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Wednesday, December 08, 2004
Liberal Won't Support War...except for, umm, let's see, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Great War, World War II, the Korean War, Gulf War I, the Afghanistan Action, ...

Peter Beinart's idea that "liberals" don't or won't support a "war on terror" or any use of American military power is horseshit, despite Matthew Yglesias attempt to extend his experience with Harvard's limited liberal community into a universal truth.

In between episodes of almost 30 years saluting the flag at dawn and dusk (and graduating a Chief Warrant Officer with several decades of experience in various military intelligence and psycholigal operations fields), I spent more than a decade as a liberal talk show host and political operative and party official. I stretch from Vietnam to Gulf I and then some, so I've had ample opportunity to both support and participate in the use of American military power.

But Iraq is not about the "war on terror." It's the example that it's possible to create a situation that has no good solutions.

It's as if we are in an automobile driving over an Afghan mountain road, all of us in agreement that we need to get down the mountain. Suddenly, the driver makes a sharp turn toward Iraq and we go over the cliff. We scream as we fall, "You idiot, what have you done?" "Well", says the driver, "If you've got a better plan, why don't you take the wheel. As for me, I think the shortest and fastest way to the bottom is the best way. And as long as I'm sitting in the driver's seat, this is the way we're going."

And as we hurtle to our doom, we hear Peter Beinert pipe up from the back seat and say to the other helpless passengers, "You know, you have a very negative attitude about this. So far, so good. And in any event, if we don't support the driver's decision, we'll just look negative about all shortcuts."

Sunday, October 03, 2004
The Global Test. Yes, I know that the nation is founded on a "decent respect for the opinions of mankind", but even more pertinently, if George Bush cares so little for the world's opinion, why did he send Colin Powell to bear false witness against Iraq before the United Nations.

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Friday, October 01, 2004
Pet Goat Moment: The moment reflected on a politician's face when he realizes his country is under attack by terrorists and the only thing he can think to do is continue reading "My Pet Goat" to his intellectual equals or the moment during a crucial debate when all he can think to say is "Don't forget Poland" and signing the order to send soldiers to Iraq is "hard work." Also the effect of chemically-induced dementia in middle age due to youthful long-term chronic alcohol and drug abuse. Example usage: "George Bush had a few pet goat moments during last night's debate."

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Thursday, September 30, 2004
Too bad it isn't news. The WSJ might print it.

Farnaz Fassihi of the Wall Street Journal recent sent an e-mail to friends that has now been posted on Romanesko's forum. It's the news from Iraquamire unfiltered by the WSJ editors sitting on their fat asses in NYC.

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Wednesday, September 08, 2004
Apparently, one thing the "Old Marine" didn't learn was the meaning of "Semper Fidelis."

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice ...

"Potemkin Politics. But who's fooling whom?

Monday, July 12, 2004

Bush and O.J. Join Forces

Believe sharing resources will result in quicker discovery of killer, WMD.

Friday, July 09, 2004

Wednesday, July 07, 2004
Please remember that of all the people who got to choose Vice-Presidential candidates in the past four years, only Cheney got his first choice.

Tuesday, May 18, 2004
June 30 2004: Another "Mission Accomplished" day.

Friday, May 07, 2004
January Presidential Daily Briefing Revealed: U.S. Military Intelligence determined to beat the crap out of Iraqis.

Condoleeza Rice says PDB, "just another historical document with a lot of boring footnotes that I didn't read."

President Bush says, "It didn't have enough details or I would have put a stop to it. It didn't name any of the Iraqis and how the heck am I supposed to know where Abracabadra prison is?"

Secretary of State Powell says, "Boy, am I glad that I'm not responsible for covering this up like I did My Lai."

Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld also held a news conference, but he asked and answered all the questions himself before reporters got there.

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Sunday, April 11, 2004
Cheny Monitors Hostage Crisis From Tokyo.

Apparently, none of his undisclosed locations are far enough away from responsibility.

Thursday, November 20, 2003
The myth of Ronald Reagan winning the Cold War is equivalent to the rooster raising the Sun.

I really hate to offer "after the fact" predictions, but it was evident to any reasonably intelligent student of sociology and demographics by the late 1970s that the USSR was only years aways from a meltdown. Several factors came together at a particular point in time:

The inherent degeneracy of self-selecting oligarchies, especially paranoid Politburos and Central Committees determined to avoid another Stalin or Beria, where current powerholders tend to pick less capable (non-threatening) oligarchic replacements. Witness the late-stage rise of Andropov, who got his major career boost as Brezhnev's driver/gofer.

