Monday, August 28, 2006
I am quite sure
Separation of church and state is "a lie we have been told," Harris said in the interview, published Thursday, saying separating religion and politics is "wrong because God is the one who chooses our rulers." end quote.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
The neocon claim
So useful that I think I'll assert that we must impose justice over there to keep it over here.
The neocon executive branch is determining what law is.
Jurists are being silenced.
The courts are our last line of defense against these doomed reprobates.
You can't come back again
I seem to recall expulsion being a regular policy in the Soviet Union.
The U.S. expelled a vast number of people in the wake of ww1 because of radical or extreme liberal leanings.
Here is part of the shadow that threatens to engulf this country.
"I am part of the part, which was at first, the whole."
Well since when do radical Muslims
I don't think what I'm writing is anti-Muslim. My problem is that what lies in the silty sand of Southern Iraq belongs to the world. What have radical Muslims to do with preserving anything that challenges their beliefs about themselves? They are too frightened and insecure in their own identities to respect history or the rest of the world.
Saturday, August 26, 2006
And now, I must point out an injustice
Here are a few facts about Coulter.
He is an American cream draft horse.
He loves to play with toys.
He is gentle, docile, and willing to work. What marvelous virtues.
The problem is that the writers have chosen to include pictures of and a comparison with Ann Coulter.
Ann Coulter has probably played with very few toys in her life.
She certainly is not gentle and willing to work.
In the process of comparing Ann's face and disposition with certain parts of Coulter's anatomy, I contend that Coulter has been wronged horribly. If anything, Ann and these writers should walk to the zoo and apologize to Coulter.
I tell you, the crimes against the silent and graceful never end.
Monday, August 21, 2006
It beats smashing faces
Damn the people who cherish the law of repression they've embraced since 9/11; confront them, destroy their power with the law they abandoned, that is, the Constitution & Bill of Rights. Destroy your fear with the knowledge of what America really should be, not knowledge of what it believes itself to be.
Sunday, August 20, 2006
America, lower your face, think,
Here are the words of the aggrieved party.
Their suffering is their illness and our guilt-- hopelessly intertwined.
Good police work
George Bush used a lie more subtle than Chertoff's but no less unmoored from reality, that the conspiracy somehow justifies his conduct of the "war on terrorism" and presumably the war on Iraq and perhaps, in time, an assault on Iran. Keep the Bush, Faith. But we might wonder why the Bush administration was seeking to divert six million dollars in funds earmarked for explosives detection. Or whether the existence of a plot automatically justifies a policy that many leading anti-terrorist experts have stated has left us more vulnerable than we were before 9/11. Or we might remind ourselves that good old solid procedural police work apparently thwarted the airline plot, work that had nothing to do with any U.S. anti-terrorist measures. We could also point out that the existence of such a plot, five years after 9/11 was perpetrated on Bush's watch in the face of friendly warnings from our allies, speaks more to the failure of Bush's efforts than to their success. end quote.
Saturday, August 19, 2006
From National Priorities Online,
Below is a running total of the U.S. taxpayer cost of the Iraq War. The number is based on Congressional appropriations.
John Aravosis puts the pretender
We've got the president of the fucking United States of America lecturing a US court of law that it's supposed to reach decisions NOT based on the rule of law, but on "the nature of the world we live in."
You God damn stupid fuck.
You have the nerve to claim Osama and the terrorists hate our democracy? They got nothing on you and your fellow "Republicans." Do you people even believe in freedom? Do you believe in the Bill of Rights? Do you believe in our Constitution? Do you fucking believe in anything other than your absolute power to do whatever the fuck you want like some two-bit communist dictator rather than the president of the greatest country on earth? end quote.
Friday, August 18, 2006
There is no memory of democracy here,
Where there is mutual hatred and conflict over power, there can be no democracy.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
He's making a list,
Comfort, comfort my people
God has forsaken the elites and those who fancy they have power in the next life because they wield it in this world.
