Monday, December 17, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
From today's Washington Post:
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, traveling in Turkey, said the United States had "made clear it does not support extra-constitutional measures because those measures take Pakistan away from the path of democracy and civilian rule."
"Whatever happens we will be urging a quick return to civilian rule," she said, and a "return to constitutional order and the commitment to free and fair elections."
That's right, these slugs will criticize Musharraf for suspending Pakistan's constitution while continuing to ignore the United States Constitution which they are sworn to uphold. The Democrats continue to suborn the Republicans in Congress and this Administration in the most egregious violations of law in our nation's history. They should all be ashamed of themselves. Deeply ashamed. But then again, we all know that shame is not characteristic of either sociopathic or psychopathic personalities.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Even our local news is covering it, as panicked political officials close, willy-nilly, local bridges in a lovely effort to shut our barn door after our neighbor's horse has run away.
I am sympathetic to all of the people affected by this bridge collapse. Now, what else is happening in the world?
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
This is to say nothing of the Muslim government of Iran, so threatened by this arrogant, financially and morally irresponsible, eavesdroppping, warrantless-wiretapping, criminal, murdering, torturing, slug of a U.S. President, that it cannot feel at all safe without a nuclear capability of its own. And, of course, they're right because without WMD you either surrender or get murdered whenever someone like Bush decides he wants to invade your country to control its resources.
He must be impeached and handed over to the World Court along with every member of his Administration shown to be complicit in his crimes against humanity starting most especially with his deeply evil Vice President, Dick Cheney.
Thursday, July 5, 2007
I believe that many Mormons are Christians as broadly defined by historic markers of Christian faith. That does not mean that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christian. It is indisputably derived from Christianity and variations on Christianity, but its distinctive and constituting doctrines are irreconcilable with even a very liberal construal of biblical Christianity. It is, as Rodney Stark and many others have argued, a new religion and, by the lights of historic Christianity, a false religion. It is true that there are Mormon scholars who are working mightily to reconcile the LDS with Christianity, and one wishes them well, but they have their work cut out for them.I wonder if he has considered that all of the Christians who voted for Bush because of his professed deep faith in Christian values and Jesus, his favorite philosopher, might be feeling the slightest bit betrayed to discover they helped to elect a torturing, mass-murdering, corrupt, lying criminal to the presidency of the United States. I wonder...
I also wonder how anyone can rationally describe one religion as false and another as true. Religions are man-made and man-used, and, often, contrary to their most fervent professions, for the most deeply evil ends.
I use the word religion here to mean "an institutionalized system of attitudes, beliefs, and practices relating to or manifesting faithful devotion to an acknowledged ultimate reality or deity*" with heavy emphasis on the word "institutionalized." These are structures dedicated to creating and exercising power through force.
*The definition is cobbled together from two entries in the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary 11th Edition.
Yeah, yeah, I know you have to close your eyes and listen to Kucinich, but I'm gonna do it. I am!
Monday, July 2, 2007
Listen to the Speaker of the House on Bush's corrupt gift to Libby(from CNN):
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California
“The President’s commutation of Scooter Libby’s prison sentence does not serve justice, condones criminal conduct, and is a betrayal of trust of the American people. The President said he would hold accountable anyone involved in the Valerie Plame leak case. By his action today, the President shows his word is not to be believed. He has abandoned all sense of fairness when it comes to justice, he has failed to uphold the rule of law, and he has failed to hold his Administration accountable.”
Umm, dear Madam Speaker, it is your job to hold his administration accountable, not his. He and his are the criminals you have failed to hold accountable. You committed a criminal act when you said there was to be no impeachment, that it was off the table. You no longer have the right to complain: Impeach or shut the fuck up!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
The U. S. government in its current behavior is illegitimate. Listen, please, to the words from our Declaration of Independence:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government... "
We don't need a new Constitution, we need to remove the criminals from office immediately that they violate the law of the land along with all of those in government who obstruct the justice due these people. Ah, but you see, as long as Republicans control or can block the law enforcement mechanisms of the government there will be no justice from within the system.
