Friday, September 09, 2005


If you, like many right wing christos, believe that 'god' is punishing sinful New Orleans, there are other factors to consider. The hurricane and the massive flooding, was not limited to New Orleans. It took a great big bite out of the Southern bible belt as well.

In the last few years, god has taken big swipes at the very liver of right wing born againism, with hurricane after hurricane. Florida is, after all, one of god's favorite targets for his wrath, and a hot bed of Christian fundamentalism, as well. Several of the big christo money siphoning organizations, such as the many profitable enterprises of Pat Roberson, are head quartered in Florida. Florida is a noted breeding ground for the mega-church, and god flings his wrath at it, several times a year.

Regarding the sinners of New Orleans; it seems to me that most of them got out of the city. Leaving the people with the least control, regarding the character of the city, to feel god's rage. To take the rap for the club owners, the partying tourists, the big pimps, and the uptown business guys with money to spend on their sins. Most of them got away. Leaving the shoe shine boys, the street performers, and the cooks and the maids and toilet cleaners, the old, the sick, the poor, to pay the price. The majority of whom are Christian.

God is a strange dude. Perhaps a bit dyslexic.

Of course, there is the possibility that god had nothing to do with it and that any moral lessons to be drawn, must be determined not by our opinion of the people effected, but by our response to the people who have been hit so hard, by a natural force.

A force that appears predictably, every year, as the Atlantic ocean heats up. To my mind, the only unnatural aspect of this hurricane, is that global warming is increasing both the frequency and intensity of these storms. It should give us cause to pause and rethink our rejection of the Kyoto agreement. But no, we'll just continue to call it the will of god. Like I said, god is a strange dude, in the minds and mouths of believers.

But, If you must try to bring the will and intentions of god, the voice of god, into the meaning of these events, I can't help but notice that god smites the Southern bible thumpers, with alarming regularity.

Is there a message in this, believers? You tell me.

In my last post, I mentioned that a Pat Robertson organization, Operation Blessing, is near the top of the list of charity organizations, endorsed by the government to receive donations of flood relief money, from private donors.

That is to say that your government is telling you this is a 'trusted' organization. Not so, gentle reader.

Moneys from charitable organizations started by Robertson, have been channeled into private businesses and used as leverage for Robertson's gold and diamond mining interests in Africa. Blood diamonds yet. It seems that Pat Robertson is personal friends with some of the most brutal dictators in Africa.

Oh, but he's a godly man. 'Cause, like I said, god is a very strange dude.

I mean, what do you call a person who throws a grenade into a crowded bar, to get one guy? A coward and a terrorist.

What do you call a god that blows away an entire region and a whole city, to get a few thousands 'sinners', who have mostly fled the area? Clumsy? Stupid? Blind? Psychopathic? Republican?

What do you call a man who creates such a god? You tell me.

Pat Robertson: 'I don't have to be nice to the spirit of the Antichrist'
is a well researched article by Greg Palast, of the London Observer. You might want to read this, especially if you are considering sending your money to Robertson's Operation Blessing. If you really want to bless this hyper wealthy man, with more capital to use as leverage in his many questionable business dealings, go ahead. I'm sure Robertson's god will bless you. Like I keep saying, god is a strange dude. In the minds and moths of believers.

Here is a genuinely scary link. A story/article about a FEMA relocation/concentration camp for New Orleans evacuees. A group of Churches in Oklahoma share own a large camp ground with barracks style 'cabins'. The cabins belong to different Churches and were donated by the churches, to be used by the people coming from New Orleans.

The story is about a family outing, to carry supplies to the camp for the evacuees. These people, this Christian family on a charity mission, saw the grim face of FEMA and the reality of how the cabins were to be used. The article is replete with photo's taken by the writer's daughter.

The cabins have large functioning kitchens, but the inmates, I mean evacuees, will not be allowed to use them. Two meals a day will be delivered. No outside food will be allowed in. The evacuees are not allowed to leave the camp, at all. They will be there at least five months.

