Where Are You Paul Harvey?

I’m sure that you’ve heard of Iran’s President Ahmadinejad speaking of wiping “Israel off the map.” It was in all the papers.

But somehow, with all that J-school talent and myriad levels of fact-checking and editors, a crucial bit of information was dropped from those stories.

But it hasn’t got past “Regime Change Iran” or “Winds of Change.”

A Daily Briefing on Iran: Why Haven’t We Seen This?

Is it possible for us to witness a world without America and Zionism? But you had best know that this slogan and this goal are attainable, and surely can be achieved…

He goes on to detail plans for a limited war with the United States, a war that he is sure, having read our newspapers, we have no stomach for. He is betting, just as bin Laden did on Sept 11, that America will shy from a confrontation and seek to mollify him rather than oppose him.

Sometimes you need “the rest of the story.”

We Mean What We Say

The Washington Post continues its quest to meld news reporting and DNC press releases into the same story.

First the DNC press release.

White House Ethics, Honesty Questioned

A majority of Americans say the indictment of senior White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby signals broader ethical problems in the Bush administration, and nearly half say the overall level of honesty and ethics in the federal government has fallen since President Bush took office, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News survey.

The poll, conducted Friday night and yesterday, found that 55 percent of the public believes the Libby case indicates wider problems “with ethical wrongdoing” in the White House, while 41 percent believes it was an “isolated incident.”

Then the actual reporting buried clear down in the last paragraph.

Most Americans believe Bush had nothing to do with the incidents that resulted in the indictment brought against Libby: 55 percent said the president was not at fault, while 12 percent said he probably did something illegal, and 21 percent said he did something “unethical but not illegal.”

It helps if you’re committed to working for the “greater good” rather than just reporting facts.

Two more “reporters” for my listing of lame political hacks. It’s probably not fair to them, a lot was probably added by the editor, but it’s their names on the byline so it’s them I’ll judge.

Is The CIA Nefarious, Or Clueless?

I agree with the Instapundit. The Plame/Wilson affair shows that the CIA was either running a covert op against the White House, or they’re totally clueless. Neither is good.

The people involved in planning and carrying out the Wilson trip need to be answering some questions themselves. Since Wilson blew the whistle on the operation in the New York Times there is no sense in trying to keep it undercover anymore. What were they trying to accomplish and why? And why were they unable to follow normal agency procedures while doing so?

If there were elements in the CIA that were running an operation against our own government, they need to be exposed and eliminated, though without “extreme prejudice” of course. Hopefully this is the case.

I say that because if the CIA is just totally clueless, then anything they tell us has be be viewed with skepticism. That not only includes warnings of danger but assurances of safety. After all, an intelligence agency that can’t tell us when we’re in jeopardy can’t ell us when we’re not. If they are this clueless then we are totally blind to what is happening in the world. Not a warm and fuzzy feeling.

As for Libby? Damn, man. Don’t tell lies to special prosecutors. That never works. The only defense against a special prosecutor is the one used with success by the Clinton White House in the FBI files investigation. Everyone takes the Fifth. That probably wouldn’t have worked in this case because the news media would have taken it as proof that something criminal had occurred and you’re the wrong political party for them to let that go.

Thank God For Small Favors

Sen Tom Coburn, R-OK entered an amendment that would have transfered $60 million in upgrades to Atlanta’s CDC building to funding for an AIDS drug assistance program. The Bush administration had requested and the House had approved $30 million in improvements but somehow, while in the Senate, it got bumped up to $225 million.

Coburn’s amendment would have transferred $60 million of that unrequested money from the CDC building to providing drugs to AIDS sufferers.

So, in a battle between Pork and AIDS sufferers, who won?

The amendment was defeated Votes > Roll Call Vote” href=”http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=1&vote=00274″>85-14.

But at least Oregon’s two Senators, Smith and Wyden, were among those few who would rather help the sick than feed at the pork trough.

Of course, they probably wouldn’t have been so generous if one of their pork projects was on the chopping block.

Yes, I’m Back

As you probably know I’ve been feeling puny from a kidney stone. It eased but as far as I knew, never passed. I went in for a CT scan and got the results back today. No residual kidney stone. That’s great. I have been dreading a reoccurrence.

The CT scan did show Gall stones, but the Dr. says people live their whole lives with those with no ill effects, so we’re not going to worry about them.

Take a week off, (off the blog that is, not work) and things just fall apart. I swear, the world would stop turning if I quit pushing…or not.

Harriet Miers withdrew from her nomination to SCOTUS. I can’t say that I care one way or the other. But it does make it very clear that the next SCOTUS nominee will be someone that the Democrats will absolutely hate and that there will be a political price to be paid for any fair-weather conservatives that opposes him (or her, I hope her)

Then there is the indictment of “Scooter” Libby not for naming Valerie Plame, but for lying to a Grand Jury? Is that what this investigation was about? I thought that lying to a Grand Jury was found not to be a crime during the Clinton years. I guess that is only for high-ranking Party members.

After weeks of joyous anticipation, the anti-war crowd got their wish with the 2000 death of an American soldier in Iraq. They have been as excited as a four-year-old on the night before Christmas waiting for this. As soon as it happened they rushed to get the story on every newspaper front page and TV news report. They love dead soldiers, it’s those live ones they aren’t too crazy about.

Funny, the people that had their panties in a knot about the President “exploiting” live soldiers in a teleconference don’t seem to have any problem with exploiting dead soldiers for their own political purposes.

One rule for your and another for me, I guess.

Maybe Dropping Out Of The Terrorism Task Force Was A Good Idea

Police knew of crooks’ ‘haven’

High-ranking Portland police officials were warned two years ago that the city’s loosely regulated secondhand stores were selling “massive amounts” of stolen merchandise, according to internal Police Bureau documents.

Two October 2003 memos, written by East Precinct Officer Heather Rippe, outline the extensive scope of the problem and suggest recommendations for addressing it, including revisions to a flawed city ordinance and closer monitoring of the stores.

Maybe Tom Potter’s decision not to participate in the FBI Terrorism Task Force was a good idea after all. It doesn’t sound like the PPB has people that can be trusted with sensitive information.

How Convenient

Records sought by Nike could be lost

BEAVERTON — Documents Nike is suing Beaverton to see could be lost after city employees damaged a hard drive on Mayor Rob Drake’s City Hall computer, city leaders said Thursday.

Drake said the damage that occurred to his desktop computer two weeks ago was accidental.

Do you think if the positions were reversed, that Nike accidentally lost some documents that were supposed to be turned over to the City, that anyone would believe that they were ‘accidentally” erased? Have you ever tried to permanently erase files from your hard drive so that they could never be recovered? First you have to get some special software like Evidence Eliminator or MacAfee’s Quick Clean and then you have to go about it deliberately. I fail to seen how they could do it “accidentally” unless they physically smashed the hard drive.

I don’t think the judge is buying it either.

Even before the computer damage, a Washington County judge had criticized city leaders for what she said was foot-dragging and a poor record of preserving documents in the case.

I’m sure that if the Mayor runs again he will proudly point to his record, the part that hasn’t been accidentally destroyed, to boast that he is willing to take on “big business.”