After a spring and early summer dominated by the Iraq war, congressional Democrats are at last pounding out accomplishments on the domestic front, hoping to boost dismal approval ratings for Congress and avoid a “do-nothing” label as they head into the August recess.
Last week’s achievements in agriculture, lobbying reform and homeland security will give Democrats something positive to bring up with voters during the month-long break. The $286 billion farm bill passed Friday by the House continues popular crop subsidies and provides new funds for nutrition programs.
Somewhere I suggested this about a month ago. They just kept try to play the Iraq card and it failed and failed and failed and failed again. Now that they must go back home and face voters the dems jump on the Domestic program bandwagon. They have got to have something positive or they will shoot themselves in the foot. OK, the ethics bill will probably get watered down just so it will pass. In other words, not a damn thing positive in reality, only in politics is it a positive thing.
In closing, the congress will go into the August recess with very little accomplished and what is accomplished is only a shell of a good bill. BTW, I believe that Iraq's parliment is going into recess until about Labor Day. Please, remind me why this is a bad thing? Oh yeah, our troops do not get a recess. Then if it is all that important, why does not the US Congress stay in session? Oh yeah, sorry, my bad--there is an election coming and that is more important than the lives of our troops.
31 July 2007
After a spring and early summer dominated by the Iraq war, congressional Democrats are at last pounding out accomplishments on the domestic front, hoping to boost dismal approval ratings for Congress and avoid a “do-nothing” label as they head into the August recess.
In the last week or so I have heard three different people say that they have been in Iraq's al Anbar province and it was so safe that they walked around Ramadi without body armor. The last one was Pollock from the Brookings Institute. Is this true? I have seen no evidence of it being that safe. There are no photos of these guys walking around town without body armor. You would think that these people would bring back photos or footage to help illustrate the point. I have seen nothing!
I think it is more that the Bush admin are using these people to bolster their positionb when the ambassador and the general come to town for their report. This appears to be setting the stage for that report, IMO. They want to keep US troops in country for awhile longer and they are pumping up the only good news they have. That being the sunnis are doing a good job of whacking AQ's pee-pee.
So I say this is not really good news. It is manufactered news only to help Bush and his gang get what they want in September.
30 July 2007
Yet another Monday and another test! A good dose of mental masturbation is good for the soul.
OK class this week's question is about the Civil War.
Who was the last Southern general to surrender? Date and location of surrender?
Good luck and may the farce be with you!
I have another statement that I would like to put into the run for the most ANAL statement of the year.
It comes from my boy MITT!
" Romney told a crowd gathered at a golf course. "America is not happy with how the war in Iraq is going, and is angry. But America is not about to take a sharp left turn and put somebody in the White House who would turn America into a European-type state."
Mitt sure knows his stuff, huh?
29 July 2007
Another Sunday and another UpDate--The news, the booze and a snooze! Let us jump into the fray!
1--Oh Boy! More rich and disgusting people for Hollywood, the Becks.
2--Last Harry Potter book is out! Does he get killed? How laid?
3--Another NY driving story. A woman leaves a party drunk and gets in her car, boyfriend tries to stop her and she drags him to his death.
4--Pres Bush checks into hospital for a colonoscopy; mthey found and removed 5 polyps; 4 were beign and the 5th was his head.
5--Beyonce while performing in Fla slips and bust her ass, and then ask fans not to put it on youTube, 4 mins later i8t was on youTube.
6--The new member of the "slut pack" lindsay lohan was arrested for DUI and coke. It was not her coke, but it was just in her pocket of her jeans. She goes to rehab--AGAIN?
7--Tour de Farce--sorry--Tour De France is all but dead, there are more drug infractions than Lohan for god sake.
8--This one is my fav of the week--OBESITY is "socially contagious", (thinking........) Does that mean I have to wear one of those little white Mike jackson masks, whenever I am arounf "fat" people?
9--Just in! Dick Cheney goes to hospital for new heart!
Another week of totally worthless sh*t! see you in the funny papers!
I spotted this in the archives of the UPI and thought I would post it for others to read.
Policy Watch: Transnational revolutionBy MARK N. KATZ
WASHINGTON, April 6 (UPI) -- Transnational revolutionary movements seek to promote their brand of revolution not just in one country, but in a group of countries or even the entire world. Nationalist revolutionaries, by contrast, seek to promote revolution just in one country.
Marxist-Leninist, Arab nationalist and Islamic fundamentalist are three transnational movements that have been particularly active in recent decades.
Transnational and national revolutionary movements may be motivated by similar concerns: the desire to rid their country of authoritarian rule and/or foreign domination; and the desire to change existing patterns of income distribution.
The attraction of transnational revolutionary movements for many is that they link these concerns that exist in many different countries into an overarching narrative, pointing to a common cause for their grievances, a common solution to them, and a common set of allies to help them bring about this solution.
The transnational narratives of Marxist-Leninists, Arab nationalists and Islamic fundamentalists either had or have a strong appeal for many people in many countries. However, the existence of these narratives, or revolutionary ideologies, alone will not guarantee the success of transnational revolutionary movements. The ideologies of Marxism-Leninism, Arab nationalism and Islamic fundamentalism developed long before any of these movements were able to seize power anywhere.
One ingredient that appears necessary to make them politically powerful is a charismatic transnational revolutionary leader who not only achieves some extraordinary success (whether actual or illusory), but who is able to project a sense of more success to come. For the Marxist-Leninists, such leaders have included Vladimir Lenin, Mao Tse-tung, Ho Chi Minh, Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and perhaps even Hugo Chavez.
Gamal Abdul Nasser was the principal charismatic transnational revolutionary leader for the Arab nationalists. Both Moammar Gadhafi and Saddam Hussein also tried to take on this role. For Shiite Islamic fundamentalists, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was such a leader. For the Sunni, Osama bin Laden is one now.
