Yes, I’m still alive. It’s been a busy week and I haven’t much felt like blogging Michelle Malkin’s crap.
I hope you are all having a great Thanksgiving. My family and I are about to head over the river and through the woods for a Thanksgiving dinner that can’t be beat.
I have much to be thankful for this year… my wonderful husband and family, the roof over our heads and the food in our cupboards and the blessings we too often take for granted…
A few months ago my daughter was struck and nearly killed by a drunk driver. Her injuries were horrible but it could have been much worse. She’s still here and for that I am truly thankful. And, oh yeah… at least the drunk driver was an American citizen. A repeat offender, uninsured, suspended-license-having, redneck American citizen, but at least he wasn’t one of those dirty ee-legal aliens. I can’t tell you how fucking thankful I am for that [/sarcasm].
Have a wonderful holiday everyone, and as always, thanks for reading.
Crooks and Liars has a link to comedian Rush Limbaugh’s rant on how riled up the wingers are about the Libby verdict. In some bastardization of the “waking a sleeping giant” metaphor, he likened it to “poking the bear”.
At age ten the madam put the child in a cage with a bear trained to couple with young girls so the girls would be frigid and not fall in love with their patrons. They fed her through the bars and aroused the bear with a stick when it seemed to lose interest. Groups of men paid to watch.
Good Lord, now we’ve done it. At least he warned us.
An editorial scheduled to appear on Monday in Army Times, Air Force Times, Navy Times and Marine Corps Times, calls for the resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
The papers are sold to American servicemen and women. They are published by the Military Times Media Group, which is a subsidiary of Gannett Co., Inc.
Here is the text of the editorial, an advance copy of which we received this afternoon.
Time for Rumsfeld to go
“So long as our government requires the backing of an aroused and informed public opinion … it is necessary to tell the hard bruising truth.”
That statement was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent Marguerite Higgins more than a half-century ago during the Korean War.
But until recently, the “hard bruising” truth about the Iraq war has been difficult to come by from leaders in Washington. One rosy reassurance after another has been handed down by President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld: “mission accomplished,” the insurgency is “in its last throes,” and “back off,” we know what we’re doing, are a few choice examples.
Military leaders generally toed the line, although a few retired generals eventually spoke out from the safety of the sidelines, inciting criticism equally from anti-war types, who thought they should have spoken out while still in uniform, and pro-war foes, who thought the generals should have kept their critiques behind closed doors.
Now, however, a new chorus of criticism is beginning to resonate. Active-duty military leaders are starting to voice misgivings about the war’s planning, execution and dimming prospects for success.
Army Gen. John Abizaid, chief of U.S. Central Command, told a Senate Armed Services Committee in September: “I believe that the sectarian violence is probably as bad as I’ve seen it … and that if not stopped, it is possible that Iraq could move towards civil war.”
Last week, someone leaked to The New York Times a Central Command briefing slide showing an assessment that the civil conflict in Iraq now borders on “critical” and has been sliding toward “chaos” for most of the past year. The strategy in Iraq has been to train an Iraqi army and police force that could gradually take over for U.S. troops in providing for the security of their new government and their nation.
But despite the best efforts of American trainers, the problem of molding a viciously sectarian population into anything resembling a force for national unity has become a losing proposition.
For two years, American sergeants, captains and majors training the Iraqis have told their bosses that Iraqi troops have no sense of national identity, are only in it for the money, don’t show up for duty and cannot sustain themselves.
Meanwhile, colonels and generals have asked their bosses for more troops. Service chiefs have asked for more money.
And all along, Rumsfeld has assured us that things are well in hand.
Now, the president says he’ll stick with Rumsfeld for the balance of his term in the White House.
This is a mistake.
It is one thing for the majority of Americans to think Rumsfeld has failed. But when the nation’s current military leaders start to break publicly with their defense secretary, then it is clear that he is losing control of the institution he ostensibly leads.
These officers have been loyal public promoters of a war policy many privately feared would fail. They have kept their counsel private, adhering to more than two centuries of American tradition of subordination of the military to civilian authority.
And although that tradition, and the officers’ deep sense of honor, prevent them from saying this publicly, more and more of them believe it.
Rumsfeld has lost credibility with the uniformed leadership, with the troops, with Congress and with the public at large. His strategy has failed, and his ability to lead is compromised. And although the blame for our failures in Iraq rests with the secretary, it will be the troops who bear its brunt.
This is not about the midterm elections. Regardless of which party wins Nov. 7, the time has come, Mr. President, to face the hard bruising truth:
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Nov 3, 2006 (AP)— Evangelist Ted Haggard admitted Friday that he bought methamphetamine and received a massage from a gay prostitute who claims he was paid for drug-fueled trysts by the outspoken gay marriage opponent.
