March 16, 2014

Letter to the Editor

 
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January 21, 2014

Republican Track Record Never Counts

 
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October 6, 2013

Your Republican "Party" - Part II*

 
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September 26, 2013

Your Republican "Party"*

 
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August 15, 2013

Massive Surveillance But No Gun Control

 
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August 1, 2013

The Democrats and Immigration Reform

 
This blog has proven that Democrats are saps who allow Republicans to walk all over them, most recently, here
and here. One of the points I've made is that Democrats have fostered Republican double standards. And here's more proof of that.

One of the aspects of the immigration reform bill is $46 billion for more border security that Republicans wanted demanded. But do we need to spend that much? And how much of a difference will it make?

Sure, the borders can always use more fencing and more patrols. But that doesn't mean we should be spending $46 billion if it won't make that much of a difference, especially if it will be just another pork-filled handout to private industry.

With this kind of spending, it's very important to be practical, and make sure taxpayers get the most bang for the buck (which is something politicians never understand, but that's another story). For instance, can the $46 billion be better spent on health care, infrastructure, mass transit, education, cancer research and/or green technology R&D? Sure, you can ask that question about all government spending. But was there even a thoughtful discussion to determine if the borders really do need a $46 billion upgrade? Granted, this is Washington and the next time there's a thoughtful discussion about anything, it'll be the first time. But I hope we're not taking the Republican's word for it because they scream for tax cuts after taxes are cut. So of course they're going to want more money for border security, whether it's needed or not. The hell with fiscal responsibility. Republicans just want to take a hard line on illegals because that's what keeps their moronic base all riled up; and in the process, hand work orders to their politically-connected friends (another example of politicians doing the wrong things for the wrong reasons, but that too is a another story).

But you see how things work? When Republicans want something that we may not really need, or may not be all that practical, Democrats just give it to them. No questions asked. Whatever it takes to get the bill through. But when Democrats want something, forget it. It'll be over the Republican's dead bodies.

Also, where's the $46 billion in spending cuts to pay for this additional border security? Because whenever Democrats call for "additional deficit spending," Republicans force them to come up with corresponding "offsets" to pay for it. Hell, Republicans do it for them!

So where's the offsets for the $46 billion? They're aren't any!

Apparently, they're coming from the money that will be saved from immigration reform. But can you imagine if Democrats wanted billions of dollars to subsidize say health insurance for the uninsured, and "pay for it" with the money the government would save from not having to pay out of pocket for the uninsured's health care costs? There's no way Republicans would allow Democrats to get away with that. But Republicans are getting away with $46 billion in new deficit spending without any offsets. And there's not a word about it from Democrats.

So you see how things work? When Republicans want something, Democrats not only give it to them, but they don't force Republicans to come up with spending cuts to pay for it. But when Democrats want something, forget it. Not gonna happen, unless it's something like Hurricane Sandy emergency relief aid. Republicans will let them have that...eventually. And not without a long, drawn out fight (see, also, the 9/11 First Responders bill). And Democrats have to pay every penny of it with real dollar for dollar spending cuts.

And I don't want to hear that this $46 billion for border security is what "compromise" is all about. Either we need $46 billion in border security, and it would be money well spent, or it isn't. It shouldn't be in the bill at all if it's not needed or not practical. And if it is needed, whether it's $46 billion or $46 Republicans should be forced to come up with offsets to pay for it just like Democrats would be forced to (even more so since it's not emergency relief aid).

But Republicans aren't. Why? Because the bullied and intimidated Democrats are wimps and allow these Republican double standards to take hold.

On another note, more patrols and more fencing at the border is the typical "solution" to the immigration problem that you'd expect from the ignorant. It's like "thinking" that more jails and more guns in the hands of "law abiding citizens" are legitimate ways to stop crime (you're better off putting a fraction of that money into midnight basketball and drug treatment centers). Or that "killing all the terrorists" by dropping one bomb after another will make us safer (which just creates more terrorists that we'll have to drop more bombs on, which creates more terrorists that we'll have to drop more bombs on, and the ignorant, insane cycle continues).

