Our generals are betraying our soldiers . . . again.Our generals are betraying our soldiers . . . again. And yet, Brit Hume still couldn’t keep himself from making a few anti-MoveOn.org slams this morning on FOX News Sunday. Et tu, Brit?"
Sunday, September 30, 2007
"Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho is a tough guy to run out of town.
Not that his Republican colleagues aren't trying. Worried that the disgraced lawmaker intends to remain in the Senate indefinitely, they are threatening to notch up the public humiliation by seeking an open ethics hearing on the restroom scandal that enveloped Craig last month..."
It is time to end government sponsorship of professional sports in New Jersey and to recognize that such sponsorship is an abuse of the taxpayer that must not be tolerated. It is also time to hold accountable the elected and appointed officials who engineered yet another taxpayer-funded debacle..."
And every time the government, state, local, or federal, builds a highway or put up a red light or adds a sidewalk because Wal-Mart or GM or somebody has moved onto a new parcel of farm land, the tazpayer has to pay that toll, too. It's not just sports, it's the entire corporate welfare structure that needs to be overhauled. We paid trillions to put satellites in orbits and pioneered the technology, so have you received that DirecTV dividend in the mail? (Buying stock dodges the issue; I get that argument. The dispute I have is over levels of taxation.)
Saturday, September 29, 2007
I've always thought the constitutional language was straightforward: 'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.' The Constitution is entirely secular -- there's no mention of God, the Bible, the Ten Commandments, or the Judeo-Christian tradition.
With this in mind, one wonders what Constitution Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been reading..."
Friday, September 28, 2007
"WASHINGTON — A U.S. airstrike killed one of the most senior al-Qaida leaders in Iraq, a Tunisian linked to the kidnapping and killings last summer of American soldiers, a top commander said Friday. Brig. Gen. Joseph Anderson said the death of the suspected terrorist in a U.S. airstrike Tuesday south of Baghdad, and recent similar operations against al-Qaida, have left the organization in Iraq fractured..."
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Reed: The only way and let me stress that, the only way that I believe that me, or this community has been able to endure the trauma that has been thrust upon us is through the prayers of the Christian people who have sent them up in this community. (loud applause) I firmly believe and am confident of the fact that had it not been for the direct intervention of the Lord Jesus Christ last Thursday, a disaster would have happened. You can quote me on that!There was a “press conference” today with the Jena 6 prosecutor DA Reed Walters. Or there was supposed to be a press conference but instead Walters played host for a gathering which sounded more like a revivalist tent meeting. ,While reporters noted they had never before been allowed to bring cameras into the courtroom, Walters had quite a show set up complete with about 60 local residents - described as “white supporters of the DA” on CNN who broke into applause when he appeared. I guess they had loved his performance back in 2006 when Black students protested the hanging of nooses in the “white tree.” Then Walters arrived at the school with a group of police and warned the peaceful student protest that “I could end your lives with the stroke of a pen.” This is the same Walters who consistently claimed “This case is not and never has been about race” and who “credits the ‘imaginations’ of African-Americans for the heightened racial tensions around the case.” Today, his words were less overtly threatening but the racist message was just as clear..."
Benefit of a doubt on bigotry now withdrawn.
I'm gonna hold my breath until Congress passes a resolution condemning Rush Limbaugh (since they apparently have nothing better to do). Woops. Just passed and my head exploded.
"...The moral of the story: You want my vote? My phone banking time? My door knocking abilities? My knowledge of my community — and that of every person who reads here or any other online blog or for any other progressive political group? You earn it. Every damn day.
You can start with restoration of the rule of law, checks and balances and a commitment to the Constitution. With a more intelligent and long-reaching foreign policy strategy that doesn’t include the word “yeehaw!” With work — real work — on domestic policy, including strengthening our crumbling infrastructure and schools, tackling poverty and taking a long, hard look at how we care for at risk children. Oh, commitment to honesty and rebuilding in the Gulf Coast would be a nice start, too. Add in better care for our nation’s soldiers and their families — real mental health services for soldiers and families in need, and adequate care for the families left at home who are barely getting by right now on food stamps and prayer. And that’s just for starters..."
Could I add "Bring Blackwater To Heel?"
Agreed. What could make everyone keep quiet when it is to someone's advantage to go public? There is only one answer. Majestic 12. Get those conspiracy theories revving. I feel another novel coming on.
"Saying it had the right to block “controversial or unsavory” text messages, Verizon Wireless last week rejected a request from Naral Pro-Choice America, the abortion rights group, to make Verizon’s mobile network available for a text-message program.
But the company reversed course this morning, saying it had made a mistake...." along the way discovering that women use phones, women have money, women may want to preserve decisions about their bodies for themselves, and men can have their testicles clamped in a vice, and ...
Focus on the Family announced Monday that it is laying off 30 employees and reassigning 15 others. It also announced that founder James Dobson had been cleared of accusations that he jeopardized the group's nonprofit status by endorsing Republican candidates...'"
I'm sure they will all find employment at an HMO denying health care claims. Meanwhile, the happy dance.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Now he has an answer.
"Childrens do learn," he said Wednesday..."
William Shakespeare, he ain't.
