Hullabaloo: "Bush IS a phony--- he's a phony Texan, a phony businessman, a phony politician, a phony flyboy, a phony compassionate conservative, and a phony regular guy. He's actually a phony president. Nobody believes, deep down, that he's calling the shots."
I am SO glad the election is in full swing. The hounds are baying, friends. I wonder of George can hear them? I wonder if, after the Democratic convention, he will feel them slavering at his heels, the ghosts of those old poor judgements, those nagging little questions that wont, despite his best efforts, fade away.
"The U.S. is headed for Third World status unless we change government policies that are driving U.S. businesses offshore, destroying jobs and putting entrepreneurs out of business.
Where are the wonderful new jobs the globalists keep promising? Hundreds of thousands of skilled and experienced white collar and blue collar workers — engineers, computer programmers, toolmakers, accountants and technicians — are unemployed, or have been reduced to taking near-minimum-wage jobs. Political forces, not market forces, are driving these devastating changes. As we have noted above, it is perverse government policies that are responsible for making American companies uncompetitive, subsidizing our foreign competition, outsourcing jobs and flooding our job market with immigrants and “temporary” foreign workers. America has gone through economic downturns before and seen periods of high unemployment. But the economy has always rebounded and the jobs have returned as businesses have revved up production. However, that is not going to happen with the thousands of businesses and the millions of jobs we have been losing."
MY question is this: How you gonna stop it? Globalization is not just an obscure term that villains out there are "advocating". Its just a simple fact. Its here. Its doing what it does.
I wont go off on some kind of wacky tangent about the entire world order shifting and the massive misery it has been and will be causing. You get the drift already, I hope.
These are times that require thinking on your feet and keeping your eggs in several different baskets, friends. Our children's children will settle into a whole different scene than the one we have before us now. And there is nothing we can do about it.
This means that we will be gearing up for the real election dramas soon. It means we can seriously get to work on getting GWB out of the White House and back to....wherever the hell he came from.
Hmmmm...what do you think? Howard Dean and Hilary Clinton? Wouldnt that just curl their toes? HA! I can't wait.
Its really not that difficult. Look: we are up against a huge propaganda-spewing, well-moneyed, slicker-than-snot political machine. You know, the banners, the plastic turkey, the flight suit, website-scrubbing, simplistic, good vs evil, etc.
What is needed is not for Kerry to mortgage his property in order to limp along in a hopeless battle. The primaries havent even started and I can see what is brewing and who the top contenders will be. Dean and Clark, with sour and dour and might as well be a republican he appears on Faux news all the time Leiberman.
Oh goodness, the message needs to be simple, straightforward and hammered in relentlessly over the next year.
1) This administration is corrupt beyond all reckoning
2) The rest of the world isnt too keen on working with these buffoons anymore.
3) This administration is not really talking to the people, the everyday people, the common man.
4) We engaged in a needless and expensive military action that was justified and sold to us by exaggeration and falsehoods.
5) This administration is not acting in the best interests of the people of this country.
We need to counter with a positive message:
1) commit to creating a globally coordinated anti-terrorism intelligence network.
2) Abandon the Neoconservative philosophies and return to a more realistic and practical foreign policy, so that the average citizen stops feeling like the end is near for the world as we know it.
3) Restore economic confidence by balancing the budget and reducing the federal deficit, taking drastic steps to shore up Medicare, and crack down on drug companies, forcing them to sell medications at a reasonable cost. I dont think what we really want is a government-run national health care plan. We want reasonable drug prices, reasonable private insurance, and some measure of reassurance that we arent going to go bust from taking care of our elderly.
4) Communicate with Americans honestly and frequently.
5) throw off the grip of the religious right.
6) Revamp and organize Homeland security, streamlining it and making it a priority.
Please give give give. Give money if you can. Give time if you have it. Give it some attention. Give it some thought. Give Bush the boot. This election is THE single most important election of our lifetimes. It will determine the well-being of your kids, your grandkids, and the planet.
A few years ago I had a Holiday epiphany, and since then I have not gone out and spent a zillion dollars on presents again. And I wont.
