Can't argue with you on his politics. And Brown is even worse although his fascination with American capitalism is curious to say the least given his top-down economic policies he advanced as Chancellor of the Exchequer.
But even you would have to admit Blair has been an extremely loyal friend and an effective spokesman for the war at great cost to his own political popularity. That kind of thing takes courage.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 27.03.2006 @ 13:56
That's 7 pages of cites of pieces that Domenech has plagiarized from other sources...and growing.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 26.03.2006 @ 04:25
Gloat on: Your ass is banned...again
Gloat off.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 24.03.2006 @ 22:31
Okay...so, it's THEO -
He still looks about as German as my French poodle.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 21.03.2006 @ 09:44
The unbelievable shallowness of thought and one dimensional thinking that passes for dialogue on the left is really starting to piss me off.
Any conservative worth his salt has already blogged about the problems with reconstruction and the corruption involved. What kind of arrogance does it take to believe that the "reality based community" (itself an arrogant, self righteous idiocy coming from people who believe in so many conspiracy theories they've lost track) has a corner on anything except cruel, unreasoning, hatred against Bush?
Criticism is one thing. Loathing and conspiracy mongering are revealing of a mindless hate that colors everything the left says and does. I hardly need congratulating from such nincompoops.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 20.03.2006 @ 20:21
It is indeed disturbing to find so many who actually believe the President and the Vice President of the United States made war to personally enrich themselves and their friends.
If true - and the "evidence" for such a charge is laughable - Bush would indeed be on a par with Hitler as far as evil is concerned. The fact that for proof, all the President's accusers offer are nebulous connections to eeeevvvill Haliburton (the idea that Haliburton was going bankrupt because of asbestos related lawsuits is so outrageously ignorant that the particular commenter should try something more realistic - like Elvis did it) and the fact that the President is friends with rich people (as most politicians are) passes for "proof" of Bush's crimes.
Ascribing the worst possible motives to the Presidents actions flies in the face of inside information from a variety of sources (including that well known Bush cultist Bob Woodward) that point to a President who agonzized over the decision to go to war. That hardly sounds like someone who invaded Iraq to make his friends who are already fabulously wealthy even richer.
It's why the American people do not take the left seriously about anything. Until mainstream democrats rid themselves of people who hold many of the views expressed in this comment thread, they will continue to lose elections despite the Republicans in Congress stumbling and bumbling like the incompetents they have demonstrated themselves to be.
The graft and corruption described can be laid squarely at the feet of Rumsfeld and the civilians in the Pentagon whose post-war planning was about one half of what it should have been. And while I have faulted the President on numerous occasions for not firing Rummy, the fact is that the responsibility for this fiasco ultimtaely is Bush's. That's where the buck stops.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 20.03.2006 @ 19:36
Sorry, I don't think your analogy washes.
This is question of targeting usage and definition - not language as a whole. By choosing to ban certain words - not an entire language - the kultural krazies target English and especially, America because most of the banned words are part of American lexicon.
It would be like us banning the use of the thousands of French words like "restaurant" and "cafe" while coming up with substitutes like "out to dinner places."Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 17.03.2006 @ 10:30
Not being a legal expert by any stretch of the imagination, I can only say that I'm pretty sure that the reason we don't repeal the Amendments you cite is that a body of law has grown up around them that a repeal would affect negatively.
We see this with Roe v. Wade which is why I oppose outright repeal. The fact is, much privacy law today has cited Roe to justify some very necessary protections. I'd hate to "throw the baby out with the bathwater" in such cases.
That said, my argument with Ginsburg and her ilk is pretty much as Hinderaker defined it; using foreign law to seek out invisible Constitutional rights is fraught with danger and inimicable to how we see ourselves as a people.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 16.03.2006 @ 11:22
Hmmmm...there you go again!
Do you favor or oppose the United States Senate passing a resolution censuring President George W. Bush for authorizing wiretaps of Americans within the United States without obtaining court orders?
I think I would have answered yes to that question.
The problem is, that the question is loaded because only half the conversation we are talking about is taking place in the United States. Plus, most of those being "wiretapped" (a term that does NOT describe what the intercept program was doing) are being scanned becaused the person on the other end of the line has some connection - however remote - with al Qaeda or another terrorist group.
Gee..I wonder why those facts weren't mentionin in that question?Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 16.03.2006 @ 16:41
I appreciate your expert analysis. I've seen this sort of thing from The Star and al Jazeera before - which is why I was cautious about accepting the report at face value.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 16.03.2006 @ 10:42
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