Monday, June 25, 2007

Cruel and Usual

Cheney and his allies, according to more than two dozen current and former officials, pioneered a novel distinction between forbidden "torture" and permitted use of "cruel, inhuman or degrading" methods of questioning. They did not originate every idea to rewrite or reinterpret the law, but fresh accounts from participants show that they translated muscular theories, from Yoo and others, into the operational language of government.

A backlash beginning in 2004, after reports of abuse leaked out of Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison and Guantanamo Bay, brought what appeared to be sharp reversals in courts and Congress -- for both Cheney's claims of executive supremacy and his unyielding defense of what he called "robust interrogation."

But a more careful look at the results suggests that Cheney won far more than he lost. Many of the harsh measures he championed, and some of the broadest principles undergirding them, have survived intact but out of public view.


Revelations of the sinister cruelty and power mongering that is Dick Cheney.

This thug is not a member of the human race, he is sub-human pond scum.



Alan said...

Yeah Den, that's from part 2 of a 4-part series from WaPo. It's being excerpted in the H-town Chronicle. This particular part proves chainee and his guys were in on the policy change about torture from the very beginning.

micki said...

A few thoughts come to mind in reading this WaPo article:

1) It's about time for some in-depth investigative reporting on the crimes of Dick the Deuce.

2) Will the people pay any attention to the findings in this reporting (which, I think is a series)?

3) If cheney and his closest advisors had been found to have done similar things during WWII on behalf of the German or Japanese governments, when the war ended they would have been tried, convicted, and either sent to prison for life, or executed.

4) Dick the Deuce intends to maintain his monarchical power using whatever tactics are "required."

5) B.O.H.I.C.A.

micki said...

Oh, now I see from Alan's post it is a series.

I've been out of touch. Felt real good. ;-)

Hajji said...

Tom Morello, on Tour and on Message
Folk-Rock's Nightwatchman Plays True to His Roots

By Joshua Zumbrun
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, June 25, 2007; Page C01

Tom Morello has spent the last 15 years playing in sold-out arenas as the guitarist for Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, yet here he was on Saturday night, playing to a sold-out coffeehouse crowd of 200 with just a guitar, harmonica and his voice.

His bands have sold more than 30 million records, so it's not that he needs a cut of the iced-coffee sales at Jammin' Java in Vienna, where he was performing as his acoustic folk-rock alter ego, the Nightwatchman, promoting his album "One Man Revolution."

His message is no mystery: It's evident in the black baseball cap that says "Industrial Workers of the World"; the phrase "Whatever it takes" that's scrawled on the soundboard of his guitar; and the crowd sporting T-shirts that say "Against All Authority" or "Support the Resistance" or "Iraq Veterans Against the War."

Morello rejects labels, largely because he's so far left on the political spectrum that labels cease to apply. A term like "revolutionary socialism" or "radical anti-establishment" gives a general idea for those unfamiliar with Rage Against the Machine.

"The whole idea of this was to be the black Woody Guthrie," Morello says of his new musical incarnation. "I started doing the Nightwatchman songs and music because it was important to me to have something really pure. To make music for wholly the right reasons."

The Nightwatchman, by design, is not for mass appeal. The songs are written to rally people on picket lines and at protests. "One criticism that could credibly be leveled against the record is that it's preaching to the converted," Morello said backstage before the show. "Well, the converted need a kick. . . . Those of us that know better are not doing enough."

Morello, 43, is touring the country in front of small, fired-up crowds because he's not satisfied that President Bush's approval ratings are low enough or that enough people want out of the Iraq war.

"Aside from [Rep. Dennis] Kucinich, and he's still several shades to the right of me, I don't think anybody has courageously stepped up and said what needs to be said. We have a war criminal sitting in the White House. That's not hyperbole."

Onstage, when the Nightwatchman sang, "I pray that God himself will come and drown the president if the levees break again," the Jammin' Java crowd's attitude was chilling. People were praying.

There were no screaming guitar solos that characterized Rage Against the Machine (although Morello does play an acoustic version of the Rage song "Guerrilla Radio" in his set), and this absence has been perhaps the biggest obstacle for his old fan base.

Among the Jammin' Java crowd on Saturday was Ryan Harvey, himself a musician. A member of a Baltimore folk-rock collective who could safely be described as part of the underground, he was never a big Rage fan. "I know a lot of people who were radicalized by Rage," Harvey says, "but in the '90s, I was already there."

To much of the underground, Rage Against the Machine was too commercial (the band's label was part of Sony, after all), but the Nightwatchman is in part a response to that. "He means it, and people can sense it," Harvey says. "If you don't mean it, you don't last too long with the grass roots."

So when Harvey suggested to Morello that Iraq Veterans Against the War should be a part of the show, he jumped at the opportunity. Saturday was the start of an IVAW bus tour that will visit East Coast military bases. Before Morello's set, a group of IVAW members took the stage. Liam Madden, a former Marine who organized the tour, spoke: "Today was the first day of that tour, and we had four new members join today. You can either follow our lead, you can blaze your own path, but we need your help."

The announcement of four new IVAW members fired up the crowd as much as any opening set could have.

Morello's not just angry about Iraq. Before each song he explained his inspiration for it, ranging from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to economic injustice to the Sago Mine Disaster, which made Morello realize that "energy is literally mixed with the blood of the working class."

He tells the crowd a story from two weeks ago, when police in Rostock, Germany, confronted thousands of demonstrators at the G8 economic summit with tear gas and water cannons. But it was worth it, he explains: "Somebody needs to represent the millions of Americans who are opposed to the eight wealthy leaders of the eight wealthiest countries getting together behind a three-story-tall barbed-wire fence to decide our fate."

Morello conceived the Nightwatchman after Rage Against the Machine broke up in 2000. Morello, along with Rage bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk, joined with former-Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell as the new band Audioslave.

But Cornell's roots were in the grunge music of Seattle, and Audioslave never adopted the aggressive politics of Rage. (Although to call the band apolitical wouldn't be quite right either; it sold more than a million DVDs of its 2005 concert in Cuba.)

Morello loved the music, and he stayed involved with the issues he cared about through the Axis of Justice, a nonprofit founded with System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian that supports grass-roots activism (a big cause this year is rebuilding the homes of musicians in New Orleans). But for Morello, that was not enough.

"I felt like I was not doing enough in my vocation to fight back," he says. "I didn't choose to be a guitar player; that chose me. I'm cursed with being a guitar player.

"But once that curse has been cast, I need to, in order to look at myself in the mirror, need to find a way through my art and my vocation to fight the power."

Morello has always been fired up. His first political song as a high-schooler was "Salvadoran Death Squad Blues"; his Harvard application essay was "An Anarchist Manifesto About Libertyville, Ill." (his home town); and his senior thesis there was about student activism against apartheid in South Africa.

On Thanksgiving Day 2003, Morello was hosting a talent show at a homeless shelter in Los Angeles when a 19-year-old with an acoustic guitar started to sing. Whatever he may have lacked in actual skill he made up for with conviction.

Morello had never sung in his life, but the performance got him thinking: "Sure I can play some fancy guitar solos, but I have a few ideas in my head, too. If this guy on this stage in this very humble setting can really run it up the flagpole, what's keeping me from doing the same?"

On tour with Audioslave, he would look for open-mike nights, sign up anonymously, and play folk music for crowds that often did not recognize him. As he became more comfortable in the Nightwatchman alter ego, he started playing at union rallies and demonstrations.

In 2004, the day after the presidential election, Morello decided he would make a Nightwatchman record and later, during a break from touring with Audioslave, had time "to reassess my priorities," he recalls. "And I decided that I was only going to be involved in music that expressed my worldview. That left me open to a Rage Against the Machine reunion; that left me open to making a Nightwatchman record."

The hard rocking of Rage and Audioslave was gone, but the activism in his music was back. "As [historian] Howard Zinn says, 'You can't be neutral on a moving train.' "

The guitar and the activism are compulsions that Morello says he could never quit or separate. He has achieved success and fortune that few can imagine, but he could never be content merely surrounded by platinum records, some Grammy Awards and the Rolling Stone issue that declared him the 26th greatest guitar player of all time.

"There's something akin to grace in the combination of music and meaning," Morello mused before Saturday's show. "Tonight I'm going to go out there and play every song like it's the last song I'm ever going to play and try to see if it feels like grace."


