horses and saddles sold cheap and other metaphors

Saturday, May 08, 2004

Extreme sports meets extreme grandparents. Burying time-capsules for their grandkids. My only hope is that by the times these kids reach 30 or so, that the time-capsules haven't been covered by a strip

Friday, May 07, 2004

I'm against hero worship in general. Have even wondered about the need for it. People are bound up in the limitations of their biology. They are flesh and blood, and always flawed. Some try to exceed the the limitations that nature has saddled us with. The attempt, the trying is what matters. Idolatry is usually uncalled for and undeserved. Both the right and left engages in idolatry, but it's the right that swallows in it; frequently denying the reality of their failed positions and deeply flawed heros even after the weight of reality intrudes. So, with that, I salute you Pat Tillman, man of flesh and blood.

"Pat isn't with God,'' he said. "He's f -- ing dead. He wasn't religious. So thank you for your thoughts, but he's f -- ing dead.''

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

comment from Liquid List Bush and the fake bus tour..

re: "hand-picked" crowds in Niles, MI and Kalamazoo, MI, above ... i received this e-mail from a friend who attended (or TRIED) to attend the Kalamazoo meeting. turns out the Kalamazoo College Republicans had them ejected!

apologies for the lengthy post, but I think people need to know the strongarm tactics at work here to keep W from fielding any substantive questions:

"i dont know where to begin, mostly because i can't think because i am so angry/sad/dissapointed/confused. today (monday) a group of my friends (7 of us total)and i went to go hear president bush speak. i was never informed that it was a "private" event. lisa dallacqua and i stood for 2 hrs in the rain last friday to obtain tickets, from the local chamber of commerce on wmich, to hear bush speak @ wings stadium. today when we arrived to hear the "president" speak (we were dressed "conservatively" with no plans to cause a disturbance inside. we just wanted to hear the president, with views different from our own, give his speech. we thought that this is what democracy is all about-- hearing all sides). as we arrived we showed the event organizers our photo ids and our names matched our tickets-- we were on "the list". as we approached however, several k college republican members acted astonished that we had tickets and asked us how we got them. we told them that lisa and i had gone to the chamber of commerce and recieved them there. the k college republicans then alerted the event security staff about our presence and then, as we waited in line to enter, were told by event security that we had to leave b/c we had been identified as "threats". their excuses were numerous-- they said we failed background checks (although none of us has ever been convicted of a felony and we had not even given them our social-security numbers), that we had been deemed "threats" to security, and that we were on a secret service list of people that would cause a "disturbance". we all demanded to see this "list" and wanted to know who told them this information. they told us there "hear-say is enough to be escorted from the premises". the event security proceeded to tell us that if we did not leave immediately, we would be arrested. we remained and demanded to see this "list" and said we had never been informed the president's speech was a "private" event and that we are citizens and have the right to hear our president speak-- we also wanted to know what logic/evidence had caused us to be put on a list as "threats". the police arrived, and under the threat of arrest, we were escorted down the road and out of sight of wings stadium. our group proceeded to tell our story to FOX News (it was the only news station we could find) and then sat in a wendys... angry/sad/betrayed/and FURIOUS! Furious b/c we were denied entry to an event for which we had tickets, b/c it was the president, and b/c we were wanted to hear a view different from our own. i cannot believe what happened to us was local republican "policy". we are furious at the k college republicans as well for supporting this policy and enforcing it. the k college republicans talk about this campus one lacking a diverse political voice, yet they denied their classmates access to a differing opinion. as a result, we wrote an article for the Index and plan on submitting articles to the Kzoo Gazette, Cincinatti Enquirer, Toledo Blade, Ann Arbor news paper, and the New York Times."
Posted by: joe lisboa at May 4, 2004 10:40 PM

Media Matters is up. Bill O'Really takes one on the jaw, the smug a**hole.

Monday, May 03, 2004

I confess, that while I had reservavtions I got caught up in the after semi-panic of 9-11 and supported the Patriot Act. Quite a leap for an ardent civil libertarinan. I was willing to give the government ( Congress, the FBI, the CIA ) the benefit of the dought. If they needed these new tools to prevent another epic tragedy, then so be it. After all there was a sunset clause. Well, the sun needs to set.

Sneak and Peek:
the Patriot Act

Wired News: Critics have accused the government of overreaching with the Patriot Act. The government in turn has accused critics of misinterpreting and mischaracterizing the law to generate fear about it. Have critics overreacted?

David Cole: The Patriot Act has become a symbol for a much broader range of concerns about this administration's abuse of civil liberties in the war on terrorism. Many of those are real abuses that warrant real concern, but don't stem specifically from the Patriot Act. Rather, they stem from initiatives that the Bush administration undertook outside the authority of the Patriot Act, such as the mass preventive detention campaign that John Ashcroft undertook after 9/11, which to date has led to more than 5,000 foreign nationals being detained.

Sunday, May 02, 2004

At a McCormick Tribune Foundation conference on terrorism on Feb. 26, 2001, Bremer said, "The new administration seems to be paying no attention to the problem of terrorism. What they will do is stagger along until there's a major incident and then suddenly say, 'Oh, my God, shouldn't we be organized to deal with this?'

"That's too bad. They've been given a window of opportunity with very little terrorism now, and they're not taking advantage of it."

Yahoo! News - Bremer Takes Back Statements About Bush

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