Connecting the Dots, Part 9…

Connecting the Dots, Part 9…

In my last Dots post, on April 11, 2018, I talked about racism, antisemitism, and Facebook’s role in boosting the signal. This time I’m taking on Iran.

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On September 11, 2015…

On September 11, 2015…

Next Tuesday will be the 14th anniversary of the piece I wrote below. It used to appear on my web site, but I’ve since redesigned the site and removed the section. Still, the piece should be available somewhere, so I am reproducing it here.

Back then, I predicted there would be terrible consequences to our actions if we didn’t choose wisely, and I was right. We are, whether we admit it or not, in a state of continual panic and fear, thanks to the actions of our own government.

We send our bombs and people to other shores in the hopes that somehow, these actions will make the world a safer place. We fight against ISIL, we turn away refugees, we track our own actions in libraries, on the Internet, over the phone, as we drive. Cameras are everywhere.

We are constantly reminded to be vigilant, wary, concerned when people who don’t look like us interact with us. And we are armed to the teeth, in the fear that something will happen on our own turf, that will be as bad as we’ve made it for people elsewhere.

We asked for this.

It is our fault.

We elected officials who put the Patriot Act in place, and proclaim that our flag is better than any other flag, and yet we can’t feed our people. We drive on roads that are damaged by years of neglect, and celebrate those who take lives because our country has pointed fingers and said we must do unto others BEFORE they do unto us.

It is right and proper to remember the lives lost when the towers fell. It is right to remember those who served and helped the survivors. And it is proper to mourn those changes in our society.

But to me, the phrase “Never Forget” means so much more than four airplanes and their hijackers, and those in the buildings and surrounding areas who went to work or got on the planes with the expectation that they would return home again at the end of the day or the end of the trip.

“Never Forget” also means we should remember that our country was and should still be a refuge for people who had no other place to go, who sought peace from prosecution. It should be a home for all, a haven for anyone seeking a better life. And it should be a place where we all have the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of our labors, in peace and prosperity.

Citizens United, the Patriot Act, No Child Left Behind, Right to Work: These are all symbols of oppression, put in place by the Grand Old Party. These Republican oppressors, waving the flag and carrying the Christian Bible, many of whom cater to neo-Fascist organizations disguised as conservative think tanks, want us to maintain a constant state of war because THEY profit from it. And as long as we remain too distracted by fear, they can get away with murder.

Somalia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Syria, Iraq…it doesn’t matter where they were born. They all want the same things our parents and grandparents want: Somewhere safe to raise a family and to make a place in this world for themselves. We do every immigrant, every refugee a disservice every time we return these people to the hell from which they came.

The very definition of Refugee comes from an organization built on the ashes of World War II:

The 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees has adopted the following term “refugee” to apply to any person who (in Article 1.A.2):[1]

“owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.”[1]

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refugee)

And these same so-called Patriots would love nothing better than to see the US pull out of the United Nations because they disagree with the policies and protections set forth there. They want us to go to war with Iran. These hypocrites could have stopped North Korea before the acquisition of nuclear weapons, but they didn’t care enough, because there isn’t enough profit in dismantling North Korea’s arsenal.

With Iran, it’s different. They are protecting their oil interests and are throwing our country away for the sake of their own greed. They have hoodwinked hard-working Americans into thinking they give a rat’s ass about their base. Even with proof of the contempt these billionaires hold for their base, they STILL manage to hold onto their positions in Congress and will do whatever they can to win the Presidency in 2016.

You have a choice. You can choose to remember this day, fourteen years ago, as a rallying cry against people who want to destroy our country and look across the ocean to other continents as the source, or you can remember who put these people in business in the first place and hold THEM accountable in the coming election. 2016 is everything.

Iran-Contra Affair: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran-Contra_affair

The Shah of Iran: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammad_Reza_Pahlavi

Iran-Iraq War: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran-Iraq_War

Saddam Hussein: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saddam_Hussein

The Syrian Civil War: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_Civil_War

September 11, 2001

Saturday, September 15, 2001

On a day that started with excitement about my own little world, the world was witness to an unbelievable tragedy.

It started so simply for me: A phone call from a mother to tell a father about his daughter’s new teeth, and to have a morning chat with him about trivialities.

