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In the spirit of Thomas Nast (*)

Posted by Charles II on August 1, 2008

Via VoteVets, Lunatics and Liars provides an illustrated guide to the McCain candidacy:

* Nast, of course, was the cartoonist about whom the head of Tammany Hall, Boss Tweed, was reputed to have said: “Stop them damn pictures. I don’t care what the papers write about me. My constituents can’t read. But, damn it, they can see the pictures.”

Posted in John McCain, Just for fun | 2 Comments »

Oops, They Did It Again

Posted by MEC on August 1, 2008

There’s an interesting little detail about John McCain’s “Paris & Britney” attack ad: They didn’t get Paris Hilton’s permission to use her image, and she’s not happy that they used it.

It’s probably a safe guess they didn’t ask for Britney’s permission, either.

This isn’t the first time the McCain campaign has stolen the material they use. Their attempt to portray Cindy McCain as a good little Republican Stepford wife by posting recipes in the campaign Web site fell flat when the recipes were recognized as stolen from the Food Network.

Consider this a foretaste of how McCain would treat our legal rights if he took over the White House.

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False Flag Operation

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 1, 2008

Sy Hersh has another world-shaker of a column, with information that he reiterated in a lecture at the Campus Progress journalism conference last month, concerning Dick Cheney’s mulling over a plan to dress up Navy SEALs as Iranians, put them in speedboats, and have them provide the US with an excuse to attack Iran:

HERSH: There was a dozen ideas proffered about how to trigger a war. The one that interested me the most was why don’t we build — we in our shipyard — build four or five boats that look like Iranian PT boats. Put Navy seals on them with a lot of arms. And next time one of our boats goes to the Straits of Hormuz, start a shoot-up.

Might cost some lives. And it was rejected because you can’t have Americans killing Americans. That’s the kind of — that’s the level of stuff we’re talking about. Provocation. But that was rejected.

As Kevin Drum says:

If this story sounds familiar, that’s because it is. In one of David Manning’s famous memos describing a prewar meeting between George Bush and Tony Blair, he says that Bush admitted that WMD was unlikely to be found in Iraq and then mused on some possible options for justifying a war anyway:

“The U.S. was thinking of flying U2 reconnaissance aircraft with fighter cover over Iraq, painted in U.N. colours,” the memo says, attributing the idea to Mr. Bush. “If Saddam fired on them, he would be in breach.”

In the end, of course, we didn’t do this. We just didn’t bother with any pretext at all.


Posted in abuse of power, Bush, BushCo malfeasance, Dick Cheney, Iran, Iraq war, Tony Blair, WTF? | 1 Comment »

File This Under “Unspeakably Cool”

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 1, 2008

Ladies and gentlemen, the Fabrik SimpleTech [re]Drive:

$200, 500 gigs, Turbo USB 2.0 interface (compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1), and a bamboo and recyclable aluminum case and frame.

Dang, I want one right now.

Posted in climate change, computers and software, energy, environment, global warming, Good Things, saving the earth, sustainability, technology | 7 Comments »

Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on August 1, 2008

Friday Cat Blogging

Posted in Alexander the Great, Friday Cat Blogging, Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

Turkey does not implode

Posted by Charles II on August 1, 2008

How would you like it if the party that had clearly won the last election was suddenly declared illegal? It would be a recipe for insurrection.

Turkey very nearly went down that road.

Turkish Daily News:

Turkey’s top court yesterday issued its verdict over the fate of the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, and dismissed the chief prosecutor’s demand to disband it with six to five votes on the third day of deliberations. The party closure requires at least seven votes in favor.

The court also decided, however, to cut in half last year’s Treasury aid to the AKP, as six votes demanded closure while four sought financial punishment and one, court President Haşim Kılıç, voted against the closure. The court’s verdict is seen as a “warning” to the AKP regarding alleged moves to undermine the country’s secularism principle.

This is probably the best possible outcome. The elected government stays in office, but has to work harder to win the next election.

There’s a lesson here for American secularists. They may not like the fact that the United States is a religious country, in which Christian practices intertwine with government more than Jefferson would have wanted. Indeed, it would be more in keeping with the teachings of Jesus and better manners to just keep religion out of the public square entirely. But ultimately Constitutions exist because they don’t too greatly infringe on what people want to do anyway.

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