Maiden police said the man opened up the smoker and saw what he thought was a piece of driftwood wrapped in paper. When he unwrapped it, he found a human leg, cut off 2 to 3 inches above the knee..."
There is an explanation.
But when it comes to dialogues on race, I judge people's intent and meaning by their history. And O'Reilly has never been one to seek understanding with an open mind. To this black American, his words felt like the most backhanded compliment I'd heard from a celebrity in many years -- a congratulation to black people for having, finally, the ability to act like we have some sense.
News flash, Bill: black people have been conducting themselves this way for many, many years. I'm just sorry that it took a lunch with Al Sharpton for you to finally realize it."
Which brings me to the lack of tolerance and respect for other religions that became pervasive at the Academy. One report called the situation 'reflections of systematic and pervasive religious bias and intolerance at the highest levels of the Academy Command Structure.' In short, some military evangelicals are unable or unwilling to see how evangelizing often led to the inhibition of non-evangelical Christians' right to the 'free exercise' of their respective religions (or non-religions). Or, perhaps, they just didn't care..."
This from the comments:
" GWB had oil at $23/barrel before we went into Iraq; now it's +80/barrel; and he was our conservative and we all know that he sold us a barrel of goods. That's the "conservative" GWB and "god-fearing" man that I voted for twice; the most disappointing president in the last 100 years other than his father, who blew the legacy of Ronald Reagan's "3 rd" term.
Thank God that there are no more viable Bushes waiting in the wings.
Frankly it would have been interesting to see what the Dems would have dug-up on this administration had they had the balls to have investigated the underpinnings and dealings within this administration.
It sarted out with such high hopes and such HUGE disappointments by us who feel like the "battered wife" as Peggy Noonan wrote in her WSJ editorial "Too Bad" as Tammy emphasized in her broadcasts of May 2007. I read that piece and I thank you Tammy for calling your attention to it. http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/pnoonan/?id=110010148"
'Speaking at the National Press Club Tuesday evening, CBS "Evening News" anchor Katie Couric pulled back the curtain on her personal views of both the war in Iraq and former “Evening News” anchor Dan Rather.
“Everyone in this room would agree that people in this country were misled in terms of the rationale of this war,” said Couric, adding that it is “pretty much accepted” that the war in Iraq was a mistake.
“I’ve never understood why [invading Iraq] was so high on the administration’s agenda when terrorism was going on in Afghanistan and Pakistan and that [Iraq] had no true connection with al Qaeda.”
Further, Couric said the Bush administration botched the war effort, calling it “accepted truths” that it erred by“disbanding the Iraq military, and leaving 100,000 Sunni men feeling marginalized and angry...[and] whether there were enough boots on the ground, the feeling that we’d be welcomed as liberators and didn’t need to focus as much on security.” She added “I’d feel totally comfortable saying any of that at some point, if required, on television...”'
I'll give a year as anchor and then she will be spending more time with her family-- like Dan Rather.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
What might be called The Revolt of the Generals has rarely happened in the nation's history.
In op-ed pieces, interviews and TV ads, more than 20 retired U.S. generals have broken ranks with the culture of salute and keep it in the family. Instead, they are criticizing the commander in chief and other top civilian leaders who led the nation into what the generals believe is a misbegotten and tragic war.
The active-duty generals followed procedure, sending reports up the chain of command. The retired generals beseeched old friends in powerful positions to use their influence to bring about a change..."
That is important and interesting and something you should read so click on the link. There is, however, a separate issue I'd like to bring-up again. My bold:
"While on active duty, Eaton did not criticize his civilian bosses – almost to a man, the generals agree active-duty officers have no business doing that. But he was candid in media interviews. Building an Iraqi army, he warned, would take years, and the effort might never succeed.."
Unless the President is a Democrat then apparently it is just fine to criticize the Commander-In-Chief. For a recent example, think Colin Powell and the Great Gays In The Military controversy during Bill Clinton's initial year. Maybe Powell didn't go on teevee talking about the evil of Teh Gay but he was certainly there in the background running from Senate to House committees crying about gays. (I don't remember all the details and the timeline and I've got other things do rather than spend the evening on Google looking for data snipes, thank you very much.) He was wrong then on two counts: one, gays in the military, and two, undermining the Commander-In-Chief. If Clinton were a Republican, maybe Powell wouldn't never have done all that backstabbing, or maybe if he were a Republican and did voice opposition to the Big Cheese, he would be called a traitor. Anyway, nice to see some of the generals have finally come out of the closet.
From the comments at the link (my bold): "Just because we have the right to speak our minds doesn't mean it's always the right thing to do. Retired officers especially generals really need to keep their opinions to themselves at least until the conflict is over and our troops are out of harms way. Whatever value they may bring to the national debate is more than outweighed by the propaganda value they provide our enemies."
Nice sentiment. What if the conflict never ends? The War on Terror is forecasted to last for the next century. That's a long time to hold your breath.
"Hey, Media! Hey, Interviewers! Hey, Reporters!!! Here's How It's Done! Watch and learn.
David Shuster, who was filling in for Tucker Carlson on MSNBC tonight, really interviewed Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) who came on to repeat Republican talking points about the MoveOn.org ad in the New York Times. See, the Republican pro-war folks still want to talk about the NY Times ad, not the war.
