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Tue, 29 Mar '05 Syndicated editorial, Ann McFeaters: Outrage over high energy prices

Response: The slap-awake fast approaches for selfish, sleepwalking, superficially fascinated America.

This time, says Ann, Americans seem resigned to high prices and are complaining less. Less complaining, because they can still get what they want by paying more. But wait a few years 'til supplies get disturbingly glitchy. Then the outrage will come, says Ann. And wait a bit more until it goes beyond home heat and gasoline to water and food. Wait until a billion or so people perish. Then we'll put a little slant-four in the SUV and not all take off for Memorial Day like a bunch of idiots.

Yes, this, it seems, is what it takes to get people's attention in this fluoride-dumbed-down nation: a disturbance in the licentious pursuit of "the dream," a zap to the comfort zone, a threat to convenience and driving around neurotically. Up to that point, it's planet-be-damned.

Tue, 29 Mar '05 S&E editorial: A call to action

We can't win the war, says S&E, but we can do a better job trying. In other words, waste even more energy barking up the wrong tree. See response below to S&E series on drugs "Decades of Addiction."

Wed, 23 Mar '05 Syndicated editorial, Bill Press: DeLay's dirty dozen could sink GOP

Response: Hardly, the place is just too corrupt

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has been up to many dirty tricks involving money and political financing. So far, he's danced around the fire, avoiding the flames of justice. But he's now closer to getting burned.

That's nice, but the story shows just how BAD, and how CROOKED, and how LYING power brokers have to get before coming to justice these days. He should have been gone years ago. However, even his manipulations are child's play compared to the cirminality of BushCo in general. Yet, the beat goes on—in good part because Americans just don't pay attention.

Sun, 20 Mar - Tue, 29 March Special 10-part report: "Decades of Addiction"

Good intention, but lacks depth.

An attempt by the S&E to describe, analyze and seek solutions to the illicit drug trade in the area, which, says editor Jeff McMenemy, is the worst problem the area faces.

Mr McMenemy's assertion is his opinion, to which he's entitled. My opinion is that his opinion is either motivated by political correctness or a dangerous lack of awareness (especially for a newpaper editor) about several other threats we face, not the least of which is legal drugs.

A biting irony is that many legal drugs are more dangerous and abused. Where's the corresponding outcry? On the contrary, we're dying to get 'em from Canada (pun intended). This category kills around 130,000 people a year. All street drugs combined can't even hold a candle, and you can throw in auto accidents and plane crashes.

While officials hold forth on illegal drugs, The unsustainable, hypnotic, conventional growth game ("smart" or otherwise) we play into is also a self-destructive "fix"—for a form of addiction similar to the heroin problem. The main difference? Growth dependency, although it gives a pleasant high, is by orders of magnitude a worse problem than McMenemy says the drug issue is. For one thing, because status-quo economics is based on constant war and on our expenditure of about a half $trillion annually on the machines of death, so that foreigners will continue to invest in military contractors.

Now we see a new plan to weaponize space:
John E. Pike, director of, a nongovernmental defense think tank, said yesterday that the Falcon and CAV programs will allow the United States "to crush someone anywhere in world on 30 minutes' notice with no need for a nearby air base."

If we continue on this path in America, within the next decade certainly, but perhaps even within 5 years, we could see a nuclear exchange, a dirty bomb exploded in the U.S. as well as in other parts of the world, the return of the draft, the suspension of the Constitution, a full-blown police state, the end of health care entirely except for the very wealthy, and an economic catastrophe in America that will make 1929 look like a cornucopia of abundance. Add to this every form of pollution humankind has created within the past century, the end of clean air and water, intolerable climate changes resulting from global warming, and a looming energy crisis that could have fatal effects as early as winter '05-6.

But overall, is the forceful approach to drugs really appropriate? Overzealous political correctness obscures the truth: The worst problems associated with drugs, especially accessory crimes and violence, arise from their very illegality.

Drugs will never be controlled locally. Enormous tax-free profit creates an infinite supply of dealers of an infinite supply of drugs infinitely demanded. Illegality supports that profit and a self-perpetuating, court-choking, expensive, violent, futile merry-go-round that's actually an insult to freedom. Legislation against personal choice is un-American.

Officials might want to face up to the fact that the global market is run by "legitimate" people in high places (like Wall St/CIA), who count on the illegality to scoop the half $trillion annual naughty-money, which serves all manner of hijinx, like supporting terror, criminal clandestine "black ops," and propping up this insane economy.

