Sunday, October 31, 2004

The Good News

The good news
they do not print.
The good news we do print.
We have a special edition every moment,
and we need you to read it.
The good news is that you are alive,
that the linden tree is still there,
standing firm in the harsh Winter.
The good news is that you have wonderful eyes to touch the blue sky.
The good news is that your child is there before you, and your arms are available:
hugging is possible.
They only print what is wrong.
Look at each of our special editions.
We always offer the things that are not wrong.
We want you to benefit from them
and help protect them.
The dandelion is there by the sidewalk,
smiling its wondrous smile,
singing the song of eternity.
Listen! You have ears that can hear it.
Bow your head.
Listen to it.
Leave behind the world of sorrow
and preoccupation.
and get free.
The latest good news
is that you can do it.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh, from Call Me By My True Names

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Priceless.


I found this sign between Loveland and Greeley, CO. I finally have proof that Republicans ARE jerks!! (insert maniacal laughter). Posted by Hello

Osama bin Forgotten

Well, He'sssssss BAAAAAACK!!

Remember back when Bush said this: "So I don't know where he [bin Laden] is. You know, I just don't spend that much time on him, Kelly, to be honest with you." Yeah, no kidding you don't spend that much time on him Bush. He is alive and apparently well thanks to you "not spending much time on him." However, let us go even further back to something GWB has said concerning bin Laden:

QUESTION: Do you want bin Laden dead?
BUSH: I want justice. And there's an old poster out west, that I recall, that said, ``Wanted, Dead or Alive.''

Well, surprise surprise. We don't have bin Laden "dead OR alive." Maybe that is because we are mired down in Iraq. Speaking of Iraq, 8 U.S. Marines died and 9 were wounded on saturday. The fighting took place near the Anbar province.

We are not safer as long as Osama bin Laden is alive and President Bush has been an utter failure in finding Osama bin Laden. Its true that terrorism is bigger then one man but OBL represents so much more then one man. He has become a prophet in the eyes of the fundamentalists. Instead of looking for him Bush invaded Iraq. A place where there were no terrorists before but now the place is crawling with them...Thanks to one man. George W. Bush.
I am SO tired of the spin that GWB will be better at keeping us safer from terrorists when Osama bin Laden can enter our homes at will with these tapes and the War in Iraq has taken some 1,100 American lives.

This new OBL tape strongly under-scores the failures of President Bush in his foreign policy. Nearly 4 years after September the 11th we are no closer to finding OBL and his second-in-command, Imam al zawahri and al Qaeda has spread to some 60 different countries under the Bush administration. It is time for a change and time for a leader like John Kerry who will go after the al Qaeda network as a first priority instead of invading a small state such as Iraq where there were no weapons of mass destruction to be found.


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Friday, October 29, 2004

Clouds, Sunglasses and Other Random Shit.

Its really windy outside and that always makes me anxious. It makes me feel like there is something I should run and hide from. Like there is some massive dust storm threatening to envelope me. It is extra bright today and I am actually wearing sunglasses inside while i'm writing this silly post which is probably putting you to sleep. My eyes are so amazingly sensitive to bright light that I feel like a gremlin or some blood sucking vampire. Hey, ever notice that blood tastes like metal? Must be all that iron in there.

Anyway, I'm looking out the window and one of the clouds looks like Cuba. Speaking of Cuba, I wonder how Fidel Castro is doing after that nasty spill he took a week or so ago. Go here if you want to see the video. I know that as a good American I am supposed to hate Castro but for some reason I still like the guy. Then again, I don't "hate" anyone. I don't think its good for the complexion and I am suspicious that it lowers the sperm count in men and makes the boobies shrink in women. Anywho, Fidel seems like a nice grandfather type. You know, everyone has the nice grandparent and a mean grandparent. For example, I had a nice grandmother and a mean grandmother. Castro seems like a nice, jolly grandfather type. I hope he gets well soon and shit.

Let's see...what else should I drone on about. Hmmm...well, I'm going to be Hunter S. Thompson again for Halloween. His character and style just seem to fit me all too well. We both seem to have a penchant for ingesting chemicals, politics and dancing with the flames of insanity. If you have no idea who I am talking about then you need to go read his book "Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas." He has several books and I recommend them all but FLinLV is probably his best and most famous. There is a movie done after this book which stars Johnny Depp and it is excellent. Johnny D. does a great job and looks and acts just like Hunter S. Read the book first though. Don't do the "high school" thing and rent the movie to catch you up in time for the test...

Shit, what do I care? Go rent the movie. Its damn skippy good.

BREAKING NEWS: I guess Osama bin Laden just released a new tape just in time for Halloween. He always seems to release tapes around the holidays. Its like the Ernest movies. "Osama Ruins Halloween." Hmmm...is it distasteful to dress up like Osama for Halloween? I guess that would probably get me some dirty looks and fecal matter thrown my way. He sounds like he is bearing his soul to the world about why he did what he did on 9/11. Will someone get this guy a therapist? Either that or he is giving a book reading on C-SPAN. Maybe he is kicking off his own t.v. talk show. "Its the 'Fundamentalist Fun Hour' with Osama bin Laden. Tonight, Osama welcomes to the show: Jared from Subway, celebrity terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and the fat kid from 'Good Times!!!' Ladies and gentlemen, the comedic stylings of...Osaaaamaaaaa bin Laaaaaaaaaaden!!!!!!!!"

I still think that the Bushies have Sheikh Osama in custody and are going to haul him out on monday, the day before the election. I would not doubt it one bit. Yeah, I know I'm paranoid but I think I might be on to something on this one. Speaking of conspiracy theories...I hear helicopters in the distance. Probably black helicopters...I better get going.

This rant will self distruct in 30 seconds.


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Baghdad Burning.

This is an excellent blog. The author is an Iraqi and gives a real and honest opinion and analysis of the Iraqi War. Check it out if you want to know the truth about what it is really like over there.

O.k., Bush is Blaming RUSSIA Now?!

(shakes head with clenched fists of white-hot rage)

As we know by now the Bush administration is looking for ANYONE to blame over the missing explosives debacle @ al Qaqaa in Iraq (other then themselves). First, they blamed the Iraqi government. The older brother offered up his younger brother as the scapegoat. When that didn't work, Guiliani blamed the troops. Here we have the age-old example of the boss blaming his employees, the ship captain blaming his sailors, or the King killing the messenger. So, when that did not go over well they blamed Kerry. This is the absurd example of blaming someone who was entirely outside the decision making process. Its a bunch of macho posturing that blames the guy making the loudest accusations for the very thing you are under investigation for yourself! Then, yesterday Rush Limbaugh blamed the U.N.!!! So, now the Bushies are blaming the rest of the world?!! Blaming the international governing body for peace in the world? Good god these neo-fascist conservatives need to be locked up in the asylum.

O.k., NOW...I read that the Bush administration is blaming one of the only allies left, Russia. Yeah, that's smart. Try and pin this mistake on one of your only friends. Then again I should have learned by now not to assume intelligence with GWB. Anyway, Pentagon official John Shaw claims that the explosives were taken out of Iraq and into Syria by the Russian military. So, the Bush administration's Pentagon accuses Russia of taking these explosives and so where is the proof?? Who knows. I have searched all over the net and I have not found any evidence backing up this claim by Shaw. Maybe the evidence is with the missing explosives? God, so now we have Pentagon officials throwing wild charges against the Russian government. What are we going to do now? Invade Russia to find proof of these weapons?!! Hey, I've got an idea! Maybe the WMD's are in Russia?!! Huh?!! whadda ya think?!! Anyway, my I digress in my sarcasm.

What do the Russians have to say over this accusations? They sound deeply offended and I do not blame them. A Russian government official had this to say:

"You can't really take statements like this as anything but far-fetched rubbish," said spokesman Vyacheslav Sedov.

"I can officially confirm that the ministry of defence and the organisations that report to it could not have taken part in the disappearance of the explosives, since Russia's servicemen and military specialists left Iraq 12 years ago."

(sigh) America is going to have EVERY country in the WORLD scorching mad at it if Bush keeps going like this. I think I am going to update my passport and start packing for a foreign country if Bush is re-elected this coming tuesday.


