Monday, December 03, 2007
3000 people died 6 years ago in one day from terrorists. To retaliate, we have killed countless 10's of thousands in Iraq, displaced millions, destroyed the infrastructure of an entire country, bankrupted the US Treasury, killed 4000 American GI's, countless thousands of mercenaries, and maimed 25,000 GIs. Yet we let the mastermind of that terrorist attack go free when we had him surrounded, and we protected his family members like royalty.
Since 6 years ago, countless 10's of thousands have died every year as a result of global climate change, but we continue to support the petroleum companies and polluting policies that have caused it. If petroleum companies are causing the deaths of so many people and species of wildlife, I would consider them to be homegrown terrorists.
Since 6 years ago, 450,000 Americans have died from alcohol related injuries. I would consider the alcohol companies to be homegrown terrorists.
Since 6 years ago, 500,000 Americans have died from tobacco. I would consider the tobacco companies to be homegrown terrorists.
The morbidity and mortality worldwide from air, water and soil pollution, from the effects of burning fossil fuel, drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco exceed the single act of terrorism on 9/11 by about 500X, yet we fall for the manipulative propaganda of a war on Muslim terrorists in order to justify the invasion and occupation of sovereign nations and the erosion of American civil liberties.
Wake up Congress and start defending the Constitution from the tyranny within our own government. Stop playing the game. Get real and start serving the people. America has some very huge real problems that are being totally ignored while you waste our time and money playing the terrorist game.
Just remember that Luis Posada Carriles, the terrorist that exploded an airplane in mid-air with a toothpaste tube full of C-4, is scott free on the streets of Miami while the rest of the world gets their toothpaste tubes confiscated at the airport.
Friday, November 23, 2007
It may be strange for a democracy that depends upon the press to inform the electorate in order for the best candidates to be elected. But it's not the least bit strange in a fascist dictatorship that wants to allay any suspicions of any historical foul play from the soporific masses. We didn't see anything about the big nationwide peace demonstrations on Oct. 27th either.
Don't rock the boat, M.G. Just let the fascists continue to creep in to every facet of our society and infect our neighbors around the world: Mexico, France, Britain, Italy, Pakistan, Russia. They have already started creeping into Mendocino County. I don't know the specifics, but I hear it between the words of our elected officials. No one wants to use the word "fascist," but I hear them saying things like, "Oh yeah. Politics in Mendocino County have DEFINITELY CHANGED in the last few years...."
Just look at our district attorney, Meridith Lintott. We'll never know if she beat Vroman posthumously, but she ran against 2 opposing candidates in the special election, which split the opposition and guaranteed her victory. She is one of THEM. Neo-con. Fascist. She subscribes to the culture of corruption and the arrogant remorselessness of a person with a shame based value system. Someone like that is capable of doing ANYTHING and rationalize any justification. Yet, I met good, intelligent social reformers who blindly voted for her.
You ask me how do I know she is one of THEM? I went to a debate before the first election between her and the dead guy. Later on, when some other candidates were debating, I felt this dark, ominous presence on my right. I turned to look, and found Ms. Lintott sitting not 3 seats away from me in my row. I saw a dark, evil aura around her and glimpsed a monster in her soul. You can poo-poo my intuition or ability to see through people like they are transparent, but I accurately identified the bloodless fascist coup d'etat in 2000 after the supreme court decision that made Bush the president. People considered me a nut-case then, but now I hear the radio commentators talk about creeping fascism every day. It only took 7 years for them to catch up to what was obvious to me back then. I have a pretty good track record of prognostication and character evaluation. According to me, Lintott is one of THEM.
Pretty soon, we will have a word in our American language: "doing a Musharraf." It will mean, taking over a democracy with the military, removing the uniform for a Brooks Brothers suit, arresting all the judges and lawyers, suspending the supreme court, and trashing the Constitution. Bush and Musharraf are kindred spirits in that effect. It is much better for the fascist corporate interests to support a military dictatorship in Pakistan than to learn lessons from Cuba, where everyone has health care, and the energy blockade resulted in an economy based on renewable energy and organic fertilizers. The fascists can't tolerate that. They need to turn Cuba back into a plantation which exploits the people and provides a new Club Med for the super-rich.
