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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

 

Those poor ignorant bastards

Who will be remaining ignorant for the foreseeable future. The state of Florida has now hired Cheri Yecki as their new K-12 schools chancellor. She was a pawlenty pick for MN education commissioner and couldn't get confirmed to the post by the state senate. Yecki is an ID supporter and has no problem with indocrinating conservative ideology into student's education. Make no mistake, the state of Florida is dumber for having hired her.

 

Good For Him

President Bush has finally figured out that he needs to actually do his job. He is cutting his unprecedented massive vacation short (by a whopping 2 days, but curtailing it none the less) in order to preside over the nation in the wake of the worst disaster in our History. Thankfully he has ended his streak of cutting and running away from big moments and is acting fairly presidential about something. Hopefully making good decisions will be the next step in this reform.

Monday, August 29, 2005

 

Hurricane

I'm back in Morris with working internet for now. The situation that bears talking about is Hurricane Katrina is bearing down on New Orleans. It's looking bad for the people of that fine city. Predictions are that there will be 1 million homeless people from this event. This is a major tragedy in the making that is more or less in our own back yard. At this point all we can do is pray that things arn't as bad as people are saying. There will be plenty of charity options as to how we can help after the damage is done and we would encourage everyone reading to donate to the relief efforts. Hopefully President Bush will exercise some presidential leadership and end his vacation to take charge of the situation, but with his track record i doubt that will happen.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

 

Reposting and Moving

First off, i'm leaving for Morris tomorrow. Once I'm up there i'll be posting a lot more. This is a repost from Kos. I mostly agree with his thoughts on the necessity of war. Although I do disagree with his scoffing at the idea of world peace. I think it is definatly possible even within our lifetimes, and this is something we should not give up on.


I'm not anti-war. As I've said before, I'm a military hawk. I supported the Afghanistan War and I supported the Bosna and Kosovo interventions. I'm not one of these touchy-feely hippy types that thinks war is inherently bad. I laugh at people who think they can "visualize peace".

Unlike most people reading this, I grew up in a country at war. I've seen the effects first-hand. I also served in the Army. To me war isn't a video game or an abstract concept. It's real. Yet sometimes, many times, military force is a force for good. There are evil people in the world, doing evil things. And all the sanctions in the world, all the strongly worded denunciations, will never have the effect of a 1,000 pound bomb.

I oppose the Iraq War.

But I refuse to be labeled "anti-war". I'm not. I'm anti this war. Why? Because I'm a war pragmatist. I understand the costs of war, but I also understand the potential benefits.

And in a modern world, we need to be able to weigh the two when deciding whether it's worth engaging in combat.

I opposed Iraq because it forced the U.S. to take the eyes off the real threat -- the Al Qaida assholes that attacked the United States and many of our allies around the world. That was a rightous, honorable campaign. Yet we took the eyes off the ball to go after an impotent, contained, powerless regime that posed nary a threat to its neighbors, much less the U.S.

It's a war that never should've been fought, it's a war that's been negligently managed, and it's a war that we can't win. All the military might in the world can't convert fantastical wishful thinking into reality.

I oppose Iraq not because I'm anti-war. I'll have nothing to do with any of the anti-war rallies planned in the near term (and the crazy cast of characters that seek to inject their unrelated own pet causes into the proceedings).

I oppose the Iraq War because I'm a War Pragmatist.

Friday, August 19, 2005

 

Friday Song Blogging

Working Class Hero - John Lennon

As soon as your born they make you feel small,
By giving you no time instead of it all,
Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
They hurt you at home and they hit you at school,
They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool,
Till you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
When they've tortured and scared you for twenty odd years,
Then they expect you to pick a career,
When you can't really function you're so full of fear,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV,
And you think you're so clever and classless and free,
But you're still fucking peasents as far as I can see,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
There's room at the top they are telling you still,
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill,
If you want to be like the folks on the hill,
A working class hero is something to be.
A working class hero is something to be.
If you want to be a hero well just follow me,
If you want to be a hero well just follow me.

