Observation Post: 05042006

Today marks the 36th anniversery of the Kent State murders. Please pause at some point in the day to remember and honor Allison Krause, William Schroeder, Jeffrey Miller, and Sandra Scheuer. The Kent State May 4 Center is a good place to start for the truth. It occurs to me that any member of Congress deserving of his or her seat should submit a bill establishing a commemoration day. If you support this, please leave a comment and contact your Senator and/or Congressperson.

I am not anti-Semitic. But it's time to cut diplomatic ties and foreign aid and investment to Israel. Period. They neither need nor deserve our help. They have everything they need to defend themselves. Maybe be can help them out again only if and when they withdraw completely from all occupied territories, tear down the walls, ensure the fully interfaith nature of Jerusalem, and assist the Palestinians in building their own sovereign nation.

And speaking of foreign aid to terrorists, Needlenose waves a Reuters report that the US Government is funding rebel forces in Somalia. The blowback clock on this one starts ticking . . . right . . . about . . . NOW.

For the most part, I agree with Richard Cohen . . . Colbert wasn't funny. Doubleduh and his clone, actually, well, er, were.

I fully support getting our military the fuckoutta Iraq, like, yesterday. But are we ready for them back home? Have a brief conversation with a homeless, mentally ill Nam vet before you say yes. And/or read Bob Herbert's "When Warriors Come Home". Clip:
A report published in March in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that more than a third of the troops who served in Iraq sought help for mental health problems within a year of returning home. That high percentage is deceptive, however. The report said it is likely that "there are still considerable barriers to care." It referred to a prior study that showed that more than 60 percent of the Iraq veterans who screened positively for generalized anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder had not sought treatment.

War brutalizes bodies and it brutalizes minds, but our culture is programmed to keep the savagery below the level of our national consciousness as much as possible. Most of the suffering is done in silence.
Wanna drive gas prices down? How about a national "no drive" day? Know what? We ain't got the balls. Screw it.

In the '04 election cycle, I publicly supported Kucinich, Dean, and Kerry, in that order. I was wrong, wrong, wrong. I will not, under any circumstances, endorse any Democrat or Republican again. Ever. Cindy Sheehan has endorsed Todd Chretien's campaign to unseat Dianne Feinstein. Go see for yourself.

I'm really pissed off at Google Adsense. If this is what they consider "content-related ads", they've blown it. I'm thinking of dropping them. Anybody give a shit?

Gotta go. Need a nap.

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