Thursday, September 20, 2007

Madder Than Hell....

Angry Badgers take over White House


I had a dream that wildlife revolted in a big way taking on DC, en-mass. vicious Badgers and bears ripping the lobbyists and politicians to shreds for violations against nature.

Then I woke up.

It was raining in Auburn this AM for the first time since, oh, May, maybe April, I cannot recall.
Maybe the rain on the roof provided the background noise for the animal rioting in my brain while I was sleeping, thousands of little feet scratching and clawing.

What really concerns me the most is this sinking feeling that our views are not being taken seriously and the STOOPIDS are winning.

Back when I was younger, I was told that stupid was NOT good. You should study and go to college and become someone important. It was a time when intelligence was the norm and those without it were looked down upon as inferior, which was the case. Now the divisions have changed, NASCAR and the WWF rule the roost with the pickup truck crowd and money rules the roost with the Land Rover crowd. Somehow I and a lot of others are stuck in between, in the nether regions of space and time, a region of common sense without cents, monetarily speaking.

Neither rich nor poor, neither super smart or super dumb, this in between region is where I am, apparently given to obsession about the political blundering and missteps of our elected officials. What was once unacceptable has become acceptable and it bugs the hell out of me that we have come to this point in our evolution, to actually be de-evolving. Going back to a dumb time in place where being stupid is 'not your fault', where up is down and down is up, rich is good and poor is bad, stocks are good and banks are bad.

What to do in a topsy turvy world of conflicting thoughts and ideas?

I do not know, there is no answers any more, and even if there was some, some dipshit would tell you you were wrong.

Go figure.

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38 comments:

DEN said...

Stolen from FDL:

This morning the Senate is expected to vote on a resolution condemning MoveOn.org…

This is the same Senate that has done nothing to change President Bush’s policy on Iraq. Yesterday, they couldn’t even pass a bill to give soldiers enough leave with their families before redeploying. But they have plenty of time to crack down on folks who criticize the war. It’s ridiculous, it’s un-American, and it’s wrong….

Why? They’re flailing. Last week’s Bush Administration PR blitz completely failed—the percentage of Americans favoring withdrawal from Iraq actually increased.4 Meanwhile, vulnerable Republicans are sinking lower and lower in the polls (or announcing their retirement). Bashing our ad is a way to distract the public—and intimidate war critics….

They’re trying to use the full force of the U.S. Senate to shut us all up. To send a message that if you speak unpleasant truths about this war, you’ll pay.This is what we expect from right-wing bullies like Fox, Bill O’Reilly, and Sean Hannity. But the Senate should know better.
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I have an idea. Lets all get shovels and go to DC and shovel all the bullshit politicians into a dumpster and start over.

micki said...

The New York Times

September 20, 2007
Editorial
The G.O.P.’s Candidate-Free Debate

In the category of What Are They Thinking?: all the principal Republican presidential candidates have decided to skip a major televised debate next week on minority issues. The absentees will be noted by nameplates at empty lecterns, and some party leaders warn that the perceived disrespect will prove costly at the polls.

Ken Mehlman, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, is urging the candidates to reconsider their rejection of the debate on the PBS network and “lay out their vision,” according to The Washington Post. Jack Kemp, the party’s 1996 vice presidential candidate, is more blunt in his dismay: “What are we going to do, meet in a country club in the suburbs one day?”

The candidates insist that their absence next Thursday is dictated by scheduling conflicts. But it’s important to note that the invitation to the debate at Morgan State University in Baltimore was sent out in February. “Baloney,” said Newt Gingrich of the scheduling excuse, warning of the “enormous error” in ducking the event. The Democrats’ comparable debate at Howard University in June was attended by all the major contenders.

In another group no-show, only Senator John McCain accepted an invitation to a TV debate on Univision, the major Hispanic network. One transparent factor in the selective shyness is that, except for Senator McCain, the major candidates have been avoiding nuanced approaches on the heated immigration issue. Simplistic speeches may play well on the stump, but they’re a shame to the party and nation. Next week’s Morgan State debate would be just the platform to put aside electoral pandering for larger principle on issues important to all Americans.

micki said...

Well...I see on the AOL "news" page that "Justin, Oprah Discuss Britney."

That's all I can report.

DEN said...

Guess thats all the news that is news.

And in the 'Will you please shut the hell up dept':
CAIRO, Egypt (CNN) -- An audio message from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden released Thursday called on Muslims to "carry out jihad" against Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

Someone please put a cork in these bozos yaps and tell them to get out of the 2nd Century already. I'm fed up with their stupid "Jihad" crap.

Isn't there anyone that needs stoning?

DEN said...

As long as I am harping here today, let me expand on this topic, why do people cheer when a person speaking out against authoritarians, gets hauled off and tasered?

Was he that much of a nuisance by speaking out?

Why do people think this is wrong?

