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Sunday, August 29, 2004
I blew off work today
I was kinda tired, so I bagged the whole work thing. I was concerned I might really fuck something up in a large way. The blog is screwed up by design, so I have no fears about ruining it.
posted at 10:27 PM
Lying Sack Of Crap
The envious jackass who wrote "Unfit For Command," John O'Neill, who used so many different ways to call John Kerry's record in Vietnam a lie, now turns out to be utterly full of shit.
John Kerry has claimed to have been in Cambodia on Christmas in 1968, and everyone is jumping up and down screaming "No he wasn't! No he wasn't!" Especially "Jowls" O'Neill. All I can say for sure is that Kerry was definitely not on a coke binge with James R. Bath in Texas on Christmas of 1968. But O'Neill calls Kerry's story "complete lies."
However if you take a listen to those funny little tapes that President Nixon made in the Oval Office on June 16, 1971, you can hear someone named, ah, John O'Neill claiming that, yes, "I was in Cambodia, sir. I worked along the border."
In "Unfit For Command", O'Neill said that no one, including Kerry, "was ordered into Cambodia by anyone, and would have been court-martialed if he had gone there."
So, Tubby, what were you doing in Cambodia?
O'Neill, not two days ago, responded this way: "I think I made it very clear that I was on the border, which is exactly where I was for three months. I was about 100 yards from Cambodia."
I just don't know what to say anymore. I mean, maybe Kerry was in Cambodia around Xmas 1968, and maybe it was Valentine's Day, or Tippi Hedren's birthday. I just don't see what difference it makes. He was probably there at some point, just like this asshat, O'Neill. Why should O'Neill bother saying he was on the border, but never IN Cambodia? Of course operating in Cambodia was illegal, but if he spent three months on the border, I'm sure he probably went in at least once or twice to take a dump. The timing is not important. The actual location down to the nearest square foot is not important.
Mister O'Neill, I'm sorry that you are too fat to run for president. I'm sorry you went back to Texas and ate a porterhouse every day for 35 years after leaving the Navy. And I'm sorry that you can't do anything more constructive with your time than smear a fellow veteran who has done something with his life. You will sell a lot of books to Bush supporters, most of whom cannot read, but that is no accomplishment. I hope that someone writes a fascinating book about your life some day, and I hope they take the time to write the truth, so readers may see how small you truly are. Of course, no one bothers to write books about NOBODIES.
posted at 9:31 AM
Who is saying "no?"
Ralph Nader made the following statement in the August 2004 edition of Harper's, and I think it provides a pretty simple way to look at things:
"There's a reason why the unions have the slogan, "Which side are you on?" We should list the major goals for our country, and ask, Who is saying no? Health insurance for everyone: who is saying no? A living wage: who is saying no? It's the corporations, and corporate interests. You can list one after another: tax reform, honest elections. If you want to find out what the problems are in this country - what keeps it from progressing - you should ask who's saying no."
If your state legislature is tossing around the idea of raising the minimum wage, or some other issue of interest to working people, find out who is donating to the opposition of that bill, and put your foot in their asses. They publish this stuff in the newspaper, so read it. If a grocery store chain is sponsoring legislation against wage and benefit protections for it's workers, or any other business, STOP SHOPPING THERE.
This type of crap happens a million different ways, and it's not even that hard to find out. Donations of this type on both sides must be disclosed. Don't give your money to companies that view their own workforce as parasitic scum.
And it's not just about labor, either. Remember the US Mad Cow scare? The current law on the books says that chains that suspect they may be selling infected meat are under NO OBLIGATION to tell the public that they may have sold you a lethal disease right off their shelves. The USDA has made disclosure by grocery stores entirely voluntary.
How can that be? Well, the people who write these laws in Congress are given so much money by agricultural interests that they write legislation that allows these huge conglomerates to get away with what may eventually be murder.
This is what you do. Don't patronize the products from these companies. Don't vote for officials who allow corporations to sell you infected, dangerous products. Whether it's food, cars, whatever, stop sowing the seeds of your death with your own money. A dead consumer can't really make a Fortune 500 company prosper.
posted at 12:05 AM
Nothing is ever easy
I still think that that George Bush is a douchebag for winking and nodding at the attacks on John Kerry, even if he's finally denouncing them, now that the damage is done. But, I'm starting to get a little tired of John Kerry, too.
I did not like AT ALL his answer when asked if, knowing what he knows now, he'd still have voted to give the president the authority to go to war. I mean, if you, agreed with Bush then, and you agree with him now, why are you criticizing him about Iraq? There are fifty other horribly fucked up things you can attack this hypocrite on, but it seems to me that as a result of that lame-ass answer, Iraq is off the table.
It's too early, but expect more.
posted at 6:55 AM
Light and Airy
Well, it's a beautiful day here, so I've decided to go outside and play. Subsequent blogs will ensue should poison ivy occur.
posted at 3:31 PM
Swiftboat Veterans For Revisionist History
So, all anyone wants to talk about on cable TV these days is this Republican fronted group of veterans who want to tell you "the truth" about the Democratic candidate. Such honor among these men, it's truly moving.