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Thursday, October 28, 2004

It's Better to Be Pissed Off Then Pissed On.


Cost of sign: 5 bucks.
Dog pissing on that sign: Priceless. Posted by Hello

With Friends Like Guiliani Bush Doesn't Need Enemies

Oh my good god Guiliani...you are such and idiot!!! Former NYC Mayor Rudolph Guillioni blamed the troops today instead of the Bush administration for the now "mythical" 380 tons of missing explosives.

Here's what this "brain surgeon" had to say today:

"In a morning television appearance, Giuliani criticized Democrat John Kerry for blaming President Bush for the disappearance of hundreds of tons of explosives in Iraq.
'No matter how you try to blame it on the president, the actual responsibility for it really would be for the troops that were there. Did they search carefully enough? Didn't they search carefully enough?' he said on NBC's ''Today'' show."

Wow. Did you even talk to the President today Mr. Giuliani to compare notes before you shot off your mouth?! Because the President is claiming that JOHN KERRY is blaming the troops (which is total bullshit by the way) over this al Qaqaa disaster. Giuliani just shot his man Bush squarely in the foot. In fact, he blew Bush's foot completely off with that statement.

And now we learn that there is news footage from KSTP TV in Minneapolis showing troops discovering the al Qaqaa site and finding explosives. Yet the Bush administration still claims that the materials were taken before the war started.

Missing Weapons Scandal Scalding Bush

Yesterday on the stump Bush stated something to this effect in response to Kerry's attacks over the missing weapons scandal:

"A person who jumps to conclusions w/out all the facts is someone you don't want as commander-in-chief."

Well, George. I think YOUR the one who "jumped to conclusions" about the WMD's and rushing into war. YOUR the one who wanted to take down the Iraqi govt in record time and in doing so leave these ammo dumps unguarded. YOUR the one George who jumped to conclusions on the number of troops this war would need. This is the last straw.

This today from CNN:

"Aboard the Kerry campaign plane on Wednesday, adviser Mike McCurry said, 'From some of the Pentagon reporting today, there is a window that’s available there where either just prior to or just after the invasion, there could have been an opportunity for either Saddam to move the weapons or for something happening after that facility had been abandoned.' He said it was up to the administration to answer what had happened, 'but they don’t have an answer.'"

Mr. President. What the hell happened over there with those weapons? You had the satellites and the authority over those dumps. Where did those weapons go? This is not going to go away and you better provide America an answer before we head to the polls.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Iraq says 'impossible' explosives taken before regime fall

This is an excellent article from the Turkish Press about the missing explosives scandal.





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Bush Campaign Bombing.

A President should be able to acknowledge when he/she has made a mistake.

Kerry has acknowledged several mistakes during this campaign. He stated that some of the plans that he brought up during the primary were too ambitious. He also stated that he should have been clearer in the beginning about describing his voting over the Iraq war.

Bush? He refuses to admit any mistakes. During the last debate he was asked to list 3 mistakes and he could not admit one. And this latest mistake is going to push the undecided voter over the top.

400 tons of missing explosives in Iraq and he can not account for it. He simply deflects and claims that Senator Kerry is making "wild charges." Excuse me Mr. President but this is not some trivial accusation. This is a dangerous "dropping of the ball" by you and your administration. His administration was too obsessed with guarding the oil and taking down Baghdad and neutering Hussein for W's daddy. What does Bush has to say for himself? Well, today he basically just said that Iraq is a dangerous place but thats why we are there. Um, well George?

Iraq is certainly a more dangerous place with 400 tons of explosives unaccounted for. Not to mention it makes American less safe as well. Yeah, I feel much safer with 400 tons of explosives missing in the world. Especially missing in an area of the world that has become the Disneyland for terrorists. Bush claims that the weapons were taken before the U.S. invasion. Well, George to me that is worse!! This means that our hyper-sensitive, uber-cool and uber-expensive satellite technology could not locate this major ammo dump nor trucks moving tons and tons of explosives out of this place!! America has the best satellite tecnology in the world and would have seen a convoy of trucks hauling that sh*t out of there and would have been able to follow where they went. And then they would be able to tell us NOW where it went?!! Where did it go then George?!!! Bush went on further today saying:

"The senator is denigrating the action of our troops and commanders in the field without knowing the facts. Unfortunately, that's part of the pattern of saying anything to get elected."

No, actually he is denigrating YOUR actions Mr. President. I know you were abscent from the intelligence line when they handed it out but I didn't think you were this dumb. O.k., let me explain this to you George. The Generals on the ground follow YOU. You are the COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF!!! That means that YOU have the final say on all military actions or you should!! God knows who is really pulling the strings if you George are passing the buck on this one.

Kerry is not saying anything to get elected rather he is proudly standing up for America and its soldiers who have been misled under George's watch. This is Bush deflecting responsibility yet, again. Bush will deflect any responsibility in order to keep America in the dark on his actions and keep himself in power.

I think Kerry advisor Richard Holbrooke put it best when he said:

"The U.N. inspectors had told the American military this was a major depot. ... I don't know what happened. I do know one thing -- in most administrations the buck stops in the Oval Office."

I'll tell you where the buck is going stop on this one. In the election booth on November 2nd.
Welcome to the Oval Office President Kerry.


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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Go Israel!!

P.M. Ariel Sharon of Israel wants to pull-out 8,800 Jewish settlers from the Palestinian dominated "Gaza strip."

I was shocked to learn of this development in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Sharon has been one of the heaviest allies of the Zionist movement within Israel and abroad. He has repeatedly pushed away opportunities for easing violence and tensions between the two sides. Now, however, he seems to finally be seeing the importance of a Palestinian state. This from, The Guardian:

"Mr Sharon made some conciliatory remarks toward the Palestinians. 'Even today, we regret the loss of innocent lives in your midst. Our way is not one of intentional killing,' he said.
Israeli commentators said Mr Sharon's speech was remarkable, both for his gestures toward the Palestinians and his unprecedented criticism of settlers, whom he accused of suffering from a 'messianic' complex."

Thump! (sound of James falling off his chair and hitting his head on the desk. He crawls back into his chair and sits stunned with eyes wide open in a trance while drool builds dangerously close to cascading down his chin from an open mouth).

(shakes head to gain lucidity) Wow. I mean WOWWWW!!!!

Ariel Sharon sounding like a diplomat?!! God, I better take some ginger because my head is spinning faster then my head after a weekend bender.

Whats more, ( Jesus H.?! Can my heart take anymore?!) Israel's largest paper, Yedioth Ahronoth found that 64% of the Israeli public supports disengagement while 26% oppose it.

(falls off chair again...)
(Gets back up while blinking and rubbing eyes)

God?! Is that you?! Am I dead?! Am I in heaven or hell?! What's going on here?!! Oh. I think I blacked out again there for a moment.

O.k., this is getting scary. Dare I say that I am actually feeling a glimmer of hope that this conflict will FINALLY resolve itself?!


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Iraq Blames U.S. For Massacre

The puppet is blaming the puppet-master and rightly so.
This from The Guardian:

"Iraq's interim prime minister, Ayad Allawi, said today that 'negligence' by US-led forces brought about the massacre of 49 Iraqi soldiers and warned of further 'terrorist acts'.
'There was great negligence on the part of some coalition forces,' Mr Allawi told Iraq's national assembly."

Why was it negligence on the part of U.S.-led forces? The American military is not training these Iraqi forces quick enough and they are not giving them adequate armorment. And for gods sake, these newly recruited Iraqi soldiers need an American armed escort if the recruits are running around Iraq without weapons to defend themselves. You can not train these soldiers and then turn them loose without escort. I know that Iraq is slowly gaining their own military but they do not have M-1 Abram tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles and if they do they do not obviously have them in adequate numbers.

Now Bush is asking for more money, 70 BILLION dollars. I do not have a problem with funding the Iraqi rebuilding process but we should not be doing this alone. We desperately need the financial assistance of European powers in paying for this war. I honestly believe that John Kerry will be able to bridge the divide that Bush created between Europe and America and procure the needed financial funds to help the world build and train an Iraqi military.

Fundamentalist Christianity

Christian use to mean like Christ.
Now it seems to be the religion of bombs instead of Bibles.

