Thursday, October 26, 2006

Cindy Sheehan Rocks Fresno

Cindy came to Fresno State last night and spoke for over an hour to a supportive crowd. There were a few nuts outside the building who still are trying to rationalize Bush's lack of concern for our troops. Hopefully, they will recover from their brainwashing in the not too distant future! Cindy rightly criticized the Democrats for already backing away from impeachment before they even get the House of Representatives back. She is right that the lesser of two evils is only a little less evil. Altogether, it was an awesome night!

Here is an excerpt from the Bee article:

Inside the Satellite Student Union, Sheehan held the attention of the near-capacity and supportive crowd for more than an hour, talking about not only the loss of her son, but what she said was the loss of rights suffered by everyone in America. Before her speech, Sheehan said she wanted to tell people that one person can make a difference.

"Last summer I felt my role was to convince people that the war is a lie, based on lies," Sheehan said. "Now, I've seen polls that show most Americans believe that to be true. My job is to activate those who disagree with Bush and get them to act for peace."

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Homeless Under Attack in Fresno

A duty to help

10/25/06 04:58:23

I was troubled by Bill McEwen's column [Oct. 19] on the American Civil Liberties Union suit filed against the city on behalf of homeless people forced to vacate an encampment on E Street.

Mr. McEwen refers to the camp as "dirty, dangerous and drug-infested." He might be interested to learn that there are many houses and apartments in Fresno that fit this description. However, I do not see these slum units being bulldozed with people's possessions inside.

What is the difference? Tenants in housing units are complying with social norms by paying rent to someone and staying out of sight from passing traffic. The city just miscalculated by not figuring competent attorneys could be induced to defend these people's rights.

Mr. McEwen endorses the statement of a policeman that helping the homeless with food and clothing is a big mistake and that the only way out for the homeless is through a shelter where they can "learn rules." What about those who don't subscribe to the religious requirements of these shelters? Doesn't our society as a whole have any duty to help these people?

Jeffrey W. Eisinger


Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Kevin Tillman Speaks Out

What more can I say.....

Somehow the more soldiers that die, the more legitimate the illegal invasion becomes.

Somehow American leadership, whose only credit is lying to its people and illegally invading a nation, has been allowed to steal the courage, virtue and honor of its soldiers on the ground.

Somehow those afraid to fight an illegal invasion decades ago are allowed to send soldiers to die for an illegal invasion they started.

Somehow faking character, virtue and strength is tolerated.

Somehow profiting from tragedy and horror is tolerated.

Somehow the death of tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people is tolerated.

Somehow subversion of the Bill of Rights and The Constitution is tolerated.

Somehow suspension of Habeas Corpus is supposed to keep this country safe.

Somehow torture is tolerated.

Somehow lying is tolerated.

Somehow reason is being discarded for faith, dogma, and nonsense.

Somehow American leadership managed to create a more dangerous world.

Somehow a narrative is more important than reality.

Somehow America has become a country that projects everything that it is not and condemns everything that it is.

Somehow the most reasonable, trusted and respected country in the world has become one of the most irrational, belligerent, feared, and distrusted countries in the world.

Somehow being politically informed, diligent, and skeptical has been replaced by apathy through active ignorance.

Somehow the same incompetent, narcissistic, virtueless, vacuous, malicious criminals are still in charge of this country.

Somehow this is tolerated.

Somehow nobody is accountable for this.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Bush Never Said "Stay the Course"

Is there anyone left stupid enough to believe ANYTHING this fucker says????

Bush: ‘We’ve Never Been Stay The Course’
During an interview today on ABC’s This Week, President Bush tried to distance himself from what has been his core strategy in Iraq for the last three years. George Stephanopoulos asked about James Baker’s plan to develop a strategy for Iraq that is “between ’stay the course’ and ‘cut and run.’”

Bush responded, ‘We’ve never been stay the course."

Bush is wrong:

BUSH: We will stay the course. [8/30/06]

BUSH: We will stay the course, we will complete the job in Iraq. [8/4/05]

BUSH: We will stay the course until the job is done, Steve. And the temptation is to try to get the President or somebody to put a timetable on the definition of getting the job done. We’re just going to stay the course. [12/15/03]

BUSH: And my message today to those in Iraq is: We’ll stay the course. [4/13/04]

BUSH: And that’s why we’re going to stay the course in Iraq. And that’s why when we say something in Iraq, we’re going to do it. [4/16/04]

BUSH: And so we’ve got tough action in Iraq. But we will stay the course. [4/5/04]

They Write Letters

Here is a great letter by my good pal, Larry Mullen.....

Since we have no equal access regarding media, we're left with our common sense about fairness in reporting to determine what fair coverage is. To endorse Rep. Devin Nunes and not mention other candidates is obviously not an oversight on your part.

Then the question is: "Why not give coverage to other candidates in other ways?" Candidates you do not endorse are newsworthy to those of us who do not hold your views. Your lack of adequate coverage is simply disgusting. It is blatant. It is not clever. It is not good reporting.

And mostly, it is not fair -- to the third-party candidates or to voters who want to know all of their options. John Miller, Green Party candidate for the 21st Congressional District, has a calendar; he is appearing in public; he has opinions; and he deserves to be heard. Of course, other third-party candidates deserve adequate coverage also.

Larry Mullen, Fresno

Antarctic ozone hole biggest on record, U.S. reports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - This year's ozone hole over Antarctica is bigger and deeper than any other on record, U.S. scientists reported on Thursday.

The ozone layer shields Earth from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays, and the layer thins out over the South Pole each year, primarily because human-made compounds release ozone-eating chlorine and bromine gases into the stratosphere.

"From September 21 to 30, the average area of the ozone hole was the largest ever observed, at 10.6 million square miles ," said Paul Newman of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center outside Washington.

If the stratospheric weather conditions had been normal, the ozone hole would be expected to reach a size of about 8.9 million to 9.3 million square miles, about the surface area of North America, NASA said in a statement.