Wednesday, January 31, 2007


It has been ten days or so since I blogged last. I hated to be gone so long, but I got busy with some work stuff and had to prioritize. I'm sure you all understand. Thanks for coming back 8^)

But the reason I have to write a post this evening is because Molly Ivins died.

Molly Ivins was my favorite political columnist. I don't use the word "favorite" lightly. She was consistently brilliant and awe-inspiring. You can read her columns here.

There are very, very few people in the public arena who I cared for enough to be affected by their death. A felt a profound sense of loss when Jim Henson, of all people, died, and I didn't even expect to feel that way, but I did. I was stricken when my idol John Entwistle died, too, although I knew that day would eventually come. Maybe a few others.

But as for Molly... I hadn't even heard she was sick until a few days ago. Now this. Damn. It is particularly saddening that she didn't live long enough to see the end of the Bush "presidency".

The rest of us must carry on. Molly encouraged people to be aware of what was going on politically, and to take an active role when they could. She inspired many of us to do just that. In that way, she will live forever.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Petro-Vampirism Rises from the Ashes

Here we go, truthseekers: another reference to the real reason we're in Iraq, and will remain there forever: New Oil Law Means Victory in Iraq for Bush
...the law will give Exxon Mobil, BP, Shell and other carbon cronies of the White House unprecedented sweetheart deals, allowing them to pump gargantuan profits from Iraq's nominally state-owned oilfields for decades to come.
It's almost like comfort food, isn't it? Like having a discussion about the war from back in 2004.
This law has been in the works since the very beginning of the invasion - indeed, since months before the invasion, when the Bush administration brought in Phillip Carroll, former CEO of both Shell and Fluor, the politically-wired oil servicing firm, to devise 'contingency plans' for divvying up Iraq's oil after the attack. Once the deed was done, Carroll was made head of the American 'advisory committee' overseeing the oil industry of the conquered land...
This, of course, is why Bush, Cheney, Rice, etc., are all unswervingly dedicated to conquering Iraq. We've been saying it for years now. It's all a just a racket.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

What "Conservatism" Hath Wrought

You would be hard-pressed to find many criticisms of "conservatism" in my blog. I criticise the republican party and neoconservitism, but I rarely go after conservatism itself. Nevertheless, it was those who define themselves as conservatives that joyously placed the Bush regime in power and celebrated the results (they were for Bush before they were against him). Whether supportive through the siren call of "low taxes", or the promise of a transformation toward a christian theocracy, or the sheer avarice of corporate greed, this sort of thing is their legacy: "The Pentagon set rules Thursday for detainee trials that could allow terror suspects to be convicted and perhaps executed using hearsay testimony and coerced statements".

How sad for us all that modern conservatism strives to recreate the worst aspects of tyranical dictatorship in America. This, along with their complicity in the boundless corruption of the republican party, will be their legacy.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Kinda busy lately... blogging might slow down a bit.

Okay, word verification is back on...

...because the spam was getting a little much. Oh well. 8^)

Monday, January 15, 2007

Puzzle Pieces

There couldn't be a connection here... could there?

U.S. moving to refurbish its nuclear arsenal
The Bush administration is expected to announce this week a major step forward in the building of the country's first new nuclear warhead in nearly two decades.
Israel Planning, Training for Low-Level Nuke Strike Against Iran
ISRAEL has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons.
Does self-proclaimed-born-again-christian-evangelical George W. Bush want to create armageddon? Is that what he perceives as his mission on earth?

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Saturday is Music Appreciation Day at Constantly Amazed... Daddy-O!

Sometimes, you just don't know what will turn up when you start lookin' for musical tidbits online. Yowie!

Sunday, January 7, 2007

Totally Dumbass Typical Republican Quote of the New Year:

Quotes of note - The Boston Globe:
"'What we really expect out of the Democrats is for them to treat us as they would liked to have been treated.'
Representative JOHN BOEHNER (R-OH), the new House minority leader "
Oh, please. The republicans went to extraordinary lengths to lock the democrats out of the governmental process. And now they're whining like babies!?

The next repuke blogger who attaches the famous "crying baby" picture to any other political party but their own might as well have "hypocrite" stamped on their forehead.

Saturday, January 6, 2007

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Oh, Arizona... of my birth. Where the balmy desert sun meets the enlightenment of the Puritans: Weird Science.

