The Global War on Toddlerism

via: Truthdig
by Andy Borowitz

(SATIRE ALERT!)

Fresh on the heels of its reality show “Kid Nation,” in which children are sent to perform hard labor on a ranch with no adult supervision, CBS announced today that it is readying a reality show in which children will be sent to the federal detention camp at Guantanamo.

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‘Combat Outpost Shocker’

via: The Raw Story

‘Combat Outpost Shocker:’ The base that could spark Iran conflict
by David Edwards and Muriel Kane

The US military is building a base in Iraq just five miles from the border with Iran to prevent cross-border arms smuggling. The base, called “Combat Outpost Shocker,” will be manned by 200 soldiers, along with agents from the US Border Patrol, and will monitor truck traffic and cellphone conversations among Shi’ite pilgrims.

“Obviously, [the Iranians] probably won’t be very happy about it,” Col. Mark Mueller, the commander of the border transition team, told ABC News.

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This video is of a broadcast September 25th on ABC News.

Let’s face it – Iran is next

 (picture via wikimedia.org)

While Seymour Hersh has a very interesting point about the marketing of an attack on Iran, there are some more signs, that there are massive attempts to get an attack going soon. Neo con guru Podhoretz freely admits he is pushing action in his talks with President Bush about Iran and John Bolton is working the British Tories. Meanwhile Iran has been given a new deadline, which ends by end of November.

The Passing of Miss Moneypenny


via: AFP

Actress Lois Maxwell, who was known to millions of fans through her role as Miss Moneypenny in a series of Bond movies, has died in Australia, an official said Sunday. She was 80.

She first played the character, with whom the ever-charming 007 constantly flirted, alongside Sean Connery in “Dr No” in 1962.

She continued to play the role for more than two decades, starring in her final Bond movie, the 1985 “A View To A Kill,” with Roger Moore.

Seymour Hersh on “Shifting Targets”

via: ThinkProgress

Seymour Hersh, The New Yorker’s Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative journalist, writes in a new article entitled “Shifting Targets” that there has been “a significant increase in the tempo of attack planning” for war with Iran inside the Bush administration.

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This video is a must see:

Congress Quietly Approves Billions More for Iraq War

by John Nichols
via: Truthout.org

The Senate agreed on Thursday to increase the federal debt limit by $850 billion – from $8.965 trillion to $9.815 trillion – and then proceeded to approve a stop-gap spending bill that gives the Bush White House at least $9 billion in new funding for its war in Iraq.

Additionally, the administration has been given emergency authority to tap further into a $70 billion “bridge fund” to provide new infusions of money for the occupation while the Congress works on appropriations bills for the Department of Defense and other agencies.

Translation: Under the guise of a stop-gap spending bill that is simply supposed to keep the government running until a long-delayed appropriations process is completed – probably in November – the Congress has just approved a massive increase in war funding.

The move was backed by every senator who cast a vote, save one.

Read the rest of the article here.

This week with Bill Moyers..

This week on Bill Moyers Journal (PBS) he did a segment entitled “For The Fallen” on the 7 US soldiers who wrote the op-ed piece The War As We Saw It that appeared August 19, 2007 in the New York Times.
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Less than a month after seven U.S. Army officers co-authored a NEW YORK TIMES Op-ed, which paints a much grimmer picture on the ground in Iraq than that being described by Bush Administration officials, two of the soldiers have been killed after their military vehicle turned over near Baghdad.

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Arctic thaw may be at “tipping point”

via: Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) – A record melt of Arctic summer sea ice this month may be a sign that global warming is reaching a critical trigger point that could accelerate the northern thaw, some scientists say.

“The reason so much (of the Arctic ice) went suddenly is that it is hitting a tipping point that we have been warning about for the past few years,” James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, told Reuters.

Read the whole story here.

Sunday Talking Heads

ABC’s This WeekNewt Gingrich, Bill Clinton; roundtable with Torie Clark, Donna Brazile & George Will

NBC’s Meet The Press – Bill Clinton; roundtable with Dan Balz, Pat Buchanan, David Gregory & Tavis Smiley

CBS’s Face The Nation – Bill Richardson

FOX’s Fox News Sunday – Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.), David Yepsen, James Pindell, roundtable with Brit Hume, Mara Liasson, Juan Williams, & Bill Kristol

CNN’s Late Edition – foreign ministers of Iraq and Sudan, Seymour Hersh

~ Egreggious

Deals with the Devil

(picture via: private.addcom.de/asiaphoto)

The Myanmar junta has brought the uprising of it’s people mostly under the control of their brutal riot police, it seems. There are some demonstrations going on, but information is scarce. A dear price has been paid by scores of buddhist monks and Burmese civilians. The International community failed even to condem the regime’s brutal attacks against its citizens. “The Guardian” takes a look behind the scenes and informs us about the reasons of China’s aid to the Generals.

But it’s not only the Chines who are dealing with the devil. The French, namely the oil/energy company “Total” are busily doing business with the generals. President Sarkozy has hypocritically asked French companies to freeze new investments, fully aware of the fact, that only Total is working in Myanmar and doesn’t plan any new investments anyway.

Death to Capital Punishment?

The Supreme Court has taken the surprising step of agreeing to determine if lethal injection, the most common method of execution used in the United States today, violates the Eight Amendment ban on Cruel and Unusual Punishment. (The question is about the chemical formula used for the injections.) They agreed to stay the execution of a Texas inmate, Carlton Turner, while they take up the case in their next term which starts Monday, Oct 1. But you know Texas, Death Penalty Capital of the USA. They have decided that they may not wait for the Supreme Court to rule on this particular case while they proceed with other executions, including one scheduled for next week. (Last week, Alabama stayed an execution for 45 days while they try to come up with a new lethal injection formula. I have to say, that’s just the kind of “Can Do Spirit” that made America great.) But what impact will this have on the rest of the nation’s scheduled executions?

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Words to live (and die) by

As a general rule, I’m not big on “inspirational” talks, but there’s something decidedly different about this. It’s almost an hour-and-a-half long, so you may want to download it for future viewing.

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, who is dying from pancreatic cancer, gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving talk, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals.

~ Egreggious

A ‘complicated’ youth

Jenna Bush, appearing on tonight’s 20/20:

When asked whether she agrees with her father about the Iraq War, Bush said, “You know I’m not here to talk about that, but I’m also not a policymaker. It’s a really complicated, obviously a very complicated subject. Everybody can agree on that.”

“You know there’ve been people — [actor] Matt Damon among them — who have said, ‘Should the Bush daughters be fighting in Iraq?’” Sawyer said.

“Obviously I understand that question and see what, what the point of that question is, for sure,” Bush said. “I think there are many ways to serve your country. And I think … what’s most appropriate for me to do is to teach or to work in UNICEF and represent our country in Latin America. But you know I don’t think it’s a practical question. I think if people really thought about it, they know that we would put many people in danger. But I understand the point of it. I hope that I serve by being a teacher.”

~ Egreggious