Just Another Day

"Any idiot can handle a crisis, it's day to day living that wears you out." - Chekhov

Friday, October 08, 2004

3 Weeks To Go

Put on some loose pants, turn the blinds, close your eyes, and do some yoga or meditate. Inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale. Continue until your mind is cleared and you're ready for the new onslaught of attacks from the Bush/Cheney machine. make sure your head is cleared and your logic cap is well fitted and has a shovel as an accessory. You'll need that last part to filter through all the coming BS.

Thanks Grand Moff: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2004/10/7/11115/4834

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Prediction

If Kerry wins the election come November, the petty pieces of shit in the current GOP congress will try to pass a balanced-budget amendment to try to tie Kerry's hands. They are nothing but a bunch of infantile thumb sucking shits and I expect nothing less than such tantrum throwing from these lying corporate whores.

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Thursday, October 07, 2004

'Nough Said

Follow this over at Rising Hegemon.

And I found this in the comments section of one of the threads in the link that Attaturk provides to Jo Fish: Cheney believes that the Duelfer report supports the administration's reasons for going to war in Iraq.

WTF??!! These people are in charge of our government? Orwell came back to life and is adding another chapter at this moment titled, "12 Year After."

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Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Snooze

I guess Edwards did the best he could with Cheney's multiple lies, i.e., throwing as many falsehoods as he possibly could into two minutes, or ninety seconds. Unfortunately, Cheney's ability at mendacity far outmatched Edwards' ability to keep up. Cheney lied about: saying he never tried to connect Iraq to 9/11; Zarqawi being connected to Saddam; the strength of the coalition (Poland says they were fooled and is planning to start pulling its troops out now finishing next year; same thing with Ukraine; same thing with Norway; same thing with Denmark; Spain's out; the Arab neighbors are not there; Turkey won't join); Allawi not being a tool of the US; the burden being beared by the Iraqi forces - unless, as Josh Marshall points out, you want to change the definition of 'coalition'; and, there being enough forces on the ground to get the job done. He tried to pull the blinders on the American people by not being fully truthful about the vote for the $87 billion (Bush threatened to veto the same money if Congress tried to find a way to pay for it), the cost of the Iraq war by using figures to date instead of the inclusion of the money asked by the administration to get us through September 2005, Kerry's votes on the weapons systems that Cheney himself tried to cut, and Kerry's cuts on the intelligence budgets when the cuts Kerry proposed were less than that wanted by the Republicans in Congress. I was amused by Cheney referencing El Salvador when talking about the desire of people to be free, which was obviously an attempt to call out Edwards possibly not having the background on the situation but Edwards didn't take the bait. What Cheney left out, of course, is that many of the same people conducting foreign policy in the W administration are the same who were involved in the catastrophic policies in Central America during the Reagan administration that brought about the atrocities we saw in El Salvador and Nicaragua, were behind the laughable "war" in Grenada, and eventually led to the bogus war in Panama.

Oh, and what was that BS about Edwards not being in the Senate for so many votes? Does the GOP really want to bring this up with the president who has spent more than 20% of his time in Texas (running from horses) or at Camp David or at the family retreat in Maine (falling off a variety of vehicles)?

And, that was just the foreign policy section. I drifted in and out for the rest of the debate because of a vicious migraine affecting my concentration, vision, and ability to keep any food or liquids down (apologies for the detail).

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Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Round 1-1/2

I'll try to get up at 4am to watch.

I don't now whether there is a winning situation for BC04 in this since if Cheney does very well then Bush looks like the idiot he is. If Cheney doesn't do well vs. Edwards, then the ticket looks like its populated by fools. Now, that latter part is something many of us have known for quite some time but there is a large part of the population that doesn't get it.

Meanwhile, there has been some blog talk about Luskin's response to Johnson's response to Luskin's criticism of him and his book. See it here. Now, the current incarnation of the GOP likes to drop idiotic ideas into the heads of their minions in the hopes that word may get out as a trial balloon. They can then check out the reaction without having their fingerprints on it providing plausible deniability. So, let me say this: I told my parents not long ago that if Bush wins re-election, it may be wise to move their cash into Euros.

Oh, and my boy took his first independent step today. He was holding onto me as I lay on the floor, cruising around a little bit, let go, stood there for a few seconds, and then took a step before falling onto his butt. Ura!!

