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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Eye witness Report of the NY March

I didn't want Jay Lassiter's in person report to be overlooked in our comments box.

I've taken a look at his blog and I'll be back there visiting again. The pics and his descriptions are wonderful. Not quite like being there but much better than the descriptions in even the most friendly press.

Thanks Jay.

350,000 March in New York

Two takes from Truthout on the March yesterday. One from AP, the other from one of the liberal publications.

AP said marchers came from as far away as Vermont. I bet there were many from much further away than that.

The contrast between the two articles is interesting.

John Kenneth Galbraith 1908 - 2006

His death is all over the news and I started to link to the New York Times last night but waited.

I selected The Boston Globe rather than the NYT because of Professor Galbraith's connection with Harvard. I didn't realize until now that he was Canadian born. Thanks, Canada.

We are all, of course, unique but if it's possible to go beyond unique, he managed.

How Do They Get Away With It?

The Administration is standing the Constitution on its ear. When is someone going to stand up and say enough?

This article from the Boston Globe and reprinted in Truthout reprises information about "signing statements" most of us already know but until now what I've read has been piecemeal. This article is detailed and quite complete (although who knows what else is going on).

Guantanamo - The Worst of the Worst?

So we're releasing terrorists to prey on an unsuspecting public. Men so vile they "gnaw their way through" whatever it was to blow up the plane.

William Fisher, writing in Truthout tells the story of several of these prisoners.


I write this post with some misgivings, as I am well aware that it is the practise of many people to instantly respond to the slightest negativity towards a minority group by aggressive personal attack, shrieking "RACIST" instead of discussing the issues in a rational manner. I am no less sensitive to the epithet than any other person, but I feel that I must speak out on certain issues that threaten our nation. If I must be showered with curses and epithets, so be it.

This post is not about race, excepting the fact that the participants of the issue happen to be Mexican. I would have the same attitude if they were French or German or British or whatever. It is about illegal immigration only peripherally, although I do personally disapprove of ILLEGAL immigration.

Recently we had a bit of a set-to with a Blogger named Action Now, who writes an anti-immigrant blog. I agreed with SOME of the articles she posted, regarding various issues, but strongly disapproved of her comments on her posts as virulently racist. I would not comment on her posts as I did not want this Blog, Granny or me to be linked with a racist publication and be tarred with the same stinking brush. And stink it does; racism stinks. I corresponded a little with Action Now, trying to convince her that her blog would have more impact regarding the issues involved if she eliminated her vicious comments. Granny and I both tried to give her advice and encouragement, and I even sent her a few pertinent articles.

I am not a racist, nor is my blog partner Granny. I think we have made that abundantly clear concerning African Americans and the same holds true for any other race. I don't know about Granny but in addition to having family members who are black/white biracial, I have numerous family members who are hispanic/anglo mixes. A number of my relatives from Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona are married to Hispanics or Native Americans or mixes thereof. One of my cousins has adopted 4 lovely Hispanic children and those little ones proudly carry on our old Family ancestral names.

On my maternal grandmother's side of the family, our clan bears Native American ancestry, of which we are very proud. In the amazing manner of genes, the physical Cherokee traits still crop up in spite of the caucasian input to the gene pool. When I spend time in the sun, I tan as darkly as any Cherokee (or Hispanic) ever hoped to be. And racially, what are Mexicans but native meso-Americans and Euro mixes? I am not biased racially without being biased against my own family and heritage.

We Americans as a whole tend to view the Mexican illegal immigrants with compassion and tolerance, and we judge them by the standards of the previous generations of immigrants. I still hear people refer to them as "humble". They are hard working, good parents, and "take jobs no one else wants". That may have been true of past generations; that has changed in recent years.

But we are dealing with a new breed of illegal immigrants now. True, some may be like the old timers, but all too many are of the new breed and they are converting not only the old-style new immigrants but also the long term illegals and the hispanic-Americans. It is a growing movement. And it is not in America's best interests; it is not in Euro-descent American's best interests.

Some mainstream news media and journalists report that these mass demonstrations by the illegals and their supporters are spontaneous, grass roots rallies. That is patently untrue. The activists met in January to plan these uprisings and they were carefully coordinated and orchestrated. Is anyone really naive enough to believe that each one of thse 500,000 + demonstrators nation wide just arose one morning and said, "I think I'll go downtown today and protest."

The demonstrations were planned, heavily funded (by whom??) and activists - lots of them - mobilized the people. They met to paint all those signs you saw the people waving. They bussed in numbers of demonstrators. They coached the people on where to go, what to do, what to say. They set up podiums and speaker systems and organized speakers to address the crowds. I do not know who furnished all the Mexican flags the people were waving but after there was so much public indignation about them claiming to want to be Americans and yet waving foreign flags, the activist organizations furnished the American flags they waved in the next rally. And coached them to fervently avow they wanted to be citizens. Bearing foreign flags clearly shows where their priorities are. Many businesses sport Mexican flags and even one Houston public school flies the Mexican flag along with the US and Texas flags!!

To further that deception, they have translated the Star Spangled Banner into Spanish and now are playing that version on the airwaves. That ticked off a lot of citizens but the fact that they REWROTE the second verse with self serving lines, after they changed words on the first verse. If these folk truly wanted to become citizens, not just voters, they would LEARN the words, and learn the Pledge of Allegiance like previous immigrants did.

They want to be citizens, but not citizens of the U.S.A. as we know it. They want to be citizens of Aztlan. They want to be citizens of the United Pan American States of Central America, the USA and Canada. Some want to get rid of the gringos (that's us white folks); some want to deport us back to Europe, much as some anti-blacks at one time wanted to deport all the blacks back to Africa. But all of the new breed claim and want our part of the continent for themselves.


Note from Ann:

The links to News With Views do not work; however, this link should take you to their home page and the Table of Contents.


We Have Got to Eliminate the Gringos:">
Devvy Kidd
They are instigated (no doubt by agitators), aided and abetted by President Fox and by the globalist parties, including our own fearless President and his masters. The leaders probably envision themselves as powerful political bosses in the new regime, and some are already in political positions.: more campaign for office.The rank and file will undoubtedly remain low paid peons, exploited by their countrymen as badly as does the gringo.They will be labor-fodder, just as they are now. Their only value at present is numbers and as voters.


Below is one of the websites of the Nation of Aztlan. They are not only anti-white but anti-semite.
I am not fond of the Zionist party but I deplore anti-semitism. A political party is not the same as the race of people. In most of their articles they refer to Zionists but in some they specifically denounce the Jews. At present they do not advocate violence against white people but warn "yet" and do advocate "by any means necessary". To me, this seems to indicate future plans to achieve their goals by violent overthrow if it becomes necessary. At present, the plan appears to be to overwhelm us by sheer numbers, defeat us at the voting booth by electing their own and getting laws passed to benefit their agendas.

The Nation of Aztlan in their own words: As you can see in the following video this group "only" wants Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California for themselves. This video was filmed during one of the recent demonstrations. Please note the identity of the speakers. Both groups preach a twisted, erroneous version of history, and like any good lie include sufficient truths to convince people the entire tale is true. They also speak in manners to arouse the people.

Video follows photos below.

Note the repetitious use of the word
racist, presenting that any who disagree with them is a racist. They
will not debate issues, but resort to
rabid accusations. The indigenous
peoples of north America and Canada were not Aztecs. Nor was north America and Canada a part of the Aztec "empire". And as they recount the sins of the white man, they carefully ignore the sins of the Aztecs in warring with their neighbors (whom they claim were a part of their empire), bringing their POWs home and sacrificing them by cutting out their beating hearts. Or of executing the members of the losing team in their ball games. That doesn't seem to be very nice. Their barbarity doesn't excuse the crimes against them; but neither does the crimes against them give credence to their ridiculous claims of owning the US and Canada.

