Sunday, October 14, 2007

Sunny Sunday

Sunrise on Earth

Today is the last day before Armageddon if we are to believe Oct. 15 the bombing of Iran will commence. The trigger will be pulled, the balloon will be lifted, the end is near, or is it?

The end of the world has been predicted many times before. "Humanity will pay the price for it's decadent behavior", has been the battle cry for the self righteous so-called 'judges' .

Many times we have been to the brink in those minds and our comuppence will surely be soon be at hand is the belief.

If the c-n-c, 'deciders' to bomb Iran back into the middle ages, the world will not end, there will merely be more dead people in it as a result. The power to 'decider' who should live or who should die should never be allowed to be made by such an in-human, human.

They would like you to believe they are saving us from the boogey man under our beds, but are merely installing them there themselves. They want to control the fear, they want to be the heroes. Only when we submit to the fear campaign will we be saved, much like repentance.

So those that perceive themselves as Gods, can act like Gods, deciding who will live or who will die, as long as we continue to believe the evil lies.

No sir the world will not end tomorrow, but humanity could take one more step down the ladder to it's own demise.

Peace, not war.



DEN said...

Heavy stuff for a Sunday, but with the nastiness going on in the world, it cannot be ignored.

I'll make some fresh coffee, nobody ate the donuts yesterday so they are still there.

Carry on!

micki said...

Yeah...heavy stuff.

From an article in The Seattle Times on Saturday....

"It's difficult for Americans to comprehend how Gore is one of the most influential global leaders of our time," said Icelandic President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, who first met Gore, 59, more than two decades ago. "He is influential not only for his views, but for how he is mobilizing action and awareness in all countries, on all continents."

Still, the issue remains far down the priority list for Americans.

In a September Washington Post-ABC News poll, less than 1 percent identified global warming as their top issue for the 2008 presidential campaign,
and a January poll by the Pew Research Center ranked it fourth-lowest out of 23 policy priorities Americans want the president and Congress to address.


Much of the world appreciates what Gore has done. Not the good ole USA where consumerism and me-firstism reigns supreme. From the same article...

"Even now, we still have people who debate it," said Benjamin Horton, a University of Pennsylvania professor who has been conducting research on sea-level rise. "But the scientific community doesn't debate it."

Indeed, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a public-policy group dedicated to "free enterprise and limited government," criticized Gore's film Friday as "a colorfully illustrated lawyer's brief for global-warming alarmism and energy rationing."

The group predicted the same outcomes, but for a different reason, contending the solutions Gore proposed "would perpetuate the poverty and human misery associated with political instability and conflict."


It'll take more than eloquence to dislodge selfish Americans from their self-satisfied status as champion mallrats and world-class wastrels.

DEN said...

If Al could do a few left turns in a NASCAR stock car.......

micki said...

More heady stuff. A must read: Frank Rich today, The 'Good Germans' Among Us.

Last graf:

Our humanity has been compromised by those who use Gestapo tactics in our war. The longer we stand idly by while they do so, the more we resemble those “good Germans” who professed ignorance of their own Gestapo. It’s up to us to wake up our somnambulant Congress to challenge administration policy every day. Let the war’s last supporters filibuster all night if they want to. There is nothing left to lose except whatever remains of our country’s good name.

micki said...


Alan said...

Here's a good, short article that was in our H-town Chronicle today, but originally in the LATimes. She was an official in Iraq from '03 to '04.

Blackwater: the view from the back seat

When the Iraqi government last month demanded the expulsion of Blackwater USA, the private security company , I had one reaction: It's about time.

As a U.S. official in Baghdad for nearly two years, I was frequently the "beneficiary" of Blackwater's over-the-top zeal. "Just pretend it's a roller coaster," I used to tell myself during trips through downtown Baghdad.

We would careen around corners, jump road dividers, reach speeds in excess of 100 mph and often cross over to the wrong side of the street, oncoming traffic be damned.
"Well, if they weren't terrorists before, they certainly are now!" I retorted. Sulking in my seat, I was stunned by the driver's indifference.

Gerald said...

Addicted to War

Alan said...

Feel Good

An animation with the decider and m/c rove, and even a rappin' chainee.

Gerald said...

Blackwater and the US of Evil, a Perfect Fit

Gerald said...

Cheney and Vigilant Shield

Gerald said...

Cheney and Vigilant Shield

Alan said...

