Thursday, August 31, 2006

Something to Remember


"We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof, and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men, not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, and to defend causes that were for the moment unpopular.

"And so good night, and good luck."


Keith Olberman from MNSBC's "Countdown" repeated these words on his show this week and they are as important today as they were in the McCarthy era. Olberman was responding to Don Rumsfeld speech to the VFW where the Secretary of Defense indicated that criticizing the war on Iraq was tanamount to appeasement of the enemy.

Mr. Oberman, I couldn't agree with your comments more. Well done.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Secret Holds


Senators Barack Obama (D-Ill) and Tom Coburn, (R-Okla), as unlikely a pair to team on legislation as you might find, recently put forward a bill that would create a database of information describing federal spending on government contracts, loans, grants and other spending. Sounds good doesnÂ’t it? Finally, some transparency in the system and a mechanism that would allow those paying for the government (you and me) to see where our money is going. The measure passed both committees it was presented to and was on track to have a floor vote prior to the August recess.

So, what happened?

The legislation never got to the floor for a vote. It is dead as a doornail.

An unidentified senator placed a hold on the bill, effectively killing any chance of it getting to the floor for a vote. Not only did the senator place the hold, it is a "secret hold", established in violation of senate policy established by Trent Lott and Tom Daschle way back in 1998 essentially requiring anyone wanting to put a hold on legislation must inform the committee considering the matter. Holds have been used for decades, and originally, it was considered as a courtesy for a senator who may be otherwise unable to come to the Senate to review and consider the bill. It was supposed to be temporary. However, the history of this arcane procedure has allowed senators from both sides of the aisle to kill legislation they didn't like.

Rather than let the legislative process work as designed, the internal rules set up by the Senate on matters like legislative holds, filibusters, cloture votes, etc. have created a little world where the Senate can, with little transparency do whatever it pleases with respect to the development and passage of legislation. It's worked well, because the general public doesn't have the time nor inclination to bone up on senate procedure and then take their elective representatives to task for actions such as legislative holds.

If however, the general public knew about this (If the bloody news media would publish reports on this rather than the always exciting JonBenet case) they would be outraged. I think public opinion is typically on the side of full-disclosure. Certainly, exposure of these types of actions would have a chilling effect on them. As Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis said:

Sunlight is the best disinfectant


It's high time we as a public demanded better behavior from our representatives. This November, let's send a clear message to the club in Washington that we are tired of the little tricks like secret holds. What's required is a promise from any candidate for Senate running in November that they will join Chuck Grassley and Ron Wyden (two senators who have been out front on attempting to eliminate the notion of secret holds altogether) in getting rid of this spurious procedure. Senators who support this procedure should be voted out of office.

If you are concerned or even interested on where the government spends our money, then this should motivate you to write your Senator and express yourdisappointmentt in the fact the legislation was killed. It is our government, not theirs and I'd like more visibility into how they are spending my money. I'd also like more accountability in the Senate. Senators, if you want to put a hold on legislation, then fine. But you had better have the fortitude to stand up and explain why and not hide behind some ridiculous procedure to save your anonymity.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

OH MY GOD


This is not a spoof on SNL. This is real. Somebody in Florida got the bright idea that we're not screwing our kids up enough so she designed the Ecclesiastical Flak Jacket. This is for real. I cannot fucking believe what this country has turned into.


Coming Soon! Armor of God Blankets! Jesus H. Christ.

Tell me what you think of this madness,


Regards,


Dennis

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Resume of George W. Bush


This was simply too good not to repost. I found it on the Huffington Post.

Please take this into consideration when voting in Nov.

Resume - George W. Bush
6-21-6


Resume

GEORGE W. BUSH 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington , DC 20520

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

LAW ENFORCEMENT

I was arrested in Kennebunkport, Maine , in 1976 for driving under the
influence of alcohol. I pled guilty, paid a fine, and had my driver's
license suspended for 30 days. My Texas driving record has been "lost" and
is not available.