Bush is "Up In The Air!"

To quote Reuters News Agency:

"President Bush said it is 'up in the air' whether the United States can ever be fully safe from terrorism, prompting an attack from Democrat John Kerry's campaign that Bush was sending a mixed message." Bush's comment came from a television interview with FOX News.

Your damn right it sends mixed messages.
This is the same president who has been criss-crossing the country telling everyone that he will keep America "safe" from terrorism and then he goes and says our safety from terrorism is "up in the air" and "we can't win the war on terror." Yeah, well our safety is certainly "up in the air" along with our certainty of winning the war on terror with 380 TONS of explosives missing and most likely being used and abused by Allah only knows who! I think Bush is "up in the air himself" breathing the thin air and its causing his head to shrink. God, and his camp were the ones calling Kerry the "flip-flopper?" Um. Yeah, sure. Whatever.

Then this morning we learn from the Washington Post that "Blackhole-Bush" is going to ask for another 70 billion dollars for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yes, thats BILLION dollars with a B. So much for fiscal convservation!

How about 70 BILLION dollars for our crumbling schools and under-paid school teachers? How about 70 BILLION dollars for our over-worked and under-paid fire and police workers? George W. Bush has led us by the nose down into the "briar patch." We are sinking faster and faster into a blackhole of a quagmire in Iraq that is sucking up our money, resources and the lives of our young soldiers.

See America. Everyday that man stays in office we get screwed. We get misled with every policy that spews out of his administration and we learn new information nearly ever day that is bad news. This administration is "out of control" and we need to stop them from sucking America down into their black-hole of war, death, joblessness and chaos.

Vote the bastards OUT!!

Monday, October 25, 2004

Fundamentalist Clerics May Win Election in Iraq

This from David Corn:

"Other recent bad news: a poll in Iraq (which was financed by the International Republican Institute) found that the leaders of the nation's religious parties are the most popular politicians and that the interim government of Prime Minister Ayad Allawi (who was selected by the United States and a UN envoy) is losing ground...."

The thing about this is that we would not be able to do anything if a radical cleric DID find himself elected in Iraq. What would we do? Over throw that guy too?! Yeah, that would look GREAT for democracy. That's the whole theory of, "You can choose whomever you like as long as you choose who WE want." Yeah, America would really shine as a beacon for democracy after such an act.


I first heard about this book on Air America Radio. The advertisement has the author reading some of the bits from his book. The best one went something like this: "How can Bush still be pro-life when he is responsible for the death of a thousand American soldiers in Iraq?" I nearly laughed my colon straight-out out my pie-hole when I heard that one. True, so f*cking true.

Also, saw a bumper sticker the other day that said "Nobody died when Clinton lied." For a moment I felt an urge to wait for the person to return to their car so that I could tell them how uber-cool that sticker was, but I deciced against this for a couple reasons: 1). I would totally look like a stalker-psycho and get maced so hard and deep in my eyes that my brain would melt 2). I had to pee and needed to get home ASAP. Posted by Hello

Bush Response To Missing Weapons...

It's the Iraqi's fault!!! Sounds like a little kid in trouble for breaking the priceless vase blaming the younger sibling.

Found this on CNN:

White House spokesman Scott McClellan said President Bush wants to determine what went wrong. McClellan, on Air Force One, stressed that the missing explosives were not nuclear materials, and said the storage site was the responsibility of the interim Iraqi government, not the United States, as of June 28, when the United States turned over the nation's administration to the Iraqis. This dispite the fact that those WEAPONS WENT MISSING OVER A YEAR AGO!!! That was when America was STILL in charge of Iraq. Obviously the Bush Administration is thinking we all have A.D.D. and can not remember when the Iraqi hand over took place. Scott McClellan even STATED that the hand over was June 28th. Even though it was known that these weapons were reported missing WELL BEFORE JUNE 28th 2004!!!

McClellan is just keeping with the Bush tradition of never taking responsibility for anything gone wrong under his watch. And yet Bush keeps saying that he can keep America and Americans safer then John Kerry. Yeah, RIGHT?!!!! God knows where these TONS have ended up. Most likely it has ended up being the Improvised Explosive Devices and other weapons that have killed our soldiers over there in Iraq all these months. Let's just hope that some of that 380 TONS of bombs don't end up blowing us up here in America sometime soon. Good God this President is the WORST president EVER!!!!! He couldn't lead his way out of a hallway!




380 Tons of Weapons Vanish In Iraq

Wow. How does George W. expect to find any weapons of mass destruction when he can't even secure the regular weapons in Iraq?! How do you lose 380 TONS of ordnace in a country where you have approx. 180,000 troops stationed?!! Probably because the soldiers were too busy protecting and securing the oil fields first. God, how do you miss 380 TONS of explosives being hauled out of some complex. That's like the old cartoon joke of the guy hauling a grand piano out of the store under his coat with out anyone noticing.

"The Iraqis told the nuclear agency the materials had been stolen and looted because of a lack of security at governmental installations."

This is what Kerry had to say about this major blunder:

“George W. Bush who talks tough ... and brags about making America safer, has once again failed to deliver,” Kerry told supporters in Dover, N.H. “After being warned about the danger of major stockpiles of explosives in Iraq, this president failed to guard those stockpiles.”
“This is one of the great blunders of Iraq, one of the greatest blunders of this administration and the incredible incompetence of this president and this administration has put our troops at risk and this country at greater risk.”

According to Commondreams.org, Kerry went on say, "Terrorists could use this material to kill our troops, our people, blow up airplanes and level buildings. Now we know our country and our troops are less safe because this president failed to do the basics, this is one of the great blunders of Iraq one of the great blunders of this administration."

This article went on to say that the National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice did not know about this security blunder until last month!! It is terrifying to think that our National Security Advisor was not aware of this evidence until only recently. What's worse though is that once she realized this information she did nothing to inform the American public about this HUGE mistake. A mistake that put (and still puts) American lives at risk.

The Common Dreams article stated that, "The New York Times said the materiel 'could produce bombs strong enough to shatter airplanes or tear apart buildings.'"

God, this President is himself the eviquilant of 380 tons of explosives. In the words of Marilyn Manson, he's a "hand grenade" who is "constantly exploding."

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Love is Essential to All Religions

Forming a new world religion is difficult and not particularly desirable. However, in that love is essential to all religions, one could speak of the universal religion of love.

-His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Saturday, October 23, 2004

My Name Is James and I Approve This Message...

Joe Blow isn't fit to be our senator because....he's an alcoholic! You've seen all the negative attack ad's on the television screen lately i'm sure. Especially if you live in a battle ground state like Colorado. They run here sometimes back-to-back through out the entire news cycle. They are so silly and absurd. I am just waiting for one to say something totally obsurd like:

"Joe Blow is a mass murderer!" How many people do these ad's actually affect. I mean, for one, how many people actually believe much of anything that these ad's are slinging! They sling these outrageous accusations around, "Joe Blow is married to his sister and is having an affair with his brother"...you know the drill by now. It begins to sound like an episode of Jerry Springer for god's sake! Then there's the god aweful music that they play during these ad's. Its like Halloween, haunted house music or like the sound of a loud heart beating faster and faster.

It makes you want to run to the medicine cabinet and down a near-fatal dosage of tranquilizers just to make the sound stop. As you try to peel yourself off the ceiling due to the anxiety created by these damn ad's. Its like they want to scare you into thinking that this certain politician is going to kill and dismember you. "Joe Blow is going to KILL YOU!!!" Then at the end of the spot the "good guy" comes on and the music changes to this "Bambi" type, soft, respectful Yani music as we see the candidate doing some thing important. Usually talking on the phone, kissing babies or pushing papers around on a desk draped in the American flag.

The ones I hate the worst from the Republican's are when they constantly say "John Kerry and the Liberals in Congress..." As if being a Liberal is illegal or something. They say liberal like they want to say crack-addict, serial rapist instead. I am proud to be a liberal damn it!

Anyway, I'll be glad when this election is finally over.

I'm James and I approve this message.

