Reason Morning Links: Cover-Ups, Suicide Bombs, and Evolution

• Afghan investigators charge the U.S. with covering up a bloody blunder.

• Suicide bombers kill over 40 in Iraq; another group attacks the U.S. consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan.

• Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens prepares to retire.

The New York Times interviews Rand Paul.

I'm an ape-man, I'm an ape-ape man, oh I'm an apeman.

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  • ||

    "Missing link", huh? That's some stunning science journalism there.

    Could newspapers just hurry up and die already?

  • ||

    PS I think I'm so educated
    and I'm so civilised
    'cos I'm a strict vegetarian.

  • ||

    Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens prepares to retire.

    Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

  • ||

    Can it the person taking his place?

  • db||

    I'm a King Kong man
    I'm a voodoo man
    I'm an apeman

  • Grouch||

    Yesterday was bad poetry day. Stop it.

  • Jesse Walker||

    In man's evolution he has created the cities
    And the motor traffic rumble (brum-brum)
    But give me half a chance and I'll be taking off my clothes
    And living in the jungle.

  • TP||

    Still nothing about the gold and silver market manipulation, huh? The National Inflation Association has picked up on it now, along with FBN and CNBC. Just Google Andrew Maguire.

  • Kolohe||

    If the national rifle association is pro-rifle, is the national inflation association pro-inflation?

  • TP||

    Ha ha. Not quite. Actually, GATA and Zero Hedge are much better sources on this. And The Daily Paul has been covering it, also.

  • mr simple||

    You shouldn’t trivialize issues of health and safety by calling them nanny issues.

    I wonder if he knows how clueless he sounds (the NYT reporter).


    As if there was any doubt.

  • ||

    Why would they condense and edit an online article?

  • Science Editor||

    Electron shortage.

  • Suki||

    Caused by electron hoarders. Rationing will fix that.

  • Politics Editor||

    We'll see. It is an electron year.

  • Kolohe||

    "It is an electron year."

    Congressional elections are more about hole flow.

  • ||

    And spin.

  • John Edwards et al||

    You can say that again.

  • &||

    Valerie Jarrett gives me an electron.

  • Christina Romer||

    What about me? I'm absolutely cuter than Valerie.

  • &||

    You're a fat and jolly woman, Christina, but you're not my type.

  • Cap'n Trade||

    You have no idea; we'll pass it so you can see what's in it.

  • Death Panelist||

    That's exactly what I said to my gastroenterologist.

  • Art-P.O.G.||


  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Missing link between man and apes found

    So that's what turned Australopithicus all homo.

  • Jordan Elliot||

    Well done.

    Neat find on the skeleton.

  • Born Again||

    This proves nothing. God is testing our faith. Repeat.

  • Born once||

    This evidence proves God wants us to understand evolution and still have faith. Repeat: knowledge and belief are not mutually exclusive.

  • Born Again||

    God gave me a brain but he told me not to use it. It says so in the Bible.

  • God||

    I said your little brain.

  • ||

    Afghan investigators charge the U.S. with covering up a bloody blunder.

    US special forces soldiers dug bullets out of their victims’ bodies in the bloody aftermath of a botched night raid, then washed the wounds with alcohol before lying to their superiors about what happened, Afghan investigators have told The Times.

    Two pregnant women, a teenage girl, a police officer and his brother were shot on February 12 when US and Afghan special forces stormed their home in Khataba village, outside Gardez in eastern Afghanistan.

    Ask Tricky Dick. It's the cover-up that will bite you in the ass every time. Mistakes happen in the fog of war. They're regrettable and forgiveble. Cover-ups are inexcusable.

  • db||

    These guys have all the relevant qualifications for service in any stateside SWAT team, so I think they'll have no trouble getting back on their feet.

  • ||

    I read absolutely nothing about their dog-killing prowess.

  • Jordan Elliot||

    They shot pregnant women. That's like the equivalent of three dogs and an old black woman. They'll make fine SWAT Officers.

  • Art-P.O.G.||

    Mistakes happen in the fog of war. They're regrettable and forgiveble. Cover-ups are inexcusable.

    True, true, true.

  • ||

    Here is the part I don't get. If you are going to dig a bullet out of a dead body, then why use alcohol? Alcohol is a disinfectant and if the person is dead why do you care about the person developing an infection.

    Not saying the murders didn't happen but something with the story ain't right.

  • ||

    I wonder if they were trying to remove taces of DNA or other chemical evidence that might have been discovered in a forensic investigation.

    What ever it was, all their actions after the original foulup seem to have been directed at misdirection.

  • ||

    The new species of hominid, the evolutionary branch of primates that includes humans, is to be revealed when the two-million-year-old skeleton of a child is unveiled this week.

    Will religious experts be allowed to examine and fingerbang the remains?

  • ||

    you disgust and amuse me

  • ||

    Are you old enough to drive?

  • Jordan Elliot||

    Bravo! That was good.

  • Rich||

    After years as justice, John Paul Stevens wants what's 'best for the court'

    Nice title. Too bad there wasn't a "finally" preceding "wants".

  • ||

    I would be more impressed if he wanted what's best for the nation.

  • db||

    ¦sed s/nation/constitutional republic/

  • Warty||

  • Jordan Elliot||

    Excellent find. I like the treatment of Moonlight Sonata.

  • BakedPenguin||

    I once played with a guitarist who wrote something based on one of Scarlatti's pieces. Awesome guitarist, before he went insane.

  • ||

    Should we assume the Constitutional-Scholar-in-Chief will appoint Goodwin Liu to SCOTUS as Stevens' replacement?

  • Jordan||

    I thought Steve Smith was the missing link between man and ape?

  • Art-P.O.G.||


  • Marc||

    The existence of Steve Smith has been known for some time.

  • Rhywun||

    Speaking of nannies, the person representing the nanny side during last night's snus story on 60 Minutes was predictably incoherent: first it's smoking that's evil, then nicotine, and now addiction itself is evil. And products which are safer than smoking are bad because... they lead to more smoking. Or something.

  • Art-P.O.G.||

    Did you throw anything at the TV?

  • Rhywun||

    Nah, I just laughed.

  • ||

    ""Speaking of nannies, the person representing the nanny side during last night's snus story on 60 Minutes was predictably incoherent:""

    I saw that. It really was sad. Her zero tolerence approach to addiction is idiotic. The one guy, Swede I think, was on the money.

    I think this is the story;housing

  • ||

  • || attacks the U.S. consulate in Pakistan.

    (italics mine)

    Actually, no, the group attacked a U.S. consulate in Pakistan. According to the story the one that was attacked happened to be in Peshawar.

    Their are several U.S. consulates in Pakistan.

    Consulate serve a different function than embassies. I'm surprised at the number of people who seem to be unaware of this fact.

  • Jesse Walker||

    Actually, no, the group attacked a U.S. consulate in Pakistan

    You are correct. Fixed.

  • ||

    Shouldn't that be an U.S. consulate, since the abbreviation starts with a vowel sound?

  • highnumber||

    No. If it sounds like "you," it gets "a," not "an."

    "an umbrella"

    "a unicorn"

  • Marc||

    "an harmonica"

  • ed||

    But will it core a apple?

  • han||

    The number of attacks on students


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