I do not know the feelings of being poor,and that is not to know the feelings of the majority of people in this world

Someone forgot to tell Coretta Scott King’s family and friends that the plantation owners would be in attendance and to “behave” accordingly, Legacy of Kings

If you haven’t read about it elsewhere, President Bush apparently looked a bit sheepish at Coretta Scott King’s funeral service today. Why? Because two speakers had the gall to talk about the values the Kings stood for: fighting poverty, fighting racial division, standing up for working Americans.

ThinkProgress has a transcript of one of the speakers. The Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery said, “We know now there were no weapons of mass destruction over there. [Standing Ovation] But Coretta knew and we know that there are weapons of misdirection right down here. Millions without health insurance. Poverty abounds. For war billions more but no more for the poor.”

The main thing Lowery is skipping over here is the tax cuts. Otherwise, he has perfectly summed up the state of President’s budget. Drudge Report (last time I checked) was already trying to foment conservative outrage.

I think we all remember the last time a progressive champion died and conservatives took political advantage of the moment. I won’t be surprised if the Swift Boat crew tries to do to the legacy of the Kings what they have tried to do to the legacy of Paul Wellstone and of JFK.

But there should be no mistake. Those who spoke in rememberance of King today spoke because they shared the values of the Kings, just as those who spoke at Paul Wellstone’s service shared his. The Reverend Lowery was not chosen by random. He was an ally of Dr. King, a man who was targeted by the right with, as Jimmy Carter noted, wiretaps, among other devices.

and from Digby at Hullabaloo, Stop Making Sense

I personally find it absolutely outrageous, OUTRAGEOUS! that Republicans are attacking Coretta Scott King and her family this way. Why, she is an American icon! How dare they! Do they really think that African Americans don’t know how to behave at a funeral for one of their own? How very white of them.

Kate O’Beirne isn’t fit to wipe Coretta Scott King’s shoes and criticizing her on the day of her memorial service is disgusting. What kind of unfeeling ghouls have Republicans become??

In answer to the question, what kind of ghouls have have Republicans become? Shameless in their spiral into the gutter at every opportunity. I’m sure not all Republicans, but the ones that fill our TV screens, our radio waves, the current Whitehouse malefactors and of course those paragons of spineless rhetoric the blogs of wingnuttiness. If I sound outraged, I’m not, I might have been as recently as a few years ago. I’m not outraged because I have very very low expectations of conservatives and they continually live down to those expectations.

Found an interesting interview with retired CIA Agent Robert Baer who wrote See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA’s War Against Terrorism (Crown Publishers, 2002). Baer and his book are the basis for the film Syriana.

RB: In the book my ideas become simpler and in some cases more refined. The point is that most Muslims—largely, you can’t put a percentage on it—think that we, the US, are at war with Islam. The other fact is that they’ve got 70 percent of the world’s oil resources, so our economic welfare is in their hands, and yet we’re at war with them. That’s the contradiction, that’s [what] it comes down to.

LT: The LA Times published an article recently about how more than half of the Arab fighters in Iraq are Saudis, how millions of dollars continue to flow from wealthy Saudis through Saudi-based Islamic charitable and relief organizations to Al Qaeda and other groups, and that the Saudi government has not come through on any promises to monitor this or to really do anything—

RB: They haven’t done anything. Who are the clerics that recruited the 15 Saudis that were recruited in Saudi Arabia? Who ultimately paid for 9/11? They haven’t given us even the basics.

LT: What about the responsibility of our country to extract those answers from the Saudis?

RB: Well, it’s like the administration’s approach to global warming: Just deny it’s happening and get through the 2006 elections.

LT: A lot of people attached to politics who are ignoring these situations have some level of economic interest.

RB: Well, they do, and [in] getting elected. Any politician that proposes putting 50 cents’ tax on a gallon of gasoline or working up to that will be defeated. We’re addicted to cheap oil—Democrat or Republican. The American people don’t want to know. They say, “What do you mean we have to pay five dollars for a gallon of gasoline? It violates our constitutional rights. You can listen to our phones, but you can’t make us pay five dollars for gasoline. It’s written right there in the Constitution.”