How it will end is anyone’s guess. There are so many variables, so many possibilities, so vast a sense of loss, anger and shock about the events of the 11th of September, that it is impossible to predict how the landscape of the world will look even a month from now.

On September 10th, this was not the case.

On September 11th, at 8am EDT, this was not the case.

Right up to the point where the first commercial airplane impacted the first World Trade Center building, this was not the case.

We Americans have been comfortable in our ability to simply flit from place to place. There have been vague feelings of concern for the increasingly deadly military actions of other countries, but at such an incomprehensible distance that they were simply not of personal concern to most of us. We have been able to focus on things that now seem trivial and small in comparison.

Seeing the World Trade Center district in the aftermath of this most amazingly evil of atrocities, it’s hard not to think of Beirut, of Bosnia, or even of London 50 years ago.

But not Manhattan.

Not New York.

Not here.

We are now faced with a task which I am not sure is possible to accomplish, at a cost I don’t know if we are prepared to pay.

Until now, the realities of the last World War belonged to the old folks. Those who preceded the “Baby Boomer” generation who are fading fast from age or disease. There are not many people left who can remember what this world was like during the last World War. Not so many who remember Korea, for that matter.

The newer wars, Vietnam and Desert Storm, were different. With all the odds against us, we could never have won in Vietnam. Desert Storm taught us that the next World War must be different. In the wake of the responses to this ongoing tragedy, by all accounts, this war could be different from anything we have ever seen, and could ever imagine, even in the most cynical eye of Science Fiction authors. And yet, it could resemble these actions in so many awful ways. It could even resemble the Crusades, if we are not careful.

There are those who do not understand why we have not already leveled Kabul. There are those who believe that to be a Muslim means that you are automatically a terrorist. There are those who feel that this act is justified because our country condones and backs the actions of the Israelis, and that to be Jewish means that you automatically support Israel’s actions against the Palestinians.

These people are all guilty of oversimplification.

To be sure, those responsible have it coming. I don’t dispute that one bit.

But we have bombed Iraq almost continually since Desert Storm began, and yet Saddam Hussein remains in power.

We bombed Afghanistan after the last action linked directly to Osama bin Laden, and yet he continues to be the source of great pain and suffering.

The President of the United States said, “This conflict was begun on the timing and terms of others. It will end in a way and at an hour of our choosing.” I fear that he may be wrong.

If we move without first being absolutely sure of our targets, we will disrupt the alliances we seem to have forged against the perpetrators of this horrible act. It does us no good to anger the people who have united with us, simply to slake the thirst of those who want blood now. Striking out blindly at targets that are not accurate, and doing no harm to the ones who deserve it most, makes us look foolish and incompetent. This we cannot afford to do.

And while I say that I do not want to explain to my daughter why her father did not come home, I do not want the deeds of September 11th to go unpunished. I cannot in good conscience tell my husband that he must stay here. If he is called, as I am certain he will be, I must support him in any way I can.

But I say now, I will only feel good about making that sacrifice if the result is certain, appropriate and final.

So, I ask the President, the Congress, and the world to be sure that their actions are the right ones. Be careful about what you are doing, because what you could unleash may be much worse than what has already been done, as incomprehensible as that might be right now.

And, when you have decided, move swiftly, so that we can be sure that we do not miss the targets, and so our loved ones can come home.

Does anybody here see what I see???

Does anybody here see what I see???

07/03/2008:

1. It’s the 4th. Anyone want to come over and watch 1776 with me? Like maybe tonight??? I need some serious patriotism infusions (like the right kind, not what we’re hearing from Capitol Hill). [ETA: I want to watch the movie – really, I do – but I have to go fetch roller skates from Laurel. If you want to see the movie with me, head to my place around 9pm tonight!]

2. It’s time for a reminder that this whole big mess we’re in revolves around oil.

The war? We wanted to be sure the oil fields of Iraq were in our control. Right? (Oh, no. It was because there were WMDs on the loose. Yeah, yeah…..)

Now that we’ve got control (or something like it), have we improved our situation? Nope! Don’t think so.

And now, what’s the President and his clone suggesting will be the magic solution to our problem? Invest in new energy technology???? Nope.

