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Enough - Appoint Bolton Now!

Foxnews: Democrats Decry Bolton Appointment

""He's damaged goods; this is a person who lacks credibility. This will be the first U.N. ambassador since 1948 we ever sent there under a recess appointment. That's not what you want to send up, a person who doesn't have the confidence of the Congress," Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., told "FOX News Sunday"

Shut up Dodd. We don't have confidence in YOU.

Enough already! Send Bolton to the UN!

I told you, it's not 1972!

Michael Barone: Bush Bashing Fizzles

Michael Barone tells us:

"This summer, one big story is replaced by another--the London bombings July 7, the speculation that Karl Rove illegally named a covert CIA agent, the nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court, more London bombings last week. But beneath the hubbub, we can see the playing out of another, less reported story: the collapse of the attempts by liberal Democrats and their sympathizers in the mainstream media--the New York Times, etc., etc.--to delegitimize yet another Republican administration."

The rest of the article goes on to tell you what I said here. That, just as they did in 1972, and during the Regan years, time and time again the whiney left has done NOTHING but bash Bush. So much so that even when they had a chance and the entirely of MSM rallied around the Democrats to collapse Bush's reelection efforts in 2004, with bash book after bash book, Michael Moore, etc, they blew it with a stiff Candidate l…

Time's Coverup - "They knew, when YOU told them"

Time Magazine: When they knew

Time goes into spin mode:

"As the investigation tightens into the leak of the identity of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame, sources tell TIME some White House officials may have learned she was married to former ambassador Joseph Wilson weeks before his July 6, 2003, Op-Ed piece criticizing the Administration. That prospect increases the chances that White House official Karl Rove and others learned about Plame from within the Administration rather than from media contacts. Rove has told investigators he believes he learned of her directly or indirectly from reporters, according to his lawyer."

Time spins this into Rove HAD to know from somebody besides reporters.

As far as I'm concerned, everything the employer of Mr. Cooper has to say, is suspect - period. Especially since Calabresi has frequently co-written with Matt Cooper on less than glowing reports on the Bush Administration and the War in Iraq. Especially in this article that detai…

The Duck and the Donkeys

Bush Victories Delay Lame Duck Status

"WASHINGTON, July 31 (Reuters) - Two months ago, President George W. Bush faced accusations that he was out of touch with Americans, had lost his touch with Congress and was looking at a cold, lonely second term.

But after Bush won key battles in Congress over energy and trade legislation, political analysts were not ready to write him off yet as he prepared to spend August back home in Texas.

And the White House, battered for weeks over questions about a CIA leak probe and frustrated that Bush's signature issue, changing Social Security, had failed to gain traction, was ready to do a little bragging to reporters who had questioned whether Bush had become a lame duck far earlier than normal in his second term.

"All I know is that there was a lot of coverage saying, two months ago, that the president wasn't going to get anything done on the domestic agenda, that he was maybe entering lame duck status, and the facts say otherwise,"…

More Christian Right reaction to Frist's Defection

American Life League

Via my previous post, here is more flak for Frist from the Christian right:

Judie Brown, president of American Life League, the nation's largest grassroots pro-life educational organization, issued the following statement regarding the news that Sen. Bill Frist now endorses the expansion of human embryonic stem cell research:

"Sen. Bill Frist's announcement that he has reversed his opinion on the expansion of human embryonic stem cell research is beyond repugnant to many in the pro-life community. What has happened to this man, who once showed promise of becoming a strong pro-life voice for the American people?

"Sadly, Sen. Frist now joins the ranks of numbers of politicians who have sacrificed the truth to satisfy other, less noble, goals. Frist claims that his opinion is one based on 'science.' However, Sen. Frist is certainly ignoring one of the basic facts of Biology 101, which unequivocally tell us that life begins at fertilization, when…

No, President Carter - You're Disgraceful

Carter: Guantanamo Detentions Disgraceful

Ex- President Carter, has a penchant for criticizing things - especially things which he was no damn good at. Specfically national security.

In the Washington Post, Mr. Carter is quoted as saying:

"BIRMINGHAM, England -- Former President Carter said Saturday the detention of terror suspects at the Guantanamo Bay Naval base was an embarrassment and had given extremists an excuse to attack the United States.

Carter also criticized the U.S.-led war in Iraq as "unnecessary and unjust."

