Monday, August 18, 2008

"There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs." -Barry Goldwater

Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative. -John Stuart Mill

Glenn Beck, is he a waste of skin, a dirt bag, lawbreaker, scumbag and a prostitute? No of course not, silly me, he calls other people that and more and he eats with that dirty mouth. "Beck is famous for spouting controversial and inflammatory comments against Democrats, Muslims, Arabs, Mexicans, and female guests on his radio and television programs. Beck has called President Jimmy Carter a "waste of skin," Mexican immigrants "dirt bags" and "lawbreakers," Katrina victims "scumbags," Cindy Sheehan a "prostitute," and suggested using nuclear weapons against parts of the Middle East and Venezuela."
-for more go to -Media Matters
There was a time when the American journalistic profession was a place for true professionals and were seen as people that could be trusted to tell the truth to the American public. There were greats such as Peter Jennings, Edward R. Murrow, Ed Bradley, Mike Wallace and Walter Cronkite. Their inheritors are such men as Bill Moyer, Anderson Cooper, Charlie Rose and they do their predecessors honor. But no one can cast the buffoons of Fox News, the Rush Limbaughs' and the Glenn Becks' in the same mold, they dishonor their profession. Giants once walked among us and today lesser men and women of Fox News try to fit into shoes that are just too big.

Religion In Politics

Today in America there is a new test for candidates for president and it is how much does he love the baby Jesus. Is he a god fearing, gun supporting, gay hating, get all the illegals out of America at any cost Christian. The evangelical right has set the agenda and if you are not a card carrying saved Christian you are not presidential material. It seems that the candidates all have to pander to this group as evident of the debate between Obama and McCain at the Saddleback Church. The candidates should read the words of a great American, Sen. Barry Goldwater on the separation of church and state.
In 1981, Republican U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater said:
"On religious issues there can be little or no compromise. There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God's name on one's behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both.
I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in 'A,' 'B,' 'C' and 'D.' Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me? And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of 'conservatism.'"
-Barry Goldwater


McCain's Warped World View

"There you have it encapsulated, the McCain campaign for president, an irrational mélange of patriotic swagger and blindness to reality that is proving disturbingly successful with uninformed voters. How else to explain the many millions of Americans who tell pollsters they prefer a continuation of Republican rule when so many of them are losing their homes to foreclosure and the nation is devastated by out-of-control military spending?...

...The economy is in a downward spiral, the national debt is at an all-time high, the dollar is an international disgrace and inflation in July had the steepest rise in 27 years, driven by oil prices fivefold higher than when George W. Bush invaded the nation with the world's second-largest petroleum reserves.

While the oil-rich Mideast nations we protect refuse to fully open the oil spigots as payback for our military efforts, McCain celebrates Gen. David Petraeus as his No. 1 hero for "victory" in Iraq. Aside from the reality that victory there is now defined as returning to the level of stability provided by Saddam Hussein, who the Bush administration admits had nothing to do with the bin Laden-led terrorists, even that goal requires the cooperation of our former sworn enemies, Iran's ayatollahs."...  

"The lesson McCain should have learned is that the world is a complex place, that today's enemies may be tomorrow's negotiating partners -- as Obama has at times dared to suggest -- and that the neoconservative idea of a Pax Americana is a dangerous fantasy. And a costly one at that, not only in lost lives and blowback from the regions we destabilize, but also in the dollars that American taxpayers must waste.

Thanks to the absurdly misdirected war on terrorism that McCain so enthusiastically supports, we spend more annually in inflation-adjusted dollars on the military than at any time since World War II, even more than during the Korean and Vietnam wars. Vote for McCain and forget about funding to solve the Social Security, Medicare and subprime mortgage disasters or for anything else that truly would make America stronger." -Robert Scheer, Truthdig, Posted August 20, 2008