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Monday, October 04, 2004

Nonchalance

So, on Sunday, Condi Rice said she knew that there was a debate about the aluminum tubes possessed by Iraq that she claimed could only be used for nuclear fuel rods when, in the end, they could not be used for nuclear fuel rods without significant rework using capbilities that Iraq did not have, but were artillery tubes. She further said that she did not know the nature of the debate. Now, okay, she made a good point that after 9/11 you didn't necessarily want to give the benefit of the doubt to a tyrant. If the house of cards about how much of a threat Saddam had not already fallen down, i.e., without hindsight or not having had the inside knowledge of the intelligence professionals who knew the threat Saddam posed was all make believe, Rice's argument makes sense. Repeating it now, however, after all we've seen and heard about the creativity, as regards their ability to lie, of the Bush administration in making the case against Iraq is burying their heads further into one of their collective orifices...or in the sand for the faint of heart.

What really is amazing is that Rice said, repeating, she did not know the nature of the debate. Did not know the nature? She is a useless, brainless twit of a woman, isn't she? She didn't bother to find out the nature of the debate? She is supposed to be a scholar...of course, read her scholarly work with any bit of education in Soviet studies and you'll realize where I am going with this...and she can't be bothered with the details of a debate? This is a question of war!! A question of sending our kids to die in battle in a foreign land that was of questionable danger to us at the time and she doesn't bother with the details!?

The Bush administration is not just full of cowards but it is full of people who should be brought up on charges. It is full of people with endless hubris but shaky credentials. It is full of people who obviously don't give a damn about anyone other than their friends in Israel, their oil company buddies, and their own grip on power.

How blind, or blinded, are the American people that they can't see the Bush administration is anything but an abject failure?

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Sunday, October 03, 2004

Haloscan commenting and trackback have been added to this blog.

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Revolution

I've heard a lot of talk about revolution from my side of the political fence. While, in principle, I believe that revolution can be a good thing - go read up on creative destruction - we need to wait on this to see the results. If Bush wins the election in November, we may be screwed. We may not, however, if other politicians come to their senses. For example, there may be a few congresspersons who are willing to change flags to make sure there is not the overwhelming authority W(himpy) now enjoys. Of course, giving the benefit of the doubt to the current incarnation of the GOP is not without danger. This is where revolution can be a bad thing. It can be led by bad people, e.g., in the case of the GOP, the religious right, America firsters and corporate gluttons. Anytime profit or god or nationalism is at the head of a revolution, the people are in trouble. It can be led by good people who can't handle the power they've just obtained, e.g., the French Revolution. It can be led by a good person for all the right reasons but all those underneath are simply interested in power, e.g., numerous communist/socialist/ marxist revolutions. It can be led by good people for the wrong reasons or at the wrong time, e.g., if the Dems take to the streets in great numbers with too much anger and too much vitriol in 2004.

Look, I understand the anger. I can't stand Bush and think he is destructive as hell to the US, especially given the idiots in charge of the House and Senate. If it turns out that W has won the 2004 election, even if it seems they have stolen it, we need to think clearly at first. Act through the press and the courts and the elections boards. Peaceful resolution should be possible as the GOP is filled with a bunch of cowards. If, however, they are as stupid as we fear, then we'll have to see.

Maybe we can let them have it for another 4 years so America can really see what GOP leadership is all about. They could so isolate the US and make it so dangerous for Americans that the people might wake up. They could so destroy the economy through corporatism and skewing of the wealth distribution that the people will finally realize that "class warfare" has an impact on them and gay marriage doesn't. They could put us into more stupid wars that might make the people realize that multilateralism makes more sense than trying to ban flag burning. They might make such a hash of the greatness of the US that the people finally put themselves out of misery by banishing the GOP from leading anything again and actually try to educate themselves on civic matters so they 'don't get fooled again.'

Okay, who am I kidding...TIME TO READY THE PITCHFORKS!

I just want to be sure that there isn't a revolution before the people are ready or the anti-GOP people could do themselves more harm than good and set themselves back farther than they are right now. The majority of America don't see the damage the GOP is doing to the US because they have been good at packaging everything in a nice red, white and blue wrapper or a biblical bow.

Until people realize that freedom in America is based on the Jeffersonian principle of "it neither breaks my leg nor picks my pocket" and that the founding fathers purposely put god out of the final documentation for very good reasons, America will continue down the road to a mellow fascism.

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