Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Heroe's Revisited


In the past heroes have been known by their ability to rise above the frey and rescue people from burning homes, saving flood victims as with the Katrina disaster or in general helping others survive an otherwise fatal situation.

Today we have a fatal situation facing the entire country.

Our United States Constitution is near death. Dying from a neo-con assault, attempted murder on the backbone of our democracy.

All our forefathers had established to ensure our democracy flourishes is in danger of being wiped out and replaced with a fascist regime who's' only intent is to further the profit making potential of mega-corporations and enslave the American people to them.

Who among us has the strength to overcome this assault?

Right now the fascist dictator Bush and his minions are working hard to make sure you do not know what they are doing. This Administration which is the most secretive since the Nixon era
is infiltrating the depths of government to ensure they can gain complete control of all aspects of the government, witnessed by the dismantling of the EPA, the FCC, the US Forest Service and many others, essentially nullifying any rules that would interfere with their goal of domination.

This authoritarian regime has rendered pollution laws intended to keep us safe, moot.
The Congress has proven they are completely incapable of stopping this abuse of power and have basically rubber stamped every bill requested to accomplish the Administrations goals.

The Administration has started an unjustified war against a sovereign nation, Iraq, to further the mega-oil corporations agenda of world oil conquest. President Bush has declared the Constitution a "goddamn piece of paper" Now an illegal assault on Iran seems entirely possible, even with an obvious lack of support worldwide.

This assault on the core values of America continues unabated and without mercy.

Who will be the hero/heroes? Will it be you?

(From DWF's inaugural post Oct 5 2006)

My early pontification visits the hero realm.

Are heroes even possible in today's world?

Or do heroes negate the need for action on the peoples part, mainly hoping that someone else will do the job for us?

There are leaders and there are followers, which are you?

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31 comments:

micki said...

Perhaps, I should clarify: When I said Americans do not appreciate heroes or heroines, I used the word "appreciate" this way:

To grasp the worth, quality, or significance of.... These days, we don't grasp the value of what makes a hero.

An ordinary person can do extraordinary things, and that possibly makes him a hero. But, we Americans live in a celebrity culture and we no longer recognize real heroes, IMO. We elevate undeserving celebrities to hero status. They are seldom heroes. (I can think of one "celebrity" who might qualify for hero status and that is Paul Newman.)

The pedestal in the corner is empty....

carol said...

There doesn't seem to be any heroes. Everyone that runs for office plays the game. I expect anyone that was genuine wouldn't make it anyway. They would be the ones w/o the needed bucks to run a campaign.

Still, Martin Luther King Jr. got plenty of publicity. Ah, those were the old days. The days of heroes seems dead, but ya NEVER know. *finger's crossed*

I liked your post, Den

DEN said...

Junkies rejoice!! Opium production is up in Afghanistan to compensate for the decline from the former "Golden Triangle" in Asia.

"The report pointed to the Golden Triangle in Southeast Asia, once one of the largest sources for heroin, as an example of success, saying the region is now "almost opium free" as a result of crackdowns on poppy farming".

"But opium production worldwide reached a record 6,610 tonnes last year, up 43 percent from 2005, because of a spike in supply from Afghanistan, the report warned".

@ RAW

The so called war on drugs is a huge farce as we support Afgani poppy cultivation and harvesting so the rich can get their kicks on Afgani 666.

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micki said...

Bush's offices reportedly refused probe

An oversight agency's effort in 2005 to inspect the president's offices over suspected leaks was rebuffed, Rep. Waxman says.


More and more is dribbling out...will someone become a hero?

micki said...

Nelson Mandela was a hero.

DEN said...

Not much has changed since I first wrote the post.

The search for a "knight in shining armor" has come up empty, the Dems were thought to bring heroism to DC after the election, huge disappointment there.

No saviors in sight to offset the blatant abuse being perpetrated upon the American people by a "cruel and unusual" Administration.

micki said...

Vaclav Havel was a hero.

micki said...

I just sent this letter to my Congressman, Rick Larsen. If you agree, please consider sending a similar one to your congresscritters. There's strength in numbers!

Dick Cheney's actions warrant a Constitutional showdown. As a congressman, one of your jobs is to protect the Constitution and to report to the people when it becomes apparent that a vice president of the United States is using anti-constitutional tricks when he asserts that he can circumvent an executive order by claiming that he is not technically part of the executive branch! (And that's only the start to his misconduct...)

