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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Blogworthy, July 12th, 2007

Here's the latest edition of our occasional review feature touching on news and developments that we couldn't get around to writing about previously, as well as items we have accidentally overlooked.

The P-I editorial board is calling on the U.S. Senate to ax the nomination of Dr. James Holsinger Jr., a right wing fundie who believes in waging war on science. We concur, and strongly urge Senators Cantwell, Murray, and Wyden to vote against Holsinger's nomination if it manages to come out of committee.

The PDC says it will investigate a complaint filed by the Democratic Party that Dino Rossi is abusing the status of his nonprofit (the "Forward Washington" Foundation) by acting like a candidate as he travels around the state talking to citizens. Rossi has said previously he won't make a formal decision about running until December.

A House Judiciary subcommittee has cleared the way for contempt proceedings against ex-White House counsel Harriet Miers after she loyally followed Dubya's orders and missed a hearing on the firings of federal prosecutors. Miers was part of the now infamous discussion to fire prosecutors, and according to released documents, at one point proposed firing all 93 U.S. Attorneys. Apparently Dubya wanted a brand new, complete set of partisan stooges to do his bidding. No wonder he doesn't want Miers to talk about it.

U.S. intelligence has just reconfirmed that our right wing national security policies are a failure. The Associated Press says that "a new threat assessment from U.S. counterterrorism analysts says that al-Qaida has used its safe haven along the Afghan-Pakistan border to restore its operating capabilities to a level unseen since the months before Sept. 11, 2001." Gee, that couldn't possibly be because we preemptively invaded another country that did not pose a threat to us based on a pack of lies...and it couldn't be because we've declared an undeclared perpetual conflict against a noun, could it?

Ah, but it could:
...many of the government's own counterterrorism analysts say the Iraq war has fueled anti-Western militancy and served as a recruitment aid for bin Laden and like-minded Islamic extremists.
If we actually had a multifaceted strategy that emphasized protection of our country, a strategy to build and enhance international goodwill based on peace and diplomacy, and leaders who understand how to use our strength, we'd see our enemies weakening. But under the right wing approach of Bush and Cheney, things are only getting worse. The next time a wingnut dares to tell you America would be less safe with Democrats in charge, throw the news of this report in their face.

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