"What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty
must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It
is its natural manure." Thomas Jefferson
"Satyameva Jayate" - Truth Alone Triumphs
This is my last post, I promise, until Jan. Here's a picture of me.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 7:07 AM [+] ::
I hadn't written about this earlier but I had a visit from dia.mil. Hmmmm. Hey, whoever it is, come back for more.
I also have a reader(s) from Samoa. That's right!! Aint the internet cool. People from Singapore, Thailand, Germany, Denmark, France, our military and North America all here, reading my blather. Thanks everyone. I forgot to add Australia and Norway, the US Govt and the UK.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 6:20 AM [+] ::
Goc in Hotlanta has moved here. Update your links.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 5:05 AM [+] ::
:: Friday, December 20, 2002 ::
The Inscrutable American is going on holiday for two weeks plus, to California. He is going there with the Inscrutable parents and his inscrutable sister. Have a happy Chirstmas and a Merry New Year.
Doesn't that sound better? I'm just kidding.
Here's the Quote of the Day
Live Free or Die Patrick Henry.
It's pretty relevant today and everyday. I was reminded of it after watching LOTR. There are things worth fighting for, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The inalienable rights of all men (I know it's not PC, but I think men means both men and women) are worth givng up your life for, so that one day, your children can enjoy a peaceful world.
Have a Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year. I'll be back on the evening of the 5th.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 9:49 PM [+] ::
Stick A Fork in Me, I'm Done
Woooooh. Finally, no more exams until next semester. wowie. It feels good. Well, I have a date to see LOTR tonight, so I better get to shaving and getting ready.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 4:50 PM [+] ::
I'm leaving for my last exam of the semester. I'll be back in a few hours.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 1:21 PM [+] ::
White House Press Briefing
Didn't catch the part regarding Lott. Damn. Was too busy blogging and looking for other news.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 1:08 PM [+] ::
Well, guess who's coming along for the ride in Iraq. The semblance of an international coalition (read: Britain, Germany and France) is beginning to be seen. They took a while, but they're coming around or so it seems.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 12:56 PM [+] ::
Trent is not resigning his Senate seat. At least he is not pulling a stoopid move by resigning his seat. That would reduce the Nov. victories into a repeat of 00.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 12:52 PM [+] ::
Trent Lott's resigning as SML, according to CNN. Yes!! I don't know if he's resigning his Seante seat. White House press briefing at 12:45 EST.
Back after that.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 12:35 PM [+] ::
Just finished watching Bridge Over the River Kwai. That's just a great classic that I haven't seen in a while. Before that, I saw The Shining. Kubrick did a great job of scaring me. That movie is crazy. Nicholson is an amazing actor.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 4:09 AM [+] ::
According to Tom Holsinger, the invasion to Iraq will be a gradual process, instead of an event. It may have even begun. Link via Instaman. Very interesting article and hopefully true.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 12:51 AM [+] ::
:: Thursday, December 19, 2002 ::
Idiotarian of the Year
LGF has a new tradition, The Robert Fisk Award for Idiotarian of the Year. Go nominate someone. My personal nomination is for Michael Moore, for his continuous idiotic blather and a lie-ridden movie, Bowling for Columbine.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 9:39 PM [+] ::
Robert Prather has two posts on South Korea. The election there has been dominated by a debate over our alliance. The younger generation thinks that we are stopping them from reuniting with the North. Hey guys, if you don't want us, we'll leave. RIght after that, you'll be begging us to come back, cause the Crazy man will invade and cause severe damage. Yes his army is crappy and only has AK-47s but a million guys with AK-47s and leaders who are willing to sacrifice their lives can do a hell of a lot of damage. Check out his posts here and here.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 7:58 PM [+] ::
I was looking for a gun pic to put on my desktop and I found a sweet pic of two Desert Eagles.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 5:00 AM [+] ::
WaPo has an article on blogs and the legal rules of publishing that apply to them.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 3:05 AM [+] ::
Taliban General let go
In a very embarassing moment, our Special Forces have revealed that they let a top Taliban general escape. Come on guys. You can do better than this. He escaped and fled to our esteemed ally Pakistan, where he is currently believed to be hiding.
The man who is more pure than the Virgin Mary is calling the criticism of Lott hypocritical because he alleges that the Republicans are rascists in general. According to him, that's how they win in the South. Of course, BJ Clinton's mentor was a segregationist (William Fulbright) and the seniormost Democrat in the Senate is Robert KKK Byrd. Clinton also knows a thing or two about hypocricy, having lied before a grand jury and arguing about the technical definition of "is."