Transnational revolutionary movements offer certain advantages over nationalist ones. First, they can appeal across national lines to larger identities -- class, pan-nationalism, religion. This is especially important when there are ethnic or other rivalries inside a country's artificially drawn borders resulting in no strong unifying sense of nationalism that can be appealed to. Second, belonging to a transnational revolutionary movement offers the prospect of receiving support from fellow revolutionaries in other countries. Third, belonging to a transnational revolutionary movement also offers the prospect not just of transforming a nation internally, but of increasing its importance on the world stage through making it part of a large, powerful bloc.
On the other hand, the obstacles faced by transnational revolutionary movements are often greater than those faced by nationalist ones. For nationalist revolutionaries, their mission is usually accomplished once they have come to power. Provided they do not try to export revolution, they can then easily fit into the existing pattern of international relations.
Transnational revolutionary movements, by contrast, seek to export their revolution to other countries and thereby transform the existing system of international relations in much of the world, or even all of it. Thus, after their initial success in coming to power in one country, their efforts to spread revolution elsewhere quickly results in a concerted attempt by the status quo powers either to roll back their revolution, or to contain it.
Another problem faced by transnational revolutionary movements is that their victory in one country may limit their appeal in neighboring ones that are its traditional rivals.
A third problem is that schisms often arise inside transnational revolutionary movements that result in conflict within them. The Sino-Soviet split plagued the Marxist-Leninist revolutionary movement from the late 1950s until the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe in 1989. The heyday of Arab nationalism (from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s) was marked by feuding amongst Egypt, Syria and Iraq. Sunni and Shiite Islamic fundamentalists in Iraq seem to be spending as much or more time fighting each other than fighting the U.S.-led coalition forces.
A fourth problem is that while transnational revolutionary movements promise great things before coming to power, the regimes they create afterward usually cannot keep them. Sooner or later, they become discredited both because they are authoritarian and because they do not deliver prosperity -- even though their country may possess oil or other wealth.
As both the Marxist-Leninist and the Arab nationalist experiences have shown, transnational revolutionary movements can eventually evolve into regimes paying lip service to revolutionary ideology but actually becoming nationalist and status quo oriented. Or they can simply collapse.
Can or will this happen to the Islamic fundamentalist movement? The discrediting process cannot really get started in any particular country, of course, unless and until an Islamic fundamentalist regime comes to power that does not deliver on the promises it makes. There are important signs that this process has reached an advanced stage in Iran. But this is a time-consuming process that is highly costly in terms of human lives.
Am I recommending that the United States allow Islamic fundamentalist revolutionaries to come to power in order that they might eventually become discredited? No. On the other hand, I believe that America's inability to foster democracy either in Iraq or elsewhere in the Muslim world will sooner or later result in additional Islamic fundamentalist regimes coming to power. Once they do, the disputes among them that are likely to consume the Islamic fundamentalists will eventually result in some of them seeing America as less of a threat than their fellow revolutionaries in other countries.
The bad news is that this could take a long time. The good news, though, is that no matter how badly Washington messes up in Iraq and elsewhere in the Muslim world, America will have a second chance to contain Islamic fundamentalists if and when they turn against each other like the Marxist-Leninists and the Arab nationalists did before them.
--(Mark N. Katz is a professor of government and politics at George Mason University.)
28 July 2007
This is my first post in this new feature. It will show up just about anywhere. So beware.
The general that did not do the right thing about Pat Tillman; he may lose a star and some money. Why? Because he gave "misleading information". (thinking....thinking....)
The "elites" give misleading information; the average person lies.
But wait there is more!
Ditech has this mortgage ad on TV where they push that it is a 6.125% loan but yet it is a 6.403% APR. Now which is it?
Guess what? Do you recall the "abstinance" pledge that they pushed into the schools? You recall the sex ed of the Bush Admin, right? It worked so well that the incidents of oral sex rose by 60% and there was a 40% rise in anal sex. Good job guys!
27 July 2007
I think most everybody is aware of the circumstances around the death of Ranger Pat Tillman. There are 7 officers and such that will be dealt with, a 3 star general will be consured and will most likely lose a star and some money. After reading the below stuff--I say it is not enough.
Army medical examiners were suspicious about the close proximity of the three bullet holes in Pat Tillman's forehead and tried without success to get authorities to investigate whether the former NFL player's death amounted to a crime, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
"The medical evidence did not match up with the, with the scenario as described," a doctor who examined Tillman's body after he was killed on the battlefield in Afghanistan in 2004 told investigators.
The doctors - whose names were blacked out - said that the bullet holes were so close together that it appeared the Army Ranger was cut down by an M-16 fired from a mere 10 yards or so away.
If all this is true, There had better be some criminal charges filed.
26 July 2007
The Bush admin just keeps throwing this sh*t out there and the American people, go into the ever popular fear mode.
One of the more memorable and revealing statements explaining the nature of the Bush administration buildup to the invasion of Iraq was offered in September 2002 by then White House chief of staff Andrew Card. "From a marketing point of view," he said, "you don't introduce new products in August." Five years later, a period longer than the Civil War and World War II, the administration is preparing to present its case for continuing the surge in Iraq. But rather than waiting for September, when Gen. David Petraeus is scheduled to deliver his report, the administration has moved up the marketing to July.
The familiar props are rolled out, like the well-worn and peeling painted backdrop for a production of a traveling Victorian theatrical troupe, and members of the audience are expected to watch with rapt fascination, as though they had never seen this show before. The negative response to the preview does not alter the same old script.
Mr. President--please---STOP IT!
Recently the Iraqi parlement passed a bill that would be sure that the oil refinery industry was privatized.
The law, approved Tuesday, is a step toward relinquishing government involvement in the refining sector and, when poverty is alleviated, moving Iraqi consumers from state-subsidized to market prices for fuel.
Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani told United Press International Wednesday from his mobile phone in Baghdad that the government will provide incentives to both domestic and foreign private oil companies whose refinery plans the ministry approves.
