Friday, June 30, 2006

military dictatorship

We are living under a quasi fascist military dictatorship with Byzantine feudal proclivities, and a theocratic oligarch ruling class.
The Enlightenment is being extinguished while a return to the Dark Ages appears imminent. Social Darwinism is on the march. With the gap between the haves and the have nots widening, we become more predatory; civility breaks down and social unrest is just around the corner Bush* says we're turning. The light some people see at the end of the tunnel might be a train coming in the other direction. The social programs the right wing loves to bash are part of the structure we as a society have established to ensure civilization's stability. bin Laden has succeeded. We're getting like those we were brought up to believe are totalitarian. It's all part of the dumbing down of America. The ignorant are more easily manipulated. It's easier to program a blank slate. And let's start labeling the deficit as the Birth Tax. A few years ago we had an actor in the White House. Now we have a stuntman.


follow the money

We are told nine billion dollars is missing in Iraq. That's what we're told, but how much is really missing? To paraphrase Senator Everett Dirksen: A billion here a billion there, before you know it you're losing real money.  On September 10, 2001, Donald Rumsfeld admitted that there's a report that concludes the Department of Defense can't account for $2.3 trillion, and that this was a threat to our security. That's $8,000 for every man woman and child in America. Then came September 11, and Mr. Rumsfeld like the rest of us forgot about that report.  The military admits it can't account for 25% of its budget.  Is this what happens when the "adults" are in charge?
If Social Security is in crisis, why did the money for tax breaks for the wealthy come from the Social Security trust fund? So many people on the take and so few dollars for the elderly and veterans benefits and education and health care and homeland security. Is it creative accounting or just outright theft? Then again, maybe they're just better magicians than Houdini. They certainly have a penchant for making money disappear? And as they are always wont to say about tax cuts for their wealthy backers, "It's your money." now which “you” to which they refer is up for speculation.
The question that must be asked is: Where are the media watchdogs? Are they so cowed by these gangsters that they are no better than Pravda, Taas and Izvestia in the former Soviet Union? If they devoted the time and effort to reporting on this grandest of all thefts as they did on a stained blue dress we'd all have a higher living standard and more faith in the institutions set up to serve "we the people." 
A sage said many years ago that no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.

Barry Sussman
Vietnam 67 - 68

Bush uncensored

Posted: 2006-06-08 19:17

Remarks by the President

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon. It's nice to be reunited with all my most
mega-zealous supporters: the industrious CEOs of McJesus, Inc. Wow -
I've been blowing you people off so much since the 2004 election, I'd
forgotten what most of you looked like.

Reverend Falwell, always a pleasure to see that neck of yours jiggle in
person. And Ralph, I see now that you're in your 40's, you've almost
sprouted a little pube 'stache on your lip there. Real nice. And Pat, me
and Laura really loved your Christmas card last year. The festive
depiction of Muslims, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists being gang-raped and
dismembered by demons in Hell was just lovely.

As you all know, in my first term we had barely sand-blasted the Clinton
splooge off the Oval Office ceiling before I fed the Constitution into
the shredder by creating the Department of Faith-Based Taxpayer
Handouts. And I have taken great pleasure knowing what a shot in the arm
that has been for the salvation industry. At the rate you boys are
converting stadiums into mega-churches, there won't be anyplace left to
play baseball by the time I leave office. (Laughter.)

Anyways, I know that in my second term, I haven't been stroking your God
boners quite so frantically as back when I still needed your votes so I
could keep living in this awesome mansion rent-free for another four
years. But with the polls looking so bleak for November, I figured now's
the time to stop pretending you're all dead, and prey on your paranoid
bigotry by pretending like I give a fuck about that totally
dead-on-arrival Anti-Homo Amendment.

That's the great thing about having a screaming mimi Christian base:
folks who spend their whole lives fixated on an invisible God in Heaven
who ignores them 100% of the time are super-ultra-easy to exploit when
you're a visible God on Earth who only ignores them 98% of the time.
Hell, all it takes is a call from the White House switchboard to get you
fellas creaming your jeans like Jesus himself was on the horn. And I
like that. (Thumbs Up.)

Which brings us to today. The scary fact is that our beloved Republican
party is in danger of losing one or both houses of Congress this fall.
And that would have real consequences. No, it wouldn't have an impact on
any "wedge" social issues that we always promise you loonies we'll do
something about, but then blow you off after the election. But losing
Congress will make it way harder for me and my country club pals to make
ourselves even more filthy rich. (Dabs tear.)

And so, even though it's been almost two years since we even pretended
to care about fag marriage, now's the time to demonstrate our shared
Godly compassion by trotting that sucker back out into the light of day.


I know you share my speech writers' belief that marriage is a sacred
institution. It is a core stabilizing force in America's culture. Like
legacy admissions to the Ivy League, Augusta National to the sport of
golf, and slavery to the Red States.

Indeed, I will remind you all that a majority of Americans polled don't
want gaysexuals to marry, even though they won't miss a single episode
of sitcoms about handsome, taut, professional men living together in
expertly decorated SoHo co-ops. After all, what would society be without
millions of broken homes and emotionally savaged children paying for
their parents mistake of listening to Jesus and not using birth control?

Fortunately, Karl Rove and I know we can count on wholesome, totally
straight Christian folks being so obsessed with thinking about naked
homos rubbing their stinky parts together, that they will happily vote
themselves into the poorhouse year after year after year. For as my
hunky Press Secretary Tony Toni Toné said the other day: this is a CIVIL
RIGHTS issue. I am standing up for the vast Silent Minority, those
blessed 30% who are so in loOoOove with yours truly, they support
anything I say and do whatever I ask. Except enlist in the military.


In closing, I am for the family, y'see. Traditional family. Workaholic
father who is too busy playing golf to be with the kids. Frigid
housewife whacked out on pills and Long Island Ice Teas, their faces
poorly painted death masks stretched tight. Entitled children spoiled to
the point that they are socially crippled. I'm for families, and
puppies, and Christian values. Homos got no values. You want to hear a
value? There are 5 million uninsured children in this country. There's a
value. Wait. That's something to be ashamed of. Shit. Crap. Um...

Thank you, and God Bless America.


Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is said to have evidence of UFOs in
Grovers Mill, New Jersey. Based on these findings Santorum is sponsoring
a Senate bill authorizing the National Guard to seize control of New
Jersey and kill all aliens from space believed to have escaped from the
Grovers Mill UFOs. Santorum said the aliens that landed in Grovers Mill
are the greatest threat to freedom since the Dixie Chicks.

Please read and circulate

Darkness at Noon for Democracy


Ideology doesn't matter.

You are a tyrannical thug whether you are Joseph Stalin, Benito
Mussolini, or Francisco Franco.

