Friday, May 18, 2007



Alan said...

Police execution on tape from two apartment complex security cameras. Officer said he shot the robbery suspect in the chest in fear for his life when he ran at the officer with a gun. THEN, days later the coroner says the suspect was shot in the BACK. Now the videos were released proving the officer lied.

suspect shot in the back while running AWAY from the officer

Granted, the guy isn't an angel, but does that warrant the police officer acting as jury and judge? And then, lying about what really happened shows he felt the need to cover up.

Anonymous said...

re: squirrels.
if you give them their own food to eat they will have no interest in mere bird seed.
i feed my squirrels peanuts.
when i see 1 or more of them loitering about i toss them a handful of peanuts.
since peanuts are not actually nuts but are legumes they must be roasted or they will damage a squirrel's constitution.
as well they must be unsalted.
so; roasted but unsalted peanuts @ $4.00/3lbs for squirrels and they will forget all about any bird feeders.

micki said...

Feed squirrels peanuts? Yagottabekidding!

My husband was mugged by a squirrel in Central Park years ago. The rodent-hoodlum jumped up on the park bench and tried to steal Bill's lunch sack. Bill tried to reason with the little bugger, but no way!

If he could identify him in a line-up, that squirrel would be stew.

Anonymous said...

my entire squirrel army is scratching a flea in the general direction of your husband's sack lunch!
4 out of 5 squirrels will choose a roasted/unsalted peanut over a sack lunch every time.
my squirrel army includes a squadron of bluejays that share in the peanut plenty and bad guy crows steer a wide path around the bluejay squadron as well, saving my poor mutt from the exertion of driving off crows.

micki said...

Published on Friday, May 18, 2007 by The New York Times

Don’t Blame Bush

by Paul Krugman

I’ve been looking at the race for the Republican presidential nomination, and I’ve come to a disturbing conclusion: maybe we’ve all been too hard on President Bush.

No, I haven’t lost my mind. Mr. Bush has degraded our government and undermined the rule of law; he has led us into strategic disaster and moral squalor.

But the leading contenders for the Republican nomination have given us little reason to believe they would behave differently. Why should they? The principles Mr. Bush has betrayed are principles today’s G.O.P., dominated by movement conservatives, no longer honors. In fact, rank-and-file Republicans continue to approve strongly of Mr. Bush’s policies — and the more un-American the policy, the more they support it.

Now, Mr. Bush and Dick Cheney may have done a few things other Republicans wouldn’t. Their initial domestic surveillance program was apparently so lawless and unconstitutional that even John Ashcroft, approached on his sickbed, refused to go along. For the most part, however, Mr. Bush has done just what his party wants and expects.

There was a telling moment during the second Republican presidential debate, when Brit Hume of Fox News confronted the contenders with a hypothetical “24”-style situation in which torturing suspects is the only way to stop a terrorist attack.

Bear in mind that such situations basically never happen in real life, that the U.S. military has asked the producers of “24” to cut down on the torture scenes. Last week Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Iraq, circulated an open letter to our forces warning that using torture or “other expedient methods to obtain information” is both wrong and ineffective, and that it is important to keep the “moral high ground.”

But aside from John McCain, who to his credit echoed Gen. Petraeus (and was met with stony silence), the candidates spoke enthusiastically in favor of torture and against the rule of law. Rudy Giuliani endorsed waterboarding. Mitt Romney declared that he wants accused terrorists at Guantánamo, “where they don’t get the access to lawyers they get when they’re on our soil … My view is, we ought to double Guantánamo.” His remarks were greeted with wild applause.

And torture isn’t the only Bush legacy that seems destined to continue if a Republican becomes the next president. Mr. Bush got us into the Iraq quagmire by conflating Saddam with Al Qaeda, treating two mutually hostile groups as if they constituted a single enemy. Well, Mr. Romney offers more of that. “There is a global jihadist effort,” he warned in the second debate. “And they’ve come together as Shia and Sunni and Hezbollah and Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda with that intent.” Aren’t Sunnis and Shiites killing each other, not coming together? Nevermind.

What about the administration’s state of denial over Iraq, its unwillingness to face up to reality? None of the leading G.O.P. presidential contenders seem any different — certainly not Mr. McCain, who strolled through a Baghdad marketplace wearing a bulletproof vest, accompanied by more than 100 soldiers in armored Humvees while attack helicopters flew overhead, then declared that his experience proved there are parts of Baghdad where you can “walk freely.”

