Monday, July 23, 2007

MC Weekend






While the neo-fascists were busily grabbing more control, I was doing what I could to help set up and work this show.

Classic Japanese Motorcycle Club puts on an annual event with a swap meet and show. This is my first year helping but my friends and I have been going for 6 years. Most bikes are restored to pristine condition and authentic early racers.

The pics above give a glimpse of what turned out to be a fun weekend with a multi bike road trip Saturday night and the show Sunday.

It's nice to step away from the political arena and get back to real life with real people, many of which hate repug assholes as much as I do.

Motorcycles represent freedom to all and fun with friends to me and I had a blast.

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41 comments:

micki said...

Glad you had a fun day, Den.

Cool pics!

micki said...

Alan, if the Predictions Markets started trading in "futures" tied to the prospect of "will there be a presidential election in 2008," I'd wager that many speculators would "invest" on the "no" side of the ledger.

There is ample empirical evidence to suggest that the current powerful cabal in Washington, DC, could be laying the groundwork to postpone or cancel federal elections in 2008. Will they? I have no idea. But, if I were to rely on observation alone, without consideration for past experience and regard for our democratic systems, I'd say there is a 50-50 chance that the elections will be cancelled.

If the Predictions Market forced traders to put their money where their mouth is by offering shares on "no election," the predictions market bettors would be lining up to buy shares on "no election," IMO.

By offering the shares, bettors would reveal their truthful beliefs. Take it to the bank.

On the other hand, a possible scenario will be that the Repugs will expand their voter suppression campaign and they will "win" the presidential election and regain the Senate and House through garden-variety, everyday Repug cheating and chicanery.

Either way, the Repugs do not intend to transfer their amassed powers to the enemy, (i.e. an honestly elected Democratic president and Congress) -- one-party rule is their stated goal. Karl Rove has already told us that -- point blank.

carey said...

It's so beneficial to meet with people of like mind, outdoors, doing the things you all love to do. It keeps the soul nurtured and sane. I'm so glad you had a good time Den. You deserve it.

Ran across this little bit about a heroic Chihuahua.


Tiny Dog Saves Baby From Rattlesnake

Zoey is a Chihuahua, but when a rattlesnake lunged at her owners' 1-year-old grandson, she was a real bulldog.

Booker West was splashing his hands in a birdbath in his grandparents' northern Colorado back yard when the snake slithered up to the toddler, rattled and struck. Five-pound Zoey jumped in the way and took the bites.

'She got in between Booker and the snake, and that's when I heard her yipe,' Monty Long, the boy's grandfather, said Thursday.

The dog required treatment and for a time it appeared she might not survive the bites she suffered earlier this month. Now she prances about.

'These little bitty dogs, they just don't really get credit,' Booker's grandma Denise Long told the Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald.

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Nice post Micki.

On the other hand, a possible scenario will be that the Repugs will expand their voter suppression campaign.....

Not if Greg Palast has anything to do with it.

They've boxed themselves into a corner and they're sooooo dangerous. We must be ever vigilant. To the brink of paranoia. There's nothing these people won't do.

DEN said...

NOTICE OF COMMITTEE HEARING

DATE AND TIME CHANGE TO TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2007 AT 9:30 A.M. The hearing on “Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice” scheduled by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary will take place on Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 216 of the Senate Hart Office Building, rather than the previously scheduled date of Wednesday, July 18, 2007.

By order of the Chairman



Witness List

Hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on “Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice”

Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Hart Senate Office Building Room 216
10:00 a.m.

The Honorable Alberto Gonzales
Attorney General of the United States
Department of Justice
Washington, DC
....................
I can't recall, I don't remember, I forgot, the dog ate my papers, and more await tomorrows hearing.

More smoke and mirrors while they create their new world dis-order.

{ò,ó}arol said...

{ò,ó} Aw, shit!!!

No Cancer Found in Bush's Colon
Washington Post - 47 minutes ago
By BEN FELLER AP WASHINGTON -- Doctors found no cancer in the five small growths removed from President Bush's colon, the White House said Monday.

carey said...

From yesterday:

Dang Micki. You're super smart and just railing at full speed in your analyses.

The methadology of polling, as we've discussed before, is so gosh darn important. I never got the point of interactive polling. It's self-defeating. We have to deal with the polls because of their heavy influence AND abundant publication in the media as you wrote Micksters.

Social psychologists need to go in and revamp the whole science of poll-taking. They are in a unique position to expose how mistakes in poll taking can lead to all kinds of problems. Their methadology is sound.

Gerald is not far off the mark. It is that bad. They are not evil people, however. Well, except for Cheney. They're cornered, yet they don't quite know it fully. They are very dangerous right now.

