Ungodly Politics

"Announcing your plans is a good way to hear god laugh." - Al Swearingen

Sunday, February 29, 2004  

Via Eschaton comes a wonderful example of the liberal media bias in this country. Yes, the "liberal" NY Times has fired a reporter because he used to be a member of ACT UP.

Originally found by bloggy.

posted by lazarus | 13:04 | |

Report: Deal for U.S. to Hunt Bin Laden in Pakistan

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States has struck a deal with Pakistan to allow U.S. troops to hunt for al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden this spring in an area of Pakistan where he is believed to be operating, the New Yorker magazine reported on Sunday.

Thousands of U.S. troops will be deployed in a tribal area of northwest Pakistan in return for Washington's support of President Pervez Musharraf's pardon of the Pakistani scientist who this month admitted leaking nuclear arms secrets to Iran, Libya and North Korea, investigative reporter Seymour Hersh wrote in the issue that goes on sale on Monday.

Full disclosure of Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan's activities would have exposed him as ``the worst nuclear-arms proliferator in the world,'' an intelligence official is quoted as saying.

``It's a quid pro quo,'' according to a former senior intelligence official. ``We're going to get our troops inside Pakistan in return for not forcing Musharraf to deal with Khan.''
Yeah, there ya go. Spreading nuclear arms technology is just fine, so long as you do what Bush wants, like help him get elected.

And why, exactly, has it taken over 2 years to strike a deal with Pakistan? Could it be Bush hasn't really cared about catching bin Laden, because he was distracted with attacking a nation that had never attacked us?

posted by lazarus | 11:23 | |

Friday, February 27, 2004  

The cost of Wal Mart on our society:

Wal-Mart stands out on rolls of PeachCare
A snapshot of Georgia's program for uninsured children shows that it's packed with kids of Wal-Mart employees.

A state survey found 10,261 of the 166,000 children covered by Georgia's PeachCare for Kids health insurance in September 2002 had a parent working for Wal-Mart Stores.

"You have a company increasingly shifting the cost of health care to taxpayers," said Shaun O'Brien, assistant director of public policy for the AFL-CIO. Many Wal-Mart employees, the union says, earn wages of $7.50 to $8.50 an hour — not enough to make benefits affordable.

Wal-Mart, with 1.4 million U.S. workers, is the biggest private employer in America; it now employs more than 46,000 workers in Georgia. The company is not unionized.

posted by lazarus | 12:39 | |

Wednesday, February 25, 2004  

From the copy editor of the Daily Mountain Eaglein Jasper, Al, comes this:

Who would have thought it would happen this early in the game of politics and moral decay.

We now have activist judges, mayors, governors, etc., who go against the will of the great majority of citizens in this nation (forget that it is against the law in most of the nation!) and declare that it is the "right" of homosexual men and women to "marry."

Christians need to come up with some ammunition against this grievous sin, and soon.

Those who do such things, and those who think they are amusing - or innocent - are worthy of death. ... And Christians had better put on the breastplate of righteousness and the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

The battle for souls has begun.
Makes you want to move there, doesn't it?

She apparently failed to read all the other fun stuff in the Old Testament. You know, all that great stuff in Leviticus. Stonings and killing of your children and not eating shellfish and stuff like that.

Cafeteria religion strikes again.

posted by lazarus | 21:23 | |

Tuesday, February 24, 2004  

NEA wants Paige fired for 'terrorist' comment - Which is silly. After all, he was revealing the inner workings of the administration for us. Why shut up a perfectly good moron who can't keep his mouth shut?

posted by lazarus | 16:01 | |

Just added a mess of new blogs that I've been meaning to add the last few days. Say hello to:
The Bloviator, Brainshrub, Delirious Nomad, disabled.democratsblog, Driving with Dawn, Rant Factory, TheSyndrome.com, TBogg, USA2UAE, and Whiskey Bar (Billmon).

