Monday :: Aug 29, 2005

Praising Arizona

by pessimist

It is clear to me that the spirit of True Conservative Barry Goldwater is walking the state whispering into the ears of those conservatives who still have functioning cranial organs. How can I tell? The Arizona Daily Star publicly declared: No more Ann Coulter!

We've decided that syndicated columnist Ann Coulter has worn out her welcome. Many readers find her shrill, bombastic and mean-spirited - and those are the words used by readers who identified themselves as conservatives.

Watch out, Yore Hindness! It looks like something more than your approval ratings are slipping! Could it be that your hold over the Red Staters isn't quite as secure as you once thought? It could explain why your minion Marion Robertson was unable to rouse the radical religious Republican rabble into attacking Hugo Chavez!

Another sign that you are losing control of events is showing up in the Congress. In the Senate, Virginia Republican Senator John Warner will ask Rumsfeld to testify to the Armed Services Committee on Iraq. He plans on asking a very pertinent question:

"Our nation has given so much to the Iraqi people, and what are they giving us in return?"

Even lapdog South Dakota Republican John Thune can't hold the truth back. Appearing on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, Thune admitted there is 'a certain amount of fatigue' among the public with events in Iraq:

"When we hear the news of casualties, people in this country don't want to hear that."

Maybe they aren't hearing what they WANT to hear. Maybe what they want is an END to the deaths, dumbkopf?

But I digress.

Over in Tom DeLay's House, Iowa Republican Jim Leach is joining those calling for answers concerning the Downing Street Memos, as well as confronting Homeland Security by insisting that the National security budget must be curbed before national debt can be controlled.

Blasphemy! What will those Wahhabi Saudi 'relatives' of King George say when they hear that Jim Leach said:

"The greatest American foreign policy mistake in the 1990s was developing bases in Saudi Arabia. Sept. 11 was committed not by Iraqis, but largely by Saudis."

If we went to war to fight the 'terrists' over there so we wouldn't have to fight them here, why are our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan?

Shouldn't we be treating them better than to ship them off to Afghanistan so they can't contest a demotion and a loss of job - both violations of the law?

Soldier learns he's on 'hit list'

Reverberations from the notorious Transportation Cabinet employee "hit list" have been felt halfway around the world.

Jim Covany, former director of the Cabinet's division that manages state vehicles, landed on the April 18 memo under the category "completed actions" with a notation that he had accepted a "voluntary demotion." Just four days before the memo was written, Covany, a major in the Kentucky National Guard, received new orders: He was to head out with his unit to Afghanistan.

And that's where he was earlier this summer, leading an eight-member team assigned to train Afghan battalions, when he got word that the "hit list" considered him to be demoted.

Transportation Cabinet spokeswoman Shaunee Lynch said Friday the Cabinet will have a position at the same pay, same grade and with the same general duties for him when he returns from his military service, which complies with U.S. laws regarding called up guardsman and reservists.

Covany's former post in charge of fleet management, however, was filled in June.
Covany said of [Kentucky Republican Governor Ernie] Fletcher. "Among other things, they were more concerned with getting Republicans in positions than placing the best qualified people in positions."

That is the heart of the ongoing probe into state personnel practices. A special grand jury has indicted nine former or current administration officials. The so-called "hit list" has become a key piece of evidence. It included 10 names of rank-and-file merit employees who were to be reassigned or fired and outlined details about their political affiliations. State law bars officials from hiring or firing those classified merit employees based solely on politics.

Covany, a registered Democrat, said he knows that as an non-merit appointee, the "administration could let me go at any time." But it shouldn't be because of politics, he added. That, he says, is why people lose faith in public officials. "As far as I'm concerned both political parties are an embarrassment to the Commonwealth," he wrote in his e-mail interview.

Maybe he's ready to join a campaign for a real third political choice in America?

"Both parties are more concerned about special interests and hidden agendas than they are good government."

Another sign that sanity may be returning to America is the news that Nebraska's conservative Republican legislators helped override Republican Governor Dave Heineman's veto of a bill that would restore voting rights to felons after a waiting period. Iowa's Democratic Governor Tom Vilsack did something similar by executive order.

Your vindictive 'law and order' stance isn't the only thing the public is trampling on, George. Economic policies similar to your 'borrow and spend' war funding are ruining one of America's wealthiest Republican cities - San Diego.

The truth is, San Diegans are not taxed to death – certainly not in comparison to residents of other large cities. A San Diego Union-Tribune analysis shows that people here pay less to city government than people in most large California cities, despite having relatively higher incomes.
"This isn't rocket science. You can't continue to add services and not have revenues for them," says Jack McGrory, a former city manager.

The same goes for the costs of your wars, George. It also goes for staffing your armies. Your Topper $upporter$ aren't interested in supplying IED fodder:

Military's Recruiting Troubles Extend to Affluent War Supporters

There has been much talk about the relationship between race and ethnicity and military recruitment. But what about social and economic class? Are wealthier Americans, who are more likely to be Republicans and therefore more likely to support the war, stepping up to the plate and urging their children and others from their communities to enlist?
It appears that the affluent are not encouraging their children and peers to join the war effort on the battlefield.
Staff Sgt. Jason Rivera, a Marine recruiter, went to an affluent suburb outside of Pittsburgh to follow up with a young man who had expressed interest in enlisting. He pulled up to a house with American flags displayed in the yard. The mother came to the door in an American flag T-shirt and openly declared her support for the troops.

