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  • Outposts and peace don't mix - Haaretz - Israel News
    Aside from the legal problem, the expansion of the settlements, particularly the outposts, clearly contradicts the prime minister's talk of peace. What significance could there possibly be to negotiations with the Palestinians on an agreement of principles for ending the occupation if the government is at once holding negotiations with the settlers on legalizing outposts in the very heart of the West Bank?
  • Gen Sir Mike Jackson attacks US over Iraq - Telegraph
    Sir Mike is particularly critical of President Bush's decision to hand control of the post-invasion running of Iraq to the Pentagon, when all the post-war planning had been done by the State Department.

    "All the planning carried out by the State Department went to waste," he writes. For Mr Rumsfeld and his neo-conservative supporters "it was an ideological article of faith that the coalition forces would be accepted as a liberating army.

    "Once you had decapitated Saddam Hussein's regime, a model democratic society would inevitably emerge."

    He and other senior British officers were opposed to the Pentagon's decision to disband the Iraqi army after Saddam's overthrow, a decision he says "was very short-sighted … We should have kept the Iraqi security services in being and put them under the command of the coalition."
  • Point of Inquiry - Dr. Francis Collins - The Language of God
    In this conversation with D.J. Grothe, Francis Collins details the potential benefits of recent advances in the field of genetics, explores the question of whether or not religious belief negatively impacts a scientist’s research, and talks about his journey from atheism to devout believer. He talks about the comforts that religion brings to a believer, and how the question of the origins of morality was central to his religious conversion.
  • Romney gets police escort in South Carolina, exceeds speed limits - U.S. Politics - It looks like Miss Tean South Carolina was right. Americans named Romney don't have maps.
    Newberry County Sheriff’s Maj. Todd Johnson said that deputy’s escort was unplanned. Romney’s motorcade became lost and requested help finding the campaign stop, he said. "They didn’t know exactly where they were going," Johnson said. "All he did was guide him to the event.
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  • The Satirical Political Report - An Offbeat Look at the Hot-Button Issues of the Day » GOP CANDIDATES GANG UP ON MOTHER THERESA

Pardon Me

A Bill Moyers Essay on Scooter Libby and the call for a Presidential pardon. It airs this evening on PBS

We have yet another remarkable revelation of the mindset of Washington's ruling clique of neoconservative elites-the people who took us to war from the safety of their Beltway bunkers. Even as Iraq grows bloodier by the day, their passion of the week is to keep one of their own from going to jail.

It is well known that I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby-once Vice President Cheney's most trusted adviser-has been sentenced to 30 months in jail for perjury. Lying. Not a white lie, mind you. A killer lie. Scooter Libby deliberately poured poison into the drinking water of democracy by lying to federal investigators, for the purpose of obstructing justice.

Attempting to trash critics of the war, Libby and his pals in high places-including his boss Dick Cheney-outed a covert CIA agent. Libby then lied to cover their tracks. To throw investigators off the trail, he kicked sand in the eyes of truth. "Libby lied about nearly everything that mattered," wrote the chief prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. The jury agreed and found him guilty on four felony counts. Judge Reggie B. Walton-a no-nonsense, lock-em-up-and-throw-away-the-key type, appointed to the bench by none other than George W. Bush-called the evidence "overwhelming" and threw the book at Libby. You would have thought their man had been ordered to Guantanamo, so intense was the reaction from his cheerleaders. They flooded the judge's chambers with letters of support for their comrade and took to the airwaves in a campaign to "free Scooter."

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They Should Be in Fucking Jail

Sean Penn speaking his mind on Real Time with Bill Maher

Recently when President Ford died there was a lot of revisionist discussion about his pardoning of Richard Nixon and in most cases both Democrats and Republicans got on the talk shows and said, well as it turns out it was a great unifier for the country at the time. The country had been very divided, chaos, and I think it's really quite the opposite, that when you have a precedent set like that When you have somebody, George Tenet acknowledging in his book that he knew that the administration was deceiving the american people into a situation that is murdering young men and women from this country and others that George Tenet and Dick Cheney and Condalezza Rice and George Bush et al should be in fucking jail.
he later makes a special point to include Donald Rumsfeld.

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Rumsfeld okayed abuses says former U.S. general
Outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld authorized the mistreatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, the prison's former U.S. commander said in an interview on Saturday.

Former U.S. Army Brigadier General Janis Karpinski told Spain's El Pais newspaper she had seen a letter apparently signed by Rumsfeld which allowed civilian contractors to use techniques such as sleep deprivation during interrogation.

Karpinski, who ran the prison until early 2004, said she saw a memorandum signed by Rumsfeld detailing the use of harsh interrogation methods.

"The handwritten signature was above his printed name and in the same handwriting in the margin was written: "Make sure this is accomplished"," she told Saturday's El Pais.

