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Tuesday, August 31, 2004

 

If a Democrat were prez right now

Imagine a Democrat in the White House right now,

Imagine Carter or Clinton presiding over the same mess we are now in:

disastrous deficits,

an untenable and mismanaged war,

almost 20% of our nation’s children living in poverty,

environmental carelessness,

a president who has broken four international treaties,

new jobs that replace outsourced jobs with salaries that average $9000 less per year,

borrowing from Social Security to pay for the famous “tax cut”,

payoffs to political cronies,

an unstable economy,

sexual abuse of adults in POW prisons,

sexual abuse of children in POW prisons,

a foreign policy that alienates us from our allies,

trillions in unfunded mandates that threaten Social Security,

Medicare and education…

Imagine how the “so-called liberal media” and the pundits would react if a Democrat had been in charge with all this going on!

A Democrat who did to the country
what Bush has done in the past four years
would be raked over the coals nightly,
and would be looking at losing the fall election in a record landslide.


posted by joe  # 8:57 AM

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

 

the Bush who cried Wolf

Knock knock! Who's there? Orange.

Orange who?

Orange you feeling safer?

(thanks to Corrente)

posted by joe  # 8:10 AM

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

 

why am i not surprised?

the administration announced right after the Democratic national Convention that there was a hightened terror alert. they named specific financial buildings as targets for the very, very, very, near future.
now the Times reports that this "intelligence" predates 2001.

posted by joe  # 1:16 AM

Monday, August 02, 2004

 

the democrats in convention

well, the democratic convention is over...and in the midst of the fru-fru and hoopla some substantial things were said and some important issues were addressed.
but the broadcast networks decided none of that was newsworthy...people didn't need to know what the democrats thought.
they spend three minutes discussing Kerry's hair but won't report what he says about healthcare.
they will have a feature on how Edwards was a trial lawyer, but ignore what the democrats are saying about workplace safety law.
they will focus on the "storm" around Theresa Heinz Kerry, but will not report on what her husband says about education or foreign policy.
hmmmm and these "journalists" see themselves as guardians of America's freedoms? we really oughta quit referring to them as journalists....image vendors maybe, or just infotainment hawkers....snakeoil salesmen?

posted by joe  # 12:43 AM

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

 

Kerry...the difference

lots of hopeful things are being said this week about Kerry...about how he will change things once elected. i see no evidence of this in his statements, except in regard to women's issues and perhaps (perhaps) healthcare. certainly his middle east policy sounds like a dittohead of Bush's quagmire. i think he will work better with other nations...but what else?

Kerry will only be slightly better than Bush as far as i can see....i tell myself the choice is not Bush or Kerry but the people they surround themselves with...and we know what destructive people surround Bush.... even a little difference might make a big difference in terms of the future....certainly the obvious difference will be women's rights and perhaps healthcare.

on the otherhand i think of Lenin's insight about voting for the worst in order to bring the real tensions to a head sooner....it bothers me from time to time that Kerry might possibly be no real difference at all.

but I have to believe that something must be done now...not sometime in the future....four more years of Bush will be a disaster any way you cut it.

do we vote our hopes or do we vote our anger?

posted by joe  # 1:41 PM

Monday, July 19, 2004

 

Seen these stories in our So-called Liberal media lately?

First we torture their men and women, now, we torture their children

Norwegian, German, and Australian press broke this story over a week ago, reporting the US government has videotapes of boys being sodomized at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Most of the more than 100 minors still believed to be held in American-controlled prisons in Iraq were taken into custody after US forces raided their homes.

Some of the children are taken to the adult prison and abused in front of their fathers-detained there- in an effort to make the parent talk. They are usually stripped naked, abused or fondled, or even raped by the American interrogators.

"The worst is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking," the reporter Seymour Hersch said last week. Hersh says there was "a massive amount of criminal wrongdoing that was covered up at the highest command out there, and higher.”

He called the prison scene "a series of massive crimes, criminal activity by the president and the vice president, by this administration anyway…war crimes."

The outrages are known within Iraq, and have cost us the support of moderate Arabs, says Hersh. European media learned that the Red Cross, UNICEF, and Amnesty International discovered these prisons and lodged complaints months ago with U.S. officials, to no avail.

Sources:

http://www.juancole.com/

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=541472

http://www.theleftcoaster.com/

We’ll call him the new Saddam for short

Iyad Allawi, the new Prime Minister of Iraq, handpicked by the Bush Administration, pulled a pistol and executed as many as six suspected insurgents at a Baghdad police station last month, just days before Washington handed control of the country to his interim government, according to two people who allege they witnessed the killings.

"The prisoners were against the wall and we were standing in the courtyard when the Interior Minister said that he would like to kill them all on the spot. Allawi said that they deserved worse than death - but then he pulled the pistol from his belt and started shooting them."

Sources:

http://www.juancole.com/

http://atrios.blogspot.com/

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/07/16/1089694568757.html?oneclick=true

Presbyterians and Israel

“Leaders of the largest Presbyterian denomination have officially equated Israel with apartheid-era South Africa and voted to divest from Israel,” reports Arutz Sheva. Predictably, some leaders have mounted an attack against the PCUSA. “We were offended and distressed by the actions of the Presbyterian Church USA at your most recent General Assembly pertaining to Jews and Israel,” complained Anti-Defamation League director Abraham Foxman.

Source:

http://www.kurtnimmo.com/blog/
posted by joe  # 7:57 AM

Saturday, July 10, 2004

 

Stains on the country

As of today 881 Americans are dead in Iraq, over 1000 "coalition" forces dead, and about 15,000 Iraqs. That's 16,000 bloadsoaked clothes.

And Clinton was impeached for one stained dress?
posted by joe  # 12:49 PM

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