Thursday, September 28, 2006
Morning Roundup (9/28/06)
• Reading the Times about competitive Senate aces across the country leaves me some hope, though it’s a tainted hope. There are competitive races shaping up all across the country, but I’m still worried that Democrats won’t take control of anything this November. Perhaps the country will wake up a bit more in the next month-ish, but I’m losing faith fast. Still, this article is a good summary about key Congressional races this November.

• Oh.My.Gawd. another .

But Zogby said Republicans could benefit from the climb in Bush's approval, sparked by increased support among his base voters. The poll found 42 percent of voters thought Bush's job performance was excellent or good, up from 39 percent two weeks ago and 34 percent in mid-August.

"The president and the Republicans are still on the ropes, but they certainly seem to have hit bottom and bounced back," Zogby said. "This is still very competitive."


I wonder how many hours this one will last. Probably just long enough for the loonies at Faux and on the right side of the blogosphere to get their headlines out.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Oh, There's A Blogger Beta
Because I’m like mildly retarded, or something, I’ve been redesigning the site without realizing that Google has released a Blogger Beta with a lot of the features that I’ve been patching together.

Eventually, I assume my blog will be given the option to move over to the Beta, which would make things a lot easier. I have no idea how long it will take for Google to move existing blogs over, but I may be releasing the new site minus some key features while I wait for the move. I really don’t want to release an incomplete site, but I’m lazy and this new Blogger seems to make a lot of things easier.

I’ll make my decision by tomorrow and will post it.
Another Iraq/Bush Blow
More information about has been released. (h/t )

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An intelligence report showing an upsurge in Islamic militancy put the White House on the defensive on Wednesday in an election-year debate over whether President George W. Bush has made America safer.

In a second blow to the president, a new U.N. report said the Iraq war was providing al Qaeda with a training center and fresh recruits, and was inspiring a Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan hundreds of miles away.


I wonder how long it will take for this administration to implode from the weight of the truth.


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Iraqis Don't Want Us There, Either
Now that a majority of Iraqis , what is our motivation to stay?

The majority of respondents to the University of Maryland poll said that "they would like the Iraqi government to ask for U.S.-led forces to be withdrawn from Iraq within a year or less," according to the survey's summary.

"Given four options, 37 percent take the position that they would like U.S.-led forces withdrawn 'within six months,' while another 34 percent opt for 'gradually withdraw(ing) U.S.-led forces according to a one-year timeline.'


I can understand the concerns of the Iraqi citizens. They see us as doing more harm than good, and there will come a time when we will be seen as the enemy by most - a country that will not leave a foreign land when the people of that land ask them to. If (when) that happens, the situation in Iraq will complete explode, leaving us in a much worse situation that we are now. Hopefully this will be the year that Americans wake up and truly support our troops by voting out some of the idiots that put us in this situation.

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Morning Roundup (9/27/06)
• Yes, even our intelligence agencies have some .

Putting aside how the outdated portions still refers to Zarqawi in the present tense, the big thing that strikes me about the key judgements is that they reflect a dhimmi, historically ignorant view of jihad more suited for the moonbat Left than our premier intelligence agencies. Check out this paragraph:


And just when you think blogland has been taken over by scary, insane blogwhores, you find a .

In one sense, it matters little: some GOP supporters on talk radio and in some other infoareas will immediately ignore, downplay or try to discredit these sections and point to the other ones and accuse those who quote, site or repeat the sections that don't support the President of being political hacks or tools.

Somenow the question keeps getting lost: are we conducting the best, most effective policy — and if not, how can we fix it?

Simply going after those who raise questions as indulging in electioneering may not work on the Iraq war in 2006. There seems to be feeling now in the land that the Iraq war is NOT just a political football any longer 00 not a luxury that can be afforded to drag on without some kind of quality control.


If you look at the right’s response (,) to this entire thing, they seem to be accusing Democrats of using this for political gain, while never mentioning the fact that the report says exactly what the Democrats say it says. It’s a mass spin effort, and as I’m sitting back and watching this whole thing, I can honestly say that I’m amazed by how cohesive and powerful this spin effort has been.

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• Simply, .

• Lookie, lookie, it seems the religious right pandering by republicans isn’t .

The House passed a bill yesterday that would bar judges from awarding legal fees to the American Civil Liberties Union and similar groups that sue municipalities for violating the Constitution's ban on government establishment of religion.

Though the bill would prevent plaintiffs from recovering legal costs in any lawsuit based on the Establishment Clause, House Republicans said during a floor debate that it was particularly aimed at organizations that force the removal of Nativity scenes and Ten Commandments monuments from public property.


