Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Louisiana, we told you not to vote for Bush

Louisiana, you voted for Bush (twice!) and look what happens: God smites you. And how!

National Post of Canada reports that New Orleans is under martial law.

Bloomberg is reporting:
" Aug. 31 (Bloomberg) -- As much as 80 percent of New Orleans was under water after Hurricane Katrina's rampage over the Gulf Coast killed as many as 100 people and caused $25 billion in damage in three states."

BBC succinctly puts it this way:
"New Orleans: Nature's revenge?"

New Scientist explains the lay of the land, and the role of the levees.

Reuters reports that the U.S. Navy is sending ships that include the hospital ship Comfort, and dozens of helicopters for the relief effort.

Various officials, at the local, state, and federal levels, are reporting that they are not counting fatalities yet. Instead, they are concentrating on rescue efforts and fixing the levees. From the NY Times: "Across the region, rescue workers were not even trying to gather up and count the dead, officials said, but pushed them aside for the time being as they tried to find the living."

Good news though - Bush agrees to tap into the emergency oil reserves. After all, the oil companies can't make money if they don't have a product to sell.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

March of the Petty Tyrants

Republicans in Ohio
Ohio Gov. Bob Taft (R) aplogizes:
“I am here today to publicly apologize to the people of the state of Ohio for my failure to provide complete financial disclosure statements to the Ohio Ethics Commission as mandated by law. I accept total responsibility for my mistake, and I’m sorry."

Ohio is mired in all sorts of problems. The blossoming Coingate has the fingerprints of Bush supporters all over it.

Republicans in Kentucky
Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher (R) going up before the grand jury.
My favorite development is the State House warning Fletcher if he pardons anyone already convicted or indicted they'll immediately begin impeachment proceedings.http://photobucket.com/albums/a179/tundrakat/?action=view¤t=LetUsPrey.jpg
http://photobucket.com/albums/a179/tundrakat/?action=view¤t=LetUsPrey.jpg

One the things Attorney General Greg Stumbo's office dug up was a "hit-list" of state employees with the name "Chandler" written next to their names. U,S, Representative Ben Chandler ran against Fletcher for the governorship in 2003.

Republicans in Missouri
Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt (R) has his own ethics problems.
The Missouri Attorney General, Jay Nixon, is investigating the Governor and the Highway Commissioner, Mike Kehoe, on ethics charges. April 15, the day the ethics charges were filed, Blunt made his first amendment to his ethics reports.
July 15, Blunt made his second amendment to his ethics reports.
The Ethics Commission was not impressed. On July 25 they referred his case to the Attorney General.
August 23, Blunt amends his ethics reports for the third time.

Republicans in Illinois
Former Illinois Governor George Ryan (R) stands trial in September for racketeering.
Ryan did not run for reelection as federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald (of The Plame Investigation fame) started racking up scalps from both Springfield and Chicago.

[Ed. note: Speaking solely on Illinois, it is a one-party state, a Combine to borrow from Chicago Tribune John Kass. The Dems and Republicans act in concert on all things, especially the sleaze.]

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Pat Robertson, an Iranian mullah, and a Gaza settler go into a bar. And blow it up.

ABC Family shows Pat Robertson’s “The 700 Club.” Ask them to kick it off the air.

Media Matters has asked ABC Family to discontinue “The 700 Club” broadcasts on the heels of Robertson’s 8/22/05 call for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Why stop there? Write letters to the editor, call your news channels, throw a fit about the outrageous conduct of America’s own homegrown religious extremist terrorists.

Good luck.

This just in: Robertson: I Was Misintrepeted
From the CBS story:
"I didn't say assassination," Robertson continued. "I said our special forces should take him out. Take him out can be a number of things including kidnapping. There are a number of ways to take out a dictator from power besides killing him. I was misinterpreted."

Sure, have our special forces take him (Chavez) out. To dinner. And maybe dancing.
Then wrap up the evening by kidnapping him.

Does Robertson think this explanation makes things better? If this is how stupid he is, then how stupid are the people who send him money?

One other thing - from Robertson's own mouth on the 8/22/05 broadcast of "The 700 Club:"
"If he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think we really ought to go ahead and do it. It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war. … We have the ability to take him out and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability."

