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Potpourri October 2008

COMMENT ON HEARING ONE IN FOUR MAMMALS RISKS EXTINCTION

Now if only the Republican Party was one of the things going extinct.

COMMENT ON HEARING THE BAILOUT WAS INCREASED AND THE STOCK MARKET STILL FELL

Remember when we thought Democrat Jimmy Carter was a disaster for the economy?  Republican Bush makes Carter seem like a financial genius in comparison.

COMMENT ON HEARING REPUBLICAN COMPLAIN ABOUT THE BAILOUT, BUT STILL SUPPORTING MCCAIN

The campaign slogan for the Sado/Masochist Party is “Continue the Pain! Vote for McCain!”

COMMENT ON REPUBLICANS HAVING THE NERVE TO BLAME PELOSI FOR DEFEAT OF THEIR BAILOUT BILL

In what could only be called a partisan attack, Republicans vilified Nancy Pelosi for her comments about who was to blame for the latest Republican disaster to our economy.  She simply pointed out the obvious prior to her holding her nose and voting the $700 Trillion Dollar “bailout” bill that had been first proposed by the Republican President and Republican Secretary of the Treasury.  Yet, the Republicans had the audacity to instantly blame her for the bailout’s defeat in the House and alleged she was the reason America was facing deadly economic threat.

As usual, the partisan comments of the Republicans about Pelosi being partisan were widely reported in the Mainstream Media who ignored the partisan aspects of the Republicans bringing it up.  The MSM also largely ignored that the bill would have passed if the Republicans had supported their own party leaders.  Although the bill was labeled by the Republicans as necessary to save the country, it was Republicans who decided to spite the country by voting against it.  More Democrats after all voted for it than Republicans, but somehow Pelosi, and Pelosi alone, was to blame for the defeat of what was a really questionable bailout in the first place.

Let’s see if I have the “Rules of Reporting” as practiced by the MSM correct.  Over the past three decades, Republican through their control of the White House, the Bureaucracy and Congress, often all three, systematically eliminated almost all scrutiny and regulation of financial practices, put their own loyal zealots in charge, reduced or eliminated both the professional regulators and their  funds and staff as well as their mission, contemptuously insisted that only Republicans knew and understood finances, conducted their finagling in secret and converted lobbying to almost an exclusively Republican perk.  Pelosi says a couple of cruel words that hurt Republican feelings while she voting for the Republican bill and defeat is laid at her feet with the help of the MSM.  Okay, got it now.

POEM INSPIRED BY THE VP DEBATE

I can’t help but note, we’re in a very leaky boat.
And, a vote for Palin sure won’t help with the bailin’.
A vote for McCain seems just more of the same.
But, a vote for Obama at least gives hope for mañana.

IS IT REALLY “ONLY” $700 BIG BILLS?

Why do so many reporters, pundits and politicians keep referring to the “700 Billion dollar bailout” when that was changed to 840 Billion?  In fact, shouldn’t we really be referring to the 1,180 Billion dollars granted in just the past month or so counting the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac, AIG, Bear Stearns, and Auto Industry funds and guarantees?  Weren’t those also bailouts (or “rescues” as the Republicans wanting to continue in power would obviously prefer to have them called)?  Worse yet, I don’t believe that $1,180,000,000,000.00 subtotal includes the FDIC bailout of several banks which has crashed.  If not, then shouldn’t those be added as well?

If we also added in the 18 Billion dollars for the Airline Industry bailout in 2001 and the 293 Billion dollars in bailouts handed out for the Savings and Loan Industry collapse in 1989 (which by the way were also during Republican Administrations if I recall), that bumps the total of handouts by Republican White House occupants to mostly Republican run, owned and/or “regulated” entities in the last two decades up to about a Trillion and a Half dollars at the very least.

No wonder the Republicans sneer at Democrats.  In comparison when it comes to raping the Treasury, the Democrats seem to be bush league players.

COMMENT ON GOD’S REAL WRATH

I wonder if the Republican Evangelists who insisted that Hurricane Katrina was God’s punishment of New Orleans for its sins are speculating that the current plagues of our country might have something to do with the sins of the Republicans and their President?  Say, wasn’t there something mentioned in the Bible about that?  Oh yeah.  Wasn’t it Jesus who angrily drive the money lenders out of the temple?  Maybe we wouldn’t be so bad off if he hadn’t waited two millennium to do it again.

COMMENT ON HEARING SEAN HANNITY’S VEILED RACISM ON FOX “NEWS”

Other than their use as workers in Republican owned factories and as domestics in Republican mansions, the last time a Republican as rich as McCain apparently really cared about a black man was in 1863 and that was only because that particular Republican was losing a war.

COMMENT ON HEARING HOW MUCH MORE IS GOING TO BE SPENT IN IRAQ

Given that we need to find every buck possible to pay for the bailout of Republican trashed financial institutions, isn’t it about time that those who wanted that other national disaster, the War, pay for it?  How about a surtax on everyone who voted for the War, profited from it and didn’t earn a combat infantry badge serving in our military there?

Maybe give those chickenhawks a break and don’t force them to pay off the entire War debt all at once.  We could take total cost of that equally large debacle, divide it by the number of those in favor of the War and treat each of their shares like a mortgage for them amortized over the next eight years with liens on all their mansions (except they shouldn’t get written off like the bad debts of the Republican owned banks being dumped on the rest of us). Make sure they pay their fair share of at least something they caused.

PUZZLEMENT ON HEARING THE REPUBLICANS DON’T KNOW WHO OBAMA IS

Palin and McCain keep insisting we can’t possibly vote for Obama because we allegedly have no idea who he is.  Where have those two been for the last 20 months?  I realize they would prefer us to concentrate on the difference in the amount of melanin in his skin compared to theirs.  But, given the almost literal tidal wave of print, mail, broadcast and electronic data inundating us about Obama for nearly two years, it suggests those two never bother to read or listen to anything other than their outdated “talking points” and the Fox so-called News channel.

