Friday, November 25, 2005

so, I’m an idiot….

From a friend:

saw an article that was written by Ann Coultre and thought I would check it out to see if she had brought her head out of the Bush smoke screen yet... check out this first paragraph: (written Nov. 24th, 2005)

"In the Iraq war so far, the U.S. military has deposed a dictator who had already used weapons of mass destruction and would have used them again. As we now know, Saddam Hussein was working with al-Qaida and was trying to acquire long-range missiles from North Korea and enriched uranium from Niger."

I'm sure you aren't surprised, but I am at the continuation of the lies after all this time...

just thought I'd share a little outrage with you.

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I don't know why, but I actually don't believe this. Well, I guess I know why. It’s because I don’t think, up to this point, I've heard any human being, thinking or not thinking, conservative or progressive, published or not published, continue to say or write that there was a connection between Al Qaeda and Saddam or that the allegation about Niger is still legitimate. This is the first person, in any and/or all of the mentioned categories, whom I’ve seen write or heard say those things.

Add to this the letters to the editor that still support The Regime and it’s no wonder why it won’t change. As long as there’s the faintest breath of life support, it will continue to rein stupidity as well as terror.

To friendship,
Michael

“Iraq was a war of choice, not necessity.” – Senator Barbara Boxer

Thursday, November 24, 2005

News Update

Yesterday, November 23, 2005, I wrote about a news report in which a proud, and, obviously, proudly embedded CBS reporter analyzed who was winning the shooting war in Iraq. It was, if you remember, the “allied troops”.

Today, in my local newspaper, The Contra Costa Times, I read a letter to the editor entitled “Press bias taints news about war”. The letter writer states that “As long as a Republican is commander in chief, the press will support those who call the war on Iraq “Vietnam” or “quagmire” and say the glass is half empty.

This emboldens the terrorists and threatens our national security.

The mainstream press’s failure here is just more evidence that they are political agenda-driven vs. truth-driven.”

First of all, it’s obvious that the letter writer thinks the “terrorists” in Iraq are busy reading US newspapers when they’re not “sniping” at US soldiers.

Secondly, the letter writer must not have seen that jingoistic bullshit report on CBS to which I refer in my essay “Elementary School Bragging”.

The writer also missed a report today on NBC’s nationally broadcast half hour news bite in which the reporter said, “The “insurgents” will stop at nothing”, referring to an attack by “insurgents” that didn’t distinguish between US troops and civilians. The backdrop was, of course, a video of wounded, suffering Iraqi civilians, women and children, lying on gurneys.

Once again, the “liberal” media boosts blind patriotism by depicting “them” as discharging their weaponry indiscriminately, implying that the “allied troops” are careful not to maim or kill anyone who isn’t part of the enemy “insurgency”.

The implication is stretched into depicting American bombs as differentiating between civilians and “insurgents”.

The writer, the reporter in tonight’s NBC report, the reporter in last night’s CBS report and those who still, somehow, work to support the perpetuation of the blood bath in the “Mexico” of September 11, 2001’s “Pearl Harbor” remind me of the movie title “Eyes Wide Closed”.

To friendship,
Michael

“War is wretched beyond description, and only a fool or a fraud could sentimentalize its cruel reality.” – Senator John McCain

Elementary School Bragging

I watched the local CBS news tonight.

There was a report concerning an “insurgent” propaganda video showing an “insurgent sharp shooter” shooting American soldiers. It was just awful.

Not to worry, though. The embedded smiling reporter said the troops weren’t worried.

“Military wisdom”, as the reporter referred to it, said that the video of the attacks by the “sharp shooter” was probably made over a period of two years. What sloppy propaganda exhibited by the “insurgents”, indeed.

American soldiers, on the other hand, proudly “took out” eight insurgents within five hours.

It was obvious that the reporter was filled with pride to be on the side which exhibited the better propaganda.

Lost in this entire jingoistic “we can kill more people faster than you” talk was one minor point.

What the hell are we doing in Iraq! What did they ever do to us!

They had no WMD!

They had nothing to do with 9/11!

This
is historical revisionism!

I once more thought of the point made by Richard Clarke. Attacking Iraq after 9/11 is like FDR attacking Mexico after Pearl Harbor.

If bragging about out killing the enemy is really admirable, can we not at least brag about out killing the correct enemy? And who is the correct enemy? That question is yet to be answered.

This is the kind of state run “liberal” media that keeps the 30-40% of the population on the side of The Regime.

This kind of propaganda is the only facet of The Regime which is transparent.

To friendship,
Michael

“No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.” - James Madison

Sunday, November 20, 2005

A Misdirected Apology

A friend, a person for whom I have a great deal of respect, apologized to me for doubting the possibility of alternative explanations for what happened in New York City and Washington D. C. on September 11, 2001. This was my response.

