Thursday, November 30, 2006

Abundant Zealotry

Other than the Neo-cons, the biggest troublemaker in the world today is Religious Zealots.

Too many zealots spoil the world as can be plainly seen anywhere you are willing to look.
What can be seen as a benevolent and assuring God is now armed to the teeth and more than willing to eliminate all seen as enemies. The Muslims, Jews, Christians, and others have turned away from the principles of peace and brotherly love to a more aggressive outright attack on those that would believe differently. Substitute guns and ammo for peace, brutality for brotherly love.

Most religions today have there teachings intended to produce a favorable result to believers.
By study and diligence of a particular religion you are guaranteed a place in "the afterlife", abundant in everything not found in this life. This would supposedly be a place of peace and tranquility, and in some cases many blessed virgins with which to cavort and carry on, some say Heaven, where all is at peace and all needs are met without effort, we would not need food or drink.

Well I'm here to tell the so-called religions, you can have a lot of these things right here on the face of the earth, today, right now. First put away your AK47's, Uzis, M16's, cluster bombs, white phosphorous, conventional bombs, suicide bombers, and atomic weapons, long enough to look each other in the eyes and realize; we all want the same thing for ourselves and our children. We all want to live long prosperous lives with our families.

Instead religion has taken up arms against other religions believed to be inferior to their own.
Jews against Muslims and Christians against Protestants. They do not accomplish anything other than destruction of each other. It DOES NOT ELIMINATE the other religion, just the followers.
They all have to get used to the fact that religion aside they are all HUMAN BEINGS, not religious entities. None has more rights than the other, none have an inherited right to kill the other. Teaching such imperils us all.

So maybe this is a human condition and a condition of humanity, but until religion is put back into the place it should be, the churches, synagogues, temples, and shrines, the world will never see peace.

Bringing religious zealotry to the streets in the form of violence, brings us all down the evolutionary ladder many steps and forever condemns us to lives filled with sorrow.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Got Brains?

Apparently these two do not. This pic was taken shortly after Dorothy abandoned them in OZ, favoring instead a return to Kansas and all the excitement that entails. They are obviously distressed at her absence.

Would we feel the same way if they went back to OZ? Nope! I don't think so.

Fact of the matter is these idiots would not be missed at all! Please go back, click your rubber slippers together and repeat after me; I want to go back to OZ, I want to go back to OZ!

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain! Go back to OZ!

I have set my comments to accept any because it has been causing issues posting them as registered users. Nony-mousers accepted but will be given the jackboot kick to the curb if they act like fools.
Blogspot does not have a lot of available options, but what can you expect from a FREE blog.

C'mon in and set a spell, coffee is over in the corner and day old pastries on the side, make yourself at home!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Ho, Ho, Holidays

Well today seems like a better day. After a totally relaxing weekend I was not ready to face the corporate demons at DFS. Matter of fact I was not ready to face anything that would interrupt the peaceful bliss of the holiday season.

Sometimes the balance just has a way of catching up with you. I knew the bliss would not remain but I stubbornly refused to let go to the illusion. Now time to move forward into the "Taint" of the holiday season. Taint T-day and taint Christmas yet.

Which brings me to the subject of Christmas and the Stock Market.

Yesterday the Dow dropped 158 points yesterday. Seems Wally Mart had poor sales after T-day on Black Friday and caused concerns on Wall Street. I am no expert on the Stock Market, in fact I am financially disadvantaged, but Wally Mart? How can the number one importer of China goods cause a runaway freefall in stocks? Why is Wally Mart the indicator of holiday spending? What happened to everyone else?

Well actually the Dow tanked because of the weakened dollar overseas. It take almost two dollars to buy one British pound, and a dollar thirty to buy one Euro. So from this I assume Chinese goods will cost Wally Mart and others more money to purchase and the famous "Price Rollback" is not happening. The playing field has leveled out. Durable goods purchases are down also.

I fully expect the cost of producing stuff in China will increase, adding to that is the rise of labor unions which are fully supported by the Chinese government. Our almighty dollar is going the way of the Dodo bird folks, if the Chinese were to call in the debt right now, they would OWN America. The Corporatistas have engorged themselves with profits by being able to go to places for cheap labor, like China, for years, now we must pay the price.

It always falls to us the consumers to pay for corporate profiteering, but we buy right into it don't we? We must buy stuff, lots and lots of stuff, buy more than lots of stuff, buy containerloads of stuff, from China. Like the spoiled children we are we wallow in our stuff, we rent storage facilities to contain our excess stuff, we fight the hordes and masses for our stuff.

No wonder the rest of the world thinks we are spoiled, we are! Spoiled by the Corporatistas waving stuff under our noses in an effort to get us to bite the hook of consumerism. Well we can choose to bite or not. Using credit cards with impunity we head off to Wally Mart and others to support the Corporatistas and all they do to keep us full of.......stuff. Stuff that due to cheap construction will end up in a landfill before next Christmas rears its head once again.

I oppose pending needlessly if you already have enough stuff. Instead of making your holidays a stuff filled extravaganza, consider filling the stockings of those unable to afford the most basic of necessities, food and shelter. Donate to local food banks, give to others unable to make it alone in this consumer based society.

Somtimee in the near future you might be joining the ranks of the poor. Would you want to be ignored?

Monday, November 27, 2006

Non-Support

The advent of the computer age has brought with it many benefits as well as pitfalls.

The latest in pitfalls for me is Dell Financial services. As with many corporate entities, Dell has it's share of bullshit loops one has to go through to get help, to actually talk to a real live person today will definitely take some sleuthing techniques.

My experience this morning was like many others trying to pry their way into the nether world of technical support. I was attempting to pay off my newest computer acquisition through Dell Financial, when confronted with the brick wall of automated answering systems, press 1 for this, press 2 for that, and with every number pressed, nothing but an automated voice telling me everything I never needed to know about my Dell account, not including how to pay it off.

Dell Financial is a TOTALLY SCREWED UP ABYSS OF IMPERTINENCE!!!! After finally reaching a live body through Bringo, I was told the only way I could pay the balance off was to provide my banks checking account and routing number, without these I was dead in the water.
NO CREDIT CARDS ALLOWED!!!! Which in this era of instant credit approval is ludicrous and invasive into a persons privacy requiring information that would allow access by Dell Financial to my checking account.

That is the ONLY way to pay, period, end of story, forfeit your information or go away. If I did not care about my credit I would tell those information sucking parasites where to put it! And stiff them for the entire amount. I explained to the customer service rep. that I would tell everyone I new what I thought of their payment options, so here it is for the whole world to see.

