Speaking a foreign language


— Bumper sticker of the week: Every dick misses the target once in a while.

— Quote of the week: ÒA more honest estimate of ourselves as a nation would prepare us all for the next barrage of lies that will accompany the next proposal to inflict our power on some other part of the world. It might also inspire us to create a different history for ourselves, by taking our country away from the liars and killers who govern it, and by rejecting nationalist arrogance, so that we can join the rest of the human race in the common cause of peace and justice.Ó Howard Zinn

— When is it, exactly, that soldiers have to take responsibility for what they do?

— Where does it say that the U.S. can have any weapon of mass destruction it wants, but no one else can? Is it more dangerous for North Korea, India, Pakistan, or Iran, to have nuclear weapons than the U.S.? LetÕs review: The only country to ever use nuclear weapons on children, the elderly, civilians, was who?

— They say BushÕs domestic agenda has Òlost its focus.Ó I say it was never in focus to begin with.

— Close city parks to everyone because the police canÕt handle a few rowdies. Great idea? Only in Galesburg.

— The day for praying for peace is over.

— Democrats vow not to give up hopelessness: The Democrats on Capital Hill seem to be a group of lost, whinny weenies. Most of them act like moderate Republicans. Just what we need.

— The primary election is over: Not really much of any interest, although it was pretty hard on the vote counters. Robinson didnÕt have a prayer against Thompson. It was an uphill battle for Mangieri to beat the rich kid from Chicago. Zinga finally won an election, but it will be the only one. A bit of a surprise with Rehn and Shiplett winning, but any more you just donÕt know. Some days it pays to be a fresh face. IÕm glad Oberweis lost. HeÕs a jerk. That pretty well wraps it up. Hard to make a story out of nothing.

— Speaking a language you may have never heard:

¥ I donÕt know what war is.

¥ Politicians top the list of people we trust the most.

¥ Tas loto na dana sau koko poo poo. (Translated means we have had enough.)

¥ We do not fight. We value negotiation and compromise.

¥ IÕll love you until I die.

¥ We will concentrate on solar and wind power, and will make it affordable for everyone.

¥ Your health-care is paid for. You are a citizen of the U.S.A.

¥ The older you get, the more we will value and protect you.

¥ Our goals are to make the city more livable, safe, and affordable. There will be no more cheap stunts.

¥ There are no drug dealers. No one wants to buy that stuff anymore.