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November 2006 Archives

November 30, 2006

Republicans are Still Swifboating

You would think that once the election has passed and the Republicans have received their drubbing, they would change their tune. No way. Republicans are still writing articles, not about anything one would call an issue, but merely to denigrate and to defame the character of Democrats. They are swiftboating those scheduled to be elevated to powerful positions. Nancy Pelosi, for instance.

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Blame The Victim

Thirty members of the Iraqi Parliament and five cabinet ministers loyal to Moqtada al-Sadr suspended participation in the Iraqi government. Comparisons to the walkout of Southern leaders before the American Civil War are inevitable and it undermines President Bush's story that Iraq is not in the midst of its own civil war, but, more interesting to me this evening, is how Americans are increasingly blaming the Iraqis for squandering the chance we gave them to create a Jeffersonian democracy in our own image.

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November 29, 2006

Transfer Taxing

NAFTA, the free trade agreement among the U.S., Canada and Mexico, was touted as a big gift to business and to labor in all three countries. As it turns out, it is a great gift to multinational corporations at the expense of workers. American corporations dumped their employees in the U.S. and opened maquilidoras where Mexicans labor under horrible conditions and for a fraction of the American wage.

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There Must Be Limits On What Is Considered Terrorism

The government is stretching the legal definition of terrorism way too far. First it was extended with the U.S.A.P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act. Then a number of states jumped on board with ecoterrorism legislation. Now the we have the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (S. 1926.IS, S. 3880.IS, and H.R. 4239.IH) introduced by Inoffe in the Senate (4 cosponsors) and Petri of Wisconsin in the House (44 cosponsors) which Bush signed into law on Monday (11/27/06).

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November 28, 2006

Punish Employee Dumping

Corporations who dump employees and then transfer their jobs overseas are un-American. They get away with it because they are big and powerful. Furthermore, our federal tax system encourages multinationals to open factories in low wage countries such as China and India. We encourage employee dumping when we should punish it.

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Insurgency + Civil War + Profiteering = Mess

Some people want to stop using the term insurgency when it comes to the situation in Iraq and call it what it is, a civil war.

Those people are only half right.

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November 27, 2006

Dumping Employees

Outsourcing? I can understand outsourcing to mean going outside the country to buy nuts and bolts - assuming that good nuts and bolts are not available for a decent price in the U.S. And if you want to save money, you can buy, or outsource, screws. But outsourcing workers? Are workers commodities too, slaves to be bought and sold, just like nuts, bolts and screws?

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November 25, 2006

Ex-Spy Victim of Weapons Grade Polonium

While it sounds like a plot for a not very good who-done-it, Russian ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko, an ex-pat in London, was poisoned with polonium 210 in a sushi restaurant, and dies three weeks later (The radioactive spy). Litvinenko accused Putin on his death bed, but Putin says it wasn't him. Now the mystery spreads - as does the fear of collateral contamination. However, there is a larger concern that is not being discussed - rogue nuclear weapons.

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November 22, 2006

Democrats Are on the March

Democrats are on the march in January. Immediately after the year-end holiday season, on Thursday, January 4, 2007, the new Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi plans to keep the House in session throughout January in order to get a good head start in enacting the legislative priorities in The First 100 Hour program.

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November 21, 2006

Restoring American Values

In addition to Nancy Pelosi's 6 legislative broadsides - which include ethics legislation - during the first 100 legislative hours of the new Congress, there will be lots more legislation calculated to repair the giant rip in our flag produced by the Republican Congress. Among the unAmerican laws Republicans passed, Democrats are sure to modify the act that effectively makes torture legal.

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November 20, 2006

Best Options

In the coming years, let us remember to forget our promises when it comes time to do our duty, and simply look at what's in front of us. We do, in fact, have the option of moving forward on policy in the wrong direction because we are politically constrained by what we've said before, but in the long run that will cause more political damage to us than it saves. To lead badly because one lacks the courage to take a political risk is to undermine one's very legitimacy as an official.

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Minority Whip Indeed

Trent Lott has to be laughing about his new title. He openly praises one of the staunchest of segregationists and four years later he becomes the face of the GOP. The Republicans have vowed to reassess their party policies and get back to basics. What does the nomination of a bigot say about getting back to the core philosophy of the Republican party?

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November 19, 2006

As Big as 1994

There seems to be universal agreement among the pundits that the Democratic victory in 2006 is not as impressive as the Republican midterm victory in 1994. This analysis is based on the numbers of seats gained from the elections. What really matters, though, is how many seats each party now holds.

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November 18, 2006

First 100 Hours

Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker-to-be, is eager to hit the ground running in the new Congress to produce legislation that helps the typical American, not merely the rich and the elite. This is why she has listed her 6 top priorities that she wants to get enacted during the first 100 hours of legislative activity.

