Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Molly Ivins 1944-2007


Molly Ivins Biography
Political Columnist, 1944-2007

"The best way to get the sons of bitches is to make people laugh at them." [in conversation with me when I took her photograph]

Mary Tyler Ivins was born in Monterey, California and grew up in Houston, Texas. She graduated from Smith College in 1966, from Columbia School of Journalism and studied for one year at the Institute of Political Sciences in Paris.

She began her newspaper career with the Houston Chronicle and then moved to the Minneapolis Tribune where she became the city’s first female police reporter. Returning to her home state as co-editor of the Texas Observer, she concentrated on politics and social justice issues. In 1976 Ivins became a political reporter for the New York Times, working first in New York then in Albany and, for three years, covering nine mountain states as Rocky Mountain Bureau Chief. She returned to Texas in 1982 as a columnist for the now-defunct Dallas Times-Herald and then, for nine years, with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. In 2001 Molly Ivins became an independent journalist.

Her awards include the William Allen White Award from the University of Kansas, the Smith Medal from her alma mater, the Ivan Allen, Jr. Prize for Progress and Service and the Pringle Prize for Washington Journalism from Columbia University. She was elected to membership in the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her freelance work appears in many national magazines, and she contributes essays to both the Lehrer News Hour and National Public Radio. She has written several books, most recently, Shrub; the Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush. She is an active participant in the journalism network of Amnesty International and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

To honor a journalist as a truth teller is implicitly to comment on the scarcity of courage and candor in a profession ostensibly dedicated to writing and speaking the truth. Molly Ivins is singular in her profession not only for her willingness to speak truth to power but for her use of humor to lampoon the self-seeking, the corrupt and the incompetent in positions of public trust. Her wit and insight place her squarely in the tradition of America’s great political humorists like Mark Twain.

************************************************************************************ Painting and biography written while she was still alive by Robert Shetterly, his website is:

Americans Who Tell The Truth.

He is quite a man, great artist and writer. I stumbled onto his site by accident, now it is on my favorites.

Rest in peace Molly, you were one of a kind, we can never replace you.


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To Flee or Not to Flee



Mired in Iraq quicksand, Bush attempts to screw up even more stuff than humanly possible with his new decree.

The story in the NY Times describes the deciders' wish to become the BIGGEST screw up ever to occupy the Oval Office, (Guiness are you getting this?)

"In an executive order published last week in the Federal Register, Mr. Bush said that each agency must have a regulatory policy office run by a political appointee, to supervise the development of rules and documents providing guidance to regulated industries. The White House will thus have a gatekeeper in each agency to analyze the costs and the benefits of new rules and to make sure the agencies carry out the president’s priorities."

Priorities? this idiot has priorities? He cannot stop screwing up stuff now he wants control over everything done at every agency of the Federal Government?

This guy has been a solid screw-up since childhood and now is at the helm of the most armed-to-the-teeth nation on the face of the Earth and he wants to micro-manage every step of government so only 'acceptable' information is disseminated to the public. Since when did anyone elect this goomer to be King? Putting firecrackers up the butt of government for laughs is his idea of fun?

If this psycopath is not removed from office and damn soon, we will all suffer the fate of another life failure of a self absorbed lunatic.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

What the Hillary?




Ok, I will throw in my two cents here and hopefully my flack vest will prevent the bullets from puncturing my ego, whats left of it.

Now is not the time to try flying a female president past the voting public and here's why.

50% (at least) of registered voters are female, the rest are male of course and therein lies the rub. That 50% male vote might just work against Hillary in a Presidential election. Her qualifications to be president might be equal to any other male candidate but the separation of the voters could risk serious divisions in the voting populous. A majority of men do not want Hillary as president because she is female and Hillary. With the 50% female vote where will the remaining votes go?

To the Republican candidates like Chuck Hagel or another centrist similar. This puts the 2008 election in jeopardy of becoming a Republican victory. The will of the people cannot be ignored. In an ideal situation it should not matter whether we elect a female or a male candidate, but this is no ordinary situation. We are in an illegal war, corporations have more political strength than ever before.

There will be a huge mess to clean up once the new Administration gets there. People do not realize the extent to which the government has been corrupted, this all needs to be dealt with. They will not forget who voted to get us into this mess and who waffled on getting us out, yes Hillary.

This is not the time to experiment with something new, this is the time for a deliberate change in the way K street and the rest operate, time to end the Iraqi oil grab, time to put back into the world our commitment to human rights, time to send the Republicans back to school and teach them public service not self service. By breaking the electorate into pieces we risk more of the same old crap from the same old assholes. We need a unified electorate like we had in 2006.

President of the United States is a BIG job and as such needs a solid indisputable candidate preferably male to lead us out of the darkness, someone with fewer skeletons in the closet than Hillary. Someone with a commitment to the people to improve our standing in the world, not complicate it. With the rest of the world leaders looking for strength from us, we need someone that can be looked up to for that strength.

Now before you gals come looking to remove my most treasured possessions(naughty bits), please understand that I am not against females in government, quite the opposite, they are needed for balance, just not Hillary, not now.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Hell No, We Won't Go!!



Hey it looks like the protest march in DC was a safe and sane affair with a great turnout from across the country.

The American people are waking to the truth that they have been HAD by this administration and the Repug Congress. A war with enough phony excuses to fill a small library was foisted onto the backs of the American people in the name of fighting terrorism in 2003 and it has taken a full THREE almost FOUR years of meatgrinding to bring the people out in force to object to the further pursuit of an ill minded plan by the Neo-Nutjob-Conservatives.

The turnout was magnificent and the speakers were too. C-Span had coverage until they had to make a quick trip to Iowa to cover Ms. Clinton, who by the way should have been in DC with the rest instead of self serving 'elect me' speeches to Iowans. In fact there were NO Senators participating in the protest, except Tom Daschle , (ex Senator), only Representatives and activists, John Conyers, Maxine Waters, Jesse Jackson, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Dennis J. Kucinich, Lynne Woolsey, and (Hanoi) Jane Fonda, and 1500 groups coalesced together to bring about the largest Anti-War protest since Viet Nam.

My local TV channel news covered it as well as many other across the country bringing the message to many more people.

Meanwhile the same idiots are in charge and it is business as usual on this Monday morning.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

The War Within Us(NYT)


January 28, 2007

Virulent TB in South Africa May Imperil Millions

JOHANNESBURG, Jan. 27 — More than a year after a virulent strain of tuberculosis killed 52 of 53 infected patients in a rural South African hospital, experts here and abroad say the disease has most likely spread to neighboring countries, and some say urgent action is essential to halt its advance.

Several expressed concern at what they called South Africa’s sluggish response to a health emergency that, left unchecked, could prove hugely expensive to contain and could threaten millions across sub-Saharan Africa.

The director of the government’s tuberculosis programs called those concerns unfounded and said officials were doing everything reasonable to combat the outbreak.