ON HEARING CBS’S REPORTER DEAN REYNOLDS COMPLAINING IN PRINT BECAUSE HE WASN’T TREATED LIKE ROYALTY BY THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN

Unbelievable.  Where did CBS find this guy?  The entire nation is suffering and the insufferable, pompous, entirely self centered, gigantic, demanding ego that is Dean Reynolds has the nerve to complain because the mean ol’ Democratic campaign did not spend enough on (read sufficiently “bribe”) him to make him happy.  Shouldn’t he be covering Wall Street where Greed is a way of life?

No wonder most people despise reporters even more than used car salesmen.  Thousand of genuine issues to be concerned about and report on and this self styled “reporter” wastes space to “report” on whether or not he gets the equivalent of a down pillow on the campaign plane?  He makes the Disney (his ultimate boss by the way) pampered movie Chihuahua seem like a homeless person in comparison.  Ahh, poor baby.  Prince Reynolds apparently was cramped and the plane has an odor (probably the one he himself caused by raising a stink that he was not indulged enough).

Why do journalists these days think they are entitled to special treatment?  Whatever happened to former war correspondents like Walter Cronkite who didn’t mind a little inconvenience when the nation was at war in Vietnam even when he was a media star?  How far CBS has fallen from the days when we respected it as a new source.

CBS should get some real reporters who do real news. Better yet, it ought to divorce itself from Disney and start covering something other than entertainment.

REFLECTING ON THE BUSH LEGACY

Thank goodness the Supreme Court had the wisdom to overturn the 2000 popular vote and put an MBA in the White House.  Imagine how terrible the economy’d be if they’d let the public decide.

MORE REFLECTION ON THE BUSH LEGACY

There is one thing for which we can be thankful that George Bush is such a complete incompetent.  Otherwise, he might have been able to put all our social security funds in the stock market as he tried a couple of years ago.

ON HEARING MCCAIN WANTS TO REPLACE MEDICARE WITH AN INSURANCE COMPANY

Like AIG perhaps???

STILL MORE REFLECTION ON THE BUSH LEGACY

In light of the disasters, devastations, disgust, disease, and debacles they inflicted upon us, everyone who ever voted Republican in the 21st Century ought to be ashamed.

REGARDING HOW GORDON SMITH KEEPS TRYING TO SUGGEST HE IS VERY VERY DIFFERENT FROM BUSH

I agree.  Bush blows, but Smith merely sucks.

REGARDING THE ONE AREA MCCAIN WAS STILL AHEAD IN THE POLLS WITH

If McCain has such a great record in foreign affairs, how come all our most trusted allies like Britain and Germany seem to want Obama to win? How come both the Jews in Israel and the Arabs in Iraq seem to favor Obama’s proposals?  By the way, how come if McCain says he’ll follow bin Laden to the “Gates of Hell,” why hasn’t he already done so or made his party boss, Bush, do so?

It would be interesting to see if McCain could attract a tenth of the crowds overseas Obama does.  Bet they wouldn’t be shouting racial and religious epitaphs either like the folks McCain chooses to surround himself with at rallies in this country.

COMMENT ON READING NOBEL WINNER PAUL KRUGMAN SUGGESTION THAT MCCAIN/PALIN MIGHT ACTUALLY BE WORSE THAN BUSH/CHENEY WHO NEVER GOT ANYTHING RIGHT EVER

What a horrifying thought. . . .Us looking back on the Bush’s Administration as the “Good Ol Days.”

COMMENT AFTER LISTENING TO THE SECOND TO LAST DEBATE

Senator McCain said we have to get rid of all the greed and corruption on Wall Street.  Good idea, but won’t that gut his Republican Party?

COMMENT AFTER LISTENING TO THE LAST DEBATE

Frankly, I suspect all the loud noises by both candidates and their rabid followers about their promised new programs as well as their promised tax cuts is a lot of bull****.  No matter who wins, thanks to the fiasco that has been building for the last 30 years with the economy, there cannot be any serious tax cuts any more than there can be serious spending increases.  We have to pay for the trillion and a half in surprise off budget bailouts that have already been announced and I can’t help but think that it could easily be double or triple that amount.

Not only do we have the bailouts for the idiots who played roulette with investors’ money, the tax revenues to pay for things will be down dramatically.  Sales taxes will drop as nervous shoppers start to save instead of spend.  For example, they won’t buy new cars as often nor as expensive ones as before.  The dealers selling the cars will have less income to report.  So, less income taxes will be paid too.  Property tax revenues likely will drop as house values across the country start to come more in line with reality.

But, there are a lot of critical expenditures we cannot afford not to make with our presently dwindling tax funds.  For instance, we have to pay to re-outfit our tired military and we probably won’t be able to pull much of the used equipment out of Iraq. Plus, we have a lot of crumbling infrastructure that will cost us even more if we don’t pay to maintain it properly.  So, for that and similar non-negotiable core needs, expect taxes to go up even if McCain is President due to the fact that there won’t be enough tax money without taxes going up.  The foreign loans we have been living high on the hog with will likely dry up.

Of course, there are some occasional benefits from the financial meltdown.  It might finally be realized we can no longer afford the indulgences of constant warring on people merely because we dislike them.  And, if we can’t afford gasoline (even with dollars per gallon going down), there might finally be an opportunity to rethink wasteful living.

COMMENT ON HEARING IRAQ WANTS US OUT BY 2011

Since official Pentagon estimates were that it would take us a year to 18 months to move all our equipment out, shouldn’t we get started?

COMMENT ON HEARING COLIN POWELL BROKE WITH THE NEOCONS AND ENDORSED OBAMA

Think how different the world might have been if Colin Powell had possessed the courage, tenacity and wisdom to publicly stand up to Bush six years ago on instead of sucking up to him.  Whatever Powell now does will always be tainted by his participation in selling the stinking BS manufactured to justify invading Iraq.

COMMENT ON SMALL TOWN PALIN ACTING SMALL TOWARD THE BIG CITY

Governor Palin says she’s mad because big city dwellers, according to her at least, look down their noses at “real” American’s in rural small towns.  She says she doesn’t like the way they supposedly stereotype and act superior to her type of folks.  So, apparently, rather than simply dismissing the whole thing as fundamentally silly or “turning the other cheek” as suggested in the book she frequently quotes, her way to deal with that “problem” is to launch into stereotypes herself and to look down upon city dwellers, claiming only those in small towns have any superiority. Yeah, that’s just what we need to bring this country back together.  Add to the divisiveness.

