Thursday, December 24, 2009

We sold out to business and the banks and have failed to keep the promises of our youth

The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future. ~Marya Mannes, More in Anger, 1958

Copenhagen is over and no real meaningful consensus was reached. There was a lack of leadership from the major powers. It was a failure of will. What was needed was a total ban on the use of coal and a move away from the growth of the fossil fuel industry. Without America taking the lead it just ain't going to happen. We need real change in America, because that is where is has to happen? What we need is for the youth of America to take the lead. We need the youth on every college campus in America to mobilize and, like the VietNam war protesters of the seventies, change the direction of America. It is they who will be the inheritors of the disaster that we have exacerbated. My generation, the VietNam generation a generation that fought for change and an end to the war, has failed this generation. We sold out to business and the banks and have failed to keep the promises of our youth. It is no longer in our hands. There is hope because the youth of the world have begun to take notice as evidence of the protests in Copenhagen and around the world. It is up to them to take bold action and effect change, make their governments hear their voices, make industry responsible for its actions. They must demand change, fight for change and create change if they are to have a livable world.


The senate has finally passed the health care bill. It is a flawed bill. It lacks a public option which is crucial and without a public option it fails to meet the needs of the American people. If the final bill has a mandate that requires everyone to buy health care without the public option then it is a failure. It becomes a windfall for the health insurance industry. The next step will be reconciliation between the house and the senate, that will be the much awaited compromise and produce a final bill. Only time will tell if the final product achieves true health care reform.


Recommended Book:

Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity -by James Hansen

"In Storms of My Grandchildren, Dr. James Hansen—the nation’s leading scientist on climate issues—speaks out for the first time with the full truth about global warming: The planet is hurtling even more rapidly than previously acknowledged to a climatic point of no return. Although the threat of human-caused climate change is now widely recognized, politicians have failed to connect policy with the science, responding instead with ineffectual remedies dictated by special interests. Hansen shows why President Obama’s solution, cap-and-trade, which Al Gore has signed on to, won’t work; why we must phase out all coal, and why 350 ppm of carbon dioxide is a goal we must achieve if our children and grandchildren are to avoid global meltdown and the storms of the book’s title. This urgent manifesto bucks conventional wisdom (including the Kyoto Protocol) and is sure to stir controversy, but Hansen—whose climate predictions have come to pass again and again, beginning in the 1980s when he first warned Congress about global warming—is the single most credible voice on the subject worldwide.

Hansen paints a devastating but all-too-realistic picture of what will happen in the near future, mere years and decades from now, if we follow the course we’re on. But he is also an optimist, showing that there is still time to do what we need to save the planet. Urgent, strong action is needed, and this book, released to coincide with the Copenhagen Conference in December 2009, will be key in setting the agenda going forward to create a groundswell, a tipping point, to save humanity—and our grandchildren—from a dire fate more imminent than we had supposed." Amazon Books

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

They are self serving dirtbags who sit in congress who should serve the people

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a door mat or a prostitute. ~Rebecca West, "Mr Chesterton in Hysterics: A Study in Prejudice," The Clarion, 14 Nov 1913, reprinted in The Young Rebecca, 1982

Women's rights, abortion, freedom to choose and equality in all areas of life are all issues that generations of women have fought for and these hard fought gains are now threatened by the Republican Right Wing extremists and Evangelical Christian Right movement. This movement wants to turn back the clock to to bad old days; where women knew their place, the kitchen and the bedroom, and obeyed their husbands. The Evangelical movement spearheaded by James Dobson and John Hagee have become the American version of the Taliban in their assault on women rights in America. They see women as inferior and would make them virtually 2nd class citizens. Women across America have benefited from the women of courage who fought for women's rights against the entrenched establishment but women like Sarah Palin, and Carrie Prejean would help turn back the clock, they have become the not too bright spokes persons in support of the anti-women rights Evangelical movement while they benefit from the sacrifices of better women than them. The Republicans Right and Evangelical Right Wing have screamed for the government to stay out of their health care yet they want to control the bodies of women and would deny them the freedom to make decisions for themselves.

President Obama recently signed an anti-rape amendment into law proposed by Sen. Al Franken’s (D-MN). The bill would allow women who work for U. S. contractors who's right were violated or who are victims of crimes the right to sue their employers. This stems from the case of, "Jamie Leigh Jones, who was gang-raped by her co-workers while working for Halliburton/KBR in Baghdad. Many Republicans opposed the legislation — saying it was an unnecessary attack on their allies in the defense contracting business — and faced intense political blowback over their positions". These Republicans, many of them supporters of the extreme Right Evangelical and friends of Halliburton, would deny women who were assaulted from exercising their rights for legal redress of grievances, thereby denying them due process of law. That these thirty Republicans, named below, are upset that the public is incensed about their callous attempt to deny women protection under the law is incredible. They are self serving dirtbags who sit in congress who should serve the people not their masters in business and the Evangelical Right Wing Christian hypocrites.

The 30 nay voters against Senator Franken's (D-MN)amendment

Alexander (R-TN)

Barrasso (R-WY)

Bond (R-MO)

Brownback (R-KS)

Bunning (R-KY)

Burr (R-NC)

Chambliss (R-GA)

Coburn (R-OK)

Cochran (R-MS)

Corker (R-TN)

Cornyn (R-TX)

Crapo (R-ID)

DeMint (R-SC)

Ensign (R-NV)

Enzi (R-WY)

Graham (R-SC)

Gregg (R-NH)

Inhofe (R-OK)

Isakson (R-GA)

Johanns (R-NE)

Kyl (R-AZ)

McCain (R-AZ)

McConnell (R-KY)

Risch (R-ID)

Roberts (R-KS)

Sessions (R-AL)

Shelby (R-AL)

Thune (R-SD)

Vitter (R-LA)

Wicker (R-MS)


Recommended Book:

American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America by Chris Hedges From Publishers Weekly

"The f-word crops up in the most respectable quarters these days. Yet if the provocative title of this exposé by Hedges (War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning)—sounds an alarm, the former New York Times foreign correspondent takes care to employ his terms precisely and decisively. As a Harvard Divinity School graduate, his investigation of the Christian Right agenda is even more alarming given its lucidity. Citing the psychology and sociology of fascism and cults, including the work of German historian Fritz Stern, Hedges draws striking parallels between 20th-century totalitarian movements and the highly organized, well-funded "dominionist movement," an influential theocratic sect within the country's huge evangelical population. Rooted in a radical Calvinism, and wrapping its apocalyptic, vehemently militant, sexist and homophobic vision in patriotic and religious rhetoric, dominionism seeks absolute power in a Christian state. Hedges's reportage profiles both former members and true believers, evoking the particular characteristics of this American variant of fascism. His argument against what he sees as a democratic society's suicidal tolerance for intolerant movements has its own paradoxes. But this urgent book forcefully illuminates what many across the political spectrum will recognize as a serious and growing threat to the very concept and practice of an open society." (Jan. 9) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved


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