Why We Are Here

(Because I can

-Armando – promoted by Armando)

I think we are all here because we all believe sincerely that, no matter how much we disagree, and man do we ever disagree, everyone here respects the fact that we all are committed to positive, even progressive change for our country and world.

I believe that I have had a serious policy disagreement with everyone on the planet so it should comes as no surprise that I have had huge disagreements with every poster here and will no doubt have a hell of a lot more of them going forward.

So why am I here? Simple – having disagreed on issues, large and small, with Buhdy, OPOL, Turkana, EK, etc. – I have found that they and I could dust ourselves off and still have fun, respect each other, fight again, and then fight again. And then have some more fun, respect each other and so on.

When Buhdy told me about this site I wanted in. Hell, I insisted on being in. Why? Because it brings back what used to be a staple at daily kos – a community that could fight together, fight each other and play together.

I miss that as much as I miss anything in blogging. I could not get that at Daily Kos for a long time. I know I’ll get it here.

So we will discuss important ideas and issues, organize for important fights, fight important fights amongst each other, but also have fun together. Be a real blogging community. And I have a real confidence that Buhdy, the Zen Dictator, will keep it that way. So I’ll be around a lot. To discuss. To fight. To play. To bond. But mostly to regain that old feeling that I miss, the feeling of being a part of something special – a real political blogging community.

I can’t wait.

WAR!

Like it or not America, here it comes!

As announced in Grand Moff Texan‘s We Have Four Days, we’re going to war with Iran – and to hell with us if we don’t like it.

Cheney

What we, the American people, think does not matter.  There will be a ramping up of the propaganda storm, but it’s only for show.  In the end it doesn’t matter if we support it or not – this war is going to be shoved down our throats.

To make up for their miserable failure in Iraq the geniuses driving the Bush administration’s foreign policy (if it can be called that) are going to launch a military strike against Iran.  Nobody wants this war except for a few sick bastards.  Unfortunately for the entire world those few sick bastards are the very same sick bastards that our Democratic ‘leadership’ has refused to impeach. 

It’s not like we didn’t warn them.  How many essays have there been posted throughout the blogosphere begging them to impeach the criminal scum in the Whitehouse before they could do something this insane?  How many of us have begged, pleaded, or demanded that the Democratic ‘leadership’ stand up for America and do the right thing?  I have typed my fingers to the bone writing such essays myself – and I am far from being the only one.  There have been hundreds maybe even thousands of essays beseeching the Democratic ‘leadership’ to give us sanity, reason and justice.  They never heard us, and now the whole world will pay.

Our ‘leadership’ sucks!  There is no way to excuse their pathetic inaction against a 20% president who has flaunted his lawlessness and his insanity.  There is just no getting around the fact that ‘our side’ has colluded with and enabled the sinister bastards who have taken hostile control of our nation.  When Mike Stark told us they weren’t our friends, he wasn’t just jivin’.  They have sold us all down the river…and all the best of them want to do about it is pass a non-binding resolution or maybe issue a stinging declaration of sincere disapproval.  I don’t know about you but I know when I’ve been stabbed in the back.

I strenuously objected to the bogus invasion of Iraq.

I also objected to the occupation of Iraq and object to this day to the continued immoral, illegal and insane occupation of that poor country.

I objected to the surge.

I objected to son of surge.

I objected to the escalation of the surge and son of surge.

I objected to the escalation of the escalation.

And I was not and am not alone.  The American people have resisted and objected and screamed bloody murder, but none of that matters.  Evil men are running our country and Democrats are helping them.  They have betrayed us all.

They are determined to do this and they will do this but don’t let them do it in silence.  Scream bloody murder for all you’re worth!  Let’s let the whole world know how much we hate what they’re doing in our names!

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”

~ Edmund Burke

ITMFA

“I have a wide stance…”

( – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Tom Delay.

That’s the only Thug Tweety can get to defend Craig.

