An Honest Question to Clinton Supporters

Could the Clinton supporters please explain what it is that is so off-putting about Obama? I mean that seriously — I am absolutely, 100% bewildered at why some of you say that you will never get behind Obama as our party’s nominee.

I am very interested in any Clinton supporters thoughts. Please see the rest of this message. And thank you in advance!

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Bush Officials Charged with War Crimes

Well, well, well. As Donald Rumsfeld once said, “…there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know” and coming from one as clearly clueless as he, today’s post is dedicated to his spirit of bewildering cluelessness.

I venture to guess that the majority of what is in this post never aired in primetime or made its way to the print media (ok, perhaps a snippet on the bottom of page 42 way below the fold). Today we delve into war crimes, nukes, lies and information the Corporate Media (CM) won’t tell you. Let’s start with some questions.

Has the Bush Administration really been charged with war crimes? Do you know what your government does in your name? What’s Depleted Uranium got to do with it?

If you answered No, Maybe, or Huh? to any of the above questions, read on and learn what has been roundly excluded from the Corporate Media.

BTW, this is a quite long post…so, grab a beer and keep reading!

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Orders and Acts and Lies. Oh My!

I am in the process of writing a lengthy post on Executive Orders (EO) and our ever evaporating rights, but in the meantime, as I was reading (and reading and reading) hundreds of pages of EO’s, something struck me which I thought might make interesting reading in the interim. Please check back for the next installment of the EO signing party.

Today’s post delves into recent US history as well as current events.

We’ll start with a timeline of recent American history (don’t worry, there’s no test):

September 11, 2001; The day that changed everything.

As virtually everyone on the planet knows, America was attacked on September 11, 2001. At that time, we had the support of practically every country on the globe. Within days, we were told that nineteen terrorists, most from Saudi Arabia, crashed planes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center killing more than three thousand people. We wanted, needed and deserved justice and revenge upon those who perpetrated this horrific event.

So, we bombed Afghanistan where many of these terrorists trained. And the country cheered! We’re going to blow those bastards into oblivion, something they richly deserved.

Then, we went on to attack…Iraq. Huh? But these terrorists were from Saudi Arabia. I am jumping ahead of myself. Let’s return to the timeline.

May 6, 2002; The day that changed America.

On December 21, 2000, President Clinton signed the Rome Statute (with support of US elected officials) to join the International Criminal Court – ICC – you know, those pesky people who hold international tribunals concerning Crimes Against Humanity at The Hague).). What many don’t know is that on May 6, 2002, The United States of America pulled out of the ICC.

Wonder why the United States of America pulled out of the ICC and how all this relates to Order, Acts and Lies?

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It’s not only Republicans that suck!

Jane Harman (D-CA) sucks. There’s no better way to say it. Why does Jane Harman suck? Because she introduced the Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007. An oddly named bill, reminiscent of The Patriot Act, The Protect America Act, and others which might be called anything but patriotic or protecting. And, for that, both it, and she, sucks. BTW, this bill is also loving called the Thought Crime Bill. Why? Watch and weep, then keep reading.

This clip is from the film Washington You’re Fired which you can purchase here. An excellent film, one I highly recommend.

Let me say, for the record, that in concept, I don’t think that it’s a bad thing to determine who might want to blow up both stuff and people in the US. If you read what’s on the House site regarding this bill, it sounds all rosy. That said, a generally worded document – no, LAW, of dubious origins (more below the fold), with inadequate definitions; definitions which are open to far too much interpretation for comfort, becomes something to fear greatly.

But that’s not the only reason Jane Harman sucks.

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Today’s Word: Desertification

Most people know what deforestation is, but how about desertification? They’re related. Let’s take a walk across the planet and even into space!

Desertification (de·sert·i·fi·ca·tion) is:

1. the processes by which an area becomes a desert.
2. the rapid depletion of plant life and the loss of topsoil at desert boundaries and in semiarid regions, usually caused by a combination of drought and the overexploitation of grasses and other vegetation by people.

Simply put, desertification is the gradual transformation of habitable land (think food, shelter, and water) into desert (think less food and water, as as a result less shelter). Desertification is usually caused by climate change or by destructive use of the land often a result of deforestation. Did you know that there are dust storms in Korea are the result of rapid desertification in China?

Why does desertification matter?

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Water. It’s not for everyone.

Recently, the United Nations Human Rights Council lost its battle to make water a basic human right. The Canadian government blocked the resolutions passage in April of 2008.

The Geneva-based body wrapped up an intense three-week session late Friday without passing a German-Spanish resolution intended to enshrine its importance in a world where more than 2 billion people live in water-stressed regions.

It would have also set up an international watchdog to monitor the actions of individual countries.

After its 46 members accepted a consensus resolution – essentially for more study – Canadian representative Sarah Geh told the council: “Canada does not view this resolution as creating a human right to water under international human rights law.”

In his final speech, disappointed German representative Reinhard Schweppe stressed action is urgent. Access to clean water and sanitation, is “a part of human dignity,” he said, adding a child dies every 20 seconds due to water-borne diseases.

Advocates for water rights were devastated by the outcome.

That begs the question, why did Canada block this resolution? Apparently, It’s because of NAFTA.

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Why Live Frankly?

Live FranklyFrank Zappa was always my hero when I was growing up. Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention was the first concert I ever attended. Many of his philosophies were some that too few people know of or appreciate. He had contempt for lying, irrational thought, and saw most of the public as, well, stupid. He neither drank nor did drugs. He was also not an easy man to get along with.

Zappa was also an old school Republican, before being conservative was hijacked by the Neo-Con’s of today. (That’s OK Frank, no one is perfect.)

He also didn’t care much about what people thought of him.

Zappa testified during the Tipper Gore Musical Obscenity congressional hearing. When Sen. Slade Gorton (R-WA) threatened him with Contempt of Congress, he replied, “Go ahead Senator, I already hold you in contempt.”

It is in that spirit that this blog was created.

This blog is dedicated to living a good life. We hope to impart information you can use (or not), fun, facts, and more.

Stick around! You might just learn something!

Update: h/t to Snave. A most appropos Frank Zappa quote:

The last election just laid the foundation of the next 500 years of Dark Ages. — Frank Zappa, in 1981