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Prelude To War? World Is Worried…

by- Suzie-Q @ 9:43 PM MST

The chilling report that the Pentagon is planning a “three-day blitz” targeting Iran hasn’t gotten much play here in the U.S. The British press, meanwhile, has been buzzing with what the Bush administration’s plan is for Iran, and the news isn’t good.

The Times of London, which reported on the Pentagon’s plans, has a source who claims that the U.S. is looking to launch air strikes against 1,200 targets in Iran.

The Department of Defense is always “planning” something. It’s what a military does, scenario planning. But with the tough talk coming from President Bush and a series of odd bits of news (a proposed gradual troop drawdown from Bush and the jet carrying nuclear weapons over the U.S. “by mistake”), a bunch of grim theories are emerging.

We can engage in scenario planning, too. For example: Why would Bush want to start pulling out troops earlier than the date suggested by Democrats (a plan he shot down)? To send them elsewhere, perhaps? And the DailyKos.com reports that the base at which the nuke-carrying B-52 landed, in Barksdale, La., is “a jumping off point for Middle East operations.” The U.K.’s Sunday Telegraph, meanwhile, reports that recently “a group of Bush administration staffers is gathered to consider the gravest threat their government has faced this century: the testing of a nuclear weapon by Iran.”

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Cross posted at Punditman blog.

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Bush Expected To Nominate Attorney General Next Week

by- Suzie-Q @ 7:33 PM MST


Theodore B. Olson is regarded as highly partisan by some Democrats on the Hill, but is widely respected on both sides for his legal acumen. (By Ray Lustig — The Washington Post)

President Bush is expected to choose a replacement for Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales by the middle of next week, and former solicitor general Theodore B. Olson has emerged as one of the leading contenders for the job, according to sources inside and outside the government who are familiar with White House deliberations.

Other candidates still in the running include former deputy attorney general George J. Terwilliger III and D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Laurence H. Silberman, according to the sources, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the discussions.

Others whose names continue to be mentioned in congressional and political circles include Pepsico general counsel Larry D. Thompson, a former deputy attorney general; Solicitor General Paul D. Clement; and Verizon general counsel William P. Barr, who served as attorney general for Bush’s father. A person close to Barr said yesterday, however, that he does not appear to be on the short list of candidates now being considered.

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Evening Jukebox… Hotel California

by- Suzie-Q @ 5:33 PM MST


Eagles- Hotel California

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Pelosi, Boehner Fight Over Scope Of ‘Stolen Vote’ Probe

by- Suzie-Q @ 5:04 PM MST

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) are heading toward a clash over the size and scope of a special investigation into a controversial vote last month that Republicans are calling “the stolen vote.”

In a letter to Pelosi Friday, Boehner asked for $1 million for professional investigative staff, consultants and other expenses. He also asked for an expansion of the probe to include “exceedingly controversial events in the House that occurred in close succession in early August,” such as the malfunction of the automatic voting system and alterations of the Congressional Record.

Pelosi made clear to Boehner two days earlier that she was in no mood for swelling the investigation into mini Watergate hearings.

“There is no reason for this review to become protracted as the committee’s charge is limited to a very small number of matters,” Pelosi wrote in a terse letter to Boehner Wednesday.

Boehner, however, sees the matter differently.

“Madame Speaker, our votes in the House are cast on behalf of the American people — and public confidence in the integrity of the legislative actions in the House can only be restored by fully and aggressively investigating the circumstances surrounding each of these deeply disturbing events,” wrote Boehner. “Simply put, the Select Committee must follow the evidence wherever it leads — and it must have all the tools necessary to complete that critically important task.”

The investigation stems from a rancorous dispute over a vote on an amendment to the agriculture appropriations bill during a late evening in early August.

Rep. Mike McNulty (D-N.Y.), who was presiding in the Speaker’s chair during the vote, declared the Republican amendment failed on a 214-214 deadlock even though the electronic tally board in the chamber showed the amendment winning by a margin of 215-213 when he gaveled the vote to a close.

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The Hollow Men: Hitchens, Dawkins, and Harris

anthony @ 18:35

Erasmus Root | Taki’s Top Drawer | August 28, 2007

Instead of a terrifying and interesting storm of doubt, my ship of faith only encountered in these “new atheists'” books a few annoying water balloons. The sales of Dawkins, Hitchen and Harris might be red hot, but their content is just as pale and anesthetic as my herring lunch in Lithuania. Hitchens relates some telling anecdotes in graceful language, and Harris raises a few interesting points, but all in all these books have an imaginative and emotional flatness one does not encounter in the writings of classical atheists and agnostics. In style and content, these books have the same blend of quasi-journalism and sterile indignation that characterizes most op-ed pieces.

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THE RISE OF ATHEIST AMERICA

by- Suzie-Q @ 9:56 AM MST

Why almost half of voters polled say they’d support a God-denier for president

The signs are everywhere. Many of America’s top-selling books right now are angry, in-your-face, atheist manifestos. Judges try to outdo each other in banning references to God like the Ten Commandments and the “Under God” phrase in the Pledge of Allegiance. And nearly half of Americans, according to a recent Gallup poll, would be willing to vote for an atheist for president of the United States of America – a nation founded by devout Christians.

