Thursday, November 18, 2004

Colin Powell's legacy


What Powell needs to say. Posted by Hello

Saturday, November 13, 2004

I couldn't have said it better

Dan Savage, writing for The Portland Mercury, hilariously summarizes what liberals should do now that the red states control the federal government. In a nutshell, he argues we should dump all empathy we have for issues affecting the "heartland", eg, healthcare, jobs, etc. Here's a nugget:

"Certain distressed liberals and progressives are talking about fleeing to Canada or, better yet, seceding from the Union. We can't literally secede and, let's admit it, we don't really want to live in Canada. It's too cold up there and in our heart-of-hearts, we hate hockey. We can secede emotionally, however, by turning our backs on the heartland. We can focus on our issues, our urban issues, and promote our shared urban values. The Republicans have the federal government--for now. But we've got Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York City (Bloomberg is a Republican in name only), and every college town in the country. We're everywhere any sane person wants to be. Let them have the shitholes, the Oklahomas, Wyomings, and Alabamas. We'll take Manhattan." - Dan Savage

Shitholes indeed. Backward, hypocritical, hatemongering, tax hating, parasitic shitholes.

-MB

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Enviromadness

It's one thing to have a party in power that really doesn't give a crap about environmental protection - that would represent the feelings of most Americans- but it's another thing to have a party in power that is openly hostile to these issues. ANOTHER study came out predicting calamitous things for the Arctic circle if we don't do something about global warming. And what was the response from the government? Not encouraging. Check out these beauties from a couple of the guys most responsible for protecting the environment.

"Kyoto was a bad treaty for the United States," said Mike Leavitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Leavitt added in an interview Friday that climate change is not an issue the administration dismisses. "I know that it is of importance to the president that we continue to make progress," he said.
And here's another good one:
"President Bush strongly opposes any treaty or policy that would cause the loss of a single American job, let alone the nearly 5 million jobs Kyoto would have cost," said James Connaughton, chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
This is the most interesting quote. So this guy is saying that Bush opposes any policy that might lead to the elimination of ANY job? I wonder if this job protection standard also applies to trade deals too. Or is job protection only relevant to these guys when it might actually protect the environment? Asses.

-MB

Benjamin Franklin speaks

A coworker handed me an article (appropriately called "Democracy is Dead") and in it, Benjamin Franklin predicts what might eventually happen to American democracy. It's a great quote so I tracked down the entire speech. In college, I had to read the Madison Papers. Reading Franklin's speech reminded me of how really, really... really smart these guys were. You can't help but be convinced that our nation is getting dumber. Today's intellectuals could not hold a candle to these guys. Anyway, it's worth reading through to get a sense of what the founding fathers thought of the constitution, warts and all, and their early warnings of what might happen to us. I would say Franklin was right on. Here's his speech to the Constitutional Convention:

Mr. President
I confess that there are several parts of this constitution which I do not at present approve, but I am not sure I shall never approve them: For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged by better information, or fuller consideration, to change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise. It is therefore that the older I grow, the more apt I am to doubt my own judgment, and to pay more respect to the judgment of others. Most men indeed as well as most sects in Religion, think themselves in possession of all truth, and that wherever others differ from them it is so far error. Steele a Protestant in a Dedication tells the Pope, that the only difference between our Churches in their opinions of the certainty of their doctrines is, the Church of Rome is infallible and the Church of England is never in the wrong. But though many private persons think almost as highly of their own infallibility as of that of their sect, few express it so naturally as a certain french lady, who in a dispute with her sister, said "I don't know how it happens, Sister but I meet with no body but myself, that's always in the right-Il n'y a que moi qui a toujours raison."


