Wednesday, January 31, 2007

I'm Reconsidering Impeachment of Bush

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The Libby trial has been very enlightening and great theatre to watch. It has the potential to nail Cheney at the same time as Libby if not after Libby. Now we learn that President Bush is officially implicated:

Wednesday 31 January 2007
Copies of handwritten notes by Vice President Dick Cheney, introduced at trial by defense attorneys for former White House staffer I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, would appear to implicate George W. Bush in the Plame CIA Leak case.
Cheney's notes, (SEE IMAGE ABOVE. CLICK TO ENLARGE)which were introduced into evidence Tuesday during Libby's perjury and obstruction-of-justice trial, call into question the truthfulness of President Bush's vehement denials about his prior knowledge of the attacks against Wilson. The revelation that Bush may have known all along that there was an effort by members of his office to discredit the former ambassador begs the question: Was the president also aware that senior members of his administration compromised Valerie Plame's undercover role with the CIA?
Further, the highly explicit nature of Cheney's comments not only hints at a rift between Cheney and Bush over what Cheney felt was the scapegoating of Libby, but also raises serious questions about potentially criminal actions by Bush. If Bush did indeed play an active role in encouraging Libby to take the fall to protect Karl Rove, as Libby's lawyers articulated in their opening statements, then that could be viewed as criminal involvement by Bush.
Libby's defense team first discussed the notes - written by Cheney in September 2003 for White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan - during opening statements last week. Wells said Cheney had written "not going to protect one staffer and sacrifice the guy that was asked to stick his head in the meat grinder because of incompetence of others": a reference to Libby being asked to deal with the media and vociferously rebut Wilson's allegations that the Bush administration knowingly "twisted" intelligence to win support for the war in Iraq.

However, when Cheney wrote the notes, he had originally written "this Pres." instead of "that was."

During cross-examination Tuesday morning, David Addington was asked specific questions about Cheney's notes and the reference to President Bush. Addington, former counsel to the vice president, was named Cheney's chief of staff - a position Libby had held before resigning."Can you make out what's crossed out, Mr. Addington?" Wells asked, according to a copy of the transcript of Tuesday's court proceedings.

"It says 'the guy' and then it says, 'this Pres.' and then that is scratched through," Addington said.

"OK," Wells said. "Let's start again. 'Not going to protect one staffer and sacrifice the guy ...' and then what's scratched through?" Wells asked Addington again, attempting to establish that Cheney had originally written that President Bush personally asked Libby to beat back Wilson's criticisms.

"T-h-i-s space P-r-e-s," Addington said, spelling out the words. "And then it's got a scratch-through."

"So it looks like 'this Pres.?'" Wells asked again.

"Yes sir," Addington said.
The reference to "the meat grinder" was understood to be the Washington press corps, Wells said. The "protect one staffer" reference, Wells said, was White House Political Adviser Karl Rove, whose own role in the leak and the attacks on Wilson are well documented.
Wells insinuated that Cheney's note, because it contained a reference to "this Pres." may have been an explosive piece of evidence that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who at the time of the leak was White House counsel, withheld from investigators, citing executive privilege. Addington told Wells that when subpoenas were first issued by the Justice Department in the fall of 2003, demanding documents and emails relating to Wilson and Plame be preserved, he was given Cheney's notes and immediately recognized the importance of what the vice president had written. Addington said he immediately entered into a "discussion" with Gonzales and Terry O'Donnell, Cheney's counsel, about the note, but Addington did not say whether it was turned over to investigators in the early days of the probe.

GOI: President Pelosi. I like the sound of that.

And of course this blockbuster revelation isn't leading any of the news agencies. In fact I had to dig for it. We need to spread this story like wildfire.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Senator Arlen Specter Challenges Bush


GOI: Look at Specter gettin' all uppity!!

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 1 minute ago

WASHINGTON - A Senate Republican on Tuesday directly challenged President Bush's declaration that "I am the decision-maker" on issues of war. "

I would suggest respectfully to the president that he is not the sole decider," Sen. Arlen Specter (
news, bio, voting record), R-Pa., said during a hearing on Congress' war powers amid an increasingly harsh debate over Iraq war policy. "The decider is a shared and joint responsibility," Specter said.