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November 16, 2006

Pelosi, Hip Hip Hooray!

Nancy Pelosi, you did a terrific job helping Democrats get elected to the House. Hip hip hooray! You did such an outstanding job as House minority leader that Democrats elected you Speaker. Hip hip hooray! Some pundits think you pulled a booboo by recommending Jack Murtha for second in command and losing. These "wise" people are criticizing you. But I say "Skip skip hooray!"

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November 15, 2006

Open Letter to KOS

KOS (of DailyKOS), you run the most prolific liberal blog website on the Internet. I read it almost daily and sometimes I post an article on the site. You did a terrific job pumping up the various campaigns for the past mid-term elections. There were times when you revived my optimism that Democrats would win. You deserve a lot of credit for the Democratic victory. However, the campaign is over. It's time to switch from a negative campaign mode to a positive promotion mode.

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November 14, 2006

We Need Energy Independence

Now that Democrats will soon be in power, I hope they will embark on a path that will lead America to energy independence. Our oil-guzzling economy is leading to global warming, which will in turn lead to natural catastrophes and to human-made conflicts. Developing new sustainable sources of energy will help the U.S. improve the environment we and everyone else live in, avoid wars over oil and gas and give a huge jolt to reinvigorate our economy.

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One Nation

Massachussetts Liberal. The Left Coast. Red State, Blue state... Whatever happened to the United States? One of the things I found most confounding about the former Republican majority was the willingness to turn one region against another. While such a divided strategy did wonders for politicans in times past and Republicans in recent history, is there much good or sense to it now? I don't believe so.

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November 13, 2006

Karl Rove is Right

As you all know, I'm not crazy about Karl Rove, whom I have criticized before for the outrageous way he conducts political campaigns through attacks, smears, negative innuendo, dirty tricks and unforgiving negativity. Yet, now, when he says that corruption was the big issue that caused the public to dump Republicans in both the House and the Senate, Rove is definitely right.

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We Can All Win

The GOP are blaming everything from corruption, social conservatives, evangelicals and Mark Foley for the beating they took at the polls.
What really happened?
Was it the Bush administrations' numerous failures that hurt the entire party?
Or could it be that the current GOP has changed course and are now willing to play "the blame game."

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November 12, 2006

Tales from the Borderlands, Part Seven

New monsters roam Dominic Leonard's world, villains cruel and alien in their ways. He struggles to learn the weapons and tactics of this new battlefield. His efforts have drawn the notice of both friend and foe. Some will seek to save him, others to trap him. None of them, though, truly understand the full, fearsome truth of his destiny.

All roads lead to the wilderness...

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November 11, 2006

Veterans: Harsh Reality and the Surreal

I recommend an article in the NY Times by C.J. Chivers - Marines Get the News From an Iraqi Host: Rumsfeld's Out. 'Who's Rumsfeld?'. Political struggling and maneuverings at home have changed the political landscape. Hopefully in a manner that will be positive for U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. Hopefully for the people of those nations. Hopefully for the world. However the article points to a stark contrast of perceptions.

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November 10, 2006

Open letter to Senator Debbie Stabenow

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I was honored to have the opportunity to volunteer on your, and Governor Granholm's, election campaigns, and I am so grateful that you both won re-election. I appreciate your hard work and service to our country, and to our state.

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Iraq is Not the Big Problem

President Bush wants victory in Iraq. Most Democrats are looking for a way to get out of the mess. The trouble with almost all of us is that we are too focused on Iraq alone. Settling the Shi'ite-Sunni civil war in Iraq cannot be done without Iran. Settling affairs with Shi'ite Iran cannot be done without Sunni Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia will not be happy unless the Palestinians gain a homeland. And nobody in the Middle East can get anywhere without the consent of religious clerics.

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Keep it Simple, Congress

Here's my advice for the new Democratic majorities in Congress:

Write some really simple legislation.

Americans are already disgusted with the "I'll scratch your back, if you'll scratch mine" system of governance in which bills become absurd conglomerations of disparate issues which no one wholly agrees with and no one wholly disagrees with.

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November 9, 2006

Democrats Seek Harmony

There are two stories in the news today. Prominent conservatives, such as Grover Norquist, are having meetings and appearing in the media to announce that they will stick to their conservative guns even if it leads to further polarization. Prominent Democrats, such as Nancy Pelosi, the House-speaker-to-be, are appearing everwhere in the media and talking about working together with the president and Republican leaders.

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Woody's 2006 Senate Review

If recent reports can be believed, Jim Webb's apparent victory in Virginia is all but a foregone conclusion.

The classy thing to do in situations like this is to wait for someone to point out what a great job you did. I don't have any class, so I'll just come out and say it: As long as Webb's win holds up, my final round of predictions was perfect.

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November 8, 2006

Fire Gonzales, Jail Cheney, Impeach Bush!

