I just started reading the new book out, "Crashing the Gates: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of the People-Powered Politics" by Markos Moulitsas Zuniga and Jerome Armstrong. It is an incredible book. The words are so powerful and filled with so much truth that they leap off the page and pierce the heart. These guys speak truth in a powerful way. I'm sure that Karl Rove and the right wing think tanks have copies and are rapidly analyzing it and trying to do damage control. Buy two copies, one for your self and one for a friend! Kudos to the Daily Kos writers, the new Paul Revere of the 21st Century.
Friday, March 31, 2006
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
The next time you hear a politician use the word "billion" in a casual manner, think about whether you want the "politicians" spending your tax money. A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective in one of its releases.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Here is the immigration policy I would like to see our country consider:
1. All illegal immigrants receive a guest worker card that is good for three years.
2. During that time, they have to learn English and pass a test that show they know basic facts about our country
3. They have to report where they are working and how much they are being paid at all time and if they are not working, then they have to leave the country
4. If they are working, there has to be a record of who they are working for and how much money they are being paid.
5. Any employer that is not paying at least minimum wage is punished, fined or prosecuted for violations and regularly published in the news.
6. We secure our borders so that no new illegal immigrants can come into the country or at least the amount of immigrants that are coming in illegally is drastically reduced.
7. Illegal immigrants that have children born in the country are not automatic citizens without proper documentation.
8. We have to come up with a foreign policy that assists Latin Americans to create jobs in their own countries. ( NAFTA was supposed to do that, so change NAFTA so that it distributes the wealth more equitably among the citizens and not just the corrupt leaders at the top of the economic ladder. )
This is the reform that I would like to see the Congress and the Senate debating.
Sunday, March 26, 2006
I think that people use religion as a refuge, a place to hide from the world.
The Jesus in the bible was very political. He stood up to the forces of his day and time which was the religious institutions, who ruled everything. He stood against the money changers in the temple and said this is supposed to be a house of worship.
What do you think Jesus would do if he were alive today?
What I hate about the church right now is that it is being used to promote a political agenda that is quite immoral. These naïve, weak minded people are being used as political pawns, just as they have been used over and over and over again throughout history.
My mouth hangs open when I talk to seemingly intelligent people whose understanding of religion and the world is so backwards that it makes me want to cry. John Perkins said in his book, “Most American’s have a third grade understanding of the world.” We are so naïve.
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
BREAKING NEWS: Largest Oil Spill Ever on Alaska’s North Slope After days of lowball estimates (ten times lower!), BP and cleanup officials finally announced today that 201,000 to 267,000 gallons of crude oil were likely spilled this week in Prudhoe Bay, an area just west of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The spill -- the largest in the history of Alaska’s North Slope -- underscores the fact that oil drilling is a dirty business and has no business in a world-class wildlife refuge. Such a large spill should make it even harder for the drilling lobby to sell their unwanted plan to drill the Arctic Refuge.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
This statement is on the Google.org website:
"We hope that someday this institution will eclipse Google itself in overall world impact by ambitiously applying innovation and significant resources to the largest of the world's problems."Sergey Brin & Larry Page
Here are a list of corporations that sell paper products at Wal-Mart:
Georgia Pacific-Products they produce- Vanity Fair, Bounty, Brawny, Scott, Family Napkins, Mardi Gras, Quilted Northern, Soft ‘n Gentle, Angel Soft, Dixie
Other Corporations that sell products at Wal-Mart--
Procter and Gamble
What is missing in the market place is a consumer is a guide; an environmental consumer guide for the different products that we buy every day. Whether it’s a paper product or a laundry detergent, or dog food, consumers need some way to educate themselves so that those who care about how products are produced and the damage a company leaves behind in the name of profits can use their purchasing power to reward the companies that are good stewards of the environment and who are good corporate citizens rather than buy a product simply on the price.
I don’t have the manpower, money or influence to do this on the scale that is needed to have the impact that is possible should such information become available. Information presented in an easy to understand way could make a huge inpact the market place and become a way to help solve some of the biggest environmental problems we face globally. Google.org, I believe is the best hope for something like this to become a reality. If you look at the paper companies that I have mentioned, can you tell me on a scale from 1 to 5, which company’s product you would buy based on their environmental record? Which of the companies has the most sustainable practices? Google's foundation could partner with the different environmental groups to come up with a way to rate and rank multinational corporations and the products they produce and that the information could be distributed in the market in many different formats.
