“It's completely insane how those with money manage to control those of who don't. I work hard, take care of my family and do not expect handouts, never have. But the bottom line is not every American is meant to or capable of achieving the ultimate American dream of financial independence. If they were, who would serve the republicans their fancy meals, change their oil, clean their houses, build their fancy gadgets, and wash their cars? SOMEBODY has got to the do the dirty work and we all know it's not going to be the ultra-wealthy. My question is, they want these services, enjoy their charmed existences, but are the people who take care of them and provide services they aren't willing to do for themselves not worthy of some degree of security and comfort, of knowing they can take care of THEIR families? It makes me crazy to see such selfishness. When did we stop caring about the people around us, when did not being wealthy and working hard start making us second class citizens, unworthy of respect? It's unfathomable to me that people can rationalize keeping others down just so they can stay comfy and cozy.”
“Here's a newsflash for you: As parents, it is OUR job to instill common respect, moral and ethical fortitude. I do not send my daughter to school to refine her moral compass, I send her to get an education. To expect the schools to instill these values is ridiculous and to trust them to is even more ridiculous! I don't want a publicly run school system teaching my child right and wrong because their version is restricted by what they can and cannot say. I provide my child with ALL of the information required to develop a strong moral compass and to grow into a strong, morally sound, ethical and overall good person, safe to unleash on society. To blame media or schools or whatever takes the responsibility off of the parents. Go ahead and stick YOUR head in the sand and pretend like its everyone else's fault. I'm going to take responsibility for my parenting and make sure my child grows into someone who doesn't prey on society. Oh, and unconditional love, caring, listening and not being afraid to show my own perfections have gone a long way towards raising an amazing, honest child with a beautiful soul. Parents, we CAN make a difference and it is upon US to do so!”
“Wow, you seem to be looking at this through some sort of warped perspective. While I agree that women can in fact be predators, within the context of this article, I'm sorry but there is simply no comparison between the number of male/female predators. Not to mention, your experience of having to watch your sister masturbate, while disturbing, is not even in the same arena as sexual assault. How do I know? Because I was raped when I was 16 years old and I would have given anything to have JUST had to watch while he took care of his own business. He took a piece of me, made me afraid and uncertain for many, many years and left me with trust issues I cannot help but bring into every relationship I've ever had. Not to mention the physical pain of being violated, held down against my will and forced to have sex with no preparation which is near impossible for a woman in any circumstance. He broke me, physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, every way possible. So I'm sorry but your rant that paints you and men as victims is insulting.
Finally, if a woman hits a man, it is absolutely regarded as domestic abuse, the problem lies with men who are embarrassed and fail to report. How dare you equate a grown man being knocked around by his female spouse (which is wrong, degrading and should never be tolerated) with the gang rape of an 11 year old!”
Bellanova on Mar 16, 2011 at 01:50:58
“I'm so sorry about your ordeal, Mona. Thank you for sharing your story and making excellent arguments along the way. Fanned/faved.”
“Jukebox, I could not agree with you more, and thanks for the Friday afternoon laugh! How stupid do you have to be to not see how incredulously stupid this administration, particularly President Weasel, really is??? I'm guessing they have to be a moron a minimum of 20 times daily before they get their doggy biscuit. You're right, it seems unnatural to be stupid to THAT degree for free. Course, like all republicans, probably found a way to make stupidity tax deductible. Their own version of the EIC, specialized for idiots.”
“1. You’re right. He wasn’t afraid to shed blood in response to the attacks, he just choose to shed the WRONG blood. Wasn’t Osama in Afghanistan??? How’d we blow Iraqi’s up when 9/11 wasn’t their doing? In fact, how’d we go to war with the one country who was led by the man Bush had a hard on since his daddy was in office, in which the perpetrators did not reside? Oh, one more thing, why’d we HAVE to shed blood, when his brilliance had enough info to do something about 9/11 before it happened, but choose to ignore it? Very sore subject for me, my best friend in the whole world died in 9/11, so your quip about his being quick to draw blood hardly makes me feel any more secure.
