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Saturday, February 26, 2005

A "New Age" Look At Bush's First Term

Read the astrological predictions and compare them to the actual events:

Friday, February 25, 2005

The Center for Corporate Policy's Ten Worst War Profiteers of 2004

In June, the Pentagon's Program Management Office in Iraq awarded a $293 million contract to coordinate security operations among thousands of private contractors to Aegis, a UK firm whose founder was once investigated for illegal arms smuggling. READ MORE:

Bush Turns Critics Into Zombies


..."Most presidents have to face betrayal sooner or later. (See John Dean revealing Nixon's cover-up, or David Stockman revealing the underside of Reagan's fiscal policies.) What's uncanny about the Bush administration is that its dissidents invariably recant, usually in zombie-like fashion..."READ MORE:

Paul Levy: Bush Is the Modern Incarnation of a Psychosis That Has Plagued Mankind Throughout the Ages

George W. Bush is ill. He has a psycho-spiritual disease of the soul, a sickness that is endemic to our culture and symptomatic of the times we live in. It’s an illness that has been with us since time immemorial. Because it’s an illness that's in the soul of all of humanity, it pervades the field and is in all of us in potential at any moment, which makes it especially hard to diagnose. READ MORE:

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Beautiful Day At Cal

Took a walk up to the campus. On Sproul plaza, (the home of the Free Speech Movement), saw this character orating. It was nice to see this still going on, I was afraid this sort of thing was pretty much dead. But he evidently got a little pissed at having his picture taken.

So he exercised his right to free speech, in the more traditional fashion.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Survey Shows 3% of Adult Americans Believe George Washinton Lived In Graceland

2% believe he lived in Neverland. READ MORE:

If journalists won't point out the liars, who will?

(from: Nevada Appeal)
Kirk Caraway, kcaraway@nevadaappeal.com
February 20, 2005

When President George W. Bush came out with his 2006 budget recently, it received a lot of attention in the press.

Too bad that most of it missed the most obvious problem with it.

While stating the budget was in line with his commitment to cut the deficit in half by 2009, Bush failed to mention the three items that weren't in the budget. First, there is the cost the war in Iraq. Next up, we have the $1 trillion (at least) price tag to privatize Social Security. And lastly, there is the continuation of the tax cuts, which are set to expire, but that Bush said he wants to make permanent.

In other words, this budget isn't very truthful. In fact, deceptive is about the nicest description you can use for it.

This is a time when I wished someone would ask the obvious question of the president: Are you really bad at math, or are you lying to us? READ MORE:

Seymour Hersh (America's Greatest Living Investigative Reporter) Wins Fifth Polk

Monday February 21, 2005 11:46 PM


Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - Seymour Hersh of The New Yorker won his fifth George Polk Award for his accounts of prisoner abuse in Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, making him the most-honored individual in the history of the awards. Reporters from The New York Times took three of the 2004 awards, and The Associated Press was a double winner. READ MORE:

"This position is alien to the history and premise of Anglo-American jurisprudence"

"...basing their request not merely on secret evidence but also on secret legal arguments. The government contends that the legal theory by which it would defend its behavior should be immune from debate in court."

The Washington Post gives a chilling peek at the state of the American legal system in the era of Bush and Gonzales. READ MORE:

Scott Ritter says U.S. will attack Iran in June

..."(Scott) Ritter said that President George W. Bush has received and signed off on orders for an aerial attack on Iran planned for June 2005. Its purported goal is the destruction of Irans alleged program to develop nuclear weapons, but Ritter said neoconservatives in the administration also expected that the attack would set in motion a chain of events leading to regime change in the oil-rich nation of 70 million – a possibility Ritter regards with the greatest skepticism…

..Scott Ritter said that although the peace movement failed to stop the war in Iraq, it had a chance to stop the expansion of the war to other nations like Iran and Syria. He held up the specter of a day when the Iraq war might be remembered as a relatively minor event that preceded an even greater conflagration..."

