As of tomorrow (Easter Sunday) morning, morialekafa will depart on a three week vacation where he will not have to deal with the absurd situation and surreality that presently characterizes life in the U.S. If lucky, he may be able to escape even any news at all for a while.
Let's see, it is perfectly clear by now to anyone but the totally demented that Bush/Cheny/Rumsfeld/Rice/Powell and others deliberately lied us into an unnecessary, illegal, and immoral "war." Although most everyone knows this, no one seems willing to do anything much about it.
It is also perfectly obvious that the torture that went on at Abu Ghraib was not simply the result of a "few bad apples" but was, in fact, the result of policies handed down from above, particularly from Donald Rumsfeld. No one seems much interested in pursuing this.
Dick Cheney is now known to have been the instigator of the "get Wilsom" movement that resulted in the treasonous "outing" of his wife, Valerie Plame, a CIA operative. Bush himself is involved in this through his "declassification" of suppositively secret information. Not much happening on this front either.
Israel continues to use their overwhelmingly superior armed forces to destroy targets in Gaza and are now talking about re-entering that unfortunate place. They continue to grow their illegal settlements in the West Bank and to build their illegal wall, ignoring for the nth time the UN and the rest of world opinion. Bush/Cheney and the neocons continue to unconditionally support these criminal actions.
There is growing talk about impeachment. But that seems to be all it is - just talk. The Republican controlled House will never even consider such a thing and the Democrats are seemingly unable to even seriously criticize the present incompetent Administration or offer any suggestions for what to do.
Jack Abramoff is apparently "spilling his guts" which is presumably going to implicate many others - but so far, nada. The wheels of justice move slowly, if they are really moving at all.
Tom DeLay is supposedly going to jail but I suppose if they put him in charge of Budget and Management to replace Bolten he may get off the hook. Never underestimate the Hammer.
There are increasing calls for Rumsfeld, the most incompetent Secretary of Defense ever, to resign. Bush, of course, continues to support him because to do otherwise would be to admit to failure which he simply cannot do even though his stubborness is resulting in more lost lives on a daily basis. Six retired Senior Generals have called for his resignation and it is perfectly obvious they speak for a great many others who cannot freely speak out. Rumsfeld's pet Generals are saying the retired Generals are acting inappropriately. So by all means let us continue to act appropriately and kill and kill and kill. Aside from a few American troops the casualties are just uncounted "towel-heads."
Oh, yes, there is the problem of Iran. The talk is we are about to drop bombs on their nuclear facilities, maybe even nuclear bombs. Now this is an idea so insane that it truly boggles the mind. Bush/Cheney insist this is an option and refuse to take it off the table even though apparently senior players are threatening to resign if they don't give it up. The idea of attacking Iran in any way whatsoever given the current condition of American troops and the fact that our country is verging on bankruptcy does not seem like a very good idea.
There is growing awareness that the official version of 9/11 is most probably not true. More and more questions are being raised by more and more people, and these people are not just conspiracy kooks, but serious scholars who would like to know the truth. I wonder if the American public would be "able to handle the truth?"
Things on the immigration front aren't going too well either. On one extreme side there are demands for blanket amnesty for all illegals. On the other extreme there are those who want felony charges brought against all 11 or 12 million illegals, rounding them up and deporting them forthwith. How easily this would be to do escapes me. In between there may someday be found a solution - but it will have to satisfy our corporate masters who demand slave labor. The outlook here is not promising.
Now that the national debt has reached almost 9 trillion, and there is no let up in spending on Iraq or anything else, it will be interesting to see where we go from here. I guess we will just have to admit be being a third world country and admit we just can't pay. That ought to thrill the rest of the world.
Bush continues to make almost daily speeches trying to get support for his failed "war" and policies. No one is listening anymore but he keeps right on. Cheney, the real President, has a popularity rating somewhere below Jack-the-Ripper, but he occasionally comes out of his secret hiding places to give a speech to carefully picked sympathetic audiences (can there really be anyone still sympathetic to this evil man?) Everyone (well, virtually everyone) knows he is a war profiteer, a pathological liar, and a really lousy hunter, but he continues on unfazed.
We are still interested in knowing how it is/was that a known male prostitute with no Press Credentials was allowed to participate in Press Conferences for months and also have access to the White House under very questionable circumstances (at least I am still interested in knowing this).
Then, there is till the question of voting machines. Will they or will they not determine the 2006 elections? Given the climate of opinion at the moment how could Democrats lose? They may find a way. They seem to try very hard to lose elections.
When you think of elections think of Ohio and Florida. That should refresh your memory.
I am being told by "she who must be obeyed" that my tax man is insisting on attention right now.
Be advised that I really appreciate my readers, both of them (well, there might be a few more) and their comments. I trust that you will have straightened out this mess by the time I return. I may be swallowed by a whale but that will surely not be as strange as the surrealistc situation we presently experience.