Thursday, August 31, 2006
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
I have used MSWord so very many times, and how convenient that, just as I was done spell-checking, editing and getting ready to hit save, I receive a message as to how the "program has encountered a problem and must close." And whoops! ! That was that! No more document. No more fruits of my labor. I am disgusted, to say the least! I, like many vocal and prolific activists, have had tremendous problems with my computer. I guess I really shouldn't be surprised.
The bright spot, is my local paper is printing another of my LTE in the next week or so. This will be my 3rd one, and I am proud to be allowed to contribute my thoughts and ideas to the local community!
Ahhh well, tomorrow is another day...
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Go HOME!! And STAY THERE!! I cannot BELIEVE I ever felt remorse for the things I have said and felt. I don't give a damn WHO is instigating this. It must be stopped!!! God help those in Border States!!!
Yah, just read this trash, and see if YOU don't become angry!!
Yes...I am angry. But once again, WHO is truly responsible for this invasion? Yup...that's right. The gub'ment! The good ol' USof'A Government! Makes me sick. If they can keep us angry, and create divisions, then it is much easier for them to control us! I continue to try NOT to play into their hands, but this whole "Illegals" thing is just too much! Just one more method of their destroying the America we thought we knew!!! It is like they are purposely baiting us-giving them "Amnesty" and our bought and paid for Social Security-which is already in crisis. Sending them to college, when my own daughter had to drop out because she could not work 40+ hours a week, be a single mother herself, and go to school, even part time! Yet they will PAY those who illegally invade our country to DO SO!!
It just makes me furious...at the damn Government, more then anything. If they wanted to stop this, they could.
It is purposeful; and intentional. Make no mistake about THAT!
Monday, August 21, 2006
Friday, August 18, 2006
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Saturday, August 12, 2006
THE LONE NUTTER
Bush...the Bully. Just like Daddy!!
My God, will this fool stop at NOTHING? Foiled "terorist's" plots, bogus "compassion" for his minions....er soldiers, in Iraq. His illegal and bloody war, his draconian policies that strip the poor and Middle Class while filling the coffers of the ultra-wealthy with yet even more wealth, no-bid contracts in Iraq and Katrina, a USA embassy of colossial proportions~a HUGE slap in the face for war-torn Baghdad...on and on I could go. He is DESPERATE!
The airing of the 9/11 Truth Movement on C-Span musta really rattled him!! He is going that "extra mile" to once again be our "Hero President!"
I ain't buyin it, asshole. You're a bully and a schmuck. And you always will be. People blame Cheney, Rove, Rummy et al. It is YOU, all alone, after all, isn't it? No, you're not the brightest bulb in the pack, but you ARE cunning, conniving and evil. And, underneath it all...a great, big COWARD!!!
As are all bullies.
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Not my president//Not my god!!!
For some time now, Christian fundamentalists have served as Middle East consultants to the National Security Council. Most recently, the White House has met with a group called Christians United for Israel, whose members believe that supporing Israel's expansionist policies represents a "biblical imperative." Led by John Hagee, known for his televangelism, CUFI's members are interested in the U.S.'s adopting a more confrontational posture with Iran and in withdrawing all aid to Palestinians.
"The coming nuclear showdown with Iran is a certainty," says Hagee. A loyal friend of the Israeli right, Hagee has raised over $8 million for Israeli social service projects. His man in Washington is Sen. Arlen Specter's former chief of staff, David Brog, who helps carry out CUFI policy, handles public relations, and--though Jewish--represents Christian Zionist in meetings with White House staff.
One of Brog's more interesting theses is that Christian anti-Semitism no longer exists and "is a bygone phenomenon that died the moment the Allies seized Hitler's bunker." To support this belief, he emphasizes the outpouring of Christian evangelical support for Israel. At the same time, Brog has to carry the baggage of Hagee's outspoken belief that Israel will be the site of the Rapture. Only recently, Hagee ally Janet Parshall announced, when the Israel-Hezbollah conflict began, that "These are the times we've been waiting for. This is straight out of a Sunday School lesson." Somehow, the two men have developed a public relations balance in which Hagee and his people can go on about the Rapture and Brog can dismiss this talk as something like the ramblings of an ecccentric uncle, and concentrate on promoting the organization's total support for Israel.
