Today's Note From a Madman
Monday, August 1, 2005
I have a great idea. Since
assault weapons are now legal for
terrorists to buy and ship
overseas, why don't we talk about national health care? Or am I just being
"selfish" and "unrealistic"?
Another Stupid Quote in the Lead
"This post is too important to leave vacant any longer, especially during a war and a vital debate about U.N. reform,"
-"G"lobal "W"arming Bush on his bypassing any senate confirmation hearings and appointing John Bolton UN Ambassador
Think about this: John Bolton is being held up in Senate confirmation hearings by both Democratic and Republican Senators. Basically, they don't know if this guy is right for a post which requires tact, discipline and a basic ability to "play nice with others." John Bolton is combative and dishonest and the man that even a Republican-controlled senate can't seem to stomach enough to give this opposition to.
I think that President Bush owed it to US to choose a more stable presence for our UN Ambassador than Bolton. This is just another slap in the face to both US here at home, the Senate and the UN.
Bolton "believes passionately in the goals of the United Nations Charter, to advance peace and liberty and human rights."
"the UN Building could lose ten floors and not make a difference,"
Well that sounds more like a guy who wants to destroy the UN rather than one who "believes passionately in the goals of the United Nations", doesn't it?
This is the "the latest abuse of power by the Bush White House,"
-Senate Democratic Leader, Harry Reid (NV)
The "latest" and continuing, Senator Reid.
"even while the president preaches democracy around the world, he bends the rules and circumvents the will of Congress" at home
-Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)
You're being too kind, Senator Lautenberg. President Bush isn't just bending the rules, he is breaking them. The senate might have actually confirmed Bolton had the president released the documents that both Republican and Democratic senators alike had asked for. By stymieing the efforts of the senate, it is arguable that Mr. Bush broke the rules.
"It's basically a Christian approach to managing and motivating people, that I thought he might read and perhaps ponder and take into consideration in terms of how he treats people up at the United Nations."
-Senator George V, Voinovich, referring to the book, "The Heart and Soul of Effective Management" by James F. Hind
How about a course in anger management or just a simple people skills course.
WAIT...WAIT... I have a better idea. How about nominating a good candidate for the most visible US ambassador post instead?
Thinking... What a concept!
Regarding John Bolton (the right wing Libertarian who hates the UN and all it stands for) and The Lipper's intended right sweep around Congress.
(President Bush's "recess appointment of John Bolton as UN Ambassador) is one more shining example of this "compassionate" President's stated desire of "bringing people together".
Bolton will savage the UN at every opportunity and make the rest of the world dislike us even more than they already do.
Meet the New King - Same as the Old King
King Faud of Saudi Arabia died at the age of 82 yesterday. In actuality, he died about a decade ago when stricken by a stroke. Crown Prince Abdullah was named the new king, a position he had been performing for the past ten years while his brother was "incapacitated."
You all might remember Crown Prince Abdullah, er, King Abdullah. He's the guy holding hands with "G"lobal "W"arming Bush whenever the two meet.
The new king is considered a "reformer." Funny thing about a king calling himself a "reformer"... Who's going to argue with him?
Is there anyone who really believes that Saudi Arabia's new king will be any different now that he has moves one seat up? Will the "kingdom" stop providing money for Madrassas? Will the "kingdom" halt their "telethons" for Palestinian homicide bombers? Will the "kingdom" stop terrorists where they begin... in Saudi Arabia?
It's time for Saudi Arabia to stop "saying" all the right things and start "doing" all the right things.
Help Africa Help Itself
There's truth in the assertion that emergency aid offers little or no long range help--partly because a lot of it never arrives. Anyone with half a brain cell knows that most of it gets siphoned off from those who need it, to be sold for profit by government hacks.
I think we all know that helping people to help themselves is the answer, but that requires a lot more people-power, both teachers and those who want to learn. It means going to the stricken country, teaching village people reading & writing, business arithmetic, and lots of practical hands-on skills. In arid regions, people need to know how to build and maintain deep wells at oases, cover drainage & irrigation ditches to prevent salinization of the soil. They need to be encouraged to use seeds & plantings for tried-and-true desert-hardy plants, nomads should convert their milking and meat herds from goats & certain breeds of sheep that crop to the ground, to other sheep & cattle that leave enough so a plant can regenerate. In many areas, to keep livestock healthy, there needs to be a huge project to rid Africa of the tsetse fly and rinderpest.
At their best, the AFSC, UUSC, World Vision Int'l, Peace Corps, and other non-Africans have taught many of these skills competently--but ideally, Africans should be teaching each other, and right now there are just so many overwhelming problems. Drought & war have in many places destroyed what local people built, people have become discouraged after too many batterings (who can blame them), and crises in Africa, including AIDS and other epidemics, have become so frequent over the past thirty years that emergency aid has been needed to save children's lives. That's why the headline is so misleading.
The Second Term Psalm
Bush is my shepherd; I dwell in want.
He maketh logs to be cut down in national forests.
He leadeth trucks into the still wilderness.
He restoreth my fears.
He leadeth me in the paths of international disgrace for his ego's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of pollution and war,
I will find no exit, for thou art in office.
Thy tax cuts for the rich and thy media control, they discomfort me.
Thou preparest an agenda of deception in the presence of thy religion.
Thou anointest my head with foreign oil.
My health insurance runneth out.
Surely megalomania and false patriotism shall follow me all the days of thy term,
And my jobless child shall dwell in my basement forever.
-Forwarded by Jenny Hanniver
In response to "tagging", Phil Ebersole writes:
I don't see any violation of civil liberties in "tagging" non-citizens. I see nothing wrong with requiring people to prove their identity and account for their whereabouts. But I wonder about the practicality of tagging and its cost. It seems to me that something like that would be awfully cumbersome to administer. And I wonder whether real terrorists wouldn't be able to defeat the "tagging," either by removing the tag or using some high-tech means to defeat it.
Far better, in my opinion, is the proposal by the 9/11 Commission that everyone who uses public transportation, or enters a public building, nuclear plant, chemical plant, or the like, show a non-forgeable biometric ID, linked to retinal scans or the like.
In response to [the unidentified, anti-Semitic writer], Jack Kashinsky writes:
(The unidentified writer) demonstrates the pattern of an orchestrated and insidious anti-Semitic campaign that been picking up momentum the past five years.
Members include the KKK, the Arian nut cases, the pro Nazi crackpots, and the strong, anti-Israel elements among the Muslims.
Arguing over facts and content is useless, as the bigot's response clearly indicated.
However, Noah's response was appropriate because there many "Swing Voters" and uninformed people. These are really the ones this misinformation is directed to. It is for this reason we must always expose these bigots for who they really are.
Interestingly enough, I find many similarities to the Repug lie and smear tactics.
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