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Posted by: Jon Henke on Monday, February 20, 2006

The ABC translation of the Saddam Tapes are being rebutted by former inspector Bill Tierney, who says that ABC mistranslated the tapes and that "[Saddam] was discussing his intent to use chemical weapons against the United States and use proxies so it could not be traced back to Iraq."

Interesting? Perhaps. Or perhaps not. Bill Tierney recently appeared on Coast to Coast AM — for those unaware of the show, suffice it to say that their daily fare is ghosts, UFOs and an ever-imminent end-times — where he claims to have discovered "a hidden location in Iraq". Before you go trotting off to declare the WMDs found, though...
Tierney's methods of ascertaining this location were rather unconventional. "I would ask God and just get a sense if something was valid or not, and then know if I needed to pursue it," he said. His assessments through prayer were then confirmed to him by a friend's clairvoyant dream, where he was able to find the location on a map. "Everything she said lined up. This place meets the criteria," Tierney said of a power generator plant near the Tigris River that he believes is actually a cover for a secret uranium facility.
Sounds like a slam dunk! (via INDC Journal)

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The liberal/Democratic entry into the realm of media watch-dogging is probably a positive move for them. The Right has dominated the "media bias" territory for a long time, and the effect has been a press relatively sensitive to allegations of bias. From a strategic point of view, it's probably worthwhile for the Left to try to match the Right in trying to bring the press to heel.

But it can also backfire on them. This, for example, isn't press criticism — it's a vulgar harangue...
Just when you thought Lil' Debbie had reached her nadir, the crusty old bird who raised her fist to the sky and shrieked "I'll never be hungry again!" finds new professional substratum to probe. [...] First of all — Jesus tapdancing Christ, does Deborah Howell even know she is supposed to be the "reader's representative," and that she's not writing a f[**]king opinion column? Well I think the reporters of the WaPo need fashion tips from Deborah Howell like I need lectures on bad language from that foul-mouthed old Lone Star battleaxe.
If the goal is to effect change in the media, demagoguery like this is the worst approach possible. If, however, the goal is to toss red meat to slavering readers....well, then. Well done!

On the other hand, I'm less than moved by your "very bad feeling" about "the rhetoric" which is "growing so heated" that you "worry we're on the verge of violent confrontation a la Kent State." You don't get to throw gas on the fire and then complain about the heat.

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Pentagon insiders fought back...
One of the Pentagon's top civilian lawyers repeatedly challenged the Bush administration's policy on the coercive interrogation of terror suspects, arguing that such practices violated the law, verged on torture and could ultimately expose senior officials to prosecution, a newly disclosed document shows. [...] Senior uniformed lawyers in all the military services also objected sharply to the interrogation policy, according to internal documents declassified last year.
One day, when all is said and done, veterans will curse what the Bush administration allowed to happen within the US military.

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Jane Galt says a lot about Paul Krugman that I've been trying to say for the past couple-and-a-half years in this post. Notable lines:
  • "Surely we have better uses for our nation's tiny stock of really smart economists, than using one to write 1400 words a week proving that the Bush administration is at the root of every single bad thing that ever happens in the world?"


  • "I don't blame Mr Krugman entirely. For one thing, it is Mr Bush's fault for getting elected; if you read through Mr Krugman's 2000 columns, it is clear that this event unhinged him."


  • "One gets the sense that he keeps repeating "I hate George Bush" because he has long ago exhausted his supply of insight."

The line about Krugman becoming "unhinged" is quite accurate, I think. Indeed, Krugman himself said that "During the 2000 campaign I was inspired to get radicalized."

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Radley Balko...
Wal-Mart's losing on another front, too. More states are requiring the store to carry the morning-after pill on its shelves.

Let me repeat.

State governments are requiring a private business to put a certain product on its shelves.
This legislation is brought to you by those who style themselves "pro-choice". Just not your choice.
 
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State governments are requiring a private business to put a certain product on its shelves.
This legislation is brought to you by those who style themselves "pro-choice". Just not your choice.
Well, it’s not illegal ... so it’s compulsory.

