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Wednesday, February 28, 2007|
Sunday, February 25, 2007|
|Time For a Long Hard Look In the Mirror|
Those who think that Muslim countries and pro-terrorist attitudes go hand-in-hand might be shocked by new polling research: Americans are more approving of terrorist attacks against civilians than any major Muslim country except for Nigeria.
The survey, conducted in December 2006 by the University of Maryland's prestigious Program on International Public Attitudes, shows that only 46 percent of Americans think that "bombing and other attacks intentionally aimed at civilians" are "never justified," while 24 percent believe these attacks are "often or sometimes justified."
Contrast those numbers with 2006 polling results from the world's most-populous Muslim countries – Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nigeria. Terror Free Tomorrow, the organization I lead, found that 74 percent of respondents in Indonesia agreed that terrorist attacks are "never justified"; in Pakistan, that figure was 86 percent; in Bangladesh, 81 percent.
Friday, February 23, 2007
Far from reducing terrorism and the number of terrorists, the war in Iraq has led to more terror attacks around the world, according to researchers from the Center on Law and Security and the New York University School of Law.
Their report, scheduled for publication in the March/April issues of the left-wing Mother Jones magazine, asserts that Islamic terrorism has increased 607 percent worldwide since the March 2003 invasion of Baghdad, leading to a 237 percent increase in fatalities from terrorist attacks.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
|Maybe We Deserve It|
...Eric Alterman via Bartop:
While America obsessed about Brittany's shaved head, Bush offered a budget that offers $32.7 billion in tax cuts to the Wal-Mart family alone, while cutting $28 billion from Medicaid.
Now, after she shaved her head, it's the question being asked by her fans, her foes and the general public: What was she thinking?" -- Inside Britney's Head, Sheila Marikar, ABC.com, Feb. 19
What was she thinking? How about nothing? How about who gives a shit? How's that for an answer, Sheila Marikar of ABC news, you pinhead?
Eric, I'm not sure that Americans really desperately want to know about Britney more than the issues that impact them personally. If you look up the most popular blogs on technorati, you may have Perez Hilton, but sites like the Huffington Post are just as popular--sure, when a pop star flashes the beev, all the perverts race to their search engines the next morning, but that's fortunately not the whole picture.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
|Gen. Lamar Odom vs. Hugh Hewitt|
A must read post from Glen Greenwald. Subtitle: How to spank a chickenhawk.
Could someone please explain to me how retired generals now seem liberal compared to Wolf Blitzer, Brian Williams, and Katie Couric?
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
|Congressman Patrick Murphy Today on the Floor:|
Congressman Patrick Murphy's Remarks, AS DELIVERED:
Thank you Mr. Speaker and thank you Mr. Chairman, I appreciate it.
I take the floor today not as a Democrat or Republican, but as an Iraq war veteran who was a Captain with the 82nd Airborne Division in Baghdad.
I speak with a heavy heart for my fellow paratrooper Specialist Chad Keith, Specialist James Lambert and 17 other brave men who I served with who never made it home.
I rise to give voice to hundreds of thousands of patriotic Pennsylvanians and veterans across the globe who are deeply troubled by the President's call to escalate the number of American troops in Iraq.
I served in Baghdad from June of 2003 to January of 2004. Walking in my own combat boots, I saw first hand this Administration's failed policy in Iraq.
I led convoys up and down "Ambush Alley" in a Humvee without doors - convoys that Americans still run today because too many Iraqis are still sitting on the sidelines.
I served in al-Rashid, Baghdad which, like Philadelphia, is home to 1.5 million people. While there are 7,000 Philadelphia police officers serving like my father in Philadelphia, protecting its citizens, there were only 3,500 of us in al-Rashid, Baghdad.
Mr. Speaker, the time for more troops was four years ago. But this President ignored military experts like General Shinseki & General Zinni, who in 2003, called for several hundred thousand troops to secure Iraq.
Now Mr. Speaker, our President again is ignoring military leaders. Patriots like General Colin Powell, like General Abizaid, and members of the bi-partisan Iraq Study Group who oppose this escalation
But most importantly, Mr. Speaker, Congresses in the past did not stand up to the President and his policies. But today I stand with my other military veterans some who were just elected - like Sergeant Major Tim Walz, Admiral Joe Sestak, and Commander Chris Carney. We stand together to tell this Administration that we are against this escalation and that Congress will no longer give the President a blank check.
