Friday, November 19, 2004

We Bought the Farm - Who knew that America's demented agricultural policies could get even worse?
By Daniel Gross, Posted Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004, at 2:47 PM PT

This article is the epitome of what is wrong with this country and why Bush won his bid for re-election.

" always reward some and punish others. The real annoyance in recent farm prosperity is that it only seems to have increased the burden of American taxpayers. Even as farm net income rose by half between 2002 and 2004, the volume of direct government payments (read: subsidies) paid to farmers rose by nearly the same amount, from $11 billion to $15.7 billion. If farmers are reaping such a green harvest, why are the rest of us subsidizing them so heavily?

"The reason is that our demented farm policy has managed to get even worse recently. It's no surprise that this strangely market-distorting action has taken place in the last few years under a Republican Congress and a Republican president. Despite their self-identification as the party of entrepreneurial, competitive small business, the Bush crowd has shown itself to be a relentless advocate for non-entrepreneurial, competition-averse large businesses. Political geography also plays a role here. Many of the largest farm-goods producing states are red, and many of the largest farm-goods consuming states are blue. To a large degree, the 2002 farm bill, which is responsible for the current regime of subsidies, acts as a mechanism for transferring wealth from the people who earn lots of money in states like Connecticut and New Jersey to (mostly corporate) farmers in Kansas and Nebraska."

Monday, September 06, 2004

diary of a porn publisher, most intriuging

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Media Matters Website, by David Brock.

Monday, July 26, 2004

Guardian article regarding Michael Ledeen

Ledeen once made at the American Enterprise Institute. "He may have only been semi-serious when he crafted it," Goldberg recalls affectionately, "but here is the bedrock tenet of the Ledeen doctrine in more or less his own words: 'Every 10 years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business'." No, that's done it - we're welling up ourselves now ...

Michael Ledeen writes for The National Review, sits on board of American Enterprise Institute.

Who is Michael Ledeen?

Thursday, July 08, 2004

Hello Y'all it's election time agai--just so you know:
I attacked and took over 2 countries.

I spent the U.S. surplus and bankrupted the US Treasury.

I shattered the record for the biggest annual deficit in history (not easy!).

I set an economic record for the most personal bankruptcies filed in any 12 month period.

I set all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the stock market.

I am the first president in decades to execute a federal prisoner.

In my first year in office I set the all-time record for most days on vacation by any president in US history (tough to beat my dad's, but I did).

After taking the entire month of August off for vacation, I presided over the worst security failure in US history.

I set the record for most campaign fund raising trips by any president in US history.

In my first two years in office over 2 million Americans lost their jobs.

I cut unemployment benefits for more out-of-work Americans than any other president in US history.

I set the all-time record for most real estate foreclosures in a 12-month period.

I appointed more convicted criminals to administration positions than any president in US history.

I set the record for the fewest press conferences of any president, since the advent of TV.

I signed more laws and executive orders amending the Constitution than any other US president in history.

I presided over the biggest energy crises in US history and refused to intervene when corruption was revealed.

I cut health care benefits for war veterans.

I set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously take to the streets to protest me (15 million people), shattering the record for protest against any person in the history of mankind.

I dissolved more international treaties than any president in US history.

I've made my presidency the most secretive and unaccountable of any in US history.

Members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in US history. (The poorest multimillionaire, Condoleeza Rice, has a Chevron oil tanker named after her.)

I am the first president in US history to have all 50 states of the Union simultaneously struggle against bankruptcy.

I presided over the biggest corporate stock market fraud in any market in any country in the history of the world.

I am the first president in US history to order a US attack AND military occupation of a sovereign nation, and I did so against the will of the United Nations and the vast majority of the international community.

I have created the largest government department bureaucracy in the history of the United States, called the "Bureau of Homeland Security"(only one letter away from BS).

I set the all-time record for biggest annual budget spending increases, more than any other president in US history (Ronnie was tough to beat, but I did it!!).

I am the first president in US history to compel the United Nations remove the US from the Human Rights Commission.

I am the first president in US history to have the United Nations remove the US from the Elections Monitoring Board.

I removed more checks and balances, and have the least amount of congressional oversight than any presidential administration in US history.

I rendered the entire United Nations irrelevant.