DELL FINANCIAL SERVICE HAS NO SERVICE, THEY WILL NOT ACCEPT CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS BECAUSE THEY WANT YOUR BANK INFORMATION FOR WHO-KNOWS-WHAT REASON, AVOID THEM AT ALL COSTS, DO NOT APPLY FOR A DELL CARD!!!!!

If it only helps one person, I have done my job.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Beauty In Nature


Porlier Pass
Roy Henry Vickers


Anyone interested in Roy's' work should visit his site and peruse his fine work.

Natural beauty is everywhere on our planet, if we only choose to see it.

I remember a time when artistry was revered by most. Now with the advent of internet travel it has again a chance to come back into the lives of our young kids to once again approach the prominence it once had.

Seems today a lot revolves around action activities such as video games, DVD watching, and sports. Art gets third place billing on the walk of life today. Why do you suppose that is? Could the action value and the lack thereof be the cause? Or could it just be less and less people are interested in art. I do not know the answer exactly but it has something to do with the attention span of most folks. We are used to quick clicks of TV and games instead of peaceful serenity brought to us by artistic expression., our lives have become so busy to the point of all encompassing without room for simple admiration of a particular photograph, painting or sculpture.

A renaissance is needed to bring art and artists back into the mainstream of daily life.
So much catastrophic warfare and political strife has taken us away from what is really important in artistic expression. Reflection and the admiration of a particular piece of art causes an inner transformation, bringing about an inner calm to our soul that cannot be found otherwise. Certainly a welcome relief from our daily struggles.

Visit a gallery, surf the net. Art is in abundance with many artists begging for your attention.
If you have always wanted to try artistic expression, sign up for an adult education Art class, see if you can create something new that expresses what is inside you.

Use art for what is meant for, to see into your own soul, and discover what is really important.


















Friday, November 24, 2006

Black Friday Blues


Well for all you turkey day survivors we have one more gauntlet to run, Black Friday.

Consumers awake! This is YOUR time. Time to pack up the minivans and SUV's and head to the Malls and Shopping near you. This day has been set aside for you to save as much money as possible while spending it.

How is you say spending and saving money at the same time?
Well shopper logic dictates that if you spend $1000 to purchase $2000 worth of merchandise you are saving money. Never mind the fact that you are $1000 poorer than you would have been had you stayed home and ate leftover turkey instead. Only in America can we save money spending it.

Black Friday is the standard that retailers depend on to tell them if the Holiday Shopping Season will be a boon or a bust. It tells the retailers our willingness to spend to keep the long standing traditions of consumerism alive and the retailers themselves in business.

It could be thought of as the gun being fired and the consumers leaving the gate. Round the first corner it is Money Ho, followed by Spendin Glenda, and close third it is Poor Filly, as they round the corner Spendin Glenda attempts to pull around Money Ho, and she does it! Spendin Glenda takes the lead in the backstretch. But wait look coming from behind the pack, it's Retail Randy, he's coming up quick on the inside, but wait! Poor Filly is moving up! Poor Filly has taken the lead with Retail Randy close second, they come around to the last stretch headed for the finish line, they're neck and neck, at the finish it's Retail Randy by a nose! With Poor Filly second, Spendin Glenda third, and Money Ho fourth.

So it begins, consumerism is alive and well today. Credit Cards in hand they venture out out , abandoning the T-day leftovers, much like Pavlov's dog, the ringing of the, "Everything 50% off before 7AM" bell going off, commands us to do our consumerly duty and go out, hunt down the best prices and buy stuff!

Calls of "I saw it first", trampling to get the best deals before anyone else, and the honking of horns while fighting for a parking space, ring out across the land on this, the holiest of all consumerism's days, Black Friday.

While those of us with a bit more common sense, spend our day contained in our houses and yards or at work look on at the madness unfolding before our eyes. China stands to be the real winner in the game of retail warfare, a silent partner in the game, responsible for producing the cheap stuff that is being fought over by millions of diligent consumers today.

China, they are the winners, we are the losers. We just think we are getting a good deal.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving To All!

Holy Cow! Thanksgiving is less than 24 hours away!

We will gather together to feast on, turkey, taters, dressing and more. Football games and family chatter will soon follow, along with frequent belching and gaseous expulsions.
The engorgement will continue unabated, frequent ramblings by Uncle Joe, along with that annoying cousin Bob who cannot stop coughing without covering his mouth. Aunt Martha reminds us for the fourteenth time of her recent bowel resection in graphic detail. Cousin Marty brought his girlfriend and they have not stopped pawing each other since the entered the house.
Little Tommy likes to sock his little sister resulting in her running screaming to her mommy about once an hour. The dog jumped up on the table before everone else and robbed the turkey of one leg before anyone could stop him. And there is the cat, evil feline intent on continuing torturing the dog by sitting nearby and staring with that evil look. The doorbell rings and it's the police, they have recieved reports of gunfire in the neighborhood, turns out Uncle Bob was in the back yard trying to shoot squirrels with his 357 Magnum, in between coughing jags I think.

AHHH yes Thanksgiving with the family, a fine tradition.

Maybe this year I'll go to Denny's!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Dare to Be Different

What is so bad about being different? Other than the fact you risk being abandoned by your peers, nothing.

Throughout my life and many others lives as well being different has been an uphill struggle.
While others go to extremes to "belong", dressing the same, acting the same, in general being a part of the mass of humanity I refer to as the Sheep, I prefer the non-sheep approach.

Having over 40 years in the rebel business has taught me not to fall into the trap of needing group acceptance to qualify my existence. I do not need any ones approval to proceed through my life.

Quite the opposite can be said for the other 95% of the population. There from grade school on through High School, there are people who as a life goal, must be accepted by the group or they are tragically and forever scarred by the rejection.

An incredibly large amount of people long for acceptance by peers, but is that helpful for the advancement of us humans as a species? Being part of group thinkers has established rules and accepted terms to be applied to anything they do. They are like a flock of birds that all turn at the same time in flight, never varying, always together, flowing like an avian river in the sky.

The same can be said for sheep people (sheeple). there is always a leader,and that leader calls the shots, right or wrong, the sheeple are compelled to follow the leader. To me this way of thinking, submitting your independence to someone you believe is in the know somehow reduces your human individuality.

Why forfeit your independence for group think? Because it is safer to do so, the leader knows what is best, we are safe under his wing of leadership. Well to me this is the lazy way through life. Life is a challenge for all of us, those challenges, when overcome, produce rewards one of which is the ability to exist on your own, without depending on others, who incidentally might not have YOUR best interest in mind.

We must all strive to be individuals first. We must not turn our minds over to the masses.
When we can carve our own path through life we find the group think is no longer need as a crutch to our existence. We can stand on our own.

