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Archive for July, 2006

Strange endorsement

Posted by Greg on July 31, 2006

He’s right about a lot of things, but no doubt there are plenty of sour grapes as well.

A Republican stumps for a democratic majority:

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Mitt’s minority outreach

Posted by Greg on July 31, 2006

from The Carpetbagger Report:

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) was campaigning in Iowa over the weekend, and responded to the recent controversy over structural problems with the Big Dig highway project. Romney told an audience, “The best thing for me to do politically is stay away from the Big Dig — just get as far away from that tar baby as I possibly can.” Romney’s office later apologized. “The governor was describing a sticky situation,” said Eric Fehrnstrom, the governor’s spokesman. “He was unaware that some people find the term objectionable, and he’s sorry if anyone was offended.”

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Must read editorials

Posted by Greg on July 30, 2006

Dan Savage at The New York Times

Ted Kennedy at The Washington Post

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Welcome to the police state of America

Posted by Greg on July 29, 2006

This CANNOT succeed.

U.S. citizens suspected of terror ties might be detained indefinitely and barred from access to civilian courts under legislation proposed by the Bush administration, say legal experts reviewing an early version of the bill.

A 32-page draft measure is intended to authorize the Pentagon’s tribunal system, established shortly after the 2001 terrorist attacks to detain and prosecute detainees captured in the war on terror. The tribunal system was thrown out last month by the Supreme Court.

Hat tip to BruinKid at Kos who observes:

Forget the Bill of Rights.  Forget due process.  Forget the courts of law.  Welcome to our own Guantanamo Bay, right here inside the United States.

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Off the deep end

Posted by Greg on July 27, 2006

More delusions of adequacy from the muslim extremists.

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Misdirection of resources

Posted by Greg on July 27, 2006

But what else would be expect from the Bush misadministration?

A decorated sergeant and Arabic language specialist was dismissed from the U.S. Army under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, though he says he never told his superiors he was gay and his accuser was never identified.

Bleu Copas, 30, told The Associated Press he is gay, but said he was “outed” by a stream of anonymous e-mails to his superiors in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C….

An eight-month Army investigation culminated in Copas’ honorable discharge on Jan. 30 — less than four years after he enlisted, he said, out of a post-Sept. 11 sense of duty to his country.

Copas now carries the discharge papers, which mention his awards and citations, so he can document his military service for prospective employers. But the papers also give the reason for his dismissal. 

John Aravosis puts it succinctly:

After all, how important really is stopping the next September 11 when there are more important issues like gays to worry about. The Republicans are simply obsessed with cultural issues, to the expense of national security and every other problem facing this nation. In this case, they went so far as to blatantly violate their own Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, launching an eight-month investigation – eight months, folks – in order to catch this guy simply for being gay. That is simply an absurd waste of resources during war time.

We have yet to catch Osama bin Laden. We are convinced that we will be struck again. And the Bush administration is more interested in wasting time and resources going after gays. This is what the Republican party has become.

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Stumbling into an agenda

Posted by Greg on July 27, 2006

Have the Democrats come up with something?

1. “Real Security at Home and Overseas” — phased redeployment in Iraq, send expanded Special Forces to get bin Laden, implement 9/11 Commission agenda

2. “Better American Jobs. Better Pay” — made congressional pay raise conditional on minimum wage increase, end tax breaks for companies that outsource

3. “College Access for All” — make college tuition “permanently” tax deductible, cut student loan interest rates, expand Pell Grants

4. “Energy Independence. Lower Gas Prices” — initiatives for energy-efficient technologies and alternative fuels, new laws against gas price gouging, end “tax giveaways to Big Oil”

5. “Affordable Health Care” — fix Medicare Part D, fund stem-cell research, negotiate lower prescription drug prices, end tax giveaways to drug companies and HMOs

6. “Retirement Security and Dignity” — beat back Social Security privatization (again), pension reform, expand personal savings incentives

Looks promising.  But can they deliver?

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That ain’t history

Posted by Greg on July 26, 2006

A description of what may well be the world’s worst American History text.

Depressing.

