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October 31, 2006

It Looks as if Bush was Right

I did not think that those words would ever pass my electronic lips. I am choking and having chest pains as I say them. I am practically cataplexic.

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Did You Catch the "October Surprise"?

Believe it or not, we have been facing the "October surprise" for several weeks now. Democrats have been expecting it and looking everywhere for it and not finding it. Why not? They have been looking in all the wrong places. The "October surprise" is the drop in gasoline prices - courtesy of oil companies rooting for Republican dominance.

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October 30, 2006

Karl Rove's Strategy

Karl Rove's strategy may be summarized in 1 word: attack. Never mind issues, just attack your opponent's character. Don't go positive. Attack, attack, attack until the very end. Attack with sleaze, smears and ugly innuendo. This is what Rove told Republican activists earlier this year. This is what Rich Lowry, editor of the conservative National Review, said last Friday on the News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

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Recreational Water Sports With Dick Cheney

When Cheney said that dunking terror suspects was a "no brainer", he meant what?
Waterboarding? No, according to Tony Snow "A dunk in the water is a dunk in the water."

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October 29, 2006

If the House Doesn't Change Hands

If next Tuesday's election results do not bring us the expected change of control to at least the House of Representatives, will it be due to Democratic overconfidence, peaking too early, or outright Republican fraud?

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October 27, 2006

The Scientific Evidence Is In - The Democrats are Correct

The Republicans have won the debate in the minds of American people, but that does not make Republicans correct. It only demonstrates their superior prowess at manipulating the hard working, well meaning, naive, trusting, politically and economically illiterate American people. They even swayed my thinking for a time.

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How to Lose War on Terrorism

While the Bush Administration is busy telling us that we must seek victory in Iraq because it is the central front on terror, it is voting at the UN against a resolution for an international treaty to curb the illicit trade in guns and other light weapons. U.S is the ONLY country in the world that voted NO! Sheer stupidity! This is an excellent example of what U.S. should do if we want to LOSE the war on terrorism.

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President Bush Reserves the Right to Repeat Hurricane Katrina Response

Most of the time President Bush believes that the Constitution is " just a God damned piece of paper." The only exception? When it comes to his Constitutional authority, real or imagined, then all of a sudden it becomes America's cherished document.

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Republican Mythmaking: The Oreo Incident

It was raining Oreos. They were thick in the air like locusts. I was there. It was very real. It wasn't subtle.

This is Robert Erlich's campagn manager, Paul Shurick, describing an oft-discussed incident during a 2002 Maryland gubernatorial debate. Supposedly, this story shows that Democrats are racists. What this really shows is that Republicans are good at spreading misinformation.

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October 26, 2006

How to Work the Republican Congress

Although we, the people, elected the current Republican Congress, it takes highly-paid corporate lobbyists, rich corporations and a few "devoted" legislators to get Congress to pass a law. Some bills, such as the Medicare Drug bill, took a lot more effort than anyone suspected. It took a super-lobbyist like Abramoff together with hundreds of PHARMA lobbyists and a few non-profits to pull it off. Boy, Abramoff and his buddies sure knew how to work with DeLay and this Republican Congress.

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How low is low? Rush's despicable message.

Okay... so Rush Limbaugh isn't known for his studied and articulated commentary, but what happened last week, with his ignorant, misguided and maligned attack on Michael J. Fox goes beyond poor taste. What Rush Limbaugh did goes well beyond poor judgment and hateful discourse.

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October 25, 2006

Whitehouse Leaning Democratic

President Bush gave his most down-to-Earth press conference today. I found myself in general agreement with his assessment of Iraq and the (drastically scaled back) definition of victory there.

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Stay the Course

President George W. Bush has been criticized for "staying the course" in Iraq. It is obvious to everybody, Republicans and Democrats alike, that the current approach is not working. What they fail to understand is that "staying the course" is not meant as a way of achieving victory in Iraq. No, not at all. It is a way of winning victory against Democrats in political campaigns. It has worked before, but is failing miserably today.

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The RNC and OBL Work Together to Terrorize Americans

The Republican National Committee is up to it's old terrorist tactics to drum up votes this November, using their old political pal spokesperson, Osama Bin Laden, to strike fear into the electorate.

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October 24, 2006

The Entanglements of Economics

Economic is not a hard science. People speak as if the forces that exist within it are real, but they're not. They're more descriptions and abstractions than anything else. However, an economic system is necessary and its principles are meaningful because what economics deals with, the problem of how to get our needs fulfilled and our desires made manifest, is very real.

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The Politics of Love

Militarism, the whole idea of war, is based on gaining victory over your opponents. Ever since Bush invaded Iraq he has been seeking victory. Instead of victory, we are faced with a huge quagmire. Shiite, Sunni, Kurds and Americans are dying daily. They hate each other and they kill each other. What a horrible mess. Maybe we would be better off if we substituted the politics of love for the current politics of hate.

