Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Bush has made USA Less Safe

Aravosis lists the ways Bush has made America LESS safe:

1. Osama is free and forgotten.
2. Iraq is now the biggest terrorist training ground in the world.
3. Our military is bogged down fighting the wrong war.
4. The 9/11 Commission's recommendations are being ignored.
5. The Homeland Security budget is being spent on pork.
6. The (bipartisan) 9/11 Commission gave Bush a "D" for efforts to stop terrorists from getting their hands on nuclear bombs.
7. Most of the world now hates us.

Read THE WHOLE LINK for more details
E.P. Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Advice for Post-Terror Living

WhiteHouse.org :

Five America-tested tips on how to make the coming months and years of post-terror living as productive and meaningful as possible:

1. Rally behind your suddenly non-poodly leader, and DO NOT QUESTION HIM.
2. Refrain from any and all analysis of events which are more complex than "THEY HATE FREEDOM."
3. Turn in droves to jingoistic, Rupert Murdoch-owned media outlets.
4. Smother your funny-looking Rovers and MGs and Minis with plenty of "We Will Not Forget" and "I Support..." ribbons.
5. Thirst for the blood of the oil-hoarding sand heathens.
E.P. Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Thursday, March 24, 2005

White House Embraces Culture of Death

The White House calls it an "Easter Egg Roll." We see potentially viable chickens. How come Congress hasn't called an emergency special session to protect the life of Eggland's best?

A tip of the hat to Wonkette.com.
E.P. Thursday, March 24, 2005

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Bush vs Bush – The Hypocrisy Continued

In 1999, Governor George W. Bush signed the “Texas Futile Care Law,” which allowed hospitals to withdraw life support from patients, over the objections of the family, if they consider the treatment to be nonbeneficial.

Sun Hudson, a six-month-old boy with a fatal congenital disease, died Thursday after a Texas hospital, over his mother's objections, withdrew his feeding tube. The child was apparently certain to die, but was conscious. The hospital simply decided that it had better things to do than keeping the child alive, and the Texas courts upheld that decision after the penniless mother failed, during the 10-day window provided for by Texas law, to find another institution willing to take the child .

Today, the family of Spiro Nikolouzos is fighting to keep the St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital from turning off his life support. This 68-year-old grandfather is kept alive by a ventilator, a feeding tube, and an emergency appeals court order. His life support could be cut off at any moment. A nursing home is willing to take him if his family can show that he will be covered by Medicaid after his Medicare runs out. Otherwise, the hospital gets to pull the plug.

Meanwhile, the Terri Schiavo case in Florida gets the big national exposure. For 15 years, this woman has been in a persistent vegetative state without any hope of recovery. Her husband has insisted that his wife did not wish to be kept alive under artificial conditions. Her parents, however, have other ideas.

A Republican-lead Congress has decided to push federal legislation aimed at specifically at prolonging the Florida woman's life. On Saturday, President George W. Bush announced that he would cut short his vacation to sign this new bill.

Hypocrisy is alive and well in the Bush administration. George W. Bush was willing to pull the plug on the terminally ill in Texas, but is now adamant about preserving the life of a woman that’s been in a vegetative state for 15 years. I don’t pretend to know all the details on this extremely complicated, emotionally-charged situation, but I can’t help but think that this is political grandstanding in the worst possible form.

Mark A. R. Kleiman blog summary

Houston Chronicle news story on Spiro Nikolouzos

The Texas Futile Care Law
E.P. Sunday, March 20, 2005

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Students for Orwell

Students for an Orwellian Society (SOS) is a nationwide student group. Although SOS has always been a nationwide student group, there is evidence to suggest that it first appeared at Columbia University. The mission of SOS is to promote the vision of a society based upon the principles of Ingsoc, first articulated by George Orwell in his prophetic novel, 1984. Read all about this organization at:
E.P. Sunday, February 20, 2005
Who the *#&@ is "Jeff Gannon?"

I don't really know just who this guy is, but Billmon at Whiskey Bar has provided a superb overview of this mysterious man at:
E.P. Sunday, February 20, 2005

Monday, February 14, 2005

Happy V.D.!

In the spirit of the Hallmark holidays, here's a little graphic to share some "VD" with the ones you love.

I found this image at a website that digitized every single MAD magazine cover. It's worth noting that this is a Kelly Freas cover, not to be confused with Norman Mingo. When Freas died last month, a lot of mainstream media sources were posting Mingo art, stating that Freas was best known for painting Alfred E. Neuman, but they didn't even bother to show his work. They could have shown his science-fiction paintings, or even that Queen album cover, but I guess it was just easier to show a generic picture of the goofy-looking kid.