"I think what's going on in Guantanamo Bay and other places is a disgrace to the U.S.A.," he told a news conference at the Baptist World Alliance's centenary conference in Birmingham, England. "I wouldn't say it's the cause of terrorism, but it has given impetus and excuses to potential terrorists to lash out at our country and justify their despicable acts."

Carter said, however, that terrorist acts could not be justifi…

I hope Frist has a day job...Followup

Dobson Disappointed Frist Backing Embryonic Stem-Cell Research

Per James Dobson, Focus on the Family:

"Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Focus on the Family Action founder and chairman Dr. James C. Dobson issued the following statement today after learning that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., had come out strongly in favor of increased federal funding for destructive embryonic stem-cell research:

“It is an understatement to say that the pro-life community is disappointed by Sen. Frist's decision to join efforts to void President Bush's policy limiting the funding of embryonic stem-cell research. Most distressing is that, in making his announcement, Sen. Frist calls himself a defender of the sanctity of human life -- even though the research he now advocates results, without exception, in the destruction of human life.

"Sen. Frist argues that under the Bush policy, there are insufficient stem-cell lines to maximize what he calls the 'promise' of embryonic ste…

....And now from Al Jazeera's corospondent in San Antonio...

Mansour El-Kikhia: Arabs shouldn't have to apologize

Mansour El-Kikhia, an apologist for Arab terror in general and Palestinian terror in particular is a regular columnist for the San Antonio Express News. You can read between the lines and see the veiled hatred towards the US and especially Israel. Therefore, since you know the source:

" I am fed up with the ceaseless requests by columnists, religious personalities and other American public figures for Arabs and Muslims to apologize for terrorist acts committed by thugs and murderers in the name of Islam.

Mr. El-Kikhia, it is called "Wahhabism", and like it or not, it's a form of Islam - religion of submission - not peace.

While not every person that practices Islam is a terrorist, you cannot separate the "Moon", though there is both a "light and dark" side.

But that's not my point. Mr. El-Kikhia then goes on his typical anti-Bush/Blair rant:

" It is rejection of U.S. and British polici…

I'm on Wilson like it's 1999

I have filed a FOIA request for all reports, documents related to Joseph Wilson's 1999 trip to Niger, where he went - on Plame's recommendation, "For Uranium Related Matters".

The second trip that Ms. Plame suggested he go on because he would be there on business anyway......

I know,...fat chance. But worth a shot.

I'd really like to know what he wrote up (if he wrote anything) a report of that trip. I know that The Senate Intelligence Report said of this trip: "Because the former ambassador did not uncover information about (redacted) during his visit to Niger, CPD did not distribute an intelligence report on the visit" (page 39). So CPD didn't write up anything, but what about Joe (did he write, say, do, anything at all?

So many questions...

Yes, I'm trying to get "in the office" to find out, but the "door is locked" at the moment.

We'll see. I've got nothing but time on my side.

Arianna Huffington's Dream Vision

Judy Miller: Do We Want To Know Everything or Don't We?

"Not everyone in the Times building is on the same page when it comes to Judy Miller. The official story the paper is sticking to is that Miller is a heroic martyr, sacrificing her freedom in the name of journalistic integrity.

But a very different scenario is being floated in the halls. Here it is: It's July 6, 2003, and Joe Wilson's now famous op-ed piece appears in the Times, raising the idea that the Bush administration has "manipulate[d]" and "twisted" intelligence "to exaggerate the Iraqi threat." Miller, who has been pushing this manipulated, twisted, and exaggerated intel in the Times for months, goes ballistic. Someone is using the pages of her own paper to call into question the justification for the war -- and, indirectly, much of her reporting. The idea that intelligence was being fixed goes to the heart of Miller's credibility. So she calls her friends in the intellige…

MoveOn's New Game Show - Name that Blame

Fire Karl Rove Slogan Contest

Fire Karl Rove Slogan Contest

"We want to create the sort of buzz about Karl Rove you can see when you walk down the street. That's why we've launched a Fire Karl Rove Slogan Contest to figure out the slogan for a downloadable poster we'll send to all 3.5 million MoveOn members. Suggest your best idea for a good slogan or rate the slogans of other MoveOn members. The collective ratings of MoveOn members will decide the winner. Slogan writing and rating ends at 8:00 PM Eastern on Tuesday, August 2, 2005. We'll then have a professional graphic artist design the downloadable poster that is the right size to print on a desktop printer and e-mail to all 3.5 million MoveOn members (with credit in the e-mail to the slogan's author). If you're the winner, we'll send you a framed copy of your poster in full-color."