Let’s go drill in Alaska.

>.< Maybe it's just me and I'm prone to seeing spiders that aren't there, but this whole mess feels in some way contrived as a means to hold our wilderness areas hostage. And the stupid people are falling for it. I can't help but think that the reason we're in the fuel hell we are right now is that this whole war has been about drilling rights. It's convoluted. I have no proof. But I have gut feelings and very often I'm proven right. Every time the Bush-man opens his mouth and says this whole thing will go away if we just surrender the rights to drill in Alaska, my skin crawls. (I predicted this war when the towers fell. Don't remember? Go read what I wrote back then. It was on my web site in 2001. It wasn’t a surprise. Just a confirmation that Evil took control.)

Stupid Republican Autocrats!

Comments:

RB:
Oh, let me depress you *further*… what if it could be proved that the war was *intended* to drive up the price of oil, because the Multinational Oil Companies (yes, the almost-an-Illuminati group from the Steve Jackson game) wanted to force Americans to begin paying something closer to what Europeans have been paying for a while?

But, seriously… hope you get to see John Adams with company tonight, given that he IS obnoxious and disliked.

BJ:
Considering the research i did for a book called Banking on Baghdad, i can say the oil companies do not care about countries. All they care about is profit. During WWII, at least one, which i will not name, sold to both sides. And there are even more outrageous things done by oil companies during war time.

MB:
For my “patriotic” viewing this year I watched “V for Vendetta”

Highly recommended.

BJ:
Good choice!

It’s about damn time! I thought they’d never get there!

It’s about damn time! I thought they’d never get there!

From: (ImpeachBush@VoteToImpeach.org)
Sent: Mon 6/09/08 10:32 PM

“Breaking News:
Articles of Impeachment Being Introduced in Congress Right Now

Right now, Monday night, Rep. Dennis Kucinich is on the floor of the House of Representatives introducing articles of impeachment against George W. Bush. He is presenting a 35 count indictment which is being broadcast on C-Span. We will provide a more detailed update, but wanted to be sure to let everyone know right away.

The intense work of the ImpeachBush.org/VoteToImpeach membership is forcing impeachment on the table. During ImpeachBush.org’s National Call In Day for Impeachment held just one week ago, the offices of Rep. John Conyers were flooded with calls demanding impeachment. We have received reports that there were more calls than could even be answered.

Your work and perseverance is making the difference!”

Time to take them DOWN!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Efforts_to_impeach_George_W._Bush

Impeachment is not a get-out-of-jail-free card. It’s the first step in the process. I don’t see how you can get double-indemnity from that. They’re two separate processes, sponsored by two different branches of government.

The complete set of articles of impeachment presented this evening is already posted in the Wikipedia article. I’d look at it quick, because the revisionists will almost certainly follow.

See, now here’s the thing. The longer we wait, the more crap’s coming out. And now, with Scott M. coming clean in his book, I really believe the peace movement will manage to win out and this amazing loon of a President is finally going to get what he should have gotten a little over five years ago when he started us down this path by trying to finish a war his father knew better than to start. (Which, by the way, is maybe the only good thing GHWB ever did in office.)

Have you noticed lately how much we’re paying for gas? Have you maybe forgotten that our illustrious president is an oil man?

It’s very nice that we’re providing a grand trust fund for his darling twins, but quite frankly I’d rather not be worried about how I’m going to keep my house in an economy that requires me to pay $45 to fill my tank weekly, because that’s what it costs me to get to the job that doesn’t actually cover the mortgage, the food and the gas I have to pay for it, the child care I have to cover to work there, and the utilities that help me write this little missive.

Oh, and one more thing, while we’re talking about the upcoming election: What, exactly, will your fav alternative (McCain?) do to help get us the hell out of the Vietnam of the new Millenium? Another four years of complete failure to accept responsibility?

I’m thinking signs point to “no, thanks.” We wouldn’t need the extra taxes if our lovely administration hadn’t spent us into the situation in the first place. Nice to point fingers at the new guy. That’s very convenient.

After all, Bush didn’t take on an intern. He just asked the country to bend over and smile.

Hell, yeah, I’m backing Obama. I backed him before Hillary had to concede. Not gonna stop now…

Current Mood: Jubilant
Current Location: 7th Heaven
Current Music: We’re not gonna take it!

