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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

As most of you know, I'm one of those radical leftists the neo-con cabal is always railing against. And I just want to state a few things that I believe. I believe that every American should have socialized medicine. I believe the United States should lead the charge on greenhouse gas emissions and should be a leader in environmental stewardship; and be the leader on implementing the Kyoto Protocols. I believe that evangelical Christians are no different than Islamic fundamentalists. I believe that the Constitution of the United States says to keep your damn religion out of my face and my government. I believe that Christianity is an amazing idea, and I hope I'm around when it's actually tried. I believe that freedom of speech and assembly are rights to fight, and die, for if necessary. I believe that the press of the United States has fallen down on the job and are no longer serving the public interests but those of the oligarchs and right-wing zealots. I believe that a policy of preemptive war is the quickest way to get the US attacked yet again. And I believe that President Shrub and his ilk from the neo-fascist zombie brigade are DESTROYING our great nation for a twisted version of what they "think" the United States should look like. I believe that homophobes and those who espouse against homosexuals, are themselves the gayest, most closeted FAGS on the face of the earth. I believe that those who quote the bible as historical or scientific fact should be declared legally insane. Furthermore, I believe that anyone who listens to Hannity, O'Reilly, or Savage need admittance to a high security treatment center for the criminally stupid and ignorant. I also believe that Anne Coulter needs to be force fed rat poison only after being gang raped by a groups of eggplant wielding gay liberal immigrants from Mexico. I believe that the United States of America used to be a beacon of hope and optimism to oppressed people around the world, and can be once again if and only if the criminals and despots in Washington are sent packing. And to quote Mike Malloy "GOD I HATE THESE PEOPLE!!"

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Specter vs The Shrub


All I can say is that is about time that a member of Congress stood up to the administration of President Shrub and their outright attempts at a power grab. I'm sure everyone is aware of Shrub's so called "signing statements" that he's attached to over 750 bills which he's signed into law. With such winners as him signing the McCain Anti-Torture legislation into law, and then attaching a signing statement to the law saying that he really doesn't think that they have to follow the law as passed by the Congress. Does Chuckle Nuts need a Constitutional Law course? Well here's Article I, Section 8 has to say about the powers of the Congress:

Section 8. The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes;

To establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures;

To provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the
United States;

To establish post offices and post roads;

To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries;

To constitute tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court;

To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offenses against the law of nations;

To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;

To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years;

To provide and maintain a navy;

To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces;

To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the states respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten miles square) as may, by cession of particular states, and the acceptance of Congress, become the seat of the government of the United States, and to exercise like authority over all places purchased by the consent of the legislature of the state in which the same shall be, for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dockyards, and other needful buildings;--And To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the United States, or in any
department or officer thereof.

So as everyone can see the duty of the Congress is to intrepret and pass the laws. That is NOT the job the President. The President's job it to enforce the laws passed by the Congress. Pretty simple if you ask me. But of course, Shrub doesn't think he has to follow the Constitution, because of his retarded Unitary Executive Principle.
Well apparently Mr. Arlen Specter (R-PA) has finally had enough of Bush circumventing the law and the Constitution. Mr. Specter is introducing legislation which, if passed, would allow the Congress to sue the President in Federal Court. Great! It's about time Congress took some action sgainst the actions of this President. Of course the argument can be made that Specter is only doing this because of the mid-term elections, and he's just pandering to his constituents. Regardless, I think this is a excellent turn of events.

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A Couple of Rants

Monday, July 24, 2006

Well I guess I've not posted an entry for a while now. Oops. Chalk it up to laziness, or the fact that I'm really tired of dealing the the bullshit coming out of DC and the US of A. Whatever the reason for my indolence, I will endeavor to post something at least every other day. With that said...(you are here-by forewarned, there will be profanity):




Let's begin with Super-bitch-gutter-slut Marilyn Musgrave. Is it possible for this raving lunatic to possess any more bigotry? I'm fairly certain that Adolf Hitler would gaze upon that fat, plastic, jowly face with envy in his heart. For you see, Ms. Musgrave thinks that the gays are out to attack marriage and consequently all the little children. That's on the beginning of the ethical slippery slope this c**t finds herself. Rather than guise her hatred and intolerance for gay and lesbian citizens of the US, she has the temerity to hide behind the little children. Are you kidding me? "Oh, we have to protect the little children." "Marriage is under attack." SHUT THE HELL UP YOU STUPID RAVING LUNATIC BITCH!

