Facts Is Facts Or Is They?

One of the most intriguing observations I’ve made over the course of my misspent career (to me) is the manner in which “facts” alter with the passage of time and the new contexts that history tosses in. Example: When I wrote these words in the local newspaper in August 2003, they meant one thing, without irony, but today, they mean quite another: War was just a necktie party August 8, 2003 … Lynchings are illegal, no matter how bad a guy the lynchee is. This diabolical spin that being against the war equals being in favor of Saddam Hussein would be laughable, were it not so forcibly advanced by the same hypocrites who wailed, squawked and pounded their chests for … Continue reading

Making Waves In The Kiddie Pool

Politically, in case you hadn’t guessed, I tend to be a liberal libertarian. Which is why I so utterly have always opposed George W. Bush, who is a conservative (radically so) authoritarian, radically so. In both the Republican party and the Democratic party, each of which I was a member of for about 15 years, the problems that I had was WITH the authoritarians. It has been interesting to listen to John Dean, as he moved from radio show to radio show, talking about authoritarianism, and pushing his then-new book, Conservatives Without Conscience. [Excerpt here] According to Glen Greenwald’s review of the book, posted at Crooksandliars.com on 23 July 06: Dean contends, and amply documents, that the “conservative” movement has … Continue reading

Bush: Go to Hell Louisiana!

Hat Tip to Oyster. If you think that title is kinda pushing the limit, then wait till you see what the President has to say! Quick, think back and try to remember all the promises made during all his photo ops. Now take a look at what he says now. Remember, think Jackson Square! Imagine going out to dinner with a friend who offers to pick up the tab. But when the $50 bill comes, he throws $40 on the table and says the tip is included. That’s how Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office describes President Bush’s refusal to waive the requirement for Louisiana to pay a 10 percent match on any federal disaster relief money received for recovery projects. The … Continue reading

Mike Gravel For President!

Just kidding, but the best line of last night’s Dem debate, uttered by former Senator Mike Gravel of Alaska: “Some of these people up on this stage scare me.” LOL. What a nut, but it was the only interesting moment, frankly, in a debate that was short on specifics and long on yucks. Actually the best part of the debate was Gravel’s post-debate interview with Tweety Mathews, when Tweety asked where he’d been the last 30 years Gravel said, “living under a rock.” Seriously, anyone else see the debate? I thought Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Chris Dodd and Joe Biden came off rather well, which is good news for Dodd and Biden. They moved, imo, up from second tier status … Continue reading

Standing With Harry Reid

They’re at it again. When I supported Speaker Pelosi when she was attacked by the right-wing, I said, “They thrive on destroying our leaders – we can’t let them.” I take no pride in my prognostication. Now they’re going after my friend and Majority Leader Harry Reid. And once again, it’s up to us to defend him. There’s a very strange dynamic at play right now. When I talk to a people on my book tour, and when I take part in online discussions or calls with bloggers, I see an America that is sick and tired of politicians in Washington who refuse to change course in Iraq; an America that doesn’t believe the words that comes out of Dick … Continue reading

Cheney and Bush Have Consistently Misled Us on Iraq

Editor’s Note: Buzz’s commentary below has been pulled from the comments here… Both VP Cheney and President Bush have consistently misled us on Iraq: 1. They predicted weapons of mass destruction and chemical stockpiles. There were none. 2. They predicted that we would be greeted as liberators with flowers. We were not, instead we were greeted with mines, gunfire, and suicide bombers. 3. Well over a year ago VP Cheney said that the enemy resistance was “In it’s last throes.” This proved to be a pipe dream. 4. President Bush in a PR stunt appeared on the deck of the USS Lincoln, beneath a banner which declared, “Mission Accomplished.” This was just another lie AKA pipedream. 5. At first our … Continue reading