Friday, July 29, 2005

I sometimes wonder where the rest of the tim mcvieghs are...the militia who have lost a number of their own in a war not of their choosing. I'm sure they'd Rather be fighting here.

there has to still be plenty of "remember waco" in members of the "oklahoma city fireworks club", itching to do their version of the right thing.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

These are profound thoughts that really capture the state of our union.

I am glad I do not travel overseas as a matter of course. Not that I fear for my safety, but rather because I am ashamed of what we have become.

We have become the big bully that does not care.

We do not care what the world community thinks of us; how we run our businesses; how we care for our citizens.

In short, we have become a nation of "by any means necessary" in a "might makes right" environment.


Such a philosophy is short-sighted and oppressive. Running a country as a corporation led by robberbaron leaders serves to do nothing other than further isolate us on the world stage.

I predict, if things continue as they are, attacks will come from the inside as well as the outside. Those oppressed will rise...they have before.

Let's take an example. The recently passed federal energy legislation is stacked and packed with tax cuts and benefits to giant oil conglomerates.
Our benefit?
Rising gas prices.
Any connection to El-presidente?

My hope is that the masses will finally awaken and tire of being railroaded and played for idiots. This profit-margin-driven government is wrapped in an American flag , equated with all that is gawdly, and sold to the public as patriotism. To doubt Bush is to piss on the graves of all who have sacrificed.

Too many people are buying this p.r. campaign for my comfort.
an optimistic friend sent me this...beyond is my response...

I agree that Doctorow's essay was very well written. But you know, I still have faith in this country. It has endured for a long time, in spite of some bad presidents and misguided policies. I do not give Bush or any administration credit for singlehandedly being able to ruin America. Leaders change, policies change, laws change, attitudes change. Nothing is forever -- not even Bush.

(response) being able to celebrate his departure makes the next election worth looking forward to regardless of the outcome. and the worse things get, the more likely the dems will get a shot at trying to undo a little of the mess left in bush's wake.

that's the most optimistic spin I can put on all this.

the rest includes wondering just how hard it will be to go back once so much power has been given to corporations. if you dont believe decision makers of major companies arent running the show, you really Arent paying attention to the edicts coming out of the oval office, each one screwing the public in favor of bottom lines, each one driving us toward walmartlandia,

each one taking us closer to no national parks, no pesky trees, no air or water standards, little or no federal support for culture, infrastructure, education and all such local community needs.

meanwhile, profits rise without regard for wages or employee rights, which are stripped away with no legal recourse...we're right back to the kinds of abuses that led our founding fathers to cry, "no taxation without representation" and the kinds of injustices that led people to flee here in the first place.

all bush wants to spend money on is his various not so little wars and, you may have heard, his aids funding in africa. you may have not heard that the funding is contingent on their health professionals advising Nothing but celibacy only Aids prevention. they cannot even mention condoms.

how would you like to live in a country where christianity is christened the "official" religion with all kinds of "faith based" perks? they are working on it already. in the face of the burgeoning hispanic population, we're bound to see more outrageous "english as the official language" legislation and random mass deportations in the name of national security.

I'm not as paranoid as I sound...we are simply repeating a number of mistakes history has taught us to be afraid of.

very afraid.

speaking of walmartlandia...

until there is true election funding reform...until the candidates are no longer in debt to their mega billionaire patrons, there will be more pollution, less protection for workers and consumers, no legislative progress on vital issues like health care, more assaults on freedoms via the patriot act and an ever growing abyss between the very richest and the rest of us out here.

when it gets bad enough, the lower classes will erupt in fury and unavoidable chaos. it's happened more than a few times in our relatively brief history. and since the great national revolutions of the 18th and 19th centuries, it doesnt take much for the bombs and bullets to start flying. and all so unnecessary.

when corrupted power brokers believe if they get out fast enough with enough money they wont be around when all the bloody heads start to roll they're capable of anything.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

"He cannot mourn but is a figure of such moral vacancy as to make us mourn for ourselves."

