Monday, April 30, 2007
via War and Piece,
Iranian tip-off on al Hadi? The Guardian: “British diplomats are checking secret reports that elements within Iran, normally hostile to the West, helped the American secret services to capture Abdul Hadi al-Iraqi, the Kurdish-born senior al-Qaeda militant who was revealed last week to have been arrested on the border between Iran and Iraq late last year. Abdul Hadi, 45, a former Iraqi army officer who speaks five languages and is a key link between the al-Qaeda leadership in western Pakistan and militants in Iraq, had ‘met with al-Qaeda leaders in Iran’ and had urged them to support efforts in Iraq and to cause ‘problems within Iran’, US military sources told The Observer.” That’s what I speculated too.
The White House responded, “DOH!”
Or How the Sum of the Universe of Numbers Came to Equal Zero
I’ve been beaten to this already, but the fact cannot be overlooked using the definition of propaganda, that most of the political blogs, and online zines are just that.
2 : the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person
3 : ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one’s cause or to damage an opposing cause; also : a public action having such an effect
There is, I know, nothing I’m going to do to change the common definition of the term, but for the sake of argument I’ll continue using the same term and definition so that the various roles of the MSM, intertubes, blogs, talk radio, and newspapers can be discussed where they converge, in the propagation of ideas.
Even at its’ best, the political world fits the third definition better than the second. The newspapers, when they distinguish between the editorials and the news probably tend to the second. The problem with the television news is it is presenting itself as one and doing the other at the same time, so that a viewer is always open to being manipulated. That may in fact be why the television is off right now, which is a step in the right direction at the moment, for those of us who relied to heavily on the medium in the first place.
On the other hand, to be fair, that doesn’t mean the other mediums don’t constantly cross the lines themselves. I just think the blogosphere has a tendency to self police itself better, for the moment. I’m quite sure however, that only us rhetorical bomb throwers really know how to be succinct, which causes many to wax on eloquent in the defense of verbosity. And you know me baby, I walk the line.
I think it is important for us to think about how television impacts our lives, since the television brings us both gratuitous sex and violence in its’ non news programming, and highlights it in its’ news programming, except on Sundays when the Church of the Nepotism decries it in our culture from the pulpit of fallen basketball courts, so that it becomes a closed loop of propaganda.
There is of course nothing wrong with Jr. wanting to follow in SRS. footsteps, unless of course one operates under the rubric of Christianity, which exposes both the faith and the faithful to the abuses of the non believers from without vocally, and from within, by amplifying the congregations participation in being a part of the world by political activity. One will hear very little about the Kingdom of God in churches, because that Kingdom will supplant the one that the flag on the left, looking towards the sanctuary or pulpit, represents. This cannot be condemned too harshly of some, because one cannot teach what one does not know. When it is preached strictly for the monetary returns then it is apt to remain an amplification of the secular worlds fears and concerns.
This is also, apparently, a problem with the politicians who advocate one thing for the citizens and behave in an entirely different fashion in their own personal lives, although that behavior is within the norms of the majority of the citizen’s behaviors. The problem is when the laws that are passed are not applicable to those who pass them, and so there becomes one standard for one group of people and another standard for another group of people. This may be OK in the context of dog eat dog capitalism, but is highly corrosive in and to the democratic process of a Republic.
The one thing missing always, when the news is reporting on all of the previous topics is their own participation in the these very behaviors, at best by omission from their reporting of these double standards. They may call it access, of course, but it is in truth being an accessory, which the law clearly states is almost the same as the deed itself.
Perhaps since we have laws that require citizens to report certain crimes against individuals, Congress will pass something similar for the press, to report on as well. Of course I’ll expect that someday after the cow jumps over the moon, or the grown ups point out that speaking Spanish in the workplace is protected by the first amendment’s guarantee of freedom of speech.
by Jeremy Scahill and Tom Engelhardt
Recent legislation sets us up for tyranny
America is headed for a military dictatorship – and recent legislation makes this all but inevitable. Last September, Congress passed the Defense Authorization Act, which empowered the president to declare martial law with very little provocation, namely in the aftermath of a “terrorist attack or incident.” Having determined that “the execution of the laws” is hampered by the “incident,” the president can nilaterally impose martial law – without the consent of Congress, which need only be informed of the event “as soon as practicable.” The only condition attached instructs the president to report to Congress after 14 days, and every 14 days thereafter.
This use of the military to enforce domestic order is a new development in American history, one that augurs a turning point not only in terms of law, but also in our evolving political culture. Such a measure would once have provoked an outcry – on both sides of the aisle. When the measure passed, there was hardly a ripple of protest: the Senate approved it unanimously, and there were only thirty-something dissenting votes in the House. Added to the Military Commissions Act [.pdf], this new brick in the wall of domestic repression creates the structure of a new imperial system on the ruins of the old constitutional order. George W. Bush and his hard-core neoconservative henchmen may have lost the war in Iraq, but they have won a virtually uncontested victory at home: the conquest of the old republic by an emerging imperial order. This recalls the opening of Garet Garrett’s 1952 philippic, Rise of Empire, wherein he diagnosed the essential indeterminacy of the transition:
All of this duly reported in the MSM as you will recall, not.
The Interior Ministry official said American soldiers and Mahdi militiamen exchanged heavy gunfire near a prominent Shiite shrine in the Shiite neighborhood of Kadhimiya, and that two American Humvees had burst into flames. The ministry official offered no explanation for the clashes.
Sheik Khalid al-Kadhumy, an official in Mr. Sadr’s organization, said that American forces surrounded the Sadr offices in the Kadhimiya neighborhood in the evening. Something prompted the Americans to open fire on the office and surrounding buildings, he said, resulting in casualties among local residents, though he did not know how many.
Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, an American military spokesman in Baghdad, said that he had no comment on reports of the fighting but that the military was working on a statement about the clashes.
Since when does a straight forward telling of events need a working on Colonel?
To further the idea of the propagandizing of the American people, it is important I think to understand that the word propaganda is neutral in its’ definition. It doesn’t denote truth or falsehood of any information, only the missionary zeal of its’ desimination, but we usually go with the negative connotation, so that propaganda is of and in itself untruthful information in our minds. I would think that we have underestimated our government and MSM’s ability to parse words, and so we underestimate their efforts at disinformation as the Pentagon terms the term they use for this form of propaganda.
Psyops are, I suppose, their way of of doing to themselves what they need to do the rest of us, and getting around laws that prohibit the US Government from using propaganda within the United States.
But call it what you will, when a sitting President goes on television and uses information they know to be false, disinformation, to advocate for an action such as the Iraqi war then he is engaging in a physops and desiminating propaganda within the United States by the use of disinformation. It goes down the hill from there.
This is where the MSM is supposed to be stepping in and doing their job, according to we consumers of their product. Unfortunately we are not their customers, their advertisers are, and we are just the audience, the number of numbers in the good madame’s’ books, so they dole our what ever the they perceive to be popular with their audience like a good madame does with her little book, and we the audience end up with the same experience as the madame’s customers.
When it comes to wars then, they are expensive whores, since we tend to pay with our blood, and treasure for years and years, while they profit off of the advertising revenue that violence sells on television. It is as staged as the reality show from their point of view, as all they provide is a camera and a couple of judges to rah rah whatever their masters wish them to rah rah, and what ever they perceive thier johns, (us,) as wanting.
Unfortunately in the mix are some good reporters, or journalist, who are also believers of the disinformation, which means they failed to ask the right questions earlier in the process, and so they go and report from the war zones whatever spin they are embedded to spin out of the war zones, and there is no metric available to the public to know what is propaganda and what isn’t, and in fact we can’t tell if Geraldo is being shot at because he is on a thrill seeking run or reporting a story.
There will be more after coffee.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
The earlier post has almost everything to do with the lead up to the war, but there really isn’t much made of the lead up to 911 which was the catapult for the war, so it will be an interesting read just to see how it stacks up with Richard Clarke’s book, and his assessment of the administration’s handling of that event.
One of the things that I’ve become concerned about that last couple of months is the amount of blood in the water over the politics of the Iraqi war, the reporting of the Iraqi war, and the propaganda matrix that is the media. I expect propaganda in its’ denotation at the political blogs, because they make no bones about what they are doing and whose side of the aisle they are on.
