the sound of the inquisitorial voices seemed merged in one dreamy indeterminate hum

What do you get when you mix complete silliness and ideologically bent, Evangelicals urge museum to hide man’s ancestors

Powerful evangelical churches are pressing Kenya’s national museum to sideline its world-famous collection of hominid bones pointing to man’s evolution from ape to human.

Leaders of the country’s six-million-strong Pentecostal congregation want Dr Richard Leakey’s ground-breaking finds relegated to a back room instead of being given their usual prime billing.

The collection includes the most complete skeleton yet found of Homo erectus, the 1.7 million-year-old Turkana Boy unearthed by Dr Leakey’s team in 1984 at Nariokotome, near Lake Turkana in northern Kenya.

The museum also holds bones from several specimens of Australopithecus anamensis, believed to be the first hominid to walk upright, four million years ago. Together the artefacts amount to the clearest record yet discovered of the origins of Homo sapiens.

Its 1616 all over again and no matter how much the church authorities would like the earth to be the center of the universe it is not, we how have Leaky defending another obvious truth.

This administration is determined to have its way no matter how much it may be to the detriment of our national secuirty or that of Britain’s for that matter, Source: U.S., U.K. at odds over timing of arrests

A senior British official knowledgeable about the case said British police were planning to continue to run surveillance for at least another week to try to obtain more evidence, while American officials pressured them to arrest the suspects sooner. The official spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the case.

In contrast to previous reports, the official suggested an attack was not imminent, saying the suspects had not yet purchased any airline tickets. In fact, some did not even have passports.

In the end it may or may not matter, but we’ll never know how much more intel the British may have gained if this administartion didn’t constantly set itself on a course that inevitably results in childish bungling. The All Spin Zone has some commentary on the same story with a bit of cynisim about the timing, Is the Bush Administration Manipulating “Terror!!!” Again?

In the past few days, there has been a seemingly endless politization of this non-event. What’s really bugged the hell out of me have been the con men such as Cheney basically proclaiming that if Democrats were in charge, this plot (and so, so many more like it) would come to fruition. Cheney’s core message is that liberals/progressives/Democrats are terrorist sympathizers. And Cheney certainly hasn’t been the only one trying to spin political cloth out of stringy shit.

I wouldn’t call it a non-event though it does appear that the Brits had the situation well under control and as such BushCo, otherwise known as the gang that couldn’t shoot straight should have backed off and let British intelligence run the show. The results of the conservative “war on terror” hasn’t been a success by any measure except for those that are paid up members of the cult of Bush. This story at Salon by Mark Benjamin starts out on the wrong foot by breathlesslly echoing Homeland InSecurity Secretary Michael Chertoff but after that takes off rather well, Is the U.K. better than the U.S. at stopping terror?

The difference in arrests in the United States and Britain appears to have much more to do with demographics than the relative skills of law enforcement. Most terrorism experts say the most insidious threats from terrorism now come not from organized terror organizations launching attacks that were hatched overseas, but from disenchanted Muslim extremists at home. And Muslim communities in the United States are generally more affluent and less dogmatic than those in Britain, which has a Muslim population of nearly 2 million. O’Hanlon described Muslim communities in Britain as “more cut off and more isolated” than in the United States.

Coverage of Lamont-Lieberman race: a case study in how anti-Dem narratives dominate political media — even as political threat level for Republicans rises to “severe”

From a policy standpoint, this is simply absurd: the Bush administration and its allies in Congress, who decided to divert attention from pursuing the people who attacked us in order to invade a country that didn’t, are supposed to be the strong-on-security party? That would be funny if it weren’t so deadly serious.

No doublt conservatives have thrown billions on billions of dollars at national security while missing some of the most obvious ways of making the world safer, and conservatives are incredibily fast on the draw at calling Democrats names to distract from their rather glearing failures, but for anyone to think that conservatives have proven themsleves capable leaders on national security is tantamont to saying that pigs are the most graceful of flyers.

I WAS sick — sick unto death with that long agony; and when they at length unbound me, and I was permitted to sit, I felt that my senses were leaving me. The sentence — the dread sentence of death — was the last of distinct accentuation which reached my ears. After that, the sound of the inquisitorial voices seemed merged in one dreamy indeterminate hum. It conveyed to my soul the idea of revolution — perhaps from its association in fancy with the burr of a mill wheel. This only for a brief period; for presently I heard no more. Yet, for a while, I saw; but with how terrible an exaggeration! I saw the lips of the black-robed judges. They appeared to me white — whiter than the sheet upon which I trace these words — and thin even to grotesqueness; thin with the intensity of their expression of firmness — of immoveable resolution — of stern contempt of human torture. I saw that the decrees of what to me was Fate, were still issuing from those lips. I saw them writhe with a deadly locution. I saw them fashion the syllables of my name; and I shuddered because no sound succeeded. I saw, too, for a few moments of delirious horror, the soft and nearly imperceptible waving of the sable draperies which enwrapped the walls of the apartment. And then my vision fell upon the seven tall candles upon the table. At first they wore the aspect of charity, and seemed white and slender angels who would save me; but then, all at once, there came a most deadly nausea over my spirit, and I felt every fibre in my frame thrill as if I had touched the wire of a galvanic battery, while the angel forms became meaningless spectres, with heads of flame, and I saw that from them there would be no help.

from The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe