Being Liberal and a Progressive in a RED STATE is not an easy thing these days. I started this blog to vent my frustrations on our lives being taken over by right wing conservatives with their propaganda machines. I have also learned an important lesson in the last year, it is that reading is the only way to get real information, you cannot depend on the news you see on TV.

"I'M MAD AS HELL AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE"....Howard Beale (NETWORK)

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Religious Group Says God Destroyed New Orleans for Decadence

What sick, sick people:

Just days before "Southern Decadence", an annual homosexual celebration attracting tens of thousands of people to the French Quarters section of New Orleans, an act of God destroys the city.

"Southern Decadence" has a history of filling the French Quarters section of the city with drunken homosexuals engaging in sex acts in the public streets and bars. Last year, a local pastor sent video footage of sex acts being performed in front of police to the mayor, city council, and the media. City officials simply ignored the footage and continued to welcome and praise the weeklong celebration as being an "exciting event". However, Hurricane Katrina has put an end to the annual celebration of sin.

"Although the loss of lives is deeply saddening, this act of God destroyed a wicked city," stated Repent America director Michael Marcavage. "From ‘Girls Gone Wild’ to ‘Southern Decadence’, New Orleans was a city that had its doors wide open to the public celebration of sin. May it never be the same," he continued.



ACT OF GOD DESTROYS NEW ORLEANS DAYS BEFORE "SOUTHERN DECADENCE" 8/31/05

Dubya's Approval Rating By State

WOW! Now I live in a blue state!


from Western Washington University:

Preparing for Disaster

I remember hearing about the New Orleans bowl disaster scenario many years ago. If the worse case happened, the city would become a lake. I have to wonder at the years this city's leaders and this country's leaders, had to come up with a plan to evacuate everyone. It appears to me that no plan was ever in place to help the neediest of that city. If a city has a 30 percent poverty rate with 10 percent of the citizens who are too poor to own transportation, or too old, or too sick, where was the plan to get these people out.

It is not enough to say we are in a mandatory evacuation. That means the rich fly out, the middles drive out, and what about the poor? I don't get it. Thousands were abandoned to fend for themselves. If it is discovered that thousands of poor, black, hispanic, citizens of our rich nation have perished in this disaster this will go down as one more shame on the American elite. If the richest country in the world cannot protect its weakest, that is more than an outrage.

The New McCarthy Era is Upon Us

All Americans should take note, the new rhetoric that comes from the right are reminincent of the McCarthy Era. Be anti-war (even if it is this war and not every war), have tendencies to lean toward feeling that a little socialism in a capitalist society is a good thing, the C word rears it's ugly head again:

Cindy Sheehan: anti-American communist?

That was the accusation coming yesterday from the Heritage Foundation, which hosted author John J. Tierney Jr. for a forum titled "The Politics of Peace: What's Behind the Anti-War Movement?"

Tierney researched the movement for a book and came up with some choice descriptions. "I have to say it is communist," he told an audience at the conservative think tank, also describing the groups involved as "revolutionary socialistic" and "cohorts" of North Korea, Saddam Hussein and Fidel Castro's Cuba. "We're really dealing with . . . a comprehensive, exhaustive, socialistic anti-capitalistic political structure," he said.

full story:
Conservative Author Is Seeing Red in America


Katrina God's Punishment!

Well this is worse than the prayer chain in Pensacola that said that because they prayed more and were more religious they were spared the wrath of Katrina, but this tops it all:


from Salon:

In an e-mail message we just received, a group calling itself Columbia Christians for Life alerts us to the fact that a satellite image of Hurricane Katrina as it hit the Gulf Coast Monday looks just like a six-week-old fetus.

.....And in case you're not getting the point, the e-mail message spells it out in black and white: "Louisiana has 10 child-murder-by-abortion centers," the groups says, and "five are in New Orleans....."

....God has already punished California with earthquakes, forest fires and mudslides; New York with 9/11; and Florida with Hurricanes Bonnie, Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne and the early version of Katrina.....

What's Wrong with this Picture?

I saw this at Wonkette:

A young man walks through chest deep flood water after looting a grocery store in New Orleans on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. Flood waters continue to rise in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina did extensive damage when it made landfall on Monday. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)





Two residents wade through chest-deep water after finding bread and soda from a local grocery store after Hurricane Katrina came through the area in New Orleans,

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

George W. Bush Bring Them Home, We Need Them Now

My son called tonight and he was saying how people in his office were talking about how if George Bush would bring the troops home and send them down south to rebuild, it could be done in a matter of months. He could see his approval rating skyrocket to probably above 90 percent and go down in history as one of our best presidents.

George W. Bush, if you bring the troops home to rebuild the south, I will take this blog down, I will never say another word against you, I will remove my bumperstickers, throw away my tee-shirts and keep my mouth shut until your tenure is over.

That would be the best use of our troops that I can imagine. And can you see how the troops would love helping their own people. It would be wonderful. Most of these people who have lost everything are destitute to begin with, what a victory that would be for America and for America's poverty stricken.

