Tuesday, September 25, 2007

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September 24, 2007

Columbia University Shows True American Values

By Thom Hartmann

Columbia University, by inviting Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak, has shown confidence in the wisdom and adultness of their students and our republic.
Ahmadinejad is the president of a major nation in a vital part of the world, and we should have enough self-assurance and belief in our own system of government, and in the intelligence of our college students, that we can let them (and our larger public) evaluate his words, whatever they may be.
To be terrified of his speaking there (or, for that matter, laying a wreath at Ground Zero) is behavior one would have expected from a fragile régime like Khrushchev’s USSR or Burma’s military junta, not the bold, brave, and fearless USA.
We are the nation whose President Nixon reached out to and met with China’s Mao Tse Tsung at the same time Mao was funding and arming the North Vietnamese to kill our soldiers in Vietnam. We’re the nation whose President Reagan confronted Soviet President Gorbachev, who at the time had thousands of nuclear warheads armed and pointed at us and was actively funding and arming proxy wars we were fighting in more than a half-dozen nations. We’re the nation whose President Roosevelt said, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”
And let’s also remember that the people of Tehran, Iran, produced one of the largest candlelight vigil demonstrations in the Muslim world in support of the USA the day after 9/11, repudiating the act and actors of that event. We still have the ability to make an ally of that nation, and shouldn’t blow it by fear and bluster (or bombs). America is better and stronger than the nervous Nellies and chickenhawk war-mongers who currently have control of the Republican Party (and a few Democrats, apparently).
As JFK said: “We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”
We are not afraid. We are Americans!


Which is more than I can say for the Columbia University President,
Lee Bollinger who spent the better part of a half our lambasting Ahmadinejad for his various sins.

Attempting to set the stage against
Ahmadinejad for all attendees indicated his desire to belittle and demean his appearance.

While the man is no saint, he is cut from the same cloth as our very own President, the 'tinhorn dictator bolt, and every bit as screwed up. The assumption was made the the Iranian President was a lowlife thug. My question is would Mr. Bollinger show the same treatment to Bush who committed an even larger litany of sins against the country established for 'freedom' and 'democracy' because of his maniacal spying and war mongering.

We must not forget that Mr.
Ahmadinejad has not invaded a sovereign nation, ordered the killing of thousands and shredded the Constitution and lost billions in the process with no end in sight.

Rather he
(Ahmadinejad) is relatively benign compared to the real terrorists in DC.

Same bolt, different dude.



DEN said...

The googles were being a PIA this AM and I apologize for the font changes and poor print on the post even tho it's their fault, (they never apologize)

Alan said...

No biggie Den. I used that page to verify something I had read yesterday in the paper. Ehh, with my IE, I can change the zoom of each page at the lower right corner, but this was a hint that you could do it 'on the run' so-to-speak by holding down the CTRL key and spinning the scroll wheel on your mouse. Hmmm, it worked!
I went up and down, and then back to 'normal' (100%).

*files that in the memory bank for future reference*

carey said...

Hello gang. I've been innundated with things--lots of them including possibly moving (again--I go through this all the time as you might remember. It's out of my control--that's the way the meager trust is written). A little pissed with life and the way it throws crap at ya.

Sorry I can't contribute more right now. I'm trying not to let things throw me off an even keel as Micki and all of you have urged me.

Why are there so many thoughtless and stupid people? A widow is a terrible social position to be in I can tell you that. It's pretty low on the social totem pole when you factor in my age.

º¿carol said...

Den, what kind of DUI laws do you have in CA that Keifer Sutherland had to post a $25,000 bail over a simple DUI arrest? Do the peasants have to post such a ridiculous amount, too?!?!?! I was eating my lunch with CNN when I heard about Keifer and almost spit my milk out!

º¿carol said...

Carey, what's so different about being a widow as opposed to a single woman? Are you speaking of having both your names on everything and trying to undo it all?

DEN said...


Driving Under the Influence

The penalties for driving under the influence vary depending on the number of a driver's prior convictions for this offense.

A first-time violation can be punished by a jail term of not more than six months, a fine and penalty ranging from $1,000 to $2,700, and suspension or restriction of driving privileges for six months. Drivers with three DUI convictions within seven years normally receive jail terms of not less than 120 days nor more than one-year and a fine and penalty of not less than $1,053, and no more than $2,700. The person's privilege to operate a motor vehicle will be revoked for three years.

