Monday, April 9, 2007

Post-Easter Roundup

When I heard rumblings that Newt Gingrich was making a public comeback and thinking about running for President, I knew that it was only a matter of time before he imploded. I am shocked that it happened so soon. You may have heard that Newt made a comment that bilingual education is so ghetto. Now he has released a empirial non-apology, apology in two languages. I think I have the perfect running mate for Newt. I must give him props for stating the obvious about the need for Gonzales to find out what its like to be fired for political reasons (oh! what irony that would be!) I have to say I missed Newt "All-you-have-to-do-is-send-poor-children-to-Dickensonian-orphanages" Gingrich. Our cats were given a Newt catnip chewtoy way back in 1994, it may be time to dig that up -- they LOVED Newt!

Sending a Woman to Do a Man's Job?...It seems the Whitehouse and all the usual suspects are up in arms over Pelosi talking to the Syrians and respecting their culture by wearing a headdress (Oh my! Political Correctness! For Shame!). It doesn't matter that the Baker commission advised that this was the best way to accomplish a resolution in the region and Bush decided to ignore that. It doesn't matter that the Baker version of Surge was only supposed to be in a shorter time frame than Bush imagines and uncertain of its success. Bush ignores this and a smaller force with an open-ended time frame -- complete opposite of Baker. I totally understand that Congress is not supposed to conduct foreign policy, but what if the executive refuses to conduct foreign policy in line with the wishes of the American people? Last November was a clear message that the majority of American voters wanted a plan to get out of Iraq, not escalate it. Voters clearly have lost faith in Bush to be able to do anything and it looks like even the Pope has too (not to mention one of the Iraqis who was shown to be knocking down Saddam's statue). Democrats were sent in to change course in Iraq, at least someone realizes that they work for the people.

Quote of the Day: "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in a final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed—those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending its money alone—it is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children." —Dwight Eisenhower, Speech (1953)

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