Friday, December 31, 2004
"Well, sometimes, bad things happen to bad people, and other times, perhaps they happen to good people. In this case, they actually start the story with the Wicked Witch getting killed by the house landing on her. We don't really know if she deserved it. Perhaps, no one was really nice to her and that is why she was wicked. Even so, maybe we just didn't know her well enough to know that she was really kind. Or perhaps, there was no little boy like yourself asking her to play, 'Excuse me, would you like to play with me please?' Thus, she was never really given an opportunity to be nice. In this case, the author of the story chose to kill off the witch at the begining. Some times people have to die for no real good reason."
...and here is where I get to my point.
"Why, it is a lot like invading a country for no particular reason. Like this situation in Iraq. A lot of people are sacrificing their lives, for the sake of a new begining."
...of course, this is a bit beyond a 2.5 year old kid. But hey, we have several themes laced throughout the Wizard of Oz parable that can actually help to explain to children why we are dropping massive amounts of ordinance on a people who we really don't know, and more importantly, don't know if they were wicked enough to justify their deaths.
...as I have said in the past, the ROI in Iraq is not worth the outlay.
How would you explain such things to a 2.5 or 3 year old?
Thursday, December 30, 2004
This just in from my brother as he was out and about doing his job in the Baghdad Area. I was going to post the pic with the people in it, but it showed a close up (too close) of my Bro, and I don't want his pic plastered about the web as a potential target:
"The guys in the photo were probably sad because their car just got
blown up by the AIF (bad guys). One of the cars was parked behind a house
that housed a large family with kids. The other house with the red car
belonged to one of the guys in the photo. His car was toast and his
house sustained a little bit of damage. Both targets lived within a
1/4 of a mile from each other. One guy was an Iraqi Police officer. The
other is an Iraqi National Guard. The bad guys hit them to scare them
and to send a message. The devices were not that big and both targets
were inside their homes when their cars went up. I can't imagine what
is going through the family's mind. I'm sure it shook them up.
Here we are trying to rebuild the infrastructure and a minority of
Iraqis and the insurgents are trying to dismantle it. The majority of
the folks here just want to get back to a somewhat normal life.
Unfortunately, they are caught in the middle.
Take care and pass a big hello to the family for me.
A slice from 1972:
The White House announced today that President Nixon had ordered a halt to the bombing of North Vietnam above the 20th Parallel and that Henry A. Kissinger would resume negotiations for a Vietnam settlement with Le Duc Tho in Paris on Jan 8.
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
"At the dawn of this psychotic decade, I proposed, on instinct, that we should call it the Uh-Oh's. Decades need names. How else are we map their unique zeitgeists in our subsequent reflections on them? Imagine, for example, how awkward our historical recollections would become if we could not refer to "the 60's," a decade which needed no adjective, unlike, say, "the Roaring 20's?" The name is the frame, and the frame says it all.
But despite my efforts at that time, and occasional subsequent stabs, no one followed my suggestion. Furthermore, despite all the obvious historical hints, you have refused to see the appropriateness of my proposed name. Now, as we reach the mid-point of this critical passage, it remains nameless to everyone but me. You still have no verbal short-hand to refer to the decade that gave us 911, Bush the Younger, the Iraqi Tragedy, the comeuppance of the formerly Almighty Dollar, and now, one of the the most calamitous shit-kickings we've ever taken from Mutha Nature. (70,000 dead and barely counting anymore...) I cannot count the times over the last five years when when various tidings of the epoch made me mutter an involuntary "uh-oh" upon receiving them. And still, you resist my suggestion. What's it going to take, folks? Oh, never mind. You'll either see my point or you won't.
Here's his email reply:
Things are going well on this end. Besides the temp cooling, so have
the base attacks. Our multiple base attacks per day have slowed to an
attack every few days. We saw a big decline in attacks after the big
Looks like I will probably be heading home sometime towards the end of
January. It would be nice if I could get home before my son's birthday,
but the chances of that happening seem small.
Well I'm glad to hear the our families aren't the only ones
inundated with massive toy amounts. Sometimes I think it would be
better to skip all the gifts and spend the $$$ on a vacation/trip
somewhere fun instead. Old China is making out big time in the toy
department. The last time I looked, all the kid's toys were from
So much for the American toy manufactures. Then again, the US toy
companies are probably doing well, but there are probably a lot fewer
It sounds like you guys had a good Christmas. I hope you guys
have a great New Years too.
Take care for now,
Meanwhile, the slow trickle of death in Iraq continues toward a burgeoning flood of blood on our own hands.
As Lady MacBeth discovered blood does not so easily wash.
Out, out damned spot!
According to legal experts, the panelists will almost certainly be asked whether celebrities in trouble get the justice they deserve or the justice they can buy. They'll be asked whether they can fairly weigh the claims for and against a wealthy neighbor who is perhaps the most famous celebrity ever to be charged as a criminal — a puzzle wrapped in an enigma inside a snow-white suit and a surgical mask.
"There's an interesting aspect of this case that goes to the fact that Michael Jackson is a very eccentric person," said Jo-Ellan Dimitrius, a trial consultant who assisted the O.J. Simpson defense team. "Do people believe that eccentricity suggests a criminal mind, or just that Jackson is a very creative, artistic guy and his eccentricity shouldn't be held against him?"
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
It is a nasty, pissing winter rain here. I would much rather be here. February will come soon enough, however. That's when our season kicks off, if we are lucky.
When the command post announces “Attention on the net, this is Panther, alarm red is in effect,” Airmen here don their protective gear and take cover. The base is under attack...
... Once alarm red is called, the EOD Airmen must respond to the point of impact to see if the munition detonated or if it needs to be disarmed or destroyed...
... “We get to do here what we’ve actually been trained to do,” said Chief Master Sgt. Mike Bernard, EOD flight chief, who is deployed from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. “From rocket attacks, to mortar attacks, to roadside (improvised explosive devices), to vehicle-born IEDs, that’s what we get here.”
Because of the base’s location in the Sunni triangle, this makes the EOD troops some of the busiest on base, officials said.
“We do a lot of stuff here that a lot of EOD people don’t get the chance to do,” said Master Sgt. Justin Anderson, the flight’s chief of flight operations, who is deployed from Hurlburt Field, Fla. “We get a lot of business here.”
Not only do the Airmen respond to on-base attacks, they also work with Soldiers to go off the base.
“You get a great feeling going ‘outside the wire’ rendering (harmless) extremely dangerous items that were designed to kill or hurt coalition forces and the locals,” Sergeant Anderson said. “After we’ve safely removed those hazards, we know that we’ve saved lives.”
