horses and saddles sold cheap and other metaphors

Saturday, November 26, 2005

America, Coulter Thinks you're a traitor

M's Coulter in between outings at Miami's hippest night spots has crawled out from under the dinge of cigarette smoke to
to call America the land of traitors. Coulter is an American only by an accident of geography. Having no patiotic values to speak of, its funny that she should tell America what is or isn't patriotically correct.

The Trust is Gone
Another result from that same Harris Poll, reported by the Wall Street Journal on Monday: "About 63% of those polled favor 'bringing most of our troops home in the next year,' compared with 35% who say the U.S. should keep troops in Iraq until there is a stable government there. This sentiment has changed little from similar polls in June and August of this year."

I'm not of the school of immediate withdrawal myself. Having visited this catastrophe of a war on the people of Iraq, it would be sensible at this point to make some improvements in security, before a drawdown. Since the Pentagon agrees with me, I'm just not feeeling like the far left traitor that the unamerican Coulter would portray me.
Even the poor Iraqis want us out. ( I say poor Iraqis because that is how the righties portray poor helpless creatures that need biig strong AWOL Bush's help. Too bad they don't feel that way about americans that live along the Gulf Coast ).
It also follows agreement this week among Iraqi politicians that the U.S. troop presence ought to decrease. Meeting in Cairo, representatives of the three major ethnic and religious groups called for a U.S. withdrawal and recognized Iraqis' "legitimate right of resistance" to foreign occupation. In private conversations, Iraqi officials discussed a possible two-year withdrawal period, analysts said.

Note this quote, "legitimate right of resistance" to foreign occupation
, re its understandable, they are saying to fight our troops. Now that's just down right unamerican, and its the Coulters that are on the side of the poor Iraqis. Don't see how we can stay much longer. Bush has established a constitution making Iraq an Islamic republic with strong ties to Iran, where before was a thugish, though secular state.
Which brings me to a popular notion passed around in wing-nut e-mail and web sites, that Bush did a great thing by freeing the Iraqi people. For now Iraq is Iran's new best friend with Bush puppets in prime Iraqi government positions thus perfectly poised to start all over as the new Iran or old Iraq, and if Iraq was a security threat, we're no better off now then we were two years ago. The new realism or how to cluster f*ck America Bush style.
Oh, and Ann, take two martinis and read up on Hermann Goering if you haven't already, he's your spiritual guru.
Goering was made Prussian Minister of the Interior, Commander-in-Chief of the Prussian Police and Gestapo and Commissioner for Aviation. As the creator of the secret police, Goering, together with Himmler (q.v.) and Heydrich (q.v.), set up the early concentration camps for political opponents, showing formidable energy in terrorizing and crushing all resistance.

Under the pretext of a threatened communist coup, Prussia was 'cleansed' and hundreds of officers and thousands of ordinary policemen were purged, being replaced from the great reservoir of SA and SS men who took over the policing of Berlin. Goering exploited the Reichstag fire — which many suspected that he had engineered — to implement a series of emergency decrees that destroyed the last remnants of civil rights in Germany, to imprison communists and Social Democrats and ban the left-wing press. He directed operations during the Blood Purge, which eliminated his rival Ernst Rohm and other SA leaders on 30 June 1934

Friday, November 25, 2005

Hunters+Anglers+Environmentalists=A New Democratic Coalition

Battles over public lands and hunting and fishing rights could radically alter the national electoral map
In states and localities throughout America, more and more Republican lawmakers are taking orders from wealthy landowners, developers and energy companies. These fat cats want to weaken laws that mandate hunting and fishing access rights, sell off public lands, privatize hunting licenses, and allow drilling and mining in the most sacred natural preserves. That puts the GOP squarely at odds not only with hunters and anglers, but also with exurbanites concerned about open space and sprawl.

In the 2004 Montana statewide elections, public lands and hunting and fishing access rights became central. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Brian Schweitzer sharply criticized his opponent for previously trying to restrict the state’s treasured Stream Access Law at the behest of wealthy private landowners. Schweitzer called for keeping public lands in the state’s hands, and for spending more money to maintain them. It was one of the key ways he outperformed previous Democrats in rural areas and won his race in a solidly Republican state.

Why is this an important trend. There's a couple reasons, for one its easier for these outdoorsmen/women to get liberals to compromise on their their rather modest gun control concerns ( like waiting periods ) then it is to get a conservative to moderate his/her alligence to their corporate masters. Another reason, is that hunters/anglers and environmentalists are close to being on the same page in regard to family values. Both groups see the outdoors and the activities involved in being outdoors as part of family oriented activities and the memories that go with excursions that the family has made, teaching their kids about the fish, the mountains, the trails, the great sunsets by a camp fire. These are the intangibles that bond families. Clear cuts don't bond family, a slag mine doesn't make for a great memory, having to travel for hours when there used to be a fishing stream just a small hike away doesn't make for more enjoyable family time. Wise use of our natural heritage is an issue that spins the heads Rovian conservatives.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Cranberries may help prevent cavities

Cranberries may help prevent cavities: study

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Bush's I got mine, too bad if you didn't get yours society

The party that specializes in meaningless jingoisms is trying to sell America a lemon dressed up as a sundae.