I still think, Micki, that the Moyer's program had an enormous impact on many. It certainly did on me! Your reluctant observation:

The American people are not terribly discerning when it comes to fingering the bad guys.

Oy vay!(Or however you spell it.) That is, of course, people like Thom Hartmann's biggest concern. Will it take?

Thank you Den for the notice of tomorrow's hearing. Bruce Fein said something on Moyer's show I was amazed by. Set aside my head over heels surprise at Fein's 180 degree turnaround in his views. (He was a real bad guy in the eighties during Iran-Contra and subsequently the Monica scandal.) Fein was angered and terribly annoyed by the Dem's weak-kneed questions that went nowhere. He felt Alfredo and his gang of thugs walked all over Congress.

No, really?

Anyone care to wager that it will happen again tomorrow? There's the reason people diss Congress. Bunch of bought and sold numbskulls they are.

carey said...

Carol,

I was hoping the rotgut they make you drink for a colonoscopy would do him in.

Talk about bleaching out your system with acid! Still everyone should have it done every 10 years. You know that's what Tammy died of, colon cancer that is. Doesn't look very good for Tony Snow, does it? His cancer has spread too.

•¿•arol said...

My daughter's boyfriend is obsessed with Suzuki motorcycles the past year or two. Someone gave him an old one that he rebuilt and now there are 4 old ones in his barn, every one of them breaking down at any given moment.

Back in May they took one of them in his pickup to North Carolina so he could drive a highway known as The Dragon with a Suzuki gathering. He actually went off a curve but lived to tell the story. Last week in our Lansing State Journal there were two different articles about two people that died on that road within a couple days of each other.

My daughter is sick of it now and didn't go with him Saturday to a meet up in Manistee.

º¿carol said...

I'm due for a colonoscopy, but since I don't go to the doctor I'll be skipping it. Phyttt.

Gerald said...

You can take this prediction to the bank. Gonzo will see nothing; he will hear nothing; and he will say nothing because Gonzo is Bush's puppet and lapdog. Once again Americans are cheated from the truth.

Micki, good analysis! I am and will be stocking up on the "no stocks."

THERE WILL BE NO 2008 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS!!!!!

Gerald said...

What the doctors did not tell us from Bush's colonoscopy is that they found his brain. It was small and only the stem that leads to his brain was found.

Gerald said...

Bush's brain is fried and it has atrophied from the lack of use. In lay terms Bush's brain is actually brain dead.

Alan said...

Either way, the Repugs do not intend to transfer their amassed powers to the enemy, (i.e. an honestly elected Democratic president and Congress) -- one-party rule is their stated goal. Karl Rove has already told us that -- point blank.

Micki, you're already half wrong right there. Congress passed hands to the Dems in '06. Don't you think they would've used whatever they were capable of to keep Congress? If they couldn't, how can they now do so to keep the presidency?
You think the American peoople and the American military will just stand aside and let them get away with outright tossing the Constitution in the trash?!! They've been chipping at it on the QT, but you're talking about blatant overthrow of everything we were founded on and lived by.
Sorry, but I say "no fkn way".

micki said...

I have no idea if this occurred as this poster claims -- but I just wanted to share this anecdote from a post @ Common Dreams:

I took a motorcycle riders education course this weekend. It was held at the Air National Guard base in Burlington, Vermont. When I arrived on friday, soldiers were at the gate checking ID’s. Air Force 2 landed later that evening with Dick Cheney on board. There was no mention of his visit in the local press. When I arrived for class on Sat. morning, soldiers at the gate had been replaced by “security personnel” from Blackwater. No rank or insignia on their clothing. They were dressed all in black, right down to their webbed belts. They handled security until Air Force 2 left on Sunday evening. Still no mention in the press that Cheney was around.
During the entire weekend we were admonished not to stray from the building and track that we were learning on. We were told that we could be shot if we left the area. We were not allowed to leave the base for lunch.
Martial law is so much closer than people think. This was the scariest thing I have experienced in a very long time.

micki said...

Alan, no way, yourself. ;-)

Sure, congress passed to the Dems in '06. I'm talking about the transfer of power at the presidential level. For godsakes, they aren't chipping away at the Constitution on the QT -- they are doing it in plain sight, right under our noses.

For the most part, the American people are taking it in stride because they believe, as you do, that it can't happen here.

I didn't say -- unequivocally -- that it would happen, Alan. My position is that the mechanisms are systematically being put into place to make it possible that it could happen. Only a totally uninformed idiot would deny that that is not occurring at this point in history.

DEN said...

