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Monday, October 09, 2006

Lives Wrecked And For What?

The following article originally appeared in the Roanoke Times on Thursday, September 7, 2006.


In The Wake Of The Storm
By Jerry Fuhrman
"During a long conversation with a senior administration official, I asked why [Joe] Wilson was assigned the mission to Niger. He said Wilson had been sent by the CIA's counterproliferation section at the suggestion of one of its employees, his wife." Columnist Robert Novak, Oct. 1, 2003

"Who had so badly served the president? Who Valerie [Plame] was and what she did, or who I was and what I did, were merely the administration's means of obfuscating the real issue and confusing the public. The White House was trying to fling dust into the eyes of the press and public while descending into what a Republican staffer on the Hill later called a 'slime-and-defend' mode." Former ambassador Joe Wilson, "The Politics of Truth," April 2004

"What did President Bush know about the Valerie Plame leak, and when did he know it? Is it possible that he and Vice President Cheney, along with most of Bush's inner circle, could have known about this plot to exact retribution on Ambassador Wilson at the expense of national security? Is it possible that President Bush or Vice President Cheney could have been involved themselves?" Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter, July 22, 2005

"Cheney aide Libby is indicted," Washington Post headline, Oct. 29, 2005


"If [President Bush] leaked the name, you could be hung for that! That's treason! You could be killed! They shoot you on the battlefield for that!" Hollywood luminary and future Democratic nominee for President Ben Affleck, April 7, 2006

"As most of us have long suspected, the man who told Novak about Valerie Plame was Richard Armitage, Colin Powell's deputy at the State Department and, with his boss, an assiduous underminer of the president's war policy. Armitage identified himself to Colin Powell as Novak's source before the Fitzgerald inquiry had even been set on foot. The whole thing could -- and should -- have ended right there." Columnist Christopher Hitchens, Aug. 29, 2006

"Mr. Wilson chose to go public with an explosive charge, claiming -- falsely, as it turned out -- that he had debunked reports of Iraqi uranium-shopping in Niger and that his report had circulated to senior administration officials. He diverted responsibility from himself and his false charges by claiming that President Bush's closest aides had engaged in an illegal conspiracy. It's unfortunate that so many people took him seriously." Washington Post editorial, Sept. 1, 2006

Unfortunate? Perhaps. But for whom?

Valerie Plame has a book deal with Simon & Schuster estimated to be worth seven figures. Joe Wilson saw his memoirs (cited above) skyrocket to the top on a number of bestseller lists. And the two of them are sought-after guests at elitist Washington cocktail/Bush-bash parties.

Wilson's reputation is mud, but a bad reputation beats none at all, which is what he had prior to launching himself into the national political debate with his string of lies.

Colin Powell, ostensible friend and erstwhile ally to President Bush, should have come forward to stop this madness if he had maintained an ounce of integrity and any sense of loyalty. Instead, he sat back and watched this sordid saga play out. Why? His reasons are known only to himself.

Richard Armitage, Powell's No. 2 in the State Department and close friend, is silent. He, too, could have come to the aid of Bush, Cheney and Karl Rove, who have been implicated in this pack of lies. And he could have prevented Lewis Libby's indictment had he simply spoken up. He didn't. Look for his book to hit the stands any day.

No. Certainly none of these participants was damaged by this non-scandal. Who, then, lost?

Scooter Libby, of course, has lost everything, both in terms of his reputation and in the pocketbook. Not to mention the fact that his career has been forever destroyed.

The president and his closest allies have been damaged, to be sure, by "Plamegate," as was intended by those in the media and in the Democratic Party who plotted for it to be so.

But the big losers in this condemnable affair? Besides all those journalists and editorialists who really don't care? Us, for having been taken in by this pack of lies and liars.

Are You Going To Invoke The Wrath Of God?

When I get involved in the debate about homosexuality, I usually try to argue from a rational perspective. Gays deviate from the norm in their sexual proclivities and behavior and, if we are going to be accepting of one abnormal lifestyles, we should be prepared to accept with loving arms all others, including those of pedophiles and polygamists.