If this bitch even gave one iota of consideration to the FACTS, I think that she'd be singing a different tune for sure; still seething with hatred and bile, but another one for sure. Here are just a couple of facts: 1) approximately 98% of the pedophiles are heterosexual. And for the dimwitted out there, a pedophile is some sicko who lusts after children. "Oh, no! That can't be right!" I can hear it now from the retard right. "It's the gays! The gays are the ones molesting our children." Well I hate to break the news to y'all, but your wrong. 2) The fallacy that somehow marriage would suffer if gays and lesbians were allowed to marry is one of the most insane notions I've ever heard. If you look at the statistics, and yes there are numbers on this, the divorce rate among heterosexual couples is increasing in all but one state. Any guesses? "Yes you in the back with the really bad mustache...oh, well hello Mr. Hitler. You're looking well for a dead mass murdering fuck-head. You know the answer? Marilyn told you right after you got done sodomizing her with a eggplant? Well please spare us the lurid details about that, and tell us the answer. Yes that's right...Massachusetts!" The only state in the United States that allows gays and lesbians to legally marry has the lowest divorce rate in the country. So to me that would say that allowing gays and lesbians to marry is actually GOOD for marriage. Maybe someone should have told that bitch that. See the problem is that these people like Musgrave are operating under the false pretense that the US was founded as a Christian country.

Of course nothing could be further from the truth. As I'm sure all of you were aware, the founding fathers (and I'm sure some mothers too) were not staunch believers of religious dogma, but instead considered themselves to be deists and humanists. For those who don't know a deist is, according to Merriam-Webster's, a movement or system of thought advocating natural religion, emphasizing morality, and in the 18th century denying the interference of the Creator with the laws of the universe.

"Where the preamble declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed by inserting 'Jesus Christ,' so that it would read 'A departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion;' the insertion was rejected by the great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mohammedan, the Hindoo and Infidel of every denomination."

-Thomas Jefferson, Autobiography, in reference to
the Virginia Act for Religious Freedom

So as you can see, people like Musgrave have tried to manipulate the historical facts to fit their misguided notion of the world. Just another example of the right-wing neo-fascist cabal exerting its will over the people of the United States.




That segues nicely into the next part of my rant. Satan's/Shrub's veto the Diana DeGette's (D-CO) stem cell legislation, official known as H.R. 810 "The Stem Cell Research Enhancement
Bill." In a statement to the press, Mrs. DeGette said the following:


“I am extremely disappointed that President Bush has issued his first veto on H.R. 810. With his veto, the President has destroyed the hope of millions of Americans who are suffering from diseases like Parkinson’s and diabetes that could be cured by stem cell research.


“H.R. 810 would have corrected the President’s short-sighted policy by allowing this important research to move forward under ethical constraints. This research holds so much promise to solving diseases that affect more than 110 million Americans. Vetoing this bill is one of the greatest mistakes of his Presidency.


“This research has the support of more than 70% of Americans and the President will suffer the political consequences for vetoing H.R. 810. I promise to keep fighting to expand stem cell research. This important legislation will become law; it’s only a matter of when.”


The facts are that by a 2 to 1 margin, a majority of Americans are in support of stem cell research. From religious leaders to even some of the most conservative republicans (and by conservative I mean that in the old usage of the word). So what possible could Shrub be thinking? I'd be my bottom dollar (or Baht since I'm in Thailand) that he's thinking of nothing but the mid-term elections. And Crap-weasel (aka Karl Rove) is behind the whole thing. I'm fairly certain that they have not yet come to the realization that their shenanigans are backfiring on them. A majority of the voters are now seeing the administration and the Republican Party for what they are; nothing more than the hand-maidens of the neo-con religious right. This is nothing more than a ploy in an attempt to gain the votes of the Christian nut balls. Alas, this time I think their machinations will all be for naught.

