I have also contended that nobody prior to Bush's invasion disputed the claims of WMDs, and that the universal agreement about Iraqi WMDs was premised on data collected over the 8 years of Clinton's presidency, not during the few months of Bush II's presidency prior to 911 or between 911 and Bush II making his case. The only debate at the time was: given that Iraq has these weapons, and that Iraq has violated for ten years the conditions of WMD inspections and other stipulations, should the US include in its 911 response an enforcement of the 1992 cease-fire that banned those weapons?
Here's a pretty convincing essay confirming my view:
Consider this excerpt from a New York Times editorial about a speech Bush gave weeks before the coalition entered Iraq:"President Bush sketched an expansive vision last night of what he expects to accomplish by a war in Iraq. Instead of focusing on eliminating weapons of mass destruction, or reducing the threat of terror to the United States, Mr. Bush talked about establishing a 'free and peaceful Iraq' that would serve as a 'dramatic and inspiring example' to the entire Arab and Muslim world, provide a stabilizing influence in the Middle East and even help end the Arab-Israeli conflict."
Duke Hoochie Dancer 2, Kim Roberts, now makes another shocking claim about her her dance partner, Crystal Magnum, during the time before Magnum would invent a rape charge to escape arrest and mandatory drug testing:
We already know, according to Roberts' previous statements to police and news media, that when the girls left much earlier than planned, after fighting with the Duke jerks about money and a rude comment about a broomstick, Magmum's ride home hadn't arrived. So Roberts tried to drive Magnum home, but Magnum would not, or could not, provide directions. Roberts got scared by Magnum's behavior (the jerks claimed that Magnum's behavior scared them, and that they locked her out when she tried to get in to retrieve some of her belongings) , which included accusations that Roberts had conspired with the jerks to steal the cash that she left behind, and demands to return to "earn more money." So Roberts pulled into a grocery store and tried to push and pull Magnum out of the car. During this struggle, Roberts now reveals, Magnum started saying really sick things, like: "Put marks on me. That's what I want."
We learn this week also that the DA never interviewed Magnum himself prior to issuing arrest warrants, and in this article we learn that he also never interviewed Roberts.
With people like Nadir remaining numb, or supporting Magnum, due to considerations of race and class, they will have no credibility when they try to speak out in the future when some poor black guy gets falsely accused by a honkey girl of rape, and some incompetent DA ignores facts and proper conduct in pressing charges. The people who now support the Duke victims -- even rich jerks are sometimes victims -- should represent valuable public resources for future poor black guys railroaded like this. More precisely, the Duke victims themselves should represent perhaps the most valuable public assets possible for such a victim. But with "black community activists" like Nadir now representing their biggest enemy -- imagine how the DA would react if Jesse, Rev. Al, NAACP leaders, etc. all stood up for the Duke victims -- when this ever happens in the future to a poor black guy, how can Nadir and Jesse get help from these Duke Victims?
"Excuse me, even though I am certain that you raped that girl (Jesse) / even though I have a policy of not making public judgments when this happens to rich white guys (Nadir), some lying, drugged-out cracker hoochie has made a clearly fake accusation against a poor black guy in order to get out of a public intoxication arrest and a mandatory blood check for illegal drugs. Can you guys help generate public pressure on the DA to spare this innocent soul from an unfair prosecution?"
The Jesses and Nadirs are keeping these situations divided by race: Jesse automatically supports black folks even when they lie, and Nadir just zips his mouth when it's the black folks who are doing wrong to a honkey. Imagine the credibility of these sorts of people if they sought justice in all circumstances, not just when it's white-on-black.
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"In terms of any prosecution, it's troubling when a witness who has been interviewed many times comes up with a completely new statement," Fairstein told ABC News. "At some point in a prosecutorial interview, she would have been asked to give them anything she knew, any scrap of information that she had."
Fairstein told ABC News she was shocked to learn last week that Nifong had yet to interview the accuser. "That is just against the progress that's been made in this very specialized field," she said.
"It belies anything a prosecutor would do before making charges. There was no need to rush to the charging judgment in this case. … This whole train should have been slowed down and everybody interviewed before charging decisions. To have witnesses appear on a media program revealing information that the prosecutor doesn't know is stunningly inappropriate."
We really need to get this right. A proper voting system would indeed render meaningless who owns the machine-making company. I have outlined such a system, which would provide redundant and transparent "paper trails", so that various partisan and non-partisan observers would simultaneously know precinct results and certify electronically mastered election outcomes, and each voter would have his/her own evidence of his/her own vote.
I would correct Mahr's language "western culture", since many civilized countries are non-western, including South Korea, Tiawan, Japan, South Africa, and the Kurdish third of Iraq.
1. The DA, for pushing this case.
2. The "community activists" and other such people who have pressed this even after the facts emerged.
3. The Duke students who instantly believed Magnum's story immediately and created the initial political pressure to prosecute. Most of these people redeemed themselves by dropping support for Magnum when the facts emerged.
