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July 31, 2007

Witch Hunt, Eh.

Dick Cheney seems to think the controversy over the fired attorneys is a witch hunt. Well, I got a nice, short response to that: yes, it is. But it's not about a witch hunt of Republicans by Democrats. No, instead, it's the other way around.

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Save SCHIP for Children's Sakes

Nearly everyone professes a desire to renew the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), set to expire in September. Disagreement persists on funding levels & sources, qualification thresholds, and state discretion for variances. Is this a healthy policy debate, or a platform for ideological grandstanding? For the sake of children's health, let's hope SCHIP is funded at levels to protect the truly vulnerable.

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July 29, 2007

Friend or Foe Business Is Business

Our old friend Mikhail Gorbachev is accusing BushCo of creating chaos to extend an empire.

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July 27, 2007

Why Wouldn't We Talk?

Watch out: if you talk to a dictator, you're tacitly approving of his evil. Wait, Nixon talked to Mao. Does that make him a communist? Bush 41 and Reagan talked with Gorbachev. Did the Republicans elect Russkies? Detente was a Kissinger Policy, started under Nixon. Reagan and Bush helped further peaceful negotiations with the Soviet Union. According to some in the Republican, and regrettably the Democratic parties, that shouldn't happen.

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July 26, 2007

Refusal to Testify - Hubris or Cover-up?

There are those who are trying to minimize the issue of the firing of the U.S. attorneys as political comedy, and no big deal. It is a very big deal when the Department of Justice becomes an arm of politics rather than an arm of justice. Gonzales has testified repeatedly that he "doesn't know" or "can't remember."

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Experience vs. Change

The conventional wisdom states that the battle between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama is experience vs. change. At every turn, Clinton touts her experience and Obama labels himself as an agent of change. In reality, Obama has plenty of experience, but of a type different from the experience of Clinton, of a type that makes it easier for Obama to bring about change.

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Contempt

The Republicans say it's a matter of executive privilege. But that gets them only so far. Harriet Miers and Josh Bolton are not allowed to simply skip out. Oversight is a basic constitutional responsibility and right of Congress. After all, they're footing the executive Branch's bill, and writing the laws that this President and those under him are supposed to enforce.

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July 25, 2007

Squash the Farm Bill

The farm bill is a perennial staple of Congress. The House Agricultural Committee, on which sit representatives from farm states, comes up with what is called a Farm Bill. It's real name should be the Rich-Farmer Welfare Program. When the Farm Bill is announced, Democratic and Republican arguments disappear. We are left with pro-farm-welfare vs. con-farm-welfare.

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The Democrats are all wrong: make them say 'yes'!

From Leahy to Durbin from Conyers to Feingold, the Democrats have been asking the wrong question; it isn't about censure or lack of confidence. No. They are going about it the wrong way; make the Republicans say: "YES!".

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July 24, 2007

Jonah Goldberg's Compassion

Jonah Goldberg, like many other Republican pundits that want to stay the course in Iraq, are trying to make liberals uncomfortable by speaking of the terrible genocide that would occur in Iraq if American troops left. Liberals are against genocide. How come they would allow genocide in Iraq?

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You Tubing Democrats

I caught the CNN/You Tube Democratic debate. That was... interesting. The questions were Iraq-heavy and I was disappointed that there wasn't much time allotted to healthcare, immigration or the economy. Either CNN didn't consider those topics important or the Iraq war is the MAJOR issue for those who submitted questions.

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July 23, 2007

Republicans Worry about Child Care

Ever since Republicans took over the presidency and the Congress, nothing was said or done about child care. Emphasis was solidly on tax cuts for the wealthy, and subsidies and other handouts for big business. Now that Democrats control Congress, Republicans are beginning to worry about child care.

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July 22, 2007

No Truth

Bear with the philosophy, for this entry. Also bear with what may be amateur in my thoughts, for what I have to say is a roughly formed theory at best, and I don't have much experience to more finely shape it. I've long been a student of communication, a writer who started from an early age, and a student of the visual arts as well. Issues of truth and communication also are important to me for other reasons.

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July 19, 2007

Chop Off Head of Snake

Al Qaeda is a snake that is twisting, writhing and killing people all over the world - in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. The al-Qaeda snake is poisoning the Middle East and killing American troops. Republicans want our troops to stay there to "protect" the Iraqis from the snake. Democrats want to chop off the head of the snake.

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Republicans are correct about one thing

The Democratic overnight session forcing Republicans to engage in a real filibuster was more theater than substance. Nonetheless it was theater which afforded the Democrats the opportunity to show the 60% of Americans who believe that funding of the war SHOULD be tied to deadlines for withdrawal, that they- Congressional Democrats - finally get it.

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July 18, 2007

Bush Intelligence and Intelligence

Sixteen intelligence agencies issued a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) that Bush claims supports him and his Iraq War. But anyone with intelligence who reads about the NIE can see that his strategy in the "war on terror" has produced more terrorists.

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General Nonsense

Bush will likely continue to tell us until September that he's taking his direction from what the commanders on the ground and (of course) what General Petraeus tells him. Right. And just what are they going to tell their boss, a man who let his staff publically humiliate everbody in the military who publically dissented the Administration line on Iraq? Let's recall what they say about a military in war: they're there to defend Democracy, not practice it.

