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February 28, 2006

Foreign Policy: Republican vs. Democratic Approaches

Republicans like to say that they have a foreign policy that keeps us safe, whereas Democrats don't care about security and they do not know how to keep America safe from terrorists. This is just plain wrong. What we can say is that the foreign policy approaches of Republicans and Democrats are different. Suppose I show the differences in a few examples. You can judge for yourself which is better for the U.S. in the long run.

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Governments Rights vs. Our Rights

The Bush administration is very quick to point out it's war time rights and priviliges.
When do executive rights trump the American citizens rights?

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February 27, 2006

45 Days to Security

45 days. Republicans are asking for 45 days. 45 days is all the Bush Administration needs to show Congress, the media and the public that giving Dubai Ports World the keys to ports in 6 states will keep America safe, will help show the Arab world that Americans are not racist, and will lead to the democratization of the Middle East. 45 days to security.

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Plan B: Rewriting history. How Bush hides the truth.

Days before the New York Times published its December 16th report uncovering President Bush's domestic surveillance program issuing a secret executive order authorizing the National Security Agency (NSA) to eavesdrop on American citizens, a memo was reclassified and removed from the national archives. The 1952 memo on how to structure the NSA which had been publicly available for almost 30 years when it was declassified in 1976 is now gone; deleted; eradicated from public view. It's as if the memo never existed.

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Honesty Is The Best Policy

The Red Column pushes the good financial news. The Blue talks about the average person's perception, that of an economy not doing all it should be doing. I think there's good reason, in the wake of Enron and the other corporate failures, in the view of the industry-wide culture of corruption it revealed, to doubt that the growth we're seeing in this economy is what it's cracked up to be. Maybe we're wrong. Ironically enough, though, the lack of timely disclosure and real action on corporate reform makes it difficult for the Republicans, much less anybody else, to prove our economy is not just another bubble waiting to burst.

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Ohio Adoption Ban Proposal

Ohio State Senator Robert Hagan writes in an e-mail to fellow Ohio Democrat lawmakers, "Policymakers in Columbus have ignored this growing threat to our communities for far too long." Sen. Hagan's memo seeks co-sponsors of his bill that would ban adoptions by a certain group of Americans.

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February 26, 2006

W.F. Buckley: Iraq War a Failure

According to William F. Buckley, Jr., conservative icon and founder of the National Review:

One can't doubt that the American objective in Iraq has failed.

"It Didn't Work"

February 24, 2006

Maximizing Shareholder Value

For those wondering how the Bush Administration carelessly wandered into the current inflamed port controversy, I'd like to assure them that it was not done carelessly. Those doing the vetting knew exactly what they were doing. They were expanding commerce with an Arab nation - UAE. Free trade, globalization, unfettered commerce, maximizing shareholder value everywhere is the Republican number one goal. Not democracy. Even security takes second place with them.

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February 23, 2006

Rove: Security Focus of Campaigns

Republican master manipulator and finagler Karl Rove defiantly stated that security will be the focus of this year's Congressional campaigns. I guess he was trying to scare Democrats. Shortly thereafter, his boss, George W. Bush, who was probably not paying attention, demonstrated with his stubborn reaction to the port controversy that though he had spent almost 5 years trying to scare us with "war on terror" talk, security of America was not his primary concern. Of even greater concern to him was global trade. Democrats welcome Rove's challenge. Unlike Republicans, Democrats place homeland security first.

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February 22, 2006

An Opportunity, If He's Interested

Bush has promised to veto any legislation or bill that would interfere with a United Arab Emirates company's bid to run a number of US ports. From what I've heard, the company checks out, and there's little reason to suspect that they would involve themselves in terrorist activities. What to do then, when the inevitable questions come up about whether the UAE connection to the terrorists who committed 9/11 comes up? I've got an idea on that.

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Privatization Hurts Security

Though Democrats have been claiming for years that our ports were insecure, the security-saturated "war president" finally acted. Bush transfered ownership of 6 American ports to Dubai Ports World, a private company owned by Dubai/United Arab Emirates. Bush, who has imprisoned in Guantanamo without redress many with Arab-sounding names, now says that the uproar against his actions is due to racism. No it is not. The uproar is taking place because Bush's actions are hurting the security of the U.S. I'll go further and say that the whole Republican idea of privatization has gone too far and is gutting our security.

