Do I have oil in my head?

Not saying it was the intent of the oil company — but they ARE on the same side as the people who wiped out the buffalo for business. Their workers listen to Coulter and Beck. How many crew members on a couple of depth-charges and hopped up against them their environmentalists would it take to decide that it would be easier to drill if all the wildlife were gone…? If you think I’m crazy, ask the buffalo and the wolves. And the First Nations….


Let Me Use Words Of One Syllable.

Okay.  Let me make it very very plain.

McCain’s choice of Palin ticked me and so many other women off because he never, never would have chosen her if he didn’t think that women would vote for Any Ol’ Woman.  The R’s would NEVER have looked at a woman if they weren’t trying to get the Hilary voters.

It would have been just as obvious if McCain had simply grabbed Whatever Black Guy.  The Repubs don’t remember that Cindy Rice and Colin Powell and all the rest of the blacks they picked up didn’t make a particle of difference.  It’s a matter of issues, not of skin color or gender.

Palin is anti-choice, anti-gay, and anti-environment.  She is a hunter and fisherwoman — people who commonly brag about “killing trees, killing fish and killing deer.”  To many rural people, the wilderness is an enemy, to be used up with both hands, as fast as they can.  The only way Palin has been out of step with the right-wing agenda is that she stood up to the oil companies because they weren’t drilling FAST enough.

Palin hasn’t seen what happens when a state loses its natural resources, and has no clue what it’s like to live when the developers concrete over the forest and set the rivers on fire.  Oh, it’s all very well to mourn the bad choices once they’ve happened — as happened in the towns where I grew up — but nobody in Alaska has seen it, and is no more able to see it than the people who whipped up their horses during the Oklahoma land rush.

She wants no sex education in the schoos; she wants absolute abstinence.  She is against choice, even in cases of rape or incest.

She believes in creationism, as valid science, and wants it taught in classrooms as a science subject.

She’s a member of the NRA, an organization that does not care about the damage weapons do, as long as they get to shoot stuff.

She is NOT a reformer; she’s more of the same.

Do we want to live with the same choice rights as Iran or Ireland,  the environmental policies of China, the gun-laws of Afghanistan, and the scientific mindset of Kansas?

A Simple Lesson In Economics

There’s a lot of confusion up here over this, so I’ll keep it simple:
Capitalism works on a straight line.  It gobbles forward using worker base, resources, whatever, until it uses everything up and smashes into a wall.  Then it has to stagger around and go find something else to eat (see buffalo, cod, grazing land, fossil fuels).

Socialism — sometimes called “Communism,” although this is rare on this planet, at least since the industrial revolution — works in a circle (And before anybody starts squawking about the Evils Of Communism, that thing Stalin ran in the Soviet Union is now being called “State Capitalism.”).

This system goes:  take out, put in — and try to put in a little more than you take out.  Eat the big fish, not the breeding fish, and don’t destroy the wetlands that produce them.  Leave land and people and societies fallow occasionally – let things rest and recover and get going again, while using other recovered resources.  Basically, don’t kill the goose that laid the golden egg.

One form of socialism that everyone uses is the biggest part on your car: the road.  Socialism also needs to cover transportation, health and education because EVERYBODY needs them.

When Capitalism works in a circle, it’s like a snake eating its own tail.  It eats all the big fish, then when they’re gone, the next smaller, fish, then the NEXT smaller fish.  It’s why the middle east — once a garden of fruit trees — has been eaten by goats and sheep.

And WHERE does our society come from?

Capitalism keeps wanting a bigger and bigger chunk, until the providers peel away to the next good deal.  It leaves behind those who can’t keep up — and yet if the pirates fall from the yard-top, they’re the first ones to dive into social services.  We ALL get sick and old, or have bad things happen.   We need someplace to rest and recover.

The fish need wetlands to rest and breed in.  Surely we’re as deserving as fish?