As another Thanksgiving is upon us and as I prepare to celebrate the bounty that fate, luck and perseverance have provided it seems only fitting to reflect on the many things to be thankful for this year.
I am thankful that after eight years of boastful, bluster we have a President who will study, inquire and think before choosing a course of action instead of deciding what his gut or betters think and then justify the lack of critical analysis with a distortion of the facts to support the choice.
I am thankful the conversation about health care (or lack thereof) has progressed so far without being completely derailed by fear and lies. The struggle is far from over but I remain hopeful of the outcome and thankful to those engaged in the effort.
I am thankful for social media so that the horrific lack of integrity in journalism might be partially offset by those unwilling to sit quietly by while corporate conglomerates twist our democracy to their purposes.
Facts are not inherently good or bad.
Facts don’t mean anything. We make facts mean something. We draw conclusions and apply facts to make sense of our world.
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From the Urban Dictionary
The Paliban are an evangelically infused political movement following a strict interpretation of Sarah Palin’s life views. Paliban rule imposes draconian restrictions on women being allowed to self determine their own bodies. The Paliban are reactionary to science and prefer to base their beliefs on fear and faith. Environmental issues are generally brushed off or denied, because the rapture should take care of it, and the Paliban believes they will all be hoovered to heaven. Individual members of the Paliban are referred to as Palinistas. The Paliban has a particular fascination with tea bags and aren’t particularly good spellers. If you are not one of them, you are against all of them. You’ve been warned. 1.)The Paliban members are difficult to count since whenever they gather their numbers are greatly exaggerated by Fox news.
2.)I saw a member of the Paliban had made a facebook pledge to Palin, “I would die for you, I would kill for you.”
3)The Paliban should not be confused with Pal-Qaida.
The Republican Party has devolved into a fractured incoherent mess. The last election started a slide into a morass that can only be described as a farce of a national political party.
It started with John McCain’s selection of the moronically unqualified Sarah Palin as a running mate. The excitement that was generated bolstered the campaign temporarily but realistically the choice probably killed any possibility of him winning the presidency. What the choice did accomplish was to give credence to the furthest right whackjob crackpots who suddenly became mainstream when compared to the vice presidential nominee of the Republican Party.
As the campaign spun into “biggest celebrity” “Joe the plumber” “pallin around with terrorists” the conversation got less and less grounded in the actual political dialog of governance and the concerns of the American people. But the fringe had found their voice, and birthers, deathers, “you lie” extremists poured out of the woodwork because the right was listening, tailoring their message to the only excitement they could perceive, the excitement of “the mob”.
The right has swung so far away from a realistic discussion of the pressing matters of health care, deficits, the economy, engagements in
We bring up end of life counseling – they say death panels
We say no funds to insure illegal aliens – they scream “you lie”
We say fix health insurer abuses – they say government takeover
We say save money by reforming medicare – they say “pulling the plug on grandma”
We say a serious review of strategy in
The time has come to push our representatives to do the hard work that needs doing without the cover of bipartisanship, even if they have to fall on their swords to get that work done.
It is not possible to engage the minority party in a meaningful debate if they refuse to even have the same conversation… So from now on, they say tomato, I say “FUCK YOU”
(image courtesy of @RioPuerco)
“I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others.” Thomas Jefferson
The controversy swirling around the upcoming trial of Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four of his accused cohorts has prompted many a discussion about the wisdom of holding these trials. Having avoided any in depth conversation for a couple of days I am ready to plow headlong into that abyss that is taking a stand.
Khalid Sheik Mohammed and the others should stand trial in Federal court. The primary reasons I believe so are below:
Federal courts have vastly more experience at handling this kind of trial than military commissions do.
Military commissions lack the transparency of a federal trial.
The perception of fairness from a military commission could never rival that of a Federal court in the
I am not willing to throw out our values for terrorists, and I will not be scared into believing I need to by hysterical rhetoric.
I don’t want these guys to be more special than they are, try them, convict them, and punish them.
If the process of trying KSM is more difficult because he was tortured than it should be! I don’t give a shit about KSM, but I do give a shit that members of my elected government that work for me broke our laws. This does not give KSM a pass for the deplorable things that he is accused of, it also doesn’t make it alright to ignore our values and laws to provide a fair trial prior to conviction and punishment.
There are people who claim that giving a trial to KSM would result in the
Most importantly the prosecution of “the war on terror” should be removed from the military. The term “war on terror” is idiotic, terror is an emotion and war connotes a military response in a territorial theater of combat which is becoming less and less the case. It is time to start thinking and stop reacting, terrorism is not going to magically go away, but the fight should be waged through the intelligence community and international law enforcement. Trying to fight Al Qaeda with an army is like trying to kill a bacterial infection with a hammer, stupid and ineffective.
Ultimately the trial is not for KSM it is for the American people, an affirmation that the values we hold are more important than the terrorists. Why the hell would we want to throw our values on the rubble of the world trade center? What the terrorists knocked down was flesh, steel and concrete, what the hysterical right would have us tear down in response is far more precious.