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Monday, October 31, 2005|
Oh for someone to protect us from Canada
Yes, the United States has an illegal immigration problem. But most of the illegal immigrants come from poor, undeveloped countries. Yet, some people believe that the problem of illegal immigration comes from Canada. Yep, English (and French) speaking Canada. Yes, that country north of us that has universal health care and Wal-Marts that sell sex toys. For some reason the "Minutemen" think that Canadians are storming over our border to take low paying jobs that don't have health insurance at Wal-Marts that do not sell sex toys away from Americans. The other problem with the "Minutemen" is they couldn't find the border and briefly wandered into Canada, becoming illegal immigrants in the process. Talk about being part of the problem and not part of the solution. And someone needs to learn how to use a GPS. If you think illegal immigration from Canada is a problem, compare these numbers:
Border Patrol statistics show the contrast well: The post covering Vermont has 295 miles of boundary and made about 1,900 arrests last year.By comparison, the McAllen, Tex., post -- which has about 40 fewer miles of border -- made 134,000 arrests.Yep that's a problem and I don't think it's with the Canadian border.
Donations from the Crypt
All this time I thought credit card conservatives wanted to repeal the estate tax in order to create a welfare program for rich kids. I find out that the dead can donate to political parties from the grave. I didn't know the undead could be a special interest group. Campaign finance laws still apply to the dead, for now.
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Tim Kaine Building Momentum
The latest polling shows Tim Kaine squeaking out a small lead over Jerry Kilgore. All of Jerry Kilgore's negative ads have backfired. Now voters perceive Jerry Kilgore as mean spirited and dishonest. Jerry Kilgore tried using the "L" word, it didn't work. I think voters are getting tired of the credit card conservative solution to everything, which is to cut taxes and cut taxes some more. It only benefits the few like Paris Hilton. Jerry Kilgore tried to paint Tim Kaine as soft on crime. Yeah, when the latest person to commit treason was Irving Libby who is a Republican. (No, I will not call him scooter. That's an insult to Vespas, Stellas, Kymcos, Burgmans and other two-wheeled vehicles that are defined as a scooter.) Oh and Chris Craddock has a leadfoot and "forgot" to display his car inspection sticker. Now, the negative ads say Tim Kaine is a flip-floper. What a person is not entitled to change his mind? And hysteria like "the largest tax increase in Virginia's history", well those school teachers don't pay themselves. Those roads don't pave themselves. Why is it only Americans whine about taxes? Europeans don't, and they get a lot back from their taxes in the form of government services. Another big handicap is George W Bush's support for Jerry Kilgore. It is really hurting Jerry Kilgore with independents and moderates. You remember them? The big middle? They're kind of important since they are the deciding factor in an election. And remember Republicans hate hard working Americans.
George Allen and John Warner Hate Working Americans
From Skippy I found this story about the Senate voting down an increase in the minimum wage. And how did the two Senators from the Commonwealth of Virginia vote? They both voted against increasing the minimum wage from $5.15 to $6.25 an hour. Why do George Allen and John Warner hate working Americans? It was a lousy $1.10 an hour. That's a $2288 a year raise for the working poor. It's not that much of a raise for the senators who make $162,000 a year, but to someone who makes $10,712 a year it means being able pay rent and buy food. The minimum wage has not increased since 1997. I guess Wal-Mart can trust Allen and Warner to do its bidding.
George Allen is up for re-election next year and is alledgely a front runner for president in 2008. Virginia cannot afford to have George Allen as its Senator and America cannot afford to George Allen as its President.
Time for Tim
According to Oliver Willis, this week is Tim Kaine Week. As you can tell by my links I am biased for Tim Kaine in this year's elections. Tim Kaine has made an incredible turnaround, the race is now a dead heat and it will all depend upon voter turn out. So, if you live in Virginia, don't forget to vote November 8!!
Saturday, October 29, 2005
American Traitors and Domestic Terrorists - Their Real Political affiliation: Ryan Anderson
Ryan Anderson was a member of the Washington state National Guard who was getting ready for a deployment to Iraq when he was arrested for attempting to aid the enemy. When he was arrested at Ft. Lewis, WA in 2004, it was hailed as a major victory in the War Against Terror.
Before he converted to Islam, he was a right-wing militia man wannabe. He was a fanatic about gun rights. He was even arrested for walking by an elementary school while openly carrying two rifles. This is something right wing pundits want you to forget. Especially Michelle Malkin would like you to overlook his extreme right wing politics. I would bet that Ms Malacanang would actually like the pre-Islamic Ryan Anderson and those two would have a lot in common like hate for liberals and a love for guns and moral superiority. Well, Ryan probably wouldn't like her because she wasn't white. But here are some select quotes of Ryan Anderson's.
I am a die-hard Christian, and I do believe in America, I believe a great deal of what I have been told the Militias are defending against, even if only ideologically.1996, obviously this is before he converted to Islam.
According to the The Seattle Times
Military and federal law-enforcement authorities believe that Spc. Anderson's desire to be part of a group may have led him from the lure of one political fringe — the right-wing patriot movement of rural America — to exploring Islamic extremism in Internet chat rooms and offering to help in the cause.
Mainstream Muslims thought that Anderson was unbalanced.
At the Masjid Omar Al-Farooq mosque in Mountlake Terrace, some worshippers arriving for Friday afternoon prayers yesterday remembered Anderson attending services briefly about two years ago. They said the young man stood out among the largely Pakistani and Indian members.
"He looked American. I thought maybe he was a recent convert," said Khaled Zaki, 15, who recognized Anderson's picture on the news.
Zaki's father, Mohab, described mosque members as particularly peaceful and quiet. Gesturing to the two-story wooden building where men in crocheted skullcaps and prayer shawls entered, he said, "This is God's home. Anybody who comes here stands before God."
Responding to reports that Anderson had visited a Tukwila mosque and tried to interest worshippers in learning to shoot rifles and guns, Zaki said, "This isn't a place to talk about guns. We wouldn't have listened to that."
Fortunately Ryan Anderson did not have access to classified information and the damage to national security was minimal. For more information about the Ryan Anderson case, click here.
