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...needs to have his Orwell reference card revoked. Anyone familiar with his writing beyond his novels should understand that "Orwellian" is just the type of nonsense term that would make its namesake turn in his grave.

Ironically, Orwell actively despised the use of such terms as being both a cause and symptom of the demise of clear prose and thinking - most explicitly in his essay, Politics and the English Language.

Please read it "Orwellian" users, follow his advice, and stop pissing on the legacy of one of the 20th Century's great figures. If nothing else, it will prevent me from tearing my hair out.

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September 18, 2009 - Iran, one of only four countries who are not parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (along with India, Pakistan and North Korea), has vowed not to cooperate with a U.N. resolution calling on it to allow inspection of of its nuclear capabilities.

This latest rebuke to the international community continues Iran's policy of having never allowed international inspectors to view its substantial nuclear arsenal, which it refuses to acknowledge exists, despite irrefutable evidence to the contrary.

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Thu Sep 10, 2009 at 09:17 AM PDT

If Mike Duvall Were on Jenny Jones...

by goletada

Reading California Assemblyman Mike Duvall's lame explanation on his website:

"I want to make it clear that my decision to resign is in no way an admission that I had an affair or affairs. My offense was engaging in inappropriate story-telling and I regret my language and choice of words. The resulting media coverage was proving to be an unneeded distraction to my colleagues and I resigned in the hope that my decision would allow them to return to the business of the state."

It reminded me of some classic Jenny Jones episodes where a guest gets caught cheating (usually with the help of a lie detector), and yet still won't admit he did anything. Which got me to thinking, what if Mike Duvall were on Jenny...

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Wed May 13, 2009 at 02:43 PM PDT

On Supreme Court nominees

by goletada

Could someone with this resume get through the Senate? Would Obama even nominate him?

   * First in his class at Howard Law School
   * One year out of law school, became a civil rights lawyer with the NAACP
   * Became the NAACP's Chief Counsel at age 32
   * Argued the most controversial civil rights case of the era before the United States Supreme Court
   * Judge on the Second District Court of Appeal for four years
   * Served as Soliciter General for two years

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No on 8 was the first time I'd ever volunteered to a political campaign, and I was angry, frustrated and discouraged by the result, as I'm sure were so many of you reading this. This letter is my attempt to take a different view of what the Prop 8 campaign means for LGBT rights:

As someone who believes all people should be treated equally regardless of sexual orientation, I would like to thank the proponents of Proposition 8 for your contribution towards advancing this cause. In the last few months, millions of straight people who never thought about gay and lesbian rights began to do so. Many became allies. Thousands of conversations started between gays and straights that otherwise would have never taken place. Those conversations helped humanize a misunderstood and oft-stereotyped minority in the minds of thousands who just needed the opportunity to understand. Even many conservative religious persons began to reexamine their views, and decided that taking away rights was not the compassionate, decent thing to do.  A sometimes apathetic queer youth was stirred to action, and now stands ready to take up the challenge from the previous generation. And nearly four million Californians went to the ballot box to cast votes against bigotry.

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Barack Obama has dismissed the Clinton/McCain proposal for a temporary repeal of the federal gas tax as a "classic Washington gimmick" that will not address the long term problems leading to high gas prices.

Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has keeps pushing the line that contrary to "elite opinion," repealing the tax will help the average American struggling to make ends meet.

So is Clinton's plan political pandering or a real solution to working-class woes? Well, let's see what one of the great panderers of our generation, George W. Bush, said about this same issue way back in 2001...

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Why can't they ask the questions that are on everyone's mind?  Here's my suggestions for some questions I'd like to see answered:

  1. Suppose a militant homosexual Islamic cell has set a dirty bomb to explode in Dallas. The only way to prevent the bomb from going off is to preside over a mass gay Islamic wedding, which takes place in the parking lot of an abortion clinic catering to illegal immigrants. What do you do?
  1. Which is the more powerful weapon in the war on terror: the American flag lapel pin or righteous indignation?
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Ray Hunt is on record as denying that any discussions occurred between his company, Hunt Oil, and the U.S. Government prior to Hunt signing an oil exploration deal with Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish government. Although a company spokesman later backtracked somewhat from that assertion, on October 17, the State Department made it clear that Hunt was warned prior to reaching an agreement with the Kurds that such an arrangement would harm American interests in Iraq.

Details after the flip:

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Rep. Ed Markey, Chairman of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, has taken the initiative in getting to the bottom of the Hunt Oil-Iraqi Kurds deal signed last month.

On Tuesday, Markey sent a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice seeking answers to a number of important questions surrounding the deal. The full text can be found here.

Some of the questions posed by Markey:

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Wed Oct 03, 2007 at 12:02 PM PDT

Hunt Oil - What's the Big Deal?

by goletada

this entry is from today's post on my blog, notesfromthehovel.blogspot.com

This Hunt Oil-Iraqi Kurds agreement seems to me like a much bigger deal than people are making of it. Here's a summary:

  1. Ray Hunt, a prominent Bush fundraiser, who sits on the Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, makes a deal with Iraqi Kurds to drill for oil in Northern Iraq. This deal, which Iraq's oil minister called illegal, has apparently contributed to the collapse of negotiations for comprehensive oil revenue sharing legislation in Iraq - legislation that is considered a key step in political progress.
  1. When asked about the Hunt deal at a press conference, President Bush says he had no prior knowledge of it.
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When asked at today's press briefing about the recent oil exploration agreement between Dallas-based Hunt Oil and the semi-autonomous Kurdish government in northern Iraq, President Bush denied any knowledge of the deal prior to its being signed. (I was going to link to the video at whitehouse.gov, but it has just been taken off the site).

The agreement, which allows major Bush campaign donor/organizer and Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board member Ray Hunt's privately-held company to drill for oil in Iraq's Kurdish region, has been called "illegal" by Iraq's oil minister, Hussain al-Shahristani, has been cited as a cause of the recent breakdown in negotiations for Iraq's national oil revenue-sharing legislation.

Dennis Kucinich asked on September 18 for an investigation into the deal.

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A news story I wish we'd see:

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