Sunday, December 26, 2004
Friday, December 24, 2004
These types of capitalists are perhaps the biggest of the big Capitalist Pigs rooting around for a penny here and a penny there, and then really making a killing when the credit addicts go over their limits, forgo a months payment, or simply just pay the minimum balances.
As US Citizens ratchet up their personal debt beyond comprehension in this holiday seasion, our values and souls get foreclosed as we forget what the Holiday Season really should be about.
Put down that gift, and connect with the people you are with this year. As you can tell from my posting "From bad to worse," life is short...and sometimes shorter. The gift of the highest value is that of one's time - it can be given freely and never gotten back. Think about that the next time you are surrounded by a group of people (at work or elsewhere) you complain about.
There is an interesting web location designed to calculate the cost of interest when you borrow cash. Yes, it is a plain vanilla wrapped location, but could come in handy when you are thinking about calculating the real cost of that item you thought you really needed, but only really wanted...
Thursday, December 23, 2004
Add three more to the escalating count of dead and wounded troops.
Again. The ROI is not worth the outlay.
Rumsfeld is going down with Iraq...as Iraq goes, so does Rummy.
The doctors are befuddled. They have no clue what happened. All we know right now is that they parents put her to bed with what looked like symptoms of a slight flu on Sunday. They woke up Monday AM and she was not breathing. A 911 rush to the hospital put her on a resperator and she didn't last past Tuesday.
Any parents out there will find this situation beyond horrible. I can't imagine the pain my friends are enduring. I called over there this AM and talked with one of the Grandmothers. She burst into tears as soon as I identified myself. She said, "this is not a good time, they are trying to explain this to her sister." Yes, that's right, their first daughter is about 6 years old. How do you explain that to a sibling?
As I know more I will post updates as comments here. The funeral services will be on Monday. This makes for a very dark Christmas. No doubt, the tree is rife with gifts for her. The family christmas cards have been sent out....In terms of nightmares, I would say this is one that came to life and is beyond the comprehension of anyone who hasn't experienced the same grief.
Words can't comfort. Me, I hug my kids tighter and tell them I love them, with stronger conviction.
Gary Web - Suicide or Murder? Subtitle - How Authentic Journalism is subjugated by the Mainstream Media Propaganda Machine
Slice from the intro page:
To be an Authentic Journalist in 2004 is to be a soldier at war. When a hero dies in battle first we must drape the coffin, sound the slow, sad bugle song of Taps, and remember this great man who died fighting for all of us. Among the soldiers I have known in my foxhole, there were none finer, more effective in a firefight, than Gary. – Al Giordano
Director’s note: Gary Webb, the Pulitzer prize-winning reporter who broke the story of the CIA’s involvement in the importation of cocaine into the U.S., died on Friday, December 10, reportedly from self-inflicted gunshots to the head.
It was a tragic end to a brilliant, and tragic, career.
This interview was conducted as part of a video course GNN’s Stephen Marshall and I gave at the School of Authentic Journalism’s 2003 seminar in Merída and Isla de las Mujeres, Mexico. Here Webb discusses the media battle that erupted in the aftermath of his groundbreaking 1996 investigation into the CIA’s drug dealing operations during the 1980s to aid the Nicaraguan Contras.
GNN would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of a man who, as much as anyone, has inspired what we do, and aspire to be, here at the Guerrilla News Network.
Cocaine pipeline financed rebels: Evidence points to CIA knowing of high-volume drug network
Gary Webb, San Jose Mercury News, Aug. 22, 1996
Gary Webb: Do What He Did
Al Giordano, Narconews
Gary Webb: A hero of authentic journalism
Anthony Lappé, GNN
Gary Webb, RIP
No thanks to the L.A. Times
Marc Cooper, LA Weekly
Trashed by the CIA’s Claque
Gary Webb: a Great Reporter
Alexander Cockburn and Jeffery St. Clair, Counterpunch
Why They Hated Gary Webb
Alexander Cockburn and Jeffery St. Clair, Counterpunch
How Webb Saved My Ass from the FBI
Gary Webb was the Real Deal
Bill Conroy, Counterpunch
I Knew It Was the Truth and That’s What Kept Me Going
My Last Talk with Gary Webb
Richard Thieme, Counterpunch
A Giant Falls
Press accounts fail to mention his vindication by CIA Inspector General reports and congressional investigations
Michael C. Ruppert, From the Wilderness
“Two years ago, Gary Webb wrote a series of articles that said some bad things about the CIA. The CIA denied the charges, and every major paper in the country took the agency’s word for it. Gary was ruined. Which is a shame, because he was right.”
Charles Bowden, Esquire
Gary Webb’s recent work archive
Sacramento News and Review
Slice from the notes:
Director’s note: The Ground Truth: The Human Cost of War is a work in progress produced and directed by Patricia Foulkrod and in association with Operation Truth, an non-profit organization created by Iraq veteran Paul Rieckhoff. This film is our soldiers’ perspective of the Iraq War, and how they are being treated upon returning home. It goes beyond the war stories to look underneath our American tradition of engaging in war and then abandoning the warrior.
We see the dreams and harsh realities that set up many soldiers and their families for a lifetime of heartbreak. Americans, on the Right and Left, living in Blue and Red states, spend billions of their tax money recruiting, training, and paying soldiers to kill in distant wars. Yet, we provide little assistance and marginal support once the killing is over, and soldiers come home, now expected to live nonviolent lives.
How do we “Support Our Troops,” when the killing stops? What is behind our silent indifference, and the 272,000 homeless veterans we walk by every day? This film asks Congress and the American people to bare witness to these soldiers and their families, and to consider the human cost of war, above all else.
The Ground Truth is currently seeking finishing funds so it may be released in movie theatres by Spring, 2005. To donate and find out how you can help the rest of America hear our soldiers’ stories, go to www.optruth.org or www.thegroundtruth.com.
CreditsDirector: Patricia Foulkrod
..."I've been expecting it," said Wayne Downing , a retired four-star Army general who headed the inquiry into the bombing at the Khobar Towers housing complex in Saudi Arabia in 1996. "They're trying to get in. We have a terrible problem. We have all this indigenous labor. We don't wash our dishes, cook our own food. When you bring indigenous laborers into camps, you immediately have a security problem..."
...A senior defense official in Washington, speaking on condition of anonymity because the broader investigation is in progress, added that investigators found "material consistent with a backpack or suicide vest, as well as ball bearings," which bombers have used to spread the devastation of the blast.
