We are not at war

This is one that all bloggers, be they peace, war, anti-war, green, blue, techno, porno, whatever, should get angry about.

First up: Camps for Citizens. Ashcroft wants to create camps for US citizens that are determined to be “enemy combatants”. There, people will be held indefinitely, as ‘guests’ of the US government without any recourse to their constitutional rights. As the LA Times writes:

We are only now getting a full vision of Ashcroft’s America. Some of his predecessors dreamed of creating a great society or a nation unfettered by racism. Ashcroft seems to dream of a country secured from itself, neatly contained and controlled by his judgment of loyalty.

Who would be detained? People like Jose Padilla, who has now been determined not to be associated with al Qaeda. Lately, information is leaking out that Padilla wasn’t associated with any plot to create a dirty bomb, either. However, he’s still being held as an enemy combatant, without access to the rights supposedly guaranteed to all Americans.

(Can’t let him go–that would be admitting we made a mistake, wouldn’t it?)

Why all of this? It’s the War, you know. What war? Why, the war on terror.

News for you folks — no war has ever been declared. There is no war. The president did not go to Congress and inform Congress that we’re now in a state of war. What we have here is two stupid, paranoid, out of control men in office: one President, the other Attorney General. Hey warbloggers: these are the men you trust to lead an invasion of Iraq?

Time to return to discussions about the Dishmatique and soap–I suddenly feel dirty.

(Thanks to b!x for pointing out both of these pieces of Americana crap.)


Nuff war

Enough war stuff. The topic is important and there’s a whole lot of stuff going on in the country that deserves discussion, but we also want to have fun. We need to have fun.

For instance, I’m extremely curious as to see what Dorothea’s cookin up for the new weblog home. I have a bit of an idea (no telling though), but I am really looking forward to seeing the end result. And not just cuz Dorothea thinks I’m a cool person.

I’ve been reading quite a bit more recently, but haven’t been overjoyed with all the books I’ve checked out from the library. I love “Let us Now Praise Famous Men” for the rich imagery, but the others have been less than interesting. I’ll post the titles when I’m finished. (I usually read multiple books at once, trading off every night. I’m weird that way.)

It would be nice if all of the webloggers in my neighborhood listed their favorite books (favorites, not only the ones they talk about in public), so I could look for recommendations.

Hint. Hint.


What we need is…a limerick!

In my second night of tossing and turning and attempting not to scratch or otherwise abrade numerous bites, it came to me that what was missing from weblogging was limericks. We need more limericks. No, really, we do.

So…bad limerick number one.

There was a weblogger named Bird
whose postings were usually ubsurd
until one day
she was taken away
and replaced by a warblogger named Bert

And on that note, ben nuit.