Saturday, December 11, 2010

JUST Another day in Paradise - An OPEN letter to President Obama - The Rantingts of a MAD Woman and Freedom Fighter

MR Obama- I have written to you before on the cruelty of the US government against others in the world but it is becoming painfully obvious that you have never intended to improve on our behavior towards all others. The exceptionalism exhibited by this nation is truly astounding when we use our power to do little good and terrible harm.

The worst thing we as a nation, can do, is lose our humanity and we have done JUST THAT!

You, Mr President, promised change and accountability and transparency but YOU, Mr President, have INCREASED the shadow and distrust, the secrets and the inhumane actions against others.

YOU lied...It isn't that you couldn't achieve, you refused or even try.
Closing GITMO - you focused your PR campaign on releasing facts about the crimes of the last administration and show-boated your battle while REMODELING AND EXPANDING BAGRAM!!!

YOU lied... you claimed piety and concern while gagging our justice department and strong-arming other nations into dropping their claims against those in the last administration who pridefully BOAST their war crimes; YOU LIED- your concern about "Constitution" and human tights while REFUSING to hold those criminals accountable who ARE responsible for torture, kidnapping, RAPE and murder! 

YOU LIED... to the American people and the world!

YOU, Mr President,  have destroyed your own credibility and you blame "the left" for your hard times...It isn't the Left and it isn't Wikileaks and it isn't even the obstructionists in CONGRESS. Instead of blaming us for being true to ourselves and the moral compass for which we fight, try looking in the mirror and the destruction you have wrought – it us YOUR fault you lost us, not OURS!!!

It is THIS president that doesn’t care for the nation but has used his obvious intelligence to manipulate and game the systems to protect his corporate/banking buddies and to continue a full on attack on what is left of the moral compass of America.

You, Mr President, sir don't deserve a 2nd term and don't deserve the support of the people you continue to harm.

I am not sure if we have a way out of the morass that has grown under your thumb...We know BUSH was horrendous but you, Mr President - your intelligence and ability to actually see reality - you showed so much promise but you chose to turn it all against the REAL people of the nation. You have destroyed your credibility and with it our trust, as you continue to create a new, improved corporatist state.

You have compounded the corruption, the murder, the destruction of the AMERICA I loved, but after 57 years, I can at least thank you for one lesson I had not had to learn in those nearly 6 decades, until now...

I will never, ever, ever trust a single word out of the mouth of anyone that claims he is “hope and change”.

Friday, December 10, 2010

JUST ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE- Obama is a Republican and he cut his balls off in a show of support to his corporate masters - Rantings OF a FUCKING MAD WOMAN and FREEDON FIGHTER

So, FUCK You pariah
You cut the balls off the president and are serving them to the American people for Christmas

You capitulating shills of your corporate master.
Pricks one and all.
Starting with your fantasy war on Christmas to keep your willfully ignorant exceptionalist 20% white boys on the defensive, you fuck the American Worker and the rest of the world.
FUCK you all
Merry Christmas you shitheads...This is a call for the people to stand against you

By the way, the last person that should be presiding is REPUBLICAN in DEM clothing, Michael Bennet ( the liar billionaire from CO only long enough to destroy the teachers of DPS and get elected.
Bennet was the first to stand up and say HELL YEAH...MORE BREAKS for ME and fuck my constituents (18% of the people in DENVER are below poverty level....4% HIGHER than the national average...they get just over $200 dollars..,.They can buy that  hamburger to live on once a month..............but  him, 139800++ for 1 million plus)

The agreement between President Obama and congressional Republicans resulted in larger average tax cuts than those in either party's original plans.

The agreement between President Obama and congressional Republicans resulted in larger average tax cuts than those in either party's original plans.

The tax deal's big winners

The agreement between President Obama and congressional Republicans resulted in larger average tax cuts than those in either party's original plans.

The agreement between President Obama and congressional Republicans resulted in larger average tax cuts than those in either party's original plans.

Friday, September 10, 2010

HATE by Terry Dove Jones and the World Outreach Center - Trying for the Armageddon of their Flat World Fantasy - JUST Another Day in Paradise - The RANTINGS of a Mad Woman

Terry Jones, the corrupt evil of Gainesville, pushing hate and bigotry- ignorance and hubris..............
To him and all others who support him - May the Universe actually take you into it's Cosmic Wave and carry you into oblivion

Islam is of the Devil | Dove World Outreach Center

To all others,
I urge everyone to buy a Quran and read it, hold it in a place of honor raised HIGH and open to the heavens.................

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Three Myths About Oil - - JUST Another Day In Paradise - The RANTINGS of a MAD Woman

Three Myths About Oil -

Three Myths About Oil

Alex Epstein, 06.18.10, 03:13 PM EDT

The reality is that we are not addicted to oil, we need it.