Bush's Ownership Society: Why No One's Buying.
Consider President Bush's effort to sell the public on private Social-Security accounts. Last September, when he first began talking about the idea on the campaign trail, it looked like a winner, with 58 percent support in the polls. By December, only 54 percent favored his proposal. By February, following his detailed explanation of private accounts in his State of the Union address, support fell to 46 percent. And by June, when informed that private accounts would be paired with cuts in benefits for future retirees—as the president himself admitted they would have to be to have any impact on Social Security's long-run finances—27 percent of voters gave their approval, a level of support below that for legalizing marijuana and gay marriage.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

SoundTransit.......if you took a journey from Montreal, Canada to Xica, Mexico what kinds of sounds would you hear?

Despite the straw-man rehortic over at Faux Not News, many Democrats celebrate Christmas. A good time of the year to remember that when we shop, our money can go to the crinch or a companey that cares about American values...buyblue
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Goes Bush hate Africans? Bush Accused of Aids Damage to Africa
A senior United Nations official has accused President George Bush of "doing damage to Africa" by cutting funding for condoms, a move which may jeopardise the successful fight against HIV/Aids in Uganda.

Stephen Lewis, the UN secretary general's special envoy for HIV/Aids in Africa, said US cuts in funding for condoms and an emphasis on promoting abstinence had contributed to a shortage of condoms in Uganda, one of the few African countries which has succeeded in reducing its infection rate.

"There is no doubt in my mind that the condom crisis in Uganda is being driven by [US policies]," Mr Lewis said yesterday. "To impose a dogma-driven policy that is fundamentally flawed is doing damage to Africa."

Snail Kite Rostrhamus sociabilis
medium-sized bird of prey.

There's a small population in Florida. They have a very specific niche in that they feed almost exclusively on apple snails. They're threatened by several factors including loss of habitat, introduction of exotic plant species inti their range (water hyacinth), and the use of herbicides and pesticides from run-off.

Bush and the Neocons pants on fire

Didn't we just here this on Veterans Day, Democrats "had access to the same intelligence” as Bush did.

Key Bush Intelligence Briefing Kept From Hill Panel
The new information on the September 21 PDB and the subsequent CIA analysis bears on the question of what the CIA told the president and how the administration used that information as it made its case for war with Iraq.

The central rationale for going to war against Iraq, of course, was that Saddam Hussein had biological and chemical weapons, and that he was pursuing an aggressive program to build nuclear weapons. Despite those claims, no weapons were ever discovered after the war, either by United Nations inspectors or by U.S. military authorities

Monday, November 21, 2005

Pic of a Galapagos tortoise. A "dome back", one of eleven remaining sub-species.

And the wombat Righties think that people concerned about the environment are nuts....Fairies stop developers' bulldozers in their tracks

“A neighbour came over shouting, ‘Don’t move that rock. You’ll kill the fairies’.” The rock protruded from the centre of a gently shelving field, edged by the steep slopes of Dundurn mountain, where in the sixth century the Celtic missionary St Fillan set up camp and attempted to convert the Picts from the pagan darkness of superstition.

“Then we got a series of phone calls, saying we were disturbing the fairies. I thought they were joking. It didn’t go down very well,” Mr Salter said

How do rational people make sense of the absurd ? Bush goes to China to tell americans that they have the right to dissent. This was after that wacky fashion maven Jean Schmidt
tries to Swift-boat a decorated Marine hero. While the the guy that has a pace-maker paid for with american tax dollars, Darth Cheney "called Democrats "opportunists" who were peddling "cynical and pernicious falsehoods ' ". Which leaves all thinking Americans that have been reassured by W's remarks. asking, was that Dick Cheney's evil clone that said there was a connection between Iraq and 9-11 in trying to ramp up support for the elective war in Iraq? Maybe Chen-man is possessed by those fairies.

Speaking of Bush and Cheney, its just natural to think of singing dogs. Of course the biggest difference is the greater nobility of the dog, The New Guinea Singing Dog History and Breed Profile

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Should we give Bush credit

The Trouble with Housing Policy
All the same, modern-day housing policy to correct this imbalance sometimes seems pretty painfully misguided. The Bush administration, like its more liberal predecessor, has made a point of offering subsidized mortgages to low-income and especially minority families, which is a great idea in theory, as Galbraith's and Frederickson's pieces might suggest. But so long as homes remain unaffordable for 80 percent of all renters, including 21 million renters who couldn't get mortgages under even the loosest of underwriting standards, these sorts of policies will only go so far.

Lower-income families that can afford homes, meanwhile, often end up with units in need of costly repairs or are located in poor neighborhoods plagued by crime and unemployment. Not the best way to create wealth, obviously, or reduce the inequality and segregation Frederickson's talking about. In Baltimore a few years ago, reporters discovered that homes basically falling apart were being "patched up" and sold to low-income families at inflated prices. In the South, 40 percent of low-income home-buyers were steered into trailer parks on leased land. Not to mention the fact that extending homeowner credit to low-income and/or minority neighborhoods usually opens the door to predatory lenders to walk on in.

We it comes to claims by the Bushies and their shameless apologists as it concerns their accomplishments on behave of the poor, minorities, or the barely getting by working class; always look behind the curtain.

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