Thursday, March 24, 2005

Supreme Court Sides with Individual Rights!!!!!

[In an email received today from the ACLU:]

"The ACLU welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court's rejection of a petition forcing the reinsertion of Terri Schiavo's feeding tubes.

"The decision protects the severely brain-damaged woman's right to withdraw her own life-sustaining treatment and prevents politicians from interfering with intensely personal medical decisions.

"Earlier this week two federal courts also found no basis to set aside the legal procedures in Florida, despite attempts by Congress to interfere in the legal proceedings by the issuance of a Congressional subpoena.

"Terri Schiavo's wishes were honored today by yet another court that recognized her constitutionally protected right to refuse and withdraw medical treatment," said Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida on Thursday. "If the court had ruled otherwise, the nation may have taken a giant step backward in the protection of privacy."

"The ACLU was co-counsel in the Florida case before Judge James Whittemore. The ACLU was also part of the legal team challenging "Terri's Law 1," enacted in October of 2003 to give Gov. Jeb Bush authority to re-insert the feeding tube. That case was struck down as unconstitutional by every Florida court; the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal.

[The blogger just read today that it is indeed ironic that Bush and his Gang of Religious Nuts, and Abusers of Personal Rights and Liberties...are against the Medicare/Medicaid supports that Terri Schiavo would have needed for her life to be sustained, and are also against the rights of those who sue for malpractice, and that would have included the $1 million that Terri Schiavo got.

It is just more of the National Bu-shit that this evil administration is inflicting on the American people. They talk out of both sides of their mouths. They mean the opposite of what they say they stand for, and all they care about is MONEY, MONEY, MONEY. They could care less about individuals and their needs and rights. As long as they and their supporters are able to steal every damn cent of this nation (and more,) they are gleeful.

Their temple of worship is the off-short, secret, numbered accounts that they and their cronies have stashed away. There only desire is to add to those accounts...

SAD days have hit the USA, and the sluggers are all Republican, so-called Christians. Christ is blushing in Heaven over what is being done in His Name by Bush and his bunch of lunatic, fringe theives.

PS: I have almost stopped blogging since I have no feedback...]

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Reasons for Lamenting Abound...Look Around

[I did a search on 'lamentations' this evening, and came up with the following (click above to go to the site.) Following are some excerpts:]

My Personal Modern Lamentations

"Oh why, America, why -- are you so eager to promote profit making when your foundations are (as you are proud to point out) theoretically based on the teachings of Christ? When did Jesus ever stress the importance of making money over caring for others?

" Oh why, corporations, why ... do you chew up your workers' hearts and spirits and minds under the auspices of "productivity" and "the bottom line"?

"Why, oh conservatives, why ... are you so quick to save the unborn, yet eager to execute criminals whose souls are just as precious and in need of rescue... preferably before death?

"Why, oh ye Christians, why ... are you prone to turn your backs on AIDS victims "who brought it on themselves" ... when surely if they did do so their souls are in need of great love and healing? For Jesus came to save the lost....

"Why, oh rich, why ... are you so eager to accumulate yet more wealth, when you can hardly spend all that you have already?

"Why, oh my soul, why ... are you paralyzed by fear and afraid to act?"

Feel for Those Who Have Served (Are Serving) -- and Then Boast of War and Conquests

Those Who Have Served Can Feel for Those Who Have Served -- no greater love can one have...

Monday, March 07, 2005

Spoof on the Goof -- Or Truth?

Saint or Devil? Two guesses...

"He snorted cocaine ... He dodged the draft....His friends knew him as an alcoholic womanizer with a bad temper....a complete failure at business until his wealthy friends rescued him. Yet within a few short years he was elected Governor of Texas, and quickly catapulted into the White House in spite of losing the popular vote. Then he was re-elected with last minute help from Osama Bin Laden, in spite of high disapproval ratings. He still couldn't think his way out of a wet paper bag without the advice of his staff .....and yet he's been able to declare an endless war and institute some of the most radical changes in American history ....

....... How has He done it?

"I submit to you that George Walker Bush is the ANTI-CHRIST. The violence and destruction that began when Bush first entered office, is now certain to culminate in the apocalypse, as predicted in the Bible over 2,000 years ago..."

[At the very least this is an interesting quote from a very interesting website. Take a look -- much of it is certainly based in fact (re Bush family and Hitler's regime.)]
http://www.geocities.com/trebor_92627/Bush.htm

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Jesus Christ Returns to Earth; As Second Coming Actually Occurs, TV Evangelists Offer Insight

From TheSpoof.Com -- Written by Chris Ebert:
Robertson and Falwell explain Christ's words.

Jesus Christ, founder of the Christian religion and son of the monotheistic deity Yahweh, returned to Earth as promised last Tuesday morning. He quickly held a press conference which was broadcast live from New York City to "set the record straight" on a few things.

Pat Robertson of The 700 Club and founder of the Christian Coalition Jerry Falwell quickly appeared on the CBN network to offer live running commentary to help the faithful understand Jesus's cryptic, mysterious words.

"Hello everyone", Jesus began, "let me start by saying while there is an afterlife, there is no hell except for really, really vile people. You don't need to worship me to stay out of it. The name by which you call God is nowhere near as important as just being a good person".

"What the Lord is saying", Robertson began, "is that to be born again is the only way to salvation. He is speaking in a parable. And, by calling the number on the bottom of your screen, you can join our new Rapture Club and be saved today for a gift of as little as $5,000.00".

"Secondly", the Son of Man continued, "stop hurting others or imposing your will on others. I mean, its bad enough telling someone else what to do with his or her body or lifestyle, but its even worse when you do it in my name. And trust me, Buddah, Mohammed, even Zeus and Hera. Nobody up there likes it when you do that. Whether done to a person, a segment of society, or a whole nation".

"Pat", interjected Falwell, whose image appeared in the lower corner of the screen, "if I may field this one, the faithful have no doubt heard how the church fathers used to speak in tongues. That is what the Lord is doing here. It is obvious, to a person of faith, that the Lord is saying he supports the war in Iraq, and a constitutional ban on gay marriage".