The methods consisted of making prisoners stand for long periods, sleep deprivation ... playing music at full volume, having to sit in uncomfortably ... Rumsfeld authorized these specific techniques."

The Geneva Convention says prisoners of war should suffer "no physical or mental torture, nor any other form of coercion" to secure information.

"Prisoners of war who refuse to answer may not be threatened, insulted, or exposed to any unpleasant or disadvantageous treatment of any kind," the document states.

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Third In Line

Craig Ferguson on the aftermath of the election, George is depressed, Rumsfeld is gone, and Nancy is third in line.

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Say Goodbye

Craig Ferguson with a Rumsfeld Remembrance

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Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld Think You're Stupid

It looks like George and Company are finally losing their last bit of support Thomas Friedman writes in the New York Times today. Insulting Our Troops, and Our Intelligence
George Bush, Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld think you’re stupid. Yes, they do.

They think they can take a mangled quip about President Bush and Iraq by John Kerry — a man who is not even running for office but who, unlike Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, never ran away from combat service — and get you to vote against all Democrats in this election.

Every time you hear Mr. Bush or Mr. Cheney lash out against Mr. Kerry, I hope you will say to yourself, “They must think I’m stupid.” Because they surely do. . .

Everyone says that Karl Rove is a genius. Yeah, right. So are cigarette companies. They get you to buy cigarettes even though we know they cause cancer. That is the kind of genius Karl Rove is. . .

through sheer incompetence — brought us to a point in Iraq that was not inevitable but is now unwinnable.

Let Karl know that you think this is a critical election, because you know as a citizen that if the Bush team can behave with the level of deadly incompetence it has exhibited in Iraq — and then get away with it by holding on to the House and the Senate — it means our country has become a banana republic.

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"All truth is simple." Is that not doubly a lie?—Nietzsche

Clinton's Letter to ABC

ABC got it wrong what really happened from Don Davis at the Satirical Report

Authorized Interrogation Techniques or as Bush refers to them, "aggressive interrogation techniques. In other words, torture.

Ben at writes:

Around this time last year the BBC ran a three-part documentary called “A Brief History of Disbelief”, described as follows on the documentary site:

In this first ever television history of disbelief, Jonathan Miller goes on a journey exploring the origins of his own lack of belief and uncovering the hidden story of atheism.

Someone has posted each 60 minute episode up on Google video so that those of us outside the UK can take a look.

Part 1: Shadows of Doubt
Part 2: Noughts and Crosses
Part 3: The Final Hour

If you haven't seen these yet take my word for it they are superb.
update: Actually these are just okay I was thinking of the Atheism Tapes, but my memory failed me again. Thanks for the comment reminding me that I'm sometimes full of it.

A couple of new haikus from MadKane

War against Jihadism

Taking reasonable measures to keep terrorists from carrying out attacks on American soil is completely necessary, but making terrorism the center of our political culture is just fucking insane. Why does no one realize this? Why is it considered "serious" to support an insane and unwinnable global conflict? I do not understand.

Prophet or Quack?

Donald Rumsfeld not a prophet, well said, thanks Keith

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Double Dare Ya!

"You'd have a dickens of a time trying to find instances where I've been excessively optimistic."—Donald Rumsfeld

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You remember Franks rant about Nestle® I linked to here well Nestle's responded, Frank listened patiently and then issued a challenge, read about it here

Private Schools Better, Not Really

Will Dub call a press conference to announce the results? I don't think so.

The Education Department reported on Friday that children in public schools generally performed as well or better in reading and mathematics than comparable children in private schools.
Evangelist, Kent Hovind arrested on federal charges(tip to Peter and David)

Workers and Managers David Mamet (tip to Brenton)

I had despaired, these past five years, of that entity I described to myself as "The American People." This people, to my mind, had elected, re-elected, and suffered the depredations of an unprincipled, ungovernable band of thugs.

These had cheapened the dollar, enrolled us in an absurd war, alienated immemorial allies, abrogated rational treaties, drowned the country in debt, and knew neither remorse nor obligation.

How, I wondered, could "The American People" abide this monstrous perversion by the few of the laws and comforts established for all?

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Gorbachev: 'Americans Have a Severe Disease'

"We have made some mistakes," he said, referring to recent attacks on Russia's democracy. "So what? Please don't put even more obstacles in our way. Do you really think you are smarter than we are?"

"Americans have a severe disease — worse than AIDS. It's called the winner's complex," he said. "You want an American style-democracy here. That will not work."

The former Soviet leader had severe criticism for two of the most important people in the Bush administration: Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
"They are just hawks protecting the interests of the military — shallow people," he said.

Dixie Chicks with Larry King

The Dixie Chicks on Larry King Live. A wide ranging interview with all the standard stuff plus the Dixie Chicks on Donald Rumsfeld, and an answer to the question would they perform for the troops.

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