Bloggfrslur mnaarins, gst 2006

Rumsfeld og listin a halda v fram a flk s fasistar

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Undanfarna daga hafa Rumsfeld og arir pro-war-and-qaugmire Repblkanarhaldi ti harri gagnrni demokrata og ara sem hafa efasmedir um stri rak. Og Rumsfeld, sem ykist vita allt um sguna og lrdm hennar, heldur v blkalt fram a andstingar strsins sueinskonar landramenn,og afri-mang eirrajafnist vi asto vi nasistaflokkinn.

En fyrst Rumsfeld, sem eins og allir vita elskar lrislega umru, opna stjrnsslu og pltiska gagnrni (eins og Valgerur Sverrisdttir, ef marka m Steingrm J Sigfsson), er farinn a tala um nasista, er ekki r vegi a andstingar strsins og stjrnarhtta Rumsfeld dusti ryki af essu hugtaki. A vsu hafa evrpskir vinstrimenn og grningjar haldi v fram mrg r a Bush og stjrnarhttir hans vru "fasskir" - en a er fyrst nna sem bandarskir fjlmilamenn leyfa sr a nota etta hugtak til a lsa Rumsfeld og Bush stjrninni.

Keith Olberman, sem er ttastjrnandi MSNBC og nokku virtur bandarska fjlmilaheiminum lauk tti snum fyrradag me vangaveltum um Rumsfeld og dylgjur hans. Lokaor Olberman eru nokku g, og g kva v a birta au heild sinni:

The man who sees absolutes, where all other men see nuances and shades of meaning, is either a prophet, or a quack. Donald S. Rumsfeld is not a prophet.

Mr. Rumsfelds remarkable comments to the Veterans of Foreign Wars yesterday demand the deep analysis - and the sober contemplation - of every American.

For they do not merely serve to impugn the morality or intelligence - indeed, the loyalty of the majority of Americans who oppose the transient occupants of the highest offices in the land;

Worse, still, they credit those same transient occupants - our employees with a total omniscience; a total omniscience which neither common sense, nor this administrations track record at home or abroad, suggests they deserve dissent and disagreement with government is the lifes blood of human freedom; And not merely because it is the first roadblock against the kind of tyranny the men Mr. Rumsfeld likes to think of as "his" troops still fight, this very evening, in Iraq.

It is also essential. Because just every once in awhile it is right and the power to which it speaks, is wrong. In a small irony, however, Mr. Rumsfelds speechwriter was adroit in invoking the memory of the appeasement of the Nazis.

For, in their time, there was another government faced with true peril - with a growing evil - powerful and remorseless. That government, like Mr. Rumsfelds, had a monopoly on all the facts. It, too, had the secret information. It alone had the true picture of the threat. It too dismissed and insulted its critics in terms like Mr. Rumsfelds - questioning their intellect and their morality.

That government was Englands, in the 1930s. It "knew"Hitler posed no true threat to Europe, let alone England.

It "knew" Germany was not re-arming, in violation of all treaties and accords.

It "knew" that the hard evidence it received, which contradicted policies, conclusions - and omniscience needed to be dismissed.

The English government of Neville Chamberlain already "knew the truth."

Most relevant of all - it "knew" that its staunchest critics needed to be marginalized and isolated. In fact, it portrayed the foremost of them as a blood-thirsty war-monger who was, if not truly senile - at best morally or intellectually confused.

That critics name was Winston Churchill.

Sadly, we have no Winston Churchills evident among us this evening. We have only Donald Rumsfelds, demonizing disagreement, the way Neville Chamberlain demonized Winston Churchill.

History - and 163 million pounds of Luftwaffe bombs over England - taught us that all Mr. Chamberlain had was his certainty - and his own confusion. A confusion that suggested that the office can not only make the man, but that the office can also make the facts.

Thus did Mr. Rumsfeld make an apt historical analogy.

Excepting the fact that he has the battery plugged in backwards.

His government, absolute - and exclusive - in its knowledge, is not the modern version of the one which stood up to the Nazis. It is the modern version of the government of Neville Chamberlain.