2. For about as long as it took to bury our dead. We become a country of solidarity that should have lasted decades, but with Mr. Personality at the wheel, it was over before it began, who are you kidding?
3. And replaced it with a capitalistic agenda that has created a nation of people who can’t see past what’s good for them to what’s good for everyone. The kind of nation where the rich get tax breaks while the middle class and poor get slashes in much needed governement services. Services that as the most powerful country in the world should be a given, not a something to be crossed off like a grocery list.
4. He made American culture and values recognizable again??? What planet are you on, anyway? He terrified us by creating a cultuer of absolute fear and terror, one where my daughter is afraid of a terrorist attack at 12. But I’m sure you’ll think that it’s healthy for her to be afraid she’ll be blown off the face of the planet, you know, good for development, it’ll make her tough, right?
5. He didn’t build that military, our soldiers did, if you remember, George didn’t choose to fight for his country. He decided to go in the reserves, and got a pass on VN. I wonder, if Bush had a son, would he send him off to Iraq for his own personal vendetta? I think not. But he’ll ask yours, and mine, and anyone else’s. Oh, and if GWB built such a powerful, why did he send our troops off to fight without the benefit of protective gear and armored Hum V’s? I work with a guy who purchased and sent his son the armor he needed because your guy wouldn’t. Does that sound like a man who “built a military”? Why did he send the greatest portion of our military intelligence off to look for WMD instead of actually using them to help win the war?
6. You’re right here, too. Bush has the diplomacy of a piss ant, and relied heavily on this to make sure that everyone who could hate us, now does. Do you honestly kid yourself into thinking that we can arbitrarily go around and decide who is deserving of our wrath and not pay the consequences? In the grand scheme of things, the US isn’t exactly poised to defend ouselves against all of those that Bush has alienated with his complete lack of respect for anyone but himself.
7. And has done nothing to improve the situation. I think the UN is weak, corrupt and completely ineffective at achieving it’s charter, does that make me leadership qualified? How about he stop running his mouth about all that is wrong with the UN and actually come up with a solution? We could do what he does best, go to war and take them out, to hell with diplomacy, who needs it when you’re George W. Bush?
8. Guess what? If we don’t start recognizing that our interests are directly tied to those around us, 9/11 is going to look like an appetizer.
9. I got one of those tax checks. The instant gratification was a nice spice to my day, but then reality set in, and I realized that I had just borrowed from my daughters future. Took the spice right out of my day.
10. He spoke plainly because he is in inarticulate idiot who cannot put a sentence together without fumbling over himself whilst looking like a deer caught in headlights. You think this is a good thing? I’m sorry, but I just have this preference that the leader of the free world be able to convey his thoughts in an intelligent manner. But, I suppose when the thoughts aren’t intelligent to begin with...
I’d like to have a dose of whatever it is you took to become so oblivious and deluted to reality. I'm sure life in dream land is far more enjoyable than life down here on planet earth. Care to share?”
“Wow, you pretty much took the words right out of my mouth! I have prided myself on my support of government and my country, but Bush has made it so difficult, so painful, that the very concepts that once inspired me, now sicken me. It’s not just Bush, either, it’s the entire government as a whole, because they are standing there, like helpless bystanders and letting this happen, and in many cases cultivating an environment of greed, selfishness, and morality of the lowest order. Up until Bush took office, I always felt like the US was some super-enlightened nation who worked towards the betterment of every man, woman and child, everywhere.
Bush has quashed those naïve fantasies. I no longer look at my world through rose colored glasses, but through glasses tainted with lies, manipulation, oppression and a sense of not mattering. How did we get here, to a place where someone who gets up everyday and goes to work to provide for their family, gives back to their community, and asks for nothing in return but the opportunity to make a better life is squashed at every turn?
