Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Fossil Industry's Smoldering Gun

Remember when it became clear that the tobacco industry had pooled their money to buy “scientists” to skew their data in order to confuse and mislead the American People and their policymakers about the real dangers of smoking? Well that day has now come for the fossil industries (coal, oil and auto) represented by the Global Climate Coalition (GCC) in draft documents that are proof positive that the “scientists” on their payroll knew as early as 1995 that human induced global warming was real, that it was happening and that the science behind it was irrefutable and they said so.

That inconvenient and unprofitable information was of course suppressed by maleficent corporate entities concerned about their private harvest in the next few quarters and not about the fruits for all mankind in the next quarter century or quarter millennium.

In the draft documents that the auto industry was ironically forced to reveal during the discovery process of its law suit to stop California regulations to limit greenhouse emissions the GCC “scientists” stated the following:

“The scientific basis for the Greenhouse Effect and the potential impact of human emissions of greenhouse gases such as CO2 on climate is well established and cannot be denied.”

That inconvenient truth was removed the final version of the document as the GCC used their the might of their money and high paid public relations firms to fight the Kyoto Protocol and any curbs on emissions.

Today we are in the Know. Everyone but the GOPsters, the GOPropagandists, their corporate sponsors and their mislead anti-science and anti-intellectual minions (i.e. the 20% of American dead-enders) recognize the reality that we face as a planet. But we’ve lost more than a decade while the greedy profiteers like ExxonMobil have harvested from us handsomely while mortgaging our children’s future.

As a people, it’s time for us to have civil and perhaps even criminal recourse against individuals and groups like the fossil industries that are found to have fomented ignorance and misinformation to confuse and delay allowing them to privatize the profits while socializing the associated costs.

And as soon as Al Franken is seated as the 60th U.S. Senator providing a filibuster proof majority it’s time for the party of “Know” to push the Party of “No” aside, put teeth back into measures to ensure corporate responsibility and move us beyond the age of the fossil industries to a sustainable and renewable future.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

GOPolicy vs the Rule of Law

Apparently to Karl Rove whether one should act legally or illegally is merely a difference in policies between the current administration and the gang of thugs for which he served as Minister of GOPropaganda. On Tuesday Rove in his capacity as paid GOPundit on America's premier pro-torture network Faux news gurgitated the following rant for Desk Chief for Insanity - Sean Hannity:

"What the Obama administration has done in the last several days is very dangerous. What they've essentially said is, If we have policy disagreements with our predecessors, what we're going to do is we're going to turn ourselves into the moral equivalent of a Latin American country run colonels in mirrored sunglasses. And what we're going to do is prosecute, systematically, the previous administration, or threaten prosecutions against the previous administration, based on policy differences."

I guess Karl feels that following and upholding the law is a policy choice that need not burden GOPolicy makers. Then, in what would be an astonishing example of bald faced (not to mention headed) hyprocrisy if it came from anyone but a bu$hite he continued his spewings as follows:

"Is that what we've come to in this country? That if we have a change in administration from one party to another, that we then use the tools of the government to go systematically after the policy disagreements that we have with the previous administration?"

Gee Rover, perhaps you've heard of a little thing called the U.S. Attorney scandal under which at your direction, Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez attempted to misuse the power of the executive branch government to take action against political opponents, timed to influence elections. Remember how your macheiavllian maneuverings resulted in jail time for innocent people (pawns to you) like Georgia Thompson in the Democratic Doyle Administration here in Wisconsin and Democratic Governor of Alabama Don Siegelman you disgusting little man? Doesn't that sort of backstabbing political hackery remind you of say Castros Cuba or our guy in Argentina, Augusto Pinnochette?

Apparently Karl's memory has much stricter bounds than his dumbfounding hypocrisy as he once again tries to pathetically play his old faux patriotism card of "real Americans vs those people from true blue states like say Illinois as follows:

"Now that may be fine in some little Latin American country that's run by, you know, the latest junta. It may be the way that they do things in Chicago. But that's not the way we do things here in America."

So Herr Karl, if I drive a few miles south am I going to need Mein Paperien or am I already outside of your Amerika? I guess I should take comfort in the knowledge that you and your foxvolken ilk are no countymen of mine.

Perhaps you're right that it really does come down to policy differences. On the left hand we have the founding principle of the American Republic, a nation of laws not men, a rejection of the dictatorship of aristocracy and the divine right of kings. Whereas on the extreme right hand we have the GOPolicy of criminals like you, that laws are made for the little people, not the bluebloods of the GOPster elite.

Maybe I'm only dreaming that equal justice will be served, but I hope the Barbara Bush lives long enough to have her "beautiful mind" troubled by her Georgieboy's having to answer and pay for his crimes from Abu Grahb to Bahgram to Gitmo and beyond along with his co-conspirators, Roverboy and the rest.