The Alex Epstein fairy tale, published by Forbes, for all of it's fanciful fantasy, is what Forbes uses for justification of the continued destruction of civilization?

By the title, I honestly thought it would be a satirical look at the corrupt industry but soon realized, the writer actually believed this obviously flawed illogical defense.

BLAME the environmentalists...those evil Greenpeace Nazis, them Commie Oceana and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society activists, and that lying illegal alien Frenchy Cousteau!

It is ALL THEIR FAULT that BP and friends Halliburton (why doesn't that name surprise me? Every hellish nightmare in the past decade and that name pops up, The Dick Cheney's Halliburton) and Transocean, blew the hell out of the ocean floor gushing millions of barrels of grotesquely toxic sludge into the Gulf of Mexico - over 1/3 is now too toxic and oil laden for fishing, dispersants breaking it up only to suspend it further into the current and to flow more rapidly to shore and points north - Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida - around the Keys and ever further. In a few months, look towards Nantucket Sound


"The reality is that we are not addicted to oil, we need it."

HUH? Are you kidding me?

A slick Forbes-ish special....The continued denial and justification of hard core addiction by full blown addicts, their dealers and their co-dependents.

"Myth No. 1: Because oil is finite, it will inevitably run out and destroy our economy."
"The amazing exhibition of oil is a temporary and vanishing phenomenon." --State Geologist of Pennsylvania, 1885.
"Reality: There's a lot more oil than you think--and a truly free market would enable us to find superior substitutes long before we run out."

For 150 years, we have been sucking the goo out, distilling and separating it to create new things, each process has left "new and improved" concentrations of toxins and each new "invention" or use has created a landfill of unused, "throw away" crap that cannot break down without more highly concentrated toxins filtering in land, sea and air; Bottles, boats, bubbles and balloons with half lives of centuries seeping gases and chemicals; Islands filling the oceans with plastics breaking into more toxins, killing the oceans, the lands and creating more illness and disease....but they are still creating all this "helpful " crap with virtually NO attempt at trying to find alternatives, or Squelching them at every turn.

Even Carter tried to give grants for the first electric mass producible electric car...Oil and petroleum lobbyists screeched...KILLED
Hydrogen - killed; Solar - killed; Wind - killed....

30 more years with no research, no attempts by anyone other than the oil companies to buy off, put out of business or tie up in court any attempt to produce a new model of energy.
To those who scream "Bio-fuels", the wave of the future? Sure the petroleum industry jumped on it...a program that is just as wasteful and toxic. Corn takes more water and energy to produce than the energy it produces ...and guess what, it requires petroleum to ship and create it.

All attempts to date require petroleum to produce and ship, create and run...
The fantasy is all yours, Alex.

Myth No. 2: Curbing consumption of foreign oil would help stop terrorism."
"Reality: Terrorist threats must be addressed through direct, decisive action--not by starving ourselves of vital foreign oil."

Bullshit - we are in the midst of a resource war in the Middle east that is spreading through the world.
Our "enemy" is not some fantasy boogey man, the enemy is you. You the people who would kill and murder for your precious elixir of life; you who would sell your first born to go to that battle and kill , maim and murder some brown guy you have created into an enemy

Alex, your exceptionalist hubris and willful ignorance, and that of the rest of your kind, are the enemy of humanity

"Myth No. 3: Because the burning of oil produces CO2, oil is a deadly pollutant that must be severely capped and replaced by "green" energy sources."

"Reality: A carbon cap is much more ominous than global warming." 

This is the most ridiculous statement of them all.
But then  illness, cancer and pollution as well as global warming doesn't exist....Can't happen here, right?
Nope, not here.

"industrial energy protects us from climate challenges and makes catastrophes noncatastrophic."

Huh? As silly as your original "we are not addicted, we NEED it" comment...

BUT LOOK, you are from the Ayn Rand Institute ....why is that not a surprise.  Nut Jobs on the faux objectivist band wagon while the inadequate personality disorder they promote as their ghoulish banshee goddess, the specter of Alisa Rosenbaum,  laughs at her little children trying to justify greed, no moral compass, and inhumanity as the Amarcun way - when she, herself, thought the US a joke..

The Ayn Rand Institute ( aka,In Sociopaths and Inadequate Personality Disorders We Trust)

Until we, all of the industrialized world, admit to our sloth that has become nearly genetic over the past 150 years; Until we, each and every one of us, decide we focus on the absolute MANDATORY and URGENT NEED for alternative resources, we will be looking at a total collapse of this country and possibly the ignorant pampered civilization over the next century.

Those "benefits" of "oil" are ONLY DUE to the single-minded focus with no attention to alternatives. There hasn't been an attempt to find any other "benefits" from other things .
A single example, there are millions of plant species that have benefits yet to be tapped because of the single-mindedness of mankind being drug around by the ring in their nose put there by the petroleum industry.

