Support Our Troops

Ready for something completely unthinkable and outrageous? All this time, people have been saying that anyone opposed to the illegal war in Iraq is not supporting the troops. Well, now the Army is the one who is not showing support. Check out this Washington Post article about a soldier who was arrested in the U.S. for assaulting a police officer. Based on his medical condition (diagnosed by Army doctors), it may not have been an assault at all – it could have been an epileptic siezure. So he may be innocent.

Of course, I don’t have anywhere near enough information to pass judgement about this man’s guilt or innocence, but if the Army doctors can provide information to ensure a fair trial, they should. Instead, they’d rather abandon someone who would have willing laid down his life for his country. Even worse, was a quote from an attorney-adviser at Walter Reed, which read “Our sole concern in this matter is to protect the interests of the United States Army.”

So to hell with the dedicated men and women who make the Army even possible!

Now who’s supporting the troops?

If this outrages you as much as it does me, please make a lot of noise about this! Write to your senators and representatives, local newspapers, etc.

Things you have to believe to be a Republican today

Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush’s Daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him and a bad guy when Bush needed a “we can’t find Bin Laden” diversion.

Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is communist, but trade with China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international harmony.

A woman can’t be trusted with decisions about her own body, but multi-national corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind without regulation.

Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hillary Clinton.

The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in !

speeches while slashing veterans’ benefits and combat pay.

If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won’t have sex.

Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy. Providing Health care to all Americans is socialism.

HMOs and insurance companies have the best interests of the public at heart.

Global warming and tobacco’s link to cancer are junk science, but creationism should be taught in schools.

A president lying about an extramarital affair is an impeachable offense. A president lying to enlist support for a war in which thousands die is solid defense policy.

Government should limit itself to the powers named in the Constitution, which include banning gay marriages and censoring the Internet.

The public has a right to know about Hillary’s cattle trades, but Georg! e Bush’s cocaine conviction is none of our business.

Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you’re a conservative radio host. Then it’s an illness, and you need our Prayers for your recovery.

What Bill Clinton did in the 1960s is of vital national interest, but what Bush did in the ’80s is irrelevant.

Congress is quietly ruining the environment

In much the same way that the Bush administration is redefining science around cleaner air, medical studies and more, Congress managed to slip new language into the Endangered Species at. Some of the changes include:

  • Defines “best available scientific data” as scientific data, regardless of source, that are available to the Secretary of the Interior at the time of a decision or action for which such data are required by ESA and that the Secretary determines are the most accurate, reliable, and relevant for use in that decision or action.
  • Redefines “permit or license applicant” as any person who has applied to a federal agency for a permit or license or for formal legal approval to perform an act.
  • Revises criteria for making determinations of endangered or threatened species. Requires the Secretary to make such determinations only sparingly and to prepare an analysis when such determinations are made of the economic, national security, and other relevant impacts and benefits of such determinations.
  • Repeals the authority of the Secretary to designate critical habitats.
  • Revises ESA recovery plan provisions to require the Secretary to give priority in developing recovery plans to species that are most likely to benefit from such plans, particularly species that are in conflict with economic development activity. Sets forth deadlines for the publication of recovery plans

Read more at: the Library of Congress’ THOMAS site

Brown Resigns From FEMA to Protect Bush Regime

I’m sure Michael Brown felt that he could at least help Bush save face by resigning from FEMA. While it appears to be a good thing based on the articles I’ve read about him , I’m not going to pass judgement on his qualifications. I’ll let those with better information do that. However, it can only be a desparate attempt to appear to want to do something to appease the public that really caused him to ‘resign’.

Now, what about Karl Rove? Take a look at some of his antics like tax evasion or the various interesting activities of his documented here. And don’t forget some of his behind the scenes manipulation of the ‘press’.

Bush the liar, cheat, and incompetent

Nevermind the blame game. I’m sure they’ll be enough blame to cover everyone who could have done better helping the victims of Katrina.

Let’s talk about Bush friends getting the first contracts for relief and rebuilding efforts.

Or what about Bush suspending the law requiring minimum wage payment to workers in the areas hit by Katrina?

How about FEMA’s bungling as documented in Newsweek (9/12/2005):

“On Monday morning, as the storm slammed into the Gulf Coast, Col. Tim Tarchick of the 920th Rescue Wing, Air Force Reserve Command, got on the phone to call every agency he could think of to ask permission to take his three rescue helicopters into the disaster zone as soon as the storm abated. The response was noncommittal. FEMA, the federal agency that is supposed to handle disasters, told Tarchick that it wasn’t authorized to task military units. That had to come from the Defense Department. Tarchick wasn’t able to cut through the red tape until 4 p.m. Tuesdaymore than 24 hours after the storm had passed. His crews plucked hundreds of people off rooftops, but when they delivered them to an assigned landing zone, there was “total chaos. No food, no water, no bathrooms, no nothing.” There was “no structure, no organization, no command center,” Tarchick told NEWSWEEK.”

Or how about the idea that releasing oil reserves would help gas prices, even though the hurricane took out 10% of our refining capacity? Remember, those are oil reserves, not gasoline!

The same Newsweek article goes on to say:

“Bush’s many critics will say that the president was disengaged, on vacation, distracted by Iraq and insensitive to the needs of poor black people. The White House blames the magnitude of the storm itself, patchy information on the ground and a confused chain of command, according to a senior Bush aide who requests anonymity in order to speak freely about internal administration discussions. The truth probably lies somewhere in between. Bush is fighting a war, and he is sometimes slow to react, and he may have been lulled by early reports that New Orleans had been spared the worst of the storm. These are all legitimate excuses. Still, we expect more from a president.”

What about the continuing lack of attention to the poor who had no way to escape? Yes, problems evacuating this population may have been due in part to poor planning by state and local officials, but what about the bigger problem of poverty that is worsening under Bush’s reign?

So, let’s see how this all adds up:

Ignored minorities getting poorer + no minimum wage requirements + Bush’s buddies getting lucrative contracts + minorities being removed from voter rolls = Bush’s lilly-white country that everyone else hates.

The biggest problem is that the Democrats are not making enough noise about this.

Time to wake up!

How to train a soldier not to abuse another human

To start with, I want to make sure everyone understands that 1) I do not support George Bush’s war on Iraq, 2) I fully support the men and women who are serving in our armed forces. They have pledged to serve our country and whether I agree with the decision or not, I respect these people for holding true to their pledge and thank them for putting their lives on the line for us, 3) I fully believe that the majority of soldiers would not and have not abused any Iraqi prisoners. This is a horrible act by a very small percentage of our forces.

The thing I find puzzling is the response from our fearless leader Dubya and his gang. They are blaming the problem on lack of training and rushing to train soldiers on prisoner treatment or get ‘trained experts’ in place to manage the prisoners.

Excuse me, Mr. President. Exactly what type of training is required to ensure that a human being doesn’t force another human being to strip naked and lie on the floor?¡