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  • "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." - Innocents Abroad -- Mark Twain

    "It liberates the vandal to travel--you never saw a bigoted, opinionated, stubborn, narrow-minded, self-conceited, almighty mean man in your life but he had stuck in one place since he was born and thought God made the world and dyspepsia and bile for his especial comfort and satisfaction." - The American Abroad speech, 1868 - Mark Twain

    Travel has no longer any charm for me. I have seen all the foreign countries I want to except heaven & hell & I have only a vague curiosity about one of those. - Letter to W. D. Howells, 5/20/1891 - Mark Twain

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Monday, May 09, 2005

Po-TA-to / Po-TAH-to, al-Libby/al-Liby . . .

Here's a new twist in the story about the capture of Abu Farraj al-Libbi that I posted on yesterday. The Sunday Times said that it's al-Liby, not al-Libbi who's the al Qaeda big fish and that the hoopla over al-Libbi's capture was a case of mistaken identity.

But get this: The Times also said that al-Liby is the guy on the FBI short list who's wanted for the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa. And yet, as I learned today via Loaded Mouth (via WAWBII? -- Thanks, Ron, for the link), al-Liby was captured and talking as far back as 2002!

So how come he's still on the FBI Most Wanted list?



Hello everyone.

I have some thoughts and comments about the present state of our country.

Over the last few months, I have read several books that have looked at, analyzed, and criticized the dictatorial oligarchy that is the Bush Administration and its powerful industrial and financial buddies. I have realized that the US has been in dire straits after September 11, but the extent of the totalitarianism displayed by Bush and Company really gave me a sonic blast-like shock.

There are nearly 5,000 people dead because of the deceptions, lies, and political and personal ambitions of the administration. From September 11 to Afganistan to Iraq, and on and on, the blood has accumulated as collateral for the administrations power trips.

The current administration has done its very best to mangle, tear asunder, or annihilate: our Constitutional rights, our freedoms and liberty, our privacy, America's standing in the world, the economy, the environment and ways of protecting it, the healthcare system and Medicare, Social Security, sound education and student development, the quality and safety of the agriculture industry and our food supply, proper judicial procedures, the peoples' right to know what their "duly elected" government is really doing. This is just a short list.

The way in which the administration has imposed its whims and will over the entire country - and certain parts of the world that don't need mentioning -, in a seemingly carte blanche manner is very frightening and disturbing. It is troubling that a country found on a premise and a philosophy of democratic, citizen-run government can devolve into a shell of its former self, with dangerous, avaricious, and bloodthirsty individuals and groups filling the void. On the outside, everything looks peachy keen. When one gets to the heart of the matter, however, they can see the slow, painful, and agonizing of the greatest country that ever was. (I say this not out of arrogance - I hate arrogance - but as a person lucky enough to live in this country.)

Those that truly care for their fellow citizens and for their country must take a stand - a peaceful one at that - to rid themselves of an oppressive regime that seeks to not only leave its mark on the present, but the future as well. This plan may seem anattainable, yet think back to what occurred in Lexington and Concord in early 1775. I would think those ordinary men - albeit with muskets - who lined up opposite to the Redcoats and stared them down would have been quite nervous and apprehensive, perhaps knowing full well that they may die or be arrested and detained indefinitely. Yet, thanks to their efforts, as well as all those who began the American Revolution, a wondrous idea called the United States of America was born.

We, the American people, have been through tough times and dark episodes before in the history of our country. We're still here. As we are in another one of those difficult times - a time of oppression, anxiety, and needless war - we must once again come together for the sake of all the things we cherish and for the sake of all the things we admire about the United States. The Bush Administration, and its enforced legacy,can be defeated...but only if we want to defeat it. Knowing the American people, it will be.

Long live the United States of America and all the best to its people.

"We have no fate except what we make for ourselves."

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Patriotism & Dissent

  • "To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
    -- Republican President Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." --Sinclair Lewis

    "If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." -- James Madison

    "When the government fears the people it is a democracy....when the people fear their government it is tyranny..." -- Thomas Jefferson

    "The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders...tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger." – Herman Goering - Nazi

    "patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels." - Samuel Johnson

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  • "I like guys who've never been there that criticize us who've been there. I like that. I like guys who got five deferments and never been there and send people to war, and then don't like to hear suggestions about what needs to be done."--John Murtha Congressman (D-PA) -------
    "War is a rackett"--Major General Smedley Darlington Butler, United States Marine Corps, 1881 - 1940, Double recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.
    "Many of those who want to rush this country into war and think it would be so quick and easy don't know anything about war. They come at it from an intellectual perspective, versus having sat in jungles or foxholes and watched their friends get their heads blown off."--Republican Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska

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  • Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.--Aristotle

  • A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future.--Leonard Bernstein

  • The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.--John Kenneth Galbraith

  • The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.--Albert Einstein

  • The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.--Dante Alighieri

  • "Not until the creation and maintenance of decent conditions of life for all people are recognized and accepted as a common obligation of all people and all countries - not until then shall we, with a certain degree of justification, be able to speak of humankind as civilized."--Albert Einstein

  • Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.--Plato

  • Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote.--William E. Simon

  • Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.--Alexander Hamilton

  • They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. --Ben Franklin

  • "Fool me once, shame on -- shame on you. Fool me -- you can't get fooled again." --The Biggest Fool of 'em All

  • Regarding "Trickle-Down Economics: "If you feed enough oats to the horse, some will pass through to feed the sparrows."--John Kenneth Galbraith

  • "This is not about who they are. This is about who we are. We are Americans and we hold ourselves to a higher standard of conduct. And, no, the end does not justify the means. Not now. Not ever, when the means include torturing prisoners." --Republican Senator John McCain

  • "Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth"--Franklin D. Roosevelt

  • "When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. --Edmund Burke

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