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Former Russian military intelligence officer, Igor Girkin, also known as Igor Strelkov in his current incarnation as a Ukrainian rebel, has now confirmed that the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 was a western plot to discredit their movement:

A top pro-Russia rebel commander in eastern Ukraine has given a bizarre version of events surrounding the Malaysian jetliner crash — suggesting many of the victims may have died days before the plane took off.

The pro-rebel website Russkaya Vesna on Friday quoted Igor Girkin as saying he was told by people at the crash site that "a significant number of the bodies weren't fresh," adding that he was told they were drained of blood and reeked of decomposition.

This new information is coupled with news that the rebels have restricted access to the crash site and are preventing an international team of investigators from viewing the debris:
A spokesman for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said a team of 24 international observers had seen people moving bodies and putting them in body bags. The team was sharply restricted in what it could do and see, he said.

Rebels “have what they describe as experts, so-called experts here,” OSCE spokesman Michael Bociurkiw said. “They’ve brought body bags and they’re moving the bodies to the side of the road, as far as we can tell.”

“We don’t know who they are,” Bociurkiw said of the people moving the bodies. “We’ve explained who we are and what we need to do, but we’re basically, our movements are being quite controlled at the moment.”

In response, Grikin has accused those "Fascist" Ukrainians in Kiev of:
"Ukrainian authorities are capable of any baseness."

He claimed that a large amount of blood serum and medications were found in the wreckage.

Yep.  That'll do it.  All solved.

And while Putin hands over world class surface to air missiles to any Tea Party type nationalistic idiot who sides with him, we still have folks at this site defending him.

Go figure.

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Sat May 31, 2014 at 08:32 AM PDT

So, I'm a dude who...

by Bonsai66

...loves the fact that his 15 year old daughter goes to an all girls high school.  She is nearing the end of her freshman year and I have watched here blossom into a strong, opinionated young woman.

Such a change from here 8th grade year in a public, coed middle school.

I am so proud of her that it makes me want to burst open.

And even though she misses boys, (on our 30 minute ride to the orthodontist yesterday, she scoped out and commented on all the "hot boys" that she had just seen during our trip at least a dozen times), she really does love being in an educational environment that is devoid of them.

She wants to be a doctor.  Specifically, a surgeon.  And I know she'll make it.

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Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 07:01 PM PDT

Snowden Ambivalence

by Bonsai66

I was somewhat appreciative of Edward Snowden's initial actions to help publicize the NSA's extensive domestic data collection activities.

It was exciting.

His flight to Hong Kong.  Then to Russia.

By all appearances he was a man on the inside, sacrificing everything, to publicize our truly Orwellian existence.

Then the bloom came off the rose.

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Today's topics include:

NSA
Syria
MIC
I/P
RKBA
Pie
Obama=Bush
Ed Snowden
Paid Shills
Glenn Greenwald
Sockpuppets
Handpuppets
Julian Assange
John Edwards
Howard Dean
Diebold
Jerome Armstrong trolling MyDD
Blackwaterdog
Bondad
PUMAs
edscan

UPDATE #A:
Yoga
Fingerpuppets

UPDATE #2:
The Pope

UPDATE #Q:
Recipes are welcome in the comments.  Consider this a safe place for recipes.  Except for Lutefisk. This is not a safe place for Lutefisk.

LAST UPDATE #1:  
*squirmy rooters

*Ed note:  Not sure what this is, but it sounds intriguing.

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UPDATE:  h/t to Bob Love for pointing out a previous diary from poopdogcomedy.

I haven't seen a diary on this yet, (and even though I don't live in NYC), I thought I would post this little bit of good news from Quinnipiac:

With strong support from white Democratic likely primary voters and voters critical of the so- called stop-and-frisk police tactic, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio leads the Democratic race for New York City mayor with 30 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

With four weeks to go, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has 24 percent, with 22 percent for former Comptroller William Thompson, 10 percent for former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, 6 percent for Comptroller John Liu, 1 percent for former Council member Sal Albanese and 7 percent undecided, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

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Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 08:09 PM PDT

On Military Service and Daily Kos

by Bonsai66

Considering that I spent the majority of my adult life in the military, only a handful of the diaries that I have posted here in the last five and a half years have even addressed that part of my life. In fact, I have avoided it to great degree.

And in the past 24 hours, I have been asking myself "why?"

DKos is not unaccepting of current and former members of the military.  It was, after all, founded by a vet.  In practice, this community can be quite accepting on a personal level about the experiences and pain that many of us will carry with us for the rest of our lives.  It can also, interestingly enough, be quite hostile and unthinking in critical comments about the military and the many facets of its ethos.

And that is also understandable.

Many things that we have done in service to our CINC and military leaders have also lead to some its worst abuses, (which are completely worthy of criticism).

And also, many of the things we have done in service to our CINC and military leaders have exemplified the best of what humans have to offer.

We are a spectrum.

Just like the human population from which we are recruited.

And we are capable of the best and worst that the human condition has to offer.

Just like all of you who didn't serve.

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Ecuador is backing off of their support of Edward Snowden - President Rafael Correa canceled his temporary travel document today.  From the Guardian:

The plan to spirit the surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden to sanctuary in Latin America appears to be unravelling amid tension between Ecuador's government and Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.

President Rafael Correa halted an effort to help Snowden leave Russia amid concern Assange was usurping the role of the Ecuadoran government, according to leaked diplomatic correspondence published on Friday.

