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Thursday, August 25, 2005

What Would Jesus Wear

PHENOMENAL article re: Rove-gate from the LA Times.

A must read:
Wilson appeared to be an eyewitness to administration dishonesty in the march to war.

The State of the Union speech had been a pillar of the administration's case for war, and Wilson was raising questions about one of its key elements: the claim that Iraq was a nuclear threat.

At the time of Wilson's disclosure, U.S. and United Nations officials had yet to turn up evidence of biological, chemical or nuclear weapons. A ragtag Iraqi insurgency had begun to strike back.

In public, the White House was predicting that weapons of mass destruction would be found. But behind the scenes, officials were worried about the failure to find those weapons and the possibility that the CIA would blame the White House for prewar intelligence failures.

Wilson seemed a credible critic: His diplomatic leadership as charge d'affaires in the U.S. Embassy in Iraq just before the 1991 bombing of Baghdad had earned him letters of praise from President George H.W. Bush.

That made him dangerous to the administration.
And so, to paraphrase Pat Robertson, they tried to "take him out."

KEY PASSAGE W/IN THE PIECE:
Rumsfeld's Pentagon established an independent intelligence operation, the Office of Special Plans, which essentially provided the Defense Department and White House with an ALTERNATIVE to CIA and State Department intelligence. The competing operations would create confusion in preparations for the invasion of Iraq.
Don Rumsfeld, in the business of war, needs "evidence," creates office.

Capice?

Read the whole thing.

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The next story (From the "Agape Press" via Huffingtonpost) is simply bizarre:

Court Sides with Student on Right to Wear Scripture-Bearing Shirt

Dig this, yo:
(AgapePress) - A federal judge has told an Ohio school district it can NO LONGER BAR a middle school student from wearing a t-shirt with a Christian message.

Judge George Smith has ruled that Sheridan Middle School in Thornville violated the constitutional rights of student James Nixon by prohibiting him from wearing a t-shirt bearing a quote from the Bible verse John 14:6. The front of the shirt reads: "Jesus said, 'I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.'"
So far so good.
The back of the shirt contains the statements: "Homosexuality is sin. Islam is a lie. Abortion is murder."
Hey now.

When I was in "middle school," my tee collection included shirts from Van Halen's "Fair Warning" tour, Rush's "Moving Pictures" tour, and Pac-Man.
Although no complaints were filed over Nixon's t-shirt, a few school officials -- described by the student's attorney as "overzealous" -- deemed its message may be "offensive" to some individuals and "potentially disruptive," and thus could not be displayed.
Yeah.

I'm guessin' there ain't too many folks in THORNVILLE who'd be offended by the above mentioned shirt.

Don't worry: Those "overzealous school officials" will be, uh, dealt with accordingly.
Nixon's attorney, James Nelson of the Orlando-based American Liberties Institute, says the decision handed down by Judge Smith has a "broad, sweeping significance," especially for students in the southern district of Ohio, MANY OF WHOM HE SAYS WERE WATCHING FOR THE OUTCOME.
Wait.

There are more kids ready to bust out with the "Homosexuality is sin, Islam is a lie, Abortion is murder" shirt?!

Yikes.
"Other students and parents had been waiting for this decision to know whether or not their own children and students may now wear their shirts," Nelson shares.
Uh...

WHERE'D THEY GET THE SHIRTS?

Can you say, "Youth group?"

I knew that you could.
Nelson asserts the judge's ruling sets a persuasive precedent. "We believe that Judge Smith really worked through the issues well, in a way that some courts don't," the attorney says. "He truly picked apart the precedent and the cases from the Supreme Court and other jurisdictions and tried to make a very comprehensive and coherent opinion which could be utilized by other courts across the country."

The attorney feels that due to the jurisdiction of Smith's court over other schools and school districts, the ruling will allow students to freely express their viewpoint on THE SAME ISSUES and to wear the same t-shirt to school.
Did you get that?

"The ruling will allow students to freely express their viewpoint on THE SAME ISSUES and to wear the same t-shirt to school."

That's key.

You KNOW that wearin' a Marilyn Manson shirt or a "Bush Lied and Our Soldiers Died" tee would get you 18 to life in Thornville.

But "Islam is a lie?"

"Bring it!"

Man.

No need to move to South Carolina, people. Thornville is well on its way...to becoming a truly holy place.

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Speaking of "holy places," Our Kid made a tour stop in ID.

Bush praises families of troops in Iraq

As long as they're conservative and down with the plan.

(Warning: The following info comes from the Washington Times via Drudge, so there's a decent chance that it never really happened.)
NAMPA, Idaho -- President Bush yesterday paid glowing tribute to family members of soldiers serving in Iraq, telling hundreds of Idaho National Guardsmen that America owes them a debt of gratitude.
If you've seen "Napoloeon Dynamite," you'll get a pretty good picture of the crowd in Nampa.
The president singled out TAMMY PRUETT of Pocatello, Idaho, who now has FOUR SONS IN IRAQ and whose HUSBAND and ANOTHER SON returned from war last year.
"That's the kind of mom I like!"
"Tammy says this -- and I want you to hear this -- 'I know that if something happens to one of the boys, they would leave this world doing what they believe, what they think is right for our country,'" Mr. Bush said.

"And I guess you couldn't ask for a BETTER WAY OF LIFE than giving it for something that you believe in."
Hmm.

What about...being Mick Jagger? Brad Pitt? Owen Wilson.

That'd be cool.
"America lives in freedom because of families like the Pruetts."
NO.

NO.

NO.

"America lives in freedom" because Coke, McDonald's and Ford (et al) need us to.

Period.

Entiendes?
The crowd, made up mostly of military family members, broke into cheers and "USA" chants.
That would've been the perfect time for Napoleon's dance.

"I already made, like, 'affinity' of those at scout camp."
Throughout Mr. Bush's 45-minute speech, the crowd of about 10,000 gathered in this Boise suburb offered thunderous applause -- rivaling that of supporters during his last presidential campaign.

The crowd stood in applause for a full minute after the president, leaning into the microphone to make his voice boom through the hall, vowed: "So long as I'm the president, we will stay, we will fight, and we will win the war on terror."

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Singling out Mrs. Pruett appeared to be a direct rebuttal of anti-war protester CINDY SHEEHAN, who has camped out for much of August near the Bushes' Texas ranch demanding a meeting with the president to discuss what she calls a "senseless war."

Mr. Bush, who after his speech yesterday met for the 25th time with family members of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, on Monday told reporters, "I've met with a lot of families. [Mrs. Sheehan] doesn't represent the view of a lot of families I have met with."
Because he doesn't meet people - or speak to people - or stand in front of people - who disagree with him.

"What are you gonna do today, Mr. President?"

"Whatever I feel like I wanna do. Gosh!"

More later.

"You guys are retarded!"

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