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Saturday, May 07, 2005
 
Silly us.

How many times do we get to go through this exercise? Turns out that the major al Qaeda fish that Pakistan landed earlier this week (just in time for Tony the poodle's election prospects) isn't so major after all. Oopsie.

Speaking of fish, it's that time again:

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Try not to get into any trouble while I'm gone.
 
Friday, May 06, 2005
 
Friday Splat Blogging

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Thursday, May 05, 2005
 
The bug eyed un-bride is back in the news.
This time, all of the talking heads are parsing her apology. Was it adequate? How do we all feel about it now? What does her florist think? I think my head is going to explode. Sort of like these toads.
 
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
 
These guys are begging for a grownup to stop them.


We've seen numerous reports, generated by the military lately, that uniformly exonerate everyone except, of course, for low level E5's and below for totally fucked up war practices--in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Pat Tillman was a hero. You can debate about a lot of things regarding his service and death, but he truly loved this country. And he died believing that he was doing the right thing.

The Army, on the other hand, saw Mr. Tillman's death as a propaganda opportunity. And they deliberately, systematically, lied about what happened to him.

Then they covered it up.

Then they "investigated" it.

Then they found that even though they covered it up, lied about it, and destroyed evidence, they didn't do anything wrong.

Welcome to Bushworld.
 
 
Q: How many bombs can these guys make?



A: A lot.

Do you recall the looted 380 tons of HMX,RDX and PETN that our troops were not directed to secure after the Iraq invasion? Even though they were stored right where someone might expect Iraqi WMD's to be stored--at a major Iraqi munitions site? How many suicide and car bombs would that make?

Here is rough idea. These explosives are high velocity. They are more "powerful" than TNT by a factor of around 1.7. RDX is the explosive ingredient in C4 plastic explosive. The Army teaches that a ten pound charge of C4 is "more than adequate" to dig a nice, deep foxhole through 30 inches of frozen ground.

Ten pounds of RDX in a suicide vest with some nails or ball bearings would certainly be "more than adequate" to kill, oh, about 60 Iraqi police recruits, wouldn't you say? Or to convert an automobile into shrapnel? So:

380 tons equals 760,000 pounds. That would make 76,000 very large and deadly bombs. At the rate of ten per day, the supply will last 7600 days.

That's a little more than 20 years.

I wonder why we didn't secure these major weapons sites? I thought we were looking for something very important that might have been there. At least that's what we were told.
 
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
 
Let freedom ring!

Or explode. Whatever.
 
 
Case of beer

The bet over the results of the GOP lawsuit in the WA State Guberatorial Race is at the end of this post.

See that post's comments for details.
 
Monday, May 02, 2005
 
'Told ya' so...

Gee, it only took the Washington Post 7 months to figure out what we knew last November.

Atrios points us to this blog which researches the lapdog complicity of these very same WaPo reporters. Am I alone in believing that without the chattering class phenomena of "Beltway Logic" that Junior and Co. would have been tossed out on their collective ears last November?
 
 
Fucking Hypocrites

It's too bad the Republican Judge hearing this case wasn't in Florida in December of 2000.
WENATCHEE, Wash. -- Republicans won an important victory Monday in their legal challenge of the election of Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire when a judge allowed them to use the “proportional analysis” method in their attempt to prove that illegal votes swayed the election.
...
Republicans claim they’ve identified more than 1,000 illegal votes -- mostly felons, but also unverified provisional ballots and a few dead voters. Using the proportional analysis method, they want the court to subtract illegal votes from both candidates’ totals according to precinct voting patterns. For example, if 10 illegal votes came from a precinct that voted 60 percent for Gregoire and 40 percent for Rossi, the Republicans would deduct six votes from Gregoire and four from Rossi. Most of the illegal votes Republicans have identified come from King County, which went 58 percent for Gregoire.

Democrats say the method amounts to statistical guessing. At the same time, they’ve been collecting evidence of illegal votes in Rossi-leaning counties, and plan to use the same”proportional analysis as evidence in court of illegal Rossi votes.
Wouldn't it be fun to see this case get bounced all the way up to the US Supreme Court? Unlikely as it is to happen, I would relish the chance to see the Rhenquist 5 have to contradict their own bullshit opinions from Bush v. Gore.

Being a recent ex-resident of Washington, the conventional wisdom I hear from my old sources is that this prolonged fight is really hurting the WA state GOP's image. They are perceived as crybaby losers.

And to make matters worse, they are not going to win. (I'll bet a case of beer to the first reader, who is not my brother, to challenge my prediction in the comments.)
 
 
The Party of Reagan vs the Party of John Birch

It's funny how far off the cliff the right wing has gone:
Former U.S. Rep. Pete McCloskey, in Houston Sunday for a conference on Palestinian issues, said he and other Republican elders are looking for a candidate to oppose U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Sugar Land.

"Tom DeLay is an embarrassment to the Republican Party," said McCloskey, who represented Northern California from 1967 to 1983.
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McCloskey is one of nine former congressmen who have formed an informal group he called the "revolt of the elders," to oppose congressmen who they think are guilty of ethics violations.

"Nobody can come into a Texas district and tell the voters who to support," McCloskey said.

But, he added, that just as DeLay raises money from outside the district, his opponents in the next election will also probably get national support.
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"If DeLay is ever going to be defeated, this will be the time for it," Fjetland said.

"The people in the 22nd District are tired of his arrogance," he said.

DeLay was admonished three times last year by the House Ethics Committee. Fjetland said many voters are tried of DeLay acting like a bully.

He said the district is 60 percent Republican and another Republican has the best chance of defeating DeLay.
 
Sunday, May 01, 2005
 
Another day, another dumbass

Courtesy of FreeRepublic.com:
ABORTION CAUSE OF SOCIAL SECURITY SHORTFALL!!!!!!
My Brain | 01/05/05 | AmericanDave
Posted on 05/01/2005 6:13:42 PM PDT by AmericanDave

I was reading about the Social Security shortfall in revenue. And about how it was due to the Baby Boomers (of which I'm one, thank you) retiring with too small a workforce behind us to support the system. "And it made me wonder" 1. Why less children being born since the end of the boom in early 1960's. 2. Have there been NO baby booms since then? 3. Could the legalizing of abortion coincide with this population decline?! 4. Could overturning Roe vs Wade create enough people STILL to be old enough to SAVE Social Security without any changes to the current system?
It's been a long day. I needed a good laugh. The only problem is that there are millions of maroons just like AmericanDave.
 
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“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

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