No wonder we can’t find Bin Laden

Many of you probably never had the chance to read one of the dKos diaries I wrote when I was relying on an expectation of anonymity and was not adhering to any defensible journalistic standards. I won’t be able to write too many ‘Octopus’ stories (like the one below) anymore, because it doesn’t fit with the purpose of the site. But I figured I’d give y’all a chance to read one, written in the old style.

This was originally posted at dKos, on January 21st, 2005.

Let bin Laden Stay Free, Says Ex-Number Three. CIA Man Warns Capturing Most Wanted Terrorist Could Trigger New Wave of Terror Attacks

Posted: January 9, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern

Three years after the attack on New York’s World Trade Center, the manhunt for Osama bin Laden has failed to produce the world’s most wanted terrorist, and, according to the former No. 3 man at the CIA, that’s just fine.

Former Central Intelligence Agency executive, A.B. “Buzzy” Krongard, has told the London Times that letting the al-Qaida leader run free may actually make the world a safer place.

“You can make the argument that we’re better off with him (at large),” Krongard said. “Because if something happens to bin Laden, you might find a lot of people vying for his position and demonstrating how macho they are by unleashing a stream of terror.”

Krongard, former head of Alex. Brown & Co., a Baltimore-based investment bank, came to the CIA in 1998 as then Director George Tenet’s counsel. He was appointed executive director of the CIA in March 2001 by President Bush.”

Wife of Sailor Battles U.S. Over Abortion

A couple years ago, a young Navy wife in the Navy port of Everett, WA was carrying a baby that was found to have almost NO brain.  She pled with a federal court to get the government to pay for her abortion, and she won.

Now, two years later, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the feds are still fighting her and want their money back!

[T]he federal government continues to fight her, trying to get the woman and her sailor husband to pay back the $3,000 the procedure cost and trying to cast in stone a ban on government-funded abortions. …

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Canadians Resent American Fears About Their Beef?

Bush, Vicente Fox, and Paul Martin met today in Waco, Texas. They talked about economic issues and immigration policy. But near the end of the New York Times coverage, I ran across this:

Prime Minister Martin alluded pointedly to Canadian resentment of American fears over mad cow disease north of the border, fears that he has said are unfounded.

“We look forward to the day in the future when, notwithstanding all of the lobbying, all the legal challenges, all of North America is open to our safe and high-quality beef,” he said.
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Now, a few questions:

Are Americans really afraid of Canadian beef?
Do we even have any idea when the beef we’re eating might be Canadian?
Why shouldn’t we be worried about Mad Cow disease?
And are Canadians really resentful of American skepticism?

Is this sloppy reporting, or have I missed a source of serious international tension?

Easy Civil Disobedience — Make Your Kids Do It

cross-posted from my kos diary, but BooMan’s been on the hunt for diaries, so here goes!

Gabriel Keys (foreground) is arrested by police officers for trespassing in Pinellas Park, Florida, March 23, 2005. The young protester attempted to take a glass of water into the Woodside Hospice for the brain-damaged Terri Schiavo. A federal judge rejected a request from the parents of Schiavo to order her feeding tube reinserted, dealing a blow to attempts by the U.S. Congress and the White House to prolong her life. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

I saw this picture on Yahoo.  The word disgusted doesn’t quite do justice to how I feel about this.  Many of us have been involved in some sort of civil disobedience at some point in our lives, myself included.  I have never seen, at any protest, a parent put their child forward to be arrested.  There is no excuse for this.  I’m assuming there was some point trying to be made here, but excuse me if I missed it.  Sorry, but allowing your child to get arrested to prove your own political points is kinda shitty.  

Perhaps the Florida Dept. of Children and Families could look into this kid’s parents once they’re done harrassing Mr. Schiavo?

Haida Nation Battles Weyerhaueser with Blockades

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us“Guujaaw, leader of the Haida Nation, stands in an old-growth stand on Graham Island in the Queen Charlottes. ‘Maybe a hundred years ago,’ he says, ‘a Haida man looked into the heart of this tree to determine its quality for a canoe.'”
Paul Joseph Brown
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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Xaaydaa Hlk’iiyan K’aaws Kyaang.aay Laa
(People who look after the Forest)

(haidanation.ca)

The peoples of the Haida Nation, who’ve inhabited British Columbia’s Queen Charlotte Islands for at least 9,000 years, have completely blocked access for logging operations.  The natives have:

  • blocked roads to logging camps
  • tied up barge traffic and
  • forced the shut down of the Ministry of Forests office

Haida spokesperson Gilbert Parnell says they want to stop logging in environmentally sensitive areas.

 And he says they want to stop the sale of Weyerhaeuser’s operations to Brascan until those concerns are dealt with. …

Protesters may shut down all logging

If the government doesn’t budge, Lore said there is widespread support amongst the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities for a complete shutdown of all logging on the islands by the weekend.  (CBC News

::: Below the fold, a photo essay about the Charlotte Islands, the Haida people, and how they live :::

Are You A Man or a Woman?

I am hoping to have gender equity on the front page here at BooTrib. I think it is important that women have a bigger voice in politics, and that ain’t happening in the Senate.

I saw in the dKos advertising page that he did a poll at some point on the gender of his users. This is what is posted as the result:

Male 74.3% 695

Female 25.7% 240

Total Respondents 935

I am wondering whether we have a more balanced crew. I have my hunches, but please take the poll (hit comments).