Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Turkey Day!

As we Americans today gather with family to enjoy a day off of work (at least for some of us) and to enjoy a lovely Thanksgiving dinner, we should pause to give thanks for all that we have. Here is a short list of things that I am truly thankful for:

1. I am thankful for Virginia voters looking past the insane negative campaigning of Jerry Kilgore, and having the decency to elect Democratic candidate Tim Kaine. Kilgore ran a series off negative ads against Kaine since morally he is against the death penalty. One such ad, featured a woman sitting in a chair in a darkened room with her saying, “When Tim Kaine calls the death penalty murder, I find it offensive, and I don’t trust Tim Kaine to uphold that law.”

Despite that Virginia has the country’s second highest execution rate (right behind Texas), Virginia voters didn’t take kindly to the Republican dirty trick. As it turned out, The Washington Post found that two in three Virginia voters said the ad was “unfair”, and even 60% of those who favored the death penalty said the ads crossed the line. And even though that President Bush stopped by to campaign hard for Kilgore, on Election Day over 100,000 more Virginia voters signed onto the Kaine ticket, making this red-red state now run by a blue Governor opposed to the death penalty.

2. Meanwhile in other parts of the country, the GOP saw even more losses. They lost the governor’s race in New Jersey, and out in California every single one of Fuhrer Groppenegger’s ballot initiatives went down in flames.

3. The shame didn’t end there, as voters in Dover, Pennsylvania voted out eight, count them, eight school board members for shoving “intelligent design” down their children’s necks. This didn’t make wide-eyed Pat Robertson happy at all, and he (again) called down God’s vengeance upon them.

4. Meanwhile, Rep. Jack Murtha, a very hawkish Democrat, came out and spoke out against the war. Murtha called on the troops to be disengaged from Iraq, enraging the Republicans, as that had been their own plan going into the 2006 election. Ohio freshman Republican Jean Schmidt went onto the floor of the House saying that “cowards cut and run, but Marines never do,” making a jab at Murtha’s Marine service. It wasn’t long before a cowardly Jean Schmidt was forced to come before that very same House floor and apologize.

5. In further bad news for the GOP, investigations into the CIA-leak case continues, this time with it coming to light that Bob Woodward was told of Plame’s identity too. Very interesting, considering Woodward had been very vocal in the media about how the CIA-leak was not such a big deal.

6. And while that investigation continues, investigations into GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff heats up even more, with Tom DeLay’s dirty dealings coming more to light then ever before.

7. Meanwhile, with the Republicans hoping to expand their endless wars into Syria and Iran sometime in the future, Judy Miller has been relieved of her duties from the New York Times. Syria’s future WMDs stockpiles have just evaporated, to the chagrin of the Bush administration.

8. And while all these dirty dealings with the GOP has come more to light, and the approval ratings have tanked, their legislative wins have slowed to a crawl, with Americans everywhere becoming enraged with the GOP plan to privatize Social Security.

9. And most of all, I am thankful that progressive talk radio continues to grow all across the nation. A year ago Republicans were saying that shortly after the election Air America Radio would be toast. In a year and a half the company has grown from 2 lonely stations to 72 stations, adding an additional second line up, and kicking the pants out of every GOP nay-sayer who said they would be dead in the water from day one.

10. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! And whatever you do today, don’t forget to give thanks to that bird you’re eating too.

8 Comments:

Blogger MiamiMiami said...

Alva forgot number 11

11. Thankful that the United States has brave volunteer soldiers, marines and sailors protecting his life and liberty.

10:42 AM  
Blogger Alva Goldbook said...

Miami,
I wrote this piece in quite a rush Thanksgiving morning, and in my haste I forgot what I am most thankful for.

Indeed I am quite thankful for our brave men and women who have offered to give their lives to keep this great nation free. I can only hope, that thanks to good men like Representative Murtha that their nightmare in Iraq will soon be over, and they can come home, safe and sound.

