Archive for June 2008
Annals of National Security in the New Yorker Magazine
The Bush Administration steps up its secret moves against Iran.
by Seymour M. Hersh
and on Democracy Now
Are these congressional leaders patriots or traitors?
Read about this country’s latest venture into war. Reuter’s reports: U.S. escalating covert operations against Iran: report.
On Saturday, June 21 No Shame – Just War was posted on the sister-site Joe Blow’s Report on Blogspot detailing some of the behind the scenes moves and support for more war. Few speak of the consequences, though. There is this latest to think about: Iran says Gulf oil route at risk if attacked. By then it will be way too late.
Joe watched the MSNBC June 22, 2008, Meet The Press TV program with Senator’s Joe Biden (Democrat) and Lindsey Graham (Republican). Of note was the open disdain, ridicule and literal contempt Graham expressed both facially and verbally towards Joe Biden, what he said and the Democrats in particular. One wonders if this is a prelude to what’s going on in Zimbabwe? Think there is a difference?By CELIA W. DUGGER and BARRY BEARAK Published: June 24, 2008 – Pictures from MSNBC and New York Times.
Joe says, “It’s all in your perspective.”
Joe’s use of “perspective” is defined in a couple of instances as:
( http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/perspective ) . . .
5. the state of one’s ideas, the facts known to one, etc., in having a meaningful interrelationship: You have to live here a few years to see local conditions in perspective.
6. the faculty of seeing all the relevant data in a meaningful relationship: Your data is admirably detailed but it lacks perspective.
7. a mental view or prospect: the dismal perspective of terminally ill patients.
With that in mind, consider please the following commentaries by Ernie Branscomb– “Who Would We Vote For?” and “Minnesota DFL Endorse Franken.” Thoughtful commentary on the complicity of fancy words and trust. He concludes “Who Would We Vote For” with this admonition: “We need to join in the cause of America. ‘that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.’ Abraham Lincoln”
Perspective? Fancy words used to obscure the truth. Never mind his butchery of the Constitution and human life he caused, all in the name of “FREEDOM.” Today there is absolutely no doubt what his “new birth of freedom” really meant for America and the World. It is manifest to all in glaring reality. We certainly don’t want to forget one of the main benefits of Abraham Lincoln’s vision, “the cause of America,” the emancipation of The Second Half.
Why my goodness, just look at all the unintended consequences of all this freedom listed in Tracy Barnes Priestly’s article in the Tuesday, June 10, 2008, Times Standard “The role of ‘dad’ has evolved with the boomers.” She notes:
* Seventy-five percent of the fathers sampled reported hugging their children or showing them affection every day.
* Thirty-three percent said they tell their children that they love them on a daily basis.
* Sixty percent say they joke and play with their children each day.
* Nearly 90 percent reported that being a father is the most fulfilling job a man can have.
* Eighty percent of the dads said they were involved in choosing their children’s activities, while 67 percent helped select their children’s day care and schools.
Isn’t that just great! Father’s love their children – today! THEY GET HUGS!
She continues: “These are encouraging results, as they signal good stuff for those children fortunate enough to be living with both of their parents. But this study also left me thinking about how all of the children in single-parent households are fairing.”
“I have a personal interest in this because, believe me, when I was growing up Ward Cleaver wasn’t pulling into our driveway every night. Nope, in the 50s my brother and I were a bit of an anomaly — a couple of kids being raised by a single working mother and a single working grandmother — right there, smack dab in the middle of southern California suburbia.”
“But what do I know from my own experience? I’m happy to report that children from single-parent households can, and do, grow up to be healthy, happy adults. Truly, some of the best fathers I know were raised by single parents — like my big brother.”
GOOD STUFF? What does she really know from her own experience? Without any male energy in the form of a man in her brother’s and her life, did they really grow up to be “healthy, happy adults”? She says, “some of the best fathers I know were raised by single parents.” No doubt!
To get some perspective to this question, Joe asked his cat, Tinker, if she wouldn’t be a much better cat, a healthier, happier cat if she was a mother and had a tail? Do you know what? She never said a word. She looked at him as if he was absolutely stupid. Then she disdainfully turned her back on him and walked away swinging her black backside at him as if to say, “What do I know about Tom Cats and Tails?
These are the immortal words of the venerable HYPOCRITE!
Unfortunately, our children pay little attention to what we say, but hang on our every movement. They see the truth and disregard our lies; what we say. When we don’t like the truth they see, we impose upon and force them to accept our lies. We make them hypocrites to justify ourselves and ease our consciences. We teach and practice corruption. In a Biblical sense, we propagate sin.
To honor life and our children we must give them the ability to think and reason. You tell them the truth. Sometimes the truth hurts and is hard to take, but that’s life. Self-respect, personal integrity and good character are taught, learned and earned by the truth. To teach truth, one must do truth. Make what you say and what you do the same.
Or, “deferential complicit enablers”
Joe sees the constant implication, if not outright accusations that the Times Standard is a liberal newspaper; as if liberal were some sort of disease. Yet, look at who owns the paper and what Rich Somerville has to say in some of his editorials.
This one caught Joe’s attention: Dirty tricks take a Humboldt holiday posted June 2.
“Whew! The day before a big election is a time to take a deep breath — not only for candidates who have been frantically campaigning, but those of us in the media helping voters make an informed decision.”
Note the words, “informed decision.” Really? Did he and his staff “do the work” of producing credible information about these people?
Read what he goes on to say: “The Times-Standard Editorial Board was impressed with the quality of the candidates, and the tone of the campaign was on a generally high level — focusing on issues rather than personalities or “dirty tricks.”
An anonymous caller tried to bait the Times-Standard into digging into the personal life of one of the candidates. I said it wasn’t any of our business, being unrelated to the job of supervisor, and that I didn’t think it was the caller’s business either.”
He says the “personal life” of these “candidates” is none of our business. According to him the “personal life” is “being unrelated to the job of supervisor.” He, mind you, “didn’t think it was the caller’s (or our) business either.” What he seems to forget is that these people are the “ISSUE” when citizens are asked to enable their right to represent the whole community. What the “Deferential Complicit Enablers” would like everyone to overlook, if not forget completely, is the fact that every registered voter, whether they vote or not, is responsible for the government that is. That government, regardless whether it’s city, county, state or federal exists, legitimate or not because the people voted it in or failed to enforce the law when the election was corrupt. There are NO innocent civilians in a Democracy. Yeah! We know that’s a bitter truth.
The next time your jerked about some law rammed down your throat, just remember, those people you voted for, the ones that told you one thing and did something else, maybe you should have found out if your representative had any integrity, whether they kept their word and could be trusted BEFORE voting for them.
The personal lives of people asking for your vote does matter. The last two Presidents of the United States should make that fact a glaring reality. Their presidency and America’s destiny is defined by their obscene morals and wanton personal character. We are all indicted by their crimes.