Thursday, April 21, 2005

A few notes that mention some other dots!

Happy Day after 4/20. Hope yours was a real "hit"!

This morning I was perusing my e-mail. I get TruthOut delivered there. So one was about Tom Delay, and if you have a Goolge e-mail, they have text ads on the side. One was about praying for Tom Delay. So I clicked on it. It was the web site for the Capital Hill Prayer Circle, or Club, or whatever they called themselves. They had bullet points there that were testing the emotional state of those who stopped by, and one was a reference to the loss of this Christian nation. So I e-mailed them. I told them I would pray for Tom Delay in the same way that that the JCCCR conference prayed for Judge Greer. The JCCCR conference was 2 weeks ago in the Capital. JCCCR stands for Judeo-Christian Council for Constitutional Reform. They closed there conference by praying for Judge Greer according to 1 Corinthians 5:5. It says something to the effect(I have an on-line concordance) of handing one over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh that their soul may be saved. So that was my response, with a footnote about their comments about this being a christian nation. I pointed out the language of the Barbary Treaty, the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. Of all those documents, the Barbary treaty being the exception as a founding document, there is only one reference to a God. The God of Nature, or Nature's God more precisely, in the Declaration. It makes a lot more sense contextually from a Deist perspective than a Fundamentalist perspective. Not man's god, nor God of All, or Everything, or the Christian God. Nature's God. The one reference. After pointing these things out, having omitted the statement on our money, Novus Ordo Seclorum, I asked if they would change their web site to reflect the truth. I doubt they will. And Novus Ordo Seclorum, the new order of the Ages could be translated as new secular order. It is found on the Great Seal on our money, with of all things, the pyramid and the all seeing eye! How's that for Christian imagery? I recall being in the funny-mentalist camp and reading and hearing about how evil this secular order is, and the seal being Satanic, and how anti-Christian the government was. Now who's sleeping with the enemy! Well, to be fair, a select but large group of them.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Mr. John Bolton, please stand up.

Since Mr. Bolton is currently in the news, his nomination being held up in committee by Republicans no less, I thought I'd make him the first dot. As one can tell from the news, this guy seems to be controversial. So was Alberto Gonzalez, the counsel who wrote that we were not constrained by the Geneva Conventions in certain conditions. Now Mr. Gonzalez, on the backs of the moral majority pro-life zombie brigade, is the Attorney general of the US. Didn't I say once I wouldn't kill characters? I think I just killed a whole group of them. Actually I was quoting part of a radio dj's title for the neocons, and I left out some. Back to Bolton. This controversial guy that was called a "kiss-up and kick-down" kind of guy by a fellow conservative. It seems that the allegations holding Bolton up are his attitudes and actions towards other government employees, particularly intelligence analysts. Which, if it underscores an attitude about intelligence and it's handling, could be troublesome. But if Cardinal Ratzinger can become the Pope when he was once in the Nazi Youth and army, then Bolton could have just as easily received some anger management therapy. Maybe from Jack Nicholson? After school, Bolton served in law offices, and his first apparent government work was during the Reagan administration. According to the International relations center, after joining the Reagan administration in 1981, Bolton quickly gained a reputation as being one of the new breed of “New Right lawyers” who operated at the second tier of the State Department and gained top policy positions in the Justice Department. Bolton gained entry to the Reagan administration through strong support from Senator Helms and from New Right strategist Richard Viguerie and his influential Conservative Digest. During Reagan’s second term, Bolton began working together with a team of Federalist Society lawyers under Attorney General Edwin Meese. With Federalist Society members and activists in top policy positions, the Justice Department for the first time came under the ideological influence of the New Right.1
The chief goal of the Federalist Society has been to roll back the purported hold of the “liberal establishment” on the judiciary and legal profession. Federalist Society members also oppose liberalism in the international arena in the form of international law and multilateral governance.

