If you're not scared, then you just don't understand the situation.Here are the opening paragraphs of an eloquent Kos diary:
The Five Percent SolutionAnd more, an eloquent and plausible scenario of world domination over the next forty years.
Fri Apr 21, 2006 at 03:49:45 AM PDT
The Republican plan for America, all along, was Banana Republic.
A nation of poorly educated renters and workers, ruled by their betters -- the wealthy five percent who own everything worthwhile, control all the capital, rule over the government, dictate laws in their own favor, stack the courts with their own judges, and send out the police and army to enforce those laws.
The Republican plan for America is the Five Percent Solution -- move all money and power into higher, tighter, whiter, righter hands.
I am me and Rummy's he, Iraq is free and we are all togetherEd's note: Sound file.
See the world run when Dick shoots his gun, see how I lie
Sitting on my own brain, waiting for the end of days
Corporation profits, Bloody oil money
I'm above the law and I'll decide what's right or wrong
I am the egg head, I'm the Commander, I'm the Decider
Rod and gun in hand, and backing the Second Amendment right to own firearms, President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have won the hearts of America's sportsmen. Yet the two men have failed to protect outdoor sports on the nation's public lands. With deep ties to the oil and gas industry, Bush and Cheney have unleashed a national energy plan that has begun to destroy hunting and fishing on millions of federal acres throughout the West, setting back effective wildlife management for decades to come.Ed's note: Previous Field and Stream anti-American tirade.
Outside view: Gravel for presidentClick on the link and read on. I found myself getting . . . excited . . . and . . . hopeful. I'm sure these feelings will pass.
By Gregory Fossedal
Outside View commentator
Hanover, NH, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Americans are going to the polls today and, essentially, selecting a king for a period of four years. We will also select a congress of nobles for two to six years.
If we're unlucky, there will be weeks of legal battles over who actually won. Even if we're not, however, politicians who have the support of 51 or 52 percent of the vote will govern for two to six years. Isn't there a better way to organize democracy?
Well, yes there is, according to Mike Gravel, the former senator from Alaska who is leading a national effort to establish direct democracy at the national level.
Democracy? In America? Under his proposal, voters in the United States could do what they do in Switzerland and many U.S. states today: Propose a change in policy, collect signatures or support to show there is serious public interest, and thus create the conditions for a direct national vote on legislation. (You can get information on Gravel's proposed democracy upgrade, if you will, at his Web site, www.ni4d.org.)
As a professional politician, Gravel showed courage and public-spiritedness by defending Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg on the Senate floor. That effort pleased the left. He was also the author of the Alaska Pipeline bill. That effort pleased the right, in general, though it was also opposed by Sen. Robert Dole and a number of big oil companies.
Now an ex-politician -- "the only kind you can trust," he winks -- Gravel has devoted much of his considerable energy to promoting initiative and referendum at the national level. The effort has little support from professional politicians, who prefer to keep decision-making power in their own hands.
The press hasn't paid much attention either.
From The Week magazine:
A convicted Florida pimp is suing six of his former customers, alleging that they deserve some of the blame for his arrest and subsequent deportation. Dutch national Arthur Vanmoor, 46, who did business under the names [wait for it -- Ed.] "Arthur Funmore" and "Big Pimpin' Pappy", says the men all signed credit card slips containing the disclaimer, "Carholder states that this transaction is not for illegal activity." Had he known the men were planning to have sex with the prostitutes, says Vanmoor, he would have promptly refunded their money.
Mr. President, should there be capital punishment for war crimes?
I'm sorry, I can't comment on an ongoing legal procedure.
LONDON (Reuters) - Anti-terrorism detectives escorted a man from a plane after a taxi driver had earlier become suspicious when he started singing along to a track by punk band The Clash, police said on Wednesday.Ed's note: Reuters ran this under "entertainment news".
Detectives halted the London-bound flight at Durham Tees Valley Airport and Harraj Mann, 24, was taken off.
The taxi driver had become worried on the way to the airport because Mann had been singing along to The Clash's 1979 anthem "London Calling," which features the lyrics "Now war is declared -- and battle come down" while other lines warn of a "meltdown expected".
Mann told newspapers the taxi had been fitted with a music system which allowed him to plug in his MP3 player and he had been playing The Clash, Procol Harum, Led Zeppelin and the Beatles to the driver.
"He didn't like Led Zeppelin or The Clash but I don't think there was any need to tell the police," Mann told the Daily Mirror.
A Durham police spokeswoman said Mann had been released after questioning -- but had missed his flight.
"The report was made with the best of intentions and we wouldn't want to discourage people from contacting us with genuine concerns," she said.
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which is just an airplane)."
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