Friday, October 22, 2004

Bush Relatives For Kerry


I heard about this from Randi Rhodes on Air America Radio. Relatives of W are endorsing John Kerry for President. Posted by Hello

Ex-Republican Senator Endorses Kerry

Its true. The list of Republicans backing John Kerry grows everyday. John Eisenhower is endorsing Kerry after voting Republican for 50 years. What does that tell you about this President? Well, now we discover today that former Republican Senator Marlow W. Cook of Kentucky is "frightened to death of Bush." You can find this full article here.

Here are a couple exerpts from this powerful indictment.

"I shall cast my vote for John Kerry come Nov 2.

I have been, and will continue to be, a Republican. But when we as a party send the wrong person to the White House, then it is our responsibility to send him home if our nation suffers as a result of his actions. I fall in the category of good conservative thinkers, like George F. Will, for instance, who wrote: "This administration cannot be trusted to govern if it cannot be counted on to think and having thought, to have second thoughts.""

And he continued...

"I am not enamored with John Kerry, but I am frightened to death of George Bush. I fear a secret government. I abhor a government that refuses to supply the Congress with requested information. I am against a government that refuses to tell the country with whom the leaders of our country sat down and determined our energy policy, and to prove how much they want to keep that secret, they took it all the way to the Supreme Court.
Those of you who are fiscal conservatives and abhor our staggering debt, tell your conservative friends, "Vote for Kerry," because without Bush to control the Congress, the first thing lawmakers will demand Kerry do is balance the budget."

Send this article to all your Bush-leaning, conservative friends. They (and all of us) have been duped by W.

Diego the Post Man

I should change my name to Insomnia. Then people could call me Nia for short. So, yeah here I sit in the den of iniquity at 12:30a.m. I guess that really isn't too late and I shouldn't be bitching about it but this situation will probably get worse. I will probably still be sitting here with my eyes glued to this computer screen (which is really nothing more then a sexed up television) two hours later. Insomnia is like a movie theatre but its one of those multi, mega-plex monstrosities of capitalism. Pretty soon the local Wal-Mart is going to include the movie multi-plex as well as the grocery store. They won't be satisfied until they incorporate whole towns into their stores. They already have banks and McDee's...I am sure they will have the Wal-Mart Metro area in some place soon.

Sorry about the tangent but you'll have to be patient with me. I have an amazing amount of medication coursing through the intersections of my veins and arteries. Anyway, the only thing is that these movies are all rolling without anyone behind the projectors. Tonight is the double feature: red, itchy, tired eyes on the lead-off movie and the feature being: wide awake, crack-head, anxious brain. Grab a good bag of greasy popcorn and enjoy the insanity.

So, guess what is one my mind at this hour? Diego the Postman (I don't think he would would go ape-shit on me if he knew I mentioned him on here). After all, he is the best god damn postal servant I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Him and I shoot the shit all the time and we have the greatest convo's. He is kind of like my barber, personal banker, best friend, neighbor, therapist and consiliari all rolled into one. If you don't know what a consiliari is then you need to go out and rent "Godfather", "Goodfellas" and "Casino" right now. I meant it...GO!! What are you still doing here reading this?! Go rent "The Godfather" and watch it. I'll be here when you get back. And don't think I won't know if you didn't watch it. I have cameras in your house. Yeah, that got your attention, huh? I have a camera in your computer and in your t.v. room (wink). Don't encourage the crazy man...this only gets worse. But seriously folks...I don't have any cameras in your house. I think everyone is spying on ME. I spend some serious man hours looking for "bugs" and cameras. I don't have the time to waste spying on you.

Anywho, Diego and I cover everything from politics to spirituality. Its just so damn nice to have a good connection with the someone in your neighborhood. Although technically I guess he would be considered a quasi-member of the neighborhood. I bet he knows more about this neighborhood though then anyone else. Its just like the janitors in school. Remember "The Breakfast Club?" Yeah, don't piss us working class stiffs off i'm telling ya. Workers of the world UNITE!! I am giving him a tip this christmas.

I just hope that they don't switch his route out because then I think I will do something really crazy like rip out my mail box and refuse to receive mail ever again. Or maybe I'll just pee on the mail every time it arrives. I'd give the new guy/girl a chance but they'd have to really impress me. Like spin plates and have a break dancing monkey who then hands me the mail after the routine and then barks out, "What chu talking bout Willis?!" Every now and then Diego gets sick or something and they have this phony replacement guy. I'm sure he's a nice enough guy but I don't trust him. I always give him "the look." He doesn't seem like the kind of guy that I could talk about deep subjects with such as right-wing conspiracy theories and why the plants talk to me. You know, important stuff that you could only share with your postal delivery person. Hmmm...Now I sense I've gone too far with the plant remark.

Anywayyyyyy, I hope that you have top notch postal service but if you don't; you can't have Diego...sorry.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

C'est Finit!


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The Witch Is Dead


The curse has ended and the Evil Empire has been destroyed. Free at last, FREE at LAST!!! The Red Sox beat the Yankees to move on to the World Series. They did it historic fashion as well. The first team to EVER come back from 0-3 games deficit. Posted by Hello

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Christian Coalition Leader Questions Bush on the War in Iraq.

Hmmm. Isn't it interesting how things turn out.
It appears that even the Christian Coalition's leader, Pat Robertson was against America going into Iraq. Robertson was also worried over the casualities America would sustain. Bush, however, coldly stated to Robertson, "Oh, no, we're not going to have any casualties."

The White House stated that Robertson was wrong and that the President never made that statement to the Christian leader. Hmmm...you'll understand why I won't believe anything the President says anymore. I think I'll believe Pat Robertson on this one. Of course this White House Administration will not tell the truth. After all, this is the same Bush who said he would not engage in nation-building during the 2000 election campaign. Now we are currently engaged in building TWO nations, Iraq and Afghanistan. This is also the same Bush who emphatically claimed Iraq had tons of weapons of mass destruction and they were an "gathering threat" to attack American soil. Then we found NO WMD's. This is the same Bush who opposed the Department of Homeland Security before he approved of it.

This all came to light in a CNN interview with Robertson. In the interview Robertson also claimed that, "God had told him the war would be messy and a disaster. When he met with Bush in Nashville, Tenn., before the war Bush did not listen to his advice, Robertson said, and believed Saddam Hussein was an evil tyrant who needed to be removed." Robertson went on to say, "He was just sitting there, like, 'I'm on top of the world,' and I warned him about this war."

This is a major blow to the Bush campaign when even the founder of the Christian Coalition is questioning (and did question before we launched the pre-emptive invasion) the Iraqi War. I not suprised Bush didn't even listen to the Christian Robertson. Bush does not listen to anybody. Bush, however, is relying on the Christian "base" to be re-elected and these statements can not help. I do not know how any Christian can still be backing Bush after all his lies, mistakes and arrogance.

However, Robertson seems to be. He later released a statement saying, "I emphatically stated that I believe 'the blessing of heaven is upon him' and I am persuaded that he will win this election and prevail on the war against terror in order to keep America safe from her avowed enemies."

O.k., so i'm a little confused now. Pat Robertson said God told him that there would be heavy American casualities in an Iraqi war and that he tried to warn the President about this war. And yet Bush went ahead and invaded Iraq anyway. So, if God warned Robertson (and Bush via Robertson)? How can Robertson (or anyone) currently believe that "the blessing of heaven is upon him (Bush)?" I think Pat is confused now.

Here's what I think...

Cut through all this confusion and dishonesty and vote for Kerry.


Laundry

I know not too exciting and everyone hates laundry but I feel the urge to editorialize about it. That and the urge to take a big fat dump...but that can wait...I hope (don't you just love hearing about my bodily functions?) Anyway, I digress...BIG time.

Laundry. We have piles and piles of laundry that are waiting to be done. It looks like a vast mountain range in our house with all these piles of laundry stashed throughout the house. I feel like some giant wandering through the mountains. The thing is that we are constantly running the washing machine and yet we still have piles of laundry. We have tons of clothes but never anything to wear it seems. Its like the clothes are having sex and spawning baby T's faster then rabbits pop out bunnies. We have to go through everything and take a few bags of clothes down to the homeless shelter and Good Will.

Anyway, thats my rant about laundry. I better wrap it up as I have to put in yet another load(hehe...I said load).

Thanks Senator Frist.