"This is a law that will privatize the refining sector in Iraq and allow the private sector, whether it's local or international investments, to be able to invest in refining activities in Iraq, including building refineries," Shahristani said.
It is just the beginning of the rape of Iraq's natural resource. If and when the oil law is passed and is passed as is, corporations will have cut out the middle man, and let the profits roll.
25 July 2007
Ft Lewis Washington will stop having memorial services by the units effective, from now on they will have one service monthly for all. (thinking....thinking....) What a pile of steamin' shit! Once again Bush and the Boyz do not want the face of war to be seen. Another lame f*cking attempt to sweep the deaths under the rug. Ted Koppel got into trouble because he wanted to show the faces of the dead in these wars.
well supporters of war--why are you afraid to look into the eyes of the people you have sent to their deaths? This is unacceptable and if you do not have a problem with this--then you are a coward! Face your decisions! And please stop tearing up when you talk about the war dead! That ploy is getting old and you do not look sincere!
President George W. Bush argued forcefully today that an Al Qaeda-affiliated group in Iraq is linked tightly to the central Al Qaeda leadership, and that for American forces to leave Iraq without defeating the terror group would be “dangerous for the world and disastrous for America.”
A new report says:
Despite its lead role in protecting the nation's critical assets, the Department of Homeland Security is three years late in developing a plan to protect its own facilities from terrorist attacks, according to a new report.
Instead, the department has relied on a patchwork of efforts by its many components, leading to uneven results, the congressional watchdog office finds.
Another report says:
In a new intelligence bulletin obtained by NBC News, the Transportation Security Administration is warning law-enforcement and airport officials that terrorists "may be" conducting "preattack security probes" at U.S. airports.The unclassified bulletin, dated July 20 and marked "For Official Use Only," is titled "Incidents at U.S. Airports May Suggest Possible Pre-Attack Probing.""A surge in recent su
OK I am tired of reading! Bush and his Boyz are pulling out all stops as we run up to the September progress report. The Fear Card is in full swing. I enjoy all these attempts to influence. Sad thing, it will probably work! Divert attention as far away from Iraq as you can and what better way to do that than slide the fear card out there for the media to zero in on?
24 July 2007
Last night the Demo candidtaes met in South Carolina for the newest debate. A CNN-YouTube Debate. The people got to ask the questions for the candidtaes to answer--Anderson Cooper was the mod for the evening.
The format was unusual and interesting--the askers were more concerned about domestic issues than the war, which was different from other debates where professioanl reporters and such asked the questions. All in all good questions, not the same can be said for answers.
My analysis will not be the same as most for I am grading them on the answers and their positions.
Clinton, Obama and Edwards were the front runners and will remain so in the news. They answered questions without answering questions, which makes them the perfect politicians. They told the people what they thought they wanted to hear, did not give answers that were substantive.
Dodd--what can I say, he is ify at best and a politician, but a few of his answers were good, most were political not truthful.
Biden and Kucinich once again gave answers that were full of conviction and passion, they were not canned answers at all.
Gravel--Good answers but will be seen as a tired old Demo that needs a break.
Richardson--an outsider with several good answers toi questions like education and etc. but unfortunately he was not outstanding and will remain an also ran. Thge one bright spot for me was when a person asked if troops were dying in vain as they did in Viietnam. The only two that gave a definite yes were Gravel and Kucinich; the rest tapped danced and gave no good answer.
All in all--it was what I had anticipated, the top thyree gave standard answers that were not answers just quotes from sources. To the media, not much will change--top three will remain the top three and the others will continue to fight to be heard.
Kucinich wins; Biden second; Edwards third and rest are just politicians.
23 July 2007
The president's overall approval rating has sunk to 28%. Pathetic right? Not so when you consider that he is twice as popular as the Congress, who approval rating is about 14%. What happened to the joy and the promise of a new direction of american politics? They are dipsticks and by the way, I Told You So!
These mental midgets need to move on from the War stuff, they are being beat constantly; they do not have the votes to be successful. Move on to domestic issues!
BTW, Congress will have an August break and be back after Labor Day. Since they are hot for the Iraqis to stay and keep working, why not practice what they preach. They should stay in washington until they get something, anything done.
And you thought things would get better because you voted these pathetic losers into office. How do you feel about it now?
Good morning class! It is monday and we know what that means, HA! The last couple of quizzes have been a little too easy, so after much mental masturbation, today's question is this:
This person worked for the Arab Bureau in Cairo during WWI. At the conclusion of the war, this person set about drawing the boundries of what would become Iraq. And in 1917 became commander ot the Order of the British Empire. Who is this person?
This is not as easy as it appears, unless of course you are familiar with Middle East history. Good luck, class.
22 July 2007
Once again it is time for All The News That Goes Better With Booze! Do tell professor, do tell!
1--4 NY teens die in an auto crash. it seems that the driver's cell was in use at the time of the crash--someone was texting. Stupidity needs no further comment.
2--Hey! The Catholic church in La has agreed to pay $660 million to abused people. That is an expensive game of "hide the weenie"!
3--New drug for RLS--restless leg syndrome--Mirapex, has a side effect of intense sexual urges. Do I need to say anything more?
4--Super family values rep gets caught with peter in little black book--good ole Vitter from La. He cries, he apologizes and for what--because I got caught, not because of anything he did.
5--Falcon QB, Vick has been implicated in a dog fighting gthing. (thinking...thinking....) It would seem that he has more felony completions than pass completions.
6--A study says that by 2015, 71% of the american people will be overweight and 40% will be obese. Not to worry, the Mayans say that time will stop in 2012, so eat up it will not matter.
7--Finally, the world has gone bananas! Must there be a competition for everything? recently, there was a world chhampionship of rock, paper, scissors--WHY?
8--But Wait! Yet another final post! The Phillies recently lost their 10,000 game--setting a new US record for losers.
Thank you for your indulgence! This was posted before a live studio audience!
This story is just great!