COMMENT ON THINKING BACK ON THE BUSH LEGACY

There is a dangerous religious fanatic trying his best to destroy American freedoms and its economy.  This zealot could not care less if innocent bystanders like the children or elderly are harmed.  He believes he is on a mission from his God to destroy all unbelievers.  Too bad he sits in the White House.

COMMENT ON THE THEORY THAT OBAMA DOES NOT HAVE ENOUGH “EXPERIENCE”

Some claim experience being governor automatically makes better potential presidents than being senator.  Okay, then explain the disasters when we allowed a governor from Texas to plop boots on the Oval Office desk?

COMMENT ON PALIN CLAIMING ONLY SMALL TOWN RESIDENTS HAVE VALUES

Some claim only those from small towns have the supposedly superior values needed to be president.  So, that must mean the Carter Administration was the best presidency of all time?

COMMENT ON THE SUPPOSED TERRORIST CONNECTIONS OF OBAMA

Some claim that terrorism is an infection that is spread merely by being in the same room, however briefly, with a terrorist.  So, does that mean the years McCain spent with Vietnamese jailers infected him?

COMMENT ON THE TWO PARTY SYSTEM

The entire history, philosophy and platform of the two parties can be summed up in a sentence each.  While the Democrats believe in the “Golden Rule,” the Republicans believe Gold Rules.

COMMENT ON LEARNING THE IRAQ PARLIAMENT IS OPPOSED TO LETTING THE US STAY LONGER

Apparently, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki won’t sign the just-completed agreement on the status of U.S. forces in Iraq.  That leaves the unsettling specter of us being told to just get out.  Imagine a forced fighting withdrawal of US troops from Iraq with our military being killed by the same weapons and ammo we gave to the newly reconstituted Iraq army we trained.  What a nasty irony for Bush, Cheney and the whole Neocon gang squatting in the White House.  Let’s just hope we don’t another last helicopter on the embassy roof scene re-enacted in Baghdad.

COMMENT ON THE REPUBLICAN ATTACKS ON DEMOCRACY HERE

Saddam and Osama may be gone, but the “Axis of Evil” seemingly still most dedicated to destroying American’s democracy, civil rights and classless society heritage is the one linking our “Whites Only” House, “Injustice” Department, “Extreme” Court, House of “Non-Representatives” and the “US Senile.”

COMMENT ON HEARING GREENSPAN SAY HE WAS SURPRISED BY OUR MASSIVE FINANCIAL DISASTERS

Redundancy: A Republican Recession

COMMENT ON ELIMINATING REPUBLICAN INFLUENCE

Maybe we should let the Republicans win.  Sure, it will probably result in a fiscal depression, wipe out quality of life for hundreds of millions, cost trillions of dollars, sacrifice needlessly tens of thousands of lives around the world, earn the undying enmity of almost the entire world, devastate the environment, suspend all the bill of rights except the 2nd amendment and devalue just about everything this country stands for, but maybe the current Neocon Republican leadership will finally be revealed once and for all to the rest of the population as the lying, malicious, destructive, self centered, greedily, thieving, predators they are.  Maybe it will finally be seen as patriotic to despise anyone who labels himself as a Neocon.

COMMENT ON HEARING SOME STATES WANT TO HAVE TESTS AND IDS TO INSURE THE VOTERS ARE PROPER ONES

If there is a test for voters before they can vote, maybe there ought to be a test for politicians before they can be sworn into office.  Can they write without a paid speech writer?  Can they add a column of figures without a calculator?  Can they describe the force/pounds impact from a steel jacketed 7.62 mm slug striking the largely liquid bag of protein which a soldier is?  Have they ever visited a ghetto on foot at night?  Have they opened their spare bedroom to an indigent for the night?  Yeah, there are a lot of good tests politicians should be required to pass.  Maybe there should be some for pundits too.

COMMENT ON THE NADER CANDIDACY

Nader has done some very good things.  Over the decades, he has had some great ideas and concepts including suggestions even for today regarding the bailouts and financial crisis we are in.  He should have been in all the debates along with the Libertarian Candidate and the Green Candidate.  He is probably a good man personally.

But, he is the wrong man for today.  And, by his helping Bush get elected in 2000 he inadvertently lead to the greatest series of international, national and financial disasters, military fiascoes, and Constitutional dangers this country has faced since World War II.  Please do not vote for him.

COMMENT ON REVIEWING THE REPUBLICAN TRACK RECORD AND PLATFORM

I am starting to think that dramatic loss of jobs, plummeting dollar value, soaring oil price increases, spiraling budget deficits, unending erosion of constitutional rights and freedoms, emasculation of regulatory enforcement power and personnel, and increase in number of terrorists are actual goals of Republicans, rather than unfortunate events to be prevented.  Combined with the utter contempt of any sort of compromise, conciliation, cooperation or consensus on anything with anyone who dares disagree and the promotion of the worst breed of confrontation, obfuscation and retaliation leads me to believe that the current Republican leadership genuinely wants such terrible things to continue happening.  It is readily apparent such tragedies for most individuals work to benefit the Republican entrenchment of power by either economically weakening potential opposition, lining the pockets of Republican supporters, causing money to flow Republican coffers, pandering to base fears, and drowning out the voices of reason or investigation.  As astonishing as it is to contemplate, the controlling philosophy of those now in charge of the once Grand Old Party has somehow become “Any Means Justifies the End so long as it is the End of Democrats, Independents, Libertarians, and Greens.”

COMMENT ON HEARING PROGRESSIVES WERE GOING TO WASTE THEIR VOTE

The supreme court appointment opportunity all by itself would be sufficient grounds to do absolutely everything possible to defeat the Republican candidate even if it meant holding your nose and voting for Obama.  Otherwise, McCain could spread the Bush infection for another 30 YEARS by appointing at least two, maybe four new rabidly conservative justices to sit on the bench seeking to overturn every progressive advance since FDR.

