Tuesday, November 30, 2004

MSNBC - The problem is... Liberals

MSNBC - The problem is...

Red Cross Finds Detainee Abuse in Guantánamo

Pre-emptive Strikes Justified: UN Report

Pre-emptive Strikes Justified: UN Report

Red Cross Finds Detainee Abuse in Guantánamo

Newsday.com: Kickback allegations probed

Newsday.com: Kickback allegations probed

Ukraine: A Falling Out Among Thieves

Ukraine: A Falling Out Among Thieves

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | US campaign behind the turmoil in Kiev

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | US campaign behind the turmoil in Kiev

Fallujah's 9/11: U.S. Used Weapons of Mass Destruction

Break for News - Your Independent News Source

The role of the UN

Dar Al Hayat

Israel's Battle in Fallujah

Dar Al Hayat

Common Cause Blog :: The Price of Democracy

Common Cause Blog :: The Price of Democracy

Break for News - Your Independent News Source

Break for News - Your Independent News Source

The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: Blood Is Thicker Than Gravy

The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: Blood Is Thicker Than Gravy

News Article

News Article

Safire's possible successors tainted by pattern ... [Media Matters for America]

Safire's possible successors tainted by pattern ... [Media Matters for America]

Terrorism & Security | csmonitor.com: They hate our policies, not our freedom

Terrorism & Security | csmonitor.com

Break for News - Your Independent News Source: FBI 911 Article

Break for News - Your Independent News Source

ZNet chomsky 2004 Election US

ZNet | Electoral Politics | 2004 Elections

The Free Press -- Independent News Media - Election 2004

The Free Press -- Independent News Media - Election 2004

Baghdad Burning

Baghdad Burning

Friday, November 26, 2004

Salt Lake Tribune - Utah: FBI likely knew of OK City Bombing Plot

Salt Lake Tribune - Utah

Fahrenheit 911 (and a half): Hard News: 'Unusual Weapons' Used in Fallujah

Fahrenheit 911 (and a half): Hard News: 'Unusual Weapons' Used in Fallujah

Cold War crisis in Ukraine

Cold War crisis in Ukraine

Saudis, Enron money helped pay for US rigged election

Saudis, Enron money helped pay for US rigged election

AP Wire | 11/24/2004 | Double vote counted blamed on disk duplication

AP Wire | 11/24/2004 | Double vote counted blamed on disk duplication

The Common Ills: When NPR Fails You, Who You Gonna' Call? Not the Ombudsman

The Common Ills: When NPR Fails You, Who You Gonna' Call? Not the Ombudsman

The Columbus Dispatch - Election

The Columbus Dispatch - Election

What went wrong with exit polling

veterans for common sense

Guardsmen say they feel like prisoners

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Unconstitutional: The War On Our Civil Liberties :: Disinformation :: The gateway to the underground - news, politics, conspiracy and weirdness.

Unconstitutional: The War On Our Civil Liberties :: Disinformation :: The gateway to the underground - news, politics, conspiracy and weirdness.: "Unconstitutional: The War On Our Civil Liberties"

Technology Review: The Real Problem with Voting

Technology Review: The Real Problem with Voting

Bush's latest mortgage on national security

Salon.com Politics

Michael Savage: Iraq

Democratic Underground Forums - Miami County, Ohio. Fraud or incredible coincidences?

Democratic Underground Forums - Miami County, Ohio. Fraud or incredible coincidences?

NBC News producer Dan Abrams says Geneva convention should be discarded while killing Iraqi's.

IraqWar: All about IraqWar. News from Iraq: IraqWar and politics, economy.: "NBC News producer Dan Abrams says Geneva convention should be discarded while killing Iraqi's."

IraqWar: All about IraqWar. News from Iraq: IraqWar and politics, economy.

IraqWar: All about IraqWar. News from Iraq: IraqWar and politics, economy.

