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Saturday, June 04, 2005

Raptor Resource Project

Raptor web cam

The Harry Ransom Center's online exhibit of the Woodward and Bernstein Watergate Papers

Friday, June 03, 2005

Don't let Peggy Noonan read this, mental breakdown may result

Peggy Noonan long considered a flake, serial liar, and purveyor of revisionist history offers more proof of this conventional wisdom via Josh Marshall
The Washington Post said yesterday that Mr. Felt's information allowed
them to continue their probe. That probe brought down a president. Ben
Stein is angry but not incorrect: What Mr. Felt helped produce was a
weakened president who was a serious president at a serious time.
Nixon's ruin led to a cascade of catastrophic events--the crude and
humiliating abandonment of Vietnam and the Vietnamese, the rise of a
monster named Pol Pot, and millions--millions--killed in his genocide.
America lost confidence; the Soviet Union gained brazenness. What a
terrible time. Is it terrible when an American president lies and
surrounds himself by dirty tricksters? Yes, it is. How about the butchering
of children in the South China Sea. Is that worse? Yes. Infinitely,

unforgettably and forever.

Por Peggy seems to be channeling the bitter lies of the Swift Boaters for Right-wing government. Or maybe Peggy, a loyal storm trooper if there ever was one, is suffering from cognitive dissonance, her misplaced and utterly indefensible fantasies that she tries to pass off as the truth, if striped away would lead her to a final breakdown. So in order to save some semblance of her sanity, her psyche requires that she live in a state of perpetual denial.
Again we have a case where historical fact is a liberal bias.
Nixon and Kissinger Obfuscations About Vietnam: What the Documents Show
Nixon and Kissinger blamed the antiwar movement, liberal intellectuals, the press, and Congress for opposing their policies, encouraging the enemy, prolonging the war, and ultimately causing the collapse of South Vietnam. Without such opposition, they claimed, they could have applied more military pressure and negotiated an agreement sooner than January 1973. Had the War Powers Act of November 1973 and the Watergate scandal of 1972 to 1974 not hobbled Nixon, he and others claimed that he could have resumed bombing in 1973 or 1974 and forced Hanoi's acquiescence in Thieu's survival. Had Congress provided sufficient post-agreement aid to Saigon and also allowed President Ford to unleash American airpower, they further asserted, Thieu could have stopped the North Vietnamese Spring Offensive of 1975, saving South Vietnam.

Nixon and Kissinger's defense of their policies after the Paris Agreement and the fall of Saigon in April 1975 rested on the assumption that additional military force would have turned things around. But this assumption conveniently omitted consideration of those analyses within the Johnson and Nixon administrations at the time that the use of even greater force than what was already being applied would have triggered Soviet and/or Chinese entry into the war, probably would have failed, and would have overtaxed America's military and economic resources, further damaging the economy, undermining America's global military posture, and provoking political rebellion among mainstream, fence-sitting voters. Nixon and Kissinger themselves were influenced by these analyses and additional appreciations. Midstream into their first year in office, Nixon and Kissinger had concluded that direct American involvement in the war must end, not only because of antiwar sentiment in the streets and campuses but also because of continuing pressure for de-escalation from cabinet members and administration dissidents, growing opposition in Congress from both sides of the aisle, declining public support for the war, North Vietnamese persistence, their own desire to improve relations with the Soviet Union and China, and fiscal and economic constraints. They understood that the war could not be won in a military victory over the southern guerrillas and the North Vietnamese main-force units, and so they carried on to win a favorable political result in Saigon while withdrawing American troops. They, not the antiwar movement or Congress or the press, decided that de-escalation should be prolonged past the 1972 presidential election.

Yep, we patriotic, reality facing, totalitarian hating liberals, with the help of Mr. Felt made a coalition that made Nixon and Kissinger helpless against us. The poor babies, we forced them to create a grand scheme where they betrayed America, the US military and the South Vietnamese. THEY decided Peggy, not some guy with long hair and bell bottoms. Their decisions costs the lives of thousands, not the sacifices and bravery of L. Mark Felt.
Cambodia, 1955-1973. Nixon and Kissinger conduct secret "carpet bombings" of Cambodia (killing thousands) during 1969-70 to destabilize the government, resulting in its overthrow and the establishment of the Khmer Rouge by Pol Pot whom the US later supported though it was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands.

