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Saturday, June 25, 2005
if I really knew how to make magic...
Making magic happen ... over at www.Makingmagichappen.blogspot.com you can find out how to add magic to your next event.
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
Kay Testimony Impeaches Bush
"$900 million dollars and the time of 1400 weapons inspectors to discover what many in the CIA and elsewhere had been telling us all along.
Are there to be no real repercussions for such a devastating official deceit?"
Monday, January 26, 2004
Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum will be holding its annual convention
right here in Sonoma County at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa on Saturday, February 7th. And it's jam- packed with goodies you won't want to miss!
Environmental Misinformation: Fraudulent science and scare tactics
being used to promote the environmental agenda
Seeds of Destruction: Mind control techniques used to program
teachers and students into accepting liberal agendas
Feminism and its affect on our nation - given by Phyllis herself
Our American Biblical Heritage and Revisionist History in Schools
Islamsizing of Our Public Schools - Persecution of Christians by
"Moslems" and false propaganda being taught in our public schools to
Taking Back our Colleges from Liberal Bias and other talks on immigration, abortion, homosexuality, bio-ethics and more!
As Susan Lamont says " Looks ready-made for a protest! - you name it - there's something here for everyone".
You can check Phyllis out at her "Eagle Forum"
Or better still, email Zenekar@sonic.net for information on protest rallies and street theater.
We wouldn't want Phyllis to go away without expierencing Sonoma County's full range of creative voices!
Thursday, January 22, 2004
Okay it's been a while since I've posted, for a variety of reasons, had to take a break from the politics and the war, had to find gainful employment or at least spend some time trying, and also there are just so many others doing a better job at the blogging..
whatever...call me lazy.
But I read a post by Riverbend where she mentioned that it had been a year since she had posted on her blog because of the war, and loss of power etc. ( damn, if that didn't make me feel like a wimp) She described how she and her family and friends gathered and celebrated the New Year's eve at her home in Iraq and I wanted to include parts of it here:
"While many people consider 2003 a 'year', for us it has felt more like a decade. We started the year preparing for war. While the rest of the world was making a list of resolutions, we were making lists of necessary items for the coming battle. We spent the first two and a half months of 2003 taping windows, securing homes, stocking up on food, water and medication, digging wells and wondering if we would make it through the year".
"We sat around from 8 until 11 in the dark, munching on popcorn, trying to remember the latest jokes (most about the Governing Council) and trying to pretend that the candles were festive. "
" So we sat, the last few hours, thinking about the last few months and making conjectures about the future. In the background you could hear a few explosions, some gunfire, helicopters and planes. I kept thinking something terrible was going to happen and we'd never see the beginning of a new year".
"At around 10 pm, they turned on the generator and we gathered around the television to watch the rest of the world celebrate their way into the New Year. The kids fell asleep on the living-room floor, in front of the kerosene heater, before the clock struck 12 and the thuds around us began getting heavier. Immediately after twelve, the sounds of warplanes and explosions got so heavy, we could hardly hear the television".
"What have the first few days of 2004 felt like? Exactly like the last few months of 2003. The last few days have been a series of bombs and explosions".
"It's strange what you can get used to hearing or seeing. The first time is always the worst: the first time you experience cluster bombs, the first time you feel the earth shudder beneath you with the impact of an explosion, the first tanks firing at houses in your neighborhood, the first check-point... the first broken windows, crumbling walls, unhinged doors? the first embassy being bombed, the first restaurant? It's not that you no longer feel rage or sadness, it just becomes a part of life and you grow to expect it like you expect rain in March and sun in July.
May 2004 be better than 2003."
and may it be...
For her whole post go to
a few other favorite blogs:
bendict @ Large
bittershack of resentment
body and soul
Thursday, January 08, 2004
It's been a while since I've posted onto this blog.
I needed a break from the un-beautiful news, so I invite readers to visit the poetry blog ArrestingRuby on Blogger,
where they can read the poetry of Brooke Z Erdman.
Tuesday, July 01, 2003
Recall? If we ‘re gonna recall anything lets recall who really ripped off the State of California – the republican deregulation of the energy market and companies like Enron VP Cheney's special baby.
