Wednesday, February 22, 2006
A Potential Non-Partisan Rope-A-Dope
UAE seems to be a true ally and would be instrumental in dealing with Iran. Cozying up with them seems like a good idea to me.
Opponents of the deal are looking awefully bad to me. Nationalist, Racist, and reactionary.
If many of the opponents are also opponents of Social Security and Healthcare reform, this could help the Administration stack the deck in favor of its policies after '06.
The strawman that private accounts would somehow prevent the US from ever implementing a national healthcare system should be easy to knock down. Getting rid of reactionary hacks might make the agenda more tenable.
Sorry to anyone who is disgusted by these images.
If you have gone beyond disgust to anger, you should be ashamed. You have failed the radical acid test, do you like who you are becoming?
Friday, February 10, 2006
Cost of Katrina Response
How many of the victims were killed or seriously injured after the storm due to inadequate response? How many simply could not have been prevented by faster disaster relief? How much faster could we have actually been? How much more property could have been saved?
I believe the biggest cost of poor performance of FEMA will end-up being that it opened the door to poorly managed reconstruction efforts.
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Not Publishing Cartoons Is Not Censorship
"Why do you think we didn't see rioting and protests like this when people were being kidnapped and heads cut off?"
Many countries and papers have chosen not to publish the incitive cartoons. Some call this censorship, but there is nothing wrong with not publishing the cartoons. The most important aspect of the cartoon controversy has been overlooked.
The Cartoons Suck!
They are not clever or amusing. I am offended that they received any attention at all.If they were funny or interesting, I would be all for them being published globally. I want to see who is so fucking off their rocker that a cartoon sets him off. Maybe even a few of the radical idiots will kill each other. I'm all for it. It's just like Iraq. If our presence there radicalizes people, GREAT! I'd rather they be open about it. I want them to go underground and blow themselves up instead of passively propagating their fragile ideology. Pussies.
But the cartoons suck.