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July 31, 2006

Kill the Cancer, Not the Doctor

Terrorism, the art of killing humans in order to scare other humans out of their wits, has been with us for a long time. Though it may have been common in the Middle East, like any other cancerous growth, it has been spreading at a rapid rate all over the world. To avoid the destruction of the entire body of the world, we must now start killing the cancerous Hezbollah tumor in the organ of Lebanon.

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Someone Crack a Window; More Stink-a-roo Legislation

Who do the Republican's really work for? You & I, or themselves & big money? Last week they removed all doubt with their "we will throw the little guy a bone, as long as we can give Paris Hilton a tax cut" bill [H.R.5970]. Wow...WOW, How low can the "moral majority" go?

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I Know a Good GOP Senator When I See One

Dear Republicans,

Senator Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) is facing a primary challenge from conservative Steve Laffey. Since I am a liberal Democrat, I am sure you are eager to get my perspective on this important race.

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When collusion pays

Record prices at the pump. We've all heard that one, over and over again. It's almost as if we're comfortable paying $3+ a gallon at the pump. Who cares if those record prices are the product of collusion, right?

During the first half of 2006, the five major oil companies earned $63 billion. (link) That number is a staggering 20% ahead of last year's numbers; which, if you recall, were considered 'record-setting' for 2005.

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Marines Want Deadline In Iraq

General Conway, the outspoken Marine General who slammed President Bush for micromanaging and fouling up the first Battle of Fallujah, told Senators last week that the administration ignored the need for more troops in Iraq and says we must withdraw troops this year so Iraqis understand we're serious about making them assume responsibility for their own security.

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July 29, 2006

NORAD Out, Star Wars In

The Pentagon has announced a decision to mothball NORAD after spending $700 million since 2001 to upgrade its warning systems. The staff will be moved to Peterson Airforce Base. The reason given for the closure: "a missile attack from China or Russia is very unlikely," says NORAD commander Admiral Keating.

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Not a Conservative? Too Bad.

No, I'm not recruiting for the Republican Party. The title is a response to all those, who having seen Bush's spending, his fiscal policy (let's be candid: his tax policy), his foreign policy and all those little intrusion and extrusions of power still elected that man, George W. Bush, to a second term as president. You could be forgiven for having elected him the first time and seen him go off track, but doing so again in 2004 leaves you no room for complaint. You knew exactly what you were getting into.

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Republican Authoritarianism

It is natural for Republicans and conservatives to be more authoritarian than Democrats and liberals. This is not necessarily a bad thing. This country was founded as a Republic - with a strong efficient central government and a strong executive branch to impose necessary policies - even when they are unpopular - things like not discriminating against "out groups" such as; minorities, women and homosexuals.

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July 28, 2006

Republican Blackmail

Democrats and Republicans may be defined by the people they try to help. Democrats work for the little guy, as shown by their constant pursuit of an increase in the minimum wage. Republicans work for the rich guy as shown by their long pursuit of the rollback of the estate tax. However, Republicans also boast a "values" agenda that led them to combine the minimum-wage increase and estate-tax rollback into one bill.

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July 27, 2006

A Midsummer Night's Swim in the Sewer

Is there anything some politicians will not say or do to get elected? It is no longer about the issues facing our nation. It's about destroying your opponent anyway you can, and more times than not it is not about a candidate's record, it's personal.

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July 26, 2006

Suing the President

President George W. Bush has expressed his disdain for laws passed by Congress by first signing them and then issuing signing statements that negate what he had just signed. His actions have become so outrageous that a special task force of the American Bar Association has issued a report condemning this practice and asking Congress to pass legislation that will enable Congress to sue the president in order to allow the U.S. Supreme Court to act as referee.

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July 25, 2006

Main Event: Connecticut Smackdown

Why is the Democratic senatorial primary race in Connecticut being fought on the national stage? On the marquee, it is being billed as Iraq war supporters vs. anti-war activists. Nevertheless, once we step into the ring we discover that it is a different rivalry altogether.

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July 24, 2006

The Next Big Thing

In my last post I said that we can't depend on the "next big thing" to save us from the race to the wage-bottom being brought about by worker outsourcing, because research labs all over the world are competing to get there first. However, if U.S. mounts a Manhattan-type project to achieve the "next big thing," we are bound to achieve it and we most assuredly will boost American wages in the process.

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July 23, 2006

So Long Joe, Been Good to Know Ya

If there was any question that Joe Lieberman is headed for trouble in the August 8th Democratic primary, it was dispelled when Lieberman filed papers enabling him to run as an Independent. Way to be a team player, Joe. This Democrat says, "Good riddance."

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July 22, 2006

Book Review: Outsourcing America

This book by Ron Hira and Anil Hira discusses all aspects of the outsourcing of jobs from America to India, China, Russia, the Philippines and other low-wage countries. The outsourcing phenomenon, they say, is big and growing and if not addressed by Congress, will drastically reduce American wages, then cut the profitability of American business and eventually ruin our economy.

