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[ charlie ]

:: 2004 4 May :: 2.52 pm



George W. Bush and Dick Cheney should be impeached for two reasons:
They led the United States into an illegal, unconstitutional war in Iraq.
They misled the Congress and the American people with five falsehoods that led to war.

bill clinton was impeached for not admitting that he had slept with someone other than his wife...why should these assholes get away with killing people?

please sign this petition to call for impeachment proceedings. it's not a ballot access petition so ANYONE can sign it.

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[ charlie ]

:: 2004 4 May :: 4.02 am

i'm not a liberal, i'm not a progressive, i'm not a revolutionary, i'm not even a marxist. i'm a worker. i am the workingman and i demand respect. i demand fair compensation for the work i do, i demand that in return for my work i will be guaranteed such neccessities as healthcare, wholesome food, and a safety net for my family in the event of something unforseen.

am i asking for too much? am i being lazy? why is it so hard to get these simple things?

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[ charlie ]

:: 2004 28 April :: 4.04 am

Gun Control
the national rifle association says "guns don't kill people, people do" but i think the gun helps. after all, what other method of killing someone is so easily portable, easy to operate, and effective at such a range as a gun? other portable methods such as a knife or a club requires the assailant to sneak up on his/her target, and if the first blow misses it might backfire on them. other effective methods such as poisoning or explosives require a lot of preparation, nothing like the ease of pulling back the slide and pulling a trigger. and what about distance? a gun can be fired from ranges of well over one-hundred feet by a novice. the only other weapon that is as easy to operate at such distances is the bow and arrow, and that isn't exactly portable. now, people are lazy, i'm sure that some people would be angry enough to find an alternate method if a gun is not at their disposal, but most of us would just give up.

not like gun control really works anyway, if the media is to be trusted, most gun crimes come from stolen weapons. but still, please buy trigger locks, even if you don't have kids in the house. guns are horrible things, but a little safety never hurts.

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[ charlie ]

:: 2004 26 April :: 4.59 pm

the united states is the only western nation to not have a universal healthcare system. even Israel has a universal healthcare system for all their citizens and they get $4 billion in aid from the american government each year. america has a universal education system but no healthcare. where do you draw the line and say "everyone needs an education but not everyone needs to be able to see a doctor when they are sick or injured." it doesn't please the large corporations who pledge millions to the parties. they've blocked the healthcare initiative for the last 20 years because when healthcare is left privatized and expensive an employer can offer substandard wages but compensate with health insurance (something called a "golden handcuff") which will bind the employee to the company. they may not be making a living on which to support a family but they have insurance. and, those of us (45% of the population) who are either uninsured or underinsured (that's where you have insurance but it's so crappy you can't even afford the copayment) are left out in the cold. someone can go to work everyday in a physically demanding job and after the physical work wears down their body they have no relief, they're underpaid and can't pay for their needed healthcare and they aren't insured because the company doesn't offer insurance. where do you turn when you have no money and no safety net? you may suggest "medicaid" but are you familiar with the restrictions on this? a young person who is unmarried and has no children is ineligible for medicaid if they make more than $3000 a year. $3000 is $57 a week, and at the federally mandated minimum wage that's only 10 hours of work a week. i want to work, but i want to see a doctor too. they say welfare encourages people not to work and it does, it's so limited that even if you tried to do a little work you wouldn't be eligible but at the same time couldn't afford the essentials.

open your eyes, it's everywhere.

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[ charlie ]

:: 2004 20 April :: 4.10 am

people need to stop blaming Ralph Nader for Al Gore's loss in 2000. That's like GM saying that Ford cheated them by offering a better product. You would think that they would've learned something from their defeat and made some changes.

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[ charlie ]

:: 2004 16 April :: 2.32 pm

this, kids, is what we call voter apathy. when a voter sees the options before him/her and feels no connection to either choice and therefore chooses to either not vote at all or pursue other options not embraced my the majority of the populace.

at least i'm standing up for what i believe in.

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[ charlie ]

:: 2004 16 April :: 3.20 am

i get so tired of people talking to me about the "two party system." it's time someone spelled this out for you: it's a ONE party system. sure, there are a few small differences between republicans and democrats, but on the major issues it's all the same. for instance, let's assume that John Kerry wins the election in November, i am still going to not have health insurance, i still won't be able to afford college, and most importantly, there's still that whole war thing. as much as he dances around it, John Kerry still supports the war in Iraq. and then there's the issue of jobs. being in michigan i've watched three large companies (Electrolux, Johnson Controls, and Kraft) all relocate from W. Michigan in the last few months. normally we blame this on NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) which is pretty justifiable, but we all remember who was the president who signed NAFTA into existence, don't we? that's right, it was Bill Clinton, that cuddly good ol' boy democrat from Arkansas. so, obviously the democrats don't care about that, after all they still suck from the corporate tit for most of their funding. do you think large companies like General Motors and Wal-Mart are partisan? not a chance, they have too much to lose and throw insane amounts of cash (we're talking millions of dollars, and that's just above the table) at both parties every year, that way they don't have to worry about who is in power because no matter what the "representative" is endebted to them and will always consider their interests in order to keep the money train rolling. but, back to NAFTA, that was something brought on by the democrats, but now the republicans liked the idea so much that they're talking about moving it further south into CAFTA (Central American Free Trade Agreement) so that now companies can go to places even poorer than mexico like nicaragua and pay their workers even less. the only true division in the parties that i can think of off hand is abortion and even that's pretty shady because nobody wants to say how they feel one way or the other and even then, to change it would be a constitutional amendment and that would never pass because the division is so broad between states a 2/3 majority is all but impossible. let's not even talk about taxes, regardless of what the republicans say about making government smaller it's meaningless because regardless of who is in power spending always increases because there are always favors to pay back to the folks in the corporations.

