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Moral opacity

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From Kevin Drum:

ABC News has reported that the United States is funneling money to Jundullah, a Sunni terrorist group based in western Pakistan. The New York Times has reported that the United States allows arms deliveries from North Korea to flow to Ethiopia. And now, via Ken Silverstein, CNN’s Michael Ware is reporting that the U.S. military provides protection for the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), an Iraqi-based group listed as a terrorist organization by the State Department:

The U.S. State Department considers the MEK a terrorist organization — meaning no American can deal with it; U.S. banks must freeze its assets; and any American giving support to its members is committing a crime.

The U.S. military, though, regularly escorts MEK supply runs between Baghdad and its base, Camp Ashraf.

“The trips for procurement of logistical needs also take place under the control and protection of the MPs,” said Mojgan Parsaii, vice president of MEK and leader of Camp Ashraf.

Well, the world is a complicated place. And one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom figh….oh, wait. That’s not right. Is it?

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9 April 2007 at 8:00 pm

With our media, you have to explain over and over

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David Gregory is REALLY slow. Things have to spelled out for him and repeated several times before he can start to grasp them.

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9 April 2007 at 7:58 pm

Posted in Congress, Democrats, GOP

Megs warming her butt

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Megs warm butt

This morning Megs was lying with her butt in the sunshine, obviously warming it up. She was awake, but definitely drowsy. But when I approached with the camera, she gave a little meow and stretched.

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9 April 2007 at 2:30 pm

Posted in Cats, Megs

Getcher free books right here

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9 April 2007 at 8:43 am

Posted in Books

Why the mainstream media gets little respect

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It’s things like this: the completely fabricated story by ABC and Brian Ross on how Saddam Hussein was behind the anthrax attacks. False from start to finish, and never retracted to this day. Glenn Greenwald reviews it at the link.

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9 April 2007 at 8:17 am

Alberto, it’s over. Go home.

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Now he’s cramming for his appearance before Congress:

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has virtually wiped his public schedule clean to bone up for his long-awaited April 17 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee—a session widely seen as a crucial test as to whether he will survive the U.S. attorney mess. But even his own closest advisers are nervous about whether he is up to the task. At a recent “prep” for a prospective Sunday talk-show interview, Gonzales’s performance was so poor that top aides scrapped any live appearances. During the March 23 session in the A.G.’s conference room, Gonzales was grilled by a team of top aides and advisers—including former Republican National Committee chair Ed Gillespie and former White House lawyer Tim Flanigan—about what he knew about the plan to fire seven U.S. attorneys last fall. But Gonzales kept contradicting himself and “getting his timeline confused,” said one participant who asked not to be identified talking about a private meeting. His advisers finally got “exasperated” with him, the source added. “He’s not ready,” Tasia Scolinos, Gonzales’s public-affairs chief, told the A.G.’s top aides after the session was over, said the source.

Lots more at the link, including informed speculation about why he’s so stupid having problems getting the facts straight. But, as Kevin Drum points out:

Everyone prepares for congressional testimony, but this is ridiculous. If Gonzales was planning to simply tell the truth, he wouldn’t “keep contradicting himself” in practice sessions and he wouldn’t need to bring his schedule to a standstill in order to figure out what he’s planning to say. He’d just review the appropriate documents to make sure he had his dates straight and then tell Congress what happened.

Obviously, though, that’s not quite what he’s planning to do, is it?

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9 April 2007 at 8:07 am

Nice-sounding salad

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From The Accidental Hedonist this morning, where you can see a beautiful photo of the completed salad. She was surprised at how the flavors work together to achieve a great balance, but I expected that: onions, oranges, olives—they all start with “o”.

Sometimes recipes are all about balance.

  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 large oranges, peeled, sectioned and each section cut into thirds
  • 1 red onion, quartered and sliced
  • 1/3 cup Kalamata olives, chopped
  • Chives, chopped

In a bottle or jar with a lid, combine the orange juice, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Close the bottle or jar and shake in order to combine the ingredients. Set aside.

In a glass bowl, combine the oranges, onion and olives. Toss well, and pour on the amount of vinaigrette you desire. Serve with chives as a garnish.

Serves 4-6

Written by Leisureguy

9 April 2007 at 7:55 am

Posted in Recipes & Cooking

Monday is always a good day

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Because I skipped shaving Sunday—so I’m both eager to shave again and have a nice crop of stubble. I used QED’s special Badger & Blade shaving stick and a Rooney brush sold by Tone’s Barber Shop, unbranded but recognizably Rooney.

The razor was a Gillette Fat Boy with date code E2 (2nd quarter of 1959—the year in which this razor was introduced). I noticed this time how very deep is the chequering on the handle, which is applied to high vertical rows: a razor that’s not going to slip in a soapy hand.

The shave was absolutely superb—quite smooth and close, with no nicks at all. Alum bar and Proraso splash aftershave. I love Mondays now.

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9 April 2007 at 7:51 am

Posted in Shaving

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