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Perjury, Obstruction of Justice
Saturday, July 23, 2005 - 9:15pm cst:

Today's LA Times has the scoop.

I have to admit, I'm surprised at the intensity of the reporting on Karl Rove and the Plame affair. After years of watching the American news media roll over and play dead for the most corrupt Presidency in American history, the reporters are acutally doing thier job.

It's about damn time.

Once again, if you have any questions, ask Karl Rove at the White House: (202) 456-2369.


Bush Attempts Abu Graib and Gitmo Coverup
Friday, July 22, 2005 - 11:55pm cst:

The White House is scrambling to prevent any serious investigation into the rape, torture, and abuses at Guantanamo Bay and prisons around the world, including the infamous Abu Graib. Here yet are more terrible crimes committed by the Bush Administration. Hunter at Kos has the scoop. As always, pass it on.


The RoveGate Scandal Primer
Friday, July 22, 2005 - 11:45pm cst:

Have you been fully paying attention to the growing RoveGate scandal? You better. Thank goodness for the terrific writing on the weblogs and, surprisingly, the major newspapers. Here's a short primer to bring yourself up to date.

As always, Daily Kos is essential. Here's a detailed recap of where things stand over the past few days.

After that, read Lawrence O'Donnel's latest article at The Huffington Post. Read all of his columns.

The Independent UK offers their brand of English cynicism to the table, remind us that, in the end, it's all reall about Iraq.

John Dead offers an analysis, suggesting Rove may face charges of Conspiracy.

The Washington Post's front-page article in Saturday's paper. And here's Dan Froomkin's piece in Friday's Post. Thursday's front-page story discusses the State Dept. memo, labelled "Secret," at the center of the storm (the memo may actually be "top secret," according to Friday's Wall Street Journal and MSNBC's Keith Olberman.

An AP story on Friday covering hearings attended by former US intelligence officers.

Eleven former intelligence officers criticized GOP talking points on the Plame affair in a letter to Congress. Johsua Micah Marshall has the full letter (Acrobat file).

Friday's New York Times has a great article on the scandal; another must-read.

As I wrote, this is just a primer, a small sampling of the past few days' developments. If you have friends or family who need to be persuaded of the facts of the case, or if you've just been too busy this week, dig in and start reading.


Above Average Presence
Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 1:30pm cst:

I often check my site's progress at marketleap, an excellent website that offers free link popularity and search enginge stats. It's a great resource. This week, danielthomas.org finally broke through into the "Above Average Presence" category, with over 5,000 external links tracked through the major search engines.

I'm really not fond of boasting or tooting my own horn, but it's really great news and shows how this site continues to grow, and I wanted to share that. The next category is "Contender," at 20,000 external links. The long slog forward continues.


Listen to 'The Dalek Song'
Wednesday, July 20, 2005 - 6:15pm cst:

Found this little tune at yakyak.org, the message board on Jeff Minter's (Tempest 2000) website. Everybody sing along with the Daleks! Truck.


Beam Me Up, Scotty
Wednesday, July 20, 2005 - 1:15pm cst:

James Doohan, aka "Scotty" on Star Trek, has just died.


Site and Ghibli Ramblings
Saturday, July 16, 2005 - 1:30am cst:

Just a couple quick notes for everyone. First, the traffic to this site is terrific, never been better. I've been averaging almost 7000 hits per day in July, with three days this week topping 8,000. This is double the numbers from May, and the numbers of Sites and Visitors reflect this as well.

So to everyone, thanks for visiting danielthomas.org, sending me emails, and stealing all my photos and artwork. Now if I can just get the kids at fark.com to link to my site again (they generated almost 17,000 hits in one day), we'll really be cookin'.

Second, I'm supposed to be finally writing that Howl's Moving Castle review this weekend. For some reason, I've struggled to find the words to finish it since the US theatrical, ahem, "release" six weeks ago. But David Neiwart is going to write his impressions of the movie at his Orcinus blog, which means I have to get mine finished (I also sent him and his family a pile of Ghibli DVD's and videos that aren't available in the US).

Third, take a moment to give the raspberries to Disney, who once again sat on a Miyazaki film and refused to give Howl's more than a token release. Week one: 36 screens. Week two: 202 screens. And that, friends, was it. The best movie you'll never get to see, thanks to the stiffs at Disney. And Hollywood wonders why attendence is the lowest in 20 years.

Our only consolation is knowing that Pixar will soon be leaving when their contract expires, and don't think for a minute that Disney's treatment has been received as anything less than a slap in the face; Pixar was responsible for Howl's superb American dub, which I'd say is 95% as good as the original Japanese soundtrack. This is how they were rewarded.

