Molly Ivins – 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.”

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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 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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Why the National Guard?

From The Washington Post Editorial, May 17, 2006

“Why the National Guard?: “Disingenuously, Mr. Bush declared in his address that ‘we have enough Guard forces to win the war on terror, to respond to natural disasters and to help secure our border.’ That may be true in strictly numerical terms. But the president neglected to mention that the tens of thousands of Guard troops who will be rotated to the border over the next year will do so during their annual two- to three-week training periods. In other words, they will be deprived of time to train for war missions or natural disasters in order to drive trucks and staff desks for the Border Patrol.Administration officials say the deployment is designed to provide such auxiliary services until civilian contractorscan be brought in…”

The emphasis in the above is mine but I think it is telling that our CEO President is again moving government services to the private sector. Maybe it is only poetic that in all likelihood these civilian contractors will not be able to find any “American Workers” willing to apply for the jobs at the pay scale they will be willing to pay in order to guarantee the profits of the CEO’s. Which explains the “Guest Worker” plan, who else will we be putting on the border to protect us? Wouldn’t it just be easier to hire the Mexican Army to work the other side for us? We could call it foreign aide…

I find this reliance on “civilian contractor” very troubling in all of its various guises. Why do we now pay a company to do what we used to pay citizens to do? Call me a bleeding heart liberal, but I find it very hard to trust the good intentions of a corporate board. And I have yet to meet a Corporate Citizen with an inherent morality. And the fact that the courts wish to guarantee Corporate Free Speech while the “elected” officials take this very same “speech” to the bank is ruinous to the “common good”.

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