The form of TB, known as XDR for extensively drug-resistant, cannot be effectively treated with most first- and second-line tuberculosis drugs, and some doctors consider it incurable.

Since it was first detected last year in KwaZulu-Natal Province, bordering the Indian Ocean, additional cases have been found at 39 hospitals in South Africa’s other eight provinces. In interviews on Friday, several epidemiologists and TB experts said the disease had probably moved into Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique — countries that share borders and migrant work forces with South Africa — and perhaps to Zimbabwe, which sends hundreds of thousands of destitute refugees to and from South Africa each year.

But no one can say with certainty, because none of those countries have the laboratories and clinical experts necessary to diagnose and track the disease. Ominously, none have the money and skills that would be needed to contain it should it begin to spread.

Even in South Africa, where nearly 330 cases have been officially documented, evidence of the disease’s spread is mostly anecdotal, and epidemiological work needed to trace its progress is only now beginning.

“We don’t understand the extent of it, and whether it’s more widespread than anyone thinks,” Mario C. Raviglione, the director of the Stop TB Department of the World Health Organization in Geneva, said in a telephone interview. “And if we don’t know what has caused it, then we don’t know how to stop it.”

Cases of XDR TB exist elsewhere, in countries like Russia and China where inadequate treatment programs have allowed drug-resistant strains of the disease to emerge. The South African outbreak is considered far more alarming than those elsewhere, however, because it is not only far larger, but has surfaced at the center of the world’s H.I.V. pandemic.

Although one third of the world’s people, by W.H.O. estimates, are infected with dormant tuberculosis germs, the disease thrives when immune systems are weakened by H.I.V. At least two in three South African TB sufferers are H.I.V. positive. Should XDR TB gain a foothold in the H.I.V.-positive population, it could wreak havoc not only among the five million South Africans who carry the virus, but the tens of millions more throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

People without H.I.V. have a far smaller chance of contracting tuberculosis, even if they are infected with the bacillus that causes TB. But because tuberculosis is spread through the air, anyone in close contact with an active TB sufferer is at some risk of falling ill.

Most if not all of the 52 people who died in the initial outbreak of XDR TB, at the Church of Scotland Hospital in a KwaZulu-Natal hamlet called Tugela Ferry in 2005 and early 2006, had AIDS. Most died within weeks of being tested for drug-resistant tuberculosis, a mortality rate scientists called unprecedented.

Since then, South African health officials say, they have confirmed a total of 328 cases of XDR TB, all but 43 in KwaZulu-Natal. Slightly more than half the patients have died.

Those numbers are deceptive, however. The Tugela Ferry outbreak was reported in part because the hospital there was part of a Yale University research project involving H.I.V.-positive patients with tuberculosis. Because South Africa’s treatment and reporting programs for tuberculosis are notoriously poor — barely half of TB patients are cured — virtually all experts contend the true rate of infection is greater.

“We’re really concerned that there may be similar outbreaks to the one in Tugela Ferry that are currently going undetected because the patients die very quickly,” said Dr. Karin Weyer, who directs tuberculosis programs for South Africa’s Medical Research Council, a semiofficial research arm of the government.

Some other researchers and experts say they share Dr. Weyer’s concern. They say South African health officials have lagged badly in assembling the epidemiological studies, treatment programs and skilled clinicians needed to combat the outbreak, and say the government has responded slowly to international offers of help.

Dr. Weyer said the council “shares the concern that not enough is being done, quickly enough, to get on top of the problem.” In particular, she said, officials have yet to carry out epidemiological studies or address a “shocking” lack of infection controls in hospitals that could allow TB and other infections to spread freely among H.I.V.-positive patients

“It’s an emergency, and we’re not reacting as if it were an emergency,” said Dr. Nesri Padayatchi, an epidemiologist and expert on drug-resistant TB for Caprisa, a Durban-based consortium of South African and American AIDS researchers. “I think we have the financial resources to address the issue, and we’ve been told the Department of Health has allocated these resources.”

Although the government was first told of the outbreak 20 months ago, in May 2005, “to date, on the ground in clinics and hospitals, we are not seeing the effect,” she said.

In KwaZulu-Natal’s major city, Durban, the sole hospital capable of treating XDR TB patients has a waiting list of 70 such cases, she said.

Dr. Weyer said the waiting list indicates that “capacity is becoming a problem” in KwaZulu-Natal, the outbreak’s center. “I’m quite sure we may find a similar situation in other provinces,” she added.

A spokesman at the hospital said it could not easily determine how many patients were awaiting treatment.

But the manager of South Africa’s national tuberculosis program, Dr. Lindiwe Mvusi, said such complaints were misplaced. The Durban hospital in question, she said, is under renovation, and officials are “looking for accommodations in other hospitals” while construction proceeds.

Hospitals in other provinces have enough beds now for XDR TB patients, and some are expanding isolation wards to handle any spread of the disease, she said.

She said other responses to the outbreak were under way, including a rough assessment of TB cases in hospitals nationwide. A more comprehensive national survey of TB cases may be conducted late this year, she added, and health officials in KwaZulu-Natal have begun surveillance programs to detect new cases of drug-resistant TB in the province.

Dr. Mvusi also rejected the notion that the tuberculosis had moved beyond South Africa’s borders. But in interviews, a number of TB experts and epidemiologists raised that concern, including Mr. Raviglione at the world health organization, Dr. Padayatchi, Dr. Weyer and Dr. Gerald Friedland, director of the AIDS program at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Raviglione of W.H.O. said that South African health officials were cooperating on responses to the outbreak, and that an official of his organization would arrive in Pretoria within days to discuss placing a team of global TB experts in the country.

“W.H.O. is ready to come to South Africa and to help in any place, for anything, whether surveillance, or detection, or infection control,” he said. However, those arrangements have not been completed.

Dr. Mvusi, the government’s TB program head, said global health experts were welcome, but “in an advisory role, because we want the capacity locally.”

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While we fight amongst each other, there are forces that would eliminate us from the inside, any number of diseases could do us in, some are incurable like this one.

This is where our focus should be.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Don Williams




It's What We Don't Know That Kills

by Don Williams

OK, what would YOU do about the Middle East?

That’s a question I try to avoid because to answer is immodest. So, when pressed, I acknowledge up front that I dwell in ignorance, and so do you. Otherwise, answer me this: Why are we spending over $1 billion to build an embassy complex in Baghdad rather than, say, $10 million or $100 million? I don’t know the answer and neither do you.

That’s ignorance, my friend.

And as the late great prophet Carl Sagan once said, if we’re going to survive as a species we’ll have to get lots smarter lots faster. From my perch in lofty Tennessee, it appears Washington went the opposite direction several years ago, and that got lots of folks killed, maimed and displaced—millions in Iraq alone since the Shock & Awe of March, 2003.