MSNBC has been running wall to wall with the audio tape playing it over and over again in full.  Their story goes something like this-

Audio of Craig arrest reveals new details
Spokesman denies three-term Idaho lawmaker preparing to quit
NBC News and news services
Updated: 35 minutes ago

WASHINGTON – Sen. Larry Craig denied soliciting an undercover police officer shortly after being arrested in a bathroom at a Minneapolis airport, an audio recording of the arrest revealed.

Craig said on the June 11 recording, released Thursday by the Minneapolis Police Department, that he may have touched Investigative Sgt. Dave Karsnia’s foot with his foot while they were in bathroom stalls.

“You said our feet bumped. I believe they did,” Craig said, adding that he was scooting over. “The next thing I knew, under the bathroom divider comes a card that says ‘Police.'”

If you want to listen, click the video link, they also have a copy of last night’s Olbermann ‘Dragnet’ Re-enactment.

Big day for schadenfreud.

Four at Four

Four at Four is an afternoon briefing of four, yes only four, news items that are important. Please look for it Monday-Friday at around 4 p.m. Eastern.

  1. The Los Angeles Times has a good story today on Jon Soltz, Iraq war veteran and founder of votevets.org. The portrait of Soltz is Soldier answers a new call to battle:

    But in a little more than a year since he launched VoteVets. org, Soltz has helped transform the war debate in Washington by channeling the raw anger and frustration of many Iraq vets into a political campaign both sophisticated and visceral. Soltz, 30, and his band of mostly twenty- and thirtysomething veterans have shaken the GOP’s claim to be the pro-military party. They accuse Republicans of recklessly sending troops to war without the right equipment and failing to care for thousands of wounded and traumatized vets…

    “Jon Soltz seems to be exactly what progressives need,” said Paul Begala, an influential Democratic strategist who worked on Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr.’s successful 2006 campaign against Santorum. “He has a pair of fists, and he knows how to use them.”

    …Soltz said the organization would remain on the offense throughout the 2008 campaign. “Everything else VoteVets has done has been warm-up,” he said. “We’re going to play in the big leagues.

  2. According to The Hill, the AFL-CIO is “unlikely to throw its support behind a candidate during the primary season. Under current rules, a candidate would need the support of two-thirds of the union’s membership, making it difficult to see how an endorsement could be offered anytime soon”.

  3. Alberto Gonzales will soon be out of a job, but his words will live on in infamy. According to the Washington Post, the soon to be Gonzales-free Justice Department is Investigating Gonzales’s Testimony:

    The Justice Department is investigating whether departing Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales gave false or misleading testimony to Congress on a broad range of issues, including the Bush administration’s warrantless surveillance program and the removal of nine U.S. attorneys last year, the lead investigator said today.

    The disclosure by Inspector General Glenn A. Fine shows that internal investigations that began with the prosecutor firings have widened substantially to include a focus on Gonzales’s actions and statements.

    Senate Judiciary Chair Pat Leahy (D-VT) is looking forward to the findings.

  4. The Sahara isn’t the only desert that is slowly creeping and expanding. In China, the Badain Jaran desert is expanding. From The Independent, Great Wall could be lost to sands of the desert: “Sandstorms in northern China are reducing large sections of the Great Wall to rubble. Archaeologists say whole chunks of one of the seven wonders of the world could be gone in 20 years”. The CS Monitor had a story about China’s desertification problem recently too. China loses about 950 sq miles to desertification each year.

So, what else is happening?

John! Barack! Hillary! Dennis! Bill! Joe! Chris! et al!

so you wanna be president, huh? and you tell me you’re gonna make it all better…

then tell me: when will you SHOW UP where we really really need to see you?

take the jump:::::::::::::::::::::>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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cross-posted at dKos

I’m a life-long Democrat. Been a county delegate, a local candidate, an ardent campaigner.

But, I’ve got to tell you all this: YOU.. and Congressional Dems, are losing me… losing my confidence, losing my heart… and you risk losing my vote.

I’m NOT going to renounce being a Democrat. I’m demanding that all of you… the mess of you.. start acting like Democrats.