Does anyone think the half trillion is laundered by local credit unions? Big banks and Wall Street play major roles.

Decriminalizing/legalizing, regulating--even taxing--drugs, then putting resources squandered on cops-and-robbers games, prosecution, and incarceration into education, outreach and rehab is the peaceful, humane approach. Not street war.

With the exception of a few helpful comments by officials and police, it's mostly a politically correct, in-the-box analysis with moments of uncompassionate and snobbish bottom-line concerns. Weakest perhaps is what is cited as cause of the 'epidemic'--loss of the mills that used to turn the All-America City's river red, white, and blue; or the "long-hairs" of the '60s.

Here's one that gets me: those dirty homeless people are sullying the pristine downtown area of "Stepford" and must be shooed out of sight by more police to make way for decent folk.

Einstein said insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results. Is the chest-thumping repressive approach a big part of the problem?

To solve this, honesty is required, not PC rhetoric. Honesty, for example, about who really controls the illegal drug trade, and why they like the illegality; about cultural and collective responsibility in addition to individual; about the baseline drug-ready mentality of our society; about how the legal-drug and lifestyle assault on the brain and body contributes to imbalances that facilitate addiction;...

...about decriminalizing the scene to remove the violence, because drug abuse is a psychosocietal/health issue, not criminal; about how this is about a majority bunch of conventionalized drug and food addicts stigmatizing a minority group and playing high and mighty; and finally, about how the illegal drug threat to society pales in the face of the legal-drug trade.

Decriminalizing/legalizing, regulating--even taxing--drugs, then putting resources squandered on cops-and-robbers games, prosecution, and incarceration into education, outreach and (reformed) rehab is the peaceful, humane approach.

What to do about massive hypocrisy and reactionary mentality might be the next question.

Sat, 19 Mar '05 Article: Groups help save wild mustangs from slaughter

Response: Some good news!

In Reno Nevada, Wild Horses Wyoming buys horses sold at auction by the feds for horsemeat, and will turn them out on land they hope to acquire. It's nice to know people have come to the rescue of these magnificent animals. It's also nice to know this is where America has come--killing horses. What's next, dogs?

Sat, 19 Mar '05 Article: Vermont earmarks $300,000 for wind development

Response: Ah, they're developing the wind :-)

Money is for wind-power demonstration projects—apparently the people have to be convinced of the value of this, even though there are several turbines already running successfully at schools and farms. Some folks worry about the landscape. Nutso. They may change their tune when blackouts come and people freeze to death.

But the most interesting thing in the story is the revelation that Vermont had the first large-scale wind turbine a'way back in 1941.

Talk about a repressed technology.

Sat, 19 Mar '05 Article: Maine legislation raises question about legality of prescription drug containers

Response: Drug-culture paranoia threatens sanity.

Putting prescription pills in a dispenser box is a crime! The law supposedly helps police verify proper ownership, and nail illegal drug traffickers, and was put in place because prescription drug abuse has gone through the roof. A bill is being proposed to allow grandma to move her pills from the original container.

Gee, wonder how those 'scrips' are getting out there.

Sat, 19 Mar '05 Letter to editor, Robert A Saudelli: Opposition to gay marriage not just knee-jerk 'bigotry'

Response: Nope—it's knee-jerk fear.

"Just" really means "only" knee-jerk bigotry, but the overweening inability to live and let live, and the obsession with getting everyone to think like you do, disguised with platitudes about the 'timeless wisdom' and 'civilization's foundation.'

People who argue Robert's position simply fail to see that homosexuality is as old as man, and has yet to destroy civilization, nor is it remotely likely to. All people want is to be treated equally under the law, and be given the respect anyone deserves.

I don't know how the gays feel, but I wouldn't care how the straights define things, as long as I got all my rights. Keep your goody-two-shoe definition of marriage, but just give all people the same rights.

Robert claims, but fails to make the case, that redefining marriage will undermine society. Just how is that? It's not like heteros will be immediately obligated to cease their foundational activities. Life will go on. The problem really is, the straightlaced are just a little frustrated and afraid that society might become liberated, which will be a slap in the face to their parochialism. Is Robert's religious indoctrination is peeking through, despite his attempt to hide it with philosophy?