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October 23, 2006

Obama: A Democratic Star

According to the polls and the pundits, a huge political wave is sinking congressional Republicans and lifting their Democratic opponents to new heights. The House seems to be in Democratic sight, the Senate not quite yet. For those Republicans that are worried that Democrats don't stand for anything, I present a few words about Senator Barack Obama, a Democratic star, who stands for solving problems in a way that unites, not divides, the country.

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October 22, 2006

Iraq: Still No Good News

It is difficult to see how the spin masters of the Bush administration can spin anything positive out of Iraq with both a general and a diplomat bearing equally bad reviews on U.S. performance.

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October 19, 2006

Some things are just wrong

I, for one, am not nearly as frightened as Congress and President Bush seem to believe.

The president now has the power "to identify enemies, imprison them indefinitely and interrogate them". Those indefinitely imprisoned without charge can include not only those convicted of crimes, but those merely suspected. They can include people suspected not of terrorism, but of merely "supporting hostilities".

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'Tis the Season for Swiftboating

With less than 3 weeks to election day, and with political prognosticators predicting bad tidings for House and Senate Republicans, Republican candidates are calling more and more upon their front groups to do some swiftboating of their opponents. During this campaign season, you, as a voter, need to be careful not to succumb to the propaganda of swiftboaters.

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Congressional Scandal #98821: What are you smoking, Curt?

Curt Weldon, Pennsylvania's Republican Congressman for its 7th district is running for re-election. His congressional seat is in jeopardy as his challenger; Joe Sestak has, according to (link), the lead in the latest polls.

Curt's current trouble isn't that he's been accused of helping his close friend and his daughter with securing lucrative contacts, no; his trouble is that he's chasing ghosts.

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Elaboration: A Storyteller's Perspective on Strategy and Success

I've long been a fan of science fiction and fantasy, but more than anything else, the rich sort of material which lets you soak your attention into it like a sponge. Too many works take place in generic worlds that hardly allow such immersion. It takes a certain degree of skill and artistry to create a world that rings true in a new way, a certain kind of thinking. But what can such an approach teach us about politics and policy?

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October 18, 2006

Democrats Have Won Nothing Yet

Many Democrats, looking at polls favoring Democratic candidates for the House and Senate, are beginning to think that surely one and maybe both houses will be run by Democrats next year. Not so fast. We still must deal with the big Republican PROPAGANDA BLAST due to start just about now, 3 weeks before election day. This will be followed by a 72-hour Get-Out-the-Vote Republican marathon.

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Another Win for the Terrorists Thanks to Bush & Republicans

Yesterday was a dark day in American history as the Republican Congress and President Bush launched their biggest attack on the U.S. Constitution to date. The saddest part is that hardly nobody noticed (or didn't care).

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October 17, 2006

Security: Clinton vs. Bush II

Republicans blame all our security problems on Bill Clinton, while they consider Bush II the epitome of a fierce and effective defender of American security. Let's take a look at what history says about this, especially with reference to North Korea, our second biggest debacle (the first being Iraq) to date. Bill Clinton negotiated an Agreed Framework and George W. Bush threw it overboard and began bullying. Which brings more security: negotiation or bullying?

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New Sexually Transmitted Disease

My wife emailed me the following warning. She recieved notice of this warning from someone affiliated with: I do not know who authored the warning but thought that is was serious enough to pass on here.

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Woody’s 2006 Senate Forecast – Mid-October Update

The pieces are now in place for a Democratic takeover.

Predicted Breakdown: 51 D - 49 R

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October 16, 2006

The Sorrows of Empire

"The Sorrows of Empire," is authored by Chalmers Johnson, who informs us that America is, indeed, an empire, tells us how we got that way through militarism and globalization, and points out that like all previous empires, our empire is doomed and will lead to lots of sorrows to Americans like you and me.

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October 13, 2006

It's Not About Foley

President George W. Bush, at his recent news conference said that we have more important issues to talk about besides Foley, issues like the economy and terrorism. He's dead right. I would also include corruption. The topic of corruption, as epitomized by Mark Foley, has the virtue of including economic corruption, terrorism corruption, as well as governance corruption and religious corruption.

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Republicans - Help Me Out - Please

I desperately need your wisdom and insight. I have been trying figure this ill begotten son of the founder of the Bush Dynasty out. Maybe you can help me out here??? I am only a lowly terrorist loving liberal tree hugger after all.

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October 12, 2006

How to Vote for a Moderate

The political pundits tell us that there is a tremendous chasm between those politicians who would take us to the extreme right and those politicians who would take us to the extreme left. Therefore, they say, it is best to vote for moderates who are in the center. Not true. Conservatives have dragged our government so far to the extreme right that the so-called center is occupied by conservatives, not moderates.

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Who would want Iran to Have Nukes?

There are only two groups of people who would want Iran to join N.Korea and go nuclear,("nucular") to our distinguished president.
One group is very obvious. Terrorists. They're agenda, disguised as religious war is essentially to destabilize the world and spread hate and fear.
The other group might surprise you.

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October 10, 2006

There's No "War on Terror"

President George W. Bush cannot make a speech on any subject without blurting "war on terror." What he calls the "war on terror" is fundamental to his governing philosophy. But there is no "war on terror." We do, however, have two separate, but huge, world problems: gangs of terrorists attacking innocent civilians and nations pursuing nuclear weapons.

