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Sunday, September 30, 2007

The Moustache Wakes.
 
Good job, Tom. But does this mean we won't have to listen to you asking to give Iraq just another 6 months anymore?


9/11 is over
Thomas Friedman
September 30, 2007

Not long ago, the satirical newspaper The Onion ran a fake news story that began like this:

“At a well-attended rally in front of his new ground zero headquarters Monday, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani officially announced his plan to run for president of 9/11. ‘My fellow citizens of 9/11, today I will make you a promise,’ said Giuliani during his 18-minute announcement speech in front of a charred and torn American flag. ‘As president of 9/11, I will usher in a bold new 9/11 for all.’ If elected, Giuliani would inherit the duties of current 9/11 President George W. Bush, including making grim facial expressions, seeing the world’s conflicts in terms of good and evil, and carrying a bullhorn at all state functions.”

Like all good satire, the story made me both laugh and cry, because it reflected something so true — how much, since 9/11, we’ve become “The United States of Fighting Terrorism.” Times columnists are not allowed to endorse candidates, but there’s no rule against saying who will not get my vote: I will not vote for any candidate running on 9/11. We don’t need another president of 9/11. We need a president for 9/12. I will only vote for the 9/12 candidate.

What does that mean? This: 9/11 has made us stupid. I honor, and weep for, all those murdered on that day. But our reaction to 9/11 — mine included — has knocked America completely out of balance, and it is time to get things right again.

It is not that I thought we had new enemies that day and now I don’t. Yes, in the wake of 9/11, we need new precautions, new barriers. But we also need our old habits and sense of openness. For me, the candidate of 9/12 is the one who will not only understand who our enemies are, but who we are.

Before 9/11, the world thought America’s slogan was: “Where anything is possible for anybody.” But that is not our global brand anymore. Our government has been exporting fear, not hope: “Give me your tired, your poor and your fingerprints.”

You may think Guantánamo Bay is a prison camp in Cuba for Al Qaeda terrorists. A lot of the world thinks it’s a place we send visitors who don’t give the right answers at immigration. I will not vote for any candidate who is not committed to dismantling Guantánamo Bay and replacing it with a free field hospital for poor Cubans. Guantánamo Bay is the anti-Statue of Liberty.

Roger Dow, president of the Travel Industry Association, told me that the United States has lost millions of overseas visitors since 9/11 — even though the dollar is weak and America is on sale. “Only the U.S. is losing traveler volume among major countries, which is unheard of in today’s world,” Mr. Dow said.

Total business arrivals to the United States fell by 10 percent over the 2004-5 period alone, while the number of business visitors to Europe grew by 8 percent in that time. The travel industry’s recent Discover America Partnership study concluded that “the U.S. entry process has created a climate of fear and frustration that is turning away foreign business and leisure travelers and hurting America’s image abroad.” Those who don’t visit us, don’t know us.

I’d love to see us salvage something decent in Iraq that might help tilt the Middle East onto a more progressive pathway. That was and is necessary to improve our security. But sometimes the necessary is impossible — and we just can’t keep chasing that rainbow this way.

Look at our infrastructure. It’s not just the bridge that fell in my hometown, Minneapolis. Fly from Zurich’s ultramodern airport to La Guardia’s dump. It is like flying from the Jetsons to the Flintstones. I still can’t get uninterrupted cellphone service between my home in Bethesda and my office in D.C. But I recently bought a pocket cellphone at the Beijing airport and immediately called my wife in Bethesda — crystal clear.

I just attended the China clean car conference, where Chinese automakers were boasting that their 2008 cars will meet “Euro 4” — European Union — emissions standards. We used to be the gold standard. We aren’t anymore. Last July, Microsoft, fed up with American restrictions on importing brain talent, opened its newest software development center in Vancouver. That’s in Canada, folks. If Disney World can remain an open, welcoming place, with increased but invisible security, why can’t America?

We can’t afford to keep being this stupid! We have got to get our groove back. We need a president who will unite us around a common purpose, not a common enemy. Al Qaeda is about 9/11. We are about 9/12, we are about the Fourth of July — which is why I hope that anyone who runs on the 9/11 platform gets trounced.


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Friday, September 28, 2007

Thank you, Bruce
 


Watch the video. It's well worth sitting through the damned commercial.

And to think think Reagan tried to co-opt him as a supporter.