But back to todays Omniscients. That about which Mr. Rumsfeld is confused is simply this: This is a Democracy. Still. Sometimes just barely. And as such, all voices count not just his. Had he or his President perhaps proven any of their prior claims of omniscience - about Osama Bin Ladens plans five years ago - about Saddam Husseins weapons four years ago - about Hurricane Katrinas impact one* year ago - we all might be able to swallow hard, and accept their omniscience as a bearable, even useful recipe, of fact, plus ego.

But, to date, this government has proved little besides its own arrogance, and its own hubris.

Mr. Rumsfeld is also personally confused, morally or intellectually, about his own standing in this matter. From Iraq to Katrina, to the entire "Fog of Fear" which continues to enveloppe this nation - he, Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney, and their cronies, have - inadvertently or intentionally - profited and benefited, both personally, and politically.

And yet he can stand up, in public, and question the morality and the intellect of those of us who dare ask just for the receipt for the Emporers New Clothes.

In what country was Mr. Rumsfeld raised?

As a child, of whose heroism did he read?

On what side of the battle for freedom did he dream one day to fight?

With what country has he confused the United States of America?

The confusion we as its citizens - must now address, is stark and forbidding. But variations of it have faced our forefathers, when men like Nixon and McCarthy and Curtis LeMay have darkened our skies and obscured our flag. Note - with hope in your heart - that those earlier Americans always found their way to the light and we can, too.

The confusion is about whether this Secretary of Defense, and this Administration, are in fact now accomplishing what they claim the terrorists seek: The destruction of our freedoms, the very ones for which the same veterans Mr. Rumsfeld addressed yesterday in Salt Lake City, so valiantly fought.

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And about Mr. Rumsfelds other main assertion, that this country faces a "new type of fascism."

As he was correct to remind us how a government that knew everything could get everything wrong, so too was he right when he said that though probably not in the way he thought he meant it.

This country faces a new type of fascism - indeed.

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Although I presumptuously use his sign-off each night, in feeble tribute I have utterly no claim to the words of the exemplary journalist Edward R. Murrow.

But never in the trial of a thousand years of writing could I come close to matching how he phrased a warning to an earlier generation of us, at a time when other politicians thought they (and they alone) knew everything, and branded those who disagreed, "confused" or "immoral."

Thus forgive me for reading Murrow in full:

"We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty," he said, in 1954.

"We must remember always that accusation is not proof, and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law.

"We will not walk in fear - one, of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of un-reason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men;

"Not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, and to defend causes that were - for the moment - unpopular."

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Stri gegn fkniefnum er fullkomlega marklaust, sun skattpeningum, og reyndar fyndi lka!

Samkvmt nrri skrslu hefur kerfisbundin sun almannafjr rur gegn fkniefnaneyslu meal bandarskra ungmenna ekki bori neinn rangur - nema ef vera skyldi a auka fkniefnaneyslu (j, og skapa mursjkum skriffinnum vinnu...). The Government Accountability Office leggur v til a bandarkjaing htti a rstafa peningum slkar rursherferir.

Samkvmt frttatilkynningu fr GAO hefur bandarkjaing eytt samtals 1.2 milljrum bandarkjadala auglsingar sem eiga a draga r eiturlyfjaneyslu - miki af eim peningum var srstaklega vari til a berjast gegn neyslu kannabisefna. Og rangurinn hefur ekki lti sr standa - en samkvmt athugun sem GAO lt gera var rangurinn, surprise surprise, akkrat enginn...

the evaluation provides credible evidence that the campaign was not effective in reducing youth drug use, either during the entire period of the campaign [1998 til 2004] or during the period from 2002 to 2004 when the campaign was redirected and focused on marijuana use.

a besta vi ett er a svo virist sem herferin hafi haft fug hrif!

exposure to the advertisements generally did not lead youth to disapprove of using drugs and may have promoted perceptions among exposed youth that others' drug use was normal... evaluation indicates that exposure to the campaign did not prevent initiation of marijuana use and had no effect on curtailing current users' marijuana use, despite youth recall of and favorable assessments of advertisements.

a er augljst ml a stjrnvld bandarkjunum urfa astrauka fjraustur gagnslausaauglsingager og helst fjrmagna, mjg rausnarlega,fullt, fullt af vinnuhpum og skrslum og lyktunum umfkniefnalausBandarki fyrir ri2000.

a er reyndar lklegt a stjrnvld sem hafa srstakt dlti gagnslausum (ea jafnvel skalegum) verkefnum sem kosta skattgreiendur strf taki mark svona skrslum. Og skattgreiendur krefjast ess a peningum s vari svona hmbkk! Reyndar, ef g fengi a velja, myndi g frekar lta eya mnum skattpeningum heimskulegar auglsingar en gagnslaus gagneldflaugakerfi...

