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  • YOU WANT TO GET MAD?

    • We had eight years of Bush and Cheney, but now you get mad!
    • You didnít get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.
    •  You didnít get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate energy policy.
    • You didnít get mad when a covert CIA operative got ousted.
    •  You didnít get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.
    • You didnít get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.
    • You didnít get mad when we spent over 600 billion(and counting) on said illegal war.
    • You didnít get mad when over 10 billion dollars just disappeared in Iraq.
    • You didnít get mad when you found out we were torturing people.
    • You didnít get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.
    • You didnít get mad when we didnít catch Bin Laden.
    • You didnít get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.
    • You didnít get mad when we let a major US city drown.
    • You didnít get mad when we gave a 900 billion tax break to the rich.
    • You didnít get mad when, using reconciliation; a trillion dollars of our tax dollars were redirected to insurance companies for Medicare Advantage which cost over 20 percent more for basically the same services that Medicare provides.
    • You didnít get mad when the deficit hit the trillion dollar mark, and our debt hit the thirteen trillion dollar mark.

     

    • You finally got mad when the government decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, are all okay with you, but helping other AmericansÖ oh hell no. AND NOW YOUíRE MAD !
Since we started traveling we have become more aware of the effects of political decisions, and particularly the negative effects of many of the decisions made by the United States.  We expressed our disagreement and then sadness when the US invaded Iraq, and are now outraged as the toll on Iraqi civilians, US and 'Coalition' Armed Forces grows, and US credibility and power declines around the world as a result of this disastrous invasion.  This page will let us vent on this and other subjects of the day.
 

Topic of the Week

Guns - "Since the killing of John Kennedy in 1963, more Americans have died by American gunfire than perished in foreign battlefields in the whole of the 20th century.  In 2005 more than 400 children were murdered with guns." 
(Source:  The Economist Magazine - Issue Apr. 21-27 2007)

Iraq War

In 2003 we disagreed with the US invasion of Iraq, and our view remains the same:
  • The invasion was wrong then and is still wrong.
  • Iraq was no direct threat to the US.
  • The invasion of a foreign country has weakened the moral authority of the US to prevent other actions like this in the future.
  • Our abuse of prisoners and circumvention of civil rights increases the probability that US troops will be mistreated.

Bush Administration

Jim Carey's movie "Liar, Liar!" comes to mind:
  • Our reason for invading Iraq was not to depose a bad guy; there are scores of those around the world - either Bush/Chaney lied about the reasons or are incompetent.
  • His appointment of ideologues rather than competent administrators boggles the mind:
    • Bolton who said about the UN "..There is no such thing as the United Nations...the international community...can only be led by the ... remaining superpower... the United States" - and this guy was appointed to be US Ambassador to the UN!
    • Brown, head of FEMA when Katrina struck, whose only bright spot was that he was fired quickly - although over 1800 people had to lose their lives to prove the incompetence of Brown and his chain of command.
    • Gonzales, Attorney General who 'remembers nothing' - perhaps he should start a TV show about being in a POW camp.
    • Wolfowitz - a preacher against corruption who doesn't practice it at home - typical of ideologues.

 

Gun Control

Imagine:

  • The loss of life at Columbine if Dylan and Eric had been armed with baseball bats rather than a 9-mm semi-automatic handgun, a rifle and a couple of sawed-off shotguns.
  • The damage that Seung-Hui Cho could have done with a pair of knives rather than 2 semi-automatic pistols at Virginia Tech.

There is absolutely NO REASON to allow the continued sale of automatic and semi-automatic weapons to the public other than paranoia! Check our GUN CONTROL page to see why we believe so, and perhaps some solutions.

The Environment

 Not yet finished

Globalization

 Not yet finished
The Truth as we See It  

Truths

Untruths                         and

Downright Lies

  • Global warming is happening
  • US is the largest producer of greenhouse gases in the world.
  • Global warming is not caused by greenhouse gases.
  • Iraq and/or Saddam Hussein was involved in the attacks on 9/11
  • Al-Qaeda had terrorist camps in Iraq prior to the invasion,
  • Iraq had weapons of mass destruction
 
Internet Sites we Monitor:
  • Daily Kos: State of the Nation - disseminating news and opinion from a largely liberal, progressive point-of-view. It also acts as a discussion forum and group blog for a variety of activists.  Additionally, the site features a growing political encyclopaedia, glossaries, and other permanent content

  • FactCheck.org - nonpartisan, nonprofit website] that "aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics" It is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and is funded primarily by the Annenberg Foundation.[2]

  • The Politico - a Washington, D.C.-based, right-leaning political journalism organization that distributes its content via television, the internet, newspaper, and radio. Its coverage includes Congress, Washington lobbying, and the 2008 presidential election. 

  • Slate Online Magazine - Online magazine of news and commentary on culture and politics.

  • El Universal Newspaper - English language Venezuelan newspaper

  • MoveOn.org - a nonprofit organization primarily focusing on education and advocacy on important national issues

*most definitions sourced from Wikipedia.org

 

News Sources:

There is so little world news available inside the U.S,  and most of the other news is reduced to sound bites, so we usually get our in- depth news from the following sources.

This also provides good insight into how the U.S. is viewed by the rest of the world.

  • BBC - available on SIRIUS satellite radio, or as live stream on the internet at http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/

  • NPR - in depth discussions of current events in the US and the world .  The following are some our our favorites:

    • Diane Reim

    • Talk of the Nation

    • Science Friday

  • The Independent Newspaper - British Newspaper which provides a view of the US from the British and European perspective.

  • The Economist Magazine - a weekly international news and business publication offering clear reporting, commentary and analysis on world politics, business, finance, science and technology.