In fact, it can be argued that, since nuclear-family patriarchy has prevailed over the course of history, and that we're on the brink of destroying ourselves and the planet, that maybe normal marriage hasn't been the best thing for civilization after all.

And if all this leads to other variations on committed relationship (itself perhaps a prison of 'love'?), the only thing that will truly be threatened is the vague fear and narrow-mindedness of control freaks.

Sat, 19 Mar '05 Article: Leminster woman enters Ward 2 race

Response: Woman failed by medical merry-go-round.

Mary Jean, who claims her children have had health problems—pneumonia, migraines, sinusitis, and asthma brought on by pollutants in school buildings, is challenging uncumbent Wayne Nickel for City Councilor.

Ms Jean has had an enormous struggle with the illness of her kids, and has been fighting to get te problem recognized, identified, and solved.

One has to admire her determination. However, if the problem were just the buildings, we'd expect to see a lot more people affected. Only one other parent has complained that I'm aware of. What this means is the susceptibility factor may be taking a back seat. A complicating factor is that she's been taking the kids to the medical doctor, who can/will do nothing for the ecological foundation of susceptibility.

Threats to health exist all around us all the time. Whether we succumb depends on a host of factors, the most critical being the overall ecological balance of the body. For example, of the mucosal tissues are strong and healthy enough, respiratory symptoms such as pneumonia, will not arise, because the microorganism is discouraged by the environement, rejected by the mucus membrane, and/or deactivated by immune globulins in the tissue.

Mary might need to look at the kids' "house" as well at the school's.

Wed, 16 Mar '05 Article: Stem cell debate heats up on Beacon Hill

Response: Much debate, wrong emphasis.

Advocates are making a major push for legislation allowing embryonic stem cell research. A new "poll" demonstrates support for it and the widespread ignorance about health.

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Wed, 16 Mar '05 Article: Study: Radiation for breast cancer no longer poses heart risk

Response: Oh, the miracles of modern medicine!

Radiation for breast cancer has been made much more accurate, so won't damage heart now. Great—this tells us that they used to do it anyway, violating the fundamental medical tenet: First, do no harm.

Radiation, which causes cancer and tissue damage, is now safe, says an article published in 'today's' Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the study having been done by Dr. Sharon Giordano of the Univ of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Gee, what would happen to all the august publications and institutions if a cure were actually found? Poof! That's why the cure never will be found--unless they can find or create something to replace the trillion-dollar baby.

Wed, 16 Mar '05 Article: Bill seeks to make Moxie Maine state beverage

Response: If this doesn't totally epitomize cultural stupidity, what does?

The bill says the very name "symbolizes spirit and courage," qualities esteemed by Mainers. That's it, folks. People are going to give an icon of unhealthy consumerism an indelible claim to fame in the law books.

One guy even says it tastes wierd, but that you just keep drinking and you'll get past it. It's called a "soft drink." But there's nothing soft about the high sugar, carbon dioxide (a body waste product) content, and extreme acidity of soda pop. The drink originated as a snake oil remedy in the 1870's, invented by Dr. Augustin Thompson (what else—a scion of conmedicine), that claimed to cure "almost any ill," including "paralysis and softening of the brain."

Looks to me like it causes softening of the brain.

Wed, 16 Mar '05 Letter to the editor, Marcus DiNatale: Mayor Mylott is making reasonable progress against crime.

Response: Exemplifies fear-driven obeisance to fascist state

The writer makes various points about the successes, under difficult conditions, especially fiscal ones, that the mayor has made, and says that the mayor's earlier state-of-the-city speach was accurate in saying Fitchburg is winning the war against drugs. All well and good.

A tactic seen as useful and necessary is the drug-car impound ordinance being put in place, where police can impound a car and fine a person on the spot if arrested on drug or prostitution charges. The dangerous thing for America is DiNatale's willingness to violate the constitution for convenience—the practical "necessity" of ordinances such as these.

Yes, Americans have been all too willing to swallow the fascist line to assuage their fears and wallow in the comfort of greater security. Neither of these things has anything to do with freedom. This is what the Nazis did to the people.

"Oh, please, Mr, government man, take my freedom, my rights, my civil liberties—take it all, just keep me safe from all the evil out there so I can shop and get brain-dead on my couch watching Jack and Bobby."

Wed, 16 Mar '05 Syndiacted editorial, Dan Thomasson: Congress now batting cleanup

Response: Major league baseball bigger than Congress? It appears so.

