Today's Note From a Madman
Monday, June 6, 2005
Quote in the Lead
This is the root of all the present evil. Though it is long, this is the quote of the day! -RJS
"Standing there last night, I sensed that temple of democracy where Lincoln broods to be as deeply steeped in melancholy as it was during the McCarthy reign of terror, the grief of Vietnam, or the crimes of Watergate. You stand there silently contemplating the words that gave voice to Lincoln's fierce determination to save the Union - his resolve that "government of, by, and for the people shall not perish from the earth" - and then you turn and look out, as he does, on a city where those words are daily mocked. This is no longer Lincoln's city. And those people from all walks of life making their way up the steps to pay their respects to this martyr for the Union - it's not their city, either. This is an occupied city, a company town, a wholly owned subsidiary of the powerful and privileged whose have hired an influence racket to run it. The records are so poorly kept it's impossible to know how many lobbyists there really are in this town, but the Center for Public Integrity found that their ranks include 240 former members of Congress and heads of federal agencies and over 2000 senior officials who passed through the revolving door of government at warp speed. Lobbyists now spend $3 billion a year buying influence and access for their clients and, according to the New York Times , over the last six years spent more than twice the amount spent by candidates for federal office. Once again this is a divided city. Not between North and South as in Lincoln's time, but between those who pay to play - those who can buy the government they want—and those who can't even afford even a seat in the bleachers."
-Forwarded by Robert Scardapane
More from the 911 Commission
The 911 commission, chaired by Republican Tom Keane still wants to continue its vain attempt to protect the American public. These guys haven't yet heard that we already won the "war on terror" and our "mission was accomplished."
The group, which now relies on private donations, wants to judge the government's readiness and find out just what has been dome over the past 4 years to make sure another such disaster never happens again. They're going to send a letter to the White House asking for "detailed" information from the C.I.A., the F.B.I., the Pentagon, the State Department and other federal agencies about our readiness for the future.
Can you all see the stone wall being built now?
"We're going to ask a lot of questions. There are a lot of our recommendations that have not been implemented."
- Governor Keane
"We appreciate the work the commission did. We have acted on the vast majority of their recommendations and welcome their continued involvement. We look forward to receiving the letter."
-Christie Parell, a White House Spokesperson
Yeah... I bet you do. The White House is looking forward to this letter much the same way my children used to look forward to parent/ teacher conferences.
"We don't have a lot of time left to act."
- Gov. Keane, regarding the threats made by many terrorist groups promising attacks on US soil.
"We don't have that subpoena power anymore,"
-Jamie S. Gorelick, a 911 commissioner
The commission, now known as the 9/11 Public Discourse Project wants to issue a "report card" on its "unfinished agenda."
If anyone out there thinks that the Bush Administration wants to see this commission rise again, they are sadly mistaken. They would rather tell us all how well things are going in Iraq, despite all the evidence to the contrary and fool US into thinking that Social Security is our number one crisis.
Spin, spin, spin. Welcome to Rove-land.
The US Congress Vs. a REAL JOB
Thought you might be interested. I live far away from the thick of things in DC and would know nothing about what they do, except for the fact that I have a fiancé in the military.
I haven't seen him in nearly three years, while they keep him dangling on stop loss, in Afghanistan border areas. In my world you have to say what you mean and mean what you say, or die. (Profession, electrician) In the world of DC, evidently you say whatever you have to, to use whomever you want, and mean nothing, as long as you get anything you decide you want. 'Rummy' as he is called on the inside, included. Accountability to those of us who foot their bills is non-existent.
Can you imagine working for a company that has a little more than 500 employees and has the following statistics:
* 29 have been accused of spousal abuse
* 7 have been arrested for fraud
* 19 have been accused of writing bad checks
* 117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses
* 3 have done time for assault
* 71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit
* 14 have been arrested on drug-related charges
* 8 have been arrested for shoplifting
* 21 are currently defendants in lawsuits
* 84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year...
Can you guess which organization this is?
It's the 535 members of the United States Congress. The same group
that crank out hundreds of new laws each year designed to keep the rest of us in line.
Why are we continuing to allow the worst of the worst of the worst, to make decisions with our money, about the best of the best of the best, who are dying in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Phillipines, Africa (you won't hear about those fatalities on mainstream news). There are far more deaths of American military than 1600. The administration bought 80,000 body bags before 9-11. Recruiters are desperate enough to sue colleges for full access to students.
Numbers are down by 49%. Think about it.
If it is because we don't know how to stop them, (politicians)? I can guarantee that we the People could force accountability in 30 days, without lifting a finger, and there is nothing El Guapo, I mean, President Bush, could do about it but comply.
