TGIF/Weekend edition - October 19-21, 2007
Nuclear armed Iran raises risk of major Mideast war: Gates
Gates Seeks Changes On Iraq Contractors
Cheney Targets Iran
We're witnessing history repeating itself, including the same players.
"President Bush met with the Dalai Lama yesterday. It was a good meeting. The
Dalai Lama taught President Bush how to meditate, and President Bush taught the
Dalai Lama how to just nod off at meetings." --Jay Leno
Private Security Guards Involved in Another Iraq Shooting Voice of America
Hangings may incite more Iraq violence Detroit Free Press
Bush's War Rhetoric Reveals the Anxiety That Iran Commands Washington Post
Kurds protest vote allowing Turks to attack Philadelphia Inquirer
"The Dalai Lama had a private meeting with President Bush...Believe it or not, they actually have a lot in common. One of the goals of Zen Buddhism is to completely empty your mind. The president did that years ago." --Jimmy Kimmel
Why The NeoCons Hate John Kerry
The Kerry Committee
report were hearings chaired by Senator John Kerry which found the U.S. State
Department had paid drug traffickers. The Kerry investigation lasted two and a
half years and heard scores of witnesses; its report was released on April 13,
report was a precursor to the Iran-Contra affair.
On May 4, 1989, Oliver North was convicted of charges relating to the Iran/Contra controversy, including three felonies. On September 16, 1991, however, North's convictions were overturned on appeal because North's testimony before Congress under immunity may have affected testimony in the trial.
Almost a decade later, the CIA inspector general would release a study confirming the conclusions of the Kerry Committee report...Kerry's findings provoked little reaction in the media and official Washington. When the report was released on April 13, 1989, coverage was buried in the back pages of the major newspapers and all but ignored by the three major networks. The Washington Post ran a short article on page A20 that focused as much on the infighting within the committee as on its findings; the New York Times ran a short piece on A8; the Los Angeles Times ran a 589-word story on A11. ABC's Nightline chose not to cover the release of the report. According to Doyle McManus, the Washington bureau chief of the Los Angeles Times, the report "did not get the coverage that it deserved."
The Bad CIA
As Director of Central Intelligence in the immediate aftermath of the Cold War, Robert Gates faced criticism for moving slowly with reforming the agency for the new era, and thus missing a moment of extraordinary opportunity that occurred at that time. In earlier posts at top levels of the CIA, Gates figured in the Iran-Contra affair, in which he engaged in sins of omission if not commission, hesitating to make inquiries and pass warnings that might have headed off this abuse of power. As the CIA's top manager for intelligence analysis in the early 1980s he was accused of slanting intelligence to suit the predilections of the Reagan administration and his boss, Director William J. Casey...The sixty-three year old Gates worked under every U.S. president from Richard M. Nixon to George W Bush.
The Good CIA
Plame Wilson chides President Bush for not firing anyone for the leaking of her
covert CIA identity, which caused a national scandal and an investigation
resulting in a perjury and obstruction of justice conviction against Vice
President Richard Cheney's chief of staff.
She also tells Katie Couric that she has learned of the damage that the leaking of her identity caused agents of the clandestine service and it is serious.
If anyone has a problem with Valerie Plame Wilson's book deal, interviews or media attention, blame the Bush administration who leaked our nation's classified information. Without them, none of this would have been possible. In fact, that should have been her book's dedication.
Brownback may quit presidential run today Boston Globe
Paper Leaders Arrested For Story On Subpoenas KPHO Phoenix, AZ
Department of Vocabulary Adjustment: It's Not Torture, It's An Interrogation Method!
refused to say Thursday whether he considers waterboarding a form of torture,
frustrating Democrats and potentially slowing his confirmation to head the
Medical Definition of Torture
An act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is
intentionally inflicted on a person, for a purpose such as obtaining information
or a confession, punishment, intimidation or coercion, or for any reason based
on discrimination of any kind. Survivors of torture often suffer from physical
and psychological symptoms and disabilities. There may be specific forms of
physical injury including broken bones, neurological damage, and musculoskeletal
problems. Torture may results in psychological symptoms of depression (most
common), post-traumatic stress disorder, marked sleep disturbances and
alterations in self-perceptions together with feelings of powerlessness, fear,
guilt and shame.
"Condoleezza Rice, bless her heart, is trying to work out a peace agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis. That's about as doable as she is" --David Letterman
Edwards goes for gold with 'True Blue' Boston Globe
Clinton adviser: Women of GOP will back her Houston Chronicle
Battle brews as Democrats vie for the Texas House Dallas Morning News
Like Father, Like Daughter - Life Is A Barrel of Monkeys
“Oh, by the way, Dad was
going to call and say hi, but then the king of Jordan called,” Jenna tells me.
“Sorry you got bumped.”
“What do you think your dad’s doing right now?”
“Riding his bike around the White House lawn. He’s a maniac on that bike.”
Gee, I would like to think that W might have been working like a maniac on solving the war in Iraq.
"Did you hear that Dick Cheney and Barack Obama are cousins? It's strange, isn't it? In a related story, 20 years ago, it turns out Rudy Giuliani was briefly married to himself." --David Letterman
OPEC says oil price hike largely caused by speculators Economic Times, India
"Experts were worried about China's reaction to President Bush's meeting with
the Dalai Lama, but Bush says he doesn't think the meeting will damage our
relationship with China. Then Bush said, 'But this might,' and took a huge bite
out of a panda bear sandwich." --Conan O'Brien
Under Reagan, Otto Reich headed the Office of Public Diplomacy. "The purpose of his office was none other than to get the American people to side with war over peace, using propaganda methods determined to be 'improper,"' wrote Nobel Peace Prize winner and Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez. A government investigation concluded that Mr. Reich's office engaged in prohibited acts of domestic propaganda, like writing letters submitted to the op-ed pages of United States newspapers to appear as if they came from a contra leader, according to The New York Times. Despite this history, Reich was appointed assistant secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere in January 2002. He left the Bush administration in 2004 and began Otto Reich Associates, LLC.
Family sues for release of Kenyan in Guantanamo Reuters South Africa
Fears grow for hunger strike journalist held in Guantanamo Press Gazette, UK
"Obama and Cheney are actually cousins, but Barack did not inherit the family sneer." --David Letterman
"Isn't that amazing, Obama and Cheney related? Dick Cheney now has more blacks
and gays in his own family than in the entire Republican Party."
Dick Cheney confirmed US
readiness to promote Turkish-Armenian ...
"A baker in Austria is in trouble for making his employees pay for the time they spend in the bathroom. This guy will record their bathroom breaks and then deduct the money from their pay. Can you imagine that? That's got to be Senator Craig's worst nightmare." --Jay Leno
again for all
your wonderful humor and dedication. I am often inspired and
heartened by your words and conviction to your ideals. I only wish I
could share more than humor and words but sadly our growing economy
still seems to be passing me by. Someday soon hopefully I'll pull
myself up by the bootstraps and become a part of the American Dream.
Until then I'm lucky to have outlets like AHNC to keep me sane while
living through the Bush Nightmare.
Deep thanks Geoff, I needed that. And that feeling you gave me is worth much more than money.
We're all in this together, whether it be global warming or war. And peace will be achieved by leaders with pure honey on their tongues instead of pure vinegar. Keep the faith.
I achieved one of my American dreams with AHNC, unfortunately my financial dream is not included with that. I guess I can't have everything. But I'll keep trying. And so should you.
Thank you for writing.
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I hope you all have a peaceful weekend.