Category Archives: Jimmy Carter

Today and Tomorrow

Today is the anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto.  There are some who want to stir up shit on this day, but truth be told, it’s nonsense.  I’ve only ever run into one person from Mexico who was pissy about demographics.  And I work with more people from Mexico than the average person.  So that means I KNOW.  Take that.

I was off today.  While listening to lies all day, I cleaned the backyard and “dressed” my hanging tomato plants.  I also found spots for my remaining cucumber and sunflower plants.

I thought about what it means to be a Texan.  I was born here and have lived here all but a year and a half of my life.  When I was a little girl, my family went to the San Jacinto Monument for picnics and to remember.  While the rest of my family is totally wing nutty, I’m not.  I love my city and my state.  While I was overseas, I always said I was from Texas.  It just where you are from.  It’s what pissed (and still does) off so many people from here to have George W. Bush claim to be a native son.  He wasn’t.  It still pisses me off that Barbara Bush lives here and can say nasty things that reflect poorly on us.  It pisses me off the Perry is still the governor.

(Let’s just see if Michael Berry really reads this:  Michael, how does it feel to say the N word on the air?)

Tomorrow is Earth Day.  As I said earlier, I will plant some seedlings.  I hope to also get the peppers and carrots into new planters — not sure if that will happen.  I need to plant the oregano and parsley. . .in other words, every day is Earth Day around here.

And while I’m at it, no one has ever died working on a solar panel – nor have any birds or other animals.  What was that CRAZY Carter guy onto when he put solar panels on the White House.  Have you ever wondered why you can’t afford to get solar panels on your house?  Especially ones that send energy back to the company you pay a ridiculous amount of money to for energy?  Could Chris Baker or Michael Berry address that for once?

The answer is no.  It wouldn’t make for good radio.  Good radio is sound effects, fart noises, silly parody songs and banging on BLACK PEOPLE especially the President.  That’s what makes good radio.

Oh, and how many times a white guy can say nigger on the radio.  That’s the most important part of good radio.

I think it’s coming

Disinvestment from Israel.  It’s the only way.  With SouthAfrica (which Israel propped up until the end) and apartheid, it wasn’t until disinvestment that change came to the country.  The government through the ’80’s supported the South African government.  Disinvestment lead to Nelson Mandela’s election.

Our government has backed the Israelis for far too long.  This latest long bombing is just about Israeli elections. 

Having listened to Michael Medved’s “History of the Israeli and Arab Conflict,” I take from it what I did from his Reagan history: skip the bad parts and spin spin spin.

He made a point that the Palestinians are not a people, that the Jewish settlers bought their land from absentee landlords and have never confiscated anything and that the Palestinians are not really from there.  That’s huge spin.

Disinvestment is a tool that has been used with success before.  It should be used now against Israel.  Perhaps then the government will reflect the desire of Israelis.

Jimmy Carter

Way back in the day, had we recycled, had  we pushed for alternative energy, had we done the responsible thing, we wouldn’t be here now.

There’s a handful of us who look at what is being pushed now and think, what took so long?  We all know the answer to that question.

Smart Car Sighting

This evening at Spec’s, I saw a Smart car for the first time.  It is TINY.  I’m glad that I opted for the Yaris.  The Smart car is not as wide as the Yaris and the back hatch is not there.

It is a really cute car, but I have to haul around stuff every once in a while, so the Yaris works better for me.  Oh, and it was half the price.  Also, the first tank got 29 mpg and the second got 31, so I’m happy.

Meanwhile Chevy (a part of GM) is talking up its electric carwhich was already on the road a number of years ago — we could have avoided much of the pain at the pump had GM decided that the country and the planet were more important than profits.

I remember in my youth, when Carter was president, he advocated the very things that now, all this time later, are imperative.  McCain thinks Obama is the next Carter.  Once again, I think the McCain camp is screwing up.  For most my age or younger, Carter represents a plan for alternative energy that was ignored, an obligation for service, and a pledge for democracy across the planet.  McCain seems to underestimate the number of people who are still in that frame of mind and those who only know Carter for his post-presidency.  You know, that building houses and bridges and peace person.