Interesting, spell checker has Malkin corrected as malign and Malacanang as malignant. Special thanks to David Neiwert's blog Orcinus for blogging about this long before I even started blogging.
My blog is worth not much
Unfortunately, $5000 doesn't get you much in the Metro DC area. It might be enough for a used Volvo.
Bush is in deep doo-doo (It's a family thing)
A poll released by Elon University shows that President Bush's approval ratings among people affiated with the military is declining. HOWEVER, (yes that is a big however) the poll defined military personnel as
active-duty, reserve, retired or veteran members of the militarythat's a pretty broad definition and a very small sample of 80 out of 539 adults living in North Carolina. It only covered one state with a large military prescence, Ft Bragg and Parris Island are located there. What does that say about the rest of the military? Whether the Democrats can take the military vote remains to be seen.
Rambo is back!
Yes, the badass who helped the mujahadeen defeat the Soviet Union and single handedly answered our Viet Nam POW/MIA question is back. Intitial word is that Rambo will rescue a kidnapped young girl. Because we all know they only way to deal with pedophiles is to destroy the town they live in. Neighbors? Schneighbors. Who cares if they get driven out of town. Just by living next door to the pervert, they deserve it.
Hmmm, this is what I think the plot should be changed to. After a falling out with the mujahadeen, Rambo goes to Iraq and rescues Scott Speicher singlehandedly. Rambo does something that 150K American soldiers in Iraq can't do (or don't have the time to do), that is rescue Scott Speicher. No word on whether Rambo can defeat his former homies, the mujahadeen.
Just remember, it's called fiction for a reason.
Friday, October 28, 2005
Make it stop!
While watching The Tonight Show I just watched a fat kid remove his underwear without removing his shorts. Now I must go wash my eyes and go to bed.
Fitzmas Cat Blogging
Someone profited from Hurricane Katrina
Scooters and other fuel efficient vehicles are becoming all the rage with local politicians these days as they try to find ways to save energy because of skyrocketing fuel costs. Some states have temporarily rolled back gas taxes. While others have closed schools for a couple of days (I guess I know what that state's priority is). Yet, Exxon-Mobile made record profits in its third quarter this year. I have nothing against companies making money, but big corporations have a responsibility to do no harm to ordinary people. So states are losing valuable tax revenue, you know the money that pays for roads, bridges and mass transportation. Schools are being closed because of high fuel prices and someone made a shitload of money off of it. Lucky you if you own shares in any of the big oil companies. Hmm, maybe Jimmy Carter's idea of a windfall profits tax was a good idea.
So keep buying the fuel-efficient vehicles and energy-efficient appliances, the less energy you use, the less money goes into these money grabbers hands.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Is it Fitzmas yet?
Well it's supposed to be tomorrow. I am so tired of waiting. All I want for Fitzmas is for some traitors to be indicted. That's all I'm asking for.
One day I will do a post about the actual political affliation of America's worst spies, traitors and terrorists.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Michael Steele runs away from the Republican Party
Michael Steele officially announces his run for the Senate. He is running for Paul Sarbannes (D-MD) seat. Yet when he made his announcement he said some interesting things.
Steele delivered a rousing populist speech that never mentioned his Republican Party affiliation and appeared to take swipes at both parties, including the same Washington insiders who urged him to enter the race and financed his exploratory committee.Hmmm, if you don't want to be affiated with a party, why not run as a third part candidate? Oh that's right, they don't win. Are you ashamed of your party Mr Steele?
If the speech is any indication, Steele's campaign will avoid highlighting his social conservatism and his longtime ties to national Republican politics and politicians -- he is antiabortion, has served on the Republican National Committee's executive committee, and his first fundraiser was headlined by White House adviser Karl Rove.Is being a Republican no longer a good thing? I thought moral values were the number one campaign issue for Republicans. Except when you run in a blue state. Hmmm, so that's how right wing extremists who are so far out of the mainstream get elected. They run away from their records. And he's good friends of Karl Rove's, nothing further needs to be said there.
But Steele's social views are far different from Ehrlich's, and polls show his opposition to abortion and to the death penalty -- both stances he says are derived from his Catholic faith -- are unpopular in Maryland.So that's why he's keeping that stand low key. Hmm if some people really knew how he felt, he'd have approval ratings like Rick Santorum's, or George W. Bush's.
Beware of Michael Steele. He's just another right-wing, wacko, credit card conservative.
A reversal on Davis-Bacon
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, aWol signed an executive order suspending the Davis-Bacon Act in the areas damaged by the hurricane. Now, the White House flip-flops. Effective November 8, Davis-Bacon goes back into effect. That means federal contractors will have to pay the local prevailing wage to its employees. Hopefully, this will speed up reconstruction in the afflicted areas.
Look out for something sneaky, like the Department of Labor lowering the local prevailing wage. After all, aWol will find a way to screw the working man. Especially the poor children who are getting benefits cut. Expect cuts in food stamps, disability payments for the disabled and federal assistance in collecting child support payments. (Gotta pay for eliminating the estate tax somehow. I mean, God forbid Paris Hilton has to get a real job.) Yep, aWol still finds a way to kick a person when he or she is down. No wonder Rick Santorum and Jerry Kilgore are running away from the President.
Jerry Kilgore Distances Himself from the President
Well he does and he doesn't. You would think that the 2004 Re-election campaign manager for the Commonwealth of Virginia would want to be seen with the President in campaign appearances. I guess not.
Kilgore and Bush have been political allies; Kilgore was Bush's Virginia campaign chairman last year when he handily carried the commonwealth on his way to reelection. Republicans declared Bush's victory proof that Gov. Mark R. Warner's victory in 2001 was a Democratic fluke in a reliably Republican commonwealth.Well a lot has changed since July. Karl Rove skipped out of a fundraiser for Jerry Kilgore earlier this month. Now Jerry doesn't want to be seen with the President? Both the White House and Jerry Kilgore are denying it. I think that's what they call a non-denial denial.
Kilgore's campaign manager directed the Bush campaign last year, and the president was the headliner at a July fundraiser for Kilgore in McLean that raised more than $2 million for the campaign.
Is today going to be Fitzmas?