Jesus then began a series of strange movements which one observer described as "rolling his eyes", and then another reports he "smacked his own forehead in frustration"..."That's it you two. Y'know, just cause I have to love everyone, doesn't mean I have to like everyone. I'd rather take another crucifixion than have you guys telling people that you speak for me", Jesus said..."

Friday, March 04, 2005

Flag Draped Coffins Contain Our Nation's Youth and Innocence

1,494 Precious Souls of America. How many must die to feed the pockets of USA fatcats? How can we export democracy to Iraq when it is being stolen here at home. We are all now slaves of
the state, corporations and special interests.
God bless the families who have sustained loss; we have all losts dear comrades in this war of aggression.

No Greater Love Can One Have - 31

"Iraqi families have suffered, too. Thousands of their sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, friends and acquaintances have died in the conflict. We should recognize their losses."Before the war is wrapped up and American troops depart, there will be more fatalities. Only then can the full human cost of the war be measured. But as the first anniversary of the war approaches, it is time to stop and think about those who have given their lives, and why.

Robert S. Pugh, 25, Army, Meridian, Mississippi
03/02/05

Lizbeth Robles, 31, Army, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
03/01/05

Julio E. Negron, 28, Army, Pompano Beach, Florida
02/28/05

Danny L. Anderson , 29, Army, Corpus Christi, Texas
02/27/05

Richard B. Gienau , 29, Army, Longview, Iowa
02/27/05

Min S. Choi , 21, Army, River Vale, New Jersey
02/26/05

Landon S. Giles , 19, Army, Indiana, Pennsylvania
02/26/05

Andrew W. Nowacki, 24, Marines, South Euclid, Ohio
02/26/05

Adam N. Brewer, 22, Army, Dewey, Oklahoma
02/25/05

Colby M. Farnan, 22, Army, Weston, Missouri
02/25/05

Chassan S. Henry, 20, Army, West Palm Beach, Florida
02/25/05

Jason L. Moski, 24, Army, Blackville, South Carolina
02/25/05

Alexander B. Crackel , 31, Army, Wilstead Bedford, United Kingdom
02/24/05

Michael S. Deem , 35, Army, Rockledge, Florida
02/24/05

Daniel G. Gresham , 23, Army, Lincoln, Illinois
02/24/05

Jacob C. Palmatier , 29, Army, Springfield, Illinois
02/24/05

Nicholas J. Olivier , 26, Army, Ruston, Louisiana
02/23/05

Eric M. Steffeney , 28, Army, Waterloo, Iowa
02/23/05

Trevor D. Aston , 32, Marines, Austin, Texas
02/22/05

David F. Day

25
Army
St. Louis Park
Minnisota
02/21/05
Jesse M. Lhotka

24
Army
Alexandria
Minnisota
02/21/05
John T. Olson

21
Marines
Elk Grove Village
Illinois
02/21/05
Jason G. Timmerman

24
Army
Tracy
Minnisota
02/21/05
Kevin M. Clarke

21
Marines
Tinley Park
Illinois
02/19/05
Clinton R., Gertson

26
Army
Houston
Texas
02/19/05
Adam Malson

23
Army
Rochester Hills
Michigan
02/19/05
Seth R. Trahan

20
Army
Crowley
Louisiana
02/19/05
Carlos J. Gil

30
Army
Orlando
Florida
02/18/05
Frank B. Hernandez

21
Army
Phoenix
Arizona
02/17/05
Katrina L. Bell-Johnson

32
Army
Orangeburg
South Carolina
02/16/05
Justin B. Carter

21
Army
Mansfield
Ohio
02/16/05
Jason R. Hendrix

28
Army
Claremore
Oklahoma
02/16/05
Timothy R. Osbey

34
Army
Magnolia
Mississippi
02/16/05
Adam J. Plumondore

22
Army
Gresham
Oregon
02/16/05
Christopher M. Pusateri

21
Army
Corning
New York
02/16/05
Joseph A. Rahaim

22
Army
Magnolia
Mississippi
02/16/05
Michael A. Arciola

20
Army
Elmsford
New York
02/15/05
David J. Salie

34
Army
Columbus
Georgia
02/14/05
David J. Brangman

20
Army
Lake Worth
Florida
02/13/05
Dakotah L. Gooding

21
Army
Des Moines
Iowa
02/13/05
Rene Knox Jr.

22
Army
New Orleans
Louisiana
02/13/05
Chad W. Lake

26
Army
Ocala
Florida
02/13/05
Ray Rangel

29
Air Force
San Antonio
Texas
02/13/05
Robert A. McNail

30
Army
Meridian
Mississippi
02/11/05
Kristopher L. Shepherd

26
Army
Lynchburg
Virginia
02/11/05
Richard A. Perez Jr.

19
Marines
Las Vegas
Nevada
02/10/05
William T. Robbins

31
Army
North Little Rock
Arkansas
02/10/05
Jessica Housby

23
Army
Rock Island
Illinois
02/09/05
Jeffrey S. Henthorn

25
Army
Choctaw
Oklahoma
02/08/05
Jeremy O. Allmon

22
Army
Cleburne
Texas
02/06/05

No Greater Love Can One Have - 30

"Iraqi families have suffered, too. Thousands of their sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, friends and acquaintances have died in the conflict. We should recognize their losses."Before the war is wrapped up and American troops depart, there will be more fatalities. Only then can the full human cost of the war be measured. But as the first anniversary of the war approaches, it is time to stop and think about those who have given their lives, and why.


