Political Tidbits 4/26/06

Some Political Tidbits-Surprise from Chernobyl, Foggy Bottom strange diplomacy, Hillary’s war chest and a Valerie Natasha Plame tidbit. Plus a few political cartoons for giggles.

Pic of the Day
Mama and Baby Rabbits

Quote of the Day

It is not true that nice guys finish last. Nice guys are winners before the game ever starts.
--Addison Walker

An Old Farmer's Advice:

* Life is simpler when you plow around the stump. .

* Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled.

* Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.

* Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

* Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

* It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.

* You cannot unsay a cruel word.

* Every path has a few puddles.

* When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

* The best sermons are lived, not preached.

* Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway.

* Don't judge folks by their relatives.

* Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

* Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll
enjoy it a second time.

* Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't botherin' you none.

* If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.

* Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

* Always drink upstream from the herd.

* Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

* Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.

* If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.

Political Tidbits

Chain of Death Clinics to be Opened in Zurich

It’s rare that we get to say “I told you so” so please indulge. In this editorial I ranted about Oregon’s new law and even described a burgeoning suicide industry that would have highways filled with suicide clinics, motels for the grieving relatives, perhaps little “death chapels” like the Las Vegas wedding chapels along this mythical “Death Highway”.

Lo and behold, because for the right amount of money anything is possible, a fine Swedish entrepreneur, according to Times Online, is actually going to open suicide clinics that will, get this, offer physician-assisted suicide to anyone who wants one.

Including the mentally ill and Alzenheimer’s patients. This is scary.

Coming soon to a highway near you.
A SWISS lawyer who runs a “suicide clinic” that has helped 42 Britons to kill themselves, intends to offer his services to people who are not terminally ill.

Ludwig Minelli, founder of the Dignitas clinic in Zurich, says he wants to open a chain of high street-style centres to end the lives of people with illnesses or mental conditions such as chronic depression.

“We never say no,” says Minelli in an interview in today’s Sunday Times Magazine. “Even those suffering from Alzheimer’s will have lucid moments in which they may choose to die once a certain point has been reached, such as when they can no longer recognize their children.”

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Can’t make this up folks. None other than Valerie Plame, the super secret spy, will be in attendance at the annual White House Correspondents Associated dinner. At least that is the rumor.

Now it could be that this is all gossip to gin up interest in this rather boring affair. But if it’s the truth, go to hell already, how much of this “secret spy” stuff do we have to swallow out here in la-la land before the government drops this thing already?

Cause when you show up at a major dinner event like this, you’re hardly a top secret spy and we understand this out here in la-la land.

From Editor and Publisher
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Plame, the former CIA operative whose outing by columnist Robert Novak sparked a U.S. Justice Department probe that has already sent one reporter to jail and brought a White House official under indictment, may take that role this year. It is unlikely she will be seated next to Novak, but perhaps Bush may have a good view of her from the dais.

Mark Smith, White House Correspondents Association president and an Associated Press reporter, declined to weigh in on what Plame's presence might bring. "That's not for me to comment," he told E&P, also declining to reveal who invited Plame. "It comes at a time when we are wrestling over a lot of different things, like access issues."

Rumsfeld Knifed by Former Generals Cartoon

Speaking of Valerie Plame…

Let us not forget the British Butler report, linked to with narrative at

Valerie sent her sweet husband on a trip to Niger to ascertain if Iraq was trying to seek yellowcake uranium. Wilson discovered that, in fact, Iraqi intelligence was trying to obtain yellowcake uranium but he came back to America and lied all over the place about it.

BUT, the Butler report reveals that Iraqi intelligence not only tried to obtain yellowcake uranium from Niger, but ALSO, get this, from the Congo! And evidence suggests that by 2002 a deal was struck between Iraq and the Congo to complete the sale.

The “forgery” referred to in the quote below is a forged document depicting a sale of yellowcake uranium between Iraq and Niger that surfaced around the time the U.S. was investigating the matter. The forged document was put out to cast aspersions on any link between Saddam and Nigerian yellowcake uranium. Frankly I think the French floated this forged document around but don’t say I said so.

Looks like we brought Saddam down just in the nick of time.
494. There was further and separate intelligence that in 1999 the Iraqi regime had also made inquiries about the purchase of uranium ore in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this case, there was some evidence that by 2002 an agreement for a sale had been reached.

503. From our examination of the intelligence and other material on Iraqi attempts to buy uranium from Africa, we have concluded that:

a. It is accepted by all parties that Iraqi officials visited Niger in 1999.

b. The British Government had intelligence from several different sources indicating that this visit was for the purpose of acquiring uranium. Since uranium constitutes almost three-quarters of Niger’s exports, the intelligence was credible.

c. The evidence was not conclusive that Iraq actually purchased, as opposed to having sought, uranium and the British Government did not claim this.

d. The forged documents were not available to the British Government at the time its assessment was made, and so the fact of the forgery does not undermine it.

Tony Snow to Replace McClellan?

By the time this is being read the replacement for pathetic Scott McClellan might already have been announced. In either case, the possibility of the replacement being none other than soft-spoken Tony Snow is a pleasant thought.

Fox News was not at all shy about announcing the consideration of Snow for the post. We didn’t know, as per the quote below, that Tony was a speechwriter for Bush the Elder.
Tony SnowOne of the people the White House has approached as a possible replacement for McClellan is FOX News Radio host Tony Snow. The White House discussed the possibility with Snow as recently as this week.

Snow, who hosts "The Tony Snow Show," once served as a speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush.

