Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Random

I'm fried. I haven't had a vacation in quite some time. That changes tomorrow.

First things first, a couple of random items...

The neocons and their merry band of supporters are fond of saying that the "islamofascists" pose an existential threat to the United States. Apparently these fanatics are so cunning, so heartless, so skilled at their trade in killing Westerners that America as we know could cease to exist if they are not confronted in the exact way Bushco sees fit. As a result, we are told that this extraordinary threat can only be avoided if we allow those in power to break as many rules, regulations, protections, laws and treaties as necessary to follow through on their vaguely defined mission of "keeping us safe." This must be quite an enemy we are facing. One would think that these terrorists, with all of the evil-doing they are capable of, would assume that their phones are being tapped and their financial transactions are being monitored. I suppose we are to believe that those capable of such cold calculation and precision execution in carrying out acts of terror were completely unaware that the United States would dream of using such surveillance techniques. But, hey, as Alberto Gonzales informed the Senate, if these guys are aware of such things, they'd probably forget if the press didn't remind them about it.


The "terror cell" that was "planning" an attack on the Sears Tower?

"No weapons, no actual contact with al-Qaeda, but one of them had been to Chicago" - Jon Stewart

I feel safer already.


Finally, if you haven't already done so, go rent the documentary "Why We Fight" immediately. Using a speech by President Eisenhower cautioning against surrender of power to the military-industrial complex as a primer, this film examines U.S. military conflict over the past fifty plus years. This is not a Michael Moore film and features interviews with John McCain, Richard Perle and William Kristol. I hope to write more on this film soon.

One quote that I will take with me, though, comes near the end courtesy of Perle.

"The world has changed and we're not going back to where we were. I find one of the sillier ideas, the notion, and you hear it all the time, that American policy has been hijacked by a handful of people and as soon as they're out of there, we're going to go back to the way it was. They're wrong about that because we are not the same people we were before." - Richard Perle in interview for "Why We Fight"

Indeed. Extra-constitutional executive powers, signing statements, illegal warrantless wiretapping, citizens held without charge or legal representation, torture, preemptive wars based on lies, no accountability.......it doesn't go back to the way it was before Bush took power.

No president will accept less power than his or her predecessor.

Precedent.



Anybody else need a vacation?


Off to Sweden. Maybe I'll post pictures of hot Swedes if it means I'll actually get a hit for the site.........

7 Comments:

At 6/28/2006 8:37 PM, Blogger vesti said...

I heard an interview on "The Ron & Fez Show" (God I love XM) with Eugene Jarecki, the writer/director of "Why We Fight." They took a call from a really angry veteran who was pissed off at "liberals like (Jarecki)" and how they portray soldiers and war. Jarecki was amazingly calm, logical and convincing in his replies, and the caller actually apologized and thanked him after about 15 minutes of fascinating dialogue.

Gotta catch the film soon. And I hope he included some video of hot Swedes.

(and remember ... "Swigs")

 
At 7/01/2006 5:40 PM, Blogger KEvron said...

"Maybe I'll post pictures of hot Swedes if it means I'll actually get a hit for the site...."

"hot asian chicks" gets more google results....

KEvron

 
At 7/02/2006 7:28 PM, Blogger Carl said...

Nothing gets up your....hit rate...like large breasted blonde women.

I presume you meant women....

 
At 7/03/2006 9:31 PM, Blogger eyedoc333 said...

Sweden is full of Bjorn-again Christians.

 
At 7/06/2006 1:25 PM, Anonymous H.I. McDunnough said...

I read a portion of the book "Fight Club Politics", after seeing and hearing an interview with the author. I don't know if this fits with your discussion, but it may provide food for thought on your Swedish voyeur tour. According to this book, House Republicans have effectively blocked out minority inclusion in the amendment process on the house floor. This type of ideological warfare, started by the house Dems in the eighties, and monopolized by the GOP in the early nineties, has effectively stopped all compromise in the branch of government that is presumably the closest to the American public. My question is, does this ideological warfare actually represent a split forming in America? Do the American people witness this type of banter with distain, or are we secretly cheering our side? A famous Republican once said..."A house divided against itself cannot stand"?...My question...are we on the cusp of testing that theory once again?

 
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