Friday, September 30, 2005
Alabama Jackass of the week: Alabama State Senator Hank Erwin
SCARBOROUGH: You have said a lot of things that have shocked a lot of people. Explain to me why you think that Katrina was God‘s wrath.
ERWIN: Well, I think, if you look at what‘s going on, this whole region has always known that, with the church, that New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are known for sin.
And if you go to a church and you read your Bible, you are always told avoid sin and that there‘s judgment for sin. And I just think that, in my analysis—and I can‘t speak for everybody, but I believe that, if you look at the factors, that you had a city that was known for sin—the signature of New Orleans is the French Quarter, Bourbon Street. It is known for sin. And you have a Bible that says God will judge sin, you can put two and two together and say, it may not be the judgment of God, but it sure looks like the footprint.
So, I just told my friends, in an opinion, I think it could be the judgment of God on the Gulf Coast and on New Orleans. And I would urge the good folks that are the innocent victims to rally and rebuild that city and get a new signature.
Wacko christian DoucheBag!
'Scarborough Country' for Sept. 28th - Scarborough Country - MSNBC.com: "Erwin"
Barack Obama: Tone, Truth, and the Democratic Party
The following rebuttal was posted shortly thereafter:
What an appalling diary from Barack Obama
I happen to be in complete agreement with the rebuttal.... and....
Update.... this rebuttal too:
A Desperate Response for Senator Obama
Give me a Paul Hackett over a Barak Obama any day of the week.
The Blog | Arianna Huffington: Miller Walks: The Plot Thickens | The Huffington Post
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Snippets below but you REALLY need to read the entire thing. Again, I say DAMN!
"Welcome to the world of the politics of personal destruction, you tubthumping, chin-jutting, Bush humping gits. Welcome to the nasty and partisan world that Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Hugh Hewitt, Grover Norquist, Newt Gingrich, Tom DeLay, and a legion of insignificant lowest-rung toadies like yourselves nurtured into fruition daily with eager, grubby hands, and now look upon with dull-faced faux horror.
I know you hate me, and anyone else to dares disturb the thin strands of alternate reality in which George W. Bush is an intellectual giant, Saddam really was responsible for 9/11, the economy is getting better by the minute, and we capture the most very important members of al Qaeda on a weekly basis.
But here's some advice. You'd better start hating me more. This is the world you forged and, unfortunately for you, I'm beginning to take a fancy for it. Welcome to the politics of your own party, finally sprouting from the ground on which you planted the seeds and shat upon them...."
Daily Kos: Bush Supporters of the Far Right: Cries from the Lake of Fire
We will remain on the teet of the oil industry as long as the oil industry is running this country.
Fossil Fuels Set to Become Relics, Says Research Group - Yahoo! News
For G.O.P., DeLay Indictment Adds to a Sea of Troubles - New York Times
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
...the Strategic Goals of FEMA have shifted from definite measures of effectiveness in emergencies, including the responsibility to feed, hydrate, and shelter victims in the first couple of days after a disaster, to a business-speak that leaves weasel room for any screw-ups. To put it plainly, FEMA had been neutered by the Bush administration, dehumanized and made robotic....
The Rude Pundit
DeLay Indicted in Campaign Finance Probe - Yahoo! News
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Hurricanes Rain on Bush's Tax Cut Parade -- In These Times
...“In general, higher rates of belief in and worship of a creator correlate with higher rates of homicide, juvenile and early adult mortality, STD infection rates, teen pregnancy and abortion in the prosperous democracies.
“The United States is almost always the most dysfunctional of the developing democracies, sometimes spectacularly so.”
Societies worse off 'when they have God on their side'
It's the FIRST Amendment for a reason.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
FEMA Plans to Reimburse Faith Groups for Aid
Monday, September 26, 2005
TIME.com: How Many More Mike Browns Are Out There? -- Oct. 03, 2005
Friday, September 23, 2005
Thursday, September 22, 2005
No shit. The problem is that Americans are to fucking fat and lazy to raise enough hell that an election was STOLEN here in the good ol' US of A.... if they even care at all that their very own democracy is being subverted on a daily basis. I respect you a lot, Carter, but where the hell where you in 2000 or 2004. Where the hell were the rest of you? I'm dead sick of the conciliatory and subservient Democrat. We need more Paul Hacketts and we need to start punching these Radical Republicans in the nose every time they open there mouths.