The sad yet happy news is that answers were and are plentiful. Scholars, authors, columnists, businessmen, diplomats, scientists, soldiers, spies, clerics, artists, ex-presidents and ordinary citizens predicted the current mess in Iraq years back. It’s time we listened. So, with the goal of being much smarter by say, Tuesday, I’d ask lots of questions to people who got it right, starting yesterday. Specifically I’d ask…

* Is President Bush’s “Surge”—rushing 22,000 more troops to Iraq—merely a smokescreen to keep our focus off air and missile strikes he’s already planned for Iran in coming weeks?

* Is there anything to media reports that Bush/Cheney intend to bomb Iranian nuclear installations as early as April, so Tony Blair can lend political support before leaving office?

* Is the Washington Post right in estimating that Iran is still ten years away from building a nuke?

* How’s the freedom and democracy Reform Movement in Iran doing?

* Have our policies hindered this movement?

* Did Bush policies inadvertently bring about the 2005 runoff election of Iran’s radical president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad—an election he won by a narrow plurality?

* What will be the effect on Afghanistan of pulling soldiers out for use in Iraq or Iran at a time when the Taliban is rebuilding and heroin production is at an all-time high?

* Why do we need that $1 billion-plus embassy in Baghdad and those four huge military bases, capable of heavy air traffic, we’re building in Iraq? Are we planning to stay permanently?

* Was Nancy Pelosi correct to assert last week that we’re coercing Iraq into giving Western oil companies 75 percent of that country’s profits?

* Is our Middle East policy based on oil?

* Burning oil is destructive but indispensable for now. Someone has to keep those oil fields secure. Are we building a community of nations—not just a patchwork coalition of the willing—to make this happen in such a way that won’t lead to disastrous wars?

* What really happened at Tora Bora in late 2001? Did scores of al-Qaeda and Taliban fly, drive and run away to the mountains of Pakistan, with our aid, where bin Laden lives to this day?

* Did we allow a safe haven for al-Qaeda in Pakistan, a country bristling with nuclear technology, while blowing the lid off non-nuclear Iraq, which had nothing to do with 9/11?

* Was that George Bush’s idea? Dick Cheney’s? Was it based on ideas from a small but rich and influential cabal of so-called Neocons in Washington? How did this disaster happen?

* Is our own government’s National Intelligence Estimate correct, that the War in Iraq serves as a recruiting tool for al-Qaida and other terrorist outfits around the world?

* Was our decision to invade Iraq based largely on lies from a tortured man named Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi? Whose idea was it to make the use of such torture part of US policy?

* How is the morale of our soldiers? Why didn’t we pin medals on their chests and bring them home after capturing Saddam Hussein?

* Who is doing most of the killing in Iraq? Is it the Sunnis or is it Shiite militias beholden to the cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in league with the al-Maliki government? Are they working in league to murder Sunnis, using the new Iraqi army we’ve trained and protected?

* If so, does that make us a party to genocide against the Sunnis?

* Can we fix this mess starting yesterday?

More later.

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Don Williams is a prize-winning columnist and the founding editor and publisher of New Millennium Writings, an annual anthology of literary writing. His awards include a National

Endowment for the Humanities Michigan Journalism Fellowship, a Golden Presscard Award and the Malcolm Law Journalism Prize. He is finishing a novel, “Red State Blues,” set in his native Tennessee and Iraq. His book of selected journalism, “Heroes, Sheroes and Zeroes, the Best Writings About People” by Don Williams, is now available for ordering. For more information, email him at donwilliams7@charter.net. Or visit the NMW website at www.NewMillenniumWritings.com.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Hajji's Son Spanky's Iraq Pics

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IPstation




Chillinlikehodge




Copwarrior



War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children.
Jimmy Carter
US diplomat & Democratic politician (1924 - )

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

SOTU Doo Doo!



I am still feeling the ill effects of the SOTU last night.

Pardon me but does this so-called president ever get what he deserves, BOOOS!

To listen to the grand assembly of politicos and their incessant clapfest essentially allowing the lead idiot to rake in undeserved praise for statements undeserving of it as they were, made me physically ill.

The highlight of the speech was before Bush glad-handed Pelosi was her demeanor. She did not rise when the first applause fest happened, rather she remained seated momentarily, then rose but did not clap, I thought, good for her. That was the highlight for me, I turned the channel.

Jim Webb made a bold assertion that if the Prez would not do something about Iraq, Congress would, that lifted my spirits somewhat. Reality dictates SSDD in the halls of Congress, election is coming and that is the focus right now and probably will remain so until Bush bombs Iran into the dark ages in an attempt to force Armaggeddon upon the world.

Clinton and Edwards are already sucking up to the AIPAC crowd, would not want to abandon the Middle Easts' biggest terrorists and interrupt their "ethnic cleansing" of Palestine to suit their grand plans of an even larger state of Israel. Just think of a regional bully being supported by an even bigger bully, the US.

All in all the whole thing makes me sick to my stomach, politicos running around sucking up to everyone they can find, only to turn it all over to special interests after the election, and lying murderous leaders spouting the same old rhetoric, and receiving standing O's.

We have been dropped off at the gates of Bizzaro World, nothing can save us now.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Spanky's Coming Home!!!



Daily I check Iraq Coalition Casualties Count Website
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On days when the links take me to NAME NOT RELEASED YET - Al Anbar Province. It'll say something about a unit other than Grant's.

On days when there HAVE been casualties in his own unit, he's been able to call or e-mail pretty quickly to assure us of his safety. (if simply surviving can be called "safe".)

So almost every day I'm face with the mixed emotions of worry, relief and then...guilt.

Of the hundreds of thousands of other parents out there, the untold thousands of husbands, wives, children, friends and relatives who go through this same thing each day, those who are connected to 2.36 soldiers, sailors and airmen don't get the relief I got yesterday.

They get "the visit". The families of the wounded get "the call". Many thousands more, connected to the lives of names we can barely pronounce, much less hold in our hearts, the children of the lands we've invaded, don't even get that much.

There is a great deal of guilt in the relief.

May they all come home, indeed. May we cherish our children, our partners, our friends and our parents so much that we'll NEVER, EVER find reason to send them off to kill someone else's children, partners, friends and families for a handful of lies, for the bolstering of a tyrant's ego, for the glory of some imagined vengeful god, for the profit of warmongers, for the hubris of politicians. (but I repeat myself)

May any god whose name has been used to justify violence and the murder of innocents bring its wrath down on those arrogant enough to claim to know god's mind!

May all Mother's fears be lifted, may a global peace someday reflect in the softness of a child's sleeping face, a father's gentle touch.

-T

(from Hajji)

Feeling Rejected?



Oh no there he goes again being a pain in the ass, sure wish he would stop that it really annoys me.

The trauma of rejection by your peers is a problem that has been passed on from generation to generation with no apparent end in sight. But without rejection we would not no acceptance, so it is a necessary component of life, something to be accepted.

