Saturday, April 17, 2004

I'm for lean government, I'm against waste, against padding bills with pork, I'm for a strong military to protect America and democracy against foreign threats, so I have no choice. I have to be a liberal. Republicans say they're for the aforementioned, yet supported Saddam with weapons and cash in the eighties, government size and powers have historically expanded under conservatives, conservatives pork is a runaway elephant compared to the backpack donkey pork of Democrats. Liberals have too many ideas, they are frequently too hard on their own, but liberals don't crush their own. If liberals pushed for the kind of idealogical purity that neo-con conservatives push for, there wouldn't be a Democratic party. As recent events have shown, Democrats represent a fairly deverse contingent of the American people; from Dean liberals, to middle ground of Wesley Clark, Dick Gephart, and John Kerry, to the rightist foreign policies of Joe Leiberman. Occassionally you'll hear a hypocritical conservative talk about the lack of civil political discourse on the left; to those I would suggest you look at your own party first. In the current incarnation of conservatism, ideaologic purity has become more important then embracing the ideas generated by inter-party diversity, God help any Republican that dares deviant from the Whitehouse and theocratic right's script. McCain is a party man to be sure, yet is at odds with Republican theocrats. We will probably not see the likes of McCain again if the Republican party keeps pushing hard right. Finally, you know that the Republican party is full throttle hard right when Arlen Specter of all people isn't considered conservative enough. Where are some future centrist Democrats going to come from? The disenfrenchised moderate Republicans. The GOP Hunts Its Own

Friday, April 16, 2004

There's a movie whose name I can't recall right now, where one of the characters says something about how occassionally, just occassionally sports can lift us up to a higher place. Maybe a place where our dreams exceed our grasp, where someone reaches out and achieves something special both for themselves and remarkably for the rest of us too. It's April 15: Think Jackie Robinson, not taxes | csmonitor.com

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

via the comments over at BAD ATTITUDES, a profile of Republican Tom Delay who doesn't think teachers live in the real world.Uh huh

I guess the best part was when the teachers suggested that maybe the economy could use some help. Tom was shocked, shocked I tell you. He puffed himself up like a little banty rooster prissed, “Well, I don’t know what world you live in but this economy has never been better ……” I didn’t hear the rest because people were howling with laughter. I mean, really howling.

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

from Larry C. Johnson is a member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. He served with the CIA from 1985 through 1989 and worked in the State Department's office of Counter Terrorism from 1989 through 1993. He also is a registered Republican who contributed financially to the Bush Campaign in 2000.
"I wrote about 40 PDB's during my four-year tenure at the CIA. This particular PDB article was written in response to a presidential request. I am told that Bush's request was a reaction to the intelligence warnings he was hearing during the daily CIA morning briefings. Something caught his attention and awakened his curiosity. He reportedly asked the CIA to come back with its assessment of Bin Laden's intentions. The CIA answered the question – Bin Laden was targeting the United States."

Sperm count and country living, one of my favorite subjects. ENN News Story - Country living may be hazardous to men's fertility

Sunday, April 11, 2004

Why was I an artist when I was 5 and now I couldn't create original art if my life depended on it? A few people grow up and don't lose that their creativity.
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