GOI: How DARE he question the Wizard of Odd!!! I wonder how the Great Decision Maker is going to decide to deal with this.

W's Magic 8 ball is going to be working overtime on this one. In the end I suspect that the combo of the 8 ball, "God" and Pat Robertson will convince him to send Specter off to Sadr City in one of those unarmored Iraqi police Nissan pickup trucks on a "fact finding" mission.
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Monday, January 29, 2007

Air America Finds a Buyer

GOI: My comments below:

NEW YORK (AP) -- Air America Radio, a liberal talk radio network, said Monday that it had reached a tentative agreement to be sold to the founder of a New York area real estate company. The network also said that
Al Franken, its longtime headline personality, would depart next month. The agreement with Stephen Green, the founder and chairman of SL Green Realty Corp., appears to rescue the struggling network, which has been seeking a buyer since last fall when it filed for bankruptcy reorganization after reaching an impasse with one of its creditors.

Any sale would have to be approved by the bankruptcy court. The company has signed what is called a letter of intent to sell itself to Green and expects to agree on financial terms soon, Air America spokeswoman Jaime Horn said.

The network said in a statement that Franken's last day on the air would be Feb. 14, and that his noon-3pm ET time slot would be taken over by Portland, Ore.-based talk show host Thom Hartmann.

GOI: This is excellent news. Radio is the place where hearts and minds are won and where Americans get a lot of their information and liberals have been late to the party. And some are still blowing it off like Shrillary Clinton. It is critical that Air America (and others like Ed Schultz) keeps the alternative voice out there. People deserve and need to hear both sides so that they can make an informed decision.

Anyway, I never really liked Al Franken's style or his show but I really like Hartmann. Hartmann has a deep knowledge of American history and understanding of a myriad of topics. He is a brilliant, brilliant guy. His spit-fire style is always on target. I am excited that he will be a regular host and not just a fill in guy. I have long written Air America to sign him on as a regular.

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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Iraqi VP: Occupation was an "Idiot Decision"

The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 was an "idiot decision," Iraqi Vice-President Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Thursday, according to a Reuters article.

"Iraq was put under occupation, which was an idiot decision," Mahdi told the World Economic Forum in Davos.

GOI: Puhshaw!! You know what Cheney would say to him? "Hogwash" (just ask Wolf Blitzer).

What does Mahdi know anyway? He's only the Iraqi second in command. We have the "decision maker" after all. He knows what's best for everyone. I mean, yeah, we want them to take the lead but not really. Obviously we proved that by sending in more American troops to escalate said occupation and the overall war.

"Mahdi's party, the powerful Shi'ite Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq, was one of the exiled opposition parties consulted by Washington as it planned the invasion," Reuters notes.

GOI: This is classic conservative black and white thinking. They were looking only at the Sunni as the problem and not seeing the potential problems in throwing all their eggs in the basket of a radical religious Shia party. It was a lopsided approach and helped tilt the playing field that led to the slide into sectarian distrust, sporadic violence and now outright civil war.

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Friday, January 26, 2007

Bush: I'm the Decision Maker

Bush was back on t.v. this morning bitchin' about people criticizing his escalation of the war and overall policy of staying the course in Iraq. Saying again that critics need to put forth their own plan besides one that will lead to "failure." First of all there are many plans out there that have been proposed but second we HAVE failed!!! It's OVER!!! It's looooong been over.

Bush went on to say that his administration's plan is to protect the troops. Bullshit. The only plan to truly protect the troops is to bring them home. Sending more into that meat grinding (as (R) Chuck Hagel called it) isn't protecting the troops.

He's using our bravest to drag this thing out until he can leave office and dump this sack o' shit onto the next president. Not to mention this new Congress.

So on one hand he wants Democrats to come up with a plan. However, when they come up with a plan that isn't one he likes then he says that he's the "decider" (now changed to the "decision maker") and no one will stop him from being the Commander-in-Chief. That no one but the president can make decisions on foreign policy issues!! So what's the point of even offering up plans if he's just going to reject them like he has done already?!! And if the Dems do offer up a plan that is similar to his own current policy then what is the point in being "the loyal opposition"??