I just read the essay I posted word for word for the first time and mr doctorow nails the feeling I've had with every major move bush has made the last 4 years. I grew up with an america that I believed in and respected. an america built out of the first half of the 20th that was mostly helpful and sensitive, went to war only when it had to and did so reluctantly, it valued human life and abhorred human suffering across the board. it was always striving to be better and make life better for it's citizens. at least that was the ideal. america the bountiful and generous with it's blessings.

with every word and action, bush slashed away at that america.

he made us america the vengeful and america the arrogant. rather than help other nations, he has forced them at gunpoint to be what we tell them to be or suffer the threats of super power. he, frankly, killed the america I knew.

and so the stress I have felt since that first election and especially after 911 is not fear. I dont fear terrorists any more than I fear an airliner falling on My house or some other calamity I have no control over. if I'm the victim of a terrorist attack, there's nothing I can do about it. still, I feel a constant uncertainty and lack usual optimism. I feel drained.

and now I know what this is. I mourn for america, the hope and freedom it longed represented. I mourn america the beautiful. I mourn the loss of knowing we'll always strive to do the right thing instead of whatever makes us the sole winner to the detriment of all the other losers at the table.

bush has killed our country and replaced it with a land of greed and a hole where our heart was. we are left with a profound pit in our souls and the ceaseless shame for what we've become.
An essay by E. L Doctorow

(Edgar Lawrence Doctorow occupies a central position in the history of American literature. He is generally considered to be among the most talented, ambitious, and admired novelists of the second half of the twentieth century. Doctorow has received the National Book Award, two National Book Critics Circle Awards, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Edith Wharton Citation for Fiction, the William Dean Howell Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the residentially conferred National Humanities Medal.

Doctorow was born in New York City on January 6, 1931. After graduating with honors from Kenyon College in 1952, he did graduate work at Columbia University and served in the U.S. Army. Doctorow was senior editor for New American Library from 1959 to 1964 and then served as editor in chief at Dial Press until 1969. Since then, he has devoted his time to writing and teaching. He holds the Glucksman Chair in American Letters at New York University and over the years has taught at several institutions, including Yale University Drama School, Princeton University, Sarah Lawrence College, and the University of California, Irvine.


I fault this president (George W. Bush) for not knowing what death is. He does not suffer the death of our twenty-one year olds who wanted to be what they could be.

On the eve of D-day in 1944 General Eisenhower prayed to God for the lives of the young soldiers he knew were going to die. He knew what death was. Even in a justifiable war, a war not of choice but of necessity, a war of survival, the cost was almost more than Eisenhower could bear.

But this president does not know what death is. He hasn't the mind for it. You see him joking with the press, peering under the table for the WMDs he can't seem to find, you see him at rallies strutting up to the stage in shirt sleeves to the roar of the carefully screened crowd, smiling and waving, triumphal, a he-man. He does not mourn. He doesn't understand why he should mourn. He is satisfied during the course of a speech written for him to look solemn for a moment and speak of the brave young Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

But you study him, you look into his eyes and know he dissembles an emotion which he does not feel in the depths of his being because he has no capacity for it. He does not feel a personal responsibility for the thousand dead young men and women who wanted to be what they could be.

They come to his desk not as youngsters with mothers and fathers or wives and children who will suffer to the end of their days a terribly torn fabric of familial relationships and the inconsolable remembrance of aborted life. They come to his desk as a political liability, which is why the press is not permitted to photograph the arrival of their coffins from Iraq.

How then can he mourn? To mourn is to express regret and he regrets nothing. He does not regret that his reason for going to war was, as he knew, unsubstantiated by the facts. He does not regret that his bungled plan for the war's aftermath has made of his mission-accomplished a disaster. He does not regret that rather than controlling terrorism his war in Iraq has licensed it.

So he never mourns for the dead and crippled youngsters who have fought this war of his choice. He wanted to go to war and he did. He had not the mind to perceive the costs of war, or to listen to those who knew those costs. He did not understand that you do not go to war when it is one of the options, but when it is the only option; you go not because you want to but because you have to.

