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4.22.2004

 

Royal Fascist Fucks


The Michigan State House of Representatives, currently dominated by Fascist-Republicans, has passed a measure that is obviously aimed at allowing doctors and other healthcare workers to refuse care to gays and lesbians. The bill allows health care workers to refuse service to anyone on moral, ethical or religious grounds. Three other bills were also passed by the State House Wednesday which would exempt a health insurer or health facility from providing or covering a health care procedure that violated ethical, moral or religious principles reflected in their bylaws or mission statement. The bills will now go to the state Senate, which is also Fascist-dominated.

Let's be clear. Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) should veto these bills the second they hit her desk. More over, any (A-N-Y) physician that refuses treatment is breaking his medical oath, should have their license stripped immediately, and should be barred from practicing medicine in the United States indefinately.

Then there is this charming little bit of fascist rhetoric: The New Mexico Fascist Central Committee has voted to censure the Sandoval County clerk, who issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The resolution says Republican Victoria Dunlap has brought disgrace to the party. "Other than assassination, all we can do is censure her," said committee chairman Richard Gibbs.

Uh, WHAT??! A government official suggesting assassination of a county clerk!!?? And, to date, not one denunciation from any Republican over the statement. Chairman Gibbs should resign immediately for such a comment and the Central Committee should denounce his hateful statement.

What the FUCK is this country coming to when doctors can deny treatment to human beings and when political officials can spew venom supporting assassination of someone with whom they disagree politically.

Andrew Sullivan wonders why the President has yet do do anything to distance himself from the hatred coming from some parts of the Republican Party. Well, Andrew, I hate to break it to ya...but the guy you voted for in 2000 is as hate filled as the rest of them. (Remember Andrew, as you put it so passionately on February 24, this is the man who declared war on us!) God help the United States if that fascist fuck - and any radical members of his political party - are "re"-elected in November. I don't think the Constitution would survive four more years of this regime.

Yes my friends, the rightward fascist march continues in the United States of Amerika.


4.21.2004

 

If the GOP want a comparison, then a comparison they will get...


I'm sure now that John Kerry has released all of his military records, Karl Rove and his Fascist minions will try to paint the Senator as unpatriotic and not worthy of his medals (ala Max Cleland). However, a great post from Kos shows how simple it will be, simply by highlighting comments from each military report, to turn it around.

The shorter Bush/Kerry comparison:

Kerry:
"Intelligent, mature and rich in educational background and experience, Ens Kerry is one of the finest young officers I have ever met and without question one of the most promising."

Bush:
"Lt. Bush has not been observed at this unit during the period of report."


Would make for one hell of a TV spot in states heavy with military folk.


 

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Simple Is Resistable


And just when you thought things were getting really complex, comes this editorial from the LA Times:
A Simply Grand Notion

Simplicity, it seems, can become very complicated. UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute — not a simple name, by the way — held a Mental Health and Simple Living Conference to explore simplicity on a recent Saturday. It wasn't that simple. It took complicated minds all day to figure things out. Actually, it wasn't all that recent either. But complicated world affairs simply postponed thinking about simple. You know how it is in this modern country, especially Southern California. Even concerned Americans, it appears, can view news photos of an Afghan family of four on one motorcycle, ponder acquiring a third car and not for a second see any disconnect. Doing anything, however, is so complicated.

Saturdays (hang on, only three more days) used to be simple. They came once a week and were, for most, essentially free days, absent the obligations of the other six. Now, think what you must do on Saturdays — the driving, shopping, dry cleaning, oil changing, recycling, gardening, bill-paying, reading, malling to make new billing. It never ends! Probably, you've already got a "to-do" list for next chore day. What happened to RE-creation and recuperation?

Many feel anxious, even overwhelmed, by modern America's meticulous accretions of material goods, time-consuming rituals and protocols, most devolving from new gadgets and gizmos that, individually, were supposed to simplify life but, collectively, complicated everything beyond comprehension. By the time you decipher a gadget's instructions and master its arcane protocols, you lose it, break it or crave a newer version that, unnaturally, has a whole different set of procedures and buttons. The attending anxiety produces more compulsive buying, eating, drinking, worrying.

