Two children, playing with Mr. & Miss Potato Head Dolls:

Boy, after stomping around and making much noise: Miss Potato Head, will be my wife?

Girl: Are you trying to impress me?

Boy: Yeah.

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Quotes from Francis Bacon’s essays

This is JennyAnyDots.

Pipsqueak and I are reading his essays for school. I’m finding them very interesting so far.
We have only read: Of Truth, Of Death, Of Unity in Religion, and Of Revenge.

From Of Truth:

” But it is not the lie that passeth through the mind, but the lie that sinketh in and settleth in it, that doth the hurt.”

” If it be will weighed, to say that man lieth, as that he is brave towards God and a coward toward men. For a lie faces God, and shrinks from man.”

From Of Death:

” It is the accompaniments of death that are frightful rather then death itself.”

” Revenge triumphs over death; love slights it; honour aspireth to it; grief flieth to it; and fear anticipates it.”

Of Unity in Religion:

” The fruits of unity (next unto the well pleasing of God, which is all in all) are two: the one toward those that are without the church, the other towards those that are whithin.”

” Christ’s coat had no seam, but the church’s vesture was of divers colours; whereupon let there be variety in the garment, but let there be no division.

“Of Revenge:

” This is certian, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.”

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Compassion Ought to Supercede Politics

But does it?

I remember when it was announced that Elizabeth Edwards, wife of Senator John Edwards, Kerry’s running mate, had breast cancer. Across the conservative side of the blogosphere (that portion of it that I read, anyway), I read nothing but warm and sympathetic wishes for her recovery. Privately I prayed for her recovery, and I know that the Common Room Scholars expressed sympathy for her and her family as well. I didn’t see anybody get ugly about it.

In fact, more than one conservative blogger excused Senator Edward’s sour and unpleasant concession speech on the grounds anyone might be forgiven for almost anything if he’d recently learned of his wife’s breast cancer.

So it was a little jarring to read Michelle Malkin about the DU reaction to Laura Ingraham’s breast cancer.

Laura Ingraham is apparently, she’s a conservative talk radio hostess, although I don’t know if I’ve ever heard her.

The DU stands for the Democratic Underground, and it seems to be sort of the leftist counterpart to the rightist Free Republic. I’ve been to each of those websites approximately twice, and I don’t think I’ve ever posted on either. The DU is definitely not suitable for youths and maidens of tender age.

Michelle says that DU posters are saying things like this about Laura Ingraham,

” She probably gave it to herself…”

“I don’t pray for Nazis or other Totalitarian Scum”

“I hope she goes into remission and [expletive deleted by the DHM] chokes to death.”

Mrs. Edwards posts to the DU from time to time, and to her credit, she attempted to encourage a more civil response, although sadly, in spite of all the well wishing she received from the conservative community, she also chose such an inappropriate time to talk about the supposed lack of compassion on the conservative side. Even more sadly, according to Michelle, the DU kids were back to spewing venom and death wishes shortly thereafter.

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Did they or didn’t they?

In the end, we may never know, but today an article in the Washington Times reports:

The CIA’s chief weapons inspector [Charles Duelfer] said he cannot rule out the possibility that Iraqi weapons of mass destruction were secretly shipped to Syria before the March 2003 invasion, citing “sufficiently credible” evidence that WMDs may have been moved there.

Maybe they did:

“…on the question of Syria, Mr. Duelfer did not close the books. “ISG was unable to complete its investigation and is unable to rule out the possibility that WMD was evacuated to Syria before the war,” Mr. Duelfer said in a report posted on the CIA’s Web site Monday night.
He cited some evidence of a transfer. “Whether Syria received military items from Iraq for safekeeping or other reasons has yet to be determined,” he said. “There was evidence of a discussion of possible WMD collaboration initiated by a Syrian security officer, and ISG received information about movement of material out of Iraq, including the possibility that WMD was involved. In the judgment of the working group, these reports were sufficiently credible to merit further investigation.”

And maybe they didn’t:

“Arguing against a WMD transfer to Syria, Mr. Duelfer said, was the fact that all senior Iraqi detainees involved in Saddam’s weapons programs and security “uniformly denied any knowledge of residual WMD that could have been secreted to Syria.”

But maybe they did,

“Nevertheless,” the inspector said, “given the insular and compartmented nature of the regime, ISG analysts believed there was enough evidence to merit further investigation.”

Maybe they did, but it wasn’t official:

“He said that even if all leads are pursued someday, the ISG may never be able to finally determine whether WMDs were taken across the border. “Based on the evidence available at present, ISG judged that it was unlikely that an official transfer of WMD material from Iraq to Syria took place,” his report stated. “However, ISG was unable to rule out unofficial movement of limited WMD-related materials.”

Is a picture worth a thousand words?

“Speculation on WMDs in Syria was fueled by the fact that satellite images picked up long lines of trucks waiting to cross the border into Syria before the coalition launched the invasion. Mr. Duelfer previously had reported that Syria was a major conduit for materials entering Iraq that were banned by the United Nations.”

Perhaps only the Shadow knows.

” Saddam placed such importance on illicit trade with Syria that he dispatched Iraqi Intelligence Service agents to various border crossings to supervise border agents, and, in some cases, to shoo them away, senior officials told The Washington Times last year.”

Some people think they know:

“…Several senior U.S. officials have said since the invasion that they thought WMD went to Syria.”

Other people say they’re wrong:

Iraq Survey Group head Charles Duelfer said Iraq’s nuclear capability had decayed not grown since the 1991 war.

That’s the same Charles Duelfer quoted at the top of this post as citing credible evidence indicating he “cannot rule out the possibility that Iraqi weapons of mass destruction were secretly shipped to Syria before the March 2003 invasion…”

So some say yes, others say no, and I’m inclined to agree with them.

Update: The Captain already blogged on this, and he’s always worth reading. Says Captain Ed,

“Duelfer and his team did not stop because the WMD didn’t exist; they stopped because they had run out of time, resources, and jurisdiction. Duelfer recommends further investigation, a clear indication that he believes the question remains open on WMD transfers to Syria, a recommendation that CNN and other media sources predictably leaves out of their reports.”

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Political Sleight of Hand?

From Lucianne:

Senators Byron Dorgan, John Kerry and Richard Durbin pulled a fast one last week on their congressional colleagues. They tried to bury forever documents alleging that senior government officials tried to transform portions of the IRS and the Justice Department into a goon squad for attacking political enemies and aiding political friends.

Original article here, complete with phone numbers of people to call if you are so inclined.

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