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Thu Nov 30, 2006 at 07:29 PM PST

This is gonna get ugly

by SW

OK. You are among the 50% of the population who realized that invading Iraq was a stupid thing to do before we did it. You watched in amazement as your views were marginalized in the media and in Washington as the phony case for war was made 24/7 in the most shameless manner imaginable. You've watched as the completely predictable nightmare unfolded. You saw Karl Rove and his reptiles use the bloody shirt to win back the Senate in 02 and after the shooting started he managed to heave his boy across the finnish line in the bloodiest Republican re-election campaign since 1972.

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Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 08:36 PM PST

Amnesty for Corporate Whores

by SW

Once the Supreme Court decided that money was the same thing as speech and the spiraling costs of media driven campaigns made the quest for greater and greater sums of cash necessary to run competitive campaigns, it became necessary for politicians of both parties to pursue policies that made them attractive to large corporate donors. Through the 80's and 90's turning your back on this source of campaign funds amounted to unilateral disarmament.
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I've heard David Brooks do his disingenuous "third way"stchick. I've heard the new Smokin' Joe Lunatic version of it. I've been nauseated by Ken Salazars milktoast incantations.

Unfortunately, there is a superficial appeal to this rhetoric on the part of the bulk of the population who don't follow politics closely and we need to be able to expose it neatly and pragmatically.

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Fri Jun 02, 2006 at 06:17 PM PDT

The Whole Damn Nation

by SW

I heard some retired General or such on NPR on the drive home giving the Pentagon spin on why "Haditha isn't Mai Lai" He claims that we learned from Vietnam. Hardly.

If we had learned from Vietnam, there would have been mass resignations at the command level at the hint of invading Iraq.

With a few brave exceptions, there weren't.

From the very beginning, hell from before the beginning, it was clear that although comparisons to Vietnam were being roundly rejected by the planners and pundits, one dynamic would be identical.

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Sat Jan 21, 2006 at 06:57 PM PST

Security

by SW

So now we learn (surprise) that the 06 election are going to "be about security".  Well, I can't speak for the democrats, but I'd like to raise a voice for sanity.  So let us take a few moments to compare a sane security strategy to the Bush/Cheney security strategy.
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Tue Jan 03, 2006 at 06:57 PM PST

To The Good People of Texas and Oklahoma

by SW

I've got family and relatives in the ranching country down there. Where its burning right now. I know you all have your hands full. But I'd like to ask a favor of you. You live on the land. You depend on the weather. I want you to look into your souls and admit that the climate is fucked up. You of all people know this better than most. You, the survivors of the Dust Bowl. You know what bad is. This is bad.
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Tue Dec 20, 2005 at 11:28 AM PST

Drill in ANWR Screw Renewables

by SW

Rocky Mountain News: Energy & mining: "The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden plans to lay off as many as 100 scientists and researchers, or 11 percent of its total staff, beginning early next month as it faces drastic cuts in its budget.
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Sun Dec 18, 2005 at 08:58 AM PST

Believing the Enemy

by SW

An entire generation of bitter dead enders have spent the last thirty years stewing over why we lost the war in Vietnam. Nixon's political disgrace prevented us from having the sort of rational post-mortem on the experience that may have prevented repetition of the same mistakes.
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Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 04:45 PM PST

Living Down To Expectations

by SW

SW's Energy Gap: "The recent revelations that the Bush administration has likely been using the high tech capabilities of the NSA for the past five years to run an information gathering operation on their political enemies in the guise of the war on terror should surprise no one.The very definition in the common usage of the term 'Nixonian' is an inability to distinguish one's political security from national security.  To oppose the war in Iraq is not to oppose the U.S. Military or 'The United States'.  It is to oppose the policy of the current political leadership.  
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Thu Dec 08, 2005 at 05:38 PM PST

Victory/Defeat

by SW

I was just listening to Chris Mathews and Dana Milbank cracking wise and admiring Bush's new Iraq PR offensive.  It's brilliant don't ya know?  Dana thinks Howard Dean is the perfect dupe.  After all, Bush is talking about "Victory" and stupid Howard went and said the word "Defeat" and we all know that the American public is so dense, they will automatically support the guy who sez "Victory", and not the guy who sez "Defeat".  I mean Duh!  We're Americans dammit and one thing we don't abide is a loser.
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Wed Nov 16, 2005 at 04:54 PM PST

Bad News for Biofuels

by SW

SW's Energy Gap: "The budget that has come out of the House is so larded down with pork in the form of earmarks that what is left-over for the biofuels program at The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden Colorado is just enough money to cut severance checks to the ninety some scientists and engineers working on the program and close up shop.Considering the fact that we have reached the peak in global petroleum production, the major oil companies are busy raping consumers while Congress is handing out multi-billion dollar tax breaks to the very same assholes, this would seem to be a bad move."
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Wed Jul 20, 2005 at 09:25 PM PDT

Bandar Bush Bails

by SW

Saudi Arabia's Longtime Ambassador to the U.S. Is Resigning - New York Times: "Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who in 22 years as the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States operated as an insider's insider and wielded enormous influence in Washington over successive administrations, is resigning for 'private reasons,' Saudi Arabia announced Wednesday."

Make no mistake.  This is intimately connected to the impending decline of Saudi Arabia's oil production capacity.  Once the illusion that they are going to be able to maintain or even increase their production begins to crumble, their political fortunes will rapidly deteriorate.  The deference that they are granted in the corridors of power in the west is due entirely to their status as a swing producer.  When it becomes clear that this status is no longer based in reality, the knives will come out.  Bandar is getting while the getting is good.

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