Once upon a time our ancestors were brave enough to throw a shipment of the King of England's tea into the Boston harbor. We don't even have to work that hard, or change our routines. All we have to do is two things. In March of 2006, for one week prior to the 15th, boycott all gas stations, (yes you can put some to use in 'approved storage containers' for use that week) and then file our taxes on the same day, with this statement.
"To be paid when accountability to the People is achieved, apologies to the world are made and our military is returned from foreign interference." It has to be Republicans and Democrats. Truckers have to be in on it. All citizens would have to want it to happen. Operations in DC would shut down even worse than the day they all went scampering to shelters when a Cessna 172 was spotted in the 'no fly zone' over the capitol.
Do we care if we are Republican or Democrat if we are all negatively impacted by decisions being made by spousal abusers, thieves, drunks and liars? When the US Constitution is finally and forever abrogated by these people to fascism, will it matter who is a Republican and who is a Democrat? Has anyone noticed that the source of the divisiveness in our ranks is actually federal pandering mainstream press, maybe deliberately created out of fear of what would happen if we were united?
Our power, the power of WE THE PEOPLE, to right the wrongs, lies in unity. This might be a call to arms, if pens and papers, are arms.
The Outhouse... er... Statehouse in Austin, Texas
The Statehouse in Austin. The Alamo. The Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site. The Johnson Space Center. All of these places would have been good places for Texas Governor Rick Perry to sign legislation that will be put into law in the Lone Star State. So where does Governor Bush's heir decide to sign a bill that restricts abortion rights and prohibits same-sex marriage? right there at the Calvary Christian Academy, a Christian Evangelical School. It seems that the Governor wanted to "celebrate" with his "Christian Friends" and this was the place to do it.
I wonder when Governor Perry is going to sign a bill at Temple Emmanuel in Dallas or the Al-Noor Mosque in Houston? My bet is NEVER!
I guess that whole separation of church and state thing doesn't seem to bother Rick Perry much. After all, pandering to the Religious Right is all the craze down there near the Rio Grande, one hundred or so protesters notwithstanding.
And get this... Perry was planning on filming the bill signing for a political commercial! he, or his handlers thought better of it.
Gov. Perry termed the even as "pro-family, pro-life" and "nonpartisan". I wish he'd put THAT up for a vote.
We may be on the grounds of a Christian church, but we all believe in standing up for the unborn."
It's a shame that the governor doesn't feel that way AFTER the child is born. Remember, it was in Texas that Baby Sun Hudson was allowed to die because his mother couldn't afford the "upkeep" of keeping her child alive.
Maybe we could start "standing up" for the BORN as
Some more hypocrisy from the Lone Star State yet again. Its good to see the new governor take up where the old one left off.
"We want to completely fill this location (the Calvary Christian Academy) with pro-family Christian friends who can celebrate with us. We really need for you to help us turn out a very large crowd. We may also film part of this to be used later for TV."
-an email from the Perry Re-election campaign to evangelica groups, as reported by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Well, no sense beating around the "BUSH" (get it?). If you're going to use the unborn for political reasons, you might as well be out in the open about it.
"There are lots of reasons to go to church on Sunday, but making laws isn't one of them." "...the church is at the service of the state or the state is at the service of the church and either way we've crossed an important line that has a long history in both politics and theology."
-The Rev. Robin Lovin, a Methodist minister and an S.M.U. professor who holds the Maguire Chair in Ethics
And guess who is a key primary challenger to Gov. Perry in next year's Republican Gubernatorial primary? Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. I guess there's another Senator with eyes towards the White House.
The White House. All it takes is a few million dollars and a dream. Qualifications have nothing to do with it. Talk about lowering the standards.
"I'm confused where God is: He's everywhere. If we did this in a parking lot of Wal-Mart, God would be there."
Then you should have done this in a parking lot at the local Wal-Mart. The only controversy there is the lack of adequate wages and health care for their workers. Besides, those new babies that are to be born into poverty will need a place to work and play. They can do both at Wal-Mart, as long as they don't get hurt, that is.
A New Confederacy
Higginsville, MO turned out 400 people for a Confederate flag raising on Sunday, June 5. Republican Governor Matt Blunt gave the order to raise the stars and bars in memorial to the confederate troops lost in the Civil War.
Someone ought to have told the governor that his side won in 1865, and his side was the UNION!
Hypocrites of the GREED Party
The votes “have not only been counted, they’ve been counted twice… Nobody’s going to dispute that.”
