Archive for November, 2003

Apologies and Updates

Yes, I know, I know, there hasn’t been anything up for the last week, and the top of the blog has been an unabashed plug for Looney Tunes: Back in Action, not exactly a fate-of-the-world topic. Still, it’s not always easy to keep up with the constant outrages of the administration, especially when it is at the same time a recursive loop: rampant cronyism, creeping fascism, and sheer incompetence.

Read more on the Justice Log, 11/30/2003 02:41 PM

Did you Tune out Revolutions? Get Back In Action

Yes, I know that this blog has been almost exclusively political, but this is good enough that I want to share with everyone. 8^)

Unlike most other fans I’ve heard and/or read, I won’t utterly pan Revolutions. It was good in respectable chunks. However, I found it disappointing at times, on several levels. At other times, it was very depressing.

As a result, I was trying to keep my expectations manageable for other movies, like Looney Tunes: Back in Action, which was next on our list….

Read more on the Justice Log, 11/15/2003 10:39 PM

Lying Liars

I try to avoid engaging in blog wars, but Instapundit is the Big Dog of not only conservatarian pundits, but the blogosphere in general. And he has this to say about the nutjobs on both sides:

I’ve drawn the distinction repeatedly, but the fact is that the real energy in the antiwar movement comes from people who don’t like America. A.N.S.W.E.R. is central to the movement. Nobody else can organize the protests or turn out the bodies. It’s as if the religious right relied on Fred Phelps to do their organization, then tried to claim that they weren’t like him. But they’ve been very careful to distance themselves from guys like him. I don’t see similar care from the antiwar movement — I see happy solidarity until someone makes an issue, followed by righteous indignation when this stuff is pointed out.

This is clear, utter, total and obvious bull.

Read more on the Justice Log, 11/14/2003 08:54 AM

Never Mess With The Spooks

The Calpundit has the slam dunk on this one:

The problem is that trying to blame this kind of stuff on the CIA is getting less and less credible with every passing day: after all, if it really is the CIA’s fault, their incompetence has now endangered the interests of the United States and badly embarrassed the president so many times that it’s simply beyond belief that there haven’t been wholesale firings in Langley.

Which also explains some of the sheer outrage from current and former members of the intelligence community: they’re being trashed by an administration that’s trying to find an excuse for the mess it’s in, when they wouldn’t be in this mess if they had just listened to the people they’re trashing in the first place.

Read more on the Justice Log, 11/13/2003 01:01 PM

Get Your Base On

Why the election will come down to turnout

Does anyone really believe that conservative pundits have the Democratic party’s best interests at heart?

Apparently, the Democratic candidate (no matter who that candidate is) will lose by pandering to some mythical “shrill and unstable” party base, which is going to drive the center to the Republicans. If only they’d be more supportive of unpopular wars with dubious origins, stop asking questions about unprecedented corruption and deceit, and fighting the “class warfare” that the right wing began over twenty years ago, they might have a chance in the 2004 election. Of course, by this calculation, the Democrats will probably still lose, but at least it won’t be a blowout.
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Potential Military Installations

It’s getting harder to tell the parody from the real thing:

Read more on the Justice Log, 11/08/2003 02:00 PM

And So It Begins

Tom DeLay has all but declared open war on debate:

House Democrats will get no projects for their home districts in a huge education and health spending bill because none of them voted for an initial version of the measure last summer, majority Republicans say.

Read more on the Justice Log, 11/07/2003 07:03 PM

The War On Intellect

Dubya’s battles with intelligence agencies belie a deeper conflict

In a faith-based administration, the greatest enemies appear to be facts. As many have observed, Bush’s team is allergic to any hint of the massive amounts of evidence proving their mendacity. This has been pointed out recently (to devastating effect) by Sidney Blumenthal in an article for the Guardian:
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Scheer Says It All

in a nutshell:

Some pundits and politicians, even those who may have been skeptical about the war to begin with, now argue that we must “finish the job,” even if it means increasing our commitment of troops or ruling Iraq indefinitely. This is, however, exactly the kind of stubborn and mushy thinking that led us into the hell of the Vietnam War and the deaths of 58,000 Americans and more than 2 million Vietnamese and Cambodians.

Read more on the Justice Log, 11/04/2003 10:25 AM

Enough with the milestones

Or maybe they’d be better called "mill stones."

November 2, 2003 — the second deadliest day of this fiasco for American troops. Sixteen dead per the Iraq Casualty Count, topping the 30 deaths on March 23.

May all the gods grant that by next year’s Day of the Dead, we can comfort ourselves in the knowledge that the pointless deaths have stopped. We have no such comfort this year.

(by Morgan, Mon, 3 Nov 2003 12:00 PM)

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