The new daily rant:
My daily, weekly and monthly rants: some of my essays and letters-to-the-editor.
by James K. Sayre
"Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream, ...., life is but a dream." - old folk song
"The truth shall make you free" - The Bible, New Testament, St. John.
"Common Sense" - Thomas Paine, 1776, title of an American revolutionary war pamphlet (self-published!).
"Speak the truth to power" - 1960s slogan.
"If I ran the circus" - Dr. Seuss story line
"You never miss the water 'til the well runs dry..." - ancient proverb.
"We can be heroes, just for one day" - David Bowie
AC Transit Mess: the $450,000,000 BRT delusion of grandeur meets the $10,000,000 annual operating budget deficit. Oops. As Gary Larson's brilliant cartoons used to say, "trouble ahead..."
The AC Transit Mess
Is President Obama going "all the way with LBJ?" Is Obama going "all the way with LBJ?"
The Little Christmas Tree that almost didn't get to celebrate Christmas The Little Christmas tree
City of Oakland blight regulations violate our Constitution Hands off our Dandelions and Blackberry Patches
South Ossetia, Georgia and Russia: a background primer. South Ossetia, Georgia and Russia
Americans to Defeat Goldwater - a few historical notes Americans to Defeat Goldwater
The City of Oakland has fined a resident $951 for leaving her garbage can on the street $951 fine for garbage can left on Oakland Street
Hands off our 100-watt light bulbs Hands off our light bulbs
The decline of news and the rise of right-wing corporate propaganda in the mainstream media. The decline of news
Is the Contra Costa Times covering up for the Bush criminals? . Ending Contra Costa Times coverups of Bush criminals
The new polyethylene-covered plastic-coated city park in Clayton, California the polyethylene plastic park in Clayton, CA
Disarm Cheney. Ending our national nightmare: disarm cheney
Disarm Bush. Ending our national nightmare: disarm bush
Arm the Texas Bobwhite Quail (Colinus virginianus). Ending our national nightmare arm the Texas Bobwhite Quail
Restoring our American democracy Restoring our democracy before the 2006 elections 19 January 2005.
The Gang of 900 Adjectives for the stolen 2004 Presidential election. Hundreds of adjectives for the election fraud 17 January 2005.
The San Francisco Bay Guardian newspaper can't seem to say, "the stolen election." Here are some other suggested adjectives for the stolen election. The Boxer Rebellion of 200515 January 2005.
Hundreds of adjectives for the stolen election. Hundreds of adjectives for the election fraud 15 January 2005.
On January 6, 2005 in a historic action, Senator Barbara Boxer and some thirty Representatives challenged the Ohio electoral vote in Congress, but they were barely scratching the surface of massive Republican election fraud across the country on November 2. Historic protest of election fraud 7 January 2005. Publshed in The Montclarion on 21 January 2005.
Bush is always prattling on about democracy and freedom, but he is profoundly anti-democracy and anti-freedom. Bush prattles about deomcracy and freedom 27 December 2004. Published in the Berkeley Daily Planet on 4 January 2005 and in The Montclarion on 7 January 2005.
RE: the possible changing of the name of the Bay Bridge to the Emperor Norton Bridge. Since we have spent the last fifteen years dawdling over the renovation of the eastern span of the Bay Bridge that runs from San Francisco to Oakland, maybe we can spend another five years bickering over a new name for said bridge. Sounds like a plan to me. Possible Bay Bridge renaming? 15 December 2004.
Google.com Corporation is heading for some serious legal trouble with its recently announced plan to scan, copy, digitize and store the massive holdings of many major university libraries which include thousands of books that are currently protected by federal copyright law. Possible Google copyright violations 14 December 2004.
The corporate print media gives very scant coverage to the explosive story that the Bush & Co. may have stolen another election, this time on 2 November 2004. Scant coverage of a possibly stolen election 9 December 2004.
The extreme likelihood (odds of 250,000,000 to 1) of electronic hacking and rigging theft of the November 2nd Presidential election by Bush & Co. Rigged Bush elections 5 December 2004.
Election rigging in the U. S. election compared with election rigging in the Ukraine election. U. S. rigged elections vs. Ukrainian rigged elections 29 November 2004.
What a hoot! Officials of the Bush administration are pointing at exit polls and saying that they show that the election was stolen. Exit polls and stolen elections 23 November 2004.
Another stolen election: Bush re-stole the election in November 2004 with the aid of rigged computerized electronic voting machine counting. Another stolen election 11 November 2004.
