Friday, September 30, 2005

 

The Logic of Racism

On his radio show, former Education Secretary William Bennett said that “if you wanted to reduce crime, you could, if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down.”

Aside from the repugnant racism of this comment, consider this: Even if you replace “black” with “white,” the statement would make just as much logical sense, because whites commit crimes, too — many of them of a quite colossal nature.

Bennett has been asked to apologize, but that’s not enough. He needs to get out of public life.

Monday, September 26, 2005

 

Hypocrite Bush Supporters

Bush has asked Americans to contribute to a fund to rebuild Iraq, but his request has raised — are you ready for this? — a measly $600. The obvious question here is: Where is the flood of big-buck contributions from rich Bush supporters? If they truly believe in what he’s doing, why don’t they pony up now? This paltry sum exposes the cynicism, hypocrisy, and self-centeredness of those who will contribute vast sums to Bush’s reelection campaign, but won’t give a cent to a fund which supposedly is meant to realize Bush’s high ideals for building a new Iraq.

And there is another, bigger question: Bush himself has lots of money. If he really believes in his own mission, why doesn’t he donate part of his personal fortune to the effort? The answer is that he doesn’t believe in it himself.

Obviously, the whole Bush program is a pack of lies, and even his supporters know it.

 

Sheehan’s Arrest

So Cindy Sheehan has finally been arrested, something I figured would happen sooner or later. Naturally, this was not a smart move by the authorities, as arrest during a peaceful protest can only ratchet up Sheehan’s heroine quotient.

Inside the White House, Grand Spinmeister Scott McClellan (has this guy ever given a straightforward and truthful answer?) said, “It’s the right of the American people to peacefully express their views,” which I doubt he believes, unless they are supportive of his boss, and made the outright ludicrous statement that President Dubya is “very much aware of the people here who have come to Washington, D.C.” This is laughable because in his few public appearances, Bush appears distant, detached, unaware, and uncaring. Indeed, it is reported that he’s back on the bottle, though I doubt he was ever off it. And I have always contended that Bush is out of the loop, and that Cheney and the neocons are actually running the show.

But to get back to the subject, Sheehan will doubtless become stronger for this, and Bush weaker. Despite the desperate statement by Karl Rove (Bush’s Darth Vader) that “Cindy Sheehan is a clown,” no one is laughing at her.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

 

Olympic Exploitation and Destruction

If you still think the Olympic games are about sports, fellowship, and improving international relations, think again. Try money. Money from big fat construction projects, money from sales of corporate crap, money from transportation and hotels. And try destruction. Destruction of homes and neighborhoods, destruction of the environment.

Today’s newspaper features an article on how Beijing is razing whole neighborhoods for the 2008 Olympic games. Traditional neighborhoods known as hutong are being wiped off the map to make room for construction projects, and their residents in some cases literally thrown out of their homes. An example given in the article is one “Mr. Wang” (not his real name, for obvious reasons), a 70-year-old man who was living with his family in one of these neighborhoods. Early one morning near the end of last year, while everyone was still asleep, some men kicked down the front door, literally dragged Mr. Wang out of his bed, and threw him into the street. He suffered a broken right arm. A crane smashed the house with all the family’s belongings, leaving them with nothing but the shirts on their backs. What’s more, Mr. Wang had to pay his own medical expenses, and he has yet to be compensated for his home or moving expenses.

It’s easy to blame this on the character of the Chinese people, but what’s really driving this is Olympic money. Wherever the Olympic games go, destruction precedes them. But that is, ironically, what props up the world economy.

Monday, September 19, 2005

 

Don’t Be Fooled

Clinton, Kerry, and others have been leveling criticism at the Bush administration, primarily for mismanaging the Katrina disaster. Just look at a few liberal websites and see them prominently displaying these articles and shaking their fingers.

But wait a minute. Where have these all-out verbal onslaughts against Bush policy been until now? How do you square this criticism with the virtual rubber stamping of Dubya’s program by the Democrats? If Kerry is so righteous, why didn’t he try to claim his victory in the 2004 election (and Gore in 2000)?

Don’t be fooled. They are all Republicrats, and what we are witnessing is an episode of internal jockeying for power. Liberals who get excited over these little outbursts had best calm themselves down and take a reality check. The Democrats are not America’s saviors any more than the Republicans are.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

 

Fueling the Agricultural Machine

What will we be eating, or perhaps it would be better to say who will be eating, when fossil fuel products become increasingly unavailable to the world’s farmers? Considering that world population has considerably exceeded the Earth’s carrying capacity thanks to cheap oil, this is not merely a question of idle curiosity, but literally a matter of life and death. This overview of the problem touches on the seriousness of the problem but is rather low-key. In fact, it is a certainty that many people are going to starve to death in the not-too-distant future.

Fortunately, fast and appropriate action by governments could save a lot of people. We will not be eating high on the hog, but we will at least be eating, provided governments start preparing now.