The seriously "racist" nature of Russian society as reflected in the USSR, where power was vested in a hierarchy of Great Russians, Ukranians, White Russians, and every other group, in that order, something demonstrated especially well in the Committee for State Security's (KGB) separately maintained armed forces and in the makeup of the regular armed forces, where Great Russians and the "Little Brother" Slavs made up the bulk of the select forces (Strategic Rocket Troops, Special Forces, GRU intelligence units) and non-Slavs were relegated to "Tail" or "grunt" units, usually under Slavic commanders. A look at the ethic makeup of attendees of the military academy at Frunze, the USSR equivalent of West Point, would illustrate this point very nicely.

Also, and in light of Russian racism, the 1960/70s work of Helene deEncausse et al on the relative birth rates of the USSR Slavic (decreasing sharply) and non-Slavic (sharply increasing) populations, portending a rise of the non-Slavic majority population into power positions in the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), a situation exacerbated by the declaration by the USSR-resident Grand Muftis in the 1940s/50s that membership in the (atheist) Communist Party was not incompatible with Islam, somewhat like saying you can be a good Baptist and a Democrat or Republican. This freed Muslims to join the political system in a quite successful way (q.v. Georgian Muslim Eduard Scheverdnaze) and become an increasingly large percentage of the CPSU "grassroots" with obvious implications.

For a society with power so centralized in Moscow, it was unthinkable for the Slavs to even consider such power passing to non-Slavs. In fact, the dissolution of the USSR and the demise of the CPSU may have been the only way to ensure that power over the former Russian empire remained in the hands of the Slavic tribes.

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Tuesday, November 04, 2003
Disrespecting the South: Zell is right about many non-Southerners thinking the South is filled with boobs. But you can forgive them that error if you realize that most of the Southerners they know are politicians.

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Showtime: America's new network of Presidential fiction!

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Wednesday, October 08, 2003
Religionist: A person for whom the object of his hatred is more important than the object of his adoration.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2003
Some controversial comments from a CNN globe-trotter to USA Today's Peter Johnson:

"CNN's top war correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, says that the press muzzled itself during the Iraq war. And, she says CNN 'was intimidated' by the Bush administration and Fox News, which 'put a climate of fear and self-censorship.' "

"As criticism of the war and its aftermath intensifies, Amanpour joins a chorus of journalists and pundits who charge that the media largely toed the Bush administration line in covering the war and, by doing so, failed to aggressively question the motives behind the invasion. . . .

"Said Amanpour: 'I think the press was muzzled, and I think the press self-muzzled. I'm sorry to say, but certainly television and, perhaps, to a certain extent, my station was intimidated by the administration and its foot soldiers at Fox News. And it did, in fact, put a climate of fear and self-censorship, in my view, in terms of the kind of broadcast work we did.' . . .

"Fox News spokeswoman Irena Briganti said of Amanpour's comments: 'Given the choice, it's better to be viewed as a foot soldier for Bush than a spokeswoman for al-Qaeda.' "

Apparently, professional journalist isn't one of the choices at Fox.

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Thursday, September 11, 2003
At White House insistence, the EPA eliminated information about the dangers of the environment in New York City after the World Trade Center attacks. So if gassing your own people is the mark of a terrible dictator who ought to be overthrown by forces of democracy....

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Wednesday, September 03, 2003
Arnold's newest action role: The Squirminator.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2003
Excuse me, you idiots, he's a lawyer and a politician!

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image

Apparently, the point is missed.

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Friday, August 22, 2003
Apparently, the placement of a partition around Roy Moore's graven idol has revealed a new symptom of "Head and Ass Confusion Syndrome," in which religionists mistake a rock for God.

Stephen Hopkins, pastor of Burnet Bible Church in Burnet, Texas, was one of the 21 people arrested Wednesday night. He said he was willing to be arrested even though he has 10 children.

"This is a great hypocrisy," Hopkins said. "This is an assault on God. They're saying we're going to cover up God."

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Thursday, July 17, 2003
Apparently, where the buck stops in this administration depends on what the definition of here is.

Here's a thought...when William J. Clinton got caught in a lie, he took responsibility in a public apology to America.

Don't you wish George W. Bush had Clinton's class.

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I saw Bush Family retainer and former CIA Director James Woolsey on a morning show today, saying that we really didn't go to war with Iraq over nuclear weapons of mass destruction and that the Iraqi chemical and biological weapons were more important.

Well excuuuse me for noticing that we haven't found them either.

And if Condoleeza Rice was so worried about chemical and biological weapons, why DIDN'T she say, "we don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom."

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Thursday, July 10, 2003
I apologize the lack of recent wit. I've been very busy writing a security product training manual.

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Thursday, June 12, 2003
Wealthfare: The transfer of Social Security and Medicare taxes from workers into tax cuts for investors.

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Friday, May 02, 2003
It is NOT true that the President landed the plane on the aircraft carrier. You have to pass a drug test before you can pilot a plane in the U.S. Navy.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2003
Well, damn, my bad again! I am reminded that Republicans are consistent in their support for ethnic cleansing. They opposed military action in Kosovo to stop ethnic cleansing and they support military action in Iraq to start ethnic cleansing. And they remind me that it's all because Clinton has a penis while Bush only has a Dick.