And Cheney and his Puppet Bush are thugs in that infamous tradition.

People who are utter failures in executing policy often rise to power
because they are experts at brutally seizing power and silencing
dissent. It is the law of the political jungle. Kill off dissent -- and
no one can expose your wretched failures.

Democrats on the Hill who still harbor an idea that what is going on is
about an alleged "war on terrorism" or fight for liberty or "victory" in
Iraq are in need of a new prescription for their glasses.

This is a about the raw, ruthless seizure of power and the machineries
of state by one radical faction within a democracy.

And that radical faction has as one of its major goals the elimination
of democracy.

Sure, they mouth platitudes about the glories of the homeland, as Hitler
did. But take the Holocaust away from the history of the Third Reich and
tell us, honestly, if you think the Busheviks are headed in a different

Hitler was brilliant in selecting Goebbels as his propaganda minister.
Both of them knew that mass media was the way to incite the masses and
gain their allegiance to sanciton a takeover of the state.

Hitler did it with film, radio and print media. The Busheviks are doing
it with television and radio as the leading edge of their blitzkrieg
toward permanent one-party control of America.

Whenever their failures are exposed, they use scare and fear tactics to
subdue the public. They launch highly coordinated and disciplined
dishonest diversionary tactics -- such as the bogus attack on the New
York Times for printing a story on tracing banking transactions that
everyone pretty much knew about anyway, especially the terrorists -- for
the sole purpose of turning the already lapdog American press into a
complete rebirth of the Soviet brand of Pravda.

Make no mistake, they are seeking laws and prosecution that will make
dissent from the party line a crime.

These are brown shirts, egomaniacs who mask their lust for total
domination and the dismantling of democracy in lofty patriotic rhetoric,
which has no meaning to them except as a tool to numb the masses, or to
manipulate them emotionally.

These are the tactics of the demagogue.

The democratic government following the collapse of the Tsarist regime
fell to the Soviets because the Soviets were more disciplined,
remorseless, and cunning. The same fate befell the Weimar Republic as
Hitler manipulated his ascent through a campaign of fear, ringing
emotional appeals to "patriotism," scapegoating, and the manipulation of
the legal process to make his takeover of the government sanctioned by
the Reichstag.

If you think that is not happening here, then you are not really
thinking at all. You are just a member of the masses who has succumbed
to the demagoguery of the barbarians now inside the gates of the White

You might as well be brain dead if you don't understand the perilous
risk to our Constitutional form of government that is now at hand.

This is no longer a discussion about the Iraq War.

It is the forces of democracy versus the forces of fascism.

Don't shrink when you hear the "F" word, as if it is some radical, over
the top proclamation.

The radicals aren't writing the editorials for BuzzFlash. We are
pro-Constitution, pro-democracy and pro-balance of powers. We are patriots.

The radicals who would undo the American Revolution are in the White House.

They are brilliant at incrementally seizing uncontested power.

It is the only thing they do well.

The same could have been said of Stalin, Mussolini, Franco and Hitler.

We don't shrink from these comparisons.

Just look around and see what is happening.

If you don't see it soon, it will be too late.


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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Ann Coulter "Godless" And Her Book, Too.

well written review


Dear Cong, King (or is it King Cong?)

You have characteristically used loud absolutisms as
your defense of a Bush Administration that is a total
failure. It is a failure because of the President's
excessive seeking of authority and subsequent
excessive insistent denial of responsibility for his
decisions. This kind of irresponsible running of the
country had placed America into the grubby hands of
Rumsfeld and Cheney, both clearly demonstrable
life-long incompetents. Much of the evidence for this
has been documented by Ron Suskind's THE ONE PERCENT
DOCTRINE, about which you said on the Cris Matthews
MSNBC show: "I think it¡¥s a very unreliable,
uninformed book, to start off with that." Well, if you
are such an "insider" and know all this about that
book, I, a mere voter who keeps himself informed,
challenge you to debate the issue of how we got into
Iraq. Not only is that book the real truth that you
have been trying to hide from your constituents
obfuscating for anyone who listened to you on TV or
radio, but it also leaves no question about how
democracy is truly in danger when one party controls
the entire government. Lord Acton had it right when he
said that "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts
absolutely"-- something proven in another book about
the K Street Republican corruption of power, selling
it at taxpayers' expense.

You may think that you can profit as the apologist for
the corrupt Bush House that Rove built. I'm out to
prove that you are as naked like Emperor Bush and have
nowhere to hide. It's all so obvious, thanks to the NY
Times, Newsday and Washington Post, that Republican
officials like you can't run for office and hide at
the same time. Thanks to the media you accuse of
treason, those who don't know how reckless and corrupt
MY Republican Party has become, don't know because
they don't want to know. So, I, a mere Republican who
believes in democracy, challenge you to debate which
is the real treason: the media for exposing abrogation
of the Constitution or you for trying to cover it up.

Daniel E. Teodoru

DeLay becomes Insurgent


Former Texas Lawmaker Changes Name to Hassan El-Medfaai

Just days after Iraqi Prime Minister Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced a sweeping plan that would offer amnesty to members of the Iraqi insurgency, former Texas congressman Tom DeLay announced that he would become an Iraqi insurgent.

Mr. DeLay, who is under indictment in state court on money-laundering and conspiracy charges, said at a Houston press conference today that he had put the legal gears into motion to attain Iraqi insurgent status.

"On my 2006 tax returns, my occupation will be listed as 'insurgent,' and my name will be legally changed to Hassan El-Medfaai," Mr. DeLay said, adding, "Death to America."

Mr. DeLay's legal advisors seem confident that by changing his legal status to that of an Iraqi insurgent he will be entitled to amnesty from all of the criminal charges he currently faces in Texas.

But in order to become an insurgent, Mr. DeLay faces an immediately hurdle which may prove difficult to surmount: convincing the Iraqi insurgency that he deserves to be a member.

In Basra, the National Coalition of Iraqi Insurgents, a trade association representing over 250,000 Iraqi insurgents, met in an emergency session today to discuss Mr. DeLay's bid for membership in the insurgency.

At the conclusion of the all-day session, however, a spokesman for the group gave the former Texas congressman a resounding thumbs-down.

"As Iraqi insurgents, we have certain ethical standards that we abide by," said a spokesman for the insurgents' group. "Unfortunately, Tom DeLay falls far below those standards."

In a related matter, the Associated Press has learned that the office of Roy Black has leaked that Mr. Black's most well known client, Rush Limbaugh, has been in talks with the new Iraqi government to establish insurgent status. The leaker also said Limbaugh will be using the moniker, "Pills Limprod." More to come as this story develops.