George W. appointed to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission the members who looked the other way when Enron and its fellow swindler companies were fleecing California.
It is the Bush administration that has mismanaged a successful economy inherited from Bill Clinton. It is the Bush administration that should bear responsibility for the difficulties being experienced by most state governments — and it should at least help California as much as it is helping our newest state, Iraq.
Bush, of course is blaming all the problems the States are having and the rising federal deficit on, well you guessed it: Clinton
Speaking of the Bill...
The battle over the airways is not finished. Here, Bill Clinton encourages folks to get involved.
“ the opposition is truly a grass-roots movement, and it won't go away, even if it's not on the evening news. And the voice of the people is beginning to be heard, at least on Capitol Hill.”
And in Iraq...
Occupation Forces Halt Elections Throughout Iraq
U.S. military commanders have ordered a halt to local elections and self-rule in provincial cities and towns across Iraq, choosing instead to install their own handpicked mayors and administrators, many of whom are former Iraqi military leaders.
and we wonder why there's resistance?
The latest shootings raise the number of Us soldiers to 201.
so lets see: Associated Press investigation completed earlier this month found that at least 3,240 civilians died throughout the country. So far the estimated numbers of Iraqii fathers, sons, and brothers who died as soldiers is estimated in the thousands.
we still wonder why there's resistance?
oh, and the pipeline is abaze
While over at gunguys they explain that some at the American Enterprise Institute are working hard to be sure Iraquis get to keep their guns.
If you want a world view that validates love, kindness, generosity, mutual interdependence, compassion, atonement, reconciliation of antagonists, recognition of the Unity of All Being, and celebration of the grandeur of creation.
Read about a true roadmap toward peace in the middle east and what you can do about it.
go to http://www.tikkun.org/
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Tuesday, June 10, 2003
Paul Krugman's latest article for the Times:
"It's now two months since Baghdad fell — and according to The A.P., military units searching for W.M.D.'s have run out of places to look.
Colin Powell has declared that questions about the justification for war are "outrageous."
"I'll tell you what's outrageous. It's not the fact that people are criticizing the administration; it's the fact that nobody is being held accountable for misleading the nation into war."
Buzzflash offers a few suggestions to start a movement that will hopefully see the impeachment of George W. Bush and the abolishment of the so-called "Bush Doctrine"
Bush Administration seeks to weaken The Clean Water Act
More than half the nation's waters -- ranging from neighborhood creeks and fishing holes, at least 60 percent of our nation's streams and 20 percent of our wetlands to entire drinking water supplies -- could lose federal protection under the Bush administration proposal. Polluters could then dump wastes into these waterways without a permit, without notifying the public, and without fear of reprisals. Big oil is also getting into the act. for more
Check out Benedict's post on the missing WMD.
I agree Benedict, it IS hard to feel motivated to write anything on the inability to find weapons of Mass destruction in Iraq because for many of us the claim was bullshit when we watched it form and drop and it's the same bullshit now as we watch it get stuck in the drain. Of course the Bushites might well get their WMD planted and they won't even bother making it perfect because it only has to be good enough for FOX! The media whores will do the rest.
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Monday, June 09, 2003
QUID PRO QUO
"Once in a while the curtains part in Washington and you find out what goes on behind them."
The Westar documents offer a rare view into a company's efforts to influence Congress.
Congressman Barton was one of the lawmakers assigned to the House-Senate conference committee that finalized President Bush (news - web sites)'s energy plan in 2002. The exemption he introduced would have freed Westar from unwanted regulatory oversight,
allowing then to transfer billions of dept from their other business's to customers through rate hikes.
FOXES GUARDING THE HEN HOUSE?
Strange local news - Sonoma County Animal Shelter Workers butcher and barbeque pet emu. Woman waiting to adopt the animal horrified. Director looks into past records and finds several instances where animals ended up on someone's plate. All shelter worker's adoptions must now get director's approval. I always figured that shelter workers loved animals... guess they do.
Murdoch media mogul may have to pass a public interest test in Britain
Lord Puttnam has led stiff resistance to a clause in the Communications Bill that would allow Murdoch to acquire a terrestrial broadcaster.