Is speaking out no longer acceptable to the masses?

How long will it take to realize that killing the messenger will not solve issues?

What is this country becoming?

Goose stepping conformist fascist rule by ignorant authoritarians with plenty of sheeple to follow?

I have lost confidence tha anything will change, in fact it is looking like things will get a whole lot worse if citizenry forbids free speech.

micki said...

Dear MICKI,

I want to thank all 17,000 of you who signed on as citizen co-sponsors of the Habeas Corpus Restoration Act and lobbied your Senators by phone and email -- as well as the millions of other Americans who share our commitment to this critical issue. Yesterday's 56-43 vote clearly showed that a majority of the Senate -- and a majority of Americans -- favor the restoration of our basic civil liberties.

Congress made a mistake of historical proportions when it suspended habeas rights a few years ago -- and unfortunately Senate Republicans made another mistake yesterday by mounting a filibuster and failing to allow us to restore it. The good news is we've picked up 8 more votes since the Senate voted to suspend habeas corpus last fall, but we still need 4 more Senators to reach a filibuster-proof 60 vote margin.

I am disappointed that we did not succeed yesterday -- but we're not giving up, not by a long shot. Defending the Constitution is not always politically easy, especially in a time of war. But our nation is at its greatest when it stands up for the Constitution, during the best of times and the worst of times. That's why I believe in the Habeas Corpus Restoration Act, and why my colleagues and I are still working hard to pass it.

I am proud to have led the bipartisan effort to restore our fundamental rights along with my colleagues, including Senator Chris Dodd, Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senator Arlen Specter, and many others. Our bill had widespread support from conservatives, liberals, and independents alike.

With hard work and with the strength of our Constitution, I am confident that we will ultimately prevail. I thank you and my fellow Senators who stood up for an America that upholds its basic values and rights. I'm not backing down and will keep you posted on how you can help us restore habeas corpus rights in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Patrick Leahy
U.S. Senator

micki said...

Personally, I think that Patrick Leahy got only 17,000 "citizen co-sponsors" is kinda sad. Granted, as he points out, many, many more Americans want habeas corpus restored, but they didn't "act" on their support. 17,000 signatures is a drop in the bucket.

Maybe The One-Hundredth Monkey effect will kick in soon and will cause The Tipping Point to tip us back to reality and reason?

micki said...

Den -- some of those students were cheering in reaction to the student's words -- at least, that's what I read some where.

Why do reporters nervously laugh at George W. Bush's stupid remarks? I wish they'd STFU when he makes his arrogant, non-funny cracks in a press conference. Gawd, he makes me sick.

micki said...

The Tipping Point (This is not about global warming...but another concept of the tipping point)

If y'all have the time, go to the "Are you a connector?" (left of page) It's kind of interesting.

DEN said...

WOW I knew one name on the list, guess i better start remembering last names huh.

DEN said...

A shining example of how totally twisted people have become and be found HERE

Pay special attention to the poster 'spockwasright' and his diatribe of fascist crap.

Free speech as disgusting as it gets.... I think.

DEN said...

C&L has the story if the site will not load, currently being clicked to death(thank God) by angry lefties."

MOUSE POWER ROCKS!

Gerald said...

Nazi America's goal is to treat us like mushrooms. KEEP US IN THE DARK AND FEED US CRAP!!!!!

I truly enjoy my email from CodePink. It is a great organzation founded by women.

Gerald said...

Ok- did anybody see this? Amazing- there were more video cams a rolling than pigons in DC on Sat but know one got this on tape- Most be a 9/11 truther starting the BS flying-

Pro-War Protesters Assault Father Of Soldier Killed in IraQ
A counter-demonstration was also held by supporters of the war. One
prominent peace activist Carlos Arredondo was beaten by pro-war
activists.
Arredondo's son Alex died in Iraq three years ago. To honor Alex's
memory, Carlos has been crisscrossing the country pulling a flag-draped
coffin. He marched with the coffin on Saturday and then left the march
to return the coffin to his truck. That's when a pro-war supporter
tried to rip a photo of Carlos' son from the coffin. When Carlos tried
to save the photograph, he said a group of pro-war activists attacked
him.

Carlos Arredondo: "I was assaulted by a group of
pro-war people. They come into the ground, and they kicked me and
punched me. As a citizen of this country, it’s my duty and my
responsibility to participate. As a father, who I lost my son in Iraq,
I got to honor my son."
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Why don't these pro-war activists join the military and go to Iraq to keep the peace???

Gerald said...

Nazi America's insanity is unfolding before our very eyes. We are an insane empire.

Mark my words that Nazi America will truly pay for her sins!!!

Jesus speaks sanity to a world of lunatics. We are truly a nation of nutcases!!!

My spiritual advisor is right. I do not have to wish or want Nazi America to suffer in order to feel the pain of God's children in the world. Nazi America is suffering and wallowing in the abyss of hell.