In these sentiments, Sir, I agree to this Constitution with all its faults, if they are such; KEY PASSAGE because I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no form of Government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered, and believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in Despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being incapable of any other. I doubt too whether any other Convention we can obtain, may be able to make a better Constitution. For when you assemble a number of men to have the advantage of their joint wisdom, you inevitably assemble with those men, all their prejudices, their passions, their errors of opinion, their local interests, and their selfish views. From such an assembly can a perfect production be expected? It therefore astonishes me, Sir, to find this system approaching so near to perfection as it does; and I think it will astonish our enemies, who are waiting with confidence to hear that our councils are confounded like those of the Builders of Babel; and that our States are on the point of separation, only to meet hereafter for the purpose of cutting one another's throats. Thus I consent, Sir, to this Constitution because I expect no better, and because I am not sure, that it is not the best. The opinions I have had of its errors, I sacrifice to the public good. I have never whispered a syllable of them abroad. Within these walls they were born, and here they shall die. If every one of us in returning to our Constituents were to report the objections he has had to it, and endeavor to gain partizans in support of them, we might prevent its being generally received, and thereby lose all the salutary effects & great advantages resulting naturally in our favor among foreign Nations as well as among ourselves, from our real or apparent unanimity. Much of the strength & efficiency of any Government in procuring and securing happiness to the people, depends, on opinion, on the general opinion of the goodness of the Government, as well as well as of the wisdom and integrity of its Governors. I hope therefore that for our own sakes as a part of the people, and for the sake of posterity, we shall act heartily and unanimously in recommending this Constitution (if approved by Congress & confirmed by the Conventions) wherever our influence may extend, and turn our future thoughts & endeavors to the means of having it well administred.

On the whole, Sir, I can not help expressing a wish that every member of the Convention who may still have objections to it, would with me, on this occasion doubt a little of his own infallibility, and to make manifest our unanimity, put his name to this instrument.

-MB


Tuesday, November 09, 2004

A little Zinn goes a long way

Howard Zinn never ceases to amaze me. No matter how dark, how depressing, how cynical things become, he is ALWAYS optimistic about the future. He is perhaps the most rationale, compelling and inspiring man that I know of. I guess that's why he's my hero. For those of us who let current events embitter us, Professor Zinn always looks at the long road, as history as his guide, to understand that making real changes to our society can take time. For those of you who need a little lift after the election, take some time to read Professor Zinn's latest essay.

-MB

Sunday, November 07, 2004


Michael Moore has a great tribute to the soldiers who have died in Iraq for Bush's war. This should be hung up in the White House as the official Presidential painting that future presidents can ponder over. Posted by Hello

Bury Blair

British citizens have a chance to punish someone for the Iraq debacle this coming year, and in their own direct way, they can have their own impact on the Bush Presidency. Tony Blair MUST be voted out of office. Blair even had the audacity to lecture the rest of Europe to stop being in a "state of denial" about Bush. Bush has consistently humiliated Blair on issues ranging from global warming to the middle east peace process. Blair, the spineless poodle, is the one in the state of denial.

The UK has a parliamentary form of government, so it's not like the citizens will get a chance to vote him out; it'll be up to his fellow reps in parliament. The Labor party will have to move fast if it wants to get rid of Blair and still be in a position to win the national election. America did not hold Bush accountable for Iraq. Now it's the UK's turn to hold someone responsible. Don't fail the world like we Americans did. Don't let us down.

-MB

Fly the friendly skies

This kind of news story could only occur in a country choking on its own affluence.

The great, inevitable decline continues...

-MB

We're back

Hi readers, we're back. It's been a shocking couple of weeks. We were on pins and needles, just like the rest of the world, awaiting the outcome of the Presidential race. Our last blog was our endorsement of John Kerry for President, which we thought Kerry would ride all the way to the White House. The fact that we endorsed Kerry and he did NOT win leads us to one conclusion: electoral fraud.

We know that Bush has, and will continue to have, tremendous support, no matter what asinine thing he does, and the volume of morons in the States is enormous, but based on our endorsement, we thought this would overcome this ignorance. And it should have, that's why we think this election was stolen. That said, we will accept the outcome of this stolen election, although there will be some major changes at Liberal Thunderdome. First, we'll be moving to Barbados, or maybe Tahiti, someplace warm, and far from the US. Second, we're planning to sell our US passports on Ebay, so start looking for those if you're interested. Finally, we're starting our own business, selling mail-away fall out shelters.

But don't worry, loyal readers, MasterBlaster and Lord Humungus will be here on Liberal Thunderdome, to lay waste to those who wander to far into the wasteland...

-MB

Monday, November 01, 2004


Well, with very little time to spare, Liberal Thunderdome is officially endorsing...John Kerry!!!! I'm sure it comes as a surprise to some of our readers, but after much soul searching, we've decided that George W. Bush is a terrible, terrible, terrible President.  Posted by Hello