Sunday, November 23, 2003

Bill Clinton's 21 Favorite Books

Bill Clinton's 21 Favorite Books

According to the AP, Clinton's list, in alphabetical order by author, is:

"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," Maya Angelou.

"Meditations," Marcus Aurelius.

"The Denial of Death," Ernest Becker.

"Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963," Taylor Branch.

"Living History," Hillary Rodham Clinton.

"Lincoln," David Herbert Donald.

"The Four Quartets," T.S. Eliot.

"Invisible Man," Ralph Ellison.

"The Way of the World: From the Dawn of Civilizations to the Eve of the Twenty-First Century," David Fromkin.

"One Hundred Years of Solitude," Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

"The Cure at Troy: A Version of Sophocles' Philoctetes," Seamus Heaney.

"King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa," Adam Hochschild.

"The Imitation of Christ," Thomas a Kempis.

"Homage to Catalonia," George Orwell.

"The Evolution of Civilizations: An Introduction to Historical Analysis," Carroll Quigley.

"Moral Man and Immoral Society: A Study in Ethics and Politics," Reinhold Niebuhr.

"The Confessions of Nat Turner," William Styron.

"Politics as a Vocation," Max Weber.

"You Can't Go Home Again," Thomas Wolfe.

"Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny," Robert Wright.

"The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats," William Butler Yeats


Troops Savaged by Iraqi Teenagers

Troops Savaged by Iraqi Teenagers

"....Three U.S. Troops Killed in Iraq
2 hours, 9 minutes ago

By MARIAM FAM, Associated Press Writer

MOSUL, Iraq - Iraqi teenagers dragged the bloody bodies of two American soldiers from a wrecked vehicle and pummeled them with concrete blocks Sunday, witnesses said, describing a burst of savagery in a city once safe for Americans. Another soldier was killed by a bomb and a U.S.-allied police chief was assassinated. "

This is entirely too much....

too much..


A result of the hatred we've fed...there's no denying we've played our part.

The ugly memory of Mogadishu arises.

God save us all.

Bush Administration is Leeching Power off the Fear They Generate

Bush Administration is Leeching Power off the Fear They Generate

It's a veritable petri dish for growth of fascist power.

Thomas Friedman makes a great point here, speaking about Colin Powell's recent no-show as keynote speaker and recipient of one of the first Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission medals:

"....Bin Laden is supposed to be on the run — not us. What good is driving bin Laden into a cave if our secretary of state has to live in a bubble? When Mr. Powell can't deliver a speech in London — London — then why travel anywhere? And if diplomats can't travel or circulate, then diplomacy becomes virtual. And virtual diplomacy leads to virtual allies and virtual allies lead to no allies at all. If communities of shared values can't share their values, where are we?"

Why is this Administration acting in such a seemingly fearful manner (with this overbundance security people around them)? Is it that they are truly all that gutless..or do they wish to keep up an appearance of over-concern so Americans will be frightened into submission?

Regarding Bin Laden being "driven into a cave", the beast known as Bin Laden isn't so important (as individuals go) anymore, and capturing Bin Laden is no longer "essential" according to a senior U.S. General. He tells us Osama has taken himself "out of the picture". That's funny..I saw him mountain-goating up a rocky hillside just about a month ago
on a tape which was sent to Al-Jazeera.
What's up with this "out of the picture" mumbo-jumbo?

The FBI is treating American Anti-War protestors as if they are terrorists. Notice the use of "training camps" in their memo:

"......protesters have sometimes used "training camps''to rehearse, the Internet to raise funds and gas masks to defend against police use of tear gas...."

**GASP---being prepared for the expected gassing by overzealous police? Dear Gawd, Nooooooo!**

I knew it wouldn't be long before they'd start categorizing non-violent American dissenters as terrorists.
Freedom of speech is ours as long as we use it to agree with the President's policies.
"Are you with us or against us?" That question is running through our minds...all faux-tough Texan slur and Patriot-act fascist swagger.

I suppose it's easier for the Bush administration to come after peacefully-protesting you than it is to care anymore about catching Bin Laden.

When the Bush administration decides it wants to attack Syria, will you be afraid to speak out?

If so, be prepared to lose your civil liberties and all the Founding Fathers wished for you.

I hate to say this, but in all your fear, you will deserve it.