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February 28, 2005

Fighting Corporate Power

That title suggests a belligerent anti-corporate agenda of the sort that draws wails of mockery from most conservative and libertarian quarters. But this warrior against corporate excess and power is perfectly happy to stipulate that much is owed over the last century and more to enterprises which have their genesis and delivery in corporate activity.

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February 26, 2005

How to Sucker Voters, the GOP Way

Frank Luntz wrote a lengthy report for the GOP on how to produce good propaganda. You can download it here. A few tasty morsels to whet your appetite:


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Posted by Woody Mena at 9:55 PM

February 25, 2005

The Honored Soldiers of a Dishonored Command

Soldiers depend on their commanders to bring them victory. That is not to say a soldier might not act decisively in battle, but that this man or woman in uniform relies on his or her commander to put them in the right place at the right time for the right reasons.

Thus, the wrong war, in the wrong place, at the wrong time. The Democrats have never suggested that winning this war wasn't a good idea. Nor do Democrats fulfill the right's fevered fantasies of peaceniks who spit on soldiers. We are patriots. We want victory in the war on terror. We want our soldiers honored for their sacrifice.

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Tick, Tick, Tick

I always thought the six party talks with North Korea were a wacky idea. A nuclear-free Korean peninsula may be the stated goal of each party, but their priorities are wildly different. Japan is more interested in its kidnapped citizens, China doesn't believe North Korea even has a uranium program, South Korea would rather pursue its "sunshine policy", and I still have no clue why Russia is involved.

I've come to doubt direct bilateral talks would produce results, but I don't think the six party format will either. Is there another alternative?

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February 24, 2005

On Edge

An interesting thing happened Tuesday. South Korea - the fourth largest holder of US debt - announced it would start selling it off and reinvest in other currencies.

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February 22, 2005

Baghdad Under Siege

A couple weeks ago, I saw a reporter on CNN International talking about how insurgents had blown up an oil pipeline, "...but we've been assured that this attack will not disrupt the flow of oil for sale outside the country. The pipeline only carried oil for the electrical generators in Baghdad."

US and Iraqi officials have now concluded that attacks on interior pipelines and other infrastructure around Baghdad are part of a carefully orchestrated plan to isolate the city. Baghdad is under siege.

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February 20, 2005

Gannon Fodder

The easiest way to drive traffic to your blog these days, is to include some manner of the word 'Gannon' in the title or body of an entry post, and just as quickly as one can type it into their search engine of choice, a multitude of lurkers with a Springer 'jones' shall appear at your web site's front door.

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February 17, 2005

Re-Born Fighters

The Democratic Party is being restructured as an opposition party. After the last presidential election, most Democratic leaders have finally let go of the fantasy that our minority status is a temporary anomaly soon to be rectified. They're switching from a defensive stance to fighting mode - just as the tens of millions of Americans who voted against George W.Bush and the GOP's wacko agenda expect them to do.

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February 15, 2005

Libel & McLibel

Fifteen years after activists in London provoked the wrath of McDonald's Corporation, the European Court of Human Justice ruled that two defendants did not have a fair trial, and were deprived of free speech by a 1997 libel ruling against them in British Courts.

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Naivete

I grew up surrounded by the notion that liberality was well intended but beset by a proclivity for naivete. The criminal can't be trusted, therefore the law must be harsh. The rogue state has no honor, hence all negotiation must be done while carrying a big stick. Any soft-heartedness will be taken advantage of; welfare only fosters dependency; and it's every man for himself in this dog eat dog world.

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February 14, 2005

US President Targets Journalists for Softball?

Ever wonder exactly how skewed your news might be? Well, imagine a government that not only pays off pundits to push its own programs, but sticks a few "plants" into press conferences, make absolutely sure that there's no problem staying on message. Imagine that the president is told before a conference that "the bald guy would lob him an easy one."

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Posted by William Cohen at 7:59 PM

It's a Fun-Fun-Fundamentalist World

Finally! The Iraq election results have been released: With 58% of registered voters participating, Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani's fundamentalist Islam coalition dominated with 48% of the vote, the Kurds followed with 26%, and Prime Minister Allawi's secular coalition trailed with less than 14%.

