February 11, 2008 archive

Looking Back…

Here is another look back at the first few months post-Federal Flood here in New Orleans. At the time Betts and I were in SoCal, and the only way for me to “be with” Gentilly was to use an e-list.

This letter started a movement to build a community association, and ultimately it did. (Just not exactly my version of the dream.)

OK, Hillary, where are YOUR activists?

From CNN’s Political Ticker:

Noting that “my husband never did well in caucus states either,” Clinton argued that caucuses are “primarily dominated by activists” and that “they don’t represent the electorate, we know that.”

Now, I don’t care which candidate you support–personally, I support Obama, but that’s neither here nor there for the purposes of this post.

The fact that any candidate for the Democratic nomination can openly dismiss activists in such condescending terms is shocking.  Senator Clinton apparently thinks that people who actually care enough about issues and are invested enough in a candidate to actually go out and suspend the routine of their daily lives to try to make a difference for the causes and candidates they support are in some way hijacking the “will of the electorate.”

More below…  

False Flag Time


It’s the impressions from a picture thing again.  This man actually enjoys it, a reincarnation of a torture master out of the Spanish inquisition.  Some twist of Satanic fate leaves me with the distinct impression human suffering gives this man sexual gratification.

Most of the time the evil impressions only come the first time I see it.  Alberto Gonzales, John Yoo, Leo Strauss were among the evil minions.  This time I have seen his picture before yet this particular one emanates and evil more powerful than Gonzales.  I would like to think of it as a developing asset, a useful tool in sizing people up.  Preparation for the future crisis.

Chertoff+Nazi 96,200 Google hits!




Homeboy Assholiansim.


Hon. Chertoff?  No, like John Edwards, the psychic who talks to the dead, your eyes Sir are a mirror of your evil soul.

What’s Happening In East Timor & Why It Matters

The Nobel prize-winning president of East Timor, Jose Ramos-Horta, is in critical condition, breathing on a ventilator.  Timorese Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao survived an attempted coup against him and Ramos-Horta. Ramos-Horta was shot in the back of the head and the stomach…  Now Gusmao has declared a 48 hour state of emergency.

Rebel leader Major Alfredo Reinado and another insurgent are dead.

Much more below…

Four at Four

  1. The Washington Post reports the Iraq drawdown may be delayed. “Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Monday that it ‘probably does make sense’ to pause troop withdrawals from Iraq late this summer after the last of the forces sent in as part of an offensive surge have gone home… He spoke a day after a series of bombings targeting Iraqi security forces and U.S.-backed Sunni guards killed as many as 37 people in northern Iraq. The violence continued Monday, with two suicide car bombs detonating outside the compound of a top Sunni tribal leader, Ali Hatam al-Suleiman, killing at least eight people and wounding 23… U.S. officials said an American soldier was killed in Diyala province Sunday when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb; two other soldiers were wounded”. The surge is permenant, because the occupation is endless.

  2. Just in case there was any doubt, according to the Los Angeles Times, Bush will help campaign if McCain is nominee. George W. Bush promised “to assist Sen. John McCain’s campaign for the presidency assuming he wins the Republican Party nomination — but acknowledged that the Arizona senator has ‘got some convincing to do’ among the party’s conservatives… Bush made clear that he was willing to set aside the tensions he has had with McCain in the past, and he praised the front-runner as ‘a true conservative’.

    But as The New York Times reports Losses signal weakness for McCain. “McCain, who won enough delegates in the coast-to-coast nominating contests on Tuesday to place him mathematically beyond the reach of his Republican rivals, suffered embarrassing losses in the Louisiana primary and the Kansas caucuses on Saturday to former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas.”

    And even the attempt by the corrupt Republican Party to steal elections for their beauty queen isn’t working according to plan. The Seattle Times reports Huckabee disputes delegate count in Washinton’s caucuses. “Huckabee’s campaign took issue with Washington state Republican Party Chairman Luke Esser’s decision to call the race Saturday night with 87 percent of the precincts counted. At that point, McCain was ahead of Huckabee by 242 delegates out of the 13,000 counted, Esser said. The Huckabee campaign contends there were another 1,500 or so delegates not counted.” Not counting all the votes — how very Republican.

  3. In what must be a perverted misuse of the word democratic, Burma promises democratic elections according to the CS Monitor. “Military rulers in Burma (Myanmar) said this weekend they would hold a national referendum in May to approve a new constitution, followed by democratic elections in 2010, the first since 1990. The country’s military junta was rebuked by the United Nations Security Council last October after violently repressing pro-democracy marches sparked by economic hardship. Since then, leaders have held sporadic talks with detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and hosted a senior UN envoy, while sticking to its own ‘road map’ to restore democratic rule… A spokesman for the National League for Democracy, the party led by Suu Kyi that won the 1990 ballot only to see its victory annulled, told the BBC that the statement was ‘vague, incomplete, and strange,’ given that the election date was conditional on the constitution passing the referendum.”

  4. The New York Times reports on the environmental problem that are America’s suburbs in Don’t Let the Green Grass Fool You.