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The Republican Culture of Blame

Republicans. What can you say about Republicans? If nothing else, they are fascinating to watch. It's like watching a dog chase it's tail. Always trying to squirm out of a difficult situation. Always contradicting themselves. Always trying to blame their failures on somebody else.

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Someone Else's War: Israel - Lebanon vs US - Iraq

In watching the wall to wall coverage of the Israeli - Hizbullah war this week, I have found it striking in comparison to say coverage of the war in Iraq. Is it simply the difference between embedded reporters in Iraq, versus roaming reporters in Israel and Lebanon? How would people feel about the events in Iraq if there was a tenth of the attention paid to it as to the hostilities between Israel and Lebanon.

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July 20, 2006

Biden On Lebanon

I'm not the world's biggest Joe Biden fan (yet), but I just heard him on Larry King Live and was totally impressed. He clearly understands what's going on in the Middle East and sees the conflict in Lebanon as a huge opportunity to unravel and solve some of the biggest problems in the region.

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July 19, 2006

What Bush Failed to Veto

Finally! After 5 1/2 years, we finally meet a bill George doesn't like (aside from his predecessor)! It took him long enough. I guess this was one case where he couldn't just sign it and slink away and make a quiet signing statement to overrided the courts and the legislature illegally. (I know, that was a bit of bomb throwing, but if the shoe fits...) But really, let's see all that Bush didn't veto.

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Culture-of-Life Veto

The embryonic stem cell bill, which encourages research on embryonic stem cells for the purpose of finding cures to an array of diseases, was passed by the Senate 63-37. President George W. Bush has been threatening to use his first veto on this bill in order to affirm his "culture of life." By exercising his veto on this life-affirming legislation he has essentially vetoed his "culture of life."

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Israeli Attack On Lebanon Was Likely No Surprise To U.S.

One would think that from the slow response in evacuating U.S. citizens from Lebanon that the U.S. was taken totally off guard by the Israeli attacks. Somehow that seems unlikely as both the US and the UK are blocking efforts at quickly arriving at a cease fire.

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July 18, 2006

Book Review: The Mighty and the Almighty

Madeleine Albright, President Bill Clinton's secretary of state, wrote this illuminating book about the place of religion and of democracy in both domestic and foreign affairs. She believes that we have not recognized the big role religion plays among our citizenry, and especially not in our negotiations with other countries. Studying how different people see the almighty is crucial to the development of a successful foreign policy.

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July 17, 2006

Will Stem Cell Bill Produce 1st Bush Veto?

President Bush is expected to cater to a minority fringe of religious right activists, and exercise his veto power for the first time in nearly six years after the Senate's expected passage of a bill loosening restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research tomorrow. If these activists were really sincere they ought to be worrying instead about in-vitro fertilization.

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Why Do They Hate Us?

They call us servants of Satan. They criticize us as evil atheists and secular humanists. They taunt us as horrible heretics. They devote a great deal of time and rhetoric letting us know how much they hate us. Why do they hate us so? Why? Why?

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July 15, 2006

Panama Canal To Be Widened

The Panamanian Congress has voted to widen the Panama Canal. The plan calls for widening the canal by 42 feet to make the canal a total of 150 feet wide. Currently, the Panama canal passes about 5% of global trade, and can only handle vessels carrying up to 4,000 containers. The expansion will allow ships carrying up to 10,000 containers. The expansion planned for completion in 2014, is estimated to cost $5 billion. However, the construction costs are not the only costs that should be counted.

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July 14, 2006

Bring Back from Brink

The Middle East is on the brink of a big war again. Two terrorist organizations, Hamas and Hezballah, started it and Israel took the bait and escalated hostilities. War is raging in Gaza and in Lebanon. Nations are taking sides, but it is up to the U.S. to stop being an observer and start doing something to bring the warring parties back from the brink.

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Brawling in the Middle East

Right now, I don't like much of anybody in the Middle East. Israel's doing its best to provoke other countries. Other countries are doing their best to get into a fight with Israel, Hezbollah and Hamas are proving why its an awful idea to mix terrorism (especially religious terrorism) with politics, and what we're basically getting here is a big fat mess. Welcome to the world of the Bush Doctrine.

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July 13, 2006

Take Back Our Party, Take Back Our Country

The partnership of Evangelicals and Big Business at first seems like a strange combination. On second thought, it is the perfect marriage of money, power, and absolute ideology.

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A Tribute to Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham is a Republican, and I am a Democrat. Lindsey Graham is a conservative, and I am a liberal. Lindsey Graham and I are at opposite sides of the political divide virtually always. But on the most important issue of the day, both Lindsey Graham and I are on the same side, the side of justice for all, including those we label as terrorists.

