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"An Essay on President Bush and Death"

"...He is the President who does not feel. He does not feel for the families of the dead; he does not feel for the thirty five million of us who live in poverty; he does not feel for the forty percent who cannot afford health insurance; he does not feel for the miners whose lungs are turning black or for the working people he has deprived of the chance to work overtime at time-and-a-half to pay their bills---it is amazing for how many people in this country this President does not feel.

But he will dissemble feeling. He will say in all sincerity he is relieving the wealthiest one percent of the population of their tax burden for the sake of the rest of us, and that he is polluting the air we breathe for the sake of our economy, and that he is decreasing the safety regulations for coal mines to save the coal miners` jobs, and that he is depriving workers of their time-and-a- half benefits for overtime because this is actually a way to honor them by raising them into the professional class.

And this litany of lies he will versify with reverences for God and the flag and democracy, when just what he and his party are doing to our democracy is choking the life out of it...."

-- Excerpt from Alachua Post.  For the complete article, click here.                                 


The latest zinger from Tom Delay - "We've got Justice Kennedy writing decisions based upon international law, not the Constitution of the United States? That's just outrageous. And not only that, but he said in session that he does his own research on the Internet? That is just incredibly outrageous."

(Quoted on salon.com - see the article here)

Did I read this right - web research = "incredibly outrageous", not to mention the international law (as in treaties to which we have agreed to abide) slam? 


"I've only got an 8th grade education and I can see through that George Bush."  - the guy at Whataburger the morning after the Sept. 20 debate


 

"Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering."  Buckminster Fuller


 

The Texas Republican Party Platform 2004 Quotes

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The conservative principles of our Party are tested and proven.

 

The Party supports legislation that would make it a felony to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple and for any civil official to perform a marriage ceremony for a same-sex couple.

 

Life begins at the moment of fertilization and ends at the point of natural death.

 

The Federal Government has no constitutional jurisdiction over education. We call for the abolition of the U. S. Department of Education and the prohibition of the transfer of any of its functions to any other federal agency.

 

The Republican Party of Texas affirms that the United States of America is a Christian nation, and the public acknowledgement of God is undeniable in our history. Our nation was founded on fundamental Judeo-Christian principles based on the Holy Bible.

 

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For more excerpts from the platform, click here.

For the entire text of the platform click here.

 


 

Excerpts from Al Gore's speech at New York University (May 26, 2004):

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He promised to "restore honor and integrity to the White House." Instead, he has brought deep dishonor to our country and built a durable reputation as the most dishonest president since Richard Nixon.

We are less safe because of his policies. He has created more anger and righteous indignation against us as Americans than any leader of our country in the 228 years of our existence as a nation -- because of his attitude of contempt for any person, institution or nation who disagrees with him.

When a senior, respected military leader like Joe Hoar uses the word "abyss", then the rest of us damn well better listen. Here is what he means: more American soldiers dying, Iraq slipping into worse chaos and violence, no end in sight, with our influence and moral authority seriously damaged.

In his upcoming book, Zinni blames the current catastrophe on the Bush team's incompetence early on. "In the lead-up to the Iraq war, and its later conduct," he writes, "I saw at a minimum, true dereliction, negligence and irresponsibility, at worst, lying, incompetence and corruption."

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Click here for the text of the entire speech.


 

"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt." - Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, logician, essayist

 


But this is the great danger America faces. That we will cease to be one nation and become instead a collection of interest groups: city against suburb, region against region, individual against individual. Each seeking to satisfy private wants.  If that happens, who then will speak for America?  Who then will speak for the common good?

- Barbara Jordan, Keynote Address, Democratic Convention, July 12, 1976 

 


 

A recent defense of Mr. Bush by Mrs. Bush -

In an interview with the Associated Press on Thursday, she said of the National Guard flap: "I think it's a political, you know, witch hunt, actually, on the part of Democrats."

Talking to ABC's Terry Moran, Mrs. Bush harshly responded to Terry McAuliffe's AWOL charge: "I don't think it's fair to really lie about allegations about someone."  She stated flatly that W. was pulling Guard duty in Alabama.  When Mr. Moran asked how she knew, she replied, "Well, because he told me he was.

 - from Maureen Dowd, "I Read, I Smoke, I Spin", The New York Times, Sunday, February 22, 2004

 


 

"See, Free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don't attack each other. Free nations don't develop weapons of mass destruction." George W. Bush, Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 3, 2003

(After reading the quote above, VisionDog was found banging his knee with a hammer and mumbling, "Granada! Hiroshima! Nagasaki! The man really is a dumb ass." Fortunately, he was sedated before he hurt himself - VisionDog, that is.)

