In the lead up to the Iraq war and its later conduct, I saw at a minimum, true dereliction, negligence and irresponsibility

The whole voting machine mess is going to haunt us for years. It just seems absurd that we do not have some bottom line standard for an audit trail. Diebold Hid Faulty Machines From Elections Board. It doesn’t matter which side will actually win in any race, especially a race won by a few percentage points, it will be tainted. While I hope most people will use absentee ballots, that will still leave many voters who will use Diebold machines.

What is the biggest feature missing from Firefox v2.0 and Opera? A little button where you can toggle off flash ads.

Vote for the party with a plan, vote for the party that absolutely guarantees more of this, U.S. Deaths In Iraq Near Peak Months. In this artcle about Iran, Daniel Ellsberg really nails what is wrong with the Republican approach to Iraq and to terrorism in general,

One insider aware of the Iraq plans, and knowledgeable about the inevitably disastrous result of executing those plans, was Richard Clarke, chief of counterterrorism for George W. Bush and adviser to three presidents before him. He had spent September 11, 2001, in the White House, coordinating the nation’s response to the attacks. He reports in his memoir, Against All Enemies, discovering the next morning, to his amazement, that most discussions there were about attacking Iraq.

Clarke told Bush and Rumsfeld that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, or with its perpetrator, Al Qaeda. As Clarke said to Secretary of State Colin Powell that afternoon, “Having been attacked by al Qaeda, for us now to go bombing Iraq in response”-which Rumsfeld was already urging-“would be like our invading Mexico after the Japanese attacked us at Pearl Harbor.”

Actually, Clarke foresaw that it would be much worse than that. Attacking Iraq not only would be a crippling distraction from the task of pursuing the real enemy but would in fact aid that enemy: “Nothing America could have done would have provided al Qaeda and its new generation of cloned groups a better recruitment device than our unprovoked invasion of an oil-rich Arab country.”

I single out Clarke-by all accounts among the best of the best of public servants-only because of his unique role in counterterrorism and because, thanks to his illuminating 2004 memoir, we know his thoughts at that time, and, in particular, the intensity of his anguish and frustration. Such a memoir allows us, as we read each new revelation, to ask a simple question: What difference might it have made to events if he had told us this at the time?

Clarke was not, of course, the only one who could have told us, or told Congress. We know from other accounts that both of his key judgments-the absence of linkage between Al Qaeda and Saddam and his correct prediction that “attacking Iraq would actually make America less secure and strengthen the broader radical Islamic terrorist movement”-were shared by many professionals in the CIA, the State Department, and the military.

Bush and conservatives have failed America in many ways, but this is probably the most blatantly deadly. The number of terrorists and terror attacks didn’t suddenly go up under the Bush presidency with Republicans manning the helm in every branch and department of government because of some odd coincidence; Bush and his followers have bolstered their recruiting efforts. It is as though conservatives, hell bent on staying this same course are enjoying the bloodbath. Oh how dare I say that. Look around people do things all the time that they are certain will bring positive results and the opposite is true. The current crop of little boys that are in love with their toys of power are no different from your neighbor that found and ant in the kitchen and then moved to a motel for three days while he had the house fumigated. Look at Bush’s personal and business history or Cheney’s miserable record in government. These are guys that just can’t seem to get things right. The doctor taps their knee checking for reflexes and they kick her into the next office. Something in modern Republicans like Bush and Cheney simply isn’t wired together like a normal rational human being. You could put them in a time machine and send them back forty years to start all over again on another planet and they’d still find a way to get what ever it is that needs to be done flat wrong.

Remember how upset Republicans were about the release by a Democrat no less of the summary of the Intelligence Committee’s investigation into the corruption concerning Republican Congressman Rep. Duke Cunningham. Then Pete Hoekstra(R) puffed up into a little hypocritical hissy fit and lashed out by accusing some little Dem staffer of leaking the report to the NYT. Some Republican bloggers were all over that, hadn’t Democrats learned their lesson, only Republicans like Tricky Dick Cheney are allowed to leak. Turns out Pete and the Republican bloggers jumped the shark yet again, There’s a fight

The accusation is one for which Hoekstra’s staff now reportedly concedes the chairman has no evidence. Rep. LaHood (R-IL), who first leveled the accusation, went so far as to tell Fox News that the accusation was payback for Cunningham.

Phillips Curve, Output Gaps, and the Effectiveness of Those Tax Cuts

Since Bush43 took office, real GDP growth has averaged 2.6% per year with the CBO suggesting potential GDP growth has been only 3% per year. In other words, the fiscal irresponsibility has reduced long-term growth and has not really led to some Keynesian miracle either. And yet the pseudo-economists are praising this economy.

That is because slowly but surely most economists have been taken in by voodoo economics. I don’t don’t want them to become “liberal” economists as much as I would like to to consider and weigh the various trends of our economy in a way that is not partisan.

“In the lead up to the Iraq war and its later conduct, I saw at a minimum, true dereliction, negligence and irresponsibility, at worse, lying, incompetence and corruption.”
General Anthony Zinni

“The Republicans are running wild with our tax dollars and it’s been a mistake to let this administration continue a policy of incompetence when it comes to Iraq.”
Sherrod Brown(D)