I make my own gifts. I jumped off the commercial retail Christmas madness Bus. And it feels good. I have not set foot inside a mall. I have not fought battles with my frozen car door in subzero temps.
I make bath and body products, grab a few gift certificates, and hubbie and I agreed to donate to our favorite local charity in lieu of gifts for each other. Oh and I make ass-kicking cookies, too.
My tree is a baby pine tree with all-natural decorations and surrounded by candles.
On the solstice we party. On Christmas day, we eat. And we think about the return of hope to the world.
If I sound self-righteous its probly because I am. I am proud I jumped off that bus. It has brought back some beauty and contentment to this time of year. Nancy 11:44 PM
Monday, December 15, 2003
I wish I could feel jubilant about Saddam's capture.
But you see, that feeling is still there. That unsettled, unbalanced feeling. That disturbing sensation of nebulous fear.
If the capture of Saddam Hussein has caused you to re-think the merits of the Bush administration, if it has caused you to think maybe there is some worth to all this, then examine yourself. He is still pressuring you to dream his dreams.
I have my own dreams.
I have some hope, still. Right motives. Right Governance. A distant star called "Justice". Happy holidays, all.
"I’m mindful of the filter through which some news travels," Bush said, "and sometimes you just have to go over the heads of the filter and speak directly to the people. And that’s what we’ll continue to do."
Okay, calm down. (snicker).
Let's DO talk about filtering.
Let's talk about some news that seemed to get filtered right out of the mainstream, shall we?
And how's come this happened? I mean, we got all these upstanding folks in office, lying belly down, praying. WTF?
No, they didnt LIE, did they? But we dont dare come clean. Noooo.
While we are at it, check out this bit of glorious good news about dreams of full- price prescription drugs coming soon to an Iraqi citizen near you. I mean, why not? The medical system there is totally fine, now. In great shape, really. Hell, they could be just like us, after all. That would give drug companies something else to waste money on.
Hi Pakistan: "WASHINGTON: This has not been a good month for US President George W. Bush's robust, tough-minded foreign policy. The world has begun to push back."
Well, I see this and I still am not feeling it.
I am feeling the effects of GWB's PR campaign more than I am feeling a ton of opposition. The opposition has lost some steam, and the PR work he is doing is having some effect. Now is not the time to go on the defensive, about anything. At my work there was a letter taped up to the beauty shop door, a "form" letter to the beautician from the White House, thanking her for her support as they continue to "secure the homeland"......what a crock. Nancy 1:32 PM
I have been computerless for a while. Getting everything straightened out as we speak but wont be blogging much till then. Keep fighting the good fight. Nancy 12:33 PM
Thursday, September 04, 2003
I was just reading on Tom Paine.com about someone in Ft Worth complaining that this cat statue
is Pagan and therefore must be removed.
I just want to say, that this statue looks very much like this pic of my cat, Norma Jean:
And, that poor soul in Ft Worth need not worry. If there were real cat worship going on in that town, why you would see something like THIS:
Or perhaps THIS:
The basic formula for this is: Cat lazing around, sleeping: NOT PAGAN. Cat sitting up straight, holding something, maybe wearing an earring or has some hieroglyphs inscribed at its feet: PAGAN.
Now ths person may just be trying to prove a point, but its a whole nuther story to have the Ten Commandments, which were suppposedly a Divine revelation from God to Moses, sitting in the lobby of a courthouse. IF the Justices had decided to place a huge copy of the Negative Confessions in the lobby, now, then you'd have a problem. Nancy 9:02 AM
Are guided more by practical considerations than ideological vision
Believe US power is crucial to successful diplomacy - and vice versa
Don't want US policy options unduly limited by world opinion or ethical considerations
Believe strong alliances are important to US interests
Weigh the political costs of foreign action
Believe foreign intervention must be dictated by compelling national interest
Historical realist: President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Except now they are saying the death toll is more like 80.
I remember when I was taking a college course in the history of the Soviet Union, learning about the brutality of Joseph Stalin, and indeed the brutal tactics of all the preceding powers before communism took its spot on Russia's stage. One point that was made that I have not forgotten after all these years is that there were so many ethnic and social divisions within that country that the only way any one power could hang on was by being completely and utterly cruel, without conscience, totally dedicated to doing whatever it took to "unite" the country.