The corporate citizens, he has never known.
God is with these people, wherever they are.
He comforts those who mourn, makes holy again all that has been compelled to suffer by the ravages of the indifferent world.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
I doubt that
Racial bias is systematic because policing institutions were designed to contain rather than serve and protect the black community. For most of U.S. history, African-Americans were denied access to the nation’s cultural and economic capital. Police forces were the “thin blue line” that enforced those barriers.This job of racial containment has been white America’s mandate to the police and, for the most part, they have faithfully performed their duty. end quote.
The thin blue line does not concern me as much as the thicker red line which has yet to be addressed.
The idea though, that African-Americans should address their problems with police brutality by bringing suit in federal court is ludicrous.
The federal government is holding people without charge, subjecting them to torture and even prompting their suicides.
The federal government, as of 2000, has not proven it possesses any genuine commitment to the upholding of civil rights.
If anything, it has proven it is committed to the violation of civil and human rights worldwide.
The language says it all.
BEIRUT, Aug. 15 -- Hezbollah refused to disarm and withdraw its fighters from the battle-scarred hills along the border with Israel on Tuesday, threatening to delay deployment of the Lebanese army and endangering a fragile cease-fire.
The makings of a compromise emerged from all-day meetings in Beirut, according to senior officials involved in the negotiations, and Prime Minister Fouad Siniora scheduled a cabinet session Wednesday for what he hoped would be formal approval of the deal. Hezbollah indicated it would be willing to pull back its fighters and weapons in exchange for a promise from the army not to probe too carefully for underground bunkers and weapons caches, the officials said. end quote.
First of all, Hezbollah is asked to withdraw its fighters . . . from the battle-scarred hills.
Did Hezbollah invade and conquer south Lebanon?
Hezbollah indicated that it would be willing . . .
An indication is not an assertion.
in exchange for a promise from the army . . .
not to probe to deeply.
This is the most meaningless story. I would not have covered it. I would have said, "Wait until you really have something to say."
And then, there is the similar obfuscation on the Israeli side out of the ever-ready-to-speak, flyboy Dan Halutz.
UNITED NATIONS (CNN) -- Israel's forces will not leave Lebanon until a U.N.-led multinational force arrives, "even if it takes months," Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Dan Halutz said Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Halutz had predicted Israel would withdraw its forces from Lebanon within 10 days. end quote.
First this, then that.
Hopeful prediction, contradictory conditional. Give the people what they want with one hand, take it away with the other. Sadists do this sort of thing all the time. Genuine fighters don't. They just continue fighting until they win.
A taboo case
Get over it? Never.
I've barely had a chance to respond.
At a law school Supreme Court conference that I attended last fall, there was a panel on “The Rehnquist Court.” No one mentioned Bush v. Gore, the most historic case of William Rehnquist’s time as chief justice, and during the Q. and A. no one asked about it. When I asked a prominent law professor about this strange omission, he told me he had been invited to participate in another Rehnquist retrospective, and was told in advance that Bush v. Gore would not be discussed.
The ruling that stopped the Florida recount and handed the presidency to George W. Bush is disappearing down the legal world’s version of the memory hole, the slot where, in George Orwell’s “1984,” government workers disposed of politically inconvenient records. The Supreme Court has not cited it once since it was decided, and when Justice Antonin Scalia, who loves to hold forth on court precedents, was asked about it at a forum earlier this year, he snapped, “Come on, get over it.”
The heart of Bush v. Gore’s analysis was its holding that the recount was unacceptable because the standards for vote counting varied from county to county. “Having once granted the right to vote on equal terms,” the court declared, “the state may not, by later arbitrary and disparate treatment, value one person’s vote over that of another.” If this equal protection principle is taken seriously, if it was not just a pretext to put a preferred candidate in the White House, it should mean that states cannot provide some voters better voting machines, shorter lines, or more lenient standards for when their provisional ballots get counted — precisely the system that exists across the country right now.