I wonder when the fascists will buy up Ukiah's stupendously successful local electric industry? More than half of Ukiah's electricity comes from renewable resources. I bet that makes the fascists angry. Once the fascist corporations buy up all the local energy and water sources, that's when all of our fates will be sealed. Until then, the peaceful, cooperative people still have a chance to instigate a non-violent revolution to set the USA back on a course to serve the people.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
I have founded one charter school, and helped build up another. When my son was approaching middle school in , I was working as a substitute teacher. I saw a hostile social environment in middle schools where kids divided up into racial and ethnic factions and assaulted each other verbally and physically. I didn't want my son in that kind of environment, and I couldn't afford a private school, nor was there a private school that I would choose to send my son.
I got together with a dozen other 4th and 5th grade parents and we designed a middle school. We wrote a charter and was chartered by Vallejo City Unified School District. Everything was about families. The families volunteered over the summer and remodeled a church into a school. Parent volunteers ran everything. They hired the teachers, hired the administrators, worked in the front office, worked as playground monitors, tutored students, wrote grants, and worked in the after-school program. It was the greatest grass-roots demonstration of democracy that I have ever participated in.
As a founder of the school, and Secretary of the Board of Directors, I found that the school was not going the way I had hoped. There was no PE program, no gardening program, and I couldn't get the teachers to cooperate with recycling. Although there were none of the racial and ethnic conflicts seen in the public middle schools, it was too academic, not holistic, and not enough hand-on time for my tastes. I resigned my position on the Board and we proceeded to home school our kids for the next 2 years.
There is no need to criticize this charter school for Neil Bush's COWs, nor stealing public funds for private education, or 's economic theories. I was democratically outvoted on the Board over issues of PE and recycling, and so I resigned. The school, like any other public school, had to accept any child that came to enroll. This was not an exclusive private school. Therefore, there were the full spectrum of below level students, outstanding students, involved parents, slacker parents, and behavioral issues like any other public school.
The teacher's union was totally against it because the charter school teachers were given the option to be unionized by the CTU, another union, or no union. The Board provided a competitive package of benefits for the teachers, and a couple of teachers served on the Board. The teachers voted not to join the CTU. I really don't think this school deserves the unfounded attacks I hear from critics about charter schools in general.
I have become involved in a charter school here in my current home town. I helped write the recent re-charter proposal, and serve as the school nurse there. The local public school district is hostile toward the school yet accepted the re-charter proposal. As a public school, it must comply with the testing required by No Child Left Behind, but follows a curriculum based on the theories of Rudolph Steiner. These children are taught social skills, fine motor skills, cooperative team work, nutrition, and conflict resolution skills from the get-go. They don't focus on academics until 3rd grade. Therefore, the 1st and 2nd grade students tend to do poorly on the STAR tests. In contrast, the 5th - 8th grade students tend to excel on the STAR tests. This school is dedicated to teaching to the whole child, and complies with the testing of NCLB only because it is a PUBLIC SCHOOL.
Yes, some charter schools are private. The Edison schools are a corporation of privately run charter schools. And yes, the Bush government has corrupted the law and found ways to give public funds to select private schools. And to his brother Neil's company, Ignite! Learning. But that is a function of unethical neo-con corruption, not a function of charter schools. I'd appreciate if the critics would withhold their criticism of charter schools until they find out more of the facts.
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Wasn’t it through data mining that Hitler efficiently located Jews and exterminated them?
IBM provided census machines to the Third Reich, which they used to mine census data for Jewish heritage. It was the financial boon to young data processing company IBM that initiated the age of data processing and made IBM one of the largest companies on Earth.
Now the Democratically controlled Congress has expanded the FISA Laws to enable the government to collect data on anyone! All they need to do is say that a person is obstructing the policy in Iraq or Afghanistan and that gives them license to not only invade all our private communications but also freeze our assets. That includes Congressman John Conyers, the Quakers, Robert Kennedy Jr., Randi Rhodes, you and me. I also hear that they can track your individual location through your cell phone or GPS device. How dare the phone company cooperate with the spying agencies by freely giving them our location! But now all the illegal invasion of our privacy is sanctioned by law thanks to our spineless members of Congress.
