Thursday, October 20, 2005

Things are shaping up again

After a couple days of feeling crappy, with a stuffy head, dripping nose, scratchy throat, headache, etc, I’m actually feeling a lot better today. Still coughing up some phlegm, but at least it doesn’t hurt to do it anymore.

I see that Plamegate is reaching up into Dick Cheney’s office now, and there’s even talk that Dick might resign. Other insiders are comparing notes and timelines, and drawing the obvious conclusion that Bush has known about this whole thing and who’s involved for years now, and possibly even from the beginning. Of course, that means he’s also involved in the whole cover-up, though few are saying it out loud yet. Nonetheless, I’m sure it’s coming. After all, how can this reach right up to Karl Rove, his closest advisor, and Scooter Libby, who works for ‘Tricky Dick’ Cheney, without the prez and vice-prez knowing and probably in cahoots over the whole thing?

You know, this is all very reminiscent of Nixon and Watergate. Remember, Agnew resigned? Then, as the evidence reached up to touch ol’ ‘Tricky Dick’ Nixon himself, he did the same? In fact, I read a history of Karl Rove a couple of days ago, and it turns out that he was actually involved with both this and the Watergate scandal, not to mention a host of other dirty political tricks he’s dirtied himself, the Republican party, American politics and the American people with over the years. That’s a hell of a career.

By the way, is Judy Miller really, really stupid, or is it that she really, really thinks we are? I mean, either she’s in bed with this administration, which means she’s not a reporter, but a hack, or she’s so freaking stupid that she let them use her like a $2 whore and even went to jail to protect them for it. Considering her coverage leading up to the war, I think it’s pretty clear which, and it involves her yelling, “Yes, you right-wing power-brokers! Give it to me harder! I LOVE IT LIKE THAT!!”

Speaking of $2 whores, Bill O’Reilly’s even talking about retiring rather than renewing his contract when it comes up. It looks to me like online blogs are kicking his ass using his own big mouth, and apparently it stings quite a bit. I hope Hannity and Limbaugh are paying attention…

Hey, here’s something to really get your “Holy Shit!” factor up: Lawrence Wilkerson, Powell’s ex-top aid and government military guy forever, KNOWS a lot more than we do about what’s going on in the White House, and he’s talking about it: "A Secretive Cabal Running American Foreign Policy is Undermining American Democracy". Check out the video at:

Meanwhile, Tom Delay’s now got a mug shots and fingerprints, a holy-roller evangelical has been nominated to the Supreme Court to vote against Roe v. Wade, so that women can go back to back-alley abortions (and wasn’t THAT fun?!), the Republican party is coming apart at the seams, and global warming has produced a record number and strength of hurricanes this year while Bush flips the bird at anything that even smells like Kyoto, while throwing open the doors to industry being able to pollute even more and get away with it.

That’s quite a plan they’ve got going on. I can hardly wait to see what’s next.

Monday, October 17, 2005

October Surprise

Four years ago, in October of 2001, I got a sore throat. Within a couple of weeks, I was laying in a hospital bed in Tennessee, dying from what turned out to be Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer.

Now it’s October of 2005. I woke up today with a sore throat. This time, I’m not working, and I don’t have insurance. I hate it when that happens…

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Musta Been Something I Ate

Well, there I was yesterday afternoon, listening to some lectures I’d downloaded by Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn, and suddenly, I felt sick to my stomach. So I went to lay down for awhile, and a couple hours later, I was in the bathroom violently sick with diarrhea and vomiting. And I DO mean VIOLENTLY sick with it – sort of like an explosion from both ends. Musta been something I ate. I feel much better now.

Lately, I’ve been reading and listening to a lot of what these guys have to say. On the one hand, it explains some things I’ve been thinking about for a long time, but was unable to put into words or, more accurately, the kind of words these guys do. On the other hand, it's kinda scary to realize that my suspicions are being confirmed.

Think tanks and advertising firms have been used to great success by those with money, especially here in the United States, where I live. They’ve got us all figured out, you know. For the most part, they know just how we’ll react to most questions, problems, presentations, and all that stuff. It’s what now runs our political system, as has been pointed out numerous times. Folks say it’s a popularity contest, and they’re right, it is. But it’s much more than that – it’s mind control on a national scale.

Eventually, of course, a few people at the top will control absolutely everything, and all the rest of us will be at the bottom, trying to scratch out a meager living. That can only work for a short time though, and then the masses at the bottom get tired of it, and a few well-placed voices start to make sense to large numbers of people about how they can change things to their advantage. Next thing you know, the people at the top saying, “Let them eat cake” are in line for the guillotine.

So, I’ve been thinking about how this sort of thing inevitably leads to revolution, but at the same time, I just don’t see how a revolution could occur in this county, mostly because when I think of revolution, I think of violent types of revolution, like our own revolutionary war or the French revolution, and I don't think we Americans are prepared to actually go that far. At least, I hope not. Bloody revolution just can't be any fun, from what I've read in history books and seen in other countries.