CNEWS - World - Iraq: Iraqi civilians held by U.S. troops in Fallujah report abuse

CNEWS - World - Iraq: Iraqi civilians held by U.S. troops in Fallujah report abuse

Witnesses say US forces killed unarmed civilians

Witnesses say US forces killed unarmed civilians

Our Leader Posted by Hello

Witnesses say US forces killed unarmed civilians

Witnesses say US forces killed unarmed civilians

Wednesday, November 24, 2004


Video about Carlyle Group Posted by Hello

Evidence mounts of US war crimes in Fallujah :: from www.uruknet.info :: news from occupied Iraq

Evidence mounts of US war crimes in Fallujah :: from www.uruknet.info :: news from occupied Iraq

The New York Times > Opinion > Editorial: Rolling Back Women's Rights

The New York Times > Opinion > Editorial: Rolling Back Women's Rights

The Incredible Presidential Hulk by Mike Rogers

The Incredible Presidential Hulk by Mike Rogers

Iraq Protests U.N. Decision on Probe

Iraq Protests U.N. Decision on Probe

Participants in the Cover-Up of 9/11: The Case of American and United Airlines,

Participants in the Cover-Up of 9/11: The Case of American and United Airlines,

Confusion As US Troops Raid Wrong Homes

Confusion As US Troops Raid Wrong Homes: "Confusion As US Troops Raid Wrong Homes"

ID card scheme unveiled by Queen

ID card scheme unveiled by Queen: "ID card scheme unveiled by Queen"

The Daily Howler: Taxes, Gonzlales

The Daily Howler: "GETTING TO YES: In Sundays Post, Alan Berlow offers a remarkable portrait of Alberto Gonzales, the president's attorney general nominee"

The Daily Howler: Taxes and Alberto Gonzales

The Daily Howler: "GETTING TO YES: In Sunday�s Post, Alan Berlow offers a remarkable portrait of Alberto Gonzales, the president's attorney general nominee"

ZNet |Iraq | Occupier of a Prime Minister's Chair

ZNet |Iraq | Occupier of a Prime Minister's Chair: "Occupier of a Prime Minister's Chair "

America, the Stupid (Part of the "We Are So Fucked" Series):

The Rude Pundit

"We've become a banana republic"

Salon.com Politics: "'We've become a banana republic'"

Cunning Plan

Eschaton

Boston.com / News / World / Hawks push deep cuts in forces in Iraq

Boston.com / News / World / Hawks push deep cuts in forces in Iraq

Help Send Humanitarian Aid to Iraq

Let's scare the kids shall we?

Crooks and Liars: "Let's scare the kids shall we?"

The New Republic Online: Windsor Knot

The New Republic Online: Windsor Knot



DAILY EXPRESS
Windsor Knot
by Andrew Sullivan

Only at TNR Online
Post date: 11.23.04
oor Prince Charles. I defy anyone brought up the way he was to have an unfailing sense of the public mood, to be a politician to his fingertips or an intellectual with an open mind. He's a man forever waiting to be something that is only a role. It cannot be easy.

The latest example of his putting his royal foot in his royal mouth is a leaked memo released in a legal suit. A former employee is suing His Royal Highness's staff, alleging sex discrimination and unfair dismissal. A few centuries ago, that employee would no longer have a head. In the 21st century, she's a media star. And the memo? It was a frustrated rant by Charles about staffers always trying to do things beyond their abilities and their resentment when they are denied advancement. Here's the relevant extract:

What is wrong with people now? Why do they all seem to think they are qualified to do things far beyond their technical capabilities? This is to do with the learning culture in schools as a consequence of a child-centered system which admits no failure. People seem to think they can all be pop stars, high court judges, brilliant TV personalities or infinitely more competent heads of state without ever putting in the necessary work or having natural ability. This is the result of social utopianism which believes humanity can be genetically and socially engineered to contradict the lessons of history.

Not very elegantly put. But the prince is surely on to something. The grievance culture does indeed often lead people to claim discrimination when they are merely not being promoted for good reasons. The self-esteem fad does indeed prize confidence in oneself over the harsh measurement of others. Objective standardized tests are highly unpopular among elites, despite the fact that our new elites are largely a product of them.





But learning our own limits is the beginning of wisdom. Some people are simply not as intelligent as others. Some can play the piano brilliantly; others have no clue. I do not regard my own failure to play rugby for the England team as a huge injustice, although my father has yet to recover from it. The world should be glad I am not an accountant. I am not likely to become an Abercrombie and Fitch model. And if I consistently nagged and begged assorted model agencies to hire me, I would have no case. Isn't that really what the prince was saying?

Of course, nuances matter. When the skill-difference between jobs is trivial, sometimes ability can be in the eye of the beholder. Bad management can squelch the most eager and capable of drones. But Charles is right to bemoan the notion that anyone can do anything, and that if they don't, some injustice is somehow being perpetrated. That injustice is called life.

