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September 29, 2006

What Congress Accomplished

Congress is winding up this week. Some say that this was a "do-nothing" Congress. I think this is a bit harsh. Congress did accomplish something.

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September 28, 2006

Swiftboating

In my last post, I stated that I thought Republicans in the midterm elections would attack Democrats as soft on security. Democrats are ready for this. However, screaming about security is one prong of a double-prong strategy masterminded by the evil genius Karl Rove. The second prong is lying about, smearing, demonizing and assassinating the character of specific Democratic candidates - swiftboating.

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September 27, 2006

Security Stones

Ever since President Bush began pushing for the invasion of Iraq, he has been using the word "security" not to unify America in order to defeat Al Qaeda, but as stones to hurl on the heads of Democrats and others who dissented from his policies. Bully Bush saw that these security stones worked so he hurled them constantly. Imagine his unhappy surprise when recently the Democrats picked up the security stones and hurled them back at Bush!

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September 26, 2006

It's All Bill Clinton's Fault

We have lost 3,000 people on 9/11 and almost as many in Iraq. According to our own spy agencies, the Iraq War is seeding more terrorists than it is killing. In this horrible situation, what does our esteemed leader George W. Bush do? He repeats over and over "stay the course," while his proxies in the media throw all the blame on Bill Clinton. President Bush is perfect. Everything that has gone wrong in the past 5 years is Bill Clinton's fault!

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West Wing Season 6: The NIE/NIC Report

According to published news reports (link) The National Intelligence Estimate released an assessment essentially saying that the strategy for winning the war on terror isn't working.

My wife's response: "All you have to do is open your eyes and you can see that."

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"Stay The Course"

Recently retired military officers who served in Iraq(What would they know?) have spoken out against Rumsfeld and his numerous failures in the "War on Terror."
I know that being a real Patriot means "staying the course", but some of us have disliked the course from day one.
I know that the "real" Americans should ignore the National Intelligence Estimate and it's conclusions that the Iraq war has worsened the threat of global terrorism, but once again it's hard for us "cut and runners" to wrap our minds around something we were not for from day one.

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Support Our Troops

The US military is tens of billions of dollars short of what it needs to operate; The Army is looking to the National Guard to make up personnel shortfalls in Iraq; Our National Guard units report that they have only 40% of the equipment they're supposed to have; Two-thirds of the US Army is rated unfit for combat; And rather than give our military the troops and equipment they need to win the war on terror, Republicans would rather extend tax cuts for our wealthiest elites.

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September 25, 2006

Religion of Hate vs. Religion of Love

The activist base of today's Republican Party is the Christian Right. Though they call themselves people of God, they spew invective against those, religious or not, who disagree with them. Theirs is a religion of hate. There are, however, true followers of Jesus who believe in the power of love. An exponent of the religion of hate is Jerry Falwell. An outstanding examplar of the religion of love is John Danforth.

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Tales from the Borderlands, Part Five

For those new to the site, my first portions of this story are linked to at the end of this entry. This is not the usual non-fiction stuff, nor is it realistic fiction. That said, the kind of fantasy and sci-fi I write is meant to be world-building, imitating and thereby illuminating the complexities of current events, history, and other aspects of human experience. Don't expect allegory.

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September 23, 2006

Win-Win-Lose The Constitution

It is being called a "compromise," but that seems to be in name only. The "rebellion" by key Senate Republicans against Bush's wishes for constitutional right to torture, hold prisoners without charges or access to courts, approve military tribunals and the use of "secret" and hearsay evidence, has essentially survived in tact.

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At last - The Whole Truth is Out - Bush is Against Torture!!!

Osama Dead??? Read on. The White House has released documents that clearly show that Bush is against torture. First, how bad is it that the President of the United States of America has to prove that he is against torture?

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September 22, 2006

Torture President Wins

President George W. Bush has been fighting to allow torture to be used against enemy detainees in order to increase American "security." So-called "maverick" John McCain, together with John Warner and Lindsey Graham, have been leading a fight to support the recent Supreme Court decision against torture. After intense negotiations between the two sides, the torture president won.

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Bush & Ahmadinejad: Separated at Birth?

Sometimes it is in our greatest enemies that we find our greatest likeness. Now I know that you patriotic Iranian nationals, so proud of your President are going to take offense - but look at the evidence: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is not one whit better than George W. Bush.

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September 21, 2006

A Good Start...