Hmm, something for the Wilson "twins" to hang on the wall in their room!

Should Ex-CIA Larry C. Johnson be "frog-marched"?

CNSNEWS : Former CIA Agents Call Plame Leak 'Partisan Madness'

Ex-op Larry C. Johnson, the guy who told us before 9/11 we had nothing to worry about from terrorism, has been in the news a lot lately.

Yet while Mr. Johnson is running around talking about his "friendship" with "Val" and how her "outing" has affected National Security, it would seem he thinks that people sort of forget things, like he is a charter member of VIPS who made this headline back in 2003.

" WASHINGTON — Invoking the name of a Pentagon whistle-blower, a small group of retired, anti-war CIA officers are accusing the Bush administration of manipulating evidence against Iraq in order to push war while burying evidence that could show Iraq's compliance with U.N demands for disarmament.

The 25-member group, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, composed mostly of former CIA analysts along with a few operational agents, is urging employees inside the intelligence age…

The Question of "Who?"

I've have been pouring over past reporting on the Plame Gate incident. Yet from an angle that hasn't been pursued as much as the "who leaked", which is interesting, yet as I've I said, I don't think that matters "who leaked" if it can be proven there was a deliberate act by some people in the CIA to embarrass the President, purport a lie to the US in a time of War. If someone was trying to sabotage our efforts, I'm glad somebody blew the whistle on the scam.

In July 2003, conservative commentator Patrick Buchanan stated, "The truth now, we know, is that a forgery was put together to get this country into a war with Iraq, that forgery found its way into our intelligence agencies, it found its way into the State of the Union, and the president of the United States should show more indignation and outrage that this was done." Buchanan added, "Somebody in our own government knew very well that was a forgery, and they advanced it on up…

This is the Press on the Take - Any Questions?

Dan Froomkin: Washington Post: Deflecting Responsibility

""The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media." ~ William Colby, Former Director, CIA"

You know, it wasn't long after I posted this that a WAPO hack came a running to reinforce the MSM party line:

"Ever since it started becoming clear that the war in Iraq was based on exaggerated and inaccurate assertions about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction, the Bush White House has found itself, every once in a while, furiously trying to deflect the blame.

The effort has not been entirely successful. Polls show that a majority of Americans now believe the Bush administration intentionally misled the public about WMDs.

But then again, President Bush did win reelection.

One of the more furious bursts of blame-deflection, of course, came after former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV disclosed in July 2003 that U.S. intelligence officials had plenty of reason to know …

Why Valerie is at the heart of the Plame Game

As I've said over and over, if Valerie Plame conspired with help to lie to the President during a time of war, Or as David Horowitz put it:

"In the midst of a war, a rogue CIA employee named Valerie Plame set out to sabotage the President’s war policy — a policy ratified by both political parties and both houses of Congress. To do this she sent her husband on a mission to Niger to discredit the President’s statement that Saddam Hussein was seeking uranium there — in other words to discredit a justification for the war in which Americans were continuing to die."

That is treason, and it trumps any bogus leak charge. Period.

Now why do I and others think that Valerie is at the heart of the Plame Game? First let me say as a former member of Army Intelligence, and in civilian life, law enforcement, I'm not about getting "somebody off" just for political gain. Yes, I am conservative and not only voted for Bush, and I also support his agenda. If this WERE a cas…

Schumer Again!

And Now, Back to Karl Rove

Schumer again....

" (CNSNews.com) - Before news events overtook them, Democrats were on a roll about Karl Rove, the Bush adviser they've targeted for job termination -- even before a federal grand jury concludes its investigation into who leaked the name of a covert CIA agent to the press.

On Tuesday, various Democrats returned to the subject.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced it has compiled a timeline of events involving the leak -- "to set the record straight in a way that no amount of Republican spin can overcome."

And Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday sent a letter to White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card asking for an explanation of the so called "12 hour gap." That refers to the length of time it took then-White House counsel Alberto Gonzales to inform White House staffers that the federal investigation was about to begin -- and that all documents pertaining to the leak of Valerie Plame's name …

Flash Back - Questionable Motivations of Joe Wilson

Spy Games

Sometimes we have to go back, to go forward. Today, I'm going back to September 29th, 2003. Clifford May writing for National Review:

"On July 14, Robert Novak wrote a column in the Post and other newspapers naming Mr. Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, as a CIA operative.