BRING THEM HOME FOR AMERICA!

Is it Looting or Survival?

One thing I would note if I were the police or National Guard in the areas of devastation in the south. Looting is taking things like DVD players, TVs, Stereos and the like. Taking food, water, diapers, I call survival. Open the stores and let them take what they need. Most is going to spoil anyway!

Bush Plays While South Drowns

From AmericaBlog:



How out of touch is George Bush on this disaster?

Inside the Super Dome


A reporter on CNN just said a man inside the dome yelled at people below him to look out and then jumped to his death. The water is now coming up to the dome. The toilets are overflowing, it is dark and hot. This is all looking so much worse than yesterday!


Jean Messerve's Report Last Night on CNN


I heard
Jean Messerve reporting to Aaron Brown last night on CNN. She was reporting about an area of New Orleans that she and her crew had just found where people were trapped in their attics and on roofs by rising water. She couldn't even make it through the report with out crying, it was horrible. She said that people were screaming for help, some couldn't break throught their roofs for air. I have never seen a reporter break down so bad.


Let Them Eat Cake

What does the leader of a country do when hundreds of thousands of people have just be devasted by one of the worse natural disasters to ever hit his country, when there are prehaps hundreds or even thousands waiting on rooftops to be rescued:


President George W. Bush and Laura Bush are greeted by Arizona Senator John McCain after arriving Monday, Aug. 29, 2005, at Luke Air Force Base near Phoenix.

EAT CAKE!!


This Wonderful Life -- The GREAT BUSH ECONOMY

The nation's poverty rate rose to 12.7 percent of the population last year, the fourth consecutive annual increase, the Census Bureau said Tuesday.

.... Overall, there were 37 million people living in poverty, up 1.1 million people from 2003....

Poverty rate rises to 12.7 percent

The Emperor Has No Clothes


Brian Ellner is running for New York borough President on the dem ticket watch his great ad:

Vote For Brian and Make New York Proud

Monday, August 29, 2005

Mr. Bush, Why Won't you Meet with Me?


from Brad Blog:

U.S. Army Specialist Tomas Young has some questions for George W. Bush. He's never met with the Commander-in-Chief who sent him into Sadr City, Iraq in a canvass covered truck during a massive uprising in that city on April 4, 2004. The same city on the same day that Cindy Sheehan's son Casey was killed.

....Tomas and his new wife Bree (also pictured), came to Crawford from Kansas City on their honeymoon to "stand" in support of Cindy Sheehan.....

On New Orleans Hurricanes and 100,000 Poor People

The nightmare scenario painted through the day yesterday will not thankfully come to fruition this time; New Orleans has been spared becoming Lake New Orleans. But in watching cable coverage yesterday I was appalled to learn that ten percent of that city was too poor to be able to evacuate.

Amazing to live in America, the richest country in the world, and be unable to leave an area where a catastrophic event was more than a possibility, and loss of ones life was clearly a reality. 100,000 Americans without the resource to save their own lives.

I am sadden when I watch such events take place in impoverished countries such as Jamaica, but to think it could happen here in America, is beyond belief.
What would this have said about our American society, had we lost tens of thousands of destitute Louisianans if the worse case scenario happened?

You know that old saying "only the strong survive," well it appears in America only the rich survive!

Sunday, August 28, 2005

King George Unhinged



I have no idea if this is really true:

While President George W. Bush travels around the country in a last-ditch effort to sell his Iraq war, White House aides scramble frantically behind the scenes to hide the dark mood of an increasingly angry leader who unleashes obscenity-filled outbursts at anyone who dares disagree with him.

“I’m not meeting again with that goddamned bitch,” Bush screamed at aides who suggested he meet again with Cindy Sheehan, the war-protesting mother whose son died in Iraq. “She can go to hell as far as I’m concerned!”

Bush, administration aides confide, frequently explodes into tirades over those who protest the war, calling them “motherfucking traitors.” He reportedly was so upset over Veterans of Foreign Wars members who wore “bullshit protectors” over their ears during his speech to their annual convention that he told aides to “tell those VFW assholes that I’ll never speak to them again is they can’t keep their members under control.”

Bush's Obscene Tirades Rattle White House Aides

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Whoops! Maybe Some Poor People Shoulda Voted for Democrats!

Lawmakers are drafting proposals that would cut billions of dollars from the growth of Medicaid, slice into student loans just as students return to college, pare back food stamps and trim farm price supports in the midst of a midwestern drought.

Critical Votes for GOP Are Looming
Cuts Proposed in Medicaid, Farms, Student Loans

Good Golly, Now They Want our Dinosaurs

Dinny the roadside dinosaur has found religion.

The 45-foot-high concrete apatosaurus has towered over Interstate 10 near Palm Springs for nearly three decades as a kitschy prehistoric pit stop for tourists.

Now he is the star of a renovated attraction that disputes the fact that dinosaurs died off millions of years before humans first walked the planet.

