Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the sometimes foggy island of Nantucket! Great to be with you on this Sunday morning, the fourth day of September, 2011, and I hope you and yours are enjoying a fine Labor Day week end. Before the Sunday morning talk shows come on in roughly an hour, shows that will undoubtedly be speaking to the severe jobs crisis in America, the President’s upcoming speech on Thursday about how we can ‘fix it’, a tall order considering the ‘other half’ of our failing democracy is hell bent on tanking the economy so as to fill that position with the likes of someone such as Rick, “I’m concealing a weapon”, Perry, or something to do with the upcoming republican debates that will be moderated by NBC’s Brian Williams, I can tell you one thing that will not be discussed–the environment. I will go into this in the next week in greater detail, however, to keep it simple on this Sunday morning, the Obama administration made a great blunder on Friday by allowing big corporate polluters, such as Koch Industries, to keep on doing what they do best–raping our land for profit at the expense of our own people’s health–as in clean air and clean drinking water. It seems that the EPA, the environmental protection agency, will no longer have ANY teeth whatsoever, as the clean air standards set back in 1997, that needed to be updated for all of the NEW pollution, have expired, leaving the big polluters, ALL of them, a carte blanche to do whatever they wish, with no oversight and no penalties for creating air quality levels akin to 1930’s London, where the fog was so dense with sub-atomic particles from the factory smoke stacks, that people could not breathe…hence the famous “London Fog” we all thought was so quaint back when we were all ignorant of a little word called SCIENCE. Another item the Sunday morning talk shows will not be speaking to are the contents, the real contents, of Dick Cheney’s new book, “In my time”, a interesting read if you are into fictional history, such as as Michener or the like… On September 2nd, Reverend Al Sharpton, notable civil rights activist, and new host of MSNBC’s “Politics Nation”, airing every week night at 6 p.m., EDT, highly recommended, had, as his guest, John Nichols, of the Nation Magazine. John has written two, count them, 2, books on our former ‘Vice President’, Dick Cheney, and, of course, has read the aforementioned fiction. In this interview, John pointed out some FACTS about Mr. Cheney, in Dick’s own words, you know, written by HIM, and some of his recent comments about the ‘reckless spending’ being done by the current administration in comparison with his own. For the record, the Obama administration has spent 1.44 trillion dollars (figures projected out to the year 2017), compared to the Bush administration’s 5.7 trillion. Who was in charge of all of that ‘run away spending’ anyway? According to Dick, he was, for when budget talks ever came up, the Treasury Secretary at the time, Paul O’Neill, was not invited to the table. According to Nichols, Paul was the “only successful businessman at the table as Dick Cheney, the former CEO of now infamous Halliburton ‘of Iraq’, ran that company into the ground before becoming the Vice President of this here United States in 2000, and then, as he took control of the Executive branch, ran THIS country into the ground, per the evidence you see on the streets of America today.” Sorry John for paraphrasing a little bit there, but I think we all get the point. The reason Mr. O’Neill was not invited to the table was for his ‘obstructionist’ views on irresponsible tax breaks for billionaires and millionaires, who, have made out like bandits in this past decade of the war, war on both a literal and figurative front–wars with other sovereign nations for profit along with the wars against the common man in this great land of ours. What strikes me as odd is simply this–why would anyone be proud of THAT? Food for thought on this Sunday brunch from Cape Cod and the islands, sorry to disturb you, but if you want real, honest “Nichols”, look no further than John’s articles in “The Nation Magazine”, where you won’t find any of the wooden variety found on the Rupert Murdoch fun hour of FOX NEWS, where the horse$hit never stops flying. Have a wonderful rest of the week end folks and, who knows, perhaps you will get another ‘message in a bottle’ from seacapecod.net tomorrow morning–same bat time, same bat channel. Oh, and, as an extremely important side note, please help, should you wish, your brothers and sisters on the Somalian/Kenyan border, all 12 million of them, mostly women and children, who are dying in the worst FAMINE the world has ever witnessed. To help Google Oxfam for more information, or visit, savethechildren.org or care.org–you will be glad you did. PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M
September 4, 2011
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