Every component in life has a definite purpose, whether positive or negative, it is an essential component and cannot be changed, it is therefore it IS.

Balance is the key to unlock the components of life, for to accept balance is to accept life.

We will war now but in the future there will be peace, thus the balance.

Hope there shall be for the peoples of the Earth that they will eventually learn peace and harmony through acceptance of the balance life holds.

Go live in peace.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Beam Me Down Scotty


White Mountain Sunrise

Photo courtesy of Saladin



Sunday, a day of worship for some, reflection for others and yet another day for many.

It has been a virtual cosmically proportioned event barrage, with the multiple hats being flung into the 08 election ring and the Chinese provoacatory satellite removal.

I won't talk about politics and elections today, instead the Chinese have made the real headlines here.

If you have not read the story yet because of MSM ignorance, go here for the story.

I do not have to tell you the PROFOUND implications this has on all currently orbiting satellites and the Space Station. With the pinheaded decision by the Chinese they have put everything up there at risk of damage from debris from their "little experiment".

I thought George Bush was the biggest idiot on the planet, now I'm going to have to add more idiots to the pile. This action by the Chinese is reckless and shows willful disregard for others interests. The very introduction of space debris into orbit endangers the lives of the Space Station occupants and any Shuttle trips. Willful disregard of human life is a felony offense.

Don't be surprised of your Satellite TV goes away or Cell phone loses service.

Send the Chinese Space Gang a Thank You card.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Don Williams New Column


Breathe deep the big lies



Inhale two announcements made this week - one happy, one tragic. Both of stellar significance, they spin through the open mind interlocked like a yin-yang wheel, connected in ways that should be more scandalous than they've become.

Both have relevance to heartland states such as Tennessee, where much of the nation's dirty work gets done despite high moral utterances, here where the Bible Belt latches onto the tobacco and energy industries. First, the happy news. The American Cancer Society said that the nation's cancer rates, including lung cancer, declined for the second year in row, proving it wasn't a fluke when it happened last year.

Now the alarming news. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved the hands of its symbolic Doomsday Clock from seven minutes of midnight to five minutes of midnight, to show how much more dangerous the world has grown since 2002.

These two announcements, so different in tone and substance, are linked in an eye-popping way. Our nation even now is coping with a campaign of lies regarding dangers of global warming - a campaign that grew out of a similar conspiracy regarding tobacco.

According to "Heat: How to Stop the Planet Burning," by George Monbiot - a book corroborated by a wide variety of sources - the tobacco industry deliberately lied and misled the American public about the dangers of tobacco, including the connection between cigarettes and cancer.

It took millions of deaths, years of research, lawsuits and those famous congressional hearings before our country woke up to the truth about tobacco abuse and began reversing the trend - though still half a million Americans will die of cancer this year.

Worse yet, our nation has become confused yet again by a campaign of lies regarding dangers of global warming that grew out of the lies regarding tobacco.

But here's the killer: Energy industries used some of the same public relations firms, bogus science organizations, news outlets and tactics to cast a smokescreen about global warming, especially its connection to greenhouse gases.

That's why so many people say glibly, "It's cyclical," when dismissing dangers posed by global warming, as if that phrase settles everything.

In "Heat," Monbiot chronicles how Philip Morris, the world's largest tobacco firm, perfected its lying strategies and then passed them along to ExxonMobil, the world's largest energy firm. It's a long, sordid story, but in a nutshell, here's what happened:

In 1992 the Environmental Protection Agency cited secondhand smoke as a serious health issue. By 1993, Philip Morris was fighting that allegation and others along a broad front. Monbiot quotes internal Philip Morris memos and letters proving the company created a disinformation network, giving millions of dollars to dozens of organizations that would lend the appearance of a grassroots yet science-based movement to cast doubt on the ill effects of tobacco.

Moreover, it camouflaged the campaign by grouping the dangers of tobacco with so-called myths, such as the alleged evils of cellophane, pesticides, nuclear waste and biotechnology, notions promoted by people it denigrated as extremists.

ExxonMobil enthusiastically signed on, then seized on the approach for its own purposes. It funded or helped fund more than 124 organizations, writes Monbiot, and most of them used some portion of it to promote the big lie that doubt still exists among serious scientists regarding global warming.

Pseudo-science organizations funded by ExxonMobil and others often present elaborate articles, replete with charts and graphs, to lend the appearance of authority, but these are not peer-reviewed articles, and while they bear resemblance to a sort of half truth, they're largely elaborate lies which have set the world back many years in its quest to save itself.

More later.


Don Williams is the founding editor of New Millennium Writings. You may write to him at P.O. Box 2463, Knoxville, TN 37901, e-mail him at donwilliams7@charter.net or phone him at 865-428-0389.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Wild Packs of Shih-Tzus?



By TUCKER McQUEEN
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 01/19/07

Be on your guard. The Shih Tzus are loose in east Cobb.

Residents of a condominium community on Powers Ferry Road have sounded the alarm that a pack of noisy, furry little dogs has been free-ranging on their property.

Property manager Leonard Danuloff of the Covered Bridge Condo Association uses a dish of water to try to coax one of two stray Shih Tzu dogs that have lived in the neighborhood for at least four weeks and have so far eluded residents as well as animal control workers.

The two stray Shih Tzus originally were four. One was a road victim, and another has disappeared. Some residents indulge the dogs; others want them gone.


Four shaggy little dogs, bearing an uncanny resemblance to agitated rag mops with teeth, first appeared shortly before Thanksgiving.

Residents don't know how the dogs, likely Shih Tzu mixes, shed their lives of domestication. Most recently, they have only spotted two of the dogs. Reportedly, one was killed a few weeks ago after straying onto nearby Powers Ferry Road. Another is, apparently, on the lam.

The skittish canines have run circles around would-be captors. They yap at anyone who tries to come close.

Condo resident Marti Kelefas said they have avoided being lassoed, netted or tricked into a cage.

Cobb animal control officers were called in and set a trap. They couldn't nab the dogs but did snare someone's long-haired cat.

One concerned neighbor suggested they use a tranquilizer gun, but officials pointed out those are normally reserved for large game, not 7-pound canines.

Covered Bridge condo manager Leonard Danuloff cornered the pups inside the swimming pool fence. The wily dogs dug under the fence and escaped.

Gabriella Toth is determined to tame the pooches and give them a home.

"People act as if they are 400-pound tigers," she said. "They bark a lot, but they are scared and don't know what else to do."

And Toth believes the pair might be adding to their number soon. She said one of the pooches is suspiciously plump.

In the condo office, Danuloff watched the male dog guarding his mate as Toth approached them.

Bringing food and water four times a day, Toth is honing her skills as a Shih Tzu handler.

On Wednesday she thought she was close to catching them ... up until the moment they scooted away.

"They are just so damn cute," she said. "If I don't feed them, they will die."