 

Friday Song Blogging

Working Class Hero - John Lennon

As soon as your born they make you feel small,
By giving you no time instead of it all,
Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
They hurt you at home and they hit you at school,
They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool,
Till you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
When they've tortured and scared you for twenty odd years,
Then they expect you to pick a career,
When you can't really function you're so full of fear,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV,
And you think you're so clever and classless and free,
But you're still fucking peasents as far as I can see,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
There's room at the top they are telling you still,
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill,
If you want to be like the folks on the hill,
A working class hero is something to be.
A working class hero is something to be.
If you want to be a hero well just follow me,
If you want to be a hero well just follow me.

Monday, August 15, 2005

 

Detainers of the Purple Sage

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has made an interesting move in his state. He has declared a state of emergency along his state's border with Mexico. The specific reasons that he gave were the impact of crime and drug smuggling that illegal immigration has brought to those regions. By doing this he frees up $750,000 right away and pledges another million in the near future that will be used to beef up border security.

Now the first thing that comes to my mind when learning of this is of course the presidential politics involved. Mainly, Gov. Richardson has been frequently named as a possible candidate in 2008 or almost any other race from thereafter. He's a somewhat charismatic, dynamic popular governor from a swing region. Therefore, picking an issue that is divisive all over the country but that is also regional to can safely move to the right on is a great bit of positioning on his part. Plus, this has the added bonus of having to do with foreign policy, which will be helpful when he needs some example of experience in that field, the one area most Governors are deficient in.

I must admit, however, I have mixed feelings about the move. First, I don't like what certainly looks to me to be someone changing major precedents and policy simply to run in an election 3 years away. On the other hand, something needs to be done about border security and the federal government isn't doing it. But at the same time, turning more people away unconditionally is not necessarily the answer I was looking for. I'm not even going to step into the many-faceted issue of drug smuggling and the related crime.

What I'm wondering is (and I'll admit I really am wondering because I have not had a chance to delve into the nuances of the NM state budget) by spending this money on a serious but not necessarily urgent problem now, will New Mexico have money left in the case of a much more immediate problem, a true emergency. I especially start to worry about that we're talking about New Mexico and forest fire season is by no means over yet.

Finally, as far as I'm concerned, Gov. Richardson is pretty clearly over-stepping his bounds. Basically what he's doing is using a loophole to allocate funds without any congressional approval. He is making a very bold step outside of the traditional checks and balances. While I think that sometimes those steps are necessary, and that generally speaking it is natural for the executive branch to become stronger over time as democracy becomes more stable, I really worry when constitutional balance is threatened by what appears to be a very political ploy.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

 

Are we being Enroned?

With the recent high gas prices. Blah3 sure seems to think so.

Friday, August 12, 2005

 

Better late than never

Now that the month is more than 1/4 over, I should probably talk a little bit about my choices for the books.

"It was love at first sight..." The first time I read Catch-22 by Joeseph Heller, I fell madly in love with it. It is one of the very few books that I actually enjoy re-reading. It has a very sharp, dark sense of humor that Heller uses extremely effectively not only for the entertainment value but also to enforce the themes of insanity and ethical subjectivity in wartime. Yossarrian Lives!

As for Harry Potter (go ahead and laugh all you want, I'm used to being a geek), I really have enjoyed the series. I am part of a lucky age group that read the more childish first 2 or 3 books when we were still young and have had the the books get more and more adult practically in pace with our maturation.

I also picked it, however, because of all the books so far published in our generation, this is most likely to be studied in literature classes 50 or more years from now. The series is turning into another great example of the classic epic, with Harry being a martyr's death away from true epic hero status. Plus, if all of a sudden we see a new generation of readers emerge, we will most like have J.K. Rowling to thank for it. (U.S. News and World Report)

Finally, and most importantly, the Harry Potter books give me a chance to read something for no better reason than they are good stories written very well. For a long time now, almost everything I read has a deep hidden theme or message or moral in it. Grapes of Wrath, One Flew Over the cuckoo's Nest, Catch-22; all are excellent books, but all are similar in that one is constantly trying to analyze them while reading. Don't get me wrong, analytical reading is important and fun as well, but it is nice on occasion to be able to grab a book that is just a good imaginative enchanting story. The Harry Potter books let me go back to the reading for enjoyment I did as a kid. And that is something we all should do more of.

