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INAUGURATION,   January 20, 2009

Drunk in its stale air
For two hundred years.
Fettered in mind and body,
The soul, the safe escape

To let me breathe the cries
Of my heart singing
Tears of mel-an-choly.

The tears flow free today
Washing the stains of blood
And sweat in brotherhood.

Raise the curtain then an'
Let the world look in
On this promised land --
We breathe free today.... almost.

--- Arshad M. Khan
We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.
---  Native American proverb
February 21, 2016

Mr. President:  New polls taken in the Ukraine register support for the government at
an incredible low of one percent.  The government overthrown in the US-engineered
coup was strongly supported in the Russian-speaking eastern half, i.e. about 50
percent.  So, exactly how the coup has brought democracy to Ukraine remains the
province of propagandists ... of whom we have a limitless supply.

In Syria, for example, where Russian airstrikes have brought the rebels to their knees,
Russians are being accused of bombing hospitals, killing civilians and so forth;
interesting to note, however, that Doctors Without Borders themselves have not
accused the Russians directly after their facility was hit.  The Russians claim their
planes were not in the vicinity while there was imprecise artillery bombardment from
rebels and their supporters.

A McClatchy report on February 12, 2016 cites the serious nature of Russian
involvement.  They cite 1888 targets hit by Russian aircraft in a recent week versus
16 by the US.  Our pinprick approach supports the strategy of letting the rebels first
overthrow the Assad government before we take on the extremists in a meaningful
way.  Of course, the train has already left the station ... with the Russians on it.  We
have been out-maneuvered by Mr. Putin.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away this week.  He successfully
extended the anthropomorphism of the US corporation -- nowhere is it in the
Constitution.  May he rest in peace, and may also the corporation's freedom of
speech, even personhood, with the help of his replacement.