It is FORBES, their propagandists, and those like them, from the Chamber of Commerce to the Madison Avenue Renfield's and their K to M Street minions, creating a false world with no substance or value, hiding reality behind their smoke and mirrors, that will push mankind over the brink as they laugh their ways to the bank .

It is humanity, in their blind willful ignorance and sloth, that will be doomed, unable to look past their toxic landscape, brightly painted with their strong petroleum based enamels ...

The ONLY MYTH here is that promoted BY FORBES and the petroleum industry - this country (along with most industrialized nations) bought it.

We will pay for it with the lives of our children - asthma, cancer, birth defects, emphysema, starvation, not to mention the perpetual resource wars already begun.

Monday, April 26, 2010

BOYCOTT ARIZONA! JUST Another Day in Paradise - Arizona, the land of AH SHIT! The Rantings of a Mad Woman

Letter to the Arizona Chamber of Commerce via email to:
Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry
1850 North Central Avenue
Suite 1433
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
ph: 602.248.9172
f: 602.265.1262

Concerning the recent signing of Arizona's SB 1070 by the governor, Jan Brewer, I am informing you that:

1. I have cancelled attendance to one convention being held in Tempe this month as well as 2 other meetings through the year to be held in Phoenix and Tucson.

2. I will not purchase anything from any retail or wholesale dealer, distributor or any company based in Arizona whether it be goods or services.

3. I have promises from family and friends to follow suit and will continue to work hard to bring strong economic pressure on the state of Arizona through full boycott as long as the state CONTINUES to promote blatant racial profiling and discriminatory actions against immigrants and citizens that are being singled out by the recent legislation.

The action of the government run by Governor Brewer is deplorable.

Since the state's representatives have no respect for human rights, those of us who do will cease to acknowledge the existence of the state by refusing to travel, through, or in (even layovers) Arizona; purchase anything from its businesses; or acknowledge sporting events, conferences, meetings or any other events based in the state until the state removes this heinous law from its books and works to restore human rights and understanding as a priority.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Oh my, Oh my...What to do, What to do! To make the GOP relevant? Just Another Day in Paradise - The Rantings of A MAD Woman

Just another day in paradise...This morning, I awoke, turned on my connection to the world of communication and was confronted with the tweeting of the informed, ill-informed, uninformed, wanting to be informed

 A flash of message from a website called Post to GOP” 

From the site:
“This is a challenge.  A challenge to contribute your ideas and opinion on how America can return to true Liberty.  Scream it to the masses, and pass it on.  So join us, and post your ideas to the Grand Old Party.” inevitable curiosity peaked and brain running on the new high test caffeine tweak, my head started asking .....

What is it that the Grand Old Pariah needs to do, to say, to be in order to get back to the Grand Old Party.  How do they regain the Republican Party
Well, you asked, not so dear irrelevant old guys -

SO I gave....

And now I pose my commentary as a letter to the Grand Old Pariah

Dear Goppers-the angry old white guys and the followers thereof

So, you want to know what you need to do to become relevant.
What does the Grotesque Old Pariah need to do, to say, to be in order to get back to the Grand Old Party?  How can you regain the Republican Party?

You asked me; You actually solicited my advise....
SO here it is:

Clean out the neocons, faux conservatives and fanatics that took over the party with the REAGAN revolution and get back to the party you were in the 70's after the GOP allowed Nixon to destroy any credibility it had.  Get rid of Rove (who started under Nixon as a con man and scammer, dirty tricks master under Segretti); Cheney, all the Bushes with Wolfowitz, Bolton and their shills from the Project for a New American Century; the unChristian Right from the Family to Westboro, Huckabee to The Army of God; the extremist right from Ollie North, the convicted drugs for arms dealer,  to Hedgecock, the convicted J David felon, Buchanan to Farah, Corsi to Cantor, McConnell to Inhofe - they are truly the mindless shills for a corporatist oligarchy playing to the most willfully ignorant. Cut ties with FOX and the rest of NewsCorp, Goldman-Sachs and Wall Street, Dick Armey's army and get back to the REAL TRUE GOP of Lincoln, John Anderson, Eisenhower and John Dean, Margaret Chase Smith and Howard Baker (no not Bush's friend but of Watergate fame)

Quit playing to the crowd like some dog and pony show hauled out to sell snake oil to the willfully ignorant and start honoring the reality of the people and what they TRULY need; stop pandering to the partisans of the wealthy and start pushing for humanity, the environment and clean earth; stop the fear and hate mongering and start acting like the true supporters of the country we had sworn we would be in 1776 - stop vilifying Other and become the supporter of the values as inscribed on the base of the GRAND DAME  on Ellis Island ….

