horses and saddles sold cheap and other metaphors

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Makes me almost feel sorry for the idiots

Via Pandagon and Amanda Marcotte
The Austin Chronicle has a great article today by San Francisco native Rose Aguilar who is traveling the red states to talk to people about how they really feel about the big issues. Unsurprisingly, she's finding out what I have often stated here--red staters aren't as red as people think. In fact, many Bush voters don't agree with him on pretty much any issue, but they just vote Republican because that's what they think they have to do.

Unfortunately we all probably know people like this. They vote Repub because they're dad did. Or that's what half the folks at work vote for, so follow the crowd and damn the issues. Really funny post, yet one of the saddest I've ever read. Maybe it helps explain why red state conservatives, especially of the Bible thumbing variety hate formal education. An informed educated public tends to have a more moderate ( Democratic ) world view.

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Your front window as an aquarium

Shore Losers
U.S. leaders, residents turn backs on impending coastal chaos
Real-estate pages throughout New England and elsewhere continue to feature developer portraits of forthcoming buildings jutting toward the ocean, as if the future were a mirage. To be realistic, these seaside images should portray ground-floor tenants peering through their underwater windows, eyeball to eyeball with passing fish and flapping seaweed.

Just repeat the Bushie mantra over and over again, that the evidence on global warning isn't in yet. This might be sweet justice for those residents whose property was seized by immient domain and turned into cookie cutter characterless boxes like most suburban subdivisions. It'll also be fun for the kids when they put on their snorkels to visit Aunt Maria in her undersea condo.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

A kinder, gentler McCarthyism
The McCarthyites' real enemies were not communists but the New Deal liberals who had dominated American politics for 20 years. The McCarthy crowd was willing to divide the nation at a time of grave international peril if that's what it took to beat the liberals.

Rove's instantly famous speech last week to the New York state Conservative Party should be read in light of this history and not be written off as a cheap, one-time partisan attack. On the contrary, the address by Rove, President Bush's most important adviser, provides the outlines of a sophisticated strategy aimed at making liberals and Democrats all look soft on terrorism.

Its not enough that extreme right-wingers control almost all facets of society at this point, Rove and the radical-right smear machine wants to continue that power and control for the next hundred years. Insecurity and paranoia never sleeps.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Sorry kids, there is no tooth fairie, but global warming is real

Chris Mooney at Prospect takes on the Wrong Street Journal on global warming
The Journal's near-thousand-word take was so wrongheaded, so extreme, so downright clueless, that we at The American Prospect have decided to dissect it for your reading pleasure, complete with links to scientific studies, reports, and other documents that the Journal’s editorialists would apparently like to pretend do not exist.

What's the deal with conservatives? They believe in WMD that don't exist, a social secuirty crsis that doesn't exists, but they're damn sure that global warming is just something that scientists thought up on their lunch hour.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Religion was lure in Ponzi scheme
They had come to pitch its leaders some "astounding financial information" that could change their lives and ministries, offering a secret, invitation-only program they said was unavailable to most small-time investors.

Wilson, a certified public accountant, was invited by the Westside church's pastor to listen to the presentation. Having read some of the group's promotional material, he started out as a skeptic.

By the end of the pitch, he said he was downright mad.

The group, Learn Waterhouse Inc., and its top members are now facing civil charges in California federal court, accused of operating a Ponzi scheme that defrauded 1,900 investors in 39 states out of $56.5 million from January 2003 to October 2004.

This shoudn't be interpreted as purely some christian group scaming some innocent folks, but more that some greedy materalislic christians preyed on some others christians that were hoping for some easy money. It all does point to a problem with modern christianity in america, the embraceing of both materialism and making easy money from money rather then work. My sympathies to the folks like John Niggeling:
Niggeling said he didn't know it at the time, but even before he signed his check, regulators in Iowa and Alabama had already issued cease and desist orders against Treadwell and his company for operating an alleged Ponzi scheme. The SEC's temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the group was soon to follow.

"I was totally naive, and I totally relied on my nephew, which was a dumb thing to do. But I trusted him," said Niggeling.

Niggeling had funded his investment by taking out a loan with his house as collateral, and he said the situation could ruin him financially.

This also points to the need for a social safety net like Social Security. It may end up being Niggling's only income. The retired are the most vulnerable to schemes like this. If you're thirty and you're finances are wiped out, you still might be able to recover, but not when you're the average 55 year old.

Josh Marshall is trackiing the Social Security storm troopers: " symbolically shredding the country's safety net. With pictures!"

I wonder how Mr Niggling feels about the Bush is Jeebus crowd trying to take away what he has left.

Compare and contrast

Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers.

Karl Rove
senior advisor to President Bush

9/11 widow Kristen Breitweiser:

[It is] wholly unacceptable that more than three years after 9/11, the FBI still doesn't have a useable computer system, and we're still dealing with the same problems we were before.

yet Halliburton Scores A Juicy New Contract
AP reports the Bush White House has just handed Halliburton a brand-new contract - worth up to $1 billion - to support U.S. troops in the Balkans.

The radical right owns the playing board and the pieces, and has been writing the rules for over four years, is if the game is not going according to plan, its because deep down, tangled up with their self loathing is an incredible amount of imcompetence and greed. Not only has BushCo completely blown the opportunity to get terrorism down to at least a manageable level, he and his supporters have virtually gauranteed another generation will be paying in blood and money for his failures. They don't have plan to stop terrorism, they're floundering around like half dead fish.

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