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2008 February 11 — Why Now?
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I Know, Let’s Have A Show [Trial]

It’s kind of like those old Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland films, there’s a problem, well we’ll just have a show and solve it with the money. The concept was then “borrowed” for The Blues Brothers.

Given the current state of disaster facing the final year of the Shrubbery, instead of a borrowing from Rooney & Garland to raise money for the multi-trillion dollar deficit, the Hedgemony has decided to borrow from the well known team of Stalin & Beria to stage a show trial. There’s no bread available so they’ll stage a circus, complete with the possibility of death.

This would have been more impressive if Colonel Morris Davis hadn’t stepped down as chief prosecutor for the military commissions at Guantánamo because he felt the process was politicized. I’m going to accept Colonel Davis’s opinion of the proceedings, and call them show trials.

[Hat tip to Fallenmonk]

February 11, 2008   4 Comments

Their National Security Success‽

CNN is reporting: U.S. deficient against Muslim insurgents, study says

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The U.S. military is seriously deficient in meeting “the threat of Islamist insurgencies,” says a Pentagon-commissioned study released Monday.

The Rand Corp. report characterizes “U.S. military intervention and occupation in the Muslim world” as “at best inadequate, at worst counter-productive, and, on the whole, infeasible.” The Pentagon asked the nonprofit research organization to review strategies to thwart insurgents.

The United States should instead focus its priorities on improving “civil governance” and building “local security forces,” according to the report, referring to those steps as “capabilities that have been lacking in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

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February 11, 2008   4 Comments

How To Run A National Primary

First off, we settled that “states” thing in 1865. You make it a national primary, not a lot of separate state primaries or caucuses or straw votes.

You limit voting to registered members of the party. Independents have obviously demonstrated that they have no interest in political parties, so why should political parties have an interest in what they think about the party’s candidate.

Every registered member of the party is mailed a ballot containing the names of every candidate. Candidates have to be members in good standing of the party, and file a fee to run. The fees will cover the cost of the mailing.

Everyone receives the same ballot with a prepaid return envelope. In front of each name are circles to be filled in indicating a first, second and third choice. The ballots are then mailed back to a counting center.

Candidates get 3 points for a first choice, 2 points for a second choice, and 1 point for a third choice. The candidate with the most points wins.

Every Democrat has exactly as much say as every other Democrat in the process. There is no problem with state laws or parties. There is little possibility of weather affecting anything. The choice will absolutely be the choice of the entire party.

It is simple, straightforward, relatively inexpensive, and unites the party in the decision process. There is no reason for the current operatic process that is used, and no evidence that it produces a “better candidate.”

February 11, 2008   13 Comments

Be Careful Out There

Orange T-Shirt

Since there’s no available information as to where “Gunner Dick” is today, and whether or not he’s “hunting”, if you’re an attorney, you might want to wear one of these today. You wouldn’t want to have to apologize to “Deadeye Dick” for getting in his way like Harry Whittington did two years ago today.

February 11, 2008   4 Comments