You owe it to your constitutients -- indeed, to all Americans -- to find out who is on Cheney's payroll and get to the bottom of his deceptions, before it's too late. I'm sick of this administration's middle finger approach to open government.

Start the hearings. Cheney and his staff should be on the witness list.

I would appreciate a response to this email. Are you willing to begin hearings on Cheney, or not?


Micki, etc.
Bellingham, etc.

DEN said...

When the FBI seized files from the office of Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.) as part of a bribery investigation, House Republican leaders erupted. With a number of their own members under investigation for other matters, they charged that the search violated the Constitution. They demanded the return of the files.

Cheney quickly gravitated toward the House's position, aides said, but Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales; his top deputy, Paul J. McNulty; and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III threatened to resign if forced to hand over evidence they believed had been properly collected under a warrant.

White House Chief of Staff Joshua B. Bolten called a meeting on May 25, 2006, to resolve the political and legal crisis. The president's lawyers and congressional liaison were in the room, and so was Cheney. Once again, it was the vice president who came up with a solution, according to a participant. Cheney's plan met his goal of keeping the files from federal investigators. The files would be placed under seal for 45 days. Within hours of the meeting, Bush made Cheney's recommendation official. As often happens in government, delay was decisive. Jefferson was indicted earlier this month on 16 counts of bribery, racketeering, fraud, money laundering and obstruction of justice. But nearly half of the files remain off-limits, tied up in legal disputes.

The third in the WAPO series on deadeye dick is up.

DEN said...

Good letter Micki, we have to keep hammering these reps till they get off their collective asses and get rid of the neo-fascists in OUR government.

micki said...

Thanks, Den. I just edited the letter a bit and sent it as a letter to the editor to my local rag. Please consider doing the same in your burg! Note that I included a "warning" to my Congressman -- they love letters like this! hahaha

Dick Cheney's actions warrant a Constitutional showdown. One of the responsibilities of a member of Congress is to protect the Constitution and to report to the people when it becomes apparent that a vice president of the United States is using anti-constitutional tricks when he asserts that he can circumvent an executive order by claiming that he is not technically part of the executive branch.

It is time for Congress to get to the bottom of Cheney's secret shenanigans, before it's too late. The Bush/Cheney Administration's arrogant disregard for honest, open government has to be stopped.

Congress should start the hearings now and Cheney and his staff should be on the witness list. I hope Rick Larsen is reading this.

DEN said...

Emanuel’s amendment, to be debated Wednesday, would put Cheney’s executive-branch funding on hold until a determination is made by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, on whether Cheney is a member of the executive or legislative branch.

“I’m going to let the money follow his logic,” Emanuel said. “One moment he’s not a part of the executive branch so he can be above the law, but he wants money as part of the executive branch.”

Cheney’s argument is proving hard for some Republicans to defend. Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott (R-Miss.) suggested over the weekend that the judiciary should decide the dispute. Aftergood and other government-transparency advocates noted, however, that Congress would first have accomplish the tricky feat of giving itself standing in court.

But most House Republicans called Emanuel’s maneuver a desperate and meaningless gesture.

“The clock on the first quarter is running out, they have no points on the board, so why not throw up a brick from half court on the way to the locker room?” asked Brian Kennedy, spokesman to House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio). “Where’s the beer guy?”

Cheney’s office, meanwhile, is staying on the offensive: “Congressman Emanuel has a choice to make — deal with serious issues or create more partisan politics,” vice presidential spokeswoman Lee Ann McBride said.

@ The Hill

I do not like Emanuel, I think he is posturing for position.

As the chief instigator in the Dem party he cut funding for worthy candidates in the 2006 election including (I cannot for the life of me remember her name, veteran of Iraq war that lost both legs).

He is part of a corrupt system of cronyism in the Dem party and should be shown the door.

DEN said...

TAMMY DUCKWORTH!!

Getting old.

DEN said...

Micki, my Congreaseman is Dolittle who is a useless repug aligned with the Admin. and under investigation for Abramoff dealings.

Deaf ears. Dammit!

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Hajji said...

Working Class Hero
__________________

As soon as your born they make you feel small,

By giving you no time instead of it all,
Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all,

A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.

They hurt you at home and they hit you at school,
They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool,
Till you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules,

A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.

When they've tortured and scared you for twenty odd years,
Then they expect you to pick a career,
When you can't really function you're so full of fear,

A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.

Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV,
And you think you're so clever and classless and free,
But you're still fucking peasents as far as I can see,

A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.

There's room at the top they are telling you still,
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill,
If you want to be like the folks on the hill,

A working class hero is something to be.
A working class hero is something to be.

If you want to be a hero well just follow me,
If you want to be a hero well just follow me.

-John Lennon
____________________

To me, anyone who can climb up out of the hole under society's ladder, even if it is just to put a foot on the lowest rungs, is a hero.

Anyone who can reach down into that hole to give a helping hand to others...is a Hero's Hero.

“We can do no great things; only small things with great love.”

-Mother Teresa of Calcutta

-T

DEN said...

Dear Dennis,

Right now, the Vice President of the United States is breaking the law.

Since 2003, Vice President Cheney has refused to comply with Executive Order 12958, which "prescribes a uniform system for classifying, safeguarding, and declassifying national security information."

The Vice President claims he's exempt from presidential executive orders because, as President of the Senate, he is "attached" to the legislative branch. But the Senate has even more stringent regulations on the handling of classified material -- even more rules that the Vice President hasn't followed. In typical fashion, the White House will only say that this is an "interesting constitutional question that people can debate."

Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution clearly states:

The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his office during the term of four years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same term, be elected ...

It's time to remind the Vice President that he can't ignore our nation's laws. We're putting together a special copy of the U.S. Constitution just for him -- one that has the 39 original signatures along with all of ours. Add your name today and send a message to Dick Cheney:

http://www.democraticmajority.com/cheney

The Bush Administration refuses to hold itself accountable for the protection of our national security, and Vice President Cheney is a key part of the problem. It was his office that leaked the identity of a CIA agent to the media. He's part of an Administration under investigation for using email accounts of the Republican National Committee to conduct official government business. According to the Washington Post:

Across the board, the vice president's office goes to unusual lengths to avoid transparency. Cheney declines to disclose the names or even the size of his staff, generally releases no public calendar and ordered the Secret Service to destroy his visitor logs.

...In the usual business of interagency consultation, proposals and information flow into the vice president's office from around the government, but high-ranking White House officials said in interviews that almost nothing flows out. Close aides to Cheney describe a similar one-way valve inside the office, with information flowing up to the vice president but little or no reaction flowing down.

Executive Order 12958 states that information must be properly maintained "to protect our citizens, our democratic institutions, and our participation within the community of nations." President Bush amended and endorsed this order, and Vice President Cheney's office complied with it until 2003. Effective oversight and transparency of our country's most important documents are essential to accountability and respect for the rule of law.

Under Dick Cheney's watch, some of our country's most disgraceful moments have happened -- from Guantanamo Bay to Abu Ghraib. Because of him, the Bush administration started in secrecy, marched to war in secrecy and will end in secrecy, all with great damage to our Constitution, to our government and to the American people.

Tell Vice President Cheney he's not above the Constitution. He can't rewrite the Constitution to suit himself.

http://www.democraticmajority.com/cheney

Sincerely,



Senator Edward M. Kennedy

micki said...

I just came here to post the same letter that Dennis just posted from Senator Kennedy.

I especially like the tone of the first sentence:

Right now, the Vice President of the United States is breaking the law.

I prefer to think that Rahm Emanuel means it.

I heard on Thom Hartmann earlier today that, while he has disagreed with Emanuel in the past on some things, he thanks Emanuel for doing something right. Hartmann is a firm believer in "catching someone doing something right" and telling them thanks.

DEN said...

My friends call me Den.

Not Dennis, Denny, or Denise, PTOOEY!

Wise Gal!

DEN said...

From Mr. Waxman today:

Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Administration Oversight
White House Security Violations May Be Widespread

Contrary to the recent claims of White House spokesperson Dana Perino, there is evidence that the White House has repeatedly failed to investigate security violations, take corrective action following breaches, and appropriately protect classified information.