Guess what......Shuster makes Blackburn talk about the war..."
Election Central | Talking Points Memo | Report: GOP "Broke," Expecting To Lose More House Seats
"Starting to look that way. The man is an egotistical idiot. He has done more than any man in America to destroy the environment and further corporate interests at the expense of the individual. Every single crime that Bush-Cheney have committed is on Ralph Nader's head. And now he may be planning to do it to us all again."
Well, I wouldn't sugarcoat it exactly like that, but I do agree with the gist of the sentiment. One abortive run, ok. But you're not going to fool me that many times Ralph.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Via The Times Picayune: Sen. David Vitter, R-La., earmarked $100,000 in a spending bill for a Louisiana Christian group that has challenged the teaching of Darwinian evolution in the public school system and to which he has political ties.
The money is included in the labor, health and education financing bill for fiscal 2008 and specifies payment to the Louisiana Family Forum “to develop a plan to promote better science education...”"
Sunday, September 23, 2007
"More signs of trouble for the Rs. Then again, this isn't a surprise. Independents have been with us for years. George Bush has made the Republicans a semi-permanent, for the moment, minority party. Yes, 70% of Republicans think Bush is doing a great job - but what percentage of the country ARE those Republicans? And, are fewer people calling themselves Republicans as a result of Bush's reign? I would suspect they are. So let Cheney and the others advise Bush to stay the course because his base still loves him. That still means that Bush is governing 28% of the country, and while we can't stop him now, once the elections come, 28% is a mandate for disaster."
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Sanders' remarks were a pleasant surprise. In fact, he got elected after promising voters in 2005 that he would oppose same-sex marriage, and would use his veto power if the San Diego City Council took steps to go beyond civil unions.
With that in mind, when council members voted 5 to 3 recently on a resolution endorsing gay marriage, most expected the mayor to reject the measure. But then a funny thing happened -- Sanders decided he wanted his lesbian daughter to have the same marriage rights as everyone else..."
I thought I was the only one who felt Sanders' position reeked of hypocrisy. Everyone has been singing this guy's praise for his conversion and I am glad he has changed position. However, I still think he's hypocritical. At least one other person sees the point.
The Rocky Mountain Collegian on Friday published an editorial that reads, in total, “Taser this… F--- BUSH,” spelling out the expletive, along with an explanation that “this column represents the views of the Collegian’s editorial board...”"
"Threatening Lieberman-Kyl Amendment On Iran
Amazingly, no one anywhere in the US media seems to have noticed that yesterday Jon Kyl (Arizona) and Joe Lieberman filed an extremely threatening amendment on Iran to the FY 2008 Defense Authorization bill. I guess all their time was taken up with the earth-shakingly important issue of newspaper ads..."
But when federal officials maintain travel records on Americans that keep track of everything from destinations, to travel companions, to reading materials, one can't help but wonder if some reasonable lines are being crossed..."
Posted by Ed Encho:
"...An increasingly vocal majority of Americans have had it with this sort of crap. Americans are fed up with a lawless administration, the disembowelment of the constitution and the maniacal fat-asses over at the AEI and their damned wars. Enough is enough and the Democrats have to make a choice, it is either time to ride the zeitgeist or reap the whirlwind because as one of my favorite essayists William Rivers Pitt so accurately put it in his excellent column A Time To Reap a few months back:
“There is something happening today in America. With the right kind of ears, you can hear it in the sound of millions of brows slowly furrowing in anger and disgust. It feels like those tense moments just before the eruption of a summer thunderstorm, those moments when the air is electric, the ozone reek of spent lightning fills the world, and you know that something very loud is about to happen.
And you CAN hear it. You could hear it in Washington last weekend, you can hear it in Jena and sweet Jesus, for you can hear it in stores, workplaces, churches and other areas where criticism of the Bush regime was at one time unthinkable and by God does it sound good. This sort of slow building outrage shows that a large number of Americans are starting to ‘get it’ that their system has failed them utterly and completely and the old paradigms that divide us are now being challenged. There is a huge storm of revulsion building in this country and more than anything it is a time to renounce politics as usual, discard stereotypes and scream ala Howard Beale “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”. Where are the leaders? Cowering behind their rapidly eroding status quo, too timid to dare to challenge the affront to American ideals and human dignity that has swept the fruited plain like the black plague for the past six and a half shame drenched years. They are hiding from their constitutional responsibilities and by God come election time there will be a price to pay if this is allowed to continue any longer."
Friday, September 21, 2007
The title of post was "Why do we diss Baptists?", which tells me someone (perhaps, the reader who emailed Sullivan the long quote in the post) does not know very many Baptists. The Baptists are all over the map in terms of Creationism and all its attendant ideas. There are quite a few other Christian sects who are generically deeper into "Jesus on a Dinosaur" than are the typical Baptists, who are being labelled as unfairly as "wingnut" and "moonbat" describe political belief systems. The key statement to apply the JoaD sect might be "primitive," which means they would logically fit in nicely with bin Laden and the so-called Islamic fundamentalists.
