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Archive for October, 2005

No plan

Monday, October 31st, 2005

Seems we forgot to figure out what to do after we took over the country:

US ‘had no policy’ in place to rebuild Iraq
By Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington

The US government had “no comprehensive policy or regulatory guidelines” in place for staffing the management of postwar Iraq, according to the top government watchdog overseeing the country’s reconstruction.

The lack of planning had plagued reconstruction since the US-led invasion, and been exacerbated by a “general lack of co-ordination” between US government agencies charged with the rebuilding of Iraq, said Stuart Bowen, the special inspector-general for Iraq reconstruction, in a report released on Sunday.

Close to home

Monday, October 31st, 2005

Secrets sold: ‘I did it for the money’

By Peter Boylan

Noshir S. Gowadia traveled the world, billed himself as the “father” of the B-2 stealth bomber’s propulsion system, and disclosed classified military secrets about the high-tech aircraft to foreign governments, the federal government says.

Close to home in the sense that I, in a fashion, work for NG. I don’t sell B-2 info, however.

Ok, not good

Monday, October 31st, 2005

The Deadliness Below
BY JOHN M.R. BULL

In the summer of 2004, a clam-dredging operation off New Jersey pulled up an old artillery shell.

The long-submerged World War I-era explosive was filled with a black tarlike substance.

Bomb disposal technicians from Dover Air Force Base, Del., were brought in to dismantle it. Three of them were injured – one hospitalized with large pus-filled blisters on an arm and hand.

The shell was filled with mustard gas in solid form.

What was long feared by the few military officials in the know had come to pass: Chemical weapons that the Army dumped at sea decades ago finally ended up on shore in the United States.

Now, the biggest polluters in the history of our country can’t remember where they dumped WMD’s and nukes in the ocean? Wonderful.

Reaction?

Friday, October 28th, 2005

I’m interested in knowing what sort of reactions are you having to todays events?

Disappointment? Anger?

or perhaps, hope? Hope that maybe this cloud might be lifting, finally?

And as an aside, we are, as the cliche goes, truly watching “history in the making”. Someday perhaps I’ll have grandchildren (no time soon, please!) and I’ll be able to go “oh, I know what happened, I watched it…”. For example, watching Hardball just now, Chris Tweety Matthews is interviewing journalist Matt Coopers lawyer, and asking him, “Doesn’t this just come down to “he said/she said”? I mean, reporters hear things everyday from government officials, and isn’t it just a matter of “know without talking about it?”

This is staggering, since Matthews is one of the reporters he’s referring to. Rove called him and said that “Wilson’s wife is fair game”. So Chris Matthews is talking about why Chris Matthews won’t talk about what government officials told him about a CIA agent and her husband.

Wee! It’s Alice In Wonderland, live!

One down…

Friday, October 28th, 2005

Scooter Libby indicted, has resigned. To be replaced by David Addington, who, if anything, is worse than Libby. He wrote torture memo’s. Nice.

The beginning has ended. It is now the beginning of the end.

Fitzmas watch

Friday, October 28th, 2005

TTP will update as soon as any information from Fitzgeralds office is released. Otherwise, not gonna post any of the current chatter, which is easily found elsewhere.

Just remember, whatever happens today is only the beginning, not the end. Justice is a process, not an event.

This makes it real simple

Friday, October 28th, 2005

In case you happen to still have friends who support our president, or the war in Iraq, print this story out and have them read it:

Cheney, Libby Blocked Papers To Senate Intelligence Panel
By Murray Waas, special to National Journal

Vice President Cheney and his chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, overruling advice from some White House political staffers and lawyers, decided to withhold crucial documents from the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2004 when the panel was investigating the use of pre-war intelligence that erroneously concluded Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, according to Bush administration and congressional sources.

…After the release of the report, Intelligence Committee, Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Vice Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said they doubted that the Senate would have authorized the president to go to war if senators had been given accurate information regarding Iraq’s programs on weapons of mass destruction.

There ya go. If Bush, Cheney and the other pirates hadn’t lied, we wouldn’t be noting the 2000th death in Iraq. Nothing more to say, really.

Ok, one thing to say.

Impeach them all.

Mo wingnut sleeze

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

Noe indicted in Bush money-laundering case

BLADE STAFF

A federal grand jury has indicted Tom Noe, the former Maumee coin dealer suspected of laundering money into President Bush’s reelection campaign, Mr. Noe’s attorney told The Blade today.

It’s getting to the point, there aren’t gonna be any unindicted Republicans left, except for Ron Paul from Texas, who’s actually a libertarian.

Rotten to the core, these folks are.

Quack, sayth the lame duck

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

Remember how Bush, in one of his first (and only) actions in the aftermath of Katrina, dropped the Davis-Bacon provisions for workers in the gulf region, freeing employers from having to pay a prevailing wage?

Well, Mr “Lame Duck, powerless because my buddies are all going to jail” Bush has tucked his little tail firmly between his legs and backed off on it.

Good. If the current political climate forces him to stop handing his big business buddies handfuls of OUR CASH every time he goes to work, I say yeah…

Works for me

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

Interesting:

Pot not a major cancer risk: report

Although both marijuana and tobacco smoke are packed with cancer-causing chemicals, other qualities of marijuana seem to keep it from promoting lung cancer, according to a new report.

…Whereas nicotine has several effects that promote lung and other types of cancer, THC acts in ways that counter the cancer-causing chemicals in marijuana smoke, Melamede explained in an interview with Reuters Health.

“THC turns down the carcinogenic potential,” he said.