A message from John Kerry

2004.11.19

SU BBall

2004.11.19

. . . is underway!

Men’s calendar (provided by your’s truly) is at http://ical.mac.com/gr303/SUMenBB

Women’s at: http://ical.mac.com/gr303/SUWomenBB

Men’s team plays Memphis tonight in the Coaches vs Cancer final, 9:30 pm ESPN2 (I think); beat Mississippi State last night 71-58.

ESPN/USA Today/AP have us at #6; ESPN.com: #5; RPI sez #14.

SU is in 4 of 7 ESPN’s “experts'” Final Four predictions.

Categories : seasonal manias

from Paul Bender: Deploying the Bush Doctrine at Home: Lessons for a Post Nov. 2nd World

2004.11.08

Deploying the Bush Doctrine at Home: Lessons for a Post Nov. 2nd World

My friends dry your eyes and stop wringing your hands. Mr. Bush has done exactly what he promised to do four years ago—he has become a uniter. He has united liberals, progressives, moderate republicans, and a large portion of the rest of the free world against himself and his ideological base. While they have won a battle here at home, it is clear that they are losing the war. Not only has Mr. Bush served, unwittingly, as an international uniter in opposition to himself and his policies, he has also provided us with something we have been sorely lacking—a strategy. Mr. Bush’s “victory” on Tuesday has, in his mind and the minds of his followers, validated the Bush Doctrine of pre-emptive war. All we have to do is to adapt that strategy to the ideological war, add the Powell doctrine of overwhelming force, and we are set.

Please do not misunderstand me. I am not advocating a violent revolution. Mr. Bush has shown the folly of violence as a means of creating or protecting democracy. We should be wary, however, that the day may come when in frustration he may well turn that violence on his own citizens. We should not wait to see whether or not the smoking gun of his first term will turn into the mushroom cloud during the second term.

What I am advocating is a massive intellectual revolution waged in print, on television, on the radio, in makeshift classrooms, in the churches, and in the courts. I am talking about using non-violent resistance to bring the fight to the Bush administration.

There has been much talk lately about what might happen to the Supreme Court, to civil liberties, to our soldiers, during a second Bush term. Thanks to President Bush we no longer have to wait to respond. If we truly feel that our country is under attack, internally, then we have every right, under the Bush Doctrine, to launch a pre-emptive strike.

We need to build a true coalition of the willing.

– We need media outlets to pledge to be willing to expose and report the lies and deceit that have emanated from this White House. We need the media to pledge that they will demand a full accounting of the atrocities of Abu Grhaib, the intelligence failures of the Iraqi invasion as well as the civilian casualties on the ground, and the condition and date of release of the individuals falsely imprisoned in Cuba. Until these demands are met, we need articles on the front page of every newspaper and lead stories on every newscast. The media need to pledge that they will no longer fill their pages or screens with infotainment, but will live up to their obligation to serve the public trust. Journalists, not media personalities, need to get excited about being journalists again. If they will not then we need to create new outlets where this is possible.
– We need doctors and hospital administrators who are willing to pledge to respect the individual rights of their patients to make personal and private decisions about their own bodies regardless of any change in law. We need to build into the current medical system a network of safety nets that will allow patients and doctors to undermine any attempts to write control of the female body into the laws.
– We need armies of lawyers and concerned citizens who are willing to clog the courts and the jails. If this administration plans to use the legal system to attack its own citizens then we need to make it so costly and so overwhelming that the system itself will groan with the weight of the burden we place upon it.
– We need mid-level executives with consciences who are willing to blow the whistle on environmental, economic, and labor abuses. We should begin to establish a fund that will help support these brave individuals and their families. We need doctors willing to provide medical care and lawyers willing to provide legal counsel at no cost to individuals who are willing to stand against the corporate abuse of workers and the environment.
– We need teachers who are willing to work outside the confines of the classroom where we will no longer be welcome. These will be teachers by vocation not necessarily by training. When nearly 75% of Bush supporters continue to believe that Iraq had any connection to 9/11, it is clear that we are not “teaching” in the classroom. The complete lack of respect for factual argumentation on the part of this administration suggests that new methods for addressing the problems we face need to be developed. We need to actually teach history, science, economics, math, civics, and rhetoric.
– We need clergy who are appalled at the distortion of Christianity that is being perpetrated by televangelists and politicians alike and who are willing to teach the lessons of peace and love that form the bedrock of their respective faiths. Whatever our individual faiths, I can think of no legitimate interpretation of religious doctrine which allows for the treatment of the poor, sick, and helpless in the manner that this administration has chosen. Their “faith-based” initiatives are an Orwellian nightmare.
– We need scientists and environmentalists who are willing to publish to the general community. This administration has shown an appalling lack of interest in what the scientific community has to say about the effects our policies are having on the future of our environment. Rather than reporting to the EPA, we need the scientific community to come straight to the American people and we need individuals who are willing to act on that information rather than waiting for policies that will never come.
– We need police officers, D.A.s, and judges—people already entrenched in the system—who are willing to serve as our first responders when the internal threat level gets too high. We should immediately establish a color coded threat-level system which mirrors that of the dept. of homeland security. When civil rights abuses happen, we should go on national television and announce that the threat level has been elevated. But unlike the duct tape and plastic wrap, we need a coherent response in place so that activists can immediately respond.
– We need soldiers who are willing to defy this administration and refuse to fight in illegitimate wars. If Mr. Bush’s first term is any indication, Iraq is just the first in a series of poorly planned wars. We need a massive education drive that will offer disadvantaged youth, who often see the military as their only option, another way. We need to dry up the human resources of his military when it is being used and abused. We need to develop an internal army of peaceful soldiers who work in and through our communities.
– Most of all we need willing voices. We cannot wait to respond. We must speak and we must speak now.

The gathering storm is not in the Middle East but here in the American Midwest and South. There is an imminent threat, and we have been authorized by the very man who threatens us to use pre-emptive action to protect what remains of our liberal democracy. George W. Bush has united us to take back what we have so lazily handed over to him—our freedom. I say we start today.

stupid, stupid country . . .

2004.11.03

It’s distressing to realize (again) that all that stuff that the rest of the world says about us is true; we are arrogant and ignorant and just plain stupid. We had the opportunity yesterday to show the rest of the world that we could learn, that we could right our own wrongs, that we have some claim on leadership in the world.

Instead, we showed them that we’re just big and like some many things that are big, we’re so full of our bigness that we become so, so small . . . and stupid. It’s an embarrassing time to be an American

oh, please . . . .

2004.11.02

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i did it

2004.11.02
Categories : jeep