Friday, January 26, 2007


Thanks Alan!


Gerald said...

U.S. Mideast Strategy Targets Iran

Gerald said...

An Idiot Decides

Gerald said...

Bush is not pro-life

Gerald said...

If you can casually sign death warrants while ignoring mitigating evidence, and publicly mock death row inmates who plead for clemency, as George W. Bush did while governor of Texas, then you are not pro-life.

No, Mr. Bush and his cronies can talk all they want to about their so-called "culture of life". But their rhetoric does not mean that they are truly pro-life. In fact, they are merely pro-birth. Once you're born, you're on your own, and heaven help you (unless, of course, you're lucky enough to be born rich).

And, perhaps worst of all, I really don't think they care.

DEN said...

Democracy Now had an interesting interview with Jeremy Scahill, author of the forthcoming “Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army.

Seems this mercenary organization is run by big bucks Bush supporters, no surprise.

Watch it if you can.

Gerald said...

The Madness of Dick

Gerald said...

Blackwater is also known as the American insurgents. They are well known American terrorists. Nazi America leads the world with terrorist forces.

Micki said...

Troops Authorized to Kill Iranian Opertives in Iraq

First, I wonder how they define "operative?" Second, if this quote is indicative of the "thinking" behind this decision, we're in for it! I suppose Karen Hughes is going to "PR" them into changing their ways?! And, if that doesn't work -- BOMBS AWAY!

"We were making no traction" with "catch and release," a senior counterterrorism official said in a recent interview, explaining that it had failed to halt Iranian activities in Iraq or worry the Tehran leadership. "Our goal is to change the dynamic with the Iranians, to change the way the Iranians perceive us and perceive themselves. They need to understand that they cannot be a party to endangering U.S. soldiers' lives and American interests, as they have before. That is going to end."

Micki said...


Micki said...

Another POV on peer review:

While I agree that free information is a public good, and that the people should have access to the research they pay for, there is something else to consider here.

The strength of science publishing is the peer-review process. This anonymous and sometimes brutal process (in combination with solid editing) is responsible for the quality of the articles published in journals. It is also not free. If you remove that part of the process, you remove one of the major reasons why science, as a process, is so powerful. And you damage the quality of the science you do publish.

Science is not a democracy, where everyone is entitled to have their say. Your work has to earn the right to be heard by being good enough. Any "free" information process which doesn't have a peer-review and editing process will do far more damage to science that it will benefit science.

Alan said...

Science is not a democracy, where everyone is entitled to have their say. Your work has to earn the right to be heard by being good enough. Any "free" information process which doesn't have a peer-review and editing process will do far more damage to science that it will benefit science.

That's why Judy Woods and Steven Jones both don't have their jobs anymore. Spouting b/s that wasn't peer reviewed and NOT submitting it for same. The 'trooothers' orgs are splitting up and they are at each other's throats. To review, if it is a scientific fact, then there is nothing to fight about.

Alan said...

*testimony from Cathie Martin yesterday at Libby's trial...

"I suggested we put the vice president on 'Meet the Press,' which was a tactic we often used," Martin testified. "It's our best format."

Sounds to me like Tim Russert is on the VP's string (like a puppet).

Read more about it here...
Memo to Tim Russert: Dick Cheney thinks he controls you.

Carey said...

Thanks for the funnies Alan.

Gerald and all,

My sister and I started off the day just wallowing in Cheney hatred. There are no words strong enough to describe our apalled disgust at this man. What a Mofo. Over and over and over.


That interview was part of our discussion. Bet Russert really appreciates that. He must be thinking, "how dare he?" (Russert on Cheney)


I saw that headline, but had not yet read the story. Yikes! Just further and further into the abyss we go, like the Friday cartoons illustrate.

DEN said...

Let's all wish Carey a real HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

Happy B-day 2U!
Happy B-day 2U!
Happy B-day dear Carey,
Happy B-day 2U!

David B. Benson said...

Alan & Den --- Good collection of cartoons!

Carey said...

You're very sweet Den. Thanks.

Alan said...

Happy Birthday Carey!!!

Alan said...

At Crooks and Liars, y'all should watch that clip of Levin about Phase 2... then hit the link to tell Rockefeller to get the WHOLE report released.

Catch y'all later tonight.

Gerald said...

Carey, your parents must have been very proud when you were born on January 26, 1986.

Carey, Happy Twenty-First!!!

Carey said...

You are VERY sweet Gerald. Though I hated being 21 years old.

This is enough to scare the pants of y'all.

Iran Must Get Ready to Repel U.S. Nuclear Attack

In the overall flow of information coming from the Middle East, there are increasingly frequent reports indicating that within several months from now the US will deliver nuclear strikes on Iran. For example, citing well-informed but undisclosed sources, the Kuwaiti Arab Times wrote that the US plans to launch a missile and bomb attack on the territory of Iran before the end of April, 2007. The campaign will start from the sea and will be supported by the Patriot missile defense systems in order to let the US forces avoid a ground operation and to reduce the efficiency of the return strike by “any Persian Gulf country".

Gerald said...

Hitler Bush has returned to a word that he loves. He is again calling himself the DECIDER. When this idiot brain decides anything, you know we are in deep trouble.

Bush and Cheney are wacko. These two low lifes are really nuts.

Gerald said...

Posters, bizarre behavior signals a mental breakdown and Bush and Cheney are in the midst of such a breakdown.

Carey, I fear that your article is absolutely on target. This nuclear strike solidifies Nazi America's place in history as the most evil nation to have ever been born.

I can see it now. America will be so proud of this nuclear attack and the vaporizing of babies human body parts on the walls and streets of Iran.

George the Vaporizer Bush agains decides that he is pro-life and stupid Americans will believe him.

Micki said...

There once was a blogger from La Jolla eyrie,
Whose birth was noted in the month, January,
The Selfs were quite glad,
That she had been had,
Naming her in honor of the historian Carey!

Happy Birthday, Carey!

PS Someone once said that Carey McWilliams is probably the most important American writer you've never heard of. Y'all should look him up if you don't know his work. It's very, very impressive work!

Gerald said...

George the Vaporizer Bush is PRO-LIFE. I MUST NOW PUKE!!!!!

Carey said...

"The decider" is now "the decision maker"
If you liked George W. Bush as "the decider," you're going to love him as "the decision maker."

Meeting today with Lt. Gen. David Petraeus and other military leaders, the president said that he has "picked the plan" that he thinks is "most likely to succeed" in Iraq, and he complained -- as he has before -- that members of Congress are criticizing his new way forward "before it's even had a chance to work."

"I'm the decision maker," he said. "I had to come up with a way forward that precluded disaster."

The president's declaration comes on the heels of Nancy Pelosi's report on a meeting she had at the White House recently. Pelosi says she asked Bush why he thought this "surge" would work when two others have failed. The president's response: "Because I told them it had to."

Tim Grieve


What is he--three years old?

Carey said...

Lovely and thank-you Ms. Micki!


The whole time I read that article on Iran, you were on the brain.

Hajji said...

Hippo, Birdie 2 Ewes!
Hippo, Birdie 2 Ewes!
Hippo, Birdie Deer Carey!
Hippo, Birdie 2 Ewes!


David B. Benson said...

Carey --- What Hajji said. :-)

DEN said...

Cheney's media adviser Cathie Martin wrote down Cheney's options for attacking the Wilsons in the media. First was to go to White House lickspittle and General Electric (major defense contractor)/NBC employee Tim Russert. The memo also mentions "leak" to Sanger (David Sanger NYT), Pincus (Walter Pincus, Washington Post), and "newsmag." In February 2004, Bush said, "If there's a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is . . . If the person has violated law, that person will be taken care of . . . Leaks of classified information are bad things." There is also a reference to Bob Woodward and calling intelligence and sitting in a room and debate. Martin crossed out the names of National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley and Scooter Libby (Scooter) as action managers for the leak. However, Cheney's (VP), Donald Rumsfeld's, and Condoleeza Rice's (Condi) names are left intact. This memo is the smoking gun for the criminal conspiracy against the Wilsons, one that also compromised Brewster Jennings & Associates and their work to stem the flow of weapons of mass destruction. The memo is actionable evidence against Cheney, Libby, Rice, and Hadley. Libby's defense team has already implicated Karl Rove. The written memos being produced by both sides in the Libby trial are the "Watergate tapes," the smoking guns to justify immediate articles of impeachment against Bush and Cheney.


Hajji said...

U.S. Confirms Troops' Kidnapping in Iraq

This stinks to high heaven, ffolks!



BAGHDAD, Iraq Jan 26, 2007 (AP)— Four American soldiers were abducted during a sophisticated sneak attack last week in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, the U.S. military confirmed Friday. It said three were shot to death and a fourth was mortally wounded with a gunshot to the head when they were found in a neighboring province, far from the compound where they were captured.

Two of the four were handcuffed together in the back seat of an SUV near the southern Iraqi town of Mahawil. A third dead soldier was on the ground nearby. The fourth soldier died on the way to the hospital, the military said in a statement issued late Friday that confirmed details reported by The Associated Press earlier.

On Jan. 20, the day of the raid on a security meeting in Karbala, the military said five soldiers were killed repelling the attack.

The brazen assault, 50 miles south of Baghdad, was conducted by nine to 12 militants posing as an American security team, according to two senior U.S. military officials as well as Iraqi officials. They traveled in black GMC Suburban vehicles, the type used by U.S. government convoys, had American weapons, wore new U.S. military combat fatigues, and spoke English.

None of the American or Iraqi officials would allow use of their names because of the sensitive nature of the information.

The confirmation has emerged after nearly a week of inquiries. The U.S. military in Baghdad initially did not respond to repeated requests for comment on reports that began emerging from Iraqi government and military officials on the abduction and a major breakdown in security at Karbala site.


Out on the day when the headlines scream about Iranian "operatives".


David B. Benson said...

Two part round ---

Salt and pepper, vinegar, vinegar.
Salt and pepper, vinegar, vinegar.
Salt and pepper, vinegar.
Pepper, pepper, salt!

Don't throw your trash in my backyard,
my backyard, my backyard.
Don't throw your trash in my backyard.
My backyard's full!

DEN said...

Odor noticed and well founded!

Wonder if the truth of the perpetrators will ever be known, or will they just blend into the backround like so many others.


Micki said...

Damn. Molly Ivins is very sick and in the hospital because of her recurring cancer.

I hope she remains the unsinkable Molly!

She is a treasure.

Jeanne said...

Den I saw that show on Blackwater on democracy Now. It was excellent.

Here's an article to read or watch after the Scahill article.

Susan McDougal: The Woman Who Wouldn’t Talk

Hear what she has to say about Ken Starr. Really gross human being. By the end of the article I was crying. I was sitting at the MPLS Institute of Arts waiting for my daughter to get done with a Portfolio review for MCAD and I was crying. Evil people and that scum is now working at Blackwater.

Jeanne said...

...and many more!!!!!

Micki said...

"The president of the United States doesn't have the sense God gave a duck. So it's up to us. You and me.

Vintage Molly...

DEN said...

Thats sad about Molly.

She is one spunky lady! even now.

uncledad said...


"interview with Jeremy Scahill" yeah I saw that. It seems Blackwater is the new Christian right wing private army, spreading Christian values at the end of a gun. Pretty scary stuff. It works for Bu$hco though, they didn't even have to wait till Friday to deliver the bad news about the 4 dead contractors. Unlike the 5 GI's that where abducted and then murdered by "terrorists" dressed in US military uniforms, firing US military weapons, driving US made white suburbans.

uncledad said...


Did you see the story on the new heat gun! I can just about picture that baby being used on American citizens protesting bu$hco's next misadventure!

DEN said...

Uncledad, the word is, don't throw away your tin foil hats just yet!

Seriously, a foil survival blanket will reflect the rays, negating the effect.

Deflectable back to the device and the people manning it, touche'.

Another billion bucks on some stupid pie in the sky program.

DEN said...

The Libby trial has subpoenaed Rover and Bartlett to testify.

Is that a cartload of poo headed for the fan?

Cheny is going down,
Rover is going down,

Stay tuned for more next week.

uncledad said...


Good point, I may get a patent pending on a foil protest suit! Speaking of protest clothing here's a link to a cool T-shirt!

DEN said...

I liked the way she ignored Bush during TSOTU, silent protest.

Body language spoke volumes.

Good time to get into the tin suit biz, HA! Could go corporate.

Silver suit, silver cycle helmet, with mirror lens, silver gloves and boots, carrying a protest sign, c'mon Raytheon!

Gerald said...

As you know Molly Ivins is one of my foxes. If you have a way to contact her, please wish her well for me. I enjoy reading her articles.

Gerald said...

Is Vietnam and Iraq Similar

Dear Posters:

I was watching a program from Ontario Television on January 26, 2007. Agenda is the name of the program. The topic was Is Vietnam and Iraq Similar?

With Vietnam there was a clear enemy. Iraq does not have a clear enemy. Battlefields are the same. Intelligence was bad in both wars. Cost will be more for the Iraq war. With America the exception all the world is outraged as to what we are doing in Iraq. Bush has given America and the world false assumptions for the Iraq war, such as the war will be a cakewalk, Iraqis will come to America, no WMDs, we will be treated as liberators, imaginary enemies, incessant lies about Iraq, we make up so-called facts about Iraq, not clear we can defeat Iraq, there is not Iraq victory, the world will come to an end if we leave Iraq, there is no exit strategy.

We must have an exit strategy from Iraq. American soldiers are treated like cannon fodder. There will be more killing in Iraq. The world must see a difference between the Democratic and Republican Parties. Unless there are differences between the two parties, America will be more and more hated by the world populations.

Americans are not critical thinkers. We react in favor of our rulers whether they are right or wrong. Lack of critical thinkers can be seen in Vietnam and Iraq from Americans and their willingness to go to war and kill human beings.

The sectarian strife in Iraq is very serious. America wants this strife to continue so that the people will think survival and not growth in their culture for a better life. America’s foreign policy is an evil foreign policy. America is greatly fated around the world and she will continue to be greatly hated because the world sees America as an evil nation.



uncledad said...


You ask "Is Vietnam and Iraq Similar"

My opinion: they are only similar in the way they will end. It's hard to justify a real war, and this war like Vietnam was never justified.

The difference is (in my opinion) that Vietnam was the right wing trying to scare the nation about socialism (bad for big buisness). Iraq is the right wing trying to secure assets (big Oil), (good for big Oil). Bad for the rest of us.

Alan said...

This memo is the smoking gun for the criminal conspiracy against the Wilsons...

Den, I think WMR has overstated the facts once again. (like I've said before, you should take him in small doses and with a large grain of salt) If you wanna keep up with the trial, I suggest the live blogging from the trial as it happens at Firedog Lake. The five options on that memo of Cathie Martin's didn't list some of the things you cited from Wayne Madsen. True, the memo is damning, but not to the extent he's saying. The most interesting to me so far, is Ari Fleischer is up next and he pleaded the 5th and wouldn't cooperate with the investigation until he got immunity.
Now, for the latest, here's an article from Isikoff about Rove and Bartlett being subpeonaed...
Will Rove Testify?

Jan. 26, 2007 - White House anxiety is mounting over the prospect that top officials—including deputy chief of staff Karl Rove and counselor Dan Bartlett-may be forced to provide potentially awkward testimony in the perjury and obstruction trial of Lewis (Scooter) Libby.