Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Political Commentary Through Images

President Bush is choking on the blood of young Americans. He's fighting a war that can't be won. Even if he poured another 200,000 U.S. troops into Iraq and managed to quell the violence, it still wouldn't stop the hate between Sunni's and Shiites. He's got to let them duke it out and find their own solutions to their problems. Suppose someone else had interfered in the middle of the U.S. civil war and tried to impose external controls and solutions? The north and south would probably still be at war today.

Bush's horrible policies have upset the entire balance of power in the world. Our allies are less close to us now than they have been since WW II. Fewer of the third world countries can rely on us for support. And China and the Orient own most of out national debt - they could wipe out our economy in a matter of minutes.

Mr. President's policies have been formulated in ignorance and based on a very narrow view of the world. It will haunt the American people for decades to come. One only hopes that our next administration can begin to put a dent in repairing the damage that Bush and Co. have done.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Political Fun in Photos

Political Jokes

News - Bush Foreign Policy 1

Some quotes from Time Magazine, 1/15/2007, in an editorial by Peter Beinart, ...(more clips from the article may follow in each of the following several days)

It's an unwritten rule: each president gets one foreign policy doctrine. James Monroe’s was defense of the Americas. Harry S Truman’s was containment and George W. Bush's—spelled out after the defeat of the Taliban in 2002—was pre-emptive war to defeat terrorism and spread democracy. To a lot of people, it sounded good at the time. The country was united, the military was triumphant, and the mood was resolute. Americans were ready, literally, to take on the world.

Now it sounds crazy. The military is cracking from wartime strain. Isolationism is on the rise. Americans don't want to sustain one pre-emptive war, let alone start others.

And so the bush administration has begun cribbing from a very different doctrine: Richard Nixon’s. The Nixon doctrine is the foreign policy equivalent of outsourcing. Nixon unveiled it in 1969 to a nation wearied by Vietnam; no longer would Americans man the front lines against global communism. In Vietnam, we would turn the fighting over to Saigon. in the Persian gulf, we would build up Iran to check soviet expansion. America would no longer be a global cop; it would be a global benefactor, quartermaster and coach—helping allies contain communism on their own.

Now president bush is trying something similar. For much of 2006, administration officials fretted about Somalia, where some of the ruling Islamists had terrorist ties. Next door in Djibouti, America stations around 1,000 troops. but instead of sending them in, we turned to Ethiopia, Somalia’s neighbor and longtime rival. When the Ethiopian military rolled into Mogadishu and sent the Islamists fleeing last week, the Bush administration kept a low profile, applauding the invasion and thanking its lucky stars that it was Ethiopia that launched it, not us.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Political Posters

After the round of Sunday talk shows yesterday, again I saw the fascist Republicans telling Americans that speaking out against the war adds comfort to our enemies. Excuse me, but I think it was far more comforting to our enemies that we went into this war under the pretext of a bunch of lies, with too few troops carrying too little armor, and that we've stayed far longer than we were welcome to stay. What a bunch of hooey!

President Bush has such a simple view of the world - everything is in black or white - subtle shades of gray don't exist in his world. Just a week ago, he said in a press conference that the way for all of us to sacrifice for the war was to keep our economy strong. "Go shopping," he said. What a buffoon.

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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Fun Political Images

After 12 years of Republican Rule in the House of Representatives, this image is kind of fun.
The Sexy Humorist has some funny stuff - some political, some social commentary. Give her a vist - see the link in my sidebar.
Probably intended (note the source) with a bit of sarcasm. But at least they have real smiles and not a snicker/snarl (heh heh).

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Friday, January 26, 2007

Fun Political Photos

This photo w/ commentary I ripped from the Wonkette blog. Interesting take on President Bush's popularity and the nature of politics in the country.

A perfect comparison - I can just hear Bush crying out, "What, me worry?" And it's pretty clear that he's really MAD.

Republicans Cheat on Americans - What's New?

The Republicans have coordinated the ruse hoisted the Iraq war on the American public. Raw Story uncovers the truth...

But what was said to be an effort to protect the United States became a tool by which the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Pat Roberts (R-KS) ensured there was no serious investigation into how the administration fixed the intelligence that took the United States to war in Iraq or the fabricated documents used as evidence to do so.

Coupled with limited access to intelligence documents, RAW STORY has found that Roberts and a handful of other strategically-placed Washington players stymied all questions into pre-war intelligence on Iraq and post-invasion cover-ups, including the outing of a CIA covert agent, by using targeted leaks and artfully deflecting blame from the White House.

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Wiretapping Cases Under Fire

The New York Times has published an article on the Bush administration's attempts to rewrite the U.S. Constittuion and some judges are fighting back. Please note - the NYT requires free registration to read their articles online. Below is a brief clip - the entire article is much more detailed.

Secrecy Is at Issue in Suits Opposing Spy Program


The Bush administration has employed extraordinary secrecy in defending the National Security Agency’s highly classified domestic surveillance program from civil lawsuits. Plaintiffs and judges’ clerks cannot see its secret filings. Judges have to make appointments to review them and are not allowed to keep copies.

Judges have even been instructed to use computers provided by the Justice Department to compose their decisions.

But now the procedures have started to meet resistance. At a private meeting with the lawyers in one of the cases this month, the judges who will hear the first appeal next week expressed uneasiness about the procedures, said a lawyer who attended, Ann Beeson of the
American Civil Liberties Union.

Lawyers suing the government and some legal scholars say the procedures threaten the separation of powers, the adversary system and the lawyer-client privilege.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Political Joke

How many Republicans does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

None. They'll just let their children take care of it.

Bible Quotes

As the header says, know your Bible...

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Troop Surge for Democracy?

What democracy? From the New York Times...

BAGHDAD, Jan. 23 — Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, the speaker of Parliament, read a roll call of the 275 elected members with a goal of shaming the no-shows.

Ayad Allawi, the former prime minister? Absent, living in Amman and London. Adnan Pachachi, the octogenarian statesman? Also gone, in Abu Dhabi.

Others who failed to appear Monday included Saleh Mutlak, a senior Sunni legislator; several Shiites and Kurds; and Ayad al-Samaraei, chairman of the finance committee, whose absence led Mr. Mashhadani to ask: “When will he be back? After we approve the budget?”

It was a joke barbed with outrage. Parliament in recent months has been at a standstill. Nearly every session since November has been adjourned because as few as 65 members made it to work, even as they and the absentees earned salaries and benefits worth about $120,000.

Part of the problem is security, but Iraqi officials also said they feared that members were losing confidence in the institution and in the country’s fragile democracy. As chaos has deepened, Parliament’s relevance has gradually receded.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Poking Fun at Republicans

The Republican Party is still screwing us through their chief spokesperson - President Bush. Or maybe not. I was so excited last night after the SOTU speech - I'm absolutely, positively sure that THIS time the President means what he says. Full funding for No Child Left Behind - a concerted effort to provide health insurance for all Americans - an incredible push, as only American scientists could carry off, for alternative fuels. Yep, even though he didn't mean it the last 5 times he said it - I am SURE he means it this time!

The POTUS and his gang, gettin' jiggy wid it!

There are two classes of Republican voters - those who are so filthy rich that the rest of us can only drool over the change they drop - and those so stupid they think that voting Republican is actually voting for smaller government.