Thomasson asks, "whether involvement in the mythical national pastime gives a group of wealthy capitalists and the relatively small number of men they employ the right to defy the legislature's constitutional authority. The sport's lawyers have announce intention to thwart congressional subpoenas claiming that the House is exceeding and misusing its powers.

Even though this is about baseball and the steroid scandal, it demonstrates a wider principle, which Thomasson points out: the ability and propensity of corporate power to sway and corrupt the government--as baseball's officials did in the 1920s with the Supreme Court exemption to the antitrust laws. Now the captains have turned a blind eye to performance enhancement in order to keep the stands full.

The editorial also touches, albeit obliquely, on the madness that is Americans' obsession with the game—which obsession is a perfect example of the distractions that have allowed the government to be stolen from under the un-watchful eye of the citizens.

Wed, 16 Mar '05 Article: Letter: City Schools may have made fourth person sick

Response: In more ways than one

Kids and one staff have been suffering from pneumonia, migraines, asthma, and sinusitis. What we apparently have here is an acute situation precipitated by some aspect of the building, such as too much hot air, as Health Director Christopher Knuth suggests. Or, there may be mold involved, although none has been found. It remains a mystery.

One thing is certain--people vary in their susceptibility, or else everyone would be getting sick. In addition to looking at the building, officials and parents might also look to the affected individuals holistically. Instead, they get to go to the hosptal, wherein whatever imbalance predisposed them to the symptomologies will be ignored or exacerbated.

One way the schools insidiously make everyone sick is with the school lunch program, a shining example of health unawareness driven by that serious threat to wellness known as dietetics. That's just a guess now—that the state would hire or consult with someone like that to set up menus for schools.

Mon, 14 Mar '05 Article: Children face uphill battle for mental health care

Response: Struggling to get the wrong thing?

Kids (teens) aren't getting needed help is said to be caused by a funding problem. As usual, the issue is too narrowly defined. No doubt, in the BushCo era of war and death first, people second, funding is an issue. But nowhere is mentioned the connection between mental/emotional instability and toxic loads. For example, undetected brain inflammation can cause depression without the person even knowing why.

In our frantic, neurotic, and fear-driven, violent culture, purely psychological issues can no doubt be part of the problem. The caveat there, however, is one of definition of disease. Any behavior that doesn't fit the consensus norm of cog-in-the-wheel social unit programming could be defined as a mental problem. Someone said there's nothing healthy about becoming well adjusted to a sick society. And again, "Only by the most outrageous violation of ourselves do we come into conformity with a society bent on its own destruction." - R.D. Laing.

Does anyone know, however, just how much aberrant behavior arises from the myriad ways youngsters, with their immature central nervous systems, are simply poisoned in our great society? Doubtful, since the prevailing "wisdom" hasn't looked into it. It begins with conception by unhealthy/unaware parents, continues from birth with the poison vaccine needle, and proceeds with the patently stupid American sugar/milk/meat/bread processed diet, laced with pesticides and the chemical feast.

The wonder is, any kid makes it through this trial by fire of unawareness, greed, and malfeasance. Imagine the futility of looking for psychological solutions to toxicity.

Obviously, both psycho and toxic aspects can interact. Any emotional challenge is magnified when brain function is compromised. The sin is, patients are not routinely given a holistic regimen to restore physical/energetic balance and see what the baseline is. They just dumb 'em down with drugs.

The article begins with a story about a teen with bipolar disorder. The sad part is, even if the funding were there, what he'd probably get is a drug that will damage his kidneys—lithium carbonate, for example. One psychologist declared in a letter to me that ..."bipolar diisorder" is not a disease except in the twisted minds of psychiatrists and other "mental health" professionals. Check out Madness, Heresy, and the Rumor of Angels: The Revolt Against the Mental Health System, by Seth Farber, PhD.

Mon, 14 Mar '05 Syndicated editorial, Scripps Howard: Let the sun shine in

Response: SH gets another one right

Concerns government secrecy and the Freedom of Information Act. SH is for shining light on secrecy, it says. I couldn't agree more. What better cover for cirminal activity than to hind behind the "national security" excuse? There should be NO secrecy whatsoever, meaning that at some level, all secrets of all agencies should be viewable by representatives of the people, and most should be viewable by the people and press.

A problem with our reps seeing the info is, of course, there's no guarantee of thier honesty in deciding whether the info reveals a crime. They can easily be bought or intimidated, especially when big money is at stake—which it usually is.

