Midnight Cowboying – 1953

Okay, show of hands, who remembers 1953? Don’t be shy, I know there are few here who fondly remember that year. It was just yesterday to some, all those years ago. America was in its post-war prime.

Ah yes, 1953. Quite a year! The movie Peter Pan premiered at the Roxy Theatre, New York City. The first transsexual Christine Jorgenson returns to New York after successful sexual reassignment surgery in Denmark. The first 3D film, Bwana Devil opens, sparking the 3D glasses craze. James D. Watson and Francis Crick announce that they have discovered the structure of the DNA molecule.

Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay perform the first successful ascent to the summit of Mount Everest. The first Chevrolet Corvette is built at Flint, Michigan. The Korea War ends. And of course, the first color television sets go on sale for about $1,175.

In the theaters, Here to Eternity is a big smash, as is the western Shane. And who can forget War of the Worlds, or the Wild One.

On the radio, Perry Como is singing Wild Horses. Patti Page is belting out The Doggie in the Window. Nat King Cole is wowing them with Pretend. Tony Bennett crones Rages to Riches. And Bill Haley & His Comets are starting a sensation with Crazy, Man, Crazy.

V Guide begins publication April 3 with pocket-size weekly program listings and has a circulation of 1.5 million by year’s end. CBS airs a weekly Person-to-Person television interview show October 12, featuring journalist Edward R. Murrow (and his omnipresent cigarette); it will continue until mid-September 1961.

Playboy magazine begins publication in December with a nude calendar photograph of Marilyn Monroe, who when asked what she had on for the picture tells reporters, “The radio.”

Notable books include Invisible Man by Oklahoma City-born novelist Ralph (Waldo) Ellison, Go Tell It on the Mountain by New York-born novelist James (Arthur) Baldwin, Junkie by William S. Burroughs and Hondo by self-educated North Dakota-born novelist Louis (Dearborn) L’Amour.

Though still in black and white, You Are There 2/1 was on CBS with host Walter Cronkite. The Romper Room started in Baltimore. The Big Payoff was the most popular game show, as was Name that Tune. Cheyenne was a favorite, as with the The Bob Hope Show. And least we forget Walt Disney Hour on Abc.

And last but not least Cheez Whiz and frozen “TV Dinners” enter our collective stomachs.

I mean, it was a hallmark year for America!

Hot Rods!

(Bonus: check the credits – General Petroleum Corportation (A Socony-Vacuum Company!)


Real BURLESQUE! Ah, Tempest Storm, a legend of her on time, forget Betty Page. They just don’t make redheads like this anymore.

Ladies and gentlemen, Nat King Cole:

Doo wop anyone?

Kid Gavilan -vs- Carman Basilio

COLGATE COMEDY HOUR!!!!

Elizabeth is Queen – Coronation of Her Majesty, God Save Her and all

The REAL Chef Boy-Ar-Dee

A young Jerry Lewis, and even younger Dean Martin doing Amore

And oh, THIS SHIT HAPPENED:

So remember, anyone here who remembers 1953, you have a friend in Iran in who also remembers 1953, when we overthrew their democratically elected leader. And not only did we take out a their democratic leader, we put a fucking shah in power.

In 1953, President Eisenhower authorized Operation Ajax, and the CIA took the lead in overthrowing Mossadegh and supporting a U.S.-friendly monarch; and for which the U.S. Government apologized in 2000.

The CIA faced many setbacks, but the covert operation soon went into full swing, conducted from the U.S. Embassy in Tehran under the leadership of Kermit Roosevelt, Jr. Iranians were hired to protest Mossadegh and fight pro-Mossadegh demonstrators. Anti- and pro-monarchy protestors violently clashed in the streets, leaving almost three hundred dead. The operation was successful in triggering a coup, and within days, pro-Shah tanks stormed the capital and bombarded the Prime Minister’s residence. Mossadegh surrendered, and was arrested on 19 August 1953. He was tried for treason, and sentenced to three years in prison.

We just apologized for the shit we pulled in 1953, let’s not repeat that mistake in 2007.

Remember 1953, people still remember. 1953, we overthrew Iran’s democracy.

1953, never forget.

vardenafil prezzo più basso The Most Tragic Thing Today:
http://www.dailykos….

So wrong, so wrong how no one cares anymore.

For the Love and Rememberance of…..

COOKBOOKS.

This weekend was chock o’block full of mind altering talks. First a panel, held during the Santa Barbara Book & Author’s Festival, discussing the future of newspapers. Followed by a talk given by Naomi Klein on her new book The Shock Doctrine and later a discussion with friends over coffee and dessert about the lecture.

Then, there was the Annual Planned Parenthood Booksale and it’s myriad of donated selections…including cookbooks. So, what’s all the fuss and a diary about cookbooks? I’ll try to explain below the fold.