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Jan 2nd: I finally get around to posting about Gerald @#$% Ford

Okay, apparently many government offices are closed today because of Gerald Ford's funeral. The media are awash with references to how wonderful he was. What a nice guy. An average Joe. So unassuming. So level headed. Such integrity. Such a…

...traitor. One who opened the floodgates to allow the horrific, appalling corruption of the Bush administration to occur, and to flourish unchecked. One who sent the message in no uncertain terms that Republicans are above the law, and they live to rule a nation of their cronies, by their cronies, and for their cronies. One who, in true Republican fashion, chose to swear his allegiance to his party and it’s ongoing quest for absolute power over the welfare of the country he was elected to serve. A criminal on a national scale, disguised as a feed-store clerk.

Oh, I know, the left is happily touting Bob Woodward's paragraphs about how Ford condemned Bush's foreign policy, as if that's a victory. Oh, please! Ford chose to protect the guilty by withholding that opinion until after he was dead. To Gerald Ford, the image of the Republican party was more important than the many thousands of lives lost, the damage done across the globe, and the trashing of our constitution and our reputation in the eyes of the world. That is what is revered as a lifetime of public service? Gerald Ford's deathbed confession is worthless.

Allow me to reproduce some items from usenet and other corners of the web (where links aren’t included, I’ll just give credit right now to the original authors, all can be googled):

From usenet:
Gerald Ford was a TRAITOR.

As far as I'm concerned, Ford's legacy is that of interfering with justice by pardoning Nixon rather than allowing democratic process to deal with him as provided by the Constitution. Thus commenced the dangerous precedent of not requiring accountability of the highest official in the land.

If accountability is not required of the person in the position of the presidency, then it should not be required of anyone. The President is expected to set an example of the highest principles in our nation.

If the President is allowed to get away with "high crimes and misdemeanors," treason, mass murder, violation of international treaties, deceiving the public into sending their children to die in foreign wars and more, then why should anyone else be expected to abide by the law? The law and the Constitution which he has sworn to uphold has been rendered meaningless.

From Gerald Ford, Unsentimentally, By Matthew Rothschild
Sorry, but I refuse to let my tear ducts open over the death of Gerald

There’s something profoundly undemocratic and vaguely medieval about the almost mandatory salutes that we, the people, are supposed to offer when a former President dies.

The niceties of custom all too often reinforce the habits of blind obedience to the unworthy wielders of power.

Say no ill of the dead, we are told.

Hogwash. Let’s look at Gerald Ford’s record.

The first thing he did was to pardon Richard Nixon, even though ten days previously he had said that the special prosecutor should proceed against “any and all individuals” and a year before, he averred that “I do not think the public would stand for it.”

The pardon short-circuited the necessary prosecution of Nixon, which would have served as a salutary check on future inhabitants of the Oval Office.

Instead, the pardon set a precedent for such flagrant lawbreakers as we have in the White House today.

If impeachment of Bush and Cheney may be just a remote possibility, prosecution and incarceration remain inconceivable. And so Bush and Cheney, thanks to Ford, can float comfortably above the law.

On domestic policy, Ford was a standard issue Republican, vetoing social spending bills, cutting food stamps and housing and education programs, infamously denying aid to New York City while all the while boosting Pentagon spending.

And, in a move Bush and Cheney would have applauded, he proposed the nation’s first official secrets act to provide criminal penalties for the unauthorized disclosure of classified material.

On foreign policy, Ford was damnable.

He fronted for Pinochet in Chile, and kept aid flowing to that vicious strongman.

And on December 6, 1975, Ford and Henry Kissinger flew to Jakarta to meet with dictator Suharto and to give him a green light to invade East Timor.

According to a declassified State Department cable, here was part of their conversation.

Suharto to Ford and Kissinger: “We want your understanding if we deem it necessary to take rapid or drastic action.”

Ford: “We will understand and will not press you on the issue. We understand the problem you have and the intentions you have.”

Kissinger: “We understand your problem and the need to move quickly, but I am only saying that it would be better if it were done after we returned.”

Ford and Kissinger returned to the United States, and Suharto launched his invasion hours later.

Suharto’s invasion and occupation cost the lives of 200,000 Timorese. But never mind.

We’re not supposed to remember those things.

Just that Gerry Ford was such a nice guy.