You know. I am thinking today that we are living in a "feudal society" again. We all work for kings and wealthy land-owners. We seem to be nothing but worthless serfs and peasants to a lot of these senators.

So, we all know that we have a shortage of flu shots in this country and we heard President Bush the other night say that he we should forgo flu shots. Well, I guess Republican Senator Bill Frist feels that he is better and more important then the rest of the country because he went ahead anyway and got a flu shot. And you know the thing that burns my a$$hole the most is that Frist is a the Senate Majority Leader AND a PHYSICIAN!!!!! Quoting CNN here:

"It was unclear how many lawmakers were vaccinated, but Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a heart-lung transplant surgeon, was among them, Frist spokesman Bob Stevenson said."

The CNN goes on to state: "Capitol physician John Eisold considers all lawmakers prime candidates for getting and spreading the flu because of all the time they spend visiting retirement homes, holding babies and shaking hands, said a spokesman for Eisold."

What about families who visit their family in the retirement homes? Are they just supposed to not visit their family members until next spring? Or what about mothers? I guess holding their babies is less important then Frist and these other senators being able to hold these babies for some cheap, photo op to get re-elected. What about police officers? Think of all the hands they shake in working with the public? Or how about teachers? This lack of flu vaccines is a homeland security issue that the Republican President and Republican controlled senate failed to prevent. It is also a perfect example of how the health care system has gotten even worse under the Republican controlled senate.

Think of all the points these senators could have scored with the public should they have donated their flu shots to the public. Frist and the other senators who received the shots should have led by example and not taken the shots. It does not look good when a Republican president says that he will forgo a flu shot and urges most Americans to do the same and after a Republican, PHYSICIAN and senate leader chooses to get a flu shot. Granted he took the shot before the new restrictions were placed on the vaccines but he was a senator AND physician. He obviously was privy to the information that there was going to be a shortage of vaccines for this flu season. I mean, GOD that is why we are supposed to HAVE senators, right? So that they can have access to information that the average citizen does not have and make decisions to help protect us "average" Americans. Getting a flu shot during a flu shortage is NOT the way to lead and it certainly is not the way to protect Americans Senator Frist!

DAMN I'm pissed off. I think I'm going to call his office and yell like the insane person that I am supposed to be.

Here's his contact info. if you wish to call and rant and rave as well:

Washington office:
202-224-3344
202-224-1264(fax)

Nashville office:
615-352-9411
615-352-9985(fax)

Finally, here is the email page for his office

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Bad Joke

I heard a groaner of a joke tonight on Jay Leno.

"How did you get the flu?"

"I opened the window and In-flu-enza!" (oh good god that joke stinks worse then beer farts).

Alright. I think I've had enough wine and I'm going to bed now that I've lost all respect from you dear readers with that joke.

I'll see you in the morning.



Painting: "The Brick Wall"


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Monday, October 18, 2004

"Without a Doubt" by Ron Suskind

This is an excellent, candid article in the N.Y. Times Magazine that allows us average chumps to view the psychosis of the Bush administration. Its a long article (11 pages) but WELL worth the read. I have copied down a couple quotes to give you a taste:

"In those days, there were high hopes that the United States-sponsored ''road map'' for the Israelis and Palestinians would be a pathway to peace, and the discussion that wintry day was, in part, about countries providing peacekeeping forces in the region. The problem, everyone agreed, was that a number of European countries, like France and Germany, had armies that were not trusted by either the Israelis or Palestinians. One congressman -- the Hungarian-born Tom Lantos, a Democrat from California and the only Holocaust survivor in Congress -- mentioned that the Scandinavian countries were viewed more positively. Lantos went on to describe for the president how the Swedish Army might be an ideal candidate to anchor a small peacekeeping force on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Sweden has a well-trained force of about 25,000. The president looked at him appraisingly, several people in the room recall.

'I don't know why you're talking about Sweden,' Bush said. 'They're the neutral one. They don't have an army.'

Lantos paused, a little shocked, and offered a gentlemanly reply: 'Mr. President, you may have thought that I said Switzerland. They're the ones that are historically neutral, without an army.' Then Lantos mentioned, in a gracious aside, that the Swiss do have a tough national guard to protect the country in the event of invasion.

Bush held to his view. 'No, no, it's Sweden that has no army.'

The room went silent, until someone changed the subject.
A few weeks later, members of Congress and their spouses gathered with administration officials and other dignitaries for the White House Christmas party. The president saw Lantos and grabbed him by the shoulder. 'You were right,' he said, with bonhomie. 'Sweden does have an army.'

This story was told to me by one of the senators in the Oval Office that December day, Joe Biden."

And then there's this quote:

"Every few months, a report surfaces of the president using strikingly Messianic language, only to be dismissed by the White House. Three months ago, for instance, in a private meeting with Amish farmers in Lancaster County, Pa., Bush was reported to have said, ''I trust God speaks through me.'' In this ongoing game of winks and nods, a White House spokesman denied the president had specifically spoken those words, but noted that 'his faith helps him in his service to people.'"

And, to me, the scariest quote:

"And for those who don't get it? That was explained to me in late 2002 by Mark McKinnon, a longtime senior media adviser to Bush, who now runs his own consulting firm and helps the president. He started by challenging me. ''You think he's an idiot, don't you?'' I said, no, I didn't. ''No, you do, all of you do, up and down the West Coast, the East Coast, a few blocks in southern Manhattan called Wall Street. Let me clue you in. We don't care. You see, you're outnumbered 2 to 1 by folks in the big, wide middle of America, busy working people who don't read The New York Times or Washington Post or The L.A. Times. And you know what they like? They like the way he walks and the way he points, the way he exudes confidence. They have faith in him. And when you attack him for his malaprops, his jumbled syntax, it's good for us. Because you know what those folks don't like? They don't like you!'' In this instance, the final ''you,'' of course, meant the entire reality-based community."

George W. Bush has developed a tight circle of people that form a modern day "Divine Monarchy" who lead this administration. The followers and supporters of this guy are even worse in my opinion. Most of them seem like hypnotized, fanatical, fundamental-Christian, sicophants with a self-imposed ignorance. They remind me of "mob rule." God, I really, REALLY doubt if America can take another 4 years of this wacko.

I Heart Huckabees


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Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

I had a hard time waking up this morning. Which hasn't been a problem lately since I've been taking my super-drug Trileptal. Now i'm dragging around the house with my eye-lids half shut and I feel like I need a nap and its only noon. I think a lot of this has to do with the fact that I am going to be 29 soon and I spent last night drinking like a fish.

Yeah. Let's see If I can get any of last night to come back to me. I started drinking beer around 2pm for the Broncos game (they are kickin' ass this year-knock on wood) and then went over to a friends house to help him with a music project that he is working on. He creates techno/trance/dance music and he wanted me to say some stuff in French to lay over the beats. Anyway, I kept on drinking while I was over at his house and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that I was getting WAYYY-sted. We also downed two shots of Tuaca liquor before the night was over. Soooo...basically I drank from 2pm to 11pm. The haze is beginning to clear a bit now and I am sure all that boozin' is the reason I am dragging my ass around today in a little red wagon. Hold on a second...I have to stretch.

O.k., thats much better. God sometimes when I stretch I feel like I am going to rip apart at the seams. Like I stretch too hard or something and I am going to pull dozens of different muscles at the same time. Hmmm.....Well, anyway, I'm sure you're wondering what this post has to do with cake, aren't you? Well, I have been listening to the band Cake again lately (I go through phases with my music). Cake are one of the greatest bands on the scene right now. They've been on the scene though for about 10 years I think. So, we just bought their new album, Pressure Chief and I can not get it out of my head!! I've been playing it over and over and over. They have such a unique sound and I love the lyrics. The lead singer seems like such a funny guy from his lyrics. Anyway, if you haven't heard this band before then I recommend you check them out on Amazon.com and listen to some samples. If you like unique music then I'm sure you'll dig Cake.

One Form Is All Buddhas

**(I usually only post a poem on sundays but today I wanted to post another, so here you go)**

Each form, each particle, is a Buddha.
One form is all Buddhas. All forms, all particles, are all Buddhas.
All forms, sounds, scents, feelings, and phenomena are also like this, each filling all fields.

