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Sunday, January 01, 2006 

New Years 2006

I've been reading a lot of predictions about the new year, most of them hopeful. I suppose - it cannot get much worse for progressivism than the year 2005. A bad year for not only progressives but for all Americans in the long run.
  • The continued erosion of our civil liberties by a president who thinks he is above the law,
  • The loss of an New Orleans to government incompetence, cronyism and global warming,
  • government contractors in league with corrupt politicians fleecing our national treasury and bloating out government while needed programs including veterans benefits are slashed.
  • A war waged without a plan and no end in sight.
  • Our science education ranking last in the western world and the continued decline and underfunding of our current public education system.
  • An infant mortality rate just a little better than Guams.
The item that makes me the saddest for America is the torture issue. I understand why noone wants to talk about it - if even half of the allegations prove to be true, we will have lost all of the greatness and integrity that our forefathers worked and sacrificed for to leave us the legacy of the most respected nation in the world. With the release of the British torture memos, it looks more likely to be true. Including this snippet:

"At the Khuderbegainov trial I met an old man from Andizhan. Two of his children had been tortured in front of him until he signed a confession on the family's links with Bin Laden. Tears were streaming down his face. I have no doubt they had as much connection with Bin Laden as I do. This is the standard of the Uzbek intelligence services."
- British Ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray


Combine this with the evidence in the US courts and it certainly looks like 2006 can be worse than 2005. Using US tax dollars to fund communist nations and secret police forces to rape and torture children in a bid to get their parents to confess to crimes that they probably didn't commit but whose confession of will help the nation involved receive more favors and money from the US - CRAZY and certainly not something to be proud of.

But still there are reasons to be hopeful - If proud Democratic politicians and a more populist congress gets their act together possibly some of these criminals can be brought to justice. If Americans wake up and quit treating political parties like football teams with undying loyalty - and the only goal being to win at all costs. If the media groups let their news teams focus on news and quit chasing the almighty dollar. Maybe, just maybe we will see some changes in 2006. But, I'm not holding my breath.

the loss of New Orleans... a crying shame. Sounds like a headline out of the 19th century...

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