Copule of late additions: Welcome also Your Logo Here and ratboy's anvil

posted by lazarus | 15:58 | |

"The Despoiling of America: How George W. Bush became the head of the new American Dominionist Church/State "

This is fairly scary reading. A good history of how we got to where we are today.

And realise that Mel Gibson believes this stuff. And is releasing a proganda film this month.

posted by lazarus | 15:03 | |

This is going to hurt the rural southeast in a big way. Chicken processing plants are often the primary employers in many areas in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and the Florida panhandle. You know, Bush country.

Europe Joins Ban on U.S. Poultry Products: " The European Union and South Korea banned the import of all poultry products from the United States on Tuesday following the outbreak of a highly contagious strain of avian influenza in Texas. Mexico banned most U.S. poultry products.
Russia, the United States' largest poultry export market, blocked poultry imports only from Texas but said it was considering a U.S.-wide ban. The Philippines also was considering a ban."
And in other news: Mexico Closes Borders to All U.S. Poultry

posted by lazarus | 09:48 | |

Forbes.com: Labor says U.S. PPI data won't be released today: "A U.S. Labor Department official said on Monday that it was not publishing its January producer prices report today and said she did not know when it will be issued.

'We have no plans to release the PPI (Producer Price Index) today,' said Marta Norton, an economist with the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Asked whether she knew when the report would be released, Norton replied: 'I have no idea when we're going to release it.'

The report was originally scheduled to be issued last Thursday but the department said it was delayed because of difficulties in updating seasonal adjustment factors. "

Other excuses: The dog ate it. My dad forgot to sign it. I lost it on the way to school. I left it at the library.

How bad do you suppose this news is?

posted by lazarus | 08:06 | |

Monday, February 23, 2004  

They say it's a joke. I say he accidentally revealed the game plan after they get vouchers in. These people really do hate education, you know. Why else would they support an idiot for President?

Mor Republican Idiocy: "Education Secretary Rod Paige called the nation's largest teachers union a 'terrorist organization' during a private White House meeting with governors on Monday."

posted by lazarus | 14:41 | |

Evolution Caught In The Act

An experiment which forced E. coli bacteria to adapt or perish showed that, in a pinch, they were capable of improvising a novel molecular tool to save their skins.

"The bacteria reached for a tool that they had, and made it do something it doesn't normally do," said James Bardwell, an associate professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology at the University of Michigan. "We caught evolution in the act of making a big step."
But evolution is just a theory. Send this to your local school board, next time they decide they understand science better than, say, someone with an actual degree in a, say, biology.

posted by lazarus | 06:59 | |

Sunday, February 22, 2004  

I don't know how to express my outrage and despair over this. At least Tommy Chong is behind bars, though. And Bush is doing something about those damned gays. You know, something important.

Is there any reason at all that this bastard and the rest of his administration shouldn't be in prison?

The Observer | International | Now the Pentagon tells Bush: climate change will destroy us
Climate change over the next 20 years could result in a global catastrophe costing millions of lives in wars and natural disasters..
A secret report, suppressed by US defence chiefs and obtained by The Observer, warns that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a 'Siberian' climate by 2020. Nuclear conflict, mega-droughts, famine and widespread rioting will erupt across the world.

The document predicts that abrupt climate change could bring the planet to the edge of anarchy as countries develop a nuclear threat to defend and secure dwindling food, water and energy supplies. The threat to global stability vastly eclipses that of terrorism, say the few experts privy to its contents.

'Disruption and conflict will be endemic features of life,' concludes the Pentagon analysis. 'Once again, warfare would define human life.'

The findings will prove humiliating to the Bush administration, which has repeatedly denied that climate change even exists. Experts said that they will also make unsettling reading for a President who has insisted national defence is a priority.

The report was commissioned by influential Pentagon defence adviser Andrew Marshall, who has held considerable sway on US military thinking over the past three decades. He was the man behind a sweeping recent review aimed at transforming the American military under Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

posted by lazarus | 02:43 | |

Okay, this isn't good.

This isn't good at all.