Haggard resigned Thursday as president of the National Association of Evangelicals and stepped down as leader of his Colorado megachurch while the two groups investigate the allegations.
Talking to reporters outside his house Friday, Haggard denied the sex allegations but said that he did buy meth from the man because he was curious.
“I bought it for myself but never used it,” he said. “I was tempted, but I never used it.”
Haggard, a married father of five, said he never had sex with Mike Jones, a 49-year-old male prostitute who sparked the scandal when he told a radio station he had had a three-year sexual relationship with the minister. He said he did get a massage from Jones after being referred to him by a Denver hotel.
Haggard resigned as president of the 30 million-member association Thursday and stepped down as the leader of the New Life Church pending investigations into Jones’ claims.
His accuser at least partially failed a polygraph test, so who knows if all of the allegations are true. But the fact that Haggard admits to buying meth and “getting a massage” from a gay prostitute is pretty bad considering he’s the president of the National Evangelical Association and pastor of a 14,000 member church.
“I’ve put myself on extended suspension of my senior pastor’s role and I’ve resigned from the NAE because both of those roles are based on trust, and right now my trust is questionable”, Haggard told a Denver reporter this morning.
The Times report documents Iraq’s efforts to conduct nuclear research before the 1991 Persian Gulf war and prior to sanctions. Contrary to Bartlett’s claim, Iraq had no nuclear capability at the time of the U.S. invasion in March 2003. Here are the facts, as reported in the Key Findings of the Duelfer Report:
– “Saddam Husayn ended the nuclear program in 1991 following the Gulf war. ISG found no evidence to suggest concerted efforts to restart the program.”
– “Although Saddam clearly assigned a high value to the nuclear progress and talent that had been developed up to the 1991 war, the program ended and the intellectual capital decayed in the succeeding years.”
– “The former Regime had no formal written strategy or plan for the revival of WMD after sanctions.”
Digby flashes back to Rep. Pete Hoekstra’s original call to release the documents on the internet, and the rightwing blogosphere’s excitement:
Yeah. That worked out well.
Hoekstra had actually been agitating for releasing the documents for quite some time. In February, Instapundit reported:
“PAJAMAS MEDIA CORRESPONDENT Andrew Marcus interviews Rep. Peter Hoekstra about all those unread Iraqi WMD documents. Hoekstra suggests parceling them out to the blogosphere. Call in the Army of Davids!”
It looks like the ole perfesser and his pals didn’t realize that the Army of Davids might include a few soldiers of jihad. Ooopsie!
You’ve probably already heard the audio or read the transcript. But seeing Limbaugh on video, physically mocking Michael J. Fox while accusing him of faking his Parkinson’s symptoms is really a sight to behold. Unfreakingbelievable.
By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer
14 minutes ago
WASHINGTON – A key aide to presidential political strategist Karl Rove resigned Friday in the wake of a congressional report that listed hundreds of contacts between disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and the White House.
Susan Ralston, special assistant to President Bush, submitted a resignation letter to him less than five weeks before congressional elections in which corruption and scandal are emerging as key issues for voters.
“She did not want to be a distraction to the White House at such an important time and so we have accepted her resignation,” White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino said.
“We support her decision and consider the matter closed,” Perino said.
The Monroe, Louisiana teenager who first reported Mark Foley’s inappropriate emails has received death threats, according to this report from KARD news:
Out of Washington and in his Monroe office, Representative Rodney Alexander is one of the few people talking to a Monroe teenager pulled into the latest political scandal. It’s a scandal that has some making threats on the young man’s life. “There are some people out there that think this young man is responsible for bringing down a member of Congress,” said Alexander, “but we know that is not the case.”
FOLEY BOMBSHELL COMING … FORMER CONGRESSMAN’S ATTORNEY TO HOLD NEWS CONFERENCE IN WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.
Can it get any worse? We’ll see.
Press conference reportedly to be held at 5:45 pm ET.
UPDATE: Here’s the “bombshell”: According to Foley’s attorney, Foley says he was molested by “a member of the clergy” from age 13 to age 15. Also said Foley would like the public to know that he is “a gay man”. Attorney maintains that Foley is not a pedophile and never had inappropriate physical contact with minors.
One year ago today, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, claiming the lives of over 1800 people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. The people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are still struggling to rebuild and get on with their lives. Here are a few ways you can help:
Louisiana SPCA The SPCA’s animal rescue efforts in the aftermath of Katrina were awe-inspiring. You can donate through this link.
Oxfam America Katrina Relief Fund“Oxfam America is working with trusted local partners to help people put their lives back together and rebuild stronger than before. We are also helping to amplify their voices so their needs are not overlooked when decisions are made about rebuilding their communities.”
Screencap from MSNBC video of Bush’s very first use of announcement of his very first use of the veto pen. A few frames later, the little girl’s father reached over and grabbed her hand, quickly moving it out of camera range.