Friday, November 03, 2006

Pander Blab

Anybody Seen Joe Hill?

I have to admit this last week
of nut bucket fear mongering and
presidential grotesque
(that calls a vote for Democrats
a vote for terrorists)

(Conservative Andrew Sullivan
says simply: "Bush has lost his mind.
This is no longer an election,
it's an intervention")

and bizarre behavior
(Senator Allen's Aids Tackle Blogger!)

have jarred me somewhat from
electoral dread and loathing.

Ad space fills up with sexist, racist
crotch grabbing, pander blab
emmanating from the state of denial.

Dick Cheney says waterboarding
isn't torture, his wife says
they inherited a recession,
the religious right's screwing
up the revival tent.

The America I love —
unlikely to recover in my lifetime.

In my home town we can't
build a library without buying off
Freeport McMoRan's spin off
company, Stratus Properties.

Next week we start paying tolls
on roads we've already paid for with
our taxes illustrating once again
that Republicans can't count.

I'm a public spirited person,
who is sick of people at
every level of corporate-owned

I'll vote tho.
I'll study the ballot, make lists for
family members.

I'll take a video camera to the polls.
I'll make phone calls on election day.

If/when the neo-cons, Diebolt
steal another election, we can,
I suppose, remember what
Abraham Lincoln called the
divine right of revolution.

As much as I'd like
to cast a straight protest vote —
(I've never been so fed up)
I won't do that.

Anyone — a tuna fish, a gargoyle —
would be better for
the planet than a Bush apologist
in any position of authority
anywhere in the world.

This from our friend Tim Jones:

Just in case you've had a rough day, here's a
stress management technique recommended in all the
latest psychological texts.

The funny thing is, it really works.

1. Picture yourself near a stream.

2. Birds are softly chirping in the cool mountain air.

3. No one but you knows your secret place.

4. You are in total seclusion from the hectic
place called "the world".

5. The soothing sound of a gentle waterfall fills the
air with a cascade of serenity.

6. The water is crystal clear.

7. You can easily make out the face of the
Republican you're holding underwater.

8. See, you're smiling already.

©Susan Bright, 2006,

Susan Bright is the author of nineteen books of poetry. She is the editor of Plain View Press which since 1975 has published one-hundred-and-fifty books. Her work as a poet, publisher, activist and educator has taken her all over the United States and abroad. Her most recent book, The Layers of Our Seeing, is a collection of poetry, photographs and essays about peace done in collaboration with photographer Alan Pogue and Middle Eastern journalist, Muna Hamzeh.

*Graphic: Stress Management website

Here are Ten Peace candidates in tight races you can support -- go to their websites, send money. Make calls.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

just when you think it couldn't get worse they find another way to show the world that we have no credibility left:

A military dog handler convicted for his role in the prisoner abuse scandal has been ordered back to help train the country's police.

Sgt. Santos Cardona served in 2003 and 2004 at Abu Ghraib as a military dog handler. After pictures of Cardona using the animal to threaten Iraqis were made public, he was convicted in May of dereliction of duty and aggravated assault, the equivalent of a felony in the U.S. civilian justice system. The prosecution demanded prison time, but a military judge instead imposed a fine and reduction in rank. Cardona has since regained his previous rank of Sergeant.

Cardona said he had told at least one of his superiors that he feared for his safety in Iraq, especially because of his presence in an al-Qaeda video, but was told by an officer, “We need bodies [in Iraq]" and that he shouldn't worry about it.


9:24 AM  
Blogger Doc Nebula said...

Here's the first part of an article I've posted to my new poli blog this morning. Thought it might be of interest over here:

Josh Marshall:

IT'S TIME FOR the closing argument. The issue of the day may be Iraq... Beyond the incompetence, the bungled policies and the lies (which are plenty bad enough), where the country finds itself is a situation in which the leadership of the country either can't see, or won't see, or most likely wants to pretend not to see what a growing majority of the country clearly can see... there's an overwhelming consensus among Americans today that Iraq has become a disaster for the United States and that it's not going to get better on the course we're now on.
But the president just says, No. Sure, there are a few bumps along the way. But fundamentally it was a good idea, we're doing the right thing and we're on the right track. No matter what however many people tell him, that's what his gut tells him so it's full speed ahead. He's going to stay the course right over the cliff.

Andrew Sullivan:

The U.S. military does not have a tradition of abandoning its own soldiers to foreign militias, or of taking orders from foreign governments. No commander-in-chief who actually walks the walk, rather than swaggering the swagger, would acquiesce to such a thing. The soldier appears to be of Iraqi descent who is married to an Iraqi woman. Who authorized abandoning him to the enemy? Who is really giving the orders to the U.S. military in Iraq? These are real questions about honor and sacrifice and a war that is now careening out of any control. They are not phony questions drummed up by a partisan media machine to appeal to emotions to maintain power.