Sunday, August 21, 2005

To paraphrase Bismarck, it's going to be some damn thing in South America

LaRouche's "Executive Intelligence Review" brings our attention to Cheney and Rumsfeld romping through Paraguay. Paraguay agreed to let the U.S. build military bases there and grant U.S. troops immunity from prosecution for crimes committed in Paraguay.

We'll need a little history and current affairs.

Zero Hour in Bolivia: What to Watch for Today
In June 2005 Carlos Mena was pushed out and Vaca Diez attempted to take over. Was thwarted.

Traditional Parties in Bolivia Define Their Candidates
Vaca Diez, head up the Bolivian upper house, tried to engineer a takeover of Carlos Mena's presidency, but was stopped by the massive disapproval of Bolivians. Bolivia has general elections planned for December 2005. Bolivia borders Paraguay.

Argentine Kirchner Fires Central Bank Official Branda
Branda charged with taking bribes as a senator in 2000. Too bad they don't say who was on the offer side. The bribes were in regard to anti-labor legislation. Catch a whiff of IMF?

Chavez Uses Nation's Oil to Extend Regional Clout 11 August 2005
Venezuelan President Chavez recently went to Uruguay and Brazil, pushing for full Venezuelan membership in Mercosur. In June 2005 Chavez struck agreeements with 14 Caribbean countries to supply (cheaper) oil. This followed the March purchase of $500 mil Argentine bonds. Caracas is expected to also buy $300 mil in Ecuadorean bonds.

Oh, and Chavez, Uruguayan President Vazquez, and Argentine President Kirchner, and Castro are engaged in a cooperative effort to create a South American 24-hour television station: Telesur.

Uruguayan President Pushes for Closer Ties with China
Vazquez favors closer ties in trade and culture with China.
[Ed. note: Sure, and if political and military alignments happen, that's just gravy.]

Rumsfeld Says Outsiders Affecting Bolivia
[Ed. note: Not least, apparently, are Rumsfeld and the United States.]
Rumsfeld points a finger at Venezuela and Cuba. Supposedly radical Islamic groups are getting financing from drug traffickers in the South America tri-border of Argentina, Brazil, and Bolivia.

How dare they steal a page from our playbook!

Venezuela Opens Oil Office in China
In a nutshell, Chavez is pursuing closer relations with China, India, and other Asian countries to secure oil markets. To replace their current no. 1 customer: United States.

New Target Date for EU-Mercosur Accord: May 2006
The agreement would be political as well as commercial.

In rebuttal, we have CAFTA.
The signatories are:
Costa Rica
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
Guatemala
Honduras
Nicaragua

And all freely entered into, of course.

If Washington is hewing to the timetable, they should start crying about encirclement just about any day now.

The solution to all our problems

President Bush broke Reagan's long-standing record of vacation days in office on Friday, 19 August 2005.

Congratulations, you slack-jawed, shiftless, torpid, nitwit.

It took Reagan all 8 years of his presidency to hit the highwater mark of 335 days. It took just under 5 years for that waste of life to surpass it.

I think if the rest of the country followed his lead and took that much time off - 20% of the year off - it would solve our unemployment problem.

And, as Georgie points out:
"But I think it's also important for me to go on with my life, to keep a balanced life ... I think the people want the president to be in a position to make good, crisp decisions and to stay healthy. And part of my being is to be outside exercising. So I'm mindful of what goes on around me. On the other hand, I'm also mindful that I've got a life to live and will do so.''

Well, you heard it from the president:
The trick to a balanced life is practicing bicycle riding as much as possible.

And to those of you squawking that there's a war going on - it's not like he's giving the troops this much time off.

Now, get out there and not work.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Whatever you do, don't mention the 1968 Convention

Son of Broccoli hipped me to what the fine folks at the Chicago Police Department are doing about crowd control.

First, get a crowd.

Second, read up on the battle of [sic] Thermodylea.*

Third, never ever mention “Haymarket Riot” or “1968 Convention” to a Chicago Police officer.

Fourth, why is it that all documents gotten on the sneak must be scanned on an angle?

Fifth, asking what is the difference between a crowd and a mob is a trick question and will get you pummeled within an inch of your life.

And this is too good not to paste directly from the NLG web site:

CPDProtesterProfiles.jpg

*Stupid Chicago Police. Even a 4 year old child knows it was Thermopylae.