There is no time in life for insecurity, it is too short. Throw off the bonds of surrender to the group, and be forever free to think as an individual.

Dare to be different!

Monday, November 20, 2006

What is Wrong With Being Gay?

Fag, queer, rump ranger, lesbo, and many other offensive terms have been applied to persons desiring the company of same sex partners over the preffered heterosexual arrangement.

Why is it so difficult to be different?

Religions teach us to accept that that we cannot change. It does not qualify what constitues acceptable, it simply states we should accept all that we CANNOT change. We cannot change how a person is when they are brought into this world, why then the belief that if we brow beat a Gay person because they are Gay it will mysteriously cause change? If we believe it is wrong it changes nothing, except our belief, it does not un-gay a person, just acts as a form of discrimination.

Discrimination, that nasty term first brought to light by women and those non-white among us, the first line of defense for the threatened. We have told we cannot discriminate because of race, sex, or religious beliefs, but what about sexual preference? OH MY! it's not natural, it is not traditional family values, it is heresy. All kinds or excuses, none of which is acceptable or correct.

I am not Gay but I can sympathize with those that are. Having been ostracized all my life for being "different" I can appreciate the offensive nature of discrimination and the internal hurt that one goes through as an object of jokes and ridicule. Not being welcome among peers is a brutal and mentally challenging force to be overcome for sure. Schoolyard bullies, insecure in their own right have their way with those that have been culled from the herd so-to-speak.

In a way it challenges the offended to harden their defenses to the point of denial as in the Haggard case. The sign of a tortured soul is the denial of ones self in the world around them, causing extreme behavior to be further amplified. I suspect Mr. Haggard was so filled with self hatred and denial he persued a heightened religious course to rid himself of the guilt and pain he was feeling. But even with that he could not run away from what he was, Gay.

Why then is this discrimination allowed to flourish? Why is it not widly held that discrimination in any form for any reason will not be tolerated? The answer I believe is related to religion and the teachings condemming the "unatural act". It flys in the face of family values does'nt it? Gays cannot procreate so it must be wrong, procreation is the preffered "family" activity.

More and more Gay persons are being accepted in society but we are not totally there yet, there is a lot of work left to do before Gay's are competely accepted in this country.

It is OK to be stupid as a stump, but doncha be Gay!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Danger Lurking Below

The old saying is; When you are up to your ass in alligators, you remember the original objective was to drain the swamp. But will we find the drain before the alligators find us.?

So there you have it, your typical conundrum. Screwed if you do or screwed if you do'nt, but screwed nevertheless.

So it is with this stupid war. We try to force Democracy on a people that for the large part, do not want it, rather they would like to just have their country back, to do with what they like.
But contained in that country is a form of terrorism that resembles and alligator, primitive, brutal and deadly. While we were pounding freedom into the Iraqi people, sinister and deadly forces have been united in an attempt to defeat any foreign incursion by the Christians.

Yes this is about religion. Not a benevolent one but a fierce totalitarian version willing to sacrifice themselves for their cause. How can we defeat a force that is the total opposite of everthing us Americans have been taught religion is. Truth is we cannot and will not be able to do so, it is after all their lands.

We should have learned a lesson from the Russians and their war in Afganistan years ago, but we did not. We are better than the Russians, we have more guns and bombs, we will not lose.

Ahem! Guess what? we are losing, losing troops, loosing friends and allies, losing period.

The only way out at this point is what should have been implemented in the first place before "Shock and Awe". Diplomatic talks between all parties involved to achieve an equitable solution.

Now here we are, up to our ass in alligators, with the water so deep in the swamp, we can no longer find the drain.

We cannot go-it-alone any longer, we must enlist input from neighboring countries to return some form of peace to the region. Guns and bombs are not working, rather we are facing an ever escalating assortment of rebel fighters armed with fanatical religious zeal to counteract anything we throw at them, much like the swamp, the alligators are winning.

Pray that peace gets there before it is too late.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Don Williams' New Column



Kye Bay
Print by Roy Henry Vickers

Rumsfeld’s Replacement Casts A Long, Dark Shadow

by Don Williams



He’s the darkness reaching out for the darkness, it’s been said of Richard Nixon. And looking back, it’s hard to argue. Secrecy, absence of light, was his default position. But suppose you’re another president of similar dispositions. A man well connected to those who stand in the shadows and manipulate other nations’ peoples like pawns. In that case, you might reach out to former CIA Director, author and professor, Robert Gates, “the ultimate insider,” in his own words, to become your new secretary of defense.

In another age, tapping a CIA chief to head up the military might’ve been a major controversy. In the post 9/11 world it hardly raises a brow. He’s a realist say supporters, and no puppet of Neocons. He’ll play it smart.

Yes, Gates will play it shrewdly, cleverly. He’s a very wily man. But smart? Please permit dissent from the heartland. Gates helped create the very enemies he’ll be empowered to fight. Consider the fiascos he had a hand in.

* U.S. military aid for Saddam Hussein. "Gates was in charge of the directorate that prepared the intelligence information that was passed on to Iraq,” during the Iran-Iraq War, said Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin during Gates' confirmation hearings for CIA Director on Nov. 7, 1991. “The secret intelligence sharing operation with Iraq was not only a highly questionable and possibly illegal operation, but also may have jeopardized American lives and our national interests. The photo reconnaissance, highly sensitive electronic eavesdropping, and narrative texts provided to Saddam may not only have helped him in Iraq's war against Iran, but also in the recent Gulf War." In other words, Gates had a central role in turning Iraq into a regional power under Saddam. Take away Gates’ aid to Saddam and two U.S.-Iraqi wars are likely avoided.

* Iran-Contra. According to the Nov. 20 issue of Newsweek, Gates lied to Congress about this fiasco, which brought shame to the Reagan administration. During the Iran-Contra operation, America sold anti-aircraft weaponry to Iran at the same time that Gates was giving aerial targeting maps and other intelligence to Iraq. Could anything be more cynical during an Iran-Iraq War that resulted in a million casualties? But it gets worse. With money gained from such sales, our government empowered the Contra “freedom fighters,” as some like to call them, in Nicaragua, but they were terrorists by any definition of the word. This in direct violation of laws passed by Congress.

