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January 2005 Archives

January 31, 2005

Supreme Court Propaganda Battle On the Horizon

An ugly fight is coming. Conservatives have responded to the liberal public relations challenge and hired a propaganda squad to defend whomever is Bush's first nominee to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is an incredibly important institution, and decisions about the Court's makeup are among the most important ones a president will make. Yet, the Democrats chosen tactic of filibustering judicial nominees will likely make the next fight the ugliest ever, and both sides know it.

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Posted by Misha Tseytlin at 10:22 PM

January 28, 2005

Media personalities as shills for the government.

I would expect conservatives to be even more appalled than liberals by the revelations of columnists and commentators on the federal payroll, what with the mantra of small government and states rights and all. Certainly quite a few prominent conservatives have condemned the practice, but the vast majority are keeping mum on the subject. While the obvious conflict of interest is disturbing, I don't believe these people saw what they were doing as fundamentally dishonest.

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Posted by rev_matt_y at 4:08 PM

January 27, 2005

Some Real Advice For The Democrats

I guess it is somewhere in between courtesy and boastfulness for the Republicans to make suggestions on how to win elections. After all, they are sweeping through everything. It needs to be known though that what started with Reagan and his new breed of Republicans can start right now too with the Democrats.

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Posted by Adam Ducker at 9:53 AM

January 26, 2005

U.S. Budget Deficit on Track to be the largest in history.

Bush Whitehouse still vows to cut deficit in half.

"In a briefing for reporters on Tuesday, senior administration officials insisted they were still on track to fulfill Mr. Bush's campaign promise of reducing the federal budget deficit by half by 2009. But Mr. Bush is already well behind in reaching his goal...

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January 22, 2005

From Principles to Results in the Current War

President George W. Bush's second inaugural address laid out an ambiguous worldview, one which puts the American role in Iraq, Afghanistan and the war against Islamic fundamentalist terrorists in the proper context. Rather than focusing on individual nations, Bush properly highlighted the major national security and moral issue facing the United States and other nations in the free world. This problem is the continued prevalence of dictatorship governments, especially in the Muslim world, which make the people subjugated under those regimes a constant threat to our security.

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January 21, 2005

Never met a Bill he Didn't Like...

...Other than the the possibility of his predecessor. As Bush enters his second term, keep in mind that out of the 876 legislative bills that have come across his desk, all 876 of them were signed into law. In addition, he's written 173 of his own laws in the form of executive orders. Of course, when it comes to U.N. resolutions, 8 have been kicked to the curb by the U.S. since 2000.

January 20, 2005

Bush's Inaugural Speech Was a Meaningless Farce

I don't know about the rest of the American public, or the world for that matter, but I found Bush's Inaugural speech, pretty but without much substance; flowery but totally uninspired. And in some passages the speech was totally ignorant of the subtle nuances of American history and her continuing struggle to lift freedoms banner high within our own borders let alone those of nations still suffering under the slowly dissipating fog of European colonialism.

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January 19, 2005

Kinky Politics

Author and singer Kinky Friedman has announced his candidacy for Governor of Texas in 2006. While I find no cause for concern in his platform, which focuses on education and judicial reform, and I appreciate the levity he brings to the table, are third parties doomed to only get media coverage if they can run a 'gag' candidate? Third parties have a tough time competing beyond the State Legislature level anywhere.

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Posted by rev_matt_y at 4:27 PM

An Article of Trust

Do you trust the President and his Administration? I do not, and have not for quite some time. And they have done nothing to guide me down the road of trust with their deeds, words, or actions since winning re-election either. Dr. Condoleezza Rice's testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday only further cemented my mistrust in Bush's band of indulgent, infuriating, incompetent, imbeciles.

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January 15, 2005

The Struggle Between Peace and War

In America, deeply rooted in the war on terror, is a battle between two ideologies. One is the ideology of peace, which teaches that our violence has a consequence and strength through peaceful coalitions is the way to protect America. The second is the ideology of war, which teaches that reactionary response and strength through arms is the way to protect America.

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Posted by Adam Ducker at 12:35 PM

January 5, 2005

Right Actions, Wrong Reasons

Recently, Colin Powell intimated that one of the possible benefits of the tsunami relief efforts was that it would change the hearts of those in the world that look unfavorably on America and American values. There is a belief that our outpouring of generosity will put an end to terrorism around the world once and for all.

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Posted by Rhinehold at 10:57 PM

January 3, 2005

Re-Vote Ohio, Re-Vote Washington

So what do we know about Washington and Ohio? From what I can see it's a junky mess on both sides. Let's cut this down to the bare bones though and take a look at how ridiculous the two major parties are handling this situation. To do this let's take a look at a few similarities and differences.

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Posted by Adam Ducker at 10:16 PM

An Independent Judiciary is Necessary to Ensure Freedom of All

It continues to amaze me how little our third branch of government--the judiciary--is understood by both the learned (who by virtue of education should know better) and the average American citizen. Granted most of the "activist judges" critics make their voices heard from the political and religious right, but that minority din is increasing in volume as more and more ill-informed citizens--as well as (amazingly enough--members of Congress take up the cause.

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