Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Victory Plan for Iraq














1. Put up shiny new banner.

2. Print a shiny new "plan" booklet.

3. Give substanceless speech in front of people who can be ordered to shut up.

4. Pretend things are going well enough to bring home some troops in time for '06 elections.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

ScHmIdT












A little late, but I saw the unedited version of this pic, and thought it bore a passing resemblance to Edvard Munch's "The Scream"

So glad I'm not Catholic anymore.

How about, Priesthood Not Welcome Outside Vatican. That sounds better to me, and safer for my kids. Note for Pope Dummkopf, pedophilia is not homosexuality! Pedophilia is just wrong and evil. Just like covering it up and protecting the abusers from prosecution.

On another note, I know priests must take a vow of celibacy. So, shouldn't any sexually active priest be unwelcome? Instead they single out homosexuals and try and lay all the blame for these atrocities at their feet. The church and it's leaders are a disgrace.

Monday, November 21, 2005

National Healthcare?

I just read in an article from the NY Times that GM is closing 12 plants and cutting between 25 and 30,000 jobs. Most of the reason for this is that the company cannot be profitable with $60 billion in healthcare costs. According to Jerry Dubrowski, "The company is at a particular disadvantage against foreign competitors, especially those based in other nations where health care is federally funded." (excerpt from the Detroit News)

With all the corporate tax breaks and so called economic incentives the Bush administration and Republican Congress have handed out over the years, no one has talked about the crushing burden of high healthcare costs on American businesses. All we get is a lot of talk about how we need to limit the recourse of victims of malpractice.

All we can do is wonder what would happen if Congress were to look at the problem seriously. I am left to wonder, what if the were to institute a tax exempt buy in similar to what is allowed under 401 K?

Anyone with a job could say allocate 5% for single coverage or more for those with spouses or children to a National Health Care Plan, similar to what every member of Congress gets for free. Companies big and small would probably need to match employee funds, but even with that their costs could be potentially cut in half. The remainder could be reallocated towards expansion, new jobs, modernization or any number of other benefits. More health care costs would be shifted to the employees but they would come off of their gross tax for income purposes. In addition, a new tax revenue stream would help to shore up Medicare.

I don't know if my example is viable or not, but I am sure all we will get from the current administration is more empty rhetoric, tax cuts for the wealthy and Iraq war propaganda. When, if ever, will they start to care about America?

Friday, November 18, 2005

Please, Oh Please, Oh Please

Torturer in Chief
















What a great graphic from http://patriotboy.blogspot.com

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Mommy. The people are mad at me.

Seems Georgie boy has run home to mamma so to speak. There has always been a void at the top in this administration, but this is truly scary.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Smart Kid

One day a fourth-grade teacher asked the children what their fathers did for a living. All the typical answers came up--fireman, mechanic, businessman, lawyer, and so forth.

But little Justin was being uncharacteristically quiet, so the teacher prodded him about his father's livelihood.

He replied, "My father's an exotic dancer in a gay cabaret and he takes off all his clothes in front of other men and they put money in his underwear. Sometimes, if the offer is really good, he will go home with some guy and make love with him for money."

The teacher, obviously shaken by this statement, hurriedly set the other children to work on some exercises and then took little Justin aside to ask him, "Is that really true about your father?"

"No," the boy said, "he works for the Republican National Committee and helped re-elect George Bush, but I was too embarrassed to say that in front of the other kids."

How could 51% of America have been so blind?

Try to imagine an alternate universe in which most Americans weren't Fox News lemmings.

Yep. This guy would be president. Maybe not the greatest thing in the world, but at least we wouldn't be facing the Scalito theocracy right now. We'd be impementing his plan to get us out of Iraq. We'd be attempting to balance the budget without increasing taxes on poorer Americans and cutting benifits as proposed by the Republican House. People would actually be looking into failed/fixed intelligence blunders and holding those responsible accountable.

Instead, this country is being run by a chucklehead with an agenda dictated to him by fanatics and crimminals.

"We do not torture." G.W. Bush

Thanks, Mr. 37%. Keep up the good work!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Write Your Senator

Fortunatley for me, mine is also the Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary. I got my information and clipped or paraphrased from Americablog, ThinkProgress and People for the American Way.

The Honorable Arlen Spector, Chairman
Committee on the Judiciary

711 Hart Building
Washington, DC 20510

Mr. Chairman,

I am writing you to express my concern over President Bush’s nomination of Samuel Alito. I do not feel that this nominee should make it out of your committee. His proven hard line right record shows him to be an activist himself, only in this instance he works to undermine the civil liberties, religious and reproductive rights of all Americans.

I call your attention to Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, 1991 in which Judge Alito supported the restrictive abortion-related measures passed by the Pennsylvania legislature in the late 1980’s. He went further to state that the majority was wrong to strike down a requirement that women notify their spouses before having an abortion. Judge Alito also chose to allow racial discrimination in Bray v. Marriott Hotels, 1997 by voting to protect racist employers from the reach of Title VII if the employers believed that they had selected the best candidate as a result of a conscious racial bias. In Chittister v. Department of Community and Economic Development, 2000 Judge Alito acted to overturn the Family Medical Leave act for state employees. He was later overturned by the Supreme Court in Nevada v. Hibbs, 2003 thanks to center leaning Justices like Sandra Day O’Conner.

Chairman Spector, please help to force the President to name someone who will act in the interests of all Americans. Someone who will respect their rights and religious beliefs. Someone who will protect their rights to free speech. Someone who will protect them from unreasonable search and seizure. Someone who will respect their reproductive rights. Someone who will help us protect or families and jobs. Someone else.