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 Fighting them there instead of here15 comments
picture12 Jul 2007 @ 23:14
After Saddam Hussein destroyed the World Trade Center - with the help of what’sname, oh you know, that guy who’s head of al Qaeda (if Bush can’t think of his name why should I?) - and we drove Saddam from power, thereby removing a greater threat than Hitler from the world’s stage, all his terrorists buddies, all those jihadi types, you know, came rushing to Iraq to take us on.  More >

 Year One of the Roberts Court8 comments
picture6 Jul 2007 @ 23:16
(The portrait to your right is of Richard Wright, as a “crossword puzzle.” It was painted by my father, Luis Quintanilla. For more portraits of writers as “how they see themselves,” go to “www.lqart.org/portsfold/writports.html”)

Well now it’s here. It’s happened.

A rightwing Supreme Court.  More >

 On Buddy's Bemusings9 comments
picture26 Jun 2007 @ 23:56
My Google web crawler brought up this piece I wrote two years ago, which appeared on Bemusings on July 14, 2005. For whatever it’s worth, here’s a glmpse at the past, and through the past at the present, since nothing appears to have changed in two years. Except the mounting dead and destruction. And the opposition to the war, which has only increased over time. And will continue to increase.

How many American soldiers were dead by July 2005? Nearly 1800.

Today's statistic is 3565. ( [link] for that source.)

When it comes to Iraqis there is no way of measuring. The number, though, is enormous.

Buddy’s Bemusings then: [link]

Buddy’s Bemusings today: [link]


BACK TO JULY, 2005...............  More >

 Pete10 comments
picture21 Jun 2007 @ 23:37
At this juncture in the Age of Bush (six years down, two to go) the gap between those who still believe and those who at least doubt has become so wide that any serious debate would require a return to rock hard fundamentals. And the fundamental facts and truths are so deeply buried beneath heaped-on piles of rhetoric the thought of going back to those seminal beginning can be mind boggling. Not after all this time. For a giant earth mover would be required to expose the actual story beneath all the heaped up rhetorical fallacies, six years now into the Age of Bush.  More >

 Up Against the Wall!18 comments
picture11 Nov 2006 @ 23:59

The right has been quite successful villifying common garden variety liberals, to the extent that rare is the politician who dares speak that name. Now they are bringing up the bugaboo of Congressional hearings. They say we must "move ahead," and forget the past for the good of the country.  More >

 We Have to Forget an “American” Victory in Iraq.13 comments
picture11 Nov 2006 @ 18:30
Solving the Iraq mess is not a matter of American goodwill. If goodwill could prevail then "we," the American people, would set things straight in Iraq.

We would abide by Colin Powell's "Pottery Barn rule."  More >

 "Islamo Fascism"13 comments
picture28 Aug 2006 @ 17:59

One fantasy leads to another.

The Neocons are great admirers of Winston Churchill. They love to constantly trot out how he stood up to Hitler when all the appeasers back in the thirties were shirking. They even do this, often enough, as if the rest of us don’t know what appeasement was all about. As if we are too ignorant to ever truly understand the present danger.

This is insulting.  More >

 "Staying the Course"33 comments
picture15 Jun 2006 @ 23:12
Russ Feingold for President?

When a new administration finally arrives (if we have a new administration in 2009) it will have a hell of a job reversing the national mood and overall national psyche. That is, if it wants to.  More >

 Can We As a Society Respect the Truth?10 comments
picture2 Apr 2006 @ 22:55
"Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies. " -- Friedrich Nietzche

"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie—deliberate, contrived and dishonest—but the myth—persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. " -- John F. Kennedy

"As long as people believe in absurdities, they will continue to commit atrocities. "--Voltaire  More >

 The Looney Left13 comments
picture21 Mar 2006 @ 00:17
And what about the true believers?

I was in the mood to listen to the Chorus of the Right a few night’s ago (there's really not much choice if you want to listen to talk radio here in Providence in the evening: it's all Hannity and Savage and the like.) So I settled down with Laura Ingraham.  More >



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William Faulkner
Mosquitoes


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