Click on map to start video. If it doesn't
play immediately, wait for download. It is only 3 minutes long. If map shows, click on it. If it remains blank, click on white square. Listen closely to words of these Hispanic-American speakers, a professor and politicians. The movement is wider than you think.

Video Description

A viewer comment:

"Words do not describe heavily enough the pain in my heart. How in the hell can these treasonous Mexican politicians such as Fabian Nunez, Joe Baca, Antonio Villaraigosa, and Art Torres hold office in the United States. If anyone that was caucasian made statements anywhere close to the outright hatred these parasites spewed every media outlet in this conquered nation would be playing and replaying them by the minute, and would be run out of office and their reputation destroyed. Yet, they can proclaim the United States to be Aztlan with no repercussions. And call for the outright destruction of caucasins and not have a single qualm about it. My attitude to the invasion has totally changed, this is no less then a proclamation of war as I'm concerned. Am I wrong?"

Personal Message

Speeches reveal true agenda of immigrants - Nation of Aztlan.
Ckick on map to start play

I have no idea what happened to so many urls on these posts. They worked fine when I wrote the posts; now most of them come up with "page cannot be found." I have been getting that a lot lately, especially on hot button articles. My computer messing up, or what?? I will try to re-access the articles and see if I can fix it. ]

The more radical and militant of the groups seem to be the Mexica Movement. They are the ones that want to take over the Continental United States and Canada (and include Central America), claiming that historically (???-whose history???) all of these areas were their empire and all the indigenous peoples of these areas were of their Aztec race before the white men came and stole it from them, robbing them of its riches and wealth of resources. They rave about the rape of their women and the racial purity of their DNA being contaminated by the inferior(?) DNA of the whites. They claim a history of 40,000 years in these lands. They claim it is theirs -all of it- and they want it back.

Their version of history is so twisted, distorted and outright fabricated it would be laughable except for the fact they are being allowed to disseminate it in the colleges and schools, and they
are teaching it to an ever growing audience of believers, thus winning adherents to their cause, including many ignorant (of the facts) whites who are deceived by their rabid, faulty rhetoric.
It is indeed a fact that the indigenous peoples of these continents were robbed, raped, maltreated, their culture destroyed, their "books' burned, leaders massacreed, enslaved and decimated.

However, the Aztec "empire" consisted of only a small fraction of the present Mexican nation. Other city-states were independent and not under their dominion, and the north American and Canadian tribes most assuredly were not Aztec and certainly not a part of their "empire". Although there were trade routes between some of the tribes and other areas, it is very probable that most tribespeople were completely unaware that the Aztecs even existed, far less be members of their "empire".

There is some archeological evidence that the Aztecs did make an incursion into the 4 corners area of the southwest and establish dominion over the Anasazi and Zuni peoples, who were not Aztec but were a separate and independent people. That situation came to an end long before the white man came. The Anasazi and Zuni dispersed, went into hiding, apparently not fond of their conquerors. The Zuni today vehemently deny any racial mix with the invaders, refusing to accept any ancestral ties to those who robbed, raped, decimated and destroyed their culture.

I have more rebuttals to their claims of history but will not go into them at this time. I will later, if disputes arise.

The following is a part of the Mexica websites and delivers the most comprehensive coverage of their assertions and goals. It is, in fact, an online book but I urge you to peruse as much as you can stand, or at least skim through the chapters. Do not take these people lightly. Note that although it gives lip service to peace and non-prejudice towards whites, it is riddled with repetitious inflammatory remarks. Constant iteration and reiteration of a lie or a phrase is a proven tactic to brainwash people. (Ask Bush - he tries it over and over - and still uses the buzz words 9/11 in virtually every speech)

WELCOME TO THE MEXICA MOVEMENT To read book, scroll down. home page. protect our people. They call anyone who opposes them "racist", no matter the motivation of the opposer. This tactic places opposition in the position of being an evil person, designed to make the opposition retreat and to prejudice the minds of others against the opponent. It draws attention away from the issues and diverts attention to the vileness of the so-called "racism". All too often it is effective; people retreat and submit in order not to be labeled racist, and the activist wins.

The Second Mexican War:
Invasion of America with conquest as the goal.

Illegal Immigration Leads to Canada/US/Mexico merge:

You think our government would not allow such a thing? It is part of the globalist, one world government agenda, plus it offers an unending supply of low wage earners to benefit employers.
Ask yourself: WHO IS FUNDING THESE DEMONSTRATIONS?? It is very costly to put on such a show. The logistics of assembling and organizing such a mass of people is incredible. This is NO GRASSROOTS affair.

Minimum Wage + Tips = Starvation?

I was looking back through Alternet a few minutes ago and found an article on tipping in the United States. It was an eye opener.

One of my first jobs after high school was as a waitress (we were called that then) at a small chain restaurant in Buffalo. I stayed just long enough to know I wanted no part of it. I worked the counter for the most part and tips were small to non-existent.

Moving forward to today. I didn't realize that some servers receive no salary at all. They are entirely dependent on tips. Professional servers in the upscale restaurants do quite while but the majority, usually young people or those without education or training for anything else are living far below poverty level. Most must participate in a tip pool so hard work and good service doesn't mean a lot. The minimum wage in many states is set at a lower level in many states, one as low as $2.15/hour on the theory that tips will make up the difference. They are taxed on estimated tips. And benefits? Not likely. Even when they exist, servers don't usually have enough hours in a week to qualify. Restaurant owners aren't stupid; just venal in many cases.

The article even cites racism as one of the factors. I hadn't thought about that either. The days worked, the times of day, the clientele, all figure in.

The servers who do very well would, I'm sure, like to keep tipping.

I'd like to see it end and servers paid a decent wage for their work. I'd be glad to pay a little more for a meal and know the server was able to keep a roof over her (usually) head and feed the kids. Or that the older woman working those tables had a decent home to return to at the end of a long day.

In any event, that's just my personal opinion and I'd be interested in what others think.

Oh, before I forget, we're blessed with another troll with a url that leads nowhere. (Not you, Carrie). He thinks I have way too much time on my hands (or that Worried American does - I'm not sure). We all know who the one with too much time on his hands is, don't we.


Saturday, April 29, 2006

Bodies for Barrels

I ran through about six pages of google trying to find out more about Michael A. Fox from Ohio. All I know is that he's a conservative Republican from Ohio who has a lot to say about oil and the current administration.

From truthout today.

You've Come A Long Way, Baby, But Racism Still Exists.

When the black slaves were freed and the Civil War was over, the loss of free labor was devastating to many whites. Families were left without free household and groundskeeping help.
Businesses were bereft of free laborers. Agribusinesses were especially hard hit when they no longer had free labor in a labor intensive business. Something had to be done, and besides which, the blacks were getting uppity, demanding the rights the government had promised them, and presuming to act like they were as good as whites.

Indeed, something had to be done and a number of state governments took action. Control of the blacks had to be reestablished and citizens (white ones) had to have help. The solution was to pass laws to accomplish both goals and so the Black Codes of 1865 were enacted. Governments have always been able to exert control over citizens of any color by the simple expedient of passing laws that either forced citizens to conform to a certain code of behavior, or the laws made certain actions illegal.

To see what repressions and enforced behaviors were foisted off on the "free" black citizens, read: Black Codes of 1865
For examples of what a few states did:

[ And bear in mind, what government has done before, government can do again. Especially the federal government and most especially a federal government that has seized unprecedented powers, virtually destroyed the Constitution, and tramples on the rights of the people. And enforced indentured labor for all citizens doesn't necessarily have to reserved for blacks].

