Saturday, August 28, 2004
The Seattle Times offers one of the best, middle-of-the-road endorsements of John Kerry -- er, arguments against W, perhaps -- that I've yet read. Everyone between the coasts, anyone with a family and a job and a home and a tree in their backyard, and a daughter or a mother and a bum knee, ought to read this. (Thanks again, Pop.)
Four years ago, this page endorsed George W. Bush for president. We cannot do so again — because of an ill-conceived war and its aftermath, undisciplined spending, a shrinkage of constitutional rights and an intrusive social agenda.
The Bush presidency is not what we had in mind. Our endorsement of John Kerry is not without reservations, but he is head and shoulders above the incumbent...
The election of Kerry would sweep away neoconservative war intellectuals who drive policy at the White House and Pentagon. It would end the back-door draft of American reservists and the use of American soldiers as imperial police. It would also provide a chance to repair America's overseas relationships, both with governments and people, particularly in the world of Islam...
This page had high hopes for President Bush regarding taxing and spending. We endorsed his cut in income taxes, expecting that it would help business and discipline new public spending. In the end, there was no discipline in it. In control of the Senate, the House and the presidency for the first time in half a century, the Republicans have had a celebration of spending.
The whole thing is worth reading, just to remember some of the OTHER ISSUES that have gotten swept under the Iraqi rug, issues that sensible people -- and they do abound, even in red states -- can nod their heads to.
Thursday, August 26, 2004
What's that old saying about Colombia? That it's a crazy, effed up drug haven that's so violent it has a stabbing technique named after it-- or something.
Well, anyway, I just came across this article about that country's pro-America president Álvaro Uribe Vélez, and his ties to the biggest friggin' drug dealers in history. No big whoop.
President Uribe -- now a key U.S. partner in the drug war -- "was linked to a business involved in narcotics activities in the United States" and "has worked for the Medellín cartel," the narcotics trafficking organization led by Escobar until he was killed by Colombian government forces in 1993. The report adds that Uribe participated in Escobar's parliamentary campaign and that as senator he had "attacked all forms of the extradition treaty" with the U.S.
The newly-declassified report, dated 23 September 1991, is a numbered list of "the more important Colombian narco-traffickers contracted by the Colombian narcotic cartels for security, transportation, distribution, collection and enforcement of narcotics operations." The document was released by DIA in May 2004 in response to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by the Archive in August 2000.
Why would the US support someone involved with the drug trade? Because there's hundreds of billions of dollars in the drug trade, maybe, and there's a lot about the drug war we don't know about.
The National Security Archive rules.
Well, well, well. It seems that hack Tom Tomorrow doesn't seem to get the message:
Weirdo, so get outta town, ya bum ya, before I throw ya out!
Now take a bite outta my knuckle sandwich!
Ya big bum.
Turns out, tragically, they don't. But they are romantic. And the women do have vents.
After communicating its amorous intentions to a sexually receptive female shark through ritualized swimming and gentle 'love nips' along her back or flanks, the male grasps one of her pectoral fins (the wing-like fins located behind the gill slits) in his mouth and arches his body so that his pelvic fins are brought close to hers. If the amorous male happened to 'dock' along the left side of the female, he flexes his right clasper across the mid-line of his body and inserts it into her vent (genital opening).
Why would anyone harm these Ron Jeremies of the sea?
Wow. Liberals are so unfunny. They lack anything resembling a sense of humor. When you think of great comedy, you think of Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, people who make Lenny Bruce and Bill Hicks look like the rough-edged hacks they really are. Take those Swat Bat Veternarians for Truancy -- those cats are funny! They play it off good, but just listeneing to them, and reading their web site is hilarious! Ha! Bringing up something from 30 plus years in the past, distorting it and rubbing it in the country's face is, like, the awesomest practical joke of all time! Now take a look at these dour sour pusses. It's really just pathetic.
Not funny, really, at all.
If I had a tomato, and I could throw that tomato through the internet into their server, and raise a demon to take on this web site's corporeal form, and that demon-web-site stayed perfectly still, and the tomato remained intact after molecular reassignment, I would hit it. With the tomato. For being so not funny.
I'm going to go watch Ordinary People.
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Remember all the hub bub back in March about an attempted coup in Equatorial Guinea? A bunch of South African mercenaries? Zimbabwean interdiction? Possible involvement of American, Spanish and British intelligence? An oil rich nation? I did some research on it back in the day.
Anyhoo, Margaret Thatcher's son, Mark, is implicated and has been arrested in his PJ's.
The 51-year-old businessman was arrested in his pyjamas during a 7am raid on his house in Cape Town, according to South African police authorities.
Sir Mark later appeared briefly in a local magistrates court charged with violation of the Regulation of Foreign Military Assistance Act. He could receive a maximum penalty of 15 years' imprisonment if convicted of the offence.
The arrest comes as trials are taking place in two countries over an alleged foiled plot in March to overthrow the oil-rich west African regime.
It is claimed that Briton Simon Mann, an Old Etonian turned African mercenary, was the ringleader of the alleged coup attempt.
Apparently, Sir Mark was mugged in his holding cell, as well.
This is the best kind of intrigue, with tentacles reaching to the highest families, and, like the best kinf of intrigue, it goes little reported over here. Why would we want to know about it? But it's got it all: ex (?)- intelligence officers, complicated plots, tiny oil rich nations, mercenaries, and men in pyjamas. It doesn't get much better than that! And it's the former Prime Minister's son. That's like a Bush family member getting involved in prostitution or something equally unbelievable. Ahem.
... there's a proven connection between the Bush Corporation and Swift Boat Lunatics for Truth. Old Ben Ginsburg, that sage old man, is stepping down as Bush's campaign counsel because of his connections to the Swifties. Swifters. Swatters. Whatever.
Ginsberg served as the Bush campaign's long-time chief outside counsel. He disclosed on Tuesday that he also gave legal advice to the Swift Boat group, which has attacked Kerry's record in television commercials and a book.And just what issues are those, Benny boy? Because the way I see it, this is the issue BushCo wants the country to focus upon. Because every single other issue makes BushCo look like thieving, arrogant criminals. Because this President has no shame or morals. Because the motif has always been Attack-Attack and never defend. Because -- ah, screw it. I've been excited at the prospect of one scandal or another breaking wide open, from the energy task force to Valerie Plame and none of it ever sticks.
"I have decided to resign as national counsel to your campaign to ensure that the giving of legal advice to decorated military veterans, which was entirely within the boundaries of the law, doesn't distract from the real issues upon which you and the country should be focusing," Ginsberg wrote in a letter to Bush. A copy was released by the Bush campaign
Does the public not really care? Has BushCo, incredibly, oversaturated the market with scandal so that we experience a paralysis of choice? Amazingly, astoundingly, inexplicably, I haven't heard a peep of comparison between Kerry's challenged record and Bush's actual record during that time in Vietnam. It failed to become an issue that Bush skipped out on duty in 2000, and it failed to become one earlier this year when Michael Moore brought it up again, and it has failed to become one again now when the motherlover is, through surrogates, accusing Kerry of cowardice and deception. Does anyone else's head spin with irony and bile? Mine sure does. Mine sure does. Mine does.