"It's morning in America, Hackenbush, and you
work the nightshift."
Saturday, September 25,
"George W. Bush was a supporter of the war in Vietnam. For a while.
"As he explained in his autobiography, 'A Charge to Keep: My Journey to the White House':
"'My inclination was to support the government and the war until proven wrong, and that only came later, as I realized we could not explain the mission, had no exit strategy, and did not seem to be fighting to win.'"
Got déjà vu yet, george? How many more young men and women soldiers have to die before you do get it?
"The tragic lesson of Vietnam is staring the president in the face. But he'll have to become better acquainted with the real world before he can even begin to learn from it."
Bush Upbeat as Iraq Burns, by Bob Herbert, NYTimes Op/Ed, September 24, 2004
Ooooh, direct hit. Yay Bob!
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:35 AM PST [Link]
"WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (Xinhuanet) -- US President George W. Bush instructed on Friday that Iraq be removed from the US list of 'state sponsors of terrorism'.
"Citing the downfall of ex-Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, Bush said in a memorandum to Secretary of State Colin Powell, "There has been a fundamental change in the leadership and policies of the Government of Iraq.
"'Iraq's government is not supporting acts of international terrorism...Iraq's government has provided assurances that it will not support acts of international terrorism in the future,' Bush said in the statement, which the White House made public.
"To remove Iraq from the list of 'state sponsors of terrorism', Powell has to inform the Congress of Bush's certification that Iraq no longer supports terrorism.
"For now, in addition to Iraq, Cuba, Iran, Libya, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Syria and Sudan are on the US list of "state sponsors of terrorism'."
Bush orders to remove Iraq from terrorism sponsor list, Xinhuanet.com, September 24, 2004
Is there a category for U.S. and U.K. Occupation Fostered Terrorism list? Words nearly fail me here.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:29 AM PST [Link]
"But why the sudden interest in politics from a band that made their living being bratty, snotty and goofy?
"'It's unavoidable. Being in the United States right now, what's been going on the past couple of years,' Armstrong says with a shrug, never quite completing the sentence."
Green Day wants to get 'American Idiot' out of office using new punk opera, by Angela Pacienza, Canadian Press, September 24, 2004
I might have to start paying attention to Green Day.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:28 AM PST [Link]
Uh-oh. Sparks are flyin' between Toni and Gloria again. Oh, and Mo makes a very astute observation about the way we live now.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:27 AM PST [Link]
Who's who at Guantanamo Bay, ISN, September 24, 2004
In case you were wondering.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:26 AM PST [Link]
Well, I'd be lost without them, so I have a spare sawbuck around here somewhere. Could they please not do this in an election year next time, okay?
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:24 AM PST [Link]
"But New Orleans isn't the only the case-study in what Nixonians once called 'the politics of benign neglect.' In Los Angeles, county supervisors have just announced the closure of the trauma center at Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital near Watts. The hospital, located in the epicenter of LA's gang wars, is one of the nation's busiest centers for the treatment of gunshot wounds. The loss of its ER, according to paramedics, could 'add as much as 30 minutes in transport time to other facilities.'"
Poor, Black and Left Behind, by Mike Davis, tomsdispatch.com, September 24, 2004 (scroll down please)
As someone who works near County Hospital, I'm here to tell ya: this is a disaster all the way around. Thanks Supervisors (I'm sure it wasn't Molina, County Hospital is in her district), great supervising. Jerks.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:22 AM PST [Link]
Friday, September 24,
"Just two weeks into his defense case, the trial of former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic was adjourned again, this time to give his court-appointed defense lawyers time to prepare their case. It won't be easy. Not only does Mr. Milosevic not recognize them, he refuses to even talk to his attorneys. Lauren Comiteau reports from The Hague on the defense of Slobodan Milosevic, his right to a fair trial, and the integrity of the court itself."
Milosevic's Defense Lawyers Given Time to Prepare Case, by Lauren Comiteau, The Hague, 21 Sep 2004, 19:03 UTC
This could be the trial of the century because it could take all century.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 07:49 PM PST [Link]
"Kerry, like the Dems overall, hasn't seemed nearly heartless and merciless enough for this fight. Kerry wants to have a respectable duel with pistols, whereas Bush wants to kick you in the genitals while your back is turned and then run away giggling and snorting and jump into Rove's open arms for a big homoerotic hug." Mark Morford, What's Wrong with John Kerry?, SFGate, 9/24/04
Morford really hates Bush (who doesn't, really?) and I very much enjoyed his analysis of why Kerry just doesn't catch fire like Clinton did. But Big John is stepping up the meanness, which is the only way he's going to win this thing.
Ah, Bill, the Zeus-like President of our times. How I miss you. Bill, when Bush loses, would you please, for the sake of the free world and all good people everywhere, push Bush down a flight of stairs, kick him in the head, and pants him? On CNN? Please? I'm sure HST would give you a hand.
Posted by Laurel Sutton @ 11:11 AM PST [Link]
Thursday, September 23,
Ouch.Center for the Study of Political Graphics
(Via Wood S Lot. I must learn from blogs what's in my own town.)