Comments:

JH:
For god sakes stop – you don’t know what you’re doing!
Impeachment kicks him out of an office he’ll only hold for 7 more months. Big deal.

It may take years but eventually the required documents will be declassified. And when they are, based on what is currently visible, there is probably a pretty damn good case for a capital charge of war crimes if not direct treason. If he’s impeached he’ll skate on “double indemnity”.

Patience.

Me:
Re: For god sakes stop – you don’t know what you’re doing!
Not according to this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Movement_to_impeach_George_W._Bush

Impeachment is not a get-out-of-jail-free card. It’s the first step in the process. I don’t see how you can get double-indemnity from that. They’re two separate processes, sponsored by two different branches of government.

The complete set of articles of impeachment presented this evening is already posted in the Wikipedia article. I’d look at it quick, because the revisionists will almost certainly follow.

How do you figure?

DD:
The words you’re want here are double jeopardy – double indemnity is a Fred McMurray movie.

JH:
I plead reading an insurance spam fax earlier.

NR:
guys, this is really scary…one loon starting something he couldn’t generate for a few years, no more than one or two others will support him in congress, every single person in this country except a crazy fringe doesn’t take it seriously, and you still making news out of it…don’t you have something better to do, like asking your guy Obama why he only wants to tax evil rich and not execute them?…:)

Me:
See, now here’s the thing. The longer we wait, the more crap’s coming out. And now, with Scott M. coming clean in his book, I really believe the peace movement will manage to win out and this amazing loon of a President is finally going to get what he should have gotten a little over five years ago when he started us down this path by trying to finish a war his father knew better than to start. (Which, by the way, is maybe the only good thing GHWB ever did in office.)

Have you noticed lately how much we’re paying for gas? Have you maybe forgotten that our illustrious president is an oil man?

It’s very nice that we’re providing a grand trust fund for his darling twins, but quite frankly I’d rather not be worried about how I’m going to keep my house in an economy that requires me to pay $45 to fill my tank weekly, because that’s what it costs me to get to the job that doesn’t actually cover the mortgage, the food and the gas I have to pay for it, the child care I have to cover to work there, and the utilities that help me write this little missive.

Oh, and one more thing, while we’re talking about the upcoming election: What, exactly, will your fav alternative (McCain?) do to help get us the hell out of the Vietnam of the new Millenium? Another four years of complete failure to accept responsibility?

I’m thinking signs point to “no, thanks.” We wouldn’t need the extra taxes if our lovely administration hadn’t spent us into the situation in the first place. Nice to point fingers at the new guy. That’s very convenient.

After all, Bush didn’t take on an intern. He just asked the country to bend over and smile.

Hell, yeah, I’m backing Obama. I backed him before Hillary had to concede. Not gonna stop now…

Peace, bro.

NR:
A quick question…how will a new hero, Barrack Obama, lower the price we are paying at the pump? I am not smart enough to understand, can you enlighten me, please. I am from the old, stupid school that prices are driven by supply and demand. You know better. Explain if you can. And another question. How our president did managed that Western Europe is paying twice as us for gas? Wow, his powers are really unlimited.
And on another subject. If your boy takes us out of Iraq as he promises, what do we leave behind? I know it is a touch question, think before answering…

Me:
Gee! I must have struck a chord. Let’s see if I can answer your questions…

1. I don’t believe I said Senator Obama will magically lower the price of gas. I believe I said “Have you noticed lately how much we’re paying for gas? Have you maybe forgotten that our illustrious president is an oil man?”

There is no implication in this statement that a quick fix is in the offing or even possible. I’ve expected the gas prices to go up since Bush declared war on Iraq in 2003. I sold my Sienna two years ago and bought a Matrix instead. I can’t transport as much as I could before, but at least I can get 350 miles per tank for that $45.

I don’t believe anyone will generate a quick fix for gas prices. Unfortunately, this mess is something created by our former Republican-run government, and there’s only so much we’ll be able to do in our present condition. Sadly, Emperor Bush is fiddling while the USA burns.