Zachary R. Wobler

24
Army
Ottawa
Ohio
02/06/05
Travis M. Wichlacz

22
Marines
West Bend
Wisconsin
02/05/05
Steven G. Bayow

42
Army
Colonia Yap
Micronesia
02/04/05
Daniel Torres

23
Army
Fort Worth
Texas
02/04/05
Richard C. Clifton

19
Marines
Milford
Delaware
02/03/05
Sean M. Cooley

35
Army
Ocean Springs
Mississippi
02/03/05
Stephen R. Sherman

27
Army
Neptune
New Jersey
02/03/05
Sean L. Brock

29
Marines
Redondo Beach
California
02/02/05
Sean P. Maher

19
Marines
Grays Lake
Illinois
02/02/05
Robert T. Hendrickson

24
Army
Broken Bow
Oklahoma
02/01/05
Jason C. Redifer

19
Marines
Stuarts Draft
Virginia
01/31/05
Harry R. Swain IV

21
Marines
Millville
New Jersey
01/31/05
Mark C. Warren

44
Army
La Grande
Oregon
01/31/05
Christopher E. Zimny

27
Marines
Cook
Illinois
01/31/05
James H. Miller IV

22
Army
Cincinnati
Ohio
01/30/05
Nazario Serrano

20
Marines
Irving
Texas
01/30/05
Edward E. Jack

51
Navy
Detroit
Michigan
01/29/05
Lindsey T. James

23
Army
Urbana
Missouri
01/29/05
Keith E. Taylor

47
Navy
Irvine
California
01/29/05
Orlando A. Bonilla

27
Army
Killeen
Texas
01/28/05
Stephen A. Castellano

21
Army
Long Beach
California
01/28/05
Michael S. Evans II

22
Army
Marrero
Louisiana
01/28/05
Andrew K. Farrar Jr.

31
Marines
Weymouth
Massachusets
01/28/05
Charles S. Jones

34
Army
Lawtey
Florida
01/28/05
Christopher J. Ramsey

20
Army
Batchelor
Louisiana
01/28/05
Jonathan R. Reed

25
Army
Opelousa
Louisiana
01/28/05
Joseph E. Rodriguez

25
Marines
Las Cruces
New Mexico
01/28/05
Lyle W. Rymer II

24
Army
Roland
Oklahoma
01/28/05
Mickey E. Zaun

27
Army
Brooklyn Park
Minnisota
01/28/05
Jonathan S. Beatty

22
Marines
Ottawa
Illinois
01/27/05
Kevin M. Luna

26
Army
Oxnard
California
01/27/05
Paul C. Alaniz

32
Marines
Corpus Christi
Texas
01/26/05
Brian D. Bland

26
Marines
Weston
Wyoming
01/26/05
Jonathan W. Bowling

23
Marines
Patrick
Virginia
01/26/05
Taylor J. Burk

21
Army
Amarillo
Texas
01/26/05
Jonathan E. Etterling

22
Marines
Wheelersburg
Ohio
01/26/05
Michael W. Finke Jr.

28
Marines
Huron
Ohio
01/26/05
Travis J. Fuller

26
Marines
Granville
Massachusets
01/26/05
Timothy M. Gibson

23
Marines
Merrimack
New Hampshire
01/26/05
Richard A. Gilbert Jr.

26
Marines
Montgomery
Ohio
01/26/05
Lyle L. Gordon

30
Marines
Midlothian
Texas
01/26/05
Kyle J. Grimes

21
Marines
Northampton
Pennsylvania
01/26/05
Tony L. Hernandez

22
Marines
Canyon Lake
Texas
01/26/05
Brian C. Hopper

21
Marines
Wynne
Arkansas
01/26/05
John D. House

28
Navy
Ventura
California
01/26/05
Saeed Jafarkhani-Torshizi Jr.

24
Marines
Fort Worth
Texas
01/26/05
Stephen P. Johnson

24
Marines
Covina
California
01/26/05
Sean P. Kelly

23
Marines
Gloucester
New Jersey
01/26/05
Dexter S. Kimble

30
Marines
Houston
Texas
01/26/05
William S. Kinzer Jr.

27
Army
Hendersonville
North Carolina
01/26/05

No Greater Love Can One Have - 29

"Iraqi families have suffered, too. Thousands of their sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, friends and acquaintances have died in the conflict. We should recognize their losses."Before the war is wrapped up and American troops depart, there will be more fatalities. Only then can the full human cost of the war be measured. But as the first anniversary of the war approaches, it is time to stop and think about those who have given their lives, and why.