I can only assume that many of these men are truly political neophytes, or just very naive, and figured no one would bother to check on the things they have been saying about John Kerry. Well, I guess the Bush bagman who handed them their wads of non-sequential bills didn't mention the downside of this type of activity.
One of the most vocal critics, a man named Larry Thurlow, also commanded a swift boat in the same area as Kerry. He was even involved in the same action in which John Kerry won his Silver Star. This guy was there, and certainly would appear to be a credible witness whether corroborating or contradicting the events that day in Vietnam. It's all in Thurlow's military records, which have been obtained through the Freedom Of Information Act.
God damn, I love the Freedom Of Information Act...
Meanwhile, just last month, Thurlow swore in an affidavit that Kerry was "not under fire" when he fished Lt. James Rassmann out of the water. He goes on to say that Kerry's Bronze Star citation, which says that all units involved came under "small arms and automatic weapons fire," as "totally fabricated."
"I never heard a shot," Thurlow said in his affidavit.
Thurlow has a very good military record, served honorably, and even won himself a Bronze Star. Interestingly, he won it during the same engagement in which Kerry won his Silver Star. You know, the one where nothing happened and is totally fabricated? According to Thurlow's own testimony straight out of his military file, there are several references to "enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire" directed at "all units" of the five-boat flotilla. The citation praises him for providing assistance to a damaged Swift boat "despite enemy bullets flying about him."
And Thurlow is not the only person whose file and past statements contradict their recent epiphanies. Several other of these Swiftboat Veterans For Truth have, as recently as 1996, campaigned for John Kerry as he ran for re-election to the Senate. So, why are they doing this? Why now?
The President is clearly desperate. There just isn't anything very positive that he can say about his own record. The economy? Worse. Wages and benefits? Worse. Inflation? Worse. Homeland Security? Worse. Nothing is better than it was in 2000, and it's not as if America was some sort of Utopia then. I suppose if you are an upper 2% income person, maybe things are a little better. But with all of your money and free time, do you feel safer travelling to Europe for vacation? Asia? Anywhere? What will you do with your money? It sure as hell isn't revitalizing the economy. I guess you can leave it to your kids, like the Bush family has done for so long. And maybe some day, your child will grow up to be the next fundamentalist leader of whatever is left of the United States.
Some of these veterans are now backpedaling a bit, and saying that they are speaking out mainly because the feel betrayed by Kerry's anti-war activities after he left Vietnam. And you know what? They are completely entitled to feel that way. Coming back from Vietnam with the stigma attached to it could not have been easy, and Kerry wasn't helping in that regard. Of course, Kerry was hardly the first Vietnam vet to speak out against the war, nor was he the last. If these and other vets were hurt by that, no one can blame them. And if the focus of their first ad had focused on that aspect, certainly no one could fault these brave men for lashing out at Kerry.
But once again, the Karl Rove slime machine sprung into action, and goaded, or more likely paid these men to call John Kerry a liar, a coward, a fraud, etc. And to hammer the point home one more time, not one of these men served on the same boat as John Kerry. I feel bad for them, as they are caught in the middle of something much larger than they are, and the ones like Larry Thurlow who are so obviously lying deserve to have their names ruined.
There are still about 70 days left until the election, and it's clear that this campaign hasn't gotten nearly as nasty as it will eventually become. As Bush's poll numbers continue to stagnate and fall, there's little doubt that this administration will commit any act necessary to retain power. A cabal is a terrible thing to waste.
posted at 7:21 PM
Apples and No Apples
This week, a group calling itself Swiftboat Veterans For Truth has been broadcasting ads about how John Kerry didn't do jack in Vietnam. I'm sure anyone with an IQ over 75 can figure out who is actually paying for these ads, but that's not the point. A number of guys who were in country on swift boats say John Kerry is lying about his service, deeds, injuries, you name it. Interestingly, none of these men were actually on the same boat as Kerry, but apparently being on a swift boat in the Mekong Delta between 1967 and 1971 qualifies you to comment. That's fine.
Why is it that none of the men who were on Kerry's boat have anything bad to say about him? Many of them seem to see his actions as exemplary, even heroic on occasion. And if official reports are a little shinier than the truth, well, that's not exactly a new phenomenon in a war zone. War stories are like fish stories with bullets, and most people can live with that. It's a small bonus for putting your life in harm's way. Kerry volunteered for the Navy, volunteered to go to 'Nam, volunteered for swift boat duty. He showed up.
All of this would be a nice story if not for the fact that the man he is running against has an utterly shameful military record, albeit fitting in the way he has lived his entire life. George W. Bush volunteered for Texas Air National Guard, was placed in the training program for obsolete planes not being used for combat, in the Champagne Division, and knew he had zero chance of seeing war. He made his choice to duck the buzz saw, and did it. Lots of rich kids did it. Hell, Cheney got himself five college deferments, and when those ran out, he knocked up his wife to get off the list. Hard to imagine Dick Cheney saying "Make love, not war," but maybe he's a hippie after all.
