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Friday, September 22, 2006
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Wednesday, September 20, 2006
UN GA 61 in NYC


Welcome to the United Nations General Assembly #61 in New York City!  I'll be calling it UNGA61 for short, if you don't mind.  It just kicked off yesterday, but most of you Faux News viewers probably didn't realize that it's actually a week-long event with leaders of countries big and small speaking, too.  Your Commander-in-Chief, err, Friend-in-Jesus, err, Bushworld CEO, err, President of the United States spoke yesterday.  Video and transcript are available at the Crawford Ranch North website, here.

Bushworld Infomercial

I told you in an earlier entry about the new White House website convention of supplying a "fact sheet" that seems to accompany every public speech George Bush gives nowadays.  I can only imagine that it's Karl Rove's idea to be able to bullet-point some talking points and even expand on things not specifically said in the speech itself.  Perhaps Rove is just trying to combat that pesky, little, credibility monkey the Bush administration has been carrying around on its back since January 20th, 2001.  Perhaps it's just a way to boil it all down, so NASCAR fans can have something to parrot on Rush Limbaugh radio call-in shows.

In his address to the UNGA61 members, Bush spent about 20 minutes giving his infomercial for the "Broader Middle East."  We've all heard it --  9/11, blah, blah, blah, terrorists, extremists, ideology, democracy, and of course -- purple ink-stained fingers.

Actually, Bush delivered a calm, cool and collected speech compared to the last several weeks of hearing him speak here or try to answer questions from our U.S. media about torture, rendition and kangaroo courts, lately.  Two things did seem to stand out to me when I watched and listened to our president's address to the world leaders.

First, standing in front of world leaders, Bush decided instead to speak to the people in the countries in his BushWorld Broader Middle East:

Today, I'd like to speak directly to the people across the broader Middle East: My country desires peace. Extremists in your midst spread propaganda claiming that the West is engaged in a war against Islam. This propaganda is false, and its purpose is to confuse you and justify acts of terror. We respect Islam, but we will protect our people from those who pervert Islam to sow death and destruction. Our goal is to help you build a more tolerant and hopeful society that honors people of all faiths and promote the peace.

Honestly, I only wish it were that simple.  Doesn't Bush even realize how impossibly hypocritical he sounds talking about propaganda, confusion and even terror?

Second, when he referred to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he started that topic off with "The world must also stand up for peace in the Holy Land."  I have to say, my heart skipped a beat.  In his pause between sentences, I thought for sure he was about to say something next that certainly was going to toss gasoline onto the still smoldering effigies of Pope Benedict laying around the main streets of some cities in the world.

Back to the fact sheet

After speaking directly to the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine, (and others) the double-plus-good fact sheet at the Crawford Ranch North says:

Freedom, By Its Nature, Cannot Be Imposed - It Must Be Chosen.

Perhaps U.S. citizens now need to choose not to support the rubber-stamping Republicons this November that enable Bushworld democracy at the barrel of gun.  Let's be clear.  I'm not bashing the idea of democracy.  I'm just calling a liar and a hypocrit, "a liar and a hypocrit."





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Sunday, September 17, 2006
Sunday Funnies: Immigration


 More Lalo Alcaraz comics
View more editorial cartoons by Lalo Alcaraz here.

It seems like the Republicons in power in Washington D.C. have found the issue they can run up the flagpole for this year's election -- immigration.  They've framed the issue and the debate in such a way as to appeal to their core constituency.  Clues of this purposeful framing is found in the language that they use.

Rather than solving the problem of "undocumented workers," Republicons can get tough and crack down on "illegal aliens."  Look at the language used for their proposed laws:

  • Secure Fence Act
  • Alien Gang Removal Act
  • Criminal Alien Removal Act
  • Alien Smuggler Transportation Act
  • Dangerous Alien Detention Act

I understand that immigration reform is a serious issue.  At the same, I can't help but be a little cynical when I see language the politicians use.  Knowing that fear and xenophobia can get them re-elected, they seem to have successfully taken a portion of the immigration issue and turned it into a crime and homeland security issue.  And of course, billions of dollars will have to be spent for more law enforcement, detention facilities, and border security technology. (news conference video)

There are serious issues with how the federal government handles the immigration problem.  The recent 'get tough on enforcement' stance can have both sad and cynical unintended consequences, though.

One example would be the aftermath story of the small, one-factory town, likely to be repeated all over the country.  As reported by CNN:

STILLMORE, Georgia (AP) -- Trailer parks lie abandoned. The poultry plant is scrambling to replace more than half its workforce. Business has dried up at stores where Mexican laborers once lined up to buy food, beer and cigarettes just weeks ago.

This Georgia community of about 1,000 people has become little more than a ghost town since September 1, when federal agents began rounding up illegal immigrants.

The sweep has had the unintended effect of underscoring just how vital the illegal immigrants were to the local economy.

The humor in any joke is based upon a twist of some truth.  The common joke about the idea of building a 700-mile-long border fence in the American southwest is, "Whose going to build it?  Are you going to have Mexicans building it and then ask them to kindly get back on their side of the fence?"

Today, I read this headline in the Miami Herald, "Contractors at federal detention facility detained -- for fake immigration documents."  Truth is ridiculous.





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Comics are strange therapy.

 


Friday, September 15, 2006
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Thursday, September 14, 2006
Swamp Gas v.011


Welcome to Swamp Gas in the Imajica.  Similar to the You Can't Make This Shit Up (YCMTSU) section, Swamp Gas will focus solely on news and items of interest in the sunshine state of Florida.

They say, "All the nuts in America roll downhill to Florida."  So let's just see how true that phrase really is.

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Swamp Gas v. 011

 Trenton

LEESBURG

On Sunday, August 27th, little Trenton Duckett was reported missing by his mother to the Leesburg Police Department.  Almost immediately, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were brought in to assist in the investigation.  A slit window screen in Trenton's bedroom pointed to an abduction.  View America's Most Wanted story.

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 Melinda

LADY LAKE

The toddler's mother, Melinda Duckett, gave interviews (1,2,3) to the news media, but seemed uncooperative to local police and other observers.  Unlike the toddler's estranged father, Joshua, Melinda did not take a polygraph.  She also seemed very vague about her whereabouts and activities during the day leading up to reporting Trenton missing.

[source]




 Nancy ON THE NET

One of the interviews Melinda Duckett gave was with CNN Host Nancy Grace.  Grace kept asking why she would not take a polygraph. (transcript)  Hours before the show was to air, Melinda Ducket was found dead from an apparent suicide at her grandparent's house.  (video) That was the reason for the squadron of news helicopters I witnessed hovering over a local subdivision of homes. 

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Joshua Duckett is left with many unanswered questions in the continuing search for his son, Trenton.






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