July 2nd, 2005

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A pair of Rove 'n' lies...

MSNBC analyst confirms that Karl Rove, George W. Bush's senior advisor and chief political strategist, is the one who leaked the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame.

*UPDATE* Newsweek also claims that Rove was the one, though they weren't the first. Guardian reporter Julian Borger also claimed that Rove was the one (RealPlayer) way back in 2003. Numerous reporters and journalists in Washington have apparently known Rove was the source of the leaks for quite some time, but didn't reveal this information, in order to protect the right of U.S. journalists not to reveal their sources. A U.S. reporter trying to release a story claiming Rove was the one would've most certainly been prevented from going forward with their story, and would've faced potential ostracism. Borger, a Brit, had no such qualms going forward with this information.

So much for the White House saying "He wasn't involved. The President knows he wasn't involved."

Bushit. As Scott McClellan said in the same press conference, "common sense kind of tells you that if there's a covert CIA agent, then a limited number of people should have access to that information." ... and Karl Rove was not one of these people. Who was? How about Cheney? ... or Bolton? Or both.

Time to start warming up the tar...
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I'm glad somebody said it...

When I was about 15, I thought that Live Aid was an important moment for my generation. I woke up early and stayed up late, recording the day's events on videotape as it went around the globe. Wading through a sea of has-beens and wannabes until I saw the performers that I enjoyed, somehow coping with the incessant need of MTV to cut between (and cut off) performances, self-promoting every opportunty they could get.

Despite all that, I thought it was an important milestone and would make a big difference.

Mea culpa.

And how the mighty have fallen! Bono cozying up at photo ops with Dubya, praising his generosity and benevolence. Sting doing commercials for Jaguar, being driven around in star-like luxury in his own private $100,000+ cocoon.

"These people will not solve the problem. They are the problem."

Indeed.