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Friday, January 06, 2006

Get Your Rant On

Rant from Seattle paper
here's a non-rude quote:
Is anyone else tired of living in a parody of a real country?

It's rude, crude, and right on target.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Wake up Sheeple!!!

Murtha says he wouldn't join military now

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rep. John Murtha, a key Democratic voice who favors pulling U.S. troops from Iraq, said in remarks airing on Monday that he would not join the U.S. military today.

A decorated Vietnam combat veteran who retired as a colonel after 37 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Murtha told ABC News' "Nightline" program that Iraq "absolutely" was a wrong war for President George W. Bush to have launched.

"Would you join (the military) today?," he was asked in an interview taped on Friday.

"No," replied Murtha of Pennsylvania, the top Democrat on the House of Representatives subcommittee that oversees defense spending and one of his party's leading spokesmen on military issues.

"And I think you're saying the average guy out there who's considering recruitment is justified in saying 'I don't want to serve'," the interviewer continued.

"Exactly right," said Murtha, who drew White House ire in November after becoming the first ranking Democrat to push for a pullout of U.S. forces from Iraq as soon as it could be done safely.
"Let me tell you, war is a nasty business. It sears the soul," he said, choking up. "And it made a difference. The shadow of those killings stay with you the rest of your life.

Wow. This is a guy who probably got hundreds of people to enlist over the years. Wow. You ever see those old guys with the red Marine baseball caps? That's Murtha.

For him to say this, leaves me stunned.

Of course, the chickenhawks are tossing names about. I wonder how many of them have two purple hearts and a bronze star?

When a man like Murtha would tell anyone, not just his friends and family, not to enlist, knowing what that means, I am shocked. I mean, he went to Korea and then reenlisted for Vietnam. He was a DI, for God's sake. Prmoted from the ranks. In peacetime. He even looks like a bulldog, for Christ sakes.

You can't be much more Marine than that.

It's a shame how Bush has degraded this country, that a man like Jack Murtha has to tell people not to enlist. It's like a priest telling a kid to not go to seminary.

from the news blog

When you are this bad a president.... everything IS your fault.

Bloomberg reveals:

Federal authorities issued 21 citations last year for a build-up of combustible materials at the West Virginia mine where 12 men died, according to U.S. Labor Department statistics.

The mining explosion should call attention to the Bush administration’s inadequate enforcement of federal mining safety regulations. Mining safety in the U.S. has improved dramatically since President Clinton signed the Mining Safety and Health Act of 1997. (In that year, 272 miners died on the job, versus just 56 in 2003. Since 2000, fatal injuries have decreased by 34 percent.)

Phil Smith, the communications director for the United Mine Workers of America, said that while safety regulations are in place, “The problem with the current laws is enforcement.” According to an AFL-CIO analysis, the Bush administration cut 170 positions from federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and has not proposed a single new mine-safety standard or rule during its tenure.

And there’s a reason for that. According to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, since 2000, the Coal Mining industry has made approximately $10.3 million in political donations — 88.5 percent of which went to Republicans. The Washington Post reported that West Virginia coal firms raised $275,000 for Bush.

Last September, Bush has rewarded the coal industry by placing coal industry veteran Richard Stickler in charge of MSHA. Stickler spent about 30 years as a coal company manager with Beth Energy. Mines managed by Stickler were marked by worker injury rates that were double the national average, according to government data cited by the United Mine Workers union.

from thinkprogress

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Cleaning House

“Mr. Abramoff says he has information that could implicate 60 lawmakers,” the WSJ reports.

from thinkprogress

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Wal-Mart Watch: New Hampshire Health Care


from walmart

Wal-Mart Watch: Putting the Cheap Chinese Crap in Christmas

from walmart

Long but worth the read

Ten Amazing Predictions for 2006

1. Al-Qaeda's Ayman al-Zawahiri, whom the Bush administration has failed to capture after all this time, and who was probably responsible for the July 7 bombings in the London subway and the bombings in the Sinai in Egypt, will strike at US allies again in 2006.

2. Saudi Arabia will use the $160 billion windfall from high petroleum prices to strengthen its military and security forces, and to spread its rigid Wahhabi form of Islam.

3. Iran's clerical elites will use the $36 billion windfall from high petroleum prices to strengthen their military and security forces, and to spread their radical Khomeinist form of Islam. The US, even if it takes some desperate step, will prove unable to shake the regime in 2006.

4. The Iraqi government, on which the US is placing its bet, will limp along with less than $19 billion a year in petroleum income because of sabotage and guerrilla war, along with long-neglected fields and dilapidated plants and equipment. Most of that money will be absorbed by the need for internal security, reconstruction and paying off past reparations and debts, as well as by large-scale corruption and embezzlement (billions of dollars went missing during the government of Iyad Allawi in 2004).

5. The Iraqi parliament will pass fundamentalist Muslim legislation. Sometime in 2006, a majority of Iraqi parliamentarians will call for the withdrawal of US troops. The Iraqi government will have warm relations with Iran, but strained relations with Saudi Arabia and Jordan. The guerrilla war will continue.

6. The Israeli-Palestinian struggle will continue in staccatto fashion, because the Israeli government remains expansionist and land-hungry. Because the Sharon government refused to negotiate with real live Palestinians over the Gaza withdrawal no framework for peace was erected. Israeli troops will go back into Gaza from time to time. Israel will settle thousands of colonists on Palestinian land in the west and will blame Palestinians as irrational and bigotted for objecting. The subtle forms of ethnic cleansing of Arabs from Jerusalem will continue or accelerate. Fifteen percent of Palestinian children will continue to suffer from malnutrition, a result of the poverty that derives from having been put since 1967 in a large Israeli jail.

7. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization composed of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan as members and India, Iran, Mongolia, and Pakistan as observers, will follow up on its success in getting US troops out of Uzbekistan and on strengthening energy cooperation between Kazakhstan and China on the one hand, and Russia and Kazakhstan on the other, as well as security cooperation between Russia and Uzbekistan. The conjuncture of gas, petroleum, Islam, terrorism and great power jockeying will keep the new Great Game going, this time with Russia, China and the United States all playing. The US hand is weak.

8. The US attempt to isolate Iran by putting boycotts on Chinese and other companies that deal with it will only prove effective for those companies that do a lot of business with the US. Moreover, it is easy enough for a company to hive off a de facto subsidiary to deal with Iran (ask Bechtel and Halliburton). And, rising powers like India that have relatively little trade with the US will tempted to choose energy from Iran over good diplomatic relations with the US.

9. New Orleans will for the most part not be rebuilt and will increasingly be eclipsed by Baton Rouge. Louisiana as a result will become a solid Red State. The Republican Party has no particular reason to rebuild a predominantly African-American city that reliably voted Democrat, just as its leader, George W. Bush, apparently had no particular reason to implement relief work there with any urgency or efficiency after the flood. Most of the $25 billion in reconstruction aid promised by the Federal government will never arrive.

10. The United States will continue to lose global political influence because its government is running large deficits and going ever deeper into debt. In the 1950s, President Eisenhower routinely used the threat of calling in loans from war-devastated Europe to get his way. He threatened UK Prime Minister Anthony Eden with loan cancellations if the latter did not get back out of the Suez in late 1956. He threatened DeGaulle with loan cancellations if the latter didn't get France out of rebellious Algeria before it went Communist. Nowadays the US is a massive debtor nation, and has lost that kind of leverage with all but the poorest and most beaten-down countries. The US nuclear arsenal is relatively useless because it cannot actually be used, and the US military is bogged down in Iraq. America remains a superpower for the third and fourth worlds, but is often a helpless, pitiful giant as far as places like Western Europe and China are concerned.

[Caveat emptor: The author, a historian, has a fair amount of expertise with the past, but knows nothing out of the ordinary about the future.]

from Juan [via the news blog]

Bush helping the terrorists win....

In an attempt to defend his illegal spying, Bush claims the program is limited in nature:

SAN ANTONIO -- President Bush on Sunday strongly defended his domestic spying program, saying it's a limited initiative that tracks only incoming calls to the United States.

"It's seems logical to me that if we know there's a phone number associated with al-Qaida or an al-Qaida affiliate and they're making phone calls, it makes sense to find out why," Bush said. "They attacked us before, they'll attack us again."

Let's suspend our disbelief for a moment and accept his claim that the program tracked "only incoming calls." Thank you, Mr. President, for giving Osama the heads up that if he wants to avoid being tracked, he shouldn't call collect. Sleeper cells across the whole fucking nation just learned how to avoid the program you call "vital" to our national security.

The President, who decried the leak of generic information about the spying as "shameless" and causing "great harm to the nation," now singlehandedly undermined the effectiveness of his own program. Shameless indeed.

from daily kos

Monday, January 02, 2006

The spirit of 1984 in 2006

Washington State pupils given patriotism test
Children in Washington State are being given 'Patriotism tests' which are completely unrelated to their studies. The paper gauges whether or not the student shows fealty to the power of the state and whether the student believes in the right to overthrow a corrupt government.

Losing business close to home

The recent unfortunate news that Sullivan drug and Groveton drug have closed and sold to Rite Aid brings several facts closer to home realization. These are the most recent, and are by no means the only, home town, local New Hampshire businesses that are falling victim to a losing economic development strategy and corporate written trade legislation. Groveton paper board has announced it will be closing its doors permanently by March 2006 unless a buyer can be found. The defunct Berlin Building Systems was the recipient of many tax payer-bail out dollars, but also closed its doors due in large part to a “tight” market. Fraser papers in Berlin and Gorham are always rumored to be speaking about layoffs, as are several other local paper mills. Bonneville Window of Colebrook, Ethan Allen Furniture, Tillotson glove, North Country ATV and snowmobile, Whitefield Power and Light, Daysprings, Lost Nation Food store, the loss of Airbus to another state, the failed , coincidentally highly politically touted, massive pork grant recipient SRX programs, all unfortunate statistics in this North Country and States’ losing sustainable economic development and conservation program. The North Country is suffering an unemployment rate higher than the National level and almost 2 points higher than the State level. ATV trails parks are great for multi purpose recreational access but seasonal, minimum wage, tourism based service jobs will not help the down turn of this area and stem the emigration of our young people to other, more prosperous parts of the Country.

In the first decade after the inception of NAFTA, the United States reportedly lost 4 million textile and manufacturing jobs. To put this in perspective, a conservative estimate of 3600 of those jobs were in New Hampshire. To put this even more locally for you, over 950 were in this North Country with the death of our businesses being addressed above. These job losses can be directly attributed in part to losing economic development plans and the aforementioned corporate written trade compacts and business legislation in NAFTA, CAFTA and the impending FTAA.

Bureaucracy in trade compacts that don’t allow a small drug store the latitude to find alternative forms of prescription purchase plans for We the People, or a building market that allows modular homes to come into this State while not allowing reciprocal trade, or subsidized paper industries putting our own mills behind the eight ball, is irresponsible at best. At worst it’s the sellout of our US commerce under WTO/UN trade rules. NAFTA was pushed on us in 1994. CAFTA took effect 2Jan2006. The FTAA is highly touted by President Bush and his globalist pals and there are too few courageous elected officials in this State, on any level, that are trying to stem the tide of outsourcing American jobs and making efforts to keep business in your back yard. Tragic. We the People are the true victims here. Let’s put America first.

Yeah, RISE UP!!! 7November2006!!!

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