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

If you are not willing to do that, then get the hell out of the way, for like all dinosaurs corrupted by disease, rot and scandal; ignorance and an unwillingness to advance beyond your fantasy psychotic self;  your obscene exceptionalism and faux patriotism; hubris and denial, you will be swept away by truth and reality - go with a modicum of dignity instead of screeching like a over-bloated, sickeningly rich, petulant child who has been denied FAO Schwartz as it's playground.


We the remaining people of what once was the UNITED and Self-Determined  States  of America

***PS - ...and get rid of the Pompous Anti-woman Auxiliary unit - Liz Cheney, Sarah Palin,  Michelle Bachmann, et al - they only make the Old Angry White Guys club look like the Lewd & Licivious Drooling, Misogynist,  Old Angry White Guys club

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Why I Tried to Put the Cuffs on Karl Rove | | AlterNet

Why I Tried to Put the Cuffs on Karl Rove | | AlterNet

By: Jodie Evans (co-founder of Codepink: Women For Peace.)

Why I Tried to Put the Cuffs on Karl Rove

We could not allow this war criminal to tout his book around the country and get away with describing anything tied to Bush as courageous.

"He wanted to do a book signing and she wanted to arrest him," was the lead on KCBS TV in Los Angeles. Dozens of activists attended the book signing in Beverly Hills of Karl Rove and his new book, Courage and Consequence. After almost an hour of his lies I leapt up with a set of handcuffs and my full page arrest complaint followed immediately by the event security. I managed to get very close to Rove, even tricking the security to let go of me, causing Rove to dash away while I reached for his wrist with the hand cuffs. My words followed him. But he only went a few steps and was greeted by Dede Miller, her nephew Casey Miller, son of Cindy Sheehan was killed in Iraq 6 years ago April 4th. She told him his lies killed her nephew while holding up a photo of Casey. Patricia Foulkrod, director of the Ground Truth stood by him with an Arrest the War Criminal banner as the event unraveled and he announced to the organizers it was over.

We at CODEPINK could not allow this war criminal to tout his book around the country and get away with describing anything tied to Bush as courageous. Not to mention that there has been no consequence for his constant lies. Serious lies. Lies that led the US to invade an innocent country at the cost of over 100,000 US casualties and an estimated million Iraqi lives and another 4 million displaced. Not to mention the two elections he shamelessly stole. We can't sit back and allow him to continue to spread more lies; we heard many more of them last night. Until these war criminals face justice, until they are held accountable for their crimes, the lies continue to spread creating an unreality that is at the root of the teabaggers' anger.

Everyone should treat these criminals the same, the courts may not try them, but the courts of public opinion must. Without the rule of law it is all darkness. We can't let these war criminals continue to collect $30,000 to $300,000 speaking fees while spreading more lies. This is CODEPINK's 6th attempt to arrest Rove and we invite you to join in as he continues with his book tour. Check to see when he will be near you, and can get helpful citizen arrest tips at Or get a deck of our war criminal cards and find one of the 52 war criminals near you.

We at CODEPINK refuse to stop working for accountability, we cannot turn our back on Justice, by doing so we empower more liars. Government, politics, Wall Street, the media are flooded with them.


KUDOS to CODEPINK for having bigger balls than the White House, DOJ, CIA, FBI and Congress combined

They are the ONLY people, publicly, seeking accountability...
Karl Rove and Marc Theissen  - former Bush speechwriter- have become the front men to rewrite history.  Both given full positions with major media outlets, they are sharing the spotlight, the talking points and continuing the hate filled, fear-mongering rhetoric that was standard operating procedure of that 8 years of terror and criminal behavior perpetrated by the drunken faux born again Bush Boy and his side kick Darth.
Rove is sitting on the political Op Ed staff of Rupert's conservative paper turned neocon tabloid schlock, the Wall Street Journal; Theissen has been given a seat on the staff of The Washington Post (Ben Bradlee must have had a complete break with his moral compass and truth meter to have allowed that to happen though he is no longer editor and now sits on the board.)

