David Griffin Speech, 4/18/05 (UW – Madison)

A few days back, I pointed everyone to an explosive lecture on the events of 9/11/01 by David Griffin, author of the bestselling book, The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions. Griffin’™s well documented and engaging presentation – everything the advance reviews led me to believe – was broadcast on CSPAN this morning.

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A few days back, I pointed everyone to an explosive lecture on the events of 9/11/01 by David Griffin, author of the bestselling book, The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions. Griffin’™s well documented and engaging presentation – everything the advance reviews led me to believe – was broadcast on CSPAN this morning.

In the previous posting, there was a link to an exceptionally large .avi file of the lecture at 911Blogger; a 150mb bandwidth hog. Downloads of the non-streaming file ate up 911Blogger’™s bandwidth very quickly, so availability of the vid has been somewhat spotty. (Update: There is now an 80 25mb windows media version online here. If you download the file, please hit dz’™s PayPal tip cup with a buck or three to help defray the bandwidth cost, and as thanks for the hard work!)

Earlier today, I was in contact with the sponsoring organization of the lecture (MJUCA) inquiring about the availability of streaming video or a written transcript. Neither are online yet, however, audio of the lecture (.mp3 format) can be downloaded or streamed at septembereleventh.org’™s website. Griffin’™s entire presentation, with Q&A, runs about an hour and twenty minutes – time well spent, imo.

Take a listen.

Update, 5/1: From the comments, David Patnode attended Dr. Griffin’™s lecture in Madison, and offers a thoughtful review at Serendipity.

Saturday, April 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Terrorism

Pennsylvania Republican Whiners

They’™re whining about Bob Casey, who is leading Rick ‘œFetch the Stick, Rex’ Santorum by 14 points. Now I’™ve got criticisms of Casey, too, but these guys are being pretty novel.

Santorum has been getting rotten press, and that’™s a good thing. In the last months he’™s been raked over the [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

They’™re whining about Bob Casey, who is leading Rick ‘œFetch the Stick, Rex’ Santorum by 14 points. Now I’™ve got criticisms of Casey, too, but these guys are being pretty novel.

Santorum has been getting rotten press, and that’™s a good thing. In the last months he’™s been raked over the coals for connections to WalMart and Outback, for pandering in the Schiavo mess, for stealing money from the Penn Hills School District, for cheating on his taxes by claiming a homestead exemption for a home he doesn’™t reside in, etc., etc. Casey’™s done a good job of just lying low while Rick ‘œWhat a cute Puppy’ Santorum shoots himself in the foot.

Now the Repubs here in PA are whining, saying Casey is sending surrogates to pound Santorum on these issues, while saying nothing himself. First, they’™re giving a lot more credit to Casey’™s organization than it merits. But to say there’™s some sort of conspiracy going on, without addressing real ethical lapses, is, of course, a crock. But it is the usual crock of Republican bullshit, that’™s for sure.

Saturday, April 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Politics - Pa.

This US Army Sure Knows How to Recruit

No High School Diploma? Well, just say you are a graduate of some Christian High School, and it’™ll work out. Drug problem? They’™ll help you with the cup-pissing routine. At least, that’™s what happened when the army tried to recruit David McSwane, of Denver.

I’™m hearing from the Repubs that [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

No High School Diploma? Well, just say you are a graduate of some Christian High School, and it’™ll work out. Drug problem? They’™ll help you with the cup-pissing routine. At least, that’™s what happened when the army tried to recruit David McSwane, of Denver.

I’™m hearing from the Repubs that faked WMD evidence and ethics investigations against Tom DeLay, complaints against faked newscasts and the Valerie Plame affair, all those dishonesty problems that folks like us complain about concerning the Bush Administration. . . the Republicans say those are all partisan complaints. No, they’™re real, and the dishonesty of the Bush Administration is beginning to seep into everything, all the way down to the recruiting of soldiers. This isn’™t just desparation to get quotas, this is an ethical breakdown showing what business as usual for the Republicans can do to our once stellar all volunteer army.

How the heck did the Army recruiter decide on a fake high school for the kid that seemed so much like a Christian high school? Has the theocratic impulse of the Bushies really sunk so far into these institutions?

Saturday, April 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Holy War

And Dubya’€™s Man-Date Has What to Say About This?