Dinny's new owners, pointing to the Book of Genesis, contend that most dinosaurs arrived on Earth the same day as Adam and Eve, some 6,000 years ago, and later marched two by two onto Noah's Ark.

Adam, Eve and T. Rex

Really Scary Tourist Attraction

Great views — and plenty of goosebumps for those afraid of heights. An American Indian tribe with land along the Grand Canyon is planning to build a glass-bottomed walkway that will jut out 70 feet from the canyon's edge.

Grand Canyon to Get Glass-Bottomed Walk

Friday, August 26, 2005

On Being Obsessed!

part of an email I received from my sister:

"You have gone over board on this. It is ruling your life, Kind of like alcohol did mine for awhile, nothing is good in excess. maybe there is a program out there for out of control democrats, maybe you should check it out, democrats anonymous......"

All I can say to that is thank goodness for obsession if that is what it is (I would call it passion). I have to wonder where we would all be now if everyone sat back and let all those things that are not right with our government go by without obsession (or passion) to try and change that which is wrong in our society. Would we be living under Queen Elizabeth? Would we still have slaves? Would women be voting? Would we still have children in sweat shops? Would handicap people have rights? Would young girls be dying every day from using coat hangers? Would witches still be burned? It took alot of obsessed people to get us to where we are today.

I was too young to march for Civil Rights, I was a "Stepford" teen during Vietnam (my government is always right), and for 26 years my kids were my obsession and then one day when they grew up suddenly I saw what was happening to my world, and I didn't like it. f I am obsessed, so be it, at least I have a vested interest in my world and I'm not going to be quiet about those things that seem very wrong to me.

The Right to Protest

An overwhelming number of people say critics of the Iraq war should be free to voice their objections — a rare example of widespread agreement about a conflict that has divided the nation along partisan lines.

.....nine of 10 people surveyed in an AP-Ipsos poll say it's OK for war opponents to publicly share their concerns about the conflict......

Poll: Many Back Right to Protest Iraq War

Bad Anti-War Protesters

I'm anti this war and would join protesters but not this way. Blame the government not the soldier people, this is horrible it's like the protesters in our town who went to the furneral of a soldier killed in Iraq, this is sick:

The Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., the current home of hundreds of wounded veterans from the war in Iraq, has been the target of weekly anti-war demonstrations since March. The protesters hold signs that read "Maimed for Lies" and "Enlist here and die for Halliburton.

Anti-War Protests Target Wounded at Army Hospital

General Wes Clark says:


By Wesley K. Clark
Friday, August 26, 2005; A21

In the old, familiar fashion, mounting U.S. casualties in Iraq have mobilized increasing public doubts about the war. More than half the American people now believe that the invasion of Iraq was a mistake. They're right. But it would also be a mistake to pull out now, or to start pulling out or to set a date certain for pulling out. Instead we need a strategy to create a stable, democratizing and peaceful state in Iraq -- a strategy the administration has failed to develop and

articulate.

Before It's Too Late in Iraq

"I Have to Get On With My Life" - George W. Bush

I saw this at Daily Kos:

The number of troops that have died while Bush is on vacation = 75

Thursday, August 25, 2005

My Response to the new kids book: Help! Mom! There are Liberals Under My Bed

Daddy! Daddy! Conservatives Ate My Ice cream!

Little Colt and his daddy lived together in a small but nice apartment in the city. Little Colt's daddy worked for a big manufacturing company, and made enough money to buy little Colt a few toys, food, clothing, pay the bills and sometimes they would go to the movies or go bowling and always, always they would have ice cream on Friday night. Little Colt loved his daddy and thought he had the bestest life of any little boy around.

One day Little Colt's daddy got a pink slip of paper from his job. The pink slip of paper said that daddy could no longer work at the manufacturing place because the company wanted to pay their workers less money for more work, so they were moving the company to a great big country, way across the ocean. Little Colt's daddy was very sad that evening when he came home. He explained to Little Colt that Conservatives who were running the country right now, believed more in companies making lots and lots of money, than in a worker like himself who only wanted to buy his little boy some ice cream. Little Colt’s daddy told him about a time a few years ago when liberals ran the country and times were very good for daddies like him who had only graduated from high school. You see Little Colt, "After conservatives took away my overtime pay, busted my union, and let my company turn my retirement over to a government run program, I had to move us here to this little apartment, which is nice and we love, but we used to have a house and a big yard. I had so hoped to be able to get that for you again, but now I will have no job."

Little Colt wanted to cheer his daddy up, so he said, "That's alright daddy, you will get another job and I love living here and we will always, always have ice cream on Friday night. I love you daddy, you are the bestest daddy of any daddy I know." Little Colt's daddy smiled at that and shook his head and said, "You are right Little Colt, we will be just fine."