If you’ve read my diaries on D-KOS before, you know I tend toward the “Treehugging” varietal and I enjoy nibbling on food issues. But while cruising the cookbook aisles at the booksale this weekend, I was certainly depressed over the state of affairs. I felt I needed to dive into some good food, or prospects of good food to make me feel better.

And I’m not alone.

Worldwide when people are depressed or needing nurishing of the soul, they turn to food. Comfort food, or what they consider comfort food anyway. Not all countries have “mac n’cheese”, but they all have a national or regional version of same.

Cruising through the titles and viewing the images on the covers or inside the books, spiral bounds or brochures, the images of various decades and food fancies flashed by. Fondue. Aspics. Beef Wellington. Even the ingredients left an imprint of the decade I was visually visiting. Monosodium Glutamate. Lard. Fat. Oleo. Some of the ingredients gave “flavor” to what region they came from. There’s no missing where a cookbook containing recipes calling for “alligator”, “turtle” or “okra” are generally coming from.

But as I progressed from box to box filled to the brim with cookbooks, flipping through the pages of book after book, I was reminded that these books were once someone else’s. Another human being had done the same as I was doing….glancing through and looking at the possibilities. Thinking which recipes would entice one friend or another. The humanness of it all was all too apparent when there were certain handwritten notations on some of the recipes. Generally in pencil, lightly scripted out. Delicious! No good. Double the sugar. Dad’s favorite. Dreadful.

And we’re not the only society relishing the traditions and history of our recipes. Worldwide people browse through cookbooks, collect recipes and share them with others or pass them down through the family generations. Even the Iraqis. Even the Iranians. Food is the international language. Cooks, chefs and ingredients are true diplomatic force. Wouldn’t it be great to have chefs from all over the globe meet and work out our differences and problems over a well cooked meal and a glass of liquor, wine or beer? Dessert detante, if you will.

Instead of rattling sabers, wouldn’t it be delightful to share a Santuku to chop up veggies for a communal meal?

One book that I picked up at the booksale this weekend that really got me thinking about the horror of war and the destruction of culinary traditions was online accutane without prescription “The Cookbook of the United Nations”, a little spiral bound book from 1964 claiming 250 authentic dishes from around the world. “112 countries’ most delicious recipes – professionally tested by home economists.” (Remember THAT profession? Home Economy?) Recipes from Afghanistan (Ashaks “Leek Ravioli”), Burma (Pa-Zun Hin “Prawn Curry”), Chile (Sopaipillas Chilenitas “Squash Fritters”), Cuba (Coco Quemado “Toasted Coconut Dessert”), Iran (Morg Polo “Chicken with Golden Rice”), Iraq (Kubba Shaigum “Turnip Soup with Meat Balls”), Lebanon (Tabbouli “Wheat Salad”), Sudan (Shorba “Peanut Butter Soup”), Syrian Arab Republic (Sheik el Mah’ski “Stuffed Zucchini”)…etc.

World peace through “whirled peas”….wouldn’t it be nice?

Another cookbook that got me thinking… http://maientertainmentlaw.com/?search=can-propecia-cause-erection-problems “Talk about Good II – Le Livre de Cuisine des Acadiens” Published by the Junior League of Lafayette, LA. What a disaster the Gulf Area, especially Louisiana, still is. Imagine all the family food history contained in personal cookbooks…all gone. Only the faint memories of the taste and those who shared in the goodness of the recipes. The images in this cookbook are haunting. Paintings from George Rodrigue before “Blue Dog.” My favorite illustration is on the back cover. A little boy hanging onto a dark figured tree with spanish moss hanging down. His bright yellow T-Shirt emblazoned with red lettering “Kiss Me I’m Cajun” and an image of a crawfish contrasts with the darkness of the background. The little boy is also clutching a fishing pole and a lone fish.  Rodrigue’s note on the illustration states: “This is a portrait of my son, Andre Rodrigue, after his first fishing trip. Andre’ in his t-shirt typifies the contemporary Cajun. But at four years of age, he does not yet know that the whole world does not have boudin, crawfish, gumbo and Mardi Gras parades.” The world may not have those delicious ingredients of Cajun life, but the world understands a fish on the line. Most all the world has a recipe for cooking that fish. (One in this cookbook…”Trout with Sauce de Mer”

Another book that got the thought taste buds wandering was http://cinziamazzamakeup.com/?x=viagra-generico-50-mg-prezzo-piu-basso-a-Firenze “Celebracion – Recipes & Traditions Celebrating Latino Family Life” published by the National council of La Raza. People may not identify with the various celebrations, “El Bautizo” (Christening) or La Quincenera (The 15th Birthday) or realize that Latin culture is not just Mexico; it envelopes Venezuela, Belize, Colombia, etc. but we can probably handle the idea of “Corvina con Acelgas Y Frijoles Blancos” (Roased Sea Bass with Swiss Chard and White Beans.)

