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Friday, July 09, 2004
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NBC5.com - News - Journalists Fight At Press Conference
Two journalists got into a scuffle Thursday following a news conference on homeland security by Senators Tom Daschle, Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton.

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The scuffle was at a Senate press conference room in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.

The three democratic leaders had just finished talking about the country's level of homeland security.

As everyone was leaving, two members of the media got physical.

A shorter reporter in a blue shirt runs up to a taller man in a blue shirt on camera and says he was blocking his view and wouldn't move.

The taller man responded, saying "you're crazy." Then, the shorter man said, "You're crazy, man."

Then, the two men grabbed each other and quickly were wrestling on the conference room floor.

Other media members then stepped between two and escorted the tall man away from the room as the shorter man tried to follow.

There was no word about their identities or media affiliations.
Yeah, but what were the senators actually saying about homeland security? Aren't we supposed to be scared that bin Laden is in our neighborhoods? Aren't we supposed to make sure we have plenty of plastic and duct tape? Maybe one of the "journalists" was actually bin Laden?

Good evening people. Not much to report today. Actually, the news did a good presentation of the senate report issued today saying that absolutely none of the claims made to support the Iraq war were true, and showed Jay Rockefeller ripping a new one in this admin. For once, didn't even try to show "the other side," which is a first. Perhaps they know that only loner geek girl democrat bloggers like me are watching the news on a Friday night, or that their republican minders have the night off.

From the story at yahoo:
The public report, for example, said Saddam was trying to build unmanned aerial vehicles that could potentially attack the United States with biological weapons — a contention that was not in the classified version of the national intelligence estimate.

The CIA could not provide an explanation for that change, said a Democratic committee staff member, briefing reporters on condition of anonymity.
Analysts concluded that Iraq had a mobile biological weapons program based mainly on the since-discredited claims of one Iraqi defector code-named "Curveball." The report said American agents did not have direct access to Curveball or his debriefers, but the source's information was expanded into the conclusion that Iraq had an advanced and active biological weapons program.

According to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a CIA official wrote to a subordinate who had raised questions about the source: "Let's keep in mind the fact that this war's going to happen regardless of what Curveball said or didn't say, and the Powers That Be probably aren't terribly interested in whether Curveball knows what he's talking about."
I feel so much safer now, don't you?

Did go off for a beach walk this evening -- first in awhile. Had forgotten that this time of year the sun really sets in the north, so the colors on the water were amazing -- streaks of pink and orange on white/silver water.

One nice thing about low light is that it makes the big shapes of things easier to see and define. Did a little sketch of lines and angles before my pen gave out I may upload later.

Am tired. Too much looking.

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