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‘No Attacks’ Mythology

By- Bob Cesca

In her column for the Wall Street Journal, the insufferably pompous Charles Emerson Winchester of the D.C. punditocracy, Peggy Noonan contributed to a massive hoax which I’ve nicknamed the ‘No Attacks’ Mythology:

This is an argument that’s been around for a while but is newly re-emerging as the final argument for Mr. Bush: the one big thing he had to do after 9/11, the single thing he absolutely had to do, was keep it from happening again. And so far he has.

Now, of course she’s right. “It” hasn’t happened again. Fact: no additional hijacked airplanes have crashed into the World Trade Center towers since September 11. Why? Because those buildings were already attacked and destroyed, killing thousands of Americans after President Bush and his staff repeatedly ignored warnings from a variety of counter-terrorism and national security experts.

Noonan continued:

We have not been attacked since 9/11. Someone — someones — did something right.

Someones?

This is all part of a huge lie, and the lie is rapidly becoming reality thanks to various Bush apologists and dead-enders.

Perhaps it’s been reignited in conjunction with the Bush “legacy project” — an effort organized by Karl Rove to somehow fabricate a positive legacy for this awful president. If there remains any justice in this nation, let history show that the only thing this administration was actually good at was fabricating its own version of reality. They’ve failed at everything else and then made up stuff to obfuscate those failures. So here. I’ll be magnanimous and make Rove’s gig really easy by offering a suggestion: the “legacy project” is the Bush legacy. In other words, it’s very likely that President Bush will be remembered for things like, you know, the “legacy project.”

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533,000 Jobs Lost In November In U.S.

Minnie Lawrence, right, works with training career coach Latrisha Payne on how to find employment at the Super Jobs center, Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

Minnie Lawrence, right, works with training career coach Latrisha Payne on how to find employment at the Super Jobs center, Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

Employers Shedding Jobs As Recession Deepens

JEANNINE AVERSA | December 5, 2008 03:22 PM EST | AP

WASHINGTON — Skittish employers slashed 533,000 jobs in November, the most in 34 years, catapulting the unemployment rate to 6.7 percent, dramatic proof the country is careening deeper into recession.

The new figures, released by the Labor Department Friday, showed the crucial employment market deteriorating at an alarmingly rapid clip, and handed Americans some more grim news right before the holidays. The net loss of more than a half-million jobs was far worse than analysts expected.

As companies throttled back hiring, the unemployment rate bolted from 6.5 percent in October to 6.7 percent last month, a 15-year high.

“These numbers are shocking,” said economist Joel Naroff, president of Naroff Economics Advisors. “Companies are sharply reacting to the economy’s problems and slashing costs. They are not trying to ride it out.”

The unemployment rate would have moved even higher if not for the exodus of 422,000 people from the work force. Economists said many of those people probably abandoned their job searches out of sheer frustration. In November 2007, the jobless rate was at 4.7 percent.

The U.S. tipped into recession last December, a panel of experts declared earlier this week, confirming what many Americans already thought.

Since the start of the recession, the economy has lost 1.9 million jobs, the number of unemployed people increased by 2.7 million and the jobless rate rose by 1.7 percentage points. More evidence that the labor pain is far from over came Friday when General Motors Corp. said it will lay off another 2,000 workers as it cuts shifts at three car factories starting in February due to slowing demand for their products.

President George W. Bush, who used the word “recession” for the first time to describe the economy’s state, pledged Friday to explore more efforts to ease housing, credit and financial stresses.

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Will Caroline Kennedy Replace Clinton In Senate Seat?

Caroline Kennedy: Clinton Senate Replacement?

The Huffington Post |   December 5, 2008 09:19 AM

ABC News reports that Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat might be filled by none other than Caroline Kennedy:

Another Senator Kennedy? The crazy speculation about Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat may not be so crazy after all. A Democrat who would know tells ABC News that New York governor David Paterson has talked to Caroline Kennedy about taking the seat, which was once held by her uncle, Robert F. Kennedy. It’s not exactly shocking that Paterson would reach out to one of the most highly respected public figures in New York, but this is: Sources say Kennedy is considering it, and has not ruled out coming to Washington to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate.
A few years ago, the famously private Caroline Kennedy would be the last Kennedy expected to serve in Congress, but of course, she took on a much more high-profile role during the presidential campaign and, if she does it, would be more than New York’s junior Senator; she’d have closer ties to the Obama White House than any of her colleagues, a direct line to the East Wing.

Read more about Clinton’s Senate seat.

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White House altered, deleted press releases on ‘coalition of the willing’

Raw Story- John Byrne
Published: Friday December 5, 2008

The White House altered documents regarding the nations involved in the so-called “Coalition of the Willing” that aided the US invasion of Iraq.

A University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign political science professor says he found that the White House had modified elements of its website dealing with the coalition and in some cases deleted key documents in the public record.

At the onset of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, the White House released a list of the nations participating in the coalition, an important part of Bush Administration PR efforts, as the war was not UN-endorsed. Over a period of years, however, the original releases were modified to account for the diminishing number of nations.

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