Thursday, January 04, 2007


The Consequences of Change

In November, America voted for change. Today, the 110th U.S. Congress convenes to begin that process of change. I for one, embrace and welcome the consequences of change. Many in the right wing media have been falling over themselves since the election, speculating and criticizing the Democratic "agenda" long before the 110th Congress enters the Capitol building. They vilify and demonize the new leadership, and speak of concepts of oversight, hearings, and the return of Checks and Balances with fear and disdain. These right wing apologist sheep hate change, they don't care about the will of the American people. They continue to promote the politics of hate and fear, all the while cowering like frightened children, well aware that change is coming and there will be consequences that are inevitable. And necessary. Iraq, Afghanistan, a thorough 9/11 investigation, the Downing Street Memo, the economy, voting and election reform, National security, the truth behind The Energy Task Force, education, ethics, government spending, and health care are all on the table.

If change leads to hearings which leads to investigations which leads to the truth, I welcome it. If revealing the truth requires leaders, representaives, and other elected and/or appointed officials to be held accoubtable so be it. Regardless of their political stripe and party affilation. All members of Congress take an oath of office to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. This oath needs to again taken seriously. I feel that all members of the House and Senate, should also take an oath to tell the truth whenever they are in session.

As the Democratic Majority begins the process of change, be mindful that this path can be molded by us, the American people. It doesn't end on election day. Continue to call write and demand results from your elected officials. Keep informed, speak out, speak up, and encourage others to do the same.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


America Votes - Democracy wins!

Thursday, October 05, 2006


Have You Had Enough?

Have you had enough of an adminstration who's policy is based on lies, spin and the constant use of fear to advance a self-serving agenda?
Of a GOP Congressional majority who continually refuses to provide oversight, while rubber-stamping the policies of an over-zealous, corporatist, neo-con controlled Executive branch? Of being branded anti-American by simply having the courage to speak up against injustice, malfeasance, and those who violate their oaths of office by refusing to defend and uphold the U.S. Constitution? Of public officials who place blind party loyalty above the safety and security of the United States? Of a lazy, propaganda bloated media machine, riddled with distortion, smears, and personal attacks and dares to call itself "news"? Of a lumbering bureacracy intent on enriching themselves at the expense of American citizens? Of a fanatic, lunatic fringe minority intent on forcing their relgious beliefs on all Americans?

Have you had enough?

Then stand up, speak out, and vote. Be a patriot, not a loyalist. Vote for Truth. Vote for
Change. Vote on or before November 7th. Vote for America.

Saturday, September 23, 2006


Osama bin Laden may have died...again

"France's Defence Ministry said on Saturday a secret service report saying al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had died could not be confirmed but said it would launch an inquiry into the leak of secret documents.

The Defence Ministry issued the statement after a French regional newspaper, L'Est Republicain, published a report quoting a French secret service report as saying Saudi Arabia is convinced al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden died of typhoid in Pakistan last month.

"The information published this morning in the L'Est Republicain newspaper relating to the supposed death of Osama bin Laden cannot be confirmed," the Defence Ministry said." -- from Reuters, UK

The media is buzzing about this latest report of the unconfirmed death of Osama bin Laden. In fact, I just watched CNN's terrorism analyst and author Peter Bergen comment on this very story, expressing cautious skepticism. And in typical CNN style, the story is being repeated about every 3-4 minutes. We all will obviously have to wait and see if bin Laden has actually died...again. Yes, again.

It is no secret that bin Laden has reportedly "died" numerous times in the past few years.
  • In December 2001, Fox "News" published a story that bin Laden died of an "untreated lung complication."
  • In January 2002, Pakistan's President Musharraf speculated that bin Laden's kidney ailment may have taken his life or that he is alive somewhere in Afghanistan.
  • In July 2002, Dale Watson, while serving as the FBI's counter-terrorism chief, speculated that bin Laden is "probably" dead.
  • In early October 2002, Afghan President Hamid Karzai commented that he is "probably" dead.
  • Also in October 2002, a London based Arab news magazine, published a document, purported to be Osama bin Laden's will that allegedly indicated "he's dying or he's going to die soon.

If the current story were to be confirmed, it would certainly be ironic that typhoid or some other health related ailment caused his death, rather than a bombing or other military action. It's clear that the Bush adminstration would rather have bin Laden dead than have him captured and brought to justice. The possibility of bin Laden having to testify could potentially reveal information that Bush (and Cheney) don't want revealed. If bin Laden died sometime in 2001 or 2002, keeping that information quiet undoubtedly benefits the Bush agenda. Fear, and the existence of a bogeyman, is a vital tool this adminstration uses time and again to polarize, divide, and confuse the American people for self-serving political gain. Fear mongering is a vital component of the GOP's fall election platform. Is it a surprising that Bush said " bin Laden" 17 times in a single speech on September 5th, 2006? I think not.

Do I want bin Laden dead and/or captured? Of course. And if he happens to die from a disease instead of an attack, so be it. Is he already dead, and will this latest story be confirmed? We simply don't know...yet. We may have to wait until October to find out.

Whatever the outcome, Vote this November 7th. Vote early or absentee if possible. I urge you to Vote for change.