 


 

This is an actual obituary published in The Times-Picayune, New Orleans on 10/2/2003:

"Word has been received that Gertrude M. Jones, 81, passed away on August 25, 2003, under the loving care of the nursing aides of Heritage Manor of Mandeville, Louisiana. She was a native of Lebanon, KY. She was a retired Vice President of Georgia International Life Insurance Company of Atlanta, GA. Her husband, Warren K. Jones predeceased her. Two daughters survive her: Dawn Hunt and her live-in boyfriend, Roland, of Mandeville,LA; and Melba Kovalak and her husband, Drew Kovalak, of Woodbury, MN. Three sisters, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren, also survive her. Funeral services were held in Louisville, KY.  Memorial gifts may be made to any organization that seeks the removal of President George Bush from office."

(Gertrude Jones' on-line "Guest Book" can be accessed here.)

A similar statement was contained in the obituary of  71-year-old Sally Baron, published August 21, 2003 in Capital Times of Madison, Wisconsin.


 

Don't you just hate that "LIBERAL MEDIA" that has taken over DUh'merica -


"According to the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, the top five radio station owners that control 45 powerful, 50,000-watt or more radio stations broadcast 310 hours of nationally syndicated right-wing talk. But they broadcast only a total of five hours of countervailing talk..." (Source: Salon August 15, 2003, "The right wing's summer of hate", by Sidney Blumenthal)

 



There are leaders and then there is -

"...DeLay held a fundraiser at a steak restaurant for his political action committee. When he lit up a cigar, the manager meekly told him that it was against the law. "I am the federal government!" bellowed DeLay." (Source: Salon August 15, 2003, "The right wing's summer of hate", by Sidney Blumenthal)
 


 

Quotes from "Illogical Reasoning of a War Against Iraq"  An NPR Commentary by Peter Freundlich ("All Things Considered", March 13, 2002)
 

"All right, let me see if I understand the logic of this correctly. We are going to ignore the United Nations in order to make clear to Saddam Hussein that the United Nations cannot be ignored. We're going to wage war to preserve the UN's ability to avert war. The paramount principle is that the UN's word must be taken seriously, and if we have to subvert its word to guarantee that it is, then by gum, we will....

 

"Further, if the only way to bring democracy to Iraq is to vitiate the democracy of the Security Council, then we are honor-bound to do that...

 

"We cannot leave in power a dictator who ignores his own people. And if our people, and people elsewhere in the world, fail to understand that, then we have no choice but to ignore them."

 

See the complete commentary at http://www.npr.org/programs/atc/transcripts/2003/mar/030313.freundlich.html

 


 

"Basically, the average American does not care if they are fed propaganda. They are happy with it as long as the coverage is patriotic."

 

-- Garth Jowett, director of the School of Communications at the University of Houston

(from "U.S. Gets Potent War Message Machine in Place" by Sue Pleming, Yahoo News, 3/18/2003)

 

 


 

"Patriotism in the next to last refuge of the scoundrel and the fool - religion being the last."

 

-- VisionDog

 


 

"When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and purity of its heart."

 

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 


"Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them!"

 

-- Albert Einstein
 


 

"For the intelligent and sincere person war is absolutely the last option. Unfortunately, for the not so bright person who allows dogma, prejudice, and apparent self interest to replace sincerity, war is much more easily justified"

 

-- VisionDog.

 


 

"I'm very depressed. I just feel we're entering a new sort of ugly phase where America attempts to be a unilateral power. But we do not realize that the United States was the chief beneficiary of an international system that found alternatives to violence -- the idea that the United Nations provided hope for peaceful resolution. We have just told [the world] that that's no longer operative, and that violence is the last, best resort. And I'm afraid we'll be victims of that violence far more than we are the beneficiaries of that violence."

 

-- John Brady Kiesling, career U.S. foreign officer who recently resigned from his post as political counselor, U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece

 

(from "Odd Man Out" By Eric Boehlert, www.salon.com, 3/19/2003)


 

The Bush administration now presides over unprecedented American military might. What it risks squandering is not America's power, but an essential part of its glory.

 

(from "War in the Ruins of Diplomacy" editorial in The New York Times, 3/18/2003)

 


 

``Today, I weep for my country.  No more is the image of America one of strong, yet benevolent, peacekeeper. Around the globe, our friends mistrust us, our word is disputed, our intentions are questioned.''

 

-- Senator Robert C. Byrd

 

(from "2 Iraqi Missiles Are Shot Down by U.S. and 1 Lands in Desert", David E. Sanger & John F. Burns, New York Times, 03/20/03)

 


 

 

 

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