BuzzFlash, My Morning Read

I have a few others … WhatReallyHappened.com, CommonDreams.com, Cursor.com. It’s usually 4-5AM … it is what I do at those early morning twilight times.

This morning I read this interview but didn’t post it. But it’s worth a read. An interview with Jonathan Bonifaz, author of “Warrior-King: The Case for Impeaching George W. Bush”.

Excerpt: ” I wrote the book to ensure that there would be a broader public debate about the illegality of this war.”

Have a look if you are so inclined.

Thursday, April 29th, 2004 by Kate Storm |
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What Bush Surge?

I’d really like what other people think about this. I’m not confident in what the “average voter” thinks, since I’m neither average, nor a regular voter. (I’m fond of the None of the Above option on ballots)

Read this and see what you think? Think Again: What Bush Surge?”

Excerpt: “‘Fox News’ Brit Hume looked at the polling data and announced Bush was “on the rebound.” He wasn’t alone. “Bad News Just Rolls Off Bush,” read a headline for a Kansas City Star column that announced Bush has “become a president with a sheen of Ronald Reagan Teflon.” A similar Detroit News column declared,– ”Pundits bang away at George W. Bush, but he’s weathering storm,” and added, “The more barbs the president suffers, the more confidence he gains with potential voters. Bush’s standing with likely voters improved, and his overall standing with Americans has solidly rebounded.”

I’m frankly loathe to understand why the ‘Lil Smirk’ is still getting popular support. But I know I’m not the normal person who responds to polls.

Read the article, and let me know. I need your take on it.

Thursday, April 29th, 2004 by Kate Storm |
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I Can See the World Tonight

Blumenthal on Bush and the difference between Iraq and a hard place

Pulp Fictions Triumph over Truth

Excerpt: “Perhaps the most important divide in the presidential campaign is between fact and fiction. There are, of course, other sharp distinctions based on region and religiosity, guns and gays, abstinence and abortion. But were the election to be decided on domestic concerns alone, George Bush would be near certain to join the ranks of one-term presidents – like his father after the aura of the Gulf war evaporated.”

And Sir Paul McCartney sings:

“I heard you listening to a secret conversation.

You were crying, you were trying not to let them hear you

I heard you listening in

Never mind what they wanna do

You’ve got a right to your point of view

It doesn’t matter what they say

They’re giving the game away – hey – hey.

I can see the world tonight

Look into the future

See it in a different light

I can see the world tonight.”

“The World Tonight” is off the “Souvenir” CD.

I’ve been trying to measure when the politicians started what looked like purposeful “giving the game away”. Certainly all the signs were there in the last 30 or 40 years, but the audaciousness only began in 2000, it seems to me. They are obvious and arrogant every step of the way. It’s like they’re giving a double-dog dare … “Stop us, or shut up.”

My “day off my day job” amblings.

Thursday, April 29th, 2004 by Kate Storm |
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How I came to the Allspinzone

See that link over there on the left that says “Politically Speaking?” It is about the oddest place in cyberspace to find political debate. Some of you will have clicked and found — SURPRISE! — it is the Philadelphia Eagles’ Message Board. It’s a long, long story about how they established a forum for political debate there, but there is some merit to a forum where real debate happens between people with divergent opinions. Also, it is a “members only” place, so unlike America these days, there is at least one common bond between the players in the political brawl that is “Politically Speaking” — they are all Eagles fans.

Anyway, Richard invited me here because he’s witnessed my work sparring with Limbaugh wannabes. The confrontation with folks, mostly men, who believe Sciafe-based propaganda such as that Hillary Clinton is a serial murderer can be lots of fun, and I’m proud that the Bushites on that forum revile me almost as much as they do my good friend Toaster.

Here’s a sample. Today a newbie to the forum had the stupidity to react to the L. A. Times hiring of Michael Kinsley to head up the Editorial and Opinion section with this:

Life-long, hardcore liberal, formerly left host of Hardball and former editor of Slate Magazine named to head editorial section of La Times…hmmm…that’s fair.

Yeah, some of the conservatives on that forum have no clue about how journalism works. And it is my lot in life to keep them in their places. (Where’s a halo when you need one?) Still, I’d like to tout the place. Mostly good people there, except when the rabid Bushies start talking about torturing prisoners being OK, or when the rabid anti-choice people accuse their opponents of wishing to kill all children. I recommend it to those who read this space regularly and are in need of some political sparring.

That’s all for today. Just a little glimpse into an oddity of the political part of the web. And now, back to the PEMB. Tallyho!

Thursday, April 29th, 2004 by SpinDentist |
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Back from a little Rest and Relaxation

Kate has certainly filled the role nicely here at the allspinzone while Richard and I were gone. I’m back, but it might take a few moments to get my spinning skills up to speed. As you’ll note in the above picture, this liberal commie pinko went incognito while in the Bahamas. I’ll leave it to you folks to guess which beach towell is mine.

