Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Curiosity

"There are two sorts of curiosity -- the momentary and the permanent. The momentary is concerned with the odd appearance on the surface of things. The permanent is attracted by the amazing and consecutive life that flows on beneath the surface of things."
--Robert Lynd,
"Solomon in All His Glory"

Stir It Up: Come To Paula Abdul's Defense, And Enlighten

MSNBC has a poll asking, What would make American Idol better?

One of the things we need to be doing in this country is reaching across the artificial party and philosophical lines that too many have been brainwashed to believe by the corporate media. With that in mind, I thought it might be interesting to stir things up.


My Post at MSNBC, # 58:

American Idol is fluff. Paula is sweet and entertaining, and means well. Why don't you ask something meaningful, like whether malevolent hypocritical drug whore Ru$h Limbaugh should be removed from the airwaves for his ongoing streams of lies and propaganda for the Fourth Reich?

TLC

NOTE: MSNBC's software replaced the word "whore" with *****

It strikes me that Ru$h Limbaugh is the REAL obscenity...

"Unimportant"

" ... we can no longer afford to throw away even one ‘unimportant’ day by not noticing the wonder of it all. We have to be willing to discover and then appreciate the authentic moments of happiness available to all of us every day."
--Sarah Ban Breathnach

Monday, January 29, 2007

Veni...

"Veni, Vedi, Vegi . . . I came, I saw, I had a salad."
--Anon

Slave Of The State

There are wire service articles about a Nebraska couple, Ray and Louise Spiering, who, on religious grounds, object to their newborn Melynda being subjected to blood testing for various conditions.

Besides the problems noted in my letter to the editor of various newspapers, below, there is the additional inevitable fact that, should anything turn up in the blood tests, the government will next proceed to tell the parents what medical treatment their child will receive--or the government will take Melynda from her parents, and the government will then become the parent, the owner, the Master, God.

However, making multiple points in a letter to the editor decreases the chances that it will be published.

TLC
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Dear Editor,

Attempts to force newborn Melynda Spiering to undergo government-mandated blood testing well illustrates the future this precious young lady faces if we do not stand up to the increasingly totalitarian government that asserts dominion over every aspect of our existence.


Thomas Jefferson wrote, "Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed"--not the other way around.

The act of birth does not empower government ownership or enslavement of any human being.


Terry L. Clark

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Duty

"When it is a duty to worship the sun it is pretty sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat." --John Morley (1838-1923)
Source: Voltaire, 1872

Miracle

"What if they found a bug or colony of living insects on Mars, or the Moon? The whole of our national resources would be marshalled to protect them, and study them. It would be declared by the world as a total miracle, yet the life on this planet most people take for granted because of its abundance."
--Donnalee

Friday, January 26, 2007

Television

Artist: Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy
Song: Television, the Drug of the nation

one nation
under God
has turned into
one nation under the influence
of one drug

[chorus:]
Television, the drug of the Nation
Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation
(2x)

T.V., it
satellite links
our United States of Unconsciousness
Apathetic therapeutic and extremely addictive
The methadone metronome pumping out
150 channels 24 hours a day
you can flip through all of them
and still there's nothing worth watching
T.V. is the reason why less than 10 per cent of our
Nation reads books daily
Why most people think Central Amerika
means Kansas
Socialism means unamerican
and Apartheid is a new headache remedy
absorbed in it's world it's so hard to find us
It shapes our mind the most
maybe the mother of our Nation
should remind us
that we're sitting too close to...

[Chorus:]
Television, the drug of the Nation
Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation
(2x)

T.V. is
the stomping ground for political candidates
Where bears in the woods
are chased by Grecian Formula'd
bald eagles
T.V. is mechanized politic's
remote control over the masses
co-sponsored by environmentally safe gases
watch for the PBS special
It's the perpetuation of the two party system
where image takes precedence over wisdom
Where sound bite politics are served to
the fastfood culture
Where straight teeth in your mouth
are more important than the words
that come out of it
Race baiting is the way to get selected
Willie Horton or
Will he not get elected on...

