Republicans are concerned that Rudy, Mitt, Fred, and the rest aren't sufficiently cruel and unusual - not real Republicans. Where oh where can they turn?
October 20, 2007
Robert Rouse - Editor and Publisher
|Talk by Dr.
Dr. Thomasson is the President of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
She has been doing a tour of the southeast
The government of
About 95% of the population is Shi’a, with seven or eight different fractions. About 3% of the population is Sunni, and there are Jews, Zoroastrians, and Christians in the country also.
About 63% of the university students are women, and 35% of physicians are women. Women are now allowed to divorce. Fifteen women are in Parliament, however, in the last election, no women were allowed to run for office. There is one Jew in Parliament also.
Eisenhower authorized the first CIA overthrow of a
democratically elected leader. The
The Iranian president does not determine foreign polity. The Supreme Leader determines a foreign policy. They have had a Fatwa against nuclear weapons.
Dr. Thomasson recommended joining the Campaign
Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in
Dr. Thomasson does not feel that
Here's a Good Reason NOT to vote for
I'm sure you can find others. A big factor in deciding who I will
vote for is who contributes to the candidates. Big defense industry
contributions? Big business contributions? In my mind, the candidate is
being bought out and the candidate will be loyal to those who contributed
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Republicans are concerned that Rudy, Mitt, Fred, and the rest aren't sufficiently cruel and unusual - not real Republicans. Where oh where can they turn?
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"It's not worth as much as it used to be."
"The main driving factor today is ... the dollar
making an all-time low against the euro."
Come Saturday Morning: Blackwater Did
From Phoenix Woman for Firedoglake
From a recent issue of Newsweek:
The colonel was furious. “Can you believe it? They actually drew their weapons on U.S. soldiers.” He was describing a 2006 car accident, in which an SUV full of Blackwater operatives had crashed into a U.S. Army Humvee on a street in Baghdad’s Green Zone. The colonel, who was involved in a follow-up investigation and spoke on the condition he not be named, said the Blackwater guards disarmed the U.S. Army soldiers and made them lie on the ground at gunpoint until they could disentangle the SUV. His account was confirmed by the head of another private security company.
They did WHAT?!
Holy. Crap. I’ve heard of road rage, but this is ridiculous.
When I say “mercenaries”, I’m being strictly correct, as Siun’s recent piece showed. Considering how many of them are not Americans, but actually Serbian mercenaries fresh from killing Muslims in Kosovo, or South African thugs who got their jollies using violence to uphold apartheid back when whites controlled the country, I really shouldn’t be surprised that they have no qualms about firing on US troops, their alleged allies.
But of course nothing must interfere with Erik Prince’s getting his wingnut welfare checks from the Federal government. Gotta build that Christian Crusader army, and Amway money alone won’t do it.
Head of the RNC quits
From Dusty for It's My Right to Be Left of the Center
If there's one thing I like, it's strange and Doctor Fong's House of Mysteries is one of the strangest blogs I've ever seen. It's like a train wreck, you jut can't help but look.
From Proud Progressive for Some Notes on Living
Buddhists are onto something very important : a concept called
equnimity , dispassion in the face of stuff that bombards our senses
daily. We americans are conditioned to be passionate , jingoistic,
nationalistic , to vote, to take action lots and lots of action. We are
doers, oh yeah ! go get em tiger..blah blah blah..
Look at the power of memes , big business of advertising and all the tons of psychological studies that go into what is called "effective advertising." for every concievable demographic that can be dug up. Lately I have noticed , while bracing for the onslaught of impending holiday advertising what is fed to us , while we are relaxed and "taking in" our tv shows. Our lives are supposed to be a constant succession of "fresh experiences" (even if that means getting the latest frozen food from the grocery store) promising a new twist/"fresh" on dinner. Ironically the foods are frozen NOT fresh. Ok. How about the concept of being grateful to have food to eat in the first place, given the state of the world. ( i read many books on hermits, monks who actually eat the same meager meals for yrs on end, inspirational really) AS for our homes, can we be grateful to have a roof over our head period ? vs. the latest flooring and plumbing fixtures ? Cars, isn't enough to have a dependable car vs . one that is an ego statement? Apparently the answer is No, in our culture. Meanwhile the tv would us have believe thanks to easy credit "Why everybody is just doing so damn well financially, what is wrong with me that i cannot afford all of these things" that is the subtle or not so subtle message. And generates endless internal chatter of our minds. Buddhist teachings address this normal, and persistent inner chatter. (our inner "movies", if you will) Taming the chariots of the mind , is job one, paying attention to our inner dialog , not wiping it out per se.
