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July 31, 2005

It's not Really about Stem Cell Embryos

Oh sure, there is a relatively small percentage of true believers who see any fertilized human egg as the moral equivalent of an adult human being. They earnestly oppose not only Embryonic Stem Cell Research (ESR), but also In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), the morning after pill, or any process in which a fertilized human egg is not allowed every chance to mature into a human. But most opponents of ESR fall into one or more of four categories.

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July 30, 2005

What Next for NASA?

The Space Shuttle has become like a washed-up old rock band: doing the same old act on increasingly creaky joints, charging exorbitant prices and producing less and less of a thrill. There is little argument now about whether the Shuttle needs to be retired. The question now is, "What next?"

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Posted by Woody Mena at 5:58 PM

Debunking The Rove Spin

I've been resisting the urge to make my regular rounds of Right bloggers (who have not yet banned me) to counter the onslaught of distortions and diversions I'd surely find, already knowing the unfolding Rove/Plame controversy to be the most serious political threat to the Bush White House, to date. And, judging by the comment thread responses to definitive posts by WatchBlog Blue Column contributors Stephen Daugherty (Political Name Games) and Andre M. Hernandez (Another Damaged Part Of Bush Machine), this ongoing debate can only benefit from a continued infusion of factual evidence.

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The Integrated World

The one serious disadvantage to living in a world of spin and rhetoric is the lack of anchorage to reality. We talk of people playing politics, but what does that really mean, when politics is the currency of government? I think what people mean is that politics is exercised to the exception of those things politics is meant to help with. By that standard, though, this administration, nor the party that supports it has done all that well.

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Repudiation of Violence is Welcome News

Whether it comes from the Irish Republican Army or American Muslim clerics, clear statements repudiating violence as a means of achieving ends are always welcome.

The IRA story got a lot of media attention yesterday and today, but the fatwa against suicide bombing issued by two prominent American Muslim organizations, got far less attention than I would have expected.

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July 29, 2005

Free Trade - Bush Style

The House passed the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) 217 to 215. The vote happened after midnight, and only after President Bush, administration officials and Republican "leaders" "twisted arms" and made "deals" did the vote reach this point. The tactics used were revolting and the result of this "success" by the Bush administration should not be called "free trade" but "Big Business trade."

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Posted by Paul Siegel at 5:57 PM

July 28, 2005

Terrorism is a Crime

What does a "war" on terror mean? It means incessant warmongering against those in the "axis of evil" and against many other nations. It means building a militaristic society and giving up many of our precious freedoms. All of this is wrong because the "war" on terror is metaphorical. Committing a terrorist act is not, or should not be, a war but a crime - an international crime against which all nations can be enlisted to fight against, thus building international cooperation.

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Posted by Paul Siegel at 6:02 PM

July 27, 2005

Bush Warns Veto in Defense of Torture

Majority Leader Bill Frist postponed discussion of the $491 billion defense bill until September because he did not have enough votes to pass it. How come? Well, a few Republicans with integrity wanted to amend the bill to make sure torture would not be used by the American military. It's unbelievable, but the senate was told that if the anti-torture provisions remained in it "the president's senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill." Do we have a police state here? Is the president willing to use the veto to assure the use of torture?

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Posted by Paul Siegel at 5:40 PM

50...who will give me 48...can I get a 43? How about a 30?

The latest approval ratings are out for the President. I don't know how many different ways there are to say "free-fall", but that's what it looks like.

The Quinnipac Poll also says that Americans heavily favor Roe v Wade decision:

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Posted by Carla Ryan at 4:00 PM

I Told You So

The "War on Terror" is over... But don't pop open the champagne just yet. According to the Bush administration, we are now fighting a "global struggle against violent extremism". Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Richard Myers, now tell us the solution is, "more diplomatic, more economic, more political than it is military." No shit, Sherlock.

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July 26, 2005

Employment Security

Two big labor unions, the Teamsters and the SEIU, have split away from the AFL-CIO, and more unions are planning to do so. This was bound to happen because the union movement was losing membership and becoming less influential with time. Their decreasing clout stems from business assaults, Republican government attacks, and changes in the world economy. But unions, or something similar, are needed now more than ever because of the tremendous increase in vulnerability of people who work for a living. What we need is an organization that can counter the inordinate influence of business and fight for security of employees.