Remember This When the Greenies Yelp About ANWR

Chernobyl was a Russian nuclear reactor that had a serious meltdown in the mid-80’s. I remember the hysteria well. And Russia, God Bless Its Thieving Heart, kept all publicity about the accident under wraps from international scrutiny.

So it seems that although the humans in the area have been evacuated, the wildlife is doing just fine in the area.

While a large amount of radiation is a dangerous thing, it seems that a nuclear accident doesn’t destroy the earth forever and ever. As the greenies would have us believe. And I do believe that Hiroshima still exists as well.

Which is not to take the gravity of a nuclear bomb or reactor accident lightly. But wild-eyed arguments that nuclear reactor accidents will destroy the planet need to be tempered with a little common sense and how about some truth?

What’s even more mind-boggling about the “exclusion zone” around Chernobyl is that it was the disappearance of humans that aided and abetted the flourishing return of the wildlife. Never mind the radiation.

The exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power station is teeming with life.

As humans were evacuated from the area 20 years ago, animals moved in. Existing populations multiplied and species not seen for decades, such as the lynx and eagle owl, began to return.

Jack Anderson’s Papers Subject of Dispute

Came across this tidbit in the Blogosphere and was immediately intrigued.

For Jack Anderson was a journalist like none alive today. I recall the many times I eagerly opened Baltimore’s old “News American” paper to see what tidbits Jack Anderson had for us today.

Back then we didn’t have the Internet and benefit of a gazillion blogger opinions to provide counterpoint. Thus I am reluctant to pour accolades on Jack Anderson that maybe he doesn’t deserve. I’ve found out about so many lies foisted on the American public by the mainstream media of their beloved Watergate era that I am reluctant to mention anything from that time for fear it was all lies.

I do know that Jack Anderson was after the FBI big time and his columns were always interesting. Now the FBI is fighting Anderson’s heirs for access to his “papers”, whatever that means.

I suspect Anderson had a rock-solid source in the FBI and who knows, given that many of Jack’s documents came from this source, maybe the government has a right to them.

If access to these papers are given it could get very interesting.

Jack Anderson on Time Mag CoverMr. Anderson's family has refused to allow a search of 188 boxes, the files of a well-known reporter who had long feuded with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and had exposed plans by the Central Intelligence Agency to kill Fidel Castro, the machinations of the Iran-contra affair and the misdemeanors of generations of congressmen.

American Senator Hires a Terrorists?

Washington state’s Jim McDermott is a certified Moonbat who traveled to Iraq before our invasion to comfort and aid Saddam. But now he has hired on his staff a known terrorist.

Mustafa Khalfi, editor-in-chief of the Moroccan newspaper At-Tajdid, has a lengthy history of association with terrorism.

Also, rumor has it that McDermott will be brought before the Ethics committee for his nefarious taping of Newt Gingrich about a decade ago.

We’ll believe it when we see it.

From Little Green Footballs:
At-Tajdid’s website has a permanent link to the Union of Good, an umbrella organization of Hamas-funding charities. Five of these organizations have been listed by the U.S. Treasury Department as Specially Designated Global Terrorist entities (SDGTs):

* The Al-Aqsa Foundation, Belgium and Holland Branches
* Interpal
* Comité de Benfaisance et de Secours aux Palestiniens (CBSP)
* Sanabil al-Aqsa
* The Palestinian Relief Society, Switzerland

Where is Condoleeza?

Seems the State department is opening up a dialogue between the U.S. and Muslim organizations here and abroad.

A noble thing one supposes. And it is the job of the State department to open up and engage in diplomacy.

But get a load of who the diplomats at Foggy Bottom are talking to!

From the
Ambassador Korologos’ main European partner is FEMYSO, the youth branch of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE), the umbrella organization for various groups that are closely linked to the Brotherhood. FEMYSO’s cofounder is WAMY, a Saudi charity that has been widely suspected of links to terrorism (ironically, the US Senate itself solicited an inquiry into WAMY’s terror ties just two years ago). And FEMYSO’s long time president, Ibrahim El Zayat, came under investigation in Germany for having funneled more than $2 million to an al Qaeda-linked charity.

The American partners in the initiative are no less worthy of suspicion. One of them is the ubiquitous Council on American Islamic relations (CAIR), whose unrelenting apology of radical Islam has become known to most Americans (less known is the fact that several of its members have been convicted for terrorist activities). Less known, but equally ambiguous, is the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a group that, in Senator Chuck Schumer’s words, has “disturbing connections to Wahhabism and terrorism.”

Hillary’s War Chest

To these retired generals looking at a spot on the next Clinton administration team in 2008, if they keep up the carping than it just may happen.

For Hillary has money and money and more money. An awful lot of money, I’d assert, for a woman running for a sure seat in the Senate.

From the NY
Image hosted by WASHINGTON - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is raising a war chest fit for a president.
She's raked in $39.4 million so far in a re-election race she leads by a landslide. But Clinton also has been spending at a frenzied pace, leaving her with only $19.7 million in the bank.

Her cash stash is laughably large compared to her GOP Senate campaign rivals. Former Yonkers Mayor John Spencer and Reagan-era Pentagon official Kathleen "KT" McFarland each have less than a half-million in the bank.

To fuel her massive political machine, Clinton has burned through $19.7 million during the campaign. She's spent $3.5 million in the past three months alone, more than half of the $6.1 million she raised during the period.

Cheney/Bush with Iran in horizon-political cartoon

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