2. European gas prices have been high for a while. That’s why so many Europeans choose to take public transportation instead. The Chinese have known about bicycles for ages. All our money that should go towards improving our infrastructure goes instead towards weapons and warplanes and preserving the troops who can’t come home.

3. I believe you were making mention of a tough question. (Spell check your stuff, please – you look a lot less intelligent when you can’t spell.) You’re right. We’re going to leave a mess behind when we pull out of Iraq. But in return I ask: How much longer should we have stayed in Vietnam? Korea? Did we win those wars?

This isn’t 1945. When we “won” that war, we lost 6 million more Allied military troops and 32 million more Allied civilians than the bad guys did. Don’t get me wrong, please. I lost a quarter of my family there (see Allied). There will be no ticker tape parade for the victors this time. Nobody wins this sort of war.

In the meantime, Osama Bin Laden is still at large, his network is growing and we’re doing nothing to make friends with the people most likely to join his cause. So, what will we leave behind in Iraq?

Let’s see:

Permanent military bases that will have to be destroyed when we go, because otherwise we will give the bad guys great places to set up shop, rather than operating out of an underground network of homes.

A failed police force without enough proper training that can’t protect its own members, let alone civilians.

A society that values its women as makers of babies, keepers of houses and property, but not as intelligent human beings with equivalent rights to men and therefore worthy of education and employment (except as suicide bombers).

Broken bridges, destroyed infrastructure and IEDs.

If you can remember far enough back to recall supply & demand, you must surely remember that we created this mess when we took on the responsibility of peacekeeper in the Iran-Iraq war.

Face it – We Americans have an awful lot to learn about playing well with our neighbors. Last I checked, this was the only Earth we’ve got and it’s gotten awful small in the last half century or so.

The US isn’t a whole lot larger than the Roman or British empires were before their downfalls. When the infrastructure of the government falls into decay, it tends to disintegrate. Would you consider the United Kingdom to be a particular threat to anyone? Rome?

Right.

Our National Guard is now our military. Check this out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Guard_of_the_United_States

I’ll be happy to answer more of your questions, but do me a favor first and read some of the material linked to the page above. When you’ve finished reading that and you’ve finished reading the articles of impeachment, please feel free to revisit this topic.

My family is now part of a growing statistic: military families ruined by war. The drawdown of troops began with the last Bush administration.

I have every reason not to trust another Republican with the safety and security of my home and family.

NR:
you are so biased, it blinds you…let’s take smaller steps…you are saying the energy mess was created by republican-run goverment…can you enlighten me and tell me what a democratic-led goverment under Clinton and a new democratic congress of the past 2 years did to help?
sorry about spelling, can’t check it here and you do realize by now i am not an american-born. trust me, has nothing to do with being intelliegent.

Me:
You’re absolutely right. I am biased. No question about it.

I am curious. Where are you located and why are you so anti-Obama? I read part of your public posts and at least on the face of them, you appear to be ultra-conservative. I’ve made no effort whatsoever to claim anything other than what I am – an extremely liberal, pro-choice supporter of the Democratic ticket and rights for our citizens.

Just in case you are at all hazy about what I just said, I voted for Obama in the primary, but I would have voted for Edwards first had he stayed on the ticket. Hillary never had my vote.

I don’t think Bill Clinton was perfect. I used to have a bumper sticker on my Sienna that I did not replace, which said: “No one died when Clinton lied.” While that statement was factually true in regard to his personal behavior, it was not true in regard to the continued treatment during his administration of Iraqi civilians. I will say, though, that I wasn’t worried about how I was going to pay all my bills. What I can recall, quite clearly, is the difference in my take-home pay, my ability to feed and care for my family, and the knowledge that my house was safe from foreclosure and it’s not anymore. If we have a serious medical crisis, I can’t guarantee that I won’t be in a cardboard box with my family. That’s a very scary place to be, considering where I was 8 years ago.

The Democratic congress has exercised its strength several times in the past year, overriding several Bush vetos, but the fact is that there are still not enough of them in either house to act as a unified group in opposition to the other half. After November, this will not be the case – I believe there will be a second sweep of Republicans out of both houses, at which point the majority Democrat congress will have a better chance at enacting its platform.

