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April 23rd, 2007

Army Sergeant Complains About Flags being Lowered for VT Massacre

I think he’s got one hell of a point to be made.

An Army sergeant complained in a rare opinion article that the U.S. flag flew at half-staff last week at the largest U.S. base in Afghanistan for those killed at Virginia Tech but the same honor is not given to fallen U.S. troops here and in Iraq . . . If the flags on our (operating bases) were lowered for just one day after the death of a service member, it would show the people who knew the person that society cared, the American people care.
The American people do care, it’s the President that has decided not to care.
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April 23rd, 2007

From an Angry Soldier

I’m absolutely speechless . . .

I am SICK of all this bullshit people are writing about the Iraq war. I am abso-fucking-lutely sick to death of it. What the fuck do most of you know about it? You watch it on TV and read the commentaries in the newspaper or Newsweek or whatever god damn yuppie news rag you subscribe to and think you’re all such fucking experts that you can scream at each other like five year old about whether you’re right or not. Let me tell you something: unless you’ve been there, you don’t know a god damn thing about it. It you haven’t been shot at in that fucking hell hole, SHUT THE FUCK UP!

How do I dare say this to you moronic war supporters who are “Supporting our Troops” and waving the flag and all that happy horse shit? I’ll tell you why. I’m a Marine and I served my tour in Iraq. My husband, also a Marine, served several. I left the service six months ago because I got pregnant while he was home on leave and three days ago I get a visit from two men in uniform who hand me a letter and tell me my husband died in that fucking festering sand-pit. He should have been home a month ago but they extended his tour and now he’s coming home in a box.

You fuckers and that god-damn lying sack of shit they call a president are the reason my husband will never see his baby and my kid will never meet his dad.

Support our troops, bring them home NOW!
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April 23rd, 2007

Simple, Elegant, and Wrong

For every problem there is a solution that is simple, elegant, and wrong. – H.L. Mencken

This is in response to several articles in the newspapers over the last couple of days about the Virginia Tech mass murder and about other things, and a still-ongoing argument on another string about the best way to prevent future mass murders.

I’ve read of at least four responses to the tragedy in Virginia. First and foremost, of course, can be summed up as “Take away the guns!” Next most popular seems to be “Lock up all the crazy people!” The other two are, “Poverty is the root of all evil, so get rid of poverty,” and “By golly, we just need to be quicker to confront bad behavior and then we’d nip this kind of thing in the bud.” They’re all, on the surface at least, simple and elegant, and they’re all wrong, or at least incomplete. But we humans do have an unfortunate tendency to be too lazy to want to study complicated things, so we want quick sound-bite fixes, and if someone tries to tell us, “it’s not that simple,” too many of us don’t stop and consider the possibility that – gasp! – they might be right. No, we just screech that they are villains or fools, and if they try to say anything else, we just screech louder. Sometimes we cite polls of people whose opinions are no more based on fact or expertise than are our own (democracy is a beautiful thing, but the fact that we’re all created equal doesn’t mean we all equally know what we’re talking about.)
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April 21st, 2007

USMC Creates Wounded Warrior Regiment

This is far from the only such effort by the services, but this is the one that is covered in this week’s Marine Corps Times: the Commandant of the Marine Corps has ordered the creation of a Wounded Warrior Regiment to help wounded Marines (and Sailors serving in Marine units) who have been wounded and are now negotiating the red tape of the military and VA health care system. The headquarters of the new unit will be at the Marine base at Quantico, Virginia, and it will assign the wounded warriors to either Camp Pendleton near San Diego or Camp LeJeune in North Carolina, one battalion at each of those bases (they won’t have to be physically located there; they can be treated wherever their families live, but those battalions will take care of their paperwork, pay, and so on.) The commanding officer has already been assigned and is putting together the staff, and the regiment will be up and running sometime this summer. There are already “wounded warrior” barracks at both Pendleton and LeJeune, but this will unify tracking of the treatment of those service members and give it a more powerful advocate and greater accountability.

