Monday, September 10, 2012

To Be Or Not To Be

To be or not to be, that is the question.  The query is simple-what is going on in our country?  Protests, ultra-right-wing governors, racism,  fearmongering, etc.  Don Rumsfeld is appearing on various programs to hawk his book, but his flawed publication is drawing immensive criticism.  He is attempting to construct a positive view of himself during the Bush Jr. administration, but documents keep arising challenging his nefarious points.  George Bush Jr. is facing arrest for war crimes if he travels to Europe and even Sarah Palin is facing the same in Australia for libel. Why have we entered a time where lies, calumny, smears and threats have become commonplace?

An era has begun where deification of the mediocre has been necessary to bolster particularly right wing politics.  Ronald Reagan, for example, was not a great president, but a multi-flawed individual.  He was a Cold War product who believed in rooting out communists, protesters and liberals wherever they existed.  In fact, he called for the "streets to run with blood" of demonstrators in Berkley, California, during the hectic late 1960s while governor. Reagan raised taxes eleven times, granted amnesty to 3,000,000 illegal immigrants, led 241 Marines to their death by ordering no defensive measures in Lebanon (GIs couldn't even load their weapons), took actions defying the Boland Amendment which forbade supplying the Contras, involved us in the illegal Irangate scandal by giving weapons/WMDs to both Iran and Iraq during their war, had over 700 indictments of administration officials and 335 convictions for corruption, traded weapons to terrorists for hostages and overall is rated as the second most corrupt administration in history.  Yet he is being deified as a "great" president.  Boggles the mind!

The 2012 campaign seems to value alienation more than participation in the electoral process.  Extremist governors and their legislative counterparts have zeroed in on voter lists shouting fraud and began screening voters out.  Commensurately, voter identification cards have passed into laws in another effort to eliminate citizens from their constitutional right.  Are Republicans so afraid of the electorate they are stooping to these tactics in an effort to salvage a win?

The recent Republican convention reminded me of a contest whereas speakers competed with each other over the biggest falsehood.  Black is white; white is black....wherever you travel, there you are!!!  I am of the belief they should all be given a hot lead enema to cleanse their souls and return to representing constituents; not big business and the love of money.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Ahhh, The Sweet Smell of Manure Politics

Ahhhh, that stench in the air!! It’s more than O’Reilly’s arrogance; Hannity’s smugness, Limbaugh’s fantasy flights, and Palin’s illusory patriotism, transparent family values and open displays of real greed. The sweet smell of dastardly politics pervades TeaPublican offices nationwide carried along by equivocation and historical revision.

The public had much humor from the antics of 5-draft deferments, multi-bankrupt and thrice divorced Donald “Brain Cells Went South” Trump and of course, Sarah “American History Is A Slam Dunk” Palin’s version of Paul Revere and the US-North Korea alliance which even our own government wasn’t aware of. Americans chuckle at these gaffes, but something more odious lurks beneath the humor. Palin groupies immediately flooded Wikipedia’s Paul Revere posting and attempted to change the page. Granted, Wikipedia is not completely accurate since postings can be made by anyone, but Palinnatics did this to prove the resigned Governor right. Wikipedia immediately locked down the Revere posting until more sanity reigned.

Historical revision is a key feature of TeaPublicans who shape their own reality to force feed Americans. Then neo-conservative talking heads, primarily Fox Network and of course, Limbaugh, extol the virtues of the “real” history as proclaimed by their favorite politician. A knowledge vacuum occurs which the right wing quickly moves into with pseudo-statements and many Americans accept since they know no better.

Limbaugh, for example, was recently confronted with a knowledgeable person on current economics. The Rushter stammered, stuttered and lost focus when confronted with actual facts. He quickly regained composure, cut off the caller off and ranted for a few minutes. This appears to be a typical TeaPublican tactic when actual truth rears its ugly head. Its a sad reality, but no worse than Gov. Rick Perry, of Texas fame, using his influence to pressure public education to adapt a revised history for students. Features will include praising Sen. Joe McCarthy and omitting Thomas Jefferson completely-this appears to be the TeaPublican way!!

The recent Anthony Weiner episode posed another interesting dilemma. TeaPublicans immediately called for his head while conveniently forgetting TeaPublican Sen.. David Vitter's, a family values guy, escapade of consorting with prostitutes wearing a diaper. Vitter still holds office and what Weiner did was with consenting adults. O’Reilly, of course, leads the pack while diverting away from his own sexual harassment suit filed by a Fox Factor producer for some very nasty acts by O'Lielly. O’Reilly claims he was being shook down, but became strangely silent when tapes recorded by the producer suddenly appeared validating her claims. O'Reilly paid an estimated $15 million to settle the case. You can read the entire filed suit, juicy and saucy, complete O'Reilly hypocrisy, at http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/funny/oreilly-hit-sex-harass-suit.