4. Those who profess to "fight racism" but have remained silent here merely because the victims are rich white assholes.
Is anybody who supports Nifong prosecution surprised that Nifong has such absolute confidence without even interviewing the accuser? How about his refusal to interview the accused who came calling?
Wain defined heroism as quick response to a changing environment, like a driver who swerves into another lane for the purpose of avoiding an oncoming car and, in the process, saves the life of his passenger. "That wasn't his intent," he said. "But being flexible and shifting is a higher level of intelligence. The people who can't change die."
This is the dumbest definition of a hero I've ever come accross. It incorrect, and the Time writer does not qualify as a "hero." There can only be one logical definition of a hero: Somebody who commits an act that he believes will greatly increase the danger to his own life, in order to lesson the danger to somebody else.
Nadir, you probably cheered as rental owners endured low profits. But now consumers have changed their mind: they want to rent instead of buying, waiting to see how low the for-sale prices are going to fall. But these consumers now find a SHORTAGE of rental space. Consequently rental prices have soared. Those evil landloards are making more profits! One certain new consequence: investers are going to start building more rental space.
Ah, capitalism: free people trading freely, standardizing the social value of their labors with a monetary system, solving their own problems. Should we be any more angry at petro company officials than landlords? Or should we simply be glad that the profit system ensures ready, reliable supplies of petro and real estate?
"Many Germans and Dutch, apparently, did not wait for Broder’s advice. The number of emigrants leaving the Netherlands and Germany has already surpassed the number of immigrants moving in. One does not have to be prophetic to predict, like Henryk Broder, that Europe is becoming Islamic. Just consider the demographics. The number of Muslims in contemporary Europe is estimated to be 50 million. It is expected to double in twenty years. By 2025, one third of all European children will be born to Muslim families. Today Mohammed is already the most popular name for new-born boys in Brussels, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and other major European cities."
"In a recent op-ed piece in the Brussels newspaper De Standaard (23 October) the Dutch (gay and self-declared “humanist”) author Oscar Van den Boogaard refers to Broder’s interview. Van den Boogaard says that to him coping with the islamization of Europe is like “a process of mourning.” He is overwhelmed by a “feeling of sadness.” “I am not a warrior,” he says, “but who is? I have never learned to fight for my freedom. I was only good at enjoying it".”
1. The DA probably would not have proceded.
2. All the honkies who currently support the Dukesboro Boys would also support them if they were black and their false accuser white. Remember, the hoochie initially had not only many honkey supporters, nearly all of her initiall supporters were white. Remember those daily student protests, banging pans outside the homes of the Dukesboro Boys and the Duke president? Nearly all of these prottesters were honkies, and their efforts vaulted this into the national media. During this time -- before any facts emerged -- not a peep came from the hoochie's crosstown black classmates. This proves the capability of honkies to support poor blacks against cracker culprits. But when the facts emerged, those protests ended, proving that honkies in 2006 have the capacity to sensibly, factually, and ratinoally assess race-charged situations. Do black folks? We'll see.
If we prevent US companies from "outsourcing" in order to "protect" a US job that earns the US worker, say $70k/year, how much do US consumers have to spend in higher product cost in order to preserve that job? Nothing? $50/yr per job "saved"? $1million/year per job saved? This question never gets asked in the popular media, or by protectionists like Pat Buchanon and Nadir. Williams here asks and answers this question.
He also describes a scenario that illustrates a crucial flaw with protectionist logic: rather than only consider preserving current US jobs that at risk for "out sourcing", let's consider jobs that for 100 years have always existed only outside the US. For example, the people who produce the coffee, chocolate, and spices that US consumers purchase. Why not ban those imports, and force USAers to purchase only USA-grown coffee, chocolate, and spices? Currently nobody in the US grows such food. Why? Because the costto artificially create in the US the conditions required for cultivating these foods is too high in comparassion to what nature provides for free in other nations. But with no alternative, evil US corporations could create those conditions here, and USAers who want these products would have to pay higher prices for them. Why don't Pat Buchannon and Nadir demand this? Why stop at "preserving" current US jobs. Why not also demand creating new US jobs?
And why does protectionist, anti-outsourcing Nadir oppose the US govt sugar subsidies that "protect" domestic sugar-growing and -processing jobs? Does Nadir favor "outsourcing" these jobs to poor nations where currently poor people could get extra money for growing, processing, and selling sugar?
Interesting: the culprits are black. And attending a job-training program for bad-acting teens who get kicked out of regular school. There's more lessons here than we can enumerate. The non-honkey Arabs belong to group that out-performs honkeys in various measures of success, such as income, wealth, and education, even when getting constantly harassed by ignorant bullies (which these do not use as an excuse to stop behaving productively). Nadir ignores these statistics of non-white success when labeling the US "racist" against blacks.
Meanwhile these black punks are constantly screwing around, lowering the value of their surroundings, and of their own selves, owing to their own life choices. (Perhaps Nadir will trace their negative conduct to the effects of slavery? But how to explain how the Arabs can overcome their own excuses?) The sad results of these black jackasses, Nadir will average in with the statistics that supposedly demonstrate that the US is "racist" against whites because the black average success statistics lag those of whites.
