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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

The Evangelist, English Language and My Bad Memory

Few things in politics are more fascinating and more irritating than watching the spinmasters morph a stupid statement into something else. Yesterday, religious wacko Pat Robertson very clearly called for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. After an explosion of criticism and a very swift dodging job by the White House, Robertson, this morning, backed away from his comments, saying that he did not mean that Chavez should be assassinated. Well, I guess I just do not understand the English language because he certainly fooled me. Robertson now says that he meant that there are various ways to take a leader out other than assassination. Funny, I cannot remember a single one of those, and he claims to have said them yesterday. I suppose that along with my poor understanding of the English language, my memory is failing me too! Wait, I do remember something. Aha! The word assassination keeps popping into my faulty memory. Could it be that Robertson used it in a sentence with Mr. Chavez as the headline? Oh heck, what do I know, I can't even understand English, right? I mean, assassinate doesn't really mean assassinate does it?
Evangelist backs off Chavez assassination call

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Iraqi Constitution Facing Tough Road

The Iraqi consitution's deadline passed again yesterday and the document was not completed. But if you were to hear the media and the government play it out, it was presented on time. This is what they said: it was presenetd on time, but they gave themselves three more days to resolve some of the same issues from last week's delay. To me that sounds clearly like: IT WAS NOT READY. Why try to disguise it? This time around though, the Bush administration was much more careful about sounding too confident about the document's readiness. As of today, it looks like those issues that have been dogging the document's completion are not anywhere near being resolved. It is very possible that they will be left up to the voter's in a referendum. Federalism, the role of Islam, women's rights? Up to the voters, in a country with three large groups? If this document falls apart whatever hope is left for the successful transition to democracy will be shattered and I would suspect the country will fall into civil war.
Bush: Iraq's Sunnis face choice on constitution

Pat Robertson: "Stupid is as stupid does!"

Another religious zealot makes a stupid remark. Pat Robertson called today for the assassination of Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez. Yes, that is right, his assassination. Publicly, on nationwide TV. I thought one of the ten commandments was "thou shalt not kill". Maybe Mr. Robertson sees it like some view the constitution: open to interpretation. Maybe he interprets it as "thou shalt not kill, except when it is in your best interest". That sounds more like it, don't you think? Why don't these idiots keep their mouths shut? What are they honestly trying to achieve? To publicly call for somebody's murder? That makes you a MURDERER! Let me clear something first. I definitely think the Mr. Chavez is a dangerous person and an eye should be kept out on him. But to publicly call for his assassination is just plain dumb. The CIA has in the past planned assassination attempts on world leaders that threatened U.S. interests, but they certainly did not go on national TV and announce it. These things happen behind closed doors for a reason. I'm sure that the assassination of Mr. Chavez is not Mr. Robertson's idea, somebody else will also have thougt of it. But the other individual has not been stupid enough to anounce it on TV and put himself in hot water unnecessarily. Plain and simple: Pat Robertson is an IDIOT.
Robertson Calls for Chavez Assassination

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Iraqi Constitution Delayed, Bush Administration Wrong Again

Sometimes I find it difficult to understand the way the Bush administration thinks. Are they completely out of tune, or are they intentionally putting forth their message? I am talking about the now delayed Iraqi constitution. It seemed clear to me that the constitution was very likely to be delayed. The Iraqi parliament was having a very difficult time with several issues, two in particular: the role of Islam in the law, and women's rights. Ironically these are the issues that mainly define what the Bush Administration views as critical to Iraq's freedom. As of two or so weeks ago, the administration was suppossedly giving Iraq the option of an extension to complete the constitution. Then, not even two weeks later, they were pressuring to have the document completed. Were they really giving them the option of an extension? If so, why pressure for completion? Maybe it was a public relations sham. Who knows? The issue now is the fact that the administration was so completely confident that the constitution would be completed, even when it became obvious that the document would not be ready. They kept saying so very publicly. My issue with this is not that the document was not completed, heck, I would expect it to be delayed since it is such a difficult undertaking. What bothers me is that the administration foolishly stated over and over again that it would be ready. To me that is just plain dumb. You are setting yourself up for a fall. Why say it will be ready and then have to eat your own words? I refuse to believe that at least one person in the administration did not know. They cannot be that incompetent. But if they did know, why say it would be ready and then make yourself look like an idiot. That I do not understand. I think that at times these folks are so fooled by their ideas that they will themselves to genuinely believe that the outcome will be as they would want, when all the evidence so clearly points to the contrary. Can anyone see the danger of this pattern of thought. Have you ever willed something to happen?

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Bush Approval Rating Lowest in Recent 2-Termers

Is this really a surprise to anyone? If it is then you have not been keeping up to date with the world. What can the Bush administration expect when the war they sold is not going well, their Social Security plan is moving backwards, gas prices are skyrocketing (although this was going to happen anyway, they just sped it up), when the economy seems to be getting better then suddenly conflicting numbers surface, should I go on. No, I think you get the picture. Would you expect high approval numbers? No. I did not think so. Therefore, the administration is now scaling back the expectations in Iraq (largely because they realized, finally, that they were unrealistic). The democratic ideals they expected to achieve will most likely not turn out as rosy as they made it sound. Reality has hit idealists hard.
Bush Approval a Low for Recent 2-Termers

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Bush and Intelligent Design: An Evangelical's Dream

It doesn't surprise me that President Bush would want "intelligent design", or as I call it: crap, to be taught in schools alongside evolution. After all, Mr. Bush is the leader of the party in which the extreme Christian right has taken over, a movement that has gained considerable political power since Bush came into power in 2000. "Intelligent design" is really nothing more than Creationism wrapped in a shroud of science, or more accurate, science fiction. I suppose if you think the world is 6,000 years old, that everyonel walked around naked until Adam ate the apple, if you believe in talking snakes that are evil, should I go on? then you believe in "intelligent design". Let me put this to you, the reader, and see what you think:

- If Adam and Eve were the first humans on the planet 6,000 years ago, and Cain and Abel were their children, how did a population of 6 billion emerge? First, incest would have had to be committed, after all Eve was the only woman. Then between siblings and God knows what else. Does the extreme right try to explain these questions, or do they avoid the naughty issue? Even then, if all this sin was committed, would they have had enough time to produce 6 billion people? I'm sorry but I don't think men have the stamina that would be required of them to produce 6 billion people in 6,000 years, in addition to the mathematical impossibility of the problem.

If you have a shred of common sense you should see how incredibly stupid this "intelligent design" is. Science and evolution do not explain everything, but they at least give a clearer picture as to what happened in the past. For the evangelical nuts to try and discredit evolution is ridiculous, especially after it has been proven. Are they so blind to see that because science is limited in the answers it can provide about the origin of life, at one point in the past we just have to take it on faith?
Bush evolution comment roils long-standing battle

Bush Takes Vacation Amid Turmoil

President Bush is off again to another vacation. A 5-week vacation. Have you ever seen anything like this? He has taken more vacations than President Reagan did his entire 8 year term. At a time where there is more peril and the country is going through one of the worst times in its history he takes a 5 WEEK VACATION!!! Okay, a working vacation if you ask them, but the title vacation says it all. I'd would rather have my President in an office taking care of business than out farming. Only in America, or better said, only in the Bush administration. Who takes a 5-week vacation? Employers don't even give you a month, much less 5 weeks. How can the busiest person on the planet have time for a vacation? Soldier's dying all over the place for a war that Bush started and what is he doing? Vacationing. I'm stupefied.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Peter Jennings dead at 67

A sad day in the news world. Peter Jennings, ABC Anchor and one of the most recognized faces in news for decades, died last night from lung cancer. Jennings, a Canadian, died yesterday in his Manhattan apartment. He was surrounded by his loved ones. A flood of condolence e-mails and such has reached ABC headquarters in New York, a testament to how much the late Jennings was loved. A long time smoker, Jennings anounced on April 4 to the shock of many that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer. As he always did, he remained very composed during his last broadcast and gave us hope, however little, that he might overcome the fatal disease. Our condolences go out to his family and may he rest in peace. He will be missed.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Less Than Half Think Bush is Honest

It is a reflection of how bad things are going when President Bush, a commander-in-chief who has prided himself in having great integrity, resilience, and honesty, has lost the majority (if you are to believe in poll numbers) when it comes to his honesty. For the first time less than 50%, 48% to be exact, of the country thinks that President Bush is honest. 50% think he is dishonest. To put this change into perspective, one of the most difficult things to do is to change the public's perception of a person after it has been established. The public tends to resist any notion that goes against what they have imprinted regarding a certain individual, i.e. President Bush. He has long been viewed as a regular Joe of sorts, an honest and resilient fellow that will level with you. This perception has slowly shifted to that of a regular politician, which of course (and those of us who follow politics intensely know) he has always been. He has been very good at hiding it, and therefore gotten in good with the public. Now the heat is on. Iraq is not going well, his top advisor is involved in a scandal, shady deals to pass bills in Congress are taking place, etc. Bush is looking more like the politician he has always been than the facade of the regular Joe. He is not a regular Joe. Regular Joes eat with you at the dinner table, they drink a beer with you during the football game. When was the last time President Bush sat with you or anyone you know to drink a beer? Point made.
Poll: Fewer Americans think Bush is honest

Novak Suspended for Potty Mouth

Maybe there is a little bit of justice. Chicago Sun Times columnist and CNN political strategist Robert Novak was suspended indefinitely by CNN after an outburst caught live on CNN's Inside Politics. James Carville goaded Novak into the outburst, which I find interesting because they have worked together for a long time and Novak has always taken Carville's witty and sarcastic sense of humor rather well. Novak revealed the name of Valerie Plame in the CIA leak case and many wonder why he is not in jail and Judith Miller is. As of two weeks ago, CNN stood by Novak but it seems that after this outburst they have a way to squeeze him out under another pretense and save face. Well, to me it does not matter how it happened. At least the man partially responsible for the mess that is going on is paying a little. Thank you James Carville!
Novak Apologizes for Swearing on CNN Air

Is Donald Rumsfeld Cuckoo?