I wonder just about how much are we paying the "indigenous" laborers via Haliburton to provide these services...to deliver ball bearings in explosive packages to our troops in harms way.
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
How is it that a heavily fortified base in a war zone can still fall victim to someone walking in with bombs taped to themsleves?
I'll never understand the mentality of a person willing to blow themselves up in the name of a cause as by the nature of the deed, you don't live to see the result. Sure, "it's what comes after the doing that makes the doing hard to do," but if you kill yourslef in the process, isn't that the easy way out?
"It looks like it was an improvised explosive device worn by an attacker," General Richard Myers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters in Washington, ending 36 hours of confusion over what killed 18 Americans and four others in a mess tent at the Marez base at lunchtime on Tuesday.
The admission, which gave credibility to a claim made by the Ansar al-Sunna militant group, has serious implications for U.S. forces as they try to secure an election at the end of January. On a day when a major U.S. contractor pulled out of the country saying it was too dangerous, walking away from a $325 million contract to work on Iraq's damaged transport links, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld admitted it would be a "mistake" to expect violence to end after the vote on Jan. 30.
End of slice:
Again, as I have said before, the ROI is simply not worth the outlay in Iraq!
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
I couldn't determine which base this was in Iraq, but I am hoping that it was not the one my brother is stationed at....I wonder how Rumsfeld feels about yet another American Tragedy spitting him in the face.
A 122 mm rocket slammed into a mess tent Tuesday at a military base near the northern city of Mosul, ripping through the ceiling and spraying shrapnel as U.S. soldiers sat down to lunch. Officials said 22 people were killed in the deadliest single attack against Americans in Iraq (news - web sites) since the start of the war.
Monday, December 20, 2004
I got up for my AM run, as usual. Popped out the door ready to take to the roads (well, sidewalk really), and I looked immediately left. Low and behold, someone had levered our wiresculpted, light adorned reindeer right off the mantle to which it was posted on the outside of our house. Can you believe it?
Believe it. It had to happen, according to the reckoning of the household residents, some time between 10:30 PM Sunday (last seen) and 6:30 AM Monday (the time I spotted the big hole in our string of lights). No doubt, some good Christian had decided to liberate our wire deer to place her somewhere else.
I can see it now.
Friend: "Hey Sonny, where'd ya get that new deer with lights on it?"
Sonny: "Oh, I just liberated it from some of dem folks up on the hill. They won't miss it."
Friend: "Let's raise our glass (fill in bad beer brand here) and toast Rudolph. She's a beaut!
Sonny: "Yahoo, I'm going tonight to get the other one on the other side of the window. Got to have a matching set!" Want 'ta Come?
Friend: "Shit ya! Slam that (insert favorite shot here), and let's git."
Sonny: "oh, yeah. You got that ladder on your truck still? Let's go get Rudolph a friend."
Well, we are going to leave our deer up on the other side of the house. You know, turn the other cheek as it were. Let's hope Santa is delivering coal to one more house this season.
"...Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, who headed a commission in 1998 warning about missile threats from North Korea and Iran, says a defense is vital. It isn't. As Greg Thielmann, the director of the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research during Bush's first term, has written in Arms Control Today, Rumsfeld contorted the evidence in 1998 to create a North Korean and Iranian missile threat to the United States where none existed, just as he would later do on the issue of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.
It's unfathomable how Bush can continue to talk about the need for spending cuts while embracing one of the least successful and costliest military research programs in recent memory."
Any guesses how many more troops and Iraqis need perish before they hang Rumsfeld in front of the adoring and cheering republican masses (equiped with rotten tomatoes supplied by our tax dollars)?
You have got to know, Rummy, if he knows it or not, is going to be the one tried for war crimes. Not Bush. Bush will get off with not so much as a scratch from the dollar bills stuffed up his nose used to snort candy from the corporate whores he calls friends (gee, what's happened to Kenny Boy Lay so far, anyway?)....
Sunday, December 19, 2004
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Monday, December 13, 2004
My father tipped me off to the location of a very revealing photo journal of wartime wounds and practice in the New England Journal Of Medicine
The collection is meant to educate, not horrify, but I can't see how a reasonable person won't be disturbed by the collection. Obvious as to why the Mainstream Media Propaganda Machine stays away from these pics. They can't bear to portray war in all its horrors to a public that would rather remain in denial and support a president who lied to get us there.
As I have said in previous posts, the ROI is simply not worth the outlay.
Incidentially, I am reading Mitch Albom's latest novella, the five people you meet in heaven. I found an interesting quote that I think applies here (from Page 57, last full paragraph):
"YOUNG MEN GO to war. Sometimes becuase they have to, sometimes because they want to. Always, they feel they are supposed to. This comes from the sad, layered stories of life, which over the centuries have seen courage confused with picking up arms, and cowardice confused with laying them down."
To answer my titular question, I would say, sometimes, but mostly no. Nor is it the mission of the schools to act in loco parentis.
Mitch Albom's puts it plainly on page 104 of his novella, the five people you meet in heaven:
"ALL PARENTS DAMAGE their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers. Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces, beyond repair."
Sunday, December 12, 2004
...On the twelfth day of Christmas,
my Rummy sent to me
a brave grunt from Tennessee
griping about his unarmored Humvee.
No twelve drummers drumming,
but twelve soldiers thrumming,
complaints to Rummy keep coming,
but the septuagenarian's not admitting
that the Iraq resistance isn't quitting.
The Ghost of Christmas Past, Mekong Delta,
is clanking after Rummy in Samarra.
Eleven generals spinning,
Ten Gitmo lawyers not grinning,
Nine Iranian mullahs Iraq annexing,
Eight Osama tapes perplexing,
Seven bombs a-scaring,
Six German geese bewaring,
Five Pentagon rings,
Four cuckoos a-raving,
Three French hens appeasing,
Two dead doves,
And a Saddam pigeon sparking an insurgency.
Saturday, December 11, 2004
...Having underestimated Afghanistan's narcotics problem since 2001, the international community now recognizes the connection between drugs and terrorism, and believes that urgent action is essential. But lessons from other nations show that today's quick wins can sow the seeds of future poppy harvests. Afghanistan's war on drugs will not be won quickly - nor can it be won without economic growth and political stability. Crop destruction "victories" will prove pyrrhic if Afghan farmers cannot find other ways to make a living and do not understand why drugs threaten their future.
Today, many Afghans believe that it is not drugs, but an ill-conceived war on drugs that threatens their economy and nascent democracy. The drug trade is worth more than $2.8 billion to our economy - more than a third of our gross domestic product. Destroying that trade without offering our farmers a genuine alternative livelihood has the potential to undo the embryonic economic gains of the past three years. The likely results would be widespread impoverishment, inflation, currency fluctuations and capital flight....
