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Mar. 21 Even before Iraq exploded out of control (again), Bush was saying that Iran is 'a nuclear threat.' This is, of course, considered false by everyone in a position to know more than Bush. Are you scared yet? Of what Bush might still do, I mean. Because: did you know he is still president, and therefore Commander-in-Chief until January 2009? Tragically, it is true. You know, I'm sorry for all the Bush supporters who have lived to see the error of their ways---Andrew Sullivan, for instance. But that doesn't mean I'm prepared to forget. Thank you all very much. And when I say "thank" I am thinking of a quite different word.
Speaking of Iraq, Jon Stewart did a truly exemplary comedic riff commemorating the anniversary of the Iraq War, to which we now seem irrevocably married. See the video here.
Mar. 23 Newly released government research revealed that America's underprivileged have much lower life expectancies than the privileged and over-privileged. Is that news unsettling, or does it fit under the category of "bleeding obvious"? Somehow this goes on being okay with the same people whose main concern after Katrina was Trent Lott's house. "Let them eat crack," was ever their motto.
Mar. 26 Senators Baucus (Democrat) and Grassley (Republican) had some questions about the Bear Stearns bail-out. It sounds like an idea for a joke. "Two Senators, a Democrat and a Republican, and a bear are all together in a leaking canoe. The bear says to the Democrat...." Right, I'll work on it.
Mar. 27 When is a Surge a Success? According to the Pentagon, when it Stops Working! Mar. 28 Gov. Siegelman, the recipient of some Bush Administration-style 'justice,' is released from jail. His attorney calls it a "big win in a very long war."
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I admit that they don't exactly go together. But I performed Hoffman (just in the chorus, of course), including "Helas! Mon coeur s'agare encore" when I was in my teens; and Melanie was one of my favorite singers (and later, my favorite singer). So there is a connection, at least as regards the Flatland Chronicles.
Mar. 21 The Flag Officers who endorsed Hillary explained why she would make a better commander-in-chief. Media coverage? Little to none.
Bill Richardson decided that all the help he received from Bill
Clinton in getting his own political career in motion didn't obligate
him to support Hillary. He endorsed Obama.
Hillary's, Obama's, and McCain's passport files were breached, putting a stop to the speculation that Hillary was behind it all that immediately followed the initial story (that Obama's files were breached).
Much as I don't care for Obama's tactics or wish to reward them, this
illustrative video should serve as a warning to Americans: lighten up,
or it will be raining McCain (please see the illustrative video).
Andrew Sullivan thinks it's terribly insulting to Obama that Hillary would presume to propose that he be Vice President. Who does she think she is? he snips. The answer being: Hillary Clinton. Who on earth do you think you are?
Are Obama's advisers less progressive than advertised? So it seems. (Thanks to No Quarter for reprinting the story!)
Mar.25 The media were too excited by the news that Hillary's little anecdote about running through sniper fire in Bosnia was, um, embellished to care about Obama's habit of taking credit for legislation on which other senators had done all the work. He was busy campaigning, you see.
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Three beautifully detailed and expressive photographs showing how nature manifests itself here in Florida: a blue heron, a gorgeously striated yellow and black caterpillar, and one doughty sunflower battling the breeze. All here.
-a nautical scene from Fort Myers (very colorful) -photos from Cassadaga, Florida's spiritualist camp -a baby scrub jay photographed in Tampa (compelling evidence that birds really ARE the descendants of dinosaurs....
There was some dithering---subsequently resolved---about whether the Pentagon would release that Iraq report about which we'd all heard such intriguing things.
Mar. 14 At the request of Republicans, the House held a secret meeting to debate FISA. What were they debating? It was a big old SECRET, but whatever it was, it was supposed to convince Dems to grant telecom amnesty.
While the Pentagon didn't distribute its report to all and sundry, journalists could request it, and ABC News promptly did. The report revealed the shocking news that Saddam was not linked to al Qaeda. While most of us were saying, "Duh!", a few Bush administration apologists were deconstructing the report to find some kind of link. Given the whole thing about every two individuals being separated by a maximum of six others, they were naturally able to find some straws---probably in their hair----out of which to manufacture their bricks.
Petraeus wasn't satisfied with the progress toward political reconciliation in Iraq. And that was before things got really bad.
Mar. 18 For example, the government---i.e., the taxpayers, meaning you and me----is going to lend J.P. Morgan a huge chunk of cash to buy Bear Stearns. I'm so glad that even with our tanking economy, we can afford to provide welfare for Wall Streeters. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. In other news, the Fed cut interest rates.
House GOP members didn't want people who'd had bad experiences with credit card companies to testify about their nasty experiences. So the Republicans used a particularly unpleasant ploy to prevent this from happening.
As the Iraq War spirals ever more out of control, the war between Democrats gets ever nastier. Sigh. Kids: Whatever you do, don't vote for McCain!
Mar. 13 Though all the nonsense about the Rev. Wright eclipsed it, McCain's most recent pastor (he's been through a number of conversions en route to becoming the candidate for the Right) has argued in his published works that Islam should be destroyed. Does McCain ascribe to these sentiments or is he merely a big old hypocrite? I asked. And that was before the agitation over Rev. Wright.
Keith Olbermann's---Hillary supporters have renamed him Obaman--- Very Special Bashing of Hillary: the day on which we all gave up watching MSNBC for good. D Cupples covered it.
Mar. 14 Hillary Clinton's campaign strategist had the bad judgment to make a statement that could be construed as having racial overtones, causing a ruckus. D Cupples suggested that he take a time-out from talking to the media for six weeks or so. Sheesh.Meanwhile, the first shock waves from the publication of some of Jeremiah Wright's rantings was brought to the public's attention by ABC News. My mother, a/k/a "The Southern Lady" said she got "physically sick to her stomach" when he sang his Very Special Version of "God Bless America."
In a speech that the media TOTALLY IGNORED, Hillary pledged to work to unify the party behind Obama if he won the nomination. Nothing she does that doesn't fit the 'reality show villainess' story line the media have assigned to her ever gets the slightest bit of attention from the press.
Mar. 15 D Cupples reported on the substantial backlash against Obama by Hillary's supporters----an unfortunate side effect of having our candidate, and those Democrats who support her, treated with relentless disdain by other Democrats. It's pretty clear to most of us that Obama doesn't really care about our votes.
In a speech that the media barely mentioned, Hillary spoke on her plan to end the Iraq War responsibly. It was an excellent speech.
Mar. 18-19 Obama made his big CYA speech on race, heralded by his besotted span as the greatest speech since the Gettysburg address. It was a pretty good speech, actually---but, as D Cupples pointed out, it was not without inconsistencies.
Hillary released records of her schedule as First Lady---many thousands of pages. ABC News couldn't wait to tell us that she was present at the White House on the day of the fatal stained-dress tryst.
As fast as Obama's people combed through Hillary's records to 'prove' it didn't show she had the claimed foreign policy experience, the Irish Prime Minister told Obama that she played a significant role in the Irish peace process. Discussion among the punditocracy? Little to none.
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