 

Bush should face the music

Cindy Sheehan has been camping outside of president Bush's ranch in Crawford TX. She is waiting there to speak with the president about the death of her son in Iraq. She has a lot of questions about why we went to war, and what we are doing there now. She isn't alone in wanting to know these things; there are a lot of other americans that want to know the same things. The president has a responsibility to our nation to provide us with this information. It is incomprehensible to me that he is in the middle of a five week vacation in the middle of a war. He should be working at the white house trying to find a sollution to the Iraq mess. Cindy Sheehan won't be going anywhere in the near future, and the rest of us should speak up and demand answers as well.

 

Friday Song Blogging

Modest Mouse- Float On

I backed my car into a cop car the other day
Well he just drove off sometimes life's ok
I ran my mouth off a bit too much oh what can i say
Well you just laughed it off it was all ok

And we'll all float on ok
And we'll all float on ok
And we'll all float on ok
And we'll all float on any way well

Well, a fake Jamaican took every last dime with a scam
It was worth it just to learn from sleight-of-hand
Bad news comes don't you worry even when it lands
Good news will work its way to all them plans
We both got fired on the exactly the same day
Well we'll float on good news is on the way

And we'll all float on ok
And we'll all float on ok
And we'll all float on ok
And we'll all float on alright
Already we'll all float on
Now don't worry we'll all float on
Alright already we'll all float on
Alright don't worry we'll all float on

And we'll all float on alright
Already we'll all float on
Aliright don't worry even if things end up a bit to heavy
we'll all float on alright
Already we'll all float on
Alright already we'll all float on
Ok don't worry we'll all float on
Even if things get heavy we'll all float on
Alright already we'll all float on
Don't you worry we'll all float on
All float on

Thursday, August 11, 2005

 

"Highly Likely"

I'm ready to start posting regurally on here again. Thanks to everyone that has expressed concern for me and my family. Now lets get cracking!

Bob Woodward is a very smart man, and he seems to think that Dick Cheney will be the republican candidate in 2008. he is basing this on the republican party's tradition of turning to the old veterans especially when times in our nation are looking rough (Nixon in 68, Reagon in 80). It's not clear if Woodward is basing this off of his own intuitions or is he has some inside information. Either way i think this is something to be aware of and consider, and I don't thin either source for this would diminish it's possibility.


Personally I would welcome the fight against Dick Chenney. I beleive it isn't just one that we could win, but one that we could really womp the sombitch in. Americans are not happy with the Bush Administration right now. The presidents approval ratings are right around 40-42% and I doubt they'll get much higher anytime soon. Things both here and in Iraq will probably get a good deal worse before they get better, and people are getting frusterated with that. The near success of Paul Hacket in the most conservative CD in Ohio is an example of that. A lot of people voted for Bush because of his charm and appeal. These are attributes that Dick Chenney does not possess. I know of plenty of Bush voters that have issues with Dick Cheney and really do not trust him. I think this would be the prime candidate for a progessive democrat, ideally Brian Schweitzer to stomp all over and bring back our nation.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

 

the news

here

Friday, August 05, 2005

 

Friday Song Blogging

In loving memory of Dr. Alex G. Yard, loving father and husband. 1951-2005

Truckin - Grateful Dead


Truckin’ got my chips cashed in. keep truckin’, like the do-dah man
Together, more or less in line, just keep truckin’ on.

Arrows of neon and flashing marquees out on main street.
Chicago, new york, detroit and it’s all on the same street.
Your typical city involved in a typical daydream
Hang it up and see what tomorrow brings.

Dallas, got a soft machine; houston, too close to new orleans;
New york’s got the ways and means; but just won’t let you be, oh no.

Most of the cast that you meet on the streets speak of true love,
Most of the time they’re sittin’ and cryin’ at home.
One of these days they know they better get goin’
Out of the door and down on the streets all alone.

