Friday, January 31, 2003

Eric Alterman) (Bush sells vision of hydrogen future - Jan. 29 — Using the national spotlight to sell a technology still foreign to most Americans, President Bush on Tuesday proposed a $1.2 billion program to help build the infrastructure needed to revolutionize the cars we drive. The goal is to replace the polluting internal combustion engine with battery-like fuel cells that run on nonpolluting hydrogen. But obstacles exist, and the long time frame has environmentalists worried that more immediate action will be ignored.) on internal combustion engine)

best FL flights -

My birthday is coming up soon - here's a nice gift idea
doubt about the difference

-The upcoming Split in C-Idealogy (praying to two demigods)

Appeasement of Saudi Arabia/Middle East & Oil Companies vs. Israel
China (BUSINESS INTERESTS VS. CHINESE GOV. ANTAGONIZING(especially after plane collision)
RRW'S FEAR OF One world gov. USED AGAINST of UN vs. WTO (has far more power)
family values vs. welfare safety net
women shouldn't work vs. single welfare mothers need to work more
regulation of TV vs. cutting funding for PBS
credit card bankruptcy reform
ab. - always cutting funding to laws that would reduce it because of business interests, but always looking to make illegal

-Barak Obama for Senate

-Hypocrisy (old con mantra - "We don't trust the Gov."
new con mantra - "We're the Gov., trust us")

I started this article with a post that didn't get very far. Yeah we're appeasing the Turks who we need not just for Gulf II the Sequel, but for credibility on the US not being blankedly (is that a word?) against Islam.

Actually the post had to do with how disingenous Dubya Co. is about one of the justifications about an Iraqi invasion and the potential benefits. One thing that gets bandied around is how we are "going to bring Democracy to Iraq" - I'm all for Democracy, although I have serious reservations about the idea that this war will bring that. It's an argument that has at least some merit, but that is debatable for another post.

My post wasn't about whether this war is right or wrong, it was about what this Administration (and previous employees of Bush #1) have done, and how their claim for the War being able to bring Democracy is disingenuous, or to put it in simpler terms they're FULL OF SHIT.

If we were really interested in Democracy (remember Democracy represents the people, all the people equally) then why are we only talking to the ruling Sunni, and not the Shiite majority? Why are we talking to individuals who used to be Ba'ath party members who've been exiled by Saddam, and not to Kurds and all the other individuals who've been maligned by Saddam? Why is it that these people are already cutting up Iraqi oil fields for themselves and bypassing the rights of the people of Iraq at large.

Unfortunately since my free time is in short supply I don't have time to get all these articles that these assertions have been referenced from..... oh well.

Simply put this Administration is FULL OF SHIT in regards to democracy. All I ask for is truth......

Thursday, January 30, 2003

Interesting post about Communism vs. Nazism

The Corporate Welfare Budget (from the Cato Institue, a conservative website)President Bush's first proposed budget recommends about $12 billion in total corporate welfare cuts. Most notable are the proposed cuts for the Advanced Technology Program, the Export-Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the Maritime Administration's guaranteed loan program, and the Small Business Administration. However, the Bush budget proposal also increases some of the largest corporate welfare programs, such as federal aid to oil companies through the fossil energy research and development program and research subsidies to aerospace companies as well as increases for the National Agricultural Statistics Service, the Foreign Agriculture Service, and the Conservation Reserve Program.

Angelfire site on welfare & corporate

Google search for "subsidies+for+oil+companies+corporate+welfare"

Eric Alterman's page from MSNBC.

Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Americans for a third way - an interesting somewhat moderate view on the Israeli Palestinian situation.

Sunday, January 26, 2003

An interesting comment from Kesher Talk, a website that talks about Judaism, Jewish culture and politics, Middle East affairs, etc.

The new Judenrein antiwar movement. The most prominent progressive Jewish organizations were absent at last week's antiwar protests, for a simple reason: no matter how left-wing you are, if you believe Israel has a right to exist as the homeland of the Jewish people, you aren't invited to speak.

Gamers nook blog something to look at.

Saturday, January 25, 2003

It took me a while but since this is still on the page and not in the archive here it is - although I doubt anyone is paying attention at this point now. I don't have the time to address everything but here goes nothing.....

Tony - As far as the political spectrum (or horseshoe) if fascist or racists are not at the other end of communism, then what is? I read this in a book recently, that commies were on one side and fascists were on the other.

To be totally honest, despite my bleeding heart liberal tendencies and views that are contrarian viewpoint, my biggest fault with conservatives (and many of their viewpoints) are by and large is not, I repeat not, conservative idealogy. There are exceptions of course, but I digress, let's save it for another day. My biggest is problem is the execution and follow thru on those principles.

