Wednesday, June 16, 2004

25 RULES FOR BEING A GOOD REPUBLICAN

(from my good friend Sandy)

These are running around the internet on forwarded emails, but I liked them so much I decided to post them.

1) You believe that drug addiction is a moral failing and a crime, unless the addict is a millionaire conservative radio jock which then makes it an "illness" and he needs our prayers for his "recovery".

2) You believe that those privileged from birth achieve success all on their own.

3) You believe that the US should get out of the UN, and that our highest national priority is to enforce the UN's resolutions against Iraq.

4) You believe that government should stay out of people's lives but it needs to punish anyone caught having private sex with the "wrong" gender.

5) You believe that pollution is okay, so long as it makes a profit.

6) You believe in prayer in schools, as long as they don't pray to
Allah or Buddha.

7) "Standing Tall for America" means firing your workers and moving their jobs to India.

8) You believe that a woman cannot be trusted with decisions about her own body, but that large multi-national corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind with no regulation whatsoever.

9) You believe that you love Jesus and Jesus loves you, and that Jesus shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hillary. (This is my personal favorite)

10) You hate the ALCU for representing convicted felons, but they owed it to the country to bail out Oliver North.

11) You believe that the best way to encourage military morale is to praise the troops overseas while cutting their VA benefits.

12) You believe that group sex and drug use are degenerate sins that can only be purged by running for governor of California as a Republican.

13) You believe it is wise to keep condoms out of schools, because we all know if teenagers don't have condoms they won't have sex.

14) You believe that the best way to fight terrorism is to alienate our allies and then demand their cooperation and money.

15) You believe that government medicine is wrong and that HMOs and insurance companies have your best interests at heart.

16) You believe that giving free health care to all Iraqis is sound government policy but giving free health care to Americans is socialism.

17) You believe that tobacco's link to cancer and global warming
are "junk science", but Creationism should be taught in schools.

18) You believe that waging war with no exit strategy was wrong in Vietnam but right in Iraq.

19) You believe that Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush's daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney was doing business with him, and a bad guy when Bush needed a "we
can't find Bin Laden" diversion.

20) You believe that government should restrict itself to just the powers named in the Constitution, which includes banning gay marriages and censoring the internet.

21) You believe that the public has a right to know about the adulterous affairs of Democrats, while those of Republicans are a "private matter".

22) You believe that the public has a right to know about Hillary's
cattle trades but that Bush was right to censor 28 pages from the
Congressional 9.11 report because you just can't handle the truth.

23) You support state rights, which means Ashcroft telling states
what locally passed voter initiatives he will allow them to have.
24) You believe that what Clinton did in the 1960's is of vital national interest but what Bush did in the 80s is "stale news" and
"irrelevant".

25) You believe that trade with Cuba is wrong because it is
communist, but trading with China and Vietnam is good for business.

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Farenheit 9/11

From Fox News no less:

More than even "The Passion of the Christ," "F9/11" is going to be a "see it for yourself" movie when it hits theaters on June 25. It simply cannot be missed, and I predict it will be a huge moneymaker.


And from Tom Tomorrow:

Go see the movie, decide for yourself. And on the way out, be sure to tell the usher, or the manager if he or she is around, that you appreciate the theatre giving you the opportunity to do so. I suspect this movie's going to be kind of a rallying point--like a protest march, a way of seeing look, we are here, which is partly why the right wing thugs don't want it to be shown.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Torture Gate

I really think this is the turd that is going to stick on the Bush Administration. They have been trying to wash the stink off, but they haven't figured out that taking a bath in the toilet just doesn't get you clean.

Some examples in the news:

Congress recently figured out that the copy of the Taguba report given to them was 2000 pages short of the entire report. The Pentagon doesn't seem to want to forward the entire report. Hmm, I wonder what might be in those 2000 pages.

And the General previously in charge of Abu Gharaib is coming out publicly saying that she is being scapegoated in this affair.

Molly Ivins weighs in with her insightful charm:

When in the future you find yourself wondering, "Whatever happened to the Constitution?," you will want to go back and look at June 8, 2004.

snip


America put out an annual report on human rights abuses? We're a laughingstock! I suggest a special commission headed by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., to dig out everyone responsible -- root and branch.

If the lawyers don't cooperate, perhaps we should try stripping them and dunking their heads under water until they think they're drowning, and see if that helps.

And I think it is time for citizens to take some responsibility as well.
Is this what we have come to? Is this what we want our government to do for us?

Oh, and by the way, to my fellow political commentators who keep repeating that Bush is having a wonderful week: Why don't you think about what you stand for?



Moreover, the Administration and their supporters seem to support the concept that not only is torture legal, it is the American way. And as John C. Yoo (Ashcroft flunkie) says in his editorial, if the American public doesn't like it, they can vote for regime change. Amen brother.


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Krugman on Ashcroft

Worst Attorney General ever? That's an accolade that several Republican AG's have aspired to. And the competition for that title is already so fierce. I mean we already have John Mitchell (convicted felon), Ed Meese (probable felon). Paul Krugman, however, makes a convincing argument as to why Ashcroft may be the worst.

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