Elsewhere, scientists released a list of the top ten causes of obesity, including being suddenly fired from "The View."

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Response to Swift boating

Here's how to respond to Repube bullshit.

Contact: Jeff Pyatt
(703) 778-4080 x202

June 27, 2006
Webb Campaign Blasts Allen Campaign for “Weak-Kneed Attacks” Against Men and Women in Uniform

Arlington—The campaign of U.S. Senate candidate Jim Webb today called the attacks on Webb’s patriotism by Allen’s campaign, “weak-kneed attacks by cowards” and demanded that Allen and his campaign apologize.

“George Felix Allen Jr. and his bush-league lapdog, Dick Wadhams, have not earned the right to challenge Jim Webb’s position on free speech and flag burning. Jim Webb served and fought for our flag and what it stands for, while George Felix Allen Jr. chose to cut and run. When he and his disrespectful campaign puppets attack Jim Webb they are attacking every man and woman who served. Their comments are nothing more than weak-kneed attacks by cowards. George Felix Allen Jr. needs to apologize to Jim Webb and to all men and women who have served our nation,” Webb spokesman Steve Jarding said.

On Tuesday, George Felix Allen Jr. and his campaign issued a press release in which the Allen campaign, through Wadhams, implied that Webb’s position in support of the Free Speech Amendment to the U.S. Constitution amounted to a political act and not a defense of our Constitution, which Webb fought for and for which he was highly decorated. George Felix Allen Jr. did not serve.

“I believe it is precisely because of bush-league attacks like this that John Zogby, a highly respected, independent polling expert just this week said that Dick Wadhams is not fit to serve as a campaign manager and that George Allen should find a new manager,” Jarding said.

“While Jim Webb and others of George Felix Allen Jr.’s generation were fighting for our freedoms and for our symbols of freedom in Vietnam, George Felix Allen Jr. was playing cowboy at a dude ranch in Nevada. People who live in glass dude ranches should not question the patriotism of real soldiers who fought and bled for this country on a real battlefield,” Jarding said.

“Is Dick Wadhams willing to publicly say that Colin Powell, John Glenn and Bob Kerrey are unpatriotic for having the same position on the flag burning amendment that Jim Webb has? Ask him,” Jarding said.

Jarding continued, “The following is why George Felix Allen Jr. has not earned the right to challenge Jim Webb in his support of our Constitution and its free speech provisions:

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Believe it or not

Video of Peter King (R- NY) declaring 04 election was rigged. Yes he was
drunk and forgot the camera was rolling.

GOP = Greedy Old Pedophiles

How about if we quit looking at the bad side of everything.

Let's focus on what WASN'T in the NEW YORK TIMES or The WSJ. Did you
forget that some Republicans AREN'T into child porn? I forget the names
of those 2. Anyways I didn't see anything about:

Republican County Constable Larry Dale Floyd was arrested on suspicion
of soliciting sex with an 8-year old girl. Floyd has repeatedly won
elections for Denton County, Texas, constable.
Republican judge Mark Pazuhanich pleaded no contest to fondling a
10-year old girl and was sentenced to 10 years probation.
Republican Party leader Bobby Stumbo was arrested for having sex with a
5-year old boy.
Republican petition drive manager Tom Randall pleaded guilty to
molesting two girls under the age of 14, one of them the daughter of an
associate in the petition business.
Republican County Chairman Armando Tebano was arrested for sexually
molesting a 14-year-old girl.
Republican teacher and former city councilman John Collins pleaded
guilty to sexually molesting 13 and 14 year old girls.
Republican campaign worker Mark Seidensticker is a convicted child
Republican Mayor Philip Giordano is serving a 37-year sentence in
federal prison for sexually abusing 8- and 10-year old girls.
Republican Mayor John Gosek was arrested on charges of soliciting sex
from two 15-year old girls.
Republican County Commissioner David Swartz pleaded guilty to molesting
two girls under the age of 11 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.
Republican legislator Edison Misla Aldarondo was sentenced to 10 years
in prison for raping his daughter between the ages of 9 and 17.
Republican Committeeman John R. Curtain was charged with molesting a
teenage boy and unlawful sexual contact with a minor.
Republican anti-abortion activist Howard Scott Heldreth is a convicted
child rapist in Florida.
Republican zoning supervisor, Boy Scout leader and Lutheran church
president Dennis L. Rader pleaded guilty to performing a sexual act on
an 11-year old girl he murdered.
Republican anti-abortion activist Nicholas Morency pleaded guilty to
possessing child pornography on his computer and offering a bounty to
anybody who murders an abortion doctor.
Republican campaign consultant Tom Shortridge was sentenced to three
years probation for taking nude photographs of a 15-year old girl.
Republican racist pedophile and United States Senator Strom Thurmond had
sex with a 15-year old black girl which produced a child.
Republican pastor Mike Hintz, whom George W. Bush commended during the
2004 presidential campaign, surrendered to police after admitting to a
sexual affair with a female juvenile.
Republican legislator Peter Dibble pleaded no contest to having an
inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old girl.
Republican advertising consultant Carey Lee Cramer was charged with
molesting his 9-year old step-daughter after including her in an
anti-Gore television commercial.
Republican activist Lawrence E. King, Jr. organized child sex parties at
the White House during the 1980s.
Republican lobbyist Craig J. Spence organized child sex parties at the
White House during the 1980s.
Republican Congressman Donald "Buz" Lukens was found guilty of having
sex with a female minor and sentenced to one month in jail.
Republican fundraiser Richard A. Delgaudio was found guilty of child
porn charges and paying two teenage girls to pose for sexual photos.
Republican activist Mark A. Grethen convicted on six counts of sex
crimes involving children.
Republican activist Randal David Ankeney pleaded guilty to attempted
sexual assault on a child.
Republican Congressman Dan Crane had sex with a female minor working as
a congressional page.
Republican activist and Christian Coalition leader Beverly Russell
admitted to an incestuous relationship with his step daughter.
Republican Judge Ronald C. Kline was placed under house arrest for child
molestation and possession of child pornography.
Republican congressman and anti-gay activist Robert Bauman was charged
with having sex with a 16-year-old boy he picked up at a gay bar.
Republican Committee Chairman Jeffrey Patti was arrested for
distributing a video clip of a 5-year-old girl being raped.
Republican activist Marty Glickman (a.k.a. "Republican Marty"), was
taken into custody by Florida police on four counts of unlawful sexual
activity with an underage girl and one count of delivering the drug LSD.
Republican legislative aide Howard L. Brooks was charged with molesting
a 12-year old boy and possession of child pornography.
Republican Senate candidate John Hathaway was accused of having sex with
his 12-year old baby sitter and withdrew his candidacy after the
allegations were reported in the media.