-James Baker on the vote count in Florida, 2000. In actuality, the vote count had been started twice, and then stopped... twice -NG
In Washington State, Governor Christine Gregoire won the governor's race after a hand recount that is required by law. Now, the GOP (Greed Over People Party) wants to go one better and throw the entire election out. Today, a Washington state judge denied the GREED PARTY request for a new election. Instead of accepting this decision as final, the GOP now plans an appeal to the State Supreme Court.
By the way, Governor Christine Gregoire has been working as Governor since November, 2004. It's outrageous that the GOP wants to drag this out right into the 2005 election.
by Jack Kashinsky
On This Past Memorial Day:
Many of the WWII vets benefits were quickly whitened away. See "The Best is None to Good", by Martin (I think.)
One prime example was the low interest loans for purchasing homes. The Banking Industry was allowed to scuttle the plan by instituting their "point system". These points made the interest paid on a GI Loan actually higher that a conventional one, like the FHA.
Additionally they introduced a ton of unnecessary paperwork, making it much more time consuming.
As of two years ago, a vet seeking a VA guaranteed loan could only qualify if the home cost $200,000.00, or more.
No need to explain what they have done to our VA benefits.
"Tricky Dickie" tried to have his cake and eat it too. He had any negatively implicating evidence removed. This, he thought would prove once and for all that he was "not a crook". This backfired when the Dem. technicians discovered that the tapes had been altered with, at very sensitive places.
"I am not a crook" Nixon and his plumbers were pikers when compared to the workings of the Lipper, and his administration. I really believe that like Hitler and the Nazis, many of them really believe their own lies...a la Goebles.
On W. Mark Felt:
Only he and God really know whether he was a hero or a disgruntled employee, or both.
What we do know is that he spoke the truth, which appears to be criminal to the Greed Over People Right Wingers.
Many of these ( you provide the word), are still shedding crocodile tears over Bill Clinton's zipper problems.
Religious right take note: "He who be without sin, let him cast the first stone."
In response to "They will be throwing roses as the Israelis withdraw", Rhian writes:
From what I have heard of the situation in Israel, (from inside) no one is going anywhere. I believe Sharon is employing stalling tactics as best he can to get past the Bush administration with as many promises as possible and as little actual withdrawing as possible.
His own people are taking him seriously however, and hopefully he will be able to stall without civil war between Israelis, until Bush, Rove, Rice and the rest are gone.
I'm pretty sure (don't quote me please) that Bush/Rove/Rice actually have threatened the status of the treaty with Israel (US aid) unless Gaza is cleared of Jewish settlements, putting Sharon in an extremely difficult position.
If he lets his people know, he will lost the treaty and probably his life. If he does not let them know and allows the process to appear to be proceeding (Gaza pullout) he risks civil war.
If he does not let his people know and does not appear to be affecting the withdraw, he loses US foreign aid, which might cause a civil war in the US (I wouldn't go that far -NG). In all cases, he is at a significant disadvantage with the Pals, as well as foreign Islamic terrorists, since he needs desperately, a low media profile right now.
Damn Bush/Cheney/Rove/Rice (and she is particularly embarrassing as representative of the United States)
((I am particularly offended at Bush's remark that he is sure Palestinian moms are just like American moms, AAAAACCCKKKKK bastard, how dare he make this comparison))
In response to the "hyper-rich" and Bill Clinton, Eddie Konczal writes:
I hate to bring this up, but it was Clinton who got most favored nation status through for China. PFTC occurred in summer of 2000, as one of Clinton's last acts before the 2000 election. Clinton also brought us NAFTA and GATT... I was definitely not a supporter of his foreign trade policies.
And Robert Scardapane chimes in similarly:
In the interest of accuracy, the China MFN (most favored nation) status was originally signed by Bill Clinton. The MFN must be renewed each year. Clinton signed it toward the end of his second term when the impact could not be measured. Bush renewed it every year despite evidence that our manufacturing is being destroyed and that China has not instituted promised Democratic reforms.
"Free" trade has definitely back-fired on us. Almost all of our jobs are at risk now. I am baffled when I try to come up with the jobs of the "future". We are investing very little in innovation and young people are not pursuing careers in science. In the words of Hans Solo - "I have a bad feeling about this".
I wasn't a fan with either. NAFTA sucked my industry dry (the trim trade to the garment industry). However, jobs, overall, were still up and the feeling was that times were good, not bad.
Did I agree with everything President Clinton did? No way. I often wonder what Bill Clinton would do in relation to China today. I wonder if he would do something extraordinary or if he would just pimp us out, like the Bushies have done. In any event, I'd like to see it.
By the way, do you think the Greed Over People Party websites and newsletters are concerned about things like "In the interest of accuracy?" If anyone was curious, THAT is what makes US better, and might have been our downfall. Would we rather be dishonest and on the inside or honest and on the outside looking in?
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