Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The Other Den

August 5, 2007 - 11:51pm.

Yes I am an unrepentant liberal. I am proud of that and if you had listened to me all these elections ago we wouldn’t live in the messed up world we do today. Seriously folks, you have been paying attention to frauds and charlatans. Here are the key issues that Dennis stands for:

-Creating a single-payer system of universal health care that provides full coverage for all Americans by passage of the United States National Health Insurance Act.
-The immediate withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Iraq; replacing them with an international security force.
-Guaranteed quality education for all; including free pre-kindergarten and college for all who want it.
-Immediate withdrawal from the World Trade Organization (WTO) and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
-Repealing the USA PATRIOT Act.
-Fostering a world of international cooperation.
-Abolishing the death penalty.
-Environmental renewal and clean energy.
-Preventing the privatization of social security.
-Providing full social security benefits at age 65.
-Creating a cabinet-level "Department of Peace"
-Ratifying the ABM Treaty and the Kyoto Protocol.
-Introducing reforms to bring about instant-runoff voting.
-Protecting a woman's right to choose while decreasing the number of abortions performed in the U.S.
-Ending the war on drugs.
-Legalizing same-sex marriage.
-Creating a balance between workers and corporations.
-Ending the H1B and L1 Visa Programs
-Restoring rural communities and family farms.
-Strengthening gun control.
-Balance Between Workers and Corporations
-Environmental Renewal and Clean Energy
-Restored Rural Communities and Family Farms.


You know, I tend to agree with Phil, it takes real stones to stand alone, against the established political machinations of the House of Reps.

When you look at all the other candidates trying, not to rile anyone or rock the boat, you realize that a real boat-rocker is what we need, real change for a change.

Watching the debate the other morning with ole hill and BIG O, bidden and others pander their answers to what they thought the audience wanted to hear made me wonder why anyone would vote for those bloviating blow hards at all. Typical politicians one and all with two exceptions, Dennis and Mike Gravel. By the way I thought Mike was rather upbeat considering his 0% support score Stuffulupogus gave him.

The Dems are a headless party, Howie is the figurehead, but not THE head, there is none. Imanuel does not even count except in the negative.

Until the Dems can find a leader with stones to move things in another direction they will continue to scare away voters with a non-cohesive platform.

Dennis provides an avenue of previously unexplored territory and as such could provide the impetus to get the rest of the Dems on the same page.

Without direction politics as usual will provide easy pickings for the Repug buzzards, which incidentally are circling.



DEN said...

Looks like everyone here is having goofy weather.

Global climate change is no laughing matter, the Earth will shrug us off unless action is begun immediately to bring about some kind of reversal.

Corporate interests will only change if their profits drop because of it.

Electing someone with a desire to bring about change in the burning of fossil fuel is a must.

(If we have an election that is.)

micki said...

Okay...so it's a crummy commercial, but...

Den -- getting lefties on the same page is like HERDING CATS. The Democratic Party is made up of many breeds -- not always conducive to getting the job done.

DEN said...

I found THIS on Wired.com. you can supposedly upload a pic of yourself and it will turn you into a Simpsons character.

I have no pics on this box so i will have to wait till i get home, damn!

DEN said...

That commercial was hillarious!

From a Super Bowl a few years back.

Alan said...

I tried the "Simpsonize me" site twice... both times it said it was too busy and to try again later.


I sent most of y'all a picture of me wearing the "Impeach Cheney" cap while ago.

David B. Benson said...

Den --- For me, there is some glitch in your site today. Older Posts produces the previous page, but replacing this one.

Further, there is no way to read yesterday's comments...

DEN said...

Doc, me thinks you missed squashing a bug somewhere, cause I just went back 3 days and it was fine.

Anyone else having trouble?

David B. Benson said...

Restarted firefox. Still does it.

DEN said...

Doc, I will sign out and approach as a viewer and see what happens.

B rite bak

DEN said...

Ok Doc, nothing unusual all the way back to Aug 5.

Try signing out of Google and signing back in manually and see if it works.

David B. Benson said...

Don't know how to sign out of Google, but eventually I'll figure it out.

It might be a problem with the firefox configuration, because for the last two days I've had some problems on another Google-based site.


David B. Benson said...

Signing out was a disaster. It locked the entire system!

I had to reboot.

But I still have the same problem. Later I'll try deleting some cookies and see what happens.

