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Saturday, January 29, 2005
"The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History" seems quite a piece of work:The introduction bills the book as an effort to 'set the record straight,' but it is actually an attempt to push the record far to the right. More than a history, it is a checklist of arch-conservative talking points. The New Deal public works programs that helped millions survive the Depression were a 'disaster,' and Social Security 'damaged the economy.' The Marshall Plan, which lifted up devastated European nations after World War II, was a 'failed giveaway program.' And the long-discredited theory of 'nullification,' which held that states could suspend federal laws, 'isn't as crazy as it sounds.'Sick people.
Brazil's president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was heckled on the stage at the World Social Forum yesterday by the same international activists who hailed him as a saviour when he swept to office two years ago. The left-wing firebrand sat stony-faced on stage as he was booed before delivering the keynote address at the annual alternative gathering timed to coincide with the World Economic Forum at the luxury Swiss ski resort of Davos.Kind of a misleading headline, no? He wasn't heckled off the stage, according to the article. In any event, he's going to have to produce a lot more tangible results for the people inside Brazil or he's going to get booted out of office.
The Board of Supervisors voted 8 to 3 on Tuesday to ban smoking in public parks, making San Francisco the first major American city to embrace such an expansive ban on tobacco use.How wonderful! I hate it when I'm in a park and the fresh air turns to cigarette or -- the worst!! -- cigar stench.
To the Editor:"Cultural head fake" is a great phrase.
Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH) today said that Iraqi elections, to be held on Sunday, will be a farce. In a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and John Negroponte, the United States Ambassador to Iraq, Kucinich cites a total absence of international election monitors in Iraq for Sunday's elections. The closest international monitors will get to Iraq on Sunday will be Amman, JordanLOL. Plus, as many observers have noted, the voting is taking place while the country is occupied and controlled by 120,000+ U.S. troops. The U.S. troops have the guns, U.S. troops have the money, U.S. troops have the power. Do you really think Iraqis are going to vote in a way that displeases the U.S.?
The Corporate Death Penalty Act could provide that every member of the Board of Directors and executives of a corporation who knew, or should have known about the likelihood of their product or services to cause death, will be subject to the death penalty if their product or service results in the death of an individual or group of individuals.I second the motion.
At the third-tier stage, many people are so uncomfortable that they'll grasp at any straw to get relief from threatening feelings of guilt. "Conservative" friends, talk show hosts, columnists and religious authorities help soothe away any sense of guilt by pointing out how the harmed person "had it coming", "asked for it", "is just whining", "doesn't deserve sympathy", "needs a kick in the pants", or "probably deserved it."Quite interesting analysis of a pernicious effect of the right-wing media.
"The master class has always declared the wars;Powerful quotes, no?
Global warming might be twice as catastrophic as previously thought, flooding settlements on the British coast and turning the interior into an unrecognizable tropical landscape, the world's biggest study of climate change shows.If Rush says it ain't so, it ain't so. These researchers are all commies, terrorists or both.
These two charts (here and here) by Media Matters deserve more attention, for they overwhelmingly refute the ridiculous notion of "liberal media" dominance on cable TV news.Definitely check out and print these two charts, then shove them up the nose of the next right-winger who says the word "liberal media" to you.
[M]any of us are wondering at present if he's a genuine sociopath or just a simpleton fanatic...Love those turns of phrase.
The U.S. Senate voted 85-13 Wednesday to confirm Condoleezza Rice as Secretary of State. Here are the 13 senators who voted against her confirmation:A true roll call of honor.
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Most American groups, including those affiliated with religious organizations, strictly avoid mixing aid and missionary work. But scattered reports of proselytizing in Sri Lanka; Indonesia, which is predominantly Muslim; and India, with large Hindu and Muslim populations, are arousing concerns that the good will spread by the American relief efforts may be undermined by resentment.Remember these imbeciles? They haven't learned their lesson, and they're at it again. "The door is wide open and the people are hungry"?! F**K these people. No tears will be shed by me when they suffer the inevitable consequences of their immoral taking advantage of the "least of these": of course the exact opposite of what Jesus commanded those who would believe in him!
To the Editor:When I first read this, I laughed out loud for quite a while.
Despite the millions of dollars spent by the U.S. and other nations to improve their performance, Iraqi police still routinely abuse and often torture detainees, according to a report released Tuesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW).Freedom, Bushian-style.
"The recent actions of Senator Byrd to try and block the confirmation of Dr. Rice are a slap in the face to black Americans," complained the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, founder of the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny (BOND).All these Democratic leaders are obviously also anti-white, because they opposed Bush, Cheney, etc. They're obviously anti-Hispanic as well because they oppose Gonzales. They're probably simply anti-human, and want an animal to be selected for the post, right Rev. Peterson?
'My personal experience with some liberals is once you cross the line where you have a $1 million home, $800 stroller and a nanny, then deep down inside you are a Republican, and because you fear that, you lash out at anybody who seems to fit that persona,' said Ms. Troy, who started attending the services at the coffee shop with her husband and two children in September. 'They have to hate Christians or Republicans because deep down they feel 'I'm afraid I could be one.' 'In other words, the elementary psychological principle that you criticize in others that which you most don't want to recognize in yourself. Interesting, but no banana. As Freud said, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and sometimes criticizing immoral Republicans or phony Christians is just that, legitimate criticism of immoral Republicans and phony Christians.