The Cathloic church takes a more traditional approach however. Vote against the gay marriage ban amendment here in Virginia and burn in the fiery depths of hell:
Va. bishops urge Catholics to vote against gay marriage
By Matthew Barakat, Associated Press Writer


October 3, 2006 Arlington, Va. -- Virginia's two Roman Catholic bishops are weighing in forcefully on next month's gay-marriage referendum, urging the state's voters to adopt a constitutional amendment that bans gay marriages and civil unions.

At a news conference Tuesday, [Diocese of Arlington Bishop Paul] Loverde said any Catholic who understands the consequences of the referendum and still votes to oppose the amendment would be displeasing God. (
link) [my emphasis]
Reason enough for me ...

Makin' Bacon

You folks up in northern Virginia don't have to worry about things like this:
When pigs fly
Jeffrey Simmons, Staff, The Wytheville Enterprise


On Wednesday morning, highway department crews picked up a deceased pig that caused Hancock's minivan to burst into flames Tuesday evening.

According to the 41-year-old Crockett resident and police reports, [Lisa] Hancock was heading home from a Wytheville revival meeting when she noticed an animal on Grayson Turnpike.

At the same time, a 17-year-old Austinville boy headed toward town hit the estimated 500-pound creature and sent it sailing onto the hood of Hancock's Dodge Caravan.

"The next thing I know - 'crash' - and they tell me to get out; the van's on fire," said Hancock, who was riding with her husband, Jimmy, and 16-year-old son.

The small, smoldering fire at the front of the minivan soon engulfed the vehicle in a ball of flames, Hancock said. The Speedwell Volunteer Fire Department extinguished the blaze. (
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As the Washington Post would proclaim: We need more pig laws.

A Bewildering Mindset

The Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania schoolhouse murders occurred only days ago, yet the editorialists at the Washington Post, rabid opponents of the 2nd Amendment in the Bill of Rights, couldn't wait to denounce the murderer guns ("Time To Talk Guns").

They don't put forth much of an argument, though, especially with admissions like this:
It may be true that no law could have stopped the Pennsylvania school killer. Maybe, though, stricter laws would have given him pause.
Two points:
  1. Existing laws governing the crime of murder are about as strict as you're ever going to get, and they didn't stop Charles Carl Roberts from killing.
  2. Do you people at the Post really want to make the argument that we need more laws in order to make a mass-murderer "pause" before he commits his heinous act? Is that the best you can do?

Here's my rejoinder, just as pithy: Maybe stricter laws would have given him pause and maybe they wouldn't have. For the answer to this burning question I'll not be wasting my precious time.

Y'all Need To Do a Meeting

Yesterday Mark Leibovich wrote in the New York Times:
Since Representative Foley, Republican of Florida, resigned after it was revealed he had sent sexually explicit electronic messages to male pages, gay Republicans in Washington have been under what one describes as “siege and suspicion.”

Some conservative groups blamed the “gay lifestyle” and the gathering force of the “gay agenda” for the scandal. (
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I responded by saying, "No they didn't."

Today, another reporter for that very same rag backs me up:

Evangelicals Blame Foley, Not Republican Party
By David D. Kirkpatrick, The New York Times


Virginia Beach, Oct. 7 — As word of Representative Mark Foley’s sexually explicit e-mail messages to former pages spread last week, Republican strategists worried — and Democrats hoped — that the sordid nature of the scandal would discourage conservative Christians from going to the polls.

But in dozens of interviews here in southeastern Virginia, a conservative Christian stronghold that is a battleground in races for the House and Senate, many said the episode only reinforced their reasons to vote for their two Republican incumbents in neck-and-neck re-election fights, Representative Thelma Drake and Senator George Allen. (
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So who's right? My suggestion is to always trust your favorite weblog host.

Time To Get Tough

The United Nations needs to step up and ...

Oh, never mind:
North Korea Reports 1st Nuclear Arms Test
By David Sanger, The New York Times


Washington, Monday, Oct. 9 — North Korea said Sunday night that it had set off its first nuclear test, becoming the eighth country in history, and arguably the most unstable and most dangerous, to proclaim that it has joined the club of nuclear weapons states.

The test came just two days after the country was warned by the United Nations Security Council that the action could lead to severe consequences. (
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Severe consequences. I and the North Koreans tremble.