This isn't a fart joke, it's a spritual joke and spiritual fart jokes can be really funny.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Published on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 by Truthdig.org
American Kangaroo Court Claims Its First Victim
by Amy Goodman
It is appropriate that a person from Australia, home of the kangaroo, should be the first one dragged before the kangaroo court at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay. David Hicks, imprisoned there for more than five years, pleaded guilty Monday to providing material support for terrorism.
The case of Hicks offers us a glimpse into the Kafkaesque netherworld of detentions, kidnappings, torture and show trials that is now, internationally, the shameful signature of the Bush administration. Hicks’ passage through this sham process affords us all an opportunity to demand the closure of Guantanamo and an end to these heinous policies. Conditions may soon exist to shutter the prison, with George Bush’s lame-duck status, the Democratic takeover of Congress, the possible departure of Guantanamo’s arch-defender and architect, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, and, if recent reports are true, a desire to close the prison on the part of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. These bogus military commission trials amplify global contempt for the Guantanamo prison.
The Pentagon claims that Hicks was in Afghanistan fighting against the United States, then was apprehended by the Northern Alliance in late 2001 while fleeing to Pakistan. After transfer to U.S. military control, he was moved around various detention facilities and, he says, brutally beaten and sodomized. By January 2002 he was in Guantanamo. He was subjected to repeated interrogations. He witnessed other prisoners being beaten and terrorized with dogs. He was at times kept in total darkness, at times in continual bright light (he has grown his hair to chest length so he can cover his eyes to allow him to sleep). He had no access to a lawyer for more than a year or knowledge of the charges against him. Others, those lucky enough to have lawyers or to have actually gotten out, tell similar tales of continual cold, of desecration of the Quran and of sexual humiliation designed specifically to torture Muslim men.
During his five years of detention, people fought for Hicks. His father, Terry Hicks, traveled to the U.S. He donned an orange jumpsuit, like the one his son was forced to wear, and stood in a 6-foot-by-8-foot cage on Broadway in New York while fielding questions from the press.
Even the U.S. Supreme Court, the body that appointed Bush president in 2000, agreed that the prisoners must have some access to habeas corpus, the right to challenge one’s imprisonment. This central tenet of Western law, established in the Magna Carta in 1215, has been thrown out the window, along with the Geneva Conventions, by Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Gonzales and others.
Guantanamo has sparked one of the United States’ major growth industries: protesting against Guantanamo. From campuses to churches, the anger has driven regular citizens to action. Cindy Sheehan and members of the Catholic Worker Movement went to Cuba and marched overland to Guantanamo to challenge the illegitimate prison and its jailers in person.
Even in Hicks’ brief moment in the controversial “trial,” the government did what it could to strip him of the few rights it claims he has. The presiding military judge, Marine Col. Ralph Kohlmann, dismissed his civilian lawyer, Joshua Dratel, and a Navy reservist attorney, Rebecca Snyder, who was assisting Hicks’ government-appointed attorney. Hicks was stunned, and at first refused to plead. Hours later, after the trial was reconvened, he pleaded guilty to his one remaining charge. Having no hope for a fair trial, he reportedly believed that pleading guilty would allow him to serve his sentence in Australia—his only hope of escaping Guantanamo.
There are still more than 380 prisoners at Guantanamo. Almost none have been charged. Those ultimately charged with murder could be sentenced to death by the military commission. The decider of the death penalty after appeals are exhausted is none other than George Bush, who as governor of Texas oversaw the most active death chamber in the United States. Back then his lawyer was Alberto Gonzales.
The U.S. attorney scandal is threatening to take down Gonzales. But it is his condoning of torture from Guantanamo to Abu Ghraib that should seal his fate.
The grim Guantanamo experiment is reaching its climax. The house of cards that has been erected to support this immoral, criminal enterprise is poised to collapse. Call, shout, sit down, march, donate, write, protest … demand that Guantanamo be closed.
Amy Goodman is the host of “Democracy Now!,” a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on 500 stations in North America.© 2007 Amy Goodman
Ever Wonder What Would Happen if We Just Up and Left Iraq?
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Q: What is a “Healing Journey?”
A: What do you think?
For Liberated Computer Geeks Only
Q: Ubuntu, isn’t that an African word?