But she made it clear that her support only went so far.

"Military service isn't for our son," she told Rivera. "It isn't for our kind of people."

Is that Massachusetts Republican Governor Mitt Romneys' excuse as well?

Mitt backs war, but his boys are safe at home

[NOTE: Italics are in the original headline. I didn't add them.]

Gov. Mitt Romney, who has comforted the grieving loved ones of soldiers killed in Iraq and promoted National Guard recruitment, yesterday said he has not urged his own sons to enlist - and isn't sure whether they would. "No, I have not urged my own children to enlist.I don't know the status of my childrens' potentially enlisting in the Guard and Reserve," Romney said, his voice tinged with anger.

A couple of years ago, that would have been that - if it was all that much. But today?

A growing number of Republicans have begun to voice concern over the mounting American deaths, but Romney has been a stalwart backer of Bush's position, which is to remain in Iraq until a stable democracy is in place - even if it takes years.

"The governor shouldn't be so pro-war if his own boys haven't decided to go," said Alma Hart of Bedford, whose only son, Army Private First Class John D. Hart was killed in Iraq in 2003

Nancy Lessin, a spokeswoman for Military Families Speak Out, said if Romney aspires to be president he should consider the sacrifice made by Franklin D. Roosevelt, the father of four sons all of whom enlisted in World War II. "This is just one more politician who is willing to risk the lives of our loved ones and celebrate sending them off into a war that we never should have in," Lessin said.

This assumes that the Sons of Romney would even consider joining King George's Uncle Sam's Club. They might instead be chickenhawk hypocrites like these guys:

Operation Yellow Elephant

I finally decided to participate in Operation Yellow Elephant, and I think I successfully ticked off the republicans a bit. I went to their callout and spent a few minutes trying to recruit soldiers for Iraq after the meeting; unfortunately, they had a BOUNCER at their callout, who decided to shut me down.

Watch the video. [MOV]

While the cracks in the Republican lock-step mechanism are becoming so visible that even the SCLM is taking notice, there is still that mob of Red State no-minds which believes that if Karl said it about George, they believe it and that settles it!

Useful dupes

Bush is still adored by 40% of the American people and more incredible is the fact that, though the American people are even less enamored with Congress than Bush, they continue to approve more of Republicans than Democrats. How can that be?

To be sure, there are those so consumed by the post-911 propaganda concerning "Jesus Bush" that FOX and Company could hold fecal matter beneath their nose, tell them to close their eyes and smell the roses and those people would, in their sick and warped minds, smell roses.

Part of it can be blamed on a media that shills for Republicans, like when Blitzer and others say, "The Iraq War is splitting Democrats..." while ignoring the ever-growing schism taking place in the Republican Party.

No, the Democratic Parties problem isn't all the fault or even 15% the fault of the media. When the propagandists at FOX and the likes of Limbaugh speak of do nothing, stand for nothing Democrats, people look around and see with their own eyes a do nothing and believe in nothing Democratic Party.

Matter of fact, what people see is a Party too afraid to stand for anything, and a Party that is way too busy trying to out-Republican the Republicans.
There is more, much more going on that demands an opposition voice...yet, if one were to put the Joe Biden's, the Hillary Clinton's, the Joe Lieberman's and 95% of the supposed Democratic Leadership in a room and listen to their debate on the issues, what would a person hear?

What one would hear this time of year, is the crickets chirping outside the gathering room!

There is a solution to this Democratic Party. It is simple and difficult. It sends chills down the spine of even the most Progressive. The solution is a new Party.

Yeah, but there aren't enough of us, we'll never make a difference! Two words: Cindy Sheehan.

Why have people stopped responding to the propagandists take on Bush and Iraq? Because the reality doesn't square with the rhetoric.

This country is crying out for someone to stand with them. To stand with them on Iraq. To stand with them on gas prices. To stand with them on health care. To stand with them on education. To stand with them on ending government corruption. To stand with them against the might of the corporation. To stand with them against religious extremists ripping their loved one's out of their beds. To stand with them and have their voices heard and to have their vote matter.

The people of America are crying out...crying out...and the Democratic Party doesn't...won't hear them. We can either continue to be their useful dupes or stand alone if need be, like Cindy Sheehan and fight for what we know to be right!

It appears to me that Republicans like John Warner and Jim Leach are hearing the voices of the people while GOP party hacks like Thune and Romney and Fletcher and Heineman and the Yellow Elephants and the Red Staters who still refuse to face facts try to shout down any opposition by sticking their fingers in their ears and shouting "La, la, la - I can't HEAR you!" at the top of their spoiled rotten Republican lungs.

What Would Barry Do?

Be very glad that Goldwater isn't around to do it. You Yellow Elephant 'conservative' chickenhawks wouldn't like it.

Not one little bit.

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