As the story says, the regiment will ensure people get a satisfactory level of care, help them cope with evaluation boards and insurance claims, and will oversee case management for them, no matter where in the country they live. It will act as a clearinghouse for charitable donations, and will also take care of Marines and Sailors who are being transferred to the VA system, including staying in touch with them after they leave the military medical system and periodically checking to see whether their needs are still being met.

This is right and good. This is how it should be. This is supporting the troops.
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April 13th, 2007

Thoughts from a Soldier

This comment was left by a soldier in regards to the 15 month extension. I thought it was important to bring to the front so that people can get an idea of what some of our brave men and women are feeling about the extentsion.

Stuck_IN_Iraq Says :April 13th, 2007 at 1:50 am

First I would like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and support. It’s the generous support from individuals back home that make this whole ordeal a lot easier to get through. I for one have received care packages, cards and letters from total strangers and they do put make us feel like we are being supported regardless of what their opinion may be of the war; and it is greatly appreciated.
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April 10th, 2007

The Pragmatic Party: Proactive Beyond Left or Right

There are desirable changes that nearly all of us agree on, whether we call ourselves red or blue, liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat. We may disagree passionately about exactly what the problems are or what the solutions should look like, but almost all Americans want to see our country and people safe from terrorism and other threats; the current wars brought to conclusions that are good for our own country and for the peoples of Iraq and Afghanistan; our society dealing with less homelessness and poverty; our budget deficit and balance of trade cleaned up; and our kids growing up safe, healthy, literate, clean, sober, and non-pregnant. Although people have intense convictions all over the spectrum about how to achieve these things, and about whether or how much we should be worried about a slew of other things, most of us share the sincere belief that we are speaking out in the best interests of America and Americans – we almost all have sincere good intentions.

So how do we get past the party-line dogmas and arguments and find ways to work together to make things better? The next two or three decades are going to be critical. A lot of things are changing faster and faster, another fact we can probably agree on, and we need to quit fighting over the steering wheel and collaborate to direct our own collective fate, or go over a cliff. To continue the metaphor, one of the most important parts of driving competently is to drive defensively, to look down the road and all around, spot threats coming before they get too close, and outmaneuver them. In other words, to be proactive. Our current mode of operation as a society and a nation is more often for all sides of a disagreement to refuse to let go of the wheel even if it means wrecking the car – in other words, we’d rather go into the ditch than in the direction the other guy wants – and then to argue about whose fault it was.

It’s time for the reasonable people of all parties and philosophies to start acknowledging that it’s possible for intelligent, thoughtful people to disagree with us without that making them villains or idiots. We need to re-combine and re-divide along different lines – I would propose the formation of a new party, we could call it the Pragmatic party. The key of the Pragmatics’ platform would be that loyalty to our nation’s best interests trumps concerns of left versus right, trumps differences of religious or spiritual values, trumps the kind of politicking that sees it as a reasonable thing to cause or allow bad things to happen as long as the other guys get the blame.
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April 5th, 2007

Jane Stillwater, a liberal blogger goes to Baghdad

This woman is either brave or nuts. She is a 60 something from Berkley and a member of the old guard known as hippies. She is in the Green Zone as a blogger on a shoe string budget..and thats putting it mildly. IraqSlogger makes fun of her here. A brief excerpt of what they have to say about Jane:

Is Jane the vanguard of a new left-of-left wing blogohippies soon to haunt the Green Zone singing Kumbayah at the DFAC and doing sit-ins at Gate 12? Not really, but she is worth rooting for. Her ability to get a CPIC card (a useless piece of plastic that doesn’t get you anywhere except not arrested) is worth noting. She travels free of security and black GMC’s, free of heavy gear and technology, free of access, support or survival skills..and in Jane’s case free of any funding or responsibility to cover the war under normal journalistic standards

Jane is over there without body armor, without a computer and god knows what else. Her blog is here. She seems very naive to me, I don’t know what she was expecting. She was there for McCain’s recent stroll through Baghdad outside the green zone. She went to his news conference and actually asked him a question.
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April 3rd, 2007

 Presenting Hometown Baghdad

A series of videos on Salon.com bring us into the lives of three young, mid-20’s, residents of Baghdad. The videos were filmed over the course of a year. This isn’t something you can see on the evening news or in documentary form my dear reader, except on the website for the producer or their YouTube site.