There are several problems with trying to airbrush Bush v. Gore from the law. It undermines the courts’ legitimacy when they depart sharply from the rules of precedent, and it gives support to those who have said that Bush v. Gore was not a legal decision but a raw assertion of power.
The courts should also stand by Bush v. Gore’s equal protection analysis for the simple reason that it was right (even if the remedy of stopping the recount was not). Elections that systematically make it less likely that some voters will get to cast a vote that is counted are a denial of equal protection of the law. The conservative justices may have been able to see this unfairness only when they looked at the problem from Mr. Bush’s perspective, but it is just as true when the N.A.A.C.P. and groups like it raise the objection.
There is a final reason Bush v. Gore should survive. In deciding cases, courts should be attentive not only to the Constitution and other laws, but to whether they are acting in ways that promote an overall sense of justice. The Supreme Court’s highly partisan resolution of the 2000 election was a severe blow to American democracy, and to the court’s own standing. The courts could start to undo the damage by deciding that, rather than disappearing down the memory hole, Bush v. Gore will stand for the principle that elections need to be as fair as we can possibly make them.
defending democracies & fighting terror,
with weak education, increased incarceration of teenagers and adults,
with outsourcing the nation's production,
with skyrocketing government & trade deficits,
with turning citizens into workers & soldiers, preparing them to be slaughtered like cattle or become sociopaths in their turn,
I have to admit, I think this is our nation on the crack of neoconservative leadership.
The neocons have a brand new
And for good measure, here is a roster of the extreme righteous.
Cold Warriors, don't lose heart.
I'm sure you'll get the nation on the march to Beirut, Damascus, Kuwait City, Amman, Riyadh & Teheran soon enough.
And then, Bully! The entire Hindu Kush along with the lower Caucasus becomes the 51st state.
Monday, August 14, 2006
Setting it up for the next neocon adventure.
"It’s now become clear why we don’t have peace in the Middle East.” He described the relationship between Hezbollah and its supporters in Iran and Syria as one of the “root causes of instability,” and subsequently said that it was up to those countries to end the crisis. Two days later, despite calls from several governments for the United States to take the lead in negotiations to end the fighting, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that a ceasefire should be put off until “the conditions are conducive.” end quote.
It's now become clear. Wow. Truly the words of the slow to understand if ever they were heard.
What a peculiar turn of the truth, to find that our government helped plan this unreciprocal slaughter, and what another peculiar turn of the truth, to find that they deny it with all their hearts.
National security advisor Stephen J. Hadley said in an e-mailed response: "The suggestion that the U.S. and Israel planned and coordinated an attack on Hezbollah — and did so as a prelude to an attack on Iran — is just flat wrong." end quote.
I don't believe the White House.
I don't believe their supporters.
They've lied time & time again.
Their power is illegitimate and they should be overthrown any way.
It's all fruit of the poisonous tree as far as I'm concerned.
And I'm sure the MyLai massacre didn't happen either, Hadley boy.
With our complicity, Israel plans a defensive attack on Hezbollah.
The defensive attack, though, is not a defensive attack.
It is, rather an aggressive war.
Bush appears to support cease-fire.
But wait! Does he really? Oh, the mysterious ways of the idiot.
Bush plays up Hezbollah's connection to Iran & Syria.
Furthermore, Bush characterizes Hezbollah as a "state within a state."
So who's the next war against-- Iran? Syria? Iran & Syria together?
As I've said, the ways of the idiot are mysterious.
A committee to serve elite interests,
A government shorn of judicial review and democratic protections for the citizenry is being formed. A government of, by and for the elites, a government for a nation of dollars, not human beings.
Sunday, August 13, 2006
I got a comment here
To that person who was reading, I just want to write this.