6:34 PM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

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7:19 PM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

Unfortunately Murtha represents what our enemy loves the most and that is seeing us cut and run when we are in a fight. The enemy doesn't see Murtha how you see him. Murtha is a confirmation for them that we can be easily persuaded to stop fighting because we simply don't want to win as much as they do. Murth was a Marine. I say "was" because Marines aren't known for their cowardice or quickness to quit, at least not the Marines I have known in my life. And as an ex-Army guy it takes a lot to show my respect for another branch especially the Marines but dammit they have earned it. Murtha is not only a quitter and helping to embolden our enemis but he doesn't even have the support of his own party. The measure that he introduced to bring home the troops was resoundingly dismissed by the 403-3 vote. Murtha is a disgrace and apparently it shows when the chance to back him up came about. Murtha's words are like gold to our enemies and unfortunately his politics and cowardice got the better of him. Murtha is not a good "man" he is a perfectly good "coward".

Murtha didn't even vote for this plan!

Here is the official vote roll call!

7:30 PM  
Blogger Alva Goldbook said...

Miami,
First you must question who exactly IS the enemy. Some marginal element of the “insurgents” are foreign fighters, and indeed terrorists. But what if the shoes were on your feet? If, say, France invaded us, and was able to overthrow our government, would you stand up and fight against them, and reclaim sovereignty to your own country? Do you honestly believe that all who would fight would be Bush supporters?

The “enemy” are now the Iraqi people, fighting against the puppet regime we’ve put in place. Once we leave, that insurgency will ultimately die out. Indeed, it is the ONLY way for it to die out.

Secondly, what is “winning”? Wasn’t the goal to take Saddam out of power? Or was it to bring “democracy” to Iraq? Or was it to bring Saddam to justice? When will the Bushies be satisfied? What are the goals? What does “winning” mean?

Murtha doesn’t want our military out because he wants to “cut and run”. He wants us out so we CAN win.

Thirdly, to even suggest that Murtha’s “measure” was defeated 403-3 is an OUTRIGHT LIE. Murtha did NOT introduce that measure, it was the GOP, in a display of political grandstanding. That measure called for an INSTANT removal of our troops from Iraq, and such a move would be immensely dangerous to our men and women. What Murtha called for was a gradual removal of our troops from the front lines, to the side lines, permitting the Iraqis to step up to the plate.

Murtha simply is not speaking for himself. He is speaking for the military brass. They are the ones who are calling for being moved back to a supportive role rather than a warrior role. When Rep. Schmidt called Murtha a coward, she was forced to apologize. Will you? It seems that you Reich wingers are all in favor of “supporting the troops” and “supporting the veterans” just so long as they TOW THE GOP LINE. For Schmidt to call Martha a coward is extraordinary low, considering this woman STOLE her election from an Iraqi War vet. Meanwhile, she sits up on her high horse calling whomever she wishes a coward, while never stepping foot into the hell that is Iraq. Jesus Christ had a name for people like Schmidt. That word is HYPOCRITE.

The Reich Wing does NOT support the troops. The only thing they support is the mass slaughter and disfigurement of the Iraqi People, our good men and women in uniform, and their undying thirst for Iraqi oil. That is not patriotism, rather it is the opposite.

10:52 PM  
Blogger MnMnM said...

Woodward goes downward!

Grand Jury testimony of Bob Woodward, longtime Washington Post editor, leaked by Rove-ing reporter (humor).

It is posted at: Bob Woodward Tells Grand Jury Who Leaked First
Bobbing and weaving, a tangled web we do. Book him, Danno.
Please keep my identity a secret. Double super Secret.
Middle-aged, Middle-of-the-road, Mid-Westerner

We can only hope that Fitz doesn't fizzle.
I think Mr. Fitzgerald's motto should be: "If you do a white collar crime then you will serve blue collar time." Look where he lodged Judith Miller. A few months in a blue collar jail and she was ready to sing. Unfortunately, she says she forgot the words

The Times & Post They Should Be A-Changin

Bloggers Request:

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' who
That it's namin'.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the Times & Post should be a-changin'.