MILITARY

I joined the Texas Air National Guard and went AWOL. I refused to take a
drug test or answer any questions about my drug use. By joining the Texas
Air National Guard, I was able to avoid combat duty in Vietnam

COLLEGE

I graduated from Yale University with a low C average. I was a
cheerleader.

PAST WORK EXPERIENCE

I ran for U.S. Congress and lost. I began my career in the oil business in
Mi dland , Texas , in 1975. I bought an oil company, but couldn't find any
oil in Texas . The company went bankrupt shortly after I sold all my
stock.

I bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that took
land using taxpayer money. With the help of my father and our friends in
the oil industry, including Enron CEO Ken Lay, I was elected governor of
Texas .

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS GOVERNOR OF TEXAS

I changed Texas pollution laws to favor power and oil companies, making
Texas the most polluted state in the Union .

During my tenure, Houston replaced Los Angeles as the most smog-ridden
city in America

I cut taxes and bankrupted the Texas treasury to the tune of billions in
borrowed money.

I set the record for the most executions by any governor in American
history.

With the help of my brother, the governor of Florida , and my father's
appointments to the Supreme Court, I became Pre sident after losing by over
500,000 votes.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS PRESIDENT

I am the first President in U.S. history to enter office with a criminal
record.

I invaded and occupied two countries at a continuing cost of over one
billion dollars per week.

I spent the U.S. surplus and effectively bankrupted the U.S. Treasury.

I shattered the record for the largest annual deficit in U.S. history.

I set an economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any
12-month period.

I set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12-month period.

I set the all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the U.S.
stock market.

In my first year in office, over 2 million Americans lost their jobs and
that trend continues every month.

I'm proud that the members of my cabinet are the richest of any
administration in U.S. history. My "poorest millionaire," Condoleeza Rice,
had a Chevron oil tanker named after her.

I set the record for most campaign fund-raising trips by a U.S. President.
I am the all-time U.S. and world record-holder for receiving the most
corporate campaign donations.

My largest lifetime campaign contributor, and one of my best friends,
Kenneth Lay, presided over the largest corporate bankruptcy fraud in U.S.
History, Enron.

My political party used Enron private jets and corporate attorneys to
assure my success with the U.S. Supreme Court during my election decision.


I have protected my friends at Enron and Halliburton against investigation
or prosecution.

More time and money was spent investigating the Monica Lewinsky affair
than has been spent investigating one of the biggest corporate rip- offs
in history.

I presided over the biggest energy crisis in U.S. history and refused to
intervene when corruption involving the oil industry was revealed.

I presided over the highest gasoline prices in U.S. history.

I changed the U.S. policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded
government contracts.

I appointed more convicted criminals to administration than any President
in U.S. history.

I created the Ministry of Homeland Security, the largest bureaucracy in
the history of the United States government.

I've broken more international treaties than any President in U.S.
history.

I am the first President in U.S. history to have the United Nations remove
the U.S. from the Human Rights Commission.

I withdrew the U.S. from the World Court of Law. I refused to allow
inspectors access to U.S . "prisoners of war" detainees and thereby have
refused to abide by the Geneva Convention.

I am the first President in history to refuse United Nations election
inspectors (during the 2002 U.S. election).

I set the record for fewest numbers of press conferences of any President
since the advent of television.

I set the all-time record for most days on vacation in any one-year
period. After taking off the entire month of August, I presided over the
worst security failure in U.S. history.

I garnered the most sympathy for the U.S. after the World Trade Center
attacks and less than a year later made the U.S. the most hated country in
the world, the largest failure of diplomacy in world history.

I have set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously
protest me in public venues (15 million people), shattering the record for
protests against any person in the history of mankind.

I am the first President in U.S. history to order an unprovoked,
pre-emptive attack and the military occupation of a sovereign nation. I
did so against the will of the United Nations, the majority of U.S.
citizens, and the world community.

