Monday, March 27, 2006

Quote of the Week

"It drives me crazy to hear all these Democrats saying, 'We were misled.' It makes me want to shout, 'Fuck you, you weren't misled. You were afraid of being called unpatriotic."

-- Oscar-winning actor George Clooney attacking the Democratic party for passivity in the face of Republican warmongering, as quoted by the Huffington Post on Mar. 13, 2006.

He was a crappy Batman, but I love this quote.

Why America Does Not Trust Republicans

This is another prime example of why America has lost faith in our government and our political system. The Republicans talk a lot about their moral superiority, but they invariably rush to the defense of immoral scumbags like Tom Delay, "Duke" Cunningham and Jack Abramhoff.

The Abramhoff scandal is just getting started and each day they are unearthing more and more shady, corrupt deals.

This is a real gem, Tom Delay's former aide, Edwin Buckham, was found to have pocketed 33% of the income from his supposedly "nonprofit" organization, totaling over $1 Million. Most of this income has been tied to Abramhoff.

And the Republicans are the ones sanctimoniously claiming that their moral superiority allows them to dictate whether someone should be kept alive artificially, or whether hurricane victims "deserve" help.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Priceless

The Daily Show is some of the funniest shit out there.

The Vice Presidential Firearm Mishap Analyst


Priceless.


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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Is the President Above the Law?

The resolution proposed by Russ Feingold to censure George W. Bush is a very important issue that shouldn't be ignored by the "liberal" media.

The "liberal" media is going along with the Republican talking points, as usual, and are focuing not on the censure resolution, but on the Democrats and the partisan spin the Republicans are trying to put on this.

The real issue is the discussion that America needs to have about whether our President is really above the law, as he and the Republicans claim.

So long as the President is a Republican, they want him unhindered by the law.
You remember "law"? It is what keeps our society from breaking down into anarchy.
It is exactly the thing they lack in Iraq.

The issue is simple, George W Bush could have done the surveillence legally, but he CHOSE to circumvent the courts and do it illegally.
The Republicans do not think that the President should abide by the law. Their stance is clear.

The Question they are desperate from having Americans ask themselves is, Do we want a President who is above the law?

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

The Opposite of Progress

With the sectarian violence continuing to escalate in Iraq, U.S. Military commanders have asked for more troops, even though March was when they had said they hoped to start pulling troops out.

They are moving an armored batallion of 700 troops up from Kuwait into Baghdad in the short term.

Friday, March 10, 2006

The Dubai Ports Fisaco

Talk about dodging a bullet... But, the question is, who dodged it?



The entire issue seems to have been avoided because the UAE is selling it's interest in Dubai World Ports... right?

Interesting how the overall outcome is that the same company is still going to get the deal. The same, exact deal is still going to go through.

There were a lot of things about that specific deal that were highly questionable and deserve to stay in the spotlight. For instance they waived standard restrictions such as requiring the company keep their records on American soil. Common sense, right? Then how come it isn't being mentioned?

I wonder, will the "American entity" have their headquarters in Dubai?

It was at least plesant to finally see an issue that Democrats and Republicans could agree on, with 70% of Republicans agreeing with the Democrats in opposing the deal.

This issue exploded because it touched on several growing currents of public thought.

It played on the fears that the Republicans have been playing on ever since 9-11. The Republicans easily confused a group of 16 Saudis, a couple Iranians and a guy from Dubai with the Nation of Iraq by saying "These people attacked us on 9-11". (Now he claims to be worried about "sending the wrong message"?!?)
Of course Americans are afraid of terrorism and conscious that the current brand of terrorism aimed at America is coming from the middle east. The Republicans have beat it into Americans head for 5 years now. Clearly, That rhetoric came back to bite them in this situation.

But this was only peripherally about Arabs. The larger issue that this brought to light was that foreign control of the egress and ingress points of our country has been going on for years.
Most Amercians agree, in the post 9-11 world, it makes no sense from a security standpoint to let another country control your ports.

I am suprised at the Republican stance on this issue because they claim to care a lot about security and controlling what comes into and leaves our country when it comes to the borders.

So why don't they feel that way about our ports?

This also came at an interesting time, when Bush was off in India giving away our Nuclear secrets and encouraging countries to blow off the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty!

Sunday, March 05, 2006

This hasn't been getting a lot of coverage in the "liberal" media


Randall "Duke" Cunningham sentanced to 8 years for bribery.

The same guy who had the arrogance to say last year that he was guilty of no "wrongdoing", just like the his fellow Republican, Tom Delay. And on top of that, he had the gall to issuse the irresistable challenge that came back to haunt him, and prove that you should be careful what you wish for:

"If I've done anything wrong, come get me."

Friday, March 03, 2006

This made me laugh out loud

One of our friends over at Conservababes actually had the audactity to write this with a straight face. It is from a post entitled " Don't Hate Us Because We're Beautiful..."

Beyond that, liberals especially hated W. at that moment for his confidence and because he was just plain cool. It was cool that he flew that fighter jet 1/3 of the route to the carrier. It was cool how comfortable he looked in that flight suit. And the expressions of pride on the faces of our midshipmen on that carrier --that was also very, very cool.


If I had been drinking milk when I read that I would have definately spit it out my nose. They let him hold the stick for a few minutes like my Dad used to do for me in his Cessna when I was 8. I have to admit, it was very cool for me then. For a President to do it? Not so much...

It reminds me of the infameous line from the fameous political scientist, Britney Spears:

Honestly, I think we should just trust our president in every decision he makes and should just support that, you know, and be faithful in what happens.


How very deep.

Gas Prices and Oil Profits

Think about this, Exxon Mobil, the company responsible for the Exxon Valdez oil spill, made a record $42 BILLION (with a "B") dollars in profit in 2004, up from $32 BILLION the year before. I believe that in 2005 they made $61 BILLION.

You know what they made in 2002, before we invaded Iraq?

$18 BILLION.

They DOUBLED their profits in the year we invaded Iraq.

And you wonder why Gas is $2.50 a gallon?