Rebuilding the past (2005 Edition)…

The content for this post comes from a different journal, and takes the form of an archive. I’m cutting the display for the sake of your feed, but there’s a BUNCH of stuff here, below the cut.

I’ll be revising this post, representing all of my thoughts on 2005, and adding to it and to others, to put all the politics in one easy-to find and source place.

In theory, all links have been vetted, but the Internet is ephemeral. If you notice a broken link, let me know. Thanks!

And on with the show…

07/01/2005:

More political yuck, while I spent the day driving aimlessly around the greater Balt-Wash corridor…

http://www.moveonpac.org/pac/protectourrights//letter.html?id=5730-5792651-eZ6oDy1dxz9q6hDIf1XeuQ

For more information on the critical aspects of losing this particular judge, see: http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/07/01/resignation.supreme/index.html

This is what we blues feared last November.


07/02/2005: Oh, goody!

Gacked from MB:

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000972841

“Reports Reveal Karl Rove Named in Matt Cooper Documents By Greg Mitchell. Published: July 02, 2005 1:00 PM ET”

Almost makes up for the O’Connor resignation. I haven’t felt this hopeful since I last watched Dave.

Now, if I can just finalize the cast list, I’ll be all set…


07/04/2005: And now, for a word from our forefathers…

http://www.law.indiana.edu/uslawdocs/declaration.html

http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html


7/7/2005: This is going to sound crass, so please forgive me in advance…

…and please understand that I think *any* life wasted is a crime….

But why is it that we’re suddenly so very shocked at the bombs that have gone off today? After all, there were decades when bombs went off in London, which got barely a notice on our own local news. But then, that was the IRA, and it was England’s problem. Nothing to do with us.

Now that we’re in the “War on Terrorism” the press is having a field day.

This isn’t meant to belittle the people who lost loved ones, or the people who simply lost their lives, or those who were maimed. My outrage against our current system has nothing to do with them.

Why don’t we just give up now and rebuild the coliseums here. We can go get our own lions and toss the bad people to them. Or maybe we should make them transparent shark tanks. Think Emperor Bush would enjoy that?
For pity’s sake – the more the press responds to these actions, and the more comments they generate by analyzing the activities to death, the more the evil individuals who perpetrated the events get what they want – an inordinate amount of attention for their cause.

That goes for everyone – fair and balanced or not.

I feel a major rant coming soon. Too busy to do it justice, so I’ll just hold on a little longer.

The members and networks of the press (all of them) have catered to rumor-mongering and spin doctoring from all fronts for decades if not centuries. I object. To all of it.

And for your information, Bush’s administration was not voted for by me, and last time I checked I was entitled by the First Amendment to my personal opinion of his behavior, actions, and abilities. I have stopped short of accusing him publicly of the things which I firmly believe he has done to this country in the name of the “War on Terror.”

This is the only country in recent memory to have avoided large-scale conflict from other sources, largely because our borders are protected by two huge oceans and two friendly countries. That isn’t to say we haven’t suffered internally (see Oklahoma City or Gettysburg).

Before you start up the mimeograph machine and issuing manifestos on how evil the United States is, why don’t you sit down and take a hard look at your own exaggerated and misdirected hatred and thank God that Al Qaeda didn’t draw a big skull and crossbones over your public transportation system.

It isn’t the United States that’s evil. The United States is made up of billions of individuals who are just trying to survive in an increasingly hostile local environment. And before you suggest that Al Qaeda hasn’t targeted us, think back a few years. And recall that recent data has proved Iraq had nothing to do with that attack.

It’s my personal opinion that we’re headed for another attack of our own, on a similar scale, and that they’re just waiting to time it right.

You’re free to prove otherwise.

Ok, so are you now saying here that Saint George W. is in the right of all this? Even in the face of all the things we’ve heard that he’s done to make his own personal war with Saddam come to fruition?

And you accuse me of losing my grip on reality?

Buddy, if that’s your idea of reality, I much prefer mine.

In the interest of being sure of my quotes, I just did a little research on the web. Found this fascinating site: http://www.religioustolerance.org/

That a set of stories may be blamed for so much of what has been done by humans over the centuries, based on the literal interpretations of the contents of that book (which was written based on hearsay), simply boggles my mind. It often amazes me that we have lasted this long upon the earth.

I don’t often agree with the literal Christian translations of the Ten Commandments, but at their heart, they are a common-sense method for guiding human behaviour.

I just wish to GOD that some of the Christians who beat that same book would sit down and read it from COVER TO COVER once in a while, and not simply point to it as the excuse for all the atrocities in the world.

Same goes for the Talmud, the Qur’an, and any other written text that gives people the rights to slaughter other people. Period.

Comments:

I put on my Tinfoil Hat this morning…..
Quoth the poster:
And today the actions of a few people kept Global Warming, possible aid to Africa and Bush’s utter support for Texas war profiteering (FOURTEEN BILLION DOLLARS OF OUR TAX MONEY SO FAR!) out of people’s consciousnesses and out of the news. Really good timing for W. What a lucky little man he is. And the big Dick too. Just amazing that the Valerie Plame revelations were timed to coincide with the news-ignoring July 4th weekend. What lucky funny little men they are.

The “Orbital Mind Control Lasers” alarm went off…
Not only was the whole Plame/Rove/Novaks thing shoveled out with the Friday news dump, London goes *foom* to ENSURE that those stories will not be spoken of again in the near future.

How conVEEEENNiant!

I guess the old saw is right, this administration will not fall unless Bush is caught in bed with a dead girl or a live boy,

It’s been said that Republicans and the Right Wing Apologists love this country like a 3 year old: “But Mommy is good. Mommy could NEVER do wrong!” (not during the Vietnam war, not during our torture of civilians, treason, or war profiteering). The other half of us love this country like grown ups – we realize that it supported slavery, bigotry, intolerance and epic criminal hubris, but are working to make it constantly better through the service and vigilance that are every good citizen’s responsibility.

You are SO very quick to condemn your “friends” while never for a moment offering any real alternatives no matter how directly you are asked for them. You sound ever more fundamentalist yourself, and in that you seem to be just another blowhard who has no principles himself that might be examined (by himself or anyone else).

You seem to feel that the use of the magic words “liberal rant” instantly exempts you from having to think about what the writer is saying. And if you simply endeavor to crack wise and chastise them for having some perspective and a beating heart that loves this country, then they’ll give you the attention you apparently crave. Hell, it works for Rush (the aptly named addict), and for W. Simply don’t address problems, and blame others for your own piss-poor choices. And then claim victory. Again and again.

Or perhaps for you there ARE no alternatives. Maybe the namby-pamby days of peace and prosperity under a hated Bill Clinton were something to be borne, not loved. To quote Black Adder: “Baldrick, for you the Renaissance was something that happened only to other people, is that it?”

Until you decide to put your money where your mouth is and offer us a whole lot of reasons to respect your “Emperor”, then the reasons we list must be taken far more seriously than your faux Miss Manners apoligism. The bottom line seems to be that you simply can’t handle the truth and have such disdain for your “friends” that you must treat them condescendingly.

_______________________________________________________

As I wrote to regyt earlier:
So long as Britain and the US remain dead-set on killing, maiming and torturing a lot of people (including their own), then other “terrorists” will keep on keeping on. Every time the news heightens the level of unreasoning fear, then the fascist bastards on each side get to revel in their unchecked power. In short, the bad guys win every time.

And today the actions of a few people kept Global Warming, possible aid to Africa and Bush’s utter support for Texas war profiteering (FOURTEEN BILLION DOLLARS OF OUR TAX MONEY SO FAR!) out of people’s consciousnesses and out of the news. Really good timing for W. What a lucky little man he is. And the big Dick too. Just amazing that the Valerie Plame revelations were timed to coincide with the news-ignoring July 4th weekend. What lucky funny little men they are.

