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11 December 2010 ~ Comments Off

Just wondering

US Budget deficit chartConsider how our federal legislators voted on starting and sustaining our wars, how they voted for Bush’s tax cuts, and how they voted on recovery measures, then tell me, which of them are are deficit hawks?

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07 December 2010 ~ Comments Off

Everybody knows

We’ve been had.

07 December 2010 ~ Comments Off

Sustainability forum in Edmond disrupted by anti UN attenders

At least that’s how is sounds in this article:

Protesters cut short Edmond sustainability forum » Local News » The Edmond Sun.

Not only are they against anything with Democratic cooties, but the scourge of being ruled by an “international agenda.”

Clearly these people do not understand that the US is one of the “national”s in “international, just like they don’t get that the government they hate is all of us acting collectively.

They will cheerlead the decimation of the planet, with death to every living thing on it, as long as we all go down with them thinking they are living some kind of mythic individualistic ideal.

06 December 2010 ~ Comments Off

Eureka, I’ve got it! Obama should switch parties

So it hit me last night, while watching The Universe on DVD (as I usually do on weekends) — seeing the (really) big picture has a way of calming the mind and inducing sleep — the solution to a number of serious problems, primarily the governance of this nation, its economic viability going forward, the survival of the middle class, and, not unrelated, the health of the progressive movement and, yes, even the Democratic Party.

Barack Obama should become a Republican. Right away. The sooner the better.

I’m serious! It would certainly solve some of his political problems, the most obvious being the objectionist nature of the GOP — they are repeatedly opposing their own policies of the past, for instance the health care reform bill that passed and ‘cap and trade‘ that hasn’t, for the sole reason that they are being picked up and promoted by a Democrat. Plus, through this pattern of behavior, President Obama is losing the Democratic base in droves with his GOP policies and constant appeasement. Even prominent African Americans are now saying he should be primaried.

If Obama simply changed his party affiliation, several magical things would occur:

  • He would instantly stop being a Muslim, a Marxist, a socialist and Hitler, rolled into one. It’s possible he would also stop being black, but I’m not sure about that, I’ll have to check with Colin Powell and Condi Rice.
  • His legitimate birth certificate would be found, probably in a safe deposit box in the downtown branch of BOA in Des Moines.
  • Sarah Palin would finally have a black friend.

But more importantly, the nation could immediately get out of government gridlock and start getting some halfway decent legislation passed, and Democrats could start seriously looking for a candidate that actually believed in their platform to run for president against the current occupant of the WH. Since the half-ass domestic economic policies — not to mention the war on civil liberties and the endless corporatist/imperialist foreign adventures — of President Obama and his GOP friends and colleagues won’t really help the deficit or the joblessness rate, the chances of the Democrats regaining the White House are pretty good.

I’m telling you, it’s the ideal solution to everything that’s wrong with this country.

Bonus result: Sarah Palin will lose the Vice Presidency yet again.

05 December 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Tom Coburn thinks he is Don Quixote

Facebook | Oklahomans for Motor Vehicle Safety.

Our fanatical senator (ok, ONE of our fanatical senators, the younger one), is on one of his high horses, not that he ever gets off that horse. This time he’s blocking legislation that got 99 votes from the rest of the Senate. Yes, our hero is single-handedly holding up a live-saving bill that will require future buses to have seat belts and other safety measures like roof reinforcements.

Of course, as my friend Jean said, buses are only used by poor people, so of course Dr. No does not care. Come to think of it, Don Quixote did not hate the poor like Tom Coburn, so my apologies to Cervantes.

Please, PLEASE call Sen. Coburn on Monday or Tuesday. Let him know that Oklahomans do not appreciate his egotism and ridiculous obstruction on this bill. The phone numbers are at the page linked above.

Update: Tom Coburn does not hate the poor. Like all congressional Republicans, hatred for the poor would require more consideration than he is willing to give them. Again like his colleagues, he just loves the rich SOOOOO much that he is willing to let the poor die unnecessarily at their hands if a greater profit is involved.

Peace Arena regrets the error.


05 December 2010 ~ Comments Off

Sisterhood is powerful!

That was the rallying cry, back in the day. And by so claiming, and believing, they were powerful. It was an amazing period of history, when women got fed up with being exploited second-class citizens and took to the streets, the factory floors and the voting booths for their own and other womens’ lives and rights.

What happened to that power? Well, that’s another post. This one is about remembering the past when women got significant things done, not just for themselves, their own home or workplace, or their own narrow political constituency (like “feminist” Sarah Palin), but for all women everywhere (for even when their changes were ostensibly on a company, state or national level, the change in consciousness toward women was global). Just recognizing that women were a political class was an incredible revolution that rocked governments to their core.

In today’s Parade magazine I discovered a small clip about an upcoming film about a particular battle in this war for sexual equality, and how it changed everything: Made In Dagenham. To be released in this country on Dec. 17, and who knows when it will get to Oklahoma City, but look for it. Take your daughters (and sons) to see it, so they might be inspired to continue the ongoing struggle for justice and equality for all.

02 December 2010 ~ Comments Off

The end of life as we know it

… and the beginning of a new era in biology and astronomy.

Wow! Wow, wow WOW!

NASA scientists have found a microorganism that is based not on carbon, as is the case with all previously known life forms, but arsenic.

The implications of this discovery are enormous to our understanding of life itself and the possibility of finding beings in other planets that don’t have to be like planet Earth. Like NASA’s Ed Weiler says: "The definition of life has just expanded. As we pursue our efforts to seek signs of life in the solar system, we have to think more broadly, more diversely and consider life as we do not know it."

Talking at the NASA conference, Wolfe Simon said that the important thing here is that this breaks our ideas on how life can be created and grow, pointing out that scientists will now be looking for new types of beings and metabolism that not only uses arsenic, but other element substitutions.

via NASA Finds New Life (Updating live).

01 December 2010 ~ Comments Off

The tree, a love story

h/t to The Last Word blog

25 November 2010 ~ Comments Off

Arlo’s Thanksgiving classic, with illustrations by Andrew Colunga

This is a fun addition to the annual ritual of listening to Alice’s Restaurant on Thanksgiving Day — illustrations of the story. Now you can watch the story (as you are listless after gorging yourself), and it’s much like hearing a childrens’ fairy tale read to you, since the song is so iconic now. You sort of hear and think of things you might have glossed over during the last dozen or so years, LOL!

Only negative: There’s a rather unceremonious mid-line break between the videos for parts 1 and 2. Part 2 is also embedded below the fold.