Thursday, June 23, 2005

Searching for what was lost

I am drained. I don't know if it is because I need a vacation, or because I need to make a change with myself. I don't know if it is because I (we) need to get our arses out of Arkansas or if it is because, as Jenn likes to remind me, I over analyze the situation.

Forgive the moments of frank thoughts from a weary mind, but I don't know if I should do what I am doing because I don't think what I am doing helps anyone at all. Or maybe we should just get out of Arkansas...

As my grandfather said "don't let the bastards get you down".

Wednesday, June 08, 2005


From The ONE Campaign
"ONE is a new effort by Americans to rally Americans – ONE by ONE – to fight the emergency of global AIDS and extreme poverty. The ONE Campaign is engaging Americans through a diverse coalition of faith-based and anti-poverty organizers to show the steps people can take, ONE by ONE, to fight global AIDS and poverty."

"ONE percent of the U.S. budget is $25 billion, and redirecting that much money would have to be done over time. Directed to honest governments, private charities and faith-based organizations, this support would provide the tools and resources they need to really make a difference. American support would be part of a compact with poor countries who fight corruption and use their own resources to help their people out of poverty. American leadership would be an example for rich countries in Europe and Asia to do their share to help the poorest people in the world."

From Cost Of War the current amount of money spent by the U.S. on the war in Iraq: 178 Billion F'in Dollars

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

How Absurd!?!

From Think Progress, The Bush Administration Was For Amnesty International Before It Was Against It.

It makes sense, really. Amnesty International is a great organization, but, you know, sometimes they just make a mistake with their reports. Especially when the people reporting the abuses hate America.

I am sure that the POWs in Vietnam, or from any other war loved their captors. I bet that the survivors of the Nazi concentration camps and the Soviet gulags also loved their captors, even though they reported the abuses that they endured while at these places. These people certainly did not hate their captors, because then their reports of abuses would be biased. And that just wouldn't be right, not to mention, unAmerican.

/end sarcasm

I am in no way comparing the Guantanamo Bay "prison camp" with the Soviet gulags or Nazi concentration camps. However, I am also not saying that G Bay is a wonderful place to stay, if you are a "guest" (remember, those at G Bay are not prisoners of war or political prisoners). If you listen to the actual statement by GW Bush about the AI report, you will think you are watching a bad Western movie and the Sheriff is telling the townsfolk that the bank robbers are lying when they say that they overheard plans by some of the townsfolk to have the them lynched. The Sheriff believes that the report is absurd because the bank robbers hate the town, and so they are lying about the lynching plot.

We Americans are such Lemmings.