When Congressional investigations push the Executive Branch into a corner and the Blackwater troops are let loose, will they march into your town?
Saturday, July 21, 2007
It is anti-American and contrary to the Constitution that you enforce legislation that favors big industry at the people’s expense, and derail legislation that benefits the people at the expense of big business.
You waged preemptive war on a sovereign nation, Iraq, which had nothing to do with avenging the 9/11 attacks. You are prolonging a bloody occupation of a sovereign nation, which is totally unConstitutional. You have enriched your war-profiteering cronies at the expense of thousands of American lives, countless Iraqi civilian deaths, millions of Iraqi refugees, and the unborn Iraqi generations that will be contaminated with the radioactive munitions that were deployed by the USA. Yet, the 9/11 attackers were mostly Saudi and a few Pakistani, both nations count among our best allies in the region.
Vengeance belongs to the Lord. You are not the Lord. Civilized nations negotiate using diplomacy. The military should be our last resort only for defense.
You discarded diplomacy in 2003 and declared preemptive war. You deceived the American People with a premeditated strategy to use fear to justify unConstitutional acts. You have twisted your priorities and sabotaged America to the point of its self-destruction. You depleted the Treasury, decreased revenues, expanded the budget and put our nation in debt for generations to come. Your business policies encouraged the exploitation offshore cheap labor, which terminated manufacturing jobs in the USA. The lack of funding toward education has caused a decline in the education levels, which lowers the quality of the American worker pool. There has been a sharp decline in University applications from abroad due to the declining quality of US education. Your derailing of the environmental protection laws has led to increased contamination and pollution of the common resources, food, water, and air. Your tax and economic policies have widened the gap between the rich and the poor.
You are a liability to America. I suggest you resign instantly!
Friday, July 20, 2007
George Bush and the neo-cons remind me of my x-husband: they do "whatever the fuck they want whenever the fuck they want to.” Agreements, promises, treaties, marriage vows, etc. need not be honored. "Rules are made to be broken." And if you don't like it, we will fight. Either "he who yells loudest wins the fight." Or those with the biggest nuclear arsenal win the fight. Or those with the hardest punch win the fight.
I often think of the decent, ordinary Germans back in the 30's, trying to live a peaceful life while all around them they could see a political storm brewing. The youths were all indoctrinated early, but many adults could see what was happening. Any church pastor who didn't preach Nazi divine racism was incarcerated in a concentration camp. Anyone who aided a Jew could be killed. No wonder the whole population of the Third Reich was in unity!
And yes, Hitler made the extermination of Jews into a holy Christian act, just like the South Africans made apartheid into a Christian policy. Now, as during the Crusades, the Muslims, who do worship the biblical ONE G-D and circumcise their sons, have become the enemy of good Christians. Now good Christians believe it is their Christian duty to kill Muslims.
I see only one way out of the quagmire the USA has gotten into. At first I thought it would be an armed revolution. But the thought of peaceful, cooperative people taking up arms was to me an oxymoron. Anyway, the rebellion would be instantly crushed and many good people would lose their lives. But recently, I have understood a superior way. It is by the peaceful people within the USA making allies with peaceful people in other countries and applying pressure on the US Government from abroad, both diplomatically and in the courts. Our government has been seized in a bloodless coup and the US Constitution is about to be trashed once the illegal leader appoints an ultra right wing justice to the Supreme Court. The American Dream has ended and the fascists have taken over.
I suggest that Canada ally itself with Japan, Italy, and a few other European countries to pressure the USA to comply with both common decency and its agreements/treaties. (It didn't work with my husband. He chose to end the marriage rather than curb his arrogant, remorseless behavior.)
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Representative Louise Slaughter asked my opinion. 9/16/05
Here is my reply:
Ever since the Supreme Court overruled the Florida Supreme
Court in a "State's Rights" issue by deciding NOT to count
all the votes, it has been apparent to me that the Project
for a New American Century was using to follow
the model of 's rise to power.