That is basically acting like a one party government like in dictatorships where the dictators party agrees and rubber stamps whatever the dictator wants/does. He did say that this would be easier if this was a dictatorship just so long as he was the dictator. I guess that is what he is use to with the the previous, "Do nothing Congress" but there is a new sheriff in town that he can't push around and manipulate and he's throwing one of his silver spoon-in-mouth tantrums.

I'm convinced that he has multiple-personality disorder (dissociative identity disorder) and/or dementia.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Chuck Hagel: The Republican Who Should be a Democrat

Senator Chuck Hagel is a Republican that I can respect. Actually he's more of a R.I.N.O (Republican in name only). I appreciate his honesty and I savored every inspiring second of the smack down he dished out today during the Senate Intelligence Committee. I could almost hear patriotic music playing in the background as I was hearing him get with it. Think Progress has a video clip of it.

Below is the transcript:

This is a very real, responsible addressing of the most divisive issue in this country since Vietnam. Yes, sure, it’s tough. Absolutely. And I think all 100 senators ought to be on the line on this.

What do you believe? What are you willing to support? What do you think? Why were you elected?

If you wanted a safe job, go sell shoes. This is a tough business. But is it any tougher, us having to take a tough vote, express ourselves and have the courage to step up on what we’re asking our young men and women to do?

GOI: GET 'EM CHUCK!!!! GETTTTT EMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don’t think so.

When I hear, on both sides of this argument, impugning motives and patriotism to our country, not only is it offensive and disgusting but it debases the whole system of our country and who we are.

My goodness. Can’t we debate the most critical issue of our time, out front, in front of the American people?

The expect it. Are we so weak, we can’t do that?

I don’t think so. Like always, the American people are far ahead of us sitting here, far ahead of us. Because we’re concerned about politics. We’re concerned about our position. We’re concerned about our next election.

So we tinker. So we figure out wordsmithing. So should we oppose the president or just not support the president?

Different languages: disagree with the president ; that’s not as harsh as oppose the president.

But you know what, the American people have got this sorted out. They always have. They’re not conflicted with the nuances of life. They understand what’s going on. What we are proposing here — and everyone will have an opportunity to voice their opinion, present their amendments, make their case, as they should.

It’s the strength of who we are, the fabric of our society.

But we owe it to those men and women that we continue to send in that grinder.

State of the Union: The Bush Energy Standards Are Not so Bold

Tonight, I ask Congress to join me in pursuing a great goal: Let us build on the work we've done and reduce gasoline usage in the United States by 20 percent in the next 10 years. When we do that, we will have cut our total imports by the equivalent of three-quarters of all the oil we now import from the Middle East .

To reach this goal, we must increase the supply of alternative fuels, by setting a mandatory fuels standard to require 35 billion gallons of renewable and alternative fuels in 2017.

GOI: This is all well and good but we can be more bold then this. The administration was labeling this being a bold energy step. I think it's more of a tentative dipping of one's toe into the water to see how hot it might be.

JFK announced that we would put a man on the moon in 1961--now that is bold. And in just under 10 years it happened. Surely we can do better then 20% in 10 years!! How about 50% in 10 years. If we can land a goddamn man on the moon in 9 years then we can reduce gasoline usage by 50% in 10 years. SHIT, I wanna see 50% of all cars on the road as electric cars or at least hybrids in 10 years!! I'm not some whacked out, impractical liberal on this either. IT CAN BE DONE!!!

That is if we want it to happen.

We can do anything if we want it bad enough. Look at how fast we developed the modern computer and internet? Getting off gasoline shouldn't be any less difficult. We just need the commitment and dedication of our government and citizens. If our government demands that this happen then the auto manufacturers will have those alternative cars out on the streets in no time. Sure we can keep oil around for our military for example but for most everything else we should get off it as fast as possible.

So to Bush I say thanks for the step but we need to be all out sprinting right now so pick up the pace buddy. The rest of us are way ahead of you waiting for you to catch up.

Oh yeah and doesn't that picture look great with the fashionable Nancy Pelosi up there??? As Randi Rhodes says it looks like the angel and the devil sitting on monkey boy's shoulder.

Speaking of Dick "The Devil" Cheney, did you see the smirks he was flashing when Bush was talking about the energy policy?? As if he knew a secret that was going to keep the energy standards from going into actual effect. Then they can say, "Ah, darn. Well, we tried."

