Archive for the 'History' Category

Quote Of The Day – Miserable Choices

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Bush, Economic crisis, History, Quotes

“Sometimes you have to make the tough decisions. If you think this has to be done, you have my blessing. But someday you guys are going to need to tell me how we ended up with a system like this. I know this is not the time to test them and put them through failure, […]

September 13th, 2009 | Permalink| 15 Comments »

Happy Belated Labor Day – Ike’s advice.

By mw | Related entries in Blogging, D.C., History, Ideas

“It is difficult indeed to maintain a reasoned and accurately informed understanding… on the part of our citizenry when many prominent officials, possessing no standing or expertness except as they themselves claim it, attempt to further their own ideas or interests by resort to statements more distinguished by stridency than by accuracy.” – Ike

September 7th, 2009 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

McCain Puts The Lie To Torture…Again

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, History, Iraq, McCain, The War On Terrorism, Torture, War

” I think the interrogations were in violation of the Geneva Convention against torture that we ratified under President Reagan. I think that these interrogations, once publicized, helped al Qaeda recruit. I got that from an al Qaeda operative in a prison camp in Iraq who told me that. I think that the ability of […]

August 30th, 2009 | Permalink| 22 Comments »

Torture Works? Again, No.

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Bad Decisions, History, The War On Terrorism, Torture

Everybody’s abuzz about the new Wash Post story today that starts off with the idea that Khalid Sheik Mohammed (KSM) was turned into some type of “terrorist professor” because he was waterboarded. And away we go… The debate over the effectiveness of subjecting detainees to psychological and physical pressure is in some ways irresolvable, because […]

August 29th, 2009 | Permalink| 6 Comments »

Republicans’ Reconciliation Fears Debunked

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, History, Legislation, Republicans, Video

Listen, I truly hope that the Dems don’t use the reconciliation process to try and get the health care reform bill passed. Why? Well, it seems if they took this path they’d have to break up the legislation in two pieces, the budget portion and the insurance reform portion. The budget they could do via […]

August 26th, 2009 | Permalink| 3 Comments »

Preview Of Documentary Of Kennedy Brothers

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, History, Kennedy, Video

Whether you love them or hate them (it’s hard to be indifferent), there’s no doubt that the Kennedy brothers are still the people you think of first when talking about political dynasties. MSNBC has put together a documentary of John, Bobby and Teddy and it’s set to air soon. Here’s a preview of some of […]

August 25th, 2009 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

Tom Ridge Admits Bush Administration Politicized Terror Alert

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Bush, Ethics, History, Homeland Security, Republicans

Our first head of the Department of Homeland Security has written a tell all and it’s more of the same we’ve heard from insiders about the former administration. They politicized nearly everything and made the wrong decision and nearly every turn. From US News: Among the headlines promoted by publisher Thomas Dunne Books: Ridge was […]

August 20th, 2009 | Permalink| 19 Comments »

Rove Behind Politically Motivated US Attorney Firings

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in History, Law, Rove

Many of us are already regard the Bush administration as a bad, distant memory, but today we’re reminded of just how morally bankrupt they were. From Wash Post: The dismissal of U.S. Attorney David C. Iglesias of New Mexico in December 2006 followed extensive communication among lawyers and political aides in the White House who […]

August 11th, 2009 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Bush Used Bible To Convince Chirac On Iraq?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Foreign Policy, France, History, Iraq, Religion

Doug points this one out, and if true, well, no wonder France took a pass on backing us in Iraq. French journalist Jean-Claude Maurice recounts the tale in his book release in March, Si Vous le Répétez, Je Démentirai (If You Repeat it, I Will Deny). From Secular Humanism: President George W. Bush told French […]

August 7th, 2009 | Permalink| 23 Comments »

What Happened On Wall Street

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Economy, History, Money, Video

The Wall Street Journal uncovers what happened, but we’ve discussed it quite a bit here already. The banks were allowed to over leverage themselves to the point of failure. Sure, relaxed rules on home ownership were a contributing factor to the downfall, but that was a symptom of the disease of easy credit, not the […]

July 24th, 2009 | Permalink| 2 Comments »