I have such a big sloppy girl-crush on Patton Oswalt…
“There is a desperate effort by Cheney et al. to bring military action to Iran as soon as possible. Meanwhile, the politicians are saying, ‘You can’t do it, because every Republican is going to be defeated, and we’re only one fact from going over the cliff in Iraq.’ But Cheney doesn’t give a rat’s ass about the Republican worries, and neither does the President.”
I was repeatedly cautioned, in interviews, that the President has yet to issue the “execute order” that would be required for a military operation inside Iran, and such an order may never be issued. But there has been a significant increase in the tempo of attack planning. In mid-August, senior officials told reporters that the Administration intended to declare Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps a foreign terrorist organization. And two former senior officials of the C.I.A. told me that, by late summer, the agency had increased the size and the authority of the Iranian Operations Group. (A spokesman for the agency said, “The C.I.A. does not, as a rule, publicly discuss the relative size of its operational components.”)
“They’re moving everybody to the Iran desk,” one recently retired C.I.A. official said. “They’re dragging in a lot of analysts and ramping up everything. It’s just like the fall of 2002”—the months before the invasion of Iraq, when the Iraqi Operations Group became the most important in the agency. He added, “The guys now running the Iranian program have limited direct experience with Iran. In the event of an attack, how will the Iranians react? They will react, and the Administration has not thought it all the way through.”
So if it’s going to happen again, and come on, if you don’t think it is, just in time for 2008 because they’ve literally got nothing else, it might be useful to remember that it’s not about what’s true and what’s not true. It’s about what people need to see, in order to feel good about themselves and get done what they need to get done to go to sleep fat and happy at night. If anybody’s going to stop it, they need to remember that.
UPDATED: Digby weighs in.
No brkfast materials @home.
Drive to town in search of migas and wifi.
Little bluestem and muhly wave in the sun
2 black buzzards atop the Dairy Queen sign
Cypress Creek bridge dolled up with seasonal whatnots
ribboned staffs of hay and flowers.
big shopping weekend, early-rising tourist zombies
wander among improbable piles of pumpkins
at last, the whatever looms
plugged in, caffeinated, content to wait now
as don cooks up migas
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Is it just me, or do the words “excommunication,” “recant,” and “heresy,” all in the completely non-ironic sense, evoke a “WTF century are we in now?” reaction?
via Pink Lady, aka “Sister Eileen Helen Doherty Elizabeth Smith. Plus you can always throw in a ‘Mary’ somewhere for good measure”:
The Diocese of Little Rock announced Wednesday that six Catholic nuns have been excommunicated for heresy after refusing to leave a Canadian sect whose founder claims to be possessed by the Virgin Mary. Oh that’s nothing. I’m a stigmatic.
The nuns also refused to recant the teachings of the Army of Mary. “It is a painfully historic moment for this church,” said Rev. J. Gaston Hebert. “It’s even worse than the molesters.”
According to 82-year-old Sister Mary Theresa Dionne, she and her partners in hell are “at peace” and believe they are doing God’s work through Mary. The members of the sect believe that its 86-year-old founder, Marie Paule Giguere, is the reincarnation of the Virgin Mary. Seriously? She’s old enough to be the real thing.
More about The Army of Mary here.
More about another excommunication here.
No. I do not actually think the Dems are worse. I do not think it, I feel it. My brain is taking the high road
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Now: story time! Christy and FDL reader john from sacramento break it down and sound it out for the Dems:
They took our money, our work, and our votes which gave them a win, and they’ve since treated us with disdain. Keep it up and they’ll find that they’re standing all alone with no help and no hats.
The moral of the story: You want my vote? My phone banking time? My door knocking abilities? My knowledge of my community — and that of every person who reads here or any other online blog or for any other progressive political group? You earn it. Every damn day.
Something extremely remedial is needed for sure. From where I stand here on the side of the playground, still stunned at the MoveOn pile-on and the spectacle of spineless Dems helping to sweep eavesdropping under the rug by granting the telecoms immunity, I’m growing more bitterly disappointed day by day. Actually, I passed bitter disappointment a while back. It feels more like a derisive cynicism state of mind
Just because they’re wrong, it doesn’t make you right
You sold out for a song, you sell out every night.
You’re never gonna break, you never gonna bend
The tack you’re gonna take is tough to defend
So what’s the skinny anyway?
What’s this line drawn in the sand?
Is this your flag?
-Frotus Caper, Cool is a Curse