The appointment power for the regulatory agencies is another absolutely critical reason to insure Obama wins even if you have to sell your soul to do it.  How do you think we got into such enormous financial, constitutional and environmental disasters?  The lack of oversight was a major reason.

Finally, if we elect Obama, the rest of the world might forgive us for the last 8 years.  If not, we have probably lost them for all the foreseeable future.  His melanin in his skin will also play a big role not only showing the rest of the world we actually mean what we say about equality, but might give us a lot of good will in those countries of Africa and Asia who are not Caucasian, much the same as Kennedy’s religion bought us a lot of friends in the parts of the world that were not Protestant.

Please, please, please, if you believe in progressive goals, Obama must win.  He may not be the best progressive candidate, but come November 4, he is the only candidate that won’t make things even worse.

COMMENT ON LEARNING NEWS ORGANZATIONS CHASTIZED MSNBC FOR IT’S CHALLENGES OF THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES

It will probably take 80 years for future presidents to undo the damage that the present one has caused.  The damage would not have been nearly so great if the main stream media had not failed utterly in its job to ferret out and report the truth.  It could have done so. The information was there.  Due to a cowardice, laziness, greediness, arrogance and/or incompetence (plus outright bias in the case of the Fox Noise channel), the media badly let us down.  In fact, the media deserves to be “impeached” almost as much as Bush does.

COMMENT ON HEARING BUSH BOMBED SYRIA

Apparently in a fit of pique to remind everyone that he is not to be ignored and still capable of causing mischief in the few months left to him, Bush bombed Syria.  What makes self described evangelical leaders like Bush and Bin Laden so eager to bomb and kill in the name of God and their particular religion?  What makes anyone supposedly religious so eager to follow them?

COMMENT ON READING AN ARTICLE DISCUSSING WHETHER BUSH IS SANE

I wish someone besides George Armstrong Custer – I mean – George Bush, was leading us.  You know what happens when ignorant, arrogant, impetuous, testosterone laden men are our leaders.

BUSH’S IMAGINARY ACCOMPLISHMENTS

He proved to be an imaginary warrior during the very real Vietnam War.  He pocketed imaginary “profits” as imaginary CEO of a failing business before he got into politics.  He got “elected” President by imaginary votes.  He gathered imaginary allies to start a war against Iraq’s imaginary WMDs.  He imagined that anyone who disagreed with him was an unAmerican traitor.  He imagined that the Bill of Rights, Constitution restrictions and oath of office do not apply to him.  He imagined that stock brokers and bankers who paid him to eliminate regulation would not need regulation.  Imagine how much better off this country would have been without him.

COMMENT ON REPUBLICAN PRACTICES

Republicans apparently believe we cannot have rich unless there are poor.  We cannot have power without pollution.  We cannot have freedom from fear without giving up all freedoms.  We cannot be right without exercising our might.  We cannot have debate that doesn’t generate into hate.  Wouldn’t our country be better off if we stopped listening to what Republicans believe?

COMMENT ON SHEEHAN RUNNING AGAINST PELOSI

Good for Sheehan!  I’m sick of the current Democrat leadership masquerading as liberal or progressive.  They should all be replaced with someone that is not lazy, complacent, cowered or incompetent when it comes to reinstalling the Golden Rule versus the existing law of the jungle that only Gold Rules.  I would vote for her if I could because Pelosi lost my vote of confidence long ago when she stupidly said impeachment is “off the table.”

E-MAIL SENT TO FCC REGARDING ITS VOTE ON SO-CALLED “WHITE SPACE” REMAINING WHEN TV SWITCHES TO ALL DIGITAL

Dear Commissioners: Instead of giving away the public owned “white space” away to the few big company broadcasters, stop to recognize that their “claim” to it is essentially an adverse possession argument not allowable when public property is involved.  Instead of thinking short term, stop to think for a second about the fact that the spectrum is public property much like a park or museum and it is your sole job to protect that public trust for all our futures.  Instead of allowing political Conservatives to rule on this point, think about being genuinely conservative for once and actually conserve a scarce resource for future use.  Instead of wastefully using up one of the last remaining public sections left in the airwaves spectrum for what we already have lots of mindless TV, think about how that portion of the airwaves is critical for increasing broadband access to millions and available for currently unknown future uses.  Instead of thinking about minor increases in income promised by the big broadcaster lobbyists if your vote their way, think about whether your grandchildren and history will hate you for what you gave away.

COMMENT ON READING THAT THE DRUDGE REPORT THINKS AL QUEDA’S ATTACK ON BUSH IS A SECRET SUPPORT OF OBAMA

Why is anyone still reading the Drudge?  For that matter, why is anyone still reading or listening to the idiots who consistently get it wrong like Kristol, Hannity, etc?  If we stopped doing so, ratings for the ones who are wrong all the time would suffer and hopefully be cancelled due to lack of interest and irrelevancy.  My new year’s resolution is to turn them all off permanently anyone with a track record of being proven wrong, misleading or incomplete.  Make it your resolution too.

RESPONSE TO JOHN DEAN ARTICLE ENTITLED “THE EVIDENCE ESTABLISHES, WITHOUT QUESTION, THAT REPUBLICAN RULE IS DANGEROUS AND WHY IT IS HIGH TIME TO FIX THIS SITUATION, FOR THE GOOD OF THE NATION”

Since I am a licensed lawyer, the reproachable activities of Mr. Dean following the Watergate break in have always embarrassed my profession.  He deserved the punishment and disbarment he received, but he not only has served his time, he has gone far toward morally redeeming himself, particularly with this commentary.  Unfortunately, he could not be more right.

Say what you will about the laziness, cowardice, naivete or ineffective of Democrats, their leaders are merely lazy, cowardly, naive and/or ineffective.  In contrast, Republicans are genuinely frightening.  Since the days when folks like Nelson Rockefeller and Tom McCall were still allowed to be Republicans, the Republican Party has conducted their own vicious version of ethnic cleansing.  As a result, the party’s previous propensities for authoritarianism has been distilled to an almost monomaniacal thirst for absolute power by any means.  For the last few decades, their unstated but unwavering goal has seemed to be nothing less than a permanent Republican theocracy with anyone disagreeing demonized or worse.