And this, of course, cuts to the chase of the meritocratic project. The inequalities of ability are far more crushing than the inequalities of a rigid class system. And the great mixed blessing of a democracy in which everyone has a chance at success is that inequality of results seems crueler and starker. It cannot be blamed away. We're not there yet, of course. But you only have to read The Bell Curve (no, not its racial chapter) to see where we are headed.

An open market society with an effective educational system in an economy that increasingly values brainpower over brawn will lead inexorably to greater and greater inequality. And that inequality may be even less tolerable for those at the bottom than in days gone by. We can ameliorate this. But even if we improve the education system, the result is greater efficiency in advancing inequality. Human envy will not die. Neither will differences in human ability. And resentment will grow.

Is there any way out? The only answer, I think, is cultural and moral. We have to decouple the notion of virtue and worth from material success. I don't think it's an accident that we see greater emphasis on religious faith and moral values at a time when our economy is increasingly rewarding people on the brutal basis of market worth. It's a way of correcting for inequality, by reminding people that their dignity inheres in something far more profound than their paycheck or social status.

But we can also find ways to make those jobs that pay little mean more. How? By actually acknowledging the worth of all sorts of professions and jobs, the dignity of manual labor, the variety of talents that make for a functioning society. And this is what Charles was also clumsily trying to say. Here's a passage from his "mea culpa" speech yesterday:

Success can come in many forms. In my view it is just as great an achievement to be a plumber or a bricklayer as it is to be a lawyer or a doctor. Not everyone has the same talents or abilities, but everyone, with the right nurturing, can make a real difference to their communities and to the country. This is why I am so encouraged by the efforts which are now being made to recognize vocational skills in our education system and in the wider economy. I know that my ideas are sometimes portrayed as old-fashioned. Well, they may be. But what I am concerned about are the things that are timeless regardless of the age that we live in. Also I have been around long enough to see what were at the time thought of as old-fashioned ideas now come into vogue. Ambition is a good thing and should never be constrained by a person's starting point in life and people must be encouraged to fulfill their aspirations in ways that recognize their different abilities and talents. Thank God they do and that we are not all the same.
Mickey Kaus thought this sounded condescending. I don't think so. I think it's genuine. And the prince, after all, should know. His own role in the world is, practically speaking, completely undeserved. In a meritocracy, he would never have become next in line to be head of state. Every time he speaks with people who have actually done things, created companies, run countries, written brilliant books, he must realize how out of his depth he is. Even his former wife completely out-classed him in the royalty department. But he does have a role; and his job is meaningful. And he does it the best he can.

The overclass, in this sense, gets the underclass. And finding a way to give dignity and meaning to both is one of the central tasks of our time.




The New Republic Online: Windsor Knot

The New Republic Online: Windsor Knot



DAILY EXPRESS
Windsor Knot
by Andrew Sullivan

Only at TNR Online
Post date: 11.23.04
oor Prince Charles. I defy anyone brought up the way he was to have an unfailing sense of the public mood, to be a politician to his fingertips or an intellectual with an open mind. He's a man forever waiting to be something that is only a role. It cannot be easy.

The latest example of his putting his royal foot in his royal mouth is a leaked memo released in a legal suit. A former employee is suing His Royal Highness's staff, alleging sex discrimination and unfair dismissal. A few centuries ago, that employee would no longer have a head. In the 21st century, she's a media star. And the memo? It was a frustrated rant by Charles about staffers always trying to do things beyond their abilities and their resentment when they are denied advancement. Here's the relevant extract:

What is wrong with people now? Why do they all seem to think they are qualified to do things far beyond their technical capabilities? This is to do with the learning culture in schools as a consequence of a child-centered system which admits no failure. People seem to think they can all be pop stars, high court judges, brilliant TV personalities or infinitely more competent heads of state without ever putting in the necessary work or having natural ability. This is the result of social utopianism which believes humanity can be genetically and socially engineered to contradict the lessons of history.

Not very elegantly put. But the prince is surely on to something. The grievance culture does indeed often lead people to claim discrimination when they are merely not being promoted for good reasons. The self-esteem fad does indeed prize confidence in oneself over the harsh measurement of others. Objective standardized tests are highly unpopular among elites, despite the fact that our new elites are largely a product of them.