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Ethnic cleansing starts in Iraq. Republicans have already expressed their views on using military force to interefere with this sort of thing. The unpatriotic bastards won't support the troops. But good news...the Iraqi Oil Ministry remains safe!

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Oops, my bad! Colin Powell meant imperial wars in this century. Well gosh, let's see, how did Marine General Smedly Butler put it in 1935:
I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-12. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras "right" for American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.... Looking back on it, I felt I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three city districts. We Marines operated on three continents.

And that's the kind of country we are.

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Victory in Iraq. Iraqi Oli Ministry remains safe yet another day.

Tuesday, April 15, 2003
Just enought land to bury the dead. Umm..., Colin, you might want to talk to the Spanish about Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi and Cuba; Mexico about Texas and most of the western states;The Philipines, where Viceroy MacArthur eked out a good living; (American) Samoa and other Pacific islands that weren't blown up in nuclear testing; and The Kingdom of Hawaii, to name a few.

Do the name Ruby Puerto Rico ring a bell?

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I notice, Secretary Blowhard, that we aren't "allowing" the looters to rampage through the Ministry of Oil and Ministry of Interior, which, of course, in a Bush League Democracy, is where the Secret Police live.

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Bringing Bush League Democracy to Iraq. By the way, that includes NO BACKTALK. But seriously, folks, we're just trying it out in Iraq before we try this at home.

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Saturday, April 12, 2003
War Plans. Well, this is interesting. Not only did the smugly incompetent ideologues hatch up a war plan that didn't account for a real war, they also didn't plan on how to deal with victory. The over-worked, poorly supplied soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division heroically saved Rumsfeld's ass on the first part, but I don't think Secretary Blowhard and the Likud 5th column will get off on part 2.

Note to Rummy: Waging aggressive war and failure of an occupying power to protect civilians are both war crimes. Want to try for 3?

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Monday, April 07, 2003
Police Shoot At Americans Exercising Their Constitutional Rights. And so it little escalation of tyranny after another. The comfortable frog is getting warmer.

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Thursday, March 20, 2003
A Short Note to Senator Daschle

Dear Sir:

Thank you for your comments regarding the foreign policy failures of the Bush administration. As a retired Chief Warrant Officer (CW4) with almost 30 years in uniform and as one veteran to another, hold your ground.

As for the critics who are demonstrating their willful ignorance, you owe no apologies to a bunch of gutless sons of bitches who "defended their country" by vigorously throwing themselves face down into the taxpayers' trough.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2003
Celebrity Voices. Why does the media continue to give these people a platform to spout outrageous opinions on subjects about which they are profoundly ignorant, just because they have been elected or appointed to a political office.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2003
Everytime I hear him speak, I'm reminded of Mary McCarthy's comment about Lillian Hellman, "that every word she writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the.'"

There is no honor in this, so it is right that it should be done by dishonorable men.

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When the Supreme Court exercised its divine right to appoint a cowboy president, we hoped to get the best of Joel McRae and John Wayne, not the worst of Gabby Hayes and Liberty Valance.

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Monday, March 10, 2003
Separated at birth? Richard Perle and Ursala, villainess of The Little Mermaid. On the other hand, has anyone ever seen them together?

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Friday, March 07, 2003
Upun my word! Another hare-brained concern for the small-minded environmentalist.

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Maybe the problem isn't that the Justice Department and FBI are led by puritanical, small-minded, pretentiously moralistic twits.

Let's give them the benefit of the doubt.

Maybe they're just being led by incompetent lawyers and technologists.

Yeah, that's the ticket!

They aren't conspirators, they're just boobs!

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North Korea. Like a small child wanting the attention of a parent, North Korea won't settle for hugs by the aunts and uncles. It wants Papa to notice and nobody but Papa will do. And when Papa is way too distracted with sibling rival Iraq, little NK, just like a child, will keep upping the ante, keep increasing the pull on the pants leg, keep making a louder and louder noise UNTIL PAPA NOTICES. We've all seen that escalating behaviour over the past few months as Papa has determinedly kept his eyes averted, maybe because if Papa does notice, Papa will have to admit that this ill-behaving little monster is his own creation. So my question is this: just what does NK have to do to attract Papa's attention, given the irrationality of children and Papa's proven penchant for denial? How many Americans will NK have to kill to focus Papa's attention?

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Monday, March 03, 2003
Don't change the horse in mid-stream. A horse dropping offered by the horse's ass who got us stuck in the middle of the river to begin with, in an attempt to get us to drown with him instead of jumping on another horse's ass with at least enough sense to find the nearest river bank.

