Thursday, August 31, 2006
A Democratic Dictatorship
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Rapture Cancelled Due to Technical Difficulties
Sunday, August 27, 2006
An apology to Seal
This is for the anonymous commentator, whoever you are.
I removed my uncouth comments about Seal. I really like him and wish him and Heidi Klum and their family all the best. I have been a huge Seal fan ever since 1994. It is a fact that he has a "scarface" but there's nothing he did to deserve it. I also said he was talented, a fact which speaks for itself in his beautiful music.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Thinking about those 'underperforming' cultures
Drought, water worries cloud skies for U.S. farmers
Army: Doubting Official 9/11 Story Is ‘Disloyal To The United States’
One correction. It was Evelyn Beatrice Hall who made the remark the father attributed to Lincoln.
Then there's the story of the man who avoided reality for 70 years
with drugs, sex, alcohol, fantasy, TV, movies, records, a hobby, lots of
sleep... And on his 80th birthday died without ever having faced any of
his real problems.
The man's younger brother, who had been facing reality and all his
problems for 50 years with psychiatrists, nervous breakdowns, tics, tension,
headaches, worry, anxiety and ulcers, was so angry at his brother for having
gotten away scott free that he had a paralyzing stroke.
The moral to this story is that there ain't no justice that we can
stand to live with.
— R. Geis
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
After watching a clip of that news conference yesterday, it's difficult to tell out of which orifice Dumbaya's presidential flatulence emanates. More than one, I think.
Monday, August 21, 2006
Keep Bush away from the press
What Happens in Iraq, Stays in Iraq
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
A Warmonger Explains War To A Peacenik
PeaceNik: Why did you say we are we invading Iraq?
WarMonger: We are invading Iraq because it is in violation of security council resolution 1441. A country cannot be allowed to violate security council resolutions.
PN: But I thought many of our allies, including Israel, were in violation of more security council resolutions than Iraq.
WM: It's not just about UN resolutions. The main point is that Iraq could have weapons of mass destruction, and the first sign of a smoking gun could well be a mushroom cloud over NY.
PN: Mushroom cloud? But I thought the weapons inspectors said Iraq had no nuclear weapons.
WM: Yes, but biological and chemical weapons are the issue.
PN: But I thought Iraq did not have any long range missiles for attacking us or our allies with such weapons.
WM: The risk is not Iraq directly attacking us, but rather terrorists networks that Iraq could sell the weapons to.
PN: But couldn't virtually any country sell chemical or biological materials? We sold quite a bit to Iraq in the eighties ourselves, didn't we?
WM: That's ancient history. Look, Saddam Hussein is an evil man that has an undeniable track record of repressing his own people since the early eighties. He gasses his enemies. Everyone agrees that he is a power-hungry lunatic murderer.
PN: We sold chemical and biological materials to a power-hungry lunatic murderer?
WM: The issue is not what we sold, but rather what Saddam did. He is the one that launched a pre-emptive first strike on Kuwait.
PN: A pre-emptive first strike does sound bad. But didn't our ambassador to Iraq, April Gillespie, know about and green-light the invasion of Kuwait?
WM: Let's deal with the present, shall we? As of today, Iraq could sell its biological and chemical weapons to Al Qaida. Osama Bin Laden himself released an audio tape calling on Iraqis to suicide-attack us, proving a partnership between the two.
PN: Osama Bin Laden? Wasn't the point of invading Afghanistan to kill him?
WM: Actually, it's not 100% certain that it's really Osama Bin Laden on the tapes. But the lesson from the tape is the same: there could easily be a partnership between al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein unless we act.
PN: Is this the same audio tape where Osama Bin Laden labels Saddam a secular infidel?
WM: You're missing the point by just focusing on the tape. Powell presented a strong case against Iraq.
PN: He did?
WM: Yes, he showed satellite pictures of an Al Qaeda poison factory in Iraq.
PN: But didn't that turn out to be a harmless shack in the part of Iraq controlled by the Kurdish opposition?
WM: And a British intelligence report...
PN: Didn't that turn out to be copied from an out-of-date graduate student paper?
WM: And reports of mobile weapons labs...
PN: Weren't those just artistic renderings?