What's really cool about this particular MAD magazine fan site is that they've documented the FBI investigation of the magazine . It's really quite an eye-opener! At least the FBI wasn't spending ALL their time investigating LOUIE LOUIE and Groucho Marx!

Anyways, check it out- a great site!

E.P. Monday, February 14, 2005

Monday, January 24, 2005

How to Create Great Political Poster Art

I stumbled upon an excellent webpage of Political Poster Art by Dina Lydia. http://www.costumegoddess.com/antiwar/art.htm

You can see some of these signs in action during a recent Inaugural Day protest in Seattle.

Dina Lydia also created a wonderful tutorial on how to create effective political rally signs.

E.P. Monday, January 24, 2005

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

History Reminder

from politicalwire.com

After another electoral beating in 2004, Democrats should take note of Reagan's Revolution by Craig Shirley, a behind-the-scenes account of the only campaign Ronald Reagan ever lost. Though Gerald Ford ultimately prevailed, Shirley says it was during the 1976 presidential primaries that Reagan took hold of the future of the Republican party.

"By the late summer of 1974, the Republican party was in its death throes. Bereft, bedraggled, unloved, and unwanted, it stood for nothing and antagonized everyone. If the GOP had been a stray cat, it would have been hauled away to the animal shelter and immediately euthanized."

Sound familiar?

E.P. Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Friday, January 14, 2005

Willie Nelson = alternative energy mogul

Good ol' Willie Nelson. Not only does write some great songs, but he's also putting his name and money to very good causes.

MSNBC news article on Willie's new venture

The Official Willie Nelson Biodiesel Company Webpage

E.P. Friday, January 14, 2005

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005)

Shirley Chisholm was the first black woman to be elected in the United States Congress. Her congressional efforts centered on children, women, education, black colleges, winning the minimum wage for domestics, and issues affecting Native Americans, Haitian refugees, migrant workers and the poor. She co-founded the National Women's Political Caucus. A candidate for the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination, she won 152 delegates before withdrawing from the race.

Here's some great quotes from the unforgettable Ms. Chisholm:

"My God, what do we want? What does any human being want? Take away an accident of pigmentation of a thin layer of our outer skin and there is no difference between me and anyone else. All we want is for that trivial difference to make no difference."

"When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom profit that loses."

"It is not heroin or cocaine that makes one an addict, it is the need to escape from a harsh reality. There are more television addicts, more baseball and football addicts, more movie addicts, and certainly more alcohol addicts in this country than there are narcotics addicts."

“I ran for the Presidency, despite hopeless odds, to demonstrate the sheer will and refusal to accept the status quo... The next time a woman runs, or a black, a Jew or anyone from a group that the country is ‘not ready’to elect to its highest office, I believe that he or she will be taken seriously from the start... I ran because somebody had to do it first.”

"I am, was, and always will be a catalyst for change."

You can download some MP3 files of her dynamic speeches at:


Next month, PBS will broadcast a new documentary on Shirley Chisholm entitled "Unbought and Unbossed" as part of the P.O.V. series.

I can't wait to see this.



E.P. Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Thursday, December 30, 2004

It Ain't Over Til It's Over!

Lisa Rein provides an excellent overview of the mess in Ohio .
E.P. Thursday, December 30, 2004
Memories of 2004

.... with a tip of the hat to the recent Newsweek magazine interview with Triumph the Insult Dog !

Need to hear a reminder of of the wired executive during the debate?
E.P. Thursday, December 30, 2004

Monday, December 27, 2004

Patrick Buchanan has common sense about Iraq situation

There's a lot of things I disagree with Patrick Buchanan with, but today he provided a column that makes perfect sense to me. Here's an excerpt:

President Bush needs to go on national television and tell us the unvarnished truth. Why are we still there? For some of Bush's countrymen, there is a sense of having been had, of having been made victim to one of the great bait-and-switches in the history of warfare.

The president, his War Cabinet and the neocon punditocracy sold us on this war by implying Saddam was implicated in 9-11, that he had a vast arsenal of chemical and biological weapons, that he was working on an atom bomb, that he would transfer his terror weapons to al-Qaida. We had to invade, destroy and disarm his axis-of-evil regime. Only thus could we be secure.

None of this was true. But the president won that debate and was given a free hand to invade Iraq. He did so, and overthrew Saddam's regime in three weeks. "Mission Accomplished!"

That was 20 months ago. What is our mission now? When did it change? With 1,300 dead and nearly 10,000 wounded, why are we still at war with these people?

Read the rest of this column at::
E.P. Monday, December 27, 2004
Televised Death Penalty- the Ultimate Reality Show?

Howard Rosenberg wants to see Scott Peterson executed on television. He's got a real interesting theory that's well worth reading.

broadcastingcable.com article
E.P. Monday, December 27, 2004