Category Archives: coffee muses

To torture or not to torture…Is there a question here?

You know, I’m getting really tired of this Administration trying to tell me what morality is. As they lie and cheat and push crony politics to new limits, they seem to have a disconnect with reality (like I’m the first person to say that). I can only hope that the misgivings being expressed by some Republicans are real and will turn into real push back for the White House.

GOP Infighting on Detainees Intensifies – washingtonpost.com: “Joining McCain and the other Republicans this week was former secretary of state Colin L. Powell, who wrote in a letter that reinterpreting the Geneva Conventions would encourage other countries to ‘doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism.’
Bush bristled at the criticism from his former top diplomat yesterday, calling it “flawed logic” and accusing Powell of equating U.S. tactics with those of terrorists, even though Powell’s letter made no such comparison. “It’s unacceptable to think that there’s any kind of comparison between the behavior of the United States of America and the action of Islamic extremists who kill innocent women and children,” Bush said.”

Colin Powell spent a lot of his political capital in backing the Bush agenda during his first term. Hopefully he has enough left to actually make a difference in this one.

As I think back over the anger in the Bush rhetoric of the last couple of weeks the one image from 9/11 that keeps replaying in my mind is the deer in the headlights look the President had in that school room in Florida. Was he really that scared? Is it that fear that has translated into all of the craziness of the past 5 years? Is it really just the macho posturing of the scared bully who can’t let anyone see just how afraid of the world he really is?

That’s what I keep seeing in his threats to just take his toys and go home if we wont play by his rules…Maybe we need to start treating him like that little bully. Go ahead Mr. President, close down your secret prisons, stop your Orwellian NSA programs, call off your attack dog of a VP. Personally, I’d rather take my chances with the terrorists than watch you take this country down that road. Mr. President, I trust the Police and Firefighters, the Military and the FBI, they will do everything within their power to protect and serve America. What they won’t do is dismantle the constitution to do it. Mr. President, with every speech you give and every lie you tell, I trust you less and less (and starting where you did in 2000 with me you really had to work to go lower).

Mr. President take your toys and…

Gas Prices

A few days ago I thought I posted a comment on gas prices, but, for some reasons I could not find it anywhere. So here is a reprise…

And the election season has begun…

Isn’t it just amazing that after months of exceedingly high profits for the oil company’s and $3.00 a gallon gasoline how we suddenly two months before the midterm elections see gas prices in free fall? Do you think it’s a coincidence?

Here’s a photo of my local gas station on Monday…

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Gas at $2.28

Then on Wednesday we have this…

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On the way home yesterday I saw the price at $2.24. I’ll try to post today’s photo this morn…

I predict that in the week before the November Elections the price of Gasoline will fall below $2.00 per gallon. But, I wouldn’t count on it staying there any longer than it takes to count the votes…

Former Texas Governor, Activist Ann Richards, 73 – washingtonpost.com

Former Texas Governor, Activist Ann Richards, 73 – washingtonpost.com: “Former Texas governor Ann Richards, the witty and flamboyant Democrat who went from homemaker to national political celebrity, died Sept. 13 after cancer was diagnosed this year, a family spokeswoman said. She was 73.”

She was a breath of fresh air in Texas Politics. She was also the first victim of the Rove way of running campaigns in the rise of George W Bush. She was missed then…she will be missed now. Thank You Governor.

The Path to 9-11

You know I avoided ABC’s fictional account of the lead up to the terrorist attack. Not hard to do since most evenings I turn the TV off after the Newshour if I have even turned it on at all. But for some reason I flipped on ABC to listen to the Decider present us with our thoughts for this year and didn’t bother to turn it off when the movie started back up.

I guess if you are an average American and all of your news comes from Fox or your local tabloid then the story was “fair and balanced”. But I had problems with the events being presented. You can chase down the factual distortions on other websites because I know they will be available. The scene that slapped me in the face with the spin glove though was where they showed the President giving a eulogy for the victims in the middle of the event. Yea I know they had the disclaimer about time shifts and all, but come on…The man was on the run that day and the next. Trying to put Bush in the middle of the heroics is pushing spin to a new low. The only heroic things George Bush has ever done are pick up a bull horn and put down a bottle. One was easy and the other is the only thing I respect about the man…