Monday, March 31, 2008
Yeah, that's right, I loves me some Wyclef and Pras but I'm talking today about another issue entirely.
It is worth reflecting on the US policy regarding war refugees in light of this weekend's passing of Dith Pran. After the Vietnam conflict ended, Mr. Pran was part of an emigration from SE Asia that saw an approximately 1.4 million people resettled in the US.
Let's contrast this policy with today's climate.
According to this month's Harpers, Iraq represents the largest mass exodus in the Middle East from a war torn country since the Palestinian crisis of 1948. One fifth of Iraqis have fled their homes. 2.5 million are displaced within the country and another estimated 2.5 million have left for Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Iran and other Gulf States. Syria has taken on the largest volume of that burden with over 1.5 million people now having fled there.
How many Iraqis have moved to the US?...not many.
385 applications for asylum by last year's count.
So, why is there not more help to the poor folks we invaded? The rationale is varied and large. One party line reason for refusal is that there has been such a broad re-categorization of what a terrorist is defined as being.
Let's say that you have paid a ransom for a relative to one of the dozen militias who may have kidnapped your uncle, which, ahem, happens a lot. If that is true then you've given material support to a terrorist group, ergo, you're a terrorist and you're persona non gratis at the corner 'Murkan Wal-Mart. Seems about right for the Cheney Administration, eh?
In any case, Mr. Pran was a brave soul whose fearlessness and artistry was ultimately rewarded with the promise of another life in America. Not so nowadays. How fitting that once again in the land of fear and privatization that our State Department will allow few to none of this diaspora to relocate to true freedom. NIMBY Nation.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Since we're already glancing at the old Grey Hag this morning, here's a piece on what your $3 Trillion dollars have purchased over in Eye-Rack.
I feel like Oliver Wendell Douglas sittin down to a big plate of clusterfuck.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Here's an interactive chart from The Nation (click on the rifle) that tells the poignant story of waste, fraud and the abuse of power...all seen through the lens of a comparative look at the maintenance and upkeep of Cleveland, Ohio.
And I wonders whys I drink.
(tip o' the tam to the Redman)
The map says it all. And so does Juan Cole.
Al-Zaman says its sources in the Sadr Movement confirmed that the Mahdi Army has gained control of the main road between Amara and Basra, allowing it to cut the government troops off from military supplies.
Listen, I've said it for years. The only way for the US ground troops to get to Kuwait and safety is through Basra. Al Amara is just north of Basra about a third of the way to Baghdad on THE ONLY AVAILABLE ROAD.
The Cheney administration keeps telling us that there are maybe 50-60 thousand guys in the Mahdi army. There are also some excellent sources that will tell you that the number of active Sadr militia dudes is well over a million. A million. At this point who are you going to believe?
They choke off this passage and it'll get real weird in Iraq.
(click on the map and it zooms in real nicely)
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Here's a name that any legitimate Beatles fan would know, but who knew the whole Pete Best backstory?
In any case, they've closed the books on Neal Aspinall.
Monday, March 24, 2008
When The World Is Running Down--The Police
Happy Birthday--Sufjan Stevens
Modern Way--Kaiser Chiefs
Chinese Rocks--Johnny Thunders
Shopping For Blood--Franz Ferdinand
I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass--Nick Lowe
2000 Miles--The Pretenders
Friday, March 21, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
...can you spare a golden parachute?
E.J. Dionne has it pitch perfect from his column yesterday in the WaPo.
These corporate fucks have taken their deregulation meme and turned their industry and our economy into the laughing stock of the world. And yet they continue to listen to Grover Norquist and his Reagan Youth movement minions that Big Govmint is bad, bad,bad.
Milburn Drysdale would be so proud.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
No, not the retail store.
I'm talking about our United States. Check out what is happening to the tourist dollar overseas. My goodness, isn't it great to have a front row seat for the fall of the modern Roman empire?
Monday, March 17, 2008
The markets just opened 2 minutes ago. Should be an interesting day.
Of course, Dear Leader told us on Friday not to worry...all is well.
On the other hand...for a change, MoDo thinks about something besides the Evil Hillary and makes sense for a minute or two.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
They've just released the 30th anniversary special issue of This Year's Model. Check it out in the video, Bruce Thomas is playing bass with what looks like a broken hand. I kind of remembering hearing something about the reason for that but I've long forgotten.
