Saturday, December 31, 2005

Here are the rules

When Bush's cabal commits the leaks, they obstruct justice and commit perjury.

When someone else leaks classified information about the Bush cabal's crimes, then the Department of Justice swings into action - to investigate the leak. The underlying crime is ignored.

By the way, warrantless and court-prohibited spying does qualify as "high crimes and misdemeanors," and as the Repubicans reminded us over and over again during President Clinton's terms, the President is NOT above the law. Unless it is a Republican President.

Friday, December 30, 2005

Let me get this straight

U.S. citizens cannot travel to Cuba but we can fly to a warzone? Even better - MINORS can fly to warzones.

Farris Hassaid, a 16-year old Florida student, was taking a course in immersion journalism. The course assignment was to report on an international topic. Hassan chose the Iraq War. Can't immerse yourself in the war if you're in Florida. So he went to Baghdad.

His mother, Shatha Atiya, said "He's going to lose access to his passport for sure."

While we're at it, why don't we pull the passports of those so-called journalists who are allegedly reporting on the Iraq War.

The Sydney Morning Herald has a good summary of how Hassan pulled this off.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Picking the Pentagon's kickball team

These clowns couldn't get it right for Hurricane Katrina, but when it comes to Order of Succession they are Johnny-on-the-spot.

President Bush, in an executive order on 22 December 2005, modified the Order of Succession for the Department of Defense.

The Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence now gets bumped up to the #3 spot, right after the Deputy Secretary of Defense.

He passes up the Secretaries of Army, Air Force, and Navy. (Spots 5, 6, and 7 respectively.)

They're so thorough in stupid crap like this, they go out 13 places. And, true to form for this Adminstration, they phone it in for places 8 - 13.
For example, #12 reads: Under Secretaries of the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force.
You couldn't break those apart?

By the way, the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence is Stephen Cambone. And what does our Under Secretary do? He oversees policy & budget for agencies such as NSA, NIMA (Natl Imaging and Mapping Agency), DIA, and NRO (Natl Reconnaissance Office). Peachy.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

It's a push

To balance the numbers Bush Co. is feeding us on the economy (it’s going up, up, up!), the casualties numbers are being kept down (only 2400 killed! That’s low, folks!).

Do you know your draft number?

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Can I get a refill on that Vitamin A prescription?

Life Extension Magazine has an article from March 2001 titled "Vegetables Without Vitamins."

The article reports the disturbing news that our vegetables have far less nutrients now then they did 20 and 30 years ago. The first 75% of the article seems straightfoward, but then you comes to the real reason it was put out there:
Vitamin supplements work
The first 3/4 of the article guided us to the conclusion that we can't possibly eat enough vegetables, fruits, and nuts to get our daily requirements. But not to fear! Vitamin pills to the rescue! They even make the argument that absorption from the pills is 100%, while food is suspect. You just never know what you'll get in that carrot.

Who could gain from such an article? Not Big Pharma, who is in the supplement business. And it certainly does not have anything to do with the fact that the Pharma Trust wants to license vitamins and require you to have a prescription to get the said vitamins.

Alliance of Natural Health points out 3 flaws in "vitamin studies:"
1) They fail to consider micronutrient deficiency and the benefits of nutritional supplementation (i.e. get the nutrients through the foods you eat).
2) Design flaws such as using synthetic forms of vitamins (see #3), inadequate follow-through periods, excessive dosages, or combinations thereof.
2) Use the synthetic forms of vitamins, which often do not have the same chemical makeup as the natural forms the human body actually requires. For example, synthetic vitamin E uses alpha-tocopherol. The natural form that the body actually metabolizes is gamma-tocopherol.

The DoctorYourself web site has some helpful tips for scouting news reports on vitamin studies and finding the anti-vitamin biases. For example, who did the study? Check the dosages used. Were the vitamins natural or synthetic?

Those are good tips for any study.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Why didn't he use the horn?

ABC News, first in news, first to put out something - anything - has this:
An aircraft mechanic at Midway told WBBM-AM radio that the plane's nose gear had collapsed and the jet appeared to have been hit by a vehicle.
Now how the hell did a car get involved in this?