I am not fond of the present leadership of Democrats, but the NeoCons must be stopped before they destroy everything this country once stood for.

COMMENT ON MCCAIN’S DRUMBEAT OF OBAMA WILL RAISE TAXES

What is the fanatical obsession of Republicans with no taxes?  Why is a simplistic two word mantra driving all economic decision making?  Is no one capable of intelligent analysis of problems anymore?  Can’t any politician think beyond his next election?

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Potpourri September 2008

ON THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION AND HURRICANE GUSTOF

The New Orleans hurricane was a god send for McCain.  First and foremost, he didn’t have to face the embarrassment of the exceedingly unpopular Bush and Cheney speaking at his personal coronation.  Second, he could pretend his party cared about the fate of the poor in the South.  Third, he had an opportunity to allege the relatively paltry sums raised by volunteer giving through so-called faith based and other charities is all that is really needed.  Fourth, thanks to the relative mildness of the precipitation the storm dropped, he could pretend that all problems with the levees, the Homeland Insecurity Department, FEMA, the rising ocean heights and global warming were somehow magically cured and would never occur again.  Finally, he had an excuse to not have to show how dismal and unenthusiastic his crowds would be for his speeches in comparison to Obama.

ON HEARING OF JOURNALISTS AT THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION BEING ARRESTED

As an attorney and an officer of the court, I am appalled to watch on the national news that the police of any city would act so outrageously.  Don’t your officers give an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution?  What is the point of fighting terrorists if we become terrorists ourselves?

ON HEARING THE OPEN MIKE COMMENTS OF WSJ “JOURNALIST” PEGGY NOONAN AT THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION

Nice spin, Ms. Noonan, but don’t assume that is a compliment.  Frankly, your entire “explanation” strikes me as what you euphemistically refer to (when you are not on a live mike that is) nothing but a collection of “barnyard epithets.”

Why is it that self described journalists like Ms. Noonan are almost never punished by their employers for being unprofessional, condescending, cowardly, lazy, herd-like, stupid, consistently wrong or, more importantly, intellectually dishonest?  Why are biased politicians like Karl Rove hired and given the misleading title of “reporter?”

Over the past two decades, the so-called Profession of Journalism has degenerated into a cacophony unworthy of any such designation.  Journalists, thanks to arrogant, prima donna, self centered hacks dazzled by their perceived brilliance and assumed entitlement like Ms. Noonan and Mr. Rove, have become almost as distrusted as used car salesmen.

To be a true profession, the job requires strict ethics and standards which result in a loss of license to practice when the standards are violated.  Unlike the medical, legal and accounting professions, that is certainly not true of journalism.  That’s really sad because our nation desperately needs real journalists who are true professionals.  So long as the field is dominated by the likes of Ms. Noonan and Mr. Rove though, that will never happen.

Thanks Ms. Noonan for continually letting us down and letting the politicians you are supposed to be watching know once again just how easily journalists can be manipulated and how dishonest they presently are.

COMMENT ON THE SUPPOSED MAVERICK LABEL AWARDED TO MCCAIN

When will the raucous flock of chattering parrots known as the Main Stream Media finally stop squawking that John McCain (or for that matter Gordon Smith here in Oregon) is a “Maverick”?  You should not be allowed to bestow upon someone the usually helpful moniker of supposed Maverick if he slavishly votes the party line 90% or more of the time.

Ron Paul might deserve the title of Republican Maverick.  And there are plenty among putative Democrats who are such.  An example is Senator Lieberman, who not only was a featured speaker at the Republican Convention, but touted for the Republican VP spot (although technically he is probably more accurately described as someone flying under false colors like Caribbean pirates used to do as opposed to being a mere Maverick).  McCain might have merited the title if he had actually picked a VP running mate like Lieberman who was not a daring to the conservative far right wing party base or if he had stuck by his beliefs from his younger years such as opposing the intermingling of church and state.  Instead, all McCain’s choices for the last year have been the exact opposite of Maverick.

Republicans used to have a lot more Mavericks than Ron Paul. Teddy Roosevelt contesting Taft, Nelson Rockefeller contesting Goldwater and Tom McCall any time come to mind. Unfortunately, since the “ethnic cleansing” commenced in the early 80s by conservative zealots, any moderates have been long since scrubbed from the party.

In any event, neither McCain (nor Smith who is now pretending he is against the war) come even close to being genuine Mavericks no matter how many times lazy or incompetent reporters insist on repeating such misnomers.

COMMENT ON HEARING OBAMA IS THINKING ABOUT TRUSTING FOX NEWS TO BE FAIR

Obama ought to stay off the self styled Fox News.  To use the words “Fox” and  “News” in the same sentence is tantamount to an oxymoron. To call any of them journalists or reporters is to insult everyone who graduated from Journalism School. The BS Fox peddles demonstrates daily that it is really nothing more than the PR department for the Republican Party.  There is no more chance of Ailes, O’Reilly, and the rest of the gang on that network being “fair and balanced” toward Democrats than there is for them to breath water.  In fact, there is a better chance that Obama will walk on water than for Fox alleged News to be honest with viewers.

COMMENT ON LEARNING MRS. MCCAIN’S CONVENTION OUTFIT COST $300,000

Edwards was excoriated by almost all the talking heads on the Main Stream Media because he dared to have a $300 haircut.  McCain’s wife wears a $300,000 outfit for one convention appearance and gets a pass from the pundits.  Obama and his wife were excoriated for having a house worth more than a million.  Although McCain and his wife have several houses worth more than a million, it is hardly mentioned in the MSM. Apparently, the difference is that Democrats, wealthy or not, believe the rich should pay a more fair share of taxes when the rich want to do expensive things like fighting unneeded wars and wrecking the environment, while the wealthier still McCain believes others, particularly the grandchildren should pay for those things.  That is an important difference to the pundits, anchors and owners of MSM since they after all are very rich themselves and don’t want their personal share of running the country increased.  Of course that cannot be mentioned when the MSM works to insure Democrats are not allowed to win.