Here are some pics I snapped when DBT played Amoeba Music Store on April 9th. Amoeba is located on Haight Street in San Francisco. That night the band played the historic Fillmore for three+ kick ass hours. Enjoy:
Now, I've heard through the grapevines that certain tensions remain between some folks associated with DBT and The Fiddleworms. Quite frankly it ain't none of my business. I love DBT like no other band. But I also have really fond memories of the Fiddleworms and their music. One summer I spent many a druken night in Callahans hitting on pretty college girls to the tunes of the Fiddleworms playing in the corner. I also love the fact that so much goddamn talent lives in the Shoals area of Alabama.
Below is a story in the home town newspaper about the reemergence of the band. You've got to register to access the article. You'll notice an ex DBTer, Rob Malone, has joined them. I'm sure they'll be putting out some very fine music.
After almost a decade, the Fiddleworms are back with 'Year of the Cock'
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
""Our nation was not born easily. There were times in those years of the 18th century when it seemed as if we might not be born at all... "Given that background, we ought not to be astonished that this struggle in Vietnam continues....We ought not to be astonished that that nation, wracked by a war of insurgency and beset by its neighbors to the north, has not already emerged, full-blown, as a perfect model of two-party democracy."
Bush on Irag:
"Like our own nation's founders over two centuries ago, the Iraqis are grappling with difficult issues, such as the role of the federal government. What is important is that Iraqis are now addressing these issues through debate and discussion — not at the barrel of a gun."
LBJ on Vietnam:
"What happens in Vietnam is extremely important to the nation's freedom and it is extremely important to the United States' security..."
Bush on Irag:
"We're laying the foundation of peace for generations to come. We're defeating the terrorists in a place like Iraq so we don't have to face them here at home. And, as well, we're spreading democracy and freedom to parts of the world that are desperate for democracy and freedom."
LBJ on Vietnam:
"Be assured that the death of your son will have meaning," Johnson told the parents of a posthumous recipient of the Medal of Honor during a Rose Garden ceremony on April 6, 1967. "For I give you also my solemn pledge that our country will persist — and will prevail — in the cause for which your boy died."
Bush on Irag:
"These brave men and women gave their lives for a cause that is just and necessary for the security of our country, and now we will honor their sacrifice by completing their mission."
Bush's Words on Iraq Echo LBJ in 1967 - Yahoo! News
Pelosi willing to give up S.F. funds for recovery - Delay... Not so much
She's a poet... and knows it!
"But I could not face the idea of breaking bread with you. I knew that if I sat down to eat with you, it would feel to me as if I were condoning what I see to be the wild, highhanded actions of the Bush Administration."
No Place for a Poet at a Banquet of Shame
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Welcome back to the reality based community, folks.
Katrina Raises Voters' Doubts About Bush - Yahoo! News
The Blog | Larisa Alexandrovna: Baked-Cooked Election Reform | The Huffington Post
CNN.com - Bush approval rating at 40 percent - Sep 19, 2005
Hey NASCAR dads: First Bush takes away your jobs, then he takes away your children to go fight a BS war, now he wants to take away your porn!
Republican priorities - Destroying America one hair-brained scheme at a time.
Recruits Sought for Porn Squad
Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Ex-Iraqi defence minister wanted over $1bn fraud
Monday, September 19, 2005
Kerry, Edwards Blast Bush Over Katrina - Yahoo! News
Someone in the comments highlighted the following paragraphs from the article and I believe they need to be in the post.
"What Americans need to understand is that ... every single day of the year, our government goes into the market and borrows money from other countries to finance Iraq, Afghanistan, Katrina, and our tax cuts," he said.
"We have never done this before. Never in the history of our republic have we ever financed a conflict, military conflict, by borrowing money from somewhere else."
Clinton added: "We depend on Japan, China, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, and Korea primarily to basically loan us money every day of the year to cover my tax cut and these conflicts and Katrina. I don't think it makes any sense."
To Those Who Voted for Bush...
"I got up early before Katrina was to make landfall on Monday to go to work at Univ So Ala hospital. We are to report and stay or make sure we get there when a hurricane is announced.By Tuesday morning, we had little connection to the outside world, except our local station, but I knew the Ms coast had gone down and knew the hospitals along the coast were in shambles as ambulances and helicoptors would, could not stop coming. We were spared, mostly, in Mobile, but it was obvious that the plans for such a disaster were not in place. We were running on generators that would stop working as patients were being brought to us instead of taking them to hospitals that still had power, etc. I ran through a darkend ER at one point with only a penlight thinking someone may need assistance to care for a patient in the dark. Our administrators had to turn away all but the staff until we were fed first as people came in from the surrounding neighborhoods to eat. I have since heard horror stories up and down the coast since the medical community tends to be very tight, of how the personnel at other facilities "bagged" patients by hand, and told of looters roaming their halls. We did not know of the looting as we did not have access to the news the rest of the country was watching on CNN. I felt more and more aversion to our government as I could not get out of my mind that "this must be how life is like for the Iraquis" no utilites, hot and wounded stacked up in their hopitals. I hate George Bush."
