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Lieberman

The New York Times: Democratic Chief Says ‘AWOL’ Bush Will Be an Issue After a Nominee Emerges

“Speaking to reporters after attending services at the New Destiny Fellowship Congregation in Wilmington, Del., Mr. Lieberman said that his campaign had enough money to continue through to the Virginia primary on Feb. 10 so that his ‘unique voice’ could be heard.”

“‘Unlike some of the other candidates — who, I’m beginning to fear, are drifting toward outdated class warfare arguments — I’m never going to be an antibusiness candidate because it’s businesses that create the jobs for people and help people work their way up into the middle class,’ he said.”

Advocating progressive, proportional taxation and a tax code which encourages businesses to play by the rules is not “class warfare.”

In other Lieberman news, in a recent Seattle-area synagogue straw poll, Lieberman won 3 of an estimated 70 votes. So much for “his people” sticking with him…

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85% of what?


BBC NEWS | Middle East | US to review pre-war intelligence

“Former head of the Iraq Survey Group, David Kay, resigned on Friday saying he did not believe Iraq possessed large chemical or biological stockpiles.

“I think we have found probably 85% of what we’re going to find,” he said.

So… 85% of nothing is nothing, right?

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Cook on Blair, WMD

Britain’s former Foreign Secretary Robin Cook wonders why Tony Blair won’t own up to the mistakes made in justifying their participation in the war in Iraq.

Blair should use the Bush logic: drawing a gun on a piece of paper is the same thing as holding one to someone’s head.

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The State of the Union

I’ll paraphrase:

“USA!! USA!!! WE’RE #1!!! USA!!! USA!!!”

Also:

“If you don’t agree with us, you are a terrorist or a wuss. Maybe both.”

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Enough Pandering Already!

The Bush administration is secretly drafting new EPA legislation that would allow the massive agribusiness cattle, pork, and poultry farms to pay $3,000 per facility to exempt themselves from being sued by the EPA for violations of the Clean Air Act. What a deal!

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Dear Right Wing Wackballs,

“You don’t allocate civil rights by who makes you comfortable and who doesn’t.”

-Howard Dean, Rolling Stone interview

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The Loud Minorities

I didn’t agree with Christie Whitman’s policies while heading the EPA, but she makes a good point about the extremists (both liberal and conservative) having undue and disproportionate influence in the political process.

Frankly, I think the Republicans are more guilty of this than the Democrats, but I admit I am biased.

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A Tax Hike for the Stupid

The New York Times: “Virginia Appears Poised to Raise Cigarette Tax

Given that it is currently a whopping 2.5 cents, this makes sense as a way of increasing state revenues to fund essential services. Among the hurdles will be the substantial power of the tobacco industry and their lobbyists, who brought in $266,891 dollars in the 1999-2000 timeframe, of which $212,482 went to the Republicans, currently a strong majority in the state legislature.

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The Wrong God

Salon has a good interview with Albert Pennybacker, a progressive Christian pastor working to combat the hijacking of Christianity by the right wing dingbats. I find it rather sad that the Bush administration talks about how Muslim zealots such as Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda have wrongly claimed the role of speakers for an entire religion when the Bush-supported Religious Right have done the very same thing.

While I am not religious, I was raised by church-going but not necessarily devout progressive Christians. Because of this exposure to religion, I find the intolerant, exclusionary rhetoric of the Right particularly disgusting. They (Pat Robertson, John Ashcroft) talk about their piety and religious devotion, then ignore tenets like loving all people, be they Christian or not, straight or gay. Yet another example of the “you’re with us or against us” mindset found in the Bush administration and its supporters.

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"We" versus "I" – Bush One to the UN, 1990

Some highlights:

“We have a vision of a new partnership of nations that transcends the cold war: a partnership based on consultation, cooperation and collective action, especially through international and regional organizations; a partnership united by principle and the rule of law and supported by an equitable sharing of both cost and commitment; a partnership whose goals are to increase democracy, increase prosperity, increase the peace and reduce arms.”

“We stand together, prepared to swim upstream, to march uphill, to tackle the tough challenges as they come not only as the United Nations but as the nations of the world united.”

“We need serious international cooperative efforts to make headway on the threats to the environment, on terrorism, on managing the debt burden, on fighting the scourge of international drug trafficking, and on refugees, and peacekeeping efforts around the world.”

-George H.W. Bush, address to the United Nations, October 1, 1990

Further illustration of the differences in approach between the father and the son. One gathered a massive multi-national coalition with the approval of the United Nations, the other believes international bodies and treaties pose a threat to American sovereignty; pulling out of the I.C.C. to the point of specifying that the U.S. will invade Holland in order to “rescue” any personnel from I.C.C. custody, ignoring the U.N.’s disapproval of the Iraq invasion, making the rebuilding of Iraq a “members-only” club… Along with foreign policy and international diplomacy, I hope W. can follow in his father’s footsteps as a one-term wonder.

This posting was prompted by some of the speech being quoted in an article at The Nation, “The Character Myth,” which attempts to explain the psychology behind Bush’s still widespread support in the U.S.