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The Socialists are Coming
 
Sometimes, The Gray-and-Completely-Out-Of-Touch Lady (a.k.a. The New York Times) gets it right.

No one has the nerve to brand this country’s purest systems of “socialized medicine” — the military and veterans hospitals — for what they are. In both systems, care is not only paid for by the government but delivered in government facilities by doctors who are government employees. Even so, a parade of Washington’s political dignitaries, including President Bush, has turned to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., for checkups and treatment, without ideological complaint. Politicians who deplore government-run health care for average Americans are only too happy to use it themselves.

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Thursday, September 27, 2007


 
"Republicans are still angry about this MoveOn.org ad. You know, 'the General Petraeus, he betrayed us,' and the Senate actually voted to condemn the ad. That's what your government did yesterday - they held a vote to pass a resolution to condemn an ad with a pun in it. And then they had Oreos and braided each other's hair." - Bill Maher

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"A Coup Has Occurred"
 
Daniel Ellsberg, the guy who leaked the Pentagon Papers and was a big enough threat to Nixon for them to burglarize his psychiatrist's office, gave a rather frightening speech at a University Symposium.

This Executive Branch, under specifically Bush and Cheney, despite opposition from most of the rest of the branch, even of the cabinet, clearly intends a war against Iran which even by imperialist standards, standards in other words which were accepted not only by nearly everyone in the Executive Branch but most of the leaders in Congress. The interests of the empire, the need for hegemony, our right to control and our need to control the oil of the Middle East and many other places. That is consensual in our establishment. …

But even by those standards, an attack on Iran is insane. And I say that quietly, I don’t mean it to be heard as rhetoric. Of course it’s not only aggression and a violation of international law, a supreme international crime, but it is by imperial standards, insane in terms of the consequences.

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"Funding for the war in Iraq will exceed 600 billion -- billion! billion! -- dollars!"

"All of this for a war -- a war! a war! -- that General Petraeus, two weeks ago, could not say had made Americans safer!"

"A long-term presence could cost well in excess of 2 trillion -- 2 trillion! Yes, you heard me -- 2 trillion! - Senator Robert Byrd to Defense Secretary Bob Gates.

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Bush s destroying the army.
 
Do you think THIS will slow the lunatics down on Iran?

Not a chance - that would require sanity.

WASHINGTON - The Army's top officer, General George Casey, told Congress yesterday that his branch of the military has been stretched so thin by the war in Iraq that it can not adequately respond to another conflict - one of the strongest warnings yet from a military leader that repeated deployments to war zones in the Middle East have hamstrung the military's ability to deter future aggression.


Ok, Republicans, let's see you smear the General for saying what you don't want to hear.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

National Security, my liberal ass.
 
From TPM

Henry Waxman sought internal assessments about corruption in the Iraqi Government. When he did so, Condi Rice classified them, citing "national security."

She didn't know that it had already been posted on the web, a week before she classified it. (Here it is.)

It doesn't have a damned thing in it that affects national security.

Ooooops.

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You knew this
 
but now it's official. According to a transcript provided by the Spanish Prime Minister, Bush said he was going to invade Iraq whether there was compliance with the UN or not.

The conversation took place on the President's ranch in Crawford, Texas. The confidential transcript was prepared by Spain's ambassador to the United States, Javier Ruperez, the paper said.

Bush purportedly said he planned to invade Iraq inf March "if there was a United Nations Security Council resolution or not....We have to get rid of Saddam. We will be in Baghdad at the end of March."

He said the U.S. takeover would happen without widespread destruction. He observed that he was willing to play bad cop to British Prime Minister Tony Blair's good cop.

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Classy guy
 


Rudy supporters, showing how classy they are, are holding a fundraiser for Rudy charging $9.11 per person.

This, coupled with his going before the NRA to tell them that he now loves guns.

I think Herr Combover has now officially jumped the shark.

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No credibility
 
And everybody knows it.

Speaking before the United Nations General Assembly, the president called for renewed efforts to enforce the U.N.'s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a striking point of emphasis for a leader who's widely accused of violating human rights in waging war against terrorism.

Bush didn't mention the U.S. prisons in Afghanistan or at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, the U.S. practice of holding detainees for years without legal charges or access to lawyers, or the CIA's "rendition" kidnappings of suspects abroad, all issues of concern to human rights activists around the world.

