Saturday, December 18, 2004

Recount...but don't count again 

Hmmm....go ahead and recount the votes in Washington state. But when 723 ballots wrongly left out in the "count" are discovered, the Republicans sue to have them kept out.

Why is that? Do they know something we don't? What if these votes were predominantly Republican?

Every recount seems to follow this pattern in the States these days. Republicans "win", improperly discarded ballots are found, then not counted.


Fallujah Dystopia 

An excellent analysis of the Fallujah situation can be found on Alternet. A synopsis of the article is as follows: Fallujah is now a "sealed city", where no one is being let in or out. Fighting continues, and US casualties are being obfuscated to avoid embarrassment. The plans to elminate privately-owned automobiles alone make the city unlivable...but the dystopia planned by the US "reconstruction" includes continued restricted entry/exit from Falluja; wearing of identity cards at all times (eerily reminiscent of the Star of David in '39-'42 Germany, anyone?); only US vetted denizens will be able to return; and most Orwellian of all, the organization of returning citizens into "work brigades". The article rightly identifies the tight US control over Falluja as a sign of weakness, not strength--expect to see successful uprisings throughout the Sunni triangle, and maybe in the south, over the Holidays.


Thursday, December 16, 2004

Now here's a mandate! 

I don't know about you, but a 71% to 19% trouncing in a poll means a mandate a lot more than a 51% to 48% margin...and that's just what we have when those who think of the US as occupiers is compared to those who think of them as liberators:

Juan Cole notes:

My allegation that the IraqTheModel website is far outside the norm of Iraqi public opinion as measured by polling has caused a stir in the weblogging world among, apparently, dittoheads who can't read polls. Here are the results of an April, 2004, Gallup poll, which was scientifically weighted and involved over 3000 face-to-face interviews all over the country. On Balance, do you think of the Americans mostly as Occupiers or liberators? Occupiers: 71%; Liberators 19% (43% reported that in April 2003, they had thought of the Americans as liberators).

[Vulfnote: apparently 10% had no opinion or else are dead]

Less than half as many Iraqis now think of the US as liberators? Considering a less than 2% change in the US voting in Presidential elections purportedly constitutes "a mandate", then what is a 24% drop in another poll?

A clear mandate: Support the Troops by getting them out.


For Christ's sake... 

Give it a rest, will ya? It is Christmas, after all. If it were called SolsticeMas, we would respect the folks who worship the Winter Solstice, wouldn't we?

If you want to take the Christ out of Christmas, why not just celebrate something else and leave people alone? Otherwise, don't expect any respect for your own beliefs. For example, if the following is true, it is also unfair:

[Miami's] education department discriminates by permitting the display of the Menorah during Hanukkah and the Islamic star and crescent during Ramadan in city schools, but prohibiting nativity displays at Christmas.

Let the 80% of US citizens who are Christians have their Holiday. If you don't like it, pose an alternative. Everyone wants another Holiday! Just make sure we get a day off, will ya?


Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Not about money... 

Looking at the computer industry, for example, it appears that the last election was not about the money.


Tuesday, December 14, 2004


McCain says he has no confidence in Rumsfeld?

Too bad he waited until now to say it!

Asked about his confidence in the secretary's leadership, McCain recalled fielding a similar question a couple weeks ago.

"I said no. My answer is still no. No confidence," McCain said.

He estimated an additional 80,000 Army personnel and 20,000 to 30,000 more Marines would be needed to secure Iraq.

"I have strenuously argued for larger troop numbers in Iraq, including the right kind of troops — linguists, special forces, civil affairs, etc.," said McCain, R-Ariz. "There are very strong differences of opinion between myself and Secretary Rumsfeld on that issue."

When asked if Rumsfeld was a liability to the Bush administration, McCain responded: "The president can decide that, not me."

This really sums it up in a nutshell. Bush is undercutting the true Republican party. In doing so, he is losing the war and bankrupting the country.


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