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Thursday, September 27, 2007 - 11:00pm

Democratic Candidates Fail Miserably

The Democratic presidential candidates took the stage last night in New Hampshire in what can only be described as a disgraceful display of incompetence and waffling.  When the leading candidates were asked if they would remove combat troops from Iraq by 2013, not one of them said they would.  Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards all failed to state they would withdraw troops from Iraq by the end of their first term.


If this is the best field of presidential candidates the Democrats can muster up, this country is in a whole lot of trouble.  Not one of them has the stones to commit to anything.  Each candidate hemmed and hawed and stated that they maybe, possibly, could and would really try their gosh-darn hardest, but they all refused to be pinned down.


Are these people complete idiots?!?  You can't withdraw all the troops within four years?!?  Are you kidding me?  I could single-handedly drive every last soldier across the border into Kuwait in less than four years. 


These are the future leaders of our country?  What a disappointment!  I would expect such answers from Hillary Clinton because she can't offer an opinion on anything, but Obama and Edwards followed her into nothingness.


Herein lies the problem with the Democratic party.  They try so hard to get to the middle to not offend anyone, but at the end of day, you have no idea where they stand.  It is not only true for Hillary, Obama, and Edwards but also for John Kerry, Al Gore, and Bill Clinton.  They all have to look at a poll before they tell you what they think.


If these morons can't get us out of Iraq after four years in office, none of them deserve your vote.  I can't believe they all offered up answers like that.  They should all quit and go home right now and not waste our time.


Tuesday, September 25, 2007 - 8:00pm

Giuliani Exploits 9/11 Once Again

Rudy Giuliani is a one-trick pony.  Vote for him because he was the mayor during 9/11.  That is the constant message his campaign keeps saying.  His latest gimmick was to ask each person at a fundraiser to donate $9.11 to his campaign. 


This shameless and pathetic exploitation of the tragic events of September 11th is par for the course with this candidate.  Democratic presidential candidate Chris Dodd was quick to bring attention to this issue, correctly pointing out that the theme was "unconscionable, shameless, and sickening".


The Giuliani campaign is now distancing themselves from the $9.11 concept, casting blame upon independent volunteers that allegedly came up with it.  Much like the current President, Rudy is pushing the responsibility onto others. 


What's more pathetic is that Rudolph Giuliani is leading the national polls for the Republican nomination.  He is 4.8% ahead of Fred Thompson, his closest challenger.  It seems that people either aren't paying attention or are blind.


Saturday, September 22, 2007 - 10:00pm

Mercenary Army Resumes Activity in Iraq

Blackwater personnel were allowed to go back to work in Iraq despite new video evidence showing that they had randomly killed civilians in an attack last week.  The mercenary murderers shot Iraqi civilians in the back as they were running away.  Eight people died on the scene and another three died from their injuries.


 Iraqi government officials attempted to throw the Blackwater mercenaries out of the country, but were rebuffed by U.S. officials.  Apparently the White House is ok with a mercenary army running around Baghdad shooting people in the back.


Here in America, people wonder why we aren't winning the war in Iraq.  This private army is part of the reason.  The United States employs mercenaries that shoot indiscriminately at Iraqi civilians.  Does anyone really think the U.S. is going to win the war when the American government condones these murders?  For every Iraqi civilian that is killed, the number of enemies created as a result grows exponentially. 


Just imagine if the situations were reversed.  Would the American public allow a mercenary army controlled by the government of Iraq into this country?  If those mercenaries shot American citizens in the back, what do you think our reaction might be?  Do you think we'd continue to allow it or do you think we'd fight?


Thursday, September 20, 2007 - 11:30pm

Massachusetts Governor Banking on Casinos

Newly elected Governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick (D) has outlined a plan to bring three casinos to the state in order to boost revenues.  More and more states are figuring out that the revenue flow is just too good to pass up.  In neighboring Connecticut, Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino and Foxwoods bring in billions to the state each year.