Animal Control officials warn that feeding them makes catching the canines more difficult, but Toth has ignored the advice. One homeowner brings them chicken and another serves them fried eggs.

Toth built an insulated doghouse on a covered bridge at the rear of the neighborhood and filled it with stuffed animals and warm blankets. She provides distilled water so they won't drink out of a nearby creek.

Not all of the condo's residents are sympathetic. Toth said she saw a large man kicking at the dogs.

She told him she would break every bone in his legs if he hurt them.

Another homeowner, Wendy Bassner, became concerned after one of the dogs came after her Jack Russell terrier. She had heard there was a pack of wild dogs loose in the neighborhood.

But somehow the terms "wild" and "Shih Tzu" don't seem to go together.

In recent weeks she has warmed to them.

"They shouldn't be out here in the cold, she said. "They should be someone's pampered pets. They should have a nice home."

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Electricity is the Hero


The subject of alternate transportation and taxing the current modes thereof has been brought up.

Some favor a carbon tax, some favor mass transit, I favor electricity.

Personally I believe cars that run on electricity are the answer here. My background in the automotive field has taught me one very important thing, gas and diesel powered vehicles are dirty, complicated, and expensive to repair and maintain.

There is a need for more cars that are electric powered. These are far less complicated, simpler to maintain and less pollutant creating than their fossil fuel counterparts. There would be fossil fuels used to build these cars, but once built, their fossil fuel days are over. Except for replacement parts there would not be any daily consumption of oil and oil products.
Lubricants can be and are made of synthetic polymers, tires also are being turned over to poly-type components.

Right now batteries are being used for electricity storage but with some research being done in the area of super capacitors, also an electrical storage device, they could be used instead of the chemical reaction batteries. This is not that complicated to do, several of the major automakers are currently building prototypes of electric vehicles. With incentives they could rush to production a vehicle that would equal the performance of any fossil fuel vehicle.

The question of poor people availability was raised. Electric cars could be made very affordable and a lot cheaper than current cars just because of their simplicity, less parts means less money outlay and lower maintenance cost over the long term.

Truly a lot more viable than imposing a tax penalty on fossil fuel vehicles which would directly impact the folks least able to pay, without leaving them any alternatives, electric cars would be a real answer to energy consumption now, and would allow the mobility so many people need.

Now about wind and solar power.......

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Gloom and Doom and Oil

The oil flow must not be stopped!!

The oil junkies cry loudly when the prices go up, wa wa wa wa! we cannot afford to feed our giant SUV's!! $2.65 per gallon gas prices upset the Stepford crowd in their Suburbans and Land Rovers.

Well better button up your sniveling yaps! The END is near and not the end of high gas prices, the end of freedom to move about the country using gas to do it, don't worry diesel will not save your traveling asses either.

Once the war with Iran commences the prices we pay at the pump now will seem like the gas wars of the 60's. Expect to pay $5.00+ per gallon to go to the Mall in your gas sucking pig.
OPEC has been the object to be defeated in the 'war on terror' not terrorists. When banks send out warnings of impending financial doom if a war with Iran starts up, you better get you butt down and trade in that gas pig on an economical car or plan on walking to the Mall for your China goods.

It appears there is no one in this country willing to step up to the plate and whack the fascists in DC hard enough to dislodge their money grubbing asses from their offices. Instead heads are in the sand about the goings on with an 'ignore it and it will go away' attitude pervading society.

As long as Bush and his cronies are in power we as a free society are at risk. They have been busy setting up the laws in this country to favor a fascist-authoritarian-totalitarian state to replace the one we have all have been used to since 1776. Bit by bit, piece by piece we are being set up for the kill.

Political posturing is irrelevant at this point, full scale rebellion is in order, with tar and feathers. Right now, no one really cares to take the steps necessary to stop the wheels from taking us down the road to oblivion and that is our downfall.

When we wake to the reality of a full scale war with Iran it will be too late.

So carry on with your rampant consumerism, it will all be over soon.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Are We Dumber than Dogs?


I was thinking the other day about something that is happening slowly and maybe deliberately.

I am talking about the 'dumbing' of America.

Not hard to see how dumb we have become, just look around at your fellow occupants of America and it will be painfully obvious what is happening here today. We are doing stupid things in record numbers. Lets start with the TV and see where it goes from there.

Laugh tracks, 1/2 hour sitcoms, surviving ridiculous scenarios, people willing to subject themselves to ridicule for their 15 minutes of fame and misfortune. All the while the masses soak it in and bring the previous nights' episodes to the workplace and yak around the water cooler for hours about it while getting paid minimum wage. What a country!

Traffic reflects the stupidity of the masses by having collisions at speeds less than 25mph because they were reading and yakking on cell phones when they should have been paying attention. Carry those same actions to the left lane(passing lane) and driving 5 to 10mph slower than or equal to the adjoining lanes making it impossible to get around their busy little selves, all the while they are oblivious to anyone around them.

Neighbors are not much better at being smart with barking dogs at all hours, while tuning in to the latest episode of Survivor, mowing lawns 1/2 hour before dark, parking their cars on your lawn for the redneck brew fest next door.

Who is responsible? Well the hard truth is, we are. Once we tolerate ineptitude we in effect condone it. By refusing to improve we become retarded and stagnant. Political considerations are the furthest things from their simple little minds. By turning over our children to a school system, who as their main concern, is to keep the student flow going out the door and graduating with lower reading and comprehension skills, just enough to move them out we condone it.

We have set ourselves up for what we see today, total rule by a dictator. Only thing is we are too stupid to see that because of all the aforementioned items, have prepared us as sheep ripe for the slaughter by those that would use us for their own gain.

They have established a financial system that favors the rich and gleans the poor, they have established a government that rules with an iron fist and can imprison at will anyone they feel is not towing the line.

Yes what a fine mess you all have gotten us into now. By allowing stupidity to flourish you have set us up like dominoes, to be knocked down at the governments will. And right now theres' not a damn thing you can do about it.

The dogs ARE smarter, they have us working for them.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Dr. Martin Luther King

1929—68, American clergyman and civil-rights leader, b. Atlanta, Ga., grad. Morehouse College (B.A., 1948), Crozer Theological Seminary (B.D., 1951), Boston Univ. (Ph.D., 1955). The son of the pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, King became (1954) minister of the Dexter Ave. Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala. He led the black boycott (1955—56) of segregated city bus lines and in 1956 gained a major victory and prestige as a civil-rights leader when Montgomery buses began to operate on a desegregated basis.

King organized the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), which gave him a base to pursue further civil-rights activities, first in the South and later nationwide. His philosophy of nonviolent resistance led to his arrest on numerous occasions in the 1950s and 60s. His campaigns had mixed success, but the protest he led in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963 brought him worldwide attention. He spearheaded the Aug., 1963, March on Washington, which brought together more than 200,000 people.