so, say what you want about how we have to get George Bush out of the white house, John Kerry isn't any better, there is no difference worth mentioning, the ends are all the same.

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[ charlie ]

:: 2004 14 April :: 4.10 am

i think this is the greatest idea i've ever had
i think i have had an epiphany. i can't think of a classy way of introducing it so i'll just jump right in...

PRIVATIZE THE SPACE PROGRAM! that's it, NASA Inc. seriously. the cheap labor conservatives so "no free rides." well, really, who is down with space travel? sure, it's "neat" possibly even sometimes "interesting" in a trivial way. but with this Mars plan and its proposed $1 trillion price tag i don't think it's that viable. so, you privatize, the nerds will go apeshit trying to get jobs because it'll be in their hands and not the governments. and, with expenditures like that even a 2% tax on it would be huge. $20,000,000,000 to be exact. just think, with twenty billion dollars maybe we could get out of debt, explore new fuels...shit, it could solve a lot of financial problems in this country. now i'm thinking like a fascist, corporate state all the way. set things up to tax them and then reap the benefits. but still, that's a 2% tax this could be huge. after all, i'm not down with the space program, and who really thinks it's something "useful" that needs to be saved? even the simpsons poked fun at it..."we're studying the effects of weighlessness on tiny screws." there are enough problems on earth that need to get sorted out before we can even think of other worlds...hell, there are enough problems within these borders to keep us busy for at least a century.

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[ charlie ]

:: 2004 13 April :: 11.06 pm

we have been down this road before
U.S. troops sent to war half a world away. American foreign policy controlled by an arrogant elite, bent on projecting military power around the globe. A public misled into supporting an unconstitutional war founded on deceit and fabrications.

As the death toll mounts, we hear claims that the war is nearly won, that victory is just around the corner. But victory never arrives.

As the public loses confidence in the government, the government questions the patriotism of any who express doubt about the war.

When a presidential election arrives, both the Democrat and Republican nominees embrace the policy of continued war.

The military draft comes to dominate the lives of America's young, and vast numbers who believe the war to be a senseless blunder are faced with fighting a war they do not believe in, or facing exile or prison.

The year was 1968. Because voters had no choice that November, the Vietnam War continued for another six years. Hundreds of thousands of Americans like you died, were maimed, or suffered from diseases like malaria. A far greater number of Vietnamese died.

Today, the war is in the quicksands and alleys of Iraq. Once again, under the pressure of a determined resistance, we see an American war policy being slowly torn apart at the seams, while the candidates urge us to "stay the course" in this tragic misadventure. Today's Presidential candidates are not Nixon and Humphrey, they are now Bush and Kerry.

Once again, there is one overriding truth: If war is the only choice in this election, then war we will have.

Today enlistments in the Reserves and National Guard are declining. The Pentagon is quietly recruiting new members to fill local draft boards, as the machinery for drafting a new generation of young Americans is being quietly put into place.

Young Americans need to know that a train is coming, and it could run over their generation in the same way that the Vietnam War devastated the lives of those who came of age in the sixties.

I am running for President, and have been against this war from the beginning. We must not waste lives in order to control and waste more oil. Stand with us and we may yet salvage your future and Americas' future from this looming disaster.
Sincerely,
Ralph Nader

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[ charlie ]

:: 2004 9 April :: 10.16 pm

Ralph's Message to YOU
Abraham Lincoln envisioned a democracy of, by and for the people. Yet today we live in a country where corporate power has hijacked our democracy and taken control of our major political parties, our economy and our culture.

All mass movements have started with a mobilized citizenry in a struggle for justice --from the populist progressive farmers of the 19th Century to the women suffragists, labor unions and the civil rights movement.

Forty years ago I launched a movement against unsafe cars because I believed that a handful of people, if their cause was just, could stand up and defeat General Motors, the most powerful corporation in the world. It gradually became clear there was a common link between unsafe cars, contaminated drinking water, destruction of rain forests, and collapsing job opportunities etc.-- and that link was runaway unaccountable corporate power.

