Leftside Annie

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Location: Los Angeles, Calfornia, United States

In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell

Friday, July 07, 2006

I'm back.

It's been a year. And nothing has changed...except for the worst.

How much worse can it get? I'm scared.

Yep. I'm scared.

But I'm not Bush's kind of scared. I'm not scared of terrorists hiding under my bed, in my closet, in the Metro station in Universal City, or in the Holland Tunnel.

Oh, no. You want to know what I'm really scared of?

I'm scared of George W. Bush. I'm scared of Dick Cheney. I'm scared of that whole neocon criminal crew who are running America like their own private fiefdom. Raping, pillaging, stealing everything that isn't nailed down. Destroying what is nailed down.

I'm glad I'm not like those poor saps who are George W's kind of scared.

I'm grateful that I'm not a stupid, abject, quivering coward like those people who are so eagerly handing over their freedom (and OURS, damnit!!) and their civil rights to the Bush criminal gang so THEY WON'T DIE!!!

"PLEASE DON'T LET THE TERRORISTS KILL US!! PLEASE, PLEASE, PRESIDENT BUSH!! WE'LL DO ANYTHING, WE'LL GIVE UP EVERYTHING - JUST PLEASE PROTECT US!!!! WE DON'T WANT TO DIE!!!"

Cowardly scum. Begging for their stupid pathetic little lives. They are too stupid and eaten up with fear to realize that they are being played, they're being hoodwinked, being robbed, little lambies being led to slaughter.

I thank GOD that I'm smarter than that. I thank GOD that I have the courage of my convictions. I thank GOD that I have the self-respect and the dignity not to abase myself before the traitors, criminals, swindlers and petty thieves who are running America into the ground.

I'd rather die on my feet than beg for my life on my knees from those people.

Kate

Saturday, July 30, 2005

My Love (?) Letter to the Right-Wing

Dear Right-Wing,

As anyone who reads the papers, watches FOX and listens to talk radio knows, we have a chorus of strident, self-righteous and sanctimonious right-wing pundits who feel the compulsive need to inflict their views on us every day.

These strident, self-righteous, sanctimonious right-wing pundits have just a few tired old Republican standard talking points that they spout - ad nauseum – every single day:

1. Liberals are liars, liberals are traitors, liberals are loony.

Evidently, anyone who doesn't agree with the ruling crowd of Bush neocons is loony. Yeah, right. Jesus was loony - he was a liberal, you know, with all that prattle about feeding the hungry, healing the sick, clothing the poor - and so on. Our founding fathers were loony too (it seems they didn't agree with King George, either).

If we are loony, we're in very good company.

2. Liberals hate America.

Yep. We hate America all right, because we're not willing to let the neo-cons take it over without a fight. We want to KEEP our freedom and the principles our ancestors fought for in the Revolutionary War (where our ancestors were the "insurgents" by the way…). We want America to continue to be the land of the free and the home of the brave (which brings me to points #3 and 3a).

3. Bush is God.

No matter what Bush does, it's good - even if it takes away liberties, civil rights, hurts the poor, pisses off the entire world, lies to everyone about everything, sends our troops to die on the basis of lies and fabricated evidence - and creates multitudes of NEW terrorists while he's at it. Even if he flips off the American people regularly to show his contempt for the whinging toadying cowards who are so obsequiously dedicated to their own destruction and enslavement that they obediently suck down everything he says and parrot it back at every opportunity.

3a. Bush is God because "he will keep us safe."

BushCo subscribes to the belief that you need to kill every single terrorist in the world AND take over every country that has any sort of resource that we want, i.e., oil. America will be the ruler of a world-wide empire.

BushCo further believes that it is vital and necessary to spy on Americans by implementing illegal laws like the Patriot Act, which permits the government to spy on all Americans, to enter your house without a warrant, to tap your phone, to access your credit and library records, to indefinitely detain anyone they deem a "terrorist suspect" without access to counsel - and they don't even require probable cause. (If you don't believe me, look it up and read for yourself, folks.)

