This is an interesting read that sums up a lot of points that I think are often overlooked in dicussion about Iran.
I've gotta be rapid posting girl today, but I just wanted to add: Jeebus, when can I get paid to state the obvious like this? OK, I'm whining, but the whole "We have to invade Iran" talk has always seemed like so much hot air to me, and I've doubted since the start of the Iraq war that an Iranian conflict was possible. Read below the fold...
Yeah! Good news sure feels good.
California Appeals Court Rules Bloggers Are Journalists
In what the EFF called a "major victory" for bloggers and citizen journalists, The Sixth Appellate Court of the Court of Appeal of the State of California rejected Apple Computer's attempt to force disclosure of sources by two blogs (AppleInsider and PowerPage.org) by ruling that bloggers and citizen journalists are entitled to the same legal protections as journalists working for corporate media entities. Specifically, the bloggers were entitled to protection under the California reporter's shield law. Read below the fold...
And don't call me "Shirley:"
James Rupert, Newsday
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
(06-21) 04:00 PDT Kabul, Afghanistan -- The war against the Taliban has gone badly these last months, but Afghanistan's national intelligence agency has devised a secret plan to reverse the tide of bad news.
In a coordinated action this week, the intelligence operatives drove up to TV stations and newspapers in muscular SUVs and dropped off an unsigned letter ordering journalists to report more favorable news about the government.Read below the fold...
Everybody knows about Iraq. Most everybody recalls Afghanistan.
Everybody's trying to forget about New Orleans.
Everybody's already forgotten about the 'faith-based' strings on the "abstinence only" money to fight AIDS in Africa -- as though that pitiful pittance of a promise was ever more than pipedream playacting on the part of the Presidon't. Read below the fold...
I mean, what else could America's Littlest Senator [D-Fox News] and Rick Santorum have in common?
As the Courant's David Lightman writes, not one Democratic colleague was in the chamber for Lieberman's speech [on Iraq]. He was introduced by Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), the chairman of the Armed Services Committee; Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) -- perhaps the top target of Democrats in this year's elections -- praised Lieberman's remarks as "incredibly articulate."Read below the fold...
I just came across this site and Iâ€™m interested to see where they go with it. Think tanks abound in the Beltway, Iâ€™m not sure another one is needed or can make a difference, even with bloggers working for it, but Iâ€™m still glad to know people are making an effort. However, one quote on their blog (although Iâ€™m not sure thatâ€™s how they think of it) really ticked me off:
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Sitting ducks don't cut and run
They stare into the setting sun
They wait for darkness at the end of day
They signed up to save us all
Watch them bleeding in the hall
Watch their skin turn the color gray
One, two, three, four
Banners high, rockets galore
Shards of glass and metal in the light
Five, six, seven, eight
Marching off to Heaven's Gate
Marching off to glory when they die Read below the fold...
When you come to think of it, that "doctrine" explains a lot more than just the crazed way the Bush administration has run its "war on terror."
Take, for instance, yesterday's bombshell announcement by Santorum and Hoekstra that WMD, (buried artillery shells armed with some sort of poison gas), have been discovered in Iraq after all. Read below the fold...
Last Saturday, Rep. King, while discussing the death of terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi at the state Republican convention, said, "What occurred to me that morning is something that I imagine a lot of you have thought about and he's probably figured it out by now. There probably are not 72 virgins in the hell he's at and if there are, they probably all look like Helen Thomas."Read below the fold...