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No evidence of WMDs found in Iraq....so, what's the difference?

With our credibility regarding WMDs "basically at nil" across the globe, apparently North Korea can now play us like a fiddle......

excerpt from current AP story.....

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A resolution is possible if the two adversaries move toward a step-by-step process under which North Korea perhaps the most secretive country in the world allows unprecedented access to its most guarded sites, and the United States and its allies provide sweeping security assurances and economic aid.

Pyongyang might pursue two tracks: offer to freeze activities at its plutonium-based site at Yongbyon in exchange for concessions, and persist in denying or downplaying claims it has a program based on uranium enrichment. It could also attack the credibility of U.S. intelligence following the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

North Korea might feel emboldened by reports that China, a traditional ally of Pyongyang that is wary of U.S. influence in Asia, has not accepted the U.S. contention that the North has a uranium-based weapons program.
However, China wants the Korean Peninsula to be free of nuclear weapons and could pressure the North to curtail its belligerence.

Some security analysts believe the mystery will put pressure on the United States to be more explicit about what it knows....
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What, me worry?

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When you guys decide to quit playing in the minor leagues, we will be glad to have you in the political forum. :p

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BushCo. sidestepping and backing away again..... is he trying to lead or square dance?

Which of their words will they stand by as they enter into "politics season?" Get the feeling that this man will say fucking anything? They used to say about Bush "he's dumb, but he says what he means." Now what are they saying? It's hard to campaign on character when your reputation is in such awful disrepair......

BTW, the projection of the creation of 2.6 million jobs this year has been the party line all season, not just in Mankiw's report......

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday declined to publicly endorse its forecast predicting the average level of new jobs this year would rise by 2.6 million, prompting criticism from Democrats.

The job-growth forecast, published a week ago by the White House Council of Economic Advisers, showed signs of becoming an election-year liability for the administration after U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow and Commerce Secretary Donald Evans steered clear of endorsing the figure this week during a trip to the Pacific Northwest.

"I think we are going to create a lot of jobs. How many I don't know, but we're going to keep working on it," Snow said.

White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan also sidestepped repeated questions from reporters on Wednesday to say whether the administration still stood by the jobs forecast that the administration sent to Congress on Feb. 9 in its Economic Report of the President.
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(this is just too easy....)

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Americans are gagging on the kool-aid. Bush credibility continues its freefall......

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NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Consumer confidence plunged last week, matching its steepest drop on record in more than 18 years of weekly polling by ABC News and Money magazine.

The ABC/Money Consumer Comfort Index, based on ratings of current economic conditions, lost seven points -- a single-week fall that's been matched just twice before, in January 2001 and February 1990. In each of those cases, recessions followed.

The drop erases gains made in December and January, pushing consumer confidence below its long-term average. And expectations have worsened as well: Pessimism about the economy's direction has jumped by 10 points to its highest level in five months.

The change is hardly good news for President Bush as it coincides with the height of the Democratic primary season in which the candidates have been sharply critical of Bush's economic performance.
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"Money" means Money Magazine -- hardly Mother Jones -- about as centrist a financial magazine as you could find, which means it's still to the right.....

I'm not making this stuff up.....

Bush's failing credibility is hurting the security and now the economy of the country.

"......So?......What's the difference?"

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12 points, is that a lot?

Kerry, 55%
Bush, 43%

new CNN poll (uh-oh)

Jes' keepin' it real.....

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Kerry is gonna peak to soon.

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".....So?.....What's the diff?"

See what happens when you cultivate a reputation of being opportunistic liars?

Remember where these people get their news from -- it ain't Radio Free America......

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Blast shows deep Iraqi mistrust of Americans

By Michael Georgy
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8:12 a.m. February 18, 2004
HILLA, Iraq Iraqis were probably asleep when two explosions hit a Polish-run military base, killing at least 11 people. But that didn't stop them from drawing the shocking conclusion that U.S. planes fired rockets at them.
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What does it tell you when the Iraqi street rejects the idea of the US as liberators and, instead, immediately thinks it's the US who is bombing them and not car-bombing terrorists?

Can someone say..........enormous and widening worldwide credibility gap?