Etymology: New Latin, from Congregatio de propaganda fide Congregation for propagating the faith, organization established by Pope Gregory XV died 1623
1 capitalized : a congregation of the Roman curia having jurisdiction over missionary territories and related institutions
2 : the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person
3 : ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one’s cause or to damage an opposing cause; also : a public action having such an effect
It has occurred to me to title this blog the Propagation’s of the Catapults which would be a pretty nifty title since the term is defined as purposeful propagation of information. I’m not even sure where one would draw the line between our media and our government in either 2 or 3. In fact when I try to write a paragraph to distinguish between the players it winds up like the one below;
I think that that applies more to national news than local television news, which seems to still be into reporting local events that usually don’t have, or haven’t been politicized, but is still apparent when a large development is in the works, such as beltways and baseball stadiums, and eminent domain issues that local station owners may have a financial interest in, or be friends with those who do. Crime is always a bigger story than crime rate facts so …
It is propaganda, hardly distinguishable from what the grown up at CNN is doing with whatever issue he is busying his little mind with at any given moment, but somewhat less honest than the fellow with issues who is a conservative not a journalist. But it doesn’t require any veracity to meet the criteria of propaganda, so you know what your getting when you go to FOX, despite its’ marketing protestations to truth, honesty and the Merican way.
In fact it really doesn’t change anything if a network, or newspaper, or radio station chain, advocates for something decent and as wholesome better bouncing babies, the mere act of advocacy is propaganda.
When I listen to Rice or Cheney it doesn’t really matter to me which network is involved since they are propagandist and the medium is just involved in the propagation as the government officials, with the caveat of so and so said perhaps, but the networks are well aware of what their guests are going to say before they show up in the studios, so they aren’t absolved because they merely hand the guest the stiletto and wipe the blood off the blade after the deed is done.
In short the media has become an array of ear ticklers, and the one that spits out whatever you oppose for whatever reason people oppose politically connected ideas for, becomes the whipping boy for a large group of people. Basically we like to watch our guys win, so the people as whole like to be propagandized, and for the most part don’t really care for fair and balanced because they have never seen it.
No wonder we think of this as a Christian nation, wonderful counselor of democracy, and capitalism will save the world, because that is all we ever hear in America, whether it is the truth or not, it is the propaganda.
We write to you on the occasion of the release of your book, At the Center of the Storm. You are on the record complaining about the “damage to your reputation”. In our view the damage to your reputation is inconsequential compared to the harm your actions have caused for the U.S. soldiers engaged in combat in Iraq and the national security of the United States. We believe you have a moral obligation to return the Medal of Freedom you received from President George Bush. We also call for you to dedicate a significant percentage of the royalties from your book to the U.S. soldiers and their families who have been killed and wounded in Iraq. …
It was either pinch the whole post, or send you there, Pat Lang will just have to be read.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Fungus fingered in US honeybee wipeout /. has the link to the La Times story. I’m glad the Independent and I were wrong about this issue, although the IHT story authors basically went to the researchers who stated that they had run their experiment with cordless phones, and so the emf was from handset to base, not cell phones as reported in the Independent.
Scientists may have fingered a possible major contributory cause to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) – the hitherto unexplained disappearance of millions of honeybees in Europe, the US and seemingly Taiwan.
According to the Los Angeles Times, researchers have identified the single-celled fungus Nosema ceranae in dead bees from hives in Merced County, California. Other teams have similarly spotted the fungus in affected hives across the US, as well as two further fungi and 12 viral infections.
Powdered dead bee samples from the California hives were analysed by Dr. Charles Wick of the US Army’s Edgewood Chemical Biological Center in Maryland using a “new system of genetic analysis”. Wick pinned down several viruses, “including members of a recently identified genus called iflaviruses”. These RNA-containing viruses infect the Varroa mite, which in turn lives on honeybees, and scientists speculate they may be fatal to bees.
Glad there is cure for it, if it is in fact the cause.