Little Colt's daddy knew a place where workers go to get money while they are looking for a job (Liberals had created this place many, many years ago), he went there but the money was not anything like he had been making in the big manufacturing place, but at least it was something. "Little Colt," said Daddy, "we will not be able to buy toys, or go to the movies or go bowling for awhile but we will always always, have ice cream on Friday, I will promise you that." Little Colt was just happy to have such a good daddy and such a nice apartment and always always to have ice cream on Friday night, he didn't care about anything else.

Little Colt's daddy looked and looked for a job. One day the place where workers go to get money while they are looking for a job told Little Colt's daddy the money was all used up and he could not come there anymore. Little Colt's daddy looked very sad again that night. "Little Colt, daddy said, I cannot get anymore money from the place that workers go to get money while they are looking for a job, now we will not be able to pay our bills." "I know another place where people can go to get food when they have no money and a place to go that will help pay the rent on our apartment, and that, daddy explained to little Colt, was only because Liberals used to run the country and they believed in helping people like them who were down on their luck, and so had created these programs." "Little Colt," daddy said, we will have a roof over our heads and we will always always have ice cream on Friday night, but I cannot pay my bills." "Why, Daddy?” asked little Colt. Daddy explained to Little Colt, "In the days when liberals ran the country there used to be a way for people who could not find jobs, to not have to pay their bills, but conservatives took that away, so now we may have to give back our furniture and car." That's ok daddy,” said little Colt, “you are the best daddy in the world and as long as we have each other and always, always have ice cream on Friday night, I'm the happiest little boy anywhere!"

One day a big truck came to Little Colt's apartment and took away all the furniture and a few days later a tow truck came and took away his daddy's car. Now daddy couldn't go look for a job because he had no car. "Little Colt," Daddy said, "I have no car and I cannot go to the place that gives people food when they have no money because it is far, far away, much too far to walk, and I do not have money for the bus or a taxi cab." “We cannot have ice cream on Friday night." In anger Daddy said, I bet those rich conservatives will be eating lots of ice cream on Friday night, and then his face softened and he said "I'm sorry Little Colt I should never have said anything like that." This was the saddest Little Colt had ever seen his daddy look. "Don't worry daddy, we don't need ice cream this Friday, I'm just happy to have a daddy like you." But Little Colt's daddy did not smile this time he just looked sadder and Little Colt saw a tear drip from his daddy's eye.


"Daddy," said Little Colt, don't be sad, you are the bestest daddy in the world and I know you will think of something, but I want you to know that when I grow up, I am going to be a liberal, and I am going to help everyone like us. I will never let a conservative eat a little boy’s ice cream and make his daddy cry." Little Colt's daddy smiled at that and said "Little Colt you are right we will be just fine, and you will be the bestest liberal around when you grow up."

And so it happened that Little Colt's Daddy found a job that was right down the street, he would flip hamburgers all day and make enough money to pay the rent and put food on the table and they would always always have ice cream on Friday night after that. When he eventually saved enough money to buy a car he got hired by a large retail store. He still wasn't making as much as the big manufacturing place, but if he flipped burgers all day and worked at the retail store at night, they could now buy a few toys for Little Colt, food, clothing, pay the bills and sometimes they would go to the movies or go bowling and always always they would have ice cream on Friday night.

Daddy always looked tired, but he smiled again everyday. This made little Colt happy and he knew his dreams would be to change his country back to the way it was when his daddy owned the house with the big yard and could smile without being so tired. He vowed to take every liberal value he had in his body to make sure no family had to go through what he and his daddy had, had to go through. And when he grew up he did just that.

What's OK for Some is Not for others

HMMM, one has to wonder why it is that it is ok for someone like Pat Boone to speak out for the war and blast the anti-war protesters like Cindy Sheehan, but boy let Barbara Streisand or the Dixie Chicks come out against the war and the "RIGHT-Wing" propaganda machine pounces on them like a Lion on a fresh piece of meat:

Pat Boone shreds Cindy 'peaceniks'

Music legend Pat Boone is blasting the peace message of Cindy Sheehan and other anti-war activists, claiming their rhetoric is making the U.S. more vulnerable to future terrorist attacks.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Americans Declare War on Americans!

Chilling:

The American Legion, which has 2.7 million members, has declared war on antiwar protestors, and the media could be next. Speaking at its national convention in Honolulu, the group's national commander called for an end to all “public protests” and “media events” against the war, constitutional protections be damned.

American Legion Declares War on Protestors -- Media Next?

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

She Ran away from a Pie!



Keith Olbermann's Worst person in the World:

Ann Coulter on terrorists attacking New York:
"But the winner and old favorite here is Ann Coulter, the recent column she writes of terrorists, " It's far perferable to fight them in the streets of Baghdad than the streets of New York. Ms. Coulter evidently did not know that most of 9/11 occurred in New York, (NY where the residents would immediately surrender?), this is somebody who run away in terror from a pie/ Does this woman even live in this country, ANN COULTER TODAY'S WORSE PERSON OF THE WORLD!!!!!!!!"

Picture of the Day!


