Proud Extremist

The good Reverend Gisher recently awarded us an Extremist rating, and we're very proud. It may not be apparent from our writings, but we're really much less extreme than we appear. By disposition, we're a mixed bag.

We're Libertarian in our opposition to intrusions on freedoms or personal rights. The power of a democracy flows from how it treats its most undesirable elements. It's easy to celebrate diversity, it's harder to support free speech for the KKK. Democracy is a tough nut that's made for cracking.

On social policy we're<href="">liberal, but usually give wide latitude to compromise and more conservative notions. For example, we understand that religious people might feel threatened, but we don't think a compromise that allows them to quash non-religious thought or someone else's religion serves anyone - including them. We're also not a big fan of political correctness, in either policy or speech. For the world to function, everyone needs to grow another layer or two of thicker skin. Not everything is an intentional attack fraught with racism, sexism, or any other ism.

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Don't Let the Door Hit You in the Ass on the Way Out

Since our recent post about generals speaking out on Rummy's gross incompetence, several other generals have joined the group bitch-slap. The generals' say Rummy is arrogant, ignorant of military doctrine and tradition, and apt to decide poorly at critical moments. While the recent comments haven't dwelled much on Rumsfeld's "restructuring" of the military, it's well-known that he gets a bad rap from them on that score as well.

With the number of pissed off generals at six and counting, the Error-in-Chief now feels the need to defend his SecDef. His statement of solidarity with Rummy was the usual corn-fed mix of platitude and humble thanks. Something along the lines of, "He's just what we need at a time like this. He has served his country well and I have complete confidence in his abilities". But. what wasn't said will come from the White House any day now, "Rummy, don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out."

Bush's puppy-like loyalty to his staff is legendary and completely undeserved. He has a history of standing behind cronies long-past the point when a sane person would boot them (Exhibit A: Karl Rove), but his loyalty lasts only as long as he can get away with not doing anything. Case in point, Harriet Miers.

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Do not buy products from these Republican contributors.

Join the campaign for progressive legislation

Please do not buy products from these Republican contributors.

The Republican Party appears weak and vulnerable at the cash registers of the companies that give money to the Republican Party.

I have seen that many people do not want to call companies and tell them why they will boycott these companies and ask for a progressive agenda, so then you can just avoid buying from these companies and spread the word. I will tell the Speaker of the House and the Senate majority leader and the CEOs of these companies listed below that their profits will silently lessen until an agenda listed below gets acceded to by the Republican Party in a press conference and then passed by congress and signed by the pResident. So just do this and I will do the rest of the work for you. You have no petitions to sign, no phone calls to make, just stop buying products from these Republican contributors and to tell others as well to stop. Thank you.

Do not buy from Dell Computers, Walmart, Wendy's, Outback Steak House, Dominos Pizza, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Eckerd, CVS and Walgreens, Curves for women health clubs, General Electric and Exxon/Mobil.

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The Easiest Way

...The house of cards built by our modern day politicians has reached its pinnacle of weakness. It founded itself on the shifting sands of half-truths (half-lies.) Any mason can tell you: "weaken the mortar and build a disaster." Now the challenge stands ready. A knife fight between the citizens of the United States that love their country as it once was and those that dare lie to deceive it and abuse it is in the making. The weapon of the lowly citizen? The keenly sharp knife of truth. This weapon is the fear and dread of the bloated, flabby, fatted politician....

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Bush. It Depends How You Define The Word "Leak" ©

In July 2003, there was no investigation. Republicans postured this was not an issue of national importance.  Journalist and bloggist David Corn of The Nation postulated it just might be.  This essayist compared the cries for an investigation of Clinton and the possible misuse of files to those not heard when the Bush administration was the charge.  In 2003, the public was assured this was not a significant occurrence.  However, its prominence grew.  Bloggers made sure of this.

There was talk; Valerie Plame did not fit the definition of a covert agent. After all, she was working in the States at the time her name was revealed.  Ah, the diversion.  Yet, many were not sidetracked.  They were focused.  Bush and his boys had baited the hook; yet, the blog-fish did not bite.  Traditional journalist wavered. The media waters were choppy.

Bush barely bothered to enter the discussion. Actually, he avoided it.  Initially, the President said that did not think much of the situation.  He was quite blasé.  However, that too changed.  By February 11, 2004, the President was adamant. He said, "I want to know the truth. "If there's a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is." 

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