But learning our own limits is the beginning of wisdom. Some people are simply not as intelligent as others. Some can play the piano brilliantly; others have no clue. I do not regard my own failure to play rugby for the England team as a huge injustice, although my father has yet to recover from it. The world should be glad I am not an accountant. I am not likely to become an Abercrombie and Fitch model. And if I consistently nagged and begged assorted model agencies to hire me, I would have no case. Isn't that really what the prince was saying?

Of course, nuances matter. When the skill-difference between jobs is trivial, sometimes ability can be in the eye of the beholder. Bad management can squelch the most eager and capable of drones. But Charles is right to bemoan the notion that anyone can do anything, and that if they don't, some injustice is somehow being perpetrated. That injustice is called life.

And this, of course, cuts to the chase of the meritocratic project. The inequalities of ability are far more crushing than the inequalities of a rigid class system. And the great mixed blessing of a democracy in which everyone has a chance at success is that inequality of results seems crueler and starker. It cannot be blamed away. We're not there yet, of course. But you only have to read The Bell Curve (no, not its racial chapter) to see where we are headed.

An open market society with an effective educational system in an economy that increasingly values brainpower over brawn will lead inexorably to greater and greater inequality. And that inequality may be even less tolerable for those at the bottom than in days gone by. We can ameliorate this. But even if we improve the education system, the result is greater efficiency in advancing inequality. Human envy will not die. Neither will differences in human ability. And resentment will grow.

Is there any way out? The only answer, I think, is cultural and moral. We have to decouple the notion of virtue and worth from material success. I don't think it's an accident that we see greater emphasis on religious faith and moral values at a time when our economy is increasingly rewarding people on the brutal basis of market worth. It's a way of correcting for inequality, by reminding people that their dignity inheres in something far more profound than their paycheck or social status.

But we can also find ways to make those jobs that pay little mean more. How? By actually acknowledging the worth of all sorts of professions and jobs, the dignity of manual labor, the variety of talents that make for a functioning society. And this is what Charles was also clumsily trying to say. Here's a passage from his "mea culpa" speech yesterday:

Success can come in many forms. In my view it is just as great an achievement to be a plumber or a bricklayer as it is to be a lawyer or a doctor. Not everyone has the same talents or abilities, but everyone, with the right nurturing, can make a real difference to their communities and to the country. This is why I am so encouraged by the efforts which are now being made to recognize vocational skills in our education system and in the wider economy. I know that my ideas are sometimes portrayed as old-fashioned. Well, they may be. But what I am concerned about are the things that are timeless regardless of the age that we live in. Also I have been around long enough to see what were at the time thought of as old-fashioned ideas now come into vogue. Ambition is a good thing and should never be constrained by a person's starting point in life and people must be encouraged to fulfill their aspirations in ways that recognize their different abilities and talents. Thank God they do and that we are not all the same.
Mickey Kaus thought this sounded condescending. I don't think so. I think it's genuine. And the prince, after all, should know. His own role in the world is, practically speaking, completely undeserved. In a meritocracy, he would never have become next in line to be head of state. Every time he speaks with people who have actually done things, created companies, run countries, written brilliant books, he must realize how out of his depth he is. Even his former wife completely out-classed him in the royalty department. But he does have a role; and his job is meaningful. And he does it the best he can.

The overclass, in this sense, gets the underclass. And finding a way to give dignity and meaning to both is one of the central tasks of our time.




Tuesday, November 23, 2004

History Channel Now Bush Administration Mouthpiece

History Channel Now Bush Administration Mouthpiece

How the Ohio election was rigged for Bush

The Free Press -- Independent News Media - Bob Fitrakis: "How the Ohio election was rigged for Bush"

Stock Market prediction

Eschaton

SOCIAL SECURITY FANTASYLAND

The Washington Monthly

Angry senators have 'poisoned' intelligence bill / The Washington Times INSIDER

Angry senators have 'poisoned' intelligence bill / The Washington Times INSIDER

Yahoo! News - Audit Lays Blames for Fla. Database Errors

Yahoo! News - Audit Lays Blames for Fla. Database Errors Wow: what a lie!

