Saturday, December 13, 2003

Fascism has it's purpose


His last name is the same as a certain Southern President who also had problems in the Tigris/Euphrates area, and his first name is the same as a Texan President who had quagmire problems on the other side of Asia. The case is in the same county that The Compound is in.

Actually, I am afraid of CCAP. The fiction of "open records" was that the standard issue American was just not going to go down to the courthouse and sift through the records to dig up the dirt on his neighbors. In fact, we were generally in awe of those people who possessed the knowledge set to do it.

Now any moron can find out how much their neighbor pays in property taxes, whether or not he's a sex offender, if there are any liens against his property and if he's been in trouble with the law.

This is a level of transparency I'm just not comfortable with. The rule in "privacy" law is that if you have put yourself out as a public figure, you've basically got it coming to you. People will be nosy, but dammit, you "chose" to be famous. Not so anymore. Now the kind of snooping once reserved for professional athletes, astronauts and movie stars is now available for insomniacs - totally free!

Just not ready to have my life available for all to see. Not just yet.

Vacationing in 08/01?? That's when everything was planned?? Jesus, it's like sharing a blog with Oliver Stone sometimes.

Friday, December 12, 2003

Will you state the case (in brief)?


Or will I just have to CCAP it?

Yeah, I'm chuckling. I know how much you love CCAP. Keep in mind, the extent of my work there really was in providing data exports to other government agencies.
Hey, leave my friends alone!

Trial Settled, blogging *may* resume shortly


But OTOH, I'm just too emotionally drained to do a damn thing today.
If you are not Shawn, Brian or Michelle, and you are reading this blog, I would suggest finding a life.

Confirmed Outside Readership


Hey, I've received confirmation of outside readership of this blog! I'd like to send a shout out to Dawn Hayes — thanks for making fun of me and Brian ranting at each other.

Sure, I all but typed the address into her browser, but it's still a start. Unless there are other lurkers....

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

This year's Nobel Peace Prize receipient, Shirin Ebadi



"Why is it that in the past 35 years, dozens of U.N. resolutions concerning the occupation of the Palestinian territories by the state of Israel have not been implemented properly?" she asked.

"Yet, in the past 12 years, the state and people of Iraq, once on the recommendation of the Security Council, and the second time in spite of U.N. Security Council opposition, were subjected to attack, military assault, economic sanctions, and ultimately, military occupation?"
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Couldn't have said it better myself!

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Arab News understands what Dean doesn't


And probably not for the last time, either:
On November 23, 2003, Ahmad Al-Jarallah, the Editor-in-Chief of the Kuwaiti dailies Al-Siyassa and Arab Times, praised the U.S. fight against Jihad fighters. The following are excerpts from the article:

They are living in the past and they can see only the history of the United States. They think America is the same country that withdrew from regions where it incurred heavy casualties, such as Vietnam, Beirut in 1982, and Somalia. They refuse to see the recent history of the US in Yugoslavia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and in the war to liberate Kuwait. Americans weren't fazed by suicide bombings. Trucks laden with deadly bombs and driven by suicide bombers failed to scare them. Instead, such attempts have steeled their resolve to accomplish their mission in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other places. [More . . . ]

"We need to remember that the enemy here is George Bush, not each other."

The enemy might also be Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, Islamazoid Killbots and Islamist sympathizers in the Arab world. But hey, if a conservative says anything like this, he must be attacking Dean's Patriotism.
Dude, you have got to stop channelling Ted and Noam. People are starting to talk.

Monday, December 08, 2003

I won't beat around the Bush


No policy? How about jobs? How about medical insurance? How about education? How about true national security? How about foreign policy? Come on, Brian, you have too many degrees to make such an empty assertion. Have you listened to any of the debates or looked at the platforms? I know you aren't going to vote Dem this year, but you have a large enough brain to evaluate the merits of an argument. Check them out and then take a long hard look at the Administration's actions: tax cuts for the rich in the face of growing national debt and growing joblessness, millions of uninsured, penalization of schools that can't seem to get kids to learn instead of help, the middle class has to take off their shoes, belts, and bras before flights while the rich are left alone, and the richest nat

Well, a Democrat beat Pappy, a wartime prez. People are comparing Dean to McGovern without realizing that such a comparison would mean that Bush takes on Nixon's role. The theatre group is embarrassing, but no more than the polygamists, religious nuts, and militia members embarrass the right.

No, the man can't win in my book. Instead of taking care of the emerging threat of terrorism in August 2001, he went on vacation for an entire month. Instead of taking care of the economy in August 2002, he went on vacation for an entire month. Instead of taking care of our on-going war efforts in August 2003, he went on vacation for an entire month. I've worked with and for his kind before. Keep in mind his CV prior to the election: he presided over failed businesses and other organizations with systematically bad decisions. Yet he always profited. He has always acted in his own self-interest, is carried through by old school ties and secret handshakes, and is smug about his “successes”. He's the kind of person that makes me want to start the class riots. He has limited intellectual ability and capacity (and no crap on this point: he's demonstrated it and is even proud of it). Do I want him to lose re-election? Nah. I want him impeached, dishonored, stripped of pension and quarter, thrown in Guantanamo Bay as a Domestic Combatant. I hate him, I hate him, I hate him. I can't believe the right spent millions to prove that Clinton lied, but harrass the left for positing that Bush intentionally misled. He can't win in my book – if you tire of this, maybe he should be a forbidden topic.

The reason it's such an issue for me is that Bush 43 – just like Putin and Berlusconi since – decided to play into personality politics. Putin and Berlusconi's parties have a single platform: the candidate. They have no policy, no vision, no desire to genuinely improve the lives of their constituents. Instead, they insulate themselves from the legal system, undermine the electoral system that put them in power, and seek to disenfranchise. I really don't see any difference between these new fascists and Bush.

But, to answer your question, I would have prefered an official visit or him staying home. If Clinton had done the same for, say, a trip to Groznya (sp? who knows), there would be just as much blowback. The difference? We were there then to stop genocide. By the way, everyone keeps talking about what a baddy Saddam was, but no one says exactly when his atrocities occurred: was it after Bush 41 let him stay in power or was it during Reagan when we were great friends with this most dangerous man?

Bush and his cronies must be stopped before they destroy America. But who will stand up to this group of thugs and assassins? And when?


If not us, who? If not now, when?

Couldn't have said it better myself.
Get back to work, Brian.