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Sailing and Politics

( Politics andSailing )

You would think that sailors shouldn’t be affected by politics from a state that has no coastline. Granted, Pennsylvania does have a major port in Philadelphia, but that is on a river, not the ocean. Pennsylvania’s Senator Rick Santorum has proposed closing down public access to NOAA and the NOAA provided weather information, including the […]

More Disturbing Developments

This is a collection of disturbing developments. Some point towards increasing fascism under neo-conservatives, and others point out continuing incompetence in the new regime.

Things Must Be Getting Bad

I read quite a few blogs, and Tim Bray, over at ongoing, generally doesn’t comment on politics or the “War Against Fundamentalism”. His recent post Political Wisdom leads me to believe things are getting pretty bad. Tim says: Like I’ve said before, I was in favor of taking down Saddam. But the crumbling tower of […]

Republicans Misbehaving

Here are a collection of short posts that all seem to have a common thread—Republicans misbehaving. Whether it is lying, intimidation, spying, breaking the law, or stealing, it all seems to point to a definite lack of moral values by the party of the Moral Majority. How sad. Even worse is that the American people continue to allow such behavior to continue endlessly.

King George Revisited

George W. Bush has been President for a little over five years. He has yet to exercise his right to veto laws passed by Congress. This week, he has finally threatened to use his power of veto, and what is he planning on vetoing? A law which would prevent a company based in the United Arab Emirates, a known haven of terrorism, from taking over control of six major American ports.

Fascism—America Style, Part II

Another update on fascism under the Bush regime. More information on problems with electronic voting machines in Florida from the 2004 election can be seen here. Given all the inconsistencies that have been found with the electronic voting machines in Florida and the security issues found in the Ohio-based Diebold electronic voting machines, it seems quite likely that the authenticity of the Presidential Election results in 2004 is highly questionable. Looks like fascism is very much alive and well in the United States of Bush & Co.

What Really Happened on 9/11

As more time has passed, the official government story about September 11, 2001 seems to be less and less plausible. The video clip I posted earlier and Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 are among the many questioning the actual events of September 11, 2001, and the Bush regime’s connection to the various individuals involved. Even some members of our Congress are questioning the official story.

Force-feeding Prisoners

Apparently, the Bush regime has decided that force-feeding prisoners at Guantanamo is allowed. The New York Times reported on nearly eighty prisoners going on hunger strikes earlier this month. The most probably reason for the force-feeding of prisoners is that the Bush regime is afraid that the prisoners will become martyrs if they should die […]

BYU Professor Questions 9/11

( News andPolitics andThoughts )

Over at Homeland Stupidity, there’s a post about Brigham Young University Steven Jones. Jones is asking for a special investigation to see if the World Trade Center buildings were brought down by explosions in a controlled demolition. More questions and information about what really happened on September 11, 2001 can be seen in this video.

Miscellaneous Links

( Mac andMisc. andNews andPolitics andReligion andSecurity andStupidity andTech andThoughts )

Here are a series of stories that I thought were worth reading, but I don’t believe warrant a post of their own. Some are related to previous posts, and I will try to link them back to the related posts.

Truth and the Bush Regime

( News andPolitics andRants andThoughts )

Apparently, there is nothing the Bush regime can tell the truth about. If the Bush administration is going to such lengths to cover up a simple hunting accident, one must really ask what else are they covering up, and to what lengths are they willing to go to do so? It would seem that the TRUTH is one of the casualties of the Bush regime’s “War on Fundamentalism”.

Republican Corruption

( Events andPolitics andRants andThoughts )

The Republican Party has gotten rid of Tom DeLay, in the fears that someone tainted by money laundering charges, and who embodies corruption and other ethical problems may reflect negatively on the party in the upcoming elections. There is a good article on his replacement, John Boehner, and some of his past activities over at […]

My Take on Republicans

I recently had a conversation with a woman about politics. She is a Republican, and I am not. Whether I am still a Democrat really has more to do with whether the party can get its head out of its collective rear and find a spine, more than my political and social beliefs. I don’t […]

A Different Take on September 11, 2001

I saw this video because of a post on h2uh0, and wanted to share it with my blog readers. The video takes a different perspective on the events of September 11, 2001, and comes up with a strong case for a conspiracy. While, I don’t agree with some of what is in the video, and […]

A Sane Response to Terrorism

Wandering the internet, I came across an article with an excellent and sane response to terrorists and terrorism. America could learn alot from this. My thanks to Emergent Chaos for the link.