I have worked my proverbial rear off to make a life for myself and my daughter, who I gave birth to at the tender age of 16. I didn’t go on welfare, or ask anyone for a handout, I worked. I went to school and finished high school thanks to a program that Clinton instituted that supported the education of teenage moms. I am in college now, and fighting the budget cuts that assist in stripping my financial aid down to a laughable amount, and that also strip away any chance of receiving child support by cutting funding to the enforcement agency. How do these people sleep at night after making choices like this? Oh wait, I remember, their pensions will ensure that they never have to face the challenges of real life, the government health plan that keeps them in good health while they can’t see fit to direct OUR tax dollars to a program that will cover all Americans. How is it exactly that we are the worlds super power, yet countries like Canada can provide healthcare to everyone, while we have 40+ million Americans with no health coverage or access to medical professionals at all? It must be so nice to bend the truth and make empty promises to people to get elected to office, and then to never have to worry about little things like retirement or healthcare.
Then there is the little matter of the environment that is being poisoned by one hand and ignored by the other. I don’t see how this administration can with a straight face, state that global warming is a myth, and that we have nothing to worry about. The bottom line is that we are exhausting this planets resources, in turn rendering our air, atmosphere and even water virtually unusable by future generations. How is it that those who make the decisions are so short-sided as to not see this? Even the dumbest of animals doesn’t poop where it sleeps, yet we have elected officials who with every opportunity choose to crap all of over our environment, leaving the droppings for the next poor schmuck to clean up (but who will of course leave it to the next). I wonder if they think money or power will make a difference when the air is no longer breathable, and the water no longer drinkable, and when we cannot go outside because we have completely destroyed our fragile ozone layer, designed in wonderful brilliance by God, to protect us. Perhaps the damage is not going to happen in their lives, but what kind of morons don’t think far enough ahead to when their children’s children are desperately trying to undo the legacy of planetary destruction that is rapidly prevailing? I wonder if they even care what their yet born decedents will think of their carelessness and complete lack of regard for their futures.
It breaks my heart to think, all that our founding fathers envisioned so long ago has come to something so rooted in greed and corruption and selfishness. That the sense of community that once permeated our country, resided in our homes and in our hearts has been replaced with the WIIFM attitude. Funny, the republicans swear that they are the righteous and the morally superior, yet they have no reservations whatsoever, negating the very humanity of what it is to be an American, and all that it took to get us here. That is not Godly, and it is certainly not righteous.”
“Thank you so much for such an inspired post, at a time when concern is high for Israel’s future. I have been deeply worried about the damage Sharon’s illness would have on the peace process, but after reading your post about Olmert, I feel at least slightly encouraged.
Peace in that region is vital to the stability of our country, I believe we have a vested interest of enormous proportions in how things play out here, let’s hope our leaders can get out of their own way and allow the process to progress. Of course, Bush will most certainly be the bully that he has become so known for.
I agree too, that our leaders could take a lesson in governance from Omert, as this administration has definitely not been known for admitting when they are wrong. I find it so interesting how Bush defeated Kerry by harping on the fact that he changed his mind based on the facts available at the time. If you ask me, Bush could use a little tutorial on situational analysis. I believe that Tony Robbin’s said it best when he said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Does that mean that we could have Bush committed for insanity? He certainly hasn’t changed his course even though it has gotten him the same results over and over again. Just a thought… :)”
“I cannot say how completely I agree with you, Andrew. At a time when most Americans are sitting in complete and utter disillusionment with respect to our government, it’s high time that we fight back. The only people even remotely happy with the direction Bush has taken us, is Bush himself and has glad handing buddies whom he has elevated to power and riches throughout his dubious tenure in the White House.
Each day I am dumbstruck at the gall and obvious God complex of this administration. I don’t know that there has ever been a president who was more devastating to our country with his belief in his supreme power, or who made more arbitrary & unilateral decisions without the first thought to those who he is supposed to be serving. I really think that he believes he is above the law and answers to no one.
The country that we are quickly becoming is not one fit for my daughter, and that is the saddest part of the tragedy of George W. Bush. I always thought it was proper to leave something better off than it was when you found it. I am a woman of the highest patriotic nature, who believes without question in this country and all that we have accomplished. My faith in Her, though, is fading fast as I watch those who can make a difference stand on the sidelines while those who care nothing for this country and Her people work like thugs to undermine everything that She has for so long epitomized. Everyone is so concerned with being re-elected that doing the job while they are there is not at the top of anyone’s priority list, and that is a sickening concept to behold. I want someone who will stand up and say “the behavior of this government is criminal, morally reprehensible, and we’re not going to take it anymore!” Perhaps the dems should play the Twisted Sister Song, “We’re Not Gonna Take It” at functions in the hopes of riling folks up and getting them off of their collective asses for a change. Where is the man/woman who will stand up for what is right, make the touch choices, and care more about the constituents than re-election? If someone knows where to find this person, let me know, and I’ll lead the march for their election.