If Americans do not vote almost all Republicans from office, America will continue to be a criminal enterprise controlled by that party. Electing Democrats and holding them to the same standard is the only possible step before legitimate revolution.
Monday, June 4, 2007
Granted Americans and the world need people willing to confront and dispute the irrational and sometimes lethal beliefs and hypocrisy of fundamentalist Christians, but what they don't need is more lies or more irrational propaganda. That is, they don't need Sam Harris.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
I can almost hear the slug laughing in the Oval Office at his genius for saying evil is good and good evil, getting a majority of Americans to believe it or claim they do because by doing so they profit. Yes, America is losing its soul by failing to oppose and defeat first George W. Bush, the Republican Party and then the Democratic Party, which while protesting, (far too much), has caved in and thus supported every deeply evil policy they were elected to oppose.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
What most Americans who work or have worked know is that employers almost always forbid them under penalty of discharge to discuss their pay levels, thus making it a ho-hummer for the employer to discriminate on any basis it wishes to with little or no fear that the employee will discover the discrimination within 180 days if ever. It means that the Injustices applaud the employer's ability to obstruct justice and reward it. May the five of them rot in hell for at least 180 days for justice denied.
Monday, May 28, 2007
What brought this to my attention was this piece whining about a Washington Post editorial that compared Jack Murtha to Tom DeLay after Murtha threatened to block any and all future earmarks Republican Mike Rogers might ask for because Rogers had the temerity to criticize and attempt to block a $23 million dollar earmark Murtha wanted for his district.
The comparison was apt. Murtha's screaming corruption was apparent and much like DeLay's. To attempt to whitewash this is hypocritical and corrupt in its own right. What the American people need is honesty not propaganda and partisanship. When the Democrats act like corrupt Republicans they should be called out and tarred with the same brush.
What's particularly aggravating about Talking Points Memo is that contrary to the norm of allowing readers to comment and dispute with the authors publicly, Talking Points Memo does not have a comment facility. Open discussion is apparently not one of their values. Slugs.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Follow us home? I guess he believes the only nineteen al Qaeda terrorists who knew where the United States is died on September 11, 2001? The rest of these people will have to wait for our military to leave a trail for them to follow in order to strike on our soil again. Ridiculous!
Or maybe, they just can't spare another nineteen or even five to cross our borders or enter our ports that Bush has left defenseless because they need every one of them to ... to do what? Fight our military in Iraq? Right, like bin Laden and his cronies are so stupid they'd rather commit all of their people to fight and die in skirmishes against our best killers in Iraq instead of killing hundreds or thousands of innocent American civilians going about their daily lives as they have done before. Yeah, right. Isn't it a lot more likely that some of bin Laden's people are teaching Iraqi terrorists, born of Bush, to kill civilians and Iraqi and American military personnel, while others are free to be trained for and assigned to other nefarious tasks?
It's about time people in the mainstream media began to confront Bush when he makes such patently stupid statements because it implies that they believe him, that he has credence. It also makes it easier for others to believe him.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Spineless or corrupt, Pelosi, Reid and all of their supporters need to be removed from office along with the criminals they support.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Oh, gosh, I'm just quaking in my boots. Afraid. Afraid that Gingrich won't follow Falwell soon enough into silence.
(Can you imagine being such a slug in life that Newt Gingrich is your eulogist?)
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Saturday, May 5, 2007
This story and other similar ones, always about Democrats, are designed to say: these are rich people, who do not understand average families and by their actions as seen here would not represent their interests. A large number of potential Democratic voters can be wedged away by the beliefs these stories evoke to Republicans, who claim, quite falsely, to represent families and family values.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
This looks like the end of everything America was supposed to stand for, destroyed by a deeply evil group of rich, privileged adolescents.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
What else did we learn from Tenet? The American government in general and CIA in particular does not "torture"; we use "enhanced interrogation techniques." Lying, torturing, murdering, scumbag.
As far as helping to sell the war on Iraq by supporting his bosses' desire to claim that Iraq possessed all sorts of weapons of mass destruction? Tenet's explanation is faith-based intelligence: we believed it. Did they have evidence that would have stood up in criminal court? Nope, maybe, civil court, which means we had some data which we could make look good enough to fool many people. Nevermind that it would be used to murder hundreds of thousands of people.
