Is the American psyche terminally fucked up? Prolly. I’m sick of it. Here’s an old poem, mostly an Italian sonnet by construction, on something about cognitive development, not that that was the original intent; there was zero intention, except to describe someone. The rest happened like a bad car accident. I found the extreme collision with the pun unavoidable at the time. Whoever said I could drive? Not me. If you want Wallace Stevens, go read Stevens, or Snoop Dogg. I did like the idea of putting words into the container of a specific meter and rhyme, because otherwise, “it’s like playing tennis without a net.” Once upon a time, deigning to write in metered verse was pretentious, if not tendentious. Piffle, poffle. If you can’t have a dreary slide into nostalgia now and again, what’s the point?
Their dry lament, “The streets are full of tears,”
Brought tittered warmth that lightly kissed the pane
Through which the world’s seen when skies bring rain.
You paused to think it over, swathed in sheers.
Before the season mucked the garden way,
You thought the time was wasted trying to choose
The rules by which you’d play–just to excuse
Your best-est friend for something she might say?
For once upon a butter-yellow day
You skipped along a sidewalk joints all loose,
And whistled favorite tunes from Mother Goose,
And never said a word that wasn’t gay.
Much to my surprise Blackwater proudly exhibits itself online, and who can blame them what with the constant need for more itchy trigger fingers. So, I got to thinking, if we can googlebomb corrupt politicians, we can googlebomb fascist businesses like Blackwater.
I need your help on this. We need to find the most damning but true articles, blog entries, stories regarding Blackwater. Everyone should take the time to visit the entries and tell the group which ones are the most effective. I will then create the coding for the links and post them. Anytime we mention Blackwater we include one of the coded links.
It’s simple and effective. It could help open the eyes of both new recruits and those who happen to click on the links.
Articles that tie Blackwater to other corporate entities will be helpful for a second generation of googlebombs. Submitting your own past posts on the issue is fine as long as they have some concrete facts incorporated. We can’t boycott them but we can sure as hell change the way they are perceived.
Googlebombing is not as severe as it sounds to all you pacifists out there, it simply means pointing people to various links based on a specific keyword or keywords. Any suggestions for keywords besides Blackwater would be helpful.
Mychal Bell is a bad boy, didja know that? He was violent. He was a bad boy. And because of that, no one should protest on his behalf, because if they do, they’re misguided, yes, they are misguided because it was far worse, his beating up that white boy, than it was to put some nooses on a tree. No one was sent to the emergency room as a result of nooses on a tree. But Mychal Bell sent a white boy to the emergency room, and he is bad.
Yep. He was violent. And further more, I’m no racist! Oh no, I would be the first to say those white boys who put a noose on a tree should have been expelled! Yes, expelled! And those school board folks and the DA, well they should be held to account, yes they should! But that Mychal Bell, he’s a bad boy, and you are misguided to protest on his behalf. After all, he was violent. What would Martin Luther King say? He would never have marched in Jena.
And I have to say, that Mychal Bell is a lucky fellow, he’s going to have so many opportunities because of all that media attention, all that money coming his way, he’s a lucky boy and I hope he takes advantage of all these opportunities. I wish him no ill, I just hope he realizes how lucky he is!
All the sentiments above are from comments I have read both at Daily Kos and elsewhere over the Jena 6. My response is below.
To All The Racists Hiding Behind Martin Luther King
That boy he was bad,
he hurt that other boy
he piled on with five others,
beat him with a shoe
that boy was bad,
I won’t lift a finger
for that boy
Sure, they shoulda
punished those folks
who put a noose on a tree
that was wrong,
but no one got
sent to the emergency room
as a result!
No, that boy was bad.
You bleeding hearts,
you want to reward that boy?
Reward him for such awful violence?
What would the good
Reverend Martin Luther King
have to say about that?
He abhorred violence.
He would not
No, no, the good Reverend
would have picked someone better
for his cause, someone who
wasn’t so bad and violent
(oh! I heard that bad boy
had done awful things before!)
No, the good Reverend
would have picked someone better
for his cause!
