It filled the leisure of his waking hours with the reveries of careful plans and compromising discoveries

Yes they are negligent, Rumsfeld, Ashcroft received warning of al Qaida attack before 9/11

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and former Attorney General John Ashcroft received the same CIA briefing about an imminent al-Qaida strike on an American target that was given to the White House two months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The State Department’s disclosure Monday that the pair was briefed within a week after then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice was told about the threat on July 10, 2001, raised new questions about what the Bush administration did in response, and about why so many officials have claimed they never received or don’t remember the warning.

One official who helped to prepare the briefing, which included a PowerPoint presentation, described it as a “10 on a scale of 1 to 10” that “connected the dots” in earlier intelligence reports to present a stark warning that al-Qaida, which had already killed Americans in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and East Africa, was poised to strike again.

Former CIA Director George Tenet gave the independent Sept. 11, 2001, commission the same briefing on Jan. 28, 2004, but the commission made no mention of the warning in its 428-page final report. According to three former senior intelligence officials, Tenet testified to commissioner Richard Ben-Veniste and to Philip Zelikow, the panel’s executive director and the principal author of its report, who’s now Rice’s top adviser.

Ok three days of Secretary Rice. Well it bothers me that Bush and Cheney to a small degree gets some heat for the conservative culture’s national security blunders. That while Donald Rumsfeld gets quite a bit ( I’m beginning to think that Rummy is just Bush’s useful fall-guy), but Rice is and has always been at the center of the storm and yet we get puff piece interviews with Katie and few calls to hold her accountable. While there is some good old fashioned incompetence involved with Rice’s, shall we say lack of focus and her ability to to be pro-active the real story is that the Bush administration has had a certain agenda from day one. They have put on their blinders and stuck to their plans and failed to react in real time to real world events. If that isn’t the National Security advisers job then what is. So while ineptitude is part and parcel of the ruling gang’s policies, even if they were as sharp as the proverbial tack the same missteps would have happened because they time and again refuse to see the world and events as they are and act accordingly.They plod along on their schedule according to their grand strategies and have refused to take the quick decisive actions required to produce positive results. They always seem to prefer to back pedal, rationalize and try to put a positive spin on their failings. Rice is as good at that as any of them.

8 G.I.’s Die in Baghdad, Most in a Day Since ’05

In Foley scandal, conservatives find plenty of excuses and plenty of people to blame (other than the GOP)
Some highlights or lowlights depending on how you look at it,

Drudge even went so far as to accuse the underage former pages — whom he twice referred to as “beasts” — of “egging the Congressman on” during their alleged conversations, claiming that “[t]hese kids were playing Foley for everything he was worth,”

Michael Savage echoed Drudge’s theory, accusing the former page of “gay baiting” and claiming that “the kid was leading him on.” Savage called the page a “sleaze ball” and further stated: “He went to Washington to get ahead. So he’s a greedy, aggressive child” who “knew how to play a congressman who was gay.” Savage also questioned the validity of the allegations, stating, “I don’t know whether the boy exists” and claiming, “Maybe he’s a Democrat.”

Rush Limbaugh asserted that “these emails were planted by a liberal” as part of a “planned, orchestrated release” by the Democrats and the media.

In another example, Fox News host Sean Hannity strongly suggested that Democrats are behind the Foley scandal.

Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin has also attempted to spread the blame for the Foley scandal. In her October 4 column, she wrote that “Republicans who downplay the messages — and Democrats and journalists who sat on them — look recklessly flippant about sexual predation. Parents of all political persuasions should be outraged by both.”

KRISTOL: Well, Foley is responsible for it, and the voters in Florida, I guess, who elected him. Maybe they should have known better.

While discussing the Foley scandal on CNN’s The Situation Room, Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council (FRC), claimed that, while “there’s no defense of this behavior … it shouldn’t be totally surprising when we hold up tolerance and diversity as the guidepost for public life.” He added, “[T]his is what you end up getting: a congressman chasing 16-year-old boys down the halls of Congress.”

Conservatives, the octopuses of blame. They’re blaming liberals, gays, Democrats, cultural tolerance, toasters, the moon, color television, anything, but one of their own. I’m not the last word on values, but an integral part of having values is taking responsibility and that is one thing that we are not seeing from Foley’s comrades.

Secrets of the Cave Paintings

His entire life, in short, and especially his “forty years of experience with wildlife in the far north” underlie his book and lead him to reject the older interpretation of cave art as magical and religious.

Another legend may have bitten the dust.

It filled the leisure of his waking hours
with the reveries of careful plans and compromising discoveries–the
dreams of his sleep with images of lucky turns and favorable accidents.
Skippers had been known to sicken and die at sea, than which nothing
could be better to give a smart mate a chance of showing what he’s made
of. They also would tumble overboard sometimes: he had heard of one or
two such cases. Others again . . . But, as it were constitutionally,
he was faithful to the belief that the conduct of no single one of them
would stand the test of careful watching by a man who “knew what’s what”
and who kept his eyes “skinned pretty well” all the time.

from The End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad