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Monday, June 20, 2005

Hunter S. Thompson and 1972

From "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Train 1972" by Hunter S. Thompson...
"Once they let you get away with running around for 10 years like a king hoodlum, you tend to forget now and then that about half the people you meet live from one day to the next in a state of such fear and uncertainty that about half the time they honestly doubt their own sanity.

These are not the kind of people who really need to get hung up in depressing political trips. They are not ready for it. The boats are rocking so badly that all they want to do is get level long enough to think straight and avoid the next nightmare."
Looking back at 1972, Nixon seemed invulnerable. At the time Hunter wrote this, he was. This was also around the time that Daniel Elsberg made the copies that became known as the Pentagon Papers and ended our "long national nightmare" in Vietnam.

Some have speculated over the weekend that the Downing Street Memos are to the Iraq War what Elsberg's bravery was to Vietnam. We can only hope.


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Monday, May 30, 2005

America on Memorial Day 2005

Republican politcians use gullible "pseudo-Christians" only as mindless sheep in the VOTING booths. After the election, they're over - to be placated, but never seriously listened to.

Then they pass tort reform, bankruptcy reform, social security benefit cuts, Estate tax cuts for the weathiest 1% - and you're just left to sit there and wonder why your schools are underfunded, your home has been refinanced for the fifth time, and you're kid is getting shot at in Iraq.

When will it end?

http://www.startribune.com/stories/1519/5427823.html

"...As this bloody month of car bombs and American deaths -- the most since January -- comes to a close, as we gather in groups small and large to honor our war dead, let us all sing of their bravery and sacrifice. But let us also ask their forgiveness for sending them to a war that should never have happened. In the 1960s it was Vietnam. Today it is Iraq. Let us resolve to never, ever make this mistake again. Our young people are simply too precious."
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Sunday, May 22, 2005

Is Tom Cruise Gay? Is Wrestling Fixed?

There is a real possibility that conspiracies can exist. A cospiracy is really nothing more than a few people getting together to create a deception that benefits the select group anyways. For a society so obsessed with celebrity, why hasn't this story been discussed in greater detail - maybe because everyone would be at a loss in world where Tom Cruise may or may not be the person he and his image makers have created.

FROM: http://www.gawker.com/

Gossip Roundup: Tom Cruise Just Happens To Know A Lot Of Gay Porn Stars, Okay? Now Shut Your Mouth.

While Tom Cruise is busy professing his love for Katie fucking Holmes, isn’t it interesting that a gay porn star’s claim of having a tryst with Cruise was muffled, thanks to Cruise’s hired PI, Paul Barresi? And isn’t it funny that Barresi also used to be a gay porn star? Golly, how does Tom Cruise keep finding these guys? [R&M]

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/gossip/story/311235p-266281c.html
Holmes is where
Tom's heart is

Tom Cruise is gushing to everyone about his love for Katie Holmes. Says Oprah: 'He's gone.'
Tom Cruise adores his latest love, Katie Holmes. Let's hope, this time, there are no male porn stars looking to smudge the picture of happiness.

As Cruise makes the rounds promoting "War of the Worlds," the often-guarded actor can't stop gushing about the "Batman Begins" actress.

"I love this woman," Cruise told "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush in an interview airing Monday. "I am so happy, and I am not going to pretend or hide it or be shy. This woman is magnificent."

Giddy Tom pulled Katie onstage during his chat with Oprah Winfrey, also airing Monday. "I've never seen him like this before," says Oprah. "He's gone."

Usually, it's around this time that some creepy hustler crawls out of his go-go cage to spoil the joy.

You may remember Chad Slater, aka Kyle Bradford, the "erotic wrestler" who claimed in 2001 he'd been Cruise's lover. Cruise, who was starting to date Penelope Cruz, filed a $100 million defamation suit against Slater - coming away with a $10 million judgment.

You haven't heard about another porn actor, known as "Big Red." In November 2002, porn-actor-turned-private-eye Paul Barresi heard through the gropevine that Red - named for his carrot top and ample appendage - was trying to sell his story. Barresi says he arranged for Red to meet him and infamous Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano.

Red told them he'd had an encounter with Cruise at his London home when the actor and then-wife Nicole Kidman, were shooting "Eyes Wide Shut," according to Barresi, who promptly informed Cruise's pit- bull lawyer, Bert Fields.

Fields hurled one of his fireball letters.

"As you well know, this story is an utter fabrication," wrote Fields. "[Tom Cruise] has never had a homosexual experience or encounter with you or anyone else."

Fields tells us he was unaware of any involvement by Pellicano, who thereafter went to jail for possessing illegal explosives.

The lawyer confirms Barresi's role but says, "Pellicano was not acting for Tom Cruise."
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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Villaraigosa Wins...

Wow - the only station that actually covered the Villaraigosa victory speech LIVE here in Los Angeles was Fox 11 local news. You wouldn't know there was an election going on as the other stations had re-runs of Friends and typical late night dull-a-thons.

And how many people live in Los Angeles? 12 million! And these are the final numbers?


ANTONIO R. VILLARAIGOSA

260,721

58.66


JAMES KENNETH HAHN

183,749

41.34

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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

US SOLDIERS HAVE A RIGHT TO LIFE!

REPUBLICANS ALLOWED OIL-FOR-FOOD SCAM..

REPUBLICANS ALLOWED OIL-FOR-FOOD SCAM...

Then they blast the UN and Kofi Annan on it - imagine if your co-worker accused you of stealing paper clips while he was stealing from petty cash?

GALLOWAY has the balls and the ANGER ALL Americans who care about TRUTH should have, but don't!

It's about 1600 dead soldiers and their families - and the lies that put them in the grave. Don't those soldiers have a RIGHT TO LIFE?

If you support the GOP and this WAR, you are supporting EVIL and CORRUPTION.
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Good Quote...

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."

-- Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969), 34th US President, Republican
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Voter Fraud

I saw this great documentary on the Sundance Channel - UNPRECDENTED - about how brazenly the 2000 Election was stolen in Florida by using DBT to purge the voter rolls of Black Americans. Then consider reports on the 2004 election, like the one by Christopher Hitchens Vanity Fair, about suspect machines, etc...the fact is our Democracy is in peril partially because elections are unreliable - and no politician on the Dem side seems to be taking it seriously.

Anyways I get this e-mail from the GOP about their "crisis" in Washington. A blogger recently said that the GOP plan is to ACCUSE the Democrats of doing what they are ACTUALLY doing, and no better example can be seen of that than this:

More and more reports are emerging of the extent to which Democrats were willing to go to try to influence the 2004 election.

Well, their tactics worked in Washington State.

Our Republican candidate for Governor, Dino Rossi, actually won the election. Then he won the recount.

Then Democrat-controlled King County "found" 566 new votes just in time for the second recount, enough to overturn the results of Election Day and the first recount.

The new result? Dino Rossi "lost" by 129 votes. But consider the following facts in Washington state;

  • 943 felons illegally voted
  • 49 dead people voted
  • 3 people voted in Washington and another state
  • 2 illegal aliens voted
  • 12 people voted multiple times
  • 174 provisional votes were counted but later found to be cast people who had already voted or were unregistered

Also, at least another 1,600 ballots are still in question:

  • 875 more absentee votes were cast in King County than there were absentee voters
  • 95 more ballots in King County and 50 ballots in Whitman County were "found" after both recounts, and have never been counted
  • At least 660 provisional ballots were improperly counted in King County.

Dino Rossi is fighting, and voters of good conscience from across this country should stand with him. For more info on Dino Rossi and his ongoing fight, please go to www.dinorossi.com.

Sincerely,
DuHaime
Michael DuHaime
RNC Political Director


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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Priest Calls It A Day

Thank GOD!

Looking at that link above, many people are rejoicing in the Glory of the God that loves everybody, not just people that vote for one party...

This is good news for people who think it's alright for Church going people to vote for who they DARN well please...

From the AP...

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- A Baptist preacher accused of running
out nine congregants who refused to support President Bush resigned
Tuesday.
"I am resigning with gratitude in my heart for all of you,"
the Rev. Chan Chandler said as he left a closed-door meeting at
East Waynesville Baptist Church.
Congregants of the 100-member church in western North Carolina
have said that Chandler endorsed Bush from the pulpit during last
year's presidential campaign and said that anyone who planned to
vote for Democratic nominee Sen. John Kerry needed to "repent or
resign." ...

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Friday, May 06, 2005

The New Star Wars and the Politics of Bush...(early review)

I just saw the new Star Wars III at a press screening here in Los Angeles, and was thoroughly impressed. It’s not only a tale of morality, but also a metaphor for the Right-wing control of American politics. For those of us who grew up in the 80s, the movie always had a special place in our heart – it’s the greatest modern myth in a culture with no cohesive central identity. The scene of Luke looking at the twin suns of Tatooine not knowing where his life was headed is something all young men can relate to. The battle within himself to choose between the light side and the dark side of the force, the good and evil within himself– it all means so much more after seeing this final part of the entire series.

George Lucas really must have felt the pain inflicted by the public from the first two movies, and realized he had to redeem himself, which he has done. It seems George Lucas has been equally disturbed by the direction political life has taken as many of us who consider ourselves to be supporters of real democracy and truth. Certain lines really stood out:

- “So this is how democracy dies, with thunderous applause…”

- “Those who are not with me are against me…and the Republic”

- “Only the Sith (dark side of force) sees life in black and white…”

- “What’s the point of putting him on trial if he controls Senate…”

- “Through destruction I will bring peace and freedom to the galactic empire…”

Some lines were basically direct Bush quotes, some lines were paraphrased. The point is that George Lucas sees it too, and he wants Americans who support Bush to wake up and be aware of the adage that absolute power corrupts absolutely.

The only minor critique I might have is that Lucas seems to believe the motivation for power is the feeling of power itself. However, as many of us are aware, greed is a huge motivating factor, particularly with the friends of the Bush Administration. It might have been interesting to see who is making money off creation of war machines, what planets and people are being plundered for the selfish desire to take the wealth of others.

I imagine Shakesphere had some choice words for the power structure of his days, and did it through allegory in his plays. Sometimes Shake sphere failed, not every play could be Hamlet. But in his own way, George Lucas has secured his place in history as the master storyteller of a generation.