Here's something to read. Being some smallish part of the "liberal blogosphere", which makes me cringe, I have to admit that in terms of actually doing or accomplishing anything at all, I do indeed suck mightily. I engage in the equivalent of hiding on tall buildings in the war zone and tossing comfy pillows with bitchy messages on them at those I dislike. Written in really stinky marker with dirty words, but still, comfy pillows. I can't even get up enough energy to make a stinking sign, and I have a printer here at work that will print out 24" x 40 feet or so. I could churn out signs galore. But do I? Nah. I suck.
I know other people suck, but that's not the point. Labor Day let me reflect a bit on the fact that there have been people in our country, in the whole world, who fought against corporate overlords and government oppressors to get a little slice of the pie for their families. They put their lives on the line and were quite often injured or killed by those same oppressors. From the Robber Barons to the current New Gilded Age, they stand up to fight the aristocrats. The founders knew that a permanent landed gentry is anathema to a democracy, and built in controls like the estate tax to help against the effects of massive wealth accumulation. The last 50 years of conservatism has been backlash to rebuild the royal class, and it's worked. The next fifty years have to be all-out political effort to return those hard-fought gains to the worker, to the middle class, or democracy will disappear completely, even this sad shell that's left right now.
You'll note that the alleged "pro-lifers", the most dishonest term a group ever labeled itself with, are mot screaming and freaking about about this. Probably hard to get their heads around anything that doesn't make them feel super-cool and all jesusy. Fucktards.
I'd like to know what they're prepared to do about it. The US has a better record on infant mortality, in the industrial world, than...Latvia. Nothing against Latvians. But, err, you know...wealthiest country in the world, all that. Of course, "doing something" would require helping poor people. And BROWN PEOPLE! Oh mah gawd, if rich white xtians started helping brown people, then where does it stop! Next thing you know they'll be raising families and having a longer life expectancy! Getting good paying jobs! Where will our serfs come from?! Won't anyone think of the serfs!
Nah, instead, we'll just let babies die, because we don't want government running healthcare. Never mind that a single-payer system has nothing to do with government running healthcare and everything to do with people helping each other. Let's just stick with that "rugged individualist" bullshit the lying "conservatives" and pie-in-the-sky libertarians yammer about.
Bunch of shitsuckers.
How the White House Drowned New Orleans (fuckin donate -ed)
by Greg Palast (Youtube)
[Thursday, August 23] It's been two years. And America's media is about to have another tear-gasm over New Orleans. Maybe Anderson Cooper will weep again. The big networks will float into the moldering corpse of the city and give you uplifting stories about rebuilding and hope.
Now, let's cut through the cry-baby crap. Here's what happened two years ago - and what's happening now.
This is what an inside source me. And it makes me sick:
"By midnight on Monday, the White House knew. Monday night I was at the state Emergency Operations Center and nobody was aware that the levees had breeched. Nobody."
The charge is devastating: That, on August 29, 2005, the White House withheld from the state police the information that New Orleans was about to flood. From almost any other source, I would not have believed it. But this was not just any source. The whistle-blower is Dr. Ivor van Heerden, deputy director of the Louisiana State University Hurricane Center, the chief technician advising the state on saving lives during Katrina.
I'd come to van Heerden about another matter, but in our talks, it was clear he had something he wanted to say, and it was a big one. He charged that the White House, FEMA and the Army Corp hid, for critical hours, their discovery that the levees surrounding New Orleans were cracking, about to burst and drown the city.
Understand that Katrina never hit New Orleans. The hurricane swung east of the city, so the state evacuation directors assumed New Orleans was now safe - and evacuation could slow while emergency efforts moved east with the storm.
But unknown to the state, in those crucial hours on Monday, the federal government's helicopters had filmed the cracks that would become walls of death by Tuesday.
Van Heerden revealed:
"FEMA knew at 11 o'clock on Monday that the levees had breeched. At 2p.m. they flew over he 17th Street Canal and took video of the breech."
Question: "So the White House wouldn't tell you the levees had breeched?"
Dr. Van Heerden: "They didn't tell anybody."
Question: "And you're at the Emergency Center.'
Dr. Van Heerden: "I mean nobody knew. The Corps of Engineers knew. FEMA knew. None of us knew."
I could not get the White House gang to respond to the charges.
That leaves the big, big question: WHY? Why on earth would the White House not tell the state to get the remaining folks out of there?
The answer: cost. Political and financial cost. A hurricane is an act of God - but a catastrophic failure of the levees is a act of Bush. That is, under law dating back to 1935, a breech of the federal levee system makes the damage - and the deaths - a federal responsibility. That means, as van Heeden points out, that "these people must be compensated."
The federal government, by law, must build and maintain the Mississippi levees to withstand known dangers - or pay the price when they fail.
Indeed, that was the rule applied in the storms that hit Westhampton Dunes, New York, in 1992. There, when federal sea barriers failed, the flood waters wiped away 190 homes. The feds rebuilt them from the public treasury. But these were not just any homes. They are worth an average of $3 million apiece - the summer homes of movie stars and celebrity speculators.
There were no movie stars floating face down in the Lower Ninth Ward nor in Lakeview nor in St. Bernard Parish. For the 'luvvies' of Westhampton Dunes, the federal government even trucked in sand to replace the beaches. But for New Orleans' survivors, there's the aluminum gulag of FEMA trailer parks. Today, two years later, 89,000 families still live in this mobile home Guantanamo - with no plan whatsoever for their return.
And what was the effect of the White House's self-serving delay?
I spoke with van Heerden in his university office. The computer model of the hurricane flashed quietly as I waited for him to answer. Then he said, "Fifteen hundred people drowned. That's the bottom line."