Sun, 13 Mar '05 Newsmakers, Op-Ed feature: Dentist: Don't grind away your good dental health

Response: Mmmmmm, tasty mixture of truth and propaganda

Local dentist, Arthur Eddy from Shirley, discusses bruxism. Intermixed with this marginally helpful piece is obvious propaganda from the American Dental Association. One of the worst aspects of this is the suggestion that "silver-amalgam" fillings are safe and effective. Eddy is careful to use that term several times. What he leaves out is that the other half of the amalgam (a molecular/physical joining of two or more metals) is our good friend mercury—one of the most potent neurotoxins known to man.

Here's the ADA logic: Before mercury goes into your mouth, it is a nasty poison that its handlers must avoid contact with. When it comes out of your mouth in the dentist's office, it is hazardous waste, and must be disposed of accordingly. When it's in your mouth, however, placed there by your friendly ADA puppet, it's safe as Mom and Apple Pie.

This is a highly questionable position, and has been severely challenged—so much so that some countries have banned mercury fillings. Not so in the good ol' United Snakes, however. Be aware that a lot of industry "quackspeak" is out there to discredit those who warn of mercury toxicity.

In the book Tooth Truth, Frank J. Jerome, DDS spends over 400 pages explaining why mercury, or ANY of the comment metals used in modern dentistry, is a recipe for disaster. Among other things this practice damages immunity. Here's a quote from the Foreword by James P. Frackelton, MD, past president, American College for Advancement in Medicine:
The human body's natural ability to heal itself and the immune system has been under attack by not only environmental pollution, but also by procedural pollution from dental and medical professions from the use of toxic drugs, chemicals, root-canal therapy, radiation, and excessive surgeries. Rather than take leadership in protecting peopl from piosons, they actively support and condone the addition of chemicals, such as fluorides in the environment.

Dr. Frackelton isn't a writer, but his points are well taken. To see a sample of the book.

Another book, Root Canal Cover-Up, by George E. Meinig, DDS, tells the history of root-canal and associated procedures that have cause a wave of chronic degenerative illness for decades. Meinig, with 47 years of practice and a founding member of the American Association of Endodontists, bases his work on the monumental studies pursued in great depth early in the 20th century by Dr. Weston Price, one of the world's greatest dentists.

Price demonstrated beyond any question that root-canaled teeth retain bacteria that leak into the blood, along with their toxins, and cause a host of problems. Meinig estimates that a large percentage of the chronic degenerative illness in the world has been caused by dentistry. Book still in print, available on Amazon. Also see Hal Huggins's page.

Sun, 13 Mar '05 Editor's column: A series you'll want to read

Response: Can't wait for this PC snowstorm

The S&E will hold forth with a 10-part series, "Decades of Addiction—Drugs in North Central Mass,"—what the paper considers ..."the biggest problem facing our region..."

Well, right off the bat, this is in no way the biggest problem we face, and will disappear like a drop of water on a hot frying pan when the eco/energy/economy crisis arrives. And that's only the beginning of the mis-definitions this series is bound to deliver, because most people see it in the programmed, PC way. We'll see how S&S handles it.

Meantime, we are in a much greater present crisis of health mediated by a greed-driven and malfeasant corporate medical beast than we are the illegal drug threat.

Sun, 13 Mar '05 Sentinel & Enterprise editorial: Strike murderer from donor list

Response: the epitome of S&E PC BS

The S&E has tendered some real 'beauts' in the past--lots of self-righteous, hypocritical, goody-two-shoe palaver, but this one takes the grand prize. It complains that the name of Stephen CampBasso, who shot to death his live-in lover and then killed himself, appears on a commemorative donor plaque for the new Leominster library. Haughtily, the author writes "...a confessed murderer's name on a plaque in a public library... is simply indefensible. Oh really, ye of good faith?

Steve's tragic end does not tell the story of his life. His gentleness, understanding, and kindness were instrumental in helping my dying mother compose her Living Will--without charge. He helped many other people in many ways as well.

On 11 March, a syndicated editorial ran, entitled The quality of mercy, about presidents' strong history of pardons and commutations of sentences. Bush is way behind the average (see below)--"strangely," because he "seems determined to see the best in people," something the overweening S&E (whoever "we" is) is unable to do.

