River Hiatus…

February 8th, 2006

The journey for me intensifies as my husband and I move further north to begin the awesome endeavor of having our log home built on the river. As the slice of photo reveals in my weblog header, it’s a beautiful place to be….15+ wooded acres with part ownership in an adjacent 38 acre nature conservancy teaming with wildlife…We’ll also have our own peninsula on a 16 acre private pond….After working hard all our lives, and raising four children, we are finally on the way to living our retirement dream, albeit earlier than most….Let me say, the journey that brought us this far has by no means been an easy one….We’ve done our homework and the major planning, now it’s time to manifest the dream….There will be Bald Headed Eagles, River Otters, and even an occasional Black Bear among the myriad creatures stopping by for a visit….I will be actively involved with The Wisconsin River Alliance, and also The Wisconsin Wetlands Association, and most likely a few other organizations dedicated to wildlife and nature conservancy as well….So, as you can imagine, I’ll be extremely busy out and about….Yes, I’ll still be holding the usual politicians’ feet to the fire, but I’m not sure how much time I’ll have to stop in here to rant and rave….I’m hoping to get some pictures up eventually….Nevertheless, I have some excellent links to peruse should you stop by while I’m gone….

Shine On My Cherished Friends…
Onward…
Peace…
M#

The “Fauxified” Email Cynic…

February 7th, 2006

“Formerly no one was allowed to think freely; now it is permitted, but no one is capable of it any more. Now people want to think only what they are supposed to think, and this they consider freedom.”:
–Oswald Spengler - (1880-1936) Source: The Decline of the West, 1926

My sympathies for the obviously Fauxified email cynic friend in my morning inbox:

me, a cynic

Well,( least some say I am a cynic )
we have had 112 days of chem - spraying,
112 days of no rain,
I have been running the a/c since Feb. 1
((did I mention there have been 2 emergency electric rate increases this year, largest nuclear generating station in the world west of Phoenix and the electric company is going to have to shut it’s doors due to the price of propane ))
this winter, more days the atmosphere has failed clean air standards than the last 5 years combined,
the wild fires have already started here in Arizona, oh . . . all you heard about was “California “,no they are here too.
but is that enough ,no
news this morning is stating stock up on food,water, and cold medication.
The pandemic is here, now, no waiting . . .we are all going to die.
Just wanted to let you know in case you never hear from me again.
Thank you President Clinton for your desire to pocket 3 trillion dollars from social security into the federal coffers
as people die too soon to collect it.
No sense wasting that money on the people that deserve it.
Don’t mind me I am delirious, feel a touch of “flu ” coming on.

Yep, the typical BushCo Faux News propaganda scapegoating of Bill Clinton when the current inept renegade administration can’t own up to it’s own miserable failure

Just for starters, I suggest my misinformed Fauxified email friend face the real monster behind the curtain by becoming better informed:
*Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
*Media Matters and Fox News Channel
*News Hounds

I retort, you decide…That makes me “Fair and Balanced”….Right? (pun intended)…

Okay, might as well call me a cynic too…

Any crimes that are determined the BushCo administration committed will eventually go the the Supreme Court….There will be no accountability for the crimes, as he has created his crony lopsided court to enhance his own executive powers….He will walk…

A Police State is upon us, but we can still act like Americans…

*ACLU Calls For Special Counsel: Add Your Voice

The Million Phone March:
*APPOINT A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR FOR THE ILLEGAL DOMESTIC WIRETAPS

Hold President Bush accountable for this outrageous power grab:
*Sign Russ Feingold’s Pertition Now!

Bonus For “Cynics”…

Things that are tricky:
*Made In USA (Current TV, video)
*Experts Claim Official 9/11 Story is a Hoax (PRWEB, Yahoo News)
*Media Matters…Domestic spying
*Bumper Sticker Politics—Don’t Think Twice (Static Brain)

Peace…
M#

NSA Hearings Unspun…

February 6th, 2006

I’m not holding my breath for Specter to assure justice will be served as the NSA hearings begin, I mean, really, he decided Gonzales should not be sworn in today…He’s a Republican Party Loyalist, after all, he voted for Alito, which basically assures there will be no accountability for this Orwellian Evil Empire Executive Branch….Let the show begin…

Read:
*Live blogging the NSA hearings (Glenn Greenwald)