It may very well true Tony be that free markets are the answer to racism/fascism. Please note I don't really believe that, but I'll play along. My aggravation stems from all the things that go on in this country under the guise of "Free Markets".

Example - recently our beloved President was granted that whole fast-track-free-trade agreement thing in order to negotiate deals with other nations. One of the major Reps that was on the fence about it but eventually voted for it was a Republican from NC (his name escapes me).
I find it intriuging that when structuring these "FREE TRADE" deals, certain industries are given different treatment, leading me to believe it aint all that free. Some industries are more susceptable to the competition of FREE TRADE than others.

In one of these deals our new best friend Pakistan, the domestic textile industry got some protectionist trade policy when Bush negociated it. It should be noted that Pakistan is a big textile producer, probably their biggest export industry. I find it awfully convienent that a huge portion of the US porton of the textile industry is located in North Carolina, a state that also just so happens to have gone to Bush.

There are many more examples of this kinda stuff, and I guess this is to be expected in the heaping pile of bs that is politics, and I am aware that Dems pull this stuff off too. But my gripe is the dishonesty and hypocrisy; I think that when you look at a situation like this (and others like it), most of the ordinary people who vote GOP, the "regular folk" that Bush does so well with, don't necessarily want FREE MARKETS so much as they'd rather KEEP THEY'RE JOBS. And if those jobs come at the expense of other manufacturing jobs in states that voted against Bush, no GOP or conservative will spout some lecture on how FREE MARKETS need to be for everybody.

My problem is not the FREE MARKET argument, it's that it ain't really that free. I find it more than bothersome that this kinda thing is so rapant and that so many conservatives bash the lib'ruls on the free market issue but when it comes to having a "free market" that applies to everyone equally, the actual application or enforcement is pretty damn lax if not all together non existant. And funny thing is FREE MARKETS are generally not as free in GOP territory as it is in Democratic territory.

Free Markets is not, or wasn't until recently, part of the Democratic mantra, so I find it far less hypocritical. I think it's disingenuous, even an outright lie on the part of those GOPers & conservatives to keep talking about FREE MARKETS when the states that vote conservatively don't have to be exposed to open competition, but the states that vote Dem are told that they aren't up to the task to compete in a freer world marketplace.

One only need look at a recent news report on the growing number foreign owned manufacturers in the Auto Industry in Alabama, prime GOP country. In a Mercedes Benz factory, the employees in Alabama make about half as much as say their fellow auto workers assembling comparable cars i.e. Cadillacs in Michigan. There is no union in AL either, and we all know that those unions are such a pain in the ass for business always mucking things up. Nothing makes a GOPer happer than an opportunity to wag their finger saying that these auto manufacturers can't compete because of those darn unions!

You know, this might be true 'cept for one thing - Alabama gave Mercedes Benz a $250,000,000.00 tax break (that would be a quarter of a billion dollars) to move their new manufacturing facilities to the state! How's that for a free market!

I looked for the link but could not find it (hell maybe you can help me) I remeber about a year ago seeing a map in Time or Newsweek, that showed how much each state contributed in federal taxes and how much they got in return in spending per capita. States like Illinois, Michigan, New York and all those traditionally Democratic/Liberal/Union member states pay way more in Federal Taxes than what they get in return. Just to be fair, Texas contributes more than it gets back too. On the other hand it is the reverse for states like Alabama (and Arizona, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, among others--representing the political bedrock of the Republican Party). I guess this is to be expected considering a state like Arizona and Wyoming have huge national parks and small populations relative to the other aforementioned states, but the disparity is really out of hand, especially for a place like NC with the research triangle and all those other business that have moved down their into the Sun Belt.

The case could be made that all those auto union laborers who make more because they are in the union and therefore pay more in federal taxes are in a way helping to foot the bill for Alabama to give subsides on the aforementioned jobs. This in turn hurts the union, themselves and could lead to job loss or put themselves out of business completely.

To bring this full circle I'm saying that I find this way of governance to be more economic Darwinism rather an actual FREE MARKET, and from what I know Fascism is the political philosophy of to the winner goes the spoils. I'd say that applies pretty well here. You can call it what you want, I say it's BS, not FREE MARKETS.

This is already too long, but I trust you get my point. I can't respond to eveyone, this is already too long but since Deoxy seems to find me where I mark my territory -

You're right, multi-culti sympathies, etc, did not give rise to terrorism, but they DID (and DO) SUUPORT and DEFEND them. Multi-cultis regularyl condemn the US for "crimes" that are so far down the ladder of evil that they are hard to even prove their existance while making no mention or outright defending the complete oppression of women (and gays and Christians and ....) and the targetted killing of civilians by Muslim groups. You want RACISM?!? See HAMAS, et al - "drive the Jews into the sea". THAT is racism - and intentional genocide if successful. US "racism" gets a lot more attention for a much lesser problem. - by Deoxy

Well Deoxy, I won't interfere with your right to hate Noam Chomsky and Susan Sontag, but I ask you... Support the terrorists? Those airline tickets that those terrorists bought so they could hijack the Boeings and use them to destroy the WTC, did Chomsky put those tickets on his credit card?