1. One law limits the number of brew pubs one company can own.
2. Another law requires a brewer to hire another company to distribute its beer.
The big stupid commercial brewers do not operate any "brew pubs", which are restaurants that brew their own beer. The more people eating and drinking at brew pubs, the fewer people drinking crappy big beer (Bud, Corona, Heniken, etc.). If Nadir and I operate a brew pub, we can only open two more, for a total of three. Why would a law limit us? The people most likely to open a brew pub in my area are people who already operate one somewhere else. How does Nadir and my opening a fourth brew pub harm other people in Michigan?
And if Nadir and I want to get our beer into bottles and into stores, we can't deliver it ourselves, in our own SUVs and vans. We have to contract with a certified distributer. But those distributers will not contract with us, because in the begining we will not do enough volume to matter to them, busy as they are distributing horrible commercial beer. So how can we get a start? How will it harm other Michiganers if Nadir and I deliver our own beer to area stores?
But wait: Every week that same grocer gives Williams $100 worth of groceries. By the end of the year, that grocer has given $4,800 worth of groceries to Williams, and the grocer has become "dependant" on Williams for cash!
Horrors! It seems like just a few years ago that same grocer was starving on the streets, bothering Williams, begging for money. Now the bastard's taking $4,800 a year from Williams? And all Williams gets in return is a bunch of lousy groceries that he values at $4,800! What if that grocer now decides to cut Williams off, to starve Williams to death? Afterall, Williams has since sold off his bread-baking oven and beer-making equipment, so dependant has he become on that damned grocer for his bread and beer.
Question: Why should Williams now have less -- much less -- to fear from that grocer now that the grocer has become Williams food supplier rather than a hungry unemployed guy on the street? Answer: The grocery is now dependant on a prosperous, happy, safe Williams to give him (the grocer) cash for food. And with that grocer now having money to spend (and no more begging), Williams now has an opportunity to develop his own good or service to sell to that grocer.
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A small cadre of Western-educated technocrats had followed the I.M.F.’s reform programs to the letter — cutting spending, privatizing state-owned businesses, lowering inflation and pushing infrastructure. “It was classic, conservative economic policies,” said Safwat Fanous, chairman of the political science department at the University of Khartoum. “And it worked.”...
“We even have Pringles,” said Mohammed Abdelwahab Salih, a 26-year-old entrepreneur who recently started a business in Khartoum designing Web sites. Mr. Salih remembers the days, not so long ago, when he used to have to wait in line for hours for a single loaf of bread. “And it wasn’t even good bread,” he said. “When we got home, we had to pick out the flies.”
For years, the Sudanese economy was a disaster, with triple-digit inflation, moribund industries and war. Ever since Sudan’s independence in 1956, Christian and animist tribes in the south have rebelled against Muslim rulers in the north... While one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises continues some 600 miles away in Darfur, across Khartoum bridges are being built, office towers are popping up, supermarkets are opening and flatbed trucks hauling plasma TV’s fight their way through thickening traffic.
Despite the image of Sudan as a land of cracked earth and starving people, the economy is booming, with little help from the West. Oil has turned it into one of the fastest growing economies in Africa — if not the world...
American sanctions have kept many companies from Europe and the United States out of Sudan, but firms from China, Malaysia, India, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates are racing in. Direct foreign investment has shot up to $2.3 billion this year, from $128 million in 2000, all while the American government has tried to tighten the screws...
“The government knows it doesn’t need America,” said Abda Yahia el-Mahdi, a former finance minister, now in private consulting. “The only people who are being hurt by the sanctions are the Americans, who are missing out on this huge boom.”
O'Reilly qualifies as a rightist, but he:
1. Has opposed the Iraq war from before it began.
2. Thinks that Bush manipulates oil prices.
3. Supports anti-gouging laws against petro suppliers.
4. Excoriates Bush for spending worse the Democrats.
5. Opposes the Free Trade that Bush promotes.
6. Excoriated Bush for his Katrina response.
7. Excoriates Bush for failing to control the borders.
8. Supports increasing the minimum wage.
Hannity is a rightist who supports Bush's Iraq war, though he shares his time with lefist Colmes and supports O'Reilly against Bush on the above points 3, 6, and 7.
Olberman, on the other hand, over at MSNBC, opposes Bush 100% of the time, and in the harshest possible language. Last night when he delivered this commentary, I thought a few times that he was going to cry. His show is really All Bad Bush, All The Time. I don't oppose this, I just wonder where Fox gets its "biased" and "faux" labels from liberals.