Historically, no incumbent President with approval ratings below 50% has ever been reelected. Bush's pre-election approval ratings have been stuck at 48% for the last several months, yet magically in the 2004 Presidential election he supposedly received some 52% of the total popular vote. Ah, the magic of electronic computerized voting in the 21st century with no nasty, troubling annoying paper trails; now elections can be rigged and stolen and at first, no one hardly seems to notice. stolen election 11 November 2004
On 10 November 2004 the Sacramento Bee printed a page ten story from the Cox News Service condescendingly headlined, "Diehard Kerry backers push conspiracy theories." That's rich. All we are asking for is to give honest vote-counting a chance. We want each vote counted in an open, transparent and verifiable method. This seemingly quaint notion of wanting honest elections is being characterized in an extremely negative way by the corporate news media. Media minimizes outrage over stolen election 10 November 2004.
Just say President Kerry and oppose Bush who just re-stole the election in November 2004 with the aid of rigged computerized electronic voting machine mis-counting. President Kerry 7 November 2004.
Bush re-stole the election in November 2004 with the aid of rigged computerized electronic voting machine counting. Bush stole the election again with the aid of electronic computer vote counting 4 November 2004. (Published in the Berkeley Daily Planet on 9 November 2004 under the banner, Another Stolen Election.
The absurdly high level of incompetence of the Bush Administration has been clearly revealed by the current flu vaccine fiasco. Bush flu vaccine fiasco 16 October 2004.
Chips ahoy, matey: personal identity information that would be stored in an implanted under-the-skin scannable microchip was approved by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on 14 October 2004. Microchip identification implants 15 October 2004.
Arrogant artist and arrogant Bush share some mental disabilities: a sense of royal entitlement, a fear of any criticism, stubbornness and stupidity. Arrogant artist and arrogant Bush 9 October 2004.
Does Oakland really need a massive gambling casino? Wrong place, wrong time, wrong business. Oakland Gambling Casino? 8 October 2004.
Governor Schwarzenegger's several recent vetoes of progressive social, consumer and labor legislation which have revealed his support of the reactionary Republican corporate agenda: Reactionary GovernorSchwarzenegger 3 October 2004.
Kerry wins first debate hands down. Kerry wins debate 1 October 2004.
Setting up a 350,000 pound statue to honor the late David Brower in Berkeley, California? . 350,000 pound Statues in Berkeley? 22 September 2004.
Setting up of the perfect police-state in California using the Vehicle Mileage Tax (VMT). California Police-state 8 August 2004.
Martha Stewart and her estate confinement Martha's wrist slapped 23 July 2004.
The Disco Bank The Disco Bank 27 June 2004.
Our new Royalty in Oakland, California: 690 Oakland City employees are paid over $100,000 per year. For starters, maybe they need a 25% pay cut. Why should City employees earn more than taxpapers? Oakland's City Employees overpaid and not doing jack to boot? 15 June 2004.
Do we really need archways over College Avenue in Rockridge, Oakland, California? Rockridge archways10 May 2004. Published in The Montclarion, 14 May 2004.
Diebold Corporation to rig California elections in November 2004? Diebold Corporation in California elections 20 April 2004
Newly discovered Species of American Drivers Observed on Freeways and Local Streets. Or, What ever happened to the lost art of turn-signalling? New Species of Drivers 1 November 1998
No privacy left with the new Google busybodying scanning gmail. Here is a sample Gmail with lots of consumer product keywords for Google to chew on... Google Gmail follies 19 April 2004
One-handed garbage collectors? Even the garbage collectors today can't seem to do their jobs without cell-phone yakking at the same time. I was quite astonished to see the garbage collector talking on his cell phone and picking up the garbage can with his remaining free hand 15 April 2004
I was quite astonished to read the editorial by Mr. Dolph Tillotson, your publisher, entitled, "History will look fondly on Bush, war." Oh yeah... I was quite astonished 13 April 2004 Published in the Galveston County Daily News as a guest column on 29 May 2004.
Abolish bilingual ballots in California elections Abolish bilingual ballots in California elections 12 April 2004
Rating the Letters-to-the-Editor policies of Northern California and San Francisco Bay Area Newspapers Rating the Letters-to-the-Editor policies of Northern California and San Francisco Bay Area Newspapers 11 April 2004
Bush failing to impose his police-state dictatorship on Iraq Bush police state in Iraq 10 April 2004
Cluster-bomb Bush Cluster-bomb Bush 10 April 2004
Grade inflation Grade inflation 8 April 2004
The network news on the radio had been taken over by some teenybopper very excitedly babbling away about the al-Queda and terrorism... Tennybopper babbling 8 April 2004
High school diplomas in California without even passing elementary algebra. Brilliant. No algebra 6 April 2004
Rockridge Reconsidered: A Personal Critique Rockridge Reconsidered 1 April 2004
How about creating a letters-to-the-editor column in the Garden section of the Contra Costa Times? Garden letters-to-the-editor column? 20 March 2004
Q: Do spiders dislike dusty old webs? Do spiders get bored? Do spiders get bored? 20 March 2004
Algebra, algebra, where art thou? Algebra 13 March 2004
The parrot rating system for mass media: Parrot Rating System
9 March 2004
Try the amazing new product, Bush-be-Gone® Bush-be-Gone 7 March 2004. Published in The Montclarion, 19 March 2004.
