I wish I had more time to blog and more time to watch movies. I was reading an e-mail from Carlton who asked what I wished right now?
He was hoping for some big answer. I understand that.
But I am so damn sick of the election and the coverage and all the damn hype. I was on the bus this evening and had to hear even more nonsense about Barack. I don't think they realize how awful they sound, the Barack supporters.
There was this one old man (African-American) who was babbling away about how Barack "showed 'em" how to do war with Libya, "he kicked ass and took out that country and didn't kill a single American but he killed some Libyans."
Do they know how that sounds?
Apparently for them, killing is good when done by bi-racial Barry.
I can't believe that s**t.
I can remember when we thought, we in the Black community, the Libyans were our friends, that the Libyan people deserved support. Now it's 'Barack showed them! Barack kicked their ass!'
It was an illegal war. But try telling the Cult of St. Barack that. They think the only law breakers are Republicans. If only.
So I heard that crap. The day before, I had to defend a woman. She was African-American and this man started going on and on about Barack. When she called the man out and said she was a Republican and had been forever because it was the party of Lincoln, he started griping at her and calling her names. I said, "Cut it out, we're all Americans and she doesn't have to vote the way anyone says. It's her vote."
And she was a strong Republican. I mean, in the tank for the party. Like a zealot Democrat but on the other side. And that's fine. I've applauded African-American Republicans here before. (Did Mia Love win? I need to check her race.) They expand the reality of our image. We are not a stereotype.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Iraq has more than enough money to take care of Iraqis if it cared to do that. But you've got a government that dreams parading across the world stage while taking a lot of the public's money and putting it into their own personal pockets. For that reason more than anything else, the Iraqi government wants money from other countries. If the US goverment provides it -- and it currently does -- people in government (besides just Senator John Kerry and his Senate Foreign Relations Committee) need to grasp that this is a tool of soft power. For months, the White House whined about wanting Iranian planes searched that were enroute to Syria. Only after Kerry and the Committee stated publicly that money could be cut did Nouri al-Maliki order the searching of the planes. The answer that Barack (like Bush before him) repeatedly falls back on is "war." There are many other levers of power. It's a shame even the US Ambassador to the United Nations was unaware of that but Susan Rice is a crazed War Hawk as well as public joke.
On the re-election, Kevin Gosztola (at World Can't Wait) gets the last word:
The decision was made to not try terror suspects in federal courts. Terror suspects believed to have been involved in the 9/11 attacks and others imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay, which Obama failed to close, are now going through a military tribunal process—a second-class justice system where one is not allowed to testify in court about torture experienced at the hands of CIA interrogators because the government claims it controls the thoughts and memories of detainees.
Warrantless surveillance escalated sharply under Obama. The ACLU obtained Justice Department documents that showed federal law enforcement agencies were "increasingly monitoring Americans' electronic communications, and doing so without warrants, sufficient oversight, or meaningful accountability." Now, the Supreme Court is deciding whether to hear a challenge against the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which allowed telecommunications companies to be granted retroactive immunity for warrantless wiretapping under Bush. The act also allowed for the expansion of dragnet surveillance. Obama Justice Department lawyers have argued it does not have to tell plaintiffs challenging the law they have been unlawfully monitored and, even if they did violate their privacy, it would not matter because the surveillance state is here to stay.
Obama refused to prosecute war criminals. Not a single person was prosecuted and convicted of torture. Even though he signed an executive order as president that prohibited "enhanced interrogation techniques" used under Bush, torture was effectively decriminalized. The "state secrets" privilege was invoked when torture victims tried to sue government for torture, effectively preventing justice. Moreover, former CIA agent John Kiriakou was prosecuted for allegedly leaking the name of a covert officer, who had been a kidnapper in the CIA's Rendition, Detention and Interrogation program. It was believed that various individuals in human rights organizations knew this officer's identity, and it was largely suspected the government was prosecuting Kiriakou because he was one of the first in government to say on television the CIA had an official policy of torture while Bush was president. The prosecution destroyed his life, took a tremendous toll on his wife and his five children so he ended up taking a plea deal.