A tribute to Condoleeza Rice and George W. Bush who, despite voluminious evidence to the contrary, said, "I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon, that they would try to use an airplane as a missile," adding that "even in retrospect" there was "nothing" to suggest that" and "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees," respectively.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

"...it is wise to always err on the side of life." 

,... in extraordinary circumstances like this, it is wise to always err on the side of life” GWB

Except when:

You’re giving a cursory review of the cases of prisoners about to be put to death. Fifteen minutes ought to be about right even if they’re a minor, retarded, got lousy legal representation, or might be innocent.

You’re deciding whether to drop a couple of 500 # pounds in a residential area of Baghdad in order to kill one man.

You’re deciding whether to warn workers at “ground zero” about the toxic danger posed by the air or to tell them it is safe to get the “markets” opened faster.

You’re deciding whether to warn American homeowners about the potentially dangerous asbestos insulation in their homes or to protect companies like Halliburton from paying tort damages.

You’re deciding to deploy American soldiers into combat even though they have not received the “best training and best equipment” available.

You’re deciding whether to use cluster bombs in civilian areas and depleted uranium munitions on a country that did not attack us.

You’re writing or rewriting the rules about toxic emissions, including mercury.

You're deciding whether the federal government should intervene when your largest campaign contributor is jeopardizing the lives of California citizens by manipulating the energy market. Imagine if this had been done to Florida and the likely response.

You’re considering the OSHA rules about worker safety.

It's not politically expedient.

You start a war!

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