January 4th, 2012

The Withdrawal

On this side of the pond I can assure you a few people are disappointed by the withdrawal of Mrs Bachmann. I for sure had sort of enjoyed Palin II sort of scenes. Oh well, can’t have it all.

Oh come on, I know a few people sharing the same sentiment on your side :) ikoni

August 4th, 2010

Lisa Murkowski is proof we need Campaign Finance Reform

In a recent Anchorage Daily News “Alaska_Politics” post “Scott McAdams: it’s not just about Miller vs. Murkowski,” Sean Cockerham wrote:

    McAdams didn’t get into the race until June 1 and raised $9,175 between then and June 30, according to the latest campaign disclosures, leaving him with $4,533 in the bank after expenses. That compares with about $2.4 million for Murkowski and $125,000 for Miller. McAdams, though, doesn’t have a competitive primary to worry about next month.[emphasis mine]

Yes, you read that right, Lisa Murkowski currently has $2.4 million dollars to fend off her challengers. Now where do you think she got a pile of cash like that? Do you think it was given to her by the people she would like to continue representing in The U.S. Senate? Well of course it was, because most of the greenbacks at Lisa’s disposal didn’t come from Alaskans – the money was given to her by some very big corporations.

I suppose I could ask if you really think those companies that have given big bucks to Sen. Lisa Murkowski have the best interests of Alaskans in mind? But, I think the answer is obvious, there isn’t anything more I need to say.

UPDATE 01: So using the 2009 census figures for Alaska, 698,473 residents, that means that Lisa has about $36 / citizen to spend. More actually, if you narrow what she has to spend down to voters; because the census figures include children and other persons who are not eligible to vote. Amazing.

July 3rd, 2009

The folding

Goodbye.

Great Grey, you can remove that Nope thingy now ;) I think anyone who believes she stands a chance in 2012 is dreaming; I have doubts it is the reason. But then, I will leave that to the Alaskans.

November 3rd, 2008

Eve of Destruction

Noam Chomsky recently noted that the United States has one political party with two factions: the Republicans and the Democrats. The elections to be held this Tuesday in the United States will, no doubt, impact people around the world, some for better and many for worse. I’m not sure why, but I was poking around in my “archives” tonight and revisited a lecture that has had a big impact on how I view my country. Speaking at Riverside Church in New York City author Arundhati Roy delivered her thoughts in a message titled, “Instant Mix Imperial Democracy (Buy One Get One Free),” on April 13, 2003.

Roy noted, among many other things, that:

Way back in 1988, on the 3rd of July, the U.S.S. Vincennes, a missile cruiser stationed in the Persian Gulf, accidentally shot down an Iranian airliner and killed 290 civilian passengers. George Bush the First, who was at the time on his presidential campaign, was asked to comment on the incident. He said quite subtly, “I will never apologize for the United States. I don’t care what the facts are.”

I don’t care what the facts are. What a perfect maxim for the New American Empire. Perhaps a slight variation on the theme would be more apposite: The facts can be whatever we want them to be.

When the United States invaded Iraq, a New York Times/CBS News survey estimated that 42 percent of the American public believed that Saddam Hussein was directly responsible for the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. And an ABC News poll said that 55 percent of Americans believed that Saddam Hussein directly supported Al Qaida. None of this opinion is based on evidence (because there isn’t any). All of it is based on insinuation, auto-suggestion, and outright lies circulated by the U.S. corporate media, otherwise known as the “Free Press,” that hollow pillar on which contemporary American democracy rests.

Public support in the U.S. for the war against Iraq was founded on a multi-tiered edifice of falsehood and deceit, coordinated by the U.S. government and faithfully amplified by the corporate media.

Good luck to us all.

A written transcript of Roy’s presentation is available here.

October 15th, 2008

Is Ralph Nader a kook?