    If the United States is ever to reduce its carbon emissions, suburbanites – that is, roughly half of all Americans, said William H. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution – are going to have to play a big role…

    The problem with suburbs, many environmentalists say, is not an issue of light bulbs. In the end, the very things that make suburban life attractive – the lush lawns, spacious houses and three-car garages – also disproportionally contribute to global warming. Suburban life, these environmentalists argue, is simply not sustainable.

    “The very essence of the post-Second World War America suburb militates against ‘greening,’ ” said Thomas J. Sugrue, a professor of history and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. “Given the almost complete dependency of suburbanites on the car, it’s an uphill battle.” …

    Despite the efforts of individuals and whole communities to reduce the carbon cost of suburban life, the broad trends in American life have been moving in the opposite direction for decades. The average single-family home nearly doubled in size from 1970 to 2005, to 2,434 square feet. Americans commuting to work by car travel farther as suburbs sprawl (an average 12.1 miles in 2001, up from 8.9 miles in 1983), in vehicles whose average fuel efficiency has improved little.

Tea and Oranges

Tea and Oranges


DharmaBums Abroad

all photos copyright zwoof 2008


Suzanne takes you down  

to her place near the river

You can hear the boats go by

You can spend the night beside her

And you know that she’s half crazy

But that’s why you want to be there

And she feeds you tea and oranges

That come all the way from china

And just when you mean to tell her

That you have no love to give her

Then she gets you on her wavelength

And she lets the river answer

That you’ve always been her lover

And you want to travel with her

And you want to travel blind

And you know that she will trust you

For you’ve touched her perfect body with your mind.


A dose of fun and humor (minimum daily requirement)

cross posted from Sancho Press. http://sanchopress.com/

Trivia question of the day. (answer below the fold) — What sexy actress appeared on a cover of Playboy magazine wearing high heels, sunglasses, and a thin sheet of Bubble Wrap?  

Word of the day. (definition below the fold) — Hallow

Quote of the day. — “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by our nation.”

George Washington

Common misconception. — Running water was never available in the middle ages — In the middle ages, no. Definately before that! Evidence of running water was discovered at Mohejo-Daro, one of the main cities of the Indus culture. It was built around 2600 BC! The houses were connected to a public water system , and had baths, fountains, and even toilets.  

Useless information. — Saunas outnumber cars in Finland.

Bad President/Bushisms. — 9/18/2000, “A tax cut is really one of the anecdotes to coming out of an economic illness.”


Doom and Gloom

America will never be the same, nor will the world.


This is why we fight so hard to prevent tyranny. This is why so many millions or billions of humans have died fighting for freedom. This is why the American Revolution was fought, this is why the Founders worked so hard on a solution to tyranny.

Because as we have seen, as has been proved again…as if it needed to be ….destruction is SO much quicker ad easier than construction. It is easily accomplished by a small amount of people who are focussed upon it. So much has been wiped out or reversed in such a small amount of time. Decades of progress, and in the larger picture, centuries, of a slow building of the consensus of human beings on how human beings should conduct themselves.  

Pony Party: Batshit Crazy

You have to watch this to believe it. Batshit crazy doesn’t even begin to cover it.

Calling out the dogs for Iraq Moratorium #6

Opponents of the Iraq war will ring church bells in Massachusetts, bring out their dogs in Texas, do “peace walking” in a Wisconsin shopping mall, challenge military recruiters in California, hold a peace concert in Connecticut, and take part in scores of vigils and other actions across the country on Friday, Feb. 15,  Iraq Moratorium #6.

The Iraq Moratorium is a loosely-knit nationwide grassroots movement that asks people to take some action, individually or in a group, on the third Friday of every month to call for an end to the war.  Those actions range from simple gestures like wearing a black armband or button to participating in a large-scale protest.

Since the Moratorium began in September, more than 600 events have been listed with the group’s website, IraqMoratorium.org, which highlights upcoming actions as well as reports, photos and videos from previous month’s events.  A full list of February 15 events, and ideas for individual actions, is available there.

Friday’s Austin, TX canine event is aimed at Sen. John Cornyn for “his tail-wagging support for the Bush administration’s policies on the war, torture, and civil liberties,” one of the sponsors, Movement for a Democratic Society, says.  “His dogged defense of President Bush’s veto of affordable health care to millions of needy children has helped to propel him to an approval rating lower than a weenie dog. “Corn Dog” – Bush’s own nickname for Texas’ junior senator! – is the president’s ever-obedient lap dog.”

“We are inviting progressive groups to develop – through canine-related costume, music, and street theater – their own distinctive messages about Cornyn’s flea-bitten record. We are asking people to bring their dogs and/or to come costumed as dogs. It will be lively and colorful, but the message will be as serious as a riled-up pit bull.”  The event will be outside Cornyn’s Senate office in Austin.

“The fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq is a month away, and the death toll of American service members is nearing 4,000.  Two-thirds of the American people want this war to end, but there’s little or no movement from President Bush and not much more from Congress,” said Moratorium organizer Eric See.   “We must turn up the heat, and more people every month see the growing Iraq Moratorium movement as a way to do that.  This war’s got to stop, and we’ve got to stop it.”

Metaphor for post-Bush America?

via videosift.com

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