A: And for sure, that word is not in your microsoft spellchecker.
Weird Wally is a Capricorn and has an innate desire to understand things; even the things that cannot be understood by the rational mind.
The upside of the situation is that most people agree that WW does not have a rational mind. But every-now-and again, WW has a rational thought or two, and no matter how hard he tries to hide it, WW’s rational tendencies slips through his persona and reveals itself to the real world.
Thus, whenever WW attempts to understand the bizarre behavior of the Bush Administration, two very rigid and straightforward rules come to mind:
Follow the money and learn about how Halliburton and Blackwater made billions from Katrina and the Iraq war . It might also be fun to check out Dick Cheney and, a good place to start is with, Dick Cheney.
Meanwhile, try sticking your fingers in your ears and making silly noises so that you don’t listen to what they say, but watch what they do. This can be very enlightening if you are up for it.
Bye 4 now and trust me on this,
Saturday, March 24, 2007
With the exception of the experts on African American culture at Fox News and their silly little attempt to redefine Barack Obama as something other then African American, Weird Wally has stayed out of the “race drama.”
But when he came across this piece by Arianna Huffington, WW had a shift in perception.
What Ms. Huffington saved for the last paragraph in her post, WW would have used as the lead:
“A 2000 study found that 1.4 million African American men — 13% of the total black male population — were unable to vote in the 2000 election because of state laws barring felons access to the polls. In Florida, one in three black men is permanently disqualified from voting. Think that might have made a difference in the 2000 race? Our shortsighted drug laws have become the 21st century manifestation of Jim Crow.”
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Thursday, March 22, 2007
Weird Wally is feeling a lot better.
After returning from the hills and canyons surrounding Trinidad, Colorado, WW arrived at his apartment complex in Denver, only to find a squad of Crown Vic’s, awaiting his return.
But that is a whole other story…
Returning Vets Vs. Old Timers
Meanwhile, not only our immediate returning vets get the shaft, but a lot of old timers are getting it too, all the while so that we can afford to pay for tax cuts for the rich and giant corporations.
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Is there a Difference Between Hopi Water and Army Blankets?
Saturday, March 17, 2007
This country is going to hell in a handbasket and, the shit is finally starting to hit the fan over the White House efforts to privatize everything in sight;from Walter Reed Hospital to the Veterans Administration and Social Security so that Wall Street and big corperatins can make even more money at the expense of the rest of us.
What is Weird Wally going to do about it all?
Not a damn thing. Since he lives in Colorado and voted for the other guy, WW is heading for the hills for a few days and will be back on 3-21-07
Meanwhile, here is an upbeat musical message from the Grateful Dead.
Friday, March 16, 2007
One night while I was gently napping
Suddenly there came a tapping
A rap-tap-tapping at my flimsy apartment door
Tis some visitor I mumbled and nothing more
But then my flimsily door hit the floor
“FBI” yelled one. “CIA,” Yelled another. “NSA,” someone yelled
“And I was sent by your mother.”
But a whole other story and whole different day
I only ask that assholes please stay away
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Weird Wally forced himself to take a few days off from current events and blogging. Didn’t read a single newspaper, magazine, watch a television newscast or, listen a radio talk show. WW does, however, cop to listening to Randi Rhodes, but he did so only because she is as crazy as he is and he loves her.
What got WW to the point of despair were the lies coming out of the White House. And although they say they support our troops, it looks more like they are supporting Halliburton and other large defense contractors and corporations. Besides handing over the upkeep and support of Walter Reed Hospital to a private contractor, the military is so strapped for troops that they are sending wounded troops back to Iraq, who have been diagnosed unfit to fight. All this is happening because the White House wants to expand a war that nobody wants and, even our own troops are starting to speak out.
Meanwhile, returning veterans are bringing back a lot of mental health issues with them, issues that were not there before their second or third tour in Iraq. They are returning to inadequate aftercare and a system that is not anywhere near ready for them. At the same time, The White House is proposing major cuts in the Veterans Administration budget in order to finance the Iraq and, possibly Iran wars, and fund tax cuts for the rich. When this administration turns away from it’s troops and returning veterans, it says a lot about how they support our troops. Sounds a lot like "do as I say, not as I do.”
http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Video_Troops_face_Epidemic_of_Mental_0313.html (scroll down to view the video)
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Thursday, March 08, 2007
On his trip to Great Britain, George Bush had a meeting with Queen Elizabeth. He asked her, "How does one manage to run a country so smoothly?"