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February 21, 2006

Four Bases for Democracy?

The Bush Administration keeps telling us that we are in Iraq to spread democracy. As soon as the Iraqis are capable of protecting their country, Americans will go home. If this is so, why have we been building military bases? Many bases have been built over the years. OK, we needed them to fight the war. But there are four super-bases, each in the over-billion-dollar category, being built full blast in Iraq now. Why? Do we need them for our exit strategy? Do we need them to spread democracy? Or are we building bases because we plan to stay indefinitely - to reinvent the Middle East to our taste?

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That's The Signpost Up Ahead - Your Next Stop...The Neocon Zone

Fear and hope walk side by side. They are partners in the existence of the past and of the future. Fear shackles us to the hands of time, each tick of the clock bringing us closer to the past. Somewhere between light and shadow, between science and superstition. You've just crossed over into the Neocon Zone.

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February 20, 2006

Feingold Shows Way to Security

Bush is right. Bush is wrong. Bush is right when he says that the advancement of world freedom will lead to a reduction in world terrorism. Bush is wrong when he decides to fight terrorism by reducing freedom at home. Through warrantless wiretapping of Americans. Through a revived Patriot Act. Senator Feingold is one of a tiny few that is fighting these transgressions on our freedom. Feingold is right that increased freedom leads to reduced terrorism. Feingold is also right that we must preserve American freedoms to assure national security.

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February 19, 2006

Freedom Doughnuts

What do hard core rightwing freaks on both sides of the world have in common?

A penchant for renaming food:

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What If Cheney Had Been Hunting Deer?

Yes, the Vice President probably went through a lot, and we have reason to be sympathetic. But this story got the the attention that it did, because this was a life and death matter. This wasn't the Vice President getting into a fender bender, this was the VP shooting somebody, which is not a minor action on any national leader's part, whether it's done accidentally or intentionally.

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February 18, 2006

The Graying of John McCain

Republicans have no doubt been cheered by polls showing John McCain with a 10-15% lead over Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical 2008 match-up. Coming almost three years before the election these polls probably don't mean much*, but they do make McCain look like a strong candidate. McCain has a huge vulnerability though, and hardly anyone has noticed.

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February 17, 2006

Your Money or Your Life

President George W. Bush is out selling health savings accounts (HSAs) as the way to fix our healthcare system. He says HSAs, which are tax free and run by the individual, will make individuals responsible for the money they spend on their healthcare and thus introduce healthy competition into our healthcare industry. His insistance that, armed with HSAs, each of us would spend our health dollars more carefully makes me think of the Jack Benny joke, "your money or your life."

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Ports of Danger

The Republicans like to claim that they are tough on national security. Oh, really? They have set intelligence gathering on Iran back 10 years with the politically motivated outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame. They have sided with their large corporate donors to keep the flow of cheap labor coming across our borders at the cost of national security. Their idea of spreading democracy to the Middle East, by force, has backfired. Terrorist cells are growing, and terror groups are being democratically elected to lead entire countries. Now, the Bush administration has sold our national security to the United Arab Emirates.

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America's Future

The gradual prosperity I witnessed growing up in the 70s 80s and 90s seems to have stalled or in some cases receded. It was a given that one generation would work to make things better for the next. Our children would be better off than us, their chidren better off than them.
I remember older people I spoke with as a child telling me, "you don't know how good you have it", or" things are better now than when I was growing up."
Incomes were up, education requirements raised, racial barriers fewer, gender barriers decreased. Things were progressing nicely. Most citizens of the United States were very proud to be American and felt a sense of priviledge because we were fortunate to be born in the United States of America.
Alot has happened since then.

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February 16, 2006

Hooray for Rice!

In the midst of this dysfunctional macho administration with its fetish of secrecy and bullying manliness, there is one official that stands out. She has brilliantly switched the course of this administration from dehumanizing militarism to fresh-breathtaking diplomacy. Her name is Rice. They call her Condi. As Secretary of State, she is doing what we Democrats have been recommending for a long time. She is working with world leaders using non-military means to persuade and convince Tehran it would be better off without nuclear weapons.

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What Liberal Media?

A new study conducted by Media Matters for America shows conclusively there is no liberal bias in the media. In fact, it proves that the major networks lean to the right more often than not, and have since Clinton's days in office.