The CUFI board of directors, by the way, is made up very well-known figures, including Jerry Falwell, Gary Bauer and George Morrison (chairman of the board of Promise Keepers). Other CUFI personalities include Parshall, Rod Parsley, Ron Wexler, Joyce Meyer, and Benny Hinn. In addition to supporting Israel, all of these people are also opposed to feminism and gay rights, and any form of liberalism. Hagee is closely associated with Tom DeLay, Meyer came close to having her ministry investigated by the IRS, and Hinn has been accused of avoiding financial accountability for his faith-healing ministry. Another of their close colleagues, Rabbi Daniel Lapin, is closely associated with both DeLay and Jack Abramoff.
Posted by Diane E. Dees on 08/08/06 at 06:43 PM E-mail Print
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Sunday, August 06, 2006
The Shadow Government
Thursday, August 03, 2006
If any of you have ever been to a military funeral in which taps were
played this brings out a new meaning of it.
Here is something Every American should know. Until I read this, I didn't know, but I checked it out and it's true:
We in the United States have all heard the haunting song, "Taps". It's the song that gives us that lump in our throats and usually tears in our eyes.
But, do you know the story behind the song? If not, I think you will be interested to find out about its humble beginnings.
Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison's Landing in Virginia. The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land.
During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention. Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment.
When the Captain finally reached his own lines he discovered it was
actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead.
The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier. It was his own son. The boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out. Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army.
The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial, despite his enemy status. His request was only partially granted.
The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral.
The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate.
But, out of respect for the father, they did say they could give him only one musician.
The Captain chose a bugler. He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead youth's uniform.
This wish was granted.
The haunting melody, we now know as "Taps" ... used at military funerals was born. The words are :
Day is done.
Gone the sun.
From the lakes.
From the hills.
From the sky.
All is well.
God is nigh.
Dims the sight.
And a star.
Gems the sky.
Falls the night.
Thanks and praise.
For our days.
Neath the sun.
Neath the stars.
Neath the sky.
As we go.
This we know.
God is nigh.
I too have felt the chills while listening to "Taps" but I have never seen all the words to the song until now. I didn't even know there was more than one verse. I also never knew the story behind the song and I didn't know if you had either so I thought I'd pass it along.
I now have an even deeper respect for the song than I did before.
Remember Those Lost and Harmed While Serving Their Country.
And also those presently serving in the Armed Forces.
(Just click on any clip, click on "files" on Real One Player, and open "9/11 Perspectives" file. Video should play.)
Just as I thought...New Orleans has been left in ruin. And yet there are STILL assholes who support these monsters??!! WHY?
Tell congressional Republicans to get serious about fixing the Gulf now.
Click here to sign the petition.
With the anniversary of Katrina approaching, I'm reminded of the pictures of thousands of vulnerable people stranded in the New Orleans Superdome. If it feels to me like it just happened yesterday, imagine what it feels like to the people who actually lived through the hurricane's devastation.
It's a pretty safe bet that George Bush and his Republican allies in Congress don't spend much time thinking about it. They are too busy grandstanding about flag burning and passing even more tax cuts for the most fortunate Americans. The concerns of people displaced because of Katrina and people trying to rebuild their lives in New Orleans have apparently been forgotten.
In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan demonized poor people as lazy and undeserving with the term "welfare queens." Today, the G.O.P. is using the same mean-spirited and polarizing tactics. Just weeks ago, U.S. Representative John Culberson, a Houston Republican, said he wanted "deadbeat" Katrina evacuees out of his city.
What Rep. Culberson doesn't understand is that families can't just return to New Orleans neighborhoods where -- to this day -- they face deserted streets, destroyed homes and few signs of reconstruction. With callous attitudes like theirs, it's little wonder that so much remains to be done.