Nazi America MUST REPENT FOR HER ENDLESS SINS!!!!!

What is truly glorifying is the vision that is evident? Hate begets hate!!! I can see how this vast hatred within Nazi Americans' souls is starting to destroy Nazi Americans and Nazi America. God is starting to answer some prayers.

The end is fast approaching and we should repent before it is too late. It's probably too late!!!

DEN said...

Gerald, that was the story I just posted from C&L, fascist rednecks that enjoy kicking "moonbat lefties" cause they believe they are "commies".

Yea righties kicking lefties, lefties kicking lefties, righties kicking righties, lefties kicking righties.

Divide and conquer, hey guess what?

We have been conquered!

Gerald said...

I have posted some articles on AR if anyone is interested in reading them.

Gerald said...

DEN, I know. I copied it from your post. I wanted the readers to visualize the article. It reveals how sick we are and how the pro-war activists countered with their spin. The piece does reveal a very sick and twisted empire. I fear that our demented life and way are too far gone to bring Nazi America back from her deep and widespread psychopathology. I believe that life from normalcy to psychosis is a path. We, as a nation, have passed neurosis and we are now in our comfort zone of psychosis. We are now lunatics in a state of lunacy.

DEN said...

Gerald, OK I was not sure, No psychosis addled minds here at DWF.

We are a beacon of light in a dimly lit world.

Gerald said...

A good definition of evil is anything or anyone who murders your soul and the last seven years have been a spiritual massacre. This massacre has not been limited to the United States even though the evil is grounded here.

From the article, "Soul Murder!"

The article is posted on the AR blog.

DEN said...

Go HERE for pics of the altercation.

Gerald said...

DEN, the truth will set us free. If true patriotic Americans read the posts on DWF, they will read the truth and it will set them free.

Gerald said...

DEN, thank you for the pics!!! On one of the pics it appears that the police are writing something down. I wonder if they were ticketing Carlos Arredondo for unruly behavior? You know that we can no lonnger peacefully demonstrate or we will be ticketed or thrown in jail. This is our TRUE AMERICA!!!!!

DEN said...

Gerald i went over to AR and read the OP-ED articles, the one about Naomi Wolf and her new book pretty much sum up my thoughts also, there was a clip on C&L about her appearance on The Colbert Report.

It was OK but he always interrupts his guests with pointless drivel and never really lets them complete a sentence, bugs me BIG time.

Naomi deserved better treatment.

David B. Benson said...

The badger is vicious, but the wolverine is insamely so.

After reading about the way the Senate wasted time on a stupid resolution regarding MoveOn's ad in TNYT, I feel like a wolverine myself.

The outcome was horrible. The General did indeed lie, stating non-facts which disagreed with his own briefing materials.

While I'd like to see the roll-call votes, it seems that everbody should complain to their Senators, at least castigating them for wasting time (and hence your tax monies).

DEN said...

Support the Refugee Crisis in Iraq Act.

Petition here

Gerald said...

Jena, Louisiana

Dear Posters:

Here is my take on the Jena problem. The problem has centered on a tree. The tree was supposed to shade whites only. On one specific day the blacks made a decision to have some shade under the tree.

I blame the school administration and the school board for not setting rules regarding the tree. That tree could have been divided in a way where both blacks and whites would have shade from the tree. The tree could be fenced off in a square some four feet from the tree or maybe six feet from the tree. The fencing length would depend on the root system of the tree.

Let us say that a wood fence was squared off! Two sides for blacks and two side for whites! The fence would also be painted according to the school colors. I do not know what those colors are. Let us say that they were red, white, and blue. The red could be for whites and the blue for blacks.

I believe that the tree has been cut down and no benefits. People keep wondering what is wrong with our public schools. Public schools, I believe, have little or no leadership from the school boards and from school administrators.

The problem regarding the tree was not an overnight affair. Same holds true for shootings in schools. Problems are out there and leadership from the schools should be talking. Parents and teachers need to share information. The problem that I see with parents and teachers is that parents believe that their child can do no wrong and teachers only want to teach A and B students. All other children should be in special education, such as learning challenged classrooms. Personally, TOO MANY STUDENTS are labeled and put into special education classes.

If a regular education teacher cannot teach a learning challenged student, he or she should leave education. Regular education teachers are required to take a class or two in the learning challenged student. Emotionally, mentally, and physically challenged students will need special classes and teachers who are trained to teach these children with their specific educational problems.

Sincerely,
Gerald

Gerald said...

DEN, I also have a problem with hosts who interrupt their guests.

º¿carol said...

Micki, the Tipping Point book looks damned interesting. Kind of up Freakenomics alley. Hope my library gets it in audio but I won't hold my breath.

