Jim Hightower | REMEMBER AFGHANISTAN: “Gosh, George W has kept us all so busy trying to deal with his disastrous Iraq war and with his build-up for a whole new war in Iran – that I’d forgotten about his war in Afghanistan! How’s that going?

It’s an important question, since – unlike Iraq and Iran – the Taliban thugs who ruled this country actually had direct ties to Osama bin Laden and the crashbombers who attacked us on 9/11. Our military quickly retaliated by bombing the bejeezus out of the place, routing the Taliban, and installing our guy, Hamid Karzai, as the new president.

That was that, right? Well… not exactly. Osama bin Forgotten is still out there somewhere in Afghanistan’s mountain caves, our man Karzai can’t venture outside the protective bubble of his capitol city, the economic revitalization that Bush promised was never delivered, unemployment and poverty are rampant – and the Taliban is now resurgent.”

Jim Hightower at the 2008 Texas Book Festival,...
Jim Hightower at the 2008 Texas Book Festival, Austin, Texas, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You know, for being such a red state, Texas sure has produced some blue folks. Just goes to show you that being pushed into the background for so long causes you to just speak that much louder…and not many people speak as loud and with such a Texas style as “America’s #1 Populist”.

I think his point is one that should be brought to the forefront constantly. As the administration lumps you and me and everyone else in this country in with the terrorist they are survaleing, what has happened to the real terrorists? Bein Forgotten is right…but really, I guess I’m being bad ’cause I am not out there changing the subject and talking about immigration…can’t these guys ever get over the politics of fear. First I was supposed to be afraid of the Taliban. Then it was the Iraqi’s and Sadam bin Laden. Next they brought out the gay’s. They keep trying to pull in Iran, but that just sounds like a repeat of Iraq and I don’t think even they can sell that fertilizer twice (well maybe they can, didn’t they just pass another tax cut for their millionaire friends). And know its immaginagration…everybody knows that after 5 years it’s time to secure our southern border (national security and all that). Divide and conquer…

Molly Ivins

Creators.com – Creators Syndicate: “It would be easier to contemplate a two-year holding period if Bush hadn’t already wasted so much time. Of particular note in this department is ‘the inconvenient truth’ — global warming. Wasting eight years in the face of what we already knew when Bush came in is not only insane, but also unforgivable. A recent poll showed the majority of Americans feel the war in Iraq will be the overriding issue of Bush’s presidency. I suspect future historians will fixate on his global warming record — not only doing nothing to stop it, but letting the hole get dug deeper, as well.”

Molly Ivins
Molly Ivins (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

About the only good thing I can say about Texas politics is to quote Molly Ivins. A Texas institution, it took the internet to lead me to her columns. Now I read her regularly and the only disagreement I have ever had with her was her cutting Bush so much slack during his first term. I suppose it comes from that personal charm he has working and the fact that she knew him then…You really should follow the above link before it rolls off and read her entire column, then, bookmark Creators.com so you can come back often.

There is only one other columnist I used to read with the same regularity and that was Paul Krugman. That came to an end when the New York Times put him behind their paid portal. I can occasionally catch him in the local paper but not as regularly as I would like…

The Carpetbagger Report » ‘I don’t feel he is owed any respect whatsoever’

The Carpetbagger Report » ‘I don’t feel he is owed any respect whatsoever’:
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I admit that I didn’t follow the ‘controversy’ surrounding the Dixie Chicks very closely in 2003, but I can’t help but enjoy seeing how the country group isn’t backing down now.

Now that [Natalie Maines is] truly notorious, having told a London audience in 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, ‘Just so you know, we’re ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas,’ Maines has one regret: the apology she offered George W. Bush at the onset of her infamy. ‘I apologized for disrespecting the office of the president,’ says Maines. ‘But I don’t feel that way anymore. I don’t feel he is owed any respect whatsoever.'”

Maybe I am just ahead of the curve, but I was telling everyone who would listen in ’99 and 2000 that I was ashamed that George W Bush was a Texan…and I included my then Congressman in the shame game (both his and mine), since my Congressman was Tom Delay.

Once the ‘Chicks made there comments, I thought they showed courage to stand up for their rights to say what they thought. I realize their apology was a lot like the little kid being told to apologize for saying something he heard his parents say, in other words, make nice for the good people. Everything this President has said and done leaves me still agreeing with Natalie.

And yes, I will be buying the new album…and should they hit Houston, I’ll be going to their concert…

English: Natalie Maines and Emily Robison of t...
English: Natalie Maines and Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks in concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England in September 2003… (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Elections Are Crux Of GOP’s Strategy

Elections Are Crux Of GOP’s Strategy: “‘The president’s run into a perfect political storm where the confluence of natural disasters from last fall, gasoline prices, staff changes, the continuing war in Iraq, all are giving conservatives a defensive fatigue,’ said Kenneth Khachigian, a California GOP strategist who served in Ronald Reagan’s White House. ‘And let’s put immigration in there, too. . . . There’s just wave after wave washing over them at this point.'”

What is it about the “conventional wisdom”? I keep seeing this type of statement about the position the White House finds itself in and I can’t quite understand the thought process behind it. Look at the list…”natural disasters from last fall, gasoline prices, staff changes, the continuing war in Iraq”, the only thing here that can’t be laid at the President’s door is the first one. Personally I do not feel that it is the natural disasters so much as the administrations reaction to them, so in that regard even this “problem” could be tacked to the door of the Oval Office.

What appears to be happening, at least to me, is the bait and switch tactics that the GOP has used so successfully in the past decade is beginning to cause their base to wonder about the genuineness of their intentions. After almost five years of preaching the politics of fear…the lack of a proven policy of providing for the security of American’s and not American Corporate Interests is coming back to haunt them.

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the ramblings of my brain over that first cup… and other meanders