Ah, if only this were the State’s first intrusion onto personal property rights. I live in Connecticut. I can’t allow smoking if I own a restaurant or bar. If I own a liquor stores I can’t open on Sunday or stay open past 8 (or is it 9 now?). The State will do whatever it can get away with.
 
Written By: W
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Is the morning after pill available only via prescription?
 
Written By: Ugh
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My mental picture of Krugman working on his bi-weekly column looks more and more like Jack Nicholson in The Shining.

"All work and no play makes Paul a dull boy..."
 
Written By: Galen
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Ugh’s question is important. As far as I know, the morning after pill is currently available only by prescription. Is there a difference between states mandating that a business carry a certain product and states mandating that pharmacies do not refuse to fill certain prescriptions?
 
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One day, when all is said and done, veterans will curse what the Bush administration allowed to happen within the US military
How many "veterans"?

What is the over-under on the percentage of veterans who, by 2015, will "curse" what was allowed to happen within the US military?

ANY claim about the mindset of veterans is probably true if one only requires a small number of "hits" to certify that the claim is true. Our veteran population is diverse, just as America is.

For that matter, there are probably some veterans who dislike the fact that African Americans in the military are allowed to be more than truck drivers.

Let me offer my own speculation about the mindset of veterans on this issue at some future point in time (2015, say): 10% will intensely dislike the interrogation techniques; another 10% will feel moderately uncomfortable, but agree that it was a necessary policy; 50% will have no opinion; 30% will support the policy without reservations.

—-Tom Nally, New Orleans
 
Written By: Tom Nally
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Ah, if only this were the State’s first intrusion onto personal property rights. I live in Connecticut. I can’t allow smoking if I own a restaurant or bar. If I own a liquor stores I can’t open on Sunday or stay open past 8 (or is it 9 now?).
W, I don’t know how much traction you’ll get with that. I submitted the same concerns regarding property rights and private business when first visiting here. I was told by Jon,
Blue Laws are a holdover from decades ago, and (in general) they are gradually dissappearing. Compared to the rising tide of the welfare state, European style economics and various forms of collectivism—much of it, I grant, helped along by Republicans—I’m not terribly concerned about such piddling social issues.
Which I found odd at the time that property rights and private business concerns would be viewed as “piddling social issues”. But hey, one’s “piddling social issue” is another’s potentially life saving medication.

And for those of you scoffing at the notion of a “morning after pill” being potentially life saving, well, you’ve never met my friend "Susan". Susan is terribly frightened of getting pregnant.
The doctor told her that having a baby could be fatal for her and the baby, and since she is adamantly against abortion, she said if she were to get pregnant, she would attempt to have the child. And since condoms can break and abstinence is unrealistic for anyone attempting to have a relationship, something like the morning after pill would be potentially life saving.

But ya’ know, now Jon’s view of “piddling social issues” doesn’t sound so odd to me right now. And though forcing Wal-Mart and it’s licensed pharmacy to carry a licensed pharmaceutical goes against every libertarian bone in my body, I too am not terribly concerned about such piddling social issues. It might just save Susan’s life.
 
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But ya’ know, now Jon’s view of "piddling social issues" doesn’t sound so odd to me right now. And though forcing Wal-Mart and it’s licensed pharmacy to carry a licensed pharmaceutical goes against every libertarian bone in my body, I too am not terribly concerned about such piddling social issues. It might just save Susan’s life.
Then tell her to go to Eckard or CVS.

A hypothetical for you Pogue. The Oregon legislature passes a law which says that pharmaceutical suicide pills can be perscribed when the proper number of doctors and others sign off on the fact that someone is good to go in the suicide dept. (per the law, of course), should Wal-Mart’s pharmacy have to carry the pills?
 
