Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Repug flab: the other white meat!!

If only I could focus on MY work. Yesterday I cried and cried about Haditha massacre and the Big Nine’s decision that public workers, you know, the ones who work for OUR government, working on OUR behalf (as if!), have NO First Rights protection. They can’t speak out at work when they see injustice, waste, whatever. Yeah, the very day after Memorial Day, when every American has lost someone in a war somewhere defending those very rights. Just taken away by 5 Conservatives. Nice going, eh?

So when I read the responses to a post on http://www.crooksandliars.com [note: I only posted a few remarks and rearranged the order, to put more of the food comments together and removed names. I DID NOT change text] re Sensenbrenner, one of the many Repugs alarmed the FBI removed files from a Dem’s home, I finally laughed at:

"Repug flab: the other white meat."

"This guy ought to be the poster child for constipation."

As someone who has struggled with weight issues for over 50 years, and now finally not only losing, but keeping off excess weight since becoming a very strict raw foods vegan, aka fruitarian (I only consume fresh fruit and veggies), I’m gonna throw bricks at my glass house. I know that most overweight people eat incorrectly and don’t exercise enough. It’s very hard to limit one’s food intake as to type of food and quantity. But if you’re gonna eat crap, you’re gonna look like crap. As a person who will ALWAYS have weight issues, I don’t care how that comes across. Take personal responsibility. For ALL you do: eating, drinking, drugs, playing, partying, working AND voting and standing up for your beliefs.

The food comments mingle with the political comments. You didn't think I'd put all the funny stuff first? From crooks and liars:

Sensenbrenner: "I think that we want to make sure that when the next Congressman is investigated for illegal activity that the procedure done by the Justice Department is right..."

You know there's something up when the GOP comes to the defense of a dem.

Key words in the quote: "Next Congressman" That'll be a repug.

Saw this on a taped copy of Countdown from last night after which Mom said, "There shouldn't even be a next time!!!"

The "next time" the FBI goes to the Rayburn office building, there won't be any usable evidence (that's where Bob Ney, Jerry Lewis and Duncan Hunter's offices are, by the way). They all had a nice 3-day weekend and a "shooting scare" to make sure of that.

As some have said....the only reason the GOP is outraged about the 'raid' is because with all their wrong doing they could be next! But they should know this executive branch will only do that to them if they don't play by the rules.

It's all the free lunches from lobbyists.

They should have their congressional cafeteria cards taken away. At least then taxpayers wouldn't have to foot the bill for their out-of-control appetites.

True. Thanks to their GOP grease machine, we could cut off their free gov't lunches and they'd still put of weight faster than prize pig at the county.

White Porkers Unite!

Sensebrenner is obviously enjoying more than his share of pork.

The Repugs sure have a lot of fat white guy pols, don't they.

I think the more chins you have the higher they promote you within the Rethug Party.. look at Hastert and Sensenbrenner.

Sensenbrenner looks like he was fattened on the same feed lot Dennis Hastert was. Separated at birth, or what?

So that's what Sensenbrenner looks like. Another bloated politico with a schmuck face. I thought Hastert was bad. Well at least they look the role of corrupt, corporeal scumbags.

"How do these obese right-wingers get so...obese? Are they taking weight-gain drugs or get fat pills? And these are the people who run the country when they can't even keep themselves under 300 lbs?"

That's because lobbyists are allowed in the Congressional Gym. How the hell are you suppose to concentrate on toning those sexy abs when there's some guy from K Street walking up and down in front of you with a wheelbarrow full of cash that he says can be all yours if you would just tag an amendment onto a defense appropriations bill that allows an native american tribe to add 50 more acres of casino space?

They couldn't give a sh*t less about Jefferson, except to keep the story alive as long as possible.

Funny, they didn't worry about our privacy when they passed the Patriot Act, but when their privacy is in question they raise hell.

The Newt Gingrich/Tom Delay/Karl Rove/Chimpy GOP Congress...the worst in US history. The bums should all be thrown out in November.