Let me tell you what broke my heart. One of the young men, Saif, in the second video, just graduated from college as a Dentist. Yet he states he would be willing to work at a gas station anywhere else in the world than stay in Baghdad. These are short video’s 2-3 minutes in length. I urge everyone to watch them. It shows how these kids are really no different than our own young people..the same wants and desires out of life. They hate the extremists. They even have created their own band, which made me smile in spite of their pain and suffering. The difference is the “symphony of bullets” and death that they live with daily. The video is one of the series, just to pique your interest.

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April 3rd, 2007

Liberal Blogger Embed In Iraq Update: The GTL and The Pentagon Still In Discussions

It’s not over ’til it’s over, folks. The latest “scoop” from The Gun Toting Liberal’s Co-Editor, Ms. Megan Donovan (blockquoted in its entirety):

First DOD Conference Call Set For Wednesday - GTL/Pentagon Discussions Continue On Embedding One Of Our Own In Iraq

I had a conversation with Charles Holt of the DOD today to follow up on Alex’s conversation with them and to further review the opportunities that exist for the GTL in recognizing the blogosphere as a valid force in today’s media.

I found a great ease in my conversation with Mr. Holt. He was accomodating and very generous with his time. He appeared to be a staunch supporter of the blogosphere and recognized our penchant for getting past the “talking-point” questions to reach deep into an issue.
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April 1st, 2007

Don’t F**k with Senator McCain’s MySpace Page

Looks like Senator McCain is a little touchy about people having fun with his MySpace page.

Obviously some people don’t share my sense of humor. This afternoon I was happily geeking away when I heard a knock at the door. I went to answer and was presented with a local sheriff and two FBI agents holding a lovely search warrant (scans coming when I can get down to Kinko’s in the morning). Apparently, WITHOUT BOTHERING TO ASK A FUCKING PROGRAMMER WHETHER IT’S POSSIBLE OR NOT, I’m being accused of unlawful entry to the Senator’s official web site!!! Anyone with HALF A FUCKING BRAIN will know that I did NO SUCH THING.
To understand the whole story you need to read the bottom of the page first. And yes anybody with half a fucking brain knows that if you hot link a picture you can always switch it later. I would hardly call that hacking a website.
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March 31st, 2007

See How Your Legislators Scored on Supporting Veterans

The DAV (Disabled American Veterans), an organization loathed by the Bushies for standing up to them about really supporting the troops and veterans, has a scoring system rating legislators on their support for veterans via votes on legislation affecting those vets. The most recent year for which they’ve tabulated scores – see how your state’s Congresscritters did. Here’s the link: In the case of my state, New Mexico, the three Republicans scored 42, 40, and 0 out of a possible 100 points. The two Democrats scored 92 and 100. ‘Nuff said.

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March 29th, 2007

American Evolution

We recently got a satellite TV system after several years with no TV access, and there are fascinating differences in the ads from what we saw years ago, differences with marked social and political implications.

Commercials reflect the concerns of the target audience. Marketers work hard both to create demand for products – usually by trying to convince us that there’s something wrong with us and the product they’re pushing is the way to make it right – and to figure out what already-existing concerns and demands they can target. If there are sociologists and anthropologists centuries from now, one of the best sources of information they will have on our culture is what we watch on TV, with the ads among the most useful parts.

The first thing that jumps out is the increased sophistication and cleverness of some of the ads. Amid the expected shouting hacks and glib talking suits, there are more ads that are funny or otherwise attention-grabbing. The Geico commercials running now – the Cockney gecko, the sensitive cavemen, and the over-the-top celebrity reps for stoic customers – are cute enough to make us look forward to the next in each series (even if we’re perfectly happy with our current insurance company and have no interest in switching.) There are some others that are just about as good.
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March 25th, 2007