This president knew it would be difficult for Americans not to cheer the overthrow of a foreign dictator. He knew that much. This president and his supporters would seem to have a mind for only one thing --- to take power, to remain in power, and to use that power for the sake of themselves and their friends. A war will do that as well as anything. You become a wartime leader. The country gets behind you. Dissent becomes inappropriate. And so he does not drop to his knees, he is not contrite, he does not sit in the church with the grieving parents and wives
and children.

He is the President who does not feel. He does not feel for the families of the dead; he does not feel for the thirty five million of us who live in poverty; he does not feel for the forty percent who cannot afford health
insurance; he does not feel for the miners whose lungs are turning black or for the working people he has deprived of the chance to work overtime at time-and-a-half to pay their bills --- it is amazing for how many people in this country this President does not feel.

But he will dissemble feeling. He will say in all sincerity he is relieving the wealthiest one percent of the population of their tax burden for the sake of the rest of us, and that he is polluting the air we breathe for the sake of our economy, and that he is decreasing the safety regulations for coal mines to save the coal miners' jobs, and that he is depriving workers of their time-and-a- half benefits for overtime because this is actually a way to honor them by raising them into the professional class.

And this litany of lies he will versify with reverences for God and the flag and democracy, when just what he and his party are doing to our democracy is choking the life out of it.

But there is one more terribly sad thing about all of this. I remember the millions of people here and around the world who marched against the war. It was extraordinary, that spontaneously aroused oversoul of alarm and protest that transcended national borders. Why did it happen? After all, this was not the only war anyone had ever seen coming. There are little wars all over the world most of the time.

But the cry of protest was the appalled understanding of millions of people that America was ceding its role as the last best hope of mankind. It was their perception that the classic archetype of democracy was morphing into a rogue nation. The greatest democratic republic in history was turning its back on the future, using its extraordinary power and standing not to advance the ideal of a concordance of civilizations but to endorse the kind of tribal combat that originated with the Neanderthals, a people, now extinct, who could imagine ensuring their survival by no other means than pre-emptive war.

The president we get is the country we get. With each president the nation is conformed spiritually. He is the artificer of our malleable national soul. He proposes not only the laws but the kinds of lawlessness that govern our lives and invoke our responses. The people he appoints are cast in his image. The trouble they get into and get us into, is his characteristic trouble.

Finally the media amplify his character into our moral weather report. He becomes the face of our sky, the conditions that prevail: How can we sustain ourselves as the United States of America given the stupid and ineffective warmaking, the constitutionally insensitive lawgiving, and the monarchal economics of this president? He cannot mourn but is a figure of such moral vacancy as to make us mourn for ourselves.

E. L. Doctorow

Sunday, July 24, 2005

here's another, for lack of a better descriptor, false prophet...

this dr. stanley dude is the one who advocates ridding america of liberals. he says things like, "one day God will bless America with a mighty earthquake pushing that god forsaken sesspool of L.A. into the sea."

now There's a Christian for ya.

I cant find anything specifically taking stanley to task, but it may be in here somewhere, a blog that dares to talk about the horrors of american christianity...

let's close with a song......

well, ya better not doubt, ya better not lie,
better not covet, I'm telling you why...
jesus christ is coming to town.

he's checkin his list, checkin it twice
he knows who's been naughty or nice,
jesus christ is coming to town.

he sees when youre kneeling
he's God, for Christ's sake...
he knows when youve been bad or good,
he can make you shake and bake.

so, ya better not doubt or you'll sure fry,
better not worship any false idols or any
other gods before Me, including Mary or
the Pope or El Sol or any of those duds,
I'm telling you why...jesus christ is coming...
soon. so if ya wanna get in...send...your
paycheck to the address on your screen
and I'd do it now if you know what I mean
cause DeeJay JaYzee C is comin to town.
Holy Shit....
Unprejudiced my ass.
Fundamentalist, organized religions are engaged in a sweet, seductive recruitment drive aimed at those who equate religiopatriotism with the one and only "way" of America.
This is dangerous, folks, and will continue to be played out in elections around the country.
The tactics are quite Rove-esqe. Deluge the pews with hyper-mom-and-apple pie so as to make any other viewpoint seem Communist.
Let them ACLU-ers take control and the cities will be runnin wild with sin, crime, and alcoholic beverages.
Make mine a margarita
I'll expand soon; first I must vomit.