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Bkaormurinn Bush

llgjarnir vinstrimenn hafa haft skemmt sr vi a gera grna gfnafari Bandarkjaforseta. Bush hefur fram a essu hins vegar gert ftt til ess a afsanna kenningar um greindarskort. Janar 2005 lsti hann v meal annars stoltur yfir a hann lsi suma daga allt a 20 til rjtu blasur af teksta, me engum myndum! vitali vi Brian Lamb C-Span sjnvarpsstina sagi Bush etta:

I read, oh, gosh, Id say, 10, maybe, different memoranda prepared by staff. When Lamb clarified that he was asking specifically about books, the president explained, I'm reading, I think on a good night, maybe 20 to 30 pages,

N, a er a vsu ekkert sem segir a menn veri gfair af v a lesa, en blaafulltrum Hvta hssinsu hefur samt fundist a eir yrftu a sannfra umheiminn um a forsetinn vri gilegur lestrarhestur - og a hann gti alveg lesi meira en 10 blasur kvldi, ur en hann dottai. annig forsetinn n a liggja yfir Camus og rum hfuspekingum vestrnnar menningar. Hr er hgt a sj lista yfir bkur sem forsetinn a hafa lesi sumar.

En vinstrimenn eru ekki dottnir af baki- og n ykjast eir kunna betur strfri en Hvta hsi. American Prospect er v t.d. haldi fram a leslistar forsetans su einfaldlega trverugira s nnast tiloka a maurinn hafi lesi allar r bkur sem hann a hafa rennt sr gegnum - r su einfaldlega of langar.

Exaggerated reading lists and a phony presidential interest in books, however, are hardly going to help. For one thing, the White Houses claims about the notches on Bushs literary bedpost are almost certainly false. Using lists provided by the White House, the 60 books the president is alleged to have read since January total tens of thousands of pages. (The Stranger may be fairly short, but many of the titles on the list were lengthy treatises. Kai Birds American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, for example, is almost 800 pages.)

The boasts simply strain credulity. Were talking about a man who, by his own admission, likes to get to bed early, insists on a two-hour midday exercise break, and reads maybe 30 pages of book text a day.

American Prospectveltir vfyrir sr hvort essi tilraun Hvta hssins til a spinna upp nja persnu fyrir forsetann - sem fram aessu hefur st vera 'venjulegur maur' og gert miki r v a hannlesi ekki miki(hann viurkenndiFoxvitali a hann lsi ekki einu sinni dagblin)-s til marks um rvntingu.

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Katherine Harris hatar alls ekkert alla trvillinga

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Um daginn skrifai g um Katherine Harris, sem er eirrar skounar a gu velji stjrnmlamenn til forystu fyrir jum, og a a urfi a kjsa sannkristna ing, v annars veri ll lggjf synd. Orrtt sagi Harris:

If you are not electing Christians, tried and true, under public scrutiny and pressure, if you'e not electing Christians then in essence you are going to legislate sin. They can legislate sin. They can say that abortion is alright. They can vote to sustain gay marriage.

N etta er svosem augljst, ef vi kjsum ekki ga kristna stjrnmlamenn munu lggjafarsamkomur breytast hrukassa? En a virast ekki allir skilja hversu tmalaus sannleikur etta er, og v hefur skmmum ringt yfir Harris greyi, meal annars fr gyingum.

KosningaskrifstofaHarris gaf v t yfirlsingu ar sem v er haldi fram aor hennar megi ekki taka t r samhengi, vhn var "speaking to a Christian audience" en a vita auvita allir a maur lgur rugli og vitleysu egar maur talar vi kristna kjsendur? En til a sanna hversu g og full af st llu flki, og hversu djpa viringu hn ber fyrir llum trarbrgum leggur Harris herslu a hn ekki sjlf persnulega gyinga, hafi stutt lggjf sem gagnist sraelsrki, og hafi meira a segja ri gyinga vinnu... (Rudnick, kosningastjri hennar tekur skrt fram a hann s sjlfur gyingur)

STATEMENT OF CLARIFICATION

TAMPAIn a recent article published in the Florida Baptist Witness, Congresswoman Katherine Harris was asked to comment on the interplay of faith and politics in the public square. In the interview, Harris was speaking to a Christian audience, addressing a common misperception that people of faith should not be actively involved in government. Addressing this Christian publication, Harris provided a statement that explains her deep grounding in Judeo-Christian values.