I wonder: would a usage fee help Detroit's blighted Belle Isle? In a sense, our beloved Belle Isle suffers from the opposite problem: not enough people use it, so it has fallen into disrepair. But why do so few people use it? Because the people who *do* use it have created a very negative impression, an impression that repulses the larger population in the metro area. For those who don't know, Detroit's Belle Isle is one of the nation's -- perhaps the world's -- greatest city parks. Designed by the guy who designed NYC's Central Park, this urban gem comprises an entire island sitting on the Detroit River, which seperates Detroit from Windsor, Canada, and which links Lake Huron with Lake Erie (two of the Great Lakes). Ocean liners move down this amazing river, past the amazing Belle Isle, which connects to main land via a single bridge, to Detroit.
If people pay for the city to pickup their trash and other services, why not pay to enjoy this international treasure? A $5 or $10 per car usage fee might increase the fraction of respectful people enjoying this facility. I say it's worth a try; any policy could hardly do worse than the current one, which has led to a procession of sad developments and a rendering of it to irrelevency.
"We've never been 'stay the course'????" All Bush has said for the last three years is "Stay the Course"! According to Bob Woodward, Bush also said, "I Will Not Withdraw Even If Laura And Barney Are The Only Ones Supporting Me."
During an interview today on ABC’s This Week, President Bush tried to distance himself from what has been his core strategy in Iraq for the last three years. George Stephanopoulos asked about James Baker’s plan to develop a strategy for Iraq that is “between ’stay the course’ and cut and run.’”Bush responded, ‘We’ve never been stay the course, George!’
STEPHANOPOULOS: James Baker says that he’s looking for something between “cut and run” and “stay the course.”
BUSH: Well, hey, listen, we’ve never been “stay the course,” George. We have been — we will complete the mission, we will do our job, and help achieve the goal, but we’re constantly adjusting to tactics. Constantly.
Is this what you right-wingers value in leadership?? Talk about a flip-flop.
How can you guys continue to support this bozo and his program? He is a liar, a hypocrite and an incompetent idiot! I can't believe you are among the 30% of Americans who approve of him!
If passed, the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative or Proposal 2 will ban affirmative action in state funded programs in the state of Michigan.
A lot of people believe that affirmative action is no longer necessary because a few Blacks have made great accomplishments in the US.HERE is a recent essay in which Anti-racism activist Tim Wise discusses "The Oprah Effect" - the notion that the examples of a few individuals who have achieved superstardom in a racist America are an indication that racism isn't a problem in the US.
It's the one that goes roughly like this:
"If racism is really so bad, and blacks face so much discrimination, how come Oprah is one of the most loved people in America? How come she's been so successful, and has become so wealthy, and so powerful?"As James Baldwin so presciently put it, some forty-five years ago, responding even then to the same "anyone can make it if they try" mantra commonly heard today:
"...the inequalities suffered by the many are in no way justified by the rise of a few. A few have always risen – in every country, every era, and in the teeth of regimes which can by no stretch of the imagination be thought of as free."
About 1,000 blacks served at Iwa Jima out of 30,00 troops. That is not a large fraction, and far below the national average of 1 black person in 8 Americans. And the military then limitted most blacks to playing support role, such as moving ammunition; about 90% of the men moving ammo during this fight were black.
Aside from the 1 in 30 black troops at Iwa Jima, why not have more than 1 in 30 of the actors be black? Why not? WHY NOT? I don't understand why not. Holliwood has proven that it doesn't care about making racially accurate historical demonstrations; witness the Jesus films by Mel Gibson and Martin Scorsese. So why not discard racial accuracy in a way that opens opportunities for black actors?
I am boycotting this film. I'm disgusted by this. Eastwood's classic "Unforgiven" marvelously included a black actor, Morgan Freeman, in a juicy western role, geniusly ignoring Freeman's "race" in a genre -- the western -- that has always banned black actors and black charactors. In this case, the charactor wasn't black, but the actor was. It was wonderful. Why has Eastwood gone backwards?
1. The term "plain vanilla" (he uses this to describe a yogurt he recommend) is an oxymoron, identical in absurdity to the terms that even he would recognize as preposterous: "plain chocolate" or "plain strawberry." Vanilla is one of the most powerful, profound, and prized flavors granted to us by nature. And it ain't even white! It's freakin' light brown.
2. He thinks that junk food that's "low fat" is any better than non-"low fat" garbage. For one thing, charactorizing a food as "high fat" is meaningless in terms of ascertaining its healthfulness, since many of the most nurishing of all molecules qualify as "fats." "High fat" is only bad if the fat is a bad fat, such as hydrogenated oils. So full fat yogurt made from the milk of healthy, free range cows fed only organic grasses contains more nurishment than yogurt from the same milk that had those nurishing milk fats removed. Also, "low fat" foods often obtain this meaningless moniker by trading a large quantity of wonderful fat for a smaller quantity of health-destroying artificial fat, such as hydrogenated oils. "High fat" patries made with real butter, whole grain wheat, and unrefined sugars will nourish a soul, unlike his "low fat" recommendations, with their hydrogenated oils, refined sugars, denatured flour, and food colorings.
