Saturday, December 31, 2005

Use It, Copy It, Spread It. . .

Impeachment Checklist

  1.  Familiarize yourself with
"The Question.":

"The Bush administration simply cannot answer this one question - if time was of the essence, why didn't they conduct the searches and get the warrants after the fact, something that is allowed under the FISA law?  They conducted the searches alright, but they never once sought the retroactive warrants."

  2.  Send an email to all of these media folks and ask them "The Question."

  3.  Sign Senator Boxer's petition.

  4.  Contact your Senator.

  5.  Contact your congressman.

  6.  Contact Congressman Pete Hoekstra too.

  7.  File a Freedom of Information Act request HERE.

  8.  Sign John Conyers' petition to censure and investigate impeachment.

  9.  Join the guerilla marketing campaign.

10.  Make a donation to ImpeachPAC.

11.  Join the Impeach Bush Coalition.

(Thanks to Redneck Mother for inspiring the list.)

(Copied with permission from Bulldog Manifesto)

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No matter which party you belong to, you know this is necessary, that it is the right thing to do, and that it is important to our future security, liberties, and freedoms. . .  Do it.


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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Lest You've Forgotten. . .

This Now Proven Criminally Corrupt Administration Is Still In Power
by The Old Hippie Because The "Allowing" Is Still Being "Allowed" - Isn't It?

From the lobbyists created energy bill that does more insane damage to our nation environmentally and economically, and which increases the already obscene profits of the oil and coal corporations

even more than any sane rationality can contemplate, to the indicted house majority leader still openly twisting-arms for that bill, to the senate majority leader under investigation being still in power, to the open sneeringly corrupt in-your-face no-bid contracts still going to Halliburton, which is still paying the VP over $200,000/yr., not to mention that the VP is "rumored" be one of the targets, along with his chief-of staff, Libby in the treasonist outing of Ms. Plame, along with the president's own top-man, Rove, to the arrest of Safavian, the head of procurement in the president's office of management and Budget, to the exposed connections between all of them to Abramoff and the mob.

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And finally, lest you've forgotten - to the unconscionable bigotry of wealth and class exposed by Katrina and Rita, to the selection of a supreme court judge based on her religion, and the ongoing/never ending exposure of arrogant lies, and justification of torture, the loss of so many innocent lives for the noble cause of greed, not freedom, not democracy, not security, and on and on. . . But yet - With all of this exposed reality, exposed corruption, and exposed destruction. . .
They are still allowed to continue on?!?  Unchecked and unpunished, as they continue to destroy?

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All political damage has been reversible in our history, and even this corrupt administration will lose its power in time - But - This time it is different in one very crucial aspect, the damage to the environment by political action, and non-action.  By this administration's breaking away from all of the international environmental treaties, and their purposeful, and insane, non-action on ending our addiction to oil/gas/coal for energy, and their lying denial of the realities of global warming to protect the profits of the oil/gas/coal corporations, have now put us all into a situation where a lot of the environmental damage is already irreversible.

The melting away of the northern sea ices, and its decreasing albedo, is already irreversible, and the resultant rising temperatures in the north that are melting the permafrost, and bogs containing now bubbling methane gas, is a fact, and now known to be irreversible.  (1998, was the warmest year on record, 2002 next, then 2003, and 2004 4th, with 2005 coming in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, this year, depending on how Siberia reacts between now and the end of the year)

The political ramifications of this irreversible environmental damage is also going to cause irreversible political "resource wars," and political anarchy, and political chaos planetwide, which in the cases of energy, water, and food has already begun - and the coming die-off is going to be huge. . .  Incomprehensibly and staggeringly huge. . .

Its never too late, at least to mitigate some of the worst damage, but it must start with getting rid of this criminally corrupt American administration as quickly as possible, as their continued "allowed" power to damage further, in the face of the irreversible environmental realities, is now quite frankly, insane.  Even if by some miracle every single corrupt politician worldwide was replaced by sane, rational, knowledgeable persons - The die-off from the already irreversible damage would be staggering.  Every day that we "allow" the corrupt to remain in power is only going to make it, the irreversible damage, and the die-off worse.

Doom & gloom?  You bet.  But it is reality.  The longer you deny it, the more likely you, or your children, or your grandchildren. . . will be one of its victims - If not already. . .

[ This is a reprise of my October 14, 2005 posting.  Libby has now been indicted. ]

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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Why Is The "Allowing". . .

Still Being "Allowed" To continue?
asked by the Old Hippie because It Really Makes No Sense.

They are proven liars, proven war-profiteers of the worst ilk, proven law breakers. . .
Yet - They still are allowed to remain in power?  Why?

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Some are saying "America is waking up."  Really?

Then why are they still allowed to kill to steal without punishment?

Just curious.

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Thursday, December 22, 2005

This Is America Today, Updated. . .