Well I think that's enough of a rant for today. I'll certainly have more to say later, maybe today, but most certainly tomorrow. It is very interesting to read and hear outside opinions of what is happening the US being in Thailand. Cheers, and watch your back.

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And One More Thing...

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Ok, I can't just let that last post stand without some kind of statement as to the significance of Gettysburg. The national pride that must be taken in what happened at Gettysburg must not be lost with the presence of the KKK at such a historic locale. So I think I will allow Abraham Lincoln do the speaking for me:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate–we can not consecrate–we can not hallow–this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us–that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion–that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain–that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom–and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

--
~~Those who sacrifice freedom in the name of security, deserve neither~~ Benjamin Franklin

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This is Killing Me!!

Oh my God! I can't believe that I'm actually going to say that I'm giving kudos to the Ku Klux Klan! Ugggh!! It tears my guts out to say anything positive about this grotesque, vile, disgusting organization. But as a true liberal, I will not deny them the right to spew forth their filfh as they see fit. Here's where the kudos part comes into play...According the the L.A. Times (see the article pasted below) the National Park Service has issued a permit for the KKK to use Gettysburg National Military Park in part to protest the "war" in Iraq (the remainder of their rally will be the same bullshit nonsense the KKK has always stood for). You know that something is seriously screwed up with the state of the nation when die hard liberals are in line with those who stand for everything we're against. I have to stop writing now so I can go wretch.

Klan Will Be Allowed to Rally at Gettysburg
From Times Wire Reports
July 5, 2006


The National Park Service has granted the Ku Klux Klan's request to hold a rally and protest the Iraq war at the Civil War battlefield where President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.

Gordon Young of the World Knights of the Ku Klux Klan obtained the permit for about 100 people to participate in a Sept. 2 event at Gettysburg National Military Park. The purpose will be to demonstrate opposition to the Iraq war [here's the kudos part] and to speak on "white unity between the north and south," [and here's the misguided bullshit, screwed up, infantile part] the permit said.

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Independence Day or Excuse for a BBQ


With malice towards none...

With charity for all; With firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan-- to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace
among ourselves, and with all nations.

Abraham Lincoln, March 4, 1865


Have we, like so many of the our other holidays, lost sight of the meaning of the 4th of July? Has it become nothing more than a reason to have a barbeque? Have we stopped remembering what we're supposed to celebrate on this most impressive of days? I think that for a majority of Americans the answer is, unfortunatly, yes. Sure they wave their flags, and go to the local fireworks display with a flag taped to the antena of their car; but do they know why?

Do they know what an amazing thing happened on July 4, 1776? The grand experiement that is the United States of America was not only started, but I think more launched. The launching of the space shuttle today, remided me of what this country is supposed to be about, and why it was founded. This country is about exploration. This country is about pushing new boundaries, and discovering new frontiers. This country is supposed to be the country that put Neil Armstrong on the moon, not the country that has a mired down in a useless war in the Middle East. This is supposed to be the country that finds a cure for polio, not the country that puts its scientific facts behind those of religious right wing retards (my apologies to the mentally handicapped, no offense was intended).

I think we should be celebrating by rising up. Rising up and challenging the "elected" leaders of this country to do what it right by the people of the United States of America. We need our leaders to uphold the ideals set forth in the Declaration of Independence 230 years ago. Have you read the FULL declaration of independence? Well here's your chance, read and heed and most of all notice the similarities with today:




IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.


The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,


When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and ressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing 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.

He has made Judges 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 harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

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 foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign 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 Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas 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 domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

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 Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. 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.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the
support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine
Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.






The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

Column 1
Georgia:
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton

Column 2
North Carolina:
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton

Column 3
Massachusetts:
John Hancock
Maryland:
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia:
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Column 4
Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
Delaware:
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean

Column 5
New York:
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark

Column 6
New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Massachusetts:
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Connecticut:
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton

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