Republican goals:
1. Keep Democrat Jefferson's name in the news as long as possible.
2. Displace Republican crooks from the news.
3. Stifle investigations that might require searching the office of House and Senate Republicans.

So far they're reaching all three goals. Every minute Jefferson stays in the news, every minute Democrats argue against searching his office WITH A WARRANT, every minute WE spend fuming about it is a minute we are not actively on the attack against a whole host of crooked Republicans.

This is why we have to Clean House in 2006. If it smells Vichy [French collaborators with the Nazis during WW2] or dirty, get rid of 'em. America's government today is infected with a deadly level of corruption. When Republicans and Democrats alike make noises that their offices are legally immune from legal searches, I start to wonder just how many bags of cash are sitting in those offices.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

WHY I SPOKE UP

Why I Spoke Up
Jean Rohe
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
jean-rohe/why-i-spoke-up_b_21358.html
05.20.2006
[emphasis and extra paragraph breaks added by me]

When I was selected as a student speaker for the New School commencement about two months ago I had no idea that I'd end up on CNN and in Maureen Dowd's column in the New York Times, among other places, when it was all over. One day after the big event I'm still reeling from all the media attention and emails from professors, students, and other supporters from all over the country, so forgive me if my writing is a little scattered.

In my speech yesterday I had hoped to talk about social responsibility in a time of war, but in much more oblique terms. I wanted to speak about communication, and how I have found that one of my strongest and most enjoyable methods of communication is music. I wanted to talk about the New York City public school preschoolers with whom I work each week and how they've been empowered through music, how they've been able to learn linguistic and social skills by singing together. I wanted to talk about my grandfather, who, despite the fact that he has Alzheimer's disease and cannot remember even my name, still knows all the songs he sang in his youth. I wanted to talk about music as a powerful tool for peace. I wanted to encourage everyone to identify his or her talents and to always use them for the greater good.

Unfortunately, a certain not-so-dynamic duo of "centrist" politicians foiled my standard graduation speech and forced me to act. Until just the day before commencement I really hadn't understood the gravity of the situation. I suppose I should tell the story.

On Thursday I attended two graduation ceremonies for my two degrees, one at the New School Jazz Program and one at Eugene Lang College at the New School. The Lang graduation was a pretty raucous affair, owing mostly to the dissenting voices of Elijah Miller, a student award recipient, and Mark Larrimore, a religious studies professor and our keynote speaker. Through the cheers at that event I got a sense of just how widespread the student outrage was.

Forgive me now if I seem out of touch with my student body, but as a double degree student who had spent the last month in hibernation working on her recital and her thesis, in addition to working with the preschoolers, I hadn't done anything else for weeks. At some point that day I was introduced to Irene, a student who was involved in organizing pins and armbands for students to wear during commencement the next day. We figured out a way to get me and the other student speaker armbands before the event. This same day all of us in the platform party got an email from the event organizer letting us know that certain media representatives would be in attendance, among them Fox news and National Public Radio. The situation seemed pretty serious.

When I got home Thursday night after a rehearsal, I decided I needed to at least insert a line in my speech about the armbands. And I would've left it there, had the other student speaker, Christina Antonakis-Wallace, not reminded me in a telephone conversation that night that I should read John McCain's speech from his other two speaking engagements which was conveniently posted on his website. Of course! I had to do my research. I checked the schedule for the ceremony and realized that I would be speaking just before the senator got his award. And that's when the idea for a preemptive strike began to brew in my little stressed-out brain.

What if I tore McCain's speech apart before he even opened his mouth? After reading his speech a couple of times I picked out a few particularly loathsome sections--and believe it or not, none of these actually came from the extensive section where he defends his position on the war in Iraq--and I began planning an attack against him using his own words.

At two in the morning when my boyfriend came home I hadn't even started writing yet. I was in a terrible state of anxiety. What if it didn't work? Didn't my earlier speech make my position clear enough? I told him my new idea. "Jean, you have to do it. You'll kick yourself later if you don't." "But it's two in the morning. There's no way it's going to be any good." "Jean, do it. You'll have nothing to regret."