I don’t want to do one of those question mark titles, so

it looks like Jimmy Carteris more or less endorsing Obama.  He doesn’t have to say so. I think it’s another reason for me to feel that I made the right choice.  Had Edwards been able to stay in the race, I feel sure that Carter would have endorsed him.

Carter has always been a touchstone for me.  I trust him.  He tried to do the right thing, despite the interference from Reagan and his people at the end of 1980 and early ’81.  Carter has tried, and succeeded in large part to spread democracy not through force like George W, but through the simple tools of elections, in most of the world.  People disagree with the outcomes of the elections that Carter has monitored, but they have never shown that Carter influenced the results.  Ever.

That Carter — unofficially — chose Obama today makes me quite ecstatic and relieved.

What Do I Know?

I downloaded the original report from Fred Kagen about the surge in January.  According to that report, which Bush used as his model, the surge shouldn’t have been completed until December of this year.  (p.38)  It includes the extensions of duty that have already occured.  Kagen presented the second phase of said plan in April.

Still there are deaths.  I make a point of reading –acknowleding them every night on the News Hour and then again on This Week with George S.  John Kerry has asked, and I think it is a quality question — who will be the last death in Iraq? 

 Speaking of which, Biden pointed out something that has been neglected.  And on this first father’s day since the man I most admired died, I will follow up with a point about Palestinians, as well as other conflicts.  While it is easy to judge from the outside, it is much more difficult to understand the problems that plague both Palestine and Africa — Darfur, Somalia and Kenya — by listening to the U.S. news.  At least today Biden laid out how stupid the Bush administration haw been wrt Palestine.  The Bush admin pushed for elections.  Hamas got elected.  Funds — including taxes collected by the Israelis from the Palestinians — was withheld.  From a line in one of my favorite movies — “You don’t like the results you change the rules?”  Yep, that’s what they did.  So the world cuts the Palestinians off and the Israelis don’t return their tax dollars — wow — how would people like this react to something like that?  With guns ablazing, I’m sure.

The U.S. is conducting military actions in Somalia and near if not in Kenya.  (I’m not at work, so I can’t get to Lexis/Nexis — and anyway — they sent me a letter stating that they let law enforcement access my personal data — so I am not so happy with them — but that’s another matter.)  One of my former students and current readers (I hope she still reads :) knows that things are not good in that part of the world, but the U.S. military’s intervention is not helping. 

Then there is the lame Darfur thing that Bush did.  Lame, limp, ineffectual, — how else to describe it?

 In honor of my father — who I hope would have come around and in honor of the man, who I admired perhaps more than my own dad — given that we came so far in such a short amount of time — from him dismissing me completely to the two of us agreeing on the important things in the end.  I will always remember that the last book he read — The Road by Cormac McCarthy, was one of the last books I read while he was reading it too, while he was alive, and that last Christmas, I sent him my copy of Jimmy Carter’s Palestine Peace not Apartheid, just when he wanted to send me his copy.  This from a man who retired from the foreign service when Carter became president. 

Perhaps my dad, had he lived to see George W. Bush become the governor of Texas, much less president, would have been more like the man I greatly admire.  Perhaps he would have finally seen my side of things, unlike my mother.

 I avoided any father’s day activities today.  It should be for my nieces and their father — not another holiday fought over with the in-laws.  Today was for those whose fathers are still alive.  The two men who held that place in my heart are dead.  I am stronger and more sure of myself because of both of them.

but what do I know . . . .

Houston’s Chris Baker Moves away from WND*

“Sunday 02-04-2007 10:48am”

You may want to read this. “

“There is more than “light bright” signs in our future.”
“This is a great intelligence website.”

Be afraid.  Be very afraid.

Top headlines from the site Baker links to:

“Academic Separation and Jimmy Carter”

The article’s writer, Matt May, makes his *best* argument for why you shouldn’t listen to Jimmy Carter and why the people at SMU should just shut up.  No wonder Baker thinks this is a great *intelligence* site.

It’s really no different from WND, FreeRepublic, or any other site Baker decides to align himself with.

I still find it enlightening that Baker hasn’t addressed the one issue that got him angry enough to walk off a television set.

*I’m wrong.  Baker still links to a site that links to WND.  Nice curve ball there Baker, but you are still sourcing from WND.