Monday, February 27, 2006

Dean was right. Still is.

Via Booman, a couple good C&L posts about Howard Dean, and how he was right on every point of the war in Iraq, and continues to be right regarding pullout. Too bad the "liberal media" screwed him over with the "scream." What a fraud that was...

by Robster @ 2/27/2006 09:55:00 AM PERMALink

Saturday, February 18, 2006

A little fun with the internets

Breaking news, Cheney strikes again! I'm the victim today, while Sir Oolius was the victim yesterday.

PZMyers of Pharyngula also sends us all to Springfield...

And yes, that is what I look like... Yellow, no chin, three fingers on each hand... Except for the flannel...

by Robster @ 2/18/2006 12:38:00 PM PERMALink

Friday, February 17, 2006

What Sirota said...

David Sirota has some things to say about Paul Hacket's dropping out of the race in Ohio. I think it's worth taking a look.
So let's say it actually is true that Sens. Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer called a couple of big donors to tell them not to give any more money to Hackett and instead give money to Brown. Remember, they have denied doing that - but let's just take Hackett's conspiracy theory as fact for a moment. Here's a question: if Hackett was such a strong candidate building such a national movement with such devoted supporters as he purports - why would those donors listen?

I mean, come on folks - the idea that these Senators have that much control is terribly naive, especially at a time when most people admit that one of the big problems plaguing the party is not enough unity. Sure, they might have some sway - but again, if Hackett was such a strong candidate with such a fervent national following as people purport - why would those donors listen to a call from Schumer or Reid? The answer, as anyone who has ever worked in the political fundraising world, is that they wouldn't listen. And that means what really happened was Hackett didn't have the fundraising base he would need to begin with.

Second question: if people are angry about there now not being a primary, and thus voters aren't going to make the decision between Hackett and Brown, why are people upset with everyone other than Paul Hackett for that reality? Last I checked, he was the one who decided not to take the question to voters. So if people are going to be mad at anyone about the "let the people decide" issue, shouldn't they be mad at Hackett?
Here's the cold, hard truth: Paul Hackett was going to get crushed by Sherrod Brown. Paul Hackett's internal polls showed Paul Hackett that right before Paul Hacket decided to leave the race.

Those poll numbers were not surprising - Sherrod Brown has been a progressive champion building grassroots support around Ohio for years, while Paul Hackett had been on the political stage for less than a year. That doesn't mean Paul Hackett isn't a good guy, with a lot of potential - it's just political reality.
This is why I like Sirota. He asks the uncomfortable questions.

by Robster @ 2/17/2006 08:46:00 PM PERMALink

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Dignity for the fallen

This article comes from UK's own Kentucky Kernel, with more at the link.
It had been five days since Army Sgt. Paul Saylor died in Iraq. His Humvee had crashed into a roadside canal in Mahmudiyah, Iraq, and he drowned. He was 21.

Back in Bremen, the Saylors asked their funeral home director, Bill Hightower, if Paul's body could be prepared for viewing. An Armed Forces medical examiner had recommended that body not be viewed due to decomposition - but they wanted to know.

Hightower said there was nothing he could do. The body had rotted.
This isn't how we should be treating our fallen, or their families.

The family of Sgt. Saylor has set up a website, Go, read their story, and sign their petition to get mortuary facilities and proper procedures to honor our war dead properly.

by Robster @ 2/16/2006 12:22:00 AM PERMALink

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Why we need hate crime legislation

I've been crazy ass busy lately, hence the lack of blogging, but I wanted to post this piece once I had thought it over. I was ambivilent to the reason behind hate crime legislation, but Russ of Pam's House Blend won me over.

Take a look for yourself. I think you will find it worthwhile

by Robster @ 2/15/2006 03:19:00 PM PERMALink