A CALL TO ACTION: Candidates, put some edge, some risk-taking, some larger meaning, into your campaigns. Take control of the issues facing our country, and show up where it counts.

SHOW UP in Washington, DC on September 15 to STAND UP with the rest of us on the Road2DC SPEAKING OUT in protest of the Iraq War.

SHOW UP on the steps of the Capitol Building when Congress opens its session. STAND UP to inertia and SPEAK OUT and demand that your colleagues in Congress stop Bush, make sure Iran doesn’t happen, deauthorize FISA, restore the Constitution, and deFUND the Iraq war.

SHOW UP at the White House and STAND UP to Bush. SPEAK OUT to protest George W. Bush’s complete and utter lack of regard for our country, our values, our Constitution, our privacy and freedoms, and the military, which he has devastated. It’s time to stand and be seen in a place that leaves NO question about your willingnes to engage George W. Bush, Karl Rove, and the entire GOP machine just waiting to grind you up. For your hair cut, for your military service, for your name, for your sex.

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A CALL TO ACTION: Congressonal Democrats, it’s time to start acting on the mandate you’ve been given. You know, that’s what November 2006 was, btw. And the polls after? That’s was a mandate too. And the low approval rating of Congress? Yup, yet another mandate and it goes something like this:

STOP THE RUNAWAY TRAIN that has become our government. Take back control. DO IT.

STOP talking about about stopping George W. Bush.  DO IT.

STOP talking about defunding. DO IT.

STOP writing letters to Karl and Harriet about showing up to testify. Find a way to make them DO IT.

STOP talking about the tragedy of New Orleans and the malfeasence of the Bush Administration’s handling of it. LEGISLATE FUNDING (and, for the love of god, oversee the rebuilding) to restore one of America’s most important heritage and cultural cities. DO IT.

STOP talking about how horrible the sub prime fiasco is. HELP people so they don’t LOSE their homes. And, as a bonus, just this one time, let the risk-taking predatory lenders absorb the bulk of the burden of this mess. DO IT.

STOP being afraid to take the platform we’ve given you and USE IT…cause there are zillions of other things we need you to do. DO IT.

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In short, we need to get those in our government BACK to the business of governing… not abdicating it to a president who has only one focus: giving more power to a small minority whose profit-driven depravity has just about bankrupted our country, our people, and the environment. The middle class belongs on the endangered species list.

We need the Democratic candidates to show up in the offices of all of their colleagues, both Democrat and Republican legislators, and bring the message in this mandate: AMERICANS WANT THEIR COUNTRY BACK.

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ps…would it have any impact if a bunch of “hey (your) candidate, it’s me, your screen name” diaries started showing up in the recent diary list or as comments in open threads? all asking for the candidates to SHOW UP…  where you think we need them and why

Open Thread

First!

on the beach


(right, Mona Khalil and friend)

Throughout their 150 million years on earth, life has never been easy for individual sea turtles. Perhaps one in every couple thousand survived to breeding age. There have always been the hazards of predators, disease, and unlucky weather – the drivers of evolution, the producers, if you will, of the species we see now.

Recently the odds have gotten considerably worse. Abrupt, radical change in the environment has overwhelmed even the miraculous adaptive potential latent in the genome.

  Worldwide, sea turtle populations are crashing thanks to drift nets, (illegal) intentional as well as accidental long line fishing, the loss of sea grass beds to pollution and other anthropegenic factors, loss of suitable nesting habitat to beachfront development, and simple overexploitation as a food resource.

Global warming threatens to exacerbate the problems of disappearing habitat and food, and may deliver a killing blow directly. Sea turtles’ gender is not fixed genetically but determined by the temperature of the eggs.Their reproductive cycle is also extemely vulnerable to rising temperatures.

Everyone has to live somewhere. But the turtle populations driven by thousands of years of instinct to nest on the southern coast of Lebanon would seem to have drawn an awfully unlucky hand.