So George, safely free of live ammo being shot at him, was in the clear. Do the time in Texas, and sit out the war. Simple and easy, just like getting into Yale.
And even this was too much for him. He ducked out, transferred to Alabama to work on a congressional campaign, and never returned to duty as far as anyone can tell. He was very busy doing coke with James R. Bath, the future US business representative for the Bin Laden family. But that's another rant.
The point is, he now has the temerity to let loose the attack dogs on a veteran who served honorably in combat, and Americans are buying it. This man and his administration have no honor whatsoever. It's utterly sickening that these cowards, who are now so brave as to send other people's children to war, have the gall to impugn ANYONE who actually served in combat, voluntarily, or otherwise.
The thing I can't understand is why Americans, most of whom work too hard just to stay even, let this dilettante stay in office. This guy is the old boy network personified, the kid who cut to the front of the line, the drunken teen whose daddy always bails him out. People like this aren't role models. People like George W. Bush are the reason governments and monarchies get overthrown. And even though we have a potential built-in revolution in our elections, I have little doubt that the gullible and overwhelmingly stupid American public will see fit to give this asshat another term as Absentee-In-Chief. And if you do, it will be the blood, sweat and tears of you and your children that will pay the cost.
For fuck's sake, prove me wrong.
posted at 7:44 PM
Timeliness is so overrated
Well, due to problems at the old site, I was unable to provide any lush commentary during the Democratic National Convention last week. The world managed to keep spinning somehow, but I wanted to note a few things.
It looks like John Edwards is truly going to be an asset to Kerry. I suspected he would be, as I have followed his political career since he ran for Senate in 1998. The incumbent he ran against was a fat old cracka-ass-cracka named Lauch Faircloth, whose entire campaign was to soak up as much oil and tobacco money as possible, and use it to buy TV ads that showed Edwards with Bill Clinton at a campaign event, with the voice over essentially saying nothing more than, "See? He likes Clinton!" It was just miserable, and happily, not even North Carolinians were dumb enough to re-elect that worthless twat.
Edwards gives a good speech, and he's certainly fast on his feet. He is relatively inexperienced politically, but I truly doubt that there is much he can't learn in a short time. I still can't get over how a man whose father was president, vice-president, CIA director etc could run for the presidency in 2000 and call himself a Washington outsider, but GWB did it. Now he's still an outsider somehow, and bashes Edwards for not knowing enough about how the game is played. Well, I'll bet Edwards wouldn't have sat in a classroom, glassy-eyed and paralyzed for seven minutes after learning the country was under attack. But then, George has had very few shining moments inside of a classroom.
As for Kerry's speech, he said some things that needed to be said. Things that I was afraid no Democrat would have the balls to say. Things like "we need a President who believes in science." I mean, that was mainly in regard to stem cells, but it also covers Evolution, the morning-after birth control pill, and a score of other issues. The government has to lead the way on these things, because the private sector won't unless there's money in it. And some diseases are too rare to have a profit margin.
He also spoke of how the American flag did not belong to one party, and that was good to hear. I don't consider myself a patriotic person even though I love my country. It's not perfect, but it's mine. And it's easy to talk about how much you love America while you dodge combat, and get deferments, like certain people. I suspect the reason so many of these self-righteous jerks want a flag-burning amendment is because they are afraid someone might set the flag ablaze while they are wrapped in it, shitting on my civil rights.
Another key section was when he talked about his choices for the people with whom he would surround himself:
"I will have a Vice President who will not conduct secret meetings with polluters to rewrite our environmental laws. I will have a Secretary of Defense who will listen to the best advice of our military leaders. And I will appoint an Attorney General who actually upholds the Constitution of the United States."
Ashcroft still scares the hell out of me. A man with his hangups about women has no business holding any political office, let alone being the top law official in the United States. You put a turban on this man, and his views are indistinguishable from a Taliban cleric. Ashcroft did one six-year term in the Senate and proposed SEVEN amendments to the Constitution of the United States. The founding fathers? Hacks! Idiots! Ben Franklin? John Adams? Pinheads! Alexander Hamilton? Thomas Jefferson? Didn't know shit! John Ashcroft knows more than these lightweights, and did everything he could to scar up this beautiful guarantee. I will likely vote for Kerry for as much as anything, to be rid of this delusional Attorney General.
There were several other good moments, despite Kerry's general lack of chops at fiery speech making. He seemed to bring the heat pretty well when the chips were down, so I'd give his speech an overall B+.
Lots to do around here before the GOP convention starts, but I will try to be a bit more prompt with the updates. I think I have a handle on it for the moment.
posted at 2:29 AM
The other website kept changing the damned format, and it got to the point where I couldn't figure out what the hell was going on. I'm pretty sure the idea behind the alterations was to prevent anyone from writing anything. I found that counterproductive.
So, we'll be here for the time being, and there will be much rejoicing.
posted at 10:55 PM
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