ON SEEING THE HURRICANE DAMAGE TO GALVESTON AND HOUSTON

Some Christian Fundamentalists loudly speculated that Hurricane Katrina was God’s punishment of New Orleans for being a sinful city.  Does that mean the hurricanes smashing Texas are to punish Texans for inflicting Bush on America?

WONDERING AT THE LEAD IN THE POLLS BY REPUBLICANS DESPITE HEMORRHAGING MARKETS

The con men who brought us our disastrous financial meltdowns and recession are the same ones who want to peddle McCain/Palin.  How many times will the public buy that wrecked car, new paint job or not?

UPON READING THE CURRENT FINANCIAL MELTDOWN WAS PRIMARILY TAKING FROM THE POOR

It is all part of the undeclared class warfare which has been going on for decades. First, the rich and very selfish thieves who already own 90% of this country’s wealth sought to steal by deception whatever little bit of money the poor had by taking it from them through a program of nasty morphing loans, false appraisals and other cheats.

Now that that pool of money has dried up, the only unstolen pool of money left is the US Treasury. The uber rich, through their purchase of Congress and the President, have been insuring that only the middle class had the burden paying taxes. All that the thieves needed to do was figure out an excuse to divert those treasury funds from other needed uses. The perversion and looting of the financial industry created the perfect reason.

Once the top one percent convert the middle class to lower class and insure there are no means to climb up again, the segregation process will be complete and the class war won for the rich.

ON HEARING PELOSI SUPPOSEDLY IS BALKING AT BAILOUT SCHEME

Two bits says the gutless Pelosi (who refuses to consider a much deserved impeachment of the President and an even more needed curtailment of the Iraq war) will bail on preventing an unrestricted bailout of the thieves who jeopardized our entire economy.  Bet ya, the financial thieves responsibly will be allowed to dump their bad choices on the taxpayer, pocket the gold and be free to do it all again.

COMMENT ON READING THE PARTICULARS OF BUSH’S BAILOUT PLAN

Bet ya two-bits that 98% of the financial companies the Republican Treasury Secretary wants to bailout with the near Trillion of taxpayer funds are Republican owned, Republican CEOed or gave campaign contributions to Republicans.  Do you still have two-bits left to bet?

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Potpourri August 2008

COMMENT ON HEARING BILL MOYER’S REMINDER OF THE ABRAMOFF SCANDALS IN WASHINGTON

It continues to amaze me that Republicans continue to claim they are high and mighty on crime control.  Yet, a single congressman or, for that matter, a single CEO like those at Enron can steal more than all the bank robbers and all the welfare “cheats” who ever existed combined together.  Apparently, there are no crimes except sex and drug ones.

COMMENT ON HEARING OF THE CHURCH SHOOTING OF LIBERALS

Timothy McVey, Jim Adkisson, Bruce Ivins, George Bush, Dick Cheney.  All responsible for unprovoked mass deaths of others.  All angry white guys.  McCain zealots want us to subliminally fear Osama because he’s black.  Shouldn’t we fear McCain because he’s angry and white?

COMMENT ON THE MCCAIN ATTACK ADS CLAIMING OBAMA IS AN EMPTY CELEBRITY LIKE PARIS HILTON AND BRITNEY SPEARS

How about a political ad juxtapositioning McCain with celebrities who are more like McCain than Spears and Hilton are like Obama? For instance, show scowling McCain sandwiched by the famous police arrest photo of Nick Nolte and the video of drunken David Hasselhoff crawling on the floor.  In other words, famous angry violent white guys just like McCain.

Or, we could mirror the McCain ad for its racist aspects.  How about celebrity Reverends Jeramiah Wright and Jesse Jackson bookending McCain showing celebrities of a different color from the candidate who are equally shorted sighted and bigots?

Better yet, how about McCain embracing the biggest most unworthy celebrities of all, George Bush and Dick Cheney?

COMMENT ON THE FBI SLOWNESS IN FINDING THE ANTHRAX MAILER

Have we forgotten that the Keystone Kop descendants known as the FBI recently had to pay millions to an Oregon attorney because they bungled even a simple fingerprint identification and mistakenly arrested and labeled him as a terrorist involved in a Spanish train attack?

It’s been seven years folks, nearly the amount of time that our equally clueless, Bungler-in-Chief has been in office, about the same amount of time he hasn’t captured Osama bin Laden as he promised.

Hmmm, perhaps that explains it.  The FBI simply didn’t want to show up their boss by demonstrating any sort of competence.

COMMENT ON CONVICTION OF OSAMA BIN LADEN’S DRIVER OF “WAR CRIMES”

If a taxi driver is a “war crimes” criminal for his driving supposedly providing “material support to terrorists,” then surely Bush, the biggest recruiter for terrorists ever, deserves to share a jail cell with him.

COMMENT ON THE REACTION TO EDWARDS CHEATING ON HIS WIFE

Once again, the only crime Republicans and Main Stream Media recognize is a sex crime.

Rape the environment? Loot the Treasury? Dump the wife for someone richer to finance the campaign?  Violate oaths of office?  Ignore codified rules and regulations and laws with open arrogance?  Lie to just about everyone on just about everything?  Kill women and child by the container load?  Heck, boys will be boys.

But, consensual sex between an adult male and an adult female.  String him up!  That’s IMMORAL.

COMMENT ON THE CLAIM THAT FOREIGN POLICY IS MCCAIN’S STRONG POINT

The fed-up people of Pakistan finally told their Generalisimo Musharraf “Resign or be impeached.” Wouldn’t it be nice if America had a great tool like that to get rid of tyrants?  Oh wait.  We do.

COMMENT ON CURRENT VACATION OF BUSH

Bush has taken more time off in office than any two or three other Presidents put together.  I used to begrudge him goofing off from work while the rest of the nation had to struggle to find decent work.  Now I’ve changed my mind.  It is my fervent prayer that he take the next six months off entirely.  Do nothing Mr. Bush.  Please.  Nothing at all!  Stay at your ranch and work on your tan. Your goofing off we can survive.  It’s your trying to do the job that worries me.