Allan Klein

34
Marines
Clinton Township
Michigan
01/26/05
Timothy A. Knight

22
Marines
Brooklyn
Ohio
01/26/05
Karl R. Linn

20
Marines
Chesterfield
Virginia
01/26/05
Fred L. Maciel

20
Marines
Spring
Texas
01/26/05
James L. Moore

24
Marines
Roseburg
Oregon
01/26/05
Nathaniel K. Moore

22
Marines
Champaign
Illinois
01/26/05
Mourad Ragimov

20
Marines
San Diego
California
01/26/05
Rhonald D. Rairdan

20
Marines
San Antonio
Texas
01/26/05
Hector Ramos

20
Marines
Aurora
Illinois
01/26/05
Gael Saintvil

24
Marines
Orange
Florida
01/26/05
Nathan A. Schubert

22
Marines
Cherokee
Iowa
01/26/05
Darrell J. Schumann

25
Marines
Hampton
Virginia
01/26/05
Dustin M. Shumney

30
Marines
Vallejo
California
01/26/05
Matthew R. Smith

24
Marines
West Valley
Utah
01/26/05
Joseph B. Spence

24
Marines
Scotts Valley
California
01/26/05
Michael L. Starr Jr.

21
Marines
Edgemere
Maryland
01/26/05
Jesse W. Strong

24
Marines
Irasburg
Vermont
01/26/05
Christopher L. Weaver

24
Marines
Fredericksburg
Virginia
01/26/05
Leonard W. Adams

42
Army
Mooresville
North Carolina
01/24/05
Michael C. Carlson

22
Army
St. Paul
Minnisota
01/24/05
Jesus A. Leon-Perez

20
Army
Houston
Texas
01/24/05
Javier Marin Jr.

29
Army
Mission
Texas
01/24/05
Joseph W. Stevens

26
Army
Sacramento
California
01/24/05
Brett D. Swank

n/a
Army
Northumberland
Pennsylvania
01/24/05
Viktar V. Yolkin

24
Army
Spring Branch
Texas
01/24/05
Jose C. Rangel

43
Army
Saratoga
California
01/23/05
Nainoa K. Hoe

27
Army
Kailua
Hawaii
01/22/05
Kyle W. Childress

29
Army
Terre Haute
Indiana
01/21/05
Joe F. Lusk II

25
Army
Reedley
California
01/21/05
Christopher J. Sullivan

29
Army
Princeton
Massachusets
01/18/05
Jesus Fonseca

19
Army
Marietta
Georgia
01/17/05
George R. Geer

27
Army
Cortez
Colorado
01/17/05
Francis C. Obaji

21
Army
New York
New York
01/17/05
Thomas E. Vitagliano

33
Army
New Haven
Connecticut
01/17/05
Alain L. Kamolvathin

21
Army
Blairstown
New Jersey
01/16/05
Jayton D. Patterson

26
Marines
Sedley
Virginia
01/15/05
Nathaniel Swindell

24
Army
New York
New York
01/15/05
Paul C. Holter III

21
Marines
Corpus Christi
Texas
01/14/05
Gunnar D. Becker

19
Army
Forestburg
South Dakota
01/13/05
Matthew W. Holloway

21
Marines
Fulton
Texas
01/13/05
Brian A. Mack

36
Army
Phoenix
Arizona
01/13/05
Juan R. Rodriguez

23
Marines
El Cenizo
Texas
01/13/05
Michael J. Smith

24
Army
Media
Pennsylvania
01/11/05
William F. Manuel

34
Army
Kinder
Louisiana
01/10/05
Robert W. Sweeney III

22
Army
Pineville
Louisiana
01/10/05
Joseph E. Fite

23
Marines
Round Rock
Texas
01/09/05
Dwayne J. McFarlane Jr.

20
Army
Cass Lake
Minnisota
01/09/05
Daniel F. Guastaferro

27
Army
Las Vegas
Nevada
01/07/05
Christopher J. Babin

27
Army
Houma
Louisiana
01/06/05
Bradley J. Bergeron

25
Army
Houma
Louisiana
01/06/05

No Greater Love Can One Have - 28

"Iraqi families have suffered, too. Thousands of their sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, friends and acquaintances have died in the conflict. We should recognize their losses."Before the war is wrapped up and American troops depart, there will be more fatalities. Only then can the full human cost of the war be measured. But as the first anniversary of the war approaches, it is time to stop and think about those who have given their lives, and why.


Julio C. Cisneros-Alvarez

22
Marines
Pharr
Texas
01/06/05
Kurt J. Comeaux

34
Army
Raceland
Louisiana
01/06/05
Zachariah S. Davis

25
Marines
Twentynine Palms
California
01/06/05
Huey P.L. Fassbender

24
Army
LaPlace
Louisiana
01/06/05
Armand L. Frickey

20
Army
Houma
Louisiana
01/06/05
Warren A. Murphy

29
Army
Marrero
Louisiana
01/06/05
Kenneth G. VonRonn

20
Army
Bloomingburg
New York
01/06/05
Jimmy D. Buie

44
Army
Floral
Arkansas
01/04/05
Cory R. Depew

21
Army
Beech Grove
Indiana
01/04/05
Joshua S. Marcum

33
Army
Evening Shade
Arkansas
01/04/05
Jeremy W. McHalffey

28
Army
Mabelvale
Arkansas
01/04/05
Bennie J. Washington

25
Army
Atlanta
Georgia
01/04/05
Curtis L. Wooten III

20
Army
Spanaway
Washington
01/04/05
Thomas E. Houser

22
Marines
Council Bluffs
Iowa
01/03/05
Brian P. Parrello

19
Marines
West Milford
New Jersey
01/01/05

Death Results from Bush Policy

Death Toll Mounts -- Families Grieve

March 3, 2005 1,502 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq. 60 died in February,4 so far in March.

BUSH SCORES LOW ON HUMAN RIGHTS

A Human Rights Memorandum To President Bush
by US Human Rights Network

[Read all the text at http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=80&ItemID=7349

The following is the conclusion to the letter:]

"The human rights situation within the US calls for serious self-assessment and reflection. Recent trends and events have raised significant doubts about this administration's commitment to human rights and have put the US at grave risk of becoming a place where human dignity and freedom are routinely denied. In order to emerge from the human rights crisis that we have begun to outline above, this administration must begin to put into practice its stated commitment to fundamental freedoms and human dignity by rectifying its abject failure to protect human rights both at home and abroad.

"We hope that this memorandum and the recommendations contained therein will help to set the administration on a path in the right direction. We will be following up this memorandum with a more detailed Human Rights Agenda for the Bush Administration and welcome engagement with the administration regarding ways in which we can bring US policy and practice in line with international human rights norms and standards. "

Thursday, March 03, 2005

YOU CAN ACT NOW TO STOP RIGHT-WING TAKEOVER OF USA

Karl Rove recently announced that he was setting up a "permanent campaign" -- modeled on Bush/Cheney ‘04 -- to force a sweeping right-wing agenda through Congress. The same corporate donors are donating, the same ground troops are organizing -- even people like the Swift Boat Veterans are back in business, all working together to gut Social Security, confirm extremist judges, and silence the Democrats. It's scary stuff.

We've got to stop them, and together, we will. Our secret weapon? The passion and energy of over 3 million Americans, working together to create change, and a strategic plan to focus that energy in the places where it matters most. But it'll take more than phone calls and emails. That's why next Thursday, we're launching our own permanent campaign -- a national network of neighborhood teams that will take our progressive message to every town in the country. It's a deeper way for you to get involved, and it's a route to real victory in 2006 and beyond.

