Saturday, December 31, 2005

What lurks behind you and plots against you while appearing friendly and innocuous?

What "type of person" attempts to persuade you that you are safe from harm while it poisons your rivers and robs the public coffers?

A criminal? A sociopath?


The Corporation

Corporations are not persons. We must update the 14th Amendment to insert "natural" before the word "persons" so corporations can no longer claim the "right to lie," the "right to hide their crimes," the "right to buy politicians and influence elections," and "the right to force themselves on communities that don't want them." Corporate charter laws should be amended on a state-by-state basis to reinstate the spirit of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act by again outlawing the ownership of one corporation by another, to limit the term of a corporation, to insert Corporate Code-like language requiring a corporation to place the needs of its community above its desire for profits, and, as Teddy Roosevelt so strongly urged us, to ban corporations from political activity of any sort. Similarly, corporations are not nations and shouldn't stand on an equal footing with nations. The United States should withdraw from support of treaties and agreements such as NAFTA, GATT, WTO, and its support of The World Bank.
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Before the next big hurricane's winds howl ashore, Homeland Security officials want an emergency communications network operating, emergency medical facilities treating patients, and teams dispatched to search for victims at the likely ground zero.

In the wake of congressional hearings that exposed the breathtaking failures of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina, the Bush administration is retooling its disaster plan to react more quickly to the next catastrophe.

Somehow I am not getting a "warm fuzzy" about this story.

Stupid Quote:
"What I'm hearing which is sort of scary is that they all want to stay in Texas. Everybody is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway so this (chuckle) – this is working very well for them." –Former First Lady Barbara Bush, on the hurricane evacuees at the Astrodome in Houston, Sept. 5, 2005 – (Source)
Alan Greenspan, the poster child of Neo-Liberalism, is retiring soon.

I'm certain that his wealty friends at the Wall Street Journal will remember him fondly, but we "the Rabble" should be wise to remember his views on wage supression and worker insecurity.

He has said many times in congressional hearings that it is his responsibility to maintain "worker insecurity and wage supression" This clown is a hero to the wealthy, not the lowly RableLet’s remember that a healthy economy has nothing to do with the middle-class, good jobs, or an educated public.

As disgusting as it sounds, the economic index improves during natural disasters and catastrophes such as 9/11.

This system works against you and I.

Friday, December 30, 2005

First Post:

As a husband, a new father, an IT worker and concerned citizen, I feel obligated, especially in these difficult times, to share and pontificate progressive ideals.

On a typical night in our town (in the burbs) the sky is polluted by light. Unless you are on the beach or in the Gulf of Mexico you wont always see the starry starry night. Near the city our night sky usually has a purplish hue. But the stars are always there.

This observation, naïve as it is, parallels what is happening in our time. We cannot always see the obvious. But the obvious is typically right in front of us.

The purpose of this Blog is to expose my community and my world to the things unseen, but ever present.

Welcome to Van’s Southwest Florida Progressive Blog