The Black Codes made way for Jim Crow.

Who and what was Jim Crow?
Jim Crow:

The Black Codes did not go far enough in controlling and dominating the blacks. Further measures had to be taken. When robbing people of their rights and forcing subjugation upon them, it is not unusual for governments to do it in steps, going a little farther each time. Rather like Bush has and is doing to us.

Creation of a Jim Crow South.

Jim Crow Laws
These laws established even greater control and subjugation over blacks and enforced even greater segregation of the races.
Blacks were no longer slaves but they certainly were not free. They had few rights and the stringent laws that governed their behavior and actions kept them lower than a second class citizen. Unscrupulous whites took every advantage of their dominance over the blacks, and abused them terribly. This continued until the mid sixties when the Civil Rights Movement began.

Back then the custom and the law decreed that "one drop of black blood makes you a nigger".
Back then my bi-racial great-grandson would have been deemed a negro, even though he is fairer than I, blue eyed and blonde. He is an octoroon, one eighth negro. Under the Jim Crow laws, miscegnation was a felony. My grand daughter, my son, Granny's son would have been punished severely for marrying a bi-racial person. The bi-racial man who married my grand-daughter and the women who married mine and Granny's sons would have been punished even worse. The bi-racial man who married my grand daughter would have been lynched for daring to lay hands on a white woman; it would have been called rape. Marriage between whites and people of color was not recognized.

State laws varied and some states relaxed their laws to a certain extent, but segregation was still practised. Granny and I lived during this time and saw the Civil Rights Movement unfold. You may hear mention or read in school books about Rosa Parks refusing to sit in the back of the bus. Gasp!! The little black girl that had to be escorted into school by National Guardsmen when the federal government ordered that schools be desegregated. It was the end of civilization!! Blacks going to school with whites!! The sit in at a lunch counter - blacks actually dared to try to eat at a white establishment and sit at the very counter!! And some blacks even drank from a whites only water fountain! You may read of it or hear something during Black History Month, but Granny and I lived through those times. And a little black teenager murdered because he allegedly whistled at a white woman. No, Jim Crow was alive and well up to the 60s. And there were martyrs. The white Civil Rights adherents who came south to declare their solidarity with the blacks - murdered. And do you think Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated because he stepped on someone's bubble gum?

Any accusation by a white was automatically a guilty ruling, if not by law, by custom. Minor offenses were punished severely and even by lynching. Read on. Check out those laws. Lynching was a terror tactic, a hard form of intimidation to keep blacks in line. It was practised all too often and many innocent people died horribly. Torture, mutilation and burning alive were not uncommon.
Go to April archives to read remaining articles of this series of posts


Both genders were lynched but black men were more often the
victims. Right, 5 were lynched at the same time.

Southern trees bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black body swinging in the Southern breeze
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

Pastoral scene from the gallant South
the bulging eyes and the twisted mouth
Scent of magnolia sweet and fresh
And the sudden smell of burning flesh.

Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck
For the sun to rot, for a tree to drop
Here is a strange and bitter crop.

People were lynched for petty crimes like
shoplifting, or merely for the accusation
of stealing something, or sassing a white
person, being perceived as disrespectful.




This was taken at a court house. The colored peoples' water fountain was outdoors.

Tourist cabins for colored people to rent. Would you like to rent a cabin?


Look closely and you will see the signs on doors, over doors, on walls and windows. Laws and custom were very strict to leep the races apart.

click on title of any story that interests you.


PHOTO ESSAY, 60 PHOTOS Click on each photo to view enlarged.

Negroponte and Iran

This is the lead paragraph of an article in Consortium about Negroponte and his shift away from Bush and the neocons. Encouraging, if true. His head will no doubt be on a platter any day now.

Click on the title for the rest of the story.

In a replay of the Iraqi weapons of mass destruction charade, neoconservative supporters of George W. Bush are pushing the U.S. intelligence community to take a more alarmist view about Iran’s nuclear program – only this time, the nation’s top spy John Negroponte is resisting the pressure unlike former CIA chief George Tenet.

Friday, April 28, 2006

More on Network Neutrality

From Alternet today. What the telecommunication industry is doing to ensure our net will not longer be ours.

Their tentacles are everywhere.

Net Neutrality - Keep on Blogging

According to this from TomPaine, today, more than 1500 bloggers have taken up the cudgels to fight for net neutrality. Two Democrats have switched their votes.

Now the battle is with the Rules Committee where good ideas go to die.

We're making strides but we haven't won.


Several months ago we posted a report about a soldier, wounded on the battlefield and his armor removed by the medics, was later billed for the missing armor. Now it appears that case was scarcely the tip of the iceberg.
Click on to this forwarded email and see if you are as outraged as I am. I am furious. First, the wounded men being dunned by the government for debts the government caused (by messing up their pay records) or for losing equipment on the battlefield. "Oh sorry, boy, that you got your legs blown off, lost an eye and got shrapnel in your brain, but you were careless and irresponsible by failing to keep track of your weapon and body armor while you lay there practically dying and unconscious . So now you've got to pony up and pay the USofA for it." I cannot believe the level of incompetence in the military. And in every department of this government.
Next check out the following article about the head of VA. Are you surprised at the abuse of funds? So what else is new these days about everything connected to the government. Read it and weep, while America's sons and daughters are neglected and deprived of their VA benefits.

Can It Be True? We Can Hope

According to "knowledgable sources", Patrick Fitzgerald is preparing an indictment of Karl Rove. I've heard reports indicating perjury and obstruction of justice. I don't know what else they'll dig up.

I've heard worse news.

From Truthout today.


The "new" commenter, Eye Candy, is none other than our own Worried American. For reasons too complicated to explain, she posted under that name instead of her own.

It's not the first time I've introduced her to her. I did it once on granny before I started posting here. I was receiving comments under two user names, both in her town, and didn't realize they were one and the same person. Oops and now oops again.

The artwork is lovely and a nice change from the usual over here. I hope she'll continue posting them from time to time.

What a Pity - Updated

Just in on my breaking news. I don't know anything else yet.


Rush Limbaugh arrested on prescription drug charges and released on bail, law enforcement officials in Florida, tell AP.


Update: The arrest was a technicality and related to his previous problems with the law. Here's the rest of the story

AlterNet: Save the Internet

Save the Internet

With the help of Republicans in Congress, mammoth telecommunications companies are fighting to restrict your internet freedom.

THE INTERNET AND STATE CONTROL(Or the government's minions)

Totalitarian governments always control the media and means of communication as a means of controlling the citizens.

This is a Plug for a Blog

We have a new commenter, Eye Candy, tonight. I checked out the blog and was amazed. It's one beautiful photo after another of scenery.

If you'd like an opportunity to just relax for a few minutes, check it out.


Raging Grannies Trial

Here's an update on the trial now taking place in NY.

From The NY Sun reprinted in Common Dreams.

Go grannies, go!!

Sunset Commission

I'm throwing this out here without knowing much about it.

According to the OMB action group, many agencies will be forced to defend themselves before a Sunset Commission which will have the power to shut them down. From what I read, this could cover anything from OSHA to Head Start.

I'm all for managing waste but to me this sounds like a convenient way to dump programs they don't agree with. WIC and Head Start have been threatened constantly and I've had personal experience with both. They may not be perfect but they work and they're there for the poorest of kids.

I'd like to hear from any of you who may have followed this a little more than I.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Beyond Disgusting

From Blogging Baby today, high school girls are being rated on their physical attributes as well as other things that I'd just as soon not go into here.

