Thursday, October 01, 2009
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
know what else i'm tired of?Gog and Magog being the reason that we went to war in Iraq. not WMD or what-the-hell-ever made up crap we used to justify it.
GOG AND MAGOG.
...Stranger still are new accounts emerging from France describing how former president Jacques Chirac was utterly baffled by a 2003 telephone conversation in which Bush reportedly invoked fanatical Old Testament prophesy -- including the Earth-ending battle with forces of evil, Gog and Magog -- in his arguments to enlist France in the Coalition of the Willing.
"This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his people's enemies before a New Age begins," Bush said to Chirac, according to Thomas Romer, a University of Lausanne theology professor who was later approached by French officials anxious to understand the context of the biblical reference.
In the winter of 2003, when George Bush and Tony Blair were frantically gathering support for their planned invasion, Professor Thomas Römer, an Old Testament expert at the university of Lausanne, was rung up by the Protestant Federation of France. They asked him to supply them with a summary of the legends surrounding Gog and Magog and as the conversation progressed, he realised that this had originally come, from the highest reaches of the French government.
President Jacques Chirac wanted to know what the hell President Bush had been on about in their last conversation. Bush had then said that when he looked at the Middle East, he saw "Gog and Magog at work" and the biblical prophecies unfolding. But who the hell were Gog and Magog? Neither Chirac nor his office had any idea. But they knew Bush was an evangelical Christian, so they asked the French Federation of Protestants, who in turn asked Professor Römer.
Chirac recounts that the American leader appealed to their “common faith” (Christianity) and told him: “Gog and Magog are at work in the Middle East.... The biblical prophecies are being fulfilled.... This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his people’s enemies before a New Age begins.”
This bizarre episode occurred while the White House was assembling its “coalition of the willing” to unleash the Iraq invasion. Chirac says he was boggled by Bush’s call and “wondered how someone could be so superficial and fanatical in their beliefs.”
After the 2003 call, the puzzled French leader didn’t comply with Bush’s request. Instead, his staff asked Thomas Romer, a theologian at the University of Lausanne, to analyze the weird appeal.
....In 2007, Dr. Romer recounted Bush’s strange behavior in Lausanne University’s review, Allez Savoir....Subsequently, ex-President Chirac confirmed the nutty event in a long interview with French journalist Jean-Claude Maurice, who tells the tale in his new book, Si Vous le Répétez, Je Démentirai , released in March by the publisher Plon.
*(so you don't think i'm just going all lefty on this, the first two links are separate non-american accounts of this international incident.)
So let's get this straight. when bush pitched a WAR in the middle east to France, part of his 'sell' was that this was HIS hand dealing with the fruition of Old Testament prophecy? well no-the-hell-wonder they said 'thanks but no thanks'. if someone came to me with that shit, i wouldn't let them MOW MY YARD. Outside of the multi-level absurdity, isn't this the very thing that we accuse Islamic extremists of doing? trying to take the world and make it over in the image of their own faith? HELL, weren't we brushing away those 'crazy' muslims that were alarmed about bush starting the crusades over again? that was just silly! we just wanted to give them 2 scoops of freedom!
THIS is why we sent kids to die while the jackasses back home demanded to have freedom fries? THIS!?! i'm so angry right now.
It's worth your while to click here. If you had any illusions that the voter ID project had anything to do with actually protecting voter fraud, read this. Last session the GOP got a compromise bill to 'finally' bring Voter ID to MS and on the verge of passage it was killed.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Iranian students attacked by the police. you can see them group across the parking lot and then just charge. The events going on right now in Iran are some of the most amazing in years. Earlier today Ahmadinejad's on party members in the Iranian Parliament broke into fist fights over the whether the President's people were sending plainclothes thugs to attack students. Note: Ahmadinejad has not been seen in public since Monday.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Seems this Blue Dog Democrat was just FINE with that felony warrantless wiretapping that Bush instigated...until she found out she was being wiretapped herself!
Jane Harman: Angry, partisan, civil liberties extremist
Blue Dog Rep. Jane Harman -- once the most vigorous Democratic cheerleader of Bush's NSA warrantless eavesdropping program -- is rip-roarin' angry today. Apparently, her private conversations were eavesdropped on by the U.S. Government! This is a grave outrage that, as she told Andrea Mitchell just moments ago, demands a probing investigation:
That's what I asked Attorney General Holder to do -- to release any tapes, I don't know whether they were legally made or not, of my conservations about this matter . . . and to hope that he will investigate whether other members of Congress or other innocent Americans might have been subject to this same treatment. I call it an abuse of power in the letter I wrote him this morning. . . .
