September 1st, 2011

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This May Just Say It All …

August 7th, 2011

I have not posted here in some time but Drew Westen’s essay in  today’s NYTs Sunday Review really resonates.

Perhaps our president might take it to heart.

An Extraordinary Idea

July 4th, 2010

Declaration of Independence

This is the complete text of the Declaration of Independence. The original spelling and capitalization have been retained.

(Adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776)

The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. –Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world. Read the rest of this entry »

February 7th, 2007

Today’s mini-report from the Carpetbagger. The Webb speech and Sesame Street alone are worth a visit.

February 7th, 2007

Left wing bloggers or right wing bloggers as campaign staff.

February 7th, 2007

Russert testifies. Its bad news for Libby.

February 7th, 2007

Lance is sick ill. Stop by and wish him well.

February 7th, 2007

What happens when our government asserts that it isn’t accountable to anyone?

February 7th, 2007

Think Progress has an update on AEIs attempts to fund scientists who will refute climate change. Hint ~ Al Gore is in the mix.

February 7th, 2007

I agree with John Cole that the sudden vulnerability of our helos in Iraq is extremely worrisome.

The Soviets began losing Afghanistan when bin Laden’s group started
downing their helicopters. Without access to safe air transport or air
support the Soviet occupiers lost an edge that an army fighting a
guerilla enemy on foreign ground couldn’t afford to lose. Political
realities changed slowly in the USSR,
guaranteeing that the Soviet army didn’t pull out until long after any
reasonable observer would understand that there was no more good in
staying. By pullout time the red army lacked the resources to even
retreat safely. Some units were slaughtered in the process.

The initial reports indicated that we were changing our tactics to address the problem. Then, of course, several more went down. I am sure that our command in Iraq recognizes that the risk here goes beyond the loss of the troops and the equipment. Such a shift in risk could prove to be very dangerous.