Current Terror-Alert Level:
To question your government is not unpatriotic – to not question your government is unpatriotic.
U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel, in a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations, Washington, D.C., 15 Nov 2005
Anti-Abortion Protesters have abortions too, but somehow rationalize that theirs are permissible? (Sept 2000)
Anencephalic abortion – federal resistance.
(Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 23 March 2005)
The need for late-term abortions. (Gretchen Voss, Boston Globe, 25 January 2004)
Look at gay marriage this way....
Minorities and visibility
John Taylor Gatto (New York State Teacher of the Year, 1991) on
what's wrong with our schools.
A (long) article about how
WAL★MART pressures its suppliers to reduce prices,
and the resulting loss of domestic manufacturing jobs.
Snapper lawn mowers concludes that they can't stay in business doing business with
Did you know that the Federal Excise Tax on your phone bill was
imposed to help pay for the six-month long Spanish-American War – in 1898. Why are we still paying this tax?
Health - Smoking:
Why people smoke?
RepubliCorp — the Republican Corporate Plan from MoveOn.ORG. (Oct 2010)
Background about the Terri Schiavo case that you probably never heard reported. (Mar 2005)
11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Stanley F. Birch, Jr. on
the constitutionality of
Pub. L. 109-3, the bill passed by the US Congress to put the Terri Schiavo case into the
Federal courts after it had had full review from the Florida state courts up to the US Supreme Court. (30 Mar 2005)
Proposed but Defeated Amendments to the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005. (6 Mar 2005)
(There's nothing in this act to protect consumers.)
The "nuclear option" and abuses of U.S. Senate Rules. (10 Nov 2004)
Bush administration resists collecting Iraqi compensation due to American POWs (L.A. Times, 15 Feb 2005)
George Bush and the 14 Points of Fascism
Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.: Howard Dean & The Moral Center (12 Feb 2005)
Some good news in the war against terror:
Koranic duels ease terror (The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Feb 2005)
Another approach to Voting with your Wallet – BuyBlue.
Post-Election Commentaries and Miserations:
Molly Ivins: Mourning in America. (4 Nov 2004)
From the London Mirror (Front Page):
God Help America – The People Have Spoken. (4 Nov 2004)
Even a Eulogy from Pravda. (8 Nov 2004)
Sermon: Living Under Fascism by Davidson Loehr. (7 Nov 2004)
Commandante Camembert's open letter to the Red-State victors. (7 Nov 2004)
My Modest Proposal: THE U.S.A.R. by C. B. Shapiro. (4 Nov 2004)
Maps: Purple America, instead of red/blue.
Purple America by county.
Electoral College voting maps,
states sized by population,
red/blue by county.
Shades of purple states and counties and sized by population.
Pre-Civil War slave/free states –
Gregory Wonderwheel. (6 Nov 2004)
(Maryland and Delaware are the only slave states that went with Kerry.)
Were the votes accurate?
Colin Shea Smells a Rat. (12 Nov 2004)
We voted against Bush, but we weren't enough to stop him:
Sorry Everybody. [✆photos]
Glitches in the Machines:
Diebold CEO "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president" (14 Aug 2003)
Broward machines count backward (5 Nov 2004)
Machine Error Gives Bush Extra Ohio Votes (5 Nov 2004)
Palm Beach County Logs 88,000 More Votes Than Voters (5 Nov 2004)
And "honest" mistakes: Election problems due to a software glitch (5 Nov 2004)
Electronic voting and disproportionate increases in votes for Bush (22 Nov 2004)
Prominent Statisticians Refute 'Explanation' of 2004 U.S. Exit Poll Discrepancies (31 Jan 2005)
Replace the memory card in a Diebold voting machine without disturbing the tamper seal (5 Sep 2006)
(And some states let the poll workers take the machines home!)
Diebold AccuVote-TS Voting Machines are subject to manipulation and viruses. (13 Sep 2006)
Jon "Hannibal" Stokes: How to Steal an Election by Hacking the Vote (25 Oct 2006)
Angry Girl's 20 Amazing Facts About Voting in the USA
More along those lines – Democratic Underground
More about the machines
PRE-Election Commentaries and Miserations:
"This tendency of Bush supporters to ignore dissonant information...." (21 Oct 2004)
The mindset of religious conservatives. (3 Nov 2004)
A video synopsis of George W. Bush's military career.
George W. Bush Scorecard of Evil. [✆big]
Political Dirty Tricks (Real Audio:
Jack Hitt, This American Life radio) (29 Oct 2004)
Top 10 Secrets they don't want you to know about the debates (from The Tavis Smiley Show 29 Sep 2004)
CBS News lists 10 Bush Flip-Flops (28 Sep 2004)
Flip-Flop Catalog (7 Oct 2004) [✆photos] (from 525 Reasons to Dump Bush [✆big], a countdown to Election Day)
Dead people's votes will probably count.