Moral of this writing is very clear: all public figures need to be fact checked immediately. TeaPublicans love to falsify data, use fear tactics and extol the illusory virtues of their ideology which change daily. Why do this is a question you ask…..remember, according to “I know my American history” Palin, Paul Revere was warning the British and was an example of Second Amendment rights. Problem is, it was 1775, the revolution hadn’t begun, the Constitution was non-existent and the future USA was still a British colony. Another statement aptly describes the TeaPublican Part: "the Republican party rides to political victory on the four horsemen of CALUMNY, FEAR, IGNORANCE and SMEAR!"

Santyana, famed historian, once said “those who condemn the past are doomed to repeat it. TeaPublicans need to be aware of this and the subsequent backlash as a resulting factor. Just ask Glenn Beck and Ann Coulter....fearmongers whose popularity has waned. The American people have finally had enough!

UPDATE:  O'Reilly is now implicated in another sleazy matter.  He and spouse separated a few weeks leaving Billo to himself.  She started dated a detective near their Long Island home infuriating the effluvial O'Rielly.  Allegedly, Bill contacted the Chief of Police offering to donate substantial money if the Chief would fire the detective.  It has been weeks since the investigation began.....typical Bill-impulsive, money talks attitude....

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Tragic Shooting and The Rush To Absolve


A tragic Tucson shooting prompted conservatives to hurriedly scrub their websites of anti-Rep. Gabby Giffords comments. The right wing launched a massive communications effort to absolve any responsibility for creating the volatile national setting resulting in this tragedy. It was predictable to await citing of Ronald Reagan's statement stating the individual, not society, as the cause; individuals must accept responsibility for their actions. Ironically, Reagan is not the ideal role model for this since he broke the law numerous times as President and was not accountable for his actions. There was no mention of creating the fear and paranoia which fomented violence.

"For example, we're on Sarah Palin's targeted list, but the thing is, that the way that she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they have to realize that there are consequences to that action," Rep. Gabby Giffords said in an interview with MSNBC.

"Hang on, let me just tell you what I'm thinking. I'm thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I'm wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it. No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out -- is this wrong? I stopped wearing my What Would Jesus Do band, and I've lost all sense of right and wrong now. I used to be able to say, "Yeah, I'd kill Michael Moore," and then I'd see the little band: What Would Jesus Do? And then I'd realize, Oh, you wouldn't kill Michael Moore. Or at least you wouldn't choke him to death." "And you know, well, I'm not sure. " Glenn Beck, before the Tucson massacre.

"We Christians would do well to adopt the Muslim strategy. When someone sues to remove the Ten Commandments from a public area, attack, beat and maybe even KILL them. When a federal appeals court rules that Christian Nativity Scenes in New York Schools can be banned while Jew Menorrah's [sic] a[nd] Muslim Crescents can remain in the same schools, the Judges on that court should be attacked, beaten and if necessary, KILLED."
— Hal Turner, Commentator, Website post attacking " JEW NEWSPAPERS," Feb. 6, 2006


"If this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies." Sharon Angle, failed Nevada candidate for representative and avid Tea Party member.

“It’s ok. Christina Taylor Green was probably going to end up a left wing bleeding heart liberal anyway. Hey, as ‘they’ say, what would you do if you had the chance to kill Hitler as a kid? Exactly.” Tweeted to Palin's Twitter account. Ms. Green, 9 years old, was killed during the shooting.

"We should do to the LIBERALS what Hitler did to the JEWS. Give them a chance to renounce LIBERALISM; if they do not, send them to the ovens. Tweeted to Palin'sTwitter account.

Patriotic Americans don't have to become dangerous psychotics like liberals, but they could at least act like men. Why hasn't the former spokesman for the Taliban matriculating at Yale been beaten even more senseless than he already is? According to Hollywood, this nation is a cauldron of ethnic hatreds positively brimming with violent skinheads. Where are the skinheads when you need them? What does a girl have to do to get an angry, club- and torch-wielding mob on its feet? Ann Coulter, Columnist.


