Posts Tagged ‘2003’

Holiday ornaments, 2003

2003’s holiday ornament: Bears: Brian and Dylan

2003 ornament
Brian (my older son, ref. the earlier ornaments, esp. 1982) visited for the holidays. This was the first time we’d seen him since 1994, though we’d been in regular contact via phone and internet.

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The War On Civility

Circular firing squad threatens to derail anti-Bush momentum

One of the first articles I wrote for Democracy Means You was a hopeful look at the progressive renaissance. I still believe that we have much to look forward to, but our chances in ’04 seem to be diminishing. I refer not to the capture of Saddam Hussein — he’ll likely be long forgotten come November — but to the vicious infighting among the Democratic candidates. While a healthy, clean fight in the primary is good in the long run, the Democrats are long past healthy or clean. When Rove’s strategy for the general election is to recycle attacks from the primaries, things have gotten out of hand:
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Who’s On First?

[Who's On First] Who’s really running things at the White House?

During the Cold War, the politics and rivalries within the Soviet Union could seem so bizarre and arcane that an entire field of “study” was developed to try and untangle it. Dubbed “Kremlinology,” this study was as much guesswork and psychology as intelligence gathering.

It is at once telling and disturbing that our own executive branch has become so secretive that some are comparing the job of discerning its motives to Kremlinology.
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So Much for Liberty

[Mao Bush] Bush sides with Communism, against Democracy

Well, well, well. George W. Bush shows his true colors. Maybe this is why they call them red states.

Okay, maybe that’s a bit unfair (though certainly the sort of thing many conservatives would say if the positions were reversed). However, I find it very interesting that our “with us or against us” president, who refuses to compromise on freedom for nations with massive oil reserves, is turning against long-time ally Taiwan:
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Faith Based Discrimination

Ignorance of Diversity is Business As Usual

I’ve tried to keep my articles calm and considered of late. However, on occasion, the Bush administration’s sheer brazenness stuns even me. For example, from the White House’s own website (though I can’t guarantee that the file will remain there long once word gets out):

Colby, from Centralia MO writes: Do you feel that Pagan faith based groups should be given the same considerations as any other group that seeks aid?

Jim Towey I haven’t run into a pagan faith-based group yet, much less a pagan group that cares for the poor! Once you make it clear to any applicant that public money must go to public purposes and can’t be used to promote ideology, the fringe groups lose interest. Helping the poor is tough work and only those with loving hearts seem drawn to it.

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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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