Tenet's real anger is saved for those in his bosses' inner circle who threw him to the public as the guy who used the phrase "it's a slam dunk" to put together the case for Hussein's possession of WMD. It's not that it was a lie that bothers Tenet, it's that his bosses used it to paint him as the reason they invaded Iraq. They blamed him publicly and in doing so showed Tenet that in this gang of criminals there is no honor, and trust in criminals is for for suckers. Tenet got suckered by his criminal cohorts; George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Condoleeza Rice, and Andrew Card.
Tough luck, George. They have no honor and neither do you.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Well, maybe, time had passed me by, but a Google search yielded only a single hit for sling spectrometer and that was in a list of things a college science class would be doing: "calculate relative humidity using a sling spectrometer; calculate the relative humidity in the classroom using data from a sling psychrometer." Most tellingly, at least for me, was: no one in the links provided had a sling spectrometer for sale.
These two items clanked in my mind with what I knew. One of them was definitely false, the other probably false. So, I was left wondering, what about all of the other "facts" these people report for which I have no framework, nothing for these to clank against?
Why do we believe these people? Why do we trust them?
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
"I was playing foosball with an 8-year-old the other day, and the score miraculously changed while I was answering the phone. We had a talk about cheating and how the reputation of being one can ruin a person's life, and she replied: 'But what about George Bush? Everyone knows he's a liar and a cheater and he has a great life.'"
My eighteen year-old learned a great deal from high school debate and Ann Coulter's books. It isn't about facts and truth, Dad, it's about winning and destroying your opponent in the process. I love it when I can make my opponent cry. This kid lies constantly about things important and unimportant. No amount of discussion or loss of privileges has changed that behavior. Why? "Because I win lots more than I lose."
My kid idolizes Republicans and their spokespeople. Why? "Because they're winners, Dad. They may not have hearts or souls, but they've got everything. They've got it all. I want it all and I want it now."
My wife and I model empathic, responsible, and only moderately materialist behavior. Our behavior has no effect. We are losers.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
In Thinking Points: Communicating Our American Values and Vision, George Lakoff asserts that while issues are important, issues are not the reason voters choose one candidate over another. People choose to vote for someone because they appear to represent their values, appear to connect with them, appear, therefore, trustworthy, appear authentic. Yes, it's all about appearances and trust.
So, tell me why you would even consider trusting the appearance of someone whose profession, whose most outstanding skill, is making people believe they are someone they aren't? Isn't there something fundamentally stupid about that?
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Why would I want more of what was unsatisfactory to begin with? Give me my money back and let me go somewhere else. Treat me right, maybe I'll give you another chance.
Friday, February 16, 2007
"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) yesterday linked her support for President Bush's war-funding request to strict standards of resting, training and equipping combat forces, a move that could curtail troop deployments and alter the course of U.S. involvement in Iraq."
"'If we are going to support our troops, we should respect what is considered reasonable for them: their training, their equipment and their time at home,' Pelosi said in an interview with a small group of reporters. 'What we're trying to say to the president is, you can't send people in who are not trained for urban warfare . . . who are not prepared to contend with an insurgency.'"
So... the invasion and occupation are fine, she just wants the troops to get more rest, training, and equipment. I guess we aren't going to see any real changes with a Democratically-controlled House. What does that say for the future America?
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
After this piece, I have come to agree with Roger Ailes: Kurtz is a slug.
"Full-bore effort to make the nation safe from terrorists"? If that were truly the goal, the first thing they would have done was secure our borders and ports. That still hasn't been done, not because it isn't necessary, but because it conflicts with their masters' desire for cheap labor. Why else tolerate the illegal entry, nay, invasion of our country by more than ten million illegal aliens?
And while we're here, I was just wondering, I-Conn? Israeli from Connecticut? Yeah, yeah, I know, but I can't stand Lieberman. He was never a Democrat. He represents Israel's interests, the interests of the rich, and of corporations.
