Friday, February 24, 2006

US court backs hallucinogenic tea

because glenda couldn't resist this one......

Members of O Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao do Vegetal in front of the US Supreme Court. The group blends Christian beliefs and South American traditions.

US court backs hallucinogenic tea

A small US congregation can use hallucinogenic tea as part of its rituals to connect with God, the Supreme Court has ruled.
The unanimous decision is the court's first religious freedom case since Chief Justice John Roberts was appointed.

For entire article, go HERE:

Here's Glenda's two cent observation...Look at this picture of happy religiosos. Could they look any more like Christian conservatives in their suits, ties and short hair? Think the courts would still have ruled in favor of their religious tea had they shown up in ponytails and tie-dyed Jerry Garcia tshirts?

Now Glenda herself uses no mind-altering substances, other than the occasional genuflection at the altar of the Church of the sacred Margarita, being determined to milk every last brain cell she still possesses. However, the intention one has when using scheduled drugs seems to be the key issue here.
1. If one is getting high on controlled substances to find God, court says constitutionally it's OK.
2. If one is getting high on controlled substances to deal with medical issues, like cancer, court frowns, and says federal laws trump state laws since it contends this is not established medical practice.
3. If one is getting high to escape their bleak life under right-wing loony tune rule of law, or as a sleep aid, or to avoid depression or panic attacks, or just because it feels good, one is a criminal.

What is acceptable in our law is very clear. The framers of the constitution were rightly concerned about religious freedom, but hedonism has never been acceptable in this country unless one is very rich. And the rich can pretty much do whatever they want without legal consequences in most cases. I mean, last time I checked, OJ was still on the golf course, not in prison.

So this ruling could have some interesting social effects. Glenda proposes that those who want to get high for whatever reason should just join this church. That should empty the prisons and let us use those resources for things like funding our schools.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Glenda Threatens National Security

glenda sez "cuckoo, cuckoo" and flaps her wings in imitation of the goony politicians
Pentagon: Ports uproar may pose security risk
President tries to calm furor over takeover of port management

Thursday, February 23, 2006; Posted: 7:57 p.m. EST (00:57 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The second in command at the Pentagon said Thursday that people who publicly oppose allowing a Middle Eastern company to take over management of some U.S. ports could be threatening national security.

Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England told the Senate Armed Services Committee that blocking the deal could ostracize one of the United States' few Arab allies.

For full story, go HERE.
WELL, having read this, I really must think seriously about reversing my opinion on the UAE port takeover deal. OK, I thought about it, and I haven’t changed my opinion.

Who is this England guy, anyway? And is he related to Lindy England of Abu Graib fame? Have they been keeping him in the closet to bring out on a rainy day to threaten us all?

According to Right Web, here's his bio: "Like other armed service secretaries originally appointed by George W. Bush—including James Roche and Thomas White—Gordon England arrived at the Pentagon fresh from duties as an executive of a major corporation, in this case the Pentagon contractor General Dynamics. Gordon, along with his boss Donald Rumsfeld, is a champion of military transformation. According to a Washington Times article about his appointment, one of Gordon’s chief aims as navy secretary is to develop “futuristic weapons to counter new types of threats emerging in the post-Soviet world.” General Dynamics specializes in the design of attack and ballistic missile submarines as well as tanks."

What strong, coercive, manipulative, bullying language he uses. Is England seriously saying that if I oppose this deal, I am threatening national security? And logically, if, in his opinion, my stance threatens national security, does that make me a terrorist, and does that mean I get the cell phone patdown and have my library books scrutinized?

What next? If we don’t agree with you, you call us names? England, are you still in the third grade? Just let me know before I cross the line where you get to torture me or make me say Uncle Sam, whichever comes first.

Condi Puts Hex on Mubarak

Condi warns Mubarak, "Comply, or you die."
Condaleeza Rice, in the middle East to try and convince Mubarak to pony up support for the liberalization of economic and political reform, told the Egyptian President to "put up or shut up", saying, "Either you do what we ask or I will put the Evil Eye on you."

And when you look deeply into her eyes, doesn't it seem like that's really possible?