So in the wee hours of the morning I set out to revise my speech, re-saving it as "mccain speech subversive.doc". And at three o'clock in the morning I woke up my other roommate as I practiced reading it in our living room. She wasn't upset. "Sounds like you're running for president," she told me. We all agreed that I had no choice. It was the only thing I could do at the commencement. And so, tingling with nerves, I tried to go to sleep.

The morning of the event I shared my speech over the phone with my mother who predictably enough, cried. She gave me her words of encouragement. And moments later, in the driving rain, I set off alone for Madison Square Garden.

The entire afternoon leading up to my speech I imagined that everyone who saw me knew what I was up to. I felt like an infiltrator. I wanted to go home and I was sick to my stomach. But when I heard an organizer on her walkie-talkie speaking nervously with another coordinator about the students outside who had leaflets and armbands, I knew that I would have my supporters. Later, John McCain arrived in the green room, and with the encouragement of Laurie Anderson, another honoree, Christina and I introduced ourselves to him.

I almost wanted to warn the guy that I was about to make him look like an idiot so that he would at least have a fighting chance and an extra moment to change his speech to save himself. But he didn't even make eye contact when we shook hands, so I figured I didn't owe him anything.

The rest is a blur. I didn't have a high school graduation, so I was kind of looking forward to the whole ceremony of it, but all I remember is suddenly being in a robe, walking down the aisle of the MSG Theater to the cheers of my friends (who, incidentally, had no idea what to expect) and then I was on stage staring out at thousands of people and trying not to vomit. Eventually I spoke, and everyone loved it. And McCain spoke and we all had a bit of déjà vu. Then some other people spoke and I tried to pay attention but I couldn't stop gawking at the protesters in the audience. And just before the end of the ceremony Bob Kerrey asked if I wanted to walk out with McCain. I said that would be OK. Kerrey led me over to him as the recessional music began, and I took McCain's arm.

"I'm sorry, man," I told him, "I just had to do it." He mumbled something about it being alright, but I think he probably would've rather not had me there. It really wasn't his fault that he got invited into a pit of very well-educated vipers, and it really wasn't my fault that I did what I had to do in the situation.

Had he been speaking at something other than our graduation, or had he spoken about almost anything other than his life and his position on the Iraq War and Darfur it might have been OK. But what did he expect? Campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination at the New School is like trying to catch fish in a swimming pool. It was just totally out of place. Many thanks go to the people in the audience who managed to capture with a few yelled and widely-quoted phrases, just exactly what was going on there.

I suppose I've written enough already, none of which has been particularly journalistic. But I do feel that I need to respond to a couple of things that have been floating around in the news. It's been noted in several columns that anti-McCain sentiment coming from the left may actually help him to garner support from the conservatives by giving him the opportunity to paint us as extremist liberals, so we should all keep our mouths shut.

I say we need some "extremist liberals" if we're ever going to get our democracy back. Others have said that he's a moderate at heart and that we should let him continue pandering to the religious right so he can get the vote. Once he gets into office he'll show his true colors and be the centrist he always was.

I don't buy that. People who truly care about human beings don't vote for an unjust war, among other things, simply as a political maneuver. Enough said.

More importantly, I feel obligated to respond to one thing that McCain told the New York Times. "I feel sorry for people living in a dull world where they can't listen to the views of others," he said.

This is just preposterous. Yes, McCain was undoubtedly shouted-out and heckled by people who were not politely absorbing his words so as to consider them fully from every angle. But what did he expect? We could've all printed out his speech and chanted it with him in chorus. Did he think that no one knew exactly what he was about to say? And it was precisely because we listen to the views of others, and because, as I said in my speech, we don't fear them, that we as a school were able to mount such a thorough and intelligent opposition to his presence.

