Monday, January 28, 2008

Okay, Dr. Jack...

I’ll go back to the Lost island with you. Forget about Kate...she obviously didn’t watch George W. Bushwah’s State of the Union Speech. Jesus! Is that applauding gang nuts or what? I see now that Ben wasn’t that bad. And Locke is on the right track. And we’ve got Hurley on our side. Besides, I’m in love with Sayid. So let’s go. See you on the next Oceanic flight.

Bush To Deliver SOTUS Tonight

It would save much time and free up prime time TV if the Prez looked into the cameras tonight and said, “The State of the Union is fucked and it’s my doing. Good night and good luck.” Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen. Matt Spetalnick and Tabassum Zakaria of Reuters have given us a preview of what the Prez will say: 1) He will try to reassure nervous Americans about his economic rescue efforts. 2) He’ll try to sell Americans on his $150 billion stimulus package 3) He will be more intent on recycling old ideas than offering any bold new proposals. 4) The Prez is now trying to head off efforts by Senate Democrats to expand his stimulus plan beyond tax rebates and business investment incentives--which he calls “earmarks” 5) White House spokesman Tony Fratto said, "Tonight in his State of the Union address, the president will announce unprecedented steps he is taking to reduce and reform earmarks...The president will say that if these spending items are worthy, Congress should debate them in the open and hold a public vote.” 6) Since the Prez has less than a year left in office, he won’t push any major new policies 7) And of course, Bush will underscore declining violence in Iraq, which he credits to a military buildup he ordered last January before his 2007 State of the Union speech. An op/ed contributor editorial in the New York Times this morning (“The Bush Who Got Away” by Jacob Weisberg) ends with this paragraph,“The Compassionate Conservative will surely pay us a final visit tonight. He remains an appealing character, but a largely fictional one. I wonder how the last seven years might have turned out if he had actually existed. In the final year of a failed presidency, I bet Mr. Bush does too.“ No, Mr. Weisberg, President Bush does not wonder how things might have been if he had been the man his speechwriters invented. The Prez can’t have those kinds of thoughts because he is a narcissistic, sociopathic con man. If George W. Bush reflects at all (which he doesn't), he reflects on how things might have been if the people he has had to deal with were not so flawed.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Bush Administration Tries New Old Ploy

And today, I don’t mind saying, I TOLD YOU SO! This morning, the New York Times reported: “With its international mandate in Iraq set to expire in 11 months, the Bush administration will insist that the government in Baghdad give the United States broad authority to conduct combat operations and guarantee civilian contractors specific legal protections from Iraqi law, according to administration and military officials.” Not only is the Bush administration negotiating to lock-in a US presence in Iraq for the foreseeable future plus guaranteeing that the US will protect Iraq from outsider and insider attacks. In addition, the Bush administration is demanding that Blackwater, USA be exempt from any and all prosecutions regarding its unlawful and criminal behavior in Iraq. On September 18, 2007, the Ratbang headline was: “US Will Defend Blackwater, Count on it”. I said, “No one is overseeing the actions of the mercenaries in Iraq because the White House likes it that way. These thugs can operate in any way they see fit, and that is what they do. It’s difficult to find out exactly how many mercenaries are in Iraq. But the estimate has always been that there are as many civilian hired guns as there are US troops in Iraq, which is to say, there are 160,000 armed hooligans looting, killing and marauding in Iraq. This morning, the New York Times said, “About 126,000 people working for contractors serve alongside American troops, including about 30,000 security contractors.” “Close enough. “And all of these hoodlums are hired by the US State Department and have been granted immunity by the US State Department and Department of Defense. The US could not fight the Bush administration’s war in Iraq without the mercenaries because the US has no military to speak of. However, the Bush administration thought it could easily invade Iraq with a minimum of troops, take over Iraq’s oil and be greeted as liberators “The US Department of Defense and the Pentagon immediately realized what any fifth grader could have told them: Iraq didn’t want to be attacked, over-run, invaded and occupied and Iraq fought back with whatever means it had. “Ergo, the US State Department hired a bunch of thugs to pretend they were the US military which the US did not have. And Paul Bremer gave the thugs immunity. “Iraq Ambassador Ryan Crocker loves Blackwater. They protect his lily-livered ass while he gives elegant soirees for US Congressmen in his safe compound in Baghdad in order to bamboozle them into prolonging the war in Iraq until FOREVER. General Petraeus loves Blackwater mercenaries because they can perform all the nasty illegal attacks on insurgents/Iraqi citizens/whatever that “Petraeus would like for US troops to carry out, but can’t officially order the military to do. “The only way the US can stay in Iraq is if the mercenaries stay in Iraq. “The Bush administration will spend far more time and money defending Blackwater criminals than it has ever spent on proper gear and armaments for our troops.” And today I say, should this draft agreement on military-to military relations in Iraq be approved, the next president (whether he or she is a Democrat or a Republican) will be locked-in to keeping an American presence in Iraq to fight Iraq's Civil War FOREVER!.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Now Coffee Causes Miscarriages? PLEASE!!!!!

