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Monday, February 16th, 2009
12:46 pm
[montanaisaleg]
C-SPAN presidential survey
I tend to take these surveys with a bit of skepticism, but they're fun.

C-SPAN has come out with its latest version of presidential rankings. The slide show summary linked from that page is the fun part, especially page 9:
George W. Bush
Rank in each category (of 42 presidents)
1. Public Persuasion: #36
2. Crisis Leadership: #25
3. Economic Management: #40
4. Moral Authority: #35
5. International Relations: #41
6. Administrative Skills: #37
7. Relations With Congress: #36
8. Vision/Setting an Agenda: #25
9. Pursued Equal Justice For All: #24
10. Performance Within Context of Times: #36
OVERALL RANK: #36

He also had the greatest deviation in ranks from the voters, which is understandable since his presidency hasn't been over for a month yet. Still, 36 out of 42 ain't so good, though I consider any of these rankings as meant for entertainment more than anything else. I hope you're all as entertained as I am.
Saturday, February 7th, 2009
6:10 am
[ruderod]
http://gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=5391

The hillside opposite the Lafayette, CA Bart Station has become a moving memorial to the U. S. troops killed in Iraq. One cross is added for each American death.



"I deem [one of] the essential principles of our government [to be] peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangligin alliances with none...
-Thomas Jefferson (1801)
Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
3:51 pm
[yes_justice]
Yes! 01-20-09
Fun day at Ocean Beach, yesterday.

Yes! 01-20-09 small

It was sooo cute. These little girls were facinated by what the adults were doing and I said "we're spelling "Yes" in the sand for Obama, come join the picture, there will be a helicopter soon". They ran off to two older women for permission, who wondered wtf?, and I explained what we were doing and they beamed proudly and excitedly joined with us. After the helicopter left the family all cheered, laughed, and hugged, I think one of the women was in tears of joy.

Click 4 moar higher res picturesCollapse )
Monday, January 19th, 2009
11:49 pm
[joiseyguy]
12:58 pm
[ruderod]
An letter from Israel

Good morning Americans!

We at the Israel government would like to wish you a good round of cheer for your help in our attacks against Gaza. Since many of the Americans don't realize all that you do for us, we wanted to let you know just how much we appreciate your help. As we write this, we figured lets cut our two hour lunch short and spend some time reminiscing with our good friends the Americans. Lets first say that our attacks on Gaza where extremely successful, since we have very powerful bombs, fighter planes, and attack helicopters given to us by your patriotic Americans! Oh wait, my diplomat friend Habudabi just told me that's not politically correct, I forgot! You actually don't give us weapons, you just give us two billion in good old US dollars every year. . .and that well we HAVE to spend on military hardware. Yeah you would be upset if we didn't buy good old American bombs huh? They work very good, they blow up very good you know. . . we both know that. . .no worries. That's true, how could I have been so forgetful! We don't actually like to say that we are GIVEN BOMBS from the US, so we do that money exchange thing, weapons transfer that makes it look not so bad for you kind Americans. Wouldn't want you all thinking that you are directly killing our neighbors! Ha, you all don't want to sleep with that notion! Oh but that reminds me, we must thank you again for letting us attack our neighbors, with little press on those pesky dead people and babies dying all around. I mean if people actually talked about those dead people and over 4000 wounded, yikes my boy Habudabi reminds me we would probably get our US funding cut next week! Ouch! Actually no worry, you good ole Americans trust us so much with the money, you don't even audit what we do with the money. Another thank you to our American buddies for trusting us Israelis to monitor ourselves. So again before we finish, we must also think the US government and politicians, everyone in congress and your representatives for ignoring our little quibbles we have over here. I mean really we are better knowing about this. . .you really don't need to know the extremes we go to, like blocking medical aid to the wounded, cutting off the electricity, or bombing buildings known to be United Nations offices!