Truckin’, like the do-dah man. once told me "you’ve got to play your
hand"
Sometimes your cards ain’t worth a dime, if you don’t lay’em down,

Sometimes the light’s all shinin’ on me;
Other times I can barely see.
Lately it occurs to me what a long, strange trip it’s been.

What in the world ever became of sweet jane?
She lost her sparkle, you know she isn’t the same
Livin’ on reds, vitamin c, and cocaine,
All a friend can say is "ain’t it a shame? "

Truckin’, up to buffalo. been thinkin’, you got to mellow slow
Takes time, you pick a place to go, and just keep truckin’ on.

Sittin’ and starin’ out of the hotel window.
Got a tip they’re gonna kick the door in again
I’d like to get some sleep before I travel,
But if you got a warrant, I guess you’re gonna come in.

Busted, down on bourbon street, set up, like a bowlin’ pin.
Knocked down, it get’s to wearin’ thin. they just won’t let you be, oh no.

You’re sick of hangin’ around and you’d like to travel;
Get tired of travelin’ and you want to settle down.
I guess they can’t revoke your soul for tryin’,
Get out of the door and light out and look all around.

Sometimes the light’s all shinin’ on me;
Other times I can barely see.
Lately it occurs to me what a long, strange trip it’s been.

Truckin’, I’m a goin’ home. whoa whoa baby, back where I belong,
Back home, sit down and patch my bones, and get back truckin’ on.
Hey now get back truckin’ home.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

 

the numbers

This's something interesting to think about (via Kos) Remember winning the war on Terror's "hard work"

# 49 - the number of vacations that Bush has taken since he was inaugurated in 2001
# 5 - the number of weeks that Bush will spend on vacation, starting yesterday. It is the longest presidential vacation in at least 36 years.
# 319 - August 3, 2005 was the 319th day Bush has spent on vacation since his 2001 inauguration.
# 20% - the fraction of Bush's presidency that he has spent on vacation
* 23 - the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq in August alone. That's right. In three days, 23 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq.
* 1,822 - the total number of U.S. troops who have died in Bush's illegal Iraq war, as of August 3, 2005.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

 

Sad

We have lost 22 US marines in Iraq in a little over 24 hours. This is simply tragic. I have absolutly no confidence in the people that are running the war right now. I'm aware that yes this is a war, and yes in war soldiers die, but I think we need to starting winning political victories over there so that the people loose the incentive to kill us. I believe that now that we are in Iraq we have a moral obligation to work with the Iraqis' and make sure that things work.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

 

We've got em on the run!

Suburban Cincinatti is by no means liberal territory. The last time a dem had the OH-2 seat was during the Vietnam war. No dem. in the past twenty years has recieved more than 30% of the vote there. Tonight Iraq veteran paul Hacket overcame a vicous republican campain to come within 4% of beating his rep. challenger. This is a sign of great things to come. Hacket ran a liberal anti war campain and was more vicious than a rabid cougar in his attacks on President Bush. These results are phenominal for his location. This is a clear sign of good things to come. We've got the bastards on the run, lets keep the heat on them

Monday, August 01, 2005

 

It's August

and that means it's time for new books of the month. David has selected Catch-22 and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince as his picks. He'll tell you why once he gets back from vacation.

 

Bolton

To the surprise of next to no one President Bush has installed John Bolton as our envoy to the United Nations using a recess appointment. He will be there for little over a year, until jan. 2007. This is perfectly demonstrative of the way that this administration does business. The would rather take a partisan win instead of working with people. They would rather stick it to the other side just to prove they can instead of working with both parties to find someone more acceptable.

I do not believe that John Bolton will be a verry good envoy nor do I beleive that he will be a very successful one. First off John Bolton is a bad person. He intimidates anyone that disagrees with him, has no problem with dishonest, and treats women horribly. I don't believe that this will translae well into him having much influence or respect at the UN. Also I think that the mannor in which he was sent to the UN will keep a lot of people there from taking him very seriously. He is coming in as damaged goods, and that will make a difference in global diplomacy.