The scorecard system probably isn't new but this one became public and the school is taking action against the offenders.

BB has a link to the Salon article. If you're not a subscriber, no problem. You can read it by watching a very short ad (also gives you the rest of the magazine for that day if you're interested.

Family Values in Black Jack, MO - What a crock

I was checking in on some of my favorite blogs (non political) earlier and ran across this. It's lifted direct from the Anderson Cooper 360 blog (I didn't know he had one). It puts me in mind of the good old days where some towns posted billboards reading "don't let the sun set on you here"

Move or get married

Imagine you've bought your dream house. And you've moved in. Now, imagine being told you can't live there because you -- and your children -- are not considered a family. That's the situation facing Olivia Shelltrack, Fondrey Loving and their three kids in Black Jack, Missouri.

They moved from Minneapolis to the St. Louis suburb a couple of months ago. I visited them recently at their five-bedroom home. They told me Black Jack requires all homes to have an occupancy permit, but that they were denied one. They said they were told that because there are more than three people in their house, and not all are related by blood or marriage, they don't meet Black Jack's definition of a family.

(Updated afterthought from Ann. Five people in a five bedroom house is overcrowding? It gives each of them a separate room if that's what they want. Or a bedroom each for the kids plus a playroom? Anyhow, back to the article)

As Black Jack's mayor, Norman McCourt, put it recently at a city council meeting: "It's overcrowding because it's not a single family. It's a single-family residence and they're not a single family."

Olivia and Fondrey aren't married and had two of their three children out of wedlock. The third child is Olivia's from a previous relationship. They appealed to the city's Board of Adjustment for an exemption, figuring it wouldn't be hard for anyone to see they're a real family. But they were denied. Olivia and Fondrey told me they came away from that meeting feeling like they were given a clear message: Get married or move.

"Just because we don't meet your definition of a family doesn't make us any less of a family. ... We've been together for 13 years. ... We're raising three kids together," Olivia said.

So the couple called the ACLU. That's when they discovered at least three other families have had this kind of trouble in Black Jack before. The ACLU showed CNN a letter it says it received from Mayor McCourt in 1999 explaining why another family was being denied an occupancy permit at the time.

"While it would be naive to say that we don't recognize that children are born out of wedlock frequently these days, we certainly don't believe that is the type of environment within which children should be brought into this world," the mayor wrote.

The city has issued a statement saying at least 89 municipalities in the St. Louis area have similar occupancy permit requirements. The ordinances are designed to eliminate boarding houses and illegal renting of rooms, but the city now admits its 20-year-old ordinance may not be in step with the times.

And after a public hearing scheduled for Thursday, Black Jack may soften the wording of its ordinance. If the ordinance isn't changed, the ACLU says it will sue the city, arguing it is violating federal fair housing rules and the constitutional right to privacy. In the meantime, all Shelltrack and Loving can do is hope the city won't force them to move.
Posted By Jonathan Freed, CNN Correspondent: 5:27 PM

I'm glad to see the ACLU is on the job. The ordinance is ridiculous of course. It did lead us to wondering though. This couple is heterosexual and raising a family. What if it had been two men or two women in the same circumstances? Would they be punished because they can't formalize their relationship?

I can see those old billboards being dug out of warehouses and the NIMBY's rising up as one.

Note to our loyal reader from Missouri (initials JB). I'd be interested to know what you've heard about this. All I have is the CNN report.

Transnational Corporations

The following is from Information Clearing House and was included in Worried American's post the other day.

A Profile of the World's Largest 200 Transnational Corporations

In December, 2000 The Institute for Policy Studies released a report called "The Rise of Corporate Global Power." It was a profile of the 200 largest transnationals that showed just how dominant they are. A summary of their findings is listed below.

1. Of the world's 100 largest economies, 51 are corporations.

2. The combined sales of these 200 corporations (called "The Group" below) in 1999 equalled 27.5% of world Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and are growing faster than overall global economic activity.

3. The Group's combined sales exceed the total combined economies of all nations in the world except the largest 10.

4. The Group's combined sales are 18 times the income of the bottom one fourth of the world's population (1.2 billion people) living in "severe" poverty.

5. Despite their combined size and percentage of world economic activity, The Group employs only 0.78% of the world's workforce.

6. From 1983 to 1999 The Group's workforce grew only 14.4% while their profits increased by 362.4% or about 25 times as much.

7. The largest employer in the world, Walmart, employed 1,140,000 in 1999 (1.6 million in 2005) or 5% of The Group's total employment. It's also a model (and increasingly a target) for corporate union-busting, widespread use of part-time workers and a practice of avoiding giving its workers needed benefits like health insurance.

8. 82 US corporations are in The Group, twice as many as Japan with 41, the next highest contributing country.

9. 44 of the US corporations in The Group didn't pay the full 35% federal tax rate from 1996 - 1998. 7 of them paid no tax in 1998 and also got tax rebates, including Enron and Worldcom now exposed as corporate criminals.

10. The percent of The Group's sales from the service sector (not manufacturing) grew from 33.8% in 1983 to 46.7% in 1999. In the US, the service sector comprised 79% of the total economy in 2004.

Coincidentally, I wrote about the 10 worst corporations. And no, to those who asked, I don't know why Walmart didn't make the cut except that this list focused more on the Trans-nationals such as Halliburton. Perhaps they were number 11.

Taken together, they present a frightening picture.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006


Americans continue to sour on Bush and Congress. An NBC/WSJ poll shows that the public's views of President Bush , jobs, the economy, and the nation's direction have continued to decline. But with mid term elections just 6 months away the biggest drop in the survey is the approval rating of Congress.

Sen. Harry Reid: U.S. Has No Military Option in Iran

The Bush administration is relying too heavily on other countries in the international effort to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, according to Sen. Harry Reid.

Reid, D-Nev., said the administration should be taking the lead, but instead is relying on Germany, France and Great Britain to convince Iran to end its uranium enrichment program.

"It is hard to comprehend," Reid said. "We should be involved at trying to arrive at a diplomatic solution. ... Not just these three countries."

To read the rest of this article Click Here

When Feingold issued a call for Censure of Bush, most of his peers shied away...

Sen. Feingold's Censure Stand Pays Off for PAC

Sen. Russ Feingold's call for censuring President Bush appears to have paid dividends for the senator's political action committee.

Feingold's leadership PAC, the Progressive Patriots Fund, pulled in $282,000 last month, according to a report filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission. In February, the PAC raised $105,000.

Feingold, D-Wis., announced in March that he introduce a resolution to censure Bush over the administration's eavesdropping program.

"I bet that really did stimulate contributions a lot," said Charles Franklin, a political science professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "The censure resolution, and lack of any other Democrat backing it, really put a lot of Bush-haters onto Feingold."

To read the rest of this article Click Here.

Now, like rats deserting a sinking ship, more and more are finally speaking out against the President -- at least until elections are over..

Sen. Joe Biden: ‘No One Believes the President'

Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., says President Bush has no credibility among leaders of foreign nations when it comes to discussions of foreign policy.

Biden, appearing on MSNBC’s "Imus in the Morning" show, said Bush lost credibility when weapons of mass destruction were not found in Iraq and his reluctance to apologize for "coming clean on Iraq” is hurting the nation’s reputation abroad.

"The president has yet to be straight with the American people on what the deal in Iraq is,” Biden said. "All the way back since Abu Ghraib, the president has yet to be straight about the mistakes he has made ... He has no credibility. No one believes the president of the United States on matters of foreign policy.” . . .