'Security services foil 9/11 attack in UK'

'Security services foil 9/11 attack in UK'

Cops Taser 14-Year-Old Who Wouldn't Drop Game Boy

Cops Taser 14-Year-Old Who Wouldn't Drop Game Boy

Stolen Election 2004: Monday Update | Democrats.com Blog

Stolen Election 2004: Monday Update | Democrats.com Blog

Daily Howler: Our tribe is good--and their tribe is bad. It's the world's oldest profession

Daily Howler: Our tribe is good--and their tribe is bad. It's the world's oldest profession

Majikthise : Amateur hour

Majikthise : Amateur hour

MSNBC - A War for Malnutrition?

MSNBC - A War for Malnutrition?

Read the WSJ, If You Can Stand It by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

Read the WSJ, If You Can Stand It by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

MyDD :: Why There Were Long Lines in Columbus

MyDD :: Why There Were Long Lines in Columbus

BBC NEWS | Americas | US pledges more aid to Colombia

BBC NEWS | Americas | US pledges more aid to Colombia The money goes to US contractors in large part!

Monday, November 22, 2004

Yahoo! News - Up to 50,000 more US troops needed in Iraq: Senator McCain

Yahoo! News - Up to 50,000 more US troops needed in Iraq: Senator McCain

FPI BREAKING NEWS: Letters To The President

FPI BREAKING NEWS: Letters To The President

Fox News Guest Says 9/11 Was An Inside Job

Fox News Guest Says 9/11 Was An Inside Job
Technorati Tags: sept11

O'Reilly smeared "very shadowy" Human Rights Wa ... [Media Matters for America]

O'Reilly smeared "very shadowy" Human Rights Wa ... [Media Matters for America]

AlterNet: MediaCulture: Wimblehack: The Winner

AlterNet: MediaCulture: Wimblehack: The Winner

CBS News | Iraq: The Uncounted | November 21, 2004�23:48:37

CBS News | Iraq: The Uncounted | November 21, 2004�23:48:37

Sunday, November 21st 2004

THE BRAD BLOG: Archives November 2004

Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | Raid on Mosque Sparks Battles in Baghdad

Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | Raid on Mosque Sparks Battles in Baghdad

A sample of the vote suppression and voting irregularities in Ohio captured by Voters Unite in a single page graphic

Welcome to Vote2004.eRiposte.Com!

River: 'American heroes...'

The Smirking Chimp

Dumb me Down

The Smirking Chimp

Think Again: Phony 'Balance' Benefits Those with the Most to Hide - Center for American Progress

Think Again: Phony 'Balance' Benefits Those with the Most to Hide - Center for American Progress

The Gadflyer: War and Piece by Laura Rozen

The Gadflyer: War and Piece by Laura Rozen

Daily Kos :: Political Analysis and other daily rants on the state of the nation.

Daily Kos :: Political Analysis and other daily rants on the state of the nation.

Doubts Fly on Terror Report's Reliability

Doubts Fly on Terror Report's Reliability

CNN.com - Delay in 9/11 intelligence overhaul criticized - Nov 21, 2004

CNN.com - Delay in 9/11 intelligence overhaul criticized - Nov 21, 2004

Mr. Bush's Better World (washingtonpost.com)

Mr. Bush's Better World (washingtonpost.com)

Iraq Force Is Seen As Likely To Grow (washingtonpost.com)

Iraq Force Is Seen As Likely To Grow (washingtonpost.com)

Evolution And Humans :: Disinformation :: The gateway to the underground - news, politics, conspiracy and weirdness.

Evolution And Humans :: Disinformation :: The gateway to the underground - news, politics, conspiracy and weirdness.

The New Republic Online: Morally Correct

The New Republic Online: Morally Correct

Yes, the Times They Are a Changin'

Yes, the Times They Are a Changin'

The Democrats Lost This Election Twenty Years Ago

The Democrats Lost This Election Twenty Years Ago Hmm, wouldn't be my plan, but it's an interesting article.

Not Every Picture Tells a Story

Not Every Picture Tells a Story

Ohio Presidential Results to be Challenged

Ohio Presidential Results to be Challenged

Powell 'Pushed Out' By Bush For Seeking To Rein In Israel

Powell 'Pushed Out' By Bush For Seeking To Rein In Israel

Iraq Sets Election Despite Fresh Violence

My Way News And I'm going to inherit $1,000,000 from the Easter Bunny.

Aljazeera.Net - Iraqi civilians gunned down at checkpoint

Darn it, I'd like to trust Aljazeera, but it seems like the headline is an untruth (or jumping to a premature conclusion) from the little that I can tell.