* Empowering the Taliban and al-Qaida. Gates’ role in this is unclear. What is clear is that Gates at least cheered on the arming and training of fundamentalist Muslims who later resurfaced as movers and shakers inside the Taliban and al-Qaida. In his book “From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider's Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War,” Gates outlines how we began infiltrating Afghanistan with special forces during the Carter Administration. It was a self-conscious effort to lure the Soviet Union into invading Afghanistan in an effort “to give the Soviets their Vietnam.” Then, under Presidents Reagan and Bush 41, we trained, armed and otherwise empowered radical fundamentalist Muslims to initiate a jihad against the Soviet Union and throw them out. The mission was successful, the Soviet Union left, but the Taliban and al-Qaida filled the vacuum and soon set their sights on us, even as we finagled for rights to build energy pipelines across their country.

* Gates headed up the Soviet Division of the CIA, and all through the 1980s, the CIA was clueless about the economic collapse of the Soviet Union. Had the CIA reported how close the Soviet Union was to economic ruin, our shadow-government might not have deemed it necessary to empower fundamentalist Muslims in Afghanistan. In short, our current miseries might’ve been avoided had Gates been wiser and less clever. Many other questions have been raised about him. Does he have a stake in voting machine companies, as some allege? What was his role in “the October surprise” which allegedly delayed the release of all those American hostages in Iran until after the 1980 elections?

Make no mistake. When it comes to assessing the value of human life, Gates casts a cold eye. Maybe such a perspective saves lives. Is it a defensible position to say we should be changing sides, manipulating events, undermining governments, deciding who lives, who dies? Before you answer, ask yourself this:

How many innocent people have died as a direct or indirect result of Gates’ and others’ manipulations? Millions in Afghanistan? Millions in Iran and Iraq? Hundreds of thousands in Central America? Thousands more in Kuwait?

How many women went back under the veil in Afghanistan and Iraq? How many were beheaded for sexual indiscretions? How many treasures of world art were smashed to smithereens? Did you count the bombed out hotels in Bali? Attacks on our embassies in Africa? The London subway attacks? The Cole? Don’t forget 3000, killed on 9/11.

Yes, we must oppose treacherous terrorists who threaten us, but in planning for the future we should remember just who set them up in the first places. Such individuals should not be offered any more opportunities to wreak more havoc.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Police Your Power

What in the world happened at UCLA?

Anyone who has not seen the disturbing video taken yesterday by a student at the UCLA library, please go here to view it.

This shows what can happen if police power is given free reign to trample the laws put in place to protect us. Alarm bells keep going off in my mind watching these THUGS in their best imitation of Gestapo goons. They must be stopped, take that taser away from them, STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING! NOW!

What had the student done to justify being tasered, did he threaten someone with bodily harm? did he brandish a weapon? What was the reason for such overwhelming force to be used against an unarmed student?

He did not have an ID and took too long to leave the library, thats it!

ZAP!!!GET UP!ZAP!!!!!STANDUP!!!STANDUP!!ZAP!!!!!STANDUP!!!

Actions of cowards with one thing on their narrow little minds, power, power enough to debilitate another human being to the point of total breakdown.

What you saw was brutal beyond belief in a civilized society, and even more so in a library on one of the most prestigious universities in America. Surroundings based on knowledge and understanding, a place for learning.

We have indeed learned a valuable lesson through all this, to never allow authority the power to beat and torture another human being into submission when NO crime has been committed.

The worst part, all the while this was taking place, no one, not one person had the courage to take the taser away from these goons or restrain them in any way, no one helped that man, no one. They justed watched in disbelief, deer in the headlights.

If you were being beaten by supposed police for no cause how would YOU feel?

Who have we become? Our brothers keeper?

Or have we become accomplices to our brothers brutalization?

Thursday, November 16, 2006

War Criminal in Chief

US Law Concerning War Crimes

TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 118 > § 2441

§ 2441. War crimes

(a) Offense.— Whoever, whether inside or outside the United States, commits a war crime, in any of the circumstances described in subsection (b), shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for life or any term of years, or both, and if death results to the victim, shall also be subject to the penalty of death.
(b) Circumstances.— The circumstances referred to in subsection (a) are that the person committing such war crime or the victim of such war crime is a member of the Armed Forces of the United States or a national of the United States (as defined in section 101 of the Immigration and Nationality Act).
(c) Definition.— As used in this section the term “war crime” means any conduct—
(1) defined as a grave breach in any of the international conventions signed at Geneva 12 August 1949, or any protocol to such convention to which the United States is a party;
(2) prohibited by Article 23, 25, 27, or 28 of the Annex to the Hague Convention IV, Respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land, signed 18 October 1907;
(3) which constitutes a violation of common Article 3 of the international conventions signed at Geneva, 12 August 1949, or any protocol to such convention to which the United States is a party and which deals with non-international armed conflict; or
(4) of a person who, in relation to an armed conflict and contrary to the provisions of the Protocol on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Mines, Booby-Traps and Other Devices as amended at Geneva on 3 May 1996 (Protocol II as amended on 3 May 1996), when the United States is a party to such Protocol, willfully kills or causes serious injury to civilians.



Anyone with any doubts as to the intentions of the Administration to violate International Law, needs to go here.

Scroll down the page and ready yourself for a LARGE dose of reality.

The MSM would not dare mention this on the air, because to do so could spark rioting in the streets. The severity of crimminal offenses leaves a bad taste in my mind.
This is stuff right out of the Nazi playbook, and WE ARE FOOTING THE BILL!

It is our tax dollars supporting the Bush Administrations' war on terrorism, our hard earned money paying to torture, rape and kill. We as loyal American citizens should be asking for and receiving accountability for the carnage being conducted on our behalf. It has quickly turned from being a campaign to get OBL, to a campaign to enrich the corporatists involved without regard to human rights.

Not since World War II have such evil and atrocious crimes been perpetrated on our fellow man. THIS MUST BE STOPPED!!
Dennis Kucinich has demanded an end to funding for this illegal war. This must be acted upon to prevent further troop losses and further finacial gain for the corporatists using the troops' blood to enrich themselves.
It is time for Congress to do the job the Administration has failed to do, bring an end to this bogus war and bring the troops back home, ASAP!

The Iraqis do not want us there, the American people do not want us there, only Bush Cheney and their corporate cronies do. Death and destruction mean nothing as long as they get what they want. They should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law for their crimes against humanity and not rewarded by remaining in office. INDICT NOT IMPEACH!

Pure evil MUST be overcome by good, if not we are doomed to extinction.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

To Go or Not to Go


Since the election the call has went out to get the hell out of Iraq, but is that the best solution?

We are literally up to our collective asses in alligators in Iraq. We have pissed off the entire world community with the invasion and subsequent shock and awe, blowing up stuff to show our mighty firepower with the hope of intimidating the Iraqis into bending to our supreme power.