"At first read, it's little more than an exercise in hypocrisy. His words about human rights ring hollow because his credibility is nonexistent," said Curt Goering, the deputy executive director of Amnesty International USA. "The gap between the rhetoric and the actual record is stunning. I can't help but believe many people in the audience were thinking, 'What was this man thinking?' "

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Sandbag
 
Well, the maniacal Ahmadinejad spoke at Columbia today. Everyone was HORRIFIED that he was speaking - and it turns out that (shocking news) the Free Speech Is A Good Idea.

He said what he had to say. They said what they had to say. And he looked like a total ass. And loonie, foolish, intolerant total ass.

Here's a few lines from Columbia University's President, Lee Bollinger, during the introduction of Ahmadinejad today:

"Mr. President, you exhibit all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator."

On Ahmadinejad's questioning whether the holocaust happened: "You are either brazenly provocative or stunningly uneducated." (Loud applause from the audience)

"Frankly and in all candor, Mr. President, I doubt that you will have the intellectual courage to answer these questions. But your avoiding them will have meaning for us."

The best moment came when he claimed that they do not have homosexuals in Iran - and the whole audience laughed in his face.

Watch it:


Game. Set. Match. Kumbaya-singing left-wingers at Columbia University.

Columbia appears to have sandbagged him. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

More spying
 
Seriously - when the hell are people just going to explode?

Remember when Republicans pretending to be AGAINST big intrusive government?

I guess
that was bullshit, too.

The U.S. government is collecting electronic records on the travel habits of millions of Americans who fly, drive or take cruises abroad, retaining data on the persons with whom they travel or plan to stay, the personal items they carry during their journeys, and even the books that travelers have carried, according to documents obtained by a group of civil liberties advocates and statements by government officials.

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Liberal Media
 
Remember Abu Ghraib?

In the lawsuit being brought by Rather against CBS, he also charges that CBS execs tried to kill that story because of pressure by the Bush administration.

If we are ever to get this country back, we have GOT to end the monolithic control of the media by a few giant corporations.

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Flip-flopper of the century.
 
New York City's Completely Insane Ex-Mayor, of course.

He's making a speech to the NRA, trying to pretend that he's one of them, even though he once called them "extremists."

The best part?

The same day he's giving the speech to the NRA, the court will begin hearing arguments in a lawsuit he filed against the gun manufacturers 7 years ago.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Dave Barry on being tasered
 
“This is clearly going to be the high point of this guy’s life. I can’t wait until he’s old, he’s got long hair, a long white beard, probably drooling, and he’ll tell everyone, Remember that day I got Tasered? That was me!” - Dave Barry

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Bush has a negative effect
 
Before Bush's speech, 35% thought that Iraq was getting better.

After it, 31% thought Iraq was getting better.

And the percentage favoring withdrawal went UP.

This Washington Press Corps finds this VERY confusing, since those gullible morons still believe everything Bush says, no matter how many times he's lied.

The American People aren't such fools, though.

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Time to cut funding
 
The troops are asking us to.

Washington — Congress should look at cutting off funding for the Iraq war if Senate efforts to change the role of U.S. troops in the battlefield fail, Sen. Ken Salazar said today.

Salazar, a Colorado Democrat, previously has not supported Congress using its ability to stop war payments in order to force President Bush to change direction.

While in Iraq over the weekend, Salazar said, some servicemen and women told him that they wanted Congress to cut off funding


You know, the Republicans try to create this totally ludicrous picture that if the war is defunded, it means the soldiers are still going to be sent into battle, they'll just have to fight with rocks and clubs. No. If it's defunded, it means Bush is going to have to do what the American people want, and stop this useless, foolish destructive war that has done nothing for America but harm.

It's time to stop hurting America; and it's time the Democrats stop enabling a lunatic who is hellbent on hurting America.

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Do they take pictures?
 
Tourists Visit Larry Craig's Infamous Stall

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Sept. 16) - When tourists ask for the bathroom in the Minneapolis airport lately, it's usually not because they have to go.

It's because they want to see the stall made famous by U.S. Sen. Larry Craig 's arrest in a sex sting.


They should put a plaque on the wall commemorating the historical event.

As Yakov Smirnov said, "What a country."

