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A short essay to the international community…a cry for help.

What if Saddam was a victim too?

By William Charlton

This is an idea I had while analyzing some of our biggest political problems in America.

I think that the United States of America is under the political guidance and control of a group of individuals and organizations that are morally ill and misguided by irrelevant drama.

I was thinking about some of the recent “news” and some of the not-so-recent and thought – what if the Iraq of the Saddam Hussein Era was under a similar spell?

What if Saddam was manipulated by his interior ministry and was led to believe that his cabinet of advisors was conducting business according to justice and morality? Is it not possible that his “advisors” were the ones in control of both the country and Saddam? What if they were all really good bullshit artists and could persuade people to do things that they normally wouldn’t?

Things like justified massacre.

This is exactly what is happening to our country.

From top to bottom, the U.S. and the former Iraqi government are not so different.

Both are comprised of a population which atleast half of it’s people don’t approve of it’s host government’s actions.

Both are comprised of a host government that acts against it’s own established political and ethical guidelines.

Both are comprised of culturally elite citizens that suffer no repercussions from the inability to follow the law.

Both are comprised of govern-mental majorities that belong to the same religious organizations.

Both are comprised of governments that justify murder for the sake of security and national health.

I can’t be sure, but I think we’re getting screwed just like the people of Iraq were while under Saddam.

14 February, 2006 2:04 AM Posted by | Angry rant, Just a thought.., Plan for global domination, Politics and other hazardous materials, Robots are awesome, We don't need no educations | 3 Comments

14 February, 2006 2:03 AM Posted by | Just a thought.. | Leave a comment

What I’d like to hear.

What a troubling tale when a model of societies cannot focus. We turn our heads to anything but the problem which is most pertinant.

Cheney shot someone. He didn’t mean to. This is a type of accident that could have literally happened to anyone. It could’ve happened to John Stewart.

Cheney’s lies have taken this model society into a place where societies go to die. We are divided, in massive debt and in the midst of a situation that is just as volitile as just before the last Holocaust and other crusades.

Why is this not viewed as the most pertinant problem?

I’d like to hear about the lies some more. I haven’t heard any apologies that suffice. I do not believe that the Bush administration should be allowed any more latitude from the American public. The Bush administration inherited a strong U.S. committed to justice and fairness. The incident on September 11th has stricken fear into the hearts of the men in charge of our government and our media, our most precious information resource. And as we all know…fear leads to the dark side.

War is only effective when the oppressed are in abundance. Right now, it is Americans who are in abundant wealth and it is the rest of the world that is oppressed. The Americans that are responsible for the stewardship of our society in this world as a whole and our country from within are short-sighted and don’t believe in the methods that have always worked best when dealing with the enemy: we should be dividing them by capitalism and greed the way that we deal with ourselves. Instead we unite them with a shared adversity.

Fundamental freedoms, like those on the Bill of Rights, are being challenged by parties on all sides of the political spectrum; basic womens rights are being questioned and normal working Americans are no longer getting information from unbiased spokesmen. They are getting Pro-Christian, Pro-Wealthy and Pro-Bias opinions. There are no more facts.

I am really getting sick of this shit.

Impeach them. The whole cabinet. Am I making myself clear?

14 February, 2006 1:26 AM Posted by | Angry rant, Politics and other hazardous materials, Release the Bears, We don't need no educations | 1 Comment

Columbia after the blizzard

I took some pictures. I doubt any of you are surprised. Click the link below to see the rest.

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12 February, 2006 5:45 PM Posted by | Photographs | Leave a comment

Things to do before I die

1. Write a New York Times bestseller.
2. Visit Athens.
3. Figure out what the hell is so great about The Catcher in the Rye.
4. Go hunting with Dick Cheney. Screw that.

12 February, 2006 5:16 PM Posted by | Just a thought.. | Leave a comment

List of federal gov’t programs on the chopping block

Over on Metafilter, there’s a link to the Associated Press’ list of programs that the Bush administration’s new budget would kill or cut.

Here’s just a few programs that are lower on the priority list than tax cuts for the wealthy or an extended stay in Iraq:

  • Educational technology state grants, $272 million
  • Safe and Drug-Free Schools state grants (for high schools), $347 million
  • Arts in education, $35 million
  • Physical education, $47 million (how smart is this in one of the fattest countries in the world?)
  • Perkins Loan cancellations, $65 million
  • Geothermal technology program, $23 million (I thought we were ending our addiction to oil)
  • America’s Job Bank, $15 million
  • Clean Coal Power initiative, $45 million
  • Internal Revenue Service business systems modernization, $30 million
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting, $114 million

Bush’s rationale for all of this was cutting “underperforming” programs. I have a hard time imagining that the Perkins Loan program, which makes higher education affordable for many Americans (including this one) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (which funds production of Sesame Street) could be considered “underperforming” by any rubric. And that’s just a sample. Check the whole list out for yourself.

9 February, 2006 9:43 PM Posted by | Politics and other hazardous materials | Leave a comment

Dubya’s funny story

The Bush administration, needing something to pull their lagging poll numbers out of the toilet and desperate to salvage their illegal surveillance program, came out with the details of an alleged terrorist plot to fly a plane into a the skyscraper in Los Angeles. Although aesthetically, LA’s skyline would be way better off without it the ugly thing, the White House and their dehumanizing anti-terrorist policies finally have a real averted tragedy that they can point to as a success.

There’s two things that bug me about this story. First of all, nothing that Bush or Press Secretary Scott McClellan said today shows any link between the NSA domestic spying program and this thwarted terror plot. Not one connection. Much like he did in the State of the Union speech, Bush is throwing out marginally related stuff, hoping some of it will stick in the minds of Americans who aren’t really paying attention. We’re still waiting to hear one single success story from this legally and ethically dubious program.

Secondly, we have a matter of practicality. At the risk of sounding like a conspiracy theorist, I wonder if the White House (taking cues from James Frey) hasn’t embellished this story a little bit. The White House says that terrorists planned to use shoe bombs à la Richard Reid. That doesn’t strike me as remotely plausible. I’m no physicist, but it seems to me that an explosive shoe used to breach a cockpit door would likely also breach the fuselage, depressurizing the cabin and killing everybody. Terrorists would never have the opportunity to fly the crippled plane into an ugly building in LA.

The saddest part is that my opinion of this administration’s capacity for lying is so high that I’m even willing to consider tinfoil-hattery of this magnitude.

9 February, 2006 8:34 PM Posted by | News, Politics and other hazardous materials | Leave a comment

You’re glib, Fernando

Actual statement uttered by Clay while on the phone with me earlier this evening. And he said it in all seriousness:

“Fernando, you have no idea how complex penguin society is.”

7 February, 2006 9:22 PM Posted by | Robots are awesome | Leave a comment

How to make a post on My DD214 is Bigger Than Yours

Although it may appear rather Difficult, making Posts to this Internet Site is actually rather easy.

Step 1: Click on the Button marked “New Post”.

Step 2: Type the Words which you wish to magically appear on The Internets.

Step 3: Once you are satisfied with your Post, Pray to Al Gore and the baby Jesus and press the Button marked “Publish”.

Et voila! Your words are now posted to the Internets. Wasn’t that easy?

7 February, 2006 1:29 PM Posted by | Just a thought.. | Leave a comment

Random post about music, for once

I just read that Beth Orton’s new record, the Comfort of Strangers, is being produced by Jim O’Rourke. O’Rourke is the genius who produced Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, which you guys know is the closest thing to a religious experience that I’ve ever had. That alone makes this record worth buying sound unheard. As soon as I get some money. When that Nigerian banker pulls through for me.

Anyhow, I saw this on Music for Robots, where you can also find a link to the first video from the record, which features faux-Muppets playing musical instruments and being generally creepy. Highly recommended.

2 February, 2006 5:48 PM Posted by | Just a thought.., Linkage | Leave a comment