The Price of Freedom


I recently read a righty editorial that suggested the notion that the massacre at Sandy Hook was the "price of freedom" -- that the right of all American adults to own firearms is inherently going to make such massacres possible, even regular. And you know what? I totally get that. I agree. Problem is, I said the exact same thing about 9-11, in the context of the impending PATRIOT Act that was being rammed through Congress, which has stripped Americans of their right to privacy in the name of national security. I still believe that another major terrorist attack on our soil is the price of freedom. (And besides, even without the PATRIOT Act, Cheney -- excuse me, Bush --…

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Everybody Knows


I'm listening to The Evens here while studying bacteria, and the song "Everybody Knows" just wrapped up. It occurred to me that I should have rigged up some loudspeakers to the roof of my car and rolled around town blasting this song at maximum volume on Inauguration Day. I doubt I'm the only one who still thinks about January 20th and smiles. The last lyric is great to listen to, now that the door has indeed hit Bush on his tired, phony ass. "Everybody Knows" - The Evens You arrive with empty duffel bags, hungry eyed You looked around taking measurements to move inside The capital it is your proving ground, your centering You and yours can keep your scores,…

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Words Fail Me


Oh my god, he did it! Barack defeated the idiots, the racists, the conservatives. He did it, he fucking did it! Colorado is a blue state, the United States has a new President-elect and a Democratic Senate majority. Now hey, I was 24 when Clinton was elected, ending twelve years of Republican rule. I heard similar rhetoric then, and similar projections of new beginnings, and I got semi-caught up in it. Does anyone remember the health care promises made back then? Thought so. No, I'm still a hard line cynic, and Obama's still a politician. But I am of course going to look to the future with a lot more hope than I have had following the last two Presidential…

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Vote


I voted this morning, on my way to work. Paper ballot, hope it gets counted. Got the butterflies going, but I'm pretty hopeful--more hopeful than in '04--that we will right the ship this time around. Can't wait to see if Colorado goes blue here!…

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Vote


I know I haven't had much to say on the election this year. Maybe because I said so much about it in 2004. Luckily my friend sent me this video today, which has spurred me to at least share it with you all. See you on Tuesday.…

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Patriot


Webster's defines a patriot as "one who loves his or her country and supports its authority and interests". But with a country this divided, the term almost has no validity anymore. I mean, our country's "authority and interests" are presently defined by the Bush administration. Therefore, our country's so-called authority is bogus, stolen, abused, misused and illegally expanded. Our interests? Hegemony and Looking Out for Number One. Sure as hell, I don't support those. Am I not a patriot? The first patriots were revolutionaries. Maybe it's time to restore the original definition.…

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My New Anthem


My preferred candidates are already out of the race or are still languishing under the boot of Big Media so no one even knows who they are (Dodd's out? Dodd who?). I find myself wanting to comment on the race, and then again I like my blood pressure where it's at currently. So I simply offer the lyrics of this song, written by Ian MacKaye, as we march on toward November hoping for the best and expecting the worst. "Everybody Knows" The Evens You arrive with empty duffel bags, hungry eyed You looked around taking measurements to move inside The capital it is your proving ground, your centering You and yours can keep your scores, but Washington is our city…

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The Honorable Sam "Ace" Rothstein


Much as I'm enjoying watching Alberto Gonzales go down in flames, the rabid scenes in the Senate last week were quite tiresome. Seriously; Nancy Pelosi with foam dribbling from her jowls is incredibly unappetizing. All these donation-collecting suit monkeys crawling around Washington are the same: they only show some stones once it becomes clear that the only idiot in town bigger than Gonzales is Bush. I'm sick of hearing them all talk, from both sides of the aisle. And I have a proposal to fix this: If I can find a quote from a mob movie that fits the situation, the quote shall serve as hearing, trial, verdict, end of story. No op-ed pieces, no press conferences, and for damn…

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Hey Stupid, Read This (Part Deux)


Well, shit. This is even better. God damn, when it's presented like this you just want to cry. Hey Bush supporters: read this please, and then look in the mirror and ask yourself what in the fuck you are thinking. If some passage from the bible is your first thought, I'm guessing you're just as confused as our leader is. And shame on you, you stupid idiot. If there's a Bush supporter out there who can name one useful thing he's done, foreign or domestic -- one positive effect he's had, or is ever likely to have, or that will not backfire on us with the impact of an Israeli air strike -- I long to hear it. Because it…

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Hey Stupid, Read This.


Well said; I wish more people read this site. Please read this: A great article on the disgusting hypocrisy of this piece of shit that this idiotic nation RE-elected to play president of the US, and the sad, sad mindless "faith" of the idiotic masses that form this asshole's voter power base.…

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Lobby Reform


Whoa, I've never seen Molly Ivins so pissed off before! Read her latest op-ed piece about the so-called lobby reform bill, and then start yelling at your congresscritters... I'm sorry these creeps in Congress have so little sense of what they're supposed to be about that they think it's fine to sneer at ethics. But they work for us. It's our job to keep them under control until we can replace them. Time to get up off our butts and take some responsibility here. Let them hear from you.--Molly Ivins Go get 'em, Molly!…

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War Song


According to my friend Paul in this post, he was obligated to post an anti-war song on his blog, and having read that I'm obligated to do the same. So: Let Them Eat War by: Bad Religion There's a prophet on a mountain and he's making up dinner With long division and riding crop Anybody can feel like a winner When it's served up piping hot But the people aren't looking for a handout They're America's working corps Can this be what they voted for? Let them eat war Let them eat war That's how to ration the poor Let them eat war Let them eat war There's an urgent need to feed Declining pride From the force to the…

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SOTU=SNAFU


Yeah, so I missed most of the State of the Union, forgetting about the time zone change (yeah, it STILL happens to me). But from the look of things, it was big business as usual so who gives a shit anyway. What's been fun, in a staggeringly depressing way, is to review the snippets of Karl Rove's -- I mean the President's -- speech, against the cold truth of the facts behind the rhetoric. You can do this not on the major news outlets, because they are all whores who suck. I'm tired of George Snuffalupagus and god knows I don't need to hear "The Democratic Response", which is sure to be one more performance of people who still can't…

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You Got That Right


Right on, Sky News, Right on.…

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Lost


This country is lost. The way I see it, when thousands of people die and the reaction is for thousands more to begin looting and shooting at the helicopters trying to rescue them with their ten pairs of Nikes -- while rich people argue the details of supply and demand and its effect fuel prices on an aviation mailing list I subscribe to, and the so-called leader of this country goes on television and says he "understands" what's going on -- I believe we are truly in the midst of the most serious reality-disconnect mode I've ever seen in my life. Katrina has caused unbelievable damage to New Orleans, and the reaction of many of the (surviving) residents has been…

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