Some Good News We Can All Agree On

Despite the horrible mismanagement and neglect of patients at some military hospitals, most notably Walter Reed, patients report that others are doing a great job. This is from the Marine Corps Times, issue of 3/26/2007:
When a roadside bomb tore off part of his right arm, Army Spc. Alroy Billiman leapfrogged from Army hospitals in Balad, Iraq, and Landstuhl, Germany.
After spending two weeks at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Billiman was transferred to Naval Medical Center San Diego. The 27-year-old infantryman, who deployed to Iraq with 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry, couldn’t have been happier about the care he’s received.
“This hospital is freaking awesome – the staff, the Navy corpsmen, the nurses, the doctors. I’m very blessed to be here,” he said, speaking March 12 during an afternoon “open house” arranged by officials to showcase the Naval Medical Center’s Comprehensive Combat Casualty Care Center, known as C5.
“All those bad things I said about the Navy, I take back,” he said, laughing.

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March 18th, 2007

NYC Anti-War Protest

O.K., just got back from the Anti-War March that was held in NYC today and thought I’d share some pictures. It was a great day for freedom and democracy my friends. A little cold but who’s complaining, that didn’t stop thousands of people from showing up to display their outrage with this illegal war and the criminals that are running it.

I have to say the highlight of my day was having the oppurtunity and pleasure of meeting Jose Vasquez and Jen Hogg, both are members of IVAW. Jose has made some news in the past year for his refusal to fight in this war, a very courageous decision, indeed.

Jose let me march with IVAW which placed me smack dab in the front of the march so I didn’t get a chance to see some of the more creative outfits that participated in the march. Anyway, enjoy the pics and to be fair I included the two Pro-Death marchers that showed up. Don’t let them think there was more than just them. They just kept running from corner to corner and changing their sign. I’m pretty sure their was just two of them.
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March 17th, 2007

Support Our Troops - Watch Iraq Veterans Memorial

The Iraq Veterans Memorial is an online war memorial that honors the members of the U.S. armed forces who have lost their lives serving in the Iraq War. The Memorial is a collection of video memories from family, friends, military colleagues, and co-workers of those that have fallen.


This memorial was conceived as a place to honor the servicemembers who lost their lives over the past four years during the Iraq War. By watching the videos, you will have the opportunity to learn about these heroes from those who knew them best — their family, friends, and fellow servicemembers. Each man and woman represented in the memorial had attributes and qualities that made them unique, but they all have one thing in common - they were truly loved and are deeply missed.

“My first wish is to see this plague of mankind banished from the earth, and the sons and daughters of this world employed in more pleasing and innocent amusements, than in preparing implements and excercising them for the destruction of mankind.” - George Washington

QuestionItNow - Still In Iraq

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March 17th, 2007

March on the Pentagon is today

Marches beginBut the protests started last night as this Yahoo article describes;

WASHINGTON - Thousands of Christians prayed for peace at an anti-war service Friday night at the Washington National Cathedral, kicking off a weekend of protests around the country to mark the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq.

Afterward, participants marched with battery-operated faux candles through snow and wind toward the White House, where police began arresting protesters shortly before midnight. Protest guidelines require demonstrators to continue moving while on the White House sidewalk.
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March 17th, 2007

The Other Two Americas

Someone or other once said that there are two kinds of people: those who divide people into two types, and those who don’t. You could say the same thing about countries.

John Edwards has summed up the divide between the haves and have-nots of the U.S. by describing two Americas, because the differences between these groups in terms of health care, education, housing, and other aspects of life are so great that for all practical purposes they live in different countries. As my wife and I drive home from brunch at our favorite restaurant, we may be physically only a few feet away as we pass a frazzled-looking woman in a fast-food restaurant uniform sitting at a bus stop, but we are living in separate universes.

But that’s not the cultural divide I’m writing about today. The one I have in mind is at least as stark and possibly more dangerous to our integrity as a society. Rather than haves and have-nots, this is the chasm between the thinks and the think-nots.
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March 16th, 2007

Highlights of Valerie Plame’s testimony today

The written testimony is not available yet. The second highlight video is here. Editor and Publisher has a writeup here. Thanks to PoliticsTV for the video.