(1 Nov 2004)
From among the interesting commentaries collected on the Common Dreams website:
We're Not in Lake Wobegon Anymore by Garrison Keillor (31 Aug 2004)
The Unfeeling President by E.L. Doctorow (20 Sep 2004)
Bush, Not Kerry, the Real Flip-Flopper by Dave Zweifel (3 Sep 2004)
True Conservatives Would Back Kerry by Robert Scheer (21 Sep 2004)
Conservatives fed up with Bush:
Charley Reese: Vote For A Man, Not A Puppet. (21 May 2004)
Scott McConnell: Kerry's the One (8 Nov 2004 issue of The American Conservative magazine).
The Economist magazine endorses Kerry over Bush.
Many more observations of things political: The Blue Donkey
and The Daily KOS.
John Kerry's prescient fight against terrorism, (Sept 2004)
Congressional military service,
politicians' and pundents' military service,
and The New Hampshire Gazzette's
Claim vs. Fact: Condoleezza Rice's Opening Statement. (8 Apr 2004)
(Bush advisor) Alberto Gonzales' strange views of international law by Alan Berlow (15 June 2004)
Thom Ryng's concise synopsis [LJ] of Bush's 2004 State of the Union speech. (21 Jan 2004)
The Bush administration has prohibited the distribution of photos of the returning coffins of soldiers killed in Iraq. (If the people don't see it, it won't really be happening.)
But some persistence with the Freedom of Information Act produced a CD full of photos.
And much more from the Memory Hole....
Not Quite Factual....
(Meant to be humor, but um, sadly, some of it is factual.)
Diebold Variations – voting-machine parody ads (2004-2006)
How would Jesus vote?
Vote for Bush instead of Jesus?
Maybe the real word from God: Hurricanes and Voting in Florida
The Capitol Steps: musical parodies on line about the 2000 and 2004 elections. (Dec 2004) [✆RealAudio, 1 hr each]
What if George W. Bush had become a doctor?
W, M.D. [✆mp3]
Mock the Vote Rocky-Horror style. [✆flash]
George W. Bush's Debate Notes.
More Bush and Kerry notes.
George W. Bush's "Accomplishments" (just so you know).
George W. Bush's "Résumé".
Bush is a "Post Turtle".
The Magic Mirror.
Bush or Chimpanzee?.
What you have to believe to be a Republican.
Florida Election Ballot.
Tales of InDUHviduals who voted....
Kids explain politics.
A dog explains politics.
Days of Duty (Doodieman vs Bush). [flash]
George W. Bush in Hell.
This is what happened when the Republican Party let people design their own Bush/Cheney bumper stickers.
(The original site exceeded its bandwidth limits.)
Make your own.
Maybe Osama likes Bush?
A cartoon about tolerance.
We don't seem to have learned from the mistakes of others....
The people of England have been led in Mesopotamia into a trap from which it will be hard to escape with dignity and honour.
They have been tricked into it by a steady withholding of information.
The Baghdad communiques are belated, insincere, incomplete.
Things have been far worse than we have been told, our administration more bloody and inefficient than the public knows.
It is a disgrace to our imperial record, and may soon be too inflamed for any ordinary cure.
We are today not far from a disaster...
Our unfortunate troops, British and Indian, under hard conditions of climate and supply, are policing an immense area, paying dearly every day in lives
for the willfully wrong policy of the civil administration in Baghdad.
— T. E. Lawrence, A Report on Mesopotamia, Sunday Times (London), August 22, 1920.
History is the best teacher:
Of course the people don't want war.
But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag
the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.
Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.
That is easy.
All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.
— Herman Goering, Hitler's Minister of Propaganda, April 18, 1946 (the Nuremberg trials' Easter recess)
And might this commentary be relevant to Bush?
"I particularly condemn the way our political leaders supplied the manpower for that (the Vietnam) war.
The policies – determining who would be drafted and who would be deferred, who would serve and who would escape,
who would die and who would live – were an antidemocratic disgrace.
I can never forgive a leadership that said, in effect:
These young men – poorer, less educated, less privileged – are expendable
(someone described them as "economic cannon fodder"), but the rest are too good to risk.
I am angry that so many sons of the powerful and well placed and many professional athletes
(who were probably healthier than any of us) managed to wangle slots in Reserve and National Guard units.
Of the many tragedies of Vietnam, this raw class discrimination strikes me as the most damaging
to the ideal that all Americans are created equal and owe equal allegiance to our country."
— My American Journey (Colin Powell's autobiography), p. 148
More quotes at issues2000.org
THE JEFFERSON MUZZLES:
Since 1992, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression has celebrated the birth and ideals of its namesake by calling attention to those who in the past year forgot or disregarded Mr. Jefferson's admonition that freedom of speech "cannot be limited without being lost."
Al Franken and others are launching a major new progressive radio network this week (2 Apr 2004).
If you're in LA, Portland, New York, or Chicago, you'll be able to hear Air America programming starting this minute.
Air America's got big plans for expansion, but for now if you're not in one of those areas, you can listen in on the web.
One of the big aims of this new radio network is to counter the claims of right-wing politicians and media figures.
When a major right-wing figure says something misleading or something so full of holes it can only be
described as dumb, Al Franken and other Air America hosts will call them out on it.
Possible Democratic Slogan [Adults Only!]
Not really politics, but....
Kent State Univ. student sued by Microsoft, counter-sues Microsoft and MS settles.
This page is green because the Green Party is apparently the best match with my social/economic/politcal attitudes.