Take Uzbekistan, one of the most repressive regimes in central Asia. In April 2002, a special UN rapporteur concluded that torture in the country was 'systematic' and 'pervasive and persistent... throughout the investigation process'. In the same year, Muzafar Avazov, an opposition leader, was boiled alive for refusing to abandon his religious convictions and attempting to practice religious rites in prison. In 2003, Bush granted a waiver to Uzbekistan when its failure to improve its human rights record should have led to its aid being slashed. In February 2004 the US secretary of defense, Donald Rumsfeld, visited the country's dictator, Islam Karimov, and said: 'The relationship [between our countries] is strong and growing stronger. We look forward to strengthening our political and economic relations.'Under the definition of hypocrisy in the dictionary, there's a group picture of Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Rice, Powell and all the rest of their thug comrades.
The research firms that designed the $10 million polling system used by news organizations during last year's presidential election have concluded that the system erroneously showed John Kerry to be leading the race not because of a technological breakdown but because of more human variables. These included the relative youth of the pollsters, who were more successful securing interviews with supporters of Mr. Kerry as they left polling places than with those of the actual winner, President Bush.As Thom Hartmann points out, these polling companies would have us believe that in battleground states where Kerry was predicted by the exit polls to win but then lost, there happened to be these "human variables," but these "human variables" did not exist in other states where the exit polls were accurate. How convenient. What a farce!
Here's what the talk show pundits and columnists neglected to mention about the McDonalds coffee burn case:
79 year old Stella Liebeck suffered third degree burns on her groin and inner thighs while trying to add sugar to her coffee at a McDonalds drive through. Third degree burns are the most serious kind of burn. McDonalds knew it had a problem. There were at least 700 previous cases of scalding coffee incidents at McDonalds before Liebeck's case. McDonalds had settled many claim before but refused Liebeck's request for $20,000 compensation, forcing the case into court. Lawyers found that McDonalds makes its coffee 30-50 degrees hotter than other restaurants, about 190 degrees. Doctors testified that it only takes 2-7 seconds to cause a third degree burn at 190 degrees. McDonalds knew its coffee was exceptionally hot but testified that they had never consulted with burn specialist. The Shriner Burn Institute had previously warned McDonalds not to serve coffee above 130 degrees. And so the jury came back with a decision- $160,000 for compensatory damages. But because McDonalds was guilty of "willful, reckless, malicious or wanton conduct" punitive damages were also applied. The jury set the award at $2.7 million. The judge then reduced the fine to less than half a million. Ms. Liebeck then settled with McDonalds for a sum reported to be much less than a half million dollars. McDonald's coffee is now sold at the same temperature as most other restaurants.I know this is from a long time ago, but the right-wing screamers will be screaming about it again, so best to know the facts.
In the book, Kennedy implies that we live in a fascist country and that the Bush White House has learned key lessons from the Nazis.Wow, he ain't pullin' no punches! Run, Robert, Run!
In a fake democracy, citizens play a role defined by the power elite, but are not truly empowered or engaged. In Cuba and other fake democracies, citizens are hostages to raw state power that controls personal freedom. In the U.S., citizens are hostages to consumerism. Controlled distraction replaces brute force. Instead of overt government propaganda, U.S. Citizens are victims of sly corporate media.Nice concise exposition. We have fake democracy run by fake Christians.
When Bush thanked the American people for granting him patience in “good measure,” he was echoing Luke 6:38, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure. . . .”Many more examples are given. Perhaps that's why Peggy Noonan called it a "God-drenched "speech. The pundits who just counted the times Bush used the word "God" were not onto Bush's game, apparently.
If by 2008, the Democrats hope to come near to a meaningful fraction of such voters, they will have to find candidates and field workers who can spread the word down South - that is, find the equivalent of Democratic missionaries to work on all those good people who may be in awe of Jehovah's wrath, but love Jesus, love Jesus so much more. Worked upon with enough zeal, some of the latter might come to recognize that these much-derided liberals live much more closely than the Republicans in the real spirit of Jesus. Whether they believe every word of Scripture or not, it is still these liberals rather than the Republicans who worry about the fate of the poor, the afflicted, the needy, and the disturbed. These liberals even care about the well-being of criminals in our prisons. They are more ready to save the forests, refresh the air of the cities and clean up the rivers. It might be agonizing for a good fundamentalist to vote for a candidate who did not read the Scriptures every day, yet some of them might yet be ready to say: I no longer know where to place my vote. I have joined the ranks of the undecided.Yup, maybe we can covert some right-wing pseudo-Christians into real Christians. Actually, not convert, but SCARE! Fire-and-brimstone is what these people react to. Just what my Matthew 25 approach accomplishes.
[H]he personally believes that the world has "already reached the level of dangerous concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere" and called for immediate and "very deep" cuts in the pollution if humanity is to "survive".I wonder how they'll try to character assassinate him?