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Monday, March 08, 2004

It looks like the Bushco chosen line of attack against John Kerry is that he's a flip-flopper. Again, given Shrub's record for the past three years, this seems like a rather hypocritical choice of rhetoric. Then again, it was Al Gore who was dubbed the pathological liar in 2000 despite a wealth of evidence suggesing that Shrub was the one who has a problem with the truth ("By far, the vast majority of my tax cuts go to the middle class"). Over at Daily Kos, you can see a sampling of the many ways in which Shrub is the master of the flip-flop, king of the bait and switch, lord of the waffles.

Meanwhile, back in know, the place we liberated before we invaded and occupied Iraq? While we've been busy in Iraq, they've been busy in Afghanistan trying to establish democracy. From the looks of it, the results are rather mixed. Attempting to convince Afghani men of the need to allow women to participate in elections, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said, "Please, my dear brothers, let your wives and sisters go to the voter registration process. Later, you can control who she votes for, but please, let her go." Brilliant!
One woman responded, "Now that is a bad idea. It doesn't seem like a very good interpretation of the rights we are working for. We can select which minister or warlord to vote for as well as anyone."
Yes....they should be able to select whichever warlord they like the most. Whether it is the conservative warlords running on a campaign platform of brutal aggression, or the liberal warlords who have been pushing an agenda focused on slightly brutal aggression, Afghani women will now finally have the freedom to cast their votes for whoever their husbands or brothers tell them to.

Factoid: the constitution adopted in January promised women 20% of the seats in the future legislature of Afghanistan. While here in the good ol' U.S.A., women hold 14/100 seats in the Senate and 59/435 seats in the House, for a grand total of 13.6%.

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