June 7, 2008 archive

Our Long National Nightmare is Over!!!

Onward to Denver with a pair of very short leashes for the Junior Senator from New York, and her husband…

Of course, Benjamin Netanyahu might ask her to give him a hand, as he has done with her friend, Karl Rove.   I can think of nothing she would enjoy as much!

Good bye to yesterday’s trash!!!

HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!

Hillary Endorses Obama: “United and More Ready than Ever to Win in November” (W/Video)

Crossposted from ePluribus Media

“This isn’t the party I planned but I sure like the company,” Hillary said as she opened her concession speech at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.

Speaking to the “18 million…from all walks of life,” who voted for her, Hillary congratulated and endorsed Barack Obama, stating:

“The way, the way to continue our fight now, to accomplish the goals for which we stand is to take our energy, our passions, our strengths and do all we can to help elect Barack Obama, the next president of the United States.”

Thanking her supporters for their hard work and dedication, Hillary expressed the optimism that she oft spoke of on the campaign trail. “See, you can be anything you want to be.”

Continuing her fight for  Universal Health Care, a signature issue for Hillary Clinton, she noted that she entered “public service to help  people solve their problems and live their dreams.”

“You’ll always find me on the frontlines of democracy fighting for the future.” Hillary said.

Hillary also focused women’s rights, stating she wants to address “every last bias out there.”

“We must make sure that men and women alike, understand the struggles of their mothers and grandmothers and that women enjoy the equal opportunities: equal pay and equal respect.”

Moreover, Hillary spoke to equality in general saying, “There are no acceptable prejudices,” and that “children will take for granted that yes, a woman or an African American can become the President of the United States.”

Emphasizng unity, Hillary stated, “This has been a tough fight but the Democratic Party is a family,” and repeated throughout her speech, “We must help elect Barack Obama President.”

As Hillary said today, “We cannot let this moment slip away.”  

Weekend News Digest

Weekend News Digest is an Open Thread

From Yahoo News Top Stories

1 Europeans already looking beyond Bush presidency

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer

17 minutes ago

WASHINGTON – President Bush’s motorcade will speed through European capitals next week, but for many Europeans, the Bush presidency already is in their rearview mirrors.

Trans-Atlantic relations are on the upswing as European leaders have moved beyond their anger over the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Still, anti-Bush sentiment runs high on the streets, though that is being mollified by Europeans’ excitement about the race for Bush’s successor.

Like many Americans, Europeans have Bush fatigue. Many believe Barack Obama and John McCain will have different positions – perhaps more favorable – than Bush on issues important to Europe. The president continues promoting his agenda on climate change, Mideast peace and world trade issues, yet his influence has ebbed.

The Revolution Will Not Be Dramatized

Which pisses me off!

Due to my nature…I would have preferred a more John Edwards “take the bastards down” type of Revolution. Or a Kucinich Department of Peace Revolution. Or a French or American Revolution. (But with better hygiene standards, can you imagine what those mobs smelled like?) Of course with my cultural background….my favorite would have been a successful 1960’s type of Revolution….before the violence turned deadly.

But…at least we get a Revolution. A quiet unannounced, relative Revolution.

But a Revolution nonetheless, in comparison to the coup by the proto-fascists in 2000 that has led this country and the world down the slippery slopes of savagery. Hell just normalcy and a touch of sanity would be ….is… a Revolution. And the best part, as far as I can see looking into my little crystal ball, as we are all doing to some extent right now…is that the leader of this Revolution is saying the right things. Starting with not claiming that he is a Revolutionary leader. Starting with saying it is mostly up to us.


The person of Barack Obama is not what excites me…I am not a fanboy. The policies of Barack Obama do not excite me….they are crafted to get him elected. What excites me is what he represents….and what he will allow US to do.

So Wrong For So Long

There’s a reason I use the breakin line to Greg Mitchells book So Wrong for So Long: How the Press, the Pundits–and the President–Failed on Iraq.

Part of that reason is an article printed in the Asian Times, I just finished reading.

Prayer, Magic and Sprained Ankles

I would very much like to pray that as I spun around last night and attempted to volley the football on the goal, I did not severely sprain my ankle.  I’d like to pray I won’t be out two to six weeks while my team, Chivos Viejos, fights on in the summer season.  But I know that praying for such things will not make them so.

Resigned to a lethargic Saturday, I crutched into my den, elevated my leg, and started to finish a book I had heretofore greatly enjoyed:  The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight by Thom Hartmann.

Coming to Cleveland? Let’s try to connect

Are you coming to Cleveland June 27-28 for the National Assembly of antiwar activists, to talk strategy to end this senseless slaughter?

It looks like a lot of people are.  There are 482 endorsers of the session,including many of the nation’s most active peace groups.