Here it is early morning. Last night Americablog announced it was Fitzmas Eve. Today, the WaPo says that the White House was nervous. We're looking at one to five indictments. At the very least Scooter Libby, who was also involved in the Pentagon's fixing of intelligence in the run up to the Iraq War. I am so glad that an attempt to smear an honest man has backfired on the White House so badly. Meanwhile, doubts about Joe Wilson continue. Mainly because he supported only Democrats last year. I wonder why he would do that. I mean the White House only ruined his wife's career and put her life and their children's lives in danger. Yeah, like I'm going to work to re-elect a president who did that to my family. Do Republicans really think Americans are that stupid? Did the White House think Joe Wilson was that stupid? Apparently they do.
Monday, October 24, 2005
The Viet Nam Analogies Keep Coming
The United States's GWOT's distraction in Iraq is not going as well as it should have gone. We were promised a cakewalk. Well, it didn't turn out that way.
The problem was the US Army is still haunted by the Viet Nam War. After the Viet Nam War, the Army entered a fantasy world in which guerrilla warfare did not exist. It built its forces around infantry divisions and tank battalions. War planning consisted of fighting the Soviet Union. Of course this planning never considered the spetznaz, the Soviet SOF whose job it was to infiltrate the rear areas and cause all sorts of problems. The Army missed the biggest lesson learned from Viet Nam, that guerrilla warfare was the future of warfare. However, General Eric Shinseki, Chief of Staff of the Army, was working to reverse that mindset. He started the Stryker Brigade and saw the need to move past the Cold War. When aWol was elected president and Rumsfeld became SecDef, all this transformation went out the window. According to the neoconmen, the military shouldn't engage in peacekeeping or nation building. That's for sissies, real men kill people and break things. However, the majority of the Army had a selective amnesia about Viet Nam and it paid the price in the occupation of Iraq. Soldiers became desperate, engaging in tactics like destroying the homes of suspected insurgents leaving their families homeless. Because we know that worked so well stopping suicide bombers in Israel.
So did the Iraqis welcome us with flowers, umm no. Have the Iraqis grown to like us? Uuhh no. 65% of Iraqis approve of attacks on coalition forces. So what's the next step in winning hearts and minds? Bring back the body counts. See we're killing more of them than they are of us. We're winning!
Bonus question: Name the one person in common in the NY Times article and the Frontline report. In order to get this one, you will have to watch the video of Frontline. Leave your answer in the comments. I will give the correct answer tomorrow night. And read this for a really trippy flashback.
Sunday, October 23, 2005
So much for being the party of law and order
One of the things Republicans like to say is "they are tough on crime". I am beginning to believe this is a code word of some sort. First the Stafford County GOP nominates a convicted felon. Now Chris Craddock, a Republican candidate for the House of Delegates has a problem with a lead foot.
The 27-year-old youth minister was cited for nearly half the tickets he received in a three-month period in 2001, when he was cited three times for an expired registration and failure to obey a traffic sign. In addition, he has received three speeding tickets over the five-year period.He's a youth minister? Hmmmm, I wonder what other skeletons are in his closet?
What does Chris Craddock have to say about this?
"Ever since we've gotten into this race, Caputo has known he can't win this election on the issues," Craddock said. "The only thing he's done this whole time is send out stuff smearing me and our campaign workers."Welcome to politics crybaby.
Washington Post endorses the Dem ticket for Virginia
The Washington Post has endorsed the Democratic ticket for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General. It cited the Dems commitment to fiscal responsibility. It comdemned Jerry Kilgore's reliance on talking points and use of the word liberal as a dirty word. The WaPo praised Tim Kaine's ability to think on his feet. It also endorsed the Democrat candidates saying,
Voters will also face races for lieutenant governor and attorney general, the jobs Mr. Kaine and Mr. Kilgore won four years ago. For lieutenant governor, the choice is between polar opposites -- Democrat Leslie L. Byrne of Fairfax, a former state delegate, state senator, congresswoman and White House official, and Republican state Sen. Bill Bolling of Hanover County. Ms. Byrne is as close to a traditional liberal as Virginia has to offer; Mr. Bolling is an orthodox conservative; both are smart, tough and articulate. We are swayed less by their ideological leanings than their stands on fiscal matters. There Ms. Byrne has the edge, having backed the Warner tax package last year.
For attorney general, a refreshingly civil campaign has been waged between Republican state Del. Robert F. McDonnell of Virginia Beach and Democratic state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds of Bath County. Mr. McDonnell is an able, articulate legislator, but we worry he would bring a dogmatically conservative social agenda to the job. He has been among the General Assembly's staunchest opponents of abortion rights and a supporter of state intervention in end-of-life decisions, as in the Terri Schiavo case.
Mr. Deeds, a rural lawmaker, is no liberal; he won the National Rifle Association's endorsement. We think he would be the more pragmatic choice, and a better attorney general.
I think we can to put rest the myth that Republicans are the party of "get the government off your back". They seem to have no problem intervening in personal lives when it comes to private medical decisions. Remember when a Republican says he is a fiscal conservative, he really is a credit card conservative.
George Allen for prez? NFW!!
From that minion of the evil empire the Times of London comes this piece of fluff about George Allen. Why he's the next Ronald Reagan! WRONG! How about he's the next George W. Bush?
A TOBACCO chewing, horse-riding, cowboy boot wearing politician called George could be the Republican party’s choice for president in 2008.That's funny, they didn't mention the other symptoms of redneckism, like closeted rascism. This is what, Bob Herbert of the New York Times had to say about him,
A few years ago, when he was governor of Virginia, Mr. Allen issued a proclamation declaring April "Confederate History and Heritage Month." From Mr. Allen's pro-Confederate perspective, the Civil War was a struggle for "independence and sovereign rights." Independence, in this case, does not refer to the independence of black slaves.
I'd like to know if Senator Allen feels we'd all have been better off if the South had won the Civil War. It's a fair enough question. Mr. Allen loved the old Confederacy so much he displayed the Confederate flag in his living room. He was a little touchy about it, though. When someone accused him of flying the flag in his living room, he took umbrage. "It was never flying," he said. "It was nailed to a wall."
As if nailing it to the wall is a sign of disrespect. I've heard you're a flag collector. So tell me Senator Allen, where's the Nazi flag? Do you hide that one in a closet?