A good thing they weren’t having some sex though… cause THAT will get you impeached.


7/08/2005: Rant warning!!! And for the record, while I’m thinking about it…

You’ll rarely find a more patriotic individual that me. I excelled in civic studies throughout high school, spent time in the Model UN* and worked for Jimmy Carter before I could vote. But that doesn’t mean I have to swallow every last thing our current political administrators want me to swallow in the name of their interpretations of what’s right.

Unless or until it’s proven to me that changes to our existing laws are being enacted for the actual good of everyone, and not just for the conservative right wing thugs who have a grip on this country right now, I will NOT agree to allow those changes to occur. And they have a long way to go before I’ll be convinced otherwise.

I’m ranting about this right stuff now because we aren’t all that far away from the start of the next Presidential campaign. Our lame duck here would like nothing better than to use recent events to catapult his brother to the White House, ensuring another possible eight years of divisiveness, theocracy and conservatism. King George, Emperor George, Saint George W. – yeah, I do think that way.

I am still galled by the methods his father used to get us into the conflict with Iraq the first time (and no, I haven’t forgotten). I am deeply concerned his brother will attempt to win the presidency in two and a half short years, thus continuing this appalling, dynastic legacy. [Edit: I realized this afternoon that I failed to clarify that my issue is with the Iran/Contra scandal and Senior’s deep involvement with it. I’ve commented elsewhere to include links on the topic. Sorry for the confusion…]

I am trying to do what I can to help make people hear the truth.

If you don’t like what I have to say, there are other places you can go to read, but this here is MY turf, and I’ll say whatever I like, because I still have the right and privilege to do so (at least, until our right-wing, wrong-dealing administration finds a way to shut that down too, in the name of Patriotism). [Edit: and yes, I do mean the USA Patriot Act.]

I am defending our Constitutional rights, and the democracy for which so many people lost their lives almost 230 years ago.

And you are…?

*And did I mention…Iraq was the last country I represented for the Model United Nations, back in 1981, when we were still friends with them. I’ve also represented Ireland, Jamaica, and at least one other.


7/9/2005: Well, now it’s official.

I am a card-carrying member of the ACLU. It cost $20 to join (not tax deductible – lobbying organizations can’t be tax exempt).

That’s the average cost of two of my DVDs.

It was time. Took 41 years to get there, but it was time.

Wheee


7/10/2005: I just got this in email from another list I’m on…

DID YOU KNOW? 

As you walk up the steps to the building which houses the U.S. 
Supreme Court you can see near the top of the building a carving of the 
world's law givers. Each figure is facing toward the middle figure, who is
seated and facing forward....it is Moses and he is holding the Ten
Commandments! 

DID YOU KNOW? 
As you enter the Supreme Court courtroom, the two huge oak doors have
the Ten Commandments engraved on the lower portion of each door. 

DID YOU KNOW? 
As you sit inside the courtroom, you can see the wall above where the
Supreme Court judges sit. It is a display of the Ten Commandments. 

DID YOU KNOW? 
There are Bible verses etched in stone all over the Federal Buildings
and Monuments in Washington, DC. 

DID YOU KNOW? 
James Madison, the fourth president, known as "The Father of Our
Constitution" made the following statement: "We have staked the 
whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for
self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern
ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to 
the Ten Commandments of God." 

DID YOU KNOW? 
Patrick Henry, that patriot and Founding Father of our country 
said: "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation
was founded not by religionists [sic] but by Christians, not on religions 
but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ". 

DID YOU KNOW? 
Every session of Congress begins with a prayer by a paid preacher, 
whose salary has been paid by the taxpayer since 1777. 

DID YOU KNOW? 
Fifty-two of the 55 founders of the Constitution were members of the
established orthodox churches in the colonies. 

DID YOU KNOW? 
Thomas Jefferson worried that the Courts would overstep their 
authority and instead of interpreting the law would begin making law .. an
oligarchy ... the rule of few over many. 

DID YOU KNOW? 
The very first Supreme Court Justice, John Jay, said: "Americans 
should select and prefer Christians as their rulers." How, then, have we 
gotten to the point that everything we have done for 220 years in this 
country is now suddenly wrong and unconstitutional? 
Thank you so much Jerry

*HOW COULD 50 STATES BE WRONG? 
Somewhere along the way, the Federal Courts and the Supreme Court 
have misinterpreted the U.S. Constitution. How could fifty States be 
wrong? 

THIS IS VERY INTERESTING! Be sure to read the last two paragraphs.
America's founders did not intend for there to be a separation of God
and state, as shown by the fact that all 50 states acknowledge God in
their state constitutions: 

Alabama 1901, Preamble. We the people of the State of Alabama, 
invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the
following Constitution ... 

Alaska 1956, Preamble. We, the people of Alaska, grateful to God and 
to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land. 

Arizona 1911, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Arizona, 
grateful to Almighty God for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution... 

Arkansas 1874, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Arkansas,
grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form 
of government... 

California 1879, Preamble. We, the People of the State of California,
grateful to Almighty God for our freedom. 

Colorado 1876, Preamble. We, the people of Colorado, with profound
reverence for the Supreme Ruler of Universe. 

Connecticut 1818, Preamble. The People of Connecticut, acknowledging
with gratitude the good Providence of God in permitting them to enjoy
.. 

Delaware 1897, Preamble. Through Divine Goodness all men have, by
nature, the rights of worshipping [sic] and serving their Creator 
according to the dictates of their consciences ... 

Florida 1885, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Florida, 
grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty .. establish this
Constitution... 

Georgia 1777, Preamble. We, the people of Georgia, relying upon
protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this
Constitution... 

Hawaii 1959, Preamble. We, the people of Hawaii, Grateful for Divine
Guidance . establish this Constitution. 

Idaho 1889, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Idaho, grateful 
to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings .. 

Illinois 1870, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Illinois,
grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious 
liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy and looking to Him for a
blessing on our endeavors. 

Indiana 1851, Preamble. We, the People of the State of Indiana, 
grateful to Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to chose our form 
of government. 

Iowa 1857, Preamble. We, the People of the State of Iowa, grateful to
the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our
dependence on Him for a continuation of these blessings .. establish
this Constitution 

Kansas 1859, Preamble. We, the people of Kansas, grateful to Almighty
God for our civil and religious privileges ... establish this
Constitution. 

Kentucky 1891, Preamble. We, the people of the Commonwealth of grateful 
to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties... 

Louisiana 1921, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Louisiana, 
grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties 
we enjoy. 

Maine 1820, Preamble. We the People of Maine .. acknowledging with 
grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler! of the Universe 
in affording us an opportunity ... and imploring His aid and direction. 

Maryland 1776, Preamble. We, the people of the state of Maryland, grateful 
to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty... 

Massachusetts 1780, Preamble. We...the people of Massachusetts, 
acknowledging with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great 
Legislator of the Universe ... in the course of His Providence, an 
opportunity .and [sic] devoutly imploring His direction ... 

Michigan 1908, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Michigan, grateful 
to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom ... establish 
this Constitution 

Minnesota, 1857, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Minnesota, grateful 
to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to
perpetuate its blessings 

Mississippi 1890, Preamble. We, the people of Mississippi in convention 
assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and invoking His blessing on our work. 

Missouri 1845, Preamble. We, the people of Missouri, with profound
reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His
goodness .. establish this Constitution .. 

Montana 1889, Preamble. We, the people of Montana, grateful to 
Almighty God for the blessings of liberty. establish this Constitution 

Nebraska 1875, Preamble. We, the people, grateful to Almighty God for
our freedom .. establish this Constitution .. 