[Chorus:]
Television, the drug of the Nation
Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation
(2x)

T.V., is it the reflector or the director?
Does it imitate us
or do we imitate it
because a child watches 1500 murders before he's
twelve years old and we wonder why we've created
a Jason generation that learns to laugh
rather than to abhor the horror
T.V. is the place where
armchair generals and quarterbacks can
experience first hand
the excitement of warfare
as the theme song is sung in the background
Sugar sweet sitcoms
that leave us with a bad actor taste while
pop stars metamorphosize into soda pop stars
You saw the video
You heard the soundtrack
Well now go buy the soft drink
Well, the onla cola that I support
would be a union C.O.L.A.(Cost Of Living Allowance)
On television

[Chorus:]
Television, the drug of the Nation
Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation
(2x)

Back again, "New and improved"
We return to our irregularly programmed schedule
hidden cleverly between heavy breasted
beer and car commercials
CNNESPNABCTNT but mostly B.S.
Where oxymoronic language like
"virtually spotless", "fresh frozen"
"light yet filling" and "military intelligence"
have become standard
T.V. is the place where phrases are redefined
like "recession" to "necessary downturn"
"Crude oil" on a beach to "mousse"
"Civilian death" to "collateral damages"
and being killed by your own Army
is now called "friendly fire"
T.V. is the place where the pursuit
of happiness has become the pursuit of
trivia
Where toothpaste and cars have become
sex objects
Where imagination is sucked out of children
by a cathode ray nipple
T.V. is the only wet nurse
that would create a cripple

[Chorus:]
Television, the drug of the Nation
Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation
(4x)

Defending Against The Upcoming Physical Hi-Tech Assaults By The Fourth Reich

January 26, 2007 -- Save your aluminum foil "hats." According to a technology expert who is familiar with the Raytheon Active Denial System (ADS), tested January 24 at Moody Air Force base in Georgia, the millimeter microwave directed beam weapon can be defeated by a crowd of people using aluminum- or gold-coated Mylar to conduct the beam to ground or even direct it back to the Humvee housing the ADS system. Although the Humvee is shielded, any law enforcement or military personnel standing near the Humvee would get a burning taste of their own medicine if the directed beam were reflected back to its source or to a crowd of police. In addition to aluminum or gold coated Mylar, Mylar reflective space blankets, aluminum coated windshield heat protective screens, and more sophisticated and precise corner cube retro-reflectors or Luneburg spheres can all be used to reflect the millimeter wave beam back to its source.

The source we spoke to also revealed that the ADS technology has already been used in Iraq against civilian rioters even though the Pentagon claims it will not be deployable until 2010. The source added that even if the ADS Humvee is present at the anti-war march in Washington tomorrow, Raytheon would not permit its use because of liability issues stemming from potential eye damage and human rights violations. However, WMR has learned that Raytheon is offering the ADS technology to police departments and as a component of home security alarm systems.

Source: Investigative Reporter Wayne Madsen, January 26, 2007

January 25, 2007 -- Pentagon PSYOPs directed against Saturday DC anti-war marchers. First, the corporate media attempted to ignore the January 27 anti-war march on Washington. As the Internet and progressive talk radio spread the word about the march and groups around the nation began to mobilize their members to participate in it, the Bush administration -- now armed with all sorts of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) "non-lethal" toys -- decided to stage a test of an anti-crowd microwave weapon, code named "Sheriff," in a demonstration for the media at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia.

On January 24, the military demonstrated its Active Denial System (ADS) millimeter wave directed energy beam in a test designed for the media, and hence, the public. Using enlisted airman, acting as "rioters," as "guinea pigs," a beam was directed at them from a parabolic antenna located 500 yards away atop a Humvee. The wave heated the skin of the "rioters" to 130 degrees, creating the feeling in the targets that they were being burned alive, scattering them in the process. The military pointed out that the beam can penetrate winter clothing (which will be worn by those participating in Saturday's march) and 1/64th of an inch under the skin. As with any electronic weapon, it is clear that the "juice" can be turned up on Sheriff to cause more than a nasty skin burn, including internal organ damage, blindness, and death.

The weapon was developed under a contract awarded by the Pentagon's non-lethal weapons program office at the Quantico, Virginia Marine Corps Base to Raytheon.

The public testing of such a weapon by the military just prior to what may be the largest anti-war march in Washington since the Vietnam War is a clear message by the Pentagon to marchers that the millimeter wave technology exists and is deployable. Psychologically, most people find the idea of being burned alive frightening and this Pentagon "show and tell" was an obvious ploy to scare away marchers, especially those planning to bring their families.

Pentagon's PSYOPs warning to anti-war marchers: we can and may microwave you with our Sheriff weapon.