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September 20, 2006

A Challenge to Administration Insiders

President George W. Bush talked at the UN of diplomacy in the Middle East, but it appears that he is still building the case for military action against Iran. His actions today are strikingly similar to his actions in the months preceding the American invasion of Iraq. We deplore the horrible conditions in Iraq today, but they are insignificant compared to the cataclysm we may produce if we invade Iran. How can Bush be stopped?

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September 19, 2006

The Republican Security Message

Republicans have designated this month as "Security September" in order to demonstrate how Republicans do more for the security of our country than Democrats do. Republicans believe that a little propaganda goes a long way. Imagine their distress about their probable losses in November due to several Republicans led by John McCain spoiling their security message.

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Moderates in an Immoderate Time

Frustration in America is deep across the political spectrum. People with very different ideas about what direction is best are rightly annoyed that partisan divisiveness has created a climate of distrust. Moderate Republicans and Independents understandably dislike the shrill voices on both sides of the aisle demeaning and attacking their foes. Extremist, alarmist, ideologue, and partisan are the dirty words to their ears. These are good people, so it pains me to tell them that I am a partisan alarmist.

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September 18, 2006

For Heaven's Sake, Let's Communicate

The Pope associated Islam with violence, and Muslims in many countries erupted in indignant protest. In this way the Pope transformed what President Bush was beginning to call a clash of civilizations and a war against Islamo-Fascism into what the struggle appears to truly be: a clash of religions - Christianity against Islam. A religious war is unwinnable by either side; it will more likely destroy our Earth. We must find a better way.

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September 17, 2006

Comparisons Should Be Made

Watch out! It's the new political correctness: No matter how bad our behavior gets, no matter how much it starts to resemble those of nations we loath and despise, you are not to compare their behavior to ours. Why? Because admitting that possiblity might mean saying that our enemies are right. Again, though, the right-wing guardians of America's reputation forget one big fact: If the shoe fits, we'll be wearing it regardless of who's fitting it.

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September 16, 2006

Tough Questions for Two Democratic Senators

Despite what you may have heard to the contrary, the Democrats have a good chance of taking over the Senate. That is why two senators should be facing some pointed questions.


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September 15, 2006

King George and His Republican Court

As soon as George was crowned king in 2001, he gathered together his Republican Court consisting of noblemen senators and commoner representatives. He informed them that he was going to make America the mightiest nation on earth and that he would destroy any nation that challenged America. As a divinely-appointed monarch, King George informed them that he will be the bold decider and the Republican Court the loyal approver. King George will proclaim and the Republican Court will affirm.

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September 14, 2006

Republicans Fight Republicans on Security

At the start of this Congressional session, Republicans asserted that this month was "Security September." Republicans were going to show the American public that they were strong on security and that Democrats were not.

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Inconvenient Heroes - The Survivors of 9/11/01

Having just passed the fifth anniversary of September 11, 2001, and having watched at least four programs on the ongoing health issues of first responders, and those near the World Trade Center, I wonder about living versus dead heroes.

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Material Support Beats Lip Service Every Time

I saw a fairly interesting ad which highlights the difference between the Republican style of supporting the troops, and what I think the average American would consider real support. Body armor is just one example of where the moral support of the Bush administration for our troops has not found expression in material support.

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GOP Distraction Issues

"Cut and Runners" and the "Islamo - Fascist Sympathizers" Who Love Them.

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September 13, 2006

Conservatives Want Republicans to Lose

The current Republican administration has turned off conservatives almost as much as liberals. Movement conservatives, that is, conservatives that take their political philosophy seriously, are so upset with the radical actions of Bush and his echo chambers in the House and Senate, that they are publicly advocating that conservatives should vote for Democrats in 2006!

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Shame on you Mr. President; Bravo! Mr. Olbermann

On Monday, September 11th, as the country plopped themselves in front of their 42-inch plasmas and prepared to watch either Monday night football or ABC's fictional "Path to 9.11", a lone, brave television host gave a courageous and stirring commentary.

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Slowly Coming Around

The Marines consider Iraq's al-Anbar province lost to the Sunni insurgency, according to a new assessment. When the Marine commander in the area was asked for comments, he said something surprising: "My mission out here, along with the rest of the force, is to develop the ISF (Iraqi security forces), and I think we have the appropriate force levels to do that."

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September 12, 2006

We Have Not Forgotten, Mr. President

This is the title of the outstandingly stirring Edward-R.-Murow-speech that Keith Olbermann delivered from Ground Zero yesterday night. This is the definitive answer to the president and the way he has made the 9/11 massacre a political issue. What a speech! It will leave you breathless.

