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July 12, 2004

Anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-Arab, anti-earth

Is there anything this administration actually values? Oh yeah. Money.

Just because they hadn't been doing an adequate job of pissing off us liberals lately, Bush would like to open up more of our forests for logging. A little icing on the raping and pillaging of the world cake, I suppose.

Posted by paulette at July 12, 2004 11:45 AM | TrackBack
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I can hear Strong Leader's speech now: "The days when we could stand by and simply allow our forests to maintain their neutrality has come to an end. Trees must decide if they are with us or against us in the war on terror. If they're-- what I mean is, are they gonna provide hiding places for militant Islamists and ecoterrorists, or are they going to provide shelter for hardworking Americans? I call on all those who love America to cut down a tree for freedom, with their bare hands if necessary. Or perhaps using a large-caliber weapon of their choosing."

Posted by: jay on July 12, 2004 02:24 PM

I'm in the seattle office.

Posted by: slavin on July 12, 2004 03:00 PM

Paulette's post brings up something that's been eating at me for a long time. Because things are SO fucked up, we have too many choices of what to rally against.

After lots of soul searching, I decided that I'd give money to two causes: the ACLU and the Kerry campaign. Does this mean I don't care about the environment? Hell, no. The cute hippie on my porch understood my dilemna. I signed his petition, and went upstairs to write to my reps - again.

I didn't really want to send the kid away empty handed, but how do I pick trees over civil rights? If I don't pick trees, who will? Who's going to protect the rain forest? Or the whales? What about that stupid faith based AIDS eductation program? Who's going to fight against that? What about what's happening with abortion rights? Who's funding Planned Parenthood these days? Shouldn't I be giving money to them too?

So many things are falling through the cracks because the giant crimes take our focus away from the petty robberies that gradually chip away at what resources - and rights - we have left. Do I give until it hurts? The answer might be yes.

Posted by: pam on July 13, 2004 06:54 AM

To go tangential on something Arianna Huffington said about voting for Nader rather than Gore as a principled stand: "When your house is on fire, it's no time to talk about remodelling" (or something like that). I, too, am holding back funds from NRDC, NORML, Nature Conservancy, Death With Dignity, and a bunch of others that don't seem aimed at the base of the fire in order to have more for the presidential problem.

Posted by: Gary on July 13, 2004 03:47 PM

Ah, I just remembered the automatic withdrawals and employer-matched donations from my paycheck. I guess I'm not actually holding back everything.

Posted by: Gary on July 13, 2004 10:51 PM
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