However, marchers should keep in mind that a Humvee is no match against hundreds of thousands of marchers and that any attempt to use such a weapon would have one shot before an angry crowd descended on the vehicle and rendered it useless as both a weapon and a vehicle.

Source: Investigative Reporter Wayne Madsen, January 25, 2007

Congress Abolished, Constitution Repealed

President Bush, on a collision course with Congress over Iraq, said Friday "I'm the decision-maker" about sending more troops to the war.

Source: MSNBC, January 26, 2007

And the crowd responded: Sieg Heil!

Article 1, Section 8, U.S. Constitution, R.I.P.:

Section 8. The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes;

To establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures;

To provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States;

To establish post offices and post roads;

To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries;

To constitute tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court;

To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offenses against the law of nations;

To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;

To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years;

To provide and maintain a navy;

To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces;

To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the states respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten miles square) as may, by cession of particular states, and the acceptance of Congress, become the seat of the government of the United States, and to exercise like authority over all places purchased by the consent of the legislature of the state in which the same shall be, for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dockyards, and other needful buildings;--And

To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Never V

"Never, never be afraid to do what's right,
especially if the well being of a person or an animal is at stake.
Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul
when we look the other way."

--Unknown

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Beatles-A-Rama

A free internet radio station to brighten your day. They play live versions, and covers from other artists, so it doesn't get stale like much of "plop" radio. Enjoy!

http://www.beatlesarama.com

John Edwards: "Got War"

Former Senator John Edwards (Dem.) tells Herzliya Conference serious political, economic steps should be taken against Islamic Republic; 'in order to ensure Iran never gets nuclear weapons, all options must remain on table,' he says, adding that Syria should be held accountable for its support of Hizbullah, Hamas
Hinting to possible military action, Edwards stressed that "in order to ensure Iran never gets nuclear weapons, all options must remain on table."

After opening his speech with great praise for former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Edward's continued to express great appreciation for the Israeli people and the special bond between the two countries, saying it was "a bond that will never be broken."

It Speaks Volumes

My letter to the editor of the Topeka Capital-Journal, the Wichita Eagle, the Salina Journal, and the Hays Daily News, about a wire service article about a lawsuit filed by the officials of Logan County, Kansas, to poison prairie dogs over the objections of farmers on whose land the poisoning would occur, and to additionally force the farmers to remove their cattle from their land during that time:


Dear Editor,

It says alot about the officials of Logan County, who want to poison prairie dogs and subject them to a gruesome death.

And what it says is that they need years of intense psychiatric counseling to address a multitude of serious disorders.

Sincerely,

Terry L. Clark

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Writers

"For a country to have a great writer is like having a second government. That is why no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones." --Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (1918- ) Russian Writer

Quantas Joins The Fourth Reich

Airline Bars Man From Flight Over Bush T-Shirt

An Australian man is threatening to sue the airline company Qantas after he was barred from flying. At the time Allen Jasson was wearing a t-shirt depicting President Bush that read "World's number one terrorist." A spokesperson for the airline said: "Whether made verbally or on a T-shirt, comments with the potential to offend other customers or threaten the security of a Qantas group aircraft will not be tolerated."

Source: Democracy Now, January 23, 2007

Enslavement, Not Dominion

A San Leandro pastor has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for illegally catching thousands of undersized California leopard sharks in San Francisco Bay and selling them to aquarium dealers, authorities said today.

Kevin Thompson, 49, pastor at the Bay Area Family Church and the co-owner of at least one fishing boat, was also ordered Monday to pay $100,000 in restitution for his role in a conspiracy in which five others have been implicated, according to federal prosecutors.

The species is protected by a 1994 state law that prohibits commercial catches of juvenile leopard sharks shorter than 36 inches, in order to let them live in the wild long enough to reproduce and maintain healthy stocks. Selling wildlife with the knowledge that it was captured illegally is a federal crime.

Full Article, SF Chronicle, January 23, 2007


My letter to the SF Chronicle:

Dear Editor,

How interesting that Pastor Kevin Thompson captured thousands of God's creatures and sold them to line his own pockets.

I guess I missed that part of the bible in which God deemed that man should enslave His creations.

And a paltry year 366 days incarceration for criminal conduct that took place over a period of years adds further insult to serious injury.