Yahoo! News - Iraq may lay claim to Jordan, Kuwait in future: Hamid: "The current president of Iraq's interim Governing Council said that Baghdad could consider territorial claims over neighbouring Jordan and Kuwait in the future.

'We need our Arab brothers around us. Now, we cannot discuss this matter with them at all, but in the future, we'll see,' said Mohsen Abdel Hamid, in response to a question from a Baghdad consultative council member.
Shaza Hadi al-Obeidi had asked Abdel Hamid about the status of territory, once linked to Iraq, such as Jordan and Kuwait, at an extraordinary meeting of the 37-member consultative council.
A Jordanian government spokeswoman said Amman would demand an explanation of Abdel Hamid's comments. "

posted by lazarus | 00:43 | |

Friday, February 20, 2004  

Via Atrios:

This pisses me off: " During a Feb. 5 meet-the-candidate night for the newly formed College Republicans U. chapter -- not to be confused with the older and more established College Republicans -- representatives for several candidates revved up the jovial crowd with such statements as 'We need to put an end to the liberal Matheson era' and support 'the Democrat killers.'
As the audience giggled off and on, Mike Clement, representing congressional candidate Tim Bridgewater, spoke excitedly about Republican successes when College Republicans work hard, citing the victory of Norm Coleman in the 2002 U.S. Senate race in Minnesota.
As Clement bantered with the audience, one Republican gadfly noted that they defeated former Vice President Walter Mondale in that race, adding: 'We had to kill off Wellstone to get it.' He was referring to the death in a plane crash of Sen. Paul Wellstone and his family before the election.
An audio tape captures laughter. But both Clement and Danielle Fowles, acting chairwoman of the club, said they did not hear that comment and believe the laughter was just a continuation of the ongoing banter. "

But the "rally" was tasteless. Fucking bastards.

posted by lazarus | 15:11 | |

In the New Economics: Fast-Food Factories?: "Is cooking a hamburger patty and inserting the meat, lettuce and ketchup inside a bun a manufacturing job, like assembling automobiles?
That question is posed in the new Economic Report of the President, a thick annual compendium of observations and statistics on the health of the United States economy.
The latest edition, sent to Congress last week, questions whether fast-food restaurants should continue to be counted as part of the service sector or should be reclassified as manufacturers. No answers were offered."

Wanna know why they're considering this? Every time someone has to get a 15 hour a week job flipping burgers, it would be considered a new job in the manufacturing sector. Hooray for Bush, adding jobs to the manufacturing sector.

That's the Republicans for you. Once again, they just want to change the rules to make themselves look good.

posted by lazarus | 12:52 | |

Wednesday, February 18, 2004  

Ann Druyan Talks About Science, Religion, Wonder, Awe . . . and Carl Sagan(Skeptical Inquirer Nov 2003)

This isn't political, much. It's just a beautiful article. I highly recommend taking the time to read it. It's about the "distorted view of science that prevails in our culture." Which, I guess, is rather political these days, given the horrible treatment of legitimate science at the hands of the Bushies and the fundamentalists.

We're fighting a fairly serious war here, and the Presidency is just one battle. The fundies have taken to the grass roots. All it takes is a majority on a school board, and they're starting to get that in a lot of places. So start becoming aware of what's going on locally.

Fighting every little encroachment may seem silly, but these really are the sort of people who will take a mile if you give an inch. Don't let them have any inroads into our schools or our government. These people think the Taliban is a bit liberal. They want to bring back the Old Testament, in all its glory. All of it. They also believe "that it is the moral obligation of Christians to recapture every institution for Jesus Christ."

Head on over here and take a gander at some of the beliefs these people hold. Then realise that the brothers who run Diebold and ES&S, two of the three companies that control our elections, are Reconstructionists. As is Ashcroft.

I'll be voting for anyone but Bush, I can tell you that. Absentee ballot. Just in case.

posted by lazarus | 11:28 | |

From North Carolina:

A prisoner taken off death row after a judge ruled prosecutors withheld key evidence in his murder trial was found not guilty Wednesday in a second trial.

