"HIGH CRIMES"??? Hell, I think if a government of…

HIGH CRIMES”???

Hell, I think if a government official commits ANY crime in office, s/he should lose his/her office. Except maybe a parking ticket, a moving violation, ‘simple’ trespassing (except in the process of abusing power), simple lying to cover-up an extramarital affair, some minute and harmless technicality s/he sincerely didn’t know about, stuff like that.

(BTW, as you may remember from the Clinton business, “misdemeanors” in the Constitution merely meant “misdeeds,” it didn’t have its current technical meaning of “crimes that don’t rise to a felony.” So it doesn’t answer my comments above. I believe the term may have been employed to cover things that might not have been technically “crimes,” but would still judiciously be found to constitute “high…misdeeds.”)

"LYING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE"??? Global Warming …

“LYING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE”???

Global Warming coverup an impeachable offense??? LTTAP was for Nixon.

Misuse/Abuse of Subpoenas

Brownshirts/SS: Christian Right Paramilitaries, Mercenaries, Infiltration of Armed Forces and Police

documented here. They threaten America. They’ve also apparently been unleashed by Washington on innocent Iraqi Muslim “satanic” civilians (as they call them).

“Surge” Will Have Opposite Effect

This expert on occupation/counterinsurgency says Washington policymakers – Bush and top brass – and footsoldiers in Iraq, don’t know what they’re doing, and are making US ‘the enemy in Iraq.’

Mistake in Military Court

In forbidding an Illegal War defense for war critic Lt. Ehren Watada USA, a military judge stated that whether the Iraq War is illegal is a political, not a judicial, question. But that’s simply not correct. Whether war happens is a political question. Legality is ALWAYS a judicial question, THE judicial question. His lawyer is right: If a “military court” isn’t free to rule on legality, it’s not a court at all…just another arm of the imperial ‘unitary executive’! It renders “military justice” just another one of those Army oxymorons.

Reagan Cabinet Official Calls “War on Terror” Fake

Gonzales Strips Federal Judges of Citizenship, Possibly Commits Treason (Again?)

He might as well have. If “the collective wisdom of the executive branch” (ROTFLMAO!!!) isn’t available to judges, then basically they’re no longer Americans. If embassies gather information only for Bush and not for all of us -

Waitaminute! Did Alberto just say U.S. Embassies gather information about our ‘enemies’? He just signed all their death warrants! He just betrayed all our covert operatives, by saying our embassies are actually spy outlets! THAT’S a classic case of HIGH TREASON!!! That’s Plame times a million!

No, judges don’t exist to determine what’s in the national interest. They do exist to decide when the law and the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and ‘the rights of free Englishmen’ – and what’s right, moral, just – have been violated. If Gonzales asserts that lawbreaking is in the national interest, I think he just ceased to be a lawyer.

No, Alberto, in America the three Branches are equal. Your boss, the 535 voting members of Congress, the 9 Supreme Court [in]justices – they’re all the same.

Let’s bring Responsible Government to America. The Executive has become what it always was – unaccountable. A loose cannon. “Imperial.” It has reduced Congress to a consultative assembly, and stripped away what independence the judiciary ever had. Modernize American Government. The 18th-century political-philosophical experiment here has failed. We have a dictatorship under color of law. Will there even BE an ’08 election???

Attack Iran? Syria?

When we’re doing so well in Iraq and Afghanistan?!!! He’s mad! He wouldn’t be any madder if he had a little square mustache under his nose! The World War Bushies want requires a protracted, massive Draft, an immense buildup of hardware, and probably nukes on top of it all. Also a similar mobilization by Allies, preferably those with as much cannon fodder as possible. And he’s the only one who wants this war! He thinks he’s playing Risk! He would probably need to annihilate the Muslim race – genocide, religicide, civilizationcide – before they could mobilize and overrun us, or at least Europe and Russia. Remember the Mongol Horde? That’s the scale of war he’s envisioning! Genocide! Devastation! Nothing left but sand and oil and corpses and dead camels! Mars-ification! Crusade!

Make peace now.

Arguably Bush, and anything on his initiative, does not meet the Valid Authority criterion for Justifiable War under Western Christian morality….

SPEAKING OF ORGANIZING RELIGIOUS WORKERS… Ortho…

SPEAKING OF ORGANIZING RELIGIOUS WORKERS…

Orthodox Christianity could do alot more for the Church and those around us if we didn’t *all* need to support spouses, children, families, bank accounts, etc. Where are the Orthodox schools, hospitals, service agencies, public-interest law practices, etc., in the Western world???

Orthodoxy opposes the wholesale de-monasticisation of our Monks and Nuns as occurred starting with the 13th-century Mendicant Orders in the West (e.g., Franciscans, Dominicans, etc.). But organizing laity for good works – married or unmarried, temporarily or for life, living in common or at home – would be a big help, if there were or could be interest….

