Wednesday, November 28, 2007

One question begats another

Just one question for all presidential candidates, regardless of political party:

Why would you want to be president now?(!)

I imagine some would actually answer along the lines "this country is so fucked up that I am compelled to run for the office and undue some of the damage."

To which my follow up question would be: Could you name the problems and concrete actions taken to correct them?

I expect there would be mealy-mouth answers along the lines of "gathering the right people," "studying the issues," and "forming task forces."

To that I would ask "Why don't you whip out some Executive Statements and make it happen?"

Ideally, some candidate would say that's not constitutional.

But that's what Bush did. Why is he still running the show then?

While I'm at it, I'd also like a candidate to tell us that upon taking office he would ship Bush, Cheney, and the rest of the Administration down to Gitmo to get some answers. And maybe get a little waterboarding in too.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

President Bush supports the troops, commits suicide (we wish!)

The fervent hope of millions around the world that George Bush's next conversation with God will be "come to Jesus - right now."

In honor of Armistice Day, if George Bush could exit along with the day, outside the immediate improvement who would notice the difference? Nobody, not even Laura.

Former U.S. Marine Matt Howard explained at an antiwar rally why he was against the illegal Iraq War. In part, it was because they invaded a country illegally; killed innocent men, women, and children; killed livestock; destroyed homes; tortured prisoners.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that veterans organizations against the Iraq War will not be allowed to participate in Veterans' Day marches. In response to brainless flag-wavers who cry that our armies are fighting over there to protect us and our freedoms over HERE, refer them to the file "MORE LIES YOUR GOVERNMENT TOLD YOU."

Wilkes-Barre, PA reports on the staggering increases in homeless veterans.

And then there are the ongoing scandals of Walter Reed & VA hospitals; inadequate troop supplies & armor; depleted National Guards at home; war profiteers making their money at the expense of Iraqis, troops, and U.S. citizens.

It might be time to revisit the peace forced upon central Europe after World War I and see how that turned out.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Taking on Blackwater can be dangerous stuff

Heard much about the proposed Blackwater West project?

I don't know much about it either. But Potrero, California is opposed to the Blackwater West project and engineered an upcoming recall election of the Planning Board that approved the project.

And then during the southern California fires, Potrero residents were obstructed from receiving the basic assistance afforded to other communities, such as reverse 911 calls.

The group Citizens' Oversight Projects is following the entire Potrero v Blackwater battle. is also following and combating Blackwater's Potrero plans.

This story needs a lot more investigation.