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Hansen is as Hansen does

Posted by Charles II on March 21, 2008

Science is pretty dangerous stuff. That’s why politicians feel they have to control it. From DemocracyNow:

DR. JAMES HANSEN: Well, my concern is general with both Republican and Democratic administrations. They both feel that they can control what scientists say to the public. So their offices of public affairs in the science agencies are headed, in general, by political appointees, and they review the press releases before they go out. …

AMY GOODMAN: So, before we go on to the Bush administration, where you did have the most trouble, can you talk about what happened during the Clinton years and how you were able to express or not your research?

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Posted in anti-truth, Busheviks, corruption, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer, science and medicine | 5 Comments »

I’m Such a Cynic

Posted by MEC on March 21, 2008

When I saw this report that the passport files of all three presidential candidates had been breached, not just Barack Obama’s, my immediate thought was, “Coverup.” We’re supposed to believe that nobody was targeting the Democrat, and the stronger Democratic candidate at that, oh no, it was just some guy peeking at everybody’s files out of idle curiosity. Uh huh. To believe that, we have to believe the “flag” on the files doesn’t trigger an alert at the time of the access. Which would make that flag pretty much useless for its supposed purpose of stopping breaches of security.

It’s entirely possible — in the Bush Administration, in fact, it’s probable — that the unauthorized access wasn’t detected at the time it occurred, in spite of the flags on those files, because of simple incompetence and not partisan malice.

But the fact that the individual who accessed both Obama’s and McCain’s files hasn’t been fired makes me wonder.

Posted in BushCo malfeasance | 3 Comments »

The Madness of King George

Posted by MEC on March 21, 2008

Bush lies.

President Bush said Thursday that Iran has declared that it wants to be a nuclear power with a weapon to “destroy people,” including others in the Middle East, contradicting the judgments of a recent U.S. intelligence estimate.

Amateur diagnoses are dangerous things, but I am of the decided opinion that George W. Bush is insane. As evidence, I present the fact that he made this false accusation of aggressive intentions and dishonesty…

…in an interview intended to reach out to the Iranian public on the Persian new year and to express “moral support” for struggling freedom movements, particularly among youth and women. It was designed to stress U.S. support for Iran’s quest for nuclear energy and the prospects that Washington and Tehran can “reconcile their differences”…

Oh, yeah. Accusing somebody of lies and hostile intentions is the BEST WAY EVER of expressing your own friendly intentions and getting their cooperation.

I knew the first time I heard George W. Bush speak, back in 1999, that the boy just ain’t right. How did everybody else miss the obvious clues that he is the poster boy for Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Posted in Iran, madness of King George | 10 Comments »

Richardson Endorses Obama

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 21, 2008

This is a surprise, as Richardson’s a longtime Friend of Bill (and Hillary):

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, the nation’s only Hispanic governor, is endorsing Sen. Barack Obama for president, calling him a “once-in-a-lifetime leader” who can unite the nation and restore America’s international leadership.

Richardson, who dropped out of the Democratic race in January, is to appear with Obama on Friday at a campaign event in Portland, Ore., The Associated Press has learned.

Wow. This is right up there with seeing Joe Lieberman back McCain instead of Hillary. Then again, Lieberman’s shivved the Clintons before; it was his crocodile-tear-stained tsk-tsking in September of 1998 that kept the Republicans’ insane impeachment drive alive just when they were starting to realize that, far from giving them supermajorities in both Houses, it might have been hurting them politically.

Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Bill Richardson, Hillary Clinton | 4 Comments »

John Hagee: McCain Sought My Endorsement

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 21, 2008

Watch as the same national media that’s been engaged in a two-week-long hissy kabuki fit against Obama and Reverend Wright give only the briefest of mentions to this before letting the story die over the weekend:

In an interview that will appear in this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, controversial televangelist Rev. John Hagee declares, “It’s true that [John] McCain’s campaign sought my endorsement.”

McCain has attempted to distance himself from some of Hagee’s views, much as Barack Obama is doing in relation to Rev. Jeremiah Wright. But unlike McCain [with Hagee], Obama has not stood on stage with Wright and accepted his accolades this year.

Let’s catch the TV evening news this week to see if this ever shows up. Don’t be surprised if it doesn’t.

Posted in 2008, anti-Americanism, anti-Muslim, anti-truth, Barack Obama, beat the press, conservativism | 4 Comments »

Republican Ethics

Posted by MEC on March 21, 2008

Michigan’s secretary of state, Terri Lynn Land, is taking sides in the presidential election.

Land will be a delegate for John McCain at the Republican National Convention.

After actively supporting John McCain’s nomination, will she set aside her partisan loyalty when she makes decisions that determine the conduct of the election?

Answer: She’s a Republican.

Posted in Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples | 7 Comments »

Friday Cuteness Blogging

Posted by MEC on March 21, 2008

Giant pandas get all the publicity; but in my never-humble opinion, red pandas are the Cutest Mammals on the Planet.

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Even curled up asleep in a tree.

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Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

Hoo Boy

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 21, 2008

Lots of stuff broke last night:

Three contract-employee bozos at the State Department were illegally rummaging through Barack Obama’s passport files. Even if this was done out of innocent motives — one of the employees apparently shares a birthday with Obama, as Keith Olbermann mentioned on MSNBC last night around 9:20 Eastern Time — this is still gross mishandling of what’s caused “PII”, or personally identifiable information, and the Feds take this — or are supposed to take this — VERY seriously. Simply looking up someone’s Social Security Number without signed authorization can be grounds for instant and unappealable dismissal in the Civil Service. And these guys were going through his records at least three times that we know of since January. (UPDATE:  Glenn Greenwald reminds us that a right-winger calling himself “Baggi” and claiming to be a Customs employee went and posted information about Glenn’s whereabouts  back in July of 2006 on the Wizbang blog — information that only someone with access to Glenn’s Customs records would know.  Yet Baggi’s never been punished for this, as far as anyone knows.)

Even more curious: The dates of the rummagings were Jan. 9th, Feb. 21st and March 14th. As Josh Marshall says, “That would be the day after the New Hampshire primary, the day of the Democratic debate in Texas and the day the Wright story really hit.”

— The Reverend Jeremiah Wright was one of the honored guests at the Clinton White House prayer breakfast held on September 11, 1998. (UPDATE: There’s a pic of what looks to be Wright sitting with Hillary.) He also has associations with another former president, the late Lyndon B. Johnson, whose life he helped to save as a hospital corpsman in 1966.

— Speaking of those prayer breakfasts, the group behind them is “The Family”, a religious-right group run by a fellow named Doug Coe. Its aim: To gain access to the powerful and push them rightward politically.

Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, BushCo malfeasance, Hillary Clinton, hissy kabuki, mythmaking, phony scandals | 4 Comments »

 
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