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American Gestapo: The sequel

Phil Francis is a liar. Phil who? Phil Francis. Ordinarily we wouldn't give a damn who Phil Francis is but his emergence as yet another lying bureaucrat in a federal government filled with liars makes him worthy of mention.
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George W. Bush’s killer elite

Erik Prince looks like the all-American boy but don’t let the good looks fool you. The trim, articulate 38-year-old served in the Navy SEALs, an elite commando unit. Ten years ago, Prince decided the particular set of skills used by himself and others could be put to more lucrative use on the private market, so he started Blackwater USA, a firm of mercenaries for hire, killers for profit who have profited extremely well in President George W. Bush’s illegal and immoral war in Iraq.
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Let the right wing take a hike

The marauding pack of jackals known as the rabid right wing of the Republican Party is pissed over not getting what it wants and is threatening to leave the GOP to back a third party candidate. Good. Let them go. It’s time the rabid right returned to the political stone age where they belong. If Republicans want to have any shot at remaining a viable political force in this nation they need to shed themselves of these political Neanderthals and pay more attention to the realities of modern day America. Let the hypocritical right go the way of the Druids.
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They say it’s our birthday!

Thirteen years ago, I woke up early, made coffee, and wandered into the den of our Arlington, Virginia, home to check my email. I had just returned from an overseas assignment and had a few days off. The morning email brought a notice from PSI, my Internet service provider, offering 5 megabytes of free space for a web site. I had time to kill so I used the ISP's form-based page builder to create a one page political newsletter and wrote a 500-word piece about the upcoming elections.
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You can’t redeem a political whore

When historians sit down to write the sad, tattered, corrupt legacy of President George W. Bush, let's hope they do acknowledge his singular accomplishment as President - the redemption, at least in the public eye, of another corrupt, morally-flawed President: William Jefferson Clinton. It is ironic that Clinton, who brought immeasurable amounts of shame and disgrace onto the White House and the Presidency, is now viewed in favorable light when compared to the shenanigans of Bush and his gang.
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A rare moment of truth on Capitol Hill

A rare, defining moment that cut through the fog of political rhetoric emerged on Capitol Hill Tuesday as Gen. David Petraeus wound up his second day of testimony on President George W. Bush’s failed Iraq war. Sen. John Warner, the moderate Virginia Republican who now questions Bush’s handling of the war, asked Gen. Petraeus if America is a safer place as a result of the war that has cost more American lives than the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
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The war against terror is over: We lost

Tuesday’s sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, will unfortunately turn into a glut of self-serving reasons to use the tragic events for political, philosophical or personal advantage. Candidates for President will talk endlessly about how they could have better handled the events that cost more than 3,000 Americans their lives on that devastating day.
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Larry Craig should stay and fight

When you get past the hyperbole, the political posturing and the blatant partisanship you can’t escape the feeling that Sen. Larry Craig was railroaded. Abandoned by his party, vilified by his critics and slammed by the right, Craig hinted Tuesday he may stay and fight. He should. Larry Craig may be a hypocrite when it comes to gay issues but the rush to banish him from the halls of power says more about the homophobia of others.
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