Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Taliban.....the odd guys out?

According to recent reports, the US is getting ready to throw their money and support at the warlords in Afghanistan and get rid of Karzai,
But now the Russkies are offering up weapons and dough to the corrupt Kabul regime
and double dealing with US over supply routes through the northern "stans"
Could it end up in a civil war?
Warlords vs. Karzai?
US vs. Russia?
But wait
What about the Taliban?
A Taliban/Pakistan collaboration perhaps?
Armed to the teeth by the Chinese?

Stayed tuned........

Russia stops US on the road to Afghanistan

Sunday, January 25, 2009

It began with a low rumble in the distance........

What's it all about Alfie......????

Everyone say what you will about Bush or Clinton or Obama or...........?
Always keep in mind that what goes on in the Middle East is always tied to the Carter Doctrine's pledge to protect US oil interests in the region.
The war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Georgia and the threats to Iran all have a common purpose, to secure the US's access to oil.
We need oil as does the rest of the world, so it's not something we can ignore or walk away from. However, I take issue with the methods used.
Using force to intimidate competitors or clients is a tact that won't work in the long run. Using dictators or warlords to do our bidding will always come back to bite us in the ass.
I would suggest that rather than arguing about which political party is at fault or "the problem", we should focus our attention on the tired old government policy that has been employed by both parties for the last 30 something years that insists on using a sledgehammer and a kick in the ass to get the required results, which somehow never seem to work.
If you know your history, you are aware that the former Shah of Iran, Saddam Hussain, Osama Bin laden and a host of others were all at one time taking handouts from US in exchange for their cooperation in facilitating our policies.
None of those gambits have ever produced positive results and all have ended in war. Currently we are supporting and paying warlords in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Africa to "help" us. In the years to come, these are the characters we will be going to war against. This is a failed policy that time and time again has proven its uselessness.
Bush failed to change this situation continued it and Obama is likely to do the same. It appears as though all presidents are vetted and allowed into the upper political arena by "the powers that be", ie the military industrial complex and are obliged or steered towards this policy by the true policy makers. Any government agency such as the Pentagon or CIA that employs mostly current or former executives from companies such as Lockheed or Boeing or other weapons manufacturers is bound to espouse the beliefs of their companies and to choose policy that benefits those companies over policy that benefits "US".
Going after the president in this case is like killing ants above ground and never reaching the source which is below ground and out of site.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Smoke Off

Now in the laid-back California town of sunny San Rafael
Lived a girl named Pearly Sweetcake - you probably knew her well
She was stoned 15 of her 18 years, and her story was widely told
That she could smoke 'em faster than anyone could roll

Well, her legend finally reached New York, that Grove Street walk-up flat
Where dwelt the Calistoga Kid, a beatnik from the past
He'd been rollin' dope since time began, now he took a cultured toke
And said "Jim, I can roll 'em faster than any CHICK can smoke"

So a note gets sent to San Rafael for the championship of the world
The Kid demands a smoke-off; "Well bring him on!" says Pearl
"I'll grind his fingers off his hands! He'll roll until he drops!"
Says Calistog, "I'll smoke that chick till she blows up and pops".

So they rent out Yankee Stadium, and the word is quickly spread
Come one, come all, who walk or crawl, tickets just two lids a head
And from every town and hamlet, over land and sea they speed
The world's greatest dopers, with the world's greatest weed.

Hashishers from Morocco, hemp smokers from Peru
And the Shashniks from Bagun (who smoke the deadly Pu-ga-ru)
And those who call it "light of life"
And those that call it "boo".

See the dealers and their ladies, wearing turquoise lace and leather
See the narcos and the closet smokers, puffing all together
From the teenies who smoke legal, to the ones who've done some time
To the old man who smoked "reefer", back before it was a crime.

And the grand old House That Ruth Built is filled with the smokes and cries
Of fifty thousand screaming heads, all stoned out of their minds
And they play the national anthem, and the crowd lets out a roar
As the spotlight hits the Kid and Pearl, ready for their smoking war.