We need someone in your neighborhood to host a party so that local MoveOn members can get together, form a team, and make a plan of action to fight for a progressive America in your home town. We'll make it really easy to host, and past hosts always tell us it's a lot of fun and a great way to meet some neighbors. Can you provide a space for this important work to happen?

http://action.moveonpac.org/houseparties/newmeeting.html

Our permanent campaign is built off our experience in Leave No Voter Behind, when tens of thousands of MoveOn volunteers put in a few hours a week each and brought our message to millions of people. Now we're taking that same approach nationwide, and using it to make a difference on critical national issues -- Supreme Court nominees first, and then Social Security and the war in Iraq. And with the 2006 elections on the horizon, we'll reach out to our neighbors to craft a positive agenda and start to focus on winning back Congress using the same grassroots approach.

Our first project will be to oppose right-wing judges. President Bush and the Republican leadership are moving quietly to stack the courts, including the Supreme Court, with judges who favor the rights of corporations over everyday Americans. The key to their plan: before the public notices, change Senate rules to silence Democrats and end the long-standing requirement that lifetime judicial nominees have broad support in Congress.

If they succeed, it will literally be too late to stop Bush from appointing Supreme Court judges who will set efforts to protect the environment, health, civil liberties and workers back 70 years. And we have less than a month to stop them.

After judges, we'll work on other key issues, all the while spreading the message that Republicans are putting corporate donors before everyday Americans. We'll use a whole range of approaches depending on the issue: for example, letters to the editor of your local newspaper on Iraq, news conferences demanding election reform, town meetings on Bush's screwed-up budget priorities, bake sale fundraisers, or meetings between members of Congress and local citizens who can't afford a Social Security benefit cut.

And all the while we'll look toward the 2006 elections, to put pressure on vulnerable Republicans and support progressive candidates, using the techniques that worked well on our Leave No Voter Behind campaign last fall. Even if there's not a close race in your district, we need you to join us in national actions that will show how the Republicans' corporate-leaning policies have abandoned the middle class -- only when that's a national story will voters be willing to shake things up and give someone else a chance.

It all comes down to local action teams. Join together with like-minded friends and neighbors next week to take back our country. Get the ball rolling by signing up to host a house party on Thursday. Sign up now:

http://action.moveonpac.org/houseparties/newmeeting.html

It won't be easy to turn the tide against the Bush administration's plans, with their corporate allies spending hundreds of millions of dollars to back them. Only one thing can stop the onslaught -- a concerted grassroots effort of the kind that MoveOn members can lead. We're counting on you.

Thank you for all that you do. Sincerely,

--Adam, Justin, Matt, and the MoveOn PAC team
Thursday, March 3rd, 2005

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

ANOTHER ELECTION TO SUPREME COURT

from Noteworthy Absurdities from Around the World by Chuck Shepherd

"ANOTHER ELECTION HEADED TO A SUPREME COURT

• Ali Joho, who lost a close election for the parliament of Kenya in December, filed a petition two weeks later asking the country's high court to nullify the contest because the winner, Anania Mwaboza, was allegedly spotted with some supporters under a bridge on election eve, sewing up the eyes of three cows and then drowning them, in order to cast a spell on Joho's partisans. Allegedly, as part of the spell, voters from out of the district appeared and voted for Mwaboza, and some polling places were opened late and closed early in order to frustrate Joho's supporters. "

[Blogger: God help us, the Republicans will be sewing cows eyes shut in 2006 and 2008; or did they already do it in 2000 and 2004.]

Human Rights Watch Welcomes U.S. Government Meat and Poultry Study

Human Rights Watch Welcomes U.S. Government Meat and Poultry Study

Human Rights Watch welcomes a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)—formerly the Government Accounting Office—on worker safety in the meat and poultry industry. The GAO report backs up Human Rights Watch’s findings that this is the most dangerous factory job in America, and it emphasizes the need for more vigorous enforcement action by government safety agencies. The GAO released its report, Safety in the Meat and Poultry Industry, While Improving, Could Be Further Strengthened, on January 27, 2005 in Washington, D.C. Two days earlier, Human Rights Watch had released Blood, Sweat, and Fear: Workers’ Rights in U.S. Meat and Poultry Plants.

Republican Governor Perdue of Georgia is a big chicken processor -- could he be part of this pattern of violence against poultry workers?

Inhumane Prison Conditions Still Threaten Life, Health of Alabama Inmates Living with HIV/AIDS, According to Court Filings

Alabama not providing healthcare for its prisoners. An outrage!!!

...and Alabama considers itself to be a 'Christian' state.

New Landmines for Iraq Raise Fears of Civilian Risk

I still think the pro land mind interests assasinated Princess Di for her work against land minds. The US is of course the worst offender, and really do not care if civilians lose limbs, eyes, and life -- as long as the Corporate Rulers of the USA can make money off there useage.

U.S.: Supreme Court Ends Child Executions

No doubt this will offend the sensibilities of Prez Bush and his cohorts, since Bush was a big time Texas excutioner while Governor there. The right wing do not tolerate children or adults that step out of line. Only the right-wing good ole boys are allowed to step out of line.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Bush -- or What?

"In a news conference last year, President Bush hesitated, then said he'd apologize for any mistakes made in the Iraq war, but he couldn't think of any."

Was Bush's answer because of:

arrogance?

ignorance?

self-delusion?

his handlers not having informed him?

deceitfulness?

pathological lying?

denial?

drunkenness?

faulty hearing of the question?

fear?

evil?

being misinformed?

incomprehensiveness?

brainwashing?

or what?

Friday, February 25, 2005

Let Peace Flow As Water, on those that have died today in Tel Aviv, and those at risk during this time of searching for peace.

PS: To God

PS, God, will you also let it be known to Bush, Robertson and Falwell that you have many rooms in your mansion, just as your Son said.

Please continue to be with those who have other rooms in your mansion:

Christians

Jews

Muslims

Buddhists

Hindi

Agnostics (Wow! They really are honest, aren't they.)

And, any I may have left out.

Red and Yellow, Black and White, we all are precious in Your Sight. Continue to love us; but, please God, show them the way to love themselves and each other.

