Monday, June 27, 2005

A Call To Breed

Sunday, June 26, 2005

What is the Supreme Court Doing?!

I am baffled by what the Supreme Court did last week. Apparently, they OK'd the use by local governments of eminent domain to take land from private entities for PRIVATE use. This tool has been used forever for PUBLIC-use projects, such as building roads. But, now they're saying that the local city counci may seize people's homes and businesses, even against their will, for PRIVATE economic development.

So, basically, local governments can bulldoze a few houses in a prime "retail" strip because Wal-mart's consultants show the location would provide the most foot traffic. Doesn't this just open up our system for total fraud and corruption? I mean I can hear the bribes to the local city council people by the big corporations being put in envelopes now!

So, in my disgust, I assume this decision is the work of Scalia and the other conservative judges, but to my dismay, it's the LIBERAL judges that led this decision! I can't believe it! I thought we were the party of the little guy? Someone explain this to me, please!

Story here.

F*ck the Geneva Conventions

Italian judge orders arrest of 13 CIA agents for smuggling prisoners to torture destinations. Maybe Rush Limbaugh will help the Conservatives explain this one away, like he did with the Abu Garib tortures....just call them fraternity pranks.
Story here.

Let There Be Nudity

Now that John Ashcroft is gone as Attorney General, the two statues in the Justice Department, Spirit of Justice and Majesty of Justice, are free to expose themselves again, as nature intended. In case you hadn't heard, he had them covered with velvet, because he didn't like being photographed by the press with statues of nude women in the background. Story here.
Too bad he left, but his paranoid, evangelical, totalitarian ideas and policies have remained.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Holy Spin

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

An Honset Conversation

Steve Gillard:

What I want people to do is be honest.

If you will not serve in Iraq, and no one you know will serve, stop expecting someone else to do what you will not.

Therefore, it is time to stop calling for more troops, or the US to make Iraq safe. We cannot do this and even Americans are refusing to join the fight. It is time to look at your actions and realize, that despite your ideals, you oppose continuing this war. In practical terms, you have decided that this war is not worth your life or anyone you know. And million of Americans have joined you in this decision.

So, with this fact evident, it is time to call for US troops to withdraw from Iraq. Not save it, not add more boots on the ground. You have already voted by your actions. It is time that you match it with your words.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Do You Feel A Draft?

George Orwell was right. In order to consolidate power and oppress the people, one must control the language of the war. Why are we attacking Iraq? Because they won't let inspectors in? Because they aren't complying with U.N. regulations? Becuase they have WMD's? For regime change? For freedom and democracy?

And no one seems to notice the moving target. All the sheeple on Animal Farm play right along, and regurgitate whatever the Neo-cons' talking points are this week - their memory as maleable as silly putty.

The latest game of stealth semantics swapping is taking place regarding the length of the U.S.'s commitment in Iraq. Before the war began, anti-war advocates warned of the financial and human costs a lengthy occupation would incur. They called it a "quagmire" which would likely bog down our military for years and years. These people were attacked viciously, and told their Vietnam comparisons were ridiculous. Rumsfeld and his buddies suggested the operation would be a quick, shock-and-awe victory, and we'd be out quick and easy. Well, the language is changing...

Condoleeza Rice was recently on Fox News Sunday, and was asked if the Bush administration fairly [can] be criticized for failing to level with the American people about how long and difficult this commitment will be?�

Rice responded: "The administration, I think, has said to the American people that it is a generational commitment to Iraq." (see the video here: http://www.crooksandliars.com/2005/06/19.html#a3526)

A GENERATIONAL committment?! That's not what they sold us! Do you feel that draft? They've already instituted a stealth draft by lengthening tours of duty. When the mandatory draft comes, it certainly won't be called a "draft." Look for something along the lines of "Patriotic Freedom Fighter Opportunity."

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Question of The Day

Is there any idea how long a last throe lasts?

Check out the whole exchange. Hilarious.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

I'm a Bad Blogger

I haven't been posting much lately, mainly because watching as our Democracy is dismantled and our country's moral standing demolished by our government (mainly the Republicans but the aquiesence of many of our Democratic elected officials is also quite disheartening) has left me too depressed for words. The other reason is that there are many more eloquent voices out there saying all the things I think, only better. One of them is The Poor Man, so if you read nothing else today, read this.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Truth and Deceit: the Media's choice

This quote is from Pat Tillman's mother....Pat Tillman is the former NFL player who was killed by our own forces, an event which was covered up by a military establishment that is exercising absolute control over the media. Read the whole editorial from Bob Herbert editorial in the New York Times.
"'The military let him down. The administration let him down. It was a sign of disrespect. The fact that he was the ultimate team player and he watched his own men kill him is absolutely heartbreaking and tragic. The fact that they lied about it afterward is disgusting.'"

Will the outing of Deep Throat give the media the balls to recover their sense of obligation to the American people and the truth? Or is it too late?

Real Impeachment

I don't know if ya'll saw this article by Ralph Nader and Kevin Zeese, but it's certainly worth a read.

"President Clinton was impeached for perjury about his sexual relationships. Comparing Clinton's misbehavior to a destructive and costly war occupation launched in March 2003 under false pretenses in violation of domestic and international law certainly merits introduction of an impeachment resolution."

Hell ya! It's about time someone said this! Full article here.