Tuesday, February 28, 2006
God forgive America indeed,
To hell with income growth
Quote: "Stagnant wages & skyrocketing healthcare, education and housing costs, plus greater job instability has pushed America's families right to the limit, and they're borrowing on high-cost credit just to make ends meet," said Draut. end quote.
It would be high honor
Sunday, February 26, 2006
Irony, Reichsfuhrer Rumsfeld . . .
As Rumsfeld said, "We are fighting a battle where the survival of our free way of life is at stake."
I don't muse or rant. I just show how the truth points to itself.
When a neocon talks, you can get truth only between the lines.
Friday, February 24, 2006
Creating safe & effective machines of destruction
The Energy Department has confirmed the United States has carried out a subcritical nuclear experiment at an underground test site in Nevada on Thursday (local time).
The test was aimed at gathering ''scientific data that provides crucial information to maintain the safety and reliability of... nuclear weapons without having to conduct underground nuclear tests,'' the department said. end quote.
They've decided to CARRY OUT A SUBCRITICAL NUCLEAR EXPERIMENT at an UNDERGROUND test site.
They say this and they say that, and if you trust our starry-eyed defense department, everything's okay.
Their intentions are jingoistic in the here and now, and flirt with apocalyptic all the time. Trust them? No, I don't think so.
Yet this is not conducting an underground nuclear test, they say.
I think this is just another equivocation from those who've mastered the craft.
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Divide and rule
The Bush Regime that calls itself an administration is trying by hook or crook to avoid a civil war in its Middle Eastern colony, but given the explosion of the dome at Askariyah, I think all its efforts just turned from vanity to foolishness.
Welcome to the reality-based community.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
So the scratch is not limited to the Shenandoah Valley.
I still feel like I have a bit of a cold.
A friend of mine is taking her exams next week and I won't be able to get a ride home with her. So I think I'll be phoning the paratransit for my rides to school & back.
I'm much relieved now that the presentation has been given. All I have to do now is read and write the paper. I want to start drafting it this weekend, with an eye toward finishing it in a week. That way I can edit for a day or so before turning it in.
The weather today was not windy and very, very warm. I am sure that some cold days and perhaps some snows remain, but I also think that spring is coming. It has been an extremely mind winter though. There was no hard freezing and no extended cold.
What there was though, was extended overcast conditions in the sky. I'm sure that if it had been colder, we may have had more clear days.
A series of clear, extremely cold days woudl be very nice. The loss of the sun for extended periods of time is very depressing.
How I learned
I posted this at a forum some time ago, and a reader suggested I should post it here.
I learned about PNAC from other members of the Radio Left message board. From there I went to the website and was totally sickened with the fact that these documents had existed for six years before I had a chance to look them over.
I don't think any American should be functioning politically in this society without reading the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the documents that comprise PNAC.
The gap between what our nation started out to be and what it has become should become abundantly evident upon the attempt to compare these documents. The irony is just flooring.
I find him peculiarly irresponsible
"The most basic misjudgment was an overestimation of the threat facing the United States from radical Islamism," he argues. end quote.
Whose misjudgment was that?
Whose overestimation was that?
Both were yours! So take responsibility for your mistakes, Mr. Fukuyama.
Own your part in the creation of Guantanamo, the American Gulag, and the crimes of Abu Graib.
Own your part in the repression of the good people of the United States.
Monday, February 20, 2006
Sunday, February 19, 2006
His web address is here.
The site has generated some interest from the federal government already, and Doc has kept track of it.
Saturday, February 18, 2006
Paul Craig Roberts
He has also been betrayed by his party, and that makes me feel bad. Even though I would agree with little he says in most situations, the world is changing and turning the truest conservatives toward sympathy with the people who lost their political voice in 2000.
"We must disenthrall ourselves and then we shall save our country." A. Lincoln.
Now there was a decent Republican. I recognize nothing of his reverence for the Declaration of Independence in the current neocon brood.
I've started the summary on Cohen, which she asked for last week. I thought that was a little strange to ask for a written summary of a book when the assignment dictated that only half the work be read. I don't want to summarize based on only an introduciton and four chapters worth of reading. I want to have a schematic in my head of the book's organization before I write.
Next week my students will be getting their assignments and I'll spend some of the recitations talking about writing and what I expect. They won't have many opportunities to write for me and so they need some idea of where they need to go. The lesson needs to be that writing is messy when it's done, but shaped when it's edited. I think if they take the time to edit, they'll be all right.
It's a constitutional nation,
and for Mr. DeWine, an imperfect world.