In a letter to White House Counsel Fred Fielding, Chairman Waxman describes evidence that:

* White House security officials have been blocked from inspecting West Wing offices for compliance with procedures for handling classified information. The White House has its own security office that functions independently of the Information Security Oversight Office in the National Archives. According to several security officials who have worked in this White House office, the Bush White House blocked the White House security officers from conducting unannounced inspections of the West Wing. This is a departure from the practices of the prior administration, which allowed these inspections.
* The White House regularly ignored security breaches. The security officers described repeated instances in which security breaches were reported to the White House Security Office by Secret Service or CIA agents, but were never investigated. In one case, the White House Security Office took no action after receiving a report that a White House official left classified materials unattended in a hotel room. In numerous instances, reports that White House officials left classified information on their desks went uninvestigated.
* The President’s top political advisor received a renewal of his security clearance despite presidential directives calling for the denial of security clearances for officials who misrepresent their involvement in security leaks. Under guidelines issued by President Bush, security clearances should not be renewed for individuals who deny their role in the release of classified information, regardless of whether the disclosure was intentional or negligent. Contrary to this guidance, the White House Security Office renewed the security clearance for Karl Rove in late 2006.
* The White House has condoned widespread mismanagement at the White House Security Office. According to the White House security officers, the White House allowed the White House Security Office to be run by managers who ignored basic security procedures and allowed other White House officials to do so also.
.................................

Gee what does it take to get you impeached nowadays?

Just need someone to accuse them of child molestation I guess, there you are guilty until proven innocent, the rest will follow.

DEN said...

Sorry, link for above article.

David B. Benson said...

It seems that Thomas Friedman, TNYT columnist, has written something useful about energy and congress.

Even those with Repug representatives might wish to write to them about biochar and bio-oil, the latter for carbon-neutral fuels. It is a win-win for everybody except the fossil carbon extractors. (Send all of them to Iraq...)

Gerald said...

I do not have any heroes. Whenever people talk about heroes, I recall Leo Buscaglia, the late professor at Southern Cal U. He has been often asked if he had any heroes? His response has been consistent. He says, "Whenever people think of someone as a hero, all you have to do is to picture the so-called hero on a toilet and the hero becomes very human."

micki said...

With apologies! :-))

There once was a fellow not known as Dennis,
To friends he was Den from Cali, not Venice,
I should have known better,
When I read Ted's letter
That the name Dennis turns Den to a menace!

DEN said...

DOH!!

DEN said...

There's that "M" word.

If I had a nickel........

Funny how being associated with a troublesome TV character can turn into a lifelong curse that brings ridicule.

Lucky me, I have two.

Nice limerick Micki, you beat me at the rhyme and wit!

David B. Benson said...

Afterposten today reports on finding the sketeton reamins of what appears to be a 1,000 year old Inca Indian.

In Ostfjord, Norway.

That's some trip in a reed boat...

David B. Benson said...

Ostfold, not Ostfjord, which does not seem to exist...

DEN said...

Aliens put him there.

DEN said...

Cheney, along with former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, first came to prominence during the administration of President Ford. Rumsfeld had served in various posts under Nixon before being sent to Europe as the US ambassador to NATO in 1973, a period that included the Cyprus coup. When Ford became president on August 9, 1974, immediately preceding the second wave of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, Rumsfeld returned to Washington to serve as his chief of staff, while Cheney became deputy assistant to the president.

Rumsfeld and Cheney gained increasing influence under Ford, reaching their apex of power in November 1975 with a shakeup that saw Rumsfeld installed as Secretary of Defense, Dick Cheney as White House chief of staff, and George H.W. Bush replacing William Colby as CIA director.

Together, Rumsfeld and Cheney created a bubble not unlike the one that has enveloped President George W. Bush’s White House, surrounding Ford with a close knit group of advisors who worked to head off any possibility of openness about past misdeeds and to turn the administration sharply to the right.

@ RAW

Mostly about Kissinger the creep, but this shows the lifer natures of the current thugs in charge of destroying the country.

Carey said...

HAPPY 43RD BIRTHDAY HAJJI!

From yesterday, quite a good discussion on Hillary. Micki, you say they've thrown everything against her. I seriously doubt that. Repugs salivate when they look at her. I fear a repeat of what they did to Bill after he beat them in '92 and especially in '96.

She looks good on paper, she sounds good, but always, I mean always, she does or says something that completely gives her away and reveals where she really stands. She is to the right of her husband. Remember too, she was a Goldwater Repug.

I heard that comment too, Micki, by Hartmann on Emmanuel. I agreed. There are things he has done that piss me off like harrassing Howard Dean and his 50-state framework. He plays with the DLC I believe. Still I heard Emmanuel on Olbermann last night and this is as good a threat as any. At least it's a good start.

Dr. B.

Will do on the letters you suggested.

Micki,

You stop me in my tracks. The limerick is smashing. Perfect too. He's Dennis the Menace.

DEN said...

HEY! don't you start in on me!

Sheesh!