Yes, I'm very sure that the KGB and the Gestapo were dedicated to keeping the Russian and the German people safe as well. Uh-huh.

I am not cowardly enough to need the above kind of safety. There are larger and more important things than preserving my own skin: the principles of freedom and democracy and REAL liberty. Those are what's at stake here, not just my own personal safety.

4. Nothing the military does is bad.

No matter how many men they torture and kill, women they rape, little boys they sodomize with flashlights - BY ORDERS OF THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF. This is, of course, balanced out by the chocolate bars they give to kids. And all this is to be kept secret from the American people at all costs and when the truth leaks out, as it inevitably will - they are to deny, deny, deny.

4a. Liberals hate our troops.

No matter how many times the Republicans in Congress vote "NO" on bills to provide veterans with decent healthcare benefits or provide our troops with proper armored vehicles - and the Democrats vote "YES" on those same bills - it's true, liberals and Democrats hate the troops. Yep. Oh, and we hate them because we want to bring them home from Iraq so they don't have to die anymore too. Yep. We hate them all right.

The reason I'm posting this is because I am sick of reading and hearing the same tired talking points from the right every day.

Secondly, I want these right-wing, sanctimonious poo-bahs to know exactly why they disgust me:

I believe that they are whining cowards who will gladly give up every single American liberty - not only for themselves - but for every other American as well (whether they want to or not) for the promise that they will be kept "safe."

Well, you don't have the right to give away MY liberty, Mr. O’Reilly. I want to keep it, Ms. Coulter and Mr. Hannity, and I'm willing to fight for it.

And I don't mean fighting by going overseas and inflicting death and destruction on a bunch of innocent Iraqi civilians, Mr. Limbaugh, to take over their oilfields and their country.

No, I mean by staying right here and fighting for my civil rights (and yours too, you craven coward), my liberty, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights - the vital freedoms that our government is so diligently trying to take away from us.

You hear that, Mr. Cheney? Mr. Bush? Mr. Rove? Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Kate

Friday, June 24, 2005

Is there any outrage left?

I thought I had heard it all. I thought that the Republicans had hit a new low.

Boy, was I wrong!

I hadn't counted on Karl Rove. He said that we Democrats and liberals just wanted to coddle the perpetrators of 9/11 and offer them "therapy."

This is the exact quote from Karl Rove:

"Liberals saw the savagery of the 9-11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers. Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 . . . and prepared for war."

I heard that, and I sputtered with rage. Other words came to mind: despicable, abhorrent, disgusting, nauseating, reprehensible...

Now, I thought I knew lots of words.

But for this one, friends, I ran out of words. I can't express the complete and utter disgust and abysmal contempt I am feeling for this appalling slander - and the ...person... who uttered it. (I don't know if I believe that Karl Rove qualifies for the term "person.")

How dare he? How DARE he?

I am an American too. Just like every single Republican sitting out in that audience who nodded their heads sagely when Karl Rove uttered those despicable words.

I cried on September 11th. And that was after I heard the news on the radio, and ran to turn on my television set - just in time to see the 2nd plane hit the towers. I stood watching, aghast, my hand over my mouth to hold in the screams, sick horror in my heart, tears streaming down my face, my heart pounding in my chest and my knees buckling until I ended up in a heap on my floor.

And for Karl Rove, that smug bastard, to have the gall to speak those words about me and every other liberal and Democrat - his fellow Americans - is just beyond the pale of any standard of decency.

I want Karl Rove to apologize. Well, to be really honest, I'd like to have him hung, drawn and quartered. But since that isn't going to happen, the very least he could do is apologize.

And keep his damned ugly mouth shut.

Kate


Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Outraged? You're damn right I'm outraged.

I read the words that Senator Dick Durbin spoke about the torture of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay...that if we did not know it was Americans committing the acts he read from that report, we'd never believe that they weren't being done by a Nazi or a mad dictator's regime.

I read the words.

And I applauded.