COMMENT ON BUSH’S LIKELY RESPONSE TO THE RUSSIAN INVASION OF GEORGIA

There is not the slightest chance that Bush will confront Russia in a way that might initiate military action like he did in Iraq or Afghanistan.  Bush is a personal coward.  He won’t do anything that puts him personally in harm’s way which is why he hide out in the Vietnam war and explains why he invaded Afghanistan and Iraq instead of North Korea, the one member of the so-called Axis of Evil that demonstrably possessed weapons of mass destruction supposedly justifying invasion.  The difference is that although he loudly claimed otherwise, we have since learned Bush was secretly confident neither Iraq nor Afghanistan actually had WMDs which could be torched near the White House whereas both North Korea did.  So does Russia.  Lots of them.  And, as with any playground bully like Bush, he may bluster a lot, but he will never ever take on anyone his own size who could physically hurt him.

COMMENT ON HEARING THE PAKISTANIS FORCED THEIR GENERAL MUSHARRAF OUT OF OFFICE

The fed-up people of Pakistan finally told their Generalisimo Musharraf “Resign or be impeached.” Wouldn’t it be nice if America had a great tool like that to get rid of tyrants?  Oh wait.  We do.

COMMENT ON HEARING THE UN CRITICIZED THE US FOR KILLING 76 AFGHAN CIVILIANS WITH AIR ATTACKS

Former bomber jock McCain no doubt is saying, “So what.”  Since he routinely killed others for a living until he screwed up and got shot down, it is hard to imagine him believing the deaths of innocent women and children as being anything other than inconvenient.

COMMENT ON LEARNING THE REPUBLICAN VP CHOICE

I have been trying to find an acceptable excuse for my Conservative friends so they won’t be totally embarrassed by their vote for the angry old white guy with the rich hottie wife.  I finally found a legitimate one they can use to explain why they would do that in spite of the massive number of reasons why they should not.

And, no the reason is not the semi-sexy VP and candidate for third wife he just chose.

A president’s pension currently is $191,300 per year. Assuming the next president lives to age 80. Sen McCain would receive ZERO pension as he would reach 80 at the end of two terms as president.  Sen Obama, in contrast, would be retired for 26 years after two terms and would receive $4,973,800 in pension.

Therefore it might make economic sense to elect McCain in November.

Of course, if McCain doesn’t “win” the Iraq war soon as he keeps promising and if it lasts another 8 years (that’s 96 in dog and Republican years), then the three trillion dollar additional war cost might offset that somewhat.

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Potpourri July 2008

RE NEWLY DISCOVERED GONZALES WHITE HOUSE MEMO THAT IT IS OKAY TO TORTURE BY WATERBOARDING SO LONG AS IT WAS “IN GOOD FAITH”

Gonzales, Ashcroft, Wu, Rumsfeld, Cheney and Bush could all easily prove once and for all that waterboarding is NOT torture. If they “in good faith” truly believed that, all they would have to do is each agree to be waterboarded by an expert for an hour or two and then tell us how safe and harmless it was. The expert torturer, I mean interrogator, would have to be indemnified and held harmless of course if he accidentally killed a couple of them, but as true patriots of the Cause, I’m sure they should be glad to sacrifice.

UPON LEANING OF THE MASSIVE PRISON ESCAPE IN AFGHANISTAN

On Bush’s watch, in one of the biggest prison breaks in history, 400 Taliban escaped.  Which is worse, having our Colonel Klink utterly fail to catch the Taliban chief, bin Laden, or losing 400 already caught?

UPON LEARNING FOX NEWS DELIBERATELY ALTERED PHOTOS OF ITS CRITICS

Someone ought to sue Rupert Murdock on the grounds of false advertising or deliberate misrepresentation for proclaiming his company has anything to do with reporting genuine “news.”

ON THE IDIOTIC DEBATE OVER WHO IS THE SUPPOSEDLY MOST PATRIOTIC CANDIDATE

Obama, as are all the so called leaders of the Democratic Party, are fatuous and far, far from ideal.  On the other hand, McCain is increasingly scary.  Apparently, being a Republic turns your mind to mush even if age doesn’t.

ON THE EXTENSION OF FISA

Would someone please publish and circulate the names and addresses of the nincompoop Democrat Senators and Representatives who apparently hate the Constitution as much as the Republican Party and the Bush Administration.

RESPONSE TO MOYERS ON THE ATTEMPTS OF CORPORATIONS TO CONTROL THE MEDIA

The situation of which Mr. Moyers speaks has been evident for many years now.  Yet, little happens except a perpetual worsening.

Why isn’t there the fully justifiable outrage there should be?  Did we lose the battle decades before in the schools and colleges where reverence for democratic concepts should be created and inspired?  It is not just that democracy has been hijacked.  It is that few seem to care anymore.

While Mr. Moyers points out a tiny handful of successes, I am reminded of the sad slogan long recognized in the environmental and historic preservation battles we have been fighting as well:  “Every victory is temporary.  Every defeat is permanent.”  Yet, fight on we must for the alternative is truly frightening.

ON THINKING ABOUT THE CONTRAST BETWEEN THE CONGRESS THAT WAS GOING TO IMPEACH RICHARD NIXON AND THE TIMID INEFFECTUAL CONGRESS WE CURRENTLY HAVE

Almost every Democrat in Congress deserves a hard kick in the rear end for being lazy, cowardly, clueless, witless, naive, delusional and apparently had their fingers crossed when they took their oath of office to defend the Constitution. How can they live with themselves?  Better yet, how can they continue to call themselves leaders of the Democratic Movement which used to support the concept of the Golden Rule rather than the crass He Who Has the Most Gold Rules.  They all deserve to be voted out of office and would be but for the fact that the Republicans are all those things at the moment plus rapaciously greedy and infinitely scary as well.  Scary trumps stupidity when deciding who not to vote for.

Nevertheless, if the supposed “Democrats” who are doing nothing but take up space in the halls of Congress can’t put a halt to the depredations of the Republicans like the further extension of the odious and overtly unConstitutional FISA law, then we will ultimately find some real Democrats to run who can.

