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March 2007 Archives

March 30, 2007

Fair Trade, Not Free Trade

Joseph E. Stiglitz, the man who was the chief economist at the World Bank until 2000, and who won the Nobel Prize in economics in 2001, wrote "Making Globalization Work," which states that there is no such thing as free trade. If we want globalization to work we need a system of fair trade.

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March 29, 2007

Two Systems of Justice

Ever since 8 prosecutors in the Justice Department were fired, Alberto Gonzales has changed his story about the firing several times. The fired prosecutors blamed the firing on political considerations. Gonzales blamed his chief of staff. Today, Sampson insists Gonzales is lying. Career attorneys at the Justice Department are unhappy about what appears to be one type of justice for Republicans and another type of justice for Democrats.

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March 28, 2007

A Hand of Friendship

As you know, the Democrats and the Republicans - primarily George W. Bush - are locked into an Iraq-War confrontation. Either there will eventually be a lockdown of the government, as there was in 1995, or the two sides will stop frothing at the mouth, get together, talk things out and compromise. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the first to extend her hand of friendship to the president in order to be able to start the discussion.

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Abolish the Patriot Act

The Patriot Act is the driving force behind this administrations belief that they have some sort of divine power to ignore the United States Constitution and our civil rights.
The Patriot Act gives them a means to usurp power from the other branches of government and ignore the rule of law.
Let's get rid of it.

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March 27, 2007

A Tax Swap for Your Health

One of the recommendations Al Gore made to reduce global warming is to

"Start a long-term tax shift to reduce payroll taxes and increase taxes on CO2 emissions."
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Donkeys Packing Heat

Of all of the political developments this week, future historians may be most impressed by the fact an aide to Democratic Senator James Webb was arrested trying to bring a loaded gun into the Senate Office Building.

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March 26, 2007

"War on Terror" Mantra

Immediately after 9/11 all America was united and countries all over the world - including many so-called "enemies" - were united with us in our grief and in our fervent desire to bring the international gang called Al Qaeda to justice. President Bush unleashed his "war on terror" mantra, which had the effect of scaring Americans out of their wits, fracturing our civil rights, making a mockery of our system of justice, reducing our ability to halt the growth of terrorism and trapping us in an endless war in Iraq. Americans are polarized and the rest of the world has increasing contempt for America.

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March 24, 2007

Undocumented workers and the war effort

Remember the March 2007 raid of Michael Bianco Inc. in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Over 300 Immigration and Customs agents raided the factory and detained 361 undocumented workers. The workers were detained and separated from their families - some from young children and infants.

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What's the Big Secret?

I must have misplaced my hundred thousand person plus army. Care to tell me where I can find it?

All joking aside, there's a point where secrecy, or its attempt are simply exercises in absurdity.

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March 23, 2007

Republican Architect Boosts Democrats

After the 2004 election, President George W. Bush credited his victory to the political operative known as the "Architect," Karl Rove. And it's true: his detailed plan for winning, plus his underhanded tehniques, machinations and smears brought a majority to Bush. And then Rove set out to make the Republican Party the permanent majority party. He succeeded in producing a majority party - not the Republican Party but the Democratic Party.

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Executive Privilege

It looks like Congress will issue subpoenas to White House staff over the US Attorney issue -- and President Bush will claim executive privilege. But Bush swears he was out of the loop on the firings, so how the heck can he claim executive privilege?

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March 22, 2007

Global Warming and the Stock Market

Al Gore came to Washington and told Congress that global warming is "the most dangerous crisis we have ever faced," and that the legislators should immediately freeze current carbon emissions (and several other recommendations). Gore got a great welcome - except from a few Republicans, who were either dreamers, skeptics or optimists.

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Sound Familiar?

The leader of the Justice Department team that prosecuted a lawsuit against tobacco companies said yesterday that Bush administration political appointees consistantly ordered her to take steps to weaken the government's racketeering case.

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March 21, 2007

Wrong again! Advisors should testify

President Bush vowed to protect his advisors from the impending subpoenas recently approved by the House Judiciary Committee. The subpoenas are to be used to investigate the recent firings of eight federal prosecutors for political reasons. Go ahead Mr. President, stonewall the attempt to get to the truth. Play semantic games with the media. For all that is said and done, Congress has the right and should subpoena those integral to the investigation.

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March 20, 2007

Who's the Enemy at Home?

