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Sep. 15th, 2006

Hermione laughing

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Friday Free-For-All

The method-behind-the-madness of the Friday Free-For-All is simple: I provide a quotation, statement, statistic, or piece of news, without any commentary of my own. The readers are free to merrily discuss, debate, deride, or mock in whatever way they see fit -- hopefully it will at least tangentially pertain to the posted item, but hey, it's a free-for-all -- who knows!


Overheard today on the way to the Metro:

"They [the Democrats] want it [the war in Iraq] to be like what we did in Vietnam and in Somalia. What they want, it's about showing that America doesn't have the guts to finish it."

Mmmm I love armchair policy experts early in the morning, don't you?

Good point? False choice? Crazy bag lady? Go!


(And yes, yes, I realize I've been delinquent in posting. This has been one helluva week, and I PROMISE to be back on track next week. That said -- if anyone would like to be a guest commentator, I'd love to have ya!)

Sep. 12th, 2006

Hermione - smart is sexy

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I didn't forget!

Post coming tonight...busy at work today!

Topic: Religious tolerence and public schools. Get yer thinkin' caps on!

Sep. 11th, 2006

tea is hope

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September 11th


Carlson 9/11 cartoon



By Stuart Carlson, courtesy of The Washington Post
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Sep. 8th, 2006

Bitch goes down

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Friday Free-For-All

The method-behind-the-madness of the Friday Free-For-All is simple: I provide a quotation, statement, statistic, or piece of news, without any commentary of my own. The readers are free to merrily discuss, debate, deride, or mock in whatever way they see fit -- hopefully it will at least tangentially pertain to the posted item, but hey, it's a free-for-all -- who knows!

Paris Hilton arrested for DUI.


Just desserts? Overblown media hype? (That she was arrested with a .08 BAC, not Paris Hilton herself -- I KNOW she is overblown media hype.) Divine intervention? Go!

Sep. 6th, 2006

Doll me

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Pretend this appeared last week

Ooops...I meant to post that I will be taking a brief break (last week and this week) to finish some projects (last week) and recoup my life as I get ready to apply to grad school (this week.) A Friday Free-for-All will be up day after tomorrow, and look for the commentary to resume on Tuesday, Sept 12! Enjoy the fall-like weather!



Cheers,
J.

(And my apologies for not actually posting this last week.)

Aug. 25th, 2006

war on jobs

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Friday Free-For-All

The method-behind-the-madness of the Friday Free-For-All is simple: I provide a quotation, statement, statistic, or piece of news, without any commentary of my own. The readers are free to merrily discuss, debate, deride, or mock in whatever way they see fit -- hopefully it will at least tangentially pertain to the posted item, but hey, it's a free-for-all -- who knows!

I'm a bit more argumentative than normal in this Friday Free-for-All, but I can't help it.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/blog/2006/08/21/BL2006082100700_2.html

From the Monday morning White House press conference, in which President Bush took questions for two hours regarding Iraq, Iran, and one of those Koreas and other dangers facing the US. He had this exchange with Cox News Service reporter Ken Herman.


Herman: "A lot of the consequences you mentioned for pulling out seem like maybe they never would have been there if we hadn't gone in. How do you square all of that?"

Bush: "I square it because imagine a world in which you had Saddam Hussein, who had the capacity to make a weapon of mass destruction, who was paying suiciders to kill innocent life, who had relations with Zarqawi. Imagine what the world would be like with him in power. The idea is to try to help change the Middle East. . . .

"You know, I've heard this theory about, you know, everything was just fine until we arrived and -- you know, the stir-up-the-hornet's- nest theory. It just doesn't hold water, as far as I'm concerned. The terrorists attacked us and killed 3,000 of our citizens before we started the freedom agenda in the Middle East. They were. . . . "

Herman: "What did Iraq have to do with that?"

Bush: "What did Iraq have to do with what?"

Herman: "The attacks upon the World Trade Center?"

