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Nov. 6th, 2005 @ 02:57 pm (no subject)
At The Office of the Independent Blogger I make it a point to address the most important, pressing issues of the day. I make it a point to find things that others aren't discussing, and I do my best to provide insight and interesting commentary. If anyone would care to add me as a result of it, just do so and let me know so I can add you back.

President George W. Bush needs to grow a pair. Of White Sox. Using the Chicago White Sox as my model, I have written about how the President could solve his problems and, to frame his current predicament, I basically ask: What does George Bush want to be -- the Houston Astros, or the White Sox? It's an interesting approach, and I think you'll enjoy it, particularly if you enjoy baseball.

Little known to most people, Kofi Annan and the United Nations would like to get their paws on the Internet -- to control it. Read more about it (my first post on the subject is here).

Here, I stumbled upon various findings, each of interest. Like, let's take one of those findings: A Pat Buchanan article that begins with this: "“The Third Reich is the best example,” and launches into a story about Hitler’s 100% legal chancellery." That's not the only interesting thing, of course, but that's what I'm trying to hook you with. ;)

Now, there's a lesson to be learned from Mike Brown's recently released emails, and that's that FEMA is only skin-deep.

Brent Scowcroft, George H.W. Bush's National Security Advisor, has come out in opposition to George W. Bush's policies and has become a mini-hero to liberals everywhere. Here, I argue that the Left should say No to Scowcroft.

The SCOTUS nomination by George W. Bush last week shows that he's feeling Alito Trigger Happy. Very cute play of words, I think. It's also noteworthy as it contains a bit of commentary on that, as well as a link to the best article about Nuclear Weapons I've ever read: An expose exposing the fact that suitcase nukes do not exist.

Finally, The Minority Has Struck Back against the Republicans in the Senate by shutting it down, and, in maybe my most feisty and combative post, I write about the riots going on in France and the fact that they expose great problems with the Radical Left's approach to terrorism, particularly France's.

That's all for now. Please visit The Office of the Independent Blogger. I promise you'll enjoy your time there!
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Oct. 22nd, 2005 @ 08:57 am (no subject)
There's a bizarre saga unfolding on my blog, at the Office of the Independent Blogger. A few days ago, I made a blog entry dissecting a Jesse Jackson Jr. (Congressman from Illinois) article, and I wrote about how Jackson is considering a run for Mayor of Chicago, but is seeking out help from the Republicans, according to my source, failed Republican Congressional candidate, and nephew of a Bill Clinton Cabinet Secretary, Tony Cisneros. I wrote to reporters from the Chicago Sun-Times and Tribune, asking them to write about it as "Jesse Jackson Jr. Seeks to Unseat Daley with GOP Help" is a legitimate news story. I know that they contacted Mr. Cisneros to find out more about his conversation with me (which is detailed in that entry, or the Jackson part is) because Cisneros then commented on the entry.

Following this, I made an entry defending myself from Tony Cisneros, and rebutting him, which you can find here. You want to know more about Cisneros? Read those comments and the first thing that'll strike you is that he writes in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. But you want to know more! you say? Well, Cisneros is off-the-wall, Bob Jones University (he went there) nuts: He preaches that the Catholic Church ordered the hit on Abraham Lincoln. Cisneros responded to that right here, and, last night, I fired back once more.

Naturally, the fact that a Republican Congressional candidate with significant influence in the Chicago GOP is having a nasty fight with a teenage blogger isn't being covered by the liberal media elite.

The most important thing to note, for me, is that my story about Jackson is accurate as my source on that, Mr. Cisneros, has never denied it or hinted at denying it.

Karl Rove is facing some serious legal problems (more on that right here) while the rest of the Republican Party is crying "persecution" in regard to Karl Rove and all their other scandals. So is Judith Miller, who just may be the biggest hack in journalism.