I have cut health care benefits for war veterans and support a cut in duty
benefits for active duty troops and their families-in-wartime.

In my State of the Union Address, I lied about our reasons for attacking
Iraq and then blamed the lies on our British friends.

I am the first President in history to have a majority of Europeans (71%)
view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and security.

I am supporting development of a nuclear "Tactical Bunker Buster," a WMD.
I have so far failed to fulfill my pledge to bring Osama Bin Laden [sic]
to justice.

RECORDS AND REFERENCES

All records of my tenure as governor of Texas are now in my father's
library, sealed and unavailable for public view.

All records of SEC investigations into my insider trading and my bankrupt
companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.

All records or minutes from meetings that I, or my Vice-President,
attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and
unavailable for public review. I am a member of the Republican Party.


PLEASE CONSIDER MY EXPERIENCE WHEN VOTING IN THE 2006 MIDTERM ELECTIONS.
PLEASE SEND THIS TO EVERY VOTER YOU KNOW



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By: RuneNordsman on August 21, 2006 at 07:54pm


Well Done George!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Why We Need Divided Government

In November of 2006, Americans will go the polls to elect our congressional representatives once again. All of the members of the House of Representatives and a portion of the Senate will be up for election. Perhaps more than ever, it is vital that at least one house of congress elect a majority that is not of the same party as the current administration installed in the White House. Why? Because as Lord Acton said, “Power tends to corrupt, but absolute power corrupts absolutely”. The Republican party has enjoyed a majority in both houses of Congress and in the presidency for a number of years now. The result has been an extraordinary failure of leadership in each area of government. The “corruption” here is the erosion of the checks and balances in our government when there is a single party in control.


The Cato Institute has an excellent piece on why divided government works. The major factors of influence by single party control: War and Governmental spending are Cato's points of argument for divided government. Each example they provide shows that at least since the 1950's, our government works better (or as the Cato Institute says, works less, which may be the same thing) when one party is in control of the White House and the other has control of Congress. Ideally, we would see independents grow to the point that would require coalition governments, but that is unlikely in our system.

From the article:

American voters, in their unarticulated collective wisdom, have voted for a divided federal government for most of the past 50 years. Divided government is not the stuff of which legends are made. But the separation of powers is probably a better protection of our liberties when the presidency and the Congress are controlled by different parties

I would add a third factor of influence: Lack of governmental oversight is much higher when a single party controls the White House and Congress. The recent hoopla over Judge Anna Diggs Taylor's finding of the warrantless wiretapping by the Bush administration unconstitutional speaks volumes over the lack of the Congress in doing it's job. The matter of whether or not the Bush administration is breaking the law by conducting wiretaps without a warrant should not have to be settled in the courts. The Congress is responsible for writing the law. They should know whether or not the Bush Administration's behavior violates the statutes they have created or not. It's easy for the Congress to sit back and allow the courts to render a decision that never should have had to been made. It's red meat for some, who love decrying "activist judges" and "legislating from the bench". Had this action been done by a Democratic president, it's safe to say that there would be non-stop hearings on whether the administration had exceeded its authority.

An opposition Congress can have a chilling effect on the executive branch's actions, and it should. As the Cato Institute's article suggests, we seem to have better results with a divided government. This November's election, with luck will see a more balanced government prevail.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Okay, So it's official: Mr. President, you are breaking the law



The following transcript from "The Cafferty File" which airs on CNN says it better than I can.

Cafferty: You know Wolf, it seems like were having this discussion about this judge's ruling sort of in the abstract, as if there's no precedent for what the judge decided. The judge in effect upheld the ruling of the FISA court which says that if you want to wiretap phones you need a warrant to do so. The court was created by Congress in 1978 I think it was and the law of the land says, "Get a warrant". The actions of the administration have ignored the law of the land in that regard. So it's not a discussion in the abstract. It's not hypothetical. There are laws on the books against what the administration is doing and it's about time someone said it out loud.