How about using some common sense on these “new” findings coming out of the hopelessly corrupt medical profession. Here’s the thing. When a miscarriage occurs, it’s because it should occur. When the baby being produced is not viable, a miscarriage occurs. Or, a miscarriage occurs because the womb a baby is being produced in has imperfections that will not occur in subsequent pregnancies (or perhaps they will) and the womb cannot carry a baby to term. In any case, if the caffeine in two cups of coffee a day rather than one cup of coffee a day seems to turn the tide on a pregnancy and causes a miscarriage, then that pregnancy is in jeopardy anyway. This morning the New York Times quoted Dr. Carolyn Westhoff, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and epidemiology, at Columbia University Medical Center. She has reservations about the new study being published today in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Westhoff said: “Just interviewing women, over half of whom had already had their miscarriage, does not strike me as the best way to get at the real scientific question here...but it is an excellent way to scare women.” She went on to say that smoking, chlamidial infections and increasing maternal age were stronger risk factors for miscarriage, and ones that women could do something about. “Moderation in all things is still an excellent rule,” Dr. Westhoff said. “I think we tend to go overboard on saying expose your body to zero anything when pregnant. The human race wouldn’t have succeeded if the early pregnancy was so vulnerable to a little bit of anything. We’re more robust than that.” Why does the medical profession want to frighten everyone? Why does the medical profession want to put the entire population on drug therapy? Why does the medical profession want to have everyone undergo wildly expensive tests for every medical problem that could occur in the human body when the symptom being complained about is easily diagnosable and easily treated? Those are rhetorical questions. You and I know the answers.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Frank Rich: GOP Field Also-rans For Bucket List

Heh! So true! Nice tag line. Heh-heh! In addition, Frank Rich’s New York Times Op/Ed article this morning (“Ronald Reagan Is Still Dead”) points out a few more GOP lies and distortions: 1) Mitt Romney actually has said he saw his father George Romney (former Massachusetts governor) march with Martin Luther King in the 1960’s. George Romney may have been on the side of civil rights in the ‘60’s, but he never marched with Martin Luther King. 2) And although Mitt Romney has belatedly climbed aboard the civil rights train, Rich notes that Romney has “never spoken out about his own church’s discrimination against blacks, which didn’t end until 1978.” 3) “Huckanomics is more snake oil,” Rich says. “All federal taxes would be replaced by a national sales tax that despite its Orwellian name (the Fair Tax) would shift more of the burden to middle- and low-income Americans.” 4) Last October, during a Republican debate, Fred Thompson saw "no reason" to think the US was heading for a recession and viewed the US economic future as "rosy". 4) Rich ends his article saying, “Imagine if Mr. McCain’s Straight Talk Express stopped taking detours around the one figure who unites 60-plus percent of the populace in ire. Imagine if he started talking straight about how he’d clean up the White House mess. That might at least break the ice with the vast majority of voters who look at the G.O.P. presidential field and don’t see Ronald Reagan so much as also-rans for ‘The Bucket List’.” There are three things the exit polls will not reflect during these early caucuses because people do not tell the truth regarding how they really feel about having a) a black president, b) a woman president, c) a sick old man president. We are just going to have to wait until November 4, 2008 to find out. But just think! On this day one year from now, no matter what! We will be shut of George Bush as president, the Bush administration and the Bush policies. No matter what, that era is DEAD-DEAD-DEAD!!!!!!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Never Mind the Political Analysts