Support the troops, until they want to go to school

Austin Community College denied in-state tuition to former Marine Carl Basham because he joined the Corps in Monroe, LA.

And ACC said members of the military are presumed to have the same residence as when they enlisted.

Why don't they go one step further and say their residence is Iraq (or Afghanistan, or Germany, or Okinawa - you get the point)?

After all, Basham completed two tours of Iraq. He lasted longer there than a lot of Iraqis. He shouldn't even get in-country tuition.

Straight from the horse's mouth:
"Any time that a student leaves the state of Texas, moves into another state, resides in that state, enters into the military in that new state, and claims that new state as their permanent home, then they loose [sic] their Texas residency," ACC spokesperson Veronica Obregon said.

UPDATE:
Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson (retired Marine) announced that Basham qualifies for a waiver.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Look what fell out of President Bush's archives

Who would have guessed?KluKluckBill.jpg


Now that I think about it, pretty much everyone could have seen this disaster coming.



:
KluKluckBill2.jpg

You touch that Wailing Wall and I'll give you something to cry about

Ha'aretz has good articles, and entertaining reader responses.

From Peace Sucks post #17:

-You can throw eyewitness accounts of the residents whom live next to settlers and even in the Kutz, of how they are spit on, beat on, and humiliated.
--They will tell you these are Arabs, they all lie.
-You can show them reports by the Red cross of the UN, documenting the murders committed by the settlers or how settlers steal from or destroy Arab crops.
--They will tell you this UN and Red Cross, Hates Jews or they are anti-Semitic.
-You can show them a video or pictures of how the Yahoud come in to an Arab village and start shooting in all directions terrorizing all the residents.
--They will tell you that they are obviously Vigilantes, looking for revenge.
-You can show them America and how different peoples even Jews and Palestinians can live in peace, when there is equality between them.
--They will tell you we are not Americans nor do we want anything from America; We are Unique,
-You can show them a hundred dead Arab children.
--They will tell you see how savage the Arabs are when they force us to kill their children


Chicago Tribune reports on those crummy maniacs:

Residents of Netzer Hazani set fire to homes, garbage and tires as columns of soldiers entered the settlement.

Not one red shekel for their godless syphilitic outreach program. How did Israel work it that the United States (read U.S. taxpayer) is on the hook for paying the moving costs? And if the settlers are destroying their own homes, should we be paying them anything at all? They're throwing acid on Israeli soldiers, for chrissakes. And we're reimbursing them? I'm trying to get Comcast to credit me one day's worth because my cable was out and it's like negotiating with Stalin at Yalta.

For the record, Israel requested $2.2 billion in additional aid.

Aid for Israeli settlers who set fire to their own property.

The Devil did some marketing job, convincing everyone that this is the Promised Land. Take a look at it - it's the most Godforsaken place on the planet.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Trotting out the White Sox Theory

Minnesota comes to town and cleans our clock. Worse, my cable was out until 9:50pm. Just as Ed Farmer and John Rooney were wrapping up their part of the post-game blues, the cable comes back. And TCM does NOT have anything good tonight.

The White Sox are only 30 games over .500. Time to panic? Why not.

Here's the White Sox pattern, based on irrefutable anecdotal evidence:
They play great until the fans stick their heads out, don't see their shadows, and get the all-clear to come to Comiskey Park. The Sox can't play in front of big home crowds.

Go ahead, prove me wrong. I'll just sit here and stew.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

So what if they keep a kosher house?

From the Associated Press:

Gaza Settlers Defy Evacuation Deadline

By AMY TEIBEL, Associated Press Writer Tue Aug 16, 7:39 PM ET

NEVE DEKALIM, Gaza Strip - Thousands of Jewish settlers and supporters defied a Tuesday deadline to leave Gaza, pelting Israeli troops with eggs and stones and dancing around the Torah in celebration of their resistance to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's historic plan to disengage from the Palestinians.

So why didn't the Israeli troops handle it the way they always handle it - by mowing them down in the streets?

Maybe I exaggerate. Let's check the historical record.

CNN, 1 October 2000:
Israeli troops battled protesters with tanks and helicopter gunships in bloody clashes across the West Bank and Gaza on Sunday that left nine Palestinians dead.

Reuters, on 15 August 2005:
JERUSALEM, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon threatened Palestinians on Monday with the harshest response ever should they attack Israel once it pulls out of the Gaza Strip, ending a 38-year occupation.