Yes, I sure love the
Reverend Martin Luther King,
now THAT man had it right!
Nonviolence, that’s the ticket.
Well sure, that boy should not
have been tried as an adult,
oh no, I think that was wrong.
But why are you
The Reverend Martin Luther King
would not have marched in Jena,
oh no, not for that bad boy.
Well, yes, those white boys
who beat up a black boy,
who pulled a gun, sure,
they should have been punished!
And those white boys who
put up the noose, they
should have been expelled!
But why should I care about
that bad black boy?
Why do you defend violence?
The Reverend Martin Luther King
would not agree, oh no, he
would not have marched in Jena.
My third reason moves to an even deeper level of awareness, for it grows out of my experience in the ghettoes of the North over the last three years — especially the last three summers. As I have walked among the desperate, rejected and angry young men I have told them that Molotov cocktails and rifles would not solve their problems. I have tried to offer them my deepest compassion while maintaining my conviction that social change comes most meaningfully through nonviolent action. But they asked — and rightly so — what about Vietnam? They asked if our own nation wasn’t using massive doses of violence to solve its problems, to bring about the changes it wanted. Their questions hit home, and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today — my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.
Yeah, keep trying to hide behind Martin Luther King. He wouldn’t have given a shit about Mychal Bell. He would never have marched in Jena.
Like a near death experience my life changed last Friday when I witnessed my Russian boss experience a mental melt down as a consequence of having lived his life in two totalitarian states. I now know I’m right as I say “we” (America) won’t last through the winter.
I place this Russian in the higher spiritual realms. He is honest, intelligent, will go to bat for others and carries a special passion that advances and benefits all who come in contact with him. Very cosmopolitan yet practical when confronted with no-win situations. His value to humanity is far greater than the waste of oxygen Americans of Faux News, the entertainment channel or even CNN. I am talking about a man who is definitely not impressed with the “advantages” of having cable, internet and phone “all on one bill”.
I have lived now in two socialist countries, he said, and he made that statement years ago. I value this man more highly than 100,000 average Americans.
I sat there in a meeting on Friday and his anger came forth. Years upon years of mistakes, misunderstandings, political business decisions and mostly Orwellian crap overtook him and he lost control and left the room. The remaining five meeting members stared at each other in astonishment. I sat there as a senior member with maybe a 60% understanding of the whole affair coupled with an understanding of the pressures this man has had recently in life.
I realized my life is about to come crashing to an end too. It’s one of those Rudyard Kipling “can you keep your head when all others about you are loosing theirs” cases. It bashes you in the face like a large flat shovel. I have not the answers, just the Apocalyptic horse.
Amidst all the excitement about Al Gore winning the Nobel Peace Prize, the questions and dreams about a possible presidential campaign, and the inevitable criticism from right wing cynics (demonstrating, once again, that they neither understand nor even like the concept of peace), let’s not lose focus on what really matters. It is not about the man, it is about his cause; and he is the man he is because he puts the cause above any personal considerations, and whether or not he runs will undoubtedly be determined by his best assessment of whether it will be the best way to serve the cause! We need also keep that priority straight! The coming weeks are critical, and we can help!
Largely because of Al Gore and the IPCC, global warming and climate change have now come to be frontline political issues. Bush no longer ignores it, and now tries to spin it (the best he will ever do on any political issue), and Congress is finally crafting legislation to address it. For now, this is where we need focus.
Mark Hertsgaard, the environmental correspondent for The Nation, puts it directly:
Now that Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, will the US Congress take the IPCC’s scientific advice on how to fight global warming? The IPCC holds that the world must reduce greenhouse gas emissions at least 80 percent by the year 2050. Few in Congress seem prepared to go that far, however. And judging from the discussion at a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill last week, even lawmakers who personally embrace the “gold standard” of 80 percent reductions are prepared to endorse a weaker measure in the name of getting some form of climate legislation moving in Congress.
If we take Al Gore seriously, and we take seriously his Nobel Prize, we need to immediately begin lobbying Congress to do the same. This is no time for the compromises that define the usual failures of our political system. With the issue in the headlines, we need let our Congressional representatives know that we are watching, and that we are expecting more than lip service.
