Nightmare Before Next Thanksgiving? The 2008 Vote Steal From Dems?

Color me scared after reading this editorial at Buzzflash that paints a scary picture of how the Bush-framed Supreme Court can step in again in 2008 to make California’s Democratic presidential votes go poof just like those in Florida in 2000 (and in a different spin, Ohio’s in 2004) to hand the election to a Rudy Giuliani (or worse, IF there’s worse, and considering his endorsement by a man even God might consider something of a devil, Pat Robertson, worse is hard to image).

And as you read, remember even Democrats signed away any real voting reform until 2012 – after it’s already been deferred several times following the horrific mess of 2000 and 2004.

We have to stand up and make our government accountable to us. We may need to take representational democracy away for a bit to do so, so long as our representatives cannot always be trusted to serve our interests. ONLY a grave misinterpretation of law allows the corporations who fund so much of our government to be treated like individuals with greater protections than human beings.

Less Memorializing, Yet Far More Scrutinizing

Since the shootings at Virginia Tech on Monday left 32 students and faculty members dead, this week the media has been involved in endless memorializing, including today, the 8th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado. We’re hearing non-stop of hundreds of thousands of dollars (if not more) spent on showering the shooting sites, the graves as well as the hospital rooms of survivors, with flowers and teddy bears and mylar balloons. When it comes to 9/11, the candles alone sent in remembrance easily ran into the millions of dollars.

America is VERY well known for its passion for mourning and remembrances. But what we don’t do well – and seem to increasingly lose our ability to even consider – is to ask serious questions, perform serious inquiries into terrible events (not just tear-jerking sound and video bytes), and try to come up with and deploy potentially useful solutions.

Imagine for a moment if all the money spent on reporting, pretty “remembrances”, etc. after Columbine or the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma by Tim McVeigh had been used not for teddy bears and balloons but on mental health measures, serious changes in the availability of assault weapons, implementation of methods that make our country and its lawmakers make decent, sensible laws.

Don’t send money or flowers or teddy bears to the victims of the Virginia Tech massacre. Instead, if you want to do “something”, find a way to produce something useful for the living, for a better future America.

The Showing Of Virginia Tech Killer’s Multimedia Package

Throughout the last two days, especially since it became widely known that Cho, the young South Korean resident alient who went on the shooting rampage at Virginia Tech on Monday, sent a multimedia package to NBC News, quite probably in between the two different sets of killings, has sent the media questioning how “right” it was for NBC to show even the small amount of the footage it has shown.

Regardless of how hard this footage may be for people to see, are we really turning back in time so strongly that we need to tell the media they can only report or show what makes us happy and comfortable?

A Very Dark Week in America

Where can anyone start in how very, very bad this week goes for America, even among events that haven’t all taken place within the United States’ borders?

First, obviously, the great tragedy at Virginia Tech on Monday, with the deaths of 32 students and teachers (and more than a few of the latter bravely gave their lives to try to protect the former, including one man who survived the Holocaust only to die blocking access to some of students by the gun man).

Second, we again go through the terrible untractable media vomiting of such a tragedy, where no matter what terrible else has gone on, the media can only focus on ONE issue: in this case, the events in Blacksburg, VA.

Third, paired with the first two, the fact that about the same number of U.S. and other coalition soldiers have died in wars “cooked” up by the Bush Administration in Iraq and Afghanistan as have died at the university. However, while the president and the media can address one grave tragedy (the so-called massacre), Republicans wet themselves if the media tries to report that the deaths of other young men and women, just as unnecessarily, are just as newsworthy as those at Virginia Tech.

Fourth, on Tuesday, the day after the massacre, more than five times the number of Iraqi civilians died in four car bombs just aroung Baghdad as died in Blacksburg. But I guess those deaths aren’t as newsworthy either; after all, Bush keeps telling us these people owe him a debt of gratitude.

Fifth, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5:4 vote insisted that a so-called “late-term abortion” procedure experts tell us is almost never, ever performed, can stand. This is likely to lead the way to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, or a major turn back in time to a lesser America, one where fat old white men had more say over a woman than the woman herself.

A Brief Word on VA

Not sure what to say.  I’m guessing others don’t either.  I’m not trying to speak for everyone, but there’s a silence in that the elephant in the room is so …indescribable.  I’m used to cursing and ranting, but this has me struck dumb.  I don’t have any connection to VT except that I live in the state to the south.  And yet I found myself overwhelmed listening to Morning Edition on the way to work.  Click the Listen link if you haven’t heard it yet (more extensive than the copy).

Now is the time of reflection, the time for compassion.  It’s a time to note that Malkin and Gibson are saying arming college kids would’ve helped.  I don’t even know what the hell to say to that.

Students, faculty, employees, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and anyone else affected by this tragedy: My thoughts, my compassion, my sorrow is with you.  And I know I’m not alone on this one.