Saturday, March 08, 2008

McCain Needs A Time Machine......

So he can run for president in a century more suited to his the 1700's perhaps.

"It's harder and harder trying to do the Lord's work in the city of Satan," McCain said of Washington.

Anybody ignorant enough to believe something called "satan" controls a major U.S. city really has no business even being a senator, let alone a candidate for president.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Fascism On the March

Officials monitor thousands of letters without warrants

The US postal service approves more than 10,000 requests from US law enforcement each year to record names, addresses and other information from the outside of packages, according to information released through a Freedom of Information Act request.
The warrantless surveillance mail program -- as it is known -- requires only the approval of the US Postal Inspection Service Director, and not a judge.

There's reason to believe more mail may be being opened, as well.
In late 2006, a signing statement issued by President Bush suggested that his office had expanded executive branch power to open mail without a warrant.
The signing statement accompanied H.R. 6407, the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006, which reiterated a prohibition on opening first class mail without a warrant.

And of course, Congress does nothing!!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Holding Out For Unlikely Apologies

From today's Fresno Bee.....

Limbaugh's record03/05/08 08 by Jerry L. Case [letter Feb. 19] claimed liberals "never give any facts to back up their claims" in reply to Doreen Cross' letter [Feb. 10] accusing radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh of being a draft dodger, hatemonger, little person and pill popper. On Feb. 29, Margie Hartman's letter, "Where's the proof?", opined the same sentiment.

The following "proof" should satisfy them both. Regarding draft dodging, do a search on "pilonidal cyst" and "Limbaugh." Regarding pill popping, remember Mr. Limbaugh's illegal acquisition and abuse of OxyContin.

Regarding hate-mongering and being a little person, just listen to five minutes of his show. If you can't, here is a sample: "The feminist movement was created to allow ugly women access to the mainstream of society." "Take that bone out of your nose and call me back." "If we are going to start rewarding no skills and stupid people -- I'm serious, let the unskilled jobs, let the kinds of jobs that take absolutely no knowledge whatsoever to do -- let stupid and unskilled Mexicans do that work." "Why should blacks be heard? They are 12% of the population. Who the hell cares?"
I await Mr. Case's and Ms. Hartman's recantation and apology.

Alan Cheah, Oakhurst

Right on target per usual Alan!!! Let us know when you get those apologies.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Progressive Movement Dead??? Say It Ain't So!

The prospect of more humiliation from yet another Clinton put restless Democrats in the mood to look for other options. Barrack Obama scored points because he expressed opposition to invading Iraq back in 2003 when the crime was first committed. It doesn't seem to matter that as a United States Senator his votes on Iraq are the same as Hillary Clinton's. It doesn't matter that he once opposed establishing a deadline for withdrawal. It doesn't matter that he parrots the words of Republicans when he speaks of "the excesses of the 60s and 70s." None of what he says matters, because speaking up would mean fighting back, and there is no movement left to do that.
It is incomprehensible that The Nation magazine endorsed Obama after making the following statement. "This magazine has been critical of the senator from Illinois for his closeness to Wall Street; his unwillingness to lay out an ambitious progressive agenda on healthcare, housing and other domestic policy issues; and for post-partisan rhetoric that seems to ignore the manifest failure of conservatism over these past seven years."

If The Nation has so many qualms about Obama, why endorse him at all? The editors could have simply made a statement of non-support for Obama or Clinton. The sad plight of progressives is all too obvious. "While his rhetoric about ‘unity' can be troubling, it also embodies a savvy strategy to redefine the center of American politics and build a coalition by reaching out to independent and Republican voters disgruntled and disgusted with what the Bush era has wrought." The Nation should explain to readers why Democrats ought to "redefine the center" with independents and Republicans instead of having their own agenda and fighting to make it a reality.

Sad, but probably true! Get ready to hold your nose and vote again for the lesser of two evils.