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Saturday, August 20, 2005

 
OK, wow. The photo at the bottom of the piece really caps this winner off. Bravo.

See when some guy in West Virginia closes his eyes and imagines a Democrat, unfortunately this is what he sees.

On to the real subject of the day,

The War and Remote Control Democracy

We can't leave Iraq. I would love to recommend that we should leave, but I can't. The place is such a disaster I don't know if it will ever be stable. Iraq is a total mess from start to finish and it may be that the situation is permanently intractable. The nature of terrorism is that it really cannot be totally defensed against. Much like Doug Flutie. Besides. the Bush government doesn't really care if there is real democracy, only stability. We have neither in Iraq nor Afghanistan for that matter, (oops, remember that?)

If we add more troops we add more targets. If we withdraw troops we induce further instability. Iraq is a herpes sore on America's lip. I hope your not eating breakfast.

The kicker is this. The Congress is so tightly gerrymandered really nothing the GOP fucks up will cause most of them to lose their jobs. The brand name Democrat has become a foxified slur-term to be spat by digital graphics to the apathetic, self-centered, self-entitled polis. I still don't trust voting machines and I cannot believe the limits to which incompetence and lying can be tolerated by a democratic republic's citizens. Government is something people "watch" and not "do" in the United States in 2005. That's not a democracy that's not a republic when half of us are registered to vote and half of those of us registered vote and 2-5% participate in any other real capacity in elections or attend meetings, or are engaged. You want to know how to solve all our problems? Take ownership of them.

Take responsibility for our baby democracy. Or we are all lost. Don't wait to be entertained, empowered, enthused by candidates, recognize that your a fucking grown up and vote like one. This isn't Star Search, and blaming the politicians without being engaged with the politicians is a significant indicator of denial. They do as well or as bad in direct proportion to our critical analysis and interjecting. From President to Councilperson. Who is the boss? Who is in charge and responsible in a government of, for, and by the people when the people are absent, and blaming, and ignorant?

Thursday, August 18, 2005

 
I didn't leave to tour the zither with The Brian Jonestown Massacre, like it says on the cover of US Weekly.

That's just not true.

Some new posts soon.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

 
75 GOP House Seats we should target. Kudos for the break-down.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

 
Cutting off Your Nose Despite Your Face

It's nice to see the explosion in slow motion. But...

At some point it's got to become clear that breaking up into parts is the antecedent of solidarity and without solidarity your cracks become shattered crushed pieces.

It's difficult to come to grips with the concept that one's ideology does not always lend its self to winning political campaigns. Due to the fact that the current parameters favor centralization, actually militant style organization.

Karl Rove and the GOP win because modern Conservatism melds with the realities of what it takes to win political campaigns. One message, centralized control, uniformity. All the things Democrats and Progressives hate.

The key is to change the system, a system of publicly funded elections is really the only way out, but until that time we must function like an army, like the GOP, if we are to win campaigns.

Monday, August 01, 2005

 
The special election in OH-2 tomorrow, will go along way in illuminating the Democrat's chances for a significant House pick-up in subsequent elections. The Swing State project is doing a great job in assisting with intelligent organization and focus of resources in an open-source kind of way that allows for organic mini-revolutions in GOP "strongholds". Fingers-crossed.

It's nice to have this blog, as well as others on the Yahoo front-page each morning.

Monday, July 25, 2005

 
It's all true.

Friday, July 22, 2005

 
Getting closer to cleaning.

From Bloomberg:

Two top White House aides have given accounts to a special prosecutor about how reporters first told them the identity of a CIA agent that are at odds with what the reporters have said, according to people familiar with the case.

Lewis ``Scooter'' Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, told special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald that he first learned from NBC News reporter Tim Russert of the identity of Central Intelligence Agency operative Valerie Plame, the wife of former ambassador and Bush administration critic Joseph Wilson, one person said. Russert has testified before Fitzgerald that he didn't tell Libby of Plame's identity, the person said.

White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove told Fitzgerald that he first learned the identity of the CIA agent from syndicated columnist Robert Novak, according to a person familiar with the matter. Novak, who was first to report Plame's name and connection to Wilson, has given a somewhat different version to the special prosecutor, the person said.

These discrepancies may be important because Fitzgerald is investigating whether Libby, Rove or other administration officials made false statements during the course of the investigation. The Plame case has its genesis in whether anyone violated a 1982 law making it illegal to knowingly reveal the name of a covert intelligence agent.


October, that's when it all goes down.

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