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Irascible Theocrats in the Treasure Valley

Originally to have been more national in scope, I dropped it rapidly to our local theofest.

This is the type of shit that tends to irritate the shit out of me and tends to make my blood boil over. The irascible theocrats who think they are much more regnant than they actually even appear to be- regardless of the form of bullshit they spew.

First up – Mitt Romney and his stupid bigoted crap about blacks and Muslims on his staff or involved in decision making. The clip here from TPM is one I actually watched on CNN the other day. He doesn’t believe in quotas or filling slots based on quotas. However later on in the response, as Josh Marshall references, to the question posed by Mansoor Ijaz regarding the inclusion of Muslims in his cabinet, Romney had this to say.

He answered, “…based on the numbers of American Muslims [as a percentage] in our population, I cannot see that a cabinet position would be justified. But of course, I would imagine that Muslims could serve at lower levels of my administration.

Romney, whose Mormon faith has become the subject of heated debate in Republican caucuses, wants America to be blind to his religious beliefs and judge him on merit instead. Yet he seems to accept excluding Muslims because of their religion, claiming they’re too much of a minority for a post in high-level policymaking. More ironic, that Islamic heritage is what qualifies them to best engage America’s Arab and Muslim communities and to help deter Islamist threats.

Romney wants to use his religion to make judgments regarding various issues but does not want his religious faith or preference to be the subject of any conversation as he claims it is not particularly relevant. It is SO relevant when it’s used as a model to hold yourself above others, which is just what Romney does.

I had some other relevant examples, but I’m going to jump straight to the one most close to home – Emmett, to be more precise, and Mr. Steven Thayn. Continue reading


Are The Hessians Still Humming?

How in the world I found this I have no idea. Stumbling and bumbling around the Internets Toobz, I found the perfect job application for the cowboy fascists. Go take it. You might surprise yourself.hessian.jpg

One of my favorites:

You see some natives talking together in a part of town known for insurgent activity. What do you do?

  • Gather more information before taking action.
  • Gather more ammunition before taking aim.
  • Gather more coordinates before calling an airstrike


Special Olympics & Bill Sali

This is the motto of the Special Olympics:

‘Let me win; but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.’

Yesterday I happened to drive by the old Larry Barnes Chevrolet complex on Main & 30th. It looks like it is either well on its way to being or has already been turned into the 2009 Special Olympics headquarters. Boise is the host city. Given the nature of the field in which I’m employed, there was a final call last month for volunteers to the upcoming 2009 Special Olympics for participation in the trial run scheduled in early 2008.  According, the response was good. Then this happened . . . . .

Bill Sali kills Special Olympics funding.


The vote to override the presidential veto of HR 3043 – Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008 – failed by two, that’s 2, votes. There were, of course, other local programs that would have benefited from the veto override. The thing that most bothers me is the simple contrariness of Mr. Sali. There seems to be not a rhyme nor a reason to his voting pattern, but just to simply vote ‘no.’ He does it because he’s a spiteful idiot? Continue reading

Human Rights Celebration in January


Here’s the press release from BSU. There’s much more information than was offered in the Idaho Statesman. Giovanni is scheduled to speak on the 24th of January with Mankiller on the 28th.

The Idaho Statesman this afternoon reported the keynote speaker for the annual Martin Martin Luther King Jr. – Human Rights Celebration at Boise State University.

Wilma Mankiller – former chief of the Cherokee nation.

In addition, a poet will be speaking as well – Nikki Giovanni. I attended a lecture and reading Giovanni gave at the Cleveland Public library a few years back. Got a bit heated towards the white folks in general; it wasn’t intolerable – there. Here?

I’m putting in for time off tomorrow.


The Bearded Lady

My friend, Ellie, is quite the feisty one.  She helps make this journey in seeking an end to this administration as well as consequences for their action more palatable and more affirming.  She has tremendous life stories she periodically divulges; she also has these terrific insights. Here’s her latest.

beardedlady.jpgI nominate the most anti-worker, anti-American Secretary of Labor this country has ever known, the dishonorable Madame Elaine (Dog) Chao, beard to Senator Mitch McConnell (R- Head up Bush’s Ass).

Here’s just a few reasons why:

  • Enemy of Labor
  • Now, it is “attack and destroy!
  • No Frances Perkins! (Who’s Frances Perkins?)
  • Ditch Mitchell’s *cough* ‘file’ on the good Madame herself
  • Name change for Dept. of Labor (Dept of Business Protection)
  • AND she has stacked the Labor Board with bush-friendly, corporate whores.

    I could go on and on. She has worked diligently from day one to eliminate the National Farmworkers Jobs Program, which helps migrant farmworkers move out of those dead-end, sub-minimum wage jobs into skilled employment. In spite of it having the most successful record of job placements of ALL the current job training/placement programs.

    She needs to be taken to the vet and put down, just to put us out of our misery.

    And she’s not kidding about the veterinarian visit, either. She is truly an unruly mobster!

    I am wondering if Ellie was thinking anywhere along these lines too.

    I’ll check.



    An Amazing Woman

    Today’s Sunday Statesman has a story on a remarkable woman, Lorry Roberts.

    The 80-year-old Boisean has devoted much of her life to helping those less fortunate, including survivors of war, poor families, refugees, orphans, troubled teens and senior citizens without loved ones to care for them.

    She has volunteered and facilitated programs for The Salvation Army, Girl Scouts of America, Planned Parenthood, the Snake River Alliance and Hays Shelter Home, to name a few. But in the Treasure Valley, Roberts is best known for her work with Soroptimist International, a service organization devoted to advancing human rights and enhancing the lives of women.

    I was the beneficiary of a scholarship from the Soroptimists while attending Boise State, as well as a grant.

    Soroptimist International of Boise Women’s Opportunity Awards program provides cash grants to women who are working to better their lives through additional skills training and education.


    Carrying on with the ‘theme’ from last night – WWJB?

    “A day of reckoning is coming and you betta be on board . . . . ”



    ooops — hang on – it’s not radio.

    The revolution will be televised anyway . . . ?


    “That’s where we come in. …. You see, this is the greatest country in the world. ” Hang on! Hang on! I got it!

    What would Jesus BREW?!



    “We gotta support our leaders. God has given us a president ready for the challenge. He loves freedom and he’s ready to give it to those . . . . . ya know, ‘people’, whether they want it or not. Just like sometimes maybe how a child or retarded person may not want what’s good for ‘em, well, you just have to do your duty anyway.”

    Oh-OH . ~ ~ ~ not . . . . . Who Would Jesus Bomb?


    Nope, not that either. It’s



    Now – who then, shall covet this seal of approval you ask?


    Wait- there’s a new man in town, Reverend Billy. Like Rev. Billy said, “Heidi Klum said you buy this perfume, I’ll make love to you. Well, where’s Heidi Klum now?” ????