Bryan Rudnick, Harris for Senate Campaign Manager stated, I joined this campaign because Congresswoman Harris is a passionate supporter of Israel, the Jewish people and always has the best interests of all Floridians at heart. As the grandson of Holocaust survivors, I know that she encourages people of all faiths to engage in government so that our country can continue to thrive on the principles set forth by our Founding Fathers, without malice towards anyone.

In Congress, Katherine Harris has consistently supported pro-Israel legislation. Representative Harris co-sponsored numerous resolutions including: H. Con. Res. 248, to honor the life and work of Simon Wiesenthal and to reaffirm Congress commitment to the fight against anti-Semitism and all forms of intolerance; H.Con.Res. 392, to recognize the 58th anniversary of the independence of the State of Israel; H.Con.Res. 101, to push for the European Union to add Hezbollah to its list of terrorist organizations; and H.Res. 575, to stress that Hamas and other terrorist organizations should not take part in elections held by the Palestinian Authority.
As a Florida State Senator, Katherine Harris co-sponsored S. 3062, the Holocaust and Yom Hashoah Victims Resolution, encouraging observation of the day to remember the horrific tragedy of the Holocaust. While serving as Secretary of State, Congresswoman Harris advocated for funding for the Florida - Israel Linkage Institute to promote business/ cultural/educational/technological exchanges, and she traveled to Israel for personal and professional purposes. As Harris frequently reminds voters in her campaign speeches for the U.S. Senate, she is committed to standing by Israel.

agefur auga lei a st Harris sraelsrki hltur a afsanna allar sakanir umfordma gagnvart rum trarbrgum...

a ltur hins vegarekki t fyrir a Harris komist ing haust - allar kannanir sna a hn hefur minna fylgi en frambjandi demokrata, Bill Nelson. Til ess a toppa leiindin fyrir aumingja Harris hafa republkanar fylkinu, eirra meal Jeb Bush, neita a styja hana!

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Kristnir kjsendur og vandaml Republikanaflokksins

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Samkvmt nrri knnun virast evangelistar og arir kristnir kjsendur vera a yfirgefa Republikanaflokkurinn. HlutfallBandarskra kjsenda semtelurflokkinn hlihollan"vinsamlegan tr" hefur falli r 55% 47%. a s slmt, dylja essar tlur mun athyglisverari run sem tti a hra Karl Rove: falli meal hvtra evangelista og kalikka, sem eru kjarninn 'the base' mun strra,en tiltr essara hpa hefur falli um 14 prsentustig.

Religious voters have been a key voting bloc in recent elections with the most devout Protestant, Catholic and evangelical voters leaning strongly toward Republicans."The Republicans had done a good job of mobilizing those two groups in 2004 and that may be cooling a bit now," said Scott Keeter of the Pew Research Center said, referring to white evangelicals and white Catholics

Bush got 78 percent of the white evangelical vote and 56 percent of the white Catholic vote in 2004, according to exit polls.

Sigrar republikana kosningum undanfarin misseri hafa a miklu leyti byggst atkvum kristinna kjsenda, og v er a mjg alvarlegt ml fyrir flokkinn efessir kjsendur htta a mta kjrsta.New york timesveltir fyrir sr hvort stuningur sumra republikana vi stem cell research hafi grafi undan tr heittrara flokkinn...

Hver sem stan er, virast "kristnir" kjsendur auknu mli hafa misst tr republikana.

Sj umfjllun NYT hr, aeins styttri grein Washington Post hr.

essar niurstur eru mjg forvitnilegar,en r vekja upp spurningar um hvaa hlutverk kristnir kjsendur, og tr,muni spila bandarskum stjrnmlum.