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Torn In Time- The Real Face of Tyranny In the Middle East

The tragedy of the Middle East is of a region that was half-conquered, half assimilated, and left with modern and ancient modes of thought, both incomplete, smashed in together. There is the conflict. There is our problem, and what we've managed to likely screw up with Iraq. We Americans and Europeans had the chance to grow out of our premodern modes of thought, to develop and evolve systems of thought consistent with our times and our newfound abilities.

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February 15, 2006

Spreading Democracy, Bush Style

This is not about almost-straight-shooter Cheney, but about his boss, the real-straight-shooter George W. Bush, the one whose mission it is to spread democracy all over the world. His buddy, Abramoff, worked together with Bush's right-hand man, Karl Rove, to get that paragon of virtue, the former prime minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad, to meet the president. Though our previous president, Bill Clinton, chastised this Malaysian dictator for jailing opponents and for anti-semitic statements, Bush had his picture taken with him. This showed the world that Bush is serious about spreading democracy.

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February 14, 2006

Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

Vice President Dick Cheney, otherwise known as the real president of the U.S., went hunting for quail and he shot his fellow Republican teammate. He did not bother to tell his so-called boss, George W. Bush, until the next day and even then forgot to tell him that the guy doing the shooting was Cheney. Shoot first, ask questions later - this is normal procedure at the current Republican Whitehouse. This is the way the administration runs the Iraq War. This is the way the adminstration extracts vengeance from those opposed to the party line.

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Plamegate: The Leak That Keeps On Leaking

It was reported today by the Raw Story that Valerie Plame was not just another CIA agent, but was in fact the Directorate of Operations for tracking the distribution and acquisition of weapons of mass destruction technology to and from Iran.

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Good Stewards of Tax Dollars?

In the State of the Union speech, President Bush said that "keeping America competitive requires us to be good stewards of tax dollars." A sentiment that I could not agree more with. The problem is that under President Bush's leadership the federal budget has grown by 42%, [FactCheck- Misstatement of the Union] and there is no end to that growth in sight, despite the cuts the President pointed out.

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Under the Gun

It seems that V.P. Dick Cheney is not the only one to turn his gun on a friend this week. President Bush is staring down the barrel and his Republican friends have their fingers on the trigger.

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February 13, 2006

The Long Propaganda War

It's official. We are no longer fighting the "war on terror." We are now fighting the "long war." This is what the grand Republican administration has announced. One wonders, why the change in names? What was wrong with the old name? Are we no longer concerned with terrorism? Did we beat the terrorists while I was not looking? Does the fact that nothing is working for the Bush administration have anything to do with this? Does the upcoming congressional elections? Could it be the start of not a real war, but the kind of war Republicans love: a propaganda war?

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February 12, 2006

The Ring of Truth

As we sort through a week of headlines, or the news of the day, we latch onto those stories which for us have the "ring of truth". For me, this week, the ring of truth shouted loudest in the words of Paul Pillar, who concluded his long career in the CIA by serving as National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia from 2000 to 2005.

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Want Some Invisible Tiger Repellent?

Bush is once again selling you some. He's telling you that our economic wellbeing is dependent on making those tax cuts permanent. Let me pose a disturbing thought here: what if our invisible tiger repellent is attracting and helping the real beasts to feed on our economy?

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February 9, 2006

Sweet Vindication

I caught a lot of flak for writing this on 9/30/2005:

It was the White House, in the person of "Scooter" Libby, who fingered Valerie Plame as a CIA agent.

Now what do I find on CNN: Libby: White House 'superiors' authorized leaks.

If you want to dispute the story, send your complaints to CNN.

Republican Self-Mutilation

It amazes me sometimes how dense politicians can get. On the Right, it amazes me that they've put Tom DeLay, currently under indictment for money laundering, on the Appropriations committee, not to mention the committee overseeing the Department of Justice.

On the left, I don't see anybody jumping on this.

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National Security: Republican vs. Democratic Views

We keep hearing that national security is the strong suit of the Republicans. I disagree. The Republican approach to security is based on the idea that we must sacrifice some of our freedoms in order to increase our security. Even some Democrats seem to agree with this idea. It is wrong. Sacrifice of our fundamental freedoms makes us weaker, not stronger. The Democrats believe that religiously maintaining our freedoms ENHANCES our national security.