What does Romney’s win in the Michigan primary really mean? 1) Michigan voters prefer a lying opportunist to an aging, ailing Bush-clone, an ignorant born-again religious fanatic, a lying warmonger, and an aging, ailing actor. 2) No matter who becomes the candidate for President, Republicans will have to hold their noses to vote in the general election next November. That’s it. Last night, CNN’s Senior Political Correspondent Cindy Crowley said, “If Mike Huckabee should win, it will prove that he is not just a quirk out of Iowa.” Obviously, the jerk out of Arkansas is just that, a quirk out of Iowa. The evangelicals in Michigan voted for Romney rather than give Huckabee the nod. As much as the pundits and pollsters are badmouthing the word “change”, voters are looking for change. No matter who is inaugurated in 2009, Congress will have to clean up the messes the Bush administration created in the Middle East and in the US. What’s to be done about Blackwater? The Bush State Department has hogtied the Bush Justice Department so that investigating the criminal acts of guns-for-hire outfits like Blackwater is nearly impossible, let alone prosecuting the criminals. The New York Times reported this morning: “In a private briefing in mid-December, officials from the Justice and State Departments met with aides to the House Judiciary Committee and other Congressional staff members and warned them that there were major legal obstacles that might prevent any prosecution. Justice officials were careful not to say whether any decision had been made in the matter, according to two of the Congressional staff members who received the briefing... Since the September shooting, the State Department and the Pentagon have reached an agreement to put private contractors under greater military control.” But that is not enough and voters know it. Having had a taste of an out-of-control Executive Branch, voters want to rein in the Executive Branch. The Patriot Act has to be revisited and changed. Voters don’t like being spied on and surveilled. The mess in Iraq has to be cleaned up, and the US has to get out. Voters know this. Dare I say it doesn’t matter who the President is? Actually, it doesn’t matter. The President of the United States can do nothing by himself/herself. For a candidate to utter words like, “When I am President, I will...." or “Vote for me, I will....” is ridiculous. The President of the United States is powerless to do ANYTHING on his own. During the last seven years, Republicans have been as tricked and deceived by the entire Bush administration as Democrats. The Bush administration lied to all of us. Both sides of the aisle in Congress were lied to and deceived by the fascists in the White House. And now, all of us want change. The voters in the United States do not like being governed by a dictator. McCain and Giuliani want things to go on as they have gone on since 2000. Nevertheless, should either one win the Republican candidacy, and should either one become president, he would be forced to follow the lead of Congress in changing the direction the US is presently headed in. The tipping point has been reached. All the blather about Republican policies and Democrat policies and this candidate is different from that candidate is window-dressing. What has been cannot go on. And what has been will not go on no matter who becomes president.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Another Victory for Doctors and Drug Stores