 True to his liberal form, Deval has already spent the billions of dollars that are projected to be raised.  Rather than cut taxes or (god forbid) reduce spending, Deval is set to increase spending on pet projects that include a $1.4 billion extension of the commuter rail and $1 billion for a life science project.  He has also stated that bridge and road repair would be addressed, but that simply implies that repairs had been ignored in the past.


If you are not a fan of Democrats, look no further than the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to build your case against them.  The casino issue is par for the course.  The state has a long history of taxing their residents to death and never repealing any increases.  The additional casino revenue would be an enormous boost for the state, but you can be sure that income and property taxes will go nowhere but up.  You would think, logically, that an increase in revenue would lead to a decrease in taxes.  That would make too much sense though.


Deval Patrick will have a tough time getting his proposal through the legislature, but it seems destined to be passed in one form or another.  Massachusetts will have casinos!


It is only a matter of time before all other states follow suit and establish casinos on their land.  The expansion into Massachusetts is just the first step.


Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 8:30pm

Taser Happy Campus Cops Shock Student

We really need to think about taking tasers away from campus police officers.  At a John Kerry speech at the University of Florida, a student who was asking pointed questions of the Senator was violently removed by the police.  At least one officer decided to taser him, despite the fact that he was already on the ground and surrounded by five other cops.  In addition, one police officer pulled a gun on the student.


 The last time I checked, freedom of speech still exists in this country.  The student was clearly being loud and obnoxious as you can tell from the video, but that's pretty much all he was doing.


John Kerry actually tried to diffuse the situation by saying "That's all right, let me answer his question."  Kerry even called it a "very important question" to help matters.  Unfortunately, the police ignored him and made the situation much worse.


Once again, campus cops acted recklessly and violently to something that was easy to handle.  This is not an indictment of law enforcement at universities, but it is of the training, especially with regard to tasers.  This is not the first time campus police have tasered a student.  A student was recently tasered inside a library at another university.


If police are going to use tasers like toys, they need to be taken away.  These are weapons that should be used in only the rarest of circumstances.  If six police officers cannot handle an unarmed kid without tasing him, they need to find different jobs. 


It is being reported that two of the main culprits have been placed on administrative leave.  However, anything short of firing them is unacceptable.


Monday, September 17, 2007 - 7:30pm

Blackwater USA Evicted From Iraq

The Iraqi government has kicked the private military group Blackwater USA out of the country after they were involved in another shooting of civilians.  Eight civilians were killed in the latest shoot-out involving Blackwater personnel.  Blackwater is the firm hired by the U.S. government to protect diplomats, engineers, and others.


 This "security" firm is essentially a group of mercenaries hired by the Republican White House.  They shoot first and never ask questions later.  There are many reports of indiscriminate firing against Iraqi civilians and even U.S. Marines.


In 2004, then Ambassador to Iraq,  Paul Bremer, granted them and other security firms immunity from prosecution.  As a result, they operate without regard to rules and have their own agenda.  They are not subject to the military's code of conduct and they don't answer to anybody.  When they shoot someone (as they often do), there are no repercussions.


It is a dangerous precedent to even allow private militaries to exist.  The Blackwater USA firm has 40,000 soldiers.  They are heavily armed and already have the capability of overtaking small countries.  The obvious danger is if they're not on our side.  They're hired guns who work for whatever country or whatever political party decides to pay them.


While Blackwater is an American firm and is too small to challenge our military, a day could come when that is not the case.  The firm has grown exponentially since it was started only ten years ago.  The extremely conservative Blackwater army may decide one day that it doesn't like the party in power in the United States and decide to overthrow them.


This mercenary armies needs to be abolished immediately.  The Iraqi government is kicking them out of Iraq.  It is time for the U.S. government to kick them out of the U.S.  The American people need to wake up!


Friday, September 14, 2007 - 12:00am

If the Surge is Working, Why Reduce the Troops?