~Pai-chang

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Out Beyond Ideas

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I'll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn't make any sense.

~Jelaluddin Rumi

Saturday, October 16, 2004

11:11

Its 11:11a.m. here.
Do you ever see 11:11? I see it all the time and I take it as a message and a reminder that everything will be alright. Its like a hug from the universe and a comforting word from a friend.
I think that there are little signs like this everywhere in life but that we are usually to busy to see the connections and reminders of the perfection of existence in its totality.

Another one for me is seeing a hawk. Awhile back I adopted the hawk as my animal guide and a messenger from the universe. Whenever I see a hawk (especially a red tailed hawk) I think of the Infinite nature of existence and I am filled with such love and peace and I instanly relax. I see the universe in plants as well. They are beautiful and so perfect in their existence. They seem to be so content int their little space. Growing and taking in the sun light and using that light to feed and grow. It is quite remarkable when you think about it. It is a perfect example of the interconnectivity of everything.

I have also been thinking about friends a lot today. I am so grateful for the friends in my life. They really are like an extension of myself and I see them as family. Lori and I spent last night hanging out with some very good friends up in Fort Collins and it was just such a great evening for me. These two are so open and fun to be around. Friends are so important. Relationships are so important in general. They are vital. I spent an hour or so with another close friend yesterday afternoon and it was so wonderful to connect and feed off one another's energy. I cherish this person greatly and admire her spirit.

We can not live in total isolation. Humans are always interconnected no matter what we do or say. Even if we go off to live in a cabin up in the mountains all alone (which I sometimes think about doing lol) we can not escape the thoughts and memories of others. Thus, it is apart of our existence and we have friends so they can help us along the way and vice versa. I have gained many friends over the internet as well and I cherish them just as much as my other friends. You all have my love and respect. Do not ever think that you are alone or that no one is listening to you. Do not ever think that no one loves you. I am here for you all and I love you all.

Everything you desire, everything you want and everything you want to be...you already have and already are. You are perfect in your existence.

Friday, October 15, 2004

A Long Ramble

O.k., I am going to just yammer on about random stuff so click away now if you don't want to read the misguided musings of my damaged brain. The first thing on my mind is my mood stabilizer, Trileptal. This stuff works stronger then a bipolar, starving student with 4 jobs on a manic streak. I feel more balanced now and not so torn apart into a million pieces. This is the first mood stabilizer that has actually allowed me to feel this way. I have gone through so many different meds and doctors-it was totally discouraging. What a relief to finally re-assemble all of those pieces together into a relaxed and stable life. I have seen 11 different psychiatrists before I finally found one that knew what was going on. This new doctor is very knowledgeable about the specifics to my illness and has given me the first drug cocktail to work since I've been diagnosed.

I still feel like I am in my body but outside my body at the same time but that will probably never fully go away and in some ways I do not want it to go away. It allows me a connection with the universe and spirituality that is very intense and beautiful. I have always been very in-tune with the mystical side of life but It has been weighed down by the illness for a lot of years. Thus, I have always felt it but not as fully as I was meant to feel it. So, now I am freed again to fully experience the mystical reality that is existence. Yesterday I had a beautiful day in staying connected to the Infinite, united consciousness of Reality. I was driving around the city of Fort Collins running errands when I experienced a switch in vision and perception. This usually happens to me at least once a day. Its as if someone gives me x-ray glasses or touches my brain in a way that allows me to view things in their totality and True Reality.

All things are interconnected and extensions of each other and I was reminded of that while driving around town. It was a rather windy day and the leaves were flying around all over the place. I was stopped at a red-light when this switch happened. I began to view the leaves as little pixies dancing to the music of the wind. It was so beautiful to watch these gold, purple and red leaves dance and float in such a delicate and acrobatic way. Then I looked up and watched the trees swing and sway in the wind. Bending and giving to the wind in a balance and harmony that made me smile. The wind was like the yin energy and the trees were like the yang energy. Both interacting and moving according to one another's energy and divine presence. I then fixed my attention on the cars turning and moving in the opposite direction as they flowed with the energy and yin of the green light. There I sat still in my car with the yang of the red light. Everything moves. The universe is in constant movement and change. Everything on every level of existence is in some form of movement or change. The Buddhists say that we float like a leaf on the river of life.

Breath In....Breath out. You are alive.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Excellent Arguements for Colorado's Amendment 36

Amendment 36 would get rid of the electoral process in Colorado and be replaced by a proportional system. Colorado's 9 electoral votes would be split depending on what percentage of votes each candidate received. I have written on this amendment before and I think it is an excellent idea. It ensures that each person's vote counts. Opponents say that it will make Colorado irrelevant but Ex-football player and Denver Post columnist disagrees. He writes an excellent article on the issue and I urge you to read it. If you do not have the time, however, to read it I have quoted one of the best statements from the Rivers article below: (see how nice I am?)

"But I believe the truth is exactly the opposite. As it stands now, Colorado is a waste of time for both parties, which is why we get single-digit visits from Kerry and Bush. Kerry has nothing to gain here, and Bush has nothing to lose. However, if the underdog knew he could win some votes, he'd suddenly have a reason to campaign here. And if the underdog comes to claim his votes, the leader has to come to protect his. If we assume that campaign stops are good for Colorado, then we'd get more of them when we turn ourselves into a state in which both parties have something to gain or lose. Supporters of Amendment 36 argue that it would ensure that every vote should count for its intended candidate. But beyond principle, the pragmatic result of this change could be that Colorado would end up with a fairer system and more relevance in the national debate."

The Harassment Factor with Bill O'Pervert

God. It was just a matter of time before this psycho, self-righteous, "wind-bag" was going to screw up. I find it highly amusing (and hypocritical) that Bill O'Reilly has criticized rappers and porn stars for lewd behavior when now we find out that he is being slapped with a convincing sexual harassment law-suit. My good friend "baby doll" hooked me up with a great website if you want to read all the lurid, steamy details.

I remember awhile back when he had the popular porn star Jenna Jameson on his show (August 2002). He treated her like garbage and basically called her a prostitute. During an E! True Hollywood Story spot, Jameson stated that O'Reilly asked for some copies of her movies after his show was done taping.

Well, from this harassment law-suit it appears that O'Reilly isn't so perfect after all. I guess he's imperfect and lives down in the "gutter" like the rest of us. What a surprise. So, Bill...my advice to you is to pick up your copy of Briana Loves Jenna, wack the wabbit and enjoy your freedom cuz you might be bunking up with "bubba" in prison in the near future.

This charge of harassment sounds pretty detailed. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty but this guy looks like he is sinking faster then the Titanic. Oh how the "mighty" fall like a giant turd out of an ass.

Blix Says War "Stimulated Terrorism"

According to the Reuters News Agency, former weapons inspector, Hans Blix said today that the Iraqi war "stimulated terrorism."

Blix: “Is the world safer? No. It’s not safer in Iraq,” he said in his native Stockholm. “If North Korea and Iran are contemplating going for weapons of mass destruction, then it hasn’t stopped them. It has not solved the Middle East conflict.” Blix goes on to say, “Of course they were concerned with North Korea and Iran. But ... they focused a great deal of their efforts on Iraq while other things were left simmering.”Blix is correct. In my opinion, It has only made things in the Middle East more complicated. The over-throw of Saddam Hussein created a haven for terrorists in Iraq and played right into the hands of al-Qaida. Saddam Hussein and Osama bin "forgotten" were diametrically opposed to one another. America actually did al-Qaida a favor in getting rid of Hussein.

Today's events testify that indeed Iraq is not safer now then before. Insurgents have attacked inside the "green zone." This of course is the area where the American embassy and Iraqi government headquarters are located. This is the supposed "safe zone." The attack killed 5 people, 4 of which were American. This attack was taking place at the same time the American military was conducting operations in Fallujah, Iraq. According to the MSNBC article, the "green zone" attack showed the insurgents "ability to strike in the capital even as U.S.-Iraqi forces are carrying out a new offensive to suppress them in other parts of the country ahead of January elections."

We fight the insurgents in one area and they just move and pop up in another area. This reminds me of that game we would play as kids where plastic "gofers" would pop up from different holes. You objective was to hit as many as you could before the time ran out. The only problem was that you never knew from which hole the gofers would pop out from.