Republican preacher Stephen White, who demanded a return to traditional
values, was sentenced to jail after offering $20 to a 14-year-old boy
for permission to perform oral sex on him.

Republican talk show host Jon Matthews pleaded guilty to exposing his
genitals to an 11 year old girl.

Republican anti-gay activist Earl "Butch" Kimmerling was sentenced to 40
years in prison for molesting an 8-year old girl after he attempted to
stop a gay couple from adopting her.
Republican Party leader Paul Ingram pleaded guilty to six counts of
raping his daughters and served 14 years in federal prison.
Republican election board official Kevin Coan was sentenced to two years
probation for soliciting sex over the internet from a 14-year old girl.
Republican politician Andrew Buhr was charged with two counts of first
degree sodomy with a 13-year old boy.

Republican legislator Keith Westmoreland was arrested on seven felony
counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition to girls under the age of 16
(i.e. exposing himself to children).

Republican anti-abortion activist John Allen Burt was found guilty of
molesting a 15-year old girl.
Republican County Councilman Keola Childs pleaded guilty to molesting a
male child.
Republican activist John Butler was charged with criminal sexual assault
on a teenage girl.
Republican candidate Richard Gardner admitted to molesting his two
Republican Councilman and former Marine Jack W. Gardner was convicted of
molesting a 13-year old girl.
Republican County Commissioner Merrill Robert Barter pleaded guilty to
unlawful sexual contact and assault on a teenage boy.
Republican City Councilman Fred C. Smeltzer, Jr. pleaded no contest to
raping a 15 year-old girl and served 6-months in prison.
Republican activist Parker J. Bena pleaded guilty to possession of child
pornography on his home computer and was sentenced to 30 months in
federal prison and fined $18,000.
Republican parole board officer and former Colorado state
representative, Larry Jack Schwarz, was fired after child pornography
was found in his possession.
Republican strategist and Citadel Military College graduate Robin
Vanderwall was convicted in Virginia on five counts of soliciting sex
from boys and girls over the internet.
Republican city councilman Mark Harris, who is described as a "good
military man" and "church goer," was convicted of repeatedly having sex
with an 11-year-old girl and sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Republican businessman Jon Grunseth withdrew his candidacy for Minnesota
governor after allegations surfaced that he went swimming in the nude
with four underage girls, including his daughter.
Republican campaign worker, police officer and self-proclaimed reverend
Steve Aiken was convicted of having sex with two underage girls.
Republican director of the "Young Republican Federation" Nicholas
Elizondo molested his 6-year old daughter and was sentenced to six years
in prison.
Republican president of the New York City Housing Development Corp.
Russell Harding pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his
Republican benefactor of conservative Christian groups, Richard A. Dasen
Sr., was found guilty of raping a 15-year old girl. Dasen, 62, who is
married with grown children and several grandchildren, has allegedly
told police that over the past decade he paid more than $1 million to
have sex with a large number of young women.
Republican Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld authorized the rape of
children in Iraqi prisons in order to humiliate their parents into
providing information about the anti-American insurgency. See excerpt of
one prisoner's report here and his full report here.

See? There is some good news!
Thank Zeus I'm a Democrat

Of course our troops are frustrated!--

Posted Sun 25 June 2006 14:03
I fully share the concern for our troops. Afterall--
an American by choice, not chance-- I feel that I
cannot consider myself a real American unless I
consider every soldier in harm's way as my own
son/daughter. And, I would, therefore, not accept
anything being done with these "sons and daughters"
that I would not accept done with my biologic kids.

First of all, I must insist that a serious judge of
the war has to consider both sides and give all their
due. In that sense, one asks what kind of labels our
kids are asked to wear on their backs as they appear
in the eyes of Iraqis and Afghans?

Many of the soldiers in Iraq are National Guard and
Reserve troops. They are thus on average about five
years older than the kids who fought in Vietnam. To
them, I think it fair to say that the leaving behind a
widow and orphans must always be on their minds; as
well must be the fact that in truth their equipment is
inferior to that of the regulars.

And yet, with all their aircraft, artilery, armor,
gadgets and computers and hand weapons, our forces are
up against guys in sweat suits or a robe with an AK-47
in their hands, that's all. That raises the question:
how do the Iraqi civilians who are often collateral
damage victims of our weapons see our troops loaded
down with 70 lbs of gear? Can we count on the
collateral damage victims of our fire power to warn us
so that we don't become victims of IEDs?

Mideast and SE Asia experiences cause me to remind of
the great difference between Viets and Arabs. Viets
are stoic and appreicate change for the better. Arabs
are unforgivivng and live to avenge an insult or
injury. Together such injuries are unpardonable
"humiliation." Instead of all these Pentagon blah-blah
handbooks on locals, any family that has a member in
Iraq should send a copy of Blumethal's "Revenge."
She's a sweet innocent Western Jewish girl who tried
to understand why her father, a rabbi, was shot in the
head by a Palestinian in Jerusalem. Being a journalist
for the Washington Post, she investigated thoroughly
"revenge" killing and its psychology and culture all
over the Mediterranian Basin. From Spain to the
Mideast, she realized how much it means. But no
academic anthropologist has related as realistically
her clear human understanding-- humane understanding
that only a woman can achieve-- of how outsiders and
insiders get polarized in a life and death struggle
based on revenge. Perhaps she should work for Amb.
Khalilzad in Baghdad, because she singlehandedly,
based on her aquiered understanding, managed to
reconcile her Dad and the Palestinian who shot him!

But husbands and fathers in our army are very scared
people-- not for themselves but for the helpless
families they leave behind. Already they gave up
careers and undertook economic hardships to go to war.
They want to live very much because they don't just
want to live for themselves but for their families. On
the other hand, you have mujahadeens ready to become
shahids in order to avenge what Americans did to their
families, tribes, towns, etc. They don't understand
that our soldiers really are thinking of their own
kids and want to live for them, desperate to return as
soon as possible. Iraqis (Sunni, Shi'a AND Kurds too)
see them as weak because they don't fight almost
empty-handed but call in air strikes and big time
firepower. And when you accidentally kill a kid or a
woman, you manufacture many a shahids dedicated to
killing as many of you Americans in revenge as he can
before he dies.

Bush is a chichensh-t who evaded service. Yet, he sent
our troops into harm's way because he could't stand up
and say "no" to two other chickensh-ts, Rumsfeld and
Cheney; these two sought to feel a last surge of
testosterone in their old age by sending OTHERS to
fight and die. These two mediocrities sent in our kids
into Iraq INTEL BLIND, culture dumb and language deaf.
It was a reckless set up!

