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June 2007 Archives

June 29, 2007

Anti-Free-Market Supreme Court

President Bush will go down in history as the man who pushed the Supreme Court definitely to the right. Commentators look at what the Court did this year and call it a firmly conservative court. But I wonder what is meant by "conservative." Are conservatives in favor of a free market? If so, how come this conservative Court produces rulings against the free market?

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Race(ing) Backwards With Boost From SCOTUS

Well, SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) has dealt yet another "conservative" blow to the nation. This time by essentially overturning Brown vs the Board of Education.

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Republicans Kill Immigration Bill

Well, Republicans couldn't get their act together on a response to illegal immigration and now nothing will be done until 2009 at the earliest.

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June 28, 2007

Warrantless Wiretapping is a Crime

Senator Pat Leahy sent subpoenas to the Whitehouse asking for documents about the warrantless wiretapping program. The president said Leahy will not get them because of "executive privilege." So what else is new? Plenty. A prominent lawyer tells how to get the documents because warrantless wiretapping is a federal crime.

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Conservatives have to stop accusing us of "hate"

For the past few years, anyone who criticized the President or conservative politicians has routinely been accused of "hate", a very loaded word clearly intended to evoke the idea of a hate crime. It is a popular tactic on this very website. Considering what passes for discourse in the right-wing media, that is pretty rich. But I usually let it go. As Hyman Rother would say, blogging is the business we have chosen.

But as of today I have had enough.

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June 27, 2007

Levels of Commitment

Republicans should ask themselves the following question: if their president is so committed to winning the war in Iraq, why will we have to begin withdrawing a brigade of troops a month from Iraq starting in April?

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Outsourcing Government

Republicans do not like government. The smaller the government the better, they say. So naturally, when a Republican such as Bush gets into power, he tries mightily to reduce government. When he finds out he can't both reduce government and please those who elected him, he does the next best thing: he outsources government. With one blow he keeps government down and provides moulah for his business friends.

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June 26, 2007

Republican/Democratic Divide: Business vs Worker

During recent elections, I have heard so much about Republicans being for a strong defense and Democrats for a wimpy defense, Republicans for faith and Democrats for secularism/atheism, Republicans for values and Democrats for selfishness, and Republicans for small government and Democrats for big government. All nonsense. The BIG and enduring distinction is that Republicans are for business and Democrats are for working people.

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June 25, 2007

I've Heard that Song Before

President George W. Bush is offering to compromise with Congress with reference to the Iraq War. Isn't it wonderful? Woopee! Now we can all work together, the president and Congress, Republicans and Democrats, as one big, happy family, and peacefully come to a decision that all of us in America can feel good about.

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June 23, 2007

Release of 1973 CIA Investigation - A Strategic Move?

Michael Hayden, current head of the CIA, has decided to declassify a CIA report on its "indiscretions" ... that was completed in 1973. It is a big deal that this administration is going to release any information - such a big deal that one might ask "Why?".

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June 22, 2007

Super-Wealthy Get the Tax Breaks

With Cracker Jacks the more you have the more you want. With money, the more you have the more you get - and the less you pay in taxes. If you are super-wealthy, you get the tax breaks without even trying.

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Darth Cheney to Archive agency: Get the #*&$# outta here!

Darth Cheney, the shotgun-tottin', f-bomb throwin', DWI offender said that those pesky people at the National Archives and Records office should stop bothering him for his classified records or else.

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June 21, 2007

Republicans Hate Carbon Tax

In theory, Republicans believe that the free market will solve all our problems. If we want to cut CO2 emissions to prevent catastrophic climate change all we need do is slap a carbon tax on organic fuels: coal, oil and gas. In practice, Republicans do whatever Big Business wants.

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Congress is as Unpopular as Ever

Bush's approval ratings may be in the toilet, but Congress is right down there with him. Recent polls show Congressional approval ratings in the 20's.

So what is the problem? I am sure you all have theories, but here are a couple of my own.