In many parts of New Orleans, it's as though the hurricane did hit just yesterday. Half the former residents have not made it home and vast stretches of the city are still deserted and full of debris. The National Guard had to be redeployed to make sure the streets remain safe. More than three-quarters of the schools remain closed. Nursing homes are scarce.
I'm particularly concerned about health care, and whether New Orleans' most vulnerable residents are getting the care they need. Only half of the city's pre-Katrina hospital beds are usable. Before the hurricane, there were 90 health clinics -- where many low-income folks get their health care -- and now there are fewer than 20. Enough is enough. Before August 29, 2006 - Katrina's anniversary - Congress must act to restore New Orleans and give Katrina survivors a real shot at rebuilding their homes and lives.
Tell Congressional Republicans to Get Serious About Fixing the Gulf Now
There is so much that remains to be done. The population of New Orleans is less than half of what it was, and 25 percent of adults displaced by Katrina are still unemployed. Why not put them to work rebuilding their own city? The tragedy is an opportunity to build the Gulf Coast a "built to last" infrastructure for the 21st Century. That means modern mass transit, like light-rail, that will help connect people to jobs. That means energy-efficient businesses and homes. That means bringing high-speed broadband to fuel jobs and innovation in the region.
We need to act before it's too late. Hurricane season is two months old and the Gulf Coast is still vulnerable to devastation from another storm. Experts expect the region to get four to six major hurricanes this year.
Yet, just last month, the Bush administration struck specific project recommendations out of an Army Corps of Engineers report regarding plans to protect New Orleans from future devastation. At this rate, it will be at least another year before the levee system is where it needs to be. Progress, once again, is hobbled by inattentive leaders that don't believe government should even try to solve big problems.
Sweeping these concerns under the rug is not an option. Congress needs to finally address the urgent needs in the Gulf Coast. A year is far too long to wait - we need to make this happen before Congress adjourns for summer recess and before another storm hits.
Sign the Petition Today to Demand a Comprehensive Plan for the Gulf
Tragedies like Katrina rarely have a silver lining. But this disaster brought out the best in us. Good neighbors all over the country opened their hearts, their homes and their wallets to help people they'd never met. We cared then, and we still care about them now. Now there is one more thing for us to do.
Thank you for speaking out and doing your part to keep our leaders accountable.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
The Power of (Overweening) Pride
America and the 7 Deadly Sins
by Alan Bisbort
July 31, 2006 Hartford, The bumper stickers read "The Power
of Pride" with the blue letters following the red and white contours of
an unfurled American flag. That ’s all the bumper stickers say. But what
are they really saying? What makes the bearers of this sticker so proud?
That the nation is in the hands of the most hated man on the planet, who
has dragged America’s good name through the mud, a stain that will take
two generations to remove, if indeed it can be removed?
That America is always right, even when she ’s wrong?
Or that America is proud even when the government behaves in ways that collectively shame us?
On the other hand, maybe the people who put it on their cars don't think
about it, or much of anything, at all. Chances are they have a child or
a loved one in uniform and this sticker is their hedge against their
being harmed, a charm to ward off evil spirits. Nearly 3,000 American
families know that feeling, tens of thousands more are coming to grips
with loved ones wounded in body in spirit. And many more will experience that unimaginable pain before we are rid of the cancer in the White
House and Congress.
In that case, one can understand their need to believe that the Liar in
Chief and his inner circle of sociopaths, megalomaniacs and enablers are
actually competent, decent, honest leaders and that what they do in
their nation's name is something about which they can take pride. Their
power of denial is almost as strong as their power of pride.
Eventually that denial,when they realize they've been lied to, their
children murdered under false pretenses,will break and all hell will be
loosed. The recent ugliness in Lebanon, which America did nothing to
prevent or, once started, to stop, will likely have only two major
impacts, both bad: Many more Americans are going to die in the Middle
East and the price of oil will rise to unprecedented levels, causing
financial ruin to millions of Americans while the Republican Elite,
their portfolios stuffed with petroleum and defense industry stock, will
line their pockets.