Being a highly ethical person, and fiercly proud of the
American experiment in Democracy, I was plunged into despair
at the unconstitutional actions of the Supreme Court and the
lack of response from the opposition parties. I began a
vigorous letter-writing campaign at that time to try to wake
up our members of Congress who seemed either intimidated by
the neocon power, bought off, or otherwise asleep behind the
By the 2002 elections, dirty politics became filthy. The
widespread use of electronic voting machines manufactured by
Republican partisans guaranteed Republican victories no
matter how anyone voted. Hope arose in the 2004 elections,
but rather than choosing a candidate for peace and social
justice, the Democrats decided to run John Kerry, a
candidate who was trying beat Bush using a right-wing
When Kerry was defeated in 2004, once again, the party
providing the only hope of overturning the right-wing agenda,
silently walked away from the most corrupt election in
American history. Only the Green Party and the had the courage to contest the corruption. Even
after the corruption was proven, states still plan to use
electronic voting machines manufactured by Republican
partisans. Something is VERY WRONG here!
Once Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf coast, I have been
writing letters like mad. I write to my elected
representatives in Congress, politically oriented people I
know, and Letters to the Editor. During the week after
Hurricane Katrina, I experienced so much anguish that I was
unable to sleep. When I did catch a nap, I dreamed of piles
of dead bodies in the street of my friends and neighbors.
Meanwhile, I saw my President leisurely playing golf and
The amount of space in this text box is not ample enough to
describe what I see coming. Once is confirmed
to the Supreme Court, I see a fascist takeover of our
government in a bloodless coup d'etat. I see fascists taking
over of our public utilities including drinking water, gas
and electricity. I see shanty towns of underpaid laborers
creating a new population in poverty as Halliburton reaps the
benefits of the $60 billion relief package and Blackwater
mercenaries shoot people without recourse to law. I see the
remuddleing of the Constitution and an end to the Bill of
Rights. We are already there in practice, but
will assure that it becomes a reality in law.
Being known as a compassionate liberal, I was fired from my
job over a year ago on the grounds that I was dangerous.
They fired me in a moment's notice although they had it
planned out for many weeks. They prepared a dossier of every
minor incident that had ever occurred in my entire career
with the company and invented a few more. They refused to
allow me to rebut the charges, and gave me no other choice
than being fired. Having been fired, it is very difficult to
find another job. Since my unemployment insurance expired, I
have been living solely on my savings. Jobs are few and far
between, and I am not willing to risk the rest of my savings
on opening a small business in a declining economy.
As the toxic wastes from the neglected Superfund sites around
the Gulf Coast, the oil spills, and the human wastes, get
pumped into the Gulf of Mexico thereby contaminating all Gulf
seafood, the coasts of every state and country touching the
Gulf, and eventually contaminating the Atlantic Ocean, the
polluters go scott free not responsible for their toxic
wastes, and with their profit margins rising. Pumping the
toxic wastes out to sea exceeds the contamination illustrated
in the movie "Sahara." It is disaster compounded by disaster.
Almost all of it is manmade, from the global warming that
accelerated Katrina to a Category 5, to the Superfund sites,
to the incompleted levees, to the poor foundations on the oil
tanks, to the global addiction to petroleum products, to the
lack of an evacuation plan in areas that inevitably get
hurricanes, to the pumping of highly toxic wastes out to sea.
I have 2 sons. After spending $60,000 - $100,000 each on
their college educations, where will the jobs be? Where will
the clean water be? Where will the clean air be? What kind
of world will they be growing up into? With so few jobs
available, how does the Bush government expect our children,
grandchildren and great-grandchildren to pay off the
exponentially rising debt?
Every day I wake up in despair. When the fascists come to my
town, the only ones I will be able to turn to will be my
local community. I am working tirelessly to develop and
cement together our local community. It is the sphere of
influence in which I have the most effect.
Honorable Representative Conyers,
The following is a copy of the Letter-To-The-Editor that I sent out about a month ago to newspapers around the planet. I am sending it to you today because it is still very relevant to what is happening today in our government. Thank you for your efforts to make an issue of the new evidence of what has been obvious for the last 5 years.
5 1/2 years ago, when the Bush neo-cons took the White house in a bloodless coup d'etat, I could see how Bush was following the same formula designed by to rise to power.
