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Day April 22, 2008

The Kadish Affair: Here We Go Again

Here is what we know about Ben-Ami Kadish, today accused of espionage for the government of Israel: 1.According to the criminal complaint, he worked as a mechanical engineer at the Army’s Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center at the Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey from 1963 to 1990 and had a “Secret” security clearance for the whole of his tenure. 2.Lance A. Ashworth, a special agent with the FBI, is prepared to testify that in March 20, 2008, Mr. Kadish admitted that he allowed “CC-1,” an unnamed, uncharged co-conspirator, to make photocopies of classified documents that he brought to his home, including a document relating to nuclear weaponry, and documents relating to a modified version of the F-15 fighter jet that the United States had sold to “another foreign country” and a document concerning the Patriot missile air defense system. According to GlobalSecurity.org, three countries have purchased the F-15: Japan, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia. It’s fair to infer that Mr. Kadish provided information concerning the Saudis’ F-15 purchase. 3.”CC-1″ is not named in the complaint, but he is identified as an Israeli citizen who was employed by Israeli Aerospace Industries, an Israeli defense contractor, in the 1970s, and who […]

PA Open Thread

Now the spinning can be in earnest. What do you think? The NYT has it right now at 53.5% Clinton to 46.5% Obama. I suppose it will wind up somewhere near there. [UPDATE (by David): with 94% reporting, it's now looking like a 55-45 win for Hillary, beating my predicted margin of 4-8 points.] Personally, I want to thank everyone who wrote such excellent comments on my Meta of Pennsylvania piece. I have to say, many of the arguments of the Clinton supporters were compelling. If Senator Clinton wants to go all the way to Denver, that should be her call. I know that changing one’s position in any way is generally frowned upon in the blogosphere, and ask for your indulgence UPDATE: Clinton gives what seemed to me a dull speech. Typical boring politics: thanks so much, we’ll keep fighting, I’m here for the little guy. Obama’s speech actually discussed a few issues and took the fight to the Republicans: health care, Iraq, and John McCain. Meanwhile, the NYT, which endorsed her, called Clinton out on the petulant, spoiled baby style of campaigning she has adopted of late: The Pennsylvania campaign, which produced yet another inconclusive result on Tuesday, […]

No Earth Day on BMG?

I admit, I’m as guilty as anyone, individually. But collectively, I’m a bit embarassed for all of us that I haven’t seen an Earth Day post on BMG today.

Did I miss it? Well here’s my feeble but honest effort.

This is not about boasting. I’ve come waaaaay late to the party. I still haven’t seen the Al Gore movie. But I’m interested in getting some ideas from the rest of this group, which I know has been engaged longer than I.

Follow me beyond the fold and help me out.Please.

View my Obama :30 ad..

I submitted an ad to Moveon.org’s  ”Obama in :30 seconds contest”  & I invite you to view it! Headlines     (Note — turn up the volume before you watch, my audio was not ideal!) http://obamain30seconds.org/vo… And check out the many other great ads while you’re there! Happy Earth Day!  And, thank you! Carol  

The Latest Manufactured Controversy

In case you were wondering, the Right Wing has a new cause to push:  it combines Obama, Jesus, Google, Communism and Net Neutrality… and Homophobia.  It’s a doozy, and while the accusation may lack coherence and merit, when the Right Wing put that list of ingredients together, they felt sure it would rile the Republican base.

Erick Erickson at Redstate.org is pushing his readers to call the Senate Committee on Commerce Science & Transportation, to oppose Larry Lessig & Net Neutrality & Google on the trumped up charges that Google & Lessig hate Jesus and intellectual property rights and love communism.

As I said, it doesn’t make sense, but don’t be surprised if this manufactured controversy makes it beyond Right Blogistan into the national discourse.  In the extended text, there’s some links if you want to disentangle this manufactured controversy.

The Meta of Pennsylvania

I’ve already taken two tabs of Dramamine, and am doing by best to concentrate on a far horizon, avoid the back seat, and get plenty of fresh air. A spin cycle of historic dimensions is about to be unleashed. Let’s jump in. Here is my take. Unless Senator Clinton wins Pennsylvania by 20 points or more she will have no valid claim to the nomination. Obama will have won more delegates, more states, and more votes. He should be the nominee. Continued campaigning by Clinton will be about influence, settling scores, and keeping her staff employed. It will not be about the nomination. In practice, donations will dry up, she will run out of money, and that will be that (unless she wants to spend some more of that $109 million). The crucial mistake Clinton made is that she ran a traditional campaign. She relied on conflicted consultants like Mark Penn, big-money donors, and the us-versus-them (bad, hateful Republicans) rubric that characterized the politics of the waning years of the Clinton Presidency (not to mention the entire Bush Jr. administration). That has worked pretty well in the past all things considered (after all, W. J. was acquitted by the Senate). […]

Comments No Place for Legitimate Journalism

Check out the comments following today’s Herald story of the WHDH TV General Manager getting arrested at the airport. I’m routing for the GM but as the facts come out it could go either way. But that’s not the point. The point is the needless classless bullshit called “comments” that the Boston Herald web site adds to the story. “Hey, let’s send in comments about the person’s appearance and such. That’s even better when the story is about a woman. It hurts more. You won’t believe what you can say. And nobody knows who you are” Real nice for a newspaper.   This junk belongs on blog, with the name EB3 in there somewhere.

Information hard to come by in the case of A.T.

[Filed on behalf of the Fernald League for the Retarded, Inc.]

For some time, I've wanted to write a post with updated information on the case of a 91-year-old woman with mental retardation who was transferred by the Patrick administration out of the Fernald Developmental Center, apparently against her will, in February.

The problem has been getting information–any independent information– about how she's been doing in the newly constructed group home in Bedford, to which she was taken.