Obviously, Senator Allen now regrets the implied racsism of his Senatorial and Gubnatorial campaigns. He was the leading co-sponsor of an apology for the US Senate's failure to pass anti-lynching legislation. There's a word for that, flip-flop
If you want to see some people out of touch with reality, click here. It's a George Allen fan club. For some reason, they are absolutely convinced that Hillary Clinton will be the Presidential candidate for 2008. She has never said anything about running in 2008. And after what happened to her husband while he was president, I doubt if she will. And these yahoos haven't been paying attention, they haven't noticed that Bush II's approval rating is only 38%. And you also get an idea of how conservatives really feel about veterans. WARNING: you will need to bleach your brain after reading these comments.
A new generation of Democratic Congressmen are working to re-establish the Democrats as a viable force in national politics. I found this line interesting:
One group that Democrats want to tap is veterans and active military members, who have seen their benefits cut or frozen as part of an ongoing budget squeeze.Hmmm, is that why Ralph Peters wrote that awful article blaming liberals for losing the war in Iraq. Is that why AFN pulled Ed Schultz's show at the last minute? Someone's scared.
And we will have help from this group.
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Google bomb proposal
I propose a google bomb by linking News Corp to Evil Empire.
Wanker of the week - Ralph Peters
Ralph Peters has a real identity crisis. He can't decide whether he is Ann Coulter or William F. Buckley. He writes brillant scholarly articles for the Royal Australian Air Force, and Washington Monthly. He has appeared on PBS's Frontline. All those times as a thoughtful, intellectual commentator.
But something happened to Ralph Peters. Apparently, he sold his soul to the evil empire controlled by Rupert Murdoch. Media Matters has twelve references on him. Don't worry, it will soon be thirteen, I forwarded the e-mail to them.
Imagine my reaction when I received a copy of his October 20, NY Post column in my email. It made my blood boil. Here are some selected quotes from it:
Unable to convince the Bush administration or our troops to cut and run, the American left is waging its campaign of support for Islamist terror through our all-too-cooperative media. And you're the duck in the anti-war movement's shooting gallery.
Apparently he doesn't understand what liberalism is. Here's a refresher: Liberalism is the opposite of Islamism. Liberals believe in equality of all people regardless of their religion. Liberals believe that people should be able to worship or not worship any god they choose. Liberals believe in the free enterprise system. Liberals believe that health care is a right not a privilege. Liberals believe that men and women are equals and should be able to choose their life paths. Liberals believe the sex lives of consenting adults are no business of the government. Liberals believe how many children a couple choose to have or not have is none of the government's business. Liberals believe that people are responsible for their actions and once they take responsibility for and accept the consequences of their actions they should be forgiven by society.
Compare that with Islamism, remember how the Taliban treated women? What about sex laws in Saudi Arabia and Iran? Last time I checked adultery was a capital crime. Freedom of religion is an alien concept in Saudi Arabia and Iran too.
So Ralph why would liberals want the Islamists to win? Do you think that's the reason we will be celebrating the death of the 2000th death in Iraq is to
"exploit dead soldiers and Marines for partisan purposes is worse than grave-robbing: Ghouls only take gold rings and decaying flesh; the left wants to rob our war dead of their sacrifices and their achievements, their honor and their pride."That is BULLSHIT, we are angry that they have made the ultimate sacrifice for a lie. In other words, WHERE THE FUCK IS OSAMA BIN LADIN?
Those who died in Iraq have not died in vain. Even should Iraq fail itself in the end, our courageous effort to give one Middle-Eastern Muslim population a chance to create a rule-of-law democracy has been worth the cost — for their sake, but also for ours. Without a transformation of the Middle East, we shall see no end of terror.Umm, you are contradicting yourself Ralphie. So what happens if Iraq becomes an Islamic Republic like Iran? Is that failure? Did we really send our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines to Iraq to die for the creation of a new Iran? I believe if we exerted half the effort of hunting down and capturing Saddam Hussein and his cronies to find and arrest Osama bin Ladin and destroying the infrastructure of al-Qaeda. Afghanistan would be a stable democracy right now and we would have justice for the families of the 3000 Americans who died on Septermber 11, 2001.
Two generations of politicians and pundits suffer from their avoidance of military service. They speak of war in ignorance and view our troops — whom they quietly despise — as nothing more than tools of their own ambitions. After deploring body counts during their Vietnam-era protest years, today our leftists revel in the American body count in Iraq.Is that why you participated in the smear of John Kerry and endorsed George W. Bush in last year's presidential election? I guess being a draft dodger only matters in you're a Democrat. Military service means nothing if you are a liberal or a democrat. Gee, this veteran thanks you for smearing her.
The left has been infuriated by its inability to incite an anti-war movement in our military — forgetting that this is an all-volunteer force whose members believe in service to our country. The best the Democrats can do is to trot out poor Wes Clark, an ethically challenged retired general who will say anything, anywhere, anytime in return for five more seconds in the spotlight.
Well I guess you never heard of this organization or saw this website. Or maybe he should read the blogs of this soldier or this soldier or this soldier.
If the American left and its media sympathizers want someone to blame for our combat losses, they should begin with themselves. Their irresponsible demands for troop withdrawals provide powerful encouragement to Muslim fanatics to keep on killing as many American service members as possible. On the worst days the terrorists suffer in Iraq, our "anti-war" fellow citizens keep the cause of Islamist fascism alive. Their support is worth far more to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi than any amount of Saudi money.
The problem is, when the United States invaded Iraq it justified all of Al-Qaeda's propaganda. The war in Iraq is giving the Islamists huge recruiting opportunities. There's a term for that, giving aid and comfort to the enemy. Oh, we could have killed Zarqawi without an invasion. As for we're fighting the terrorists in Iraq, so we don't have to fight them here. I'm sure the ordinary Iraqis appreciate the car bombs and the civil war we brought. It's the old stab in the back theory. Our troops aren't winning because the liberals won't let them. And the Viet Nam analogies just keep coming. Sorry Ralphie, it wasn't a liberal, left-wing president that made the decision to invade Iraq. It wasn't a liberal SecDef who said, "you go to war with the Army you have, not the Army you want", in response to a soldier's question about inadequate body and vehicle armor. It was a conservative right-wing president who ignored the advice of his top generals that the number of troops needed was three times the number used for the peacekeeping after the invasion. See, if we had the adequate number of troops needed for the invasion and the immediate aftermath we wouldn't have the problems we do now. If we had secured the arms depot at al QaaQaa, maybe the Iraqi resistance would have a harder time finding weapons. If we had the adequate number of troops to establish law and order (something conservatives are big on), the wholesale looting that happened wouldn't have. That would have sent a more powerful message to any terrorists. Hmmm, why does something tell me that al QaaQaa was looted?