Impeach Attorney General Gonzales

He’s really turning into a monster. Distraction from Bush/Cheney Impeachment? Maybe not.

A LEGAL RELIGIOUS ORDER? The Catholics have order…

A LEGAL RELIGIOUS ORDER?

The Catholics have orders of priests, Brothers, and Sisters, who serve as doctors, nurses, teachers, activists and community organizers, missionaries, scholars and researchers, church bureaucrats, trainers of priests, pray-ers, social workers, counselors, youth workers, chaplains, etc.

How about an order of lawyers?

When all the jokes are done being cracked(!), the poor, the Third World, the environment, the sick and disabled, the mentally ill, minorities, battered spouses, the oppressed, workers, stockholders, the abused, nonprofit organizations, criminal defendants, victims, debtors, activists, opposition political parties, the Church, even priests/Brothers/Sisters and religious orders, and some lawyers themselves(!), need good legal advice and representation they can’t afford.

Much good legal advice and representation is priced out of reach of most people, and as we’ve seen in the last generation in the United States at least, governments can’t be relied upon to fund Legal Aid, Public Defenders, etc., adequately if at all, especially when the adversaries of the above persons and groups rule or wield undue influence. Thus “justice” promised by many legal systems is only available to the well-off.

Good legal advice and rep costs so much for a variety of reasons besides the greed of some individual lawyers and firms. Law school is expensive. Many lawyers of necessity must live in expensive parts of their countries, such as capital cities, megalopolitan suburbs, and county seats. Even pro bono work needs to be subsidized by other, paying clients. Fees and expenses imposed by courts, regulatory agencies, and other government entities, add to the total cost. Then there are the ordinary expenses of running a law office or firm, supporting employees and dependents, etc. And often the practice of law is accompanied by marginally-relevant costs ranging from the social (fancy dinners, official schmoozing, etc.) to the criminal or near-criminal (bribes, “gratuities,” etc.). Plus, good legal advice and rep is simply alot of hard work.

Part of the success of the American Catholic parochial school system can be attributed to its staffing by lower-paid and volunteer workers – originally religious Sisters, now mostly single and married laywomen. (In parts of Ireland and Canada, originally religious Brothers.) These persons do this work often because they believe in it religiously. (No pun intended.) In the other areas of Religious specialty noted at the top of this piece, Catholic success and advances also owe at least in part to lower-paid and volunteer workers. In addition, religious orders and their apostolates attract the freewill donations of Catholic faithful, other institutions, and even non-Catholics.

The vital difference Catholic religious orders traditionally make is that their members have chosen to be unmarried, have no family dependents, live in common in religious institutions themselves, and thus can afford to serve the needy more cheaply than laypersons “in the world” with spouses and children etc. Another difference is that most Religious can theoretically be assigned anywhere in the world (or at least in their country) where there is need, often with little notice. (Think of religious orders as the original transnational corporations!) In addition, while this point doesn’t necessarily commend itself to religious worker morale, religious have sometimes been directed to perform tasks they didn’t even wish to – again, not completely unlike other lines of work, come to think of it!!! And there are probably other points to be made in favor of this model of public service. And of course, it traditionally has enjoyed the sanction of the faith itself.

While certainly Catholic religious orders, as well as such concepts as celibacy and obedience, have seen better days, even one lawyer serving free of familial attachments, in an area of need, free or cheap to clients, supported and subsidized by donors, endorsed by religion, could make a huge difference in a single community. In fact religious Brothers and Sisters are even free of some of the obligations traditionally imposed on priests, such as earning a theology degree, saying Mass, preaching, administering other sacraments, preparing converts, etc., often very time-consuming.

The Jesuits have included some lawyers and/or law professors, as have a few other orders of men and women. But imagine mobilizing a whole corps – of any size – of dedicated Religious lawyers! (Again, spare us the jokes!) Call it perhaps The Society of Saint Thomas More – the Morists (SSTM).

Even imagine the good influence they could be on the wider legal system, on other lawyers, judges, legislators, government officials, in some cases even juries, as well as on the whole legal discourse of a society.

Halfway measures would probably help also, e.g., less-traditional groupings such as Secular Institutes, Lay Apostolic Societies, Secular Third Orders, associations of volunteers, lay associates or auxiliaries, alumni organizations, student/seminarian groups, etc.

Employing and Paying High Officials Who Need Senate Approval, Without It (or even a crooked “recess appointment”)?!?!?!

Sounds unconstitutional to me, whether Specter put it in a mere statute or not! Right up there with spending our money without a Congressional vote! A sixth-grade civics student could tell them this: “I’m just a bill, up on Capitol Hill….”