And all that training that Al Queada got, all those training camps they built in third world nations, did Susan Sontag give them money for those things?

Did Jello Biafra or Howard Zinn or Michael Moore give money to Al Quaeda or any of the other terrorist groups? I think not.

You can't say the same for our President and all his cohorts and cronies. They all have multiple business connections to the Middle East and especially Saudi Arabia. All of them have been overlooking the crazy crap that has been going on nations of the leaders they do business with.

I'll admit that I find it annoying that some of these groups seem to give greater priority to the problems we have here and Israel, as opposed to the repressive nations elsewhere with far more egreggious sins. But that doesn't undermine their work or their facts, it just shows that some of those people have their priorities a little wacked.

And the fact that you guys get so annoyed with the Chomskys and Sontags of the world and yet you don't say a damn thing when something like this or this happens, well it's hard for me not to think that your priorities are a little wacked too.

I have no time to touch on fuel density ratios and such. I'll have to save it for another time.

However I'm gonna post everything I just wrote here on my site and I just got commenting ability so you can tell me to go to hell in your own sweet way! It would mean a lot to me, and I can't even edit profanity (yet). Can't wait for my flaming response!!!!!

Friday, January 24, 2003

The epitome of what is wrong with our government

President Bush stands in front of boxes which had "Made in China" labels obscured.

NPR opinion segment on abortion. - Commentator Frederica Mathews-Green describes the evolution of her position on abortion. Thirty years ago, she was fighting for a "better world" through abortion rights for women, but today she views the historic Roe v. Wade decision as a tragedy. (Jan. 23, 3003: A commentary with a different perspective on abortion.)

Thursday, January 23, 2003

A sketch of what's to come from the Blowtorch Monkey Armada

It ain't easy being a Democrat lately. I don't even really call myself a Democrat much anymore (Not from embarrassment of association, but rather their continuous compromise of their principles). I've taken to calling myself a Default Democrat. I find myself aggravated by the Dems, but it's my sheer anger over GOP policy that keeps me voting for Democrats (for the most part) and therefore against the GOP (again for the most part)

It is this depression and frustration that has led me to think about why Democrats are having such a hard time lately.

There are a slew of reasons why. Money has always been, and will always be an issue, maybe the biggest reason. The GOP, by and large, will always be bigger favorites with Big Business... There are excepetions of course, like here in Illinois. The airline industry, which wanted to expand O'Hare airport (ailing United being based in suburban Chicago), threw their support to what is now our (newly inaugurated Democratic) Governor Rod Blagoyavich.

Not to insult anyone reading this, but I know there are at least a couple of you out there who are not from Illinois, so to understand why that happened you need only look at the losing GOP Gubenatorial candidate Jim Ryan - he couldn't support the expantion of OHare for a very simple reason - the land where there are currently houses that will become part of O'Hare in the near future, those homes are owned by people who vote traditionally Republicans. But again, this little anecdote is the exception. It could be the reason why our current GOP Senator Fitzgerald will almost certainly lose his seat in 2004.

But I think there is a more prominent reason why the Democrats have had so much trouble as of late and maybe this is far more complicated and systematic. While the Democrats have always been a big house for many groups, it perpetually seems to grow, adding new groups, causes and issues as the years go by. There is no shortage of potential supporters of the Democrats, the trouble is trying to balance those different issues without ticking one off at the expense of the other.

If you looked at the Democratic party of old you'd see a lot of the groups mentioned below. But 30 years ago the environmental issue wasn't on the table, civil rights was far easier and more clear cut, gays and lesbians still lived their lives in secret.

Take a look at all the groups that the Democrats try to embody now, or sometimes more often appease;
-The Trial lawyers
-The Teachers unions
-The Teamsters
-NOW and women's rights advocates
-Gay rights activists, anyone in the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgendered contigent-
-Minorities, be it African Americans, Hispanics or any other minority that traditionally votes more Democrat than GOP
-Environmental group such as the Sierra Club, etc.
-Social advocates
-Economic Justice Advocates
-Human Rights Groups, although this is very loose, because Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch would probably criticize -Clinton almost as harshly as Reagan and Bush
-Consumer Advocates
-Anti Death Penalty advocates

The Straight Dope's take on Democide I highly recommend you read this one.

