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As featured on p. 218 of "Bloggers on the Bus," under the name "a MyDD blogger."
Like I said...
I'm answering wingnut Jim Geraghty's scratching of his Neanderthalian ridged brow about why "the Left" isn't deeply reactionary about movie award nominations as Christian conservatives:
It should come as no surprise that PR Spending has doubled under the Bush Administration. This government is all about spin and persuasion, masking the devious nature of the policies themselves. What is also not surprising is where this money is going. Almost 40% of all PR payments were to Ketchum, the company implicated in the Armstrong Williams scandal and others (like developing "video news releases" for the Departments of Education, HHS, and the ONDCP supporting Presidential policies, but masquerading as news).
George Herbert Walker Bush has just been elected over Michael Dukakis. His first priority? How to fix Social Security, which has gone completely broke. Maybe Bush will choose a plan where workers can invest their own money, or maybe he'll have to raise payroll taxes...
"I urge my friend His Majesty to make sure that democracy continues to advance in Jordan." President Bush, press conference, Jan. 26, 2005
Today was the deadliest day for US soldiers in Iraq during this war. But it's not even close to the deadliest day for Iraqis in the region. In fact, it's just another day. There are estimates ranging up to 100,000 dead Iraqis since the war began, a range far higher than deaths during the regime of Saddam Hussein.
I kind of hinted at this in my last post, but Josh Marshall makes it clear:
We should just assume that any conservative columnist or pundit writing in favor of Bush Administration policies is being bought off. Anyone with a brain could deduce that if a small-timer like Armstrong Williams had a government contract, then others were bound to have their fingers in the cookie jar.
The confirmation of Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General is a signature moment in the history of this country and the Global War on Terror. Only by saying no to the man who played a key role in providing legal justifications for torture, who called the Geneva Conventions "obsolete" and "quaint," who placed the United States down the path to Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, only then can we regain a measure of the moral high ground that is so crucial to winning this war and reasserting our good name in the world. Like it or not, "America" and "democracy" are inextricably conflated in the eyes of the Muslim world, and when America commits horrible acts of torture and then lets those responsible off the hook for it (indeed, seeks out ways to let those responsible off the hook), democracy as a tool is damaged. The only way to properly spread freedom and democracy, as the President has stated as his goal, is to reverse this policy, and it begins by saying no to Alberto Gonzales.
A) The nomination to the position of US Attorney General of a man who had a hand in authoring the legal justifications for torture, justifications which, in the wake of Abu Ghraib, have left us morally challenged in the opinion of the world, including those moderate Muslims who hold the real key to fighting the Global War on Terror...
Take the most divisive social issue of the last 30 years. Then, appear (via phone) at a rally for one side of the issue. And if you could, call in from Camp David, the retreat known as a haven for international diplomacy like the Sadat-Begin peace talks.
This Harry Reid is growing on me. I just got this gem of an email:
I never got a chance this weekend to blog about Howard Dean's speech at the Hammer Museum, on the UCLA campus, last Friday. It was a pretty packed house, with about 300 people in attendance. And I thought Dean was pretty masterful.