USATODAY.com - Non-believers raising voice in capital
Secular Coalition for America
A news alert for you: Jeff Sessions is a piece of shit. Quit electing these false prophets. Sessions is the author of the bill that would repeal the Estate tax, a tax that last year only affected 22,000 families in the U.S. The Hiltons are an example of who would be affected.
Sessions finds his little bill in trouble due to Katrina and is actively looking for a certain type of dead body floating in the waters of the gulf:
Federal troops aren't the only ones looking for bodies on the Gulf Coast. On Sept. 9, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions called his old law professor Harold Apolinsky, co-author of Sessions' legislation repealing the federal estate tax, which was encountering sudden resistance on the Hill. Sessions had an idea to revitalize their cause, which he left on Apolinsky's voice mail: "[Arizona Sen.] Jon Kyl and I were talking about the estate tax. If we knew anybody that owned a business that lost life in the storm, that would be something we could push back with."
Please, Alabama, fire this piece of shit!
TIME.com: Looking for a Corpse to Make a Case -- Page 1
The LTE is from Florence, Alabama's newspaper, The TimesDaily:
What's really wrong
In response to the letter, "Their real agenda," by Kenny Perkins.
First of all, there is no one in the
There are more murders in the
There is no hatred for American soldiers and the commander in chief? I'll tell you what is happening, though. It's people like Mr. Perkins "who go to work everyday and behave themselves" while the government does things behind our backs that are putting our lives in jeopardy everyday. What is wrong with this country is that people are not willing to question or inform themselves. When people go to work and behave without opening their eyes, people will believe and follow anything, even at the sake of what is really good for our country.
Are we stabilizing
How is it that we can send a fleet of military ships and carriers to the Gulf region in a 24- hour period to fight the war in
Maybe it's people like Mr. Perkins, who will watch corporate media, run by corporate politicians from both the Democrat and Republican parties, and these people who choose to support a war based on lies in Iraq and who choose to ignore the truth about Hurricane Katrina and its affects on Americans.
There have been both Democrats and Republicans condemn the government response to Katrina, so your argument of liberal bias doesn't work. This was a failure by the government of the
So, if supporting our president, right or wrong, getting our information from corporate-funded media and corporate-funded politicians is the meaning of patriotism, ask yourself this one question: Do you feel safer with President Bush running this country?
Friday, September 16, 2005
"I have no idea what I'm doing"
"How in the hell did I become president"
"Damn, I wish I was still on vacation"
"I wonder if they bought all that 'I like black people' crap I just spewed"
"Mommy, I don't feel so good. I don't think I can go to school tomorrow"
...our national community has been diminished by the inadequate and sometimes incompetent response of one of its essential elements, our national government.
All too often, conservative ideologues who now honeycomb the halls of our great public buildings in Washington have promoted the idea that government is an alien institution that illegitimately confiscates and redistributes resources to no great purpose other than sustaining our armed forces at the absolute minimum of effectiveness. These ideologues have viewed government, even the federal government they control from top to bottom, as a necessary evil to be tolerated, an obstacle to be overcome and undermined, a "beast:" to be starved. And worse yet, when their plans to dismantle government are thwarted, they tend, not surprisingly, to view federal agencies as little more than a vast patronage opportunity for fellow-partisans who don't much believe in the missions they are supposedly pledged to perform.
DLC: Statement of DLC Chairman Gov. Tom Vilsack
Government is bad, isn't it?
The gut-wrenching pictures from the
To these meta-issues, I add an important contributing factor: Our public infrastructure is compromised, making it more vulnerable to disaster. The spectacular failure of the levee system in
The problem, of course, runs much deeper than isolated crises. Consider that in its 2005 Report Card for
Contrast this assessment with
Of course, pundits who typically clamor for smaller government -- uncharacteristically quiet, at least for a few days -- will no doubt bristle at this suggestion as immediate dangers pass. They will point to the fact that infrastructure decisions come down to a cost-benefit analysis. But cost-benefit analysis, at least as practiced today, typically suffers from three fundamental flaws. First, cost is much easier to measure than benefit; as a consequence, new research is showing that benefits are undervalued, leading to underinvestment. (How to value accurately a human life, clean air or clean water?) Second, despite a veneer of certainty, such analyses are typically done by politicians and economists, who too often bring ideological bias. They are best left to scientists and engineers. It is no coincidence, for instance, that technical experts have been issuing warnings regarding the levee system in
Beneath the veneer of seemingly elegant cost-benefit analysis, the usual trump card employed by those opposed to upgrading infrastructure is that it is simply too expensive. To this, the response should be a purposeful "compared to what?" If we need to pay to be secure, so be it. After all, we are not a nation that cowers from challenges. Resources have been mustered for every problem
Intellectuals are not immune: Many want to "outsource government" and believe democratic discourse can simply be mediated via private-market transactions. Such laissez-faire theories stumble when they face public goods such as infrastructure. In economic jargon, these goods have "positive externalities": Because everyone benefits, no one individually has an incentive to pay for them. Think parks, national defense, roads, highways and, yes, levees. Private markets do not have incentives to produce these goods. Without government's coercive powers, everyone wants a free ride.