Local churches may not bus inmates, I mean evacuees, to local churches for Sunday services, the list of FEMA rules goes on and on. The good people that donated those cabins had no idea that their charitable offer would be turned into an actual interment camp with a large detachment of military guards.

The link will be at the bottom of this article again. You really want to check this out, I find it very strange and very disturbing. They went into this agreement, believing they were offering hope and charity to these people, not providing a FEMA prison for flood victims.

We should watch what happens to the evacuees with great care. The heavily armed mercenaries that are being sent into New Orleans, to 'relieve the military' are notorious for murders and abuses in Iraq. Reporters are being forced out as the mercenaries are being shipped in.

These paramilitary security outfits are noted for their lack of training and lack of discipline. They are hated by the regular forces in Iraq because their actions against civilians have caused numerous reprisals. They are also almost exclusively white, from Arkansas and West Virginia where unemployment is very high.

These are not police, these are not soldiers, they are a large gang of red neck yokels with guns and uniforms. The reporters have been removed from New Orleans. FEMA is adamant that there would be no photographs of this important historical event.

I don't think they are just hiding the bodies of the flood victims, as part of covering up the actual death toll. I think they are expecting the new death toll to rise and they don't want witnesses. That is the new American reality. Government that operates in complete secrecy, with no accountability.

Remember that great big no bid, sweet heart contract given to Haliburton, before almost anything was done on the ground? Guess who is supplying the mercenaries? Yep, Haliburton. Their 'advanced construction team', I suppose.

Watch this closely because this is what is in store for America. You think it won't happen? You didn't think it it would go this far either, did you?

I Just Got Back From a FEMA Detainment Camp

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Now Is the Time for Your Anger

Scott McClellan, the White House press secretary, as usual, is refusing to answer the obvious questions coming out of this government created disaster in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. No real surprise there, that's what Scotty is best at. Talking a lot without actually saying anything.

Now, of course, when asked direct questions regarding the human side of this calamity, the obvious questions regarding the predictability of the disaster and the lack of response, Scotty says, "Now is not the time to be pointing fingers."

We all know, or anyone paying attention knows, that Scott is just an A class professional prevaricator and bull shit master. Top of his profession actually.

But I must insist that now is exactly the time to be pointing directly at the very obvious problem that this entire nation is suffering from. That is the absolute absence of responsible, competent, accountable leadership.

For those marveling at the bungling, disorganized, unmotivated leadership and effort the federal government has shown in this American crisis, I invite you to consider: This is exactly what is happening in Iraq, to our troops, and to the country and its people.

Heavily armed, bungling, incompetence managed by the same people who have been 'managing' this hitherto sleepwalking relief effort. There are damned good reasons why things are going so badly over there. Just as there are real reasons why things are going so badly, at home in America.

Now is most certainly the time to point fingers, while the reality of this criminal lack of responsibility is still on the ground, while the reality of the human consequences are still in our faces.

This is emphatically not the time for these useless rich punks to play politics and pretend they are being picked on by the 'liberal' media. But, let's face it, that is all these people know how to do. They lie and spin the truth to justify and obscure the reality of their odious motivations.

This cabal of neo-cons and religious conspirators, is composed of people who have never had real down and dirty jobs in their lives. They have never actually done anything except play politics and make money. It's like a big Monopoly game to them and the people are, at best, just chits, chips, ciphers.
We are not real to them.

I have said before that when the real cost of this war starts coming home, the support would not last that there would be a turning. Now, we are all face to face with the real cost of having handed over so much power to one dogmatic individual.

In handing so much power to this puppet president, we have in effect, given our country into the hands of a small group of rich, powerful little men, who see the real world and it's billions of people, like a particularly engaging game of Risk.

America is just another big counter piece in their game. And you, no matter what your political identity, do not count at all in this game.

Friday, September 02, 2005


I know that most of you are very aware of what is going on, or not really going on, in New Orleans and the gulf states. I won't recite the details. A few verbal pictures will suffice.