We all know that Saddam was a great admirer of Stalin, and fashioned many of his tactics after that infamous figure. This is possibly because 1) he felt a personal kinship with Stalin, and 2) He was faced with a very similar situation in Iraq as Stalin was in the Soviet Union he inherited.
The only problem is that forced unions seldom last. We can see this now with the splintering of the former USSR. I think this is another example of the lack of intimate understanding of the Iraqi nation on the part of the US and Britain. Its part of the impossible dream of the Neocons: War on the Cheap and then everything else will magically fall into place. NOT.
Even more worrisome is the nature of these latest bombings. This is no longer a tattered and disgruntled bunch of Saddam remnants and disaffected resentful nationalists. These are professional jobs done by experienced people. The help from outside is finally hitting paydirt. They are firmly entrenched now.
So, what do you do? It looks like the "civilized" world has not yet caught on to the facts of terrorism. TERRORISM CANNOT BE STOPPED by the means that have been pursued over this last half century. People will either have to stop thinking inside the box, or they will have to resort to practices just as brutal and just as destructive as those of the perpetrators. At this point the US appears incapable of choosing either option. Nancy 1:20 PM
This is an enhanced photo I got of a white dove that came to sit in a tree across the pond at my parents house. The bird never showed any fear, and I was able to get within four or five feet of him/her. As one well-known Native American author put it, "It is a sign for those who seek a sign"...and I am for sure seeking signs that someday soon, we will have a better America and a better world.
AS IF....he were totally immune to the mounting pressure, completely ignorant of the turning of the winds, Dubya was in St Louis recently giving one of his usual pathetically repetitive speeches to the American Legion. "`We've adopted a new strategy for a new kind of war,'' Mr. Bush said, to loud applause. ``We will not wait for known enemies to strike us again. We will strike them in their camps or caves or wherever they hide, before they hit more of our cities and kill more of our citizens.'' "
That's pretty strong talk coming from he who can't do anything right when it comes to a war or the post-war occupation.
Now he is about to ask for more money. Talk about yer bottomless pit.
Also released from nameless purgatory are a good many angry young Muslims who now are spurred on by the dream...."YES, you too can kill foreigners and go to Paradise!" The Age says Dubya is caught in a terror trap....well whoda thunk!
And other people are starting to talk about the pressure he is under. Thats good. May every casualty, every stupid and senseless death be another twist of the screw. May the suffering he has caused plague him beyond the grave. He certainly didnt learn his karmic lesson this go-round.
Domestically he isnt exactly winning friends either. VA cuts, Federal employee pay raises decreased, and knocking the feet out from under the Clean Air Act are real winners. Go George. Every person you piss off is another in my camp.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: AP - Washington, D.C.: "Albright: U.S. policies divide allies
By BARRY SCHWEID
AP DIPLOMATIC WRITER
WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright says President Bush's foreign policy has driven away moderate Arab leaders and created the potential for a dangerous rift with European allies." Nancy 8:24 PM
I need to talk about this "Ten Commandments" issue for just a minute.
Chief Justice Moore. This guy is a CHIEF JUSTICE. Just let that sink in a bit. Let it roll into your brain; say it over and over till the reality sinks in...."Chief Justice Moore, Chief Justice Moore"...thaaats it.
Chief Justice Moore SAID: "'This is an example of what is happening in this country: the acknowledgment of God as the moral foundation of law in this nation is being hidden from us.''
What in the hell is going on here?
"Moore, who installed the 5,300-pound granite monument in the rotunda of the judicial building two years ago in the middle of the night, said afterward that he did not consider the case over. He had said he still planned to appeal to the Supreme Court on the merits of the case."
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT!!!!!!
****stops and grabs her chest****
Now I have been knowing about this since the beginning. I figured it was pretty much an open-and-shut case. But NO..here comes another Christian extremist who thinks that GOD is the moral foundation of the law in America.
