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  •  The pipsqueak did try to discredit Hansen. (10+ / 0-)

    The NASA press officer who tried to shut Hansen up was George Deutsch, whose qualification for his job apparently consisted of having worked in the Bush/Cheney campaign in 2004. Deutsch's response to Hansen's public complaint was that Deutsch was a Democratic partisan who had political ties "all the way to the top of the Democratic Party," and he was "using those ties and using his media connections to push an agenda, a worst-case-scenario agenda of global warming." He said that anyone who disagreed with Hansen "is labeled a censor and is demonized and vilified in the media--and the media of course is a willing accomplice here."

    How many times have we heard that about any critic of the Administration? We even heard it about General Eric Shinsecki, who was the Army Chief of Staff at the time, when he said we'd need twice as many troops on the ground to secure Iraq. I saw the reports on Fox that Shinsecki was a partisan Democrat, and that he had approached leading Democrats about running for office as a Democrat after he retired from the Army. If the Army Chief of Staff can be dismissed as a Democratic partisan, you would have thought dismissing Hansen would have been no problem, even though he was one of the world's preeminent climate scientists.

    •  Bad Messenger, bad. (2+ / 0-)
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      It's easier to kill the messenger than to refute the message.

      Truth is an inconvenient little bugger. They have to shout really loud and point somewhere else. The trouble is that the nasty little truth pops up over there eventually. Pretty soon they will run out of places to divert our attention.

      Maybe by November there will be no place left to hide.

      Not in your district, but you make me proud again to be fron NC. (David Price is my guy. We have no Senators.)

      Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

      by teeb on Fri Apr 14, 2006 at 05:18:37 AM PDT

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    •  'Shinseckied' (5+ / 0-)

      It makes my blood boil, honestly, to think of all the people who have devoted their lives to public service -- when often they could be making so much more in the private sector-- only to have their work questioned, their motives made suspect, and their careers nuked for the apparently heinous crime of mentioning that reality doesn't match today's politically convenient GOP talking point.

      What makes me angrier, is that it mostly works.

      With few exceptions, the cries of "liberal!", "partisan Democrat!", "elite egghead!" seem to effectively distract from the real debate and the media conversation immediately becomes an exercise in agenda-sniffing played out through he-said/she-said false dichotomies.

      Just once I'd like to see the latest target of the Shinsecki Treatment wheel on their snide little attackers and say "My politics are my business, now how about we discuss the damn question!"

      Keep up the good work, Congressman. God willing and the nukes don't fall, you'll be in the majority by this time next year-- and then the real work begins..

      Destiny: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure. --Ambrose Bierce

      by kingubu on Fri Apr 14, 2006 at 05:41:15 AM PDT

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      •  intelligent fools (3+ / 0-)
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        It's particularly ugly when you consider that after a lifetime of service, your own government pushes you out the door and brands you as unhinged, a liar, a partisan liar, a fool - for speaking your conscience.  That my friend is a sad state of affairs indeed.  Sadder yet, that the man at the helm of the blacklisting is praised for "speaking his mind."

        Keep up the good work Rep. Miller. As an NC-13er, I'm right behind you.

        "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction."

    •  Partisan (5+ / 0-)
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      I wonder at this tactic.  Do they think being a member of the opposition party automatically means your concerns aren't valid?  It really is a strange tactic.  However, the press eats it up as some kind of "gotcha" tactic that has somehow disproven your case.  Have they ever thought the reverse sequence was true, that one's concerns and lack of response from the administration drove them to the Democratic party?

      I personally would to see Gen. Shinseki become and Democrat and run for office.  He's about the only person who comes out of this Iraq debacle with his reputation intact.

      Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. -- Daniel Patrick Monynihan

      by Unstable Isotope on Fri Apr 14, 2006 at 05:41:54 AM PDT

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      •  Paranoia (4+ / 0-)
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        Not to zoom too far off-topic, but one of the core narratives of the GOP's political strategy is that there is some nefarious "them" out there, somewhere, with nothing better to do with their time than to devise plans to undermine the righteous virtues of mom, apple pie, double-value coupons.

        If its not "islamofascist terror networks", its "the homosexual agenda", "the angry left", "partisan Democrats", or the "librul media"-- but its always a "them", who can never be trusted, and who's every utterance can never be taken at face value.

        By calling the motives of the person into question, they take any moral force out of the target's arguments and change the subject away from the details (which don't make for good soundbites) and onto easy-to-understand (and easy to report on) matters of personality and party politics.

        Destiny: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure. --Ambrose Bierce

        by kingubu on Fri Apr 14, 2006 at 06:28:59 AM PDT

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    •  Great work Rep Miller-let's take back the House! (2+ / 0-)
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      Quotefiend, teeb

      I live in David Price's district in Chapel Hill. It's great to have another enlightened House member nearby. As you know Dark Syde has been really hammering the anti-science mindset of the current regime and it is way beyond scary. I am committed to getting Dems elected in November and I am sure you are aware of the great opportunities we have in Districts 8 and 11 here in NC to turn red seats blue. I would love to talk with you sometime about getting some serious local fundraising going to support these candidates.

      Freedom is what you do with what has been done to you...Sartre

      by kevsterwj on Fri Apr 14, 2006 at 06:39:02 AM PDT

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    •  Just read back over my comment above... (2+ / 0-)
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      and realized I said "Deutsch" in the third line when I obviously meant "Hansen." Everyone seems to have figured out what I meant, and was polite enough not to mention it.

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