Aljazeera.Net - Iraqi civilians gunned down at checkpoint

TIME.com: The Folklore of Election '04 -- Nov. 22, 2004

This discussion may be pretty interesting....

TIME.com: The Folklore of Election '04 -- Nov. 22, 2004

TIME.com: Jesus and the FDA

TIME.com: Jesus and the FDA: "Jesus and the FDA"

TIME - Leon Jaroff - : Faith-Based Parks?

TIME - Leon Jaroff - : Faith-Based Parks?: "Faith-Based Parks?
Creationists meet the Grand Canyon"

TIME.com: A Shot Seen Round The World -- Nov. 29, 2004

Oh my God, I know hurling criticism at a Time Mag. article is like throwing 'spitballs', but how jingoistic can they get?!!!!!! "What a difficult situation the soldiers are in. It's confusing."

The fact that the article's author is female makes me want to mind my manners, but this is hooey!

TIME.com: A Shot Seen Round The World -- Nov. 29, 2004

ZNet |Electoral Politics | Democrats Commit Suicide

ZNet |Electoral Politics | Democrats Commit Suicide

Militant groups control 60 percent of Fallujah: witnesses

:: Xinhuanet - English ::

Hannah Allam and her friends

Left I on the News

exit poll my finger

skippy the bush kangaroo

Sunday, November 21, 2004

No Confidence Vote Passes Against UN Top Leadership || kuro5hin.org

No Confidence Vote Passes Against UN Top Leadership || kuro5hin.org

Aljazeera.Net - Israel shoots dead Nablus teenagers

Aljazeera.Net - Israel shoots dead Nablus teenagers

Aljazeera.Net - Oil headway will fail to meet demand

Aljazeera.Net - Oil headway will fail to meet demand

Aljazeera.Net - Falluja troops told to shoot on sight

Aljazeera.Net - Falluja troops told to shoot on sight

Aljazeera.Net - Falluja women, children in mass grave (napalm bomb from US)

Aljazeera.Net - Falluja women, children in mass grave

Police: Drugs linked to half of city murders

Police: Drugs linked to half of city murders

Mounting evidence of US destabilisation of Sudan

Mounting evidence of US destabilisation of Sudan

ZNet |Mainstream Media | Nightmare Fear

ZNet |Mainstream Media | Nightmare Fear

MyDD :: Congress Buys Yacht for Bush

MyDD :: Congress Buys Yacht for Bush

The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: Absolute Power Erupts

The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: Absolute Power Erupts

AP Photographer Escapes Fallujah, Witnesses U.S. Attacks on Civilians

AP Photographer Escapes Fallujah, Witnesses U.S. Attacks on Civilians

Daily Kos :: Ohio Recount Pending.... But Details And Aftermath Remain Murky

Daily Kos :: Ohio Recount Pending.... But Details And Aftermath Remain Murky

Washington Post Supplement

AMERICAblog: Because a great nation deserves the truth: "Washington Post printed bitterly homophobic magazine supplement "

BuzzFlash - Daily Headlines and Breaking News

BuzzFlash - Daily Headlines and Breaking News: "Bush Tries to Push His Way Past Clinton to be the First to Emerge from the Door for Clinton's Library Opening. The Monkey Acts Like a Four-Year-Old. 11/21"

Washington Journal

Corporate News Lies, 2004 Election Theft: Alternative media links and resources

Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | Military Amputees to Get New Rehab Center

Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | Military Amputees to Get New Rehab Center

Yahoo! News - Marine Killed Hours After Son's Birth

Yahoo! News - Marine Killed Hours After Son's Birth

Yahoo! News - Violent Attacks Sweep Baghdad; GI Killed

The old "White flag, I surrender", changed my mind trick....

Yahoo! News - Violent Attacks Sweep Baghdad; GI Killed

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Jeff Cohen on the Media and the Election :: ILCA Online -- The Resource for Labor Communicators :: Making Labor Media a Force to Be Reckoned With!

Jeff Cohen on the Media and the Election :: ILCA Online -- The Resource for Labor Communicators :: Making Labor Media a Force to Be Reckoned With!