The spin and lies are out nearly daily in form of columns that try to promote
1. Torture as the absolute necessary and fully moral and just manner to treat the "evil-doers" out to destroy the country (though all the people forced to deal with the matter state repeatedly it did not work; Psychologists and Psychiatrists ad well as researchers throughout the US and elsewhere have stated the opposite is true for over 30 years now)
2. Anyone who says differently is a traitor and part of the secret world trying to destroy the nation. (the US Code Title 18 begs to differ as do Reagan, The US military after WWII), John McCain until he tried to run for President)
3. Iraq was justified because of not WMDs "we never said they had WMDs" then back to the WMDs again (disproven by Joe Wilson, The UN, The US military as to whether or not Saddam had them. As to what they said...Read any of Rove's fictional accounts, Bush's own statements, the Downing Street Minutes - that Rove now claims don't exist and are fabricated ...they do exist and they are not fabricated; Also Lawrence Whittaker, General Colin Powell, and a number of others more honest and trustworthy than the king of Rat-Fucking Rove)
4. Cheney is the new savior incarnate. Jesus in an over-sized $3000 suit. (Lizzie is trying to promote this as well as are the AEI, The Weekly Standard and other Neo-Con mouthpieces)
5. No one that was a REAL REPUBLICAN outed Valerie Plame - it was Armitage (nope, it was Cheney - the  conventional wisdom says Cheney...motive mode, and opportunity says Cheney...Scooter wouldn't sacrifice himself for Armitage; Cheney wouldn't sacrifice Scooter baby for Armitage....The only loyalty of Cheney is to the PNAC and Scooter, not Armitage, is part of that corrupt group of fear and war mongering psychopaths).

So Jodie, you are the hero of the day...the week...the month...the year.
You tried to do that about which Bugliosi only writes; that which the DOJ and the WH won't address or even acknowledge, that from which most passive aggressives in this country hide.

You tried to make this war criminal and promoter of the Common Evil accountable.  He had 100 sycophants and little children surrounding his Pied piper act and you stood to actually arrest his sorry, blood covered ass...
Sorry you couldn't complete the job...
May be next time....

JODIE EVANS and CODEPINK have more balls than the combined total of all Congress, the DOJ, the White House, the ICC, the UN, the CIA, and the FBI combined - NOT BAD for a bunch of uppity women!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

SALON: What Exactly Did Bush and Cheney Do Wrong? - Just Another Day in Paradise...The RANTINGS of a Mad Woman

Glenn Greenwald

What exactly did Bush and Cheney do wrong?

(updated below)

As I noted several days ago, it is not only Republicans -- but Democratic and media establishment figures as well -- who clearly crave the preservation of the Bush/Cheney approach to Terrorism and civil liberties. When Bush's popularity collapsed to historic lows, political and media elites pretended for awhile to object to his administration's fear-based and radical policies as extremist and an assault on "our values." But that was all just such a transparent pretense. In those few instances where Obama has rejected the Bush/Cheney template, the outrage and hysteria from Democratic and media voices is pervasive, and is growing louder.

Just look at these illustrative incidents. Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell went on Fred Thompson's radio show yesterday to demand that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed be put before a military commission -- at Guantanamo. Over the weekend, Time's Joe Klein lambasted the Obama DOJ, and embraced Bush's former CIA and NSA Chief Michael Hayden, by objecting to the criminal charges and Constitutional rights afforded the accused Christmas Day bomber, with Klein decreeing: "the bomber is an enemy combatant. He doesn't have Miranda rights." MSNBC personalities Chuck Todd and Savannah Guthrie chatted yesterday with their boss, MSNBC Washington Bureau Chief Mark Whitaker, all agreeing that the decision to grant civilian trials for "Terrorists" is "a pure, self-inflicted wound." When Najibullah Zazi was arrested for allegedly plotting a serious Terrorist attack, The New Republic's Michael Crowley said he was so frightened by this that he was open to torturing Zazi. Democratic Senators are threatening to join the GOP in cutting off funds for civilian trials. Democratic members of Congress joined with the GOP to prevent even modest reforms of the Patriot Act and other surveillance abuses. City officials compete with one another over who can be the most frightened and terrorized by Terrorists.

And The Washington Post's Richard Cohen -- who was so frightened by Terrorism that he wrote multiple screeds screeching that we must have vengeance on Saddam -- devotes his entire column today to criticizing Obama for putting us In Grave Danger by rejecting a handful of Bush/Cheney Terrorism policies (headlined: "Obama administration is tone-deaf to concerns about terrorism"):

There is almost nothing the Obama administration does regarding terrorism that makes me feel safer. Whether it is guaranteeing captured terrorists that they will not be waterboarded, reciting terrorists their rights, or the legally meandering and confusing rule that some terrorists will be tried in military tribunals and some in civilian courts, what is missing is a firm recognition that what comes first is not the message sent to America's critics but the message sent to Americans themselves. When, oh when, will this administration wake up? . . .

No doubt George Bush soiled America's image abroad with what looked liked vigilante justice and Dick Cheney's hearty endorsement of ugly interrogation measures. But more is at stake here than America's image abroad -- namely the security and peace of mind of Americans in America. . . . The Obama administration, on the other hand, seems to have bent over backward to prove to the world it is not the Bush administration and will, almost no matter what, ensure that everyone gets the benefit of American civil liberties. But the paramount civil liberty is a sense of security and this, sad to say, has eroded under Barack Obama.

