Sunday, April 29, 2007

Loose change deja voodoo

No thermite here or hidden explosive charges, just good old fashioned gasoline from a crashed tanker truck took this bad boy down this morning just outside of Oakland.

"The tanker carrying 8,600 gallons of gasoline ignited around 3:45 a.m. after crashing into a pylon on the interchange, which connects westbound lanes of Interstate 80 to southbound I-880, on the edge of downtown Oakland about half a mile from the Bay Bridge's toll plaza.

A preliminary investigation indicated the driver may have been speeding on the curving road, Cross said.

Witnesses reported flames rising up to 200 feet into the air. Heat exceeded 2,750 degrees and caused the steel beams holding up the interchange from eastbound I-80 to eastbound Interstate 580 above to buckle and bolts holding the structure together to melt, leading to the collapse, California Department of Transportation director Will Kempton said."

Read about it here

Bush threatens to for the troops!

In an act of un-mitigated arrogance and disregard, President Bush is threatening to veto a bill authorizing funding of the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan this week when the bill passed recently by Congress arrives on his desk. Included in the bill are funds for more Armoured Troop Carriers which have been proven to saves lives. Bush, by insisting that the US "stays the course" ( until he leaves office) is insuring the deaths of approximately 1,900 additional soldiers as well as another 8,500 wounded in a conflict labeled a "mistake" by many military advisers and 64% of the US public.
Remember when Bush tried to use his puny 2% margin "victory" as political capital?
Said he was going to spend it all!
Well the dope has shot his wad, and the US no longer supports him or his administration.
If he vetos that bill the blame is on him and no one else, same as the punk that pulled the trigger at Virginia Tech.

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Appearences count........

This poor girl looks like she's been sucking lemons but really she's suffering. Yes she and the old man have got it bad. Forget about the all the dead and wounded people in Iraq, forget about the soldiers and their families. The first lady and Mr. Prez are suffering more than anybody .
Read all about here at Raw Story!
And speaking of appearences, Senator Ms. Clinton appears to be singing John McCains song but wants to make sure that when we bomb Iran back to the stone age, it appears to be the "last resort".
Geez, can we please find a candidate that isn't an ambassador to Israel?

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day to you,
Happy Earth Day to you,
Happy Earth Day,
Happy earth Day,
Happy earth Day to You!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Ban bullets

So much of the gun control argument centers on our constitutional right to "bear arms" and the way it is written is specific, we have a right to a well armed militia, made up of the citizenry. The constitution does not state that an "individual" has the right to bear arms, nor does it consider the weaponry that exists today. When the constitution was written, the "arms" in question were muskets that were loaded one shot at a time with a black powder charge and a lead ball. So if we are to continue this insistence that we have a right to bear arms lets be specific about it and allow people to have muskets. Or, if people continue to insist on that right than lets just ban bullets. There's nothing in the constitution guaranteeing the right to bullets. Bullets didn't exist at the time the constitution was written.
The arguments stated for why we should have guns are mostly fallacies. Self protection? Most of the injuries caused by guns are commited by friends and relatives against one another, and most of the crimes commited with guns are done with guns stolen from people who bought them for self protection. The US is one of the most heavily armed countries in the world as far as guns per household is concerned yet the violent crime rate here is also one of the highest in the world. Why?
Our good buddies over at the NRA will tell you that we need guns to insure that the government doesn't get out of control but yet where were they when the Bush Crime Family took our country? They were in bed with the bushies.
Where was the NRA when Blackwater security guards conficated legally registered weapons from the citizens of New Orleans?
Fuck the NRA.
This issue will come up in the next election cycle. You can bet your sweet bippy on it. Don't let them win. Their arguments are CRAP!
Vigilante Man

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

They're reading names out, on the radio........

All the folks the rest of us will never get to know,
I'm sick of the sorrow,
I'm sick of the pain..........................

I'm sick of losing people to cowards with guns,
I'm sick of this society,
I'm sick of this country of chickens armed to the teeth,
I'm sick of the bigots, the racists and the killers,
I'm sick of having old wounds ripped open,

I'm sick of hearing again and again,
That there's never going to be,
Peace on Earth

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Sunday funnies......

Sneak on over to Wish's Blog and check out the youtube video "The Zimmers". It's great!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

impeach bush............

Got an email today from one the many grassroots organizations I've ended up listed on and they were asking me to sign a petition asking Congress to subpoena Karl Rove. It seems like a good idea, so I'll do it but it got me thinking about how this internet organizing we've been doing is a great way for a previously underfunded and disregarded group of folks to make some noise and be heard for a change. But I realized too that it can become a mob rule type of thing after it gains some strength and is subject to real abuse similar to the way the religious crowd effected the political scene in the last 20 or so years. So lets work hard to get our government to represent us but not forget that the US Constitution is all about the individual and it doesn't matter what the majority thinks if it violates the rights of the individual. I think the biggest fight we have with the current government is to keep the Constitution intact.
Another great cause listed in this email that came in was a call for everyone to wear their politics on their sleeve on April 23 - April 28. It would be great to start a day early and do it for the Earth Fair sheduled for April 22 in Balboa Park. Lets all dress up in our favorite "impeach bush" " the worst president ever" "bush be gone" tee shirts and get with the Earth Day celebration next weekend.
Then on the 28th, celebrate Earth Day all over again with a fun filled afternoon
"Impeach on the Beach"


Thursday, April 12, 2007

Give us your........

