My Thoughts: June 2006

Thursday, June 29, 2006



1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20520

I was arrested in Kennebunkport, Maine, in 1976 for driving under the influence of alcohol. I pled guilty, paid a fine, and had my driver's license suspended for 30 days. My Texas driving record has been "lost" and is not available.

I joined the Texas Air National Guard and went AWOL. I refused to take a drug test or answer any questions about my drug use. By joining the Texas Air National Guard, I was able to avoid combat duty in Vietnam.

I graduated from Yale University with a low C average. I was a cheerleader.

I ran for U.S. Congress and lost. I began my career in the oil business in Midland, Texas, in 1975. I bought an oil company, but couldn't find any oil in Texas. The company went bankrupt shortly after I sold all my stock. I bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that took land using taxpayer money. With the help of my father and our friends in the oil industry, including Enron CEO Ken Lay, I was elected governor of Texas.

I changed Texas pollution laws to favor power and oil companies, making Texas the most polluted state in the Union. During my tenure, Houston replaced Los Angeles as the most smog-ridden city in America. I cut taxes and bankrupted the Texas treasury to the tune of billions in borrowed money. I set the record for the most executions by any governor in American history. With the help of my brother, the governor of Florida, and my father's appointments to the Supreme Court, I became President after losing by over 500,000 votes.

I am the first President in U.S. history to enter office with a criminal record. I invaded and occupied two countries at a continuing cost of over one billion dollars per week. I spent the U.S. surplus and effectively bankrupted the U.S. Treasury. I shattered the record for the largest annual deficit in U.S. history. I set an economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12-month period. I set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12-month period. I set the all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the U.S. stock market. In my first year in office, over 2 million Americans lost their jobs and that trend continues every month.
I'm proud that the members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in U.S. history. My "poorest millionaire," Condoleeza Rice, had a Chevron oil tanker named after her. I set the record for most campaign fund-raising trips by a U.S. President. I am the all-time U.S. and world record-holder for receiving the most corporate campaign donations. My largest lifetime campaign contributor, and one of my best friends, Kenneth Lay, presided over the largest corporate bankruptcy fraud in U.S. history, Enron.
My political party used Enron private jets and corporate attorneys to assure my success with the U.S. Supreme Court during my election decision. I have protected my friends at Enron and Halliburton against investigation or prosecution. More time and money was spent investigating the Monica Lewinsky affair than has been spent investigating one of the biggest corporate rip- offs in history. I presided over the biggest energy crisis in U.S. history and refused to intervene when corruption involving the oil industry was revealed. I presided over the highest gasoline prices in U.S. history. I changed the U.S. policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts. I appointed more convicted criminals to administration than any President in U.S. history. I created the Department of Homeland Security, the largest bureaucracy in the history of the United States government.
I've broken more international treaties than any President in U.S. history. I am the first President in U.S. history to have the United Nations remove the U.S. from the Human Rights Commission. I withdrew the U.S. from the World Court of Law. I refused to allow inspectors access to U.S. "prisoners of war" detainees and thereby have refused to abide by the Geneva Convention. I am the first President in history to refuse United Nations election inspectors (during the 2002 U.S. election). I set the record for fewest numbers of press conferences of any President since the advent of television. I set the all-time record for most days on vacation in any one-year period. After taking off the entire month of August, I presided over the worst security failure in U.S. history. I garnered the most sympathy for the U.S. after the World Trade Center attacks and less than a year later made the U.S. the most hated country in the world, the largest failure of diplomacy in world history.
I have set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously protest me in public venues (15 million people), shattering the record for protests against any person in the history of mankind.
I am the first President in U.S. history to order an unprovoked, pre-emptive attack and the military occupation of a sovereign nation. I did so against the will of the United Nations, the majority of U.S. citizens, and the world community. I have cut health care benefits for war veterans and support a cut in duty benefits for active duty troops and their families-in-wartime. In my State of the Union Address, I lied about our reasons for attacking Iraq and then blamed the lies on our British friends. I am the first President in history to have a majority of Europeans (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and security. I am supporting development of a nuclear "Tactical Bunker Buster," a WMD.
I have so far failed to fulfill my pledge to bring Osama Bin Laden [sic] to justice.

All records of my tenure as governor of Texas are now in my father's library, sealed and unavailable for public view All records of SEC investigations into my insider trading and my bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view. All records or minutes from meetings that I, or my Vice-President, attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public review. I am a member of the Republican Party.

Friday, June 16, 2006


Dear World Can't Wait Supporter,
The World Can't Wait put out a Call almost a year ago that this regime must be driven out.
It rings more true than ever. If you've signed it, send it to your friends to sign. If you haven't, sign it now.
Haditha…Guantanamo…Unapologetic, illegal spying on a grand scale…“Shoot to kill” orders issued at black people on rooftops in New Orleans …The most basic rights of women and gay people – as well as established scientific fact on a range of questions – sacrificed to the passions and prejudices of religious fanaticism…The devaluing and scape-goating of first this section, then that section, of the people…And on it goes, relentlessly, with no end in sight.
At what point is it too much for you?
The Bush regime is setting out to remake society, very quickly, in a fascist way, and for generations to come.*
It’s not going to just go away. And this fall’s election is offering no reprieve.
In official politics a pattern has been established: “shock” at each new outrage quickly turns to conciliation and then to draconian new norms – often with the architects of torture, spying, or theocracy being given greater institutional power. Hopes placed in official “opposition” and the Democrats lead to betrayal, then demoralization, and finally – all too often – cynicism and acceptance.
ALL THIS MUST HALT! We must, and can, aim to create a political situation where the Bush regime’s program is repudiated, where Bush and his administration is driven from office, and where the whole direction he has been taking society is reversed. We, in our millions, must and can take responsibility to change the course of history.*
This summer the word must spread. Scripts must be departed from. Principle must be asserted and fought for. Resistance must grow. And on October 5 this must all come together in massive demonstrations, of an unprecedented scope and scale, and these demonstrations must serve to BRING THIS TO A HALT.
*quotes taken from the Call for The World Can’t Wait – Drive Out the Bush Regime.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

HITCH IN HELL-poem from a friend

My uncle, Marvin Fisher, was drafted into WWII at the ripe old age of 35 and spent his hitch in the Pacific theater.............mainly the Phillipines and New Guinea. I just found this and really thought it was neat. Wanted to share it with you.

I was looking through the box of things from U. Marvin's and came across this much folded, worn and yellowed paper. Am sure from the looks that it was carried in his wallet. That 18 months he spent in New Guinea is probably well characterized by this poem.

Hitch in Hell

I am sitting here and thinking of
The things I've left behind,,
And I'd hate to put on paper
What is running through my mind.
We have dug many ditches
And cleaned a million miles of ground.
A neater place this side of Hell
Is waiting to be found.
There is one consolation, so gather while I tell,
When we die we'll go to heaven
For we've done our hitch in Hell.

We have built many kitchens
For the cooks to stew our beans.
We have stood a million guard mounts,
And cleared the camp's latrines,
We have washed a million mess-kits,
And peeled a million spuds.
Rolled a hundred blanket rolls
And washed the Captain's duds.
The number of parades stood is very hard to tell,
But there are no parades in heaven
And we've done our hitch in Hell.

We've killed a million ants and bugs
That cry out for our eats,
And shook a million centipedes out of your dirty sheets.
We have marched a million miles
And made a thousand camps,
Have picked Puerta Rican cactus
From the seat of our khaki pants.
But when our work on earth is done,
Our friends behind we'll tell
When we die we'll go to heaven
For we have done our hitch in Hell.

When the final taps are sounded
And we lay away our earthly cares,
We will do our greatest parade
When we climb those golden stairs.
The Angels will welcome us
And the harps will start to play.
We will draw a million canteen checks
And spend them all in a day.
When then we'll hear St. Peter
Tell us proudly with a yell,
Take a front seat, you boys from New Guinea
For you've done your hitch in Hell.

This is very neatly and correctly typed but no author is credited.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Other People's Blood

Other People's Blood
For the smug, comfortable, well-off Americans, it doesn't seem to matter how long the war in Iraq goes on - as long as the agony is endured by others. If the network coverage gets too grim, viewers can always switch to the E! channel (one hand on the remote, the other burrowing into a bag of chips) to follow the hilarious antics of Paris, Britney, Brangelina et al.