At that time, I warned our members of Congress not to allow Bush to suspend the powers of Congress. The Hitler formula includes eventually removing all power from Congress in order to consolidate power unto himself. I began calling Bush our "New American Fuhrer."
I thought, for sure, when the Republicans sent themselves Anthrax in the mail and then had to close down the halls of Congress, that it was the end at that time of the House of Congress. But I was wrong. Once they found the source of Anthrax to be a US government lab, the Anthrax incident evaporated from the news and Congress was back in business. I breathed a sigh of relief!
Then, when the neo-cons arranged the attack on the It was equivalent to firebombing the Reichstags that Hitler used to declare war and make the Jews the scapegoats. I was right as far as Bush using the acts of 14 Saudis to declare war and make all Muslims the current scapegoats. But I was wrong again about the timing to suspend the powers of Congress., suppressing the accurate intelligence from the CIA operatives that tried to warn them, and commanding the defense jets to stand down and let the hijackers perform multiple attacks without any opposition, I expected Bush to declare military rule and suspend the powers of Congress at that time.
Now, the neo-cons, who so conveniently used the filibuster to block many debates during times of Democratic majorities, were unable to attain a super majority in the Senate and have consequently begun to legislate away the powers of Congress by limiting or eliminating any discussion on new laws. Chip by chip, they are eroding any ability of the minority party, or any member of Congress who has a conscience or actually wants to serve the welfare of their electorate, from posing any opposition to their insane plans to bankrupt the American economy, totally reverse the New Deal, and rape the natural resources of the planet to enrich themselves and their corporate cronies.
The American government used to be a TRI-CAMERAL system. The designers of our government set up three houses as a way to keep checks and balances on the government. They well knew how greed for wealth and power could corrupt legislators to favor laws that benefit big business at the expense of the common people. The TRI-CAMERAL system has come to an end. There is only one small power left to block a totalitarian regime: the filibuster.
Once the neo-cons eliminate the filibuster, the Democrats might as well resign their Congressional posts. Why waste time going to the Senate or the House of Representatives when there is absolutely nothing they can do to change the neo-con steamroller?
"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." --
"The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny." --
"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that you can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid." ----President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1952-----
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
The confirmation of John Roberts and another neoconservative on the Supreme Court will be the crown jewel in the plan of the neo-cons to fully seize control of America in a bloodless coup d’etat. At that time, all three houses of the US Government will be lock, stock, and barrel in the hands of the corporate fascists. We are already slave to their petrochemical industry, which is polluting our soil, air and water, making the Earth uninhabitable. And now that the latest energy bill opened the door to privatization of public utilities, our municipal water-works will soon be in the hands of a greedy, multinational profiteering corporation financed by Paul Wolfawitz and the World Bank. Once the fascists have control of all clean water in the world, we will see price gouging and ever increasing pollution. The logical end of this excessive exploitation for profit of the requisites of life while remorselessly polluting the only planet we have, will be that the great-grandchildren of the obscenely rich will buy passage upon a flotilla of rockets ships to colonize new planets while the rest of us perish in the toxic wastes. Some people say that the opposition party will retake a majority in the 2006 election; not if the voting machines are produced and controlled by biased partisans, again.
Are we powerless to do anything to stop the neo-con scourge? We need to reach out to our allies abroad for help. There are still those among them who see clearly and recognize that if the neo-cons aren’t stopped, that their country could be next….
Sunday, July 15, 2007
So this company called me....with an investment opportunity...and with skepticism I listened. I think it is a pretty good idea to put a lojack chip in kids clothing. They are looking for investors - $5000. minimum $10K is better - more than that is even better.
I think having some money in the bank is good, but I would like to see it grow faster. It's risky but I would like to take a chance. What do you think? ALice
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This is the site they told me to look at: www.smartweartechnologies.com/learn
The Mother Ruminates:
Don't ever invest money you can't afford to lose.
Once I saved up my first $10,000, I invested $5,000. In 1981, I could live 2 years on $5000. I invested in a start up and it soon after went bankrupt. The money was tied up in bankruptcy courts for 11 years, and then I got a check for under $1000 for the final settlement. I'm lucky I got anything at all. There is something called "the opportunity cost." This is the probable income if you had put that money in the bank for the same amount of time, 11 years in this case. It is also calculated on the average growth of investments in those same years. Therefore, I didn't only lose $4000, I also lost the opportunity costs of investing $5000 at the average rate of investment growth for those same 11 years. That could amount to about $14,000 at an average 10% rate, triple!
