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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Delay's Delusion

One great thing happened yesterday in Congress. Rep. Tom Delay, crooked Tom Delay, resigned his position as congressman. According to him, it was at his behest and nothing forced him out. That is lie number one. Delay is fighting criminal charges of money laundering, among others, in Texas. These charges are what forced him to resign his post as majority leader of the House. Facing a tough and potentially embarrassing reelection campaign in his home district, Delay bowed out earlier this year and tried to save whatever bit of dignitiy he has left. Delay is also in the middle of DOJ probe into corruption relating to crooked lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Some of Delay's aides have pleaded guilty and it is obvious that his office had heavy involvement in this scandal, although Delay claims he did not know it. The potential embarrassment this investigation presented to Delay, along with his collegue's fears that Delay would be even more tarnished, most definitely played some part in forcing delay out of Congress (allbeit at his own behest if you believe a crook). So Delay resigned because he is a liablity to the party and a possible criminal. No need to sugarcoat it. This is old news. No longer can the spin machines turn all these allegations into left wing conspiracies and "politics of personal destruction".

What is surprising, well not really surprising since it came from Delay, but rather prepostorous sounding, were Delay's comments and assertions during his farewell speech and various goodbye interviews. Among the fallacies he said were: 1) partisanship is good and a cornerstone of democracy, 2) The Iraq war is going extremely well, 3) The tax cuts were not for rich people, even though they were. I will not even dignify the rest of his statements with a comment, but these three are so astounding that it seems to me Delay is so self-delusional that he may actually belive what he is saying, otherwise he is just that evil. How do you make someone see something they do not want to see? Back to the comments. Partisanship is good? Last time I checked partisanship destroys all good faith in politics because it takes away the possibility of the all-important compromise. If I am not mistaken, we are in the most partisan atmosphere Congress has had in decades, and this Congress is widely considered one of the worst. It has an approval rating in the 20s, it can hardly get anything that is actually good for the entire country passed, it is the most corrupt since the Nixon era (and possibly more corrupt), it is so divided they hate each other, etc. Delay said that partisanship is the essence of democracy. He could not be more wrong. Partisanship foster supports for one party and hatred, HATRED, for the other. Tyranny and communism are one party systems. THAT IS PARTISANSHIP AT ITS MOST EXTREME! Partisanship kills democracy because it villifies the opposition in an attempt to crreat a permanent majority, or one party. That is what Delay always wanted, a permanent majority that would eventually kill the other party. ONE PARTY SYSTEM. I would never wnat just one party in this country, wether Republican or Democrat. That would destroy everything this country stands for.

Delay then told Chris Matthews in Hardball that the Iraq War is going extremely well. Huh?? I guess crack really must make you crazy. Define well? I suppose it means no stable Iraqi government, 2500 dead, 20,000+ wounded, $500 billion and counting cost, thousands of dead Iraqis, war crimes, torture, murder, a possible civil war, international hatred of the U.S., hundreds of daily insurgent attacks, no foreseeable withdrawal of troops, fialed war policy, lies, etc. Is that what well means? Of course there are good things happening, but they are so far outweighed by the bad that it is not a fair assessment to say that the effort is going well. Delay is literally crazy.

Finally, Delay said that the tax cuts were not for the rich. Even though over 50% of the money went to less than 10% of the population. Even though the structure of the cuts is such that people making six figures or more get the bulk of it. Even though economists and the public itself agree that the tax cuts were and are still for, mainly, the well off. NO, no, Delay doesn't see it that way. Just like he doesn't see his involvement, willing or not (and I believe the former), in the scandals and crimes, just like he doesn't see Iraq going badly, just like he thinks he left Congress of his own accord. Hey, I don't see myself getting old, but that's not right either. Somebody get this guy off these drugs!!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Anti Gay Ammendment Fails Miserably

If there ever was a more clear case of political pandering and whoring, it was this week's Republican attempt to pass a constitutional ammendment against gay marriage. Not only did it not have a prayer of passing, it was simply the most transparent political stunt I have ever seen. Luckily, the media and the public have cuaght on to the act. The medai and all its political analysts have relentlessly called out this move for what it is: a stunt to try and energize a demoralized base, mostly evangelical. But the public is tired of all the incompetence, the corruption, the ongoing war, etc. Most everyone knowledgeable in politics agrees that this issue will not have the impact it had in the 2004 election. Today it was voted down in the Senate, a result that was known but Republicans still wasted time on it to pander.