It almost sounds like republicans want to give approval to violating the Constitution. There’s a surprise.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Bush To Release Iraq Intelligence Report
The weirdest thing about Bush’s wasn’t him announcing the release of portions of that Iraq intelligence report - he really doesn’t have any other choice, now - , but was the following statement -

"Somebody has taken it upon themselves to leak classified information for political purposes," Bush said.


Well, no shit. But don’t overlook the fact that you kept this important information about your fuckup from the American people, for political purposes.


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Quick Morning Roundup
highlights a bad move by Democrats -

Perhaps. But Democrats, while celebrating Batiste's criticism of the administration, exercised some selective listening at the hearing when Batiste and his colleagues offered their solution: more troops, more money and more time in Iraq.

"We must mobilize our country for a protracted challenge," Batiste warned.

"We better be planning for at least a minimum of a decade or longer," contributed retired Marine Col. Thomas Hammes.

"We are, conservatively, 60,000 soldiers short," added retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, who was in charge of building the Iraqi Security Forces.

That last remark caused Schumer to shake his head, indicating he was not so sure. And, indeed, the retired officers' recommendations were off-message for the Democrats. Six of the seven Democrats at the hearing supported legislation calling for the start of a troop withdrawal from Iraq this year. One, Richard Durbin (Ill.), voted for the pullout to be mostly complete by next summer.


Yeah, Batiste landed some hard blows on the Bush administration, but Democrats ignoring his warnings about troop withdrawal and continuing on with a preplanned assault, makes them look foolish. It should be interesting to watch how this gets handled.

Talk about giving Republicans ammunition.

• Dionne’s commentary about is spot on. Republicans have lost control over the way Iraq and Terrorism are being framed. Once they lose their spin, the true reality sets in… and we all know reality isn’t a Republican friend.

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Monday, September 25, 2006
Allen's Bad Day
We already knew that George Allen was some , but now we are finally getting confirmation that his racist tendencies are more, like, an .

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 — Two acquaintances of Senator George Allen of Virginia said today that he had used racially inflammatory language in the 1970’s and 1980’s, compounding allegations of racial insensitivity that have dogged his re-election campaign since he referred to a young Indian-American as “macaca” a few weeks ago. Mr. Allen said he had never used the language attributed to him by the acquaintances.

Christopher Taylor, an anthropology professor at Alabama University in Birmingham, Ala., said that in the early 1980’s he heard Mr. Allen use an inflammatory epithet for African Americans. Mr. Taylor, who is white and was then a graduate student at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, said the term came up in a conversation about the turtles in a pond near Mr. Allen’s property. According to Mr. Taylor, Mr. Allen said that “around here” only the African Americans — whom he referred to by the epithet — “eat ‘em.”


It has been obvious to me, since that original article back in May, that George Allen was a racist - and perhaps slightly retarded -, but now that these recent “accidental realities” have been picked up by a lot of the media, there is no hiding it from the American people. We’ll see how long Allen can continue this poor liberal media victim act. My guess is another week.

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Specter Thinks He's Hot. Again.
It’s interesting that I take a few weeks off… and then come back to Specter still pretending he’s .

eading the charge was Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., who is planning an effort to delete that provision from the bill, expected to be considered in both the Senate and the House this week.

Specter refused to commit to voting for the bill should his amendment fail.

"I want to see how it shapes up," he said during an appearance at the National Press Club. "I don't make commitments to the president on how I'm going to vote."


Hmmm, I wonder if he’s going to do more than talk… loudly… this time.

Yeah….

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Update
I know it looks like I died... or something, but that isn't the case. I got slammed with 100004 things at once and, unfortunately this blog fell to the bottom of the list of important things.

It's weird, but usually I have no obligations. I guess things work out in cycles, or some shit.

Currently I'm working on ways to improve the blog. My, like, advanced computing skills are nonexistant, and the only way I've found to do what I want to do, is to link a bunch of blogger blogs together in like a network thingy.

So, that's what I'm going to have to do... link a bunch of blogger blogs together and then put them all under one domain. That will be happening either by the end of this week, or the next. I dunno, it depends how motivated I am.

Hopefully I will be relaunching with several new writers that can cover several different categories. We'll see if that works out, seeing as it is fully dependant on my motivation, as well.

I'll start actually blogging again tonight, so horray for that.
Saturday, September 02, 2006
Miracles Do Happen
So Jerry Falwell said something nice about a Democrat. While assuring his interviewer that he disagrees with Jim Webb on "social issues", he nonetheless gave Webb a thumbs up. Apparently hedging his bets - Webb has edged ahead of Allen in the latter's bid for re-election to the Senate, Falwell doesn't want to alienate a pol that might have some pull. Or perhaps he just wants to convince people he's not partisan. Or perhaps he wants to convince others he is a mover and shaker in VA politics. Or perhaps he just can't keep his mouth shut when there's a microphone, dictaphone, and reporter around. I'll let you decide.