Amen, again.

REPLY TO GOD

My God, we have tried to put some sense into their heads, but they refuse to listen to reason. They are busy building themselves temples to themselves, and they need all the money they can get for that.

Please, God, would you just send down some lightning bolts as a favor for us that love you.

We pray for this, in the name of your Righteous Judgment and Eternal Love for all of us. Prey, tell Bush, Robertson and Falwell that we are your beloved, and to leave us alone.

Amen.

DECLARATION BY GOD (THE ALMIGHTY)

I, God the Almighty, do hereby declare that the following are NOT my servants, and never were they my servants:

GEORGE W. BUSH

PAT ROBERTSON

JERRY FALWELL

Will someone inform them; I'm certainly not going to speak to them directly.

Signed,
GOD

HOW DO WOMEN FARE UNDER BUSH BUDGET?

AND HOW DO WOMEN FARE UNDER THE 2006 BUSH BUDGET CUTS?

"Hidden in Bush's proposed Fiscal Year 2006 budget are cuts to programs that directly affect the lives of women.

At stake are federal programs funding:
domestic violence and
family planning,
mental health,
affordable housing and
child care


-- all proposed for a reduction or a freeze in funding levels. At the same time are proposed increases for federal marriage promotion and faith-based outreach - programs pushed by Washington Republicans for their special interest supporters.

Educate yourself about Bush's plans to deny women the benefits and support from the taxes they pay into the government! The Washington Republicans are working towards an April 15 deadline to pass the budget - so begin speaking up now and voice your support for programs that invest in women.

You can learn more about the FY 2006 Bush Budget proposal at Women's Policy, Inc.
http://www.womenspolicy.org/thesource/article.cfm?ArticleID=1570

WAR CRIMINALS: Bush and Rumsfeld

The previous blog should reinforce the fact obvious to the world, and about 50% of the United States: PRESIDENTS BUSH (FATHER AND SON) AND SECRETARY OF DEFENSE RUMSFELD ARE ALL WAR CRIMINALS.

I call on the world courts to bring these men to justice. They have made over 500,000 of their own country (servicemen who served in Gulf War I and Iraq War) sick, and in peril of their lives from exposure to our own weapons of mass destruction.

Yes Virginia, there ARE weapons of MASS DESTRUCTION in Iraq -- and the United States of America have taken them there, and are using them against the people of Iraq. And, honey, there is no Santa Claus, but there is a Devil, and his representative on earth right now claims to be a Christian -- GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States!

HEADS ROLL AT VA -- DEPLETED URANIUM SCANDAL BLAMED

Heads Roll at the Veterans Administration
Mushrooming Depleted Uranium (DU) Scandal Blamed
by Bob Nichols, Project Censored Award Winner

"(January 24, 2005) The Preventive Psychiatry E-Newsletter today charged that the reason Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi stepped down earlier this month was the growing scandal surrounding the use of uraninum munitions (DU) in the Iraq War.

"Writing in the Preventive Psychiatry E-Newsletter #169, Arthur N. Bernklau, Executive Director of the Veterans for Constitutional Law Center in New York, stated "The real reason for Mr. Principi's departure was really never given, however a special report published by eminent scientist Leuren Moret's naming depleted uraninum as the definitive cause of the 'Gulf War Syndrome' has fed a growing scandal about the continued use of uraninum munitions by the U.S. Military.

"Bernklau continued "This malady [from uranium munitions], that thousands of our military have suffered and died from, has finally been identified as the cause of this sickness, eliminating the guessing. The terrible truth is now being revealed."

"He added "Out of the 580,400 soldiers who served in Gulf War I, of them, 11,000 are now dead! By the year 2000, there were 325,000 on Permanent Medical Disability. This astounding number of 'Disabled Vets' means that a decade later, 56% of those soldiers who served, have some form of permanent medical problems! (Editor's note" The 'Disabled' rate for the wars of the last century was 5% and 10% in Viet Nam.)

"Bernklau added "The VA Secretary (Principi) was aware of this fact as far back as 2000. He, and the Bush administration have been hiding these facts, but now, thanks to Moret's report, [it]...is far too big to hide or cover up.!"

"Terry Jamison, Public Affairs Specialist, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Department of Veteran's Affairs, at the VA Central Office, recently reported that 'Gulf Era Veterans' now on medical disability, since 1991, numbers 518,739 veterans," said Bernklau.

"The long-term effects have revealed that DU (uranium oxide) is a virtual death sentence," stated Bernklau. "Marion Fulk, a nuclear phycial chemist, who retired from the Lawrence Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab, and was also involved with the Manhattan Project, interprets the new and rapid malignancies in the soldiers (from the 2003 Iraq War) as 'spectacular' and a matter of concern."

"When asked if the main purpose of using it was for destroying things and killing people, Fulk was more specific: "I would say it is the perfect weapon for killing LOTS of people!"

"Mr. Principi could not be reached for comment priot to deadline. A follow up article will strive to obtain a response from Mr. Principi or the VA."

[Blogger: not mentioned in the article were the thousands and thousands of Iraqi men, women and children that are being exposed to DU, and will be dieing premature deaths as well. GOD HELP US! This country has become DESTRUCTION RIDING ONE OF THE FOUR HORSES.]

Homophobia Equals Apartheid

[The following was received from an associate today via email. It has a dateline of July 7, 2004, but is still wonderfully appropriate in today's climate. God bless Retired Bishop Desmond Tutu.]

Archbishop Desmond Tutu: "Homophobia equals apartheid."
by afrol News staff writer


"(afrol News) -- Desmond Tutu, the former Archbishop of Cape Town and a Nobel Peace Price winner, has lent his name to the fight against homophobia in Africa and around the world. The prominent South African says homophobia is a "crime against humanity" and "every bit unjust" as apartheid.

