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Less than one month after his
controversial installation as the  US
ambassador to the United Nations
without Senate confirmation, John R.
Bolton has given UN officials and the
diplomatic community the first
indication of what to expect from his
tenure. By proposing more than 750
amendments to a 29-page draft
agreement scheduled to be approved
by world leaders at a summit in
mid-September, Bolton has thrown
the UN into turmoil and cast doubt on
the success of the long-planned

The draft agreement, which has been
meticulously negotiated by members
of the international institution for more
a year, was to have been the
centerpiece of a gathering of over
175 heads of state to observe the
60th anniversary of the United
Nations. Hailed by UN officials as a
blueprint for reform, the document
highlights efforts to alleviate poverty,
curb human rights abuses, and halt
global warming, as well as attempts
to contain nuclear proliferation. The
last-minute changes proposed by
Bolton would eliminate or
substantially weaken each of these

At the same time Bolton is seeking
new language promoting free market
ideology and the "Global War on
Terror." The Bush administration has
recently renamed the Global War on
Terror the  
Global Struggle against Violent
Extremism. The number and
magnitude of the emendations
has led to a crisis which is
threatening a dramatic collapse of
the summit.

Several United Nations
ambassadors expressed dismay
at the timing and the scope of the
revisions. At his contentious
confirmation hearings, Bolton was
portrayed by his detractors as
divisive and frequently
confrontational. After Senators
twice delayed a vote on Bolton,
President Bush eventually
circumvented the confirmation
process by making an unusual
recess appointment.
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Immigration Disputes Border on the Ridiculous
Immunity in Child
Abuse Case
between Heads of
The governors of two Border States
have declared states of emergency
in response to the rise in border
crossings of undocumented workers
and the perception that the federal
government has not done enough
to combat the phenomenon.  
Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano
and New Mexico Governor Bill
Richardson, both Democrats, took
the step because, as Napolitano
remarked at a news conference,
“we can no longer wait on the
federal government to live up to its

The declaration of the states of
emergency by the governors in
counties that border Mexico will
allow the states to qualify for federal
funding to help patrol the border.  
Spokesman for
Texas Governor Rick Perry
cautioned the governors of his
neighboring states that border
control is the responsibility of the
federal government “not the
state government”.  Perry is a
Republican who has asked the Bush
administration for additional funds
toprotect his state’s borders as a
homeland security initiative.

The governors’ declaration has
added to the popular debate about
the federal government’s control of
the borders and anti-immigrant
groups have exploited the public’s
growing concerns about border
safety.  Self-styled vigilante groups
like the Minuteman Project and
Operation Ranch Rescue currently
monitor the borders in California,
Arizona and Texas.  
In an unrelated story, the former
head of Operation Ranch Rescue
Casey Nethercott was required to
transfer a 70-acre Arizona ranch
he owns to two residents of El
Salvador as the result of two
lawsuits filed against him.   The
Salvadorians, Edwin Mancia and
Fatima Leiva charged that
Nethercott had stopped them as
they attempted to immigrate into
the US and held them at gunpoint
in a threatening manner
for more than an hour before
releasing them.
Attorneys for Pope Benedict XVI
petitioned the US State
Department to grant the Pope
diplomatic immunity to protect him
from liability in a child sex abuse
lawsuit filed in US District Court in
Houston, TX.

Joseph Ratzinger is named in the
lawsuit, filed prior to his elevation
to the position of pope by Catholic
Bishops, that alleges he
conspired to cover up the abuse
of several teenage seminarians
by a catholic priest who has fled
the country and is believed o be
hiding in Columbia.

At the time of the abuse,
Ratzinger was the head of the
Vatican’s Congregation of the
Doctrine, where all allegations of
abuse are referred for internal
church investigation.  Ratzinger
wrote a confidential letter to all
Catholic diocese that ordered all
investigations of abuse would be
subject to “pontifical secret” and
would be kept secret by the
church for ten years after the
child alleging the abuse turns 19
years old.  The lawsuit filed in
Houston argues that Ratzinger’s
order was intended to cover up
child abuse by Catholic priests
and amounted to obstruction of
justice on the part of Pope
Benedict XVI.