Nevada 1864, Preamble. We the people of the State of Nevada, 
grateful to Almighty God for our freedom establish this Constitution ... 

New Hampshire 1792, Part I. Art. I. Sec. V. Every individual has a
natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the 
dictates of his own conscience. 

New Jersey 1844, Preamble. We, the people of the State of New Jersey,
grateful to Almighty God for civil and religious liberty which He 
hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing on 
our endeavors .. 

New Mexico 1911, Preamble. We, the People of New Mexico, grateful to
Almighty God for the blessings of Liberty 

New York 1846, Preamble. We, the people of the State of New York,
grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its
blessings. 

North Carolina 1868, Preamble. We the people of the State of North
Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, 
for our civil, political, and religious liberties, and acknowledging our
dependence upon Him for the continuance of those. 

North Dakota 1889, Preamble. We, the people of North Dakota, 
grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, do
ordain... 

Ohio 1852, Preamble. We the people of the state of Ohio, grateful to
Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and to promote 
our common .. 

Oklahoma 1907, Preamble. Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in 
order to secure and perpetuate the blessings of liberty .. establish 
this .. 

Oregon 1857, Bill of Rights, Article I. Section 2. All men shall be
secure in the Natural right, to worship Almighty God according to the
dictates of their consciences.. 

Pennsylvania 1776, Preamble. We, the people of Pennsylvania, 
grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and
humbly invoking His guidance. . 

Rhode Island 1842, Preamble. We the People of the State of Rhode 
Island grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He
hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing 

South Carolina, 1778, Preamble. We, the people of he State of South
Carolina. grateful to God for our liberties, do ordain and establish
this Constitution. 

South Dakota 1889, Preamble. We, the people of South Dakota , 
grateful to Almighty God for our civil! and religious liberties .. establish 
this 

Tennessee 1796, Art. XI.III. That all men have a natural and
indefensible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates 
of their conscience... 

Texas 1845, Preamble. We the People of the Republic of Texas,
acknowledging, with gratitude, the grace and beneficence of God. 

Utah 1896, Preamble. Grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, 
we establish this Constitution .. 

Vermont 1777, Preamble. Whereas all government ought to ... enable 
the individuals who compose it to enjoy their natural rights, and other
blessings which the Author of Existence has bestowed on man . 

Virginia 1776, Bill of Rights, XVI .. Religion, or the Duty which we 
owe our Creator .. can be directed only by Reason and that it is the 
mutual duty of all to practice Christian Forbearance, Love and Charity 
towards each other .. 

Washington 1889, Preamble. We the People of the State of Washington,
grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do
ordain this Constitution ... 

West Virginia 1872, Preamble. Since through Divine Providence we 
enjoy the blessings of civil, political and religious liberty, we, the 
people of West Virginia . reaffirm our faith in and constant reliance upon 
God .. 

Wisconsin 1848, Preamble. We, the people of Wisconsin, grateful to
Almighty God for our freedom, domestic tranquility ... 

Wyoming 1890, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Wyoming, 
grateful to God for our civil, political, and religious liberties .. establish
this Constitution ...
 
After reviewing acknowledgments of God from all 50 state 
constitutions, one is faced with the prospect that maybe, just maybe, the ACLU and 
the out-of-control federal courts are wrong!

My response to the individual who posted this message to the list went like this:

And since when, precisely, did the word GOD become the sole possession of Christians?

Provide references, please. Inquiring minds want to know.

Regards,

me

This same list is responsible for promulgating some of the more heinous urban legends in the search for truth. When pointed out that Snopes.com had debunked nearly all (but perhaps one) of the urban legends in question, I was told that even if the messages were wrong, it was still good to circulate them, because they showed people cared about other people.

For pity’s sake, when did the circulation of lies become acceptable as a means for showing you care???

And I thought I was done ranting for the week.

Holy ****.

It truly saddens me that in all this time, so many people have so little understanding of the Religious Freedom part of this country’s founding. Why is it so easy to turn back and determine that the sole religion to which the founding fathers referred was Christian, and that all others may be excluded based on the religious upbringings of the founding fathers themselves?

We could argue the point for days that it’s because that’s what they were when the documents were written. I am no Atheist, but I still know the difference between a reference to God and a reference to Jesus Christ, and they are NOT the same thing. There are plenty of representatives of the Christian faith (in many denominations, not just Baptist), who would happily argue otherwise.

I could also argue that much of what has been said recently (as recently as yesterday) could be construed as fodder for neo-Fascists and neo-Nazis. It’s what keeps the KKK in business, and what makes it so very hard for folks to see a shared purpose to the organized government we call the United States of America.

What scares me most is that we aren’t all that far from the last Civil War, and the damage that could be done in the next could be considerably worse. And I don’t think it would take much to push some of these very public, governmentally sanctioned religious zealots over the edge.

I can hope for a little more moderation in the elections to come, but with our political swing so high to the right at the moment, it’s hard to imagine there will be a lot of change over the next two and a half years.

The best I can do right now, is be that voice in the wilderness. Maybe enough folks will hear me and be convinced. I can only hope…

I feel I should point out that believing that Jesus Christ is God is, more or less, the definition of Christianity. So try not to be too hard on those who want to argue that point. The problem is the way they do it.

And if you’ll indulge me for just a moment, here’s a little something from my faith tradition: “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear.”

There’s another one I prefer: “There’s nothing to fear but fear itself.”

Sadly, there are too many people in this world who worship a vengeful God, rather than a loving one. And for whom “An eye for an eye” is the watch phrase and excuse for so many actions.

For me, the Bible is not a guiding document to be taken in literal form. I can understand that some people feel that it is, and my only objection is in being forced to agree with that opinion. I simply can’t. Not the Old Testament (which is all I am supposed to believe), or the New.

I am so Unitarian in approach and belief, that I should be a paying member of our local congregation. That I haven’t followed up yet to visit and see what they do and how they feel is more a tribute to the sheer amount of stuff we have going on here during the weekend.

A time is coming, though, when I will decide it’s time to go for a visit. They aren’t that far away, and it would be a good thing for my daughter, who has many more questions than I can answer.

So, I am not averse to the experience. I simply object to being forced to agree with it or “suffer the consequences.”


7/12/2005: On Day 1400…

I’ve changed my home page.

I thought some recognition was in order.

Now, if the current administration would just employ the same effort into finding Osama Bin Laden and putting him out of business, I wouldn’t mind so much.

And has anyone noticed anything about the Karl Rove revelation? The outing of Deep Throat is garnering more press activity right now that this.

What hypocrites these mortals be.

“I don’t know of anybody in my administration who leaked classified information,” Bush said in Chicago, where he was on a fund-raising trip. “If somebody did leak classified information, I’d like to know
it, and we’ll take the appropriate action.”

Bush said he is “absolutely confident that the Justice Department will do a good job.”

And that action would be…?


7/12/2005: I spoke too soon…

Transcript: McClellan Takes Reporters’ Questions

and

White House denials on Rove fall silent
Democrats call for Bush to fire adviser linked to CIA leak

Associated Press Updated: 8:17 a.m. ET July 12, 2005

And here, because I embedded the info in a comment:

PERMITS OBTAINED FOR SEPTEMBER 24!
TENS OF THOUSANDS OF IMPEACHMENT SUPPORTERS TO SURROUND WHITE HOUSE

Dear EW,

Legal permits have now been obtained on both sides of the White House for the mass demonstration on September 24. This will allow tens of thousands of supporters of the impeachment of George W. Bush to join with the antiwar movement and create a sea of protestors [sic] to surround the White House.