You don’t have to apologize to me as I understand how one feels when one begins to see that what did and didn’t happen on September 11, 2001 is far too curious to be ignored.

However, we, the American people, need to apologize to those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001.

We, the American people, need to apologize for not only choosing to ignore the obvious, but choosing to become enraged toward an entire ethnic group, which is something in which we, the American people, have had a great deal of practice.

We, the American people, need to apologize to the citizens of Iraq, a nation destined for our wrath long before The Regime was ever selected in 2000, let alone before September 11, 2001.

We, the American people, need to apologize to our own citizens, as well as citizens of The UK, Italy, Spain, Poland and any other nation whose citizens have lost loved ones fighting a so called war in a nation which, even if the unbelievable official story was true, had nothing at all to do with the acts of September 11, 2001, a fact agreed to immediately after 9/11 by Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powel and the court jester himself, front man George W. Bush (I bet The Regime was pissed at him for that).

We, the America people, need to apologize for being so filled with hate toward the Muslim community that we were figuratively dancing in the streets, an act we deplored when Muslims did it after 9/11, when the statue of Saddam Hussein fell, even though Osama bin Laden, the “Goldstein” (RE: “1984”) created by The Regime, had not and still has not been captured.

We, the American people, need to apologize for our short memory and, in fact, stupidity for allowing The Regime its not so slight of hand of morphing the reasons for invading Iraq from its WMD being a threat to the world to almost unbridled joy over Iraqi purple thumbs.

And there are still American people, and British people, such as the “wine taster” Christopher Hitchens, who continue to trip over themselves attempting to justify the mass murder commenced by The Regime.

The manner in which the buildings fell is one obvious fact away from which the American people would rather look. After all, FEMA, we know how reliable it is, and the ASCE, both part of or working for the government, said that fires, indeed, collapsed the towers.

Of course, and I have the full report, available to anyone who asks for it, the ASCE admits to not really knowing why building #7 fell. It entertains every possibility under the sun except for an intentional demolition.

The absence of action that has grown, over time, to me to be the most blatant absence of action on September 11, 2001 was the absence of action by the court jester.

If one of the largest commercial airliners crashes into one of the largest and most important buildings in the US in one of the largest and most densely populated cities in the US by accident, it is incumbent upon the nation’s president to immediately end a photo op and become the leader of the nation.

Only if he was not surprised that an airliner crashed into the WTC, only if he and his “protectors” weren’t worried that hijacked airliners would be targeting him, the “most important” figure in the US, only if he wasn’t worried that, if there were hijacked planes targeting him, that they could also possibly kill the teachers and the students of whose reading he was “so proud”, would he sit there and do nothing.

The evidence, though mostly all circumstantial, begs for a real, non-partisan investigation by a person or group who has total subpoena power over anyone and everyone in the US, bar none.

Ah, but I repeat, what a wonderful defense.

"Our government would never do that.”

Never, indeed.

To friendship,
Michael

“In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell

Monday, November 07, 2005

Telephone Abuse Update

Below is an update from my friend who was being bothered, legally or not, by the Republican gubernatorial candidate.

In California, there are 8 propositions for or against which the voters will be voting tomorrow.

Propositions 73-78 are endorsed by our governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. They are cleverly worded so that voting against them means voting against the American family, against competent teachers, against union workers, against cutting taxes, against depoliticizing gerrymandering and against offering prescription drugs at a reduced rate to those who need them. It sounds as if anyone who votes against those six are pretty evil, hey?

If you vote for propositions 79 and 80, you’re equally as evil.

Voting for 79 means prescription drugs will be kept from those who need them by the red tape of a government bureaucracy and voting for 80 means voting for the demise of democracy.

In my hometown of Antioch, as well as in two adjacent towns, the fate of three measures, K, P and L, are to be decided tomorrow as well. Voting against any of these three measures means that you forfeit your rights to democracy.

What does this have to do with the update below?

I’ve gotten obnoxious, pre-recorded phone calls from people who are campaigning for propositions 73-78 and from those who are campaigning in favor of Measure K. I’ve gotten no such phone calls from people opposing 73-78 or Measure K.

There is also a hell of a lot more political litter on the sides of the roads in favor of those same initiatives than there is opposing them.

This tells me that 73-78 and K are supported by people with a lot more $$$ than is in the coffers of the people who oppose these initiatives.

I sincerely hope that Californians will read as much as possible about the initiatives before tomorrow if they haven’t done so already. If an initiative possesses enough positive qualities to “sell itself” to those who will be most affected, it doesn’t need large quantities of money to boost it.

It certainly doesn’t have to stoop to depths that the update below presents.