When Bush - or any of the politico psyops folks deployed in the Mass Media Propaganda Machine - portrays the Iraq mission as staffed by a "Coallition of the Willing," they are just screwing with your mind.
Check these numbers out - slice:
"I'm now at the end of my four-nation tour of the "coalition of the willing" (I'm skipping such other important members as Tonga, with 45 troops in Iraq, and Moldova, with 12). Since the White House has emphasized how firmly our partners are standing behind us, I interviewed the leaders of the Baltic nations and tried to get each of them to commit to sending 1,000 or more troops...
...I don't mean to demean Lithuania's 105 troops in Iraq, Latvia's 122, Estonia's 55 or even
While his sacrifice was no joke, our coalition is. What I am trying to demean is the idea that we have a powerful coalition behind us: of the 28 allied countries that still have troops in Iraq at this moment, only eight have more than 500. Most are there as window dressing. And because of language and equipment difficulties, some contingents - like Macedonia's 28 or Kazakhstan's 29 - may be more trouble than they are worth.
Mr. Bush corralled foreign leaders into his "coalition of the willing," but never tried to win over foreign public opinion. So one poll shows that 80 percent of Latvians are against the deployment. Latvia's president, Vaira Vike-Freiburga, acknowledged that it would be difficult to extend the troop commitment beyond June...
If the rest of the Global Village is against it, why are we for it? Because we got snookered into going.
See my 13 Dec post on the "War Time Investment."
Friday, December 10, 2004
President Bush (news - web sites)'s pick to become homeland security secretary, former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik, abruptly withdrew his nomination for the job on Friday night.
The move came after news organizations raised some potential problems about Kerik, including his profitable membership on the board of Taser International, the stun-gun maker.
In addition, The New York Times said that in 2002, he paid a fine for using a police sergeant and two detectives to research his autobiography.
Wondering how the rightwing blogset will spin this one...No doubt they will find a way to turn blame away from the actual culprits.
Now our man Barlow is going to lock horns with The Man and hopefully come out a winner. The TSA, overstepped its legal search for what reason? So as to yank another thread to the fabric of our Constitutional Rights out from under out noses, neath the smoke and mirrors that the "Patriots" in the Bushites administration use to offend the very people they profess to protect.
Thursday, December 09, 2004
Also available is a video clip of "all of our hands." Check it out.
I found this blog via blog explosion. As I am want to do, looked at this person's very first posting back in 2000 - she has been blogging a lot longer than I have - but found it to be a very revealing post:
Check it out, slice:
I have been at this school for a week now. my sixth grade class is unbelievable. i hate to say it, but they're little fucking assholes. i despise them. really. i teach in a ghetto school where the only discipline these kids understand involves physical violence. i'd beat their asses myself, only the majority of them are bigger than me. its a goddamn shame....
...the day just got worse from there.
i spoke to my boyfriend after school today. he, too, is a teacher. he teaches high school english at a school for juvenile delinquents. it seems that at some schools, there are consequences for behaviors like leaving the room without asking and calling the teacher a fucking bitch. i however, can only ruin my afternoon by assigning detentions to kids who mostly refuse to stay...
...perhaps if i improved my ghetto talk they'd understand me better. the other day a student asked if i was puerto rican. i said, "no, but i'm part portuguese." the kid said, "that right next to puerto rico ain't it." i said, "not exactly." another student said, "hey man, you better stop cursin in spanish, she part rican."
Talking about what is wrong with our schools has got to include a thorough examination of the poor behavior on the part of the students, the parents, the teachers, the administration, the governements, and what is wrong with the very fabric of our society.
How about it? Does anyone want to kick off the commentary for this one.
Let's see how far this one bleeds out from beneath the surface of the wound. Of course, those who are willing to vote for a liar are most certainly going to believe the Bushies when they say they are doing all they can to armor the troops.
The situation is easy pickings for the comedians - as Leno stipulates in one of the articles:
Late night comedians have seized on the issue as well, and comic Jay Leno poked fun at Rumsfeld for saying that armor did not always provide protection. "Then he got in his armored car and left," said Leno to laughs from the audience.
In the end, the troops suffer for it. More dead, forthecoming as we approach the January "elections," no doubt.
I wonder how the Bushies are going to feel about a properly elected Shiite government that aligns more with Iran than the US. What are they going to do, stage a coup and prop up another puppet government? No wait, that is what happened in Panama...okay, well there are plenty of models to choose from when you are looking for ways to assasinate administrations that "we" don't like.
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
Tuesday, December 07, 2004
MacArthur burning up the miles
These shots were taken by the royal navy.
Crossing on Tuesday, 7 December 2004 at 18:40
Simply Amazing. Burning up the competition while she's at it. Check out the video celebration she had on board - http://www.teamellen.com/ellen.asp?artid=1016
...anyway, just before GWBush had his friends in his Father's Supreme Court appoint him to the presidence, long before 11 Sept, and long before the War against terror, he was pointing fingers at potential targets and pre-justifying any actions that he might take with very hazy accusations.
Take a look for yourself - Slice:
"...What struck me, as you all know better than I, is the tiny distance between enemy lines and Israel's population centers. The general said that before the Six-Day War, Israel as only nine miles wide at its narrowest point. In Texas, some of our driveways are longer than that.
It's sobering to think that while the distance between Dallas and Galveston is 270 miles, the distance between Israel and Saddam Hussein's Iraq is only 250 miles. And the world learned to its horror, back in 1991, that those 250 miles can be crossed in a matter of 12 minutes by a Scud missile. The Gulf War showed the world the danger posed to the family of democracy by rogue states armed with missiles. Who could forget the sight of millions of Israelis wearing gas masks to protect themselves in case those Scuds were carrying chemical weapons? And who could forget the Israeli children who had to be sealed away from their mothers and fathers in plastic tents during those air raids? Saddam's attacks were the act of a tyrant without decency.
And we are seeing similar hostility again today, as 13 Jews are unjustly imprisoned in Iran on charges of espionage. Even in this new century, the ancient wrong of anti-Semitism remains. While the 13 remain in prison, their human rights must be respected. The leaders of Iran should know that America would judge them by their conduct and treatment of these 13...
...This is something else the family of democracy has in common; the danger of totalitarianism is waning, but the threat from rogue states is rising. The danger crosses borders and oceans. And it means not only Israel, but also that the United States must be able to protect our citizens and our homeland with ballistic missile defenses.