Nay, do it not ye Dems of the new majorities!

However little doubt you may have that those criminal miscreants deserve such fates, the agenda of the 110th Congress must not and will not be consumed with recriminations, but rather with doing the necessary business of this nation which has been so woefully neglected over the last six years.

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I'm Celebrating!

I feel good. I feel great. I feel like a winner! Although I recently turned 87, the week or so before the election was the first time I actually worked to elect Democrats. I made phone calls, which is hard work. I did it because I was thoroughly upset with the way Republicans have degraded our society and our government. Now that the Democrats have gained a majority in the House and the Senate, I am celebrating!

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Failure Analysis

The Republican party is filling the airwaves with spin, and in rare, blessed cases, with honest reflection, but their fall in this election should be a lesson to both them and their opponents. Without going into technical details about what county slipped what way for which reason, I think we can distill some general lessons for all involved.

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This wasn’t an election; it was an intervention

What happened last night wasn't done out of anger but out of love. The intervention of 2006 was about getting real with the sorry condition of this country and the sad state of affairs that five years of graft, corruption, lies, deceit and death have created.

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November 7, 2006

Why The Democrats Haven't Needed a Plan

People aren't looking for a plan. They're looking for a change in perspective. The Republicans have plans out the gazoo. What they don't have is the theory behind the plans which properly engages the reality It is the ideology and dogma that disallows alternatives, even in the face of failure.

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November 6, 2006

Republicans and the Forces of Evil

Generally speaking, Americans are tolerant, and have diverse opinions - which makes boards like this a great forum for lively debate. Sometimes, however, we see actions that are so vile, so reprehensible, so abhorrent, that everyone's reaction is the same. Sometimes we look on evil so absolute that it is completely unmistakeable.

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November 5, 2006

Twenty Good Reasons to Vote Republican on Tuesday

Here are twenty good reasons to vote Republican.

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November 4, 2006

Woody's 2006 Senate Forecast - Final Edition

Only a few days left to be wrong. How can I resist?

Predicted Breakdown: 51 D - 49 R

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November 3, 2006

Strike the Blow

There are two things this party doesn't need right now: nervous navel-gazing, and couch potato complacency. This is the time when we decide our nation's future. That decision will be made by the people who show up to the polls. The people who don't show up will decide things by keeping their silence.

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Republicans Aiding Insurgents, by.....

...setting up a web site with "charts, diagrams, equations and lengthy narratives about [nuclear] bomb building", including "detailed information on how to build nuclear firing circuits and triggering explosives" -- information that goes "beyond what is available elsewhere on the Internet and in other public forums". Conveniently, most of the documents on the site were in Arabic.

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Not spreading the word, the Bush way: State sponsored censorship

According to recent published reports, speeches, writings and statements from our nation's elite who were solicited to speak on America's behalf to the International community were systematically censored by State Department operatives. (link)

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Small Shiny Objects

Once again the GOP places a small shiny object in front of Americans and the simple minded are more than happy to become fascinated by it. Wake up folks. We're not going to let them do it again, are we?

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November 2, 2006

Terminating Terrorism

Terrorism is the scourge of the world. However, we can not rid the world of terrorism by means of war. As I have said previously there is no "war on terror." So I was happy to see that Timothy Garton Ash, an Oxford professor and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, agrees with me.

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Destroying Our Forces

This is the sad, sick thing about the Republican position on Vietnam: It ultimately makes the war a failure of disheartened soldiers and a people back home who couldn't stick with it. Rather than blame the architects of the war for not getting it right, it is America itself which is blamed, and we're supposed to spend the next decades apologizing to the politicians for failing to sufficiently support the war effort.

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November 1, 2006

Bush's Last Gasp

President George W. Bush has been trying to perk up his disillusioned base by telling them not to vote for Democrats because Democrats are defeatists and wimps in the face of the "war on terror." But, unlike the reception he had received in previous years with the same nonsense, nobody seemed to be listening. So, in desperation, he grabbed hold of some words John Kerry said, insinuated that Kerry insulted the troops, and screamed for Kerry to apologize.

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Bush Puts al-Sadr In Charge Of US Troops

American soldiers, searching for their kidnapped comrade in the Sadr City section of Baghdad, were ordered to abandon him -- by Moqtada al-Sadr. President Bush and Defense Secretary Rumsfeld rolled over and obeyed. They abandoned a US soldier to al-Sadr's militia.

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Return to Hybrid Vigor?

In genetics and breeding, hybrid vigor refers to increased strength and adaptability in the offspring of genetically distinct parents by virtue of combining their various strengths. It doesn't always work in genetics, nor does it in politics, as sometimes one gets some of the worst of both, rather than the best. But too much inbreeding is sure to be a bad thing in either venue, as bad traits are magnified, and weaknesses exposed.

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