HMMMM, why would deadeye use blechwater?

Tweaked out contract hit men replacing our own military?

Fear of Coup d'etat?

micki said...

You think the American peoople and the American military will just stand aside and let them get away with outright tossing the Constitution in the trash?

Uhhhhhhh....maybe.

DEN said...

The Constitution is already in the trash!

Habeas Corpus went into the dumper allowing infinite imprisonment of anyone for any reason.

The Un-Patriot Act took what was left.

Blechwater circumvents Posse Comitatis.

Any questions?

DEN said...

From Wakipedia:

Recently, Congress passed a controversial bill which grants the President the right to commandeer Federal or even state National Guard Troops and use them inside the United States. This bill, entitled the John Warner Defense Appropriation Act for Fiscal Year 2007 (H.R. 5122.ENR), contains a provision, (Section 1076) which allows the President to:

“...employ the armed forces, including the National Guard in Federal service, to...

restore public order and enforce the laws of the United States when, as a result of a natural disaster, epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incident, or other condition in any State or possession of the United States..., where the President determines that,...domestic violence has occurred to such an extent that the constituted authorities of the State or possession are incapable of maintaining public order; suppress, in a State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy...” [3] Senator Patrick Leahy and others have condemned Section 1076 because it effectively nullifies the Posse Comitatus Act and the Insurrection Act (10 U.S.C. 331-335) and gives the President the legal ability to define under what conditions martial law may be declared. [4]

H.R.5122 was signed into law by President Bush on October 17, 2006, and will take effect October 1, 2007 (unless an earlier effective date is established by regulation). "On the same day, Bush signed the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which abolishes the legal protection of habeas corpus, authorizes the president to detain and jail anyone (even US citizens) without charge and subject them to harsh interrogation that may or may not involve torture." [5]

Yup, we are screwed.

David B. Benson said...

American Research Group poll puts Bush's approval rating as 25% for and 71% against.

Huffington Post

DEN said...

Cindy Sheehan, Ray McGovern have been arrested for a protest at Conyers office.

Read all about it.

Will they be renditioned to a Gulag?

Stay tuned.

micki said...

Dr. B -- here's an interesting break-out on the poll:

Among Republicans (30% of adults registered to vote in the survey), 68% approve of the way Bush is handling his job and 26% disapprove.

Among Democrats (37% of adults registered to vote in the survey), 1% approve and 97% disapprove of the way Bush is handling his job.

Among independents (33% of adults registered to vote in the survey), 18% approve and 79% disapprove of the way Bush is handling his job as president.
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25% IS TOO HIGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

David B. Benson said...

Congress has a slightly lower approval rating...

DEN said...

It ain't rocket science:

Old-line Republican warns 'something's in the works' to trigger a police state.

@ RAW STORY

DEN said...

Frog in the frypan science.

David B. Benson said...

Well, I always did like frog's legs.

Southern fried...

DEN said...

Doc, you would eat the legs off a frog?

David B. Benson said...

Den --- I've never been hungry enough to do it that way...

:-)

carey said...

I am fearful of Blackwater. Something's up with them. They're locating a supercamp right here next to the border. Now they're shadowing Cheney. I don't like it.

I would say that the incompetence and denial flowing from this administration combined with hubris to blind the Repugs to the possibility of a loss in '06. Fixing the system is a full-speed ahead industry.

The caging lists alone are a huge effort to tamper with results. Numerous devices are continuously being thought up. It's a business for them. The criminal businesses privately own the voting machines! Absolute no-no in a legitimate democracy.

All things point to increased tampering with elections. Jesus, look at them! Of course they would. They really want to control that Iraqi oil. They also want to escape prosecution.

Micki put it best:

There is ample empirical evidence to suggest that the current powerful cabal in Washington, DC, could be laying the groundwork to postpone or cancel federal elections in 2008.

No doubt about it. They're thinking of horrendous alternatives to get what they want.

Micki,

Really some masterful essay writing and thinking.

Carol,

Don't make me come out there and drag you to a doctor for a colonoscopy.

carey said...

Oops. I shouldn't have written that Blackwater creepies were "shadowing" Cheney. Rather, they were guarding him. All the more spooky.

My Dad ate many a frog leg over the years. He just loved 'em. I watched with horror. Finally was kind of forced into trying one. It was gooood!

Alan said...

Old-line Republican warns 'something's in the works' to trigger a police state.