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March 15th, 2007

 Waxmans Oversight committee will hold hearings on PlameGate tomorrow

From the govt website:

“Chairman Henry A. Waxman announced a hearing on whether White House officials followed appropriate procedures for safeguarding the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson. At the hearing, the Committee will receive testimony from Ms. Wilson and other experts regarding the disclosure and internal White House security procedures for protecting her identity from disclosure and responding to the leak after it occurred. The hearing is scheduled for Friday, March 16, 10:00 a.m. in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Click here for the witness list.”

The hearings are always available live, online at the Oversight Committee website, the first one I link to in this blog.

Tags: Politics, Plamegate, Oversight Committee, Waxman

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March 15th, 2007

Thank Kucinich for His Remarks Today on Iran and Impeachment

When a Congress Member steps out into a firestorm of opposition from the corporate media and his own party’s leadership, he has to hear support from us to keep him going.

Please call Rep. Dennis Kucinich at 202-225-5871 and Email him at http://kucinich.us/contact and thank him for his remarks today on the floor of the House, in which he stood up for Congress’ war powers and stated impeachment may be the only way to prevent President Bush from attacking Iran. If you really want to encourage Dennis to move ahead on impeachment, one idea is to go to http://kucinich.us and donate to his presidential campaign. Try giving $15 because this is March 15th and indicating that impeachment is the reason why.

Remarks on the floor of the U.S. House, March 15, 2007
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March 12th, 2007

Showing Support For The Troops Or Support For Themselves?

Just one small question today, if Halliburton believed so greatly in the almighty cause that the W, Rove and Co suggests is the Iraq Conflagration, why did they move it’s CEO to Dubai rather than Baghdad? Seems like the latter would show more support for the troops, no?

HOUSTON, March 11 — Halliburton, the big energy services company, said on Sunday that it would open a corporate headquarters in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai and move its chairman and chief executive, David J. Lesar, there.
No doubt, Lesar isn’t going to be living in some sustainable, green and solar powered home. In fact, there isn’t much green about living in Dubai, or is there? No doubt, the choice of office and home environs when one can afford whatever one wants says a great deal about the character of the men making such decisions.
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March 11th, 2007

Robert Cray has a song about soldiers in Iraq



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March 11th, 2007

Bush in Brazil

If only people were this passionate in this country about getting this lunatic out of office.

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March 9th, 2007

 Bakersfield Soldier’s religious beliefs clash with his job.

Bako soldierWhen I saw the story on KERO, it made me sad. People have no right to judge a man who went when he was told to go to war. Even if he supports the war, he can feel as he does. It has to be hard to be in his shoes.

“Sgt. Mathew Gonzalez said his decal that reads “Lord please forgive me, I have committed sins for our freedom” is a message he created to show that as a Catholic he believes he did sin by killing someone in Iraq.”

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March 6th, 2007

Supporting the Troops… Or Not, Continued

Note: information in this post is taken from the Marine Corps Times, issue of 2/26/07.

Representative Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., is sponsoring a bill that would allow veterans to transfer their GI Bill benefits to members of their families. This would be a great thing for service members who can’t or don’t need to go to college themselves after leaving the service – perhaps because they already have degrees or skills allowing them to pursue the work they want to do, or are disabled to such an extent that they can’t go to school. They often have spouses or children who do want and need a college education.

On the Senate side, James Webb, D.-Va., has a bill in the works to update, or backdate, the GI Bill and restore it to something like the version that was in effect from the end of World War II until January of 1977, which fully covered tuition and fees and provided a modest living stipend to veterans going to college. R. James Nicholson, President Bush’s Secretary of Veterans Affairs, has warned Senator Webb that the Bush administration is not likely to support his efforts.
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March 5th, 2007

Quote of the Day

“Look at the fact that we call it the “Iraq War.” Where was the war? Doesn’t a war involve two sides fighting against each other? The “Iraq War” was simply one country (with a few hangers-on) dropping a lot of bombs on another country after it had sent in teams of inspectors to make sure that the country it was bombing didn’t have any weapons to fight back with. I can’t think of any “war” in history that has been conducted on a more cowardly basis.” –Terry Jones
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March 4th, 2007

Reconsidering Bill Richardson

As it’s gotten more likely that Bill Richardson will run for president in 2008, I’ve made some negative comments about him on BIO, based on my experience of him as a resident and state employee of his home state, New Mexico, where Big Bill’s currently serving his second term as governor. As the ’08 election inches nearer and his candidacy has become definite, though, I’ve had to do some hard thinking about him, and he’s grown on me; my stance has changed from negative to ambivalent. He may be our best shot at getting some of the changes we believe America needs to take place in the years after Bush leaves office.