Terry L. Clark

Health Care in Iraq Was Better Under Saddam Hussein

The UNICEF/WHO report noted that prior to 1990, 97 percent of the urban dwellers and 71 percent of the rural population had access to free primary health care; just 2 percent of hospital beds were privately managed.

Full Article, AlterNet, January 19, 2007

_________________________

And health care in Iraq under Saddam was thus better in the USA, then or now.

TLC

Petition: Protest Wild Boar "Hunts"

Full Petition, and Sign Here

We, the undersigned, as ethical persons and people of conscience, declare our intention not to support, even implicitly, the event organized every year in January near Balc, Romania, by Mr. Ion Tiriac (famous Romanian tennis player, now a businessman and the richest man in Romania). Therefore, we will pull out any contribution and in the future we will avoid involvement as clients in any Tiriac companies. We consider that the Balc wild boar hunts, during which the invited guests (foreign and Romanian politicians and big business tycoons, partners or potential partners of Ion Tiriac) kill about 200 animals each year, are in essence massacres disguised as entertainment and "sport" for VIPs.

Full Petition, and Sign Here


My comment added to the signature:

Perhaps there should be rich bastard hunts...

Monday, January 22, 2007

Wills

"Great souls have wills; feeble ones have only wishes."
--Chinese Proverb

Petition: Trial for Killing of Rocky the Akita Jan. 22/NC

PLEASE READ BELOW, CROSSPOST AND SIGN PETITION AT: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/148343341

Joann Dimon jojo222@comcast.net

Hello All,

Please keep Rocky in your thoughts today as his trail starts today..

Some important things stand out on this case : This akita was in his pen , and was shot at point blank range with a shot gun. This poor dog did not die after have the bullet pierce his throat and hit his spinal cord, he lay there paralyzed from the waist down but pulled himself with his front legs under the family shed to die. A emergency vet was called out to the scene to humanely put down.I have police reports and other info if anyone needs this, jo

In the early morning hours of July 21, 2006, a 4 year old Akita named Rocky lay dying as the result of being shot in the face with both barrels of a shotgun during a domestic violence altercation.

In the rural area of East Bend, NC, on the night of July 20, Martin Spivey, 47, who was estranged from his family, became intoxicated, borrowed a double-barrel shotgun from a friend and drove to the family home where he quarreled with his wife. Their two young children were present during the altercation. Spivey threatened his wife, then turned, took aim, and shot Rocky in the face with both barrels of the shotgun.

Mr. Spivey then became verbally abusive and attempted to resist Reporting Officer efforts to escort him to the patrol car. Reporting Officer placed Reporting Officer's hand on the upper chest and throat area and pushed him to the wall and regained Control of him.

http://www.pet-abuse.com/cases/9382/

Yadkin County Sheriff's Office

Docket #06-CR-51123 Communicating Threats
Docket #06-CR-51124 Class 1 Felony Animal

FOR THE MAXIMUM SENTENCE OF MARTIN GRAY SPIVEY WHO KILLED SWEET ROCKY, THE UNPROVOKED AKITA.

Target: Honarable District Attorney, Yadkin Court House
Sponsor: Carolyn Mullin, No More HOmeless Animals
__________________________

My comments posted with the Petition:

Serial killers start with animals. Here, Spivey is well on his way to that status, having murdered an innocent dog, and terrorized his wife and children. Put Spivey in a hole so deep he'll never dig his way out.
TLC

PLEASE READ BELOW, CROSSPOST AND SIGN PETITION AT: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/148343341

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Pledge

"Because we fear the responsibility for our actions,
we have allowed ourselves to develop the mentality of slaves.
Contrary to the stirring sentiments of the Declaration of Independence,
we now pledge "our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor"not to one another for our mutual protection,
but to the state,whose actions continue to exploit, despoil, and destroy us."
--Butler D. Shaffer
Professor, Southwestern University School of Law, June 9, 2003

The Veep's Next Hunt

“I think it is time for Bush to go hunting with his vice president.”
--Anonymous caller to The Salina [Kansas] Journal's "Extension 333" call-in line, published January 21, 2007

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Art Buchwald, October 20, 1925 - January 17, 2007

Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got.

You can't make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All you're doing is recording it.

We seem to be going through a period of nostalgia, and everyone seems to think yesterday was better than today. I don't think it was, and I would advise you not to wait ten years before admitting today was great. If you're hung up on nostalgia, pretend today is yesterday and just go out and have one hell of a time.