September 24 will be a day to bring your family, your parents, grandparents and children, and as many neighbors and friends as possible together with thousands of others in the the ImpeachBush movement’s most powerful display yet. It will be an opportunity to exercise your First Amendment right to demand that Bush, Cheney and other high officials be held accountable for their criminal conduct.

As we reported last week, recent polls show a dramatic spike in support for impeachment. According to most recent Zogby Poll, 42% of voters – 25% of whom consider themselves Republicans – would support impeachment if Bush lied about Iraq. The tide is clearly turning, but we need to work with ever-greater vigor.

ImpeachBush.org/VoteToImpeach is launching a massive advertising and publicity campaign to promote the September 24 Impeachment contingent at the White House demonstration. We will take out newspaper ads, radio spots, targeted media outreach, and print hundreds of thousands of leaflets, stickers, posters, lawn signs and other outreach materials.

The impeachment campaign will use the information from the Downing Street memos and other known sources that prove the Bush administration engaged in a pattern of lies and deceit to mislead Congress and the people.

We are asking everyone to make a donation to help in the advertising and publicity campaign. This is a huge grassroots effort. We depend on the people who believe in impeachment to fund this historic campaign.

To make a contribution, access the online donation form and the secure server, where you can also get information to write a check: http://www.pephost.org/site/R?i=RZRUmgmYVf7OibrUvuqlxQ.

More than 500,000 people have voted to impeach at the web site www.VoteToImpeach.org. This has been a remarkable exercise in grassroots democracy. Let’s double that number in the months ahead. We can do it. Each day brings a larger section of the population to the same conclusion: the Bush administration lied. Each day more and more people become outraged at the spiraling death toll in Iraq. Each day, angry and outraged people demand that the elected officials of this country uphold the constitution and use the mechanism of impeachment to hold high officials accountable for their High Crimes and Misdemeanors. We can’t wait for the politicians – the people must act now to create a firestorm of support for impeachment. If you know someone or a few people who would also vote to impeach, encourage them to visit www.VoteToImpeach.org to cast their ballot.

— All of us at ImpeachBush/VoteToImpeach.org

Time to take a walk down Pennsylvania Avenue, methinks…


7/12/2005: Move On…Right On!!!

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/white-house-no-comment-on-rove/

Follow the link to sign the petition.

I did!

http://www.moveonpac.org/pac/firerove//letter.html?id=5782-5792651-UIoDxjd64vPQzNBmHpBgug

[Note: Link to petition no longer works.]


7/13/2005: Another petition to sign…

Doing what I can to pass on the word…

“Urgent – from the ACLU about the Patriot Act”

American Civil Liberties Union
Congress to vote on the Patriot Act next week
*********************************

Dear Friend,

Last week, nearly 50,000 people signed our petition calling on Congress to
reform the Patriot Act.

We have just learned that, in a coordinated plan to quickly reauthorize the
Patriot Act, Congress will vote next week on a bill to make the expiring parts
of the act permanent, including those that give the government too much
unchecked access to our medical, library, financial and other personal records.

If we don’t show our strength now, Congress will pass the Patriot Act
reauthorization without the reforms we need to keep us safe and free.

Please sign our petition today, telling Congress it’s time to reform the Patriot
Act.
http://action.aclu.org/site/R?i=1Y7bY3hLvagoN_FnS0elmw

The Bush Administration and some leaders in Congress are determined to make
these powers permanent, and are even pressing for further expansions to this
assault on our fundamental freedoms.

How do you feel about the government having easy access to your personal
records?  Information about the books you buy and borrow.  Access to your
private medical and tax records.  “Sneak and peek” warrants that allow searches
without telling you until well after the fact.  Are you okay with this?

These are law enforcement powers granted in the flawed provisions of the Patriot
Act, and Congress is preparing to vote to extend and broaden these dangerous
powers and undermine our  Constitution by making them permanent.

If you don’t think this is acceptable, join with thousands of others and let
Congress know today.  Sign the petition.
http://action.aclu.org/site/R?i=hipnPbJg9q91YNhHtaoRsg

Remind our leaders that last week’s horrifying bombings in London should not
short-circuit a real debate over whether the Patriot Act’s powers actually and
materially enhance our security, and whether the civil liberties of ordinary
Americans are adequately protected, the test suggested by the bipartisan 9-11
Commission.

Please add your name to the petition, and we will deliver it to Congress as this
crucial debate over our freedoms unfolds.
http://action.aclu.org/site/R?i=ehOyWVmgJ6H0Imlgl42KTQ

We already have nearly 50,000 signatures.  You can help us reach 100,000 by
Friday so that we can ensure that Congress protects our most fundamental
liberties.  After you’ve signed the petition, ask your friends to sign it, too.

Thank you for helping to keep America safe and free.

Sincerely,

Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director, ACLU


8/7/2005: I am *SO* there…

http://impeachbush.org/

The excuse: There isn’t anyone else available to do the job.

The reason: The draw down started by Bush Senior has gutted our regular military to the point where our national guard has to step in and do the job.

The reality: These men and women are part-time soldiers with full-time families and these families are suffering hardships way beyond what should be happening.

And now? They’re talking about drawing down again.

WHY?

Because they can’t find enough folks who want to risk their lives in our name, and keeping the bases open is costing them too much money.

The result: DH ships off twice, for four months in a seven-month period, leaving his bosses hanging, leaving us with a reduced income (yes, that’s right, he’s not making his current salary while on duty), and he gets a whopping extra $250 per month in combat pay. He’ll have 240 hours of military leave between now and the end of the period. He’ll be gone for 640 hours total. Big effing deal.

I love my DH but I cannot and will not support this activity, and I will make my voice heard this time.

I didn’t go and march with the Million Moms. Last time I was out on the Mall in protest was during one of the Roe V Wade support rallies (has to be 10 years ago, now). It’s time. I’ll be there and so will my kids.

Where will you be September 24th? Wanna join me?


8/24/2005: Got questions about John Roberts? Ask them yourself!

http://www.democrats.gov/askroberts/

Kudos to the senators who thought to ask our opinion.

Now, if I could just remember what it was I wanted to know….


8/26/2005: Another petition….

From http://www.MoveOn.org/

Tell your friends: Save the Estate Tax

As soon as the Senate returns to Washington in September they will vote on eliminating the Estate Tax for the richest 2 percent of Americans(1). If they succeed, millionaires will save close to $1 trillion dollars in the first ten years–that tax burden will shift to us and future generations — and Republican leaders are just one or two votes away.

Eliminating the Estate Tax will personally benefit President Bush, Vice President Cheney and 11 other cabinet members up to $344 million – and we’ll have to pick up that tab!

Will you sign our petition before the Senate vote?

Thanks!

United for a Fair Economy Fact Sheet: Who Pays the Estate Tax
http://www.faireconomy.org/estatetax/ETWhoPays.html


9/6/2005: That’s it.

Ok. I’ve finally had enough.

Over this post by JTN I’ve finally given up and have dropped him from my friends list. There’s simply no excuse for the comment, and with so little regard for other people’s opinions, I can stop wasting my time reading his comfortable posts about the gourmet food and easy life of the “haves” of this world.

I’m done.

Now here’s why. I’ve been flipping back through the last week’s worth of LJ postings. I’m suffering from a case of “incensed” and I need to get it out of my system before I’ll be worth anything to anybody.

First, though, some LJs worth mentioning: …and are all keeping readers up to date on what the media, and our current administration have done during this man-made crisis. In addition to her other posts, is also handling the weather updates.

There has been a nearly universal outcry in my corner of the web sphere. Most of the people who are on my f-list have noted that they feel, as I do, that our government has fallen short in its responsibility to protect the people of our country.

The feeling of wanting to comment, to say something meaningful, to fix blame has spilled over into our mailing lists. Several of the lists I’m on have shut down conversations on the topic because the potential for flame wars is enormous.

