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Saturday, July 24, 2004

Who's in Charge Here?
“It is an impossible situation for that to remain the case,” Gorelick observed. Impossible, because the commission’s report clearly shows that on the morning of September 11, 2001, the president and the other top officials in charge of the systems to defend the country from attack were, in essence, missing in action: They did not communicate, did not coordinate a response to the catastrophe, and in some cases did not even get involved in discussions about the attacks until after all of the hijacked planes had crashed.

So the AWOL kid and Dick Deferrmen Cheney acted like scared little chickenhawks with their heads cut off; par for the course. Makes ya yearn for the good old days of Russian missles in Cuba and Jack Kennedy telling the Russians where they could shove them.

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Feeling lazy and pushed for time so here's Mark A. R. Kleiman, A Fair and Balanced Weblog on assualt weapons. Couldn't agree more.
So crime control (unlike drug abuse control, which is my speciality) seems to me like a first-priority policy issue, especially for those committed to helping the disadvantaged. I'd be happy to trade away "gun control" for progress on other issues because "gun control" (with the important exception of enforcing the existing bans on gun ownership by those with criminal histories) is largely irrelevant to crime control. But that's not at all the same thing as saying that crime control doesn't deserve a central place when we think about domestic policy.

Oddly enough the only real block of votes liberals get from opposing assault weapons is police chiefs. While I think that little is lost or gained politcally by supporting the continuation of the assault weapons ban, its not as important as some liberals think. The first big incident where police are out gunned and take a few wounded or worse and Congress will fall all over itself to get the assault weapons ban back on the books. A cynical view I know, but its the reality of public sentiment that comes on the waves of the next outrage.

This is Rumor Control. I'm not vouching for this blog as they don't have a track record yet and while their credentials sound good, they do post anonymously. Their appraoch is somewhat ironic, so it may not be evryone.

Open Letter to Bill Timmins, President Aladdin Casino and Hotel from Micheal Moore.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Foxed Out
Outfoxed offers former Fox employees explaining the atmosphere in which attacking Democrats is the order of the day – pretty much every day. As one former Fox reporter says, "Any ad-lib that made the Democrats look stupid and made the Republicans look smart would get an 'atta boy,' a pat on the back, a wink or a nod."

Just rename it the Republican Propaganda Channel, then everyone knows what they're getting. We make soup makers list their ingredients on the can, why not organizations that present themselves as outlets of "news", but are actually fat filled ham.

From Eric Alterman:
Date: September 12, 2001
Scene: The Oval Office.
Characters: President George W. Bush and an Imaginary Honest Adviser.

George Bush: Boy, that was scary. Let’s invade someone.
Imaginary Honest Adviser: Yes, sir, but who?
GB: Well, who did it?
IHA: We’re not certain, sir, but we think it was Al Qaida.
GB: They couldn’t have done it alone. Who helped them?
IHA: Well sir, most of the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia and the regime there has been a big help. They received extensive help from over the years from the Pakistan military and security services. Oh, and it turns out that the Iranians have been helping as well.
GB: Hmm, any of those regimes planning on gong nuclear anytime soon? That would really be scary.
IHA: Sir, that would be Iran and Pakistan.
GB: Any of ‘em democracies?
IHA: Nope.
GB: OK, Let me get this straight. The Saudis are anti-democratic and help the terrorists who attacked us. The Iranians and the Pakistanis are anti-democratic, help the terrorists who attacked us, and have either acquired or are about to acquire nuclear weapons.
IHA: Yes sir.
GB: Great. Let’s invade Iraq.

The End.

Just maybe we have the right to expect a higher standard from some guy who has his finger on the button.

9/11 Commission Finds Ties Between al-Qaeda and Iran

Iran? Iraq? They're very similar, I can see how the all hat, no horse girlie boy got confused.

Paul Krugman's remake of the The Manchurian Candidate
So let's imagine an update - not the remake with Denzel Washington, which I haven't seen, but my own version. This time the enemies would be Islamic fanatics, who install as their puppet president a demagogue who poses as the nation's defender against terrorist evildoers.

Haven't conservatives been the manchurian party for years, talking about freedom and democarcy and doing everything they can to undermine it. The truly unfortunate part is that they've prayed on and exploited the patriotism of average working class folks to do the heavy lifting and give them just enough of a hedge to eck out victories at the polls.

"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."
--Thomas Jefferson

Unfair and Unbalanced
You can now ask the FTC to order Fox News to stop misleading consumers. The FTC's job is to protect consumers from deceptive advertising on the part of big media companies

Monday, July 19, 2004

via Bad Attitudes
At the same time that the administration sliced viciously away at social programs designed to help the down-and-out, it rewarded Reagan’s constituency of wealth with a series of generous tax reductions. The combination of spending cuts for the poor and tax cuts for the rich produced a massive, government-induced upward redistribution of wealth. Between 1980 and 1984 alone, the richest one-fifth of American families gained $25 billion in income and the poorest one-fifth lost$6 billion.

Lets not redistribute the wealth, lets have an equitable distribution to begin with.

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via Atrios the liar of the week:
Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez personally authorized the use of dogs in detainee interrogations, although he testified to Congress that he had not done so:

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