I saw this at Daily Kos:

Bill Moyer, 73, wears a "Bullshit Protector" flap over his ear while President George W. Bush addresses the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Bush says anti-war protests threaten to weaken the United States

Welcoming Discovery Home



My Son welcoming home the shuttle Discovery

Quote of the Day

From a new blog I just discovered Pen and Sword:

Holy Frijole!

So my fellow Virginian Pat Robertson thinks we should assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

I say that if Chavez gets to be too big a thorn in our side, we do to him what Pat Roberts does with US politicians--buy him!

Theocracy

Nearly every Monday for six months, as many as a dozen congressional aides — many of them aspiring politicians — have gathered over takeout dinners to mine the Bible for ancient wisdom on modern policy debates about tax rates, foreign aid, education, cloning and the Central American Free Trade Agreement.

They learn to view every vote as a religious duty, and to consider compromise a sin.

That puts them at the vanguard of a bold effort by evangelical conservatives to mold a new generation of leaders who will answer not to voters, but to God.

Grooming Politicians for Christ

Church uses Fundraiser to Bail Out Child Molester

A local church raised money to post bond for a choir director who is accused of molesting two boys, upsetting the boys' mother and surprising police,

The Refuge Temple Revival Center raised more than $5,000 during a yard sale last week to free 28-year-old Oshea Otis from jail. Otis, the son of the church's pastor, had been arrested Aug. 11 and is charged with molesting two boys over an 18-month period at the pastor's home.

full story:
Woman Upset After Church Posts Choir Director's Bail

File This Under "This Wonderful Economy"


Observers fear thefts, violence to rise with gas prices



Rolling Stones "Sweet Neo Con" Lyrics

Lyrics from Sweey Neo Con From Raw story:

“You ride around your white castle, On your little white horse / You lie to your people, and blame it on your war of course

You call yourself a Christian, I call you a hypocrite / You call yourself a patriot, well I think you’re full of shit

Oh, sweet Neo Con, What path have you led them on? Oh, sweet Neo Con, Is it time for the atom bomb?

You parade around in costume, Expecting to be believed / But as the body bags stack up, We believe we’ve been deceived

The horror you’ve unleased, Will backfire with more grief / When will you ever learn, Sweet Neo Con, as the world burns?

Oh, sweet Neo Con, What path have you led them on? Oh, sweet Neo Con, Is it time for the atom bomb? Oh, sweet Neo Con, What path have you led them on? Oh, sweet Neo Con, Is it time to drop the bomb?”

Thou Shalt Not Kill ~~ Unless its Cheaper Than a War


Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson has called for the United States to assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, calling him "a terrific danger" bent on exporting Communism and Islamic extremism across the Americas.

"If he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it," Robertson told viewers on his "The 700 Club" show Monday. "It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war."

Robertson: U.S. should 'take out' Venezuela's Chavez

Monday, August 22, 2005

The Stepford Society

I have just figured something out, conservatives are hell-bent on making us all into stepford people. We will all think alike, dress alike, go to the same church (of course only Christian), carry a gun, and walk lock, stock and barrel inline with whatever our government says, we will all be hetrosexual, preferably white, and if we are women be subserviant to our men, and the same words will come out of our mouths, M-y ~~ g-o-v-e-r-n-m-e-n-t ~~ i-s ~~ a-l-w-a-y-s ~~ p-e-r-f-e-c-t, ~~ a-n-d ~~ I ~~ l-o-v-e ~~ m-y ~~ p-r-e-s-i-d-e-n-t .

I have personally always liked diversity and thought that was the brillance of our government. But it is quite scary anymore when opinions are stifled by those that don't like them. In the case of Cindy Sheehan, be sure and lie and smear to make your opinion the right one.

Well sorry charley, you'll just have to kill me to get me to shut up.

A really funny thing happened today. My sister signed up with Family.com last week and kept sending me emails to come on over and post some pictures. I looked at the site and at the pics she had put there, but really didn't feel that inclined to participate because we had created such a site years ago, invited the whole family to join in and no one ever came.

But last night I thought, ok this is silly go ahead and post some things. I created a folder, "My Funny Kids and posted some pics I had made up of my kids and grandkids for tee-shirts and pins. One was the one of my grand-daughter with the sign that said "When I grow up I want to be a Democrat. Another was the petrosexual magazine with pics of my kids and one with grand-daughter holding a ragdoll with Bush's face which said, "This is my favorite toy, my Mom Mom told me to stick lots of pins in and so on. I thought they were funny and the family would get a kick out of them.

Today I recieve this email:

Gingersnapp,

Not to be mean or anything, But I created my family site, To post family things on, Family pictures, news Not Liberal bull crap, enoughs enough. geez. Save it for your blog, and for someone who cares. PLEASE.........
Gloria

OK, so much for family fun. Hmm, silly me I thought funny pics of my kids were family stuff, geez does this mean you won't get together with me when we all have the tee-shirts on? Sorry, you were the one who asked me to post, it was silly stuff, and I would have laughed just as hard if someone in the family had come back with some republican stuff. But see it doesn't bother me that there are other opinions out there besides mine. Because I actually think that diverisity of thought is what created this wonderful place we live. That's just my opinion though.