Here, for what it’s worth, is my own personal view on the subject. You may take it or leave it, as you see fit, because this is my space and here I am entitled to my opinion.

Four years ago, almost to the day, New York City suffered an attack. It wasn’t driven by the uncontrollable winds and weather patterns of this world. It was formulated by men, as an attack against men.

We grieved. We raged. We planned and stewed and went to war over this action. And we are still at war today, four years later, with no end in sight and no recognizable value except as a means for “liberating” a people who die daily because of other men’s actions against their “liberators” or their proponents. And we are still no closer to catching the actual perpetrator of the crime for which we went to war in the first place.

We are in this war because of the actions of one man and his administration – President George W. Bush. No nicknames, no beating around the… well…you know what I mean. We would not now be sending our valuable National Guard resources there were it not for the Draw Down initiated by Bush Senior and soon to be continued by Junior. And we would have more resources in every way to fight the natural disaster that is New Orleans. No terrorists were at work here, except for Bush, who can find the time to appear for photo opportunities while still wondering at the inability of the local infrastructure to handle the crisis.

You should be asking yourself why.

Why did it take so long for the military to move south to handle the hundreds of thousands of homeless people (of all economic levels)?

Why didn’t the money go to supporting our homeland infrastructure instead of the wrong-headed Homeland Security or, worse, the war based on fiction and hearsay?

Why are we on the brink of seating a judge who found there was nothing wrong with the way our prisoners of war were handled because, after all, they’re terrorists, aren’t they?

And we should be asking what as well.

What are we going to do with all the people made homeless, displaced by the storm and its aftermath?

What makes the President think we’re simply going to smile and forget the diverting of funds from our home to the war?

What on earth could our President have been thinking, bouncing into the war zone that is now New Orleans, simply for a photo opportunity?

And what made his mother, wife of Bush Senior, say:

“What I’m hearing which is sort of scary is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality.

“And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this–this (she chuckles slightly) is working very well for them.”

Barbara Bush: Things Working Out ‘Very Well’ for Poor Evacuees from New Orleans
By E&P Staff

How dare she. Someone caused the riff raff to be shipped to her backyard, and they might not want to leave. Oh the horror.

A month ago or so, I ranted about the press, in regard to their treatment of the London Bombings. I got lots of support and some denigration from our boy who I mentioned above. Well, it seems the BBC has noticed what I was talking about. Here’s what they have to say now, in the wake of Katrina: (Thanks, for bringing it to my attention):

“As President Bush scurries back to the Gulf Coast, it is clear that this is the greatest challenge to politics-as-usual in America since the fall of Richard Nixon in the 1970s.”

Viewpoint: Has Katrina saved US media?
By Matt Wells

And as if that wasn’t enough, you should read this article as well. Of all the nerve…

White House Enacts a Plan to Ease Political Damage
By ADAM NAGOURNEY and ANNE E. KORNBLUT

We, in this area, live in privilege. Most of us (at least the ones I hang out with most) can afford to leave if we have to, and with much of what we care about still intact. There are so many people who were caught in the storm but who couldn’t leave because they couldn’t afford the escape routes and who now choose not to abandon what little they have, that it’s simply mind boggling. They were talking on NPR this morning of 10,000 dead. We have here our own tsunami, and yet the federal government waits until the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court dies to announce that flags should remain at half mast. And they are more concerned about controlling the political damage than they are about fixing the actual infrastructure of our country. And in the meantime, people are still heading over to Iraq and they are still dying because the war was more important to this administration than maintaining our own country.

These are your tax dollars at work, folks. You have paid for the situation we are in. And if you voted for this current administration, everything that is happening in New Orleans is as much your fault as anyone’s in high office.

One day, the history books will look back at George W. Bush’s reign and consider it to be another coming of Hitler. His actions are as evil, as founded in wrong-wrongheadedness, as anything the Third Reich could possibly have done. Sure. His target is not motivated by the hate of a religious population. Far worse, it is the poor and destitute who are his targets. And when the body count has finally been calculated from his 8 year reign, the numbers will run high.

One more statistic, and I’ll let this go for now:

Poverty Rate Continues To Climb
2004 Census Data Show Labor Market Is Still Struggling

By Jonathan Weisman and Ceci Connolly
Washington Post Staff Writers

Can’t happen in America, huh?

Where will you be on September 24? I know where I’ll be: http://www.unitedforpeace.org/article.php?id=3091

I will have space in my car for at least one adult (depending on my ability to find babysitting for the girls). More if I choose to drive the van (assuming we haven’t sold it by then). We will be going to the metro and riding down to the mall from there. More details will be available soon at this space. Folks who might entertain coming in from out of town, and who need crash space, are completely welcome to our house. We’ve already got one futon in use, but there’s two, plus floor space and another pull-out bed and maybe one more bed space.

Make your voice heard. Hold this administration accountable.


9/6/2005: Ooh. Now that I’m fired up again…

http://www.michaelmoore.com/

I especially love his open letter to our fearless leader.

More as I know it.


9/6/2005: Just so they can’t erase the past…

Just in case you were wondering, Mr. President, yes we are paying attention. Now, would you like to share with us why it took so DAMN LONG to get those authorized resources where they needed to be? C’mon. We don’t have all day. Waddya say?

From http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/08/20050827-1.html

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
August 27, 2005

Statement on Federal Emergency Assistance for Louisiana

The President today declared an emergency exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts in the parishes located in the path of Hurricane Katrina beginning on August 26, 2005, and continuing.

The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives, protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the parishes of Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Claiborne, Catahoula, Concordia, De Soto, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Pointe Coupee, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, St. Helena, St. Landry, Tensas, Union, Vernon, Webster, West Carroll, West Feliciana, and Winn.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.

Debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent Federal funding.

Representing FEMA, Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary for Emergency Preparedness and Response, Department of Homeland Security, named William Lokey as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: FEMA (202) 646-4600.
# # #


9/7/2005: I see some folks have missed my point here.

Perhaps this summary might make more impact? http://onegoodmove.org/1gm/1gmarchive/cat_daily_show_video.html

When the White House considers that damage control is as important for its image as it is for the destruction of an entire American city, there is something wrong with the leaders of the country.

There is no slack to cut here. The President has a responsibility to his people to be sure that all of them are cared for. The concern for Trent Lott’s lost house pretty much sums it all up.

And it doesn’t change my mind one iota that we are doing the right thing, asking for his impeachment. His assumption that we have, as a whole country, mandated his behaviour is wrong headed and dangerous, and he is the biggest threat to our national security. I’m not talking here about our ability to protect ourselves from terrorists, but our ability to care for our own.

I don’t know about you, but I am seeing huge gaps between what we have been promised and what we have seen delivered. This gap is in the cost of living, in the rising poverty levels, and the general failure of our leaders to provide equal opportunities for everyone.

Let’s face it: As someone pointed out recently, if the flood had been New York, we’d have seen the helicopters within 24 hours.

It may be decades before New Orleans can be inhabited again. FEMA’s failure is every bit as much GW Bush’s responsibility as it is the head of the agency’s.

May he receive the same treatment we saw fit to give those prisoners of war.


9/7, 2005: “Make your blood boil, well I should say….”

http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=52755

And may I add, this is part of the reason why we switched cars this weekend, and why I’m making DH ride Metro again, as much as he hates commuting that way. Sure. I love Macaroni and cheese as much as the next person, but I don’t want to eat it every day and that’s what I have to look forward to if the cost of gas and groceries doesn’t start nosediving soon. I can’t afford to go get a job of my own right now – my salary would be mostly eaten by the cost of a full time babysitter.

If DH has to go on another deployment for any length of time over 120 hours, we’re on his military salary and not his civillian job.

And I’m supposed to *support* this crap?