Aljazeera.net, 15 January 2005:
Six Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli occupation soldiers during an incursion in a neighbourhood on the eastern outskirts of Gaza City, Aljazeera has learned.

So, wipe them out and cross it off your to-do list. You've got that Iran invasion with the United States coming up, so come on already!

Tonight I'm keeping it simple

Read Citizen Spook's series of articles entitled TreasonGate.

It's not the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. It's 18 USC 794(b), which has the death penalty as an option for those breaching it in time of war.

And Bush keeps reminding us, it's a War on Terror. Not, as DoD and the Pentagon wanted, Global Struggle Against Violent Extremists. GSAVE, Karen Hughes? Was that the best you could come up with?

Read it, and wonder why the press doesn't cover it at all.

And oh yeah, Judith Miller is being jailed because she's a journalist protecting her sources. There's some Florida swampland with your name on it too.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Straight from the valley floor

Looks like Floyd Alvis Cooper is the hottest thing going in the blogosphere right now. Matt Drudge, eat your heart out.

Posted by: Floyd Alvis Cooper at April 11, 2005 04:23 AM

This issue is irrelevant. The word 'cunt' is actually Anglo-Saxon for the bottom of a valley. Following the norman invasions of England in 1066, the Normans decided to alienate Saxons from their culture by taking obscure Saxon words and giving them anatomical meanings.

There were, in fact, several dozen of these words. 'Cunt' is the only one that survives to this date. I fail to see what is so shocking about calling Malkin a valley floor.

Support the troops, but just the live ones

This is why you always have to read the comments. Floyd Alvis Cooper, come on down for your 15 minutes of fame!

  1. Floyd Alvis Cooper Says:

    I know this isn’t going to popular on this website, but may I just point something out?

    A soldier’s #1 job is to stay alive. If you die, you can’t accomplish the mission, and you weaken your team and put your buddies in danger.

    Obviously Sheehan’s son, I forget his name at the moment, didn’t die on purpose, and he may well have have had no control over the circumstances that let to his death.

    BUT.

    In war, there are no excuses. You find a way to stay alive, whatever it takes — if you’re a good soldier. Sheehan’s son didn’t do that. He paid the price. but he als failed the mission and let down his buddies.

    As a soldier, he was a failure. He was brave (maybe), but he was also incompetent.

    So, really, how much exactly are we supposed to grieve over this guy? Isn’t a certain amount of disapproval in order for the guy — and by extension his mom, for making such a fuss over a person who was, in the last analysis, by definition a loser?

    So shouldn’t Mrs. Sheenhan be showing a little more shame about the situation and maybe not wanting to get her son and his shortcoming splashed all over the media?

    Something to consider, anyway.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Things you got to do to support the troops

Support the troops, bomb the Aussies.


U.S. Fighter Jet Bombs Australia Building

Friday August 12, 2005 10:01 PM

DARWIN, Australia (AP) - A U.S. Marine Corps fighter jet dropped a bomb and damaged a building in an accident at a remote military range in northern Australia, the government said Friday.

Support the troops, burn the negatives.

General: Abuse photos could cause riots Associated Press
NEW YORK - Releasing photographs and videotapes of detainee abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison would aid al-Qaida recruitment, weaken governments in Iraq and Afghani-stan and incite riots against U.S. troops, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff warned in court papers.


Support the troops, trash their mothers.


Cindy Sheehan returns entering stage right -- this time a left wing media whore in the form of a grieving mother.


[Ed. note: Remember to look both ways when crossing the street - you never know when those left wing media whores are going to get you.]

Support the troops, send them to Iran.
Bush raises option of using force against Iran
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - President Bush said on Israeli television he could consider using force as a last resort to press Iran to give up its nuclear programme.

[Ed. note: Just remember, the last time Bush said he would consider using force, he did.]

On the lighter side

Sometimes even I get tired of all the bad news, so allow me a strange interlude and mention the Wisconsin Sheltie Rescue.

I got Max through their good offices.

Max the Sheltie making a point

Looking to be a good Samaritan? Find and support your local shelters and rescues. Do it for the dogs.

Really, how could you not want to help characters like this?

Flurry and Max

Words of, well, plenty of words

It was so much fun, let's do it again.


We had so much fun the last time we recapped a week with Scott McClellan, let's do it again.