Fox and Friends host Brian Kilmeade declared, "Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims." (My note-this is bunk with particular attention to Timothy McVeigh, a Caucasian American Christian militia member and Terry Nichols, Caucasian American Christian militia member who detonated a massive bomb at the Murrah Federal Building, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, which killed 168 people. Both were anti-government extremists.)

1. I am appalled shocked and disgusted by the senseless attack upon Rep. Gabby Giffords and nineteen others on January 8, 2001 resulting in six deaths. The uncivil level of discourse emanating primarily from republicans, conservatives, neo-conservatives and their counterpart talking heads the past few years has caused great concern. Few are taking responsibility for the violent vitriolic utterances with the primary defense being the individual, not the hostile environment caused this sad episode. This writer is of the opinion those who stirred the pot created fear and paranoia thus manufacturing an explosive national milieu. When the conservative movement's True Believers are fed a steady diet of extraordinary warnings intended to induce a paranoiac, panicked fear -- They're Destroying America! They Want to End Your Liberty! Health Care Reform is the End of America! and simultaneously a steady diatribe of suggestions the solution is simply to do away with them. They are, indeed, responsible for their words and violent acts are unfortunately validated by individuals through careless vitriolic utterances from unprofessional politicians and talking heads. Those in charge needed to have toned down the volatile rhetoric before inevitable consequences occurred. This is not meant to imply a direct link to the shooter, but means emphatically conservatives, talking heads and others created the explosive environment violence thrives upon.

The following has been paraphrased from an web article written by Brent Budowsky, in article entitled: Right-wing death threats rise: Republicans should condemn Rush Limbaugh. Just in the past two and a half years, here's the record of "isolated incidents" amassed so far (information has been added onto):

--July 2008: A gunman named Jim David Adkisson, agitated at how "liberals" are "destroying America," walks into a Unitarian Church and opens fire, killing two churchgoers and wounding four others. (My note-Adkisson's statement: "This was a symbolic killing. Who I wanted to kill was every Democrat in the Senate & House, the 100 people in Bernard Goldberg's book. I'd like to kill everyone in the mainstream media. But I know those people were inaccessible to me. I couldn't get to the generals & high ranking officers of the Marxist movement so I went after the foot soldiers, the chickenshit liberals that vote in these traitorous people. Someone had to get the ball rolling. I volunteered. I hope others do the same. It's the only way we can rid America of this cancerous pestilence." (Note..Bernard Goldberg is a regular on Fox News Bill O'Reilly's Factor program).

--October 2008: Two neo-Nazis are arrested in Tennessee in a plot to murder dozens of African-Americans, culminating in the assassination of President Obama.

--December 2008: A pair of "Patriot" movement radicals -the father-son team of Bruce and Joshua Turnidge, who wanted "to attack the political infrastructure" -- threaten a bank in Woodburn, Oregon, with a bomb in the hopes of extorting money that would end their financial difficulties, for which they blamed the government. Instead, the bomb goes off and kills two police officers. The men eventually are convicted and sentenced to death for the crime.

--December 2008: In Belfast, Maine, police discover the makings of a nuclear "dirty bomb" in the basement of a white supremacist shot dead by his wife. The man, who was independently wealthy, reportedly was agitated about the election of President Obama and was crafting a plan to set off the bomb.

--January 2009: A white supremacist named Keith Luke embarks on a killing rampage in Brockton, Mass., raping and wounding a black woman, killing her sister, then murdering a homeless man before being captured by police as he is enroute to a Jewish community center.

--February 2009: A Marine named Kody Brittingham is arrested and charged with plotting to assassinate President Obama. Brittingham also collected white-supremacist material.

--April 2009: A white supremacist named Richard Poplawski opens fire on three Pittsburgh police officers who come to his house on a domestic-violence call and kills all three, because he believed President Obama intended to take away the guns of white citizens like himself.Poplawski is currently awaiting trial.

--April 2009: Another gunman in Okaloosa County, Florida, similarly fearful of Obama's purported gun-grabbing plans, kills two deputies when they come to arrest him in a domestic-violence matter, then is killed himself in a shootout with police.

--May 2009: A "sovereign citizen" named Scott Roederwalks into a church in Wichita, Kansas, and assassinates abortion provider Dr. George Tiller. Bill O'Reilly, Fox News The Factor had repeatedly labeled Dr. Tiller, "Tiller The Killer," but quickly absolved himself of any responsibility after the doctor was murdered.

