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Thursday, May 12, 2005
(VRWSC) Vast Right-Wing Swinging Conspiracy
By now I'm sure you've all heard the stories about Plato's Retreat and Bolton.

Just wondering who else has made the connection...

There's just another fine gentleman, a Republican operative by the name of Roger Stone, who took part in similar activities, though granted, his wife Nikki was complicit in these dalliances whereas it's alleged that Christina Bolton was not.

You know what else these two men have in common?

One led the mob that stopped the Miami-Dade recount and the other, well, he said:
"I'm with the Bush-Cheney team, and I'm here to stop the count."
Spooky, isn't it?

UK War Memo
Reports CNN:
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Eighty-nine Democratic members of the U.S. Congress last week sent President George W. Bush a letter asking for explanation of a secret British memo that said "intelligence and facts were being fixed" to support the Iraq war in mid-2002.
The timing of the memo was well before the president brought the issue to Congress for approval.
The Times of London newspaper published the memo -- actually minutes of a high-level meeting on Iraq held July 23, 2002 -- on May 1.
British officials did not dispute the document's authenticity, and Michael Boyce, then Britain's Chief of Defense Staff, told the paper that Britain had not then made a decision to follow the United States to war, but it would have been "irresponsible" not to prepare for the possibility.
The White House has not yet responded to queries about the congressional letter, which was released on May 6.
The letter, initiated by Rep. John Conyers, ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, said the memo "raises troubling new questions regarding the legal justifications for the war as well as the integrity of your own administration..."
"While various individuals have asserted this to be the case before, including Paul O'Neill, former U.S. Treasury Secretary, and Richard Clarke, a former National Security Council official, they have been previously dismissed by your administration," the letter said.
Good for Conyers.

Monday, May 09, 2005
Victor Navasky...
... was just about the sweetest old man I've met in a long, long time. He was at Politics & Prose to talk about his new book, A Matter Of Opinion, and he was everything I expected and more.

As I was sitting, Chris Hitchens came in and stood up, immediately to my right, with a white plastic cup in his hand, making me wonder what was in it. My impulse to go up and talk to him and compliment him on his impeccable obit-writing skills, "all politics aside", unfortunately faded away as I noticed a number of people with whom he seemed busy chatting after Navasky's talk, and his rather-conspicuous scratching of his back through his shirt, over his shoulder. I abstained from an introduction which would inevitably call for a handshake.



Thursday, May 05, 2005
Blatant Discrimination or Stealthy Eugenics?
A new FDA provision will recommend that no man who's had gay sex in the previous five years be allowed to "donate his essences":
NEW YORK (AP) -- To the dismay of gay-rights activists, the Food and Drug Administration is about to implement new rules recommending that any man who has engaged in homosexual sex in the previous five years be barred from serving as an anonymous sperm donor.
The FDA has rejected calls to scrap the provision, insisting that gay men collectively pose a higher-than-average risk of carrying the AIDS virus. Critics accuse the FDA of stigmatizing all gay men rather than adopting a screening process that focuses on high-risk sexual behavior by any would-be donor, gay or straight.
The archaic mentality that states that homosexuality is a choice, of course, would not accept that the trait exists in one's genetic makeup, hence this sounds more like discrimination than an attempt to perform genetic cleansing, but let us ask again:

Blatant discrimination or stealthy eugenics?

We report, you decide.

Heads Up
Something happened on February 28th. More has been happening since, and perhaps in time we'll go into that.

For now, my apologies...

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