Monthly Archives: August 2007

US Military Network Bans

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 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.

The World Without Us

An upcoming book, The World Without Us, charts the development of Earth’s ecology in the face of human extinction:

Drawing on the expertise of engineers, atmospheric scientists, art conservators, zoologists, oil refiners, marine biologists, astrophysicists, religious leaders from rabbis to the Dalai Lama, and paleontologists – who describe a pre-human world inhabited by megafauna like giant sloths that stood taller than mammoths – Weisman illustrates what the planet might be like today, if not for us. (diagram and timeline)

Anybody remember a book back in the 1980s called Afterman? It looked at possible evolutionary paths for animals after humans disappear. This reminds me of that.

Iran War Prep Begins Tuesday

Justin at points us to the timeline for beginning the marketing roll-out for a war with Iran:

They [the source’s institution] have “instructions” (yes, that was the word used) from the Office of the Vice-President to roll out a campaign for war with Iran in the week after Labor Day; it will be coordinated with the American Enterprise Institute, the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, Commentary, Fox, and the usual suspects. It will be heavy sustained assault on the airwaves, designed to knock public sentiment into a position from which a war can be maintained. Evidently they don’t think they’ll ever get majority support for this–they want something like 35-40 percent support, which in their book is “plenty.”

Presumably all of this timed to really kick into high-gear with the anniversary of September You-Know-What.

Iowa Judge Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban

And same-sex couples are lining up:

A Polk County judge has struck down Iowa’s law that bans gay marriage. Judge Robert B. Hanson ruled that couples cannot be denied licenses to marry or marriage certificates or “in any other way be prevented from entering into civil marriage pursuant to Iowa Code Chapter 595 by reason of the fact that both persons comprising such as a couple are of the same sex.” Six gay and lesbian couples went to court for the right to legally marry in Iowa. The couples had tried to apply for marriage licenses, but were refused because of the state law.