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In one of the more recent "out of the frying pan and into the fire" scenarios arising from U. S. foreign policy the American government has announced that while they are withdrawing American troops from Iraq they plan on increasing our troop numbers and military commitment in Afghanistan. This plan is defended as a way of preventing the Taliban from regaining control of a country that has a history of being a slow and painful death trap for any invader.

And, while the Taliban's record of crimes against humanity and logic fill volumes perhaps it is time to consider the culture and regime that we seem to be prepared to sacrifice thousands of American lives and trillions of American taxpayer dollars to preserve.

Which brings us to Sayed Parwez Kambakhsh who has been sentenced to death by a kangaroo court for downloading a file from the internet that was critical of Islam's view of women.

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Fresh from their attempt at surrounding America with a gaggle of disaffected gun nuts, anarchists and rabid racists Chuck Norris and Glen Beck have now discovered that they have some competition in their quest to win the "Timmy McVeigh of the 21st Century Award."

We are talking serious competition here. And, it all started with a dream!

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Just when you thought that the Republicans' stable of heroes couldn't fall any lower into the muck of extremism we now have the latest outrage from one of their absolutely worst actors and propagandists, Chuck Norris.

Apparently, Mr. Norris is upset that his view of America as an off course right wing theocracy does not particularly thrill a majority of his fellow Americans.

His answer? He plans to run for President of Texas!

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Sometimes accidents in life expose general truths that you might otherwise be unaware of. Take today for instance. I went to check the mail and discovered that along with the usual bills and junk mail I was now in possession of a Forbes Magazine for the week of March 16, 2009.

Since I don’t read Forbes magazine, much less subscribe to it, I took a quick look at the mailing label and deduced that the magazine had been mis-sorted and was addressed to a house with the same street number as mine but on a street 5 blocks away from my house.

I was about to go on my nightly stroll anyway so I decided to walk over to that address and to properly deliver their magazine.

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Once again, the brilliant idea of allowing expressions of religious fervor on government property has re-ignited the debate over the Founding Fathers' desire to erect a Wall of Separation between Church and State.

The recent furor caused by the theft of a sign provided by an atheist group which was erected in the Olympia, Washington state capitol building has now expanded to include the bigoted whack-jobs who call themselves the Westboro Baptist Church.

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I recently posted a diary commenting on the selection of the son of Former Klu Klux Klan Grand Dragon and Stormfront founder Don Black to the Palm Beach Republican Executive Committee.

I was expecting replies about the dangers of voting for a candidate without having researched that candidate's background. Instead I was attacked for linking the the web site run by Don Black. (But got not a single complaint about linking to David Duke's web site???)

I attempted to answer those who called for me to not link to web sites that might actually expose the vile beliefs of people like Don Black, his son and David Duke. Here are the three main arguments I ran into:

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Talk about your flashbacks. Former Klansman and federal convict David Duke has come to the aid of the racist son of Former Grand Dragon Don Black in his bid to be seated on the Palm Beach Republican Executive Committee.

Nothing say "Florida GOP" like having the vile offspring of white supremacists sitting in positions of authority.

Do not be fooled by claims that Black's son is not a racist. He uses the usual code words spouted by these reactionary thugs, "I would describe myself as a white person who is concerned about discrimination against white people."

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Tue Nov 16, 2004 at 02:44 PM PST

White House to 'gut' CIA

by Jingo

White House to 'gut' CIA

--Purging for disloyalty makes us sick to our stomachs

Molly Ivins, Creator's Syndicate, November 16, 2004

http://www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?itemid=18092

AUSTIN, Texas -- Whilst the punditry wanders weak and weary in the deep fogs of the "moral values debate," what say we pay some attention to what is going on, eh?

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GOP Secretary of Propaganda Safire to End NYT Column

The New York Times, November 15, 2004

http://nytimes.com/2004/11/15/business/media/15cnd-safi.html?ei=5094&en=8fac5e8b987010eb&hp= &ex=1100581200&adxnnl=1&partner=homepage&adxnnlx=1100555763-Zyz1o4lmZzDVCcEaXRe3Kw

William Safire, whose political commentary column has appeared on the Op-Ed Page of The  New York Times for more than 30 years, is stepping down, The Times said today.

The newspaper said in a statement that Mr. Safire would make his final appearance as an Op-Ed columnist on Jan. 24, 2005.

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Nevada's Reed Would Qualify as a GOP Judicial Nominee

Adam Nagourney and Carl Hulse, The New York Times, November 14, 2004

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/14/politics/14reid.html?oref=login&oref=login

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 - He is a teetotaling Mormon, a former Capitol Hill police officer who opposes abortion and was  a cosponsor of the constitutional amendment banning flag-burning. He is a little-known senator from a red state whose considerable skills do not include being a compelling presence on television or behind a lectern.

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Does Bush's Attack on Fallujah Really Make Us Safer?

Helen Thomas, Hearst Newspapers, November 13, 2004

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/199290_thomas12.html

WASHINGTON -- Do Americans of good conscience really believe that we are making the United States more secure by bombing and killing the people of Fallujah?

That's the justification President Bush and his hawkish circle have given for their brutal offensive against the Sunni stronghold as they push ahead for the total military occupation of Iraq.

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On 'Moral Values,' It's Blue in a Landslide

Frank Rich, The New York Times, November 14, 2004

http://nytimes.com/2004/11/14/arts/14rich.html?8hpib

Farewell to Swift boats and "Shove it!," to Osama's tape and Saddam's missing weapons, to "security moms" and outsourced dads. They've all been sent to history's dustbin faster than Ralph Nader memorabilia was dumped on eBay. In their stead stands a single ambiguous phrase coined by an anonymous exit pollster: "Moral values." By near universal agreement the morning after, these two words tell the entire story of the election: it's the culture, stupid.

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