Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
Jaun Cole's Informed Comment makes for grim reading today...
Morning all! Overcast and highs in the 50s forcast for Auburn today. Hope the weather is ok where you are. Late nite humor:"Yesterday, the British government announced they're going to begin pulling their troops out of Iraq. Of course, it could take them a while because they're flying home on JetBlue." --Conan O'Brien"Denmark and Lithuania have also announced that they're pulling their troops from Iraq. Actually, it's just one guy who's half Danish and half Lithuanian. " --Conan O'Brien"The '08 race heating up. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have both set up MySpace pages. ... Barack has twice as many MySpace friends as Hillary. In fact, Obama's MySpace page is almost as impressive as Bill Clinton's page on Match.com." --Conan O'Brien"Britney Spears' hair is being sold on eBay. The price has skyrocketed to $1 million. But a collector who owns a lock of Abraham Lincoln's hair says that it's really only worth $5,000. So, everyone just calm down and listen to the clear-headed advice of the guy who owns Abraham Lincoln's hair." --Conan O'Brien"Lots of people giving up things for Lent. Tony Blair is giving up the war in Iraq." --Jay Leno"The British announced they are pulling their troops out of Iraq. Dick Cheney immediately called it good news. He said it is a sign we are winning." --Jay Leno"Senator Barack Obama was in Los Angeles last night for a huge campaign fundraiser. That shows you what a great country this is -- when an African-American with a Kansas mother and a Kenyan father, who spent time growing up in Indonesia and is running for president, spending time in a state where Spanish-speaking people have elected an Austrian governor." --Jay Leno"Today in Japan, the vice president made a visit to the USS Kitty Hawk. As the vice president boarded the ship, he was given with a 19-gun salute. And then two Navy sailors were injured when Cheney returned fire." --Jay Leno"Vice President Dick Cheney was in Japan. He stepped off the airplane in Tokyo and flashed that winning sneer. ... Right now he's in Australia. And just for fun, he shot a koala bear." --David Letterman
Can you even imagine the fallout if U.S. troops had killed Ammar al-Hakim?bush's preferred policy of shoot first, ask questions later is going to be our ruination.
The U.S. has outsourced so many war and reconstruction duties that there are almost as many contractors (120,000) as U.S. troops (135,000) in the war zone.
According to the Elon University Poll:Sixty-four percent of respondents disapproved or strongly disapproved of Bush's handling of the Iraq war - up from 57 percent last year - while 31 percent approved or strongly approved of it, a decrease from 38.5 percent last year.+++++++31% still approve? Way too high.
Who/what is the Elon University Poll? Using the computer-assisted telephone interviewing lab on campus, Elon University conducts frequent regional and statewide surveys on issues of importance to North Carolinians as well as other southern states. Information from these polls is shared with media, citizens, and public officials to facilitate informed public policy making through the better understanding of citizens’ opinions and attitudes. By conducting several public opinion surveys annually, the Elon University Poll is easily recognized as the “poll of record in North Carolina.”Elon University students work as phone interviewers and conduct all of the surveys for the poll. Dr. Hunter Bacot is director of the Elon University Poll.February 23, 2007: Elon Poll of Southeastern states shows 57 percent oppose U.S. troop surge in Iraq.
Micki --- There is always about 1/3 fools...
Elon University is a private, liberal arts university located in Elon, North Carolina.The University was founded in 1889 by the Christian Church, which is now the United Church of Christ. Formerly known as Elon College, it became Elon University on June 1, 2001. Elon is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is ranked as one of the top southern master's-level universities by U.S.News & World Report.
Hain't we got all the fools in town on our side? And ain't that a big enough majority in any town?- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Are they born fools? Or do they work at becoming fools?
The FUN PART???????????????"If you're going to advocate a course of action that basically is withdrawal of our forces from Iraq, then you don't get to just do the fun part of that, that says, 'Well, we're going to get out,' and appeal to your constituents on that basis," Cheney said. Gawdalmighty! cheney is loonier than I thought.
They's all taught to be fools...
