In recent days, GW Bush and Deadeye Dick Cheney have both attacked critics of Bush’s Iraq war escalations, saying the critics are not suggesting any alternatives. From GW:
“To oppose everything while proposing nothing is irresponsible.” From the Dickster: “They have absolutely nothing to offer in its place. I have yet to hear a coherent policy from the Democratic side.” That’s the kind of rhetoric that probably appeals to their base, who love anything that sounds good regardless of whether it’s true. It just so happens there has been at least one coherent policy suggested. I recently received email from my buddy, Ohio Congressman and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, spelling out his 12-point proposal for resolution of the Iraq conflict.
Continue reading “Hey GW, here’s a plan”
I thought I wasn’t going to write anything about Saddam Hussein’s execution, because I didn’t know what I could say that hasn’t already been said. But it’s been three weeks since I wrote anything here, and I’m at a loss for subject matter, and somebody sent me a link to this excellent satire by Jerry Ghinelli, and I just had to share. The execution story is chapter 11 of his ongoing story of the French invasion of the USA. At some point, I need to read the first ten chapters. But first, as long as I’m here, I might as well throw in some personal thoughts to keep this from being just a link repeat.
Continue reading “The Executioner’s Face is Always Well Hidden”
With Christmas two weeks away, and me still undecided about what some people need/want for Christmas, I suppose it’s silly to be thinking about political elections in 2007 and 2008. But it’s important to remember that there’s less time than one might think, because the November choices will be no-brainers. The May primaries are when I actually have to make a choice. Fortunately, the choices in both years just got much easier with announcements in the last few days.
Continue reading “Decisions, decisions”
There’s been a lot of hysterical ranting recently about something inaccurately called the North American Union, brought to my attention by a loyal reader. There seems to be a lot of FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) about what’s really been proposed, and the conspiracy freaks are too busy frothing at the mouth about secret meetings, black helicopters, etc. to take a breath and digest what it really is. I haven’t quite figured it out myself, but if Lou Dobbs and the John Birch Society are both against it, it can’t be all bad.
Continue reading “United We Stand?”
After six years of trying, it looks like George Bush and his administration finally proved that P. T. Barnum was wrong when he said “You’ll never go broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.” The Bush Gang just kept trying to find the limits of the American people’s stupidity, and for a long time it looked like Barnum was correct in his assumption that it was limitless. But finally, enough of the morons began to realize that they’d been had.
Continue reading “Good News; What Next?”
The news for the last few days indicates a severe casualty in the war on terror. The latest victim is the collective sanity of an entire society. Without even trying very hard, the terrorists, with a little help from our government (or do I have that backwards?) have driven us all crazy.
Continue reading “The Terrorists have won”
I got email from my buddy Dennis Kucinich today. Before getting to the point (which was that he would appreciate a contribution to his Congressional campaign), he waxed eloquent about why we need more Congressmen like him (which we do). Among all the other wrongs committed by his less-enlightened Congressional colleagues, he mentioned that the average American family will spend perhaps $25,000 just on the Iraq War. Destroying another country for no good reason is bad enough … but charging me $25,000 to do it really pisses me off. I’d rather buy a new truck.
Continue reading “OK … now I’m pissed”
“Can you hear King now?” While I was getting ready to hunt Monday, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright was asking that question repeatedly during his keynote speech at Lexington’s Martin Luther King Commemorative Program. I’m glad I hunted, but after an enthusiastic email from someone who had been at the speech, I’m also sorry I missed it.
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CNet has an interesting column by Declan McCullagh. He warns (or promises) that “annoying someone via the Internet is now a federal crime”. At first I thought this could be a bad news/good news. Although it sounds like more outrageous government meddling, I can think of some annoying people that I wouldn’t mind having locked up under the new law.
Continue reading “Criminally Annoying”