Good Bye Sulzberger, Keller, Miller, and Woodward!

Fitzgerald's response:

Come politician's, journalists
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled

There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'.
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For a new jury and more indictments are a-comin'

12:25 AM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

First you must question who exactly IS the enemy. Some marginal element of the “insurgents” are foreign fighters, and indeed terrorists.
===>The enemy are foreign Islamic terrorists who seek to prevent the Iraqis from having their independance. You answered your own question.

But what if the shoes were on your feet? If, say, France invaded us, and was able to overthrow our government, would you stand up and fight against them, and reclaim sovereignty to your own country?
=====>Well let's say the US had a leader that was killing people by the thousands in, let's say Kansas, with Mustard gas. Or if the President was killing people by the hundreds and placing them in mass graves, or if let's say the government was allowing soldiers to come and rape my children then i would hope to God that France would invade and overthrow that government. But you chose France! Ironically a country that refuses to support the UN sanctions that were placed against Saddam and who was benefitting from the Oil-for-Food scandal. Besides France has trouble even invading their own country at times.

Do you honestly believe that all who would fight would be Bush supporters?
=====>No. In fact if Bush were like Saddam in the sense that people were getting slaughtred and starving then they would not be. But your comparison is a bad one. We alreay had a revolution in this country. And after that revolution we gave the people of this country the means to resist and keep government in check. We even provided a means for the people to resists forcibly through the second amendment.

The “enemy” are now the Iraqi people, fighting against the puppet regime we’ve put in place. Once we leave, that insurgency will ultimately die out. Indeed, it is the ONLY way for it to die out.
=====>Really? What happened when we left Somalia> What happened when we pulled out of Vietnam? What happened when we stopped defending the Kurds in Iraq? What happened???? These insurgents would most definitely take over. Why wouldn't they? Do you honestly think that the insurgents would all of a sudden just lay down their arms and become part of a peaceful political process? And what puppet regime are speaking of? You mean the one where the people were so ready and anxious to vote on that they had aggressive and heated debate over? You mean the one were the voter turnout was greater than in this country? You mean the one that has voted to have a free and open discussion of politics without fear of retribution? You mean the one that has lines of men becoming police officers even under the threat of being killed while in those lines? The Iraqis are not the ones fighting our soldiers. The common Iraqi wants us out but wants us out when they can take care of themselves.

Secondly, what is “winning”? Wasn’t the goal to take Saddam out of power? Or was it to bring “democracy” to Iraq? Or was it to bring Saddam to justice? When will the Bushies be satisfied? What are the goals? What does “winning” mean?
=====>Well. Would you agree that we won the war in Europe in 1945? We still have troops there defending them against the Soviets for many years. Would you say that we successfully stopped the communists from invading South Korea? We still have troops there. Would you agree that we beat Japan in 1945? We still have troops there as well. So then what was the goal? The goal was to remove Saddam. But are so narrow in your thinking that you think that two weeks after Saddam was toppled that we were going to pull out? Study your history.

Murtha doesn’t want our military out because he wants to “cut and run”. He wants us out so we CAN win.
=====>The best way to lose a war is to quit. It's that simple. If you leave now EVERY dead soldier and Marine will have died for nothing. Murtha should know this. But funny how even the most liberal Democrat understands this because they voted against pulling out immediately. He didn't even vote for the resolution.

Thirdly, to even suggest that Murtha’s “measure” was defeated 403-3 is an OUTRIGHT LIE. Murtha did NOT introduce that measure, it was the GOP, in a display of political grandstanding. That measure called for an INSTANT removal of our troops from Iraq, and such a move would be immensely dangerous to our men and women. What Murtha called for was a gradual removal of our troops from the front lines, to the side lines, permitting the Iraqis to step up to the plate.
=====>Murtha was asking exactly that.
Please read...
We are doing that exactly. If you talk to our troops they will tell that every day more Iraqis are taking control. But you can't find that in the MSM liberal media because to the libs and Dems good news is bad news for them.