A s a matter of fact, the media were some of the biggest cheerleaders in the run up to the war. Check out Judith Miller's articles in the New York Times in 2002 and 2003. The media engages in a lot of self censorship. We do not see a lot of dead soldiers on Fox, or CNN or MSNBC. Where are the pictures of the flag-draped coffins? Before Hurricane Katrina, the leading news story was about a missing teenager in Aruba. Yep, it was 24/7 Natalee Holloway. (It was beginning to get annoying, I was starting to lose all sympathy for Natalee's family) Before that, it was Lacy Peterson and Dru Sjodin. It wasn't about the War in Iraq, other than a two second blurb about another soldier dying. By the way, they do not report on the deaths of contractors or private security company employees (except for that incident in Fallujah). If an alien from outer space was watching any of the three cable news networks, it would think there was a war on missing white women not on terrorists. The liberal media did not put pictures of dead Iraqis on the internet for the liberal media to find. The liberal media did not mistreat prisoners at abu Ghraib. It just reports the story. And who does Ralph Peters think he's working for? Um, he writes a newspaper column, so he is part of the media. Hmm, Ralphie, I think you are part of the problem, not part of the solution. Like I said, the Viet Nam metaphors just keep coming.
And Vietnam wasn't remotely as important to our national security. The terrorists we face today are more implacable than any of the enemies from our past. Even the Germans didn't dream of eradicating our entire population. The Japanese hoped to master Asia, not to massacre every man, woman and child in America.
You just dissed the Viet Nam veterans and the Greatest Generation. Oh yeah, that's right, you don't like veterans who are liberal and vote Democrat. So I guess an invasion of Japan was justified because they didn't have suicide bombers. My bad they did, they were called kamikaze. I guess those atomic bombs weren't needed after all. Gee, there is term for that, historic revisionism. I thought that was something conservatives despised. I guess not.
Friday, October 21, 2005
Have scooter... Don't need car
To our regular fellow bloggers: You know we bought a scooter last month. (Thank you, Katrina.) We don't need two family cars. It takes me about 10 minutes to get to the school, and both Phinky & I have our motorcycle licenses now. Our son took his first ride last Thursday and wasn't scared. (He's almost seven.)
It's listed on eBay motors under item #4584353855. If your looking for a reliable car, or at least one that you'll feel better about your teenager driving it over some rusty old Honda, leave us a comment or ask your question in my eBay listing.
For anyone else blog surfing, we live in Alexandria, VA if you're looking locally vs. paying to have one shipped or run all over the DC area.
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Head start on Friday Catblogging
A stray cat that hangs out where I work.
He actually has people well trained using positive reinforcement. He rewards those who feed him by letting them pet him.
By the way. He hates Jerry Kilgore. He believes Tim Kaine is better for cats than Jerry Kilgore. Vote for Tim Kaine. Election Day is November 8th, vote for the kitties.
Some kids parents
Public schools often get a bad rap. Usually, the schools are not properly funded or the parents don't care if their children get a good education. However, some parents are over-involved. It was a reading assignment designed to enhance the critical thinking skills of eighth graders.
Wendy Strang's son came home from Cabin John Middle School with a list of 100 banned or challenged books last month, and eighth-grade English was off to a provocative start.Is the school going behind the parents' back with this reading assignment. NO!
Teachers at the Potomac school had instructed honors students to look at the list with their parents and choose a book to read. "It is important to know why a book may be challenged," the assignment said.
But some (less than five) parents had issues with some of the books on the list. So the whole program was pulled. Well wasn't the assignment to allow the students to learn why those books had censorship challenges?
"People can cry censorship," this mom says, "but I am going to assert myself as I see fit to protect my child from premature exposure to inappropriate material."Hello Mom, did you miss the part that you had input into which book your child selected??? Yes, there are books on the list that are not appropiate for eighth graders. But what about the Harry Potter books? What about A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein? I let my son read that in kindergarten, it's still one of his favorite books. What about James and the Giant Peach? I read that in the fifth grade. What about the Judy Blume books? I read those in my middle school years. There are a lot of books on this list that are age appropiate for 13 year old kids. It would have been a great writing assignment for an eighth grader to explain why someone would not want anyone else to read James and the Giant Peach.
(Hmm, my son loves the movie. Maybe I should check the book out from the library and read it to him. What can I say? I am the wife and mother that the fundagelicals hate. Why? Because I want my son to learn critical thinking skills and how to think for himself.)
My question is, how do these parents expect their children to survive on their own if the children are sheltered from everything? You know, if you deny your children opportunities like this, they will never move out of the house whey they grow up.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Do national politics impact on state elections
I say yes, the WaPo says no. If national politics didn't make a difference in state-wide off-off term elections, then why did Karl Rove cancel an appearance at a fundraiser for Jerry Kilgore? Tim Kaine is now leading in the polls by 2 percent, that is with in the margin of error.
I wonder how Jerry Kilgore's fundraiser with Dick Cheney went on Monday night. You know the Vice President is having some legal problems over a small matter of leaking the name of a covert CIA officer to the press.
