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Musharraf Resigns..

Monday, August 18th, 2008

In true Nixsonian style Musharraf resigns. Per the NYT: Facing the threat of impeachment, President Pervez Musharraf announced that he would resign, saying the charges against him were false but that he would step down for the sake of his nation. Why in the blue hell won't our congress critters do this? ...

Russian Invasion of Georgia, and What It Means

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

We've had a few days now to think about this horrifying event and what it all means. It’s still shocking. Russia has invaded Georgia. What can you say? A sovereign nation has been attacked by another country. Is there no rule of law any more? The world has descended into chaos. And ...

America’s Landlord (It’s Not Who You Think)

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

According to one theory, oil is the international currency. Might as well be. Now, putting aside all feelgood rhetoric and wishful thinking, let’s ask the unspeakable question — how much is America worth? According to this calculation, the United States of America is worth 400 billion barrels of oil. And it just ...

Nigeria Has Weapons of Mass Destruction

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Iraq and Iran are sooo yesterday. The next battleground over Cheap Oil will be Nigeria. How soon is anybody’s guess. This article by Scott Thill describes a new book — "Curse of the Black Gold: Fifty Years of Oil in the Niger Delta." The article includes a short video and an ...

After Claiming Clinton A Failure On North Korea, Why Is Bush Deal Being Lauded As A Success?

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Neo-conservatives and the Bush Administration like to paint the 1994 Agreed Framework deal on North Korea's nuclear program as a failure of Bill Clinton's foreign policy efforts. They point out that North Korea continued to manufacture plutonium after agreeing not to, and that their breach of the agreement amounts to Bill ...

George Carlin has died.

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

And I am brokenhearted. I saw George through three different decades of my life and up until the end when I saw him in Vegas two years ago, he was on his game, satire at its best and grumpy as hell. From MSNBC: Comedian George Carlin, a counter-culture hero famed for ...

At Least America is Still Manufacturing SOMETHING

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Don’t listen to those doom-and-gloom liberals. America does TOO manufacture something: Refugees. According to the United Nations, the number of worldwide refugees went way up in 2007. The ongoing quagmire in Iraq is responsible for a large part of the increase. Afghanistan and Iraq were the two leading countries of origin ...

A Helluva Way to Run a Democracy

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

President Bush's diplomafacatin' negotiators have been working on a new status of forces agreement with Iraq. The negotiations have, for the most part, been behind closed doors - both US and Iraqi. These negotiations also show El Jefe's deep commitment to the concept of negotiating - "I'll tell ya what ...

Poll: Bush Near Bottom - Tough Guy Image Hurt U.S. Reputation

Monday, June 16th, 2008

If one reads and reviews enough polls, one can begin to piece together an understanding of the factors that determine the public's perceptions of the politicians who are the focus of these surveys. A new poll designed to measure the confidence in a number of world leaders and the impact ...

The US of A pathy

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Pew released a great report today. I'm still digesting it, but this jumped out at me. Despite the huge uptick in voter registration, the rock star crowds turning out to see Obama, the invigoration at precinct level of Dems thanks to the 50 State Strategy and the DFA, and the ...

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