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"...I'm talking about people having a good time, these people, you ever heard of emotional release? You [ever] heard of need to blow some steam off?"
Now, don't you feel like a dopey dittohead for letting a little outbreak of prisoner sadism bug you?..."
Tony Blair yesterday provoked a fresh political row over the role of the intelligence agencies by appointing John Scarlett, the official responsible for the widely disputed Iraqi weapons dossier, as the new head of MI6.Does anybody else find it odd in the UK, it is the Conservatives who are critical of handling of the Iraq war run-up. I think I could count on one hand the number of prominent American conservatives who dared question BushCo's incompetence on the same issues.
His appointment is likely to cause unease in the intelligence community, where officers have recently expressed concern that Mr Scarlett allowed himself to step over the red line dividing their profession from politicians in the run-up to the Iraq war.
The move was immediately denounced by the Conservative leadership as "inappropriate", particularly since Lord Butler's review into the handling of intelligence on Iraq's alleged stock of weapons of mass destruction - none of which has been found - has yet to publish its findings.
The Food and Drug Administration (news - web sites) was under intense political pressure from both sides on whether to lift the prescription requirement for emergency contraception. Conservatives argued doing so could encourage unsafe sex. Proponents said easier access to the pills could prevent thousands of abortions and the FDA's own scientific advisers had overwhelmingly backed the change.The FDA has left some wiggle room by claiming they can revisit this decision if Barr Laboratories, the drug's manufacturer, provides data for Plan B and girls younger than 16. IMHO, this is simply a bid to delay the decision and gauge the reaction of the public.
Within the FDA, the decision was mixed. An internal agency memo, obtained by The Associated Press, suggests medical reviewers backed nonprescription sales of Barr's brand, called Plan B, but were overruled by senior officials.
... the King himself hath a heavy reckoning to make when all those legs and arms and heads, chopp'd off in a battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place'- some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of anything when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the King that led them to it; who to disobey were against all proportion of subjection.Via Josh Marshall.
King Henry V
Act IV, Scene I
" ...in recent congressional testimony about heroin flow out of Afghanistan, Drug Enforcement Administration head Karen Tandy spoke only of "potential links" and "possible relationships" between Afghan traffickers and terrorists. Drug agents in Central Asia say they're baffled by Tandy's hedging.Drug agents baffled by Administration hedging? Haven't they been paying attention for the last three years? Acknowedging the problem of exploding Afghan heroin production and its connection with terrorist finances would mean that this White House made a mistake--even after being warned about this exact scenario--and as we all know, this W.H. never makes mistakes. Just ask George.
"The connection is absolutely obvious to us," said Col. Alexander Kondratiyev, a senior Russian officer who has served with border guards in Tajikistan for nearly a decade. "Drugs, weapons, ammunition, terrorism, more drugs, more terrorism - it's a closed circle."..."
E-Voting Oversight Overwhelms U.S. AgencyAnd of course they won't even have scratched the surface by this November....
SAN JOSE, Calif. - As alarm mounts over the integrity of the ATM-like voting machines 50 million Americans will use in the November election, a new federal agency has begun scrutinizing how to safeguard electronic polling from fraud, hackers and faulty software.
But the tiny U.S. Election Assistance Commission says it is so woefully underfunded that it can't be expected to forestall widespread voting machine problems, which would cast doubt on the election's integrity.
"...Their initial choice, who outraged victims of Saddam's regime because of past service in his feared Republican Guard, said he was stepping aside, leaving command of the new Falluja Brigade to former intelligence officer Mohammed Latif.So a local ex-Saddam supporter was removed due to "outrage"; replaced by a former intelligence officer with "anti-Saddam" credentials.
Latif was said by U.S. military and Iraqi officials to have anti-Saddam credentials...The Marines are hoping the new Falluja Brigade, predominantly made up of former members of Saddam's military, will crush 2,000 rebels and root out perhaps 200 foreign militants..."
"...Only two days after U.S. forces entrusted General Jasim Mohamed Saleh with restoring order in Falluja, the former member of Saddam's feared Republican Guard dismissed U.S. insistence over the presence of foreign fighters in the city.Of course this has had no impact on the official US line. What would a military professional in his own hometown know about who was fighting there? We need to be a little more honest with ourselves about stuff like this or we will continue to be suprised by fatal, violent outbreaks over and over again.
"There are no foreign fighters in Falluja," Saleh told Reuters in his home town, which was loyal to Saddam..."
"I've challenged George Bush to weekly debates, mano a mano, and he's refused. Now, I understand the president doesn't like to face tough questions all by himself. So, if he needs to bring Dick Cheney with him that's ok by me."via Digby
Warren Buffett (news - web sites), the world's second-wealthiest man, said some businesses in his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. holding company were starting to feel the pinch of inflation as energy and commodity prices rise.As a chef who receives all his ingredients and products via truck... inflation is really here. Our wholesale prices aren't just creeping up. Several product lines have jumped 10% or more.
If you're fiscally responsible, [the present form of the GOP] is not your party. If you believe in a moderate foreign policy characterized by alliances, free trade and the ability to operate in an international environment, this is not your party. If you believe in limited federal government, this is not your party. If you believe that the government should stay out of your bedroom, this is very definitely not your party. In fact, I would argue that unless you believe in the American imperium, imposed on the world by force, or unless you believe in the literal interpretation of the Book of Revelations, this is not your party.Strong stuff!
“There’s a lot of money to pay for this that doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money, and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi people…and on a rough recollection, the oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years…We’re dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon.” -Paul Wolfowitz
Oh My Goodness!
Father Knows Best
43% Solution (National Guard)
Busting a Freeper
A Comment Brought To You By Mrs. 9Driver
Crooks and Liars
Back To Iraq
Digby (Great Writer!)
The General JC Christian