I was fortunate to see "The Nightwatchman" twice already. First at a radio station "listener appreciation" show in Louisville. Last week he opened for Ben Harper in Asheville. My sister (a HUGE fan) and I got to spend some time with Morello before the show.

Gracious, sincere, and genuine are only scratching the surface as we chatted about his G-8 performance (and daring escape!)and the simmering state of general unrest peakin in isolated, yet progressive places like Asheville, NC.

Morello even made a point of putting some ticketless people whom he'd never met before on his guest list for the SOLD OUT show! After his heartfelt set that reached the cynical core of this son of Harlan County, KY coal-miners, he showed up in the rear to meet and greet, to autograph and photograph for as long as people approached.

Later, Morello joined Harper's "Innocent Criminals" for a show-stopping, verse-trading version of Dylan's "Masters of War". His blistering solos during the song elicited the loudest cheers of the whole night.

Catch him if you can!



Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build the big bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks

You that never done nothin'
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it's your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly

Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain

You fasten the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
As young people's blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud

You've thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain't worth the blood
That runs in your veins

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I'm young
You might say I'm unlearned
But there's one thing I know
Though I'm younger than you
Even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul

And I hope that you die
And your death'll come soon
I will follow your casket
In the pale afternoon
And I'll watch while you're lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I'll stand o'er your grave
'Til I'm sure that you're dead

-Bob Dylan

DEN said...

Yup, it's a four part piece of real investigative journalism and as such is a worthy read.

Whether it changes anything remains to be seen.

Thanks Hajji for the excellent report about Tom Morello, protest through musical means is what made the 60's.

DEN said...

Welcome back Micki!!

micki said...

Thanks, Den...nice to be back. I love coming home! Even though I love going places, too.

In my absence, I see here and other places that Hillary has been discussed, especially by the disgusted. At the risk of opening a can of worms, I think she'd make a fine president. She is the anti-bush. bush is the decider. Clinton is a consensus-builder. (I know, I know, consensus is a dirty word to many these days.)

But, the reality is, building consensus is what gets things done. bush and company thrive on "trumping" their detractors, giving all of us the F-finger, dumping on public opinion with total indifference. Clinton knows that it is absolutely essential to build consensus if ANYTHING is going to be accomplished. It is common ground that unites us, not discord. If we want to move forward for the greater good, we'd be well-advised to start focusing on candidates who want to bring us together, rather than tear us even further asunder.

Stepping off my soapbox...oh, and BTW, Hillary is not my first choice at this point. I have no first choice at this point. Many moons away from that...

micki said...

On the issues - HRC

According to this measurement (scroll to bottom of page), she is a Moderate Liberal Populist.

I can feel the rotten tomatoes coming my way!

Gerald said...

DEN, great blog!!!

DEN said...

Gerald, what did you like best?

A- "sinister cruelty and power mongering",

B- "sub-human pond scum",

C- both of the above,

D- both of the above AND worthless nazi-fascist death pig.

DEN said...

HUFFPO is "Off the Air" due to unknown issues.

Hajji said...

Why Hillary Scares Me, by Mike Gravel


In an indignant voice she decried the Bush administration's ''stunning record of secrecy and corruption, of cronyism run amok. . . It is everything our founders were afraid of, everything our Constitution was designed to prevent.'' Actually, our Constitution grants Congress the power to prevent these ills but Hillary and her colleagues weren't up to the task.

Our founders' legacy did not stop Hillary from voting for the Patriot Act and then supporting its renewal in 2006 despite revelations that the government was using it to infringe on the very liberties that our founders held sacred. Where was her commitment to our founders when she voted to gut our habeas corpus protections?

As for cronyism -- Hillary has repeatedly authorized billions that the Pentagon gave in no-bid contracts to Halliburton. Even though the Democrats have been in control of Congress for months, they still haven't summoned Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld and the other usual suspects to account for the missing millions in reconstruction funding.

When I think about how Congress enabled Bush's corruption and cronyism, I'm reminded of the lines from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar:

And why should Caesar be a tyrant then?
Poor man! I know he would not be a wolf,
But that he sees the Romans are but sheep:
He were no lion, were not Romans hinds.

