Saturday, October 29, 2005

Things Everyone Knows to be True

1. O.J. killed Ron and Nicole.
2. Nixon is a crook; Karl Rove is not.
3. Al Gore lost the Presidential Election.
4. Marilyn Monroe was murdered.
5. Valerie Plame was a "not so secret" secret agent; everybody in her neighborhood knew she was a CIA spook more than five years ago.
6. Michael Moore is fat and Al Franken is a liar.
7. Elvis is dead.
8. Hitler is dead.
9. Pope John Paul II is dead. ;) Leap Frog
10. Saddam had weapons of mass destruction.
11. Harriet Miers really wasn’t Supreme Court material.
12. Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.
13. Beer and chocolate are food groups.
14. Neither Bob Dylan nor Neil Young can sing.
15. "Gigli" was a better movie than Oliver Stone’s "JFK" .
16. Christopher Columbus did discover America.
17. Islam is not a religion of peace.
18. William Shatner is a great actor, Marlon Brando was not.
19. Western civilization is better than all the others.
20. Michael Jackson did molest all those boys and the monkey, too.
21. Abu Nidal did not commit suicide by shooting himself six times in the back of his head.
22. When bombs explode anywhere in the world killing innocent people, Muslims did it.
23. ABBA rocks.
24. Fat people eat too much and exercise too little.
25. Madeleine Albright was the best man for the job; John Kerry wasn’t.

Art Works When All Else Fails

Way up north in Quebec, Canada lives a friend, Diane Carrière. I hesitate to say she is an artist because Diane is so much more. She is tall, smart, beautiful, caring and sensitive, and works very hard with her immense talents. Diane not only paints, but also maintains several blogs promoting her favorite cause, the use of art in fomenting democracy where freedom does not yet exist. As did many of us, she once simpathized with the seductive "feel good" bromides of the left, but after 9/11 started doing her own research. Today her adament opposition to the left is evident in her paintings and writings.

Her paintings shown on the internet are impressive, but without someone standing next to them, one cannot appreciate the sheer size of her paintings. Diane creates on very large surfaces a world of pain and sorrow from the images of the Iraq War so compelling it is difficult to believe the images were once real life enveloping the crumbling world of real people.

Diane imbues each of her paintings with the innocent grace of hope that is Diane herself. She has created a world of stark beauty into which we are all invited to share. By leaving much of the painting delineated, but undefined, we are pushed to finish the thought for ourselves. Though not a single brushstroke more will be added, the paintings, like the real-life stories depicted, are finished without end.

For those fortunate enough, you may see Diane's work in-person at:
Du Vent Dans la Bouche - Volet prémices.
Axe-Néo 7 - Centre d'Artistes en Art Contemporain.
Gatineau, Québec - Canada.

Those of us not so fortunate are not left out. We, and all the world, can see Diane's work at: Diane Carrière Portfolio

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Hu's on First

day of a three-day visit to Pyongyang, North Korea. Presumunably, President Jintao of China and Kim Jong Il, Most Gracious Supreme Leader of N. Korea will speak about the nuclear ambitions of NK.

Hu was greeted by traditionally garbed dancers along the road less traveled by motorcade than by starving people trying to find some scrap of tree bark to knaw on because Supreme Leader is busy spending all the money in the national treasury (mostly American dollars acquired through previous acts of dishonesty, false promises, and extorsion) to build nuclear weapons.

Exactly from whom the Bomb is to protect NK is not clear. Much of the talk has centered on the Running Imperialist Dog, the USA, and its desire to obtain all the vast riches (tree bark) of North Korea. China's state news agency, Paragon of Truth, or something like that reports "the two countries friendship is conducive to safeguarding peace and stability in the region."

Japan will hold two-party talks with NK next week ahead of the six-party talks later.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

No Indictment for Rove

News from the Texas Grand Jury is that Karl Rove will not be indicted -- today. Maybe later. However, Lewis Libby, a.k.a, "Scooter", will be indicted today.

The charge with which Scooter is being charged has nothing to do with secret information, but rather an obscure Texas law that dates from the days when the statement, "He needed killin'", was a legitamate murder defense.

So, what is the charge against Scooter? Just that -- "Scooter". Grown men should not be in public using stupid nicknames like Scoop, Snoop, Puffy, Billy Bob, Jimmy, or Scooter. Something is really wrong with grown men with stupid nicknames. Indictments by a Texas Grand Jury is the least punishment deserved.

But, on the other hand, if I was given the moniker Lewis Libby, or Marion Morrison I'd change my name to something like, oh-h-h, I don't know -- Indigo Red.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Miers Quits, Pale Hosers Win

Harriet Miers has withdrawn from the nomination for the Supreme Court, the White House said at 9:00AM this morning.

The Chicago White Sox have won the World Series.

All is right in the nation.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

McDonald, R., Cpl., USMC

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The Miers Nomination

I support the Miers nomination.

Why? Because the President has nominated Harriet Miers as is his right and duty under the Constitution. It is then the role of the Senate to hear what the nominee has to say and then vote yea or nay. There is no litmus or any other test required for ascension to the High Court. Neither must a nominee be of the legal profession; even a plumber can be nominated.

The nomination of Miers has been done according to the rules set forth. Is Miers the best possible choice? Probably not. None of the other potential nominees were the best possible choice, either, as evidenced by the fact that they all have their supporters and detractors. And none of them accepted the invitation to dance.

If Mr. Dobson is correct, then others were asked and they declined the offer. But, Ms. Miers was asked to sit on the Supreme Court and she accepted the offer. She is, in fact, only nominee to answer the call of the President for a lifetime of legal service. In that light, she is the best nominee.

Miers has been said to be not smart enough to be an Associate Justice. By what measure are nominees to be judged for positions in which the issues to be reviewed are unknown? Many of the great Justices never had any judicial or legal experience at all. Some may, in fact, have been criminals themselves. At least one was a member of a terrorist group, the Ku Klux Klan. That didn't stop him from becoming one of the champions of civil rights. The traditional measure has been whether the nominee has the "judicial temperament" required for the task. Exactly what constitutes that temperament is largely a personal choice of the individual Senator. The qualifications for High Court Justice is what the Senators say they are.

What is really in question here is if the traditional measures are to be thrown out and new tests and requirements instituted, impossible hurdles erected. This would make any future nominations extremely unlikely. Who could possibly pass the barrier tests set up by the opposing party to any and all nominees? No one most likely. And where would that leave America? Where would that leave our Republican Democracy? I'm afraid we would have to tell Dr. Franklin, "We are sorry, sir. We could not keep it because of our own selfish demands."

The nominee is named by the President. The nominee is accepted or rejected by the Senate. That's how it's done. Now, just do it.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Power tends to corrupt...

"Because I am the President of Iraq."

This was the response of Saddam Hussein to the question, "what was the reason [you] killed so many people?" The question was asked by an Iraqi-American from San Dimas, California. Basam al-Hussaini, whose brothers were killed by Saddam's regime, was in the Baghdad courtroom the first day of trial and confronted the deposed dictator, face-to-face.

LA Observed

"...just because I could."

Bill Clinton, former President of the United States offered that explanation to the country Sunday, June 20, 2004. For the CBS program, 60 MINUTES, courageous Dan Rather asked Clinton, "The central question, if I may, and I know this is difficult, the central question is why?" After biting his lip as he does, Clinton replied, "I think I did something for the worst possible reason -- just because I could. I think that's the most , just about the most morally indefensible reason that anybody could have for doing anything."


"Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely." Lord Acton, British historian of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.