To be serious, I returned to hear of the death of Pat Tillman on the front lines in Afghanistan, and I cannot express my sadness more. While I may criticize the actions and strategies of the Bush Administration, I cannot bring myself to criticize a man who gave up a lucrative career in order to fight for what he thought was the best for his country.

Former Arizona Cardinals safety Pat Tillman, who gave up a $3.6 million sports contract to join the military’s elite special forces, was killed in a sustained firefight involving 15-20 insurgents in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said on April 24. Tillman, shown in June 2003, enlisted with his brother, Kevin, in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.

There are many kinds of patriotism. I consider myself a patriot, and show that in small ways while lounging, but also in more concrete ways by commenting on the political and war situations brought to us by BushCorp. Pat Tillman demonstrates his patriotism by stepping up to help in the real fight against terrorism in Afghanistan.

I’ll predict here that Mr. Tillman shows up in a George Bush commercial around the beginning of the NFL season, and the NFL will pitch in with the Bush campaign to trivialize his death by exploiting it. Look for the 40 yard line in stadiums to change in his honor. And, of course, the White House has already weighed in through spokesperson Taylor Gross::

“Pat Tillman was an inspiration both on and off the football field. As with all who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the war on terror, his family is in the thoughts and prayers of President and Mrs. Bush.”

God Bless Pat Tillman. Please Mr. Bush, do not disrespect this man by exploiting him in your campaign.

Tuesday, April 27th, 2004 by SpinDentist |
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Monday, Monday

“can’t trust that day,

Monday Monday, sometimes it just turns out that way

Oh Monday morning, you gave me no warning of what was to be

Oh Monday Monday, how yould cou leave and not take me.

Every other day, every other day,

Every other day of the week is fine, yeah

But whenever Monday comes, but whenever Monday comes

You can find me cryin’ all of the time.”

It really doesn’t matter, I suppose, that so many of us said the invasion and occupation of Iraq was all about oil and other resources to be raped by the corporate reptiles. But, as my baby sister says, “It is what it is. Grab your helmet and strap in.”

Here, from Mark LeVine at TomDispatch: Sponsored Chaos

Excerpt of the intro: “Mark LeVine, historian and co-editor of Twilight of Empire: Responses to Occupation, asks whether incompetence and bad planning really fully cover what’s going on in Iraq, whether in fact in various ways “chaos” has both its advantages and its sponsors. He begins what I hope might be a larger debate about Iraq, certainly; but also about the nature and uses of chaos and violence in our world.”

It’s almost 6 AM. I’ve been awake since 3:30. Mondays have never been among my favorite days of the week. It’s important to read the fine print on Mondays.

Monday, April 26th, 2004 by Kate Storm |
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Some People Just Do Not Matter: Proud to Be A Murkin, Yes, Indeedy

Crushing Fallujah 2, by David Edwards of Media Lens

Excerpt: “Sniping specialists say of Falluja that there may not have been such a “target rich” battlefield for that kind of killing since the World War II battle for Stalingrad. The Los Angeles Times reports that US snipers have been killing hundreds of insurgents:

“Sometimes a guy will go down, and I’ll let him scream a bit to destroy the morale of his buddies,” a Marine corporal said, “then I’ll use a second shot.” (‘For Marine snipers, war is up close and personal’, Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times, April 19, 2004)

In nearly two weeks of conflict in Falluja, the unnamed corporal has emerged as the top sniper, with 24 confirmed kills. By comparison, the top Marine Corps sniper in Vietnam killed 103 people in 16 months. “I couldn’t have asked to be in a better place,” the corporal said. “I just got lucky: to be here at the right time and with the right training.” (bold emphasis mine)

Ponder this as the “Dear Leader” decides whether to flatten Fallujah further — like yeah, right, he’s going to opt for diplomacy. I couldn’t work up a giggle for that one. Maniacal laughter perhaps but no giggle.

Sunday, April 25th, 2004 by Kate Storm |
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Knarly Saturday Trivia

And she’ll have fun, fun, fun ’til her daddy takes the T-bird away.

For the word origin mavens, the word trivia began differently than what we have in common usage. It meant the secret intersection of three roads where the witches and their power were buried. I’m not kidding. Look it up.

But we’ll go with a more modern definition,… something not widely known, something esoteric, something known by a few.

The question? Name the author of the following quotation, and the person to whom he refers. See I even gave you a hint … the author is a male type person.

Quote: “He was like many people: in intellectual matters he was skeptical, but in moral matters he believed implicitly in the maxims that he had imbibed at his mother’s knee. That illustrates what the psychoanalysts so much emphasize–the immensely stronger hold upon us that our very early associations have than those of later times.”

I’m betting Google won’t know this one. ;-)

Sunday, April 25th, 2004 by Kate Storm |
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Just Another Freaky Friday

And Richard left me the keys to the T-bird while he and his family AND the Spin Dentist have a little R & R. So I got to wondering … how can I take care of said T-bird and still be li’l old me?

The big bruhaha about the Dover AFB photos has not left my mind much in the last few days. The media says that the White House and the Pentagon are not amused. The Pentagon says families of KIA G.I.s are unhappy. Those concerned about the restrictions on the First Amendment are hollaring just as loudly. My mind boggles at the low-flying spinners all around. In the end, before each of us hit the pillow tonight or tomorrow or the next or next, each of us thinking, feeling mammals can choose to decide or not. I present some varied links… myriad choices.

Pentagon Families Want Photo Ban

There Is No War. There Are No Dead Americans

From today’s NYT, mirrored at TruthOut

Pentagon Ban on Pictures of Dead Troops Is Broken

Pentagon Miffed at the USAF

Photos Released in Error

And just for “fun” (wink, wink):

Students for an Orwellian Society

My Jay and Boo Tribute Quote for the night (my kids, now grown, deciding for themselves) is from Weird Al Yankovic:

Everything you know is wrong

Black is white, up is down and short is long

And everything you thought was just so

Important doesn’t matter

Everything you know is wrong

Just forget the words and sing along

All you need to understand is

Everything you know is wrong

Saturday, April 24th, 2004 by Kate Storm |
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Personal Thoughts on Pat Tillman

Thirty years ago, I enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Vietnam was winding down, and certainly the image of serving the country had become tarnished by that time in history. But like a lot of rudderless kids from the beginning of time until present, serving in the military was my answer to finding discipline, direction, and purpose. I like to think I gained all three of these attributes during my 7 years of service, and I may never have gained them otherwise.

As you read and hear eulogies for Pat Tillman over the next few days, consider this: Pat Tillman already had all three of the attributes that I sought when he made the decision to forego his NFL career and join the Army. He wasn’t a freshfaced, naive kid straight out of highschool. He was a determined walkon that played four years at Arizona State, and then captured a nice NFL contract with the Cardinals. I assume he lived in a nice house, drove nice cars, and ate at the best restraunts – something few of us will ever have the luxury of doing.

Yet, something in him drove him to respond to the tragic events of 9/11. I don’t know if it was respect for his brother’s decision to serve, or if he felt that he needed to contribute his name and fame to the cause. I doubt it had anything to do with the ‘fame’ angle. If it did, he would have taken the Elvis route to serving, not the Ted Williams route.

This alone makes his death more tragic. I wonder, knowing what we know today, if Pat Tillman would have made the same life-altering decision with regards to serving his country. And after considering the story of his life, I don’t think it would have turned out any differently.

I think it’s important that both sides of the political aisle resist the temptation to make Pat Tillman’s death a recruiting poster for their causes. Personally, I still need the magnitude of his passing to sink in a bit. And as Americans, we owe it to his friends and family to honor a man who served under the circumstances that he did without passing judgment on the circumstances that put him in harms way.

An NFL piece on Tillman from 2003 sums up the essence of Pat Tillman, and those more unheralded who are just like him, as follows:

The story that comes to mind is one told by Bruce Snyder, Tillman’s coach at Arizona State. It seems that Snyder planned to redshirt Tillman as a freshman, extending his eligibility by a season. Of course, that would necessitate Tillman remaining in college for an extra year.

“You can do whatever you want with me,” Tillman said, “but in four years I’m gone. I’ve got things to do with my life.” Lastly, there’s a short exchange between two commentors on Atrios’ blog that pretty much sums up my feelings:

Man, this story pisses me off. We aren’t allowed to see the flag-draped coffins, the hundreds of other kids who have died barely get a mention, but a FOOTBALL PLAYER dies and everyone feels bad and oh, it’s awful, so sad, such a sacrifice, what a great guy, hours of play on CNN. Typical of our sports-deifying patriarchal society. If you play sports, you are important, your death matters. Otherwise, you’re just one of the nobodies who died in the “war.”

Or, more accurately, one of the “nobodies” who didn’t die in the war. Because there is no report of deaths, except as unverifiable numbers, there is no reality to it.

I remember Dalton Trumbo’s introduction to one edition of his Johnny Got His Gun,, where he mentions reading the body count from Vietnam (a staple of newspaper and evening news reporting during that war). The numbers represented bodies, corpses, human remains. A small mountain of them, at the height of that war. But instead of throwing up, Trumbo said, we reach for the coffee.

Numbers are meaningless. If Tillman’s death has any greater value, perhaps it will be in making people aware that real human beings are dieing in Iraq. Not just “numbers” or “soldiers;” but people.
As it is and will always be.

Here’s to hoping that we all learn a little through Pat Tillman’s story. Rest in peace, Pat.

Friday, April 23rd, 2004 by Richard Blair |
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