The Supreme Court of the United States recently declined to hear a case from Missouri about an abortion which violates State Law. Basically, a woman in jail wants an abortion and the prison is willing to take her to a clinic for it. However, state funds are not to be used for abortions in Missouri, but she doesn't have the money to pay for the bus and guards (about 300$) to take her to the clinic. She argues that she can borrow for the abortion, but not transportation, and the ACLU was all-too-willing to be her lawyer against Missouri. I think it's an abomination that the SCOTUS didn't hear the case, as this is one that should have been heard and reversed: If she wants an abortion, she has to pay for it and the transportation to it herself.

State laws mean something, okay kids?

This President, known for his secrecy, has decided to declassify the genome of the 1918 bird flu, making Americans more vulnerable to terrorist attacks. How selectively secretive of him! There are other news quickies at that link, which I'm sure you'll enjoy, so give it a go.

Finally, George Ryan of Illinois (my state), Tom DeLay of Sugarland Texas, and Saddam Hussein are all on trial while Robert Bork attacks Harriet Miers.

I am the Independent Blogger of the Office of the Independent Blogger. Check it out and enjoy it before I'm classified an enemy combatant and taken off the Internet.
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Oct. 2nd, 2005 @ 06:21 pm (no subject)
First thing I'd like to say is that I've cross-posted this quite vigorously.

Ding Dong the Witch is Dead, kiddies. Or, at least he's been indicted. Tom DeLay has, for those of you not quick on the uptake. In his absence, there's been quite a power struggle that you may not have heard of yet but should have. You can read more about DeLay here, as well as watch me dissect Pat Buchanan. Not that that's too much of a challenge as no one's ever accused good old Pat of being one of them ivy league geniuses.

The Governor of Illinois is a scumbag, or the former Governor is, and he's on trial now. Famous for his moratorium on the Death Penalty, Ryan is, in reality, a criminal who is set to be thrown in prison. While we may decry our system of government, justice does prevail.

Arnold Schwarzenneger is a girly man, Judith Miller, the woman who went to jail "for protecting" her "source" (that's not the real reason she refused to speak), has been let out of prison under awkward circumstances, Tom DeLay has been assured much power even without an official title and Karen Hughes needs to stay home as she's ruining our reputation abroad,. Talk about a long hyperlink!

This should be of great interest to many of you: The US and the UN are having a debate over who should control the Internet. We're not content to clash just on Iraq -- we need to argue over Cyberspace, too!

You probably don't know about these stories, but here's an article of mine on the President's bogus energy policies and the "fiscal conservative" lie of the Republican Party. Fiscal Conservatism, in the Republican Party today, is just another word for “nothing else to run on and something to pretend you believe in.”

There's a great amount of evil in Zimbabwe and stupidity in our government. What more can I say? Read it!

I am the Independent Blogger at The Office of the Independent Blogger. I'm "Independent" in the same sense that Ken Starr was. Meaning "Not Very Independent" indeed!
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Sep. 14th, 2005 @ 09:12 pm (no subject)
I've got some political issues to discuss that I'd like to share my thoughts on with you guys and would like to receive your feedback on.

A few days ago, some family that constantly locked their foster kids up in a cage were caught doing it and have had the kids taken away. I believe that this crime is particularly brutal and inexcusable. The kids were retarded, for Christ's sake, and they were already abused. Speaking of which, a woman was executed in Texas today and the story of it makes me sick to my stomach. Read on here.

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So if you've got any thoughts to share, go right ahead.

Also, I believe that the press and the President and the Democratic Party are all wrong on Iraq. Read here for the parts about the Press and Iraq's coverage therein.

Essentially, the President is right that Saddam Hussein had to be removed and the war is justified -- Saddam bluffed at the world, attempting to fool everyone to believe he had WMD so as to deter invasion. George Bush insisted he give it up and allow the UN to inspect unconditionally to prove that he had no weapons. Saddam blocked the inspections and that was enough to justify the war. That is right.

Now, as to why I disagree with Bush. Well, he didn't make the case honestly. The case to be made against Saddam was on moral grounds, re: his treatment of his people, and the secrecy with which he ran his government along with his refusal to let the UN in. By refusing to do this, it was right to assume he had those weapons and that he intended to use them and had to be disarmed. The UN itself affirmed this.