Well let me say right off, that power has shrunken to the size of a pea and frankly we are the laughing stock of Arabs all over the Middle East. They know we are being drained, day by day, of our strength to keep things together over there. However our fearless leaders are unwilling to admit they have lost, so here we continue on an uncharted course the Adminstration set us upon.

The unwillingness to realize we screwed up is making this so-called war an ongoing bloodfilled massacre a war without end, without any plan for exiting the region. Recognizing ones mistakes and attempting to correct them is a sign of personal growth. So far the only growth shown have been the insurgents'. The Republicans still insist more troops are needed, why? We have expended all the energy in our volunteer services now, do we want a draft to enslave more young people to a war without end? I would hope not.

Right now it is time for the military to backup and re-group. Our bases must be hardened to provide at least a one mile perimeter around them as a buffer zone to protect from RPGs and assault. Those with any less should be closed and the equipment moved to a base with sufficient buffer zones. Next get the troops off the streets and into the bases and keep them there. Let the chips fall where they may between rival factions for a while. Let us see how they would act without Americans on the streets. Maintaining forces on hardened bases for a period of time would allow for a reduction in troop casualties at the same time allowing Iraqis to control their own destiny.

Going from an active role to an overseer role would give us some time to evaluate the Iraqi's willingness to go it alone. Eventually the dust would settle in the region and large scale withdrawal would be possible. If we do not allow the Iraqis a chance to take charge of their own affairs, we will never know if they can truly do so.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The Wall is Crumbling



It appears the wall separating the elitists in power and ordinary citizens is crumbling, and fast.

With the recent election establishing a Democrat majority for the first time in 12 years, comes a re-evaluation of all policies generated during the previous parties' rule. Suddenly what was dark is becoming light, what was wrong is being made right.

We are given a hint of things to come by the recent filing of charges by a German court. The Center for Constitutional Rights has filed a criminal complaint against outgoing Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. The complaint requests that the German Federal Prosecutor open an investigation - and ultimately, a criminal prosecution - looking into the responsibility of high-ranking U.S. officials for authorizing war crimes in the name of the so-called "War on Terror. Also included are AG Gonzales and former CIA director Tenet.

There are serious efforts underway to repeal the Torture Bill also.

All of these things should once again restore our faith in the political process to correct the actions of a few affecting the many.

My prediction today is the indictment of Bush on similar charges, he along with Cheney have been placing their own agenda ahead of the will of the American people and as such will pay the price for their criminal behavior.

The fascists are being held at bay for the moment, we can rejoice in the fact the system does work when truth prevails. Let us be ever vigilant for the future holds much promise for the world, we must work hard to preserve freedoms and rights for all people.

Monday, November 13, 2006

The Meatgrinder

Now that the Democrats have declared victory over one party rule, the real work begins.

We have a war to deal with that is consuming our troops at an ever increasing rate, a veritable meatgrinder of misdirected energy, bringing death and destruction to innocent civilians as well.

Bush and his cronies have set us on this perilous course with no plan for success. We are entangled in another countries' internal affairs, nation building I believe it is called, Trying to make Iraqis conform to our way of life.

It is NOT working.

The Democrats this January will have a chance to prove to the American people, their willingness to get the job done in Iraq. The Republicans have shown no other motivation in this are other than, "Stay the course", which is clearly not working. Troops are still dying for a failed agenda.

It has always been about the OIL, nothing more, nothing less. The program to undermine OPEC by gaining control of the worlds largest oil reserves using the "terrorism" card has failed. Sure Halliburton has raked in millions and perhaps billions in no-bid contracts to secure the oil fields and start production has run into snag after snag. Sabotage and attacks on US contractors continue to stifel efforts to gain control of the oil.

Bush finally admitted as much a couple of weeks ago by saying he did not want the oil to get into the terrorists hands. That statement was one of many in an attempt to justify the conflict, starting with the WMD scare, and ending with the REAL reason for being there, oil. Operation-Iraqi-Liberation (OIL)

So in order to stop this disgusting foreign policy debacle we must first address the issue of the oil before all else. Time to be upfront and clear. Time for the input from the owners of the land under which the oil lies. We cannot simply TAKE the oil as if it was our own, as the Administration would have us believe, the US does not own the mineral rights in Iraq, the Iraqis do. They know why we are there, to make them subserviant to the US and its policy of controlling oil production through intimidation.

These are the cards that have been brought to the table by the oil companies with the support of the Administration. The Democrats have a daunting task ahead. Return Iraq to the its people and hopefully lessen the bloodshed. Allow the Iraqis to once again control their own destiny.

Big money has slashed and burned the Constitution to put forward their fascist agenda, taking six years to do it. The situation cannot be corrected overnight. Diplomacy must be applied.

Many folks want immediate withdrawal of the troops, others favor staged withdrawal. We are deeply invested in this unjust war and like a sliver embedded in ones finger we must work carefully removing it as to leave surrounding tissue intact. So this theory must be applied here also. We must extricate ourselves slowly and methodically to avoid further strife to the Iraqis.
Diplomatic means should be applied to reduce the civil war potential getting out of hand.

The Iraqi people have had trouble co-operating with the US because we are percieved as occupiers not assistants. Assist the Iraqi people by restoring their sovreign status. Assist in the rebuilding of what we have destroyed. Help them to re-establish basic needs such as water and utilities. Respect has been taken away and replaced with dominance, it must be replaced.

Iraqis understand the current political climate is changing in their favor, we must follow through with an honest approach and a helping hand, and bring the Meatgrinder to a halt.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Friends and Bloggers

It is Sunday, for most a day of reflection, for others a day to get things done before the workweek starts up again.

I will choose reflection in this case, reflecting on recent events causing much disharmony in the blogosphere.

The blogosphere presents itself as a forum for differing viewpoints and discussion without the normal attachments of friendship. You are able to post comments on issues important in your life along with many other folks in the cyberscopic world of the blogosphere. Everyone is a faceless entity, unencumbered by issues that are present in normal one to one exchanges. You can be as rude or nice as you want to be without fear of repercussions. Slinging verbal shit where otherwise a more thoughtful approach in real life would restrict that.

What strikes me is the sheer gaul of some to post vile and vicious comments that they would not dare say to their mothers or fathers, or even friends. Rudeness rules the roost in a lot of areas, where friendliness once existed.

The Golden Rule has not been banished yet and still should apply to all forms of communication. "Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you" is not just a cute phrase, it is a WISE phrase. Following the simple phrase should allow fair and equitable discussions in most cases, that is the general intent. Harmony among humanity is not easily achived, as anyone that survived childhood can attest. So it is that it takes a certain amount of effort to forgive ones grievous errors and move on. The inability or unwillingness to put forth forgiveness, stifels growth and smothers the fragile flame of friendship.

