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"I want to know if right here and right now, once and for all, without nuance, can you say that the war authorization vote was a mistake?"
That question was how one voter welcomed Clinton to New Hampshire. It was a zinger that put her on the hot seat.
"Knowing what I know now that I would never have voted for it," she said.
"A lead inspector, Scott Ritter, said that he believes that nearly all other weapons not found were destroyed in the Gulf War. Furthermore, according to a published report in The Washington Post, the Central Intelligence Agency, yes, the Central Intelligence Agency, has no up-to-date accurate report on Iraq's capabilities of weapons of mass destruction."
Did you hear that?
"The American people deserve to know that the key issue here is that there is no proof that Iraq represents an imminent or immediate threat to the United States of America. I will repeat: there is no proof that Iraq represents an imminent or immediate threat to the United States. A continuing threat does not constitute a sufficient cause for war. The administration has refused to provide the Congress with credible evidence that proves that Iraq is a serious threat to the United States and that it is continuing to possess and develop chemical and biological and nuclear weapons."
Too ambiguous for you?
"Furthermore, there is no credible evidence connecting Iraq to al Qaeda and 9-11, and yet there are people who want to bomb Iraq in reprisal for 9-11. Iraq is not connected by any credible evidence to 9-11, nor is it connected by any credible evidence to the activities of al Qaeda on 9-11."
Or what about this?
"Indeed, an argument could be made that such an attack would exacerbate the condition in the Middle East and destabilize the region."
"And if we are to go to war against any Nation, and I oppose us doing this in this case, we ought not be taking such action in retaliation, and ought not put it in a document like this in retaliation, attacking a nation that had nothing to do with 9-11"
And about those weapons of mass destruction:
"The key issue here is that there is no credible evidence that Iraq possesses weapons of mass destruction. Congress has not been provided any credible information which proves that Iraq has provided international terrorists with weapons of mass destruction."
Beck was pushing this story on his show this morning:
"The political climate isn't good for scientists with dissenting views on global warming, leaving some researchers to fear that honest research could be blackballed in favor of promoting a "consensus" view.
A dispute erupted this week in Oregon, where Gov. Ted Kulongoski is considering firing the state's climatologist George Taylor, who has said human activity isn't the chief cause of global climate change.
That view is not in line with the state policy of Oregon to reduce "greenhouse gases," which are considered by many researchers to be the chief cause of global warming."
So when I heard Glenn talking about this I said to myself "I bet Glenn is full of it." Sure enough, he is:
"1) Taylor is not the “state climatologist.” Oregon abolished the position in 1989. He was bestowed the title by Oregon State University, not by Gov. Kulongoski or the state of Oregon.
2) Taylor is not a “climatologist.” Taylor is a meteorologist. He does not possess a PhD or have a background in climatology.
3) He will not be fired. Taylor will not lose his job or income, which comes from Oregon State University. He will merely be stripped of his title, which he never earned but claims to retain. Gov. Kulongoski has the right to appoint a climatologist who is an expert in the field and adheres to the state’s climate policies."
Larsen: I believe a bit more information is needed on Ethanol. The United States consumes on average more than 400 million gallons of gas per day. The United States had 81,759,000 acres devoted to corn production in 2005. The average yield per acre was 147.9 bushels with the five year average at 142.5 bushels per acre.Turns out he was absolutely spot-on.
According to studies, you can get 2.5 gallons of ethanol from one bushel of corn. In 2005, the US produced 1.5 billion gallons of ethanol. This consumed 5.2% of all the corn grown in the US. I saw on TV the new ethanol plant in Lagrange will yield 1.5 gallons per bushel. This is a lot less than what I found published. Hopefully it is only a reporting error.
If all corn were devoted to ethanol production, we could produce 29.1 billion gallons of ethanol. To equate this to the US gasoline consumption of 400 million gallons per day and the fact that ethanol has 70% of the energy content of gasoline; we could reduce gasoline consumption by no more than 14%.
In addition if all corn were devoted to ethanol production, we would not have corn for feed or on our dinner tables. The by-products from the production of ethanol are used else where, but can the market absorb and use this amount of by product efficiently or will some of it simply be scrapped? Ethanol can show a positive energy value when an energy credit is given for the by-product. If the by-product is scrapped, any energy credit applied to ethanol for the by-product cannot be realistically counted.
Many Democrats and some Republicans applauded President Bush’s State-of-the-Union proposal for a 20 percent reduction in gasoline use over the next ten years, largely through greater reliance on ethanol.It seems that I was horribly, horribly wrong in my unwavering support of corn-fuel. I take it back.
Bush’s idea, however, is adding corn-based fuel to the fire in Mexico City. Existing federal laws that mandate ethanol in U.S. gasoline have diverted trainloads of corn from America’s food supply-chain to ethanol factories. This boosted U.S. corn prices nearly 80 percent in 2006.
