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2007 April 10 — Why Now?
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Henry Waxman Wants The Truth

The Associated Press reports: Lynch Rescue Added To Tillman Probe

A U.S. House committee announced Tuesday it would hold hearings on misleading military statements that followed the friendly fire death of Pat Tillman in Afghanistan and the rescue of Pfc. Jessica Lynch in Iraq.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said an April 24 hearing would be part of its investigation into whether there was a strategy to mislead the public.

The first victim of war is the truth. I have always felt bad about what Jessica Lynch had to go through, trying to deal with all of the lies that were told about her injuries and “rescue” while trying to recover from the accident and death of friends. She was trying to get the truth out while her government was lying.

Bad things happen to good people, in and out of uniform, but they don’t get any better when you lie about them.

The Shrubbery didn’t invent this problem. The Tuskegee Airmen were only, really recognized for their World War II service recently.

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Why I Don’t Watch Television

CNN was on at my Mother’s tonight and the burning issue that the bearded guy named for a reindeer felt all of the Presidential candidates should respond to: “what about I-Maus?”

With two wars and major executive departments in melt down, the Puppy wants people trying to become the President of the United States to comment on a burn-out with a microphone who insults women and minorities.

Exactly how does the stupidity of someone on talk radio become the most important political question of the day?

As long as I’m on the media, will someone tell them that Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are not the only two black people in the United States.

April 10, 2007   5 Comments

Food Safety

Lambert at Corrente writes about a news report that Corporate pet food is killing your cats.

A researcher found a 30% increase in kidney failure in cats during the three month period that the contaminated food was sold. The research was based on information from one of the largest US veterinary hospital chains which had an extra 248 cases of renal failure in cats during the period.

Nicole Belle at Crooks and Liars saw a Los Angeles Times about hearings Senator Dick Durbin is holding to question FDA about food safety.

The contaminated component in the pet food was “food grade,” and could have been used in products for people. We have been told that it wasn’t, but how do we know? The FDA didn’t test the wheat gluten when it came into the country. Apparently the testing started after the fact. People are much larger than pets, and would require more of the product, and possibly more time for renal failure. Since the Shrubbery has gutted most consumer protections, will we even know if there is a sudden spike in kidney failure?

April 10, 2007   5 Comments

Another Comment

Update: Melissa McEwan of Shakesville who has direct experience of the problem posts at The Guardian blog site: Trolls don’t build bridges.

In BlondeSense Liz’s post, Calling for Manners in the Blog World?, she quotes from a New York Times article:

Mr. O’Reilly and Mr. Wales talk about creating several sets of guidelines for conduct and seals of approval represented by logos. For example, anonymous writing might be acceptable in one set; in another, it would be discouraged. Under a third set of guidelines, bloggers would pledge to get a second source for any gossip or breaking news they write about.

I highlighted that third set of guidelines because this is a higher standard than is currently used by the MSM. Oh, they have policies that say they are getting multiple sources, but a phone call and a fax from Karl Rove do not constitute two sources.

I haven’t linked to either NTodd’s first post or second post because he isn’t being very civil about civility. Actually, he’s being militantly uncivil, but mainly because he’s way behind on Sam blogging.

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