That wasn't news to me. I had been told that - but not by anyone working in the White House. Rather, I learned it from someone who formerly worked in the government and he mentioned it in an offhanded manner, leading me to infer it was something that insiders were well aware of.

I chose not to include it (I wrote a second NRO piece on this issue on July 18) because it didn't seem particularly relevant to the question of whether or not Mr. Wilson should be regarded as a disinterested professional who had done a thorough investigation into Saddam's alleged attempts to purchase uranium in Africa.

What did appear relevant could easily be found in what the CIA would call "open sources."…

A Wider Net? Wider Misreporting

Washington Post: Prosecutor In CIA Leak Case Casting A Wide Net

"The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media." ~ William Colby, Former Director, CIA"

(For why that quote is true, see Captain Quarters take here).

Today's WAPO, has an article with "new" details on the Plame Game.

Most of the article is the same old spin we've heard before. You know, "Joe was an Angel and he told the truth and the bad old Bush Administration set out to get 'em" because Joe had the GUTS to tell them they were full of crap!" It's amazing, the MSM has kept this unproven and baseless accusation of Joe Wilson alive for nearly two years!

Again, not a single solidary mention of the Senate Intelligence Report - no wonder the MSM readership/viewership is tanking.

Anyway, here is some of the WAPO new 'tidbits' (reality warning):

Let's call it the "Wilson Sting":

"In a strange twist in the investig…

Plame Game -5 "Connecting the Dots"

New York Post: Report: Plame Gave Money to Anti-Bush Group

"WASHINGTON — Outed CIA spy Valerie Plame last fall gave a campaign contribution to go toward an anti-Bush fund-raising concert starring Bruce Springsteen, it was revealed Tuesday night.

It's the first revelation that Plame participated in anti-Bush political activity while working for the CIA.

The $372 donation to the anti-Bush group America Coming Together (search), first reported by Time magazine's Web site, was made in Plame's married name of Valerie E. Wilson and covered two tickets.

The Federal Election Commission (search) record lists her occupation as "retired" even though she's still a CIA staffer. Under employer it says: "N.A."

A special prosecutor is probing whether Plame's CIA identity was leaked to retaliate against her husband, Joseph Wilson (search), for attacking President Bush's Iraq policy after he went on an Iraq-linked CIA mission arranged by his wife.

Wilson — who…

Thieves at Air America?

AIR AMERICA: STEALING FROM POOR KIDS?!

Michelle Malkin has the low down on the low life (I mean, oh, leave it alone), shenanigans of Air America ripping off poor kids.

Via Radio Blogger:

"What happens when the mainstream media, after years of seething over conservative talk radio's success, discover its alternative got diverted public funds, earmarked instead for inner-city youth and seniors?

The answer, with one key exception: they pretend it didn't happen.

Yes, only because of a New York Daily News tidbit do we know that Bronx-based Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club nearly shut down major programs recently, because almost $500,000 in governmental grant money was instead diverted to Air America's liberal radio network."


Captain's Quarters has done some more digging on the story here.

Where is the MSM on this story?

Senator Schumer?......Senator Clinton?........

And They Were Expecting?

NY Times - Files Highlight Legal Stances of a Nominee

The NY Time breathlessly reports that Robert's papers shows he believes in strictly interpreting the constitution and not legislating from the bench.

"COLLEGE PARK, Md., July 26 - As a young lawyer in the Justice Department at the beginning of Ronald Reagan's presidency, John G. Roberts advocated judicial restraint on the issues of the day, many of which are still topical, documents released Tuesday by the National Archives show.

He defended, for instance, the constitutionality of proposed legislation to restrict the ability of federal courts to order busing to desegregate schools.

On other civil rights issues, he encouraged a cautious approach by courts and federal agencies in enforcing laws against discrimination.

Judge Roberts, now on the federal court of appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, also argued that Congress had the constitutional power "to divest the lower federal courts of jurisdiction over schoo…

Light and Dark, Night and Day...

Spamming God Can Get You Killed?

