Friday, September 10, 2004

Celebrate the Tragedy!

My town is holding a remeberance this year for the September 11th attacks. This is noteworthy in only the fact that we have done nothing in the past two years to recognize the event. For reasons that defy explanation, we a recognizing the tragedy with a two day event.

Well, perhaps, there is explanation. The event itself was initiated by a stron republican presence in our county. It seems only fitting that we choose to remember our victims during an election year.

I have to say that I am disgusted by the exploitation. Why must we repeatedly be publicly reminded of the event. The images were strong enough on that dark day.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Cheney threatens the US

This new nugget from the VP.

"It's absolutely essential that eight weeks from today, on Nov. 2, we make the right choice, because if we make the wrong choice then the danger is that we'll get hit again and we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States."

When will Cheney be detained by Ashcroft as an enemy combatant? He is clearly threatening the United States with terrorist activity.

Perhaps the FBI will place him under arrest. Isn't this blackmail or extortion?

What about the FEC? What's the difference between this and threatening to beat up a voter if they don't vote as you tell them?

Maybe I'm over reacting. I don't think so. The words used by this administration are not mistakes. It's non stop propaganda.

Bush refused to answer questions from reporters. He simply stared at a reporter who asked if he agreed with Vice President Dick Cheney's assertion that if Democrat John Kerry is elected, the danger is that well get hit again by terrorists.

I guess no one has told him what to think yet.

They make me angrier every day.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Do I have to support them?

What does it mean to support the troops?

I don't support their mission. I don't support the man that sent them there. While I don't wish for anyone to be injured or killed I also don't really care. I find myself wanting to reach 1000 killed so maybe there will be more reporting about what's happening. Perhaps that will lead to Bush losing the election.

I don't criticize the soldiers. I'm aware that they are doing what they are ordered to do. I don't hold it against them.

I think my hatred for Bush is so strong that I have no compassion for the troops.

Do I support the troops? No. I can't honestly say I do. I feel sorry for the people who have no choice but to join. But I don't support them.

Saturday, September 04, 2004

Lucky 13 Point Bounce

Typically, an incumbent president experiences a marginal bounce compared to their opponent. As I suspected, Bush would receive an above average bounce and receive the extreme media attention that will more/less seal the deal for him. Well, George W. Bush got a 13 point bounce out of the convention.

Click here for the latest poll

John Kerry's midnight counter-attack was too little, too pithy, and too late. Apparently, America loves negativity and hatred. I commend Clinton for coming to the rescue with his bypass surgery. It's not quite as effective as Tom Ridge's buzz-killing home land security announcement, but at least it reminds us that the democrats had presided over a strong economy.

Friday, September 03, 2004

A Bunch of Crocodiles

This just in from a friend...

The president's speech was full of rhetoric and would only impress the naive, sinister and those who don't have firm knowledge of facts. It's easy to write a great speech that appeals to and bamboozle those who are easily impressed; a tear or two and a false look of compassion on the speaker's face is a plus!

The cynical attacks on John Kerry's character and at his patriotism will only fuel enthusiasm for him!

It's striking to see two leaders (or misleaders) who chickened out when they had the opportunity to serve their country and to do what they are now asking American youth to do, it's striking to see their audacity when accusing a man, who FOUGHT in a REAL battle, accusing and slandering him and belittling his brave sacrifices. This same man also, being a man of conscience, he also protested and condemned the atrocities that he witnessed during the war. His opponents are calling his act of conscience unpatriotic; as if patriotism dictates blinding yourself in the face of all sorts of injustice and aggressions, as long as they are being committed by your country--not against them!! Dissent, objections to wrong-doing, whistle-blowing and being conscientious are the utmost displays of patriotism in the book of virtues! It's no surprise to hear that sort of accusations from the people, who encouraged, incited and covered-up all sorts of unutterable methods of torture, atrocities and humiliation to the citizens of a nation that they mislead Americans into occupying!

This entire RNC was full of superficiality and pretentiousness--or as Bill Clinton put it, "it's time for them to put on their once-every-four-years compassionate face".

What good is being consistent when you are "consistently wrong?" Contrast that with revising your actions and decisions as you go and as new facts surface. They call that flip-flopping!! Well, what's a flip-flop, if you consider the president's constant contradictions "we can win the war on terror" "we can't win the war on terror" "we are safer" "our nation is in danger" "Iraq has wmd" "well, they don't" "we are going into Iraq to disarm them from wmds" "we went their to free the people"... and on and on!!

The laughable parade of idiot (supposedly humorous) twins, imported and paid (inarticulate) speakers who paused at every statement-end soliciting applause or laughter (I laughed alright!!) and that poor hapless dog that was dragged into the parade of pretensions, are only some of few displays of disingenuousness that only serve as a true metaphor for what this party is all about; even the little children were made to applaud, when the camera focused on them--a clear indication that the entire event was staged and all those tears and emotional displays of compassion are true tears--of crocodiles!

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Tonight's the night. What to do?

W is making his speech tonight. A speech in the round.

I can't decide if I should watch the speech or watch a porno.

I think I'll start with the speech and then switch to the porno.

I feel it's an appropriate alternative.

I usually can't take more than a few minutes of his voice.

I'll check out the transcript tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Does he ever stop lying?

Excerpt from Today show interview of President Bush by Matt Lauer.

Lauer: Are we safer because Saddam is no longer in power?
President Bush: I think we are. Yeah.
Lauer: Explain that to me. How?
President Bush: Well, because Saddam Hussein had terrorist ties. And he had the capacity at the minimum to make weapons of mass destruction. And he could've passed that capacity onto enemies.

Did he have terrorist ties? What about Syria, Arafat, Iran, Libya. When do we invad...I mean Liberate.
Pakistan, India, China have WMD and Iran and North Korea have the "capacity at the minimum to make weapons of mass destruction." When do we invad...I mean Liberate.

What load of crap. It's all propaganda.

Police State

This week's convention in New York will not experience any acts of terrorism. There may be spin calling the "disloyal" protesters "terrorists", but that use truly diminishes the meaning of the word.

Terrorism is not about disrupting the political process. I know that this intrudes on the vanity of politicos. It has little to do with symbolic targets. Acts of terror are committed to frighten the masses and create a sense of danger that permeates throughout everything. In short, it is about body count.

New York is a pretty weak target in this regard. During the convention, the city has been dead. The media has managed to frighten everyone away. If a dirty bomb went off, would there be anyone around to notice? That is the reality of this week with the RNC.

We can relax this week. An overpowering presence of law enforcement combined with racial profiling makes the city an unfriendly place. Not just for terrorists, but for citizen's as well.

Unemployed Shell Game

Republican's have proclaimed that the unemploment rate is lower than during Clinton's presidency. Yes, they are trying to tell us that we're doing better than the halcyon days of dotcom. It's too bad that the unemployment rate has nothing to do with the rate of joblessness.

In the strictest of terms, the rate reflects the number of unemployment claims for a given period. It is the acceleration of job loss. Further, it provides no useful metric as to the number of unemployed who remain jobless after their benefits are exhausted.

Michigan is a fine example of this. The state has fairly typical rate of unemployment claims while the jobless rate approaches 40% in some areas. By itself, the unemployment rate is meaningless unless it is accompanied by job creation.

I personally know five unemployed technology workers who have been without work for more than a year. These workers are not reflected in the unemployment rate. They comprise a growing group in this country of the long-term jobless.

With mediocre job growth, this problem will not be addressed in the immediate future.