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September 27, 2008



Some thoughts on politics today…

October 21, 2007

Some thoughts on issues discussed or avoided in the presidential debates:

First, concerning the immigration issue, it’s a red herring. We are told that 12 million illegal immigrants (about 4 percent of our population) are destroying our country. Funny how it’s the 4 percent with the smallest voice who get all the blame. Maybe we should be more concerned about the 4 percent at the top of the economic ladder who are sucking the middle class dry. What we have here is class warfare, the real war that is going on in this country, unlike the bullshit wars on terror, drugs, poverty, etc.

No one seems really all that concerned with the very real issue of America’s aging infrastructure. From our bridges and roads to our drinking water and electrical grids, the systems that we rely on everyday are crumbling. We need a real Marshall Plan to focus on rebuilding and updating, which could also be used as a catalyst to introduce recycling, conservation and renewable energy technologies into the equation.

Another missing issue from the conversation right now is the rise of Russia in Asian affairs. Allied with China through the SCO, Russia has emerged as a global energy player. Under the leadership of Putin, Russia has gained influence over a majority of the oil and gas in Asia minor, in addition to Iran, Venezuela and Africa. Putin has warned the US against invading Iran, and is seeking to push the West out of Caspian Sea and Asia Minor energy and military developments. Instead of building up to another cloud war or worse with China and Russia, we should be working to build bridges with them. We should be talking about renewable energy, arms reduction, nuclear nonproliferation, third world debt reduction, hunger, AIDS, spreading democracy, global warming, peace, and so many other issues that would benefit all of humanity.

Which ties directly to Iran. How is it that Bush wants to invade Iran over the perception that Tehran is building the bomb while at the same time supporting Israel who has the bomb but hasn’t signed any nonproliferation treaties. just like India, who we happen to be trying to give the bomb to at the moment. Never mind that we also support the military dictatorship in Pakistan which also has the bomb. No, we need to be consistent in our stance towards nuclear arms reduction. We need to lead by example, by reducing our stockpiles openly. We need to engage the global community in a sane discussion about survival and continuance.

But it goes even further then perceived “threats” like Iran and North Korea. We need a president and a Congress with the courage to rein in the military industrial complex. As long as we have a massive military we will continue to manufacture wars in which to us it.

That of course ties directly to big business in this country. Our government exists to serve the rich at the expense of the rest of us. We need wrestle control of Washington away from industry. But to do that the citizenry has to pay attention and be active participants in the system.

Which is why we need to make changes to how we vote in this country. Instant runoff voting, multiple parties (or better yet no parties at all), paper trails, better funding, better education on the issues; there are so many things that can be done to increase voter turnout and awareness.

Getting back to big business, there are so many issues from privacy to regulation that need to be addressed. Oversight


Universal health coverage


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A Cold Saturday Morning In Hell

December 9, 2006

It is fucking freezing here in Texas right now. I need to rake the leaves that have taken over the yard but feel no desire to go out in this cold ass weather. So I’ll use blogging as an excuse to avoid the leaves. Finally, a good use for this blog.

As you probably already know, annatopia is no more. It seems my arch nemesis, and loving wife, has decided to focus her attention over at Texas Kaos. That’s cool. Of course now I can’t cross post on her site to steal readership. I guess I could post on TK, but then god only knows what kind of freaks might read my stuff, leave comments and expect me to respond.

Anyhow, let’s visit the monkey’s blog news center to catch up on what’s going on in our world.

First, because I have been wondering what ever happened to this story, we get a wonderful example of our elected public officials doing what they do best, covering their asses:

House washes its hands of Foley case

The report released Friday said Republican lawmakers and aides for a decade failed to protect the teenagers vulnerable to Foley’s advances and remained “willfully ignorant” of the consequences.

“At its core, such conduct is an abuse of power and an abuse of trust of the pages, their parents or guardians and the Congress itself,” the report said. “Behavior of this kind cannot be excused or tolerated, as it undermines the integrity of the House.”

Ok, sounds good so far. You would think someone is about to get their ass handed to them. You would think. Sadly, despite this:

The report released Friday said Republican lawmakers and aides for a decade failed to protect the teenagers vulnerable to Foley’s advances and remained “willfully ignorant” of the consequences.

and this:

The committee criticized Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., saying the evidence showed he was told of the problem months before he acknowledged learning of Foley’s questionable e-mails to a former Louisiana page. It rejected Hastert’s contention that he couldn’t recall separate warnings from two House Republican leaders.


and this:

The committee said one witness, former House chief clerk Jeff Trandahl, testified he warned the head of the supervisory page board, Rep. John Shimkus, that Foley was a “ticking time bomb” who had been confronted repeatedly.

The warning came in November 2005. Shimkus, R-Ill., confronted Foley and told him to stop sending e-mails to the former Louisiana page.

nobody is getting in any trouble. Shorter Version: Even though they know people knew, and that those those people willfully ignored what was happening, no one is being held responsible. The only hope now is that the police in Florida can nail Foley. I always thought from the beginning that law enforcement needed to be involved, in no small part because Congress is not above the law and should be treated like everyone else. So hopefully they will be able to do what our elected public officials could not.

Also in the news, the troops returning from Iraq with PTSD are being kicked out of the military. NPR did a great set of stories on the subject, which prompted some of our Congress Critters to write a letter to