Updated YA: 5-14-2007 Apparently this stuff is affecting mostly commercial crop bees and not natural hives and or organic crop bees. So there is something going on with the industrial bees, such as stress in moving, chemicals, the new mites, and of course gm crops, all of which may or may not be playing a significant role in the situation.
Rebuilt Iraq Projects Found Crumbling I thought it was bore repeating. HT Balloon Juice.
The inspections ranged geographically from northern to southern Iraq and covered projects as varied as a maternity hospital, barracks for an Iraqi special forces unit and a power station for Baghdad International Airport.
At the airport, crucially important for the functioning of the country, inspectors found that while $11.8 million had been spent on new electrical generators, $8.6 million worth were no longer functioning.
The blockquotes are from the article, but the link is to the anonymous blogger Tim F, at the site.
I do this because I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and people just like me. (I want an earmark too,) so you’ll have to go there and find out which MSM is being pulled along into the unified blogospheory of everything.
But some times their so hot I have to put them down for awhile. One of those, anything more than the truth would seem to weak, posts from Atrios.
Monica Goodling Instructs DOJ Officials to Delete Documents Just in case you missed it, or the ht to FDL.
Another Friday, another document dump from the DOJ. I haven’t had time to look through very many of the documents, but one of the first ones I came across was this one from Monica “I plead the Fifth” Goodling. Notice the instruction in boldface type (click on the image to zoom in):… Yes, that’s an instruction to delete documents. And notice the date: February 12, 2007. That’s well after Congress began investigating this matter. I don’t believe any subpoenas or document requests had yet been issued (someone please correct me if I’m wrong about that), but it was pretty clear by then that document requests were likely.
How did Glenn Reynolds even get a law degree?
April 27, 2007
WELL, THIS IS NICE: “The al-Qaeda leader who is thought to have devised the plan for the July 7 suicide bombings in London and an array of terrorist plots against Britain has been captured by the Americans. Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi, a former major in Saddam Hussein’s army, was apprehended as he tried to enter Iraq from Iran and was transferred this week to the ‘high-value detainee programme’ at Guantanamo Bay.”
Hey, wait — an “al-Qaeda leader” who’s also a “former major in Saddam Hussein’s army”? But I thought there was no connection between Saddam and Al Qaeda. Or between Al Qaeda and Iran . . . .
Good ol Instaredundit,(ED note yes I know redundant) a little research lad, would have lead you here;
Described as pre-Sept. 11 training camp commander. Reported captured in 2002 and sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; another man with the same name and similar background was reported captured in April 2007 and sent to Guantanamo Bay. Whether they are the same person remains unclear.
Which would have piqued my interest since there is more than one guy with the name Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi mentioned, and so it did;
Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi is one of Usama bin Laden’s top global deputies, personally chosen by bin Laden to monitor al Qaeda operations in Iraq. Al-Hadi was the former Internal Operations Chief for al Qaeda. He has been associated with numerous attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan and has been known to facilitate communication between al Qaeda in Iraq and al Qaeda. Al-Hadi rose to the rank of Major in Saddam Hussein’s army before moving to Afghanistan to fight against the Soviet Union. He has a reputation for being a skilled, intelligent, and experienced commander and is an extremely well-respected al Qaeda leader. He has commanded numerous terrorist training camps in Afghanistan. Al-Hadi is reportedly still in contact with Usama bin Laden.
So basically he was in Saddam’s Army before he went to fight the Soviets with a Congressman of the United States, Dana Rohrabacher, in the 20th century there councilor.
Instapundits Update of course;
UPDATE: Ed Morrissey comments:
“All of these papers had hours after the Times of London report to get the London bombings into the story. The Times goes to bed at 7 pm ET and hits the feeds and wire services. None of the American media bothered to check on Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi. Readers should ask themselves whether that comes from a lack of intellectual curiosity, or whether it comes from a bias that puts the circumstances of the detention of a terrorist at a higher priority than the terrorism itself.”
Yeah Ed, all those things, un huh, for sure dude. Try Google.
Your right wing blogospherics at werk.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., recently misstated some information about Saddam Hussein in his attempt to defend the president’s position. He said, for example, that Saddam fired “at our planes every day in defiance of U.N. resolutions.” Not true. The no-fly zones were never authorized or approved by the Security Council. They were imposed by George H.W. Bush.