Ignorant, closed-minded people would not have been able to do what we did. We chose to be in New York for our years of higher education for the very reason that we would be challenged to listen to opposing viewpoints each and every day and to deal with that challenge in a nonviolent manner. We've gotten very good at listening to the views of others and learning how to also make our views heard, even when we don't have the power of national political office and the media on our side.

I think we must remember that as big as this moment may seem to me today and perhaps to other supporters who are reading this article, this is a very small victory in a time when democracy is swiftly eroding under the pressure of the right wing in this country.

We all have much work to do, and for the most part the media do not represent us, the small people who don't hold any special titles but who feel the weight of our government's actions on our backs each and every day. I never expected to get the opportunity to speak the way I did yesterday, but I'm so glad that I did. I hope that other people found strength in my act of protest and will one day find themselves in my position, drawing out their own bravery to speak truth.


Here's my commencement speech:

If all the world were peaceful now and forever more,
Peaceful at the surface and peaceful at the core,
All the joy within my heart would be so free to soar,
And we're living on a living planet, circling a living star.
Don't know where we're going but I know we're going far.
We can change the universe by being who we are,
And we're living on a living planet, circling a living star.

Welcome everyone on this beautiful afternoon to the commencement ceremony for the New School class of 2006. That was an excerpt of a song I learned as a child called "Living Planet" by Jay Mankita. I chose to begin my address this way because, as always, but especially now, we are living in a time of violence, of war, of injustice. I am thinking of our brothers and sisters in Iraq, in Darfur, in Sri Lanka, in Mogadishu, in Israel/Palestine, right here in the U.S., and many, many other places around the world. And my deepest wish on this day--on all days--is for peace, justice, and true freedom for all people. The song says, "We can change the universe by being who we are," and I believe that it really is just that simple.

Right now, I'm going to be who I am and digress from my previously prepared remarks. I am disappointed that I have to abandon the things I had wanted to speak about, but I feel that it is absolutely necessary to acknowledge the fact that this ceremony has become something other than the celebratory gathering that it was intended to be due to all the media attention surrounding John Mc Cain's presence here today, and the student and faculty outrage generated by his invitation to speak here. The senator does not reflect the ideals upon which this university was founded. Not only this, but his invitation was a top-down decision that did not take into account the desires and interests of the student body on an occasion that is supposed to honor us above all, and to commemorate our achievements.

What is interesting and bizarre about this whole situation is that Senator Mc Cain has stated that he will be giving the same speech at all three universities where he has been invited to speak recently, of which ours is the last; those being Jerry Falwell's Liberty University, Columbia University, and finally here at the New School. For this reason I have unusual foresight concerning the themes of his address today. Based on the speech he gave at the other institutions, Senator Mc Cain will tell us today that dissent and disagreement are our "civic and moral obligation" in times of crisis. I consider this a time of crisis and I feel obligated to speak. Senator Mc Cain will also tell us about his cocky self-assuredness in his youth, which prevented him from hearing the ideas of others. In so doing, he will imply that those of us who are young are too naïve to have valid opinions and open ears.

I am young, and although I don't profess to possess the wisdom that time affords us, I do know that preemptive war is dangerous and wrong, that George Bush's agenda in Iraq is not worth the many lives lost. And I know that despite all the havoc that my country has wrought overseas in my name, Osama bin Laden still has not been found, nor have those weapons of mass destruction.

Finally, Senator Mc Cain will tell us that we, those of us who are Americans, "have nothing to fear from each other." I agree strongly with this, but I take it one step further. We have nothing to fear from anyone on this living planet. Fear is the greatest impediment to the achievement of peace. We have nothing to fear from people who are different from us, from people who live in other countries, even from the people who run our government--and this we should have learned from our educations here.

We can speak truth to power, we can allow our humanity always to come before our nationality, we can refuse to let fear invade our lives and to goad us on to destroy the lives of others. These words I speak do not reflect the arrogance of a young strong-headed woman, but belong to a line of great progressive thought, a history in which the founders of this institution play an important part. I speak today, even through my nervousness, out of a need to honor those voices that came before me, and I hope that we graduates can all strive to do the same.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Corp Hiding Where they Outsource Jobs

I've wanted to move my dish reception to my work room. I called about upgrading features, which turns out to be more expensive than I'm willing or able to spend. They've gone from selling equipment to leasing, gouging their customers more every day.

