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Saturday, July 17, 2004

Thomas Paine: Common Sense (1776)
But there is another and greater distinction for which no truly natural or religious reason can be assigned, and that is, the distinction of men into KINGS and SUBJECTS. Male and female are the distinctions of nature, good and bad the distinctions of heaven; but how a race of men came into the world so exalted above the rest, and distinguished like some new species, is worth enquiring into, and whether they are the means of happiness or of misery to mankind.

Fact of the Matter Is That Facts Didn't Matter
Yet, Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney still insist that the war against Bin Laden somehow naturally extended to Iraq.

Common Sense (1776)
Government by kings was first introduced into the world by the Heathens, from whom the children of Israel copied the custom. It was the most prosperous invention the Devil ever set on foot for the promotion of idolatry. The Heathens paid divine honors to their deceased kings, and the christian world hath improved on the plan by doing the same to their living ones. How impious is the title of sacred majesty applied to a worm, who in the midst of his splendor is crumbling into dust.

Fact of the Matter Is That Facts Didn't Matter
Of course, this outrageous stubbornness in the face of overwhelming evidence shouldn't be surprising.

Common Sense (1776)
The Speech if it may be called one, is nothing better than a wilful audacious libel against the truth, the common good, and the existence of mankind; and is a formal and pompous method of offering up human sacrifices to the pride of tyrants. But this general massacre of mankind, is one of the privileges, and the certain consequences of Kings

Fact of the Matter Is That Facts Didn't Matter
Does any of this make sense? Where are the common-sense consistency, the respect for truth and the logical hierarchy of priorities in our foreign policy? Why can't the president explain – without lying – why we are in Iraq? Why are Americans dying in a country that had no weapons of mass destruction, had no role in 9/11 and posed no immediate threat to the U.S.?

Just as Bush acts like a former king of England, so do his supporters that act like those that wanted America to embrace the king against the real patriots.

Friday, July 16, 2004

via Bluegrassroots a Kentucky blog

So, I just called the headquarters of the Republican Party in Louisville to confirm that they actually had a sign saying, "Kerry is bin Laden's Man/Bush is My Man" up in their window. Not only did they own up to it, they offered me one. Apparently, they're going pretty fast, so you'd better rush on over. 232 W. Muhammed Ali Blvd. No, they can't send you one in the mail, I already asked. But, they welcome phone calls, so be sure to call them and let them know what you think of that slogan. They're number is (502) 584-7111.

The Republican Party in Louisville might want to take a look at the numbers: Patterns of Global Terrorism
There were 208 acts of international terrorism in 2003, a slight increase from the most recently published figure of 198* attacks in 2002, and a 42 percent drop from the level in 2001 of 355 attacks.

A total of 625 persons were killed in the attacks of 2003, fewer than the 725 killed during 2002. A total of 3646 persons were wounded in the attacks that occurred in 2003, a sharp increase from 2013 persons wounded the year before. This increase reflects the numerous indiscriminate attacks during 2003 on “soft targets,” such as places of worship, hotels, and commercial districts, intended to produce mass casualties.

I think this is all incredibily silly. Bin laden could probably care less who's elected. Bin laden or a fundie clone will continue to kill people when it suits their needs. Terrorism as a tactic for extremists ideologs has been around since the invention of the wheel. That Rethugicans in Kentucky or anywhere think that their lord and savior AWOL Bush will stop terrorism is the worst kind of idolatry.
Josh Marshall has a brief interview with a representative of the Kentucky anti-american party.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Some of the Bush clan have been out driving again. Men Throwing Fireworks Leave Window Up

New Dictionary Imagines Liberal Future
Stephen King contributes "sloudge," his term for the endless political opining on cable television. "Most sloudge," King writes, is conducted by "overweight white men" seated around "shiny tables" and mouthing off against the liberal state.

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

The morality of capitalism
Very interesting comments thread. A lot to digest, but worth it. Its not anti-capitalism, its about putting ethics and humanity back into the free market economy.

Sunday, July 11, 2004

Children in Iraqi prisons
These accounts from witnesses are difficult to corroborate. We look for additional proof of the detention of children. We find it at UNICEF, which has written this explosive report, published a few days ago [June 2004, -S,N!]:

"Children picked up in Basra and Kerbala were routinely transferred to a prison in Um Qasr." --UNICEF

So this is the democracy that the fake values crowd is bringing to Iraq. Everyone knew the battle to take Iraq would be easy for our military, but it was the job of a real leader to win the peace. Even as cynical as I was/am about the neocon-artists I never imagined they could have f*cked things up as badly as this.

Some straight forward ideas about how we can evolve in terms of sustainable energy that is good for new business, skilled workers, and the environment. I Will Evolve.
2. Gathering the Sun
The sun is the ultimate source of power. Every watt of energy stored in the earth's reserves of coal, oil, and natural gas is equal to just 20 days of sunshine. Everyplace you see sunlight is an opportunity to use solar energy. While some places are sunnier than others, most areas receive enough sunshine to make solar energy a powerful source of clean and affordable electricity year-round.
...Energy efficiency can be as simple as a computer that goes "to sleep" or a compact fluorescent light bulb that uses a quarter of the energy as a conventional bulb. It all adds up. Using existing technology to make air conditioners more energy efficient would avoid the need for over 200 power plants.
...Hybrids don't just conserve energy, they PRODUCE it!
When you step on the brake of a regular car, all that happens is you slow down or stop. When you use your hybrid brakes, the braking energy charges the electric engine. Making energy by hitting the brakes is just one of the ways that hybrids are evolving.

From a Comment left at DonkeyRising
2) Recent Job growth is barely keeping pace with population growth. The HH survey's employment population ratio was above 64 percent in 1998, 1999 and 2000. It fell to 62.3 in 2003 and that is also it's level in June 2004. The unemployment rate has been constant since January 2004. (Table A-1) Just to get back to an E/P ratio of 64%, the economy would need to add 3,780,000 jobs.

3) From May to June 2004, The seasonally adjusted Weekly earnings of non-supervisory workers fell by $2.45 or about 0.5 percent (table B-3). This decline in nominal weekly wages came on top of a 0.2 to 0.4 percent rise in the cost of living. There is no disconnect between workers perceptions and the "reality" of an improving economy. Workers real weekly earnings fell by nearly one percent in June 2004. Their pay check's buying power is declining.

5) Occupations that are most subject to foreign competition and off shoring are still suffering despite the large reduction in the value of the dollar that should have improved the competitiveness of American workers. Household survey data implies that Employment of production workers fell 4.4% from June 2003 to June 2004 and office and administrative support occupations employment fell by 0.7 percent. Fast growing occupational categories were Construction (6%), Transportation and materials moving occupations (5.4%) and Installation and maintenance and repair occupations (3.5%). These are types of work that must be performed in the US (Table A-10)

6) The occupational up skilling of the employed work force has slowed. During the last year up skilling stopped. Over the last two decades professional, technical and managerial jobs (which account for 34 percent of all jobs) have accounted for about two-thirds of job growth. During the last 12 months, these high skill occupations accounted for only 22 percent of net job growth (Table A-10). Their share of total employment fell.

The original post also burst the Bush bubble.
1. The economy only added 112,000 jobs in June, well below expectations and far short of the numbers generated in the last three months (which, incidentally, were revised downward slightly). As Representative Pete Stark (D-Calif) correctly points out: "Despite 10 months of job growth, there are still 1.1 million fewer non-farm payroll jobs than there were when President Bush took office. There are 1.8 million fewer private payroll jobs, including 2.7 million fewer manufacturing jobs".

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