I can also recall, because I was old enough to pay attention, the race riots of the late 60s, the deaths of both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, the terrible toll the Vietnam war took on this country, both financially and emotionally, and the fuel rationing that was necessary the last time we messed around with the middle east in all the wrong ways.

If the current Bush had pulled any of the stunts he did with a predominantly Democratic or independent house and senate, I feel quite confident that we would not have waited as long as this to place him, his cronies Rove and Cheney on the block.

There is no Ollie North this time to take the fall for Bush, as there was when his father was in office. Scott McClellan will most likely go to prison just like John Dean did when President Nixon was impeached if he winds up as a witness for the prosecution. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dean)

I have to say that I am embarrassed to be counted as an American(tm) in light of our activities over the last 7 years. It saddens me to know that our rights and constitution have been taken away with little regard to the impact. I’m an idealist. I prefer to think that there ought to be a way to work things out. But the pendulum is swinging way too fast at this point. Where we’ll end up after this administration leaves office (however that happens) is anyone’s guess.

I’m not likely to move elsewhere, though I did consider Germany or England for a bit, because I don’t think anyone’s got it right. I can only hope that they’ll get it straightened out before the next generation’s generation has to deal with the consequences.

Hope that clarifies my position a bit more.

CD:
I really don’t think of Kucinich as a loon or a crazy fringe guy. I’m more of a centrist Democrat myself, but I have respect for him. He stands up for what he believes in.

Unfortunately because the media have painted him as the “weird guy who claims he saw a UFO” the Republicans are probably feeling no fear right now.

NR:
Can you explain why media are so unfair to him? Is it possible that his views are not a mainstream views in this country? Yes, I respect him also for being direct. But if you are a centrist, I can’t believe you can’t see that he is way, way to the left of center.

CD:
I can’t find your comment anymore, did you delete it because you realized that I already answered it?

As for me being centrist, this quiz result was pretty accurate. I was 83% aligned with Kucinich but there were still five candidates ahead of him.

CD:
On the one hand, I’m glad that Kucinich doesn’t care that Bush doesn’t have much time left and is just doing it on principle.

On the other hand, I wish someone had done this two years ago.

SK:
Frankly, it’s a very good move. McClellan is ready to testify, Conyers has finally stopped looking for excuses not to do something…people seem to be catching a case of conscience. Besides, it ain’t gonna hurt Kucinich with his re-election chances, and I wanna see Nancy Pelosi birth kittens.

Now’s a good time because of the upcoming election. Pres. McCain will proactively pardon Bush & Co. – forget double jeopardy, you won’t even get single. And there’s a fair to middling chance that Pres. Obama will do the same thing. “No partisan witch hunts”, clean break with the divisive politics of the past, etc. It’s the essence of Obama: when in doubt, equivocate, regardless of how moral the issue is. Remember, kids, Democrats will be Democrats.

JTN:
Heh, a little late for that. By the time impeachment proceedings began, Bush may well be out of office. I suspect that Kucinich and Co. realize this but are simply following through to make a political statement.

Hmmm… looking at the articles of impeachment I find a lot of mushy charges and exaggerated claims… particularly article 1: “…resulting in the death and maiming of over one hundred thousand Iraqis.” This number derives from a STATISTICAL STUDY which claimed over 655,000 “excess deaths” by 2006 since we invaded Iraq. That claim was also debunked some time ago and fails to show a direct link between US troop actions and those supposed deaths.

Otherwise good luck, I’ll be interested in seeing all of the tangible evidence and proof of intent on the part of George Bush for each charge. And a big cathartic impeachment hearing might put all of these claims to a rest once and for all (we can only hope)…

unless Bush ISN’T impeached or tried for war crimes or otherwise convicted, because some people seem to have endless amounts of time and energy to spend wasting their lives away on unconstructive pursuits.

Say it with me… “Duh…”

Say it with me… “Duh…”

Too disgusted by most of the news today, I leave you instead with link sausage. I’ll get back to writing again sometime this weekend, before I lose any more details on CC26. I already managed to forget which day I bought the shawl…

Take the Tums first. Trust me…

Mr. President, the war isn’t about you — or golf


(the above gacked from D – the other two surfaced all on their own today and yesterday)

Passport cards called security vulnerability


and

Bin Laden: Palestinian cause fuels terror war

Note that I have no particular love for the state of Israel and I’m not presently looking for a debate on the relative merits of the “homeland” today. If people would just let go of the “holy war” and remember that everything is holy, whether we like it or not, we’d have a lot less of everything requiring Tums.