Published on Monday, March 13, 2006 by the Guardian / UK
by Julian Borger
Sandra Day O'Connor, a Republican-appointed judge who retired last month after 24 years on the supreme court, has said the US is in danger of edging towards dictatorship if the party's rightwingers continue to attack the judiciary.
In a strongly worded speech at Georgetown University, reported by National Public Radio and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Ms O'Connor took aim at Republican leaders whose repeated denunciations of the courts for alleged liberal bias could, she said, be contributing to a climate of violence against judges.
We must be ever-vigilant against those who would strong-arm the judiciary.
Sandra Day O'Connor
Ms O'Connor, nominated by Ronald Reagan as the first woman supreme court justice, declared: "We must be ever-vigilant against those who would strong-arm the judiciary."
She pointed to autocracies in the developing world and former Communist countries as lessons on where interference with the judiciary might lead. "It takes a lot of degeneration before a country falls into dictatorship, but we should avoid these ends by avoiding these beginnings."
In her address to an audience of corporate lawyers on Thursday, Ms O'Connor singled out a warning to the judiciary issued last year by Tom DeLay, the former Republican leader in the House of Representatives, over a court ruling in a controversial "right to die" case.
After the decision last March that ordered a brain-dead woman in Florida, Terri Schiavo, removed from life support, Mr DeLay said: "The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behaviour."
Mr DeLay later called for the impeachment of judges involved in the Schiavo case, and called for more scrutiny of "an arrogant, out-of-control, unaccountable judiciary that thumbed their nose at Congress and the president".
Such threats, Ms O'Connor said, "pose a direct threat to our constitutional freedom", and she told the lawyers in her audience: "I want you to tune your ears to these attacks ... You have an obligation to speak up.
"Statutes and constitutions do not protect judicial independence - people do," the retired supreme court justice said.
She noted death threats against judges were on the rise and added that the situation was not helped by a senior senator's suggestion that there might be a connection between the violence against judges and the decisions they make.
The senator she was referring to was John Cornyn, a Bush loyalist from Texas, who made his remarks last April, soon after a judge was shot dead in an Atlanta courtroom and the family of a federal judge was murdered in Illinois.
Senator Cornyn said: "I don't know if there is a cause and effect connection, but we have seen some recent episodes of courthouse violence in this country ... And I wonder whether there may be some connection between the perception in some quarters, on some occasions, where judges are making political decisions yet are unaccountable to the public, that it builds up and builds up to the point where some people engage in violence."
Although appointed by a Republican, Ms O'Connor voted with the supreme court's liberals on some divisive issues, including abortion, making her a frequent target for criticism from the right. After announcing that she intended to retire last year at the age of 75, she was replaced in February this year by Samuel Alito, who is generally regarded as being more consistently conservative.
In her speech, Ms O'Connor said that if the courts did not occasionally make politicians mad they would not be doing their jobs, and their effectiveness "is premised on the notion that we won't be subject to retaliation for our judicial acts".
Guardian Unlimited © Guardian Newspapers Limited 2006
Sunday, March 12, 2006
By now, anyone who is paying any attention to the news has heard about the Dubai Port deal that would have allowed an Arab country, UAE, to manage our ports. I like most Americans have a problem with this idea post 9-11. Not because I hate Arabs, but because it appears that some Arabs have an intense disliking for Americans. Our response to the idea of letting this foreign country to come into our homeland and control something that is vital to the interests of this country made me stop and reflect on how the Arabs must feel about us being in their countries running their businesses. If I’m not mistaken, I think that this is one of Osama’s and Al Qaeda’s gripe with our country.
They want us out of their country as much as we wanted them out of our ports. We run their oil business, we invade their land, and we push our foreign policies on them. How would we feel if they did the same to us?
The backlash to this proposed business transactions had politicians bending over backwards to try to calm down their constituencies. Perhaps we should stop and consider that the Iraq people do not want us in their country either.
Unfortunately we need their oil so we can’t leave. We need a pro-democracy, pro-American government that will allow us to continue purchasing the cheap oil we need to make our economy grow. Therein lies the rub. Our county would come to a grinding halt if the oil supply was threatened. I hear that we have a one year supply for emergencies and there are other countries that can sell oil. But this would be a major speed-bump in the world economy and the march toward globalization.
It seems the only sensible thing to do is to begin a major effort to wean ourselves off of foreign oil. The corner-stone of the Bush energy plan has been to drill for oil in the Artic Wild Life Refuge. This would buy them time but it will not solve the problem. The Democrats can’t fully embrace the alternative energy plan because the oil companies’ holdings represent a huge chunk of economy, and people’s livelihood and savings are connected to their success. Huge amounts capital invested in the oil infrastructure contributes to maintaining the status quo.
