Friday, August 29, 2008
Tom Brokaw said, "But I think especially you have to be careful about how you go after John McCain because of that Vietnam experience." Funny, he didn't talk that crap when the Republicans were going tooth and nail after Kerry's war time service in Viet Nam. What an asshole.
According to John McCain:
The Presidency of the United States of America is the toughest job on the planet. And my friends, the best testing ground for that job is being the mayor of a 5,000-person town in Alaska.Wow a new laughingstock to put on the world's stage...George Bush wasn't bad enough?
No wonder the Republicans are being forced to bus people in so they can "try" to get 10,000 people to hear McCain accept the Republican nomination.
LOL, McCain picked her as VP b/c she can shoot the caribou who wander onto the White House Lawn. How can anyone take McCain seriously?
An even bigger story,,,THIS is how McCain responds when his competitor challenges him? Talk about cut and running.....
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I'd love to see this happen more often. Fox reporters are so histrionic....this crowd is vocal NOT out of control.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I’ve campaigned with him and seen him in large settings, but to see the way he asked questions, listened, brought people together, with his leadership style and the kind of judgments he was making, really made me think he was even better than I thought he was. Source
Monday, August 25, 2008
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Monday no security agreement with the United States could be reached unless it included a "specific deadline" for the withdrawal of all American troops from Iraq.
George Bush has always stated that if Iraq asked us to leave we would leave. Just another Republican lie.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Eliza Jane kicks ass!
Who is Eliza in case you don't know. From her website, http://www.elizaschneider.com/:
Eliza Jane Schneider: singer, fiddler, author, actress, voice artist, dialectologist, composer, oral historian and playwright. You may be familiar with her work as most of the female voices on Comedy Central's animated hit "South Park." She currently tours the world with her band, “Eliza Jane and the Barnyard Gypsies,” while collecting dialect recordings and also performing her award-winning multiple character solo shows. Her diverse background also includes starring roles in two CBS Saturday Morning live action television series, including the Emmy-Award winning "Beakman's World" as "Liza." Please explore this site to hear sound clips, reviews and examples of her work. Enjoy!
And about SOS, this is from the song's YouTube site:
Eliza Jane's timely and entertaining song SOS is a patriotic country music video about America's democracy, rigged elections, stolen votes, vote fraud, cowardly Chickenhawks who've hijacked America's democracy, American democracy hero Clint Curtis, and more. Like the Dixie Chicks she ain't afraid to step forward and renounce fascism. Enjoy!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
This raises a number of interesting questions....Since John McCain is running on his POW and military experience...why isn't anyone allowed to look at his military record?
Are these outrageous charges or are they true? Will we ever know? Why did McCain FIGHT so hard to keep records classified? Why does McCain have 100 percent disability (approximately 50 or 60 K per year) when he doesn't meet the military's criteria for this?
How can someone be a "maverick" and BLOCK legislation that would require government bureaucrats to face consequences if they lie (or hide info) from the congress and the public?
Part 1 of 911 False Flag
Part 2 of 911 False Flag
When Germans, with their meticulous and logical, probing minds, start thoroughly investigating something, look out. Unpleasant truths will sooner or later get uncovered. And such it is with 9/11, which is perhaps, if we agree with our German brethren, the greatest False Flag crime in history, clearly a rival to the Reichstag Fire and the Nazis' false flag op against Poland in 1939, when Hitler's agents faked a Polish attack on the Gleiwitz radio station in Germany to justify the invasion of Poland and hence the start of WWII.
Here is the whole, very powerful German series, entitled 911 False Flag, which came out in February of this year, for your erudition:
911 False Flag, Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YcF_jRHBoY
911 False Flag, Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HL1V-4AKLeM&NR=1
911 False Flag, Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvW03LEqDZk&feature=related
911 False Flag, Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SONVkobfRUU&NR=1
911 False Flag, Part 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5877yoUZX1o&NR=1
911 False Flag, Part 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3R2s_bkdPU&NR=1
911 False Flag, Part 7: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8Dfs8md4hA&NR=1
911 False Flag, Part 8: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UllQ-MF9Bfk&NR=1
Friday, August 22, 2008
We are clearly headed for a new Cold War at this point, and if Russophobic, consumed by war fantasies John McCain assumes the presidency, tensions will only be exacerbated. Meanwhile, Russia's eyes are wide-open that the American ruling class's endgame is to checkmate her power, and perhaps even launch a catastrophic first strike once American missiles and radar are ringing Russia's borders within the next few years. I put nothing past Washington, which routinely revels in rivers of blood. The game is no longer one of friendly rivalry, if it ever was. In fact the last Soviet Union president, Mikhail Gorbachev, who oversaw the end of the first Cold War, now states that he feels totally betrayed by the United States, whom he said has broken every promise it made to end the Cold War. First and foremost, there was to be no attempt to extend NATO eastward into Russia's traditional sphere of influence. But the real goal of our Imperialists, so it seems, was always to do just the opposite.