Full disclosure: I'm a Methodist, which most Baptists think of as "liberal." Bush is a Methodist, but not from any branch I've ever been near. I like quarks better than Genesis.
"Dear MoveOn member,
Yesterday, an amazing thing happened. After the Senate's shameful vote, and after President Bush called MoveOn "disgusting,"1 our email started to fill up with messages like this one:
I'm currently in Iraq. I do not agree with this war, and if I did support this war, it would not matter. You have the RIGHT to speak the truth. We KNOW that you support us. Thank you for speaking out for being our voice. We do not have a voice. We are overshooted by those who say that we soldiers do not support organizations like MoveOn. WE DO.
YOU ARE OUR voice.
And then came the donations. By midnight, over 12,000 people had donated $500,000â€”more than we've raised any day this yearâ€”for our new ad calling out the Republicans who blocked adequate rest for troops headed back to Iraq.
The message from MoveOn members was loud and clear: Don't back down. Take the fight back to the issues that matter.
So today we're shooting for a very ambitious goal: Reach $1 million so we can dramatically expand the campaign we launched yesterday going after politicians who support this awful war. Can you chip in $25 toward our goal?..." Go here to donate.
Last night, news broke that the FBI had been taping phone calls placed to the senior Republican in the United States Senate as part of a bribery investigation stretching back more than a year. In fact, the man alleged to have bribed the senator is cooperating with investigators, and the calls recorded included some he placed at the FBI's behest...
The Washington Post, always eager to cover political stories of national import, ran the news on page A10. Most papers gave it similar prominence, if they ran the item it at all.
Contrast that to the (admittedly luried) tale of Norman Hsu, fronted by papers around the nation. That was a case of a major donor to Democratic figures who turned out (unbeknownst to the politicians to whom he donated) to be a crook and a fraud. That's big news. But when a businessman who is a major donor to Republican politicians turns out to be a crook and a fraud, and some of the nation's senior legislators are revealed to have knowingly accepted his bribes and funneled him earmarks in return, it's hardly worth mentioning.
Where's the outrage?"Exactly.
Could the starving waifs of Bombay used $90,000? How about the local schools in Pigeon Forge? How about some outreach to the poor of Sevier county? Seems like a helluva waste for God's Greenbacks.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
With the courageous exception of Dennis Kucinich, the Democratic candidates have all rolled out health 'reform' plans that represent total, Chamberlain-like, appeasement. Edwards and Obama propose universal health insurance plans that would in no way ease the death grip of Aetna, Unicare, MetLife, and the rest of the evil-doers. Clinton -- why are we not surprised? -- has gone even further, borrowing the Republican idea of actually feeding the private insurers by making it mandatory to buy their product. Will I be arrested if I resist paying $10,000 a year for a private policy laden with killer co-pays and deductibles...?"
The trend has been evolving for 30 years. The reasons behind it are too complex to pin on one party. But it has been especially pronounced since the Democrats' razor-thin win in last year's election, giving them effectively a 51-49 Senate majority, and the Republicans' exile to the minority..."
'"Vice President [Dick] Cheney came up to see the Republicans yesterday. You can always tell when the Republicans are getting restless, because the Vice President’s motorcade pulls into the Capitol, and Darth Vader emerges," Hillary Clinton said just now at a $100-a-head fundraiser at town hall near New York's Times Square, referring to Cheney's efforts shore up Republican congressional support for the Iraq war...'
Welcome to that rather large club of people who have been calling Shooter by his real name, Darth, for years.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
"...And just for the record, the only one of the three frontrunners refusing to cave in to the wingnut spin is none other than Hillary Clinton, the one person more vilified than Obama and the Edwardes combined. Hillary Clinton knows what it means to be the target of wingnut attacks and she has no intention of falling prey to their trap. She remembers and learned well from the 1990s, where if she had caved as the wingnuts wanted and planned it is quite possible that Bill Clinton would have been done in by a consensual sexual affair. Think about what Bush has gotten away with and the thought of such a thing now seems completely impossible. For those of us who wrote about the Lewinski brouhaha, I assure you it was not. In fact, given the cave in of both the Obama and Edwards camps on the MoveOn.org ad, I can imagine Obama and maybe even John Edwards giving a Lieberman style speech of moral indignation on the Senate floor.
As for Hillary Clinton, not even when attacked by Rudy did she cave. This is after she also not only sent Howard Wolfson out to defend YearlyKos on Bill O'Reilly, but she also has turned every single question about the MoveOn.org ad back into the face of the Republicans and Bush where it belongs. That says a lot about her. It also could be the reason Obama and Edwards can't catch her."
"Dan Rather, whose career at CBS News ground to an inglorious end 15 months ago over his role in an unsubstantiated report questioning President Bush’s Vietnam-era National Guard service, filed a lawsuit this afternoon against the network, its corporate parent and three of his former superiors.
Mr. Rather, 75, asserts that the network violated his contract by giving him insufficient airtime on “60 Minutes” after forcing him to step down as anchor of the “CBS Evening News” in March 2005. He also contends that the network committed fraud by commissioning a “biased” and incomplete investigation of the flawed Guard broadcast and, in the process, “seriously damaged his reputation...”