Murtha simply is not speaking for himself. He is speaking for the military brass. They are the ones who are calling for being moved back to a supportive role rather than a warrior role.
====>A top Colonel has responded to that stating that we need to stay until the job is done. He obviously does not have the support you think he does.

When Rep. Schmidt called Murtha a coward, she was forced to apologize. Will you?
===>No. And should she. He is a coward. And believe me that's how the enemy sees him as well.

It seems that you Reich wingers are all in favor of “supporting the troops” and “supporting the veterans” just so long as they TOW THE GOP LINE.
====>that's not even close to the truth. In fact you may have forgotten that it was the DEms who tried to disqualify the military's votes in the 200 election precisely because they DO support the GOP. But You also forget the "Reich" wingers who were in favor of Bill Clinton bombing Saddam with cruise missles and supportinghim when he was waring the world about Saddam's WMD's. It's hilarious how when a liberal can't get it through his head that he is wrong that they so deperately try to compare the Nazi party with the Republican party. It's really one of those times where repeating a lie enough times becomes truth kind of thing. But the truth is not even close.

For Schmidt to call Martha a coward is extraordinary low, considering this woman STOLE her election from an Iraqi War vet.
====>HAHAHAHAHA. (Catching my breath) BWAHAHAHAHAHA! SO now this is the mantra of the day. If a Democrat wins it's all legit but whenever a Republican wins it was stolen. BWAHAHAHAHA! Man I don't think I have ever heard THAT one before!


Meanwhile, she sits up on her high horse calling whomever she wishes a coward, while never stepping foot into the hell that is Iraq. Jesus Christ had a name for people like Schmidt. That word is HYPOCRITE.
======>You criticize the military left and right and probably never served a day in your life. What's the difference? Here's a news flash, she is not the ONLY one who thinks that aloud. Most of the country is! Marines have a name for him too...
CHARLIE, OSCAR, WHISKEY, ALPHA, ROMEO, DELTA.



The Reich Wing does NOT support the troops
=====>Yeah that's why most of them vote for the GOP. Yeah you're right.

. The only thing they support is the mass slaughter and disfigurement of the Iraqi People, our good men and women in uniform, and their undying thirst for Iraqi oil. That is not patriotism, rather it is the opposite.
=======>Oh I forgot the old liberal mantra of "war for oil" and "slaughtering of innocent human beings" thing you guys have been trying to push, unsuccessfully. So you say in one side of you mouth how you "support" our military while on the other side of your mouth you call them murderers. On one side of your mouth you say you "support" the military while from the other side calling them thieves. While on one side of your mouth you "support" our troops while on the other side you profess how the Iraqi people have been disenfranshised. You see? The average soldier or Marine (average is a bad word I guess because I believe they are above average but it is the word I chose for lack of a better one) sees this and is nolt blinded by the double-speak of the left in this country. They are not stupid by any means. If they did not support this war then why would re-enlistment be so high as to exceed set goals? It's not becuase they are getting rich my friend! And if the oil was being stolen how come the price of oil and gas in this country hasn't dropped? And if the Iraqi people were so disenfranchised how come they are showing up for votes in massive droves risking their very lives to do so in such a fashion as to even exceed this country's voting turnout? Don't you thin kthat if the Iraqis really hated us as bad as you wish they did that the armed police and military units that have already been formed would have resisted and revolted already? Think! You see this idea that "We support the troops but not the war" is as silly and ludicrous as saying "We support the war but not the troops". The troops are the mission. You must understand that these are volunteers. No one is there against their will. And they keep re-enlisting. How do you explain that???? Unless that is you really think that they are as dumb as you hope they would be to believe the idiocy of the left in this country.....

1:25 PM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

This is promising news...bad news for the left.

1:43 PM  

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