This Federal district judge ruled today President Bush is breaking the law by spying on people, in this country, without a warrant. The judge said the President is violating the First Amendment to the Constitution. The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act FISA, passed by Congress 1978, specifically to prevent this kind of abuse of power. It was being done before. That's why the FISA court was created in the first place.

So what does this mean? It means President Bush violated his oath of office, among other things, when he swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States. It means he's been lying to us about the program since it started, when tells us there's nothing illegal about what he's doing. A court has ruled it is illegal. And it means a 75 year old black female judge in Michigan has finally stepped in and done the job that Congress is supposed to do, namely oversight of the executive branch of government. But the Congress is controlled by Republicans. They are controlled by the President, and they have done nothing in the way of oversight.


Why does it take a 75 year old federal judge to have the sense and courage to finally do what Congress should have done when this story came to light? The fact that this presidency more than any in recent history has expanded it's powers legally (signing staillegally or illegaly is old news. What is not old news is that there seems to be growing disenchantment among the people of this country with this type of arrogant assumption of authority. These actions, while perhaps well intentioned and cloaked under the "If we don't do these things we can't protect you" line of national security speak, erode our Constitution. The judge has said the president's actions have violated the 1st and 4th amendments to the Constitution as well as violated the FISA law of 1978.

Conservative apologists for Bush have framed this as a "soft on terrorism" action by a democratically appointed federal judge (Judge Taylor was appointed to the bench by President Carter). It is most certainly not a "soft on terrorism" action. The judge has stated in her opinion that eavesdropping and wire-taps can be done as long as they comply with the stated law of the land and obtain a warrant. The FISA court has provisions that allow for warrantless wiretaps to be done as long as they obtain a warrant within 72 hours after the wiretap was established. There is no excuse for not complying with the court. Of the thousands of requests for warrants sent to this court over the last 25 years, only a few have been denied.

This action by President Bush and the NSA is an abuse of executive branch power. The action by Judge Taylor was correct and it speaks of what is best about this country: We are a country who respects the rule of law and everyone, even the president is required to act within the law.

Tell me what you think,


Regards,
Dennis

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Can We Get Rid Of Religion? - Next up: Islam


Islam is the world's second largest religion, with approximately 1.4 billion followers. Most people in the west believe it is an Arab religion. Indeed, Muhammad was an Arab, but today only about 20% of the religion's followers are Arabian. The west is by and large ignorant of Islam and look upon it as a religion of cave-dwellers and essentially backward people. To be sure, some of the laws of "Sharia", or Islamic law would seem backward to us in the west, particularly those regarding women's rights. However, during the dark ages (circa 900 AD), Muslim culture was one of the bright spots in the world.

Ok, a brief history lesson: God or "Allah", revealed himself through the angel Gabriel to the prophet Muhammad over a 20 year period during the 7th century AD. Muhammad was from a merchant family and had a routine of contemplative meditation in the caves around Mecca. During one of these sessions, Gabriel came to him and said that he would be God's messenger and final prophet. Well, as is typical of others identified as God's messengers, a lot of people in the town of Mecca thought Muhammad was losing his marbles. Others didn't and became followers of his teachings of monotheism. After a period of time, Muhammad and his followers fled to what is now known as Medina. Muhammad's Muslims warred against the Meccans and eventually subdued them. Arabian emissaries from other tribes across the land convened to pay tribute to Muhammad and over time Islam was adopted within the country. The Q'uran or Koran is the Muslim Holy scripture. A series of chapters or Surahs delineate God (Allah's) teachings. The Koran was not assembled until after Muhammad's death. The first "caliph" Abu Bakr, assembled various pieces of the revelations to Muhammad into the first consolidated Koran.

Over the next several hundred years and up to the 19th century, Islam has spread all over the world. At one time, Spain was a Muslim conquest. Islam has spread eastward to Malaysia and now there are approximately 7 million Muslims living in the United States.

There are many segments of Islam, but by far the two largest are Shia and Sunni Muslims, with the Sunni's being the most populous. I won't go into detail on the differences between Shia and Sunni, suffice it to say that it was primarily a "family thing". See Wikipedia on (click the title link)for a detailed description of the differences between Shia and Sunni Muslims.

Ok, this is supposed to be a post as to why we need to get rid of Islam. Just like Christianity, Islam is a "revealed" religion. In other words, God revealed his/her/it's wisdom to a person. That person or persons (e.g. Muhammad, Moses, Paul, various Popes, Rabbis, and Imams over the centuries) have made it their business to tell the rest of us (the great unwashed) what God is really trying to say. So, we get corrupted, interpreted, edited, rationalized, fantasized, politicized, and altogether un-trustworthy information on what God's plan for us is. Those who believe in the inerrancy of the Christian Bible or the Koran or the Torah contend that God's word cannot be corrupted no matter how hard one tries. Those of us who think differently are generally cynical enough to realize that people in power will manipulate anything they can to remain in power, or in absence of that power initially, work to achieve it.

As early as 1100 AD, Muslims and Christians have been fighting with each other while both claiming divine guidance from the same God. Kind of retarded isn't it? The same God of Abraham is the same god of Jesus, Moses and Muhammad. Why then, are most of the wars in the last one thousand years attributed at least in part as a religiously sanctioned or inspired war? Simple answer to this is thirst for power. Power can mean wealth, property, subjugation of certain peoples, etc. etc.

Islamic radicalism has become much more prominent in the last 50 years. Certainly Muhammadism, as it was called in the late 19th and early 20th century had it's moments. When the Turkish led Ottoman empire allied itself with Germany during World War I, the events generated quite a lot of publicity and also one of the first "mythic heroes" of modern Arabian folklore. That person, T.E. Lawrence, was a British soldier secunded to Arabia and eventually organized and led the tribal Arabians in a revolt against the Turks. However, I digress.

Today, we know the face of evil in an Islamic terrorist. Notice I didn't say Arab terrorist. For all of you morons who every Muslim is an Arab, please get educated. As I said earlier, Arabs make up about 20% of the Muslim population today. As a matter of fact, there are over one hundred million Muslims living in India today. Any way, the Islamic terrorists have shown themselves many time. The Black September killings of the Israeli athletes at the Olympic games in Munich in 1972 are some of the earliest in recent memory. The PLO under Arafat, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Hamas, Hezbollah, and the big daddy of them all, Al-Qaida. These are all groups of Islamic terrorists all claiming divine right and direction by God to rid the world of all infidels and in particular, the Israelis.

We know as rational, thinking human beings, that God doesn't give a rats-ass about Hamas, or Israel, or the Vatican, or really any human attempt to co-opt God or (the Gods) for our own benefit and profit.

Islam is growing rapidly today. While world population increases by about 2.3% annually, Islam is growing at about a 2.9% clip. One of the problems with this is that radical Islam is also growing rapidly. Mullahs, Imams, (holy clerics and teachers) are setting up madrasas (religious schools) across the world teaching a brand of Islam designed to instill hatred or at least prejudice against those who are not of the faith. Terrorists recruit from these schools regularly, as many of the students are poor and illiterate.

Moderate followers of Islam are not doing enough to stamp down this radical segment of their faith. As a result, the movement has spread West and infringed upon the West's interests. Since this is a major no-no to the West, we have of course responded by sanction, economic or otherwise. We have of course done this under the flag of our God, who surely wouldn't support the crazy terrorists.

See how ridiculous this all sounds? It is one thing to have wars and conflict because of economics, greed, fear of the other guy or whatever. But, to bring God into this is, dare I say it, a sin?