Deep Throat told Bernstein to “follow the money” if he wanted to find the crooks in the Nixon administration. Enough said?

“Well, Michael... you're NOT going to believe this!Guess who called me tonight?

It was a tape of his voice, but it WAS his voice.

I didn't answer the phone. My daughter did.

President Bush himself. Yep!

My daughter said Bush said, "Hello. This is President Bush. I am calling to ask you to vote for my dear friend, Jerry Kilgore."

Then she started laughing and hung up so I have no clue what he said after that.

Can you imagine that? The President of the United States becoming a telephone solicitor?

If it wasn't laughable, I'd be appalled! No, on second thought, even thought it IS laughable, I AM appalled!

I'm still shaking my head over it.

This Virginia race is tight, I guess. The marketing campaigns are intensive and expensive! I have been getting 4-color process large format pieces in the mail for a month from many candidates for various different offices but especially from Jerry Kilgore and his opponent Tim Kaine ... (They are running for governor).

Being in the advertising business, I KNOW how much it costs to print such fancy mailers on glossy cover stock. I can't imagine the cost to mail multiple pieces to every registered voter in the state of Virginia.

Damn.... Wish they'd spend all that money on widening the darn highways instead! The traffic is NUTS around here! (hear that, Californians? – parenthetical insert Michael’s)

Well, I hope he calls back. I'd love to hear the whole tape.If I had time, I'd start writing a column myself. It's these little laughable things in life I might like to share with people.Thanks for sending out my letter....”

This is a sad exhibition by possibly the most detached president in the information age, since televisions were owned by more people than not, using a detached, impersonal methodology to try to gain support for a revisionist gubernatorial candidate. The only politician that I know of that is more secretive and detached than Bush (or Bush’s character), yet garnered the same kind of “obedience” is “Big Brother” in Orwell’s “1984”.

There’s a saying – “It don’t get no better than this.”

In the case above, it don’t get no sadder than that (and more obvious).

To friendship,
Michael

“Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it.” – Noam Chomsky

Sunday, November 06, 2005

True Passion

The following is a letter that a close friend of mine sent to her congressman.

The passion contained in the letter is stunning and don’t we wish that more Americans, true Americans, not flag draped, self-anointed “earthly representatives of God”, would feel and express this kind of passion?

A wonderful letter:

“Dear Jerry Kilgore -

Your campaign includes telephone solicitation by taped voice. There is no way to talk to a person when the phone rings and it is your campaign headquarters attempting to solicit votes for you. By carrying on this type of campaign, you interrupt households with unsolicited calls.

I am on the Do Not Call List. Please take my numbers off of your list of phone numbers immediately!

You called my fax line and left a taped message. You have broken the law by making calls to phone numbers on the Do Not Call List.You called my home line and left a taped message. As if it is not enough to have my day interrupted by your solicitations, you also represent everything I do NOT believe in!

I would NEVER vote for ANYone who does not believe in allowing a woman the right to control her body and her own life. I will not allow anyone to come uninvited into my home and preach the archaic insistence on reversing Rowe vs. Wade and taking away women's control away of their own bodies. You insult my intelligence and my morals.

I will vote for Tim Kaine for the very reasons which you try to tell me not to vote for him.

I will vote for him because the Death Penalty is barbaric and should forever be eliminated from this state and every state and this entire planet! Where's your biblical "Thou Shalt Not Kill" come in if you preach killing?

I will vote for him because abortion in NOT killing, it is stopping a life from forming which a woman may not be able to care for physically, psychologically, or financially.

I will vote for him because he supports gun control. Guns kill people!!!!!!

I will vote for him BECAUSE the effort to place the motto "In God We Trust" in all public schools IS "ridiculous." Have you ever heard about the separation of church and state? America was built on allowing people of ALL beliefs to reside here, even people who decide they don't believe in ANY god, let alone YOURS. How DARE you try to push your God down people's throats through a political agenda?

I will vote for him because gay people have just as much rights as anyone else to be a parent.

I will vote for him BECAUSE he's Harvard educated and smart enough to be proud of who he is. I am liberal and proud of it, just like Tim Kaine.

The current adminstration in the White House are liars and imperialistic warmongers. We need to vote AGAINST every person which works for that administration and that includes YOU!

Please NEVER call my house again or I will have no choice but to call the authorities and report you for breaking the law. I am on the DO NOT CALL LIST. Therefore, DO NOT CALL ME.

Thank you!”

To friendship,
Michael

“How do you have patience for people who say they love America but clearly hate Americans.” – Annette Bening, from “The American President”

Friday, November 04, 2005

Another Quick Reality Check

Maybe I’m looking at the proverbial glass as half empty instead of half full. If the subject wasn’t life and death, I might be able to agree with that assessment. However, when it comes to losing one’s life or the life of a loved one, the glass isn’t half full or half empty. The glass is broken.

