cigarette
Kinda has an oddly existentialist aspect, don't you think? Almost worth wading through the 1280 spams of the week--and NOTHING is going to make me open the ones advertising a FREE!!!!! Nike Sasquatch, either!

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