I must have dish or cable cos this apartment has no regular antenna. And how could I live without my new hero, Stephen Colbert and that nice Jewish boy, Jon Stewart?

At the end of a long conversation, and thanking the customer service rep for his help, I asked where I was calling.

"Due to security reasons, we can't tell you."

I laughed and said, "Oh, you KNOW everything about ME, my address, and banking info, and you won't tell me if I'm calling India or if you're an Indian working in California or Iowa. You and I have NO PRIVACY but CORPORATIONS HIDE the TRUTH from their customers. They outsource jobs and won't tell us. It's not as if I'm gonna get on a plane and bother you. I'm way too busy. I'd tell you what I think, but I'm a lady."

FUCK that SHIT!! Now companies won't even tell us where they've outsourced their customer service cos of "security reasons."

What a load of horse crap. Back to scanning slides.

Online News Sources

I get emails from people asking where I get info I post. Simple: the INTERNET. Here’s some clues, explanations, etc, but please, do the work yourself! It’s easy, it’s empowering, it’s something to share w/everyone you know! Especially BEFORE the next election, which will set the course of our lives either into more debt, higher gas prices, more wars, more pollution, more taxes or maybe, just maybe, a little bit back to those of us working so hard and struggling because the rich get richer (the Dils’ “I hate the Rich.”)

I've started watching CNN, HNN, MSNBC and yes, Fox on my dish satellite. I read the LA Times and NY Times online and am stunned that NONE of them cover 98% of what is amply covered in great detail on the internet. Ever notice how TV shows say for more info, check our website? That’s where most of the news is buried.

Start with huffingtonpost.com, truthdig.com, rawstory.com, opednews.com, crooksandliars.com and tompaine.com. They ALL show videotape w/W, Bush, Cheney, Rummy, Rice, broadcasters, etc. They all link to MAJOR papers/broadcasters who bury these stories.

"Bush Brags about Breaking 750 Laws": someone asked for more info. I first read about it online weeks ago. Just do a Google search "Bush 750 laws" and you will see many reliable news outlets who covered this story in more detail.

From the Boston Globe, april 30, 2006:

"President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution.

"Legal scholars say the scope and aggression of Bush's assertions that he can bypass laws represent a concerted effort to expand his power at the expense of Congress, upsetting the balance between the branches of government. The Constitution is clear in assigning to Congress the power to write the laws and to the president a duty ''to take care that the laws be faithfully executed." Bush, however, has repeatedly declared that he does not need to ''execute" a law he believes is unconstitutional."

This is a man who barely made it through college, IS NOT A LAWYER and HIS interpretation of the Constitution that reigns over us. NOT CONGRESS, NOT THE PEOPLE, but HIM. Remember, he's "the decider."

What’s appalling is the Repugs are on a mission to destroy the Dems as of now. Mary Cheney said her father is “ethical” on Fox News last night. My mouth dropped open so quickly that I almost lost the salad I was eating. She’s all over John Edwards for his remarks. Never mind what her father or his admin have done or said about gays.

Americans see ethics scandals as bipartisan problem. There’s a HUGE difference between accepting bribes, gambling and prostitutes at the Watergate hotel by the party who stands for family values and comparing that to whatever any Dem has done. The Dems worked alone (usually siphoning off some money). Compare that to CIA former director Goss and 3rd man in charge Foggo (both of whom just resigned), Cunningham (former San Diego Congressman in jail for 8 years for his part in all this), Wade (the contractor) and the list goes on (hey, it’s all over the net, I don’t have time to explain who all these people are).

Throw in HAYDEN -- just one of the “brains” behind warrantless and illegal wire tapping on US citizens, breaking the 4th Admendment -- and now he might head the CIA? At least the Dems didn’t make a big deal outta “Family Values” and Christian ethics, which is the Repugs platform.