It’s pretty clear (again) that these people will do anything they want, the law or morals be damned. If Congress is powerless, do we need the Framers’ Remedy for federal overreaching?!?!?! (I’m just asking….)

A regime that churns out the illegalities faster than the regular Congressional oversight process, or lawsuits, can keep up, is rotten to the core, and needs to be ejected in toto. Elected, or not!

Crony Capitalism… Corporatocracy… Just plain old-fashioned Corruption… Unconstitutionality… Illegality… High Crimes….

(Anyway, we don’t need no stinking “recess appointments.”  Anything that absolutely needs to be done without Senate confirmation can be done by the undersecretary, charge d’affaires, deputy director, etc.  Congress is not optional [anymore!].  Recess appointments should be deleted from the Constitution by Amendment; they’re only good for troublemaking, and defying the will of the representatives of the American people.)

BUBBA/DUBYA/BUSINESS/CONTRIBUTORS QUIET COUP D’ETA…

BUBBA/DUBYA/BUSINESS/CONTRIBUTORS QUIET COUP D’ETAT AGAINST “INDEPENDENT” FEDERAL AGENCIES, SCIENTISTS, EXPERTS, PLACES US ALL AT RISK!

Remember the Bushies silencing government Global Warming scientists? Now a further “unitary executive” dictatorial “order” places right-wing political, ideological officers in all agencies, just like the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany had in every factory, military unit, and collective farm. It also asserts White House power to quash proposed regulations if they cost their business friends too much.

This must violate Congressional enabling legislation of agencies….

They’re supposedly most upset about the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. They basically want us all dead, as I’ve said before!

“In an interview on Monday, Jeffrey A. Rosen, general counsel at the White House Office of Management and Budget, said, ‘This is a classic good-government measure that will make federal agencies more open and accountable.'”

THIS is a classic example of doublespeak! Bush’s order is more accurately described as a classic BAD-government measure that will make the agencies LESS open and accountable. It even asserts a pResidential power to exempt regs from public notice and input in “emergencies” it declares itself. (Like Katrina?!!! NOT!) This appears to be under the influence of a sneaky hyper-market-forces failed appointee of Bush’s, to whom he may give a now-all-powerful federal job for the remainder of his [unless-impeached] term in office. I guess not all women are “compassionate” after all….

Yes, this actually started with Clinton: the dark side of “It’s the economy, stupid”!!! We should’ve known. Of course, some of us did. But the DLC pulled the wool over the rest of our eyes.

If they were really concerned just about agencies acting beyond their statutory powers, they’d prevail in a just court, or even moreso in today’s pro-business courts. This really looks like game/set/match against FDR’s New Deal, as well as Teddy Roosevelt’s Progressive-Era reforms, which of course “conservatives” hate pathologically. Unless WE THE PEOPLE can prevail in court. But of course there are fewer and fewer just courts in this country.

NY Times coverage. Truthout.org semi-critique.

U.S. INVESTIGATORS "LINK" ISRAELIS TO 9/11 Brit H…

U.S. INVESTIGATORS “LINK” ISRAELIS TO 9/11

Brit Hume seems to be losing the power of speech, and since this is from Faux News, one must wonder, but of course they must have GREAT sources in this Illegitimate Administration….

(BTW, Fox is not an abbreviation like ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, etc. Therefore, it should not be all-caps like they are. Although I know what the F could stand for!!!)

WARNING! IF YOU CHANGE PLANES IN BUSH’S AMERICA……

WARNING! IF YOU CHANGE PLANES IN BUSH’S AMERICA…

you could be deported someplace you don’t want to go, even if you live elsewhere. Ask naturalised Canadian citizen Maher Arar.

Funny, I thought to be deported you first had to try to spend some time here!

I guess this means asylum at U.S. Embassies is out too, if you and your friends aren’t immaculate – in Bush’s terms…. Who knows where they’ll send you!

REAL CIVIL WAR IN IRAQ? It’s been suggested the s…

REAL CIVIL WAR IN IRAQ?

It’s been suggested the seeming sectarian strife there has been engineered, even faked, by “Coalition Forces” (read USA) to prolong their stay, perhaps to make sure the nation’s oil industry gets placed in the hands of their foreign multinational corporations.

Inquiring minds want to know!!

DOHA STILL DEAD Further globalization apparently …

DOHA STILL DEAD

Further globalization apparently still on hold.

Put it…and us all…out of its misery!

AMERICA’S RIGHTFUL QUEEN COMING TO VISIT For Jame…

AMERICA’S RIGHTFUL QUEEN COMING TO VISIT

For Jamestown, Virginia’s 400th anniversary celebrations this May. (Although it’s really only Anglo-America’s 400th birthday, not America’s!)

WHAT’S WRONG WITH NI’S ORANGE ORDER PARADES? They…

WHAT’S WRONG WITH NI’S ORANGE ORDER PARADES?

They traditionally feel the need to “fly the flag in enemy territory” (ie, Catholic neighborhoods). And often, the flag is that of one or another supposedly-illegal Protestant terrorist/insurgent group. Again, for international comparisons, it’s like the KKK marching through Black or Jewish or Catholic neighborhoods…in the South, where they traditionally control the local government!!!

NORTHERN IRELAND POLICE COLLUDED WITH VIOLENT PROT…

NORTHERN IRELAND POLICE COLLUDED WITH VIOLENT PROTESTANTS EVEN AFTER GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT

Even so, the “loyalist” (loyal only to themselves) paramilitary-related Paisleyite “Democratic Unionist Party” insists that Sinn Fein, now the largest Catholic political party in NI, endorse the cops, to allow the restoration of limited self-rule for the region. This is like requiring African-Americans to endorse an unreformed Bull Connor, or Palestinians, the Israeli “Defense” Forces, or Kosovo Serbs, the KLA.

Sunday Business Post headline: RUC was running UVF gang. [After next week, try searching for the story in their archives, where old stories remain available free.]

Giving the benefit of the doubt, the DUP just don’t understand. Not, they keep moving the goalposts. We really are the Blacks of Europe. My advice to the SF ard fheis (party conference)?: Tough call. I suppose they could get into power and see if they can’t improve things that way…although from what I remember, policing remains under control of the UK Cabinet – the Northern Ireland Office and Secretary of State for NI – under Devolution.

DEMOCRATS AND THE COMMON GOOD are the traditional…

DEMOCRATS AND THE COMMON GOOD

are the traditional duo of the 20th century (at least), ideally, as these folks seek to remind them and the world. The original “big tent”! “The Common Good” isn’t Catholic – it’s catholic, it’s Christian, it’s human, it’s Divine.

BIN-LADEN/AL QAEDA DENIED INVOLVEMENT IN 9/11? Wo…

BIN-LADEN/AL QAEDA DENIED INVOLVEMENT IN 9/11?

Wouldn’t he boast? Fear for himself?: But we don’t hear him trembling though…

Who really benefits from 9/11??

(The American publisher of that website seems ideologically anti-Jewish, and not merely Israel-suspicious. Still, she raises disturbing questions.)

ANOTHER APPEAL TO RESTORE EQUAL TIME/FAIRNESS DOCT…

ANOTHER APPEAL TO RESTORE EQUAL TIME/FAIRNESS DOCTRINE…

How have we allowed our public airwaves to be commandeered so largely by one set of opinions, and one so outside the American mainstream to boot…FOR FREE!? It’s like we’ve been taken-over by some cult, government-subsidized! Actually broadcasting, especially (AM) radio I’m sad to say, has become a government subsidy to the Republican Party and Big Business, and their “conservative Christian” sops. Whole stations have dedicated themselves to being their mouthpieces, 24/7, one program after another after another (Talk about “gummint programs”!!!), daypart after daypart after daypart, libel after libel after libel. Some of them don’t even report the news ‘straight’, but spoon-feed their fascist audiences, ala Faux News Channel. Not that they ever allowed much “liberalism” on the air before Reagan, usually just “conservatism” and ‘moderatism.’

GET THE GOP/CORPORATIONS/FUNDIE CHURCHES OFF WELFARE!!!!!

Or considering all the government money they get through other means, maybe a government-funded Opposition Network would be reasonable….

CLOSING THE CANON ON THE HOLOCAUST? Would the U.S…

CLOSING THE CANON ON THE HOLOCAUST?

Would the U.S. pro-Israeli Holocaust resolution mooted in the UN chill legitimate historical research on it, especially in countries where “denying the Holocaust” is a crime? Could this constitute “an establishment of religion” paid for by U.S. tax dollars? (Our UN diplomats [I use the term loosely!] aren’t volunteers!!) Could it presage criminalization of it here?? What about genocides of Christians in the Muslim world, “secular” Turkey, etc.? What about the six million non-Jews the Nazis killed?

LIBBY LAWYER FINGERS ROVE IN PLAME LEAK Yes, some…

LIBBY LAWYER FINGERS ROVE IN PLAME LEAK

Yes, something else was going on yesterday: the opening of “Scooter” Libby’s trial on charges of obstructing the probe into the HIGH TREASON of revealing the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson, as revenge against her husband Ambassador Joseph Wilson’s revelation of Bush’s Hussein/African Nukes justification for invading Iraq as false. Still no charges against actual leakers, though. Who’s Fitzgerald protecting?

IRAN ATTACK PENCILED-IN FOR APRIL? (The only thin…

IRAN ATTACK PENCILED-IN FOR APRIL?