I just wanted to smack that shit eating grin from his face.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Hillary Clinton's "People" Snub #1 Liberal Talker Ed Schultz

GOI: This is yet another reason that I am not supporting Shrillary. She and her people avoid the radio at their own peril.

Fargo's liberal talker Ed Schultz broke out enraged against the staff of Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) in remarks broadcast Monday -- and then met this morning with Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL),
RAW STORY has learned. A Schultz aide said the meeting was long planned.

Schultz posted the photograph of himself with Obama on his website.

After watching Sen. Clinton this morning, Schultz penned another tirade against Clinton's staff, which follows.

The most-listened to liberal talker, Schultz has a weekly audience of more than 2.5 million.

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Hillary Clinton is off and running. Great! What does it mean for progressive talk and the audience?

Loyal listeners to the Ed Schultz show have helped us propel into the top 10 of syndicated talk shows in the industry. We are proud of that and our recent numbers coming back show we are beating Sean Hannity is numerous markets. What we do works.

Convincing Hillary Clinton and her arrogant handlers of that is a different battle in itself. We are known for connecting with the newsmakers as well as any talk show.

Many of you have requested hearing from Hillary on progressive talk especially The Ed Schultz Show. I want you to know our producer James Holm tirelessly works the contacts and has repeatedly tried to connect with Clinton's people.

Cutting to the chase, Hillary's people treat us like dirt. We are constantly disregarded, told things that aren't true, and given speculation an interview might happen someday.

Quite frankly, I'm sick of it. This morning I watched Hillary Clinton tell CNN she is accessible. What? To the TV cameras yes, to the base of loyal listeners on progressive talk radio, absolutely not!

Reaching over 2.5 million listeners who are engaged in changing the country I believe qualifies us for some attention. I realize Hillary is an international figure and star but this pattern of treatment to The Ed Schultz Show has been an on-going pattern which tells me all they care about is her mug on TV.

The conservatives have done wonders with audio continually talking to and solidifying their base. It's apparent to me radio is minor to the people surrounding this leading candidate.

When Wendy and I see Hillary from time to time she is more than respectful, likeable, and seemingly interested in how we are doing. But when it comes to supplying any workable connection to helping progressive talk it all falls short.

Hillary tells us how much she cares about progressives on radio but we just don't get the love. I just thought as listeners you might want to know this.

RELATED AUDIO CLIP AT ED SCHULTZ WEBSITE

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Early Surge Results in Iraq:



BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The U.S. military on Sunday reported six more American troops killed in fighting the day before, raising the toll to 25 in the deadliest day for U.S. forces in Iraq in two years.


I think that anyone who supports this war (and is able body) should head down to their recruiting office and sign up. I'm sick of these arm chair soldiers. Especially these blow hards that love to beat their chests and abuse patriotism.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Quotes for the Week of January 14th through the 21st

PRESIDENT BUSH: Well, you know, I - I think a lot of people are in this fight. I mean, they - they sacrifice peace of mind when they see the terrible images of violence on TV every night.

GOI: That's IT?!! That's what all we are sacrificing?!! Our peace of mind?!!! And remember this is the president who is the first and only president to cut taxes during a war. This "peace of mind bullshit reminds me of what his mother said about seeing terrible images of violence from Iraq:

Why should we hear about body bags, and deaths...I mean, it's not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?

~Barbara Bush

About the quote: Mrs. Bush spoke these words on ABC's "Good Morning America," March 18, 2003.

GOI: How awful that we should have to see violence from a war zone that we created?!!!! Wow, what a sacrifice!! Not that we should pay more taxes to support our troops, not that we should ration gas or that we invest more in alternative energy so we won't be dependent on foreign oil. No, we all make the HUGE sacrifice of damaging our pretty little minds?!!!

PLEEEAAASSEEEE!!!! I think that we should be seeing MORE of the images from Iraq--uncensored. People need to see what is going on in their name. People become detached from the horror going on over there when they don't see the true nature of the beast.