"...Now we find that one of the great statesman Warner's last acts may be to pull the football out from under Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, whose amendment to allow the military a decent interval between deployments is coming up for a vote. Like clockwork, Warner, who had supported the bill is now saying that he may not since the Bush administration has agreed to his propaganda ploy to bring home a handful of troops for a big Christmas pageant, (which I'm sure the president, the vice president and Senator Warner will milk for all its worth.) You could make big money in Vegas by betting on Warner to stab Democrats in the back every time and take some cheap shiny trinket from the White House as a reward.
The Webb Amendment is a powerful piece of legislation, backed by the Military Officers Association and many military families who are seeing their loved ones deployed over and over again until their marriages and their finances are at a breaking point. Although it may serve to force the administration to withdraw troops more quickly than they wish to, this is not a political ploy. Even before the surge, experts said that the Iraq war was breaking the military. Now it is far worse. Someone has to step in and do something about this problem and it's obvious it isn't going to be the Republican party..."
"...Citing unnamed sources, Black said the matter grows out of allegations that U.S. Attorney Rachel Paulose mishandled some classified documents by failing to secure them properly in her office, and that she demoted First Assistant U.S. Attorney John Marti after he discussed the alleged security breach with her, then reported it up the chain of command.
Paulose also is alleged to have retaliated against some staff members for perceived disloyalty, and to have downgraded some job reviews for reasons other than performance, Black wrote..."
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Why? It's way too much ado over a regrettable incident of police overreaction. Yet, somehow, John Kerry is the one being blamed in much of the commentary in the various blog posts. This story pales in comparison to the library tasering of this past summer.
Monday, September 17, 2007
"... Fred Kagan yesterday went to National Review -- home to countless tough guy warriors like him who fight nothing -- to argue against Senator Webb's bill. There is no need to give our troops more time away from the battlefield, Kagan types. Besides, doing that would be too administratively difficult ("this amendment would actually require the Army and Marine Corps staffs to keep track of how long every individual servicemember had spent in either Iraq or Afghanistan, how long they had been at home, how long the unit that they were now in had spent deployed, and how long it had been home" [Well, golly, could anything be more impossible here in the Age of Computers? How does Wal-Mart age that inventory?])...
If troops want more time at home, Kagan says, there is an easy way to achieve that: "win the war we're fighting." Of course, that would not even work, because Kagan and his friends at the Weekly Standard and the American Enterprise Institute have many more wars planned beyond Iraq for other families' sons and daughters to fight. For that reason, Kagan actually had the audacity several months ago to type this:
The president must issue a personal call for young Americans to volunteer to fight in the decisive conflict of this generation..."But not anyone ever from my flock of chicken hawks.
It's because they want to see the stall made famous by U.S. Sen. Larry Craig's arrest in a sex sting.
'It's become a tourist attraction,' said Karen Evans, spokeswoman at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. 'People are taking pictures...'"
Sunday, September 16, 2007
That's surprising enough in a country where hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has questioned whether the Holocaust even took place. What's more surprising is that government media produced the series, and is airing it on state-run television.
The Holocaust is rarely mentioned in state media in Iran, school textbooks don't discuss it and Iranians have little information about it.
Yet the series titled 'Zero Degree Turn' is clearly sympathetic to the Jews' plight during World War II. It shows men, women and children with yellow stars on their clothes being taken forcibly out of their homes and loaded into trucks by Nazi soldiers..."
If you're in a GOP ad, by permission or not, then don't complain when someone attacks you for being partisan. (The "permission" argument would be a lot more convincing if Petraeus were throwing a public, screaming fit. It all smells rather like one of Ann Coulter's "kill a judge" statements followed by "just kidding.)
Saturday, September 15, 2007
"Montana conservative attacks fallen soldier over op-ed.
Earlier this week, Sgt. Omar Mora and Sgt. Yance Gray, who recently co-wrote a New York Times op-ed critical of the Iraq debate, were killed in a vehicle accident in Western Baghdad. The two fallen soldiers have since been hailed for serving their country and speaking out on Iraq. But one former conservative state Senator in Sgt. Gray’s home state of Montana, Dave Rye, has chosen to attack him for the op-ed, claiming he and his fellow soldiers weren’t intelligent enough to write it on their own:
Pardon my skepticism, and certainly no disrespect for the dead Montana soldier, but in my time in the Army I never heard such a word as “recalcitrant” escape the lips of any Staff Sergeant. I doubt if it’s spoken all that much in Ismay, either. The soldiers had the help and probably the encouragement of a writer with an agenda, from a newspaper which has always had one. Its continually declining circulation now mainly consists of those who want desperately to consider themselves sophisticated as well as compassionate, even if that means always branding the U.S. as the chief villain on the world stage—in fact, especially if it does."
I knew quite a few big college words when I was in the service. Some of them I actually learned there because-- gasp!-- the military has schools where they teach you some stuff like that and trigonometry, too! I guess only officers and politicians have sufficient intelligence to parse the language into melodious tones for editorial consumption. I offer as my proof George. W. Bush, who certainly has taken the hum-drum English vocabulary found betwixt the covers of the Oxford English Dictionary into a netherworld no one has never experienced before.
