Friday, January 26, 2007

Oklahoma's Senators Simply Love the American Worker

...to be poor as dirt - starvation a plus. Not only do Coburn and Inhofe oppose increasing the federal minimum wage, but both voted to support a measure in the Senate that would have eliminated the minimum wage altogether. Nice to know that these two men have their constituents' backs (or is that the shirts off of their constituents' backs?).

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Quotable

I don't think we've ever had a coherent strategy. In fact, I would even challenge the administration today to show us the plan that the president talked about the other night. There is no plan. I happen to know that Pentagon planners were on their way to Central Com over the weekend -- they haven't even Team B'ed this plan.... There is no strategy. This is a ping-pong game with American lives.... We'd better be damned sure what we're doing, all of us, before we put 22,000 more lives into that grinder.... and I want every one of you, every one of us, 100 senators to look in that camera, and you tell your people back home what you think. Don't hide any more, none of us."
Guess who said that. Hint: sure wasn't a Democrat.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

So the SOTU was televised,

but I wasn't watching, see. You'd have to be a glutton for punishment to waste an hour or so of your life listening to the same damned lies again.

Kucinich: The Real Deal or Just a Ruse?

After his performance in 2004 one would place bets on the latter. By way of reminder:
Anyone seeking an understanding of what role the Ohio congressman will play in 2008, merely has to examine his actions during the contest for the Democratic nomination in 2004, when Kucinich made a similar presidential bid, running as an opponent of the war.

After Democratic leadership pulled the rug out from under the candidacy of Howard Dean, around whom significant antiwar sentiment had coalesced, measures were taken to suppress opposition to the war within the party and to ensure that the election was not turned into a referendum on Iraq. This campaign was consummated through the nomination of John Kerry, who had voted for the war and continued to speak out in support of “victory” in Iraq and even the deployment of more troops.

In response to this drive by the party leadership, Kucinich folded up his campaign, failing to wage even a struggle against the pro-war plank in the Democratic platform. Instead, he called for unity behind Kerry. “The next critical step we must take is to help elect John Kerry as the next president of the United States,” Kucinich told reporters. “The word is unity. That is the operative word.” Given the opportunity to speak at the Democratic national convention, Kucinich called on delegates and voters to “blaze a new path with John Kerry and John Edwards.”
Deja vu all over again?

Monday, January 22, 2007

Today's Young Imperialists


Found over at Mickey Z's place.

Oklahoma GOP seeks to further alienate Hispanics

A bill that would make English the state’s official language is nothing more than a GOP attempt to arouse hated against the state’s Hispanic immigrants.

The bill, proposed by state Sen. Kathleen Wilcoxson (R-Oklahoma City), would designate English as the state’s official language and would allow government agencies to offer documents in English only. The agencies, however, could choose to offer their documents in other languages as well. Some social service agencies now offer documents in Spanish as well as English. This will surely continue to happen because of the quiet but altruistic spirit of the state’s social workers.

What is apparent about this bill is that it’s simply unnecessary on any pragmatic sense. English is already the official language in the state and country. Why not just pass a bill that claims the sun is hot or water is wet or that George Washington was the nation’s first president? The bill merely plays on anti-immigration, especially anti-Hispanic immigration, sentiment among conservatives in the state.
Nerdified link. I suppose the fear of a growing Hispanic presence in our state is the one thing that the GOP can cash in on. Of course, Wilcoxson's effort only serves to make our state appear to be populated by hate-mongering cretins - in the process making it ever more difficult to get the rest of the populace to take us seriously.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Blogging around

Quiet day today - mainly dealing with shoveling quite a bit of snow - let's just say that with these winds, 5-7 inches of snow translates into 2-feet-deep snow drifts.

Glenn Greenwald has some pertinent observations about the psychology behind the current crop of neocons.

Catnip catches yet another example of that old imperialist itch north of the border.

Speaking of imperialism, Lenin's Tomb has a useful summary of a book called The Final Frontier - a history of early American imperialism.

Earthside points to a couple of articles on global warming. To make a long story short - overall it's gonna get a good deal warmer, with some more extreme weather thrown into the mix.

Stephen Soldz catches the latest crop of candidates for the presidency of the American Psychological Association speaking with forked tongues on the topic of psychology's role in aiding and abetting torture.

Via Skippy (inventor of the term "blogtopia"), we get reminded that being Republican means never being responsible.