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Archive for June 9th, 2007

I Went For A Bike Ride Today…

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 9, 2007

…and this is some of what I saw:


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David Broder Is A Rapist

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 9, 2007

Is he? Literally? Probably not.

But he has the moral vacuity, and the cognitive dissonance, of a serial rapist. Just examine his latest piece of amoral tripe, “Judge Walton’s Lesson“.

The money quote from Broder:

This whole controversy is a sideshow — engineered partly by the publicity-seeking former ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife and heightened by the hunger in parts of Washington to “get” Rove for something or other.

Like other special prosecutors before him, Fitzgerald got caught up in the excitement of the case and pursued Libby relentlessly, well beyond the time that was reasonable.

Ladies and gentlemen, I ask you:

What sort of amorality does it take to ignore the fact that:

1) Dick Cheney outed Valerie Plame in a fit of pique over her husband’s column “What I Didn’t Find In Niger”, and:

2) Outing Valerie Plame not only destroyed her career, but obliterated the far-flung network of Middle Eastern and Iraqi field operatives and contacts she had spent years – decades – nurturing? And does anyone think that the field operatives in Iraq, once Cheney made sure the whole world knew that Valerie Plame was an undercover CIA agent, escaped the notice of the local Sunni insurgents?

David Broder willfully ignores not just common sense, but the reporting in his own newspaper.  To quote the WaPo’s Carol D. Leonnig:

Libby wasn’t charged with the crime of knowingly leaking classified information about Plame; he was charged with lying to investigators. But the overwhelming weight of the evidence at the trial — including reporters’ notes of their interviews with Libby — showed that Libby had indeed leaked classified information about Plame’s identity, even though that wasn’t what put him in the dock. The jury agreed that Libby lied when he said that he’d been telling reporters only what other reporters had told him about Plame’s role at the CIA.What is unclear is whether Libby knew she was a covert CIA agent at the time he discussed her with reporters — a key point in determining whether this was an illegal leak. But Walton said that Libby “had a unique and special obligation” to keep such secrets, well, secret.

Glenn Greenwald has more on the amorality of Broder’s running buddies, Bush and the PNAC Platoon, and the things they condone, such as the “disappearing” of four-year-old children. Hell, at least most rapists don’t kill little kids.

Posted in eedjits, evil, liars, Libby trial, mediawhores, rightwing moral cripples | 21 Comments »

Scooter skates

Posted by Charles II on June 9, 2007

At least, that’s what Digby predicts may happen. And lays out careful historical reasoning to justify that conclusion.

I keep wondering when the Main Street Republicans, who are along for the tax cuts and keeping the labor force in line, will have enough and throw up.

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“Lord, save us from those who preach death in Your name.”

Posted by Charles II on June 9, 2007

Bradley Burston

“It may take us another 40 years before we realize that what will make both sides stop, is for fundamentalist holy men on both sides to stop lobbying for “warfare until victory” which is to say, permanent war – these same men who piously rule out and, in the end, stamp out, the possibility of a permanent peace.

Lord, save us from those who preach death in Your name.”

This is one you want to read.

Posted in abuse of power, Conflict in the Middle East | 12 Comments »

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