Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The Decider & The Stem Cells

I doubt that "The Decider", (George Bush's pet name for himself) knows what a stem cell is. Sen. Brownback (KS) certainly seems to be in the dark & may have even topped "The Decider" when he appeared on the Senate floor with his own little hand sketched pictures of little boys & girls with big smilie faces.

One would think that Sen. (Dr.) Bill Frist would have taken the time to explain to Bush and Brownback that embryonic stem cells are derived from a fertilized egg that is less than a week old. It is nothing more than a cluster of cells that would easily fit on the head of a pin.

Paul Krugman (NY Times) wrote a column recently in which he points out that the people running the government of the United States are the ones who were considered the "crazies" during the Poppy Bush administration. For once I agree with Mr. Bush the First ..... these damn fools are crazy and that includes his son!

Our roll over and play dead Congress is just as bad because they allow the incompetent, don't give a damn man, to walk all over the Constitution while making life and death decisions with no checks & no balances. Just what kind of religion does Bush practice that allows him to send thousands of our soldiers to kill & be killed for bald faced lies? How does he justify the murder, maiming & crippling of innocent soldiers & civilians who have never done us any harm while he is protecting a cluster of frozen cells that have no face, no hands, no legs, no blood, no brain and most certainly no smilie face as depicted by Brownback in his cutesy sketches.

Just goes to show that our religious fanatics are just as bad as their religious fanatics.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Proudly lowering the level of political discourse -Rude Pundit

George Bush Comes Down To the Quarters:The worst thing about George W. Bush's speech to the NAACP yesterday is it was just a pussy speech. It was filled with an idiot's view of history, the kind of "Oh-shit-here's-what-I-just-learned" bullshit that you get in a college freshman history course, the kind of dawning enlightenment horny white dudes use at the bar to try to impress the black chicks they wanna bang.

Talking about slaves as "founders" of America, Bush said, "These founders literally helped build our country. They chopped the wood, they built the homes, they tilled the fields, and they reaped the harvest. They raised children of others, even though their own children had been ripped away and sold to strangers." Oh, really? Hey, welcome to the party, motherfucker.

And then there were the usual absurd feints at religiosity, statements so self-evidently lies that somewhere up above, St. Peter gently held back Jesus's hair while he puked into the Ark of the Convenant (why not?). Said the President, "My faith tells me that we're all children of God, equally loved, equally cherished, equally entitled to the rights He grants us all."

Somewhere, in a secret prison in Crazystan, Eastern Europe, a captured Afghani getting his nuts power-drilled by a CIA agent is awfully happy to hear that Bush's faith guides him in such a strong moral direction.Taken as a whole, the speech was meant to demonstrate that Bush "gets it" or some such shit. See? He knows things sucked for black people back in the day: "Slavery was legal for nearly a hundred years, and discrimination legal in many places for nearly a hundred years more."

See? He gets that the majority of the black community thinks Republicans are savage wannabe slaveowners who'd just as well create a legal caste system in the nation. Talking about the Medicare prescription drug "program," Bush said, "Look, I understand that we had a political disagreement on the bill. I know that." See? He knows it. He said he knows it. Don't start tellin' him he doesn't know it, 'cause he'll let you know: he knows.And our goddamn President clings to a catchphrase like that old lady yellin' "Where's the beef?" until the day she died.

Here's Bush on education: "I like to call it this: We need to challenge the soft bigotry of low expectations. If you have low expectations, you're going to get lousy results." C'mon, at this point it's like hearing Steve Martin say, "Well, excuuuuse me." Just sad.

The whole speech was just a campaign stop. Bush may as well have said, "Here's all the shit I've done for you people - with home and business ownership, with AIDS, with other shit, shit you know about. Why don't you negroes love me? Why?" No challenge, no confrontation, no defiance, just an incompetent attempt to appease and get some good photos surrounded by the darkeys.

If you go back to Bill Clinton's 1996 speech to the NAACP's national convention, you read the words of a man who doesn't need to try to demonstrate to African Americans that he understands the absolute basics of history and struggle. What you got was the moral authority (yeah, that's right) of a man who put race less in terms of "here's what I can do for you people" and instead in terms of a struggle that all of America has a stake in.

Qualitatively, the difference between Clinton and Bush talking to the NAACP is the difference between listening to Carnegie Hall concerts by Gerry Mulligan and Kenny G. They're playing jazz on roughly the same instruments in the same space. But only one of them gets it.

// posted by Rude One @ 11:23 AM 7/21/2006

Monday, July 10, 2006

The Reality Beneath the Flag Waving

by Paul Craig Roberts (excerpts)

I have made it clear in my columns that Bush supporters
are not true conservatives.

They are brownshirts with the same low intelligence
and morals as Hitler’s enthusiastic supporters.

Many Americans are so unsophisticated
that they refuse to believe anything bad about their country.
They regard acceptance of unpalatable truths as disloyalty.

This failure of American character
is why Bush has been able to get away with
- transgressions that scream out - for his impeachment
and trial as a war criminal.