North Korea has developed missiles capable of hitting Hawaii and Alaska. That nation may be an ideological relic, but its tyrants are doing everything they can to be a 21st century menace. Nations like Iran and Iraq are developing capabilities of their own. And four years ago, a Chinese general warned America that his country possesses the means to incinerate Los Angeles with nuclear weapons..."
Again, as the president has shown us time after time, he uses his rapier wit to deflect the gravity of a very serious situation and then makes vague and veiled threats and accusations.
Slice from Get-mo:
In one incident, a soldier reportedly bent a prisoner's thumbs back and "grabbed his genitals." In another, an FBI agent saw a detainee "gagged with duct tape" for refusing to stop chanting from the Koran.
We may be winning the war on the ground, and that is debatable, but we are losing the hearts and minds of some very credible allies at home and abroad:
Evidence 1 , 2 - See articles by Kate Tiskus & Atty Garnett, 3
And the list goes on - not to mention those countries that had lost faith in the USA long ago....
"Walmart is exploiting people who, without Walmart, would have no job. ''Work is hard, no work is harder.'' - Greek aphorism.
Wailing about Walmart is noise about the human condition. Every job is competitive, bottom to top. No one is secure, even if you own the business. What is shameful is when gov't piles on, extracting an excess of Social Security dollars and using them to (ha!) balance the budget while giving tax breaks to the rich. Some things are over the top.
''The exploitation of the working poor is now central to the business strategy favored by America's most powerful and, by some criteria, most successful corporation. With the re-election of a president as enamored of corporate power as George W. Bush, there is every prospect that this strategy and its harsh practices will continue to spread throughout the economy.''
''Every prospect ...?'' This is the way the world works.
Retailing is a tough business. Like banks, their gross numbers are based on dollar traffic passing _through_ the business. There's no comparison possible between Walmart's gross and IBM or GM, the latter two actually make things. Walmart as ''biggest'' company in the world? Bullbleep.
Monday, December 06, 2004
Ellen MacArthur on deck
I didn't realize the round the world race was on until I hit on an article on line this AM. Ellen MacAurthur is really flying - her web site is tracking her progress real time and you is really a fascinating experiment in live coverage of a multi-day race. She is about to cross the equator and could pick up the crossing record on her way to winning the whole thing outright.
Here's a slice from her recent update:
Describe what it's like on deck?
It's very hard because you desperately have to keep the boat moving no matter what, because moving it's the way to the new breeze you are looking for, the better breeze and it's extremely hot even at night. And the sky is full of huge great big black clouds and there is no moon at the moment which is even worse as it's very hard to see what's coming. You're constantly battered by squalls and rain in the clouds. One minute you've got 5 knots of wind which obviously you need completely different amount of sails for 20 knots of breeze heading in the same direction. So, I must have changed sails about 6 or 7 times during the night and goodness knows how many times during the days yesterday. It's a constant fight to have the right amount of sails to keep the boat moving without breaking anything which is very easy when you're suddenly getting such large amounts of breeze
How are you holding up physically?
My body is okay but I'm losing a lot of fluids. I'm trying to drink a huge amount because it's just so warm on board, particularly when I'm charging the batteries, the cabin turns into even more of an oven - more like a sauna! I've got lots of salt sores all over my hands and my arms, which appear when you get sweaty for a long period of time. There's no escape from it, there's nowhere to go. All the water around you is salty, you're salty, so you're sweat is salty! It's pretty difficult but you've just got to look forward and know that it's going to be getting colder soon, and when it gets colder it's a negative thing and a positive too. I'm looking forward to getting to the south, I really am.
When do you expect to cross the Equator?
At the moment we've got a pretty good course and we're heading almost south so, the equator is roughly 180 miles away so I reckon we should be crossing, all being well, in about 12 hours. So that will be about midnight tonight, English time. I'm looking forward to getting across... It's well south of the Doldrums area so we should keep the breeze until we get there and after that the breeze should slowly free off so we can bear away from the wind and go faster down the coast of Brazil before plunging down round the high pressure of the St. Helena High and into the Southern Ocean...
Rock on Ellen!
"We're going out where the bad guys live, and we're going to slay them in their ZIP code."
LT. COL. MARK A. SMITH, commander of the 2nd Battalion of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit in Iraq.
Sunday, December 05, 2004
A prime example is Jessica's web location, where she actually has her family exposed to the world posing as sore winners. Check out the Sunday, 28 November 2004 posting and you will get the idea.
Please make comments to this posting and identify more evidence of bloggers who are great examples of poor winners...or poor whiners if you like.
This really does prove the point that GW, the self described "uniter" is really a divider.
Check out these pros, going for it. There are a bunch of quicktime videos to download. Most are short so as not to tangle up your pipes too long.
I couldn't find any shots of people windsurfing Mav's but I have meet at least one guy in person who has. You won't catch me out there. My motto, sail safe so you can sail tomorrow.
Wouldn't the world be a better place if Al Qeada was a surf club rather than an international terroist organization staffed with rich dudes from Saudi Arabia? No doubt, if they did surf or windsurf, they would end up with a lot more karma on their side....and would spend a lot less time thinking about blowing people up.
Friday, December 03, 2004
...The truth is, middle Americans, for the most part, are duped by Republicans who pander to their ignorance. These people want to kick terrorist ass, have low taxes, buy big and cheap, eat fat, not think too much, believe Jesus and America protects them, and avoid people, things, and information that confuses them. So when Wisecup argues that Dems lost the marketing competition, well, he's right. Now, while I refer to middle-America as ignorant, I don't mean they're bad people or that I'm a better person. That's not the point. The point is the Dems actually made the mistake of assuming a majority of Americans were aware enough to deal with reality. The Republicans won because they knew better. They've cornered the market on ignorant folk, marketing relentlessly that liberals think they're better people, want to take their money and give it to lazy people, hold bible and flag burning bonfire parties, will make your kids catch gay, and support Saddam Hussein. I actually think that exposes a deep disdain for middle-America. You would have to carry a severe lack of respect for these people in order to exploit their fears so effectively....
I say rock on Rock City!
Thursday, December 02, 2004
Dad -"Hey Junior, I got some nice organic cereal for your breakfast this AM. How'sabout we add a little jet fuel this time so you can make it through the morning school blues?"
Junior - "No thanks dad, I can't get that spoon in my mouth aound the cancerous tumor anyway. How'sabout you just intravenous me some hexavalent chromium, that stuff pumps me up and gets me ready for beating up some of the bullies on the playground."