But lately I’ve been thinking there could be a different kind of revolution. It doesn’t really have to be violent at all. It could be an intellectual revolution, and it doesn’t have to be just intellectuals that are involved. All it takes is for the American public to see that reality isn’t what the think tanks and advertisers beholding to big business and money politics tell us it is, and we could have a revolution of thought that could unravel that whole mind control scheme that the power brokers at the top worked so hard to put into place.

Up until very recently, the information fed to the masses was very much strictly controlled by the people at the top. They owned and controlled all the available means to get information out to large numbers of people like TV, radio and newspapers, and all they had to do was make sure that the information being disseminated fit with their agendas. That’s now coming to an end, mostly because of the internet and, in particular, blogs.

Recent statistics from PEW surveys and so on confirm some very interesting trends in American culture, and when you put it all together, it gets pretty obvious pretty quickly what's going on and where it will eventually end up. Let's take a look at some of these:

1. More Americans are getting computers and logging on every single day. That gives them the means to get information from other than the media outlets controlled by big money. They're now able to get the "other side", for the first time in history.

2. More Americans are actually doing so. The blogs and independent news sources I'm talking about have online readers and watchers that number in the hundreds of thousands, and some in the millions, every day, and it's growing daily as more people find out about them from friends, family and their own searches, and tune in.

3. Surveys show that Americans are losing trust in the regular media outlets. The numbers continue to drop across all demographics: Republicans, Democrats, conservatives, liberals, all races - everyone is waking up to the scam perpetrated by big money and it's version of the "truth" and the "news". Millions of Americans are waking up to the fact that it's mostly bullshit and spin, and more and more wake up to it every day. The "they said it on the news so I believe it" mindset is disappearing fast.

4. Surveys also show that Americans are losing trust and confidence in their politicians. The numbers continue to drop across all demographics: Republicans, Democrats, conservatives, liberals, all races - everyone is waking up to the scam perpetrated by big money and it's version of "American Democracy" in the form of the politicians we have to choose from, their platforms and agendas, and WHO they ACTUALLY represent.

Put it all together, and we see clearly that: The times they are a-changin'.

Now, my little blog here was never intended to be a big voice for change. It’s a personal blog that gives folks little updates about my cancer and things that are happening in my personal life. The people that read it and have interest in it are mostly friends and family (Hi all!).

But there ARE blogs out there that really ARE making a difference, because they really ARE news sources that don’t necessarily fit in with the power brokers schemes, and the power brokers at the top are now officially very worried about what that means. They see the writing on the web, so to speak, and it’s not good for them. They realize that people in mass numbers are catching on, and it can only lead to millions upon millions of Americans waking up from their think tank induced faux reality. I think that’s a good thing, personally.

See, 20 minutes after O’Reilly or Hannity or Limbaugh or the President or anyone else makes a statement that’s false, misleading or an outright lie, bloggers all over the internet point it out, including the documentation to prove that it really IS false, misleading or an outright lie. And there’s no putting the cat back in the bag when real evidence in the form of documents and videos and so forth have let that little bugger out. And when that’s happened enough times, and enough people see the truth and reality that they’ve been lied to, not just here and there like a mistake, but on a grand and organized scale, a revolution is inevitable.

Well folks, people ARE waking up and the revolution HAS begun. Here's the thing about the revolution that has now begun in our digital age though: There’s no need for this revolution to take up arms to get our country back from the greedy, well-heeled, power-elite. You see, we have the means to make sweeping changes in this country without such violence: Our voices and our votes.

As blogs point out the truth and more people log into them daily to get the real information juxtaposed against the lies we’re being told in the regular media, the president’s approval ratings drop. Coincidence? I doubt it. By the time the next big election rolls around, we could have a populace that is MUCH more informed, and really able and willing to see past the bullshit we hear in the political speeches, designed by think tanks and advertising execs to control what and how we think and act, based on how and why we think and act in those ways. Again, these methods aren’t just at work in selling us the stuff we buy at Walmart. They’re also used to sell us political candidates and platforms, and there’s just as much bullshit involved – from both major political parties.

So, I’m listening to Chomsky and Zinn, which helps me wrap my head around what’s really going on with regards to the mass-hypnosis my fellow Americans are under, and I’m embracing blogs as the means to wake them up and effect sweeping changes in the way Americans think and react to political rhetoric. And you know what? I dig it. Seriously.

If you’re not tuned in to blogs yet, allow me to invite you to the revolution that’s going on around you. Here are some of my favorites:

Crooks and Liars

Media Matters

Democracy Now

Democratic Underground

Freeway Blogger

Yellow Dog Blog


Think Progress

Check 'em out, and you'll find not just the documents and video clips that will help you see the truth behind the spin, but you'll find the links to hundreds of other blogs and sources that are growing daily to wake us all up to the truth of the situation.

Democracy is not a spectator sport folks. You can either get involved or you can continue to get used by the rich and powerful to achieve their greedy agendas. There is no middle ground in the revolution.