Alan Gell, 28, has spent a decade behind bars in the 1995 murder of retired truck driver Allen Ray Jenkins, who was shot twice during a robbery. After the verdict, Gell hugged his attorneys and his mother wept in the courtroom.

He was immediately allowed to go free. When asked what he was going to do, he responded: "Go home, where I should have been years ago."


Also withheld by prosecutors were statements from more than a dozen witnesses who said they saw Jenkins alive after April 3. Gell was either out of state or in jail on a car-theft charge from April 4 until after Jenkins' body was found April 14.

During the retrial, three scientific experts testified that Jenkins' body and the scene of his killing were not consistent with the prosecution's argument that he was killed 11 days prior.


Gell's acquittal came less than two weeks after Darryl Hunt was cleared of all charges in a 1984 rape and killing in Winston-Salem. Hunt, who was found guilty of the murder of Deborah Sykes at two jury trials, was freed in December after a DNA test pinned the crime on another man, who has since confessed.

On that same day, Feb. 6, the state Supreme Court overturned two death sentences, ordering a new trial in one case and a new sentencing in the other.

Once again: the death penalty is wrong. It's barbaric, and there's no way to make things right if a mistake is made.

posted by lazarus | 10:28 | |

You mean it wasn't Gray Davis' fault after all? But, but, but.....

As an aside, we're still waiting for Arnold to "open the books," and "audit everything," thus fixing the budget problems. Instead, his only solutions have made the crisis worse, or are simply the same solutions Davis had proposed.

Ex-Governors Blame Legislature

Four former governors of California gathered on a Silver Lake sound stage Tuesday night and shared ideas about how the state could reform its political system and overcome its crippling dysfunction.

In a freewheeling conversation to be televised statewide Thursday, the former governors — Gray Davis, Pete Wilson, George Deukmejian and Jerry Brown — said safe legislative districts and term limits had created a polarized culture in the capital that bedeviled any incumbent.

The former governors, representing 30 continuous years in office, also traded thoughts on the challenges facing their successor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. And they commiserated on the trials of doing business with 120 members of the Legislature, focusing much of their one-hour chat on how to make lawmakers shape up.

"Gray had maybe the most irresponsible Legislature within memory," Wilson said.

posted by lazarus | 07:10 | |

Tuesday, February 17, 2004  

Brownshirts a-poppin'!

Federal officials have discussed bringing in U.S. troops to boost security at this summer's Republican National Convention - but the NYPD doesn't think it needs them.
"With 37,000 police officers, the Police Department does not anticipate the need for federal troops," said Paul Browne, the top NYPD spokesman.
The NYPD may get some form of federal assistance "whether they want it or not," said one source involved in planning - although another official said it could take the form of an intense Secret Service and FBI presence, and not uniformed troops.

Our Great Leader apparently isn't as beloved as he likes to think.

posted by lazarus | 09:21 | |

Monday, February 16, 2004  

No link to this, but Charles Barkley basically endorsed gay marriage last night at half time of the NBA All Star Game on TNT.

That's huge. That's in sports, which is traditionally rather homophobic, from an athlete. He said, basically, "It's their own business."

That could be more help than a hundred marches.

posted by lazarus | 10:20 | |

Cowardly Republicans:

Democrats and Republicans in the Senate have been matching each other with nasty accusations for well over two years in the debate over the treatment of Bush administration judicial candidates.

But the Democrats have now confidently gathered in a herd on the moral high ground over disclosures that some Republican staff aides had improperly obtained confidential strategy memorandums from a Senate computer. The Senate sergeant-at-arms, who is nearing the end of an investigation into the tampering, told senators last week that the Republican staff members' activities went on much longer and were far more extensive than previously believed.
When the Democrats began their serial denunciations, they all complimented Senator Orrin G. Hatch, the Utah Republican who is chairman of the committee, for his alacrity in initiating the investigation and his statements that he was mortified at what had occurred, comments that have earned him criticism from some conservative groups that he was caving in to the Democrats' demand for an investigation.

