Department of No! They Would Never to Do That!
This is ironic; all those things you thought no Republican, let alone a decent American or honest person, would do. Stuff like stealing elections and going to war under false pretences.
Yeah, we need more "tools" for our intelligence services, because when they produce a report designed to be put before the President's own eyes as the most important thing he will read all day, and they title it BIN LADEN DETERMINED TO STRIKE INSIDE US and he fucking blows it off, bad things happen.
First one I saw to declare this an Official Blogswarm Day was Sinfonian, and he sums it up well at his joint, BlastOff! (yeah, he's in Florida, how'd you guess?):
Read more about Six Years Ago Today: Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US
Buncombe County deputies broke into a private home, mugged and arrested the residents, and disappeared the couple's privately-owned US flag which they had been flying on their porch. Can you say POLICE STATE? Hat tip to Northstar at www.intellectualize.org. This Read more about Arrested for flying a US Flag
In another staggering instance of industry letting poisons out into public usage while designating them as benign, the chemical BPA which is used in food containers and baby bottles has been given a pass by scientists assigned to protect the public
By manipulating the data, the review panel with the duty of finding out safety of the product has relegated negative findings to the trash heap and kept questionable information in its good graces. In its effort to keep industry profits safe in the face of its producting dangerous products, the NIH panel is poisoning babies. Read more about NIH Panel Poisoning Babies for Corporate Greed
(I'll come back and clean this up later, but I have to go cook now)
Although I don't live in the Beltway anymore, I still correspond with friends and progressives there regularly. It's frustrating, because I never quite adopted that Beltway mindset; too much about it reminded me of the Queer Clubbing circuit to make me comfortable (that is, clubbing drama is fine in a club, but not in national politics). But in the spirit of "never give in, never surrender," let me see if I can recap the major points in the argument/perspective that I hold as a progressive. Read more about One Last Time on Why Impeachment, etc. Are "Worth it."
Lambert and Xan brought this story to us two weeks ago:
About 45% of all foreign militants targeting U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians and security forces are from Saudi Arabia.
In spite of this, the following is Bush’s strategy: Read more about With Friends Like The Saudis, Who Needs Enemies?
[The story of Bush's odd bike ride near NSA headquarters is at the end. As Josh points out, "the intensity of the covering up doesn't match the alleged secret." However, if Bush was personally involved in handling any of the warrantless surveillance data, that would definitely account for the intensity. Foily? Who but the foiliest, back even after 9/11, could have imagined this story would even be happening?] Read more about The heart of the warrantless surveillance was domestic data, not voice
No, Bush won't cancel the next round of elections to remain in power. That's about the most ridiculous conspiracy theory I've seen in a long time. Some people on our side can be just as "out there" as the "black helicopter" crowd.
Bush refuses to let Congressman see his secret plans for "continuity of government" after the next terrorist attack
Honestly, would you trust an airline that caves to O'Reilly when you fly? I mean... Loofah, right?
Although, to be fair, no doubt Bush treats the FAA as "instruments of His will," just like everybody and everything else, so for all I know Jet Blue was threatened with a regulatory nightmare.
And as alert Commenter Bringiton provides documenting links to Bush's deal to inundate Sierra Blanca with sludge, a worldwide manure dip started when Bush messed with Texas:
"George Bush Shit On Texas
And there’s your hook and Google-friendly lede, you’re welcome. Read more about Bush Legacy: Shit All Over
The Times today:
Undercover Congressional investigators set up a bogus company and obtained a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in March that would have allowed them to buy the radioactive materials needed for a so-called dirty bomb.
What a surprise. Here's Rick "Man on Dog" Santorum on eminent scholar Hugh Hewitt's radio show. (via The Blogger in the Grey Turtleneck Bra (via Information Liberation: Read more about Republican playbook calls for new terror attacks in time for election 2008
Josh Marshall at TPM has a nice examination of the Siegelman case here.
However, I still haven't found anyone who has followed up on Scott Horton's contention that Dana Jill Simpson had her house burned down and her car totalled.
Josh, why didn't you say anything about that? Read more about Siegelman Case Update