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Month: July 2005

Constitutional Erosion

Constitutional Erosion

Last Wednesday Ahmed Ressam was sentenced to a 22-year prison term for his role in the plot to bomb the Los Angeles International Airport on New Year’s Eve, 1999. Chief U.S. District Judge John Coughenour, who is obviously not a fan of John Ashcroft or Alberto Gonzales, had this to say at the hearing: The tragedy of Sept. 11 shook our sense of security and made us realize that we, too, are vulnerable to acts of terrorism. Unfortunately, some believe…

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Labor versus Capital

Labor versus Capital

Remember old Ross Perot and his talk about that “giant sucking sound?” Well, with the passage of CAFTA, ffFFFWHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO000000DdT! It just got louder. Here’s what old honest Abe had to say about labor versus capital around a hundred fifty years ago: “Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if Labor had not first existed. Labor is superior to capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.” -Abraham Lincoln

Do We Havta CAFTA?

Do We Havta CAFTA?

Update: I got up Thursday morning, opened the paper, got to about page three and discovered that The House passed the CAFTA bill last night by two votes. That happened before I wrote this post last night, but since my primary source of news coverage after about 5:00 p.m. is The Daily Show, well… anyway, I have changed this post accordingly. I first tuned into the CAFTA debate when I receive my June 2005 edition of The Hightower Lowdown. I…

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Black Gold

Black Gold

… The Bush administration has no plans to bring the troops home from this misguided war, which has taken a fearful toll in lives and injuries while at the same time weakening the military, damaging the international reputation of the United States, serving as a world-class recruiting tool for terrorist groups and blowing a hole the size of Baghdad in Washington’s budget. A wiser leader would begin to cut some of these losses. But the whole point of this war,…

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M I L F

M I L F

If you know what that stands for, then what do you call this “real cool” mom? …aAAAACCCKKKk gag… Oh just read it.

The Deficit President

The Deficit President

Bush likes to refer to himself as a “War President.” That he is, but he is also the “Deficit President.” The previous post talks about the tremendous federal deficit that we have accumulated in the five years that Bush has been president and how he and Congress have no real plan to reduce it. Sure, Bush recently bragged about a reduction in the size of the deficit and claimed that it was proof his economic “stimulus” package that was passed…

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Boom Boom Boom Boom

Boom Boom Boom Boom

Bob Herbert wrote a great column for The New York Times today titled “What Bush Doesn’t Know.” Here’s the money quote: There is still no indication that the Bush administration recognizes the utter folly of its war in Iraq, which has been like a constant spray of gasoline on the fire of global terrorism. What was required in the aftermath of Sept. 11 was an intense, laserlike focus by America and its allies on Al Qaeda-type terrorism. That is what…

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Location of one London bomb in doubt.

Location of one London bomb in doubt.

The survivor located closest to one of the explosions has expressed doubt as to whether the bomb was carried aboard the train in a rucksack. He and Crystal were helped out of the carriage. As they made their way out, a policeman pointed out where the bomb had been. “The policeman said ‘mind that hole, that’s where the bomb was’. The metal was pushed upwards as if the bomb was underneath the train. They seem to think the bomb was…

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McCrack

McCrack

This post is for you regular readers of The Boondocks that until today had never heard of Steve Stoute. I had never heard of him either, but I do know how to Google. Here’s what I found: As head of McDonald’s latest campaign, Hip-Hop mogul Steve Stoute is set to recruit urban clothing lines to help redesign the fast food giant’s uniforms. … “McDonald’s has evolved and become a lifestyle brand. Since it now is relevant to our lifestyle, let’s…

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Hunter S. Thompson’s Birthday

Hunter S. Thompson’s Birthday

Hunter Stockton Thompson was born July 18, 1939 in Louisville, Kentucky. Here are a few quotes from the doctor: America… just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable. In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile. If I’d written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about…

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