In the same frightening speech, Hillary went on the blame the Iraqis for the mess in their country: "The American military has succeeded. It is the Iraqi government which has failed to make the tough decisions that are important for their own people.''

Let me get this straight. The Iraq disaster is not the fault of the delusional neo-cons, the greedy oil companies, or the gullible and cowardly Congressional warhawks. (Most senators including Clinton didn't even bother to read the 90-page National Intelligence Estimate). According to Hillary, the real culprit is the Iraqi government that we created virtually overnight and left to govern a fractured, impoverished society. Talk about blaming the victim!


DEN said...

Rocky Anderson - the mayor of Salt Lake City - is one of the most outspoken critics of the Bush administration and the Iraq war. Earlier this year he called for the impeachment of President Bush calling him a “war criminal” who has committed “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

Rocky Anderson is also well regarded for his local politics. Last year The Nation magazine praised him for instituting "some of the most creative, thoughtful and radical urban policies anywhere in America."

Today, Rocky Anderson is in New York to participate at an event calling for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney. He will be speaking at the New York Society for Ethical Culture at 6:30 p.m. this evening.

@ Democracy Now

Rocky for prez!!!

DEN said...

Hajji, she scares me too with the devil cult hand signal, two fingers up and two down, Billy Bob does it, so does Bush and his daughters.


We definitely do not need more evil in gov't.

{ò,ó}arol said...

The Supreme Court has been busy today trying to doom the U.S. even more than it already is. The Supreme Court made it easier for corporations, labor unions and special interest groups to broadcast certain issue advertisements right before an election. So much for trying to limit the influence of money in politics.

Then Free Speech took a hit. Don't ever wave a banner that says, "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" or god-knows what else!

We're SOOOOOO doomed!

º¿carol said...

Hillary isn't genuine. She's like any other politician and that is she says what she thinks people want to hear. Whatever it takes to get elected. I'm so tired of that.

carey said...

Hi Hajii! Welcome home Micki.

This is just a quickie--not at all thought out--my fundamental problem with Hillary is I don't trust her. And she's a hawk. I know she feels she has to compensate for being female, but Clinton is definitely a hawk. She looked good at the debates, yet she falls back on blaming the Iraqis. I can't stand it when Dems do that hypocritical whining. It's a long list of things actually. But, the most important thing, Micki, is I do see some of the good qualities you describe and just might end up voting for her. Everythihng is so preliminary.

The biggest problem with Hillary is that she cannot win. There's too much stuff to hack away at. That's why the Republicans want her to be the Dem nominee. It's not just because she's a woman, it's because they've successfully nailed both Mr. and Mrs. Clinton in the past. I know you've cleaned off the slime from the nineties, but don't you still taste that pill shoved down our throats?

I rushed her to post a link and naturally found everybody already talking about the WaPo series on Cheney.

The tide is slowly turning I tell you. It's going to be hidden in all the muck but things are stirring. Micki, it started with Gonzogate. Maybe, that 's what you sensed.

It won't be at all satisfying, it will be horrifying to watch.

I'll just post this and skedattle--got lots to do.

Cheney Spies on White House Staffers

carey said...

Oops. On Hillary, I meant I'd vote for her is she became the nominee.

David B. Benson said...

Den --- Please do not insult pond scum.

Gerald said...

DEN, I choose D, both the above and a worthless nazi-fascist death pig.

Gerald said...

My recent post in Alternate Reality is below.

This quote is full of crap. The reason why Islam is a second rated culture is because they prevented women from reaching their potential. Another reason is that they censored books and they limited the publishing of books. Sharing ideas strengthens a culture and it does not diminish a culture. Hitler Bush is trying to have Nazi America related with Islam as a second rated culture.

Outrageous Quote of the week:

Jonathan Hoenig, the aptly named Capitalist Pig, won for this doozy:

"I don't think any rational woman would ever want to be President. That's what's still mystifying me about Hillary. ...It's not a question of her talent or her ability. I just think that - you know, being President - being Commander-in-Chief of all men - for me it goes against a woman's basic value of hero worship."

I will continue to say until the day I die. We need more women in the various countries determining policies and programs, especially if these women possess the two characteristics that make them God's greatest creation. These two characteristics are nurturing and sensitivity.