"There are no American combat troops in Cambodia. There are no American combat advisers in Cambodia. There will be no American combat troops or advisers in Cambodia. We will aid Cambodia. Cambodia is the Nixon doctrine in its purest form...." President Richard M. Nixon, November 1971.

"In the event press inquiries are received following the execution of the Breakfast Plan as to whether or not US B-52s have struck in Cambodia, US spokesman will confirm that B-52s did strike on routine missions adjacent to the Cambodian border but state that he has no details and will look into the question." President Richard M. Nixon, November 1971. [Shawcross, via [Carvin]]

Facts are sometimes ugly, too bad Peggy and her ilk don't have the courage to face them.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Partial victories

State wards off drilling
TALLAHASSEE - The governor and Cabinet signed a landmark deal Wednesday to buy back two off-shore drilling leases on the Gulf Coast, protecting the coastline from Apalachicola to Naples.

The $12.5-million settlement, to be finalized next month, includes a drilling lease for Lake Okeechobee

Good news, but the buzzards wait in the wings. We are a nation of junkies and oil is still are fix.
Environmental advocates embraced the deal Wednesday, but the enthusiasm was tempered becaused the protection extends only to state waters. Escalating oil costs are increasing congressional pressure to expand domestic drilling in federal waters.

and what is it with the Bush family, they talk a good game, then leave the door open for the burglars to come in. What do you bet, that on his resume that Jeb puts in the part where the state saved the state waters, but leaves out where he fought for the right of the oil companies to drill on federal waters, thus negating any real benefit.
"Twelve million is a small price to pay to guarantee there will be no drilling within state waters forever," said Mark Ferrulo, director of Florida Public Interest Research Group. "But I hope it doesn't create a false sense of security. We have 99 active (federal) leases off the Florida coast that could mean oil rigs just beyond state waters, within 11 miles."

Bush said he will vigorously fight Landrieu's proposal. He said he spoke with White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card about it Tuesday when Card visited Tallahassee to speak at a fundraiser for the regional Boy Scout council.

Todays snooze or you and america loses

Urge your lawmaker to support servicewomen's rights
On May 25, House Republican leaders refused to allow debate or votes on two amendments that would have provided compassionate health care to military women who’ve been raped. On the same day, the House defeated an amendment to repeal a ban that forbids servicewomen and female military dependents from using their own money to pay for an abortion at overseas military hospitals.

Please express your outrage to your representative who voted against military women’s access to abortion care.
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thanks to Societas for the link. He has a good post up with the opinions of an actural Shia from Iraq. Thomas Friedman must be lonely being one of the two or three neo-liberals in America.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

The heartland picks up on Downing Street memo

Memorial Day/Praise bravery, seek forgiveness
In exchange for our uniformed young people's willingness to offer the gift of their lives, civilian Americans owe them something important: It is our duty to ensure that they never are called to make that sacrifice unless it is truly necessary for the security of the country. In the case of Iraq, the American public has failed them; we did not prevent the Bush administration from spending their blood in an unnecessary war based on contrived concerns about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. President Bush and those around him lied, and the rest of us let them. Harsh? Yes. True? Also yes. Perhaps it happened because Americans, understandably, don't expect untruths from those in power. But that works better as an explanation than as an excuse.

The "smoking gun," as some call it, surfaced on May 1 in the London Times. It is a highly classified document containing the minutes of a July 23, 2002, meeting at 10 Downing Street in which Sir Richard Dearlove, head of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, reported to Prime Minister Tony Blair on talks he'd just held in Washington. His mission was to determine the Bush administration's intentions toward Iraq.

You snooze you lose

The Downing Street Memo
Dear Friend:

As many of you are aware, a classified memo was recently disclosed in Great Britain that I believe has serious ramifications for the integrity of the United States Government. Dubbed the “Downing Street Memo,” but actually comprising the minutes of a meeting of Prime Minister Tony Blair and other top British government officials, the memo casts serious doubt on many of the contentions of the Bush Administration in the lead up to the Iraq war. With over 1,600 U.S. servicemen and servicewomen killed in Iraq, the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, and over $200 billion in taxpayer funds going to this war effort, we cannot afford to stand by any longer.

Along with 88 of my colleagues, I wrote to the President requesting answers about this grave matter. Thus far, our search for the truth has been stonewalled and I need your help. I believe the American people deserve answers about this matter and should demand directly that the President tell the truth about the memo. To that end, I am asking you to sign on to a letter to the President requesting he answer the questions posed to him by 89 Members of Congress.