Those smart chips are definitely the wave of the future. Investment newsletters have been tauting them for nearly 2 years. You are swift, my dear, and this could be a smart opportunity for someone who can afford to lose the money. Its a gamble. That, and nanotechnology.
Although the product may be the wave of the future, a great deal of the company depends upon the management. You'd have to do your homework and find out how the business analysts rate their business plan and management style. You might even go visit the company. Sometimes I wait until the company has been in business for N amount of years, and look at their proven track record. I did that with Renaissance Faire stock; after I felt confident, I bought in, and $1000 turned into $4.89 with a change in management within a year. By waiting, for example, like I did with Google stock, I lost out on a fortune by not putting my money on a fragile, intangible, internet company with massive debt.
Another factor in investing is how much risk can you stomach? The first major loss for a new investor stings the worst. Any successful investor can tell you horrendous stories of investment losses.
Then there's the possibility that their one big product is found to cause some freak unexpected scourge on humanity, and the company is slapped with class action lawsuits. Both Apple and Microsoft have had to weather big lawsuits, as well as competition from startups. Will this lojack chip company be strong enough to weather a lawsuit? On the other hand, do you know for sure that this chip company is not cooperating with the NSA on illegal surveillance to curtail our Constitutional freedoms? You should investigate how many military contracts they have. And how much toxic waste they generate in order to make their product.
People who can't afford to lose their money should invest in mutual funds, or CDs. Even mutual funds can significantly go down, but it will eventually rise again higher than ever before, if you have time to wait.
Real estate is the best investment of all. Real estate is something tangible which will inevitably grow in value in the long run. If you have money laying around aching to be invested, I would invest it into real estate. But like with every other investment, your profits depend a lot on you doing your homework. Right now, your homework is putting in the resources and sweat equity to get your LA house into habitable condition. Every day you don't finish construction and get the units rented out has an opportunity cost. The faster you get that house done, the faster your money will grow. The chance of appreciation of your real estate asset is far more assured at an incredibly lower level of risk for a far greater rate of appreciation than you could likely make betting on stocks of companies run by people you don't even know (except if you had invested in Google).
My advice to you is to let people who can afford to lose their money buy the stock in the lojack chips, and you focus your money-making desires on completing the construction in LA ASAP.
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Take for example the tainted pet food issue. It was discovered that all the tainted pet food found its source in China. It turned out that nearly ALL the pet food in America was tainted. Then they found that the grain that our cattle eat is also tainted with melamine. Then they found out that commercial human food like pizza dough was contaminated with melamine, all from China. Then we discover that 80% of the grain that we feed our cattle is imported from China. Then we discover that our farmers no longer grow grain. Until the issue of tainted pet food, China did not allow US agricultural inspectors into China to inspect the food before it was shipped. The net result was to discover that the USA, which once was the bread basket of the world, which used to ship food aid to India and China, now imports it from China. Where have all the farmers gone?
The same story goes for our manufacturing base. The USA, which once led the world in high quality manufactured items, no longer has manufacturing jobs but rather imports nearly all manufactured goods from China, Central America, the Caribbean, or Malaysia. America now ships the natural resources to other countries to manufacture goods for Americans to import just like when we were a colony of Europe.
Now the only jobs left are service jobs. And we are now creating an enriched middle class in formerly impoverished India by outsourcing our service jobs to them. So if there are no jobs left, where do people get their money?
They simply refinance their mortgage. How many mortgage brokers call you per day? I average 6/day. They all want to do me a big favor by putting money into my pocket and lowering my monthly payments with a low 1% loan. I already know that the best path to wealth is to decrease my debt. I have set upon an aggressive campaign to reduce my personal debt. But what about all the other people who fell for the seduction of the mortgage brokers? They all increased their debt in order to put cash into their pockets, got a reverse amortized loan which increases their debt every month, and then property values fell. The rate of people defaulting on these loans is astronomical, and it has caused a segment of the banking industry to collapse.