Leave aside that Bush -- like Obama -- also tried some accused Terrorists in civilian trials and some before military commissions. Leave aside that the second-term Bush -- like Obama -- withdrew authorization for waterboarding. Leave aside the factually inaccurate claim that Obama is "ensuring that everyone gets the benefit of American civil liberties" when he is, in fact, detaining many people without any charges at all and putting many others before military commissions.

Beyond all those factual errors, look at what Cohen is saying: Bush "soiled America's image," but what he did was right, just and necessary, and Obama should follow that -- which is essentially what many Democratic Party and media elites are saying as well. Seriously: if you were a Bush follower, wouldn't you feel as though you were owed a major apology for all the accusations and the fuss that came from Democrats and media figures, accusing you of supporting radical and Constitution-shredding policies when, it turns out, they actually crave those policies in order to feel safe? Doesn't all of this bolster the Republican claim that those attacks on the Bush administration for civil liberties abuses were not due to genuine conviction, but rather for partisan gain (in the case of Democratic officials) and cheap, preening, wet-finger-in-the-air moralizing (in the case of media stars)?

Consider the example of military commissions. When the Bush administration unveiled those, the reaction from Democrats, progressives and media outlets was overwhelmingly and intensely negative, on the ground that military commissions (no matter what rules they followed) were appropriate only for "battlefield justice," when there was no other alternative. The consensus was that our normal system of justice -- developed over two hundred years -- was the only just and proper venue to try accused Terrorists, had been proven effective, and beyond that, the perception that we were inventing new and inferior tribunals of justice for Muslims would fuel Terrorism and make us more unsafe. What happened to all of that? Was there a single Democrat or progressive defending military commissions when Bush and Cheney unveiled them as their preferred method for trying Terrorists? Now, suddenly, Terrorists belong in military commissions -- at GITMO? So the defining creations of the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld approach are now the centerpieces of the Democratic and media consensus.

All of these attacks on the Obama administration really leave one wondering: what is it exactly that Bush and Cheney did wrong? Was it just the waterboarding (the official authorization for which was withdrawn several years before Bush left office and which, in any event, people like Richard Cohen and Michael Crowley still crave)? Everything else other than the "enhanced interrogation techniques" was good? What happened to all the profound talk about how they ruined our image in the world and violated our "core principles" and how we can simultaneously Stay Safe and adhere to our values -- which happened to be a central theme of Obama's successful presidential campaign? How can Democrats and media stars claim to find Bush and Cheney so distasteful as they simultaneously attack Obama for reversing their defining policies in a few isolated instances? In the areas of civil liberties and Terrorism, what exactly did Bush and Cheney do wrong?

UPDATE: Noting this insightful Adam Serwer post -- which equates the willingness of many Democrats and Republicans to scream political epithets they don't really mean (Obama is a foreign, Terrorist-loving socialist; Bush is a Constitution-shredding fascist) -- Atrios writes:

Just adding to the post below, at some point it became clear that the consensus of official Washington, including many Democrats, the scribblers at Kaplan Test Prep Daily, the Great Minds at Very Serious Think Tanks, and guests at Sally Quinn's table dancing parties, is that torture is awesome, the rule of law only applies to Al Gore, Bill Clinton's penis, and all people who don't have important DC jobs, and all it takes to nullify the constitution is to call someone a terraist. I don't know how to change this, and electing the Hopey Changey guy didn't help much. I think they're playing Calvinbill a bit more fairly, but they're still playing it.

That about sums it all up.


That "liberal media" again...

Bush/Cheney & Co pounded the fantasy concept of a "post 9/11" and a "pre-9/11" paradigm shift into our thick skulls so well that we all respond to the verbal and subliminal cues to act against our own best interests.
Fear, anger and imaginary monsters in the woodwork control our actions, beliefs and attitudes whenever the term "9/11" is used.

We turn on our friends, neighbors and ourselves by assuring that we give up our own freedom for that imaginary security from big daddy. He most certainly is going to protect us from the evil mean dark shadow terrorists that are mostly NOT there.

Sure terrorism exists...internally and externally. It has existed in literature, stories and historical writings as far back as society itself. As soon as man became political, there has been terrorism.

The only difference is in how WE perceive and treat those who perpetrate those actions.

Before 9/11, they were treated like anyone else who maimed, murdered, conspired to maim and murder; who disrupted and destroyed. They were criminals, no better, no worse than others who did similar crimes...A serial killer, mass murderer, an arson ...

After 9/11, we give them nearly super-human powers - they can walk through walls, disappear right before our eyes; walk through any security system without so much as a flicker on a screen; will slaughter millions with the bat of an eye and cackle an evil laughter that will be heard through time and space.

We deify them, imbuing them with such power that we must create a magical ritual to contain them in a sanctified place, chained and bound with holy spells and destroyed with magical device only used by those priests of the holy sect of military secret society.