One country that bears study is Cuba, which underwent a substantial reorganization after Soviet assistance evaporated. Despite the continuing attempts of the US government to strangle Cuba’s economy, Cubans are managing to feed themselves. It is quite a contrast with the desperate situation of North Korea.

Worldwide, however, the prospects for sensible action by any government of an industrialized country are not good, so once again I recommend that you get going on your garden now.

 

Rescue Effort a ‘Success’?

There is a case for arguing that the pitiful efforts at rescuing people after Katrina were in fact a resounding “success.” Read over this list and judge for yourself.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

 

Katrina Was No Surprise II

More documentation that Katrina was no surprise to the US government. The National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center predicted well what course the hurricane would take and what would happen.

Just sit back, let it happen, and “clean up” New Orleans. Which reminds me: It’s not hard these days to find plenty of examples in news reports about the stunningly horrible treatment of black Americans who lost their homes. I used to think blacks were second-class citizens, but it seems I was wrong. They are being given third- or fourth-class treatment, and indeed appear to be personae non gratae in some cases.

Monday, September 12, 2005

 

Biggest Merchant of Death

The United States has the dubious distinction of being the world’s leading merchant of death. Read the shocking details here.

Arms, drugs, human trafficking, the illegal wildlife trade... Be thankful for all of them because they prop up the world economy.

Friday, September 09, 2005

 

New Orleans Being ‘Cleaned Up’

Just as I thought, Dubya and his cronies are “cleaning up” NO and making it into a paradise for Republican-voting rich whites. How to get rid of all those poor blacks (who tend not to vote Republican) cluttering up the place? Let God do it! Just don’t protect the city from natural disaster. One politician was overhead saying, “We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did.” Curious, as that is not the God I know.

Already planning is under way for a new New Orleans without all those poor blacks in the way of “redevelopment.”

The ethnic cleansing of NO is under way. I don’t condone violence, but this is so shockingly rotten that I’m surprised African-Americans don’t rise up and cause a nationwide riot. Of course they would probably all be shot (the Final Solution?).

Is there not a shred of decency left in the United States government?

Thursday, September 08, 2005

 

Poverty in the US

We know how bad things are in the US, and that they’re getting steadily worse under a government that simply does not care about minorities and the poor. But now a UN report has provided documentation of how bad things really are.

As if we needed any more proof that trickle-down theory is just an excuse for the rich to keep all the wealth to themselves...

 

9/11 and Getting the Truth Out

Over at TruthOut.org, which works hard at getting the truth out, but not quite hard enough, Managing Editor Scott Galindez helps the neocons by peddling their improbable story about 9/11 being perpetrated by Osama bin Laden.

Galindez is right when he says that Bush will again fall back on 9/11 to shore up his sliding public approval for the war. And he’s right that 9/11 was a blank check for the neocons to do as they like.

But that’s the way it was planned.

Now, the people over at TruthOut (and Common Dreams and host of other progressive sites) are not stupid. In fact, they appear to be pretty intelligent, thinking, and reasonable people. For that very reason, I don’t understand why they skirt the obvious questions about 9/11 in left gatekeeper style. Bush’s story about 9/11 is riddled with holes. It leaks water all over the place. It does not jibe with the physical evidence and timeline. The 9/11 Commission’s report, which claims to be the definitive account of “what went wrong,” seems better suited to covering up what went right. Decisive evidence is withheld from the public. The whole thing stinks to high heaven.

So we come back to the question of why intelligent, truthseeking people ignore glaring discrepancies, contradictions, question-dodging, and obvious attempts to hide the truth.

Is it that they simply cannot believe the US government would murder its own people for political ends? Come on! We see that happening in New Orleans right now. Operation Northwoods was a plan like 9/11. And whenever a government sends soldiers into battle needlessly, as in Iraq, that too is murder.

Is it that they disdain “conspiracy theories”? Such theorizing is an attempt to explain what Bush’s story doesn’t. It is the same thing that detectives do when they try to solve a crime. In that light, the attempts of police investigators to piece together a crime are also conspiracy theories. Since Bush’s story does not by any stretch of the imagination satisfactorily explain what happened, are truth-seeking citizens just supposed to give up and believe it, anyway?

That certainly seems to be what Mr. Galindez and many others have done.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

 

Elite View of the Little People

Dubya’s mother Barbara Bush, in a candid moment, gave us a glimpse of the elite view of the little people. Commenting on the displaced Americans who have taken refuge in the Houston Astrodome, she said, “What I’m hearing is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this, this is working very well for them.”

Meanwhile, Dubya has launched an “investigation” into what went wrong with the relief effort, and has put himself in charge. Yes, you read that correctly. First of all, nothing went “wrong.” This was all according to plan. Secondly, as with 9/11, the “investigation” is a coverup that will place blame on systemic errors. The elites have everything covered.