Took the words right outta my mouth!!!

Sunday, June 04, 2006


Who will weep for the cemetery of innocents?
By Joan Chittister, OSB

"NCR" -- -- I read one Memorial Day speech after another this weekend, from one end of this country to the next. Every one of them was incomplete. One question went unanswered, in fact, unasked, in all of them: What are we supposed to do when the numbers of war dead continues to climb? How does a person handle so much “death by cable television?”The macabre list is growing beyond belief. It touches every part of the population, and in slithery, menacing ways touching even those seemingly unaffected by it as well. Day after day the stories come in.More than 20 civilians killed in a brutal massacre in Haditha. Not by them but by us as U.S. Marines turned on civilians -- women and children among them -- to avenge the death of one of their own, to compensate for their accumulating frustrations and losses.Two more journalists join the more than 120 reporters and commentators already killed in Iraq, another headline reads. And this, in a country where, we were told, the war had ended, the mission -- whatever it really was -- was “achieved,” and the people were “liberated.”Almost 18,000 U.S. soldiers wounded, the government finally tells us, more than 10,000 of them “seriously” -- meaning “disabled for life.”Almost 2,500 U.S. soldiers have died while their children wait at home for fathers to return, while their wives are pregnant with the children the fathers will never see, while their parents find themselves bereft of sons and daughters they never dreamed they would outlive. And all of them with nothing but a triangulated flag to cling to for comfort, for the future.Thousands and thousands of anonymous Iraqis -- whom no one counts and no one names -- shot, bombed, missing, gone. Some of them under the rubble. Many of them in the graves. Unending files of them fled from the cities they loved while just as many more are left in their villages or city centers helpless, unemployed, simply waiting for the next act of insurgency, the next massacre. By somebody. Anybody.Indeed, the traumatized stare into space on both sides. They have had too much stress, too much horror, too much loss, too much unending, relentless, agonizing fear to go blithely on in the face of such horror, pretending that it does not exist.Those symptoms have a name, of course, to denote the scarred and shattered and dead of soul. Posttraumatic stress disorder they call it, meaning, of course, the agony that comes from having seen the inhuman, having done the inhuman, having been part of the inhuman.Like the young soldier assigned to carry the little girl with the bobbing head to a body bag while, he reports, his comrades cleaned up the evidence of the massacre in which she had been killed and her brains dripped down his fatigues and spattered his boots.*Then the emotional crippling comes. In the dark this time. Where they will suffer alone all the rest of their lives.And what about the rest of us?We have three choices, it seems.First, we can become totally desensitized to the mayhem around us and the devastation it has left in its wake.Dinned day and night by TV replays of real life war strikes, life becomes one large unending Nintendo game for us. Reality becomes just like the software we buy so our children can shoot at digital figures who never bleed, never cry, never look us in the eye before we shoot them.The second choice, of course, is simply to turn away from it, simply unwilling to engage with it anymore. After all, in the end, when all the talks are finished, all the petitions are signed, all the political campaigns over and the votes tallied, it is out of our hands. Better to watch a soap opera, better to drown our conscience in situation comedies. Be positive. Be hopeful. Trust.But there is a third choice, more true to the spiritual tradition that bred us, more cleansing of our psyches, and, in the long run, more effective. We can, with the second century monastics of the desert, rediscover the power of “the gift of tears,” the sense to recognize and unmask the tragedy of evil in the society around us and the sense of powerlessness within us that enables us to ignore it, to take it for granted, to accept it.We can, as Christians, begin to regret, to repent, to decry, to grieve the evil.“The beginning of compunction is the beginning of new life,” George Eliot wrote. Remorse is not nothing. Grief is not useless. It changes the heart of a people. It cautions them to think better, to think in new ways, before they are once again tempted to bomb and beat a people into submission, into “freedom.” It makes them new -- and eventually the society with them. One person at a time finally learns to feel. It’s called “soul.”It’s possible that we are now approaching the margins of the human condition. We are drowning in insensitivity. We are escaping into escape.We have lost the capacity to weep ourselves into the fullness of our humanity.From where I stand, it seems to me that until we are willing to face what is happening in our name in this society, to regret it, to own the agony of it, it will go on. We will go numbly on, totally unaware of the diminishing effects of this culture of violence on both them and us.We will go on in our time heaping up a cemetery of innocents and, on Memorial Days to come, call ourselves good for having done it.

