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As you can see from the above map, Israel, those ' Zionist interlopers', as Iranian president Ahmadinejad calls them, are really crowding the surrounding Muslim countries in the Middle East (Israel is the tiny sliver of yellow in the middle, next to the sea). It's getting so an Allah-fearing Muslim can barely breathe these days without a Jew fouling up the air in the neighborhood. I hear there is even a Jew in Iran. The nerve. On the plus side, it's said the Jew in Iran DOES know his place as a second class mud person infidel, descended from pigs.
Why is it that the Clinton's can lie through their teeth on a regular basis and never get called on it by the mainstream media, even when the lies come only a few days apart ? Okay, my friends, put your hands down, I know you all know the answer. This is for those 'other' people, the ones who think the Clintons can do no wrong, who think the Clintons actually have decency and character and things like that.
On John Edwards website, he says he wants to get rid of those Two Americas he's always talking about. The site says "Building One America will take strong, bold steps, not incremental steps and half measures. Edwards has proposed detailed plans to put Washington back on the side of regular families".
Some of the presidential candidates are beginning to come out with their plans to fix Social Security. A common idea among many Democratic contenders is that the way to close the coming SS gap (the shortage of SS revenue relative to retiree payouts that will occur after the baby boomers retire) is to simply remove the SS payroll tax ceiling, thus subjecting all of a wealthier person's wages to the 12.2% SS payroll tax. Currently, only the first $97,000 of a person's wages is subject to the tax. Barack Obama has recently come out with this proposal..
The Republican presidential frontrunners have declined an invitation to be involved in a PBS debate on minority issues at a black college, to be hosted by Tavis Smiley. Earlier in the year, all but one GOP candidate declined a similar NAACP event. Ditto for a debate on a spanish language television channel. You can read the story here.
It has now become obvious what these men are doing, and I'd like to utter a string of curse words here at the cowardice they are displaying. I submit that if the Republican frontrunners are too afraid to air their views in front of what they perceive will be a hostile crowd (90% of black people vote Democrat, and PBS has a pronouned leftward lean), then THEY ARE NOT FIT TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. The president of the country represents ALL the people of the country, not just the ones it is politically convenient to represent. If they are afraid they will be asked some hard questions, well boo-hoo, then get out of the race. They are SUPPOSED TO BE ASKED HARD QUESTIONS. I had similar disdain for the Democratic candidates earlier this year when the Dems all passed on a debate because it was being hosted by conservative leaning Fox News. It looks to me like we have a bunch of spineless jellyfish wanting to become the leader of the free world and commander in chief. I have only one word in response: NO !
Welcome to the All Da King's Men blog. This site will feature primarily political and current issues content. The blog title obviously comes from the Robert Penn Warren novel All The King's Men, which was about the rise to power of fictional political boss Willie Stark. The blog title also has a personal meaning to me, which shall remain a secret for now.
My personal overall political bent tends to be libertarian/conservative, though not 100% of the time. There are exceptions to everything. The blog topics will reflect that. I generally favor limited government with low taxes and low government spending, which makes me nearly extinct in today's political climate, which I'd describe as all out political 'pander-monium'. I might not go quite as far as Mark Twain did by calling Congress the 'only native criminal class', but it's always wise to keep a watchful eye on the folks who can reach into your pocket and appropriate your money.
Hillary has announced her new universal health care plan, and I have to say, I like it better than the old plan already. For one thing, the new plan is only 16 pages long, while her 1993 version was about the size of the Old Testament. Plus, nearly half of the 16 pages are just pictures of people smiling over the wonderfulness of Hillary's happy health care plan, so the actual text is probably only 8-10 pages written in a large font. I'm sure Hillary has covered all the health care bases though, because, after all, her husband balanced the federal budget in the year 2000. You can link to Hillary's health care plan here
After the Minneapolis I-35 bridge collapsed, leaving 13 people dead, much was said about our misplaced state and federal spending priorities. The mainstream media and the Democrats (which might seem like two separate entities, but are actually one and the same) mostly blamed Bush, citing the high cost of the Iraq war, or blamed poor Republican leadership in general, with statements like "Republicans are for less government, so of course infrastructure is going to deteriorate. Republicans favor tax cuts for the rich, so they don't care if your family members are killed by collapsing bridges as long as Halliburton stockholders can increase their bottom line". We will set aside for the moment that the Minneapolis bridge had been classified as 'structurally deficient' since 1991, or that there are many, many, many other bridges in the same deficient category all across the country, and have been for a long, long, long time. That stuff is politically inconvenient.
For anyone who isn't familiar with the story of the teen racial problems in the small southern town of Jena, Louisiana, there is a pretty good overview of the smarmy tale here
There is a lot to sort out amid all the conflicting stories being thrown out by the teenagers on both sides of the Jena dustup, but there is one thing I think we can all agree on, based on witness accounts from both sides: those six black kids (the "Jena Six") DID beat and stomp that white kid into unconsciousness, and that IS a violent crime. At least I hope we can all agree on that, being reasonable people.