These impulsive, impractical, short-sighed, political-pandering, 19th century "solutions" won't solve problems. They just waste time, money and resources. Sure, $46 billion pumped into the borders will help, but it won't make that much of a difference. And in a few years, Republicans will come back and ask demand more money for even bigger fences and even more patrols. And the Democrats will give it to them. And the ignorant, insane cycle will continue.

But all this may be all academic anyway since House Republicans are dragging their feet on the bill because they have to keep their moronic base perpetually engaged at Obama and the Democrats. And they do that with their usual pugnacious and partisan confrontations with Democrats - even if they get what they want, and even if it means alienating themselves even further from Hispanics - and blocking the legislation, or any legislation. The country be damned.

And by blowing up the process, it's win-win for Republicans because 1) nothing gets done which is always a victory for the GOP, and 2) they can blame Obama for it (if that's contradictory, well, welcome to the world of Republican politics). And that further inflames their base and the manipulated, manufactured and brainwashed hatred they have for him and Democrats, which Democrats have allowed to fester for years. And the ignorant, insane cycle continues.

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July 23, 2013

America's Freedoms and Values*

 
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June 17, 2013

Impeach Obama But Not Bush?

 
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May 1, 2013

Barack Obama and the Democrats

 
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December 29, 2012

Guns*

 
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July 10, 2012

The Power of a Cult's Lies, Ignorance and Hypocrisy*

 
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March 27, 2012

Hypocritical, Theocratic Bullies*

 
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December 15, 2011

The Payroll Tax Cut *

 
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November 14, 2011

Idea for the Occupy Wall Street Protestors

 
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November 12, 2011

The Right and Occupy Wall Street*

 
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October 19, 2011

E-Mail to Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren

 
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October 15, 2011

Letter to the Editor *

 
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October 6, 2011

Sickening Display of Republican Ignorance*

 
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September 19, 2011

Republican Double Standards*

 
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August 9, 2011

The Debt Ceiling "Deal"

 
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July 30, 2011

The Takeover of American Politics and Government*

 
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May 29, 2011

Tortured Logic

 
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February 27, 2011

Implementing the Conservative Agenda*

 
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February 10, 2011

Health Insurance for Conservatives

 
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February 7, 2011

Charlie Chaplin

 
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January 8, 2011

Letter to the Editor

 
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December 2, 2010

Sickening Pathetic Saps

 
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November 9, 2010

Obama's Not a Liberal!

 
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October 23, 2010

What Should Liberals do on Election Day?*

 
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October 7, 2010

Letter to the Editor*

 
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September 17, 2010

Obama Keeps Pandering to Conservatives

 
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September 7, 2010

The "How"

 
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August 15, 2010

The Conservative Cult's Propaganda Machine*

 
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May 22, 2010

Glenn Beck Proves Me Right

 
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May 3, 2010

The Health Care Debacle *

 
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March 31, 2010

What President are Liberals Watching?

 
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March 25, 2010

Why Would Anyone Listen to a Republican?

 
For a year we heard the rhetoric spewing from the right about health care reform. They called it "socialism" (I wish), "a government take-over" (I wish), and said it contained "death panels" and that it will destroy the country.

But despite all that, health care reform (if you want to call it that) finally got through Congress without a vote from a single Republican. Not one. We'll have to wait a few years to see if the legislation actually makes a difference. But if history is any indication, it might work better then I expect it to because a broken clock is right more often then Republicans.

Read this. It's a list of what Republicans said when they opposed Social Security in 1935, opposed Medicare in 1965 and opposed Bill Clinton's tax increases in 1994.

Their words in opposition are always the same: fear and demise.
The result is always the same too: they were wrong.

Not a single Republican voted for Clinton's tax increases either. They basically said the economic sky was going to fall in. Since the 1990s were one of the best economic times in the country's history, they weren't just wrong, they couldn't have been more wrong.

And let's not forget Iraq - the non-existent WMDs, that we'd be greeted as liberators, and the oil would pay for the war - dead wrong; and their brilliant idea to deregulate Wall St. and not to regulate derivatives - couldn't be more wrong. Again. And when Obama's "death panels" fail to materialize, they'll really, really, really be wrong...again.

