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Friday 25 May 2007

In Summary

on 25 May : 23:30  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
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Update on the Hillay/Obama BS Votes

on 25 May : 11:15  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
Paul Begala (of all people) lends support to my position.

Quote of the Day
"You know, I think both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, neither of them covered themselves with glory here. This -- this bill was not unexpected. It was not a deal that would suddenly shock anybody. And the fact that they could not decide until just -- just right before the vote, where they were going to be, I think, is going to upset a lot of their supporters. And maybe this gives new oxygen to some of the stronger, clearer anti-war candidates."

-- Democratic strategist Paul Begala, interviewed on CNN about the Iraq war funding bill.

I hope Hillary and Obama ignore Begala and that is just another push in the back to Gore.

MadV

on 25 May : 00:33  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
If you haven't stayed up all night on YouTube like I did and shouldn't have, then you may not have seen these two videos.

You won't regret it.

I promise.

Proposal:



Product:

Thursday 24 May 2007

Come On And Get You Some O' Dis Joy...

on 24 May : 23:46  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  

If you're not angry today, then let this be the cherry on top and enjoy your day just a little bit more. If you are like me and you're pretty peeved about the Dems turning their backs on your will and the troops, then let this salve the wound a little.


This has been around for a while but it still makes me happy. The beauty of this is not only the plethora of locales this guy's been in but the juxtaposition of his silly dance in the middle of the profound natural and manmade beauty that surrounds him the aesthetically pleasing frame.


Dig on Matt and where the hell he is...


Of Course They Did!

on 24 May : 23:13  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
Huffington Post...

WASHINGTON — Bowing to President Bush, the Democratic-controlled Congress grudgingly approved fresh billions for the Iraq war Thursday night, minus the troop withdrawal timeline that drew his earlier veto.

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The Senate's 80-14 vote to send the legislation to the president came less than two hours after the House gave its approval on a margin of 280-142. In both cases, Republicans supplied the bulk of the support, an oddity in an era of Democratic control.

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Democratic presidential politics played a role, as Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, then Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, cast votes against the legislation, which was strongly opposed by anti-war activists.

Don't fool yourselves, America! You think you live in a democracy? HAH!

57% Favor Immediate Troop Withdrawal or Firm Deadline

The Democrats now face accusative choices like the GOP/Bush "administration" has faced in the last 7 years. Where the latter has been accused of being either some form of nefarious or some form of utterly god damned stupid or both, the Democrats now face the choices of whether they are complicit in the nefariousness or utter god damned cowards or both.

I'm completely convinced it is BOTH. The Democratic Party is now utterly nuclear for me. Now I have no party. If I see a Democrat I like (like Steve Cohen) who has been consistently in tune with my particular views, then I will support that person. If I see a Republican (which I will be shocked to see, but only Ron Paul has come close lately) who I like, then I'll support that person. Ultimately, I will look for alternatives to both.

The Democrats now own the war with the GOP. They got caught back up in thinking that their "strategery" would be cute and help them in the long run and blah, blah, blah and then they wound up getting in line with Bush and his cult.

And trust me, kids, it isn't "substance" or virtue that got Obama or Hillary to vote Nay. No, folks, that was just "strategery" once again. They KNEW well in advance this thing was going to ever have a timeline. They knew Bush would veto the previous bill and then they'd just cave because it was all about not "abandoning the troops".

BULLSHIT!

The passing of this bill is what is all about "abandoning the troops"! By funding the "war" in Iraq, we've abandoned more American troops to death and dismemberment. We've abandoned the spouses at home who live on welfare because the military only pays a pittance for someone to put their lives on the line. We've abandoned the children of the troops to a life of loss without their father or mother who was blown apart by an IED in a country that didn't want us there. We've abandoned the troops, friends.

They're stuck there dying. And we're sitting over here watching them be cut to ribbons DAILY through our tube. And Obama and Hillary think they can score some cheap points with the left by tossing us a "no harm, no foul" vote in our favor. F THEM!

The Democrats had the chance to bring this country around by pulling the troops out by defunding and they winced. Now Bush gets his "freebie" to make a big, purple bruise on their shoulder as he gleefully hollers, "Two for flinchin'!" like the drunk frat boy he is.

And for them, it's all a big game while 6200 miles away from where they're playing it, they just abandoned nearly 150,000 men and women to daily death tolls, IED's and PTSD so that George could roll the dice to see if he could be remembered in the history books as the guy who "freed" the middle east.

Today, they just got all their names in the history books as the most corrupt and utterly god damned stupid and cowardly government in history.

Congratulations, you cowards.

Hillary Clinton: The Decider II

on 24 May : 11:17  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
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Bonus Quote of the Day
"I have to make the decisions and I’ve made the decision. I haven’t revisited it. I’m not agonizing over it. I never saw the memo. I’ve never had it read to me."

-- Sen. Hillary Clinton, quoted by the Des Moines Register, insisting she will compete in the Iowa caucuses next year.

Yeah, if she's the next president, look for Bush "administration", The Sequel.

