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Re: “Grin and Barrett

"Hope and Change" was always a pretty vacuous slogan, and I even said so during the election. I was stunned when, in July 2008, Obama voted for the Bushies' telecom immunity bill which legaled warrantless wiretapping; and for the bailout bill in September, 2008. By the time election day rolled around on November 4, 2008, I realized that Obama would be "Bush lite." Nevertheless, with great misgivings, I voted for Obama (to my everlasting shame) mainly because McCain/Palin would have been worse. I find it amusing that the right wing keeps accusing Obama of being "too liberal" and a "socialist." That makes as much sense as calling Al Gore a global-warming denier, or accusing Mother Teresa of being cruel and selfish. I should have voted for Ralph Nader. I know that he couldn't have won, but at least I'd then have a clear conscience, and the moral authority to say I voted for the only decent candidate. Of course, if enough Obama voters had voted for Nader, McCain would have won. But maybe that wouldn't have been so bad - at least we would have gotten the satisfaction of watching America self-destruct with a Republican in office. Now that the country is circling the drain with the Democrats in office, the Republicans are blaming it all on "liberals." They are in total denial about their own roll in pushing us over the cliff. I've given up. I just recently left the USA, permanently. America, nation of my birth, has no future. Even if Nader gets elected in 2012, he will have nothing to do but preside over a smoking ruin.

Posted by R S on 04/26/2009 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Eco-Terrorism: No Such Thing

When I read about the fire, my first impression was that maybe it wasn't "eco-terrorists" at all. Rather, considering the sub-prime slump in the housing market, the developer would have had every incentive to torch those homes and collect the fire insurance. And then blame it on "eco-terrorists." Of course, I can't prove that. But I suspect that we'll be seeing a lot of these fires as the housing crisis gets worse. Also, given the rising price of gas and the fact that people are losing their jobs and thus can't make car payments, I won't be surprised if a lot of SUVs also fall victim to "mysterious" fires. This indeed happened to many gas guzzlers during the 1970s energy crisis.

Posted by R S on 03/20/2008 at 7:37 PM

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