I don't know what's coming next and neither does anyone else. It's something that we do have to face but the thing is that a lot of people don't want to face it. And there's denial. If somebody says it, like me, everybody feels a little better that they can discuss it.


See also Art Buchwald's farewell column.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Bob Ney--White Man's Justice

Salon had an item on former Ohio Congressperson Bob Ney, who got sentenced to 30 months for taking bribes. My Posting at Salon:


If it were a young black male who got high and did one stupid thing that was completely out of character, he'd be sent to prison for a very long time...but a white career criminal like Ney who knew exactly what he was doing over a long period of time gets sentenced to..."hard tennis"?

TLC

We Don't Need No Stinkin' Lawyers - Guilty Unless The Military Tribunal Says Otherwise

DNA Test Exonerates Dallas Convict

In Texas, DNA testing has exonerated a man convicted of child rape more than twenty-five years ago. The man, James Waller, is the twelfth person to have a conviction overturned by DNA testing in the Dallas area since 2001.

Source: Democracy Now, January 19, 2007

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Indifference

"The penalty good men pay
for indifference to public affairs,
is to be ruled by evil men."
--Plato(429-347 BC)

"Experiment" On Thyself

There are numerous articles hitting the newspapers about "experiments" done on monkeys to study the 1918 flu epidemic. An example of such an article appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle.

My letter, to the Chronicle, and some other newspapers:


Dear Editor,

Once again in the name of "science", monkeys have been enslaved, tortured and killed, as part of a "study" of the 1918 flu virus. These actions are termed "controversial", not because of the horrors inflicted upon extremely intelligent sentient beings, but because of the possibility that the virus could have escaped into the society that condones such barbarism.

I would suggest that the next time an "experiment" is undertaken, that those experimented upon consist of "scientists" and cold-blooded newspaper reporters and editors who see no problem with such sick behavior.

Sincerely,

Terry L. Clark

Next

Letter to The Salina [Kansas] Journal by Randy & Sharon Lister, published January 18, 2007:

Faults found at home

Now that Saddam Hussein is gone I was wondering if the rest of the pieces are going to fall into place. Sure, Saddam did some horrific things to his own people, killing 148 Shiite people after they tried killing him first.

But is that any worse than the crimes of Bush, Cheney or Rumsfeld? Just look at Hurricane Katrina and how many people died out of sheer neglect and mismanagement -- at least 1,836 (they were Louisianans). It’s amazing how quickly they were to react to getting the Bin Laden family out of America to save their lives but how slowly they were to react to Katrina to save American lives. They have sent over 3,000 Americans to their death over the World Trade Center fiasco that we all know Saddam had absolutely nothing to do with.

I guess the question is when do we stop having trials and hanging leaders over crimes against humanity? Or is the word I’m looking for "start"?

--RANDY and SHARON LISTER, Delphos, Kansas

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Difficulties

"Even the most daring and accomplished people have undergone tremendous difficulty. In fact, the more successful they became, the more they attributed their success to the lessons learned during their most difficult times."

Barbara Rose
Speaker and Author

Springtime For DerBu$hler

Watch online or download, 10 meg Real Player format. Deja Vu all over again...when will the American people wake up AND do something?

TLC

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Radio

"I am amazed at radio DJ's today. I am firmly convinced that AM on my radio stands for Absolute Moron. I will not begin to tell you what FM stands for."
--Jasper Carrott

Why Insurers Love The New California "Health Plan"

Once the legislature prunes away the proposed new tax on employers, hospitals, and doctors (which is likely) and eliminates the laudable pledge to assure coverage for the undocumented, the governor's plan is apt to end up stripped down to its worst elements — a mandate that all individuals have to buy health insurance and the dubious promotion of a Bush administration scheme, health savings accounts.
With no controls on skyrocketing premiums, comprehensive plans will be out of reach for millions of Californians. Most could end up with junk insurance, with up to $10,000 in out-of-pocket payments for any medical care, meaning the average person will likely pay for all his or her medical expenses on top of the premiums. And many may forgo any medical care, risking worse health problems and greater health costs down the road.


Full Article, San Francisco Bay Guardian

Author: Zenei Cortez, RN, vice president of the California Nurses Association.

Launching the 2008 Presidential Campaign With Ethnic Cleansing in Iraq

A detailed analysis of the nightmare in Iraq being created by the US, and where Bu$h and company are headed with it.

