"We either die by the Americans, the insurgents in the name of jihad, the security companies, which kill you and leave you laying in the street, the Iraqi police or...the death squads. Three years after the American invasion of Iraq, I have only one wish. I do not want democracy, food, electricity and water. I just do not want to die."
- Laith Muhammad, an Iraqi student.
"The toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime was worth everything. I have never felt as free to speak any day in my life as today. If George Bush did anything good, it was toppling Saddam Hussein. I am not pessimistic. But I'm upset, because the war and the occupation, which could have led to a new situation in Iraq, were squandered by the stupid mistakes committed by the American administration and military and the U.S. representatives in Iraq."
- Fakhri Fikry Kareem, owner and publisher of the daily Iraqi newspaper Meda.
Source: The Washington Post
When I hear Iraqis talk about how glad they are that Saddam is gone I am really torn. On one hand I understand that the end result of that crazy nut case no longer having controll over the people of Iraq is a good thing, a wonderful thing even, I still can't help but feel like the end does not justify the means. Not only that, but there isn't even an end to speak of. Saddam being removed from power turns out to be just a stepping stone, but I'm afraid that the next stone on this path is at the bottome of a cliff. We are in such a no-win situation right now. If we stay, we continue to screw things up and loose lives. If we go, we leave the country in such a shambles that it would be inhumane. WTF are we going to do? It's like we have a finger in the dyke and nobody around who knows how to fix the hole.
Enough with the metaphores. It's just so frustrating to not even have a clue as to what this situation should look like or how to get there. I'm not hearing it from any of the world's leaders. Nobody knows what the hell to do.
Ann Coulter. Not my favorite person in the world, and she's making it so easy for folks like me to bash her. Apparently, Ann said, to a crowd of 2,600 U Conn students who were booing her, "I love to engage in repartee with people who are stupider than I am."
Hey, Ann. Heads up. Stupider is not a word. I believe you were trying to say "more stupid," STUPID.
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The best blog entry about the game last night comes from TBog:
I'm didn't really care much one way or the other who won the World Series ((emphasis added by this blogger)although I did get a charge out of watching George H.W. and Barbara Bush witness something even more disappointing than their children), but it was nice to see an old school team win it for the second year in a row as opposed to those upstart spend-a-shitload-of-money-then-collapse teams (Marlins '03, D'Backs '01). Like a lot of baseball fans I would have liked to have seen Bagwell and Biggio win one before they retire, but, oh well."
Classic. I never thought about it that way. What a huge disappointment George W and Jed would be for me as a parent. But maybe Barbara and the older George don't see it that way.
But how could you look at George W's face as he sat in that school room, just having hear that our nation was under attack on 9/11 with that stupid-ass look on his face and not be ashamed? He had no clue as to what to do. He was waiting for all of his other dumb-ass people to tell him what to do. Arg, can't believe I got back on this 9/11 rant...it always seems to creep up when I least expect it.
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I woke this morning in a relatively good mood, considering. Considering we are still in the midst of a national emergency/tragedy. Considering it is the 4th anniversary of 9/11, a day that effected me beyond my wildest imagination. All things considered, I was feeling pretty good. I was getting ready to drive out to Vacaville with Payton for the 4th and possibly 5th baseball game of the weekend. Looking forward to the drive, just the two of us. Sitting in the sun, watching a ball game and maybe indulging in an ice cream.
Then I blew it. I started reading the news via the web. I happened on this CNN story that sent me through the roof.
"WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Companies with ties to the Bush White House and the former head of FEMA are clinching some of the administration's first disaster relief and reconstruction contracts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
At least two major corporate clients of lobbyist Joe Allbaugh, President Bush's former campaign manager and a former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, have already been tapped to start recovery work along the battered Gulf Coast."