At a table piled up high with grass, as high as a mountain peak
Just tops and buds of the rarest flowers, not one stem branch or seed
I mean, Maui Wowie, Panama Red, Acapulco Gold
Kif from East Afghanistan, and that rare Alaska Cold

And there's sticks from Thailand, ganj from the island,
And Bangkok's blooming best
(and some of that wet imported shit
That capsized off Key West).

There's Oaxacan tops and Kenya bhang, and Riviera fleurs
And that rare Manhattan Silver, that grows down in the New York sewers.
And there's bubblin' ice cold lemonade, and sweet grapes by the bunches
And there's Hershey bars and Oreos (in case anybody gets the munches)

And the Calistoga Kid he smiles, And Pearly she just grins :-)
And the drums roll low, and the crowd yells "GO GO GO!!"
And the world's first smoke-off begins.

Well, the Kid he flicks his fingers once, and ZAP that first joint's rolled
Pearl takes one toke with her famous lungs, and WHOOSH that roach is cold
Then the Kid he rolls his super-bomb, that would paralyze a moose
And Pearl takes one mighty hit, and ...... that bomb's defused

And then he rolls three in just ten seconds, and she smokes them up in nine
And everybody sits back and says "Hey.... this just might take some time"

See the blur of flying fingers, see the red coal burning bright
As the night turns into mornin', and the mornin' fades to night
And the autumn turns to summer, and a whole damn YEAR is gone
And the two still sit, on that roach-filled stage, smokin', and rollin' on

With tremblin' hands he rolls his jays, with fingers blue and stiff
She coughs and stares with bloodshot gaze, and puffs through blistered lips
And as she reaches out her hand for another stick of gold
The Kid, he gasps, "Damn it, bitch! There's nothin' left to roll!"


And she reaches 'cross the table and grabs his bony sleeves
And crumbles his body between her hands, like dried and brittle leaves
Flicking out his teeth and bones like useless stems and seeds
And then she rolls him in a Zig-zag, and lights him like a roach
And the fastest man, with the fastest hands, goes up in a puff of smoke.

In the laid-back California town of sunny San Rafael
Lives a girl named Pearly Sweetcake - you probably know her well
She been stoned 21 of her 24 years, and her story is still widely told
How she still can smoke 'em faster than any dude can roll

While, off in New York City, on a street that has no name
There's the hands of the Calistoga Kid, in the Viper Hall of Fame
And underneath his fingers, there's a little golden scroll
That says

             "Beware of bein' the roller
When there's nothin' left to roll".

Shel Silverstein


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

More dots.........

If you've been reading up on your history, you're aware of some of the connections between American corporations and the nazis, before, during and after world war 2.
Ford using slave labor to produce trucks in Germany.
Rockefeller Foundation providing the studies used in the "classification" of "races".
Bush's granddaddy George Herbert Walker bankrolling the nazis through his Union Bank.
Ah, but now there's more coming out, and of course......
it's about oil.
Go see Landskers blog and then follow the link.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The puppet masters?

Taking a short break from lashing out at the international media for reporting the growing civilian death toll in the Gaza Strip, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert spoke in detail about the events leading up to the US abstention from the United Nations Security Council’s vote on the Gaza Strip ceasefire.

Early Friday morning the secretary of state was considering bringing the cease-fire resolution to a UNSC vote and we didn’t want her to vote for it.” Olmert said. “I said ‘get President Bush on the phone.’ They tried and told me he was in the middle of a lecture in Philadelphia. I said ‘I’m not interested, I need to speak to him now.’ He got down from the podium, went out and took the phone call.

A beaming Olmert then described telling President Bush “the US cannot possibly vote in favor of this resolution,” and spoke with pride of how embarrassed US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was at having to abstain from voting for a resolution she helped to organize and gather support for.

The US abstention shocked diplomats, and made it easier for Israel to dismiss the ceasefire out of hand. At the time of the vote Rice declared that the United States supported the draft but could not vote for it because of their “special relationship” with Israel. Just days later Rice too was lashing out at the resolution as “unacceptable.”