It was a huge record for me, for Elvis and for music in general.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Fannin Street--Tom Waits
The Start Of Forever--Paul Weller
The Down Low--Nellie McKay
Black Tongue--Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Hat And Feet--Fountains Of Wayne
Holidays In The Sun--Sex Pistols
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I shook Metzenbaum's hand one time at a fund raiser for John Gilligan, (who by the way is the dad of the current Governor of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius) at the Aurora Memorial Library circa 1971. I was in 7th grade and as I recall Dave and I were rocking out at the time to GFR. Deep Purple and the Allman's. In short, it was a long, long time ago.
An unapologetic liberal, Metzenbaum helped pass measures to strengthen workers and consumers' rights, including a bill to provide employees with 60 days' notice of plant closings. He also promoted the Brady bill, which mandated a waiting period when buying a handgun.
His link is broken to this story about the dim-wittedness of Amurkans. Try getting to it here...
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Beyond a 25 minute yoga routine, I try to average 100 push-ups a day in intervals of 20.
They kick your ass when you quit doing them regularly but when it's a daily regimen, they're not so bad.
In any case, it's nice to get validation even if it's from the once great New York Times
There are several things to be aghast at in the Eliot Spitzer story.
First, he's a dem and that's a bad thing for our team.
Secondly, why, if your wife is this attractive, do you have to stray to expensive call girls? What exactly won't she do "down there" that needs gettin' done in Spizterville?
Third, why is it that it's always you super moralizing pricks who pull this stunt? By way of disclosure I was never a big Spitzer fan during his NY State AG tenure, but that's another story.
Fourth, thanks for forcing me to answer the "what is wrong with you guys" question over coffee this morning. It sure is swell that we're yet again lumped together in the same trogolodyte wading pool due to someone else's shenanigans.
And lastly, $4,300 a visit for these girls.? Holy moley, if that doesn't reflect the hard truth of the "haves" versus the "have-nots" in this country, I don't know what does. There are millions of hard working Americans who could never afford that kind of price for any given leisure activity. My entire golf season doesn't approach the entire cost of one time with these fancy pants broads, and I'm a solid 11 handicap! Shee-it, I wouldn't pay that much money for anything that didn't have a 10 gallon tank, a parking brake and power steering.
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Here are some snaps from the festivities...
Jackie and Bailey Sue hangin' with moi
Yes, it's pretty afterwards, but what will we tell the children?
JD in the forefround with some cool drifts on the roof.
Too bad Barney didn't stop by...
Friday, March 07, 2008
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
With the 5th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq fast approaching and everyone furiously completely their tax returns, I though that this might be a reasonably safe way to stick it to the man.
Hey, if it's good enough for Harold Crick's girlfriend, it's good enough for me.
Because, my bitches, our boy Dennis survived the attack laid on him by the pinheads from the right.
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
The news item that folks keep avoiding...the elephant in the room if you will, is how many more votes are being cast by Democrats versus Republicans.
Check it out...
I mean c'mon...Obama got more votes than McCain did in Ohio and HE LOST to HRC!! Additionally, if you add up both McCain and Huckleberry's tallies in Texas, either Democratic candidate beats their combined totals. The GOP is sooooo dead.
So the totals are
Democrats= 4,987,621 votes
Republicans= 2,185,222 votes
In a general election this is a righteous ass whoopin.
Bernie is too clever by half in his comment from earlier today...the optical scan methodology was a moderate clusterfuck and a headlong dive back to the past from a technological perspective.
The training for the poll workers blew, the understanding of a complete overhaul of the rules and procedures was very weak and disorganization ruled the day from an operational perspective.
Other than that, things went swimmingly.
Oh, and the weather was surreal by the time the evening was over. I was on my feet from 5:30 a.m. until I got home at 9:30 tonight. I served effectively as the alpha authority and ersatz Wal-Mart greeter for my assigned polling location in Lakewood. What would normally have been a 10 minute commute home took me 45 minutes. I literally broke off the head of my scraper getting the 1/4 inch of ice off of my vehicle from the driving and freezing rain.
The picture of the flag was what left of old glory from in front of the polling place. I don't know what it represents and I'm too beat to arrive at a smart ass metaphor. I'll have more to say later in the week. For now, drink in hand, I wish you all a pleasant and ice covered Buona Sera.
...before I head out to man the polls this morning.
If ol' fat fuck is this desperate to retain his base this time around, then Ralph Nader is right; the Democrats deserve to lose the whole deal if they can't crush the GOP.
Happy motoring y'all. I'll see you in 16 hours.