His positions are pretty forward-thinking on some important questions, and (from my perspective) unfortunately a bit reactionary on a few others. Thumbnail sketch – Richardson’s record as a Congressman and Governor has been:
• Pro-education – he successfully pushed through a hefty pay raise for teachers here;
• Pro-choice and pro-women’s rights and minority rights in general;
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February 27th, 2007

Al Gore wins an Oscar, TN think tank releases his yearly energy usage

Fox Noise and another website..it rhymes with “fudge”..has printed a story, eerily the day after he won the Oscar, that shows his home uses roughly 22,619 kilowatt-hours of electricity at his house last August, a rate that is twice the level used by an average U.S. household in an entire year. The think tank, TCPR even went so far as to issue a press release with Gore’s information, which you can read here. Al released a statement through Think Progress:

Responding to Fudge’s attack, Vice President Gore’s office told ThinkProgress:

1) Gore’s family has taken numerous steps to reduce the carbon footprint of their private residence, including signing up for 100 percent green power through Green Power Switch, installing solar panels, and using compact fluorescent bulbs and other energy saving technology.
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February 27th, 2007

Recount Ordered for Gores Oscar

And once again it looks like the Supreme Court is going to intervene and decide the winner.

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February 25th, 2007

Quote of the Day

If you go back and see what Vice President Cheney has said for the last three or four years concerning Iraq, his batting average is abysmally low, . . . . He hasn’t been right on hardly anything, in his prediction of what was going to happen . . . He’s just been almost completely wrong on just about everything he’s said.– Former President Jimmy Carter
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February 23rd, 2007

Once Again, Stubborness Bites Reps in the Butt

Sometimes, I’m a little dense. I’ll admit it, I didn’t see the grand plan. When the non-binding resolution against the war came out, I mocked it as a wimped out effort at “bi-partisanship”. But, as John at Americablog points out, it was sheer brilliance. Republicans dug in their heels and refused to work with the Dems on the non-binding resolution chiding Bushco for their war (which the vast majority of this nation HATES). I guess Republicans thought if they got tough with it, the thing would go away. All they managed to do is put themselves in a box.

Democrats Seek to Repeal 2002 War Authorization — WAPO

Damn Skippy. Dems went to hardball because the Republican refused to make an effort on the non-binding action. Oh, well. It’s on now.
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February 19th, 2007

Presidents and Faith

On this most holy of floating holiday’s called “President’s Day” please take the time to take this quiz and remember, we are a nation of many religions and our founding fathers wanted it that way. Bonus question, please identify the founding father who said this;

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports . . . . Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
Hint: It wasn’t George W. Bush.
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February 18th, 2007

Democrat Tim Ryan — American Patriot

Tim recently gave a memorable five minute speech during the debate on Iraq in Congress. Lets look back and see Tim kick some more neocon ass and applaude every word of freedom that comes out of his mouth.



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February 14th, 2007

Picking Nits over the Word “Wasted”

Barack Obama said it right the first time.

A New Hampshire reporter asked Mr. Obama whether he regretted the remark, made at a rally on Sunday that “we ended up launching a war that should have never been authorized and should have never been waged, and to which we now have spent $400 billion and have seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted.” — NYT
If there is genuine offense taken, and by that I mean by the troop and their families, not the 101st Fighting Keyboarders, Obama has hastened to clarify his language. I needed no such clarification. In fact, when I read that, it took me back to a truly astonishing comment I received in October of 2005 from a guy I’d not heard from before, whose poignant words left me sorrowing and motivated to keep those words close. I use them as my personal litmus test on what I write about the war in Iraq, and I am thankful Liberal Jarhead chose to de-lurk and write them. The fact that he later accepted a place on the BIO writing staff is one of my personal high points with BIO, and I know we’ve all benefited from his ability to see through the murk, reason with truth, and explain with clarity and conviction.

