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Quote of the Day

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 11th, 2008 4:40 am by HL

Quote of the Day
“This has been a very instructive call, talking to myself.”

— Sen. Hillary Clinton, quoted in a forthcoming article in The Atlantic, after receiving “little response” or “silence” to several of her suggestions for how to recover from her Iowa loss and do better in New Hampshire. Clinton then hung up the phone.


Let’s bring back the band

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 11th, 2008 4:39 am by HL

Let’s bring back the band
Bill Kristol, having helped goad the Georgians into it — now wants us to come to their rescue.

It looks pretty clear that having so many neocons on their lobbyist payroll is at least going to pay off for the Georgians in the one thing they have going for them — the well-compensated punditry that never pays for pushing the United States into one disaster after another.

The Georgian overreach, offset by the Russian over-reaction, has few heroes, just victims

Russia illegally attacked Georgia and imperiled a small and feeble neighbor. But by dispatching his own ill-prepared military to resolve a secessionist dispute by force, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has managed to lead his country down the path of a disastrous and ultimately self-defeating war.

And what’s the BIG reason to beat the war drum in order to side with Georgia? As ever, Bill Kristol is doing the spade work in turning a disaster people like he and Randy Scheuenemann encouraged, into a chance for some more of the lovely exploitation. You know this was coming from Bill Kristol:

But Georgia, a nation of about 4.6 million, has had the third-largest military presence — about 2,000 troops — fighting along with U.S. soldiers and marines in Iraq. For this reason alone, we owe Georgia a serious effort to defend its sovereignty. Surely we cannot simply stand by as an autocratic aggressor gobbles up part of — and perhaps destabilizes all of — a friendly democratic nation that we were sponsoring for NATO membership a few months ago.

Try and assert and protect (diplomatically) Georgia’s sovereignty, but let’s not pretend the question of South Ossetia is so clear-cut. But to neocon and original Kagan family member, Robert, nobody needs to even THINK about how all this got started. Nevertheless, this was a preventable disaster, what needs to be done is to keep it from getting out of control. To do otherwise is what bellicose simpletons — or those who exploit them would do — cue Bill Kristol.

UPDATE: One more thing, if what is going on seems familiar to those of you with a sense of American history that is greater than Lou Dobbs or any FoxNews talking head there are some historical parallels:

1836 to 1848
Georgia = Mexico
Russia = The United States
South Ossetia = Texas

It’s a rough parallel, but not inappropriate.


Talk To The Californian

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 11th, 2008 4:38 am by HL

Talk To The Californian
Who knows that contrary to elite East Coast pundit opinion, Hawaii is for West Coasters a perfectly middle brow standard vacation.

It isn’t for people on the East Coast because it’s, you know, really fucking far away.

You know what’s actually elitist? Owning and maintaining 9 homes.

Do I Need To Say It While Standing On My Head?
WHAT COULD MAKE IT ANY CLEARER?

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s foreign minister insisted Sunday that any security deal with the United States must contain a “very clear timeline” for the departure of U.S. troops. A suicide bomber struck north of Baghdad, killing at least five people including an American soldier.

Obama has clearly sided with our enemies, the Iraqis. Er, uh, splutter ZZZZTTTTT


2008’s First Disenfranchised Voters: Injured and Homeless Veterans

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 11th, 2008 4:37 am by HL

2008’s First Disenfranchised Voters: Injured and Homeless Veterans
Despite new legislation in Congress, the VA is poised to prevent registration drives at its facilities before the November election.

The Era of Catastrophe? Geologists Name New Era After Human Influence on the Planet
A striking report from the front lines of science suggests we’re officially entering a period in which humanity may simply outrun history itself.


GOPer Ousted After Aggressively Championing Offshore Drilling

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 11th, 2008 4:36 am by HL

GOPer Ousted After Aggressively Championing Offshore Drilling
While you were watching that Jew-baiting House candidate go down in flames, another potentially far more significant contest played out last night: A GOP primary challenger ousted GOPer David Davis from his seat in Tennessee’s first district, prevailing by less…


On Contract

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 11th, 2008 4:35 am by HL

On Contract
The situation on the Russia-Georgia border today is a undoubtedly a complicated situation. But it would be difficult for John McCain to give a credible response since his top foreign policy advisor, Randy Scheunemann, was until recently a paid lobbyist…


Feingold praises McCain

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 11th, 2008 4:34 am by HL

Feingold praises McCain
Feingold praises McCain


Bush: ?I don?t see America having problems.?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 11th, 2008 4:33 am by HL

Bush: ?I don?t see America having problems.?
This evening, NBC interrupted its Olympics coverage of women’s gymnastics for an interview with President Bush. Last week, Bush gave a speech and expressed “deep concerns” with China’s “detention of political dissidents, human-rights advocates and religious activists.” Costas brought up this speech and asked about “America’s own problems.” Bush denied that America has any problems: […]

This evening, NBC interrupted its Olympics coverage of women’s gymnastics for an interview with President Bush. Last week, Bush gave a speech and expressed “deep concerns” with China’s “detention of political dissidents, human-rights advocates and religious activists.” Costas brought up this speech and asked about “America’s own problems.” Bush denied that America has any problems:

COSTAS: This past week, you restated America’s fundamental differences with China. But given China’s growing strength, and America’s own problems, realistically, how much leverage does the U.S. have here?

BUSH: First of all, I don’t see America having problems. I see America as a nation that is a world leader that has got great values.

Watch it:

Apparently, the indefinite detention of prisoners, a $490 billion deficit, and a credit crisis aren’t problems.


DHS, Rejecting Advice, Puts Mississippi on Shortlist for Facility

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 11th, 2008 4:32 am by HL

DHS, Rejecting Advice, Puts Mississippi on Shortlist for Facility
The Department of Homeland Security swept aside evaluations by government experts and named Mississippi — home to powerful U.S. lawmakers with sway over the agency — as a potential location for a $451 million national laboratory to study some of the world’s most virulent biological threats, acc…


The Rise and Fall of John Edwards

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 11th, 2008 4:28 am by HL

The Rise and Fall of John Edwards
Jim Morrill, Charlotte Observer