I dont think he realizes that he is a Justice whose duty it is to dispense rulings free of any and all constraints, those of his Christian God included. I dont think he ought to be in that position. If he is so worried about his God, then let him go preach. "Justice" started out as a goddess anyway. Nancy 8:13 PM
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - War-ravaged Afghanistan celebrated its Independence Day on Tuesday, just after guerrillas with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns killed at least nine policemen in an ambush that capped one of the country's bloodiest weeks of violence in a year.
There were also new assaults on aid workers. Two Afghans were wounded when gunmen fired on their vehicle in the north, and five others beaten with rifle butts when their compound was ransacked west of the capital, Kabul, humanitarian officials said.
CHRONOLOGY-Major attacks in Afghanistan since 2002
LONDON, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Taliban militants killed 10 policemen, including a police chief, in a province south of Kabul, the latest incident in a spate of violence that has killed more than 90 in the past week, officials said on Tuesday.
Here is a chronology of major attacks mounted by suspected Taliban guerrillas since 2002.
Feb 14, 2002 - Air Transport and Tourism Minister Abdul Rahman is beaten to death at Kabul airport in an assassination.
April 8, 2002 - Defence Minister Mohammad Fahim survives bomb assassination attempt in Jalalabad. Four people are killed.
July 6, 2002 - Abdul Qadir, one of three Afghan vice presidents, is shot dead in Kabul. Ten guards, appointed by Qadir's predecessor at the Public Works Ministry, are arrested.
Sept 5, 2002 - A car bomb explodes near Kabul's Information Ministry killing at least 26 and injuring 150 in the worst bombing since the Western-supported government came to power.
Sept 5, 2002 - President Karzai survives an assassination attempt in Kandahar.
Dec 21, 2002 - A U.S soldier dies of wounds after suspected al Qaeda militants fired on a patrol in eastern Afghanistan.
Jan 31, 2003 - At least 18 civilians are killed near Kandahar when a minibus hits a mine rigged to a mortar bomb.
March 29, 2003 - Two U.S. special forces are killed in an attack on their vehicle in the southern province of Helmand.
April 15, 2003 - Commander Shahi, a commander loyal to northern warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum, is killed in an ambush.
June 5, 2003 - Up to 40 Taliban guerrillas and seven Afghan government fighters are killed in what officials say is the group's bloodiest defeat since it was driven from power.
June 7, 2003 - A suicide car bomber blows up a bus full of German peacekeepers, killing four and wounding 31 in the east of Kabul. An Afghan civilian and the bomber were also killed.
July 18, 2003 - Eight Afghan government soldiers are killed in a suspected Taliban attack in southeastern Khost province.
July 27, 2003 - Six Afghan policemen are killed in an ambush by suspected Taliban and al Qaeda guerrillas in Helmand.
July 30, 2003 - Taliban gunmen kill Mawlavi Jenab, a member of the Ulema Shura, or clerics' council, outside a mosque in the southern province of Kandahar.
Aug 7, 2003 - Six Afghan soldiers and a driver for the U.S.-based aid agency Mercy Corps are killed in a raid by suspected Taliban guerrillas in Helmand.
Aug 13, 2003 - At least 25 people, most of them factional fighters, are killed in fighting between forces of a sacked provincial official and his successor in Uruzgan province.
- At least 15 die, including a woman and children, when a suspected Taliban bomb blows apart a bus in Helmand.
- Government forces say they killed 16 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters and lost five of their own in clashes in the southeast.
Aug 17 - About 200 Taliban fighters attack a district headquarters in Paktika province, southeastern Afghanistan, killing three government soldiers and capturing four, a day after militants kill six troops in the same area.
Aug 18 - Taliban militants kill 10 policemen, including a police chief, in a province south of Kabul.
By D'ARCY DORAN
.c The Associated Press
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - The devastating bombing of U.N. headquarters here Tuesday is the latest in a series of recent attacks that may be the work of foreign terrorists bent on wrecking efforts to rebuild the country, some experts say.
There are a variety of groups believed to be operating in Iraq, including supporters of the ousted dictator Saddam Hussein, and no one can know for certain who was involved in attacking the U.N. hotel.