Monday, September 05, 2005

 

America Is Becoming a ‘Failed State’

Black Commentator has a fine article on how the US is well on the way to becoming a failed state — a country that cannot provide for the basic welfare of its citizens.

Of course that is the whole idea. There is a pattern of willful failure here, and New Orleans is just one example of the government’s effort to do as little as possible for the people.

 

Federal Foot-Dragging

Check out this shocking list of foot-dragging by the US government. And this list is by no means comprehensive. For example, it does not include the offers of help from Venezuela and Cuba, which the Bush administration did not accept. And some of the other reports on what’s not being done are equally incredible.

Certainly Bush is an incompetent buffoon, but the kind of failures we are hearing about go far beyond mere incompetence. Just as with 9/11, we are told that failure is due to an unbelievable comedy of errors and confluence of unlikely events, while officials tell outright lies to cover their butts. However, circumstantial evidence points to a more believable scenario: The failure in New Orleans, like 9/11, is an attack against the American people by its own government. I would like to be proved wrong on that, but so far the Bush administration has given me no convincing reason to believe anything that it says.

 

Katrina Was No Surprise

Dubya is quoted as saying, “I don’t think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees,” but that’s pure hogwash. An elaborate study had predicted just how bad it would be, and supposedly federal agencies were ready. Nevertheless, New Orleans was left largely unprotected, and the half-hearted response of Dubya’s government is the target of well-deserved blistering attacks.

It is not far-fetched speculation that political elites, developers, and giant corporations were secretly hoping this would happen so as to get the poor out of the way and make room for some giant “redevelopment” projects. Watch closely now to see how the “rebuilding” of NO proceeds.

Oh, by the way, where have I heard that “no one expected this” excuse before? Oh, yea, it was just after 9/11, when Dubya’s people said that no one expected that airplanes would be used as missiles. And that was a lie, too.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

 

The Semantics of Racism, Again

Another comment on the racial bias of the US media. Are you disgusted enough now?

Friday, September 02, 2005

 

Disgusting, Cold-Blooded Bush

As corpses rot and more among the still-living prepare for the same fate in New Orleans, we are hearing more and more horror stories combined with reports on why it didn’t have to be this bad.

Clearly, the attitude of BushCo toward the people of the United States, and no doubt the rest of the world, is just as I have always said: “Little people” like us are cannon fodder for the battlefield and cheap labor for the factories and fields. If you are not a member of the Energy Elite, forget about the government doing anything for the public good. They spend taxes and borrowed money “protecting” us from a phony terrorist threat, but there is no money for protecting people from real disasters, and no money for feeding the poor.

Tens of billions are spent on wars for corporate profit and stealing other people’s oil, but there is no money for protecting New Orleans and other cities, no money for energy-efficiency programs, no money for healthcare, no money for education, and no money for just about anything else you can think of that benefits the public — the “little people.” The privatization mania that has gripped the elites will in time do away with public schools, public libraries, social security, and other “socialist” elements of the socioeconomic system.

Before Katrina, Bush slashed funding for public works and preparedness, and sent the National Guard and their equipment to Iraq based on a pack of lies. After Katrina, there is still no coherent plan or response. If you haven’t done so, read some of the reports from people on the ground in and around New Orleans (I am not talking about “news” reports by the mainstream media). It’s appalling.

Further, the US government turns down help from other nations. For example, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez offered aid, which the State Department termed “counterproductive.” Demonstrably, Chavez has shown more concern for the “little people” than Bush has (that’s of course why US elites hate him). He is even offering low-cost fuel to Americans in need. As of September 2, Canada was preparing to send help, but said no US request had been made. How can BushCo be so callous? People are desperate and dying in New Orleans. They would appreciate help from anyone, even socialists. Elites wearing finely tailored suits, sitting in air-conditioned offices, and eating delicacies of course understand none of this.

Elites will grab more and more of the wealth, leaving the rest of us with nothing but the shirts on our backs, or maybe not even that much. If they can enrich themselves at the expense of New Orleans — which will probably never be completely rebuilt — they will.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

 

Disaster Compounded by Bush

Things are bad in New Orleans. But as many have pointed out, it didn’t have to be this bad.

Thanks to Bush, the money and manpower that could have averted the worst of the disaster to the Gulf Coast are off in the Middle East making life miserable for everyone there. Under Bush and his minions, the world is going from bad to worse, to hell in a handbasket.

Bush’s energy policy is equally disastrous. Its sole purpose is to maximize profits for energy companies, and to hell with everyone else. Instead of powering down to wean the US off oil and building renewable energy infrastructure while it’s still possible, this madman just aggravates the situation.

Thanks to Bush, we can count on things getting a lot worse. In the not-too-distant future, look for many other cities to become like New Orleans.

 

The Semantics of Racism

Check it out: When blacks take something from a store it’s called “looting,” but when whites do the same thing it’s called “finding.” The mainstream media help reinforce racist thinking.

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