well, this sort of looked thanksgivingy, and it's thanksgiving. so.
not big on the whole "i support the troops" mantra, but i've been thinking about them today. there is an interesting must read at TomDispatch by Mark Danner. Iraq: The War of the Imagination. unless of course you're in it. unlike the jackasses who hornswoggled us into this mess.
the original rationale obscured in a darkening welter of shifting intelligence, ideological controversy, and conflicting claims, all of it hemmed in now on all sides by the mounting dead.
or cyanotpye if you prefer. last night i did something different. instead of spending my evening on political blogs, i checked out the science end of the spectrum. first i went to afarensis, 'cause that's like old time monkeys, and monkeys are cool. but, even in science the stupids have need to prevail. which was how i ended up at Carl Zimmer's blog, The Loom. click prevail, you can get the details on the politics of the "stupids" there.
the really cool thing was his article at National Geographic. be sure to check the photo gallery, some pretty interesting images by Rosamond Purcell. Carl had chosen the lyre bird to illustrate his blog, but really, the squirrel monkey wins.
there is even a picture of bats, which remind me of flying monkeys.
Im a thief, Im a liar
There's my church, I sing in the choir:
Because, its evolution, baby! e.vedder
Rumsfeld: "It will be a different Congress, a different environment, moving toward a presidential election and a lot of partisanship, and it struck me that this would be a good thing for everybody," Rumsfeld told reporters.
Translation: "We thought it'd be best if I headed for the hills before that pack of jackals = democratic house, AND SENATE! had a chance to savage the corpse."
Bush: "The secretary of defense must be a man of vision who can see threats still over the horizon and prepare our nation to meet them. Bob Gates is the right man to meet both of these critical challenges," Bush said.
Tom Harkin under Bush I: "Questions and doubts about Mr. Gates' past activities, managerial style, judgment, lapses in memory and analytical abilities. Questions and doubts about his role in the Iran-Contra Affair and in providing military intelligence to Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war; and questions and doubts about whether he will be able to remove the ideological blinders reflected in his writings and speeches or whether Mr. Gates is so rooted in the past, that he will not be able to lead the Agency into the post-cold war era. Because of these concerns, I have concluded that Mr. Gates is not the right person for the important job of overseeing our intelligence operations in this New World."
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definitely check out the last link. unfucknbelievable. they say he's not a cheneybot. maybe not, but sounds like he'll fit right in.
Important Update: This morning, Donald Rumsfeld's head bleeds mighty prettily, impaled on the gate outside the White House, glasses still attached even as the eyes roll horribly upward. And while we may strip down and create ancient-seeming pagan dances around it, we still have yet to understand just how far into the abyss his body has dragged us.