(Linux isn't supposed to allow this sort of behavior, btw...)

º¿carol said...

No problems from my computer either. I went and checked yesterday's thread.

micki said...

No problem with my computer either. But I'm a Mac user, so perhaps my report is irrelevant?

On another matter, Carey said to tell everyone "hi" and that she misses you and that she and Brandon are having lots of summer fun and that she's waaaaaay busy, but will be back soon.

DEN said...

Doc, I would not recommend deleting google cookies, I think you have another bug that needs squashing.

If you are using the WSU system it could be THEIR issue, not yours.

David B. Benson said...

I deleted all the Google cookies I could find. The problem went away.

micki said...

How does one find these cookies? I know nothing of cookies, except those I bake (occasionally).

micki said...

DAHR JAMAIL reports: "There is no need to wait for a September report to tell us what every Iraqi source I have can already confirm, much of which has been released recently in an Oxfam report: 8 million Iraqis are in need of emergency assistance, over 2 million are displaced inside Iraq, and over 2 million Iraqis have fled to neighboring countries, mainly Syria and Jordan, making this the fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world.

According to the Oxfam report: 'forty-three percent of Iraqis suffer from "absolute poverty." ... Children are hit the hardest by the decline in living standards. Child malnutrition rates have risen from 19 per cent before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 to 28 per cent now. ... The number of Iraqis without access to adequate water supplies has risen from 50 percent to 70 percent since 2003, while 80 percent lack effective sanitation.'"

DEN said...

Doc, OKIE DOKIE then. surprised actually that they would affect it.

Micki, might have to do some research to find your cookies on your MAC.

I'ma Windows and Firefox guy.


David B. Benson said...

Micki --- Using firefox click on Edit. On the pull-down, click on Preferences. On the resulting pop-up window, you should find a section about cookies. (A poor choice on name, as so many software terms are...)

David B. Benson said...

Den --- Actually I removed all the cookies associated with google, blogspot.com and blogger.com.

Escept a rememberme for google...

DEN said...

Doc, glad to see that worked for ya.

Micki has a MAC with Safari and I don't think the setup is the same, besides i don't think she is registered with google as her name is black not blue.

How bout it Micki?

Inquiring minds.

ò¿óarol said...

Watching Jon Stewart last night I discovered that Mr. Kucinich has a trophy wife! I lost all respect for him now. I HATE those old guys and their young wives. They're nothing but pedophiles.

Kucinich born in 1946
Kucinich wife " 1977

His wife is younger than my daughter who was born in 1970 and I'm just about his age. Arghhhh.

DEN said...


"They're nothing but pedophiles"

No they are not, they are LUCKY!

Gerald said...

A true disciple of Jesus Christ!!!

John Dear is a Jesuit priest, peace activist, and the author of more than 20 books, most recently, Transfiguration (from Doubleday, with a foreword by Archbishop Tutu). Other books include You Will Be My Witnesses, Living Peace, The Questions of Jesus and Mohandas Gandhi. He has served as the director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest interfaith peace organization in the U.S., and after 9/11, as a coordinator of chaplains for the Red Cross at the New York Family Assistance Center. From 2002-2004, he served as pastor of four churches in New Mexico. He has traveled the war zones of the world, been arrested some 75 times for peace, and given thousands of lectures on peace across the country. He lives in the high desert of northeastern New Mexico. For information about his books, articles and speaking schedule, see: www.fatherjohndear.org

Gerald said...

The Catholic campaign to end the Iraq war

Gerald said...

What a positive step and a hopeful sign! I'm convinced, of course, that every American Catholic should actively oppose this evil war, with every priest and bishop leading the way. Alas, thousands of them continue to support the war, as I frequently hear on my travels around the country.

This notwithstanding Vatican condemnation of the war. Asked about Vatican policy on Iraq, in 2003, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said, "There were not sufficient reasons to unleash a war against Iraq. To say nothing of the fact that, given the new weapons that make possible destruction that go beyond the combatant groups, today we should be asking ourselves if it is still licit to admit the very existence of a 'just war.'"

Just a month ago, now as Pope Benedict XVI, he called upon the nations of the world to end these "useless slaughters."

Another sign of hope came June 23, 2007. In a historic letter, 14 Catholic members of Congress, including my great friend Dennis Kucinich, wrote an open letter to the U.S. Catholic bishops' conference, asking them to help Congress end the war in Iraq. Writing to Bishop William S. Skylstad, the conference president, and Bishop Thomas Wenski, head of the International Justice and Peace Committee, these members of congress asked for a meeting with the bishops' conference to discuss how members of Congress could work with the bishops to mobilize public action to end the war.