Some folks believe no matter what is said, they are right, and will not budge in their opinion. Others believe they are right, but when offered a different viewpoint, will reconsider their position, if it is deemed appropriate.

We must remain flexible enough to accept change and differing viewpoints, stubborness and self rightousness do not allow personal growth, rather they stunt it, leaving us stuck in the mire of non-growth. Easy to understand if you look at the music today and how you view it. Do you view it with disdain? "those young kids and their crummy music" or "I listened to Coldplay and really think they are great". Two opposite viewpoints created by two different personalities, one willing to look forward, one stuck in the past.

We cannot change our past, we can only move forward, lets move forward to a better world, leave the past behind, forgive your enemies, refuse to carry those grudges around, to do otherwise is at our own peril.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Don Williams' New Column



Kris Kristofferson Caught the Spirit of A Day

I’d fogged my dreams the night before with politics and tales that I’d been swapping, so I poured my first and woke my brain to a Wednesday that was already what it would remain--dusky, rusty, overcast and rainy, with leaves dropping from leaden skies.

In short, it was perfect.

If you haven’t found yourself on the losing end of close and corrupt elections for too many years in a row, you won’t understand the immense sweet sighs from so many on Wednesday morning. Such collective relief wafted me through a day of phone calls, spotty work, and into an evening run down roads edged in leaves that picked up the rust in barn roofs, the deep amber of grasses on cold and lonely hills. Every way you turned were scenes of raw, sweet loneliness—“bare, ruined choirs where late the sweet-birds sang,” in the words of Shakespeare.

In short, it was perfect.

God is good, I said to Jeanne, my running partner, and as kind of a joke I began reciting the 23rd Psalm. “The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want, he maketh me to lie down in green pastures… he restoreth my soul….” Just so, I thought, and it was no longer a joke. That sense of something restored wafted me all the way home and into clean clothes and, by 7:50 p.m., into the mystical embrace of the Tennessee Theatre, an ancient, Rococo movie palace… recently restored. There, I watched, listened and cheered as Kris Kristofferson performed. His performance was transcendent.

He’s been a friend to me--a freethinking, outspoken, politically despairing, yet spiritual and poetic friend, though we’ve never met. Still, he’s as real as a rusted barn latch. I love the man and his songs, because I credit him as much as any artist of any description with changing my life and outlook. I was 16 when I bought his first album, and I wore out the grooves of that old record and many others until his songs became part of who I am.

Still, I wasn’t prepared to be so moved. Mostly I just wanted to spend some time in the presence of a hero, just to pay tribute. After all, others sang his songs better. Janis Joplin on “Me and Bobby McGee,” Johnny Cash on “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” Ray Price on “For the Good Times,” Sammi Smith on “Help Me Make It Through the Night.” These are masterworks.

And I’d been in Knoxville 35 years earlier when a young singer named John Prine stole the show from Kris and his five-piece band. I guess I’d been conditioned not to expect a great concert. But I was wrong. When Kris walked onstage Wednesday, accompanied only by himself on guitar and harmonica, he stole his own show, re-staked his claim to old songs, while serving up a treasury of new and obscure gems.

Yes, he was white-haired, hoarse and sometimes forgot to swap out harmonicas to stay on key. But when he wrapped that threadbare voice of his around those lyrics, it was like opening old burlap to reveal gold nuggets. It brought luster to both.

Nobody writes sweet loneliness like Kristofferson. “Casey’s Last Ride,” “Loving Her Was Easier,” “Jody and the Kid,” “Darby’s Castle,” “The Other Side of Nowhere.”

As fans rose and clapped, rose and yelled devotion and thanks and flirtations, Kris sang the loneliness, the edginess and bitter-tinged bliss of existence. He uttered enough political protest, both in songs and off-hand remarks to remind us why “freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose” unless you use it to keep the world honest and pass along some truth and beauty, though he might see that spin on his great lyric as overstated.

And maybe it’s an exaggeration to say Wednesday’s election vindicated those who spoke out against the war in Iraq even before it began, but some of us felt that way. Maybe it would be wrong to see it as our country rejecting torture and loss of civil liberties, or as a nation’s repudiation of nuclear weapons, global warming, social injustice, politics of personal destruction, death to old forests and songbirds. But for many it was. Take my friend, Joe Neill, a tall drink of water, who put conservation easements on a good portion of his family farm just to keep it real and natural for as long as he could provide such stewardship. It was good to see him Wednesday, celebrating, introducing me to family and friends who’d come to the concert with him.

I have no illusions that we’ve entered a perfect new era, when all evils will fall away. There was too much of the old darkness reaching out for darkness in the president’s choice of a former CIA chief to replace Donald Rumsfeld. Too much compromise and sell-out in hearing Sen. Harry Reid say that sending radioactive fuel to India would be a top priority of the coming Democratic majority. But it would be miserly and dishonest to let such notions kill the joy of a rainy, overcast and perfect day. Kris captured something of the spirit when he sang “Help Me Make it Through the Night.” When he came to those lines, “Yesterday is dead and gone,” he added in a gruff undertone, “thank goodness.” And when he sang “and tomorrow’s out of sight” he said it again, “thank goodness.”

And we knew just what he meant.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Keep an Eye Out!


There is something about victory over impending doom that makes the world seem a bit better.

Some folks have difficulty adjusting to the uptick in the political climate since the recent election. With a big win under their belt the Dems appear poised to bring balance back into the political arena that for the last six years has been dominated by one party.

The sudden shift to positive polarity has created many a sceptic. Sceptical of the motives of the new Congress. Many times in the past there have been huge letdowns after elections requiring the electorate to suck it up and move on.

This time it is different. Now after six years of being led down the path of attempted fascist overthrow, we have been returned to a better place, a place of Democracy, a place for a change in direction.

It must be kept in mind that the neo-cons are still there, lurking as only they can do, waiting to bash any effort to redirect their own agenda. Though we have gained victory, we cannot let our guard down. We must remain connected to the wonderful folks we elected. Keep in touch with your senators and representatives, let them know what is important to you.

Those of you with flaky congressmen, like Doolittle for me, would be better off directly challenging their actions when they serve their cronies rather than their constituants, not just the rich ones either. The attitude by some career politicos toward the underfunded public must not be tolerated. We must hold their feet to the fire of progress for ALL Americans, not just the rich few.

It is our duty as citizens of the USA to become active members in our government by writing and contributing to progress. Otherwise we will be back in sinister hands in no time.

As the past weeks events indicate, Democracy works when citizens get involved.

Keep up the great work!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Popular Vote??

