Let’s see some real commitment then. Like if Iran gets the bomb all conservatives between 18-35 will offer to join the Army (or encourage their children to do so if they are too old) to swell its ranks sufficiently to go fight the war they seem to want.
Good point Richard, but you are forgetting one more thing that prohibits us from going to war with Iran...MONEY! Even if an attack on Iran were successful, the only way to ensure that this would never happen again is to occupy the entire country. Seeing how well the Iraq occupation is going 6 years on out, and how much debt we're in to the Chinese, such an attack would be sure to bankrupt us wether or not it succeeded.Comment Posted By Surabaya Stew On 1.10.2009 @ 19:28
...it would be interesting to know more about this 52% unemployment.
I was reading about this previously; can't find the link, but it was actually 52% EMPLOYMENT rate for Americans 18-24 years old. Which sounds bad until one realizes that the normal part/full-time employment rate for young Americans is usually around 60%, due to many of them being in college full-time! The lower rate of course is due to the recession, but this is still nowhere near as bad as it is being made out to be.Comment Posted By Surabaya Stew On 30.09.2009 @ 17:42
At least one European conservative is defending Polanski. Todays LA Times:
Former Polish President Lech Walesa called Polanski a "great person" and pleaded, "If he did this one sin, forgive him.
Please tell me this is senility and not sincerity!Comment Posted By Surabaya Stew On 29.09.2009 @ 10:16
John Brown went to the gallows in 1857 to die for his crimes.
I believe you are transposing the date of the Dred Scott decision with John Brown's execution; 1859 is the year you're looking for.
Ooops - right you are. And no, just got it wrong, didn't transpose anything.
ed.Comment Posted By Surabaya Stew On 29.09.2009 @ 07:42
Ever since a team of local boosters in Atlanta snatched away the 1996 Olympics from Athens, the semi-annual process of selecting the next host country has been gradually transformed into a global leader begging and bribing festival. While I agree that President Obama shouldn't be pulling strings for us in Copenhagen, its hard to blame him when Putin and Blair personally helped win the next 2 Olympic locals by appearing in person at the selection committee meetings.Comment Posted By Surabaya Stew On 28.09.2009 @ 12:01
I can see the follicles on Wolf Blitzer’s face. The nose hairs of Chris Matthews are brought out in stark relief.
Damn Rick, you are such a political junkie! Were a mere casual fan of the american political scene to wittiness such sights, temporary blindness wound surely ensue...Comment Posted By Surabaya Stew On 28.09.2009 @ 02:04
I've never cared much for Netanyahu, as he never seemed sincere about making peace. Since his corruption filled administration in the 90's ended though, things have actually gotten worse, with Sharon's disengagement from Gaza being about the only step forward. Olmert was such freaking disaster on all fronts, that Bibi comes across rather well these days.
And that speech was quite good, though it will mostly fall on deaf ears (in the arab world) where its needed the most. Just goes to show that even a greasy politician can be an admirable patriot.Comment Posted By Surabaya Stew On 25.09.2009 @ 14:28
Perhaps Obama is acting the way he is because the Iraq and Afghan wars are not wrapping up, Gitmo is still open, and Congress hasn't signed on to any of the outstanding treaties that we need to step up to. Considering that he promised the world that all these things would be taken care soon after January 20, he may just be unable to have the moral authority to project our power in any new direction.
Another possible reason Obama is laying low in the international community is because we're broke right now, and can't afford any new overseas adventures. (Don't forget, all his domestic policy plans can't be carried out either if we're spending lots more money outside our borders!)
Finally, it is possible that Obama is offering other countries to step up to the plate because he knows that they won't take him up on the offer. And really, no other country (or even groups of countries) has the taxpayers, military, or long term alliances to take our place for at least the next 40 years. Nobody else wants to take upon our international police work anyway, so whatever Obama says won't actually come to fruition...and we all know it!Comment Posted By Surabaya Stew On 23.09.2009 @ 20:18
A bit late to the party this might be, but a very sincere congratulations on five years of educating, entertaining, and pissing people off! Seriously, just stay true to your work, and your work will stay true to you.Comment Posted By Surabaya Stew On 24.09.2009 @ 00:05
There's just something about Glenn Beck that screams "phony"; in a way that none of his ideological counterparts (except Ann Coulter) do. Perhaps its because he's relatively new on the far-right scene; as recently as early 2008 he was voicing commentaries that were slightly to the left of Joe Scarborough. Or maybe its the crying and awkward pauses at the climaxes of his show. Whatever it is, he's probably not so much an "enemy" to conservatives, as he is a "friend" to liberals who are secretly delighted to have such a disgusting boogie-man that they can vilify and feel better about themselves.Comment Posted By Surabaya Stew On 22.09.2009 @ 23:11
On the surface, this man has the ability to carry himself better than Rush as a Conservative, yet he can be more deranged than Orley Tatiz sometimes! (Like Ms. Coulter, his recent bizarre endorsement of Obama over McCain was eerily reminiscent of her strange anti-McCain rant last year.) All of which leads me to believe that what he does is simply just an act to make money.