Hmmm. Very little coverage of this event.
It's worse than you think.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Well, golly, gee-whiz. Go figure.
Under cross-examination, VECO CEO Bill Allen is now admitting that a portion of the $400,000 in bribes he's admitted to using to bribe legislators was used on labor for the home renovation of Stevens' home.
That would seem to put the onus pretty heavily on Stevens. The briber turning evidence on the bribee is usually real bad news for the guy who took the bribes."
Keepeth thy no liquids in thine oral orifice as thou goest here to read the rest.
The biggest fiction was that because of the 'success' of the surge, we can reduce U.S. troop levels in Iraq from 20 combat brigades to 15 by next July. Gen. David Petraeus has recommended this step, and President George W. Bush will order it so..."
Thursday, September 13, 2007
"According to a new poll released today by the nonpartisan firm Research 2000, if Connecticut's 2006 Senate general election was re-run and happened today, Ned Lamont would defeat Sen. Joe Lieberman handily. What is of particular significance in the numbers is that the shift is due precisely to the deception that Lamont supporters had been exposing during the campaign - but which reporters refused to cover both during the race and in the post-election analysis. This deception on the issue of Iraq goes straight to how the media and political Establishment will do anything to keep this war going. And the two lessons that come out of this poll after looking at its details are worth remembering.
As the poll shows, if the race were held today, Lamont would garner 48 percent of the vote, Lieberman just 40 percent and Republican Alan Schlesinger would get 10 percent. This represents roughly a 16-18 point swing from the actual results (Lieberman 49, Lamont 40, Schlesinger 10), and according to today's poll, the major shift to Lamont from Lieberman would be among Democratic and Independent voters..."
"Well, JPod and I agree on this, so the obvious caveat:
If the Democrats don’t blow it, 2008 could be the election that finishes off the pro-GOP salience of the tough-daddy-soft-mommy paradigm. Because the Republicans are being rapidly rebranded as a party of men who exemplify the least attractive, most pathetic aspects of the gender—they are the stubborn, arrogant, lazy, incompetent (Iraq, Katrina), hypocritical, crude, nasty fathers, Homer Simpson crossed with Tony Soprano, the kind of men who snarl and posture as old-fashioned patresfamilias but don’t come through when and where it counts. The GOP is becoming the deadbeat-daddy party."
Horses Mouth September 12, 2007 4:18 PM: "...Note that Boehner is specifically answering a question about troop deaths here -- which he calls a 'small price,' should we win the war.
This is an obvious point, but it bears making again, anyway: It's really uncanny how often those who aren't sacrificing anything for the Iraq war, aside for perhaps their health in the polls, are willing to...
(a) Describe the very real sacrifice being made by others as not being such a big deal ...while simultaneously...
(b) Describing the sacrifice others are making as their own.
Also, it bears pointing out that Boehner's overall thought here -- that we'll have made a small sacrifice 'if we're able to stabilize the Middle East'-- is a pretty big 'if.' Of course, if you're not really sacrificing anything in the quest to realize this big 'if,' then there's not much to be lost in going for it even if it is a real long shot, now is there."
Good luck with that.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Fallon told Petraeus [in March] that he considered him to be “an ass-kissing little chickensh*t” and added, “I hate people like that”, the sources say. That remark reportedly came after Petraeus began the meeting by making remarks that Fallon interpreted as trying to ingratiate himself with a superior.
The Washington Post reported this weekend that there is an internal military debate, described as “Armageddon,” brewing between Petraeus and Fallon because the two men have “profoundly different views of the U.S. role in Iraq...”"
Papamoka gets there first with the obvious Thompson gaffe. It's amazing, really. Though I have a couple of friends who won't even by moved by this admission-- the only reason I can discern for their support of Frederick of Hollywood is, maybe, the Twins, or maybe just because Fred is tall and would loom over any Democratic candidate like an old, fossilized deadwood redwood just waiting to fall and make a sound maybe even wingnuts would hear.
Forget any pretense of journalism. Just give it up. Brit Hume and Fox 'News' have crossed over to the unequivocal (as if it weren't before today) government arm of the Bush administration. Yeah, yeah, they made that leap a long time ago. But nothing comes even remotely close to what happened tonight in Brit's 'A Briefing for America.' It even comes complete with swiftboating 'Freedom Watch' ads! Oh, boy..."
"Since their op-ed criticizing the administration's strategy in Iraq began with the words, "Viewed from Iraq at the tail end of a 15-month deployment," one has to assume that nearly a month later the seven soldiers who authored the piece were achingly close to returning home.
Two of them won't be coming back alive. Yance Gray and Omar Mora, both of the 82nd Airborne Division, were killed on Monday. Gray leaves behind a wife and infant daughter. Mora is survived by a wife and five year old daughter. They demonstrated personal bravery in their service and integrity by speaking publicly about their views. They will, as will all those killed in this misbegotten war, be missed.
I want to rage against the injustice of it, the senselessness, the horror; but sometimes, as with yesterday's anniversary, I just want to note with sadness the loss..."
