Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Yes, I am Independent

Taken from http://www.supamb.com/supafine/
I hate him with the passion of a thousand hates

God. I’m so angry. I’m so, so bitter. And Bush just sets my teeth on edge.

I just spent an hour and a half watching Primetime’s “System Failure” program and then the Bush’s address to the nation and THEN the reaction from a handful of evacuees who were just overjoyed at the thought of military control and a mobile home to live in. I mean, I guess maybe those would be good things, to them, to have.

But I kind of agreed with the reporter who was interviewing them about their reactions. “Do you think he should have done more? Do you blame anybody? Are you skeptical about the president’s intentions?” Obviously leading questions cheerfully shot down by evacuees, but fuck if he wasn’t asking what I was thinking.

I’m disgusted, appalled, cynical, jaded — and now we find out that, surprise surprise, Halliburton has a hand in Katrina cleanup — and the Homeland Security investigators can’t investigate it because it’s part of a contract that was awarded by the Pentagon last July. Oh, and contractors are exempted from affirmative action, as well as enabled to pay workers below minimum wage — even if a “majority” of those workers ARE residents of the stricken area, as Bush insists they ought to be, they’ll be making shit pay to rebuild their towns and neighborhoods.

And here’s food for thought:

The national media is mistaken when it claims that the Bush administration failed to respond to the crisis created by Katrina. The administration responded swiftly – to the needs of Halliburton, Bechtel and Fluor Corporation and to its campaign contributors and corporate lobbyists who knew that the administration would quickly turn the tragedy into a profit windfall.

That’s what happens when the administration is worried more about profits, spin, and percentage points in the polls than about real people, real lives, real Americans — not just the wealthy.

And don’t get me started on the new, more stringent bankruptcy law going into effect Oct. 17 — a law which is going to make it a lot harder for low- and middle-class people to escape the economic devastation of Katrina.



I can't hate Bush because I think of the alternative John Kerry, however I can't support him because of things like this; and people ask me why I was in the military and I don't vote...

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Clepsydra

I love science fiction; I have had this recurring thought that some how if I was transported back in time or to the future where no knowledge of the technology we have today was present, how would I fashion the things we have now. So I am always interesting to learn about the revolutionary ideas that make our society funciton. The new technology interest me as well.

I think it is rediculus that people are aruging this whole intelligent design vs. evolution thing. Why redicule intelligent design when in the eyes of science it is just as much a theory as evolution is. The problem I have with many evolutionists is that they don't aruge subjectively when comparing the two ideas, they become objectively dogmatic and unwilling to consider the fact that evolution is still a theory; after around two hundred years it still remains a theory. Also one cannot forget that Darwin based his theory (Natural Selection) on that which already existed on the Galapagos islands, and that the last lines of his autobiography he states
"I cannot pretend to throw the least light on such abstruse problems. The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble to us; and I for one must be content to remain an Agnostic."
So the designer of the theory did not confirm nor deny his religious background, who are the followers of such theories to do the same. Not to say that I don't agree with the premise of Natural Selection, but the big bang had to come from something.

I think this blog makes some compelling statments about politics, and it is too bad that it was abandoned.

I made some really good chili with Newcastle last night, crock pots rule and everyone should have one. Now if I could just appropriate a grill and a large fire containing apparatus for the comming cold months I would be set.

panopticon, cool word for the day...

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Thoughts of a Predicate Felon

The Buddha said death -- not some human teacher -- was his primary guru. He said we should all keep the reality of death in the forefront of our consciousness so we can better prioritize our daily activities and thus better direct our attention to that which is most significant and meaningful.

"We are all going to die, but are we each going to truly live?"
-- unknown