King George again from the Lehrer interview:

Now, here in Washington when I say, what do you mean by that?, they say, well, why don't you raise their taxes; that's - that'll cause there to be a sacrifice. I strongly oppose that. If that's the kind of sacrifice people are talking about, I'm not for it because raising taxes will hurt this growing economy. And one thing we want during this war on terror is for people to feel like their life's moving on, that they're able to make a living and send their kids to college and put more money on the table.

GOI: So Americans need to just "move on" and forget that we are involved in a bloody, messy violent war?? Stick our heads in the sand so that he can just do whatever he wants while we are all busy shopping at the mall?? I bet the Iraqi's would like to move on. They would be ecstatic if their only sacrifice was to watch disturbing images of the war on their TV.

And send our kids to college?? Yeah, so they don't have to fight in the war with the poor kids, right George?? You know, the kids that couldn't afford school (unlike his silver spoon kids) so they enter the army and get shipped off to Iraq?? Yeah. Again, I bet Iraqi's would like to send their kids to school and college without worrying about them being blown up on the way to said institution. Not to mention having the money to invest in their kids future like that.

Meanwhile the "Bastard in chief" and his catatonic wife dance the nightmares away.

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Democrats Choose Denver to Host Convention in 2008

I'm a little late on this one but as most of you know Denver, Colorado was selected to host the
Democratic National Convention in 2008. Being a Democrat living in Colorado I couldn't be happier. For far too long the mountain west has been "fly-over country."

While no one was paying attention to the west it was becoming more and more progressive:

In 2000, all eight mountain states had Republican governors; now five governors are Democrats.
Colorado is one of those states that now has a Democratic governor. The Dem's control both the state House and Senate and four of the seven Colorado Congressional seats are held by Democrats. In addition, one of the two senators from Colorado is a Democrat. Colorado is turning more and more blue and the Democratic Party couldn't have made a better choice. Especially since Colorado is often seen as the regional center of the mountain west.

the financial, governmental and transit hub of the mountain states.

In addition, Colorado and the other Mountain states have always had a strong independent, moderate streak to it and that means the state is a goldmine of undecided voters. It's a great place to show the country that Democrats really do have a big tent:

The convention also would give national Democrats a chance to showcase the moderate, fiscally conservative Democrats who have gotten elected to office in Colorado and the Intermountain West, not just the East and West Coast liberals.

“The truth is, the Republican Party for the last 20 or 30 years has successfully painted Democrats as something they weren’t,” Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean said in making the announcement. “I would argue most Democrats are ... independent minded, fiscally conservative.

“Remember, it was Democrats that balanced the budget in Washington five, six, seven, eight years ago, not Republicans. And Republicans haven’t done so since.”

There are also a lot of progressive minded people moving to Colorado with the attraction of the environment centering around the mountains/national parks and over 300 days of sunshine throughout the year.

The city of Denver is one of the cleanest, little-big cities in the country. There are a lot of great restaurants, micro-pubs and entertainment opportunities (especially the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the many comedy clubs). Not to mention all the professional sports teams that one can check out. There always seems to be some sporting event available to attend all year round.

And August is the best time of year in Colorado so come and visit us out here in the west!!! If you do, send me a note and I'll meet ya for coffee.

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Friday, January 12, 2007

Quotes of the Week


NBC, MSNBC and news services
Updated: 1:53 p.m. MT Jan 11, 2007

WASHINGTON - President Bush’s decision to deploy 21,500 additional troops to Iraq drew fierce opposition Thursday from congressional Democrats and some Republicans — among them Sen. Chuck Hagel, who called it “the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam.”

In a heated exchange with Hagel, a potential presidential candidate in 2008, Rice disputed his characterization of Bush’s buildup as an “escalation.”

“Putting in 22,000 more troops is not an escalation?” Hagel, a Vietnam veteran and longtime critic of Bush’s Iraq policy, asked. “Would you call it a decrease?”

“I would call it, senator, an augmentation that allows the Iraqis to deal with this very serious problem that they have in Baghdad,” she said.

GOI: Augmentation?? My bullshit detector snapped completely off when I heard her shit this stinking, steaming turd out of her mouth. She'll do and say anything for Bush. She'll literally bend over backwards for him. He must of had a love child with her. No wonder one of her nicknames is Kindofsleezy Rice. Bush and his sycophants are like kids who get into serious trouble (Iraq) and whine to their parents (the American people) to fix it for them and even worse take on the consequences of their actions. And not having learned their lesson they repeat the cycle and especially because we just keep bailing them out.

