Friday, September 02, 2005
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
A Real Mission To Accomplish
Hey, I've got a good idea. Let's bring the troops home from Iraq to help with the Katrina hurricane relief effort. President Bush has said both situations will take "years" to address, and I think it's more important to rebuild all of those communities, as well as deal with the seeming destruction of New Orleans. Most Americans would prefer to end the war, and this is more than ample justification. And Dubya wouldn't need to use a string if lies and attacks on our personal freedoms in order to accomplish this mission. Just a lot of hard work, which he claims to know about.
Gotta Keep Your Priorities Straight
Monday, August 29, 2005
This Sounds Strangely Familiar
Stafford Jones got a political hand job from The Gainesville Sun today. That's the nice way to put it.
Jones, the chair of the local Republican Executive Committee, announced that he has a plan to boost growth in the community. That the "plan" was merely worn-out anti-regulation rhetoric was of no consequence -- The Sun gave it tons of ink, never mentioning that every pro-development candidate for city or county government in the past three decades has had this same plan.
Jones blames zoning regulations, government interference with business and "progressives" for preventing "the area from growing and attracting young families and retirees who would help shore up the local economy."
"When my children grow up I don't want them to have to leave this community to find jobs," Jones said.
Sigh. For a marketing plan, I give it low marks on originality, and even lower marks on the likelihood of success. Growth management regulations and zoning laws have a purpose -- to prevent some nasty business from locating next to your house or church or whatever. Development review takes time because developments have major impacts on our community, and citizens have a right to look after their community.
There's been so much growth in Gainesville, Alachua, Newberry and Alachua County, with large employers, large retail centers, and bountiful housing developments, that you'd think the growth-at-all-costs side would be satisfied. But they never are.
Every election year, one or two candidates raise and spend tens of thousands of dollars to promote this message -- the "anti-growthers" don't want the poor to have jobs or for anyone to have lower taxes. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. It worked the best when The Sun's publisher was John Fitzwater, a rabid anti-regulation activist. He constantly portrayed growth management as "terrible" and promoted candidates like George Dekle, Bobby Summers and Jim Painter.
Fitzwater pretty much saved the anti-regulation crowd's butt after the Chambergate scandal, where the muckity mucks were caught on tape conspiring how to discredit UF professors and politicians who fought their growth plans. Fitz squashed the coverage, the Chamber wrote a public apology, and Fitz declared the issue closed. His staff stopped covering the damaging story, and Fitz followed with a decade of political attacks on any group or elected official who stood in the way of any development proposal.
Fitzwater's gone, but we still have folks like Stafford Jones to remind us that old ideas never die, they just become GOP talking points.
If This Had Been Al Gore, Entry No. 1
OK, so normally this series is about how Bush supporters would be trying to impeach President Clinton had he been president and done the things Dubya has done. Not this time.
A web site called Absurd Theatre has done me one better and published a fake news article about the GOP-controlled Congress filing articles of impeachment against President Al Gore, Jr., for ignoring clues about the impending 9-11 attacks and for his illegal invasion of Iraq, etc.
When anyone claims that Bush has done wrong, his supporters immediately accuse the critics of "just hating Bush" or, as some are so bold to say, "hate America". They rationalize and justify every one of Dubya's decisions, no matter how strong the evidence is for lying, corruption and incompetence.
Clinton was impeached because he lied about a blow job. Never forget that.
Sunday, August 28, 2005
Assassination Call Strengthens Chavez
And that's a good thing. Chavez is the type of leader we should be praising, if we actually cared about people and human rights, at least as much as we can about getting rich.
If Venezuela follows the pattern of previous US takeovers in Central America and South America, a lot of poor people will be massacred, all to ensure the profits of oil companies (strange, but it seems like I've heard this story somewhere before).
In the 1950s through the 1980s, the US government was able to meddle in the affairs of Latin American governments, to back coups of democratically elected governments, and to support vicious tyrants -- all without much concern from the US people. We oversaw much repression, torture and death -- hundreds of thousands murdered because they did not support the government the US wanted them to.
Sure, there was some attention, notable in the 80s with Nicaragua, El Salvador and the Iran Contra scandal. Did you know that Nicaragua won a verdict against the US in an international tribunal for damages caused by US war crimes against the nation. The crimes including bombing of facilities and mining a key harbor. At any rate, many of not most people regard US actions as a response to a communist threat that we now know was never there.
This war continue today with Columbia and Venezuela. In Columbia, the US has a pliant partner in control, but in Venezuela, the US has opposition. Hugo Chavez, widely popular and overwhelmingly supported in two campaigns and a recall (with the opposition funded by the US and the oil industry).
The Independent published a great article on the situation, which I suggest you read. I also suggest you more closely learn about this issue, but it portends to be a future hostile takeover attempt by our country.
The Oil Wars blog has several recent posts that are informative and link to more resources.
Pay No Attention To The Man Behind The Bush/Cheney 2004 Sign
Anti-Gay, Pro-al Qaeda?
I wonder if these wackos voted for Bush? If not, then who?