But the nature and targets of the recent attacks, which hurt Iraqis and humanitarian workers, don't seem to fit with the ideology of nationalist Iraqi resistance groups who seem more focused on attacking U.S. forces.
U.S. boost to Moscow air show is snub to France
By Anatoly Vereshchagin
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The United States sent its top fighter planes to Russia Tuesday for the first time, handing a huge boost to Moscow's annual air show at the expense of the Paris Air show that Washington largely boycotted.
Saudi cabinet approves anti-money laundering law
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia, under pressure from the United States since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to clamp down on local support for militants, approved an anti-money laundering law Monday.
The official Saudi Press Agency said under the law approved by the cabinet, financial institutions must verify the identity of a person wishing to carry out a monetary or commercial transaction, and keep a record of transactions for 10 years.
Other Nations Say Blackouts Are Common
By PAUL ALEXANDER
.c The Associated Press
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - A blackout? What's the big deal?
That was the reaction from Southeast Asia to West Africa as people in developing countries wondered how something so common to them could bring a huge swath of the world's superpower to a grinding halt.
``Look at their response there in New York,'' popular radio commentator Joe Taruc wondered aloud in his Friday morning talk show in Manila. ``If it happened here, it would be nothing out of the ordinary.''
Hot weather, storms, rebel attacks, even giant schools of jellyfish have been known to send power grids crashing like dominoes in countries already struggling to keep up with rising electricity demand. But such periodic power outages have led people to find ways to cope.
In Liberia, once sub-Saharan Africa's richest nation, power has been out since 1992. Factional fighting under Charles Taylor destroyed the hydroelectric plant, and it hasn't been fixed.
Iraqis, who have been enduring 120-degree heat largely without electricity as U.S. administrators strugge to get power back to pre-war levels, saw the North American outage as a bit of poetic justice.
``I hope it lasts for 20 years. Let them feel our suffering,'' George Ruweid, 27, playing cards with friends on a Baghdad sidewalk, said of the U.S. blackout.
``Blackouts are a part of our daily life. I can't understand why there is such panic in America,'' said Unal Karatas, 44, a pretzel vendor in Ankara, Turkey.
Virtually every public building of any size in the Philippines has a back-up generator, and companies often have battery-powered units that can keep their computers going when the electricity is out.
So as soon as Manila goes black, the lights start flickering back on. Shopping malls may be forced to cut back air conditioning, but the frappucino blenders at Starbucks keep whirring.
In the shantytown slums, residents bring out lanterns and candles. Traffic - which often ignores red lights anyway when police aren't in sight - continues its honking, cluttered pace with the lights out completely.
One of the strangest outages was in December 1999, when more than half of the Philippines' power supply was knocked out after an estimated 50 tons of jellyfish suddenly swam into a generating plant's cooling system.
Blackouts are a way of life in India, occurring several times a day over most of the country, particularly in the summer, when electricity demands are high for water pumps and fans.
When the power is out for a few hours, people just wait it out, going out to sleep on the roof at night, or trying to find shade during the day. When it's out for several days in poor areas, people sometimes burn tires and blockade streets to call attention to their plight.
After toppled transmission towers caused a huge blackout in 1999, Taiwan moved to reinforce power supplies islandwide. It took other precautions following the Sept. 11 terror attacks, including equipping key government offices with generators. Nancy 11:43 PM
Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun!: "The American Bankruptcy Institute said Monday that personal bankruptcy filings totaled 1,613,097--an all-time high for any 12-month period. The figure was up 10 percent from the 1,466,105 cases filed in the 12-month period that ended June 30, 2002" Nancy 4:29 PM
Bush Campaign Reaching Out to Bloggers (washingtonpost.com): "President Bush's campaign will unveil a Web site today that allows proprietors of online journals -- Blogs or Web logs -- to 'get the latest campaign headlines and inside scoop posted instantly to your site through a live news feed from GeorgeWBush.com!' " Nancy 4:19 PM
Thats what it feels like. I go out at night while I am at work and stare at Mars, the red planet, gleaming in the sky. Even if it isnt an omen, it feels like one to me. Nervous, nervous.
"There is a fell voice in the air"
I want the good old days BACK. I want a government that cares about people, that cares about this earth we call home, that talks to the people openly, has fewer secrets, and is responsible to US.