"Applauded?," you ask. Damned right I applauded.

"But," you say, completely bewildered, "why are you outraged? Your title says that you're outraged..."

Do you want to know why I'm outraged?

I'll tell you: because Senator Durbin APOLOGIZED.

I'm done with all this pussyfooting around the right wing. I'm tired of all the crap, the double standards and the hypocrisy.

I'm fed up with the blast of Republican prissy, purse-mouthed finger-pointing and the "you said a dirty word" schoolyard bullshit.

Let's call a Nazi a Nazi and a gulag a gulag.

Guantanamo Bay is a gulag, an American Auschwitz. All it lacks are the gas chambers, the crematoria and the sign over the gate proclaiming that work will make you free ("Arbeit Macht Frei").

The Republicans continue to turn our beautiful country into a corrupt, bigotry-ridden MULLAHcracy; they're busily flushing our civil rights down the toilet and stealing everything that isn't nailed down - and we're letting them get away with it - because we haven't got the guts to call them on it.

Let's call them on it.

Friday, June 03, 2005

St. Richard Nixon?

There has been a lot of talk about double standards lately.

One of the biggest double standards available to humans is the rewriting of history.

The Republicans have never been reluctant to avail themselves of this particular "tool," and now, they're rewriting the Tale of Richard Nixon, the Biggest Crook in American History. And now, the Republicans are attempting to portray Richard Nixon as a victim of the "hate-filled left" and add him to the pantheon of right-wing saints - cozied up right next to St. Ronny (Reagan).

Ben Stein, a fellow I used to respect, rhapsodized about Nixon, asking what he did that was so bad, declaring that he was really a peacemaker because he had "ended the Vietnam War" (huh?) and wrapped up his pretzel-logical essay by practically accusing Bob Woodward and Deep Throat (whom we now know as Mark Felt) of causing the Cambodian genocide.

The punchline? Deep Throat & Co. are all traitors who are in for some very bad karma.

Here's a link, just in case you'd like to read this exercise in revisionist history for yourself: http://www.spectator.org/dsp_article.asp?art_id=8242

Hold your nose, and don't forget your barf bag.

This is a sickening example of the double standard, played out to the Nth degree of absurdity, the rewriting of history to suit the Republican point of view.

What did Nixon do that was that bad??

Well, for starters, he lied to the American people - just like our current president is lying to the American people to get America into a war and keep us there. His minions went in for burglary, and then Nixon attempted to cover it all up. And like all inherently arrogant criminals (who believe they are smarter and faster than all the poor slobs they're swindling), Nixon & Co. taped the whole thing; perhaps for their vanity, perhaps as proof of their greatness for future generations. Of course, that tape was instrumental in bringing down the entire gang. One wonders what was in that missing nine minutes of tape.

As an aside, I've heard that there is a certain member of the "Old Guard" who brags to this day about telling Nixon that he should've destroyed that tape...not that he told Nixon that what he was doing was wrong, but that he should have destroyed the evidence. I'm really glad he's out there guarding my moral values along with the rest of the Republican Party.

And now, the Republican smear machine is running overtime: the hounds are out for Mark Felt's blood, calling him a traitor, and declaring that he should be imprisoned, that's he's crazy/senile/a pathetic old man, that he did it for the money, etc.

Sound familiar? It should.

The same tactics have been used against Howard Dean (remember the scream?), John Kerry, John Edwards, former members of the Bush administration like Richard Clarke, every single prominent Democratic leader and any member of the press with the guts to say, report or publish anything unflattering to the Bush administration.

Richard Clarke was laughed at for his assertions that he had tried, on multiple occasions, to warn BushCo about 9/11, and he was summarily dismissed as a "disgruntled former employee" with an axe to grind.