The only way to divert America from the seemingly inevitable train wrecks that Bush has us headed for, is for those of us with a voice to speak up, loud and often. Write to your state representatives, show up on election days, and for God’s sake help our elected democrats find the backbone required to take back the wheel and save us from certain destruction. Note to all elected dems, “If you lead us, we will follow!””
“This is my first post of any sort in the blog world, but I felt compelled to state what is on my mind.
I actually voted for Bush in the 2000 election, Gore made me nervous, and I really felt that he was unqualified to lead our country. How dumb have I felt in the years since this clear blunder? I'll tell you.
Let's start with invading Iraq and claiming it was for our own safety. If that was the case, then why did this administration send the majority of its intelligence officers into never-never land looking for something that wasn't there? Could it have been because they knew they needed to justify their reason for being there in the first place? (funny, they never found anything, and I wonder how many of our troops died because their eyes and ears were off on a wild goose hunt) That would be my guess. Meanwhile, Bin Laden was busy getting away, and our troops are fighting the worst kind of guerilla warfare without the benefit of much needed intelligence support. Winning the war wasn't the primary focus, Bush has had a hard on for Saddam since his daddy was president. That coupled with proving they were right were in my opinion the guiding factors here. And let’s not forget filling the coiffeurs of all of this administrations’ buddies with defense contract money.
Then there is the need to squash the people of this country, by making sure those that have, keep, and those that don’t, never get. That seems to be the atmosphere in which this administration operates. I am a single mom who works full time, goes to school, and receives no child support. I can’t tell you how the recently passed budget cut smacked me down. My student loan amounts will decrease (meaning it will take me longer to complete my degree because the grants to pay enough to cover full time classes), the interest on them will increase, the assistance in trying to procure child support in a multi-state case has been reduced, leaving me to my own defenses to deal with a dead beat dad. Of course the worst of it is the tax cut that will be granted on incomes of a ridiculous nature to begin with. Doesn’t anyone think it odd that they are asking the rich to pay less, and then stripping the citizens of the most powerful country in the world of desperately needed government programs? How do you rob from the poor and give to the rich?
I consider myself to be a good person, with strong values, stronger faith and true sense of community that is inclusive of all who breathe air. I would expect similar traits in the leader of the free world, but what we have is a man who claims he is God fearing, and a Christian in one sentence, and then displays the truest of evil in his actions. Take Enron for example. While that whole deal was going down, this administration was putting major pressure on India over an energy plant that Enron had built there that wasn’t making enough money. So Bush and his buddies decide to start playing hard ball with India (all while India is helping us in our war on terror) and try to bully them into paying ridiculous amounts of money in an effort to help keep Enron from going under. In fact, 16 high ranking officials in the white house were former Enron executives. Coincidence? I doubt it. How does a man who’s every business venture results in bankruptcy honestly think that he can run this country? I guess the debt we will now leave our children speaks to the lack of thought in electing him to begin with.
Each time I watch him give a speech, the only word that comes to mind to describe him is “scoundrel”. He just epitomizes the bully on the playground, the arrogant, self absorbed privileged ass that comes from having everything handed to you on a silver platter. He has lied, covered up, manipulated and coerced this country into thinking that it was all in our best interest. When I think of George Bush, I imagine a cowboy, with his gun strapped on, ready to take down anyone who gets in his way.
It’s high time that we start understanding our place in this world, and that no matter how much the power hungry elitists want to call the shots, the bottom line is that they have made us the enemy. We have decided what freedoms are important, and when they shall be enforced and to what degree, and then we wonder why everyone wants to blow us up. If you ask me, the folks in this administration didn’t have enough time out’s when they were growing up, and learning how to play well with others is not an option. It’s a necessity.”