A Bitter Pill

 Posted by at 23:55  Politics
Apr 302003
 

What are they hiding?

April 30 — Even as White House political aides plot a 2004 campaign plan designed to capitalize on the emotions and issues raised by the September 11 terror attacks, administration officials are waging a behind-the-scenes battle to restrict public disclosure of key events relating to the attacks.

Americans deserve to know the truth. Why won’t they give it to us?

And why run a campaign “designed to capitalize on the emotions and issues raised by the September 11 terror attacks?” Wouldn’t a sitting president run for re-election based on his record and the good things he has accomplished for the sake of the country? Oops, I forgot, he doesn’t have any. My bad.

Freedom(?)

 Posted by at 16:20  Politics
Apr 292003
 

“Bob Edwards, a Louisville native, is the host of NPR’s “Morning Edition.” He currently serves as first vice president of AFRTA, the union that represents actors, broadcasters and recording artists. Edwards was inducted on April 8 into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. That same day, he gave the annual Joe Creason Lecture at the University of Kentucky. This article is adapted from that address.”

I would encourage you to read it. It will go a long way toward helping you understand why most Americans believe the current administration is doing a good job. (Because that is what corporate America is telling them to believe.)

The press didn’t wait until the intern scandal to ask tough questions of Bill Clinton, so why is the incumbent getting a pass? The country deliberately decided not to have a king. We show the President some deference because of the office he holds. We call him ‘‘Mr. President.’’ It is NPR policy never to refer to an incumbent President by last name only. He is ‘‘President Bush’’ or ‘‘Mr. Bush’’ — but never just ‘‘Bush.’’ Yet he is not a king. He is a citizen temporarily serving us, living in our house, drawing our pay, spending our money and acting in our name. We have the right and, yes, the duty, to expect him to perform at a high standard. If we don’t do this, we’re performing below the standard that should be expected of us.

Read the entire article. Go, do it now. Then come back here and let me know whether you think what he says is right or wrong, and why. Go, I’ll wait.

Patriot Raid

 Posted by at 14:43  Politics
Apr 292003
 

Do not think that this cannot happen to you, because it can. And probably will.

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A Chill Wind

 Posted by at 02:11  Politics
Apr 292003
 

If you have not yet done so, you need to read the transcript of the speech given by actor Tim Robbins to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on April 15, 2003, ‘A Chill Wind is Blowing in This Nation…’.

I have received a few e-mails in response to a few of my postings here. One person stated he was going to contact my ISP and have my site taken down; another went so far as to threaten to “hunt me down.” Several have called me unpatriotic and worse. None have used a valid name or return e-mail address. All have been viewed by myself as blatantly ridiculous.

Let’s get one thing straight, shall we? This is the United States of America, not Cuba. George W. Bush is not Fidel Castro.

In 1918, when my grandfather was just 12 years old, Theodore Roosevelt wrote:

“The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.”

I believe that Bush & Co. are wrong in what they are doing to this country. George W. Bush is not qualified to be, and should not be, the president of this country. If you don’t believe that I have the right to say that, then it is you who I accuse of being unpatriotic.

Sondre

 Posted by at 14:39  Lifestyle
Apr 282003
 

It has been a while since I have posted a boy of the week. So….

Here’s 20-year-old Norwegian singer/songwriter Sondre Lerche. I’ve got his “Faces Down” CD spinning right now. Good stuff.

(He’ll be in Dallas on May 21st at the Gypsy Tea Room.)

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Bush’s Resume

 Posted by at 16:59  Politics
Apr 272003
 

This is to good to pass up:

George W. Bush’s Resume

Would you hire him?

I have to wonder… The Republicans and their “Christian” friends were all about impeaching President Clinton for having a bit of extra-marital sex in the White House. Why aren’t they after this guy? Personally, I’ll take a bit of a sex scandal over Bush’s record any old day.

(Funny how I can say “President Clinton” without my gag reflex kicking in. It kicks in strongly when I try to say “President Bush.” Which is why you will not catch me saying “President Bush” very often.)

Then there is this, which shouldn’t be telling you anything of which you are not already aware…

Thanks to Bush & Co., America is hated the world over as never before. Deficits are exploding, unemployment remains high, the stock market is still in the tank and interest rates are poised to take off. The country is headed to hell in a handbasket from so many directions one can barely keep track. And yet the increasingly Foxified media tell a story only of heroism: of the US military, of the American people and of the President of the United States, who has so far managed to avoid service to either one.

Finally, this from our “Speaking Of” department…. Wasn’t the whole rationalization behind the invasion of Iraq the need to disarm Saddam Hussein of his “weapons of mass destruction?” Uh, where are they? I am pretty sure that had we found any, congratulatory messages would have been all over the Fox News Channel by now. Nope, none there. So, why doesn’t Mr. Bush come clean and tell us the real reason he wanted Iraq?

Bush and Co. are in big trouble if Americans ever stop waving their flags long enough to open their eyes.

Trees, please

 Posted by at 13:48  General
Apr 272003
 

As I’m driving down the John Carpenter Freeway on my way to work doing my usual 65 miles per hour and some fool zips past me as if I were standing still, I think to myself “That’s okay, he’ll be wrapped around a tree soon and there will be one less fool on the planet.”

Problem is, we don’t have any trees along our freeways down here.

We need to plant some trees.

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Shirts and Skins

 Posted by at 11:37  General
Apr 262003
 

It has been a rather long and frustrating week. A bit of humor once in a while helps: US Troops Perplexed by British Foreskins.

“Hey bro, your penis looks kind of weird.”

“Aye mate, that’s called a foreskin.”

“A what?”

“A foreskin. I’m uncircumcized. It’s rather common in Europe.”

“Dude, you should get that fixed.”

Another day

 Posted by at 01:43  Election 2004
Apr 252003
 

I am so hoping for a Dean-Bush election in 2004. It would most definitely be entertaining, and it is way past time for the Bush organization to be shown the way out of Washington. I’m still convinced that Howard Dean is the man who could do that.

Rather than ramble on, which I am way too exhausted to do right now, I’ll just point you to this article and bid you a good night.

Happy Birthday

 Posted by at 01:53  Weblogging
Apr 242003
 

Wow, that year sure flew by, didn’t it? I did not realize that I had been doing this blog for a year until I received an e-mail from my host informing me that my credit card had been billed for another year of hosting. Looking back on the archives, I see that the first entry is actually dated April 12, 2002. Anyway, 413 entries and 528 comments later, here we are.

Happy birthday, esoterically.net! Here’s hoping the coming year brings happier times!