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Posted by Paul Siegel at 6:08 PM

Why the Investigation, not Rove, is Important

Rove is not the reason that the leak investigation is so important to those of us who question the war in Iraq. It's the information that the leak investigation uncovers about the President of The United States and his manipulation of the American people to get approval for an illegal and unjust attack of the sovereign nation of Iraq.
Was Saddam a ruthless dictator? Yes, but can we the United States attack another nation for thr sole purpose of regime change? No

Remember WMDs? Iraqi Freedom? Shared Ideology? Take the fight to them?

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July 25, 2005

Roberts vs. Ginsburg

The chances of John Roberts becoming a Justice of the Supreme Court is about 99%. Bush chose shrewdly and the Republicans are all loudly and in unison proclaiming Roberts' virtues. Since 55% of the senators are Republicans, all they need do is stick together and Roberts will be confirmed. However, as a Democrat, I would like to demonstrate a few differences between a justice you get from a Republican like George W. Bush (Roberts) with a justice you get from a Democrat like Bill Clinton (Ruth Bader Ginsurg).

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Posted by Paul Siegel at 6:05 PM

Civil Unions: the new separate but equal?

Last week I spent a great deal of time mulling the legislative process when it comes to civil unions for gays and lesbians in my state. I'm a strong and vociferous advocate for equal rights. Perhaps it's my overdeveloped sense of justice, but I don't understand the need by some in society keep others down or as lessors.

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Posted by Carla Ryan at 5:11 PM

July 24, 2005

Soldiers frustrated with being at war all alone

Some of our soldiers are feeling the pressure and frustration of carrying the burden of war while the President and the GOP ask nothing from the country at large:

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Posted by Carla Ryan at 2:39 PM

July 22, 2005

Patriotic Republicanism

Republican leaders are so patriotic they want to renew the Patriot Act without much change. Democrats and Independents (and some Republicans) want to make changes to assure greater civil liberties to Americans. One can argue the merits of each position, and the merits were, indeed, argued in the House. After the arguments, the House voted in favor of making a few changes to the Patriot Act. Patriotic Republican leaders could not allow this to happen so they came up with a bill minus this provision and did not allow amendments. This way the super-patriots got a "pure" Patriot Act.

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Posted by Paul Siegel at 5:16 PM

Did Rove Get The Memo?

That's the question, according to The Washington Post. Why is it important that we know whether Rove saw the INR State Department memo?

A classified State Department memorandum central to a federal leak investigation contained information about CIA officer Valerie Plame in a paragraph marked "(S)" for secret, a clear indication that any Bush administration official who read it should have been aware the information was classified, according to current and former government officials.
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It's The Class Warfare, Stupid!

I really wanted to blog on China today, but I recently finished Thomas Frank's book, "What's the Matter with Kansas", and I'm still thinking about it. When I reviewed it on my site, I focused on how "values voters" are mistargeting their outrage against liberal culture (I'm the kind of guy for whom irony holds great appeal), but Frank makes another, more important point: The basis for today's conservative movement is class warfare.

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Picking at nits while ignoring the elephant

Rove and DeLay are the whipping boys for Democratic outrage these days. Were identities leaked inappropriately? Were trips paid for by lobbyists? These peccadillos are serious enough and likely to be breaches of the law, but the truly odious behavior is the whole gestalt of power abuse and slander which is not necessarily illegal, but has become standard operating procedure in the halls of power.

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July 21, 2005

Judicial Nominees: Republican vs. Democratic

After throwing out the decoy Edith Clement, Bush picked John G. Roberts Jr to fill O'Connor's seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Roberts is young and does not have much of a paper trail. He is a stealth candidate. Why the decoy? Why the stealth? This is the way Rove-and-Bush Republicans operate: dazzle the public but do not give them the facts - which often hurt their cause of fighting for the rich and powerful. Democrats, however, believe in rationally discussing the facts - which usually support their cause of fighting for all Americans.

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Posted by Paul Siegel at 3:55 PM

Rumsfeld's World

Could someone tell this man what is really going on in Iraq.

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July 20, 2005

What Mandate Are You Referring to?

Let us speak of mandates. Bill Clinton won the 1996 election by nine points, 1992 by almost six, and that was his worst. In 1993, the Democrat majority in congress was 258 to 176, a lead of 82 members. Republicans got their best lead ever right now: 30 members. As for Senate Majorities, they've never had it better in modern times than Fifty-Five We had two more that the last time we had a real majority!

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Roberts: Your Moment of Zen

A great deal of disinformation had been passed around by the time we surprisingly got a nominee. Bush had said he would consult with our people, implying he would move to the center. Other sources had implied that the candidate would be a woman. In the end, I don't think we should have been surprised. It's almost stereotypical of this stereotypically Republican president: A Right Wing Pro-Life Middle Aged White Guy who takes the side of the corporations.