* From a CNN interview with Susie Briones, mother of Marine Lance Cpl. Ryan Briones. Ryan Briones told the Los Angeles Times that he took photographs of the of Iraqi civilian victims in Haditha and helped carry their bodies out of their homes as part of the cleanup crew sent in after the Nov. 19 killings.


A site on Aspartame...approved by Donald Rumsfeld's own Company, which manufactures this toxin. It is poisonous, and converts to methenol and formaldehyde in the body. For those not in the know-Formaldehyde is an EMBALMING compound. And speaking of "know" I watched a segment of "Dr. Know" on cable TV testing the veracity of these claims. The chemical by-product after the body processed the diet soda guessed it-FORMALDEHYDE AND METHENOL!!! They quickly moved on to another segment. Imagine that.


Saturday, June 03, 2006


Impeachment? No.

By Will Durst
June 2006 Issue

I don’t know about you guys, but I am so sick and tired of these lying, thieving, holier-than-thou, rightwing, cruel, crude, rude, gauche, coarse, crass, cocky, corrupt, dishonest, debauched, degenerate, dissolute, swaggering, lawyer shooting, bullhorn shouting, infra-structure destroying, buck passing, hysterical, criminal, history defying, finger pointing, puppy stomping, roommate appointing, pretzel choking, collateral damaging, aspersion casting, wedding party bombing, clearcutting, torturing, jobs outsourcing, torture out-sourcing, election fixing, women’s rights eradicating, Medicare cutting, uncouth, spiteful, boorish, vengeful, jingoistic, xenophobic, xylophonic, racist, sexist, ageist, fascist, cashist, audaciously stupid, brazenly selfish, lethally ignorant, journalist purchasing, genocide ignoring, corporation kissing, poverty inducing, crooked, coercive, autocratic, primitive, uppity, high-handed, domineering, arrogant, inhuman, inhumane, inbred, inept, insipid, incapable, incompetent, ineffectual, insolent, insincere, know-it-all, snotty, pompous, contemptuous, supercilious, gutless, spineless, shameless, avaricious, noxious, poisonous, imperious, merciless, graceless, tactless, brutish, brutal, Karl Roving, backward thinking, persistent vegetative state grandstanding, nuclear option threatening, evolution denying, irony deprived, consciously depraved, conceited, perverted, peremptory invading, thirty-five day vacation taking, bribe soliciting, hellish, smarty pants, loudmouth, bullying, swell headed, ethics eluding, domestic spying, medical marijuana busting, Halliburtoning, narcissistic, undiplomatic, blustering, malevolent, demonizing, Duke Cunninghamming, hectoring, dry drunk, Muslim baiting, hurricane disregarding, oil company hugging, judge packing, science disputing, faith based advocating, armament selling, nonsense spewing, education ravaging, whiny, insane, unscrupulous, lily livered, greedy (exponential factor fifteen), fraudulent, delusional, CIA outing, redistricting, anybody who disagrees with them slandering, fact twisting, ally alienating, betraying, chickenhawk, sell out, quisling, god and flag waving, scare mongering, Cindy Sheehan libeling, smirking, bastardly, voting machine tampering, sociopathic, cowardly, treasonous, Constitution shredding, oppressive, vulgar, antagonistic, trust funding, nontipping, tyrannizing, peace hating, water and air and ground and media polluting (which is pretty much all the polluting you can get), deadly, traitorous, con man, swindling, pernicious, lethal, illegal, haughty, venomous, virulent, mephitic, egotistic, bloodthirsty, yellowbelly, hypocritical, Oedipal, did I say evil, I’m not sure if I said evil, because I want to make sure I say evil . . . EVIL, cretinous, slime buckets in the Bush Administration that I could just spit. Impeachment? Hell no. Impalement. Upon the sharp and righteous sword of the people’s justice. Make it a curtain rod. Because it would hurt more.

Yes, political comic, writer, actor, radio talk show host Will Durst received a thesaurus for his birthday, but he didn’t need it.

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