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‘turning off the light on the mountaintop’

The caboose came back around……bobbercaboose.jpg

today – of course . . . . sooo

. . . . . . my ‘Getting Sick of the Bullshit Again‘ had a point.

The origin of my thought was THIS post by Gordon over at Alternate Brain. He had written about a column he’d read from Andrew Greeley in the Chicago Sun Times.

All he could add was “to this is that ‘hope springs eternal’ in my foolish broken heart.”

Like I said before, I sometimes get a glimpse of why some folks take matters into their own hands, why someone feels compelled to blow themselves up to make a point or ‘get back’ at someone or something, why other folks drown themselves in the very mundaness of life so there’s no room for depth or enlightening moments. It’s easy to do sometimes.


Same as it ever was…Same. As. It. Ever. Was.

Is it me or does the doofus who says, “I’m the Decider” seem lost in a ‘Talking Heads’ sort of spin zone?

Bush Says Resolve on Iraq `Strong as It’s Ever Been’ (Update1)

By Roger Runningen

Sept. 8 (Bloomberg) — President George W. Bush said he is as committed as ever to keeping up the fight against insurgents and terrorists in Iraq after meeting with U.S. military personnel wounded in the conflict and their families.

“My resolve is as strong as it’s ever been,” Bush said at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii during a refueling stop on his way back to Washington from Sydney, Australia, where he attended an economic conference.

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Fighting our image as bigots

idaho.jpg Except for time spent in the military and a 7-year spell in Ohio finishing college and working, I’ve lived in Idaho. For many folks I ran across, I was the first person they’d ever met from Idaho.

Most people were aware of the slogan, “Idaho potatoes”, and of course our unfortunate and misinformed reputation based upon the white, Nazi-based white supremacy of Richard Butler and the Aryan Nations. The complex in Hayden Lake was a refuge for this scum until a law suit in 2000 awarded in favor of the mother and her son who had sued; the property was ultimately sold to satisfy the judgment. The Aryan Nations name can no longer be used and is officially no longer part of the Idahoan landscape; and, Mr. Butler is long deceased.

Enter Bill Sali (R-Idaho)…….whoo brought this up. Continue reading

When is respect – respect?

Just the other day I ran across news of the Christians United for Israel ‘tour’ on several of the ‘Big Dog’ blogs – so it musta been important – 😆

Within the same time frame, I ran across this post at Alternate Brain (via Shakespeare’s Sister). The jist: Some young guy, 23, by the name of Stanislav Shmulevich, was arrested for allegedly tossing a Quran or two into toilets at Pace University in New York. Kathy at Shakespeare’s Sister also makes interesting points regarding the substitution of Jew/Torah for Muslim/Koran (Quran). Kathy also elucidates more on what’s proper in treatment of one’s Tanakh while in temple or in close proximity to say, a bathroom.

Now, coincidentally, I received an email from Brandi Swindell, who considers herself quite the local ‘political activist’ here and is intent on saving America for the Lord Jesus Christ. Much to my disgust, she uses a quote of Martin Luther King, Jr., at the top of each & every one of her emails as well as her web page: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” True enough. However, she apparently fails to grasp the incongruity of who she is, what she does and promotes as antithetical to what Rev M.L. King, Jr., ‘promoted.’ (*sigh…. I digress) Continue reading

I’ll have the ‘fuck over everyone’ special – Executive orders

I was just reading this latest executive order. I’m going to email that fucker to EVERYONE I know.

“By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, as amended (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.)(IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.)(NEA), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code,….”

First off, I think if you have no respect for the Constitution and refuse to allow members of your administration to be called in front of oversight committees in Congress then you can’t USE the Constitution as a means to any end.

dragon22.gifFucking asshole…./spit…..patooey! / dragon21.gif

Divorced from Reality

[Update: 9:25 am – This was on Reuters when I got up just now:

Breaking News


Senate blocks Democrats’ plan to withdraw troops from Iraq by next April 11:21am ET]

Got up to check out what’s been happening on the filibustering front. Inhofe from Oklahoma is up rambling about not checking with your representative on what their doing, you can do that on line.

Perhaps he might want to check out this article from Military.com. I’d call a good majority of these people ‘unhinged’ about the warring going on in Iraq and politics in general, especially of those who aren’t military but are “enthusiasts.” Isn’t that cute.

{Nearly 60 percent of readers who participated in a recent Military.com poll said the United States should withdraw its troops from Iraq now or by the end of 2008. More than 40 percent of the respondents agreed the pullout should begin immediately because “we’re wasting lives and resources there.”

A similar number of participants, however, felt that U.S. troops should remain in Iraq, with 41 percent of respondents concluding that America should fight “until the insurgency is totally defeated.”} Continue reading

Give ’em Hell, Harry!

“I would like to inform the Republican leadership and all my colleagues that we have no intention of backing down.”

So spoke Harry Reid today. Think Progress has video from CSPAN-2. Another location, ‘Open Left’ has video of the democratic senator from N. Dakota, Kent Conrad, who states there is a “growing consensus” in the Democratic Senate caucus to push the Republicans against the wall. As Mr. Conrad states:

I think that we could do a better job making our points, and one part of that is to let the American people see just how obstructionist this Republican minority is being.

Chris Bowers at ‘Open Left’ has put together a list of legislation from the Senate from this 110th Congress, which had Democratic support but were successfully filibustered to death (defeat) by those in the minority, the ReThugs. The list is staggering . . . . go check it out.

Then there’s this from John Amato at ‘Crooks & Liars’, as well as input from Bob Gieger.