Dad - "Okay, and while we are at it, lets get your testosterone injection in ASAP. I want you primed to win that scholarship to State and maybe, if you get your batting average up past .400, you can skip all that school nonesense altogehter and get a nice fat contract to play in the Bigs and keep me in beer and potato chips until my "lazy-boy" wears out."
Junior - "Cool dad, I'm on it. I got the needle right here."
Check out this slice:
You can't buy publicity like this," said public relations consultant Sam Singer. "This is the governor of California with Maria Shriver in a Hollywood setting, but it's very serious... It really leads him on a path to potentially becoming the president of the United States...
These are the types of news stories that change people opinion." Singer has run many campaigns himself. "Vanity Fair is read by serious political decision makers," Singer said. "It's also read by the social set. It's also read by people who donate funds to campaigns."
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Okay, I thought the real leaders of our country would be reading something other/better than Vanity Fair? You think GWB and the rest of the bushies read magazines that publish barely dressed and sometimes naked (a la Demi Moore) women ? What about his strict set of "Christian" morals? I'll bet that since they are used to being chaste except while married, they don't bother with it, and more likely flip fervantly through their free mailings of the Victoria Secret catalogs - what I call, "the poor man's playboy." And after satisfying themselves with a solid purusal, make decisions to send more troops to the front.....
Humm....this turns me to another point. Why did Clinton get impeached for havcing sex? So what that it was an intern and it was extramarital. I would prefer to have my politicians, particularly the leader of the free world sexually satisified, however they can get it. At least then I would know that they were less inclined to take action becuase they were frustrated or stuck in a chilly sexual atmosphere. Do you think George Bush is sexually satisfied? I don't know....you decide.
Wednesday, December 01, 2004
Humm....150,000 troops in Iraq
about 22.2 million Iraqi citizens...
Doing that math, that is approximately 1 Troop per 148 citizens...
Should be a good ratio no to take up a collection and pay the occupation, no?
While they tromp to each polling station, they could pass around a hat to pay for the protection, a la the mafia....
I can see it now(using the Marlon Brando Godfather marshmallow speaking technique)..."Hey, youse guys, if you want us to make sure nothin' happens to yas, this next week, perhaps you should show us some good faith...ya know, a little green to keep us around..."
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
So, while surfing the web instead of the waves, I found a nifty web location sponsored by American Express (and this is no endorsement for the product as I don't carry their card), with clips of Laird Hamilton ripping up Jaws (the big wave off of Maui's North shore). Check it out. This will have to be my wintertime salve to cure a bruised soul for not having the opportunity to get out on the water until next year. Laird has his own URL for the initiated.
Usually the season kicks in around here in February. As my gear is all clean and stored, I am ready and waiting. I must confess, I am a bit of a wind junkie, and have a lot more web locations for others who may be interested in windsufing and adrenaline junkie type locations. let me know and I'll post some more.
Warm winds to you all friends. And may the winter bring great gobs of snow that are board-able. Remember the famous words from Orwell's Animal Farm, "Two planks Bad, one Plank good"...or was that something else?
When are teachers going to be paid similar sums for their worth has certainly got to be greater than pedro martinez, no?
In making a run at Martínez, the Mets are among the first teams to put their cash on the table for a premium player. The Red Sox have offered Martínez a two-year guaranteed contract worth $25.5 million with an easily attainable third-year option. The Mets countered late Sunday with a three-year guaranteed contract worth approximately $38 million with a vesting option for a fourth year. Neither the Mets nor Martínez's agent Fernando Cuza would confirm or deny the offer.
I think that, some day, people will wake up and realize that they get what they pay for and if you want just as good an education as you have professional baseball, or any kind of entertainment for that matter, then we will have to pony up for high quality teaching. I would suggest maybe a minimum of a million dollar yearly renewable contracts for teachers. No Tenure as for that kind of money, they wouldn't need it and the Constitution protects freedom of speach. That should pull in some good talent to the front of the classroom.
Monday, November 29, 2004
I suggest you listen to his tune and then read through the lyrics as they provide an unusual litany of links to validate them.
Pulled from his web location - here they are for those with lazy mouse fingers:
4o. del Tren
a new age has dawned rising from the ashes of the innocent
my dead versus your dead let's see who can get more militant
blood for blood, pound for pound, an eye for an eye
my tribal god has told me that i must murder or die
you kill ten of mine, i must kill ten thousand of yours
preemptively decapitating all those who dare to oppose
shoot the motherfuckers now, and ask questions much later
terrorist, freedom fighter, innocent bystander, instigator
it don't matter, your ass is brown, you got a towel on top of your head
you pray to a foreign god, you pray to mine or i'll shoot you dead
patriots, sidewinders, m-1's and f-16's
the most beautiful display of destruction mankind has ever seen
i'm not an invader, i came here to liberate your people
i'm carpet bombing your mosques so i can build my church steeples
yeah, freedom and democracy, baseball and apple pie
buy and consume or go bye bye bye
now who the fuck do you think you are to go against my manifest destiny
i got a mandate from my god to smite all of my enemies
look at me the wrong way and i'll put your ass on my shit list
what? you want some of this, bitch? i'll take you for a ride, with no witness
what would jesus do? fuck that, you know it's just a front
to appease the bible thumpers while i do what the fuck i want
propagatin propaganda, live in fear and i'll protect ya
i'll raise the terror alert and you know that i'm gonna check ya
what books do you read, who do you talk to, where you goin, what's your habit?
gimme all your information right now, what's your number i gotta have it
big brother ain't got shit on me, i got eyes in the back of your brain
my name is supa dubya and i've come to bring you the pain
the usurping bastard child of an archaic plutocratic system
what's my fucking name..?! if it was something else you'd have missed him
playing games with poppy's cash, let's bankrupt the company make bank on the options
fuck the pension plan, fuck aunt millie, neck deep in corruption
power to the people, no the power belongs to the white men in white collars
gathering every single day to worship in the temple of the dollar
mr greenspan, mr greenspan, tell me which way the wind blows
and why are all these people jumping out of their fuckin windows?
why are all these mothers crying for children that won't return
their blood spilling in the desert while the city of baghdad burns
the black blood that feeds the empire must never stop flowing
no price is too high, we must keep shocking and awing
it's the project for the new american century, the new world order
an empire disguised as democracy, prostituted and distorted
you think this shit started the day the towers came falling down?