Saturday, February 3, 2007
"After Bush's remarks, reporters were ushered out of the room while lawmakers asked the president a few questions. ... White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said the question portion of Bush's appearance was closed to be consistent with his appearances at gatherings of congressional Republicans. At those events, Bush spoke in public but the questioning was closed "to provide frank and open discussion," Stanzel said."
Now, I'm troubled by that. Why is the press, the only possible, though not necessarily good, representative of the citizens of the U. S. excluded "to provide frank and open discussion?" The criminality of this government will not cease as long as we are excluded from the frank and open discussions. I said government because it is quite obvious that the House and Senate are obstructing justice by not bringing actions against this Administration. All we can expect from the secret "frank and open discussions" is that our representatives will seek to maneuver to their own advantage and interests, the Constitution and interests of the vast majority of citizens of the U. S. be damned.
Friday, February 2, 2007
I wonder why anyone who would accept one of these bribes should be rightly called a scientist.
I also wonder why The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer has slugs from AEI as commentators on their program so frequently and I wonder why they are not identified as paid shills for ExxonMobil and the Bush Administration masquerading as people of character.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
What a major-league slug the Vice President is.
Friday, January 26, 2007
Bad weather! Bad, bad weather!
*grins* Actually, it was comfortable...
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Health insurance tax credits for low-income people? Low-income people cannot use tax credits. They don't have enough income to pay Federal Income tax and they damn sure don't have enough money to buy health insurance. Things haven't changed. The evil ones are still running the same old shell game. There's no pea under any of the shells and no affordable healthcare for the increasing number of uninsured and mostly poor Americans.
The current boss of bosses for the evil ones will propose a similar abomination in his State of the Union speech this week. The shells will be moving faster in this game and the chatter will be distracting, but the goal will be the same: those most in need will, under the slug's proposal, get no help while those who are well off will get a tax credit greater than what they will be made to pay. The difference will just be added to the Federal debt.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Predictably and quite reasonably the Administration laughed up their collective sleeve saying this meant nothing, would have no effect on them.
Shame on all of them.
Monday, January 15, 2007
While he's bent over covering his bets, he ought to be kicked clear over the horizon. Dirty rotten no-good cowardly scumbag. Dirty rotten...
Is this what we are going to get for voting these slugs a majority of both houses of Congress? Dirty rotten no good scumbags. Dirty rotten...
Friday, January 12, 2007
Pacification. Kill lots more people indiscriminately. Maybe, begin mass-murdering, call a temporary halt, if the people left are on your side, too terrified to fight back, or simply of numbers so small that a police force can handle them, then stop, else resume slaughtering.
Widen the war. Blame neighbors and begin bombing them. Laos and Cambodia are now Syria and Iran.
These people must be stopped!
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
And just as other societies have succumbed to authoritarian personalities such as Stalin, Hussein, Hitler, et. al., so has the United States of America.
Thursday, January 4, 2007
U.S. citizens could be really angry that their government gives tax breaks to these slugs who are willing to harm all life on earth for their short-term profits.
Tuesday, January 2, 2007
Rule changes to improve ethics? The House already has plenty of rules which they ignore. What Pelosi is about to give us is more rules that she knows will be ignored while blatantly refusing to pursue the serious violations of our laws that she is charged to enforce.
Are we to trade our country's reputation, Constitution, and international law for the long overdue and just raising of the minimum wage? Too steep the price. Pelosi should not be allowed to condone the Bush Administration's criminal behavior. I suggest we give her 100 hours to begin the impeachment process or lobby to have her removed from her Speakership and investigated for possible charges of obstruction of justice.
Monday, January 1, 2007
"It's just that dictators like Saddam Hussein believe that they live and breathe as demi-gods who will never expire, immune to the laws of mortality and morality. They rule as arbitrary dispensers of who gets to live and who gets to die. "
Couldn't something similar have been written about George W. Bush? Something like:
It's just that tyrants like George W. Bush believe that they live and breathe as instruments of God's Will, will be celebrated throughout eternity, immune to the laws of the land, beloved by God. They rule to dispense this God's arbitrary desires for who gets to live and who gets to die.
What remains nauseating to me is that more than 30% of Americans still support this evil slug and whatever atrocities he wishes to commit, but it is a lesson explaining Germany in the first half of the 20th century.