The question is, what bill will reformers get behind? How ambitious will they be? Will they demand what the scientific community says is the minimum necessary to enable our civilization to (perhaps) avoid the worst future scenarios of global warming: deep cuts in emissions by 2020 on the way to 80-90 percent cuts by 2050? Or, in the name of not letting the perfect be the enemy of the good, will they favor a more modest and gradual approach?
The weak, ineffectual compromise approach is being championed by those champions of political weakness and ineffectual compromise, Senators John Warner (R-VA) and Joseph Lieberman (?-CT). Their bill would mandate emission reductions of 10 percent by 2020, and 70 percent by 2050. That they would, for some reason, decide on an approach that falls 10 percent short on such a critical goal says everything. It won’t solve the problem, but it will make nice window dressing. It’s not just embarrassing and absurd, it’s dangerous!
Not only do these provisions fall short of the scientific standard; there is even less here than meets the eye. The bill, as described in briefings and press accounts, contains a number of loopholes, including provisions that (1) will give rather than sell greenhouse-gas-emissions permits to polluters, thus violating the “polluter pays” principle of environmental accounting, and (2) count so-called carbon offsets–that is, paying someone else to reduce emissions while continuing to emit oneself–as genuine reductions.
An alternative has been proposed by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Bernard Sanders (I-VT), with a similar bill in the House being sponsored by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA). Their bills mandate the 80 percent reductions, on real terms, rather than with carbon offsets, and they make the polluters pay. Hertsgaard links to the World Resource Institute’s comparison of these, and other, proposals.
Of course, only one of the bills is getting traction, on Congress.
According to sources speaking on background because of the confidential nature of the discussions, most Senate Democrats and many environmental and other public interest groups are preparing to support the Lieberman-Warner bill, despite misgivings about its shortcomings.
While some in Congress apparently believe it is important to pass something, anything, environmental writer Bill McKibben disagrees. Since Bush is likely to veto even Warner-Lieberman, McKibben believes that even passing it will only serve to lower the bar, for the next Congress and the next president. It will make Warner-Lieberman appear to be the proper standard. Clearly, that would be unacceptable.
Since Bush is going to veto it anyway, there is no reason to make [a climate bill] less ambitious than what science requires. Climate change isn’t like other issues. It doesn’t do any good to split the difference to reach a deal everyone can live with. Climate change is about the laws of physics and chemistry, and they don’t give.
We’re all thrilled that Al Gore and the IPCC won the Nobel Peace Prize. It’s time for us to help them leverage that prestige, by pressuring Congress to do what is right. Call your senators and congresspeople. Tell them that Warner-Lieberman is unacceptable, and that the only valid options are Boxer-Sanders and Waxman. We now have the political momentum. Let’s not waste it!
“IMMUNITY” IS NOT the word that should be being used to highlight and headline stories regarding the case of the telecoms and the FISA bill. “Retroactive immunity” is not even right. These terms put the focus of this story on the telecoms. It belongs on the White House. If the word is going to be used at all, it should be along the lines of “Bush seeking protection for possible White House crimes with immunity request.”?
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., an intelligence committee member, fears the language would go far beyond protecting private companies and their employees, also giving cover to any government officials who may have broken the law.
“I and others are going to make sure that anything that is done is done in a narrow, targeted way,” Wyden said.
“Giving cover to government officials who may have broken the law.” Like Alberto Gonazales, Dick Cheney, and George Bush, along with a host of others.
Most people here know that this is what’s going on, but I think headlines should reflect that, and the “Bush seeking immunity for telecoms” isn’t forwarding that correct message. This is about stopping the dozens of lawsuits currently ongoing against the telecoms – and explicitly to stop what would be revealed in those cases were allowed to go through.
And they’re not just waiting for this FISA bill, they’re desperately fighting in court to get the cases squashed even without this legislation. And they may win.
SAn appeals court in San Francisco is weighing the government’s argument that these cases should be thrown out on the grounds that the subject matter is a “state secret” and that its disclosure would jeopardize national security.
