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23 August 2007

Go ahead - make my day!

Let's see - I'm feeling way too nice. What can I get pissed off about today? Oh, look - here's a whole shit-pot-full of things, starting with spy satellites being used for domestic surveillance. The NSA/CIA/local gendarmerie peeking into your back yard may be a violation of the Posse Comitatus Act which says that the military cannot be involved in law enforcement. But why should this administration start abiding by laws it disagrees with?

Here's another one: Former UN ambassador John Bolton told Fox News that he hopes the United States will attack Iran soon. And a number of sources in the intelligence community say that is likely to happen within the next 6 months. Because, you know, we've got all those excess military resources just waiting around for something to do, and Iran is so ... well ... foreign and Muslim and swarthy and all. Oh, and look - that would be just in time for things to get going good by the time the elections roll around again. What a coincidence!

Moving on: Duhbya is going to allow an expansion of mountaintop removal mining. It doesn't really hurt things when they blow the top off a mountain to get to the coal underneath and then dump all the leftover rock and dirt and trees and such in the valleys and rivers below the mountain. Nature is resilient; it can compensate. Beside, by leveling out all that up and down terrain, it makes it easier to pave over and put in houses and expand the Interstate Highway system.

More? Iraq Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki has criticized American lawmakers for trying to impose a timetable on his government. We should tell Mr. Al-Maliki not to worry too much about that, since those same lawmakers can't impose any kind of timetable on their own government. Especially not now, since they're on vacation, you see. The Republicans, meanwhile, are saying that they support the duly-elected Iraq government headed by Al-Malaki while they are simultaneously hiring a lobbying firm to market a new PM. I guess the Iraq democracy isn't quite the one they originally planned on having, so we've got to make some more "adjustments" to it. Once we get it where we want it, we'll let the Iraqis have it.

And finally, Duhbya and crew are now pushing the line that troop withdrawal in Iraq could lead to mass civilian bloodshed as was seen in Vietnam and Cambodia after our country's withdrawal there. So, there hasn't been any civilian blood shed in Iraq so far? And there won't be any more shed if we stay - either theirs or ours - another couple of years? Why was there blood and death in Cambodia after we left Vietnam? Oh, yeah - because the United States expanded the war (the war that no one in a leadership position in the administration fought in) into that country. Both sides in the debate (troops home vs. troops surge) are rolling out the ad campaigns too, with families and wounded vets and smarmy music. I'm waiting for the big-eyed tearful kittens to show up next. The spin doctors are also playing the "we have to fight them over there so we don't have to fight them here" card once again. Which is, I believe, the same card that's being played by the Muslim extremists "over there". Do you think they'll cancel each other out and nothing will happen? Me, neither.

OK, now I'm ready! Go ahead - make my day!

  • On 8/23/2007 5:13 PM, Blogger Hammer said…

    Iran is pretty crazy with that summit they hosted to make fun the holocost, shipping arms and advisors to terrorists, paying cash prizes to the families of suicide bombers and now they are shelling the peaceful and prosperous area of kurdish Iraq.

    I can see why Bolton is itching to bomb them, however i'm not sure if we have the resources to back it up.

    As for blowing up mountains, people like their electricity and they don't like paying a lot for it. This drives strip mining and other blights on the landscape. I don't see why we can't have more nuclear power plants. They are safe, clean and pay for themselves rather quickly.

     
  • On 8/23/2007 7:39 PM, Blogger Jen said…

    And if we'd stayed out in the first place there would have been far fewer civilian deaths... sheesh.

     
  • On 8/23/2007 9:45 PM, Blogger kellyvision said…

    Jami,

    I lived in West Virginia for almost five years and without a doubt, it was the best place I have ever lived in my life. My Dad was in the army so we moved a lot and I've lived in some pretty amazing places. Anyways, I love the mountains of the south, they are among the most beautiful in the world. I've seen Mountain top removal up close and personal and let me tell you, it is horrific beyond even your wildest dreams.

    It is a hellish nightmare of epic proportions and when I see it I cry. I cry for the people who call those mountains home. They are among the poorest in the land and they happen to live upon some of the biggest coal reserves in the world. I cry for the animals that once called those mountains home. I cry for the trees and the creeks and the wonderful diversity that is found in the highlands of West Virginia and Kentucky.

    If more Americans could see what the coal companies are doing to Appalachia, they would be outraged. But the coal companies aren't stupid, they hide the sites out of sight and from the road the removal area looks like a healthy forest. Take a peek behind the few remaing trees and I guarantee that you too will cry.


    For a good look at Mountaintop Mining, check out the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy:

    http://www.wvhighlands.org/MTR/MTR%20and%20Mining.html

     
  • On 8/23/2007 10:01 PM, Anonymous Camron said…

    If this is what happens when you're feeling nice, I don't want to be around when you're having a bad day...

    I feel you, sister.

     

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