That is easy, the Queen replied. "You surround yourself with intelligent ministers and advisers."
"But how can I tell whether they are intelligent?"
"You ask them a riddle," she replied, and with that she pressed a button and said, "Would you please send in Tony Blair."
The Queen asked the Prime Minister: "Your parents had a child and it was not your sister and it was not your brother. Who was this child?"
Blair replied, "That's easy. The child was me."
"Very good, "said the Queen, "You may go now."
So President Bush went back to Washington and called in his chief adviser, Karl Rove. He said to him, "I have a riddle for you, and the answer is very important. Your parents had a child and it was not your sister and it was not your brother. Who was this child?"
Rove replied, "Yes, it is clearly very important that we determine the answer, as No Child Must Be Left Behind. Can I deliberate on this for a while?"
"Yes," said President Bush, "I'll give you four hours to come up with the answer."
So Mr. Rove went and called a meeting of the White House Staff. He asked them the riddle. After much discussion and many suggestions, none of the staff members had a satisfactory answer. Karl Rove was quite upset, not knowing what he would tell the President.
As Rove was walking back to the Oval Office, he saw former Secretary of State Colin Powell approaching him.
So he said, "Mr. Secretary, can you answer this riddle for me? Your parents had a child and it was not your sister and it was not your brother. Who was the child?"
"That's easy," said Powell, "The child was me."
"Oh, thank you!" said Rove, "You may just have saved me my job!"
As the sun set slowly in the West, Mr. Rove went to the Oval Office and said to President Bush, "I think I know the answer to your riddle. The child was Colin Powell!"
"No, you idiot!" shouted President Bush. "The child was Tony Blair!"
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Weird Wally has been so pissed about the privatization of Walter Reed Hospital and the Veterans Administration, the Oil Wars in Iraq escaped his attention. But, while looking up Anna Nicole Smith on the Internet, he came across a piece on the King of Zembla blog, that piqued his interest. It’s about big oil and how they might have led us into war purely for the profit motive. But no skin off their backs since their children are set for life and will never have to enlist in an all volunteer military.
The Iraq and Iran Oil Wars, according to the King of Zembla http://simbaud.blogspot.com/2007/03/not-about-oil-pt-mccxliii.html
Coming to your Local Radar Screens soon
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Back in the day, Weird Wally would cringe whenever he heard Bush and the neoconservatives scream, “support our troops.” Like magic words, that simple phrase held both Democrats and the media captive to fear and being, “soft on terrorism,” because whenever anyone attempted to speak out against the war, they’ be “supporting the terrorists.”
Meanwhile, the neocons were making tons of money while privatizing the military and other parts of government and reselling those very same services back to the government at a profit. It’s an expensive way to run a country, but it worked well for corporations and the rich people that controlled them. And even as families of troops sent money to soldiers to could buy equipment and body amour our government failed to provide them, our leaders insisted that we, “support our troops.” But, those magic words were merely a way of diverting our attention away from what Bush, Cheney the neocons were really doing.
Fact is, Bush and his neocons don’t care about the troops. What the neocons care about is making large corporations the fourth branch of government. It used to be the media, but corporations have brought out most and the rest simply fell asleep at the wheel.
It might be easy to let the troops and the war slip below our radar screens, but when they start returning home and, once again, become more visable and real, it gets harder for the neocons to maintain the illusion that they care. One of the reasons that Walter Reed is in such sad shape is because the services was recently contracted out to Halliburton, the same corperation that is doing such a shit jobs for our troops over in Iraq. The Privatizing of Walter Reed
Worse yet, the Bush administration is preparing to ask Congress for additional ‘surge’ funds, according to the Associated Press. The additional monies will pay for controctors who provide “support personnel,” and much of it will go to Halliburton, Dick Cheney was, at one time, their CEO. The cost of surging
The politics of surging
Something to think about: What does, “support our troops,” mean to you?