Having said that, here’s another quick note to draw our attention to reality.

The two articles published by Capitol Hill Blue were encouraging albeit too little too late for many Americans, British and Iraqis.

I, nonetheless, thought it necessary to sober us up a bit.

According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released today, when asked, knowing what the present goals are in Iraq, if the number of casualties suffered by American troops has been acceptable or unacceptable, an outrageous 25% of those polled answered “acceptable”. It’s a low number and, if you see the trend, it’s been decreasing.

Yet, with evidence that the intelligence was cooked strengthening and getting more airplay, 25% of those asked think that the number of casualties, deaths, the end of life, for American military personnel is acceptable!

Even if this war was “legitimate”, whatever that means, would the deaths of young Americans ever be acceptable? Think about it. If you’re a soldier who is fighting in Iraq, how would you feel if you knew that 25% of your countrymen, according to this poll, felt that it would be acceptable for you to be killed?

If you had a loved one fighting in Iraq, how would you feel if you knew that 25% of Americans, according to this poll, think that it’s acceptable if your loved one is killed?

25% of Americans approve of your or your loved one’s demise, knowing that there were no WMD in Iraq and that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.

I’m not in Iraq nor do I have a loved one who is but I truly believe that, if I learned that 25% of my countrymen thought that it was OK for me or my loved one to be killed so that Iraqis can vote, I’d question the grasp that those who make up that 25% have on the words “patriotism” and “finality”.

I’d also wonder if they had a loved one in Iraq or if they were eligible to be there.

If they were eligible to be there and they weren’t yet they were saying that it’s OK for me or my loved one to disappear from the face of the earth to enable Iraqis to vote, it would be the ultimate insult. The ultimate insult!

There are answers to other poll questions that not only are shocking but that just don’t fit in with what we hear about Americans overwhelmingly finding the war, as well as The Regime, repugnant.

You can find the shocking answers to these polls at PollingReport.com.

To friendship,
Michael

“The worst evils which mankind has ever had to endure were inflicted by bad governments.” – Ludwig von Mises

This is not Necessarily Cheerful News

I hate to preface two perfectly good articles with a diatribe, but I don’t hate it enough to refrain from doing it.

I would say that these two articles bring a smile to my face, but they don’t. Here are four reasons why they don’t.

First, as one who rallied against the “upcoming” war before March of 2003, I find it heartbreaking that it’s taken this long for the American people to see deceit for what it is and, even more sadly, for the Democrats in Congress, the only people who could do anything about it, to act. That’s in terms of time.

We can’t overlook the fact that 30% of those polled still support The Regime. It’s a small number, but it’s a number above 0% and that’s unbelievable.

Secondly, the toll it’s taken in terms of lives is unconscionable. Did the Democrats have to wait this long to act?

I think Barbara Boxer is the best potential mainstream candidate for the 2008 presidential election, but, on the day that Reid called for a closed session of the US Senate, she said, “I’m proud to be a Democrat.”

I’m sorry Senator, but, with all due respect, your party waited for The Regime to begin to self-destruct before it exhibited the “courage” to act upon what many had been saying for a very long time.

Where was Kerry in ’04? He was talking about escalating the war.

Where was the Democratic Party’s outrage when The Downing Street Memos were released? It was on hold so that they could vote to give more blood money to The Regime.

The Democrats should have played hero before the 2000th death. The Democrats would have been heroes if they acted before the 200th death! The most heroic action, of course, would have been unanimous Democratic Party opposition before the first death!

Thirdly, what this entire nightmare says about at least half of the American people is absolutely stupefying. The Democrats didn’t act because they had no political need to act in accordance with the narcissistic nature of American partisan theatrics. Indeed, Democrats didn’t want to appear “unpatriotic” so close to September 11, 2001. They knew that their respective constituencies smelled Arab blood and they didn’t want to be political victims of that pogrom.

Finally, there’s the matter of who succeeds Bush should true justice prevail. I get all the way past the Vice Presidency, the Speaker of the House, the President pro tempore of the Senate, the Secretaries of State, Treasury and Defense and the Attorney General before I get to anyone that I know sufficiently little about to even entertain the idea of finding an acceptable replacement. There is, in actuality, a regime which sits at the seat of the American government.

I'm thinking that a lot of us aren’t particularly overjoyed that enough people have finally awakened since November of 2000 to help administer Extreme Unction to The Regime.

Here are the articles:

“Bush's Increasing Mental Lapses and Temper Tantrums Worry White House Aides”
“GOP Leaders to Bush: 'Your Presidency is Effectively Over'”

To friendship,
Michael

“Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.” – Plato