One closer to home is enter site “Centenary Favorites” published by Centenary United Methodist Church in J-Town Los Angeles (although this issue from 1986 says it’s “future” site is in Little Tokyo. This cookbook is seen as the “Joy of Cooking” for many Japanese/Americans.)

The Centenary Favorites cookbook has been a popular favorite for over 20 years.  A legacy of the women’s groups of the church, the delicious recipes celebrate the Japanese cultural traditions of the church’s ethnic beginnings and the multi-cultural world in which we live.

The section on Japanese New Year’s dishes quickly became one of the most popular sections, not only providing simple recipes, but also explaining the history and the meaning of its traditions.

Imagine having one hour to pack all your belongings into one suitcase and being bussed to places unknown, leaving everything else behind. Not many cookbooks were able to make that trip to Manzanar and other internment camps. Recipes handed down from grandmothers and other family members were memorized and later written down when history allowed the time and ability for them to do so.

As the message,in the front pages, from the Pastor, Hidemi Ito, states: 

“This book provides not only good tasty Japanese dishes but also Japanese tradition and its culture as you cook these dishes. No matter how closely you follow the instructions, you may not be able to perfect the dish unless you add your loving care for those whom you prepare dishes.

Please enjoy the meal and the culture.”

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all, worldwide, add loving care for those who share this universal appetite for food…this universal appetite for life…and enjoy the various dishes and cultures that we all bring to the table.

Namaste.

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Looking For Allies

At Talk Left, Miss Devore wrote in response to a comment pooh poohing not funding the Iraq Debacle:

great idea

let’s just accept we have to continue a criminal pre-emptive war, whereby we are visiting unimaginable suffering upon people. let’s just say it’s an out-of-control frat party. ok, mebbe a million dead, another 2M displaced, an entire country trashed.

and you worry about Pelosi being fragged?

You don’t seem to get the arrogance.

the Senate supported partitioning Iraq.

you go and sit on some other country telling you what your bidness should be.

At pff, sabrina wrote:

. . . If ending the war is, as he claims, his primary reason for being involved, he could have joined forces with all the other blogs who really were working for the same thing, and saying the same things he was. . . . see url I would join forces with anyone (with the exception of a very few) and set aside all  former feelings about them temporarily, if together we could force this govenrment to stop this war. . . .

(Emphasis supplied.) So would I. I ask both of them what they suggest we can do. I am prepared to work with anyone to try and end the Iraq Debacle. I’ll be reading both of them where they write for suggestions.

I hope they see this diary and respond with their best ideas.

We Have a Dream

Each year approximately 2.8 million students graduate from US High Schools. Some will go on to college, join the military, or take other paths in life, hopefully all becoming productive members of society. But for approximately 65,000 of them, these opportunities will never be available. Not because they lack motivation, or achievement, but because of the undocumented status passed on to them by their parents.

Lacking legal status and social security numbers, these students, raised and schooled in the US, cannot apply to college, get jobs other than those at the bottom of the economic ladder, or otherwise follow their dreams. They grew up on American soil, worked hard and succeeded in spite of all odds, and want nothing more than to be recognized as individuals and not just the holders of a status they had no part in acquiring.

In Washington, politicians have debated the fate of these kids for more than seven years, holding lives and futures in their hands while vying for political advantage. But lost in the debate are the voices of the children – voices that should be heard. 

Their words are so much more compelling than anything I could write so here are the voices and stories of those children – the voices of those most effected by the right-wing’s continuing efforts to stall of the passage of DREAM Act:

The bill, first introduced in 2001 (S.1291), would give undocumented kids, who were brought here as children and have been raised and educated in the US, the tools they need to fulfill the American dream. It would allow them to further their educations, gain meaningful and productive employment, and through their hard work and commitment, eventually earn the right to become full members society, free of the undocumented status passed on to them by their parents.

Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, has promised that in the next few weeks the bill will once again be taken up for consideration. Please contact your Senators today and let them know that the children have waited long enough, worked hard enough, and followed the rules long enough …they’ve earned the opportunity to now follow their dreams. 

Learn more about the DREAM ACT

Contact your Senators and tell them to give these children the opportunity they deserve by supporting the Dream Act

Welcome to Canuckistan

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A lot of progressives mention a desire to come to Canada.

Doing this can take a bit of time and effort, but it is pretty simple.  

Reposted from the Big Orange


How to get residency in Canada


How do you get legal residency in Canada?


1. Buy land. Land can be very cheap (Crown Land). Establish the land as your principal residence – for

6 months a year – (perhaps with a cabin or trailer), and after three years you are a citizen and Elizabeth

II is your Auntie.


2. Apply to bring in a business. There is a fee – about $1000 Canadian – to do this, and a wait. If you have a family, there is a fee per head – I think $750 Cdn per person. The Chinese have been doing this for years, and apparently no one has ever been refused.


