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Comment Archives: stories: News: Pith in the Wind

Re: “The Daily Links: Biggie, Tupac, and Viola Davis

My last entry was only one part of a six page interview by Scott Pelley. Your rejection of the FBI agent's interview means you didn't check the link and are standing by the idiotic "Bush lied," mantra no matter what the costs in self respect. The FBI agent's interviews of Hussein went on for months and were not just one conversation. It's always the liberal way to reject all that doesn't support their fantasies and is why they do so badly in debates. If you had read the link (or you can watch the twelve minute interview) you would have also found out why Saddam invaded Kuwait.

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Posted by yoyo moi on 09/13/2014 at 3:49 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Vaccines, Deadmau5, and Hunter S. Thompson

oh you kill me, AWP! hi-larious as usual.

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/…

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Posted by Doyle on 09/13/2014 at 2:14 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Biggie, Tupac, and Viola Davis

On one hand, we have one person's memory of a single self-serving conversation with Saddam.

On the other hand, we have the documented fact that Saddam turned over everything that was demanded by the UN resolutions, proving that he had no remaining WMDs.

We invaded anyway, resulting in the destabilization that we have today.

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Posted by Pragmatist on 09/13/2014 at 1:48 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Biggie, Tupac, and Viola Davis

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That June 2000 speech was about weapons of mass destruction. In talking casually about that speech, Saddam began to tell the story of his weapons. It was a breakthrough that had taken five months.

"Oh, you couldn't imagine the excitement that I was feeling at that point," Piro remembers.

"And what did he tell you about how his weapons of mass destruction had been destroyed?" Pelley asks.

"He told me that most of the WMD had been destroyed by the U.N. inspectors in the '90s. And those that hadn't been destroyed by the inspectors were unilaterally destroyed by Iraq," Piro says.

"So why keep the secret? Why put your nation at risk, why put your own life at risk to maintain this charade?" Pelley asks.

"It was very important for him to project that because that was what kept him, in his mind, in power. That capability kept the Iranians away. It kept them from reinvading Iraq," Piro says.

Before his wars with America, Saddam had fought a ruinous eight year war with Iran and it was Iran he still feared the most.

"He believed that he couldn't survive without the perception that he had weapons of mass destruction?" Pelley asks.

"Absolutely," Piro says.
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/interrogator-s…

The last two lines of the excerpt should put to rest all idiot claims that Bush
lied...but it won't.

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Posted by yoyo moi on 09/13/2014 at 12:10 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Biggie, Tupac, and Viola Davis

I guess the fact that they held those positions justifies the Bush administrations fabrication of evidence to invade Iraq. That makes sense.

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Posted by JohntheRevelator on 09/13/2014 at 9:12 AM

Re: “The Daily Links: Biggie, Tupac, and Viola Davis

"Whether one agrees or disagrees with the Administration’s policy towards Iraq, I don’t think there can be any question about Saddam’s conduct. He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do. He lies and cheats; he snubs the mandate and authority of international weapons inspectors; and he games the system to keep buying time against enforcement of the just and legitimate demands of the United Nations, the Security Council, the United States and our allies. Those are simply the facts." -- Henry Waxman, Oct 10, 2002

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Posted by yoyo moi on 09/13/2014 at 8:22 AM

Re: “The Daily Links: Biggie, Tupac, and Viola Davis

"Now let me be clear -- I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied UN resolutions, thwarted UN inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity. He's a bad guy. The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him."

State Senator Barack Obama (Democrat, Illinois)
Speech at Federal Plaza, Chicago, Illinois
October 2, 2002

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Posted by yoyo moi on 09/13/2014 at 8:17 AM

Re: “The Daily Links: Biggie, Tupac, and Viola Davis

17 Reasons why we love Louie C.K.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/12/l…

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Posted by JohntheRevelator on 09/13/2014 at 7:58 AM
Posted by JohntheRevelator on 09/12/2014 at 11:01 PM

Re: “Tennessee Delegation Responds to POTUS Address on ISIS

> @WW: Don't mix your meds like that. If it were possible Reagan would have
> easily won a third term.

Nah, if for no other reason than the video of Nancy whispering responses to reporters' questions in Daddy's ear in the last couple of years. I remember it well.