On a separate note, is it too early to start putting out Obama/Edwards posters?

Comments:

MS:
I heard on WTOP that Edwards does not want the VP position – but would consider another on staff.
Sigh.

A new high and a new low, all at the same time…

A new high and a new low, all at the same time…

According to NPR (via Reuters) this morning:

U.S. toll in Iraq hits 4,000 as four soldiers killed

and at 7:05am:

Cost of the War in Iraq
$505,222,288,863

And the only thing worse than this is knowing that we still have another 10 months before the new administration takes over. Will the toll have reached 5,000 by then?

I pray we won’t have President McCain in office. You should, too.

[eta: The worst thing? Last night, as I was getting ready for bed, I thought about the toll that day and I realized just one roadside bomb could push us to 4k. I hate it when I’m right.]

Well, it’s a good thing I decided to check in today!

Well, it’s a good thing I decided to check in today!

SEPTEMBER 15 Mass March in Washington DC!

11am – ish…Arrive either by foot or bus down at McPherson Square and camp out until I see the other folks from my UU congregation. I may also see NW and his crowd, and if they want to join us and swell our ranks, they’re certainly welcome! We’re a “Welcoming Congregation” after all… 😎

Morning gifts…

Morning gifts…

Thanks, Liam!!!

Top White House aide Rove resigns

Ok, so someone please tell me: Does “executive privilege” extend to former employees as well? Please say “No.” Please?

By the way, in case you haven’t heard, September 15 is the next march on Washington.

September 15
Mass March in Washington DC!

Come to Washington DC on September 15 for a large antiwar protest timed to coincide with the report by General Petraeus on the “Surge” in Iraq.

(If you want to do this, you’re welcome to crash here.)

It’s theoretically possible that a group from my congregation will go. I still have the signs I made last time, waiting downstairs.

Just thought I’d share. Happy Monday!

Comment from Joan:

Sorry, but despite what you think executive privilege is not about protecting Rove or any other employee or former employee. By it’s very nature, executive privilege is about protecting the EXECUTIVE and since Bush is still in office he can still use it to block anyone talking about something he said or ordered or had anything to do with at all.

Further bummer – I imagine he’s just freeing his time up to hand pick and polish our NEXT executive. He’s evil, pure and simple from the 8th dimension.

RIP Charles Nelson Reilly, and other partings…

RIP Charles Nelson Reilly, and other partings…

Another piece of my childhood just left the planet for good.

Charles Nelson Reilly dead at 76

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — Charles Nelson Reilly, the Tony Award winner who later became known for his ribald appearances on the “Tonight Show” and various game shows, has died. He was 76.

Reilly died Sunday in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia, his partner, Patrick Hughes, told the New York Times.

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And then, there’s this:

Anti-war mom Cindy Sheehan gives up her protest

Cindy Sheehan, the mother who became an anti-war leader after her soldier son was killed in Iraq, says she is walking away from the peace movement. Sheehan says her son died “for nothing.” And she says her activism has cost her health, her husband and her savings.

FULL STORY

Sigh…

Ok, I’ve had enough again…

Ok, I’ve had enough again…

Call your congressional representatives and tell them not to back this asinine plan of our fearless leader.

It’s more than time to start the impeachment process. We’ve passed 3,000 American lives lost, who knows how many Iraqis, and NOW he’s going after Iran! When’s it going to stop?

I’m not forwarding a plea from MoveOn.org, ImpeachBush.org, ActForChange or any of the other organizations screaming for my attention right now. I’m asking as a citizen of this country.

He’s sending kids over there. They’re the ones who are coming home in body bags. They’re 19. And we’re going to send 20,000 more of them to this place.

The Washington Post has stories every single day of the soldiers being asked to go to Iraq, the effect their exits have on the families they leave behind, and what happens when they return home, in pieces mentally or physically.

According to the ticker on my home web site, we’re well past $357 BILLION invested in this travesty. Election Day 2008 isn’t for another 665 days.

It’s time to stop him. Now.

Please?

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