--June 2009: A Holocaust denier and right-wing tax protester named James Von Brunn opens fire at the Holocaust Museum, killing a security guard.
--February 2010: An angry tax protester named Joseph Ray Stack flies an airplane into the building housing IRS offices in Austin, Texas. (Media are reluctant to label this one "domestic terrorism" too, but at least one Congressman labeled Stack as a "hero")
--March 2010: Seven militiamen from the Hutaree Militia in Michigan and Ohio are arrested and charged with plotting to assassinate local police officers with the intent of sparking a new civil war.

--March 2010: An anti-government extremist named John Patrick Bedell walks into the Pentagon and opens fire, wounding two officers before he is himself shot dead.

--May 2010: A "sovereign citizen" from Georgia is arrested in Tennessee and charged with plotting the violent takeover of a local county courthouse.

--May 2010: A still-unidentified white man walks into a Jacksonville, Fla., mosque and sets it afire, simultaneously setting off a pipe bomb.

--May 2010: Two "sovereign citizens" named Jerry and Joe Kane gun down two police officers who pull them over for a traffic violation, and then wound two more officers in a shootout in which both of them are eventually killed.

--July 2010: An agitated right-winger and convict named Byron Williams loads up on weapons and drives to the Bay Area intent on attacking the offices of the Tides Foundation and the ACLU, but is intercepted by state patrolmen and engages them in a shootout and armed standoff in which two officers and Williams are wounded. Williams claims he had been watching Fox News for awhile and was grateful Glenn Beck had told him the truth.

--September 2010: A Concord, N.C., man is arrested and charged with plotting to blow up a North Carolina abortion clinic. The man, 26-year--old Justin Carl Moose, referred to himself as the "Christian counterpart to Osama bin Laden” in a taped undercover meeting with a federal informant.

--January 2011: A 22-year-old gunman named Jared Lee Loughner with a long grudge against Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and a paranoid hatred of the government walks into a public Giffords event and shoots her in the head, then keeps firing, killing six people and wounding 14 more. Gifford miraculously survives.

--January 2011: A backpack bomb with the potential of killing or injuring dozens of people is found along the route of a Martin Luther King Day “unity march” in downtown Spokane.

--"My tears are flowing and I am stunned and angered that Gabby Giffords was savagely gunned down while performing her congressional duties." So said Minnesota Republican Representative Michele Bachmann in response to to the January 8 mass killing in Tucson. But less than a year ago, Bachmann called for resistance to cap and trade legislation, "I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue," adding, "Thomas Jefferson told us, having a revolution every now and then is a good thing."

--Rep. Tom Perriello's (D-VA) brother's address was erroneously posted online by a Tea Party blogger who invited activists to descend on the house. A gas line outside the brother's house was cut.

--Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) was the target of threatening faxes and phone calls, including death threats.

--A brick was thrown through the window of the Democratic Party office in Rochester, New York.

--Rep. Anthony Weiner's office in Kew Gardens, New York, had to be evacuated after suspicious white powder was found in an envelope mailed to the office.

--A thrown brick smashed a window at Rep. Louise Slaughter's district office in Niagara Falls, New York.

--Slaughter also received a message claiming that "snipers were being deployed to kill those members who voted yes for health care," according to Politico.

--The FBI arrested a California man for making threatening phone calls to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

--A tossed brick demolished a window at the Sedgwick County Democratic Party headquarters in Wichita, Kansas.

-A devoted Glenn Beck fan left a serious of death threats (Kill the fucking Senator!) on the voice mail at the office of Sen. Patty Murray.

2. Today, January 12, 2011, marked the President of the United States coming to Tucson. Mr. Obama visited recuperating victims at University Medical Center and then delivered a moving speech during a memorial service at McHale Center. Meanwhile, Sarah Palin posted an eight minute video on Facebook again portraying herself as a "victim.". Ms. Palin has been particularly volatile with hate filled messages since 2008. She portrayed herself as a victim of blood libel thus infuriating both Christians and Jews alike by using the phrase. Blood libel is a disparaging term used for centuries to identify a myth where Jews allegedly killed Christian children for their blood. Palin displayed her typical vindictive paranoia instead of respect for the dead being eulogized in a memorial attended by the President and other dignitaries, reflecting upon a national tragedy and consideration for the massive outpouring of support for victims and decedents alike. She is only thinking of herself while Gabby Giffords is fighting for life. Subsequently, Palin's basic values and hence, credibility must be questioned in length. Past problems within her family include a daughter, Willow, breaking and entering homes to party with other teenagers (note-Palin interceded resulting in only the boys being indicted; the girls walked away scot free!); homophobic slurs on Facebook uttered by both Willow and Bristol with only Bristol apologizing; Track, the eldest son, being arrested by police for vandalizing a school bus's brakes prompting him to enlist in the Army to avoid trial; and of course, Bristol having a child out of wedlock. Children are reflective of their parents and in this case, the sight is not very positive. Best for Sarah to be seen and not heard unless there is a desire for more light shined upon skeletons in her closet. Unfortunately, she must be regarded as an angry insecure person who lashes out at the slightest hint of criticism, whether true or not; greed indicated by leaving the governorship for more dollars; and a constant obsession to be in the public light regardless.