3. Buy a business in Canada.


Ways not recommended at present:

1. Claim refugee status.

2. Marriage.


Of course, if Bush’s plan to unify North America succeeds, there won’t be a Canada, or a Mexico. To see why Canadians are alarmed by the Security and Prosperity Partnership, go to

http://canadians.org…


Resources:

Government of Canada

http://www.canada.gc…

About Crown Land

http://en.wikipedia….

No Beast So Dumb As Man

a Docudharma exclusive

I woke up this morning recovering from the flu, still weak and vaguely feverish.  I haven’t written much lately and feel the need to do so.  Where to begin, the cold-blooded murder of peace-loving monks in Myanmar, the outrageous crimes of our own outlaw government, the shameful bastards in our do-nothing congress, the back-stabbing republican-lite democrats, the hot air from our ‘leaders’ on global warming, war profiteering as the new national pastime, the black-hearted evil of the military-industrial-congressional-media complex, the armies of lying blowhards on the TeeVee, the Halliburton detention centers being constructed across the country for the detention of ‘potential terrorists’ (such as bloggers, demonstrators, peace activists, and real democrats), national indignation at silly newspaper ads while the killing and dying goes on unimpeded – so much horror and madness, so little time.

Weakened and overwhelmed by the harsh realities of the day, I am reduced to communicating via art and poetry.

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix,
angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night

~ from Howl by Allen Ginsberg, 1955

Our generation has seen
The vicious rape of the American Dream
From deep inside our hallowed core
They festered, boiled
Plotted and schemed
Clawing and grasping
Dark and deranged
There is no evil we say these days
Yet evil remains

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I’m feelin’ low and singin’ the blues.  Sometimes you have to do that though…sort of take inventory and mourn that which is lost.

We have seen the greatest minds of our generation
Reduced to madness from fear and greed
Poets, priests and angelheaded hipsters
Shot down like dogs
On melancholy streets

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If today were the final exam for humanity, I think we have to admit we would not do well.  We’re still blowing each other to hell and doing so gleefully, mistreating each other shamefully, acting like fools.  The many advances made by humankind seem to have made little or no difference.  We still feel justified in ruthlessly taking what we want from others by force of arms.  We still voluntarily indulge in the abomination of war.  We are still little better than barbarians.  We don’t even measure up to our own minimum standards.  We are a failure.

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One would think that history would be instructive.  One would think that we’d eventually learn to act in our own best interest as a species.  If we were to do that we’d be focused on survival and sustaining life as opposed to mutual annihilation and the destruction of life.  We seem amazingly boneheaded if you ask me.  Will we ever learn?

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My next post will be more upbeat, I promise.

Peace out!

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Stop Blaming Democrats in Congress!

(This was originally posted earlier on DKOS and slightly altered)

It’s not that I’m sick of hearing how the Dems are selling out and all that–it’s always good to vent, to express yourself and so on. But here’s my beef: enough already! We know the score or should by now–nothing wrong with a little ranting but at this point let’s rant creatively and in an entertaining way rather than constantly expressing the obvious.

People in Congress are there to respond to realpolitikal conditions they see–that’s their expertise. They are not in their position because they are philosophers, mystics, men and women of letters, common ordinary folks–don’t expect them to “do the right thing” that’s not how the world has ever worked except on rare occasions. In a few instances men (usually) of extraordinary abilities got together and made sine little miracles that change history. Our own country was founded by these extraordinary characters. The last three political leaders that had that kind of stature were John and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King; true, they all had flaws but they were extraordinary human beings that would have set the groundwork for a very different society than the Bush family and others have created.

Politics is a very dangerous game and you have to be careful who you cross and who you ally yourself with. If the progressive/liberal community could rid itself of the notion that there are Jefferson Smiths (character in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington one of the best political films of all time)in Congress and begin understanding that the role of Congress is to broker power not make policy. If only this community could understand that political power is not about making an intellectual case for one policy or another and hope to convince anybody but, rather, to make common action with your fellows through organizing and pooling community resources such that the power brokers will take notice. By that I mean you have to be able to kick some ass “on the street”, i.e. make life impossible unless you get your way like AIPAC does, like the Miami Cubans do or used to do, like the bankers and big corporate interests, or like labor unions once did (they literally fought in the streets) then you’d see Waxman, Pelosi, Conyers start to move. Right now they are weighing the cost-benefits and frankly the progressives don’t seem worth worrying about because they simply do not have the intestinal fortitude (despite all the endless rhetoric in the blogosphere) to put their asses on the line and force (not plead, not request, but force) Congress to take action. That’s all those people are supposed to do–they respond to force, that’s their job.

We should be thankful that we in the loose combination of tribes that usually vote Democratic have a Congress that is somewhat dominated by the Democrats. But don’t expect them to flail about armed with your emails and telephone calls and try to battle really powerful interests that are, in fact, more powerful than most people seem to understand.

