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Month: June 2005

Support the Vets?

Support the Vets?

Senator Patty Murray introduced a bill last April to increase funding for the Veterans Administration because her calculations showed the program was seriously underfunded. The bill was voted down primarily because Jim Nicholson, the VA Administrator since February 2005, wrote a letter in April 2005 saying, “I can assure you that VA does not need emergency supplemental funds in FY 2005 to continue to provide the timely, quality service that is always our goal… But certainly for the remainder of…

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Cliffs Notes to Bush’s Speech

Cliffs Notes to Bush’s Speech

I didn’t listen to the speech on the drive home yesterday, but I did read through it this morning. Here’s a quick summary: My greatest responsibility is to protect you. Terror! September 11, 2001 Terrorists! BOO! September 11th Iraq is the latest battlefield in this war. Terrorists kill people. Osama bin Laden is bad and wants to kill you. BOO! September 11th Terrorists and insurgents September 11th Support our Troops! Fly the flag. Please join the Armed Forces. September 11th…

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A Long Bloody War

A Long Bloody War

Over two years ago, our military cruised through Iraq and took over the Iraqi capitol of Baghdad. On May 1, 2003 our glorious leader was flewn onto the USS Abraham Lincoln off the coast of San Diego and, after parading around his stuffed flight suit, he had this to say: Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed. (Applause.) And now our coalition is engaged in securing and…

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Burning Flags, Credibility, and a sick cartoon

Burning Flags, Credibility, and a sick cartoon

It’s been a couple days since I posted anything and there’s plenty to write about, but I don’t have the time. So rather than ramble on here, I’ll just point you to a few noteworthy items out there. The House passed the controversial “flag burning” amendment on Wednesday. It’s now in the hands of the Senate. Go here for an excellent commentary by Greg Saunders posted at This Modern World about why it’s so ridiculous to amend the Constitution to…

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Forbidden Words Obscure the Truth

Forbidden Words Obscure the Truth

On June 14th, Senator Dick Durbin had the courage to speak the Truth when he stood before the Senate and said: When you read some of the graphic descriptions of what has occurred here [at Guantanamo Bay]–I almost hesitate to put them in the [Congressional] Record, and yet they have to be added to this debate. Let me read to you what one FBI agent saw. And I quote from his report: On a couple of occasions, I entered interview…

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Something fishy went down one year ago today…

Something fishy went down one year ago today…

On 06/22/2004, $2,401,600,000 was loaded onto a cargo plane and flown to Baghdad. While that is odd, even more odd is that it was all in $100 bills, a mere 6 days before the country was “returned” to Iraq governance. The Fed was opened on a Sunday, and the largest transfer of funds in the U.S., occurred. Where did this money go? What was it used for?

Evil Dick

Evil Dick

Dick Cheney said this about Howard Dean during an interview on Fox News Channel’s Hannity & Colmes. “I’ve never been able to understand his appeal. Maybe his mother loved him, but I’ve never met anybody who does. He’s never won anything, as best I can tell.” Howard Dean was elected of governor of Vermont FIVE TIMES.

Happy Birthday to Ian McEwan

Happy Birthday to Ian McEwan

Today is Ian McEwan’s 57th birthday. Here are a couple of quotations from this great novelist: By measuring individual human worth, the novelist reveals the full enormity of the State’s crime when it sets out to crush that individuality. Politics is the enemy of the imagination. And here’s a quote from his latest novel, Saturday. This is the voice of Theo, the 18-year-old son of the book’s main character, Henry Perowne. When we go on about the big things, the…

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The Great Misleader

The Great Misleader

Things haven’t been going so well for Bush lately. The insurgency in Iraq has proven to be quite resilient and has escalated its attacks over the past couple of months. Recent polls show that the American people don’t approve of Bush’s handling of the war. But rather than come up with solutions that might get the people behind him, he has resorted to making misleading statements again. During his weekly radio address on Saturday, Bush said: “We went to war…

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