Wouldn't it be convenient if you talked about only the things you wanted to talk about? The only people who can have that kind of communication are kings. That is, until they're overthrown and beheaded and/or shot.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
It's okay to be informed by authorities,
No sympathy card
Here is how a CNN reporter tried to control the message about a more recent set of photographs documenting American crimes in Iraq.
This isn't a freak, fluke, and isolated group of incidents.
This is the truth of the American Gulag.
I'm waiting for these tortures to be practiced on American citizens of the most Christian persuasion of all-- secularists.
I'm waiting for this government to really let down its guard and inhibitions at the same time. Because then, domestic violent action against them will be justified and glorified in the eyes of the world, and terrorism won't serve the interests of power.
This isn't Henry V, this is part Macbeth and part King Lear.
Flag idolatry again
Much praise though for Ted Downing, a Democrat and a democrat for sure. He said:
"This is not the proper way to bestow patriotism," he said. "If we want [to instill patriotism] we should spend more on teaching American history." end quote.
My sentiments exactly. The symbol of freedom is not freedom itself. In fact, the symbol of freedom can easily become, in this land of irony, the aegis of tyranny. Symbols are simple, they keep people from thinking too much. The worship of the American flag is the death of American democracy, because it dismisses reason. Anything that dismisses reason is a direct threat to the health of the nation.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Firmly grounded in tyranny
1. investigate the program with the objective of determining its legitimacy.
2. ascertain the extent of e-mail, telephone, and other kinds of domestic spying.
3. and, most important of all, find out if & how the information is used in legal proceedings.
Will these things be done? Well the roulette wheel is definitely spinning.
The fact that it's spinning indicates that this country is not free. If it were free, there'd be no debate about whether or not to investigate, and what aspects to investigate and with what objectives to investigate.
The investigation would be formulated within 24 hours, pursued, and appropriate action taken within a month.
That is what happens in a nation genuinely committed to social & political justice.
It is not happening in the United States of America, which at one time was a democratic republic and is now a neoconservative totalitarian state.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Blind Ambition, part 2
The defensiveness of this regime in the face of the public, the vote fraud and legal machinations, the staged presidential appearances, the insulation from criticism, dissent, and principled debate all indicate the presence of careful monitoring of the silenced opposition. The intelligence apparatus of the NSA would be perfect for such a purpose, and I'll wager more than a speck of dust that this is what the NSA does now.
Yes, we thought we'd booted Nixon and all such abuses of power. Little did we know, the party and faction from which Nixon came had opened a door their ambition would not let them close.
Monday, February 13, 2006
The class struggle continues
So the question is, why do workers continue to support the people who are stabbing them in the stomach? No values are worth unending poverty and being hat-in-hand constantly. To workers I say this: trust your experience, not the Republican's promises. If you are poorer, it's time for a change.
Free-trade critics say that the trade deficit hurts blue-collar Americans by pushing them out of relatively well-paying manufacturing jobs and into lower- paying service jobs. If the flood of cheap imports could be dammed, American producers could retain workers at higher wages and Americans would benefit by expanding their purchasing power, they say.
"Were the trade deficit cut in half, GDP would increase by nearly $300 billion, or about $2,000 for every working American,'' said Peter Morici, a business professor at the University of Maryland and a frequent critic of U.S. trade policy. end quote.Class warfare, par excellence.
Saturday, February 11, 2006
This is a list of all the programs
If you read carefully, you will notice that every cabinet department is hit except one. That is, defense.
The empire is killing the people.
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
A good chronicle
Here's what Hunter S. Thompson had to say about the "election" of 2000.
4. G.W. Bush Conspired with Others to Steal the 2000 and 2004 Elections.
"There was one exact moment, in fact, when I knew for sure that Al Gore would Never be President of the United States, no matter what the experts were saying -- and that was when the whole Bush family suddenly appeared on TV and openly scoffed at the idea of Gore winning Florida. It was Nonsense, said the Candidate, Utter nonsense. . .Anybody who believed Bush had lost Florida was a Fool. The Media, all of them, were Liars & Dunces or treacherous whores trying to sabotage his victory . . Here was the whole bloody Family laughing & hooting & sneering at the dumbness of the whole world on National TV. The old man was the real tip-off. The leer on his face was almost frightening. It was like looking into the eyes of a tall hyena with a living sheep in its mouth. The sheep's fate was sealed, and so was Al Gore's."
-- Hunter S. Thompson, ESPN, Nov. 27, 2000
end quote.Thompson could boast something the Bush Administrations only dream of touching: genuine political and historical authority.
It's either/or Mr. Gaskill. Not both.
Thanx Jesus' General.
See patriotboy's entries for 2/8/06.