As your President Bush leaves office, we again thank him for being quite on this matter. No reason for anyone to worry what we do here in the middle east. . .no reason to show the dead bodies of our neighbors. And finally, we appreciate the propaganda from all of you, in your efforts to make Hamas look like the most evil thing since Satan. You have done a great job. And no it's not to much trouble. . for if you are middle class, you only pay about $20.00 a year towards the bombs that we use against our neighbors. What's 20.00 for a little peace in the mideast, my friend Habudabi reminds me!

Thank you again
Signed, the israeli government.
11:53 am
[mhael]
It's Bush's last full day in Office!
I knew (with around 90% certainty) we'd get to this day someday. I didn't think things would look or be this bad when we did, but here we are at last. In honor of his departure, I give you all some lyrics that helped me laugh when the Dark Times of the Bush Regime were at its darkest:

It seems The Beatles were prophets, of a sort...Collapse )

I still wanna take that song and set it to Bush clips and quotes one day..... ;)

Sunday, January 18th, 2009
5:22 am
[ruderod]
I'm glad they rat pack is gone. Which one of the cowards will I enjoy never seeing again? Wow I'm not sure if it is Bush or Condi Rice. Condi really hits my nerve, I swear that chick is a lying bitch.

In the news:
They say Youtube are banning the gaza videos of the dead children. Nice, thanks youtube for censoring reality from us. That's great.
Ok well here are the videos. Some of these are brutal. The one where the doctor is trying to breathe life into the child is heart wrenching. I haven't seen such a sad video in years. It really is sad.

download with bittorent

the few un-censored videos youtube has about gaza


gaza video1
gaza video2
gaza video3

Censorship Disclaimer: The three (3) linked videos above are hosted at Godaddy, which blocks three countries from downloading them (iran, north korea, and another one). Use bittorrent to bypass all censorship, and don't use Godaddy hosting! Big and small companies, they all are starting to take part in the restriction of content.
I posted one of the videos to youtube, I will see how long it stays up before someone flags it. Also give a big high five thanks to the AIPAC lobby and our politicians for pressuring youtube to censor war footage.
Saturday, January 17th, 2009
3:19 am
[iblis_kukl]
Monday, January 12th, 2009
9:06 am
[montanaisaleg]
A bunch of "finals"
Bush holds last press conference

Bush makes final flight aboard Air Force One

Bush+final google search

And, for fun, a made-up interview with Rolling Stone. The whole thing isn't online. If you can, I recommend the rest. It's pretty funny, especially the part about bush's economic policy being like "handing out guns to retards," and the part where they practice waterboarding on the house boy ("Don't use the coffee! It's about drowning, not burning.").

Eight more days.
Saturday, January 10th, 2009
9:55 am
[joiseyguy]
10 days and counting!


Days until Bush leaves office.


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Grab your own copy here.

Friday, January 9th, 2009
4:28 pm
[tapestry01]
Thursday, January 1st, 2009
10:03 pm
[ruderod]
The good ole club is making the rounds with the picture of the rockets heading towards Israel. And it looked like a freaking home-made rocket.
You know I don't give a flying poo what Israel does, but I do care that we are paying for this mess. Over 2 billion in US aid goes to Israel, and for what? They are not required to tell us what they do with the money! U.S. law prohibits the president from furnishing military aid to any country which engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.? 22 U.S.C. ? 2304(a). So why do my tax dollars go to this fucked up country?

Again it's a mess, but for one my taxpayer money is involved in this, and two, Israel seems hellbent on killing and suffocating all the Gaza civilians. Read below on my article to my representative. . . there is a link to the news that they are keeping medical supplies from going into the city. Why. . .are the Israel people that evil? Yes sort of, but mostly because they don't want photographs of the carnage leaking into the media.

read about a US ship attacked by israel:
http://www.usslibertyveterans.org/
read about US military aid to israel:
http://www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org/publish/article_17.shtml

Mr Lewis.

Can you explain where our aid money to Israel ends up being used? I have been able to find no documentation on how our aid money is used by Israel.