George Bush is giving mixed messages to the American people.  On the one hand he tells us that the troop surge is working.  On the other, he tells us he going to cut the number of troops in Iraq.  If he's so confident that the troop surge is working, why would he withdraw forces?  Why the two conflicting statements?  Is it possible he could be <gasp> lying???


 The reality is that the troop surge is not working and that the American military has been so crippled that Bush has no choice but to gradually reduce the number of soldiers in country.  Unfortunately, he refuses to admit that he was wrong about the war and wrong about the surge.  He is simply trying to keep the war going until the next president takes over.


John Edwards spoke after the stupid dumbass tonight.  The former Senator actually has a plan in Iraq, unlike many other presidential candidates.  He wants to start withdrawing troops immediately and bring our boys home.  This is the right course of action.  Withdrawal is the right decision if only because progress will never be made under the direction of George Bush.


With Bush in the White House, you can be sure that we will stay the course for the next sixteen months.  He has changed nothing in the last 4 1/2 years in Iraq and has no plan to do anything different. 


As a result of his incompetence, over 3,000 American soldiers have lost their lives and over 25,000 soldiers have been seriously injured.  If Edwards' plan is undertaken, hundreds if not thousands of Americans could be saved.


Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 11:30pm

Six Years After September 11th

It's hard to believe that six years have passed since terrorists attacked the United States by flying commercial planes into the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.  Another plane crashed into Pennsylvania.  Much has changed since that time, but much remains the same.  Is America any safer today?  Are we less safe?  Can it happen again?


 After the terrorist attacks, the United States rightfully invaded Afghanistan to kill or capture the Taliban and Al Qaeda, the groups responsible for 9/11.  The U.S. was initially successful in Afghanistan and was able to drastically reduce the capability of the terrorist groups.


Unfortunately, the Bush administration quickly diverted resources away from Afghanistan and decided to invade the nation of Iraq in March of 2003.  Iraq had nothing to do with the attacks on 9/11, but that didn't stop the administration from using the incident to invade the country.


Four and a half years after the invasion of Iraq, the United States has weakened considerably, the Taliban in Afghanistan have resurfaced, and Al-Qaeda has grown stronger.  The situation in Iraq has gotten progressively worse, with the number of American soldiers dying increasing each year.


The U.S. government will soon be forced to reduce the number of troops in Iraq, not because they want to, but because they have to.  The all volunteer military of the United States has been overextended and is near breaking.


Unfortunately, many politicians (see Giuliani, Rudy & Bush, George) have used the terrorist attacks of 9/11 to further their careers and agendas.  Hopefully, if the public is paying attention, they will not let these two get away with such disgraceful conduct.  The people who died in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania deserve better.


Monday, September 10, 2007 - 12:00am

The Gay Senator from Idaho to Withdraw Guilty Plea

Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) is not going away quietly, much to the dismay of the Republican party.  The Senator plead guilty to disorderly conduct after attempting to have sex with an undercover police officer in an airport bathroom in Minnesota.  Even though he plead guilty over a month ago, Larry Craig seems to think he can take it all back.


Every day this story continues, the further it erodes the base of the Republican party.  A gay GOP Senator caught in a sex sting does not rally support from the bible-thumping, conservative voters in the party.  Republicans pride themselves on being anti-gay, so they would like to get rid of Larry Craig as soon as possible.


Democrats are staying quiet on this issue as well, trying their best to get out of the way as Republicans fall on their sword.  With the exception of Arlen Specter (R-PA), Senator Craig has no support in his party.  However, that hasn't stopped him from fighting.


This is a classic case of a dirty politician refusing to yield power and control.  Larry Craig has been a Washington insider for so long, he doesn't know what to with himself otherwise.  He's praying that another story comes along that will push him to the back page and make everyone forget his situation.  Senator Vitter (R-LA) hoped for the same thing and somehow got his wish.  Craig wants the same.  If he survives, he can go back to the Senate and vote against gay rights like he always had before.


