2. If you can stomach it, read Keith Olbermann's "special comment" on "Bush's Deceptions About Iran." Olbermann's style should be in the dictionary as an example of pomposity. What a gasbag! All that pretentious verbiage is there to impress the yahoos and cover up a void of substance. Here is the meat of his argument:
In August the president was told by his hand-picked major-domo of intelligence, Mike McConnell, a flinty, high-strung-looking, worrying-warrior who will always see more clouds than silver linings, that what “everybody thought” about Iran might be, in essence, crap.
Yet on Oct. 17, the president said of Iran and its President Ahmadinejad:
“I’ve told people that if you’re interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from have the knowledge to make a nuclear weapon.”
And as he said that, Mr. Bush knew that at bare minimum there was a strong chance that his rhetoric was nothing more than words with which to scare the Iranians.
Or was it, Sir, to scare the Americans?
Bush's statement was true (and good advice) regardless of the NIE release, which was not the word of God writ in stone, but a guess about 2003 that they offer with "moderate confidence." What the Iranians are doing today, the intelligence community really doesn't know. But the Iranians have publicly stated their wish to have nuclear weapons, haven't they? Do we need spies to tell us they want them?
3. Bloomberg is thinking of pulling a Perot and running as an independent if the other nominees are too "extreme." The result would be the same as in 1992: a Democrat win. This is because more Republicans than Democrats would be disgusted with their candidate and vote for Bloomberg. A far left candidate is pretty much where the entire Democrat Party is these days.
4. Sometimes a song is so bad you just sit there as you listen, wondering, what were they thinking? Such is the case with this song by the Crystals. I won't spoil the impact by telling the title here -- that's the best part. (Ike Turner didn't write this song, did he?)
5. Hillary campaign Kremlinology. With so many forces pulling in different directions and so much advice coming from different people, the man (or woman) at the top must be strong. Rather like a president. And Bill Clinton has lost his touch? Steven Stark does not think so.
6. An eco-fascist lets the truth slip out:
"When the chips are down I think democracy is a less important goal than is the protection of the planet from the death of life, the end of life on it," he says. "This has got to be imposed on people whether they like it or not."
Another gem to add to the list of astonishing statements by environmentalists.