Although the state department
has not yet formally responded to
the pope’s request, a department
spokesperson said that Ratzinger
has automatic diplomatic immunity
from prosecution in Ameican
courts because, as Pope, he is
considered a “head of state”.  
The attorney representing the
victims of the abuse, Daniel Shea,
hopes to be able to depose the
pope later this year.
Rumsfeld Likens Critics to Stalinists
Secretary of Defense Donald
Rumsfeld responded to recent
criticisms of his handling of the
occupation of Iraq in a press
conference last Tuesday.  Although
the secretary id not identify a specific
critic, Republican Senator Chuck
Hagel stated his view that America
was losing the war in Iraq on a
national television news program the
Sunday before Rumsfeld made his

In a prepared statement read before
he accepted questions from
reporters, Rumsfeld stated, “Some
are arguing that the effort in Iraq is
doomed.  Recently we’ve again been
told that Iraq may prove worse than
Vietnam, and its been alleged that we
are not winning.”   

Rumsfeld went on to characterize
critics of the occupation of Iraq, “
Through out history There have
always been those
who predict America’s failure just
around every corner.  At the height
of World War II, a prominent US
diplomat predicted that democracy
was finished in Britain and probably
in America too.  Many Western
intellectuals praised Stalin during
that period.  For a time, Communism
was very much in vogue.  It was
called Euro-communism to try to
mute or mask the totalitarian core.”

Also last week, White House
spokesperson Trent Duffy attempted
to compare Americans who are
critical of George Bush’s prosecution
of the was in Iraq with terror
sympathizers when he told reporters,
“the president can understand that
people don’t share his view that we
must win the war on terror and we
cannot retreat and cut and run from
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support for two embattled superstar
athletes who have been dogged by
allegations of drug use:  Rafael
Palmeiro and Lance Armstrong.

Palmeiro vehemently and indignantly
denied accusations of doping in a
highly publicized appearance before
a Congressional committee in March.
He  then went on to have a
borderline all- star first half of the
season for the Baltimore Orioles. Just
after the all-star break Palmeiro
collected his 3000th career hit,
ordinarily a guarantee of election to
the Baseball Hall of Fame. In fact, he
joined Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and
Eddie Murray as the only players
ever to have both 3000 hits and 500
home runs.

On August 1st, major league officials
announced that Palmeiro would face
a 10-game suspension for testing
positive for steroids. Although he did
not deny the charge, at first Palmeiro
insisted there had been some
mistake. President Bush, who had  
been a part owner of the Texas
Rangers when Palmeiro had been
one of the team's stars, offered his
support to the beleagured first
baseman, calling him a "friend," and
saying "he's testified in public, and I
believe him." Since then, Palmeiro
has retreated
from his former position, saying "I
hope that people learn from my
mistake and I hope that the fans
forgive me."

Last week's visit to Crawford,
Texas by  seven-time Tour de
France champion and fellow
Texan Lance Armstrong provided
a welcome positive photo
opportunity for the President in
the midst of the Cindy Sheehan
protest. But his 17-mile bike ride
with Armstrong comes at a time
when fresh allegations of steroid
use by Armstrong during the 1999
Tour are being investigated in
Europe. Armstrong has faced a
steady stream of charges during
his hugely successful career but
only once has he been
reprimanded by his sport's
governing body. Armstrong
denies the current accusations.

In the 2004 State of the Union
address, the President said that
the use of performance
enhancing drugs  sends a
message to youth "that there are
shortcuts to accomplishment, and
that performance is more
important than character." Critics
charge that the administration is
sending a mixed message when it
associates itself with certain
In January of 2004, President Bush
delivered his annual State of the
Union address. With the nation at
war in an election year, most of the
speech was devoted to matters of
foreign policy, but a paragraph near
the end of the address dealt with the
issue of performance enhancing
drugs in sports. Although the
President's call on professional
sports to "get tough, and to get rid of
steroids now" drew predictable
support from all quarters, some
observers wondered why Bush had
chosen the State of the Union to
acknowledge the growing steroids

Since that time the Bush
administration has offered no
initiatives or programs to strengthen
or regulate drug testing in sports or
to investigate the myriad high profile
doping scandals that have mostly
involved football, baseball, and track
and field. Bush himself has remained
largely  silent on the issue, other
than to echo his State of the Union
stance that steroid use "sends the
wrong  message"
and that athletes should police

So many in the world of sports were
understandably puzzled by the
President's recent public displays of
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"I think it's important for me to
be thoughtful and sensitive to
those who have got something
to say…
Bolton Makes Himself Comfortable at UN
…but I think it's also important  
for me to go on with my life, to
keep a balanced life."
         Crawford TX  08.13.05
Bush Sends Mixed Message on Steroid Use

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Presidential vacation
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Note: GHWBush and Carter are
single term statistics

Extrapolating GWBush's current
tally of vacation days over
two four year terms would
make him the most rested
president in history  at
approximately 700
vacation days

the average American- who
receives vacation as a
benefit- gets ten days of
vacation per year
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