Sunday, July 27, 2003

Wasn't Larry Linsey fired for telling the press that the cost of a war with Iraq would be 100-200 Billion? I thought I heard he was blackballed by the White House after that statement, and many people were contradicting him that the real cost would be less than that. I guess he was a lot closer to the figure than anyone in the White House will fess up to.

Saturday, July 26, 2003

Here's an astute observation as to why so few politicians in the White House aren't that worried about the economy - I saw this in ReachM High Cowboy Network Noose, who in turn got it from this article;

Today the Washington-area unemployment rate is 3.4 %, roughly full employment, while the rest of the country struggles by with a 6% unemployment rate which stubbornly refuses to fall. Of the more than 300 metropolitan areas in the U.S., DC has the 32nd lowest unemployment rate, and all the places doing better are small towns. The next best showing by a big city is Atlanta, which has an unemployment rate almost 50% higher than DC.

DC is booming because this year the federal government is pumping 9% more money into the local economy than it did last year. Welcome to wartime. I suspect most of the money is in the form of consulting contracts for homeland defense and DOD (what exactly does the Department of Defense defend now that we have a separate homeland defense agency?). As a result of this money Washington-area housing prices are up by 20% in a year, making all the middle-aged types euphoric and rich; a townhouse in Arlington worth $200,000 at the beginning of the Bush administration is worth $350-$400,000 now. Traffic is reaching LA levels but the place is, considering how the rest of the country is doing,almost indecently prosperous.

The strange part is that no one in DC seems to know that the national economy is stagnant; they assume the recession is ending because it is over in DC. My professional economist friends assumed, until we checked the website, that the U.S. and DC unemployment rates were roughly the same.

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

"and one more soldier was killed....."

"and another soldier died today....."

"another US Service person died in an ambush....."

This is the way my morning seems to start every day, a sort of mobius strip of current events, making it unable for anyone to tell where is the beginning and where is the end. I keep asking myself “Is that the same story I heard this morning, or did another soldier lose his life since then?” & "When they say today, is it today here in the US, or today in Iraq?" Iraq has to be at least 7 hours ahead of us, right?

I listen to NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered while going to and from work, Monday thru Friday, but the confusion and sickness the news induces may force me to go looking for much lighter fare, at least at 7:20am. As sad as it sounds I can't tell if this is the same story over and over or a new one, unless the casualty is more than one. It's one big blur, our service people being picked off, a war of attrition. Did any of the Chickenhawks who rooted for this conflict and called peace protestors a bunch of commies and traitors ever consider this possible outcome for just one second?

After blowing off the opinions of most world leaders, the overwhelming majority of the free world, and not to mention a sizeable portion of the people who live here in this nation, Dubya & Co. are considering asking the international community for help in cleaning up the mess he’s made in Iraq. This means we will have to convince the UN, including a nation that took the brunt of the anger of the current Administration, and a lot of Americans as well, when the White House didn’t get it's way. Dubya’s got to talk to the “wine swilling, cheese eating, surrender monkey” French in order for this to happen. And keep in mind, this is the very same nation that was, and still is last time I heard, the target of a boycott, encouraged by the likes of Dubya lovers everywhere like Limbaugh, Coulter and every other fact-fudging, right-wing blowhole on the radio and TV. I’m sure France’s PM Jacques Chirac will be lining up with all the other world leaders to pull Dubya’s ass out of this one.

And apparently the French are desperately trying to keep their smugness from showing, publicly anyway. It’s because they felt they were in the right to oppose the war, based on what they were predicting, and current events are now proving them right. For as little technical war prowess the French posses and the extremely short list of victories in France’s favor, it was their belief that the actual war would be the easy part of the “Remove Saddam, Liberate Iraq, bring Democracy” equation; it was that tricky “after the war” scenario that concerned them most. How is it that a nation that did everything possible to keep this war from happening has a better handle on what a post Saddam Iraq would look like, than the nation that is actually there now, the nation with supposedly the best intelligence in the world? Personally I think we have the intelligence. It's just that it’s not being utilized by the guys in charge.

French advisors seemed to believe that the occupation following the war would be the victorious invading Army’s undoing. Maybe all those failures in Vietnam, Algeria and everywhere else the French held a colony taught the Frenchies a lesson? They say you learn way more from making mistakes than from success. The French certainly have a rather large reservoir of mistakes to draw lessons from.