3. Anyone who adheres to the Republican Party should reconsider in light of GOP actually instituting death panels. The 9/11 responders were held in limbo by Republican Senators who bickered over the Responders Bill. Many of these brave souls are suffering from various diseases emanating from that day in September. Some are destitute from medical bills while others are counting the days until the Grim Reaper appears. Meanwhile, Republican Senators are turning their backs on them, i.e. particularly John McCain who is finally showing his true selfish colors. It is simply disgusting that Republicans are willing to play obstructionist games while brave souls are suffering unto death. The bill finally passed after $3 billion was cut by the GOP (Grand Obstructionist Party).

4. Another Republican death panel is active in Arizona where Guv Jan Brewer cut funds for AHCCCS, the AZ version of Medicaid. Guv zeroed in on transplants and other major surgeries describing them as "Cadillacs." Thus once again, good people are facing the specter of death simply due to an inability to obtain bone marrow replacement, heart transplants, etc.; a total cost of $5 million to provide. "Deer In The Headlights" feels these are unnecessary and is willing to let Arizonans die for the belief (three so far). It is utterly cruel, but Brewer has little compassion except for her misguided ideology. She hasn't made any cuts in the guv's office and could sell one of her two aircraft to cover the $5 million.

3. The Arizona Nationalist Socialist Party (Nazi) is patrolling the border to enhance security and show their colors. Undoubtedly, this made Sheriff Jimmy Arpaio happy since he enjoys having his picture taken with the group. Another public servant, AZ Senator Russell Pearce, enjoyed hobnobbing with the Nazis until it became a public relations risk, but this didn't stop him from soliciting far right input in the writing of SB 1070, the controversial immigration bill. Obviously, politics is more important than the millions who died in WWII fighting Hitler's adherents. My take....its shameful and shows a disrespect toward those Americans who paid the ultimate price during that conflict. Oh, J.T. Ready, the Arizona National Socialist leader, was court-martialed twice by the Marines while serving and then escorted quietly out their door with a bad conduct discharge. Somebody needs to box their ears and also, clue "Deer In The Headlights" Brewer about reality.  Arizona now has 16 hate groups with Tucson gaining a white nationalist group according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Certainly not a notable achievement.  It's not a good year for those dedicated to true Republican principles and conservatism. Barry Goldwater would roll over in his grave.



Pearce is shown with J,T. Ready at a National Socialist rally in Phoenix.  Also present was Sheriff Joe Arpaio in support of Ready.  J.T. Ready was allegedly implicated in the murder of Mexican border crossers and later committed suicide after killing his girl friend, her daughter, daughter's boyfriend and their baby.  This is Arizona politics and the acceptance of an ideology so many Americans and Allies died fighting during World War II.



Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Banality of Evil

A scholarly bibliophile aptly describes my existence for the past few decades. This author's mind, however, keeps reverting back to my military years as time and experience create wisdom. They were, citing Charles Dickens, "the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way." The Vietnam War was consuming this nation and its soul as well. Pain, agony, frustration and confusion permeated those fighting in Vietnam, but was aptly superseded by survival. Nobody wanted to die, but death was all around us. As Seymour Hirsch, eminent scholar and journalist notes: "they (the government) were operating in a democracy, guided by a Constitution and among a citizenry who held their leaders to a reasonable standard of morality and integrity." Yet, the government, as the Pentagon Papers later revealed, had been deceiving constituents for years.

