Bush Official, in Book, Tells of Pressure on ’04 Vote – NYTimes.com

As  if this surprises us.  Just something to file to trot out for the obligatory dismissal of Tom Ridge as part of the liberal conspiracy (even though he was a Bush administration apointee) Tom Ridge, the first secretary of homeland security, asserts in a new book that he was pressured by top advisers to President George W. Bush to raise Continue Reading

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Not that our troubles are over,  but I breathe a big sigh of relief that the “permanent Republican majority” envisioned by Karl Rove is history and on the trash heap.   I am proud of who our president is for the first time since the early Clinton days (and much more hopeful than I was even then).  But that “hopefulness” is Continue Reading

Suskind and The Enlightenment

I was a taken down a notch in my enthusiasm for Suskind’s book ,  when,  at Part 3,  about 113 pages in,  he has something that is like a celebration of the Age of Reason ,  and pits it against the “faith” approach.  He says that the two are compatible,  but it is clear that for him,  “reason” is the Continue Reading

Suskind’s Book Excellent

Before I turn in tonight,  I’ve been reading (about 100 page so far), Ron Suskind’s book The Way of the World,  and it is excellent.  It is much more than a story about the workings of the Bush White House and its efforts to get its way,  but it is also a story of the attempts of several families and Continue Reading

When they have nothing else to say

Then there’s character assassination.  That’s the only thing they can throw at it,  since they have NOTHING to answer with.  Ron Suskind with a new book ,  with still more on the liars known as the Bush administration, is the newest target of the character assasination that is used on whistleblowers who add towhat is seeming like an almost daily Continue Reading

Neocon Nightmare

The idiots. The criminals. The evil. Seymour Hersh On Covert Operations In Iran Listen Now [44 min 41 sec] add to playlist Alex Wong Seymour Hersh writes about covert military operations in Iran in the upcoming issue of The New Yorker. Getty Images Fresh Air from WHYY, June 30, 2008 · Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh believes that the United States Continue Reading

Bush and Rove are Don Siegelman Times 100 (or more)

Josh has the embedded video and the scoop on the 60 minutes story Got your popcorn? If it’s too early for that, a cup of coffee will do. Last night 60 Minutes finally aired its segment on the Don Siegelman case, and here it is, in all its 9-minute glory Muckraker | Talking Points Memo | Today’s Must Read This Continue Reading

‘Believing’ in Barack

I mentioned this post of Charlie’s earlier this week.  I think this post raises something that is certainly (or should be) an issue with American Christians. His values overlap with my own more than any other major candidate I’ve seen in my lifetime. I really hope that Barack is elected president. But I won’t be voting for him. I won’t Continue Reading

McCain’s Lies about Obama, and why I WILL vote for Obama

Juan Cole,  who IS a Middle East expert,  knows who is NOT one when he sees them: eg. John McCain. McCain: “Will the next President have the experience, the judgment experience informs, and the strength of purpose to respond to each of these developments in ways that strengthen our security and advance the global progress of our ideals? Or will Continue Reading