So now we have a country which imports grain, imports manufactured goods, has depleted our armed forces and therefore has to hire expensive mercenaries to fight our wars and do our domestic security, our property values are falling, our banking industry is collapsing, our dollar is declining in value, our schools are failing our children, we have a 40% drop-out rate from high school, hate and intolerance is growing, and we fight endless wars financed with debt. What's left? Only the shell of what once was a great nation. Our country will never recover from the damage done by the neo-conservatives.
Thom Hartmann calls them proto-fascists. They don't believe in government, and they set out to destroy this one. And they have succeeded. No Democratic president is going to restore what has been lost. Any Democratic president that might win the 2008 election will be blamed for all I just described. The proto-fascists will do everything possible to discredit him/her like they did to Jimmy Carter, and, if there is ever another election, I predict that a neo-con will win the 2012 election.
I predict that we will be spending Yuan by the end of the decade.
A "surge" of 20,000 more troops is a drop in the bucket. In order to accomplish the kind of security Bush is referring to, he would have to send in at least 150,000. The troops he had already begun to deploy into Iraq even before he made his speech are nothing more than thumbing his nose in the face of the American electorate and the Democratic majority in Congress. "Just try and stop me!" his words and attitude seemed to say.
Since the "young democracy" he refers to in Iraq is Shia controlled, I believe the 20,000 more troops he plans to deploy with the Iraqi Shia troops will be nothing more than a fascist genocide on Sunnis. Like Hitler, he will credit the coming bloodbath escalation toward protecting the security of America.
Bush referred to "our enemies in Iraq." In fact, there were absolutely NO IRAQIS involved in either attack on the WTC in 1993 or in 2001. It was mainly Pakistanis, Kuwaitis, and Saudis, who are now our strongest allies in the region. So what enemies in Iraq are the President referring to? So why are our troops in Iraq when Iraq never attacked America? The oil magnates that lead our current executive's office make it obvious: O-I-L! It is for oil wealth and oil power that our troops are dying and the wealth of our nation has been squandered. The only way to stop Bush's ruthlessly brazen waste of American resources is to IMPEACH!!!
Where did they get the money for their superior weapons? You need only look at the US Treasury to find the source. And, now our country is deep in debt for financing a superior army via the war in Iraq that is stationed within our national borders and answers to no law but the highest bidder.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish their rights
He has called together legislative bodies IN SECRET, at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant, for the sole purpose of
HE HAS DISTRACTED THE PUBLIC FROM THE REAL ISSUES WITH MEDIA CAMPAIGNS FOR POPULAR BUT UNSUBSTANTIVE ISSUES.
He has endeavoured to obstruct the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners, refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers AND BY REMOVING THE POWER TO MAKE RULINGS FROM THE JUDICIARY.
HE HAS ILLEGALLY SIGNED OVER 1000 “SIGNING STATEMENTS” HOLDING HIMSELF ABOVE THE LAW.
HE HAS PASSED THE “MILITARY COMMISSIONS ACT OF 2006” WHICH SUSPENDS THE 900-YR OLD WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS AND ALLOWS HIM TO DECLARE ANYONE TO BE AN “ENEMY COMBATANT,” ARREST AND INCARCERATE THEM WITHOUT EVIDENCE, AND HOLD THEM INDEFINITELY WITHOUT TRIAL.
He has made Judges and U.S. Attorneys dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction CONTRARY TO OUR CONTITUTION, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For protecting TROOPS, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For imposing DEBTS on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas TO OFFSHORE DETENTION FACILITIES to await trial for pretended offences:
He has abdicated THE CONSTITUTION by declaring us ENEMY COMBATANTS and waging War against us.
He has FACILITATED LARGE CORPORATIONS TO plunder our seas, ravage our coasts, POLLUTE OUR AIR, WATER, AND SOIL, PLUNDER OUR NATURAL RESOURCES, and destroy the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow NATIONAL GUARDS to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited VIOLENT insurrections DURING PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATIONS, and has endeavoured to SCAPEGOAT MUSLIMS TO INSTIGATE GENERAL FEAR AMONG THE PEOPLE.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A PRESIDENT, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people!
THEREFORE, we must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.