Archive for the 'politics' Category

Why Energy Independence is Bad for the USA

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

energy independence is the new buzzword in national politics today, but i wish to warn my dear readers of the danger of this new policy. do not get me wrong, I have expressed a similar desire for a policy like this for quite some time, but as with all things, when everyone else starts jumping [...]

How Intelligent Design Theory is Killing Christian Faith

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

i was watching bill o’reilly the other night and kirk cameron was on the show. the first thing that really got to me was how bill completely changed his interview style (if one can call it that) from dangerously antagonistic to cute cuddly teddy bear. prior to cameron showing up, wesley clark was on the [...]

An Iron Triangle of Corruption in Colombia (a quick note)

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

while listening to NPR today I heard an interesting story about Colombia (find it here). to sum up, the story was about how the various stratas of society were involved in the drug violence in one form or another. what intrigued me was the story of one former paramilitary commander coming out and claiming that [...]

United States citizens inform Bush: Your policies scare the (bleep) out of us

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

according to a poll recently conducted with the help of CNN (the report is here), people are still scared shitless about terrorism. 80% of respondents to the poll indicated that terrorism was either “very important” or “extremely important.” can you believe this? Six years after the only successful terror attack on our own soil and [...]

Best week ever for China

Monday, May 7th, 2007

for those of you not paying attention, China is having a great week: 1. fortune magazine will be reporting next week that china has accrued over $1 trillion dollars in what has got to be one of the largest cash hoards in history. this kind of money can do alot for chinese sovereignty. with this [...]

Wicca soldiers win victory (Updated 4/25/07)

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

I am too busy to post much today, but I did want to share this story about soldiers winning the right to have their Wicca faith displayed on their gravestones. the question is: why was this an issue in the first place? i know a Bush is in office, but we still have freedom of [...]

The future of gun control in the wake of the Virginia Tech killings

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

A note on the social contract, the NRA and Cho Seung-Hui’s videos.

Bush administration’s “War Czar” spared by Virginia Tech shooter

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

i guess all that praying did do the Bushies some good after all, because Bush wonks had their many prayers answered yesterday in the form of one Cho Seung-hui. with scandals bursting W’s bubbles all over the airwaves, someone was hoping for a tragedy and Cho certainly delivered it. as I am sure all of [...]

The World Bank is for lovers

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Paul wolfowitz, who is the neo-conservative, neo-liberal president of the World Bank, has been fingered for, surprise, a scandal at the WB. a scandal perpetrated by a Bush appointee? no way. a Bush appointee giving financial gain to a close relationship? no way. Unethical use of authority? no fucking way. well, wolfowitz was caught pink [...]

What Iran hostage crisis?

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

I have been ignoring this story since it broke last week. the simple reason why: this is not a story, it is an un-story. it is precisely this because of a few key points that must be understood first: Iranian theocracy is like a Hollywood actress i.e. struggling for respect, attention and personal validity the [...]

New Pope goes Marxist

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

In a surprise move today, the new pope criticized both his own church and the vast western capitalist enclave for essentially enslaving most of the “third world”. echoing the assertions of marxists all over the world, the pope came short of admitting the church’s own culpability in this affair, but surprisingly, did say something intelligent [...]

Kissinger gives Iraq War his kiss of death; Ollie North complains about civilian deaths, no not those kind

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

in yet another blow to W’s tragic war in the Mid-east, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger unequivocally stated that the iraq conflict was un-winnable: read it here. of course the devil is in the details. kissinger actually says that a military victory is not possible. He does not state that we (or us [...]

Income growth and inequality

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

i am an avid surveyor of economic news and data. hence, i am always watching wage and income announcements. i have found it interesting that recent info coming out of the economic waters has shown that income/wages are rising despite some inflation worries over food and energy (read an optimistic article here). What I find [...]

Quick note on Madeline Albright’s appearance on the Daily Show

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

i was amazed last night when ms. albright echoed what i have been saying for a long time about Iran and the Mid-east. she said that most people who talk about what is going on over there in the persian gulf region are completely ignorant about the long and sordid history we have with that [...]

Coast Guard makes teeny, tiny, minuscule, imperceptible dent in drug war

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

the coast guard reported today that they had seized some 20 tons of cocaine off the coast of Panama. combining that bust with another a few weeks ago and the coast guard is celebrating taking some half a billion dollars of cocaine off the market. well, it is no secret that i have always thought [...]