Finally, what about the Bush administration’s trademark incompetence? In appointing unqualified loyalists to key positions, Mr. Bush was just following the advice of the Heritage Foundation, which urged him back in 2001 to “make appointment decisions based on loyalty first and expertise second.” And the base doesn’t mind: the Bernie Kerik affair — Mr. Giuliani’s attempt to get his corrupt, possibly mob-connected business partner appointed to head the department of homeland security — hasn’t kept Mr. Giuliani from becoming the apparent front-runner for the Republican nomination.
What we need to realize is that the infamous “Bush bubble,” the administration’s no-reality zone, extends a long way beyond the White House. Millions of Americans believe that patriotic torturers are keeping us safe, that there’s a vast Islamic axis of evil, that victory in Iraq is just around the corner, that Bush appointees are doing a heckuva job — and that news reports contradicting these beliefs reflect liberal media bias.

And the Republican nomination will go either to someone who shares these beliefs, and would therefore run the country the same way Mr. Bush has, or to a very, very good liar.

Krugman is Professor of Economics at Princeton University and a regular New York Times columnist.

© 2007 The New York Times

micki said...

Even though Treasury secretary Henry Paulson says an American will replace Wolfowitz, some are speculating that Tony Blair will be the next prez of the World Bank.

micki said...

Clinton Foundation and Green Buildings Retrofitting

micki said...

Luck is basically preparation plus opportunity.

DEN said...

I refuse to feed those rotten squirrels, they can starve.

They dig up potted plants and make a huge mess.

Alan said...

Senators want CIA to release 9/11 report

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators is pushing legislation that would force the CIA to release an inspector general's report on the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The CIA has spent more than 20 months weighing requests under the Freedom of Information Act for its internal investigation of the attacks but has yet to release any portion of it.

The agency is the only federal office involved in counterterrorism operations that has not made at least a version of its internal 9/11 investigation public.
Wyden, who has read the classified report several times, wouldn't offer any details on its findings or the conversations he has had with CIA Director Michael Hayden, former CIA Director Porter Goss and former National Intelligence Director John Negroponte.

But he did say that protecting individuals from embarrassment is not a legitimate reason for protecting the report's contents from public review. He also said the decision to classify the report has nothing to do with national security, but rather political security.
they know if Americans realized how incompetent they were in doing their fkn job of governing and protecting our nation's interests, not just theirs... then they'd have hell to pay!... and they've been successful all this time of having swept it under the rug
The agency's actions prior to Sept. 11 have gotten renewed attention with the release of a memoir by former CIA director George Tenet. He has been criticized for not doing more to warn Bush about the al-Qaida threat.

In interviews about his memoir, he has said instead he worked the bureaucracy beneath the president by asking then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and others for action.
they had 'more important' things to do and didn't wanna hear about terrorism
"We have no desire to embarrass or throw cold water on the enthusiasm of the great men and women of the CIA, but let's just take a clear and open look at what the IG found and see if we have all of those problems corrected," Bond said.
Groups including the National Security Archive have clashed with the agency over its FOIA policies. Last year, the archive gave the CIA its prize for the agency with the worst FOIA record. Called the "Rosemary Award," it's named after President Nixon's secretary, Rosemary Woods, who erased 18 minutes of a key Watergate conversation on the White House tapes.

The citation noted that CIA's oldest FOIA requests could apply for drivers' licenses in most states. "CIA has for three decades been one of the worst FOIA agencies," archive Director Thomas Blanton said this week.
The AP has reported that the two-year review of what went wrong before the suicide hijackings harshly criticized a number of the agency's most senior officials.

That includes Tenet, former clandestine service chief Jim Pavitt and former counterterrorism center head Cofer Black, according to individuals familiar with the report, who spoke in 2005 on condition they not be identified.

Pavitt is now a principal with The Scowcroft Group, an international business advisory firm, and Black is vice chairman of Blackwater USA, an international security firm whose clients include the CIA and other U.S. agencies.

micki said...

Squirrels are terrorists.

DEN said...

Yard terroristas!

David B. Benson said...

My attitude towards squirrels is too well know to repeat.

I just want to report that the local squirrel eaters have done so well that I haven't seen one, not one, for several weeks now...

Gerald said...

Make no mistake! Sqirrels are highly intelligent terrorists. They are not similar to Terrorist Bush.

David B. Benson said...

Gerald --- Well, squirrels have bushy tails...