"He is the only Republican senator to have apologized for what occurred," said Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, the ranking Democrat.

With that, Democrats looked across the U-shaped committee table and glared at the Republicans.

Faced with a difficult-to-defend situation, many Republicans simply withdrew from the field of battle, quietly slipping out of the room. Senators Jon Kyl of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina joined Mr. Hatch in agreeing that what had happened was terribly wrong.

posted by lazarus | 10:16 | |

Wednesday, February 11, 2004  

Go read this:

Lean Left: "The Only Straight People Count Amendment"

posted by lazarus | 13:41 | |

Missing pay stubs. Missing drills. Lies. Obfuscations.

These are all well and good. But aren't we all missing something a bit bigger here?

Lt. George W. Bush, a man the Texas Air National Guard and USAF spent hundreds of thousands of dollars training as a pilot, skipped a mandatory flight physical and was thus grounded, wasting all that training and money. He never flew for the military again. And nothing was ever done about that.

I've got friends who were military pilots. They say this is a much bigger deal than skipping some drills. Much, much bigger. And nobody's talking about it.

posted by lazarus | 10:53 | |

So the media and Terry have dubbed Kerry the winner.

Yes, John Kerry. He's so different from Bush. After all, he opposes gay marriage, and supported the IWR, No Child Left Behind, the tax cuts, the Patriot Act....

(And so did John Edwards (D - Mill), so there's a perfect VP pick for the Dems.)

Kerry also voted for S.652, Government Funding of Religious Institutions; S.1219, Internet Censorship; National ID cards; S.735, Wiretapping; and other things the ACLU opposed.

Anybody remember when we had a fucking opposition party in this country?

Oh, he says he disagreed with them, but then voted for them anyway. Great. Just great. Way to stand up for your principles, pal.

Thanks for picking these 'winners' to be our candidates, Terry. This front loaded primary season was a genius idea. After all, in 1992 Bill Clinton only won 2 of the first 14 primaries. Good thing that loser didn't get the nomination, eh?

Why didn't you just quit when you lost in 2000, or when you lost in 2002? Oh, that's right, you weren't finished burying the party yet, you had 2004 to go.

Okay, I'm done. I'll be better later today. But that's a hell of a wake up call, to find out the best candidate we've had in a month of elections has had to drop out because the system refused to allow him to win.

My dad, who was a Bush supporter in 2000, stunned me over Thanksgiving with word he was going to vote Dean. Then he switched to Edwards. He gets his news from TV (networks and MSNBC), the WSJ, and USA Today. Two days ago, he was surprised to hear from me that Clark had had more 1st and 2nd place finishes than Edwards. He thought Clark was polling and placing down in Kucinich/Sharpton territory.

But the media isn't biased, so stop saying that.

This is an election when we could literally run anybody and win. So why not pick the best candidate, regardless of that damned "electability" nonsense? Bush is dead. Dead, dead, dead. He should be impeached and sent to the Hague for full prosecution. So let's pick the best candidate we can get, instead of just settling on someone who appears to have momentum. Sheesh.

posted by lazarus | 09:45 | |

He said he'd create jobs. He just didn't say where.

Details, people. Details.

Bush Supports Shift of Jobs Overseas

posted by lazarus | 09:31 | |

Tuesday, February 10, 2004  

From Blah3.com comes this outrage:

"The Bush Administration's 2004 budget proposed gutting Veterans Administration (VA) services, including health care funding. Proposed cuts included: denying at least 360,000 veterans access to health care; $250 annual premiums; increased pharmacy co-payments; a 30 percent increased primary care co-payments; and increased waiting time for a first medical appointment.
Because of budgetary shortfalls, the VA suspended the enrollment of veterans not injured in service earning between $24,450 and $38,100 annually. VFW officials estimated the administration's VA budget is at least $2 billion short of meeting the demand for quality health care.
The FY 2004 budget approved by Congress calls for reducing VA funding over a 10-year period by $6.2 billion. Cuts are in the areas of veterans' health care and disability benefits. "

Read the rest of the article. Heck, print it out, and take it around to all those people who accused you of "not supporting the troops" back when you didn't want them to die for a bunch of bullshit lies.