Finally, America Blog is the best place to go to stay up-to-date on Karl Rove and Traitor-Gate. Kos and TPM have some great posts, too; I'll try to add my two cents in whenever I'm not working this weekend. The ghetto bank beckons.


Let's Call Karl Rove
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 - 11:00am cst:

Do you have questions for Karl Rove, about his role in Valerie Plame? Here's his number at the White House.



Three New Advance Wars Custom Maps
Saturday, July 10, 2005 - 11:35pm cst:

Just finished the three newest Custom Maps for Advance Wars 2: Gauntlet Lives, Sunburst, and Twin City War. All three are for 2 players, and feature the great competitive gameplay that you've come to expect from me. Enjoy.


"I Think That Works to Our Advantage"
Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 3:35pm cst:

Fox News' assessment of the London terror bombings. The cynic in me would say this has always been the Right's attitude towards terrorism since 9/11.

Yeah, who cares about African poverty or global warming, anyway? You don't need to know that Karl Rove outed an undercover CIA spy for political payback. Move along.


London Struck by Terrorist Bombings
Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 3:00pm cst:

This morning, six bombs exploded around London, killing at least 37 and injuring as many as 1,000. The bombings coincide with the start of the G8 summit in Scotland. While the persons responsible and their motives are currently unclear, a European group has claimed responsibility in the name of Al Qaeda.

As always, our thoughts and prayers go to everyone in the UK.

I think it's time to start demanding some answers from Tony Blair and George Bush. Why, when you had Osama Bin Laden cornered in the mountains of Tora Bora, did you suddenly let him walk away, along with his top aides and Taliban leaders?

Mr. Bush, when the nation's airplanes were grounded in the days following the September 11 attacks, why did you arrange for members of the Bin Laden family to be flown out of the country, without even being questioned by the FBI?

Mr. Bush, you once claimed you wanted Bin Laden "dead or alive," then you later said you don't think about him that much; you're "just not that concerned about him." What's your explanation?

CIA Director Porter Goss claimed in Time Magazine that he has a very good idea of where Bin Laden is. Here's a question: why don't you get him?!

Why is it that the Coast Guard is falling apart, with ships that date back 50 years? Shouldn't protecting America's ports be a priority? Shouldn't incoming ships be inspected?

And, finally, why are we really in Iraq? What is it, really? Mr. Bush and Mr. Blair, you both lied about this war. You took your eyes away from the bad buys - Bin Laden and Al Qaeda - in order to invade an unarmed Muslim country; a nation without WMD's, without ties to international terrorism, without any connection to 9/11.

Every justification given for the war has been a lie, a terrible fraud propped upon America and the world. And today's terrible bombings in London only show how utterly absurd this "flypaper strategy" has become. It insults our intelligence.

And the Republicans still can't be bothered to give our soldiers proper body armor, armored vehicles or even an exit strategy. They could suddenly whip themselves in a frenzy over Terri Shiavo. We hear all this empty rhetoric about "supporting the troops," but it's all just that: empty rhetoric.

Instead, the White House promotes those who advocate tearing up the Geneva Conventions, promoting and justifying rape and torture in Guantanamo, Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world. And Mr. Blair looks the other way, in the hopes that his loyalty will be rewarded at the G8 summit. Another pipe dream.

And, once again, we the people are paying the price.


Time For the Pro-War Crowd to Enlist
Wednesday, July 6, 2005 - 5:30pm cst:

Atrios today posts a link to a, sigh, right-wing weblog throwing a fit for being asked to actually enlist and fight the Iraqi war they so fiercely claim to support. Here's a link if you want to visit, although you'll likely end up shaking your head and wondering what's happened to parenting in America.


Okay, children. I'm taking away your alcohol. You obviously cannot handle the liquor. Maybe when you've grown up you can handle the responsibility.

And since the fact seems lost on you kids, I'll repeat it very slowly. If you're gung-ho for the Iraq war, then get off your ass and fight it. The military is seriously undermanned, is failing to reach its recruitment goals, and is suffering on the ground as a result. We need soldiers. You want to puff out your chests and get all drunk and violent about everything, then fine. Suit up and start playing.

This is the catch, isn't it? The most macho, dude-I'm-gonna-kick-yer-ass children are the least willing to actually fight the damn war. What am I and others left to conclude, other than this is a sham? You don't buy into any of this. You're not willing to sacrifice anything, while our friends and family are risking their lives.

But, uh, you....uh, hate America...or somethin'.

Of course, what do I know? I wrote a scating review of "Boondock Saints" on my website. Obviously I must love suicide bombers.

So no more booze for you. It's just not working out.

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