Amid signs Quito was cooling with Snowden and irritated with Assange, Correa declared invalid a temporary travel document which could have helped extract Snowden from his reported location in Moscow.

This essentially leaves Snowden completely stranded in Russia.  With four laptop computers full of classified material.  And no way to leave.

Methinks that Putin has a big, shark-toothed grin on his face today...and Snowden looks like a rather tasty morsel at this moment.

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Oh, how have the times have changed for Mr. Snowden.  Edward apparently has quite a history of posts and chat logs from a website called Ars Technica as user "TheTrueHooHa."   From TPM:

The most eye-opening chat log published by Ars Technica featured TheTrueHooHa discussing a 2009 New York Times article describing covert U.S. operations to target Iran’s nuclear capabilities. The article was based on information from anonymous sources. Though Snowden would later release classified NSA documents to the press, TheTrueHOOHA blasted the people who apparently leaked information to the Times.

“[W]ho the fuck are the anonymous sources telling them this?” asked TheTrueHOOHA. “those people should be shot in the balls.”

Along with the leakers, TheTrueHOOHA criticized the Times itself, comparing the paper to Wikileaks, the organization that would later advise and aid Snowden.

“WTF NYTIMES … Are they TRYING to start a war? Jesus christ they’re like wikileaks,” TheTrueHOOHA wrote. “They’re reporting classified shit … about an unpopular country surrounded by enemies already engaged in a war and about our interactions with said country regarding planning sovereignity violations of another country you don’t put that shit in the NEWSPAPER.”

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It's not like the GOP doesn't know that it has a problem with women.  The election last year should have settled that issue for them.  

Or maybe it didn't.

From the great State of Maine, behold the Republican Id:

"From the other side of the aisle I hear the conversation being about 'free this is free, we need to take it and it's free and we need to do it now' and that's sort of the fundamental message that my brain receives," Ken Fredette said in a speech on the House floor. "Now, my brain being a man's brain sort of thinks differently, because I say, well, it's not if it's free is it really free because I say in my brain there's a cost to this."
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Fri May 24, 2013 at 12:21 AM PDT

My Missive To the Beltway Media...

by Bonsai66

Y'all are sycophantic, hypocritical assholes.

In exchange for "access," you exchanged your souls.  And in return, you expect us to commiserate with you in your time of need?

Seriously?

When the Patriot Act was passed, y'all were on board. Nary a reporter would dare to question the wisdom of such an act of legislation.  Balance was your mission...and imbalance is what you achieved.

Many a columnist did question, but you, you front line journalists, you fell in line.  You became stenographers and enablers.  Your editors also sensed the popular sentiment and steered you in that direction as well.  

It was the lazy and easy way to go.

Easy money.  

Book deals galore!

Swim with the stream...even though the current lead you to inhabitable waters.

And now you call on the general public for help?

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Wed May 08, 2013 at 07:37 PM PDT

My E-mail to Harvard

by Bonsai66

Today I sent an e-mail to David Ellwood, Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

I doubt that I'll get any type of meaningful response.

Dear Dr. Ellwood,

I have read in various publications that Jason Richwine was granted his PhD by your institution in 2009.  What astounds me is that he was granted this degree even though his dissertation was essentially based on the discredited field of eugenics.

How did this happen in your institution?

Now, I'm not a political scientist.  Just a middle-aged former naval officer with a B.S. in aerospace engineering and an M.S. in electrical engineering, (who now happens to have the privilege of going back to school for a PhD in Biomechanical Engineering). I mention my background so that you can better understand the basis of my following comments.

I don't pretend to understand your world or the position that you hold at Harvard.  I imagine that the politics of your job are quite grueling.  I do not envy you.

I have been in positions of authority for which I was responsible for the untoward actions of my subordinates, even though I have had no direct control over them.  In every case, I accepted responsibility for their actions.

Why?  

Simply this: I was their CO and I set the tone for everyone in my command.  I was always responsible, no matter the circumstance.  

This is not a popular sentiment these days since very few people will even accept the consequences of their own actions, let alone those of other people under their direct or indirect control.

Perhaps I'm an artifact in that sense.  It's an outdated belief system in many respects and I admit that I'm a bit of a "throwback."

However, I am hoping that you can remember a world when these beliefs held sway.  I don't know if the academic world can even connect to this way of thinking, (perhaps it is only a residue from my time in the military and is meaningless to everyone else).

Three members of your department signed off on Jason Richwine's dissertation:

George J. Borjas (chair)
Richard J. Zeckhauser
Christopher Jenks

They work for you.  They represent you and your institution.

Are you proud of Jason Richwine's work?  Are you proud of your professors for signing off on it?  A dissertation that could be shredded by any first year genetics student?   Under the guise of academic freedom, I'm sure it's somewhat defensible in the realm of political science, (but certainly not in the world of real science).  

I don't expect a real answer from you.

In fact, I expect a standard form generated response that does not address any of the points that I have made above.

I doubt that you'll even read and digest this email at all.  So in that sense, I'm probably wasting my time while clogging up your in box.  In spite of that knowledge, I still feel compelled to send you my thoughts on the matter.  

My standards are high.  I hope yours are as well.

Best Regards,

XXXXXXXXXXX X XXXXX

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Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 12:05 AM PST

Final Nate Silver: Obama at 92%

by Bonsai66

It's always been about the math.  Nate Silver has now posted his final numbers at 1:43am on election day.  

Obama sits at 92%.  

Romney's only hope now is that all the polls were systematically off.  That's basically what makes up the bulk of his remaining 8% chance of winning.

GOTV!

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