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This blog used to be about politics. Not so much anymore as I have worked through my fascination with that subject. It now seems appropriate that with a new president and the end of the Bush nightmare that I move on to new subjects that are more in line with my current interests. I may still occasionally express an opinion about political matters but for the most part I will be commenting on music, photography and personal observations. Thank you for reading.

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Predictable Consequences
So... Palin links favorably to a letter from a 95 year old veteran who feels compelled to write to his congressman to address the alleged failings of our current president.

I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.

Followed by a laundry list of Fox news talking points about how the president is destroying the country and betraying the ideals of Americans. Which would be understandable if any of it were actually true... (sigh)

For example...

When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you're not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you're thinking of.

... straight from the mouths of Dick Cheney and Fox News. Its absurd to say that the president should always do what his generals want, which is a careless abdication of decision making on his part. Also absurd is believing that the only way to "win" this battle is more troops. This is the canard being pushed by the president's political enemies who continuously throw stones from the sidelines from which they were so pointedly relegated to in the last election.

But the details are unimportant. The point here is that all decisions made by the president are instantaneously criticized by the right wing talkers as wrong and foolish. The constant drumbeat of negativism has an effect on perception. If you spend any considerable amount of time watching right wing television you will get a distorted view of reality. This man, despite his best intentions, is acting on bad information he is getting from the right wing political news outlets.

Its a real shame that people are being mislead, deceived, manipulated and lied to by Fox News and the right wing political outlets. Instead of applauding what this man is writing I am scared that such tactics are having a real effect on people.

not why, but why not
But with the arrival of factory turkey farming in the 1960's, all that changed. Factory-farm turkeys don't even see the outdoors. Instead, as many as 10,000 turkeys that hatched at the same time are herded from brooders into a giant barn. These barns generally are windowless, but are illuminated by bright lights 24 hours a day, keeping the turkeys awake and eating.

Some people ask me why I am a vegetarian. I sometimes find myself wondering.. "why not?" There are many good reasons to be a vegetarian and only a few not to be:

1) You don't care.
2) It'd be an inconvenience to you.

By now it just makes sense and I can't think of ever eating meat again. It always disturbs me a little when I meet people who still have some weird meat fetish. In order to keep eating meat, you have to willfully ignore the bizarro world of animal food production and cling to a level of ignorance that is almost mind numbing. It seems as though we are in denial over what has happened to our relationship to the natural world.

Tea Party Zombies
What's so sad is that in an effort to push the political agenda in the direction they think will be best for their immediate interests, political actors like Fox News and their ilk are mobilizing a large group of people who are too ignorant to realize that the misinformation they are acting on is going to hurt us all in the long run.

I don't doubt that many of these people who show up at the tea party rallies are motivated by what they feel is right for this country. What I do regret is that some people feel it is best for themselves to feed people wrong information.

For the record, Palin is a dupe like so many on this video. She doesn't realize that she is parroting the same stupidity that is being fed to all of us. Once you are armed some critical thinking skills you can ward off such stupidity.


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