In Nazi America we have too many women who prefer to castrate men. These women are primarily from the Nazi Party or the Repuke Party.

Men in the Nazi Party or the Repuke Party want women to be barefoot and pregnant. I have nothing but praise for pregnancy but women in their 40's, 50,s, 60's, and 70's need to lead nations. Women in their 80,s and 90's need to relax and enjoy the twilight of their lives.

6/25/07 3:20 PM

DEN said...

Sorry Doc!

ºCºarol said...

This is interesting!

Prof plans analysis of gasoline buried in Okla. time capsule
Midday update

Associated Press

NORMAN, Okla. - The Plymouth Belvedere buried in a time capsule was rusty and undriveable but gasoline cached with the car could have scientific value.

The people who put together the time capsule 50 years ago in Tulsa included two containers of gasoline in case fuel was no longer available for the Plymouth when the vault was unsealed this year.

For Paul Philp, a professor of petroleum and environmental geochemistry at the University of Oklahoma, the gas is valuable on its own.

"We're going to begin fingerprinting the gasoline and compare it to modern day gasolines," he said.

Philp, who specializes in environmental forensic work, hopes researchers will be able to use the comparison of old and new gas as a reference to determine the age of gasoline spills that have leaked into the ground.

"There aren't many of these age-related samples available," he said.

Philp took the two jars of gasoline, along with four others believed to contain motor oil, to his laboratory at the university's Sarkeys Energy Center.

The time capsule, a concrete vault buried under the lawn of the Tulsa County Courthouse, was unsealed June 15. Although the Belvedere had been sealed in protective wrapping, water had penetrated the vault and the two-door hardtop was covered with rust.

David B. Benson said...

Den --- You'd better be. Pond scum is good food!

For ducks, that is. Haven't tryed it myself.

Way things are going I may have to...

Gerald said...

June Graduations

A pitiful experience for 30% plus students!

Gerald said...

Sister Joan -

"It looks to me as if our enemies are not so much from outside of us as from within. What we have ignored for the sake of military superiority -- the education of a population capable of bettering the rest of the world as well as ourselves -- is costing us dearly now."

micki said...

Carey, no matter who the Dem nominee is, the $wift$hitter$ will engage in lies, innuendo, rumors, and slime to dirty up the candidate and try to fool the sheeple.

For what it's worth, Hillary has been sliced, diced, dissected and put under the microscope more than anyone in the field -- Dem or Repuke. I think she can fight back effectively on that score.

But, the reality is, she probably isn't electable because she is a woman. Too many women need a man to "look up to" and too many men are afraid of strong women -- do the math.

This country is a nation of liars. People will look you in the eye and say they have no problem with a woman or black being president.

Carol thinks Hillary is not genuine because she feels that Hillary will say whatever it takes.

I think a lot of everyday Americans are not genuine because they are insincere and dishonest when they claim they would vote for a woman or a black person. (Not saying that about you, Carol.)

DEN said...

If anyone has not read this article Hajji posted early on need to go there again and read the comments, we have a LOT of company.

DEN said...

I do not oppose electing a Lady President at all, but she would probably have a tough row to hoe with male dominated D.C.

Now we need someone that has firmly stood against this war and political buffoonery, someone we know is going to do everything in their power if elected to start the cleanup sorely needed there, not apply more of the same.

America wants their country back.


©A®OL said...

This comment on Huff Post said what I think pretty much. Oh, except for the hilarious crack.

expand collapse
I have the same problem with Hillarious..
-I mean Hillary.
Are we supposed to figure that she would turn from her conservative agenda, like she's been faking them out all this time, to get more of the right's vote?
If so, that's a big, big BIG mistake... She would win soooo much more support, if she was just honest with hereslf, and us of course, and got all the way down to the BOTTOM- a la Sheehan, and DEMANDED ALL the changes she knows in her heart that this country needs. America appreciates a hero, or rather, herione, better the someone who's slick all the time.
Stop letting all that big money sway you, Ms Clinton.. Get down. Get down like you mean it.

David B. Benson said...

Well, its time to go a find some human version of pond scum...

º¿carol said...

Thumbs up, Doc! :)

micki said...

Well, people can say what they want about Hillary, but her voting record FOR THE MOST PART is where I'd want my presidential nominee to be.