In the 1960s and 70s, the people, prominently including younger Americans, channeled their energy against the Vietnam War into a political movement to create the Environmental Protection Agency, to establish the Freedom of Information Act, the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, and to help us found dozens of citizens groups.

Today we are at a critical point in history and you have an opportunity to lead a mobilization that shapes your future. Both corporate-controlled political parties are taking our country over a cliff, the Democrats are just doing it a little slower. There are political pundits who are telling you to accept the lesser of two evils, to support an overall pro-war, pro-corporate globalization party, and put your idealism on the shelf. I, like many of you, have reached a breaking point with the two-party system. It either must be driven toward the people or driven out in the coming years. You have a choice drop out or drop-in.
This campaign is a call to action for the young people of America.

We need a world where politics is activated by vision, not fear, where media is created by people, not corporations, where energy is produced more from the sun and less from oil, where business is driven by human need, not greed, and where foreign policy is dedicated to justice -- not war. No Justice, No Peace.

We need your energy, your passion, and your commitment to help build a more just, equitable world a world of happiness and the fulfillment of human possibilities. We are developing a 12 year plan to help young Americans to take control of their future and change our political system.

We invite you to join with us in this effort and urge you to pass this message on to all your family, friends, classmates, and instant messaging buddies. Together, we can declare our own independence from corporate rule.

Sincerely,
Ralph Nader

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[ charlie ]

:: 2004 22 March :: 3.16 pm

War. Is an enemy to all mankind.
The thought of war blows my mind.
War has caused unrest within the younger generation.
Induction, then destruction. Who wants to die?

-Edwin Star

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[ charlie ]

:: 2004 16 March :: 4.38 am

Cuba:
Under American embargo since 1960 because Cuba is a puppet state of the Soviet Union. Oh wait, that's over now. Under embargo since 1989 because, umm, uhh, I forget. We want to support Democracy or something. After all, we have a long history of supporting Democracy, such as in Chile (architecting the overthrow by Augusto Pinochet of the democratically elected but mildly socialist government of Salvador Allende); in Colombia (American support of death squads who killed over three thousand); in El Salvador (American support of death squads who killed many thousands), in Iraq (American support of the regime of democrat Saddam Hussein, including providing him with biological weapons.)

By all means, this embargo must continue. It's important!

from the Rotten Library

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[ charlie ]

:: 2004 17 February :: 3.54 am

why is it that the united states will go to war to "protect" her citizens from "terrorists" who will only kill a handful of people each year while allowing unkown numbers of people at home to die from untreated illness. every other large industrial nation and most of the poorer ones too have instituted public health programs to care for their citizens. the united states however cares nothing whether or not you die because you can't afford to see a doctor. and if you have a serious problem that would require multiple tests, visits, and possible procedures it's nearly impossible without health insurance. so, a young man such as myself who is living independently of his parents and trying to put himself through college with a part time job cannot afford health insurance and is thusly left out in the cold. i've followed the protestant work ethic, i don't think i've ever complained about my taxes, but now i'm dying and the nation i tried to support cares nothing as to whether or not i survive. i have been betrayed by the flag i was raised to respect, that's why it hangs upside down on my wall streaked in dirt and spit after being trampled on the floor.

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[ charlie ]

:: 2003 29 October :: 5.15 pm

15 September 2003
In a speech before the National Restaurant Association, Attorney General John Ashcroft declares: "No one believes in our First Amendment civil liberties more than this administration."

you could've fooled me

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[ charlie ]

:: 2003 28 July :: 3.33 pm
:: Music: bad religion

as usual, Graffin says it best
Neighbours, nobody loves you like we do.
Neighbors, your government has triumphed in finally making you a public fit
for the 21st century.
Never before has a governing body shown so much concern for the economic
well-being of its subjects.
Today we have insulated you from countless factions who threathens your
financial viability; such as the poor; the idealistic foreigners still
clinging to their childish notions of social welfare; why, you're even kept
uninformed of useless propagandist journalism that reports alleged
violations of human rights (We all know they wouldn't have been punished if
they hadn't been doing something wrong!!). And who better to dispens such
blantently evident factoids but a self-appointed authority like myself?
Acid Rain is a thing of the past... Too many possible causes, too little
signifigance for our modern thinking public, besides industrial
manufacturing is at an all time low anyway, who needs those narrow minded
laborers anyway. Too many mouths to feed, and to many burden on the pay
roll! Who needs 'em? Here in the land of the free-time. Someother ass
back-ward country will give us what we need by exploiting its uneducated
children.
The Internet has expanded our ability to pacify average americans better
than ever by offering fantastical adventures to every corner of the
imagination. Your home office is the window to your world, and the heart of
your social life. Such reclusive behaviour helps clear the roads and public
works from overburden like the lower middle-class and others who depend
shamelessly on their government. Today you are freer than ever to do what
you want, provided you can pay for it!
Remeber, the first word in USA is US
We have arrived neighbours, we are the priviliged elite!

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