CHICKENHAWKS TO THE RIGHT..."
Sadly No ruins a perfectly good movie for us.
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"And I come back to you now, at the turn of the tide"
Kay said he was aware of a number of theories that the vehicles might have had other uses, "none of which make any logical sense."Oops.
Kay saw one of the vehicles on a recent trip to Iraq and received reports on the second.
Kay said most of the alternative uses that have been suggested "didn't pass the laugh test."
"The silliest one," Kay said, was the suggestion that they had been designed to generate hydrogen for meteorological balloons.
WASHINGTON - President Bush and congressional Republicans continue to increase budget deficits while jobs disappear, Rep. Charlie Stenholm, D-Texas, said Saturday.It's good to see House Democrats standing up and saying things like this. But... I could swear that President Clinton used the "digging" line, worded almost exactly like that, a few months ago.
"When you find yourself in a hole, the first rule is to quit digging," he said in the Democrats' weekly radio address. "Yet the Republican leadership in Washington continues to advocate policies that would put us further in the red."
The administration recently projected deficits of more than $450 billion this year and $475 billion next year — numbers that don't even factor in money borrowed from Social Security and other trust funds, Stenholm said.
"Budget deficits place a drag on the economy and our living standards now and in the future," Stenholm said. "Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has repeatedly warned that deficits undercut the ability of the economy to grow in a way that reduces unemployment and increases the wages of American workers." (full story)
Clinton accused the Republicans of digging themselves into a hole on the economic front by squandering a $5.8 trillion federal budget surplus he helped build and creating a projected $2 trillion deficit.Regardless,both Rep. Stenholm and the Big Dog know one thing about President Bush: "[he] will not deny, [he] will not ignore, [he] will not pass along our problems to other Congresses, to other presidents, and other generations,"
"When you find yourself in a hole, quit digging," Clinton said, noting that the Republicans just passed legislation to rebuild Iraq potentially at the cost of laying off U.S. teachers and cutting after-school programs. He said he supports rebuilding Iraq but not at that cost.
Shorter Condoleezza RiceExactly... hey, wait a minute... actually nevermind, our leader wasn't elected.
Transforming the Middle East
-We attacked Iraq without provocation in order to transform it into a democracy and so enhance world peace, as countries with elected leaders do not attack other countries without provocation.
Condi Rice managed to make an issue out of nothing when she equated alleged concerns about the ability of Iraqis to govern themselves to the civil rights movement. Condi, let me clue you in on something: no one is saying that the Iraqis cannot govern themselves except the oppressive corporate jackboots you and Cheney have installed in their country. By saying this, you misdirect away from the real issue, which is why we are there, how we got there, and how long you and the corporatists will stay there depriving the Iraqis of their self-government and their rebuilt infrastructure. The only people who are saying that the Iraqis cannot govern themselves are the neocons, so equating them with the Jim Crow element of the South, which is the basis of your party Ms. Rice wasn’t particularly deft, was it? What a moron.Indeed.
"I'm going to vote for Jesse because he's not a politician," said Jim Klym, a retired Marine who's the post commander and the type of voter who is key to Ventura's gubernatorial candidacy. "You can't pick Coleman - he's a quitter, quit his party, quit as mayor.Dayton, he's an unknown, businessman. Humphrey? Wouldn't vote for him if he was the only one on the ballot. Freeman? He might be pretty good. Doug Johnson's another unknown quantity.Oh god. Do we have a lot of people like that here? I imagine that while Minnesotans, may, per capita, consume a lot more alcohol than we do (leading to such electoral results), California may have the edge in general disillusionment with the state government (Republicans with their weak delegation, Democrats with Davis) which, coupled with the generally uninspiring set of candidates, could set the stage for a Ventura-style Arnold victory. And does this sound familiar?
"Jesse alienates a lot of people, but he's got great ideas and he'd get things done. So what if wrestling's just an act - politics is a bigger act than wrestling."