While I'm glad those sick twisted malicious sons of Saddam are gone from this world. I would have much rather seen them face charges in an international court and spend the rest of their lives rotting away in a cell, but having them dead is ample consolation. What I don't get is the optimism that the news seemed to spread in Congress and Wall Street as well. I can't be the only one who believes that it's foolish for anyone to think that the killing of Saddam sons (and eventually Saddam himself) will stop the daily attacks on our service people. I haven't heard anyone mention this little tidbit - Isn’t there anyone else out there in agreement with me here?

After Saddam’s sons bit the dust, I heard John Warner (R-Virginia) talk about how this is a sign of how the "tide is turning". Hasn't it occurred to anyone that it's possible that neither Saddam nor his sons are behind the majority of these outbursts of resistance? Yeah, I know, there’s a recording of a guy believed to be and claming to be Saddam, taking credit for the attacks. Think about it for a second - this is the same guy that had that wacky Info Minister, Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, talking about "turning back the infidels and winning the war" while there were US personnel inside one of Saddam’s Baghdad palaces, drinking his bottled water and hanging out on his couch. Of all the times to start believing what Saddam says, and you start now? It was consensus that Saddam was full of it no matter what he said, especially the claim of not to having WMD (yes he has lied plenty, I'm not questioning that). And yet after all this, the very same people in Congress who think this is a major step against the resistance and support the President unconditionally, have all just decided to start taking Saddam at his word when he tries to take the credit for all those picked off soldiers?!?!?!? Only one word comes to mind when I hear this;


Saddam’s two sons were cowering, hiding in a villa somewhere, trying to scrape by and yet somehow there are people in DC, elected officials with access to classified documents and national security issues I haven’t a clue on, and they think that these two vicious cowards are somehow responsible for the daily attacks? People leading a real resistance don't do that. As much as I dislike the conservative agenda and propaganda, I know some of you have brains. So would one of you start using them by pulling your head out of Dubya's ass and waking up to the fact Saddam and Ba’ath Party loyalists are probably running for cover, and religious zealots that were calling for jihad in Afghanistan are, at the very least, encouraging this behavior and, at the very worst, the ones carrying out these daily tragedies?

It had been said previously that Uday and Qusay were never together for any significant length of time, for security reasons. And yet they were both found in the same villa with their tails between their legs. Put two and two together; they were not the leaders of a resistance, they were just a couple of masochistic playboys who had fallen from grace, doing their best to hold onto what little they had left.

For all the things that Saddam did do, he did have a stranglehold on the religious factions in his nation, and now that he is out of power those people, inside and out of the country, are free to do whatever they want; free to accept blood, sweat and munitions from Iran, and any other religious fundamentalist neighboring country or group, so they can drive out the "infidel" Americans; free to try to make Iraq over into the religious theocracy they have been dreaming of but unable to do so because of Saddam’s stranglehold on Iraq. The groups that dared to speak out against Saddam while he was in power were primarily religious in nature. Anyone with money and half a brain hightailed it out of there when they got the chance. Educated and relatively secular Iraqis opposed Saddam, but they were either not as outspoken about it during his reign, or they got the hell out and have less respect from the people they left behind. On the other hand the Mullahs and Clerics that spoke up against the Ba'athist regime are held with more esteem, political capital and clout in the eyes of the many who suffered at the hands of Saddam. Plenty of the Iraqis are happy to be rid of Saddam, but if something half as bad takes it’s place these same people will not sit quietly, and guess who will be in the receiving end of that anger? For all those who accused the anti-war crowd of not supporting the troops and hating this country, answer me this one; how does putting American men and women in harm’s way constitute support?

If you're cruising for something entertaining, here's a link for you - We Love the Iraqi Information Minister.

One more question - all those silly pro war blogs who posted that "Democracy for Iraq" logo on their sites.... Have you ever done anything for Democracy in Iraq besides putting a graphic on your blog and supporting the war? Really, who do you think you are fooling?

Tuesday, July 22, 2003

Again, since I have no time I am forced to cop other people's stuff. Suburban Limbo has been lighter on quantity since Rich got a more demanding job, but it is always very high in quality. I lifted this from Rich of SL, who got this scathing little post because he has contributors to Sub Lim who are professional writers. Bastard - I need published authors contributing to my blog. From his most recent post;

G.W. Bush's Resume

Past work experience:

I ran for congress and lost.

