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Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 11:45pm

Senator Wide Stance and Vitter Need to Resign

I was about to go off on Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) for soliciting an undercover police officer for sex in a public bathroom at the Minnesota airport, but then it occurred to me that Senator David Vitter (R-LA) is still in office.  If you recall, Senator Vitter is the scumbag who has been soliciting prostitutes for decades all while being married.

 

Image:Larry Craig official portrait.jpgNow that Senator Craig is in the news for equally despicable conduct, it is high time they both stepped down from their posts.  Larry Craig has already pleaded guilty to the crime and David Vitter openly admitted that he was bumping uglies with some whores at the escort service.  A number of GOP politicians have rightfully called for Craig to resign, but none have called upon Vitter to do the same.

 

What makes these events even more disgraceful is the hypocrisy of the two men.  Senator Craig has a 100% voting record against gays and lesbians.  David Vitter has preached incessantly about family values.  Both men have been saying one thing while doing the complete opposite.

 

I realize this isn't shocking, since they are politicians, but we should expect at least a modicum of decency from the people that run our country.  At the very least, we should force them to obey the laws of the United States.

 

I don't know what is going on in Republican-land, but they really need to clean up their house.  These two bums are in addition to Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL), who resigned late last year after soliciting male teenage pages for sex.  That makes three sexual deviants on the conservative side of the ledger.  I'm sure there are just as many on the Democratic side, but for now let's fix the ones we know about.

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Saturday, August 25, 2007 - 12:00am

Troop Surge Clearly NOT Working

Don't believe everything you hear on the state-run Fox Network.  Despite all the hype and spin, the truth of the matter is that the troop surge in Iraq is not working at all.  Just take a look at the differences from the summer of 2006 to now.  It's not even close.  By most measures, it is far more dangerous today than it was a year ago.

 

The most alarming metric is the number of American troops killed and wounded.  In June and July of 2006, a total of 104 soldiers were killed and 983 wounded.  In June and July of 2007, the figure rose to 187 killed and 1,423 wounded.  There were also significantly more Iraqi military and police killed this summer over last.

 

In terms of the insurgency itself, it has grown by more than 250%.  That makes sense of course.  No country wants to be occupied and the longer a foreign army stays, the more likely it is for the public to rise up against them.  Infrastructure is deteriorating as well.  There is far less gas and electricity available today than only a year prior.

 

The spinmeisters in Washington like to point to the only metric that is declining; the number of Iraqi civilians killed.  While that is an improvement, the raw figure is still extraordinarily high.  Over 5,000 Iraqi civilians were murdered in the last two months.  That equates to nearly 90 people each day.

 

You'll continue to hear that this troop surge is working, but the truth is a far different story.  Politicians are famous for telling the public what they want to hear.  The GOP wants to get re-elected and a failure in Iraq is not something they're willing to admit.  Let's hope they wake up before our military breaks.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - 7:45pm

Sanctuary Cities in the Spotlight

To win the Republican nomination for the presidency, you must take a strong stand against illegal immigration.  Enter Mitt Romney.  He is picking up steam in his argument against sanctuary cities.  For those of you not aware of this term, a sanctuary city provides safe haven for illegal immigrants.  In these cities, police officers are not allowed to ask people about their immigration status.

 

 There are many sanctuary cities in the United States including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Miami, Washington, D.C., Seattle, San Francisco, Baltimore, and Detroit. Another city in the news that is also a sanctuary city is Newark, New Jersey.  Three young adults were recently killed there in an execution-style shooting.  The main suspect is an illegal immigrant with a violent criminal history.

 

You'll notice from this list that Boston is not a sanctuary city, despite being the capital and largest city of the most liberal state in the union.  Mitt Romney was the Republican Governor of Massachusetts and did not allow Boston to become yet another safe haven for illegals.  Rudy Giuliani, the former Mayor of New York City, welcomed illegals to his town with open arms.

 

Romney is bringing this issue to light in new radio ads in Iowa and on the stump.  He correctly points out that Rudy Giuliani did nothing to address the problem of illegal immigration in his city.

 

This is an topic that will stick with American GOP voters.  Conservatives demand to have a candidate that is tough on illegal immigration.  Rudy Giuliani is leading the national polls at the moment, but if Mitt Romney is able to show that Rudy is soft on illegals, that lead will quickly evaporate.  This one issue could vault Mitt Romney all the way to the Republican nomination.