The Burning Moral Issue of our Time - "Rights for Petrosexuals?"

In The 30's and Goin' Down -- Baby Its Cold Outside

From the American Research Group:

Bush job approval Approve Disapprove Undecided

Aug 2005 36% 58% 6%

Sunday, August 21, 2005

They Start 'em Young, well Soak An Eye

From Amazon

This full-color illustrated book is a fun way for parents to teach young children the valuable lessons of conservatism. Written in simple text, readers can follow along with Tommy and Lou as they open a lemonade stand to earn money for a swing set. But when liberals start demanding that Tommy and Lou pay half their money in taxes, take down their picture of Jesus, and serve broccoli with every glass of lemonade, the young brothers experience the downside to living in Liberaland.

comments:
13 of 27 people found the following review helpful:
Shameful!, August 18, 2005
Reviewer: Lefty "Wake Up Sheeple!" (NY) - See all my reviews
This kind of "humor" is not only shameful and distasteful, but irresponsible and hateful. Why any parent with half a brain would want to read this book to their children is incomprehensible. Last time I checked, hatred was not a "family value". I wouldn't suggest buying this book, unless of course you would like your child to grow up to be an uncaring and uneducated adult.

OK so I have my own response to this, introducing my granddaughter:

Protesting the War

I decided I can't stand it any longer, I just had to do something to protest this horrible mess we are in. So I made a sign to put in my yard tomorrow. Here it is:





The Sym -- Pathetic Right

from Rush Limbaugh:

on Cindy Sheehan:

"Frankly, I'm also fed up -- not fed up. I retract that. I'm weary, ladies and gentlemen, of even having to express sympathy. 'Oh, she lost her son!' Yes, yes, yes, but (sigh) we all lose things."

Fox Lies about Cindy Sheehan ~~ Suprise Suprise

I saw this on Fox this morning a piece on Cindy Sheehan which stated that she had told a rally that America was not worth dying for and I thought that had to be a lie. Then I saw this at News Hounds:

Molly Henneberg reported from Crawford, TX that Sheehan "says America is not worth dying for." Rather than provide a specific source or a clip, Henneberg merely told the audience Sheehan said that "back in April at a rally in San Francisco for a lawyer convicted of providing support to terrorists." Perhaps the reason no clip or source was provided was because Henneberg completely distorted what Sheehan said.

In fact, Iraq was the country Sheehan said was not worth dying for, as this complete quote from a transcript at wikipedia shows:

I'm going all over the country telling moms: "This country is not worth dying for. If we're attacked, we would all go out. We'd all take whatever we had. I'd take my rolling pin and I'd beat the attackers over the head with it. But we were not attacked by Iraq." {applause}

Phone no and emails here ~~~~~> Take action call Fox and tell them to retract

Frank Rich: "The Swift Boating of Cindy Sheehan"

Excellant op-ed:

Cindy Sheehan couldn't have picked a more apt date to begin the vigil that ambushed a president: Aug. 6 was the fourth anniversary of that fateful 2001 vacation day in Crawford, Texas, when George W. Bush responded to an intelligence briefing titled "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States" by going fishing.

On this Aug. 6, the president was no less determined to shrug off bad news. Though 14 Marine reservists had been killed days earlier by a roadside bomb in Haditha, his national radio address that morning made no mention of Iraq. Once again Bush was in his bubble, ensuring that he wouldn't see Sheehan coming. So it goes with a president who hasn't foreseen any of the setbacks in the war he fabricated against an enemy who did not attack inside the United States in Cindy Sheehan couldn't have picked a more apt date to begin the vigil that ambushed a president: Aug. 6 was the fourth anniversary of that fateful 2001 vacation day in Crawford, Texas, when George W. Bush responded to an intelligence briefing titled "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States" by going fishing. On this Aug. 6, the president was no less determined to shrug off bad news. Though 14 Marine reservists had been killed days earlier by a roadside bomb in Haditha, his national radio address that morning made no mention of Iraq. Once again Bush was in his bubble, ensuring that he wouldn't see Sheehan coming. So it goes with a president who hasn't foreseen any of the setbacks in the war he fabricated against an enemy who did not attack inside the United States in 2001.

full op-ed:
Frank Rich: The Swift Boating of Cindy Sheehan

The Whole Wide World vs. Walmart ~~ Unions Organize


A global coalition of unions is launching an unprecedented campaign to organize workers around the world at US retail giant Wal-Mart, seeking to bring a new level of globalization to the labor movement.

In globalization twist, unions target Wal-Mart worldwide

Friday, August 19, 2005

Happy Birthday Bubba


President Clinton celebrates his 59th birthday, today, August 19, 2005

Chrisitian Camp -- Christ Comes First along With "Wedgies", "Purple Nurples"

From The Smoking Gun

When Ronald and Jill Losoya sent their 11-year-old son to Michigan's Camp Michawana, they expected the boy's summer stay would be a "positive, Christian-based experience." In fact, the camp itself notes that "Christ is first"

....Ezekiel had to endure wedgies, was "kicked in the privates," had his camera smashed, got dunked headfirst in a toilet, and was tied to a tether ball pole.....