Also people didn't appreciate Nancy's astrologer making important national policy decisions.

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Posted by Williamson Willie on 09/12/2014 at 10:21 PM

Re: “Tennessee Delegation Responds to POTUS Address on ISIS

Yoyo And John..your dick belongs in your pants, not your personality

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Posted by Marduk-Panzer-Division on 09/12/2014 at 7:53 PM
Posted by JohntheRevelator on 09/12/2014 at 6:47 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Biggie, Tupac, and Viola Davis

The right's great American hero.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/12/g…

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Posted by JohntheRevelator on 09/12/2014 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Ramsey: Voters Rejecting Politics in the Judiciary ‘Almost Comical’

The funniest thing I've seen in a while is Ramsey complaining about the TNSC making the decision of AG behind close doors and he doesn't like it. Every vote for every piece of legislation that goes through the TN Senate is determined behind closed doors. Comical.

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Posted by Isn't it ironic on 09/12/2014 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Walter Roche Is Blogging

@Mark Rogers: Nice catch.

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Posted by yoyo moi on 09/12/2014 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Veteran Suicides in Tennessee Increased in 2013

DUDE!!!!!! So I take it you have some issues with the VA, huh? Hope things get better! G'Luck.


That being said, and to be most uncharacteristic for me to admit, I haven't a clue how the VA does things. I would hope the politicos quite giving lip service and do something positive, but given the state of congress, don't hold your breath. I do mean it when I say, G'Luck!

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Posted by Jim Collins on 09/12/2014 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Veteran Suicides in Tennessee Increased in 2013

The VA knows that a denial at the first level is mostly permanent without cause - it practices as an insurance company and denies any case, including covered cases, that it believes to be fraudulent - most cases that is. Once this happens there is almost no chance of obtaining benefits and for all practical purposes is a permanent de facto denial - even for those cases in error. There are only 65 or so BVA judges to handle appeals and about 50% of these appeals are sent into an endless remand cycle with the RO wherein the RO has been found to make errors in 75% of the cases so that the cycle is literally endless with no due process. Furthermore, it intentionally creates these backlogs - 1. quick denial of even covered claims forcing appeals with NOD - then one must wait for hearing with the BVA judge, then one must wait for the judge to review again - 3 years or more later, and then remand again because the VA RO has intentionally not fully complied with its response to the BVA again, again after several years of waiting time on behalf of the veteran and thus and so on. Why a 2 - step BVA process to begin with with only 65 judges? No other court like system does this. why can't the judge make a decision within 30 days of the initial hearing? Why? - to create the backlog which serves both as a de facto denial and also to perpetuate the work of the VA employees through the endless and unaccountable circulation of paper at will and according to its own decision to ever get to a file - it may be decades.

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Posted by Lloyd Bardell on 09/12/2014 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Veteran Suicides in Tennessee Increased in 2013

The practical impact of the VA bonus system for its claims processors is to pay them for denying the most applications as a means to reach the quota level without regard to the veracity of a claim. Once this is done, it is denied for ever in most cases and takes years just to get to the BVA and then most are remanded back into the cycle. There is no way to directly challenge a decision on its merit and certainly no way to do anything expeditiously.

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Posted by Lloyd Bardell on 09/12/2014 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Veteran Suicides in Tennessee Increased in 2013

But the VA does not practice the following. As I have said, the VA acts as if it is an Insurance Company and not in the interest of the Veteran - Law 38C.F.R.3.4 (a) Disability compensation. (1) Basic entitlement for a veteran exists if the veteran is disabled as the result of a personal injury or
disease (including aggravation of a condition existing prior to service)
while in active service if the injury or the disease was incurred or
aggravated in line of duty.

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Posted by Lloyd Bardell on 09/12/2014 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Veteran Suicides in Tennessee Increased in 2013

The Bureaucracy creates violence through a long and sustained system of deceit and abuse of the veteran. This results in suicides, homicides, homelessness, and just a general sense of malaise. Then, when someone does go on a rampage - everyone is suddenly a shocked innocent. The amount of social violence committed by institutions is enormous and the VA is probably the worst example or this pernicious diseased erosion of the public faith.

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Posted by Lloyd Bardell on 09/12/2014 at 4:43 PM

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