So how did these three horrible sub-men get away with

Because Americans suffer from the "ain't my kid going
to Iraq" disconnect syndrome. Even in 2004 people
prefered to focus on the TV image of two old
bald-headed **** in pastel tuxedos kissing at their
"wedding" instead of upon images of soldiers dying in
Iraq-- the "wedding" was shown ten times a day for
months instead of dead mutilated American because
Rumsfeld fobid the press to video even the flag
drapped coffins; yet each of these dead dads left
behind a widow, orphans and greiving family and
friends. For FIVE TIMES DEFERED Cheney-- a Vietnam
hawk who claims he "had other priorities" so he
couldn't join those he sent to Vietnam-- this was all
a great opportunity to help HIS company Halliburton
cash in on war profiteering and swindle of our
soldiers in the field. For Iraqis, the sight of no
electricity, no water, no jobs and lots of Third World
people hired by the Americans abroad to run our
occupation of Iraq was a call to arms in order to
avenge the liberation turned occupation by Rumsfeld,
Cheneny and the neocons while Bush stood helpless, too
scared to say: now wait a minute, I'mm the President!

When we killed Zarqawi, we bragged about it, not
realizing how cowardly we looked to the Arab World by
doing it with two jet planes and two 500 lbs bombs.
But Bush ain't no real "man," so he bravado bragged as
if he had done it single handed. It was HIS BRAVADO
that the two soldeirs payed for the day after he ran
back home.

All these neocons who evaded service by being
cheerleaders for war safe at home, should explain to
our soldiers one thing: how does a man who is
desperatly wants to live in order to return to his
wife and kids, defeat a native he neither can identify
or understand, when the latter wants to die killing
Americans to avange his family's honor?

Those who fear most are those trying to stampede us as
a nation into fear in order to get us to kill those
who fear least half way around the world. What kind of
"training" can prepare our soldiers for that? What
kind of "mission" is that for the world's best troops?

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Cuts in Vets benefits

1 category 7-8 veterans out of the VA. These are men and women who just
recieve their meds.
2 all veterans will pay $250.00 a year for health care even 100%
disablled veterans
3 co-pays for meds will go up by 80%
4 over the next five year $40 billion will be cut out of health care
5 last year alone over 600,000 veterans were denied or put on waiting
list for care
6 the returning troops after discharge are being treated like dirt
7 The last four Bush budgets were based on phony numbers GAO reports
prove that
over the last four years 1.5 million veterans have lost their health care
8 the hand picked Bush Veterans Commission is closing 18 VA hospitals
3500 vet to vet clinics
9 same Commission is reviewing all PTSD claims to remove over 2.1
million veterans from health care benefits. Of the troops coming home,
one out of four suffers from PTSD.
All because Paris Hilton needs a tax cut.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Ann D. Coulter (Kaufman) photo

CNN bought by Fox

A Newsflash for CNN
By Nancy Greggs

You probably haven’t noticed, but there seems to be a growing trend among people who are interested in the news – they don’t watch your network. And as slow as you are to pick up on things like that, you might have checked out your ratings recently. You see, there’s actually a connection there.

I realize I’m giving my age away, but I actually remember when CNN was the go-to network when you wanted to find out what was happening in the world. Of course, that was back in the day, before your studios were equipped with direct-feed fax machines to Karl Rove’s office.

As someone who used to be glued to your network once upon a time, I thought I’d give you a few helpful hints on how NOT to be the laughing stock of TV news journalism in future.

“Fair & Balanced News”
Before that phrase fell into disrepute, its simple meaning was delivery of the news without bias towards a political or personal agenda on the part of the newscaster or the network. It does NOT mean that if you are interviewing someone who just circumnavigated the globe in a hot-air balloon you are duty-bound to grant equal airtime to someone from The Flat Earth Society to explain how the alleged feat is a physical impossibility.

In addition, not ALL news stories are subject to the ‘balance’ issue; to whit, if you are covering yet another Republican money-laundering scandal, you need not ignore the story because you cannot find an equally guilty Democrat. Just sayin’.

“We GET IT (even if YOU don’t)!”
Never talk down to your audience. You have to try to talk UP to them, because the average viewer is more intelligent and well-informed than any of your current newscasters will ever be.

For example, when in the midst of an interview, it is not necessary for Wolf Blitzer to enlighten the audience at every turn. When a guest mentions Dick Cheney, Mr. Blitzer should refrain from interrupting with choice tidbits like: “That would be the Dick Cheney who, I will just remind the viewers, is the vice president of the United States.” Viewers who aren’t already privy to that information are not watching Wolf Blitzer; they are watching cartoons on another channel.

Giving the Iron Man the benefit of the doubt, maybe he just wants to avoid any confusion; I suppose it’s always possible that Carl Levin and Ken Mehlman are debating the latest statement issued by the OTHER Dick Cheney, the one who runs the shoeshine concession across the street from the Jefferson Memorial.

On the same note, I doubt there is a TV viewer on the face of the earth who doesn’t know what a hurricane is, so please feel free to keep your newscasters indoors, safe and dry. We already know what Jean Merserve looks like hanging onto a railing, buffeted in the wind and rain like a rag doll. So there’s no need to throw John Roberts or Daryl Kagan out there this summer; we get the picture. Of course, you just could put one of your newscasters out in the storm who will actually STAY there, thus eliminating the need for placing everyone in harm's way. Personally, I would suggest Carol Lin, because whoever coined the phrase "Too stupid to come in out of the rain" undoubtedly had her in mind.

“Six Thousand Degrees of Separation”
On the rare occasions you actually stumble onto something that qualifies as news, a simple, straightforward reporting of same is sufficient. You are not required to ‘flesh out’ a two-minute story with six hours of non-stop coverage that is tangential at best, to whit: “At this moment, a disabled jetliner is approaching O’Hare Airport as it prepares for an emergency landing. While the pilot circles for the next few hours, let’s go to our exclusive interview with a Chicago man whose cousin once worked in a factory that produces the kind of luggage that might be in the cargo hold of this very plane.”

Also, a word to the wise: When you are covering an event that may prove disastrous, such as the aforementioned plane crashing into the tarmac killing all on board, you might caution your newscasters to tone down the glee in their voices. We know that multiple fatalities can be spun into a week’s worth of audience-grabbing coverage – but a more serious tone would be advisable.

“Paging Dr. Gupta”
He’s a cutie, I will give you that much. But we really don’t need his medical opinion on every single news item, e.g. “Let’s get Sanjay out here to explain the pitfalls of toenail fungus, shall we?” And I don’t know about the rest of the population, but I wouldn’t let alleged neurosurgeon Dr. Gupta within a mile of my cranium. “I’d really LOVE to remove that brain tumor, ma’am, but I’m due back in make-up in fifteen minutes.” No thanks.