To read the rest of this article Click Here.

In 12 Hours Time, 1 Million Iranians Can Be Dead ; How Many American Troops?

On the whim and decision of one man - 1 million people can be dead and millions more condemned to death in various ways.
How can we allow this to happen? And why? To satisfy greed for wealth and power?
Our government is blood-guilty. We share in the blood-guilt because we allow it to be done. We the people of the United States of America have bloodied hands.
We have the blood of the Afghani people on our hands. We have the blood of the Iraqi people on our hands. If we allow Bush to continue on his path of slaughter and destruction, we will have the blood of the Iranis on our hands.
And we will have the blood of more of our sons and daughters on our hands.



What will the masters do if their pet psycho tanks?

Jenna and Not Jenna

I check in over at Farnsworth's blog almost daily (and I think we missed him on the blogroll). Oops. He writes a weekly column about the Bush twins, referred to as Jenna and not Jenna who, like most of this Administration and their relatives, have managed to avoid military service.

Since I missed him on the blog roll and I've borrowed from him more than once, I'm recommending his blog here.

The following quote ties in nicely with what Farnsworth has been saying.

Zay N. Smith - Chicago Sun-Times QT Today:

Duty calls

*Queen Elizabeth II regarding the likelihood that her grandchildren, Princes William and Harry, will see military combat duty:

"I think it is inevitable that they are going to see action of some kind, somewhere, in the not too distant future, particularly as young officers, because we are already out in Iraq and Afghanistan, and so they are open to those sorts of deployment just as everybody else is, as I was."

*President Bush regarding the likelihood that his children --

No. Wait.

The British seem to have a different system. Article: Ukrainians remember Chernobyl tragedy

Ukrainians remember Chernobyl tragedy Bells tolled across Ukraine and mourners commemorated the 20-year anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear explosion Wednesday, an event that continues to scar the psyche of the former Soviet republic.


Slide show of effects on today's children of Chernobyl's legacy.

Photo slide essay of children born to parents who were children themselves 20 years ago when the Chernobyl accident occurred. The genetic damage and mutations continue today to new crops of children.


MSN video link to Chernobyl

MSN Video . Click this link
More videos below on Chernobyl


INTERACTIVE: The disaster in Chernobyl

INTERACTIVE: The disaster in Chernobyl Click on subtitles for more text.


MSNBC's Picture Stories/Chernobyl

MSNBC's Picture Stories/ Chernobyl

Chernobyl disaster leaves an uncertain legacy

Chernobyl disaster leaves an uncertain legacy On April 26, 1986, the world's worst civil nuclear power disaster occurred in one of the four reactors at the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Twenty years later, the lasting health effects from the accident are still being debated. NBC News' Preston Mendenhall reports from Pripyat, Ukraine.
Health effects, genetic damage, damaged children, skyrocketing cancers.


He Bombed Iran and the Collateral Damage Wiped Out the Constitution

An essay from The Nation reprinted in Common Dreams today.

And also from Common Dreams, their list, in alphabetical order, of the 10 worst corporations in America with a summary of the offenses of each. I'm sure we could each make our own list but this, which include Exxon and Halliburon among others, is a good start.

Tony Snow Again

Thanks to Media Matters today, I now know much more about Tony Snow.

He engaged in some Bush bashing from time to time. This article is a proposed list of questions for his virgin press conference. I wonder if anyone will have the nerve. Helen Thomas, come on down!!

Congress and the megacorps telecommunications going to sock it to us...

Check out this site; more on the previous posts warning about putting the big squeeze on the internet. See "Bloggers Please" and Granny's ""

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Press Secretary Tony Snow?

According to CNN, it's a done deal.

If Fox News were in print instead on t.v. it would be good only for lining my garbage can or wrapping fish. I never watch it and Tony Snow wasn't even a blip on my radar.

I do, however, read other bloggers who keep up with these things. They are not impressed and, having read his resume, I believe them.

More of the same only worse? Probably.

Further To My Mention of the Troll (or ork)

From Krupo (courtesy of Wikipedia) comes more than we even needed to know about that horrid creature, the troll.

What can I say. Not a lot in the news although I'll take one more run through before bedtime and I'm a little talked out after that post yesterday.

Anyhow, what I've read of it so far has been fun.

One More From My Favorite Columnist

Zay N. Smith
Chicago Sun-Times Quick Takes

News Headline:

Drivers are pawning possessions for gas money.

Bush says economy is strong and getting stronger.

Ask any pawnshop owner

Four years Later, 141 Being Released from Guantanamo

If they can find a place to send them where they won't once again be tortured and possibly killed that is.

It leaves very few remaining with actual charges pending against them.

I won't try to paraphrase the article. All of you can read.

From truthout.
I started to comment on Granny's remarks following her post "Pentagon Being Sued.." but decided to post instead.

Well said, Granny. 100% on the mark. Even when we disagree with the views of others who may have opposing beliefs or goals, we respect their right to believe as their conscience dictates and their right to express those views and beliefs. It both annoys and saddens me when people make a personal attack on others who disagree with them and those who engage in a private war with "opponents". All too often the immediate response to an opposing view is a virulent, personal, name-calling attack instead of a rational debate of the issues.

Although I am usually a staunch defender of my beliefs, I have a few times been persuaded to a different viewpoint by reasoned and logical discourse and a factual presentation of the other side of the coin. However, I am immediately turned off and therefore deaf to opposing views if the rebuttal consists of personal attack. Winning me to their side is lost, and I'm sure the same holds for those fence-sitters who are undecided. Attracting adherents to one's cause cannot be accomplished by attacks. Internecine warfare is, as my giant Webster's defines it, mutually destructive to both groups.

I have mentioned here before that I am an avid reader and I either subscribe to or access numerous sources of information, mainstream publications as well as alternative and foreign news and even some wonderfully oddball, wierd and wacky sites. Some of the latter I have described as "fall out of my chair laughing" but I have found in every kind points of dissention as well as points of agreement. Even the fatherest out of the latter sometimes contain kernels of truth (as I see it). One may find lovely flowers blooming in rubbish dumps as well as in our cultivated gardens.

You and I are old enough to remember the Desiderata. Although some Christian groups decried it as "New Age!", as if it was straight from Satan's mouth, it contains much wisdom and I keep a copy on my wall next to my computer station. Truth and wisdom are sought where ever we may find it.

"As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit."

Pentagon Being Sued for Database

I would have missed this in my haste to scan through the news today. Remember the two Pentagon databases chock full of information on high school students? Remember the secrecy surrounding both; especially the "hidden" one?

Half a dozen New York teens have sued the Pentagon and individuals for failing to remove their names from the database(s). Good for them and thanks to Krupo for sharing the news. The link is to his post (which also gives us a plug).

Which brings me to a somewhat related subject. Our differences. I have talked a little about it before. When I was reviewing Bloglines in preparation for the blogroll revision, it gave me a chance to look at and remember the people who comment here and the blogs I visit.

No two of us are alike, thanks heavens. We have people from several countries, many faiths, no faith at all, all genders and ethnicity, and we even have at least one Republican, I think.

I read (and have included on the blogroll), blogs written by all of the above. I don't always agree with everything I read and I'm sure they think I'm a little nuts at times as well. One of my favorite blogs is one of the most angry (and occasionally profane) but also one of the most well informed. There are others like him that I read every day. Our approaches are different; our objective is the same.

Our common concerns far outweigh our differences. We can differ without attack and each may learn something from the other. If we engage in exclusion and infighting, we not only become the people we despise, we play into the hands of those who would like nothing better than to "divide and conquer". I 've seen defeat snatched out of the jaws of victory too many times to see it happen when we finally have an opportunity to prevail.

We've been visited by one troll and one very well spoken, vigorous dissenter. We didn't delete the comments and the blog didn't catch fire and burn.

Incidentally, I've seen none of that here (except for aforementioned troll) but I have seen it elsewhere and it saddens me. We're in a long, uphill battle. The last thing we need is to become our own worst enemies.

For me, I'm grateful to all who visit here, to the blogs I visit, and to the others out there who are trying desparately to make a difference.


Greed, Corruption, Lying, Spying, War, Destruction

In the end it all comes back to avarice.

Susan G. says it well in Daily KOS.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Half sunk a shattered visage lies


By Percy Bysshe Shelley

I met a traveller from an antique land,

Who said--"Two vast and trunkless legs of stone

Stand in the desart....Near them, on the sand,

Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
5 And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,

Tell that its sculptor well those passions read

Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,

The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;

And on the pedestal, these words appear:
10 My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings,

Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!

Nothing beside remains. Round the decay

Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare

The lone and level sands stretch far away."

I was catching up on posts this morning when I spotted the banner on Empires Fall, the new blog I was talking about the other day.

Being me, I had to find out where the quote came from. Probably most of you already knew and certainly Google did.

I can understand why he selected it. It could have been written yesterday and it's more than a little frightening.

More Recess Appointments

From the NYT Editorial page (maybe there's a little life in the old girl yet)

This seemed so inconsequential from the one line on my Yahoo front page that I almost skipped past it. Two more recess appointments? So what. On a scale of 1 to 10 for arrogance, maybe 2-1/2.

I clicked on it anyway. He reappointed two "public" officials whose terms had expired and he did it during recess. Not because there was any emergency but because Congress had advised it was not a good idea. The point of the word "expiring" was to allow fresh thinking. Fresh thinking? What a foreign concept to the person in the Oval Office.

Once again an end run around the democratic process and our citizens.

Each day another example of the disasterous years since 2001. Some big like Iraq, some small like this one. They all involve cheating, lying, willful blindness, and egomania.

More Blog Renovations

Over the past few weeks we have:

Added a permalink to the posts.

Redone the blog roll

And now Worried American has modified the blog so I receive the comments in email when she does.

Yippee!! It may be small potatoes to some but it's a big deal to me.

Thanks, WA, Andrea, and VMC (and anyone else who contributed their time and expertise).

Op Ed News Calls This a Bombshell

And so does tina over at Fuzzy and Blue.

If the information in the article is correct, any State Legislature has the authority to force impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives.

Illinois seems to be on the verge of doing exactly that.

Way to go, Illinois. Thanks, Tina.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Welcome To the Refurbished Blog

I direct your attention (drumroll) please to the left side bar.

You will notice our new, improved, updated Blogroll, in alphabetical order no less. I hope we got everyone who has commented or whose blogs we recommend. If you're in one of those categories and aren't there or if you'd like to be, please let me know.

Once again, Thanks to Scott at Vast Moderate Conspiracy. He and I began this project late Saturday night, picked it up again this morning, and he must have blood spots on his keyboard from the work he put in.

The list was taken from our previous blogroll and from my Bloglines (up though last night). We've omitted a couple of duplications. I checked for the accuracy of the links and that the blogs still existed, sent a copy of my list to Scott and he took it from there. His was the much more difficult job.

My objectives on this blog are to help spread the truth as we see it and to encourage all of us to work together. We won't always agree on everything, we're all very different, but I believe we share many of the same goals. I consider the female bloggers a sisterhood and the guys as friends I haven't been fortunate enough to meet - yet.

Hence the blogroll. I hope it helps us to know each other.

This Seems to Solve the Problem of Dissent Nicely

First, fire them if they haven't already left and then throw them all under the jail. The Generals, the courageous CIA officials, the few honest reporters still around, and anyone else who speaks out against this Administration and it's eagerness to lead us still further down the road to disaster.

From today.

Bush and The Hoover Institute

The man may be certifiable but he's also stubborn. Often the two go hand in hand. The Hoover Institute would love a preemptive strike against Iran. The very idea makes me want to crawl under my bed and stay there (with my kids) but we keep talking.

The Truthout article today says it well.

Echoing Worried American (who was echoing me in the post below), I'm sure everyone who is interested enough to read or comment here is already doing all they can but every little bit helps and can muster a lot of signatures in a very short time. They may despise us but we will not be ignored.

My Congressman, who doesn't do everything I would like but is extremely approachable by his constituents, tells us

phone calls get the most attention - at least a tally of pro and con (doesn't necessarily apply to the White House though - see note below)

snail mail next - you can't hit delete on snail mail

personal email - I always get responses though - some even initialed by Dennis with a scribbled note. We're a barely Democratic district surrounded by rabid Republicans (Pombo is right next door and Radanovich is on the other side - we're beset).

mass mailings (moveon and all the other stuff we sign).

Mass phone-in campaigns (when we made calls to the White House last year over some issue or another, a friend was told by the Shite House switchboard that they were discounting California calls because they were usually prompted by organizations. That's beyond disgusting and it makes me wonder if the operator might have been a closeted Democrat giving us a quiet heads up. They might pay more attention if Kansas suddenly jumped up and started biting them on the butt.

I'm sure you know all this but I liked hearing it from him.


Bloggers, our internet privacy and freedom of usage is in peril. Well, privacy is about gone but our usage is endangered.

PLEASE check out Granny's post and the Net, posted earlier, and sign the petition.
Even if you do not feel like wading through all the related articles I posted, please check out Granny's post. The MegaCorporations have powerful interests in Congress and a mass protest is needed to sway Congress. With elections coming up, our fearless leaders are a trifle more inclined to listen to voters so we have a tiny edge at this time.

Please, please, please sign the petition and spread the word to your blogger associates.

Thank you.

Welcome to a New Blogger

I just received an email from a young man named Steve who has a new political blog called Empires Fall. He asked if he could be added to our blogroll and said he'd reciprocate.

He has 5 or 6 posts up - I checked - and he's off to a flying start. I emailed him and said I'd be glad to add him but our loyal blog roll person is in the midst of a huge move from one continent to another and it probably wasn't the best time to ask (lol).

I think I know another "volunteer" though.

Usually email goes to Worried American rather than me but I'm pretty sure he was talking about this blog, not granny, although I'd be happy to see him there as well.

Meantime, please help me welcome Steve. We need all the voices we can muster and so far his is loud and clear..


Saturday, April 22, 2006

Celebrating Earth Day

Here's how the Prez does it. He goes on a bike ride leading the way over dangerous pristine terrain in honor of Earth Day.

Behind him trail an entire cavalcade of SUV's and security.

Apart from probably destroying the trails with their vehicles, the man is such a hypocrite. What does he care about Earth Day and the ecology.

It's just another photo-op.

(Assoc. Press in USA Today)

The 463: Inside Tech Policy: Au Revoir, YouTube; Auf Wiedersehen Vlogs Emailed directly from the web page. It better be good this time. It's working since 9:00 P.M. Hope it continues.
NSA Warrantless Domestic Surveillance

EFFs Class Action Lawsuit Against AT&T for Collaborating with Illegal Domestic Spying Program.

The two entries immediately above give the history of the entry following, courtesy of our cranky S.O.B. with a sharp, sticky tongue, bulbous eyes and sucker feet, KVATCH, the Frog, Blognonymous himself.
AT&T Defends Their "Fat Pipe To NSA"

Thank you Kvatch, for the heads-up.

Good News for Bush - He's Ahead of Cheney in the Polls

From The Nation reprinted in Truthout today.