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Friday, February 28, 2003
The Right To Privacy: The next time some anti-choice bigot whines about "privacy" not being in the Constitution, tell them it's in the same clause as the one giving the Supreme Court power to declare acts of the other two branches unconstitutional.

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Judicial Politics.

1. All governments are governments of men and not of laws. Any statement to the contrary is a wish, not a fact.

2. All positions in any government are political. This specifically includes judges, who are appointed in this country by politicians, generally as a reward for political contributions or political actions or political beliefs. For example, the current Chief Justice received his office after starting as a legal thug intimidating minority voters for the Arizona Republican Party, headed the Goldwater campaign, assured Richard Nixon the 1968 Republican nomination by delivering to him the Goldwater presidential campaign activist files and organizational contacts, served as a compliant Solicitor General in one of the several corrupt Republican administrations of the late 20th century, and was appointed because of these facts, not in spite of them.

3. All judicial nominee should be judged on their political beliefs. It is an abdication of moral responsibility for anyone involved in this process to pretend that only legal qualifications matter. Consider: No "fully qualified" attorney holdng membership in the American Nazi Party has ever been nominated to the federal bench, nor has any "fully qualified" member of the American Communist Party, nor even a "fully qualified" member of the Prohibitionist Party.

But let's divorce this consideration from political parties. If a "fully qualified" nominee for a federal judgeship said, "I support the right of individual states to determine whether slavery should be legal with their borders and to secede from the Union if necessary to protect that right", would he be confirmed to the bench? Isn't that statement one of political belief? In the history of this country, it certainly is. So we can agree that some political beliefs either are, or become, politically unacceptable. Even though candidates with just such beliefs were once routinely nominated and appointed to the federal bench. (Today, only cabinet level officials are permitted to hold these beliefs.)

But if such "state's right" beliefs have become politically unacceptable, how to explain a Supreme Court whose majority seems hellbent on dividing the Constitution by 50? Could it be that politicans are inadequately concerned with probing the politics of the judges they appoint?

Or consider this: a Supreme Court Justice who rejects the central fact of American political thought, that "Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed" and asserts that governments are divinely inspired and power is held by government officials as a result of divine intervention or divine right. What person raised in America and exposed to American history, no matter how "brilliant", could possibly be that willfully ignorant. What idiot would nominate a person with those political beliefs to the Supreme Court, what set of idiots would confirm the appointment, what free people would accept the insult to their freedom, what...Oh, never mind.

So here's the point. Of course politics matters when it comes to politicians, even politicians called judges. Some political beliefs are outside the acceptable in American society. And every judicial appointment, like the elevation of every other politician, is about politics. To claim otherwise is just intellectually dishonest crap by intellectually dishonest politicians.

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Literalism: A conservative jurist's intellectually fradulent synonym for judicial activism. If Literalists were literal, then they could point to the actual words in the Constitution that gives federal judges the imperial power of unreviewable veto of the works of the other two branches. The claim of such power in Marbury vs Madison was a political act of the most flagrant judicial activism, seen as a political act at the time, and accepted as a political act. True Literalists would reject any belief that this Supreme Court self-coronation is acceptable under a literal reading of the Constitution.

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Sunday, February 23, 2003
Digital Display: Apparently, a communication device used extensively by New Jersey drivers.

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Friday, February 21, 2003
If you'd vote for four more years of this, then yes, you are as stupid as you look.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Freepers Organize Mass Rallies To Support Bush.

Crowds Estimated In The Dozens.

Full Story Here

Tuesday, February 18, 2003
Paying for the Bush League war: Here's an idea, George. Instead of me paying for your war, how about shifting the bill to the my children and grandchildren. Oh...never mind.

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The difference between a NASA engineer and a NASA manager: A NASA engineer and a NASA manager are playing Russian roulette. The trigger has been pulled five times. Each person is asked to calculate the odds of death on the sixth pull. The NASA engineer calculates that pulling the trigger creates a 100% chance of death. The NASA manager calculates that the previous history of succcessful trigger-pulls shows there is no appreciable danger in continuing with the current protocols.

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The Union Of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) collapsed because of Ronald Reagan. A myth somewhat less true than, "A rooster's crow causes the sun to rise." By 1979 at the latest, competent intelligence analysts could, and did, predict the collapse of the USSR based on the work of Helene d'Encausse and Lindley's Second Law of Organizations. The effect of Lindley's Second Law was enhanced due to the racist nature of the Soviet oligarchy.

Lindley's Second Law of Organizations: Any oligarchy that chooses its own successors is inherently degenerative.