And don’t get me started on this Impeachment Issue. It’s all over Fox, I mean, Faux News. The American public doesn’t want an impeachment. We don’t want Mary’s father Dickie for Prez.

But we want ACCOUNTABILITY, we want the laws to be obeyed, enacted and funded. We want our piece of the American Pie that we’ve worked hard and deserve. Do you think the Dems can take the issue of “GOP Tax Cut Deal to give Middle-Income Household $20 on average, Wealthy $42K,” (tompaine.com) and get voters into booths this November? That’s the most troubling aspect.

Will the Dems get it together and deliver effective messages so voters know who, what and why they are voting, and in significant numbers to affect change? We know the Repugs are scared -- top RNC advisors are concerned Dems could take back the House. So that’s why they are coming out with all kinds of nasty, OLD issues, as well as distorting and burying the current Dems election issues.

We can only pray the Dems get as aggressive as the Repugs. Cos if the Dems blow it, when the Repugs are falling down like dominoes, then we are doomed.

Where do I get this info? We still have lots and lots of news online. It’s not that hard to find. Get to work and spread the word. And save our country from the rich and powerful. There are more of us than them.

First of all, contact your representatives and all press, print and online, and fight to PRESERVE “Net Neutrality.” A Republican-dominated congressional committee is hell-bent on destroying the First Admendment of the Net. Higher cost access (be prepared to PAY ALOT MORE for email and net access) and CENSORSHIP. The only ones to benefit are the huge telecommunications network who will increase cost of internet access and the government, who will work with those companies to CENSOR what is posted. The government knows the net is the most effective tool to keep tabs on them, and they are scared.

Fight for an open internet. Not this bogus “net neutrality” crap. OK, you’ve got your homework assignments. Have fun and spread the word!

Monday, May 08, 2006

CIA, Military and the beat goes on!

Well, silly me for wondering the "method behind the madness" at in-fighting between the CIA and John Negroponte, the Director of National Intelligence. Negoponte has quite a history as Ambassador to Honduras. Maybe you'd care to check out his "human rights" background. Something about convert funding of the Contras. Those of you too young to remember the Iran-Contra situation under Reagan might find it either entertaining or scary. Guess it depends how much you care for the laws of not only America, but international laws.

If Hayden is comfirmed, ALL US intelligence will be under MILITARY CONTROL and CONGRESS HAS NO OVERSIGHT (not that they do much with the powers they have). OK, think about this: an Administration who brag about breaking 750 American laws with an intel gathering done by the military.

Yahoo: "If Hayden were confirmed, military officers would run all the major spy agencies, from the ultra-secret National Security Agency to the Defense Intelligence Agency." So now the suggestion is he retires from the Air Force. I pray Congress doesn't fall for that ploy!

Is this still a democray or . . . I'm not gonna spell it out to you, but I'll give you some hints . . . it starts with "F" and was very popular amongst the Germans and Italians, particularly during the 1930's. One could argue the French were willing collaborators during those times.

Another top CIA dude resigned, Kyle "Dusty" Foggo. He and Goss are thought to be involved in the bribery scandal that sent former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham to jail for 8 years. Prostitutes, gambling, bribes: GOP Family Values under the spot light. Throw in Ralph Reed, formerly of the Christian Coalition, Abramoff, Scanlon, and a few others. The FBI is investigating the CIA!

Watch the dominoes fall. Help give them a shove! They've been shoving us around for too long.

What does that have to do with punk? Punks don't ignore such things. And you won't be alone. Imagine this: top Dems and GOP leaders are "questioning the wisdom" of Hayden.

Join the fight. It's your future.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Sopranos/Heroin vs. Desperate Housewives/Heroines

Briefly taking a break from labeling slides while eating some raw foods, I quickly viewed Sopranos. Anyone see the size of the syringe used to inject heroin? We always used needles for diabetics for both speed and junk. It's a tiny, thin short needle and skinny plunger. They used a really thick long needle. Ouch, that's gotta really hurt!