You've Got To Be Carefully Taught You've got to be taughtTo hate and fear,You've got to be taughtFrom year to year,It's got to be drummedIn your dear little earYou've got to be carefully taught.You've got to be taught to be afraidOf people whose eyes are oddly made,And people whose skin is a diff'rent shade,You've got to be carefully taught.You've got to be taught before it's too late,Before you are six or seven or eight,To hate all the people your relatives hate,You've got to be carefully taught!
I was going to try to break Gerald's posting record, but then I thought.....why?
Yes....things are progressing in Iraq, so says cheney:Roundup of Iraq Violence - Feb. 24, 2007By Laith HammoudiMcClatchy Newspapers- Habbaniya- At 4:30 p.m., a truck bomb exploded near a Sunni Muslim mosque and a marketplace in this city near Fallujah, the heart of the Sunni insurgency in Anbar province, killing 36 worshipers and wounding more than 60.- Baghdad_ Eight Iraqi national policemen were killed when as many as 10 insurgents armed with rifles and grenades attacked a police checkpoint near Baghdad International Airport. U.S. troops and air support responded, and the U.S. military reported that two of the attackers were killed.- The Ministry of Interior's Operations Center reported that 10 civilians were injured when four mortar shells fell in the Abo Dsheer neighborhood of south Baghdad at 11 a.m..- At 12:00 p.m., two civilians were killed and four were wounded when a parked car bomb exploded on the main road of Al Jami’aa street in west Baghdad. The explosion targeted an Iraqi army patrol that was passing through. The Iraqi army surrounded the area, but the of the army casualties were not known.- At 12:30 p.m., two civilians were killed and 10 were injured, including two women and a child, when a parked car bomb exploded near the museum square in the Al Alawi neighborhood of downtown Baghdad- At 2 p.m., one civilian was killed and 14 were injured when mortar rounds fell in the Shula neighborhood of northwest Baghdad.- At 4:54 p.m., three civilians were killed and at least nine were injured when a car bomb exploded in Jadiria, not far from the headquarters of Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), a prominent Shiite political party.- Police found 20 dead bodies in Baghdad, two in the Rusafa area on the east side of the Tigris River and 18 corpses in Karkh on the western side of Baghdad.- Kirkuk- A Kirkuk police official announced that an improvised explosive device targeting a police patrol exploded Saturday morning near the third bridge in the city north of Baghdad. According to the official, there were no injuries but the bomb damaged a civilian car that was passing near the patrol.- In al Masla neighborhood, where there has been other violence this month, the Emergency Police Forces found and defused three IEDs and detained two people suspected of planting an IED in the area.
1/3 idiots? plenty of stock for Blackwater to draw upon when they declare nationwide martial law.Way to go parents! you raised 'em up reeeeel gooood.Starting in the 70's it was decided that it was OK to be stupid and accommodations for stupidity were made, too stupid to fill out a form? We will do it for you, too stupid to pass your test? We will help you.Whatever you do don't make someone actually LEARN how to do that stuff. A stupid population is easier to manipulate.Darth Cheney likes the dumb ones.Few good sheeple.
Micki --- But Y not?
Why not, indeed! Why didn't my mind stay made up?
Why am I asking these questions?
Robert F. Kennedy challenged us to "dream of things that never were and say, "Why not?"
Great ideas are waiting. Why not?
Afternoon all!Snowing and blowing here in MN. Den, I watched Democracy Now on Friday about immigration and detention centers. There are certain things that should NEVER be for profit. Prisons are one of them. Prisoners are going to be denied basic needs and the owners are going to always be looking for inmates. Pretty gross. It's horrifying that entire families are being held. I know without even thinking about it that there are going to be horrific stories coming out of those places. Young teens being seperated from their parents? Do you think they're being protected from abuse, starvation, neglect? No.
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Prison for profit dictates there always be plenty of inmates, if not no profit.
micki, your 16 of 25 posts is a good start. Keep up the good work!!!
Robert Reich said on his blog:Betting on the OscarThe odds are better than 50-50 that Al Gore’s "Inconvenient Truth" will win an Oscar for best documentary at next Sunday’s Academy Awards. The odds are better than one in three that, when accepting the Oscar, and while being watched by 29 million people, Gore will announce he is running for president in 2008.+++++++++I hope he wins an Oscar, but I also hope he doesn't announce he is running for president in '08.He should wait until he wins the Nobel Prize to announce. (When is that? Would it be too late?)