Give me a break!

If the Dems want to return to winning, they need to forget about labor, and welfare, and race. The truly unifying issue, and the logical job of government, is infrastructure. Building a strong America at home should now be job one. It’s a winning theme.

I am right there with you.

Right now, I’m not terribly proud of my own chosen party, but in my opinion it’s still better than the alternatives. If all the parties could ever get past the whole Them against Us approach, and simply concentrated on providing viable solutions to the problems we’re having in this country with pollution, education and economy, we’d be a whole lot better off. Almost (but not quite) makes me want to join the Reds (and I don’t mean the Republicans, either).

Oddly enough, I’m finding more and more that I align myself with Socialists rather than Democrats, but last I checked, the primary that mattered most didn’t include that particular party, and I still want a say in who’s running on my behalf. Maybe I should join the Republicans and angle them towards moderation instead of sticking with the Democrats.

Anyway, you have the right of it, all the way down. Build up the infrastructure and the education, health and welfare issues will fix themselves.

Take away that support, and the whole thing disintegrates into nothing more than anarchy.

“No Child Left Behind” my behind!

And see, here’s where we differ. I don’t think we need any parties at all. We just need folks to be interested in the people and not in themselves.

When the parties start serving the people instead of themselves, we’ll have a better way of doing things.

My personal preference would be to eliminate all the salaries for these fine folks who are representing us. We provide them with the same sort of housing they’re providing to the rest of the public housing crowd, give them three squares a day, on us. I’ll bet the quality of life for these folks would improve with lightning speed.


9/8/2005: Sounds like a dandy idea but I can’t go…

Dear MoveOn member in the D.C. area:

Tomorrow four MoveOn members who were evacuated from New Orleans will travel to Washington, DC to deliver a petition to President Bush demanding he stop blaming the victims of Hurricane Katrina, including state and local officials, for the poor rescue and relief effort and focus on helping them.

You’re invited to join them at a peaceful protest and picket outside the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue at 1:00 PM tomorrow, Thursday. Together we’ll send the message that the White House blame-shifting is shameful and raise awareness about public anger over the Bush administration failures.

Here are the details.

What: Protest outside the White House to help Hurricane Victims

When: 1:00 PM, Thursday, September 8th

Where: Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House.
(Metro: Red Line: Farragut North. Blue-Orange Line: Farragut West or McPherson Square)

Signs will be provided. (Signs will say, “Shame” and “Help Hurricane Victims”)

It is important as Congress returns and the Bush administration tries to cover over their failures last week that a surge in public concern forces the Bush administration to take care of Hurricane victims.

Please show up and demonstrate your support.

Thanks for all you do.

–Tom Matzzie
MoveOn.org Political Action
Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

PAID FOR BY MOVEON.ORG POLITICAL ACTION
Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

Make your voice heard…

http://political.moveon.org/helpvictims?id%3d5966-5792651-b5FxcNvOCTIUaf_d2REQ8g%26t%3d1


9/9/2005: Good money after bad…
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-katrina8sep08,0,2942650.story

Makes you just want to smack somebody upside the head.

Fully
Emasculated
Management
Agency

Give the money to someone else for crissakes and just lock Michael Brown up.

From a comment:

Not to mention

This story

The heretofore unmentioned fact that Tulane and other universities in and around NOLA were running Level 3 Biolabs (anthrax, mousepox, HIV, plague, etc.)

So… if there’s been a breach of said labs, we can add L-3 bioagents to the deadly brew seeping in an around the city.

Alert Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo and Michael Crichton, They’re On!

My friends are doing a much better job of reporting the news right now, so I’m leaving it to them. A friend of mine (not on the flist) shared with me about Michael Brown but at least four folks got there before I did. I’m relieved but this isn’t over. I suppose he’ll make a convenient scapegoat…


09/16/2005: On the warpath today…

I heard this morning on WAMU (which is what I listen to at 6 freaking am when I have to wake up for my child who’s not being left behind) that our illustrious President is willing to spend any amount to repair the damage in New Orleans so that it will rise again. He’s on the side of the poor. And he wants to fix what’s broken.

If he’d spent half the amount of money he seems to want to pledge for the repair of New Orleans in fixing the problems with the levees and helping to support the poor residents who’ll suffer most from this disaster, and if he’d spent time actually researching the backgrounds of the individuals in whom he’s trusted to protect our country and not his right to retire fat and happy, he wouldn’t have to call for spending this amazing amount of money. Over 200 billion dollars. In a deficit. While we’re still at war.

Don’t believe me? Listen to the reports:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4850527&ampsourceCode=RSS

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4850536

And best of all

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4850533

A quote from the third story: “You’re a fiscal conservative until you get hit by a natural disaster.” –Trent Lott

Who’s going to pay for George W. Bush’s mistakes and those of the individuals he has in charge? We are. For decades and possibly generations to come.

Now, how long do you really think it’s going to take before the concept of a raise in taxes comes across? Remember that tax refund you saw at the start of his administration? Don’t get too fond of it. If it isn’t already gone to your car in the form of gas, it will be soon when the right finally realizes that taxes are necessary evils.

And finally, my own DH blows up in someone else’s LJ space, because he can’t stand that people are picking on our President. The fact is, there’s so much to be angry about with the way our government is handling this current crisis, that it’s actually a release to laugh at something (even if it’s doctored), that makes Our Prez look even more ridiculous, but this is what set him off.

No, I have no idea how John Kerry would have handled the problem. No, I don’t know what Al Gore would have done. It doesn’t matter to me. They didn’t get elected. GWB did, and what he has done with his presidency is squander our hard-earned savings, pander to the right wing and old money interests.

Nothing on this planet would please me more than seeing him taken down – impeachment is too good for him.

KH, I may not agree 100% with everything you said to my DH, but I am so there.

In many ways, I wish tomorrow was the 24th.

 

Comments:

ML:
For that matter, the levee request was around 105 million as opposed to the 200+ billion this will probably take.

Funny; I don’t remember your DH being particularly jingoistic, so I’d imagine there’s more to the story.

Me:
Someone pushed his “That’s Not Funny” button and he went off.

I had to stop our conversation this morning. He’s no better with me right now.

Having him in exile without a reliable means of communication besides phone is a REAL pain!

ML:
Ah, found the exchange. Some of the comments in this discussion on the note were interesting.

What I see in that exchange is essentially “Hey, there’s a lot wrong you can talk about without taking cheap shots” and a response of “I really don’t care whether it’s a cheap shot; I’m upset enough that I’m beyond that.”

As far as the bathroom break note goes, there are certainly reasons to be disquieted. But the reason the note’s getting as much play as it is are probably more based on all the other reasons people are upset with CIC, rather than the contents. (Now, the manner this note was written? Not “Pls. effect a short bathroom break,” or “When will there be bathroom break?” but instead “I think I may need . . .” seems odd.)

The photographer insists he didn’t know what was in the note when he took the picture. I actually have some problems with this – they say that the image was blown up and cleaned before publication; since the unidentified contents could well have been something more important or classified I wonder whether telephotos may end up banned from some of these locations.

KMH:
word.
one of my buttons, in turn, is “i chose to put you on my friends list and now you’re posting things that i don’t agree with, so you should alter your livejournal to cater to my feelings and stop writing things that i find offensive, because as one of the people who chose to read what you write i get to tell you what you should and shouldn’t say.”

wrong month to play that game with me. figure out how custom friends lists work, or, hell, unfriend me (it’s not like i do this for the clickthroughs), but do NOT tell me what i get to write in my own goddamned friends-locked journal.

on the other hand; eh, whatever. didn’t sound like he was having a particularly good week BEFORE he wrote himself off of the disney trip and had computer breakage. sorry if drawing the line in the sand stepped on any toes in the process.

