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Friday, October 08, 2004

No WMD but Plenty of Death and Destruction
President George W. Bush’s handpicked investigator charged with investigating whether there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has now rendered his final report: There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Period. No stockpiles of biological and chemical weapons. No nuclear weapons. No factories to produce them. No air-conditioned, modernistic labs hidden under the sand. Nada. It turns out that Saddam Hussein had disarmed many years before President Bush had repeatedly said that the United States needed to invade Iraq to “disarm Saddam.” In the pre-war debate between Saddam Hussein and George W. Bush over Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, there is now no doubt as to who was telling the truth and who was not.

That means that all the fear that was instilled in the American people by Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleeza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz was ill-founded. The horrible thoughts that pervaded people’s minds that Saddam Hussein’s terrorists would break into their homes and spray chemical and biological weapons in their faces were groundless. Hundreds of yards of duct tape wasted. All the gas masks people bought during those scary times unnecessary. The horrible thoughts of Saddam’s mushroom clouds rising above American cities that kept people awake at night — all baseless.

Kind of says it all. Taking a cue from Brad Delong, why are we ruled by these idiots.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Being Dick Cheney
First, Cheney held up Fox News Channel as the pinnacle of objective reporting. Despite the brazen sensationalism and hard-right tilt that have made Fox the laughingstock of American journalism, Cheney last month told thousands of Republican Party loyalists that he “ends up spending a lot of time watching Fox News, because they’re more accurate” than any other media outlet. Of course, just last year, a University of Maryland study found that Fox may well be the most inaccurate news organization in America. The study found, among other things, that 80 percent of people, like Cheney, who watched Fox held at least one major factual misperception about the war in Iraq—a far higher rate than viewers of any other network.

Darth Vader thinks that the power the emanates from the dark side is all good.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

"Protections" for Utah Rivers Emerge as Gift to Oil and Gas Industry
Three days before announcing "protections" for scenic Utah rivers, the Interior Department opened up nearly 5,000 acres of the preserved canyon area to oil and gas drilling--a far more serious threat to the area's environment than mining, according to a report released today by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). [1]

Norton dramatically signed an order "protecting" 112,000 acres around the Colorado, Dolores and Green River canyons from hardrock mining claims, even though there hasn't been any commercial mining in the area for the past 50 years.

But the order left the area wide open to oil and gas drilling. EWG's analysis of federal land--use records shows the oil and gas industry controls 8.2 times more land in the "protected" area and surrounding lands than the mining industry.

EWG also discovered that the administration had actually leased nearly 5,000 acres of the canyon area to oil and gas interests just days before signing the mining protection order.

Speaking of Dan Rather. Whens the last time that any of the major networks did an investiagtive piece on the environment. Its not an easy story, unlike stains on a blue dress. Reporters have to thnk and do their homework.
The viewers have to pay attention. I had to read this story twice to see the bait and switch game the Bushies have played yet again.
Secretary Norton's order does nothing to protect the canyons from noise pollution or water quality threats that arise from drilling oil and gas wells in close proximity to the rivers. Moreover, it only prohibits future mining claims; existing claims (there are 3,300 acres of them) are grandfathered in. [2]

The area in question is home to six threatened and endangered species (including the bald eagle), 161 prehistoric sites and a $4 million recreational industry, according to a Bureau of Land Management media advisory. [3]

Norton screwed the public trust and makes it sound like she's doing them a favor. She was on CNN-the Conseravtive News Channel earlier today talking as an expert on the Mt St Helens eruption. I just turned it off. When did right-wing mouth pieces become the standard for scientific expertise.
Gale Norton has surpassed The Peter Principle, racing through the incompetence stage to pure maliciousness. Thats another reason why November is so important, its not just another four years of Bush, its another four years of corrupt idealogues like Norton.

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Via Democratic Underground

Got this email from a fellow Yellow-dog. I searched the article and added it to the letter:
Sent: Thursday, September 30, 2004 10:05 AM
Subject: Lone Str Iconoclast

I think all of you have seen the endorsement of Kerry in the Crawford newspaper, Lone Star Iconoclast. If you haven't you should read it on the internet. This article is well written and is a good synopsis of what GWB has done to destroy our country as we knew it.
Today's San Antoino Express-News had an article this morning
pointing our that some of the people in Crawford are canceling their subscriptions and advertising and taking the newspapers out of their racks . The papers circulation is very small and the editor suggests they might not be able to weather the storm of cancellations.
I want to do my part to protect our 'freedom of speech' and assure the people in Crawford get a chance to read the truth about our president, or any president. I started a subscription today to try to help give them this chance.
The newspaper is a weekly and the phone number is (254) 675-3336. Subscriptions by mail are $45 per year and im sure you can take it for less than a year.

Lets send Bush back East where he really belongs - Texas doesn't need him, but we need the small newspapers that have a right to express their opinion.

To be expected. If people don't like the editorial content, then fine cancel you're subscription. These things tend to backfire. The Lone Star Iconoclast will probably end up with an avalanche of new subscribers; I hope so anyway.

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