WM: And reports of Iraqis scuttling and hiding evidence from inspectors...
PN: Wasn't that evidence contradicted by the chief weapons inspector, Hans Blix?
WM: Yes, but there is plenty of other hard evidence that cannot be revealed because it would compromise our security.
PN: So there is no publicly available evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?
WM: The inspectors are not detectives, it's not their JOB to find evidence. You're missing the point.
PN: So what is the point?
WM: The main point is that we are invading Iraq because resolution 1441 threatened "severe consequences." If we do not act, the security council will become an irrelevant debating society.
PN: So the main point is to uphold the rulings of the security council?
WM: Absolutely. ... unless it rules against us.
PN: And what if it does rule against us?
WM: In that case, we must lead a coalition of the willing to invade Iraq.
PN: Coalition of the willing? Who's that?
WM: Britain, Turkey, Bulgaria, Spain, and Italy, for starters.
PN: I thought Turkey refused to help us unless we gave them tens of billions of dollars.
WM: Nevertheless, they may now be willing.
PN: I thought public opinion in all those countries was against war.
WM: Current public opinion is irrelevant. The majority expresses its will by electing leaders to make decisions.
PN: So it's the decisions of leaders elected by the majority that is important?
PN: But George Bush wasn't elected by voters. He was selected by the U.S. Supreme C...--
WM: I mean, we must support the decisions of our leaders, however they were elected, because they are acting in our best interest. This is about being a patriot. That's the bottom line.
PN: So if we do not support the decisions of the president, we are not patriotic?
WM: I never said that.
PN: So what are you saying? Why are we invading Iraq?
WM: As I said, because there is a chance that they have weapons of mass destruction that threaten us and our allies.
PN: But the inspectors have not been able to find any such weapons.
WM: Iraq is obviously hiding them.
PN: You know this? How?
WM: Because we know they had the weapons ten years ago, and they are still unaccounted for.
PN: The weapons we sold them, you mean?
PN: But I thought those biological and chemical weapons would degrade to an unusable state over ten years.
WM: But there is a chance that some have not degraded.
PN: So as long as there is even a small chance that such weapons exist, we must invade?
PN: But North Korea actually has large amounts of usable chemical, biological, AND nuclear weapons, AND long range missiles that can reach the west coast AND it has expelled nuclear weapons inspectors, AND threatened to turn America into a sea of fire.
WM: That's a diplomatic issue.
PN: So why are we invading Iraq instead of using diplomacy?
WM: Aren't you listening? We are invading Iraq because we cannot allow the inspections to drag on indefinitely. Iraq has been delaying, deceiving, and denying for over ten years, and inspections cost us tens of millions.
PN: But I thought war would cost us tens of billions.
WM: Yes, but this is not about money. This is about security.
PN: But wouldn't a pre-emptive war against Iraq ignite radical Muslim sentiments against us, and decrease our security?
WM: Possibly, but we must not allow the terrorists to change the way we live. Once we do that, the terrorists have already won.
PN: So what is the purpose of the Department of Homeland Security, color-coded terror alerts, and the Patriot Act? Don't these change the way we live?
WM: I thought you had questions about Iraq.
PN: I do. Why are we invading Iraq?
WM: For the last time, we are invading Iraq because the world has called on Saddam Hussein to disarm, and he has failed to do so. He must now face the consequences.
PN: So, likewise, if the world called on us to do something, such as find a peaceful solution, we would have an obligation to listen?
WM: By "world", I meant the United Nations.
PN: So, we have an obligation to listen to the United Nations?
WM: By "United Nations" I meant the Security Council.
PN: So, we have an obligation to listen to the Security Council?
WM: I meant the majority of the Security Council.
PN: So, we have an obligation to listen to the majority of the Security Council?
WM: Well... there could be an unreasonable veto.
PN: In which case?
WM: In which case, we have an obligation to ignore the veto.
PN: And if the majority of the Security Council does not support us at all?
WM: Then we have an obligation to ignore the Security Council.
PN: That makes no sense.
WM: If you love Iraq so much, you should move there. Or maybe France, with all the other cheese-eating surrender monkeys. It's time to boycott their wine and cheese, no doubt about that.
