Sunday, April 30, 2006
If it serves the poor and disabled,
The gospel of wealth speaks and spreads its gratitude and virtue across the land
April 26, 2006 — - Hundreds of soldiers wounded in battle in Iraq have found themselves fighting off bill collectors on the home front, according to a report to be released tomorrow. The draft report by the Government Accountability Office, which ABC News obtained, said that hundreds of wounded soldiers had military debts incurred through no fault of their own turned over to collection agencies. ...
His injuries forced him out of the military, and the Army demanded he repay an enlistment bonus of $2,700 because he'd only served two-thirds of his three-year tour. ...
"Oh, man, I felt betrayed," Johnson said. "I felt like, oh, my heart dropped." ...
But the Army said it is now trying to correct the problem. Since ABC News first reported on the plight of soldiers, featuring Johnson and Kelly in a "Primetime" investigation in October 2004, the Army has forgiven most of their debts. ...
But Davis said there may be thousands more whose thanks for putting their lives on the line has been a knock on the door from a Pentagon debt collector. ... end quote.
The sacrifice of a wounded man lands him in debt for the rest of his life, thanks to the do-it-on-the-cheap Pentagon. I'd like to lock Rumsfeld and Shrank in a room unarmed with the families and friends of the soldiers they've betrayed.
Since they could not destroy the SSA
And if it serves the poor, disabled, old, vulnerable, and non-white, then they understand that it's certainly not in their interest.
Saturday, April 29, 2006
And we have yet more things to compare
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. end quote.
So which is the better indicator
If you are a neocon espoused to the Long War, I would recommend the first because your mind is made up regardless of what you hear.
If you are espoused to the body politic and are sickened with the body subordinate, do go to the second.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Consider the higher prices
The mystery of where the milk went to was soon cleared up. It was mixed every day into the pigs' mash. The early apples were now ripening, and the grass of the orchard was littered with windfalls. The animals had assumed as a matter of course that these would be shared out equally; one day, however, the order went forth that all the windfalls were to be collected and brought to the harness-room for the use of the pigs. At this some of the other animals murmured, but it was no use. All the pigs were in full agreement on this point, even Snowball and Napoleon. Squealer was sent to make the necessary explanations to the others.
"Comrades!" he cried. "You do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege? Many of us actually dislike milk and apples. I dislike them myself. Our sole object in taking these things is to preserve our health. Milk and apples (this has been proved by Science, comrades) contain substances absolutely necessary to the well-being of a pig. We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organisation of this farm depend on us. Day and night we are watching over your welfare. It is for your sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples . . . " end quote.
You do not imagine, I hope, that the higher profits of the oil companies are untaxed and engineered "in a spirit of selfishness and privilege" do you, citizens?
Actually, in Bushworld, the only recipe for true happiness is the deadening of the imagination altogether.
The best to Mr. Anderson's family.
This picture doesn't show me confidence
The relief on his face doesn't cancel the reality that he 1. is under suspicion of criminal conduct and 2. faced a grand jury.
I understand that when Plame was outed, as many as seventy to a hundred people faced mortal danger. This is not a matter of one name, one person and one married couple. The exposure of Plame had repercussions far beyond politics, and ones that were destructive in the real world. Yes, the real world that this man imperiously chooses not to think about.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
This morning, NPR
The North Carolina case has a few national angles, but really, it's a local story. Its newsworthiness to a national organization is negligible to say the least after one week. The real news is what is happening in Iraq & Afghanistan, the rising price of fuel, and the economy.
The obsession and fantasy of the era has to be the immigration problem. Immigrants don't determine the wages in this country. Elites do. This is just a way of focusing attention away from the real agents of economic change and productive sector degeneration.
Monday, April 24, 2006
Slavery by any other name
Welcome back to the Antebellum Era-- I guess the Gilded Age wasn't enough to satisfy the American elites' desire for power, coerced labor and misery.
I don't want to seem cynical,
Thank you, Tom Dispatch, Smirking Chimp, and Common Dreams.
Saturday, April 22, 2006
And here is something
A question for the reader:
Please note that it is a mother pressing suit. No wonder old women are so maligned in patriarchal culture.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Only one word describes
The neocons fight to kill and die.
Their would-be opposition lacks the courage it takes to fight & live.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Monday, April 17, 2006
And just so we're all on the same page,
I knew it would come
"America has many characters. We have Donald Duck and Seymour Hersh and they're approximately in the same category," Gregg said. "And I give them the same credibility." end quote.
That was Sen. Judd Gregg, R-NH.
These neocons just can't construct arguments at all.
Sunday, April 16, 2006
There is deceit
Then there is that which commits crimes all over the world.
The Bush Regime is on notice, those who have been taught to be honorable won't sacrifice their principles for its chicanery & greed. There is no reconciliation of virtue with the recent and most of the past wars of aggression. None.
Saturday, April 15, 2006
The rage began with the attack on Clinton's campaign for national health insurance and has been building & building ever since.
Friday, April 14, 2006
From 3 years ago
THOMAS: My follow-up is, why does he want to drop bombs on innocent Iraqis?
FLEISCHER: Helen, the question is how to protect Americans, and our allies and friends—
THOMAS: They're not attacking you.
FLEISCHER:—from a country—
THOMAS: Have they laid a glove on you or on the United States, the Iraqis, in eleven years?
FLEISCHER: I guess you have forgotten about the Americans who were killed in the first Gulf War as a result of Saddam Hussein's aggression then.
THOMAS: Is this revenge, eleven years of revenge?
FLEISCHER: Helen, I think you know very well that the president's position is that he wants to avert war, and that the president has asked the United Nations to go into Iraq to help with the purpose of averting war. end quote.
Let me see if I've got this right.
Any revenge will do . . . 9/11, the second Persian Gulf War, your last mistake, whatever.
And then the president wants to avert war by bombing Iraqi civilians . . . yeah right.
I just thought that like the good people at Harpers.org and Whiskey Bar, I would remember a time that was similar in its ethical and logical perversness to the present.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Would an appeal to ridicule
Remember, Hersh broke that story too.
The regime replies
An appeal to ridicule is a deep error in logic-- and one error in logic can conceal a thousand deceptions.
Many appeals to ridicule can conceal even more than that.
Repeating an appeal to ridicule doesn't make it true or logically correct.
Monday, April 10, 2006
I doubt she ponders much
People often ask her, Ms. Rice said that day, whether playing chamber music is relaxing. "It's not exactly relaxing if you are struggling to play Brahms," she explained. "But it is transporting. When you're playing there is only room for Brahms or Shostakovich. It's the time I'm most away from myself, and I treasure it." end quote.
If I was responsible for as much evil as she is right now, I would treasure every moment I could get away from myself too.
Sunday, April 09, 2006
Editors are not doing their jobs.
If the verdict is in, then there's no need to think . . . or write for that matter. What a convenient world the neocons want.
This man probably
I realize that more famous people made bigger splashes this week across the tableau of journalism, but there was a story behind this young man that should stir the national conscience we have deadened for so many decades.
Thursday, April 06, 2006
No end to the complaints about pornography,
Insanity was never more pervasive than from the beginning of the 20th century to now.