An Arkansas man, an airboat operator, brought his rig down to New Orleans, to volunteer to ferry people out of the city with his swamp boat, capable of operating in very shallow water. FEMA said they would let the man do it but that he would have to purchase his own gas. Airboats, propelled by an airplane engine, can burn a hundred dollars an hour, or more, in aviation fuel. So the man had to pull his boat back to Arkansas.

Seriously ill medical evacuees stranded on the roof of a hospital, one with a helicopter pad. Stranded for a day, so far. No helicopters to lift them off the roof. The two local airports are flooded but one has to wonder, where are the National Guard helicopters? Where are their many high water vehicles and the people to operate them? That has always been the job of the National Guard, to respond in force, to just such a disaster.

Like the money that wasn't used, on urgently needed repairs and upgrades to the flood control system in New Orleans, half of the Louisiana Guards men, and virtually all of their equipment, is being squandered in Iraq.

The director of FEMA, learned that thousands of people were stranded at the city convention center. He learned it while being interviewed at a television station. He was totally surprised to learn of it, yet it was one of the places people were told to go to, were supposed to go to, in case of such an emergency.

But, of course, the head of FEMA is a Bush political appointee with no experience in disaster management. Just lots of experience with playing political favors.

Every American, watching the fatal magnitude of the detachment of Bush and his administration and their bumbling incompetent response to this terrible, predictable, event, should understand that this is what America has become. Do not believe that the government is going to be more responsive to your needs, your survival, when disaster, natural or otherwise, visits your neighbourhood.

Please do not hesitate to write and or call your representatives and senators, let them know this will not be forgiven or forgotten. Let them know that this gigantic betrayal of public trust is just that, a betrayal of the highest magnitude.

A point of information for those wishing to donate funds to help with the relief efforts. Any money sent to FEMA or any government agency, is being sent to a list of ten organizations. Number one on the list, as you might expect, is the American Red Cross, number two on that list, number two, is a Christian organization owned, operated, and presided over, by none other than Pat Robertson. Pat 'It's valuable to have a friend at the White House' Robertson.

Update, Operation Blessing, is the name of Robertson's organization, it has been moved to number three on the list. It is one of the organizations that is wanting money only, no volunteers. Fits, eh?

I think it would be a much better idea to send money directly to the organization you most trust rather than any fund that is going to be doling out money to organizations operated by slimy evangelists and politically favored con men. New Orleans doesn't need bibles.

Mean while, the government is refusing to allow international aid and rescue organizations into the US to help. Hell, the UN would have figured out how to air drop supplies from Europe by now. But America the mighty, is without leadership and it's bumbling, overstuffed bureaucracy, headed by know nothing political appointees is paralyzed .

I am full of anger and sorrow. My imagination blurred with the images of all those people, in all that chaos, many dying by the hour.

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told the media that those poor, sick, old people, black babies, and mothers and children, anyone who could not get out of the city, have themselves to blame.

We, as a country, must not forgive, and dare not forget what this little cabal of political freaks and rich thieves have done to America . With their lies, their greed, and their genuine distain for ordinary Americans.

Truly, George Bush is a very little man and a very little president. I weep for America.

Link to a journal with first person reports from New Orleans, including a cell phone conversation with a man stranded, with thousands of others, in the city's convention center.

The Mayor of New Orleans pleading with the president and federal government to save the people of his city. This is heart breaking but you should listen.
Be patient, it takes a minute or so to load, worth the wait if you want a first hand feel for just how bad it is.

You can also hear this interview at Air America, under the Mayor's picture on the left side of the page. Click Here

Monday, August 29, 2005

Nixon Revisited?

Shortly after America's second phony election, reading the entrails of the American body politic, I predicted that the little president, George Bush, would end his second term in disgrace. I said, at the time, that just as little George had made a good if flawed figure head, he would also make an excellent fall guy, when the table began to turn.

