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Cheney: ‘I Don’t Have Any Idea’ Why People Don’t Like Me

Think Progress- By Faiz Shakir on Dec 28th, 2008 at 6:25 pm

Only 29 percent of Americans approve of the job Dick Cheney is doing as Vice President. In an interview with his hometown Wyoming newspaper, The Caspar Star-Tribune, Cheney expressed his bewilderment over his low approval numbers:

QUESTION: How do you explain your low approval rating?

CHENEY: I don’t have any idea. I don’t follow the polls.

My experience has been over the years that if you govern based upon poll numbers, upon trying to improve your overall poll ratings, people I’ve encountered who do that are people who won’t make tough decisions. And the job the president has and those who advise him is to make those basic fundamental decisions for the nation that nobody else is authorized or able to make.

In addition to his well-documented abuse of power and disregard for the rule of law, Cheney’s public disapproval ratings might be explained in part by his own personal disregard for the public. When told that two-thirds of Americans disapproved of the Iraq war, Cheney responded “so?,” adding that he didn’t care what the American people thought.

While he says he doesn’t follow the polls, Cheney was all too proud to state shortly after the 2004 elections: “President George W. Bush won the greatest number of popular votes of any presidential candidate in history.” (That’s no longer true.)

Cheney is still holding out hope, however, that the polls will turn his way. He said recently, “I’m personally persuaded that this president and this administration will look very good 20 or 30 years down the road in light of what we’ve been able to accomplish.”

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Kucinich: UN should investigate Israeli Gaza strikes

Raw Story- Nick Juliano
Published: Monday December 29, 2008

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) called for an independent investigation to be led by the United Nations into the recent eruption of violence between Israel and Hamas along the Gaza strip that has killed scores of innocent civilians.

Monday brought a third day of Israeli bombing Gaza in what the state is calling its “all-out” war on Hamas. So far, 345 people have been killed by the bombs. At least 57 of the dead are civilians, including 21 children, according to the UN.

Kucinich said he wrote to UN General Secretary Ban ki-Moon urging an “independent inquiry of Israel’s war against Gaza.” The Democratic lawmaker said Israel’s attacks are an example of “collective punishment,” which violates the Geneva Conventions.

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Well, at this point in history it’s obvious that Democracy no longer exists, not only in the countries where Bu$hco unilaterally promoted it by false war, but also here at home. We have lost our honor, our treasure, our freedoms, and even our cool, all because of leadership that doesn’t represent the people.


We stand here today to see the Zionist’s once more pounding the folks in Gaza with only casual mention by our government, while sadly,
Obama tells us that he supports Israel in Gazaas he supported Israel in Lebanon.
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Witnessing the Decay of Western Hegemony

“As liberal democratic capitalism comes to an end, the only option for western society to liberate itself from the chains of its ruling elites is to confront them through organized non-violent actions. It must be the role of the organic intellectual, to promote this path and educate the oppressed about its benefits, while proposing effective methods of direct communal action.”

By Pablo Ouziel Abstract: Dec 29, 2008

While the military might of the world’s leading nations continues to expand, it has become apparent that western colonialism is abruptly coming to an end, yet the consequences are still not clear to any of the pundits traditionally involved in the discourse which has helped to build it. For many decades in the west, we have thrived on imperial expansion led by the United States of America and its allies, and legitimized by international bodies such as the International Monetary Fund, The World Bank and the United Nations. Today, this oligopoly of world domination is rapidly deteriorating and what only a few months ago seemed like the only option for humanity is today being severely put to the test. The organic intellectual must face these challenging times by offering viable alternatives to society so that a new world order can emerge out of the rubble left behind by liberal democratic capitalism.

Article

from…‘There are no sunglasses’

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Abolish The Fed Act!



Click The Market Oracle

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The wildest idea I ever heard is being floated by Condolezza Rice this week in trying to save the Nixon Bush Legacy. Poor wingnuts still don’t have a clue that Bush has not only destroyed the Nation and the US Economy but he has also destroyed their once powerful party.  RIP to the GOP as delusions and wingnut fantasies still permeate the party!

Rice: ‘This generation’ will ‘soon thank’ Bush

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice defended the last eight years of President Bush’s policies as an achievement that is not reflected in the lowest approval ratings of all time.

Rice said it won’t be long before Bush’s contributions to the world will be acknowledged and that recognition of big achievements sometimes take a long time.

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Someone needs to inform Bush not to hold his breath on that ‘thanks’
;)

UPDATE! Here’s more wingnuttery…


Bolton is Spinning some crazy stuff about Americans forgetting Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo but here’s the real truth:

IN 100 YEARS PEOPLE WILL STILL BE GOING TO THE ABU GHRAIB AND GUANTANAMO MEMORIAL TO REMEMBER A DARK TIME IN AMERICA’S HISTORY AND HOW WE ALMOST LOST OUR FREEDOMS AND DIGNITY IN SEARCH OF FALSE SECURITY!

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As if Things Weren’t Bad Enough, Russian Professor Predicts End of U.S.

In Moscow, Igor Panarin’s Forecasts Are All the Rage; America ‘Disintegrates’ in 2010

The Wall Street Journal

DECEMBER 29, 2008

MOSCOW — For a decade, Russian academic Igor Panarin has been predicting the U.S. will fall apart in 2010. For most of that time, he admits, few took his argument — that an economic and moral collapse will trigger a civil war and the eventual breakup of the U.S. — very seriously. Now he’s found an eager audience: Russian state media.

In recent weeks, he’s been interviewed as much as twice a day about his predictions. “It’s a record,” says Prof. Panarin. “But I think the attention is going to grow even stronger.”

Prof. Panarin, 50 years old, is not a fringe figure. A former KGB analyst, he is dean of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s academy for future diplomats. He is invited to Kremlin receptions, lectures students, publishes books, and appears in the media as an expert on U.S.-Russia relations.

But it’s his bleak forecast for the U.S. that is music to the ears of the Kremlin, which in recent years has blamed Washington for everything from instability in the Middle East to the global financial crisis. Mr. Panarin’s views also fit neatly with the Kremlin’s narrative that Russia is returning to its rightful place on the world stage after the weakness of the 1990s, when many feared that the country would go economically and politically bankrupt and break into separate territories.

A polite and cheerful man with a buzz cut, Mr. Panarin insists he does not dislike Americans. But he warns that the outlook for them is dire.

“There’s a 55-45% chance right now that disintegration will occur,” he says. “One could rejoice in that process,” he adds, poker-faced. “But if we’re talking reasonably, it’s not the best scenario — for Russia.” Though Russia would become more powerful on the global stage, he says, its economy would suffer because it currently depends heavily on the dollar and on trade with the U.S.

Mr. Panarin posits, in brief, that mass immigration, economic decline, and moral degradation will trigger a civil war next fall and the collapse of the dollar. Around the end of June 2010, or early July, he says, the U.S. will break into six pieces — with Alaska reverting to Russian control.

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