I am an American. Right to the center of my tiny spine. I think it's true that most Americans do not understand the realities on the ground in the Middle East. They have never experienced the kind of poverty most people living there have experienced, nor are they privy to the cultural heritage of the region. There are certain biblical enthusiasts who fancy themselves knowledgeable, but really, most Americans are quite ignorant of the divisions both culturally and politically that prevail there and most important, they don't understand the reasons for their existence.
For instance, Hezbollah is a grass-roots organization in Lebanon that represents the interests of Shia Muslims. Their constituency is local and on the ground, it is not Syria, and it is not Iran. The Shia Muslims need Hezbollah, considering the proclivities of certain Christian and Sunni neighbors of theirs whose organizations' names will not be mentioned here. But I know you've got the picture.
Networks must represent various cultural and factional groups because in that region, it is my impression, if you don't assert yourself through a coherent community, you get stepped on. Perhaps you even get thrown aside. That's why I think Hezbollah exists, and if they ever stop serving that purpose, they're gone.
These are realities that we don't face here in the United States.
We are not a country where tribes, factions, or historical divisions determine the nature of community and politics.
Even though we do not understand Middle-Eastern realities first-hand, I think most Americans have the common sense to see the difference between reciprocity and injustice in war, trade, diplomacy and various interactions at all levels of human contact. It is human to react violently or with tremendous dissonance to realities that are unjust right on the face.
I don't know what's going to come of this newly-negotiated cease-fire. I suspect that the Israelis under Olmert, true to this newly-chosen neocon form, will do something small to violate it, small enough to provoke a response of course, and then it will come to nothing. I've never known neocons to employ good faith in negotiations with anyone, and I think what we're seeing in Israeli leadership are neocons.
And like radical Islamists, they're perverts. Their minds are so narrow you could fit them into tiny glass tubes.
What makes me so angry
And they've done it with the relish & joy peculiar to neocons.
There is one thing that is also peculiar to neocons, and that is a refusal to sacrifice. Every war on the cheap, aggressive, calculated to kill the highest number of civilians and combatants alike with the least amount of sacrifice on the part of the aggressive force.
I think aggression should be extraordinary in its costliness. It should hurt. It should cause everlasting horror.
The world is out of balance.
There is the armored mentality,
Too many journos are wearing flak jackets and helmets, little spacemen who want to show they are "in combat" on television. I notice how their drivers and interpreters are usually not given flak jackets. These are reserved for us, the Westerners, the Protected Ones, Those Who Must Live.
I used to wear a flak jacket in Bosnia, but no more. Ever since a bullet penetrated the neck of a colleague and was kept within his body by the iron jacket - going round and round until it had destroyed his kidneys, liver and heart - I have refused to touch these things. Better to die in shirtsleeves. end quote.Damn straight.
After losing 19 people and getting 70 wounded in one day, Israel is party to a cease fire. I suppose they believe they are "those who must live." Contemptible.
The U.S. government
Read the list of complaints & symptoms. This is radiation sickness. It's as if we'd bombed them and the civilians that surround them.
Friday, August 11, 2006
Oh, and one more thing,
in the United States, the people are sovereign.
But if some people are having a problem with that idea, I'm sure the majority of Americans will be pleased to teach it to them the hard way.
Oh, I just wanted to tell you
To the usurper who characterizes
According to Schmitt, the ultimate power of government is not to be found in legislation, but in the executive power to abrogate or suspend legislation. What matters is not the rule, but the exception, and "sovereign is he who decides the exception." Schmitt's aphorism describes how Hitler in fact took power, with the unilateral abrogation of civil liberties in Germany. Hitler imposed a "state of exception" on those whom he deemed alien to or a danger to the regime, and those in such a state of exception no longer have the rights of citizens. This state of exception, willed by the German unitary executive power, was the juridical basis for the Nazi death camps. The assertion of notional "unitary executive power" in part results from officials' prior disgust at the inherent weakness of a parliamentary system to forcefully address long-term problems facing society, like a weak fiat currency, economic crisis, or terrorism. A "unitary executive power" appeals to the "Right," to which Schmitt and purportedly the Bush Jr. administration belong, but, one has to note, it also could have appeal for the "Left." Such executive powers no doubt appeal to all who are certain of their own rectitude, certain that they are guided by destiny or by God to act, to be decisive. Thus one characteristic of fascism is said to be "decisionism." "At least we're doing something," a decisionist says - even if what "we're" doing is in fact despotic and destructive. George W. Bush is, he tells us, "the decider." end quote.