Still, though the power of denial is one thing, the power of pride
baffles me. Pride in small doses can be a good thing, taking pride in
your work, your appearance, etc., as long as it ’s not the overriding part
of your personality. I confess to a certain amount of pride when I've written something that raises the blood pressure of even one
right-winger, gotten him so worked up that he suffers a wave of anxiety, usually relieved by penning an anonymous personal threat to me or calling my house and hanging up when I answer. And so on.
But, no, since you asked, I am not swelled with pride about America. I
do not feel that "Power of Pride", nor do I think pride is warranted
right now. Just for the record, and to preempt all those pride-swollen
self-appointed patriots who will take exception with this, I did feel
pride for my nation at one time. I grew up, the son, grandson and nephew
of decorated U.S. Army colonels, feeling that my country was a beacon of
freedom to the world. The happiest days of my childhood were spent on
American military bases around the world. It might indeed be that
experience that has made me more sensitive to America’s failings. As
Neil Young sings on his extraordinary new album Living With War:
"America is beautiful but she’s got an ugly side.”
I've now lived long enough to realize why Pride (aka superbia or hubris)
is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, along with gluttony, greed, lust, envy,
anger, sloth. (Imagine someone with a bumper sticker that reads “The
Power of Sloth” or “The Joy of Envy”).
Pride is, however, the all-powerful sin. It, in fact, has been called
"the father of all sins.” Gluttony, for example, is thought of as pride
in one’s consumption; Envy is a craving for the pride of others; Sloth
is the sin of those too proud to consider anything new; Anger takes
pride in violence; Greed takes pride in possessions and money; Lust
takes pride in sexual consumption or the desire, usually unconsummated,
According to the Bible (Proverbs 6: 16-19), God was clear on this score:
"These six things doth the Lord hate; yea, seven are an abomination unto
him: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a
heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running
to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth
discord among brethren."
While many definitions of pride have been tendered, Dante's might be the best of all, and the one that most accurately describes America’s
current excess, embodied by Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and the various
assorted pundits of the mainstream press: "love of self perverted to
hatred and contempt for one’s neighbor."
Dante believed that Pride was the root of all sins. Thus, in the
Purgatorio, he showed how all souls must be purged of that sin first.
Then, they suffer diminishing horrors and punishments for the other six
deadly sins. How, then, can there not be a space in Hell already
reserved for Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Hannity, O’Reilley, Matthews, Hume,
Lieberman, Lott, et al, after their "Shock and awe” campaign amounted to
the Nazis’ preemptive Blitzkrieg campaigns against Poland, Belgium,
Denmark, the Netherlands and France? Or the announcement of “Mission
accomplished” when the mission had not even been named? Or “Enduring
freedom” for a country—no, an entire region—now reduced to total chaos?
All of these are terms of overweening pride.
America’s sin of Pride, its worship of the Power of Pride, has had
predictable results. The Pew Global Attitudes Project, which interviewed
93,000 people in 50 countries over the past four years, has shown the
rest of the world hates the United States now and the taint of Bush,
Cheney, Rumsfeld, et al., has now "trickled down" to the rest of us.
Regardless of how we feel about these criminals in power, simply because
we are Americans we are hated almost equally by Europeans, Asians and
As the Times of London reported, Majorities around the world think
Americans are greedy, violent and rude, and fewer than half in countries such as Poland, Spain, Canada, China and Russia think Americans are
honest. Few analysts expect more than marginal improvements, short of another Sept. 11. The dislike is accelerating among youth. The
problem is Americans, not just [President] Bush. In increasing numbers,
people around the globe resent U.S. power and wealth and reject specific actions such as the occupation of Iraq and the campaign against
democratically elected Palestinian leaders America’s image problem is
pervasive, deep and perhaps permanent, analysts say, an inevitable
outcome of being the world's only superpower.
The Power of Pride has pissed away 230 years of American history.
Heckuva job, Bushy!