"You're going to find out I'm a fiscal conservative, but when it comes to social issues, I'm moderate to liberal."The California GOP, with its distaste for moderates, may put some pressure on Schwarzy to backpedal from some of his liberal social views (gay rights, abortion, etc). Either way, it could be a wedge issue that someone like Simon or McClintock takes advantage of, allowing the CA GOP to split the vote, and thus, do what it always does: 1) aim gun at foot, and 2) shoot.
Ventura was elected to Brooklyn Park's part-time mayor's job in 1990 as a leader of a group of disgruntled citizens who felt City Hall had become unresponsive and rude. He won 63 percent of the vote, knocking out an 18-year incumbent.This means one thing: As amused as people were by Ventura's announced candidacy in Minnesota, it is clear that he was far more qualified than Arnold is in 2003!
From the first council meeting, to which he wore a black bandana on his head, to the end of his four-year term, when he led another council meeting while wearing an orange football jersey with "Hizzoner" stenciled on the back, Ventura was a colorful and controversial figure.
He often battled city staff and other council members. But he also presided over a drop in the city's crime rate and a resurgence in economic development - both of which he took partial credit for. He also survived an attempt by another council member to have him thrown out of office for buying a home in Maple Grove and allegedly living there while he was still Brooklyn Park mayor; an administrative law judge ruled in his favor.
"EXPERIENCE MUSCLES CAN'T BUY"Not likely, but . . . heh.
A federal judge Friday turned back an effort to block a planned chemical weapons burn at the Anniston, Alabama, Army Depot.Hmm, VX, that's the one from The Rock.
The burning of about 2,200 tons of chemical weapons just outside the eastern Alabama city was scheduled to begin Wednesday, but the Army agreed to delay until after Friday's hearing on a request by the Chemical Weapons Working Group -- opponents of the burn -- for a temporary restraining order.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson denied that request.
The burn has not yet been rescheduled, said Mike Abrams, spokesman for the Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility.
"At the moment we are in a wait-and-see mode," he said. "... I'm waiting for the Department of the Army to give me the green light. ... I'm waiting for guidance that says that we stand down or that we move forward."
Prior to the judge's hearing, Army spokesman Mike Abrams said that if Jackson sided with the military, trial burns could begin as soon as Saturday.
Opponents of the billion-dollar incineration project argue that safety measures, such as the pressurization of county school buildings to keep fumes out, have not yet been completed.
Army officials say that continuing to store the weapons is more dangerous than burning them. More than 800 of the weapons are beginning to leak deadly agents such as the nerve toxins sarin and VX, Army officials have said.
The incinerator, located about 50 miles east of Birmingham, would be the nation's first in a populated area, according to The Associated Press. Emergency planners say about 35,000 people live within nine miles of the plant, which under the Army's plan would destroy some 2,254 tons of nerve agents and mustard gas over seven years.
The residents around the facility considered most at risk have been offered protective hoods, air filters and shelter kits, Army officials said. Warning sirens have been put in place and evacuation routes have been mapped out.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Antidepressants may help stimulate the growth of new brain cells, U.S.-based scientists said on Thursday in releasing research that may lead to the development of better drugs to fight depression.This is good news. Only around a century ago was mental illness akin to witchcraft.
Research on rats shows that two different classes of antidepressants can help brain cells regenerate -- and not in areas normally thought of as being involved in depression...
The study fits in with others that suggest depression can shrink the hippocampus, a brain region crucial to learning and memory but only recently found to be involved in depression. Major stress and trauma -- both depression triggers -- can also cause the shrinkage...
New antidepressants may be developed to target this process directly, said Rene Hen of Columbia University in New York, who led the study.
"The proof in humans is going to come when we extend the work into finding drugs that stimulate neurogenesis. If these drugs have antidepressant effects in humans, this is going to be proof that the process is critical in humans," Hen said in a telephone interview.