These are the stupid statements that people in the Bush Administration make that make them sound foolish and completely out of touch with what is going on. Donald Rumsfeld stated yesterday that the attacks on London were not tied to the Iraq War? Wow!! Am I even hearing this? One of the suspected bombers for the second bombing 0n July 21st has CONFESSED that they were angry at Britain because of Iraq. They may not be tied to Al-Qaeda, but they sure as hell responded to the war in Iraq. Are these people in the Administration deaf? Do they not listen to what everyone else hears? Can we honestly expect to win this war (which I personally don't think is possible) if the civilian leaders are so completely incompetent in understanding it? If they cannot see the ripple effect caused by the Iraq war, how could they possibly understand the consequences of going to war?

Rumsfeld: Britain attacks not tied to U.S. alliance

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Palmeiro A Liar and Steroid User

I don't usually comment on these types of stories, but in this case I will make an exception. A few days ago it was revealed that Major League baseball star Rafael Palmeiro tested positive for steroids. This after he very pointedly, literally pointedly, denied to Congress ever having taken steroids. His response? That he never knowingly took steroids, never. His excuse? To imply that he ingested it with some other supplement unknowingly. What a lying piece of trash. Yesterday, furthermore, we found out that the steroid he tested positive for was Stanozolol, more commonly known as Winstrol. For those of you who are not familiar with Winstrol, it is one of the most popular steroids on the planet and is regularly used to strengthen horses. Winstrol is a water-based steroid that can be ingested in pill form or injected. When ingested it leaves the system in about 4-5 weeks, when injected it takes about 8-9 weeks, depending on the person. Winstrol's popularity stems from its good and fast results and its ability to exit the body faster because it is water based. Oil-based steroids can sometimes take more than one year to fully leave the body. Not Winstrol. This revelation invalidates any suggestion that Palmeiro ingested it unknowingly. This is not sold over the counter nor is it legal to use as an ingredient in any supplement. In other words, it did not end up in Palmeiro's body by mistake. Now he faces a congressional inquiry to determine if he committed perjury when he said he had never taken steroids, and he did committ perjury (anybody familiar with steroids and their dangers knows that). Winstrol is not normally the steroid for first time users, in fact, Winstrol is the cocaine of steroids. First time drug users almost never start with cocaine, they gradually elevate to it. Same with steroids. That means that Palmeiro (and I am 99% sure of this) has used steroids before and was using Winstrol in May because it leaves the body fast. I would even venture to say that he was ingesting it, not injecting it. At least Mark McGwire did not lie when asked by Congress if he had used steroids, he avoided the answer with his infamous "I'm not here to talk about the past" retort and took a huge blow to his reputation. But he DID NOT LIE. Palmeiro outright lied to the Congress of the United States of America. What nerve. What nerve to think that you are above everyone else, that you are so slick that after only a few weeks you are using steroids again. Well, you got caught, you idiot. To me it is unbelievable, and unbelievably stupid. They ought to penalize Palmeiro severely. Jail? Maybe, but at least fine him an outrageous amount because the ones who get hurt are not the ballplayers or us adults, it is the children that get hurt, the ones who look up to these superstars in awe hoping to be like them one day. What kind of a message does this send to them? If it were up to me I'd throw that lying piece of trash in the can for a year and fine him 10 million dollars. But that's just me. Oh, and no hall of fame for him.
Palmeiro Faces Congressional Perjury Probe

Bolton headed to U.N.

In a move that shouldn't surprise anyone if they know President Bush, John Bolton, the controversial U.N. nominee, was appointed on monday through a recess appointment by Bush to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The appointment will last until January 1997, at which time he is not expected to be confirmed. It seems a reckless move by the President, Bolton does not have support of Congress, or half the government in other words. But we should all know that President Bush is not one to back down, regardless of what is in the best interest of the country. It's a Texas thing, I know, I live here. Texas style pride you will not find in any other state, and President Bush is definitely a Texan. Outside the state it is certainly not the best quality to have, as we have seen in Washington. Nevertheless, he is the President and as such certain tools are available to him to circumvent the workings in Washington when he feels it is necessary. Is it good? Probably not, but the country had a chance to say no in November. Don't complain now that this is happening.

It is funny that when I go away for a week more ineteresting things happen that when I am available. I'm back now.

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