the nation shall have an organized control over the actions of its government

It looks as though I won’t be able to flog this story within an inch of its life anymore, Jamil Hussein, Disputed AP Source, Finally Located?

Allahpundit, posting at Malkin’s adjunct Hot Air blog, commented, “And what of the boss’s trip? Are she and Eason Jordan still going to be knocking on doors in Hurriya? So many questions!”

The tag for the story on the Hot Air home page currently reads, “Anyone got any good recipes for crow?”

Jamail Hussein is really only a small part of the story. Were 6 Iraqis burned to death in sectarian violence? There are several witnesses that say that the story is true. Even if we brush that aside the Right still has some explaining to do in how their gods in the Whitehouse have tried to cover-up the level of violence in Iraq. As Malkin and her followers are about to chew some crow here’s what Republican blogger Patterico’s Pontifications has to say, E&P Leaps All Over the Possible “Escape” for the AP, Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:31 am.

Was the AP’s story accurate? I don’t think so. Does Editor & Publisher care? And if the story is completely wrong — and there is such a person as Jam(a)il Hussein, Legit Iraqi Cop — doesn’t he have some ’splainin’ to do?(emphasis mine)

He put in the word “think” where he should have said that he chooses to believe what he wants regardless of any evidence. Why doesn’t he “think” the story is true? He offers up no real evidence of his own. This might not be the absolute end to the Jamail story, but as Orcinus points out Malkin’s credibility has taken another hit.

Iraq’s School System Crippled by Unending Violence

Here’s a story about the truth that the wing-nuttery can pursue, EXCLUSIVE: White House Forbids Publication Of Op-Ed On Iran By Former Bush Official

Middle East analyst Flynt Leverett, who served under President Bush on the National Security Council and is now a fellow at the New America Foundation, revealed today that the White House has been blocking the publication of an op-ed he wrote for the New York Times. The column is critical of the administration’s refusal to engage Iran.

Leverett’s op-ed has already been cleared by the CIA, where he was a senior analyst. Leverett explained, “I’ve been doing this for three and a half years since leaving government, and I’ve never had to go to the White House to get clearance for something that I was publishing as long as the CIA said, ‘Yeah, you’re not putting classified information.’”

This isn’t about Iran being cute and cuddly. It is getting at the truth about Iran, whatever that truth is. So far the Whitehouse with the echo of the right-wing pundits have simply given us the Iraq Treatment -i.e. Iran is the most dangerous regime yada ..yada..yada. The right-wing blogs want to nuke them while the administration has assumed the fiddler position, make noise and do nothing.

A Jules Crittenden’s has been given prominent space in the Boston Herald to do a hit piece on Senator John Kerry, Boston Herald Columnist Perpetuates Lies About John Kerry in Column and Blogosphere

First, Crittenden fails to acknowledge in his blog post or column, that Condoleezza Rice never discouraged Kerry’s visit to Syria. As the third ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Crittenden fails to recognize that Kerry’s visit is justified and considering the State Department will send a representative to the meeting with Kerry (standard procedure), the Bush administration will actually garner important information from his visit, as they did with Senator Nelson’s recent visit. Kerry, contrary to Crittenden’s claim, is an “engaged foreign policy whiz.” Crittenden claiming otherwise, makes himself look uninformed and unfamiliar with the duties of a seated Senator. But, Crittenden is not a journalist, actually — he’s hack and shill for the Bush administration.

The Democratic Daily has a good rebuttal at the link, but they didn’t get to this little gem,

The turmoil and uncertainty were not created by giving people the opportunity to freely express their political will for the first time. It was created by dictators, mullahs and terrorists who do not care to see a free, modern state emerge in their midst. It was created by the people whose suggestions for changing the various equations in the region Kerry is seeking out.

The majority of Iraqis want us out. If it is Crittenden’s assertion that we should support and obey the wishes of the Iraqi people then we shouldn’t even be there. I’m assuming that Crittenden would support real democracy for Saudi Arabia and Egypt where if truly open election were held tomorrow the people of those nations would vote in a Muslim fundamentalist government. Jules and those that think like him are incapable of an honest debate about the middle-east because they cannot or fail to grasp even the most rudimentary knowledge about the region. As much as I love Jeffersonian style democracy and wish the whole world would embrace it they won’t, at least for now and certainly not at the point of a gun. So what is Crittenden’s point? He really doesn’t have one other then anything a Democrat does is wrong and his masters at the Whitehouse are perfection on toast.

Conservative flame thrower Newt Gingrich thinks we really should give the whole Stalinist thing or fascism thing a try, I’m not sure which, Newt “Savior of Western Civilization” Gingrich has decided that free speech is for pansies: FSF launches campaign against Microsoft Vista

“Vista is an upsell masquerading as an upgrade. It is an overall regression when you look at the most important aspect of owning and using a computer: your control over what it does. Obviously MS Windows is already proprietary and very restrictive, and well worth rejecting. But the new ‘features’ in Vista are a Trojan Horse to smuggle in even more restrictions. We’ll be focusing attention on detailing how they work, how to resist them, and why people should care”, said FSF program administrator John Sullivan.

Though as other tech observers have noted the transition to Vista is inevitable because it will be sold on all new computers. As people upgrade their hardware – migrate to new computers they’ll be stuck with it. Which is why we’ll probably see quite a few articles about hacking Vista to disable some of the new “features”.

“To establish republican government, it is necessary to] effect a constitution in which the will of the nation shall have an organized control over the actions of its government, and its citizens a regular protection against its oppressions.” –Thomas Jefferson to Lafayette, 1816. ME 19:240