Richard Nixon had, as a private citizen, dispatched Anna Chennault to South Vietnam in 1968 to inform President Thieu if he would disrupt the Paris Peace Talks a better deal from future President Nixon would be offered. These actions can be described as treason since private citizens are not allowed to conduct foreign policy, but Nixon had been this way his whole life. Meanwhile, people were dying in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Nixon, of course, was elected promising a secret plan to end the conflict, but in reality desperately wanted to win the war. 21,000 more Americans would lose their lives in Vietnam and even more Vietnamese, Cambodians and Laotians. As the eminent folk singer, Pete Seeger, sung, "I was knee deep in the Big Muddy" myself. Everyone knew the war was lost, but survival was the key phrase. GIs, for the most part, did their jobs; some refused; some drugged it out, but everyone wanted to get home. Little did we realize Nixon was beginning the war back in the world. When I was home, I wanted to be back in Nam; while in Nam, I wanted to be home. The USA had changed and no one wanted to believe returning Veterans' about the war.

The Veterans Administration didn't know how to deal with our heads and gave psychotropic drugs out like candy. The military diagnosed many with "personality disorders" to deprive them of deserved compensation and thousands committed suicide to stop the pain. Vietnam Vets marched on the White House to toss medals on the lawn and Nixon retaliated by denying any treatment for what was later called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. His desire was to organize VietVets into a organization supporting his foreign policy, but public demonstrations by the returnees caused an irrational Nixon to deny any validity for known specific war problems. Many simply dropped out; headed to the mountains, deserts, and foreign countries to somehow find peace...they became known as "tripwire Vets" and avoided as much social contact as possible. Others sought to lead a "normal" life, but found marriages and jobs in trouble due to their war experiences. Three out four marriages failed and jobs came and went in an endless cycle. No one seemed to care least of all the Veterans Administration. The VA sunk into a bureaucratic nightmare demoralizing those employees who cared and driving Vets away. Politicians were appointed to VA leadership positions and made inane statements which, unfortunately, were supported by the traditional veterans organizations. Many Vietnam Vets knew the rules in Nam, but were confused by this bureaucratic war at home. Many dedicated VietVets persevered, obtained their degrees and attempted to affect change, but the cards were stacked against them. Nixon wanted to win the war, not spend millions to help those "bums," as he called us, with their specific problems. Thus the Vietnam Veteran who gave everything in a war few understood and the government knew was unwinnable tried to survive at home in an atmosphere of moral confusion, nightmares, open discrimination and stereotyped as a "time bomb."

I married, wanted to lead a "normal" life, divorced, went to Idaho, lived in the mountains, returned to Boise later, and held it together long enough to get my degree. VietVets gravitated towards each other and our own support groups were created to survive. Ironically, the FBI kept an eye on us since J. Edgar Hoover believed we were "communists" for surviving. There was a feeling among us dying in Vietnam and being regarded as a "hero" was preferable to being home. The domestic conflict was that bad, but somehow our little group managed to look out for each other long enough for all to survive.

More later.....

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Malformation of Intellectual Capacity

That esteemed pseudo journalist, Bill O'Reilly, again expressed outrage over a judge ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act. O'Reilly, known primarily for a sexual harassment episode and draft avoidance, compared same sex marriage as "like being married to a duck."

The question to be asked is simple. Bill, what do you have against ducks? Duck eggs are tasty in baking recipes; the birds eat numerous insects and are good friends to humans. Methinks Bill has a bird fetish he is denying and will avoid as he does discussing the $15 million settlement with Andrea Macklin, the woman he sexually harassed. Obviously, O'Reilly is no fan of Donald Duck nor Daffy. Someone needs to pull Bill aside and
besides checking his citizenship, request his sexual orientation. In the meantime, ducks beware.
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Our lovable airhead, Sarah Palin, was a guest on the O'Reilly MisFactor, and Bill actually got upset with her lack of concrete answers. Palin really didn't possess any facsimile of knowledge concerning immigration, border problems, etc.; but was willing to discuss moose breeding habits along the Alaska-Canadian border. Sarah has considerable background of shopping with Republican party funds and could have filled Bulbous Bill in on many helpful points. Alas, she seemed intellectually departed and needs a recharge in her home probably built free by Bridge To NoWhere contractors. Sometimes, honor, credibility and knowledge are hard to obtain.

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Our esteemed Arizona Guv, Jan Brewer, has made some wonderful statements befitting only the classier fear mongers. Arizona Senator Russell Pearce and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio have run fast and easy with the Arizona National Socialist Party (Nazi) attending rallies and extolling virtues. The Guv was confronted with this during a press conference and stated her father had died battling the Nazis.

Reality check: her father died in 1955; not during World War II, but its the thought that counts. Right, Jan.