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Read the whole story. Or not. I don't want to ruin your day, too. Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not so naive as to think that Clinton's cronnies didn't get some favors from the White House. But the scale at which the Bushies are making money on the tragedies of America sickens me to my core. The outright lack of ethics that this administration shows on a day to day basis is unforgivable.
Is it really 3 whole years until the next election? If this guy were running a company, he would have been fired by now. But then again, he would have found himself a nice new cushy job at Halliburton or one of its subsidiaries.
I'm going to a baseball game now.
During this time of national emergency, it is important, of course to solve the immediate problems. Then there comes a time to look at the underlying cause of those problems. Although it is easy to point fingers and blame the current administration (which is deserving IMO of the finger pointing), it is also important to dig deep and identify all of the wrong turns we made. And so I give you this...
"To be poor in America was to be invisible, but not after this week, not after those images of the bedraggled masses at the Superdome, convention center and airport. No one can claim that the post-Reagan orthodoxy of low taxes and small government, which does wonders for the extremely rich, also inevitably does wonders for the extremely poor. What was that about a rising tide lifting all boats? What if you don't have a boat?"
- Eugene Robinson, columnist.
Source: The Washington Post
I'm off to stand in support of Cindy Sheehan tonight. Right in front of Congressman Tom Lantos' office in San Mateo. I'm going with hubby's aunt to show support for Cindy and military Moms everywhere with the message that we need to bring our children home. Looks like there will be over 100 people there at our location and who knows how many more at the other 1,700+ observances across the country tonight. Somebody needs to make this shit stop. I am, quite literally today, a Mom on a Mission.
Miami-Dade County Election Chief Quits
(04-01) 06:57 PST MIAMI (AP)
The elections chief of a key South Florida county has resigned amid revelations of voting problems in six elections.
The veteran Chicago election official came on board in Miami in June 2003 to fix problems from the 2000 presidential election. The county was heavily criticized after 28,000 mostly punchcard ballots went uncounted. President Bush won the state — and thus the presidency — by 537 votes.
Damage done. What now? Nice blue eye-shadow by the way. I bet Manolo, he would like to see the shoes. The ones of the lady's choosing.
I'm sure you have all heard the absurdities coming from the right-wing "moral majority" recently regarding SpongeBob SquarePants and the fact that he, and other righteous cartoon characters like Jimmy Nutron, is promoting the idea that a homosexual lifestyle is...gulp...God forbid...acceptable. I'm not going to spend much time on this but I just had to profess my love, openly and especially to you my readers, for Mr. SquarePants. He makes me laugh, he makes me do very silly things trying to impersonate him, he just wants to eat Crabby Patties and hang out with Patrick. He taught me how to "take it around town."
Read this commentary if you would like a simple, yet insightful commentary on the subject at hand.
I really do think that we are all more alike than different, and that it is only when we let our differences divide us that we get into trouble. Why can't it be OK that you are different than I, and that we leave each other be, or better yet, celebrate and embrace our differences? "Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be"
Check out this post by Dan about the amount of money we are sending in aid to the tsunami victims vs. the amount of money the Bush administration is spending on the inauguration festivities. It makes me weep. Are they serious? Where is their sense of perspective? God, they just prove over and over again that they just don't get it. They could take a lesson from Sarah McLachlan. Watch her video here. It's a simple lesson really. I'm still weeping.
As the possibility of a draft sometime in the next few years has been weighing on my mind recently, I was wondering....If there is a draft, and a gay man or woman is drafted, will they get out of service by saying "I'm gay", you know the whole don't ask, don't tell thing (which sounds like a 3 year old putting his fingers in his ears and yelling "I can't hear you, I can't hear you"). Well, what if they tell? Does that "excuse" them from service? We haven't had a draft since that stupid rule was put into place, so we haven't had to face that scenario.
I can just see it now, men and women all over America, making a pact with each other. "Ok, we'll tell them that we are lovers and it get us both out of fighting this lie of a war. Deal? Deal." That would be such poetic justice it makes me giggle.