Archive of Articles for July, 2007

News From "G Tro N," D.C.

[ Posted Thursday, July 19th, 2007 – 18:03 UTC ]

In other news from "G Tro N," D.C., FEMA appears to have been taken over by laywers who care more about protecting the agency's rear end than about U.S. citizens' health.

This falls into the realm of shocking and disgusting.

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Will Maliki Get The U.S. Out Of Iraq?

[ Posted Wednesday, July 18th, 2007 – 04:30 UTC ]

As I write this, the United States Senate is many hours into a remarkable all-night session debating how to end the Iraq war. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has called this marathon session to highlight the Republicans' obstructionism on putting together a reasonable plan to end the slaughter of U.S. troops in Iraq. Republicans, of course, decried the all-nighter as merely a political stunt.

They're right. It is just a political stunt. But it's a doozy!

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Religious Intolerance In The Senate Gallery

[ Posted Tuesday, July 17th, 2007 – 21:20 UTC ]

This statement is so wrong in so many ways, it's almost hard to count them. If the Founding Fathers (many of whom were Deists), could read this today, they'd either be outraged at what is being said in their names, or they would laugh long and hard at such idiocy.

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Bush = Nixon

[ Posted Monday, July 16th, 2007 – 16:31 UTC ]

But they're going to be drawing out this immense stonewalling during an election year. Republicans are already despondent over their chances next year, and the prospect of this issue coming up over and over and over again (as it works its way through the courts) next year would absolutely terrify them.

In large part, this is due to the fact that every single story will draw the inevitable conclusion that Bush is trying to "out-Nixon" Nixon. Just what Republican candidates don't want to see, while trying to win elections!

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A Look At Barack Obama

[ Posted Friday, July 13th, 2007 – 20:32 UTC ]

I have to say, after seeing all his position papers, I agree with those people who would like to believe in the whole Obama dream, but are still waiting for some meat to be put on the bare bones -- what will the Obama dream actually be defined as? Count me among the many who are still waiting for the answer to that question.

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A Look At John Edwards

[ Posted Thursday, July 12th, 2007 – 20:59 UTC ]

On Iraq, Edwards supports the immediate withdrawal of 40,000 to 50,000 U.S. troops (down to 100,000) and then the complete withdrawal of all troops within 12 to 18 months. This may be a little timid, as the public clamor for withdrawal is growing. And it is true that Edwards holds no office currently, so he is free to say whatever he thinks about Iraq without having to back his stances up by voting for one bill or another. But you have to give Edwards some credit -- of all the people running who voted for the Iraq war in the first place, Edwards was the first one (by about a year) to come out and admit he had made a mistake.

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The Wildest Presidential Election Since 1824?

[ Posted Wednesday, July 11th, 2007 – 03:05 UTC ]

But what if a half century, or even a full century (it all depends on how you define "heir apparent," apparently...) isn't long enough to hearken back in American history to find a more chaotic election? What if we have to reach back to the dim and distant past of 1825 for an equivalent event?

Since I've raised the question of what would happen if the presidential race were actually decided in the House, I will follow that thought out onto its limb and make a prediction how it will all turn out.

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A Look At Hillary Clinton

[ Posted Tuesday, July 10th, 2007 – 16:21 UTC ]

Biggest weakness : The media's focus on the gender issue. Hillary has to walk not just one tightrope, but many. It's all about how the media sees her -- if she is aggressive and decisive they scream "cold, calculating, dominating" and all of that -- and if she tries to show her human side or exhibit any charisma whatsoever, the media focuses on "she's appealing to the woman vote, she looks awkward, she'll never eclipse Bill." Seems she can't win. No wonder she hires so many consultants -- her campaign is "under the microscope" more than any other candidate, with the possible exception of Obama and the race issue. But this winds up (no matter which way she plays it) as a "weakness" to the media. Maybe not so much to voters.

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When Hippies Go Bad -- The Hypocrisy Of Al Franken's Opponent

[ Posted Monday, July 9th, 2007 – 14:28 UTC ]

This letter was written by Norm Kent, who sits on the Board of Directors of NORML.
Media coverage of the letter has been sparse, to date. There have been a few stories in the local Minnesota press, and one on AirAmerica Minnesota's website, but I feel this needs wider attention.

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Final Words On Libby: Censure Bush And Move On

[ Posted Friday, July 6th, 2007 – 17:54 UTC ]

Whereas in commuting Mr. Libby’s sentence, President Bush has finally and unalterably breached any remaining shred of trust that he had left with the American people and rewarded political loyalty while flouting the rule of law: Now, therefore let be it —

Resolved, That the United States Congress does hereby censure George W. Bush, President of the United States, and does condemn his decision to commute the portion of Mr. Libby’s sentence that required him to spend thirty months in prison, his unconscionable abuse of his authority with regard to the deceitful chain of events concerning the falsifying intelligence on Iraqi nuclear capabilities and the exaggeration of the threat posed by Iraq, his involvement in the clear political retaliation against former Ambassador and Ms. Wilson, and his decision to reward the perjury of Mr. Libby, which effectively protected President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and other Administration officials from further scrutiny.

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