Political Wire
Wednesday 23 May 2007

FYI

on 23 May : 16:17  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
This has nothing to do with anything in particular, just information for those who know me.

I got a job.

I had a job earlier this year and it was just a contract thing but it ended. Since then, I've been putting out resume's to little avail but one finally stuck. It's in east Memphis with a company that contracts with a large corporation here. I don't really want to say who and where for the normal reasons.

It's a kind of a weight off. When I was unemployed before there were large periods of time when it was relatively convenient (like when were expecting the boy and right after we got the house and it needed a lot of work) and other large periods of time when it was really inconvenient.

So, that's some good news.
Wednesday 16 May 2007

A Republican Tells the Truth And Gets Reamed For It

on 16 May : 09:25  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
I don't know who Ron Paul is but he is really laid it out there for the GOP. He took the truth right into their house and the one candidate with the most to lose with Paul's revelation jumped on him with both feet.

My inherent distrust of the GOP these days is in play here and I could easily be convinced that Paul is just playing a part so that Giuliani could look like the hero, rushing in to save the pitiful GOP tenet/delusion that "they" attacked us because "they hate freedom". Possibly the most retarded of their innumerable delusions. Paul laid it out there like it really is.

He asks them to imagine if China was setting up bases around the Gulf of Mexico. We'd be looking at any kind of strategy to get them out. Just like Kennedy taking us to the brink of nuclear annihilation in the '60's with Cuba allowing Russian missiles on their island. If China was doing that, Bush would already have a group of ne'erdowells down there planting IED's and dirty bombs at every facility.

Via Crooks and Liars...

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When asked if 9/11 changed the American foreign policy model to "interventionalism," Rep. Ron Paul answered that it was our pre-9/11 interventionalism — and the "blowback" that ensued — that was to blame for terrorism and the 9/11 attacks. This prompted Rudy Giuliani, who maintains like George Bush that they "hate us for our freedoms," to jump in and demand Paul retract his "absurd" statement.

Most Disturbing Comment I've Ever Heard

on 16 May : 09:09  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
ROMNEY: I am glad [detainees] are at Guantanamo. I don’t want them on our soil. I want them on Guantanamo, where they don’t get the access to lawyers they get when they’re on our soil. I don’t want them in our prisons, I want them there. Some people have said we ought to close Guantanamo. My view is we ought to double Guantanamo.

Mitt Romney is saying that American law is only good for American citizens and I'm really giving him the benefit of the doubt on that. He is saying that the people held at Guantanamo Bay should not get the benefit of "innocent till proven guilty". This guy wants a Gulag where those in power can send anyone they deem a "terrorist". If he is president and decides that YOU are a "terrorist", he would send you to Gitmo to rot without recourse under the law.

Mitt Romney is a danger to the world in my eyes from now on and he must be stopped.

Think Progess
Monday 14 May 2007

Remember!!!

on 14 May : 10:31  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
Today is a regional protest holiday!

Don't F'ing Shoot Nobody Day!!

Keep the kids safe and store all firearms separately from your ammo!

Keep US alive!!

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Sunday 13 May 2007

I Can't Remember

on 13 May : 21:43  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  

When was the last time you witnessed your elected official and beamed with pride? I'm talking about someone you voted for and he/she won and then you witnessed them in action as your representative and you came close to cheering?


Click on over to Freedonian's site and check out that video of my congressman opening a can of reality whoopass on Attorney General Private Alberto Gonzales.


�Damn, I love that Cohen kid.




UPDATE: I sent an email to Representative Cohen about supporting Kucinich's impeachment bill for "VP" Dick Cheney.

Part of his response was understandable but regrettable.

Yet, while I will not ignore or understate the severity of the offenses perpetrated by President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Attorney General Gonzales, and the rest of the Administration, I do not believe that impeachment is the best course of action at this time. I defer to the House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Rep. John Conyers, and his leadership in his decision not to pursue impeachment. The most important missions of the new Congress-improving the lives of working American families and restoring America's global standing-will be better served by immediately focusing on long-term solutions than by impeaching a President, Vice President, or appointee who will be out of office in less than two years.

I understand his position, however, I sent him another email informing him that this is the type of strategy that is viewed as Machiavellian rather than forthrightness by some voters. It is strategy vs substance. I'm a substance loving kind of guy.

They think that the nation would be in upheaval and they would have a black eye if they got rid of the cult that has stolen our White House. Indeed, there is still that 28% out there that alleges they still have faith in Bush. (I think these are the most vocal of the crazies that touted how great things were going to be once we invaded Iraq but are now just hanging on by the skin of their teeth hoping that something happens.)

Not impeaching this whole "administration" is implying that we as a nation can tolerate incompetence, deceit, corruption and villainy from our leaders as long as they are duly elected. (Or in the case of the Bush "administration" installed.)

Memphis "Don't F'ing Shoot Nobody" Day!!

on 13 May : 14:33  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
Woman shot to death in E. Memphis apartment

By The Commercial Appeal

May 12, 2007

A 27-year-old woman was shot to death in an apparent domestic dispute in East Memphis Saturday morning, Memphis police said.