They actually fared pretty well under Israeli occupation. Night patrols kept the beaches empty during turtle prime time.Hezbollah on hand to help baby sea turtles

War disturbs turtles in unlikely Lebanese refuge

Population status and conservation of marine turtles at El-Mansouri, Lebanon 14-page pdf

Lebanese woman fights to save endangered

MEDASSET the Mediterranean Association to Save the Sea Turtle

Lebanon war still impacting sea turtles

In troubled Lebanon, a safety zone for sea turtles

Hazards old

and new

global warming
temperature change sex ratio
loss of sea beds
long line
drift nets

foxes, themselves internally displaced residents of Lebanon, driven out of the hills by last year’s bombing raids.
stray rockets
even a misplaced soccer field

to stir shit title it Hezbollah the protector or some such

Climate turns up heat

Besides her regular duties of patrolling the beach, moving nests from unsafe areas and protecting them with wires shields, Mona Khalil has in her time taken on UN peacekeepers and made them change both their littering habits and the Fijian contingent’s practice of buying turtles on the black market for dinner. She has run off Hezbollah guerillas using her beach as a base during the war, and repaired the damage to her home by Israeli rockets.

The beach itelf is now partitioned between armed factions. Hezbollah, which controls half, has declared the turtles, and one hopes Ms. Khalil as well, under its protection.

For this, and for nothing else, I salute Hezbollah.

Picking up the check at Democracy Cafe

The rummy stumbled out of the cafe, no one cared enough to call him a cab. Left at the table was an oddball pair, looking at the havoc their dinner party had wrecked before them. It had been quite a party, but now the waiter was coming with the bill, and there was awkward silence.

Decadence and disregard for the price of the meals and drinks and debauchery had been immense, and the check had quite a few zeros on it. Long gone were the guests who ran up this outrageous total, leaving the last two to settle and square away the bill at Democracy’s Cafe.

So it is true in reality, as it is in the cafe. A new Democratic Congress and a lame duck President share this table long sat at by corporate fat cats, lobbyists, corrupt congressmen, their hangers-on, entourages and various other party goers who had partied like rock stars in the early 2000s. Now the check is due.

Sadly, the last sweet kiss good-bye to the Republicans is that the bill did not come due during their watch, which is why they are taking being expelled from the restaurant with little to no fanfare. They knew this was coming, and like a dinner guest with no change left in their pocket, they went to the bathroom and never came back. They didn’t even leave a 20 spot to even pretend like they wanted to settle accounts, because they knew they did not need too.

So, the lame duck and sacrificial lambs, who were happy just to get to the table even if the party was obviously winding down, now face a tab of outrageous proportions. The housing market has cooled, the trade debt is outlandish, and somehow some of the party goers had gotten a second tab open, a second duel deficit, that too was suddenly these to poor soul’s responsibility. And not even figured into the total is the price to cover the fight that broke out early on, and all that was broken during its fray.

And while they sit there, just now fully understanding their miserable fate while the hooligans of the Gatsby party variety have gone home to sleep it off and wait for these two to take the fall. Because they know the responsibility and debacle of the check will be pinned on those left at the table, freeing them up to return in 2008 to go hog wild again, hands washed and cleaned of their previous indiscretions.

So be wary if you find yourself at the table when the check comes at Democracy’s Cafe. Those who ran up the tab are long gone, but owners of the restaurant, the American people, will not remember that because they do not remember what happened last week. And in 2007, when the economy shitbags because the checks are due, it is not the Republican decadence the people will remember, it will be the Democrats shaking them down to pay for the bill that they will.

And the President will just sit there, wondering exactly how much he can sneak away in a doggy bag.

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No top 5 tonight, because right now I am on roof top patio somewhere in Brooklyn  entertaining beautiful girls whose port of calls are listed from around the world.

Seeing in the future publish works. Let’s hope I got the time right in US/Pacific, my ability to operate clocks and calendars is legendary.

