Monday, March 27, 2006

Provoking Spin

This makes my head spin...

Excerpt from the NY Times regarding a recently released memo from Tony Blair's office:

The memo indicates "that the president and the prime minister acknowledged that no unconventional weapons had been found inside Iraq. Faced with the possibility of not finding any before the planned invasion, Mr. Bush talked about several ways to provoke a confrontation, including a proposal to paint a United States surveillance plane in the colors of the United Nations in hopes of drawing fire, or assassinating Mr. Hussein."

The United States as Rodeo Clown? We're in the attack provoking business, Yee haw.

News Flash

Mr. President - The Press is not responsible for how this war is turning out and that excuse for your incompetency just won't work this time. Remember, these are the same people you used when the Mission was Accomplished and purple fingers were all the rage. It was convenient to have them around then, but now...not so much.

If I were the press, I'd feel a little...used, right now. I mean, you guys were so close, for YEARS. And they were kind to you, would do anything to please you. How can you be so fickle after all they've done?

You cad.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Tune In: CSPAN2, at 4pm EST

Senator Russ Feingold will introduce his Censure Resolution today in the Senate at 4pm broadcast on C-SPAN2.
I'll be giving him a standing ovation in my living room. This man is a Patriot.

Could it be that we really do live in the Home of the Brave?

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Hypocrisy Now: Abortion – All Wrong for America, Selectively Right for America’s New Nuclear buddy, India.

In the world’s largest democracy, it is legal to abort a fetus, but not if the abortion is performed to terminate the pregnancy of a mother carrying a female child. Despite this anti-female foeticide law, which is not very popular because it prevents would-be parents of girls from aborting children who would be a burden to them - you know, dowries and all that - abortions for this purpose are rampant in India. In fact, this practice is so well known that Indians living abroad return there for the sole purpose of having this procedure performed.

So, during my latest sleepless night, I tossed and turned thinking about how hard our President works to protect the life of the unborn child, but puts no pressure on our newest nuclear partner to enforce their abortion law. If Bush and his congressional cohorts could spend just one fifth of the time saving the lives of the already born (instead of saving fetuses, abandoned embryos and those in persistent vegetative states) I might be able to forgive him for all his other sins (I said might).

In that forward thinking state of South Dakota it is now illegal to perform an abortion for any reason except to save the life of the expectant mom. This means pregnancies resulting from rape or incest would have to be brought to term, unless the mother had some ill-will toward the perpetrator and travels to another state (or in the near future another country*) to perform this procedure. You mean women might not want to have the child of her rapist?

*This will certainly be the first real test of Roe v Wade for the Bush shaped U.S. Supreme Court in the next several months. I’m not anticipating too many restful nights thinking about how that might turn out.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Delay Delayed - But Not Stopped

The registered Republicans of Tom Delay’s district, have shown confidence in their swaggering savior by approving him as their candidate for a twelfth congressional term.

Was it the moral high ground taken by Mr. Delay in his dealings with Jack Abramoff that earned him 62% of voting GOPers? Ignoring an indictment by the state of Texas for money laundering, golf junkets with the aforementioned lobbyist paid for by Choctaw Indian and internet gambling interests, these enlightened voters rejected calls from primary opponents to take integrity into consideration before pulling the lever. The money laundering was in connection with circumventing the law prohibiting corporate contributions to candidates in state elections.

My take on this is that loyal party hacks that always vote in a primary, vs. the wider electorate, wished to reward the man (who’s reputation has won him the handle of “The Hammer”), for his supreme effort to rid the state legislature of that pesky Democratic opposition. Delay went the extra mile to prevent those endangered Democrats from leaving the state to avoid the quorum needed for Republicans to accomplish their dastardly deed. The gerrymandering that resulted would make even Gerry roll over in his grave.

In the general elections this November, Mr. Delay’s district will have to decide on a Democrat who lost his seat in one of the Hammer’s redistricting efforts, or to give Delay another chance to wreak havoc with democracy.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Democracy NOW!

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