Gerald said...

Unless Catholics return to their true manifest destiny to pursue the paths of justice and peace, Catholicism will be extinct in Nazi America by 2101. The immortal words of G.K. Chesterton, the Apostle of Common Sense, said,"The greatest stumbling blocs for Catholicism are Catholics."

Pope John Paul II framed the moral question well when he said: 'When, as in Iraq in these days, war threatens the fate of humanity, it is even more urgent to proclaim with a strong and decisive voice that peace is the only path for building a society which is more just and marked by solidarity. Violence and weapons can never resolve the problems of humanity.'

What has totally pissed me off that Catholics turned their backs on John Paul II and his words that Iraq is a wrong and an immoral war.


Gerald said...

There has been some talk of older men marrying younger women. I knew a man whose last name was Studley. I would not want a last name of Studley but I would not mind if my middle name was Studley.

DEN said...

Anyone out there an Annie Lennox fan? scroll down for the video, Guaranteed awesome.

micki said...

I don't know anything about Dennis Kucinich's young wife, but I doubt she married him for his money, his looks, or his sexual prowess (I'm only speculating on that).  You'd have to ask his two former wives. I doubt he's a pedophile, however. That Kucinich has a "trophy wife" breaks the stereotype.

Most old(er) men who choose 2nd, 3rd, 4th wives who are young enough to be their daughters (or even grand-daughters), have money, status, power, and are out to show that men don't peak sexually at 18. 

Power is an aphrodisiac -- for old, rich men and young female social climbers. Overheard at Lutèce, "After my husband stopped being CEO and we didn't have the company jet anymore, he just wasn't the same person.''

Ah, true love. Lucky?

micki said...

Den, Carol's name is in black, too.

Ask her why. I don't get these things the way Carol does.

I just keep plugging away at my trusty Mac.

º¿carol said...

I don't sign in, I post as "other".

No Google for me! I had too much trouble signing in. I cannot speak for Micki not signing in though. Perhaps it was too much trouble for her, too.

Micki said, Most old(er) men who choose 2nd, 3rd, 4th wives who are young enough to be their daughters (or even grand-daughters), have money, status, power, and are out to show that men don't peak sexually at 18.

Exactly! That's why I have NO respect for the people that fall into that category. With me it's that old saying from when I was a kid, "play with someone your own age." The Michael Douglas/Dennis Kuckinich/Fred Thompson's of this world cross a line.

Alan said...

I deleted all the Google cookies I could find.

Y'all pick 'n choose which cookies to delete?? I don't. They all get the axe here. That's after every surfing session. Clean... I sweep my shyt clean of cookies, temp. internet files, and history every time before I put this machine to sleep.

Alan said...

Micki, here's an article you might like. Every Tuesday in the paper here, is the technology page, where this guy writes a column and another one aswers computer questions. There's one other guy that's strictly for MACs (Dr. MAC), but this isn't his article.
Note that he removes Safari and uses either Firefox or the newer Camino browser.

Getting your Mac set up just right is no quick fix

One of the more interesting reactions to last week's column about how I prep a Windows Vista machine for use was how it was embraced by Mac users as an example of how painful it is to set up a Windows-based PC.

Unboxing a new Mac, they said, is sooo much easier.

Bad news, Macfans. I go through quite a few steps to get my Macs the way I like them — almost as many as with Vista.
Check out what he does and see if any of it sounds like a good idea.

Oh and... you deleted the email with my hat picture.
*disappointed look*

micki said...

Oh and... you deleted the email with my hat picture.
*disappointed look*

Alan, full disclosure...sometimes I open your emails and that little ball spins and spins and spins and goes nowhere! So, I force quit, then restart and try one more time. If it still spins -- I delete.

Okay...computer gurus -- why does this happen? Alan uses AOL and so do I -- I seldom have this problem with emails from others.

(Oh...and Alan...sometimes I delete email after I vew them. Just to clean out my "old mail." But, that's different.)

micki said...

Alan, thanks for the article. I'll show it to Bill. ;-))

He jokes that he must update his ABC list for me... I asked him what his ABC list is and he said, "After Bill Croaks..."

I know, I know. A little dark humor.