Pardon Me

it was really hot last week, with the temperature hitting and holding in the high 90s .... i'm not a happy hot weather person; maybe i got it out of my system, growing up in pakistan, where it rained two days a year, where water rationing had teeth, and i always marvelled at the refugee camps that stretched for endless miles across a flat and featureless plain, not a tree in sight forever and beyond, the people living in skin-covered half domes that must have been all of five feet high, and the temperature hitting 114 and up ...... the women walked miles to fetch water; they'd come and go with jugs balanced on their heads .... they were beautiful, low-caste but always dressed immaculately in brilliant saris, necklaces, bracelets; they flowed as they walked and, because they were low caste, weren't in purdah: their faces weren't covered, nor can i imagine what it would be like to be completely covered in 114 degrees .... actually there was vegetation; i now remember goats, climbing up into the thistle bushes to nibble on thistles: thy-vuh lye-vit-aye-vul gai-voats wye-vith-thy-vis-aye-vuls aye-vin thy-veir-thry-voats ....

my dad taught us california pig latin; i've transcribed it, probably for the first time, here .... fye-vor yai-voo ......

i still ride in the heat; as long as i'm moving i'm air cooled and, when i train on single track, i'm under tree cover .... still, the heat .... i hope this is but a taste of the foyer to the inferno that awaits republicans and all the cocksuckers who have made such a lucrative career out of murdering and plundering and lying and do i really have to go on? dennis kucinich has drawn up thirty-five articles of impeachment that he's trying to bring against bush et al .... good luck, dennis; he can't even bring them to the attention of the washington toast and the knee jerk crimes .... there are other movements afoot to bring charges against the gang of thieves, these mass murderers, and i wish them well .... i don't want my two front teeth for christmas; i don't even care if i get them recapped .... i've told you before and i'll tell you again: what i want to see is a packed docket in the hague, with war crimes trials being beamed around the globe, starting with bush, cheney, rumsfeldt, rice, working down through bremer, wolfowitz yada yada yada kristol yada yada yada and if they've got dogs i want to see the dogs charged, too .... this brings to mind what obama's greatest challenge is going to be, and it's not going to be who he selects as vice-president .....

it's whether or not he pardons bush and the boys .....

in the past an incoming republican administration would exonerate, pardon, excuse, and bury all evidence of malfeasance of the one they were replacing: ford did it for nixon, under the guise of "healing the country; i know, i know, i'm generally delusional, but i think that a good war crimes trial would heal this country whoosh bang zip; it'd show the world that we took the "rule of law" seriously ..... the first bush did it, and i now quote wikipedia: "as he left office he granted executive clemency to six former government employees implicated in the Iran-Contra scandal of the late 1980s, most prominently former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. Weinberger, who had been scheduled to stand trial on January 5, 1993, for charges related to Iran-Contra, was described by Bush as a "true American patriot"."

"It is speculated that Weinberger's private notes contained references to Bush's endorsement of the secret shipments to Iran, thus contradicting his assertion that he was "out of the loop". Some believe that Bush's pardon was an effort to preserve a largely positive image of the Reagan-Bush years. In addition to Weinberger, Bush pardoned Duane R. Clarridge, Clair E. George, Robert C. McFarlane, Elliott Abrams, and Alan G. Fiers Jr., all of whom had been indicted and/or convicted of charges by an Independent Counsel headed by Lawrence Walsh."

only republicans can make law-breaking and murder respectable, the cornerstone of a career of moral rectitude, and i'm thinking only of oliver north .... the circularity of all these assholes never ceases to dumbfound me, but you can never go wrong underestimating the complicity of the "media" or the ability of the american people to make critical judgements about such things as should paris hilton get a new hairdo and what about jen and who the fuck is jen anyway? i was thinking that elliot abrams is back in a bush white house and that the whirlwinds that we're reaping in afghanistan via the taliban who i thought were our allies and who we'd armed with things like stinger missiles even though congress had declared that illegal republicans thought it'd be great to help afghani freedom fighters who were poppy growing warlords grow more poppies to make more heroin to make more money to buy more weapons to kill more russians and there are several lessons to be learned here one is never get involved in a guerilla land war in asia and don't go fucking around in afghanistan it's never worked out well for anyone the brits could tell you and so could the russians it fucked them up big time and .....

now we have a democrat who might even become president, there's no shortage of criminality in the bush camp, and how will obama respond to this?

if he actually does pursue prosecution, god .... that would be a fucking change, wouldn't it?

and he's been promising us all change .....

maybe he could stand at my freeway on-ramp with a sign saying:

"will prosecute for change ...."

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PETER KAUKONEN, San Francisco Bay Area guitarist, has played, toured, and recorded with Black Kangaroo, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Johnny Winter.

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