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
The Raw Story | Author under gag order assails producer, ABC for 'Path to 9/11': "...If the Path to 9/11 was released on DVD in the form that it was telecast, the Clintons wouldn’t be the only losers. ABC’s well-earned reputation for news excellence could be irreparably harmed as well. After all, the average viewer doesn’t easily separate fact from fiction when the ABC logo appears on the lower third of the screen.
On the sixth anniversary of 9/11, it’s time for ABC to own up to the great disservice it did to this country in rewriting “history” for its project. And Cyrus Nowrasteh, ought to come clean about how he turned ABC’s most important mini-series since The Day After, into a work worthy of Leni Riefenstahl."
"...A democracy, wrote the diplomat and scholar George Kennan, "fights for the very reason that it was forced to go to war. It fights to punish the power that was rash enough and hostile enough to provoke it -- to teach that power a lesson it will not forget, to prevent the thing from happening again. Such a war must be carried to the bitter end." Which is why "unconditional surrender" was a natural U.S. goal in World War II and why Americans were so uncomfortable with three "wars of choice" since then -- in Korea, Vietnam and Iraq.
What "forced" America to go to war in 2003 -- the "gathering danger" of weapons of mass destruction -- was fictitious. That is one reason this war will not be fought, at least not by Americans, to the bitter end. The end of the war will, however, be bitter for Americans, partly because the president's decision to visit Iraq without visiting its capital confirmed the flimsiness of the fallback rationale for the war -- the creation of a unified, pluralist Iraq.
After more than four years of war, two questions persist: Is there an Iraq? Are there Iraqis?..."
And it's not just Iraq. The Old Media persists in presenting Creationist Jesus-on-a- Dinosaur stories as if they were something other than wild fantasy, and they insist on enabling haters by broadcasting stories that amount to nothing more than "you can catch Teh Gay," when no hard science supports the contention that being gay is a choice. What about Global Warming? One could go on forever about their resolute willingness to present two sides of a fact when the very definition of a fact means there is only one side.
Monday, September 10, 2007
"AMSTERDAM, Netherlands: With two-thirds of the Dutch population living below sea level, the country's government sees the risk of rising seas caused by global warming as a matter of life and death. So it's taking a long term view of the problem — a two hundred-year view, to be exact.
The Cabinet announced plans Friday for a new commission to begin preparing water defenses through the year 2200.
'We want to make sure that there's still a Netherlands a century from now,' Tineke Huizinga, the country's top water official, told state broadcaster NOS..."
I was stationed in Holland for a time in the late 60's and fell in love with the country. I've never been back, though I'd love to, but I will always have fond memories of the Dutch, the government, and their general disposition toward life, which seemed to say: "Show me a problem, and I will attend to it."
Hail, Simon Stevin!
"In 2006, Humboldt County, California, became the latest, and largest, jurisdiction to abolish the legal doctrine known as "corporate personhood."
Measure T was successful because our all-volunteer campaign came together to pass a law that bans non-local corporations from participating in Humboldt elections. The referendum, which passed with 55 percent of the vote, also asserts that corporations cannot claim the First Amendment right to free speech.
By enacting Measure T, Humboldt County has committed an act of "municipal civil disobedience," intentionally challenging "settled law." But voters also recognize that Measure T is an act of common sense. We polled our community and found that 78 percent believe corruption is more likely if corporations participate in politics..."
"Kevin Drum explains in a terrific post this afternoon that Iraq hawks have entered their third and least-persuasive stage.
First, there were War Hawks, who insisted that invading Iraq was a necessary endeavor. Second, these folks became Pottery Barn Hawks, who insisted they could clean up the mess they created.
And now they've transformed again, into Chaos Hawks, who insist that a withdrawal strategy would be even worse than the status quo..."
'"Watershed"? "Pivotal"? "D-Day for Iraq Policy"? Oh, puhleez. President Bush's prime time stay-the-course speech has already been written. Public opinion has already concluded that the Petraeus report will sugarcoat the statistics, that the Crocker report will move the goalposts, and that "victory" in Iraq will be no less absurd an American mission at the end of the week than at the beginning. Magical September will make Republicans no less likely to wag their lapdog tails at the White House, or to rattle their cut-and-run sabers at the Democrats, than will Magical March, the probable next location of the turning-point mirage. Democrats, for their part, will seize on the possible January withdrawal of one brigade of the surge as a bipartisan triumph, and their fear of being branded anti-troop and pro-terrorist by a bunch of chickenhawk demagogues will lead them to hail a non-binding non-deadline nonconditional footnote to the next defense appropriation as though they had drawn some heroic line in the sand...'
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Scrutiny Hooligans,Gay Porn Blogger Denounces McHenry Disinformation Campaign,
And now Pat Go Bye Bye is officially the target of a McHenry-related disinformation campaign to discredit, of all people, a gay porn blogger. Damon Kruezer.
Why would McHenry’s friends spend energy trying to discredit a gay porn blogger, you might ask? After all, you’d think they would be pretty busy thinking up ways to defend him from his obvious connection to a staffer guilty of voter fraud, (in an election Pat won by only 85 votes). Then there’s the problem with his friend Ralph Gonzalez being murdered allegedly by his other friend Jason Drake. Let’s not forget his financial disclosure debacles, and the ass he made of himself nationally over earmarks. And then this weekend his freaked-out-looking deputy field director blew a point one three.