In its groundbreaking September edition, titled “THE RISE OF ATHEIST AMERICA,” WND’s monthly Whistleblower magazine provides a powerfully eye-opening analysis of what’s really behind the current atheist phenomenon.

“This is atheism’s moment,” brags David Steinberger, CEO of Perseus Books, celebrating the tremendous success of anti-God bestsellers like “God is Not Great: Why Religion Poisons Everything” by journalist Christopher Hitchens and “The God Delusion” by Oxford evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. “Mr. Hitchens has written the category killer,” he says, “and we’re excited about having the next book.” That’s right – this fall the publishing world will further cash in on the anti-God juggernaut with the release of “The Pocket Atheist,” featuring the writings of famous atheists, edited by Hitchens.

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Alex Jones Arrested In New York

anthony @13:05 BST

From Infowars

Cuffed during Fox News protest on “unspecified charges,” now released, cameramen also arrested

NEW YORK – Media activist Alex Jones was arrested by New York Police Department officers while filming a documentary about the sixth anniversary of September 11th and joining the protest against the official version of what happened on 9/11.

According to Infowars sources Jones was singled out by police from the head of a crowd of about 400 9/11 Truth Activists and protesters. He was verbally accosted and forced by the police officers to present identification which he was not carrying at the time.

NYPD officers arrested Jones for “unspecified charges” and removed him from the protest crowd to be taken to the nearest police precinct where he was later released following a protest outside the jail by other 9/11 truthers who chanted “let him go”.

Jones was arrested during a protest of the live Geraldo broadcast on Fox News.

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Related Story: Injuries, arrests as thousands protest against Bush in Sydney

Two policemen were injured and three protesters arrested as thousands marched under tight security through Sydney on Saturday in a protest against visiting US President George W. Bush and the Iraq war.

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Remf-in-Chief goes AWOL

anthony @ 11:45 BST

The Vietnam War resulted in a number of new expressions being introduced into US military slang, such as FNG (fucking new guy), fragging (killing a superior officer with a fragmentation bomb), boonies, boonierat, Freedom Bird, grunt, gook, and Remf:

From Urban Dictionary:

1. REMF

Rear Echelon Mother Fucker. One who has no frontline or combat experience, and therefore makes huge errors at expense of human life.

The REMF’s decisions make sense only if you think of human beings as statistics. This is the main problem with REMFs- they think of people as numbers.

Shit! That REMF canceled the supply drop! We’re on our own for this one!

2. REMF

a term of derision used by front line soldiers to describe those in cushy jobs in the rear. It is short for ‘Rear Echelon Mother Fucker’ and is familiar to most troopers who have been involved in any conflict.

“This place is a nightmare. I wish to be a REMF,” said the American soldier during the 1968 Battle for Hue.

Former US President George Bush, then a US Congressman from Houston, smiles proudly as he pins bars on his son, President George W. Bush. The bars represented George W. Bush’s entry as 2nd Lieutenant into the Texas Air National Guard.

No one exemplifies the Remf more than George W. Bush, who served as a pilot in the Texas National Guard from 1968 to 1972, when he went AWOL, and who manifests the characteristics described in the first of the two definitions of the word given in the Urban Dictionary above.

For more on Bush’s war service, his initially promising start, his failure to attend physical fitness tests, his subsequent suspension from flying status, his absense without leave, and the reasons thereof, read

In the meantime, I will leave you with this parting thought.

In a recently published book, Dead Certain, George W. Bush, a dysfunctional creep not widely noted for being in touch with his feminine side, revealed, “I do a lot of crying in this job”. For Wonkette’s considered and pithy response to this news, read her review of this book, The Cretin’s Challenge: New Book Reveals Inner Bush.

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Sudhan@11:15 CET

The report on the ‘surge’ by 30,000 US troops in Iraq is to be delivered to Congress tomorrow. Leonard Doyle in Washington and Raymond Whitaker report

London Independent, September 9, 2007

 

 

What does the White House want General David Petraeus to say? Tomorrow the American commander in Iraq will give Congress a progress report on President Bush’s attempt to stabilise Iraq with an extra 30,000 US combat troops, and the American public has been assured for months that the four-star general will tell it like it is.

Gen Petraeus, 54, is often feted as a hero. A book about the invasion, The Company of Soldiers, painted him in shining colours – even though he had never seen combat before he went to Iraq in 2003. He has been on the cover of Newsweek magazine with the question: can this man save Iraq?

If the White House had any influence with this warrior, it would like him to report that the eight-month-old troop “surge” is working, despite the unfortunate picture presented by bloody suicide bombings, US losses, sectarian murders, rampant corruption and political chaos. The general would be sure to demand more time for the strategy to work – but, conveniently for the US election timetable, would say that some troops could start coming home early in 2008.

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