The medical profession, in cahoots with the pharmaceutical industry, just won another coup in its continuing effort to put everyone under a doctor’s care and on drugs. Recently, when I saw an ad on television for yet another drug we are supposed to tell our doctors we desperately need, my first thought was: My God! That woman is a self-absorbed whiny hypochondriac. The drug being hawked by a Central Casting type we all recognize as our complaining spinster aunt was Lyrica and the disease was something I had never heard of—fibromyalgia--which, we were told causes debilitating pain throughout the body. An article in the New York Times this morning (“Drug Approved. Is Disease Real?”) reports that the drug touted in the television commercial is manufactured by Pfizer, that it has been approved by the FDA, and Eli Lilly and Forest Labs have now asked for FDA approval for similar drugs to counteract “chronic, widespread pain of unknown origin”. Lyrica acts on the brain’s perception of pain. And although Lyrica does nothing to cure the pain, which may or may not be intolerable, may or may not have physical origins and may or may not be caused by a real disease, the side effects caused by Lyrica are very real and include severe weight gain, dizziness. sleepiness and edema. Funnily enough, even though the spinster aunt in the ad is skinny, most sufferers of chronic pain are obese. Furthermore, the article says many doctors not only dispute the need for the drug, they dispute the existence of the disease. Lyrica is used to treat diabetic nerve pain and seizures. But in June it received FDA approval for use in treating "fibromyalgia". Its sales reached $1.8 billion in 2007, up 50 percent from 2006. The NYT reports “Analysts predict sales will rise an additional 30 percent this year, helped by consumer advertising.” The NYT goes on to say, “Doctors who are skeptical of fibromyalgia say vague complaints of chronic pain do not add up to a disease. No biological tests exist to diagnose fibromyalgia, and the condition cannot be linked to any environmental or biological causes...The diagnosis of fibromyalgia itself worsens the condition by encouraging people to think of themselves as sick and catalog their pain, said Dr. Nortin Hadler, a rheumatologist and professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina who has written extensively about fibromyalgia.” Am I saying that the million people who report having chronic pain are imagining it? No. I am saying pain is not a disease. I’m saying pain is a symptom. I’m saying that drugs like Lyrica and drug companies and doctors who promote it are simply the 21st century’s version of snake oil salesmen. I’m saying chronic fatigue, chronic pain, chronic complaining, chronic visits to doctors because “they can’t find what’s wrong with me”, are not drug-treatable diseases. I'm saying that although the complainants may find temporary relief in using drugs, they do not have a specific disease. I’m saying that the medical profession turning the populace into drug-dependent addicts who need to visit their so-called health providers regularly in order to get a fix is scamming us and we have become a nation of foggy-brained, passive, low-energy, ego-centered, hypochondriacs because of it.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Crazy George’s Latest Statement

Last week, President George W. Bush went to the Middle East where he is reviled and hated more than he’s reviled and hated in the United State (if possible). His plans are to invoke peace between Israel and Palestine, both of which nations look with contempt and disdain on the little fascist putz more than they look with contempt and disdain on each other. Nevermind. George W. Bush not only is confident that before his term is ended he can be the cosmic force that unites Israel and Palestine. But also, when he was in Kuwait yesterday, this is what he told US troops about the war in Iraq: “There is no doubt in my mind that when history is written, the final page will say that victory was achieved by the United States of America for the good of the world.” And the horrible fact is that George W. Bush is no deluded and insane that he believes what he said is true even though there is no way on God’s green earth that victory of any sort can be achieved by the United States in Iraq in any time frame even by the day before last times. And another horrible fact is that apparently George W. Bush has forgotten that he started the war in Iraq for no good reason, but in order to gain control of Iraq’s oil, and certainly NOT for the good of the world. I am of the belief that the Prez doesn’t use speech writers these days. I am of the belief he is writing his own crazed rhetoric himself, and that he speaks off-the-cuff without monitoring or filters because the Bush administration and the Republican Party have decided George W. Bush is beyond reclaim and that the pathetic little madman can hang by his thumbs for all they care.

Friday, January 11, 2008

What’s New?

