Archive for September, 2004

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Not Taking It

It has been truly fascinating, in a darkly humorous way, to watch Republicans whine about Democrats being “divisive” during this election cycle. Translation: “hey, you’re not supposed to fight back when we hit you!” As usual, they can dish it out, but they sure can’t take it. Bullies never can.

Kevin Drum put it extremely well in a recent post of his:
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Message from God?

Morgan here, borrowing her husband’s diary :-).

I got this from my progressive son in Colorado today. While I certainly like the idea of Mother Nature laying the smack-down on liars and frauds, I have to wonder if the info in this is valid. I lack the resources for a quick check and the time for a full check, but maybe someone here can give it a look?

Edit: While cleaning up bad links I found my answer on Snopes :-).

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The Case Against Iraq

Or, Why Bush Is Still Wrong

You’ve heard the bleating from Bush and Cheney. “World safer without Saddam,” “Mushroom clouds if Kerry wins,” blah blah blah. In spite of the overwhelming evidence that Iraq was a horrible mistake and Bush is a freaking moron, they keep using the bloody place like a cudgel. We tough, them weak. We Texans, them French.

The sick, sad thing is, people are buying it. I actually got into an argument with a relative over whether or not hitting Iraq was a good thing because — I swear to God, this was his argument — we had to hit somebody, and it didn’t matter who.

Never mind we had already “hit” Afghanistan. Never mind that we can’t “hit” anyone else while we’re stuck in that damn quicksand pit. Never mind the blood and tears and death. We had to hit someone. I was flabbergasted into silence by the horror.

Well, here’s a handy guide in case you ever find yourself in such a situation. Plenty of reasons why going into Iraq was unutterably stupid.
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