Our traditional ? holidays are coming, those with children on tight budgets, face misery and pressures. Its quite sad to me really.
We can expect the predictable tying of material goods many of us cannot afford to be tied with --- wait for it...love.
As for the endless personal appearance ads, obviously the message is "if love has not found you - your hair color, or perfume must just be wrong etc." Try this stuff ! Never mind if its a poisonous chemical soup, it makes you more attractive.
If you are tired or aging you need to try new potions with names like Elation. Gaak ! Feeling "OK" is not enough - we are supposed to be elated..oh for fuck sakes....
I try to avoid commercial television but it gets through anyhow.
Yesterday i saw a movie, called A Very Serious Person - in it a character says : "What is it , with you Americans you expect to be happy all of the time, one is lucky to have five minutes of true happiness in a life time." WOW - that sums it up perfectly for me. And what is happiness anyhow , what is it really for each of us its different. But we are conditioned to have such pie in the sky expectations - many of them materialistically based.
The Constant brainwashing we get about pharmaceuticals, new improved products the pathologizing of existential discontent and moods, Take this pill , that pill if your stomach gurgles etc. The endless diet commercials. Ends up pathologizing regular "nothing special" human life. (Joko Beck a Buddhist teacher wrote a book called, Nothing Special. Its a fav of mine) Pema Chodren also is another great Author with book titles such as "When things fall Apart" spoiler alert - it can be a good thing !
One could rightfully assess given all the advertising, that indeed, the American "dream" and happiness is found in a "product" of some kind..you just got to shop harder ! All the while Nivana is right here, right now, in our bodies, in our hearts. ( the products include bible give a aways by some religion happy to recruit you in your misery and discontent) Ironically everything mystical we could possibly need we are born with, it is drilled out of us as we get incolcated into our american consumer culture. And trained to be workers, who work hard and identify more with our job functions , than our own humanity. i.e. the famous sad question at parties - is not how are you , but "What do you do ? " Conditioning us to forget we are Human Beings vs. "Human Doings." Its the content of our hearts , not what we do , that make us who we truly are, our essential natures.
On the plus side - we are free in our minds if we want to be. Truth , Beauty, and Goodness can be found in less stuff not more. Less to protect, less to lose.
As for politics , emotional detachment is a must. Engagement however is essential, paying close attention but without the emotional investment - sounds hollow but that is the paradox - the Koan or riddle for those of us who do pay attention to politics and public policies. We can learn a lot from the Burmese monks. We can maintain , endure even flourish - if we have the mind set on simpler things. Simpler practices. And be what is called "mindful".
Buddhism (and there are dozens of sects and practices) itself has much to offer us americans as we struggle to pay our heat bills, to feed our families, to find meaning in our lives.(as if meaning were lost). The essential message of Buddhism is that there is nothing to be found , because in fact nothing has been lost.......Go figure !
I'm not trying to "sell it" to you by any means , just relaying whats been a benefit to me - in my ongoing philosophical journey past and present. Its about being the change we want to see. And remembering emotions are in fact a biological phenomenon of vibrations within our own bodies, often provoked by our thinking or visa versa. Paying attention with detachment is one way to survive these "interesting times" we live in , here on this geographic spot, called "america" on this planet Earth. The Monks in Burma show us, that contrary to popular opinion- Buddhists can be very engaged in social change - not obliviously sitting in meditation while the world goes to hell in a hand basket. They have taken the AUM to the streets. That is the action of Bodhisattvas -
Thank You George!...
