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Rage Against This Machine

So it seems that Bush is once again trying to tie 9/11 to Iraq. Come on America WAKE UP, Iraq had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11. We have been round and round this maypole before. Simply put Bush is starting to sound like a broken record. In my opinion the mid term elections are going to go poorly for republicans. They are going to loose several important house and senate seats and then the democrats are going to make Bush’s life hell. The Republican Party led by head treason officer Carl Rove has been so heavy handed with the minority party that we can only expect to see some severe partisan politics from congress.
This will only be magnified if Bush’s poll numbers continue to drop and people continue to wipe the dust caused by 9/11 out of their eyes. People are finally starting to realize that our country is being led by a bunch of Halliburton executives, not leaders. The price of gas, the bad air, the droughts, the hurricanes, maybe just maybe people are starting to understand that we are in the fight of our lives here (literally). If we don’t get some leaders in office that understand things like global warming, poverty as root causes of terrorism, and the importance of reallocating military spending to other more worthy needs, we will go extinct as a species. It’s that simple, we wise up or we die off.

Don’t be Different or They Will Kill You

So what if you could be chased down and killed just because you didn’t look like everyone else? Well that is exactly what happened to Jean Charles de Menezes. He was using the tube in London, was chased down by plain cloths cops, held down and shot five times in the back. What is the reason for this brutality? Was he about to kill someone, no. Was he about to blow something up, no. Was he doing anything wrong at all, no. He was tackled, held down and executed like a dog, because he “looked like a terrorist”. Honestly I expected better from the British. My stomach drops and I feel sick when I read about this. Continue reading Don’t be Different or They Will Kill You

Sing a Sad Song for Karl Rove

It must be hard for poor Karl Rove to keep all the dirty little lies he tells separate. You would think that after a while they would all run together into one big lie. Who knows what he tells himself to be able to sleep at night. But it seems lately as if his empire of fibs is about to come crashing down. Bad things about the Bush administration are leaking out left and right. With the republicans in congress voting against his social security bill, and democrats blocking Bolton’s nomination for U.N. ambassador, old Rovey poo must be having a fit.

Lincoln rolling in the grave

So sometimes it seems that small little things really make me mad. So Abe Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. He didn’t do all that much, you know just freed the slaves, won the civil war, all this while making managing to rock that hat. By all accounts he was an all right guy.

Weather he personally believed in all the stuff he came to stand for is unimportant because his actions were such that the slaves were freed and the nation began the long road to integration and freedom for all (a road we are still on). He showed that it didn’t matter what you say it’s what you do.

A lesson that our current president would do well to learn. Your actions are what you will be judged by, not your words. So you can call it the clean skies act, or the healthy forest act, the future will judge you a polluter of skies and a destroyer of forests. So what does all this have to do with Abe? Well it seems that good old Bushy and his buddies want to do a little revamp of the Lincoln Memorial. Seems there is too much in there about gays and anti-war and anti-gun protestors. See this for more details.

The National Park Service has bought footage of President George W. Bush, his father, pro-Iraq War demonstrations and anti-gun control rallies from news organizations for inclusion in a video to be displayed at the Lincoln Memorial, according to documents obtained by People For the American Way Foundation (PFAWF) and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

The two groups obtained hundreds of pages of records through a lawsuit they filed this past January under the Freedom of Information Act. The surrendered records contain thousands of redactions; in many cases whole pages are blacked out. While the groups are negotiating for additional disclosures as part of an ongoing suit, the excerpts released so far paint a compelling picture of how much time and energy the Bush administration has expended in an effort to censor brief clips of footage depicting gay rights, reproductive rights and anti-war demonstrations at the Lincoln Memorial from an educational eight-minute video that has been shown at the memorial since 1994.

The groups filed their FOIA request in October 2003 after being alerted that Park Service officials planned to develop a “more balanced” version of the videotape to satisfy the objections of right wing organizations. The right wing organizations reportedly complained that brief segments of footage showing gay rights, reproductive rights, and anti-Vietnam War demonstrations implied that “Lincoln would have supported homosexual and abortion ‘rights’ as well as feminism.”

The documents show that the Bush administration has acted on their demands, having authorized over $200,000 for video acquisition, editing, and production. In one email, a Park Service official writes “the Director just stopped in to relay that Judge Manson [the Assistant Interior Secretary] wanted to move quickly on the recommendations in the Video paper.” In another email from this January, an official writes that he has been ordered to “fast track” work on the Lincoln Memorial, causing other scheduled projects to be delayed.

In order to revise the video, the Park Service paid thousands to purchase additional footage. Though the agency redacted much of the identifying information, the un-redacted portions indicate that the footage includes conservative events and both President Bush and his father. The Park Service has not disclosed the content of the new video, the instructions given for the revisions or who approved the final product.

“I had not realized the extent to which the Lincoln Memorial exhibits had turned into a vanity project for the Bush administration,” added PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, noting that high school students from around the country put the current video together with no input by political appointees. “No expense is being spared to erase even fleeting images of feminists, war protestors and gays from display as part of our nation’s history.”

Shameful really. I guess we should be asking ourselves W.W.L.D. What Would Lincoln Do. Now the man who freed the slaves and fought a civil war so that all men could be created equal, would enjoy a robust and full expression of equal rights for all. And he was no warmonger; he would have supported the anti-war sentiment of the Vietnam generation. I think his own words speak for themselves. “Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves…”