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19 Apr, 2004
Turd of the Week
John Ashcroft, welcome back to the glistening stencher! Your 9/11 committee implication that terror was due to our inadequately policed police state stinks all the way to hell.
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Iraq War Cost
Flash card Buzzphrases: not poll-driven, gathering storm, war footing, moving heaven and earth, steadfast, stay the course (flashback!!!), finish the work of the fallen, Now = time & Iraq =place, change the world
...and for those of you who missed the confab, here's a cliff notes version of how things went down. We apologize for the surreal disconnect between question and answer, but then, we owe that to the curious results of 49% of the votes tallied in November of 2000.
Iraq another Vietnam? and why don't most Americans support your war?
Q: How long will
U.S. troops be in Iraq and will you have to add troops?
Q: What happened to being greeted as liberators and Iraqi oil revenue
paying for the reconstruction and WMD?
Q: Do you feel any sense of personal responsibility for Sept. 11?
Q: Do you ever admit a mistake?
Q: Aug 6 PDB?
Q: Do you owe America an apology for 9/11, ala Dick Clarke?
Q: Is coalition a sham?
does Cheney have to hold your hand at 9/11 commission?
Q: Who are you going to hand Iraq over to on 6/30?
Q: What's the threat level warranting a military response?
Q: Is Iraq worth it?
Q: What's your biggest Presidential mistake?
Q: What about new domestic counter-terror guys?
Q: Have you failed as a communicator?
Supports Sharon - Ariel not Osbourne
We here at SOTC.com are not trying to take sides in ancestral homelands disputes (Lord knows we get enough hate mail). However, we disparage any solution that is unilateral in its scope. In particular, we abhor any movement by the powerful (e.g., Israel) that seeks to subjugate the disenfranchised (e.g., Palestinians). It's one thing to respect Israel's right to repel invaders and use the invasion routes of enemies as buffers from further attack (Gaza from Eqypt, West Bank from Jordan, Golan Heights from Syria, if I recall my history correctly), but when you invite permanent settlement of those buffers, you quickly remove all wiggle room. Now with Israelis occupying the buffers as homelands, there is no negotiating nuance. It's ALL personal.
Mr. Bush, a peace plan offered by an outside party, in this case the US, requires that both sides trust the outside party. George, you have blown all credibility with the Palestinians. I don't suppose you give a shit that this further inflames the Arab world's opinion of America's designs for the Middle East? Nah, didn't think so.
So thanks, George for once again supporting an over-simplified position that completely ignores the myriad factors behind a very complex issue.
Scalia's World, We Just Cower in it
Within a few minutes, they were ordered by a Deputy United States Marshal to relinquish their taping equipment. They protested, but ultimately the thought of federal prison was more compelling than their rights as journalists. Yoink! - their recorders were confiscated.
What the hell is going on here? Is the irony of this move too obvious for everybody? Here's a guy trampling the very instrument of freedom he is supposed to defend. Why? 'cause that's what he wants. Who holds him accountable for this? Gee, let me consult my junior high school civics book... Hmm, according to this it would be, the Judicial branch of the United States.
Not only was it an affront to the Constitution to seize and erase the recordings, Ms. Kirtley believes it was also a violation of the Privacy Protection Act, a law passed by Congress in 1980.
"It protects journalists not just from newsroom searches," she said, "but from the seizure of their work product material, things like notes and drafts, and also what's called documentary materials, which are things like these tapes, or digital recordings."
Order to Move Heaven and Earth...
Ya know, I don't even blame them for not doing the math. After all, can we believe Clinton would have put it together, just because he did pretty much that for the Millennium bombing? No, the biggest crap sickener is the insistence that there was nothing he could have done, no way he could have known. How about just saying you wish you could have been more imaginative in putting those many somewhat disparate clues together? I sure wish you had.
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