Officers were called at 8:30 a.m. to the Lynnfield Place Apartments at 1400 Sycamore Bend near Lichterman Nature Center, where a man told police that he had shot his wife and was going to shoot himself.

Can Memphis not go one goddamned day without someone getting shot or a kid getting killed? It's pathetic and I'm damned sick of it.


Why don't we make Monday, May 14th, 2007 a citywide protest day? Tomorrow, if you feel like shooting your old lady and yourself, just put it off one day. Tomorrow, everyone out on the road, drive the freaking speed limit and watch out for those bus fulls of kids who get off at stops every once in a while. Tomorrow, if Hank steals your weed, just let him smoke and then shoot his sorry ass on Tuesday. Tomorrow, everyone who has a kid, just check the back seat as you're getting out even if the wife took the kid to daycare!


Jesus, people!� I know what stress is. I know that there are times when if I had a gun, I might have considered going postal but god damn!� The whole city is just apeshit crazy lately. Is it poverty?� Ignorance?� Low moral fiber?� Low dietary fiber?� What is it?� Maybe it is a volatile mix of all of those reasons.� I don't know but every GD day there is a story on the evening news about somebody getting shot!


Gun control is widely unpopular in Tennessee, I get that but I'm for a regional ban on guns.� I'm sick of people just turning to the gun as the answer to all their problems.


Military is Revolting...

on 13 May : 12:33  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  

I mentioned that the military should pull out of Iraq of its own volition. This may be kind of what's happening...Think Progress again...


 




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TUCKER: Look for a revolt from active-duty generals if September rolls around and the president is sticking with the surge into ‘08. We’ve already heard from retired generals. But my Atlanta Journal-Constitution colleague Jay Bookman has lots of sources among currently serving military officers who don’t want to fall by the wayside like the generals in Vietnam did, kept pushing a war that they knew was lost.


 Now, clearly she's not implying a military coup could be in the offing but this got me to thinking.



Supposing I got wind of a military coup in the offing to overthrow Bush and install a real administration.  Would I blow the whistle?  And I gotta say, my initial thoughts are not definitive.


It could come down to points as simple as who would they replace him with and would it be martial law or would they be making themselves kings? 


I don't believe in "evil".  It implies there is something more than just abnormal or abhorrent behavior.  The word implies that the object deemed such is preternaturally beyond repair.  Even with someone like Bush, I don't ascribe the word even though he is a prime candidate for that word.


 I'm not sure that I'd support a military coup in America.  There is the rule of law to think about.  If we allow a group of people with guns to make the choice of who holds our elected offices then democracy is dead in America.  America could recover from a military coup but it wouldn't be that shining city upon a hill that a lot of Americans idealize America as for sure.


Of course, we've had one military coup in America already.  In 1963, the assassination of John F Kennedy installed a militarily backed leader in the form of Lyndon B Johnson.  That's an explosive comment, certainly, but no less true.  Some will shrug their shoulders and murmur "tin foil hat" under their breath but that is my belief.  And I'm not the only one.


 LBJ did a lot of good stuff but it doesn't make his coup any more appealing.  In that light, I'd have to say then that I suppose no matter who it is the military coup would put in I'd have to work to make sure it didn't happen if I could but looking at what Bush has done so far and what I envision the worst he could do, the work to stop the coup would be drudgery.


Perhaps this commentators intent is to scare the bejeezus out of the current "administration".  The rumor is that it was suggested to Nixon that he could use the military to stay in office.  If Bush thought this was his trump card, then he may be more attuned to the will of the people if he couldn't feel that card up his sleeve anymore.


Saturday 12 May 2007

Who In This World Will Be Surprised?

on 12 May : 21:13  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  

Via Think Progess...





Billions in oil missing in Iraq.

“Between 100,000 and 300,000 barrels a day of Iraq’s declared oil production over the past four years is unaccounted for and could have been siphoned off through corruption or smuggling, according to a draft American government report. Using an average of $50 a barrel, the report said the discrepancy was valued at $5 million to $15 million daily.”


But the "war" wasn't about oil or anything, y'all...


Click the extended post to see Suspect Numero Uno.�

Friday 11 May 2007

Classic Yard Pics For the Benjamin Fans Out There

on 11 May : 22:14  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
top.bush.bin.laden.ap.jpgBenjamin is a huge (MAJOR, LIKE WHACK) fan of Arbor Day. So, on the 25th of April, he absolutely pitched a fit for a new crabapple tree for the front yard. At first, he just mentioned it and I sort of dismissed it but it grew into a total hissy fit complete with red face, tears and snot running out of his nose so I had to acquiesce.

Jeez, just like J Sterling Morton.

So, we ran out and got us a crabapple (which I wound up planting while a certain dendrologist had fun spraying stuff with the hose. Big surprise...

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Spraying stuff (like me) with the hose...

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The tables were turned...

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Then there was the ice cream man...and cowboy boots...

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Dig the Tony Lamas...

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Total classic...Put a mimosa tree in there and its 1970...

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