Saturday, February 12, 2005

Remembering Our Terrorists at Home

Okay, this one is going to come from left field and I have absolutely no figures to back up any of my opinions, but it has always bothered me when the government claims to shut down non-profit organizations for sending money for terrorist organizations when, in fact, Americans have been doing so for many years. I reference the Houston Chronicle article about the mosque attended by Hakeem Oijalon being questioned last week, and I agree that if there is a paper trail establishing a link between this organization and AlQuida, it should be dealt with. However, if we are going to attack Muslim organization, we need to be consistent and look into Christian ones as well.

There have been attacks on abortion clinic since the Roe v Wade decision. Most, if not all, of these have been funded by fundamentalist Christian groups who oppose abortion. If our government were to spend any equal amount of money investigating these group, a similar paper trail would appear. Why does this not happen? Because abortion is such a hot button issue for both parties that neither wants to touch it. Is this in the best interest of the American people? No, but we ignore the issue because it is too hot to handle.

Has anyone ever celebrated St Patrick's Day? Americans should know that the IRA has benefited from these annual observances for nearly 100 years. When the Irish immigrants came to America, they brought with them their own nationalism, and have used American's love of the event to raise money for their purposes ever since.

Anti-Abortion Groups = IRA = Al Quida All terrorists get their money and weapons from the same sources. We can either be part of the problem, or part of the solution. W is our problem; lets think of a solution in the next four years and we may just have a future.


Wednesday, February 09, 2005

A real jounalist wakes up - declares vote fraud in Ohio presidential election

Christopher Hitchens is someone who I don't normally read. He commonly writes for Slate, the online zine. I have been known to criticize him in the past, especially as he was an early advocate for war with Iraq. However, he just came out with an article in Vanity Fair saying that the result of the Bush winning in Ohio could only have come about through massive vote fraud.

I guess I'll have to go out and buy the magazine. In the meantime the Kossacks over at the Daily Kos have a quite a dialog going about this.


Monday, February 07, 2005

Hubert Vo Wins (despite widespread fraud by the Republicans)

One of DeLay's Storm Troopers down, so many more to defeat. In any case, Hubert Vo took out the dreaded Talmage Heflin by "at least 16 votes". Of course, with the whole system stacked against him, and the "hear no evil, see no evil (unless it's a liberal with his pants down)" media doing its normal "stellar" job, it's amazing that the election wasn't stolen from him at gun point, in the middle of the day, in front of the Capital building.


Stuff that pisses me off

Reasons why I think Texas Republicans are the most selfish people in the world.

Feb. 6, 2005, 1:16PM


Wealthy area, tight purse strings

Collin County does little to give health care to its needy residents

Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle


PLANO - Flat broke, out of work for nine months and with only an old SUV to his name, William Wright was stunned to learn he is too well off for public health care in Collin County.

"I think I fit the idea of low-income," said Wright, 28, who last worked as a satellite-dish installer. "I'm no-income."

In June, he spent seven days in a McKinney hospital after a near-fatal highway accident. When Wright, who was uninsured, applied for county help to pay more than $50,000 in doctor and hospital bills, he found that Texas' wealthiest county — home to sprawling new houses, luxury stores and corporate campuses — gives little to help the poor in need of medical care.

"They said I made too much," said Wright, who would have to have earned less than $2,328 a year to qualify for indigent health care in Collin County.

"They brag they haven't spent taxpayer money on this in 20 years," said Pam Kaus, health care coordinator for Collin County Interfaith. The group, which has been vocal on the issue, was rebuffed in 2003 when it sought county money to open a clinic.

With the highest median household income in Texas — $70,835 in the 2000 Census, compared with a statewide median of $39,927 — the county can afford to take care of its needy, Kaus contends.

"They can't be shamed," said John Margulies, spokesman for the privately owned North Central Medical Center in McKinney. The hospital cut its association with county health programs last year, saying reimbursements were too low.

Neighbor foots the bill

Those in-patient stays, plus 4,575 outpatient visits by uninsured Collin County people that year, left Parkland $6 million in unpaid bills, according to an audit report.

Because of Parkland, Dallas County's taxes are double those of its northern neighbor.

"Parkland believes anybody who shows up should get health care. It's not our problem they don't qualify patients before they admit them," said Collin County Commissioner Phyllis Cole, who said she believes health care should be left to charities and the private sector. "I wish they would get off my back."

More stuff that pisses me off

Republicans that write about or talk about what the Democratic Party should and should not stand for. Even more than that, I am pissed off at Democrats who listen to these assholes.

Stuff that doesn't piss me off

Hubert Vo is closer to winning this thing over Heflin.