Why Plame, Cooper, and Miller Matter to Me

Anyone that’™s been hanging around ASZ for awhile knows that I’™m a veteran of the U.S. Navy submarine force. The Silent Service is one of the elite branches in the U.S. military. I’™m proud of my service, I wear my dolphins on my sleeve, and I will go to my grave believing [...]

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Anyone that’™s been hanging around ASZ for awhile knows that I’™m a veteran of the U.S. Navy submarine force. The Silent Service is one of the elite branches in the U.S. military. I’™m proud of my service, I wear my dolphins on my sleeve, and I will go to my grave believing that I personally played an integral role in the end of the Cold War. My own ‘œband of brothers’ went places and did things that few people outside of this small fraternity of sailors could ever imagine.

During my time in the submarine force, one thing was quite clear – my counterparts in the Soviet Union were making strides, in leaps and bounds, to match the U.S. in underwater technology and warfare strategy. We had to literally get smarter by the day to stay ahead of them. There were actually a couple of classes of Soviet submarines that U.S. submariners were in awe of from a performance standpoint.

How did the Soviets go from clunky Echo and Golf-class submarines that you could literally hear from an ocean away, to quiet stealth and operations in less than a generation of technology?

One man and his sons’¦

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Thursday, June 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: TreasonGate

New Homeland Security Chief?

I’™ve got it on good authority from the liberal media that Mr. Bush is naming Yoda as his newest Homeland Security Chief. Evidently the current chief will go back to being a judge in Philadelphia.

Yoda will be a vast improvement. I’™m not sure he’™ll put up with Republican attempts to [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

I’™ve got it on good authority from the liberal media that Mr. Bush is naming Yoda as his newest Homeland Security Chief. Evidently the current chief will go back to being a judge in Philadelphia.

Yoda will be a vast improvement. I’™m not sure he’™ll put up with Republican attempts to delete our civil liberties, but he sure is good with a light sabre. And he speaks funny, not unlike the Commander-in-Chief himself. Of course, the fact that they are both puppets is a pretty strong reason to put Yoda in, but why not go all the way, abdicate, and let Yoda take over. He’™s a superior puppet ‘” Cheney and Halliburton make for low-quality puppetry in comparison to Frank Oz.

Thursday, June 30th, 2005 by Steven Reynolds |
Category: Humor

ADMIN – Weekend Guest Blogger

Since most of the ASZ unindicted co-conspirators are going to be engaged this coming weekend, I’™ve asked Charles Norman Todd to guest blog for the next few days.

You might recognize Charles, at least if you follow Carnival of the UnCapitalists – he’™s the original protagonist of C-un-C, and proprietor of Freiheit und [...]

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Since most of the ASZ unindicted co-conspirators are going to be engaged this coming weekend, I’™ve asked Charles Norman Todd to guest blog for the next few days.

You might recognize Charles, at least if you follow Carnival of the UnCapitalists – he’™s the original protagonist of C-un-C, and proprietor of Freiheit und Wissen. At the moment, Charles is engaged in a startup project (one that I’™m also proud to be a part of), UnCapitalist Journal. UCJ will be debuting in the near future, and I think you’™ll be pleasantly surprised – I’™ll make a big announcement when it’™s ready to launch.

In the meantime, Charles has graciously agreed to carry us through the long July 4th holiday in grand style. I think you’™ll be challenged by his insights into a variety of topics, which is why I begged and pleaded with him to cover for us. ;)

Also over the weekend, we’™ll be running a ‘œBest of ASZ’ article at least once per day. For those of you new to the blog, it’™s a great way to get a taste of what we’™ve done over the past 18 months. For those of us who pour our guts into this enterprise day in and out for no compensation other than your readership, well, it’™s a cheapo way for us to catch a three day break.

Enjoy your weekend! (And I’™m still waiting for that Logan Square or Art Museum area invite to Live 8′¦)

Thursday, June 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Admin

Please Send a Note of Appreciation to Grover Norquist!

This is what happens when you cut and cut and cut taxes, and infrastructure (like highways) starts falling apart. It’™s a damn good thing that Ike proposed and funded the Interstate Highway System, back when the U.S. government actually had a commitment to furthering the public good. People didn’™t necessarily look at taxes [...]