Gorbachev should have asked the American Indians about all the treaties broken by the Great White Father in Washington before he signed on the dotted line. But all that is water under the bridge. It is up to Putin and his Lieutenants now to save the day for Russia. By blatantly spilling Russian blood (yes Russian citizens were slain) in the sneak attack on South Ossetia, the White House and its spastic puppet in Georgia have crossed the already thin line of diplomatic protocol into outright militarism.
Russia certainly knows this and realizes they are going to have to respond in kind from here on out. Meanwhile, I don't think our spaced-out warmongers in Washington and its many satellites realize that Russia is not Iraq; Russia is not Iran; Russia is simply lethal bad news when you poke her.
As I have said before, with the arrogant, already morally bankrupt Neocons still commandeering the American Plutocracy with all the folly and hubris of, say, Flaminus trying to take out Hannibal, there will very likely be more bloodshed. How much is the question.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
McCain was also born with a silver spoon in his mouth...how else did he obtain a "coveted" aircraft carrier flight assignment when he graduated from Annapolis 894 out of 899?
Do you know any pilot in the Navy that got to stay in AFTER wrecking FIVE jet planes? The first four "wrecks" had nothing to do with combat....How does John McCain rate a 100 percent disability pension from the Navy? He doesn't meet the criteria?
And worst of all...McCain consistently votes against legislation that attempts to provide military disabled veterans the medical care they are entitled to.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Listen carefully to what this Russian citizen, who has been living in America for the last ten years, is telling you, the American people, about what really happened in Georgia and South Ossetia. He has seen the American media reports, but he just happens to be in Russia now, and watched the Georgian attack unfold over there, so he is able to say that much of the American media, especially CNN, is lying to you about Russia.
Friday, August 15, 2008
That, however, is a fiction. The exact opposite has been happening. Russia, after all but collapsing in the 1990s, has been watching its borders being slowly encircled, borders which are now even on the verge of having American "anti-missile" missile systems installed along them, a truly existential threat to Russia's well-being, despite the Whtie House canard that the missiles are to protect Europe from Iran. (What an hysterical laugh that is! Iran is about as interested in attacking Europe as Cuba is in invading America).
How many of you have even learned that Georgian troops, fresh from training with over a thousand American troops, suddenly invaded South Ossetia, on the Southern Russian border, in the middle of the night on the first day of the Olympics, only a few hours after agreeing to a cease-fire with South Ossetia, which has had ongoing low-level clashes with Georgia for years? How many of you know that Georgian troops shot 10 or more mandated Russian Peacekeepers and simultaneously attacked the civilian population of the capital of South Ossetia, commencing a wholesale slaughter? Many of the 1500 or more subsequent dead were Russian citizens or had Russian passports. Russia was as incensed as we would be if the Mexican Army suddenly attacked a scores of Americans south of the border. Within hours, Russian forces were headed south to drive out the Georgian invaders. The rest is still playing out now.
But don't take my word for it. Here is the analysis of Pepe Escobar, one of the leading journalists in the world:
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Monday, August 04, 2008
George Washington on Foreign Policy
Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all. Religion and morality enjoin this conduct; and can it be, that good policy does not equally enjoin it 7 It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and at no distant period, a great nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence. Who can doubt that, in the course of time and things, the fruits of such a plan would richly repay any temporary advantages which might be lost by a steady adherence to it ? Can it be that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a nation with its virtue? The experiment, at least, is recommended by every sentiment which ennobles human nature. Alas! is it rendered impossible by its vices?
In the execution of such a plan, nothing is more essential than that permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular nations, and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded; and that, in place of them, just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated. The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest. Antipathy in one nation against another disposes each more readily to offer insult and injury, to lay hold of slight causes of umbrage, and to be haughty and intractable, when accidental or trifling occasions of dispute occur. Hence, frequent collisions, obstinate, envenomed, and bloody contests. The nation, prompted by ill-will and resentment, sometimes impels to war the government, contrary to the best calculations of policy. The government sometimes participates in the national propensity, and adopts through passion what reason would reject; at other times it makes the animosity of the nation subservient to projects of hostility instigated by pride, ambition, and other sinister and pernicious motives. The peace often, sometimes perhaps the liberty, of nations, has been the victim.
So likewise, a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained, and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation), facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding, with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation.
As avenues to foreign influence in innumerable ways, such attachments are particularly alarming to the truly enlightened and independent patriot. How many opportunities do they afford to tamper with domestic factions, to practice the arts of seduction, to mislead public opinion, to influence or awe the public councils 7 Such an attachment of a small or weak towards a great and powerful nation dooms the former to be the satellite of the latter.
Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government. But that jealousy to be useful must be impartial; else it becomes the instrument of the very influence to be avoided, instead of a defense against it. Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real patriots who may resist the intrigues of the favorite are liable to become suspected and odious, while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests.
The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements, let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop. Europe has a set of primary interests which to us have none; or a very remote relation. Hence she must be engaged in frequent controversies, the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns. Hence, therefore, it must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves by artificial ties in the ordinary vicissitudes of her politics, or the ordinary combinations and collisions of her friendships or enmities.
Our detached and distant situation invites and enables us to pursue a different course. If we remain one people under an efficient government. the period is not far off when we may defy material injury from external annoyance; when we may take such an attitude as will cause the neutrality we may at any time resolve upon to be scrupulously respected; when belligerent nations, under the impossibility of making acquisitions upon us, will not lightly hazard the giving us provocation; when we may choose peace or war, as our interest, guided by justice, shall counsel.
Why forego the advantages of so peculiar a situation? Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground? Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor or caprice?
It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world; so far, I mean, as we are now at liberty to do it; for let me not be understood as capable of patronizing infidelity to existing engagements. I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy. I repeat it, therefore, let those engagements be observed in their genuine sense. But, in my opinion, it is unnecessary and would be unwise to extend them.
Taking care always to keep ourselves by suitable establishments on a respectable defensive posture, we may safely trust to temporary alliances for extraordinary emergencies.
Harmony, liberal intercourse with all nations, are recommended by policy, humanity, and interest. But even our commercial policy should hold an equal and impartial hand; neither seeking nor granting exclusive favors or preferences; consulting the natural course of things; diffusing and diversifying by gentle means the streams of commerce, but forcing nothing; establishing (with powers so disposed, in order to give trade a stable course, to define the rights of our merchants, and to enable the government to support them) conventional rules of intercourse, the best that present circumstances and mutual opinion will permit, but temporary, and liable to be from time to time abandoned or varied, as experience and circumstances shall dictate; constantly keeping in view that it is folly in one nation to look for disinterested favors from another; that it must pay with a portion of its independence for whatever it may accept under that character; that, by such acceptance, it may place itself in the condition of having given equivalents for nominal favors, and yet of being reproached with ingratitude for not giving more. There can be no greater error than to expect or calculate upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion, which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.
In offering to you, my countrymen, these counsels of an old and affectionate friend, I dare not hope they will make the strong and lasting impression I could wish; that they will control the usual current of the passions, or prevent our nation from running the course which has hitherto marked the destiny of nations. But, if I may even flatter myself that they may be productive of some partial benefit, some occasional good; that they may now and then recur to moderate the fury of party spirit, to warn against the mischiefs of foreign intrigue, to guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism; this hope will be a full recompense for the solicitude for your welfare, by which they have been dictated.
How far in the discharge of my official duties I have been guided by the principles which have been delineated, the public records and other evidences of my conduct must witness to you and to the world. To myself, the assurance of my own conscience is, that I have at least believed myself to be guided by them.
In relation to the still subsisting war in Europe, my proclamation of the twenty-second of April, I793, is the index of my plan. Sanctioned by your approving voice, and by that of your representatives in both houses of Congress, the spirit of that measure has continually governed me, uninfluenced by any attempts to deter or divert me from it.
After deliberate examination, with the aid of the best lights I could obtain, I was well satisfied that our country, under all the circumstances of the case, had a right to take, and was bound in duty and interest to take, a neutral position. Having taken it, I determined, as far as should depend upon me, to maintain it, with moderation, perseverance, and firmness.
The considerations which respect the right to hold this con duct, it is not necessary on this occasion to detail. I will only observe that, according to my understanding of the matter, that right, so far from being denied by any of the belligerent powers, has been virtually admitted by all.
The duty of holding a neutral conduct may be inferred, without anything more, from the obligation which justice and humanity impose on every nation, in cases in which it is free to act, to maintain inviolate the relations of peace and amity towards other nations.
So why can't we have a real debate on our middle east policy especially how we hurt ourselves with excessive "favoritism" of Israel at the expense of Palestine? The Israel lobby appears to be running both the debate within our country as well as our foreign policy in this region. This situation is hurting the people of the US, the people of Israel, and the people of Palestine. So who is really benefiting from this situation? The folks invested in making profits off of war and chaos?
Washington's Thoughts on Political Parties....
I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.
This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.
The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.
Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight), the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.
It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.
There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in governments of a monarchical cast, patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.
We need more independents and third party candidates running for office.
It will be interesting to compare George "Worse" Bush's farewell address to George Washington's address.