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2006 January 14 — Why Now?
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Support The Troops

Remember this December 8, 2004 incident:

One soldier, identified by The Associated Press as Army Spc. Thomas Wilson of the 278th Regimental Combat Team, a Tennessee National Guard outfit, asked Rumsfeld why more military combat vehicles were not reinforced for battle conditions.

“Why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to uparmor our vehicles?” Wilson asked.

Well, it’s still the standard operating procedure in Rumsfeld’s Department of Defense.

In Bushworld, Support The Troops is a dodge and a bumper sticker, not policy.

January 14, 2006   Comments Off on Support The Troops


Where did these people go to school? I heard some talking head make the glaring error of stating that the President was elected by the whole nation so he should be shown deference. Au contraire, the President is elected by a majority of 535 people, few have ever heard of, called the electoral college, and the average person may, or may not, have the right to vote for them.

When things were looking “iffy” in the 2000 election in Florida, the Republican state legislature was actively discussing calling a special session to elect their own slate of electors for Florida. If they had done it, it would have been legal because the voters in Florida don’t have an absolute right to select the electors. Of course, there would have been multiple fights at multiples levels if they had done it, but the reality of their interference in the Schiavo affair should leave no doubt in anyone’s mind that they would have done it if the Supreme Court hadn’t decided to select the President.

People keep fixating on Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), and I understand their concern, but they need to watch for a flanking maneuver. If I was going to take out Roe, I would attack Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1965).

If I can overturn Griswold, I cause fatal weakness in both Roe and Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558 (2003). By attacking the underlying right of privacy, I enable the state to discriminate in a variety of areas that are on the agenda of the Religious Reich at the moment.

Don’t underestimate the ability of these people to scheme. Misdirection is part of the training curriculum for the college Republicans. Look at the number of people they have convinced that a no-account Ivy League frat boy is a West Texas rancher.

I’m not sure this group is above working on McCulloch v. State Of Maryland, 17 U.S. 316 (1819) and/or Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137 (1803) in their pursuit of the unitary executive, or whatever euphemism they decide on for dictatorship.

January 14, 2006   Comments Off on Ignorance