Saturday, May 24, 2003


Friday, May 23, 2003


Who says George W doesn't love working people? I saw him hug one!

The occasion was yet another Bush photo-op, this one in Little Rock at a pep rally to cheer George's plan to give at least half-a-trillion dollars from our public treasury to America's richest people. The Arkansas Republican Party handpicked the cheering audience for the event and, as the TV cameras rolled, a worker was brought onstage for George to hug.

Why a worker? It's part of the Bushite flim flam, trying to deceive We the People into thinking that while this massive giveaway of public funds actually would go into the silk pockets of the wealthy, it's really being done for us – or, as Bush said at the staged media event, "for the American worker."

Workers sure could use a break. Since Bush took office, 2.6 million jobs have been lost, long-term unemployment is up by 184 percent, an additional two million Americans have no health insurance, wages are stagnant, pensions are being eliminated, and more corporations are abandoning America to exploit cheap labor abroad.

But instead of simply putting money directly in the hands of workers by, say, requiring corporations to pay a living wage or by cutting the payroll taxes that workers and small businesses pay – the Bushites are practicing the same old trickle-down economics that George's daddy once ridiculed as "voodoo."

Fatten the rich, goes this bankrupt theory, and they'll buy more luxury SUVs, causing more autoworkers to be hired, and – trickle, trickle – the economy to be stimulated. But wait, the rich are few in number and will only buy so many SUVs – besides, most SUVs aren't made in the U.S., so there won't be any trickle-down on American workers nor any stimulus for our economy.

This is Jim Hightower saying... Bush should have been hugging a Wall Street speculator, for that's his true love. Bush's "economic stimulus" is a fraud – the rich get the money, the rest of us get a made-for-TV hug. Try taking that to the bank. "

"While hollow men strut aboard aircraft carriers and smack their lips with regal smirks announcing false victories, the war of lies takes it toll in human life. The dead and dying are resurrected as martyrs to justify more violence, and their epitaphs are nothing more than empty slogans and unfulfilled pious promises.

Both sides are wrong. Both sides peer into the mirror of self-righteousness, and see only the vain glorious reflection of their own craven image, not the ugly truth of their tyranny and terror.

To quote T.S. Eliot again:

Those who have crossed
With direct eyes, to death's other Kingdom
Remember us -- if at all -- not as lost
Violent souls, but only
As the hollow men
The stuffed men.

The true weapons of mass destruction are greed, hypocrisy, and moral arrogance; wars built upon lies and false victories of hollow men who seek conquest and dominance over tolerance and peace. "



In polls leading up to the war on Iraq, most of those polled supported the action. most-recent MSNBC and WSJ polls, many of those same people don't want to have anything to do with paying for
the rebuilding of the nation we ripped apart.

Is it just me....or do you see the hypocrisy?

6. Do you support or oppose the United States' spending up to $60-billion over the next three years to rebuild Iraq?

.............NBC.....WSJ poll results:

Support 30%------37%
Oppose 55%-----57%
Depends/Not sure 16%-----6%




From The Toronto Star. 5/20/03
Iraq war helped boost Al Qaeda
Allowed network to recruit: Experts
Saudi envoy warns of more attacks

"The U.S.-led war on Iraq gave Al Qaeda the opportunity to reinvigorate
its weakened terrorist network with new recruits and more funding
, say
experts on terrorism.

The Iraq war "clearly increased the terrorist impulse," said Jonathan
Stevenson, senior fellow for counter-terrorism at London's
International Institute for Strategic Studies..."

May 22, 2003

Cultivating & Exploiting American Anxiety
Republic of Fear

"Only in America was government
propaganda able to make citizens personally afraid of Saddam
Hussein, sufficiently to promote a war for non-existent "weapons
of mass destruction." 911 was a godsend to the Bush
administration, for in all the world only Americans could be made
to fear Saddam Hussein because of his supposed link to

"Can the Bush
administration continue to cover one fear with the other, so that
it can go on with its policy of imperial war abroad and transfer
of wealth from the poor to the rich at home? Since no real
critique will come from the "other" party (with an occasional
exception), that seems likely. The policy of aggressive war has
both domestic and foreign attractions for any United States



"Throughout America's adventure in free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace; to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity and integrity among people and among nations. To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people. Any failure traceable to arrogance, or our lack of comprehension or readiness to sacrifice would inflict upon us grievous hurt both at home and abroad."


The three commissioners who oversee the DPS were appointed by Bush
when he was governor and have other political connections to Bush and
his family.
Commissioner Bobby Holt of Midland was political finance chairman for
Bush's father, the former president.
Commissioner Jim Francis was chairman of the Bush Pioneers,
individuals who raised more than $100,000 for the current president's
2000 election campaign.
Francis also has close ties to senior presidential adviser Karl Rove.

From The Houston Chronicle, 5/22/03:

Ridge says Texas search under 'potentially criminal investigation'

"Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said today that a "potentially
criminal investigation" is under way into efforts to involve his
agency in last week's search for Democrats who shut down the state
House of Representatives. ..."


What happened to the evils of deficit spending?

From The New York Times, 5/24/03:
Republicans Explain an About-Face



"A majority of the nation's 15,000 public school districts are facing
financial difficulties of varying severity, Dan Fuller, a lobbyist for
the National School Boards Association, said.

He estimated the 50 states' combined budget deficits at $52 billion to
$82 billion.

"Those deficits are putting enormous pressure on school boards," Mr.
Fuller said, adding that many local board members have been calling
the association's office in Alexandria, Va., about federal help.

"They're asking, `How can I talk to my congressman so they'll
understand our problem?' "

From The New York Times, 5/24/03: