Friday, June 17, 2005

A Defense of Tucker

Tucker Carlson gets ripped on constantly. Jon Stewart famously accused him last year on Crossfire of promoting uncivil discourse. But away from Crossfire, that isn't really the case. Anybody that has actually watched his show on C-Span knows that, notwithstanding the bowtie, he's actually an intelligent, intellectually honest, curious dude. We could certainly use more civil discourse in this country, but Tucker Carlson is not Enemy #1.

You may not know that he in fact changed his position on the Iraq War last year (initially supported, now he doesn't).
"I think it's a total nightmare and disaster, and I'm ashamed that I went against my own instincts in supporting it. ... I want things to work out, but I'm enraged by it, actually."
He has a new show on MSNBC. I plan to check it out.
-- Eric

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Excuses

Unreliable home internet service combined with unreliable job status has led to little blogging and much of this. Expect more useless photos and comparable levels of blogging. What? I'm the bad guy?!
(this picture has been removed because it is ruining the site - the editors)
--Frank

Is Iraq the New Vietnam?

This question runs shivers down any war supporter's spine. But is it such a crude proposition?

This post is worth reading.

As James Lindsay has been saying, "`stay-the-course' arguments always leave you wondering when perseverance has turned into pigheadedness."
-- Eric

Tom DeLay: Pure Evil

I did pay some attention to the Terry Schiavo case, and could not for the life of me figure out why Republicans, who at some point in the past used to believe in small government and state's rights, were trying to strong-arm the state of Florida's court system. Senator Frist's "interview diagnosis" was beyond the pale.
Dr. Frist, in his floor statement on March 17, said that after viewing videotape of Ms. Schiavo, it was clear she was responsive. "To be able to make a diagnosis of persistent vegetative state - which is not brain dead; it is not coma; it is a specific diagnosis and typically takes multiple examinations over a period of time because you are looking for responsiveness - I have looked at the video footage," Dr. Frist said. "Based on the footage provided to me, which was part of the facts of the case, she does respond."
Can't the AMA revoke his Medical license?

And the recent relevation that Schiavo's brain was withered and untreatable should provoke shame from those congressman that would say absolutely anything - no matter how ridiculous - to advance their agenda.

Who could I possibly be talking about?
"Ms. Schiavo's condition, I believe, has been misrepresented by the media," Mr. DeLay said on March 20. "Terri Schiavo is not brain dead; she talks and she laughs, and she expresses happiness and discomfort. Terri Schiavo is not on life support."
Shameless.
-- Eric

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Obama Commencement Speech

This is a commencement speech given by Senator Barack Obama at Knox College on June 5 that is worth reading.
-- Eric