The big lie

 Posted by at 20:42  Politics
Jun 302005
 

Melanie Phillips:

As I have noted on innumerable occasions, none of this evidence is cast-iron. But there is so much of it, it is simply not credible that Saddam had no links with al Qaeda, even if he was not personally involved in 9/11. And as for his links with other terror outfits, this is indisputable. Saddam�s Iraq was the principal training ground for Islamic terrorism.

The anti-western left has, over the course of history, fallen time after time for the propaganda of murderous tyrants who offered a handy platform for bashing the home society by providing the alibi of conscience. The investment of personal, political and moral identity that this represents is so immense that after a short while such gullible dupes are simply incapable of recognising reality even when it stares them in the face.

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(The picture shows Donald Rumsfeld, special envoy to President Ronald Reagan, meeting with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in December of 1983.)

Ironical (<-Bushism), huh?

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Straw men

 Posted by at 16:02  Politics
Jun 302005
 

Molly Ivins…

AUSTIN, Texas — The first thing I ever learned about politics was never to let anyone else define what you believe, or what you are for or against. I think for myself.

I am not “you liberals” or “you people on the left who always…” My name is Molly Ivins, and I can speak for myself, thank you. I don’t need Rush Limbaugh or Karl Rove to tell me what I believe.

Setting up a straw man, calling it liberal and then knocking it down has become a favorite form of “argument” for those on the right. Make some ridiculous claim about what “liberals” think, and then demonstrate how silly it is. Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly and many other right-wing ravers never seem to get tired of this old game. If I had a nickel for every idiotic thing I’ve ever heard those on the right claim “liberals” believe, I’d be richer than Bill Gates.


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Freedom and equality

 Posted by at 11:16  Lifestyle
Jun 302005
 

Spain OKs Gay Marriage

MADRID, Spain (AP) – Parliament legalized gay marriage Thursday, defying conservatives and clergy who opposed making traditionally Roman Catholic Spain the third country to allow same-sex unions nationwide. Jubilant gay activists blew kisses to lawmakers after the vote.

The measure passed the 350-seat Congress of Deputies by a vote of 187 to 147. The bill, part of the ruling Socialists’ aggressive agenda for social reform, also lets gay couples adopt children and inherit each others’ property…

The Netherlands and Belgium are the only other two countries that allow gay marriage nationwide. Canada’s House of Commons passed legislation Tuesday that would legalize gay marriage; its Senate is expected to pass the bill into law by the end of July.

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero noted this in debate before the vote.

“We were not the first, but I am sure we will not be the last. After us will come many other countries, driven, ladies and gentlemen, by two unstoppable forces: freedom and equality,” he told the chamber.

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Never give up

 Posted by at 11:25  Politics
Jun 292005
 

Some people simply refuse to give up. The term “wingnut” is not strong enough for them. Even when presented with the evidence, they continue to cling to their false beliefs.

GOP lawmaker: Saddam linked to 9/11

NEW YORK (CNN) — A Republican congressman from North Carolina told CNN on Wednesday that the “evidence is clear” that Iraq was involved in the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001.

“Saddam Hussein and people like him were very much involved in 9/11,” Rep. Robin Hayes said.

Told no investigation had ever found evidence to link Saddam and 9/11, Hayes responded, “I’m sorry, but you must have looked in the wrong places.”

Hayes, the vice chairman of the House subcommittee on terrorism, said legislators have access to evidence others do not.

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said that Saddam was a dangerous man, but when asked about Hayes’ statement, would not link the deposed Iraqi ruler to the terrorist attacks on New York, the Pentagon and Pennsylvania.

“I haven’t seen compelling evidence of that,” McCain, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told CNN.

On Tuesday night, President Bush mentioned the September 11 attacks five times during his address on the war in Iraq, prompting criticism from congressional Democrats.

Now, Bart Simpson, I want you to write 500 times on the blackboard: “Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.”

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Canada legalizes marriage

 Posted by at 08:46  Lifestyle
Jun 292005
 

Canada Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Canada’s House of Commons voted today to legalize gay marriage, passing landmark legislation that would grant all same-sex couples in Canada the same legal rights as those in traditional unions between a man and a woman.

The bill passed as expected, despite opposition from Conservatives and religious leaders. The legislation drafted by Prime Minister Paul Martin’s minority Liberal Party government was also expected to easily pass through the Senate and become federal law by the end of July.

The United States will one day catch up, though I don’t expect it will happen in my lifetime.

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Today’s must read

 Posted by at 14:18  Politics
Jun 282005
 

Today’s must read column is by E. J. Dionne Jr. of The Washington Post:

The New McCarthyism

In the 1950s the right wing attacked liberals as being communists. In 2005 Karl Rove has attacked liberals as being therapists. Thus is born a kinder and gentler form of McCarthyism.

Named after the late Sen. Joe McCarthy, who never let the facts get in the way of his lust to charge liberals with sedition, McCarthyism has come to mean “guilt by association.” What gave McCarthyism its power was the fact that the senator from Wisconsin did not invent the danger posed to the United States by Soviet communism. The Soviet Union was a real threat, and there were real communist spies working in America.

What made McCarthy and his allies so insidious was their eagerness to level the “soft on communism” charge against even staunchly anticommunist liberals. One of them was Secretary of State Dean Acheson, an architect of Harry Truman’s tough policy of containing Soviet power. In the 1952 presidential campaign, Richard Nixon pounded Democratic nominee Adlai Stevenson for earning a “PhD from Dean Acheson’s College of Cowardly Communist Containment.”

The McCarthyites’ real enemies were not communists but the New Deal liberals who had dominated U.S. politics for 20 years. The McCarthy crowd was willing to divide the nation at a time of grave international peril if that’s what it took to beat the liberals.

Rove’s instantly famous speech last week to the New York State Conservative Party should be read in light of this history and not be written off as a cheap, one-time partisan attack. On the contrary, the address by Rove, President Bush’s most important adviser, provides the outlines of a sophisticated strategy aimed at making liberals and Democrats all look soft on terrorism…

Respectable opinion treats Rove’s speech as just another partisan flap. It’s much more. It’s the reincarnation of a style of politics that turns political opponents into traitors or dupes who are soft on the nation’s enemies. Welcome back to the ’50s.

Click on the headline to read the full column, then think about it tonight as you watch The Pretend President once again spout his lies about his illegal and unnecessary invasion of Iraq.

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That is, if you watch. You don’t really need to. You’ve heard it all before. Same old same old.

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Monuments

 Posted by at 12:33  Politics
Jun 272005
 

Texas Commandments display OK

WASHINGTON – A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that Texas can keep its granite monument of the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the State Capitol, but ruled that displays of the commandments at two courthouses in Kentucky are unconstitutional endorsements of religion.

�Of course, the Ten Commandments are religious _ they were so viewed at their inception and so remain. The monument, therefore, has religious significance,” Chief Justice William Rehnquist wrote for the narrow 5-4 majority in the Texas case.

I have nothing against religious monuments on public lands — as long as every religion who wants to erect one is allowed to do so. I hope the Court is not saying that Christians have “special rights” in this country — you know, like heterosexuals.

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’tis to laugh

 Posted by at 15:49  Politics
Jun 252005
 

“the dimmest of dimwit lefties”

“our pea-brained leftists”

“knee-jerk idiots”

Those love-filled phrases all come from one entry posted by this radical right-wing blogger. Shortly after reading them, I read this post by another right-winger asking “When will the hate end?” He accuses the left of being the ones filled with hate.

Transference, I believe it’s called. I also believe it is discussed in most first year psychology courses.

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