“The United States effectively has a one-party system, the business party, with two factions, Republicans and Democrats.” – Noam Chomsky

Both Republicans and Democrats over the years have been critical of Nader. Of late some Democrats, who would proudly wear the badge “liberal,” have directed their anger at Nader in the form of derogatory comments that would do Rush Limbaugh and others of his ilk proud. Just how nutty and arrogant is Nader, you tell me? Seems to me that Nader’s suggestions on how to handle our financial crisis is better informed and thought out than those of candidates Obama or McCain. Ralph was on PBS last night, “The News Hour,” and you can listen to the audio here (link is an MP3 and runs about 10 minutes):

“Presidential candidate Ralph Nader speaks with the NewsHour’s Ray Suarez about his latest bid for the White House and discusses his platform on the critical issues facing the country this election year.”

FWIW The News Hour also ran a story about the corporate party candidates last night, it is available here (MP3 link) and if you listen closely you might just hear the ticker-tape in the background. I think it provides an interesting contrast to Suarez’s interview with Nader:

“Kwame Holman reports on the latest news from the campaign trail”

June 16th, 2007

The numbers in journalism

The project for excellence in journalism is an interesting site. Instead of focusing on the rhetoric it does a quantitative analysis on where the focus is in the media. Last week:

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Interesting huh? PH outdoing the cause of the king being a lame dead duck, and the demise of state finances by a long shot. What a mess. Speaking of finances. I tend to support the idea that it will be the Reps killing the $ for the war in Iraq, in a desperate move to cut loose the weight. Unless Cheney, who has been blatantly ignored the last couple of weeks, talks the crooks into bombing Iran; he’s already spreading (false) claims Iran is supplying the Taliban with weapons.

On a funny sidenote. Bush did get a ovational reception the other day. Where you ask? In Albania!

OK, I’ll stop. I have no right to comment on foreign leaders, although my government is so influenced by U.S. politics, I think I can now and then. 600 days to go. It’ll be a long 600 days.

May 21st, 2007

The ranch

Jaap de Hoop-Scheffer. Who? Jaap de Hoop-Scheffer. He is the NATO secretary-general and a Dutchman. OMG!!! He is visiting the ranch! OMG!! How coooooooool!

George’s agenda: get more NATO servicemen into Afghanistan so American soldiers can be diverted to Iraq. Why? Well erm, the Brits will call it a day soon. Yoohoooooo, darlings, THE WAR IN IRAQ IS LOST, get it in your skulls.

December 5th, 2006

Congratulations – continued

John Bolton resigned, as the chance was an absolute zero to get pass the senate. I am pretty sure Bush is about the only person in the world pinking away a tear or two about this. It’s good somebody addresses the corruption and money-wasting in the UN, but decapitating and behaving like a true a$$ only to gain more influence on the world-scene, which IMHO is the only reason why the president praised him, is too much. Bye John. Nobody will miss you.

November 25th, 2006

The torture that was OK-ed

The Spanish paper El Pais published under the heading “Rumsfeld authorized torture in Iraq” an interview with Janis Karpinski, the former general in charge of 15 prisons, including the famous Abu Grahib, from June to November 2003. She seems to have stated in the interview (I don’t speak Spanish):

  • Rumsfeld himself OK-ed a tough approach of the prisoners (long time exposure to high volume music, keeping them on their feet for prolonged periods of time, etc
  • The Geneva convention was respected in the prison
  • The Geneva convention was NOT respected during interrogation by the intelligence service.

Boy, are we surprised. The loyalty in the chain of command seems to be crumbling.

November 14th, 2006

What should the Democrats do now?

Sunlight is the best disinfectant.“ – Justice Louis Brandeis

Need anything more be said? If the Dems really want to serve the people of this country they will do everything in their power to offer all of us a clear view of what has really happened during the past 6 years of Republican rule. Public hearings need to be held on varied topics ranging from military procurement and corporate malfeasance to why the Federal response to Hurricane Katrina failed in so many ways. Our elected representatives, Democrat or Republican, who really want to do what’s best for this country should do what ever it takes to revise the rules that have been changed and abused in order to classify government documents and thus keep the public from seeing how our government has been conducting our affairs.

P.S. Whatever happened to the 8 billion in cash that vanished in Iraq (the guy at the liquor store wondered about this as I went through the check out last night)?