The science on whether smoking tobacco causes cancer is still unsettled. The jury is still out. The science on asbestos, lead in gasoline and paint, DDT, safety of SUVs, … etc.
And, of course, the science is still not settled on global warming. The jury is still out.
Right. Where have we heard this before?
And here we go again: Republican Presidential candidate Sam Brownback, What I Think About Evolution.
(By the way, who really wrote this?)
Remember last week, when the Democrats caved in to Bush’s demand that they continue funding the war without imposing milestones or timelines, so they wouldn’t be criticized for “abandoning the troops” or “surrendering?”
I call this the “afraid Rush Limbaugh will say something bad about them syndrome.” Because he is going to, anyway, no matter what they do, so they should do the right thing.
Well, they didn’t do the right thing and Gosh!, guess what – The Republicans are criticizing them anyway.
For example, see DeMint rips war ‘wimps’
Defeatist Democrats such as Harry Reid share blame for Iraq war deaths, senator tells Upstate constituents,
Sen. Jim DeMint on Tuesday blamed Democratic “wimps” in Congress for American casualties in Iraq, and cited Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for special censure.
… “Al-Qaida knows that we’ve got a lot of wimps in Congress,” DeMint said. “I believe a lot of the casualties can be laid at the feet of all the talk in Congress about how we’ve got to get out, we’ve got to cut and run.”
Asked later who he had targeted in his comments, DeMint replied:
“To a large degree, the Democratic party and those who basically declared defeat like Harry Reid.”
By Dave Johnson and James Boyce
Last week Al Gore released a very thought-provoking book The Assault On Reason. Vice President Gore’s book has been very well-received and it quickly reached Number 1 on Amazon’s best-seller list and now theNew York Times best-seller list.
The Assault On Reason is a remarkable look at where we are as a country, and where we might end up if we don’t alter course. It also is remarkable for this day and age because it was written entirely by Mr. Gore, without the aid of a ghostwriter – something that has not been noted much.
“The Assault On Reason” is an important book that examines how decisions are made in American politics in our day and age. It discusses how changes in our world have made us less reliant on reason and logic and this, in turn, has that led to serious policy mistakes like ignoring global warming, and the Iraq war and occupation.
Small meat companies want to test their meat to insure that it is safe. Larger companies want this stopped – because if smaller companies are doing it, they will be more competitive and they will have to spend money to do tests to keep up. So the Bush government steps in on the side of the big companies TO STOP THE TESTING!
See E. coli conservatism (19): the ne plus ultra,
The Bush administration said Tuesday it will fight to keep meatpackers from testing all their animals for mad cow disease.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture tests less than 1 percent of slaughtered cows for the disease, which can be fatal to humans who eat tainted beef. But Arkansas City-based Creekstone Farms Premium Beef wants to test all of its cows.
Larger meat companies feared that move because, if Creekstone tested its meat and advertised it as safe, they might have to perform the expensive test, too.
Here is the kicker:
The Agriculture Department argued that widespread testing could lead to a false positive that would harm the meat industry.
One of the main people behind the Republican scams to keep people from voting has now been nominated by Bush to be ON THE FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION!!!! This is as bad as it gets.
See Keep Yer Vote Thievin’ Hans Off the Federal Election Commission: Action Alert!,
… Hans von Spakovsky is up for confirmation June 13 as a member of the Federal Election Commission.
[. . .]
Hans Von Spakovsky will appear before the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration on June 13, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. for his confirmation hearing. He must be stopped. Confirmation by the Senate would keep this scourge on the American electoral process on the Federal Election Commission until 2011. Please help keep Hans von Spakovsky off the FEC. Here’s the membership of the Committee. I have included telephone numbers and hyperlinked to each Senator’s contact page, where you can leave comments electronically.
See the extended entry to learn who to call:
The cover-up continues. In a court filing the CIA-leak prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald makes it clear that “Scooter” Libby obstructed the investigation to discover who was behind the leak. That is the reason Libby was convicted of obstruction, and the reason no one has yet been indicted for the leak itself.
See Fitzgerald Again Points to Cheney,
Special counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald has made it clearer than ever that he was hot on the trail of a coordinated campaign to out CIA agent Valerie Plame until that line of investigation was cut off by the repeated lies from Vice President Cheney’s former chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby.
[. . .] Libby’s lies, Fitzgerald wrote, “made impossible an accurate evaluation of the role that Mr. Libby and those with whom he worked played in the disclosure of information regarding Ms. Wilson’s CIA employment and about the motivations for their actions.”
And just WHO is the prosecutor talking about?
Not clear on the concept yet? Fitzgerald adds: “To accept the argument that Mr. Libby’s prosecution is the inappropriate product of an investigation that should have been closed at an early stage, one must accept the proposition that the investigation should have been closed after at least three high-ranking government officials were identified as having disclosed to reporters classified information about covert agent Valerie Wilson, where the account of one of them was directly contradicted by other witnesses, where there was reason to believe that some of the relevant activity may have been coordinated, and where there was an indication from Mr. Libby himself that his disclosures to the press may have been personally sanctioned by the Vice President.”
Rick Perlstein notes the rise in Right-Wing Terrorism, and the major news media’s failure to connect the dots.
By Dave Johnson and James Boyce
As we write this (Friday), a fresh, still-steaming smear has been dumped on Barack Obama over at The Drudge Report.
A giant headline – almost as big as our computers’ monitors – screams, “MCCAIN AIDE: ‘OBAMA WOULDN’T KNOW DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN RPG AND A BONG’,” linking (as Drudge so often does) to a post at Politico. (Obama’s spokesman replied, “America doesn’t need juvenile name-calling from Washington, we need a commitment to end this war and bring our brave troops home.” Also see the video clip at the end of this post.)
Vice President’s Remarks at the United States Military Academy Commencement,
As Army officers on duty in the war on terror, you will now face enemies who oppose and despise everything you know to be right, every notion of upright conduct and character, and every belief you consider worth fighting for and living for. Capture one of these killers, and he’ll be quick to demand the protections of the Geneva Convention and the Constitution of the United States. Yet when they wage attacks or take captives, their delicate sensibilities seem to fall away. These are men who glorify murder and suicide. Their cruelty is not rebuked by human suffering, only fed by it. They have given themselves to an ideology that rejects tolerance, denies freedom of conscience, and demands that women be pushed to the margins of society. The terrorists are defined entirely by their hatreds, and they hate nothing more than the country you have volunteered to defend.
The terrorists know what they want and they will stop at nothing to get it. By force and intimidation, they seek to impose a dictatorship of fear, under which every man, woman, and child lives in total obedience to their ideology. Their ultimate goal is to establish a totalitarian empire, a caliphate, with Baghdad as its capital. They view the world as a battlefield and they yearn to hit us again. And now they have chosen to make Iraq the central front in their war against civilization.
But no taxes to pay for the war to save civilization, no draft, no cuts in oil use, no sacrifice of any kind. Go shopping, etc. Right.
Just got this e-mail. Seriously:
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The blogroll is back – Blogrolling seems to be working again. (The blogroll is the list of blogs that go down the left column, beginning part of the way down the page.)
Let’s see if we can clean it up a bit. You can help out by clicking several of the links and if they are not current please leave a comment here and I’ll remove the listing. In the meantime you will likely discover a GREAT new place for information or entertainment.
And of course if you know of good blogs that ought to be on the blogroll, leave a comment about that, too.
My philosophy is that we are all in this together, and the more of us that link to each other the better. This helps people discover new ideas.