That line, and the linked article, both seemed like it was insinuating that bushco did 9/11 and they are preparing to do it again.
1. bushco came into office wanting to attack Iraq so why would they 'frame' Saudis for 9/11? Illogical and makes no sense.
2. there's absolutely no evidence of anything other than 19 muslim extremists did 9/11 with support and direction from al Qaeda, NOT IRAQ.
3. bushco didn't "do it" the first time and couldn't get away with "doing it" this time
4. we really did land on the moon
5. bush doesn't have the support from Americans and his own party to pull off what you people are saying.

DEN said...

Of course buchco didn't do it, they hired flunkies working for middle east interests with the same goals in mind.

Friends of the chimp, hand holding friends from Saudi Arabia which coincidentally is where the hijacketeers had their passports issued.

Bet they didn't think those would be found.

You go ahead and believe some backward muslim extremists just got a wild hair up their butts and pulled it off.

I don't.

Alan said...

You go ahead and believe some backward muslim extremists just got a wild hair up their butts and pulled it off.

I don't.


How do you figure? "backward muslim extremists"?
1. bin Laden has an engineering degree
2. this wasn't his first attack on us or our interests, so it wasn't a "wild hair"
3. don't reply back with "cave dwellers" because if they ever did hide in caves, it was AFTER 9/11, not before... they had the run of the country in Afghanistan
4. again, there is no proof whatsoever of anybody else involved in 9/11
5. "backward muslims" aren't smart enough, but "flunkies" are?...is another illogical statement That musta came from your "gut".
6. worth saying again... bush doesn't have the support from Americans, and even HIS OWN PARTY, to pull off a martial law/stay in power scheme.

DEN said...

2. there's absolutely no evidence of anything other than 19 muslim extremists did 9/11 with support and direction from al Qaeda, NOT IRAQ

Right!

Muslim extremism is Terribly backward in a social sense.

They really get stoned, dead.

Real forward thinking there.

Bin Laden was a spoiled child of the Saudi elite, engineering degree, shows he is smart enough to set up a job for "the family".

Of course it is speculation, but unless you are OBL you do not know for sure any more than I do.

i'm going to sleep, my brain is tired.

micki said...

Alan, even before the 2006 mid-term elections, bush's approvals were not that great -- low to mid 40s. At the same stage in their 2nd terms, Reagan was at 57% approval and Clinton was at 61% approval. Nevertheless, the Repugs DID NOT take a beating (as they should have) in the '06 mid-term elections. Sure, the Dems prevailed, but by a hair. In a reality-based world, they should have won in a landslide.

Why didn't they win bigger? Partly because we are a divided nation. (Divide and conquer.) Repug Americans stick with bush and the party out of loyalty and personal affection, not because they think he's doing a super-duper job. The motivator in their vote is emotion. How do you counter that?

As long as that great divide is maintained through dirty politics, voter suppression, fear mongering, and pushing the "values" buttons, the powerful one-party cabal will prevail. bush may not have the support of the majority of Americans, but he is holding on to his support from the Repugs. As I mentioned earlier, the ARG poll that Dr. B cited, showed: Among Republicans, 68% approve of the way Bush is handling his job and 26% disapprove.

You say he doesn't have the support from his own party? Huh? Those bastards trot out for the photo-ops and sound bytes...then vote for every goddamned thing that bush wants.

Reality check! Bush doesn't need the support from his party or the American people, to "pull off" a martial law/stay in power scheme. The unitary executive "scheme" gives him those powers.

I'm not saying those powers will be used, but....it's a done deal, if they decide to use them.

Gerald said...

When [men] go to war, what they want is to impose on their enemies the victor's will and call it peace.
– St. Augustine

Bush says we are at war. He wants to impose his will on us and he is succeeding. The wait for a police state is over. The police state is upon us.

Gerald said...

I want to apologize to all the posters. Now that I have your attention and the fact that there will be no 2008 presidential elections, I only wish that I could have done more to stop the Nazi takeover of our country.

Alan said...

Reality check! Bush doesn't need the support from his party or the American people, to "pull off" a martial law/stay in power scheme. The unitary executive "scheme" gives him those powers.

reality check?? The "unitary executive" is an idea, a goal the neocons wanted. They are a failure.
Here's a reality check...
To pull that off, the military and police and anyone else tasked to enforce it would have to 'go along'. Sorry, but I don't see that happening. There probably would be some idiot robots that would take those kind of orders, but the vast majority have a concious, have families it would affect, and have the balls to refuse unconstitutional orders, and I bet even to fight back if necessary.

Gerald said...

I can only say to my country, "THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!"

Gerald said...

On July 24, 2007 I have come to realize that it is all over for our democracy and our republic.

We are now an enslaved banana republic in the hands of a despotic dictator.

Gerald said...

I guess that I am the last person to leave the room so I turned off the lights.

Good night to all!