Thursday, December 22, 2005

meta-post

Just a quick update on the blog. Sometime back, we pushed through 1000 unique page visits. We're somewhere past 110 now.

Keep on reading, and tell your friends.

Also, we still need people to write.
-Synthesis

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

voting results in Iraq have been horrendous (for the West)

The results show fundamentalist hardliners winning big.

Sometimes it really bothers me that a lot of Americans do not take the time to just look at little deeper, and see through the gossamer thin propaganda coming out of Bush's mouth.

I cannot judge what would be better for Iraq, but things would have been better for us if these elections never happened. We have, in effect, legitimized a new Taliban. This is the great noble cause we've worked so hard and lost so much for.

Years from now children will study the years 2000-2008 as the stupid ages.
-Synthesis

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

DNC fundraising

The DNC raised 5.3 million dollars in November. The RNC raised a bit more, about 5.95 million.

It wasn't very long ago that "legendary" money-man Terry McAuliffe was being outraised 3-1 by the Republicans. That was the norm. For Dean to be outraised 2-1 would be great. Those November numbers are fantastic. Heck, I'm thinking of starting an office pool over which month we'll actually BEAT those guys.

I wish I had some internal numbers to see how much of that money was in increments of $100 or less.
-Synthesis

p.s. I didn't mean to bag on Terry. Before Howard, he was actually the best fundraiser the DNC had in decades.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

for torture

Randy Neugebauer, he's for Torture.

The house approved a measure in symbolic support of the Senate backed ban on torture. I say symbolic because it was a non-binding vote. It was procedural.

Approved 308-122, the procedural vote puts pressure on House leadership (but does not require them) to include the ban and another provision standardizing interrogation techniques used by U.S. troops in a final wartime military spending bill.

Of those 122 reps. who wanted to keep on with the torturing, fully 121 of them were Republicans. One of them was our own embarassment, Randy Neugebauer. Even when the vote is non-binding, Randy loves torture so much, that he can't bring himself to vote against banning its use.

Shame on him. I don't know who that lone Democrat was. Shame on him too.
-Synthesis

Friday, December 09, 2005

Lieberman is on the outs

We all know and (to some degree) dislike Senator Lieberman. Somehow, whenever Democrats are making headway in the media and American consciousness, he is there to undercut our efforts. He has become the go-to-guy for Fox News to spin its "Democrats don't know what they stand for" mantra.

The other day, Lieberman said:

It is time for Democrats who distrust President Bush to acknowledge that he will be commander in chief for three more critical years and that in matters of war we undermine presidential credibility at our nation's peril

Noted hawk and recent Democratic hero, Jack Murtha responded:
Undermining his credibility? What has he said that would give him credibility?"
Then we get this from a subscription only Roll Call article:

Up until now fellow Senate Democrats have declined, at least publicly, to criticize Lieberman, although privately many acknowledge there is growing frustration with the conservative Democrat. But in what could be a sign that Reid's patience is growing thin, the Minority Leader Tuesday all but rejected a Lieberman proposal for a new "war council" made up of military and Congressional leaders similar to the one used by former President John F. Kennedy during the Vietnam War.

While saying "I think the world of Joe Lieberman," Reid nevertheless panned the council proposal as useless until the White House fully engages Congress on Iraq policy decisions.

"Frankly, until we get some direction from the White House, we can have all the meetings in the world, but until we get the commander in chief involved we're not going to get anywhere," Reid said, adding that his statement was a "very, very, very qualified no" as to whether he would support the formation of a war council.

There is a political myth that the right has been perpetuating for the last few years. It says that one cannot be critical of the president in times of war because criticism of the president is tantamount to criticism of the war itself, of the troops, and of giving aid and comfort to the enemy. Lieberman's statements give truth to this wretched lie, and I am glad it seems like the leadership within the party is slapping him down.

Howard Dean today says this:
"I think that's mostly press gobbledygook," he said. "The press wants to focus on the differences. The differences are pretty small, perhaps Senator Lieberman excepted."
The title of the article I read cannot get much better--"Dean: Democrats have United Plan." The party seems to be coalescing around the Murtha plan, or at least one that is very, very similar. We already know that Nancy Pelosi was on board, and it now seems like Reid will be too.

Dean's mouth may get away from him some times, but he isn't stupid. He knows how good Reid has been in the Senate, and understands how vital it is for all of our leaders to be singing in harmony. He has worked with the party for the past year and I am guessing he had a good conversation with Reid sometime last night over exactly how to craft the Democrats message on Iraq. That slight against Lieberman was no slip of the tongue. It was retribution.

Lieberman, it seems, is out. Everyone else is in.
-Synthesis

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

A day that will live in infamy

Today is the anniversary of the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. We of course responded by declaring War on Japan. It never crossed our mind to instead invade a nearby and uninvolved country.

My, how the times have changed.
-Synthesis

Friday, December 02, 2005

no more of this

an author over at myDD got me so upset, I actually stopped lurking and registered a user name, just so I could tell him he was being so stupid.

The thread in question.

All my responses were under the same name I use here. Go shake your web-fist at him if you can find the time.
-Synthesis