Aljazeera.Net - Nato members turn down Iraq mission

Aljazeera.Net - Nato members turn down Iraq mission

Telegraph | News | Tension rises as China scours the globe for energy

Telegraph | News | Tension rises as China scours the globe for energy

Yahoo! News - Violence Breaks Out All Over Baghdad

Yahoo! News - Violence Breaks Out All Over Baghdad

Wired News: Clear Pictures of How We Think

Wired News: Clear Pictures of How We Think

ICRC Slams 'Utter Contempt' for Humanity Amid Fierce Fighting in Iraq

ICRC Slams 'Utter Contempt' for Humanity Amid Fierce Fighting in Iraq

Army chief has many pals

Army chief has many pals

US Election: Democracy in Question

US Election: Democracy in Question

Yahoo! News - MONSTER OF A LAWYER

Yahoo! News - MONSTER OF A LAWYER

US military on the scent of oil

Asia Times - Asia's most trusted news source: "US military on the scent of oil"

THE ROVING EYE : Masters of War

Asia Times - Asia's most trusted news source for the Middle East

Big Fix 2004

The MadCow Morning News

Colorado 9/11 Truth Activists

GlobalFreePress- Dep. INN - News

Friday, November 19, 2004

Yahoo! News - Police scoff at Ashcroft speech

Yahoo! News - Police scoff at Ashcroft speech

Yahoo! News - Police scoff at Ashcroft speech

Yahoo! News - Police scoff at Ashcroft speech

UN staff lose faith in Kofi Annan

UN staff lose faith in Kofi Annan

AP Wire | 11/18/2004 | One-third of President Bush's top 2000 fund-raisers or their spouses...

AP Wire | 11/18/2004 | One-third of President Bush's top 2000 fund-raisers or their spouses...

Victor Thorn on Jim Hoffman, Pentagon on 911

FEATURED NEWS

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Jim Hoffman's
Pentagon Put-on
by Victor Thorn

After reading Jim Hoffman’s flip-flop article on whether or not a Boeing 757 crashed into the Pentagon on the morning of 9-11, I realized that this sly old prankster had pulled an elaborate reverse-psychology practical joke on all of us. Yes, you heard me correctly. And even though I won’t divulge his reasons for doing so until the end of this review, I knew my hunch was correct after being struck by not only his sudden lack of sound reasoning skills, but also his inflated concern with the views of debunkers and the mainstream media. Hoffman even went so far as to say that those who defend the “official version” of 9-11 may use the no-757-crash theory to mock truth-seekers as a whole. But aren’t such attacks expected from the disinformation crowd? That’s what they do --- it’s their modus operandi. In fact, I’ve always felt that when these individuals DO target a specific “conspiracy theory,” it’s precisely done so because the people and groups being attacked are getting too close to the truth. Thus, to pattern our behavior in accordance with their opinions is foolish at best; and downright absurd at worst.

One aspect of Hoffman’s “false deconstruction put-on” that drips with irony is this: even though he now contends that a 757 actually did hit the Pentagon, he still presents much more evidence to the contrary that Flight 77 never did crash into this facility. I’m not sure if including this material was an unconscious reaction to his earlier research, but it certainly outweighed and overshadowed his counter-arguments, thus lending credence to the fact that he really isn’t convinced of his newfound stance.

Hoffman also fails to sway us when the subject of “eyewitness” testimony is broached. Not only have Richard Stanley and Jerry Russell “shredded every eyewitness on multiple accounts” (“the eyewitness testimony varies from bad to provably false”), but Professor A.K. Dewdney stated unequivocally on WING TV (November 17, 2004) that in a case such as this, physical scientific evidence far outweighs the unreliability and contradictory nature of eyewitness testimony.

Another argument that Hoffman puts forth to seemingly disprove the no-Boeing 757 theory is one which absolutely holds no water; specifically, he dislikes two particular videos: 9/11 Pentagon Strike and 911 In Plane Site. But to cite an article, book, or video that one deems faulty is not reason enough to logically dismiss an entire phenomenon. Look at it this way: suppose somebody made a documentary contending that 2+2 does not equal 4. Then somebody else watched this video and deduced: since this video about 2+2=4 is inaccurate, that must mean that 2+2 actually doesn’t equal four. It’s faulty logic, and should not have even been included in this article.