Islamic fundamentalism is a source of evil today. Not the only source for sure, but one of gaining momentum and power. If we could remove Islam from the face of the earth, along with other organized religions such as Christianity, then perhaps we might actually find some peace.

Tell me what you think,

Regards,


Dennis

Friday, August 11, 2006

Can We Get Rid of Religion? First Up: Christianity

Over 2.5 billion followers and 38 thousand different denominations or sects. The followers of the Carpenter from Nazareth are as varied in type and scope as number. Every one knows this story. If you don't, you have probably been living on a island off the cost of New Guinea or some place similar.

Very simply, God decided to become human and impregnated a Jewish girl named Mary. A little boy was born under threat of harm from Herod "The Great", and his family (including surrogate dad, Joseph) fled to Egypt. After returning to Judea/Israel, we track Jesus (or Yeshua) up to pre-teen mode where he is impressing the Rabbis at the temple with his knowledge. He disappears for 18 odd years and then shows back up proclaiming a "new kingdom". While he is traditional in some respects, he inflamed the local religious establishment by working on the Sabbath, consorting with prostitutes, tax collectors and many other types of human detrius. He performs miracles, goes "mano y mano" with the Devil, then gets betrayed by Judas, imprisoned by the Roman garrison in Israel, then sold down the river by the people who would rather have Barrabus (a common criminal) freed than this "King of the Jews". Pontius Pilate goes down in infamy washing his hands of the matter and Jesus is summarily executed only to rise three days later, see his homeys then head back to Heaven. All the while, he tells his disciples including alleged main squeeze Mary Magdalene that he will return.

Pretty much everything was cool up to that point. Jesus was righteous. He took care of the sick (heck, even raised a few dead folks up for good measure). He made water into wine. (Cool party trick) He threw the early versions of Jerry Fallwell and Pat Robertson out of the temple for being blasphemous.

He spent time with people who needed his help. He didn't drive a Mercedes, didn't fly in a Gulfstream IV. Heck, he didn't even own a camel. Had to ride around with with 12 other guys (pretty weird social compact) whom I'm sure didn't smell too good during summer. No crib to crash in, so was continually a "guest" of someone. Pretty bad when they can't get the mail to you.


At any rate, Jesus was o.k. He made several points seemingly lost on his followers recently. The biggest, was "Love your enemies". Second, "Do unto others that you would have them do to you". When he was in the garden of Gesthemene, and the soldiers came to take him away, his muscle, Peter, cut off the ear of one of the soldiers. What did JC do? He healed the guy that was leading him off for execution. Man, talk about focus on your work. Yes, Jesus was righteous and deserves to be honored and emulated. That's not the problem. The problem is not Christ, it is Christianity.

The problem is, everything else that has come after JC has been pretty lame. Wars, pogroms, conquests, interrogations, inquisitions, massacres, forced re-locations, ridiculous looking men with terrible haircuts in leisure suits on TV trying to convince your poor grandmother to send in part of her social security check and "God" would cure her arthritis. All of these have been done in the name of Christ and are vestiges of Christianity. To be sure, today, I've not seen anyone professing that Christ told them to fly an airplane into a skyscraper. Nope, Christians get a pass on that. Christians got most of that out of their system by the late 1600's when they were still burning "witches" at the stake. So, the followers of JC have come a long way. Still, awful things are being done in "Christ's name".

I wonder what the Carpenter would have to say about all of this today.

I've got a suggestion. Let's get rid of Christianity and bring back Jesus. We might get along better if we did.

What's Next, Flying Naked?

While it is a visual nobody wants, it seems like we are indeed careening to the point that if you want to fly, then you will have to do so with no clothes on. The latest round of travel rules are further restricting your travel as a result of the discovery of and subsequent foiling of plans of suspected terrorists to bring "liquid bombs" on board on international flights. You can't take a coke on the plane. You can't take toothpaste on your carry-on. Remember the Dentyne and Tic-Tacs folks. You can't take baby formula on, brylcream, hairspray, etc. etc. It reminds me of the scene in the first "Batman" movie where the Joker had poisoned all the cosmetic problems and no one could wear makeup without dying.