Since yoga by itself is insufficient, finding a simple life with good weather, hot showers and cell coverage is increasingly attractive, though naturally complex. So Carol Holst and a band of like-minded, well, simpletons founded Seeds of Simplicity to educate about "voluntary simplicity." Even the phone number is simple: 1-877-UNSTUFF.

Part of the education was a simplicity conference. How some 150 people simply got there was amazing, given the simply awful traffic in L.A. these years and the fact that Angelenos are always going somewhere. Judging by the ubiquity of heavy traffic, no one ever seems to arrive, or when he does, it's time to head back.

The Simplicity Conference's simple message, according to The Times' report, was that America has become a gluttonous, bloviated society controlled by its own excesses. Like not getting enough meetings during the week so take one more come Saturday? Simply put, simplicity is a grand idea. It turns out getting there requires motivation and a uniquely personal and as-yet-unwritten Thomas Guide. No instructions included.
Well, it's hard to argue with the "gluttonous and bloviated" part. Americans are hypocrites. We all (including me from time to time) claim to crave a simple life. The truth is, nearly everything we do is complicating -- intentionally so. Though I've rarely beheld simple, I can pretty much tell ya, we are not it, nor will we ever be, even when we wish to be, even when we say we are.

If I didn't have to work at my damn complicating job, I'd smoke a bowl, grab a slice of pie, and curl up with a good, intellectually and artistically interesting and intricately complex book. Oh well, there's always Saturday.


 

Gabrielle's Message


An excellent column this morning from Chicago Tribune columnist Carol Marin. Registration is requried to read the Trib on-line, so I provide it here in it's entirety. Mr. President, Ms. Marin would like to introduce you to Gabrielle Onyema, of Chicago, Illinois. Listen to her, please. You could actually learn something from this 8-year old wonder.

Getting Us Out of Bush's Adventure - War Through the Eyes of a Child
by Carol Marin

April 21, 2004

At the same time Bob Woodward was appearing with Mike Wallace Sunday night on CBS' "60 Minutes" to talk about "Plan of Attack," his bombshell of a new book on President Bush and the Iraq war, I was on Chicago-bound Southwest Airlines flight 1019. Armed with a stack of newspapers and notes, I pulled out my laptop to begin to write this week's column.

My seatmate was hard at work herself.

Dressed in a blue cable knit sweater, her hair pulled back in a prim braided bun, Gabrielle Onyema was staring into the screen of her GameBoy, fiercely negotiating a Pokemon game.

This was the last place I expected to have a conversation about the war. And the least likely person I thought I'd be having it with. It was a reminder, once again, of how little I know.

Gabby, as she is called, is 8 years old and in the 2nd grade at Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School on East 50th Street in Hyde Park/Kenwood. She was traveling home after visiting her father, who lives in the Boston area. He had put her on the plane. Her mother would be waiting for her when we landed at Midway International Airport.

I figured our flight would be a quiet affair, Gabby absorbed in her game and I in my writing.

"Let's have a race," she suggested, "I'll see if I can finish my game before you finish your column.

I bet you'll win!"

I bet I won't.

I was trying to write about the worsening war with Iraq, about the public hearings of the commission investigating the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and about the continuing revelations that contradict Bush administration claims of what officials knew and when they knew it. It wasn't coming easily.

As I started to type, Gabby leaned over and confided that she too is a writer. Not to mention one of the winners of a citywide essay contest. On April 30 she'll pick up an award at the Field Museum for her essay about a young girl who ran away from slavery.

"I wrote it really quickly!" she said.

I was envious. And stuck. And so I turned to my small and talkative seatmate and asked if she knew about the war in Iraq. She did. "If you were going to write about that," I asked, "what would you say?"

Quite a lot, it turns out. I began taking notes.

"We need to talk about plans," Gabby said, "how to stop getting American men killed and how to get fewer Iraqi people dead. We could make peace. We're all God's children, we're killing our brothers and sisters, that's not right."

Why, I asked, do you think we got into this war?

"People just need too much ... too much stuff ... too many cars that make smoke."

Was she talking about oil?

"Uh-huh."

