I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts

‘Wash Times’ Fails to Correct Fabricated Abraham Lincoln Quote — Now a Congressman is Using It

On Wednesday, E&P and some political blogs pointed out that conservative Frank Gaffney, Jr. opened his latest column on Tuesday morning with this: “Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled, or hanged.” — President Abraham Lincoln.

He continued: “It is, of course, unimaginable that the penalties proposed by one of our most admired presidents for the crime of dividing America in the face of the enemy would be contemplated — let alone applied — today. Still, as the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate engage in interminable debate about resolutions whose effects can only be to ‘damage morale and undermine the military’ while emboldening our enemies, it is time to reflect on what constitutes inappropriate behavior in time of war.”

Daffy Gaffney has embraced the very unamerican concept that dissent is not allowed in a democracy. Lincoln probably wouldn’t be thrilled that modern conservatives have abandoned all consideration of the republic and embraced a right-wing ideology that is cobbled together from bits of Stalin-ism and fascism.

US’s smoking gun on Iran misfires

The US briefers argued that EFPs are not being manufactured within Iraq. The New York Times quoted a “senior military official” as saying that they had “no evidence” that the machining of components for EFPs “has ever been done in Iraq”.

But Knights presents evidence in Jane’s Intelligence Review that the Iraqi Shi’ites have indeed manufactured both the components for EFPs and the complete EFPs. He observes that the kind of tools required to fabricate EFPs “can easily be found in Iraqi metalworking shops and garages”.

He also notes that some of the EFPs found in Iraq had substituted steel plates for the copper lining found in the externally made lids. Knights calculates that the entire production of EFPs exploded thus far could have been manufactured in one or at most two simple workshops with one or two specialists in each – one in the Baghdad area and one in southern Iraq (emphasis mine)

No One’s Drinking Bush’s Kool-Aid on Iran

What we do know is that the Quds force was instrumental in providing these deadly IEDs to networks inside of Iraq. We know that. And we also know that the Quds force is a part of the Iranian government. That’s a known. What we don’t know is whether or not the head leaders of Iran ordered the Quds force to do what they did.

Pressed about what the “head leaders” are doing, he went on:

Either they knew or didn’t know, and what matters is, is that they’re there. What’s worse, that the government knew or that the government didn’t know? … What’s worse, them ordering it and it happening, or them not ordering it and it happening?

If that makes no sense to you, well, that’s because the whole thing makes no sense. It’s a farcical replay of Iraq 2002, when the White House demonized Saddam Hussein with fake intelligence,

I saw this and I’m sure that it all makes perfect sense to the echo inside Bush’s head. If the actual government in Iran had anything to do with smuggling explosive devices into Iraq, but for which Bush has presented exactly zero evidence Iran’s government is still guilty. If they didn’t know they’re still culpable. The usual circular intellectually lazy argument that American has come to expect from conservatives. Bush on Iran: Truth & Consequences

A warning about consequences from Steven D, “Russia Threatens to Withdraw from Nuclear Arms Treaty” because Bush plans to deploy missile defense systems in Poland and the Czech Republic to protect our European allies in case of a U.S./Iran conflict

The Right is probably thrilled at the prospect of once again living under the shadow of a possible nuclear Armageddon. They seem to embrace the feeling of being under constant threat real or imagined like a teenager at a horror flick. Certainly the maturity level is about the same.

“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.” – Abraham Lincoln

“All honor to Jefferson – to the man who, in the concrete pressure of a struggle for national independence by a single people, had the coolness, forecast, and capacity to introduce into a merely revolutionary document, an abstract truth, applicable to all men and all times, and so embalm it there, that to-day, and in all coming days, it shall be a rebuke and a stumbling-block to the very harbingers of re-appearing tyranny and oppression.” by Abraham Lincoln, On Thomas Jefferson and the phrase “all men are created equal” – Letter to H.L. Pierce, April 6, 1859

“The Greatest Human Migration”

Yet these tremendous migrations pale in comparison to the volume of China’s 40-day travel period that began February 3 for the Spring Festival. As Shanghai Daily reports, Chunyun, as this Spring movement is called, is regarded as the “greatest human migration on the planet.” According to OhmyNews, China’s ministry of transportation estimates a gross passenger volume of over 2.17 billion. (That’s right, more than 2 billion — a widely cited figure that far surpasses the country total population.) Migrants from neighboring countries as well as those stretched across the globe are en route to their home provinces to join family members for the peak of the lunar New Years holiday, which falls on February 18 this year.

One of the trade offs of modern civilization is that modern man, for the most part doesn’t have seasonal migrations anymore. While the authors call this migration its really just a mass visit the family travel time. Still amazing so many people get up, pack and go all at once.

Like all good southerns I drink my fair share of iced tea. Tea used to be one of the great commodities in world trade, now its probably running shoes and electronics – The Life of a Tea Leaf

Originally called cha and tu in China, tea comes from the Camellia sinensis shrub, a perennial evergreen that grows mainly between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. (Infusions of roots, flowers, and herbs, such as chamomile and rooibos, are often called herbal teas but are more properly tisanes.) Though some 30 countries grow Camellia sinensis, most tea is produced in India, China, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and the Kenyan highlands.