Saturday, September 24, 2005

Goading or not understanding the terrorists at all?

From the NYTimes

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 - President Bush on Wednesday for the first time linked the American response to terrorism and its response to Hurricane Katrina, declaring that the United States is emerging a stronger nation from both challenges, and saying that terrorists look at the storm's devastation "and wish they had caused it."

The President is either showing that he knows nothing about the enemy, since Al-Qaeda members will believe that God caused all this trouble for the US in retribution for Iraq, et. al. If this is the caase then it would also further understanding of why he did not prosecute this war properly in Iraq, one he took us into, this optional, unnecessary and illegal war.

Or is he attempting to goad Al-Qaeda into making a statement, or into action. This of course would focus Americans onto fear and the terrorists, instead of his failures. This refocusing (smoke and mirrors) might help him regain his swagger or at least help him rise in the polls. I mean he did find a way to link Hurricane Katrina and terrorism, in the same paragraph no less.

It's a mess!

Friday, September 23, 2005

Chickens come home to roost... again... & again... & again

Though this is a little late, this is the email that had Clytemnestra invite me to take part in the Polis. I emailed it to her 9-11-2005.
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One of my friends called me a few weeks ago to tell me he was listening to Fox "News". After outlining all the important topics such as the latest in Iraq, Fox announced the major story of the day -- a football died after a game! My friend then went to CNN, where the major story of the day was -- the football player! In fact, in every channel, that was the major story. Random? Coincidence? Was there NO other story, given the major developments in our lives?

No, it's clear that our media is being tightly coordinated. What a relief it must have been to have Hurricane Katrina, they could just let the media go and the media did what it did best. And what was that?

Rich white people (who could get out), good. Poor black people, bad... deserving of death. All the networks called our citizens "refugees", even though the hungry and dying were from our own country. The demonization continued. Prominent photographs of looters were pictured. I saw on the Bill Maher show, two pictures of people wading through chest high water carrying food. The young African-American had the caption describing her as a looter. The next picture showed two young Caucasian-Americans, and the captions said that these people were lucky to find some food. Same situation, different races. Lies were told by our media to demonize the victims.
To get some of the truth, you have to go outside US media -- here's a link:http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1563470,00.html We were told that people wanted to stay, that it was their own fault. But soon all the lies became evident-- the people were unable to leave, they needed basic necessities, and are victims of constant and structural racism.

By the way, you're fooling yourself if you think that NPR, New York Times, or even the Daily Show is presenting true alternatives to the incessant propaganda. If you can handle the truth, then checkout FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) to really learn about our media. They have links on research on major media like the above, or you can listen to their latest weekly presentation (called Counterspin) at:http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=2658

NPR supported the administration in the lead-up to thewar. NPR, desperate to support the administration's choice of Bolton, reported that on the first day of his UN appearance, he was "a model of decorum". Presumably, that means he didn't behave like a chimpanzee. Every time I listen to it, it's simply right wing propaganda lite. NPR IS FOR LIBERALS WHO LIKE THEIR BIG OL' HELPING OF RIGHT-WING PROPAGANDA OVERED IN HOLLANDAISE SAUCE instead of the ketchup of Rush and that gang.

As for the NY Times, which called for the impeachmentof Clinton over a blow job and created out of wholecloth the Wen Ho Lee fictional spy case, liedrepeatedly about weapons of mass destruction, and isbeing accused by Vanity Fair of actively covering upthe Karl Rove/ Wilson-Plame Scandal -- THE NY TIMES IS FOR LIBERALS WHO LOVE TO GET THEIR RIGHT-WING PROPAGANDA SPRINKLED WITH SAT WORDS. BUT IT'S STILL RIGHT-WING PROPAGANDA THEY END UP BELIEVING. Again, check out Fair whether or not you think I'm wrong.

The Daily Show? They repeated right wing misrepresentations of a NARAL ad, then Jon Stewart called NARAL an extreme left-wing organization. Let's see... NARAL advocates peaceful protest and legislation to keep abortion safe and legal -- that's extreme leftism. The extreme right targets doctors, bombs clinics, and lies. SEE? EXACTLY THE SAME! And by the way, Stewart kisses the ass of powerful right wingers like Kissinger on the show. The excuse given by the typical "liberal" viewer is that he does it to gain access. Well, that's the same lame excuse the mass media uses.