This is one of those predictions I really wanted to be right about. It's looking good, so far.

When the little president was sworn into his second chance at the office, he had the lowest approval rating of a second term president, since Richard Nixon. Nixon, of course, left the office in disgrace, during his second term. For crimes much smaller than many perpetrated by this administration.

Right now, as I'm sure most of my readers know, George Bush's approval rating is a couple of points below that of Nixon, when that Republican was ran from office.

I remember clearly how strange and drawn Nixon looked when he left office. I remember his public out bursts and temper tantrums that became more frequent as the pressure grew.

Capital Hill Blue has an interesting article on the little president's current behavior. A short quote from the article:

White House insiders say Bush is growing increasingly bitter over mounting opposition to his war in Iraq. Polls show a vast majority of Americans now believe the war was a mistake and most doubt the President’s honesty.

“Who gives a flying fuck what the polls say,” he screamed at a recent strategy meeting. “I’m the President and I’ll do whatever I goddamned please. They don’t know shit.”

Very Nixon like, actually. Except Nixon was braver than the current presidential model. Nixon was not afraid of anti-war activists. He spoke to many. Nixon did share Bush's opinion that the president is somehow above the law and is endowed with God like powers to alter reality to fit his personal agenda.

Another quote from the above linked article, this from Dr. Justin Frank:

Bush’s behavior, according to prominent Washington psychiatrist, Dr. Justin Frank, author of “Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President,” is all too typical of an alcohol-abusing bully who is ruled by fear.

To see that fear emerge, Dr. Frank says, all one has to do is confront the President. “To actually directly confront him in a clear way, to bring him out, so you would really see the bully, and you would also see the fear,” he says

Now we have been witnessing his increasingly erratic and hostile behavior for some time. Cindy Sheehan, or what she represents, is bugging the hell out of the little president and has him literally on the run.

He went to yet another vacation spot to have a news conference about this woman who he hasn't got the time or frankly, the nerve, to meet face to face.

Though, to be fair, this weak, irresponsible, compulsively lying little rich boy, who has always been protected from the consequences of his own actions, can't stand beside this woman. He knows how small and weak he will look when compared directly to this woman, this ordinary citizen with a real and honest question that America wants a real and honest answer for.

Some insiders are beginning to speculate that the little president may be drinking again. Now, that might explain why he takes so much time off and works such short hours when he is in 'on the job'. But to me, the dry drunk syndrome seems more likely. Read the article for yourself, Dr. Flood does make interesting observations of the president's behavior.

Things are not going to get better for the little president. He has created a mess, the likes of which the US has never experienced before. Meanwhile, there seems to be an awakening happening in America. Cindy Sheehan's vigil and the little president's childish reaction to it, have had a dramatic effect on the American people.

No amount of swift boat liars, talking Republican heads on the news, smear articles, and even the PR company creation of a 'Counter Cindy' group, have been able to blunt the simple message going around the world. The president of the United States is nothing more than a rich child of privilege. war mongering, egocentric bully. And, a coward.

The man's cowardly spine has never been seen so clearly evident. So undeniably obvious, for all to see.

This would be very funny, very laughable and entertaining if one didn't understand how dangerous a frightened coward with power can be. History is replete with examples of banal, vain little men who were willing to bring about the destruction of their own people to protect themselves from the consequences of their actions.

I do not believe this president, this government, could turn it's own army against the American people. There will always be some units that can be counted on, but the Army, as a whole is in shock from what it is doing to the Iraqis. They are well aware of the children and women and old people they are killing. The men who follow the fire orders don't forget who they are aiming at.

However, having stepped into the land of speculation, I note that the Christian brown shirts, who are not joining the military in large numbers, are waiting in the wings. Robertson's recent threats, regarding the president of Venezuela, were a slight preview of things to come.

I have expected for some time now, that Bush, through Robertson, Dobson, and others of their ilk, will attempt to stir the religious right to violent actions against political opposition that is growing in America today. Historically, there will be nothing new about such events. This president is a big believer in using violence to force agreement or surrender.