Me:
Re: word.
I am, as I said, right there with you. I already pointed out to him that your space is, in fact, your space.

And he is, for the record, having a seriously sucky week, simply made suckier by the trashing of said laptop.

I’m personally ready for a do-over myself.

Chris S:
I guess New Orleans could rise again, but then, so could the flood water. Wonder which one he meant.


9/16/2005: Wish I’d thought of it first…

From my friend MB:

If I were king of the Forrrrrreeeeeessssst…

and had the good luck to be on the Judiciary Committee, I would ask the following.

Judge Roberts, our “president” had shown a penchant for appointing people with minimal qualifications to governmental positions that invariably descend into abject failure in their charge to protect and serve all members of the American public. Seeing as we only have your two years on the federal bench, leaving us with precious few written findings to go on added to your lack of candor and indeed refusal to answer questions put forth to you by this committee, why should we not refuse to confirm your nomination or indeed even let your nomination escape this committee to go on to the floor of the Senate?

I realize that the right wing press would die of apoplexy should any Senator ask such a question, but why hasn’t it been asked?

Too right…


September 16, 2005

Why I’ll be on the mall on the 24th…

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IMPEACHMENT MOVEMENT RESPONDS TO BUSH’S SPEECH

Dear [redacted],

George Bush went to New Orleans tonight. In the devastated city, he brought generators to provide electricity solely for his elaborate photo-opportunity.

Those guilty of criminal negligence rarely have an opportunity to go on national TV for nearly a half an hour to camouflage and conceal their criminal conduct. This is precisely what George Bush did tonight on prime time national television. Two weeks after the fact, Bush and the spin doctors at Fox News and other corporate media are now attempting to do damage control – that is, political damage control, not human damage control.

Bush’s handling of the Katrina catastrophe, and the actions of the administration prior to the hurricane, constitute a clear pattern of criminal negligence and gross misconduct.

Here are just a few of the facts that highlight the criminal negligence and Presidential misconduct:

*  The Bush administration is spending $200 million each day or $1.4 billion each week for its criminal war of aggression in Iraq

*  Despite the fact that scientific experts had widely publicized predictions of the coming catastrophe in New Orleans, the Bush administration was hell bent on diverting resources to the Iraq war, while it slashed funds for flood control operations in New Orleans.

*  Bush’s war on Iraq left the Corps of Engineers only 20% of the needed funding to protect New Orleans from flooding from Lake Pontchartrain. Before the Iraq war, FEMA officials warned of a looming disaster in New Orleans. The Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project (SELA) is authorized by Congress to protect the people of New Orleans and the port facilities as well as oil refineries. After the start of the shock and awe invasion of Iraq however, SELA’s monies were diverted. The Times-Picayune, the daily newspaper of New Orleans, published numerous articles during the last two years citing the danger caused by the loss of hurricane protection funds to the war in Iraq.

Bush has taken the money needed to protect and serve the needs of society and spent it on his war of aggression against the people of Iraq, on multi-billion dollar contracts for his corporate friends, and on tax cuts for the super-rich. Although he turned away as hundreds of people – including babies and the elderly – drowned and starved, now he is compelled to at least pretend to take action. This is not out of concern for the well-being of the suffering people, but concern for his popularity – the people of the United States have turned against his criminal administration.

The impeachment movement has responded powerfully to the criminal neglect and subsequent charade of the administration. Thousands of organizers around the country are preparing to make the trip to Washington DC on September 24. Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark will be speaking at the White House on the Ellipse calling for Impeachment.

You can help mobilize a massive contingent for the September 24 National March on Washington DC. This is a demonstration initiated by the peace movement and is shaping up to be the largest demonstration since the beginning of the Iraq war. We will make the demand “Impeach Bush” highly visible throughout the day. The ImpeachBush movement will be assembling at the south side of the White House (an area called the Ellipse at 11:00 am). You can pick up ImpeachBush banners, placards, signs, literature, hats, and petitions. We need volunteers to help us dispatch people and materials starting in the early morning of September 24. If you can help out, please send an email letting us know your availability to be an ImpeachBush.org volunteer.

We have one week left – we need your help today to make impeachment resound at the White House and throughout the streets of Washington on September 24. In the last few weeks, 30,000 new people have voted to impeach in our grass-roots referendum. Every day people are taking petitions and literature and spreading the word.

Others are making generous donations to help this work continue. We are asking you to make a contribution today. If you have never made a donation please consider doing so now. If you have donated before, please help again. You can make a donation by clicking below, where you can also get information to write a check.
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I’m firming my plans up now. Get in touch with me offline if you’re hanging with me.

I have to leave the Mall by 5pm for the play that night, but I anticipate getting down there around 10-11am.


9/24/2005: I should be asleep by now…

Looking forward to tomorrow. We think we’ve got a plan for dealing with K, involving taking her out (on the theory that she’s leaving me and not the other way around). If it works, I’ll be child free for a whole day, and the last time that happened, K wasn’t born yet.

Assuming stuff doesn’t get screwed up, we’re going in through the green line, starting at Greenbelt, and getting off at Farragut North. I’m aiming to be out and on the way by 10am, if possible. I’ll have everything packed in the car for the theatre, so I can go straight there instead of stopping at home first. We’ll plan to be at the theatre between 5 and 6 tomorrow.

It’s going to be a long day. I just hope it’s a good one.

It’s 1am. Time to quit and go to sleep.


9/25/2005: Wanted to do this yesterday…

This should come as a surprise to no one.

When you see this, quote Shakespeare in your LJ

As You Like It (Act II, Scene 7)

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

So, I went down to the Mall today. Surreal – and not what I expected at all, mainly because I was with people who just didn’t understand why I was down there. I went down to march. To yell. To convey my opinions. Apparently my companions went down for some other reason, some different agenda, because I was WAY more into it than they were.

I’ve got more to say on the subject, but suffice to say that I’d have been tons happier on my own today.

Meanwhile, I’m done. It’s almost 1am, and I’ve got a long morning ahead of me (and a runny nose on top of it).

G’night!


10/11/2005: Not as riled as I ought to be, but…

TAKE ACTION NOW TO STOP MIERS AT http://www.trotn.com/miers.htm

Faced with growing opposition even from their own, the Republican National Committee and the White House held a joint mobilizing conference call to rally their most reactionary supporters behind Harriet Miers, their “get out of conviction on appeal” free card. The point was to assure them that her votes on the Supreme Court were already predetermined. Here is a typically chilling quote from the transcript of that sesssion:

“He and she [the president and Miers] both understand that if she were to get on the court, and she were to rule in ways that are contrary to the way the president would want her to approach her role as a justice, it would be a deep personal betrayal, and would be perceived as such both by him and by her.”

This is absolutely nothing more than a patently crony nomination, and is perceived by even its proponents as exactly that and being sold as such. It is a matter of the utmost urgency that you communicate to your senators that this nomination is not worthy of any consideration at all on that basis alone. As if our members of Congress had not sold the people so far down the river already, do we really need ANOTHER hardcore administration loyalist on our Supreme Court?

We all know how much the reactionaries love their talking points. Here are ours:

1) NO BUSH CRONY EVEN DESERVES A HEARING

Have we not seen the disaster wrought by installation of hardcore administration cronies in positions of the highest responsibility? Must our Supreme Court go the way of New Orleans? There are many jobs in this world where you have to qualify to even GET a job interview. Surely a seat on our Supreme Court is one of them. Some say they need to hear what she has to say. That is just more of the same surrender babble, and is based on two false premises, that we don’t ALREADY know where Miers stands, and that she will disclose anything meaningful under examination. There is nothing coming but another Roberts’ style stonewall, and for all those reasons we say NO HEARING.