In 1964 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.King's leadership in the civil-rights movement was challenged in the mid-1960s as others grew more militant. His interests, however, widened from civil rights to include criticism of the Vietnam War and a deeper concern over poverty. His plans for a Poor People's March to Washington were interrupted (1968) for a trip to Memphis, Tenn., in support of striking sanitation workers.

On Apr. 4, 1968, he was shot and killed as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel (since 1991 a civil-rights museum).

James Earl Ray, a career criminal, pleaded guilty to the murder and was convicted, but he soon recanted, claiming he was duped into his plea. Ray's conviction was subsequently upheld, but he eventually received support from members of King's family, who believed King to have been the victim of a conspiracy. Ray died in prison in 1998. In a jury trial in Memphis in 1999 the King family won a wrongful-death judgment against Loyd Jowers, who claimed (1993) that he had arranged the killing for a Mafia figure. Many experts, however, were unconvinced by the verdict, and in 2000, after an 18-month investigation, the Justice Dept. discredited Jowers and concluded that there was no evidence of an assassination plot.

King wrote Stride toward Freedom (1958), Why We Can't Wait (1964), and Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (1967). His birthday is a national holiday, celebrated on the third Monday in January. King's wife, Coretta Scott King, has carried on various aspects of his work. She also wrote My Life with Martin Luther King (1989)

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Don Williams New Column


Bush’s gamble; our world

by Don Williams

We’d best get ahead of the game. The Kid from Waco may be wacko, but he’s the one dealing the cards. And near as I can tell, the game is chaos. It’s as if somebody powerful made the town drunk sheriff and he thinks he’s a gambler and a gunslinger. The real problem could be his sidekick, though, Deadeye Dick.

Yes, I’m harping on George W. Bush and Dick Cheney again, and people who don’t mind being lied to and jerked around outrageously by oil and arms merchants will complain against critics like me. But what can you do? What other subject is worthy of op-ed writers who take the world seriously? True, “there are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke,” in the words of Bob Dylan, “but you and I, we’ve been through that, and this is not our fate, so let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late.”

How late? So late that Bush’s “shock and awe” has ignited a fire that’s spreading like flame chasing spilt gasoline--into Somalia, Pakistan, Lebanon, Israel, possibly Iran and Syria. It’s moving so fast so suddenly that the posse who built Bush up as someone worthy to run the world—people like James Baker, Republican Supreme Court justices, and once overly-friendly Big Media types like Tim Russert--are learning the hard way that George W. Bush is out of control.

Item: While you were sleeping, Thursday morning, Americans raided the Iranian consulate in Irbil, an industrial town in Kurdish Northern Iraq, near the Iranian border. This just hours after Bush accused Iran and Syria—without offering evidence—of providing material support for attacks on American troops. Meanwhile, American gunships are killing people in Somalia. Our government is calling them al-Qaida, and people without pride will take Bush’s word for it. Me? I’ll wait on the evidence.

There are times when America needs to exert force, but we’d best find a way to curb a president who rules through use of signing statements, “faulty intelligence,” torture, wiretaps, press leaks, threats, manipulation and whim, all while ignoring the majority.

It’s not enough for Congress to make a fuss with a vote of no-confidence against sending 22,000 more troops to Baghdad. That’s already happening. Some talking heads say smart move, he’s passing to his successor—maybe John McCain or Hillary Clinton. The new presidential sweepstakes have begun, they exult. Isn’t this fun?

But not so fast. Two years can be a long time, and international poker’s a deadly game when played in the Texas gunslinger style. Dubya’s going double or nothing, drawing to an inside straight, with lots of wild cards. And if he loses in Iraq, he’ll curtail the game by starting a brawl, I’d wager. You could hear it in his speech Wednesday night, when he put Iran and Syria on notice. With gunboats in the Gulf and serious reporters like Seymour Hersh citing contingency plans for bombing Iran, those of us who oppose WWIII had best get ahead of the game.

Lest you think spreading the war is new policy, consider a widely quoted saying from halcyon days of the Neocons. “Men go to Baghdad, real men go to Damascus and Tehran.” Or this from writer Ron Suskind, quoting a White House Neocon: “We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality… we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too… We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.'' Time to run the Necons out of the game.

A report on CNN, Wednesday, pointed out Bush’s so-called “surge” tactic was hatched at the American Enterprise Institute, a Neocon think tank in Washington. And it was little noted by big media last week that Cheney’s hand has been dramatically strengthened. Zalmay Khalilzad, set to replace John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is a Cheney protégé. So is Mike McConnell, whom Bush dealt in as our new national intelligence director. I’m not heartened to hear Tim Russert say on MS-NBC, Wednesday, “Iran is going to surface in a very acute way… we have to cover it very carefully.” Remember yellowcake? Aluminum tubes? Mobile anthrax labs? Aerial drones? Saddam ties to al-Qaida? Well, get set for a new parade of lies on TV. Face it, media profit from wars. So do arms merchants, energy corporations, aircraft makers and congressional people of both parties. So who’ll stop the war?

As Molly Ivens said recently, “It’s up to us, Bubba, you and me.” But what can a person do? You might start by taking two minutes to phone (800) 614-2803, to reach the Congressional switchboard and ask for your senator or representative. Tell them you’re against spreading the war in Iraq. Then you might take a moment to email Complex2030@nnsa.doe.gov . That’s the National Nuclear Security Administration, which is taking citizen comments through Jan. 17, 2007, on a proposal to build a new nuclear bomb factory. It’s a factory that could return us to Cold War levels of production—with attendant cancer, pollution and treaty violations. Tell them you oppose it. Our so-called leaders and their minions are way ahead of us in having their way with reality. Maybe to them it’s a game. But it’s our world they’re gambling.

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Don Williams is a prize-winning columnist and the founding editor and publisher of New Millennium Writings, an annual anthology of literary writing. His awards include a National

Endowment for the Humanities Michigan Journalism Fellowship, a Golden Presscard Award and the Malcolm Law Journalism Prize. He is finishing a novel, “Red State Blues,” set in his native Tennessee and Iraq. His book of selected journalism, “Heroes, Sheroes and Zeroes, the Best Writings About People” by Don Williams, is now available for ordering. For more information, email him at donwilliams7@charter.net. Or visit the NMW website at www.NewMillenniumWritings.com.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Our Future is a Work in Progress





Because things are as off-track as they are in our country, a reasonable person would have great difficulty deciding WHAT to try to fix first. As bad as things are, with the start of the 110th Congress, this should be a time of optimism and a time for rejuvenation. I wish it was possible to wave a magic wand -- Voila! -- and clean up the incredible messes created by the corruption, arrogance, stupidity, greed, hubris, hatred, intolerance that have mired our country into the deep muddy we're in.

But, there is no magic wand. So, we have to go with what we have -- what we have is the momentum to move forward, working together, shoulder to shoulder, nose to the grindstone -- for the good of all, not the few.