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Friday, February 14, 2003
Lewis 1935 fiction has factual basis. I enjoyed TBogg's revisit to the 1935 Sinclair Lewis novel "It Can't Happen Here." However, you may not be aware that the Lewis fiction was inspired by the factual attempts of rabidly racist and pro-fascist American businessmen and military organizations (The American Legion) to organize an anti-Roosevelt coup in 1934. This followed the unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Roosevelt in which Chicago's Mayor Cermak died. Although the author of this 4 article series 1, 2, 3, 4 makes a number of unverifiable assertions and is rabidly anti-British, his basic facts are correct concerning the Butler plot and the large number of powerful American capitalists who financed both American and European fascism, being more "successful" in the latter case. Mellon, duPont, Dulles, Harriman, Morgan, Bush...all had a hand in supporting the rise of Mussolini and Hitler as a means of protecting their commercial interests. Of course, today these "patriots" might simply move the incorporation to Bermuda.

See also the following in The Flaming Moderate's Political Dictionary:

It can't happen here. One of four phrases describing the stages of denial that occur when a constitutional republic becomes a democratic dictatorship. The other three are It isn't happening here, It hasn't happened here, and Of course it's constitutional to hold Americans without charge or kill them without trial. What kind of anti-American terrorist supporter are you for even questioning our leader's popular Christian policy?

Michael Savage on MSNBC! Thanx, MSNBC, America needs another strident defender of willful ignorance and overt racism. But tell me, who's prouder of this representative of the businesses they manage, Bill Gates or Jeff Immelt?

Terror Alert! Terror Alert!

Al Queda threatens to bomb duct tape plants.

Bush responds with tax cut plan for those whose mansions require large amounts of tape.

Friday, February 07, 2003
Saddam - Osama Link Established! Thanx Democratic Underground!

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Tuesday, February 04, 2003
Creationism: An attempt to explain the origins of life by limiting God's capabilities to the size of the believer's imagination. Put forth by those who understand neither science nor their own religion and for whom faith is not adequate evidence of things unseen. Rather, they are determined not only to see a sign, but to require us to have the same limited vision.

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A government of laws and not of men. A fiction that occasionally rises to the dignity of a bald-faced lie. A favorite excuse by corrupt men seeking to avoid their responsibility for either creating an evil law or for using a present law to create new evil. This appeal to the law is the first in the triad of excusatory appeals by men of high pretension and low character. It is followed by an appeal to patriotism and an appeal to whichever god offers the most followers for the money. All governmental laws require the labor of hand-crafting to provide an advantage for the craftsmen. All scientific laws require the labor of an imperfect understanding and provide no certainty. Religious laws are the most preferred by the wicked, as they provide all of the advantages of governmental laws without the labor of justification or the requirement for understanding.

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Saturday, February 01, 2003
Canada, O Canada

Where are the voices in this land of liberty?

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Thursday, January 23, 2003
Goodbye, Bill. Snoopy and I are down at the tavern today, quaffing a few root beers and mourning the loss of the one of the two best friends of every GI. Bill Mauldin said in pictures what Ernie Pyle said in words. Say "Hello" to Charlie for us, Bill.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2003
Original Sin: The original sin in every religion is the acquisition of knowledge.

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Asimov: A person who provides clear, simple, and elegant explanations of complex matters, leaving only the mentally deficient or willfully ignorant in darkness. An Asimov may not add original knowledge, but brings to the human mind something as important - understanding, without which there can be no wisdom. The verb form is to asimov.

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Mark Twain Revisited: To convict someone without evidence is un-Constitutional, it is un-American, but it is no longer French!

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Impeaching The Deserter : I have seen several comments on other sites either edging toward or actually suggesting the impeachment of President Bush. I only want to remind you that when you consider the consequences of your prayers, you remember that one of the the most right wing Congressman of the last half century, President Cheney, would doubtless pick a self-reflective Vice President. Perhaps you efforts could be better directed toward making a clean sweep of the whole gang in 2004. And that means getting into the kitchen.

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Monday, January 20, 2003
Volunteer. Or Else! (Or, More Gas About Less Gas From The Bumbling Bush)

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Wednesday, January 15, 2003
Sanctity of Human Life Day: An exercise in political hypocracy that applies only to potential life. Does not cover actual persons who are rape victims, molested children, endangered mothers, or Texas defendants with sleepy incompetent lawyers.

"I've never put an innocent person to death. At the very least, they were guilty of being either unable or unwilling to pick a better lawyer."

Bush to Karla Tucker: "Please don't kill me."

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Two Evil Midgets: Kim Jong Il and George W Bush on his knees.

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Thursday, January 09, 2003
Note: This is an ongoing definition occasioned by metaphorical madness, simile silliness, and allegorical assininity. Feel free to steal anything you can use. Attribution is welcome but not required.

Politics: All politics is either class warfare, class suicide, or class murder. Those who have fear class warfare, prefer class suicide, and will commit class murder, if it can be done in the dark and from the back. (Class suicide? That's a man earning minimum wage who votes Republican.)

Politics: There is a pie of limited resources. Politics is the fight over who will wield the knife. So get this straight. Politics is not a gentleman's game, it is not polite, and it is not waged for high purpose. It's a close-in knife fight. And the winner eats.