Oh well. It may be a little paranoid, but I think we were meant to backlash. We shouldn't.

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Who's The Cracker?

President Bush just nominated John Roberts Jr., a virtual unknown, to fill Sandra Day O'Connor's place on the Supreme Court. This is really an excellent, calculated, political move.

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July 19, 2005

Loyalty vs. National Security

Before Bush changes the subject with his announcement of his choice for Supreme Court Justice, I want to add to the president's luster by demonstrating his honor and integrity, his concern for law and order, and how steadfastly he fights the war on terror. Bush proclaimed that any criminal in his administration would be fired. Bravo!

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Posted by Paul Siegel at 5:50 PM

Response Will Show True Character

During the 2000 election George W. Bush stated that, "He would restore honor and dignity to the Oval Office. "He also stated, "people would be held to account." Both were references to the Clinton administration. The republican party felt that Clinton did not share their values and he was not honest with the American people. Here is Bush's next opportunity to prove his moral character.

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Blue works!

(via Jack Bog)

The New York Times has discovered what we in Oregon have known all along: Corporations don't have to pay their workers a pittance and deny them benefits in order to making a screaming profit:

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Posted by Carla Ryan at 1:04 PM

Western Democrats

"Whatever happened to the rugged individualism in the Republican Party? It is very much alive and well in the Democratic Party," Howard Dean assured Montana Democrats.

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July 18, 2005

The Rove-amped Republican Party

Most Republicans believe in limited government and in fiscal and social conservatism. Although I do not agree with them, I respect their choices. However, the current Republican administration does not seem to believe in any of this. Its sole concern is power. In its quest for more power, it expands government, throws away frugal policies and emphasizes only divisive faith-based initiatives. And if anyone disagrees with its actions, the administration ATTACKS, SMEARS AND DESTROYS him or her. All this is done under direction of Karl Rove, who has Rove-amped the Republican Party.

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Posted by Paul Siegel at 5:07 PM

Define "is"

Our President is looking very little like the truth, justice and American way cowboy that his handlers have so deftly promoted...and a lot more like a guy who is reaching for a way to bail out his corrupt buddy.

Earlier today, Bush bactracked on his previous statement to fire anyone on his staff involved in the Plame leak.

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Posted by Carla Ryan at 1:54 PM

P/C Politically Corrupt

The American people have become numb to the corruption that has infiltrated local, state and Federal governments of the United States.

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July 16, 2005

Trying America's Patience

On what Grounds is Karl Rove being defended?

Innocent of everything? Tried. Innocent because he let something slip? Tried. Innocent because the people he outed were Bush opponents? Tried. Innocent because the Reporter he leaked to screwed him? Tried. Innocent because Democrats hate Bush? Tried. Innocent because the Media is Liberal? Tried. Innocent because the judge is an unguided missile? Tried. Innocent because it's a grand jury proceeding, and hey, what do we know? Tried. Innocent because of what a grand jury supposedly said? Tried.

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July 15, 2005

Better than a yellow ribbon

Sunday I leave for a three-week visit (business and vacation) with my family to the UK. We'll be spending two weeks in London. I won't be cancelling the trip, I won't change my plans to avoid cities, and dammit, I'm gonna take the subway if I feel like it.

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Posted by William Cohen at 11:55 AM

July 12, 2005

Another Damaged Part of Bush Machine

July 11,2003 Joseph Wilson writes an Op-Ed piece for the New York Times. He writes that his investigation into allegations that Iraq purchased Uranium Yellowcake from Niger were untrue. He went on to write that He had been left with "little choice but to conclude that some of the intelligence related to Iraq's nuclear weapons program was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat."

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July 10, 2005

Political Name Games

About January 2003, a highly placed Government Official made a speech detailing the existence of evidence of an illegal smuggling operation that could have had serious national security repercussions. It's effects could have made some of our latest foreign policy problems look tame by comparison. On this and other pieces of information, our administration and congress authorized action. But the evidence in question was known at the time of this speech by many within the executive branch to be forged. When the time came to make the push for war, one of the investigators told America this, and the official's Political Advisor retaliated.

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Don't Believe The Judicial Showdown Hype

Surely, like many on the Left, I knew it was too much to hope that the precarious ideological balance of the current U.S. Supreme Court could survive, till such time as the inauguration of Hillary Rodham Clinton as the nation's forty-fourth President. And, although Senate Democrats have been successful in beating back many of Bush's most extremist Conservative judicial nominees, until recently we still lived in a political climate where such objectionable jurists could very well join a Chief Justice Scalia or Thomas, on the high court.

