Trouble Ahead in South Asia

September 30, 2006 at 12:08 pm | Posted in Pakistan, War on Terror, World Events | 2 Comments

Uh oh, this is not looking good for South Asia. Indian police claim it was Pakistani spy agency that masterminded the horrific bombing back in July that killed over 200 people. India bore with patience the follow-up, instead of coming out with guns blazing. What is going to happen now?

The Ad Democrats Should Use

September 30, 2006 at 2:43 am | Posted in American politics, internet predators, Republicans | Leave a comment

In the wake of a new scandal that seems to envelop Republican leadership in the House, started by Rep. Foley of Florida who resigned effectively immediately, Democrats have an opportunity to bury Republicans for good this November. As one on Daily Kos said:

“Republicans trusted a pedophile to protect your children from predators. Can you trust them to protect you from terrorism?”

What is this all about? Continue Reading The Ad Democrats Should Use…

Ten Hours vs. Three Days

September 28, 2006 at 6:28 pm | Posted in American politics, Democracy, King George, Torture, War on Terror | 2 Comments

Paul Kiel on TPMuckraker has an interesting comparison of this detainee bill today, and the marriage and family bill of June.

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A Sad Day For America

September 28, 2006 at 5:30 pm | Posted in American politics, Democracy, King George, Republicans, Torture, War on Terror | 4 Comments

Today is the day the United States Senate votes to give the President of the United States full authority to detain whomever he pleases for however long he pleases, to do what he pleases to them, including American citizens, with no ability for that individual to challenge his detention. This is one of, if not, the saddest days in American history. How many of our children will never forigve us for the world we give to them?

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If You Want Information, Don’t Torture, Inquire of the Lord!

September 28, 2006 at 3:19 am | Posted in American politics, Church, Iraq, King George, Mormon, Religion, Torture, War on Terror | 11 Comments

What is the supposed purpose and design of torture….er, for our Republican crowd, “alternative set of procedures?” It is to get information, supposedly, right? What if, instead of torturing detainees….er, using alternative set of procedures….what if we ask God to reveal the movement of the enemy for us? The Apostle James has said: “If any of ye lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to men liberally.” Why torture when God can tell you by simply kneeling in prayer? Moreover, which source of information would you trust more? A terrorist or the God of Heaven and Earth?

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Cartoon of the Day

September 27, 2006 at 6:52 pm | Posted in American politics, Iraq, King George, War on Terror | Leave a comment

—By Stuart Carlson

White House Refuses to Release Full Report

September 27, 2006 at 6:17 pm | Posted in American politics, Iraq, King George, Republicans, War on Terror | 5 Comments

Anyone surprised? Elections are coming up in just a few weeks, and the White House refuses to release the full NIE, that surely will tell it how it is: That our actions in Iraq are furthering terror rather than decreasing it. You want proof? Take a look at the numbers. You’ll see that the number of incidents since the War in Iraq started tripled around the world. So yet again, the Bush administration won’t reveal to the public what the public should know about the war, because in the end it will mean that Republicans will lose their jobs. After all, who wants to vote for failures?

PS: I think this will be fully declassified in like January, well safe from election consequences……

Casey Leads Santorum in Pennsylvania

September 26, 2006 at 11:31 pm | Posted in American politics, Democracy, Pennsylvania, Republicans | 1 Comment

Good news out of the Keystone State, Senator Rick Santorum is trailing Democratic contender Bob Casey by a whopping 14 points! Santorum’s negative advertising is not having an effect, mainly because, well, it just isn’t accurate. Meanwhile, Casey’s ads portray himself very well, and his negative advertising against Santorum play well with the mood against Republicans and George Bush.

War in Iraq Worsens Terror Threat Part II

September 26, 2006 at 11:18 pm | Posted in American politics, Iraq, King George, War on Terror | Leave a comment

So Bush has declassified a section of the NIE (National Intelligence Estimate) prepared back in April 2006 that was leaked to the press a few days ago. And if you look at it ( here in PDF ), or the analysis found here on the Washington Post, you’ll find that indeed their claim is accurate. The War in Iraq worsens the terror threat to America….

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Quote of the Day

September 26, 2006 at 8:01 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles.

—Ayn Rand, Capitalism, the Unknown Ideal

Normally I’m not a fan of Ms. Rand, but sometimes she says pretty wise things.

John Bolton Confirmation Dead

September 26, 2006 at 3:35 pm | Posted in American politics, King George, United Nations | 5 Comments

Some good news for realists and those who have hoped for better days for America at the UN and in the world; John Bolton’s confirmation hearings in the Senate are now dead and done. He will not be confirmed as Ambassador to the UN. There are things Bush can do to keep him there, such as appoint him in recess again, but that would mean Mr. Bolton would be a volunteer, rather than get paid. He will, however, go down in history as the only UN Ambassador from the United States to not be confirmed by the Senate. A pretty ignominious position to be in, methinks. What do you all think?

The Truth About Who Advocated a “Cut and Run” Policy in Somalia in 1993

September 25, 2006 at 7:13 pm | Posted in American politics, Bill Clinton, Foxnews, Republicans, Revising History, Somalia, War on Terror | 5 Comments

Glen Greenwald has done a fabulous job on his blog to showcase the real culprits of the reduction of forces in Somalia in 1993. This past Sunday, on FoxNews (the right-wing propaganda machine) Clinton defended his actions in Somalia in the face of lies and false accusations.

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Know Thine Enemy?