Also, digging very deep to defend SB1070, the notorious immigration enforcement law, the Guv stated: a) most coming over the border were lugging drugs (mules); and later, border crossers were beheading many victims. Both were adamantly denied by the Border Patrol and even John McCain, back from a soma holiday, denied the mule fantasy. Fact is, and don't tell the Guv this, crime along the border is down considerably and JanBrew has to make up stories to justify the new Arizona law. Sighhhhhh, it becomes addictive...lets call it the Palin Syndrome....out of state Republican candidates are flocking to Brewer for endorsements, but she has to figure out where they are from first. Bring maps, candidates, and beware of the trip down to Fantasy Island...da plane, da plane, boss, da plane.

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It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native criminal class except Congress which exceeds all expectations. One cannot imagine all the perks Congress possesses and would be shocked to the extent luxury replaces accountability. Personally, the idea of barracks housing for single members and government housing for married couples has an appeal. Yearly classes should be offered in ethics, the Road Kill book, interpersonal relationships, and psychological testing to detect the mentally challenged. Space, the final frontier, should not be allowed in Congress; only massive perks and pocket lining. Ask J.D. Hayworth; he knows and appreciates Abramoff as does Senator John Kyl.
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News sources the media should squelch:
1. Britney Spears...still alive, dating her bodyguard, and wanting all the money

2. The Kardashians....wow, American culture has really advanced to the point where sex videos on the net makes one rich.

3. Speaking of which, Danielle Staub, the New Jersey Reality Housewife witch, has promised us her sex video will be even better. Introduce her to Bill O'Reilly's duck, pleaseeeeeeeeeee.

4. Lindsay Lohan......please, stop it. Cannot compute, Cannot Compute. Just let her go to jail, serve the time, come out, screw up, go back, come out, screw up, go back, come out, screw up. Repetitious, isn't it? Just like Lindsay's life....being accountable isn't a movie, but reality.

5. Snookie, the New Jersey shore item. Who, where, how, when, did she become an American icon. No more comment.

6. Mel Gibson....used to like him and his movies, but where has his head moved into? Mel, go to Alice Springs, absorb the Australian sun, relax, and rebuild your career. Don't take Snookie with you; she doesn't where Australia is.

7. Glenn Beck...this guy was a Phoenix disk jockey who got up tight around ratings time. In fact, he called the wife of a dj competitor on the air and chastised her for having a miscarriage. Hey, he needs serious psychiatric intervention and preferably a hot lead enema to straighten him out.

Enough....ranted and raved...got it out of my system...still haven't got over the Nixon deal, but that's another blog subject.

Over and Out....oh, support Dave Rabbit....Google that name.

Monday, May 03, 2010

The Misconceived Arizona Bill

Tucson Unified School District is closing down 5 more schools (7 so far) with similar actions in other school districts; their superintendent is leaving for a more stable position; teachers facing layoffs if Prop 100 fails; state agencies not able to assist their clients; homelessness is increasing; meaning state government is having difficulties functioning and now overworked law enforcement officers have been tasked with a federal responsibility in Arizona. Our Guv thinks only of spending more money.....: the Federal Dept of Justice is reviewing this law which mean thousands if not more will be spent by our Attorney General's office. The Guv has also notified us AZ will be filing a lawsuit over Obamacare which will cost thousands, if not more, in legal costs. Undoubtedly, this immigration law will result in a multitude of lawsuits resulting in even more budgetary expenditures. In fact the first was filed today, April 29, and one hears the echoing sound of of a cash register depriving more children, among other issues, of a sound education. Our priorities are misplaced and where is the common sense to restore it.


There are simpler solutions if one must:


Require everyone to file a certified birth certificate with their AZ county of residence. AZ born would integrated by the Department of Health and wouldn't cost a thing....Others could retrieve from their state of residence....in turn, this information could be turned over to Homeland security after matching with other docs such as drivers licenses, etc., making INS jobs easier. Makes sense...

Better yet.....tell the Nazi sympathizers in the Arizona Legislature this ideology didn't work the first time and cost millions their lives.

Sen. Russell Pearce, by the way, is closely connected with the Arizona version of the National Socialists (Nazis) and has spent a great amount of time being photographed with J.T. Ready, a state National Socialist leader. Both are good friends and co-sympathizers of Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County Sheriff who has cost that county $60 million in lawsuit losses the past few years not including Maricopa legal expenditures. Somehow, its seems fitting many are applauding a law authored by a Nazi principle sympathizer. If you doubt this, Google: J.T. Ready or go to www.crooksandliars.com.

Arizona's Guv did not boldly stand for principle, but caved in to specific far right wing interests. She could have raised hell with the feds, but is now costing AZ precious dollars from a boycott. Senators Kyl and McCain favor National Guard along the border which will cost more and before you know it, Arizona will be a name only. Some think this boycott is "funny," but fail to see the full ramifications.

