An Embarrassment Of Laundry Lists

I've been feeling a bit embarrassed at the sudden proliferation of laundry lists in the wake of the election: open "Dear Santa" letters to our new president-elect, from people who ought to know better. It's as if they had never seen politics before.

You can read the whole thing here, and/or comment below:


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Will Obama care if they run out of food in the Gaza Strip

I'm wondering if Obama will give a rat's ass about the plight of the Palestinians. Will he put any pressure on Isreal to stop this horror? Not bloody likely considering the allegiance he's pledged to the chosen ones. Maybe the people in the Gaza Strip will be able to hang on long enough to give him a 'chance' ... see what he does.

Gaza Strip runs out of food supplies amidst catastrophic human condition
GAZA, (PIC)-- The UNRWA, the UN agency that caters for Palestinian refugees, has announced Thursday that food supplies and basic needs in Gaza Strip had ran out due to the Israeli rejection to allow the agency trucks into the populated Strip.

John Ging, the operations manager of the UNRWA in the Strip said in a press statement that the agency won't be able to bring food supplies into Gaza Strip as a result of the Israeli refusal to open the border-crossings with Gaza, describing the situation there as "catastrophic".

...The Gaza-based popular committee against the siege had announced Thursday that the Gaza electricity plant would stop operating starting 6:30 p.m. local time due [to a] shortage in the fuel needed to run the plant's generators.

According to officials in the committee, the suspension of the plant would affect hospitals and health centers where hundreds of Palestinian patients were lying in, in addition to derailing basic services. Many bakeries in the Strip had stopped operation due to the sharp shortage of gas.


"I set it down,
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain..." -- Shakespeare, Hamlet, I, v


Yes, Winter, you do understand politics. I think most of those who read your work do as well.What are we left to work with? Torches and pitchforks? Could be the only way.

Book TV on C-SPAN2

Naomi Klein is on live now followed by Jeremy Scahill and I think they're going to take call-ins afterwards. Refreshing change.

defective?! embarrassing?!!

Talk about defective?! Talk about embarrassing??!!

Look at this: EXCLUSIVE! Instructions to President Obama by Paul Lehto


It's not just the headline, although that does take the whole cake!

The content is just as ... um ... not funny.

I replied this: If you show

I replied this:

If you show me anyone who denies this truth that ideals are what makes the world go round, I will show you someone who has not accomplished anything great, or that doesn’t want you to accomplish anything great. For otherwise, where does the greatness come from, except from some ennobling ideal?
Well, it's not that I don't want you to accomplish "something" """ great """. It's just that every time someone accomplishes, or more accurately, tries to accomplish something """ great """, there seems to be a hike in the number of civilian casualties, somehow.

All this talk of great things, of shining sun, of giving 'hope to the world', this translates into military might used on behalf of those "ideals". People talked of ideals right before they launched into the WW1 butchery. They talked of ideals during WW2. They talked of ideals in the Soviet Union, etc. In fact, I don't believe there has been a time in history when people did not believe in some ideals, and did not believe those ideals were "ennobling." When you have an ideal, you place it above everything else. It's an ideal, after all. And so, for instance, it's more important to be free than to be alive. And if people die from wars overseas, well hey it's for freedom. You gotta have some ideals. Be noble, dude.

Really, this whole thing you wrote is damn scary.

great comment

thanks for sharing :Cool

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The best thing

The best thing about that page you linked us to was watching the George Carlin clip that is posted in the left sidebar (about half way down). It was kind of ironic after reading all that God, glory and nobility stuff. laughing out loud

Awesome reply Littlehorn!

"I set it down,
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain..." -- Shakespeare, Hamlet, I, v

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