From Sumo for Sumo Merriment
By JJ for Unrepentant Old Hippie
The would-be Austin womens' clinic bomber got 40 years today:
"HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas man who earlier pleaded guilty to the attempted bombing of an Austin health clinic where abortions were performed was sentenced on Friday to 40 years in prison, officials said.
Paul Evans, 27, left a nail-packed bomb in the parking lot of the Austin Women's Health Center on April 25, but it failed to go off.
Prosecutors have not disclosed why he wanted to bomb the clinic, but the Austin American-Statesman said Evans admitted in court on Friday he wanted to harm abortion providers.
"I never meant for anyone, except for the abortionists, to get hurt," Evans told U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks."
Forty years. Heh. If I'm not mistaken that means the Federal Pen... the sweetest facilities this side of Guantanamo (which is really where he should be, given he's a fucking terrorist). Oh well, I suppose we can be thankful for small favours. With that baby face he'll be the most popular item on the tier.
No you aren't hallucinating. “Congress” and “vertebrae” in the
same sentence — for this brief moment anyway — is not
There have actually been two — TWO! — spinal sightings in Congress in the past two days. Enjoy the moment. The one that’s really gotten the wingnuts’ panties in a bunch is Pete Stark’s comment:
“I’m just amazed that the Republicans are worried that we can’t pay for insuring an additional 10 million children. They sure don’t care about finding $200 billion to fight the illegal war in Iraq. Where are you going to get that money? You are going to tell us lies like you’re telling us today? Is that how you’re going to fund the war? You don’t have money to fund the war or children, but you’re going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the President’s amusement.”
Pow!! You Go Pete! And that’s not all:
“I have nothing but respect for our brave men and women in uniform and wish them the very best. But I respect neither the commander-in-chief who keeps them in harms way nor the chicken-hawks in Congress who vote to deny children health care.”
John Boehner whined: “
I’m just a pitiful chickenhawk but I’m
supposed to sound manly and come up with a soundbite about ‘our
troops’ and ‘al Qaeda’ Our troops in Iraq are fighting against
Al Qaeda and other radical jihadists hell-bent on killing the people we
are sent here to represent.”
Technically, Boehner isn't a chickenhawk. He spent eight weeks in Navy boot camp and then got released for a “bad back.” How conveeeenient. Pete Stark served in the Air Force from 1955-57.
Mother Superior Nancy Pelosi had to spoil the fun by
reprimanding Stark for his outburst. But Stark so far hasn’t apologized,
and according to an online poll (not scientific), 88% say he should stand
his ground and not apologize.
And now, the other spinal sighting: Sen. Chris Dodd has put a hold on that Godawful bill that pretty much says large telecom companies are above the law. The bill seemed like an unstoppable force plowing through a sea of invertebrates until Dodd put a hold on it. He says he's prepared to filibuster the bill if his hold is not honored.
BUSH LUSTS FOR WAR, DISCARDS CHILDREN
SAYS PETE STARK
From Lydia Cornell
THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE: Bush's approval rating is at 23%, the lowest of
any president in history. And 80% of all Americans, want low-income
children to have health coverage. But only one president and 14
Republicans with 14 votes stand in the way of the will of the people. What
kind of man is President Bush?
Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) was more than a little upset after the SCHIP veto override failed. The 18-term lawmaker, stirred the pot Thursday when he attacked President Bush and congressional Republicans for backing hundreds of billions of dollars for the Iraq war, but blocking a $35 billion expansion of a children's health insurance program.
"You're going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president's amusement," Stark told Republicans on the floor of the House.
The remarks during the debate over Bush's veto of the children's health bill drew howls of outrage from House Republicans and conservative commentators. His words were replayed endlessly on cable news and talk radio. By Friday, even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi - who praised Stark for his leadership on the children's health bill a day earlier - was distancing herself from his comments.