Bush's Port Confidence Problem

And have you heard Lou Dobbs?
How does Bush go from 1. The UAE port deal is safe to 2. I will veto any attempt to block this port deal legislatively, to 3. Gee, I really didn't even know about this port deal until a few daya ago, but, I repeat, it is still safe?

Bush's lack of knowledge about something he should have been made aware of, while continually defendng its efficacy and safety, does not inspire confidence in either the process or any safety measures surounding it.

Who is really in charge at the White House?

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

This Leaking Bush Administration

For complete article, go here.
Pat Roberts, Senate Intelligence Committe Chairman, wants to pass a law much like the one in Great Britain which punishes those who leak classified information. However, Bush critics say administration officials are some of the most prolific leakers.

Among news leaks promoted by Bushies, critics say, were:
1. The outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame
2. Prewar intel leaks about Iraqi WMD to former New York Times reporter Judy Miller
3. Pro-Bush leaks to author-reporter Bob Woodward and Bush's recent disclosure of details of a 2002 Qaeda plot to attack Los Angeles's tallest building—details which may have closely paralleled the contents of a 2004 CIA report which remains classified. (CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano told NEWSWEEK that Bush's remarks were "cleared through the normal interagency process. That review concluded that an unclassified discussion of the West Coast plot of 2002 would not affect current intelligence operations.")

Bush, What Me Worry?

glenda sez the Bushman is living in a bubble.
Open letter to Bush: It is not a racist position to reject the United Arab Emirate as gatekeepers at American ports. Playing the race card on this issue just makes you look more manipulative and tone-deaf than usual.

The administration's poor track record on intelligence doesn't convince many Americans that you really know whether this proposal is safe or not. Why should we take a chance with our security to further some unknown deal you may have made with Dubai for reasons known only to a select few.

When you play with our security without Congressional oversight, you create risks for all of us. Although you seem overly confident in your ability to make decisions based on the advice of your coven of elite advisors, Congress should be ashamed for allowing you such unrestrained power. Being head of the Executive branch does not give you unilateral control of this country's destiny or make you king.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Bush Wants His Pie and Eat It Too

glenda hears Bush ask, mo' pie???
Well, it's interesting to see that the Bush is experiencing increased negative reaction to his Arab port deal, despite an American reaction similar to poking a sharp stick in a fire ant mound. Right about now, Bush can be seen walking across the White House lawn thinking heavily about the United Arab Emirate port transaction and how to clean up this mess.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Secrets in the White House

Some might suggest that this administration is paranoid and has created a secret underground government.

Bush Blames Cuts at Energy Lab on Mix-Up

By BEN FELLER, Associated Press Writer 31 minutes ago

GOLDEN, Colo. -
President Bush on Tuesday acknowledged that Washington has sent "mixed signals" to one of the nation's premiere labs studying renewable energies — by first laying off, then reinstating, 32 workers just before his visit.

The president blamed the conflicting message on an appropriations mix-up in funding the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which is developing the very renewable energy technologies the president is promoting.

For full story, go here.

So, my take is that Bush is looking for some news that will be cheered and up his ratings, but ooops! he either didn't know or lied about the layoffs at this lab. Either way, how much more incompetent can he get???

We already know that Bush is not the Golden Boy of the energy and environmental sector, and as far as pretending that he cares for these issues, over the needs of business lobbyists, does he really have any credibility tokens left??

A Picture of Bush is Worth A Thousand Words

What energy problem?? Can't we just plunder the Alaskan oil reserves?!!!

Bush should explain port deal

glenda in the land of oz
According to CNN News:

Ridge: White House should explain port deal
Homeland Security ex-chief says lawmakers' concerns legitimate

Monday, February 20, 2006; Posted: 9:55 a.m. EST (14:55 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Bush administration needs to show Congress why national security won't be hurt by a deal that gives a company based in the United Arab Emirates management of six major U.S. ports, former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Monday.

Ridge, appearing on CNN's "American Morning," said, "I think the anxiety and the concern [over the deal] that has been expressed by congressmen and senators and elsewhere is legitimate."

To read the rest:GO HERE.