American Samizdat Guernica
Saturday, October 04, 2003
And if you don't believe in global warming you might as well black out your teeth now and lay out your first downpayment on the entire Jeff Foxworthy encyclopedia set. (Cliff Notes not included.)
Even though "economy" and "ecology" come from the same Greek root - "oikos," or "house" - reconciling the marketplace and nature has never been easy.

One measures things in dollars and cents. The other sees the world more intangibly, sometimes ineffably.

For this reason, it's always been an uphill fight for environmentalists arguing to protect the landscape, save an obscure species from extinction, or clean up the air and water. Opponents are quick to rebut with bottom-line statistics about jobs lost and productivity harmed.

It came as a surprise, therefore, when the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently declared that environmental regulations are good for the economy. [more]

How did this one manage to get past the ruthlessly anti-clean air and water White House censors? Oh yea, they musta had other things on their mind. You see? When the evil henchmen currently running this country don't stop it, the US government can actually do something good for the people. The US government is full of a lot of great and talented and truly compassionate people, folks. I know, I used to work there myself. My father dedicated his whole life to it, as did his wife; my mother spent some time there, as did her third husband, her mother and father, too (after he came back from WWII--had been in Pearl Harbor when it was bombed). So in this case, the OMB in announcing that a clean environment was better for the economy seemed to get it right. We should applaud them for it.

Unless, of course, it isn't what it seems.

Anyway, this is a fascinating topic for me--the merging of a fervently pro-environmental stance with a pro-robust economy is a real intellectual growth area coming up: calling healthy minds . . .
One of dozens of similar incidents has led to an indictment of an Israeli army officer who ordered tanks to fire large-calibre ammunitions at unarmed Palestinian civilians, resulting in the deaths of 4 people, three of them children. Five were wounded seriously, including three children and a local doctor.

While such incidents are common, it is rare for charges to be brought, and rarer still for a conviction. Thanks to the hard work of Israeli human rights group Btselem, the case will go forward. Media coverage of the case in Israel has been minimal, but is growing. In related news, Israeli police have arrested two Israeli human-rights workers in the West Bank town of Abu Dis.
Norman Finkelstein's criticisms of Alan Dershowitz's new book, The Case For Israel, are mentioned here and here on this blog.

The controversy has since popped up in the Harvard Crimson, the Boston Globe, The Nation, and the Jewish weekly Forward. Finkelstein is tracking the media reports as they appear on his website.
Friday, October 03, 2003
A couple of sources that document the reign of secrecy exercised by the present administration. For instance, do you remember the Cheney Energy Task Force? Cheney fought the records of this groups meetings being released. Does the title “Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts" ring a bell? They also showdetailed maps of Iraq's gas and oil infrastructure, energy related projects and the like. These now released papers are from March 2001. Yes, pre-9/11.
Thursday, October 02, 2003
Had Enough?

I just saw this cover tonite and it made me laugh--brilliant.

You know, I have no doubt that all the Anti-Bushies will coalesce behind the most winnable (not perfect, not a savior, just most winnable) Democratic candidate next year and kick Bush's ass. No doubt, that is, so long as there is a free and fair election.

And then this new coalition which worked together to beat Bush will make damn sure that no new group of crazy-ass, religious-fundamentalist power-hungry whack-jobs will ever try to take over the world again.

Well, they can try.

Regime Change 2004: Saving the World Starts Here

(yo, DNC, here's an ad idea: show Bush saying "We have to find the leakers" footage, then goto black screen and white letters and voiceover saying: "Remind you of anyone?" then goto footage of OJ: "I'm going to find the killer!" then say, "In fact, Bush had two months to find the leaker--instead, he did nothing." etc.)

Rush, it seems you are retaining your ignorant attitude. So be it, privilege breeds arrogance. Your pilodnil cyst was a ticket out of 'Nam, who is going to get your ass out of this one? Your rich white promoters I suppose.
So walk your talk. About the tolerant cellie, unless he is a Deaf punk the odds don't look good for ya.
White males: 649 per 100,000
Hispanic males: 1,740 per 100,000
Black males: 4,810 per 100,000

The Lord works in mysterious ways...