Full Article by Tom Hayden, January 9, 2007.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Ideal

"The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried."
--G.K.Chesterton

Presidential Candidate Fears "Gulf Of Tonkin" To Provoke Iran War

Republican Congressman and 2008 Presidential candidate Ron Paul fears a staged Gulf of Tonkin style incident may be used to provoke air strikes on Iran as numerous factors collide to heighten expectations that America may soon be embroiled in its third war in six years.
Full Article, Prison Planet, January 15, 2007

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live.
Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power.
We have guided missiles and misguided men."

"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom. "

--Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), US civil rights leader

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Spaceship

"We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent on it's vulnerable reserves of air and soil, all committed, for our safety, to it's security and peace. Preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work and the love we give our fragile craft."
--Adlai Ewing Stevenson (1835 - 1914)
(Vice President Of The U.S., 1893- 1897, when Grover Cleveland was President;
Grandfather of 1952 & 1956 Democratic Presidential Candidate Adlai Stevenson)

Fur

"Behind every beautiful fur, there is a story. It is a bloody, barbaric story "
--Mary Tyler Moore

G.M.: Bad For America Then, Bad For America In The Future

Nazis rode to war on GM wheels

How G.M. made possible Hitler's ability to wage WWII, its complicity in what became the "Final Solution", and how G.M. even profited from Hitler throughout WWII.

SF Chronicle, January 7, 2007


What's Good for GM May End Up Killing Us All

As G.M. gets rid of American workers, it is busy building factories in China to build vehicles to be sold to the few Americans that will still be able to afford to buy them, while simultaneously adding greatly to global warming by building a market in China.

Dave Lindorff, January 13, 2007

The Coming War On Lawyers

The senior Pentagon official in charge of military detainees suspected of terrorism said in an interview this week that he was dismayed that lawyers at many of the nation's top law firms were representing prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and that the firms' corporate clients should consider ending their business ties.


Full NYT story, January 13, 2007, courtesy of the SF Chronicle

Sustenance

"Enthusiasm is the daily food for successful people."
--Marie Svistunovs

Friday, January 12, 2007

A New Record


January 12, 2007 -- Rice beats record.

After Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's performance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday, it appears she has broken a record. During Rice's testimony, more crap passed through the gap in her teeth than passed through New York City's 14 publicly-owned sewage treatment plants in 2006.



Source: http://waynemadsenreport.com/

Bu$h Speaks The Truth

"Imagine what would happen if these extremists who hate America and our way of life gained control of energy reserves. You can bet they would use those reserves to blackmail economies in order to achieve their objective."
--George W. Bush, Fort Benning, Georgia, January 11, 2007
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/01/20070111-7.html

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And with that statment, the Current Occupant has accurately and concisely summed up the situation we face with the multinational oil cartel whose interests the Current Occupant serves!

TLC

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Mickey Mouse's Hate Mongering

Media Matters has an excellent rundown on the hiring by ABC's "Good Morning America" of hate mongering psycho Glenn Beck. For example:

He has declared that "Muslims who have sat on your frickin' hands the whole time" rather than "lining up to shoot the bad Muslims in the head" will face dire consequences.

Beck referred to "those who were left in New Orleans [during Hurricane Katrina], or who decided to stay" as "scumbags."


Check out the full article!

Mickey Mouse's Propaganda For Escalation

Today's ABC World News Tonight email preview contained the following:

The Bush Speech: In almost six years since he's been president, President Bush has delivered 28 speeches during primetime. But even his advisers admit that his speech tonight, in which he'll outline a new strategy for Iraq, is one of his most important. Martha Raddatz will have a complete report. Plus, Jonathan Karl will examine what the new strategy would mean on the ground in Iraq.ABC News will have live coverage of President Bush's speech at 9 p.m., ET. Charles Gibson will anchor the Special Report.

____________________

My email to the Mickey Mouse network, with a copy to their Nightwhine wing:

How much do you get paid to shrill for Bu$h?

There is no "new strategy". The speech is to announce that Americans will continue, in even greater numbers, to die, to be maimed physically and mentally, to protect the interests of the multinational oil cartel. What's new about that?

TLC

"Checkpoints"

Citizens For Legitimate Government (CLG) has a short item, referencing a FauxNews article, on "Checkpoints" being set up in New Orleans between 2am and 6am, supposedly to reduce crime.