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Selective outrage

Posted by Greg on July 26, 2006

Remember all the outrage among the wingnut caucus when they realized Kos’ opinions actually have a market value?  Never you mind that it was never a secret who he was working for.

Well, it’s come to light that Patrick Hynes of Ankle Biting Pundits fame is on the McCain payroll – and hasn’t been exactly forthcoming on disclosure.

The silence on the right is deafening, and revelatory.

Read more about it here.

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Duh

Posted by Greg on July 26, 2006

So Lance Bass is gay.  I care why?

I think Ethan Reynolds has perhaps the best take on it I’ve seen.  Check it out.

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Speaking of batshit crazy

Posted by Greg on July 26, 2006

Ann Coulter opened her mouth again.

UPDATE:

My friend Sean comments at more length…

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Nevada caucus

Posted by Greg on July 26, 2006

It looks like Harry Reid got his way and Nevada has been recommended for an early (pre New Hampshire) caucus in 2008. 

As I said before, it’s a good thing to get some diversity into the early stages of the process and Nevada has offers both racial and geographic diversity that is sorely needed.  As an erstwhile westerner myself, it does my heart good.

Others:

Sen. John Ensign at The Hill:

I think that it will certainly make Nevada more prominent. I would love to see the Republicans join them, but obviously the chances of that are a lot slimmer.

Crazy Monk:

Still, why does New Hampshire feel it has a God-given right to have one of the first cracks at choosing the presidential nominees?

John Deeth:

Standing by my analysis: Flight time is a minor thing compared to the attractiveness of Vegas as a destination.

Kos:

They’ve got to be celebrating over at Edwards’ HQ, because this map is designed to give him a huge boost.

Outside Report:

While the netroots is fawning over Clinton-hater, Russ Feingold and the big money wigs are trying to decide between Hillary Clinton or Mark Warner, I think that John Edwards (despite my biases) has done the best job thus far and has gotten luckiest in the race for the Democratic nomination. Not only has he managed to seize a strong electoral grip on Iowa (which will only get stronger if Chet Culver and other Dems he has campaigned for win), but he also got extremely lucky with the new primary schedule.

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The devil in Georgia details

Posted by Greg on July 26, 2006

Georgia governor Sonny Perdue wanted to honor well known and respected British actor Ian McKellan (LOTR, X-Men, DaVinci Code, etc.) who recently visited Atlanta doing promotional work for The DaVinci Code.  So, Perdue made him an officer in the National Guard

Actor Ian McKellen, an outspoken agitator for gay rights in his native U.K. and abroad, is tickled, despite the Pentagon’s ban on openly gay service members, to have been made an officer in the Georgia National Guard by Gov. Sonny Perdue.  

Hm…

How do you say “oops” in southern?

A few others commenting:

Badlands

Democratic Underground

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Flailing away

Posted by Greg on July 26, 2006

GOP candidate for the US Senate Mark Kennedy has his first TV ad up.  Pretty lame.

Check out the commentary at MNPublius.

So the question has to be asked: Why is Mark Kennedy running from his Congressional record?  Why is Mark Kennedy trying to ignore his voting record of 92% coincidence with the Bush Administration?  How does a Congressman who isn’t a “party man” get pushed down the aisle by Roy Blunt when the roll call was 215-215 to cast the deciding vote for one of the most damaging budget bills to hit Minnesota in a decade?  Why is Mr. Kennedy trying to hide?

If Mark Kennedy thinks he can win the election on his record of independence, I think he’s already lost.  I couldn’t be happier with the direction this ad is indicative of–I tried to win a student council race in 10th grade by being the goof-ball candidate, it didn’t work.

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Right to ignorance

Posted by Greg on July 25, 2006

Great piece by Ed Foster:

Three stories in this morning’s paper caught my eye: the National Security Agency and AT&T failed to get EFF’s lawsuit quashed, a recent study indicates that most bloggers don’t think of themselves as journalists, and Barry Bonds is not going to be indicted just now. And it occurs to me there is actually a rather strong connection among those three stories, at least if you think about them in terms of the public’s right to know. Or, as seems to be what our government and its corporate masters are really pushing in the legal sphere, the right to keep the public ignorant.

Read the whole thing.

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