Dan Rather was pilloried for his story about Bush being AWOL, simply because ONE piece of the evidence was a forged document. There is ample evidence that George Bush did not fulfill the requirements of his military service, that he was indeed AWOL, that he got his cushy posting in the Texas Air National Guard only because of strings being pulled in high places, and that he received an undeserved honorable discharge - but the vicious campaign of scorn, derision and vilification cranked out by the Republican smear machine makes no mention of those facts and, in fact, has drowned them out so thoroughly that Bush's unfulfilled service is no longer discussed. When it should be discussed - a lot.

The same tactics, even uglier, were used during the 2004 presidential campaign to smear John Kerry - a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, who had his honorable and courageous service denigrated by the so-called "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth." Who are the "Swift Boat Veterans"? Just another cog in the Republican smear machine - busily rewriting history to suit their own frightening agenda.

I can only hope it will be a day for ice skates in Hell before Richard Nixon ends up with a halo.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Insurgent...or Freedom Fighter?

One man's "insurgent" is another man's "freedom fighter."

I don't think any of us know what's going on in Iraq.

Our media is ridiculously selective about what we all see - whether you claim a liberal or conservative bias, we certainly don't get anything close to an accurate picture of what's going on.

Personally, these days, I think anyone who can, with a straight face, claim that the media has a "liberal bias" is just plain nuts. If you think about it, the media is all about the money these days; it's not the news itself that counts, it's the entertainment factor. It's not about heroic investigative journalists, breaking the big news, the real news, the stories that brought down kings and presidents anymore, it's about the celebrities we have made out of our "journalists" like Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity. They don't report the news; on the contrary, they make the news, they shape the news, they mold it and squeeze it and massage it into an entirely different product. What went in one end as news gets extruded as something entirely different: propaganda.

But I digress (it's so easy to digress...there's so much to digress about these days!).

I do think we Americans have made a completely ugly and almost unfixable hash of things in Iraq. We really suck at empire-building; we've destroyed their country, killed their citizens, stolen their oil, trashed their antiquities, and set any chance of peaceful government back at least 100 years - all in the name of toppling the tyrant Saddam, "spreading democracy" and blah blah blah.

To put it bluntly, we've fucked up their country. Badly.

And that doesn't even get into our motivations for doing so. As for me, I believe it was always about the oil. We ignore tyrants all the time - if they're useful tyrants. Look at our good friend, our pet dictator, in Uzbekistan. He boils people, but we still like him. Because he's useful. He plays ball.

Saddam was once our good friend, but his mistake was that he quit playing ball. Thus, he went from our pet dictator to a tyrant begging to be overthrown in the name of liberty. It sounds really good, doesn't it? Gives us a really good justification to take over their country and do whatever we want with it. (It's about the oil. If a tyrant doesn't have oil, well, he's not worth bothering with.)

In my opinion, the Iraqis have a perfect right to hate us. If it were me, if my name were Qasira instead of Kate, I know I would!! And so would you - if you were honest about it. Think about it! The Al Qaeda recruiters scuttled in from all over the world to scoop up the newly "liberated" and disaffected criminal/underworld/gang element - because they knew a damned good source of recruits when they saw it. And the regular Joe Iraqis - they are pissed off because they've lost family, friends, jobs, and property because of American bombs. There are also those poor sod Iraqis who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time - who have gotten scooped up off the streets, detained for months or even years - and possibly even "tortured" by American troops - they have good reason to hate us.

And then, there are the women, who in Saddam's Iraq, were doctors and lawyers, unveiled and modern - these women are now being stuffed back into their smothering black burqas and their isolated state of being the chattel of their men - and they're hating it.

Like I said, one man's insurgent is another man's freedom fighter...think about it.

Kate

Monday, May 30, 2005

Memorial Day, May 30, 2005

One of my ancestors was a general in the Revolutionary War, and a signer of the Constitution.

His name was General Thomas Mifflin.

My father served in the Air Force in Korea.

I salute the Americans who have served their country honorably over the last two centuries, and I thank them for their service.

I especially thank those whose lives were taken from them in that service, and their families for their sacrifice.

I pray that America returns to the path of honor and the ideals for which General Mifflin and so many others fought in those battles that began over 200 years ago.

Rest in peace.

Kate