I mean, seriously, why did we elect him President for two terms?
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 9:14 PM [+] ::
Perhaps there is some hope for the French. Colin May has a post about LOTR.
French youth applauded at the end of the movie. Considering that this is a movie about good and evil and about fighting, perhaps the younger French people see the light.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 6:46 PM [+] ::
Quote of the Day
I know I forgot yesterday's quote, but the poem made up for it.
Here's today's quote:
What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books. Thomas Carlyle
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 2:02 PM [+] ::
Exams are a bitch. I just had my Financial Accounting final. wooh, what a relief. I have another one coming up in two days (Friday), Microeconomic Theory.
Not a good scene.
Anyways, I'll be posting soon.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 12:18 PM [+] ::
Schroeder:A Two-timing Bastard
That sumbitch is Iraq's no. 1 arms dealer. Germany has been supplying Iraq with technical know-how, components, basic substances and even entire technical facilities for the development of atomic, chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction to Iraq right since 1975. Those mothaufckin asswipes.
I think this is the reason they didn't want us going in, with or without UN support. We would have found out about their charade.
He has a column in the National Post on the resignations of Law and Kissinger and also on Lott. Insightful stuff.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 12:53 AM [+] ::
Does this guy live in la-la land?? I mean, seriously, wtf is he smoking? I'd like some of that stuff. Here's something from the Iraq Daily. Short and sweet. (link via my blogdad)
Although he has done a great job fisking it, I am going to try nevertheless.
I invoke the goddess Fiska with the universal prayer Aham Fiskami.
He told press conference that there is no legitimate justification for the brutal campaign against an authentic state like Iraq.
I mean, those dying people don't matter unless they serve your cause, right, Sean? What does he mean by authentic state? Are there fake states around too?
He confirmed that Iraq is completely clear of weapons of mass destruction and the United Nations must adopt a positive stance towards Iraq.
Hey guys, it's time to leave now, Sean Penn has checked everything out and it's clear. We all know that he has magical powers to find WMDs right?
He also condemned the US misleading claims arguing that it is the US and not Iraq who is practicing such illegal behavior.
Illegal in what way? Is this another attempt at pointing out a violation of those set of international laws that we hear about from leftists all the time? But that's all that happens, we hear about it, but we never see a citation of a specific section or Act.
Mr. Penn went on saying that he would convey to the public opinion in US the real situation that the Americans should force the US administration to stop such aggressive campaign.
Alright, lets hear it Sean. He's already the laughing stock of the country. This will become another joke in the repertoire.
Finally, Mr. Penn passed a written communiqué in which he declared that his visit to Iraq is to evaluate the humanitarian situation of Iraqis and to reject the crippling sanctions on Iraq since 1991.
So, he already had preconceived notions about the situation and just saw what he wanted to see and heard what he wanted to hear, from the Iraqi govt. An unbiased opinion from Sean about the situation of the poor Iraqi people who are being killed by us.
Penn, another Useful Idiot for Sadass, as I have already pointed out.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 12:12 AM [+] ::
:: Tuesday, December 17, 2002 ::
The 2nd Amendment and Liberty
There's a debate going on at my blog-aunt's (I mean, she is my blogdad's blogsis) site on this post regarding guns and liberty.
It's not a typical pro-guns/gun-control debate, but instead it's between a Angel Shamaya (of KeepAndBearArms.com) and other commenters. I'd sum it up, but there's too many tangents and angles to cover.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 11:48 PM [+] ::
'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,
HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF
PLASTER AND STONE.
I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
AND TO SEE JUST WHO
IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.
I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
NOT EVEN A TREE.
NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.
WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
A SOBER THOUGHT
CAME THROUGH MY MIND.
FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.
THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR
IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.
THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
NOT HOW I PICTURED
A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.
WAS THIS THE HERO
OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?
CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,
THE FLOOR FOR A BED?
I REALIZED THE FAMILIES
THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS
WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.
SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE
A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.
THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM
EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,
LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.
I COULDN'T HELP WONDER
HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE
IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.
THE VERY THOUGHT
BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
I DROPPED TO MY KNEES
AND STARTED TO CRY.
THE SOLDIER AWAKENED
AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
"SANTA DON'T CRY,
THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;
I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,
I DON'T ASK FOR MORE,
MY LIFE IS MY GOD,
MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS."
THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER
AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
I COULDN'T CONTROL IT,
I CONTINUED TO WEEP.
I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,
SO SILENT AND STILL
AND WE BOTH SHIVERED
FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.
I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE
ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR
SO WILLING TO FIGHT.
THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
WHISPERED, "CARRY ON SANTA,
IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE."
ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,
AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND,
AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT."
This is a beautiful poem. I copied and pasted it from here. Pass it along to people. Copy and paste the poem or the link.
It was written by a Marine stationed in Okinawa.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 8:28 PM [+] ::
Yes, he has some new crap out. Yes I am declaring a Fiskwah. Let's start by invoking the goddess Fiska with the universal prayer Aham Fiskami.
First it was Roger Ailes, the chairman of the Fox News Channel, who advised the US President to take the "harshest measures possible" against those who attacked America on 11 September, 2001.
Yes, so what's your point? We shouldn't have attacked those who attacked us?
Let us forget, for a moment, that Fox News's Jerusalem bureau chief is Uri Dan, a friend of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and the author of the preface of the new edition of Sharon's autobiography, which includes a revolting account of the Sabra and Chatila massacre of 1,700 Palestinian civilians and Sharon's innocence in this slaughter.
Are you trying to say that the Jews control everything? Is this some VJC (Vast Jewish Conspiracy) thoery of Booby's? I dont know the exact nature of the Sabra and Chatila "massacre," so I won't say anything about it.
Then Ted Koppel, one of America's leading news anchormen, announced that it may be a journalist's duty not to reveal events until the military want them revealed in a new war against Iraq.
The military could just keep the media out and not give them any information at all. However, they don't do that, so consider their wishes before you publish or announce something they told you about. Seems pretty rational to me but then I'm just a guy who doesn't know better.
Can we go any further in journalistic cowardice? Oh yes, we can. ABC television announced, a little while ago, that it knew all about the killing of four al-Qa'ida members by an unmanned "Predator" plane in Yemen but delayed broadcasting the news for four days "at the request of the Pentagon." So now at least we know for whom ABC works.
You mean All Commie Corp (owned by Disney, known for its generosity towards Bush). So, what's wrong with complying with a request. They could have not told anyone about it.
Then there's a whole rant about Izzy Asper, the owner of many papers in Canada. I don't know all that much about what this is all about. There is a typo in there, Asper become Aspen for a moment. Don't they have proofreaders at the Independent?
claims that the corrupt and foolish Yasser Arafat is "one of the world's cruel and most vicious terrorists for the past 30 years". He concluded his speech to Israel's supporters in Montreal with the dangerous request that "you, the public, must take action against the media wrongdoers". (this is part of the Izzy Asper rant)
Arafat is a dangerous terrorist but I guess not in Booby's world. There is a lot of anti-Israel bias in the media. Since Canada is much more lefist than the US, I would think that their media would be pretty biased in it's reporting of the whole thing.
Journalists are being attacked for telling the truth, for trying to tell it how it is.
Please give me an example that is rational and not some convoluted piece of garbage. Where the media being attacked? Asper is part of the media. Is Booby suggesting that Asper is attacking something he is a part of?
Or, is this just an expression of Booby's frustration that his view is not being accepted. Is Booby afraid? He should be, cause us bloggers will be fact-kicking his ass every time he opens his mouth or types a word.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 7:56 PM [+] ::
It has an article about 4 leading scientists from Oxford who are opposed to the academic boycott of Israel. Cool. Some level headed academics, but not that much of a surprize considering they are scientists. Having to look at theories and hypotheses and analyze their validity would increase the chance that you are rational. Generally, at least.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 7:29 PM [+] ::
A salute to my Air Force reader. Thanks for stopping by.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 6:27 PM [+] ::
I know I haven't been posting too much recently, but that's only because I have a Financial Accounting Final tomorrow. I should be studying, but instead I'm reading blogs. Real addictive stuff.
Anyways, here a few interesting things I've found:
Ahenkaw, the native leader in Saskatchewan who's comments on Hitler and the Holocaust were anti-Semitic to say the least has apologized and resigned his positions in the native community. They might prosecute him under the Canadian hate speech laws. While I found his comments to be repugnant, it is still free speech. He shouldn't be prosected but he should be stripped of all his honors and ignored. As long as he doesn't encroach on other people's liberties I don't care what he says. I am a strong believer in the 1st Amendment.
Merde in France has some good news regarding GMOs in France. A group of academics has declared that they are not harmful to our health. They're just 15 years behind us (this is a guess, I don't know when we started using gm-food).
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 5:49 PM [+] ::
He's a cool guy and he has a couple of posts up that really should be read, if you haven't already. He fisks Simon Tisdall, a rent-a-Fisk writing in the Guardian. He also writes about leftist idiocy.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 5:40 AM [+] ::
Chile Free Trade
We're getting a free trade agreement with Chile. Woohoo. Another good thing done by the Bush administration. This still does not excuse the tariffs on steel and the agricultural subsidies. Those things need to be removed.