What Pelosi also meant: Stark had handed Republicans an easy way to distract the public from what Democrats view as a winning stance on the popular children's health bill. Stark, 75, declined a request Friday for an interview.
He began: "First of all, I'm just amazed that the Republicans are worried that we can't pay for insuring an additional 10 million children. They sure don't care about finding $200 billion to fight the illegal war in Iraq. Where are you going to get that money? You are going to tell us lies like you're telling us today? Is that how you're going to fund the war?
"You don't have money to fund the war or children, but you're going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president's amusement."
He went back to the same point moments later: "But President Bush's statements about children's health shouldn't be taken any more seriously than his lies about the war in Iraq. The truth is that Bush just likes to blow things up in Iraq, in the United States, and in Congress."
On the left, Stark's comments drew rave reviews. They were posted on the blog, DailyKos, stirring applause from the site's anti-war, anti-Bush readers: "Wow, this guy kicks ass" wrote one blogger.
But Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, who followed Stark on the floor, said: "It is despicable to have a member of this Congress accuse this president, any president, of willfully blowing the heads, quote, blowing the heads off our young men and women over in Iraq and Afghanistan."
The GOP spin machine went into hyperdrive. House Republican Leader John Boehner's press aides alerted reporters to Stark's comments. The National Republican Campaign Committee issued a press release, titled: "Democrat Disgrace: Pete Stark Drags SCHIP Political Circus to All-Time Low."
But Stark continued: "What are you going to do for that 200 or 300 billion bucks, folks, that you're spending to kill these kids when they grow up? You can't answer that, can you? You look at your shoes, look up here, you don't know," he said.
"So you don't even want to talk about 200 or 300 billion bucks to kill innocent Iraqis and young men and women. There is no member of this House that has an enlisted child over there. There is no risk for you guys."
Republican tried unsuccessfully to have his words stricken from the official record.
From Arianna Huffington: At Wednesday's press conference, President Bush insisted that he is still "relevant." Normally, it's an immutable law of politics that if you have to say you're relevant, you're not. But in Bush's case, his role as the primary Decider on the war in Iraq is keeping him tragically relevant -- in the same way that the driver of a bus careening toward the edge of cliff is extremely relevant to his passengers. Okay, so Bush is relevant. And deeply deluded if he truly believes, as he also claimed, that he and Congressional Democrats are "finding common ground on Iraq." Beating your opponent into the ground with vetoes and filibuster threats is not the same as finding common ground.
* No Child Left Alone: 2-year-old S-CHIP recipient Bethany Wilkerson is new target of right-wingers.
* Mitch McConnell’s staff DID write emails interested in smearing the Frosts, and then lied about doing so.
My Letter to Congressman Pete Stark:
Thank you for standing up to Bush on his atrocious, un-Christian, warmongering behavior. Over 80% of the country agrees with you and believes Bush does not have his priorities straight. He cares about frozen fetal cells and the unborn, but cares nothing about real, live BREATHING CHILDREN! He cares nothing about the poor or "the least among us." Bush flies across the country in the middle of the night to intervene in the Terry Schiavo case, a private family matter, but sees no reason to help the low-income families and children of America — or the Katrina victims for that matter.
Many Americans believe George Bush is not only un-American, but is a war criminal. We also believe Bush, Cheney, Haliburton and Blackwater among others, are all guilty of war profiteering — a treasonous crime. They are guilty of dividing our country through politicizing this war, of breaking the Geneva Convention, of illegally wiretapping U.S. citizens and of violating our 2nd and 4th Amendment rights, and of myriad of other crimes including breaking the right to writ of Habeas Corpus.
You are right Congressman Stark — Bush should should apologize for lying in a rush to war, for violating our Constitution, and for never being honest about his reasons for this war.
Bush has also chipped away at our freedoms and the morale of our troops by hiring private mercenary armies like Blackwater — at taxpayer expense — whose only loyalty is to cash.
WE THE PEOPLE are horrified at what has become of our beautiful democracy.