Repeat after me over and over:
Jerry Kilgore and Dick Cheney together. Jerry Kilgore will implement the same policies in Virginia that George W. Bush implemented on the United States. Jerry Kilgore is all hat and no cattle.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
I had the great fortune to read Thomas P. M. Burnett's book, The Pentagon's New Map for my National Security class in my MSIR program. I really enjoyed it. I really like Burnett's snarky writing style which is unlike the dry, dull writing style of many academics. The book offered a new perspective on what our military should do to transform itself. According to Burnett, conventional warfare, with its infantry formations and columns of tanks, is becoming as redundant as trench warfare. Burnett says the military must engage in peacekeeping and nation building operations in addition to breaking things and killing people. Burnett is not the only one who has noticed this trend. The Washington Post reports that this report from the Human Security Centre (It's a Canadian think tank which explains the spelling of center) reports on the decline of conventional state to state warfare and the increase of civil wars around the world since the end of the Cold War. When you consider the military deployments the United States has participated in since the collapse of the Soviet Union, only two have involved state on state warfare. Both were wars against Iraq. Our interventions in the Balkans were interventions in civil wars. Somalia was a peacekeeping operation designed to prevent a famine. Burnett is right about the future of warfare.
Burnett is still valued as a consultant by the Pentagon. Burnett now has a new book coming out which I am looking forward to reading as soon as I get the time to do so. I only have six classes and a comprehensive exam left in my master's program. It should be out in paperback by then. Or maybe I will have another class where I have to read Blueprint in Action.
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Some people shouldn't poke their noses in other's business
We have a person who home-schools his kids (actually his wife does)and he has issues with the local high school band playing "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" at football games. He writes a letter to the local paper, Hylton High School's band director pulls the song because he doesn't want to offend anyone and then the letter writer has this to say
As for that nettlesome letter writer, Robert McLean? The defense contractor, whose children are home-schooled, said he went to Hylton's football game just because he enjoys the sport. His letter, he said, was meant to start a philosophical debate, not to wreck any student's marching band experience. Besides, he said, he loves "Devil."
"It was one of the first 45s I had as a kid," he said.
Oh you want to start a debate? How about I start with an ad hominem attack? You're an asshole who should mind his own business. If your kids went to that school, you'd have a dog in this fight, but your kids don't and you should butt out. What kind of grown man hangs out at high school football games in a large metropolitan area? Especially a high school his children don't or won't attend? Geez, it's not like there aren't college or NFL teams in the Washington DC area. Are you that cheap? Oh that's right, your wife doesn't work. She's not an uppity woman who contributes income to the family. Imagine, if his kids went to a public school and she worked, he might be able to afford tickets to a Redskins game. Or maybe tickets to a University of Maryland or George Mason University game.
How much do you want to bet that Robert McLean will vote for Jerry Kilgore in November?
More bad news for Jerry Kilgore
From Atrios I see this story about Karl Rove cancelling an appearance at a fundraiser for Jerry Kilgore.
soon after party activists sat down inside the ballroom of the Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, it was announced that Rove had been scratched from the lineup. No detailed reason was given.Hmmm, could it be that Jerry Kilgore is running away from the scandal plagued record of the Bush administration? Maybe Jerry Kilgore is embarrassed by his fellow Republicans. So instead of listening to Karl Rove speak about how liberal Tim Kaine is, they get to listen to Ken Mehlman. Who also has the potential to embarass Republicans if the rumors I hear are true. Jerry Kilgore was there to speak as well. Imagine that, Jerry Kilgore speaking in public. Jerry Kilgore talked about
defending his stand against spending public money to help illegal immigrants and touting his recent ads criticizing his Democratic opponent, Timothy M. Kaine, for his stand on the death penalty. He said the "liberal editorial boards" of newspapers are denouncing his advertisements because "the truth hurts."Oh yes, let's bring out that old chestnut of the liberal media. Never mind that Jerry Kilgore is a clone of George W. Bush. Jerry Kilgore is a credit card conservative like all the other Republicans. Let's just blame the "liberal media" for the reason why Jerry Kilgore's poll numbers aren't going up after Jerry Kilgore's smear ads on the death penalty didn't work. Maybe Virginians are beginning to look at real issues, like transportation, fiscal responsibility, quality education for our children.
If you want to see how Jerry Kilgore really operates on law and order issues, click on Jerry Kilgore's name.
Friday, October 14, 2005
Early Saturday Catblogging
Jerry Kilgore is bad for cats in Virginia. Jerry Kilgore will shorten time on death row at humane societies and animal shelters. Jerry Kilgore favors abstinence education over spaying and neutering as a means of controlling the population of unwanted puppies and kittens.Please save me from Jerry Kilgore vote for Tim Kaine!
Jerry Kilgore stream of conscioussness blogging
Jerry Kilgore sucks! Jerry Kilgore will be a terrible governor for Virginia. Jerry Kilgore will poison your children with toxic waste. Jerry Kilgore will screw your child out of an education. Jerry Kilgore will bankrupt the state of Virginia. Jerry Kilgore let Marvin Bush pollute our enviroment. That's right the President's brother and Jerry Kilgore partners in crime. Jerry Kilgore will displace homeowners in Arlington and Fairfax County. Jerry Kilgore deserves to be google bombed. Pass it on.
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Where were these people last year???
A new poll says that President Bush the sequel's presidency is unsuccessful. HuH? It took 41% of the respondents 4+ years to figure that out? They didn't realize it last year? I guess Americans are stupider than the President.
Seven in 10 said they want the next president to offer policies and programs that are different from the Bush administration's.
Only half said they wanted the next president to offer different policies in 2000, at the end of the Clinton presidency. By a 2-1 margin, people said the Bush administration has had a negative impact on politics and the way government works.
People were inclined to say Bush's policies have made things worse on a wide range of issues such as the federal budget deficit, the gap between rich and poor, health care, the economy, relations with U.S. allies, the tax system and education. By 47 percent to 30 percent, those surveyed said Bush has improved the situation with national security.WHAT THE FUCK?(Emphasis mine)
We elect the.worst.president.ever who starts a war against a country that didn't attack us and he gets a fucking pass on national security? How does that make America more secure? d.k. is right, the Dems have to get smart on national security. If Bush is such a good leader on national security, why did the Army miss it recruiting goals for 2005. If he such a good leader on national security, where the fuck is Osama bin Ladin? If he is such a good leader on national security, why did he ignore the Presidential Security Brief, "Bin Ladin determine to attack the US"? If he is such a good leader, why did the teleconference with the Army's ten biggest brown nosers have to be rehearsed?