Here an article in the Guardian on Sean Penn. It is calling out to be fisked.
I invoke the Hindu goddess Fiska with the universal prayer Aham Fiskami.
More worryingly, perhaps, he also risks becoming the target of America's powerful conservative forces, the sort who trumpet Fox News as the voice of reason.
They're scared of the VRWC. Woohoo. I mean we all know that the conservatives control everything. If they do, where's my slice of the pie?
But when the stars embark on anti-war protests they enter a minefield. At its heart Hollywood is a deeply conservative institution and frequently cruel to those who are seen to cross the line between humanitarian concern and "unpatriotic" behaviour.
Hollywood is conservative? Please give me a break. Is the the sort of b.s. that passes for journalism these days? Even I would do a better job, dontcha think?
Jane Fonda spent much of her career trying to apologise for what many saw as a treasonable visit to North Vietnam in 1972. Most of her infamous Hanoi radio broadcasts seem innocuous in today's terms. She spoke of how the Vietnamese had spent hundreds of years resisting colonial rulers and how the US bombing of civilian targets only strengthened the resolve of the Vietcong.
This wasn't because of the conservative Hollywood guys, it was because people didn't like what she said. What she said wasn't innocuous. I'm not exactly sure of what she said, but I do know that it demoralized our boys to have an American actress talking for the other side. It was a stupid thing to have gone in, I agree, but the Communists aren't terribly great people either. If I had to pick a side, I'd pick the side that believes in human rights.
In October he paid $56,000 to place an advertisement in the Washington Post. It contained an open letter to Bush in which Penn accused the US president of trying to suffocate the debate over the Iraq crisis. He decried a cycle of foreign policy where "bombing is answered by bombing, mutilation by mutilation, killing by killing".
Suffocate the debate??? WTF is he talking about? Did the secret thought police arrest people who didn't support the President?
Also, what does he think we should do? Not bomb the people who attack us, but just sit around and hope they will stop? How moronic can you get?
The Iraqi regime welcomed him with open arms. He was taken round a children's hospital and spent several hours talking to doctors about how 12 years of UN sanctions have wiped out their supplies of medicines and equipment. He met officials from Unicef who, in a ground-breaking report in 1999, said the sanctions had caused the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children. He toured several schools which Unicef is helping to rebuild and he saw others that have yet to be helped. Most are badly run down, an appalling state for a country which before the Gulf war was enjoying $14bn in annual revenue from oil alone. Then he met with Tariq Aziz, Iraq's powerful deputy prime minister and the most eloquent apologist for Saddam's brutality and military ambitions.
No shit they welcomed him, another Useful Idiot for Sadass. 12 years of UN sanctions have wiped out their supplies but Sadass continues to live in luxury and build palace after palace. Do you see a connection here? It's Saddass who has wiped out the supplies and his own people by refusing to cooperate. He threw the inspectors out back in '98. A ground-breaking report, more like a wind-breaking one by my standards. At least they acknowledge that Sadass is brutal.
"There is going to be very credible and valid criticism. But there will, I believe, be enormous support as well," he says. "A war is not inevitable. If there is a war or continued sanctions against Iraq the blood of Americans and Iraqis alike will be on our hands."
Enormous support for you? Hahahhahahaha. Ok, the Kumbayah will idolize you, but other than that, I think it's safe to say that you will be the subject of ridicule.Does Penn think we should end sanctionsand just sit back and watch Saddam torture and kill any Iraqi that opposes him? What about the support he provides to Palestinian terrorists? What about the Iraqi people he has killed over years, both directly and indirectly.
Stupid Hollywood types. Bah!!
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 3:18 AM [+] ::
The hunting supporters tried to "storm" Parliament in London, according to the Guardian. I'm not to sure of the exact nature of the storming, considering the source of the news.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 2:45 AM [+] ::
:: Monday, December 16, 2002 ::
I'm getting a little sceptical about the whole Iraq thing. When the hel are we going in? I hope this whole thing wasn't just bigged up for the elections. That would undermine everything that I believe about Dubya. I thought he would be different after 9/11. He is still doing other good stuff-like opening up a lot of govt. jobs to private contractors and a Comission on ending the monopoly on the delivery of mail. (these two stories are at The Anti-Idiot)
I am not privy to intel info, but we don't seem to be doing too much on Iraq. The people who really matter support this- Americans and Iraqis. Enough of the UN b.s., lets finish this battle, sicne we have many more to go.
