Sunday, July 03, 2005

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Blogger Dedanna said...

How about the fact that Sandra Day O'Connor retiring now isn't the best timing? She leaves Dubya wide open... unfortunately.

11:16 AM, July 03, 2005  
Blogger Dedanna said...

PARIS - President George W. Bush's patriotic address at Fort Bragg Tuesday night, swimming amidst uniforms and flags, was proof that the Iraq issue is slipping out of the administration's control.

The attempt to regain control was made in the president's claim that, in Iraq, America is fighting back against the 9/11 attacks, which is wholly untrue. The president himself has acknowledged that the 9/11 terrorists had nothing to do with Iraq, and Iraq and Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with 9/11.

The Downing Street Memos now have made it impossible to deny that Iraq's invasion was a deliberate choice, made for reasons having nothing to do with 9/11. The administration thought conquering Iraq would be easy, and that it could quickly be turned into a client state and permanent Middle Eastern strategic base for the United States.

More...

There, I've given a couple of choices... you take it from here.

11:34 AM, July 03, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Molly Ivins column for June 28,'05
http://www.creators.com/opinion_show.cfm?columnsName=miv

This one is a response to
Karl Rove's (YUK!!!) offensive comments about Democrats wanting to mollycoddle terrorists (while the Republicans are the REAL patriots).
Molly's column comes out 2 X a week, usually Tues. and Thurs. You can read it on Creators.com and past columns in the archives.

3:40 PM, July 06, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh Oh. One of the letters (W) in the web address isn't showing up.
That's ...show... Funny that the "W" didn't show up-kinda like "W" in Alabama during his National Guard duty-right?

3:44 PM, July 06, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The DemoCat listened to "Roswell Says" today and was really mad at the last caller who was fool enough to call John Kerry a traitor. Like he knows more than the guys who served with Kerry in Vietnam, Max Cleland (sp?) who lost 3 limbs in 'Nam, etc.!! The DemoCat is a big John Kerry fan partly because she read legitimate biographies of Kerry by people who actually researched his life/career unlike the Swiftboat for "LIES" guys who were funded by rich Bush supporters from TX, etc.
If John Kerry had been elected (and the DemoCat thinks he was) he likely would've been one of our five best Presidents, along with Jefferson, both Roosevelts, and Lincoln, who probably rolled over in his grave when Bush bragged that he belonged to the party of Abe Lincoln. Bush is one of if not the worst U.S. President ever in the DemoCat's opinion.
GOOD bios of John Kerry include:
"Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War" by Douglas Brinkley
"John F. Kerry: the complete biography by the Boston Globe reporters who know him best" by Michael Kranish, Brian C. Mooney, and Nina J. Easton
"The Candidate:Behind John Kerry's remarkable run for the White House" by Paul Alexander
"Going Up River: The Long War of John Kerry" is a great film to see.
Also-Kerry told the truth. He's no traitor. He's a hero!!! I think most of the troops in 'Nam were honorable but not all were. What happened in My Lai was far from an isolated occurance and someone needed to be brave enough to speak out.
The Winter Soldier testimony is online and will turn your stomach.
Martha Hess wrote a book called "Then the Americans Came: Voices from Vietnam" with the stories of the Vietnamese people. Personally, I think Agent Orange was a WMD whether we intended it to be or not and we exposed our own troops to it and refused to take responsibility for it.
Also-read "Who Speaks for God? an alternative to the religious right-a new politics of compassion, community, and civility" by Jim Wallis if you think Bush & Co are compassionate christians because that may be the biggest lie they've ever told!

5:21 PM, July 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Winter Soldier Investigation took place in the early 70s. A number of Vietnam vets home from the war testified re: their experiences there and about attrocities committed there which ranged from shooting livestock and destroying crops/food supplies to rape, murder, and torture of POWs. John Kerry relayed some of this info when he testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and when he appeared at rallies and on talk shows. This is why he is called a traitor-because he had the courage to risk his future political career by telling the truth about what was going on in Vietnam.
I don't think that most of the troops did these things, but the My Lai Massacre was far from the only case. There's a line from my favorite Stephen King book-"This inhuman place makes human monsters." This is what war does to some people-makes them into "human monsters", at least temporarily, by demonizing the enemy so the troops will be willing to kill them. It's no wonder our guys come back with PTSD. How do you go through a thing like that and kill over and over and not go crazy? A cop who kills someone in the line of duty gets down time and counseling. What happens to our soldiers before they're released from duty back into the general population?
This is a terrible thing and one of the reasons war needs to be a last resort. To find the testimony on-line use Winter Soldier Investigation for an on-line search and click on the site that says Winter Soldier Investigation: Table of Contents.
I feel sorry for the guys who went through combat and don't want to remember the way it really was, but talking about their "Glory Days" in the service is not going to help prevent unnecessary wars where other young men will be forced to go through the same experiences. They need to get some therapy and start facing reality, in my opinion.

4:56 PM, July 13, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The question was asked on the show today-"What major legislation did John Kerry ever put though while in the Senate?" like that proves anything about whether he would be a better leader than Bush (he'd have to be).
John Kerry is the Jr. Senator and rather than compete with Ted Kennedy, the Sr. Senator who's been in office something like 35 years, he let Kennedy do the legislating for the most part. Kerry found his own niche working in the background on various committees. His name isn't on a lot of the bills he worked on because he worked quietly behind the scenes for the most part. He is a lawyer, also, and was a prosecutor in Mass. so he did a lot of investigative work, notably involving drug traffiking, money laundering, and the Iran Contra affair/Oliver North, the latter thing probably earning him eternal hatred from the Bushes, etc. He, also, is well known for going to Vietnam to investigate whether there were any POWs/MIAs being held prisoner, etc. in Vietnam. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was a part of that and that's how he and
John Kerry got to be good friends, although, you'd never know it since McCain has somehow been convinced or pressured into supporting Bush who defamed him in the 2000 primary.
Since the election, Kerry has sponsored the Kids First legislation re: children's health care, has introduced a petition re: saving the ANWR (our Congress chose to ignore the people's wishes, but had to put it in the Congressional record), is working with Clinton/Boxer on election reform, as far as I know, and has a petition to fire Karl Rove (Yes!!). I think Kerry has been challenged now and he is going to be a lot more visible than he was before, and I HOPE he will run again in '08 because if anyone was ever destined to be President it's John Kerry.

5:31 PM, July 15, 2005  

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