"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

Mar 31, 2010

Drill, Baby, Drill! (yelps Sarah Palin, er, Barack Obama)

...more on lesser-evilism, later (and a follow up on some sage critique) - but, can anyone please explain to me the differences between the failed McCain/Palin Administration and the present Obama one?

A HuffPo link thankfully short on historical historickiness or embarrassing swooning. 

So now we've got taxpayer funded, but privately held, nuclear plants coming down the pike. We've got expanded offshore oil drilling, right after El Presidente mouths some moth eaten platitudes about climate change and greenification. We've got giant transfers of the commons to Wall Street, banks, insurance companies, pharma companies, mercenaries, defense industry behemoths and energy consortiums. We've got escalation in Afghanistan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Yemen, Colombia and Georgia. We've got all sorts of provocations of Iran, Syria, Hizbollah and Hamas. Plus the whole "hemming in the Russians" thing. Israel gets even more dough under the cover of "strained relations," with Americans still funding the expansion of colonial displacement of Palestinians.

We have extensions of Clinton-Bush encroachments on civil liberties, strengthening of the security state, including the Patriot Act and legal defenses of the MCA2006. We've got the continued use of the American gulag system and continued protection/coddling of admitted torturers. We've got an expanded war on drugs, with Mexico slowly edging out Colombia as the hobgoblin du jour. We've got idiot Christianists playing right into the FeeBee trap, with all sorts of police powers abused out in the open.

We've got speech de-legitimized and demonized, by kneeling admin loyalists, because the speakers happen to be ill informed political opponents with a grievance against real, distorted and imagined gubmint enemies.

Oh, how terrible, this horrible age of President McCain...

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