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June 19, 2007

Follow the Signing Statements

Most Americans have this quaint notion that federal agencies should follow the law. When Congress passes a bill and it is then signed by the president, it is a law; if the law applies to what a federal agency is doing the agency is supposed to modify its actions accordingly. But this is not what is happening.

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Swine Diaries VI: How to clean your tracks

The House Oversight Committee announced today (link) that 51 of 88 White House officials, almost 60% of the White House officials, have separate email accounts with the RNC and those special email records are now missing.

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The Myth of the Gang of 88

There is a myth circulating these days that a group of 88 Duke professors bought an ad that essentially lynched members of the Duke lacrosse team. In fact, the actual ad says almost nothing about the rape case.

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June 18, 2007

Wait until September

When Democratic lawmakers tried to force a pull-out of troops from Iraq, Republicans, many of whom were turning against the Iraq War, said "Wait until September." At that time, it was said, General Petraeus will report if the so-called surge is working. He is an honest guy and will tell us the truth, they kept repeating. Silly Democrats went along: "Wait until September."

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June 17, 2007

They Knew. Lies to Cover a Rogue Administration

After 34 years of service, General Taguba was forced to retire in January 2007 - apparently in retaliation for his report on the torture and abuse at Abu Ghraib prison.

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June 16, 2007

Surprise, Surprise!

The Failure Regime has failed - again.

They sure have had a run of bad luck.

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June 14, 2007

Let Saudi Arabia Do It

There is a civil war going on between Shi'ites and Sunnis in Iraq, and U.S. is stuck in the middle. We are trying to get the majority Shi'ites to be nice to the minority Sunnis. It will never happen because the Shi'ites remember well how they were treated when Saddam Hussein and his Sunni bretheren were in power. Now that the famous Shi'ite shrine in Samarra was bombed a second time, the civil war will definitely go on.

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Show Some Guts

I guess the Democrats dodged that bullet! The people advising these folks were wrong, as were the Representatives. They flinched when they heard the shots the Republicans were firing at them, and managed to move right into the path of the bullet.

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June 13, 2007

How to Influence Political Candidates

I was thrilled when I opened my copy of the L.A. Times and saw this headline:

OBAMA YIELDS TO A GREENER SIDE

I felt great because the headline was in effect a positive reply to my email to Barack Obama. I did not think I had much influence, but evidently I did.

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June 12, 2007

Justice?

The legal system was already flawed. We were already operating in a legal system that dispensed justice based on the importance of your title, the color of your skin and the cost of your legal representation.
What more could go wrong? The legal system couldn't get much worse, right?

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I Love Paris.

Paris is obviously virtuous, look at her, she is blond. I have total compassion for her suffering...

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June 11, 2007

Instead of G-8 Why Not G-X?

Every year the so-called Group of 8 (G-8) has a big meeting where presidents and prime ministers discuss issues of the day - poverty, climate change, etc. - and then issue statements that are filed away in government archives. This is what happened last week when President George W. Bush attended the G-8 meeting in Germany. Yawn.

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I Don't Heart Huckabee

Mike Huckabee might once have been the Governor of Arkansas, and he might be a candidate for the Republican nomination for the Presidency, but he is also a nutjob - like at least three of his competitors. And if you thought George Bush was a religious zealot, just wait until you get one of these guys into the White House.

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June 9, 2007

Immigration and Business

Putting aside the security issues of immigrations, the big focus on immigration centers around the economy. The illegal aliens are low-wage competition for Americans. That simple. Many want a Guest-Worker program. I think that betrays both Americans and the legal immigrants who follow our laws to gain their prosperity. That's nothing new for the advocates of low-wage labor.

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June 8, 2007

Iraq - Teetering on the Edge

Iraq is teetering on the edge, but this one is not into civil war. Iraq could find itself at war with Turkey. It is stunning to imagine that a nation in name only; with (reportedly) fewer than 10,000 soldiers "combat capable;" living under a foreign occupation and an increasingly bloody struggle for power; could find itself having to defend its "sovereignty" against Turkey.