Written By: McQ
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Then tell her to go to Eckard or CVS.
To your credit, that would be the natural response. However, Susan lives in West Columbia, TX. And if you’ve ever been to W. Columbia, TX, you would know that Wal-Mart IS the only pharmacy in town. And poor Susan has no vehicle, so you must be able to empathize.
You see, one could argue morality from the opposite side. Seeing as how Wal-Mart moved in and put every other pharmacy out of business, Wal-Mart then has the moral obligation to provide MEDICATION to all who seek it.
The Oregon legislature passes a law which says that pharmaceutical suicide pills can be perscribed when the proper number of doctors and others sign off on the fact that someone is good to go in the suicide dept. (per the law, of course), should Wal-Mart’s pharmacy have to carry the pills?
Using the Neolibertarian philosophy of “piddling social issues”, of course. They’re piddling, so… who cares, right?
When government interferes with private business, no matter if it is the state forcing a private business to sell a legal product the business finds morally objectionable, or if it is state restricting the sale of a legal product the state finds objectionable; the ideological stance remains the same.
And if one were to find the former “piddling social issues”, the one MUST find the latter a “piddling social issues”.

Look, I don’t like it anymore than you do. And perhaps I’m becoming more “neo” by the day,
But until I can buy whiskey on Sunday;
Wal-Mart must sell what it finds objectionable.

For Jimbo at the liquor store cannot sell products the STATE finds objectionable.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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Damn it.
And if one were to find the former “piddling social issues”, the one MUST find the latter a “piddling social issues”.
No, scratch that... Reverse it.

Cheers.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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To your credit, that would be the natural response. However, Susan lives in West Columbia, TX. And if you’ve ever been to W. Columbia, TX, you would know that Wal-Mart IS the only pharmacy in town. And poor Susan has no vehicle, so you must be able to empathize.
Mail order then ... get the perscrition, submit it to a mail order house and have it delivered ready for use when needed. There are ways this can be done without requiring people (or businesses) to do something which they morally disagree.
Using the Neolibertarian philosophy of “piddling social issues”, of course.
I’m glad you remember that as some sort of neolibertarian principle cause I don’t.
But until I can buy whiskey on Sunday;
Wal-Mart must sell what it finds objectionable.
I agree with you about the whisky. None of the government’s business. Just as it is none of the government’s business to tell a business must carry. And Wal-Mart finds it more than just objectionable, they find it morally objectionable. That should be their right.
 
Written By: McQ
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I agree with you about the whisky.
Alrighty, then. … I win. ;)

You know, we are agreeing upon the same issue.
Private business should be able to sell the legal products they wish to sell when they wish to sell it.

My question is, if whiskey on Sunday is a piddling social issue, then why isn’t the “morning after pill”?

But I guess that’s a question for Jon.
 
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Far be it from me to rain on Pogue’s hypothetical, but he’s trying to make us believe little West Columbia is in the middle of nowhere. It’s not very far from the greater Houston area, and there are several towns within a few miles of West Columbia. It’s not as if "Susan" can’t hie herself down the highway for a small stretch.

Further, if having children is indeed fatal to "Susan", why doesn’t she have herself sterilized to avoid pregnancy, rather than force the local pharmacy to sell something they find morally objectionable to her? (And don’t say I’m not in that position, someone very close to me would very likely die if she had children, and she had herself sterilized for that very reason.)
 
Written By: Steverino
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Alrighty, then. … I win. ;)
Kwepie doll on the way.
You know, we are agreeing upon the same issue.
Yeah, I know. I was just having fun sinking your lifeboat.
But I guess that’s a question for Jon.
Ah, you figured that out ... heh.
 
Written By: McQ
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Far be it from me to rain on Pogue’s hypothetical, but he’s trying to make us believe little West Columbia is in the middle of nowhere. It’s not very far from the greater Houston area,
Are you out of your mind, Steverino?
I’m in the middle of nowhere and West Columbia is twenty miles from me. What do you think, West Columbia is a taxi ride away?
And you know, without a vehicle; where I live, you might as well live on Mars.

Your crazy. I can just imagine your advice for Susan, “Woman, the nearest drug store is just a scant forty miles away, just stick your thumb out … a cute little thing like you should have no problem hitchin’ a ride.”

But none of that, of course, was the point. Wal-Mart pharmacies drove the other pharmacies out of business and then refuses to provide the medication to those who would seek it. To me, Wal-Mart has a moral obligation to provide medication, medication prescribed by a doctor, to those who seek it. But of course, Wal-Mart is a private business and should be allowed to sell whatever it wants.
So should Jimbo be able to sell his fine Scottish single malt.
 
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Kwepie doll on the way.
Okay, I had to look that up.
But the fact that you know what a Kwepie doll is ... ...
Yeah, I’ll remember that one...
;)
 
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It’s one of the things a retired guy would know, Pogue. ;)

 
Written By: McQ
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Wal-Mart pharmacies drove the other pharmacies out of business
Not according to Google. There’s a CVS right next door in West Columbia, TX.
 
Written By: JWG
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Fair enough, McQ.

Cheers.
Not according to Google. There’s a CVS right next door in West Columbia, TX.


Damn, those things are popping up everywhere. And they’re killing my arguement,... Doh!
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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Are you out of your mind, Steverino?
To ask my wife, probably...but that’s not at issue here
I’m in the middle of nowhere and West Columbia is twenty miles from me. What do you think, West Columbia is a taxi ride away?
I’m sure you could get a taxi out there, but again, that’s not at issue. I looked on a map and found lots of towns between West Columbia and Houston.
Your crazy. I can just imagine your advice for Susan, “Woman, the nearest drug store is just a scant forty miles away, just stick your thumb out … a cute little thing like you should have no problem hitchin’ a ride.”
No, my advice to her would be to see a doctor about sterilization, a far more reliable — and in the long run, cheaper — fix.
 
Written By: Steverino
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No, my advice to her would be to see a doctor about sterilization, a far more reliable — and in the long run, cheaper — fix.
Yeah, that’s nice. Go under the knife, harlot.

Everyone here seems so quick to go to bat for Wal-Mart. Yet no one seems the least concerned about the thousands of businessmen who suffer from the moral authority of the State.

I’m sure Wal-Mart is comforted by the fact that so many people find injustice in their licensed pharmacy being forced to sell licensed pharmaceuticals and at the same time the moral objections of the state are cast aside as “piddling social issues”.

Btw, I live in one of those “towns” between West Columbia and Houston, and I’d be lucky to find Advil.
 
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Everyone here seems so quick to go to bat for Wal-Mart.
Actually it has zip to do with Wal-Mart per se.

Could be a mom and pop drug store for all I care. It’s a private business which is entitled to make such decisions without the government dictating it do something it finds morally objectionable.
 
Written By: McQ
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It’s clear that the lefty bloggers haven’t advanced very far in their rhetorical skills since they were reading and/or writing "Bartcop," "Buzzflash" and "Media Whores Online"...
 
Written By: HH
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Which I found odd at the time that property rights and private business concerns would be viewed as “piddling social issues”.
I said that blue laws were relatively piddling, compared to the broader turn towards European style economics, the welfare state, etc. I said that because we’re "making forward progress on those issues".

Do you see a trend in the other direction on blue laws? I don’t. I do, however, see a trend towards "progressive" economic control, rather than religious economic control.
 
Written By: Jon Henke
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I suggest using Mule Shoe as your hypothetical town.

Or maybe make your friend someone who has no car, no address, no bank account, no credit card, no telephone, no community library (for the internet access) and maybe agoraphobia for fun.

So, yeah, in that case I say we pass some laws and make sure she can get her whiskey RU-486 alcopop drink delivered to her by her local church’s meals on wheels program.


p.s. Taiwan is great. I have 5 convenience stores within 150 meters of my house and they all sell condoms, whiskey, and bad microwave food.

 
Written By: Harun
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Harun: Where do you live on Taiwan? Lived there for two years as a kid. Taichung.
 
Written By: McQ
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Perhaps "Susan" could prevail upon the prospective father(s) to give her a lift to a pharmacy that does sell the drug in question.
 
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