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This is my prediction for Tuesday’s election — the Republican Party will lose control of the White House and lose more seats in Congress. Why? Because they abused their power at the expense of the common good and Americans are furious about the outcomes:

1) Failure to protect the United States from the terroristic acts of Sept. 11, 2001.

2) Failure to capture and bring to justice the primary suspect behind those terroristic acts, Osama Bin Laden.

3) Passage of the U.S. Patriot Act I and U.S. Patriot Act II, stripping several of our civil rights including the right to privacy and right to a fair trial.

4) Invading two sovereign nations, Afghanistan and Iraq, allegedly in response to 9-11, at the costs of hundreds of billions of dollars, hundreds of thousands of lives, and much good will from our allies. (more…)

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I watched the first of the two-part Frontline series, Bush’s War, last night. I greatly appreciate everyone who produced this series because it puts the last six years in context, digging below the surface of a number of headlines many of us remember about the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Here’s what stands out to me from the documentary: (more…)

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Who’s funding the Kurdish militia that’s attacking Turkey? Remember when Saddam Hussein was found in a hole way back before he was publicly hanged using a garish KKK-styled noose? Well, a story ran over Reuters — when he was discovered — about a Kurdish tribe that had captured him and put him there. The U.S. didn’t find him, we negotiated for him. (more…)

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates visited President Bush’s ATM (formerly known as U.S. Congress) on Sept. 26, and asked for a speedy approval of his requested withdrawal of $190 Billion from the national treasury to be spent on our nation’s occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. In this post, we’ll explore “What else can $190 Billion buy (or be)?”

Here’s a quick short list:

  • 2,486,586 Barrels of Brent Crude Oil, the highly prized variety of crude found in Iraq. Based on September average (through Sept. 26) of $76.41 per barrel, as reported by oilnergy.com.
  • 39.25 MegaWatts worth of photo-voltaic solar panel modules. Based on the September 2007 average of 1,522 prices per Watt for PV modules available on the market according to SolarBuzz.com’s “125 Watts and Higher Module Index” (view site). Excludes all other components required to install the modules. (more…)

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