Politics: In any governmental system, the majority of inhabitants get the government they deserve. There are no exceptions to this rule, but a great many corollaries. An example: Dictatorships are as democratic as constitutional republics, the method required to change the government is just different.

Politics: The necessity for every citizen to participate in politics is found in the following non-vegetarian story.

You walk into the only restaurant in town and smell the exquisite odor of steak coming from the kitchen.

The waiter brings you a menu that has "Column A: Steamed unsalted squash" and "Column B: Boiled unpeppered rutabaga."

"Wait a minute", you say, "I smell really great steak in the kitchen."

"Yes", says the waiter, "But that's for the kitchen workers."

If all you have to do with politics is wait until you get to the ballot and have only steamed squash or boiled rutabaga on those two columns, then either starve or shut up and choke it down. You're getting what you deserve. If you want steak on the menu, get into the kitchen.

(Vegetarians may substitute tofu, bacon, and lamb chops, as appropriate.)

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Monday, January 06, 2003
Note to my occasional readers: It's not that I don't want to receive mail, it's that I've apparently forgotten more than I ever knew about HTML. I think the Flaming Moderate email address is working now and I apologize to those of you who have sent unanswered comments. Of course, this does show an egotistical assumption!

Integrity Whore. An ethically, politically, or morally corrupt person who rents their carefully polished and maintained reputation for untarnished integrity as a temporary shield for ethically, politically, or morally corrupt acts. The IW is variously "surprised", "appalled", or "saddened" when the reputation is questioned. The IW is most vociferously assisted in maintaining the reputation by those most often renting it. The IW has no particular talent, but generally produces prodigious amounts of derivative materials. The IW is often found as a government commissioner, special prosecutor, or political spokeman, although they are finding increasing work as "reporters" and "columnists." The IW may have previously held some governmental or public organization position, but their tenure is characterized by a departure several months before the consequences of their ineffectiveness. The Integrity Whore provides the same services provided by any Pretty Woman, to wit, that the renter can get a date, that he can get a pretty date, and that, therefore, his (ethical, political, moral) manhood should not be questioned. The IW is also available as a gigolo. If you decide to provide your own examples, look first among those who make a good living writing and lecturing others on what their ethics, politics, and morals ought to be.

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Thursday, December 19, 2002
Thanx for making the point, Dave

From The National Review's David Kopel

1. Lott praised Jefferson Davis.

Well, Davis's birthday, May 2, is still an official state holiday in Mississippi. One should not condemn an elected official for praising people who are formally recognized as heroes by the state.

The same goes for Hawaiian politicians who praise Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole (March 26), even though Kalanianoale, like Davis, led a 19th-century rebellion against the United States (in 1895). Unlike Davis, Kalanianole was actually convicted of treason (technically, "misprision of treason"). Later Kalanianaole founded the Civic Club of Honolulu, a politically powerful association which excluded blacks and others on the basis of race. (emphasis added)

Similarly, we should not condemn Texas politicians who praise Lyndon Baines Johnson (August 27), even though Johnson wiretapped Martin Luther King, massively enriched himself through corruption, and lied constantly to the American people.

While The New Republic's &c does a more than adequate case of bitch-slapping this fact-challenged twit, they don't happen to follow up very well on Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, a person with whose history I became familiar during a couple of years of residence in Hawaii.

To excerpt from The Political Graveyard site:

Kalanianaole, Jonah Kuhio (1871-1922) of Honolulu, Island of Oahu, Honolulu County, Hawaii. Born in Koloa, Island of Kauai, Kauai County, Hawaii, March 26, 1871. Republican. Delegate to U.S. Congress from Hawaii Territory, 1903; delegate to Republican National Convention from Hawaii Territory, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1916, 1920. Died January 7, 1922. Interment at Royal Mausoleum, Honolulu, Island of Oahu, Hawaii. See also: congressional biography.

So yes, the Prince was convicted of misprison of treason and he did form a racially (and sexually) dicriminatory men's club. And he did so as a REPUBLICAN. And after his conviction and after he formed that club, he spent 20 years in Congress AS A REPUBLICAN.

Dave, Mr. Robinson has ONE word for you. One word: Research. Believe me, it's the next big thing.

The Flaming Moderate's Reflections

Wednesday, December 18, 2002
Jeez, not only can't we catch either bin-Ladin OR Omar, we can't even keep the Al Queda camps out of Afghanistan.

Al Queda back in Afghanistan

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No, not a lott like Christmas

With the blogger research into the backgrounds of those being mentioned as new Republican Senate Majority Leader, (Nickles et al vs McConnell, Frist et al), it's beginning to look a lot like a battle between the bigots and the whores. Perhaps the Republican Senators will be able to compromise. I'm sure there's a bigoted whore somewhere in their ranks.