Who Worries More about the Troops us anti-war or the neo-con elite?

From Fahrenheit 9/11 and Common Dreams:

But why should we hear about body bags, and deaths, and how many, what day it's gonna happen, and how many this or what do you suppose? Or, I mean, it's, it's not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that? And watch him suffer."
— Barbara Bush on "Good Morning America," March 18, 2003

A New American Record ~~ Ain't We Proud!

from Daily Pick:

Congratulations President Bush: You Broke the Record!!!


Heartfelt congratulations to President Bush, who on Friday August 19th breaks Ronald Reagan's all-time record for most vacation days. The old record was 335 days, though Reagan took his sweet time of eight years to accomplish this feat. President Bush did it in nearly half the time. And with another two weeks of vaction on tap, he's obviously not content with simply breaking the record, he's going to smoke that record right out of the hole.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Cindy Sheehan Has to Leave Crawford

Iraq war protester Cindy Sheehan said Thursday she will leave Crawford, Texas, to be with her mother, who has suffered a stroke in Los Angeles.

Sheehan to leave Crawford, Texas

Sad but True!

from Buck Fush:

Evangelicals Refute Theory of Gravity "Intelligent Falling"


From The Onion

(satire)
KANSAS CITY, KS—As the debate over the teaching of evolution in public schools continues, a new controversy over the science curriculum arose Monday in this embattled Midwestern state. Scientists from the Evangelical Center For Faith-Based Reasoning are now asserting that the long-held "theory of gravity" is flawed, and they have responded to it with a new theory of Intelligent Falling.

"Things fall not because they are acted upon by some gravitational force, but because a higher intelligence, 'God' if you will, is pushing them down," said Gabriel Burdett, who holds degrees in education, applied Scripture, and physics from Oral Roberts University.

full piece:
Evangelical Scientists Refute Gravity

Good 'Ol Christian Moral Values

The director of an eastern Missouri Christian camp has been charged with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl at the camp, according to court records.

Camp director charged with molesting child

Our Wonderful Economy

I just can't stand it every time I hear a Bush crony say how wonderful our economy is right now I guess this is proof:



For all the criticism that Wal-Mart receives for its low wages and minimal health benefits, the retail giant says more than 11,000 people in the Bay Area are clamoring to get a job at its new Oakland store.

11,000 apply for 400 openings at retailer's new Oakland store

Biological Bandages

Not in the USA:

Using human fetal cells, Swiss scientists have developed a new type of "biological bandage" for severe burns, a treatment that speeds and improves the healing process and may prove effective for other serious skin wounds, according to a preliminary study being published today.

But because the bandages are derived from the skin cells of aborted fetuses, the novel therapy is likely to generate controversy in countries like the United States

Fetal Skin Cells Found to Be a Promising Treatment for Burns

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Pat Buchanan on Cindy Sheehan

As a Gold Star mother of a soldier son slain in Iraq, Sheehan has authenticity and moral authority. Wedded to the passion of her protest, these make her a magnet for a bored White House press corps camped in Crawford for August. Cindy and the president are the only stories in town. And as a source of daily derogatory commentary on the president, Sheehan is using the media, and the media are using her, for the same end: to bedevil George W. Bush.

They are succeeding. When one considers the non-stop cable TV coverage given the mother of Natalie Holloway, the Alabama teen missing in Aruba, Cindy Sheehan will soon be a household name. The more media she attracts, the more people she draws to Crawford. The more people who join Cindy in Crawford, the more media coverage they will attract. It is hard to see what breaks this cycle before Labor Day and the president's return......

Cindy Sheehan: Anti-war catalyst

Compassionate Conservatives

They Love Name Callling:

Emotional Predators =

Cindy Sheehan and other grieving parents of dead military says NY Times columnist Edmund Morris

Baghad Morgue Hits New Record for Dead Civilians

THE number of dead Iraqi civilians counted at the Baghdad morgue hit 1100 in July, the highest toll in recent history, a British newspaper reported today, blaming the daily violence.

The Independent said the figure was just 700 short of the total number of US soldiers killed in Iraq since April 2003, after the US-led invasion.


Iraq morgue 'receives 1100 dead'

Cindy Sheehan on Bill Maher

America Blog says:

"Look for Cindy Sheehan to be interviewed by Bill Maher when his terrific HBO series "Real Time With Bill Maher" returns this Friday August 19 at 11 p.m."

Attacking Any Messenger

A letter I sent to the local paper today:

Attacking Any Messenger

Republicans are in attack mode again. Their plan: attack any messenger that oppose their views, make it loud and long and make sure they are called crackpots (Fred Barnes -- Fox News) and liars (Rush Limbaugh), call them un-American, unpatriotic and if their are anti-war call them military haters.

