Nowadays men lead lives of noisy desperation

Welcome to the world of the Republican National Security Role Playing Game where you get to get to try out different snafus in real time. Then you a) sit back and wait for the consequences, b) completely screw-up and deflect blame by focusing on a flubbed joke the other side made, c) ignore all the basics in regards to national security secrets, or d) all the above. CBS News Exclusive: Data Found In Drug Raid Contains Weapons-Design Secrets

(CBS) The recent security breach at Los Alamos National Laboratory was very serious, with sensitive materials being taken out of the facility — possibly including information on how to deactivate locks on nuclear weapons, officials tell CBS News.

Officials say there is no evidence the information taken from Los Alamos was sold or transferred to anybody else, but there is no way to be sure right now.

[ ]…But one federal official recently briefed on the issue says “It’s devastating.” If a nuclear weapon were stolen, the information “would tell the terrorists everything they need to do to get a weapon to fire.”

And more on yesterday’s story about posting those Iraqi documents on the net, U.S. pulls Web site said to reveal nuclear guide
The only reason they were up in the first place is because George Bush and crazy Curt Weldon (R-PA) among others were so anxious to score political points. Many of them hadn’t even been translated and to this day no one knows whether many of them are authentic.

Good riddens to trash, Convicted Republican Ney resigns from House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Bob Ney of Ohio resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, three weeks after pleading guilty in the Jack Abramoff political corruption scandal.

Remember when one of the mantras of conservatives was that government should be run like private business. Its been my experience that if the average private sector worker is not just accused of breaching company ethics, but confesses desks are not cleared out fast enough. Though it has always been that those in power receive differential treatment.

Fired Over Finger, Driver Wants Job Back

SEATTLE (AP) — A school bus driver fired after she reportedly made an obscene gesture at President Bush has filed a union grievance in an attempt to get her job back.

The 43-year-old driver, whose name was not released, was driving middle school children back to school after a zoo visit on June 16 when the president and Republican Rep. Dave Reichert drove slowly by in a motorcade.

From the bus, the children waved; with the windows down in their car, Bush and Reichert waved back.

That’s when the driver gave the president the finger, according to Reichert and Issaquah superintendent Janet Barry.

I can actually see disciplining the driver. Something like a one day suspension without pay, but to lose their livelihood over a stupid gesture is a certainly the more egregious offense. It was pretty offensive when Bush crawled around under desks and chairs making a joke out of not finding any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but he still collects a check and free health-care courtesy of working folks just like that bus driver. The bus driver actually provides a valuable service to the nation as opposed to Bush and Cheney who act as though America was a big candy jar and they’re just big spoiled kids taking as much as they want.

Kerry’s Remark: Right either way

Republicans evidenced their election desperation by braying about an offhand comment that Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., made at a California college rally.

“Education” Kerry said “– if you make the most of it and you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

Was Kerry making fun of the president, or warning students against the pitfalls awaiting the undereducated in general?

It doesn’t matter. Kerry was right either way.

Kerry wasn’t saying — regardless of the Republican spin — that our troops are stupid.

Kerry’s intended point was obvious. President Bush didn’t do his homework before he ordered the invasion. He didn’t study the intricacies of Mideast religion, culture, politics and tribalism. He wasn’t smart about it and we are stuck in Iraq.

Although there are plenty of well-educated people in our armed forces — Kerry was one of them — military service has long been an opportunity employer for those with less education and fewer skills than they need to work in the private sector. Indeed, the military sells itself as a place to garner skills and to help pay for higher education.

From a quick browse through the fringe right-wing blogs it is evident that they are desperate for the public and the military to believe that a decorated war hero insulted them. It’s the rhetorical equivalent of being on their chapped knees. Pleeaassseee believe us John Kerry meant to insult you. We can’t win the debate on the documented lies about Iraq from our glorious leader George Bush, we can’t explain away Bush and Rummy letting Afghanistan slip back into control of the poppy growing war lords or northern Pakistan being controlled by al-Queda, and the right sure can’t get all but the most ardent kool-aid soaked followers to believe that the current generation of Republican politicians aren’t the most corrupt in the nation’s history. Nope, the Republican bloggers and pundits want very desperately for the nation to believe that Navy hero John Kerry’s joke should be the center of national focus; and they’re the ones that keep complaining that voters should take them seriously.

“Nowadays men lead lives of noisy desperation.” – James Thurber

“Like carnivores to carnal pleasures As are we to desperate measures.” – Harvey Danger