Saturday, May 13, 2006
How Does US Policy Impact Other Cultures?
On first glance, this is a nice wool rug, that appears to be from the middle-east. Well, it is that, but on closer inspection there is more.
This rug came from Afghanistan during the first Gulf War. My husband brought it back to the states.
If you look closely, it is a new design.
There are tanks, warplanes, and machine guns woven into the design.
Before the war, this design was unknown in this part of the world, just a symptom of some of the ways we change the thinking of other cultures when we go to war in their land. This is a very tiny change compared to the gift of democracy we have brought over there, the thousands of deaths, both military, police, and innocent civilians, children, the aged, people who lived in a cruel dictatorship and have come to know an equally cruel American occupation. Is this true, are we bringing democracy or just another version of our corrupt government practice?
In twenty years, will Iraq be a new wonderful culture, ruled by a democratic Iraqi system or a failed state similar to Afghanistan or Somalia? There are signs that recovery can happen. Iraq doesn't have to be a Somalia; it can be a Lebanon, but will it come at the cost of a quarter century of slow progress?
Friday, May 12, 2006
Well, I have been worried because Tom has been stalling about setting his resignation date. It is now official. Tom has a date to leave!!!
Letter to House speaker makes congressman's departure official
By SAMANTHA LEVINE and KRISTEN MACK
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle
Whoo-Hoo. Don't let the legislative door hit you on the way out.
U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay announced Thursday that June 9 will be his last day in Congress
The Sugar Land Republican, who disclosed his intention to resign in April after being engulfed by legal problems in Austin and Washington, made his departure official in a letter to House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.
"I have recently made the decision to pursue new opportunities to engage in the important cultural and political battles of our day from an arena outside of the U.S. House of Representatives," DeLay wrote, (and also because I am a crook and likely to spend time in prison for my crimes.)
"As a result, I am informing you of my intention to formally resign as the representative of the 22nd Congressional District of Texas to be effective at the close of business on June 9, 2006."
DeLay spokeswoman Shannon Flaherty said the timing gives him "the opportunity to work on a few of his priorities before leaving." (Like working out at the gym?)
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Is Karl Rove Tap Dancing His Way to An Indictment?
FMNN asks the salient question in regards to the possible impending indictment of Karl Rove, otherwise known as "Official A:"
HOW HIGH CAN KARL ROVE JUMP?Indeed, the month of May, 2006 could hold the answer to Ambassador Joseph Wilson's question, "Wouldn't it be fun to see Karl Rove frog-marched out of the White House in handcuffs?"
Question 6-Q: Do people often lie in these circumstances? Why would Libby and Rove lie?
A: Again, to quote Mr. Fitzgerald from the press conference, it's "important that witnesses who come before a grand jury who may be under investigation, tell the complete truth. ... And anyone who would go into a grand jury and lie, obstruct and impede the investigation has committed a serious crime. ... And I'd say this: I think people might not understand this. We, as prosecutors and FBI agents, have to deal with false statements, obstruction of justice and perjury all the time. The Department of Justice charges those statutes all the time."
Thus, it appears that Libby and Rove have betrayed the public trust, and lied to cover up the truth about their participation in the campaign to destroy the Wilsons. They are common thugs. Shame, shame, shame on them.