Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
Beautiful day here in the PNW!Gorgeous, in fact.
One solemn reminder of an event 66 years ago today:PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Everett Hyland was ferrying ammunition to an anti-aircraft gun aboard the USS Pennsylvania on Dec. 7, 1941, when a bomb hit, throwing him down."I never heard anything. The only thing I knew I was flat on my face and my arms were extended in front of me and they were all purple and bleeding," Hyland said. "I ended up pretty well banged up."On Friday, Hyland was to join some 50 survivors and hundreds more family members and officials at a Pearl Harbor pier overlooking the USS Arizona Memorial to honor the attack's victims.The USS Pennsylvania was among the last ships hit by Japanese bombs 66 years ago as it was dry-docked and not sitting in Battleship Row. The vessel escaped with moderate damage and set sail again after being repaired. Even so, 15 men aboard were killed and 38 men were wounded. Fourteen were judged missing in action.The casualties added to the overall Pearl Harbor attack toll of 2,388 dead and 1,178 wounded. The shocking assault thrust the United States into World War II.@ AP
KO's comments last night Wow.He's still hitting home runs, deep into Football season!_____________"...Your insistence that you were not briefed on the NIE until last week might be legally true — something like “what the definition of is is — but with the subject matter being not interns but the threat of nuclear war.Legally, it might save you from some war crimes trial… but ethically, it is a lie.It is indefensible.You have been yelling threats into a phone for nearly four months, after the guy on the other end had already hung up.You, Mr.. Bush, are a bald-faced liar.–And more over, you have just revealed that John Bolton, and Norman Podhoretz, and the Wall Street Journal Editorial board, are also bald-faced liars.We are to believe that the Intel Community, or maybe the State Department, cooked the raw intelligence about Iran, falsely diminished the Iranian nuclear threat, to make you look bad?And you proceeded to let them make you look bad?—You not only knew all of this about Iran, in early August…But you also knew… it was… accurate.And instead of sharing this good news with the people you have obviously forgotten you represent…You merely fine-tuned your terrorizing of those people, to legally cover your own backside…While you filled the factual gap with sadistic visions of — as you phrased it on August 28th: a quote “nuclear holocaust” — and, as you phrased it on October 17th, quote: “World War Three.”—My comments, Mr. Bush, are often dismissed as simple repetitions of the phrase “George Bush has no business being president.”Well, guess what?Tonight: hanged by your own words… convicted by your own deliberate lies…You, sir, have no business… being president.—Good night, and good luck..."_______________from: all over the Internets!-T_____________
Micki,I'm so happy to hear you're having a wonderful day up there. The weather news out of your region has been stunning. Talk about Edgar Allen Poe days with that howling wind. I've imagined you at your desk writing scary haiku. Yes, it's Dec. 7. Bush started his nuclear upgrade talk about Iran on Aug. 6. Y'all know what that day is. It's the day Americans became certified for a trip through purgatory. Those cartoons say it all, Den. Speaking of the Densters, you sounded down last night. Everything ok?
Keith is becoming a real leader. I mean a REAL leader. He's no longer just a ratings getter.Thank you Hajji. Olbermann is going to make the history books as one of the ones who thoroughly stuck his neck out. Like Dan Rather. Rather knew it was coming, the firing, once he did what he did. HE DID NOT CARE--HE CARED MORE FOR HIS NATION AND ITS DEMOCRACY.We do have some heros out there. It's nice that some are coming from journalism, I must say.
Carey, yesterday was a minor trip thru hell but was not 'down', just worn out from it all.
One solemn reminder of an event 66 years ago today:Also, on this day 25 years ago, Texas executed it's first prisoner with a lethal injection, after an 18-year hiatus from "Old Sparky", the faithful electric chair.The only surprise would be that it took 'em than long to find a way start killing again.
But in this part of the PNW we have Micki's left-over low-lying clouds: fog.
From remarks just delivered by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse: We will shortly consider making right the things that are wrong with the so-called Protect America Act, a second-rate piece of legislation passed in a stampede in August at the behest of the Bush Administration. It is worth for a moment considering why making this right is so important. President Bush pressed this legislation not only to establish how our government can spy on foreign agents, but how his administration can spy on Americans. Make no mistake, the legislation we passed in August is significantly about spying on Americans—a business this administration should not be allowed to get into except under the closest supervision. We have a plain and tested device for keeping tabs on the government when it’s keeping tabs on Americans. It is our Constitution. Our Constitution has as its most elemental provision the separation of governmental powers into three separate branches. When the government feels it necessary to spy on its own citizens, each branch has a role. The executive branch executes the laws, and conducts surveillance. The legislative branch sets the boundaries that protect Americans from improper government surveillance. The judicial branch oversees whether the government has followed the Constitution and the laws that protect U.S. citizens from violations of their privacy and their civil rights. It sounds basic, but even an elementary understanding of this balance of powers eludes the Bush Administration. So now we have to repair this flawed and shoddy “Protect America Act.” @ HarpersPound on him some more!Maybe he will quit.
Jeremy Scahill:Receiving very little attention in the media regarding Romney's radical vision for an intensification of the Bush administration's cruel and inhumane "war on terror" policies is the behind-the-scenes puppet master of these ideas: J. Cofer Black. A 28-year CIA veteran, Black is currently the number two man at the Bush administration's favorite mercenary firm, Blackwater Worldwide. For much of the past year, he has served as Romney's senior advisor on counter-terrorism.For those who have followed Black's career, the statements flowing from Romney's tongue have hardly been a surprise. At the CIA, Black ran the agency's extraordinary rendition program, the government-sanctioned kidnap and torture operation where people are abducted and sent to third country hell-holes to be tortured, often while interrogated with questions provided by US intelligence operatives. Black was also the official who famously told Congress, "All you need to know: there was a before 9/11 and there was an after 9/11. After 9/11 the gloves come off." Oh yeah, his nickname in the Bush White House? "The flies on the eyeballs guy," bestowed upon him after he pledged to Bush to leave the Taliban and al Qaeda with flies crawling across their eyeballs in Afghanistan. He was also fond of talking about whacking off heads with a machete, shipping severed heads in cardboard boxes on dry ice and putting skulls on pikes. Romney, like most candidates, says he opposes torture. But, as the Bush administration has repeatedly illustrated, such declarations mean squat. Remember the "quaint" Geneva Convention?@ HUFFPO
Jaded?No capacity for outrage left?
Thought I'd check in, looks pretty dead around this place. Oh well, see ya all in the AM.
OOPS, Doc, nobody here to be outraged right now.
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