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Monday, August 07, 2006
Sunday, August 06, 2006
This is the downtown courthouse square of the small town in which your blogger resides. There are quite a few different other views you can access here as well.
Saturday, August 05, 2006
Sick men in power
As predicted, Iraq devolved into civil war, and drug warlords rule Afghanistan. Democracy isn’t taking hold, and Iraq’s middle and professional classes have fled their country.
The approximately 2,600 dead and 19,000 wounded U.S. soldiers, the [thousands of] dead innocent Iraqis, and the $300 billion taxpayers have spent are not enough to create a stable Iraq. The Bush-Cheney administration’s messianic visions alienated our allies, increased Arab sympathy for Hezbollah, and weakened the U.S.
Their incompetence and lying have stupidly ceded Iraq to Iran, increased Israel’s vulnerability and strengthened Hamas. Profits soar amid this chaos for Halliburton, KBR, oil companies and the world’s slimiest arms dealers. Defense contract fraud is rampant. Central banks rebalance portfolios away from dollars, knowing U.S. war debt is unsustainable.
Had Cheney not withheld intelligence that proved weapons of mass destruction in Iraq didn’t exist and an occupation would waste lives and treasure, Congress wouldn’t have approved an invasion. Retired Gen. Colin Powell’s and President Bush’s lies misled the nation.
Manipulated, gullible, right-wing Christians repeat the idiotic scriptural interpretation, “This is all predicted in the Bible” to avoid responsibility for electing Bush and to feign powerlessness. While I try to follow Jesus’ teachings, his dumbed-down fan club scares me.
To these “rapturous end-timers” who unthinkingly support Bush policies, war, killing innocents and creating enormous public debt are fine because, like a suicide-bomber, it’s the afterlife that counts.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s obsequious running behind Bush at the St. Petersburg summit, nagging him about U.S. inaction in the Middle East, was typical behavior of the enabling wife of a belligerent dry-drunk. Bush was in no mood to be brought out of his stupor and irritated when reminded of his responsibilities. This embarrassment illustrates what sick, corrupt men are in charge of the only world superpower and our soldiers.
Oh God (redux)
Friday, August 04, 2006
Author of the Declaration of Independence
Here stands your humble (most of the time) blogger in Jefferson, Texas, yesterday with one of the greatest Americans of all time.
In 1962 President John F. Kennedy invited the Nobel Laureates to a
White House dinner in their honor. Kennedy turned to the impressive
gathering and commented that he saw before him "probably the greatest
concentration of talent and genius in this house except for perhaps
those times when Thomas Jefferson ate alone."
Tom has a rather stoic expression on his face, but I have a feeling if
he could speak, he'd be saying, "Son, why haven't you had another
revolution yet!" I said "every 20 years."
Here are a couple of quotes from Jefferson, VERY relevant to what has befallen his once-great nation:
When citizens fear their government, you have tyranny; when the government fears its citizens, you have freedom.
— Thomas Jefferson
History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.
— Thomas Jefferson
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Open letter to Bush from an Arab girl
No problem here
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice prates about the “birth pangs” of a new Middle East. FYI, she’s talking in code to Christian fundamentalists, alluding to the verse in Matthew in which Jesus tells the Apostles how to recognize the “end times”: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.... All these are the beginning of birth pangs.”
Meanwhile, I believe the lady pictured below would have made a far better Secretary of State than Miss Rice. At least she's honest about the fact she has no expertise in midwifery. Furthermore, Miss Rice has never even gone through labor as far as I know. So SHUT THE ... uh "FUDGE" UP, Madame Supertanker.
"Oh, Miss Scarlett, I don't know nuthin' 'bout birthin' babies."
Pakistan's Ex-Spy Chief Blames Mossad
I think it is obvious by now to everyone who has examined 9/11 for more than a few hours that it was some sort of "inside job."
There is a solid core of the public, perhaps as high as 40 percent, who "can't handle the truth" and will always believe the U.S. federal government can do no wrong.
These are what I call natural peasants who need to be ruled by a monarch and indeed enjoy being "subjects" rather than free citizens of a republic.
9/11 Panel Suspected Deception by Pentagon