I will personally insure that this letter is delivered to the White House.

You can read the letter here and sign on to it below. You and I know the White House is just hoping that this matter will fade away, but in a few short weeks, with our steadfastness, the memo has found its way into leading newspapers and White House press briefings. With your help, we can hold this Administration accountable.

Please pass on this important letter to your friends and colleagues, and ask them to sign as well.

Thank you for your help and support.

John Conyers, Jr.

One baby step in taking your country back from the cabal
I think the best remedy is exactly that provided by all our constitutions, to leave to the citizens the free election and separation of the aristoi from the pseudo-aristoi, of the wheat from the chaff. In general they will elect the real good and wise. In some instances, wealth may corrupt, and birth blind them; but not in sufficient degree to endanger the society.

If only Jefferson could see how so many of the people have become the sheeple.

Monday, May 30, 2005

Organisms bound by evolution

University of Utah researchers--feeding microscopic pills of RNA to quarter-inch long worms called planarians--have identified many genes essential to understanding a biological mystery that has captivated scientists for hundreds of years:

Why would reseachers think that worm genes would yeild clues to how all genes might operate. One underlying principle: Evolution.
"Planarian biology has much in common to the biology that you and I share," said Sánchez Alvarado, who last month was appointed a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. "This work opens a whole new window to study aspects of human biology that are barely accessible today."

Don't let your children study evolution, they might grow up and help cure something.

Arnold is the perfect conservative

He's perfect, because he's not real. As an actor ( no pun intended ) Schwarzenegger said he was great, believed he was great, despite all evidence to the contrary. Its not too difficult to carry that attitude over into politics, afterall the Bush family thinks they're good folks, despite the fact that they're crooked lying elitist.

Just when I thought that Arnold could go no further in his disconnect from reality (I mean making teachers, firemen, cops and nurses the enemy is quite an accomplishment), he's now had a perfect moment for the blooper reel of his brief stay in office... He paid for a pothole to be dug so he could then go fill it, with Hollywood-style lights and TV crews following him and stooping to new lows.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Help those that are suffering because of BushCo's lies

Network for Good - a clearinghouse of organizations assisting U.S. troops overseas. Volunteer at a local VA hospital or make a donation to a non-profit organization.

Memorial Day, the troops , and Liberalism

Why War is all the Rage
The stories of the 1,640 young U.S. soldiers who have died in Iraq since 2003 are heart wrenching. They came from all over the country -- white, black, Asian and Latino. Some were immigrants, farmers, students and athletes. They shared a dream for their future and their families, as well as a belief that they were serving their country. Memorial Day is a time to remember these young men and women, and all military casualties, soldiers and civilians alike. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the high costs of war, especially the waste of human life.

Along with U.S. military personnel, as many as 100,000 Iraqi civilians are estimated to have died in this war. We have spent more than $250 billion in tax dollars on the fighting and reconstruction. Shameful actions by U.S. soldiers at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo have fueled enormous rage against this country.

How did we get here? How did the White House convince so many Americans that military force was our only viable option? By way of explaining, it is worth noting how militarism has crept into and permeated our culture.

There's more at Commondreams.
This story also reminds me of the right-wing bias and slander against liberals, Democrats, and progressives when it comes to all things military. The right-wing extremists, as per their usual moral corruption just lie. They have to lie about patriots having some grudge against the military because they have no facts to support them, its a chorus, an echo chamber; many have the O.J. complex. They've convinced themselves its true and repeat it endlessly like the brainless sheep they are.
Reporting the facts has become a liberal bias, while living in denial has become the new warped patriotism.
WASHINGTON -- In a broadside fired at the conduct of the war in Iraq, a senior Army strategist has accused the Bush administration of seeking to win "quickly and on the cheap" while ignoring the more critical strategic aim of creating a stable, democratic nation.

While the United States easily won the initial battles that toppled Saddam Hussein a year ago, the administration "either misunderstood or, worse, wished away" the difficulties of transforming that victory into the larger political goal, Army Lt. Col. Antulio J. Echevarria of the U.S. Army War College writes in a new paper.

Lt. Col. Antulio J. Echevarria was right, history and the facts have proven him right. He did the brave honorable thing and spoke the truth, you know truth, something the Bushies might want to learn something about before they slander liberals.

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