Meanwhile, the "bold" Guv is watching state government slowly disintegrate, schools close, education professionals leaving and a great immigration of brainpower. Common sense doesn't exist in our legislature who fiddle right wing paranoia while our overworked law enforcement officers endure another layer of unneeded responsibility. There was a reason most police chiefs disavowed this bill. Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik labeled the "stupid" and further stated his officers will be directed not to follow it. Ironically, one of the first lawsuits filed was by a Tucson Police Department officer.

The Guv is afraid of growing Latino voting power. She culled the voting rolls of nearly 200,000 predominantly Latino voters prior to the last major election as Secretary of State which caused some controversy. Her motives, to say the least, are supect and this current action will create a political and economic backlash.

Please think, people, and look at the big picture instead of focusing on the simplified rheotoric which envelops many in our legislature and apparently, many ill informed constituents.

Friday, October 09, 2009

They Are What They Is!!


Confusion reigns in my light deprived mind.....Beck, Hannity, O'Reilly, Bachmann, Palin, Limbaugh, Faux News, CNN and more journalistically deprived voices. There are Communists roving the country, radicals in the White House, a dark force creating socialism, Nazis about, religion promoting Marxist concepts such as social justice, Obama is Hitler, blah, blah, blah. One wonders whether the intention is to create utter confusion, obfuscate legitimate issues or simply to alienate the public completely. Then the teabaggers strike with their brand of gray areas mixing militias, racism and confusing logic with equally clouded minds and misspelled signs.

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." -- Voltaire

Ironically, those main voices urging the susceptible masses have their own background flaws:

O'Reilly not only avoided the military draft by fleeing to England, but had to pay out $15 million to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit. He claims a working class backgrounds (father was a CPA and mother a physical therapist-hardly blue collar!), but could afford Marist College and England. Here is the actual 22 page lawsuit filing; read and see what really motivates O'Reilly as well as an interesting website devoted to his lies:

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/1013043mackris1.html
http://www.oreilly-sucks.com/

Beck.....drug and alcohol abuser for nearly two decades not only ruining himself, but his marriage as well. Paranoid ramblings not only disdain anything closely related to historical fact, but border on something Joseph Goebbels would be proud of. Beck claims college wasn’t necessary since he learns everything from reading. Check it out:

http://www.glenn-beck-sucks.com/

Hannity...another dilettante belonging to the Joe McCarthy school of truth abandonment. Now he and equally flawed Oliver North are being investigated by the IRS for possible misappropriation of funds from the nonprofit Freedom Concert. Hannity and North created the organization, but very little of the $10 million has gone to help the target group, deceased Veterans' families and disabled GIs. Apparently, Hannity and North enjoyed the good life while continuing to shout out their undying dedication to those injured or killed in war. Of course, Hannity's teabagger love caused his superiors to pull him from a recent gathering where he had decided to broadcast from.

http://rawstory.com/2010/03/conservative-columnist-hannity-charity-a-huge-scam/
Palin is someone too much has been written about. She has earned $12 million since July espousing conservative "values" which transforms into violence incitement, tax evasion, ethics charges and harassment of her former brother-in-law. Meanwhile her family "values" have been forsaken witnessed by daughter, Willow, breaking into homes with her friends, partying and then arrested by state police. Of course, that "influence" saw only the male revelry makers indicted while Willow and other women were mysteriously left out. Palin has had many family issues, but focuses instead on mediocre cable shows on Fox and the Discovery channel. Both are ratings disasters since she faked interviews with LL Cool J and Toby Keith for Fox; and was an environmental disaster for Alaska. She makes the bucks while her family fades into disenchantment devoid of societal respect for order.
Limbaugh...another draft evader convicted drug abuser who used influence not only to avoid military service, but serious charges for doctor shopping, money laundering, drug purchase and distribution. He mutilates the truth, throws out seditious comments and buffers himself in a sanctimonious sanctification. He needs a life in a cave where whatever goodness possessed can be rediscovered if possible. Another who desires to attain manhood, but is confused.

They are symbolic of a society gone awry; a constituency desiring simple answers to complex questions while milling in a menacing manner egged on by those who manufacture the "big lies" and labels. It would be interesting to compare the criminal records of leading Nazis, whose ideology is thrown out so much to smear, with several of these neocon airheads....

The Statue of Liberty is weeping again........