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Cheney Sought to Alter Climate Discussion

Cheney Sought to Alter Climate Discussion – WSJ.com

In a letter dated July 6 in response to questions from the chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.), Mr. Burnett said Mr. Cheney’s office and the White House Council on Environmental Quality “were seeking deletions” last fall to congressional testimony about climate change prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mr. Burnett said the latter office asked him “to work with CDC” to remove from the testimony “any discussion of the human health consequences of climate change.” [Emphasis mine – ed.]

The issue of whether greenhouse gases endanger public health or welfare is significant because a finding by the EPA that they do would require the agency to regulate them under the terms of the federal Clean Air Act, spurring new rules across a range of industries.


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Bush used phony patriotism to start war

The Russians call World War II “The Great Patriotic War.” The currentlongest of our wars could well be called the same thing. It is a warthat originated in the orgy of patriotism (“U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!”)that followed the attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon and hasbeen sustained by the patriotism of those who support it (“Our soldiersare defending American freedom”) and false promises of some latter-dayprophets (“We are winning the war in Iraq.”) It is likely to be revivedby the Iranian attack that the McCainites see as their main chance ofwinning the election.

Bush used phony patriotism to start war :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Andrew Greeley


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QUOTE OF THE DECADE?

“I must say, I’m a little envious. If I were slightly younger and not employed here, I think it would be a fantastic experience to be on the front lines of helping this young democracy succeed.

“It must be exciting for you … in some ways romantic, in some ways, you know, confronting danger. You’re really making history, and thanks.”

The Commander in Chief, George Walker (Little George) Bush, speaking to troops in Afghanistan

Well, I suppose it’s understandable that he would feel that way. After all, he was cheated of his chance to experience Vietnam by his duty to go be a “fighter pilot” in the Texas Air Force, or whatever it was, flying obsolete jets and helping politicians in his spare time. I understand he actually accumulated more than 200 hours of flying time! Just gritted his teeth and did his duty, like Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rove. Whattaguy!

Are you Republicans feeling the love? Still glad your guy got in? Tell the truth, now.