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Oh, this is fun
 
WASHINGTON --Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani criticized Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton in a full-page ad in Friday's New York Times, accusing her of assailing Iraq war commander Gen. David Petraeus' character.
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In response, a liberal anti-war group is running a $50,000 ad campaign against Giuliani in Iowa, which begins the presidential nominating process. The television ad from MoveOn.org Political Action, which will start airing next week, accuses Giuliani of a "betrayal of trust" for abandoning the Iraq Study Group.

"Rudy Giuliani has become an uncritical cheerleader for George Bush's war in Iraq," said Eli Pariser, the group's director. "Yet when he had the chance to actually do something about the war, he went AWOL."


I think the strategy of working up mountains of phony indignation because - GASP - someone criticized the dear, sweet General is really stupid. Patraeus' boss is a liar, and everyone knows it. Petraeus is his mouthpiece, and everyone knows it.

"How DARE you call me a liar?" only works if you have the reputation of being an honest man.

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Is it incompetence or corruption?
 
You know it's one of them. Probably both.

Defense, Homeland Security can’t pass audits
Disorganized records leave big-budget agencies vulnerable to waste, fraud

"Ten years after Congress ordered federal agencies to have outside auditors review their books, neither the Defense Department nor the newer Department of Homeland Security has met even basic accounting requirements, leaving them vulnerable to waste, fraud and abuse.

"An Associated Press review shows that the two departments’ financial records are so disorganized and inconsistent that they have repeatedly earned “disclaimer” opinions, meaning that they simply cannot be fully audited.

“It means we really can’t put any faith in the numbers they use,” said Ross Rubenstein, who teaches public administration at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School."


I honestly wonder if this is by design, to make it easy to COMMIT fraud. "Ooops. Sorry. We have no records."

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Bush has a plan
 
As God is my witness, that's what he says. With a straight face. Well, no more of a smirk than usual, at least.
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0907/5821.html

"President Bush will use his Oval Office address Thursday to offer what an aide calls a “plan for success in Iraq” that dovetails with the numerical drawdown advised by Army Gen. David Petraeus, aides said."


Gee whiz, after only four years of abject failure, he's come up with a PLAN. I'm certainly resting easier. How about you?

By the way, that "drawdown"? Even if accuate, it leaves 135,000 troops. Same as the pre-surge numbers. No change.

Bush has no damned idea what he's doing, and is too damned egotistical to admit it.

If he had any honor, he'd resign after such a monumental failure, and after doing such damage to America. He should obey the will of the American People and resign.

America's best days may now be BEHIND her. We may never recover from the harm that Bush has done to this great nation, and it's that jackass's fault. Because he thought he knew everything when he knew NOTHING, and governed with his ego instead of his brain. And didn't care about a damned thing but lining his cronies' pockets.

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Good.
 
Are the Democrats finally learning how to fight?

I'm not holding my breath, but I keep hoping.

Howard Dean:

“House Republican Leader John Boehner’s comments yesterday are deplorable and he should apologize immediately. Our brave men and women who have given their lives in service to our country and their families have made the ultimate sacrifice, and to say anything less is insulting to their memories and service. Republicans stubbornly refuse to acknowledge that their Iraq policy is a failure, our troops are mired in a civil war and we’re not making the necessary political progress on the ground. Boehner’s comments show how truly out of touch the Republicans are. The loss of a son or daughter is never a small price to pay, especially for a policy which was initiated by Republicans who misled the nation about why we are there. The war in Iraq must end. We need to bring our troops home.”


Kerry:

"What a stunningly cavalier statement about the lives of the young men and women who serve our country.A single life is a large price to pay for any endeavor...Where is Representative Boehner's apology? And where is an Iraq policy equal to our soldiers' tremendous sacrifice?"


DCCC Head Chris Van Hollen:

“To belittle the sacrifice of more than 30,000 brave Americans killed or injured in Iraq as a ‘small price’ is reprehensible. Clearly, Minority Leader John Boehner will say anything to justify George Bush’s stay the course approach, but this damaging rhetoric has no place is the debate about the new direction needed in Iraq. Minority Leader Boehner owes our military and their families an apology for his hurtful comments that minimize their tragic loss.”


As Josh Marshall points out, let's see if this gets NEARLY the coverage of Kerry's botched troop joke.

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Stunning
 
The House minority leader has said that the blood of American soldiers is a "small price to pay."