Bush: "Nothing. Except for it's part of -- and nobody's ever suggested in this administration that Saddam Hussein ordered the attack. Iraq was a -- Iraq -- the lesson of September the 11th is: Take threats before they fully materialize, Ken. . . .

"I fully believe it was the right decision to remove Saddam Hussein, and I fully believe the world is better off without him. Now the question is: How do we succeed in Iraq?"


So...wait. First it was WMD's, then when no WMD's were found, it oscillated between "He trucked the WMD's to Syria!" and "There is a link between al Qaeda and Iraq that must be addressed, and that's why we invaded." And now -- oh, there's still a link, but Iraq didn't have anything to do with 9/11, even though the President will allude to 9/11 as justification for invading Iraq...

Anyone else dizzy yet from all the circular and completely nonsensical logic?

Okay, okay, now actually the Free-for-All question: Is this a reasoned, albeit nuanced, stance that Mr Bush is taking? Is it backpeddling? Outright inanity? Go!

Aug. 23rd, 2006

Wicked Designs

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Jamie's Photo Snark of the Day - Donald Rumsfeld


"OW! Thinking HURTS!"
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Dark Mark Prayer

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Drinking the Sand

I know, I know it’s Wednesday, and I got a bit off track with the last few updates (blame lindskaba for distracting me while visiting last week.) I’ll make it up to you with both a topical post AND a JPSD (coming later in the afternoon) – a two-fer!


Teaser: A recent trip to the FDR memorial stirred up two thoughts in my head: a desperate wish to reanimate and reelect FDR, reality and Constitutional amendments be damned, and a reflection on how we went from leaders who inspired and uplifted us to sex scandals and “misunderestimation” and jingoistic lip-wagging. Perhaps it is nostalgia, or the rose-colored glasses with which we often view past leaders, because Clinton certainly wasn’t the first president to boff some young thing and Bush definitely wasn’t the first president to espouse militaristic propaganda to energize a nation into war. Perhaps it not what these modern leaders do or don’t do, but the way they do it that strikes me with such a longing for leadership.

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Aug. 18th, 2006

dementor coffee

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Friday Free-For-All

The method-behind-the-madness of the Friday Free-For-All is simple: I provide a quotation, statement, statistic, or piece of news, without any commentary of my own. The readers are free to merrily discuss, debate, deride, or mock in whatever way they see fit -- hopefully it will at least tangentially pertain to the posted item, but hey, it's a free-for-all -- who knows!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/15/AR2006081501210.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/14/AR2006081400589.html

Quoted from Washington Post:
"'This fellow here, over here with the yellow shirt, macaca, or whatever his name is. He's with my opponent. He's following us around everywhere. And it's just great,' Allen said, as his supporters began to laugh. After saying that Webb was raising money in California with a 'bunch of Hollywood movie moguls,' [Sen. George] Allen said, 'Let's give a welcome to macaca, here. Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia.' Allen then began talking about the 'war on terror.'"

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Racism? Idiocy? Malapropism? All three? Go!


(So I missed this week's edition of JPSD...don't worry, you'll get a double-dose next week. Have fun with Senator Allen in the meantime!)

Aug. 16th, 2006

Hermione laughing

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Dorms of a Gimme Generation

Okay, so I realize it's Wednesday, and I'm a day late in updating. I sincerely beg your pardon. Also, because I'm too exhausted to be snarky or insightful about the Middle East, abortion, Kelso, gay marriage, and I wore myself out on the socialized healthcare debate on my private LJ, this one is a little fluffy. Look for the healthcare debate to be expanded on Thursday here in Polibock and for Jamie's Photo Snark of the Day a little later in the afternoon. For now, here tis!

Teaser: The towers discussed in the article are good in that they combine students from different schools. I think that is an asset, but the maid service at GWU? College is about transitioning to adulthood, and if an already spoiled and lazy generation continues to be spoiled and lazy, aided and abetted by the universities themselves, what will happen to them post-college? What will happen when they realize they cannot afford the luxury accommodations of their dorm lives once they are thrust into the real world, with its crushing job market and skyrocketing rent, which forces most young professionals in DC to share housing? I understand the desire for at least a semi-private bathroom and kitchen, but I think these dorms are going way beyond what is necessary and setting up their students for disappointment, at best, and at worst, enabling an emotional stagnation that prevents the growth of any sort of perseverance or work ethic.