Well, certainly nothing new in the Bush administration. And nothing new in Iraq. As Lou Dobbs made clear on A Daily Show last night, there's nothing new in the political arena—the pollsters and pundits are already making unfounded and rash predictions about the outcomes of the next primary caucuses. Nothing new in Ron Paul’s campaign for president--he’s acting like the idiot he can't help being with regard to the racial bigotry in the Ron Paul Newsletter during the 80’s and 90’s--he says he didn’t write it and didn’t read it. Nothing new about William Kristol—he just turned 55 and is as smug, smirky and arrogant about being a vicious snide little autocrat as he was twenty years ago. So, since there is nothing new in the news, you might as well read the New York Times review by Michael Wilson of the new public toilet near 23rd and Madison in NYC (“Greetings, Earthlings, Your New Restroom Is Ready”)--the first of 20 planned new public toilets in NYC. It sounds like the perfect ruse to entice fools like Kristol and Ron Paul into permanent flushdom and off the earth. I envision Public Service Flushlets every five blocks in large cities. With all those colored buttons available in the new facility in Manhattan, surely they can be outfitted with asshole-to-mass-hole sensors. The only clue would be when someone asks: “Have you seen Newt Gingrich lately?” And the answer is: “No. The last time I saw him he was heading for a Public Service Flushlet.”

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Blackwater Used CS Gas to Clear a Traffic Jam

The New York Times reported this morning that in 2005 a Blackwater helicopter dropped a tear gas substance on Iraqi civilians and US military personnel in Baghdad. “The American military in Iraq can use CS gas only under the strictest conditions and with the approval of top military commanders,” the NYT said. “An armored vehicle on the ground also released the gas, temporarily blinding drivers, passers-by and at least 10 American soldiers operating the checkpoint...Both the helicopter and the vehicle involved in the incident at the Assassins’ Gate checkpoint were not from the United States military, but were part of a convoy operated by Blackwater Worldwide, the private security contractor that is under scrutiny for its role in a series of violent episodes in Iraq, including a September shooting in downtown Baghdad that left 17 Iraqis dead,” the NYT report said. “This was decidedly uncool and very, very dangerous,” Capt. Kincy Clark of the Army, the senior officer at the scene said online later that day. Uncool? I would say so. But the real kicker was the information that there was no violence at the checkpoint where the CS gas was dropped. The Blackwater convoy was stuck in traffic and used the tear gas to clear the traffic jam. Guess what Anne Tyrrell, a spokeswoman for Blackwater said about the incident? The CS gas was dropped by mistake. “Blackwater teams in the air and on the ground were preparing a secure route near a checkpoint to provide passage for a motorcade. It seems a CS gas canister was mistaken for a smoke canister and released near an intersection and checkpoint.” Blackwater says it is permitted carry CS gas under its contract at the time with the State Department. But a State Department official says the contract did not specifically authorize Blackwater personnel to carry or use CS gas, but it did not prohibit it. The NYT said, “The military tightly controls use of riot control agents in war zones. They are banned by an international convention on chemical weapons endorsed by the United States, although a 1975 presidential order allows their use by the United States military in war zones under limited defensive circumstances and only with the approval of the president or a senior officer designated by the president.” Michael Schmitt, professor of international law at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. said, “It is not allowed as a method or means of warfare...There are very, very strict restrictions on the use of CS gas in a war zone.” While standing at the checkpoint Captain Clark said he saw a Blackwater helicopter overhead. In a personal journal posted online the day of the incident, Captain Clark wrote: “We noticed that one of them was hovering right over the intersection in front of our checkpoint. There was a small amount of white smoke coming up from the intersection. I grabbed my radio and asked one of the guard towers what the smoke was. He answered that it looked like one of the helicopters dropped a smoke grenade on the cars in the intersection. I asked him why were they doing that, was there something going on in the intersection that would cause them to do this. He said, nope, couldn’t see anything. Then I said, well what kind of smoke is it? “Before he could say anything, I got my answer. My eyes started watering, my nose started burning and my face started to heat up. CS! I heard the lieutenant say, “Sir that’s not smoke, it’s CS gas.” Captain Clark’s wrote, “the gas caused a complete traffic jam in front of our checkpoint, armored cars in the convoy made a U-turn — and threw another CS just seemed incredibly stupid...the only thing we could figure out was for some reason, one of them figured that CS would somehow clear traffic. Why someone would think a substance that makes your eyes water, nose burn and face hurt would make a driver do anything other than stop is beyond me. Army Staff Sgt. Kenny Mattingly said he was puzzled. “We saw the Little Bird (Blackwater helicopter) come and hover right in front of the gate, and I saw one of the guys dropping a canister...There was no reason for dropping the CS gas. We didn’t hear any gunfire or anything. There was no incident under way.” And Blackwater thugs are still making their incredibly stupid, arrogant mistakes in Iraq, and lying about it while the State Department covers up for them and claims an investigation is going on when no investigation is going on. The war in Iraq is not going well or even better, it is simply stagnating. As of January 9th 3921 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq for no reason other than to keep the Bush administration's ego war going on and on and on. But Blackwater, and all of Vice President Cheney’s companies (Halliburton and offshoots and branches of Halliburton) are making tons and tons and tons of money.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