This one takes a broadband connection, I'm afraid. They suggest it, anyway. It's an animation with Obama and Hillary to the tune of the INXS song.

New Sensation

Gerald said...

October 15, 2007

Gerald said...

Soul Murder

Gerald said...

Looked at one way we rescued Europe twice from the fascists, but now the fascists are HERE and there's no one to rescue us -- except our bleeding souls.

God Bless all American Patriots.

Gerald said...

On Eagles Wings

Alan said...

I forgot where (think it was Colorado), but I seen yesterday where a GOP congresswoman switched to democrat. Might've been a state rep though.
This article is local and statewide, here in Texas.

Younger voters giving GOP the cold shoulder

Frustration with war, strong views on social issues initiate new trend

micki said...

Alan, this here might be the switcheroo to which you're referring.

Note the snotty Repug comments....

micki said...

Dr. B, not to belabor eloquence or the lack thereof, but last night as I was drifting off to dreamland, I recalled when Dana Milbank (WaPo clown) devoted a column to whether or not Al Gore used too many BIG words.

Milbank thought it was especially silly that Gore had used words such as "marketplace of ideas" and "guided by reason" -- to Milbank, Gore's use of the language was pedantic and he snarkily referred to him as Professor Gore, using the designation as an insult.

Where I reside (live), we prefer smarts to stupidity. But B'ham is a progressive college town.

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- heads in the sand?

That's not what their heads are in.


Gerald said...

Alan, the repugs will attract young voters similarly like churches are attracting teenagers. They are attracting young members with video games like Microsoft's Halo 3. Can you believe that churches are showing violent video games to increase its membership?

We truly are a culture of violence. Even our churches are attracted to violence and we wonder why church attendance is down? Serious churchgoers have had it with the ongoing nonsense from our clerics and preachers.

Only in Nazi America!!!

Gerald said...


In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican. - H. L. Mencken

David B. Benson said...

Pelosi says no:

Bush 'must come to Congress' before attacking Iran

Gerald said...


Carey said...

I'm on a diet. Can't eat donuts.

Heavy stuff, but the photo, oh my gosh, how beautiful.

I've got something my sister sent. It's Carl Pope of the Sierra Club on Al Gore. S'wonderful.

Al Gore Wins the Nobel Peace Prize


Micki, you're a top notch editor. You carve your posts so well.

Carey said...

It'll take more than eloquence to dislodge selfish Americans from their self-satisfied status as champion mallrats and world-class wastrels.

Ay lass, there's the rub.

Carey said...

Well Gerald, I've got my week's reading list.

Thank you.

Gerald said...


Carey said...

Oh Micksters, hijole! ("Son of a....").

The longer we stand idly by while they do so, the more we resemble those “good Germans” who professed ignorance of their own Gestapo.


Uh-huh. That's how I see it.

I have to go print this out and send it to people.

Gerald said...

Carey, for a daily treat go to! is also another good source for articles.

Carey said...

Oh good Alan. You shared that LA Times article on Blackwater. I didn't think to share it.

Course I've cut way back on my reading as I have no time. So I assume it's the same for all of you. Typical Self-ish behavior.

Small pun. Maiden name--Self.

Gerald said...

How Great Thou Art

Gerald said...

Carey, I may be wrong but the name of the coach for the University of Kansas basketball team is Self. Is he any relationship to you? Maybe his name is Sell?

Carey said...


No, not that I'm aware of. It's an English name.

I sent that article reporting on Le Canard to some friends. Thanks.

Carey said...

You're unAmerican Micki. Here we celebrate stupidity.

Look at "Jerry Springer." This popular phenomenon is for me the ultimate metaphor of what's become of America.

That's where one has true sorrow. Watching fellow countrymen be so stupid and having fun doing it. In the process their families are destroyed on national TV.

So now we're going to bomb Iran.

Sometimes, David, I wonder if we don't richly deserve what's coming.

Indulging in stupidity and finding it worthy and entertaining.

David B. Benson said...

I accuse you, Mr. Bush, of lying this country into war. I accuse you of fabricating in the minds of your own people a false implied link between Saddam Hussein and 9/11. I accuse you of firing the generals who told you that the plans for Iraq were disastrously insufficient.... I accuse you of subverting the Constitution, not in some misguided but sincerely motivated struggle to combat terrorists, but to stifle dissent. I accuse you of fomenting fear among your own people, of creating the very terror you claim to have fought. I accuse you of exploiting that unreasonable fear, the natural fear of your own people who just wnat to live their lives in peace, as a political tool to slander your critics and libel your opponents. I accuse you of handing part of the Republic over to a Vice President who is without conscience and letting him run roughshod over it....

