Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Listening to Friends

Instead of listening to the hammered nail of mendacity,

and the demogoguery that will be the Mis-state of the Union,

We would do well to listen to our friends

who sometimes hit the nail right on the head.

So, if you want the real state of the union.

Here is ex-chief of the Soviet Foreign Intelligence Service:

U.S. Using Anti-Terror War to Gain World Oil Reserves
Soviet Intelligence Chief
Created: 21.03.2005 14:05 MSK

On the pretext of fighting international terrorism the United States is trying to establish control over the world’s richest oil reserves, Leonid Shebarshin, ex-chief of the Soviet Foreign Intelligence Service, who heads the Russian National Economic Security Service consulting company, said in an interview for the Vremya Novostei newspaper.

Using the anti-terrorist cause as a cover the United States has occupied Afghanistan, Iraq and will soon move to impose their “democratic order” on the Greater Middle East, Shebarshin said.

“The U.S. has usurped the right to attack any part of the globe on the pretext of fighting the terrorist threat,” Shebarshin said.

Referring to his meeting with an unnamed al-Qaeda expert at the Rand Corporation, a nonprofit research organization in the U.S., Shebarshin said: “We have agreed that [al-Qaeda] is not a group but a notion.”

The fight against that all-mighty ubiquitous myth deliberately linked to Islam is of great advantage for the Americans as it targets the oil-rich Muslim regions,” Shebarshin emphasized.

With military bases in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, Shebarshin said, the United States has already established control over the Caspian region — one of the world’s largest oil reservoirs. "

Don't you just hate it when your real friends bust you

with all your little acts and your manipulative lies?

And speaking of friends,

Here is Ronnie Dugger, Founder of the Texas Observer,

saying what all good (or bad) Democrats should be saying.

Impeach or Indict Bush and Cheney
By Ronnie Dugger
The Texas Observer
Friday 27 January 2006

The year 2006 will be historic for the nation, and probably for humanity. Texans Bush and Rove and their conspirators in the second Bush presidency have disgraced American democracy at home and in the world with debasements of our nation and our values that have now entered their climactic phase.

What part will the rest of us Texans play in this decisive year? (clip)

We Texans are a major source of this deterioration into crisis. The leading Democrats of the state so dishonored the liberal traditions of their party that in the resulting political vacuum, Bush was elected Governor here, and from Austin he mounted the campaign that a 5-4 majority of the U.S. Supreme Court illegally decreed made him President.

After that, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, from Sugar Land, crafted his scheme to use corporate money to widen the Republicans’ majority in the Texas delegation to Washington, D.C., battening down right-wing GOP control of the House and the Congress.

The third President from Texas and his Republican Congress then waged aggressive war on Iraq, drove the nation into insolvency to further enrich the already rich, and just for good measure tore up the Constitution. (clip)

The national resistance to Bush, Cheney, Rove, et al., is coming into focus, too. John Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, which is the logical source for impeachment initiatives, has taken the significant step of calling for an investigation of Bush and Cheney with a view to censure, which obviously could metamorphose into impeachment. Tom Daschle, until recently the Minority Leader in the Senate, Sen. Edward Kennedy, and Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority Leader, are all calling for investigations of Bush and Cheney.

Elizabeth Holtzman writes for impeachment in the current Nation, and the Internet is on fire with initiatives to impeach Bush and Cheney for crimes committed in office, foremost among them lying our nation into a war of aggression. (clip)

Committed to nonviolence, determined, in this post-Gandhi era, against violence, nevertheless we are once again in the position of the Framers of the Constitution. In the post-revolutionary emergency, the Founding Fathers took things in their own hands, violating their clear instructions from the states by proposing to create the United States, which the states then created.

In the crisis we are in now we must not be misled

by expostulating lawyers or posturing politicians.

We the citizens can make up our own minds

whether we can indict Bush and Cheney and,

if they are convicted, throw them out. "

We have it in our power to begin the world over again."
Thomas Paine

I agree with Ronnie and with Leonid.

This is a crisis.

You won't see it tonight.

Instead, You will see a garland of pompous pooty poots,

acting like the leaders we once had,

pretending to be the leaders we so desperately need.

They are definitely not our friends.



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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it a relief to know just how out of touch Washington is. The beltway bubble seems to protect them from us as well as us from them.
Perhaps Kerry didn't run a more convincing campaign because he knew how little it matters who is elected. The country runs for the powerful as it runs over the weak no matter who is at the helm.
It almost seems like they are only in it for the retirement benefits, and merely act like officials who care about the citizenry while marking time until retirement.

11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pompous pooty poots. nice.

3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know this is out of place but why can't someone ever say something positive like anything positive, I get very tired of all this gloom. The sky out here is beautiful, the weather is fine, we need a lot of rain, the animals are happy and the birds are chirping and the burn ban is still in effect. Life is great in Deer Cron, Texas with or without Homeland Security.

4:25 PM  
Blogger oZ said...

the fault is not in our stars Cassius, but in ourselves.

9:29 PM  
Blogger Step Back said...

They arrested Cinderella Sheehan for trying to wear a pinko anti-war T-shirt under her conservative debutant's costume when attending the President's Oil Barrons' Banquet last night by invitation.

On first blush, that sounded kind of fair. After all, who is she to wear an outfit that sends a policy-challenging message for all the "common people" to see?

On the other hand, there were lots of other folk at the banquet wearing funny, policy-supporting costumes. There were soldiers garnished in hawkish Army and Navy costumes. There were Supreme Court judges robed in fake, fair and balanced togas. It was just Cinderella's obtrusive fashion message that was adjudged out of style.

Sheehan story at:

4:55 AM  

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