After we throw the bastards out of office, let's bring 'em up on charges. Heck, impeachment would work. The Patriot Act made lying about US intelligence a felony, which is much worse than lying about a blow job. At least, it's worse to me. Maybe not to Republicans and other idiots.

posted by lazarus | 06:17 | |

Hooray for Faith Based Government!

Iraq's current top official has demanded that Islam be the principal basis for Iraq's laws, a move that breaches a previous agreement among the framers of the interim constitution and creates the possibility that Islamic law could rule the land.

If approved, the proposal could have broad effects on secular Iraq, taking away rights of women in divorce and inheritance cases, shuttering liquor stores and banning gambling, legal advisers here say.


"If someone proposes a law of inheritance that conflicts with sharia, or Islam, then it's invalid," Chalabi said. "The registration of liquor stores may become illegal."

Well, this should make the Christian Right happy, don't you think?

posted by lazarus | 05:28 | |

Sorry about the brief break, folks. Had a major illness in the family, plus my daughter decided it's high time she started acting like a teenager. Oi.

I'm back now. Time to go find some news. As if anything could top that hilarious performance on Sunday. NBC decided that, if CBS could show a boob for 2 seconds, well, by god they were going to show one for a whole hour being interviewed by Tim Russert.

Did anyone else just totally lose count of all the lies Bush* told that hour? All the avoided questions? All the times Russert let him off the hook? Pathetic. I've seen Larry King give harder interviews to the Gabor sisters.

posted by lazarus | 04:50 | |

Friday, February 06, 2004  

Yahoo! News - Bush Did Not Manipulate Iraq Intelligence - McCain: "MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain, who will sit on a commission investigating failures in the intelligence used to justify the Iraq war, said on Friday he did not believe President Bush's administration had manipulated information.
'The president of the United States, I believe, did not manipulate any kind of information for political gain or otherwise,' the Republican senator told reporters on the sidelines of a security conference in Munich, Germany. "

Nice to see Sen. McCain is weighing all the evidence and keeping an open mind on this issue.

Bastard should recuse himself.

posted by lazarus | 12:51 | |

Thursday, February 05, 2004  

News from the UK:

The intelligence official whose revelations stunned the Hutton inquiry has suggested that not a single defence intelligence expert backed Tony Blair's most contentious claims on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.

As Mr Blair set up an inquiry yesterday into intelligence failures before the war, Brian Jones, the former leading expert on WMD in the Ministry of Defence, declared that Downing Street's dossier, a key plank in convincing the public of the case for war, was "misleading" on Saddam Hussein's chemical and biological capability. Writing in today's Independent, Dr Jones, who was head of the nuclear, chemical and biological branch of the Defence Intelligence Staff (DIS) until he retired last year, reveals that the experts failed in their efforts to have their views reflected.

Dr Jones, who is expected to be a key witness at the new inquiry, says: "In my view, the expert intelligence analysts of the DIS were overruled in the preparation of the dossier in September 2002, resulting in a presentation that was misleading about Iraq's capabilities."

posted by lazarus | 04:36 | |

Via skippy the bush kangaroo comes an update on the Novak Assault Case. Not only has it made it to the Washington Post, there's video of the aftermath of the incident via Take Back the Media. Funny bit where Tucker Carlson admits it happened, but claims it's okay for Novak to assault people because he's old.

posted by lazarus | 03:56 | |

Wednesday, February 04, 2004  

More fair and balanced reporting. On MSNBC, they were just discussing the future of the Democratic primary. Discussed Kerry, Edwards, and Dean.

Seemed to forget all about Clark. Hmm....

posted by lazarus | 13:19 | |

Tuesday, February 03, 2004  

The Online Beat: "Moments after the polls closed in New Hampshire on January 27, Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie declared that President Bush had won 94 percent of the Republican primary vote. It was a dramatic claim. Unfortunately for Gillespie, it was dramatically inaccurate.
When the Associated Press posted the unofficial returns from the GOP primary, it reported that Bush had won a little less than 86 percent of the vote. The fact that almost one out of every seven New Hampshire voters who took Republican ballots had apparently cast them for someone other than the party's incumbent president drew little note in major media accounts, but it was intriguing enough to merit mention in this column ('Bush Slips -- Among Republicans,' Online Beat, 1-20-2004).
As it turns out, however, the unofficial tally by Associated Press significantly underestimated the collapse in the president's fortunes. According to updated figures from the New Hampshire Secretary of State's office, which only today posted a final figure on the total number of ballots cast, only 78 percent of New Hampshire voters who took Republican ballots marked them for Bush. (In one New Hampshire town, Milton, Bush received only 48 percent of the vote, while in a number of others he was held below 60 percent of the vote.) "

Many more numbers are discussed in the full article, all showing that Bush is in serious trouble.

posted by lazarus | 05:00 | |

Keep in mind, this is the first war fought with the logistics' being largely outsourced to Halliburton, et al.

Army Study of Iraq War Details a ’Morass’ of Supply Shortages: "The first official Army history of the Iraq war reveals that American forces were plagued by a 'morass' of supply shortages, radios that could not reach far-flung troops, disappointing psychological operations and virtually no reliable intelligence on how Saddam Hussein would defend Baghdad.
Logistics problems, which senior Army officials played down at the time, were much worse than have previously been reported. While the study serves mainly as a technical examination of how the Army performed and the problems it faced, it could also serve as a political document that could advance the Army's interests within the Pentagon. "

posted by lazarus | 03:50 | |

You know, I sometimes think they lie just for the hell of it.

Bush Fell Asleep During Super Bowl, Didn't See Controversial Halftime Show: "The early-to-bed president missed the Super Bowl's risque halftime show. But George W. Bush's spokesman said Monday the administration was concerned that the display wasn't family-friendly.
'I don't want to admit it, but because this White House starts early, I missed it - again,' Bush told reporters after a Cabinet meeting. 'Saw the first half, did not see the half time - I was preparing for the day and fell asleep.'
'But you all can tell me about it,' he joked to reporters.
Half time started before 8:30 p.m. EST. Sunday. "

Compare to:
"Bush said he planned to watch the game with his brother, Marvin, Secretary of Commerce Don Evans and their families. "

posted by lazarus | 03:27 | |

Sunday, February 01, 2004  

Shards O Glass freeze pops. An issues ad from Truth.com against smoking.

So CBS will run issues ads so long as they don't criticise Our Great Leader. Hypocrites.

posted by lazarus | 18:44 | |

via BAD ATTITUDES via Atrios comes this remarkable story.

Pakistani Scientist Is Focus of Atomic Sale Investigation: "A federal judge on Wednesday granted bail to Asher Karni, 50, an Israeli citizen accused by the United States government of conspiring to send 200 American-made nuclear weapons detonators to Pakistan, dealing a setback to prosecutors who argued he might try to flee.
Judge Thomas Hogan said Mr. Karni must remain in home detention at the Hebrew Sheltering Home in nearby Silver Spring, Md., and wear a monitoring device.
In addition to the $75,000 bond posted on his behalf by another individual, Mr. Karni also must commit $100,000 of his own money, he said."

That's right, a Middle Easterner has been charged with conspiring to sell nuclear weapons detonators to a nation that is currently in the news as providing nuclear weapons technology to Iran, North Korea, and Libya. But he's not in jail, or Gitmo. He's out on bail.

I feel so much safer knowing he's wearing a monitoring device.

posted by lazarus | 00:35 | |
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