(The only thing wrong with this piece is that Blair isn’t retiring because of his plummeting popularity but because he’s been PM long enough, and needs to hand the reins over to Gordon Brown in enough time for Brown to put his own stamp on things before the next general election [which may be as soon as next year, or more likely '09, barring the unexpected; must be by Summer '10.], in hope of keeping Labour in power for the post-Blair era.)

EURO-FORMING EARTH Interesting theory: Just like …

EURO-FORMING EARTH

Interesting theory: Just like astronauts think about “Terra-forming” some new planet, it’s possible Whites Euroformed North America, Patagonia, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, southern Siberia – the other relatively temperate (climatically) lands of the Earth?

But how about some Global Warming now?!!

‘OVER 100 MILLION INDIANS WIPED OUT BY EUROPEAN DI…

OVER 100 MILLION INDIANS WIPED OUT BY EUROPEAN DISEASES‘?*

Found ‘em.

(*-I recommend even the book reviews linked from the bottom of the Wikipedia page, for details and flavor and critique it doesn’t include.)

More of the story: The State of Washington will find someplace else to do its bridge repairs. Very reasonable. If only more of the Settlers were as reasonable.

At least some are: This is a fascinating multimedia presentation by the Seattle Times.

And here’s the apparent conclusion just from August: State to compensate Tribe and give them most of the land.

OPPOSE DECEPTIVE "GRASSROOTS" LOBBYING CAMPAIGNS …

OPPOSE DECEPTIVE “GRASSROOTS” LOBBYING CAMPAIGNS

Sometimes they lie. Sometimes they launder money. Often they hide their donors’ and “members'” identities. Often they adopt misleading names and logos. Often they’re fronts for Big Business and the rich, not the common people they claim to represent to you. Sometimes they actually don’t lobby, but instead illegally influence actual elections.

Such ‘fake-grass-roots’ projects are called “astroturf“!

When you’re a government official and someone’s lobbying you, you want to know whom they’re representing – you want the whole story. If you’re elected, or your boss is, you want to know just how many votes are on which side of the issue, because corporations can’t vote (yet), and rich people can still only vote once (legally).

Why no full disclosure?!! What are they hiding?!!

That’s why I urge you to take a look at this report from Public Citizen (PDF). Both party leaders in the U.S. Senate want professional lobbyists to fully disclose when they try to rally the voters, and to what degree. There’s nothing here about churches or parachurch organizations that don’t otherwise meet the legal definition as professional lobbyists of government (unless the rich and corporations start laundering the money through them). And there’s nothing here about you or your family or friends or Address Book Contacts or even true membership-organizations you actually belong to (unless they start laundering the money through you!).

This isn’t a “liberal” or “conservative” thing, it isn’t a “Christian” or “secular” thing. Then again, maybe it is: It’s plain honesty. “The truth will set you free.”

{Really though, for-profit corporations shouldn’t be allowed to influence the political/governmental process at all on their own initiative, just like tax-free houses of worship can’t endorse or oppose candidates or parties up for election. (I mean, unless they’ve been asked by government to give input in areas of their expertise, say on proposed changes in laws or regulations, e.g., invited to testify at a legislative hearing or something.) Corporations couldn’t – legally – until the mid-1800s, when they bribed State legislatures to lift that restriction on them. This is because they were initially seen as creatures of the government, the sovereign that Chartered them for limited, public needs – and only secondarily for private greed, only so far as it helped meet the single public need for which they were granted the Temporary Privilege of Incorporation. In the beginning it would’ve made as much sense for a corporation to seek to do more than one thing, as for the trash man to start taking dictation at City Hall offices at the same time, and to start investigating murders at the same time too. And it would’ve made as much sense for a corporation to start pressuring government, as for that same trash man to start issuing Executive Orders and signing bills into law, without being elected to do so.}

WHY DO CONSERVATIVES HATE CITIES? Or fear them? O…

WHY DO CONSERVATIVES HATE CITIES?

Or fear them? Or think they’re more sinful than suburbs and rural areas? And why do newsmedia follow their lead??! This is a review of a book that attempts to say.

In truth, I ran into this during a few years I spent with a largely rural Protestant denomination, some of whose members often respond when you introduce yourself and say you’re from a city, “Right in the city?” like they presume you couldn’t possibly. Is it just innocent fear of the unfamiliar? Or something worse?

Don’t they read their Revelation? The New Jerusalem come down from Heaven isn’t gonna be a farm, a small town, or a suburb, but a bright shiny CITY!

"HOME INVASION"? What is this term, where did it …

“HOME INVASION”?

What is this term, where did it come from all of a sudden a few years ago, why do all the media use it now, and why does it sound like ideological doublespeak?!! like the kind we hear from “patriot/constitutionalist/taking/conservative/sovereign/Man’s home is his castle” types.