I am really not that interested in details anymore. I know what this administration is about. I need to know what the American people are about now. I need to see EVERY democrat in opposition yelling loudly and going for the throats of these sunsabitches. Follow Gore's lead and just do it.
For all the opinions that Gov Dean is an "iffy" candidate at best, and in spite of all the murmuring criticisms of this doctor from Vermont, when I see him doing stuff like this, I find my face cracking into the secret smile of gloating happiness. It has to do with the constant frustration of watching Dubya's incompetent flopping, lying, and ineffective leadership while few Democrats seem able to come up with the malice to start nailing him to the wall, in a forum where it will be SEEN by the masses, not just by infomaniacs in the blogosphere.
This willingness to be the first to punch is the kind of activity that gives me hope. Gephardt? BORING, career politician, yah yah heard it before. Lieberman? Oh please. General Clark? Oh, if only. Dean?
HAHAHA....well there goes one! Poindexter to Leave Pentagon Research Job (washingtonpost.com): "The departure had been demanded by lawmakers outraged over the notion that the Pentagon should set up a system enabling people to profit from predictions of terrorist attacks and other events. Poindexter, who has not spoken publicly about the initiative since it sparked a political firestorm Monday, has headed the office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) responsible for developing the trading program. " Nancy 1:48 PM
"Trouble, oh Trouble let me be,
"Youve taken my heart away,
"Now won't you leave me in my misery"
I am feeling rather transparent and vulnerable tonight.
Just go visit the Agonist front page and you will see why.
Do you see the same split that there was in 2000 in the political spectrum? Its amazing. Despite all the incompetence, about 50% of the population thinks Dubya is just alright, oh yeah. Its terribly discouraging. I am in a black mood; I will shut up now.
"I believe marriage is between a man and a woman and I believe we ought to codify that one way or the other and we have lawyers looking at the best way to do that," the president said a wide-ranging news conference at the White House Rose Garden.
Bush also urged, however, that America remain a "welcoming country" -- not polarized on the issue of homosexuality.
"I am mindful that we're all sinners and I caution those who may try to take a speck out of the neighbor's eye when they got a log in their own," the president said. "I think it is important for our society to respect each individual, to welcome those with good hearts."
I just cant even begin to rip apart the implications of each thought he has expressed here. I just can't. We HAVE to get rid of this man.
OH...and here is a picture of a cute little bit of work my daughter did recently. I think I am raising her right.
"And now, to add insult to injury, while they are budgeting more than $4 billion per month on security for Iraq, they are cutting back on air marshals for domestic flights even as they simultaneously send out a memo to all airlines warning of a possible new al-Qaida plan to hijack jets for additional suicide missions. "
Here we go again with the old "switcheroo"....how many Americans think that one of Saddam's best bodyguards was captured in Tikrit today? I bet they wont see the second article I posted, below.
Via AP comes this: "TIKRIT, Iraq (July 29) - American soldiers overpowered and arrested a bodyguard who rarely left Saddam Hussein's side Tuesday and said they obtained documents and information that could help them close in on the former dictator."
However, some sources are backing away from this claim today....so which is correct?
"US soldiers captured four loyalists of Saddam Hussein's Baath party in a pre-dawn raid in Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, north of Baghdad.
A military spokesman in the capital backed down from a claim that one of the men was a bodyguard for Saddam, but said the quartet were all under investigation to assess their connections to the fugitive strongman. "
The House That Roared (washingtonpost.com): "It started with the mind-numbing reading of a 200-page pension overhaul bill, erupted into a remarkably bitter name-calling match between House Republicans and Democrats, and ended with a GOP lawmaker summoning Capitol Police to evict an outraged gaggle of Democratic colleagues from a congressional library." Nancy 3:18 PM
Well, Instapundit seems to be paying a little inordinate attention to the WMD matter....even though he says the administration is paying too much attention to it. As I scroll down the page, I see a familiar litany of illogical arguments and attacks, some subtle and some not, upon the people who have finally decided to talk about this issue. InstaPundit.Com Nancy 1:50 AM