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February 11, 2005

The Great Pretender

If the only broadcast news program you currently watch (like me) is MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann, you'd assume the MSM (Murdoch Seduced Media) had come to it's senses, by finally connecting the dots to expose the Bush White House's blatant attempts to manipulate the media into propagating their preferred 'message'. You would also assume, that the Bernie Kerik-like unraveling of salacious revelations surrounding yet another 'journalist' with a questionable partisan agenda, would be the lead story on every other evening newscast, as well.

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February 10, 2005

Disturbing liberal-media news of the day

Maybe it's just my mood, but today seems like an epic day in terms of disturbing news. The following all filtered up in the last few hours, from either left-wing blogs or the morning paper. My outrage circuits are completely blown, but let me summarize.

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Posted by William Cohen at 1:05 PM

February 9, 2005

Promotion, Policy, and Politics

Bush has made Karl Rove Assistant Chief of Staff. So what?

Well, If you've read Ron Suskind's book about Paul O'Neill's tenure, The Price of Loyalty, the theme of most of the criticism is that the Bush Administration doesn't have clear policies, only politics. Now we have a political consultant at a rank where he can directly set policy.

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February 8, 2005

Risk-Free Investing

In his State of the Union Address, President Bush laid out a private investment scheme as part of his guiding principles for the future of Social Security. I'd love to see some more details, because the way he describes it, it looks like a scam. If it was an email, I'd be afraid to open it.

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February 7, 2005

The Depths of Memory

Is it a blessing or a curse to forget?

In the midst of the beginnings of the second term of the Bush Administration, I ask myself that question. I ask that question not to be pessimistic, but because I believe that integrity is worth fighting to keep, and that most gains recieved on account of dishonesty are hollow.

How much of the past can we let go and disregard before we lose hold of our future?

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February 5, 2005

The Taxman Cometh

Although I was familiar with the basic details behind the Internal Revenue Service's decision to audit the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), I was not ready to join the chorus of those decrying it as politically motivated.

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February 4, 2005

Psst: Wanna Buy a $5000 Nest Egg for only $5000?

Discussions here have led me to believe that many of us really don't understand how social security works. Suppose it was simpler? could we understand it then? Suppose instead of Social Security, we had "Simple Security" - a program we could actually understand? Then it would be easy to see through the smoke-and-mirrors sham of "privatization".

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Posted by William Cohen at 4:58 PM

Bush and Iraq

I was really hoping to see President Bush present a plan for Iraq in his State of the Union Address. And he did, in a way... In a way that really disappointed me.

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February 3, 2005

A Kinder, Gentler Bush

Wow! Score one for President Bush's political handlers and speechwriters. They wanted a non-confrontational Bush this year, and they got him. Mission accomplished. Except for the radical-right domestic agenda we've come to expect, this year's State of the Union Address was the most humble and rational speech Bush has made since 2000.

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February 2, 2005

State Of The Union - Make Your Choice

Bush still wants to have his cake and eat it too. He wants victory in Iraq, and victory on Social Security. He has to pick one. He wants to bring privatization to the latter, even as his proposal heavily regulates where and how the investment can be made.

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SOTU Pre-buttal

Senator Harry Reid made the Democrat's pre-buttal to President Bush's upcoming State of the Union Address,

Let me be clear: there is no partisan split in our commitment to defending this nation. America stands united in waging the War on Terror. We Democrats simply believe we need a stronger strategy for winning this war.
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February 1, 2005

How Do The Iraqis Define Democracy?

The Bush Apologists are out in force in the CEC these days, otherwise awaiting that expected call from Fox News, smugly enjoying the deemed success of the Iraqi election turnout. The Coalition forces strategic ability to virtually seal the areas surrounding polling places by banning automobile traffic and establishing checkpoints, apparently played no part in Iraqi voters' determination to participate in what hopefully is, this first act of their future democracy.

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