They could have survived Hurricane Katrina. But they got no mercy from Hurricane George.
leading into the far-distant iowa caucuses, which show us what...iowans....think about presidential prospects, we find that 51% of Iowa Republicans want us out of Iraq in six months.
Not "51% of California Liberals" or "51% of New York Elites" or "51% of Miami Beach Crossdressers"
Those are Midwestern conservatives. People who, in a very real way, are responsible for getting our people in there where they are killed every day. People who helped us to achieve George W. Bush.
Why isn't Congress bringing them home?
Congress won't do it. They won't even entertain the idea of impeachment. The Executive branch, wholly-owned subsidiary of GOP Inc and the Halliburton Corp, won't. They don't give two fucks. They like watching people get killed, it's fun on the teevee.
The Judicial branch won't do it. They are a minor holding of the above companies.
The only people who can do it are We the People. We have to engage in direct and indirect activities to get A) war-profiteering Democrats and 2) Cowardly congresscritters of any stripe OUT of congress, and get real Americans with some spine in. 2006 was a start...but it didn't work. Congress rolled over on FISA, ran from the Bush Escalation, and won't even THINK about impeachment. They practically need a lie-down every time Bush says "veto!" We need fighters and scrappers in congress, ones without the milky teat of corporate money clenched firmly between their teeth. The good part? We can elect them! WE can, not the corporate-owned media. But WE have to get off our asses. If the Dems won't do it, the only logical reason is that they, or their masters, are profiting insanely from this disgusting meatgrinder they've built in Iraq. And they want it expanded into Iran and Syria!
So stand the fuck up and stop crying. We have 2008 coming up, and we have pressure we can bring til then. It's Americans that got these fools elected and it's Americans that will have to whip some ass if they don't do what we want. Iowa Conservatives, California Liberals (hi!), New York Elites, and Miami Beach Crossdressers, everything between, beyond, and to all sides of them...If we don't, no one will.
Karl Rove to retire. Claims he wants to spend more time with his family...his son in college. while your child is away at college is surely the most likely time you'd want to spend time with him. nothing like having your dad wandering around campus...hey wait...wasn't that in American Pie? i think that Rove would wanna be the one porking a baked good, but only if it was in the shape of a firm boy bottom. it's almost a requirement of bigoted douchebag republicans to be closeted gays now isn't it? no wonder they promote nasty undead creatures like ann coulter so rapidly
here he is on why his sons haven't served:
"One of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping me get elected because they think I'd be a great president."
Stupid son of a bitch. Kind of nicely encapsulates the GOP in its current form. It's good for muckin Fitt, so it must be good for the country. Proceeds directly from the current barnacle clinging to the white house furniture. Stupid fucking bastards.
the Twin Cities I-35 collapse is horrifying...but it's just one of either 36 or 37 collapses since 1989 (i can't remember exactly), according to a dude on NPR. that's two bridges a year... a member of the American Association of Civil Engineers stated that the only way to fix this is to...fix them. he also said it's sad that it had to be a disaster this big to get people's attention. but that's not true...the levees in New Orleans were a civil engineering failure, and there was a steam explosion in Manhattan that was the same. These are the inevitable result of long years of anti-government policies, shrinking of spending on infrastructure, and a general loss of the "we're all in this together" attitude that characterized the New Deal (which is when a lot of this failing infrastructure was built, by the way).
so either we're in it together, and we pull together and fix and properly maintain our shared assests, ie the infrastructure...bridges, tunnels, pipes, dams, canals, powerlines and other stuff, or we fall apart even worse, and slide back into a primitive tribal state.
what do you think is best?
"People have access to health care in America," he told an audience in Cleveland. "After all, you just go to an emergency room."
What he's basically advocating is a system whereby everything breaks. Health care breaks...hospitals break....social systems break...our nation, which is seeming pretty broken already, breaks again, into tiny chunks. It's easier to be big and rich on a tiny chunk of America, which you can hide or defend from the poor weak brown and smelly masses.
What we have in W is not an aberration. It's the final, inevitable consequence of a rotten to the core system of crony capitalism as well as capitalism by privilege. He himself is a product of lying wealth, dealing with enemies, and class warfare, all the while professing hatred for the same.
It's safe to say that the opposite of anything Bush says is what he intends. So when he says he wants to keep you safe...look out.
Assuming that all uninsured sick children have the same kind of trust fund that Georgie had, Bush explains his rationale for denying health care and cutting off funding to the CHIP program.
"I support the initial intent of the program," Bush said in an interview with The Washington Post after a factory tour and a discussion on health care with small-business owners in Landover. "My concern is that when you expand eligibility . . . you're really beginning to open up an avenue for people to switch from private insurance to the government."
Bravely misunderstanding the arguments of communist sympathizers like Sen. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Hatch (R-Utah), Bush continues to protect the delicate market system from the freeloading terror of poor kids with diseases.
In a seemingly unrelated story, the cost of the war in Iraq is now $444,519,508,302.
I know I say it all the time. Roy Edroso put it into comedy summary form:
BROWNBACK: If you're raped, you should have a baby.
ROMNEY: I am recently and totally pro-life.
TANCREDO: I hate Mexicans. These guys love Mexicans.
McCAIN: Well, at least Mexicans aren't Muslims.
ROMNEY: Mexicans shouldn't get a special pathway. Or doorway. Citizenship! (applause)
McCAIN: Why's everyone looking at me? Abortion!
GIULIANI: I'm not soft. I'm hard! I'm America's Mayor! We need tamper proof IDs! And a fence!
HUNTER: I built a motherfucking fence.
PAUL: We really fucked up in Iraq. (applause)
GIULIANI: 9/11! 9/11! (cheers, gunfire)