“You’re not foolin’ anyone, you know.”

Impossible to say whether this is legitimate or not, but Aimee Deep reports: “For about the last 48 hours, I’ve been picking up chatter on the Net. The messages say BIN LADEN IS DEAD. Sure, there have been rumors before, but I know this is the real thing…” She also points to at least one […]

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I’ll take “Smoking Guns” for $1000, Please

This should be extremely interesting: Saddam Hussein Trained Al Qaeda Fighters – Report LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s promised dossier on Iraq is to reveal that Saddam Hussein trained some of Osama bin Laden’s key lieutenants, The Sunday Telegraph reported. The dossier is also expected to disclose that the Iraqi leader has […]

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Now Open: TTLB Iraq Discussion Forum

I noticed that the comments page of my post on arguments against taking action on Iraq was exploding last night. So, it occurred to me that perhaps it would be useful to have a more well-organized forum for folks to discuss and debate these issues. Something like… well, a forum. So, here it is. I […]

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D.D. Harriman, Call Your Office!

CNN reports that the U.S. government has granted permission for the first commercial flight to the moon. The company involved is TransOrbital Inc., whose website says: “TransOrbital Inc. is a private company dedicated to the commercial development of space. We are on track to be the first commercial mission to the moon and currently have […]

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The Inactivists Guide

Greetings, fellow inactivists! Recently, there has been much talk of taking action in the world. Specifically, American action. As I know we’ll all agree, American action is bad, bad, bad, and must be opposed at all opportunities. But what if the arguments for action are truly compelling? Fear not. I’ve provided below a primer on […]

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Trouble in Florida

Terror alert issued on Florida highway MIAMI, Florida (CNN) — Authorities closed a 20-mile stretch of “Alligator Alley,” south Florida’s primary cross-state connector, and detonated a package early Friday after stopping three suspects who they believe may have been plotting a terror attack in Miami. The relevant questions to ask here are: 1) Why close […]

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TTLB Predicts: Democrats “Work To Rule” on Iraq Debate

Brief thought to get in my “you-heard-it-hear-first” claim. At long last, the Democrats have finally decided on their approach to the war question — at least for now. And they’ve decided they are going to have a work-to-rule strike. There’s news floating around today that apparently, we haven’t had a formal intelligence review of Iraq’s […]

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Webcast of Bush’s address to the UN

Brief note: If you’re at work and want to see Bush’s address to the U.N. live, it appears that whitehouse.gov is providing a webcast. Update: Watching now. Realvideo stream works great. And Bush is delivering an excellent speech. Very matter of fact; basically a thorough walkthrough of all the U.N. resolutions and pledges that Saddam […]

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Voice of Reason?

Former crown prince of Jordan, Prince Hassan bin Talal, writing in he London-based Arabic daily, Al-Hayat, on the modern Islamic state: “Long before the discovery of the New World, Islamic civilization was the world’s melting pot. Before the emergence of the nation-state, the Islamic world was a refuge for those escaping from religious and intellectual […]

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Looking Forward

“There is a line in our time, and in every time, between those who believe that all men are created equal and those who believe that some men and women and children are expendable in the pursuit of power. There is a line in our time and in every time between the defenders of human […]

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The Turning Point

Note: I will be continuing to post during the day today, but new entries will appear below this one, not at the top of the page as normal. One year ago today the world changed not at all, but our comfortable perception of it shattered forever. And now, those of us who survived — who […]

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Voices VI

Martin Devon: “Looking at the next 250 years I can see only one way out. We actually need world peace. We can no longer tolerate tyranny. It is a matter of survival. Only when all the countries of the world bar their gates to pirates can we achieve a measure of security.” Jim Schwab: “I’ve […]

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Today’s Top Story

Not to bite the hand that has fed me, but based on their choice of a lead story today, I am forced to conclude that the editors of Salon believe that the most important thing to be speaking about on this day is the threat John Ashcroft poses to civil liberties. I find this odd.

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Voices V

Lair Simon: “Ezekiel 25:17 – We are the righteous men, the shepherds. The House of Saud demonstrates themselves to be evil men. The oppressed people of the world looking to us for freedom are the weak, the lost children. And those that that attempted to poison and destroy our brothers, well, we’ve laid a lot […]

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Voices IV

Meryl Yourish (via a perfect morning): “The overwhelming refrain I’ve heard, from literally everyone I’ve spoken to about 9/11: It doesn’t matter what is asked of us. We will do whatever it takes to end this threat. We want to be left in peace. Take these cancers out of our world and let’s move forward.” […]

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Voices, Part III

Cato The Youngest: “On September 11, 2001, four hijackers siezed United Airlines Flight 93 and turned it in the direction of Washington, D.C…Only God knows where the hijackers would have directed their attack, or how many more innocent lives would have been lost. Only God knows what national icon would have been destroyed. Only God […]

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Voices, Part II

Dean, Just Cuz: “[W]e must not forget those who died early in this conflict. Our soldiers in Mogadishu, our sailors on the USS Cole, our embassy staff in Africa, and the victims of the first WTC attack. If we had responded more appropriately to these attacks on our nation and our sovereignty, their deaths would […]

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In other news…

Wasn’t planning to break off topic today, but take a look at this: Sep. 11, 2002 ARAFAT’S CABINET FORCED TO RESIGN By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Ramallah In a major blow to Yasser Arafat, his 21-member cabinet was forced to resign Wednesday to avoid being ousted by parliament in a vote of no-confidence. The showdown between […]

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Voices in the Wilderness

Good morning all. It’s that day. Yes, I have a piece with my thoughts coming. It’s not quite there yet… but soon. Stay tuned. I am filled with a complete lack of interest in viewing the day’s events on television. I fear the overpackaged, airbrushed and “appropriate” remembrences that I’m sure will overwhelm the normally […]

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