Dinesh D'Souza wrote a book called "The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11." I did not read it but I did read Andrew Sullivan's commentary about the book in The New Republic. As a firm conservative, Sullivan is appalled at what conservatism has become. As a person on the Left, I am appalled that the so-called cultural war is becoming more like a civil war.

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A March for the Message of Peace

More than four years ago, in the dead of winter, my teenage son and I attended a march and rally against the upcoming war against Iraq. The march, hosted in Philadelphia, was only one part of a globally coordinated event to stop a war before it began. This past weekend, they marched (link)to stop the war that had already started.

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March 19, 2007

Not at Discretion of President

In the Purgegate fiasco, Republicans keep saying that nobody did anything wrong when 8 Justice Department prosecutors were fired, since all prosecutors serve at the pleasure or discretion of the president. It's true these prosecutors obtain their jobs through political means but once they are appointed they are expected to serve the needs of justice, not politics.

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Unhappy Anniversary

It's hard to believe the United States has been married to the Iraq war for five years. I'm still trying to figure out how we would start dating this unattractive, skank. Maybe she was a good dancer?
Well whatever happened, whether it be booze or just bad judgement, we're stuck with her for now.

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The Iraq Error: Role of the Senate

This four year anniversary of Bush's folly in Iraq is bringing hundreds of thousands of Americans to the streets to register their dismay. The last outpouring of such magnitude was on February 15, 2003 when likely a million of us came out to declare the obvious in solidarity with millions of others around the world, while the U.S. Senate was largely mute.

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March 18, 2007

Everybody Looks Bad on YouTube

You have to feel kind of sorry for George Allen, even if he is a jackass and a possible bigot. By now, pretty much everybody who's anybody has something embarrassing about them on YouTube.

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March 17, 2007

Accepting Failure

There are two ways to accept failure. The first is admit that things haven't worked out as planned, that you theory was flawed, that your actions were inappropriate. This is a good kind of acceptance. The bad kind is when your acceptance is of its continuation. Perhaps you don't want to give up on your ideology. Perhaps you don't want the reins of leadership passed on to your rivals. Regardless, it is the difference between embracing the truth and living a lie.

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March 16, 2007

Plame Answers Republican Lies

After many years of silence, Valerie Plame gave sworn testimony to the House Oversight Committee. She said that her career was "over in an instant" when Republicans blew her cover as an undercover CIA agent in the summer of 2003. The Republican pronouncements since then about her and her husband, Joseph C. Wilson, were nothing but lies.

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Overshooting Global Warming Into An Ice Age?

In 2004 I wrote an article Environmental collapse - sooner not later. In that article, I discussed the Pentagon's scenario (as discussed by David Stipp) that we could find ourselves in the middle of a rapid onset ice age. I have a feeling that we may be moving in that direction.

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March 15, 2007

The Looming Illegal Immigration Catastrophe

According to the latest report on global warming, within twenty years, hundreds of millions of people won't have enough water to live. That includes tens of millions of Latin Americans. Where do you think those tens of millions of Latin Americans will go?

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Gonzales Gotta Go

Alberto Gonzales is head of the Justice Department. The primary reason for his getting the job is that he has been George W. Bush's legal buddy for a long time. As attorney general, Gonzales has worked to support Bush's political policies, which often ran against the administration of egalitarian justice. His latest move, the firing of 8 U.S. attorneys for partisan reasons, is the last straw. Gonzales gotta go.

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March 14, 2007

Budging Bush

Bush doesn't budge. He "knows" he did the right thing by invading Iraq and by his latest "surge." He "knows" that 70% of the people who want to end the war are wrong. He "knows" that the Democrats who are calling for an Iraq-exit strategy are misguided. Bush will not agree to any of the resolutions and bills traveling through Congress seeking a way out of the Iraq trap. Bush will not budge - unless he is forced to.

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Flying the private skies: Profit over safety

In February, the Bush Administration proposed a change for funding the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Called, "Next Generation Air Transportation System Financing Reform Act of 2007" (link ) , this act aims to shoot down general aviation while at the same time gives new revenue streams for the commercial airline industry.

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March 12, 2007

Ava Lowery: Youthful Commentator

Ever since the Internet was born, prominent journalists and commentators tried to minimize the importance of what has since been labeled the netroots. Maybe individuals on the Net can discuss the news but they are not journalists, they insisted.

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March 9, 2007

Does Bush Believe in the Rule of Law?