After the end of Gulf War I, the CIA grossly miscalculated the damage done to Saddam’s army. Consequently, the CIA urged the Shi’ites and the Kurds to rise up in rebellion and finish off Saddam’s government. When Saddam’s army began to slaughter both the Shi’ites and the Kurds, an embarrassed U.S. hurriedly imposed the no-fly zones.
I always hear the Iraqi pro-war crowd interviewed on television from foreign capitals (they can only appear on television from the safety of foreign capitals because I defy anyone to be publicly pro-war in Iraq). They refuse to believe that their religiously inclined, sectarian political parties fueled this whole Sunni/Shia conflict. They refuse to acknowledge that this situation is a direct result of the war and occupation. They go on and on about Iraq’s history and how Sunnis and Shia were always in conflict and I hate that. I hate that a handful of expats who haven’t been to the country in decades pretend to know more about it than people actually living there.
I remember Baghdad before the war- one could live anywhere. We didn’t know what our neighbors were- we didn’t care. No one asked about religion or sect. No one bothered with what was considered a trivial topic: are you Sunni or Shia? You only asked something like that if you were uncouth and backward. Our lives revolve around it now. Our existence depends on hiding it or highlighting it- depending on the group of masked men who stop you or raid your home in the middle of the night.
As we revealed here in CounterPunch, the Taliban offered Osama Bin Laden, and his top associates, the Bush administration on several occasions after the attacks of 9/11. Bush refused. They wanted a prolonged and ever-escalating war, not a deftly executed police action and not justice for the families of those slain and maimed by Bin Laden’s kamikazes.
Oh yeah I wonder, I wonder what she’s doing tonight…
WASHINGTON, April 27 — The Bush administration will not try to assess whether the troop increase in Iraq is producing signs of political progress or greater security until September, and many of Mr. Bush’s top advisers now anticipate that any gains by then will be limited, according to senior administration officials.
Yeah, and the fact that every time one of them catapults the propaganda on a successful Merification of a city or Province, or someplace is becoming safe, the Iraqi go there and whack that.
In interviews over the past week, the officials made clear that the White House is gradually scaling back its expectations for the government of President Nuri Kamal al-Maliki. The timelines they are now discussing suggest that the White House may maintain the increased numbers of American troops in Iraq well into next year.
In short we lost again, but since General Patraeus only has half of his forces in country, we have to follow the losing strategy that we have been advocating as a surge instead of as an escalation, for a longer period, before we will debate whether we have lost. Since none of us have any children there, no problem.
But the new view of Mr. Maliki’s limitations was put bluntly by Gen. David H. Petraeus, the American commander in Iraq, who spent the week pressing Congress not to put limits on either the timing or conduct of his operations, as he described what he discovered upon returning to Iraq after a two-year hiatus.
Six months became a year, one year became two, two years became forever, and the neocons still had no children there, but they own the arms manufacturing businesses, so no problem.
Does anyone else see a FU pattern here?
The dollar fell to its lowest ever level against the European single currency last night after weak exports and the slump in America’s housing market dragged the US growth rate to its lowest in four years.
Analysts warned that the world’s biggest economy was on course for mild “stagflation” – slow growth coupled with upward pressures on prices – after Washington said gross domestic product rose just 1.3% at an annual rate in the first quarter of 2007. The pace of expansion was not only below the already modest 1.8% predicted by Wall Street but was accompanied by evidence that the Federal Reserve may be held back from cutting interest rates by inflation running at 4%.
So even if we just use the dollar and our inflation rate to acheive a DOW needing to reach 14096 just to be the same in real dollar value as it was at its’ peak in 2000, without considering the declining value of the dollar from 1:1 parity in 2000 to 1.37 euros to the dollar now, then in terms of real money the DOW could be rising and still be losing ground in real, spending cash, value. In short, stock prices are not rising as fast as the dollar is declining.
The US commerce department said the pace of growth in the first quarter of the year was only half that in the final three months of 2006.
I don’t think anyone is surprised here. This report seems to think we could possible end up with a negative GDP this year. Hmmmm.