Den, I was with you on you original post ALL the way. Black is white, white is black, nothing makes any sense. AND THERE IS NOTHING WE CAN DO ABOUT ANY OF IT.

DEN said...

Carol, to watch the goings on and NOT be able to do anything about it is truly maddening.

Problem solvers like us could bring things around but no one cares.

Elections are the only hope, cause you can holler as loud as you want, you'll just get tasered and probation.

Makes one want to live in a cave.

DEN said...

White House in Contempt

Dear Den,

I wanted to take the opportunity to update you on the status of the contempt of Congress resolution in the House of Representatives.

As you may know, the Judiciary Committee passed a resolution before the August recess holding the White House and Harriet Miers in contempt of Congress for their failure to provide documents and appear before the committee as legally required by subpoena.

The information we have received to date from the Justice Department from our U.S. Attorneys investigation indicates the White House played a central role in the firing of the nine federal prosecutors. Yet, the White House has stonewalled and consistently refused to cooperate with inquiries into this matter.

At the heart of our investigation is the evidence uncovered suggesting that the nine U.S. Attorneys were fired for politically-motivated reasons, while others may have been retained because they were pursuing partisan investigations.

We have also discovered that job candidates' political contributions and affiliations were considered in hiring decisions for nonpartisan positions in the Department of Justice. Our job has been made more difficult by apparent misleading testimony from the Attorney General and other Department of Justice officials.

This politicization of our judicial system cannot be tolerated. Our citizens have a right to expect that federal prosecutions will be conducted in a fair and nonpartisan manner.

There are many steps we can take in this confrontation with the White House. Some are more extreme than others. What we must first do is get the facts that show who made these decisions in the White House. Only once we have this evidence can we adequately pursue justice.

What is now required is for the House to pass these contempt of Congress citations and pursue legal action against the White House and Harriet Miers for their failure to meet the requirements of the subpoenas. Hopefully this contempt of Congress resolution will soon have a vote on the floor of the House. I am not prepared to allow this administration to operate above the law.

Thank you for your continued support for a better democracy.

Your Friend,

John Conyers, Jr.
*****************

Yea! Go Conyers! Those idiots need to be held accountable.

ò¿óarol said...

That vote to censure MoveOn over the Betrayeas ad was so ridiculous! I could only shake my head in disbelief. I've said it before a HUNDRED times that this country runs like teenagers are in charge. Not an adult in site.

That said, my two Michigan senators voted no. Phew. Makes me think there is some hope yet.

micki said...

Well, it was a big friggin' waste of time and OUR money for the Senate to kick MoveOn in its sophomoric ass over that ad, but it was also a big friggin' waste of time and MoveOn's members' money to run that ad! All the ad has accomplished is a pissing contest. It has not resulted in any positive discussion. No, you're a bigger one! No, you are! Fuck you! No, fuck you!

MoveOn walked right into the reichwing spin machine. They should have known better, IMO.

MoveOn's "General Betrayus" ad is representative of the ad hominem attack that nails the messenger for quick political effect, but fails to shed any light on the real problem or how to fix it.

While I totally agree with its basic content, I shook my head in wonder when I read that misguided ad.  Did Eli Pariser and group get a big kick out of their sophomoric neologism -- "Betrayus."  And what did that accomplish?  IMO, absolutely nothing, except to hand the neocon hawks a fresh means of bashing the anti-Iraq War movement.  The General Betrayus shtick is fine for a blog, but not for a serious ad intended to result in positive change.

This ad is another example of MoveOn proving, once again, that it is losing its way, losing who it is.

Oh, how I wish MoveOn had used its members' money and clout to focus on the lack of political progress in Iraq and the fact that it is George W. Bush and his band of warmongers who has BETRAYED us, rather than wasting capital on that damned ad. MoveOn should have focused on the real point -- that no political progress has been made, that our troops will be in Iraq for years, and that the Bush/Cheney administration are the betrayers, and that the Republicans in Congress kiss bush's ass.

Bush/Cheney are ultimately accountable. IMO, MoveOn blew it. Then the Repugs had their field day.

Gawd. We never learn how to "play the game" right.

micki said...

And MoveOn could have kicked some Dem asses, too.

But, they didn't.

They don't know shit from shinola any more, IMO.

micki said...

Never trust anyone under 40.

:-)

micki said...

If you want to see the Dems who voted for the stupid censure, here they are, plus Holy Joe:

Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Conrad (D-ND) Dorgan (D-ND)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Johnson (D-SD)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Leahy (D-VT)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR) McCaskill (D-MO)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Salazar (D-CO)
Tester (D-MT)
Webb (D-VA)

But, with that said, I repeat, MoveOn lit the match that caused this conflagration. If they had been smart enough to frame the message better, we could be seeing some progress.

micki said...

Hillary voted NO.

Obama recorded as "not voting."

carol said...

The yeas are the usual suspects.