Consider one pardon of many America has accepted: Elliot Abrams, one mastermind of Iran-Contra wherein 30,000 people were killed, and who is now back as senior director of the National Security Council's office for democracy, human rights and international operations. Right! Ronald Reagan, whose policies resulted in the death of about 100,000 people in South America, is revered as "one of the greatest presidents." Pardon me while I gag.

Steve's was an act of passion, not premeditation like Bush/Reagan/North/Abrams. Nor is commemorating his goodness an insult to the unfortunate Ryan Curtis or his family--even if they take it that way. It's simply understanding that the man's life isn't defined by whatever pain overwhelmed reason, resulting in an act contrary to his amply demonstrated character. Bless Susan Shelton for seeing this.

S&E: you are forgiven for your deficiency of compassion and reason.

Sat, 12 Mar '05 Three editorials, two syndicated, one local.

1) Scripps Howard: Not propaganda if it's true

ResponseL: Big IF

Bemoans BushCo's inability to convince the Arab world of its noble efforts over there, implying that the unpopularity of our policies over there is just a misunderstanding, and saying that it could be straighened out with some proper PR work.

Let's bring back the USIA, or United States Information Agency, says SH. Otherwise known as a psyops outfit (psychological propaganda machine), USIA could be used, says SH to "convince" people over there the US is "not just a sometimes overweening superpower, but a nation of high ideals, constructive ideas and intentions and worthwhile goals.

Absolutely: high ideals, which our international clandestine, military, and corporate behavior shows is mostly lip service, and that we don't even stick to within our borders: constructive ideas and intentions—which amount primarily to letting corporations run rampant over their nations, trampling people and the planet, as we allow here; and worthwhile goals—a euphemism for that which will fatten the fat cats even fatter.

This is really the epitome of Scripps Howard's usual editorial crapfest.

2) Bill Press: Keep politicians out of the pulpit

Response: Amen to that brother

Moron Republican Congressman Walter Jones (NC) has introduced a bill grandly called "Freedom of Speech for America's Houses of Worship," which means allowing religious leaders to endorse political candidates from the pulpit. This is part of the drive to turn the US into a functioning, if not literal, theocracy--that which we so abhor elsewhere, and even blow them up to prove it--except Israel, of course, which is a colonial, fascist, sectarian, expansionist, theocratic 'democracy.'

3) Joseph Testa, Lunenburg: government is infringing on rights of parents

Response: Another big Amen to that, brother

He discusses the poor quality of some students being turned out by the school systems. Kids who can barely get through a sentence, who can't read, spell, or understand the basics of math. He attributes this to government creating a situation that "let's children run the show," meaning to him that now all kids have to do is "dial 911 and turn the parents into victims of the never-ending insanity of the DSS and the judicial system.

I can't speak to the abilities of young graduates, but he's got a major point about DSS and the judicial system, about which all too many horror stories of family abuse and destruction exist. Government inept bureaucracy has usurped the right of parents to be parents. It is unfortunately true, however, that nothing guarantees that, just because two people produce offspring that they have what it takes to be parents. Most don't even know what it takes to be healthy before they do it, or to ensure the health of the kids. State help/interference naturally rears its head. But it, too, is ignorant about health.

It's a sad state of affairs for the ones in the middle--the kids, our hope for the future.

Fri, 11 Mar '05, Syndicated editorial, Scripps Howard News: The quality of mercy.

Response: Sometimes a euphemism for rewarding crime

A discussion of presidential pardons in history, saying W Bush isn't doing his share. It doesn't say what offenses were forgiven, and that should be the point. It also says Bush "always seems determined to see the best in people." Pardon me while I choke on that nonsense. Wasn't it he who executed more people in Texas than any previous governor, and wasn't it he who mocked someone--a woman I think-- begging for mercy while he, in effect, pulled the switch?

In light of the offenses involved, let's look at a one pardon that ranks pretty rank--GHW Bush pardoning Elliot Abrams, one of the masterminds of Iran-Contra, wherein about 30,000 people were murdered during "The Gipper's" tenure--the Great Communicator, Ronny Star Wars Raygun, aka Bush puppet. Mr Doody and Daddy Bush also ended the lives of another 70,000 or so in El Salvador, both scenarios arising from corporate agendas being 'executed' so to speak.

Murderer Oliver North, who was "effectively" pardoned for his testimony, and who should still be hanging by his thumbs, now has his own TV show. Mercy is one thing, setting murderous corporate conspirators scott free is another.

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