More:
*Seeking Truth On Wiretaps (Aziz Huq)
*Did President Bush Break The Law? Here are the facts. (MoveOn.org)
*Will Congress Demand the Truth? (American Progress Action Fund)

Looks like we’ll have to depend on Russ Feingold to fight the good fight on The Hill, again:

*Watch
Russ questioning of Attorney General Gonzales at the February 6, 2006 Judiciary Committee Hearing

*Watch
Russ questioning of then White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales during his January 6, 2005 Confirmation Hearing to be Attorney General of the United States

*Read
the transcript of my questioning of then White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales during his January 6, 2005 Confirmation Hearing to be Attorney General of the United States

*Read
January 30, 2006 Letter from Russ to Attorney General Gonzales asking him about his misleading testimony regarding warrantless surveillance.

TAKE ACTION:
Hold President Bush accountable for this outrageous power grab:
*Sign Russ Feingold’s Pertition Now!

M#

Applauding A Murderer…Updated

February 5th, 2006

It is still beyond my comprehension how an illegitimate president can stand before the American people and receive applause….Not only is this impostor a liar and a thief, he is a murderer, as Chris Floyd notes in Hellfire and Damnation: The Washington Consensus for Murder…..I can only conclude that a large part of the American population has lost all sense of reality…..

For those of us who dare to live in the world of reality, there’s still the Bush Crimes Commission—worthy of applaud….

How long must reality-based Americans and the rest of the world suffer the American ignorance and debauchery that keeps this callous administration afloat?…

Sigh…

Update:

A MUST SEE 4 Minute Video…

No Bravery
A nation blind to their disgrace
(ICH)

Heartbroken…
M#

Say What?…

February 3rd, 2006

“Let me make this perfectly clear”?…

Response to The Early Politics of Medicare Reform (Ezra Klein, TPM Cafe):

Is there a problem here?

This is a Verbatim Quote of Bush’s explanation of the Medicare Drug Bill. This quote was submitted on 12/13/05.

Woman in audience: “I don’t really understand. How is it that the new plan is going to fix the problem?”

Verbatim response of President Bush: “Because the - all which is on the table begins to address the big cost drivers. For example, how benefits are calculated, for example is on the table. Whether or not benefits rise based upon wage increases or price increases there’s a series of parts of the formula that are being considered. And when you couple that, those different cost drivers, affecting those - changing those with personal accounts, the idea is to get what has been promised more likely to be - or closer delivered to that has been promised. Does that make any sense to you? It’s kind of muddled. Look, there’s a series of things that cause the - like, for example, benefits are calculated based upon the increase of wages, as opposed to the increase of prices. Some have suggested that we calculate - the benefits will rise based upon inflation, supposed to wage increases. There is a reform that would help solve the red if that were put into effect. In other words, how fast benefits grow, how fast the promised benefits grow, if those - if that growth is affected, it will help on the red.”
[link]

Don’t everyone jump on the “Medicare Drug Bill” bandwagon at once…
Sheesh…
M#

Vile…Updated…

January 31st, 2006

I just sat and watched a vile creature stand before the American people pretending to be the real American president….Amazing how the false premises disappear in the media as they enforce the notion that this snake oil salesman is a legitimate president….Yet this vile creature ingratiates himself to the American people with smirks and lies, thinking there’s people he can bushwhack, giving him some sick illusion of superiority….We have a madman at the wheel folks, a dangerous madman who lies, tortures, kills, exploits, and steals with no remorse…and has the financial resources to support his madness….Damn. how do those who plant their noses up the BushCo pig trough black hole look at themselves in the mirror, traitors selling their country to the highest bidder?…

Excuse me while I go vomit the Merlot I ingested just to try and tolerate this sick denial of my reality….
M#

Update:

Okay, now that I am burned out and have gotten the above off my chest, I offer the following Reality Checks:

Peace…
M#

Gotta Love Russ…

January 31st, 2006

Ya have to get up p-r-e-e-e-t-t-y early in the morning to get one past my Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold…

Feingold Says Attorney General Misled Senators in Hearings
(Washington Post)

Shine On Russ…And Thank You for fighting to stop the insane Alito confirmation…Unlike traitor Senator Kohl, you make me proud….

Russ Feingold For President!!!
Onward…
Peace…
M#