UPON LEARNING BUSH IS HAVING FUN ON THE LINKS AGAIN

Apparently, the Prez plans to earn big bucks for McCain by playing golf with Fat Cats as a fund raiser.  Of course, that means either the Prez “forgot” his pledge a while back, lame though it was, to demonstrate alleged “support” of our troops in Iraq by giving up golf or he has proved once again campaign contributors mean far more to him than those under his command.  So much for his eternal bumper sticker-style piety.  Why does anyone still believe anything that comes out of his mouth?

ON HEARING BUSH’S PRESS CONFERENCE ABOUT THE ECONOMY MESS

In his July 15 press conference on the proliferating economic disasters, Bush stated both a rare honesty and summed up his presidency at the same time when he admitted, “I’m not smart enough….”  So true.

ON HEARING IRAQ PRIME MINISTER MALICHI WANTS A TIMETABLE FOR WITHDRAWAL

The leader of the Iraq government says he wants us out.  Eight out of ten of his people apparently want us out or dead.  Almost the entire world wants us out.  And, except for Bush, Cheney, their offspring McCain and the CEOs of war industries, most Americans want us out.  Too bad we aren’t a democracy.

COMMENTARY ABOUT OBAMA’S SUPPOSED LACK OF HUMOR

We’ve had a joke for a president for eight years.  The joke’ll be on us if we don’t elect someone other than a Republican president this time around.  Have we forgotten that McCain jokes about “Bomb, bomb, bomb. Bomb Iran.”?  Assuming of course, that really was a joke in his mind.

OBSERVATION UPON HEARING BUSH IS FINALLY NEGOTIATING WITH IRAN

Wow!  Bush’s number three man in negotiations with the last remaining “Axis of Evil” Club founding member, Iran?  Guess Bush too must a traitorous, surrender-monkey, terrorist lover just like Obama.  Boy, we better not elect Bush president.  Bet he secretly practices Islamism and maybe even fist bumps when no one is looking.

COMMENT ON HEARING NEW ZEALAND STUDENTS ARE OFFERING A REWARD FOR THE CAPTURE OF CONDILESA RICE AS A WAR CRIMINAL

What the NZ students don’t seem to understand that there can be no war crime unless someone who doesn’t speak English commits it.  Atrocities are only atrocities when someone small of stature and dark of hue with strange headgear and a three day growth of stubble performs them.  Come to think of it, no one is even allowed to be chastised in this government unless they do due something truly horrific and despicable like, say, have consensual sex with someone.  It is similar to financial crimes.  Rob a corner grocery store of twenty dollars in the till and go to the Can for life.  Rob your investors, your borrowers, and the tax payers of a trillion dollars and go to Cancun for life.

REGARDING BUSH’S STATE OF THE UNION POLEMIC

Bush spoke about the state of the union.  What “union”?

For the past few decades, there have been two Americas.  The top 1% rich and those who assumed they would be allowed to become rich vs. everyone else in this country.  Those who believe the Constitution, court decisions and international law are quaint vs. the rest of the world.  Those who love the Republican platform of gold rules vs. everyone who believes in the Golden Rule.

COMMENT ON HEARING THE BUSH REGULATORS MAY HAVE HELPED KILL OFF OUR BEE COLONIES.

Has the Bush Administration gotten ANYTHING right . . .EVER?  Seriously, what have they ever been successful at besides stealing elections by hook and crook plus moving massive amounts of money into the hands of the already filthy rich?  Is there a single solitary program a thoughtful rational person can point to with pride?  Is there anything the Bushites have not broken?  And, if you say no more 9/11s, I have to ask how, other than pure luck or accident.  Yet, for some reason, McCain, Bush’s busy bee camp follower, is actually ahead of the one viable non-Bush candidate that remains, one of the few currently in office not grossly tainted by either personal greed or incompetency to prevent the rampant greed of the Republicans and rape of our country and others.  How can anyone not be embarrassed they voted Republican in the 21st Century and still find reasons not to support Obama?

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Potpourri June 2008

UPON LEARNING A PRIEST REFUSED COMMUNION TO A PARISHIONER WHO INDICATED HE MIGHT VOTE FOR OBAMA

Why is it that zealots of religions which have been persecuted in the past always seem to want nothing more than the opportunity to persecute others in the future?  Didn’t they ever read any verse of the entire bible other than the one about “an eye for an eye?”  The incident reminds us once again the dangers of allowing any religion to have any say in politics.

UPON LEARNING THE DEMOCRATS VOTED FOR EXTENDING FISA

Attention Democrat Party Congressional Leaders and other Fair Weather Friends of the Constitution:  Just what the %&*@#% do you think you are doing?  FISA, a law only dictators could love, violates a whole wall of unambiguous prohibitions in the Constitution designed for the express purpose of preventing dictatorships.  Why then are you cowards giving Bush and his Neocon henchmen, dictator wannabes one and all, exactly what they want?  The so-called “improvements” you are helping pass not only violate 200 year old liberties, they wipe out what was clear grounds for impeachment and will let some egregious criminals in the Administration go free to continue their harmful schemes without penalty.  You could have defeated the entire concept merely by doing nothing and letting the odious law expire.  Doing nothing is something you have proven so good at over the last several years.  Why didn’t you continue doing nothing for just once in your increasingly fruitless careers instead of becoming co-conspirators in the dismantlement of everything this country once stood for?

THE REPUBLICAN EXTREME COURT

Except as to only a couple of aberrations, judging from the Supreme Court decisions that keep arriving, there are just two types of justices on the court — the ethical, honest ones who honor the Bill of Rights more than their party ideology and the ones appointed by Bush.

UPON HEARING BUSH SAY NORTH KOREA IS RESPONDING TO ELIMINATION OF NUCLEAR PROGRAM

Bush now admits genuine diplomacy works even with “Axis of Evil” Korea.  So, is the 4,000 dead and $3,000,000,000 lost in Iraq just another “Heh,Heh” moment?  Attention McCain: If you’re not too old, learn something!

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