My apologies for sounding like Rush or Coulter or thier ilk above.
Venting, I grabbed at the very fundamentalist BS I abhore to make a point. My bad.
Will Rush go to jail for his drug habit? Probably not though his own ranting says he should take full responsibility for his choices. A regular person would have to bear the full weight of "justice". George Bush can go AWOL and become (unelected) President. How many pardoned felons have you met in your daily life. How many earn tax payer dollars in the White House? You see my point.
Law is different for the majority of us, the "little people" without cash, connections, influence. Without a protective power structure.
"We the People"...
edited for content and clarity
Funny how life works out, hey?
Hey, he is an lying, obnoxious, loudmouthed idiot who poisons the minds of listeners with a cocktail of ignorant homophobia and misogyny and just plain hate but I still wouldn't wish his, if this story is true, obvious opiate addiction on him. At least not in our punitive Puritan-esque society. Rush, let this episode in your life trigger an epiphany, go on over to , read about the crime control industry in America and spread what you learn. You have the ear of millions, Rush, turn them on to the fact we need a common sense drug policy too. After years of being a BS shill for the powers that be this can be your saving grace. Speaking of grace- here's to praying you get a tolerant cellie...
Wednesday, October 01, 2003
Froggy in the Middle
The Valerie Plame affair is a test of the left hypothesis that Karl Rove is the administration's center of gravity. From a political perspective, if Rove truly is Bush's brain, and he truly is responsible for the leaks from the White House, then Bush's culpability in the scandal is irrelevant. Take Rove out of the picture, and Bush--much of the administration, in fact--simply will not perform politically like they have for the last 35 months. Take Rove out of the picture, and Bush will find 2004 much more difficult.

Open Source Politics has a good round-up of the day's events.
Stop over to Orcinus. His "Bush, the Nazis and America":
Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 as well as "Rush, Newspeak and Fascism: An Exegesis" are really important, as is his latest piece, "The Conserva-Traitors' Hall of Shame"(scroll down," Onward Christian Soldiers" is an amazing piece as well) Remember that maxim "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned repeat it."? There is a historical context for what is occuring in present day America.
Bush is a Liar. We all can see it daily. Wear a tinfoil ribbon if you'd like to say it loud and proud... or sport a tinfoil beanie. Truth is in fashion this season...
Creating more "facts on the ground" with the separation barrier
Human Rights Watch and the United Nations have both come out with strongly worded statements challenging the separation barrier being built by Israel in and along the West Bank.

HRW charges that "the barrier's path and operating arrangements violate the freedom of movement of Palestinians, endangering their access to food, water, education, and medical services. With every mile the barrier cuts into the West Bank, towns, villages, and residents become separated from their lands, crops, services, water, and jobs."

The criticism from the UN comes in the form of a scathing report by John Dugard, the UN's Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights in the occupied Palestinian territories.

"Like the settlements it seeks to protect," the report argues, "the Wall is manifestly intended to create facts on the ground. It may lack an act of annexation, as occurred in the case of East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. But its effect is the same: annexation. Annexation of this kind goes by another name in international law - conquest."
Tuesday, September 30, 2003
One of his foreign policy goals "is to bring democracy and freedom to Muslim nations."

The United States has to... take a much harder line on Iran and Saudi Arabia because they're funding terrorism," Dean said.
I am very tired of writing about Karl Rove. Lately, though, I have felt a kind of moral obligation, and almost a patriotic duty to remind people of the man who really runs the White House. Politically, and strategically, nothing has happened in the Bush Administration without Rove’s imprimatur. Reporters have discovered Rove’s steely control in the form of what they call a "leak proof" White House. Nothing comes out of the Bush White House without Rove’s approval. Generally, that means nothing comes out of the White House.

Until Karl Rove wants something to leak.

Rove’s temper has always been his weak spot. He cannot seem to control his anger. When Ambassador Joseph Wilson wrote in the New York Times that there was no truth to the allegations that Iraq had tried to purchase yellowcake uranium from Niger, Rove is said to have gone "ballistic." No one who has known Rove for any period of time doubts that Rove was the one who orchestrated the leak, which "outed" Ambassador Wilson’s wife as a CIA agent. Rove has always made sure that his enemies knew he will strike back, and swing with deadly power.