The pickings are a little slimmer, because the President is on vacation again. Yes, a "working vacation," whatever the hell that is. For a guy who slams the French, he's certainly taken with their vacation policy.

[Ed. note: Apparently McClellan is on vacation too. Enjoy the guest apologists.]

8 August 2005
First up, Trent Duffy. DEPUTY Press Secretary Duffy to you, peon!

TD:
Senator Domenici will make the introduction. Secretary Bodman will be in the audience. Senator Bingaman will be there, as well. And Tom Hunter, who is the president and director of the lab will also be on the tour. Let's see, other congressmen -- Congressman Pearce from New Mexico will be in the audience, as well. That's all I have.

[Ed. note: That's plenty. We can smell that stink all the way up here in Chicago.]

Q You mentioned Mr. Garang. Does the U.S. have any suspicions that his death might not have been an accident?

MR. DUFFY: Not at this point. The United States has dispatched experts from the National Transportation Safety Board. They're on their way to southern Sudan to investigate the cause of the helicopter crash.

[Ed. note: Sudan VP Garang was killed in an helicopter crash. The NTSB is pretty sure it is due to standing out on the tarmac too long, and a spark in the fuel line caused the fatal attraction of a surface-to-air misslle.]

Q Scott, what's the -- Trent, sorry -- what's the agenda for Thursday, the National -- the Defense Secretary, Secretary of State foreign policy meeting?

MR. DUFFY: It's the President's annual meeting of his foreign policy team. They will review all the items on the President's foreign policy agenda.

[Ed. note: That is, they have to explain AGAIN why he can't smoke Cubans.]


If it's Tuesday, 9 August 2005, then it must be Al Hubbard (Director, Natl Economic Council) and Ben Bernanke (Chairman, Council of Economic Advisors).

[Ed. note: There was no attendance taken today.]

CHAIRMAN BERNANKE: Second, jobs. So far this year, we've had 191,000 jobs per month added to U.S. payrolls, almost 4 million jobs since the trough for the job market in May of 2003, so the labor market is improving and getting stronger.

[Ed. note: The uppity wage slaves are finally getting theirs.]

CHAIRMAN BERNANKE: There certainly are risks to the economy; two I would mention. One is high energy prices. Energy prices remain very high.

[Ed. note: Saying it twice doesn't count.]

CHAIRMAN BERNANKE: Well, I mean, I'm an economist, I talk in statistics.

[Ed. note: At last! Someone in the Administration who admits they tell lies, damned lies, and statistics.]

Q Even as you listed all these positive economic indicators, polls show a majority of Americans still aren't feeling so great about the economy and don't give the administration a lot of credit for it. Why do you think there's a disconnect between the public perception about the economy and your perception, or your statistics?

DIRECTOR HUBBARD: Well, again, what's most important is how the economy is doing.

[Ed. note: Would someone get that reporter out of here!]

Q Can I stop you there? Ben said you guys deal with numbers. Can you give us some numbers on -- I mean, beyond just generalities?

DIRECTOR HUBBARD: To be perfectly honest, I do not have the numbers here with me.

[Ed. note: Did you notice that these guys never have anything concrete to back up anything they say? Seriously. They NEVER have it.]

DIRECTOR HUBBARD: I'm sorry, I didn't hear you.


[Ed. note: Could it be the ferocious locusts of Crawford drowning him out?]

DIRECTOR HUBBARD: I didn't hear the question.


[Ed. note: No, it's not the locusts.]

Wednesday, 10 August 2005 and we've got Trent Duffy, Deputy, back in the saddle.

MR. DUFFY: Good morning. The President's official schedule: he had his daily intelligence briefing. We're traveling now to Chicago, Illinois, where he will sign H.R. 3, the Transportation Equity Act.

[Ed. note: What did the good people of Chicago do to deserve this?]

MR. DUFFY: . . .We need good roads.

[Ed. note: We're hanging on every word, Duffy. What else do you have for us?]

MR. DUFFY: I don't know.

[Ed. note: Let me mull that over.]

Q Are they going to talk about -- what foreign policy subjects are they going to get into?

MR. DUFFY: I think they'll get into all of the ones that we know about. Obviously, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Middle East, of course -- we're making progress on the disengagement plan -- Lebanon. I don't want to leave any out, but, I mean, all the ones that you'd expect -- Iran, obviously.

