Thursday, August 31, 2006

Mo' Troops LESS Problems

Bill talking about Rumsfeld's leadership skills in Iraq... or lack thereof.

The morgue in Baghdad counted more than 1,800 bodies last month, which was a record high...But this month, the morgue is on track to receive less than a quarter of that. Why? Because we've redeployed 8,000 U.S. soldiers and 3,000 Iraqi troops to Baghdad and sent them on house-to-house sweeps for militants and weapons caches. In other words, we've knocked Baghdad back from complete and total madness to borderline chaos.

Geez, it's almost like more soldiers works better. And it only took three years to figure this out.

Of course, the forces weren't added; they were moved from other parts of the country, which will now descend back into complete and total madness. Whack-a-mole, as they say.

Isn't this just more confirmation that Rumsfeld's plan was totally inadequate? And I don't mean that just as an attack. I just want to know how to get things right for when we invade Iran the week before the election.

The effect of troop presence is known in law as 'deterrence', which is a utilitarian form of justice. If you know you will get caught by authorities you are less likely to commit a crime.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Rumsfeld blasts Democrats... oh, the credibility


One has to ask: Why do these failures still have jobs?

And then the answer comes... the republican congress. Checks and balances becomes useless under single-party rule, when that party fails to criticize itself and be accountable to wonton failures such as the Iraq war, losing to the Taliban in Afghanistan, .. well, the list continues, but there's no 'good' to report. This does not make me happy, but makes me nothing but disappointed.

Meanwhile, republicans can say nothing except that supporting democrats helps al-qaeda. Nothing like slandering your own Americans when you can't do your job! Thank god they have someone to blame, what else would they say if they didn't? Supporting Canada helps al-qaeda?

Secretary Rumsfeld's reckless comments show why America is not as safe as it can or should be five years after 9/11. The Bush White House is more interested in lashing out at its political enemies and distracting from its failures than it is in winning the War on Terror and in bringing an end to the war in Iraq. If there's one person who has failed to learn the lessons of history it's Donald Rumsfeld. Rumsfeld ignored military experts when he rushed to war without enough troops, without sufficient body armor, and without a plan to succeed.

Under this Administration's watch, terror attacks have increased, Iraq has fallen into civil war, and our military has been stretched thin. We have a choice to make today. Do we trust Secretary Rumsfeld to make the right decisions to keep us safe after he has been so consistently wrong since the start of the Iraq War? Or, do we change course in Iraq and put in place new leadership that will put the safety of the American people ahead of partisan games? For the sake of the safety of this country, it is time to make a change.

--Harry Reid

Monday, August 28, 2006

Hip Hop in Starksboro

Hip Hop in Starksboro
Submitted by Addison Independent on Wed, 2006-08-16 21:12.


STARKSBORO — Although most of Vermont may not realize it yet, there is a large underground statewide hip-hop movement that is about to burst forth in Starksboro this weekend.

The extent of the influence of that the urban music and cultural phenomenon has had in the Green Mountain State will become apparent on Saturday when Bristol-based Nine37 Productions and Para Bellum Media Group stage a 14-hour hip-hop jam on a farm in Starksboro.

“We’re creating a kind of summit where people can display their skills and make connections with others,” said Josef Shafer, one of the promoters of the Hip Hop in the Hills event. “This is a positive thing for Vermont, we all want to show that it is not just for city and urban areas, this can give everyone a voice — this gives young people a positive voice.”

Read the full article to read about the lineup and more details about Nine37 and how they are working for social change and giving a voice to more people. It's another way to crash the gates to build a better democracy.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

America Rotting

Those incidents followed reports that the National Security Agency (NSA), the intelligence world's electronic eavesdropping arm, is consuming so much electricity at its headquarters outside Washington that it is in danger of exceeding its power supply.

"If a terrorist group were able to knock the NSA offline, or disrupt one of the nation's busiest airports, or shut down the most important oil pipeline in the nation, the impact would be perceived as devastating," Beckner said. "And yet we've essentially let these things happen — or almost happen — to ourselves."


The American Society of Civil Engineers last year graded the nation "D" for its overall infrastructure conditions, estimating that it would take $1.6 trillion over five years to fix the problem.

I can't say I let anything happen. This is clearly a leadership failure. Blame goes between the Executive and Legislative branches, for their failure to provide adequate budgeting. Again, the Republican 'leadership' has failed to provide for America.

I wonder where all the money is going

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Grand Ayatollah Katherine Harris

Welcome to Iran.

"God is the one who chooses our rulers." --Katherine Harris, Republican of Florida, US Senate Candidate

Guess nobody needs to vote for her, then.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Fundamentalists Wrong on Environment

When fundamentalist wackos like Pat Robertson are wrong about climate change and global warming, it really solidifies the inference that religious fundamentalists are wrong about every anti-science claim they make.

The simple question to obtuse fools like this is "Do you believe in gravity?"

You don't have to. Science shows it is a fact of reality.

The assertion that climate change and global warming are characteristics of Earth regardless of humans over time periods of millions of years is true. However, to deny that humanity is not accelerating aspects of the climate change is sheer ignorance and ignores the crisis we are living in today.

Unfortunately, humanity doesn't have time to wait for the rest of the fundamentalists to get a sign from their imaginary superior before action needs to be taken.

Humanity needs to evolve from the technology of industry and apply efficient, renewable, zero-carbon solutions before it is too late. That is not a scare tactic, that is a scientific conclusion based upon environmental observation.

Thankfully, Pat saw some light, although it is based on a temperature map in a newspaper rather than the science behind climate change and global warming. Regardless, I applaud is 'revalation'. Maybe he'll start 'believing' in evolution, too.