Radio Azadi or Radio Freedom was, until two weeks ago, broadcasting nightly debates and firsthand accounts of the protests in Iran. Two weeks ago, they stopped all that and started broadcasting pop music. WTF?????
Blogger wasn't working for a while there. Anyways, I had 100 page visits on Sunday. WOW!!!
I'm really thinking about moving to MT and my own server. Does anyone knows the costs involved?
Also, if anyone reading wants to help a blogger out just comment or email me. I'm very ungeeky, so I really don't know how CSS, MT and all that stuff works.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 12:14 AM [+] ::
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 12:09 AM [+] ::
:: Sunday, December 15, 2002 ::
Holy Jebus. I have crossed 500 (as of right now it's 552). Just today, I've gotten 66 visits.
I believe most of this is probably due to mah blogdad. Thanks.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 4:33 PM [+] ::
This is cool. You can write in any word or phrase. Just put it in the URL after the "text=".
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 3:12 PM [+] ::
Gays, Neo-Nazis and Islamofascists
Johann Hari, a reporter for the Guardian deals with Neo-Nazis and Islamofascists in a unique way- he seduces them and sleeps with them. That's right. I think it's hilarious. Here's a quote:
Part of me wants to trumpet it as a victory for gay rights. Even in the most intense centres of homophobia and gay-bashing, you can still find the odd bit of sodomy. We are, quite literally, everywhere, including (literally) inside homophobes. Part of me is a bit ashamed - in the cold light of day, both Russ and Mo have some pretty repulsive views. But there's something uniquely rewarding about bagging a homophobe.
Damn cool. Via Damian Penny
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 6:40 AM [+] ::
Bernie Sanders's, (Independent Representative from Vermont) letter to the Editor of the Post is screaming out to be Fisked, so here goes:
I invoke the Hindu goddess Fiska with the universal prayer Aham Fiskami.
Where is the media coverage of the grossly unfair distribution of wealth and income in this country, or the fact that the United States is the only wealthy nation without a program guaranteeing health care for all?
Well, Bernie, maybe that's because as Americans, most of us have realized that healthcare for all would be prohibitively expensive without raising taxes or significantly cutting back on things like our Defense budget or that blackhole of money called Social Security? America is a meritocracy, not a free handout for all country. You reap what you have sown. Work hard and you will reap the benefits.
Where are the programs reporting that Americans now work the longest hours in the industrialized world, while the average worker today earns less, in real dollars, than 30 years ago? Where are the editorials attacking disastrous trade policies that have given us a trade deficit and the loss of 2 million decent-paying manufacturing jobs in the past four years?
Bernie, my boy, take a look around. You live in the most prosperous nation in the hisotry of the world, it is a direct result of Americans working more than anyone else. While I don't know about the average worker earning less, I will say that we, as a nation are better off than we were 30 years ago. Also, the average worker only earned that much because of tariffs and other barriers to trade, which brings us to Bernie's next point. "Disastroud trade policies," what in hell's name is he talking about? Less subsidies for farmers, free trade and the like. These are direct causes for the prosperity of America. Also, last time I heard, unemployment was much lower than 1972 (wasn't that around the first oil crisis?). While manufacturing jobs have been lost, employment has risen by much more in the services sector.
Any candidate for president must oppose further concentration of ownership in the media and fight to create a process by which the American people can learn about all points of view, not just those of corporate America.
I guess the aide who typed this up hasn't heard of blogs. Bernie, we do have a free market. Now while, a monopoly is a bad situation, we, the blogosphere are getting around it. The best way you (Bernie) can stop furhter concentration is by removing the DMCA and stopping other corporate media sponsored laws. Will ya do that Bernie?
Sic Semper Tyrannis.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 6:21 AM [+] ::
Geroge Will has a column in the WaPo on weapons inspections and disarmament that takes a look at Germany in the period between the two World Wars. It is eeriely similar to Iraq. Check it out.
Here's a quote, just to show you:
A 1944 study of the problems of post-World War I disarmament of Germany stressed the impossibility of disarmament-by-inspectors when the government to be disarmed is uncooperative. After 1918 the inspectors' greatest difficulty was procuring reliable data, because the German government connived at concealment. This difficulty "could have been surmounted only by a complete and prolonged military occupation."
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 6:01 AM [+] ::
Quote of the Day
This is for Saturday. I've been at the library all day. Just got back. Anyways, here it is:
A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul. George Bernard Shaw.
Very true. Just look at social security.
:: Sic Semper Tyrannis::Inscrutable American 1:23 AM [+] ::