The Lady Speaks

Happy 2008

Another year over
And a new one just begun […]

Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

It’ll take me two days to break my resolutions, two weeks to recover from the extended holiday complete with relatives who didn’t leave, two months to remember to stop writing 2007 on my checks, but what the hell… it’s finally here.

The last year of the Bush misAdministration – which can only mean more and worse scandals to come, along with the requisite document shredding, destruction of tapes, and weak-tea letters from House and Senate oversight committee chairs ordering documents to be produced and witnesses to appear without actually doing anything if they aren’t or don’t.

This will be the last year of what’s felt like a hundred years of campaigning by Presidential candidates – which can only mean more and worse sliming to come. Expect to hear more from our “news” media about how rich the Edwards’ are, how the Clintons are responsible for everything negative except solar flares, — and Bill’s effect on those is still being studied — Obama’s “Muslim” connections, the Kucinich’s wackiness, etc., etc., etc. And just imagine what the Republican candidates will come up with to smear each other!

With the start of the new year, there’s so much to hope for.

Will this be the year that ends the Iraq war? The year that defines the Democrats as the party of the people, by the people, and for the people? The year that defines the Republicans as the party of fear-mongering racists and theocrats who believe in an America of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich? The year that sees an end to a lawless, corrupt, and defiantly-ignorant executive branch, preferably with indictments in The Hague? The year that sees the majority of the “Fourth Estate” wake up and do its job, as opposed to its seven-year tradition of stenography and fluff pieces?

Will this be the year in which we finally realize, once and for all, that a top-down economy doesn’t work? The year in which Americans begin to care more about who’s running their government and less about mentally-disturbed, over-hyped singers who can’t be bothered with underwear?

Will this be the year in which more Americans stand up and repeat after Howard Beale, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!”? The year we’ll look back upon and think, “That was the year America really got serious about alternative energies and climate crisis, and the year they finally put the stake through the heart of the for-profit health insurance industry?

Who knows?

The best we can do is say a prayer, light a candle, send out positive vibrations, channel white light, wish on a star — or any other method of sending our thoughts to the cosmos — and follow my mom’s advice: Hope for the best; prepare for the worst.

Take it easy, y’all, and I’ll see ya on the flip.

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December 31, 2007 Posted by | America, New Year | Leave a comment

Counting the Cost

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December 31, 2007 Posted by | America, Bush, Cheney, Condoleeza Rice, Congress, Government, Iraq, Media, Middle East, Pentagon, Rumsfeld, US Military, Veterans, War, White House | 20 Comments

Politics vs. Reality in Middle America

Sorry for the serious lack of posting. I just couldn’t make myself give a damn about politics and other bullshit.

I should care. I should care about the failures of the Democrats, the obstructions, hatred, and nonsensical positions of the Republicans, the complete and utter lack of caring about the poor and the weak and the needy.

I should be posting three and four times a day, ranting and raving.

But the truth is … I’m tired. I’m just tired and overwhelmed with outrage fatigue, and – quite honestly – depressed. Children die because bureaucrats in an insurance company, safely removed from the consequences of their decisions, decide they aren’t worth saving. Aren’t worth attempting to save.

People are going hungry, going without heat, going without necessities like expensive prescription drugs, struggling to hold on to their homes in a still-collapsing housing market and a tightening rental market, working two or three jobs to provide the basics of food and shelter and clothing and heat – in the so-called “richest nation on earth.”

Where’s the hope? Where’s the light at the end of the tunnel?

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December 27, 2007 Posted by | America, Economy, Education, Election '08, Family, Global Warming, Government, Health, Iraq, Politics, SCHIP, US Military, Veterans, War | 1 Comment

So This is Christmas…

December 25, 2007 Posted by | America, Children, Holidays, World Peace | 1 Comment

Santa’s On His Way….

December 24, 2007 Posted by | America, Children, Holidays, Life | 1 Comment

Friday Anti-War Song

In a World Gone Mad
— Beastie Boys

In a world gone mad it’s hard to think right
So much violence hate and spite
Murder going on all day and night
Due time we fight the non-violent fight

Mirrors, smokescreens and lies
It’s not the politicians but their actions I despise
You and Saddam should kick it like back in the day
With the cocaine and Courvoisier
But you build more bombs as you get more bold
As your mid-life crisis war unfolds
All you want to do is take control
Now put that axis of evil bullshit on hold
Citizen rule number 2080
Politicians are shady
So people watch your back ’cause I think they smoke crack
I don’t doubt it look at how they act

In a world gone mad it’s hard to think right
So much violence hate and spite
Murder going on all day and night
Due time we fight the non-violent fight

First the ‘War On Terror’ now war on Iraq
We’re reaching a point where we can’t turn back
Let’s lose the guns and let’s lose the bombs
And stop the corporate contributions that they’re built upon
Well I’ll be sleeping on your speeches til I start to snore
‘Cause I won’t carry guns for an oil war
As-Salamu alaikum, wa alaikum assalam
Peace to the Middle East peace to Islam
Now don’t get us wrong ’cause we love America
But that’s no reason to get hysterica
They’re layin’ on the syrup thick
We ain’t waffles we ain’t havin’ it

In a world gone mad it’s hard to think right
So much violence hate and spite
Murder going on all day and night
Due time we fight the non-violent fight

Now how many people must get killed?
For oil families pockets to get filled?
How many oil families get killed?
Not a damn one so what’s the deal?

It’s time to lead the way and de-escalate
Lose the weapons of mass destruction and the hate
Say ooh ah what’s the White House doin’?
Oh no! Say, what in tarnation have they got brewing??!!!!???!!
Well I’m not pro Bush and I’m not pro Saddam
We need these fools to remain calm
George Bush you’re looking like Zoolander
Trying to play tough for the camera
What am I on crazy pills? We’ve got to stop it
Get your hand out my grandma’s pocket
We need health care more than going to war
You think it’s democracy they’re fighting for?

In a world gone mad it’s hard to think right
So much violence hate and spite
Murder going on all day and night
Due time we fight the non-violent fight

December 14, 2007 Posted by | America, Bush, Cheney, Children, Civil War, Government, Human Rights, Iraq, Middle East, Military, Music, Pentagon, Politics, Protest, Republicans, War, White House, World Peace | Leave a comment

Total Randomness

Weird thoughts come to me as I read my blog stats page and check my Sitemeter. I’m sharing nine of today’s totally random thoughts with you.

1.) Never use the phrase “Big Dick” in any post title. I did, and now I’m probably tops in the “man with big dick” searches. Of course, the searchees are no doubt terribly disappointed when they click and find out I’m talking about the Prince of Darkness.

Most of these hits are from Asia and India.

2.) I also get a lot of people who are using the following keywords: “hot mothers and daughters” “hot young daughters” “sex with daughter” “young girl sex.” These people disturb me greatly.

Most of those hits are from the Middle East … and southern US. Ahem.

3.) What kind of person uses the keywords “potty mouth lady Scranton” while searching for info about a woman arrested for cursing inside her own house?

“Potty mouth”?! Oh-kay…. I’m guessing that’s the kind who thinks “damn” is a curse word. Continue reading

December 12, 2007 Posted by | Blogging, Just For Fun | 2 Comments

Murder in Church

Everyone by now has heard about the murders at a Colorado missionary training center and at a megachurch on Sunday

There’s a lot to think about here. The need by the media – especially our faithful ‘War on Christmas and Christians!!” news anchors – to keep mentioning the killer “hated Christians” in big headlines and topical chyrons. All of which fail to mention he was the home-schooled product of a family that was described as “very very religious” and that he was himself a student at the missionary school before being expelled three (or possibly five) years ago for “health reasons.”

This wasn’t an atheist gone berserk, nor a Muslim, nor a member of any other religion. This was a young man, brought up in a hyper-religious Christian family, who went to a missionary training school, and – for reasons we may never understand – came to hate them so much he killed four people, wounded more, and traumatized who knows how many. But you wouldn’t know that unless you listened to the whole program or read it in a much-later paragraph.

Another thing to ponder is that the killer was possibly brought down by an armed security guard.

Think about that for a moment – an armed security guard in a church. Church … guns. Guns … church. Continue reading

December 11, 2007 Posted by | America, Christianity, Religion, Whacko Nut Cases | 2 Comments

Democratic Leadership and Other Oxymorons

Oh holy fucking shit.

No wonder.

No wonder neither Reid nor Pelosi has shown enough spine to investigate, why impeachment has been pulled off the table, why they’ve allowed Republicans to continue obstructing and subverting.

They knew we – as in our country – was using torture.

They knew we were torturing suspected terrorists – in 2002.

From the Washington Post:

In September 2002, four members of Congress met in secret for a first look at a unique CIA program designed to wring vital information from reticent terrorism suspects in U.S. custody. For more than an hour, the bipartisan group, which included current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was given a virtual tour of the CIA’s overseas detention sites and the harsh techniques interrogators had devised to try to make their prisoners talk.

Among the techniques described, said two officials present, was waterboarding, a practice that years later would be condemned as torture by Democrats and some Republicans on Capitol Hill. But on that day, no objections were raised. Instead, at least two lawmakers in the room asked the CIA to push harder, two U.S. officials said. [my emphasis] Continue reading

December 9, 2007 Posted by | America, Bush, Congress, Democrats, Government, Human Rights, Politics, Republicans, War, White House | 5 Comments

Remember and “Imagine”

John Lennon
October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980

My mother cried the day John Lennon died.

When I asked her why she was crying – after all, this wasn’t a relative, a friend, a coworker – she repeated the lyrics of “Imagine” from memory. The idea that this beautiful, gifted, gentle, poetic soul — who protested against a war and spoke up for harmony and peace and love for all people, no matter who they are, or where they were, or what their political beliefs — should die in a sudden act of violence was stunning. And heartbreaking.

When I speak out against the war and against the abuses of government, when I speak out to raise awareness of the suffering of the Iraqi people or to rage at those who have failed – over and over again – to provide our military with the proper training and equipment, and then fail them and their families again by failing to ensure they have proper medical care if they’re wounded, who leave the poor even poorer and the rich even richer, I do so because I believe. I dream.

When I do any or all of those things, it is because I imagine a far better world, and I believe we can attain a world without violence, without hatred of those who are different, without poverty.

And I have my mother to thank for teaching me to believe in that dream.

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

 

December 8, 2007 Posted by | America, Music, Politics, Protest, War, World Peace | 2 Comments