But watch out Mr. Puttnam -Ruperts gonna getcha.
DO NOT GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT.
If we Democrats want to recruit Greens and other forward thinkers to our cause, it is time to clean our own house first by eliminating every DLC presidential candidate in the primaries of 2004.
FANATICAL APATHY BEGINS MASSIVE FCC-APPROVED BLOG BUYOUT
Water in the desert. Who’ll own it -who’ll get it - privatization of the worlds most valuable resource
Should Iraq's water system remain in public hands as a state-run utility? Or should private companies -- Iraqi or foreign -- run it?
If the Bush cartel has it’s way it’ll be run by Bechtel. check out their track record.
Will George's lies finally catch up to him?
No weapons yet? Can’t they even plant some? What's taking them so long?
"GETTING AFTER THOSE RASCALLY POOR"
100 million dollars to keep the poor away from any tax credit that they don’t really deserve... and also to clamp down on those kids wanting to participate in school-lunch programs.
lifelog – keeping track of your life
Senator Jeffords explains once again why he left the GOP
“Saying one thing – doing another, does George think we don’t notice?”
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Wednesday, June 04, 2003
MAKING DISSENT A CRIMINAL ACT
Congress votes on an amendment today that would for the first time write into the Constitution an exception to the First Amendment's guarantee that Congress "make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech..."
"This exceedingly disturbingly amendment that would make all Americans less free," said People For the American Way President Ralph G. Neas. "Members of Congress should honor the flag by protecting the freedom it represents.
after all, the freedom to dissent and disagree is one of the things that makes America great."
Benedict at large posted something about our Martha. Seems she has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democrats...hmmm was that her really big mistake?
Where is Raed?
Peter Maass knows and tell us whoSalam Pax is. the Anne Frank of the Iraq war
I don’t get it . Do you get it?
1,000 $ tax cut for an SUV? Why why why ?? meanwhile if you can even FIND a “green car” soon you will not get any tax break at all.
Because their working on the ELIMINATION of a $2,000 tax deduction for fuel-efficient gas-electric hybrid vehicles.”
The Bitter Shack has a good post about the 3.5 million dollar price tag on the cost of the war protests in SFO. I personally think that it should be included as the cost of the war since that’s what it was.
“what you do in my name you do unto me” that’s what I was taught.
News on The Congo
The Ugandans had warned the U.N. that their departure would create a power vacuum with the possibility of destabilization and violence.
TORT REFORM LIMITS LAWSUITS
Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, accuses the Bush administration of trying to overturn a longstanding judicial precedent important in the protection of human rights.
"This is a craven attempt to protect human rights abusers at the expense of victims,"
Burmese citizens say their human rights were violated during the construction of a $1.2 billion gas pipeline. The pipeline was a joint venture of the Burmese military regime, Unocal -- a multinational oil and gas company based in El Segundo, Calif. -- and two other private firms.
Another lawsuit under the alien tort act is against ExxonMobil Corp. in connection with operations in Indonesia.
And in the 1980s, the Reagan administration filed a brief opposing use of the statute in a lawsuit against Marcos.
Curtis Bradley, says "There's a real danger that these lawsuits, if they continue to expand as they have, could truly interfere with relations that we have with foreign governments."
Hello! What does that tell you about the relationships we have and who we choose to have them with?!
One of the most successful lawsuits was the claim against Marcos, filed by nearly 10,000 Filipinos who won a $1.9 billion judgment against his estate in federal court in Hawaii in 1995. The plaintiffs settled with the Marcos estate and the Philippine government for $160 million, but payment has so far been blocked by a judge in the Philippines.
LOCKED UP IN THE LAND OF THE FREE
With a record-setting 2 million people locked up in American jails and prisons, the United States has overtaken Russia and has a higher percentage of its citizens behind bars than any other country.
‘On a per capita basis, according to the best available figures, the United States has three times more prisoners than Iran, four times more than Poland, five times more than Tanzania and seven times more than Germany. Maryland has more citizens in prison and jail (an estimated 35,200) than all of Canada (31,600), though Canada's population is six times greater.
Well, now remember, depending on how Congress votes today, they’ll be yet another way to get locked up- if you do protest, don’t even think about desecrating the flag.
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Thursday, May 22, 2003
Happy Birthday all you Geminis!
Ain't it great what a little money can do?
check out the ad placed in the Washington post by a Wilderness subscriber.
It’s only a paper moon…
When it comes to stagecraft, Bush has never looked so good: weather it's about costumes or about props they have got some talent. Shows what you can do with taxpayer's dollars.
Where are the Iraqi women -out of the picture?
Read up on the Liberal Oasis’s interview with Democratic hopeful Howard Dean.
If you’ve ever wondered what it was like for our president on 9/11… well, it was an interesting day...
Whoa there pardner... how did they find those Texas Democrats and why are they hiding it now?
As always, something outstanding from Arundhati Roy
INSTANT-MIX IMPERIAL DEMOCRACY
(Buy One, Get One Free)
Death is a small price for people to pay for the privilege of sampling this new product: Instant-Mix Imperial Democracy (bring to a boil, add oil, then bomb).
"Every kind of outrage is being committed in the name of democracy. It has become little more than a hollow word, a pretty shell, emptied of all content or meaning. It can be whatever you want it to be. Democracy is the Free World's whore, willing to dress up, dress down, willing to satisfy a whole range of taste, available to be used and abused at will."
And a new game for Letterman: Know Your War Profiteers.
Saturday, May 10, 2003
GW delivers an early father’s day gift:
a 550 billion dollar tax cut.
“Take that you old geezer! read my lips -you couldn’t pull it off!”
Pelosi says "In two years, President Bush and the Republicans in Congress have presided over the most dramatic deterioration in our economic health in our nation's history,"
Paul Krugman adds And bear in mind that Bush-style tax cuts now have a track record. Of the 2.1 million jobs lost over the past two years, 1.7 million vanished after the passage of the 2001 tax cut.
Hook up to Move-ons new ad campaign:CHALLENGING THE PROJECT FOR THE NEW AMERICAN CENTURY
The Peace Education Fund and California Peace Action have launched a national advertising campaign that features the infamous photo of Donald Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam Hussein. The ads ask the question: "Who Are We Arming Now?" and is part of Peace Action's Campaign for a New American Foreign Policy; an alternative to the bleak vision of the Project for the New American Century.
We dont need no bleak vision!
Since the war against Afghanistan, the Bush administration has established 13 new military bases in 7 different Central Asian countries and expanded military aid to countries with appalling human rights records
Woke up yesterday morning to news mentioning Bush and Blair and the Nobel Peace prize… WTF! and Adolf was a good samaritan?
It was just a nomination from a right-winger from Norway... but I hope we won't have to stomach a photo-op. TOO creepy!
Common Dreams Antonia Zerbisias asks; Where is the outrage over the peace activists killed by Israel?
“the world's eyes on the Occupied Territories are closed. There are some stories to which the media are deaf, dumb and blind.”
occupying powers!..and another notch for GW!
That sweet smell of love!
Woman hurts man with perfume
India alliance? End game-China
Haliburton gets busted with bribe. surprise?
Waxman blasts the administration again…is he the only one with cajones?
Oh God ..here we go ..smaller nuclear weapons? Gross. grosser. grossest!
I don't know? is it something with circumsision?
Ted Rall kicks ass! Gives a pep talk to the Dems. Will they take it to heart?
His advice: run countless loops of the inarticulate Resident's clashes with the English language. "Too dumb to talk," a sinister voiceover reads. "Too stupid to trust." Use time-proven Republican methods, like name-calling: Extremist. Out of touch. Tax and spender. Hates workers. Racist. Homophobe. Corrupt CEO coddler. Idiot. Drunk. Cut to the post-pretzel-incident photo: "America needs a sober president."
Thursday, May 08, 2003
Tucked into the middle pages of my local newspaper was a blurb about Daniels resigning as budget director for the Bush administration.
It suggested that he may decide to run for governor of Indiana. I wrote to my paper because no where did they include the information that he was just subpoenaed for an insider trading investigation where he and other officers dumped 71 million dollars of IPALCO (Indianapolis utility) stock.