US forces have fired so many bullets in Iraq and Afghanistan - an estimated 250,000 for every insurgent killed - that American ammunition-makers cannot keep up with demand. As a result the US is having to import supplies from Israel.
A government report says that US forces are now using 1.8 billion rounds of small-arms ammunition a year. The total has more than doubled in five years, largely as a result of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as changes in military doctrine.
Sounds like we need to work on marksmanship. Buying from Israel? Why not, they have more US weapons than the US. A while back I had a post about the military training of the troops and how it did not appear to me that it was as good as everyone wants us to believe.
21 July 2007
Everytime I see this quote I think of political discussion forums.
If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; but if you really make them think they'll hate you. - Don Marquis
Sad, that people do not seem to be able to exchange ideas without resorting to name calling. Ignorance.
20 July 2007
Some are saying that the best time for a new attack on the US will be shortly after the new admin takes office. They will not firmly be comfortable with their new tasks and would possibly make a new attack much easier.
With the nation's intelligence analysts warning that a resurgent Al Qaeda could attempt another strike in the United States, homeland-security officials are refocusing on some of the nation's most apparent vulnerabilities.
At the top of the list is the January 2009 transition to a new administration – when a changing of the guard may leave the country less able to respond quickly and decisively to an attack.
The issue has gained urgency with last month's attempted car bombings in London and Glasgow, which occurred just days after British Prime Minister Gordon Brown assumed power.
Homeland-security and intelligence analysts in the US are analyzing the factors that have allowed Al Qaeda, characterized as "on the run" by President Bush last year, to recover enough to allow it to continue to be a serious threat to the next administration.
"Our preoccupation with Iraq provided Al Qaeda with breathing space at probably what was the most critical time for them to enable them to reconstitute themselves," says Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism expert at the Brookings Institution, a research and policy group in Washington. "The other question boils down to our relationship with Pakistan: Al Qaeda would not have been able to revive had they not had the safe haven that they seem to enjoy in these tribal areas of Pakistan."
Above is the first couple of paragraphs from a story in nthe Christian Science Monitor. Your thoughts would be appreciated. Is this feasible?
19 July 2007
I heard that Massachussets, I believe, will have a none of the above box for their Republican primary ballots. Is this a good idea? Well, it is humorous but what happens if none of the above actually wins? Who will lead the party? What happens if it catches on and it is put onb the presidential ballot and it wins? What direction willo the country take? Will the electoral college f*ck the people again?
You may laugh like hell at this, but think if it wins. IMO, you will not laugh so damn hard with the choice that will be made for you by the other method.
18 July 2007
Yesterday the new National Intel estimate (NIE) came out. What was in it? Not too much apparently for all news media was concentrated on the news conference about the wrestler and his steroid use. Personally, I do not give a sh*t! There are Americans dying and bleeding in Iraq and Afghanistan, I would think that that would be more important than some whacked out dipstick. yes, it was a tragedy what he did, but if anyone thinks that will have an effect on whether the sh*t is used by others, I have some land in Florida I want to sell you by the gallon. K!
The asshole is dead; he killed his family and then himself. That is all I need to f*cking know!
I was in the the middle of another sleepless night and decided to watch the all night special on CSPAN. What can I say? How do you explain the show?
Assclowns! Pathetic! WTF?
This dog and pony show was a waste of time and taxpayers money.
Every Senator that got up to speak, echoed party line. McCain was a bit animated, maybe he should try that on the campaign trail and he would not be scratching his ass wondering what has happened. Both parties when speaking would say that all the soldiers they had talked with were saying, one thing or another, whichever line they taking. So I guess that soldier speaks for all in Iraq? Stupid tactic!
Then the Repubs that spoke, quoted the Iraq Study Group report, but yet 8 months ago it was dismissed and the quotes were taken out of context, for the most part. And there was the inevitable, "the soldiers I spoke with asked, why do they only show the bad, never the good that is in Iraq". And then NO ONE offers up anything that is good. That alone should tell you things are not GOOD!
Recently, a lot was made of the Repub defections, right? That they want a new tact in Iraq. A new plan, if you will. But the Repubs have said that a simple majority (51) is not good enough it should be 60 votes for the bill. Does not sound like they are too damn serious about a new tact, IMO.
The only Senator I was impressed with was Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash) is brought up the oil law that is in deep contention. She also pointed out for the record that the law as is would give Iraq control of 17 or the 80 oil fields, the rest would be controlled by corporations. She and Biden are offering up a bill that would eliminate any permanent bases in Iraq and give Iraq complete control over their oil.
All in all, being an insomniac sucks, but it gave me the chance to watch the ASSCLOWNS in action. BTW, the government is DYSFUNCTIONAL and anybody that pays attention would have the same conclusion. Time for a COMPLETE change, not just some dipstick pres, but all the so-called representatives; they are worthless and paid way too much for their participation in the government.
In conclusion let me sum up the night of the long session. Dysfunctional! Delusional! Pathetic! Assclowns! I guess I should say something positive. (thinking.....thinking....) I'm going to bed.
17 July 2007
I have no problem with this if his plan is workable then why not go for it?
A Solution to the War in Iraq, is being offered by a US Army intelligence officer fed up with the conflict and anxious to attract some attention to what he says is a viable and face-saving solution to the four-year-old conflict.
"I am offering the winning bidder the solution to the war in Iraq," the seller, identified as "cptnabil", said in the bid.
"This is not a flippant or facetious offer ... if you are the high bidder, I will send you a viable solution to the conflict in which we are currently engaged," the seller wrote.
The New York Post on today identified the seller as Army Captain Thad Krasnesky, who describes himself on eBay as a US Army military intelligence officer with an extensive background in the Middle East.
"I speak the language and understand the culture, history, and religion, well enough to construct a fair, honourable, and successful plan."
Everything else is sold on ebay, why not a solution to the Iraq war? thoughts?
