WaPo: Bush "substantiated by intelligence" – UPDATED

What a long, strange trip it's been, and here, some years later, we finally get someone in the press to tell it straight: Bush did not lie.There's no question that the administration, and particularly Vice President Cheney, spoke with too much certainty at times and failed to anticipate or prepare the American people for the enormous undertaking in Iraq.But dive into Rockefeller's [Intelligence Committee] report, in search of where exactly President Bush lied about what his intelligence … [Read more...]

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7 Great Minutes: George Will and Stephen Colbert

I missed this when it ran, but thank goodness for the internet. Here are 7 minutes and 13 seconds that you want to see go on forever.Mild-mannered, brilliant George Will manages in one segment to torpedo the whole sterotype of the wild-Christianist conservative trying to control everyone else" and manages to stump, amuse and impress the pretty-bright Colbert in the process.Doubtless some will nitpick on the imperfections of Will's 7 minutes ("why didn't he discuss this, why did he let … [Read more...]

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Rheotical Mishaps vs Sheer Naïveté

Via Liberty Film Festival and Liberty Film FestivalAs they say over at Libertas - one man made a pile of rhetorical mistakes, the other is amassing a pile of real errors, and - to quote: "[Bush's] list is a record accumulated over nearly a decade. How long’s Obama been around?"And yes, naive is applicable, too.Maybe Obama makes fewer "rhetorical" slips (although that's changing, too) because he says the same thing in any given situation, as with all the friends now revealing sides h … [Read more...]

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The Widening Gyre: Liberty Edition

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. - Verse 1, The Second Coming, William Butler YeatsWhat a useful poem Yeats concocted - so many applications. Today let's look at some stories that flesh out the idea of … [Read more...]

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Chesterton & Lewis warn against tyranny

G. K. Chesterton's helpful assessment of fundamental liberty. By his measure, our liberty is indeed threatened."The free man owns himself. He can damage himself with either eating or drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog." - Broadcast talk 6-11-35Emphasis mine. Jay at STACLU has a great quote on a similar theme:“Of all tyrannies, a t … [Read more...]

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A little drinky-poo, a little smoke

There is absolutely nothing wrong with an adult having a drink, or even with an adult having an occasional cigarette. Done in moderation, what's the problem?I mean, aren't we all getting a little weary of the finger wagging that erupts, constantly and on all sides, depending on an issue? I certainly am. I'm tired of adults being lectured to by other adults for the lesser sins of the flesh, or the even lesser sins of the carbon, when in the end the sins of the heart are the ones that bring … [Read more...]

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Young men who don't like mustard

Quiet around here today because I was supervising a gang of college-age young men - Buster and pals - who were doing landscaping to earn some extra money. These bruisers were laying down 6 yards or so of mulch, getting at the "hard to reach" weeds and otherwise helping to prettify the place up - for a fee, of course, and all the juice, water, soda, watermelon and grub I could provide.At one point I handed out a "bucket o' samitches" - all different sorts of sandwiches on different sorts of … [Read more...]

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Beale Olbermann & wiser countries

My Li'l Bro Thom sent this video my way wondering why MSNBC does not appoint an editor to Howard Beale Keith Olbermann to let him know when he's gone over-the-top. I suspect they like him ranting and over-the-top, and that Olbermann is simply further proof that Paddy Chayefsky's brilliant satirical film, "Network" was a prophetic masterpiece, that Chayefsky watched the corporate takeover of news divisions and knew it would eventually deliver unto us all a nightly scold by a sensationalist … [Read more...]

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If the GOP does not now trash the farm bill…

...they will be beyond saving.Especially now that Nancy Pelosi - as incompetent a House Speaker as has ever held the post - has decided that Congress does not even have to send the president whole and complete bills (staggering arrogance!), if the GOP does not find the gumption to first DEMAND a revote and then do a 180 and represent the will of the people over their own fat, they deserve to lose everything, for the foreseeable future.Ed Morrissey explains it better than I can.It seems to … [Read more...]

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200,000 Condoms & some comments

Write a letter, save a life! The easiest task you'll have all day!Priorities in order, the UN sends 200,000 condoms to Myanmar, which the government has accepted. Perhaps those poor people can inflate them, tie them together and float out of there on them. (Margaret Cabaniss gives helpful links to Caritas International and Catholic Relief Services.)Demilitarizing America: it's the Smart-Obama thing to do. He's sounding dumber and dumber to me, and I'm sorry but doesn't he seem almost as … [Read more...]

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