3. He actually recommends adding food colorings to "low fat" "plain vanilla", and in recommending this yogurt, he makes no suggestion regarding the quality of sugar and milk used. Parents will nurish their children with full fat "Brown Cow" brand yogurts, which contain no refined or fake sugar and no food colorings, while parents will underming their children with "low fat" Dannon yogurt, with its many culinary abortions.
This an ideal, of course, which no nation 100% succeeds in obtaining, but only some precious few at least attempt to obtain. I approximate the US as achieving this ideal somewhere around 90%. But I am certain that whichever anti-US forces win in the non-Kurdish Iraqi areas, the people will settle into a situation close to 0%, with no official attempt at ever achiving the free socieity I have described. Where the US would have its way, as it has in Iraq's Kurdistan, I am convinced that the people would enjoy something close to the USA's success in achieving a modern civilization.
I do fault Bush with not more perfectly implimenting his invasion and rebuilding of Iraq. But the success in Kurdistan proves to me that he did a good enough job that the hope of civilization rested with the Iraqi people themselves: the people of the Kurdish third of the nation collectively wanted civilization to overcome the tyrants in their midst, but apparently not the collective populations of the Sunni and Shia two-thirds. We now see what would have happened back in '92 had Bush I honored his committment with Shia leaders to invade then and extract the Hussein Baathist autocracy: an equally retarded Shia autocracy.
So what about healthcare? Can the same process which has so successfully universalized other consumer goods do the same for healthcare?
Well, I'm going to ascertain: Not enough affluent Americans are adopting, especially non-white babies. Nothing is more deplorably self-obsessed and narcassistic than creating your own baby and then becoming a doting parent. And nothing is more selfless -- in my opinion -- than taking some baby in a difficult circumstance and adopting him her her into your life as your own child. Most of my affluent married negro friends are deliberately having children, but zero of them are adopting any of the thousands of black kids who annually enter into the USA's foster care program, most of whom never join a family.
A) 10% of none of Bono's annual royalties.
B) 5% of all of Bono's annual royalties.
Even Bono understand this much math, so I assume that you do as well:
A) 10% of nothing = nothing
B) 5% of millions = a lot of money.
With (A) above, the Irish government gets 10% of nothing, and the Netherlands (B) get 5% of Bono's millions. The government leaders in the homeland of your Irish ancestors must feel really good about not implimenting a "tax cut for the rich." That's what most liberal policies do: make the lawmakers feel good about themselves. Those bastard government officials in the Netherlands have implimented one of those immoral "tax cuts for the rich". But who's getting more money from those evil rich U2ers?
Who should decide a nation's immigration policy? Obviously: people on the other side of the border? How many Hatians should entier DR? Answer: However many Hatians want to cross. And they should get all DR services, and instantaneous citizenship. Any differing view certainly indicates racism. Tonight my daughters and I are going to move into Nadir's house, or at least camp on his front porch. We expect that since he's not a racist he will feed us and provide us with medical attention, should we need it. Who in the hell is Nadir to decide that we can't enter his property and stay as long as we want?
One worry: If other election observers are checking for IDs ("voter challange"), will the NAACP declare this to be "intimidation"? If so, why not send NAACP officials to honkie polls and challange voters there?
Before, even, DNA tests had returned.
Unlike Nadir, who takes no interest in this case because the falsely accused are rich, a black law professor at Duke investigated the case and concludes that if a DA will commit this injustice on rich innocent people, imagine what he would do to poor innocent people:
Coleman found that while many of the players drank alcohol excessively, they had no history of violent or racist behavior. Professor Coleman believes that the three indicted players are victims in this case – victims of an overzealous prosecutor who pandered to the black community in the middle of an election campaign.
"I think that he pandered to the community... what are you to conclude about a prosecutor who says to you, 'I'll do whatever it takes to get this set of defendants?' What does it say about what he's willing to do to get poor black defendants?"
Asked if he thinks the D.A. committed prosecutorial misconduct, Coleman says, "Yes... it appears that this prosecutor has set out to develop whatever evidence he could to convict people he already concluded were guilty."
Nadir, how dare this guy conclude that the players, not the accuser, are victims? He wasn't there! Oh, but wait a minute: the entire legal system is premised on non-witnesses deciding what happened... and on the entire citizenry observing the procedures.
And now this revelation: The accuser we learn admitted to much drinking that night, and administering herself "Flexeril, a powerful prescription muscle relaxant." (Why?) So much for speculation about a date rape mickey. This report confirms early claims by the asshole players (even assholes sometimes get unjustly accused of crimes they didn't commit!) that within minutes of begining their "striptease", the accuser started falling around, as if she was drunk or high; 60 Mins concludes she was both.
And as I surmised early on after it became apparent that no rape occured, the strippers and the guys had a conflict over money.
New revelations: The accuser places Stripper 2 in the room while the rape occured, and Stripper 2 flatly denies ever seeing a rape. And Stripper 2 says that she got called "nigger" once, by a guy responding to her racial insult, which in turn was a resonse to the guy disparaging the accuser's appearance... all traced back to an argument over money when the girls got offended by a comment one of the guys made about a broomstick about 4 minutes into their dance.