It seems that the Us and Israel are now chumming up to Fatah. Why? There position has not changed for decades, but now they someho9w represent the Palestinian people? Why?
This is the plan that Bush and Olmert seem to be embracing.
Most analysts said Bush's speech – including his pledge to provide some $190 million to support Palestine Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas and convene a regional conference to support renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks – was too little, too late and included too many conditions to rally strong Palestinian or Arab support.
The speech, which came on the eve of a new trip to the region by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, marked Bush's full embrace of what has been called the "West Bank First" strategy.
It calls for providing full support to Abbas on the occupied West Bank while isolating his main rivals, former Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and his Hamas party, which took over the Gaza Strip last month after a series of gun battles with security forces loyal to Abbas' Fatah.
Personally, I think they are more afraid of Hamas than Fatah. And also Abbas is wearing knee pads to keep his position and a cash flow. Ask yourself, what is Abbas promising to get this long overdue support? Is his motives for the people or his position? The Palestinian people have suffered long enough and it is time for petty political bullshit to be laid aside and the future of the people to be the paramount concern.
16 July 2007
Mickey's little hand is on the 7 and his big hand is on Monday. time for the brain drain. In the past some of the questions have been too easy and I will try to make them a little more difficult and mind expanding, without the taking of a pill! HA!
This week's question is one for those who written word as all powerful. The below quote is from a revolutionary document, which one?
"You that love mankind! You that dare oppose, not only tyrzanny, but the tyrant, stand forth! Every spot of the old world is overrun with oppression. Freedom hath been hunted around the globe. asia, and Africa, have long expelled her....Europe regards her like a stranger......receive the fugitive, and prepare in time an asylum for mankind."
Who wrote it and where is it written?
A few words were changed to make it more modern sounding, but the basic text is the same.
Good Luck and I await your research!
15 July 2007
By the clock on the wall I see it is Sunday and you know what that means? Another edition of the News UpDate!
ALL THE NEWS THAT GAVE ME THE BLUES!
1--John Carr, the guy from Thailand that killed JonBenet and then he did not; has been arrested again! This time he was not checking out 6 yr olds instead he was beating up a 86 yr old man. His girlfriend's father. We are not sure if it was a sexually attack or just two crazy guys bitch slappin' each other.
2--A robber enters bank with tree twigs duct taped to his head and made off with a pile of money. PEOPLE! I cannot make this shit up!
3--The world's most popular semi-auto weapon turns 60 yrs old--the AK-47. Nuff said!
4--(sniff, sniff) somethings burning. Where? Pick a spot west of the Mississippi and it is either burning or extremely wet. Just wait1 When the fires get to Oklahoma, Kansas, et al they will go out. Problem solved.
5--At the NAACP convention, the "N" word was officially laid to rest--it will longer be used. thinking....If you believe that please raise your hand.
6--NBC, not to be out done by CNN, when it pre-empt stuff for Paris, pre-empted a real news program to lket the world know that Miss NJ was gonna keep her crown. Thsi shit just keeps getting more pathetic daily. (excuse me I need to puke!)
7--and lastly, in Indonesia a woman whacks off guys wee-wee and runs thru the streets with it. Later it was sold by a street vendor as the dick of Emilia Erhardt.
The week ends and a new one begins--my blog continues--be there or be square!
Peace and I be gone!
14 July 2007
In his news conference, Pres Bush said that if the US were to pull out of Iraq, there would be massive amounts of violence.
With his policy in disarray, Mr Bush now describes the war in Iraq as a full-scale conflict with al-Qa'ida. In talking up al-Qa'ida's role in Iraq Mr Bush is attempting to tap into deep-seated American fears of terrorism. The oft-repeated mantra of 11 September 2001 provided him with support for the invasion in the first place. Now he is warning that there would be " mass killings on a horrific scale", if the US was forced to withdraw.
Did I miss something during the course of the day? What would you call 600 dead people in Baghdad alone in a single day? How long will the American people keep buying into this delusional pip-sqeek's fantasies?
Damn! It is Saturday and that means time to quote another intelligent person. After a lot of mental masturbation I decided on this one:
Take away the right to say "fuck" and you take away the right to say "fuck the government". - Lenny Bruce
I always liked Lenny Bruce!
13 July 2007
Pope lion-o 23, or whatever he calls himself; first he pissed off Muslims with his cute raparte, then he pissed off others with a Latin Mass and now acording to the Associated Press, he states that protestants are not true churches. Now that ought to bring a wealth of goodwill to the Catholic Church.
But think about it! what would you expect from a past Nazi youth and the head of the Vatican's Dogma police? I mean his job was to control the section that was basically responsible for the Inquisition.
Seems this dude is doing all in his power to undo all the hard work that john-Paul put into making the world a better place. well done Lion-o you just keep proving that all those people that say you are a bigot, right!
12 July 2007
The below article brought back some disturbing memories I have from my days and years in Vietnam.
Through a combination of gung-ho recklessness and criminal behaviour born of panic, a narrative emerges of an army that frequently commits acts of cold-blooded violence. A number of interviewees revealed that the military will attempt to frame innocent bystanders as insurgents, often after panicked American troops have fired into groups of unarmed Iraqis. The veterans said the troops involved would round up any survivors and accuse them of being in the resistance while planting Kalashnikov AK47 rifles beside corpses to make it appear that they had died in combat.
"It would always be an AK because they have so many of these lying around," said Joe Hatcher, 26, a scout with the 4th Calvary Regiment. He revealed the army also planted 9mm handguns and shovels to make it look like the civilians were shot while digging a hole for a roadside bomb.
11 July 2007
Seems that the American people are finally learned just what a piece of sh*t the two party is more and more are calling themselves independents, giving party guys like Libertarians and Unity08 and possibly some others, new clout. The Libertarian Party has een a big increase of memberships, up by 18% since January according to their spokeman.
McCain is self-destructing rapidly. The immigration thing is chewing at his butt. He will soon be a footnote.