The neocon movement was no accident–they made alliances, worked hard, plotted, schemed, broke laws, took chances, made deals, made threats, carried a few out and so on. That is politics. I’m sorry, politics is not, I repeat, not what you learned in high school civics class. Left politics is difficult because it means real sacrifice, it means being willing to draw lines in the sand, to be willing to get cracked over the head like so many experienced in the Labor and Civil Rights movements. It means foregoing your comfortable middle-class life and forming collectives, it means arguing with each other face-to-face over tactics, being careful about tactics and strategy–I don’t think, for example, that street demonstrations or street fighting is useful at this time–it’s just a sign of impotence. The ability to boycott to provide an economic alternative, provide clinics, insurance, jobs, cultural centers for people is a far more powerful thing to do–in short, to provide alternatives and to display prowess at doing so–ultimately it is that which attracts people (and if you are single that will attract the better sort of mate to put it less bluntly than I could). I saw this work in Italy with the Communist Party (which, in the 70’s was basically a progressive party not a soviet-style party) they were broken by the Aldo Moro kidnapping which happened under highly suspicious circumstances–but for a while it worked fairly well–I met and liked several mid-level Party members who were public officials I found them very thoughtful but realistic.

Of course our country is unique and I’m not suggesting we copy anybody rather that we understand history and political reality better and not be “shocked” at corruption and the sleazy nature of politics–it is sleazy  and that’s how the game is played. The left in America is too in love with its ideals to be effective–so, again, don’t blame Congress for doing its job.

2008 is too late.

(FP’ed 3:48 AM, EDT, October 2, 2007

“I paid taxes. Now I want representation.

2008 rhymes with too late. Do you know why?”

– promoted by exmearden
)

Over the weekend, I was watching some footage, presumably shot from the tailgate window of a Blackwater humvee, wherein some highly-paid mercenary sitting in the back of the vehicle occasionally, repeatedly, and randomly opens fire with an automatic rifle on the traffic that follows them.  The passenger vehicles taking the fire, for no apparent reason other than the mercenary’s sadistic boredom-the vehicles were seldom close enough to even see the passengers slump over in death, or writhe in their wounds–would come to a stop, veer off the road, or crash into other vehicles.  Repeated, random, senseless death from the bored machine-gun of a mercenary.  That is Iraq, in a nutshell.  Let’s end this war.

The reasons for ending this war, and ending it now, are virtually innumerable.  It is an illegal war of aggression, one big fucking war crime.  Millions have died horrible deaths.  Millions more damaged.  Millions more displaced.  Who knows how many tens or hundreds of thousands in tortured in jail, including children.  Everyone is out of work.  Government, security, electricity, infrastructure, order, water, basic sanitation, and educated classes have all been replaced by shock and awe, sectarian violence, death squads, hails of random machine gun fire, improvised explosive devices, infernos of white phosphorous, cholera and dysentery, and depleted uranium, for God’s sake, everywhere.  The country is simply shattered beyond our repair.  The mission, whatever it was, is FUBAR.  The military is broken.  The troops want out.  We want out.  Iraqis want us out.  Everyone has PTSD, dead friends and relatives, babies with horrible birth defects.  The world hates us, and rightfully so.  We are 10 trillion dollars in debt.  Mercenaries and their higher order contractors are mind-numbingly expensive.  And crooked.  And sadistically murderous.  There is zero accountability for any of this.  It’s time for that to stop.  Now.

At first, this seemed like George Bush’s misbegotten war.  Or Dick Cheney’s, Rumsfeld’s, Powell’s, Rice’s Tenet’s, Blair’s.  There was not a damn thing we could do about anything when the Republicans were in power.  Sure, Democrats showed a complete lack of judgment and voted for this monstrosity, but that  (generously) could be attributed to post-9/11 fear-mongering.  After the Downing Street Minutes, the Spanish Downing Street minutes, Tenet’s, Wolfowitz’s and Greenspan’s confirmations, that fear is long gone.  The only thing left is smoldering anger and disgust.  Many of us knew it was a lie all along.  We wrote letters and protested, to no avail.  The unjust war began, and we were shocked and awed, indeed.  We watched, year after year after year after year, an innocent society, and entire nation of civilized people, the cradle of civilization itself, relentlessly and pitilessly savaged, murdered, and plundered by the most advanced and powerful army on the planet.  We even hired private killers to help.  What a supreme abomination of power.

Democrats were specifically put into power to end this monstrosity, but now it’s the Democrats who are funding this monstrosity.  That’s an active choice. Because Democrats are now funding these abominations of war, they own it.  There is no longer any question this is now a bi-partisan war that nobody else wants.  Why Democrats would want to own this disfigurement of public policy, this giant fucking war crime, this financial black hole, this moral monstrosity, this genocidal morass, completely eludes me.  But own it they do.  Democrats took ownership of this war when they funded it last spring without a deadline for withdrawal.  Abysmally stupid, but one can argue that Dems wanted to give the surge an honest chance.  After all, we broke it, we bought it, even though Iraqis just want us to leave.  Magical September is officially over.  It is past time to disown the monster.