Josh Marshall may be the leading liberal pundit in the blogosphere. He speaks for many millions of folks whose political beliefs are somewhat left of center... and he still doesn't understand how Bush can be so blind, so stubborn, so foolish, so near sociopathically self-centered as to insist on staying a course that is costing him and his political party so much, because it's become so massively unpopular.

It never occurs to him that Bush has his marching orders too -- that the decisions Dubya makes aren't actually his decisions to make.

Andrew Sullivan asks the key question -- who is really giving our troops their orders? But he doesn't realize the importance; he thinks it's just rhetoric. It's not; if we could just find out who really is giving our troops -- including their Commander in Chief -- the orders, we'd be a long way towards figuring a way out of this shit storm we've somehow allowed ourselves to be led into.

I read stuff like this, and I realize my own personal belief system is badly non-integrated. Which is to say, I've come to deeply believe that our government is inimical and predatory, hopelessly corrupted and near-entirely controlled by powerrul cabals we never see and don't know and whose agendas would terrify and horrify and sicken and disgust us if we were presented with actual irrefutable evidence of same.

And yet, at the same time, I find myself believing that, if only Al Gore had put up more of a fight for the Presidency back in 2000, the world would be a better place today, because a Gore Administration would never have invaded Iraq, or waged such a comprehensive war on our own civil liberties, or loaded the Supreme Court with crazy ass corporate controlled conservative judges.

There's something incoherent about that picture. If our government is as thoroughly corrupted as it seems inarguable to me that it must be, given what I see all around me every day, then the figurehead we put 'in charge' every four or eight years is going to make very little difference to what actually happensto all of us out here in what we perhaps foolishly believe is the real world.

If, on the other hand, there really is a substantive difference between the two different parties and their candidates, then you'd expect that I wouldn't keep reading about currently active covert U.S. government programs like HAARP, MK ULTRA, chem-trail spraying, and, for the love of everything worth loving in the universe, Global Cleanse 2000.

(Follow any of those links to have the living shit scared out of you. I'm not playin'.)

So I've been thinking about it. And here's what I've come up with:

(cont'd here )

10:00 AM  
Blogger SB said...

thanks for these thoughtful and powerful comments --

10:10 AM  
Blogger VFW said...

If/when the neo-cons, Diebolt
steal another election, we can,
I suppose, remember what
Abraham Lincoln called the
divine right of revolution.

Oh so true! My prediction for the upcoming election; Diebolt wins and the neo con agenda continues in tact.

Although I sometimes get sucked into the propaganda and wag-de-dog focus campaign that we have been subject to since late 1998, each day I try to remind myself of where the true focus should lay. You know and I know that it all began way before 9/11.

The neo con report, written in the late 90s, outlined the new playbook for the world within the coming new decade and beyond and it is a wonderful and powerful plan. It stated in its end that none of the above listed Neo Conservative agenda items could happen unless we had a “Pearl Harbor like event” to unify the country towards our (their) goals. Number one on their list was the invasion of Iraq. Only now are some of these neo cons seeing and publicly declaring the failure of this agenda item within their master plan. I don’t think they anticipated the resourcefulness and dedication of the resistance.

But then again, the arms dealers are making a bundle right now and the oil companies are making wind-fall profits so maybe this Iraqi catastrophe is also part of their master plan.

And now, with the Don of Neo Con, Paul Wolfowitz is now the head of the World Bank, their plan is right on schedule. I would love to get my hands on their entire playbook and not just the initial proposal outlined and available on the web.

What webs they weave!

And I enjoyed the comment on Conservative Andrew Sullivan, ...if we could just find out who really is giving our troops -- including their Commander in Chief -- the orders, we'd be a long way towards figuring a way out of this shit storm we've somehow allowed ourselves to be led into...

That is the million dollar question, isn’t it?

And by the way, I was smiling at the end of that exercise. Thanks for the laugh. And thanks for providing your daily writing. It is my pleasure to read earthfamilyalpha.


9:00 AM  
Blogger SB said...

again, thanx

Interesting phenomenon in Missouri -- since the race is neck in neck, since stem cell research is the pivot issue, it appears that Rush Jerkface actually may have been successful strategically -- swiftboating the disabled. Smells like Rove to me. If control of the senate swings on this race -- how disgusting. Notice how they are all trying to confuse the issue. That's the formula, swiftboating and obsfication.


9:56 AM  

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