As the stakes get higher, and they will, the worst of this nasty little man will become apparent.

On a lighter note, the hate preacher, Fred Phelps has appeared at a couple of funerals for Tennessee National Guardsmen, recently killed in Iraq and got a real Tennessee Volunteers welcome. Read it here.

Chased away they were. How about a cheer for those good people in Tennessee?

While I have very real fears for the future, it thrills me deeply to see the evidence of so many Americans beginning to awaken from the complacency and slumber that has held so many of us for so long.

Try as hard as they may to hid it, the cost of this evil destructive course America has embarked upon, is coming home. Pay back is coming Mr. President.

It isn't here yet but the president can hear it already and it scares him.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

The State of the Current Disunity

George Bush used to tell us that he is a uniter, not a divider. There is a certain kernel of truth to that idea but not one the president intended.

China and Russia have made history recently with their joint military exercises. The reason for the joint exercises? Russia and China find themselves very uneasy with the unilateralism of current American foreign policy.

Islamic extremists who have never had a foot hold in Iraq before, are finding common cause with the insurgents of Iraq, likewise the Iranians.

The majority of Europeans have united in their distrust and fear of the little president and his administration.

America has, in many ways, been torn asunder by the outrages of this defender of the rich and protector of the powerful. I think it fair to say that the American population is in a severe flux of disunity. A flux that is growing by the day.

Many months ago I predicted that the draft would have been reinstated by this summer. I am not sad to say I was wrong. That is the sort of thing I like being wrong about.

However, my reasons for that prediction still remain and the administration's inability to deal with the problems, show what a tenuous position the little president and his neo-con handlers are actually in.

The war is going very badly for our war time president. While he and Cheney, and the rest of the deck of white house cards continue to proclaim victory, most of the world is seeing a different story unfolding in Iraq.

In fact, the only people sensing victory are the same losers who started the war and wish to continue it. The same losers who are now making threats and trying to build a case for war against Iran. The same ones continuing to decimate the military while losing in Iraq.

Now, the building disunity I spoke of in the title, refers to the United States itself. The little president has no answers for any of the questions that are being inspired by this war. What do you do when you've skated so far upon the thin ice of fabricated evidence and flimsy excuses?

In his last radio address, the little man who could not face the mother of one of his victims, attempted to explain his war with the same old lie. A lie even key members of his administration have admitted is wrong. 9/11, 9/11, 9/11.

Almost no one still believes that lie but the little president, pro liar that he is, keeps telling it. Only the brain dead and utterly ignorant still believe him. Their ranks are beginning to shrink and at the same time, the ranks of ordinary citizens, fed up with the lies and the over the top power abuses of this administration, are growing rapidly.

The success of Cindy Sheehan's vigil is an indicator of how strong and how fast this movement of rational questions is growing.

Cindy Sheehan did not create this movement, she gave it a face, and a focus point, but she is so successful now because the balance is changing. People who have been quiet, for too long, are finding their voices. And finding the courage necessary to question such a paranoid regime, in public.

No amount of carefully orchestrated political display, such as the government sponsored Garth Brooks parade and concert, in Washington, will change the simple truth. There is no reason for war in Iraq, other than a naked grab for oil, money, and power. Nothing uniquely American is being defended, nothing good is being disseminated to the Iraqi people, but Halliburton is making an enormous pile of money, as well as the big oil companies.

Meanwhile, our soldiers are dieing in a war of pure greed, in unarmored vehicles, without proper body armor, because this administration is trying to save money on protective equipment while borrowing billions upon billions to throw at the corporate interests the White House serves.

One thing the war mongers realized, from the beginning, was that this war would not be supported by the American people if any real sacrifice was demanded of them. A clear indication that they knew the excuses would not fly for ever.

In spite of the huge cost of the war, Bush has given massive tax breaks to the rich and dares not raise taxes to support his war. For purely political reasons, he's leaving that for another administration to take the heat for.

Anyone doubting the slim support for the war has only to look at recruitment statistics. They are in the pits. Many of the traditional sources of recruitment, Black Americans, immigrants, and the poor, have quickly figured out that the military is not a reasonable alternative to poverty and unemployment.

In spite of their 'support the troops' stickers, and vocal proclamations of support for this insanity, Republicans, young and old alike seem to be waiting for someone else to do the actual fighting. They certainly aren't standing in line at military recruitments centres or packing their kids off to boot camp.

What popular support this war has, will evaporate very quickly if the draft is reinstated. So, the little president has decided to use stop loss programs to force people to say in the field long after their enlistment times are up. He uses National Guard and reserve units like regular troops, in spite of their man power and equipment shortages.

Recruitment is not replacing the losses. If you believe it is, then you are only looking at the official KIA figures. The loses, due to all causes, are out stripping recruitment.

The cracks of division are showing in the ranks of the Republicans themselves as more and more become embarrassed by their support of this failing regime. The idiocy, arrogance, and rank dishonesty of high administration officials, becomes more and more difficult to support.

Many are beginning to worry about the next set of elections, in 2006.

A small warning. Some people that I have spoken with and heard lately, mistakenly believe that an unpopular lame duck president will become powerless and will begin to make concessions.

George Bush is a vain, power besotted and scared little man. As pressure mounts against him, in the US, he will more likely escalate his excesses, rather than retreat from madness.

I should not be surprised if the real purpose of the Patriot Act becomes much more obvious between now and the end of this little president's reign.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

The Slime and Drudge of Smear Mongers

I did not intend to blog on this subject again so quickly, but the newest bit of low end smear tactics from the right, inspires a response.

This is from the Drudge report, a letter supposedly signed by some of Cindy Sheehan's relatives, appealing for Cindy to "Stop"

Below, I have reprinted the short 'article' in question.

FAMILY OF FALLEN SOLDIER PLEADS: PLEASE STOP, CINDY!Thu Aug 11 2005 12:56:21 ETThe family of American soldier Casey Sheehan, who was killed in Iraq on April 4, 2004, has broken its silence and spoken out against his mother Cindy Sheehan's anti-war vigil against George Bush held outside the president's Crawford, Texas ranch. The following email was received by the DRUDGE REPORT from Casey's aunt and godmother:

Our family has been so distressed by the recent activities of Cindy we are breaking our silence and we have collectively written a statement for release. Feel free to distribute it as you wish. Thanks, Cherie In response to questions regarding the Cindy Sheehan/Crawford Texas issue: Sheehan Family Statement: The Sheehan Family lost our beloved Casey in the Iraq War and we have been silently, respectfully grieving. We do not agree with the political motivations and publicity tactics of Cindy Sheehan. She now appears to be promoting her own personal agenda and notoriety at the the expense of her son's good name and reputation.

The rest of the Sheehan Family supports the troops, our country, and our President, silently, with prayer and respect. Sincerely, Casey Sheehan's grandparents, aunts, uncles and numerous cousins.

To start with, just to be fair, this note claims to have been written by two individuals who assume they represent the rest of the family yet only two people claim to have written it and neither has named themselves. Odd thing for someone making a public statement claiming to speak for others. It reads like it was written by a political hack, to me.

But, one must consider the source. Drudge is a bottom feeding muckraker who had his moment of attention, quite some time ago. He has milked that moment for all it's worth but try as he may, he can't make it back to the lime light, no matter how low he sinks.

This article is as low as it gets. He presents it in a manner, mentioning no names, that will allow him an out, if it turns out to be fraudulent.

Let's assume that it isn't a made up job, (just for the sake of discussion). Being, as I am, the product of a red neck American family, it is easy to read the self pity, arrogance, and presumption in this little lash out.

