Sunday, April 30, 2006

If it serves the poor and disabled,

it's not in your interest.
The gospel of wealth speaks and spreads its gratitude and virtue across the land


Quote:
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

by privatizing it, they've decided to gut it by amending it reg after reg. It's the classic neocon strategy, if you can't destroy it outright, make it rot from within.
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

If you've made your peace with these realities, then certainly you don't live by this principle.

Quote:

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

of what Jesus would do-- this or this?
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

you are paying for oil.

Quote:
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.

He cared about his country, and now in death, his possessions are threatened with government plunder and exploitation. Better and more virtuous is a teller of secrets than the facilitator or actor in secret state crime. William Bennett you are a reprobate, you are doomed and there is no hope.

This picture doesn't show me confidence

in the righteousness of the subject or the truth of what he says. He's walking out of the courthouse instead of into it. Of course, it's a better picture.
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

devoted at least 20 minutes to the rape case in North Carolina. They call Juan Williams their "senior correspondent," but I never heard him until the 21st century. Neil Conan and Noah Adams and Sylvia Poljoli along with Diedre Burger are senior correspondents. Juan Williams is just their golden boy.
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

like trafficking in persons, remains slavery.
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,

but I'm convinced that King George is asleep every night seconds after his head hits the pillow. Macbeth's insomnia was natural and indicated the robust moral and mental health of the "worthy thane" before his ambition and his wife sucked the marrow out that nourished his virtue. Even though I've often compared events in this country to the progress of Shakespeare's Macbeth, the fact is that Shakespeare's tragic hero is more redeemable than the banal unelected fraud in the White House.
Thank you, Tom Dispatch, Smirking Chimp, and Common Dreams.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

And here is something

completely different.

A question for the reader:

Who do you find easier to forgive, those wielding small arms or those who open institutional spaces for the commission of mass murder?
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 stand of Democrats with respect to mushroom clouds and Iran: cowardice.
The neocons fight to kill and die.
Their would-be opposition lacks the courage it takes to fight & live.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Wire-tapper extraordinaire

gives us the equation of security and secrecy in a curious Freudian slip. Whistleblowers & truth-tellers beware. Disclosure should be dishonor according to Nixon (who was not a neocon, but nevertheless created marvelous precedents for overturning the democratic republic).

Monday, April 17, 2006

And just so we're all on the same page,

here's a case for a "pre-emptive strike" and war against Iran.

I knew it would come

Appeal to ridicule against Seymour Hersh.

Quote:
"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

that harms only the deceiver.
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

Old news.

The article reflects more how out of touch the Washington Post has been for the last ten years.
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

Some tap dancing by Ari Fleischer on behalf of the regime.

Quote:

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

have erased the truth of the My Lai Massacre?
Remember, Hersh broke that story too.

The regime replies

to Hersh's article with repeated appeals to ridicule.
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

or deeply, the reasons she doesn't relish being in or with herself.

Quote:
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.

At one time in this country, an article like this would have been rejected by every editor whose desk it crossed. Editors should have exacting standards about what they will or will not publish. Among these standards should be taste, logic, and whether or not the writer demonstrates knowledge of the political and historical context with respect to his topic. This individual flattened important distinctions that have existed for more than a century in his discussion.

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

harbored the intention of killing himself.
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,

no end to public and political tolerance for the more real obscenity.
Insanity was never more pervasive than from the beginning of the 20th century to now.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Where I haven't written,

I quote & link. Too bad B.D. could not do the same. This is an hysterically funny summary of his humiliation.

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