Rove wasn’t just trying to intimidate Ambassador Wilson. If, as many believe, he is responsible for the leak, Rove wanted to send a message to everyone in the intelligence community that they all needed to keep their mouths shut. As the war was being sold, intelligence cooked, and the media spun, Rove and the White House had informed intelligence operativesand scientists that they were not to publicly repudiate the phony claims about aluminum tubes, which the White House falsely argued were part of an Iraqi gas centrifuge to make enriched uranium. One national reporter told me that calls to scientists and intelligence operatives to ask about the aluminum tubes, which turned out to be rocket bodies, yielded the confession the scientists and intelligence agents had been ordered to say nothing. [more]
Monday, September 29, 2003
Things to think about
Jim Moore: Why the Clintons Support Clark, and why this is bad for the Democratic Party (I'm afraid the real problem the dems are having right now is too much division).

Abe Burmeister on why the Bush admin isn't pro big business.
Its got nothing to do with business at all really, except in that you need a front, preferably a corporation that could have existed in the 19th century (guns, construction, metals, railroads, more weapons, oil, etc). Once you have the front business, then you get to work, its all about who you know and who slips you the cash. Free Iraqi money is the way to go nowadays. The government borrows the cash in the name of the American people, then slips it to your firm for consulting on rebuilding the country we just tore apart. Nice work if you can get it. All you need to do is be part of the inner circle. Pay $2,000 at the door in the form of a fundraiser and see how far you can go...

In honor of Conceptual Guerrilla's recent stab at creating a popular anti-wingnut phrase with his "cheap labor conservative" proposal, I've come up with two in that vein I'd like to quickly offer now (am at lunch now, will add more links in later):

1) REBUILD AMERICA FIRST. Rush and his cronies get a lot of mileage out of accusing liberals of being the "blame-America first crowd." If called that say, "I'm not a blame-America first denizen; I'm a REBUILD AMERICA FIRST patriot." As in, spend 87 Billion dollars to rebuild our national voting system, our crumbling school systems, etc. Hey, you can say--I'm all for helping the world but we need to help the locals first. How can we lead overseas when we're increasing poverty here? Etc. This occurred to me when watching the first Democratic Presidential nominee debate on PBS - I heard the phrase "Rebuild America" twice. My hot-meme sensor went off. While the neocons have left the fort to go out colonizing struggling sand dunes out yonder for reasons ambiguous and suspicious at best, those of us who believe in keeping jobs here, feeding people here, giving people medical care here etc. can rush in and actually lead. You can't help others until you've helped yourself, folks. REBUILD AMERICA FIRST.

2) BUSH PARTY LOYALIST. As in "Look at that Bush Party Loyalist twist himself into pretzels trying to explain away the Valerie Plame case!" Case in point: mainstream corporate media blogger-fav Glenn Reynolds: "It's really too complicated for me to understand." This from the man who calls anti-corporate globalization protestors--including, we assume, Nobel-prizewinning economist Joseph Stiglitz--"clueless." Bush Party Loyalist - explains a lot.
Sunday, September 28, 2003
Not regime change, leadership change is what Bush & company wanted for Iraq.
Ahmed Chalabi of the Governing Council, Iraq's interim government, is giving the appearance of not being a puppet of the US; he voted with OPEC to cut oil production, a move that will raise US fuel prices-and also give him "street cred" in the Arab world. "He's defying the White House." Chalabi is an old buddy of Dick Cheney, the Administrations neocon cabal, as well as the CIA.
American-educated Ahmed Chalabi, a close friend of Dick Cheney, whom some have pegged as "Cheney's protege" He enjoys close ties to the American Enterprise Institute and has attended the think tank's retreats in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

Check out his Intelligence "pedigree"(fact checked) Chalabi's neocon cred looks timely. His nephew Salem is associated with Douglas Feith's old law partner, Marc Zell to help folks secure contracts in the new privatized Iraq. I caught this at Talking Points Memo.
Read the links. Fuel prices will rise, consumers will pay and the oil companies will still pull in the profits, while the hand up the puppets ass is obscured by smoke and mirrors.
Same as it ever was...

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