I can imagine that a strong, active, intelligent woman like Cindy Sheehan is leaned on by at least part of her extended family and in-laws. Some one may be missing her free services. Pure speculation based on the note of self pity in the demand.

The arrogant assumption that their needs and desires out rank Cindy's, based on some level of blood tie, speaks for itself. The attempted guilt trip, the claim that Cindy some how dishonors her son, by not playing the pretense that it was a noble loss, is just the sort of garbage that families and in-laws throw at each other on a regular basis. Always striving to claim the moral high ground to excuse their desire to control. Yet it still reads like it was written by a pro political hack.

What this sort of tactic says, for the right wing war supporters, is that they are running out of options and ideas. The tiny president can't meet, face to face, with an honest citizen, one not swayed or bought by dreams of political reward. It is damned hard for the hacks to to come up with a good excuse for the president's obvious show of weakness.

A person like Cindy is very hard to smear. So you have make up a family drama, a soap opera scenario, in a strained attempt to paint the woman black. They have to do that because the president's behavior is beyond any spin doctor fix. The toadies and operatives find themselves with the dire task of trying to smear and belittle a woman who genuinely represents many ordinary Americans.

To me, the most telling thing in this scenario, is that the president can't face this woman. If he himself, actually believed in the necessity and the 'nobility' of this war, he would have no trouble meeting this woman whether she agreed with him or not. But the compulsive liar, the little president, can not meet this woman because she stands so much taller than he does. He and his advisers know it.

The little president, dumb as he is, knows exactly why we are really fighting this war. But he can't say it, can he? He can't talk about the promises to corporate supporters, he can't talk about his pre-presidential plan to invade Iraq as part of becoming his idea of a "Great President".

He can't talk about the natural destiny of his superior class, he can't talk about the power and privilege of oil companies, or the tax dollar pork, literally thrown at his class and his corporate cronies and supporters. He can't talk about Dick Cheney and the mountains of corruption that lay there in. He can never admit that he isn't really the president, that Cheney and Rove call the shots in his 'great' presidency.

He can not stand face to face with an honest uncorrupted citizen. No wonder he hates and fears democracy.

All the kings men and all the kings horses do not know what to do with an honest, courageous citizen who can't be bought or killed and will not back down.

Lo' how the mighty are falling. The entire world is watching this drama. A stand off between an honest and courageous woman and this powerful, cowardly liar. It is not getting the coverage one might hope for in the corporate American media but it is a big story in Europe and much of the world. It was a feature story in Canada's national media today.

The little president blinks early, in every personal test he has faced. I can not believe this weak, lazy, cowardly little man is actually the president. A president who doesn't work late. Doesn't work week ends. and spends much of his time on vacation, does so because, he is only needed for the figurehead duties.

I haven't seen the little President at his gate saying "Bring it on little momma!" He only says that when someone else is on the sharp point of the stick. Pathetic.

My friend and soon to be editor, Nancy, another transplanted southerner, has asked me to pass this on to my readers:

MoveOn is taking out an ad in President Bush's local newspaper in support of Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq who is camped outside Bush's ranch in Texas asking for a meeting with the president. They'll publish the number of signers and the best comments in a full two-page spread in the newspaper nearest to Crawford (The Waco Tribune Herald) while Cindy holds her vigil. Can you sign and spread the word before the 3:00 PM Friday print deadline?

Post Script- Cindy Sheehan's husband and immediate family have expressed great support for what Cindy is doing, giving support to my belief that this letter is a sham. Who cares what a couple of pissed off in-laws think? Most of us have experienced the reality petty judgmental in-laws and all of us have experienced the reality of media hacks that make things up.

We shall see which variety of smear scam this is.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

That Dang Woman at the Ranch in Crawford

That dang woman is Cindy Sheehan, of course. The mother of a young soldier killed in Iraq. Like a lot of people, Cindy Sheehan wants to know the reason her son died. Why president Bush and his cronies created a war out of lies and deceptions and sent her son to die in it. Cindy has more reason to want to know than most of us.