The telecoms are defending themselves against some 50 lawsuits seeking damages and a halt to the cooperation. Nearly all of those are consolidated in a San Francisco federal court, where lawyers for the government, rights groups, and the telecoms are waiting for the 9th Circuit Appeals Court to rule on whether the suits must be dismissed on the grounds that they will endanger national security.
Why doesn’t the Bush administration want these suits to go through? It’s not national security. It’s just not. They’re lying. They are covering their own asses.
Editor’s note: I am not a crook. Nor a lawyer. Please inform me of any ridiculous errors I may have made.
This weekend, buyers from across the Gulf states and the Middle East will descend on a huge arms fair in Dubai. Sheikhs, emirs, princes and kings will be buying anything from specialised sniper ammunition by the ton, to the highest-tech surveillance gear and even the odd British Aerospace gunboat or Eurofighter.
The Arab world will use the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX), to tool up for a coming confrontation with Iran, and to arm Sunni insurgents to fight Iran’s allies in Iraq, the Shia militias.
While we may not have much info in this upcoming conference, we only need look back to the super-swanky arms bazaar last February 2007. Man, was it a hit. Arms shopping is very sexy stuff:
Shop till you drop. Two women walk past tanks as they attend the opening of the IDEX Defence Exhibition in Abu Dhabi 18 February 2007. The Middle East’s biggest arms fair, IDEX-2007, opened today in the United Arab Emirates with hundreds of manufacturers displaying state-of-the-art weaponry to oil-rich monarchies that are keen on upgrading their armed forces. http://www.spacewar….
It looks like a beautiful place, Abu Dhabi, rich and modern as all get out. Yeah, they got the filthy lucre alright. Weren’t they the ones who wanted to control our ports and buy 20% of the NASDAQ stock exchange?
The exhibition in 2007 attracted more than 630 companies from 49 countries, representing a 54% growth on the previous year.
What can you say? Arms sales and security are flat-out growth industries, anymore. I bet Lockheed, Boeing, Northrup, Raytheon, et al are making a killing of planetary proportions on all this action.
These countless exhibitions offer the entire security package. You think we have Homeland Security problems? Just look to the burning horizon of the Middle East, and consider the investment opportunities. Next January’s Intersec Exhibition is going to be chockablock with the world’s Global Security and Safety leaders meeting to press the flesh with other lucre-packing-lugals.
Global Security and Safety Leaders to Converge On Dubai in January
Steep rise of 60% in the rate of booking for Intersec Middle East
Intersec Middle East has attracted involvement by key security, policing, safety and fire & rescue solution providers, reflecting a remarkable growth rate of more than 60% as compared to the booking rate for the exhibition in July 2007. The annual trade fair and conference is recognised as the ideal regional platform for debating and providing solutions for security, fire, police health and safety concerns which set international standards for monitoring commercial developments.
Organised by Messe Frankfurt, the world’s second largest exhibition organiser, Intersec Middle East is scheduled to take place from the 13-15 January 2008 at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre in the United Arab Emirates.
Ines Gruslinger, the show manger of the event proclaims that, “Intersec Middle East in 2007 attracted over 16,000 visitors from 79 countries, and 98% of the exhibitors stated that their overall objectives in terms of establishing contacts for future sales had been met or surpassed. The 10th edition of this prestigious networking event will present an ideal opportunity for industry related companies to showcase to a global audience of commercial and government buyers, launch new products, source distribution and business partners, and reinforce existing business relationships.”
Over the past eight years $277 billion has been allocated to defence and security in the GCC and the projected growth of the security systems and equipment market, especially for safety, within the UAE is estimated to be 25% per year over the next five years.
Lt. Col. Aqil Mustafa Al-Jenahi, Director of the Mechanical & Technical Dept., Dubai Police HQ, General Department of Operations, cited that “The Dubai Police HQ has been supporting Intersec Middle East for years and regards the show as a very important source for Police & Homeland Security equipment in the region. The Dubai Police also organized outside demonstrations for the first time at Intersec Middle East in 2007 and used the show as a platform to show its services to the Intersec visitors, media and specialized audiences.”