“Laundromat Syndrome”
Here’s a rule-of-thumb that is so simple, even YOUR newscasters can follow it: If it’s something that gets discussed at the local Laundromat while people are waiting for the rinse cycle to finish, it’s NOT news. “Did you hear what Angelina and Brad are going to name the new baby?” “The American Idol results – whadda ya think?” You might try replacing items like this with: “Did you hear what Bush is going to name the new law that allows corporations to dump toxic waste in reservoirs?” “The 2004 Ohio election irregularities – whadda ya think?”

Just a serving suggestion.

“Anderson, We hardly Knew Ye”
I’m sure it was inadvertent, but your coverage of the Katrina disaster was akin to actual news reporting. Anderson Cooper, apparently unable to access the daily White House Talking Points memo off the studio fax machine, was downright vitriolic in his reportage of the non-existent federal response.

So there we were, lulled into a false sense of security that FINALLY you guys had come up with an honest-to-God journalist. But then Anderson was handed his own late-night newscast, and the rest is very sad history.

Last night’s non-stop nonsense was a perfect example. His incessant babbling about a bunch of homeless guys in Miami being terrorists who were about to blow up buildings all over the continental United States (without weapons, ammunition, explosives, or even the necessary funds for a bus ticket) proved once again that Anderson is just another useless hack. It was a classic case of, “And then you go and spoil it all by saying something stupid …” And he did. Over, and over, and over.

You DO have your lighter moments, which I admit I enjoy immensely, like Howard Kurtz starting a sentence with, “Well, as a journalist myself …,” or Glen Beck’s, “Being as CNN is a news network …” God, those guys just crack me up! If they could actually sneak in some real news stories with their snappy repartee, they might give John Stewart a run for his money!

I truly hope I’ve been helpful here, guys, and if you need any more advice, please don’t hesitate to call. Only don’t call while I’m on the ‘net, please. I hate to be interrupted when I’m trying to get some NEWS.
Hey, America, where are we going? And why are we in this handbasket?

Nance Rants

Friday, June 23, 2006

GOP Senators Blocking Veterans’ Health Care

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Fri Jun 23rd 2006, 11:58 AM
April 2005

In April 2005, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) attempted for the third time that year to provide adequate funding for veteran health care by sponsoring a $2 billion amendment to a military spending bill. The bill was voted down along party lines, with Arlen Specter being the only Republican voting for the bill. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX), who led the fight against Murray�s amendment, said �an emergency request is unnecessary in this tight budget year.�

June 2005

But then, just two months later, we have this reported from the Washington Post:

The Bush administration, already accused by veterans groups of seeking inadequate funds for health care next year, acknowledged yesterday that it is short $1 billion for covering current needs at the Department of Veterans Affairs this year.

The disclosure of the shortfall angered Senate Republicans who have been voting down Democratic proposals to boost VA programs at significant political cost. Their votes have brought the wrath of the American Legion, the Paralyzed Veterans of America and other organizations down on the GOP.

With that, Hutchison changed her tune, saying �We can never fall short on our promises to those who have sacrificed so much�. And many GOP Senators voiced similar sentiments, acting quite surprised about the new news that veteran�s health care was under-funded.

But according to several veteran�s groups, the problems should have been obvious to anyone who was paying attention:

Richard Fuller, legislative director of the Paralyzed Veterans, said that the problems should have been obvious to anyone visiting a VA facility: �You could see it happening, clinics shutting down, appointments delayed�� The article goes on:

Joseph A. Violante, legislative director of the Disabled American Veterans, said Perlin's testimony yesterday confirms the veterans' assessment that the administration is "shortchanging veterans."

The Bush administration and House Republicans have been the main focus of anger among veterans organizations. Their "policies are inconsistent with a nation at war," said Steve Robertson, legislative director of the American Legion. They violate the basic military value of "an army of one, teamwork, taking care of each other," he said.

And here is what House Democrats recently had to say about this issue

America's veterans fought for our freedom overseas. They shouldn't have to fight the government to get the benefits they deserve. But the Veterans Administration (VA) health care system is perennially under funded. Democrats believe that our troops should be taken care of when we send them into battle and that they should be given the respect they have earned when we bring them home.

Right now, more than 30,000 veterans are waiting six months or more for an appointment at VA hospitals. Last year, Democrats proposed to increase funding for the VA by $1.8 billion and to require the VA to pay veterans $500 a month when their claims have been left pending for more than 6 months. In contrast, last year, Republicans broke their promise to increase veterans' health care by $1.8 billion. This year, the President's budget fails to provide enough current services for veterans' health care and about $3 billion less than veterans' organizations agree is needed for their health care.

June 2006

Then, just recently, Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Tim Johnson (D-SD) sponsored a bill �To provide an assured stream of funding for veteran's health care that will take into account the annual changes in the veteran's population and inflation�.

And this bill was to be paid for by �restoring the pre-2001 top rate for income over $1 million, closing corporate tax loopholes and delaying tax cuts for the wealthy.�

Whoa. That�s pretty radical � cutting into the hard earned profits of those millionaires. I would have thought that maybe with an election year upon them some of those Republican Senators who were up for re-election would have voted for that. Yet only one Republican Senator up for re-election in 2006, Olympia Snowe, joined the Democrats in voting for this bill.

Excuses for legislating against health care

How do Republicans get away with this? It�s not just veterans who don�t get adequate health care. There were 46 million U.S. citizens as of 2004 who had no health care insurance, and approximately an equal number of additional inadequately insured citizens. So how are Republicans able to do this without getting voted out of office � other than by the fact that the corporate media basically ignores these issues?

Well, they�ve got lots of excuses. First, they claim that Americans don�t want government involved in health care. But this claim is consistently disputed by polling data � for example, a ABC News/Washington Post which showed that Americans �by a 2-1 margin, 62-32 percent, prefer a universal health insurance program� over the current system.

Then they claim that America has the best health care system in the world. That is a patently absurd claim, given that more than a quarter of our citizens don�t have enough health insurance to afford the care that they need. Furthermore, that claim is belied by the high and rising infant mortality rate in the United States since George Bush took office in 2001. Infant mortality rate is considered one of the best indices of the health status of a community or a nation.

Another favorite claim of Republicans is that we can�t afford to provide health care to our citizens. Setting aside the consideration of the billions of additional dollars we would have available if the regressive Bush tax cuts were reversed, our General Accounting Office (GAO) determined that if the United States adopted a single payer system similar to the Canadian system it could save $66.9 billion in administrative costs. The point is that health care is notoriously unresponsive to market forces because health care consumers have little understanding of how to evaluate individual health care providers or systems. Therefore, government control of the process would likely help to bring prices under control. And you don�t see too many politicians complaining about Medicare these days.