Isn’t that why he’s resigning?
Amnesty international updates on the possible stoning death of Amina Lawal.
Her new hearing is set for June 3rd.
It seems there was some confusion about the dates but its good to know Oprah has involved herself in this case.
WHERE IS THE MEDIA ABOUT THE 9/11 INVESTIGATION AND HOW IT'S BEEN HAMSTRUNG BY THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION?
Come on, what’s to hide?
The White House denies there is any connection between Cheney's former role in running the Houston company Halliburton and the Iraq
contract given to Haliburton.
Of course not.
But it always heartens me to hear Dems speak out; “former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, injected the contract into his campaign. "This coziness with Halliburton doesn't surprise me a bit," Dean said in Concord, N.H. "It's an emblem of an administration that has sold this country down the river."
A Washington Post article by Carol Morello revealed
not only the conditions of Iraq and the state of things in Iraqi hospitals but also the state of mind of the men in charge of the occupation, their arrogance, and their insane ability to remain 'focused' on their goals, even in the face of inhumane truths that even the most clueless could perceive.
Don't you find it glaringly strange that with the exception of the writer herself, there is no female presence in the entire picture? Not only in the war coverage itself (that coverage was a farce of omissions anyway) but even in the aftermath, in the hyped footage of Iragis seeking aid, in the coverage of staged 'meetings' of the new leadership. This was a secular Arab state. Women held jobs of great training and prestige in Iraq. doctors, engineers etc.
Where are those women now?
(One would think that Karl Rove or Rumsfield -well maybe not him, but one of the PR folks in the pentagon might think that it would be a good idea to throw some of the other gender in there just to sell it to us.)
At the risk of sounding sexist; It would seem that in the crappy game of war and dominance, women are just not that interested. Is that it? I mean there are females in combat and the genocide in Rwanda demonstrated that females can be ruthlessly insane but all in all, it just doesn’t appear that females are as equipped to isolate their humanity away from what they are doing as easily as their brothers are.
But in this regard it is the brothers who need the opportunities... not only to hear their hearts but to honor the truth in their hearts.
Monday, May 05, 2003
I wasn't feeling particulary optimistic today in scanning the news.
Afghanistan leader Karzai is meeting with the Taliban which I think is a good idea although if one followed the logic of the Bush administration it would be seen as a step in the wrong direction.
Right? We did bomb that country to get rid of said Taliban.(?/!#?!?) Interesting.
Thousands of Iraqi families that fled the war into neighboring countries are still stranded outside Iraq and being denied entrance back home. After years in the airline business I know that stranded families, even for a few hours, let alone weeks, ain't no fun.
A new poll came out on Friday that was kinda cheerful. Respondants said "it is at least somewhat important for the United States to find proof that the Iraqi regime possessed weapons of mass destruction (84 percent) and to prove that Saddam Hussein has either been killed or captured (80 percent)."
I'm glad about that. I mean that was the reason they thought we were there, right?
Well, now .. we're starting to hear a different tune from Condileeza; There wasn't actually weapons, it was more like"ingredients or precursors, many non-lethal by themselves".
And senior officials in the Bush administration have admitted that they would be 'amazed' if weapons of mass destruction (WMD) were found in Iraq.
Another poll shows that even though Bush gets a boost from his war the country remains polarized over his presidency, and only a bare majority approves of his handling of the economy.
His numbers are at their peak right now but it's only a matter of time before he squanders them away. He's good at squandering resources.
..so I oughta cheer up!
Friday, May 02, 2003
God knows I've done plenty of Dem-bashing since the last election but ya gotta give credit when credit is due..
KUDOS FOR THE DEMOCRATS for spotting and stopping a surprise Bush administation proposal that was slipped into a broader authorization bill before congress.
We don't need no stinking expanded CIA powers! Go Diane!
I just love hearing about fierce bebate!
..almost as much as I love hearing about frustrated republicans.
Democrats have been able to sidestep Bush's popularity and undermine one of his platforms: putting more conservatives in key judgeships.
"The fact that the GOP's November takeover of the Senate has not made it any easier for Bush's appellate nominees to get confirmed only stokes Republican fury."