So where we these people last year during the election? Did they really think George W. Bush made them safe? Did they believe the lies about John Kerry? Do you really want to have a beer with a dry drunk? Now a year later, they stop drinking the Kool-aid? I cannot believe Americans are that stupid, that they conned by an idiot. Apparently, they are.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
That's a fine mess you've gotten us in Mr. Bush
Has the United States made a greater foreign policy mistake than invading Iraq? We invade a country because we were attacked on September 11, 2001. The only problem was we have a president that has attention deficit disorder, he invaded Afghanistan to remove those responsible and then he decides to invade Iraq before we catch Osama bin Ladin or Ayman al-Zawahiri. So here's the problem, we invade a country that had no connection to 9/11. "We're fighting them there so we don't have to fight them here", I'm sure the Iraqis appreciate us bringing this upon them.
But don't worry, al Qaeda has plans for when we leave Iraq. Ayman al-Zawahiri sent a letter to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi explaining the need to win hearts and minds. Zawahiri admonished Zarqawi to avoid alienating the local Iraqi population and to hold out a peace offering to the Shi'as. Zawahiri told Zarqawi that the locals must be included in decisions about government. You can read the letter here. Yep, we're screwed and so are the Iraqis.
I hope that Ayman al Zawahiri and Osama bin Ladin are buried under a pile of rubble in Pakistan or Afghanistan or wherever the fuck they are. It would be ironic if mother nature finished the job that George W. Bush didn't have the guts or intellectual capacity to do.
WaPo endorses Kaine!!
The Washington Post has endorsed Tim Kaine for governor. The WaPo cites the Warner-Kaine administration's fiscal responsibility in resolving the Commonwealth of Virginia's fiscal crisis. This crisis started during the Allen and Gilmore administrations. Both of the previous governors were Republican
It's easy, now that Virginia -- like many other states -- is running a substantial budget surplus, to lose sight of the importance of that decision. Republicans who opposed the tax overhaul point to the surplus and insist that raising taxes last year was unnecessary. But those same Republicans, including Mr. Kilgore, are only too happy to spend the new revenue whose collection they so bitterly opposed: on public schools, public safety and, recently, as part of an $848 million transportation package. None of them, including Mr. Kilgore, publicly dispute the fact that Virginia's top-notch AAA bond rating, in place for more than half a century, was safeguarded by the 2004 tax overhaul. And neither Jerry Kilgore nor most of his GOP colleagues appear to be planning a serious move to roll back the tax package, despite occasional wistful talk to the contrary. Their position amounts to plain cynicism.
I never met a Republican that didn't like to whip out my son's credit card to pay for spending now. Hey let's just use the Bank of East Asia credit card and stick phinky's son with the bill. Nice.
Jerry Kilgore says he would propose an amendment to the state constitution requiring that voters approve, via referendum, any increase in state sales, income or gas taxes. Not only is this an abdication of leadership -- governors and lawmakers are elected to make these decisions, not hand off tough calls to statewide votes -- it is also a recipe for disaster that would tie the state's hands in the inevitable economic downturns.
Back in the 1970's California tried the same thing. It was called Prop 13. It was a disaster for the public schools of California.
In an emergency, he would allow the governor, with the backing of two-thirds of each house of the General Assembly, to raise taxes temporarily, for a year. And what if the economic slump lasted for more than a year? That's not in Jerry Kilgore's playbook; he leaves Virginians to guess that he would simply choke off public schools, health programs, social services and public safety.And that's what happened in California.
Both Mr. Kaine and Jerry Kilgore have proposed various spending programs without explaining how they would be paid for, but in Jerry Kilgore's case the hypocrisy is more extreme. The benefits, bonuses and tax credits he promises amount to financial fantasy. Taking him at his word, he would spend profligately and strangle the state's supply of revenue.
I think it is time to expose fiscal conservatism for the myth that it is. Republicans really are credit card conservatives.
Updated to google bomb Jerry Kilgore
Monday, October 10, 2005
Google AdSense answers back
A week ago, google adsense disabled my account because I had "invalid click activity". I did not in any way encourage anyone to click on excessive ads. I did not know someone was engaging in invalid click activity. I wrote them asking them to prove it. I got this in my e-mail.
We understand that you may wish to receive specific information regarding
the invalid clicks we observed on your account. However, due to the
proprietary nature of our algorithm, we cannot disclose any details about
how our monitoring technology works or what specifics we found on your
So I got a big, fat fuck you from google adsense. So what do I do? I mean if someone was abusing my ads, I would want to know who did it and tell them to stop or maybe block them. Or warn them. Were the excessive clicks from the same IP address? Oh well, fuck off adsens. I thought Microsoft engaged in monopolitist business practices but I see google does too. My ads had not even earned $100. Is this something you do to small bloggers in order to save money, is that your proprietary algorithm? Or did someone do this maliciously to my blog? Well now I know how to mess up someone's blog ads. Just click repeatedly on their ads. Bwahahaha!
Haley Barbour for prez, NFW!
The Washington Post has a puff piece about Mississippi governor Haley Barbour. Yeah, just what we need is another Republican good-old-boy in the White House.
He goes back to the Young Republicans with Karl Rove, the Reagan days with Andrew Card, and is well-known among an A-list of senators, congressmen, governors and lobbyists.Yeah because we need another puppet of Karl Rove's in the White House.
Katrina's aftermath offers a lesson in the benefits of having friends.Yeah, because some governors are
Specifically, the benefits of having Haley Barbour's friends -- most of whom have never met Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco. snipOne of the striking images from President Bush's first post-Katrina visit to the Gulf Coast was of the president gravitating to Barbour. Barbour was RNC chairman when Bush was first elected governor of Texas, sat on Bush's presidential campaign exploratory committee and has strenuously avoided criticizing the Bush administration's response to Katrina.
"When he got to me he cried," Barbour says of his hug with Bush, in Mobile, Ala. "Tears just ran down his cheeks. It made me cry."
But Barbour was clearly shaken by the storm. He kept saying, "Pray for us," says Republican lobbyist Ed Rogers, Barbour's longtime friend and business partner.Is this his Sister Souljah moment for the Christian Coalition? If he runs for president on a "vote for me, I'm a Christian" platform, I hope the press brings this quote out and (um)crucifies him for it.
"We've never been 'pray for us' kind of guys."
