September 29, 2007
Fed Up With Cowardice and Duplicity
I am fed up and more than ticked off by most of the Congress and by the Democratic Presidential candidates. Remember the expansion of the Bush's illegal wiretapping?» Continue reading "Fed Up With Cowardice and Duplicity"
September 28, 2007
Who's in Favor of Children's Health?
What sort of question is this? I would think that everyone in Ameriaca is in favor of children's health. Everyone, it seems, except President George W. Bush. He is promising to veto the State Children's Health Insurance Program that was passed by both houses. Why? He thinks it would be a step towards universal coverage.» Continue reading "Who's in Favor of Children's Health?"
September 27, 2007
The Republican Tent is Torn
Did you ever hear about the Republican big tent? Republicans are concerned about everyone. Republicans invite all people to come in under their big tent. At least that is the propaganda line. When Republican candidates for president are invited to a debate run by Hispanics, they suddently find scheduling problems. When they are invited to a debate run by blacks, the top tier of Republicans don't show.» Continue reading "The Republican Tent is Torn"
September 22, 2007
Outrage on Cue: Republicans and their Defensiveness Policy
Let me congratulate the Republicans. They managed to both scuttle a bill meant to give troops more time to re-equip, rest, and train, and to get one passed with the typically timorous group of Democrats voting to express the sentiment of the Senate condemning an add that questioned the honesty of a General. You see, material service to the soldiers isn't supporting the troops. No, lip service will do.» Continue reading "Outrage on Cue: Republicans and their Defensiveness Policy"
September 21, 2007
Fade to blackwater
When it was announced today (link) that Blackwater USA resumed their role on Friday, days after being suspended by the Iraqi government for allegedly killing civilians, an episode of the Sopranos came to mind.» Continue reading "Fade to blackwater"
September 19, 2007
Obama for Fairer Taxes
President Bush's solution to everything is tax cuts. His "across the board" tax cuts give token cuts to the non-wealthy and huge cuts to the wealthy. Barack Obama in his recent speech on taxes, touted his scheme for turning the tables in the interest of fairness: cutting taxes for the non-wealthy at the expense of the wealthy, who he would ask to pay more than the tiny or no tax they have been paying.» Continue reading "Obama for Fairer Taxes"
September 18, 2007
John McCain vs the Constitution
No, this post isn't about John McCain wanting to kick Moveon.org out of the country for exercising their free speech rights, but about a more subtle Constitutional issue.» Continue reading "John McCain vs the Constitution"
The Brilliant Petraeus
Wait for Petraeus. Wait until September for the report from the great genius, General Petraeus. The brilliant Petraeus was here. And Petraeus spoke to us. And nothing has changed. According to the polls the majority is still against the Iraq War. However, more Americans are aware that there is an Anbar Province in Iraq. And now we learn about the brilliance that made Anbar a "success."» Continue reading "The Brilliant Petraeus"
September 17, 2007
Attorney General Appointments and Disappointments
After the president picked Michael B. Mukasey as his nominee to replace Alberto Gonzales as attorney general, the media began buzzing that Bush is giving in by choosing someone acceptable to Democrats. Boy, are the media wrong! Bush also decided to make the highly-controversial Assistant Attorney General Peter D. Keisler acting attorney general.» Continue reading "Attorney General Appointments and Disappointments"
The Science and Politics of Humanity
Evolution. Race. Innate abilities or disabilities. Jonathan Marks, in his book What It Means to Be 98% Chimpanzee: Apes, People and Their Genes knocks down many of the myths that surround the sciences of human biology. Biology and science often get mixed up in political rhetoric, and it's unavoidable sometimes to get caught up in the mythology (literally) that undergirds most of our assumptions.» Continue reading "The Science and Politics of Humanity"
September 16, 2007
Very Bloody Oil
Many people have been saying that the invasion (and occupation) of Iraq is about oil. I believe that there is more than oil involved, but certainly oil was a driving motivator. Now we can add Alan Greenspan to the list of those who reinforce that claim.» Continue reading "Very Bloody Oil"
September 14, 2007
The naked land reveals the naked truth. The greed of millionaires trumps the health of the poor, the purity of the water, and even the beauty of the hills. In an under-reported story, the Bush administration has made yet another rule change assaulting the environment and enriching the polluters. The practice of mountaintop removal will no longer be hampered by those pesky environmental rules designed to protect our waters.» Continue reading "Mountaintop Pillage"
September 13, 2007
Politically Polarized Law
It is obvious that our country is politically polarized. Conservatives call liberals traitors and un-American, and liberals call conservatives warmongers and un-American. Apparently the only true patriotic Americans are those with no opinion and who do not give a damn whether we fight in Iraq or not.» Continue reading "Politically Polarized Law"
September 12, 2007
A NEW Attorney General
After months of twisting in the wind while the cause of justice was dying, Albert Gonzales finally resigned as Attorney General. Now we are awaiting Bush's nominee. In today's L.A. Times I read 2 opinion pieces about this, one filled me with nausea, the other filled me with pride.» Continue reading "A NEW Attorney General"
September 11, 2007
Osama is Laughing
After Osama bin Laden attacked America on 9/11 he laughed at what he thought was a great accomplishment. Then we blasted Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Osama was not laughing; he was in despair. So what did we do? We let him slip away at Tora Bora which brought him laughter again. When we removed our troops from Afghanistan and brought them to Iraq, he must have split his sides laughing.» Continue reading "Osama is Laughing"
We were shaken.