Does Robert Reich have inside info?
Wonderful funnies Den.Micki,The high (low 30's) percentage of people who still approve of Bush's Iraq policy astounds me too.Wait a minute, did you write that?? The "You've Got To Be Carefully Taught" poem?...Saw in the paper last night, deeply buried, that the Divine Strake tests were indefinitely postponed. The government officials could not find a way to reassure those worried about the health effects from the inevitable radioactive fallout. HOORAY! Another three cheers for this Boston ruling...U.S. Court Upholds Same-Sex Teaching to ChildrenBOSTON (Reuters) - A federal judge in Boston has dismissed a suit by two families who wanted to stop a Massachusetts town and its public school system from teaching their children about gay marriage, court documents show. The families last year filed the suit asserting that the reading of a gay-themed book and handing out to elementary school students of other children's books that discussed homosexuality without first notifying parents was a violation of their religious rights.----------------------------------Micki,May I say I've indulged myself for the last 45 minutes or so, delighting in your posts.Also, Robert Reich is probably reading the odds in Las Vegas. I have a feeling Gore might win because of the film's influence.
Here's that Cheney quote of Micki's that gives rise to skin crawls. When you see what he was resonding to with the quote you'll get a veritable rash.Cheney: Democrats are seizing the "fun part" of withdrawalStanding by attacks he launched during a TV interview in Tokyo, Vice President Dick Cheney said today that the Nancy Pelosis and Jack Murthas of the world shouldn't complain when he says their plan for Iraq would "validate the al-Qaida strategy." "If you're going to advocate a course of action that basically is withdrawal of our forces from Iraq, then you don't get to just do the fun part of that, that says, 'Well, we're going to get out,' and appeal to your constituents on that basis," Cheney said. We suppose that it's too late to say that if you're going to start a war in a far-off land, you don't get to just do the "fun part" of talking about ousting a dictator without planning for what comes next.
Oh my God! Read this.Bush on Bin Laden: "I Will Screw Him in the Ass"In Uri Dan's new biography of Ariel Sharon, the recently-deceased Israeli reporter related an interesting tidbit of squirm-in-your-chair, homo-erotic machismo from our Commander-in-Chaps:Speaking of George Bush, with whom Sharon developed a very close relationship, Uri Dan recalls that Sharon's delicacy made him reluctant to repeat what the president had told him when they discussed Osama bin Laden. Finally he relented. And here is what the leader of the Western world, valiant warrior in the battle of cultures, promised to do to bin Laden if he caught him: "I will screw him in the ass!" Wow. Can't say I'm the least bit surprised, but I do have to say that it's more than a bit revealing. In more than the obvious way, that is.If you view gay anal sex as an evil and abhorrent act, yet you're willing to do it to exact revenge, it goes a long way to describe the president's corrupt theology. Stick with me here for a sec, and please don't think for a minute I give much truck to Biblical injunctions against gay sex or love. Simply this: Bush is willing to DO what he believes is evil. This is EXACTLY what Jesus' (or Ghandi's) message was NOT. That is, while our weakest, basest impulses may compel us to act evil toward our enemies, the brilliance of these spiritual masters was to urge us toward a different path. tagged ass*: Bush______________________________* I couldn't resist the extra "s".
Out of the War Room in Salon:Carter to Gore: Run, Al, runAl Gore isn't running for president -- at least not yet -- but he just picked up a pretty good endorsement anyway. In an ABC interview to be aired Sunday, former President Jimmy Carter says he has been begging Gore to get into the race and that he'd support him if he did. "If Al should decide to run -- which I'm afraid he won't -- I would support Al Gore," Carter tells George Stephanopoulos. Carter says he has "put so much pressure on Al to run that he's almost gotten aggravated with me." The last time the two men talked, Carter says, Gore "almost told me ... 'Don't call me anymore.'" -- Tim Grieve__________________________________Hum. I don't like the sound of that.
I forgot to mention before, that statistic you pulled Micki, on the number of contractors vs U.S. troops in Iraq. Ay, ay, ay!