The only bright spot for Dubwa is that he's leading Cheney in the polls.

Everything else he touches turns to cow puckey. Not too surprising but must he take the rest of us down with him?

463 blogs, etc. - Update

I couldn't access it either so it's not you. I even tried going the long way around and found a couple of "463's". One was a technical blog and the other - let's just say you don't want to go there.


Later - it was the technical blog after all. Worried American's new post with the link works just fine.


Most bloggers know about China's oppressive censorship of citizen access to sites of which the government disapproves, and of an ISP's perfidy in revealing a blogger to the government for prosecution.

IS THE US ON ITS WAY? Some news reports in the past have indicated our government wants the same information from our ISPs -- with a good excuse before, ofccourse.

Bushco ignores the disapproval of other nations when it suits him, but jumps on their bandwagons when their programs fit his desires. Will he copy Europe now?
As always: Europe passes compulsory collection of ISP data, so now the US government wants it too. (We come closer and closer to complete loss of privacy and complete governmental control; and closer and closer to a totalitarian government).

I do not know what's going on. This (below) is one more instance of clicking off a page to post or check something else first, then 5 minutes later when I click back I get a page saying the page cannot be displayed. It WAS a valid url until a few minutes ago. Drat it. I'm leaving it just in case you might access it. (Note from Ann: It needed a "dot" which I added - works now) Compaq is doing much better since Granny's friend worked on it, but still has some mopping up to do, so I always give errors and aggravations the benefit of the doubt, that they may be due to Compaq's illness. Hope you get the article.
GOODBYE ONLINE VIDEO AND BLOGS? Effect of proposed EU broadcasting regulations if extended to the internet.

I subscribed to You Tube and unsubscribed after my email was inundated with emails of their videos, most of which held no interest to me. But I defend their right to publish over the internet as well as many, many more that offer much of interest to mature citizens, as well as news vids. And I certainly do not want it to extend to bloggers. Fie on them!
Corrections have been made to the post above but Blogger is slow in re-publishing. Check back for corrected copy.





Telecommunications Reform

Net Neutrality

Community Broadband
Re: Bill of Media Rights (if link won't go through, go to left sidebar and click on above title)
Digital Transition: In the Dark
Media Consolidation
Against megaCorporations owning all sources of media and controlling all information

Court Lets Schools Ban Inflammatory T-Shirts

This is a positive step forward. As any parent and reasoning adult knows, children, even teenagers, are inexperienced in life, have immature judgement, are easily swayed by emotional appeals (as are many adults!), and heavily influenced by their peer groups. The subject of homosexuality is a hot-button item for many people, and persecution escalating to violence is common on many school grounds and in public. It is unwise to instigate more anti- feelings and attitudes toward any minority group.

Some of the terrible crimes against people perceived as homosexuals have been committed by teeners and individuals in their early 20s, not far from their teen years. Lives have been taken and lives ruined by these actions. Adults and authority figures need to take every necessary step to prevent such tragedies and to protect both victims and perpetrators from destruction of their lives.

Court Lets Schools Ban Inflammatory T-Shirts

A federal appeals panel rules that an anti-gay slogan sported by a San Diego-area high school student interfered with others' right to learn.

By Henry Weinstein
Times Staff Writer

April 21 2006

Schools in the Western United States can forbid a high school student to wear a T-shirt with a slogan that denigrates gay and lesbian students, a sharply divided federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Thursday.

The complete article can be viewed at:,0,5308356.story?coll=la-home-local

Visit at

Friday, April 21, 2006

Earth Day Tomorrow

Just posted this link to the World Wildlife Fund on Granny and decided to post it here as well.

The girls and I will be making a symbolic gesture by picking up the trash from the gutters on our block.

Update: One of my granny readers is from Canada and thought I was talking about what he calls eavestroughs. He had visions of all of us on ladders cleaning those gutters. No - not those gutters, the ones that run along the curbs (kerbs?) here.

I told him the English, she is a funny language.

P. S. Ray home from hospital one more time. and the Net is circulating an online petition to save the net as we know it.

If the link doesn't work, go to

their web site. It should be there.


Forrest Gump's Evil Twin

From Alternet today with apologies to Forrest Gump who, at least in the book and the movie, was much more intelligent than our fearless leader.

FDA Approval of This Vaccine Is Still Pending

This is old news but perhaps we need a reminder. The primary group objecting to approval of this vaccine for cervical cancer is, of course, our old friends the "family values" gang.

They see the vaccine as an encouragement to promiscuity. These are the people who view life as "sacred" (right up to the moment of birth) but are perfectly willing to see women die of one of the most deadly of cancers rather than endorse a vaccine which would save lives worldwide.

According to the article, it's the poorest among us who are the most susceptible to the type(s) of cervical cancer which this vaccine has been successful in preventing. The delay is not only stupid but evidently racist as well.

It's a wake up call for all us who are concerned about the health of women. It's time to contact the FDA.

Click on the title.

First Abramoff, Next Ralph Reed

I dislike Ralph Reed even more than most of the religious extremists for his hypocrisy.

My fervent wish is that these fools turn on each other at every opportunity. That may be happening already.

From The Nation today.

When Speaking Up Can Get Us Hauled Off

A great example of freedom of speech from our friend Tina at Fuzzy and Blue.

Thanks, Tina.

More Raging Grannies

Our friend, David Cho, left a link in the comments to an earlier post to this article from AP.

Those naughty grannies are at it again, some as young as 80 or 90. I'll have to check further to discover if they are part of "raging grannies" or an independent group. Whatever, they're wonderful.

Thanks, David for the link.

This Struck a Chord With Me

I have no intention of turning this blog into one long, feminist rant. However, when I was running through my bloglines tonight, I came across this treatise on modeling from Arwen at Rants for Invisible People.

It looks longer than it is - many photos - not much writing - and I was fascinated in a morbid sort of way.

Thursday, April 20, 2006




Feingold and Paul deserve an award, as did Conyers. Check out the page.

Iran - Even He Wouldn't Dare - Or Would He

I've been keeping up with the news and with other bloggers' posts on Iran but so far I've left it alone except for an occasional comment to the effect that we'd have to be nuts to even think of attacking Iran, let alone leaving nuclear weapons on the table.

Maybe it's just too horrible to envision or to put words on paper (figuratively). Mark Morford, writing in the San Francisco Chronicle doesn't have any trouble saying exactly what he thinks.

His column would be darkly funny if the reality weren't so tragic.


The Worst President Ever?

There's no doubt in my mind even though I wasn't around for most of the runners-up (Buchanan and Harding). Nixon doesn't even come close.

This article from Rolling Stone and reprinted in Common Dreams provides a rundown of the reasons why.

Incidentally, I'm not ignoring the goings on at the White House. Just don't know if the heads have finished rolling yet and if what's his name from FOX will replace McClellan. I'm waiting to see what happens next.


Wednesday, April 19, 2006

One Dollar One Vote

Not too likely. This article from Tom Paine is full of statistics showing the disparity between income and percentage of voters. Bottom line it says it that the poor don't vote.

There are a lot of reasons of course but just think what could be done with a concerted effort to get out the vote and then make sure they were allowed to vote once they reached a polling place.

In California, it's simple - vote absentee and never have to worry about transportation or time off from work. But what if each of us made a commitment to seek out and transport just a few people each.

Or are we already doing that.

Just a thought.


Tuesday, April 18, 2006


CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS? Advocating mass murder, bombings, assassinations, drive-bys and other terroristic killings --in AMERICA!! How can anyone hate like this?? Such atrocities would start a race war.