From God Dem!, October 27, 2005: Don’t Waste Me

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February 12th, 2007

Republican Territory

Driving through the south with slogans like “Hillary for President” and “NASCAR Sucks” painted on your car–what could possibly go wrong?



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February 1st, 2007

Stages of Moral Development: Evaluate Yourself and Everyone You Know – Hours of Fun!

About 40 years ago, a psychologist named Lawrence Kohlberg who was teaching at Harvard at the time was fascinated by moral and ethical thought and action. He was a deeply spiritual person, and he was not just an ivory-tower academic. He had done time in a British prison for helping to smuggle Jewish Holocaust survivors into what was to become Israel over the Brits’ strenuous resistance; during the Vietnam war he was a leading voice of protest against what he saw as the immoral and unethical aspects of the U.S. government’s actions there.
Kohlberg developed a fairly clear framework to explain and track the process of moral development starting in early childhood and progressing, hopefully, lifelong. This framework comes with a couple of caveats. First, people’s movement along the continuum is not necessarily linear or consistent. People stop at various stages, skip stages, and sometimes regress to more primitive stages. Also, some pointed out that his framework could be seen as male-biased, because in our culture men tend to base their values more on rules and achievement and women more on compassion and community. Anyway, here’s Kohlberg’s ladder – comments in italics are mine, the rest comes from Morton Hunt’s book The Story of Psychology.

Stage 1: Naïve moral realism; action is based on rules, and motivation is the avoidance of punishment. This is the level seen in early childhood, where kids don’t question rules and some of them seem to spend most of their waking hours being tiresome tattletales. Also the stage seen in the kind of fundamentalist religion that assumes the threat of Hell is necessary to get people to act right. Tendency to be very literal and legalistic, seeing things in strictly all/nothing right/wrong good/bad terms, and to seek systems of rules (again, like fundamentalism) that spare the individual the onus of having to use judgment and maybe do something wrong. Examples: John Ashcroft, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush about half the time, Anita Bryant (remember her?).

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January 31st, 2007

Sooo Many Captions, Sooo Little Time


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January 31st, 2007

Restarting the Draft Would Be Wrong and Stupid: Here’s Why

There’s been a lot of talk lately about restarting the military draft, up to and including a failed bill sponsored in the House by Charles Rangel that would have started the machinery in motion again. The government is reportedly planning a so-called dry run of a new draft in 2009 – not that they’d actually start forcing people into uniform, they hasten to reassure us, they just want to make sure they can. Looking at the history of our own and other governments and seeing how hard it is to find examples of governments having powers and not exercising them, I find that reassurance rings more than a little hollow.

There seem to be two main arguments for bringing the selective service system back online, one based on principle and the other a rationalization masquerading as reason.

The first, the argument from principle, proposes that we should renew the draft so that all America, especially the privileged decision-makers who tend to start wars, will share the sacrifices. Those who push this logic point out, correctly, that the current war in Iraq and Afghanistan is leaving about 98% of us untouched – we aren’t going, we don’t have friends or relatives going, most of us don’t even know anyone in the service. If our own precious hides were at risk, we’d be a lot more concerned, less self-absorbed, and more identified with our nation and our men and women in uniform. If our own flesh and blood would be going in harm’s way, most Americans, and particularly the power elite, would pay more attention, take the decision to make war much more seriously, and would be more reluctant to wave the flag, beat their chests, and yell idiotic things like “Bring’em on!”
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January 30th, 2007

Quote of the Day 1/30/07

Maybe I’ve been too hard on Dear Leader…

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt

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January 21st, 2007

Americans:  “As Stupid As The Russians?”

With more American GIs spilling their blood in the sand for no real justifiable reason, one wonders why we are not winning this “global war on terror.”

I found a very interesting article in today’s Sunday paper. Here are three paragraphs that may answer the above question.

Have a look:
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