Groaners and Prayer Projects

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Here’s a groaner, at least I think so — Bush reports that he considered sending troops to Darfur, according to the article below, making some Very Muddled commentary on the UN and “unilateral” action; it almost sounds like sarcasm. He didn’t, of course — actual humanitarian projects don’t seem to interest him, overly [think Katrina,] and I’d assume that he has enough control of the oil in the region to pretty much nullify those random daydreams of heroism he enjoys.

But Darfur DOES have liquid gold of a sort, and that’s the Very Good News of the day! A gi-normous underground lake has been spotted beneath their feet — now, if the region can only be stabilized long enough for engineers and the like to give them access, it could turn that part of the world around. Potentialvisualize it done!

The next groaner is a heads-up on Uncle Dick’s running the country while the Dubby’s asleep … no, I don’t mean as usual; I mean when the doctors are performing a colonoscopy on him tomorrow. I will forgo the hand-puppet comments in relation to Cheney’s hand … but maybe they’ll find the stick George has up his butt. And let’s pray that Dick doesn’t start his long-dreamed-of war with Iran while the Dubby snores. Potential visualize the Dick preoccupied with oil profits and Bull markets for a couple of hours.

The last pffffft! is just another cartoon-esque example of why the Fundamental Right is losing power by the handful … and why religion is no longer the club to bludgeon unbelievers it used to be. A CNN round table [on religion in the coming election] last night brought this comment from my son: Nice to hear intelligent conversation, for a change. Potentiala continued discrediting of rigidity and return to sanity; pray for it.

Three groaners and a happy thought — to take us into the weekend.


Bush says weighed sending US troops to Darfur
Raw Story
Thursday July 19, 2007

US President George W. Bush said Thursday that he had considered, and discarded, the idea of sending US troops unilaterally to Sudan’s Darfur province to halt what he calls “genocide” there.

“I made the decision not to send US troops unilaterally into Darfur,” he said. “I made the decision in consultations with allies, as well as consultations with members of Congress and activists.”

The embattled president’s comments came during a brief trip to Nashville to tout his economic policies and defend his handling of the unpopular war in Iraq.

Bush, who has increasingly expressed impatience with efforts to deploy a UN force to work with African Union peacekeepers already there, discussed the sluggish pace of progress on Tuesday with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

“I’ve talked to Ban Ki-Moon about this, and this is a slow, tedious process to hold a regime accountable for what only one nation in the world has called a genocide, and that is us,” said the president.

“Therefore, what do you do? And if one is unwilling to take on action individually, then it requires international collaboration, and so we’re now in the United Nations,” he said.

According to UN estimates, at least 200,000 people have died from the combined effect of war and famine since the conflict in the western Sudanese region of Darfur erupted in February 2003.

The civil war broke out when rebel groups complaining of marginalization by Khartoum launched a rebellion, which was brutally repressed by the Sudanese government and its proxy militia, the Janjaweed.

A May 2006 peace deal failed to halt the fighting. Only one rebel group signed on and then promptly split into competing factions.

“We are now working to make sure that holds by insisting that the revenue sharing agreement of the oil on Sudan is effective,” said Bush.

“We have taken unilateral moves other than military moves,” he noted, pointing to economic sanctions on individuals blamed for the violence.

On Tuesday, Ban told Bush during talks at the White House that he would “step up” UN efforts on Darfur after “positive” talks in Tripoli on holding new negotiations between Khartoum and fragmented rebel groups.

Ban said Darfur negotiations were set for Arusha, Tanzania, in early August, and vowed to accelerate moves toward the deployment of a joint UN-African Union force.

“We are also going to facilitate humanitarian assistance,” the UN chief added. “I am going to step up efforts to deploy hybrid operations as soon as possible in Darfur, to resolve this issue as soon as possible.”

On Monday, Ban urged the UN Security Council to vote this week on a draft resolution authorizing the deployment of a joint UN-AU force, saying it would allow more than 20,000 military personnel and civilian police into the strife-torn province.

Researchers: Underground Lake Could Bring Peace to Darfur
Democracy NOW

In Darfur, a team of international geologists say they’ve discovered the imprint of a vast underground lake that could help put an end to the mass killings there. Researchers say the so-called ‘mega lake’ is three times the size of Lebanon. Farouk el-Baz of Boston University’s Center for Remote Sensing said the potential water source could be the key to peace.

Farouk el-Baz:

    “What most people don’t really know is that the fight, the war, the instability in Darfur, is all based on the lack of water, simply put, nothing else. So now, if you find water for the farmers, if you find water, in addition to that to the nomads, if you find water in addition to these two for agricultural production, to feed them, to give them grain, then you resolve the problem completely.”