Whose words?

Alan said...

Alan, the repugs will attract young voters similarly like churches are attracting teenagers.

Gerald, the last part of that article says the GOP is losing the bible thumpers. I seen what you are talking about tho... the using Halo 3 to try 'n bring in younger peeps. But I also seen another article somewhere, that Catholics in particular were dropping out of the GOP because of the SCHIP veto and other opposite of pro-life policies they espouse.

Gerald said...

Alan, true Catholic Christians adhere to Catholic Social Teaching and Called to the Common Good.

Catholic Social Teaching

To consider yourself a Catholic Christian and not a Catholic Fundamentalist, a Catholic Nazi, or a Catholic Taliban you must adhere to Catholic Social Teaching. The Catholic bishops have stressed ten areas that are important in Catholic Social Teaching.

1. Respect for the dignity and life of the human person, from conception to NATURAL DEATH
2. Call to family and community life
3. The right and duty to participate in social, economic, and political life
4. Advancing the common good to love our neighbor
5. Promoting peace and social justice
6. Promoting human rights and responsibilities
7. Special care and concern for the poor and vulnerable
8. The dignity of work and the rights of workers
9. Solidarity – loving our neighbor locally and globally
10. Caring for God’s creation: stewardship of the earth

Unless these areas are important to you, you cannot consider yourself a Catholic Christian.

The Catholic Right stresses these five areas: abortion, gay marriage, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and capital punishment. These are important areas but Catholic Social Teaching goes beyond these specific areas. Of the five areas there are four areas that stress life issues and one area stresses family and community life. Eight important areas are excluded from Catholic Social Teaching. The hijacking of my Catholic faith must not be allowed to continue by the Catholic Right.

Dave Robinson, Executive Director of Pax Christi USA, makes a profound statement and I am in total agreement with him. Here are his words. “We will directly challenge the religious right and particularly the Catholic right, who would reduce Catholic identity to a handful of issues while rejecting the broader teachings of the Church. We can no longer allow a partisan hijacking of our Catholic identity to define Catholicism in the political dialogue here in this country.”

Called to the Common Good

Democracy serves what is true and right when it safeguards the dignity of every human person, when it respects inviolable and in inalienable human rights, when it makes the common good the end and criterion regulating all public and social life. Pope John Paul II, in his departing remarks following his visit to the United States and the United Nations, October 8, 1995

As faithful Catholics, we believe in the values Jesus taught and embodied: love of God and neighbor, justice and concern for the poor. These tenets of our faith inspire us to remain committed to the common good in all aspects of our lives. Grounded in scripture and in tradition, we understand that our civic choices as Catholics must reflect the fullness of our faith and our commitment to the common good.

As faithful Catholics, we are troubled by a divisive national debate in which partisan agendas distract us from the Gospel message and urgent threats to the common good: threats that include increasing economic burdens on the American family, a war that seems to have no end, children who live in poverty within our own borders, global warming, and lack of effective policies to build a culture of life.

As faithful Catholics, we work for a society that respects the lives, dignity, and equality of all persons. We believe in government of integrity, in which public officials put the good of our nation ahead of private gain. We look forward to a day in which working families do not live in poverty and when parents in the middle class can provide health care for their children. We seek a culture that resists rampant greed and materialism in our corporate, political, and family spheres. We call for a nation that puts our cherished principles ahead of profiteering and political pandering.

As faithful Catholics, living in this crucial time in our nation’s history, we understand that Americans of all faiths must unite to restore our democracy to its deepest values. As faithful Catholics we are called to promote justice and defend human dignity. As faithful Catholics, we are called to the common good.


Gerald said...

Nazis are fighting SCHIP because they say it will lead to universal health care. I FAVOR UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE!!!!!!!!!!


Alan said...

That was Keith Obermann.

Alan said...


Gerald said...

Alan, I would love for Catholics to leave the GOP because of their murderous ways but I have six in-laws that are a Nazi's Nazi. They are more Nazi than Hitler Bush. How can any human being be more Nazi than Hitler Bush? It is very difficult but my six in-laws are more Nazi than Hitler Bush. They are only concerned about their wide bottoms being protected.

Alan said...