Intelligence Project reports 33% increase in hate groups since 2000

************************************** is the website of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to seeking justice, monitoring hate, and promoting tolerance. To learn more about the Center, you can visit its website, .

At Least One Half of the Team Hasn't Sold Out

Here's Carl Bernstein writing in Vanity Fair while Woodward cozies up to the Administration.

Click on title.

Increasingly Vicious Laws Push Out Homeless - The NewStandard


To fully understand the seemingly illogical actions of our government, read this essay. The following two essays expand the overall view. Reveals the true reasons and intent of these actions, the need for population reduction, and the necessity for governmental controls of the citizens. Also explain how the government keeps citizens distracted from the realities by tossing out "red herrings" of domestic issues for them to fuss over.

How the elite can live well and prosper even as the earth is depleted while the bulk of controlled population exists on marginal welfare, completely dependent on the government for shelter, food and water. Harkens back to the serf/lord of the manor era in some ways. And don't forget the added bonus of a rigid state religion to pacify the masses.

It will keep everything tootling along until they have brought about Jesus' return to create a new heaven and new earth, over which the elite plan to reign
at Jesus' right hand. A glorious future - do you agree? I'm sure that God has fully instructed Bush and the neocons exactly what He expects them to do in order to carry out His work.

RELATED ARTICLE: Worried's post "Creeping Governmental Control", April 13, 2006 ( archived).


Additional information for understanding the overview



Help Us Pass H Res 635 to Create an Investigation into Grounds for Impeachment |

A number of links for additional information.

Is Omaha Sponsoring State Sponsered Segregation?

The Omaha NE school district plans to split along racial lines - white, black, and Hispanic. They claim it will be an improvement. Am I missing something here?

Isn't this separate but equal dressed up in a pretty new bow?

Click on the title.

Day 5 in New Orleans

Jessie Speer works on encouraging voter registration. Click on the title

Can We End Gerrymandering?

Probably not as long there is political advantage to be had but it sure would be nice.

The system is screwed up and has been for a long time. Tom DeLay was the most notorious of course but he wasn't alone.

Slate has a good presentation. Click on the title.

Congress Considering More Discrimination Against GLBT students

More from the extremists. Here's an excerpt:

Washington) Private Christian colleges would be excepted from local and state non-discrimination laws under a proposed amendment to the Higher Education Act - a move that would allow the schools to legally reject LGBT students

Click on the title for the rest. Proposed by a Congressman from Utah and opposed by Democrats. The sponsors of the bill consider it a preemptive move.

This Is a Personal Rant

Ray is back in the hospital again. If one of your pet outrages is the lack of medical care in this country, I've written the whole long story of bureaucracy, incompetence, and all around idiocy on rocrebel granny.

This has nothing to do with the physicians who have treated him or the hospital who provided the care (although I do think medical costs are ridiculous). It has everything to do with the bean counters and the current Administration.

Take a look and see if it makes you as angry as I am at the moment.


Monday, April 17, 2006

A Video For You

I had asked Kris of Social Justice Coalition a question about his comment here the other day regarding Saddam's role with the CIA. I knew some of the story but probably forgot part of it over the years.

Here's the link he gave me. Some of you may have seen it; I hadn't. It's a timeline set to music.

So You Think It's Time to Start Worrying?

From Zay N. Smith
Chicago Sun-Times Quick Takes

Blurred vision

There has been a marked increase in the mist surrounding Niagara Falls, for those keeping track of the effects of the global warming that does not exist.

Day 4 from Jessie Speer

In which she talks about racism and perceptions. A departure from the work she's doing in New Orleans and very well thought out.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Taking Day Off - At Least From Bad News

My mailbox is pretty much empty and what there is has been told many times before.

I'm taking a little family time but I'll be checking comments and email.

Enjoy the Calla lily. They grow wild along side the corner of my house. If you enlarge it, you might catch a glimpse of Ray holding it. I'm still having camera problems. (Update - they're poisonous according to a friend of mine and the ASPCA).


We'd Better Get Busy

The Family Values folks are mobilizing.

On their agenda for the Congress:

Flag burning Constitutional amendment
Anti-gay marriage Constitutional amendment
Federal laws prohibiting minors from crossing state lines to obtain an abortion as well as penalties for anyone who helps them

It's Gary Bauer and his gang of course. The Republicans are trying to make up for their dismal performance record by sucking up to the extremists. Bill Frist wants to be President so he's leading the charge in Congress.

They're not too concerned about the Constitutional amendments being ratified by the states (who I hope have better sense). They're just making a record for their loyal following.

From AP by way of Yahoo (and CNN).


Here's a post from KOS today on the same topic.

Sick Computer

Worried American has talked before about her computer woes. It seems to have become worse and she's not sure how much longer it will hold out. I'll be around and so will she but she may not be able to post.

I'll try to check back on comments fairly often - they don't come into my mailbox - just WA's. If anyone doesn't already have my email address (most of you do) and wants to email me, it's on the sidebar over at granny. Click on "granny's email" - it will pop right up ready to compose.

I haven't had much of a chance to check the news today. Been busy with kids, eggs, and all that. I'll try to get back tomorrow but you know how busy special occasions can be.

To those of you who celebrate, Happy Easter. To the rest, enjoy what's left of your weekend.


Saturday, April 15, 2006

National Priorities Project: Income Tax Chart

See where your taxes went; how the government spends YOUR money. Enter the amount of taxes you paid in 2005, then slide cursor over sections of the pie chart to see how much of your money went to pay for what. Very general, ofcourse.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran - a history of sorts

Slate wraps up our history with these three countries quite neatly.

It goes back before the Shah in Iran, to the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, and what was happenng in Iraq while all this was going on.

Interwoven is our part in all this turmoil. Interesting reading.

Simplifying Military Opt Out

A California Assemblywoman has introduced a bill to make it easier for parents to opt out of the Military's aggressive recruiting practices. The opt-out info would be a part of the emergency information on the student's registration. Simple and Acting for Change has a letter all Californians can sign and send to their assemblyperson.

I realize that I may be the only Californian around these parts but this is something other states could introduce.

Our kids can make their own decisions about the military as one of mine has. However, I'd like that decision to be made with a clear head and a knowledge of all the facts. I don't believe the recruiters do this.

Take a look at the article.

Leveling the Field

Trying to offset the actions of the Federal Government with their tax giveaway to the rich at the expense of the other 97% of us, states have begun marching to their own drummers. Even some of the red states have had enough, including Florida, which has made their Governor unhappy.

California began taxing the very rich last year to help pay for mental health. This year there will bea similar proposition to pay for pre-school for all kids.

The article makes the point that it isn't just the poor who suffer as a result of the giveaways although they certainly do. It's the struggling, working middle class who is paying with their taxes for the government's largesse to the extremely wealthy.

Not enough, but it's a start until we can do something about the greed in DC.

From TomPaine.

Homeland Security - Pedophile #3

From Ketchum, ID. KOS ran it today but I haven't seen it anywhere else.

An employee of Homeland Security lured a child into his truck and tried to talk him into visiting his apartment. The child said no and was released unharmed (small blessing).

The police investigated and discovered this man had in his possession several different drivers' licenses and Social Security numbers.

Aren't they even concerned about the scum in their employ?

Click on title.

Fake News

I hadn't heard of the acronym VNR until I read this article. I did know about the government planting phony news stories with the media (and paying them in come cases).

Now it's corporate America, especially in the health care field.

The Center for Media and Democracy tracked t.v. stations across the country who were using Video News Releases in part or in whole without outside investigation and sometimes passing the reports off as their own.

I'm not surprised at all. It's just business as usual.

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