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Granted, Weird Wally lives in a low rent apartment complex in southeast Denver but, he is lucky enough, to live near some pretty upscale pieces of property. And that is the only reason why Whole Foods opened a store only two blocks away from WW’s one bedroom habitat and, WW shops at Whole Foods once or twice a week. And, with the exception of good sex, shopping at Whole Foods is the second best reason to enjoy our temporal lives.
Although WW is a fearless kind of dude, the very thought of a cloned animal in his food chain, just creeps him out, so he shops a lot at Whole Foods.
But when WW’s older sister (she's only a step away from being a communist inspired vagen), sent him an article from The New York Times about Whole Foods selling illusion as opposed to substance, WW just didn’t care. As far as WW was concerned, Whole Foods was like Nirvana.
But after reading this article, WW realizes that even Nirvana has its cracks.
A Guest Editorial From an Old Vet
This morning, I listened to yet another report about the miserable and filthy conditions in the Veteran's hospitals... You know... the place where returning soldiers are treated for their war wounds...
Hillary Clinton announces loudly that "There will be an investigation."
Hell, I can already tell you what's happening. Young and foolish men and women bought in to the government's war blather. They believed not only that they are doing something "right", but that the government would follow through on its promise to "treat them right." For you, it might be the "Bush war." For me it was the Vietnam war.
So the vet comes back from the war, minus a leg, or maybe an eye, or maybe only their mind got blown away. But to their surprise, the same damned president who lied to them in the beginning-- about why they should give their lives and their blood for "the country," also lied to them about after-care. Hey Veteran! Your country doesn't need you anymore. You are damaged, and can't "help the war effort," so why shouldthe government waste any more money on you? Like a horse with a broken leg, it would be better to just shoot you. But oh yeah, that's right,our president is a "right-to-lifer", which means that euthanasia is"wrong". So no, they won't even shoot you and put you out of yourmisery. You can just f**king rot in the rat-infested VA hospital, and suffer.
Simple truth? You (and I) are cannon fodder, and once you've been expended, you have ZERO VALUE. Get it? Remember, Bush represents "the haves, and the have-mores." You and I ain't shit.
A Vietnam era vet.
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Weird Wally can’t even wrap his brain around this.
Let’s privatize everything, so that Halliburton can make a profit off of our returning Vets, while not doing anything for them.
This is how Bush Republicans support our troops…
Thursday, March 01, 2007
It’d been more then a month since Weird Wally found himself in the back seat of a Crown Vic and he was really edgy about it. Fact is, if WW is not Crown Vicing his way “downtown,” for his usual Q&A and Harassment, it could only mean one thing. Some people were meeting with either a local DA or, a U.S. Attorney and, preparing an arrest warrant.
The knock on WW’s door came at nine in the morning instead of the usual two in the morning.
“Are you Mister Weird Wally?” asked one of the suites.
“So, you’ve been reading Weird Wally’s Worldview.”
“Would you mind coming with us, sir?”
“Is Weird Wally under arrest?”
The two men agreed to wait as WW brushed his teeth for the second time that morning, smoked a cigarette and popped a breath mint. Instead of a Crown Vic, parked outside of his apartment, WW spied a late model black SUV, with tinted windows. They rode in silence for many long minutes, the suites in the front and WW in the back.
Finally, the suite riding shotgun says, “Mister Wally, can I ask you a hyper ethical question?”
“Don’t you mean a theoretical question, Detective?”
“We aren’t detectives, we’re special agents, and we wanna get your take on Unions.”
WW: "I'm retired but still active with Teamsters Local 2004 and trying to figure out who will screw me the worse, Dick Cheney or the Teamsters."
At this point, WW starts to connect the dots and a few questions come to mind.
“You know what, you guys don’t sound like feds. Matter of fact you sound more like some Italian dudes WW knew when he lived back in New Paltz, New York. Might you have some identification?”
“We got your identification hanging, sir. Wanna see them?”
The suite riding shotgun got right to the point. They could either put WW on a flight to Syria or, we could go to the Breakfast King.
At any rate, WW choose not to see the suites credentials, but went to Denver Colorado’s, Breakfast King, instead.
Basic Bottom Line: If Dick Cheney runs for President, he’d be good for Democrats!