I believe

 Posted by at 16:23  Politics
Feb 282005
 

In the previous post I kind of ridiculed right-wing bloggers for always mocking what the other side believes but never coming out and saying what they themselves believe. I think if you spend any time reading this blog, you will come away with a pretty good idea of what I believe. For those who don’t want to invest that amount of time, I’ll present here a brief synopsis…

  • I believe in the separation of church and state. Religion belongs in church, not in our public schools or any of our public buildings. I also believe that a religion should automatically lose its tax exempt status the moment it becomes involved in politics in any way.
  • I believe in fiscally responsible government. Pay as you go. The huge deficits and out of control spending by the current administration are ridiculous and shameful. It is not right for one generation to create debt for future generations.
  • I believe government should be truthful. I believe we were purposely lied into the invasion of Iraq, and I believe that those who lied should be criminally prosecuted and held responsible for their crimes.
  • I believe in equal rights and equal protection under the law for all citizens of this country, regardless of race, religion, creed or sexual orientation.
  • I personally do not like abortion, but I believe women should have control of their own bodies. A decision like abortion is one that should be made by a woman with the assistance of her chosen health care professional. Government has no role to play in that decision.

And…

  • I do not believe that George W. Bush has any business being president of these United States. He simply is not qualified and does not possess the intelligence or the judgment required by the position. He is a spoiled frat boy who has been handed everything in life on a silver platter. “Incompetent imbecile” is a phrase I have used often in these pages to describe him. I’ll stand by that.

There is of course much, much more. These are but a few of things that this “crazy liberal” believes. I trust you have been somewhat enlightened.

From the right

 Posted by at 13:35  Politics
Feb 272005
 

Time spent at right-wing weblogs has led me to this definition:

Right-wing conservative: A person who is very good at explaining what (he thinks) the other side believes, but has considerable difficulty when asked to explain what he himself believes.

Seriously. Think about it. Almost every rightie blog you happen upon will contain an explanation, if not several explanations, of what Democrats, Liberals or Lefties believe. You could read the entire blog and never find out what its author believes, though. The right-wing conservative is well trained in the art of putting down and ridiculing the beliefs of others, but never seems to be able to explain his or her own beliefs.

There is one other sure-fire way to know that you have landed on a wingnut’s website — lately, they all seem to be related to Terri Schindler-Schiavo.

Why do you think that is?

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Health care crisis

 Posted by at 01:06  Politics
Feb 262005
 

George W. Bush would do a much better job of serving the citizens of this country were he to focus his energies on a crisis that exists today — health care — rather than a crisis that may come into existence in 30 to 50 years — Social Security.

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I’m a believer.

We received a copy of the hospital bill for my little adventure a couple of weeks ago. Total charges were over $80,000.00. Just for the hospital. This does not include the bills from the physicians who tended to me, and I am sure that cardiologists do not work cheap. It isn’t over yet, either, as we are still fighting the infection I managed to pick up while in the hospital.

Thankfully, we have health insurance that will cover nearly all of these bills. Can you imagine the state we’d be in if we didn’t? A lot of people are in that state.

So, why doesn’t George forget about making his Wall Street buddies rich for a while and work on a real crisis?

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He’s back

 Posted by at 08:21  Politics
Feb 252005
 

George went to Europe. He stayed for five days. He’s back now. From all reports, he somehow managed not to embarrass us too badly.

He explained democracy to Vladimir (that’s President Putin, of Russia, but George only uses first names when referring to international leaders)…

Bush challenged Putin about his government’s behavior, saying democracies reflect a country’s customs and culture but must have “a rule of law and protection of minorities, a free press and a viable political opposition.” (source)

It is good that George seems to be aware of what we used to have in the United States. This bodes well for the hope that we may one day have it again.

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Odd numbers

 Posted by at 14:00  Politics
Feb 242005
 

No conspiracy theorist, and no fan of John Kerry?s, the author nevertheless found the Ohio polling results impossible to swallow: Given what happened in that key state on Election Day 2004, both democracy and common sense cry out for a court-ordered inspection of its new voting machines.

Go read Ohio’s Odd Numbers by Christopher Hitchins. It’s from the March issue of Vanity Fair.

I know the 2004 election is history and I know that George W. Bush won and that we are stuck with the incompetent imbecile for another four years, but things happened in Ohio on November 2, 2004 that should not have happened. It should be everybody’s business to ensure that things like these are not allowed to happen in any election in the future.

I could go on and on, appealing to your love of democracy and all, but I don’t believe I will. Just go read the article.

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Indimidation?

 Posted by at 02:53  Politics
Feb 242005
 

Author Regrets Secretly Taping Bush Talks

WASHINGTON Feb 23, 2005 ? An old friend of President Bush who secretly recorded their private conversations and released them to the media said he has regrets and is turning the tapes over to Bush.

Doug Wead allowed journalists to hear and broadcast the tapes in the past week as he promoted his new book on presidential parents. But he said he canceled plans to be on “Hardball” on MSNBC Tuesday night to talk about his regrets because “it would only add to the distraction I have caused to the president’s important and historic work.”

“Contrary to a statement that I made to the New York Times, I have come to realize that personal relationships are more important than history,” Wead wrote in a letter to the show’s host, Chris Matthews, that MSNBC released to the public on Wednesday. “I am asking my attorney to direct any future proceeds from the book to charity and to find the best way to vet these tapes and get them back to the president to whom they belong. History can wait.”

It really makes you wonder what the Bush mob has on this guy.

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Annoy a Liberal

 Posted by at 02:42  Politics
Feb 242005
 

You know those bothersome little ads that are popping up on more and more weblogs these days? Well, sometimes they can be kind of fun…

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I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling just a bit annoyed from looking at that picture! Looks like she’s all loaded up and ready to go catch herself a Republican, doesn’t it?

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Lack of contact

 Posted by at 21:36  General
Feb 232005
 

I apologize that my posting has not been up to standards recently. I am somewhat focused on myself right now. I’m working on changing that.

It seems that I came home from the hospital last week with an infection in my right arm. Take my word for it – if you have any desire to remain healthy, stay far, far away from hospitals. It also seems that the only way to clear this infection is an intravenous infusion of antibiotics, twice per day, two hours each time.

I returned to the hospital this morning to have a PICC line inserted. Immediately following this, a nurse administered the first infusion while at the same time educating me on the process. Since I had no desire to visit the hospital twice per day, two hours each visit, I will be doing the infusions myself at home. In point of fact, it is running right now. This will go on for a week, at which time my situation will be “reevaluated.”

Do I really need to mention that I am developing a strong dislike of hospitals?

In the meantime, I hope you’re keeping us with this whole Jeff Gannon affair at AMERICAblog. It’s just another excellent example of how perfectly inept this administration is, but the “cloak and dagger” aspect of it all is kind of fun.

I’ll work on getting back up to speed.

And to top everything off, BlogClicker took it upon themselves to replace their cute little images with this…

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They did not consult with me prior to making this change. People, you need to start consulting with me before making these life-altering changes. What do you think I am here for? Dang it all anyway.

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Dean = Trouble

 Posted by at 10:05  Politics
Feb 222005
 

Reed Davis is an associate professor of political science at Seattle Pacific University. He ran for the GOP nomination to the U.S. Senate last year, and is a former chairman of the King County Republican Party. In this op-ed for The Seattle Times he explains why Republicans are foolish to dismiss Howard Dean so lightly…

Why triple-talented Dean spells trouble for Republicans

Now that Howard Dean has ascended to the chairmanship of the Democrat National Committee, Republicans are high-fiving one another with such mad glee that you’d think Democrats had just nominated Dennis Kucinich to run in 2008. The GOP needs to sit back down, recork the champagne and get back to work. Whether they know it or not, Republicans need to understand that Dean spells trouble for the Republican Party. Big trouble.

Republicans may think that the nomination of Dean is hysterically funny ? a scream, in fact, as George Will recently put it ? but they are deluding themselves if they think Dean is nothing more than a wild-eyed ideologue with a temper and a cult following.

Click on the headline to read the entire column.

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