What Happened in New Hampshire?

While the pollsters and pundits who believed the pollsters scrambled around last night trying to justify and/or understand why they were so wrong, the fact remains that in the New Hampshire Democratic primary yesterday, people voted for the person they believed could win the election for president next November. Last night, everyone and his Aunt Maude floated reasons why the polls were wrong. The one I loved was that the polls were right, but voters can’t be trusted: i.e., voters changed their minds at the last minute and voted for Hillary Clinton because she had come close to tears the day before. Others said women voters made Clinton the victor. And still others said pro-union people decided the primary in Clinton’s favor. The most likely scenario is that the voters had been in Clinton’s camp from the gitgo, listened to what Obama had to say, but voted for Clinton. As ever, the trouble with polls is that the sampling is too small to give a real picture of the topic being polled. In New Hampshire, the polls relied on as few as 600 queries. As far as the Republican winner McCain is concerned, it was no contest. For the voters to know beyond a doubt way before the primaries were held, that Romney is an opportunist and liar, that Giuliani is a loose cannon neocon with ethics problems, that Huckabee is terminally ignorant and a religious fanatic and that Thompson is an aging actor with leukemia who was pushed into the fray by his trophy wife, left only one nominally viable candidate: John McCain. The campaign strategists want us to know today that Clinton and McCain came out ahead because the strategies were brilliant and the strategies influenced the voters at the last second to vote for Clinton and McCain. Wrong. Clinton won because the voters knew months ago she was the right choice. And McCain won because he may be an old fool but he’s not Romney, Huckabee, Giuliani or Thompson. What’s the mystery? What’s the wonderment? There is none. The outcome just figures.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

What Can One Say?

Not much. The Repubs have managed to cause the economy to spiral downward. The Repub’s war in Iraq goes on and on and on. It cannot be won. Republican President Bush is an idiot, a dupe and is mentally unstable. Republican Vice President Cheney is malicious, spiteful, sick and insane. Do I care who comes out as the Democratic frontrunner? No. Any of the Dem candidates will be fine by me. Their differences are differences in style only. Clinton, Obama and Edwards will not hurt the world, or the US. Do I care who comes out as the Repub frontrunner? No. All of the Repub candidates are jokes. McCain is an old fool. Romney has no firm beliefs in anything and Huckabee is ignorant and silly. They all will do whatever the neocon corporate asslickers demand. Do the caucuses in Iowa and New Hampshire matter? Not really. The only thing that matters is the election next November. Will the US continue to be a fascist Republican-run nation, or will the voters decide they have had enough of Third-Reich politics? That matters. Does it matter whether Obama, Clinton, or Edwards runs against McCain, Romney or Huckabee? No.