Yeah, she cast some votes that I don't like -- but on domestic issues, environmental issues, etc. she is in the CORRECT column.

I refuse to be a one issue voter. It doesn't do any one any good -- most of all the common good.

That's the problem with U.S. Senators becoming presidential candidates -- people pick a Senate vote that has pissed them off and decide the candidate is all f**ked up.

We are doomed. Because we're self-centered and selfish.

micki said...

People are frustrated. I believe in voting Green, Independent at the local, district, state level -- and would gladly do so at the presidential level if I thought it would be a wise use of my franchise, but now is not the time to experiment again with self-indulgence. The stakes are high -- and voting Green or Independent for President is throwing away a vote when corrective action is desperately needed. Self-satisfying principles should be saved for demonstration and action and not be used in the voting booth to make yourself feel all warm and fuzzy.

We're already screwed -- look at the Supreme Court decisions today.

micki said...

America does not appreciate a hero or a heroine.

What a bunch of bullshit. America turns dolts, duds, jocks, and blowhards into objects of extreme admiration and devotion.

Hell, much of America thought GWB and Rudy G. were "heroes" on 9/11.

Hero for a Day -- coming your way soon. I don't want heroes or heroines. I want substance and smarts. I don't need no friggin' hero worship!

Hajji said...

Hillary, like most government shysters, takes a look around the room (actually has her advance people do it for her) and lays down a line of whatever flavor bullshit she thinks will be most enthusiastically snorted.

So is my bias against her because she's such a "good" politician?

I certainly don't give a ragged rat's ass WHAT she's packing in her pin-striped pantsuit, my concern is with her long years inside the insidermost of back-room, back-slapping, back stabbing, money sucking. The Little Rock-abillies go to Warshington "Ah Shucks" bullshit she spews anytime her nibs dips below the Manson/Nixon line ain't playin' with the locals, ain't gonna generate turnout, ain't gonna get nothin' new outta last decade's story.

Bush/Clinton/Bush/Clinton/Bush/Clinton/Bush/ nauseum...

Geraldo! Pass that royal bucket!


micki said...

I'll tell you what I think is HILLARIOUS.

It is really laughable that intelligent people equate the Clintons with a Dynasty. Hello! The Bush/Walker family could be considered a dynasty -- their influence goes back decades through generations.

There are bushes everywhere! They are breeders. It is their birthright to be in charge. They think of themselves in the royal "we" nomenclature.

But come on. The Clintons are politicians, but they are NOT a dynasty. Sheesh.

Hajji said...

Speaking Truth to Power

WASHINGTON — President Bush was presented with a letter Monday signed by 50 high school seniors in the Presidential Scholars program urging a halt to "violations of the human rights" of terror suspects held by the United States.

The White House said Bush had not expected the letter but took a moment to read it and talk with a young woman who handed it to him.

The handwritten letter said the students "believe we have a responsibility to voice our convictions."

"We do not want America to represent torture. We urge you to do all in your power to stop violations of the human rights of detainees, to cease illegal renditions, and to apply the Geneva Convention to all detainees, including those designated enemy combatants," the letter said.


Now THAT's the kinda gal I could vote for! Bigger stones than the entire WH Press Cor(ru)p(t)s!

A dart thrown through the bubble hits the bulleseye...too bad this center cork is a black hole!


micki said...


bush's advance people don't have to look around the room and size it up.

They only admit people who totally agree with him -- in advance.

Friendlies only.

Hajji said...

Seriously...there's gotta be a better answer to the problems of the 21st century than the empty echoes and politics as usual of the last.

The pendulum has swung so far to the right that a lazy sway toward the center will do little, if anything to set right the clock of time to keep it from being punched, anyway!

Hey! when I wake up I'll be 43...kinda like GWB!

It's bound to be a shitty year!


º¿carol said...

"America does not appreciate a hero or a heroine.

What a bunch of bullshit. America turns dolts, duds, jocks, and blowhards into objects of extreme admiration and devotion.

Hell, much of America thought GWB and Rudy G. were "heroes" on 9/11."

Supposing it's true what you said, it's ME who would LOVE to see a hero. Like in the comics, like in the old days when there actually were heroes. I posted that comment from the Huff Post because of other stuff in it, not the hero part.