Archive for the 'Politics' Category

Sufferin’ Till Sufferage: Nancy Pelosi breaks a barrier for women

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

While I don’t expect to see Nancy Pelosi as a great political reformer, some credit is due. In honor of the first female Speaker of the House, a little School House Rock - Sufferin’ Till Sufferage:


Nancy Pelosi kicks things off with some ethical lying

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

In a rah-rah blog at The Huffington Post, New Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi jotted down some words of positivity, leading with getting the hell out of the Iraqi death and money pit:

“I told my colleagues yesterday that the biggest ethical issue facing our country for the past three and a half years is the war in Iraq,” wrote Pelosi.

And while such words are pleasant, a final point she made showed that Pelosi is a politician who will gladly say whatever it takes.

“The new Democratic Congress will live up to the highest ethical standard,” Pelosi wrote.

While a change was mandatory, and while the GOP was selling off the entire nation piece by piece to friends and supporters, let’s not lose our minds. Democrats are politicians. There will be no great ethical changes. Ask pork king Jack Murtha about his ethical standards. Just because he knows when a war is a piece of shit doesn’t mean he’s some shining ray of ethical light.

They’re politicians, folks. Pelosi and the lot of them wouldn’t know proper ethical standards if they stuffed $20 billion in earmarks down their shorts. The fact that they’re currently perceived as more ethical than Republicans doesn’t make them any less of crooks.


Nukes for everyone! U.S. decides nuclear proliferation is the wave of the future

Friday, November 17th, 2006

The Administration really is taking the “Right to bear arms” thing seriously. They’re letting Iran and North Korea get nukes. They publish nuke secrets on the Internet. Now, they give the stuff to India.

It’s the “If-everyone-has-a-gun-no-one-will-get-hurt” philosophy in action.

We just have to deal with the fact that every now and again, some kids will go nuts and shoot up the joint. With nuclear weapons.

From The Nation:

For decades, the official policy of the United States has been to discourage nuclear proliferation, particularly in southern Asia.

But the U.S. Senate now says: No more.

At the prodding of the Bush administration, the Senate voted 85-12 to allow the U.S. to ship nuclear fuel and technology to India as part of an initiative to encourage the expansion of nuclear programs in that country. At a time when the Bush administration is suggesting the U.S. might need to go to war to block nuclear proliferation in Iran and North Korea, the Senate has given its stamp of approval to proliferation in one of the most volatile regions of the world.

Yeah. This is all going to work out really well.


Bush shows he learned nothing from McNamara’s Vietnam blunders

Friday, November 17th, 2006

Here’s a stellar comment to a blog at Unclaimed Territory, Glenn Greenwald’s blog:


Why aren’t pundits and journalists calling Bush on this?

Bush vs. Robert McNamara’s Lessons from Vietnam


• freedom takes time to trump hatred.

McNamara’s 11 lessons from “The Fog of War”

• We misjudged then — and we have since — the geopolitical intentions of our adversaries … and we exaggerated the dangers to the United States of their actions.

• We viewed the people and leaders of South Vietnam in terms of our own experience … We totally misjudged the political forces within the country.

• We underestimated the power of nationalism to motivate a people to fight and die for their beliefs and values.

• Our judgments of friend and foe alike reflected our profound ignorance of the history, culture, and politics of the people in the area, and the personalities and habits of their leaders.

• We failed then — and have since — to recognize the limitations of modern, high-technology military equipment, forces and doctrine …

• We failed as well to adapt our military tactics to the task of winning the hearts and minds of people from a totally different culture.

• We failed to draw Congress and the American people into a full and frank discussion and debate of the pros and cons of a large-scale military involvement … before we initiated the action.

• After the action got under way and unanticipated events forced us off our planned course … we did not fully explain what was happening and why we were doing what we did.

• We did not recognize that neither our people nor our leaders are omniscient. Our judgment of what is in another people’s or country’s best interest should be put to the test of open discussion in international forums. We do not have the God-given right to shape every nation in our image or as we choose.

• We did not hold to the principle that U.S. military action … should be carried out only in conjunction with multinational forces supported fully (and not merely cosmetically) by the international community.

• We failed to recognize that in international affairs, as in other aspects of life, there may be problems for which there are no immediate solutions … At times, we may have to live with an imperfect, untidy world.

• Underlying many of these errors lay our failure to organize the top echelons of the executive branch to deal effectively with the extraordinarily complex range of political and military issues.

“As I told you, I am not going to comment on President Bush,” McNamara said, patting his briefcase. “I refer you again to the 11 principles. You apply them! …You don’t need me to point out the target. You’re smart enough!”



Godwin’s Law be damned: Authoritarian societies mirror each other

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

There would be no such thing as Godwin’s Law if comparing things to Nazi Germany wasn’t commonplace. Nonetheless, this section from “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” struck me as eerily familiar:

No one who has not lived for years in a totalitarian land can possibly conceive how difficult it is to to escape the dread consequences of a regime’s calculated and incessant propaganda. Often in a German home or office or sometimes in a casual conversation with a stranger in a restaurant, a beer hall, a cafe, I would meet with the most outlandish assertions from seemingly educated and intelligent persons. It was obvious they were parroting some piece of nonsense they had heard on the radio or read in the newspapers. Sometimes one was tempted to say as much, but on such occasions one was met with such a stare of incredulity, such a shock of silence, as if one had blasphemed the Almighty, that one realized how useless it was even to try to make contact with a mind which had become warped and for whom the facts of life had become what Hitler and Goebbels, with their cynical disregard for truth, said they were.