Also: "District Attorney Mike Nifong, who had declared that DNA would be the crux of his case, played down the results, speculating that the absence of DNA meant that the attackers may have used condoms, although the accuser had already stated that there were “no condoms used”, and that at least one of her three attackers had ejaculated inside her."
This article contains many revelations, and many contradictions to any claim of rape. The accused rapists are not my kind of guys. But they're certainly not rapists, at least not at the time and place in question.
Initially, the rationale was specific: to stop Saddam Hussein from using what Bush claimed were the Iraqi leader's weapons of mass destruction or from selling them to al-Qaida or other terrorist groups.I don't know why he won't just tell the truth: The US is in Iraq to install a puppet regime, control the nation's oil, to get rich off the revaluing of the Iraqi Dinar and to create several new permanent military bases that will allow the US to keep tabs on the flow of oil throughout the Middle East.
But 3 1/2 years later, with no weapons found, still no end in sight and the war a liability for nearly all Republicans on the ballot Nov. 7, the justification has become far broader and now includes the expansive "struggle between good and evil."
Would coming clean make Bush look more imperialistic than he already does? He changes the explanation every few weeks. It's no wonder our troops don't understand what their mission is.
Nobody buys the "creating a democratic state in the Middle East" nonsense except the right-wing pundits at Reformed Leftist. We know those cats are "drinking the neocon Kool-Aid", but no one else is.
But honesty isn't Bush's strong suit, is it?
Shouldn't it be obvious to everyone now that the success of conservative talk radio and the dismal failure of AAR proves that hardly anyone in this country - even a great many Democrats - buys the anti-American leftist bullsh*t anymore?
The only ways left to further their agenda are through the public educational system, academia and the courts. But that's scary enough in itself.
Oh and let's not forgot that endless fountain of intellectual thought, the entertainment industry (Hollyweird, TV, the music biz). Intellectual giants like that slut Madonna, Eddie Vedder, Nadir, Susan Saran-wrap, Tim Robbins-hood, Rob-in-hood Reiner, and on and on. The leftist agenda will always have them as a conduit, at least for the foreseeable future.
Yesterday in a Dearborn fancy grocery store I saw two people seperately obtain a cup of soup, go pay for it, and return to the soup area to consume it. The first person was a woman dressed in typical Ford professional attaire. The second was a man in a shirt and tie. The man got hassled by two different sets of employees, demanding proof that he had paid for his soup. Nobody hassled the woman. Guess the "races" of the two soup eaters.
OK, I'll just tell you. The woman is an Indian, and the man is me, a honkey. Something like this happens to all of us once or twice a year. The difference is that when it happens to a black person in 2006, we very often get a charge of racism.
Schoolgirl arrested for refusing to study with non-English pupils who were speaking non-English language that she couldn't understand.
I can't wait to see how you rationalize this one Nadir.
This adds to the right-wing disagreement with generals who believe our strategy in Iraq is wrong. This in addition to those who disagree with human rights advocates and the British government who accuse the US of torture in Guantanamo. They also disagree with business leaders who say a single-payer healthcare system would help businesses cut healthcare costs and increase profits. Or scientists who believe global warming is a problem.
Right-wingers disagree with any experts who don't trumpet their political views. How can these "true believers", those who believe in their ideology no matter the evidence to the contrary, continue to refute the word of people who have studied these subjects much longer and harder than they?
Remember, Paul's most noted economic decision was to paint his living room pink because by purchasing a color that no one else would possibly want, he saved 10% in costs! Surely he is more qualified than five Nobel Prize winning economists! Not to mention the interior designers who would caution against such a gutsy metrosexual move.
"You can be a member of SORE and be in favor of the minimum wage because you think the benefits of helping some people get a higher wage outweighs the costs of some people losing their job or having a hard time finding a job because there are fewer opportunities. But if you support the minimum wage because it's important as a symbol of our desire to help people or because the minimum wage doesn't effect employment, you can't be a member of SORE."
"Let us be more pointed. Students, stars, media movers, academics: They are always saying they want debate, but they don't. They want their vision imposed. They want to win. And if the win doesn't come quickly, they'll rush the stage, curse you out, attempt to intimidate."...
...call you racist, homophobic, bigoted, Islamophobic, or a Nazi, a fascist, a warmonger, etc., etc., etc.
And that pretty much renders pointless any further attempt at debate. But that's the goal I suppose: End the debate quickly by assigning labels to your opponent, then high-five yourself, pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself on winning the debate.
Democrats wins in November might boost the economy, economist in the latest WSJ.com economists survey found.WHAT IS THE BLASPHEMY??? The leading newspaper of capitalism believes that Democratic Party control of at least one house of Congress could boost a Republican economy that they say is "doing very well"?
“The economy is doing very well,” said Allen Sinai of Decision Economics Inc. However, it “would do better if the geopolitical side wasn’t depressing Americans and injecting caution in business sentiment. The psyche of Americans is surprisingly low. New blood can improve sentiment.”
