May 7, 2008 archive

As good as we could get?

As Buhdy did in his essay a few days ago, I’ve been trying to imagine what our current political situation looks like to those who are not immersed in the blogosphere and the news…in other words, to people who are NOT political junkies.

I combine that with the fact that it looks like the long nightmare of our Democratic primary season might be about to come to an end. It seems obvious that we are going to have a race between McCain and Obama. For most folks here, that is not the choice we would have liked, but its what we have. That is unless we want to sit it out or cast a “conscience” vote for someone else. I will not judge anyone’s decision in these matters. But for me, the choice is easy. And that’s because I think that, with Obama, we’ve gotten about as good as we could get in our current political climate.

We’ve got alot of work to do in helping educate and motivate more people to take a deeper look into where we stand as a country. But I can see some progress in the outcome of our current race for the white house. And for me, Booman summed it up well today in a diary titled What This Means.

Fun time…Caption the McCain Pictures!

Sitting at lunch today…and reading through the blogs it struck me that we can get a jump on the 2008 General Election! So I did some google searching for John McCain pictures.

Fortunately I have a strong stomach! But this could be kind of a weekly project for the coming campaign cycle. Pick a candidate from your area, or a national one, post some pictures and we get to do a couple of things:

1. Save them from being purged off a campaign website or congressional site. Do you realize how many Abramoff pics got purged from congressional sites…lots is what I heard!

2. We get to caption pics for fun and humiliation use later! lolcatz now as a political section for those that have accounts at icanhazcheezburger!

So…this is just a fun time!

funny pictures

by bubbanomics

edited to put bubbanomics pic on the Front Page.  It’s awesome! ~~~OTB

Through the Darkest of Nights: Testament XIII

Every few days over the next several months I will be posting installments of a novel about life, death, war and politics in America since 9/11.  Through the Darkest of Nights is a story of hope, reflection, determination, and redemption.  It is a testament to the progressive values we all believe in, have always defended, and always will defend no matter how long this darkness lasts.  But most of all, it is a search for identity and meaning in an empty world.

Naked and alone we came into exile.  In her dark womb, we did not know our mother’s face; from the prison of her flesh have we come into the unspeakable and incommunicable prison of this earth.  Which of us has known his brother?  Which of us has looked into his father’s heart?  Which of us has not remained prison-pent?  Which of us is not forever a stranger and alone?      ~Thomas Wolfe

All installments are available for reading here on Docudharma’s Series page, and also here on Docudharma’s Fiction Page, where refuge from politicians, blogging overload, and one BushCo outrage after another can always be found.

Who Cares?

Yes, we are thrilled that our long and increasingly ugly primary process is drawing to a close, and that the prospect of a unified and strong Democratic party is increasingly possible and likely. We are thrilled to be on the verge of a major electoral victory in November.

But isn’t part of what defines us as Democrats and progressives, lefties of various stripes that we exit a narrow American exceptionalist view of world, that we understand all of our strengths and weaknesses in a global context?

There has been a major, major catastrophe in Burma. The blog of record of the so-called progressosphere has nary a mention of this on the Obama rec list. In addition to the need to help through donations, there are major human rights and internationalist issues to address: the question of humanitarian intervention.  

Four at Four

  1. America’s own terrorist is partying in Miami. The Los Angeles Times reports Luis Posada Carriles, a terror suspect abroad, enjoys a ‘coming-out’ in Miami. 500 Cuban Americans honored “Luis Posada Carriles, the former CIA operative wanted in Venezuela on terrorism charges and under a deportation order for illegally entering the United States three years ago. Posada, 80, has mostly kept a low profile since his release from a Texas prison a year ago and a federal judge’s dismissal of the only U.S. charges against him — making false statements to immigration officials.”

    Posada is the alleged mastermind of a Cuban airline bombing in 1976 that killed all 73 people on board. Plus he is a suspect in a string of hotel bombings in Havana during the 1990s and according to court documents, claims to have been involved in “some of the most infamous events of 20th century Central American politics.” Posada has also boasted of numerous attempts to kill Castro, including an attempt in 2000 that he was serving time in a Panamanian prison before pardoned in 2004 by Panama’s President Mireya Moscoso as a favor for Bush.

    The Bush administration “has never given Venezuela a formal answer to its 3-year-old request for extradition of Posada, despite a treaty providing for such cooperation that has been in effect since 1922”. “Venezuela’s ambassador in Washington, Bernardo Alvarez Herrera, condemned the celebration of Posada as a mockery of justice and evidence of a Bush administration double standard in fighting terrorism.”

Four at Four continues with stories about wiped emails, war funding, and the duck-billed platypus.

“Ultimately the guarantor of our freedoms are the people.”

GORE: Ultimately the guarantor of our freedoms are the people. And these kinds of outrages, a president saying that he has the right turn George Washington’s 200-plus year prohibition against torture and torture anyone he wants with his assistants gathering in the basement of the White House – according to recent revelations – personally reviewing the kinds of torture techniques being used prisoner by prisoner, its obscene.

As usual, Al Gore is right.

Unfortunately, The People have a few obstacles in their way.

Such as a Congress that is …(Editors note: long, expletive laden description of Congress deleted for space reasons)….ineffective. So ineffective as a matter of fact, that in his post on Dkos yesterday Senator Kerry in effect said that we have more power than he does….


And, when it comes to getting coverage on television, I really think you are selling your own power short. My going on the television and shoe-horning a 5 second mention of this into an interview – especially when the interviewer wants the interview to be on something else – doesn’t really change the nature of coverage. And I could hold press conferences until I’m blue in the face and it won’t get more coverage if the news networks don’t want to cover it. In the end, the main pressure the networks feel is from you. It was satisfying for me to go on MSNBC and tell them they had to get over asking about Wright all the time, but what can really bring real change is when you make folks like CNN realize that you didn’t want to hear any more about it. Activism works.

