Short pieces

Too nice to impeach

The Democrats are such nice people, and it was especially nice of them to express gentle forgiveness for the high crimes and misdemeanors of Bush&Co. Good start, I say, and as long as they're in this balmy mood of kindness to criminals, they should also go ahead and free all the serial killers, rapists and other violent offenders. After all, common criminals are far less dangerous to society than the Bush team.

Daniel Borgström
November 16, 2006

Daddy will pay

Guess who's going to pay the cost of rebuilding the Gaza electricity plant that the Israelis bombed? We, the U.S. tax payers, will be paying it because the power station was insured by a U.S. government agency, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz (7/2/2006). Well, that's what daddies are for--to pay the bill when junior goes out and breaks windows. Or, maybe it's about time we Americans wake up to the fact that we're supporting a full-blown, hardcore juvenile delinquent.

Daniel Borgström
July 14, 2006

Tips of the icecaps

CRITICS OVERREACTED when they stopped the sale of U.S. ports to the United Arab Emirates. No harm would've come to us from the deal because we have already created a foolproof safety factor — global warming. It would've gone like this: We sell the ports, the UAE takes over and the terrorists move in. Meanwhile, the polar icecaps melt, the oceans rise about 20 feet, the ports get inundated, and the terrorists there drown.

Daniel Borgström
April 2, 2006

RE: Dick Cheney's quail hunting accident

I like guns, I hate gun control and I firmly believe in defending the Second Amendment, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights. But I do concede that there are some fools out there who should never under any circumstances be allowed to handle firearms -- or nuclear weapons either.

Daniel Borgström
February 16, 2006

Judge Samuel Alito

Samuel Alito is really slick, like a bar of soap on a bathroom floor. He'd be a great defense lawyer; and if I were in Jack Abramoff's shoes, Alito would be my first choice. As it is, it looks like Alito will be confirmed for the Supreme Court. No question about his qualifications, Alito will be a justice who can work the US Constitution and fit it to Bush's fancy.

Daniel Borgström
January 10, 2006

Democratic enablers

A few days ago the Democratic National Committee mailed me a "Grassroots Survey." It was a multiple choice questionnaire with insufficient options. Within the framework offered, there was no way to express my real responses. Moreover, for the most part, they failed to ask the real questions -- which suggests that they don't want to hear my real opinions on issues such as:

The War in Iraq. Over 2000 dead GIs. Cuts in veterans benefits. Supreme Court nominations. Globalization. Torture. The stealing of the 2004 election. Impeachment of Bush & Cheney.

Bush and Cheney have messed up so badly that only the Democrats can save them, and I truly fear they will. The Democratic leadership seems to live in absolute denial of reality, and that was reflected in their "Grassroots Survey."

Daniel Borgström
November 15, 2005

Hi Daniel,

You hit it right on target -- the Dems don't want to talk about the things that are really important to us. Did I ever tell you that before the Gray Davis recall election I phoned the California Dem Party office, and asked them what they planned to do to fight the recall. They turned it around and told me it was up to me (and the public) to figure out what to do, and of course I should send them money. It was infuriating. Also, before the last presidential election's primary I contacted Kerry and Edward's campaigns and asked them about their position on global warming (would they sign the Kyoto Protocol) and about their plan to get out of Iraq. I was told to look at their websites (I had done so already -- neither mentioned global warming or war) and was encouraged to donate money. So much for an opposition party!

Have a great UnThanksgiving,

Cathy Green
November 22, 2005
(from an email, posted with Cathy's permission)

A few days latter I received an anonymous item in the postal mail -- an envelope with no return address. Inside was a clipping of my above letter to the Oakland Tribune, "Democratic enablers," and written across it in large letters were the words: "BULLSHIT, DANNY BOY!"

Saving the filibuster & guzzling turpentine

Sometimes no bottle at all is a whole lot better than one that's half empty--especially when it's turpentine.

But when you really, really, really need a drink, then you'll guzzle whatever they hand you. And when you're really, really, really desperate for something you can hold up and call "victory," then you just have to swallow whatever they pour down your throat and try your best to smile and say "We won!"

On May 23rd the Democrats "saved" the filibuster by compromising far too much. I sure hope this isn't the way the Democrats intend to "save" Social Security.

Daniel Borgström
June 4, 2005