Academic Years II


Lace

Like the Pixels

The pixels
laid singly
or in short segments
pixilated sand
intricately woven
into a meaningful
pattern
pixie dust
spread
to simulate
complexity

My world grows
takes new form
until it gets
to the point
where it can be
flipped,
flopped
flooped
it’s the flooping
that makes it
distinctly mine

Moments
are the pixels
of being
by which we color
the larger
tapestry
of our lives
living
in the instant
in the now
is our floop

–Robyn Elaine Serven
–November 8. 2005

Scheduling Reminder

Just below this you will see I have bumped ek’s scheduling post back up near the top. If you DO want a slot, go ahead and sign up. If you prefer to have a floating slot, please post a comment to that effect in THIS essay.

You are NOT required to have a regular slot. But as we get closer to launch date (yippeee!)we need to get a little tighter on how the FP is run.

Anytime more than 3 hrs has passed since the last post by a CE (Contributing Editor) you are welcome to post on the FP. UNLESS someone is scheduled for that slot!

Anytime 90 minutes has passed since a post by an FP’r….Armando, Turkana, OPOL, ek, or me…..you are welcome to post on the FP. UNLESS someone is scheduled for that slot!

We will soon (when OTB gets back) start putting up the days schedule for all to see! Until then, any transgressions are explicitly forgiven!

The requested restriction on posting only meta is gone and forgotten, the FP is now wide open under the rules laid out above.

For those who have not discovered it, on the essay composition page there is a button under “other options” that allows Editors to switch from the FP to the recent list and vice versa.

If you are confused as to whether you are a Contributing Editor or not, first see if you have that button! If you do, you are an Editor. This means you are REQUIRED under pain of the most horrid curses and hexes to post an ORIGINAL non-xposted essay once a week. Or at least pretty close to that!

If I hadn’t made this clear or you still have questions or you wish to curse me back….have at it in the comments below!

But if you wish to sign up for a slot please do it in ek’s essay for ease of correlation.

Thank you!

A Poem for Pinche

Oh this will be easy, because I just know Pinche will never read this poem,  having vowed never to read poetry — I believe he said something to the effect it’s … icky.

So here’s a poem just for you, Pinche, even though you will never read it.

Poem for Pinche

It’s very bad,
It’s awful rotten,
These asshat poems,
By hell begotten.

Pinche vowed,
To close the door
On poems by poets
Evermore.

O how I tremble!
How I quake!
To think my work
Such dire mistake!

From Pinche’s words
oh dare I think
that all my poems
verily stink?

Ah no, alas!
That cannot be!
For lo! The stink
It comes from he!

My fiery rage
Will never die
Till Pinche repents
His evil lie!

For poems are good,
And poems are neat
And I’m a poet,
Cute and sweet.

I shall not stop
’cause Pinche cries
‘gainst poetry
and gives it pies.

So stay away,
I shall not stop!
I’ll write my poems
Until I drop!

The end.  😛

senator edwards, it’s me, pfiore8

cross-posted at dKos

Senator, if you mean this:

Enough is enough. When Congress comes back next week, they should stand firm and make their position clear:  No timeline, no funding. No excuses.

Then I’ve got to ask you: Are you ready to show up?
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We need somebody to show up, Senator Edwards.

Sir, we are drowning under the weight of bold speeches and big ideas.

Things are serious in our country. We don’t need rhetoric. So I have to ask you… I need to know: are you willing to show up?

Will you show up with the rest of us on September 15 in Washington DC? Senator, please read srkp23’s diary and meet people who are all about showing up.

Senator, will you show up at the opening session of Congress, stand on the steps of our great Capitol, and demand, on behalf of your country:

Enough is enough.  No timeline, no funding. No excuses.

Will you walk from the steps of the Capitol and show up at the White House and tell George W. Bush:

“Enough is enough. No timeline, no funding. No excuses.

Senator, we are desperate. You want bold? You want to build defining moments? You want to pull away from other politicans, pundits, and candidates? Then put it on the line, for us. For your country. Go all in and show up!

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h/t to TomP and his diary:  John Edwards on Iraq: No timeline, no funding. No excuses

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ps… Senator, if you really want to blow me away, get the other candidates to show up.

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