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Friday, September 17, 2004
Posted 2:24 PM by WiN
Commissar drops bombshell on Kerry
Well, now things are really getting ugly: Previously unseen Kerry memo comes to light. Enjoy!
Posted 10:46 AM by WiN
On the Kase of Great Kinko's Kaper
Someone with subpoena power could very likely track the originator of the MemoGate forgeries, so speculates George Neumayr in The American Spectator.
What happens at Kinko's stays at Kinko's -- in their computer files. As the former (Kinko's) employee noted: "It is possible that Kinko's created this document. Unless the Kinko's employee had knowledge of the scheme, he or she could have innocently done the basic typesetting…There may be a record of it. If (Bill) Burkett paid for this with a credit card, there would be a record, too."Surely if Karl Rove has all the high-powered connections that the DNC seemingly credits him with he could get someone to look into this fairly quickly. We may be closer to the "end game" on this one than Delusional Dan and the gang would like to think. I wouldn't look for any big revelations until at least next week though, to ensure that there will be plenty of prime-time exposure when the truth comes out.
Thursday, September 16, 2004
Posted 7:48 AM by WiN
Shadowy Links R Us
Speaking of Mr. Van Os (see post below), here's his picture with someone you might recognize as something of a partisan player (no pun intended). Very nice. The cyber-dragnet around Abilene, TX is tightening rapidly.
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Posted 3:25 PM by WiN
What difference would it make?
If you want a preview of the direction CBS' defense in MemoGate is headed, take a look at this article in the New York Times (subscription required). Here's the part I find especially interesting:
CBS has refused to say how it obtained the documents. But one person at CBS, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed a report in Newsweek that Bill Burkett, a retired National Guard officer who has charged that senior aides to then-Governor Bush had ordered Guard officials to remove damaging information from Mr. Bush's military personnel files, had been a source of the report. This person did not know the exact role he played.
Just you wait and see - the spin will be "Hey, so what if the memos aren't authentic, they're true!"
Posted 1:18 PM by WiN
Are investors spooked over MemoGate? Check out Viacom stock since the story started to unravel last weekend (Viacom is the parent company of CBS)
Posted 10:01 AM by WiN
Buckhead School of Political Journalism - My laugh of the day was provided by Jim Geraghty of The Kerry Spot on NRO as part of his fisking of Dan Rather's latest feint on the Bush Guard memo forgeries: (click here and Ctl+F, "EPISODE III")
He also does a nice riff on CBS' John Roberts' subtle intimation that Laura Bush might have been somewhat, um, Clintonesque in her response to the memo flap. Geraghty has done a great job of keeping on top of the whole kerfuffle - if you need to get up to speed on MemoGate, scroll to the bottom and read the whole page.
My Bloginality is INFP
AN OPEN LETTER IN SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE OF IRAN FROM THE WEBLOGGING COMMUNITY
We are not politicians, nor are we generals. We hold no power to dispatch diplomats to negotiate; we can send no troops to defend those who choose to risk their lives in the cause of freedom.
What power we have is in our words, and in our thoughts. And it is that strength which we offer to the people of Iran on this day.
Across the diverse and often contentious world of weblogs, each of us has chosen to put aside our differences and come together today to declare our unanimity on the following simple principles:
- That the people of Iran are allies of free men and women everywhere in the world, and deserve to live under a government of their own choosing, which respects their own personal liberties
- That the current Iranian regime has failed to create a free and prosperous society, and attempts to mask its own failures by repression and tyranny
We do not presume to know what is best for the people of Iran; but we are firm in our conviction that the policies of the current government stand in the way of the Iranians ability to make those choices for themselves.
And so we urge our own governments to turn their attention to Iran. The leaders and diplomats of the world's democracies must be clear in their opposition to the repressive actions of the current Iranian regime, but even more importantly, must be clear in their support for the aspirations of the Iranian people.
And to the people of Iran, we say: You are not alone. We see your demonstrations in the streets; we hear of your newspapers falling to censorship; and we watch with anticipation as you join the community of the Internet in greater and greater numbers. Our hopes are with you in your struggle for freedom. We cannot and will not presume to tell you the correct path to freedom; that is for you to choose. But we look forward to the day when we can welcome your nation into the community of free societies of the world, for we know with deepest certainty that such a day will come
A personal note: I have only had one Iranian acquaintance in my life, but I definitely considered him a friend. While I was in college (second time round) I had a part-time job as a self-serve gas station attendant. The senior employee was an engineering student named Rahim. The school I attended had (and probably still has) a significant middle-eastern student population, a lot of them in engineering. This was also during a period (mid-eighties) when Iran was not a popular place to be from (Iatolla Khomeini era). Since he was obviously middle-eastern, people would sometimes ask him, "Where are you from?" to which he would reply, with a sly grin "Persia".
He was not very political, so the topic of Iranian politics rarely came up. Occasionally he would show me some propaganda sheet he had picked up on campus, written in Farsi, and translate some of it for me. He also delighted in the ridiculous political cartoons showing Uncle Sam in various uncomplimentary poses. He seemed to regard the whole thing as humorous, but he got very serious when he spoke on rare occasion about the danger his relations back home faced from the oppressive regime. He had married an American and intended to stay here, at least until things got better back home.
I can't count the number of times he helped me out with work-related situations like swapping shifts and taking over for me in emergency situations. I gladly did the same for him. He was especially enamored with a nice "fuzzbuster" I had that I used for my many trips to Dallas. He borrowed it for a couple of trips he had to make to El Paso, where a former professor was holding a term paper of his "hostage" and he was negotiating to have the paper approved in order to get credit for the course, which was holding up his degree. He returned from his trips singing the praises of the magical device.
I lost track of him, of course, after I quit the job but to this day he is the face of Iran to me - friendly, helpful and a little mischievous, with a heart of gold. I wish him and all the people of Iran good will and the blessings of freedom.