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Will no meteor rid us of these meddlesome Villagers?

The day after Secretary of State Colin Powell’s speech before the U.N. Security Council Wednesday, TV commentators and newspaper editorials, and even many liberal pundits, declared their support for the Bush administration’s hard-line stance on Iraq. CNN’s Bill Schneider said that “no one” disputed Powell’s findings. Bob Woodward, asked by Larry King on CNN what happens if we go to war and don’t find any WMD, answered: “I think the chance of that happening is about zero. There’s just too much there.”


The Good, Racist People - By TA-NEHISI COATES

The Good, Racist People


In modern America we believe racism to be the property of the uniquely villainous and morally deformed, the ideology of trolls, gorgons and orcs. We believe this even when we are actually being racist. In 1957, neighbors in Levittown, Pa., uniting under the flag of segregation, wrote:

“As moral, religious and law-abiding citizens, we feel that we are unprejudiced and undiscriminating in our wish to keep our community a closed community.”


I am trying to imagine a white president forced to show his papers at a national news conference, and coming up blank. I am trying to a imagine a prominent white Harvard professor arrested for breaking into his own home, and coming up with nothing. I am trying to see Sean Penn or Nicolas Cage being frisked at an upscale deli, and I find myself laughing in the dark. It is worth considering the messaging here. It says to black kids: “Don’t leave home. They don’t want you around.” It is messaging propagated by moral people.



Rand Paul is Cordially Invited to Kiss My Ass

Rand Paul has been droning on about drones for 7 hours. In that time, he could have introduced a damn bill that would repeal the AUMF, which is the reason motherfuckers are freaking out that the Black Dude in the White House is going to drone strike them in the Whole Foods parking Lot.

Rand Paul won’t take the time to introduce a bill to repeal the AUMF (because that would require him to put his money where his pie hole is), but he WILL take the time to try to attach a Personhood Amendment to a fucking flood insurance bill. That’s right. A personhood amendment. To a fucking flood insurance bill.

MORE Angry Black Lady:



.............None of these guys ever had a real objection that I ever heard to the drone program until it became the latest cudgel to use on That Person in the White House. (By comparison, Debbie Stabenow and Bernie Sanders have been dubious about it for months now, but they're Democrats and, therefore, do not count.) As Adam Serwer pointed out, four of Paul's newest fans voted in favor of indefinite detention. I hope Aqua Buddha's ready for what's going to happen the next time there's a Republican president. It's going to be awfully lonely being him.

Read more: Daily Politics Blog - Charles P. Pierce - Political Blogging - Esquire http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/#ixzz2MreqQsY7

FALLOWS: My capsule view of Bush

My capsule view of Bush: I believe that the temperamental combination he brought to the presidency was lethal. I think of the big three elements of this mix as ignorance, incuriosity, and decisiveness.

•Ignorance was his low level of pre-existing knowledge of the complexities of the world.

•”Incuriosity” was his apparent lack of passion about learning what he didn’t know.

•Decisiveness was his desire, nonetheless, to make big, sweeping choices quickly — for instance, ten years ago that it made sense to invade Iraq.


Ten Years After singer Alvin Lee has died at 68

Ten Years After singer Alvin Lee has died at 68
By Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, TODAY

Alvin Lee, former lead vocalist and guitarist for British band Ten Years After, has died after complications from a routine surgical procedure, his official website announced Wednesday. He was 68.


peace, kp

DON'T WORRY: Keystone XL Pipeline Would Be Safe From The Climate Impacts It Would Help Cause

Don’t Worry: Keystone XL Pipeline Would Be Safe From The Climate Impacts It Would Cause
By Brad Johnson, Guest Blogger on Mar 6, 2013 at 10:45 am

According to John Kerry’s State Department, the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will be safe from the climate impacts to which it will contribute.

The department’s contractor-written Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement estimates, and then dismisses, the pipeline’s massive carbon footprint. But the statement also determines that the global warming the pipeline’s dirty crude will cause will not affect the pipeline itself because it “will be buried deep enough”:

During the operations period, climate change projections suggest the following changes:

Warmer winter temperatures;
A shorter cool season;
A longer duration of frost-free periods;
More freeze-thaw cycles per year (which could lead to an increased number of episodes of soil contraction and expansion);
Warmer summer temperatures;
Increased number of hot days and consecutive hot days; and
Longer summers (which could lead to impacts associated with heat stress and wildfire risks).

The pipeline would be buried deep enough to avoid surface impacts of climate changes (freeze-thaw cycles, fires, and temperature extremes).


Oh, So Hugo Chavez Didn't Tolerate Political Opposition?

just saying.................

Ships to sail directly over the north pole by 2050, scientists say

Ships to sail directly over the north pole by 2050, scientists say
John Vidal, The Guardian
Monday 4 March 2013 15.00 EST

By 2050, say Laurence C. Smith and Scott R. Stephenson at the University of California in the journal PNAS on Monday, ordinary vessels should be able to travel easily along the northern sea route, and moderately ice-strengthened ships should be able to take the shortest possible route between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, passing over the pole itself. The easiest time would be in September, when annual sea ice cover in the Arctic Ocean is at its lowest extent.


"The prospect of common open water ships, which comprise the vast majority of the global fleet, entering the Arctic Ocean in late summer, and even its remote central basin by moderately ice-strengthened vessels heightens the urgency for a mandatory International Maritime Organisation regulatory framework to ensure adequate environmental protections, vessel safety standards, and search-and-rescue capability," it adds.


US Government Lays Out It's Case Against Bradley Manning

But We Painted All Those Schools

But We Painted All Those Schools
It's difficult to describe the madness of that era, when invading a country in order, it seemed, to provide fresh coats of paint for their schools made sense.

Too Much Money Spent in Iraq for Too Few Results
LARA JAKES MARCH 6, 2013, 8:30 AM 2218

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten years and $60 billion in American taxpayer funds later, Iraq is still so unstable and broken that even its leaders question whether U.S. efforts to rebuild the war-torn nation were worth the cost.

In his final report to Congress, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen’s conclusion was all too clear: Since the invasion a decade ago this month, the U.S. has spent too much money in Iraq for too few results.

The reconstruction effort “grew to a size much larger than was ever anticipated,” Bowen told The Associated Press in a preview of his last audit of U.S. funds spent in Iraq, to be released Wednesday. “Not enough was accomplished for the size of the funds expended.”

In interviews with Bowen, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said the U.S. funding “could have brought great change in Iraq” but fell short too often. “There was misspending of money,” said al-Maliki, a Shiite Muslim whose sect makes up about 60 percent of Iraq’s population.


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