Martha, my dear Martha, my dear 7 March 2004
At least 25 good reasons to vote "No on Bush" in November 2004. Vote No on Bush 7 March 2004
A somewhat jaundiced, but hopefully progressive and common sense view of the news stories, articles and headlines seen in today's in Northern California newspapers, Saturday, 6 March 2004. News critique
The New York Times and the Contra Costa Times are still parroting Bush lies about Haiti. They claim that Aristide is "free" to remain in the Central African Republic. Since he's still under house arrest, I guess that he's "free to remain under house arrest." Alice-in-Wonderland Bush baloney finely sliced and served up by the corporate news media. Corporate news media still lying about Aristide 5 March 2004
Hands off our Email, Mr. Gates. Hands off our Email, Mr. Gates 5 March 2004
President Aristide, kidnapped out of Haiti by U. S. government forces, is now being held incommunicado and under house arrest in the Central Africa Republic. Does this sound like "voluntary exile?" Aristide held captive 3 March 2004
Aristide kidnapped. Aristide kidnapped 1 March 2004
The Extreme Right-wing Bush crap and baloney of the week, Part 2 Bush crap 2 1 March 2004
A different view after checking out the new www.votenader.org web site Check out the Vote Nader web site 1 March 2004
The Extreme Right-wing Bush crap and baloney of the day Bush crap 22 February 2004
Ralph Nader dreams of being "Spoiler 2" in the November 2004 Presidential Elections Ralph Nader Spoiler 22 February 2004
Maybe its time for bicycle riders to pay some taxes to cover the costs of the construction and maintenance of bicycle lanes, bicycle overpasses, bicycle racks and bicycle lanes striping. Bicycle Taxes 22 February 2004
Mr. Alan Greenspan, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, supports unlimited corporate greed that is behind the growing outsourcing of American jobs. Outsourcing greed 21 February 2004
I was amazed to see the laughable headline, "Tyranny Seen in the Oakland School Takeover" Laughable 21 February 2004 (Published in the Berkeley Daily Planet, 2 March 2004.
Oakland, California School District Board members still clueless about mult-million dollar budget deficits. Oakland Schools Budget Deficits 18 February 2004
Humpty Bushy sat AWOL Humpty Bushy sat AWOL 16 February 2004
Al Sharpton calls Bush an unconscious liar Sharpton calls Bush an unconscious liar 16 February 2004
South-of-the-border real estate investments: beware South of the border 8 February 2004.
Bush maybe OK as a BBQ guest, but keep him away from guns, gas chambers and gunsights. Bush as BBQ guest 2 February 2004. Published in the Winters Express, California newspaper on 5 February 2004.
Which is more horrifying to watch on TV? Janet Jackson's bare breast or Bush's dirty litttle war on Iraq? Janet Jackson 2 February 2004.
Worthless Chinese folklore Feng Shui to be added to the California State Building Code? Worthless Feng shui 31 January 2004.
The Early Girl tomato and the Late Girl tomato The Late Girl tomato 31 January 2004.
Bush is really the one that is "out of control," not Dean. Bush out of control, not Dean 21 January 2004.
A letter to the Editor of The Packer A letter to the editor of The Packer1 January 2004. Published in the 19 January 2004 issue of the wholesale produce newspaper, The Packer.
Why Iran is currently a little leery, weary and wary of relations with the governments of Britain, Russia or the United States: Why Iran is currently a little leery, weary and wary of relations with the governments of Britain, Russia or the United States 5 January 2004. Published in The Montclarion on 23 January 2004.
The Hummingbird Lure Shirt Hummingbird Lure Shirt 1 January 2004.
Another phony Bush regime "terror" alert? Another phony terror alert? 22 December 2003. Published in the Contra Costa Times on 2 January 2004.
The Twelve Days of Halliburtonmas The Twelve Days of Halliburtonmas 15 December 2003. Published in The Montclarion, 12/19/03 and published in the Berkeley Daily Planet on 26 December 2004.
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