Drivers charged with a DUI must appear in court for an arraignment and may be requested to post bail. Bail can vary from $300 to $15,000. Whenever the possible sentences include jail time, the court, upon request, will appoint an attorney for drivers who cannot afford to hire one.

Carol, does that answer your question?

DEN said...

Carey, if you need personal references for a new place, we been friends for 20 years, right?

Some days are worse than others,

Hang in there!

carey said...

Yeah, you know guys, the minute I feel weak for a sec I come straight here to bitch about it. Great!

The social position and role of a widow was more an idle comment than a report of what's happening with me. Sorry 'bout that. I felt sorry for myself. It's dealing with certain people who have legal control of large portions of my life and they can be difficult. Not my family or anything, just the guys who control my money. what little there is and certain big decisions.

Thanks Den for the reference offer. You never know. Sure feels like we've known each other twenty years, doesn't it?

David B. Benson said...

Carey --- Come and bitch whenevr you want.

carey said...

I've not been able to completely catch up with everything. One thing that stands out is the lack of coverage on the big labor strike.

Where are the candidates on this? Why aren't they jumping all over this traditionally Dem stronghold. They should be talking about it right now.

You've noticed, as Ed Schultz has I can happily report, that Dems are not touching on labor issues at all really. That's our baby! The candidates are sidestepping it except for Edwards and Kucinich.

There's a debate Wed., the first official of the season at Dartmouth, my Dad's alma mater. He was very proud of that and he won a Harvard fellowship and everything. It was always Dartmouth for him.)

The subject should be prominent tomorrow. If we're going to get down to it--there's nothing like a general auto strike to kick some buckets.

carey said...

I remind you all of something Thom Hartmann said the other day. He said the corporations were terrified of John Edwards and that's why you see little or no coverage of him in mainstream media such as MSNBC. I've brought it up before.

Hartmann was darn tootin' right, ga'll dang it. There's is nothing to hold onto out there. Nothing. I'm pretty upset about that.

The same way I'm going to pieces over loosing our local Air America station. I believe it will happen in the next week. People are being fired. It's so god damn ugly. We're out here crying. We can't do anything but watch the motherf**ker go down.


º¿carol said...

Well, Den, you didn't help at all. Your post didn't explain Keifer's $25,000. Your piece said up to $15,000. As usual, nothing makes sense. Probably because there are so many nuances to any law not even the cops can follow them.

David B. Benson said...

"Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups."

Alan said...

On Boston Legal's season premiere, Alan Shore done his thing again. This time it was about big oil bribing/corrupting the global warming science. 'Twas a good 1½-hour show.
Didja see it Den?

carey said...


Since I know you'll see this before you post Wed., I wanted to urge you to pick up with Randi Rhodes and Keith Olbermann on the White House and their terroristic attempts to coerce the Congressional vote on Aug. 2 on the wiretapping stuff.

I heard Randi say this earlier and was, stupid me, stunned for a quick moment. Then, of course, reality set in. Yes Carey, they would stoop that low and Congress would naturally be frightened. Where was my head?

This is the situation Jane Harmon was talking about on Olbermann. God, we are duped on a daily basis. All of us.

I DVRed the Boston Legal premiere Alan. Sounds good.

Alan said...

I DVRed the Boston Legal premiere Alan. Sounds good.

Well, it wasn't as good as some of his final arguments, but he still got his digs in.
Check out THIS article!

Bush Homosexual Allegations Resurface In New Book
Leola McConnell releases tell-all memoirs

And the 'money shot' is...
"In 1984 I watched George W. Bush enthusiastically and expertly perform a homosexual act on another man, one Victor Ashe," said McConnell.

Gerald said...

Hitler Bush, a homosexual president??? I do not know if he is homosexual or not. Frankly, I would have more respect for him if he would come out of the closet.

I heard that one in five people are homosexual in Nazi America. That is 20% of the population or about 60 million people. The percentage may be even higher? Is that why politicians seem to accept rampant homosexuality in the halls of all institutions in D.C.? Nothing seems to change in D.C. Feathersof a feather flock together. I predict that in 60 years but most definitely by 2100 homosexuality and Islam will comprise 98% of the Nazi American population. What a country?

Gerald said...


Gerald said...

Petty and Cruel Dictator