Bush has every legal right to pardon Scooter. After all, the idea of a guy named Scooter having to sleep next a big bear named Bubba is not very pretty. Scooter apparently did write that terrible porn novel about bears and little girls, but he seems like a nice enough guy. It breaks my heart to think of him going to prison. I don't even want to see Cheney go to jail - just be tarred, feathered, and rode out of the white house on a rail.

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Contractors Write IRS Rules

Conservatives want to shrink government. Since, they say, that private contractors can do any job better, more efficiently and at less cost than the government can, more and more government work should be contracted out to private companies. The Bush Administration is doing this. Private companies engage in the Iraq War, in homeland security projects, writing environmental regulations, and now writing IRS rules.

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Plan For Success

House Democrats just announced legislation that would redeploy troops out of Iraq by the end of next year -- or sooner if the Iraqi government fails to meet benchmarks. This is just a bone for the "get out now" faction of the Democratic Party, of course. Even if it passes in the House (doubtful) it'll never make it through the Senate or past President Bush's desk. Democrats just do not have the votes to wrest this war away from the Republicans.

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March 8, 2007

YOU Can Improve the Media

It has been called the "liberal media." However, there is a big sector of the media, exemplified by Fox News, that uses a news format to obfuscate and distort the news, to smear liberals and Democrats and to present even sleazy Republican officials in the best light. Fox News is a star in the great Republican noise machine. Democratic candidate John Edwards struck a blow to Fox News. And you can do it too.

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March 7, 2007

Ellison: A Democratic Patriot

During the recent election period, Keith Ellison, a Democrat and a Muslim from Minnesota, was elected to the House, and Representative Virgil Goode and other Republicans complained vociferously that Ellison should not be allowed to swear himself in with the Koran in his hands, as he had promised. Now that Ellison is esconsed in the House, the Bush Administration is using him to show the world that America is a bastion of religious tolerance.

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Screw the Wounded

Privatization-The transfer of responsibility from public sector to private sector.
If military families had a choice between letting the military take care of it's own wounded or turn that duty over to Haliburton KBR, I think the choice would be easy given the work ethic and business practices we've seen in Iraq and New Orleans.

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March 6, 2007

Coulter: The Siren of Conservatism

For a long time I have disregarded the rantings of Ann Coulter as someone on the lunatic fringe of conservatism. Now I see that she and her ghastly and hateful venom are not on the edge but are the heart of current day conservatism. Ann Coulter is the siren of conservatism.

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I was wrong!

Libby was found guilty on 4 of counts! I admit I did not think that we would see this day. It was good to see that this administration has not gotten away with all of its lies.

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March 5, 2007

Autocratic Corporations Fight Union Card Check

Though there is a tiny number of corporations that are democratically run, the vast majority are autocratic: You do as the boss says or you are out. Yet when the House passed a bill callng for the card check method of forming a union the corrupt and autocratic CEOs, together with their paid minions, launched a campaign villifying this bill as not being democratic.

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Kiley and Nicholson need to go NOW!

As I sit watching the hearings at the Walter Reed medical center I am not shocked at how we treat our returning veterans. We have a sickening pattern of sweeping our veterans under the rug after they return from wars which we have sent them to fight. There are many heads that need to roll over this and while Def. Secretary Gates has started, the two people that really need to go are Sec. of Vets Affairs Jim Nicholson and Army Surgeon General Kiley.

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March 3, 2007

North Korea - Wrong Again

Well, the cat is out of the bag. The U.S. blew it on North Korea's uranium enrichment program. That's right. North Korea did not have a uranium enrichment program, but because of U.S. accusations, they did jump into a plutonium program out of self defense. Think that Bush didn't start another nuclear arms race? Well think again.

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Thank You For Not Getting Nude for Peace

When you are promoting a left-wing cause, one of the default tactics these days seems to be public nudity.

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The Nuclear Option

The House passed the Employee Free Choice Act which makes the process of unionizing easier and more transparent. Senate Republicans vowed to filibuster the bill. For anyone wondering why Democrats won't take decisive action on things like fixing the prescription drug program and changing the course of the war in Iraq, there's your answer -- the obstructionist Republican filibuster.

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March 2, 2007

Baroody: Safe at any Place

Our illustrious president chose Michael E. Baroody, executive vice president of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), to be chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Pretty good match, no? The guy who has spent his career protecting the safety at any sweatshop, surely knows how to protect the safety at any home or at any place.

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