But then Bush decided to make the case as one of "he has them FOR SURE" and that was never certain; everyone believed it in the world that mattered, frankly, but no one knew for certain in no uncertain terms. When Bush said so, and it turns out he was wrong (notice I said wrong, not lying) the United States has suffered credibility-wise with the world.

The press is wrong about Iraq because of how they cover it -- that link to my article has all I think about them, there.

And the Democrats are wrong when they call this a lie-filled war or a lose causebecause Saddam brought it all upon himself. It was his own web that he got caught in and the war is not lost nor is it anywhere near lost.

Any thoughts?
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Sep. 12th, 2005 @ 07:04 am (no subject)

These eleven congressmen, Republican conservatives all, just voted against the $51 billion package ( H. R. 3673) for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

It's worth asking them some pointed damn questions; the only thing that might be a saving grace is that this package was presented for a 40 minute vote without any opportunity to amend, debate or even read the damn bill.  Maybe villians, then, or perhaps the start of a general rebellion of Republicans who don't think the Speaker has the benifit of God's Grace and infalliblity any more. Remember, lots of these folks were burnt the same way by on the Patriot Act.

Rep. Joe Barton - TX

Jeff Flake - AZ

Virginia Foxx - NC

Scott Garrett - NJ

John Hostettler - IN

Steve King - IA

Butch Otter - ID

Ron Paul - TX

James Sensenbrenner - WI

Tom Tancredo - CO

Lynn Westmoreland - GA

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Sep. 8th, 2005 @ 11:41 am (no subject)
Current Mood: enragedenraged
From Salon.com

After a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Bush warned against the "blame game" as he pointed his finger: "Bureaucracy is not going to stand in the way of getting the job done for the people." His aides briefed reporters on background that "bureaucracy" of course referred to state and local officials. That night, at the White House, Bush met with congressional leaders of both parties, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged Bush to fire Brown. "Why would I do that?" the president replied. "Because of all that went wrong, of all that didn't go right last week," she explained. To which he answered, "What didn't go right?"

Yep. New Orleans is under water, all that valuable real estate is available for development, Haliburton has contracts in place for rebuilding damaged military facilities that can be easily amended given the "emergency," and the new reality of eminent domain makes it all so much easier to "do right."

What didn't go right?

Michael Smerconish, writing for the Huffington Post, has an interesting piece about facts in evidence:

He's got many such, but here are the two final ones, which I assume he thinks the most significant, as do I.

You Have to Admit

Four years removed from 9/11 we do not appear prepared to cope with the aftermath of a large-scale attack.

Four years removed from 9/11 we remain vulnerable to attack by radical Islam because political correctness has blinded us to the commonalities of those who seek to kill us.

I would add this:

It would take far more of "those who want to kill us" with several truckloads of WMD to come up with anything like the combined blast, water, chemical and bacteriological disaster here.  A force five Hurricane puts Megatonne range atomic weapons in the shade.

Consider this map of water levels.

Consider this is JUST New Orleans. Mobile, Alabama, a state away is no better off.

Meanwhile, the LA Times passes on this statement by the FEMA Chief;

Michael D. Brown, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency — who is under fire for the agency's slow response to the flooding — said Wednesday that scores of police and volunteer firefighters from around the nation, as well as trucks loaded with donated water, were even now being prevented from entering New Orleans while troops conduct house-to-house searches.

"They can't just yet," Brown said during a briefing in Baton Rouge. "There is going to come this natural time when we will release this floodgate of cops and firefighters who want to help. It's the same for anyone who wants to volunteer — we have over 50,000 offers of donations from the private sector. It has to be coordinated in such a way that it helps."

Past tense, Brownie, PAST tense. It SHOULD HAVE BEEN coordinated in such a way that it helped.

And finally, an absolutely pissed Dave Z  sent this letter to the White House and published it in his MySpace blog.

