Category Archives: Wurlitzer Prize Blogging

Should Have Read The Guardian

Larry Johnson never supported Obama, an understatement to be sure, but that may be part of the reason I read him, although mostly because I have always liked his analysis of various world events, and share with him, like Col. Lang, only those political positions common to all Americans. That commonality is often overlooked in the hyperbole of politics, but it is there for anyone wishing to see.

Just to keep the record on the outing of Davis straight, it broke two days previously in the Guardian, which I blogged about earlier, as did others.

Based on interviews in the US and Pakistan, the Guardian can confirm that the 36-year-old former special forces soldier is employed by the CIA. “It’s beyond a shadow of a doubt,” said a senior Pakistani intelligence official. The revelation may complicate American efforts to free Davis, who insists he was acting in self-defence against a pair of suspected robbers, who were both carrying guns.

That it took the Post and other American papers two more days report the story is not surprising, the delay probably a reflection of Mr. Johnson’s concerns, and the fact of doing so to acknowledge in their papers what were already well known facts by many in America and the world already.

While I’m at it, these reports sound interesting in parts, to me.

London, Feb 20(ANI): Double murder-accused US official Raymond Davis has been found in possession of top-secret CIA documents, which point to him or the feared American Task Force 373 (TF373) operating in the region, providing Al-Qaeda terrorists with “nuclear fissile material” and “biological agents,” according to a report.

Yeah I can write those report things too, gotta link?

Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) is warning that the situation on the sub-continent has turned “grave” as it appears that open warfare is about to break out between Pakistan and the United States, The European Union Times reports.

By going to the European Union Times dated the 20th as well, you get further confirmation of what the Guardian was reporting, including,

A number of US media outlets learned about Davis’s CIA role but have kept it under wraps at the request of the Obama administration. A Colorado television station, 9NEWS, made a connection after speaking to Davis’s wife. She referred its inquiries to a number in Washington which turned out to be the CIA. The station removed the CIA reference from its website at the request of the US government.

Further reporting on the incident, along with conjectures.

All of this is going on under the radar.

Update: There’s more here.

Not Presumptuous

I’m sure most of you have seen this at Digby’s or FDL, or Olliver’s.

I’m beginning to think that people who aren’t going online and getting their news and spin thereof, think this is the weirdest campaign they’ve ever seen. It’s not this ad, which follows the Rovian tactic of accusing your opponent of doing precisely what you are doing, because I think most people that just watch TV also know that this is what the McCain camp is doing here. (Of course I’m assuming that you do both, and on occasion actually pick up some graphite technology and read that too.) But if you only read the net, or only watch TV, half of what is being said makes absolutely no sense.

While The Paint Dries

I think over the years that I have done a pretty decent job of naming names when I intend to criticize someone specifically, but the fact that I feel the need to now clarify that point again points out how poorly my writing has become as I make the whistle stops on the blog.

That I find myself feeling a need to apologize to other people for slights not intended is a little distressing, and as I have found out even mild criticism of some media people, when I have singled them out, has had a greater impact than I intended, or could have foreseen when I did do so, so I’m pretty wary about singling anyone out unless they are a headliner, complete bonehead, or formerly, a Post staff writer.

I think it is bullshit, but they don’t, and when you write you have to consider what the reader thinks and not just hope they can discern your meaning from past postings. In that respect I think I have gone to using too wide a brush too often, and it has become the normative, which it shouldn’t have become.

I have also done a poor job of not knowing who reads the blog, which entails a certain loss of freedom to write as I would prefer to do, to the ubiquitous everyman. I have on more than one occasion asked the media folks to stop stopping by so I could develop political angles on various topics for political junkies who are not politicians, whom I would prefer to write to. All of which just goes to show that I can have my head up my ass as far as anyone I have ever accused of being in that sad state of affairs, collectively or as individuals.

So in the end if you get your knickers in a knot over what I’ve written there are really only two options available as far as I can tell, either quit reading this blog, or quit wearing shorts. I don’t recommend either one, but YMMV.

It’s Unanimous

Broadcaster don’t like being live blogged.

I’ll make a note of that.

Good Job John!

Things I Learned Today

I remember a couple of years ago when I noted John was a Republican with sense.

Apparently the old saying, if you don’t start any shit there won’t be any, failed to make the transition. On the other hand, those of you who are aware of all internet traditions will observe that the post is also a perfect troll, following the more obscure meaning of trolling.

No Offense Intended

but I am going to start charging by the meme.

States In Flood Zones Prepare For Second Disaster

President Bush informed the public that the federal government was in contact with the various states, and are prepared to assist in any way possible.

Reportedly a herd of swine ran over the top of a levee.

Update: I had thought to clobber this post because it is really so poorly written in the first statement, and clearly follows an ideological position that I do not, and the second statement is just in bad taste, and non germane.

While many bloggers lose posts for one reason or another, it is pretty standard for them to leave up whatever they post and take their lumps, and retract if they find out they are wrong, or have misstated a fact. If you say something off the wall that’s too bad too, shouldn’t have hit the return key.

On the other hand I am constantly moving, and removing posts and blogs has become to easy a thing to do. I’ll do my best to take down the whole thing all at once, and avoid the incremental snark from those whom are about to receive.

You Read My Mind So I Can Read The Paper

I get in your head so I can waste your time too.