Saturday, September 29, 2007
1. The President didn't seem too concerned with WMD attacks on our soldiers (I wonder why?)
...The troops were well within range of any weapons of mass destruction, military analysts have pointed out.2. The President had no idea how much the war would cost
US administration officials had already prepared public opinion for war by raising fears of Saddam Hussein's nuclear programme and his ability to create "mushroom clouds." But the transcript reveals the two leaders were more concerned about getting a fig leaf of international approval for the war, than any imminent threat from Saddam.
Mr Bush does admit that averting war would be "the best solution for us" and "would also save us $50bn," greatly underestimating the cost to the US treasury of nearly five years of warfare. But he also talks of how he planned to exact revenge on countries, that did not back the US in its drive to war.3. Oh yeah- there was also this- as the title indicates
Saddam 'ready to walk away for $1bn'
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
This was followed by enthusiastic blank stares and cricket chirping.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
"It's government insurance, not private insurance. It's European style socialized medicine," Romney said.Are you kidding me? If Hillary is talking about European-style medicine, I say bring it on. Ever seen Sicko? Media Matters does a nice job skewering this here.
This puts me in a bit of a tight spot. As anyone who knows me knows, I'm extremely vain about my hair. Compared to me Edwards is a freaking lightweight. So what to do? I guess if worse comes to worse I could give up my expensive apartment and live the hobo lifestyle with a perfectly coiffed hairdo doing my part for the artistic community by barfing on unpopular former heads of state. I expect the largest audience for my works to be hairstylists. My work won't come cheap, but don't worry about them. They've apparently got the money!
In the purpose of ending on an up note, here are two positive things about Norway:
1) A viable multi-party political system.
2) Actual collectivist social attitudes. Real ones.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
- The media- case in point, in looking at the news this evening MSNBC and AP have reported that Bush is reducing the number of troops in Iraq. He isn't. He is just putting them at pre-surge levels. Also, he has just acknowledged that our troops will be there forever. Yet, the media parrots the line that Bush is removing troops.
- The White House- I shouldn't even have to explain this.
- Congress- I understand that things cannot be changed overnight. But really, have some sort of damn backbone. The American people want a change, if the Republicans stand in your way, let the American people know.
Friday, September 07, 2007
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Listening to Moyers yesterday brought my attention to a piece of legislation regarding immigration. Apparently the US Army is getting so desperate for troops that the good folks at US immigration have found it in the goodness of their hearts to allow illegals to become permanent if...they join the Army! What a deal! Not believing Bill (sorry buddy) I went on the internets and found a copy of this proposed legislation. It's called the DREAM Act and sure enough, in section 5, paragraph whateverthehell (it's in the section about the conditions required to make residence permanent) is the following wording:
(ii) The alien has served in the uniformed services for at least 2 years and, if discharged, has received an honorable discharge.
This comes right under the wording for the other possible option:
(i) The alien has acquired a degree from an institution of higher education in the United States or has completed at least 2 years, in good standing, in a program for a bachelor’s degree or higher degree in the United States.
So there you have it. Either pay for college or go into the military. F'ing brilliant! These kinds of ideas make me cringe for the future of humanity.
On a side note, I'll give you Broca's phone number if you can make any sense of this sentence:
An alien may petition to remove the conditional basis to lawful resident status during the period beginning 180 days before and ending 2 years after either the date that is 6 years after the date of the granting of conditional permanent resident status or any other expiration date of the conditional permanent resident status as extended by the Secretary of Homeland Security in accordance with this Act.