"There is a push already in the pharmaceutical industry to find such compounds." (full story)
Weren't the Republicans just telling us the other day that celebrities should keep their mouths shut about politics? Didn't they blast the Dixie Chicks, Janeane Garofalo, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon and every other artist who spoke out about the war in Iraq? Wasn't the argument that fame doesn't confer experience, wisdom or competence?
Arnold has never been backward about coming forward. At a time when other pro bodybuilders were running for cover, Arnold openly discussed his use of steroids in a mail order booklet that he sold through Muscle & Fitness Magazine. The booklet is entitled Arnold: Developing a Mr Universe Physique and was released in 1977. Here’s what he said about his use of steroids back then: “I will not speak for my colleagues, but I will write of my experience with tissue-building drugs. Yes, I have used them, but no, they didn’t make me what I am. Anabolic steroids were helpful to me in maintaining muscle size while on a strict diet in preparation for a contest. I did not use them for muscle growth, but rather for muscle maintenance when cutting up.”Okay, he's hanging in there so far, but...
Since that time Arnold has made no effort to hide the fact that he was a steroid user in the seventies. In fact, in a recent TALK magazine interview when asked if he had ever taken drugs, including steroids, his reply was “I inhaled, exhaled, everything.” And, of course, Arnold can be seen smoking a joint at the end of PUMPING IRON. Yet, he has always maintained that he didn’t use steroids to bulk up, just to maintain his size when he was preparing for a contest. It should be remembered that, until the Anabolic Steroid Control Act criminalized steroid use for ‘athletic purposes’ in 1990, they were not illegal. And, according to his publicist Pat Kingsley, “Arnold hasn’t done steroids since they were illegal.”
However, there is more to this story than that. First hand experiences from some bodybuilders who trained with Arnold in his bodybuilding heyday reveal that his use of steroids was more liberal than he acknowledges in his 1977 booklet. Ric Drasin is a former WWF wrestler who trained with Arnold at Gold’s Gym in Venice, California in the early Seventies. Here’s what he had to say on the issue of steroid use:Fascinating. Looks like Sammy's bat was corked season-round, so to speak. At minimum, it will make you think when you turn on the local news and see the obligatory "let's go to the local gym and get some reactions" story.
"Through the years other anabolics came on the scene – more sophisticated drugs from Europe. I tried most of them. Primobolan from Germany was the best. This was injected weekly in conjunction with dianabol. Guess who really loved this combination? Arnold Schwarzenegger! In fact, he gave me the injections! This combo was superb and helped Arnold win Mr. Olympia. In the Seventies, every one at Gold’s Gym was taking this combination. Everything was easy to get and really cheap."
So, here we have mention of two specific steroids – primobolon and dianabol. Are these drugs primarily used for pre contest muscle retention? Well, primobolan when taken in dosages of 200mg/week a low water retention stimulating the buildup of strength and muscle occurs. This is a favorite compound for steroid novices. Within 8 weeks, most athletes can gain 10 to 15 solid pounds without having to worry about losing them after discontinuation of the compound. Low water retention can occur. Dianabol Dianabol’s popularity stems from it’s almost immediate and very strong anabolic effects. 4-5 tablets per day is enough to give almost anybody dramatic results. Dianabol converts to estrogen, so gyno and water retention may be a problem. The most popular form of Dianabol in the Seventies was Methandros-tenolene. It is a 17 alpa-alkyl based steroid which produces dramatic strength and size gains. This is also a very toxic drug. This drug is probably the reason for Arnold’s muscles. Notice that in both cases a side effect is that water retention can occur. This is, of course, the absolute last thing that a bodybuilder wants to happen pre-contest. It seems unlikely, then, that the steroid sessions that Mr Drasin describes were limited to pre contest muscle retention. Rather, it appears more likely that Arnold was using steroids year round to promote muscle growth.
The sad part is, it would never occur to me, or to most liberals, to do this shit...In the comments for Jesse's post, a mini-debate erupts when ill-informed conservative "Erik" stabs in the dark for some form of moral equivalence.
