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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The Avalanche...

Folks who follow the news to any extent are aware that former White House Aid Lewis "Scooter" Libby* has been found guilty of perjury in the Valerie Plame** CIA leak investigation also known as Plamegate.*** This, obviously, is a victory for the American people but, unfortunately, a small one. Our intelligence agencies remain unsettled by the way that politics have endangered their efforts and by the ease with which those at the top have eluded blame. I can't say as I blame them.

At the same time, we're seeing new revelations every day about failures at Walter Reed Army Hospital, which certainly were not forseeable at all, and an investigation of the Bush Administration's handling of Federal Prosecutors. In total, this information paints a picture of an out-of-control Executive the likes of which we haven't seen since Nixon.*****

About all you can say about it is that malfeasance on this scale rarely goes completely unnoticed and unpunished. These investigations are, in all likelihood, just the beginning.

The rest of the avalanche has yet to come.

* In the interest of combatting a pernicious liberal bias in this blog, I am using links to the new Conservapedia in place of Wikipedia. This eliminates much unnecessary liberal editorializing. So, for example, where Wikipedia has a long, extensively referenced article on Scooter Libby, Conservapedia limits itself to the essentials, namely: "Scooter Libby is a former deputy secretary of defense, national security advisor to the vice president, chief of staff to the vice president and private attorney." Now that's some excellent work!

** Sorry, Conservapedia has no entry for Valerie Plame.

*** Conservapedia also has no entry for Plamegate. It does REFER to it, however, in the entry for jury trial as an "influential jury trial affecting American history." Also mentioned are the trial of O.J. Simpson, and John Scopes.****

**** About Scopes, Conservapedia remarks,
"John Scopes was just a young teacher in Tennessee when he unwittingly became a test case for promoting evolution in American schools. Tennessee had a law against teaching human evolution, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wanted to overturn it. It enlisted the top criminal attorney of the day, Clarence Darrow, to serve as Scopes attorney. As crafty as the day is long, he arrived in Tennessee armed with his bag of tricks.

William Jennings Bryan, the former presidential candidate and Secretary of State, had oratorical skills second to known. His "Cross of Gold" nomination acceptance speech in 1896 is considered one of the greatest political works in American history. He united the Populist and Democratic Parties then and laid the foundation for the takeover by the Democratic Party of American politics 36 years later.

After witnessing the horrors of World War I, Bryan became convinced that the teaching of evolution was leading society to ruination through war. "Survival of the fittest" provided an intellectual justification for the brutal killing of other nationalities and races. Bryan foresaw the ethnic cleansing that grew to its horrible culmination in the Holocaust.

Bryan defended the Tennessee law and its application to Scopes, with its mere $100 fine as the penalty for teaching evolution. Darrow agreed to take the witness stand in favor of teaching evolution if Bryan took the witness stand against it. Bryan then testified and performed well. So well, in fact, that Darrow reneged on his promise and forced Scopes to plead guilty to end the case. With that the trial ended, and Tennessee's law remained in effect for another half century. To this day, Tennesee schools teach little evolution, and George W. Bush won the presidential election by carrying this home state of his opponent, Al Gore.

A famous liberal reporter at the trial, H.L. Mencken, published such one-sided articles that it would make today's media blush. He excoriated Bryan at every possible turn, trying to make him look foolish. When Hollywood got into the act with a movie called "Inherit the Wind," it imitated Mencken's bias. Misinformed, many think Scopes and the evolutionists won the trial, but conservative rule in Tennessee today reflects the true outcome."

A masterpiece of moonbat revisionism in that it uses both prejudicial language, and is factually incorrect (e.g. John Scopes was not an unwitting part of the ACLU's strategy). Having read a decent amount of Mencken, I would probably also observe that he wasn't really a Liberal. He didn't like much of anyone and no person of any political stripe was safe from his caustic editorials. Not to mention that he wasn't a reporter so much as an opinion writer, so the sidedness of his pieces isn't really much of an issue. But I digress. Check out this article if you're really curious about Scopes.

***** For Wikipedia's take, see here.

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Blogger TDEC said...

Small victories like the Plame trial one often end up being an actual loss - the people higher up the ladder see that they can get away with it. I guess I mean - yes, I agree.

I am pleased to see that you managed to have footnotes longer than your post, and on mostly irrelevant topics. A Scopes refresher is always useful I guess. I read Shermer's Why Darwin matters on the way from Florida to the Frigid North, which stands one in good stead, though I always wonder why it is that people like him (Christopher Hitchens, for example) have to get offensive at some point in otherwise perfectly good books (his rewriting of Genesis is less that appropriate). Anyway, partly thanks to him, I could, when my favourite creationist randomly brought up evolution in between touring groups of Jewish girls, respond to her comment about how the Pope wouldn't stand for it -evolution- by pointing out that he did, in fact, stand for it, explicitly. I did not point out that evolution would doubtlessy proceed as usual, no matter what the Pope thought of it.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007 11:20:00 AM  

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