the professional staff working on an amazingly unbiased look at our christian founders. look at these guys credentials. oh, yeah...completely unprejudiced in their scholarly views.
more christian tv revelations...a special message after the sermon this sunday morning...the lies of the ACLU and how they are plotting to destroy our christian nation. Dr. James Kennedy, who seems to think himself a thrilling orator, talking about the great british commonwealth and how they lost it cause they've lost their love of the lord.

the sanctuary is strewn with american flag banners. the rhetoric is full of love for those who defend our peace (by killing anyone who's not one of ours).

now we're getting the story of a church vet, tortured tortured tortured in the hanoi hilton, who returned to america after 8 years only to find his country had turned to satan, changed into sodom and gamoro. this guy's allegiance to creationism dismisses anyone who is offended by those who rightly call america a christian nation. he advises the next time someone touts the bogus theory of the separation of church and state, tell them there is no such thing because jesus is lord of america (congregational applause).

"as surely as God shows us the way, we will follow him without blinking, lest we become like the british empire and lose our annointed role in the world." get this..." should strike America from your title." "Schools cannot teach our children to be good citizens without teaching them to be God Fearing Believers." "Why should we care about the Koran when teachers daily trash the Bible in their classrooms across our nation."

really? when do they do that? in science classes where they dare to leave out creationism as they dissect mice and frogs? in english classes where books like "catcher in the rye" are banned? oh, wait, here goes dr. kennedy talking about the ACLU depriving us of all that is good in america...that the ACLU has declared war on crosses on our veterans' graves and wants the government to remove them. really?

jesus christ.

Friday, July 22, 2005

very difficult watching. I've just turned on NOW where scientists' evaluations of the conflicts between bush policies and our stewardship of public lands are being ignored. worse, government employees with decades of experience are filing reports re: the environmental impact of bush directives. in final papers on the various subjects, anything negative in the reports is changed 180*. if something is thought injurious to the parks, the final reading says it's beneficial.

for example: ranchers are now allowed to let their herds graze on public lands because it's been found "beneficial" to the park. fuck. so, I'm in yellowstone hoping to see dear, bears and buffaloe and instead there're hundreds cows hangin out, clearing the native grasses and running off the usual inhabitants.

of course, a lot of the editing of these bogus reports is being done by political appointees, many of whom are former lobbyists for the oil industry and others who have a vested interest in suppressing information that contradicts administrative religious doctrine.

it's all about "what's good for business is good for america". as far as I'm concerned, it's more criminal crap from his holiness, our blemishless leader, and his hellish minions.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

caller talking about making sure bush's supreme court nominees are appropriate from the viewpoint of not legislating from the bench and to ensure new judges get back to the intent of the founding fathers.

his advice? make sure you dont pick women and hispanics cause, as we all know, the founding fathers were all white men so only white males can know what our great american progenitors had in mind.

thankfully, the host called it one of the dumbest comments ever. best buhlieve there are plenty who genuinely feel that way. they all have big 51s tattooed on their foreheads.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

I havent looked into Heir Roberts but I heard a right wing schlump on the radio saying he thought bush had "hit one outta the park!" that's all I needed to know it was typical bush...saying he wanted to serve the american people, meaning he acted strictly along the lines of the 51ers...taking us further down the coat hanger, hang dog, lynching freedom road.

as far as having a republican girl friend, I dont know. I think I might prefer not constantly bickering over socio-political issues. right now I have, "I dont agree but I dont really know anything about it" and that's the end of it.

it's somewhat distressing for her, from her perspective. still, I learned a long time ago not to stress out over other's peoples' problems as if they were my own. and, who knows? maybe I can talk her into changing her actions on election day.

maybe my propaganda will trump her know-nothing programming. with any luck I'll turn my little republican lemming into a democratic lemming.

not that I'll devote that much time to it. not for another year and change when we get our next chance to throw a few bums out. that is if we havent lost the right to vote.

when suppression reigns, can anything be a surprise?

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Interesting times, indeed.