One of the things we need in this country is an honest debate about our reasons for being in the Middle East. Osama and the Arab’s who don’t want us in their country will continue to resist, just as the Afghan Mujahideen did to the Russians. The Mujahideen were eventually successful in driving out the Russians and the Taliban grew and thrived. This puts us right back to 9/11. Our interest in Afghanistan was an oil pipeline. The Taliban was friendly to Osama who was trying to drive the infidels out of the Middle East which inspired the attack of 9/11.
This war is about natural resources, capitalism and who controls what. We can not walk away from Iraq unless we are can be certain that we will not lose our access to the oil in the region. We want a pro-American government that will be pro-capital. Oil is the life-blood of this country. Without it our economy is doomed.
So is there a win-win situation for everyone? Let’s hope so. In the mean time, beware of any politician who says that the answer to our energy needs is to drill for oil in the Artic Wild Life Refuge.
I'll let this article speak for itself.
The Southern Standard Newspaper McMinnville, TN 3/12/06
Student of the Week Mykyta Shokur School: Centertown Elementary Grade: Seventh Age: 12. Mykyta was born in Russia and moved here about five months ago. Even though Mykyta is from Russia, he is still a normal kid.“My favorite subject is PE,” said Mykyta. “I like sports. I hope to join basketball next year. I also like soccer.”He says there are differences between schools in Russia and America.“There is no study hall in Russia like there is here,” said Mykyta. “I went from 12 o’clock until 6 p.m.” Mykyta likes American schools.“I think it is easier here,” said Mykyta. “We had about 28 different subjects that we had to do every week. We had three kinds of history and four different languages. We studied English, Ukrainian, Russian and German.”Thanks to the language curriculum in Russia requiring Mykyta to take English starting in third grade, he hasn’t had a hard time with language in America.
Friday, March 10, 2006
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
"The United States spends over $87 billion conducting a war in Iraq while the United Nations estimates that for less than half that amount we could provide clean water, adequate diets, sanitation services, and basic education to every person on the planet."
If this is true, which policy do you think would help eliminate terrorism?
The way to judge a politician-- don't measure them by what they say, measure them by what they do!!
Too often the American public listens to what our political leaders say and fail to watch and see if their actions match their words. Everyone is too busy I guess, but I applaud JD Hayworth for saying that the true test is the actions not the spin.
Saturday, March 04, 2006
I'm dead serious too when I say that we should have bumper stickers on our cars that say "Liberals for Guns." I believe that everyone has the right to own a gun as long as they follow the laws that are currently in place in this country. I do not ever wish to have to use a gun to defend myself, but if I had to, I would want to be able to do this.
I think what made me change my mind on this issue was reading Samantha Power's book, "A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide." I had a good friend who insisted that I read this book. I can remember thinking, what a horrible topic, I don't want to read this book! But she and I were starting a book club and we wanted to be open to read books that both of us recommended. So I read it.
I can remember that after the first several pages I was hooked. I couldn't put the book down. It was one of those things that people read changes their world view forever.
Over and over again in the book, you see how genocide happened because one side was naive in the beginning, they believed in the "goodness of mankind" and they are unarmed. I hope to write more about this book later. There are cases after cases that demonstrate this: Bosnia, Rwanda, Cambodia, and Germany.
God forbid that we should ever have another war in this country. I hope and pray that we never do. But if there ever was an situation where we had to defend ourselves from extreme right wing political views, it's a no brainier which side would win. Who has the guns? Who controls the military? The Liberals? Think again!
I hear that no one would ever dream of invading Switzerland because almost everyone has a gun in that country.
If you want to change the political equation in this country, start promoting the idea "LIBERALS FOR GUNS!"Then we would see where the NRA really stood on this issue!
Bush Like: Soldiers Died
2,500 Warriors Dead
37,000 Wounded and Maimed
50,000 Iraqi Civilians Dead
Impeach the Bush Chaney Crime Family
If the war is so noble, why aren't the Bush Twins There???
Needless to say, a few neighbors who were pro-Bush supporters were up in arms over this. The homeowner's association sued. Maybe the American Civil Liberties Union or some other group should help raise money for this family's legal defense. This could be a bad thing if the courts decide that we can't express our freedom of speech on our own property.
Those of us who know and understand global economic issues are not concerned or alarmed about this business transaction. Only uninformed citizens who do not know or understand global economic issues are concerned. But really everyone should leave decisions as to what is best for this country up to the ruling elite....
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Thank you Vladimir Putin. The Upcmoing G8 Summit in St. Petersburg