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July 08, 2005
Parenthetically

9/11, 3/11, 7/7. My thoughts are with the families of the victims today. (Britain shows it can still take it)

Clarke: Nothing could have stopped attacks

The home secretary, Charles Clarke, admitted today that his controversial plan to introduce ID cards for British residents would not have prevented the bomb attacks on London, but insisted the cards would "help rather than hinder" anti-terrorism efforts.

If I hadn't made up my mind to be nothing but nice to the entire U.K. this week....

(On the other hand, my contempt for FOX so-called News continues to grow.)

Bush got it right. Killing innocent people is wrong.

I haven't talked about the G8 because I really don't understand it. I'm glad a little progress was made. (I am starting to understand a few things. For instance, I now understand that the Bush Administration's determination to force developing countries to adhere to strict emissions standards has nothing to do with some tree-hugger, leftist obsession with damage to the environment but is instead a way to try and keep China and India from competing with us for the world's remaining oil stocks.)

The Miller thing. I haven't really talked about the NYTimes 'reporter,' have I? For the record, I'm not impressed by her 'protecting her source' because this situation isn't what that protection is for. From what I've read, no protection exists if the "source" is committing a felony. This is not a case of protecting a whistle-blower. It's a case of protecting an Administration employee who committed a crime for political revenge. As such, I don't think the First Amendment protections should cover it.

Anyhow, I think she's grandstanding. There's been a sort of aura around her ever since her employer had to apologize for letting her play fangirl for the Bush Administration in the lead-up to our invasion of Iraq. Maybe she's trying to position herself as a courageous 'journalist' in the hopes that she can make people forget she's an Administration mouthpiece. Either that, or she's taking one for the team in the hopes that she'll get payback from the Republican rightwing later. (Either way, it's a cheesy career move.)

I see that Jeb Bush took advantage of the turmoil in the world right now to climb down and leave the Schiavo family alone. (The whole Schiavo debacle was shameful but I certainly hope his opponent in the next election reminds the voters of this particular final idiocy.)

Why do "they" hate us so much? (hint)

That's right. I'd entirely forgotten, but this week was the 10-year anniversary. Genocide. Srebrenica. Rwanda. And now Darfur? (Can we all just stop killing people?*)

Thank goodness, Eric Alterman is finally taking on that "moral values" canard. I'm sick of hearing about the laudable moral values of an Administration that has given us torture, unprecedented political pork, regressive tax cuts, illegal detentions, extremist judicial nominees, civil rights restrictions, and a host of other immoral outrages.

A Pew Research Center for People and Policy poll conducted in May 2005 throws this misperception into high relief, confirming a trend that has remained unchanged for decades. If the media were genuinely interested in accurately portraying the values of ordinary Americans, some of these numbers might receive some coverage. The poll shows that on most of the most important social issues facing Americans today, the public mind is much further to the left than it is the right.

(So, there.)

NED COD WMD Hmmm. How nice to discover that a "quasi-governmental" organization worked with the government to establish a lot of rightwing nuthouses thinktanks and suchlike. So good to know where our tax dollars are going, don't you think? (I'm putting together a list of the institutions, organizations, and think tanks that lean Left or Right. If anyone knows of one that already exists, I'd appreciate you saving me the work.) (Although, the research is interesting in and of itself.)

Speaking of WMD leads me to think of war which leads me to think of Iraq and how is that war on 'terror' going these days? Numbers are up. (Among the other thousands of things I really should know more about.) (Via Cursor)

Tom DeLay's troubles just keep on mounting. Color me so sad.

I can't pick a link. Just go to the Asia Times and read something. There isn't anything there you shouldn't be reading.

The Pentagon funded a Boy Scout event? I'm appalled. (How low will they stoop for recruits?) Also I'm insulted that the Girl Scouts apparently weren't found worthy of EQUAL TREATMENT. (For the record, I no longer support the Boy Scouts myself. I don't buy during their fundraisers or anything. As long as they're homophobic, my money goes somewhere else.)

Who have you called from your cell phone? If it's anyone you don't want the world knowing you called....

One of those interesting coincidences that sometimes happen while surfing the net. I read this and the next link I clicked was this.

And today's conspiracy theorist giggle.
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* Just a tiny moment of irrationality on my part.

Posted by AnneZook at 12:33 PM


Comments

No offense, Anne, because you're not the only one to do it by a long shot, but there's a date missing from your "9/11, 3/11, 7/7" list: 10/12 the Bali hotel bombing of 2002. Assuming that what you're listing is "major al-Qaeda-related terrorist activity." You might also have to include the 2004 attack on 10/8 in Egypt, making a nice string of one major attack every year since the big one. I might have to blog about this later.

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at July 10, 2005 05:15 AM

You're quite right. The Bali hotel bombing, at the very least, I should not have forgotten.

I'm afraid I had entirely forgotten Egypt. I'm going to go refresh my memory now. If you blog this, please let me know.

Posted by: Anne at July 10, 2005 11:04 AM

I'ts not much, but here. You're not alone in forgetting Egypt: it happened in the last month of the presidential campaign and neither side actually wanted to talk about terrorism in the concrete, particularly when Israel was involved....

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at July 10, 2005 01:29 PM