Then there is the so-called �tort reform� trick. That�s where Republicans pretend to support health care by limiting jury awards for malpractice. For example, there is the misnamed �Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies Access to Care Act�, which Senate Democrats have successfully filibustered twice. Republicans are more than willing to improve �access to care� by handing money to the insurance companies at the expense of our Constitutional rights (trial by jury), but they won�t consider improving access to care by expanding the insurance coverage of ordinary Americans.

And most notoriously of all, and perhaps the main lie by which Republicans defeated Bill Clinton�s national health insurance plan, is that a federal health care plan would lead to health care rationing. Yeah sure, if they refuse to fund it adequately it would lead to rationing. Yet somehow the Senators themselves receive health care from the federal government, and their health care isn�t rationed. How could that be?

I think that when they run for re-election this fall someone ought to ask them that question, as well as why they voted against Patty Murray�s and Debbie Stabenow�s veteran�s health care bills.
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A summary of my DU posts
Virtually all of my DU posts consist of one of three general subjects: Election fraud, the tragedy of the Bush administration, or my ideas on the liberal values that we all hope will some day replace the values that our current government runs on.

Election fraud

The DU apparently was born as a result of the 2000 November-December election fraud that began the long nightmare that is the George W. Bush administration.

I went to bed on Election Day 2000, shortly after Bush was announced as our new President, feeling as if the end of world civilization was near at hand. My wife woke me up a couple hours later to tell me the good news that the announcement of Bush�s Presidency had been temporarily cancelled. Thus began a period of 36 days that I followed more intensely than any other news event of my life � ending in the infamous and disastrous Supreme Court decision that marked the beginning of our long road to dictatorship.

My son (EOTE) joined DU in January 2001, a few days after it began, but I did not, for reasons that now escape me. I did, however, do a lot of writing about the 2000 election, including a desperate plea to my Maryland Senators, to please demand a real recount of the 2000 Florida vote. And I also contributed an article to DU on that subject, in my son�s name (I did not use my own name because I was a federal employee and I was afraid that I could get into trouble for writing such an article), in the spring of 2001.

The fraudulent 2004 Presidential election is what brought me into DU. I had worked as a volunteer in the Kerry/Edwards campaign, I had followed the presidential polls obsessively, and by Election Day 2004 I was about as confident as I could be that John Kerry would be our next President. Thus, the reported results of that election were both profoundly disappointing and difficult for me to believe, as they were for the great majority of DUers.

I immediately began an effort to acquire as many election statistics as I could, in a feverish and desperate attempt to prove that the election was a fraud, which I hoped would aid in its overturning. In late November I had my son post an analysis that I did of the discrepancy between the exit polls and the official election results (Note: My son supplied the title, which I feel is too strong, which you can see if you read the article). And finding that it was awkward to have my son post my articles, I joined DU a few days later.

Since then I have posted dozens of election fraud related threads, a small number of the most important of which I have included in my journal.

In particular, I have come to believe that the main mechanism by which the 2004 election was stolen was the massive and illegal targeted purging of Democratic voters in Ohio, especially in Cleveland. This thread contains a great amount of evidence to support that contention.

In addition, I believe that there is good evidence that says that large numbers of votes in Cuyahoga County were deleted by its central tabulator, as explained in this thread, which also discusses an early 2006 partial audit of Cuyahoga County. And, I think that the death of Raymond Lemme, who while investigating Clint Curtis� sworn allegations of vote switching computer programs, was found dead in a Georgia hotel room, just a couple weeks after telling Curtis that he had traced the corruption �all the way to the top�, is extremely suspicious to say the least. And here is a summary of several reasons I have written about for believing that the 2004 election was stolen.

Finally, here are my ideas for preventing another stolen election in 2006 and 2008.

The tragedy of the Bush administration

I believe that a crucial requirement for a good understanding of the Bush administration�s actions since September 11, 2001, is the realization that its �War on Terrorism� is nothing but a colossal fake. Only with that realization do numerous Bush administration characteristics and actions make sense, including: Its disinterest in Osama bin Laden; its great urge to rush into a war with Iraq at any cost; its utter contempt for international law and the rest of the world; its succession of no-bid contracts for its wealthy friends; its lavish tax cuts for the wealthiest of our citizens and corporations during �time of war�; the Dubai port deals; and, its attempt to turn our democracy into a dictatorship.

With that in mind, I wrote in this post about the main reasons why I believe that the Bush administration was complicit in the 9-11 attacks. There are many reasons why I believe that now, but the initial and still most important reason is the utter failure of our military, the mightiest military that the world has ever known, despite repeated warnings and more than ample time on 9-11 itself, to protect its own capital city.

To me, the most sickening and disgraceful aspect of the Bush administration�s �War on Terrorism� is its complete lack of concern for human rights, demonstrated among other ways by the indefinite confinement, without trial or even bringing of charges, of thousands of prisoners of war, and its frequent use of torture. I discuss this issue in some depth in this post. And in another post I describe the issue as seen through the eyes of a U.S. Army Muslim Chaplain who had ministerial responsibilities for hundreds of our prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, who witnessed the severe and daily abuse of his charges over a period of several months, and who eventually was imprisoned himself when it was felt that he was making too many waves over what he had seen.

Seymour Hersh�s excellent account of how the Bush administration manipulated and twisted intelligence in order justify a preemptive war against Iraq is a must read for anyone who still supports this administration and thinks that the Iraq war was necessary.

And I think that in the interest of preserving our democracy, we should be aware of the similarities between the Bush administration and Hitler�s Nazis (which I wrote about even before the revelations about Bush�s warantless wiretapping), and understand that if we aren�t vigilant, yes it CAN happen here too.

And lastly, I posted two articles that exemplify what I think of Bush and his administration: In this post I talk about the circumstances surrounding the so-called suicides of several Bush administration enemies (several respondents to that post felt that my discussion was somewhat over the top, whereas several other respondents suggested interesting additions to my list). And in another post I suggest that we should designate and think about Bush and his cronies as the cowards that they really are.

Moral values that separate us from today�s Republicans

It makes me so mad to hear people ridicule what they consider to be �liberal values� and compare them unfavorably to the wonderful moral values of George W. Bush and his Republicans friends. In the vast majority of cases these people don�t even have a vague idea about what liberal values really are. They have simply been conditioned by our corporate media over several years or decades to believe that liberals encourage irresponsibility, are �soft� on national defense and �law and order�, and are wild spenders. These ridiculous myths about liberals have in turn encouraged the Democratic Party to disavow the liberal label and in some cases to veer way to the right. I submit that, rather than running away from the liberal label we should be proud of it, and we should challenge those that seek to disparage it. And to further make this point I posted a tribute to several historical and current political leaders who have been unafraid to speak out loudly for what they believe in, and I suggested an answer to those Republican morons who accuse liberals of hating America.