Flestir Evrpubar og frjlslyndir Bandarkjamenn ganga t fr v sem vsu a hrif trarikunar og trhita bandarsk stjrnml su af hinu lla - og a vaxandi tttaka trarleitoga stjrnmlaumrunni hr vestra su alvarlegt hyggjuefni. g er grundvallaratrium sammla v. Maur arf ekki a hlusta lengi bandarska sjnvarpspredkara til a tta sig v a eir hafi sennilega gleymt a taka lyfin sn. Mann- og kvenhatri sem skn gegn um hmfbuna og karlrembuna er lka oft ng til ess af hrin til a standa smilega skynsmu flki.

Ef vi gngum t fr v a allir kristnir bandarkjamenn hafi ekki huga neinu ru en hommum og fstureyingum, eins og Karl Rove og hugmyndasmiir n-haldsstefnu Bush-stjrnarinnar, tti repblkanaflokkurinn a vera hi eina rtta pltska skjl kristinna kjsenda. En margir kristnir Bandarkjamenn su lla upplstar, fordmafullar pddur sem hata homma og eru me einhverja morbid fixation fstureyingar, er auvita miki af flki sem er alvrunni tra - trir jes krist og allan krleiksboskap nja testamentisins... a s auvelt a gleyma v egar maur hlustar Pat Robertson ea Jack Van Impe, er kristin tr hreint ekki einhverskonar satanismi sem snst um a eitt a andskotast v hva fullori flk gerir svefnherberginu. Stjrnmlaflokkur sem ykist hfa til "trara kjsenda", en hefur ekki upp neitt anna a bja en lggjf um samkynhneig og fstureyingar getur varla noti velgengni til lengdar.

Republikanaflokkurinn hefur meira a segja tekist a svkja essi einu "kristnu" kosningaml sn. Stjrnarskr bandarkjanna var ekki breytt til a banna hjnabnd samkynhneigra, og Bush stjrnin hefur ekki lagt til beinnar atlgu gegn fstureyingum. ekking ingmanna republikana biblunni og grundvallarsetningum kristinnar trar er reyndar svo lleg a a er vel skiljanlegt a eir skuli ekki kunna a hfa til kristinna kjsenda.

a er reyndar margt sem bendir til ess a "kristnir" kjsendur hafi huga fleiru en essum barttumlum republikana. Eftir a fellibylurinn Katarna lagi New Orleans rst kom fram umra meal kristinna bandarkjamanna um a a vri skylda okkar sem "kristinna manna" a hjlpa eim sem minna mttu sn - og a samflag sem umbri ftkt og eymd bor vi sem Katarna afhjpai, gti ekki stai undir nafni sem "kristi". Rki, kristnu samflagi,yri a standa sig... N er a lngu ekkt a n-haldsmenn hafa litla tr v a rki eigi a gera nokku anna en a tdeila skattavilnunum til strfyrirtkja og standa strsrekstri rijaheimslndum. Karl Rove vejai a a vri hgt a sjangha kristna kjsendur republikanaflokkinn me v a lofa eim a rki myndi lka vasast kynlfi og prvatmlum flks. Vandamli er a "kristnir kjsendur" virast hafa huga fleiri mlum, ar meal ftkt og umhverfismlum. Og, eins og knnun Pew snir, virast eir auknu mli vera a komast skoun a essi ml veri ekki leyst nema me hjlp rkisvaldsins.

In the poll, a large majority (79 percent) said there is solid evidence of global warning, and 61 percent said it is a problem that requires immediate government action.

Ef maur horfir Fox news, og hlustar AM talk radio, gti maur haldi a allir bandarkjamenn, fyrir utan feina llgjarna kommnista, femnista og kynvillinga, htuu rkisafskipti og umhverfisvernd meira en pestina.

a er ekkert sem bendir til ess a essi run muni valda einhverjum vatnaskilum alveg nstu misserum - samkvmt knnun Pew eru ekki nema rtt 26% Bandarkjamanna sem telja Demokrataflokkinn vinsamlegan truum - og mean svo er geta demokratar ekki ntt sr ngju kristinna kjsenda. millitinni hafa eir ekki nnur hs a venda en Republikanaflokkinn.