Mr. Speaker, close to my heart is a small park on the corner of 24th and Aspen Streets in Philadelphia. This is the Patrick Ward Memorial Park.
Patrick Ward was a door gunner in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. He was killed serving the country that he loved. He was the type of guy that neighborhoods devote street corners to and parents name their children after - including my parents, Marge and Jack Murphy.
Mr. Speaker, I ask you - how many more street-corner memorials are we going to have for this war?
This is what the President's proposal does - it sends more of our best and bravest to die refereeing a civil war.
Just a month ago Sgt. Jae Moon from my district in Levittown, Bucks County was killed in Iraq.
You know, a few blocks away from this great chamber, when you walk in the snow, is the Vietnam Memorial, where half of the soldiers listed on that wall died after America's leaders knew our strategy would not work.
It was immoral then and it would be immoral now to engage in the same delusion.
That's why Mr. Speaker, sending more troops into civil war is the wrong strategy. We need to win the War on Terror and reasonable people may disagree on what to do, but most will agree that it is immoral to send young Americans to fight and die in a conflict without a real strategy for success.
The President's current course is not resolute, it is reckless.
That is why I will vote to send a message to our President that staying the course is no longer an option.
Mr. Speaker, its time for a new direction in Iraq. From my time serving with the 82d Airborne Division in Iraq, it became clear that in order to succeed there, we must tell the Iraqis that we will not be there forever. Yet, three years now since I have been home, it's still Americans leading convoys up and down Ambush Alley and securing Iraqi street corners.
We must make Iraqis stand up for Iraq - and set a timeline to start bringing our heroes home.
That's why I am proud to be an original cosponsor - with Senator Barack Obama and fellow paratrooper, Congressman Mike Thompson - of the Iraq De-Escalation Act - a moderate and responsible plan to start brining our troops home, mandating a surge in diplomacy, and refocusing our efforts on the War on Terror in Afghanistan.
Mr. Speaker, our country needs a real plan to get our troops out of Iraq, to protect our homeland and secure and refocus our efforts on capturing and killing Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda.
There are over 130,000 American servicemen and women serving bravely in Iraq. Unfortunately, thousands more are on the way.
Mr. Speaker, an open-ended strategy that ends in more faceless road-side bombs in Baghdad and more street-corner memorials in America, is not one that I will support.
I yield back the remainder of my time.
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Thursday, February 08, 2007
G.O.P.: Grand Old Plagiarists
GOP.com, the official website of the Republican National Committee, encourages their supporters to write letters to local newspapers. I have no problem with that. The small minority of Americans foolish enough to support this president should feel free to publish their ignorance far and wide...It's a free country after all--or at least it used to be.
The problem I have with the GOP.com letter-writing campaign isn't that they present some 'writing points' that express the RNC-sanctioned positions on the issues Republicans prefer to discuss. What bothers me is that they don't advise their supporters that cutting and pasting their talking points into letters and claiming those words as your own is plagiarism.
I know that this is common knowledge for most people with a sixth grade education. They shouldn't have to suggest to their readers that plagiarism is unethical. Then again, when you're dealing with republicans, cheating, not thinking for yourself, and letting other people do work you yourself take all the credit for seems to be the modus operandi.
Here are a just of few Grand Old Plagiarists I'm outing today: These letters to the editor are cut and pasted, and represent the RNC 'writing points' word-for-word:
President Bush has a clear plan for victory in Iraq that begins with training Iraqi forces so they can defend their country and fight the terrorists. We are making tremendous progress toward this objective.Earlier this year, Iraqi forces led the fight in clearing out terrorists during the crucial battle of Tal Afar, with U.S. troops in a supporting role, and, every day, Iraqis are taking more control of the situation on the ground.Withdrawing from Iraq, as some Democrats in Washington propose, would send a dangerous signal to our enemies that we cut and run when the going gets tough.President Bush is offering a clear strategy to win, not a political quick fix.
Here's to you, Laura Pusateri or El Paso, Texas, for giving us all a poignant example of what today's GOP stands for. You'd be GOP plagiarist of the day if not for Michael Hawkins, of Bluefield, WV, who deftly and dutifully cut and pasted every single talking point into a letter to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph.
...Safety and security, protect the homeland: President Bush is committed to keeping the nation strong and secure through strengthening our military, deploying a missile defense, strengthening the NATO alliance and supporting military families and veterans. The President is committed to promoting an independent and democratic Iraq to ensure further stability in the Middle East and the world on the whole...
Bravo, Michael. You're doing your part to win hearts and minds.