That's some record. In fact, the Republicans remind me of a scene in the Honeymooners, the one where "Ralph" tries to sell the handy kitchen helper and "Alice" was going over all his other "crazy hair-brained schemes," all of which failed:

Ralph: Nobody's a hundred percent, Alice
Alice: You are. You've been wrong every time.

Republicans are wrong every time too. And yet, the GOP still has tens of millions of followers who believe, and will continue to believe, everything they say (and the so called "liberal media" will be right there to record every word of it).

Would you ask the 1962 Mets how to build a baseball team? Would you ask Gen. Custer about a battle plan? Would you ask George Bush to run a war? Would you ask "Wrong Way" Corrigan for directions? Would you go into business with "Ralph Kramden"? No, no, no, no, and no. Then why the hell would anyone with half a brain ever listen to a Republican about health care anything?

Ask a silly question...

Next on the Congressional docket is financial/Wall St. reform (by all means, let's listen to what Republicans have to say!). So the GOP will:

1. Tell us they have all the answers.
2. Call for "bipartisanship," which means total capitulation from the Democrats and giving Republicans everything they want.
3. Say the legislation Democrats are calling for will "destroy the free market," "destroy capitalism," and "destroy the country."
4. Whip up fear and rage among their brainwashed base.
5. Lie, spin, throw spitballs - whatever it takes - to prevent Democrats from passing real reform.

So...

6. A watered down version will get through, with a handful of Republican votes (if any).
7. Democrats pat themselves on the back on a job "well done."
8. Within 10 years a "too big to fail" (investment) bank fails, taking down part of the economy with it.
9. Republicans blame liberals, Democrats and "big government."


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March 13, 2010

The Republican Cult's Propaganda and "Argument"*

 
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January 16, 2010

Barack Obama and the Democrats

 
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October 24, 2009

More Republican Logic*

 
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September 10, 2009

Fax to my Congressman Regarding Health Care

 
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What Liberal Media?

 
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September 5, 2009

Republicans Hate America/Hypocrites!

 
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August 2, 2009

The Republican Cult on Health Care*

 
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June 19, 2009

More Republican Hypocrisy

 
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May 24, 2009

Letter to the Editor (and More)*

 
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April 28, 2009

More Republican Hypocrisy*

 
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March 14, 2009

An Observation

 
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February 28, 2009

Letter to the Secretary of Transporation

 
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Health Care

 
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November 2, 2008

More Republican Hypocrisy*

 
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October 27, 2008

Liberalism vs. Conservatism*

 
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October 18, 2008

Molly Ivins Told Everyone So

 
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October 17, 2008

A Hell of a Quote From a Hell of a Man

 
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September 21, 2008

The Republican Cult*

 
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September 11, 2008

Random, But Insightful Thoughts*

 
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August 31, 2008

Bush Creates a New Enemy...on Purpose

 
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August 13, 2008

The Surge*

 
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January 19, 2008

Letter to the Editor

 
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September 9, 2007

A Plan For Iraq*

 
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July 29, 2007

The Republican Party's True Intentions are Revealed*

 
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July 4, 2007

Letter to the Editor*

 
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June 2, 2007

"Progress"

 
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April 15, 2007

More Hypocrisy

 
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April 3, 2007

More White House Hypocrisy and Chutzpah

 
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March 19, 2007

More Proof That the Republican Party is a Cult

 
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March 7, 2007

More Random But Insightful Thoughts

 
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February 6, 2007

Molly Ivins

 
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December 30, 2006

Breaking News!

 
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November 4, 2006

More Bush Incompetence, Hypocrisy and Chutzpah

 
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October 28, 2006

Random But Insightful Thoughts*

 
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September 18, 2006

Bush's Incompetent War on Terrorism*

 
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August 24, 2006

Bush Totally Responsible for Mideast Disarray*

 
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August 8, 2006

Bush Responsible for Mideast Disarray*

 
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August 3, 2006

Irony

 
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July 10, 2006

I'm Sick and Tired of Republicans*

 
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June 24, 2006

More Republican Logic and Stupidity*

 
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May 20, 2006

E-Mail to CBS News, ABC News and NBC News

 
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May 16, 2006

Letter to the Editor

 
Published in its entirety

With their poll numbers plummeting, President Bush and the Republicans believe the best way to get their conservative base back is to hand them more tax cuts. But why should the country have to pay for their incompetent governance and irresponsible largess at a time when the country can least afford it?