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Saturday, August 18, 2007 - 10:00pm

Congress Approves More Spying on Americans

As if the Bush administration wasn't corrupt enough, now Congress is giving them a run for their money.  These brain-dead members of Congress gave Bush surveillance powers earlier this month that goes well beyond warrantless wiretapping.  Now the government will be able to conduct physical searches on American citizens without cause and comb through private business records.  Don't worry about the 4th Amendment, it no longer applies.

 

The sad part is that Democrats didn't even realize they were broadening the White House's power.  They were in such a hurry to pass legislation, they forgot to actually read the legislation.  The politicians only discovered weeks later that they enhanced Bush's spying powers.

 

The bill is written in such a way as to be purposely vague.  That way, this administration and future ones can get away with a lot more.  They have effectively eliminated the power of the FISA court as well.  The Bushies have gone around the FISA court in the past and now they can do it 'legally'.

 

These new and expansive powers of our government only serve to limit the civil rights and liberties of Americans.  The Republicans are turning this country into a dictatorship and the Democrats are too incompetent to stop them.  Slowly but surely, our rights are being eliminated.  Canada is looking better and better with each passing day.

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Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 1:00pm

Huckabee a Solid Second in Iowa Straw Poll

Mitt Romney technically won the Iowa Straw poll yesterday, but the real winner was former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.  Romney paid millions to garner 31% of the vote, but it was Huckabee who received 18%, an astonishing number considering his shoestring budget.  His second place finish now vaults him up to the upper echelon of Republican candidates. 

 

John McCain and Rudy Giuliani didn't even break the top seven, choosing to ignore the poll altogether.  The increasingly irrelevant and pathetic McCain finished in 10th place with a measly 1% of the vote.  Giuliani could only muster up 1.3% for eighth place.  Perhaps the Iowa voters have already figured out that these two guys are phonies.  Heck, even Rudy's kids don't like him.

 

Tommy Thomson had said that he will drop out of the race if he did not reach second place.  He finished sixth.  Expect him to drop out shortly.  Others like Duncan Hunter, John Cox, and John McCain won't be far behind.

 

The Iowa poll shows us that a lower tier candidate like Mike Huckabee can still contend with the money machine candidates like Mitt Romney.  Even though the turnout was low, Huckabee may receive a much needed boost in the national polls as well as in New Hampshire and South Carolina.  Still, if he does not get a cash infusion into his campaign in the next few months, he will be done as well.

 

I hope candidates like Huckabee are able to contend with the big boys, but it remains to be seen if any of them can in the long run.  Still, with five months to go before the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary, it is anyone's game.  I'll be rooting for the underdogs.

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Saturday, August 4, 2007 - 6:00pm

Obama Correct About Taking Nukes Off the Table

Presidential candidate Barack Obama declared earlier this week that he would never use nuclear weapons in Afghanistan or Pakistan to take out terrorists.  That sounds like a fairly responsible statement, don't you think?  Unfortunately, many Democratic presidential candidates criticized Senator Obama, calling him anything from confused to naive.

 

 In the history of mankind, nuclear weapons have been used only twice, both times by the United States.  In 1941, then President Truman ordered the strikes against civilians in Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Japan.  Over 150,000 people died as a result, including thousands of American citizens and hundreds of allied POW's.  It was the single biggest mistake in the history of America.  Regrettably, few people recognize it as a mistake.  The pilots of the bombers were thrown parades and celebrated.  People still defend the bombings today, all while stating on the other side of their mouth that purposely killing civilians is wrong.

 

More than sixty years later, you would think the United States had learned their lesson, but it appears they may be headed down the same path.  See, in the 1990's President Bill Clinton violated the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty by developing more nuclear weapons.  He created what are now called 'tactical' nuclear weapons.  These smaller nukes have blurred the lines (for some) about whether their use is acceptable.  Even the current White House has considered using these tactical nuclear weapons against a facility in Iran called Natanz.

 

In the past, government officials have been intentionally unclear about the use or non-use of nuclear weapons.  Their rationale was one of deterrence.  They figure that by being vague, they could somehow scare other nations into thinking they'll break'em out one day.  However, that stance has long outlived its usefulness.  Everyone knows that the United States has enough conventional weaponry to do as much damage as they want anywhere in the world.  They don't need the threat of nukes to further illustrate their power.

 

If anything, the U.S. ambiguity of using nuclear weapons against other countries only infuriates them and drives their motivation to develop nukes of their own.

 

This bring us back to Senator Obama.  Taking the nuclear weapon option off the table was the right thing to do.  It is a pity that no other candidate has shown any courage and done the same.  Obama should be applauded, not criticized.

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