The American people need to find a candidate with conviction and passion. Right now there are a couple, Paul, Kucinich and Biden, beyond them there is nothing buy typical politicians that echo whatever position will get them elected.
Please use the head for something besides a hatrack!
10 July 2007
Benchmarks? Benchmarks? The American people have been bombarded with the term Iraqi "benchmarks". But how many know what they are? (Professor looks around the room) Who knows what the benchmarks are? You say they must meet them but if you do not know what they are, how can you say they are met?
A little assistance here are the benchmarks and you make the call.
And here are those benchmarks:
(1) Forming a Constitutional Review Committee and then completing the constitutional review.
(2) Enacting and implementing legislation on de-Baathification.
(3) Enacting and implementing legislation to ensure the equitable distribution of hydrocarbon resources of the people of Iraq without regard to the sect or ethnicity of recipients, and enacting and implementing legislation to ensure that the energy resources of Iraq benefit Sunni Arabs, Shia Arabs, Kurds, and other Iraqi citizens in an equitable manner.
(4) Enacting and implementing legislation on procedures to form semi-autonomous regions.
(5) Enacting and implementing legislation establishing an Independent High Electoral Commission, provincial elections law, provincial council authorities, and a date for provincial elections.
(6) Enacting and implementing legislation addressing amnesty.
(7) Enacting and implementing legislation establishing a strong militia disarmament program to ensure that such security forces are accountable only to the central government and loyal to the Constitution of Iraq.
(8) Establishing supporting political, media, economic, and services committees in support of the Baghdad Security Plan.
(9) Providing three trained and ready Iraqi brigades to support Baghdad operations.
(10) Providing Iraqi commanders with all authorities to execute this plan and to make tactical and operational decisions, in consultation with U.S commanders, without political intervention, to include the authority to pursue all extremists, including Sunni insurgents and Shiite militias.
(11) Ensuring that the Iraqi Security Forces are providing even handed enforcement of the law.
(12) Ensuring that, according to President Bush, Prime Minister Maliki said 'the Baghdad security plan will not provide a safe haven for any outlaws, regardless of sectarian or political affiliation'.
(13) Reducing the level of sectarian violence in Iraq and eliminating militia control of local security.
(14) Establishing all of the planned joint security stations in neighborhoods across Baghdad.
(15) Increasing the number of Iraqi security forces units capable of operating independently.
(16) Ensuring that the rights of minority political parties in the Iraqi legislature are protected.
(17) Allocating and spending $10 billion in Iraqi revenues for reconstruction projects, including delivery of essential services, on an equitable basis.
(18) Ensuring that Iraq's political authorities are not undermining or making false accusations against members of the Iraqi Security Forces.
What do you think? Will they be met?
09 July 2007
08 July 2007
It is Sunday again and I will give you my weekly news update.
All the news that will make you ooze!
1--speaking of ooze! Have you seen the new FDA approved diet pill? Here are the side effects:
The treatment effects may include gas with oily spotting, loose stools, and more frequent stools that may be hard to control.
So I suggest if you are taking the new diet pill, Alli, then you should waer dark pants. (thinking...thinking) Does it work? You bet, with all the farting and crapping, you do not have time to eat.
2--Remember that guy who had TB? He still has TB!
3--That Jeep Cherokee is still burning in Scotland.
4--The Swiss team won the Americ's Cup. (thinking...thinking) The Swiss Team? Just how many sailing yachts are there in Switzerland?
5--Al Gore's son got pooped for drugs--he is 24 and an adult--yawn! it is his prob, not the world's.
6--Oh yeah! It is raining in texas.
7--my last one is, the Zig-Zag cigarette papers have a new product. Zig-Zag Lites. Just how many calories are there in a rolling paper?
To all have a week--tune in next week--same Bat time--same Bat channel!
07 July 2007
It is Saturday, how about a quote to mull over this weekend?
I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. - Professor Bernardo de la Paz,
I like it, but then I have always been a proponent of civil disobedience.
This is a piece I wrote to send to Lou Dobbs about a year ago when he became a rabid spokesman for the anti-immigration people. I have also posted it on a few forums.
What Is New With The Immigration Thing?
NOT A G*DD*MN THING! Does that answer the f*cking question? Every agrument that is being made today has been made in the past. Let me say that again, EVERY argument that is being made today has been made in the past. I have tried to be neutral in this, but enough is enough! I am personally, sick of the sanctimonious bullshit!
When exactly was that? I am glas you asked! About 30 years ago we had an influx of immigrants, they were called refugees and not illegals and guess what the same objections were voiced then as now. They will take American jobs. They will be a drain on society. They do not speak english. They are demanding benefits without pay their dues for the priviledge. Yada, f*cking yada.
Who are these people that I am accusing of this? The Vietnamese! Maybe you are too young to recall, but nothing been said is NEW! Back in the day, everybody had an opinion. I guess about the only difference was the wording of the description of the people. They were refugees. Today the people are called illegals. The wording is everything. It is more politically correct to use illegals and it makes for good fodder for the talk shows. Other than that there is NO difference.
How do I know all this? I lived through it! I do not need Google to refresh my memory. As a Vietnam vet I was one of the opponents of the mass influxion of 'refugees'. I saw them recieve all sorts of perks for coming here; perks that as a Viet vet I could not get. As a matter of fact, the Viets were given free shrimp boats and free gas so that they could become useful residents of the Coast. Local shrimpers were pissed, they started saying that they would starve because the government did not care about their plight. Several really ugly confrontations were gonna happen. Does any of this sound familiar? Well, no one starved to death and eventually all learned to play nice with each other. I was vocal and I was dead set against them coming to this country. Even to this day, my town has an on call linguist because not all Vietnamese speak english. Even today, In my town there are bi-lingual signs, etc, does not seem to be a problem, so why is a sign in Spanish a problem. The Viets were not forced to become citizens and some to this day still are not. The younger ones became citizens but not all the parents. Do you people that are yelling the loudest about the drawbacks of all the Mexicans worried about the others? F*ck No! You learned to live with it. Do it again!
