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news & opinion with no titillating non-news from the major non-news channels.


I am: progressive, not a wild-eyed Progressive; liberal, but shun liberals and Liberals; conservative, but some Conservatives worry me; absolutely NOT a libertarian. I am: an idealist, but no utopian; a pragmatist, but no Machiavellian. I am a realist who dreams.


I welcome all opinions.

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Debate on War on Terror:
Seen on BookTV

Two interesting books were exhibited by BookTV over the July 30/31 weekend.

Ken Timmerman discusses about his book, Countdown to Crisis: The Coming Nuclear Showdown with Iran. Mr. Timmerman comes off as a rather intense, dogmatic, self-promoting, don't-you-get-it-cuz-it-is-all-so-simple crusader. But by the end of the talk, I am a bit more concerned (scared) about a nuclear Iran than I was before.

And I was already very concerned...

Timothy Naftali goes into the history of American counterterrorism with his book, Blind Spot: The Secret History of American Counterterrorism, an overview of the ups and downs of American counterterrorism pulled by the convergent polarities of security and civil liberties and the consequence of counterterrorism effectiveness.

Both go on my must-have book list....

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Daniel Schorr:
the unbiased liberal NPR Senior News Analyst

Heard on NPR (All Things Considered) the Saturday after 7/7 (ok, that was ancient history in blog time, but gimme a break, I'm just getting my feet wet after a long dry spell):

Daniel Schorr: "Tony Blair, the British Prime Minister, has paid a heavy price for his stalwart backing of his friend, George Bush."

The British aren't allies in the War on Terror because Tony Blair is Bush's trained dog. Give the man, and the British nation, a little credit. They are there because their Prime Minister sincerely believes the cause is just and the fight is noble.

I guess since Mr. Schorr can't equate nobility and valor and honor with warrior values, he has to make up something.

Now, I think that Thompson's attack and purge on NPR of liberal bias is a little whacked, but it makes you wonder when Daniel Schorr is a Senior News Analyst for NPR...

- from my posting on Port McClellan ref: Three Cheers for the Prime Ministers (Followed By Some Brief Exposure for the Lunatic Fringe) - July 21