The year in smorgasbord I
The Beatles: She Loves You
Dec 28 2008
Uh Oh! I’m going to have to deal harshly with the King of Mud Sling, Karl Rove himself.
You see, these simple little discussions that Rove and Cheney and Bush and (enter your favorite Neo-Con here) are holding, while on their “Bush Legacy Tour: He Was Really Good At Keeping America Safe” really need to be refuted. Immediately. Harshly.
So, BushCo kept the USA safe? Well, except for that 9/11 thingy. Oh and that anthrax thingy. Oh, the disruption of cash flow into the average American citizens bank account. Um, there was also that spying on Americans thing. With a topping of torturing people.
I could go on, but you get the picture, right? RIGHT?
Dec 28 2008
As 2008 Draws To A Close The
Israelis Say Strikes Against Hamas Will Continue
By TAGHREED EL-KHODARY and ETHAN BRONNER
Published: December 28, 2008
GAZA – Waves of Israeli airstrikes destroyed Hamas security facilities in Gaza on Saturday in a crushing response to the group’s rocket fire, killing more than 225 – the highest one-day toll in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in decades.
Israeli military officials said the airstrikes, which went on into the night, were the start of what could be days or even months of an effort to force Hamas to end its rocket barrages into southern Israel. The operation could include ground forces, a senior Israeli security official said.
Palestinian officials said that most of the dead were security officers for Hamas, including two senior commanders, and that at least 600 people had been wounded in the attacks.
Rupert Cornwell: Never have hopes been higher – and never has the job been tougher
On 20 January, Barack Obama will become President of the United States. His preparation has been faultless. Soon, we will learn if all the optimism is justified
Sunday, 28 December 2008
Barack Obama had it right. Postpone the first candidates’ debate, John McCain was urging last September at the height of the presidential campaign, as the White House convened an urgent summit on its bank bailout plan, a day or two before the two White House rivals were to lock horns at the University of Mississippi.
The financial collapse, McCain argued, rendered everything else superfluous. But the Democrat was unmoved: “It’s going to be part of the president’s job to deal with more than one thing at a time.” Those words of Obama are contender for 2008’s understatement of the year. Never has an incoming President been confronted by as daunting an array of problems as the untried former Senator from Illinois.
Silver Lining of Subprime Slips Away in Calif. Suburb
By Karl Vick
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, December 28, 2008; Page A02
STOCKTON, Calif. — Venice Circle is a loop lined with taupe homes and green lawns, a clear sign that drivers have left the freeway south of town and entered Weston Ranch, a 21st-century Levittown. The subdivision sprang up in asparagus fields 80 miles east and a world away from the urban settings buyers were delighted to escape: gritty, violent east Oakland, and grittier, deadlier Richmond nearby.
This bedroom community is populated overwhelmingly by minority families, who were lifted by a wave of easy credit over the Altamont Pass and into dream homes.
Dec 28 2008
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Here's a comment that was sent to the petition that I liked:
About two years ago I found a quote by Abraham Joshua Heschel that has haunted me ever since:
When considering cruelties committed in the name of a free society, some may be guilty, but all are responsible.
As much as Gerald Ford might still be lauded by some for “sparing the country the long national nightmare” of whatever proceedings might have been the fate of Richard Nixon, what happened in the Nixon administration was an in-house problem. What has been done in the name of the United States by President Bush and Vice President Cheney has worldwide consequences to our reputation and our future credibility.
When we went to war in contravention of world opinion in 2003, we became the rogue nation that the UN was created (with our co-operation) to deal with. We all know the only reason no one has dealt with us is not because our cause was just or because we were proven right, but only because we're the biggest dog on the block with all the teeth. Who is left that could challenge us?
Now the only chance we have to regain that credibility is to use the freedoms as a citizenry to be honest about what our leaders have done in our name. In my opinion it will haunt us for generations to come how we were so proud of our form of democracy -particularly of our Constitution – that we felt we were the one country qualified (if not obligated in the minds of President Bush and Vice President Cheney) to use the largest military force ever assembled to force it on Iraq – whether they asked for it or not.
It therefore seems perversely tragic that there are plausible allegations that our Constitution – the one we were so proud of – was betrayed in the effort. more below…
Dec 28 2008
I was born into self-actualization, I knew exactly who I was, but I never got my chance to be young,
so when you lay me inside of a coffin, bury me on the side of the hill. That’s a good place to get some thinking done.
It didn’t work out the way that I planned it. They all seem to want to take it away, everything that I thought to be true,
so it’s obvious to me somebody, somewhere must have really done a number on you and I know because the fuckers got me too.
All the pretty horses, all flowers and trees, they will all mean less than nothing when it all has come to be.
God sent me a vision of the future in a dream on a Saturday night and I see no reason to celebrate,
for when I saw it I wept like a child. It came to me like a knife in the chest. You and me and everyone, forever, to ache and ache and ache.
So Father, if it’s possible, let this cup pass me by,
but if it can’t without my drinking it, then thy will be done.
-Titus Andronicus, “Upon Viewing Bruguel’s “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus”