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Tuesday, March 18, 2003
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No further posts will be made to this location. All new posts will be on the site that actually works.
posted at 11:30 AM
Friday, February 07, 2003

posted at 7:54 PM
Colin Powell presents his 'evidence.' Bush uses two fallacies to argue for war

In just what way does the U.S. get the right to go to war over something that can be solved in a much less bloody way?

Bush has offered the
False Dilemma for the thousandth time. "Either let Saddam bomb us or we bomb him." He knows as well as you and I do that Saddam has been afraid to attack us, or even his near neighbors, since the Gulf War.

And the dilemma itself seems to flow from that old illogical standby, the Irrelevant Conclusion. "Saddam is a liar and a cheat; therefore he is about to attack the U.S."

During the Cold War, the goal was always peace. We didn't always achieve it, but at least we sought it. We did, finally, achieve peace with the Soviet Union long enough for it to fall apart without war. Now, the goal is not peace. War is the goal.

What bloody minded mad man has hatched this idea? Whither the United States of America, land of the free? Does being the home of the brave excuse us from being good?
posted at 7:53 PM
Friday, January 03, 2003
Who is barbiegrrrl and why does she have my domain?
posted at 1:02 PM
Thursday, January 02, 2003
Anti-War Demonstration Jan. 18

Here's an announcement from the International Answer:


National March on Washington
to Stop Bush's War on Iraq

"Most United Nations diplomats" believe that the war can
come in "record time" after the weapons inspectors' report
is presented to the U.N. on January 27. "Not
coincidentally," reports Reuters (1/1/03), "the date is an
approximate time when the U.S. military would be ready to

Intervention by the people of the United States can stop
the Bush Administration from using the report as an
automatic trigger. The Associated Press reports in its New
Year's poll that 2/3 of respondents in the U.S. are
worried that an attack on Iraq will bring an attack on the
soil of the U.S.

Despite the fact that weapons inspectors have found no
trace of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons in Iraq
after unfettered access and 200 searches across the
country, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld has ordered the
doubling of troops near Iraq to over 100,000 by early
January. The Pentagon is sending 11,000 more desert
trained combat soldiers, foot soldiers, armor, aviation
and artillery units, dozens more striker aircraft and two
more aircraft carrier battle groups to the region by early
January as well.

The January 18 National March on Washington DC may very
well be the last opportunity that we have on a national
level to show the breadth and depth of opposition -- the
last chance to stop Bush's scheduled plan to start this
war on Iraq. It is imperative that as many people as
possible fill the streets of Washington DC to show united
and mass opposition and the strength and power of our

While local actions are the essence of a grassroots
movement and continue to take place everyday, there are
times that require the people of the United States to come
together in the largest possible mobilization.

Go to
to find the bus from your city!

If you're organizing a bus from your city and it's not
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(if this link does not take you directly to the form,
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posted at 2:09 PM
Friday, December 27, 2002

posted at 2:09 PM
Make me stop

Looking at the year in pictures made me do this. You can see what I saw at
the other tleeves.

posted at 2:08 PM
If things ever loosen up . . .

Canadian citizens over the age of 18 can get marijuana delivered to their homes via a new website:

"Quebec Court Judge Gilles Cadieux said authorizing those who are ill to use marijuana in Canada while depriving them of a legal source violates the right to life and liberty under the Charter," according to The Globe and Mail.
posted at 11:26 AM
Tuesday, December 24, 2002
Give us the name, please

Paul Krugman in the NYT makes the astounding claim that last week "One F.B.I. official singled out by Ms. Rowley [an FBI whistle blower] — he blocked an investigation that might have averted Sept. 11 — received a special presidential award."

Is this the same president who wants to build missile bases in Alaska to defend against terrorists?

Please, Mr. Krugman, give us the official's name.

posted at 3:41 PM
Wednesday, December 18, 2002
Nothing to fear

but fear itself. Why would Bush be afraid to embrace a racist? Here's a
fairly compact catalogue of other racists, besides Trent Lott, who have endeared themselves to the President of the United States.

As for the President himself? Why, some of his best friends . . .

posted at 4:22 PM
Who is harmed by Trent Lott?

Not the Democrats. See left/liberal pundit
Robert Kuttner on the topic.

posted at 2:25 PM
Why do people fall for this guy?

Thomas L. Friedman in the NYT has nailed our problem with believing George W. Bush:
We desperately want to believe that he knows what he is doing, and that he is always acting in the best interests of the nation — and not on naked political considerations — because if he isn't, we're all sunk.

posted at 1:37 PM
Same Excuse, Different Project

How old is this going to get?
The Washington Times reports that Dubya has used Sept. 11 as an excuse for his latest project, a missile defense system for Alaska.

I do not exaggerate:
President Bush yesterday said the United States will build a defense system against ballistic missiles, citing the growing threat of catastrophic attack by terrorists and emerging nuclear-missile states.

"I have directed the secretary of defense to proceed with fielding an initial set of missile-defense capabilities," Mr. Bush said in a statement.

A basic missile-defense system will be operating by 2004 and by 2005 will include up to 20 ground-based interceptors in Alaska and Southern California to thwart attacks by intercontinental ballistic missiles. It is the first time since the 1970s that the United States will have deployed a system designed to shoot down incoming missiles.

posted at 1:17 PM


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