Sunday, January 30, 2005

 

JFK's Spinning in His Grave...

Well, the Iraq elections are over, polls have closed, and it went better than any of us really dared hope for. 72% turnout, they're saying. Amazing. Of course, it's a 28% drop from the last election, but in this one you could vote your choice without getting killed.

This, I think, is what our foriegn policy should be all about. Bringing freedom to where there's nothing but tyranny, bringing hope to the oppressed... You know, all the things that people on the left are supposed to want. So let's take a look at the top stories on the major leftist blogs:

Talking Points Memo posts on:
The centrality of the social security debate to the Democratic party.
Sen. Evan Bayh's apperance on the Stephanopoulos show on ABC this Sunday.
Bush's attempts to get social security legislation passed.

Daily Kos posts on:
An open thread.
A win on media consolidation rules.
A summary of the Sunday talk shows

Wonkette:
"Bush kills, Laughs-wise we mean."
"Give That Girl a Bloggie!"
"Hit Parade: Back Again"
(To be fair, Wonkette doesn't seem to make weekend posts. But there's no mention of the election on her page except for a Blog Ad from the UN.)

Democratic Underground:
"Who's Paying for all this Freedom?"
"Blog Box", (A story on how Blogs can help fight Election Fraud.)
"Ex-Clinton Aide Harold Ickes Backs Dean for DNC"


NOTHING. Not a single post. Do they not care? Are they just ignoring it because they think it'll make Bush look good?
This is just saddening. The party that used to be about freedom and democracy is now more interested in sniping and social security.

Friday, January 28, 2005

 

Stranger than fiction...

Expect to see this used as a plot device in an upcoming sitcom.

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1261997.html?menu

Thursday, January 27, 2005

 

Urgh...

Sorry for the lack of posting yesterday, I was tired and went to sleep early. (About 8 or so.) Unfortunately, it didn't seem to help much... I got up at 6:50 today, almost late for work, and when I went down to grab some caffiene from the fridge, I tried to lock the fridge door with my automatic lock button on my keys...
Bad way to start a morning.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

 

Company Fires All It's Smokers

http://www.wral.com/news/4126577/detail.htmlHat Tip: Dean's World
Am I the only one who looks at this and thinks that it's pretty creepy? I've never liked the idea of Health Insurance being provided by corporations; they can mandate stuff like this in the name of "keeping costs down." Should it be illegal? Of course not. They're a private company and have a right to fire anybody they like, for any reason, at any time. Should it be socially acceptable? No. It's easy to pick on smokers, as nobody likes them, but companies shouldn't be firing people for private behavior. My influence is of course nil, but I encourage anybody reading this to avoid dealing with Weyco Inc., or any other corporation which persues such tyrannical policies.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

 

Let's open with a fisking.

GEORGE Bush yesterday used his second inauguration as United States president to promise to bring the "untamed fire of freedom to the darkest corners of the world" and raise the prospect of a new US effort to topple oppressive regimes the world over.

When asked for comment, a terrified Brussels shit its pants and hid under the bed.

In a speech certain to alarm Iran, North Korea and Saudi Arabia - and discomfort Europeans uneasy about the unbridled exercise of American power - the re-elected president said he would no longer "pretend" that intolerant regimes were acceptable.

In an alternate reality, Amnesty International applauded the speech, saying that they would always support attempts to spread peace, democracy, and human rights to the world's oppressed. In this one, they muttered about "Abu Ghraib" and "BushHitler" into their 7$ lattes.

Despite hopes from critics and friends - Tony Blair among them - that Mr Bush would use his second, overwhelming mandate from the American people to pursue a more consensual agenda at home and abroad, Mr Bush signalled that, if anything, his missionary zeal was redoubled. "Freedom is the permanent hope of mankind, the hunger in dark places, the longing of the soul," the president declared. "Fortunately for the oppressed, America’s influence is considerable and we will use it confidently in freedom’s cause."

Expect to see protestors holding "No Blood for Freedom!" signs marching up and down the streets of Berkely any day now.

...

Yet transatlantic relations strained by the war in Iraq could soon come under even greater pressure. Following reports earlier this week that US special forces are already in Iran, Mr Bush yesterday did nothing to assuage fears in Europe and elsewhere that, following Iraq, Washington is squaring up to the Islamic government in Iran.

As usual, the "fears" of Europe no doubt involve an end to the hope of lucrative oil contracts (http://www.mehrnews.com/en/NewsDetail.aspx?NewsID=137018), and of course, a decline in their own influence. Once the Mullah's of Iran are unsummarily booted off the stage of history and Iran enters the ranks of free and democratic nations, they're going to be far from inclined to give the EU socialists so much as the time of day. This would become the latest in a long series of kicks to the groin for Europe's "Soft Power" foriegn policy, which depends on giving money to dictators in the hopes that they'll play nice, or at least, have their terrorists kill less Europeans than they normally would.

European leaders have been pursuing a diplomatic end to Iran’s embryonic nuclear programme, but some US policymakers are pushing for a military solution.

Because diplomacy worked SO well with North Korea. We can trust them, right? It's not like they're genocidal dictators who train assassins to attack European citizens (http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=13653130), or that the lynchpin of their plans for the region is a nuclear weapon. They're happy, peaceful people who love to fly kites and press flowers, and they'd give up building their nukes if only those nasty old Americans would leave them alone, and if they were offered a suitable amount of money. There's no way they'd just take the concessions and build the bomb anyway, that's just not how these things are done.

"Liberty will come to those who love it. Today, America speaks anew to the people of the world: the United States will not ignore your oppression or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you," Mr Bush said.

And by connotation, the "Anybody But Bush" crowd will stand against you.

But he made no mention of the most controversial attempt to spread the "fire of freedom" - Iraq. The speech comes just over a week before the 30 January elections in Iraq - which are expected to be punctuated by even more savage violence than that of recent weeks.

He also made no mention of recent US advances in toothpaste manufacture, the new US dietary guidelines, or what Britney Spears thought about the Martian Rover.

...

Army families, Democrats and other critics of the war had called for the president to acknowledge the sacrifice made by more than 1,400 US troops killed so far in Iraq. Laura Bush, the First Lady, insisted that yesterday’s ceremony was, in its way, a tribute to those forces.

"Some have shown their devotion to our country in deaths that honored their whole lives - and we will always honor their names and their sacrifice." "Critics of the war" would have us believe that these sacrifices were in vain, that their lives were wasted for oil or vengence, or perhaps sheer bloodlust. But we know better. We know, and the President knows, that they gave up their lives for what may be the most noble calling in the world, bringing freedom to those oppressed by tyranny. We, and he, honor these heroes. It's sickening to see them used as a way to get in a cheap shot at the President on inaguration day.

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