Continuing his spoof, Hoffman confronts the issue of whether a Boeing 757 was capable of performing the highly complex Top Gun maneuvers that were credited to it that fateful morning (while at the same time failing to mention how Hani Hanjour has been 100% discredited as the supposed pilot of this craft). Anyway, Hoffman states, “The spiral dive attack maneuver was well within the capabilities of a Boeing 757.” Contradicting this supposition, though, is Air Force and commercial pilot Russ Wittenberg, who argued quite convincingly (WING TV, September 16, 2004) that there was no possibility that this jetliner could have descended 7,000 feet in two minutes, all the while performing a steep 270 degree banked turn before crashing into the Pentagon’s first floor wall without touching the lawn. It’s impossible, and I’ll take Wittenberg’s word over Hoffman’s, for during his career he flew the exact same airliners that were purportedly hijacked on the morning of September 11th. If anybody would know, this man would.

The next area of contention that shows how Hoffman is pulling our leg is his approach to the lack of debris outside (and inside) the Pentagon immediately following this “event” (or was it actually a “staged magic show”). Now Hoffman should know better because I’ve researched airliner crashes and found numerous examples of the wreckage which results from a downed jumbo jetliner. It’s incredibly vast and messy and obvious, with deep skid marks in the ground; plus parts, wings, seats, wheels, aviation equipment, luggage, bodies, and God knows what else strewn in every direction. Where is this corresponding wreckage from an 80-100 ton aircraft at the Pentagon? It doesn’t exist, and volumes of un-confiscated photos are in existence to prove it. For crying out loud, Jim, look at this evidence because the pieces of the puzzle that you’ve laid on the table don’t fit together.

But the most absurd element of Hoffman’s thesis (even more so than his conjecture-filled arguments concerning the large spools sitting in front of the Pentagon) was his reference to French researcher Eric Bart’s explanation for the lack of imprints on the Pentagon’s façade which would be consistent with a Boeing 757. According to Bart, this plane conveniently had bombs strapped to it which (yet again) conveniently exploded when Flight 77 began its impact with the wall. That’s why it was instantly transformed to confetti. Of course this version of events contradicts the military’s first explanation, which concluded that the plane in question was “vaporized” into thin air (while human flesh, trees, and books in the immediate vicinity weren’t vaporized).

What most troubles me about Hoffman’s line of reasoning is that he says most people can’t handle the no-757 argument; then he turns around and lays-out a tale so ludicrous that it’s laughable. But hold on, folks, for there’s more --- he concludes that, according to Eric Bart, “the crash of a 757 was engineered to make it appear that no such plane had crashed.” Say what? Do these men want us to believe that the government DID crash a 757 into the Pentagon; then deliberately made it appear as if one hadn’t crashed there (a “complex reverse deception” as Richard Stanley calls it)? This reasoning is akin to Alice falling down the rabbit hole in Wonderland.

Lastly, Hoffman proves once-and-for-all that he’s deliberately toying with us when he brings Left Gatekeepers such as Amy Goodman and Chip Berlet into the fray, along with a CIA agent, The Washington Post, and the New York Times. What does he expect these shysters to say? They’re disinformation specialists – and that’s what they do for a living – they debunk! But instead of trotting these bozos around the arena, why not introduce some real meat and potatoes evidence into this case? C’mon, Jim, you can come clean now and tell us that it’s all been a big joke.

In the end, Hoffman almost seems to be saying: just because the no-757-theory is a difficult pill for many people to swallow, we should dismiss it completely lest we “damage the entire 9-11 cause.” But in all honesty, it is reports such as this which do the most harm, for not only are his arguments disingenuous, they’re also flimsy and lightweight beyond words. I mean, since when should “how the issue plays” affect our desire for the truth? It shouldn’t, and in all honesty, when I first heard about this article, I thought, “Y’know, I’ve always respected Jim Hoffman’s work. Maybe he’s onto something that everyone else missed.” But upon reading his thesis very closely, I was supremely disappointed, for there was nothing there. Zero. A complete wash. So, my only hope at this point is that maybe Hoffman wanted to bring more attention to the Pentagon case, so he wrote a completely ridiculous piece that he knew everyone would trash, thus ultimately showing how strong the no-757 case really is. Isn’t it obvious what Hoffman’s motives are? He purposefully wrote the lamest debunking paper possible to prove the inherent flaws and weaknesses of the government’s “official” explanation. It was all an exercise in reverse-psychology … a grand charade which pretended to debunk the no-757-theory, but in reality debunked the debunkers! Well done, Jim, and it was all worth a good laugh – but hey, no more of these crafty masquerades, okay ---- you had us worried there for awhile! Read other articles here


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