[Ed. note: Are we breaking off an engagement with Lebanon? Why doesn't anyone tell me these things?]

It's Thursday, 11 August 2005. I had a hangover so I cribbed my notes from some of the guys there. First off, it appears that Natl Security Advisor Steve Hadley shot the breeze with the boys today.

MR. HADLEY: In terms of the Defense briefings, they briefed the President on some of the things they are doing to manage the personnel, military and civilian personnel, in the Department of Defense. . . .for example, with respect to the Army; converting some billets from military to civilian; improving the procedures for calling up Guard and Reserve -- things of that nature.

[Ed. note: Intriguing. How does one go about converting billets from military to civilian? I'll hang up and wait for my answer.]

MR. HADLEY: Well, one of the things -- deadlines have a very, sort of, useful forcing function to force people to compromise.

[Ed. note: That reminds me, when can we expect Rumsfeld to deliver his federally mandated report to Congress on the state of the Iraq War? You know, the one due on 11 July 2005?]

Q What did Karen Hughes have to say about public diplomacy? Did she have any new ideas, and how is she going to approach her job in the State Department?

MR. HADLEY: One thing she's done already is she's done a lot of listening and reading.

[Ed. note: Do we dare to ask what she is listening and reading to? And noody say "My Pet Goat!"]

Q Steve, before you leave, can you tell us about your meeting last Saturday with Mrs. Sheehan and what you told the President about it?

MR. HADLEY: Sure. Joe Hagin and I were pleased that Mrs. Sheehan met with us. We expressed our condolences to her and her family and our sympathy for her loss. . . . As you know, he's very sensitive to the -- the loss that is being sustained by families who have sons and daughters, husbands and wives who are being killed or injured in Iraq. He meets with -- he's met with families of over 200 of the fallen.

[Ed. note: So the President is sensitive to something, and he meets with somebody. Seems Hadley temporarily slipped into his "testifying before Senate" mode. To the best of my recollection Senator, I don't recall what I had for breakfast.]

And from Stephen Hadley and myself:
That's all I've got. Thanks a lot.



Monday, August 08, 2005

Well, someone had to say it

Hell, Too Good For Some Evil Bastards
Bush, coming to you live from Hell's outhouse.

They're just calling it like it is in Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand.

If it walks like a duck

In the swirling tornado, some things are starting to coalesce. And that's bad for Rove, Novak, Miller, the New York Times.

The New York Times refuses to inquire too deeply into what exactly Judith Miller was doing the summer of 2003. No one will answer how hard she and her legal team have tried to get "clearer" waivers from her sources. [Ed. Note: Some players, such as Libby Scooter, have issued waivers, but Miller contends they were coerced. Who does Miller think could coerce Cheney's chief of staff?]

Another piece of flying debris is reports of the CIA operations MOCKINGBIRD. See here for more information on Operation MOCKINGBIRD.

That these pieces are starting to achieve some cohesion is due to strange aspects of the Plame/Novak/Miller affair and clumsy GOP attempts to spin it. Miller says she was only thinking about doing a story on Plame, and the NY Times backs that up by saying they don't have any reporter or editor notes.

She started thinking about it pretty quickly. On 8 July 2003 she met with Scooter Libby, two days after Joe Wilson's op-ed piece. Scooter has told the Fitzgerald's grand jury that he discussed Valerie Plame with Miller.

Miller seems to get all the phone calls from Washington insiders. The previous year she coughed up story after story about Iraq's menacing WMD program - which nicely dovetailed with the Adminstration's "smoking gun" fairy tales. Turns out Miller's sole source was Chalabi. That's the kind of reporting you do if you are a CIA asset. You get hooked up with certain personnel to put out a story line, and skip that verification process.

The GOP and their satellites (ie. mainstream news) have relentlessly pushed the line that Karl Rove did not break that 1982 intelligence law, that Fitzgerald can't possibly convict Rove on that, and that it's a crying shame to jail a reporter because she's protecting her sources.

EXCEPT - no one has said Fitzgerald has that 1982 law in mind. Why, he probably has lined up whole slew of federal statutes that have been violated. Try RICO on for size.