Ok, you all know it's really stupid to shoot drugs, right? The speed of 25 years ago was way different, took longer to destroy one's body. But Christopher -- what a fool. Can you believe they robbed Lauren Bacall for her awards goodie basket? What hoods! First he marries his pregnant girlfriend and then shoots up. Feeling a little guilty about helping to kill the only person who ever really loved him?

I'm really hooked on "Big Love." Tonight Nickie drops the $60K bombshell on her husband, Bill. I sure wouldn't want to be in their shoes! I don't understand the negativity towards "Desperate Housewives." Last week, when Gabrielle and Carlos lost yet another baby, I was stunned and crying.

When their cowardly boss told Lynette her husband Tom had to be fired, I thought: time for you two to find other jobs. They should start an ad firm in their home. And file some kind of lawsuit. There's gotta be something they can legally do. How about sexual harrassment, the way the boss made Lynette pretend to be him and flirt w/his wife? Lynette's so good at turning things around, usually blowing up in her face.

How about for once she is the heroine? I love how Marc Cherry balances the absuridity of life with humor and tragedy. Back to my slides.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Clash and CIA

[I created a formatted version -- much easier to read --but it won't let me post formatted blogs although I use its software.]

Are you punk enough to do something about your country, your lives? What would the Clash do? The Dils [Class War, I Hate the Rich]? X [Year One]? Joey Ramone was justifiably enraged when then-current Prez Reagan visited a cemetery full of SS Officers, the ones who killed Jews like him and I. Angry enough to write and sing about it, originally called "Bonzo Goes to Bitburg," [Bitburg being the cemetery and Bonzo after the Chimp that starred w/Reagan and his wife in a 1950's movie], til conservative Johnny insisted in a new title, “My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down.”

I often wondered what why NO Germans knew about the 6 million people sent to "concentration camps" to be gassed and starved to death. NO ONE knew what happened to their former neighbors, co-workers, merchants, etc. And if you believe that, I've got a bridge to sell you. Well, we know what YOUR government is doing. So what are YOU doing about it? You think the comparison far fetched? You haven't been reading the news.

Did you read the part about the 750 or so laws Bush has broken? And the Admin's position that BUSH IS ABOVE THE LAW. Above the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Does that bother you? If so, what are you doing about it? Any idea what Jefferson would do? [hint: he'd fight back, along with Adams, Franklin, Patrick Henry, Thomas Paine and others.]

Prez George Herbert Bush once RAN THE CIA. Now his son has broken it. As much as I am opposed to the reality of the CIA, a government MUST have some kind of agency gathering, analyzing and reporting international current events so our govt formulates foreign policies. I just read an excerpt from Ray McGovern, a 27 yr CIA vet who is outraged at all the admins since Carter have corrupted our intelligence community. I am so livid I can hardly type this.

How was it broken? The director and others are implicated in a sordid scandal. Remember when the Repubs frothed at the mouth over a blow job? It could be about gambling, prostitutes and bribery and a few other unsavory details. And/or shipping prisoners to countries who torture or secret prisons, in violation of American and International Laws. Talk about running on Family Values? Double-speak.

Those of you who haven't read "1984" better run out the library -- use a false ID so they can't trace you -- and read it. It's not too late, not yet, I pray, so wake up, wise up and DO SOMETHING!

The mainstream media and BOTH political parties don't get how ANGRY the citizens and residents of America are. Let them know. As the Clash, Ramones, X, Dils, Anti-Flag, Rise Against, Pete Seeger (Springsteen just cut a CD covering his songs), Woody Guthrie, DYLAN, John Fogerty (Fortunate Son) and SO MANY others SANG, NOW it's YOUR TURN TO DO SOMETHING.