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This is what happens when you cut and cut and cut taxes, and infrastructure (like highways) starts falling apart. It’™s a damn good thing that Ike proposed and funded the Interstate Highway System, back when the U.S. government actually had a commitment to furthering the public good. People didn’™t necessarily look at taxes as a bad thing.

But after 30 years of GOP caterwauling about ‘œsmaller government’ (when actually, government has expanded significantly under all recent GOP administrations), the chickens are finally coming home to roost.

Can you imagine trying to push such a project through in 2005? You’™d be driving on Rt. 66 for the rest of your natural life (while you waited for the long-promised flying cars, anyway).

Congress seen paving way for private toll roads

‘œSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The next road you travel ‘” and pay a toll to use ‘” could be privately owned.

Looking for ways to finance highway projects without hitting the public trough, the U.S. Congress appears set to pass a proposal to encourage private ownership of new toll roads.

The provision, part of the highway spending bill now being hammered out by a Senate and House conference committee, would allow private companies to raise up to $15 billion for highway projects with bonds that are exempt from federal income taxes’¦

So, what we’™re actually looking at is a hidden tax – what the GOP likes to call a ‘user tax’œ or ‘sin tax’ – like you have a choice about driving on the roads’¦

Thursday, June 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: General

Break in Plame Investigation – Time Gives In

Last night, I watched the news as Matthew Cooper nervously went before the cameras, with a court appearance pending tomorrow that would most likely determine whether he went immediately to jail for failing to reveal his source on the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. Cooper’™s statement yesterday was unequivocable – he would not [...]

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Last night, I watched the news as Matthew Cooper nervously went before the cameras, with a court appearance pending tomorrow that would most likely determine whether he went immediately to jail for failing to reveal his source on the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. Cooper’™s statement yesterday was unequivocable – he would not reveal the name of the source – BUT, he (shoulders shrugged) had no control over what Time Magazine did with the information. Clearly, his statement was a message to the editors of Time – ‘œCan you get me off the hook? For old times’™ sake?‘

This morning, Time magazine threw Cooper a lifeline:

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Time Magazine said on Thursday it would comply with a court order to hand over subpoenaed records to a grand jury in a move that could spare one of its reporters jail over his refusal to reveal confidential sources’¦

So, it’™s starting to break open. While we may not immediately know the identity of the source (indeed, we may never know the source, depending on court seals and gags), we do know now that the Plame investigation will move forward. And that’™s a good thing – not just because it’™s another black eye for BushCo, but because of the true, instead of BushCo faux, national security implications of this entire affair.

Update, 12:40PM: – both David Corn and Atrios get this one wrong, I think. All snark aside, the Plame incident always has and always will be about national security issues. There can be no ‘journalistic privilege’™ in cases such as this one. Both Cooper and Judith Miller have knowledge of the source of a treasonous act that endangered (and still potentially endangers) U.S. interests and covert operatives around the world. What’™s so hard to understand about that?

For cripes sakes, guys, quit giving the wingnuts any cover on this one. Can you imagine how this whole thing would have played if it happened to the Clinton administration??

‘Nuf said.

Thursday, June 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |

Tuckered out?

via the NYT:

‘œMSNBC is the River Styx of television talk shows. These kinds of news-based programs were supposed to serve as a farm team for the network leagues, testing the talent of lesser-known commentators and reporters in a looser, more forgiving format. Lately, however, all the synergy is going south, all the way to Hades. [...]

Commentary By: coeruleus

via the NYT:

‘œMSNBC is the River Styx of television talk shows. These kinds of news-based programs were supposed to serve as a farm team for the network leagues, testing the talent of lesser-known commentators and reporters in a looser, more forgiving format. Lately, however, all the synergy is going south, all the way to Hades. Washouts often get a second chance on MSNBC and its sister channel, CNBC, but it is mostly a last chance’¦.


‘When Mr. Carlson, who started as a writer at The Weekly Standard, began on ‘œCrossfire’ he seemed like a brainy young contrarian, brought in to challenge liberal pieties – a Junior Miss version of George Will. Time and the ever-shortening attention span of cable news have turned him into a George Will o’™ the Wisp; his opinions are loud but ever more vaporous.’

still to busy to comment much, but go read the article: very funny!

Thursday, June 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Media

WWLD? (What Would Lawrence Do?)

Kudos to The Heretik, who is emerging as a rising star among the Left Blogzome’™s premier Photoshoppers. Oh, and the article that goes with this poster? Every bit as good as the poster itself. Go read.