And the war in Iraq drags on and on...

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

The Inevitable Fall of Democracies

I stumbled across this article filed away in someone's blog and thought I'd talk about it here. Basically folks, America is sliding down into the garbage dump. This country is cooked and over-due for some major changes. There are so many naive people in America who think that revolutions, civil wars, and fascism could NEVER exist. Well, that is just plain ignorant thinking. Check this quote out:

"At about the time our original 13 states adopted their new constitution, in the year 1787, Alexander Tyler (a Scottish history professor at The University of Edinborough) had this to say about "The Fall of The Athenian Republic" some 2,000 years prior.

A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the worlds greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence: From Bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to complacency; From complacency to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage."

It looks like America is cooked worse then a baked potato left in the oven too long. Tenuos times that we live in these days. It will be interesting to see what happens. I for one will do everything in my power to see America retain its democracy but it looks like we are headed instead toward a fascist state.

American Fascism

Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14-defining characteristics common to each:

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays. TOP

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

5. Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.

6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.

9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

10. Labor Power is Suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

**(Sound like any certain party and/or President and administration that we know? Hmm??)
-james
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An interesting note to end this article: As of January 2004, the United States fulfills all fourteen points of fascism and all seven warning signs are present. But we're not alone. Israel also fulfills all fourteen points and all seven warning signs as well.

Erotic Dreams and Garbage Trucks

God I was Soooo mad this morning when I woke up. I was having the most erotic dream and then had to wake up to the screaching garbage truck. Its like there I was in a 3some and in my dream I hear one of the ladies beeping like a garbage truck. I snap to and realize its the damn city garbage truck. Argggh!!! And you can never, EVER recapture your dream once its slipped away. Sometimes you can catch bits and pieces of it but its always some messed up, mutated version of your original dream. Usually it turns into a fucked up nightmare where you're wearing only your underwear and you're being chased by murderous clowns. You then look down to realize that the band on your underwear has loosened to the point that your choners are falling down. Next thing you know your being eaten by the clowns. Hmmm....sorry. That one kind of got away from me at the end there.

Now, however, I am relaxing a bit as I sit in the confines of my cozy study. This chair is quite wonderful. We picked it up down at Office Max on sale and its a comfy one. Its all leather and it rocks pretty far back. I always feel like Dr. Evil from Austin Powers when I sit in it. Plus, It has a built in massage mechanism so I can melt my spine down to magma if I so desire. I have that baby turned on right now as I am typing. The only problem is that it is vibrating my body so much that my head is vibrating too and my glasses are slightly vibrating. This makes the screen shake and so I feel like i'm drunk as I type this. I'm not drunk though (yet anyway lol). Geez, who do you think I am? Its only 10a.m.!!

So, now here I sit sipping my green tea and wait for the Celexa to kick in like a mule. Thank GOD for the Celexa in the mornings. Otherwise I am the biggest, grouchiest, most depressed assh*le out there. There are two things though that I HATE about Celexa. 1). It rips up my bowels as though I've been eating a steady diet of college-ruled, school paper and broken glass. 2). It has taken my sex drive hostage. Well, its still there but I was use to the sex drive of a rock star or say, John Holmes. So, needless to say there is some "getting use to it."

I've been painting a lot as you can tell from my posting of "Infinite Consciousness." When I paint I go into a trance. Its as if someone literally hypnotized me and told me to paint for 8 solid hours. I wish that I could paint full-time but right now thats not the case. Anyway, I am getting prints of all my paintings made and I am going to be selling them for $25. Let me know if you want any prints and I'll hook you up.

Well, that's probably enough personal information and rambling for one post. I'm sure i'll be back later today to yammer on about something, probably in a political way. Hang in there with me. I'm not all crazy.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Infinite Consciousness


This is my latest painting. It is a "work in progress" although it is nearly done. The only other thing I am adding is an abstract impression of space/stars into the black body. Posted by Hello

Sinclair Broadcast Group

Sinclair Broadcasting Group is trying to air an anti-Kerry program on its prime time television stations. These stations are basically being strong-armed into showing this programming. This smacks of a fascist controlled media. People supporting Sinclair are saying that this is no difference between their programming and the Michael Moore film Fahrenheit 911. I'm sorry but there is a huge difference between the two. Let's just start with the fact that Fahrenheit 911 was a documentary shown in movie theatres where people who desired to view the film went and payed to see it. In opposition, Sinclair's intentions are to air this glorified "political ad" on primetime television, 2 weeks before the election and in swing states. I have even heard that they are planning to pre-empt the baseball play-offs to air this (so much for America's past time).

Primetime television is by far the most powerful branch of the media. I would not have a problem with them printing their ideas in a magazine that is specific to their uber-conservative ideology. Using broadcast t.v., however, is unethical and it borders on anti-democratic policies. I do not know of any specific laws that keep Sinclair from airing this piece but there is an ethical issue involved here. It is simply in poor taste to air such a piece on primetime television 2 weeks before an election. It also stinks of corporate "bullying." I think that this will probably back-fire anyway if they decide to air this "programming."

I left my comments on their website. If you feel as strongly as I do that they should not air this programming please send them an email: comments@sbgi.net

Sunday, October 10, 2004

The Final Analysis

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
...Forgive them anyway!

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior
motives;
...Be kind anyway!

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and
some true enemies;
...Be successful anyway!

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
...Be honest and frank anyway!

What you spend years building, someone could destroy
overnight;
...Build anyway!

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
...Be happy anyway!

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
...Do good anyway!

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
...Give the world the best you have anyway!

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
...It was never between you and them anyway!

-Mother Teresa


Saturday, October 09, 2004

WMD "Flip-Flop"

"Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction."
Dick CheneyAug. 26, 2002

"Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons."
George W. BushSept. 12, 2002

"We know they have weapons of mass destruction … There isn't any debate about it." "[It is] beyond anyone's imagination" that U.N. inspectors would fail to find such weapons if they were given the opportunity.
Donald RumsfeldSeptember 2002

"If he declares he has none, then we will know that Saddam Hussein is once again misleading the world."
Ari FleischerDec. 2, 2002

"We know for a fact that there are weapons there."
Ari FleischerJan. 9, 2003

"We know that Saddam Hussein is determined to keep his weapons of mass destruction, is determined to make more."
Colin PowellFeb. 5, 2003

"We have sources that tell us that Saddam Hussein recently authorized Iraqi field commanders to use chemical weapons — the very weapons the dictator tells us he does not have."
George W. BushFeb. 8, 2003

"Does Saddam now have weapons of mass destruction? Sure he does. We know he has chemical weapons. We know he has biological weapons. ... How far he’s gone on the nuclear-weapons side I don’t think we really know. My guess is it’s further than we think. It’s always further than we think, because we limit ourselves, as we think about this, to what we’re able to prove and demonstrate. ... And, unless you believe that we have uncovered everything, you have to assume there is more than we’re able to report."
Defense Policy Board ChairRichard PerleMarch, 2003

"Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised."
George W. BushMarch 17, 2003

"Well, there is no question that we have evidence and information that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, biological and chemical particularly... all this will be made clear in the course of the operation, for whatever duration it takes."
Ari FleisherMarch 21, 2003

"There is no doubt that the regime of Saddam Hussein possesses weapons of mass destruction. And... as this operation continues, those weapons will be identified, found, along with the people who have produced them and who guard them."
Gen. Tommy FranksMarch 22, 2003

"We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat."
Donald RumsfeldMarch 30, 2003

"I'm absolutely sure that there are weapons of mass destruction there and the evidence will be forthcoming. We're just getting it just now."
Colin PowellMay 4, 2003

Internets?


Anyone else hear W talking about the "internets" in the debate last night?! Which internet are we on now? I'm confused??? How do we switch internets if this one gets too crowded??? lol. Posted by Hello

Friday, October 08, 2004

Where are the Jobs Mr. Bush?

The September jobs report was released today adding a modest 96,000 jobs to the economy. 96,000 jobs is less then what was expected to be added for this month. The MSNBC article goes on to state, "Though 1.8 million jobs have been added to the payrolls of U.S. businesses since August 2003, there are about 800,000 fewer jobs — overall — than when Bush took office in January 2001."