Me, the life-long progressive proud LIBERAL (some would say radical) upset at the dismantling of the CIA? Instead of spying on other countries, our government is spying on you and I. They're more interested in YOUR Google searches. Bravo to Google for refusing them. Are you upset the courts decided in the Government's favor, violating YOUR free expression, your privacy? At least Google didn't roll over and play dead like other search engines. Yes, Google did give in to Chinese censorship, but at least they fought YOUR government, the one whose Veep, Cheney, just gave a speech in Vilnius, Lithuania about freedom and democracy, while curtailing YOUR RIGHTS at home.

Former Prez Bush the 41st was the CIA DIRECTOR from November 1975 to January, 1977 under Pres Ford. Doesn't Bush the 43rd EVER LISTEN to his father? Does his father bother to advise him? Where was Bush the 43rd when his father ran it? Did they ever discuss it over the dinner table? How can Bush Sr stand by and see this happen? What about momma, Barbara? Does this bother her "beautiful mind?" Her son is ruining the very agency her husband ran. Laura and the twins Barbara and Jenna are proud of spouse/father? WTF!!

Talk about a dysfunctional family. Add the Clinton’s sickening cozying up to the Bush dynasty, and the big question remains: what would the Clash do? The answer is: Anti-Flag and Rise Against and others are raging against this deceitful machine. Even former conservative Bush supporter Neil Young couldn't wait for CDs to be pressed/distributed. He posted a full CD of songs, the most powerful being a call to IMPEACH BUSH. But that's not enough, cos who wants Prez Cheney or Rice or ?

Of course you never hear them on the radio (rare exception being Chris Morris on Indie 103.1's Watusi Rodeo, Sunday mornings, 11 -1 PM PST, and online indie1031.fm, but NOT archived), but now the government and Congress are quickly moving to censor the net, the last place you can hear/read the news and protests, mobilize and sign petitions and so much more.

Wake up! We live in a banana republic. And simply voting in November is not enough. Indie had a new DJ last Monday who said the way to effect change is voting in November. Oh no, that's not enough. Cos voting in a Democrat Congress is too little too late. They are complicit in all of this!

YOU gotta let them know NO MORE crap, and being a Democrat is NOT A FREE PASS for "same ol', same ol'."

As the Who sang, "meet the new boss, same as the old boss."

YOU have to affect change in the way news is being reported. Or more accurately, NOT being reported. You've got a lot of work to do. Stop saying/writing you wish you were at the Masque with me. Seeing the Ramones, Blondie in LA, the Clash in England. IF you don't take back YOUR country, forget free speech and rock 'n' roll.

Think I'm an alarmist? Read huffingtonpost.com. Follow all the fall-out over Stephen Colbert's COURAGE to speak the truth just a few feet away from Bush and how the media IGNORED and RIDICULED the BRAVEST MAN in America, Mr. Colbert. And all the retired Generals and West Point graduates and others against this regime and others.

If you say it's too late, if you rather do something else, you have no one to blame but yourself when we all go to hell right here on earth. As someone wrote on huffingtonpost.com today, the worse part of all this are the people who are doing the most they can and know that when this ships sinks, WE ALL ARE GOING DOWN. The Titanic or Colbert's right-on reference, the Hindenberg, will be nothing compared to the fall of this once-beautiful country.

It's not the "Star Spangled Banner." It's "America the Beautiful." That's the song that brings tears to my soul and heart. Check out those lyrics and do something. NOW.

"Purple mountain's majesty" now chopped off, ruining Appalachia's streams, rivers and land. Forests cut to raise $1 billion for American school when tens of billions wasted in Iraq, over-billing by Halliburton and others.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. The iceberg that is tearing this country apart. Do you realize that in 6 years of the Bush regime whole environmental policies are destroyed, gas rising and more. Most of you are too young to remember the ridicule of Carter in a similar position concerning gas shortages, caused by the OIL companies in cahoots with the Middle East. Carter, unlike Bush, actually tried to remedy the situation, but he didn't cause it and the Republicans made sure Carter couldn't fix it.

Yes, that was when punk was first emerging. Coincidence? I think not. DO SOMETHING. NOW. Are you PUNK ENOUGH TO TAKE THEM ON?