Fucking idiots. Keep in mind that these are the people whose moral compasses we're supposed to trust in "fighting terror", people who think Jimmy Carter was a worse person than Timothy McVeigh.
Greens need to think about what they are doing. We are in a different situation now than in 2000. We are not faced with an unknown entity. We know exactly how the Bush administration runs things, and we need to stop them. In key states like Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, the Green vote could play a key role. Do you want to feel good because you voted for Ralph Nader or do you want to see somebody other than Bush in the White House?(on paragraph 2, sentence 2, it may require systemic changes to break up the two-party system, including instituting proportional representation and/or instant runoff voting, and we wont anything like that in place next year)
Sure, if a Democrat wins, he or she won't be what you want and his or her policies will make you mad -- but at least they won't make you afraid. I agree that in order to break the cycle of two-party domination, somewhere along the line folks are just going to have to vote with their hearts and suffer the short-term consequences. But in this case, the short-term consequences could be disastrous. The voter revolution that began in the 2000 campaigns must be temporarily put on hold.
The time has come for all of us to grow up. Sometimes we can't vote for exactly whom we want. Sometimes we have to choose between two evils because by not doing so, we'll be saddled with the much worse option. Those are the kinds of choices that grownups have to make. To effectively not choose is the electoral equivalent of stamping your feet and sticking your thumb in your mouth. (emphasis mine)
Lieberman is positioning himself as the foil to Dean, whose campaign has taken off on his criticism of Bush's tax cuts and the conflict in Iraq. Lieberman said those positions "could really be a ticket to nowhere."Howard Dean, today:
"If George Bush and his bankrupt ideology are the problem, believe me, old Democratic policies like higher taxes and weakness on defense are not the solution," Lieberman said. "We need to reclaim the vital center of American politics for the Democrats."
"All you can do is be who you are and say what you think," Dean replied when asked if he was vulnerable to the plight of the short-term political phenomenom who fails when the party caucuses and primaries arrive. "We have an enormous number of supporters," he said.Politics is perception, and both Lieberman and Dean are trying to take advantage of the fact that each is perceived as the alternative to the other. In relation to the budget, Dean's cred is right up there with Holy Joe, having consistently balanced the budged in a state where there is no requirement to do so.
Asked about assertions by some of his opponents that his candidacy is doomed to failure, Dean said, "Well, I'm sure those guys wish it were a ticket to nowhere. But we're the only ones who can beat George Bush."
...[I]t's hard to imagine Dean's glorious season ending without disappointment. Either he will alienate the mainstream by tacking left in order to keep his troops in their combat sandals, or, more likely, they will shed a tear when they learn who he really is.Conventional wisdom-types seem to like storylines like this one, because it's tried and true. Ross Perot was the renegade insurgent in 1992 but his support peaked because people noticed that he was, um, a shade nuts. Even McCain is just a slight half-step off of this storyline. At this point in the election cycle, however, neither of those guys had the support, numbers, contribution money and press that Dean is now receiving.
"Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) apparently understands what other Democrats don't, that those unwilling or unable to stop terrorist activity by dealing with it will be forced to deal with its aftermath:A general rule of thumb is not to take advice on Democratic issues from Republicans. Looks like thumbs up to me.
"Some in my party are sending out a message that they don't know a just war when they see it, and, more broadly, are not prepared to use our military strength to protect our security and the cause of freedom." (Sen. Joe Lieberman, "Lieberman Takes President, Fellow Democrats To Task On Security, Foreign Policy," Press Release, 7/28/03)
If I remember it right, Hans Blix and approximate 250 inspectors were deemed by many as inept. The number of "coalition" forces now in Iraq numbers around 150,000.I guess this means our administration has a place to sleep if they stop by the fertile crescent.
If I remember it right, AM radio added "incompetent", "bungling", "sloppy" and in some cases "in bed with Saddam" to the damning list.