Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Exile Frank and Jamie McCourt

Exile Frank and Jamie McCourt

Jamie McCourt loses in her attempt to get more money from The Dodgers sale. $133M is way too low, in her judgement. 

Well, in my judgement, she has lost all her earthly privileges. 

I call for a task force to establish policies by which to assess the financial web of both Jamie and Frank McCourt, and to withold further involvement in any business or organization that will accept their participation. I think these two are guilty of being as uncool as Glen Close and whatsisname from Dangerous Liaisons and that they should suffer the same fate. Let's exile these facefuckers!

Who is with me?


How much money did they piss away?

Exile Frank and Jamie McCourt

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Letter to the president -- notes

Letter to the president
"...It is okay to tell your mother she is doing something wrong, you can do it in a story, you can do it in a song....

...and sometimes when grownups get mad they try to start a war. It's okay to tell your president that war is never right."

I promised Ruth I would send some of the words. She asked on her radio show, "Halfway Down The Stairs," for her audience to send this song to the president.

That she wished that he had a quiet spot in The White House in which to think. That he might listen and think of not sending pain and death in to Syria.

They have plenty of that already.

I think the song title is "It's OK To Tell Your Mother." The song has verses with examples of when and how to tell the power figure that their behavior isn't right.

The NY Times had an interesting OpEd piece on Thursday, by Alex de Waal and Bridget Conley. In it, they succinctly cite history and its dearth of examples of interventional successes. especially in the absence of administrative structure and a determined and persistent ground presence.

de Waal, et al, cite Belgrade 1999, Iraq 1991, Rwanda 1994, and more, featuring Sir William Harcourt, who in 1862 had to talk down a ravenous, blood-thirsty British public, clammoring for intervention in our civil war, then ongoing.

Excerpts: "...intervention never has bee, never will be, never can be short, simple or peaceable."

"...and act of desperation with incalculable consequences."

and, "We are asked to go we know not whither, in order to do we know not what."

Letter to the president

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Kucinich: The argument against war in Syria

Kucinich: The argument against war in Syria

A message from former Congressman Dennis Kucinich ..

Eleven years ago I warned America we were about to get into a war based on lies. I led 125 members of Congress to oppose the Iraq War resolution. When I raised questions then, some of our leading Senators, such as John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and John Edwards voted yes. The media was squarely behind the war. I was attacked for questioning the cause of war. Everything I said in October of 2002 as to why we should not go to war turned out to be 100% true. Many of those who were 100% wrong have continued in Congress or gone on to greater influence in government. And America? America lost 4,488 sons and daughters, with 32,021 wounded at a cost which is approaching $6 Trillion dollars.

Today we are poised to engage in war against Syria with such a flimsy case being made to attempt to justify an attack, it could only be the product of cynicism and willful misrepresentation in the cause of war and a callous disregard for our true national interest.

FACT: There is no definitive proof that Syria's Assad knew of and directed the chemical weapons attack on August 21st..
FACT: Intelligence which overheard Syrian military officials discussing the attack far from implicating them, finds them DENYING they initiated an attack.
FACT: There are at least two instances where the opposition is said to have used chemical weapons. One incident, which occurred in March was referred to the Security Council by Russia. Another, which occurred in April was cited by special UN investigator Carla Del Ponte.
FACT: Some rockets identified near attack sites were described as "homemade".
FACT: A coordinated effort was made by US officials to DISCOURAGE a full UN investigation.
FACT: The biggest beneficiary of the attack on the Syrian government is Al Queda, which leads the opposition,
FACT: Syria is not an imminent threat to the United States.
FACT: Absent an imminent or actual threat to the United States, only Congress has the authority, under the Constitution, Article I, Section 8, to declare war.

Whatever we believe about Syria, as Americans, let us all believe in our Constitution, in the rule of law, and in the bedrock of principles which inform our rights and responsibilities as a nation. We have a right to defend ourselves, but no right to war aggressive war. Our obligation as citizens is not to be a member of the Democratic, Republican or an independent party, but to be a party to the truth.

I am concerned, that once again, in the name of humanity, an inhumane act of war is about to be committed against the people of a distant land, compounding their tragedy; in the name of security, a barbaric attack will be launched which will make us all less secure; and in the name of the United States, in our name, the destructive power of war will be unleashed based on the hubris of exceptionalism which left untamed, will destroy our own nation.

I will discuss what must be done in our next communication. Thank you, Dennis

Kucinich: The argument against war in Syria