Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Politicizing Science, Romney, and Middle East

Life is too short to spend on a constant bitch fest howling about the terrible state of affairs, but I am compelled to rant.

Let’s start with Tom Davis, R-Virginia, member of Congress’s Oversight and Government Reform Committee, who has suggested that "the politicization of global warming has become politicized."

Oh really? I will spare the reader pages and pages of solid, bulletproof data illustrating the blatant meddling, distortion, and suppression of scientific research pointing loud and clear to what might very well extinguish the future of our species.

My daughter and I watched Gore’s movie with Congresswoman Giffords. We both voted for her, and I have a request. Would she please, after translating into appropriate Washington speak, tell Rep. Davis to pound salt with the side of his skull? Please join Barack Obama, Al Gore, and her peers to do everything possible to start substantive action on this issue yesterday.

Global Warming can’t wait.

I suppose the remarks on Romney aren't really ranting, but the spotlights on Romney have barely begun to glow, and a preview of coming attractions is already surfacing. The religious right will crucify this guy. The beliefs of Smith and Young are well documented, and they fly in the face of real Christianity.

The entire Judeo-Christian Abrahamic spiritual edifice stands deeply rooted to its core on the notion of ONE supreme God, monotheism. My question for Mitt, "Are Joseph Smith and Brigham Young NOW equal to God?" If not, why not? Mormon beliefs say they are. If they are like God now, what is the distinction?

Now to really rant. The Bush Administration is ramping up its rhetoric about Iran. They accuse Iran of being a "destabilizing force" in the Middle East. What pray tell, are we?

In the news, we have Navy Adm. William Fallon, Bush's nominee to head the U.S. Central Command, telling the Senate at his confirmation hearing that "the time for finding solutions in Iraq was running out."

"What we have been doing has not been working," Fallon said. "We have got to be doing, it seems to me, something different." He did not say what might change under his command.

Well, that’s just great.

In the meantime, the State Inspector General’s Quarterly Report found that 70% of the bazillion dollar Iraq rebuilding projects were in compliance. In other words, 30% were not in compliance.

U.S. Army Capt. Luis Carlos Montalvan of the 11th Infantry Regiment asserts that corruption among Iraqi security forces threatens to undermine Iraq's future. Montalvan described two kinds of corruption: commanders benefiting from "ghost" soldiers on payrolls, and rampant oil smuggling. He didn’t bother to mention the millions squandered by Iraqi security forces to build luxury camps that sit vacant including fancy swimming pools while many Iraqis still lack simple sewage.

He also didn’t mention that the U.S. military can't account for thousands of weapons purchased to arm some 325,500 Iraqi security forces.

Special Inspector General Stuart Bowen said 2006 was the worst year yet.
Conditions in Iraq are infinitely worse than they were before we invaded. The world is far more dangerous. We are less safe, less secure, our debt is staggering, our military is being butchered, the planet is cooking. A bunch of Sunnis are being surrounded by a bunch of Shias, who (hello?) are surrounded by one hell of a lot more Sunnis. Israel has got to be shaking its head on surviving the whole fiasco, "How the F?"

But, hey, last I heard, Bush is planning to tell us that the economy is swell. Halliburton and Exxon are having a marvelous time. Exxon just reported the largest profits in this history of the planet. Bush and Cheney, indeed, serve their masters well.

Bush has said he intends to push ahead with his plan to send an additional 21,500 U.S. troops to Iraq, regardless of any resolution the Senate may pass. "I would suggest respectfully to the president that he is not the sole decider," Sen. Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, said during a hearing on Congress' war powers. "The decider is a shared and joint responsibility."

You mean, like a democracy?


Blogger Beltway Progressive said...

Waxman's hearing Tuesday revealed no surprises when witnesses testified that the administration suppressed scientific information about climate change. After all, under Tom Davis's watch, Waxman had pushed for hearings on the administration's refusal to allow government scientists to reveal information about climate change, Plan B, abortion and breast cancer, the cost of its Medicare reform, and air and water quality after 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, but Tom Davis refused Waxman's request in 2005 to hold hearings on the politicization of science, and refused to meet with whistleblowers.

At this week's hearing, Davis defended the administration's suppression of science saying, "the issue of politicizing science has itself become politicized."
"The mere convergence of politics and science does not itself denote interference," said Davis.

He's an excellent RNC Exec Committee talking head. Or maybe it's all those "nickles" he took from oil companies talking.

1/31/2007 8:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exxon is offering cash to scientists willing to publish research against the evidence of global warming.

Think about that.

2/04/2007 9:39 PM  

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