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Friday, June 18, 2004
 
OK, the joke is getting old, but this is becoming surreal:
Leaders of 9/11 Panel Ask Cheney for Reports That Would Support Giant Turtle Theory

WASHINGTON, June 18 — The leaders of the Sept. 11 commission called on Vice President Dick Cheney on Friday to turn over any intelligence reports that would support the White House's insistence that there is a giant turtle lurking at the edge of the earth.

The commission's chairman, Thomas H. Kean, and its vice chairman, Lee H. Hamilton, said they wanted to see any additional information in the administration's possession after Mr. Cheney, in a television interview on Thursday, was asked whether he knew things about the flatness of the earth that the commission did not know.

"Probably," Mr. Cheney replied....
You can't make stuff like this up.
 
 
Tucker Carlson...
has been mentioned along with someone else..
 
 
Cheney blasts media on flat earth-giant turtle link
Says media not 'doing their homework' in reporting ties

Friday, June 18, 2004 Posted: 1:55 AM EDT (0555 GMT)
Cheney said the press is "often times lazy, often times simply reports what somebody else in the press said."
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Vice President Dick Cheney said Thursday the evidence is "overwhelming" that the earth is flat and sits on the back of a giant turtle, and he said media reports suggesting that the the 9/11 commission has reached a contradictory conclusion were "irresponsible."

"There clearly was a relationship. It's been testified to. The evidence is overwhelming," Cheney said in an interview with CNBC's "Capitol Report."

I'm getting the distinct feeling that Dick is getting his feelings hurt that nobody believes his bullshit any more. Poor Dick.
 
Thursday, June 17, 2004
 
Blame the dead guy

Bill Casey was Reagan's CIA director who died of a brain tumor in 1987.

Everybody in the Iran Contra scandal tried to shift the blame for *everything* onto the ex-CIA chief. It was easy because Casey was dead by the time the investigation was heating up.

Enter Don Rumsfield, circa 2004:
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld defended his decision to hold a prisoner captured in Iraq (news - web sites) without notifying international authorities, saying it was at the request of CIA (news - web sites) Director George J. Tenet...
Why do I have the feeling that Rummy is slipping into Iran-Contra mode? Maybe it's because he, and many others in this whole debacle are actually figures from the Reagan Admin and Iran Contra. (Shocking, I know....)

There is one problem... George Tenet may be the ex-CIA chief, but he isn't dead.

Granted... this is pure speculation, but why should I believe anything at all that Rummy says? The man needs to go to jail.
 
 
Office of Special Plans Reveals Giant Turtle Evidence
The Pentagon OSP revealed today that they obtained photographic evidence of the giant turtle from their reliable source, Ahmed Chalabi:
 
 
Giant turtle exists, Cheney insists. His name is Fred.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney (news - web sites), who took the lead in pushing the idea of a flat earth resting on the back of a giant turtle, has no intention of backing down despite a finding to the contrary by the Sept. 11 commission, aides said on Wednesday.


Administration officials stood by Cheney, who critics accuse of using faulty intelligence about alleged incidents of people falling off the edge of the earth and being eaten by a giant turtle to push the nation to war.


A White House official said Cheney's assertion, which he repeated this week, that the giant turtle preferred to eat Spaghettio's, were based on "facts."

 
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
 
Oh dear.
Remember those naughty, nasty Abu Ghraib prison guards? The ones we were assured were solely responsible for the "prisoner abuse"? It turns out that Uncle Donny may have been a little more involved than we were at first led to believe. I'm shocked, shocked I tell you, to find out that these atrocities might actually not be the sole responsibility of a half-dozen junior enlisted folks. Who ever would have thought that senior administration officials would condone and encourage the circumvention of accepted protocols regarding the handling of prisoners. What a world.
 
 
Dick, Dick, Dick, redux.
Link.

9/11 staff: No Giant Turtle

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The panel investigating the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks found that there was "no credible evidence that the earth is flat and sits on the back of a giant turtle," according to a staff report issued on Wednesday.

 
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
 
My two favorite companies....

Axis of Assholes!
Lakewood residents trying to stop a Wal-Mart from moving into their neighborhood put their message up on a billboard last week - right on the site of the proposed superstore.

But it was taken down in just three days at Wal-Mart's request.

The 5-by-11-foot sign on Bridgeport Way West said: "Don't Wal-Mart Bridgeport. Not here!"

Members of the Bridgeport Way Community Association, who have campaigned against the chain discount store for two years, paid $370 for the advertising space. The sign went up near the Meadow Park Golf Course on the site of the prospective 150,000-square-foot store, property owned by Wal-Mart.
...
But three days later the advertising firm, Clear Channel Outdoor, notified Guss that the sign had to come down...
 
 
More Fitting than Ever


... and VH1 is is starting the I Love the '90s week. What timing!
 
 
Unfortunate Headlines Affect the Best of Us

People haven't married animals yet

(I did NOT write the above!)
 
 
Dick, Dick, Dick.
Link.
Cheney says earth is flat, sits on back of giant turtle,despite widespread doubts
ORLANDO. Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that "all evidence" shows the earth to be flat, an assertion that repeatedly has been challenged by some scientists and members of Congress. "The earth has repeatedly been shown to be flat", Cheney said in a speech before the Pomponius Institute, a geographically conservative think tank. "It rides on the back of a giant turtle". Cheney offered no details backing up his claim..."
I did get that right, didn't I?



 
Sunday, June 13, 2004
 
Drudge is Linking...
to the story that we broke a couple days back. Same stuff... lefty artist with petri dishes subpeonaed before a Grand Jury for bio-terrorism. Only difference is that Drudge is getting from the Albany paper that got it from the North Adams Transcript.

It's sad that the right wing libertarians are going to jump on this first. I sent the original story from the local paper off to bunches of prominent lefty reporters/bloggers. Evidently it didn't set their britches on fire.
 
 
Too Many Brown People

That seems to be the biggest complaint of the white suburban parents who can't buy a UT admission slot for little Becky or Bobby:
the 10 percent rule, which seemed to skirt the tricky issue of race so deftly, [deftly? who called it that other than politicans? ed.] is coming under increasing attack these days as many wealthy parents complain that their children are not getting a fair shake. A consensus seems to be building that some change is necessary.

Parents whose children have been denied admission to the University of Texas at Austin, the crown jewel of Texas higher education, argue that some high schools are better than others, and that managing to stay in the top 25 percent at a demanding school should mean more than landing in the top 10 percent at a less rigorous one. The dispute shows how hard it is to come up with a system for doling out precious but scarce spots in elite universities without angering someone.
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In many ways, the 10 percent rule has transformed the student population on the campus here. For one thing, the number of schools that send their graduates to the University of Texas has risen by a third, from just over 600 to more than 800.

And, according to the admissions office, the new freshman class will be, for the first time, more diverse than classes were before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit struck down affirmative action in higher education in 1996.
No, the moral of the story is that knee jerk simple solutions to diversity questions, like those championed by then Gov. Bush and now by his Presidential administration, usually don't work out the way they were planned.

I'm sure that in the minds of the folks who pushed this law, they never considered that soooo many "diverse" students would gain admission at the expense of their own kids. God forbid that Becky would have to go to El Paso State! And I love the fact that the parents are now claiming that SAT scores are everything after years of data that shows that they are a poor predictor of performance.

On the other hand, the Univeristy admissions department should be given some discretion to admit "specialized" students, but *NOT* at the expense of the 10% rule. If you make a promise, you damn well better keep it.
 
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