"There will be no federal account that he won't know about or tap into," says Ed Gillespie, a Barbour protege who served as RNC chairman until last year.Dayam, you like that Federal tit don't you? Can you say red state welfare queen?
This renaissance, if it occurs, could be a springboard into a run for president in 2008 -- something Barbour had been considering before Katrina. "He is, in some ways, in a very enviable political position," says W. Martin Wiseman, director of the John C. Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University. Wiseman adds that Barbour's fortunes will be determined largely by his ability to bring in federal relief dollars -- a task he is suited to.Yes, because we know the platform of Republicans to spend other people's money that they don't have. Can you say credit card conservative? Call me impressed when Mississippi's public schools are no longer the laughing stock of the United States. But to vote for someone for president because he is better at getting federal aid from a president of the same party is just plain stupid, which is apparently what Republicans think we are.
Barbour and his wife are unwinding at the governor's mansion after another Katrina-logged day. Marsha Barbour sips from a large tumbler of Jack Daniel's, Haley from a glass of white wine.If you're trying to lose weight, why not stop drinking completely? Does this country really need another drunk in the White House? Really, drinking six glasses of wine in front of the press? He might as well be drinking six shots of bourbon, it has the same amount of alcohol and fewer calories. If you can't handle the strong stuff just say so. Good thing you can drink six glasses of wine and not be stumbling down drunk, my grandmother could do that and she died from cirrhosis of the liver.
"I'm on a diet," the governor says, explaining his choice of beverage. (He normally drinks bourbon, Maker's Mark.)snipBarbour's voice quiets to the tone of a bedtime story. He finishes off his sixth glass of wine. Another visit to the devastation looms in a few hours.
Push yourself past the pain of donor fatigue
Once again, a natural disaster of epic proportions killing thousands has struck. There is some good news. Again, we have the usual complaints of looting and delays in receiving aid. However, help is on the way.
This disaster is a cruel reminder that poverty kills people, an earthquake (Actually, it's several earthquakes of a relatively large magnitude)of this magnitude would not kill as many in the developed world in places such as Japan or the United States. Just because they are poor and Muslim, does not mean they are not human beings who deserve our help. You can donate here. (I know it's a Christian organization, but they're not fundagelicals) You can track who's giving what here.
Sunday, October 09, 2005
Conservatives need to be afraid, be very afraid
On November 4, 2004 my conservative acquaintances were gleeful and happy. They rejoiced at "the end of liberalism". The last presidential election, which re-elected the stupidest, most incompetent, most corrupt, traitorous, narcissistic president ever woke up a sleeping giant. Liberals (and it is nota dirty word) are forming grass roots organizations to coordinate their message and work together to get the progressive message out and to mobilize liberal voters. Of course one group in Colorado does not make a trend, but lots of little groups through out the United States does. With the Credit Card Conservatives in disarray, now is the time to make our move.
After all high taxes do not stifle business competition.
Now, the Democrats need to polish up their national security image.
Saturday, October 08, 2005
For those of you who are tired of Fox News and the echoes from CNN and MSNBC
There will soon be an alternative. No, the BBC's 24hr news service isn't coming to the major cable and satellite outlets in the United States. Al Jazeera is developing an English language channel. Now whether or not it can get licensed by the FCC to broadcast in the United States is another story. Al Jazeera International has signed up Riz Kahn (formerly of CNN) and David Frost (from the BBC).
America desparately needs another point of view and if we let an Australian pollute our airwaves with right wing spin, why can't we have a different point of view from the Middle East? I really would like to see BBC's 24hr News Service here in the U.S. too. Natalee Holloway's disappearance in Aruba is not the only thing happening outside of the United States. Maybe if we had some real international news coverage, America will get its collective head out of its ass.
Blog tag, you're it
Yes, I know it's silly. But I can't blog about just cats and politics.
I've been tagged by Jipzeecab, so here are the ones I am tagging.
nopt4lent (yes I know he also posts to this blog, I just want to get a good laugh)
Thank you in advance for your participation.
Follow these instuctions....
1. go into your archive
2. Find your 23rd post
3. Find the 5th sentence (or close to it)
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog with these instructions
5. Tag five other people to do the same
So here is my 23rd post:
Friday Catblogging, since that one only has two sentences, I am using this one. The fifth sentence is Widespread availability of contraception leads to a declining birthrate.
Friday, October 07, 2005
Yes, I know Harriet Miers doesn't have experience on the bench. That's why a lot of people are uneasy about this appointment. Oh, and stop saying September 11 over and over again as if that justifies her getting confirmed.
Enjoying a lovely evening on the balcony.
As we see here, we have megatabbius flabbius relaxing after a hard day of hunting toy dinosaurs that someone's child forget to pick up.
International political economy is over! Four classes down, six more and a comprehensive exam to go.
Oh yeah, fuck google adsense!!! Terminate my account without proving your case. Bite me.
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Yes, it is security
D.K.'s blog, A Silent Cacaphony has an entry on how Iraq War veterans are running for office as democrats. However, most of the establishment Democrats are ignoring the issue (Thanks to Atrios). However, there is a new PAC will be established to help Democrats establish positive national security creditials. There is no website yet. The formal announcement is tomorrow at 12:30. It's time for Democrats to start addressing National Security and not tiptoe around it.
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Guess there's something to those rumors after all.
From the Washington Post comes this story about Mark Warner setting up a run for the White House. I think Mark Warner would make a good President. He was able to get Virginia's finances in order. His tax reforms actually provided tax relief to the middle and lower classes, while increasing revenue for schools, health care, and law enforcement. He did this with a coalition of moderate Republicans and Democrats in a Republican controlled commonwealth assembly. He raised taxes on the wealthy and enjoys a 70% approval rating. Gee, you could say he's a Democrat with a backbone. God knows this country needs someone who has the guts to balance a budget.
All that work that President Clinton did to balance the budget and get a surplus was gone in less than an year thanks to the credit card conservatives. I could think of a few things we could have used that surplus for, modernize the military, universal health care, maybe even saving Social Security for the Baby Boomers who are getting ready to retire, or maybe we could have started paying off our national debt.
Oh yeah, the WaPo cited this from Rawstory, they weren't nice enough to provide the original link. But I am.