I am truly outraged by what Israel actions in wars against its neighbors. Now they are blocking medical aid to the people in Gaza:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7805075.stm

If we do not know what Israel does with our taxpayer money, I believe we should not give our hard earned money away to them. .especially in our recent economic woes. We give almost 1/3 of our aid to Israel. Why? And what do they do with it?

I also don't see any reports of ANY Israel people injured or killed from the recent rocket fire. Maybe because Raytheon sells anti-missle equipment to Israel? Probably because the rockets where intercepted and caused no damage in Israel.. . yet Israel kills hundreds in Gaza in retaliation. And we as taxpayers support this massacre?

And for a bit of history, the USS Liberty was a documented, proven war crime even as described by the Israeli government. When will this incident be investigated?
The Israelis claim that they attacked without first identifying the ship or its nationality. That alone is a war crime. We know that they did in fact identify our ship as American before attacking and attacked with full knowledge that we were American. Yet even if their story were true, their own version of the circumstances would identify this attack as a war crime. Thirty-four Americans died and 174 were wounded. Yet the attack on the USS Liberty is the only serious maritime incident in American history that has never been investigated by Congress.

Thank you
Rod
1:38 am
[iblis_kukl]
Saturday, December 27th, 2008
9:19 pm
[ruderod]



The average salary for congress is $169,000.00 per year. And they just gave themselves a pay raise. What a great democracy. . .it's all just an illusion it seems at times. And do they raise minimum wage? How is this good for America, how was their pay raise last year good for America?

This has to stop. The fleecing of America has to STOP at the TOP!!! Get up, call your friends, tell your neighbors we will NOT let main street America corrode as our taxpayers money is used recklessly!

This just in from the rewarding failure dept.: With an approval rating worse than the President's, deficit spending at new heights, and the economy in the tank, Congress gives themselves an increase in pay.
http://blogs.indystar.com/varvelblog/index.html
Wednesday, December 17th, 2008
7:20 am
[ruderod]
http://www.csis.org/media/csis/pubs/081208_securingcyberspace_44.pdf

This report details a commissions suggestions on securing cyberspace.
The report has some good ideas, and some very unacceptable ones as well. I find the report very nationalistic. It talks little about the huge factor of offshoring via the internet to other countries. The report complains that as the US has lost influence in ITU, the internet may become a “walled garden”. Ummm not really. The US is not the only game in town, everyone wants to be connected on the internet and no one wants a walled garden (except the government internet blockers in China)

I am a person who has worked as a contractor in national security positions, in the military with the US Navy, and in civil government. I find the second sentence of the report a flat out lie and contrivance:
“Inadequate cybersecurity and loss of information has inflicted unacceptable damage to US national and economic security”

Where is this supported by facts? Yes there is intellectual property theft. That’s theft is going to happen even if there wasn’t a internet. And what of national security? The major DOD security breaches of the last 30 years have been from good old Americans who turned into spies, not from bad computer security practice. If you don’t trust your people, you think you can make computers secure? Yeah right. All the data lost to foreign sources, my guess is most of that is someone was being paid. . .paid well to gave away those blueprints.

I also disagree with a military presence needed in cyberspace. We have enough tax payer money going to build bombs and missles, and the US military has their own secure networks paid for by our taxes.

In the executive summary you get a overview that the only solution is military intervention on our internet (with white house oversight). I completely disagree.

Read more on the secrecy of the CNCI and the national cyber security center. Why is so much of this program secret? Do you want your internet controlled by the DHS?

Chairman Joe Lieberman asked this (regarding the CNCI):
“Given that this initiative is highly classified, how will you ensure that government officials and members of the private sector have the necessary information to carry out their respective roles in the initiative? “

http://hsgac.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?Fuseaction=PressReleases.Detail&PressRelease_id=a32aba11-4443-4577-b9a5-3b2ea2c2f826&Month=5&Year=2008&Affiliation=C
Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
3:41 am
[ruderod]

Socialism. . .if it where only that simple nowadays.  It seems that what we have is more twisted sort of government sponsored, taxpayer powered globalism.  As our exiting and law evading President allows the crooks at the Fed send our money away, you have to wonder.   What really is going on to push these deals?  The leaders know this is unconstitutional. . they know it's not a great investment.  Sure there is talk that the bailout of Chrysler long ago made the government money.  . . but that was much smaller bailout, this year we are seeing 100 times more bailouts to companies.  Why?