IDOLATORS!!! If the Republicans are doing such a great job with the economy, why change a good thing?
The comments are even being stacked by THE INFIDELS!
Comment by sage-Ent - October 12, 2006 at 10:35 pm
The US trade deficit widened by more than expected during August, raising concerns about the state of the world's largest economy.
The deficit was $69.9bn (£37.7bn) in August, up from July's $68bn level, the US Commerce Department said.
The deficit is on course to set a new record, totalling $784.2bn at the end of August, 9.4% higher than a year ago.
So while Paul argues that tax cuts are helping reduce the budget deficit, those funds are being used to fuel the destruction of the US export base.
Interestingly, Cleopatra really was a honkey, and the only historical inaccuracies with casting Liz Taylor are: Liz was too old (Cleo was 16 when Ceasar met her) and pretty (Cleo was physically homely, and drew her sex appeal from her personality, just like Nadir's dad).
When we heard the news that a plane hit a building in New York City, we were all waiting for the second plane or the explosion, or something else to happen because we were afraid that Manhattan was under attack again.
CNN covered the incident as if this was a new terror strike because frankly none of us knew that it wasn’t. Anderson Cooper reported from the scene and Wolf Blitzer stood in front of the blue screen speaking in that ominous tone of voice.
The fifth anniversary of 911 received a lot of fanfare, but the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan came and went a couple of weeks ago with barely a whisper. George Bush has made the world hate the United States even more than we were hated before September 2001, and the government and media FEAR FACTORY has US citizens on pins and needles.
Two Questions: From the security gauntlet at airports to our wars in the Middle East, from North Korean nuclear tests to our worries over a small plane crash on 10/11 -
Is America safer than it was five years ago?
Do you feel safer?
The bourgeois media has treated these neo-fascist groups as legitimate voices whose opinions against immigration are valid and measured. They have positioned hate groups like the Minuteman Project and Save Our State as normal U.S. citizens who are merely concerned about immigration.
The relationship was highlighted in the capitalist media attacks aimed at Columbia University students who, on Oct. 4, caused Minutemen leader Jim Gilchrist to terminate his speech at the school by chanting and taking the stage where he spoke.
Gilchrist, an arch-racist, has characterized undocumented workers as people whose "intentions are to just squat here and plunder whatever social benefits our programs provide them." He has said that "every time a Mexican flag is planted on American soil, it is a declaration of war."Save Our State, a Los Angeles-based hate group named after the anti-immigrant coalition behind Prop. 187, has been leading protests against undocumented workers all over the city. Members of neo-Nazi groups have appeared at the rallies with swastika flags, chanting "Sieg Heil."
SOS leader Joe Turner has said there is nothing he can do to stop Nazis from joining his group. Nor does he want to stop them. Turner, an unrepentant, arrogant racist, shares their white supremacist ideology. "Just because you’re a white separatist doesn’t make you a racist," said Turner.
Six & Paul: Let's see how much you guys believe in free speech. A six-pack of high brow barley wine says both of you will scoff at this article just because of the title on the linked page and the website where it was posted - not because the information isn't well referenced (it is) but because of the ideology of the posters.
I'm betting that you will give the article less credence because the author comes from a different worldview, though he presents adequate evidence to back up his claims.
At Columbia, Students Attack Minuteman Founder:
Students stormed the stage at Columbia University’s Roone auditorium yesterday, knocking over chairs and tables and attacking Jim Gilchrist, the founder of the minutemen, a group that patrols the border between America and
Mr. Gilchrist and Marvin Stewart, another member of his group, were in the process of giving a speech at the invitation of the Columbia College Republicans. They were escorted off the stage unharmed and exited the auditorium by a back door.
Having wreaked havoc onstage, the students unrolled a banner that read, in both Arabic and English, “No one is ever illegal.” As security guards closed the curtains and began escorting people from the auditorium, the students jumped from the stage, pumping their fists, chanting victoriously, “Si se pudo, si se pudo,” Spanish for “Yes we could!”
The Military Commissions Act of 2006 governing the treatment of detainees is the culmination of relentless fear-mongering by the Bush administration since the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Because the bill was adopted with lightning speed, barely anyone noticed that it empowers Bush to declare not just aliens, but also U.S. citizens, "unlawful enemy combatants."
At a morning press conference, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said he believes the man is a
member of the notorious Al-gebra movement. He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction.
"Al-gebra is a problem for us," Gonzales said. "They desire solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in a search of absolute value. They use secret code names like 'x' and 'y' and refer to themselves as ' unknowns', but we have determined they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country. As the Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say, 'There are three sides to every triangle'."
When asked to comment on the arrest, President Bush said, "If God had wanted us to have better weapons of math instruction, He would have given us more fingers and toes."
White House aides told reporters they could not recall a more intelligent or profound statement by the president.
Since becoming president he has followed a policy of democratic socialism, Latin American integration and anti-imperialism.