It is amazing that Bush supporters think we have
a John Wayne military, when according to news reports,
recruitment problems have resulted in the military
- accepting felons,
drug users,
low IQ high school dropouts,
and illegal Mexicans promised green cards for signing up.

Apparently, the same people who make America’s streets
unsafe for Americans make Iraqi streets unsafe for Iraqis.
In response to the declining caliber of new recruits,
some of our best troops are refusing to reenlist...................

To this day the Bush regime and the neocon nazis have not told us
the reason for their invasion of Iraq, the destruction of its towns
and infrastructure, and the slaughter of its citizens.

Every reason Bush has given has proved to be a lie.

There is no more reason for US troops to be shooting up Iraq
than to be shooting up Canada, Scotland, Holland,
Spain, Taiwan, Florida, Virginia or California.
We are killing Iraqis for no other reason than
- that they resist our invasion and occupation of their country.

It is proof of the collapse of American morals and the fallen character
of the American people that the American public
and its elected representatives in Congress refuse to rein in
the Bush regime and to hold it responsible for its monstrous crimes.

America has become a land of evil.
The rest of the world hates and despises us.
And we are going to pay a terrible price for it.
Bush’s belief that our superpower status makes us immune
to the opinion of others goes beyond hubris into insanity.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

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Dear John Kerry

I get more emails & letters from John Kerry than I do from that greasy Republican who is my represenative in DC. So I figured that he deserved one of my rants.

TO: John Kerry

Your emails arrive in my mailbox on a regular basis begging for donations. Why?

You “Cut and Ran” from the presidential election of 2004 after promising to see that all votes were counted. You allowed that election to be handed to the worst human being who has ever occupied the office in spite of the fact that the statistics showed that you were winning. Not only that but you have voted time and again to support the corrupt, lying agenda of our wannabe dictator, George Bush. So why the hell do you think I should donate one stinking penny to any of the DLC approved Democrats in or running for Congress. Most of you jokers look like Republicans to me. Heaven knows that I have seen enough corruption, lying, cheating & murdering by that gang of thugs in the past 5 years to last a lifetime. Yes, I said murdering because that is what you have done and are doing to the people of Afghanistan & Iraq, all in support of that thug who squats in the White House. It was all a bald faced lie and I think you knew that when you handed over the control of the Congress to that mad man, the wannabe “war president” This is not a war. IT’S COLD BLOODED MURDER and I will not give one penny to help your crazy fools to continue this in my name.

You don’t listen to us. You don’t represent us and haven’t for a long time. You sat on your comfortable ass for a long time supporting the corporate takeover of this country. You have allowed millions of jobs to be moved out of the country. You have even allowed the corporations to import workers, forced the American worker to train them, then fired the American worker. That is just about as despicable as it gets.

You have given billionaires tax break after tax break while holding the poorest of the poor to a minimum wage that wouldn’t even provide a place for a family to sleep much less buy food or pay other utilities that you millionaires take for granted. You are aiding and abetting in the effort to destroy the backbone of this country, the working people. It looks as though you are trying to develop a slave class in the United States. How dare you turn our country backwards to look like a third world dictatorship? How dare you?

You have voted yourselves over $31 Thousand dollars in raises since the last time you raised the minimum wage. God almighty John Kerry….. Don’t you know that millions of U.S. citizens live on half that amount for a full year? Millions live on less than poverty level wages and that number is multiplying by the day. Your Good Old Boy Millionaire’s Club has been provided the finest insurance money can buy, given perks that would make Bill Gates green with envy at times, & allowed you to pretty much work when and if you feel like it. Not only that but you have set yourself up for pensions to live like kings for the rest of your life, not that many of you will need any help to do that.

You really have the gall to send these damn, condescending, beg letters begging for the pittance we ordinary folks have to live on every month. Don’t you greedy politicians ever think about who you are begging money from? Do you ever think about how much you are out of touch with the working stiffs in this country? You know, the people who stock the grocery shelves, drive the garbage trucks, wash your clothes & scrub your toilets? Do you think that we all live like you with the limos, the drivers, and the maids?

Mr. Kerry, I wouldn’t even write a letter to support you in any way after the way you turned your back on those of us who tried to get you elected. You ran like the cowardly Bush ran from his military service. If the Democratic Party is stupid enough to nominate you again, I will sit out this election.

You jackasses are destroying this country from the inside out and have made us the laughing stock of the world in the process by supporting a man who doesn’t know his head from his ass. Aren’t you ever the slightest bit embarrassed at the humiliation that we have suffered and continue to suffer at the hands of George Bush and that gang of thugs who surround him? Don’t you have any conscience regarding the thousands of our soldiers who have been wounded, maimed or killed for the lies?

You want money from me John Kerry? Do you remember what Tricky Dick Cheney said to Sen. Leahy on the Senate floor. Same to you John Kerry….. same to you!

Oh, what the hell? Fuck you John Kerry!