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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
(415)868-1600 - (415)868-0502(fax) - P.O. Box 31, Bolinas, CA, 94924

May, 2006

 

Connecting The Dots
By Larry Kelley

"When fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross."
-Sinclair Lewis

There is no comfort in learning that Carl Rove will be giving up some of his White House duties to work on the upcoming Congressional elections. Republican stock went up faster than Barry Bonds weight. The glimmer of hope that Democrats might take back the House or Senate or both just became a sliver. It also was disquieting to learn that the nation's top election official, Ray Martinez, resigned, citing an alarming decrease in voter confidence as a result of the last two presidential elections.
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Paul Harvey reports that the Georgia Legislature has approved Bible Study in its public schools. Georgia has already approved displaying the Ten Commandments in court houses at taxpayer expense. Caution: Slippery Slope. But there IS hope. Student demonstrators at UC Santa Cruz recently exerted enough pressure and enthusiasm to force four military recruiters off campus. And Neil Young is recording a new album which includes a song called "Let's Impeach the President." The 60's live!

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Acting UN Ambassador John Bolten says Iran is America's number one threat and Pat Buchanan told Hardball's Chris Matthews that the US should attack Iran in October, just before the elections, because of that country's nuclear capabilities. In the April 27 New Yorker, Seymore Hersh says the US will attack Iran with "bunker busters."

Reuters reports that Army Gen. John Abiza, in charge of Iraq, told a House subcommittee that the 14 bases being built there will be permanent "to protect the flow of oil and bolster moderates in their fight against "insurgents."

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The Army has warned our fighting boys that they face disciplinary action if they use "unapproved" body armor. No more survival packages from the parents or self-made "Hillbilly" protection unless approved by the Pentagon.

Remember when our fearful leader told us that by stealing Iraq, oil prices would drop? How about a 240 percent increase in the price of oil since "Mission Accomplished."

This, despite a huge surplus on the world market. Bush's remedy is "drive less." He also showed his gratitude to US soldiers with the lowest pay raise in 12 years-two percent. But have no concern. The chairman of Exxon recently received a $98 million pay package and ABC News reports that there are 8.9 million millionaires [or better] in the US.

A new IRS rules change allows your tax preparer to actually sell your return to anyone who wants to buy it, unless you remember to tell him otherwise.

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Bush spent Earth Day in California, where 11,000 jobs were lost last year, reports ABC News. For Easter dinner, the Bush family had two kinds of ham. Fill in your own punch line. The FBI officer who arrested and questioned Zacarias Moussaoui told a jury he had alerted his superiors 70 times that the Islamic terrorist hated America and might be plotting to hijack an airplane.

Maureen Dowd wrote in the New York Times that the FBI officer, Harry Samit, said he was obstructed by "criminally negligent" FBI officials in Washington. Another FBI officer, Greg Jones, urged his superiors to prevent Moussaoui "from flying a plane into the World Trade Center," Dowd wrote.

At his trial, Sadaam testified that he gave the order to kill 185 people, admitting he broke the law because as president, "I can do what I want." Copy Cat.

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CIA senior analyst Mary McCarthy was fired for leaking to the Washington Post information about secret East European prisons being used by the Bush regime to house and torture terrorist captives and Director Porter Goss says the prosecution of leakers is a top priority for him.

But President Bush recently revealed that he approved a leak of Iraqi weapons information in 2003 and Scooter Libby has testified that Bush authorized the leaking of Valerie Plame's identity as an agent. So much for priorities.

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The quote of the year goes to Republican big-mouth William Bennett, who said in a recent radio interview, "I do know if you wanted to reduce crime, if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country and your crime rate would go down. That would be an impossible, ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do but your crime rate would go down."

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A group of 24 California voters have sued Secretary of State Bruce McPherson and eight county election officials to block the use of Diebold voting machines in the November elections. McPherson had given "provisional certification" to 17 of the machines, which a spokeswoman said had to adhere to "a strict set of security procedures designed to prevent unauthorized access." Huh?

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Pizza bigwig, Thomas Monahan, founder of Dominos, has put up $250 million of his own money to create a new town in Florida which will be governed by "strict Roman Catholic principalsÉ merging faith and freedom to create a community of like-minded citizens."

The new town, Ave Maria, will be located 25 miles east of Naples, Fla. And will include a Catholic university, but no x-rated cable. Gov. Jeb (and hardly no one else) likes the idea. The ACLU doesn't and is threatening to sue.

And if all of this isn't depressing enough, Barry Manilow's new album scored to No. 1.




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