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( Oct. 12th, 2008 08:09 am)
We are now at T-Minus 100 days and counting until W. vacates the White House!
Excellent news... Canadians and others with HIV can now travel freely to the United States, without fear of being turned away at the border. Bush has signed into law an AIDS funding bill that lifts the ban on people with HIV entering the United States!

For once, Bush has actually done something positive with that pen...
(Of course, I have to wonder if there are any signing statements attached).
Outraged yet?

Karl Rove, defying a congressional subpoena to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on the attorney firing scandal, has fled the country, without notifying congress:

And, just in case the Democrats grow a spine, and hold him in contempt, he's apparently gone to Ukraine, a country without an extradition treaty with the U.S. How convenient.

And, in other news, reports are now surfacing that the International Red Cross has taken the position that the Bush administration has engaged in torture, and any administration official who ordered torture can be held liable for war crimes:

Buckle your seat belts. I have a feeling this ride is about to get a whole lot more interesting.
Another reason why I love my Québec class!

Today we were studying the political parties of Québec, and while discussing the Parti Québécois, our instructor showed us this clip from YouTube:

It's from a Québécois sketch comedy show, not unlike Saturday Night Live or This Hour Has 22 Minutes. It seems this particular sketch created a bit of a kerfuffle in Québec in 2006. It features impersonations of U.S. President George Bush and Canadian PM Stephen Harper in a parody of Brokeback Mountain, and doing a little hanky panky in a tent. This is funny in itself, because many see Harper as being politically "in bed" with Bush.

But what really got some people in the Parti Québécois upset was the punchline at the end -- that guy who pokes his head in the tent is André Boisclair, who at the time was the leader of the PQ and -- this is why it's funny -- is openly gay.

What he's saying when he pokes his head in is essentially, "Québec will have no part in this."

Quite a few members of the PQ found his appearance in the sketch comedy routine to be of questionable taste, and soon after, Boisclair resigned as leader of the PQ.
Ok, I've been threatening to do this for a while. It may not do any good, it may be too little too late, and I may end up regretting exercising my free speech rights later by revealing myself here as a Cheney opponent*, but I am fed up. I wrote a letter to my Representative in the U.S. House today:
I'm really starting to get nervous about this drumbeat for war with Iran. The Iraq debacle has shown that Americans are easily manipulated by propaganda and lies into going to war, much to the delight of the Military-Industrial-Congressional complex and the Bush-Cheney war profit machine.

Now there's evidence that the biggest reason given that Iran should not be allowed to have nuclear weapons, Iranian President Ahmadinejad's much-repeated quote that he wished to see Israel "wiped off the map" may actually be a mistranslation. According to UK Guardian Columnist Jonathan Steele, the phrase may actually be closer to "the regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time."

Kind of puts a different spin on the quote, doesn't it? While the first translation is abhorrent to me, I kind of agree with that second translation.

Now, I don't pretend to speak Farsi. I don't pretend to know if Jonathan Steele or his sources are reliable. But what I do know is that the Bush Administration cannot be trusted, and that the mainstream U.S. media, which is clearly in the pocket of the Israeli lobby, definitely cannot be trusted to tell a balanced truth about Middle Eastern affairs.

I don't know what the right answer is. But I do know that going to war with Iran over its nuclear programme may very possibly trigger World War III, with the U.S. and Israel on one side, and the Islamic world, Russia, and possibly China on the other side. Because of this danger, we must proceed very, very carefully.

Is it worth going to war over a mistranslation? With the stakes so high, isn't it worth stepping back from the rhetoric and propaganda, taking a deep breath, and studying the issue logically and dispassionately?

Let's not get goaded into an unjust war again. Given our history as a country, we need to let cooler, reasoned heads prevail. Please, please, please, I beg you, question EVERYTHING that the mainstream media and the Bush administration is telling you.

Our lives depend on it.
Dennis Kucinich continues to amaze me with his clarity and candor. Of all the candidates running for president, he's the only one who has the cojones to call it like it is. Pity he's running dead last.

Kucinich Questions Bush's Mental Health
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich questioned President Bush's mental health in light of comments he made about a nuclear Iran precipitating World War III.
"I seriously believe we have to start asking questions about his mental health," Kucinich, an Ohio congressman, said in an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer's editorial board on Tuesday. "There's something wrong. He does not seem to understand his words have real impact."
Of course, it looks like Hillary "I am willing to commit genocide" Clinton will probably get the nomination - she has the war machine's money behind her. Barack "I Suport Israeli Apartheid" Obama isn't very palatable, either. Looks like I'll vote Green for President again in 2008.
"Win in Iraq?" Give me a break. We can't even evacuate a major U.S. city in a timely and humane fashion. If the war in Iraq is being run ANYTHING like the relief efforts in New Orleans, then it's no wonder that we can't win in Iraq. Superpower my ass. And the whole world is watchng.

I am FURIOUS that the Louisiana and Mississippi National Guards are off in Iraq fighting Bush's manufactured war, when they should have been at home, prepared to respond to domestic emergencies. That's what they are for, not Imperial oil-grab excursions.

This whole affair has shown me that this country is collapsing in on itself. The idea that the government is here to help the people has been revealed as a lie. It's every man for himself.

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!


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