What a roller coaster ride this has been, first the Dems regain Congress then Rummy gains unemployment. Whats next the second coming?

Well Jesus most likely has better things to do than police a bunch of delinquent humans anyway. We are still faced with the stark reality of being hated worldwide. There is still the Iraq meatgrinder 24-7. The president wants to put a former major player into the war machines' driver seat. There is plenty of work to be done in the government to last quite a while.

Now if the Dems can tackle the pressing problems like those mentioned above without getting sidetracked as the rumblings of minimum wage changes and other non-imminent threats have indicated, we might make some progress. They had a plan going into the election that had lofty aspirations, whether they choose to ignore all others to attempt implementation will tell us what their priorities are.

The confirmation hearing of that nasty evil Gates will still take place with the current Rep. majority Congress. Daddys' cleanup crew will surely get the nod. I am not the only one noticing the slow infiltration of Daddys cronies to come in and clean up juniors mess. It was mentioned at the end of MSNBC's election coverage with, tweety, Nora and others. Some of the MSM is up to speed at least.

We will have to endure two more months with the current Rep. Congress, then the new crew steps in. Will it be "business as usual" with political gameplaying? You bet. Do not expect too many changes in policy yet, maybe they will get some work done with the election out of the way. Some are definitly there to help, but they will have to work with the machine they got.

I look forward to a little more sunlight on the daily goings on in the halls, the failure of the Reps to deliver on their promises doomed them to extinction, lets hope the Dems can restore faith and dignity in the Congress.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Hope

Might as well toss in my opinions, to the political porridge bowl today.

There is a glimmer of hope on the horizon for the unchained of thought, those willing to take the future of this country in their hands at the behest of their constituents. The brakepedal of the neo-con agenda has finally arrived. That which you smell is a whif of fresh air blowing in the political wind, refreshingly winding through the halls of Congress.

The majority of thoughtfull and sincerely caring American people have spoken through the power of the vote. They know we are headed down the wrong path in the world and they have responded. They made th choice NOT to stay the course, but to change course. This has restored a bit of my faith that the system can still be changed if the voting public puts their collective minds to the task.

Let me be the first to congratulate the American people for turning out in record numbers to vote in a usually ho-hum mid term election. It is you Americans that deserve kudos for a job well done and with the level of participation have brought many others to the table.

Enjoy the new-found hope for a future America, lets all revel in our abandon with the restoration of a two party Congress. There is a tremendous amount of work to be done in the two years before we do this all again, but the American people have spoken, they want change, our country needs change.

Today there is hope.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

VOTE!!

Time to get out and VOTE!!

VOTE for change!

VOTE for a Democrat!

VOTE the bums OUT!

Thankyou, that is all.

Monday, November 06, 2006

The Calm Before the Storm

Well not really calm, and there is no storm, here in CA at least, cannot speak for the rest of the country.

Tuesday will soon be here and once again the 30%'rs will wind their way to the voting booths nationwide to cast their ballots in the costliest mid-term race ever.
The billions of dollars spent trying to convince anyone willing to listen is a slap in the face to anyone working at or near minimum wage.

Money has established itself as a religion of sorts, believers revolve their life around money. Money is more important than God, more important than life.
Without money we are considered to be unsuccessful losers, with it we are revered with prominance accorded to the elite and powerfull.

The relentless pursuit of money has given us war and fascist corporatists intent on gaining more. As long as there is money to be made, some will devote their entire life to the obtainment thereof. If that is not religion, what is? Devotion, worship, glorification and other religious terms apply here.

Tuesday brings the money worshippers closer to the God of the Almighty Dollar. Billions spent in the name of elections, causes me to pause and wonder, what would happen if that money was given to the working families across America as wages instead of the measly $5.11/hr they are currently receiving?

Sounds a bit Socialist, I suppose, to want a better life for ordinary working folks who would otherwise be forced to accept less of the American Dream. Working people pay taxes, healthy people work, taxes well spent make this country a nicer place.

The politicos need to realize that a happy, healthy populous will pay dividends down the road for us all. Any attempt to enrich ones self provides no benefit to anyone except ones self.

I guess the point I am trying to make is that we need to get our priorities straight. Money and the relentless pursuit of, is not worthy of religious fervor, rather it is each and every contributor to the democracy makes it better place to live, not merely a place for elitists to reap financial gain.

Keep religion in churches, keep money available for everyone to share.

We are all stuck here together, we can make it a better place to be stuck in.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Authoritarians VS The People

Authoritarians have no problem tell you or I what to do, how to do it, and when to do it. It is their self appointed task.

Along with the Busybodies, Authoritarians know what is good for you and if you disagree, well you will be punished for such thoughts of insurrection.

Since the 1980's Authoritarians have tried to wrench personal choice from the hands of ordinary people, and replace it with a "tow the line or else" mentality requiring complete allegience to....them.

It started with "Gunbarrel Politics" of the Reagan era and continues today even more firmly entrenched in everyday life, controlling, dictating, punishing. Even now the Authoritarian Brigade is warning us to believe the Iraq war is a success and Bush is a hero. If you believe that, there is a slightly used bridge in New York I would like to sell you.

WE THE PEOPLE! of the United States......Fine words from our countries forefathers. They believed in power of the people, not power of those that would dictate to the people.

WE THE PEOPLE can control our own destiny without having self appointed experts do it for us. This is what got us into the fix we are in right now. Because we were so reluctant to participate (vote) in our own future, instead choosing to allow others to do so while we go play in our own little worlds, we have allowed ourselves to be subject to Authoritarian rule. By default we have glued the lid shut on freedom, and while we were sleeping, someone removed it to make way for corporatist control.

WE THE PEOPLE have only ourselves to blame, voter turnout is pathetic at best in this country, which itself is the root cause. 30% voter turnout means that 70% of the people eligible to vote chose not too. WHY? what is more important, participating in a exclusive, "fought and died for" privilege or catching the latest American Idol show on TV?

Thanks a lot for your lack of participation in the system of goverment our forefathers gave their lives to obtain, thanks for allowing busybody authoritarians to take over control of every aspect of our lives.

WE THE PEOPLE do not need elected officials calling us stupid because they think they are the only ones with the answers. Government "for the people and by the people" is not just a nice story, it is the way it was meant to be. We are being attacked for this simple belief, told that we do not know the "secrets", well pardon me.

Please get out and vote! And DO NOT let them tell you what to do!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Don Williams New Column

For Gerald, wherever he is.

Kerry Botched A Joke, Bush Botched A War

by Don Williams



John Kerry botched a joke.

George W. Bush botched a war.

So who owes the apology?