The Flaming Moderate's Reflections

Tuesday, December 17, 2002
A Thousand Dollar Dog

I was living on a quarter acre of caliche in East-side San Antone when the pin oak the previous owner planted over the sewer put its roots through the pipe. Sewage backing up into your bathtub is a lousy way to start a Wednesday; almost as bad as a lump of coal in Pogo’s jelly doughnut. So I hunted up a sewer firm that made house calls, waited until the diggers showed up, and moved out smartly. After all, sewage happens.

When I came back at noon to check on the progress, one of the workmen asked, “Is that your dog?” and pointed toward my garage door. There lay the dirtiest, nastiest, mangiest looking mutt I’d ever seen. And I’m a country boy, so I’ve seen some ugly dogs. “Hell, no”, say I and I chased the animal out into the street and up the block, looked into the ditch like I had a clue what they were doing and went back to work.

Now it’s quitting time, I’m turning into the driveway, and there that damn dog is again. I get out of the car and again chase it away. Thursday morning and evening, there the dog is to be chased away again and again. This is one dumb dog. Somebody’s just not getting the hint.

It’s Friday morning and Karen and I are getting ready to go to work. “Wait, Honey, there’s something I got to talk to you about. There’s this damn dog that keeps coming up into our driveway. I keep chasing it away and it keeps coming back. I know we haven’t talked about getting a dog, but I can only be so cruel and two days is about my limit. If that dog keeps coming back, we may just have to take it.” “Well, if it does come back, then we’ll deal with that.” And she opens the door to leave. There, on the welcome mat, is the dog.

Well, obviously, we’re done for. We give the dog a bowl of water and after it drinks a bit, I get a blanket and wrap it up, because it’s FILTHY! I let the folks at work know I’ll be running late and set off for a nearby veterinarian’s office. I show up with this canine dirt-lump in a blanket, convince the receptionist to schedule the dog for an immediate physical and appointment with the co-located groomer, and leave for work.

Friday afternoon and I’m back to pick up the dog, which has cleaned up pretty good. She’s a beautiful middle-aged Cocker Spaniel, something impossible to guess just hours ago. The vet tells me that she is probably a throwaway, of which San Antonio has over a quarter-million a year.

Karen thinks the dog is beautiful and is delighted. She grew up around Labs and I around mutts (Great American breed), so the only question is what to name the dog. I hold out for “Damn Dog” and argue that the dog should be used to me calling her that by now. But we finally compromise on Missy.

Apparently, a family that moved from around the corner threw her away, as she kept trying to go up to the now empty house whenever we walked around the block. But she is now our dog - or we are her people, whichever comes first. Apparently, somebody got the hint.

She turned out to be a world-wise middle-aged lady of the streets who knew what she wanted. And what she wanted turned out to be me. Whenever Karen and I would express any affection toward one another, she would bark. She wouldn’t bark at strangers, she wouldn’t bark at doorbells, she wouldn’t bark on command. But let me hold Karen’s hand or share a kiss, and Missy went off like a machine gun, barking so rapidly and loudly that we thought she was going to tip over backwards. And forget about sitting together on the couch without a fur divider. Yes, if ever there was a jealous bitch, this was it.

Other than that, she was an agreeable person, always willing to do the absolute nothing required to “Guard the house, girl” when we went out.

Missy shared our lives in San Antonio and, when we were transferred to Atlanta, rode next to me in the pickup for the whole trip.

Oh, she grew a big bottom from having a ready meal, but she was always up for a walk. And even though there came a time when she had to “helped” a little to become a fur divider or to get to a place on the bed, she always let you know that, if she could have helped, she would have. And, of course, she was always ready to “guard the house, girl.”

In time, even your best friends get old. We took her to the vet on a regular basis, for she had the problems that you can expect to visit a lady who’d had to live a hard life on the streets, especially one who had gone through a bad carbon monoxide episode with us in San Antonio. At last, she needed major medical work. We found the money and put her in the hospital for two weeks for the surgery and recuperation. But the surgeon told us that, at best, it was a delaying action. There were other medical expenses after that and I told Karen one day that I never thought a mutt man like me would ever own a thousand dollar dog. But since my friend had appeared on my old website as “Missy the Wander Dog, goD to dyslexics everywhere”, she was obviously worth every penny.

One morning, I found her in the bathroom, where she had gone to find a cool place. She’s buried now under an oak tree near our house. Karen put a little picket fence around the grave and keeps flowers growing there. I guess if we ever sell the house, we’ll have to explain that little grave – and the little plaque I nailed to the tree, the one that reads, “Missy, our friend. She guards this house.”