During the Iran/Contra scandal investigation, there was a whole lot of stalling going on at the Justice Dept. When requests for documents were made. It seems that on the Contra side, there was some evidence that the Contras were dealing drugs. This allegation was substantiating by the CIA Inspector General stating they suspected the Contras were dealing drugs while doing business with the US. That revelation though, came out years later. And the man running the interference for the Republicans? None other than John Bolton. "Payments to drug traffickers by the U.S. State Department of funds authorized by the Congress for humanitarian assistance to the Contras, in some cases after the traffickers had been indicted by federal law enforcement agencies on drug charges, in others while traffickers were under active investigation by these same agencies." That quote is from the Senate Committee Report on Drugs, Law Enforcement and Foreign Policy chaired by Senator John F. Kerry. The Report goes on to say, "The Justice Department was slow to respond to the allegations regarding links between drug traffickers and the Contras. In the spring of 1986, even after the State Department was acknowledging there were problems with drug trafficking in association with Contra activities on the Southern Front, the Justice Department was adamantly denying that there was any substance to the narcotics allegations. At the time, the FBI had significant information regarding the involvement of narcotics traffickers in Contra operations and Neutrality Act violations." What a great way to start a political career. What can we see so far? Well, it is apparent that there is not much room for multilateral cooperation, which we'll also see later in Bolton's comments about the UN. It is also apparent that Bolton has a very narrow ideology.

After Reagan and Daddy Bush, Bolton was out of work. So he joined the Manhattan Institute and the American Enterprise Institute. It was at the AEI that he advocated the withdrawal of America from the ABM treaty, and postulated that the UN posed a grave threat to the United States. Then in the year 2000, he was tapped to be a senior member of Bush' legal team after the election. So what has Mr. Bolton accomplished since then? Stay tuned as we list his attitudes and comments! Same Gonzo time (PST), same Gonzo channel! Peace!

Sunday, April 17, 2005

This ain't no kids game. Or is it?

Remember that game connect the dots? I believe that politically it is expedient that we do so. Here are some dots: the nomination of John Bolton to the UN, Tom DeLays ethics violations and comments about an "amok" judiciary, Bill Frist's "Justice Sunday", Negroponte's nomination to be head of all intelligence in the US government, Rick Scarborough, the JCCCR, the FCC, and the PNAC. First, I'm going to explain these dots in detail, and as I go, begin drawing the picture these dots make when connected. I wish I could tell you I see a flower. I don't.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Gonzo digs in....

In the spirit of Gonzo journalism I dedicate this site to the truth. I don't care to assassinate anyone's character. I believe that however misguided the motives and actions, everyone is trying to be happy. I want them to be happy. However, happiness requires freedom. Freedom requires truth. And albeit I may just be handling political issues of the day, there is truth in that, and to a degree happiness. A political system that recognizes the inherent worth and value of all it's citizens, and protects those freedoms, allows for a great deal of happiness. I believe that is what our government was aiming at when it established the Constitution and Bill of Rights. I also believe that same intent was there at the time of the Declaration of Independence. Interestingly enough, today we are on the threshold of church/state issues that are what drove the framers of our Republic's documents to write what they did. It is time to stop the sedition, nay, treason that is infecting our freedom. I may use strong language, but I will present facts. Facts you may or may not disagree with. I will also tell you where I got those facts. For example, Pat Robertson appeared on FOX News on March 31, and either lied, or grossly mislead the viewing audience. He stated a certain doctor, who's name he got wrong not once, but twice, was a Nobel Prize winner. I looked it up. I learned that not only was he not a winner, he was never legitimately nominated. I learned that from the Nobel web site. I also looked up this doctors testimony in a court case in Florida. The judge called him self promoting, as he presented nothing to substantiate his claims nor his credentials, particularly regarding the Nobel prize. That's the detail I am talking about. Truth. Because plenty of right wing TV and radio heads paraded this doctor as a Nobel nominate, which is patently false. It undermines the credibility of the news presenters. Are they not checking their sources? If not, what would be their motive in making a false claim? If so, how could they present something so wrong? What else could they be presenting that is wrong? How can I trust that source? I won't do that. Truth isn't partisan. Neither are ethics. And the religious folk tell me that God isn't either. His followers are another matter....