The people of England have been led in Mesopotamia into a trap from which it will be [...]

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Kudos to The Heretik, who is emerging as a rising star among the Left Blogzome’™s premier Photoshoppers. Oh, and the article that goes with this poster? Every bit as good as the poster itself. Go read.

The people of England have been led in Mesopotamia into a trap from which it will be hard to escape with dignity and honour. They have been tricked into it by a steady withholding of information. The Baghdad communiques are belated, insincere, incomplete. Things have been far worse than we have been told, our administration more bloody and inefficient than the public knows. It is a disgrace to our imperial record, and may soon be too inflamed for any ordinary cure. We are to-day not far from a disaster’¦

- T.E. Lawrence, ‘œA Report on Mesopotamia‘, 1920

Thursday, June 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Iraq

Seeya! I”m California Bound

The SpinDentist will not be writing for a few days. I’™m headed out to meet with family in the San Franciso area. Perhaps I’™ll spoil a couple little future flower girls, the spinnerettes, and the ring bearer and I will play a little pinball. Darn it, nieces and nephews need spoiling once [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

The SpinDentist will not be writing for a few days. I’™m headed out to meet with family in the San Franciso area. Perhaps I’™ll spoil a couple little future flower girls, the spinnerettes, and the ring bearer and I will play a little pinball. Darn it, nieces and nephews need spoiling once in a while.

Pray for me, though. On Saturday I’™m golfing with my future father-in-law, and I’™ve not golfed in seven or eight years. Last time an alligator ate my balls! Yikes! At least this time I won’™t suffer that badly.

I shall return July 5.

Thursday, June 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Admin,Permalink

DSM Reaction Or Just Plain Fed Up?

So is this latest Zogby poll a result of the Downing Street Minutes, or is the country finally waking up to what a failure this administration has been?
President Bush”s televised address to the nation produced no noticeable bounce in his approval numbers, with his job approval rating slipping a point from a week ago, to [...]


Commentary By: sukabi

So is this latest Zogby poll a result of the Downing Street Minutes, or is the country finally waking up to what a failure this administration has been?

President Bush”s televised address to the nation produced no noticeable bounce in his approval numbers, with his job approval rating slipping a point from a week ago, to 43%, in the latest Zogby International poll. And, in a sign of continuing polarization, more than two-in-five voters (42%) say they would favor impeachment proceedings if it is found the President misled the nation about his reasons for going to war with Iraq. ..

And in an effort to continue this progress and pry the truth out of the administration 52 House members file FOIA request seeking documents related to Downing Street minutes

Representative John Conyers, Jr., (D-MI) House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member, along with 51 other Members today submitted a broad and comprehensive FOIA request to the White House, the Department of Defense, and the Department of State seeking any and all documents and materials concerning the Downing Street Minutes and the lead up to the Iraq war, RAW STORY has learned.


In addition, the Members also formally requested that the House Committees on Judiciary, Armed Services, International Relations, and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence commence hearings on the Downing Street Minutes.

Thursday, June 30th, 2005 by sukabi |

America In the Tank

 

I’™ve been to New Hampshire on many occasions. It’™s a bit of an odd place, probably because it’™s sandwiched between Canada, Vermont, Maine, and Boston. But this is just plain weird. Don’™t say I didn’™t warn ya.

ALBANYA 45-year-old Gardiner, Maine, man was arrested Sunday on criminal trespass charges after a [...]

Commentary By: Richard Blair

I’™ve been to New Hampshire on many occasions. It’™s a bit of an odd place, probably because it’™s sandwiched between Canada, Vermont, Maine, and Boston. But this is just plain weird. Don’™t say I didn’™t warn ya.

ALBANYA 45-year-old Gardiner, Maine, man was arrested Sunday on criminal trespass charges after a teenage girl found him staring at her from below an outhouse seat, police said.

 

Police pulled Gary Moody from the waste tank under a log cabin outhouse off the Kancamagus Highway at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

‘œWe had to decontaminate him,’ said Capt. Jon Hebert of the Carroll County Sheriff’™s Department, adding that firefighters hosed the man down before police handcuffed him.

‘œWe treated him as if he were hazardous material,’ Hebert said’¦

No word yet on whether or not he had a W’™04 sticker on his truck.

h/t to Eschaton Magazine commentor bkny for the head’™s up’¦

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Humor
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