Saturday, August 27, 2005

Comments on postings updated

Alright, so I thought I could take the weekend off and relax, but I got spammed. Thanks to some suggestions, Haloscan commenting and trackback have been added to this blog.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Conrad was right; Bush was wrong

Many of my friends have been participating in anti-war peace protests across the nation. I think this is great way for people to speak out against Bush’s decision to use military force instead of diplomacy.

Maureen Dowd of the NYT recently wrote an interesting column on this topic. Here is what she had to say:

“The U.S. seems to be delivering a fundamentalist Islamic state into the dirty hands of men like Ahmad Chalabi, who conned the neocons into pushing for war, and his ally Moktada al-Sadr, the Shiite cleric who started two armed uprisings against U.S. troops. It was his militiamen who ambushed Casey Sheehan's convoy in Sadr City. America has caved on Iraqi women's rights. In fact, the women's rights activists supported by George and Laura Bush may have to leave Iraq….

Yesterday, the president hailed the constitution establishing an Islamic republic as "an amazing process," and said it "honors women's rights, the rights of minorities." Could he really think that? Or is he following the Vietnam model - declaring victory so we can leave?

The main point of writing a constitution was to move Sunnis into the mainstream and make them invested in the process, thereby removing the basis of the insurgency. But the Shiites and Kurds have frozen out the Sunnis, enhancing their resentment. So the insurgency is more likely to be inflamed than extinguished.

For political reasons, the president has a history of silence on America's war dead. But he finally mentioned them on Monday because it became politically useful to use them as a rationale for war - now that all the other rationales have gone up in smoke. "We owe them something," he told veterans in Salt Lake City (even though his administration tried to shortchange the veterans agency by $1.5 billion). "We will finish the task that they gave their lives for."

What twisted logic: with no W.M.D., no link to 9/11 and no democracy, now we have to keep killing people and have our kids killed because so many of our kids have been killed already? Talk about a vicious circle: the killing keeps justifying itself.”

Let’s review: First the administration told us we were going to war because Iraq had WMDs and was therefore a threat. That wasn’t true.

Then they told us it was because they had ties to al Qaeda and was therefore a threat. That wasn’t true.

Then they told us, no, it’s about creating a stable Democracy in Iraq. But guess what, we aren’t going to do that either. This constitution will only exacerbate tensions between the Sunnis and Shia, strengthening the insurrection and likely leading to a civil war.

Meanwhile, almost 2000 American soldiers have given their lives, and countless more have given their limbs, to create a fundamentalist, pro Iranian Islamic state that will likely turn into an anarchic breeding ground for al Qaeda and its ilk.

The first duty of any president is to protect the security of the United States. With his decision to pursue a war of ideology, President Bush has done exactly the opposite.

So what does this have to do with ND?

Remember, in 2002, Senator Conrad took the politically unpopular position that the war would not make us safer. He did that even though he knew it would be unpopular at home BUT it is becoming apparent that Conrad was right and Bush was wrong. It’s a shame our president couldn’t have been as forward thinking.

I will leave you with this for the weekend.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Hoeven & ND: what's Rove got to do with it?

Ultra-conservative Robert Novak in his recent column "Base closing dims Republican star" hammers John Thune’s inability to come through for South Dakota the way Tom Daschle did during the 1995 BRAC round.

Check this out:

“Were it not for Bush, Thune would be finishing his third year as governor of South Dakota…. Thune tried [to convince Bush to remove Ellsworth from the BRAC list] this year, but Bush withheld himself from the process. The new senator talked to Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Bush political adviser Karl Rove and Cheney aide Scooter Libby. But the same people who could not do enough for candidate Thune could do nothing for Sen. Thune…. When the year began, Thune's political future seemed unlimited. He was young (44), handsome, articulate, conservative. Now, he is becoming a ‘Son of the Wild Jackass’ familiar to the Great Plains.”

Hmmmm…. ND’s know that Karl Rove is making Hoeven a lot of promises so he can advance his personal political ambitions. But maybe Hoeven should ask Thune if Rove actually keeps those promises. North Dakotans know that Karl Rove doesn’t do ND. Karl Rove does politics. Why can’t Hoeven figure that out?

Why is Hoeven so bent on moving ahead with his personal political ambitions at the expense of North Dakotans? Is this what's best for the state?

Our Dakota Boys worked hard to make sure that Grand Forks AFB stayed off the base closure list. Our Dakota Boys always put the best interests of ND first.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Link Sen. Kent Conrad letter: North Dakota has a role in nation's energy future

Senator Conrad's letter in the Fargo Forum praises North Dakota's role in the nation's energy future.

Conrad worked hard to ensure that incentives for more ethanol and biodiesel production in North Dakota were included in the recently passed energy bill. In addition, Conrad said that Headwaters Inc. announced that they are developing a $750 million project at Great River Energy’s Coal Creek power station in Underwood to start producing diesel fuel from coal. This economic development is crucial to the state and will create several hundreds of new jobs.

North Dakota's energy future looks bright - and our Dakota Boys are leading the way.

Link Conrad, Dorgan, Pomeroy announce funding for first responders

The Fargo Forum reported that Dorgan, Conrad and Pomeroy announced funding for various community fire departments. The departments will be receiving grant money, which will ensure additional safety to both first responders and community members.

Communities receiving grants include:

  • Buxton Volunteer Fire Department $41,373
  • Davenport Rural Fire Protection District $31,350
  • Cooperstown Fire Department $172,577
  • Valley City Fire Department, $81,645

It's no wonder our congressional leaders ratings are so popular. Keep up the great work Dakota Boys!

Link Conrad, Dorgan approval ratings soar; Bush's tank

The Forum reported today that while Bush's approval ratings have steadily dropped, "North Dakotans like their Democratic senators even more, with about 70 percent approving of the jobs Sens. Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan...."

Our Dakota Boys put ND's interests first and it shows. While the Dakota Boys work hard for the state, Hoeven is running around holding secret political fundraisers. Do you think he is overlooking ND's interests for his personal political ambitions?

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Peace activists show support for the troops

Peace Activists joined together on Sunday to show support for our troops serving over in Iraq. The patroitic peace protest was to show support for the troops, but to question the Bush administration's decision to use military force over diplomacy. The Red River Anti-War Coalition sponsored the protest.