hello happy people.
first, yeah tampa bay
. 7-3. keep your fingers crossed. however, if they can't pull it off i will be rooting for indianapolis
, 'cause tony dungy is the man (ex-bucs coach, too).
i have done the unthinkable...i signed up for an on-line cd/music club. yep, i am going to pay for music. of course, i am only going to pay 5.99 a disc, so it's way cheaper than itunes, and i'll get album art and what not. not to say i won't share...
on a more political note, i am reading the excellent "conspiracy of fools",
the true story of enron's rise and fall. it is really upsetting to know just how tangled our current (and past) presidents are/were in the energy industry. bush 1, clinton, and dubya were wrapped around enron's fingers. james baker was an advisor as well. remember, a good politician is one that stays bought.
while discussing buying and selling, how about the guy who sold the war:John Rendon
brilliant work on his part. everyone bought into the story (true or not) and grabbed on with both hands. now everyone is in full retreat mode, trying to distance themselves from the mistakes that have been made in the desert. it just proves that our leadership thinks americans are too stupid to be told the truth. if they had said we want to get rid of hussein because iraq needs a democracy and it will stabilize the middle east, we may have still said let's do it. creating a tenuous or nonexistent link to terrorism was a ploy to cash in on 9/11 fear.
we may have said no, however, because there are LOTS of countries that have tyrannical leaders and no freedoms of any kind...china, most of africa, saudi arabia, north korea...but we don't plan on invading them, do we? china would fight
back if we go at them or north korea, saudi arabia is our good friend, and we don't care about africa at all. africa has nothing we want. they don't trade with us, they don't have much oil...oh yeah, and they're black. nearly forgot that. remember somalia? rwanda? all the little civil wars where genocide happens all the time? clinton (and the UN) didn't help because there was no political will, and bush has been the same way.
africa is where the true terrorists will come from. the continent sees america and europe as a fair weather friend who only helps if it is convenient or someone writes a song about it. militant islam is on the rise there, but we are too busy spending money hand over fist to win over sunny iraq when a little bit of that money in the right country would help us so much more.