These people are utterly without conscience or decency.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

News flash: Bush lies
 
WASHINGTON (AFP) — US President George W. Bush is to announce Thursday a cut of 30,000 soldiers from Iraq by next July and a top Iraqi official said another 30,000 may have gone by the end of 2008.


Is there anybody who isn't aware that this is a lie, and that Bush is actually trying to figure out how to stay in Iraq forever?

I mean, how many times does he have to play the same game before the idiot press figures it out?

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007


 

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Comment
 
I got an email from someone wondering why I had no comment on General Petraeus. Ok.

Two months ago, we knew that Petraeus was going to testify and it would be bullshit.

Yesterday he testified. It was bullshit.

Comment over.

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Monday, September 10, 2007


 

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Petraeus wants another six months
 
How surprising.

What is this? The eighth time that they've said they just need another six months?

Six months from now, they'll say it AGAIN.

Why does anyone still LISTEN to these clowns?

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Iraqis say the surge has failed
 
But, hey, what do THEY know?

A guy whose reputation depends upon it working says it's working. It makes more sense to believe HIM and ignore everyone else, right?

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

The Mean Kitty Song
 

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Friday, September 07, 2007

They're both resting in peace
 
I mean James Brown and Luciano Pavarotti, of course.


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Department of "Hmmmmmmm"
 
If you were Bin Laden, where would YOU hide?

Hm?

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Is this a new level of stupidity?
 
Or just the same old one. Noticed by Thinkprogress:

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
September 5, 2007
Presidential Message: Rosh Hashanah, 5768

I send greetings to those around the world celebrating Rosh Hashanah.

The sound of the Shofar heralds the beginning of a new year and a time of remembrance and renewal for the Jewish people. During these holy days, men and women are called to reflect on their faith and to honor the blessings of creation.

The enduring traditions of Rosh Hashanah remind us of the deep values of faith and family that strengthen our Nation and help guide us each day. As Jewish people around the world come together to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, it is a chance to look to the new year with hope and faith.

Laura and I send our best wishes for a blessed Rosh Hashanah and shanah tovah.

GEORGE W. BUSH


Dude? Rosh Hashanah starts on sunset of September 12th. You're a week early.

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Nuns for Impeachment
 
The nuns have more balls than the Democrats.

A progressive group of U.S. nuns has called on Congress to impeach President Bush and Vice President Cheney because of their roles in the war in Iraq.

“The National Coalition of American Nuns is impelled by conscience to call you to act promptly to impeach President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for ... high crimes and misdemeanors,” the group wrote in a letter written on behalf of its board members.

The letter says that impeachment is warranted for their “deceiving the public under the false pretense that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction” and “destroying” the reputation of the United States and the good will of other nations.

“The time for impeachment is now — before the example of George W. Bush’s regime is set in stone,” they wrote. “Future generations will thank you for preserving the freedom of our nation and its relation to the entire human community.”

The coalition was founded in 1969 for individual nuns dedicated to issues of social justice and human rights.


Do you think maybe we can convince some of the nuns to run in a primary against some spineless Democrat?

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Hey...
 
....there's actually at least one judge who's read the Constitution.

Judge Strikes Down Part of Patriot Act
Thursday September 6, 2007 4:01 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge struck down parts of the revised USA Patriot Act on Thursday, saying investigators must have a court's approval before they can order Internet providers to turn over records without telling customers.


It would be nice if the Democrats read it every now and then, themselves.

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Wake up.
 

Loss of Arctic ice leaves experts stunned

The Arctic ice cap has collapsed at an unprecedented rate this summer and levels of sea ice in the region now stand at record lows, scientists have announced.

Experts say they are "stunned" by the loss of ice, with an area almost twice as big as the UK disappearing in the last week alone.

So much ice has melted this summer that the Northwest passage across the top of Canada is fully navigable, and observers say the Northeast passage along Russia's Arctic coast could open later this month.

If the increased rate of melting continues, the summertime Arctic could be totally free of ice by 2030.

Mark Serreze, an Arctic specialist at the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre at Colorado University in Denver, said: "It's amazing. It's simply fallen off a cliff and we're still losing ice."

The Arctic has now lost about a third of its ice since satellite measurements began thirty years ago, and the rate of loss has accelerated sharply since 2002.