In honor of Ezra’s piece criticizing DC pollster-for-sale Doug Schoen, here’s a prediction made by Schoen prior to 2006.
The 2006 Congressional elections thus far are a missed opportunity for Democrats to lay out an agenda for change that both unifies the party and presents them to the electorate as the logical (and acceptable) alterative to what the Republicans are offering America today.
Unfortunately, the Democrats have simply not done a credible job defining who they are or what they stand for. Their rationale today is simply a litany of individual top scoring policy proposals, and not an agenda to move the country forward by addressing the common good
. I enjoyed this prediction.
In order for Democrats to fully benefit politically from Republican failures and begin to position themselves for success in 2008, their Common Good agenda must address these matters and move away from the pie-in-the-sky political rhetoric that promises healthcare and college for all. The consensus in the minds of the public is to move away from policies that seek to redistribute wealth and pursue market based solutions instead.
Schoen is a paid contributor to Fox News, and didn’t disclose it in his interview when he was on the radio bashing Moveon during the Fox News/Nevada Democratic Party scuffle.
Please drop me a line if you are interested in having Doug Schoen as a guest on your blog.
Thanks for your time.
Yeah we’ll do lunch, for sure.
Friday, April 27, 2007
Why the Main Stream Media is Full of Shit Read the comments too.
Our Captive Media Well sourced from long ago.
It’s a huge distortion to say that this means the war was ‘lost’. It just means what the war supporters said would happen didn’t happen.
You just don’t have to dig that hard. All of this information could easily be dug out by a passerby of this here li’l ol’ blog, with a half hour on their hands. Look out! Another link in the blog roll!
Does John Edwards include Jews in his prayers? Or Muslims? Or Hindus? Or any other non-Christians?
He didn’t the other day. The other day, in order to commemorate those killed at Virginia Tech, Edwards led a prayer “in Christ’s name” at Ryman Auditorium, which bills itself as “Nashville’s Premier Performance Hall.”
Obviously not a student of the Bible, nor a reader of it either, Roger seems to think that somehow this phrase is exclusionary of all but Christians, which leads me to believe he isn’t too handy with English prose either. The statement in John 14:3
“And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
even out of it’s context has nothing to do with the red herring posted up by Roger the dodger. If Mr. Simon were a Jew I might understand the problem he has with the Scripture, not because of what is spoken, but by what is implied by the person of the Christ calling himself the Son of the Father, and so making himself equal to the Father, but that is apparently a little too deep of a theological point for political pontifications.
Suffice it to say, and I don’t know that John Edwards did, but any phrasing of a prayer that would be inclusive of “all those who lost their lives here today,” or “those who suffer here today,” would include all those who had lost their lives there that day, regardless of their beliefs, because Mr. Edwards is adressing God as a Christian for “all those…,” ones.
Edwards has a perfect right to pray publicly or privately any way he wants to. But people who are not Christians often feel left out of prayers like his.
Which people? From one snippet of the prayer, wrongly interpreted, we jump to the entirety of the prayer. Yawn.
And if prayers are supposed to comfort, I wonder how comforted the loved ones of Liviu Librescu felt.
Librescu, a professor at Virginia Tech, was gunned down after barricading the doorway of his classroom so his students could escape out the windows. Librescu was a Holocaust survivor, a Jew, and not addressed by Edwards’ prayer.
If they were any better aquanted with the Christian religion than you appear to be, then they were either just as comforted as any Christian survivors would have been by an appeal to the Living God, since to a Christian it is through Christ that God acts to do the comforting of the survivors, not because of the victims or the survivors religion, but because God wants to, and because God was asked to do so.
I went down the list of the other victims and I saw students whose hometowns were listed as being in Indonesia, India and Egypt. And it is quite possible they may have been Hindus or Muslims or a number of other non-Christian religions.
Edwards probably did not know the religions of those killed at Virginia Tech when he gave his prayer, but isn’t that the point? Why not include all religions in your prayers?
What a pant load.
My mother, who did pray, also used to tell me, “God helps those who helps themselves.”
Well, no offense to your mother, May Peace Be Upon Her, but that phrase is nowhere in the Christian, Jewish, or Islamic Scriptures.
So, along with his prayer, I wish Edwards had included something meaningful about gun control.