Several years ago, I returned to the States briefly, in hopes of clearing up my situation with the Air Force. At the US side of the border, I was detained. While there I met a very large scary looking border guard who told me that he lost his son in Vietnam and he wished to God that his son had gone to Canada or any where but into the damned Army.

The man was plagued with the same question Cindy Sheehan is plagued with. Why? That border guard was being eaten by the same question. "No one can give me one reason why?" He said that more than once.
The story of the border guard.

His question was never answered and neither will Cindy Sheehan receive the real answer from Bush.

I recently wrote an article here entitled, "The Problem With Lies". This little stand off in Crawford Texas is an object lesson in the problem with lies.

You see, the little president, some would say the most powerful individual in the world, is hiding from this woman and the whole world is watching him do it. He has sent two top aides out to talk to her but the attempted nice cop brush off didn't work.

Bush sent his top National Security adviser, Stephen Hadley, to tell Ms Sheehan that there really were WMDs in Iraq but they were spirited away to Syria. Yep, the WMDs are hidden in Syria, little momma. Cindy, being a very intelligent woman, not impressed by lofty titles, asked, "Is that the official White House position?" Political hack beat a hasty retreat with tail tucked firmly between his legs.

The little president is still hiding in his ranch hoping that danged woman will go away. He's on vacation from a real tough job and wants his play time, damn it. Lyin', thievin'n, and murderin' is damned hard work, ya'll know.

This is a no win situation for the little president. If he has her arrested, as is being threatened, he shows the world what a weak, cowardly, small hearted man he is.

No matter how revved up his sincerity act is, he has no answers to give this woman because every thing he says is and has been a lie. No WMDs. No links to 9/11. No links to Al Qaeda. No terrorists operating (before Saddam fell). The evidence was carefully cooked to support going to his war, for reasons that have never been said out loud.

If he meets her in private, the media is going to be much more interested in what she has to say about it than what that predictable old liar has to say.
She is much smarter than Bush and keeps asking all the right questions. Questions Bush can't answer because he's been caught in all his old lies and few seem to be buying the new ones.

What's a slimy politician to do? Bush has never faced up to anything real in his life. Never. He only speaks to hand picked crowds. He was afraid of the Canadian Parliament. They may have asked unscripted questions. Bush can't answer questions not created by his handlers and rehearsed ahead of time.

When he talks off script, he just becomes the shrugging, smirking, rude little bugger that is has always been. Not very impressive for man who is so proud of being a 'war time president'. A title he was very anxious to have, long before 9/11.

He met this woman once before, at the White house. The president 'sharing the grief' of mothers of KIA soldiers. He kept trying to turn it into a festive occasion like the women should be just thrilled to meet the little president and fearless leader. He did not know her name or the name of her son. He kept calling her "mom". She asked the wrong questions then, as well.

What can this smirking fool of a mass killer, this compulsive liar, tell this intelligent, aware woman who will not be impressed by his royal president fantasies?

As I said before, lies make you weak. Look at our president. Cowed by lone woman standing beside the road in Texas. Pathetic.

Update: Rice and Rumsfeld will be arriving at the presidents ranch on Thursday. Cindy Sheehan has been informed that that she may be arrested Thursday as a 'Threat to national security'. Imagine that. I have to wonder, what terminology do they use to distinguish between real threats to national security, and the sort of 'threat' that this gold star mother represents?
I suppose they are all the same to someone as cowardly as the American president.

To avoid the embarrassment of arresting her as a security threat, the local Sheriffs department has suddenly decided that the land Cindy is standing on is private property, not county owned as they originally said. However, they can't say exactly who it belongs to, only that it's privately held.

How peculiar that no one seems to know who owns the land right next to the presidents ranch.
Oh yeah, of course I believe that, I'm sure you do too. I have to laugh at the feeble lies and games these bastards must play, to avoid dealing with the simple truth. But, that's America for you.

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discussion at KOS