When I was with Meg, she was very quiet during my anti-bushy rants. I could never determine whether the silence was due to direct disagreement with me or a total lack of knowledge and/or interest in the subject. Really, I'd rather someone disagree with me yet be informed about the topic than be totally disinterested or, as you say, blind. At least there, we have a place to start

We are all no doubt brainwashed for those 17 plus or minus years we live under the parental roof. But these are desperate times and require us to see a duck as a duck. Have you checked out King George II's nominee for the federal workbench? How they can say he won't be a judicial activist is beyond me.

Let us go forth, educate, and convert...covertly. All we got to lose is the future.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

well, this threatens to become awkward.

after many years of being totally in sync with my girl friend politically, the new girlfriend has revealed herself to be far more right than I am. I'm not exactly centrist. I'd say she's about as far right as i am left of center.

the only saving grace is politics doesnt mean nearly as much to her as the desire for the relationship. which is cool as far as it goes. it doesnt bother me as much as I thought it would. still...I have to wonder...

the way I see it she was brainwashed in the same way I a young person affected dramatically by parental attitudes. what makes sense to each of us makes no sense to the other. neither one of us is necessarily at fault or responsible for our political perspectives.

however, we're certainly responsible for spreading our beliefs and ethical standards, whichever they may blow.

I've never been with someone so different politically. you can bet I'll be trying to correct, corrupt and convert her to our team. she's very smart and may well see the light.

the fact that she IS so intelligent and yet part of the 51ers shows me they're not so blind as they are unenlightened. that they are asleep to our logic.

now let's see how pliable they I mean she is.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

I say roast em.

roast all bushy pigs with their piggy wives...
clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon.

roast em all. wherever they may rove.

with a grail of rumsfeld and a side of rice.

let us engeorge ourselves with a plump bursting dick on the half-texaco shell.

afterwards, take what's left of em down to the river, tie em to big rocks and see who floats.

that's a reality show I'd gladly sit through.

Monday, July 11, 2005

And now it gets interesting.
The fat bureaupig, Rovemeister, is outted as outting Wilson's wife.
And to think of all the airplay Bush and Co. used up months ago denying that such a thing would ever happen in this administration.
How they gonna handle this shit?
There was stonewallin a-plenty today at the White Horse pressed conference and McClelland sounded highly off-putted by the whole thing.
To paraphrase Bushy, anyone caught bein leaky will be "dealt with".
So...lets deal with that fat, lyin, fuck-your-wife-then-lie-about-it, immoral, unethical, posterbastard for terminal Republicanism.
It's your move, George.
We're all watchin.

Friday, July 08, 2005

if bush might be involved in 911, could he also have been one of the hands behind the terrorist attack on london? he's at the UK summit discussing global warming and african relief, neither issue he Genuinely cares about and here's a chance to stump for terrorism, to once again put his Ace on the table. and he plays it while blocking any substantive green house gas proposals.

his he lucky or lethally wiley?
if you get caught in texas, watch your ass go bye.

I was curious about gov bush record on the death penalty. was it as bad as advertised?

well, texas has had an annual average of 12 check outs from death row since 1976, when capital punishment came back after a decade's absence on the american "correctional" scene. during the bush years however the average shot up to over 20, climaxing with 37 his last year in office. his low ball was 17 his first year in office.

was death row too small for G.W.? did he have to find some place he could kill by the thousands? some quickly with missiles and tanks, some slowly like the american sick and poor?

he's a murderous artist with a variety of methods and morbid satisfactions.
is it not stupid to always think linearly in this terrorist cat and mouse game we have going here?

does it really make sense to respond so obviously? 911 happens so hey, with a condi shout of "who'd a thunk they'd use planes as missiles?" we pour billions into airline safety leaving everything else to make do with a few million.

then, this really gets me...somebody bombs a few subways and a bus over there and the call goes out. "hey, everybody, looks like theyre hitting mass transit. dont worry about anything's just the busses and trains."

2 guys sit down in a restaurant and order mashed potatoes so the manager goes back to the kitchen and yells, "throw out all the other veggies...theyre only eatting the spuds today."

is this not a good example of uncreative thinking at the top of our level orange american shit heap?