Halloween is for Monsters

Wednesday is Halloween, when children dress up in costume and beg for candy (and cause revenge if they don't get it) in the classic Trick Or Treat mode. It is the time when the most evil of monster films inhabit the cinemas and when regular television series like CSI give us especially monstrous criminals.

It is my guess that Halloween is also the number one holiday for the White House monsters like Cheney and Rice and Bush... the monsters who peremptorily strike before getting their oily treats from smaller countries.

These monsters use scary things like waterboarding (not a torture mind you, but an ok gambit when done by the right people for the right reasons, as monster-in-line Giuliani says... And probably when using the right water... tap water is soooo non torturous.) And they maintain haunted facilities at Gitmo and other places to carry out their fun.

I can just imagine the costumes of choice at the White House Staff Halloween Party ... how many of them come as Cheney in hunting gear? And bobbing for reporters... a great game!

For an Administration based on fear, what holiday could be more appropriate?

Under The LobsterScope

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Halloween In Weaverville

A coded message was received, 10/28 Weaverville, BYOB, theme "Out of this World".  We knew the drill, we must find a disguise, Aliens had landed.  

It was just another autumnal day, later in the season the higher we climbed.  The wind was blowing, stripping the trees, exposing bare branches.  The color left was still spectacular, vivid yellow touched with orange to deep red.

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Scary Stories To Tell About Dick DeVos in the Dark

Election approaches, and just because I've already pled GOTV! doesn't mean I won't stop crying: GOTV! It's two weeks now to E-Day, and as I've promised, I'll keep up with diaries to do my small part to keep an important race on everyone's mind: Gov. Jen Granholm's reelection.

  • In an era where a woman's right to choose is under greater attack than any point since Roe v. Wade, it's more than a little disturbing to think that someone who said this could occupy the governor's mansion:

    "You're not going to find a more pro-life governor in Michigan's history than me."

    Even though to DeVos it would be more like the governor's shack.

  • If you haven't been reading LiberalLucy's reasons to "Just Say NO to Dick and YES to Jen," here are #14, #15 and #16. From the last, did you know:

    Dick DeVos is the only candidate for Governor in modern Michigan history not to disclose his tax returns to the public. He refuses to provide detailed information on his financial holdings or any potential conflicts of interests. "I will be disclosing to the people of Michigan that which I think is appropriate to understand as they look to make a decision about their next Governor."

    What ever could be in there? Maybe a few shares in Blackwater, his brother-in-law's secretive paramilitary corporation?

  • You know all about DeVos and dominionism, right? This is probably the scariest of all, via Rolling Stone:

    Meet the Dominionists -- biblical literalists who believe God has called them to take over the U.S. government. As the far-right wing of the evangelical movement, Dominionists are pressing an agenda that makes Newt Gingrich's Contract With America look like the Communist Manifesto. They want to rewrite schoolbooks to reflect a Christian version of American history, pack the nation's courts with judges who follow Old Testament law, post the Ten Commandments in every courthouse and make it a felony for gay men to have sex and women to have abortions. In Florida, when the courts ordered Terri Schiavo's feeding tube removed, it was the Dominionists who organized round-the-clock protests and issued a fiery call for Gov. Jeb Bush to defy the law and take Schiavo into state custody. Their ultimate goal is to plant the seeds of a "faith-based" government that will endure far longer than Bush's presidency -- all the way until Jesus comes back.

    Cue the music from "Psycho." These people are psychos. DeVos himself has also funded the ultra-secretive, ultra-right wing dominionist-dominated group the Council For National Policy.

  • Another big deal in Michigan I haven't much addressed is the MCRI. What DeVos won't say is that he has been a major donor to the so-called Center for Individual Rightrs, which filed the original lawsuits against the University of Michigan seeking to cut off affirmative action:

    And when liberal activists challenged the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative in Court, CIR defended the initiative and successfully fought to keep it on the ballot. That group received $35,000 from DeVos' foundation in 2001.

  • And though this diary is about the election, let us not forget the Tigers World Series run - an amazing achievement so far by a team that Dick DeVos has only displayed a glancing awareness of. He knows he should be seen at these populist events, but if anything is clear about Dick DeVos, we know that he's no "regular guy" who watches sports on weekends. With that in mind, props to displacedyankeedemocrat, who identifies the Tigers as (D-MI) while the Cards are (R-MO). It's a natural fit. And DYD adds:

    I'll be rooting for the Tigers. Don't get me wrong, St. Louis is a very nice place, and I love their toasted ravoli. But Detroit has my heart in this one.

A good thing to keep in mind. Remember, if you want to help with canvassing, call your local Democratic HQs And go Granholm!

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