The unitary executive . . . an idea begging to be overthrown. Just like corporate personhood, signing statements, and Congressional neglect.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
For God's sake, Dr. Rice,
The tensions in the region and within the administration have left Ms. Rice visibly weary and she has at times spoken in unusually personal, emotional terms. After the meeting in her suite, Ms. Rice, Mr. Abrams, Mr. Welch and Richard Jones, the United States ambassador to Israel, had dinner with Prime Minister
“Look, we’ve had this experience, with Katrina, and we thought we were doing it right,” she reportedly said. “But we learned that many people who want to leave can’t leave.” end quote.
From Scott Ritter,
Israel claims the moral high ground in this current round of conflict, citing the July 12 attack by Hezbollah on an Israeli Army patrol that left eight IDF soldiers dead and two captured. The disproportionality of response aside (Hezbollah fires hundreds of rockets into Israel, and gets thousands of artillery shells and aerial bombs in return; Israel's civilian casualties run in the scores, Lebanon's in the hundreds), Israel's claim as the aggrieved party simply does not withstand the test of history and fact. end quote.
People in general know reciprocity when they see it.
There is a biblical belief that those who bless Israel will be blessed & those who curse Israel will be cursed.
I don't subscribe to it.
And no, I don't think an earthly Israel is holy. Period.
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Some might say
I contend that this budget cut represents an evasion of reality.
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding. end quote.
Here we see again the elites attempting to change the structure of government by changing its function. Law is being interpreted, has been interpreted since 2000, by the executive branch. Bring them down.
Monday, August 07, 2006
The states must defy
The federal government that always deals in bad faith.
The federal government that wants workers and not citizens.
The federal government guided by a Congress that raises its pay more easily than the minimum wage.
In other words, the traitorous federal government.
Many state officials and their advocates are furious. "You had fixed block grants in exchange for state flexibility," said Elaine M. Ryan, deputy executive director of the American Public Human Services Association, which represents welfare directors around the country. "Now you have fixed block grants in exchange for federal micromanagement. . . . That was not the deal." end quote.
Thursday, August 03, 2006
This is a cloaked admission
RUMSFELD: Does that constitute a civil war? I guess you can decide for your yourself. And we can all go to the dictionary and decide what you want to call something.
But it seems to me that it is not a classic civil war at this stage.
RUMSFELD: It certainly isn't like our Civil War. It isn't like the civil war in a number of other countries.Okay.
Let's look up civil war and then take into account the inability of people in the region to separate tribal, religious, and political affiliation.
• noun a war between citizens of the same country.
Has it ever occurred to anyone
Many of these men could find work if they had to, but with lower pay and fewer benefits than they once earned, and they have decided they prefer the alternative. It is a significant cultural shift from three decades ago, when men almost invariably went back into the work force after losing a job and were more often able to find a new one that met their needs. end quote.
I think laborers of every stripe have the right to demand a living wage and necessary benefits. With the corporate sector booming, extreme profits going to CEOs, there's no excuse for not paying a living wage.
These middle-aged men know they're being played.
And they, wisely, are choosing not to play the game.
Kudos to them. Bless them everywhere.
The Israelis are going to reap
Their only way to prevent the vengeful confrontations of the future is to destroy every child. I know the Israelis are ambitious in the mass murder area, but really. You'd think they'd become . . . Nazis.
Hezbollah or no Hezbollah;
the hatred between the people of these two regions is being sown.