We've got breaking news from Chicago, which is under siege by a December blizzard. [Ed. note: While the blizzard is not a suspect at this time, police officials confirm it is being regarded as a "person of interest."]

Jetliner slides off runway at Midway Airport
The Southwest 737, Flight 1248, landing at Midway Airport (airport code MDW), skidded off the runway at the northwest corner of the airport, breaking through the fence and ending at the intersection of Central Avenue and 55th Street.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Say, this is awkward

Baku Today reported on 9 February 2005 that Azerbaijan will redenominate the currency and peg it to the U.S. dollar. [That would be the MANAT.]

The redenomination, 1 NEW Manat for 5000 OLD Manat , becomes effective 1 January 2006.

Now, in a show of spectacularly bad timing, Armenia announced on 6 December 2005 that it could recognize the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh. They're not saying they will, but they could.

Azerbaijani Defense Minister Abiyev said that if Armenia did that, then war could resume. They're not saying it would, but it could.

For the 2 or 3 of you not up to date, Azerbaijan and Armenia declared a truce in 1994 after 6 years of war, and the mostly Armenian province of Nagorno-Karabakh fell under the responsibility of Armenia.

This is going to ruin the ribbon-cutting ceremony on the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline.

How about a good old-fashioned tar-and-feathering?

And the winner of The Biggest Democratic Tool Contest is Joe Lieberman!

It seems either at breakfast or while he was showering, Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) channeled PM David Lloyd George. Unfortunately for us, it wasn't the Peoples Budget David Lloyd George but War Cabinet Lloyd George. He wants a collection of White House and Congressional leaders to provide advice and direction to the war effort.

In case you were wondering, he was serious. A collection of worthies like that would come up with Gallipoli Redux. If we were lucky.

Then Lieberman took a swipe at everyone who distrusts the President (i.e. the majority of us), saying that we better deal with the fact that Bush was going to be Commander in Chief for 3 more years. And stop undermining Bush's credibility.

Will the people of Connecticut please call Lieberman home? And keep him there. NewsMax is giddy over the speculation that Lieberman could replace Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense before the Congressional elections in November 2006. Then let's make Anna Nicole Smith Secretary of the Treasury AND Federal Reserve Chairman while we're at it. Outside the improvement who could tell the difference? Well, E! would be covering more Beltway events but maybe that's what this country needs.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Kilroy was here. No, Kilroy is still here.

[Ed. note: Thanks to Bagnews Notes for the great picts.]Image hosted by Photobucket.comWhat kind of hopped-up midshipman does Bush & Co have to drag out for his speeches?
Here's what they were looking at:
The Newlywed Game, with Bush & Iraq
That's right. It's a revival of the "The Newlywed Game." We couldn't get Bob Eubanks because he's busy becoming the next Dick Clark. But we got his old microphone from the show and the Commandant from the U.S. Naval Academy to fill in.

Our first newlywed couple is George and Richarda. They finally made it official in November 2000. It took us awhile to get those crazy kids on the show but they're here so let's give them a big welcome. (See the first photo for the audience reaction.)

Commandant: George, tell us how you and Richarda got together.
Richarda: I'll answer that. His father asked me to find the perfect mate for George, so I started conducting the search, vetting the nominees when it occurred to me - I'm the one.
Commandant: (Taken aback.) We're going to go to the first question. George, what was the one thing Richarda told you not to talk about.
George: He told me that my brother and cousin planned to kill my uncle for the insurance money.
Commandant: Uh...
George: (Reflecting) Yeah, he definitely told me not to talk about that.
Commandant: OK, well, Richarda, what was your answer?
Richarda holds up sign reading: His brother and cousin are going to kill his uncle for the insurance money.
Commandant: Uh - really?
Pause while Richarda glares and George stares blankly at Commandant.
Commandant turns to camera: OK! These two get a year's supply of Rice-a-roni, the San Francisco treat.
Camera fades on a Richarda menacingly reaching for the Commandant.
Don't forget special teams