I withdrew from the World Court of Law. I refused to allow inspectors access to US prisoners of war and by default no longer abide by the Geneva Conventions. I am the first president in US history to refuse United Nations election inspectors access during the 2002 US elections.

I am the all-time US (and world) record holder for most corporate campaign donations.

The biggest lifetime contributor to my campaign, who is also one of my best friends, presided over one of the largest corporate bankruptcy frauds in world history (Kenneth Lay, former CEO of Enron Corporation).

I spent more money on polls and focus groups than any president in US history.

I am the first US president to establish a secret shadow government.

I took the world's sympathy for the US after 9/11, and in less than a year made the US the most resented country in the world (possibly the biggest diplomatic failure in US and world history).

I am the first US president in history to have a majority of the people of Europe (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and stability.

I changed US policy t o allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.

I set the all-time record for the number of administration appointees who violated US law by not selling their huge investments in corporations bidding for gov't contracts.

I have removed more freedoms and civil liberties for Americans than any other president in US history.

I entered office with the strongest economy in US history and in less than two years turned every single economic category heading straight down.


I have at least one conviction for drunk driving in Maine (Texas driving record has been erased and is not available).

I was AWOL from the National Guard and deserted the military during time of war.

I refuse to take a drug test or even answer any questions about drug use.

All records of my tenure as governor of Texas have been spirited away to my fathers library, sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.

All records of any SEC investigations into my insider trading or bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.

All minutes of meetings of any public corporation for which I served on the board are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.

Any records or minutes from meetings I (or my VP) attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public review.

With Love,
The White House, Washington, DC

Note: this information should be useful to voters in the 2004 election. Circulate to as many citizens you think would be helped to be reminded

Monday, June 07, 2004

I hate silly conspiracy theories regarding the people in charge. I have nearly religious adherance to Occams Razor. And yet very strange news stories keep coming out that regularly give completely rational people like myself into wondering "Is is possible that...."

I've felt the kooks that fowards the conspiracy that Bush knew were off their rocker,,but stuff like this makes it very difficult to maintain that belief. Have to go now, need to put on a tin foil hat...
FAA Manager Mangled, Cut, Destroyed 9/11 Tapes

Scorned general's tactics proved right - Profile of the army chief sidelined by Rumsfeld
Matthew Engel in Washington
Saturday March 29, 2003
The Guardian

The US, in an effort to help curious Iranians circumvent their government's barricades to information, have created a way to allow Iranians to access info on the net. But the new, US-backed system is less than perfect. The filter is supposed to keep out dirty words like 'Ass' when Iranians are web searching. Unfortunately it also keeps out words like 'embASSy. Doh!

And for god sakes I know you people are smarter than this, if you would just open your eyes and see what's really going on rather than see what you want to see. How could you not deduct that only those willing to talk to M would be friendly to our cause?

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

From this new website from an Iraqi;

Hello every one ,these are couple of questions ,hope you could answer us back.
1. why it toke you so long to remove saddam, you could finish this job in 1991.
2. Why did you ABANDON the Iraqi people in 1991, and will we do it again? .
Some people here love to here you answers.

It is a striking thing to see this question posed in such a straightforward manner. I remeber seeing the refugees of the Kurds fleeing from where ever they were fleeing thinking why aren't we helping these people. I was horrified we encouraged them to revlot and then let Saddam slaughter them. I can't remember what the Dems and GOP was saying back then, the President, the media, the liberals and conservatives. What a horrible incident. That memory remains burned inside my head.

From this Christopher Hitchens article in Slate;

I remember a debate I had with Michael Moore—the newly crowned king of the Cannes Film Festival—at the more modest location of the Telluride Film Festival in 2002. Ridiculing the Bush administration's policy, he shouted that it had gone into Afghanistan to get Osama Bin Laden and Mullah Omar. "Mission NOT accomplished!" he added, to roars of easy applause. I asked myself then, and I repeat the question now: Would the antiwar camp have approved the measures necessary to ensure those goals? If they will the end, will they will the means? Would they taunt that lawyer in Tampa, as they taunt the supporters of regime change, with living a quiet life at home while others die in the field? Isn't the refusal to take out the leaders of al-Qaida a bit of a distraction from the struggle against al-Qaida?

Hitchens gets on my nerves sometimes, others he is dead on. I hate to admit it but right here I think he hits the mark.