In fairness, this report (PDF) suggests it originated in Australia [Did Rupert Murdoch import it here 'Up Top' via Faux News/Sky??!] in situations of not just burglary, but intentionally terrorizing the occupants by multiple persons who were armed. Though it also says the expression is not always used this precisely. Why am I suspicious?

ATHEISTS VS. FUNDAMENTALISTS Lately the Athie/Fun…

ATHEISTS VS. FUNDAMENTALISTS

Lately the Athie/Fundie war seems to be heating up in MSM coverage. Scientists who want to liberate us from religion, and vice-versa. Like Atheism and Fundie’ism are the only choices available!

Of course, this is blowback from the Fundies’ attempts to take over public schools (more) – against Evolution, against Global Warming, against AIDS prevention, against the religious diversity that’s there, against Embryonic Stem Cell use, against Abortion, etc. If they sunk more money in private religious schools (like the Catholics do!) and less in the Republican Party….

IRAN EXCUSE?? Will this alleged roundup of suspic…

IRAN EXCUSE??

Will this alleged roundup of suspicious Iranians in Iraq give the Bushistas the fig leaf they need to attack Iran? or to let Israel nuke them?

DID YOU KNOW ORTEGA WAS BACK IN, IN NICARAGUA?!! …

DID YOU KNOW ORTEGA WAS BACK IN, IN NICARAGUA?!!

His re-election, and left/Catholic alliance with the former Contras, is getting NO U.S. media coverage. I had to have my cloistered nun friend tell me about it!!!

COLUMNISTS AREN’T JOURNALISTS And talk-show hosts…

COLUMNISTS AREN’T JOURNALISTS

And talk-show hosts aren’t newspeople or anchors.

A journalist might sometimes also write a column, and a newsperson might sometimes host a talk show. But journalists and newspeople’s first job is facts, information, not opinion or fluff. “Analysis” should only be provided by real pros, and only when necessary to help convey the information. Whether it agrees with your preferences or not.

A 24-HOUR ALL-NEWS CHANNEL I think it’s time for …

A 24-HOUR ALL-NEWS CHANNEL

I think it’s time for one. America might even watch!

Not talk, especially about the host’s own opinions. Not “show-biz,” either.

And not live wall-to-wall hostage seiges, highway chases, or Missing Pretty White Girls. Especially in Atlanta, or Kansas, or LA, or someplace like that.

And hey: What if we called a channel “Headline News,” and didn’t fill its prime time with one-sided talk and show-biz!!!

BILINGUALISM CAN POSTPONE ALZHEIMER’S? There may …

BILINGUALISM CAN POSTPONE ALZHEIMER’S?

There may be something to the Canadian policy besides Anglo-French (or Franco-English if you prefer) “biculturalism”!!! Although if you can read this, it’s probably too late….

NEW STAR TREK FLICK IN ’08 Looks like the Kirk/Sp…

NEW STAR TREK FLICK IN ’08

Looks like the Kirk/Spock Starfleet Academy rumors were more right than wrong after all. “Very young men”??? One problem: Spock is alot older than Kirk. Remember, Vulcans age alot slower than humans. So much so that in some of the novels, Spock has had a whole science career behind him – inventing transporters, for one thing – before he enlists! This last bit isn’t necessarily canon, and I guess Spock can still be a “Vulcan on the high side of 100″ at SFA…but I’m surprised TOS Trekkies on the Net don’t remember that important detail!

Two other things I’m concerned about: The Prequel Jinx, and the Damon/Affleck rumors!!! Ughghghghggh! Unless they rip the young Kirk and Spock into the 29th century – or vice-versa – I guess they’ll be going for the “senior” crowd with the greater disposable income with this flick! I have to say, I didn’t really enjoy Nemesis, either: It felt like an overlong episode, not a “major motion picture.” [BTW, is there such a thing as a minor motion picture?!!] But I’ll see any real Trek once. Hey, now that I have broadband, I might even look into some of the fan-films….

Of course, if we don’t impeach Bush/Cheney, we might end up with the Terran Empire after all – How about Kirk/Spock/Academy in the Mirror Universe?!!!

CORPORATOCRACY It’s bad enough corporations are (…

CORPORATOCRACY

It’s bad enough corporations are (mistakenly) people. Now they’re government officials too?!!! Not yet. But you just know how this Supreme Court will “rule.”

Of course it’s ironic, because NAFTA gives them the right to sue governments, from local to federal, in special unaccountable courts, over ordinances, laws, and regulations that deprive them of profits they expected to make, but didn’t have in their pockets yet, nor guarantees of same. Seems they can’t decide if they wanna be in charge, or sue those in charge! I guess it’s whatever gives them their way.

“Corporatocracy” used to be just a sarcastic metaphor, but now it’s for real!