All this in only 3 years.
From Alternet: Ford's legacy is Cheney and Rumsfeld
Ford appointed Rumsfeld his chief of staff when he took office after Nixon's resignation in 1974. The next year, when he made the 42-year-old Rumsfeld the youngest secretary of defense in the nation's history, he named 34-year-old Dick Cheney his chief of staff, also the youngest ever.

Those two Ford appointees worked together ever since. The Bush White House assertion of unchecked presidential power stems from the lessons they drew from their experience of working for the weakest president in recent American history. "For Dick and Don," Harold Meyerson wrote in The American Prospect last July, "the frustrations of the Ford years have been compensated for by the abuses of the Bush years."

Ford also named a new head of the CIA -- a former Texas congressman named George H. W. Bush. Thus you could also credit also Ford with launching the Bush dynasty.

It was during Ford's presidency that the last Americans left Vietnam -- that photo of them struggling to get into that chopper on the roof of the Saigon embassy remains our most powerful image of American defeat, and it shadows our current debate about how to get out of Iraq.

Ford did leave one positive legacy, as Meyerson reminds us: his supreme court appointee, John Paul Stevens. Few remember it today, but when the Court majority appointed Bush president in December, 2000, Stevens wrote a blistering dissent, damning the other Republican appointees for their blatant partisanship. And this year Stevens wrote the majority opinion in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld declaring that the military tribunals at Guantanamo violated the Geneva Convention.

But we wouldn't need Stevens if we didn't have Rumsfeld, Cheney and Bush -- that's the legacy of Gerald Ford.
From Ford, Nixon Sustained Friendship for Decades:
"Anytime you want me to do anything, under any circumstances, you give me a call, Mr. President," [Ford] told Nixon during that May 1, 1973, conversation. "We'll stand by you morning, noon and night."

Ford: "I looked upon him as my personal friend. And I always treasured our relationship. And I had no hesitancy about granting the pardon, because I felt that we had this relationship and that I didn't want to see my real friend have the stigma," Ford said in the interview.
Meaning, of course, that he believed it was okay to violate the law and shit on the things our nation holds most dear, as long as he and his cronies could get off the hook. Vile, contemptible pigs, each and every one of them.

Here's more:

I Can't Forgive Ford
The standard set by Ford remains. Republicans get a pass. Democrats get held to a standard Nixon did not. I'm one of the people against impeaching Mr. Bush, with the caveat that we must follow the investigations to come wherever they may lead. But it does raise the question: If Clinton got impeached, and Nixon got pardoned by Ford, what is fitting for Mr. Bush? The scales have not been set right since Ford's actions robbed this country of a just and much needed trial. If we throw in the actions of Henry Kissinger, who did much of Nixon's foreign policy handywork, you could have had the political crimes of the 20th century. President Gerald R. Ford robbed us all of that justice. It follows us still.
NIXON PARDON: For Friendship, Not Country
The pardon had absolutely nothing to do with this country. It was strictly personal.
Furthermore, in the article Cheney hails Nixon pardon at Ford's state funeral, sick-sicko-sickest-of-all-psycho-greedy-evil-diabolical-hellspawn-dick-cheney says things that are beyond belief (in other words, cherished right-wing dogma).
Ford, the 38th president who died on Tuesday at age 93, steered the United States through "a crisis that could have turned to catastrophe," said Cheney, chief of staff in Ford's White House 30 years ago and an honorary pallbearer at the ceremony in the U.S. Capitol rotunda.
What he meant by crisis was, a crisis for him and his cronies, who were spared ever being held accountable for their crimes. He continued,
"In politics it can take a generation or more for a matter to settle, for tempers to cool," Cheney said. "We will never know what further unravelings, what greater malevolence might have come in that time of furies turned loose and hearts turned cold. But we do know this: America was spared the worst and this was the doing of an American president."
Again, replace the word "America" with "me and my corrupt cronies who regard all the rest of you with utter contempt." Vile prick.

And just to top it off, how about this: With all that lofty rhetoric about "sparing America the worst", saving us from some national crises, etc., what did they do? Of course: They went ahead and unleashed that "worst", that "crisis" upon the country anyway, to punish us for wanting them to obey the law!

And they call themselves morally superior. I swear, I've seen dogs lick up things that have been excreted and regurgitated that have more integrity than the American conservative right. Nixon burns in hell, and Ford will join his friend there.