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Askilnaur rkis og kirkju rugl, v a er gu sem velur hverjir f a stjrna

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Einn af upphaldstjrnmlamnnum mnum er tvmallaust Katherine Harris, sem gat sr verskuldaa frg hausti 2000 egar hn var innanrkisrherra Flrdafylkis og lagi ekki lti af mrkum til a tryggja a Bush ynni kosningarnar.Harris tkst a vinna sr innhatur allra andstinga Bush, og stRepublikana.A vsusnrust umrur fjlmilum um haustiekki svo miki um persnu ea stjrnmlaskoanir Harris - a vissu allir a hn vri eldheitur Republikani.Og mean a var ekki anna bitastara til a fjalla um var tluvert tala um hversu lla mlu Harris vri - en frttamyndumvar st hennar kinnalit og augnskugga nokku augljs. San virist Harris hafa lrt a mla sig. Ea ri frunarfringa.

San hefur Harris, sem var millitinni kosin ing fyrir Flrda, lka kvei a bja sig fram til ldungadeildar ingsins. Og a su nokkurnveginn allir sammla um a hneigi ekki mikinn sns, ar sem republikanar Flrda neita a styja hana opinberlega, hefur henni tekist a vera nstum stugt frttum, og fastur liur blogospherinuundanfarnar vikur og mnui.

Skemmtilegasta upptki Harris er hins vegar vital ar sem hn lsir v yfir a:

  • Askilnaur rkis og kirkju s rangur, vegna ess a,
  • a er gu sem velur stjrnendur okkar...

The Bible says we are to be salt and light. And salt and light means not just in the church and not just as a teacher or as a pastor or a banker or a lawyer, but in government and we have to have elected officials in government and we have to have the faithful in government and over time, that lie we have been told, the separation of church and state, people have internalized, thinking that they needed to avoid politics and that is so wrong because God is the one who chooses our rulers.

Vi sem hldum a a vru spilltir stjrnmlamenn Flrda me hjlp hstarttar sem kvu hverjir fengju a vera forsetar.

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CIA hefur alltaf rngu a standa um ran

Cato-at-liberty vorume forvitnilegan pst um ran og CIA gr. gr skrifai g stutta frslu um ingmenn republikana, sem hafa me Peter Hoekstra broddi fylkingar, gagnrnt leynijnustu Bandarkjanna fyrir a vera of hgvra heimsendaspdmum snum um ran - og jafnvel haldi v fram a leynijnustan geri vsvitandi lti r httunni sem stafar af rnum og kjarnorkuvopnatlun eirra.

N eru a varla frttir a ranir su a reyna a koma sr upp kjarnorkuvopnum - ekkert frekar en a a su frttir a bloggarinn Ahmadinejad, (sem er lka forseti ran), hatist vi srael. a urfti ekki bkling/skrslu Republikana til a sannfra mig um httuna sem stafar af strssingamnnum! Ekki frekar en a a su frttir a bandarska leynijnustan geti ekki skaffa almennilegar og ranlegar upplsingar um gang mla miausturlndum.

a sem kom mr vart var a CIA hefur allt san upphafi tunda ratug sustu aldar haft rngu a standa um kjarnorkuvopnatlanir rana - san 1992 hefur CIA veri sannfrt um a ranir su tv til fimm r fr v a framleia kjarnorkuvopn! Me rum orum - CIA hefur kerfisbundi ofmeti getu rana til a sma kjarnorkuvopn.

En a er kannski ekki svo skrti a Hoekstra, Bill Kristol og arir strssingamenn rum n-haldsmanna su alveg sannfrir um a a s ekki hgt a treysta CIA, sem hefur alltaf rngu a standa - og um lei er ekki heldur skrti a eir skuli ia af hrslu yfir kjarnorkuvopnum rana - v CIA og arir eru bnir a vera a segja eim seinustu fimmtn rin a ranir su alveg rtt nstum bnir a sma kjarnorkusprengjur...

Late 1991: In congressional reports and CIA assessments, the United States estimates that there is a high degree of certainty that the government of Iran has acquired all or virtually all of the components required for the construction of two to three nuclear weapons. A February 1992 report by the U.S. House of Representatives suggests that these two or three nuclear weapons will be operational between February and April 1992.

February 24, 1993: CIA director James Woolsey says that Iran is still 8 to 10 years away from being able to produce its own nuclear weapon, but with assistance from abroad it could become a nuclear power earlier.