We create the best propaganda source ever known..The great nation, shining beacon on the hill, the light and hope of humanity turned into sniveling, scared brats, murdering, torturing innocents, removing our own rights and taking away the rights of others; attacking sovereign nations without just cause; lying and manipulating, cheating, slaughtering - mass murdering, raping...We have become the sickly underbelly of the demon itself led by our own appointed leaders.

The only way out of the complete shred of the fabric of our society; the complete destruction and cannibalization of our nation, is to stop the stupidity and the continual neurotic fear we consume daily and start healing ourselves, turning away from the propaganda and back to our moral compass. Return to the basis of ourselves. Go back to the ideals we have stomped on over the past 20 years.

Stop the perpetual insanity and stop letting our fear rule
Until we do, we will continue to hand victory to those who would do us harm.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Catholic Bishops Embrace Anti-Abortion Terrorizers Missy Smith - Just Another Day in Paraadise...The Rantings of a MAD WOMAN

Catholic Bishops Embrace Anti-Abortion Terrorizers Missy Smith and Randall Terry

By Adele M. Stan, AlterNet
Posted on January 7, 2010, Printed on January 7, 2010

Editor's Note: Scroll down to hear the audio recording of Missy Smith's remarks about Dr. Georg Tiler and Dr LeRoy Carhart.

As the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops renews its offensive on the anti-abortion language in the heath-care legislation soon to be finalized by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, four of those bishops appear to have given their seal of approval to a group whose leader gloated over the killing of Dr. George Tiller, a gynecologist who performed late-term abortions in Kansas, and called on anti-abortion activists to next "get" Dr. LeRoy Carhart, who performs similar services at his Nebraska clinic.

Missy Smith, a stalwart member of Insurrecta Nex -- Randall Terry's merry band of anti-choice hecklers and street clowns -- announced plans yesterday to conduct a training session for her own organization, Wake Up, at Washington, D.C.'s John Paul II Cultural Center, an institution presided over by four bishops, including Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington. (The other members include John Myers, archbishop of Newark, N.J.; Bernard Harrington, bishop of Winona, Minn.; and Cardinal Adam Maida, the retired archbishop of Detroit.) Among the speakers on Smith's program is Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry, who famously called Tiller "a mass murderer," adding that Tiller, who was killed in cold blood, had "reaped what he sowed." Susan Gibb, communications director for the archdiocese of Washington, refused comment on whether Archbishop Wuerl approved of the use of the Cultural Center by Smith and Terry, though she made the point that it was Smith, not Terry, who booked the facility.

George Tiller's patients often traveled long distances to avail themselves of his services, since he was one of a handful of doctors willing to perform late-term abortions, usually to women who learned late in their pregnancies that the fetuses they were carrying were severely deformed and would not survive very long, if at all, outside the womb. For prospective parents left to make excruciating choices, Tiller provided services believed to promote healing, such as funerary services for the fetus, as well as allowing the parents to be photographed with the fetus. Anti-choice extremists often point to these acts of mercy as evidence of Tiller's "evil"; he is misrepresented as a bloodthirsty criminal who took joy in committing macabre acts with "dead babies."

Since Tiller's murder, one of the few remaining abortion providers to offer late-term abortions is Dr. LeRoy Carhart of Nebraska, for whom two Supreme Court cases about the issue of late-term abortions are named.

Two weeks after Tiller was gunned down while ushering a church service, Missy Smith addressed a June training session for Insurrecta Nex activists.

"So, we’re all here to march on and to stop the slaughter of these little babies," she said. "And to tell the truth, the biggest part is to use -- tell everyone what Tiller did. Most of America doesn’t know that he took these dead babies and dressed them up in christening dresses and took their pictures. Most Americans believe, because of the liberal press, that he was a wonderful, martyred person, you know, who did -- you have to kill a baby, don’t you, when a woman’s nine months pregnant -- you just have to do it? I mean, most people believe that. And now we’ve got to get Carhart."

With that, she left the podium in a meeting room at the Arlington, Virginia Doubletree Hotel to appreciative applause.

I learned of Missy Smith's planned appearance at the Cultural Center from a press release sent by Randall Terry, who noted that he would be a speaker on Smith's program, along with two of his regular activists. The program coincides with the annual March for Life in Washington, an event where anti-choice activists mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion.

At present, no one appears to want to take responsibility for allowing Smith's group to contract the facilities at the John Paul II Cultural Center. When I called the Cultural Center in the evening (I didn't receive Terry's release until after closing time), I could find no one in the directory whose obvious responsibility was facilitating use of the center by outside groups. I left a message for a Brother John who oversees something called the Intercultural Forum. I received a voice mail from Brother John in the morning directing me to contact Missy Smith with any questions about Randall Terry's inclusion on her program.