Don’t tell me to vote for “mo’ better” Democrats so they can end this war.  I’m not particularly fond of Democrats right at the moment.  Aside from various moments of willfully rank stupidity, such as the FISA and Iran votes, Democrats have done NOTHING.  Y’all must think I’m stupid.  I’m not voting for anyone who doesn’t end this war now.  Bank on it.  I’m a tit-for-tatter, and I expect Democrats to be a tit-for-tatters, too.  I gave money in 2006, and voted to give Democrats power.  I paid taxes.  Now I want representation.  2008 rhymes with too late.  Do you know why?  Our front-runners all have rocks in their heads.  They all openly admitted that they cannot project into the future with any clarity whatsoever with respect to Iraq.  And Rahm Emmanuel and Nancy Pelosi think I’m gonna wait for our next President to solve this monstrosity?  Hell, I don’t even want our front-runners getting within 50 miles of foreign policy with that kind of thinking.  I want real leadership like Chris Dodd is showing.  Or how about Richardson’s one-step plan: Get out.  More better Democrats?  If you cannot figure out that this illegal, immoral abomination should end, you truly do not deserve your seats.

Moreover, the reason for Democrats wanting to own this war may not entirely elude me.  They want to call it Bush’s war and hang it around the elephant’s neck.  Thus, I suspect I’m being played for votes, which disgusts me further and makes my smoldering anger rather volcanic, because both the American and the Iraqi people are being held hostage by Democrats: Vote Dem, OR ELSE!  My teeth are rather on edge.  No more lies about not being able to end this war now.  Show the courage you failed to show before this unjust monstrosity.  In my book, it’s your only salvation.

2008 is too late.

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The Locker Room

get link MLB Playoffs:

American League play begins Wednesday, October 3, with the Angels @ the Red Sox;  the Yankees are @ the Indians the following day (times not yet announced).

National League play continues today with a ‘play-in’ game for the wildcard spot, as Colorado and San Diego each finished the season at 89-73.  The winner of that series will play Philadelphia. Chicago (Cubs) @ Arizona starts on Wednesday.(still no times announced).


UPDATE:  Colorado bested San Diego 9-8 in 13 innings, with a questionable call at the plate (i never saw him touch home…just sayin’…), and will play Philadelphia (Thursdsay??  i cant seem to verify that yet)

click here Rugby:
The 40-game ‘pool phase’ of the Rugby World Cup in France is complete.  Eight teams (Argentina, Australia, England, Fiji, France, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa) will progress to the knockout round which begins October 6th.

NHL:

The Ducks and Kings travelled to London to open the season, splitting the 2 games they played there.  (NHL.com has video highlights which imbed beautifully, but nothing ‘behind’ the video will load.  I tend to be stubborn about these kind of things…so if you happen upon a horribly “broken” Locker Room one day, rest assured that I did it…and with a hockey video)

This is video of the Flyers’ Steve Downie’s hit on the Sen’s Dean McAmmond (who ends up prone on the ice…if that sort of thing bothers you, dont click)

Downie received a 20-game suspension for this hit, and while I’ll disclose that I am a die-hard Flyers fan and a lover of the ‘physical’ aspects of the game, I don’t necessarily disagree with the suspension. You can clearly see in the video that Downie left his feet (a hockey no-no).  I don’t know if 20 games is a ‘fair’ penalty, but I definitely agree that someone needs to impress on this kid early, while he’s young, that cheap-shot tactics intended to injure won’t be tolerated. 


NFL:


week 4 scores:

Houston 16 Atlanta 26
NY Jets 14 Buffalo 17
Baltimore 13 Cleveland 27
St Louis 7 Dallas 35
Chicago 27 Detroit 37
Oakland 35 Miami 17
Green Bay 23 Minnesota 16
Tampa Bay 20 Carolina 7
Seattle 23 San Francisco 3
Pittsburgh 14 Arizona 21
Denver 20 Indiannapolis 38
Kansas City 30 San Diego 16
Philadelphia 3 NY Giants 16

A Pittsburgh loss leaves only 4 teams undefeated (Dallas, Green Bay, Indiannapolis, and New England [who play tonight at Cincinnati]). 

Brett Favre threw 2 touchdown passes Sunday to overtake Dan Marino for the all-time TD pass record (now 422).  Can we stop talking about him now?  Please.

 


Women’s Soccer World Cup:

Germany bested Brazil 2-0 to win the cup; Germany continued their 6-game shutout streak in World Cup play.  The last goal scored against them in the ’03 World Cup, scored by Sweden, was 619 game minutes ago.  Just ‘wow’.

The U.S. team won the bronze medal match 4-1; keeper Hope Solo, who had been vocal in the press questioning coaching decisions, has been removed from the team. 