Recommended Book:
Andrew Bacevich cannot be the darling of the right because he commits the most grievous sin of them all, he tells the truth. "In this caustic critique of the growing American penchant for empire and sense of entitlement, Bacevich (The New American Militarism) examines the citizenry's complicity in the current economic, political, and military crisis. A retired army colonel, the author efficiently pillories the recent performance of the armed forces, decrying it as an expression of domestic dysfunction, with leaders and misguided strategies ushering the nation into a global war of no exits and no deadlines. Arguing that the tendency to blame solely the military or the Bush administration is as illogical as blaming Herbert Hoover for the Great Depression, Bacevich demonstrates how the civilian population is ultimately culpable; in citizens' appetite for unfettered access to resources, they have tacitly condoned the change of military service from a civic function into an economic enterprise. Crisp prose, sweeping historical analysis and searing observations on the roots of American decadence elevate this book from mere scolding to an urgent call for rational thinking and measured action, for citizens to wise up and put their house in order. "
“In this utterly original book, Andrew Bacevich explains how our ‘empire of consumption’ contains the seeds of its own destruction and why our foreign policy establishment in Washington is totally incapable of coming to grips with it. Indispensable reading for every citizen.”—Chalmers Johnson, author of the Blowback Trilogy
"A clear-eyed look into the abyss of America's failed wars, and the analysis needed to climb out. In Andrew Bacevich, realism and moral vision meet."—James Carroll, author of House of War“In The Limits of Power, Andrew Bacevich takes aim at America’s culture of exceptionalism and scores a bulls eye. He reminds us that we can destroy all that we cherish by pursuing an illusion of indestructibility.”—Lt. Gen. Bernard E. Trainor USMC (Ret.), co-author of The General’s War and Cobra II
“Andrew Bacevich has written a razor sharp dissection of the national myths which befuddle U.S. approaches to the outside world and fuel the Washington establishment’s dangerous delusions of omnipotence. His book should be read by every concerned US citizen.”—Anatol Lieven, author of America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism
“In The Limits of Power, Andrew Bacevich delivers precisely what the Republic has so desperately needed: an analysis of America's woes that goes beyond the villain of the moment, George W. Bush, and gets at the heart of the delusions that have crippled the country's foreign policy for decades. Bacevich writes with a passionate eloquence and moral urgency that makes this book absolutely compelling." Everyone should read it.”—Mark Danner, author of Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror
Editorial ReviewsFrom Publishers Weekly


A Race McCain Could Win
Last August, John McCain's campaign was a guttering candle, out of money but flush with half-baked ideas that were unlikely to be improved by further baking. Anyway, to have many ideas is to have too many for a campaign's concluding sprint, and McCain's revival has not been robust enough to bring him even with Barack Obama. Now McCain's rejuvenated hopes rest on his ability to recast this election, focusing it on who should lead America in a world suddenly darkened by Russia's war of European conquest.


The long-ignored ocean emergency and what can be done to address it
"Jeremy Jackson, director of the Scripps Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at the University of California, San Diego, synthesizes such reports and others into a new paper, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that boldly lays out the scope of the oceanic emergency and what urgently needs to be done.

"The purpose of... the paper is to make clear just how dire the situation is and how rapidly things are getting worse," said Jackson. "It's a lot like the issue of climate change that we had ignored for so long. If anything, the situation in the oceans could be worse because we are so close to the precipice in many ways".

For millennia the seas seemed an endless resource: unimaginably large and deep, brimming with life. How could such a seemingly inexhaustible recourse ever dwindle or even disappear? Increasingly, studies are showing catastrophic declines not only in fish favored for consumption, but in sea life altogether. A perfect storm of over-exploitation, nutrient pollution, and climate change is creating an uncertain future for the planet's ocean, according to Jackson."....
-More; Jeremy Hance,



Marine Pfc. Daniel A. C. McGuire, Died: August 14, 2008
19, of Mashpee, Mass.; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Aug. 14 while supporting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq.

Army Cpl. James M. Hale, Died: August 13, 2008
23, of Naperville, Ill.; assigned to the 978th Military Police Company, Fort Bliss, Texas; died Aug. 13 in Baghdad of wounds suffered when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.

Army Pfc. John A. Mattox, Died: August 10, 2008
23, of Daingerfield, Texas; assigned to the 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; died Aug. 10 at Forward Operating Base Bostick, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained in a non-combat related incident.

Marine Sgt. Michael H. Ferschke Jr., Died: August 10, 2008
22, of Maryville, Tenn.; assigned to the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan; died Aug. 10 while supporting combat operations in Salah ad Din province, Iraq.

Army Sgt. Kenneth B. Gibson, Died: August 10, 2008
25, of Christiansburg, Va.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; died of wounds sustained Aug. 10 in Tarmiyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his position during dismounted operations.

Army Sgt. Jose E. Ulloa, Died: August 09, 2008
23, of New York; assigned to the 515th Transportati
on Company, 28th Transportation Battalion, Mannheim, Germany; died Aug. 9 in Sadr City, Iraq, of wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device Aug. 8 in Sadr City.

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