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Monday, April 29, 2002

Wow, I haven't blogged for some time now!

I just wanted to post a quick correction to a post below. The actual amount of money Isreal gets from the US is closer to ten million dollars a day, not one million, as I stated before. Silly me!

Wednesday, April 17, 2002

John A**croft, Asshole

Federal judge rules in favor of Oregon assisted suicide law

Gov. John Kitzhaber, who is a physician, signed the assisted suicide law in 1998. Since then, at least 91 people have used the law to end their lives, most of them suffering from cancer. But A**croft issued a directive on Nov. 6 that would have banned any lethal prescriptions, deciding they did not meet a "legitimate medical purpose" under the federal Controlled Substances Act.

Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers challenged the directive in court.

Supporters of the Oregon law contended a ruling in favor of A**croft would have had a "chilling effect" on nationwide care for the terminally ill. They argued that "aggressive pain management" is considered legitimate medical care even if it may increase the chance of a patient's death.

I don't know about you, but if I were one day dying of cancer, I would want huge amounts of morphine. It's bad enough that I have to die, okay? I don't see any reason to be writhing in pain right up to the end. If I end up dying a few minutes early because of the pain meds, SO WHAT?

If John A**croft has his way, doctors could become very stingy with pain medications for terminally ill patients. Fearing prosecution, they may decide to let the poor dying patient writh in pain for a while. It's a lot easier than doing jail time.

Tuesday, April 16, 2002

Friday, April 12, 2002

The Osterwalder Simple 3 Part Peace Plan

Hey, Sharon, what you're doing ISN'T WORKING! You are just helping to create more suicide bombers. Way to go.

This is such a complex topic that I haven't wanted to post anything about it. After all, I'm no journalist, and I haven't got all day. But today I thought I'd just post a few sentences to give the Israeli government some much needed direction.

1. A Palestinian State. Now, not when they start behaving. They are not going to behave while they are living under the conditions they live in now. Who would passively wait around while living under such a brutal occupation? No one I know. And be generous, don't just give them the swamp land, they need some of that nice fertile farm land, too. They don't get a million dollars a day from the US like you do.

2. Put up some nice big walls, because a minority of Palestinians don't acknowledge your right to exist, and they will continue to try to push you into the ocean.

3. If you are attacked by Palestinians, you will have a legitimate right to retaliate. You can go ahead and kick Palestinian butt, and you will have every right to expect support from your arab neighbors as well as the rest of the world.

See how simple it is? Now get to work.

Thursday, April 11, 2002

I want to kill

because they are killing baby birds outside my back door.

Okay, people-one request: trim your damn trees in the fall, not in the spring.

There is a line of eucalyptus trees right outside the property line of my back yard. It's full of bird nests this time of year. And it's not just sparrows, finches, crows, ravens and hummingbirds that nest there. The trees have a lot of song bird nests. These are birds that I see fewer and fewer of each year. The city I live in has decided to trim the trees NOW-right in the middle of nesting season. I wonder if they are throwing the baby birds into that big shredder thing that they throw the branches in.

What kind of scumbags would even do that for a living?

Friday, April 05, 2002

I said I would write about why I think that 911 might not have happened if the supreme court had not made Bush president. I don't want to sound like some kooky conspiracy theorist, so I am trying to do some research to back myself up. It may take a few days.

I'm getting really annoyed by that k mart commercial that uses a guitar track from the album Chelsea Girls by Nico. You know the one.

The commercial, which is intended to make you feel all warm and fuzzy about home and family, (the best thing about family is that they're yours. The worst thing is that they're yours-eww!) uses "These Days," the Jackson Brown song, only without the vocals or the strings. I think Jackson is playing the guitar on that album, which might well be in my top 10 favorite records of all time. This is somehow a lot worse than hearing "Lust for Life" or a Beatles song used in a commercial-but I'm not sure why. Did Jackson Brown let them use the song? Did he give permission to remove some of the tracks from the song? If he did, it sure was not his place to do so. But Nico is dead, so I guess she can't really say much about it.

This is scary.

"It's our turn. Around noon, the tanks started rolling into our neighborhood, like cockroaches. Eight drove around and three parked on our street and let out soldiers. They (most of whom are 18-22 year old boys) began scattering and going into buildings. We watched from our window as they took over two empty buildings on our street and behind our building. Some of the soldiers walked under our building to the parking garage. I couldn't breathe and I was worried Samira was going to lose it. We tried to joke about defending ourselves with a wooden cane we found. Later we learned that the soldiers under the building questioned our doorman and asked for his i.d. They didn't come into the building. Instead they stationed themselves on every corner in the neighborhood and began shooting-trying to provoke shooting from Palestinians who might have guns in the area. We live near Am'ari refugee camp, so when/if there was any return fire, it probably came from there, where a number of people are armed with guns (though the army pretty much cleared the camp of any weapons or suspected "militants" the last time it invaded Ramallah). We spent the entire day on the floor-afraid of going to the window where we could be targeted or caught in crossfire."

Tuesday, April 02, 2002

Ralph Nader and Pat Buchanan are going to be on Crossfire today! Yippee! What fun. (cnn 7pm et)

Looks Like Torture to Me

Take a look at this picture.

Now, I'm not going to say that John Walker did nothing wrong. He went to a foreign country to help kill people. That, to me, is insane. You couldn't get me to help with killing people if the tanks were rolling down my own street. We know that he joined the taliban at a time when they weren't killing (or trying to kill) any Americans in Afghanistan. It was only a foreign civil war. We don't know if Johnny was able to leave after the US became involved in that conflict, had he wanted to.

If he had been arrested in the US for conspiracy, his case would have been thrown right out of court. He was tied up and blindfolded, naked, unable to move, in a hot shipping container for a couple of weeks. If cops do that to suspects in this country they go to jail. Is it okay for the military to do what ever they please? If it is legal, it shouldn't be. They claim that they did not torture him, but I'm not so sure. And there's also the matter of being denied access to his attorney. Um, I don't think that's okay, do you?

Monday, April 01, 2002

I'm just pretending that people read this!

I've kept you all in suspense for 3 days. Okay, why is Ralph Nader the most dangerous person in American politics today? You probably have guessed. It's because he might try to screw up another presidential election in '04 like he did in '00. Thanks to Ralph, we now have GWB in office. There is no question that the votes he took away from Gore would have made all the difference. Okay, a lot of things could have made a difference. Gore ran such a poor campaign that he may not have actually deserved to win, but that's a whole other blog entry.

I get so incensed when I hear whiney young liberals saying "republicans and democrats, they're all exactly the same. Might as well vote for someone who represents your views!" Excuse me? Let's just take a minute to contemplate how things might have been if Gore had won the election. (Oh wait, he did win the election! I mean if he were in office.) This is just off the top of my head:

-We would have more civil rights than we currently do.

-Energy policy would have been written by environmentalists, instead of by Enron.

-We might have gotten cars that don't run on fossil fuel before we actually run out of oil.

-Drilling in Alaska wouldn't even be considered.

-Gore would not have given Sharon the green light to do whatever he wants, including locking up all Palestinian males between the ages of 16 and 45, er, I mean the terrorists.

-Sept 11 might just have been another nice fall day in NYC. More on this tomorrow.