That’s bad enough if you buy corn on the cob for a weekend barbecue. But it’s much worse if you are a poor Mexican surviving on corn tortillas. The price of a kilo (2.2 pounds) of tortillas recently has shot up 55 percent, from 5.5 to 8.5 pesos. Poor Mexicans are not taking this sitting down.
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Young Bostonians familiar with the unconventional marketing tactics used by
many companies tended to see the city’s reaction as unmitigated hysteria.
Tracy O’Connor, 34, a retail manager, called the police response “silly and insane,” contrasting it with that in other cities where no one reported concerns about the devices — an advertising gimmick for the Cartoon Network show “Aqua Teen Hunger Force.”
“We’re the laughingstock,” she said.
“The city clearly did not overreact. Had we taken any other steps, we would have been endangering the public,” he said.
“People can be smug and say all you have to do is look at this and know this is not an explosive device, but the truth of the matter is that you can’t tell what it is until it’s disrupted,” Davis said.
The devices didn’t prompt calls of concern in any of the nine other cities where Turner said the devices were placed. Police in the other cities fanned out to find and remove them after Boston’s scare.
Most of Boston’s colleagues in law enforcement in the other cities chose their words carefully.
“I wouldn’t want to give my opinion, but in today’s world it’s better safe than sorry. Someone (in Boston) clearly thought there was a threat,” Atlanta police Officer Joe Cobb said.
In the Seattle area, authorities thought the devices were “obviously not suspicious.”
“In this day and age, whenever anything remotely suspicious shows up, people get concerned — and that’s good,” King County sheriff’s Sgt. John Urquhart said. “However, people don’t need to be concerned about this. These are cartoon characters giving the finger.”
Judge Paul K. Leary told [Assistant Attorney General John] Grossman that, according to law, the suspects must intend to create a panic to be charged with placing hoax devices.
It appears the suspects had no such intent, the judge said, but the question should be discussed in a later hearing.
"Whoever thought this up needs to find another job."
"Scaring an entire region, tying up the T and major roadways, and forcing first responders to spend 12 hours chasing down trinkets instead of terrorists is marketing run amok," Markey, a Democrat, said in a written statement. "It would be hard to dream up a more appalling publicity stunt."
It would be different if there where a bomb was disguised as a weird looking device. Using history as a guide, bombers put bombs in normal looking things that don't draw attention. The IRA put them in trash cans. Ted Kazinski put them into normal looking packages. Bombers in Iraq put them in parked cars and piles of rubbish. The Red Army Faction put the bomb that killed Alfred Herrhausen in a bicycle book bag.
By carefully examining weird looking devices all we are doing is making sure that bombers are only putting bombs in their usual locations. It's like having a guy come to your house and make sure cattle aren't nesting in your chimney. You can't argue that it wouldn't be a problem if they were, what with carbon monoxide and all, and yet I doubt you'd pay money for the service.
Also, in this situation they didn't yell fire in a theater. What they did was yell something like, "Hey Mike!" Someone else concluded that the only reason you'd want to get Mike's attention was because you had finished dumping gasoline on the floor and he had the lighter. If your goal is preventing arson there is probably a better way to go about it.
1. The devices have been up for weeks in ten other cities, and no one’s panicked.
2. The devices have been up for weeks in ten other cities, and the Department of Homeland Security doesn’t know about it.
Boston temporarily closed parts of bridges, subway stations, an Interstate highway and even part of the Charles River on Wednesday after the authorities found what the police described as suspicious devices at nine places.
But the devices, which included circuit boards, turned
out to be part of a marketing campaign by Turner Broadcasting to advertise a
cartoon television show, “Aqua Teen Hunger Force.”
Using the State of the Union for this type of fear mongering demands from us
more than muted dissent. It compels all of us to act. Because Bush is right on
one point: If somebody attacks, you don’t just stand by, particularly if it is a
militarized oligarchy that clings to power by stoking public fears and appealing
to baser instincts.
“It is outrageous, in a post-9/11 world, that a company would use this type
of marketing scheme,” Mr. Menino said in a statement. “I am prepared to take
any and all legal action against Turner Broadcasting and its affiliates for
any and all expenses incurred during the response to today’s incidents.”
So if I'm understanding this correctly, the President is berated by the press for constantly using 9/11 to leverage his viewpoint, and Mayor Menino is now applauded for his quick and decisive action, preserving the safety of his constituents based on the same 9/11? I'm sure they are all very comfortable today in the knowledge that their local elected officials are ready to combat Scooby Doo, the Flintstone or Spongebob Squarepants in whatever form they may invade their fair city.Since when were cartoons (especially Atari-like, pixellated 2-dimensional ones) something to fear? Oh, it must have been the circuit boards on which the cartoons and blinking lights were mounted...
During the segment, in which host Olbermann asked whether 24 is "propaganda" and a "program-length commercial for one political party," Olbermann used a plethora of adjectives to describe 24, including "fear mongering" and "naked brainwashing."