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I Think I Need a Nap

I Think I Need a Nap

Seriously… I think that lack of quality sleep is the reason for not posting much of anything since the election.  I was wired during the months leading up to it, and with the win came great relief, but not so much sleep.  So what?  Well in this morning’s paper I read: Just in time for the holidays, some medical advice most people will like: Take a nap. Interrupting sleep seriously disrupts memory-making, compelling new research suggests. But on the flip…

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Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

What are you thankful for? Me? I am most thankful that my dog Lucy made it back home from her wild adventure yesterday. Yesterday, Seattle was surprised by a midafternoon thunderstorm. Lucy hates thunder and lightning even more than than taking a bath. I only heard a couple of thunder claps and was comfortable knowing that Lucy was safe at home, probably sleeping on my bed. Upon arriving home I discovered that she was not in the house.  At first…

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October Surprise for 2006

October Surprise for 2006

So, here we are at the start of October and I am wondering what brainiac Karl Rove has planned for this year’s midterm elections. According to Newsmax.com, last month he promised political insiders an “October Surprise”. He has made similar promises in the past. In 2004, he told Sean Hannity that he had a “few surprises”. Hmmm. So, what was this mastermind able to come up with? I have only been able to come up with 2 items that are…

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In Defence of Our Democracy

In Defence of Our Democracy

Under the guise of preserving the security of the state, secret agencies monitor its citizens’ telephone communications without reference to a court or any meaningful legislative oversight; massive amounts of information are gathered and analysed from banks, libraries and other institutions used by the country’s citizens; enemies of the state are held in secret prisons overseas, hidden from the Red Cross or any independent monitoring, and subjected to interrogation using abusive techniques that might very well rise to the level…

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9-12

9-12

The five-year anniversary of 9-11 made me tired.  It’s come and gone and I had nothing to say about it here.  Why?  So many mixed emotions.  It was a shocking event-one that unified our divided country and pulled together countries around the world to fight together against the Taliban and Al Qaeda.  That didn’t last long.  The Bush Administration gave up on Osama and politicized the event so they could move forward with their plans to secure the second-largest oil…

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Crazy Talk

Crazy Talk

Remember that crazy guy that was running for President back before the Iraq War?  You know… that “screaming” guy who had things like this to say in a February 2003 speech: The Bush Administration’s policies at home and abroad are reckless and just plain wrong. We can do better. … Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda and their allies have murdered thousands of Americans and vowed to murder more. The threat they pose is imminent, constant and substantial. It cannot be deterred….

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Things are Looking Up… for Fascists

Things are Looking Up… for Fascists

On Monday The New York Times reported this: The median hourly wage for American workers has declined 2 percent since 2003, after factoring in inflation. The drop has been especially notable, economists say, because productivity – the amount that an average worker produces in an hour and the basic wellspring of a nation’s living standards – has risen steadily over the same period. As a result, wages and salaries now make up the lowest share of the nation’s gross domestic…

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A New Accountability Moment

A New Accountability Moment

Shortly after winning the 2004 presidential election, George W Bush boasted that he had saved political capital and that he intended to spend it. And in talking of the growing mess in Iraq, and the culpability of his administration, he said this: “We had an accountability moment, and that’s called the 2004 elections”, his meaning being, he made clear, that the American people had demonstrated their satisfaction with his performance by returning him to office. Well as we all know,…

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Roche Harbor Street Blog

Roche Harbor Street Blog

My cousin emailed this photo to me along with some information about the author.  He is a registered Republican and retired military.  He had to get a county permit for the sign and does not get any local press.  The only people that seem to get upset are some of the neighbors, so he decided to give it a rest for the summer.  Who needs local press when you can be on the worldwide internet? We’ll be looking forward to some…

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How to Lose Friends and Influence at the U.N.

How to Lose Friends and Influence at the U.N.

Republican Senator George Voinovich was the sole GOP member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to balk at President Bush’s nomination of John Bolton to be the United States Ambassador to the United Nations. His opposition, along with that of every Democratic member of the committee was based on well founded fears that Bolton’s abrasive, even obnoxious demeanour, his confrontational style, arrogance and bluster, would detract from our efforts to effect management reform at the U.N and would not be…

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