It is everyday chicanery, no conspiracy required

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Red Sox Sweep Republican Colorado Rockies!

The Boston Red Socks swept the Republican Colorado “Christian” Rockies in the 2007 World Series. It seems all the locker room prayers, the biweekly prayer meetings and searching player lockers for Playboys did not please God enough to answer their prayers.

I tend to think the Sox won because of their superior skills and psychological stamina that kept them from choking under pressure, but everyone’s entitled to their theories.

This is a much longer article, but I liked the quote from Thomas Paine America’s first netroots activist. Only he used pamphlets rather then HTML, Religion as FIFTH COLUMN:Thou Shalt Have No God Before Bush-Cheney

All religions are in their nature kind and benign, and united with principles of morality. They could not have made proselytes at first by professing anything that was vicious, cruel, persecuting, or immoral. Like everything else, they had their beginning; and they proceeded by persuasion, exhortation, and example. How then is it that they lose their native mildness, and become morose and intolerant?

By engendering the church with the state, a sort of mule-animal, capable only of destroying, and not of breeding up, is produced, called the Church established by Law. It is a stranger, even from its birth, to any parent mother, on whom it is begotten, and whom in time it kicks out and destroys.

Mr Paine may have been overly optimistic about religion, but it is true that whatever good might be at the center of one’s faith has always been corrupted when intimately entangled with the state as the Right has in America and various political heads of state have in the middle-east.

In Real Politik, the cover term for for whenever politicians do something that has the appearances of taking a well thought out stand when they’ve run out of ideas or cannot really comprehend the problem in the first place could be applied to the Bush Whitehouse from day one. Why Senator Clinton feels that she should also be allowed to eskew thinking things through because the other guys do it too is why I can still laugh at political humor directed at politicians in general. The Bush administration announced wideranging new sanctions on Iran on Thursday

The hypocrisy of the Bush case is obvious when it complains about Iran supporting Hizbullah and Hamas. The Kurds based in American Iraq have done much worse things to Turkey in the past month than Hizbullah did to Israel in June of 2006. Yet when Israel launched a brutal and wideranging war on all of Lebanon, destroying precious infrastructure and dumping enormous amounts of oil into the Mediterranean, damaging Beirut airport, destroying essential bridges in Christian areas, and then releasing a million cluster bomblets on civilian areas in the last 3 days of the war– when Israel did all that, Bush and Cheney applauded and argued against a ‘premature’ cease-fire!

[ ]…Among the more fantastic charges that Bush made against Iran was that its government was actively arming and helping the Taliban in southern Afghanistan. In fact, the Taliban are extremist Sunnis who hate, and have killed large numbers of Shiites.

Just as Bush/Cheney know better and are quite aware of how their policies have a slap stick consistency at best; so does Hillary Clinton. The only reason she probably went along with some political shell switching is because tough talk appeals to the middle. Tough talk has its place, but this wasn’t it. This is another gamble at pushing people that in military terms are at the mercy of tons of American munitions. It would be nice if people that claim to be wise informed leaders capable of being cool under pressure would stop acting like insecure teens with skin problems. No evidence Iran is making nuclear weapons

Chief UN atomic watchdog Mohamed ElBaradei said Sunday he had no evidence that Iran is building nuclear weapons and accused US leaders of adding “fuel to the fire” with recent bellicose rhetoric.

“I have not received any information that there is a concrete active nuclear weapons program going on right now,” the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency told CNN.

Was the Phony FEMA News Conference Illegal? Why Did One Participant Suddenly Depart to a Cushy Job at Another Agency?

But at roughly the same time that Chertoff was declaring that “appropriate disciplinary action” would be taken, one of the participants was being transferred to another high-profile agency and, apparently, promoted:

Just three days after FEMA is outed for a staging a fake press conference, its Director of External Affairs John “Pat” Philbin lands an “amazing opportunity to head the communications shop at [the Office of the Director of National Intelligence],” according to FEMA’s press secretary Aaron Walker (via email to PRNewser). The Washington Post confirmed the news through Vance Vines, Spokeswoman at ODNI.

Philbin and Walker were among the staffers asking questions at the press conference which was carried live by the cable networks. The agency quickly apologized.

To answer the question, of course then is always the possibility of some departmental conspiracy, but it is probably simpler then that. This is what Republicans do. Phoniness, corruption, propaganda, fake values and rewarding chicanery is just another day’s business. If pressed they deny, swear you misunderstood what they meant, say they were just joking, avoid the question and attack.

I am sorry to say that sometimes matters of very small importance waste a good deal of precious time, by the long and repeated speeches and chicanery of gentlemen who will not wholly throw off the lawyer even in Congress. ~ William Whipple Jr. (1730-1785), a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New Hampshire.