I produced a Hollywood slasher B movie.

I bought an oil company, but couldn't find any oil in Texas. The company went bankrupt shortly after I sold all my stock.

I bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that took land using taxpayer money. Biggest move: Traded Sammy Sosa to the Chicago White Sox.

With my father's help (and his name) I was elected Governor of Texas.

Accomplishments as governor:

I changed pollution laws for power and oil companies and made Texas the most polluted state in the Union.

I replaced Los Angeles with Houston as the most smog ridden city in America.

I cut taxes and bankrupted the Texas government to the tune of billions in borrowed money.

I set record for most executions by any governor in American history.

I became president after losing the popular vote by over 500,000 votes, with the help of my father's appointments to the US Supreme Court.

Accomplishments as president:

I attacked and took over two countries.

I spent the surplus and bankrupted the Treasury.

I shattered record for biggest annual deficit in history.

I set economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12 month period.

I set all-time record for biggest drop in the history of the stock market.

I am the first president in decades to execute a federal prisoner.

I am the first president in US history to enter office with a criminal record.

In my first year in office I set the all-time record for most days on vacation by any president in US history.

After taking the entire month of August off for vacation, I presided over the worst security failure in US history.

I set the record for more campaign fund-raising trips than any other president in US history.

In my first two years in office over 2 million Amer icans lost their jobs.

I cut unemployment benefits for more out of work Americans than any president in US history.

I set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12-month period.

I appointed more convicted criminals to administration positions than any president in US history.

I changed US policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.

I set all-time record for number of administration appointees who violated US law by not selling huge investments in corporations bidding for government contracts.

I set the record for the least amount of press conferences than any president since the advent of television.

My presidency is the most secretive and un-accountable of any in US history.

I signed more laws and executive orders amending the Constitution than any president in US history.

I presided over the biggest energy crises in US history and refused to intervene when corruption was revealed.

I presided over the highest gasoline prices in US history and refused to use the national reserves as past presidents have.

I cut healthcare benefits for war veterans.

I set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously take to the streets to protest me (15 million people), shattering the record for protest against any person in the history of mankind.(

Members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in US history. (The 'poorest' multi-millionaire, Condoleeza Rice has a Chevron oil tanker named after her).

I presided over the biggest corporate stock market fraud of any market in any country in the history of the world.

I set the all-time record for biggest annual budget spending increases, more than any president in US history.

I am the first president in US history to have the United Nations remove the US from the human rights commission.

I am the first president in US history to have the United Nations remove the US from the elections monitoring board.

I rendered the entire United Nations irrelevant.

I dissolved more international treaties than any president in US history.

I withdrew from the World Court of Law.

I refused to allow inspectors access to US prisoners of war and by default no longer abide by the Geneva Conventions.

I am the first president in US history to refuse United Nations election inspectors (during the 2002 US elections).

I am the all-time US (and world) record holder for most corporate campaign donations.

My biggest lifetime campaign contributor, who is also one of my best friends, presided over one of the largest corporate bankruptcy frauds in world history (Kenneth Lay, former CEO of Enron Corporation).

I spent more money on polls and focus groups than any president in US history.

I am the first president in US history to unilaterally attack a sovereign nation against the will of the United Nations and the world community.

I am the first president to run and hide when the US came under attack (and then lied, saying the enemy had the code to Air Force 1)

I am the first US president to establish a secret shadow government.

I removed more checks and balances, and have the least amount of congressional oversight than any presidential administration in US history.

I created the largest government department bureaucracy in the history of the United States.

I took the biggest world sympathy for the US after 9/11, and in less than a year made the US the most resented country in the world (possibly the biggest diplomatic failure in US and world history).

I, with a policy of 'dis-engagement' created the most hostile Israeli-Palestine relations in at least 30 years.

I am the first US president in history to have a majority of the people of Europe (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and stability.

I am the first US president in history to have the people of South Korea more threatened by the US than their immediate neighbor, North Korea.

I failed to fulfill my pledge to get Osama Bin Laden 'dead or alive'.

I failed to capture the anthrax killer who tried to murder the leaders of our country at the United States Capitol building. After 18 months I have no leads and zero suspects.