I think when they say, “specialized audiences” they mean wealthy lugals who want to keep hold of their loot. Don’t expect any free-speech zones popping up unexpectedly amongst the restive populations anytime soon. Those probably weren’t “anti-government” demonstrations organized by the police. 25% annual growth means they mean business. You don’t fuck with the lucre-packing lugals. With oil above 80 bucks a barrel, they can afford it. And as for the exhibitors, it surpassed their wildest dreams. Who says disaster capitalism isn’t profitable? Who says ending the Iraq debacle is a good idea?
Meanwhile, back at home, so what if the value of our money, homes, jobs, and institutions goes down the shitter. Let’s just have a giant yard sale, liquidate the whole American project, and re-invest elsewhere. Isn’t that what we’re doing anyway? What in the world are people so angry about?
Mr. P. gave a cogent presentation of his views about WW IV, Islamofascism and his high regard for G.W. Bush’s approach to the matter and the audience listened in respectful silence. Come the Q and A, things were different.
I don’t know if I’ll get the order of all these incidents correct, but: The first question dealt in part with the need for an investigation into the real story behind 9/11. This, at least, was hooted down but not before the young man quickly asked how it felt for N.P. to be “a suspect” in the matter. He continued to go on until finally shushed by security (or someone)….Soon after, someone asked about the deposing of the Shah back in the 50s. N.P. admitted the CIA was involved but said that he wasn’t interested at the moment in ancient history….
A man in the front row, taking off on N.P.’s comment that it might be necessary, in his view, to bomb Iran in order to keep them from attaining nuclear capability said why not go after Saudi Arabia, since they were the ones behind 9/11. He became so irate that a staff member had to go over to quieten him. As I remember, it was about then that things pretty much fell apart. A lady stood to say that she had over a hundred relatives in Iran: Why do you want to kill them?! Another woman called him a fascist and a murderer. Somewhere around this point, N.P. said that he had lived on the Upper West Side for over twenty years and was now being reminded why he moved away….
Who is behind the Shock Doctrine-style “Avian Flu Pandemic” scare?
The SPP/North American Union. From their site: http://usinfo.state….
To grasp why panflu/bird flu is so much in the media today, let’s look at the magician’s – and pickpocket’s – use of MISDIRECTION. For legerdemain/theft to succeed, we – the “audience/mark” – must look elsewhere while our money and civil rights disappear without a trace: http://www.illusiong…
Just such tactics are being used to convince citizens that there is a danger from bird flu. Heeeeeere’s Dubya, in 2005, mumbling through a speech which is supposed to be about the security concerns of bird flu, but there is actually very little information here. His speech is really a shout out to the corpo-gov personnel involved in this product – and propaganda: http://ia350633.us.a…
The bird flu initiative has been under the command of NORTHCOM for some time: http://web.archive.o… http://www.northcom…. – a manual of merely 14 pages
and now is also handled by the NAU/SPP – see this pdf – http://www.spp.gov/p…
I find these preparedness manuals weak on real content and unhelpful.
Even the Army’s own manual on management of disease outbreaks fails to give good prophylactic and therapeutic information on avian flu. It does list many of the diseases the military has weaponized, though.
This USAMRIID manual entry for Avian Flu is clear as mud, but has one important statement:
“THUS FAR, NO HUMAN-TO-HUMAN TRANSMISSION HAS BEEN REPORTED”.
“Avian Influenza: Avian influenza or highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has periodically caused human infections primarily through close contact with avian species, most often through occupational contact at chicken or duck farms in South East Asia. As of May 2004, there is a large outbreak of avian influenza involving the H5N1 strain and human cases have been reported in two countries from this region.