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Stop Dingell & Boucher Now

Representatives John Dingell and Rick Boucher are Democrats. However, they are defying Speaker Nancy Pelosi by writing a bill that would prevent California and 7 other states from enacting climate change legislation that is stricter than federal law. The federal law they are proposing would be timid. The Dingell-Boucher legislation is not what a real Democrat would write. They must be stopped now.

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June 7, 2007

Energy Independence vs. Green Energy

I used to be in favor of "energy independence." But I have recently decided that "energy independence" is leading us toward bad and even obscene policy decisions. The biggest problem America faces today is not achieving energy independence but eradicating energy sources that produce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that are warming Earth and will eventually wreck civilization. We must seek "green energy."

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God Help The Atheist Politician

There was a time, not so long ago, when the USA pondered the idea of a Catholic in the White House. Would Kennedy take his orders from Rome? That was the question on the lips of the populace. He won, and he didn't.

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June 6, 2007

The Useful J-Curve

"The J-Curve" is the title of a new book by Ian Bremmer that demonstrates that a J-curve may explain pretty well the nature of nations and why they rise and fall. I found the book fascinating.

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Caging The Black Vote

Vote Caging. A vote suppression tactic mastered byJudge William Rehnquist and passed down to our current GOP lawmakers. Like so many of this administrations policies, it's illegal.

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June 5, 2007

Climate Change Leadership

Since global warming is an urgent world-wide problem it cannot be solved without world-wide leadership. Who can best exercise this leadership? United States, of course. This is a made-to-order problem for the leader of the free world: the president of the U.S. And what does President Bush do? He presents excuses, talks about future studies and generally beats around the Bush.

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Stop-Loss: Bush's Ugly Draft

One courageous soldier, holding vigil in Bellingham, Washington, is discovering that most of the people he talks to don't even know what "stop loss" is, or believe that it only refers to a certain kind of stock trade. In fact the Bush administration's indefensible and immoral use of the military's stop loss policy is a despicable mistreatment of the volunteers who comprise our armed services.

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Scooter going to jail

Lewis "Scooter" Libby was sentenced to 30 months in jail for lying to investigators. Libby asked the judge to "consider, along with the jury verdict, my whole life."

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June 4, 2007

New Thinking to Combat Climate Change

Niall Ferguson, an L.A. Times columnist, states that Tony Blair is:

succumbing to the most widespread confusion that currently exists in the minds of Western liberals: that we can simultaneously eliminate global poverty and combat global climate change.

What confusion?

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Judgment Deferred, The Consequences Remain

We have spent more time running the war in Iraq than we have fighting World War II. We administered the recovery of half a continent, and the rehabilitation of two enemies with nowhere near the bloodshed and chaos we have had in Iraq. The administration of the latter war imperfect, but it's results justify the time, the expense, and the bloodshed necessary.

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Democratic Debate On CNN

First of all, CNN did a good job reinforcing my decision to stop watching CNN. God, I hate that idiot, Wolf Blitzer. Despite his buffoonery, however, the Democratic candidates really shone. There were some really thoughtful and coherent responses in tonight's debate.

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June 2, 2007

Dem's Iraq Plan In Action

Democrats have long sought to change the military mission in Iraq to training Iraqi forces, protecting US interests and hunting al-Qaeda. Democrats, listening to Middle East analysts (here's one - and another), are convinced that minimal US troop involvement is the best strategy in Iraq and that, if left to themselves, Iraqis will massacre the al-Qaeda fighters in their country. Over the last few days, we saw that scenario play out.

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June 1, 2007

Barack Obama's Health Plan

Barack Obama's Health Plan is not a complete healthcare system as is Edwards' Plan. To avoid drastic unintended consequences, Obama recommends two plans: one private that essentially boosts competition among current players in order to decrease costs; and the other public that brings portability, quality and fairness to all. This way, he encourages experimentation leading to a broad healthcare system most of us would like.

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