That Didn’t Take Long

Ken AshfordGodstuffLeave a Comment

Bill Frist bucks Leader George and comes out for embryonic stem cell research.  Good for him. Very quickly, he is condemned by the Christian Right, who he has catered to so relentlessly: WASHINGTON, July 29 /U.S. Newswire/ — The Christian Defense Coalition says Sen. Bill Frist can no longer consider himself pro-life and vote to expand funding for embryonic stem … Read More

Word Choice

Ken AshfordBush & Co., War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

As we all know by now, George Orwell Bush has deemed that the “war on terror” be renamed the “struggle against violent extremism”, so that history will not depict him as losing a war, but engaging in a struggle. I’m not sure it gets him where he wants to be.  After all, Mein Kampf translates to “my struggle”.  And the … Read More

A Class Act

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Bush flips the bird.  Quicktime video here. And so, when I put my hand on the Bible, I will swear to not only uphold the laws of our land, I will swear to uphold the honor and dignity of the office to which I have been elected, so help me God. – Bush Acceptance Speech, August 3, 2000. God, are … Read More

US Military Throws A Lifeline To Terrorists?

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Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today rejected calls to set a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, saying that would be a “mistake” because it would send a “lifeline to terrorists." – Washington Post, June 23, 2005 Pentagon officials have provided little detail in discussing the possible withdrawal of forces from Iraq. The most specific estimate has … Read More

It Was A Summary Execution

Ken AshfordCrime, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

Mark Honigsbaum Thursday July 28, 2005 The Guardian Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian shot dead in the head, was not wearing a heavy jacket that might have concealed a bomb, and did not jump the ticket barrier when challenged by armed plainclothes police, his cousin said yesterday. Speaking at a press conference after a meeting with the Metropolitan police, … Read More

The Slippery Slope of Wingnuttery

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Let’s see.  Where are we in the Republican defense of Rove?  Meme roll call: First: “The White House had nothing to do with the leak of classified information.” Second: “Okay, maybe the White House did have something to do with the leak, but nobody identified Valerie Plame by her actual name.” Second and a half: “By the way, Plame had … Read More

Bush, Roberts and Government Secrecy

Ken AshfordBush & Co., Courts/Law, Supreme CourtLeave a Comment

The Bush White House is once again play hide-and-seek, this time with memos written by Supreme Court nominee John Roberts.  While they are turning over some documents from Roberts’ past, they are refusing to turn over documents from 1989 to 1993, when Roberts was deputy solicitor general.  The stated reason?  Attorney-client privilege. A-C privilege is a sticky wicket, but it … Read More

Kerry Was Right; Bush Was Wrong

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. . . about the “war on terror” "I will use our military when necessary, but it is not primarily a military operation. It’s an intelligence-gathering, law-enforcement, public-diplomacy effort.  And we’re putting far more money into the war on the battlefield than we are into the war of ideas. We need to get it straight." — John Kerry, April 13, … Read More

Bush Pulls Access To Classified Info

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Not pulled from Rove, but from certain members of Congress. The date was 10/5/01, and here’s the executive order in which he does it. What prompted such an action?  Well, apparently, some lawmakers had told the Washington Post that they had been informed that more terrorist attacks were likely, a conjecture derived from intelligence documents.  Bush couldn’t have things like … Read More

Liberation?

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It looks like the women of Iraq will have LESS freedoms now than they did under Saddam.  Speaking about Iraq’s new constitution, the AP writes: Most worrying for women’s groups has been the section on civil rights, which some believe would significantly roll back women’s rights under a 1959 civil law enacted by a secular regime. You would think that … Read More

Lying As A Natural Habit

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So Scottie sez that Supreme Court nominee John Roberts “doesn’t recall ever paying dues or being a member” of the conservative Federalist Society. But John Roberts himself said that participatws in Federalist Society events and gave speeches for the organization.  And the Washington Post reported Monday that it had obtained from a liberal group a 1997-98 Federalist Society leadership directory … Read More

Quote Of The Day

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By mid-June, the Iraqi forces had been given 306 million rounds of ammunition, roughly 12 bullets for each of Iraq’s 25 million people. But when one senior American officer involved was asked whether the Americans might end up arming the Iraqis for a civil war, he paused for a moment, then nodded. “Maybe,” he said. But you really should read … Read More

The 12 Hour Gap

Ken AshfordPlamegateLeave a Comment

People are asking good questions: What did White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card learn from Alberto Gonzales and when did he learn it…and what did he do with that knowledge? . . . Alberto Gonzales admitted that he called Andrew Card right after he was notified that the Justice Department had opened its investigation of the Plame leak…even though … Read More

The Voice of the Iraqi People (or “The Voice of the Iraqi People”)

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Talk about echo chambers. Someone at CNN noted that the U.S. military is apparently recycling quotes attributed to the Iraqi people.  For example, when a car bomb went off yesterday in Baghdad (killing 25 liberated Iraqis), the U.S. military released a news statement which contained this passage: “‘The terrorists are attacking the infrastructure, the ISF and all of Iraq. They … Read More