*Thus far, no human-to-human transmission has been reported*, but the potential for genetic reassortment between avian and human or animal strains of influenza exists. A recent report in the journal Science, linked the influenza virus responsible for the 1918 epidemic to a possible avian origin. If true, avian influenza may pose a much greater danger to human populations than previously reported. The disease presents in humans like other types of influenza virus. It usually begins with fever, chills, headaches and myalgias, and often involves the upper & lower respiratory tract with development of cough, dyspnea, and, in severe cases, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Laboratory findings may include; pancytopenia, lymphopenia, elevated liver enzymes, hypoxia, (+) RT-PCR for H5N1 and (+) neutralization assay for H5N1 influenza strain. In vitro studies suggest the neuraminidase inhibitor class of drugs may have clinical efficacy for treating and preventing avian Influenza infection.” (p. 108) http://www.usamriid….
Remember THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES? In this modern version, the filmmaker has included *labels*: GREED, GLUTTONY, STUPIDITY and – BOOGIE WOOGIE FLU.
Avian flu/panflu is a billion-dollar BUSINESS. The health care and drug industries, military and government all get paid to promote it, whether it is real or not. The pandemic is not reality-based, but commentators try to convince us it is with use of the words OF CONCERN, BELIEVE, PROBABLY, THOUGHT TO BE. That’s not science – it’s faith-based mumbo jumbo. Are you buying this? Whether you believe in it or not, however, your tax dollars are paying for this.
“…researchers say in their report that additional genetic changes are *probably* needed to equip the H5N1 virus with full pandemic potential. “Indeed, multiple amino acid changes have been identified in the so-called Spanish influenza virus, which is *thought to be* derived from an avian antecedent,” they write.
Kawaoka and his team *believe* it’s only a matter of time before the H5N1 virus evolves into a strain that’s capable of launching a pandemic, the UW-Madison release says.
“I don’t like to scare the public, because they cannot do very much,” Kawaoka was quoted as saying in a Reuters news report today. “But at the same time it is important to the scientific community to understand what is happening.”
Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, said the Kawaoka group’s findings are important for understanding the pandemic potential of H5N1. Given what is known about currently circulating H5N1 strains, the changes described in the study are *of concern*, said Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, which publishes CIDRAP News.
“The *billion-dollar question* is how many more changes are required and will H5N1 ever achieve this,” he said.
(So this researcher admits that a pandemic may never happen – but keep the money rolling in!) http://www.cidrap.um…
American and foreign citizens have been used as guinea pigs in multi-million dollar biological weapons development and experiments – without their knowledge or consent:
“Cities were unwittingly used as laboratories to test aerosolization and dispersal methods; Aspergillus fumigatus, B. subtilis var. globigii, and Serratia marcescens were used as simulants and released during experiments in New York City, San Francisco, and other sites. Concerns regarding potential public health hazards of simulant studies were raised after an outbreak of nosocomial S. marcescens (formerly Chromobacterium prodigiosum) urinary tract infections at Stanford University Hospital between September 1950 and February 1951, following covert experiments using S. marcescens as a simulant in San Francisco.” http://www.fas.org/n…
There have been only about 200 cases of reported morbidity from “avian flu” worldwide in the last decade – WHO stats are here: http://www.who.int/c…
Why is *this* alleged illness under such intense military attention and command – and not others? Canadians might well wonder if copies of their health records are in a military vault – in the USA. Governments spend billions on the development of contagious diseases for bioweapons, while urging us to “Beat the Flu” – get a flu shot for a strain of an illness that does not yet exist. What kind of protection is that?
If a state of emergency – real or bogus – is declared, your civil rights can be suspended: http://en.wikipedia….
Are bioweapon development and pandemic prep a good use of our health resources and tax money? Why are physicians not calling for abolition of radioactive, chemical and biological weapons worldwide?
All doctors should oppose the expense, waste and danger of centers like this: http://www.guardian….
Read about some of the known projects in bioweapons that are currently ongoing at The Sunshine Project site: http://www.sunshine-…
(FP’ed 3:09 AM EDT, Sunday. October 14, 2007. – promoted by exmearden)
The snow crunches underfoot, and it yields to a soft underlayment, glistening with mystery as the moon parlays its reflected sheen on the infinite sparkling frosty desert.
