Sunday, February 17, 2008

It Always Is Worth Reading the Source

With Bush claiming that all Democrats want the end of the country as seen in the fact that they do not want to grant retroactive immunity to telecom companies, it is good to read the letter sent to him by Congressman Silvestre Reyes, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. In it, he clears up many of the untrue claims of the Administration. The biggest of these are the Patriot Act wiretapping of known organizations still is in force for one year and FISA courts can approve any new wiretaps needed.

You know, just like they could always do, but the Bush Administration decided to bypass the rule of law.

I am proud of the Dems for finally standing up to White House pressure and making laws important again.

And congartulations to Kosovo for becoming independent!


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A Loving Deacon

Erick Erickson, editor of the popular conservative megablog RedState, conceded that progressives currently enjoy an advantage over conservatives online — though he attributed it to an asymmetry in free time, since conservatives “have families because we don’t abort our kids, and we have jobs because we believe in capitalism.”

I am so glad I have so much free time on my hands. After all, protecting the environment and making drinking water safe takes so little time. Things he forgot that progressives do in their spare time, aside from blogging, as they don't work hard--
1) eat their children
2) rock and roll
3) illegal sex (otherwise why would animal/human hybrids be such a big issue)
4) drink and drugs to excess (that is probably why there is so little blogging and reading, even though we must be unemployed, our brains are spaced out)

Is this man straight out of 1964-1968 and where did they find the time capsule with him in it? I haven't heard that venal of an accusation since the "dirty hippies" were excoriated for having no drive and principles. and wanting only to mooch off of the hard-working regular folk. I am in shock that people could be so misinformed. I have a Cadillac driven only by a welfare queen to sell him. Low miles, she could not afford the gas.

He categorizes himself as a normal person living in middle Georgia. He was a lawyer and is a deacon. Not uneducated, nor inexperienced. It is not often you find someone as judgmental and venal and hate-filled and still be a deacon. I bet his congregation members are a lovely bunch. Actually, I have no idea.

That may be the difference between me and him. I do not know how he lives and even though I say some mean things after not meeting him, only reading his writing, I really don't know him. I have formulated a few yucks at his expense, but I don't really know him.

It is no more fair of me to condemn him without knowing him than for him to condemn liberal and progressive bloggers as non-child bearing, do nothings--willing to live off of the efforts of the "Hard workers" of the capitalist society.

Judgment is easy. Love is not.


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

What's Good for GM is Good for the Country @ 04:52 pm

Let me see if I have this straight. GM is asking 74,000 to take early retirement becasue they are losing their ass. Granted, what Atrios calls "the Big Shitpile", or the subprime mortgage problem is good for a couple of billion in losses (remember GM is as much of a bank as they are a manufacturer in the US, or why their cars look like they were designed by accountants.) But, 74,000 jobs now going to be lost. Wasn't this close to the amount of new jobs created in each of the last two months? So we need about 100,000 new jobs every month to keep pace with the new workers. Basically, we have been losing jobs regularly and now we will have 74,000 more on SS, manufacturing jobs (do fries come with that shake?) or basically jobless and many in the already hard hit Midwest. Yes, GM's troubles can partially be traced to the health care they have to pay their workers. Another section is the abyssmal designs from 1974-1985 or later. They lost their reputation. Even though many of their new cars have won awards, it is hard to get back that loving feeling from the buying public. When was the last time you heard someone get excited about a Nova. They do have some fun stuff coming out, like the HHRi (I think that is what it is called, but a high performance HHR, it is!) But nothing to get a hold of the public imagination like the Taurus did for Ford in the 80s. Or the Vette of the 60s. I hope the flexible fuel vehicles do them well. The US can ill afford to lose another major manufacturer.


Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Well, it has been a while.

I know it is Super Tuesday and everyone is claiming to be the change, but let's all pay homage where it belongs--

Thank you, St. Reagan for making being self-absorbed and greedy holy.

and right-wing asshats talk of being a Christian country. Yes, Christians, who kill over 500,000 Iraqis so we can occupy their country and we can still drive pickups and SUVs that have support our troops stickers on them.

Somewhere reasoning (or irony) has never been taught in schools. You know, like math and economics, where you learn if you consume too much you can't pay for, you go bankrupt. and the Deciderer puts out a budget without funding his war that is $500,000,000 underfunded already and sees no problem with it. More tax cuts please. Has anyone ever explained that war expenses need to go in the budget and that Daddy will not bail out the country.

At least allow media to show the boys coming home in the boxes. Make it real.