Friday, March 17, 2006

Gulf of Tonkin Flashback 

Only this time, we'll generate the national will for another war with a mushroom cloud smoking gun, just a little ways off the U.S. coastline.

Ed at Part of the Plan links to this Lew Rockwell piece by Paul Craig Roberts. You might think it's a tad far fetched, except for the little matter America's unprovoked invasion and ongoing occupation of another (sovereign) country. I'm sure those bright civilians in the White House and the Pentagon are leaving all their cards on the table.

I just can't tell when it's time to strap on my tin foil hat anymore.


Thursday, March 16, 2006

First, it's abortion . . . 

then the wingnuts go after contraception. Then it will be any sex that involves more than one orgasm (and you know who gets that one).

Thanks to Duncan for the link.


Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Blacks, Bush, and the GOP 

Ever wonder why Bush's popularity among Blacks is less than the margin of error?

The General says it's all Lincoln's fault.


Monday, March 13, 2006

Call Your Senators 

Ask if they are supporting Senator Feingold's motion to censure the president for violating the FISA law by authorizing warrantless wiretaps on Americans. Make sure they take notice.

Good initiative from Reddhedd at firedoglake. She's not alone. Duncan says, "Light 'em up!"

More info and a contact link here at Daily Kos. Phone numbers for Senators here.

Let's do some good for America.


Fear Your Government 

and forget about freedom of the press.

Via Susie, Editor & Publisher alerts us to the next round of police state legistation by Republicans pretending not to be Fascists (RPNTBF):
Reporters who write about government surveillance could be prosecuted under proposed legislation that would solidify the administration's eavesdropping authority, according to some legal analysts who are concerned about dramatic changes in U.S. law.

[ . . . ]

Kate Martin, director of the Center for National Security Studies, said the measure is broader than any existing laws. She said, for example, the language does not specify that the information has to be harmful to national security or classified.

"The bill would make it a crime to tell the American people that the president is breaking the law, and the bill could make it a crime for the newspapers to publish that fact," said Martin, a civil liberties advocate.
An aid to the bill's sponsor, Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, claims the bill shouldn't apply to reporters.
"It in no way applies to reporters — in any way, shape or form," said Mike Dawson, a senior policy adviser to DeWine, responding to an inquiry Friday afternoon. "If a technical fix is necessary, it will be made."
Right. "Trust me."


Sunday, March 12, 2006

Suicide Note from a Soldier 

Being bad at checking my Rain Storm email, I missed this. The Freeway Blogger sent it to me back in January.
All is not okay or right for those of us who return home alive and supposedly well. What looks like normalcy and readjustment is only an illusion to be revealed by time and torment. Some soldiers come home missing limbs and other parts of their bodies. Still others will live with permanent scars from horrific events that no one other than those who served will ever understand.

We come home from war trying to put our lives back togather but some cannot stand the memories and decide that death is better. They kill themselves because they are so haunted by seeing children killed and whole families wiped out.
Go read it all.

Then find a quiet place and pray those soldiers find peace, somehow, somewhere.


Crashing the Gate 

Got my advance copy, and I just want to tell you that this is the best book on Progressive politics I've read (and yes, I've read a bunch of them over the last few years). Markos and Jerome have done a great job in capturing where we've been, and how we can start to win. If you're at all interested in current politics, this is the book you want to read.


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