My email to CLG:


What's the difference between New Orleans "Checkpoints" and the "Checkpoints" that already exist throughout the Police State Of America under the pretense of being "DUI Checkpoints"?

I remember, years ago, when the S.S. had to have a reason, at least a "reasonable articulable suspicion", to stop a civilian on the streets. Welcome to the Fourth Reich, where the masses are more concerned about the upcoming new season of "American Idol" than the loss of their liberties.

TLC

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Scorn

"Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits
are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up trafficjams."
--Mary Ellen Kelly

Kansans: Rev Your Embarassment

"It's official. Our Sen. Sam Brownback is running for president. Let the embarrassment begin."
--Anonymous call to The Salina [Kansas] Journal's Extension 333, published January 9, 2007

Monday, January 08, 2007

Liberties

"All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation
ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it."
--Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) French historian
Source: Democracy in America, 1835

Two Down, A Few Million More To Go

MARINETTE, Wisconsin (AP) -- In a case that could further expose racial tensions between white residents and Asian immigrants here, a local sheriff said a Hmong man found dead in the woods Saturday was murdered.

Full Story, CNN, January 8, 2007


On the bright side, one killer is dead, and another killer is going to jail.

While it would be most unfortunate if the Hmong man was killed due to his ancestry, were not both killers involved in racism against those sentient beings who walk on fours? These two killers were not seeking food due to necessity, they were killing for "fun". One apparently had more "fun" than the other.

But of course, the mainstream media, so anxious to keep their advertisers happy, particularly those in the flesh (euphemism "meat") industry, will not allow such questions to be raised, because it might cost them some money in the short term.

TLC

The US has spent a million dollars for every dead Iraqi

Early this year the Bush administration is to ask Congress to approve an additional $100bn for the onerous task of making life intolerable for the Iraqis. This will bring the total spent on the White House's current obsession with war to almost $500bn - enough to have given every US citizen $1,600 each. I wonder which the voters would have gone for if given the choice: shall we (a) give every American $1,600 or (b) spend the money on bombing a country in the Middle East that doesn't use lavatory paper?
Full article, by Monty Python's Terry Jones, Guardian UK, January 6, 2007

Accuracy In "Reporting"

My email to Democracy Now, over their latest propaganda:


There you go again...

An accurate headline, with a story that actually reflected reality, would read:

"U.S. Government To Proceed With Murder Of Additional Political Prisoners".

TLC
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Iraqi Government to Proceed With Execution of Hussein Co-DefendantsThe Iraqi government has announced plans to proceed with the execution of two of Saddam Hussein's co-defendants despite international criticism over the handling of Hussein's hanging. The New York Times reports that on the streets of the Arab world, the former Iraqi president has undergone a resurgence of admiration and awe over the past week. Meanwhile Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Saturday his government might cut off diplomatic relations with countries that criticized Hussein's execution. If Maliki goes ahead with his threat one of those countries affected could be Britain. On Saturday British Finance Minister Gordan Brown said this about the execution:

Gordon Brown: "Now that we know the full picture of what happened I think we can sum this up as a deplorable set of events. It is something, of course, of which the Iraqi government has now expressed its anxiety and its shame at."

Gordon Brown has been tipped to succeed Tony Blair as British prime minister.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Teachers

"The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugsand pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes pokingyou with a sharp stick called 'truth'."
--Dan Rather

American Fascism: The Holy Blitz Rolls On

Great interview in Salon with Chris Hedges, former NYT Reporter, and author of the new book, "American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America".

TLC

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Safe

"A free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular."
--Adlai Ewing Stevenson (1835 - 1914)
(Vice President Of The U.S., 1893- 1897, when Grover Cleveland was President;
Grandfather of 1952 & 1956 Democratic Presidential Candidate Adlai Stevenson)

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Awakening

"Frank: Jane, since I've met you I've noticed things that I never knew were there before; birds singing, dew glistening on a newly formed leaf, stoplights."
--Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Obligation

"Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual; you have an obligation to be one. You cannot make any useful contribution in life unless you do this."
--Eleanor Roosevelt
1884-1962, American First Lady, Columnist and Lecturer

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Expectations

"One of the things my parents have taught me is never listen to other people’s expectations. You should live your own life and live up to your own expectations. "
--Tiger Woods, Golfer

Monday, January 01, 2007

Start

"So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don’t sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late." --Lee Iacocca, Chrysler Corporation CEO