Dr Serreze said: "If you asked me a couple of years ago when the Arctic could lose all of its ice then I would have said 2100, or 2070 maybe. But now I think that 2030 is a reasonable estimate. It seems that the Arctic is going to be a very different place within our lifetimes, and certainly within our childrens' lifetimes."

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Down under in Down Under
 
Most Australians believe that Bush is the Worst President In United States History.



MORE than half of all Australians believe George W. Bush is the worst president in American history, a new poll shows.

The Galaxy poll, commissioned by the Medical Association for the Prevention of War (MAPW), found 52 per cent of Australians believed Mr Bush was the United States' worst-ever president.

Just 32 per cent said he was not, while the remainder were undecided.

MAPW spokesman Robert Marr said it was timely for gauging the Australian public's view of the US president, who will arrive in Sydney for the APEC summit today.

"We thought it was important to get an accurate opinion of Australians' views towards President Bush," Dr Marr told ABC radio today.

"And whether they agree with former president Jimmy Carter that George (W.) Bush was actually the worst president of US history.

"The result was there is a clear majority of Australians who believe George (W.) Bush is the worst ... and that is based primarily on his Iraq war policy."

Dr Marr also said similar polls in the United States showed it was not anti-American to be anti-Bush.

"George Bush is not representing American views these days, as over 60 per cent of Americans disagree with his policy in the Iraq war," he said.

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The IRack
 
Thanks, Iggy Junior.


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Insane Monkey
 
No, not the guy in the White House. A REAL one. With tigers. Those poor tigers.


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I still don't believe Pataki beat this guy
 
Mario Cuomo, writing for the LA Times (why are you writing for Los Angeles, Mario?), points out the uncomfortable fact that the war is illegal.

Or, as Pat Tillman said, "so fucking illegal."

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PR surge
 
The problem with the whole PR surge is that Bush has lied CONSTANTLY about the situation in Iraq for YEARS. And everyone except the Supine Press Corps knows it.

And the rosy scenario he's spinning now is totally at odds with the statements of independent organizations like the GAO. So why would Americans believe HIM when he has almost never been honest about Iraq for 6 years now?

I mean, he told us that things were looking up in Iraq 4 years ago. And 3 years ago. And 2 years ago. And last year.

Simple question: does anybody believe that if the situation in Iraq had NOT improved - that we would actually be told that?

As usual, the Adman-In-Chief is focusing on Public Relations instead of reality.

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Reporters only see what the military wants them to see.
 
At least Katie Couric admits it.

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Monday, September 03, 2007

More hypocrisy
 
There's a post over on Americablog by Iraq Veteran John Bruhns about Il Douche's visit to Iraq.

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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Buffaloes and lions
 
I have a feeling I might have posted this before: I'm not sure. If so, here it is again. Well worth the 8 minutes of viewing. Holy crap, this is cool. Watch the whole thing.


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Fiscal Responsibility
 
Info stolen from Doonesbury:

Since 1776, the US has accumulated 9 TRILLION dollars in debt.

Out of that, fully HALF has been accumulated with a Bush in office.

Throw in Reagan, and fully 70% of the debt has come under the last three Republican Presidents.

And there seems to be no ATTEMPT to restrain spending. Out of the 19 budgets submitted by those three Presidents, only TWO were balanced.

So - where does the myth that Republicans are fiscally responsible come from?

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Culture of Corruption
 
Does it seem like there's a new Republican scandal every week?

Well, that's because there is.

Heh.

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EDWARDS: "The first day that I’m president I will close Guantanamo which I think is a national embarrassment. I will stop the practice of the illegal spying on the American people, which the President engaged in. No more secret prisons, no more torture or condoning torture.

It’s really an amazing thing that I have to say these things, it really is."


Is anybody else running for President saying it?

UPDATE: Mike Gravel is, and most people don't even know that he's a candidate:



Which leads to another question:

Why do we let media pundits decide which candidates are worth paying attention to, and which ones can be completely ignored?

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

It doesn't stop
 
Bush seeks immunity for companies in spy case

Bush had AT&T and other invade the privacy of Americans.

Now he wants to make them immune from the consequences of their actions.

And, for some reason, I have the feeling that the damned Democrats will go along with it.

They are TERRIFIED of being called "soft," you know.

They'd much rather BE soft, than be CALLED soft.

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