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They're All the Same Guy

Republican voters definitely have a type. Three of the leading Republican candidates, Giuliani, Thompson*, and McCain, have a striking number of noteworthy similarities.

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July 16, 2007

What is a Filibuster?

Do you know that in this year alone there were 40 filibusters in the Senate? You may ask how this is possible since you know that some famous past filibusters lasted several weeks and descriptions of the ridiculous talk daily filled American newspapers. Today there is nothing about filibusters in the news. So the question before you is: What is a filibuster?

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Hot Rodding Your Prius For Votes And Giggles

Living just outside Boulder, I see my fair share of those funny little Toyota Prius hybrids. In fact, we probably have the highest per capita ownership of them outside Berkeley.

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July 14, 2007

The Forest or the Trees?

"Despotism has so often been established in the name of liberty that experience should warn us to judge parties by their practices rather than their preachings." Raymond Aron Life Quotes

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July 13, 2007

Another wasted opportunity

According to published reports (link), in 2005, the CIA knew of a planned high-level meeting with senior members of al Qaeda, in a known region of Pakistan. The Bush administration's response was not to go after those responsible for the 911 attacks, again...

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July 12, 2007

Nation of Lawyers

Ever since my younger days I have been told that America is great because it is not a nation of men but a nation of laws, that is, we are not ruled autocratically by men, but democratically by law. Sometimes the concept is stated as "nobody is above the law." However, after witnessing the Whitehouse-Justice shenanigans with reference to Congress, I think we have a nation not of laws but of lawyers.

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July 11, 2007

Administration-Job Requirements

The Bush Administration has many requirements that must be met in order to obtain a job appointment, especially for those who would like to work in the Whitehouse. In addition to the usual Republican requirements of faith in religion as well as in deregulated business, and loyalty to the boss, a prospect must have a terrible memory.

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Buzz Bombs

It's only Tuesday and already there's been a lot of buzz about Iraq this week.

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July 10, 2007

Democracy Keeps America Safe

Contrary to what Bush and his fellow conservatives have been saying, that we must choose between security and freedom, some Europeans are telling us to stick to our freedoms. They say that it's the freedom we allow all immigrants to rise as high as they can that keeps America safer from terrorists than Europeans are.

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July 9, 2007

The Subtle Genius of Al Gore

Once a lone voice crying in the wilderness, Reverend Al now has his critics preaching his message for him.

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July 8, 2007

The Birth of a New Environmental Movement?

With the apparent success of yesterday's Live Earth concerts, one has to ask whether something new is being born. It is reported that the broadcasts reached 2 billion people. That is almost one-third of the population of the planet. If accurate, that is HUGE. Certainly, a third of the planet should be more than a critical mass to DO something.

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July 6, 2007

The Republicans Can’t Win

In an earlier post, I declared that "Nobody Can Win" and had some fun at the expense of the candidates from both sides. But why be fair and balanced? The Democrats can be ludicrous without my help.

So let's get right to it and take another look at these clowns.

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A Sad Anniversary

July 14th will mark an anniversary of sorts. It will mark the day that a small, but highly effective, company closed its doors for good. It is true that many small companies shut down each week all across America, but this company, when it closed its doors 4 years ago, left America less safe than it was on July 13th, 2003.

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Criminals Are Stupid

Scooter Libby paid his $250,000 fine today. He didn't have to -- the appeals process still hasn't ended -- but he whipped out his checkbook and paid it like you or I would write a check for a pair of socks at Wal-Mart. It's no skin off his nose. In fact, he'll probably be reimbursed from the five million dollar fund that Washington lobbyist and Hollywood elite, Fred Thompson, amassed for him. Don't cry for Scooter.

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July 5, 2007

Multinationals Fight Democracy

I have pointed out before that multinational corporations are not concerned with democracy. They are concerned only with the dollar. And they feel that the best countries for seeking the dollar are those that are not too democratic. This is why multinationals have descended upon China. Imagine the surprise and chagrin of these multinationals when China became a little more open.

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July 4, 2007

No, Mr. Dershowitz

Alan Dershowitz has come out for the commuting of Libby's sentence. Although I've covered this on my last posting, I thought his line of reasoning to be particularly egregious in how it misses the very point of what made both Libby and Bush's misdeeds appalling to Democrats, as well as most Americans.

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July 3, 2007

King George and Republican Law

King George is the most compassionate practitioner of divine law, that is, law that guards people doing good and destroys individuals doing evil. He has no trouble defining good and evil since he is instructed directly by God. Members of the Bush Administration, as well as other loyal Republicans, are good, by definition. Democrats and assorted other people who oppose the King's benign policies are evil. Some people call this Republican Law.

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July 2, 2007

Libby's Sentence Commuted: A Response to the President

President Bush, you probably have already figured out what I would say, so I'm not going to say it outright. Instead, I'll explain my reasoning here. A court of law both convicted Libby of perjury and obstruction of justice, and sentenced him for it, and the sentencing guidelines for this were laid down by Congress.

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