And the other quote of the week is from Sen. Dick Durbin:

Iraq must understand that “every time they dial 911, we’re not going to send another 20,000 troops,” Durbin said in the Democratic response to the Bush speech.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

A New Way Forward is a Way Backwards

So a "New Way Forward," eh??? There is nothing new about this idea. We've been sending more troops into Baghdad for a long damn time now. Hearing him try to sell this repackaged bullshit reminds me of a scene in the movie, "Old School." It' the scene where Will Farrell's character hands his friend (Vince Vaughn) a toaster or something for a house warming gift. VV's character then says, "Isn't that the toaster that I gave you for your wedding???" Yep, Bush is a re-gifter except his gifts drip blood and come with deathly screaming and shaking coming from inside the box. And speaking of the boxes; they're shaped like coffins and wrapped in black paper, ribbons and a big black bow on top.

The only way or direction that these troops are headed is in the direction of the slaughter house. It'll be like marching them down a hallway full of buzz saws. Oh yeah and it's going to cost us at least another 5.5 billion dollars!!!

We need more troops?? It reminds me of Hitler sending out the youth soldiers in training to try and fight back the wave of allied troops tightening the noose around Berlin in 1944. The war was over and everyone knew it but Hitler. Yet the Fuhrer refused to admit this and coldly sent more Germans to die for his arrogance and pride. Note: I'm not (I repeat, NOT) saying that Bush IS like Hitler but rather I'm saying he ACTS like Hitler in regards to this one specific instance of the Battle for Berlin.

Remember John Kerry being blasted for "flip-flopping??" Well his "flip-flop" pales in comparison to this whopper of a "flip-flop":

If our commanders on the ground say we need more troops, I will send them. But our commanders tell me they have the number of troops they need to do their job. Sending more Americans would undermine our strategy of encouraging Iraqis to take the lead in this fight. And sending more Americans would suggest that we intend to stay forever.

-President George W. Bush
Ft. Bragg, North Carolina
June 28, 2005


Bush lies so much I am officially changing the language used when someone tells a fibber. Just substitute "lie, lying or liar" with "Bush." For example: "That's a Bush (lie)!!" "You're Bushing (lying) and I know it!!" "Stop being a Bush (liar) and tell me the truth!!!" You get the picture.

I'll never understand why Americans (Not me!! Don't blame me!!) voted the "Liar-in-Chief" back into office in '04 and in doing so handed back the keys to the car that we are all riding in to the drunk. He's just leading us around by the nose. Mumbling, bumbling and stumbling along the way. We're like the Jews wandering in the desert for 40 years but in our case it's been 4 years but it sure feels like it's been 40 years).

Some people say that we need to give the President another chance and to that I say, "We've given him more then enough chances. We're no longer in the game of chances but rather now, we are in the game of consequences."

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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Surge is Bush Talk for Escalation

I'm doing a pre-emptive post in regards to the presidential address tomorrow night. The worst kept secret in D.C. is that Bush will move to send another 20,000 into Baghdad. That's not a surge it's more of a trickle. He's throwing troops around as if he were playing the classic board game Risk. Either that or Georgie Porgie thinks our brave troops are G.I. Joe's for him to use to play in Iraq. Or has he calls it, "that big sandbox over there."

As usual Bush is wayyy too late to the party on this one. We should have gone in with over-whelming force in the first place. However, now that Noah's flood has inundated us over there it is hard to believe that a few more people with buckets are going to recede the deep waters of hatred and violence in Iraq. Throwing some more troops into the mix is a desperate move by a desperate man and that is why it is so dangerous. This is too little, too late and (as usual) he's using living breathing beings as political tools to try and buy himself some more time, loyalty and support from his sycophants. None of it will work I'm afraid and in the end the only thing we'll get for our investment in lives and money is more death and maiming.

Then there is the issue of Generals Casey and Abizaid, "leaving their jobs" who said the surge won't do much. The "Liar-in-chief" then basically went out shopping for a stooge of a general that would support what he wanted to do. I bet he, (General David Patraeus) is already doing a "heck of a job" shining and cleaning off W's rattlesnake skin cowboy boots that are stained with the blood of American soldiers and Iraqi's.

