Michael Steele: So wrong and yet so right

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele put his foot in his mouth last week at a fundraiser in Connecticut. He was caught on video making some oddly contradictory comments: “Keep in mind again, for our federal candidates, this was a war of Obama’s choosing. This is not something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in.” “It was the president who was trying to be cute by half by flipping a script demonizing Iraq, while saying the battle []

Obama sells out to Big Pharma

I’d heard about it somewhere a while back. Now Robert Reich has confirmed it wasn’t my imagination. In an article today on Salon.com, Reich talks about Big Pharma’s secret deal with the White House: In exchange for the industry’s support of his health care plan, Pres. Obama has promised not to use the government’s purchasing power to negotiate lower drug prices. That, folks, is called a sellout. Obama talks of paying for his plan with cost savings and efficiencies. Yet before any []

Blood on Bush’s Bible

A few years ago, I wrote a post and was taken to task for saying that George Bush had led us into his version of a holy war. He himself used the word “crusade.” Now comes a GQ story, complete with photos, showing that Donald Rumsfeld’s intelligence briefings to the president were covered with select Bible quotes and pictures: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” [above a picture of troops preparing to ship out] followed by “Here I []

Let the chips fall

November 14, 2005. That’s the date of my first post addressing the use of torture by the Bush administration. (Run a Pied Type search on “torture” to see the rest.) My mind was made up long before the current, increasingly heated discussion began. Suffice it to say that while the media, the pundits, and the politicians from both parties are playing gotcha with all this, I’m sitting here impatiently waiting for the unavoidable, inescapable conclusion that torture did take place; that the []

Stem cell research gets green light again

Science is back. As promised, President Obama today signed a bill lifting George Bush’s religion-based restrictions on stem cell research. The move heralds a return to free, open, unfettered scientific inquiry. In a very heated and ongoing debate, religious ideologues argue that it is immoral to use/destroy embryonic stem cells — “human life” — for scientific research. Scientists have argued that stem cell research — typically using cells already destined for destruction — can lead to breakthroughs and cures for many diseases []