At some point in the educational process most people are taught in reverent tones about the Constitution, that is, what it contains and what one should think and how one should feel about it. In Washington, millions of awed tourists parade past this holy document preserved within argon gas. But the vast majority of Americans are never invited to critically examine the content of the Constitution, to ask what its basic assumptions are and to question the legitimacy of those assumptions…
…We have seen technical discussions within the popular mass media about how the Constitution, the physical document, is preserved. We-or, at any rate, I-have never seen in the mass media a penetrating debate concerning the possible creation of a new, better constitution.
In the hands of only the elite, the Constitution and the government based upon it are merely tools for self-service. Only a constitution in the hearts, minds, and hands of all of us can be considered to be a document that truly lives for us all…The Constitution’s very roots and foundation, its legitimacy, and its quality and utility should always be subject to expert and popular questions. We should not merely eternally reinterpret the current Constitution but actively seek ways to transcend it and move another evolutionary step as a society toward greater humanity and happiness.—Roger Rothenberger Beyond Plutocracy
July 7, 2010 archive
Jul 07 2010
Jul 07 2010
Good lord BP, do you have any idea who you are fucking with here? Why is there oil on my pinche beach? Do you not understand the pain, both in reputation and pocketbook, that is coming your way?
You dare spill oil on my pinche beach!
Sure, we’re looking into it as we speak, it might be our normal crop of tarball from the ridge, but that shit is usually the size of a tarball, and this shit is in pebble form. I swear to Elohay that if there is Corexit in these pebbles, you are going down.
BP, you are fucking with people who invented Paultards, got the dumbest son of bitch in America elected President and did more for international trade than Nantucket circa 1835. I mean fuck, We Started TEXAS, and your incompetence has brought oil to our beach? Do you not understand what we are capable of when we get pissed off?
Know why the beach is undeveloped? Because it was a fucking natural wonder. Yes, you took a big ol’ corporate shit where no less than 30 endangered animals hang out. You are about to kill more whales, turtles and dolphins than a generation of Japanese fishermen. For this, you will pay.
Oh yes, you will pay.
BP, your stockholders and your corporate board better fucking pray, get down on your knees and beg like the fucking dogs you are that there is no Corexit in this oil.
Because I wasn’t above making the lives of the leaders of the WTO hell for a bit, and they make you look like street punks.
And I got a lot of friends, across the spectrum, who know when I get pissed, I get funny, and some say amusing, except for my target, who I will make cry like a little bitch in the darkness of the night.
Tests are coming back Friday.
Pray BP, pray for your ever-loving souls that there is no Corexit in the oil that showed up on my pinche beach.
Because if there is, this shit is on, and I will be bringing the full pinche and my hordes, from Texas to LA to NYC, we will be there to make sure you never ever “have your life back.”
Not until your stock value is worth less than the shit you crapped on my pinche beach and each and every person who had a decision on this well is branded as the outcast of humanity and refused even a glance from polite society.
One drop of corexit, and this shit is on.
Pray mother fuckers, pray.
You will know me by the trail of meta.
Jul 07 2010
NATO airstrike kills five Afghan soldiers
July 7, 2010
|(Reuters) – Five Afghan government soldiers were accidentally killed and two others wounded in a pre-dawn NATO airstrike on Wednesday, prompting condemnation from the country’s government.
The attack took place after a NATO-led International Security Assistance Force aircraft mistook Afghan National Army soldiers for Taliban insurgents during an operation in Ghazni province, southwest of Kabul, a spokesman for the Afghan defense ministry said.
“ISAF aircraft bombed and martyred five of our soldiers,” spokesman Zaher Azimi said. “We condemn this incident and regret that this is not the first time such an incident has occurred. We hope it is the last time.”
Jul 07 2010
Muse in the Morning
“is like the leaves on that tree;
what I teach is only a small part.
But I offer it to all with an open hand.
What do I not teach?
Whatever is fascinating to discuss,
divides people against each other,
but has no bearing on putting an end to sorrow.
What do I teach?
Only what is necessary to take you to the other shore.
–Siddhārtha Gautama, The Dhammapada
Phenomena X: Separation
Jul 07 2010
It’s been a while since we had to have a real heart-to-heart, the Obama Administration and I, and last time it was because Rahm Emanuel had been a bit snippy toward those of us who are carrying the water for this Administration.
We need to have another one of those conversations today; this time the circumstances are a lot more positive-in fact, if the Administration follows my suggestions here, we have a real chance to put the Democrats on the road to victory, not just this November, but also in 2012.
What I’m proposing will create hundreds of thousands, if not millions of jobs, and it will stimulate millions more as we create a national source of discount electrical power that can be used by business and consumers alike.
Here’s the best part: it’s no “pie in the sky” promotion I’m offering here; we’ve already done the same thing before, it’s been working out well for almost three quarters of a century…and even better than all that…my idea first pays for itself, and then…it actually makes the Federal Government a profit, forever after.
Jul 07 2010
The whispers on Wall Street lately have been the feared “double-dip”.
There is a much louder chorus of people proclaiming that we are only looking at a “slow-down”. Of course they were the same people who were telling us as recently as April that we were in a “V-shaped” recovery.
Generally speaking, Liz Ann Sonders agrees.
“I’m amazed people still say it’s not a ‘V’-shaped recovery, which to means they’re simply not looking at the charts,” says Charles Schwab’s chief investment strategist…
Ah, yes. The charts. I have several issues with people who say things like this.