So Many Have Recently Asked...  What Have We Become?
by The Old Hippie Because The Absentee Revolt Is so Telling

What Have We Become?  This Is What We Have Become:
- A nation of, by, and for the corporations, not the people.
- A nation that allowed three corrupt national elections to go un-corrected.
- A nation that is allowing the same corrupt corporate voting machines increasing use to spread.
- A nation that is the #1 most polluting nation on the planet.
- A nation that allowed over 400 environmental laws/regulations to be "disappeared."
- A nation that is the #1 imprisoned nation on the planet - and in history.
- A nation that allows and condones the torture of human beings.
- A nation that has officially given up habeas corpus protection.
- A nation that is still allowing a network of secret torture chambers to exist.
- A nation that is the only 1st-world nation without universal health care.
- A nation that is the only 1st-world nation that still executes prisoners.
- A nation that has allowed this administration to destroy New Orleans without punishment.
- A nation that has allowed proven lies to start a war of choice and profit to go unpunished.
- A nation that allows sneering oil CEO's to not have to "swear in" when testifying.
- A nation that only days later finds out that they lied through their teeth - does nothing.
- A nation that confronted with mountains of evidence of corruption - does nothing.
- A nation that continues to allow the likes of Ken Lay to live in luxury, unpunished.
- A nation whose majority now admits to the truth of their lies - still hasn't revolted.
- A nation that is continuing to allow the funneling of even more power into the corrupted profit-driven executive branch, from the legislative and judicial branches, by their continuing, and so far, successful efforts to change the laws of "our" Constitutional Democracy to do so.
- A nation that has allowed obvious repressive tax-cuts, and enhanced tax-protections, to the top few percent and corporations, to remain intact, and even possibly extended, or even made permanent, without real protests, or revolt.
- A nation that actually thinks the Constitutional Democracy system still works.
- A nation that knows that the next elections, (2006 and 2008,) will again be using even more of the same corporately corrupted voting machines that have been proven to have been allowed to corrupt the last three national elections, and so far, nothing "real" has been done to stop another election from being corrupted by them again.
- A nation that now knows the NSA was allowed to spy on our citizens, illegally.
- A nation that heard the president flagrantly lie about, and then even defend, this illegal spying.
- A nation that now "speaks" of impeachment/punishment, but, so far, has done nothing.

A nation so deep in denial of reality that it has become blinded to its own demise.

If you happen to be one of those 35% that currently still approve of this administration, I truly hate you, for the allowed manipulation of your ignorance, and/or for your contribution to the destruction of this nation, a once great nation that could only be destroyed from within, by the sneeringly and arrogantly corrupted manipulation of the fears, ignorance, and stupidity of "citizens" like you. . .

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I know I am singing to the choir here - But I had to get it off my chest.

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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Interesting Study

Graduated but Not Literate

December 16,2005

"Not only does it find that the average literacy of college educated Americans declined significantly from 1992 to 2003, but it also reveals that just 25 percent of college graduates and only 31 percent of those with at least some graduate studies scored high enough on the tests to be deemed proficient from a literacy standpoint, which the government defines as using printed and written information to function in society, to achieve one's goals, and to develop one's knowledge and potential."

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I have read the article and associated comments and from the information provided I am unable to draw any firm conclusions.  Without knowing if there is any difference in makeup of those being tested between 1992 an 2003 it is hard to establish what this means.  If we assume the test and sample were valid in 1992 and 2003, I would hypothesize several things.  First it would be interesting to know the difference in time spent reading between the students in 1992 and 2003.  Second I would suspect parents may be putting less emphasis and time in bringing up their children to be knowlegable in general due to their own time constraints since Americans are working something like 20% more now with less income.  Second parents may be putting less time into seeing that their children have knowledge and thinking ability since for a large part nowadays it is no longer a determining factor for success. Success being defined as having some sort of career where you are paid enough to raise a family and retire.  Since science and engineering are no longer viable options, and law, medecine, architecture would be for advanced students, the options left for average students are trades that cannot be outsourced or where h1b, L1, and illegals have not moved into.  These would include business, accounting, nursing, plumbing, electrical, military etc.,(Don't quote me on this, I am just guessing.)  or the family business.  These are areas where high literacy skills are not required and so why should parents spend their precious time trying to educate their children.  From my personal experience most graduate students in science and engineering can barely speak a sentence in english now.  It is not deemed important by the powers that be.  (Those powers being the ones who provide them with temporary employment after graduation.)  Just a few thoughts, any comments?

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Monday, December 12, 2005

Proof That. . .

It Is Not Getting Better, It Is Still Being "Allowed" To Get Worse

  1.  Two articles in Ohio, now the 1st state to lose its democracy.  (Links:  1st and 2nd)
        "With new legislation, Ohio Republicans plan holiday burial for American Democracy"

  2.  The 14 Worst Corporate Evildoers - (New from Global Exchange)
        On issues like war crimes, torture, toxic dumping and stifling the freedom of speech,
        corporations like Coca Cola, Chevron and Philip Morris are way out ahead of the rest.