With a city to rebuild, two wars to pay for, ports to secure, and an exploding budget deficit and national debt, this new $70 billion tax cut could have obviously been put to better use.

But these tax cuts are wrong for another reason. During WWII my parents and grandparents sacrificed - everything from food to fuel was rationed. But since 9/11 the only sacrifice George Bush has asked of the country is to "go shopping." He won't even ask the public to conserve energy. How pathetic.

So while the wealthy are throwing lavish parties with their wartime tax cuts, brave soldiers are risking - and losing - their lives everyday. That's obscene and a slap in the face to every man and woman in uniform.

If Republicans want to cut taxes, why not make the salary of every soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan 100% free of federal and state tax? It can be paid for by repealing all of Bush's feckless tax cuts; and there might be money left over to pay for these wars so our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren won't have to.

But since their selfish priorities are to pander to their selfish constituency - even during wartime
- the GOP would never think of anything as practical and patriotic.

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May 15, 2006

More Bush Logic

 
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May 8, 2006

Clueless Pelosi on Meet the Press

 
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April 8, 2006

Again, What "Liberal" Media?*

 
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March 18, 2006

George Bush is Mentally Ill (Seriously)*

 
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March 7, 2006

More Republican Logic

 
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March 4, 2006

Constitutional Amendment for Abortion Rights

 
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March 2, 2006

Two Letters to the Editor

 
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February 25, 2006

The Republican Party is a Cult*

 
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February 7, 2006

I'm Mad as Hell...at Democrats!

 
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January 12, 2006

Bush Spins Criminal Activity*

 
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December 29, 2005

More Republican Logic and Hypocrisy*

 
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December 10, 2005

We Can't Leave and We Can't Stay*

 
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November 16, 2005

A Stubborn, Immature, Vindictive President*

 
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November 13, 2005

What "Liberal" Media?

 
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November 5, 2005

More Foolish GOP Spin

 
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October 30, 2005

Idea for Troop Withdrawal

 
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October 26, 2005

GOP Spin Makes Them Look Foolish*

 
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October 6, 2005

We the People...* Part 2

 
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September 20, 2005

When Would Republicans Raise Taxes?* Part 1

 
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September 8, 2005

Hurricane George*

 
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August 27, 2005

9/11: Bush's Arrogance, Incompetence & Partisanship*

 
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August 20, 2005

Letter to the Editor

 
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Logic Proves Rove is Gulity

 
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Letter to the Editor*

 
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What "Progress?"

 
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When Would Republicans Oppose a War?

 
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Thank You, Karl Rove!

 
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Legitimate Questions About our Troops

 
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GOP Spinning Downing St. Memo

 
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Pathological GOP Hypocrisy

 
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Logic Proves War is Based on Lies*

 
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"It's About the History, Stupid"*

 
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A Colossal Disaster

 
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Bush's Brainwashed Base*

 
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The Costs of a Senseless War*

 
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"Liberal" Media?

 
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The Nazis and the GOP (This is Scary)*

 
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More GOP Hypocrisy

 
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My Response to an Op-Ed Article*

 
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Now It's About "Democracy?"

 
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Letter to the Editor

 
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Bush is a Bigger Menace than Hussein

 
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Logical Questions

 
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GOP (Hypocrisy) on Kosovo

 
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Blatant GOP Hypocrisy*

 
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Republicans & Stem Cell Research

 
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Kerry's Record?

 
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More Bush Spin

 
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Logic Proves Bush & Cheney to be Liars

 
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Bush's Twisted Logic

 
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Who Forgot About 9/11?

 
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A Riddle

 
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A Must Read

 
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What Mistakes?

 
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More Bush Spin and Damage Control

 
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Bush Spins Just Like Clinton

 
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A Must Read

 
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The Truth Behind George W. Bush*

 
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Bush's Vacation

 
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President Bush's Report Card*

 
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How Come?

 
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A Senseless War*

 
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To President Bush

 
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