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Sunday Sound Off May 31, 2009

Posted by judylobo in Animal Videos, Photography, Politics, Videos, Zoos.
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droolRaise your hand if you have had about enough of the 24/7 Dick Cheney media blitz? This man needs a muzzle (and so does his head bobbing daughter). Along with his non-stop fear mongering he is now adding the 9/11 trauma defense. An article in today’s Washington Post by Richard A. Clarke addresses this issue well. “Unless you were there, in a position of responsibility after September 11, you cannot possibly imagine the dilemmas that you faced in trying to protect Americans,” Condoleezza Rice said last month as she admonished a Stanford University student who questioned the Bush-era interrogation program. And in his May 21 speech on national security, Dick Cheney called the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, a “defining” experience that “caused everyone to take a serious second look” at the threats to America. Critics of the administration have become more intense as memories of the attacks have faded, he argued. “Part of our responsibility, as we saw it,” Cheney said, “was not to forget the terrible harm that had been done to America.” Clarke asserts that the decisions the White House bullies made were not appropriate. He finger points that the thugs were surprised by the attacks because they had not listened to all of the warnings. Guess who else is reappearing magically like that rabbit out of a hat?  None other than the Decider himself. Gasp.

–  Frank Rich echos this Cheney theme today in his Who Is to Blame for the Next Attack? “The Republicans at least have an excuse for pushing this poison. They are desperate. The trio of Pillsbury doughboys now leading the party — Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, Cheney — have variously cemented the G.O.P.’s brand as a whites-only men’s club by revoking Colin Powell’s membership and smearing the first Latina Supreme Court nominee as a “reverse racist.” Republicans in Congress have no plausible economic, health care or energy policies to counter Obama’s. The only card left to play is 9/11.” “The harrowing truth remains unchanged from what it was before Cheney emerged from his bunker to set Washington atwitter. The Bush administration did not make us safer either before or after 9/11. Obama is not making us less safe. If there’s another terrorist attack, it will be because the mess the Bush administration ignored in Pakistan and Afghanistan spun beyond anyone’s control well before Americans could throw the bums out.”  Good Sunday reading.

–  It is nice to know that in 2009, when Dick Cheney speaks, there are people who will step forward to call him out on his lies. Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has issued a stinging rebuke to former Vice President Dick Cheney — saying that undisclosed memos do not support his claim that torture works and save lives.  Speaking at the Foreign Policy Association’s annual dinner this week, Levin said that his investigation “gives the lie to Mr. Cheney’s claims.” He noted that the two CIA documents “say nothing about numbers of lives saved, nor do the documents connect acquisition of valuable intelligence to the use of abusive techniques.”
Here’s Rachel on this issue:

– The nuttiness surrounding the nominee, Sonia Sotomayor boggles the brain.  The NY Times editorial addresses the wacky Repugnant talking points and tries to steer the debate in another direction.

–  Rachel picks apart all of the attacks on Sonia Sotomayor:

–  File this under the 15 minutes are up category: Susan Boyle came in second last night. I never quite understood all of the hoopla surrounding this lady.  Why is it surprising that a fine voice would come out of her body?  It says a lot more about the human race then it does about Susan Boyle.  Hats off to you, Susan. Here it is for you, one more time:

–  Speaking of things coming to an end – Tomorrow’s oral arguments before the Minnesota Supreme Court may finally bring an end to the state’s protracted Norm Coleman, Al Franken Senate race, and both sides are proclaiming readiness.

–  A Tokyo Zoo has unveiled its latest arrival – a baby anteater who’s a little bit wobbly on its feet. A collective awwwwwwwww can be heard across the land.



1. bumper sticker - May 31, 2009

Great Cheney look-alike in the photo today!

2. Carol King - June 1, 2009

hey, I was gonna say the same thing, but Ruth beat me to it!

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