In the 18 months following the 9/11 attacks I have successfully prevented any public investigation into the biggest security failure in the history of the United States.

I removed more freedoms and civil liberties for Americans than any other president in US history.

In a little over two years I created the most divided country in decades, possibly the most divided the US has ever been since the Civil War

Records and References:

I have at least one conviction for drunk driving in Maine (my Texas driving record has been erased and is not available).

I was AWOL from the National Guard and deserted the military during a time of war.

I refuse to take drug tests or even answer any questions about drug use.

All records of my tenure as governor of Texas have been spirited away to my father's library, sealed in secrecy and are un-available for public view.

All records of any SEC investigations into my insider trading or bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and un-available for public view.

All minutes of meetings for any public corporation I served on the board are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.

Any records or minutes from meetings that I (or VP Dick Cheney) attended rega rding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and un-available for public review.

Monday, July 21, 2003

Since I have no time I can only post things I've read that have caught my eye - From this Daniel Gross penned article in

Marked for Debt - The Bush administration says we'll grow out of our deficit. But the Bush tax cuts make that impossible.
By Daniel Gross. Posted Friday, July 18, 2003, at 2:05 PM PT

When he announced the record $455 billion federal deficit last week, Office of Management and Budget Director Joshua Bolten reassured Americans that the red ink will evaporate as soon as the economy perks up. In the long term, Bolten insisted, rapid economic growth will generate the federal revenues needed to close the gap.

Bolten's faith in history is charming, but worrisome. His implication is that just as the '90s boom erased the deficit President Clinton inherited, so economic growth will eventually wipe out the deficit President Bush created.

But Bush's own policies make that very unlikely. Even if the economy rebounds, the tax revenue the federal government needs to balance the budget won't return.

Set back the clock to 1993. Marginal income tax rates topped out at 39.6 percent—a result of tax increases by Presidents Bush I and Clinton. Corporate dividends—mostly received by those in the upper income brackets—were taxed at the same rate as ordinary income. Ditto for income created by exercising options. Capital gains were taxed at a 28 percent rate.

Plainly, these taxes didn't inhibit hard work, investment, or capital formation since the '90s brought an orgy of wealth creation. People made millions in options income, capital gains, Wall Street bonuses, corporate profit-sharing, and the like. Because the rewards went disproportionately to those in the higher income—and hence higher tax—brackets, government revenues grew at a rate far faster than overall economic growth. (For data on tax revenue growth in the 1990s, click here.)

Total government receipts nearly doubled from $1.154 trillion in 1993 to $2.025 trillion in 2000. President Clinton's strategy of raising taxes on higher earners and (largely) holding the line on capital gains taxes worked. It boosted revenues without stifling economic growth and turned huge deficits into huge surpluses.

But President Bush has redesigned the tax code in the past few years. And the changes, by design, will make it much harder for the government to grow out of the deficit. In 2001 and 2002, marginal tax rates were lowered. They were lowered again this year, dropping the top marginal rate to 35 percent. Long-term capital gains are now taxed at 15 percent, down from 20 percent before. And now dividend income will be taxed at 15 percent—regardless of your marginal income tax rate.

As they did in the '90s, the wealthy will receive a disproportionate share of the reward when the economy and the markets pick up again. But because of these tweaks to the tax code, the government will harvest much less of the windfall than it did during the Clinton years.

This is only IF the economy perks up. A bit of optimistic thinking, wouldn't you agree? Even if the economy does perk up statistically it wont make a difference if no one is being hired and unemployement stays the same or gets worse. Try selling that to the voter public that we are out of recession by definition. Try getting the current group of 6.4% who are unemloyed to believe that while campaigning for votes in 2004.

Thursday, July 17, 2003

Just want to let those who have linked me that I appreciate it very much. Much thanks to ArchPundit and Ultra-Deb for their recent links.

Deb - saw your most recent post and you're on fire! I can't blame you for feeling the way you do, but the anger and resentment you have will not make anything better. I myself frequently wonder if we're preaching to the choir or ranting in an echo chamber. As disgusted as I am with our government I dont want to see anyone to stick their head in an oven. I'd much rather make these people see the truth of what is really going on out there. It's like seeing a wall painted black and the supporters of the Pres just keep saying "No, it's really white!". Maybe some Sodium Pentathol (truth serum) would do the trick? I dunno.