It all started with the “takings” accusation: If government changes the law regarding something I own and expected to make a profit off of, it’s like they legally condemned it, so must reimburse me. But the thing is, future possible profits are just that: future. And possible. If my dog buys a joint and the cops arrest her and confiscate it before she gets a chance to get high off it, for illegal possession, do they owe her a drug trip, or a refund? Of course not! The thing is, anything you own certain rights to, you own subject to law. You are not a Sovereign; I am not a Sovereign; “We the People” is sovereign. “Libertarians” think they’re sovereigns as individuals. A more typical example is, if I buy a swamp, and then a law is passed against draining it before I had a chance to do so, I’m screwed – I own a swamp, period! Doesn’t matter if I was gonna turn it into a passive park, a homeless shelter, or a casino. It’s not like U.S. legislative and executive authorities do their thing without public input (usually), out of the “Sunshine,” with no notice, retroactively (“No ex post facto laws”), etc.

At least not when we were a democracy, before 12/12/2000….

THE BUSH-ABRAMOFF PHOTO THE WHITE HOUSE DIDN’T WAN…

THE BUSH-ABRAMOFF PHOTO THE WHITE HOUSE DIDN’T WANT YOU TO SEE…

is here, authenticity confirmed by a Friend of Jack.

If it’s innocent, what were they afraid of?!!

Circumstantial evidence of BRIBERY in the Oval Office. Let’s keep digging…and see if we can’t implicate Cheney while we’re at it!

THEY CALL US BUSH-HATERS Like it’s a bad thing! …

THEY CALL US BUSH-HATERS

Like it’s a bad thing!

Seriously, that’s just revenge for our diagnosis of them as Clinton-haters (Bill, Hillary, AND Chelsea!). Clinton-hatred is irrational, emotional, even psychopathology, because it’s not based on anything important or real. Opposition to the current occupation of the White House is supremely rational (no pun intended!). 800 broken laws, spending unappropriated money, stolen elections, dictatorial claims and deeds, illegal campaign contributions here and in Canada, High Crimes, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity, illegal war, criminal incompetence (at best), shredding not only the Constitution and the Bill of Rights but even the Magna Carta, etc etc etc.

As for the Clintons, Bill became infatuated and seduced by a 22-year-old thong-flasher in her “presidential kneepads,” Hillary caved-in to Big Insurance and hasn’t been the same since, and who knows what Chelsea’s up to these days!

Who has cause?

I pray God has mercy on Bush’s soul, and on us his poor subjects.

THEOCONS TALKING CIVIL WAR IN AMERICA, A PNAC-STYL…

THEOCONS TALKING CIVIL WAR IN AMERICA, A PNAC-STYLE PRE-CELEBRATION OF A NUKE FOR NYC, GENOCIDE AGAINST ISLAM, “SERB-STYLE [sic] ETHNIC CLEANSING”….

It’s two commenters on some blog I stumbled on, but the fact that they haven’t been deleted is telling. Let the few Lefties in this country talk about taking up arms (which I do not endorse) ‘just’ to restore the Constitution, and they’d scream bloody blue murder!

Jerks must own military or oil stock….

BUSHIES NOW MONITORING EMAILS, CELLPHONES TOO So …

BUSHIES NOW MONITORING EMAILS, CELLPHONES TOO

So said April’s Atlantic Monthly. Again, I don’t subscribe, but if you can afford it, or check it out at a library or something, good. Do they get warrants? Why believe so? Do they have probable cause, or is it a fishing expedition? And how come I only heard about it now by accident? And what’s this about RF I.D. cards? Is this the Anti-Christ after all?!!! (Ironically brought in by a self-proclaimed Christian!) Listen to Safire:

“’We will not be able to travel, or buy on credit, or participate in tomorrow’s normal life. Soon enough, police as well as employers will consider those who resist full disclosure of their financial, academic, medical, religious, social and political affiliations to be suspect.’”

And RF credit cards too?!!!:

“The credit card companies recently admitted that they’ve sent millions of cards to members where the RFID chip has no encryption whatsoever, so the card number and expiration date is left exposed. Try holding your card up to a powerful light, so that you can see through the card. If you see a tiny dark dot connected to a wire that wraps around the edge of the card, send it back and request a new card without an RFID chip.”

What’s next, “666” on our hands or foreheads?!!! Being “chipped“?? And the Greeks were worried about bar codes!!!

The more I hear about this undercover booming industry in information about us, the less I like it. It becomes a serpentine miasma of potential misinformation, fraud, unwanted (unaffordable!) marketing and temptation, and of course government abuse. Corporate control. Centralization of everything about me. Making certain things too easy. It’s like a cookie on your hard drive…IN YOUR ARM!!!

And lest we forget, RF stands for “radio frequency” – it’s broadcasting. That means it can be received by anyone with the right equipment! Even if you wanted to share certain information with certain vendors, this could be picked up by anyone else and, the more stuff is tied-in-to the chip, the more they can take from you. (At least you have the chance to spot someone snapping a photo of your credit card while waiting in a checkout line!)