This is purely a Republican issue, since the Democrats support gays and lesbians. But this is a dying issue for the Republican party. This anti-gay movement is a generational issue that has been losing steam since the sixties. Opposing groups are dwindling in numbers and are being replaced by voting youth that has been raised in a more tolerant era (or so we are told). Today's voting youth does not regard the gay issue with as much passion as the older generation. Though this political stunt will move some to the polls (but not nearly what they want), this issue only has about 4 or 5 election cycles left. Congressional cycles (every 2 years) that is.

Ann Coulter is the Antichrist

Who needs nightmares when you have Ann Coulter?

Can somebody find this hag a man? Or sanity? Or maybe just plain get rid of her?

Coulter insulted and made fun of 911 victim's relatives for asking questions and demanding action by an incompetent government. Oh yeah, the witch Coulter criticized them for profiting from the tragedy to the tune of millions, butthen again, so has she with her books and speaches.

With friends like her, who needs enemies? Can anyone tell me if she was abused as a child? How can anybody grow up to be so completely imbalanced and looney? The demon Coulter has been stupid and idiotic in the past, but I don't think she has insulted dead people and their relatives (although I may be wrong and it wouldn't surprise me a bit). Has she forgotten that she is also profiting from the 911 tragedy? She has been touring and giving her little hate speeches for a fee. Most of them incorporating 911 for a large portion, and talking about the evils of liberalism. As if Conservatism was the Divine choice. But Crazy Jane has fallen of the looney wagon and gone on to preach her insanity to anyone who listens, and thanks to the media, plenty heard her. Hopefully they won't agree. I support the first ammendment, but this is ridiculous. Not only did she call some of the 911 wives witches and profiteers, she went on to say that their husbands might possibly be getting ready to dump them, and talked about them posing in Playboy as many fading celebrities do. Well, one thing is for sure, Coulter will never have a husband leave her because nobody is crazy enough to marry the bitch, and second, she is too damn ugly to pose for Playboy. She is more suited to pose for the pages of Fangoria, but that would be an insult to the magazine. I wonder if her parents are proud of raising such a hatemonger? Even Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly are of sounder mind. And they are pretty crazy. Well, I better stop writing about Ann Coulter because I run the risk of becoming as mean as her, and we would never want that. Or would we?

The Evil Lord is at it Again

The Dark Lord is at it again. It seems that rigging our energy and oil industries, starting a war based on lies, supporting torture and shotgunning people down wasn't enough. Dick "the evil one" Cheney is now accused by a top Senate Republican of undermining and obstructing the investigation into the NSA wiretapping program. Senate Judiciary committee chairman Arlan Specter fired off angry letter to the VP accusing him of trying to dissuade members of the panel from agreeing to hold a closed door hearing on the program.Apparently, Cheney has phoned members of the panel and tried to persuade them to oppose any hearings into the spying program. Cheney, apparently also said that telephone companies have been instructed to not provide information on the program because it was of a classified nature. Cheney did not even bother to inform Specter of his intent to influence the panel. An angry Specter threatened to subpoena witnesses to force them to testify. One can only imagine the extent of Specter's anger if he is issuing threats to the Dark Lord. On the other hand, it is refreshing to see that Congress is no longer rubberstamping everything this incompetent administration tries to do. We are a nation of laws and rights. The former have been broken and disregarded continuouly, the latter eroded without any public disclosure. It is about time to pit a stop to this. Democrats can't do it, they are missing the jewels necessary. But Senators with the clout of Arlan Specter can get the ball rolling in the right direction.

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