January 1995: The director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, John Holum, testifies that Iran could have the bomb by 2003.

January 5, 1995: U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry says that Iran may be less than five years from building an atomic bomb, although how soondepends how they go about getting it.

April 29, 1996: Israeli prime minister Shimon Peres says he believes that in four years, they [Iran] may reach nuclear weapons.

October 21, 1998: General Anthony Zinni, head of U.S. Central Command, says Iran could have the capacity to deliver nuclear weapons within five years. If I were a betting man, he said, I would say they are on track within five years, they would have the capability.

January 17, 2000: A new CIA assessment on Irans nuclear capabilities says that the CIA cannot rule out the possibility that Iran may possess nuclear weapons. The assessment is based on the CIAs admission that it cannot monitor Irans nuclear activities with any precision and hence cannot exclude the prospect that Iran may have nuclear weapons.


CIA fr skammir fyrir a tba ekki ngu skelfilegar skrslur um ran

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Republikanar Bandarkjaingi hafa gagnrnt CIA harlega fyrir a neita a taka undir skoanir Bill Kristol og "the neo-con hawks" um a Bandarkin urfi a steypa sr str vi ran.Samkvmt New York Times morgun hafa httsettir republikanarum nokkurt skei kvarta sran undan v a srfringar CIAog annarra njsnastofnana bandarkjanna su ekki ngu herskir.NYT hefur eftir nefndum starfsmanni stjrnarinnar a "The people in the [intelligence] community are unwilling to make judgement calls and don't know how to link anything together". N auvita vita essir pointy headed intellectuals ekkert sinn haus! eir eru augljslega ekki a fylgjast me hemsmlunum ea run mla fyrir botni Mijararhafs, ekki jafn vel og frttaskrendur FOX a minnsta! Newt Gingrich t.d. veit hvernig heimurinn virkar

When the intelligence community says Iran is 5 to 10 years away from a nuclear weapon, I ask: "If North Korea were to ship them a nuke tomorrow, how clase would they be then?

Og ef getur ekki fengi ara til a kokka upp r skrslur sem vilt a su samdar veruru a barasta a skrifa r sjlfur! Og a geru republikanar inginu. Samkvmt skrslu sem Peter Hoekstra og arir republikanar hafa sjlfir sett saman, stendur heimsbygginni mikil og vaxandi htta af ran og kjarnorkuvopnum eirra. er CIA sendur tnninn:

Intelligence community managers and analysts must provide their best analytical judgements about Iranian W.M.D. programs and not shy away from provocative conclusons or bury disagreements in consensus assessments.

Skrslan er annars hin athyglisverasta, svona sem dmi um powerpoint fndur. (Myndin hr a ofan er af forsu hennar)

a er athyglisvert a republikanar skuli ekki tta sig v a CIA og arar "foreign intelligence" stofnanir skuli vilja fara varlega heimsendaspdma og "worst case scenario" bollaleggingar, srstaklega ljsi eirrar gagnrni sem r hafa urft a sta vegna innrsarinnar rak. Forysta republkanaflokksins hefur verneita a taka nokkra einustu byrg v a hafa villt fyrir almenningi undirbningi innrsarinnar - en Bush, Rumsfeld og flagar hldu v stugt fram a a vru skotheldar sannanir fyrir v a rakar vru a koma sr upp gereyingarvopnum.

Misrmi milli raunveruleikans og mlflutningsins fyrir innrsina hafaRepublikanar svo skrt me v a kenna um "faulty intelligence", og kjlfari voru skipaar nefndir og vinnuhpar til a sj til ess a slkt "intelligence failure" endurtki sig ekki. En a sem essi gagnrni snir vel er a leitogali Republikanaflokksins vill ekki a CIA og njsnastofnanir Bandarkjanna afli ranlegra upplsinga, greini r og komist a skynsamlegum niurstum. eirra huga skiptir raunveruleikinn mun minna mli en delgskar bollaleggingar - niurstur byggar rnlegustu upplsingum eru engu betri en samsriskenningar um myndu gereyingarvopn.

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Republikanar kunna ekki getnaarvarnir - vilja fleiri brn

Wall Street Journal blogginu er merkileg frtt um barneignir vinstri- og hgrimanna Bandarkjunum. Samkvmt greininni virast Republikanar mun lklegri en Demokratar til a eignast brn. Liberal hjn eiga a jafnai 1.47 brn, mean haldssamari hjn eiga 2.08 brn.