That’s what Harold Ford, Jr., should’ve asked while campaigning with his pal Bill Clinton for Bill Frist's senate seat.

Instead, Ford joined the chorus calling for Kerry to apologize. The move inoculated Ford from media foolishness that elevated the importance of a mangled punch line above a war that’s killed more than 655,000 people and mangled many, many more, according to the British medical journal Lancet.

It’s a war that’s created more terrorists, not fewer, according to our own National Intelligence Estimate, and virtually destroyed Iraq.

That’s what Democrats and the media should focus on. Kerry botched a bad joke about a war. Bush botched the actual war.

By splitting over Kerry’s remarks, Democrats are missing an opportunity to do what they could’ve done in 2004--mount a solid front against the mishandling of our security, and demand accountability from Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rice.

This election should be a referendum on failed policies. It should be about, say, our foreign debt, greater under Bush than that accumulated by all previous 42 presidents combined.

It should be about the destruction of a dozen international treaties that lent stability to the world for sixty years.

It should be a repudiation of putting foxes in charge of regulating hens.

About warnings ignored prior to 9/11.

About our fallen reputation.

About those 800 signing statements Bush attached to laws passed by Congress—signaling his belief that he’s above such laws.

It should be about corporate and congressional scandals by Jack Abramoff, Tom Delay, Enron and more.

The shrinking middle class.

Failure to protect ports and borders.

Failure to manage leftover Soviet nukes, or do anything meaningful about genocide in Darfur.

Failure to become less energy-dependent.

It should be about the use of congressional “ear-marks” to pack home the pork.

It should be about the New Orleans debacle.

Or the deal to supply India with fuel that undermines the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty.

It should be about Korean and Iranian ambitions.

It should be about Social Security and Medicare.

By far, however, the following three issues should carry the most weight when voting.

1. The war in Iraq. When was the last time you heard Bush say, “Stay the course?” That dropped slogan should be damning in and of itself. How does he drop “Stay the ourse” without acknowledging he botched the war? Still, Bush has made it clear he won’t bring the troops home as long as he’s president. This war’s already lasted longer than our involvement in World War I, and nearly as long as our involvement in WWII. Is that what you signed on for when you supported the invasion of Iraq?

2. Global warming. Yeah, some still deny it. Their simplistic catchphrase is, “It’s cyclical.” But the smartest, most prestigious, most attuned and independent scientists and politicians say there’s more to it. The National Academy of Sciences, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the National Science Foundation and other independent groups issued statements testifying to the reality of global warming and carbon emissions as an important cause. Science magazine surveyed 928 studies conducted and reviewed by scientists. None disputed global warming and its human fingerprint. Six former Environmental Protection Agency directors all agree, as do the leading presidential candidates, more than 100 signers of the Kyoto Accords and 104 Nobel Prize-winning scientists who signed a petition calling for action to halt global warming. Ford has a commonsense take on the issue. He notes that science is reliable. Cell phones work, rockets work, the earth is round, men landed on the moon, and science tells us the earth's temperature is rising, in part because of us. Ford’s opponent, Bob Corker, won’t acknowledge that. Our earth's fate could hang in the balance.

3. Human rights and constitutional law. Anyone willing to consider the evidence must see that Bush's pro-torture and detainment policies have backfired obscenely and done incredible harm. Newsweek, the New York Times, the New Yorker and many others have documented how our government packed off a psychotic man named Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi to be tortured into lying that Saddam Hussein taught al-Qaida how to use weapons of mass destruction. The CIA blindfolded al-Libi, duct-taped his hands, loaded him onto an airplane, told him they planned to rape his mother while he was away, then flew him off to Egypt where he lied under torture. Colin Powell unwittingly repeated those lies to the United Nations in February 2003, when justifying the approaching invasion of Iraq.

How can you read these lines without acknowledging their consequences? Either they’re lies—and I can prove to any reasonable person they’re not--or our leaders have led us to a place far darker than any botched joke. If you’re as disgusted as I am about the use of lies to turn us into torturers, subvert our Constitution and endanger our world, then vote accordingly.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Who Are the Real Terrorists Here?

The New York Times today said:

"Last March, the federal government set up a Web site to make public a vast archive of Iraqi documents captured during the war. The Bush administration did so under pressure from Congressional Republicans who had said they hoped to “leverage the Internet” to find new evidence of the prewar dangers posed by Saddam Hussein."

"But in recent weeks, the site has posted some documents that weapons experts say are a danger themselves: detailed accounts of Iraq’s secret nuclear research before the 1991 Persian Gulf war. The documents, the experts say, constitute a basic guide to building an atom bomb."

SINCE MARCH!!!!????

Who the HELL is running this dog and pony show?

Can anyone be so clueless as to enable the very scenario they profess to be fighting against? Or maybe just a part in a well crafted, maniacal, plan to bring the country to its proverbial knees?

Does anyone know where truth can be found today?

Once again the Republicans have shown their sorry ass governing skills to be a formidable obstacle on the road to govermental progress.

Time and time again the Republicans have stressed how they and they alone know true leadership in government, time and time again they have shot themselves in the foot.
How many more times can they do that and not bring themselves to their own knees.

Endangering themselves is on thing, endangering THE ENTIRE COUNTRY is something else.
This should have "last straw" implications for their governing ability.

It time to send the Republicans responsible for this ENORMOUS breach of National Security down the road of no political return, a one way trip to the "Graybar Hotel"

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Did Anybody Miss Me?

Please, please not all at once!

Having made it back from the brink of another medical disaster, I wish to report that all went well. Well almost well, pain relieving medications had transformed a once brilliant mind into an addled drooling mop pile of sleeping goo. There is somthing to be said for pain and suffering and the honing effect is has on the strongest of us.

Actually the folks at Kaiser were some of the best professionals in the medical profession I have seen. Gives me hope for humanity. All the while this political maelstrom is circulating these folks plug into the healthcare system every day and do exceptional work keeping us humming along smoothly.

Which is more than I can say for the pharmaceutical industry who cannot bring us pain relief without turning us into icapacitated zombies first. Guess they do not want us thrashing about in our pain riddled world. I have given up on pharmaceutcal answers to real questions and decided instead to take my chances with facing pain headon, and you know what? I feel better already.

For all the millions of dollars spent on research for cures of differing ills, for the past 100 or so years you would think we could manage any medical crisis and for the most part, can. Through it all we cannot isolate pain itself, only dumb it down a bit, to a tolerable level. That is the real difference, what is tolereable to one is not necessarily tolerable to someone else, everyone is different.

So having answered my own wandering questions, I will return to the physical recovery portion of my latest voyage of explorations of pain and the modern treatment thereoff, hey whats for lunch?