And speaking of that, why take Miller's word for it that she's been jailed for protecting sources? Material witnesses get jailed too, for contempt of court. And sometimes, they get indicted as co-conspirators. An occupational hazard for Agency reporters.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Conrad Hotzendorf, I presume

Image hosted by Photobucket.com
Washington is laboring under the conception that Iran is as restrained as Austrian Chief of Staff Conrad Hotzendorf was when he launched the Third Balkan War, also known as World War I.

That is, Hotzendorf saw his chance to crush that Serbian viper and wasn't going to let anything like an Austrian army incapable of finding Serbia, let alone defeating it.

Similarly, Washington sees its chance to crush that Iranian viper, and it's not going to let the fact that there's no good reason for an attack stop them.

The NY Times, ever the willing patsy, helps out with this article: Bombs Used In Iraq Are Made In Iran, U.S. Says.

In Paragraph 3 - But just as troubling is that the spread of the new weapons seems to suggest a new and unusual area of cooperation between Iranian Shiites and Iraqi Sunnis to drive American forces out - a possibility that the commanders said they could make little sense of given the increasing violence between the sects in Iraq.

I can't make much sense of it either.

In Paragraph 12 we get this:

"Iran's protégés are in control in Iraq right now, yet these weapons are going to people fighting Iran's protégés," said Kenneth Katzman, a Persian Gulf expert at the Congressional Research Service and a former Middle East analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency. "That makes little sense to me."

This story doesn't make any sense because the Bush Administration does a lousy job of framing enemies. Their stories are full of holes, but as long as they get away with it they'll keep working from the same playbook.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Avoid keggers with these guys

Image hosted by Photobucket.com
Just some Pentecostals letting their hair down. It's what Jesus would do.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Fun in Hi Skule

Looking for fun?

Do a search on The Christian Post for "Catholic." No, go ahead, I'll wait here and do the crossword puzzle.

Don' t look now, but between you and me, the rest of the Christians held a secret meeting, took a vote, and it doesn't look good for the Catholics.

What would Jesus do if he woke up Catholic? Well, for one thing, the Apostles would stop eating at the same table as him. The Holy Spirit would stop taking his calls - in any tongue. His Father would follow Alan Keyes stance and kick his Papist butt out.

Back to the true believers, the ones who read The Christian Post. There is some good stuff in that schizoid rag. One thought-provoking article asks "What is a Pentecostal?"
[Ed. note: I'll let that one pass by.]

But lest I give the impression of Christians looking down on Catholics only, let me hurriedly point out this gem: Baptist Blunders.

Sadly, upon further reading, it is about baptism, not Baptists. Bummer.

But be not afraid, for this site tends to all of your needs, including commercial. Why, for $84.95 (we'll grab your soul later), you can get the Psalm 23 bracelet.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

This just in

It makes a hell of story - Tom Flocco is reporting that sources say that Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation is far more widespread and deep than previously imagined.

I hipped a lot of my cohorts who also suspect this Administration of nothing but the basest motives to get their reactions. Then I check back to Tom Flocco for any updates and what do I get?

Nothing.

The web site has vanished into the ether.

Other sites reporting on it are still up and going, for now.

For all you Chicagoans out there, and you know who you are, be careful walking past the Dirksen Bldg. Whistle while you pass by, it might keep the boogie man at bay.


[Ed. note: By the way, Tom Flocco is reporting that the grand jury in Chicago handed down indictments of Bush, Cheney, Scooter Libby, Andrew Card, Ashcroft, Gonzales, Judith Miller, Mary Matalin for treason. He is also reporting that there was an aborted attempt to blow up the Dirksen Bldg by a bomb in Chicago's Red Line Subway. Personally speaking, that would have to be one hell of a bomb. Unless it were transported from the Red Line's Jackson station to the Blue Line's Jackson station, all underground and possibly passing underneath Dirksen. Hmm.]

Testing the funny bone

I can't be the only one who's struck by Bush babble on about teaching Intelligent Design. In schools.

From the UK Guardian:
"During a round-table interview with reporters from five Texas newspapers, Bush declined to go into detail on his personal views of the origin of life."

[Ed. note: Strongly suspect that George is still trying to figure out who was who in Genesis. Was it Phil Collins who met Moses on top of the mount and told him "Sussudio?"]

And we make fun of guys who think when they die they're going to be met by 72 kohl-eyed virgins. What a bunch of schmucks we are.
Little Georgie Bush, reviewing his summer Bible school assignment.