I called Smith, as well as John Sanders, the director of facilities for the John Paul II Cultural Center, but as of press time I had not heard back from either of them.

Archbishop Donald Wuerl sits on the center's four-bishop executive committee, so his spokesperson seemed an appropriate contact for any comment the archbishop wanted to make about the use of the Cultural Center by Missy Smith and Randall Terry. But archdiocese communications director Susan Gibbs grew testy with me when I pressed for comment as to whether or not the archbishop approved of Smith and Terry's training session at the center, saying only that the executive committee has nothing to do with the day-to-day operation of the Cultural Center. When I pressed to get a comment on whether Wuerl judged Terry to be an appropriate guest for the center, Gibb simply repeated her claim that the executive committee is not involved in the Cultural Center's bookings.

"I'm sorry if you don't understand that," Gibbs said. But she didn't disavow Smith or Terry in the archbishop's name, and instead used Smith as her line of defense, saying that it wasn't Randall Terry who booked the facilities, it was Missy Smith. The same Missy Smith who told Insurrecta Nex activists that it was time to "get" LeRoy Carhart, presumably in the same way that George Tiller was gotten.

Randall Terry, the antiabortion extremist who founded Operation Rescue (and then was ousted from the group) has been a busy man since moving to Washington, D.C. last year. Most of his activities have focused on President Barack Obama: heckling the president and his nominees in various venues, and performing street theater that features a white man wearing an Obama mask while turning a bullwhip on his confederates. Another Terry street-theater act involves the stabbing of plastic baby dolls and the profligate use of fake blood.

On the day that Tea Party activists rallied against health-care reform legislation, Terry staged a skit outside a Senate office building in which he was costumed as the devil, while activists donning the masks of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid pretended to be writhing in the fires of Hell.

It was Terry who organized the heckling of the president during his address at Notre Dame, a Catholic university, and Terry who dogs Catholic bishops he deems insufficiently pro-life with protests outside their chanceries. Missy Smith was arrested for civil disobedience at Notre Dame with Terry and former U.N. Ambassador Alan Keyes. Since that time, Smith told the gathering of Insurrecta Nex activists last June, she had joined Terry in "six or seven protests."

This is the same Randall Terry who sent his minions into the Senate to disrupt the nomination hearings of Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a practicing Catholic.

While it's likely that the bishops who lead the John Paul II Cultural Center were unaware of Smith's partnership with Terry when she booked the center's conference facilities for her training session, the refusal of Archbishop Wuerl's spokesperson to disavow them is troubling, especially given Terry's violent rhetoric and racist depictions of the president.

For Randall Terry, a talented strategist, the controversy surrounding Missy Smith's training session at the John Paul II Cultural Center is a win whether the bishops allow her to hold the training or not. If they kick her out, they bolster Terry's argument that the bishops aren't really committed to "protecting the unborn;" if they permit his group to use the facilities, Insurrecta Nex -- of which Missy Smith is an integral part -- receives a de facto seal of approval from the church.

Adele M. Stan is AlterNet's Washington bureau chief.
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The American Taliban is on the march and have won HUGE in the House by usurping the intent of "reform" to pass through the latest move towards enslaving women once again.
This wasn't the first win by far since Roe v Wade but it was a turning point marking the open acceptance of the anti-feminine voice by the democratic party.
The party that states in its platform that they stand by a woman's right to choose.
The party that states it stands by the law of the land and THE MAJORITY OF CITIZEN'S IN THE COUNTRY.
Missy Smith is a fear mongering liar, a traitor to her gender and her species. Her brand of willful ignorance, hubris and misogyny is a threat to what we SAY we hold dear - freedom from enslavement, from religious persecution, from ignorance - standing for human rights and equality regardless of race, color, creed, sex, ethnicity.
The rub?
A woman who has the Catholic Bishops by the balls and is twisting to use their forum to preach the subjugation of feminine and the ignorance behind it.
The absurdity is astounding the ramifications, sickening,
A true traitor to her gender and species with doddering old sexually repressed men in robes and tall miters trimmed in gold, hand wringing all round her - a sad picture, true, but one that is disheartening to those of us who still wear the battle scars from the "War of the Coathangers".
I have to wonder how long do we believe it will take before she is given space in the Russell,
Dirksen, or Hart Office Buildings for her little war conferences...
Keys to the White House back door.................

We scream about rapes and murders in 3rd world countries as an act of war to subjugate a people and can't figure out why the behavior still happens?
We cry over the enslavement of women by religious extremists in Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan but can't understand how such ideas are promoted?

Those who enslave us could not do so if we did not enslave ourselves.
It is our own refusal to accept our power as women and to stand together against a tempest of foul, rancid, women fearing hate acted out by those who would steal our power.
Time to let Aphrodite out to kick some friggin' ass again.