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Friday, April 30, 2004

(Straight white) Honest Opinion seeking (charming, feminine) Lucrative Endorsement Contract

I love those Flaming Cheetos! That hot red powder would taste wonderful on just about any non-sweet snack, even if it does have the texture of metallic 'dust' from a grinder in a machine shop. Even those 'Chester' snacks are alright with the powder. Can't say much for the Andy Capp Hot Fries - their version of this hot powder is too sweet. Who da hell makes this tasty dust?


Re: Joseph C. Wilson inadvertently supporting Bush's 'sixteen words' after all this time....


If memory serves, only one journalist publishing on an American political website even followed up on Mohammed Elbaradie's claim of a 1999 Niger visit from an Iraqi official: Terrence Jeffries, in a Townhall.com article originally published on July 23, 2003. The pub date was way after Elbaradie's speech so, okay maybe it's bogus. But - the runaround Jeffries reported getting from the Iraqi government - just as Hussein's time was running out at the United Nations, yet - was noted in an article on Slate.com. If Slate credits a report from a conservative source, maybe the two together meld into a solid whole.

This is just the lowly opinion of a humble news consumer, a total amateur to the world of reporting. But not to the world of researching stuff. How could the merest whiff of that February 1999 date just slip by the collected noses-for-news that make up our most prestigious news publications? Or do all those noses merely fog up whatever place they're collected in? I mean, honestly, only one guy even followed this up? And a conservative, at that?

The link:
http://www.townhall.com/columnists/terencejeffrey/tj20030723.shtml

Since Elbaradie and Wilson have agreed quite separately on this point, and if the Bush-hounders can accept that maybe the CIA presented a faulty date in that National Intelligence Estimate back in 2002, perhaps we can consider this particular snipe has been put down?
This is stuff I pub'd on an earlier version of my first day on the blog. Retrieved for your perusal - Michael Ledeen, Bush appeasement of North Korea, questions.

NRO's Micheal Ledeen widens his lens for a little greater scope to the political problems on the ground in Iraq - in this instance, do throw out the B'aathists with the B'aathslaughter (pun overwrought, sigh). The link:

http://www.nationalreview.com/ledeen/ledeen200404290937.asp

Interesting parenthetical tease, here, from this same article: "How can it be that, more than a full year after the fall of Saddam, not a single top Baathist has been brought to justice? (And why, now that you ask, have our media not been pounding this drum? Perhaps because some of them have employed former officials of Saddam's information ministry, a dirty little secret that helps understand many things)?"

Emphasis mine. I believe you, sir, I believe you, but that's not enough. This here teaser deserves a column of its' own.

You know, Bush's foreign policy offers a little something for everyone these days. Beyond the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (listed in order of occurance) and two more step-offs by crummy little leaders who've done their best to do their worst for Liberia and Haiti, there is consideration even for Kim Jong-il: an offer of appeasement for North Korea. Very sweet. Two links:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/fc?cid=34&tmpl=fc&in=World&cat=North_Korea
And:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47833-2004Apr27.html

So, those of you who are antiwar - please, address the questions below. I'm interested in the answers. I don't mean to be sarcastic here, but do write as if the 1994 Agreed Framework accord had never existed.

A) Is this form of dealing with an incipient nuclear power a good idea?
B) Will it prevent the weapons from being built or used?
C) If so, will you credit Bush with a bit of political thoughtfulness in this particular situation?

Please state answers in the form of answers. Answers in the form of questions are tiresome.

This, re: WMD in Syria. Just a spark below, for a reminder:

http://66.218.71.225/search/cache?p=General+James+R.+Clapper+Jr.,+director+of+satellite+intelligence+for+the+Pentagon&ei=UTF-8&cop=mss&u=www.bigjweb.com/artman/publish/article_1583.shtml&w=general+james+r+clapper+jr+director+of+satellite+intelligence+for+the+pentagon&d=9C5E2FEEE0&c=482&yc=46930&icp=1

Sorry about the too-long URL. Feel free to instruct me on how I should shorten them.
Okay, according to a posting on www.instapundit.com, it's sorta cool to believe Joseph C. Wilson this time out. Will it prove equally cool for the mainstream press to report that, according to Wilson's new book, an Iraqi official did in fact visit Niger in 1999?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A54640-2004Apr29.html

But Mohamed El Baradei was way ahead of everyone on March 7 of 2003 in his report to the United Nations. Sometimes it just doesn't pay to run ahead of the pack. The link:

http://nucnews.net/nucnews/2003nn/0303nn/030307nn.htm#026

Find 'February 1999'. Read. Thank you.

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Hello, folks, and welcome to my blog.

I have some political notes to post but darn it, left the disc at my job. So I'll post them tomorrow, along with a note or two on an ambient music CD I've gotten fond of. In fact, I've got quite a few ambient albums to discuss, one by one. And by ambient, don't assume it's downtempo or chill. Some of this stuff is just electronic drone, as boneless as music gets. And nice enough, for that.

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