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September 11, 2006

Republicans Blame Democrats First

Whenever a Democrat disagrees with the Bush Administration about the Iraq War, Republicans always shout, "Democrats Blame America First," implying that Democrats are not true Americans. Republicans are wrong: Dissidence is a sign of love; we Democrats love America so much that we want to make it better. Republicans, however, blame Democrats for all America's problems, especially those related to the "war on terror" - and not for reasons of love.

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September 10, 2006

Secret Evidence Should Be Admitted in Terror Trials

As a dyed-in-the-wool libertarian liberal, I find myself in the odd position of agreeing with the Bush administration about a disputed matter of criminal procedure. The issue is whether the prosecution in a terror trial can introduce so-called "secret evidence" that isn't shown to the defense.

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September 9, 2006

The Book is Better Than The Movie

Based on the 9/11 Report. It's supposed to lend credibility to The Path to 9/11. But what if some of the most important and damning scenes in this work which purports to dramatize the actual events never happened? As a writer, I can appreciate the need to make some changes, some conflations in order to represent real events in the constraints of a movie's timespan. But outright fabricate the climax of the first hour?

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The Current Legislative Push Is Significant

The politicians are back in Washington for a flurry of activity before the mid-term elections, and Bush is out stumping for funds and to reinforce GOP tactics. While we could sit back and say that all the activity is for show, it is critical to remember that the Republicans might lose control of the House - and possibly the Senate. Such a shift in power would dramatically effect the overall agenda of the neoconservatives and the Bush administration.

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September 8, 2006

Why Go After Rumsfeld?

Congressional Democrats are urging President Bush to change the Pentagon's civilian leadership. Frankly, I don't understand why President Bush won't even consider it, going so far as to say Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is doing a heckuva job. Does anyone really believe that?

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September 7, 2006

Iran has won the war. It is time to sue for peace.

According to Chatham House: "Iran, Its Neighbours and the Regional Crisis" Iran has gained the most from Bush's war on terror.

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September 6, 2006

Republican Militarism Spawns Terrorism

Bush is making many scary speeches all over the country advocating militarism. Military battles are needed to win in Iraq, which according to him, is part of the war with Al Qaeda. While he is terrifying his Republican audiences with military talk, his administration issues a report that we must fight the "battle of ideas"; he does this most likely in order to get a few votes from non-Republicans. Bush's militaristic policies have had the unfortunate effect of not reducing but increasing the number of terrorists in the world.

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Osama Bin Who? Oh yeah, he did the 9/11 thing.

The President of the United States quotes Osama bin Laden in his recent speeches and compares him to Hitler. He seems so focused on the man who is responsible for the cowardly attack on the United States September 11, 2001.
So why has he ignored the man who is responsible for attacking the World Trade Center in 2001?
Why does bin Laden get a free pass until election time?
When did bin Laden move to Iraq?

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September 5, 2006

Security after November

According to House Majority Leader John A. Boehner, the House is now starting "Security September," a complete month devoted to legislation to boost America's security. I wonder why Republicans make security the subject each September during a federal election year? Except for 2004, when the security "discussion" started during the summer when presidential conventions were held? Are Republicans interested in security or security propaganda?

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September 4, 2006

Conservative Legal "Principles"

Recently, I followed my masochistic tendencies and read "Disrobed," a book authored by Mark W. Smith. a FAR-right conservative. Believe it or not, Smith's thesis is that the courts are too liberal and that conservatives should forget their conservative legal "principles" and follow the legal approaches and techniques of liberals in order to make the courts more conservative.

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September 1, 2006

Putting Up a Front

President George W. Bush proclaims that Iraq is the "central front in the war on terror." He is mistaken. There is no front such as may exist between the armies of 2 nations at war. Terrorism is an ideological movement that is spreading rapidly everywhere around the world and we must fight it everywhere. But U.S. has trouble fighting terrorism because our men are bogged down and sinking ... sinking ... sinking in the quagmire of Iraq.

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Woody's 2006 Senate Forecast: September Edition

Many pundits, such as Michael Barone, are under the impression that the Republicans got a big boost last month from the allegedly synergistic combination of the Lamont victory and the London terror arrests. These people are either ignoring the polls or only picking the ones they like. In fact, things are looking better for Senate Democrats than ever.

Predicted Breakdown: 51 R, 49 D.

Optimistic Breakdown: 52 D, 48 R.

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