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Month: August 2005

Bush in Balance

Bush in Balance

Bush was keeping his life in balance when Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast on Tuesday. He had some partying on his schedule that could not be interrupted by a hurricane. Rather than me rant about it here, I’ll direct you to Bob Harris’s blog where he has a post comparing Bush to Nero and a photo essay that juxtaposes images of what Bush was doing while Katrina wreaked havoc on the Gulf Coast. Greg Saunders also has some things…

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Where’s Andy’s Mojo?

Where’s Andy’s Mojo?

Have you seen the American Express ads promoting Andy Roddick in this year’s U.S. Open? You can see the ads here, but basically they’re about how Andy’s fun self takes his American Express card and goes out on the town to party hard while Andy’s serious tennis self stays in the hotel and rests for his tennis matches. Andy lost in the first round to Gilles Muller, a player from Luxembourg ranked 68th in the world. No doubt American Express…

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Expanding the Axis of Evil

Expanding the Axis of Evil

Robert Scheer wrote a column about the Iraqi Draft Constitution and those in power who are writing it. Here’s an excerpt: “The U.S. now has to recognize that [it] overthrew Saddam Hussein to replace him with a pro-Iranian state,” said regional expert Peter W. Galbraith, the former U.S. ambassador to Croatia and an advisor to the Iraqi Kurds. And, he could have added, a pro-Iranian state that will be repressive and unstable. Think this is an exaggeration? Consider that arguably…

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Who Are We Fighting and Why?

Who Are We Fighting and Why?

Mr. War President speaks ad nauseum about the War on Terror being waged in Iraq and how we are there to fight the “terrorists” so we don’t have to fight them at home. But who are we fighting and why? Are they all terrorists? Sean Gonsalvez has some answers in his Tuesday column: Most experts agree the insurgency is made up of mostly Iraqi Sunni Muslims and Baath Party loyalists. The International Institute for Strategic Studies recently estimated there are…

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War? What War?

War? What War?

Like our own nation’s founders over two centuries ago, the Iraqis are grappling with difficult issues, such as the role of the federal government. What is important is that Iraqis are now addressing these issues through debate and discussion — not at the barrel of a gun. That’s a direct quote from President Bush’s Saturday Radio Address. I kid you not! “Not at the barrel of a gun.” Is he really that clueless? Here’s an excerpt from an Independent/UK article…

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Update on the most “gagged” person in United States history.

Update on the most “gagged” person in United States history.

In case you don’t know, the most “gagged” person is none other than Sibel Edmonds, a linguist hired and fired shortly after 9/11. Some background here and here. After her testimony before congress in 2002, the unusual step was taken, 2 years later in 2004, to retroactively classify her testimony. Here are two letters written in 2002, by Sen. Leahy and Sen. Grassley, as well as, the transcript from her appearance on the Oct. 27, 2002 episode of 60 Minutes….

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Hand Slaps from the Right

Hand Slaps from the Right

Curiosity got the best of me today, so I went surfing around the right-wing web sites to see if I could find any outright condemnation of Robertson’s remarks. Granted, I don’t spend a lot of time on the wingnut sites, but I am familiar with a few of them. I started at the web site for The Christian Coalition – the organization founded by Robertson after his failed run for the presidency in 1989. Roberston stepped down from his post…

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Krugenomics

Krugenomics

Please read this excellent column by Paul Krugman in the Friday New York Times. Excerpt: For the last few months there has been a running debate about the U.S. economy, more or less like this: American families: “We’re not doing very well.” Washington officials: “You’re wrong – you’re doing great. Here, look at these statistics!” (big snip… read the whole damn column here.) You may ask where economic growth is going, if it isn’t showing up in wages. That’s easy…

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Who’s Screwing Up America?

Who’s Screwing Up America?

I checked Bernard Goldberg’s list of the 100 People Who are Screwing Up America, and did not find Pat Robertson on the list. Maybe he’ll make the paperback version. If he does, which one of these evil America haters will he bump off the list? Jimmy Carter Paul Krugman Al Gore Bill Moyers Al Franken Harry Belafonte Barbra Streisand My money is on Belafonte.