Saturday, June 10, 2006

Four dead in Ohio

Or: Why I will never vote for another Republican candidate in my life, even if he or she holds positions I agree with.

I know this is starting to be old news now, but I wanted to link to Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s article in Rolling Stone about the 2004 election. It's now obvious that it was stolen, and Kennedy's article details exactly how it was done.

"We're in a terrible fix," Rep. [John] Conyers [(D-MI), ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee] told me. "We've got a media that uses its bullhorn in reverse – to turn down the volume on this outrage rather than turning it up. That's why our citizens are not up in arms."

The four dead in Ohio were good friends of mine named , , , and , and you can read more of their obituaries in the links on their names.

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Monday, June 05, 2006

Ambassador Bolton: "[P]ut up or shut up time"

In case you were wondering, according to this video (found by a forum poster in Syria) of American United Nations ambassador John Bolton on Neil Cavuto's FOX News show, this country of ours is still considering unilateral military action against Iran if they do not comply with our country's wishes. Here's a transcript:

BOLTON: And I think when the President says it’s unacceptable, I think what he means by that is that it’s unacceptable. So it’s important…

CAVUTO: But unacceptable means that if it keeps going on you’re going to do something about it…

BOLTON: That no option is taken off the table. And Secretary…

CAVUTO: Military as well?

BOLTON: Exactly. Secretary Rice…

CAVUTO: Unilateral military action?

BOLTON: Secretary Rice made that point again today. But that’s why I think…

CAVUTO: That we would, I’m sorry Ambassador, that we would act alone if we had to?

BOLTON: That’s why he says no option is taken off the table. But it’s also why he has, the President, has reached out President Putin and other leaders in the past couple of days to say, “We’re making a significant step here,” that will be criticized by many of the president’s staunchest supporters here at home. But he’s taking this step to show strength and American leadership and to say he’s willing to do something that may be unpopular even with some of his supporters, to remove all excuses from Iran and its supporters to say, “We went the extra mile. We gave Iran really, this last chance to show that they are serious when they say they don’t want nuclear weapons.” This is put or shut up time for Iran.

The fact that this whole thing has nothing to do with nuclear weapons at all has not been lost on me, though. We know now – or at least we should know – that Iraq had nothing to do with weapons of mass destruction and everything to do with the petrodollar. Iraq started to trade oil in euros instead of in dollars, and the American economy is propped up by nearly every nation around the world holding lots and lots of dollars in reserve so they can buy oil. We went in and made sure they couldn't switch by installing a friendly government.

Of course, what most Americans don't realize is that Iran wants to switch from dollars to euros. So, folks like Bolton and Condoleeza Rice are raising the spectre of nuclear weapons and making impossible requests (we'll talk to you if you prove you've stopped working on a weapon we can't prove you're working on) so that they can drag some new "coalition" into a new arm of the war on "terror."

Friday, June 02, 2006

America's most pressing priorities

Apparently, Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN), you know, the guy who is our Senate majority leader, has it all figured out. The two most pressing issues in today's America are flag burning and gay marriage (link courtesy of Ex Cathedra).

Seriously, I couldn't make this up if I tried. Well, maybe, but I didn't have to this time.

Amazingly enough, the host of Fox News Sunday, where Frist made this ridiculous claim, called him on it:

You talk about a lot of issues that affect people’s lives. And yet you’re going to bring two constitutional amendments to the Senate floor in the next few weeks, one to ban same-sex marriage, another to ban flag-burning, both reportedly in the papers to mobilize your conservative base. I have to tell you, I talked to a Republican senator this week who said he may vote for both of them but said they’re both pandering.

Yeah, you know. Anything to get Haditha out of the news. And with the mainstream media being as drawn as they are to the so-called "hot button" domestic issues, you can rest assured you won't have to think about Marines killing innocent Iraqi children anymore – at least until next time.