Olbermann: Bush, Cheney should resign

The quote is on page 2.

Gerald said...

Time for a nap!!!

David B. Benson said...

Alan wins!

Good speech.

Too bad George XLIII wasn't paying attention...

Alan said...

Of course, Gore need not pay attention to such naysaying. He’s too busy trying to find a little bit of room between his Emmy and Oscar for his Nobel medal.

Had history gone in a different direction, the United States would have benefited from Al Gore’s hard-won wisdom and leadership in the White House. As it is, over the last seven years we’ve suffered through natural calamities, economic downturns, the war-caused spread of terrorism in the Middle East, repeated Republican scandals, and a dramatic erosion of America’s worldwide standing. The bottom line is spelled out by Steve Benen at The Carpetbagger Report: “Everything Bush touched led to disaster. Everything Gore focused on turned out to be right.” History will recognize the difference, even if some Americans still don’t.

David B. Benson said...

A minor quibble: It wasn't Al Gore who won an Oscar. It was the director (David Guggenheim) and Best Song writer Milessa Etheredge.

micki said...

Dr. B,the Oscar was for Award for Best Documentary Feature and the honor was bestowed on the "crew" which included Al Gore, Davis Guggenheim, Lawrence Bender, Scott Z. Burns, Laurie David, Lesley Chilcott, among others.

Davis Guggenheim did not win a "best director" award for An Inconvenient Truth, even though he was director as you mention.

David B. Benson said...

Ah. But I think it was presented to Mr. Guggenheim 'on behalf'?

micki said...

Well, I sort of blew my comment!

The Academy did award the Oscar to Guggenheim, but he had said after he was nominated for "Best Documentary" he would bring Al Gore and others to the stage with him as "co-winners" (if he won) because "Truth" was not his brainchild, but that of others who had to talk him into directing the documentary.

Not to brag, buy my husband has won a few Emmys (for production) -- and on all occasions, he shared the honor with his crew. SOP, for some people -- apparently Guggenheim is a believer in sharing the laurels, too.

micki said...

But....when you get down to the nut-cutting.

There would not have been "An Inconvenent Truth" without Al's slide show.

That slide show was the message -- the content of the film.

So, Guggenheim should thank Al! :-))

micki said...

oops....Best Documentary Feature

Carey said...

Gosh, such wonderful stuff as always. You're all very entertaining.

Dr. B,

The quote you quizzed us on of Olbermann's brings up the quality of his writing. It is superb and getting better by the day. I have been so impressed by him.

I've even written down sentences of his here and there. What a writer. Really. He's up there. Talk about eloquence. He combines it with a direct and quick style--excellent, solid journalism all the way round.

David B. Benson said...

Carey --- Yes, for all the literally tens of people who watch Countdown.

Estimate is Marvin Kitman's...

Carey said...

Alright Dr. B. Point taken about Countdown.. Still, it warms the cockles of my heart to see good journalism still practiced somewhere. Nostalgic.

It's trash day tomorrow--had to go take it out.

Now, for the important issue.

Shut-up Micki. No you didn't.

Na-ah. Wow, an Emmy? Or two?

David B. Benson said...

A spectacular sunset over the trees which are showing an amazing variety of colors, even on a single tree. The long rays of the setting sun turned the view into a work of art, natural art.

Carey said...

How lovely. Like the picture Den posted. Spectacular. Sunrise, sunset--miraculous to watch.

DEN said...

View from Pullman?

Alan said...

Did y'all see the article about the head of Quest Communications? He's appealing his 6-yr sentence for insider trading. The bushies will say he's a convicted felon making up shyt to try 'n get out of trouble, but his story sounds logical and true to me.
He talked contracts for hundreds of millions of dollars with the NSA back in Feb of '01. Those legit contracts will raise his company's stock prices so he wasn't worried about selling stock he owned. THEN, he says "hell no" to the NSA about illegal warrantless spying (I think his company was the ONLY one that didn't participate). The NSA withdraws from the two legal contracts they were giving Quest... the company's stock drops... he gets charged with insider trading... all because he wouldn't play ball with 'em. The illegal spying they requested was LONG BEFORE 9/11.

Former CEO Says U.S. Punished Phone Firm

Qwest Feared NSA Plan Was Illegal, Filing Says

Alan said...

A WaPo reporter was shot in the forehead in Baghdad.

Reporter For Post Is Fatally Shot In Baghdad