His reforms have created much controversy in Venezuela and abroad. Most Venezuelans are split between those who say he has empowered the poor and stimulated economic growth, and those who say he is autocratic and has badly managed the economy.
Some foreign governments view Chavez as a threat to world oil prices and regional stability, while others welcome his bilateral trade and reciprocal aid agreements.
Whether you believe they are following illegal, immoral and unjust orders or not, the men and women of our military are willing to make the supreme sacrifice. They put their lives on the line every day. Why? Because their job is to protect and defend their country. They aren't allowed to debate whether the cause is right or wrong. They do their jobs.
The Washington Post reports that Iraq casualties have soared to their highest level in two years with over 1000 soldiers wounded in the last five weeks.
Yet the war rages on with little or no support from the American people and little or no protest from the Congress of the United States.
For the past week the media has been focused on the electronic exploits of a would-be child molestor in the halls of Congress. They have ignored the men and women who are fighting for their lives in an unwinnable war that they should not be in in the first place.
Difficult, but unfortunately, not impossible.
One of the more troubling subplots running through "State of Denial" involves Prince Bandar, the long-time Saudi ambassador to the United States. By Woodward's account, when then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush decided to run for president, his worried father enlisted Bandar, an old family friend, to tutor the son on foreign policy. When Bandar arrived in Austin, the younger Bush blithely observed that while he had lots of ideas about domestic policies he didn't have a clue about foreign affairs. The Saudi took him under his wing, but he proved a trying pupil, who addressed his mentor as "asshole" and "smart aleck." (Perhaps this is how hereditary princelings affectionately address each other?) At one point, the younger Bush peevishly demanded to know why he needed "to care about North Korea." Bandar pointed out that, if he became president, he would have 35,000 American troops sitting on the DMZ.
During a meeting in the Oval Office, according to Woodward, Bush personally thanked Bandar because the Saudis had flooded the world oil market and kept prices down in the run-up to the 2004 general election.
Let’s see… The federal deficit is at a record high (or low depending on which way you’re looking at it). Our military is waging an illegal war, congress just legalized torture, FEMA made New Orleans more of a disaster than Hurricane Katrina did, the president spies on US citizens without securing warrants…
But it takes the exposure of a GOP representative’s naughty instant messages to a high school boy (and the Republican cover-up) for conservative pundits like Joseph Farah at WorldNetDaily to face the facts that have been in plain sight for at least the last five years.
Mr. Hue, you're arguing about the terminology because you can't defend the practice of torture, unlawful detainment and war crimes by a Bush administration that you support.
So here is a February Slate.com article that says:
Two major studies conclude that most of them have done very little wrong. A third says they are being tortured while they wait.
The first report was written by Corine Hegland and published two weeks ago in the National Journal. Hegland scrutinized the court documents of 132 prisoners—approximately one-quarter of the detainees—who have filed habeas corpus petitions, as well as the redacted transcripts of the hearings that 314 prisoners have received in appearing before military Combatant Status Review Tribunals—the preliminary screening process that is supposed to ascertain whether they are "enemy combatants," as the Bush administration claims. Hegland's exhaustive review concludes that most of the detainees are not Afghans and that most were not picked up on the battlefield in Afghanistan. The vast majority were instead captured in Pakistan. Seventy-five of the 132 men are not accused of taking part in hostilities against the United States. The data suggests that maybe 80 percent of these detainees were never al-Qaida members, and many were never even Taliban foot soldiers.
Most detainees are being held for the crime of having "associated" with the Taliban or al-Qaida—often in the most attenuated way, including having known or lived with people assumed to be Taliban, or worked for charities with some ties to al-Qaida. Some had "combat" experience that seems to have consisted solely of being hit by U.S. bombs. Most were not picked up by U.S. forces but handed over to our military by Afghan warlords in exchange for enormous bounties and political payback.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Monday that the Afghan war against Taliban guerrillas can never be won militarily and urged support for efforts to bring "people who call themselves Taliban" and their allies into the government.So the war in Afghanistan wasn't fought to avenge 911 or to catch Bin Laden. Now it appears it wasn't even fought to overthrow the Taliban, or more accurately, it was fought to knock them down a peg or two?
The Tennessee Republican said he learned from briefings that Taliban fighters were too numerous and had too much popular support to be defeated on the battlefield.
"You need to bring them into a more transparent type of government," Frist said during a brief visit to a U.S. and Romanian military base in the southern Taliban stronghold of Qalat. "And if that's accomplished, we'll be successful."
These right-wing politicians are going NUTS!!
Prediction: Internet gambling by Americans will continue to increase, but without US credit card companies making any profit.
Recommendation: Legalize, so that US casinos and credit card companies can profit off of idiot Americans using their freedom to make choices that smarter people deem stupid.
Fridays are "Ride the Fire Eagle Danger Day," a kind of news roundup. In last Friday's episode, Ze laments the death of Sir Habeas Corpus who was stabbed in the back 65 times. Normally Ze says he is "Thinking so you don't have to," but for some reason he wasn't this time.