Did you know that the administration listed three organizations to donate help for the victims ofKatrina -- AND ONE OF THE THREE ORGANIZATIONS IS RUN BY PAT ROBERTSON (who recently called for the assassination of a foreign leader for being a socialist). THIS IS THE SAME ORGANIZATION THAT TOOK DONATIONS FOR AFRICAN, THEN USED THE MONEY TO TRANSPORT MINING EQUIPMENT TO A BUSINESS THAT PAT ROBERTSON WAS AN OWNER!! Check out the following link to hear (or see and hear) FOR FREE and truly alternative media that everyone should listen to [ifyou can handle the truth with SAT words]:http://democracynow.org/

"What Afghanistan was during the Soviet occupation, Iraq is now"

"What Afghanistan was during the Soviet occupation, the blooding ground for a generation of Al-Qeada, that is what Iraq has become today . The blooding ground of the next gveneration of Al-Qaeda." - Michael Ware, Reporter for Time Magazine

Before the US invaded Iraq, there was no Al-Qaeda in Iraq. Al-Qaeda hated Saddam and he feared them. He knew they would like nothing better than to take him out. We could have left Saddam alone, finished the job in Afghanistan. And then dealt with him. But we didn't.

And in turn we prosecuted this war badly. But how do we get out?

Dr. Andrew Krepinevich, Jr, Executive Director of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and professor at George Mason University article in Foreign Affairs Magazine , "How to Win in Iraq"

He projects a 10 year war costing hundreds of billions of dollars.

How can we afford that?

Listen to the "On Point" Interview

This was a war of choice, but Bush has made this a war that we can't easily walk away from.

Barry Posen, professor of political science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, on the same "One Point" program, just wants us to let the country go to a civil war (isn't it is one now). Then later we can pick up the pieces.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Just like the ID bracelet I used to have . . .

I'd make this a big long post tonight, I'd also go argue with adam at operation yellow elephant tonight but frankly I am just too tired.

I did read something on Daily Kos about an advisory for hurricane Rita that brought back a childhood memory.

"Evacuating parents were told to take photos of their children and to give them identification in case they get separated."

When I was growing up every year our school would send home an order form for ID bracelets and dog tags for children. Of course there is always MedicAlert but what about children who don't have anything allergies, asthma or such? So I looked and there still is a company that makes child ID bracelets

I doubt he will be a politician, I am proud none the less


Tuesday, September 20, 2005 something important happened. We had local elections.

Voting has always been important to me. I’ve always said that if you don’t vote you have no right to bitch. I vote, and I bitch. In fact I can proudly say that I have only missed 4 elections in my entire life (this is includes all local, state and national elections). One of those “missed elections” is the reason Tuesday was so special.

In 1986 on the first Tuesday in November my eldest son was born. After spending the night in the labor room because my pregnancy had just taken a turn from risky to “OMG we are now intervening,” I was being induced. But it was Election Day and I wanted to vote.

I pleaded with the doctors to let me vote before inducing me and I would be right back. They said “No.” I didn’t start into labor right away, and with that, this delivery confirmed to me that it was following the same script as the birth of my daughter 2 years before. I knew I’d have time to vote and get back to the hospital. The doctors said, “No.”

I tried every reason to go vote. The doctors said, "No."

So there I was, wanting so much to vote but giving birth instead. My guys won; Schroeder and Hart, and my son grew up into a non stop talker. Given the activity on day he was born everyone said that it was a sign: he would grow up to be a politician.

He had been looking forward to vote in his first election but last year fate dealt him cruel hand. He turned 18 the day after the national elections. This vote was important to him and his future and he knew it. He wasn’t a happy camper

Tuesday he got to do what he couldn’t do last year. So in between my work, two doctors appointments and after school shuttling, my eldest son voted for the first time. Like his sister before him, I got emotional, especially when the polling workers made a big deal about this being his first vote (gave him a sticker, patted him on the back and cheered).

This is my son, the child I gave birth to on Election Day, exercising his rights as a citizen of the United States, and voting for the first time. While I doubt he will be a politician, he has his sights set elsewhere, I am proud.

To my son, may you miss few votes and always exercise your franchise. May you strive to always be informed and always choose wisely. My you always treasure the rights of this country to affirm or dissent.