Archive for August, 2005

31.08.05 | Comments Off

Haiku

Bush set another record. Incomes haven’t grown for five years – first time!

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31.08.05 | Comments Off

Tricks of the Trade

My elderly cat occasionally falls off the bed, looks up as if it was deliberate, and trots off to the kitchen for a snack and some water. Like Bush saying the new Iraqi constitution will pass in October and end the insurgency, so he can resume trying to “save� Social Security.

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30.08.05 | Comments Off

Bush Strives for Intellectual Balance

Information about John G. Roberts, Jr., nominee for the Supreme Court, tends to be gray, not black or white, but on matters linguistic we know everything – and so does he. His great grammar, super spelling, and voracious vocabulary surely won Bush’s attention and approval. Those critical characteristics concealed the chinks in his conservative crust.

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29.08.05 | Comments Off

Haiku

Battle of the moms, a struggle for Crawford, but not like Katrina

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They warn us of “instant instability� in the middle east if we “cut and run,� but no one mentions the consequences of demonstrating our impotence. Surely the specter of America held hostage by insurgents emboldens terrorists and reassures tyrants more than admitting we made a mistake. No matter how Bush spins it, Iraq’s proposed constitution [...]

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27.08.05 | Comments Off

An Impossible Dream

E. J. Dionne Jr. says Kim Beazley has a promising proposal. The Australian Labor Party leader suggests a “phased extraction� from Iraq and refocusing attention on the real war on terrorism in Afghanistan. Unfortunately the first step requires Bush to admit his mistakes.

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Mr. President, how will we know? If victory is when terrorist attacks stop, the war will never be over. If it requires ending the insurgency, history and the experts say that’s impossible, they will fight until we leave. If we go now, there could be a civil war, but a Kurd or Sunni triumph might [...]

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25.08.05 | Comments Off

Victory Is Where You Find It

The proposed Iraqi constitution is one small step for man, one giant step for Islam. It seems to guarantee Iran a friendly neighbor – democracy beholden to Mullahs. No one but Bush seems happy. Of course he hasn’t read it, but he met another deadline.

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24.08.05 | Comments Off

Master of Too Little, Too Late

Bush is raising gas mileage requirements on vans, trucks and SUV’s – except the giants. He also ignored ordinary cars. In six years 40% of new vehicles will use 5% less gas – not much saving, but more than we’re likely to get from new drilling in Alaska. The public could buy cars instead of [...]

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23.08.05 | Comments Off

Time for a New Game Plan

It’s good to hear discussion of the war. It would be better if it wasn’t Democrats arguing with each other. Republicans just say “stay the course,� not realizing it meanders aimlessly. Progressives don’t have to toe a line, but they need to unite behind the fact this war is wrong. Those who voted for it [...]

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22.08.05 | Comments Off

A New Tack in Iraq

Militias put muscle in the Iraqi military, and may make constitutional federalism moot before a document is approved. They participate in policing Kurdish and Shiite areas – enforcing order, often with abductions and assassinations. The U.S. may not approve, but the provinces involved are the ones we plan to turn over to Iraqi control soon [...]

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Politicians say nothing can be done about the price of gasoline. It’s a matter for the free market. Investigations would do no good. Oil companies are above reproach. Changing mileage requirements would take years to make a difference. All they suggest is drilling for oil in Alaska. They don’t mention it would take years and [...]

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20.08.05 | Comments Off

Republican ‘Rithmetic

If you’ve never been frightened by an 18-wheeler swaying into your lane, you probably won’t care about Bush’s latest foray into safety. For years commercial truck drivers couldn’t work more than 10 hours without a rest. Experts say the limit should be 8, but business wanted 12. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration split the [...]

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19.08.05 | Comments Off

Eleanor Clift Gave Me a Lift

“Before Sheehan left Crawford… Bush explained to reporters that he needs to get on with his life, a remark stunningly insensitive… Cycling, his new exercise narcotic, is important…Americans want to know that their president leads a balanced life. No, Mr. President, we just want to know that you’re balanced, period.�

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19.08.05 | Comments Off

Another Way To Keep the Press Busy

Reporters pour over thousands of pages Roberts wrote as a Reagan minion, and find a bright, conservative, clever man who never did any wrong on paper. Of course, smoking guns would have been withheld because of national security.

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18.08.05 | Comments Off

Love thy neighbor

is an undisputed rule, but aren’t neighbors supposed to be selected? Illegal immigration means that isn’t always so. Sometimes neighbors are just waiting for a job day after day on a corner near your house. That takes the edge off charity, except for Bush. Business likes cheap labor, the President enjoys their support, so the [...]

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15.08.05 | Comments Off

Southern Ultimatum

Condoleezza Rice told Iraq just one more week is all you-all get.

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15.08.05 | Comments Off

Bush clearing brush was boring, but

the creator of chaos in Crawford keeps reporters alert and busy. We’ve lost track of why we’re in Iraq – the reasons keep changing. She put a face on the cost in casualties and money – too many and too much. To defuse the Cindy Sheehan fuss the President needs to define victory and its [...]

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14.08.05 | Comments Off

The Sheehan Solution

The President’s dad used to talk about the “big mo� now his son has managed to create it by accident. Cindy Sheehan has collected consultants, counselors and folks with money who would like to see this war closed down. Enough is enough. Insurgents want to kill Americans. When we are gone they will stop. If [...]

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13.08.05 | Comments Off

Even Arrogance Can Bring Rewards

Some call Bush a master politician. Everyone credits Rove with brilliance. Which one decided to let a grieving mother camp out in the rain and mud with a bunch of bored reporters? The President snubbing Cindy Sheehan made her a celebrity and her organization, Gold Star Mothers for Peace, a potential power. If this grows [...]

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