NCAA Football

Well, the polls are in.  USA Today and Harris Interactive have USC at #1, LSU at #2, while the AP has that order reversed.  California (3), Ohio State (4), and Wisconsin (5) round out the top 5 in all 3 polls.  Complete lists are at the above link.

Business Week Online via Yahoo!Finance has a list of the….

The 15 Most Influential People in Sports:

1. Roger Goodell
Commissioner, NFL
2. Tiger Woods
Golfer
3. David Stern
Commissioner, NBA
4. George Bodenheimer
President, ESPN, ABC Sports; co-chairman, Disney Media Networks
5. Bud Selig
Commissioner, MLB
6. Brian France
Chairman, CEO NASCAR
7. Dick Ebersol
Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics
8. Phil Knight
Chairman, Nike
9. Sean McManus
President, CBS News and Sports
10. Rupert Murdoch
Chairman, CEO, News Corp.
11. Michael Jordan
Managing Member of Basketball Operations, Charlotte Bobcats
12. Scott Boras
President, Boras Corp.
13. Peyton Manning
Quarterback, Indianapolis Colts
14. David Hill
Chairman, CEO, Fox Sports
15. Donald Fehr
Union boss, MLB
link to the full list of the top 100

from the article…’The stories you’re about to read examine how power manifests itself in the sports world. To ensure that we brought a full range of expertise to bear, we combined this publication’s business insights with the encyclopedic sports knowledge of the writers and editors at ESPN The Magazine. Some of the stories, including this essay, were collaborations between ESPN and BusinessWeek writers.’

…and….'”Nothing is as powerful as an iconic player,” says Howard Nuchow, head of rep agency CAA Sports. “They have more sway than ever before. They can lift a league.” Just 35 years ago, Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Richie Hebner went home to New England in the winter to earn a few bucks as a gravedigger. Today an athlete’s first priority in the off-season might be having his agent get him on MTV Cribs to showcase his house and fleet of cars.’

Who’s reading the fine print? Apparently, NOT Congress…

I become more and more convinced every day: there are only three issues at stake in the upcoming elections. Everything else? Everything else is just camping out…

…oh, right, there IS this: the complete and UTTER failure of any of the branches of our government (including Democrats therein) to uphold their oath of office to protect this covenant:

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

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originally posted at dKos Aug 2007

Three things:

     

  • Outsourcing the functions of the United States government (most urgently, army and intel)
The government exercises sovereign powers. When those powers are delegated to outsiders, the capacity to govern is undermined. From Paul R. Verkuil’s book, Outsourcing Sovereignty, which is on my pile to read.
     

  • Ability to control the message and media markets: 1996 Telecommunications Act
Warren J. Sirota’s prescient commentary is recommended.

  • Trade agreements modeled after NAFTA
It’s alll about the hidden impact of NAFTA on sovereignty

Don’t notice health care or Iraq on that list, do you? Or racism. Or gay marriage. Women’s rights? Abortion? Or the economy? Not even global warming? No. These issues are meaningless unless we expose the implementation of policies that, imho, have destabilized the functionality of our government and, thereby, the ability to uphold our Constitution.

Does it make sense to accutane users outsource our military to build up PRIVATE armies? To whom do they answer? Civilians with ample black market opportunites under cover of chaos in places like Iraq? Think about it, and this: privateers and mercenaries do not swear an oath to protect us or our Constitution. How can the defense of a nation be driven by companies driven by profit? I mean, there are some things you just can NOT do on the cheap…

Does it make sense for our government to outsource intelligence gathering or data mining? Shouldn’t these be functions of departments within the federal government, all of which are subject to Constitutional, congressional, judicial, and public oversight? How does this connect to our government’s push to have unchecked, unregulated power to spy on its citizens? One of xrepublican’s dKos diaries has some interesting perspectives on this. As well, I completely recommend reading drational’s dKos diaries on FISA or lukery’s dKos diaries on Sibel Edmonds.

http://cinziamazzamakeup.com/?x=cialis-original-x-generico The Telecommunications Act of 1996 had unintended consequences according to this study done by Common Cause. I wonder if that includes controlling media markets and the message and reality we hear every day? Could that be it??? It makes me hold Bill Clinton’s signing of this law (and its backfiring on citizens and the strangling of our democracy) up to NAFTA.

Ah, http://maientertainmentlaw.com/?search=buy-cialis-discount NAFTA. Bill Moyers makes a compelling case that we are Trading Democracy for global corporate dominance. Is NAFTA another unintended consequence, given its ability to undermine America’s sovereignty? And without parity for workers’ rights, pay, or regulation of how products are made or environmental impact, public citizen analyzes who who loses under NAFTA.

Was NAFTA another FISA? Signed by a bunch of boobs who didn’t bother to read the fine print?