And I haven’t even touched on the “worship of the Beast and his Icon” discussed in the Book of Revelation yet, that some Christians are worried about!!! Though Orthodoxy is said not to be more concerned about “lo here, lo there,” than about every day and any day. Revelation doesn’t even appear in our Divine Liturgy. (But this classic is just for fun!)

NIGERIA IS NOT DOABLE "Worse than Iraq"? "Failed …

NIGERIA IS NOT DOABLE

Worse than Iraq“? “Failed state”? Militant, “radicalized” Muslims? Nigerian oil “a strategic national interest” of the U.S.?

Sorry. With a population five times Iraq’s – almost half America’s – and a land area more than double Iraq’s, we could not secure Nigeria without a massive Draft and pre-war buildup, and a massive military effort clearly more than five times that in Iraq. And given the losing effort in Iraq and the “surging” Taliban in Afghanistan, plus Nigeria is accessible to far more would-be ‘Al Qaeda in Nigeria’ types, I don’t see a rational chance for conventional American war. And nukes? (Who do we think we are, Israel?!! [Story may become unavailable in a few days without sign-up.])

Try REAL foreign policy, REAL diplomacy (not “We expect…”), REAL peacemaking. And REAL alternatives to fossil fuels. (Nuclear power is not a REAL alternative, either.) It’s alot easier and cheaper!

ELLISON SWORN ON JEFFERSON’S QURAN!* Yes, it was …

ELLISON SWORN ON JEFFERSON’S QURAN!*

Yes, it was President Thomas Jefferson’s copy of Islam’s holy book Minnesota convert to Islam and Democratic Congressman-elect Keith Ellison used for his “ceremonial swearing-in” (an otherwise empty, meaningless show put on by all of them; a photo-op) last week – property of Congress itself. Funny how we didn’t hear about that during the brouhaha last month! I guess because TJ was a Democrat and a Deist….

(*-Content at link will change in the run-up to next week’s show.)

BUSHIES OK CONDOMS FOR AFRICAN SOLDIERS’ HIV PREVE…

BUSHIES OK CONDOMS FOR AFRICAN SOLDIERS’ HIV PREVENTION

I don’t subscribe, but I’ve read enough to know the Illegal Administration values AIDS prevention among African countries’ soldiers – the potential first lines of armed strife if widespread AIDS causes economic and/or civil collapse there – over civilians, who only get Abstinence preaching from this pResident. Their base – Since when are Protestants against birth control?! – won’t let them take a common sense Harm Reduction approach, Safer Sex (sic) education, including condom use…or availability. Or they won’t let them spend the money to save civilians, even if it would prevent the collapse in the first place. These guys aren’t so fiscally prudent after all – penny wise, pound foolish. They probably think it won’t happen on their watch. [Does that mean they will go away in '08?!] But I guess if they try not to publicize it in the States, they feel they can do both for the soldiers, who travel more, see more blood and other HIV-bearing bodily fluids, possibly rape and torture and share needles more (now or in the future), etc. They may also think they’ll get on the warriors’ good side, so America and especially its corporations can benefit from the collapse or what follows it. Besides, being rulers and militarists themselves, they probably care in their hearts (if they have any) more for the soldiers than civilians, there as here. And heaven forbid they do anything for African women’s and girls’ health and empowerment!

Brutal Realpolitik, coupled with the cowardice and true lack of leadership that keeps them from helping their supporters face the truth about AIDS, Africa, civil collapse and war, racism, dangerous moralism, hypocrisy, sexism, electoral and business and geopolitical opportunism, corporatocracy, etc etc etc.

Probably a Kissinger idea.

TREES POLLUTE Go here and scroll down to item num…

TREES POLLUTE

Go here and scroll down to item number 9. It says:

Even though the natural processes of Earth have produced more pollution than SUVs ever will, let’s implement hundreds of new restrictive government regulations.

This kid may now be practicing law somewhere in this country? More likely, sitting in his lonely room obsessing about cow farts.

Like I’ve said, some people really do want to bring on the End of the World.

GUN CONTROL This is an oldy of mine, it may alrea…

GUN CONTROL

This is an oldy of mine, it may already be here somewhere, but I was just reminded of it by something stupid some “conservative” said, so:

‘If guns are outlawed, then only outlaws will have guns’?

Great! So a gun will be sort of like an Outlaw I.D. Card! ‘Have a gun? You must be an outlaw! Off to jail with ya!’

No-brainer!

THE KLINGON PROGRAMMER Many of us saw a version o…

THE KLINGON PROGRAMMER

Many of us saw a version of this a decade or more ago, but it never stops being funny! Especially the one about No Releases!

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