The Flaming Moderate's Reflections

Friday, December 13, 2002
On the issue of the Confederate flag

Of course I can understand the desire of some people to remember the heritage of the Confederate States of America through the display of the Confederate flag. As a native Mississipian and current Georgian, I never want to forget that the heritage left by my ancestors included the commission of treason against the United States. And that they committed that treason not by questioning the motives of devious lying politicans or by protesting against Republican class murder or by standing up for the right, but by actually taking up arms and killing to protect the privilege of some men to enslave other men. I don't want to forget that other ancestors and men I knew as classmates denied life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to their fellow humans or defamed the name of God by invoking His blessings on their lynching and lying. No, I don't want to forget any of that. And if it takes flying the Confederate flag to remind me, then put that sucker up on every tree branch. Better it should be hanging there than the strange and bitter fruit it represents.

The Flaming Moderate's Reflections
On the issue

You know we're in a bad way when justice for molested children may depend on whether we have an extradition treaty with the Vatican.

The Flaming Moderate's Reflections

Thursday, December 12, 2002
On the Southern Strategy

If Republicans are going to enjoy the fruits of that poisonous tree, they shouldn't complain about the lot of racist crap used to fertilize it.

The Flaming Moderate's Reflections
The Flaming Moderate's pop quiz.

President Bush today announced two actions.

1. He will cut federal funds for winter heat assistance to the poorest people in America.
2. He will permit faith-based groups to use federal funds to practice religious discrimination.

For 10 points, which of these actions was compassionate and which action was conservative?

For 5 points extra credit, would a faith-based group include Wiccans?

Tuesday, December 10, 2002
Redneck Whiplash: A neck condition found in spineless politicians, usually caused by rapid head rotation during attempts to salute two flags, one of which represents treason to the other. Once common to a particular strain of Democrat, the affliction has now permanently settled among Republicans in Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, and Virginia. Not to be confused with other afflictions of the politically spineless.

The Flaming Moderate's Political Dictionary

Sunday, December 08, 2002
NRA Membership List: A list of the gun producers, resellers, enthusiasts, and owners in America who support the Federal Government's Office of Total Information Awaress' right to have full details about what they own and where they live. This is what you guys signed those membership cards for, wasn't it?

The Flaming Moderate's Political DIctionary

Thursday, December 05, 2002
59 Days In Peking: A film about all the time necessary during a one year period for Henry Kissinger to accomplish his tasks as Chairman of the 9-11 Investigation Commission or any other part-time government employment. This is not due to any particular efficiency on his part, but to the fact that if he takes 60+ days, he will have to reveal the names of his Johns.

The Flaming Moderate's Political Dictionary
Class Warfare: The greatest fear of the corporate malefactors of great wealth who think they control the Republican Party, just as the Bayers, the Farbens, and the Krupps thought they controlled that little upstart from Bavaria . The prospect that those whom they have betrayed and robbed will actually recognize their crimes and organize a revenge gives them cold sweats in the night. So they go to great lengths to discourage class warfare. They much prefer the class suicide so popular with their religious fundamentalists, but will indulge in class murder when necessary, if they can do it in the dark and from the back.

The Flaming Moderate's Political Dictionary

Wednesday, December 04, 2002
Religion: A method by which some become shepherds and some become sheep. If you choose to be sheep, don't complain if you are fleeced and your young are butchered. Why do you think the sheperd keeps sheep? For their welfare?

The Flaming Moderate's Political Dictionary
It can't happen here. One of four phrases describing the stages of denial that occur when a constitutional republic becomes a democratic dictatorship. The other three are It isn't happening here, It hasn't happened here, and Of course it's constitutional to hold Americans without charge or kill them without trial. What kind of anti-American terrorist supporter are you for even questioning our leader's popular Christian policy?

The Flaming Moderate's Poliitical Dictionary

Tuesday, December 03, 2002
Self-Made Man: A trait of politicans, generally claimed by persons who evidence knowledge of neither architecture nor carpentry. (c.f., PMPQ: Politician's Mythical Personal Quality).

The Flaming Moderate's Political Dictionary

Friday, November 22, 2002
Democracy: A form of government that supposes the average opinion to be preferable to the informed opinion. The most perfect example of a democracy is a lynch mob.

The Flaming Moderate's Political Dictionary
Talk Radio: An opportunity for the cowardly to pretend that words don't have consequences. An example of the arrogantly opinionated leading the willfully ignorant. People who take umbrage at falsely being accused of murder, amorality, pedophilia, kleptomania, drug-taking, wife-abuse, and being traitors simply don't understand the playful manner of the entertainers involved. See also: "Fair and Balanced Reporting."

The Flaming Moderate's Political Dictionary

Thursday, November 21, 2002
Benign Despotism: The only universally desired form of government, as long as the desirer is the despot.

The Flaming Moderate's Political Dictionary

Wednesday, November 20, 2002
Political Contribution: A bribe made legal by those who receive it. An amount of money so small that, no matter how large, a politician is insulted if you think it affects his integrity (c.f., PMPQ: Politician's Mythical Personal Quality).

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