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They Hear Voices

Friday, Oct. 20, 2006 3:38 PM

In the new, exciting, free Iraq, where the people tolerate a level of violence because they want to be free, the Shiite militia of Moqtada al-Sadr has taken the city of Amarah in Southern Iraq.

The militia struck shortly after British forces turned over control of Amarah to Iraqi security forces. A British spokesman says the Iraqi army had retaken control of the city for the time being.

Yep. Things are going remarkably well.


George W. Bush wants more nukes.

This is supposedly to repair or replace, "... inefficient, old, and expensive [to maintain]" facilities throughout the country, and swap out the existing Cold War stockpile for a smaller arsenal that will 'last for decades'.

The centerpiece of the new arsenal is the handily-named Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW). I wouldn't be surprised if that includes the Robust Near-Earth Penetrator (RNEP) – the burrowing bunker-busting bomb that the neocons have been drooling over repeatedly, at one point defying a Senate order to set aside all research and development of such a weapon.

The process is supposed to involve environmental impact statements and an opportunity for public comment.

But it comes down to this: I don't trust a man who has started two wars and is likely to embroil us in two more without accepting a drop of responsibility for his actions or their consequences.


George W. Bush has also signed a new National Space Policy, stating that the U.S. will reject arms-control agreements that could limit our flexibility in space and also claims the right to deny access to space by anyone hostile to U.S. interests.

The policy summarizes its goals as, "... (strengthening) the nation's space leadership and ensure that space capabilities are available in time to further U.S. national security, homeland security, and foreign policy objectives," and to, "... enable unhindered U.S. operations in and through space to defend our interests there."

Admittedly, space is filled with a vast array of satellites – used for everything from television programming to surveillance – but there's a tone to the policy that is consistent with Mr. Bush's usual modus operandi as a spoiled rich frat boy.

Of course, the Bush Administration quickly emphasized that this was not a prelude to placing weapons systems in orbit. Not that we give a damn about what other countries think, since the policy states, "The United States will oppose the development of new legal regimes or other restrictions that seek to prohibit or limit U.S. access to or use of space."

It makes me wonder if someone suggested the President should check out MySpace.


According to Marine General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Donald Rumsfeld is inspired by God.

So, we have a President who hears God, and a SecDef inspired by God, a candidate who recently claimed God wanted her in the Senate, and another candidate who – in the midst of allegations of campaign finance improprieties – said she and her family prayed for several days for guidance.

Funny how God only tells these people what they want to hear.



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