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B. Thomas Cooper is a freelance journalist, photographer, blogger and historian. Topics include Political Commentary, Satire and History

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Confronting the Violent Truth

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Early Monday morning
, an emotionally disturbed student brandishing two handguns methodically shot and killed thirty-two of his fellow students at Virginia Tech before turning one of the guns on himself. It is believed to be the worst shooting spree in US history, and president George W. Bush expressed deep sadness.

Meanwhile in Baghdad…
On Wednesday, four separate car bombs detonated throughout the city, killing at least 190 persons, and injuring dozens more. George had no comment.

However, it was the same George W. Bush who recently claimed violence was decreasing throughout Baghdad, further suggesting the drop in violence was the result of his so called “troop surge”.

What Bush doesn’t mention
is the fact that prior to the invasion of Iraq, Baghdad had a lower violent crime rate than Washington DC, our nations capital, and a stones throw from Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech
A nation mourns the loss of thirty-two promising lives. Make that thirty-three. The flag of our nation has been lowered in their honor. We are grief stricken.

Citizens clean up after a day in which 190 persons died violently in the streets. This particular day was unusually deadly for Iraqis. The average daily death count in Baghdad is around one hundred. But 190 in one day? Why, that’s nearly six times the single worst shooting massacre in US history.

Forgive me
, as it is not my intent to marginalize the loss suffered by so many as a result of the Virginia Tech massacre. It was a terrible event, and it has effected every American.

But how can we still be clinging to the notion that we have somehow improved the quality of life for the average Iraqi?

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

God Bless You, Kurt Vonnegut

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"Many years ago, I was so innocent I still considered it possible that we could become the humane and reasonable America so many members of my generation used to dream of. We dreamed of such an America during the Great Depression, when there were no jobs. And then we fought and often died for that dream during the Second World War, when there was no peace.

But I know now that there is not a chance in hell of America’s becoming humane and reasonable. Because power corrupts us, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Human beings are chimpanzees who get crazy drunk on power. By saying that our leaders are power-drunk chimpanzees, am I in danger of wrecking the morale of our soldiers fighting and dying in the Middle East? Their morale, like so many bodies, is already shot to pieces. They are being treated, as I never was, like toys a rich kid got for Christmas".

Kurt Vonnegut
1922 - 2007

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Bush Backs Gonzales

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George W. Bush says attorney general Alberto Gonzales is an honest man
but he has yet to produce any evidence supporting his claims. After all, who is Bush to talk?

Let’s not be foolish with the facts. It just wouldn’t be prudent. This is the same George W. Bush who lied about wmd, yellowcake, mobile chem labs, etc. Only an absolute fool would believe he is now somehow compelled to tell the truth. Bush is not an honest man. Oh, and neither is that ambulance chaser he appointed attorney general. Birds of a feather, so to speak.

It’s tragic, really. How many times have we caught these scumbags lying about one thing or another? On the other hand, how many times have we caught either of them telling the truth? Do the math, you shouldn’t need a calculator for this one.

The answer is obvious. Only an absolute fool would continue to support George Bush at this juncture. He and his cronies have done more damage to this formerly great country of ours than bin Laden and Saddam Hussein combined. The US is morally and financially bankrupt. Our glory days are behind us.

Are you ready to impeach the son of a bitch? You better be…
Unless you are looking forward to another twenty-one months of downward spiral. If you think things are bad now, just keep doing nothing about it. Trust me on this one. If we don’t act soon, the situation will get far worse, and that, I’m afraid, is the honest to God truth.

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