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:54 PM PST [Link]
Tuesday, September 21,
"In a speech and question-and-answer session, Ventura called for reviving the military draft, saying it would help end the war, and he joked about his new appearance. He said no Democrat or Republican would have the nerve to leave office and adopt his look: black hair and a black beard with four braids." (see photo)
"Ventura said reinstating the military draft would likely bring a quick end to the war in Iraq: 'Because when little Johnny down the street, doesn't want to go and gets drafted, comes home in a body bag like Vietnam, then you'll see public sentiment maybe change a little bit.'"
'I have no one to vote for,' Ventura says, by Paul Sand, Star Tribune Washington Bureau Correspondent, September 22, 2004
Hey, how often do I get to agree with The Body?
An acquaintance is being reactivated in the Navy; she's a computer specialist, which means the Military is desperate for warm bodies. She further says if she's being reactivated, the draft is a done deal and only waiting to happen.
(For other draft blogging entries, type 'draft' in the search box at the top of the main page.)
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:21 PM PST [Link]
"Fear, like hatred, is terribly bonding. People who fear together stick together. The Republicans knows this: they knows that a fearful, angry America is going to stick behind the biggest bully on the block - George Bush - the man who's going to kick out and fight the fear on their behalf."
Bush and Heidegger: a criticism of the politics of fear, London News Review, September 16, 2004 (via Wood S Lot)
I used to think we were a braver, better country than this. Maybe someday we'll be that again.
Interesting fact: This is the first time I've ever seen the names bush, Heidegger and Yoda in the same paragraph.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:07 PM PST [Link]
Whoa, Nellie! Click on the image for a larger image.
Maybe God is trying to tell bush voters something. Thanks, Bartcop, for having this rather distrubing map.
Edit 092304: Well, phooey, I guess I wanted it to be true, but according to Snopes, it's not. Oh well.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:03 PM PST [Link]
Monday, September 20,
Well, if not, I suppose they can always join the Military. And if there's a draft...
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:15 AM PST [Link]
Sunday, September 19,
"Kostunica said future Serbian war crimes cases should be tried before Serbian courts, his country had already fulfilled its obligations to the international war crimes tribunal in The Hague by handing down Slobodan Milosevic to international justice."
Serbia Snubs Hague Tribunal, Novinite.com, September 19, 2004
So... We shall see how many Serbs come to trial, let alone get convicted, in Serbia.
Nationalism. It's wonderful.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:22 PM PST [Link]
"When asked this week on CNN how long the U.S. military is likely to remain in Iraq, Senator John McCain replied "probably" 10 or 20 years."
We're running out of soldiers! How will we maintain this occupation? The Draft! Oh Lord! The Draft!
"That's not so bad," he said, adding, "We've been in Korea for 50 years. We've been in West Germany for 50 years."
Heads in the Sand, by Bob Herbert, NYT Op Ed, September 3, 2004
Well, in South Korea (I presume he means) and what used to be West Germany they sort of want us there or are at least used to us. In Iraq, on there other hand, they don't want us there and are never going to get used to us. In fact they're shooting our guys because, well, they're our guys and they're outsiders and sitting ducks and... oh y'all know why more than one thousand of our soliders have and continue to die in Iraq, it's not a secret.
Dave Johnson at See the Forest (See the Blogroll) suggests we all blog about the draft because that is a major issue for able-bodied voters. The ideas I've heard is that it would be for ages 18-34 and EVERYONE, sorry, no deferments. bushco is sure good at pulling the ladder up after themselves, I'll say that.
Anyway, I've blogged about The Draft! Oh Lord! The Draft:
No More War Planners
Congressman Rangel's Point*
The Universal Military Training and Service Act of 2001^
But I think it's a good idea, I'll do it, and I encourage other bloggers to do it, too.
* and ^ (If, for some annoying reason, those links don't work, please click HERE and scroll down to entries on 2002.12.31 and 2002.11.24. Thanks!)
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 06:04 PM PST [Link]
"It has become a cliché of the Global War on Terror -- the GWOT, as these reports style it -- that at a certain point, if the United States betrays its fundamental principles in the cause of fighting terror, then 'the terrorists will have won.' The image of the Hooded Man, now known the world over, raises a stark question: Is it possible that that moment of defeat could come and go, and we will never know it?"
Abu Ghraib: The Hidden Story, by Mark Danner, NYT Review of Books, October 7, 2004
The day gw bush decided to be above the Geneva Conventions is when I knew it. That is one of the well-springs of most of our current moral problems as a nation.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 04:13 PM PST [Link]
"Madrid, Spain, Sep. 15 (UPI) -- Before the Iraqi war, Europe's principal intelligence services shared the Bush administration's view that Saddam Hussein was hiding his stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction. Today, these same services disagree with the White House on several critical assessments.