This won’™t sit too well with the American Holy Roller Jihadis – particularly after Maximum Leader’™s handholding affair with the Saudi Crown Prince earlier this week:

The Saudi daily Al-Jazirah reported that 40 men, women, and children with Pakistani citizenship were arrested on April 21, 2005 after performing Christian religious rites in an apartment in the [...]

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This won’™t sit too well with the American Holy Roller Jihadis – particularly after Maximum Leader’™s handholding affair with the Saudi Crown Prince earlier this week:

The Saudi daily Al-Jazirah reported that 40 men, women, and children with Pakistani citizenship were arrested on April 21, 2005 after performing Christian religious rites in an apartment in the Thaharat Al-Badi’™a neighborhood in western Riyadh. The arrest was part of a sweeping police operation by the Riyadh District Police, at the order of Riyadh Governor Prince Salman bin Abd Al-’™Aziz.


‘A Saudi religious police source explained the reason for the arrest: ‘œThese people tried to spread the poison and their beliefs to others, by means of distributing pamphlets and [missionary] publications.’ He said that all the detainees ‘œhad been transferred to the relevant bodies for investigation.’

On the other hand, maybe it will give Dobson and Perkins some ideas to float with Frist and DeLay. ‘œReligious Police’. I’™m sure the General would endorse that position, and most possibly even offer up his services.

Saturday, April 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |

Sometimes, It’s Better Just to STFU

After 11 car bomb attacks in Iraq yesterday, which killed over 50 people and injured scores more, you just knew some specious statement like this would be issued:

‘¦Despite Friday’™s bloody toll, the U.S. military maintained that attacks are diminishing overall in Iraq.

‘œWe see these attacks as another desperate attempt by the terrorists to discredit [...]

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After 11 car bomb attacks in Iraq yesterday, which killed over 50 people and injured scores more, you just knew some specious statement like this would be issued:

‘¦Despite Friday’™s bloody toll, the U.S. military maintained that attacks are diminishing overall in Iraq.


‘œWe see these attacks as another desperate attempt by the terrorists to discredit the newly formed Iraqi government’ and ‘œdrive a wedge between the Iraqi people and their right to choose their own destiny,’ the military said in a statement Friday’¦

It’™s hard to believe anyone could say that with a straight face. For the 2,347th time.

Update, 5/1/05, 2PM EDT: Car Bomb Blast at Iraqi Funeral Kills 20. I can’™t keep up anymore. The place seems completely out of control.

Saturday, April 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Iraq,Permalink

When Wingnuts Attack Your Retirement

They fully intend to destroy Social Security and turn it into a welfare program for the elderly. They really do. And you know how wingnuts feel about welfare.

People in my age bracket are well and truly screwed if this goes forward.

You know that ‘œprivate account’ thingy the BushBots have been pushing so hard? [...]

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They fully intend to destroy Social Security and turn it into a welfare program for the elderly. They really do. And you know how wingnuts feel about welfare.

People in my age bracket are well and truly screwed if this goes forward.

You know that ‘œprivate account’ thingy the BushBots have been pushing so hard? Invest your money in Alpo shares.

Update, 4/30: Kevin Drum has been all over this, here and here.

Friday, April 29th, 2005 by Richard Blair |

North of the 49th

I’™d be remiss if I didn’™t take note that RossK of Gazetteer (on ASZ’™s blogroll as a Progressive Uber Alles) has been on a tear recently. Yeah, we’™ve got our own axes to grind down here south of the 49th parallel, but RossK does such a sweet job of bridging how interconnected Canada and [...]

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I’™d be remiss if I didn’™t take note that RossK of Gazetteer (on ASZ’™s blogroll as a Progressive Uber Alles) has been on a tear recently. Yeah, we’™ve got our own axes to grind down here south of the 49th parallel, but RossK does such a sweet job of bridging how interconnected Canada and the U.S. really are.

Today, Ross muses on the Minutemen movement in Arizona – and how such a conclave of vigilantes might be received on the U.S.’™s northern border.

Hey Ross, ask your guys to at least load the mortars with 12oz. true Blue, please. Eh?

And keep your stick on the ice.