Now that would be rich… some of the cornerstones in undermining our governmental structure, its Constitutional infrastructure, all signed away because NOBODY FUCKING READ THE FINE PRINT?

We need to push-the-fuck-back. That’s my slogan… not very elegant or ladylike, but who has time for the niceties… there’s too much fine print to read. And you need to ask your candidate this: source link are they reading the fine print? Will they reverse outsourcing? Invoke anti-trust laws to break up Rupert Murdoch’s media empire? How will they handle trade agreements?

Who’s running the show if it’s all outsourced? How strong is our government if it can be undermined by trade agreements or manipulated by civilian owners of mega media outlets?

Can the Constitution be upheld without restoring the functionality of our government? Where do those who legislate and govern get the tools to ADVOCATE for us, the citizens, without the infrastructure of government?

Is This A Blog to Take Back the Dem Party?

From the Docudharma mission statement:

Passion, politics, poetry, prose and ponies. Silliness, snark and a serious effort to frame the future. A river of words, thought, philosophy and action that nourishes and transforms the political cultural and social landscape through which it passes. That is the spirit behind this “place”.

So I see we have politics as part of the mission statement.  Yet I see nothing about the Democratic Party, even as the party is certainly PART of politics.

Please bear with me while I try to formulate what I’ve been feeling lately into words.

I’m a Democrat, always have been.  I am extremely disgusted with my party — but beyond the emotions I am feeling a crystal clear knowledge that entering into discussion about what the Democrats are doing is no longer the way I want to go.  Because it’s already been said.  We all know it’s not working, don’t we?

And no, this isn’t going to be a screed about “Oh my gosh!  We have to DO something, goddamnit!”  It’s not an action essay, there will be no links to click, no petitions to sign.  We’ve all done that.  Where has it gotten us?

We say there are three main branches of government, four if you count the media (the “fourth estate”).

We are forgetting something here.

We are forgetting the citizens of this country, otherwise known as the “governed.”  Yep.  Us.

And I’m not speaking of demonstrations and protests (although I support each and every one of them).

Let’s look at part of that mission statement again:

A river of words, thought, philosophy and action that nourishes and transforms the political cultural and social landscape through which it passes.

What will nourish us?  What will transform us?  What has NOT yet been tried?

What has NOT yet been tried?

Blogging the future.  To me, that means breaking out of old thinking patterns and habits that have hamstrung us all too long.  If it were just about politics, I’d stay at Daily Kos.  Blogging the future.  To me, that means completely abandoning the frames we’ve been beating our heads against.

It means breakthroughs in our own discourse with each other … it means feelings as well as facts … it means art, definitely art — please remember that rock and roll changed the world and had a great deal to do with revolution in Eastern Bloc countries, not to mention the impact it had on civil rights here in the United States.

Think about the monks in Burma.  Think about the resistance by people who have no power whatsoever except what is in their sinews and hearts — against a foe with all the power of might and guns.

What has NOT yet been tried?

I feel we need to think about that question.

It’s not just about politics any more.

Senate Approves $150 Billion in War Funding

Extra, extra, read all about it. In an incredible show of spinelessness, this bill was approved in a 92-3 vote today. More hurl-worthy news below…

What can I say? Baby Dubya got his way again and look who turned out in droves to help him: The Democrats.

That would be the same Democratic party that barely mentions the war on its home page.

Oh but wait! There’s more – and we’re not talking Ginsu Knives!

In what could only be characterized as a “choking, death grip” on the Bush Administration, the House plans legislation that’ll make Dubya give them “reports” about future withdrawal plans – but only after undergoing mass, collective, spinal transplants, apparently.

In the House, Democrats are pushing for a bill that would require the administration to report to Congress in 60 days and every 90 days thereafter on the status of its redeployment plans in Iraq.

And then there’s:

Hoping the political landscape changes in coming months, Democratic leaders say they will renew their fight when Congress considers the money Bush wants in war funding.

Why end this war now, when, as Scarlett O’Hara so eloquently put it: “After all, tomorrow is another day!”??

I did get a kick out of THIS one:

While the Senate policy bill authorizes the money to be spent, it does not guarantee it; Bush will have to wait until Congress passes a separate appropriations bill before war funds are transferred to military coffers.

“I think that’s where you’re going to see the next dogfight,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., of the upcoming war spending bill.

Well Harry, forgive me, but I’m still waiting for the first dogfight!!

Maybe what Harry and the Dems need is a big ol’ bag of “Angry Dog” dogfood:

We have most Democrats to “thank” for this, but perhaps John Tanner of Tennessee is the most delusional; he and Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii crafted this “dog” of a bill. Tanner then waxed philosophic:

“This will be the first time since the war in Iraq began that we are working together as a Congress instead of one party or another to be a constructive voice in the civilian management of operations in Iraq,” Tanner said in a statement e-mailed to the Associated Press.

At least he could’ve bought us a boat before selling us down the river.

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