Thursday, November 29, 2007

Hagel: Bush administration is 'incompetent' and he would consider joining a Dem ticket - On Politics - USATODAY.com

Not that anyone who checks this blog needs to hear another voice calling this administration incompetent, but...

Hagel: Bush administration is 'incompetent' and he would consider joining a Dem ticket - On Politics - USATODAY.com:
"'This is one of the most arrogant, incompetent administrations I've ever seen personally or ever read about,' the always blunt and frequently quotable Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., said yesterday during an appearance at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. 'This administration in my opinion has been as unprepared as any administration I'm aware of,' Hagel added, 'not only the ones that I have been somehow connected to and that's been every administration -- either I've been in Washington or worked within an administration or Congress or some way dealing with them since the first Nixon administration. I would rate this one the lowest in capacity, in capability, in policy, in consensus -- almost every area, I would give it the lowest grade. ..."

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

America in the Time of Empire

Truthdig - Reports - America in the Time of Empire:
"Democratic freedoms are diminished in the name of national security. And the erosion of basic services, from education to health care to public housing, has left tens of millions of citizens in despair. The displacement of genuine debate and civil and political discourse with the noise and glitter of public spectacle and entertainment has left us ignorant of the outside world, and blind to how it perceives us. We are fed trivia and celebrity gossip in place of news. An increasing number of voices, especially within the military, are speaking to this stark deterioration. They describe a political class that no longer knows how to separate personal gain from the common good, a class driving the nation into the ground."
I can't say it better....
The United States has gone from being the world’s largest creditor to its largest debtor. As of September 2006, the country was, for the first time in a century, paying out more than it received in investments. Trillions of dollars go into defense while the nation’s infrastructure, from levees in New Orleans to highway bridges in Minnesota, collapses. We spend almost as much on military power as the rest of the world combined, while Social Security and Medicare entitlements are jeopardized because of huge deficits. Money is available for war, but not for the simple necessities of daily life.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

The Brick Testament - Judges 19


The Brick Testament

One of my 'favorite' stories from the old testament.

Maybe someone can explain to me why offering your concubine up to be raped... and then subsequently murdering and dismembering her teaches us something about god.

The Brick Testament is really a good teaching tool. It gives the reader a visual of some of the many atrocities described in "the good book".

Friday, November 02, 2007

Madison

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
- James Madison

Bushism of the day...

The Complete Bushisms - By Jacob Weisberg - Slate Magazine
"We're going to—we'll be sending a person on the ground there pretty soon to help implement the malaria initiative, and that initiative will mean spreading nets and insecticides throughout the country so that we can see a reduction in death of young children that—a death that we can cure."
—Washington, D.C., Oct. 18, 2007
Click here to see video of Bush's comments.The Bushism is at 1:58.

You'd think that with ~6 years in office... people coaching him... and all that practice our leader would be at least able to layout a coherent thought in a speech. I'm not talking about perfect grammar... I just want to hear/read something that I don't have to ponder to interpret.