Funny, isn't it? Bob Woodward, the famed Washington Post journalist, at just about the same time was talking about oil too. It was one of a number of explosive revelations he was offering up that evening in his appearance on "60 Minutes." Woodward told Mike Wallace that Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington, Prince Bandar, promised President Bush that before the November presidential election in the U.S., Saudi Arabia would increase oil production so that the skyrocketing price of oil in the U.S. would drop significantly.

"That's the Saudi pledge," said Woodward.

The White House is denying that there is a secret deal with the Saudis over oil. Secretary of State Colin Powell is denying another Woodward assertion that Prince Bandar knew of the Bush decision to go to war in Iraq before Powell did. And the war, according to Woodward, was secretly planned and funded long before Congress and the American public were told. The White House denies that too.

Who's telling the truth?

Well, let's review a few "truths" of the past, the ones President Bush used to take us into this terrible war we are not winning. There were the weapons of mass destruction that used to exist but don't anymore. There was Vice President Dick Cheney's assertions of Iraq's links to Al Qaeda that were never true. There was the evidence presented to the United Nations by Powell that turned out to be no evidence at all.

We got into this war to stop the terrorism that brought us the massacre of Sept. 11. Now thanks to the commission, we learn that there were many more warnings of Al Qaeda attacks than we had been told. And the only reason we know it at all is because the commission forced it out of a reluctant White House, which admits to no mistakes.

Saddam Hussein is a bad man and the bogyman of this administration. But this is a bad war in a country we now in good conscience cannot leave.

And even people who continue to like George Bush and give him high approval ratings know it. That includes one thoughtful and articulate 8 year old from the South Side of Chicago.

"I don't think he's trying to be mean," said Gabby. "He's trying to do his best, be a good president for the country. But everybody makes mistakes, you just have to learn from them. Even the president of the United States."


4.20.2004

 

Going Negative


Kudos to the Onion...



 

Bush, Rice, et al: Wrong About Everything


An excellent point from Atrios regarding the inept Bush team.
Condi Flashbacks:

From Foreign Affairs, 2000:

"The lesson, too, is that if it is worth fighting for, you had better be prepared to win. Also, there must be a political game plan that will permit the withdrawal of our forces—something that is still completely absent in Kosovo."

"[The military] is not a civilian police force. It is not a political referee. And it is most certainly not designed to build a civilian society."

"Using the American armed forces as the world's "911" will degrade capabilities, bog soldiers down in peacekeeping roles, and fuel concern among other great powers that the United States has decided to enforce notions of "limited sovereignty" worldwide in the name of humanitarianism."

Look, for too long these people have swept this stuff aside by chanting "9/11 changed everything." No, 9/11 didn't change everything. What 9/11 did is prove that these people were wrong about absolutely everything. And, what Iraq has proven is they still haven't learned anything.
Memo to John Kerry: This sort of talking point would be highly effective in your campaign against Bush. Might I even say, it sounds a bit "Reagan-esque??"


4.19.2004

 

The President and Vice-President Should Be Impeached.


Regarding the Bob Woodword interview on 60 Minutes last night: While there are many, MANY points on which I want to comment - and for which the Bush presidency should be terminated - I will list just one for now, as I am short on time and have a mountain of work in front of me today.

Discussing how pre-war planning for Iraq was funded, Woodward says:
"Rumsfeld and Franks work out a deal essentially where Franks can spend any money he needs. And so he starts building runways and pipelines and doing all the preparations in Kuwait, specifically to make war possible...

Gets to a point where in July, the end of July 2002, they need $700 million, a large amount of money for all these tasks. And the president approves it. But Congress doesn't know and it is done. They get the money from a supplemental appropriation for the Afghan War, which Congress has approved. ...Some people are gonna look at a document called the Constitution which says that no money will be drawn from the treasury unless appropriated by Congress. Congress was totally in the dark on this."
The House of Representatives should impeach the President and Vice-President straight away. The Senate should follow up within an hour of impeachment with a vote to convict and remove Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney from office. The Speaker of the House, J. Dennis Hastert of Illinois, should serve out the remainder of the current presidential term while the voters decide in November who the next chief executive should be.

To me, it's a "slam dunk."

Michiko Kakutani's review of "Plan of Attack" can be read here; and I highly suggest an excellent write-up on last night's interview from a Daily Kos diary post.


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