As much as I detest this President and his staff I know people who I respect and like and even dare I say think of as intelligent who voted for our current Commander in Thief. The Dems have serious flaws and I feel I'm pretty aware of them, but many of the supporters of our dumbass Prez are just lovestruck and blind. Believe it or not many of these people are not completely beyond reason, although it seems a lot more difficult to get these people to concede the most basic of facts. But it should be noted that not all of them are as idiotic as say a Pat Robertson or Rush Limbaugh.

Your rant has inspired me - unfortunately I have no time to blog so I can put it in 1's and 0's!!!!!! Maybe this weekend I hope.

One last thing - while cruising the net I came across an image with a poster on the side of the highway that read "When Clinton lied no one died". Talk about hitting the nail right on the head. The best piece of advice my Dad ever gave me was the line that Life is all about Priorities. The priorities of the people who relentlessly blame Clinton to this day for everything wrong in this country and yet support this Pres are completely fucked up to see the truth in this comment. If anyone sees this image anywhere else please let me know where I can find it again.

Monday, July 14, 2003

I'm back - and I started a couple of entries but it's a mess. I figured though that, since it's been so long, it is better to have some of the newer if sloppy, incomplete, incoherent blog entries that I started on the road rather than no entry at all, right? Right?!?!?!?

I'll work on them later, they were written in haste since the girlfriend and I were always going somewhere and didn't have some serious downtime with a CPU available. Thanks to the Cowboy for the suggestions, the trip to the Northwest was awesome. More later.....

Wednesday, July 09, 2003

Yet more observations that have occured to me while watching cable while in hotel rooms;

Saw a minute of some new Instant conservative TV show - I'm pretty sure it was MSNBC's Scarborough County, which is really just a replacement for lower than low Michale Savage. Savage's show was cancelled I believe after saying something that is politically unacceptable. He should listen to Limbaugh more often and learn how to be a racists without actually sounding like one.

Anyway, is seems like these shows spring up like weeds - just add dumbassses and TV execs and presto you have yourself another crappy talking head on vable tv news show. The saturation point thought has to show up some time, right? How many of these blowhards that say the same exact thing over and over again can they put on television?Is there an "Instant Conservative TV Show" Cakemix that used car salemen are selling to tv execs?

To sum it up, anyone can have their very own belligerant conservative talk show as well - All you have to do is have a show that does news stories about the following subjects;
-Why hollywood/celebrities sucks
-Why Jesse Jackson sucks
-Why Liberals are really commies

Unfucking believable, but it's true, and there is your formula - Somewhere in tv land the execs have a big wheel, like on Wheel of Fortune. It's got a aspot for the twelve or so subjects that every Con-TV show focuses on. It's practically a replica of Hannity and Colmes minus the Liberal, or the O'Reily factor - it's the same idiots trashing the same people every single goddamn day. Is it that people can't get enough of that shit? How many carbon copies of the same format can they air before people say "I'd love to have yet one more program to watch where they trash minorities, liberals, democrats and whatever conservative gripe of the week is, but my schedule is completely booked with The O'Reily Factor, Limbaugh, Hannity, Savage on the radio" and whoever else I'm forgetting (you can fill in your favorite conservative here).

And as if you needed proof - more evidense that facts no longer matter in this country. Anne Coulter, that anorexic little conservative whore who just published her book Treason at least came clean on one thing - McCarthy is her hero. The Wisconsin Senator did plenty of damage in his tenure in DC, but didn't pay a fair price considering all the lives he ruined and all the damage he did. Based on the actions he took and the consequences he paid for those actions, he got off real easy. But if you think about it he got what he wanted, and Anne comes clean about the fact that so many conservatives have taken a page from his playbook. The bar is way lower for her cause she isn't an elected official making it easier for her to spread he message of bullshit.

This scathing article by Joe Conason takes her to task, but it makes me think - is anyone going to read it? Is he just preaching to the choir here? Joe Conason writes these scathing editorials and yet he gets little attention while the whore gets to go on Good Morning America. What is wrong with this picture?

