Friday News, Views, and Blues

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Scott McClellan, author of the new book “What Happened”, was a guest of Keith Olbermann’s on Countdown MSNBC last night for the full hour.
You can watch the videos here.
When asked by Olbermann, in comparing the run-up to the Iraq War to this obvious run-up to the likely coming war with Iran:

“So knowing what you know,” Olbermann inquired, “if Dana Perino starts making noises similar to what you heard from Ari Fleischer in 2002 and other members of the cabinet, you would be suspicious?”

To this, McClellan answered:

“I would be,” McClellan said. “I think that you would need to take the comments seriously and be skeptical.”

The entire interview was actually very good. Watch it if you get the chance. The videos are in five parts.

A lot of people are angry at Scott McClellan, and feel he is, as Brent Budowsky put it, “a bum“. Budowsky compares his being “a bum” to the heroism of Generals Fallon, Zinni and Shinseki, who spoke out with courage when it mattered. BuzzFlash also went on record , giving McClellan their “Hypocrite of the Week Award“. Scott McClellan is pretty much taking the heat from both sides of the aisle..

The McClarifier.. He’s all for Telecom immunity:

Dodged by an obscure issue on the campaign trail, Sen. John McCain was asked at a town hall meeting in Greenvale, Wis., today whether he would prevent warrantless wiretapping, which the questioner said was a violation of the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment. The issue has been a hot one in Congress, with vigorous debate specifically over whether telecommunications companies should receive immunity for assisting government surveillance efforts in the wake of 9/11.

McCain said he supports a pending Senate bill, which may have been an effort to clarify a position muddied last week by a campaign aide.

CNN’s Ware dissmisses McCain’s challenge that Obama visit Iraq.

Ware said that U.S. officials’ trips to Iraq are usually “divorced from reality” adding that its “impossible” to “get much of a real picture.” Ware then noted that McCain’s own trips to Iraq have not helped him get a sense of the realities in Iraq:

WARE: I’ll issue a word of caution, too. I mean Senator McCain has been here, what, more than half a dozen times. And we’ve seen him get assessments of Iraq terribly wrong. So I wouldn’t be hanging my hat on the fact that your opponent has only been here once.

Defense lawyers for the alleged 9/11 conspirators on Thursday accused the Pentagon prosecutor of rushing to begin the complex Sept. 11, 2001, mass-murder trial in the height of the presidential campaign season:

The date, in fact, is 10 days after Sen. John McCain, an architect of Military Commissions law, is expected to be officially nominated as the Republican presidential candidate at the GOP national convention in St. Paul, Minn.

What a surprise.. They hold these people for.. how many years, torturing them all the while? And now they suddenly decide to hold trials right before the election? And of course, they’ll hold the trial as close to the anniversary of 9/11 just to accentuate the significance. Wouldn’t surprise me if they planned it to be ON 9/11. Defense lawyers have to prepare for a death penalty case for the five men in this article, (including Khalid Sheik Mohammed – the alleged Sept. 11 mastermind):

”Three months and 18 days is not enough time to prepare a defense in this death penalty case even if the government had provided the defense with the attorneys, resources, and facilities necessary to do so,” said Navy Lt. Cmdr. Brian Mizer, attorney for Ammar al Baluchi, who is also known as Ali Abdul Aziz Ali.

From McClatchy: Obama prepares to declare victory after Tuesday primaries

But, ahhh, will Clinton do something to stop him? What’s she planning on doing next? (Anyone else as sick of this as I am?) Will the Democratic Party step in and put a stop to this before she blows the entire party apart and loses this election for us?

Don’t miss this one.. David Corn writes “Foreclosure Phil“. If McCain wins the presidency, this man is likely to be the next Secretary of the Treasury..

Who’s to blame for the biggest financial catastrophe of our time? There are plenty of culprits, but one candidate for lead perp is former Sen. Phil Gramm. Eight years ago, as part of a decades-long anti-regulatory crusade, Gramm pulled a sly legislative maneuver that greased the way to the multibillion-dollar subprime meltdown. Yet has Gramm been banished from the corridors of power? Reviled as the villain who bankrupted Middle America? Hardly. Now a well-paid executive at a Swiss bank, Gramm cochairs Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign and advises the Republican candidate on economic matters. He’s been mentioned as a possible Treasury secretary should McCain win. That’s right: A guy who helped screw up the global financial system could end up in charge of US economic policy. Talk about a market failure.

Don’t forget! Its Friday: Music (and Math) Night!

And now for the blues..

Not really the blues, but this has to be seen to be believed..
This is an 8 year old kid on the guitar..

8 year old guitar whiz Quinn Sullivan and Buddy Guy

6 thoughts on “Friday News, Views, and Blues

  1. Wow!
    I’ve been listening to Joe Bonamasso lately, and love seeing young folks carry on the ‘mission of music’, but I’ve never seen an 8 yr. old flutter frets like this kid.

  2. Great post again today nwmuse, Thank you..Saw Keith’s show last night..Well done..

    Love the old engine you posted as the header photo..Heard a couple of the tall old ship’s are in Oregon this week, sure would love to see them..This old witch love’s old train’s, car’s and ship’s….Gonna be real gone for awhile, will try to catch up later…Blessings all

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