I'm just very disappointed that my country -- I'm an American citizen just like you are -- could have permitted what I think is a gross abuse of power in recent years. I'm one member of Congress who may be caught up in it, and I have a bully pulpit and I can fight back. I'm thinking about others who have no bully pulpit, who may not be aware, as I was not, that someone is listening in on their conversations, and they're innocent Americans.
So if I understand this correctly -- and I'm pretty sure I do -- when the U.S. Government eavesdropped for years on American citizens with no warrants and in violation of the law, that was "both legal and necessary" as well as "essential to U.S. national security," and it was the "despicable" whistle-blowers (such as Thomas Tamm) who disclosed that crime and the newspapers which reported it who should have been criminally investigated, but not the lawbreaking government officials. But when the U.S. Government legally and with warrants eavesdrops on Jane Harman, that is an outrageous invasion of privacy and a violent assault on her rights as an American citizen, and full-scale investigations must be commenced immediately to get to the bottom of this abuse of power. Behold Jane Harman's overnight transformation from Very Serious Champion of the Lawless Surveillance State to shrill civil liberties extremist.
Friday, March 27, 2009
This one won't help them much...The GOP is tired of being called "The Party of NO!", as if they're only obstructionist, possessing no alternatives of their own. They're set to put an end to that today with the release of the Republican budget titled "The Republican Road to Recovery".
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The Republicans have a long history of loyalty to their leadership. regardless of my own feelings, i'm a little amazed at how harsh the GOP faithful are turning on this guy. Whether it be Rush or members of congress, they're not really known for shooting down their own kind. Have you ever seen it? find a relative older than you. did THEY ever see anything like this?
I guess the real question is how long they plan to let a black man run the party? maybe it was a little too soon for this much progress?
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Well, I just watched the ceremony. This is actually something I did not intend to watch. i'm a little odd when it comes to the ceremony around politics. anyway, a friend talking to me about this made me (without her realizing it) rethink this. Maybe because it has been 16 years since the Inaugural Address was meaningful to me. As readers here may have noticed, my posts have been sporadic. this is (in part) because elections take a lot out of me. i devote a lot of my time, money, and heart into these things and i just feel exhausted and sometimes have trouble picking back up. (look at old posts here after each election).
The speech was good. I cannot tell if it will go down in history as profound, but it was very much something we (i) needed. He took great pains to address what i call the Republican fears. not just fears about Democrats or Obama, but rather fears that the Republican Leadership have created: The government's existence is terrible and can't be trusted, then using this notion as cover to run a government designed to fail and privatize work for more expense. The idea that we must give up our rights to be protected. That the President is above the law and and you're unpatriotic to disagree. A passive aggressive, and sometimes not so passive, tone that not everyone here is quite as American as everyone else. An enabled irresponsibility.
The speech hit on the themes i really liked from the acceptance speech. the parts of both that were important to me were the the references to this serious state we are in. One of the most impressive things i've seen (along with his speech on race) was on election night when he ordered the fireworks not to be shot at Grant Park. the reason was the serious, almost grave tone that he took. We won, but this is the beginning of the real work. That we are in dire straits and that the previous leadership as not required sacrifice from us. That is ending. I like hearing our problems taken in a serious tone. Not simple platitudes that suggest "we shall prevail," but a shaking of the people by their collars. We are in tough times and we ALL need to fix it. not "it will be ok" or "THEY will fix it" or "I will fix it". I think it has been a decade since I've heard an elected official tell us that WE have to meet these expectations...and hearing that the expectations go beyond "freedom" or "liberty".
We have to conserve. We have to be responsible for the obligations of the nation.
I have said many times about the change in leadership, that i'm ready for the grown ups to be back in charge. I'm tired of Men that fight 2 wars and never budget the cost. I feel like the nation's inside has been hulled so that the favored may get their way. I did feel happy today and i did feel slightly inspired. To be quite frank, the real way i felt was relief. Like i don't have to be sick anymore. I've been very sick for a very long time. I am ready for life to be better again.
I really liked the comments stating that we are 'ready to lead once more'.
People were cheering the helicopter taking bush away, and that is telling.