Remind you of anything?


Bush: The U.S. can’t return to isolationism - you know, like we were in 1940

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

Showing once again that when he says “We must work together,” what he really means is “Screw you, hippies,” President George Bush today continued on his attacks of Democrats who seem to object to the Bush Doctrine of endless, badly fought wars:

“We hear voices calling for us to retreat from the world and close our doors to its opportunities,” he said in a speech at the National University of Singapore. “These are the old temptations of isolationism and protectionism, and America must reject them,” said Bush in Singapore.

Because, hey, who doesn’t look back fondly to the Pre-World War II days, some 65 years ago, when U.S. Republicans were firm isolationsists. Since then, the U.S. has really just been minding its own business with the occasional imperialist action in Iraq, Iraq again, Korea, Colombia, Vietnam, Cuba, Bosnia, Nicaragua, Grenada, Panama, Palestine, Libya, Lebanon, Iran, Somalia, Haiti, Rwanda, and a few dozen other nations we entered militarily for varying purposes and goals.

But don’t think for a second we’re going to go back to the way things were some seven decades ago. And don’t even get started on going back to Prohibition, either. Or the Whig Party.


The New U.S. No-Fly list: No, we aren’t becoming Nazis - they weren’t checking everyone who wanted to leave

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

Many liberal blogs are up in arms about the new U.S. law, which will come into play in January, making it mandatory for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to review every U.S. passenger who will be taking an international flight. Basically, you need the State’s permission to leave the country in the U.S. now.

And while blogs like Crooks and Liars’ ““Vy Vould You Vish To Leave Ze Fatherland?” complain about this trampling on civil liberties, they go a step too far when they start comparing the U.S. to Nazi Germany.

You see, the Nazis basically let people come and go:

From “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich:”

“Nazi Germany permitted all but a few thousand of its citizens who were in the black book of the secret police to travel abroad … Nazi rulers did not seem to be worried that the average German would be contaminated by anti-Nazism if he visited the democratic countries.”

So see, sure they had a no-fly list, but it’s not like they had to check EVERYBODY before they got on airplanes, like the U.S. is going to do.

So please, enough with hysterics. The Nazis weren’t THAT bad.


Rudy Giuliani, others, face long odds in 2008

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

Deciding to form the ever-popular “exploratory committee,” Rudy Giuliani has taken the first step toward a 2008 Presidential run. The former Mayor of New York is one of the first Republicans to dip his foot into the waters of a potential presedential run.

Non-partisan experts, however, have said Giuliani faces nearly insurmountable odds in his quest, however, as there is little chance Americans will vote for a candidate whose name ends in a vowel.

The experts also agreed it’s highly unlikely Americans would pledge their support to candidates whose names end in -ingrich or -obama, either.


Word of the day: Sectarian

Monday, November 13th, 2006


Pronunciation: sek-’ter-E-&n
Function: adjective
1: of, relating to, or characteristic of a sect or sectarian
2: limited in character or scope : PAROCHIAL

Now, let’s use it in a sentence:

From 1861 to 1865, the United States of America was embroiled in sectarian violence, with the North sect fighting the South sect.


Like me, many people can only imagine what Veterans Day really means to a veteran

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

On Veterans Day, we must always remember those who sacrificed everything - their lives, their personal lives, their families and every that there is on this planet. To those who offer their lives for a greater cause, we salute you. As someone who has never served, I can’t begin to imagine what veterans of the U.S. have gone through, or what a day like this means to them.

Of course, neither can these guys.

Bush and crew

Or these guys:

Dennis Hastert
Dick Armey
Tom Delay
Roy Blunt
Bill Frist
Mitch McConnell
Rick Santorum
George Felix Allen
Trent Lott
Richard Shelby
Jon Kyl
John Cornyn
Tim Hutchison
Christopher Cox
John T. Doolittle
Saxby Chambliss
Jack Kemp
Dan Quayle
Eliot Abrams
Paul Wolfowitz
Vin Weber
Richard Perle
Douglas Feith
Rudy Giuliani
Michael Bloomberg
George Pataki
Lindsey Graham
Dana Rohrabacher
John M. McHugh
Todd Platts
Bill Clinton
Hillary Clinton
Condoleeza Rice
George Will
Chris Matthews
Bill O’Reilly
Paul Gigot
Bill Bennett
Ann Coulter
Pat Buchanan
Rush Limbaugh
Michael Savage
John Wayne
Pat Robertson
Bill Kristol
Sean Hannity
Kenneth Starr
Antonin Scalia
Clarence Thomas
Ralph Reed
Michael Medved
Charlie Daniels
Ted Nugent
Toby Keith
John Ashcroft
Jeb Bush
Karl Rove
Newt Gingrich
Ronald Reagan
Phil Gramm