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Americas Safety vs. Incompetent Cronies

The president has redefined the executive office. He has abused his power and the lack of oversight by a neutered and do nothing House of Representatives. Kanye West said "Bush doesn't care about black people." I have to disagree.

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Good Faith Governance

North Korea is a good distraction for Republicans from their troubles with Mark Foley the way your daughter getting run over is a good distraction from your dog getting shot by the neighbor. Both events present to us a legacy of promises unfulfilled, and boasts made hollow by the failure of their theories to reflect reality. If we are to truly triumph this election day, we Democrats must avoid repeating their mistakes.

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October 9, 2006

The Fog of War

According to: The Times of Oman the Iraqi government has completely:

demobilised an entire police brigade suspected of links to sectarian death squads.
That is about 800 of the so called Iraqis who are ready to "stand up" so that we can "stand down."

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Fighting Evil

Republicans, and especially President Bush, see their role in the world as good people fighting evildoers. Within the U.S., the evildoers are those indulging in sexual deviation - pre-marriage sex, homosexuality, pedophilia and other sexual variants. Outside America, the evildoers are dictators - not all of them, only those unfriendly to the U.S. The Republican approach for fighting evil is talk to American evildoers and silence with foreign evildoers. Neither approach seems to be working.

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Republican Party to America: We protect pedophiles

The Foley scandal has showed America and the world what the Republican Party and their operatives are all about. The true colors of the Republican Party are clear: The Republican Party protects pedophiles.

Yes; it is that simple.

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October 7, 2006

Tales from the Borderlands, Part Six

The game is set, the pieces are in play. Dark forces move the agents of the other side...
They were enjoying a nice meal before Alex Magnus showed up. Steak dinners. They earned it, alright. It wasn't easy to smuggle people from Eastern Europe in today's market, especially when prostitution was the value added on the other end of the supply chain. The problem started when Yuri's knife missed his New York strip and got his thumb instead. By the time Alex was done...

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Who Gets Nuclear Power?

Who gets nuclear power and who does not? Who decides? The first is the million dollar question. The second seems to be the United States. However the decision making on who can and can not have nuclear power seems almost whimsical.

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October 6, 2006

Why the Public Clamor?

The Republican Party has suffered many setbacks, but none as great as Foleygate. Why? Though the deeds and their cover-up are atrocious, you can't say that what Republican leaders did with regard to Mark Foley is worse than what they did (or did not do) with reference to the Iraq debacle, the Katrina catastrophe, their K-Street partnership, the corruption of Jack Abramoff and their voting to allow torture. Of course, not. So why the public outcry now?

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Republican Spin Machine and the Pyrrhic Victories

Sometimes it's better to lose. There's a term for triumphs that cost the winners dearly: pyrrhic victories. One can lose a war for the sake of a battle. I would submit here that the Republican party is losing the war to retain its power because it could not let any victory pass it by, no matter how much it might cost them.

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October 5, 2006

No Safe Seats

For months political prognosticators have been telling us that only a tiny number of seats in the House are competitive because of red-blue polarization and because of gerrymandering. However, the political wizards did not foresee the current Republican blowout. After many citizens have forgotten the scurrilous Tom DeLay, all America is upset by the sleaziness of Dennis Hastert and the rest of the Republican House leadership. No House seat is safe.

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October 4, 2006

The Booming/Tanking Economy

All the business measurements show a booming economy. Republicans are spreading the good news. So why are people in the Middle Class not cheering? Because they see that the economy is booming only for business but it is tanking for members of the Middle Class who work for a living.

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Welcome To The Real World

You hear about it with "sensitive" artists, with big rock stars, rich recluses, and others who have the power not to listen to others. Wealth and power can allow normally harmless tendencies and eccentricities to become exaggerated. People begin to indulge, what when balanced by the counsel, restraint, and the power of others they might not be so foolish to indulge. Even their fans might get caught up in their cult of personality, arguing that all the excess is necessary.

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October 3, 2006

The Page Turner

The media is aghast at the shenanigans of Republican Representative Mark Foley, a 52-year old gay man who has sent suggestive and sexually-explicit emails and instant messages to 16-year old male House pages. Republicans are scrambling to quiet the uproar so they may go back to bashing Democrats as being weak on security. In the process, they are demonstrating that their moral actions are just as bad as their security actions.

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October 2, 2006

The Eleventh Commandment

The Republican Party believes that we should encourage the rich in all their endeavors. The high tech products available everywhere are due to rich entrepreneurs. The great prosperity we are experiencing has been brought about by wealthy businessmen. The excellent jobs workers have in this country have come to us courtesy of billion-dollar CEOs of corporations. The rich are blessed.

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October 1, 2006

Woody's 2006 Senate Forecast – October Edition

Don't believe the hype. Democratic prospects in the Senate are looking stronger than ever.

Predicted Breakdown: 50 D -- 50 R
Optimistic Breakdown: 52 D -- 48 R

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