"Off the record conversations with intelligence chiefs in five major European countries -- each with multiple assets in Iraq -- showed remarkable agreement on these points:"
Commentary: Iraq's bridge too far, by Arnaud de Borchgrave, UPI Editor at Large, September 17, 2004
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 04:08 PM PST [Link]
"The terrorists, whose unspeakably malevolent takeover of a Russian schoolhouse resulted in the deaths of 330 children, teachers and parents, have succeeded in at least one respect.
"Russian President Vladimir Putin used that occasion to announce a further tightening of his control over the political system, edging Russia closer to the dictatorship it thought it had escaped."
A Russia less safe and less free, Cincinnati Post, September 17, 2004
Not that he really needed it, but Beslan is Putin's 911.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 04:04 PM PST [Link]
"Did Mr. Kerry deserve his Bronze Star? Yes. The Swift Boat Veterans claim that he was not facing enemy fire when he rescued a Green Beret, Jim Rassmann, but that is contradicted by those were there, like William Rood and Mr. Rassmann (a Republican). In fact, Mr. Rassmann recommended Mr. Kerry for a Silver Star."
A War Hero or a Phony?, by Nicholas D. Kristof, NYT Op Ed, September 19, 2004
So, recommending Mr. Kerry for a Silver Star makes Mr. Rassmann either a conflicted person or a fucking liar. Hm.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 04:01 PM PST [Link]
"Washington — As a seasoned and experienced public servant, Senator John Kerry has known perilous times when his political future looked bleak. For some mystical reasons that can be explained only by dissecting his political DNA, Mr. Kerry is like the prize-winning horse Seabiscuit - he runs best from behind.
"Now that he is behind - by as much as 13 points in one poll - he appears to be running harder, faster, bolder and stronger. After weeks of being on the receiving end of a mountain of unsolicited advice from Senate colleagues, party insiders and activists on the street, Mr. Kerry now appears to be listening to his most trusted and reliable adviser: his gut."
Trust Your Gut, by Donna Brazile, NYT Op Ed, September 19, 2004
Well, thank you, Jesus et al., for that. Or maybe he just woke up one morning and realized this isn't just his fight: it's the world and the future's fight. SO FUCKING WIN IT! [sorry]
Yeah, well, thanks Donna, for lulling us back into a false sense of security. Remember how your guy won and then we all lost? Like dey sez: It ain't over 'til it's over.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 03:50 PM PST [Link]
"WASHINGTON - In World Wars I and II, gold star mothers were the queens of their neighborhoods, the stars in their windows ensuring that they would be treated with great respect for their sacrifice in sending sons overseas to fight and die against the Germans and Japanese.
"Instead of a gold star, Sue Niederer, 55, of Hopewell, N.J., got handcuffed, arrested and charged with a crime for daring to challenge the Bush policy in Iraq, where her son, Army First Lt. Seth Dvorin, 24, died in February while attempting to disarm a bomb.
"She came to a Laura Bush rally last week at a firehouse in Hamilton, N.J., wearing a T-shirt that blazed with her agony and anger: 'President Bush You Killed My Son.'
"Mrs. Niederer tried to shout while the first lady was delivering her standard ode to her husband's efforts to fight terrorism. She wanted to know why the Bush twins weren't serving in Iraq 'if it's such a justified war,' as she put it afterward. The Record of Hackensack, N.J., reported that the mother of the dead soldier was boxed in by Bush supporters yelling 'Four more years!' and wielding 'Bush/Cheney' signs. Though she eventually left voluntarily, she was charged with trespassing while talking to reporters.
So much for respecting a mother's grief. What the hell is wrong with bush supporters, other than that they are bush supporters?
"The moment was emblematic of how far the Bushies will go to squelch any voice that presents a view of Iraq that's different from the sunny party line, which they continue to dish out despite a torrent of alarming evidence to the contrary."
No Stars, Just Cuffs, by Maureen Dowd, NYT Op Ed, September 19, 2004
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 03:45 PM PST [Link]
"The moment when the Republican Party lost black America can be given a date: Oct. 26, 1960. Martin Luther King Jr., arrested in Georgia during a sit-in, had been transferred to a maximum-security prison and sentenced to four months on the chain gang, without bail. As The Times reported, John F. Kennedy called Coretta King, expressing his concern. Richard Nixon didn't."
Swallowing the Elephant, by Henry Louis Gates Jr., NYT Op Ed, September 19, 2004
Earth to HL Gates Jr.: The "new" Southern Republicans are the "old" Dixiecrat party members with a new name and, as you might recall, the Dixiecrats were led by George Wallace who was no friend of African Americans. Why would sane African Americans join a party that mostly hates them? Talk about feeding the hand that bites you.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 03:40 PM PST [Link]
"Senator Kerry has resisted considerable pressure from fellow Democrats to adopt protectionist trade policies. He has advocated providing more public money to help working Americans buy health insurance and he has proposed modest increases in public and private investments. He has also suggested that we do away with tax breaks that encourage companies to shift jobs overseas. None of these, however, add up to a sufficient response to the demands of our new economic world - especially since Congress and the American people seem so terribly divided on what should be done."
Trading Up, by Bob Kerrey, September 19, 2004, NYT Op/Ed
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 03:30 PM PST [Link]