The whole interveiw may call into question some conventional wisdom on the left and right, but I think the right comes out the worst for wear. Just to address one small point, Democrats, while proponents of CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) are not as aggressive on it as some think they should be because the big auto makers claim it cuts into profits( they make larger percentages of profits on bigger cars, SUVs, and trucks) which in turn effects union workers. So Democrats are forced to walk the line between what’s good for workers and what’s good for the environment and oil independence. Seeing as how oil companies are racking up record profits and GM and Ford ( both have had large layoffs recently) are losing money because of both mediocre products and failure to keep up with the dictates that oil prices make on the car market don’t expect Democrats to make any revolutionary demands on CAFE or the status quo. That only sounds awful until you realize that conservatives’s have answered the current state of oil affairs with bombs and the right of everyone to just continue to be pigs at the pump.

My Epiphany

A number of readers have asked me when did I undergo my epiphany, abandon right-wing Reaganism and become an apostle of truth and justice.
I appreciate the friendly sentiment, but there is a great deal of misconception in the question.

When I saw that the neoconservative response to 9/11 was to turn a war against stateless terrorism into military attacks on Muslim states, I realized that the Bush administration was committing a strategic blunder with open-ended disastrous consequences for the US that, in the end, would destroy Bush, the Republican Party, and the conservative movement.

[ ]…..Before flinching at my assertion of blackmail, ask yourself why President Bush refuses to obey the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The purpose of the FISA court is to ensure that administrations do not spy for partisan political reasons. The warrant requirement is to ensure that a panel of independent federal judges hears a legitimate reason for the spying, thus protecting a president from the temptation to abuse the powers of government. The only reason for the Bush administration to evade the court is that the Bush administration had no legitimate reasons for its spying. This should be obvious even to a naif.

Unka Karl may very well be in deep sh*t, Where’s My Subpoena?
Valerie Plame, Scooter Libby, and me.

So, that explained the wink-wink nudge-nudge I was getting about who sent Wilson. Matt and I agreed to point out in our files to the cover story that White House officials were going so directly after Wilson. We also agreed that I wouldn’t go back to my sources about the wife business. The universe of people who knew this information was undoubtedly small. Mentioning it to other officials would potentially out Rove as Time’s source to his colleagues. Plus, it was Matt’s scoop and his arrangement with Rove. He had a better sense of how to get the information confirmed without violating their agreement.

I thought this account a little easier to read. How many Time reporters knew they were deceiving readers about Rove’s role in Plamegate?
and then firedoglake, Time Magazine’s Unclean Hands

Dickerson indicates that he was informed by Matt Cooper on Friday, July 11 that Rove had told him Joe Wilson’s wife worked at the CIA. If any of this is news to Fitzgerald it is probably that, although Matt Cooper sharing information with a fellow reporter on a story is hardly a crime. As Jeff indicates over at emptywheel’s, there seem to be quite a few time inconsistencies in Dickerson’s story that it would be nice to see reconciled.

Yea I Know lots of links and lots of reading. I hate to send anyone to Slate just because its one of the most bloated badly coded sites on the net. I don’t have a grudge against the content, just the way its presented. As to the story, it appears Karl Rove is up to his ears in the incredibily petty vindictive outing of Plame, whether he gets to practice the frog march is another matter. These guys make Nixon and Ollie North seem like amateurs in the world of political intrique. Hell the Bushies make the old Soviet Politburo Bureau almost look pollyannish by comparison.

I initially came in contact with
the Rand name in 1943. 1 was a
young lieutenant in the Air Corps,
a navigator flying missions over
Europe. That plane that I learned
to know so well was manufactured by
the Rand Aeronautics Corporation.
(a beat)
Benjamin Rand was an industrial
giant, known to be powerful and
uncompromising, and yet, on a
personal level, we have all felt
his warmth and humor…
(a beat)
… I would like to share with you
a few quotes, and a few feelings
from our dear friend.
(holds up paper, reads)
… ‘I do not regret having
political differences with men that
I respect; I do regret, however,
that our philosophies kept us
… ‘I have no use for those on
welfare, no patience whatsoever…
But, if I am to be honest with
myself, I must admit that they have
no use for me, either.’
… ‘I was born into a position of
extreme wealth, I have spent many
sleepless nights thinking about
extreme poverty – I do not know
the feelings of being poor, and
that is not to know the feelings of
the majority of people in this
world. For a man in my position,
that is inexcusable.’
‘Life is a state of mind.’
… ‘When I was a boy, I was told
that the Lord fashioned us from his
own image. That’s when I decided to
manufacture mirrors.’
from the screenplay Being There by Jerzy Kosinski and Robert C. Jones