Taking just one example of progress: The 110th Congress is barely a week old, and there's light at the end of the tunnel to restore and protect a fair and independent federal judiciary. Three of The Decider's worst judicial nominees have already withdrawn their names because they know that with the new Congress, they had no chance of confirmation. Well, to me, that's some measure of progress.

State legislatures all over the nation are going to have to focus their energies on proactive legislation because the people are demanding it. At the state level, election reform and voters' rights are on the table -- and the people are taking their concerns to the federal level in record numbers. That's progress.

Voters sent a message in November, and the 110th Congress is paying attention. That's progress. The 109th Congress, with the lockstep Republican majority, was bush's enabler. Will changes happen fast enough for everyone? Obviously, the answer is "No." There are things on Congress's agenda that hold little interest for some, but are big issues for others. Many Americans are acutely interested in raising the minimum wage -- some of those Americans make barely enough money in an hour to buy two loaves of bread, with nothing left over to buy something to put ON the bread! Those Americans are eager to see the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 (H.R. 2) fully implemented!

H.R. 1, "Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act of 2007" passed on January 9, 2007. Now, of course, the proof is in the pudding. But, it's a start. Under the previous Congress, this would never have passed -- in fact, it would never have come to a vote!

H.R. 6, to "End Subsidies for Big Oil and Invest in Renewable Energy" holds huge possibilities for our future. If this legislation passes on January 18, it is a step towards reducing our dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels. It's not enough, but it's a start.

For the first time in years, Americans are focusing their attention and energies on necessary changes, not just on Washington, DC, but in their home states as well -- they are more involved at the local level. That's a huge step forward, because that helps bring us together with a unified voice on important issues that effect us all.

We need to end the so-called "endless wars" that the neocons have orchestrated and perpetrated, but we also need to continue making real progress on issues that are important to many Americans right here on the homefront. We cannot rid ourselves of wars and constant upheaval around the world, if we do not protect ourselves right here at home, protecting voting rights, elections' integrity, fair wages, access to education, transparent government -- the list goes on.

Onward! Let's build on the momentum. Our future is "a work in progress."

From: Micki

Friday, January 12, 2007

Friday Funny Pictures









Moon my eye! No, Moon o'r Miami! No, Moon is high! Aw fuggetaboutit!

Submit essay's for publication on the greatest blog in the known universe! (No porn please!)

Lets get ripping on the repugs!!!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Crazy like a Fox


With what will doth cast war? With the ineptitude of a small rodent.

Or is that what they want us to think? Is it all an elaborate ruse to convince the public that our CIC is nuts?

What is really happening behind the scenes?

Right now we are being set up, set up to take the biggest fall since 9/11.

With Bushes poll numbers in the teens and an increasingly less patient American populous, the time draws near. Certain events have been scheduled to provoke outrage with the Iranians.
The latest being storming the Iranian Consulate in Iraq".

This is one in a series of events to provoke the Iranians. With the Iranians properly provoked it will be more believable when the Iranians supposedly react by sending an American aircraft carrier to the bottom of the Persian Gulf. The tools are in place to accomplish just that. With an extra aircraft carrier in the Gulf, it could be sacrificed, and still not drop the American presence below the numbers that it had before.

Israel has recently purchased submarines from Germany.

Need it be said that an event such as this would incite the American populous to a fever pitch.
The call to arms would be heard round the county, those evil Iranians must be punished, if not wiped off the face of the Earth, the public would instantly go from anti-war to anti-Iran and anything goes.

This false flag incident would have to be carefully planned to ensure the proper results. Could be why the WH is so smug right now, they are definitely up to something.

The American people would want justice and would be play into the neo-con and neo-Zionists hands. Congress would unite against the extreme loss of American lives in the incident, there would be no stopping the machine.

With the incident happening in the Persian Gulf there would be less chance of the incident proven to be false flag, and it would be perceived as genuine by the majority in America.

To this I attach the urgency to remove the neo-cons from their high perches, or it will be Armageddon.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Message from the Prez


Message from the Prez


Tony Snow has sent us a message from our esteemed leader, President Bush, our commander in chief. The message is…stay outta my way. I’m the president and I’ll do things the way I want to do things. In a briefing on January 8 Tony Snow was asked questions about the planned ‘surge’ in Iraq . Snow, the white house press secretary and spokesman stated clearly that "Congress has the power of the purse. The President has the ability to exercise his own authority if he thinks Congress has voted the wrong way."

When asked about the November election where the Republicans lost their majority in the House and the Senate, Snow manipulated the feelings of most Americans on the topic of the war. He stated, "The President believes that-if you take a look, Jim, at the elections you can read any number of messages. I mean, when people were asked in exit interviews what was their top concern Iraq was number four, corruption was number one. And guess what? You had 10 members of the Republican caucus who had problems and they all lost." Never mind that the corruption helped feed a majority who protected the president and escalated the overwhelming problems we face.

So the message….Bush does not, nor will he ever listen to the newly elected Democratic Congress. They are a nuisance. Nor does he listen to the people of the United States whom he serves. In his mind we serve him. The truth is, in poll after poll the great majority of Americans see the war in Iraq as a lost cause. In an August CNN poll 60% of Americans opposed the war. A majority supported a withdrawal of troops. I could come up with innumerable other polls coming to the same conclusion. The point is the president is ignoring the very people he serves. And, equally important, he is taking the message of the Congress and the people and manipulating it to serve his own agenda. Of course this is all very obvious.

The questions are…What do we do with a presidential administration that has an agenda clearing at odds with the American people, the Congress, and most of the rest of the world? And what do we do with a president who has an agenda that is looking more and more dangerous and out of control?

From: Jeanne

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

SSDD


Same shit, different day, seems to be the theme recently and frankly I have been harping on the Mis-Administration so long my fingers are tired.

Every day goes by and the strife continues, wars, poverty, injustice, and Chimpy still in the WH stirring up shit. This time Somalia, another 'oil rich' nation that obviously needs the BIG OIL boys to come in and take it so the citizens will not have to worry about that bad old AlQueda messing things up.

Or are they? Is it Al Queda we are after? Really? HMMM! Prove it!........crickets chirping.......
Just as I thought, another adventure in gunbarrel politics, spittin DU from a circling C130 Gunship at the supposed Al Queda goomers stopping us from getting our slimy fingers on the oil.

Distraction and diversion while we rob another country blind. Now THAT'S foreign policy!

State Department? what State Department, why use diplomacy when bullets will do it quicker.

Sickening behavior from a supposed moral Christian country such as the US. Add it to the heap of unnecessary death and destruction to ensure Exxon/Mobil and others can keep raking in record profits while destroying the earth with pollution.

Sickening, absolutely sickening.

On another topic, I know there are a bunch of budding writers in the comments section every day, it is to those writers that I propose an avenue of expression, albeit this small forum in which to express their views. If someone has something important, to them, to write, I will post their essay as the lead topic.