Fascism—American Style

I recently read an article that pointed me to Dr. Lawrence Britt’s essay on the Fourteen Defining Characteristics of Fascism. Now let’s take a look at each of Britt’s fourteen points, and how America, in 2006, under the Bush Presidency regime is faring.

NASA vs. the Bush Regime

Score one for the side of truth, ethics and science. Apparently, GWB’s politically appointed toady, George C. Deutsch, has resigned according to this article over at New York Times. While NASA won’t disclose the reasons for his resignation, the fact that George (Deutsch, not Bush) lied about graduating from Texas A & M University has […]

Another Take On Islam

If the Moslem doesn’t feel that they need to do anything about the fundamentalist fanatics…then why should the rest of the world respect the Moslem community, or treat them as other than the irrational supporters of terrorism that they are becoming in fact.

Editorial Cartoons

Editorial cartoons have been in the news quite a bit recently. The main furor is over the Danish newspaper depictions of the Islamic prophet Mohammed, which can be seen here. The reactions of the Islamic fundamentalists has been a bit extreme, but not surprisingly so, given that they are Islamic fundamentalists. What is worrying is the reactions of other, non-Islamic groups, like the Vatican, which has called the cartoons a “unacceptable provocation”; CNN, which has in its cowardice, refused to even show the cartoons in question; and our own government, which has denounced the publication of cartoons that incite religious or ethnic hatred. The Hammer of Truth blog makes these points quite well.

Religions of Peace?

A Stitch in Haste has an excellent, if pointed, series of articles on Islam, and whether it is a “Religion of Peace”. Given the current controversy, where the Islamic fundamentalists are denouncing the Scandinavian countries based on a series of a dozen political cartoons, and have resulted in Islamic attacks on some of the Scandinavian […]

Real Security

There’s a very good post over at Not Bad For A Cubicle on Airport Security. He is one of the few that I have seen writing on the subject who realizes that most of the highly visible security measures that have been implemented in the United States are also among the least effective. He also […]

Plame Investigation E-mails Lost

( News andPolitics andThoughts )

Yahoo news has an article on how some of the e-mails related to the Valerie Plame investigation against Vice President Cheney’s former chief of staff are missing. That key e-mails, specifically related to the investigation, were not archived strikes me as very suspicious. My favorite quote from the article is from Steve Aftergood, director of […]

More Conservative Stupidity

( News andPolitics andStupidity )

Oklahoma Republican State Representative Lisa J. Billy has proposed a bill that would redefine nudity and sex; favor certain businesses over less morally acceptable ones; and limit the First Amendment rights of those less morally acceptable businesses.

Health Care and Morality

There’s an article over at the Washington Post about health care workers and new legislation which will allow them assert their religious values and not provide services which they find morally objectionable.

State of the Union

Last night was the annual State of the Union address by the President. In this case it was given by GWB, the current Commander in Thief Chief.

RFID Passport Security

Technology, being used for technology’s sake, rarely is effective, unless it is done with a thorough understanding of the underlying issues and requirements. That is not the case here. RFID technology is not a technological panacea that will make national security or identifying the bad guys easier, unless it is properly used. In fact, it is more likely to make national security, especially for our citizens abroad, far lower, and make them more easily identifiable by the bad guys.

Republicans & Corruption

( News andPolitics andStupidity )

Apparently, the Republican party is corrupt at the state level as well as the federal level. Given the state of the current Republican leadership, and how much of it is current either under indictment or investigation, this isn’t all that surprising.

Third World Economy

( Essays andNews andPolitics andRants andSecurity andThoughts )

Well, glad to say that GWB did not disappoint (see my previous post). The government of the United States is officially in default. They’ve exceeded the debt ceiling of $8.18 trillion dollars, and are now at $8.19 trillion dollars, as noted in the Homeland Stupidity blog. Of course, what would you expect from a man […]

No News About GWB

( News andPolitics andThoughts )

I was chatting with a friend over AIM earlier today, saying how I was wondering what to write about for my blog. Normally, GWB or his administration does something incredibly stupid, either with foreign policy or domestically, and then I have something to write about. But for the last few days… nothing… Probably a good […]

The TSA and National Security

I was reading Bruce Schneier’s blog and he had an article on a man who was on the Transportation Security Administration’s no-fly list. The person was detained and had his passport confiscated upon his return to Canada. The strange part in this story is he never set foot in the United States, having flown from […]