The dollar stretcher

Timothy Noah's section

The Reform Islam

Counterspin blog, a Michigan based news blotter and commentary.

Alternet newsite.

Michael Finley's blog referenced to me by GetDonkey. (SKIN)

Is ‘Star Trek’ in our future? Scientists work on projects where you might be able to beam up.

PBS's Frontline website reference to the Enron scandal.

Chicago Radio list of Chicago radio stations.

Zen TV experiment

Bernie Sanders criticizing accounting scandals - PI Bill Maher mailing list

"Bush was elected on a promise to end the contradiction between presidential rhetoric and presidential rationalization. So far, all he's done is change the subject from sex to money." - Slate artilce of interest.

We are not the center of the universe - just a reminder; for personal research purposes. (Heliocentric model) (Geocentric model)

Media Whores online

Interesting editorials by the musician Brian Eno and the editor for the conservative periodical The Weekly Standard Chris Caldwell. Both have a lot of merit, although being the liberal that I am I would tend to agree more with Eno's assessment as opposed to Caldwells.

Tuesday, January 21, 2003

Well, lo and behold, you can finally tell me to go to hell.... (in best Mr. Burns Impression) Excellent....

I finally have a commenting tool.

While I have huge problems with this administration's march toward war, I can't say it's about an idealogical opposition to war or even war against Iraq. It's that just that there is absolutely no reason to believe the administreation is going to make good on any of the promises it has asserted prior to Gulf II, the Sequel.

Free tagboard

The World's Most Confused Jew
An Anti-Idiotarian in an Idiot's world

Monday, January 20, 2003

NPR 01.20.02 - The United States lost nearly one million manufacturing jobs in 2002, but the foreign-car industry continues to grow. Foreign automakers work to build or expand a half-dozen U.S. plants primarily in the Deep South, where the cost of labor is relatively low. NPR's Adam Hochberg reports. Jim Folson, Gov. Alabama negotiated the deal, gave $250 million to Mercedes Benz - he subsequently lost 1994 election.

David M. Skover, co-author of The Trials of Lenny Bruce, The Fall and Rise of an American Icon, LOTS OF LINK ABOUT LENNY BRUCE

Friday, January 17, 2003

Let's face it, if any of these clowns had been democrats, the GOP wouldn't be putting them into high office, they'd be putting them to death. For their own sake, please encourage your local democratic party representatives to grow a spine. Quickly. Failing that, here's some advice from Billy Bragg: "Start your own revolution and cut out the middleman."

Printed Matter Merch from Jenny Solzer

Google Search for Jenny Holzer

Website image is harvested from
Protect Me From What I Want" on signboard, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas
1986 Holzer, Jenny 1950-
American / electronic starburst double-sided signboard / Las Vegas Caesar's Palace

Politics, Law and Autism, a blog


Libertarian information source, I think anyway

Slate article on the DIFFERENCE BETWEEN North Korea and IRAQ

- Immanuel Wallerstein Commentary

another link from Wallerstein.

Leaked Report Says German and US Firms Supplied Arms to Saddam

SCROLL DOWN TO Neighborhood Schools; From Chicago Public Radio, Jody Becker reports on concerns of some African-American parents in Evanston, Il., that busing their children to integrate the district's schools hasn't worked. They want a new school built right in their neighborhood, even though it would upset the racial balance in the rest of the city's schools. -LISTEN TO QUOTE STARTING AT 3:20-3:40

Soundtrack for Standing in the Shadows of Motown.

REAL LIVE PREACHER - interesting religion blog

How Reaganomics Became Rubinomics

Douglas Rushkoff blog -interesting if trite philosophical commentary.

Joe Conason's Journal
Is Trent Lott suddenly too liberal for conservatives? Plus: Frank Luntz spins himself silly.

Meme Watch: Bushies Take the Bait The tax-the-poor movement picks up steam.
By Timothy Noah, Updated Monday, December 16, 2002, at 3:25 PM PT

Bon Vonage, Baby Bells
A new Internet service means you don't need the phone company anymore.

By Peter Rojas
Posted Tuesday, December 17, 2002, at 8:15 AM PT

A new service called Vonage makes using your telephone over the Internet as easy as picking up the phone and dialing. You simply plug the same phone you have now into a little adapter box that connects to your DSL or cable modem (OK, through a router and then to your modem), and you get a dial tone. That's it. There are no special phones to use, no talking through a PC using a microphone, no weird lag time or decrease in call quality..... site of interest.


NYT article on Iran

Lott's pork to buy boat in Mississippi after 9.11

Sunday, January 12, 2003

Been hanging around this site for more debate. From there I came across a site to allow you to balance the budget

Nathan Newman's blog had entry on how to balance the budget yourself.