But you know political consultants these days. I guess they just sat him down (maybe over drinks with Brett) and said something like “Hey Pat, things are bad but really you need to focus on this dude, Damon Kruezer, who interviews hot young homosexual pornographic video actors..." Read more.
"...Now, sports teams routinely meet with presidents at the White House after a championship, but this was a little different. Two Seahawks players attended a GOP fundraiser, where they decided, on their own, to honor the president.
Apparently, Bush isn't particularly popular in Seattle, where fans told Hasselbeck and Strong how offended they were with the gesture towards Bush. Then, conservative bloggers argued yesterday how offended they were by Seahawks' fans.
Apparently, the right's argument seems to be that entertainers like football players should be able to express political preferences without hearing vitriolic reactions from fans. It's a free country; going to a GOP fundraiser and applauding the president isn't a crime. Sounds reasonable enough to me.
But I am curious about those making the argument. If football players should be able to express their support for Bush, should the Dixie Chicks be able to express criticism of Bush? If Democrats in Seattle who are bothered by Hasselbeck and Strong are crazy, are conservatives who crushed the Dixie Chicks' CDs with steamrollers expressing mature political opposition?
Times change, people change. Politics of yesterday can change in a heart beat but the honesty and respect that the American people will always look for can not and should not be taken for granted. While the flood gates of Senators and Congressmen from the Republican Party that are not seeking re-election opens up, in the next election the people need to decide who is telling the truth and whom is blowing smoke up the back side of your anatomy..."
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Friday, September 07, 2007
Late Update: Hard-hearted TPM Reader B notes that the 2008 Republican convention is being held in Minneapolis. So everyone should get a chance for their own pilgrimage of grace."
Thursday, September 06, 2007
"...Responding to a flood of emails complaining about a surprise iPhone price cut, Mr. Jobs apologized publicly and said Apple will issue a $100 credit at Apple stores to iPhone users who paid the original price. "Our early customers trusted us, and we must live up to that trust with our actions in moments like these," Mr. Jobs wrote in a letter posted yesterday on Apple's Web site..."
So when do I and thousands of other suckers get a refund and an apology for the screwing Apple gave us when they abandoned the Apple II in favor of the Mac back in the Stone Age? Yeah, right, Jobs. "Apple II Forever." Bite me. I hate Apple.
Nor was the intelligence included in the National Intelligence Estimate of October 2002, which stated categorically that Iraq possessed WMD. No one in Congress was aware of the secret intelligence that Saddam had no WMD as the House of Representatives and the Senate voted, a week after the submission of the NIE, on the Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq. The information, moreover, was not circulated within the CIA among those agents involved in operations to prove whether Saddam had WMD..."
Our Ugly American President : "...Remember Republicans bitching about Clinton's travels, compliments (in part) to Senate Republican Policy Committee Chairman Larry Craig? Here's one heading: Clinton's Foreign Travel: Excessive or Abusive??
Wingnuts went on a war path.
Of course, Human Events had to jump in, too.
But when Bush takes a trip fit for an emperor conservatives are silent. Bush wouldn't give the troops the raise they not only deserve, but have more than earned. Our president has other priorities, that much is clear. Traveling like a king is not only an entitlement. It's what Bush believes is his due..."
Let us hope for the latter.
"In the wake of closeted Sen. Larry Craig’s self-outing in an airport men’s room this summer, Mike Rogers, the Washington-based publisher of blogActive who outed Craig, is threatening to reveal the secret sexual identities of two leading GOP senators, while two allegedly gay Republican congressmen are making headlines and drawing unwelcome attention to themselves, the timing of which could not be worse.
The senators are Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader, from Kentucky. More about them below but first let’s look at two allegedly closeted members of the House, representatives Patrick McHenry and David Drier, who have been in the news lately..."
The post follows the above excerpt with a gay prostitution murder plot involving one of our semi-local congresscritters, Rep. Patrick McHenry (O' tangled web weavers we be) ...
"...As Governor, Bill Richardson has increased the minimum wage for all New Mexicans. In addition, he reinstated collective bargaining for public employees, supported stronger penalties for employer violations while workers attempt to unionize, secured the first public works labor agreement in New Mexico history and made New Mexico's prevailing wage a union wage. Governor Richardson also cut taxes for working families again this year, returning $52 million to their pockets.
In July, unemployment in New Mexico hit an all-time low of 3.5%, lower than the national average of 4.5%. In the last year, New Mexico has added 14,700 jobs, with over 80,000 new jobs being created in New Mexico under Governor Richardson's stewardship.
Governor Richardson also has taken the progressive and economically just step of ending taxation on food and medicine in New Mexico.
As President, Bill Richardson will appoint a union member as his Secretary of Labor. He's also indicated his strong support for the Employee Free Choice Act, allowing workers to unionize without fear of retribution or intimidation. Given his record as Governor of New Mexico, working men and women have every reason to believe that Bill Richardson will be a staunch defender of their rights to collectively bargain. And at the AFL-CIO debate in Chicago last month, Governor Richardson also said he'd get rid of all the union busting attorneys in the Department of Labor and OSHA.