Friday, January 12, 2007

Finally, Someone I Can Vote For

Ron Paul is considering running for the presidency. At last an anti-war, pro-life candidate who doesn't shill for corporate interests.

"Dr. No" voted against the authorization of force in Iraq and believes that the US should withdrawal from the United Nations. He opposed the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), arguing correctly that it would increase the size of government and diminish American sovereignty, and has supported border security and opposed illegal immigration. He voted against allowing gay couples in Washington, DC to adopt but opposed re-writing the Constitution by voting against the Federal Marriage Amendment. Unlike "pro-life" GOPers who merely want an issue to gin up the Christian Right, Paul introduced legislation to prohibit the Supreme Court from ruling on issues relating to abortion, birth control, the definition of marriage and homosexuality and states that the court's precedent in these areas would no longer be binding. Heck, he even supports the gold-standard.

Do you think the Religious Right will support this agenda? Unfortunately, the question is merely rhetorical.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Better Get Ready to Duck and Cover

The Israelis are making contingency plans to bomb Iran if they can't con us into doing it for them:

ISRAEL has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons.

Two Israeli air force squadrons are training to blow up an Iranian facility using low-yield nuclear "bunker-busters", according to several Israeli military sources.

"As soon as the green light is given, it will be one mission, one strike and the Iranian nuclear project will be demolished," said one of the sources.

Before resorting to take matters into their own hands, however, look for a vast propaganda drive by The Lobby to create a "bipartisan consensus" that action has to be taken to prevent a nuclear Iran. Brigadier General Oded Tira has already issued the marching orders: "President Bush lacks the political power to attack Iran. As an American strike in Iran is essential for our existence, we must help him pave the way by lobbying the Democratic Party (which is conducting itself foolishly) and US newspaper editors. We need to do this in order to turn the Iranian issue to a bipartisan one and unrelated to the Iraq failure."

It looks like the new minority leader, Steny Hoyer, is already on board.

Fifty percent of Americans think a link existed between Saddam and al-Qaeda. I guess you can fool half the people all the time.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

More on Pinochet

From George Reisman at LRC. Several obituaries written for the New York Times. Note that it is Pinochet who "ruled by terror."

December 11, 2006, Augusto Pinochet, Dictator Who Ruled by Terror in Chile, Dies at 91

September 10, 1976, Friday, . . . Mao Tse-tung Dies in Peking at 82; Leader of Red China's Revolution

March 6, 1953, Friday, Stalin Rose From Czarist Oppression to Transform Russia Into Mighty Socialist State; RUTHLESS IN MOVING TO GOALS

January 24, 1924, Thursday, ENORMOUS CROWDS VIEW LENIN'S BODY AS IT LIES IN STATE; Wait Hours in Snow and Zero Temperature Outside Moscow Nobles' Club. COFFIN CARRIED FIVE MILES Members of Council of Commissars Stagger Under Load, Refusing Gun Caisson. LENIN CALLED A CHRISTIAN Archbishop Summons Synod to Declare Founder of Bolshevism Member of Church. ENORMOUS CROWDS VIEW LENIN'S BODY