Saturday, September 8, 2007 - 12:00am

Democrats Disappearing On Iraq War

The reason for a balance of power in Washington is so that each group keeps the other side in check.  Unfortunately, the Democrats are refusing to live up to their end of the bargain.  Rather than pound Bush and the GOP on their misconduct and incompetence in Iraq, they sit back and let the Republicans do whatever they please.  It seems that Keith Olbermann on Countdown is the only one who speaks the truth.  The Democrats should start taking after him.


 You can be damn sure the Republicans would never let this happen if the roles were reversed.  If, god forbid, Hillary Clinton becomes president, conservatives will not let a day go by where they take it easy on her.  That is because when it comes to politics, the GOP know what it's doing and the Democrats are directionless.  It's just a shame that politics is the only thing the Republicans are good at.


The problem stems from the leadership (or lack thereof) on the liberal side.  The Speaker of the House is Nancy Pelosi, who is almost as incompetent as the president.  Immediately after taking the speakership, she agreed not to pursue an impeachment against the President, which basically gave his administration the ability to govern unchecked. 


The Senate Majority Leader is Harry Reid, who still thinks investing in the stock market is the same as gambling in Las Vegas.  That is the argument he made concerning the privatization of social security.  As an investment professional, it was appalling to hear such stupidity.


Beyond those two, you have a spineless field of Democratic presidential candidates.  Most of them are running to the political middle, which to them means softening the stance on the Iraq war.  Neither Hillary Clinton nor Barack Obama has come out recently to blast the White House on Iraq. 


The administration continues to spin fairy tales about progress in Iraq and the Democrats continue to do nothing.  The American public elected officials to stand up against the Republicans, but instead the public received sniveling cowards.


Thursday, September 6, 2007 - 12:00am

Gillmor's Seat Up For Grabs

This story did not receive much coverage today, but Representative Paul Gillmor (R) was found dead in his Washington, D.C. apartment of an apparent heart attack.  Although most folks outside of his state have never heard of him, Paul Gillmor was in his 10th term in the House of Representatives and had a successful career before entering the world of politics.  He was an Air Force veteran, served in the Vietnam War, practiced law, and ran a financial services company.


The district in which Paul Gillmor served will now have a special election to determine his replacement.  Republicans have held the seat for the last seventy years, but the last election was among the closest.  Gillmor won with 57% of the votes in 2006.  His challenger, Robin Weirauch (D) received 43%.  In 2004, Gillmor garnered 67% of the vote to Weirauch's 33%.


Normally this district is considered a safe seat for the Republicans.  However, the Democratic party did not put many resources into this race in '06 and their candidate was still able to capture 43% of the vote.  With no other elections on the horizon, the Democrats can put their full weight behind Robin Weirauch in hopes of picking up a seat they haven't held since 1936.  She already has name recognition in the area and that will give her an immediate leg up on any challenger.


Tuesday, September 4, 2007 - 12:10am

Fred Thompson (Finally) Ready to Enter Race!

After much indecision and waffling, Law and Order star Fred Thompson will decide on Thursday to enter the race to become the next President of the United States.  Unfortunately, he may be entering the competition too late.  His campaign has already been struck with lackluster fundraising, staff exits, and questions about lobbying.  In addition, Thompson has given a number of uninspiring speeches.


The only reason the Fred Thompson entry is compelling is because nobody else running for the GOP nomination stands out.  Giuliani is a liberal who is not even liked by his kids, Romney is more of a flip-flopper than Kerry, and McCain has abandoned his straight-talk mantra for photo-ops, spins, and half-truths.


Thompson also has a trophy wife a solid 25 years younger than him.  You can't blame him for marrying the beautiful Jeri Kehn, but that age discrepancy will not play well in Washington.


In the end, former Senator Fred Thompson lacks the organization to get his campaign off the ground in time for the nominating process.  We are only four months away from the first primary and caucus and Thompson is as unorganized as you can get.  With all the high-level staff departures, he will have great difficulty competing with the top-tier players.


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