A few months ago I was driving around Houston and took the photo you see above. I used the picture as a blog post. The picture of the empty building was seen by blog reader Fernando H. Arias van Oordt. Mr. van Oordt lives in the Netherlands. Mr. van Oordt designs furniture. He e-mailed me [...]
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Tonight, in case you haven't seen them previously, three of David Morris's 10 charts:? ? ? ? ?
At Daily Kos on this date in 2004:
The US is a signatory to the UN Geneva Conventions. That is, not only have they been signed by the president, but they've also been ratified by the US Congress. And like the Constitution and legislation passed by congress and signed by the president, ratified treaties are the law of the land.
They are not optional. No matter how bad Bush and Rumsfeld wished it where otherwise:Top Pentagon officials conceded on Thursday some of the interrogation methods approved for use by the U.S. military on Iraqi prisoners may violate the Geneva Convention governing treatment of war prisoners [...]...
During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Democrats confronted Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, the No. 2 official at the Pentagon, and Gen. Peter Pace, the No. 2 U.S. general, with "rules of engagement" for interrogations approved by the top commander in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez.
By violating the Geneva Conventions, the people who helped enable it are literally criminals.
Because of the recent Blogger kerfuffle, I?ve now got a bunch of stuff in my ?in? box that I?ll try to get to as soon as I can.
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?and good for Jon Stewart; as ?values? issues go, this one is particularly stupid (and as Think Progress notes here, Dubya once hosted a ?Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam? at the White House full of people who hated the Iraq war, and what did we hear from the wingnutosphere? Cue the sound of crickets?again.)?
From the Worldwatch Institute?s Nourishing the Planet.Global fish production has reached an all-time high, according to Nourishing the Planet?s research for the Worldwatch Institute?s Vital Signs Online publication. Aquaculture, or fish[...]
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If Orwell hadn't been writing so early in the age of television, he undoubtedly would have foreseen something like this. In the meantime, if Rupert Murdoch ever sets up a Fox children's cartoon network (he hasn't already, has he?), he'll have some core[...]
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Many thanks to Ambassador Lucky Roosevelt, Chairperson of Blair House Restoration Committee and the former and longest-serving Chief of Protocol for the United States, for inviting me to a terrific semi-annual Blair House "thank you reception" for donors.
The event featured Jill Biden and drew many of DC's elites, particularly from earlier generations. I loved it.
I'll be posting some pictures I took there in the coming days -- but I wanted to post this one today of an Alexander Hamilton bust and myself. I have tremendous admiration for what Hamilton achieved in his time. Jefferson's bust was just further down the shelf -- but I couldn't get that old jingle out of my head, "Washington reigned, Hamilton ruled, and Jefferson complained."
-- Steve Clemons
Decide for yourself. Here is Matthew's ending segment, "Let Me Finish" from Thursday, dealing with the announcement of a Gingrich run at (yes, I said "at") the White House. It's the most focused and well-crafted segment I've seen from him.
Did he hire a writer? Or was he one in a past life? Either way, a delightful piece of work.
Freddie Kruger? And "what kind of a dream for America would a person have that would see this weird political element somehow seep under the door of our political process into America`s highest office?"
"Seep under the door?" Wow.
Could Nikki Haley be the next Sarah Palin? Hmmm:
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) on Thursday didn't rule out possibly running as a vice presidential candidate in 2012.
Haley, the newly elected conservative governor of the Palmetto State, left the door open to rounding out the party's ticket next fall, in a fairly stock answer in which she embraced her current role as governor.
"I think I am very aware that I am the flavor of the month, which is what happens in politics," she said on the Mike Gallagher radio show. "And I will tell you, they need to focus on the top of the ticket."
Her supporters already think she's "Ronald Reagan in a skirt." And after a mere 100 days in office, she gave herself an "A+++ absolutely!" for being the best governor evah! And the teabaggers love her. Or at least, they did last November.
Plus, she's got that whole chick thing going for her. Plus, she's an Indian-American, which would no doubt prove, once and for all, that the teabag wing of the Republican Party is totally not racist. Plus, Eric Erickson thinks she's "just so awesome." Plus, even though Mitt Romney apparently has his eye on her for his never-gonna-happen ticket, she's already smacked him around for his socialistic Romneycare. And, perhaps best of all, she was spotted playing on her iPad while
listening not listening to a speech by President Obama, which only helped shore up her dissing the president credibility with her Obama-hatin' base.
Now all she needs is a knocked-up teen-age daughter, a canceled reality TV show, and an unfinished term in office to seal the deal.
Lanny Davis' stupidity knows no bounds. After being skewered in this strip, Davis is outraged that people would continue to highlight how morally bankrupt he is.
The tussle began last Friday when Trudeau skewered Davis in the comic strip for representing Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo. Davis emailed the cartoonist asking for a correction, arguing that he was working to ease Gbagbo out of power ? not defending a dictator.
A correction? He expected Trudeau to draw a new strip showing Davis pushing Gbagbo out of office? But that's not the dumbest part of all of this. Trudeau himself pointed out the dumbest part:
On Thursday, in an email he shared with POLITICO, Trudeau responded to Davis:
"It doesn?t much concern me why or how you withdrew from your contract with the loathsome Laurent Gbagbo. Your view of yourself as peacemaker notwithstanding, I think it?s fair to say that Gbagbo didn?t send you $300,000 to arrange his own exit. Indeed, he murdered countless countrymen trying to avoid exactly that outcome," Trudeau wrote.
"You may frame your resignation as a gesture of principle if you?d like, but most people know a face-saving exit strategy when they see one," he added. "And retaining $150,000 in 'expenses' from a man accused of crimes against humanity certainly suggests your sense of honor had its limits."
That $150,000 in expenses that Lanny Davis kept are for just 10 days of "work", before he dropped the brutal dictator amid a public backlash. The concept of "honor" is completely alien to Davis.