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The riddle inside the enigma of Iran

Posted by Charles II on October 18, 2007

We tend to have a view of authoritarian governments as being dictatorships. But, as Robert Service’s look at the Bolshevik government Stalin shows, differences of opinion are perhaps even more intense within authoritarian governments than they are in democratic governments. And so to Iran, an authoritarian government with an opacity and complexity that words cannot convey.

Kaveh Afrasiabi, Asia Times:

The continuing Iranian nuclear standoff has now found as its natural corollary a growing polarization inside Iran between the government of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad and other political factions who disagree with the president’s nuclear and non-nuclear diplomacy.

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Nevada Turns Blue

Posted by MEC on October 18, 2007

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Nevada tilts back to Dems after 15 years

An analysis of voter-registration reports over the past 12 months shows that many more new voters are registering as Democrats — enough to tilt Nevada to a considerable Democratic majority for the first time since the 1992 presidential election.


Today, the unpopular Iraq war and enthusiasm for the Democratic presidential caucuses are playing major roles in giving Nevada Democrats their first significant registration advantage in 15 years.


Party officials, political scientists and local historians attribute the Democratic surge largely to the caucuses, which have attracted monthly visits from the party’s leading presidential candidates, in addition to dozens of paid campaign organizers who travel the state registering voters and seeking support.

Sounds like Howard Dean’s 50-State Strategy for the shift deserves at least part of the credit for the shift.

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Posted by MEC on October 18, 2007

The vote to override Bush’s veto of the S-CHIP bill failed, 273-156. Two Democrats voted against it: Jim Marshall from Georgia’s 8th District and Gene Taylor from Mississippi’s 4th District. Another six who originally opposed the bill voted to override the veto, as did one who originally voted “present” and one who originally did not vote.

Forty-four Republicans voted to override the veto; of the 45 who originally voted for the bill, Peter King (R-NY) did not vote. Not one Republican was persuaded to change his or her original vote, to override the veto.

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The United States of Undertaxation

Posted by Charles II on October 18, 2007


From the OECD via Big Picture. Notice that tax revenue is not equal to government spending. 

Why is the US so deep in debt? Because we don’t pay for what we spend. Because we let our bridges collapse and our port cities be washed away. Because we pour money into militarism rather than relying on allies. Because we screw so many people while favoring a few. Because we have the cult of punk supplysideism, which imagines that tax cuts are free.

Posted in 'starving the beast', economy | 1 Comment »

I Can Haz Dodd-Edwards? (Or Edwards-Dodd?)

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 18, 2007

I’m an Edwards fan, but dang if Chris Dodd isn’t making a strong case for deserving to be in the White House right now.

From his e-mail to his list this afternoon:

It’s been a busy day, but I wanted take a moment and let you know that I have decided to place a “hold” on legislation in the Senate that includes amnesty for telecommunications companies that enabled the President’s assault on the Constitution by providing personal information on their customers without judicial authorization.

I said that I would do everything I could to stop this bill from passing, and I have.

It’s about delivering results — and as I’ve said before, the FIRST thing I will do after being sworn into office is restore the Constitution.

But we shouldn’t have to wait until then to prevent the further erosion of our country’s most treasured document.

That’s why I am stopping this bill today.

I’ve gotta run, but please visit my campaign website for more details.


Reward good behavior, if you’re so inclined.

Posted in 2008, ACLU, Congress, Constitution, Constitutional crisis, Democrats, Democrats with spines | 2 Comments »

My Brain Hurts!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 18, 2007

Okay, so last week Bush was attacking the Democrats for: Angering Turkey. (‘Cuz y’know, they’re our allies in the War on Terra and all that, and bringing up their killing a million or so Armenians nine decades ago to avoid partitionng their land is bad form, y’know.)

This week, Bush goes and: Angers Turkey.

Oh, and now he’s angering China, Russia and Iran as well. And China holds our financial health by the throat.

Posted in Bush, China, Congress, Democrat-bashing, Democrats, terrorism, Turkey, wrong way to go about it, WTF? | Comments Off on My Brain Hurts!

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