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Selection Bias and the Polarization of America

Jack recently posted an article in the "Republican and Conservatives" column titled: "Democrats Need to Get Right with God." As usual with Jack's articles, it has a very reasonable tone, but draws many flawed conclusions.

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July 12, 2006

Economic Growth

The American budget deficit for the current fiscal year, which had been estimated by the administration to be about $421 billion, is now being estimated to be about $296 billion. Bush is making speeches and jumping with joy about the great economy. He is boasting that his tax cuts are responsible for the tremendous economic growth. They have brought extra riches and thus extra taxes collected.

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July 11, 2006

Do We Need a Chinese Wall?

Americans are losing some of their fears and Republicans are worried. How could Republicans win in November if people are not afraid? Fear got them into power the last few times. Fear can do it again. So, fearmongers Congressmen Sensenbrenner, Rohrabacher and others decided to raise the fear level by demonizing illegal aliens. They passed a law that made illegal aliens felons and called for building a huge Chinese Wall between America and Mexico.

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July 10, 2006

Let China Do It

North Korea threatens the U.S. and tests several missiles to show that it could deliver its nuclear bombs to U.S. territory. What's the response of our cowbody leader, the free world's menace to Osama bin Laden, the same fellow who insisted that America does not ask permission of anyone to defend itself? Bush says he is using diplomacy and is depending on China to solve the problem.

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July 8, 2006

Ours and Ours Alone

The Democrats are mistaken in excluding religion from discussion by our candidates, but not for taking the views that we do. We are not to go about the business of tearing down the wall of separation between church and state. Nor should we simply copy the Republicans and their policies. Our expression of our faith or lack of same should be something unique to itself.

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July 7, 2006

Money = Free Speech: Invitation to Corruption

The U.S. Supreme Court in 1975 ruled that you cannot limit spending for political candidates because by limiting the spending of money you are limiting the exercise of free speech. The result has been devastating. Politics is awash with money and those with the most money have the most free speech, and the most "access" to political officials. This "access" enables money to "talk," and what it tells legislators and executives is "take care of me." And officials "listen."

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July 6, 2006

Hamas is a Terrorist Organization

I hear a lot of people - unfortunately, too many on the left - say that Israel is behaving badly by attacking Hamas. They claim that by invading Gaza, Israel is overreacting to the kidnapping of one Israeli. Poor Hamas, they say, they are poor and they are suffering and they have no real power, so they do violent acts.

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War Against Christmas in July

The ACLU has taken on a new client in a free-speech case: The Church of the Good News. This church apparently wanted to run ads on some very sensitive and controversial topics, and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority wouldn't let them.

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July 5, 2006

Decisive Failure

Foreign Policy magazine tells us that a great majority of experts think that we are losing the war on terror. Why? My opinion is that the Decider, without sufficient analysis, made a macho statement about the "axis of evil" and shortly thereafter, with trumped-up "intelligence," attacked the first nation on his axis: Iraq. Iran took umbrage, and teased us with a nuclear program. North Korea was more forthright. It built nuclear weapons and tested a few guided missiles.

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Laws? We don’t need no stinking laws!

According to a new published report, (link) President Bush personally ordered the Vice President to discredit Joe Wilson. In mono-syllabic terms only the President can emphasize, President Bush told Cheney to "Get it out" any information to discredit the dissenting voice of Joe Wilson. Of course that information is now commonly referred to as "Valerie Plame affair".

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A Thumb in the Eye of Democracy

President Bush tells us that it is really, really important to promote democracy in the Middle East. This cause is so vital we are spending hundreds of billions of dollars and sacrificing thousands of American lives in Iraq. So why is he holding the Israeli government's coat while it assaults the Hamas government that the Palestinian people chose in free elections?

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July 3, 2006

Congress: A Chance for Redemption

When the U.S. Supreme Court slapped the president for overstepping his bounds by establishing a Guantanamo "justice" system, it also slapped you, the Congress, for not acting as an independent branch of government and for following the president like sheep. You now have a chance to redeem yourself. With your reaction to this reprimand, you will show us, the citizenry, whether you deserve to be reelected.

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July 2, 2006

Bush Losing War On Terror

A survey of the top 100 terrorism and national security experts concludes that President Bush is losing the war on terror. 84% say Bush is losing the war on terror, 86% say the world is becoming more dangerous for Americans, and 87% say Bush's invasion and occupation of Iraq is negatively impacting the war on terror.

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July 1, 2006

Why I Am A Democrat

My biggest problem with the Liberal media card is how often it gets played. It gets played morning, noon, and night. The media can't be responsible for every problem the Republicans have. It's no different in substance from a teenage boy screaming at his father that he doesn't understand him every time he punishes him for doing something bad. The recent controversies on Iraq are a good example.

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New Entries for Ray's Brief Dictionary of Political Buzz Words and Phrases

Freedom Fighter See George Bush... No... really... if you want to see a Freedom Fighter, see George Bush.

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