No one is going to cover the obvious falsehoods that are all over her book and cited in the article. It might be nice if there was a liberal radio talk show host like say a bizarro world blowhard Limbaugh who could bang the drums and infuriate the masses when they repeat the same story over and over and over..... I still hear about all kinds of tiny mistakes, misquotes, mishaps, rumors, half truths, and outright lies about the times during the Clinton era. On the other hand the Bush administration cites a British report about an attempt by Iraq to purchase uranium from Niger that had been proven false more than 6 months ago and only now they're fessing up about it. They know, along with everyone else that in two weeks no one will hear about it again, because the right wing attack dogs will be too busy raking Hillary's book over the coals or dredging up something on Bill or bashing hollywood. I mean it's not like something really important is going on here - It's not like the President lied or is impeding progress on internal investigations about 9.11 or something, right?

Thursday, July 03, 2003

So here I am in Lincoln City, Oregon at an internet cafe (The Cyber Sun) trying to get my thoughts on a blog while on vacation. Portland is beautiful, although it has what I can only describe as having a sort of patina of depression to it. It's hard to explain - maybe it's the unemployement and the economic difficulties (Oregon has the highest unemployement rate in the country), or maybe it's the site of the lush mountainside hills, which would be completely covered in evergreens were not for the huge bald patches. The timber industry's practice of clear cutting, the norm for in the Northwest, leaves many places along highway 101 in Oregon completely devoid of any of their stunning, lush and tranquil aura. It could also be the ubiquitous presence of strip clubs and Indian casinos everywhere you go around here. It's all a little sad really.

While on the road I always try to catch some college or community radio while tooling around on the road. I was listening to 90.7 in Portland (approx. 1pm or so on 07.03.03) when this hippie-ish DJ started talking about (I'm paraphrasing here) boycotting 4th of July holiday, and wanting not to celebrate Independence but rather Interdependence. She may mean well but after a while the talk got me thinking and it got on my nerves. And not the ordinary trippy hippy thing that gets on my nerves anyway (although that didn't help).

Everytime I hear that talk I think to myself that Conservatives have one more Liberal to point to as an example of how the left hates America. And while this is essentially stereotyping on the part of Conservatives, it still makes it that much harder to argue the for idealogy that I value and agree with (generally liberal). It means that the liberals who take an interest in the political future of this nation have a harder time communicating and winning the hearts and minds of the moderates.

This country has blood on its hands, but show me a nation or government or culture that does not. Almost every group, people, and nation has at least a few ugly skeletons in their closet, albeit some more than others. This nation is not alone in exploitation of humaity. Okay, maybe we're better at it than other nations, but still..... Do hippies in the Netherlands or Sweden or Norway or even Canada have the same kind of contempt for their own government?

I don't belive in whitewashing the sins of this nation, but it is important to remember a few choice things.

(update : this is progessively being revised starting 07.14.03)

-Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence that "every man is created equal". Our history with slavery shows just how short we came to living up to those ideals, but does it take away from the sheer power of that idea? I think it is a testimony to the flaws of democracy and while much lip service is given to the notion of Democracy it is important to remember that a Democracy is only as good as the citizens who choose to participate in it.

Our Goverment is very much like what is regarded as the US's greatest technological contribution to this world, the automobile. Take the greatest or most powerful vehicle in the world, and it won't go very far without a good driver and some decent fuel. That Driver is our leadership. That fuel is the citizenry of this country giving power to that vehicle. Without those two essentials the car goes nowhere. We've had some lousy drivers and considering that less than 50% of us vote what does that say about the fuel?

-When we identify all the negatives in the past as the whole history of the USA and forget the positives we make a blanket judgement, we take aback and white approach something Liberals generally try to rail against. This nation single handedly borught back the idea of Democracy, resurrected from the ancient Greeks and Romans. Were it not for us there would be no call for Democracy.

-Dont let conservative hijack the notion of what this country truly is. The labor movement was born here, the equal rights act etc. Let us hold up the great things that have made this nation and try to uphold them as shining examples of what America can do, and strive to emulate those ideals, not the pirates, thieves, liars and hypocrites that are currently wrapping themselves in the flag and simultaneous shitting on it and all it's people at the same time. Be proud of America for good, acknowledge the bad, and try to learn from the mistakes and try to continue the good things we've done in this country.

I think I'm writing an email to 90.7 Happy 4th of July everyone. I love my country for all it's warts - and every day is a chance to make this nation better.