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July 08, 2005

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.

* Just a tiny moment of irrationality on my part.

Posted by AnneZook at 12:33 PM | Comments (3)
July 07, 2005

Every now and then I check my saved links and find some really good stuff.

Like The Best of Tomdispatch: Rebecca Solnit. There's a thoughtful introduction, then Solnit's essay, Acts of Hope. It's about history. It's about democracy. It's about peace. It's about protest. It's about quitting too soon. It's about hope.

Or David Corn's Cheney, Gitmo and Halliburton: Fact Is Odder Than Fiction. Not a long article, but a handy one for those of us who want to remember what Halliburton is getting out of this war ($$$$$$$$$$$) and who want to keep tabs on what's happening at Gitmo.

With one, or maybe two Supreme Court seats coming up for grabs it seems worth linking to David Sirota's How to Build a Progressive Bench. Some good links there.

Juan Cole arguing with Bush.

James Wolcott's "Do The Right Thing, Then Go" entry. De-escalating violence in Iraq sounds like a good idea.

And Avedon Carol points us to the gleeful-sounding reception FOX News gave the London terrorist attack.

Billmon encapsulates how I felt about today's terrorist attack on London. It hurts the child in me.

I assume that after my earlier pointer to the site, most of you already read all about The World Tribunal On Iraq? Did you see this Culminating Session Testimony and More Evidence Indicts U.S.? Did you see The Common Ills had a round-up of how the Tribunal was covered by the media?

Posted by AnneZook at 09:09 PM | Comments (0)
Journalism Under Fire

No, not Miller.

South of here, in Texas, in fact, a real journalist is under pressure from the Feds.

On May 24, 2005, Agents Carlos Salazar and Steve White of ICE's Office of Professional Responsibility unit visited the San Antonio, Texas, workplace of journalist Bill Conroy in a very unprofessional attempt to intimidate Mr. Conroy into revealing sources of non-classified information and documents embarrassing to the Department and to the U.S. Attorney's office for the San Antonio, Texas, region. Agent Salazar, with another agent, additionally went to the home of Mr. Conroy and behaved in an intimidating manner toward the journalist's wife and children.


Since it is well known throughout Washington that federal agents do not, as a rule, visit journalists in attempts to discover sources without authorization from the U.S. Attorney with jurisdiction, the behavior of the agents is seen as an attempt by U.S. Attorney Sutton to intimidate a journalist who has reported facts that are embarrassing to him.

Another fun part:

According to Mr. Conroy's publisher at the San Antonio Business Journal, agents Salazar and White told him that a document published by Mr. Conroy on Narco News, embarrassing to the Department of Homeland Security, was not classified but that the agents were seeking to find out the identity of the source out of a purely speculative fear that Mr. Conroy's source "might leak classified documents in the future."

It's nice to know that that silly 'innocent until proven guilty' thing isn't getting in the government's way as they prosecute their war on the gullible public 'terror'.

Those rightwing warmongers who want to experience war without, you know, being in any danger, can play the army's video game. (Via CMO)

That's not really my kind of thing, though, so when I have a moment, I'm going to read about forming mass movements.

Posted by AnneZook at 02:06 PM | Comments (2)
On Other Continents

In other news, here's a touching development. Iraq and Iran, longtime foes, are making nice. Iran has never loved us since we started meddling in their politics forty or more years ago, supporting coups and trying to dictate their domestic policy. Now they've signed a military pact with Iraq, our newest non-friend in the Middle East.

It's good to know the 'Christian' world isn't going overboard about this whole 'war on terror' thing. I mean, if it was, the Pope might try to make this a religious war or something. (Of course, the other side has never made any secret of believing they're being targeted for their faith.)

As if Haiti doesn't have enough problems, hurricane Dennis is slamming the country.

Posted by AnneZook at 02:00 PM | Comments (0)
I Sure Am Glad

Halliburton lands $5 billion in new work for Army

Reuters reported Wednesday that the U.S. Army has inked a deal with Halliburton Co. to do about $5 billion in new work in Iraq.

Halliburton's logistics contract with the Army has so far earned the Houston-based oilfiled services and engineering and construction firm $9.1 billion.

Linda Theis, a spokeswoman for U.S. Army Field Support Command in Rock Island, Ill., said the military signed the work order with Halliburton unit KBR in May.

The new deal, worth $4.97 billion over the next year, was not made public when it was signed because the Army did not consider such an announcement necessary, she said.

Halliburton (NYSE: HAL), which has drawn allegations for overcharging on contracts and claims of favoritism from the White House, is the U.S. military's biggest contractor in Iraq with multiple tasks ranging from cooking meals for troops to rebuilding Iraq's oil industry.

I sure am glad we aren't running short of money to subsidize fund Halliburton the military in the course of our illegal invasion of war on Iraq 'terror'.

U.S. analyst says it is time to end alliance

It's South Korea, this time. They're cramping Uncle Sam's ability to flex his manhood on the Korean peninsula.

An analyst writing for a conservative U.S. think tank has suggested in a recent publication that the United States should end its half-century alliance with South Korea because the relationship constrains Washington's political and military options with regard to North Korea.

Apparently that diplomacy stuff isn't what the rightwing was looking for to feed their lunatic base.

Using strong language, Mr. Kennelley wrote: "Our current alliance with South Korea ― the diplomatic straitjacket ― prevents us from acting. South Korea will never let us use our sticks." Mr. Park said he believed sentiments similar to Mr. Kennelly's were becoming more common in U.S. political circles.

I think Mr. Kennelley should keep his stick in his pants and his warmongering to himself.

Mr. Park said he believed sentiments similar to Mr. Kennelly's were becoming more common in U.S. political circles.

I sure am glad that the fact that we're already losing fighting two wars isn't stopping us from eyeballing the rest of the ol' Axis for our next target.

Wouldn't want Halliburton to run out of government contracts, would we?

I sure am glad I bothered to get out of bed and read the news headlines today.

Posted by AnneZook at 12:01 PM | Comments (2)

Our hearts go out to the people of London and the entire U.K.

The Guardian's newsblog is doing updates.

Avedon Carol has had a few posts.

And of course the BBC has a lot of coverage, including a few pictures. (No carnage, work-safe)

Posted by AnneZook at 09:44 AM | Comments (0)
July 06, 2005
Blog-free zone

Hello. I'm back.

Unfortunately (or fortunately, as the case may be) I have a job that's asking for a lot of my attention today.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:23 AM | Comments (3)