As with the Vietnamese, the problem the US is facing now, will be just fine. Last the mexicans are working from day one, most of the time. It was not so with the Vietnamese, but it all worked out in the wash and the Vietnamese became valued members of American society. It will be the same again! This immigration thing is just away to keepd the American people focused on something besides the declining quality of life in this country. It is working and you people are letting it succeed.
The Mexicans like the Viets are hard working people and that should be all that concerns anyone. But NOOOOOOO! You have to turn this into an ugly debate that is not and will not solve the problem.
So yes, I have an opinion and it does and did not matter. Mine like yours does not matter. All I can say is, welcome to the f*cking debate!
06 July 2007
This is an editorial that was printed in Azzamam, an Iraqi newspaper and I thought it needed to be put out there for Americans to see what the Iraqis think of the Bush experiment in democracy.
Our abnormal government!
By Fatih Abdulsalam
Azzaman, July 3, 2007
The political administration of the country is passing through a stage unseen in the history of any nation. The administration we have is so abnormal to the extent that none of its politicians are worthy to rule. They in fact need someone to rule over them.
Look at our parliament. One bloc suspends its participation. Another block boycotts meetings. Another rejoins the sessions while some legislators are so careless that they do not bother to attend.
The government is in disarray. Some ministers have withdrawn. Others are negotiating the price they will be paid in case they decided to stay. Certain ministers have linked their participation in the government to whether the religious clerics they hold as saints are happy with them or not.
One of the vice-presidents is angry with the government. The other vice-president changes his statements in which he was reported on the record saying that the government was useless.
The president of the republic and the prime minister have yet to comment on the disorder and chaos in their own house. Their job is now confined to policies of appeasement.
A member of parliament accuses one of the ministers of murder. One minister is alleged to be cooperating with ‘terrorists’. Another minister flees to Washington.
The office of the prime minister is busy trying to appease the militia groups which U.S. troops would like to target. The prime minister and his office are keen not to let that happen.
And the country’s pubic integration committee which was to introduce some form of transparency and accountability in the government is all but silent because it can no longer keep track of the scale of corruption as the whole country is being professionally looted.
The committee set to revise the constitution – an important step for reconciliation – is in an embarrassing situation because none of the influential political factions is ready to compromise despite the fact that the country is imploding
Iraqi politicians are revolving in a vicious circle. They are completely out of touch with the reality.
And left to themselves are the powerless and hapless Iraqi people who now live under the constant threat of terror, deceit, evacuation, killing, murder and kidnapping at the hands of terrorist gangs and bloody militias.
Yesterday or so, Goldman Sachs has recieved numerous threatening notes sent to them thru newspapers. These notes read something like , "your days are numbered, you caqnnot be safe we are inside, yada, yada, yada". And the they were signed A.Q. USA. The police and FBI have been informed and security precautions have been put into place.
Now with all that dsaid, when was the last time al-Qaeda sent a note letting everyone know of an impending act of violence? Waiting......Waiting.....did not think so. At best, this is some guy getting a woody by all the jumping thru asses his notes have caused. If it was the infamous group you would know about the act of terrorism when it happened. Calm down! Go shopping or the terrorists will win.
Morning and I would like to go out on a limb with a prediction on Iraq. If you watch or read or listen to the news, then you know that all is not going so well in Iraq. But Bush is on this obscene messianic mission in Iraq. Everone is waiting with baited breath for Gen Prataeus and his report due in September. Opponents of the war see it as the final straw and that the war will be winding down afterwards.
I am beginning to think that it will prod Bush into asking and getting several thousnds more troops. It will be the final push, the way forward to victory. He and /or his advisors will see the report as a call for more troops. They will spin it and spin it until some negativities vrought out will be nullified.
IMO, this will be a fight among the repubs and the dems, but since some repubs are defecting the admin will spin it and bring them back into the fold.
I sincerly hope I am mistakened! But as of now, it do not think I will be.
Did I miss something? I was under the impression that he was held by a Hamas associated group.
BBC correspondent Alan Johnston has met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to thank him for helping to free him from 114 days in captivity in Gaza.
He met Mr Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah, a day after he was freed in a deal between his kidnappers, the Army of Islam, and the Hamas movement.
Appatrently, it is important to make Abbas look good in the media. That is all I got!
05 July 2007
Since the Sunni are being a major pain in Maliki's ass, he now wants to cut the size of his cabinet. Would anyone like to bet which ministers were on the chopping block? Maliki has said for months he wanted a reshuffle to cull inefficient ministers and bring in more technocrats. On Tuesday, he acknowledged the government's performance had been poor. "It has been agreed to have a total Cabinet reshuffle by reducing the number of ministries from 36, to 20 or 22 ministries," Sami al-Askari, a Shiite member of Parliament and senior Maliki adviser, said on state Iraqiyya television. "The prime minister must have the complete right to select his ministries. At that point, the prime minister can be held accountable for his choices," Maliki said. Cabinet posts reflect a quota system largely based on seats held in Parliament by the Shiite majority, minority Sunni Arabs and Kurds. This has made many ministers more loyal to their political and sectarian blocs than Maliki.
Maliki is desparate to find a way to make his US handlers happy. This move will be to try and find a way to give the US at least oine of the "benchmarks" that they wat. The passage of the oil law.
Maliki has said for months he wanted a reshuffle to cull inefficient ministers and bring in more technocrats. On Tuesday, he acknowledged the government's performance had been poor.
"It has been agreed to have a total Cabinet reshuffle by reducing the number of ministries from 36, to 20 or 22 ministries," Sami al-Askari, a Shiite member of Parliament and senior Maliki adviser, said on state Iraqiyya television.
"The prime minister must have the complete right to select his ministries. At that point, the prime minister can be held accountable for his choices," Maliki said.
