I don't claim to be an expert, but I do know a couple of basic things about intelligence. The first rule is that a successful intelligence community is one made up of, well, intelligent people. People with advanced training in the regions they study, who are fluent in the languges of the area, and who have a demonstrated record of proven results. In other words, not these people:
Talk about a tin ear. I hope this works, and that he gets his ass handed to him if he vetos it. I find it rather pathetic that the Republicans quoted here are still blathering about "bloated bureaucracy" when discussing health care. I mean, really- who in this country actually has efficient, high quality service from their health insurance provider, assuming they have one? At this point I think most people would rather deal with the IRS than their insurance company:
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Bushh on Katrina: "What I intend to do is lead an investigation to find out what went right and what went wrong."
Bush, September 6, 2005 (Quote from Uggabugga's excellent Katrina timeline.)
So, how's that investigation coming? I haven't heard a lot about it, lately. Hey, can I find it online?
Maybe somebody from the SCLM will ask him about it. Or somebody that "roundtable" photo-op Rove has set up. Snicker.
More Katrina updates below the fold: Read below the fold...
More cause for optimism as Bush sets a new record:
The number of Americans without health insurance probably rose to a record in 2005 as medical costs increased three times as fast as wages, according to forecasts for a Census Bureau report today.
The total has climbed every year since President George W. Bush took office.
Nice work, George. Read below the fold...
Headline at the NYT? WaPo? Nope. This was in the Raleigh NC News & Observer, locally written piece. Let's see how fast this gets picked up by the "major media":
Brain injury budget faces cut:
Brain injuries are so common among U.S. troops that they're called the signature injury of the Iraq war, but Congress is poised to cut military spending on researching and treating them.Read below the fold...
Can't believe I caught a Skippy post before CD. It's short, it's cute, it's good to go to bed with a giggle--and if you (perish the thought) don't catch Corrente till you're at work in the morning, it's even safe to watch there.
Now presenting!: 10 Things I Hate About Commandments, youTubing soon to a monitor near you.
It's got some chestal exposure but not...er, well, and a couple of orgies, but other than that...oh hell, just go watch it. :) Read below the fold...
Because we're going to attack Iran, say the "elites", and when that happens, the straits of Hormuz are going to be closed.
Of course, if we want to keep our oil cheap, we can always attack Venezuela. Or Canada.
Um, I wonder what month we'll be attacking Iran? Read below the fold...
So much for the JonBenet story; Karr won't be charged.
Why don't you just turn off your TV? Better yet, give it to someone whose brain you want to damage.
Although it is funny how that story took the focus off Judge Jackson's decision in ACLU vs. NSA. But I'm sure that was just a coincidence. Read below the fold...
Beirut didn't have hurricane damage. So it was bombed.
NYC didn't have hurricane damage. So airplanes hit it.
The Pentagon didn't have hurricane damage. A plane hit it.
Hurricanes don't go to Afghanistan or Iraq. Bu$hco urban renewal does. (remember those Desert Shield T-Shirts?) Read below the fold...