Monthly Archives: August 2007

US Military Network Bans ThinkProgress.org

Of course Fox News and National Review are still getting through the Baghdad firewall:

Recently, an avid ThinkProgress reader — a U.S. soldier serving his second tour in Iraq — wrote to us and said that he can no longer access ThinkProgress.org. The ban began sometime shortly after Aug. 22, when Ret. Maj. Gen. John Batiste was our guest blogger on ThinkProgress. He posted an op-ed that was strongly critical of the President’s policies and advocated a “responsible and deliberate redeployment from Iraq.”

Marine in Haditha ‘Ordered to Kill Women and Children’

This is terrible:

“I told him there were women and kids inside there. He said ‘Well, shoot them,”’ Lance-Cpl Mendoza told prosecutor Lieutenant Colonel Sean Sullivan. “And what did you say to him?” Lt-Col Sullivan asked. “I said ‘But they’re just women and children.’ He didn’t say nothing.”

Pentagon to White House: “Here, George. Hold This.”

From DailyKos:

“The professional military guys are going to the non-professional military guys and saying ‘Resolve this,'” said Jeffrey White, a military analyst for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “That’s what it sounds like.” White said it suggests that the military commanders want to be able to distance themselves from Iraq strategy by making it clear that whatever course is followed is the president’s decision, not what commanders agreed on.

Sir Ian McKellen Versus the Gideon Bible

He tears out that one special page:

In a profile by John Lahr, Ian McKellen, confesses that part of his agenda as an openly gay famous person is ripping the page with Leviticus 20:13 out of the Bible whenever his hotel room comes Scripture-equipped. “It’s the one thing I find difficult to defend but do go on doing,” confesses the distinguished Shakespearean actor…

Freefall Continues: Tony Snow Resigns

He’s going to spend more time fighting the cancer that is eating his soul – oh and his colon too:

Tony Snow, the highly visible White House press secretary, will leave his job on Sept. 14 and be replaced by his deputy, Dana Perino, an administration official said Friday. President Bush was to announce the changes during an appearance in the White House briefing room. Snow, ailing with cancer, had said recently he would leave before the end of Bush’s presidency because he needs to make more money.

Like with a book deal and a new radio show.