  3.  Dead soldiers arrive as freight on commercial airliners.  Pentagon "not sure" why.
        A Video Report Link of this story.

  4.  'Obstructive' White House stung by criticism at climate talks
        After the American delegates walked out on the other 157 nations extending the Kyoto
        agreement of the United Nations climate change conference in Montreal

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  5.  [Following is a direct cut & paste copy from the Crooks and Liars website]

Arianna's Russert Watch:  "But it was in the second segment when the real unreality of the show hit you. This was the roundtable, which featured David Brooks, E.J. Dionne, and Mike Allen, who had reported a piece on the inner workings of the Bush administration for tomorrow's Time, walked us through the door of on"

ALLEN: You talk to Republicans at Christmas parties, they think [the president] still has the makings of Reagan. There's still great promise in this administration.... If you talk to his friends, the president has not changed. They talk about a sort of Zen-like quality that he has.... They thought they were going to have to buck him up for Christmas. He was fine. He was reading military history, taking comfort in what happened to other commanders in chief who were underestimated in their time.

  6.  Top-Secret Cronies - Bush has stacked his foreign advisory board with his Texas
        business pals, who stand to profit from access to CIA and military intelligence.

"No discussion of cronyism in the Bush administration would be complete without talking about PFIAB, short for the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.  George W. Bush's latest appointments to the PFIAB, which advises the president on how various intelligence agencies are performing, represent a who's who of the Halliburton-Texas Rangers-oil business crony club that made Bush into a millionaire and helped propel him into the White House.

On Oct. 27, an announcement by the White House made it clear that despite the disastrous intelligence failures that have been driving Bush's policies over the past few years, he's not going to put up with any independent voices on the PFIAB, especially from anyone who might actually know something about foreign intelligence, like, say, Brent Scowcroft." . . .

  7.  German Papers: Does Anyone Believe Condoleezza Rice?

"US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice may have left Berlin, but her visit has left all sorts of bad tastes in the mouths of Germans.  Nobody seems terribly convinced by her claim that America doesn't torture.  And what is "torture" anyway?"

As my three previous postings (Think About It. . ., More To Think About. . ., and I really Don't Get It. . .,) indicate, I may be reaching "burnout" with my daily researching, talking, and writing about this depressing, and increasingly so, state of our nation's decline into the obviously corrupt theocratic/corporatist/oligarchical and criminally-aggressive opportunistic "Empire" it's becoming.

Today's seven items, listed above, just barely scrape the surface of this continuing, and insane, allowed-corruption-without-revolt.  More tomorrow.

Our Founders Were Correct In Their Greatest Fears - For Their Greatest Fears Have Been Realized.

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Friday, December 09, 2005

I Really Don't Get It. . .

Demonstrably The Most Disastrous Administration In Our History. . .
by The Old Hippie Because It's Complex Simplicity Has Confused me


But yet, America, even with signs of realization and outrage, is still allowing this disastrous group of deadly criminals to still remain in power to this day - After all that has been finally exposed as true - Americans seem to be "coming to terms" with it all, rather than ending it now.  I really don't get it.  America's Founders worst case scenario is realized, and Americans are continuing to allow it to continue, quite possibly to the end of the administrations term in 2008, and maybe even further with no real stopping of the increasing use of the proven corrupted voting machines. . .

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Can someone out there please explain this allowed continuing?  Because I really don't get it.

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Thursday, December 08, 2005

More To Think About. . .

It Is Not Getting Better, It Is Still Being "Allowed" To Get Worse

Their voting machines are increasing in use across the country, still without a paper trail.  And still no real efforts are seen to regulate their abuse, that has already been proven beyond any reasonable doubt in the last three elections.

Unless stopped - These sneering self-righteous Theocratic corporatists will continue their opportunistic destructions-for-profits for at least the next three years.  And keeping in mind that more of their voting machines will control the outcome of the next election - Maybe longer.

Think about it. . .

They do not care that you care.

They are still in power, still unpunished, still profiting.

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Our Founders were correct in their greatest fears - For their greatest fears have been realized.

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Friday, December 02, 2005

Think About It. . .

They Are Still There, Still Ripping America's Democracy Apart

And America is still allowing them their profits, and their lies, without any real punishment for the destruction.  We ignored Roosevelt's warning.  We ignored Eisenhower's warning.  We ignored the warnings from the Vietnam "conflict."  And now we accept the torture.  We now accept the irreversible environmental damage. . .

We continue to accept, to deny, to leave intact, the insanity of our own destruction.

Think about it. . .

They are still in power, still unpunished, still profiting.

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They do not care that you care.

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