I haven't posted anything here in a while but over the last month or so I've had an experience with AT&T that is so disquieting that it has caused myself and everybody in my household to shake our heads in utter disbelief. For decades, Americans have been conditioned to practically expect poor customer service and even borderline unethical business tactics but my recent interaction with this firm was so terrible that it truly bordered on the bizarre and surreal. At this point I wonder how this company even keeps its doors open and I also would like to know how many others have shared this type of experience. It was all so bad I actually started taking notes, but where do you go with this information? Hopefully, you'll follow me over the fold.
Short Diary. Yesterday, I heard President Obama's statement about the suspension of debt ceiling talks. He included this quote: "We then offered an additional $650 billion in cuts to entitlement programs — Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security." Any corporate media talking head or right wing Republican who has used the term "entitlement" to describe Social Security is astoundingly dishonest enough (that's like calling your 401K plan an entitlement program) but to hear Barack Obama try to pave the way for the theft of cash payroll deductions to fund tax cuts for billionaires by engaging in this type of flippant propaganda is mortifying. I gave up on this guy a long time ago, any of you still trying to rationalize his behavior will have yet another kick in the teeth to explain away. Good luck.
Another short diary. Within the last few minutes in announcing what is essentially the beginning of the end of the Democratic party and the New Deal, Barack Obama just thanked Mitch McConnell. And Max Baucus. And Jon Kyl. And John Boehner.
Bear with me. I'm not a fan but I live in LA and I have no choice to go down the dial and isten to crap during drive time. The man in the street has spoken and it won't be pretty for McCain/Palin.
I live in Los Angeles and work at night. My ride home consists of navigating the freeway from downtown and takes about forty minutes. My entertainment consists of fliping around the radio dial trying to avoid the huge blocks of commericials that dominate the airwaves, regardless of the type of programming. The pickings are really dreary and occasionally I've resorted to listening to KFI 640 which is the Rush-Dr. Laura propaganda flagship station. From seven to ten the station features someone named John Ziegler, an insufferable zealot who fortunately is not syndicated and cannot be heard outside of southern California. His show on Tuesday precipitated an email exchange that was brief in nature but quite revelatory. More on that below.
Today, in a speech at a VFW hall in Kansas City, George W. Bush reiterated another fundamentally dishonest justification for the continued disaster in Iraq. It is a perspective that has been percolating in the mainstream media and evinced by right wingers ranging from Ben Stein to Dr. Laura. That when the US withdrew from Southeast Asia, millions of people perished as a direct result. We must therefore stay in Iraq to avoid the same outcome. Other diarists have already discussed the Vietnamese government's successful defeat of the Khmer Rouge and the general fallacy of most neocon arguments concerning our withdrawal but they did not discuss how the Khmer Rouge came to power to begin with.
As the Neocons regroup for another offensive disguised as a "surge", let us go back to early 2003 and see what some of these very same people were saying shortly after the invasion of Iraq. In their own words they label themselves as fools devoid of any credibility. Who could possibly still believe that these individuals have even the faintest grip on reality much less the ability to offer any positive solution to the current fiasco in Iraq? It would all be hilarious if it wasn’t so tragic...
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