Is the bailout of citigroup just a loan to a US business?  I would say NO.  The use of our taxpayer money is a global loan to people like Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal.  This Saudi Prince owns 349 million dollars in Citigroup.  He is a billionaire.  And that's just the tip of the iceberg.  A saudi  investment group, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority has a 7.5 billion dollar loan they made to Citigroup last year, at 11% interest!  Yes, our taxpayer money is not just going to Citi, it is going to billionaires and overseas funds that are making money off the collapsing bank.  And we sit by as taxpayers, listening to the bullshit about "it's too big to let fail" and the chanting chorus about "complete chaos if this organization fails".   You believe this crap people?  This is about one thing, it is the extremely rich keeping other extremely rich people happy.  That is all this is, a complete theft of our hard earned taxes to the rich.   Not just the rich CEOs of citibank, but many others who plan to enrich themselves from the deal.
 Congressman Ron Paul put it this way:  "Something has to give. You just can't create more money out of thin air and propping up everybody. It's an immoral system. You're asking the poor people to bail out the rich. You're asking the innocent people to bail out the guilty. You're asking people to just totally defy the Constitution because there's no place in the Constitution that says that we can do these things."

The fact is that our laws and governing processes open no doors for government bailouts.  Our governments job is to REGULATE, not to invest our tax money into foreigners. 
Stop the bailouts NOW! 

http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/columnists/article2957403.ece

http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/banking_and_finance/article5198577.ece

 
Monday, November 24th, 2008
8:13 pm
[tapestry01]
One for the Road...
From Yahoo News: "US President George W. Bush drinks a traditional pisco sour... at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum's gathering in the capital Lima."
http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/President-George-W-Bush-Lima-Asia-Pacific-Economic-Cooperation-forum/photo//081122/photos_od_afp/7f533ef341884753c8047256c88b2b27/

So, what's in a "pisco sour?"
2 oz pisco brandy
1 oz lime juice
1/4 oz simple syrup
1/2 egg white
1 dash Angostura® bitters


This is the guy who bragged that he quit drinking when he was 40.
Makes you wonder if he ever really quit at all...
Saturday, November 8th, 2008
9:46 pm
[ruderod]
listened to this today, a good audio track that was on my old reel to reel tapes. A powerful and timely speech by Patrick Henry. Over 200 years old, but it's even more relevent today. With our new president of "hope and change" and yet we all understand many things won't change. And what of our imperialism overseas? Listen to this and recall what our ancestors felt. A passion for freedom, it's a powerful thing. Here it is on the internet for listening:

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
10:53 pm
[tapestry01]
Obama Wins!
For a while there, I was really scared this community would end up being renamed McCain_Sucks.
Sunday, November 2nd, 2008
6:09 pm
[ruderod]
The two Iraqi parliamentarians sat side-by-side at the front of a packed chamber, facing the panel of U.S. Congress members. Sheik Al-Ulayyan wore a traditional white headdress and thawb (similar to a robe), Dr. Al-Jaberi a dark suit and red tie. They spoke in turn, responding to the members’ questions in calm, deliberate Arabic, and pausing now and then for translation by the interpreters seated at their sides. The committee members were predictably curious: How many Iraqis want the U.S. to leave their country? Perhaps 70 percent, Dr. Al-Jaberi estimated. And if we pull out? Iraq can handle its own affairs, replied Sheik Al-Ulayyan. For more than an hour they answered questions, and with each response they were quietly breaking new ground.

Read more:
http://www.afsc.org/quaker-action/ht/d/ContentDetails/i/68101




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