According to CBS News, Tennessee State Representative Stacy Campfield has introduced legislation that would require death certificates for aborted fetuses. And, it is arguably the worst idea since Mr. Hitler said to Mrs. Hitler, "I'm in the mood for love."
Oh and another thing.Jeanne and before you Den, a few days ago, bring up a massive problem all intertwined in the loss of habeas corpus: Prisons. Boy, talk about how many things need to be overhauled.Gore Vidal said today on Air America that he thought the United States' structure of government was built to ensure the power of the rich in whatever areas of wealth were in vogue. This is not a new idea to us, of course. But it really sets one off to thinking.
Micki, I almost forgot to comment on your post about Gore announcing his running at the Oscars. God, I hope he doesn't do that! He should wait until the last minute, like next year. The people who have already tossed their hats in look too desperate and have almost two years to slip up and make themselves look like idiots. Hell, they're already starting to look like power-grabbing, I'll-say-anything-to-get-elected, neanderthals. Every stinkin' one of them.It would be so heartening to see Gore play it cool and not look desperate. Know what I mean? Show he's an honest, caring adult, someone to trust to possibly have pure(r) motives by not grandstanding at the Oscars. If he does that he'll be no different to me than the rest of them.
One thing about it, if the SCOTUS hadn't selected bush as pResident in 2000, there would have been at least one less documentary in the Oscar nomination line-up -- "Iraq in Fragments" -- because under the Al Gore administration, there would NOT have been an aggressive, preemptive, war of choice on a sovereign nation. Come to think of it, "An Inconvenient Truth" probably wouldn't be in the line-up either, because President Al Gore would have focused on the burning issue of global warming, and he wouldn't have had to make the documentary to raise awareness. As president, he would be DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
Carol -- If he does that he'll be no different to me than the rest of them.Well, I doubt (fingers crossed) that he would announce tomorrow night (if he wins), BUT.....If he did announce, I would take it as a sign that he's mad as hell and he ain't gonna take it anymore!!!If he was ballsy enough to announce on Oscar night, I'd cheer him all the way to the Oval Office! But, with that said....I don't think he'll run.
Yeah, Jeanne, Den, Carey, the prison situation is disgusting.Prisons for profit. What a concept.
Don't ya love it. That Stacey Campfield person that Carol mentions in her post IS A GUY.Wouldn't you know it, another male fundie-christianist telling women what's good for 'em or else, in essence.
Gerald, how am I doing?
I'd get behind Al Gore. Heck, I'll get behind whoever wins the nomination but up against the ones in it thus far I'd rather see him doing the running. He'd be my choice unless the Messiah suddenly appears.Stacey Campfield, a guy. When I went to read the article I thought I was going to read about a woman.
micki, you are doing fine and you share with us very good information.
The Scooter AwardsBest Director: Dick Cheney.Best Actor: I. Lewis LibbyBest Supporting Actress: Judith MillerBest Makeup: Judith MillerBest Sound Editing: Karl Rove and Richard ArmitageBest Original Song: Joseph WilsonBest Original Score: Robert NovakBest Original Screenplay: "Notes on a Scandal," by Patrick FitzgeraldBest Adapted Screenplay: "Saddam’s Labyrinth" by Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, et.al., NeoCon Features, from an original script by Robert S. McNamaraBest Artifice Direction: Tony Snow
Dear Friends:I have the distinguished honor of being on the committee to raise $5,000,000 for a monument of George W. Bush.We originally wanted to put him on Mt. Rushmore until we discovered there was not enough room for two more faces.We then decided to erect a statue of W in the Washington, D.C. Hall Of Fame. We were in a quandary as to where the statue should be placed. It was not proper to place it beside the statue of George Washington, who never told a lie, or beside Richard Nixon, who never told the truth, since George could never tell the difference.We finally decided to place it beside Christopher Columbus, the greatest Republican of them all. He didn't know where he was going, and when he got there he did not know where he was. He returned not knowing where he had been, destroyed the well-being of the majority of the population while he was there, and did it all on someone else's money.Thank you.George W. Bush Monument Committee(so far we have collected $1.35)
Welll, strip me nekid 'n hide my shoes! There's been a complete turnaround here. The 11 planned coal-fired plants that were fast-tracked by the guv are now shelved by TXU. At least 8 of 'em anyway. Not only that, but someone's buying out the whole fkn company and trying to do right with it, environment-wise... wait 'n use the newest technology and all that good shyt. There's even a quote about the bush administration... A report this month from a United Nations panel found growing scientific certainty that burning fossil fuels is causing the Earth to warm, leading to floods, droughts and rising sea levels. In response, the Bush administration said the causes of global warming are no longer up for debate. TXU to Curtail Coal Plants to Smooth Approval of Planned BuyoutFeb. 25 (Bloomberg) -- TXU Corp., the biggest power producer in Texas, will curtail plans for coal-fired generators to win support from environmentalists for a proposed $44 billion buyout by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Texas Pacific Group. Dallas-based TXU has agreed to cancel eight of the 11 coal units it has planned and to support mandatory U.S. limits on power-plant pollution that contributes to global warming, said a statement from the Natural Resources Defense Council. The company will devote $400 million to cutting power demand in Texas, pleasing environmental groups that favor conservation.