The Iraq Moratorium, with which I’m affiliated, will have a number of people there to take part in the discussions, present a workshop, and, we hope, make some personal connections with people from around the country who participate in the monthly Iraq Moratorium or would like to know more about it.

If that describes you, we’d like to hear from you in advance so we can look you up in Cleveland or plan to get together while we’re there.

Iraq Moratorium #10 is on Friday, June 20, and already some 55 events are listed, with more being added every day for the next two weeks.  Check the listings for one near you, or add your own if it’s not already listed.  

There have already been more than 1,000 actions under the Moratorium umbrella, ranging from street corner vigils to direct action against warmakers.

That’s one of the unique things about the Moratorium.  It’s not “one size fits all.”  People and groups are free to do their own thing.  All the Moratorium asks is that they all do it on the Third Friday of every month, so coordinated action can have a bigger impact.

The focus in Cleveland is likely to be on building big national or regional protests, and we need to do that.

But the Moratorium, mobilizing people every month, can help to build the kind of network that will turn people out for bigger actions later.  The Moratorium’s goal is to get many more of the vast majority of Americans who oppose the war to act — to get the silent majority to speak up.

But I digress.

If you’re going to be in Cleveland and would like to get together with some of the national core group working on the Moratorium, please e-mail us and let us know.

In the meantime, do something on June 20 to end the war and occupation.  

Is Everybody In?

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usIs everybody in?

Is everybody in?

Is everybody in?

The ceremony is about to begin.

Wake Up!

You can’t remember where it was

Had this dream stopped?

Choose they croon the Ancient Ones

The time has come again

Choose now, they croon

Beneath the moon

Beside an ancient lake

Enter again the sweet forest

Enter the hot dream

Come with us

Everything is broken up and dances.

The movie will begin in five moments

The mindless voice announced

All those unseated will await the next show.

We filed slowly, languidly into the hall

The auditorium was vast and silent

As we seated and were darkened, the voice continued…….

Pony Party: Your Morning Art

Emily Carr was one of a number of artists who was loosely associated with the Group of Seven. If my memory serves me correctly she was not that much into people and lived in and painted in remote areas of British Columbia because she was solitary be nature and not a traditional woman of her times.

Here are two versions of the same song. The song is unfortunately now the backdrop for a “dockers” commercial….

Sad fact if a song has any  resonating  force in pop culture,it will be used to sell you shit you don’t want or need.

Sorry I am a bit late this AM, nutty night a work but it all ended well. We have a saying among the other night supervisors “not matter how bad tonight is, we’re gonna have a good night.” A kind of necessary delusion in my line of work.

Hope y’all are waking up to a beautiful morning.

More from the National Conference on Media Reform

I’m gonna start this one with the juicy stuff. I just got called “crazy” by Bill O’Reilly. So I think I have now arrived, haven’t I?

Yes, Faux News is at the event filming for O’Reilly. In a break-out session I attended where one of the panelists was Robert Greenwald, he took a few minutes at the opening of the session to point them out and we all had a bit of fun at their expense.  

Docudharma Times Saturday June 7

I Will I Won’t

I Will I Won’t

What Was I Supposed To Do Today?

Saturday’s Headlines:   Holdouts at FEMA Trailer Park Test Limitations of Aid   German city bans waste from Italy     Negotiating a black hole   Leading clerics urge Muslims to learn about other faiths in drive to promote harmony   Israel cuts off Palestinian tax funds as relations hit new low     Vote Mugabe or starve – the latest ploy from a regime clinging on to power    Four accused of Tutsi genocide should be returned to Rwanda   After quake, Chinese open wallets, a few of them under pressure   Tighter Australia-China ties worry Asian neighbors    Guevara children denounce Che branding    Tijuana’s elite flee to San Diego County to escape kidnappings and violence in Mexico

Water drains from swollen Chinese ‘quake lake’

MSNBC News Services

TAOHUA MOUNTAIN, China – Water began flowing into a spillway Saturday from a swollen lake formed by a landslide in China’s devastating earthquake, easing the immediate threat of a flood that had led to the evacuation of more than 250,000 people.

Engineers were monitoring bridges and river banks downstream to see if they would hold under the rush of water, and work crews were trying to dig a secondary channel to improve the flow, China Central Television and the Xinhua News Agency reported.


Record Oil Spike, High Jobless Rate Sink Stock Market

By Steven Mufson and Neil Irwin

Washington Post Staff Writers

Saturday, June 7, 2008; Page A01

A soaring jobless rate, an unprecedented jump in oil prices and a sliding dollar sent tremors through financial markets yesterday and cast fresh doubt on how soon the U.S. economy would be able to break out of a pattern of feeble growth and financial instability.

The nation’s unemployment rate shot skyward last month to 5.5 percent, the biggest leap in more than two decades, and crude oil prices rocketed up $10.75 a barrel, sending U.S. stock markets tumbling and shaking the economic and political landscape just as the general election season begins.

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