Many of those who disparage liberals are fundamentalist Christians who repeatedly invoke the name of Jesus Christ, and who believe that the superiority of their moral values to those of liberals and Democrats is proven by their repeated references to Jesus. Don�t these people understand that Jesus was a liberal, whose moral values were much closer to those of the Democratic Party than to those of the Republican Party, with whom they align themselves and vote for? Isn't it an astounding paradox that the Republican Party has usurped for their own purposes one of the most liberal religious leaders in world history, while at the same time showing nothing but contempt for liberals and liberal principles?

Perhaps the most important value held by liberals is a belief in the dignity of all human beings � hence the 19th century movement by liberals to abolish slavery. Here is one of my favorite stories on that subject.

One of the biggest threats to our democracy is the privatization movement. In the name of �freedom� and �self-reliance�, the leaders of this movement advocate the freedom of powerful corporations to destroy our environment and to run our elections, our schools, our social safety net programs, and our prison system, as well as every other program which has long been considered a legitimate function of government. The fact that government is elected by the people to serve public functions, whereas the purpose of private corporations is to make profits for their investors, is either totally lost on these people, or else they simply feel that the above mentioned programs should be run for profit rather than for service.

Another great threat to our democracy is the ownership of our country�s news media by a very small group of wealthy individuals who have strong ties to the Republican Party, and whose motivation in providing �news� is to maintain satisfaction with the status quo, rather than to report what is important and true. Two prime examples of corporate media shills and pseudo-journalists who pretend to be real journalists are Chris Matthews and Tim Russert. Bill Moyers explains how this situation threatens to destroy our democracy, and how this came about through the dismantling of rules and regulations which were meant to prevent the monopolization of our news.

One of the many tricks that our corporate media uses to squelch alternative viewpoints is to label anyone who substantially disagrees with their �correct� version of the news as �conspiracy theorists�. Well, I have news for them. The views of us �conspiracy theorists� are usually much more closely aligned with reality than is most of the trash that we hear from the corporate news media these days, such as the stories about Iraq�s weapons of mass destruction, which were used to justify our illegal preemptive invasion of that country. We �conspiracy theorists� believe that it is not only the right of American citizens to challenge the corporate news media story lines, but it is our responsibility as well, as good citizens who care about our country.

And here is a post where I talk about all the major values that separate Democrats from Republicans.
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Murtha and the "ain't my kid going to Iraq" discinnect syndrome

Dear Editor,

It was said in ancient Greek mythology that the gods
punished the hubris of men by making them mad. And so
it is, it seems, in the case of Karl Rove, as he
chooses to repeat in 2006 the campaign game plan he
used in 2002 to gain a Republican majority in

Chickenhawk Rove's main target in his charge of "cut
and run" by the Democrats is long time combat vet
Congressman Murtha's redeployment strategy. Rove
insists that if we had followed Murtha's
recommendation we would never have killed Zarqawi, the
alQaeda leader in Iraq. But he will try desperately to
keep from us that the US Army three times in 2002 had
Zarqawi in its sights sites but all three times the
White House said no because he was the only link its
propaganda had between alQaeda and Saddam, though the
link was totally wrong, Zarqawi was an independent
operator. Alas, 2002 was soon after 9/11 and all our
minds minds could easily be fogged with certainty just
because the White House said so. By now many lies have
passed under the bridge and to repeat them donned in a
fresh coat of paint is madness indeed. It is the
height of cynicism to assume that with 2500 American
heroes dead and 18000 wounded with no end in sight,
the American people still suffer from so deep a "ain't
my kid going to Iraq" disconnect syndrome as to allow
themselves to be blinded to incompetence and deception
in the face of years of evidence.

"Victory" is a hollow term that few Republicans would
translate into concrete metrics. For such specificity
would only highlight how little has been accomplished
to date by massive power in the hands of reckless and
irresponsible incompetence of arrogant mediocrities.
Those in Congress who permitted, ney, endorsed, such
criminal negligence ought to feel enough of a pang of
conscience to step aside. Murtha's is the only voice
of courage and caring that we have heard in a long
time. Thus only those with the courage to openly
debate those views, whether pro or con, deserve
consideration for Congressional election.

Daniel E. Teodoru

Thursday, June 22, 2006

I was thinking


A Cautionary Tale

It started out innocently enough. I began to think at parties now and then -- just to loosen up. Inevitably, though, one thought led to another, and soon I was more than just a social thinker.

I began to think alone -- "to relax," I told myself -- but I knew it wasn't true. Thinking became more and more important to me, and finally I was thinking all the time.

That was when things began to sour at home. One evening I turned off the TV and asked my wife about the meaning of life. She spent that night at her mother's. I began to think on the job. I knew that thinking and employment don't mix, but I couldn't help myself.

I began to avoid friends at lunchtime so I could read Thoreau, Muir, Confucius and Kafka. I would return to the office dizzied and confused, asking, "What is it exactly we are doing here?"

One day the boss called me in. He said, "Listen, I like you, and it hurts me to say this, but your thinking has become a real problem. If you don't stop thinking on the job, you'll have to find another job."

This gave me a lot to think about. I came home early after my conversation with the boss. "Honey," I confess, "I've been thinking..."

"I know you've been thinking," she said, "and I want a divorce!"

"But Honey, surely it's not that serious."

"It is serious," she said, lower lip aquiver. "You think as much as college professors and college professors don't make any money, so if you keep on thinking, we won't have any money!"

"That's a faulty syllogism," I said impatiently.

She exploded in tears of rage and frustration, but I was in no mood to deal with the emotional drama.

"I'm going to the library," I snarled as I stomped out the door.

I headed for the library, in the mood for some Nietzsche. I roared into the parking lot with NPR on the radio and ran up to the big glass doors.

They didn't open. The library was closed.

 To this day, I believe that a Higher Power was looking out for me that night. Leaning on the unfeeling glass, whimpering for Zarathustra, a  poster caught my eye, "Friend, is heavy thinking ruining your life?" it asked.

You probably recognize that line. It comes from the standard Thinkers Anonymous poster.

This is why I am what I am today: a recovering thinker.  I never miss a TA meeting. At each meeting we watch a non-educational video; last week it  was "Porky's." Then we share experiences about how we avoided thinking since the last meeting.

I still have my job, and things are a lot better at home. Life just seemed...easier, somehow, as soon as I stopped thinking.  I think the road to recovery is nearly complete for me.

Today I took the final step............  I joined the Republican Party.