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Interesting article & interview with 'retired' Lt Colonel of Republican bent who witnessed behind the scenes manouvering leading up to the Iraq war. Quits in disgust after 20 years loyal service due to so-called 'neocon coup' in the US govn't laying waste to the US constitution and democratic principles. Check it out:

http://www.laweekly.com/ink/04/13/news-cooper.php

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Could you only fucking puke? This is the capper!

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush's administration distorts scientific findings and seeks to manipulate experts' advice to avoid information that runs counter to its political beliefs, a private organization of scientists asserted on Wednesday.

The Union of Concerned Scientists contended in a report that "the scope and scale of the manipulation, suppression and misrepresentation of science by the Bush administration is unprecedented."

"We're not taking issue with administration policies. We're taking issue with the administration's distortion ... of the science related to some of its policies," said the group's president, Kurt Gottfried.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan said he had not seen the report but that the administration "makes decisions based on the best available science."

White House science adviser John Marburger said he found the report "somewhat disappointing ... because it makes some sweeping generalizations about policy in this administration that are based on a random selection of incidents and issues."

He added, "I don't think it makes the case for the sweeping accusations that it makes."

Marburger acknowledged that the complaint was signed by a wide assortment of prominent scientists, including Nobel Prize winners and recipients of the National Medal of Science.

That, he said, is "evidence we are not communicating with them as we should and I'll have to deal with that."

"We need to have a dialogue about what is actually happening, but this report does not do it," Marburger said.

F. Sherwood Rowland, a Nobel prize winner for his studies of ozone in the atmosphere, was particularly critical of the administration's approach to climate change.

He said the consensus of scientific opinion about global warming is being ignored and that government reports have been censored to remove views not in tune with Bush's politics.

The union's report came at the same time the National Academy of Science was releasing its own study that commends the administration's plan to study climate but also expresses concern that the research was underfunded and not being pursued vigorously enough.

Asked if they had seen any political interference in the climate program, Thomas E. Graedel of Yale University, chairman of the academy committee, said his group did not look for that. But, he added, he had not seen anything that would suggest the research plan had such political concerns.

A commission member, Anthony L. Janetos of the John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, noted that the climate program involves high level members of the administration.

That's a two-edged sword, Janetos said. It means scientists are dealing with people who can make decisions and provide resources, but it also creates a challenge in maintaining scientific credibility.

Among the examples cited in the union's report:

A 2003 report that the administration sought changes in an Environmental Protection Agency climate study, including deletion of a 1,000-year temperature record and removal of reference to a study that attributed some of global warming to human activity.

A delay in an EPA report on mercury pollution from some power plants.

A charge that the administration pressed the Centers for Disease Control to end a project called "Programs that Work," which found sex education programs that did not insist only on abstinence were still effective.
Bring me a bucket!

There apparently is no end to this administration's willingness to lie, to supress truth, and to replace qualified scientist watchdogs with "industry representatives."

Holy crap! What a distortion of the (...ahem...) marketplace of ideas. These people are completely full of shit. Help me Rhonda!

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Safer since the actions in Afghanistan and Iraq? Safer under the Bush doctrine?

Based on George Tenet's recent testimony in front of the Senate Committe on Intelligence, the Christian Science Monitor doesn't seem to think so....

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WASHINGTON Sure Al Qaeda has been weakened, but it has transformed itself into a collection of regional terror groups that operate more autonomously and may be even more dangerous. And although Saddam Hussein has been removed, Iraq is increasingly becoming a rallying point for terrorists.
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Damn all those leftists at the Christian Science Monitor!

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I alwas get gas when I use mustard...


Label on the reverb, inside 1973 Ampeg G-212: "Folded Line Reverberation Unit" Manufactured by beautiful girls in Milton WIS. under controlled atmosphere conditions.
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11 months huh, maybe mustard doesn't give you gas. i'd quit waitin around for it. i think if mustard was gonna make you fart, it would have happened long ago. just my thoughts.

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Not sure if this goes along with this thread but...

This is most likely the worst journalism in the world...ever

http://www.anncoulter.org/columns/2004/021104e.htm

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