Olmert Brags About Embarrassing Rice in UN Gaza Vote

Israeli Prime Minister Demanded Bush Halt Lecture to Stop Gaza Truce Vote

Why is Olmert in charge?I don't remember his name being on the ballot and I certainly didn't vote for him!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Nothing left to lose

“The Palestinians must be made to understand in the deepest recesses of their consciousness that they are a defeated people.”
Moshe Yaalon, then the Israeli Defense Forces chief of staff, in 2002

Found this classic bit of wisdom in an essay titled
What You Don’t Know About Gaza
Seems to me that what the great leaders Israel don't understand is that a defeated people have NOTHING
left to lose!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Failure is their only option.

This is the stairway on the ranch that I climb every morning to go to work.
It's a tough commute :)
The ranch was built in 1958 by a circus family and there is stonework all over the property, some mortered and some just stacked. All of the stones came from here, and there's a lot more where they came from.

Cheney says........
No one saw it coming.

WASHINGTON – Vice President Dick Cheney says that his boss, President George W. Bush, has no need to apologize to the American people for not doing more to head off the financial calamity, saying no one saw the crisis coming.

During an interview Thursday with The Associated Press in his West Wing office, Cheney defended the administration's performance on an economy that is growing weaker daily and which recently collapsed in spectacular fashion. Cheney said that "nobody anywhere was smart enough to figure it out."

He said Bush doesn't need to apologize because he has taken "bold, aggressive action."

No one saw it coming? Real estate values skyrocketing well beyond reasonable, consistently rising debt, ever widening income gap between rich and poor, increasing trade deficits, continual drops in manufacturing capacity, offshore banks, war, broken medical system, broken infrastructure, global warming...am I missing anything. They can't see the forest for the trees.

They didn't see 9/11 coming either, or global warming, or failed military adventures.

Can anyone seriously trust a republican to represent them ever again?

"You mean they have black people in Brazil?"......George Bush

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

New year...same old shit

Been out of touch for awhile during the move of my life from a 4000 foot industrial building (work) and a 700 square foot house to a 16 1/2 acre ranch. There's a lot to do here that's been keeping me from blogging not the least being a buggy 28.8 kb dialup internet connection.
My basic production capabilities are up and running in the 600 foot shop that is present on the property and a bigger shop is in the works. Meanwhile the remainder of the shop properties are outside under tarps, which have been getting put to the test during an extremely wet December.
9" of rain so far in an area that only averages 15-18" per year.
Pictured is a small garage on the road that leads down to the house and a wonderful oak forest.

In the past,I've expressed some doubt here on the blog about the kind of "change" we could look forward to in an Obama administration and it looks like they were justified.
First his choice for the pastor to lead the invocation at the inaugural. He says that both sides need to learn to talk and compromise but if he didn't have his head up his ass, he would have noticed by now that the righties have no intention of talking or compromising. Why would they? They declared war on us years ago and won't stop...........ever.
Obama's silence in the matter of the Gaza invasion by Israel is stunning.
There can only be one President at a time?
Right now it looks like we have NO president.
The killing of civilians, men, women and children.
The collective punishment of an entire group for the actions of a few,
using weapons and equipment provided by us is a crime and Obama's silence condones it.
Joe Mowrey's statement in his recent essay
"We're all criminals now"
sums it up nicely.....
The so-called Left in the United States decries each successive atrocity either committed or supported by our government. Israel assaults Gaza using our money and weapons, so we sign petitions calling for an end to the violence. We engage in a flurry of political activism every four years and vote in sham elections which only legitimize the actions of the ruling elite. What we should do instead is boycott these fraudulent elections and engage in direct action in order to facilitate a popular uprising against the existing structure of our government. We need a nonviolent social revolution to create a new political paradigm. Under the current system, the perpetuation of empire is institutionally preordained. We are permitted to reshuffle the cards and deal a new hand now and then, but always from the same stacked deck.

The situation in Palestine, along with many of the violent conflicts in the world, is nothing more than a symptom of the disease that is U.S. Empire. Gaza is just one more bloody scene in an ongoing imperial nightmare of death and destruction. If we want to stop the senseless killing taking place in Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan and so many the other places, we must stand up and say no. Not just to the acts themselves, but to the fetid imperialist jugernaut which exports and cultivates them. Until we disrupt this cycle of corporate power mongering and violent militarism by refusing to participate in it, we have only ourselves to blame for the deaths of the innocent men, women and children who are the targets of our bombs. The blood is on your hands and mine. We are all war criminals now.

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