Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Blogger Thought: Scalia is widely panned (as far as I can tell) for his unsupportable remark on this.
John Swinton on the independence of the press
Blogger Thought: Joe makes sense.
In reviewing emergency personnel tapes, I found 2 interesting statements concerning flashes in the world trade centers prior to their collapse:
The captain of emergency medical services said "somewhere around the middle of the world trade center there was this orange and red flash coming out ... initially it was just one flash then this flash just kept popping all the way around the building and that building had started to explode ... and with each popping sound it was initially an orange and then red flash came out of the building and then it would just go all around the building on both sides ... as far as could see these popping sounds and the explosions were getting bigger going both up and down and then all around the building" (page 15 -- pdf file; Google's web version is here)
Similiarly, the Assistant Fire Commissioner stated I thought . . . before . . . No. 2 came down, that I saw low-level flashes. . . . I . . . saw a flash flash flash . . . [at] the lower level of the building. You know like when they . . . blow up a building. . . ?” . In the same statement, the Assistant Commissioner recounts how a lieutenant firefighter he spoke with independently verified the flashes.
Then I stumbled upon two very interesting videos from the world's leading controlled demolition company, Controlled Demolition, Inc.:
Can you see the orange and red flashes all over the near side of this building in this authenticated video of a controlled demolition?
Do you see orange and red flashes at the base of this building in this demolition video by the same demolition company? (both videos are posted at the "World Records" section of Controlled Demolition's website)
Senator Levin Loses Mind, Says We Should Threaten Iraqis We'll Make Plans to Leave Someday :: from www.uruknet.info :: news from occupied Iraq - ch
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005
Some call it "second termitis" – that affliction that seems to beset all re-elected presidents.
But that usually happens later in a president's second term – and usually less severely.
Not since President Richard Nixon's Watergate demise have we seen a presidency – just nine months after GW Bush's inauguration – literally collapse from within.
The latest AP/Ipsos poll – taken last week of 1,000 adult voters – shows that only 28 percent believe the country is on the "right" track; a whopping 66 percent believe we're on the "wrong" track.
And only 39 percent give the president a positive job approval rating – the lowest of his presidency in this poll.
But the big story in this poll is the cracking of George W. Bush's once solid base: he has lost 20 percent of white evangelical men, more GOP women, and doubts are creeping into the conservative wing of the Republican coalition.
Clearly the Harriet Miers decision – just one week ago – was a massive political blunder; forget her legal qualifications, we're talking here about Bush's political strength – or lack thereof.
Picking Miers has unleashed anger on the Right
a heretofore solid base for literally any Bush decision. And with that anger comes confusion, resentment
and the inevitable Bush Family Behavior: payback for any one who dares to criticize any Bush decision.
(That is the genesis of the ongoing Plame Leak Investigation: Joseph Wilson's op-ed piece criticizing Bush's assertions in his State of the Union speech caused the White House to have to "pay him back" by attacking him. It's the Bush Family credo.)
And if Bush starts attacking fellow conservatives, then the whole thing threatens to come tumbling down around him.
Underneath it all is the festering sore of an Iraq War that is going badly – despite the poppycock put out by Mr. Bush and his minions. Let me tell you a so-far-untold story from this past summer:
A print reporter was given private time in Iraq with CENTCOM Commander General John Abizaid. The general spoke on complete background. He told this reporter that "we cannot win militarily here in Iraq. The best we can do is to hold it where it is until the Iraqis take over."
Yet – in an eery reminder of Vietnam – General Abizaid did not say the same thing publicly to the Congress when he subsequently testified. On that occasion he painted – undoubtedly at the White House's behest
a rosy picture of imminent military success and Iraqi military progress.
(In fact, after three and a half years of our occupation there are barely 3,000 Iraqi soldiers we deem capable of fighting for their country.)
If our military leaders are telling two different stories – one for public consumption and another in a CYA off-the-record session with a reporter – then we are fooling ourselves. This is a war that is a fraud from the top down. And it is our troops who are suffering for it.
From the first day, the entire Iraq Campaign has been a typical case of "who cares about the troops?" – from inadequate troop levels to insufficient body armor and vehicle armor.
Iraq is the single biggest factor eating away at the Bush presidency. Gas prices, illegal immigration and other issues are hurting, too, but Iraq is the one constant that is undercutting what is left of Bush's credibility.
Prior to last week, the only people left who believed a word from GW Bush were conservatives; but the joke of Harriet Miers as "the most qualified person to be on the Supreme Court" has now begun to erode the president's credibility on the Right.
And once he loses the conservatives, he is a total goner as president.
With three years and three months left in the Oval Office, Mr. Bush faces a bleak remainder of his presidency; so, too, does the GOP, which has lost much credibility with its fiscal profligacy, sloppy Katrina spending and panoply of scandals.
The Republican Party has – at the top – become lazy, arrogant, ego-driven, fat, dumb and self-satisfied. It had better get its act in gear – and soon – or else it will be destroyed – from within as well as from without.