Friday, April 29th, 2005 by Richard Blair |

Populism, Latin American Style

Early on last year, I became a John Edwards supporter during the Democratic Party primary season. He was only a faint a blip on my radar screen prior to the Iowa caucus, but on that evening I understood (at a macro level) what it would take for a candidate to reach out to the [...]

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Early on last year, I became a John Edwards supporter during the Democratic Party primary season. He was only a faint a blip on my radar screen prior to the Iowa caucus, but on that evening I understood (at a macro level) what it would take for a candidate to reach out to the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party – a truly populist message. By virtue of his background and upbringing, John Edwards had the street cred to deliver that message. His ‘œTwo Americas‘ stump speech prompted me to write a check to his ill-fated campaign. And even now, with more than a year in the rear view mirror, I haven’™t forgotten the crux of what he was trying to say:

‘¦Today, under George W. Bush, there are two Americas, not one: One America that does the work, another America that reaps the reward.

Perhaps John Edwards was just the wrong delivery person to articulate the viewpoint, or maybe, just maybe, he was a wee bit ahead of his time.

Now, let’™s posit for the moment that John Edwards was, during the course of his campaign, threatened with a jail term on politically trumped up charges from the local constabulary in North Carolina. Just think about the free air time he would have received on CNN. Do you think that would have helped him drive home his message?

That’™s sort of the strategy that populist Mexico City Mayor Andres Lopez Obrador has employed to press his cause. And it’™s winning him a lot of converts. Going into Mexico’™s presidential elections 14 months down the road, Lopez Obrador is the prohibitive favorite to literally run away with the election. BushCo associates in the Mexican government such as current President Vincete Fox are perplexed and concerned’¦

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Friday, April 29th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Latin America

Religious Justice Served

In a move that will likely upset a segment of the Methodist Church, an appeals panel of the church today overturned an earlier ruling that defrocked a lesbian Methodist minister in Philadelphia.

Beth Stroud was stripped of her clerical credentials back in December for being an open, practicing lesbian. There was never any question about [...]

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In a move that will likely upset a segment of the Methodist Church, an appeals panel of the church today overturned an earlier ruling that defrocked a lesbian Methodist minister in Philadelphia.

Beth Stroud was stripped of her clerical credentials back in December for being an open, practicing lesbian. There was never any question about her faith or devotion to her religion. Her only ‘œsin’ was in openly living with another woman.

After the local ruling, Stroud appealed the decision to a national panel. This morning, the appeals panel agreed on an 8 to 1 vote to return her to her congregation in inner city Philadelphia:

LINTHICUM, Md. – The United Methodist Church reversed itself Friday, deciding to reinstate a lesbian minister who was defrocked after revealing her relationship with another woman.

A church panel voted 8 to 1 to set aside an earlier decision to defrock Irene ‘œBeth’ Stroud for violating the church’™s ban on openly gay clergy.

The Philadelphia minister said she was relieved by the ruling and hopes the church will become more inclusive to people regardless of sexual orientation’¦

The decision was a ballsy move by the United Methodist Church. More importantly, it sets a ministerial diversity precedent with which it’™s difficult to disagree. No doubt the wingnuts will be screaming before the day is out – and like the Presbyterian church before it, more hardline factions will try to split the Methodist church with a rainbow colored wedge.

But right now, I’™m just happy for Beth Stroud. It’™s been a long, very public (at least in Philadelphia) struggle for her. This is most certainly a small victory for tolerance in an increasingly intolerant world.

(More at bethstroud.info)

Friday, April 29th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Holy War

Admin – A Shout Out to sukabi

If you’™ve noticed a slightly new look to ASZ over the past few days, it’™s thanks to graphics wunderkind sukabi. We’™re continuing to tighten things up in the new home, and are about ready to roll out some extended functionality to the ASZ site. Haven’™t registered as an ASZ member yet? You [...]

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If you’™ve noticed a slightly new look to ASZ over the past few days, it’™s thanks to graphics wunderkind sukabi. We’™re continuing to tighten things up in the new home, and are about ready to roll out some extended functionality to the ASZ site. Haven’™t registered as an ASZ member yet? You might want to – it doesn’™t cost you a dime, and you’™ll need to do so in order to access some of the new areas of ASZ that we’™ll be firing up over the next couple of weeks as time permits.

Friday, April 29th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Admin
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