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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Monday Morning Idiots: Kerfuffle Addition 

I'm so sick of seeing hte word kerfuffle. Anyway, the prize once again goes to blogs for Bush, although it could have gone to just about any right wing blogger who said that the Plame related indictment of Libby for perjury vindicates Rove of any wrong doing. But I am giving it for this post, and in particular this snippet from the post.
UPDATE: From Fitzgerald's press conference:
Q: Did Libby know whether Valerie Wilson's identity was covert?
A: ...We have not made any allegation that Libby knowingly/intentionally outed a covert agent.
Game, set, match, lefties - there was no underlying crime.
Ignorance of the law is normally no excuse, but it is especially no excuse when you take a comment on the law out of context to prove a point that was proven false earlier in the same comment.
I can't give you answers on what we know and don't know, other than what's charged in the indictment.

It's not because I enjoy being in that position. It's because the law is that way. I actually think the law should be that way.

We can't talk about information not contained in the four corners of the indictment.
Just because outing an agent is not contained in this indictment does not mean that it won't be in a future indictment. So game, set, match my ass, righties. Besides, this is about justice, not partisan politics anyway, you hack.

By the way, hack, you disected that quote pretty good. Here's the whole statement (My emphasis):
QUESTION: Can you say whether or not you know whether Mr. Libby knew that Valerie Wilson's identity was covert and whether or not that was pivotal at all in your inability or your decision not to charge under the Intelligence Identity Protection Act?

FITZGERALD: Let me say two things. Number one, I am not speaking to whether or not Valerie Wilson was covert. And anything I say is not intended to say anything beyond this: that she was a CIA officer from January 1st, 2002, forward.

I will confirm that her association with the CIA was classified at that time through July 2003. And all I'll say is that, look, we have not made any allegation that Mr. Libby knowingly, intentionally outed a covert agent.

We have not charged that. And so I'm not making that assertion.

No Monoliths Here *Wink Wink* 

"Us" or "Them"
By Thomas Sowell

The overall theme of this idiotic article is that liberals tend to think in absolutes, and that they cling to their ideals even when faced with staggering pragmatic reasons to abandon them. Of course, this is not entirely false - for some liberals. We all know the vegitarian who cries when she walks past McDonalds. But then we also all know the conservative who calls the woman who miscarries a baby killer.

But I want to make a point about this one observation from the article:
Meanwhile, nobody suggested awarding a Nobel Prize for peace to Ronald Reagan, just because he brought the nuclear dangers of a decades-long cold war to an end. He did it the opposite way from how members of "peace movements" thought it should be done.
In 1990, Gorbachev was awarded the medal for ending the cold war. Frankly, that choice makes much more sense than awarding it to the guy who postured and posed a threat bigger than he posessed.

Additionally, George Bush and Tony Blair were nominated in 2004 for the kinds of reasons this author thinks Reagan should have been nominated. Though thankfully they didn't win.

By the way, want to know why Reagan didn't deserve the prize. Let someone who did deserve it explain it to you.
Then Perez Esquivel won the 1980 Nobel Peace Prize for the work of his Service for Peace and Justice. The military apparently is withholding the stipend because the money could be used to help the organization challenge the government over the the estimated 6000 to 10,000 Argentines who disappeared in detention during a five-year military crackdown beginning in 1975.

"The Administration of Mr. Carter pursued a policy that benefitted the search for a solution to the human rights problems facing this country. The abandonment of that policy is for me a big step backwards," Perez Esquivel said.
Aiding the Sandanistas, propping up the tyranical government of Saddam Hussein, etc. etc. etc. And you think this guy should have been given a peace prize for threatening more violence?


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