Pretty much nobody expects it to be there five minutes after business hours this morning, so here it is in full:

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Aug. 29th, 2005 @ 06:22 pm Estate Tax complete insanity
This is old, but it fell so COMPLETELY under my radar that I wanted to see if anyone else had heard about this. I think Grover Norquist lost by Godwin's Law.

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Aug. 25th, 2005 @ 08:48 pm (no subject)
Hi everybody.

John Bolton is now at the UN, as you all doubtless know, and our new ambassador is doing some serious damage. Give that a click to read what the maniac is doing and to read about what we're doing at the UN in general and why it's wrong.

John McCain is known as a "moderate" Republican and is widely respected by Liberals for not being a total right-winger. Well, come read what he's up to regarding "Intelligent Design" and we'll see just how centered the man really is.

Fox News asks the President ridiculous questions, my speculation on what the Senate's strategy on John Roberts will be, and George Will's take on Cindy Sheehan (which I happen to agree with) are all in the preceding link.

Bush's team wants Dubya to imitate FDR with fireside chats, honestly.

Being a "media fan," the media here is ridiculous. From Pat Robertson to stupid and senseless articles, you'll be appalled by the right-wing tilt in our press.

Here's a post I simply refer to as "Consistently Inconsistent — Conscious Liars".

Finally, here's an interview I did with a man running for Governor in Arkansas, Mr. Rod Bryan.
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Aug. 8th, 2005 @ 09:07 pm (no subject)
Over at The Office of the Independent Blogger, I've made a blog entry about our policies in Africa: first arguing against African claims that they can, and should, handle the crisis in Sudan; then I discuss in detail the President's failure in Niger -- a massive, embarrassing failure. As the mainstream media doesn't cover these two countries (or Africa, really), I especially recommend that section.

In this entry, I bring light to a little known order given by the Pentagon on the Vice President's insistence. It is insanity squared.
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Jul. 26th, 2005 @ 03:43 pm (no subject)
Over at the Office of the Independent Blogger I focus on the issues of the day like a laserbeam, using the keyboard that's on loan from God to tackle the Right-wing extremists that have taken over Washington. I don't come around plugging myself as often as I probably should, but that doesn't mean I'm not blogging. You will find new blog entries up every single day, each as entertaining as the last and hopefully all of them are insightful.

Hi, I'm Greg Pratt. I am the Independent Blogger. I'm "Independent" in the same sense that Ken Starr was, which means "not very Independent" indeed. Have you heard the latest about Robert Novak and Karl Rove? Well, when Karl's not fucking ethical standards he's getting it on with some Texan hussy and Robert Novak is, when not outing CIA agents, throwing five hundred dollar a plate parties to enrich himself. And the media wonders why Americans hate reporters.

That's not all, though. Osama bin Laden planned, for his next terrorist attack after 9/11, to poison our cocaine supply. I couldn't make that up, people. The Valerie Plame, CIA-leak investigation is expanding dramatically, while Rick Santorum and Katherine Harris show their true colors re: family values and get shunned by their party, respectively.

Republican hypocrisy regarding the Constitution and their idea of "strict constructionism" is discussed here, with a dissection of an argument made in the Journal by Rush Limbaugh's old ghostwriter. Meanwhile, there's heat all over Washington, from a vengeful White House which outs not only CIA agents but homosexual reporters as well as Pittsburgh Republicans who have nothing better to do than to hold a "Dean Scream Contest." Maybe if they'd focus on defeating Democrats they'd finally win that state for the GOP in 2008, but I doubt it.

Foreign affairs, particularly our newfound love affair with India, to the chagrin of Pakistan, is discussed here. Oh, and have you ever wondered how the GOP has devised its policy on global warming? Well, wonder no more. But be prepared to be stunned. Finally, there's much violence going on around the world, so read this charming post entitled "Many Muslims Shoving" and understand more about what's going on in the Middle East.

Thank you all for checking out my site and don't bother flaming me in the comments -- I probably won't reply to attacks unless you're either really stupid or articulate enough to merit a response.

I am the Independent Blogger. "Independent" in the same sense that Ken Starr was, which means "not very Independent" indeed. Get moving to the site.
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