We felt united.
We reflected on what was really important.
I say we, because in many ways it felt like "we", however individual and personal my own reaction may have been on that Tuesday morning six years ago.
September 10, 2007
Parsing Petraeus: More of the same
So now with all the pomp and circumstance gone, what exactly is news here?
"Did you like the one where I told them we made actual progress?" Gen. Petraeus told Ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker after testifying before Congress today. (attempt at humor... not actual quote)
September 9, 2007
Petraeus the Salesman
I don't blame Petraeus for doing this, but nonetheless, I think little good can come of it. The Bush Administration has made it clear to the American public that it's not the reality on the ground that shapes the messages, but what the Bush Administration wants. With only 3 of 18 Benchmarks reached, Political and sectarian chaos remaining despite whatever military gains we've had, and the war's effects on our counterterrorism still counterproductive, the Surge is not a success. That's what matters.» Continue reading "Petraeus the Salesman"
September 7, 2007
If We Leave Iraq
Warmongers, like John McCain, keep asking us what would happen if we leave Iraq? They are afraid that genocide would take place. They describe all sorts of horrible conditions that will take place if we leave. They do not seem to realize that conditions today are already as bad as any they describe.» Continue reading "If We Leave Iraq"
September 6, 2007
The Non-Patriotic Patriot Act
Why did the Republicans call it the Patriot Act? What is patriotic about removing constitutional rights from law-abiding citizens? What is patriotic about a law that does not pass constitutional muster, as the Supreme Court decided in 2004? Even after modifying the Patriot Act in 2005, why did not the Republican-controlled Congress make it conform to the constitution?» Continue reading "The Non-Patriotic Patriot Act"
September 5, 2007
On 9/11 we were attacked by a small outfit called al Qaeda that utilized suicide bombers to murder 3,000 people in the New York World Trade Center and in the Washington Pentagon. Ever since, we - all of us, including me - have been spouting the terms "al Qaeda" and "suicide bombers" ever chance we get. We are making a big mistake by doing this.» Continue reading "Murderous Extremists"
"Never Say Die!", Said the Dead Horse that Wished to be Beaten...
Other folks have observed that Senator Larry Craig's failure to go quietly into that good night makes him the gift that keeps on giving for Democrats. I agree, but even so, they're missing the forest for this particularly wide-stanced tree.» Continue reading ""Never Say Die!", Said the Dead Horse that Wished to be Beaten..."
Seven Hours In Iraq
President Bush spent seven hours in Iraq on Labor Day. He insists it wasn't just to accumulate some shred of credibility in the coming Iraq debate, but "to see with our own eyes the multiple changes that are taking place in Anbar province." He must have an amazing set of peepers because he never left the security of the remote airbase at which he landed.» Continue reading "Seven Hours In Iraq"
September 3, 2007
Bush Celebrates Labor Day
How come President George W. Bush went to Iraq to celebrate Labor Day? As far as I can remember, every American president celebrated Labor Day by making a speech extoling the virtues of the men and women who work hard. And Bush went to Iraq - not Baghdad, but Anbar province. Why?» Continue reading "Bush Celebrates Labor Day"
September 2, 2007
What About David Vitter?
Now that Larry Craig has stepped down, you can expect a flurry of Republican self-congratulation. Surely they have demonstrated that when a sinner is found in their midst he is swiftly cast out? Not exactly. Losing Craig will cost the GOP nothing. The Republican governor of Idaho* will name another Republican, and that person will almost certainly be elected in 2008.