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Compassionate incompetence


Fri, Sep 16th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

Ah, yes, compassion. I will give the benefit of the doubt (reluctantly) that George Bush and his administration wanted to act, that they felt some sense of duty to respond to their fellow citizens struggling in the gloom of New Orleans after Katrina. But like deer frozen by the oncoming headlights, they were immobilized by the magnitude of what they were seeing and the knowledge that they were incapable of acting.Michael Brown, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, resigned last week after being recalled to Washington by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, supposedly to be ready to respond to the next emergency should it come.It was only days ago that George Bush stood in front of the cameras surrounded by sycophants telling Michael Brown, “You’re doing a heck of a job, Brownie,” in that Oh-shucks-kind-of-way Bush has. The entourage clapped politely while Brown continued to stare into the headlights.Brown’s last job was as director of the International Arabian Horse Association, where he was eventually asked to resign. How those credentials prepared Mr. Brown to lead the emergency response to the greatest natural disaster America has ever faced can only be answered by George Bush himself, the man who hired him.“Take whatever idiot they have at the top, give me a better idiot. Give me a caring idiot. Just don’t give me the same idiot,” Aaron Broussard, the president of Jefferson Parish told CBS news, referring to Brown and FEMA.Why are we not surprised by this? But then who in Bush’s administration has ever had to prove their skills and abilities - Cheney, Rumsfield, Rice, Bolton, Chertoff ...? Who in this administration has ever been held accountable for not getting the job done?So know this. When George Bush gives a feeble mea culpa to the nation two weeks after the crap has hit the fan he is responding to his poll numbers and not to a sense of decency and responsibility.That Katrina happened in the shadow of the fourth anniversary of 9/11 only makes more poignant the sense that our leaders have lost their bearings, and can no longer lead this country.The bungled war on terror and the quagmire in Iraq; tax cuts for the rich, while there are 37 million people in America below the poverty line; tax credits for oil producers in the face of rising gas prices when we need an energy and conservation pol .....
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Déja vu all over again

Fri, Sep 2nd, 2005
Posted in Commentary

This has been the summer of the Hollywood remake. “The Longest Yard,” “The Bad News Bears,” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” are all movies with old story lines re-made with new actors and faux glitz and sold to an unsuspecting public as new e ..... 
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A case for Intelligent Design

Fri, Aug 26th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

There are some common misperceptions about the Intelligent Design (ID) theory. It is not an attempt to prove the validity of scripture. Moreover, it doesn’t even have a particularly religious basis.  Historically, the questio ..... 
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The gospel according to Pat

Fri, Aug 26th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

You’ve probably heard of the row caused by tele-evangelist Pat Robertson’s recent remarks on the 700 Club that the US should whack - to use the vernacular of Tony Soprano - as in, knock off, pop, erase, kill - Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez.[Read the Rest]

Faith-based science doesn’t belong in our schools

Fri, Aug 12th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

President Bush is now advocating the teaching of “intelligent design” in our schools. Intelligent design (ID) holds that certain features of our universe are best explained by an “intelligent” cause rather than by natural selection.

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John Bolton and the Peter Principle

Fri, Aug 5th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

While Congress was dashing for the exits so that they could get back to their districts to tell voters what a wonderful job they were doing in Wash-ing-ton-dee-cee, old quick draw George was presenting John Bolton as the next ambassador to the UN.[Read the Rest]

When government shuts down

Fri, Jul 8th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

There’s enough blame to go around in St. Paul. The inability for the governor and the legislature to get the job done and keep Minnesota running is a shameful lesson in how party politics has seized state government.

Somewhere b ..... 
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Tom Cruise and Bozo the Clown

Fri, Jul 1st, 2005
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I am a strong supporter of people worshiping whatever and whomever they want.

You want to pray to your ancestors, the Kitchen God or Bozo the Clown, more power to you, I say. You want to put needles in dolls like practitioners o ..... 
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A vacuum of trust

Fri, Jun 17th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

The Vietnam era, from the war’s questionable beginnings in the late 1950’s and early 60’s to the climatic fall of Nixon with Watergate in 1974, helped to create skepticism about government for many of my generation.

No longer d ..... 
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