Archive for the ‘George W. Bush’ Category


Breaking the Back of America

22 November, 2009

Conservatives are the backbone of America.  Their respect for the Constitution of the United States, their respect for the laws of America, their respect for the President of the United States of America (whether they agree with his political views or not), their battles for equal rights for all humans, and their Christian ethics, including a sense of love and respect for all life are the epitome of exemplars of good old fashioned Americanism to which we should all aspire. Read the rest of this entry ?


Does Torture Work? Depends On Your Goal.

18 May, 2009

One of the earliest long posts I ever did was an anti-torture post (Three Cases to Consider).  I offered, for your consideration, three historical cases in which torture was used in order to force false confessions from medieval Jews accused of creating and spreading the Black Death, from accused witch Johannes Junius, and from a Syrian Jew named al-Hallaq who had been implicated in the disappearance of a Capuchin Monk.  In all three cases, they were forced to confess to impossibilities:  spreading the plague through poisoned wells, consorting with devils, and using Christian blood for Passover bread. Read the rest of this entry ?


The Ultimate Dummies Book

2 April, 2009

Obstructionism for Dummies.  Like they need it.

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The Republicans Set Up Obama

4 February, 2009

For the past quarter-century, by Presidential decree, it has been illegal to carry loaded concealed guns in America’s National Park sites (which include National Parks, Monuments, Historic Sites, Historical Sites, Rivers, Scenic Rivers, Seashores, Lakeshores, etc.).  This rule, revamped under the Reagan administration (ya’ll remember Reagan, right?  the darling of the neoconservative movement?  the patron saint of conservatism?) said that it was legal to have firearms in National Parks as long as they were stowed properly and unloaded.  However, under pressure from the NRA, the Bush administration pushed through, visitors to our National Parks can now carry loaded, concealed firearms (they are still not allowed to take them into federal buildings, such as visitor centers).  Read the rest of this entry ?


Bouncing Reality Off Of A Skull

22 November, 2008

A friend of mine firmly believes that the evil Democrats are stealing the senatorial election in Minnesota.  He claims that (a) demanding a recount will not let the voter’s vote count, that (b) the Democrat’s are trying to throw out every Republican voter’s ballot, and (c) that the U.S. Supreme Court declared recounts unconstitutional back in 2000.  My attempted answers (I say attempted because they bounced off of his thick skull like psi off of a Thennanin’s skull (and if you get that allusion, you are as much an sci-fi geek as I am (and yes, that is a complement))) (in reverse order)?  Read the rest of this entry ?


A Team Of Rivals Will Not Work

20 November, 2008

Since the election, there has been a constant drumbeat coming from right-wing blogs and the mainstream media.  This drumbeat tells President-elect Barrack Obama that he must govern from the center, that he must work closely with the radical Republicans, that he must work with the Republicans and avoid, under all circumstances, giving the American people that for which they voted.  Some liberal and progressive blogs are striking a similar tone.  Even the President-elect himself, during the campaign and after the election, has seemed to agree.  Supposedly, by trying to work with the right, he will be able to avoid the partisanship, contention and fury of thwarted conservatives.

It feels odd to disagree with a majority of politicians, analysts and bloggers (me being pretty much of a neophyte in this whole public policy thing).  I do disagree.  Not only do I disagree, but I disagree strongly, vehemently, violently. Read the rest of this entry ?


Enriching Friends at the Expense of Nature

13 November, 2008

I remember quite clearly some of the assholes with whom I went to school.  Kids who sat in the back of the room making wisecracks during class, laughing it up, knowing that, no matter what they do, Daddy (an important and upstanding (and rich) pillar of the community) would protect them.  Kids who, if they were losing a game, would take their ball and go home, or dump the Scrabble board, or throw the checker board, or do some other childish thing which poisoned any future games.  George W. is one of those assholes. Read the rest of this entry ?



5 November, 2008

One of (((Girl)))’s friends sent her this:


Two things about this election:

  1. We are not nearly as racist a nation as we sometimes appear.
  2. Bush and his minions fucked up America so badly that even the pseudo-racists were willing to overlook his skin colour and vote for reality, science and competence.

Vote Competence

2 November, 2008

One of my friends is a Republican. Dyed in the wool, lifelong Republican.  He also rationalizes to an unbelievable extent.  Why is he voting for McCain and Palin?  A couple of reasons.  Abortion (he seems to think that Republicans would actually shoot that cash cow).  Taxes (he seems to think that Obama will raise his taxes and McCain will cut them).  Competence (he seems to think that during the last seven years and nine months the nation has been run with competence).

Competence?  Competence?  I asked him to name one thing that the Bush administration has done right.  Read the rest of this entry ?


Naif or Cynic

29 October, 2008

I am (compared to some) fairly young.  I turn 43 early next year.  My experience with Presidential politics includes Ford versus Carter;  Reagan versus Carter;  Mondale versus Reagan;  Dukakis versus Bush;  Bush versus Clinton;  Clinton versus Dole;  Gore versus Bush;  Bush versus Kerry.  These are the elections of which I was concurrently aware.  Well, Ford versus Carter I don’t remember all that well, being all of ten at the time. 

During each of these elections, I felt detached.  Reagan seemed like a nice guy, but I disagreed with what he planned to do to me!  Each candidate, of both parties, left me with the same feeling.  This is what I, Clinton, plan to do to you!  This is what I, Bush, plan to do to you!  Whether I agreed or disagreed with the political positions of each politician, the planks in their platform, their philosophy of government, I felt like an observer rather than a participant. Read the rest of this entry ?