Saturday, September 16, 2006


The Power of Nightmares

Once upon a time, the BBC aired a very powerful documentary entitled "The Power of Nightmares" directed by Adam Curtis. Subtitled "The Rise of the Politics of Fear", this three-part film examines the history, philosophies, and similarities between Islamic Fundamentalism in the Middle East, and the Neo-Conservative movement in America. Originally aired November 2004, this program has never been televised in the United States. This film is a must see, and I strongly urge you to watch it. It is both fascinating and frightening, and an important study for all citizens.

The following is an excerpt from the introductory narration:
"Instead of delivering dreams, politicians now promise to protect us from nightmares. They say that they will rescue us from dreadful dangers that we cannot see, and do not understand. And the greatest danger of all is international terrorism, a powerful and sinister network with sleeper cells in countries across the world. A threat that needs to be fought by a "War On Terror." But much of this threat is a fantasy which has been exaggerated and distorted by politicians. It's a dark illusion that has spread unquestioned through governments around the world, the security services, and the international media. This is a series of films about how and why that fantasy was created, and who it benefits."
I first saw "The Power of Nightmares" in 2005, after downloading the MPEG2 files from, a very comprehensive, public domain content site. Here are some downloading and viewing suggestions:
If you have difficulties viewing the downloaded file(s), or creating a video DVD from the files, send me an E-Mail and I will do my best to help you.

Not surprisingly, much of the negative criticism I've read regarding this film has been written by individuals who have not actually seen it. Again, I urge everyone to take the time to watch "The Power of Nightmares" ASAP! Information and knowledge can be an extremely motivational impetus to take action and inspire others to do the same. This November, please take action by voting. Vote for truth. Vote for progress. Vote for change.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006


A Misguided Tribute

Monday night, during my evening commute , I listened to President Bush's 9/11 Anniversary speech on the radio in its entirety. He was surprisingly eloquent, spoke clearly, and paid a trite, yet polite tribute to the victims and heroes of the 9/11 attacks with subtle grace and measured aplomb. It was actually an OK speech. For about two and a half minutes.

At approximately 2:18 into the speech (according to my dashboard clock), Bush began to head down an all too familiar path, repeating predictable talking points delivered with the passion of an automaton reading 3 x 5 index cards. Now to be fair, during the first minute Bush remarked:
" I have asked for some of your time to discuss the nature of the threat still before us, what we are doing to protect our nation, and the building of a more hopeful Middle East ..."
It was fairly clear of what was coming next. And let's face it, at some point he's going to have to talk about Iraq, arguably THE major issue of the upcoming Mid-Term elections in November. Besides, the Iraq War is the $300 Billion gorilla that is always in the room.

But, like a day-dreaming school girl, I was expecting, perhaps longing for so much more. More compassion, more of the humble acknowledgment that Bush displayed earlier in the speech. Hell, I was half hoping for him to say that he felt sorry for those who lost their loved ones on that horrific day five years ago. And how he wished he could comfort them and try to help ease their grief. You may (or may not) recall his " bull horn" moment in 2001. From atop WTC rubble, Bush announced with confident bravado "I hear you, and soon the people who knocked down these towers will hear you." It was a remarkable moment, a unique display of leadership, a call for unity, hope, and triumph in a time of great sorrow. Five years later, those words ring empty, echoing of unfulfilled promises and a misguided agenda. Yet, in my mind I heard him expound on that pledge, acknowledging mistakes, pledging to get back on track and fulfill his commitment to the American people. That also would have been a great moment, had it actually happened in a space outside of my own imagination.

What we got Monday night was the same rhetoric, the same tired cliches, a bumper sticker-palooza of neo-con balderdash and bullshit. Pardon me for nit picking, but this is the Fifth Anniversary of September 11th. We heard this speech last week, and the week before, and we will undoubtedly hear it again before this week is up, What could have been a brief and heartfelt tribute, quickly morphed into a neo-con infomercial, a polished prime-time propaganda piece:
" It is the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century."

"We hear their threats to launch even more terrible attacks on our people."

"...after 9/11, Saddam's regime posed a risk that the world could not afford to take."

"I am often asked why we're in Iraq when Saddam Hussein was not responsible for the 9/11 attacks. The answer is that the regime of Saddam Hussein was a clear threat."
And so on. References to Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman (both Democrats by the way) apparently were intended to draw comparisons to the Bush foreign policy. Nice try. No fucking cigar. And what about the Bush foreign policy, the one launched to actually kill or capture the 9/11 conspirators? Well George???
"We put al Qaeda on the run and killed or captured most of those who planned the 9/11 attacks, including the man believed to be the mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed."
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was captured in 2003, and reportedly is being moved from a secret prison to Guantanamo Bay. Congratulations. But let's not forget the major players still at large FIVE YEARS LATER: Ayman al-Zawahiri, Mullah Omar, and of course Bush's favorite bogeyman, Osama bin Laden. Remember him? The one Bush claimed he would capture "dead or alive", that he "would smoke him out of his cave", the guy he allowed to escape from Tora Bora in 2001? Well, our appointed President doesn't spend too much time thinking about him, except two months before the Mid-Term elections, when fear mongering is again used as a political tool. True leadership is a skill painfully absent from the Campaigner-in-Chief's abilities.

There will undoubtably be many more occasions for Bush and his apologists to adjust, modify, and pimp the rationale for their misguided folly into Iraq. Choosing the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks however was the wrong occasion. It is often said that crisis gives birth to opportunity. Another catalyst for opportunity is change.
Vote for change this November. Vote to save Democracy. It is every American's duty to preserve, protect and defend the U.S. Constitution. Voting for change is quite possibly the best defense we have.