An aroma of universal home wafts through the swaying branches of pine, of spruce and of arborvitae. Pungent, yet gentle, it speaks to timelessness, of shelter, of contemplation. Those trees, in their conversations, tell the stories of the wind, of the light and shadow, and of all those who pass overhead and underneath the regal limbs.
This night, the deepening blueblack of the scrim reveals brilliant gems in their courses.
The moon conducts the symphony, and the celestial choir hums the chorus. Listen, ears pricked, and feel the song of songs. The trees sway in rhythm. Tapping bark tympanics applaud the performance. The earth turns in time with the music to follow the melody.
Peering through the ferny pines are the night watchers. Those with wings ruffle their rachis and tuck themselves into the tempo. Paws shuffle and legs dance with the harmonic pulsing. Fur rises and then settles in warm comforting envelopment of its bearer.
The lone observer encumbered by clothes to protect a vulnerable fur-less skin, gazes unseeing, but with listening ears, hearing feet, fingertips alive and perceiving the deep cold that doesn’t come from the air. Hands curled and thrust deep in flannel-lined pockets, face turned to the moon, lost in the music, the pattern, the all, time wasn’t, and here was everywhere and nowhere.
To honor of the achievements and contributions of Native Americans to the United States, and for other purposes.
Let’s find a way to make it happen and in a good way, please.
This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process where the bill is considered in committee and may undergo significant changes in markup sessions. The bill has been referred to the following committees:
Here’s the email I received from a very credible friend.
Please use information below to take action to bring about
‘Native American Heritage Day’
This bill will open up the door for tribal nations to have a voice as to true Indian history and heritage in our nations school books and class rooms.
In bringing about ‘Native American Heritage Day’ It will open the door and spot light many issues concerning the Native American community.
H.R.3585 Cosponsors (63)
To honor of the achievements and contributions of Native Americans to the United States, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the ..Native American Heritage Day Act of 2007′.
the Friday immediately succeeding Thanksgiving Day of each year would be an appropriate day to designate as Native American Heritage Day.
(Crossposted at the Orange Vortex of All Futility and Despair)
I’m not sure we need to help Atlanta with their water problem. They’ve had more than enough time over the last 7 years of our Glorious Decider’s reign to purge their local government of the anti-American elements that have no doubt worked successfully to deprive Atlanta of access to water at free-market prices. See, this is what happens when you have bloated and corrupt liberal government approach to providing services like water. If people would pay for water, they would have it, it is just that simple. Where are the entrepreneurs towing icebergs from the North and South polar regions? Note to Al Gore: those icebergs are going to melt anyway, why not use them for drinking water? This problem is Atlanta’s to solve. No bleeding-heart liberal water bail-outs for those lazy freeloaders, I say. If they want water, they can pay $1.75 a liter like everybody else from the convenience store. Its these water utilities providing 1000 liters of tap water for 2 cents that are causing these shortages, you know. Things aren’t priced right, there are shortages. Maybe they’ll figure out that dying of thirst is more painful than shelling out a fair market price to Aquafina or Costco.
We need to sell off all these municipal water utilities to private industry. That way, the consumers get the benefit of excellent management (instead of bloated corrupt civil service) and in return they pay a fair price.
But in the meantime, there is no doubt going to be unrest in Atlanta. Large portions of that urban nightmare have never reliably voted Republican, so you can count on trouble. It is a good thing that Blackwater is only a few hours away in North Carolina.
As a pre-emptive measure, I call upon Emperor Bush to declare an emergency of Homeland Security and suspend civil rights in Georgia. Actually, just to be safe, the entire Southeast region should be covered. This is the only way to protect water delivery routes until order can be restored. If you have relatives in the area, advise them to remain calm and stay in their homes until contacted by their DHS Ward Officer.
It is time to pull together for America, folks. Al Qaeda is jusst itching to capitalize on opportunities like this, so be alert but continue shopping. My contacts in DHS have let me know that AQ elements may be tempted to strike at anytime in this current period of unrest. It may be necessary to delay primary elections until the situation is under control. The media will be asked to cooperate in our response to this crisis.
Thank you for your patriotic service.
Help us in this time of crisis, O Great One. We ask this in Bush’s name, Amen.