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Monday, March 06, 2006
 
Confucius Through the Looking Glass

Roachblog has been dormant for a few months. Since 9driver and I last posted things have become even more surreal. We have definitely traveled farther through the looking glass than I ever suspected possible.


    Spying on Americans without a warrant and with no judicial or congressional oversight is proclaimed to be the patriotic thing to do.
    Civil War in Iraq is supposedly a creation of the media.
    For that matter, the American media and Democrats are supposedly the reason that Iraqis blow themselves up trying to kill their Islamist rivals.
    Two new avowed right-to-lifers are sitting on the SCOTUS after declaring during their respective hearings that an abortion case was purely hypothetical. Now, within weeks of Alito's confirmation, North Dakota has passed a bill designed specifically to overturn Roe v Wade.
    Our military censors Al Franken's web site from being viewed by troops but allows Rush Limbaugh's and yet, almost 4 out of 5 soldiers in Iraq say they want us to "redeploy" out of Iraq within a year.
    Congressman Murtha, a Democrat, as well as neo-con icon William Kristol, call for such a withdrawal but only Murtha is called a traitor and a coward.
    One of the top GOP operatives of the past decade has pleaded guilty to bribing congressmen and is linked to a mob hit in Florida, but somehow this is a "bipartisan" scandal.
    The US decided to "get tough" with Iran's relatively moderate leadership a couple years back and now they have been replaced with hardcore Mullahs who want the bomb and aren't afraid of W's or Bolton's bluster.
    Hamas is now the Government in Palestine and our "friends" in the region have told Condi that she can take her request to cut off funding for the Palestinian Authority and stuff it.
    It has taken a the political faux pas of letting a foreign state owned company operate dozens of American port terminals to finally get the subject of port security on the American Public's radar.
And the list goes on.

oh, and 9driver's commercial airline career is in the hands of a bankruptcy judge.

And I am getting into the fray of local politics after being attacked in the comments of a few local blogs by an insane city councilor.

It's enough to make me drink cheap beer.

As the old curse said, "May you live in interesting times."
 
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