Try this from Human Rights Watch:
Or this from Amnesty International:
The fact that CEPR has 121,000 "hits" in a google search is idiotic. The Democratic Underground gets nearly 30,000 google hits and has posited the notion that the tsunami last December was the result of a secret US government experiment.
Google hits do not mean crap.
I am impressed with your defense of the "legitimately" elected Chavez. Too bad most of the rest of the free world disagrees with you. Only apologists like Carter and you didn't pay attention as Chavez commandeered an estimated 50% of the ballot boxes and took the votes away so that they could be "protected."
Been hearing the same crap about Castro for 50 years. Chavez is a thug.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 22.09.2005 @ 12:02
I'm afraid I really didn't make it clear that swearing isn't wrong or bad necessarily. Anyone who has read James Joyce or even John Updike knows that swear words have a utility in literature.
And I think that when used the way Ms. Taylor uses cursing, it can be an effective way to communicate - not one I'd choose but nevertheless effective as shock value.
As some have suggested, she uses those words to hide holes in her arguments. Of that, I have no doubt. I guess to my mind, they are just words whose utility is extremely limited but when used in a proper context, are acceptable to many (not all, DHM and I agree with your arguments as they relate to the formal use of language...not to mention good manners and good taste.)
In sum, I think if I had this post to do over I would have been clearer about my intent - a hazard of blogging on the fly when I just put a "stream of consciousness" post like this together. I will try to be more careful in the future.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 22.09.2005 @ 08:24
Your comment would have been more effective if you had seen that another commenter already pointed that out.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 22.09.2005 @ 05:42
I hope you don't think I was making too light of your heartfelt views. I happen to agree 100% with them.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 20.09.2005 @ 19:31
I beg to differ, Rob. Cindy Sheehan is not by any stretch of the term "liberal." She is the antithesis of what liberalism stands for - reasoned debate, respect for another's point of view, and a buring desire to seek the truth.
Calling our troops in New Orleans "occupiers" is not liberal. Equating the Iraqi terrorists who blow up school children getting candy from US servicemen with freedom fighters is not liberal. Calling Israeli actions taken in defense of its citizens who are routinely blown up by Palestinians "oppressors" - especially when the Israeli's give Palestinians in Israel the same rights as any Israeil citizen - is not liberal.
If you agree with her position on the war, fine. But please do not refer to that fascist America hater as a liberal. My whole family are liberals in the classic sense and despise her.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 20.09.2005 @ 09:22
Susan for President!
Hooray for strong, sensible, sensual women!Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 20.09.2005 @ 07:04
"Noble Experiment" and "democracy" have been tied together in this country since the founding.
This post is five days old...and you're tellling me to "move on?"
Get a life. The damn thing was a JOKE, stupid. This means IT WAS NOT SERIOUS.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 22.09.2005 @ 15:59
#1: Get a life
#2: Get a sense of humor
BTW, "Noble Experiment" would be appropriate in quotes in that the phrase is widely used and been the title of many articles and probably even a few books.
The phrase grand experiment is not widely used, no matter how you parse it.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 22.09.2005 @ 08:56
Changed.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 16.09.2005 @ 10:21
I've been taken to task by many of my conservative friends on this post. Many of you have made excellent points about FEMA's role and the incompetence of local officials - especially in the area of security in the city.
But in the minds of many old FEMA hands - people who were with the agency for years and have no political ax to grind - Brown blew it. I think I could have made it clearer that first and formost, the major reason for the problem was the hurricane itself. That and the unforseen break in the levee made getting aid to the city a huge problem. It's inexplicable that only 7 of FEMA's 29 search and rescue teams and 9 of their 21 crisis medical teams were dispatched to New Orleans. It's also a mystery why after touring the city with Nagin, Borwn passed the mayor's list of necessities on to Baton Rouge where he himself had told Chertoff that they were overwhelmed already.
Couple that with his statements which showed that at the very least he was not on top of the situation and you have a bad situation turning worse because of him. I think the most telling aspect of Brown's incompetence occured when General Honore came on the scene and things started to happen for the better.
Watch this site tomorrow as I show that not all political appointments are necessarily a disaster.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 15.09.2005 @ 20:19
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