Tuesday, October 07, 2008
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Wednesday, July 02, 2008
The emperor-that-would-be has no clothes
TAKE a moment and look at this video. Once you're done laughing, watch it again, and think about what it reveals. The fervid desperation to sanctify McCain's military service, to protect it from all future assault, make it clear for all to see that other than his military record (which is far from exemplary), McCain has absolutely nothing to stand on.
This is the reason for all the outrage, the head-shaking and the hand-wringing. They know that the illusion has to be preserved at all costs. No one must be allowed to see the truth behind the lie, which is that the emperor-that-would-be has no clothes.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
I'm Voting Republican
Monday, May 19, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
RMS on the 2008 candidates
Richard Michael Stallman is a legend. In my opinion, he is the most influential computer programmer of all time. He is a very smart dude, and in many ways, he is also batshit crazy. Here is his take on the presidential candidates.
I support Dennis Kucinich for president. I am confident that he would run the country for the benefit of its citizens, not for the benefit of global business. He is the only candidate whose values and goals I fully support. He also champions impeachment of Bush.
Why would I, as a Liberal, have anything favorable to say about a Republican such as Ron Paul?
I have fundamental disagreements with Ron Paul. I support a welfare state and the New Deal. He wants to weaken social security and medicare, in effect throwing the poor back on their own resources. He wants to abolish income tax, which would mean reliance on taxes that fall most heavily on the poor and let the rich off lightly. This would increase concentration of wealth, which is already dangerously excessive, and the poor would pay for it.
In ordinary times I would simply oppose a candidate with such views, but these are not ordinary times. The Bush regime has contempt for human rights, and most of the 2008 candidates are little better than Bush. Most voted for the disgraceful U. S.A.P. A.T. R.I.O.T. Act, which authorized the Bush regime to collect businesses' (and even libraries') records about individuals without a court order. Most of them voted to launch a war of aggression in Iraq, accepting Bush's patent lies with the innocence of a sheltered child. Obama, who was not in the Senate when those were voted on, nonetheless does not convincingly oppose them.
Aside from Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul, those candidates that criticize the occupation of Iraq do not show a firm will to end it. They dwell on "mismanagement", as if the worst you could say about Bush's crime was that "he didn't plan it well enough."
The only Democratic or Republican candidate, aside from Kucinich, that clearly stands for human rights, democracy, and an end to torture, secret prisons and the occupation of Iraq is Ron Paul. I urge Republicans to support him for that party's nomination.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
It's not often a politician says something worth repeating, but....
Let us not forget the world was with America in our sorrow on September 11, 2001. The world was prepared to unite with America in a cooperative effort to challenge terrorists who attempt to disrupt civil society. Instead, the Administration used 9/11 as an excuse to attack a nation that did not attack us. Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, or with Al Qaeda's role in 9/11. Iraq did not have the intention or the capability of attacking the United States. Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction. Yet the Administration deliberately and falsely conflated 9/11 with Iraq, with the cooperation of an unquestioning media.
“As a result, nearly 4,000 of our brave soldiers have lost their lives, and tens of thousands have been permanently injured in combat in Iraq. The subsequent occupation has fueled the insurgency and will continue to result in more troop losses until the United States leaves. Also, nearly one million innocent Iraqis have lost their lives as a result of this war. This violence against an innocent people is a tragedy of immense proportions. It is also a violation of international law, and those who authored this war must be held accountable for their actions.
“Americans will spend close to $2 trillion in Iraq by the time the costs of this war are totaled, but the longer term costs have included the undermining America's moral authority in the world, the separation of America from the nations and the peoples of the world, and the destruction of a domestic agenda which is being deferred while we borrow money from China to fight the war in Baghdad.
“We need to call those who used 9/11 to take us into war against Iraq to an accounting under the U.S. Constitution, U.S. law, and international law. We must soon begin a period of truth and reconciliation in our own nation. We must have forums of open dialogue throughout the country where we can come together to remember who we were before 9/11, to share our personal narratives of the times when we felt most secure, most in love with our nation, most trustful of our democratic institutions. We must recover our capacity for civic action. We must reclaim our nation. The only way we can do that is to tell the truth.”