I have to travel regularly so this is a pain in my ass as I'm sure it is to my fellow air passengers. I'm pretty cynical by now though and wonder why we always seem to have these things show up during an election year?

Anyway, get to the flippin airport an hour earlier than the hour earlier you used to show up. Otherwise you will miss the flight or be late and try to jump the line. If you do that, you won't want to be jumping the line in front of me....

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Can We Get Rid of Religion?


Many will consider this post and subsequent posts on the topic heresy, but I am sick to death of religion. We have seen tragic examples of religious influence on the world stage for a long time. Since the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, the face of hatred and terror is one of an Islamic radical. Of course, not all who are members of the Muslim faith are interested in killing "infidels". However, the majority of religious based terror in the world today is spawned from the followers of Mohammed.

Islamic terror has not always been the only game in town, as evidenced by the actions of early Christians against non-Christians and indeed, the wars between Catholics and protestants in the 1500's overshadow the more recent "Islam against everyone" and the internal conflicts between the Sunni and Shia sects of Islam.

Judaism or perhaps Zionism, has been attributed to terrorist's actions by Muslims when discussing the plight of the Palestinians. So, here they are, the big three Abrahamic religions. All spawned from the same "father", worshiping the same "God" with histories of violence, persecution and terror.

Over the next few months, I will be posting in detail about religious war, influence and general harm against humanity. If anything devised by humans can be attributed to more destruction, sorrow and pain that religion, I've yet to find it.

This will not be an invective against "God" or spirituality. I'm not going to promote atheism. I don't know factually whether this a god or not. I don't know if there are one or many gods. I don't care. I do believe there is a power out there, and whether it takes on humanistic characteristics is a topic of debate. This series of essays will be an attack on religion in the main. I'm sick to death of violence, bigotry, intolerance and evil being performed in the name of one religion or another. It's time to stop it. I'll hope to explain my thoughts and convince you adopt my point of view in the coming months.

I really want to see feedback from you on this topic. Tell me what you think.


Regards,


Dennis

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Worst President Ever?

Don't have a lot of time to post today, but I want to pose a general question. Is George W. Bush the worst president of your life time? I've been alive for 10 presidents and will give my ratings for those 10. Now, I was only a child through the first 3 and didn't really understand what a president did until Nixon was in office, but I'm a bit of a history buff and have read significantly on all of these guys. The link above goes to a site called the History News Network and reports on a polling of some 400 plus historians. About 77% of them rate GWB as a failure. You can decide for yourself. My opinion is that he is worse than Nixon was.

My ratings on a scale of 1 being an absolute fuck-up to 5 being a terrific president. When I've got more time, I'll elaborate with detailed explanations for my ratings

Eisenhower - 3
JFK - 4
LBJ - 2
Nixon - 1.5
Ford - 3
Carter - 3
Reagan - 3
George Bush the Elder - 2
Bill Clinton - 3.5
George Bush the Younger - 1 - AFU

I rate Kennedy and Clinton as the highest because of the general success in policies and the administration. Though JFK's administration was cut short by assassination, his policies were continued by LBJ through the passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts. LBJ gets a 2 because of Viet Nam. He would be a 4 had he not escalated the war. Nixon gets a 1.5 because of Viet Nam and his attempts to cover up Watergate. Otherwise he would be a 3 or 4. George Bush the Elder gets a 2 because George Bush the Younger is his son and I really hold that against the dad. Clinton's general success during his administration earns him a 3.5. The blow job under the desk and subsequent lies about it keep him from a 4 or 5.

What can I say about GB the Younger? Absolutely the worst in my lifetime. I'd sooner have one of the Marx brothers (not Karl) in office.

Tell me what you think,


Regards,

Dennis