This jibes with the Seymour Hersh article published in the New Yorker January 24 and 31 of this year:

..."The Administration has been conducting secret reconnaissance missions inside Iran at least since last summer. Much of the focus is on the accumulation of intelligence and targeting information on Iranian nuclear chemical, and missile sites, both declared and suspected. The goal is to identify and isolate three dozen, and perhaps more, such targets that could be destroyed by precision strikes and short-term commando raids. “The civilians in the Pentagon want to go into Iran and destroy as much of the military infrastructure as possible,” the government consultant with close ties to the Pentagon told me."...

This is also supported by reports of US drones overflying Iranian airspace.

This is serious stuff. READ MORE:

Calling New York For Some Cash

Everyone who grew up in my generation was affected by Hunter S. Thompson. He articulated the sense of absurdist outrage felt by those of us who came of age during the era of the Vietnam War and Richard Nixon.

He was an iconoclastic image that represented the triumph of spirit over the dark forces of anti-human authoritarianism. He was the ultimate free voice of the time.

When I think of Hunter S. Thompson, I think of his most over the top ride, the Vincent Black Shadow:

"Well," he said, "as your attorney I advise you to buy a motorcycle. How else can you cover a thing like this righteously?"

"No way," I said. "Where can we get hold of a Vincent Black Shadow?"

"What's that?"

"A fantastic bike," I said. "The new model is something like two thousand cubic inches, developing two hundred brake-horsepower at four thousand revolutions per minute on a magnesium frame with two styrofoam seats and a total curb weight of exactly two hundred pounds."

"That sounds about right for this gig," he said.

"It is," I assured him. "The fucker's not much for turning, but it's pure hell on the straightaway. It'll outrun the F-111 until takeoff."

"Takeoff?" he said. "Can we handle that much torque?"

"Absolutely," I said. "I'll call New York for some cash."

Sunday, February 20, 2005

The Late Hunter S. Thompson

(CNN) -- Journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson, who unleashed the concept of "gonzo journalism" in books like "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," fatally shot himself in the head Sunday at his home near Aspen, Colorado, police and his family said.

Liberals In Fantasy Land

The LA Times today was rife with articles proclaiming the great Bush turnaround. That now, beginning with his second term, he really will start working for America's best interest. For example, self-proclaimed Democrat Nancy E. Soderberg in A Second-Term Shift? gushes that Condoleezza Rice's new rhetoric could very well lead to a Nobel Peace Prize. And Ivo H. Daalder of the Brookings Institute co-authors a piece called A Second-Term Shift? in which he confidently opines "Bush could be our next goodwill ambassador for policies that will benefit U.S. and EU".

Are these people insane? We constantly berate the right for "not living in a reality based world". But are we any better? Why do we keep hoping that the man who is arguably the worst president in US history will suddenly morph into a competent and caring leader? Is it because we are afraid? Is it just to horrible to think that our country has been taken over by looters, criminals, and incompetents? Pollyanna Liberals need to get a grip. Jesuz! First they should read David Podvin's piece Who Sucks?, then ask themselves "Has the Bush administration, given the choice between politics and people, corporations and people, or power and people, ever chosen "people""? Ever?

Bush is not someone who makes decisions. He is the hireling (and product) of a radical rightwing coalition which has come to power with a different agenda for America from the one you or I might have. In their view only people of wealth have value. Thus it is the government's job to encourage and protect the interests of the valuable (the wealthy). Their view of Democracy is not "one man, one vote", but "one dollar, one vote". Hence the actions by the Bush administration, to move wealth from the lower to the upper classes, to undermine the public education system, and to starve into extinction all regulatory agencies and social service programs, make sense. The end goal is to create a two class society: The tiny wealthy citizen class and the huge rightless, moneyless, cheap labor class.

This is the plan, and so far, no one has offered any real opposition to it. And as long as no one effectively does, there is no reason to change. Thinking so is just fantasy.

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