Was Pat Tillman murdered?

via Americablog, Cunning Realist catches an article on SFGate on NFL star Pat Tillman, and his family's continuing effort to find the truth about his death in Afghanistan last year.

Things I didn't know: Tillman signed up expecting to serve in Afghanistan, but was first diverted to the Iraq invasion, to which he was vehemently opposed. He was openly critical of the administration and read Noam Chomsky.

And he was shot three times in the forehead.

This is f@cking sick. The heart of it after the break.

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The case for allowing Roberts through.

There's a real dumb species of argument being offered right now, specifically:

"Dems should vote for Roberts, not try to defeat him."

It's a dumb argument because it ignores a third option.

Dems should vote no on Roberts, but not filibuster. And they should be very vociferous about voting no but not filibustering. It should be framed as a gift to the Reeps that Dems aren't burning DC to the ground to keep this partisan political operative from becoming the head of the federal judiciary.

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Who's William Lokey?

The accountability game is still on, and may be heating up. This comes from a libertarian blog called Q&O:
First, let's recall that Governor Blanco invoked the Stafford Act with her "Disaster Relief Request" of August 27th. (it's dated the 28th, but it was made the 27th) That same day--still, August 27th--President Bush responded to her request by declaring an Emergency, which "authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act".

From here, the argument has gone, the responsibility was left to the State to tell FEMA what they needed and where it needed to go--FEMA couldn't just "start pitching these things out of the back of a truck". But that's not quite the case. According to the the Stafford Act, "Immediately upon his declaration of a major disaster or emergency, the <u>President shall appoint a Federal coordinating officer to operate in the affected area</u>." The President did just that, appointing"William Lokey as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area".

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New Reep lie on NOLA disaster

Update [2005-9-5 19:50:59 by catastrophile]:: Edited to remove a rude nickname applied to George Adair, with apologies . . . it was late and I was angry.

There's a new argument spreading through the Reeposphere . . . Somebody named George Adair seems to be the originator, but Malkin, National Review, Red State, and, of course, Freeperville have already picked up on it.

Adair went Lexising and found an NYTimes editorial from April of this year calling for the defeat of $17 billion in spending for the Army Corps of Engineers on projects billed as "flood control." With some skillful editing and no link, Adair gave the distinct impression that the NYTimes was advocating not spending money on flood prevention in New Orleans, with the obvious implication that we are all a bunch of hypocrites because the NYTimes is, of course, the flagship of the "liberal media" and therefore speaks for all of us.

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"You looked down on us; you dismissed our victims; you dismissed us."

Anne Rice:
The living was good there. The clock ticked more slowly; people laughed more easily; people kissed; people loved; there was joy.

Which is why so many New Orleanians, black and white, never went north. They didn't want to leave a place where they felt at home in neighborhoods that dated back centuries; they didn't want to leave families whose rounds of weddings, births and funerals had become the fabric of their lives. They didn't want to leave a city where tolerance had always been able to outweigh prejudice, where patience had always been able to outweigh rage. They didn't want to leave a place that was theirs.

And so New Orleans prospered, slowly, unevenly, but surely - home to Protestants and Catholics, including the Irish parading through the old neighborhood on St. Patrick's Day as they hand out cabbages and potatoes and onions to the eager crowds; including the Italians, with their lavish St. Joseph's altars spread out with cakes and cookies in homes and restaurants and churches every March; including the uptown traditionalists who seek to preserve the peace and beauty of the Garden District; including the Germans with their clubs and traditions; including the black population playing an ever increasing role in the city's civic affairs.

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Cultivated Chaos & the Conservative Agenda

Though it's perversely heartening to see the administration raked over the coals for its, shall we say, insufficient response to the tragedy in New Orleans, I'm the paranoid type, and it makes me a bit suspicious to see the Reeps in such disarray. It's hard to believe that, after standing with the White House through all the petty, vicious, and duplicitous atrocities of the last four years, it could suddenly dawn on so many of the President's faithful media enablers that maybe something's . . . wrong?

As Greg Palast explains:

There is nothing new under the sun. In 1927, a Republican President had his photo taken as the Mississippi rolled over New Orleans. Calvin Coolidge, "a little fat man with a notebook in his hand," promised to rebuild the state. He didn't. Instead, he left to play golf with Ken Lay or the Ken Lay railroad baron equivalent of his day.

In 1927, the Democratic Party had died and was awaiting burial. As depression approached, the coma-Dems, like Franklin Roosevelt, called for balancing the budget.

Then, as the waters rose, one politician finally said, roughly, "Screw this! They're lying! The President's lying! The rich fat cats that are drowning you will do it again and again and again. They lead you into imperialist wars for profit, they take away your schools and your hope and when you complain, they blame Blacks and Jews and immigrants. Then they push your kids under. I say, Kick'm in the ass and take your rightful share!"

Huey Long laid out a plan: a progressive income tax, real money for education, public works to rebuild Louisiana and America, an end to wars for empire, and an end to financial oligarchy. The waters receded, the anger did not, and Huey "Kingfish" Long was elected Governor of Louisiana in 1928.

We've been at this crossroads before, and the liberals came out ahead. However, they didn't do it by tiptoeing around the problem, or letting the other side define it. If the Republicans are allowed to define the problem, they'll be the ones who provide the solution -- and it won't be pretty.

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New details on Iraq deception to be published . . .

. . . and, of course, nobody's going to give a damn right now.

Editor & Publisher reports:

An extraordinary recap of U.S. claims about weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq, to be moved by the Associated Press this weekend, reveals new details about the pre-war misstatements and the desperate efforts by American officials and CIA chief George Tenet to actually find the weapons after the war.

The lengthy report, written by Charles J. Hanley, AP special correspondent, is based on fresh interviews, official documents and other sources.

The most interesting part of this teaser is buried halfway down (emphasis mine):
Over several thousands words of text, Hanley than lays out the entire history of American claims, going back to the 1990s, through the run-up to the war, and then the aftermath, with some new details, including tidbits on Vice President's pressure-packed 10 trips to the CIA.
Oh, wonderful, thanks a bunch . . . a big sloppy wet one for whatever badstar decided to hold on those "tidbits" until now. Now they can be released, and flutter away like doves, and be completely ignored.

Sigh . . .

SHOOT TO KILL?

Good Lord.
300 Arkansas National Guard troops landed in New Orleans -- a city literally raped by water and disorder sown by the failure of U.S. relief forces to assist survivors -- Thursday evening, with the authorization to shoot and kill what Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco described as "hoodlums."
"These troops are fresh back from Iraq, well trained, experienced, battle tested and under my orders to restore order in the streets," Blanco said.

"They have M-16s and they are locked and loaded.

"These troops know how to shoot and kill and they are more than willing to do so if necessary and I expect they will," Blanco added.

Credit Where Credit is Due.

You know what?

It's true.

Liberals are pissed off at Bush.

Because of Katrina.

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Cindy Sheehan's Magic Number

The standard Reep talking point about the Sheehan protest is that the PotUS can't be bothered with each individual citizen who has a gripe.

Cindy already got her meeting, they keep saying, and she's lucky to have had it.

And you know what? They're right. One person doesn't get the right to demand an audience with the PotUS, no matter how much that person might deserve one or how big of an @$$hole is occupying that office.

So we need a standard, a point at which there's enough public pressure behind a person to say, "okay, this many people want it, now the PotUS has to listen."

If only there was a precedent . . .

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