If gore's environmental record is anything to go by I seriously doubt if he'd be doing much of anything to help the environment, he's already dropped that ball a few times.
Carey -- After I went to bed last night, I realized I hadn't responded to your comment about "You Have to be Carefuly Taught."No, no. I didn't write that! That's from South Pacific -- I thought it was so well-known that I neglected to include its originators' names: Rodgers and HammersteinMy husband, who grew up in Texas, remembers the enormous brou-ha-ha over that song. It was considered so controversial, that it was the subject of legislative challenges to its decency or imagined Communist agenda.
Often wrong but never in doubt.
The New York TimesFebruary 25, 2007EditorialThe Truth About CoalLast Wednesday, members of the Rainforest Action Network, a scrappy little advocacy group, assembled in New York outside the Citigroup Center, where Merrill Lynch has a branch office. Dressed in top hats, carrying bags of coal and calling themselves “Billionaires for Coal,” the group was protesting what it felt was the hypocrisy of a giant investment bank that proclaims a devout commitment to “environmental excellence” even as it provides financing for dirty power plants.Merrill is a lead underwriter for TXU, a Dallas-based utility that plans to build a dozen coal-fired power plants in Texas that will add significantly to atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, the main global warming gas. Though Merrill was the protesters’ target, Citigroup must have been feeling queasy. It has also trumpeted its environmental virtues and is among TXU’s lead underwriters.There are at least two points to be made here. One, obviously, is there is a difference between talk and reality. Much of corporate America now appears to be out in front of the Bush administration in facing up to global warming. Some big players like Pacific Gas and Electric and DuPont seem seriously committed to mandatory controls on carbon dioxide emissions — in sharp contrast to the administration’s voluntary approach.Others, notably big investment banks, are still doing what comes naturally: seizing opportunities, whether or not those opportunities fit their green posturing. TXU can fairly claim that its plants, outfitted with the latest technology, will emit fewer pollutants that cause smog and acid rain than the clunkers that have been around for 50 years. But these plants will still be using the same basic technology — burning coal, with no ability to capture and dispose of immense amounts of carbon dioxide. That’s distressing from a global warming perspective. It is also distressing because cleaner, if costlier, technologies are available that could capture greenhouse gases before they enter the atmosphere (that is, if TXU or the private equity group that is negotiating to buy the utility were willing to make the investment).Which leads to the second point: There is a need to put a price on carbon to force companies to abandon older, dirtier technologies for newer, cleaner ones. Right now, everyone is using the atmosphere like a municipal dump, depositing carbon dioxide free. Start charging for the privilege and people will find smarter ways to do business. A carbon tax is one approach. Another is to impose a steadily decreasing cap on emissions and let individual companies figure out ways to stay below the cap.Barbara Boxer and Jeff Bingaman, the two senators who will have the most to say about climate change legislation, warned in a recent op-ed piece in The Dallas Morning News that companies like TXU that are racing to complete conventional coal-fired plants (nearly 150 are on the drawing board) will not be grandfathered under any new emissions law. Like any other company, they will be forced to meet their assigned carbon targets — which could be an expensive proposition. A surer way to prevent the construction of these plants is not to warn about such a law, but to pass it.
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