According to the 2004 General Social Survey, if you picked 100 unrelated politically liberal adults at random, you would find that they had, between them, 147 children. If you picked 100 conservatives, you would find 208 kids. That's a "fertility gap" of 41%. Given that about 80% of people with an identifiable party preference grow up to vote the same way as their parents, this gap translates into lots more little Republicans than little Democrats to vote in future elections. Over the past 30 years this gap has not been below 20%--explaining, to a large extent, the current ineffectiveness of liberal youth voter campaigns today.

etta er auvita miki hyggjuefni fyrir vinstrimenn! a sem er eiginlega furulegast er a essi munur hverfur ekki tt teki s tillit til tta eins og tekna, jflagsstu, menntunar ea trar:

The fertility gap doesn't budge when we correct for factors like age, income, education, sex, race--or even religion. Indeed, if a conservative and a liberal are identical in all these ways, the liberal will still be 19 percentage points more likely to be childless than the conservative.

Me rum orum - a er ekki hgt a skra ennan mun me v a Republikanar su allir mennta sveitaflk, trarofstkismenn ea ftklingar Suurrkjunum. Hvernig sem v stendur eru vinstrimenn Bandarkjunum lklegri til a eignast brn en hgrimenn!

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Pat Robertson, the Christian Right, sktflir yfir vopnahli Lbanon

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Eins og vi ll vitum er brnausynlegt a Miausturlnd su logandifriarbl til ess afrelsaranum knist a koma aftur til jarar og steypa okkur syndurunum til helvtis og hefja hina feinu tvldu upp til himna(semsagt au okkar semhfum veri dugleg a senda peninga til Pat Robertson ogannarra sendimanna almttisins...)

Pat Robertson, sem seinustu viku hitti Ehud Olmert til a bija fyrir sigri sraels stri eirra gegn Hezbollah, og breyttum borgurumLbanon, lstu v yfir tsendingu "the 700 club" a vopnahl sraels ogLbanon vri hi versta ml- hafi gert a verkum a stri allt hafi verigagnslaust:

Back from Israel to resume hosting his "700 Club" broadcast, Robertson quoted a Bible passage from the prophet Isaiah: "We were with child. We writhed in pain, but we gave birth to wind."

Suggesting that the invasion of Lebanon failed to achieve its objective, Robertson said, "Israel went in, but what have they done? Is the word of Isaiah true? -- 'We writhed in pain but we gave birth to wind' -- I'm afraid so."

Robertson er ekki a segja a stri hafi veri tilgangslaust, vegna ess a sraelsher hafi ekki tekist anna en a eyileggja infrastrktr suur Lbanon, a flest allir sem fllu hafi veri breyttir borgarar og a Hezbollah hafi komi tvelfdir t r tkunum... nei, hann er svekktur yfir v a sraelsher hafi stoppa mijum klum.

En etta er svosem ekkert mjg merkilegt - a eru gamlar frttir a ofstkismenn og jlasveinar rum evangelcal kristinna su a ba eftir heimsendi - og a er svosem ekki heldur neitt ntt a svoleiis menn su svekktir egar blsthellingum lkur. a sem er hinsvegar athylgisvert er a Robertson talar um "we" - "okkur". Hann og horfendur hans, og sraelsher, eru huga Robertson saman lii - horfendum the 700 club er sagt a eir og sraelsher su sama bti.

etta er bara eitt af mrgum dmum um nlega, og mjg skuggalega, tilhneygingu kristinna fgaafla a sj sig sem einhverskonar varmenn sraelsrkis. Bandarkin hafa alltaf haft tilhneygingu til a styja srael, en fram til essa hefur s stuningur fyrst og fremst rist af atkvum gyinga Bandarkjunum, og rf Bandarkjanna a hafa ranlega bandamenn Miausturlndum. Stuningur heimsendatraraflanna vi srael er hins vegar ntt fyrirbrigi og mun alvarlegra, kannski aallega vegna ess a egar flk sem alvrunni trir heimsendi, og bur hans me reyju, er fari a hafa hrif utanrkispltk strveldis er voinn vs.

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