ya gotta be kiddin’ me

It’s at times like this, that the right thing to do is to dig in your heels and start working for change and mobilizing people (aka taking the high ground), but at this very moment, I just have this overwhelming urge to throw up.

How could Kerry lose to someone as incompetent as bush? How could half a nation of voters be fooled by such idiocy? It is infuriating and I’m afraid this country has officially entered it’s great decline. I’m not even sure we’ll be around in four years given the direction we are headed in and I don’t even want to think about how the Supreme Court will change. Oh my God.

Speaking of which, … I wonder how many evangelical Christians will be praying for John Kerry’s (or his supporters) welfare? This administration is built on hypocriscy, lies, racism, and deceit. You reap what you sow. Or as we used to say, what goes around, comes around.

Sorry, but it will be a while before I’m able to take the high ground on this one.

Actually, I have a question. Even though Kerry concedes, suppose the provisional ballots give the Ohio electoral votes to Kerry. Does that mean Kerry wins (according to law) or does his concession remove him from contention?

secret ballot

I think the beauty of the secret ballot, as used in our present democracy, is that it’s uh… secret. So, I could go on and on about the disastrous path that the bush administration has pushed this country into, but no one really knows how I will actually vote. For all anyone knows, I could go into that voting booth and pull down the “bush for president lever”.

Similarly, any Republican who feels that her/his party has been hijacked by radical fundamentalists who have totally ignored Republican principles, could profess support for this administration and vote their conscience in the safety of the voting booth. Ego (and friendships) maintained, conscience assuaged.

Just a thought.

retro vs. metro

During this week of turmoil, I came across an interesting book online, that is a free download or you can buy it at Amazon.com. The book is called The Great Divide by John Sperling.

It attempts to explain the two major differences in the US and I have to admit that even after reading just the first chapter summary, I was able to see who bush was really aiming his messages at. It is probably a must read for American politicians and maybe “us common folk” too.;)

That book sort of reminds me of the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig. Only ‘Zen’ is written in story form and is a much more leisurely read. ‘Divide’ is written more like a textbook. Check out the site, though, there is even some fun stuff like the Dupometer Game.

peace march … um… peaceful

Though some would underestimate the number of demonstrators by hundreds of thousands (the range is from 120,000 to 500,000) of people. Judging by photos, it looks like at least 400,000 people (families, seniors, young adults… Americans) showed up.

BBC has an impartial article worth reading and the Chicago Tribune has a columist who gives you some flavor of the event (though this is a subscription site, you should be able to get in using Bugmenot.com.

Meanwhile, the Republicans have adopted their platform but I’m having problems finding a copy of it online. Maybe tomorrow or later tonight.

central park … continued

The intrigue continues about Central Park and the demonstrators. This article from the New York Times, basically spells it all out up to this point and gives a nice table setter for what to expect tomorrow.

I feel compelled to point out how the fear tactic once again is being used by the powers that be, to keep people away. The local right wing papers, have screaming headlines about anarchists among the demonstrators and the mayhem that will be wrought by all these people (or as they present it – “troublemakers”) expressing dissent.

Now what will really be worth noting, I think, will be how the corporate media portrays the dissidents.

Oh, and one quick note, that so many news outlets seem to ignoring, is the fact that the police union is at present, in a contract dispute with Mayor Bloomberg.

The unions, which have not ruled out staging an illegal strike or sickout during the convention, have been working without a contract for more than two years. The four-day convention, in which Bush will be renominated, begins Aug. 30.

Here’s a question. Who would benefit from “disorderly” demonstrations? The bush administration? The police union? The protestors? You tell me.

radicals in the whitehouse

I’ve been relatively quiet for a while, and just observing. I can not, for he life of me, figure out what it is that people see in George ‘W’. Those that support him seem to be more involved with supporting their party rather than the US (or the world, for that matter). I have yet to hear anyone who supports him give me three positive things he has done for this country.

Even some conservatives are recognizing that he is not putting forth their values. I’m referring to people like Thomas Friedman and George Will (free subscription necessary to view pages). I’m hoping that the majority of people are recognizing the disastrous situation this administration has produced. If it were not for the fact that the Republicans control the House of Representatives, Bush and his cohorts would have been impeached by now.

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
– United States Constitution

The torture and humiliation going on in Abu Ghraib prison is a direct result of the administration’s policies. Whether it’s breaking treaties or “floating” the idea of torture (anyone remember that debate from last year?), or refusing to sign on to the World Criminal Court or simply ignoring the Geneva Conventions.

It’s sickening! The American public has to get this administration out before this madness destroys us all.