Sense from Seattle
Common sense thoughts on life and current affairs by a Seattle area sexagenarian, drawing on personal experience, years of learning as a counselor to thousands of families and an innate passion for informed knowledge, to uniquely express sensible, thoughtful, honest and independent views.
Sunday, October 31, 2004
Bush and the Saudis
Such a tactic may remind some of the Willie Horton ads run against Dukakis - By Bush the First.
Saturday, October 30, 2004
Changing Horses in Mid-Stream
A more helpful approach is the concept of the previous investment trap. We all have made the mistake of keeping some foolish and totally useless item we bought a while back, because getting rid of it seems like admitting that our investment in buying the item was a mistake. But keeping it will not change reality - it is foolish and useless and it was a mistake to have bought it. And keeping it just perpetuates the mistake - every time we see the item we feel bad about it and about ourselves for being mistaken. Better to get rid of the item and replace it with a sensible and useful one. Then, not only will the new item be of inherent value, but it will also make us feel better about ourselves.
America, it is time to clean house.
New bin Laden tape
Ask yourself this: on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the strongest, how strong do you think Bush committed himself to getting bin Laden and how strong to getting Saddam? To me, there is no question Saddam was a 10, even before 9/11. As for bin Laden, I really don't see much commitment - maybe a half-hearted 5?
Cheney Lies About Explosives
Nevertheless, the New York Times reports:
Soon afterward, however, Vice President Dick Cheney, speaking at a campaign stop in Dimondale, Mich., cited the Army officer's comments, at a Pentagon news conference, as evidence that some of the missing explosives had been demolished.
"They seized and destroyed some 250 tons of ammunition,'' Mr. Cheney said, "which included in that amount some significant portions of the explosives in question.''
Here is the Times article link [subscription may be required to view it]:
The New York Times > Washington > Soldier Tells of Destroying Some Arms
Another Looted Explosives Site
Here is the Associated Press Article:
Group Says It Warned U.S. About Explosives - EarthLink - International News
Friday, October 29, 2004
Video Proof Re Misssing Iraq Explosives
Aside from the fact that we may yet find out the devious Bush forces are covering up even more substantial disappearances, 350 tons of high grade can kill a lot of Americans - and could already have been responsible for some of the American deaths in Iraq.
Check out this article: Bloomberg.com: U.S.
Thursday, October 28, 2004
Disenfranchisement by Republicans
For a ludicrously funny video about electronic Presidential voting in Florida, check out http://www.boomchicago.nl/Section/Latest-News/BoomChicagoVotingMachine .
How Many Iraqis Have Died?
"Making conservative assumptions, we think that about 100,000 excess deaths, or more have happened since the 2003 invasion of Iraq," said Les Roberts of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in a report just published online by The Lancet medical journal.
"The use of air power in areas with lots of civilians appears to be killing a lot of women and children," Roberts told Reuters.
The researchers used door to door interviews and comparisons of pre and post invasion death figures to compile the report, which was peer reviewed. Two thirds of the deaths were in Falluja where the US has conducted massive air strikes.
I have not been a blog reader, other than to read portions of blogs I have been led to by Google searches. Except for a brief try at a garden journal a couple years back, I have not written a journal for almost forty years. In the last few years I have been posting regularly to a private Internet family forum, and some of those postings have been the type I envision placing here.
I am not including biographical material, since this is a publicly accessible blog and I am concerned about my privacy, though I expect the first readers, and maybe the only readers, will be people who already know me.
For any readers not that familiar with me, you can expect to find here thoughts and ideas that may be described by some people with adjectives like these [excluding expletives by those who would strongly disagree with me]: opinionated, liberal, secular, Democrat, progressive, tolerant, humanitarian, civil libertarian.
Blog writing, especially for possible public consumption, is new to me and I know I have much to learn about it, but I am ready to begin.