When you push on your end, and I push on mine, we can make sure everyone knows that we all demand answers to this. We need to keep up the clamor in every way we can.

….he is saying, by my interpretation, that it is the press that holds the ultimate power at this stage of our democracy. That it is the biggest obstacle facing We The People in taking back our country.

Metaphor Department: Hillary Campaigns On

So, it turns out that Hillary will campaign on.  No matter what.  Lending herself millions.  Fighting on and on.  I’ve seen this before:

Enough already!  Basta ya!

The Revolution Started Yesterday. Well, YOU started it! (Political Cocktail Party)

Remember back when you were just a child and you somehow got into an argument with a sibling or a playmate?   Whenever an adult would come to investigate the commotion that was coming from your general vicinity, the topic would change from one of true discord and quickly transform into a repeating of this simple mantra:

Well, you started it!  

No, you started it!

No, You Did!

NO, YOU DID……
and on and on it went.

It’ll all make sense in a bit.  Hang in there with me, OK?    

Oh, BTW.  You are about to be the change you always wanted to see happen.  No, really.

Come with me on our first (hat tip to pfiore8) Political Cocktail Party!

just let me say this one more thing… start having political cocktail parties and start getting people thinking about our situation and perhaps this will also enlarge their world view

We all grew up in a world where we were taught that might equals right, you should speak softly but carry a big stick, and if you didn’t start it, by Goddess, you better end it.

OK.  Maybe we didn’t start the absolute shit-storm that has slowly degraded our Constitution, caused the rule of law in this country to become more of a suggestion for anyone in the Ruling Party and more of a disadvantage to those of us who are not in the top 1% of the income earners here in what used to be Our Country.

You know what?  WE did NOT start it.  But, being who WE are, WE are going to put an end to it.  I’ll explain why WE will do just that.  

OK, enough with the capital letters.  You get the point.

Speaking of points, at this point in time it is no longer important as to who started it.  It is important that the degradation of our lives and our way of life is stopped.  Let’s take it from there.

The Revolution?  It’s on, my friends!  

You started it!

Court-sanctioned voter suppression in Indiana

Thanks to Sarah Lane at EENR for supplying the links in this entry.

When the Supreme (Kangaroo) Court upheld an unconstitutional poll tax last week that was passed in the form of a voter suppression law in Indiana, some people (like Injustice Antonin Scalia) were quick to dismiss the horrendous effects. But as that state held its primary yesterday, reports about voters being turned away because they did not have the poll tax began coming out.

Twelve elderly nuns-NUNS, for crying out loud-were told they could not vote because they didn’t have the required state or federal ID card. They are all in their eighties and nineties. Vietnam and Gulf War I veteran Russell Baughman was denied his right to vote, because his identification wasn’t considered good enough.

People unable to obtain the draconian Indiana poll tax ID-nuns, veterans, the disabled, students, and poor folk-are being denied their right to vote. Denied because they cannot meet the requirements to obtain state-issued identification. Bradblog reports that in order to obtain the necessary items to get a state-issued identification card (a state-issued copy of one’s birth certificate), a state-issued identification card is needed. It’s a vicious and ultimately dangerous catch-22, making it impossible for the disenfranchised to meet the poll tax requirement. Bradblog also reports that at least 43,00 Indiana residents have been prevented from exercising their right to vote in this fashion.

This is what the Supremes upheld, ladies and gentlemen. Twenty states, including Ohio, have mandatory ID laws designed to suppress the votes of minorities, the elderly, students, veterans, and the poor (an economic situation that affects all the other categories of disenfranchised to one degree or another). Although the Buckeye State was able to counter this in part by allowing fewer restrictions on absentee voting, others-including Indiana-enjoy no such protections. This is what America has come to: another banana republic, another dictatorship, that suppresses the rights of its citizens and engages in sham elections.

Updated (2x) – 80,000 Dead In Burma: The High Cost Of Oil

Despite economic sanctions against Myanmar by the United States and the European Union, Total continues to operate the Yadana gas field, and Chevron Corp. has a 28 percent stake through its takeover of Unocal. Existing investments were exempt from the investment ban.

Both Total and Chevron broadly defended their business in the nation.

“Far from solving Myanmar’s problems, a forced withdrawal would only lead to our replacement by other operators probably less committed to the ethical principles guiding all our initiatives,” Jean-Francois Lassalle, vice president of public affairs for Total Exploration & Production, said this week in a statement.

link: http://edition.cnn.com/2007/BU…

ABC News Australia is now reporting that the death toll from Cyclone Nargis in Burma could be as high as 80,000 right now, and a perfect storm of lack of sanitation, food and aid workers to – among other things – dispose of dead bodies decomposing in rice fields and local water supplies could lead to an even larger human tragedy. link: http://www.abc.net.au/news/sto…

Pony Party, Wednesday

Yesterday was crazy…and today isnt looking much better.  Some days I just have no choice but to be in 2 places at once….being a single parent of 2 is like living in a zone defense.  And yesterday, it was ALL defense….

So, right now my one eye’s still closed and the other is only half open.  So I’m off to get the ‘skin-ponies’ (i decided that if LEP’s dogs can be ‘fur-people’, my kids can be ‘skin-ponies’….heeheehee) off to school, and then hopefully back here for a quick pony party post…a real one, not this drivel im typing right now….

…but if’n I dont make it, add some comments below so this place doesnt look so empty…..  😉

America’s Pay-or-Die Health Care System

Original article by Ralph Nader, subheaded The Story of Lisa Kelly, via Counterpunch.com.

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