I think that Bush is just trying to "run the clock out" so to speak until his administration is over and then dump his big elephant sized dung heap of a war on someone else. We should have known that only an elephant could make a mess this size.

I almost don't want a Democratic president having to clean up after this guy. Almost but I think the Dem's are up to the challenge.

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Monday, January 08, 2007

Compromise on Stem Cell Research Debate? Looks Good So Far

GOI: There seems to be a lot of promise with these amniotic stem cells. And the crucial part is that it appears to strike a middle ground on the controversial issue which is important because the debate (as we all know well) has been hampering research that could save innumerable lives. I hope that this finally brings the two sides together on the stem cell research debate. I am very excited and hopeful about this development as finding middle ground on political issues is so rare these days.

By John Lauerman

Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Stem cells from amniotic fluid may open a third avenue of research for scientists seeking to regenerate human tissue that is less controversial than embryonic cells and more versatile than adult stem cells.

The amniotic cells don't carry the same ethical and political concerns as stem cells harvested in a way that requires destruction of embryos. They also are easier to work on in the laboratory than adult stem cells, and may be able to grow into a wider variety of cells, the researchers said.

GOI
: I still am for embryonic stem cell research (as of now) as they seem to do more. However, further research into amniotic stem cells could show that they are just as diverse. It would be great if we could have all three known stem cell types (embryonic, adult and amniotic) being researched at the same time. However, I'm willing to compromise on amniotic cells if it means greater research funds and getting closer to medical advances. I await more research:

The cells from amniotic fluid "can clearly generate a broad range of important cell types, but they may not do as many tricks as embryonic stem cells," said Dr. Robert Lanza, chief scientist at the stem cell company Advanced Cell Technology. "Either way, I think this work represents a giant step forward for stem cell research."

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Saturday, January 06, 2007

VA Rep. Virgil Goode's Swearing in Ceremony

This post is inspired by Kvatch's post.

Rep. Keith Ellison (MN) made good on his promise to swear in on the Quran and it isn't anything less then a victory for the Constitution and the freedom of religion.

Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat, garnered international attention Thursday when he used a Quran once owned by Thomas Jefferson during his ceremonial swearing-in ceremony for the House of Representatives.

In related news:

I heard from a friend's roommates step-brother's 2nd cousin removed that Virgil Goode was going to swear on the KKK Bible the Kloran. However, apparently he decided against it in the end because is sounded too much like the Koran.

~2nd saturday post below~

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Saddam the Martyr

GOI: This is EXACTLY why he shouldn't have been executed. He is now seen as a martyr which just foments the Sunni anger and inspires retaliatory violence even more. The taunting added even more fuel to the fire in proving to the Sunni (and the rest of the world) that the Iraqi government is inept and biased toward the Shia. Killing Saddam did nothing to help Iraq come back from brink of it's civil war (unless you want a bigger civil war. Which of course could be a possibility with some of the factions involved). This was mob justice pure and simple and didn't look much different then the be-headings of sectarian militias.

Violence only fuels further violence. It's old wisdom but rarely understood despite eons of evidence to prove it to be the case.

Saddam Hussein is re-emerging on the "Arab street" as a Sunni hero who stoically endured torment and humiliation before his execution, The New York Times will report Saturday. "In the week since Saddam Hussein was hanged in an execution steeped in sectarian overtones, his public image in the Arab world, formerly that of a convicted dictator, has undergone a resurgence of admiration and awe," writes Hassan M. Fattah for the Times

Even Hosni Mubarak, president of Egypt, addressed the dictator's hanging in an interview, saying that "no one will ever forget the way in which Saddam was executed," notes Fattah. "They turned him into a martyr." Just a month ago, Saddam was widely dismissed as a criminal who deserved the death penalty, even if his trial was seen as flawed. Much of the Middle East reacted with a collective shrug when he was found guilty of crimes against humanity in November. But shortly after his execution last Saturday, a video emerged that showed Shiite guards taunting Saddam, who responded calmly but firmly to them. From then on, many across the region began looking at him as a martyr.

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