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Just a Silly Daydream

Family obligations kept me from listening to the State of the Union address last week. So I've made up my own.

Bush supporters complain of Bush detractors that there is nothing he could say that would make them happy. And you know what, they're close to right. The actions of this administration have been so consistent in many ways, that mere words alone could hardly assuage the anguish we feel at this administration's constant assault on so many of the values we hold dear.

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Tough On Corruption

It's great to see the GOP taking a stand against corruption. They are utilizing a two-Prong approach to fixing the rampant corruption that has rocked their party.
They are attacking the issue with true GOP spirit and dedication.

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February 8, 2006

The Brownie Brigade

No doubt, given ample evidence confirming the pervasive by product of the
Republican's stranglehold of our elected government - aptly dubbed the 'Culture of
Corruption' - Howard Dean and the DNC are already splicing together those '06
Mid-Term campaign ads certain to feature the images of 'Duke' Cunningham, Tom
DeLay and the dapper don Jack Abramoff. And fortunately, the Right will fail in its
efforts to uniformly tarnish the Democrats in turn, considering the sheer number of
ethically born again GOP politicians now filling the coffers of their favorite charities
courtesy of Abramoff's 'influence'.

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February 7, 2006

No Nukes!

President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin are exploring a partnership to provide other countries with nuclear reactor fuel for generating electricity. This is an important step in preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and I applaud the President for finally coming around to another good Democratic idea.

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February 6, 2006

The Poor Get Poorer

The President's 2007 budget proposes $2.7 trillion in spending neccessary to increase defense and homeland security. There is $18 billion for rebuilding from the hurricanes that devestated the poor in the Gulf Coast region. Other programs such as energy programs will get $4.1 billion (huge surprise), while 141 programs that primarily help the poor, children, the elderly, veterans and the handicapped will see their money drastically cut or eliminated. The cuts are needed to reduce a deficit caused, in part, by the war and to support the continuation of the war. They are also to pay for damage from the devastating hurricanes.

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Republicans Begin Smear Campaign

I swear to God, the current crop of Republican leaders are the most vile, dishonest, and despicable characters I've ever seen. Less than a week after President Bush pledged to adopt "a civil tone" and "act in a spirit of good will and respect for one another," the leader of the Republican Party viciously defamed Senator Clinton.

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Anakin's Choice

I think the Republican position is by and large too short-sighted. It looks at the here and the now of what we done, but does not consider that what is happening right now is in dynamic fluctuation. True, we've overthrown two Dictatorships, but have we replaced them with something truly democrat, governments that are stable and which will last?

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February 4, 2006

The Market Speaks: More Gay Cowboys!

Brokeback Mountain will have been seen in the theaters by 18 people, but the right 18 and will win the Academy Award. -Charles Krauthammer

Krauthammer may well be right about Brokeback Mountain winning Best Picture (if that's what he meant). As for its success in the marketplace, conservative and not-so-conservative pundits like Krauthammer, Bill O'Reily, Michael Medved, and even Mickey Kaus have been proven dead wrong.

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February 3, 2006

The Democratic Art Of War

Based on the success of UN/NATO operations in Afghanistan, the mission is expanding once again this year to stabilize and integrate new and more dangerous provinces into a coherent Afghan state. Britain is quadrupling its force level, Holland just agreed to triple its military presence, and 60 other countries pledged long-term aid and investment to strengthen Afghanistan's democracy. The Democrat's way of war is triumphant.

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February 2, 2006

Taking Zealots At Their Word

Surprised by the new "democracy in the Middle East", some in the punditocracy are in full court hand wring mode over Hamas. Witness Richard Cohen of the Washington Post:

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Unity Of Purpose

Now, some may gloat over President Bush's conciliatory tone and modest bi-partisan agenda presented in this year's State of the Union address. The cynical will point to his low poll numbers, failed initiatives, and self-centered concern for his legacy as the reason, but I will not engage in that debate (today). Others can quibble over the veracity of President Bush's description of his current policies, but I want to focus on his initiatives.

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February 1, 2006

A sad State of the Union: It's official, Dissent is now illegal

Cindy Sheehan was invited to attend the State of the Union by Rep. Lynn Woosley of California. She was the invited guest of the representative and was given the seat of Gallery 5, Seat 7, row A.

Funny thing was, when the lights came up to begin the State of the Union to address the nation, her seat was empty.

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