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April 18, 2005
Idle Links

FDR left a legacy of humanity and civil rights goals rapidly being dismantled by today's radical right.

I guess we should all be thrilled to learn that the Bush Administration's hiring of private columnists to secretly push Administration policies wasn't illegal, just really stupid. (I know that I personally am thrilled to learn we're in the hands of ethically challenged imbeciles, but then I've been saying that for years.)

Old stuff, in fact, really old stuff being imaged, translated, and read. I've never heard of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri, which isn't surprising, but it's still interesting news.

I don't know if Hillary Clinton wants to run for President or not, but in my humble opinion, if she doesn't want to run, the best thing she can do for the Democratic Party is to keep letting the Hysterical Right think she is going to run in '08. Because I have no problem with the mental image of them foaming at the mouth for the next three years or so.

You know, the first time I glimpsed this story, I just naturally assumed it was some kind of satire or spoof. Imagine my utter surprise to find it's just another example of the previously mentioned imbecility. If the official reports say we're lying, then let's eliminate the official reports.

John R. Bolton. A lousy choice for any public post.

I'm in a very bad mood today.

Posted by AnneZook at 01:17 PM


First, there is no such thing as the National Security Administration. There is the NSA (National Security Agency) which does spend a lot of time (and a lot of money) doing intelligence gathering. There is the National Security Advisor who runs the NSC.

Second, I've worked at the NSC and know folks in the State Dept. Nobody I know nor "anonymous" sources quoted in (respectable) media outlets make comments that resemble those in the article.

Third, even the 2003 report doesn't include most of the casualties in OIF/OEF - "Most of the attacks that have occurred during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom do not meet the longstanding U.S. definition of international terrorism because they were directed at combatants, that is, U.S. and Coalition forces on duty. Attacks against noncombatants, that is, civilians and military personnel who at the time of the incident were unarmed and/or not on duty, are judged to be terrorist attacks. " It does include attacks against military personnel not armed/on-duty though.

This article falls into that region of not accurate enough to considered real nor clever enough to be satire. But judging by the comments on the site, I'm not so sure just the right wing has cornered the market on imbeciles.

Posted by: Col Steve at April 21, 2005 12:07 AM

Actually, I thought the blog entry was clever, but maybe that's from the perspective of the Left. Coming at it from the Right, it probably wasn't.

(Checking around the 'net, it looks like the NSA is occasionally referred to as "Administration." I'm not sure why.)

Posted by: Anne at April 21, 2005 08:49 AM