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February 11, 2005
Nothing to see here, folks, move along
Power surge in my neighborhood last night seems to have fried my cable modem, so I'm mostly offline today. Almost certainly won't be posting anything new here.
Update: back online, but swamped.
February 10, 2005
"No one could have imagined...using planes as a missile"
In the months before the Sept. 11 attacks, federal aviation officials reviewed dozens of intelligence reports that warned about Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda, some of which specifically discussed airline hijackings and suicide operations, according to a previously undisclosed report from the 9/11 commission.
Salon has an excellent rundown.
And a reader retrieves Gannon's site from the memory hole, via that reliable foe of revisionists everywhere, the Google cache. Some samples of the masterful writing that earned the mysterious Mr. Gannon access to the press room in one of the most secure buildings on the planet:
Social Security reform has long been regarded as the ďthird railĒ of American politics, a comparison of an attempt to change FDRís retirement program to making contact with a subway carís electrical source.† The warning is clear:† touch it and you die.† It has scared off politicians for decades, but President Bush has decided to defy those who lack the moral courage to save a system that most young people doubt will ever pay them benefits.
And by the way, just in case my mention of my own visit to the White House wasn't explicit enough--they take your social security number, they run a background check. It took about two hours for me to get clearance to enter the building. I can't imagine how you'd get in under a fake name, unless the approval came from the highest possible level. And that's the point of this little scandal.
Speaking of which--Kos posts on something I've been meaning to mention, the Eason Jordan so-called "scandal." Said scandal being, basically, that a guy said something they didn't like, which is also what the Ward Churchill nonsense ultimately boils down to. Ironic, considering how much noise the right makes about speech codes on campus.
...as I've mentioned before, when you've got control of all three branches of government, it gets harder and harder to portray yourself as the victim.
February 09, 2005
Haven't had time to comment on Jeff Gannon, International Man of Mystery. Here's a good roundup in case you're not up to speed on this one, which is entirely possible, as the story seems to grow ever stranger by the hour.
And via Kos, here's Rep. Slaughter's letter to the President on the matter:
Dear Mr. President:
The idiot rightwing spin on this seems to be that it's a left-wing anti-gay witch hunt. Because they don't want to discuss what's actually been "outed" here: a shocking degree of administration duplicity.
A few years back, I was given a tour of some of the non-public areas of the White House by a cartoonist-turned-historian-turned-Clinton-speechwriter named Jeff Shesol (who probably has one of the odder resumes you're likely to see)--and I can assure you that you don't get in "backstage," as it were, with a fake name and a phony press pass--unless you have friends in very, very high places.
UPDATED entry: question answered (and therefore deleted), screen grab problem solved within an hour of posting. I should have asked much sooner. Thanks to all who offered advice--several good options to choose from.
Also: light posting, as you've probably noticed. The joys of home-owning and business-running are catching up with me all at once this week.
February 08, 2005
Just heard on CNN that"Deep Throat," the anonymous Watergate source, is close to death and we may soon know his identity. Went to CNN.com to find something to link to and came up with this.
Here's the actual story. Anybody know which Nixon-era player is on his deathbed?
Update from reader J.D. Pratt:
The current contender seems to be W. Mark Felt, a high-level FBI employee who didn't get along with the Nixon crew. There was already a strong case for him (including suggestions from Woodward's ex-wife and son that Felt was DT). He's 90 years old, in ill health, and suffering from dementia. If his health has taken a turn for the worse (and I've not seen any news about his current condition, one way or the other), then that would be a very strong sign that Woodward was about to name him.
February 07, 2005
Random thought I've been meaning to post
Somewhere recently I saw some idiot rightwinger embarass himself by arguing that Fox News is actually not biased in the least, because they have so many liberals on their various programs.
This should go without saying, but Fox invites liberals on for the same reason that the Harlem Globetrotters used to play the Washington Generals: you look pretty silly out there on the court by yourself.
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