Oh the irony! John Kerry makes a comment that might be construed as a disparaging remark on education and military service in America, and Republicans cry like babies (and rather similar to all those Muslims who decried the Danish cartoon, Jack Straw’s veil comments, etc.), demanding apologies for daring to offend……oh the irony.
The real reason they are pouncing so hard on this one itty bitty comment is that they wish to distract America from the real problem: American soldiers dying in Iraq for…..what exactly? Republicans don’t really want to answer that question, so anything to deflect.
Just one more week of this nonsense.
You can’t help but feel sorry for Mr. Cheney who yet again claims that our democratic process here in America inspires terrorists to increase their attacks. Oh how he would love to have a dictatorship here in America, then terrorists wouldn’t supposedly time their attacks based on our democratic process. As Josh Marshall says:
Cheney: American democracy at fault for rising tide of Iraq violence.
Are Republicans really buying this load of crap from Cheney? Who else could be his audience?
It seems one of our “allies” in the “war on terror,” Kyrgyzstan, has ties to organized crime around the world. How far are Americans willing to go in sacrificing our principles for our security?
Can’t say it any better than this. Take it away Mr. Doonesbury
The Government Accountability Office chief warns of impending financial disaster in our nation’s fiscal and financial future. The whole article is an excellent read. We’ve got a serious problem on our hands here in America, one that has to be dealt with now. The answers and solutions to this major problem are painful and will require a sacrifice. Are Americans willing to sacrifice? You’d think so, but are politicians, the ones creating laws to solve problems willing to go on the record asking for painful solutions, or are they weak-kneed and prefer to sugar-coat fluff back at their constituents? Republicans have had six years to do something about the national debt. What have they done? Absolutely nothing. In fact, they have added to it. They reduce taxes (which is fine and dandy), but then do not counter the loss of income with a reduction in services. In fact, pork barrels have increased since 2000.
Will Democrats solve this problem? I don’t know. As a Democrat, I will push for my new Democratic representatives (Chris Carney in my House district, and Sen. Bob Casey as Senator), to do all they can to make Americans today pay down their debt, and not pass it along to our children. I want my children to not have to pay for our debts. It is not a burden we must lay on them. If we do, our generation will go down in history as one of the worst—a self-serving, me-me-me generation lacking all sense of accountability and responsibility.
Reducing taxes without the accompanying reduction in services does nothing to make a government smaller; it only makes it go further in the red, and ironically, tax our children at a far greater rate than what we are taxed today. Is this really sound policy?
This is Karl Rove’s strategy, as laid out in a piece in the LA Times. What Rove apparently has to do to keep a Republican majority is use the federal government. His strategy and the strategy of Republicans, because they apparently can’t win any other way, is to use our tax dollars (without our permission of course) to keep Republicans afloat. Continue Reading Using the Federal Government for Political Gain…
Cheney calls waterboarding a detainee a “no brainer.” Huh, so….
“If Iran or Syria detained an American, Cheney is saying that it would be perfectly fine for them to hold that American’s head under water until he nearly drowns, if that’s what they think they need to do to save Iranian or Syrian lives,” said Tom Malinowski, Washington advocacy director for Human Rights Watch.
Or is torture only good when Americans do it?
And it just gets better and better. Bush is now basically saying he was never for “staying the course.” Peter Baker says it best: Continue Reading Bush Cuts and Runs From Stay The Course…
I’m glad to see more and more coming out to give evidence of the ineffectual nature of torture techniques. Here is another. And again, the question is, if these techniques are not harmful, how can they supposedly be effective against hardened terrorists? Continue Reading Sleep Deprivation is Ineffective…
Atrios says it best:
The point of terrorism is, as the name suggests, to terrorize. Not simply to kill and destroy, but to frighten the broader population. It puzzles me why the RNC has found common cause with terrorists in their new ad campaign, and it puzzles me more why they want to highlight the fact that over 5 years after 9/11 George Bush has failed to catch the guy responsible.
It is very strange that they’re proud of this.
Who DIDN’T see this coming? Saddam (or as my high school biology teacher called him “So Damn Insane”), America’s favorite boogieman will be sentenced and convicted on Sunday, November 5, 2006. Surprised? Continue Reading Saddam Ruling Set for Two Days Before November Elections…
Dude, what is with our nation and its love of pharmaceutical drugs? Apparently now there is talk about giving Ritalin to preschooers! How early do we want our children to be hooked on drugs? How early do we want our society to rely on drugs as a crutch, without apparently caring about the side-effects of changing the chemical composition of our bodies? We take drugs to get us to go to sleep, meanwhile we drink coffee and sodas—filled with caffeine—all day long and then wonder why we can’t sleep. We feed our infants fake meals instead of breastmilk, designed specifically for the child’s needs and then wonder why they don’t grow up well. We eat plenty of foods, so much so that we are now overweight, and then wonder why we need to rely on drugs to fix the consequences of overeating when we could be just fine if we but excercise. I’m done ranting. I think this direction is bad for America. We need to get to a more natural state.
Jeff Stein, who writes for the Congressional Quarterly opines in a New York Times Op-ed about our ability or lack thereof to distinguish between Sunnis and Shi’ites. How have our leaders fared? Continue Reading Do Our Leaders Know The Enemy?…
Ah, signs of hope in the country’s midsection! Kansas Republicans are turning Democratic. I doubt Texas could be saved, but I am an optimist.
Rick Santorum’s desparation continues to increase. Now he is trying to tie the war in Iraq to Lord of the Rings by saying:
“As the hobbits are going up Mount Doom, the Eye of Mordor is being drawn somewhere else,” Santorum said, describing the tool the evil Lord Sauron used in search of the magical ring that would consolidate his power over Middle-earth.
“It’s being drawn to Iraq and it’s not being drawn to the U.S.,” Santorum continued. “You know what? I want to keep it on Iraq. I don’t want the Eye to come back here to the United States.”
Um, so Mr. Santorum, for your analogy to be correct, Frodo and Sam would be, who exactly? The Eye of Mordor was distracted by Aragorn and his army from Gondor, so that Frodo and Sam could climb the mountain and destroy Sauron’s ring. So….who exactly are Frodo and Sam in your analogy? I can see that you are comparing Aragorn’s army to our military in Iraq, apparently distracting the Eye and all the orcs from getting in the way of Frodo and Sam, but just who are Frodo and Sam in your analogy?
Or is the reality that you are so desparate now in your campaign, that you are losing so badly that you have no choice but to turn ridiculous?
Bush agreed with Thomas Friedman’s assessment that Iraq and Vietnam are similar today. What do you think? Is Iraq like Vietnam? Or does Mr. Bush know what he is even talking about?
Senator John McCain jokes that if Democrats win in November, he will commit suicide. I realize he was joking, but jeez! the desperation cry is pretty pathetic.