Russian Media Hails Spammer’s Murder

"Russia’s most (in)famous spammer, Vardan Kushnir, 35, was dead in his apartment in downtown Moscow on Monday, July 25. Someone repeatedly smashed his head with a heavy object, authorities say, and then ransacked his entire apartment. The authorities have obviously got no clue as to who that someone might have been.

And, as a matter of fact, they don’t seem to really care: every day between 10 and 20 people meet a violent death in Russia’s capital, and a significant part of those crimes remains unsolved (Russia’s Interior Ministry reports 1,935 unsolved murders, 73,000 burglaries and 11,400 robberies between January and May in this year alone). There is no reason for Moscow’s law enforcement officials to give Kushnir’s case any special treatment, so they most probably won’t. But the Moscow-based media is awash with comments and speculations, expounding one simple, albeit largely irrational, theory: someone (ranging from God almighty to an irat…

Daily Kos - "That's Lame" Alert

The DailyKos, hrrump....is regurgitating a story - well, a rumor....well, not even a rumor...

Ok, trash talk.

"As a string of foes from John McCain to Richard Clarke can attest, Karl Rove has never been shy about using personal attacks for political gain. But as the Valerie Plame scandal rages on, the Bush administration's in-house bulldog may be forced to endure a taste of his own medicine [...]

For years, political insiders in the Lone Star State have whispered about Rove's close friendship with lobbyist Karen Johnson, a never-married, forty-something GOP loyalist from Austin, Texas. The two first became close when Johnson sat on the board of then-Governor George W. Bush's Business Council over a decade ago. Their friendship reportedly deepened after Bush appointed Johnson--a little-known spokesperson for the Texas Good Roads Association--to a seat on his Transportation Department transition team in 2000. The plum appointment enabled Johnson's lobbying firm, Infras…

Connecting the Dots.....

How come every time Wilson shows up, Senator Schumer shows up? How come everytime Schumer is at the podium, Hillary Clinton isn't far behind. Schumer put in the original request for the investigation, and then showed up again when Rove was identified as Cooper's source.

Connections....connections.....

I found this "connection" on a post at Right Nation:

"1) Matthew Cooper's wife, Mandy Grunwald, is an inner-circle Clintonite, who has been one of Hillary's closest political advisers for years.

Cooper and his wife move in the very same social circles as Wilson and his wife. In the Washington political scene everybody knows everybody.
I have seen pre-"leak" pictures of Valerie Plame with Bill Clinton at black-tie Dem fund-raising parties.

Matthew Cooper didn't need a source to tell him what Plame does for a living, he knows damn well what she does.

2) Valerie Plame works in the WMD department at the CIA.
Judith Miller is the New York Times foremost…

Media Blog - National Review - Takes a look at leaks

Media Blog -
Stephen Spruiell Reporting - Inman on the Culture of Leaks


Stephen over at National Review asked a question of Admiral Bobby R. Inman (USN Ret) about the Plame Game:

"I was utterly appalled during the 2004 election cycle at the number of clearly politically motivated leaks from intelligence organizations — mostly if not all from CIA — that appeared to me to be the most crass thing I had ever seen to influence the outcome of an election. I never saw it quite as harsh as it was. And clearing books to be published anonymously — there was no precedent for it. I started getting telephone calls from CIA retirees when Bush appointed Negroponte, talking about how vindictive the administration was in trying to punish CIA, and I was again sort of dismayed by the effort to play politics including with information that was classified. What is the impact on younger workers who see the higher-ups engaged in this kind of leaking?"

When asked more specifically about Plame the A…

Plame Game Update - 4

Blog and MSM coverage surrounding the Plame Game so far has I feel has made two critical mistakes:

1. That they are "guessing" what Fitzgerald is looking at, ie; perjury, etc. The fact is no one really has a clue what he's looking at.

2. That we are still talking about primarily a leak. It's gone WAY beyond that.

Right now there is this pretzel logic going around that Fitzgerald is looking at perjury, with the only 'evidence' being that reporters said something different that Rove and Libby said, Ms. Plame's status was questionable, that could be the only reason he's taking so long. So of course, according to the MSM and other pundits, Rove and Libby are lying and the good old boys of journalism are not. Right!

Again, we don't know. But I do think Tim Russert may have reason to sweat and stammer every bit as much as he was on last Sunday's Meet the Press. In fact, I though he was going to break down at any minute. Maybe that's just my o…