Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Bush says to act as if American soldiers aren't dying

Journalists, editors, wusses say "Yowzuh massuh! We work for YOU, not the soldiers or their families."

Complaints of being treated like 9-11 families

A White House spokesman said Bush has not attended any memorials or funerals for soldiers killed in action during his presidency as his predecessors had done, although he has met with families of fallen soldiers and has marked the loss of soldiers in Memorial Day and Sept. 11, 2001, remembrances.

Umm...what would Jesus do? What would any decent human being who has caused a death do? How many is it now? How many notches?

OK, so it pisses some of you off that I would say such a thing. But is saying it any worse than the action which precipitated my response? Ponder the math. Weigh your anger at a mere handful of words. Then calculate how much worse it is to send hundreds of sons and daughters to their death. And not a happy death either. A life of horror then a death.
We need to call a truce. Bring home all who are not there purely voluntarily. Forego the pipedream of salvation in the form of profits. Lives are infinitely more valuable. As the old saying goes: "Until a man can create a flea, does he dare kill a man."

Retreat, as the Chinese ancients knew, is not surrender. Retreat is probably something being overlooked, as it may appear less than macho. Yet brains trump braun. Use your head. Use your heart. Allow the world to heal this damaged place, and these damaged people.

If you do this...you will not have to gag the media and engender distrust or disgust among your fellow human beings. We are all such human beings, and we all die. But we all needn't die having killed.

If you do this, you can accept the hugs from family members and soldiers alike who celebrate your newfound wisdom.

The world is tired of the dying, the killing. Weary. And even though you may think it is better to be feared than loved, God is the only one who should be feared, and she would much prefer love. Much rarer. And a helluva lot more fun.

Give up on your fear-mongering. Become a love mongrel. Pretend it is the 60s, and get on the right side this time. What did those Beatles albums ever do to you, anyway?

Change! Change! Change!

But isn't this really a story about the media?

"I think most people -- if not all people who are there -- don't want to be there."

"I think most people -- if not all people who are there -- don't want to be there."

Congress: Whoppergobblers

"How many more whoppers will it take before Congress is full?"
- Michael Moore, "Dude, Where's My Country?"

How BushWorld Ruins Good People

Less Than Zeno

Al Gore was brought down. Dan Rather was brought down. And now John Edwards and Gen. Wesley Clark are in the process of being brought down.
There are yet others. All good people. All great people. Is great goodness a threat to BushWorld? Does the cave resent the sun? How long must we tolerate the darkness? The secrecy? The lies? And why do so many of our best have to suffer...when we should be celebrating them?

Look at how good people are treating Rush Limbaugh in his time of trials, tribulations and karma. Are they marching in front of his house with placards demanding that he be treated in the very manner that he himself advocated for people like himself? No. In fact I have heard compassionate voices and responses to his dilemma.

Are there no gentlemen left in BushWorld?

Al Gore, John Edwards, General Clark and Dan Rather are all gentlemen. Listen to how Mr. Gore describes his sister's struggle with cancer. Or John Edwards' brave struggle against the Goliaths of Industry who would harm us with their unsafe products and pollutions. Or General Clark's seizing the horns of excellence, and excelling in all that he has done. We need to celebrate these things. It is what is best about America and Americans. Anyone, really.

I needn't speak of Dan Rather, as it should be apparent the sensitivities he has shown, and the concomitant punishments he received, from BushWorld, for having dared to be less than Zeno, concoctator of Stoicism.

Maybe he thought 9-11 was a big deal.
Maybe he was channelling the collective pain of the many. He was a release valve...and a reminder of how gentlehumanity behaves.

Monday, October 20, 2003

Picasso! Picasso! Picasso's in town!

"Picasso! Picasso! Picasso's in town!"

Sunday, October 19, 2003

Now that people know that Bush looked the other way as New York was attacked, Bush reverses his policy on ignoring Korea's threat to the "Left Coast".

Excellent reporting by bodhisattva, Tom Burka:

Avunculations of Anonymoses

Some people say to me, they say: "Hey Mose! Why you gotta be so dang avuncular?", to which I invariably recite the Bardo Thodol in a whisper into their left, or spiritual, ear.

Great Mobile Homes of Mississippi: The Trailor Park

Great Mobile Homes of Mississippi: The Trailor Park