Needless to say, however, that investing in public goods is decidedly out of vogue in an era that exults the private. Why should we worry about mundane things such as public roads and sewers when our culture tells us to aspire to personal makeovers, SUVs and gated mansions? After all, according to the conventional wisdom, we need to get government off our backs so we can get on with our lives.
The stunning irony in all of this is that government is considered bad, except when we need it. Tragedies such as the Hurricane Katrina aftermath at least offer us a precious opportunity to re-examine our assumptions. Of course, improving our infrastructure is not a panacea. But it would be a good place to start.
Thursday, September 15, 2005
"Now it's time to do what you've always done best: lose interest and walk away. Like you did with your military service and the oil company and the baseball team. It's time. Time to move on and try the next fantasy job. How about cowboy or space man? Now I know what you're saying: there's so many other things that you as President could involve yourself in. Please don't. I know, I know. There's a lot left to do. There's a war with Venezuela. Eliminating the sales tax on yachts. Turning the space program over to the church. And Social Security to Fannie Mae. Giving embryos the vote.
"But, Sir, none of that is going to happen now. Why? Because you govern like Billy Joel drives. You've performed so poorly I'm surprised that you haven't given yourself a medal. You're a catastrophe that walks like a man. Herbert Hoover was a shitty president, but even he never conceded an entire city to rising water and snakes.
"On your watch, we've lost almost all of our allies, the surplus, four airliners, two trade centers, a piece of the Pentagon and the City of New Orleans. Maybe you're just not lucky. I'm not saying you don't love this country. I'm just wondering how much worse it could be if you were on the other side.
"So, yes, God does speak to you. What he is saying is: 'Take a hint.' "
'Diebold System One of Greatest Threats Democracy Has Ever Known'
THE BRAD BLOG: "* EXCLUSIVE! * A DIEBOLD INSIDER SPEAKS!"
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Here's a closer look:
Here is Reuters caption for the picture:
U.S. President George W. Bush write s a note to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a Security Council meeting at the 2005 World Summit and 60th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York September 14, 2005. World leaders are exploring ways to revitalize the United Nations at a summit on Wednesday but their blueprint falls short of Secretary-General Kofi Annan's vision of freedom from want, persecution and war. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Passion of the Penguins
Fugere makes a great observation in the comments below. Give it a read then click on the link for his backing research:
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Highlights of the article:
...leadership is detached and self-indulgent...
...more tax cuts for his wealthiest supporters...
...invoked our national anger over terrorism to win support for a war in Iraq...
The source of Bush's political success was his claim that he could protect Americans. Leadership, strength and security were Bush's calling cards. Over the past two weeks, they were lost in the surging waters of New Orleans.
And so much more.... Give it a read.
End of the Bush Era
Think Progress � Right-Wing Myths About Katrina, Debunked
The Complete Bushisms - Updated frequently. By Jacob Weisberg
Adam McKay: Things to Get Used to in the Next Three Years | The Huffington Post
Saturday, September 10, 2005
Friday, September 09, 2005
"This article is adapted from Bill Moyer's address this week at Union Theological Seminary in New York, where Judith and Bill Moyers received the seminary’s highest award, the Union Medal, for their contributions to faith and reason in America. Bill Moyers is a broadcast journalist and former host the PBS program NOW With Bill Moyers. Moyers also serves as president of the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy, which gives financial support to TomPaine.com".
9/11 And The Sport of God - Bill Moyers
Thursday, September 08, 2005
A Democratic President appoints educated, competent, skilled individuals to serve at their leisure in government agencies. See Clinton's FEMA director Witt.
A Republican President appoints buddies or college roommates who campaign and raise money for them but lack any knowledge of or experience in the agency he appoints them. It's called Cronyism. See Bush's FEMA director Brown.
One cares about serving the people of America well and keeping them safe while the other rewards loyalist and couldn't give a damn about the American people's safety.
Think Progress � You Go Into A Disaster With The FEMA You Have
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
To Those Who Voted for Bush: Do You Get It Now? by Bernard Weiner - Democratic Underground