"The former head of the Anglican Church in Southern Africa made these statements at the launching of the book "Sex, Love & Homophobia", published last week by Amnesty International UK. Mr Tutu has written the foreword to the human rights group's book.
"We struggled against apartheid in South Africa, supported by people the world over, because black people were being blamed and made to suffer for something we could do nothing about; our very skins," wrote the prominent Church leader. "It is the same with sexual orientation. It is a given," he added.

"Mr Tutu says he could not have fought against the discrimination of apartheid and not also fight against the discrimination which homosexuals endure. "And I am proud that in South Africa, when we won the chance to build our own new constitution, the human rights of all have been explicitly enshrined in our laws," he said, adding that he hoped this soon would also be the case in other countries.

"South Africa is so far the only country in the world where the constitution guarantees equal rights non-regarding sexual orientation. This is in stark contrast to most of South Africa's neighbour countries, where homosexulality often is punished by the penal code. Only recenty, a Botswana High Court ruling reaffirmed this legal practice.

"Yet, all over the world, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are persecuted," writes Archbishop Tutu. "We treat them as pariahs and push them outside our communities. We make them doubt that they too are children of God - and this must be nearly the ultimate blasphemy. We blame them for what they are," he adds.

"He also very much regrets the dominant view among his church colleagues. "Churches say that the expression of love in a heterosexual monogamous relationship includes the physical, the touching, embracing, kissing, the genital act - the totality of our love makes each of us grow to become increasingly godlike and compassionate. If this is so for the heterosexual, what earthly reason have we to say that it is not the case with the homosexual?" Mr Tutu asks.

"Also within the Anglican Church, homosexuality is highly controversial and an ongoing conflict has threatened to split the global Anglican Communion. The current head of the Anglican Church in Southern Africa, Njongonkulu Ndungane, has been an outspoken supporter of including homosexuals in the Church community, putting himself in a strong-worded conflict with other African Church leaders.

"In its new book, Amnesty reports on the life stories of gay and lesbian people around the world. These include Poliyana Mangwiro who was a leading member of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe despite President Robert Mugabe's protestations that homosexuality is "against African traditions".

"The book also includes the story of Simon Nkoli, a South African ANC activist who after spending four years in prison under apartheid went on to be the face of the struggle for gay rights in the new South Africa. Further stories of hate, fear and persecution are reported from Nigeria, Egypt and other countries, in addition to reports from the states where homosexuality is punishable by death; including Sudan, Mauritania and some Northern Nigerian states.
For Archishop Tutu, these "destructive forces" of "hatred and prejudice" are an evil. "A parent who brings up a child to be a racist damages that child, damages the community in which they live, damages our hopes for a better world. A parent who teaches a child that there is only one sexual orientation and that anything else is evil denies our humanity and their own too," Mr Tutu concludes."

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

There Is Hope -- In Never Giving Up

[The following was received from an associate in Norway, who shall remain nameless to protect his anonymity since I do not have his permission for attribution. His view gives the perspective of one on the outside looking in at our 'conditon' here in the USA.

It speaks to our condition here in the USA, during a time under neocon control via the Bush administration. It is all in all a message of hopefulness; which is what this country needs. The religious right is ready for 'their ascension into Heaven via the second coming.

What most of us await is the first coming of REAL Christianity. There has been little evidence of it since Jesus left us. If the bigots and fundie-minded would but adopt a Christ-like way of living, and seeing the 'other' as neighbor, there might be hope for a speedier end to this new variant of religious oppression.]

"I am aware that the legislative issues are different in Europe and the US, but I still would think that it ought to be perfectly possible to deal with the different judicial aspects like property and inheritance rights on a national level, and to make that inclusive of several types of domestic partners - not only gay partnerships.

"This way, the whole process of lobbying etc would be given added weight by several groups of citizens. Within the context of the gay organizations working side by side with other interest groups, a lot is gained just from that fact. I am only mentioning here what has come up in discussion with friends in the US, so I know there are people in your country that think like this.

"It certainly looks as if the religious right are hard to beat right now on their Bible-quoting home-ground, but there are mechanisms in the US political machinery I truly know too little about so I am not going to even try to argue for anything here!

"The raw hatred you speak of [from the religious right,] I have in truth limited experience with, although it surely exists also on this side of the Atlantic. The USA clearly has a much tougher climate than any European country, and in many ways this is so -- for so many Americans, it is the only KNOWN way.

"The stupidity -- I see relatively clearly, and it appears more frightening really. We have a saying here that 'a battle against stupidity is a lost battle' - (I don't think I've heard the English equivalent of that one, but that sounds pretty much to the point.

"I will say this: when I left the US last summer, I was elated (and I don't use this term by chance) to be able to return to the (relatively) peaceful haven Norway is compared to the US; and not only because me and my (now ex-) partner were breaking up.

"There was a very noticeable sense of unease present in most people I knew and was surrounded by, it felt as if stress levels were increasing day by day, and most were very aware of this and the reasons why this was/is so.

"The US has changed a lot over the last 4 years; perhaps it is mostly a process of coming to terms and dealing with what has always been there, to a lesser or greater degree. But you know what? People are waking up also in large numbers. So, I know there is HOPE; and hope is pretty much the same as never giving up(or shutting up.)

"I won't."

[Blogger: And neither shall we. They will have to kill us all to keep us quiet, and they cannot convert those who already are 'saved' from their malignant world-view. A narrow-minded minority shall not take this country from us. Neither shall the corporations become our new masters.]

Monday, February 21, 2005

Scenes from Nature Can Give us Hope Where We Can See None At this Time...Bush will be gone in four years, and, cheer up, the country may still be here.

Carl, if you goose me one more time, I swear...

Handin' Out the Briefin' Papers for the Boss

Dick [Cheney] said I should hand these 'round fer y'all to look at afore he gits here.
...They must be important.

INFANTS WITH UNCLEAR GENDER

[Someone just sent me this to me -- VERY interesting considering all the great predjudice in the USA around anything to do with sexual ambiguity.]