Although the Grand Jury probe of the White House scandal has been unique by Washington standards for the relative lack of leaks to the media, there are several currents that are beginning to emerge:
1. Investigators are focusing on an email between Karl Rove and then-Deputy National Security Adviser Stephen J. Hadley that referenced a July 11, 2003 conversation between Rove and Time's Matt Cooper. In a case reminiscent of Oliver North and the shredding and deletion of e-mail in the White House PROFS office automation system during Iran-contra, there is speculation that some critical e-mails involving the CIA leak were illegally destroyed by the White House.
Then-White House counsel Alberto Gonzales informed White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card at 8:00 pm on September 29, 2003 that the Justice Department was beginning a criminal investigation of the White House over the CIA leak. Gonzales did not order the White House staff to preserve all documents, email, and memos until the next day, giving the White House a full twelve hours to destroy any incriminating documents, including email. Gonzales later claimed he delayed his order because of the late hour on September 29 -- however, the White House and its operations staff works on a 24x7 basis.
There are rumors that critical email and other documents relating to the cover up of the CIA leak and the White House Iraq Group's 'work up' on Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his CIA wife may have been destroyed during the twelve hour interval betwe"
Miers and Brimstone - Let's stop pretending there's no religious test for nominees. By Christopher�Hitchens
Blogger Thoughts: Hitchens takes an instance of outrageous Bush Administration behavior, and finds a way to bludgeon the Dems.
Blogger Thoughts: Perhaps I'm uninformed, but I thought the major danger was for hapless Brazilians or for innocent Muslims.
Blogger Thoughts: If true, hats of to Soros.
Blogger Thought: Prager explains it all... how predictabe....
It is with great enthusiasm that I am announcing that Lisa Ghariani has agreed to add posts to this blog. Lisa is an activist and free lance journalist who is currently working with the OKBIC and former Rep. Charles Key on the Murrah Bombing investigation. She lives in OKC and has a colorful web site (http://www.possibilityx.com/lg/main.htm) chronicling stories with photos, humor and satirical comments. Lisa is not a spokesperson for OKBIC, so her opinions do not necessarily represent the views of the members of the OKBIC.
I'm glad to see there is still interest concerning the Oklahoma City Murrah bombing investigation. I will be more than happy to answer questions and try to separate the truth from fiction surrounding this tragic event.
Oklahoma City recently experienced a suicide bombing just 100 yards from the stadium at OU which was hosting a game. The stadium was packed with 84,000 fans at the time who were not allowed to leave the stadium. This act was carried out by yet another angry white boy. This was ironic timing because Charles Key, Chris Emery and I were speaking in South OKC about the Murrah bombing at the exact moment when this happened. The news media did an abrupt turn-a-round and basically refused to cover the story. The media acting in concert with David Boren immediately played down the act so as not to reduce attendance at the football games. I thought I would mention this story because it brought back so many memories for those of us who were in OKC shortly after the Murrah bombing. I was called the day after the event by a friend of mine in the journalism dept at a local college. I went to work for CNN who had set up a temporary bureau close to ground zero. I remained employed as a courier and escort for about 90 days until the story faded from the news. During this time I was privy to see the behind the scenes, day to day operations at CNN.
What peaked my interest was one story that CNN was reporting about the surveillance video tapes that were seized by the FBI and what was on those tapes. Shortly after running the story orders came down the ranks to pull the story due to National security concerns and the tapes faded into history... The Judge who presided over the Mcveigh and Nichols trials had the tapes sealed by a court order and they have yet to be released to this day. Sources working with the OKBIC anonymously who helped copy the tapes indicated that there were a total of 22 such tapes taken from the area following the Murrah Bombing on April 19, 1995.
Ten years later the American public is still not allowed to see those tapes and put to rest all the hype surrounding this case. Who was John Doe # 2? This has been the subject of speculation for many years. Although there are many conflicting theory's I have concentrated my investigation on what I call "hard evidence." This is the type of evidence that will hold up in a court of law, Grand Jury or a Congressional hearing.
Currently I am focusing my attention on two suspects who were recently implicated last April by Terry Nichols himself. One has to conclude that if he decided to finally say something after all of these years that this information should be followed up on even if the FBI has "closed the case" as Jeff Lanza a spokes person for the FBI reportedlast May.
Lastly, I was asked to say something about my visit to Crawford Texas where I met Cindy Sheehan and former CIA analyst Ray McGovern. I have been very out spoken about ending the quagmire in Iraq and I'm currently organizing protests in Oklahoma City. After sifting through a virtual mountain of documents that clearly show the current administration had a pre-conceived policy to invade Iraq that began as soon as GW Bush was sworn into office. Part of this plan I feel was to implicate Iraq in terrorist activity. Around this time support came from top administration officials for Jayna Davis and her "the Iraqi's did the Murrah bombing" theory. One only has to read the blurbs on her book and the foreward to determine that something strange was going on here. The book was poorly written and the investigation itself reads like a B movie screenplay. I do give her credit for her tenacity dealing with the DOJ cover-up but I personally feel the crux of her theory is not Congressional hearing material.
Blogger Thoughts: As pointed out on the Daily Show, and many other places, if Rove talked about Joe Wilson's wife, it is just as incriminating as saying Plame.