no, it's an old idea we've been munching on and kicking around
we've been waitin to scratch that itch for a long time in mesopotamia
even though we all know the hijackers were mostly saudi arabian
pay no mind to the lies, the shell games and deception
we're here to fight for your freedom, we're only here for your protection
i don't remember guadalcanal, antietam, normandy or the mekong
i'm sending you and your neighbor's kid to die like i'm on playstation ghost recon
playin like i'm a top gun, mission accomplished on an aircraft carrier
workin hard every day to make the world scarier and scarier
a kinder, gentler version of daddy, check this conservative's compassion
read my lips, motherfuckers, time for lights camera and action
this power trip shit gets me higher than back in the day, doin cocaine
my name is supa dubya and i'm really fucking insane
i'm settin the stage for a show for which you've never seen an equal
you thought 9/11 was tight, hold up, i'm gettin ready for the sequel
whatever the cost, whatever the price to buy me four more years
a few more terror attacks, more lies to keep you living in fear
call rush, call o'reilly, get on the phone with mr. hannity
spin the web of deception so we can continue with this insanity
don't ask too many questions, deploy weapons of mass distraction
prepare the foot soldiers, it's almost time to jump into action
the second coming of the rapture, the last holy crusade
i'm smiting infidels left and right, giving them a taste of my righteous blade
the power to destroy the world right here in the palm of my hand
i'll bring you eternal salvation, by air, sea and by land
with us or against us, only two roads that you can choose
the almighty is on my side, and there's no way that i can lose
it's the coalition of the sellouts, motherfuck the united nations
i'm readin the bible and mein kampf for my divine inspiration
the ultimate corporate state, only dreamed of by mussolini
in the innermost of the inner circles, rubbin elbows and sippin martinis
in bed with ceo’s, saudi princes and israeli ministers
i serve only them and follow their orders, no matter how sinister
i'm the schoolyard bully, gimme your milk money and play my game
the only bastard on the planet gettin by on his fuckin last name
can't even pronounce nuclear missile, but i know how to pull the trigger
kick back and relax while the empire grows bigger and bigger
fuck genghis khan, fuck caesar, fuck alexander the great
i'm bigger than all those niggas, this is the perfect fascist state
don't mess with texas, motherfucker, don't mess with me or i'll blow your brains
i'm super duper dubya, this is my world and my game!!!
Check these links out:
Did your vote count?
Do you think the election went smoothly?
What about the rigging of voting machines?
It will be interesting how this all plays out, but lets just say W's mandate really is spurious at a minimum.
Decided not to hear the Mass. Gay Marriage case.
Critics of the November 2003 ruling by the highest court in Massachusetts argue that it violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of a republican form of government in each state. They lost at the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (news - web sites) in Boston.
Their attorney, Mathew Staver, said in a Supreme Court filing that the Constitution should "protect the citizens of Massachusetts from their own state supreme court's usurpation of power."
Federal courts, he said, should defend people's right "to live in a republican form of government free from tyranny, whether that comes at the barrel of a gun or by the decree of a court."
Merita Hopkins, a city attorney in Boston, had told justices in court papers that the people who filed the suit have not shown they suffered an injury and could not bring a challenge to the Supreme Court. "Deeply felt interest in the outcome of a case does not constitute an actual injury," she said.End slice:
Good for them! At least they see that no one really is harmed if two people who love each other decide to get married and then do it.
And they decided to hear the medical Marijuana Case.
Angel Raich tried dozens of prescription medicines to ease the pain of a brain tumor and other illnesses before she took up another drug: pot. The 39-year-old mother of two has the support of her doctor and a California medical marijuana law when she uses a blend of a marijuana variety known as "Haze X" every few hours.
If you ask me, I think we aught to legalize it and then tax the hell out of it. It might do the whole country a service to turn the multi-billion dollar Mrijuana illegal industry into a tax earning, share the cost as you go opperation. This would also deflate the expenses needed to conduct the "war on drugs." Well, at least a little bit as we won't have to send in troops to pull shrubs out of our national parks...and no doubt the quality of the product would improve...and legalizing it will spur a whole new cash crop for our farmers...
I really can't think of a downside. If alcohol can be legal, and cigarettes/cigars and the like are legal, why not some good old Mary Jane?
Oh, one after thought - those of you reading this might automatically leap to the assumption that I have smoked some of the stuff myself. Well, to belie that thought, unlike our former President Clinton, I have never inhailed, and never actually took a toke of any kind of substance of the sort. As an avid runner, I don't believe in polluting my lungs for any reason. Never smoked, any kind of drug - legal or not.
Sunday, November 28, 2004
I thought the video was great. The kids are growing fast. I take it C is talking up a storm now. He sure is a cute kid.
J looks to be all smiles. I'm sure he is like his big brother and charms all the women too.
Everyone in the video sounded great. I hope the turkey meal turned out perfect. We had turkey here too, though it wasn't close to being home cooked.
Things here seem to be cooling down a bit. The weather and the bad guys that is. This whole week we have seen temps in the low 40s during the evening and highs in the 60s during the day.
As to the bad guys, the last couple of days we have also seen a low in enemy attacks. Maybe the Fallujah loss hurt their will to fight. Then again, it could be that the bad guys are just regrouping. Only time will tell.
Speaking of time, it is still flying by on this end. I can't believe December is almost here. Our Operations tent is now decorated with Christmas ornaments. As one of my team members put it... "We are not going to let a little war dampen our Christmas spirit."
Well it sounded like you had a good day planned and again, I hope your dinner went well. Things are going well on this end. So don't worry about me. Take care for now.
Thursday, November 25, 2004
"Oliver Stone's epic film is filled with "puerile writing, confused plotting and shockingly off-note performances," says Manolha Dargis.
Sometimes I think this thing is just like my blog...Ha!
What happend to Oliver Stone? I thought he was good a making movies but he hasn't done anything well since, arguably, JFK, or Born on the Fouth of July - I don't know about Natural Born Killers. That was a little over the top for me. Sensless violence, unecessarily grotesque and graphic.
Any Oscar predictions from those of you out there willing to make an early call?
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
It is very melodic, and dense with the Edge's guitar riffs and rhythm. The man is very talented and creative. Adam Clayton really does inspire on the bass - often a lament of the group, I think Clayton is really powerful on this album, and really outdoes himself on this one. Larry Mullen Jr. rocks steady as usual. Nice job. Bono, I think could have laced the lyric with a touch more cynicism and political wit that stems from his various foray into the political sphere as if late - but in general, he laid off the establishment and gave us some beautiful music. That said, I was dissapointed that he didn't address world hunger, AIDS/HIV, war, etc...he could have but didn't...or perhaps I am not reading the lyrics close enough....but "cool down mama, cool off," repeat? I mean, it is a nice torn up heart song, but doesn't touch the political. I thought the band would have grown up or matured a bit in terms of lyrical content...Then again, it is music, and that might very well be the point - we dismantle weapons with love and music, no?