O.k., those were the facts. Now comes the Op Ed piece from one of the unemployed himself. (Grab a cup o' tea...this is going to be a long one...)
How many jobs were created the last time a democrat was in the White House? "22.1 million new jobs have been created since 1993, the most jobs ever created under a single Administration. The economy has added an average of 248,000 jobs per month, the highest under any President." That was in the glory days of President Clinton. In electing John Kerry we can return to those glory days of jobs for every American willing to work. This economy can not take another four years of George W. Bush and company.

Some say to me, "But James, the President does not really have much to do with adding or subtracting jobs to the economy." Oh yes he does. He may not directly hire and fire people but a sitting U.S. President indirectly affects the job market and overall economy to a great degree. Under W. Bush we have given large tax cuts to the corperations and the wealthy. Bush claimed that these tax cuts would stimulate "big business" to create more jobs. Well, all it has done is to encourage less employees because a company can get the same (or better) productivity from a smaller number of employees. This is for a couple of reasons: 1). The employee will do the extra work because the threat of loosing that job and falling into the huge, black hole of unemployment in America is motivation to do anything. 2). Companies can afford to work with less employees because of the increased labor of their current employees and the money they saved (or gained depending on how you look at it) through these monsterous tax cuts. Here is some info about these tax cuts:

-Over the ten-year period, the richest Americans—the best-off one percent—are slated to receive tax cuts totaling almost half a trillion dollars. The $477 billion in tax breaks the Bush administration has targeted to this elite group will average $342,000 each over the decade.

-By 2010, when (and if) the Bush tax reductions are fully in place, an astonishing 52 percent of the total tax cuts will go to the richest one percent—whose average 2010 income will be $1.5 million. Their tax-cut windfall in that year alone will average $85,000 each. Put another way, of the estimated $234 billion in tax cuts scheduled for the year 2010, $121 billion will go just 1.4 million taxpayers.

Outsourcing of jobs to foreign countries is another thing that a president can end to help increase jobs. John Kerry plans on ending the tax loop holes that allow companies to do business off-shore. This allows companies to pay little or no tax at all. Outsourcing of jobs is something that the Bush administration activily encourages companies to do. Here is what Bush has said on the matter. "But Bush still doesn’t believe outsourcing is a problem; rather it’s the nature of the cutthroat world of capitalism, and it’s good for the economy. He has rewarded corporations that move jobs overseas with some $60 billion in tax credits. In the 2004 Economic Report of the President, Bush said, “When a good or service is produced more cheaply abroad, it makes more sense to import it than to provide it domestically.”

John Kerry has stated that he will provide tax incentives for companies to stay on American soil rather then move overseas. George W. Bush is wrong on foreign policy and he is even more wrong on domestic issues. "Last month, 10 Nobel laureates in economics — including 1970 laureate Paul Samuelson from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and 2001 laureate Joseph Stiglitz from Columbia University, a former chief economist at the World Bank — wrote in a public letter that the Bush administration has “embarked on a reckless and extreme course that endangers the long-term economic health of our nation.”

(sigh) Only 24 days, 15 hours and 37 minutes left of W and America can begin to recover its economy and once again be respected abroad.


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Thursday, October 07, 2004


Broccoli and Green tea.  Posted by Hello

Brassica Tea

I love a good tea. Especially green tea. There is nothing better then drinking a pipping hot cup of tea on a rainy day. Or when you're sick tea tastes like magic elixir. It relaxes the nerves and helps me focus on my breathing instead of my racing mind. Sipping tea is in many ways a form of meditation. You are forced to slow down and enjoy the flavor and warmth of the tea. You focus on nothing but the tea. Its very zen.

Anyway, I digress per usual.
I have found a new green tea and I love it. It has a stronger, "green vegetable" taste to it that i like. The brand name is Brassica and it is from the scientists who discovered SGS in broccoli as the next generation antioxidant. This from the label on the box: "The scientists @ John Hopkins University School of Medicine who discovered the natural compound Sulforaphane Glucosinolate(SGS) in broccoli and concentrated in broccoli sprouts, believe that SGS boosts the body's own defense systems. This includes Phase 2 detoxification enzymes, which promote long-lasting antioxidant and essential cellular processes that inactivate free radicals. All Natural." For more information go here.

Good stuff. So go out get some and drink buckets and join me in living to be 150 some years old lol. All of this tea talk has gotten me craving another cup. Off I go to mix another! (walks away from the computer into oblivion).


Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Punch Baby

This is a hillarious website with some candid videos and bloopers. I haven't gone through all of the material yet (there is a lot of material on this website) but I would **warn you** that a lot of these videos are of an adult nature/humor. Other then that...sit back and prepare to laugh your ass off.

No WMD's

The CIA released a report today stating that there were no stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq at the time of the U.S. led invasion. This is just another report in the growing pile of evidence against the Bush Administrations main reason for kicking off a pre-emptive strike on Iraq.

Another Cheney Debate Lie Exposed


Cheney claimed that Senator Edwards and himself had never met before the debate. This picture taken at the "Annual National Prayer Breakfast" shows something different Mr. Vice-President. Posted by Hello

Edwards Wins Undecideds in Debate

Senator John Edwards won the vice-presidential debate according to CBS News.

"He (Sen. Edwards) was judged the winner by uncommitted voters who watched the debate, just as John Kerry was last week. Forty-one percent of these uncommitted debate watchers said Edwards won the encounter, while 28 percent chose Vice President Dick Cheney. Another 31 percent thought it was a tie."

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/10/05/opinion/polls/
main647648.shtml (you might have to cute and past this link. It was too long to past on one life.)

MSNBC has Edwards winning the debate: 67% to Cheney's 33%

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036697/

Cheney Lied Through His Teeth

Cheney flat out lied to the American people tonight. He lied tonight in the debate about about the mythical connection between Iraq and September the 11th.

After the 9/11 commission report Cheney stated the following: "On Monday, Vice President Dick Cheney said in a speech that the Iraqi dictator 'had long established ties with al-Qaida.' "
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0616-01.htm

June 18th 2004 Cheney had this to say about the Iraq-Al Qaeda connection. "Speaking of the commission, he said, "They did not address the broader question of a relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda in other areas, in other ways." He said "the evidence is overwhelming." He described the ties and cited numerous links back to the 1990's, including contacts between Osama bin Laden and Iraqi intelligence officials."

Then Cheney said tonight in the debate, CHENEY: The senator has got his facts wrong. I have not suggested there‘s a connection between Iraq and 9/11, but there‘s clearly an established Iraqi track record with terror.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6187803/

The other issue about the debate was that Cheney seemed unprepared and caught off-guard with such statements and stall tactics as:
IFILL: Mr. Vice President, you have 90 seconds.
CHENEY: Well, Gwen, it‘s hard to know where to start; there are so many inaccuracies there.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6187803/
and...

IFILL: Mr. Vice President?
CHENEY: I can respond, Gwen, but it‘s going to take more than 30 seconds.
IFILL: Well, that‘s all you‘ve got.
(LAUGHTER)

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6187803/

Cheney sounded like a parrot or myna bird tonight. Repeating the same old negative "talking points" as did President Bush the other night.


And I am sure people without jobs (like myself) enjoyed hearing Cheney talk about education as the only solution to the job loss issue. Hey Dick! I have a college education and I still don't have a job! So much for your big plan to get people jobs. What else you got?
I did, however, enjoy the Edwards response to the Cheney fillabuster on eduction:

IFILL: Senator Edwards, you have 90 seconds.
EDWARDS: Gwen, your question was about jobs?
IFILL: It was about jobs, and it was about poverty.
EDWARDS: I thought it was about jobs and poverty. I hope we get a chance to talk about education, but that‘s what the vice president talked about.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6187803/

Finally, I felt that the Edwards ending summation was more engaging then the one of the Vice-President. Edwards looked directly into the camera and spoke from the heart. Spoke to me with honesty and compassion about the economic crisis in this country right now. Told of examples in his family history about being faced with the same hardships. I think that Sen. Edwards did a much better job of being empathetic with (and relating to) the average American out there.


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