2) THE MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC DEMAND A MODERATE

It’s time to fight for what we really want on principle. It’s time for those who would presume to represent us to take up that fight. And the American people will tolerate NO MORE extremist far right appointees to our Supreme Court. Every day Bush’s popularity rating sinks to a new record low. It is only his totally corrupt party caucus, now with a temporary majority in the House of Representatives, that has prevented the initiation of impeachment proceedings already for his incompetence and malfeasance. We the people demand that any further nominees be no worse than true MODERATES. That’s our position and we’re sticking to it.

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Is there anybody who would want to be elected by cheating? Then why should not everybody want to support real voting reform, so we can make sure all votes are always counted accurately and reliably. Rush Holt has introduced a bill (HR 550) which would make sure that’s what happens from now on.

The Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act (HR 550)
(1) establishes a requirement for a voter verified paper ballot created for every vote cast;
(2) establishes a mandatory uniform national standard that states that the voter verified paper ballot — the only record verified by the voter rather than the voting machine — is the vote of record in the case of any inconsistency with electronic records;
(3) provides Federal funding to pay for implementation of voter verified paper balloting;
(4) requires a percentage of mandatory random audits in every state, and in each county, for every Federal election;
(5) prohibits use of undisclosed software, wireless communication devices, and internet connections in voting machines;
(6) is required to be fully implemented by 2006; and
(7) protects the accessibility mandates of the Help America Vote Act.

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10/26/2005: Noting the passing of a milestone…

I was on my way out last night, heading for the first of two events (the latter being at my house) and I hit the airwaves just as this commentary from Benjamin Barber started on Marketplace.

http://marketplace.publicradio.org/shows/2005/10/25/PM200510255.html

I find his take on the subject enlightening in a different way than you might expect. Seeing the big picture is what I seem to be about these days.

I was at the gym earlier in the day when I noted the 1999 on the daily CNN scroll tally, and had actively wondered when 2000 would be reached. It honestly didn’t take long. Not even 12 hours. I had intended to write something meaningful and profound concerning the milestone. How we are so focused on the storms and their aftermath, or on gas prices, or on the new threat to our very existence (Asian Bird Flu). Focused on everything except the daily toll being paid in lives lost. And how are we paying for it? In immeasurable ways.

I recognize that there are people out there who firmly and honestly believe we are doing the right thing in Iraq. We made the mess, and we should clean it up. Yeah. I’ve heard that rhetoric before. And I am certainly old enough to recall the divisive nature of the Vietnam War and its effect on the population. Just look at the pop culture from the time, and you’ll understand. And then go have a look in any store right now and you will discover another disturbing parallel. We’re dressing the same way we did then. We’ve got a leader who’s in just as much trouble as our leader was then. His Vice President is about to be hung out to dry (if we’re lucky) because it appears the leak came from the tippy top of the current administration. Corruption was then and is now just as rampant.

See CNN for more information on the subject: http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/10/26/cia.leak/index.html

My friend Mark has drawn some other conclusions that are telling. I especially like his comments here: http://www.livejournal.com/users/markbark/26397.html and here: http://www.livejournal.com/users/markbark/26767.html

And I believe my friend Jeff has the right of it, too. It isn’t that 2000 is a milestone. And it isn’t the number itself that is bothering me so much (although, believe me, it does bother me), but that the media is so focused on the US casualties (and boy, do I despise that word). I would be ever so much happier if they’d report with equal accuracy and frequency the total number of people who have died over this abortion of political planning. I don’t care where they’re from. I care that they’re people, and they are being killed because of the whole ideological mess we have caused over there.

Stupidest thing is, there is no elegant way to simply pull out. If we’re tossed out (like we’ve just been in Uzbekistan), then we’ll have no choice but to leave. It’s Saigon all over again, folks. Just 35 years later.

No wonder this time around the hippies are hip and it’s the vampires that have taken over the subculture. This whole situation sucks.


10/27/2005: Misc stuff, while I’m waiting for laundry…

I was watching the news while doing my daily mile on the treadmill when the Miers announcement was made on the news. I cheered. Out loud. There are a few things that would make me happier. Like the conclusion to this: http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/10/27/cia.leak/index.html


November 21, 2005: Well, isn’t that nice…

Glad to know I’m just being patriotic.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapcf/11/20/china-us.bush.ap/index.html

Bush’s two-day China stop — his third as president to the communist giant — was the centerpiece of a weeklong Asia tour, but an acrid debate at home about the war in Iraq has followed him here. While overseas, the White House has not let a day go by without a no-holds-barred verbal counterattack against Democratic critics of the president’s war policies.

Bush appeared determined Sunday to scale back the rhetoric. Appearing before reporters at his hotel before he attended a lavish dinner with his Chinese hosts, Bush rejected the notion that it was unpatriotic to disagree with him. (Watch business and pleasure in Beijing — 2:24)

“People should feel comfortable about expressing their opinions about Iraq,” he said. “This is not an issue of who is patriotic and who is not patriotic. It’s an issue of an honest open debate about the way forward in Iraq.”


12/16/2005: Disgusted…

Emailed moments ago:

To Congressman Steny Hoyer:

I am disappointed to discover that my elected representative, a man I have supported virtually since I moved down to Maryland in 1986, has voted to support H . Res . 579.

It is exclusive, inappropriate, and a violation of the separation of church and state so important to our founding fathers, to recognize religious holidays in this way.

I sing Christmas carols with the rest of my friends and in a little over one week we will be opening Christmas presents in my house under our tree, but we will also be lighting a menorah for the first day of hanukkah, and we have respect in this house for other holidays we don’t observe.

It saddens me to hear that the U.S. Congress continues to take on the responsibilities for managing our treatment of religious freedom.

Let the language be inclusive of all holidays (Yule, Kwaanza and the rest), and you will make this voting citizen much happier.

We have so much else to fix in our country, but this has to be the focus of actual debate on the floor?

For shame.

(See the resolution…)

Rep. Dingell said it best:

Mr. DAVIS of Illinois. Madam Speaker, I yield 4 minutes to the gentleman from Michigan (Mr. Dingell), the Dean of the House.
(Mr. DINGELL asked and was given permission to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. DINGELL. Madam Speaker, I have a little poem.

‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the House,
no bills were passed `bout which Fox News could grouse.
Tax cuts for the wealthy were passed with great cheer,
so vacations in St. Barts soon should be near.
Katrina kids were all nestled snug in motel beds,
while visions of school and home danced in their heads.
In Iraq, our soldiers need supplies and a plan,
and nuclear weapons are being built in Iran.
Gas prices shot up, consumer confidence fell.
Americans feared we were in a fast track to ….. well.
Wait, we need a distraction, something divisive and wily,
a fabrication straight from the mouth of O’Reilly.
We will pretend Christmas is under attack,
hold a vote to save it, then pat ourselves on the back.
Silent Night, First Noel, Away in the Manger,
Wake up Congress, they’re in no danger.
This time of year, we see Christmas everywhere we go,
From churches to homes to schools and, yes, even Costco.
What we have is an attempt to divide and destroy
when this is the season to unite us with joy.
At Christmastime, we’re taught to unite.
We don’t need a made-up reason to fight.
So on O’Reilly, on Hannity, on Coulter and those right-wing blogs.
You should sit back and relax, have a few egg nogs.
‘Tis the holiday season; enjoy it a pinch.
With all our real problems, do we really need another Grinch?
So to my friends and my colleagues, I say with delight,
a Merry Christmas to all, and to Bill O’Reilly, happy holidays.
Ho, ho, ho. Merry Christmas.

* Yeah, I know I misspelled Kwanzaa – it’s the thought that counts, I believe. I’m just sorry I didn’t see the resolution before it was voted on. I hate locking the barn door after the horse has been stolen.

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