In all, the album is good. I don't think it lives up to the spin, and it is not as good as say, WAR or the Unforgetable Fire or Joshua Tree, but it rocks nonetheless.
I am still waiting for the 100% accustic album from the boys, permeated with traditional Irish instruments...that would be spectacular.
This story recieved a lot of play in the media, but Kevin Sites tells us his version as he was in the room. Check out his blog location for the full story:
When we arrive at the front entrance, we see that another squad has already entered before us.
The lieutenant asks them, "Are there people inside?"
One of the Marines raises his hand signaling five.
"Did you shoot them," the lieutenant asks?
"Roger that, sir, " the same Marine responds.
"Were they armed?" The Marine just shrugs and we all move inside.
Immediately after going in, I see the same black plastic body bags spread around the mosque. The dead from the day before. But more surprising, I see the same five men that were wounded from Friday as well. It appears that one of them is now dead and three are bleeding to death from new gunshot wounds. The fifth is partially covered by a blanket and is in the same place and condition he was in on Friday, near a column. He has not been shot again. I look closely at both the dead and the wounded. There don't appear to be any weapons anywhere.
"These were the same wounded from yesterday," I say to the lieutenant. He takes a look around and goes outside the mosque with his radio operator to call in the situation to Battalion Forward HQ.
I see an old man in a red kaffiyeh lying against the back wall. Another is face down next to him, his hand on the old man's lap -- as if he were trying to take cover. I squat beside them, inches away and begin to videotape them. Then I notice that the blood coming from the old man's nose is bubbling. A sign he is still breathing. So is the man next to him.
While I continue to tape, a Marine walks up to the other two bodies about fifteen feet away, but also lying against the same back wall.
Then I hear him say this about one of the men:
"He's fucking faking he's dead -- he's faking he's fucking dead."
End of slice.
I am not finishing this story on my web location as you really should click on over to site's location and read the whole horific scenareo.
Sonofabitch war sucks. No real winners there.
Beyond that, I am thankful for my family. Without them, I don't think it would be possible to know the real meaning and spirit of this holiday.
Happy Thanksgiving all, and to my Brother in Baghdad, I sent a card with my son's hand print on it. I hope it makes it there in time for the Holiday. I am thinking and sending peaceful wishes to the troops on the front. It won't be safe for them. I sure wish I was thanking him in person around the dinner table rather than reaching out from the other side of the globe.
We are all here, wishing our troops safety and a quick trip home.
You don't have free speech rights in the workplace, why should you have them in school? school being socialization for the workplace.I think my dad is onto something here. Long ago, education became a burden for the average student. Stifling creativity and expeditionary spirit that is usually laced into the inquiry of scientific study, exploration, and experimentation. Instead, the purpose of education in the USA has become a grand socialization tool, to remedy the faults of parents, and instill some kind of values...even if those values are really a watered down version of thou shalt nots.
The average college graduate reads one book a year. If education means inquiry then there's something wrong with education. If education means socialization for the workplace, education works okay. What is the purpose of education, learning facts but stifling thinking? Enquiring minds want to know.
What we get instead of creative and insightful individuals is isomorphism - the grand gravitation to the middle. That is, most students come out of their pre- and secondary educational experiences feeling like they had spent the last 12 years of their lives enveloped in wonder bread under a cold drip from a faucet. Not that wonderbread isn't nutritious, but it is bland. It is the rare and tenacious few that embrace education as it is served up today. And oddly enough, those folks are the ones who excel and pursue higher diplomas beyond undergraduate degrees - which is why we end up with more of the same rather than inventive and exciting new modes of teaching.
Wouldn't it be great if we reinvented education from the Kindergarten up to unleash the child explorer in all of us such that we sought new knowledge with the same kind of spirit that we used to collect iron filings with magnets from sand as children?
There is a solution and I have one, but most folks are not willing to make the sacrifice for good, high quality and adventurous education. It is a lot of work and requires the commitment of the whole of society, not just resting the education of our children on the dedicated few who are steeped in the antiquated practice that is education in America today.
let me know if you want to hear more and I will type more along this line - I have brewing in the back of my head a manifesto for the reshaping of American education as we know it...and it is time for the revolution to begin.
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
I can't imagine settling down after gorging yourself with the Thanksgiving feast and wanting to watch this "expose."
But then again....I can see it now...the rednecks sitting around, lamenting almost burning down the house as they deep fry their turkeys, settling in with the 8th budlight and a newly popped open bag of porkrinds, flipping around the channels and hitting on ABC's "documentary/expose" and saying, "heh, heh, heh, I always knew that faggot deserved it."
Holy shit, if that doesn't give you a shiver up and down your spine, I don't know what will. Fuck ABC. I wouldn't watch TV at all if I could pitch the TV. But the spouse wants one. We should all be looking to Guerrilla News Network for real meat to sink our news-starved teeth into.
Enough of the imagined...Perhaps we should remember the speach given by Harvey Fienstein after the whole tragedy took place.
...Because we are represented by politicians who feel free to call our lives a disease, an illness, a maladjustment and even a crime - and they do so with impunity. Because these politicians are not ripped from their elected positions with righteous indignation, but instead their coffers fill with donations and they are re-elected to high office time and again. That's why Matthew Shepard was beaten bloody.
Because we turn for moral leadership to priests and pastors and ministers and rabbis who daily refer to our lives as "abomination". Because these men and women of God are not punished for that assault on our dignity and humanity, but are treated with respect and deference and their defamation's are excused in the name of religious freedom. That's why Matthew Shepard was robbed and crucified on a fence.
Because talk-show hosts get laughs making jokes at our expense. Because comedians build careers aping and demeaning us. Because heterosexual actors win awards portraying us as "almost real people". Because newspapers and magazines lose no readership addressing their audience as if every one of us is straight. That's why Matthew Shepard was set on fire and left to die..."
Anyone in academia should answer this question two ways - 1) well no, it is expanding as we discover new knowledge through emperical examination and science. And 2) Well, now wait a minute, isn't knowledge already there and finite, but that what we are doing is simply gropping around trying to find the real truths?
There in lies the conundrum.
The academics are getting into the discourse justifying web logs. But, the power of this speach is best listened to rather than sniped and pasted elswhere. The information tech/library science folks are actually thinking. David Wienberger gave a talk recently to the Library of Congress folks.