Up to 400,000 people have been killed in the conflict between Sudanese-backed militias and rebel groups. In a report last month the UN Development Programme said widespread environmental problems are the root of the violence.

Bush to Have Colonoscopy at Camp David
July 20, 2007

WASHINGTON — President Bush will have a routine colonoscopy Saturday and temporarily hand presidential powers to Vice President Dick Cheney, the White House said.

Press secretary Tony Snow told reporters Friday that Bush will have the procedure at his Camp David, Md., mountaintop retreat.

He last had such a colorectal cancer check on June 29, 2002.

“As reported at the time and in subsequent physical exams, absent any symptoms, the president’s doctor recommended repeat surveillance in approximately five years,” Snow said. “The president has had no symptoms.”

Two polyps were discovered during examinations in 1998 and 1999, while Bush was governor of Texas. That made Bush a prime candidate for regular examinations. For the general population, a colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer is recommended every 10 years. But for people at higher risk or if a colonoscopy detects precancerous polyps, follow-up colonoscopies often are scheduled in three- to five-year intervals.

“Although no polyps were noted in the exam in 2002, age and history would suggest that there’s a reasonable chance that polyps will be noted this time,” Snow said. “If so, they’ll be removed and evaluated microscopically.” Bush is 61.

Snow said results would be available after 48 hours to 72 hours, if not sooner.

The procedure will be supervised by Dr. Richard Tubb, the president’s doctor. It will be done by a team from the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, Md. Because the president will be under the effects of anesthesia, Bush has elected to implement Section 3 of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, making Cheney acting president until Bush indicates he is prepared to reassume his authority.

In 2002, Bush transferred presidential powers to Cheney for more than two hours.

During Saturday’s transfer of power, the vice president will be at his home on the Chesapeake Bay in St. Michaels, Md., about 30 miles east of Washington, Snow said.

The 2002 transfer was only the second time that the Constitution’s presidential disability clause was invoked. President Reagan was the first to invoke the Constitution’s 25th Amendment since its adoption in 1967 as a means of dealing with presidential disability and succession.

The earlier colonoscopy for Bush also was done at the medical facility at Camp David near Thurmont, Md. Bush felt well enough afterward to play with his dogs and take a 4 1/2-mile walk with first lady Laura Bush and then-White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card and Card’s wife. Bush then went to the gym for a light workout.

The 2002 procedure began at 7:09 a.m and ended at 7:29 a.m. Bush woke up two minutes later but did not resume his presidential office until 9:24 a.m., after Tubb conducted an overall examination. Tubb said he recommended the additional time to make sure the sedative had no aftereffects.

President of the Christian Action League, 74, Is Arrested after Paying Hooker with Checks
Privette on two occasions allegedly paid the prostitute with checks then reported the checks stolen.
Jon Ponder, Pensito Review
Jul. 19, 2007

Rev. Coy Privette, the president of the Christian Action League, a North Carolina ultraconservative Christian political organization based in Raleigh, has been arrested for soliciting prostitution:

    Privette, 74, was charged with six counts of misdemeanor aiding and abetting prostitution by renting a hotel room and paying for sexual acts, according to State Bureau of Investigation Agent Kevin Canty. Tiffany Denise Summers, 32, of Salisbury, was charged with six counts of misdemeanor prostitution, Canty said.


    Police said officers were investigating a forged check case, which led them to the prostitution charges. Privette on two occasions allegedly paid the prostitute with checks then reported those checks as stolen, officials said.

According to its website, the Christian Action League is:

    a Christian public policy organization that addresses public policy and legislative issues from a Christian worldview. The Christian Action League has a full-time presence in the General Assembly of North Carolina and has garnered considerable respect from both the Republican and Democratic parties. The League’s purpose is to assist the church in fulfilling Christ’s command to be the “salt” and the “light” of the earth.

The Christian Action League is funded by the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, and it is affiliated with the ultra-rightwing American Family Association.

For over three decades, Privette has been one of the best known and most outrageous spokesmen for “family values” and Christian extreme right politics in North Carolina. In the 1970s, he was serving as minister at the North Kannapolis Baptist Church when he joined the tide of evangelicals entering politics that included the Moral Majority and Christian Coalition. He served in the N.C. Legislature from 1984 to 1992, and has been a member of the board of commissioners in Cabarrus County since 1998.

He and his wife, Betty, have four children.

“So keep fightin’ for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don’t you forget to have fun doin’ it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin’ ass and celebratin’ the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was.”
~ Molly Ivins, 1944 – 2007

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