September 25, 2006 at 6:49 pm | Posted in Afghanistan, American politics, Iraq, King George, War on Terror | Leave a comment

Sun Tzu warned us long long ago in a country far far away to know our enemies, lest we fail against them. In an example of just how little we know our supposed enemy today, look at President Bush trying to label this enemy:

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Rovian Tactics Are Here to Stay

September 25, 2006 at 2:51 pm | Posted in America, American politics, Democracy, King George | 28 Comments

At least that is the gist of this article in newsweek. It seems the tactics of fear and smear will not be going away for a while to come. Maybe until Bush passes away so that he won’t be tried for treason for violating the Constitution…..

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Choose The Right

September 25, 2006 at 2:29 pm | Posted in American politics, Religion, Torture | 3 Comments

I quoted “Do What is Right” earlier, one of the hymns in our LDS Hymnbook, in relation to how we should respond to the unfortunate decision to legalize torture in America. Let me share another hymn called Choose The Right

Choose the right, when a choice is placed before you.
In the right, the Holy Spirit guides;
And its light is forever shining o’er you,
When in the right your heart confides.

Choose the right! Choose the right!
Let wisdom mark the way before.
In its light, choose the right!
And God will bless you evermore.

Choose the right! Let no spirit of digression
Overcome you in the evil hour.
There’s the right and the wrong to every question;
Be safe through inspiration’s power.

Choose the right! Choose the right!
Let wisdom mark the way before.
In its light, choose the right!
And God will bless you evermore.

Choose the right! There is peace in righteous doing.
Choose the right! There’s safety for the soul.
Choose the right! In all labors you’re persuing.
Let God and heaven be your goal.

Choose the right! Choose the right!
Let wisdom mark the way before.
In its light, choose the right!
And God will bless you evermore.

The Thirteenth Article of Faith states:

13 We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

In the words of King Benjamin, and now, if you believe all these things see that ye do them.

Losing Afghanistan

September 25, 2006 at 2:18 pm | Posted in Afghanistan, American politics, King George, War on Terror | Leave a comment

Newsweek’s cover story this week in all its papers, except America is the following, called Losing Afghanistan. I wonder why they don’t show this in America’s paper? Do they think America can’t handle such a hard hitting article? Or was there some pressure from the Bush Administration? It is good to see others catching this discrepancy.

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The Wrongness of Torture

September 24, 2006 at 4:37 am | Posted in American politics, King George, Republicans, Torture, War on Terror | Leave a comment

Aldous Huxley said the following:

“The people who make wars, the people who reduce their fellows to slavery, the people who kill and torture and tell lies in the name of their sacred causes, the really evil people in a word – these are never the publicans [barkeeps] and the sinners. No, they’re the virtuous, respectable men, who have the finest feelings, the best brains, the noblest ideals.”

I keep pressing this issue because America needs to decide now, before the November elections if it truly wants to become the first democratic, civilized, western nation to institutionalize and legalize torture.

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War In Iraq Worsens Terror Threat

September 24, 2006 at 12:59 am | Posted in America, American politics, Iraq, King George, Republicans, War on Terror | 12 Comments

How about that? Isn’t that what we’ve been saying all along? Now intelligence agencies are agreeing with Democrats who were against the war from the beginning, saying that the War in Iraq is a distraction from the real war on terror, and from what I personally have been saying, that our actions in Iraq are increasing terrorist attacks rather than decreasing them.

The classified National Intelligence Estimate attributes a more direct role to the Iraq war in fueling radicalism than that presented either in recent White House documents or in a report released Wednesday by the House Intelligence Committee, according to several officials in Washington involved in preparing the assessment or who have read the final document.

The intelligence estimate, completed in April, is the first formal appraisal of global terrorism by United States intelligence agencies since the Iraq war began, and represents a consensus view of the 16 disparate spy services inside government. Titled “Trends in Global Terrorism: Implications for the United States,’’ it asserts that Islamic radicalism, rather than being in retreat, has metastasized and spread across the globe.

An opening section of the report, “Indicators of the Spread of the Global Jihadist Movement,” cites the Iraq war as a reason for the diffusion of jihad ideology.

The report “says that the Iraq war has made the overall terrorism problem worse,” said one American intelligence official.

I remind you what Porter Goss said in February 2005 about the war in Iraq as an aide in helping recruit terrorists.

“Islamic extremists are exploiting the Iraqi conflict to recruit new anti-U.S. jihadists,” CIA Director Porter J. Goss told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Com’on America! See the writing on the wall. The Bush Administration is not protecting you! Republicans are not protecting you! The more we “stay the course” in Iraq, the worse it will be for us.

Bill Clinton Rips FoxNews!

September 23, 2006 at 2:57 pm | Posted in American politics, Bill Clinton, Foxnews | 7 Comments


Bill Clinton is working hard in helping poor people around the world, raising to this point 7.3 billion dollars from various people, including from Richard Branson, who donated a whopping 3 billion dollars! So Clinton is doing good things. He is invited to Foxnews to talk about his good works, but…..well, this is Foxnews we’re talking about…..what is the first question? Think Progress has the transcript for the show to appear this Sunday. Read on….

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Secrets in Afghanistan: Torture and Death

September 23, 2006 at 2:44 pm | Posted in American politics, King George, Torture, War on Terror | 4 Comments

This is a great article in the LA Times on a national guard group in Afghanistan that, because of the confusion from the White House down, tortured and killed detainees in their control. What’s more, they were able to hide these crimes for the past four years. I think we’re going to see more and more torture and death of prisoners in American control in the future, now that King George got his way to legalize torture.

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