That is what is happening to Cindy Sheehan, grieving mother of a son lost in Iraq. She is protesting a war she calls illegal and wants to talk to her president to ask him why her son had to die there. Now she is being smeared and lied about by the neo-cons who so love this Dubya guy and this war that they will do or say anything to try to keep public opinion on their side.

They know the polls show that most Americans now say this war was not worth the cost and they are losing support with each passing day of death and destruction. But to attack a Mom who gave the ultimate sacrifice for her country is not only outrageous, it is sick and shameful.

Go ahead guys, keep up the attack, Mrs. Sheehan is one tough cookie and gets stronger with each day of name calling. Most Americans are seeing through the lies this time, it may be one thing to do this to Michael Moore but to a "Gold Star" Mom is another. You are an embarrassment to American society.

More Parents Speak Out


Parents of fallen Marine make plea to Bush

Paul Schroeder and his wife Rosemary Palmer talk with reporters outside their Cleveland home, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005, about their son, Lance Cpl. Edward Schroeder II, who was killed earlier this month while serving in Iraq. Schroeder's parents want President Bush to take note of mounting casualties and come up with a new plan to bring the troops home.

King George Approval/Disaproval by State

SurveyUSA

Here In MO:

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Mocking Cindy Sheehan

via Democratic Underground:

The Anti Anti-War Protest Car


Just What I WANT for Christmas! -- NOT





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Sign the Petition for Cindy Sheehan

Elizabeth Edwards says:

Support Cindy Sheehan's Right to Be Heard


If you feel as strongly as I do, help us spread the word. Sign our statement of support for Cindy Sheehan's right to be heard and tell your friends about it.

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Wounded Soldier Declines Bush Bedside Visit

From Michael Moore:

.........One day a nurse came in to ask Rodgers if he wanted to meet President Bush, who was visiting the hospital. Rodgers declined.

"I don't want anything to do with him," he explains. "My belief is that his ego is getting people killed and mutilated for no reason -- just his ego and his reputation. If we really wanted to, we could pull out of Iraq. Maybe not completely, but enough that we wouldn't be losing people -- at least not at this rate. So I think he himself is responsible for quite a few American deaths......."

Why Do Republicans Hate Our Troops?

White crosses at site of anti-war demonstration run down by pickup

A pickup truck tore through rows of white crosses last night near President Bush's ranch, where a woman has been protesting the Iraq war.

The crosses stretched along the road at the Crawford, Texas, camp, bore the names of fallen U-S soldiers. No one was hurt.

Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq last year, vows to remain in Texas through Bush's August vacation unless he meets with her.

Monday, August 15, 2005

He's BAACCKK!!!

Bill Maher Returns this Friday!! YAYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want him back every night like he use to be!



Bill Maher Returns this Friday August 19th!

Names You Won't See on Dog Tags

From Raw Story:

A coalition of over 120 member organizations dedicated to demanding accountability and honesty in government is preparing to launch a series of scathing ads aimed at what it describes as the Bush administration's "lies, corruption, fear, incompetence, indifference, and arrogance," Raw Story has learned.

Dog-Tags of shame:
The first ad to run is controversial two-page color layout, which says: "DON'T LOOK FOR THESE NAMES AMONG THE DEAD AND WOUNDED" and displays dog-tags with the names of the adult children of President George Bush, Vice President Richard Cheney, and other pro-war administration officials. (View the ad).

F-ing in Austria

The mayor of an Austrian town called F---king has urged tourists from Britain to refrain from removing the road signs.

Siegfried Hauppl said the small town always attracted a lot of attention from tourists driving up from nearby Salzburg to pose for pictures in front of the signs.

However, the money the tourists spent in the area has failed to soften the blow of having to replace the signs which have become popular as souvenirs.

"We had a vote last year on whether to rename the town, but decided to keep it as it is.

"After all, F&*#$@g has existed for 800 years, probably when a Mr F&*k or the F&*k family moved into the area. The 'ing' was added as a word for settlement."

Apparently the villagers found out about the English meaning of the word from British and American soldiers stationed in the area in 1945 started arriving in large numbers.

Hauppl said: "We all know what it means now, but for us F&*#$@g is F&*#$@g - we don't give it a second thought."

full Story:
'Stop stealing our F&*#$@g signs'

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggidy Jig

I'm back! From vacation for 2 weeks. Went to Huston, Texas, Galveston, San Antonio and other TX towns. Home of GW, President George Bush Turnpike, Tom Delay offices and much more nice republican stuff. I thought I lived in a red state, this state is bright crimson.

Still it was fun and a nice visit with son no. 1 who works for NASA at Johnson Space Center in Huston as an engineer who helped send and bring back Discovery safely.

It was hot as heck and just as my body was getting use to 104 degree heat, we are now back in MO where it is in the 70's and I'm freezing.

It was nice not to think or worry about news, wars, and idiot presidents for 2 whole weeks. But it is nice to return home even when it is back to the same 'ol, same 'ol.





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