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Friday, September 12, 2008

September 12Th, 2001

America was so united that day. So determined to bring the criminals that planned and supported the horror to justice. We demanded that countries that harbored and financed the criminals be brought to heel. Over 90% of Americans supported President George W Bush as the leader to take us to war against the bloodthirsty pirates of al Qaeda. We were ready for a draft. We were ready for higher taxes to pay for defense of the homeland. We were ready to sacrifice to bring down the Taliban government in Afghanistan. We would pull down the house of Saud to root out the source of finance that built the madrassas that recruited and indoctrinated the religious fanatics that hijacked the planes. We were of one mind, unified as no other time in my life. We were openly supported by all nations, even traditional adversaries like Cuba and Iran.

So what happened? Bush and Cheney pissed it all away. Taxes to pay for the actions that had to be taken were off the table. Cutting taxes holds the position of religious faith among Republicans. Unknown to the average American the focus quickly moved from Afghanistan to Iraq, based on ...... What? Neo-con fantasy of The Project For The New American Century? Get Saddam? 

Now, seven years later we are raking through the ashes looking for that was America. What has happened is beyond incompetence. Nothing our enemies could have done would even approach the damage that has been done. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Government. Yer Doin' It Wrong

The Republican Party and conservatives in general have had effective control over the government of the United States since 1994. Sure there have been a couple of one vote Democratic majority Senates, but by no means have the liberals had their way at any time since the dimly remembered "Contract with America". The Federal government ever since has been increasingly staffed by opportunists and headed by political hacks that don't believe the department they oversee should even exist. 

Now the papers are all full of the Interior Department scandal centered in the Denver Office that was trading oil leases for free breakfasts, sex and vacations. Most citizens aren't even aware of the functions of Interior. Indian tribes and rural Westerners' lives are intimately linked to the whims of Interior. The department has been run as an adjunct to the mineral extraction industries with little regard to the citizens who own that wealth. That is you and me. Interior oversees the implementation of the Mining Act of 1872 that gives away billions of dollars worth of metals and other valuables every month.

America loves a good sex scandal. Sex is understandable, unlike oil leases and timber extraction. Sex isn't elite. It doesn't require a law degree. I suppose the watchword of conservative government should be "Keep it zipped". Otherwise "Help Yourself".

Short And Sweet

The Large Hadron Collider started operations yesterday, and we weren't wiped out in a, well, whatever the chicken littles with too much time on their hands fantasize. Seldom do we get such immediate confirmation of the silliness of pseudo scientific woo. Yay!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Republican Energy Plan

Here's how Exxon/Mobile and Carl Rove would have us write federal oil lease legislation:
Step 1. Saturate your hair in lighter fluid.
Step 2. Light hair, scream.
Step 3. Run in tight circles while writing the legislation.
Passing laws in a panic has always given us fantastic results.