Cabinet posts reflect a quota system largely based on seats held in Parliament by the Shiite majority, minority Sunni Arabs and Kurds. This has made many ministers more loyal to their political and sectarian blocs than Maliki.
Well thanx to the world, news media has stories from yesterday on a loop so they can take a nap. I got nothing today, but I did find this story about a Bush speech on the 4th.
"More than two decades [sic] later," the president said, "it is hard to imagine the Revolutionary War coming out any other way. But at the time, America's victory was far from certain. In other words, when we celebrated the first 4th of July celebration, our struggle for independence was far from certain."
The allusion clearly was to the uncertainty that shrouds the war in Iraq. But also to the prospect of eventual victory there, as well. Recently, President Bush had stopped using the words "win" or "victory" when talking about Iraq. But he once again called for triumph in his West Virginia speech.
However difficult the fight is in Iraq, we must win it," Mr. Bush said. "We must succeed for our own sake. For the security of our citizens, we must support our troops, we must support the Iraqi government, and we must defeat al-Qaida in Iraq," the president said to a round of applause.
I love the fact that a draft dodger, legal dodger, went into the National Guard to avoid Vietnam and now he wants to tell me all about what needs to be done in Iraq. Since it is his idea I say let us take up a collection and send him to Iraq and put his wonderful plan into operation.
04 July 2007
A Comparison: Iraq And The US
I am taking a different tact than most others, there has been a comparison between Iraq and Vietnam, which I pretty much agree with. In Iraq, there has been talk upon talk about the government meeting certain benchmarks, before the US can even consider withdrawing from the country. Such things as a reconciliation government, oil law, control violence, etc. Recently, the Iraq parliment, considered taking two monthys off from their session. Jeez, this started a swirl of BS the the States, everybody from Senators, to journalist to the Pres condemned this possible action.
Let us see, the two months they were considering taking off were the two hottests months in Iraq, for one. And for another, electrical service is hit and miss in Iraq and the building where they meet could have no service making it just about unbearable, at best. What would YOUR Congress do if they were faced with the same situation? Do you think the pamered fat cats would continue to work if they were uncomfortable? Very flippi' doubtful!
The Iraq Parliment has been accused of getting nothing done to help the country. Once again, ask yourself, just what has YOUR Congress done for the country. Better yet what had they accomplished in the last six months? Raise the minimum wage--good they raised so destitute workers can move up to living in poverty. That was an amazing accomplishment on there part.
But wait! They did accomplish something! The House voted themselves a raise to begin in January 2008. Does that tell you why they are in Washington? If you think they are there on your behalf, YOU ARE DELUSIONAL!
I said last December, that these pigs were a do nothing lot and so far they have not proved me wrong. My point is, to condemn the Iraqis for doing nothing is a bit hypocritical, but then again hypocrites make the best politicians.
03 July 2007
Please a show of hands--how many thought this was a sure thing? Does anyone really think that this guy was actually do time?
This was a given--Libby was NEVER gonna do time and after the appeal system has run its course he will get the full pardon. Why? Silence comes with a price. I am just thrilled that there is a major news story here. About 60% of the American people knew this was gonna happen and those that did not know were in a coma and believe the statement, your check is in the mail.
I smell a fellowship at the American enterprise institute, that is where all neocon scum bags work after they leave office.
02 July 2007
Has everyone heard about the bomb attacks that occurred in London and Glasgow? If not, then I suggest you return your head to the sand and I will go on.
The news outlets have interviewed just about everyone but a squirrel in the park. we have heard ever angle from ever angle. Was it al-Qaeda in Britain?
Let us look at it! Bomb by club ws detected, bomb in park did not go off, Jeep in Scotland burst into flames but did not explode. Is that about it?
Does any of that sound like an al-Qaeda cell? F*CK NO! It sounds like amatuers trying to be a terrorist. They may think of themselves as al=Qaeda, but please stop calling them that! These are the same, lame bozos that f*cked up the Ft. Dix thing by taking the vid to be put on cd. Does not sound like the actions of dedicated terrorists? NO! It is wannabes, while they are dangerous, they are no al-Qaeda
All this action did was scare the living sh*t out of Brits! Other than that, it was a total waste of time. All these people did was give the War on Terror a shot in the arm and make it appear that the west is actually winning the war. It is good news for politicians, both US and Brit. Will it make the terrorists more cautious? No doubt! Will it help stop any future action. Not a chance!
01 July 2007
Once again it is Sunday and time from the news roundup. all the news that makes you reach for booze.
1--City of SF has banned bottled water in city admin, stating environmental concerns.
2--There are wildfires burning in Alaska. When was the last time you heard that report? Climate change? No, it just all those cows farting!
3--This past week, Bush et al filmed the White House Xmas special--(thinking...thinking...) I got nothing!
4--The maker of Trojan Condums is in trouble for their add featuring men as pigs....was it misleading? Was it inaccurate? Where's the prob?
5--A new poll shows F. thompson with 25% approval---he still is not a candidate! Americans are just crazy!
6--D.C. judges looses his pants--AGAIN! The court found in favor of the cleaners and the judge was ordered to pay their legal bills. $54 million for a pair of pants--I am still working on that--how did something so moronic make it to court--a waste of time and funds.
7--It is released! No you dipstick not the blonde bimbo, the IPhone! The rush is on and I hear there are already units on ebay.
8--OK, For the mentally challenged! Paris is out of jail! Larry king bumped Michael Moore so he could interview the bitch. you know she has more to say the Moore. BTW, Wolf on CNN's Situation room was talking with Bill Cosby about racism and inner city violence when he was cut off to show Paris arriving at the studio for the King show. Even Anerson Cooper did an hour on the blonde--CNN--all the news you can use. HA!
9--My fav story of the week was--the japanese little dude that wins all the eating contests has had to withdraw from some, for now.........it seems he has jaw arthiritis..........I cannot make this shit up!
Now that did not hurt, did it? Have A Day!
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