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

(369 participating blogs and growing!)
Find and post a photo of the Iraq War.
What does this photo say to you about the war?
Do you think this photo could change others' minds about the war?

For me, this photo illustrates the disgrace of our USA.
It is showing TOTAL DISRESPECT for the flag.
This flag survived 9-11
It belonged in a museum.
Or if it was tattered and torn,
destroyed in the fire of a poignant flag ceremony...
Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with 9-11!
The people of Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11
The soldier who did it, should be charged for desecration of the flag.
If his commanding officer put him up to it, he/she should be charged as well!
To me this photo symbolizes the Bush administration, and the lack of knowledge of those
who support WAR!
They are not supportive of freedom, they have NO RESPECT for the ideas of freedom.
Morally corrupt, and bent on revenge they were...
and now we have a war that will not end...
Mad with vengence they were...
and now the Iraqis are mad with vengence against their occupiers...
War without end,
Those who worship violence will die by violence!

Friday, April 06, 2007

Blackwater scoping meeting

Check out this guy's chin, isn't it great? He's got that classic manly natural born killer profile and I knew when I first saw him at the meeting that he was a Blackwater kind of guy. He said he wasn't there to represent Blackwater, only to speak in favor of them because he was a "former" Blackwater employee and he felt that the proposed training facility in Potrero is just what San Diego County and the USA needs! He was in fact the only supporter present other than the Chairman of the Potrero Planning Group, who was quite perturbed with the turnout of close to 200 people because as he stated....." most of YOU PEOPLE aren't even from Potrero!"
As we arrived on the scene last night, we were amazed by the sight of protestors on the street corner. And the cops, dozens of them blocking streets and access to the main parking lot. Everyone including the disabled were forced to park in a remote lot and made to walk several hundred yards to reach the Planning Commision hall.
After the meeting I spoke to a Deputy and expressed my regret that a such large group of people practicing democracy could be perceived as intimidating and warranted such a large police presence. She said they were there to protect people and when I asked who she said "there had been threats made."
The proposed project will include a driver training course, multiple shooting ranges, a heliopad, a mockup urban warfare site and barracks to house trainees. Note that the original Blackwater site in North Carolina proposed the same uses and was expanded later to include an airport that was involved in the traffic of jet aircraft associated with the CIA rendition program. The proximity to the border also calls into question the likelyhood that Blackwaters surveillance blimps will be housed there.
This project will destroy the valley it will be located in and will present an extreme fire danger to the residents of the area.
The project can be stopped based on environmental and quality of life concerns. The Planning Commision is not in the business of judging the applicants morality so it is un-wise to focus on Blackwater's record of providing mercenaries and it's association with the radical christian right ,as unsavory as they may be. Lets keep to the issues and beat these guys. They don't belong here for many reasons but there are only a few specific ones that can be successfully addressed in land use hearings.
It is critical that anyone who wishes to stop the Blackwater camp to understand the process in Planning and Land Use.

Our anti war rhetoric is NOT going to be considered as a viable argument in the process. It is not under consideration. In fact, It will cause the Board of Supervisors to approve based on no evidence of

1. incompatibility with the General Plan 2020, and the zoning matrix of A-72
2. non mitigable effects on community character, public facilities or the environment.

As this is an application to change an agricultural preserve overlay of the zoning matrix, it requires a major use permit. This is a discretionary decision under the control of the Board of Supervisors of San Diego County.


Issues that are germane.

1. Purpose of the Williamson Act, and the Agricultural preserve overlays. This act was intended to preserve agricultural lands for production of food and fiber for the populations near by. As fuel prices are rising, agricultural zones adjacent to population centers such as San Diego are important to the people of the County.This use of the preserve is incompatible as it will include the grading of, and the laying of congrete placed on topsoil from a meadow. The reliance on foreign sources for food and fiber is not compatible with the intentions of the General Plan and the Williamson act to preserve agricultural land for agriculture.

2. Sheriff's protection. There is only 1 Sheriff assigned to Potrero

3. Multiple Dwelling units. The Zoning matrix allows for 1 dwelling unit for 40 acres.

4. Mitigation of environmental effects. Conditions for approval are commonly granted with discretionary decisions. In order for a negative environmental impact to be found, the County must accept responsibility for enforcement. The County has a dismal record of enforcement as funding for enforcement is not well regarded. No amount of developer's fees account for all of the costs of processing. Yesterday, "dozen's" of Sheriff's deputies were present. The funding for their manhours came from the County General Fund, the taxpayers. Blackwater pays NO property taxes. The owner(s) pays a reduced property tax because of the Williamson Preserve overlay.

This hearing was only the first of many. There are enough people opposed to this to put the brakes on it. Write to the planning commision and let them know how you feel.
Greg Krzys
County of San Diego
Department of Planning and Land Use

Officials answer questions about Blackwater plan


Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Small Dick

I am a

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