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My apologies for the lack of general snark and sarcasm -- I am le tired. So I will have a nap, and then fire ze missiles post the JPSD, which should make up for my shortcomings.

Aug. 11th, 2006

Hermione - smart is sexy

lotuslion

Friday Free-For-All

The method-behind-the-madness of the Friday Free-For-All is simple: I provide a quotation, statement, statistic, or piece of news, without any commentary of my own. The readers are free to merrily discuss, debate, deride, or mock in whatever way they see fit -- hopefully it will at least tangentially pertain to the posted item, but hey, it's a free-for-all -- who knows!



Two quotes for you:

"Marriage is not about love. It is about a love that can bear children." -- Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), stumping for a constitutional ban on gay marriage.


"The Iraqi people decided against civil war when they went to the ballot box." -- President George W. Bush, on claims that Iraq is falling into civil war.


Go!

Aug. 9th, 2006

Evil is sexy

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Jamie's Photo Snark of the Day - Tom Ridge



"Beware, terrorists! Tom Ridge knows KUNG FU!!"





Courtesy of greyraziel

Aug. 8th, 2006

Troy war quote

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Ravages of War

Teaser: While there have been abuses in the past (most notably in Vietnam), this widespread utter disregard for civilians seems unprecedented. Surely, the deserts of Iraq are no more toilsome than the sands of Iwo Jima, or the beaches of Normandy, or the jungles of Vietnam. To say it is the stress of war, the miserable living conditions, the heartache at losing comrades-in-arms that caused these soldiers to snap – as some have suggested – is both disingenuous and cruel to the poor young girl who was tortured and killed because she happened to have been born and raised in a Middle Eastern nation. The casual nature with which they inflicted their hatred shows a taught response that Arabs are not people.

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Aug. 3rd, 2006

Wicked Designs

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Setting up shop -- Call for help!

As I'm trying to get this blog off the ground, I am putting out a call for help for the following things:

[Updated 3 August 2006]

-A nice header and/or layout design and/or icon(s) and/or mood set, as I do not have the time to make one myself. Should obviously reflect the name of the comm, politics, and possibly beer.

-Additional writers and moderators. I really don't think I can keep this thing updated frequently if it's just me. This includes regular writers as well as guest bloggers. If you like to write, and you like politics, leave a comment here (all comments will be emailed to me.) Your posts must conform to the following guidelines:

  • No specified length, but try to stay to one topic and not wander all over the earth. Excess verbosity isn't needed.
  • Good grammar, correct spelling, and proper mechanics. This is non-negotiable. Your essay won't get denied for it, but it will be sent back for editing.
  • This is important: All items presented as fact, especially quotations and stats, must be backed up with a credible source. I won't publish wild, unsubstantiated claims and gross generalizations -- that's what Faux Fox News is for.
  • Any topic is fine, as long as it pertains to politics (and that's a pretty wide field.) I won't discriminate against conservative/liberal/etc views, as long as they're well-written and documented.


-Help with promoting the community. Don't indiscriminately spam, but spreading the word is greatly appreciated.

-Ideas for topics. If you have a topic on which you'd like to see a post, leave a comment with the topic (and preferably an accompanying news story.)

-Beer. Anyone that wants to buy me a beer, or just drink a beer with me, is awesome.

And no, I'm not an alcoholic. It's just a joke, sheesh.


Thanks in advance!!
war on jobs

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Washington State and Gay Marriage

Note: This was copied from my private journal, just to have something here while I tweak the layout. Feel free to comment, however.

Goddammit, Washington.


I read the brief version of this article in the Express this morning. It agitated me, but I keep trying to tell myself to take heart, that it doesn't mean as much as the other side may think -- after all, Plessy had to come before Brown. There are setbacks in every movement. You keep trying.
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