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
An obvious statement of unfreedom
Number of U.S. prisoners serving life sentences with no parole for crimes they committed while juveniles: 2,225[Human Rights Watch (N.Y.C.)]
Number of prisoners serving such sentences in all other countries worldwide: 12 end quote.
In a democratic society, people are entitled to start their lives over again if they have acted foolishly in youth or even in middle-age. Even the so-called backward world that surrounds the ponderous prison island of the United States seems to understand the need for this kind of cultural and social space in human interaction.
It also demonstrates a failure of forgiveness and a failure of generosity on the part of the society. The capacities to forgive and be generous are counted as virtues in my culture. Implacability is a horrible vice in both Catholic and Protestant understanding.
The refusal of mercy is a degenerate act. One committed time and time again by those who hold power but no authority in this nation.
Monday, February 06, 2006
Behold, a vast sum thrown away.
My focus is not firmly fixed on national defense.
National defense will be served when the well-being of the citizenry comes first in policy, first in conduct, first in consideration, and first upon reflection.
Frustrating, but not ineffectual
I went into damn-it-all mode quickly after I felt the keys were lost though. I dashed off a letter to the bus service asking for a new reduced-fare card with two dollars in check, and called my landlord. Fortunately, about twenty minutes later, I found the keys, locked the door, and got to my lecture on time.
After I got home, I put my school things away and went to get my teeth cleaned down the street. Convenient indeed to have a dentist down the street. The hygeinist who cleaned my teeth had been in that same office for 17 years. My cleaning went great-- no apparent cavities at least. Although that sounds good, I scheduled for an x-ray exam any way. In the case of cavities, it's better to catch them small and cheap than large and expensive.
Then, when I got home, it was so cold and windy I just tucked myself into bed and dozed. That's all I want to do when the wind is howling and screaming against the windows. It doesn't just howl and scream though, sometimes it rattles the panes. When the wind blows, my apartment stays cold. I lost power for about an hour or so, and then the maintenance man came and flipped the breaker. I'm glad I let him do that because I can't see anything in the box even when it's daylight.
So tonight I think I'll do the easy thing, read a few hours.
Sunday, February 05, 2006
Judgment trumps interest
This is not privatization.
This is political repression.
American business is not a democratic institution. It can do nothing but destroy democracy by gutting the institutions of expression or making them economically exclusive, excluding those who cannot pay for them.
The most revolutionary, progressive, innovative, intelligent and needful messages come from those in need.
The most complacent, reactionary, repressive, regressive, and obtuse messages come from those who need nothing, and are continually unsure of what they want. In other words, greed-driven discourse is inevitably insipid and useless to the majority of Americans.
A democratic society admits both.
A repressed society admits only the latter.
Thanx, Smirking Chimp.
Can the president . . .
The biggest self-deception many Americans harbor is that you have the right to live in this country.
If the American citizen enjoyed the right to live, he'd be
1. paid a living wage
2. be given health insurance unconditionally
3. offered affordable housing
4. and he would be allowed to live and work free from the contempt for weakness and dissension that has become so pervertedly fashionable.
Perversion and self-deception characterize Bushworld through and through I find.
Consensus behind the policies of this government and these elites?
Let it never happen. May the fault lines get deeper and darker.
Saturday, February 04, 2006
The day seems short
The project is due on the 22nd of this month and is my most current individual assignment. I've found a few secondary sources to help out, and I'll spend some time putting it together next weekend. The larger project, due 3/8, needs more work that I'll do tomorrow. I'm just going to read through what I've written so far and then I'll make some decisions about just which works of Hawthorne to discuss. I've also downloaded some sources on historiography and historical theory. I suppose I could include LPH in the essay discussion, which would help streamline the effort.
I'm really miffed that the article I need to read for 503 isn't scannable.
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Let's share something
This kind of economic determinism—the belief that wars happen because they are good for business—typified the thinking of progressives such as Robert La Follette. As the ringleader of a Senate filibuster in March 1917 against a bill to arm U.S. merchant ships, La Follette earned the hatred of Wilson, who reviled him as one of "the little group of willful men expressing no opinion but their own."17 Alan Dawley, Changing the World: American Progressives in War and Revolution. (Princeton: Princeton U P, 2003): 118.
A little group of willful men?
O I beg to differ. At the time, a significant number of Americans who were not conformist Anglo-Saxon Protestants wanted nothing to do with the slaughter of the 1st World War. LaFollette was representing the people, not a little group of willful men.
What do you call an elite?
That's a little group of willful men if ever one existed! Even in 1917, projection was the order of the day for people of nationalist and warlike persuasion.