Congressman Stark, though we may not have chosen the provocative words you chose, we applaud you for your strength in STANDING UP TO the CORRUPT, FRAUDULENT, UNCHRISTIAN BUSH ADMINISTRATION. Our war planes bombed small children in Iraq. Countless children are dead because of this "war on an abstract noun" the so-called 'war on terror.' Why are Iraqi children less valuable than American children? Why doesn't Bush care about human life?
A caller on Randi Rhodes show called in to say "if you're innocent, what does it matter if they wiretap you?" Randi let him have it. She said, "My father would roll over in his grave to hear you say he fought in vain. He fought in WWII, marching over Normandy to fight for our freedoms — for our Constitutional rights of privacy, freedom of speech, freedom to assemble, freedom to protest." My theory is this: who is to say they won't accuse you or take you away for "perceived liberal bias or treason in speaking out against our Fuhrer (Bush) one day, or misinterpret one of your phone calls? But all of our freedoms are being stripped away right now. We are no longer allowed to assemble except in organized "pens" far away from the object of our protest. We are afraid to speak out loud on the phone or in our homes for fear we will be misunderstood or taken as an enemy of the STate for disagreeing with this absurdly unAmerican president.
If Bush, Cheney and the NSA went to Qwest, Verizon and AT&T to put wiretapping in place seven months before 9/11 doesn't this mean they ied when they said they were wiretapping Americans to catch terrorists as a result of 9/11? Isn't this treason?
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Israel's rescue, the water wars, or Bush's forever wars, which will be the
excuse to Declare martial order and finish our America off?
By James Joiner for An Average American Patriot
The excuses to steal the last remnants of our America are stacking up! For years now to much ridicule for whatever reason I have said that Bush will attack Iran before he can be stopped and he would most likely use coming to Israel's rescue to do so. His excuse use to be to stop Iran's nuclear aggression. With the bombing task being 1,200 sites, the task enormous, and the public against it, Bush came up with another reason to attack Iran. He was going to use precision strikes to take out Revolutionary Guard interests that were killing American's. That was something the public would fall for as they did in Iraq.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: I have included the video James refers to in a post from Chuck Buckley for The Divided States of bu$hmeriKa]
My (Free!) Contribution to the War
By Bartleby for The Chestnut Tree Cafe
In the news: the Legions are recruiting scientific help, presumably to figure out why they hate us.
The US military has developed a new programme known as the Human Terrain System (HTS) to study social groups in Iraq and Afghanistan.Well, I guess it's an improvement on "ragheads," but I wonder if Mr. Fondacaro (maybe I can presume to call him "Steve") quite recognizes that he might be sending the wrong signal. Swarthy and non-American though they might be, it still sounds a little odd to refer to people as "human terrain" ... and, given the circumstances, "target population" -- while undoubtedly correct -- is still a bit, ah, tactless, no?
The HTS depends heavily on the co-operation of anthropologists, with their expertise in the study of human beings and their societies.
Steve Fondacaro, a retired special operations colonel overseeing the HTS, is keen to recruit cultural anthropologists.
"Cultural anthropologists are focused on understanding how societies make decisions and how attitudes are formed. They give us the best vision to see the problems through the eyes of the target population," he said.
Activists Send Female Underwear To
From NY Texan for BlueBloggin
I found this form of protest clever, humorous and on point. I tried to link the “Panties for Peace” page but just got a picture. Their link is found at Lanna Action For Burma where you can “Make sure your panties reach the intended target.“
Activists exasperated at the failure of diplomacy to apply pressure on Burma’s military regime are resorting to a new means of protest against the regime’s recent crackdown: sending female underwear to Burmese embassies.Embassies in the UK, Thailand, Australia and Singapore have all been targeted by the “Panties for Peace” campaign, co-ordinated by an activist group based in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The manoeuvre is a calculated insult to the junta and its leader, General Than Shwe. Superstitious junta members believe that any contact with female undergarments - clean or dirty - will sap them of their power, said Jackie Pollack, a member of the Lanna Action for Burma Committee.