Yada Yada Yada
Pretty much a waste of Simon’s time writing this post and mine in reading it, unless I have enlightened someone, which his post seems calculated not to do. If you don’t understand the basics of someones religion sir, perhaps you should stick to that which you do, political slanders.
That the Christian Right, or Christian Conservatives didn’t write this post instead of myself ought to clue you to the value that they attach to their faith, as opposed to their politics. Of course that is an observation that would require a deeper understanding of Christianity than you or they have.
via Digby. Updated with spelling and clarity checks.
Police in Los Angeles have arrested an alledged felon, reportedly in a car.
On October 27, 2006, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 12,090. Adjusted for inflation, that is down 14 percent from its all-time high on January 14, 2000. The Dow would need to rise another 1,946 points to set a new record, adjusted for inflation. It is only when no adjustment is made for inflation that the Dow can meaningfully be said to have closed at a record high.
UD: Who said Hubert Humphrey advocated the politics of happiness and joy.
12090+1946= 14036 which doesn’t include the inflation rate since October of 2006. I’m sure that is just a little frothing too. (All puns intended.)
Well I would say that it is a liberal media conspiracy, or somebody has their little feelings hurt about a reality check, or IOKIYAR.
UD: IOKIYAR applies to criticising the media too, doesn’t it? If you thank them for doing a good job, your condescending, if you challenge or critisize you have smoked marijuana from American National Forests and have brain damage, but if your a Republican then you have Presidents of the company on your side and it is either ignored or spun.
It really is as simple as this, they do not wish to govern, they wish to rule.
Is the President aware of the fact that he and Dick Cheney are politicians in DC, and they are telling the Generals in Iraq how to do their job?
Can he distinquish the difference between the Congress limiting the Presidents options, ie, telling the President what to do, and telling the Generals in Iraq what to do?
Shame it won’t be read at the WH, or in the bunker.
Maybe Josh and Luara are right. I have been wrong before or five.
Final rip for the etherage.
Tweety and the Russert Man hardup for eyeballs
Stayed up all night peeling stories off their walls
For an underdiscovered weapon program had to be a thriller
For reasons unexplained Russert relied on Judith Miller
Kristol was a boy scout who never went to Vietnam
And found out like the Friedman Unit nobody gives a damn
They all knew the best story was found sleeping in their bed
So they became crystal balls for what ever their heads said.
And the walls came down all the way to hell
Never saw them when they’re standing
Never saw them when they fell
The investigative reporters never acted like the Russert Man
Even back in Whitewater they knew he was in the can
Judy got jail time not the rackateer Crystal Bill
Who’s secret calls to the Morning Man expounded on the Hill
It was out on Blunder road Michael Gordon at the wheel
crashing into paradise you can still hear Krauthammer squeal
The blogosphere pulled up and said “Everyone of you’s a liar
No one would surrender cause the story was on the wire
Air Force One flew in with those deluded by their own minds
Britt took his microphone and padded Powell’s finds
Fred Hiatt spun an A bomb sitting on Dick Cheney’s knee
Woodword lived on laurels profiting from lies and misery
Next election the Russert Man was avoiding a hot pursuit
He was waiting for a phone call and spending some of his loot
Judy told him many times it was from you that I was taught
In DC anything’s legal just as long as you don’t get caught
Someplace by Abu Graib prison they all ran out of gas
The pictures had them cornered war crimes ain’t such a blast
Judy jumped out of bed said that isn’t what I said
Everything I made up was made up in Chalabi’s head
An undercover CIA agent was found face down in a field
The administrations monkey man still using Beinert for a shield
Time was still on his side although his lip had begun to curl
He had known him a long time before he ever became a twirl.
Now the city on the hill doesn’t shine nearly quite as bright
there’s no room for cleansing sunlight in the clubbyness of night
The TV sets been blown up, it was to small for all the surmise
Fauxy Pantload’s foxy news shows just another pack of lies
I guess I’ll to to Florida and get myself some sun
There ain’t no more opportunity here, everything’s been done
Sometime I think of Tweety, sometime I think of the grand plan
Sometime I don’t think about nothing just like the Russert Man