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July 9, 2005

I'm A Democrat, Not A Vegetarian

Last week I spent some time on Whidbey Island in Washington (the state). I was at this laundermat and pretty stoked that there was a cafe next-door. I figured, while the laundry was spinning, I could grab a sandwich and a Diet Coke and get some reading done. Man, was I pissed when I found out all they served was organic vegan food!

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July 7, 2005

London: The Latest Ground Zero

Osama bin Laden has attacked London. Terrorists blasted the underground. Many - we're not sure yet how many - were killed and wounded. All of us in the U.S. feel for the Brits. We see that we are not terror-safe. We know the anguish the Brits feel. We know that the people Osama bin Laden hates must stick together. So must all who believe in civilization. Let's not again run off half-cocked to a place like Iraq. Let's mobilize the whole civilized world to work together to stamp out the plague of terrorism in all its horrible forms. The UN is the best vehicle for doing this.

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Posted by Paul Siegel at 5:49 PM

Al-Qaeda's Latest Attack

London has been hit by a terrorist attack. The political fallout from this will be significant. First, the President was in country, attending the G8 meeting in Scotland. Second, this is one of our few allies left in the War on Terrorism, and there is no predicting how the British will respond to this. Third, this is right after the announcement for the 2012 Olympics.

Oh. At the time of this writing, nobody's raised the threat level.

We Can't Afford This

I sat there stunned. I could not believe what I was watching. It was an attack ad. An attack ad directed at George W. Bush. My first thought was " We should not be stooping to their level", my second, I have to admit, was that it's payback time for "The swift boat" ads.

Those of us who live in Central New York never saw any of the partisan,bias nonsense alot of the country saw during the 04 election.It was pretty exciting to see an actual attack ad made by a group lobbying for the Democratic party. I was excited until I saw the Ad.

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July 6, 2005

Antonin Scalia - An Activist Judge

President George W. Bush says that his ideal Supreme Court justice is Antonin Scalia. The president has also said that a justice should interpret the Constitution and not be an activist who makes law. Well, he cannot have both someone like Scalia and a strict constructionist, because Scalia is an activist. He does not believe in the separation of church and state and through his Court decisions tries to merge the two. He is a theocrat.

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Posted by Paul Siegel at 5:15 PM

A Matter of Dates

Treason, as the saying goes, is a matter of dates. The same words and actions that are seen as the mark of a patriot under one regime can get you labeled "enemy of the state" under another. With all of the righties pointing fingers and yelling "Traitor!" these days, I often wonder if they really have forgotten the Clinton years or are faking it. Let's review.

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Posted by Woody Mena at 7:30 AM

July 4, 2005

Let's Avoid Extremist Judges

A Happy 4th of July to all!

On this day of Independence, I think we should try to make sure that the next U.S. Supreme Court justice is one that believes in a government "of the people, by the people and for the people." This is another way of saying that an extremist, who can barely gain a Senate majority, should not be confirmed. The question then is, What is an extremist? The "gang of 14" adopted the criterion of "extraordinary circumstances." But I think an extremist may be defined more readily than that.

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Posted by Paul Siegel at 6:51 PM

The Patriot Realist

There are some who believe that to be a patriot, one must support the actions taken by one's country no matter what. While that neatly defines a nationalist, I think it is insufficient to describe those who love their country.

I do believe that we live in the greatest country on the face of the Earth, but not because I call nothing done in its name a mistake, nor because I support its leaders without second guessing them, but because there is nothing wrong with America that Americans can't fix, and our system is built to make that possible.

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July 3, 2005

Bush speaks of sacrifices

From the moment Bush sent our troops to Iraq based on trumped up intelligence and out right lies their have been sacrifices made by many Americans.
The only people making these sacrifices here in the United States, are the soldiers who are fighting this war,their families and the poor and middle class who could have used the hundreds of billions of dollar sspent attacking Iraq for health care and education.
What sacrifices has Bush made?

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July 1, 2005

Protecting Sources - or the Whitehouse?

Journalists Matthew Cooper of Time and Judith Miller of the N.Y. Times were being held in contempt of court for not revealing their sources in the Valerie Plame case. After being told that the 2 journalists could expect jail time within a week, Time decided to turn over federal documents in the case to the prosecutor. It is not clear if this would be enough to clear Cooper. Media people all over the country are unhappy that these journalists were threatened with jail time merely for protecting their sources. But one must wonder, are they protecting sources or protecting the Whitehouse?

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Posted by Paul Siegel at 7:01 PM