New guidelines for treating 'intersex' babies
Doctors urged not to operate on infants with unclear gender -- Associated Press Feb. 18, 2005
WASHINGTON –

"It’s the first question new parents hear: girl or boy? But hundreds of babies are born each year where the gender isn’t clear. Prompt surgery to assign one was once the norm.

"But gender depends on more than anatomy or hormones. It also seems to stem from the very earliest brain development, researchers said Friday in urging doctors to hold off on the knife until children can determine their own sex.

To discover who or what a child is ... you have to ask them,” Dr. William Reiner of the Oklahoma University Health Science Center told a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

“There is no one biological parameter that clearly defines sex,” added Dr. Eric Vilain of the University of California, Los Angeles, whose research suggests gender is genetically hard-wired into the brain before birth — regardless of which genitalia develop.

"The issue is “intersex,” the name for numerous conditions that result in roughly one in 4,000 babies born with both male and female traits.

"Think twice before surgery

"One of the more common is congenital adrenal hyperplasia. In such cases, genetic girls with XX chromosomes are exposed in the womb to such high levels of androgen — the hormone that triggers male development — that they appear male externally even if they have female reproductive organs. A different condition leaves genetic males less responsive to androgen during development, so they’re born without a penis.

"The parents must pick a gender somehow, to know what to call their child and because gender is required on a birth certificate. So specialists check non-obvious factors such as which sex chromosomes the child has and levels of sex hormones in the blood.

"But Vilain’s research suggests there are factors at work that can’t be measured. The scientific dogma used to be that hormones alone could “masculinize” the brain, he said. But he identified 54 genes that work differently in the brains of male and female mouse embryos just 10 days after conception — before sex hormones are ever produced.

"Doctors also once thought that how people were raised and their genitalia were enough to determine gender, said Reiner, who as a urologist performed sex-assignment surgeries on babies.

"But Reiner began seeing children who had been assigned to one sex as babies and a few years later began identifying themselves as the other. He re-trained as a psychiatrist to study these children.

"His latest review of 94 intersex children found over half of the genetic males “transitioned” to become boys despite being raised as girls and undergoing female surgical sex assignment.

"How? As early as age 4½, the children would suddenly say, “I’m a boy,” or pick a boy’s name, Reiner said.

"Hence his advice to parents to think hard before agreeing to surgery for an intersex baby: Dealing with the social trauma of switching gender later is enough without the issue of surgery that can’t be reversed.

"Legal Hurdles

"Aside from the emotional trauma of such a switch are legal issues. Virginia Harmon of Chevy Chase, Md., was born with Klinefelter Syndrome, where instead of the X and Y chromosome of males, people have an extra X chromosome. She was raised as a boy, but at age 14 began developing breasts and “began negotiating with my parents” to transition to a girl. At 25, she had female sex-assignment surgery.

"But law in Texas, where she was born, doesn’t allow her to change her birth certificate, which still states that she is male — so she couldn’t marry a man there.

"Indeed, most U.S. law assumes that everyone is clearly male or female, putting up hurdles for everything from name changes to marriage for intersex patients assigned the wrong gender, said law professor Susan Becker of Cleveland State University.

"So what should parents do? Get as much information as possible on the child’s physical and genetic condition, Reiner advises. He puts parents in touch with the Intersex Society of North America to hear personal stories.

"And more doctors are putting off sex-assignment surgery, he said. A recent survey of pediatric urologists found two-thirds would call genetically male babies boys even if they have no penis — while five years ago almost all would have recommended raising them as girls.

“Then if at age 12 they say, ’No, I’m a girl,’ at least you haven’t damaged anything,” he said."

[I can see the religious right thought-police scratching their heads a-wonderin' how a good, God fearin' Christian should respond to such things that are plainly not covered in their IDOL, the Bible. Remember, in all things, fundies worship the Bible, not God, and the New Testament, not Jesus. Am I right on this? Or am I left?]

Navy to advertise for homosexual sailors

Navy to advertise for homosexual sailors -- by Chris Johnston, Times Online

"The Royal Navy is to place advertisements for recruits in the Pink Paper as part of a new campaign to recruit homosexual sailors.

"The move follows its decision to sign up to the Diversity Champions programme run by the equal rights charity Stonewall, the first time a branch of the armed forces has done so.
Commander Tim Kingsbury, the Royal Navy's diversity and equality policy officer, said the scheme would initially involve providing commanding naval officers with the necessary information to best understand and support homosexual staff.

"He said Navy top brass still "needed to understand better the needs of one group of personnel and to encourage them that they are part of the mainstream"...

[Blogger: Why is the USA military scared to death of having open homosexuals in its ranks? Could it be because they would recognize the closet gays already in the military and put them at risk of discovery? Could it be they are so sorely tempted to have same-sex sex that the presence of open 'opportunities' to do so would be just too much to resist? Could it be that they are so insecure with their own sexuality that someone that is confident in theirs is seen as a great threat? Could it be that they are bigger pansies than the pansies? It is downright laughable.

For God's sake, even the Israli Army has openly gay members. All Isralis are required to serve in the Armed Forces. Now THAT is a wonderful idea! The rich and privileged could have an opportunity to show their own worth in the trenches? It is past time for that to happen.

The rest of the world already views the USA as a bunch of paranoids -- maybe we do have the serious disease of homophobia. Historically we have been paranoid in our race hatreds too -- look at the Native American genocide our CHRISTIAN founders of this nation allowed and even participated in. Look at the hoodlums in white bedsheets, in the closet with their big-penis-envy and unmasked race hatred. That folks is pathological.

Now torture is added to the list, and we see a pattern beginning to form. The repressed, puritanical sexuality of the moden US citizen is sick, sick, sick -- even to including getting off on the humiliation and torture of another of God's blessed creatures.

Why doesn't this reach the mainstream press? Have we become a nation of cowards, hiding behind our phallic guns really big orgasic-trons, the nu-clur weapons. Maybe we see the depleted uranium being scattered widely over all of Iraq as our seed being spilt. Yep, we have a Onan of cosmic proportions in that one.]