“Not only are they brutal, but they are also very superstitious. They believe that touching a woman’s pants or sarong will make them lose their strength,” Ms Pollack told Guardian Unlimited.
So far, hundreds of pairs of pants have been posted, according to another campaigner, Liz Hilton. “One group sent 140 pairs to the Burmese embassy in Geneva,” she said.
The campaign was a serious attempt to allow ordinary women to express their outrage at the regime’s response to democracy demonstrations led by Buddhist monks, Ms Pollack said.
“Condemnation by the United Nations and governments around the world have had no impact on the Burmese regime. This is a way of trying to reach them where they will feel it,” she said.
“The junta is famous for its abuse of women: it is well documented that they use rape as a weapon of war against ethnic minorities. This is a way for women around the world to express their outrage.”
The Burmese government has claimed that 10 people were killed and nearly 2,100 arrested, but dissident groups estimate that dozens or even hundreds died during the recent crackdown and its aftermath.
A message on the activists’ website reads: “This is your chance to use your Panty Power to take away the power from the SPDC. You can post, deliver or fling your panties at the closest Burmese Embassy any day from today. Send early, send often.”
An official at the Burmese Embassy in London was unable to confirm if any garments had yet been delivered.
I'M MAD AS HELL AND I'M NOT GOING TO
TAKE THIS ANYMORE!!!
By Mary Ellen for The Divine Democrat
PELOSI SIDES WITH BUSH AGAINST FELLOW
By Christopher for From the Left
If Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s ineptitude in ending the funding for the Iraq war isn’t enough for the people of San Francisco to launch a recall effort, comes this newest outrage.
Pelosi sided with Republicans and George Bush by rebuking a fellow San Francisco Bay Area liberal Friday for what she said were “inappropriate” comments about Iraq during a congressional debate.
During a debate on children’s health care Thursday, Rep. Pete Stark accused Republicans of sending troops to Iraq to “get their heads blown off for the president’s amusement.”
Condemnations rolled in from Republican politicians, right-leaning bloggers had a field day, and a White House spokesman declined to “dignify those remarks” with a response.
Pelosi issued a statement late Friday rapping Stark, who is in his 18th term representing the liberal East Bay. He’s California’s longest-serving House member.
“While members of Congress are passionate about their views, what U.S. Rep. Stark said during the debate was inappropriate and distracted from the seriousness of the subject at hand—providing health care for America’s children,” Pelosi said.
Stark’s comment came as the House failed Thursday to override President Bush’s veto of legislation to expand the popular State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
“You don’t have money to fund the war or children,” Stark accused Republicans. “But you’re going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president’s amusement.”
Wrong again, Nancy. What is “inappropriate” is your failure to end the funding for Iraq war and issuing unconstitutional bon mots such as “impeachment is off the table.” Pelosi has quickly become the House version of Sen. Joe Lieberman.
Most fake bombs missed by screeners
By Pookieshoehorn for Ramblings of a Madwoman
If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know that I am no
fan of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). It's not that
I don't think airline security is a good idea — of course it is. But
my personal experience, and that of everyone I talk to, is that the
current restrictions in place on ordinary travelers do little if
anything to make us any safer. Instead, rules such as no more than 3
oz. of liquids in your carry-on luggage and removing your shoes for
screening seem more like attempts at making the public feel safer by
having us experience these “safety” restrictions firsthand.
So I'm not really surprised to read in USA Today that while the TSA screeners are busy throwing out your 6 oz. bottle of shampoo, they're missing the real safety threats:
Security screeners at two of the nation's busiest airports failed to find fake bombs hidden on undercover agents posing as passengers in more than 60% of tests last year, according to a classified report obtained by USA TODAY.Among the “explosives” missed by the TSA screeners:
Screeners at Los Angeles International Airport missed about 75% of simulated explosives and bomb parts that Transportation Security Administration testers hid under their clothes or in carry-on bags at checkpoints, the TSA report shows.
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