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Jul 14 2009
Just a few thoughts this miserable Monday on the lemming farm as Goldman’s record earnings are about to be announced and the Republican pigs are shovelling bloody read meat to their dumber than a bucket of shit racist base over the Sotomayor hearings. There is a very good article by Paul Krugman in the damned librul New York Times today on the state of the economic fallout from the decades long class war. In Krugman’s piece, Boiling the Frog he is once again on the mark about Obama’s failings in propping up the looter capitalist system at the expense of the regular Americans.
Jul 14 2009
We’re supposed to believe this shit?:
Dick Cheney, the former vice president, ordered a highly classified CIA operation hidden from Congress because it pushed the limits of legality by planning to assassinate al-Qaida operatives in friendly countries without the knowledge of their governments, according to former intelligence officials.
GASP! Dick Cheney as trying to kill Al Queda leaders! Because he was really trying to protect the United States. He’s just like Jack Bauer!
No. I don’t think so. This is crap, and it’s crap for several reasons:
A. Anyone who has been paying attention already knew that the U.S. was already doing this years ago.
B. There are instances of this, revealed to the public, of this already being implemented. Like, a long time ago.
C. The people telling us this are ex-CIA. These sources are automatically suspect.
Here is the story, from Time Magazine in 2002, where this was publicly acknowledged to be occurring:
Yemen Strike Opens New Chapter in War on Terror
The officially unacknowledged CIA missile strike that killed a key al-Qaeda leader on Sunday is a major tactical victory in the U.S. war on terrorism – a war whose rules and terms are quite unlike any America has ever known. Indeed, the assassination by Predator drone of Ali Qaed Sinan al-Harthi in the wilds of northern Yemen encapsulates much about the new war – one of covert actions, sometimes in murky circumstances, designed to disrupt the terrorists’ efforts to regroup far from erstwhile sanctuaries in Afghanistan. And it shows the U.S. is plainly now open to assassination as a means of eliminating terror threats.
So no, this is classic “old news”. Are people’s memories REALLY that short?
There’s simply no WAY that this is The Big Ugly Scary Secret that Dick Cheney was pulling the wool over everyone’s eyes about.
This is just another propaganda tactic designed to make us think that “you’ve gotta usurp the Constitution and the rule of law to protect Americans, and Dick Cheney was just the guy to do it”.
Yet everybody’s falling for it, and I mean everybody.
“I saw it on CNN! It must be true! I read it in the NY Times! It must be true! And even “I read it on Dailykos! It must be true.”
No. It doesn’t even BEGIN to pass the “smell test”.
Please spread this around. I’m banned at Dailykos, so I can’t post it there, but somebody needs to, because that crap is all over the place there.
Jul 14 2009
Sometimes I forget what’s important. I forget that the world is made of love. I forget it. That’s human. I do it. My consciousness springs a leak and I forget. Ut oh. I do it frequently. And then, after a while, something happens to remind me, gently I hope, sometimes with ferocity, of what’s important, that the world is made of love. I then hold the realization like a glistening diamond for a second, or a minute, or an hour. I’m delighted, amazed, I’m filled with joy. And then, too soon, too soon, I lose it again, forget it, cannot remember where I put it. It’s gone. Where’d it go? I know I had it, I remember what it looked and felt like, but, alas, it’s gone. I know it’s gone. I admit it. I’m sad. I wish it were here. I’m afraid it won’t return. Despair is coming. And then, maybe, in the sound of the wind or the song of a bird or a dream, I hear it again, a hint, a reminder, an echo. There it is. It’s in me, it’s in all of us. We’re all made of it. It’s a world of love. Everything is made of it. We’re all connected, we’re all in everything else. And then, poof, it vanishes again. Where is it? Sometimes it stays gone for a long, long time. Sometimes not. And then, isn’t it wonderful? it returns. And when it returns, when the joy and ecstasy and unity and wonder and love and abundance and bliss return there’s only one thing to do.
Here is an example of the one thing to do:
There are, of course, other things to do also. There are as many things to do as there are people. There are 6 billion things to do. I like celebrations and ceremonies and drumming and dancing and chanting. Why? Because it’s the love we’re made of that’s most important and all of that expresses bhakti. And, yes, there are 6 billion other expressions of it.
May your world, and all of our worlds be filled with abundant love. And may we all celebrate it, each in our own chosen way, in bliss.