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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Life By Bumper Sticker

I was heading south on I-77 yesterday and passed a small car, one of those horrid little boxes that Toyota made years ago I think, and noticed a bumper sticker plastered to its tail-end:
Free Tibet!
I pondered. The mind went into deep contemplation of the matter.

"Yeah," I thought. "Tibet should be freed from the yoke of Chinese tyranny. The shackles should be broken. The prison cells should be emptied. The oppression, the degradation, the ruthless, ignominious subjugation of a once-proud and independent culture suffering for decades from enslavement under the jackboot of an all-powerful authoritarian communist regime should be stopped and the oppressers should be destroyed!"

Then I pulled up next to the Toyota and noticed the young woman driving was ugly enough to stop a clock.

And I hit the gas.

Tibet is on its own.

NY Times Has No Shame

For months the New York Times editorial page had been pushing for a special prosecutor to investigate the Valerie Plame leak case, not to find the truth with regard to the information leaked but only for the authorities to track down and destroy the leaker (read Kark Rove). What the paper was able to accomplish so far is the lengthy incarceration of one of its own reporters. Way to go, Gail.

Today, in a different case involving similar circumstances, the same New York Times comes to the defense of leakers and wants the information leaked investigated:

On the Subject of Leaks

A democratic society cannot long survive if whistle-blowers are criminally punished for revealing what those in power don't want the public to know - especially if it's unethical, illegal or unconstitutional behavior by top officials. Reporters need to be able to protect these sources, regardless of whether the sources are motivated by policy disputes or nagging consciences. This is doubly important with an administration as dedicated as this one is to extreme secrecy.

Illegal spying and torture need to be investigated, not whistle-blowers and newspapers. (link)

Knowing that the editorial staff was opening itself up to (legitimate) cries of hypocrisy, this non-distinction had to be inserted:

The longest-running of the leak cases involves Valerie Wilson, a covert C.I.A. operative whose identity was leaked to the columnist Robert Novak. The question there was whether the White House was using this information in an attempt to silence Mrs. Wilson's husband, a critic of the Iraq invasion, and in doing so violated a federal law against unmasking a covert operative. There is a world of difference between that case and a current one in which the administration is trying to find the sources of a New York Times report that President Bush secretly authorized spying on American citizens without warrants.
It has to do with motivation, you see.

Without a doubt.

These people have no shame.

There's no mention, by the way, of the fact that the New York Times deliberately jeopardized national security by releasing information that would prove valuable to Osama bin Ladin and all the other Islamist terrorists who are plotting to kill our children and grandchildren.

These people have no shame.

A Sad End To The Story

The mine disaster in West Virginia ends in the worst possible way:

Only 1 survives
Family members had thought for 3 hours that 12 were alive


By Dave Gustafson, Charleston Gazette Staff writer

TALLMANSVILLE — Only one of the 13 miners trapped inside an Upshur County mine survived, family members said at 3 a.m. Wednesday. Family members had thought for three hours that 12 of the 13 had survived.

International Coal Group Chief Executive Officer Ben Hatfield told the families that only one miner, Randal McCloy, had survived the explosion. (link)
So sad.