This blog is mine but not about me, plenty of room for everyone to participate. E-mail me.

Monday, January 08, 2007

IMPEACH!

Photo:John Montgomery

"Do you think the country has the stomach for another impeachment?" asked ABC7's Noel Cisneros.

"I think we don't have the stomach for another two years of Bush," protester Dan Brook responded.


Well there you have it, 1000+ people willing to risk their privacy skins to spell out the infamous "I" word out loud and in Nancy(impeachment is off the table) Pelosi's district.

The real question is how to pull off impeachment without taking our eyes off the ball in Iraq.

Some suggested impeaching members lower down the ladder such as staff and advisor's of the current regime. That would be a start but the issue is time. Time left? Less than two years now.
By the time anything is final this administration will be wrapping up it's tenure.

There is only one way to rid the country of this scourge to the Bill of Rights and The Constitution, bring criminal charges that will stick against the goomer-in-chief and his cohorts, Deadeye Dick, and the rest of the Negroponte wing. Lets begin with starting a war without proper authorization, then throw in some torture and inhumane treatment and stir in a few lawyers and voila! Enough serious legal entanglements to cause resignation of all parties until the cases are settled.

This means gathering the necessary cahones (balls) to set the wheels in motion. The rhetorical phase is over, the course is clear. Serious Constitutional violations have been committed by people entrusted to guard it from all threats to it, inside and outside of government, to let these violations go unpunished is just plain un-American!

Mamby-pamby, pussy-wussy individuals need not apply, this is not a job for the sqeamish of heart. It is serious stuff and whoever takes on the job will not be Mr. Popularity, but in the long run it would be good for the country to excise the rif-raf that is dragging us around in the mud of the world, end this stupid effin war and return the rights and privileges guaranteed by the Founding Fathers when they wrote and ratified The Constitution in 1776.

These neo-con freaks MUST be excised from office before they can do any more damage.



Sunday, January 07, 2007

Thanks Alan!





Alan sent these to me, so I thought why not post them for all to see,

plenty of time to be serious next week!!

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Don Williams New Column



Bush’s Un-magnificent Obsession

by Don Williams

“Call me Ishmael.”

So begins one of the world's great books about obsession--the one Miss Elders tried to make you read in high school--“Moby-Dick” by Herman Melville.

I’m thinking we should all call ourselves Ishmael. Like that edgy, storm-tossed storyteller, we’ve borne witness to our own national tale of obsession, destiny and ruin. For years we’ve watched George W. Bush threaten, plead and browbeat others into following him through uncharted waters, like some latter day Captain Ahab.

In the end, Bush handled the killing of Saddam Hussein about like Ahab handled killing that whale.

He bungled it.

Taunts and curses on one of the holiest days of the Muslim year, crude gestures, death imagery, and last insults against ancestors of enemies. Such marked the final moments of that monster-turned-martyr, Saddam Hussein. He lives yet in a million re-enactments on the Internet. Sightings occur daily.

“Death to Moby Dick!” said Ahab, in Chapter 36. “God hunt us all if we do not hunt Moby Dick to his death!"

“We’re on the hunt!” Bush said more than once, referring to Osama bin Laden. “Dead or alive,” he vowed. The rapidity with which our war on bin Laden morphed into his war on Saddam Hussein is a measure of Bush’s obsession.

To plumb the depths of such obsession is to enter a tragedy worthy of Shakespeare. Oedipal issues regarding king-and-prince, blood vengeance, rebellion, license, betrayal, oaths and will-to-power mark our ongoing epic.

“He tried to kill my father,” said Bush, who obviously regarded his father’s decision not to finish Saddam off in the Gulf War as a mistake.

“Small reason was there to doubt, then, that ever since that almost fatal encounter,” writes Melville, in Chapter 41, “Ahab had cherished a wild vindictiveness against the whale. The White Whale swam before him as the monomaniac incarnation of all those malicious agencies which some deep men feel eating in them….”

It’s often been suggested that Melville saw Ahab’s ship, the Pequod, as symbolic of the whole world. In the end, Ahab’s obsessions lead to the destruction of that world.

Had Bush set out to destroy the world he could hardly have devised a better plan than the one we’ve seen him enact. Signs are that he intends to continue down the path of destruction he’s laid out. More nukes, more war, more environmental degradation, more energy dependence, more catastrophic debt, more broken treaties, all lie ahead in his final two years, most likely.

Despite warnings from Bush’s generals and his own father’s advisers; despite defeat of Republicans in the last election, the lowest poll numbers of Bush’s career, the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld, Iraq’s slide into civil war, a death toll exceeding half a million by some estimates, including 3,000 dead American troops, Bush has made it clear he’s staying the course in Iraq, at least for now. A finger in the wind suggests Bush intends sending 20,000 more troops to Baghdad. Construction of the super-expensive American embassy and military bases continues apace. Meanwhile an American fleet gathers in the Persian Gulf.

What does it all mean?

Seymour Hersh, writing in New Yorker magazine, suggested in November that Bush is rolling the dice. He's going double-or-nothing to try and pull his presidency—his place in history--from the drink. Unless he meets a storm of resistance—perhaps even IF he meets such a storm—he’ll likely bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities sometime in coming months, even though experts say Iran is years away from developing a bomb. Because such facilities are spread out, and because Iran holds many more people than Iraq, the result could be many thousands more added to the ledger of lives lost to Bush’s obsessive and misguided policies.

Meanwhile, Saddam lives on in digital space as well as hearts and minds. Iran and Iraq are mostly Shiite nations, and Shiites love to hate Saddam. But most in the Muslim world are Sunni, and many of them have a brand new martyr in Saddam. Most of us would like nothing better than to leave Saddam’s hateful memory atop the ashes of 2006, but Bush’s policies have made certain he’ll be with us a long time to come, haunting our dreams and visions like some monster from the deep.

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Don Williams is a prize-winning columnist and the founding editor and publisher of New Millennium Writings, an annual anthology of literary writing. His awards include a National

Endowment for the Humanities Michigan Journalism Fellowship, a Golden Presscard Award and the Malcolm Law Journalism Prize. He is finishing a novel, “Red State Blues,” set in his native Tennessee and Iraq. His book of selected journalism, “Heroes, Sheroes and Zeroes, the Best Writings About People” by Don Williams, is now available for ordering. For more information, email him at donwilliams7@charter.net. Or visit the NMW website at www.NewMillenniumWritings.com.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Bushtoons








There you have it, a bit of humor directed at a person who in reality is NOT funny, but merely a sick twisted megalomaniac that happens to POTUS.

A big welcome goes out to all the former Cornbloggers that stopped by to post a comment or two, feel free to visit anytime.

Fresh coffee in the corner and day old donuts on the side, kick back and relax, it's Friday!!!