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Another Miami sunset complete with skyline; more 'subtropical noir' from photographer Caleb; the ambiance of a small-town cafe; the reflection of a pastel sunrise from a somewhat different angle; light shining through the petals of an orchid; raindrops glittering on the petals of a cluster of azaleas; a sunrise in HDR; and the blue and shining glory of Navarre Beach.
...and famous sopranoes sing the coloratura trills and rills of 'the doll song from Hoffman (La Chanson d'Olympia) in various sorts and degrees of surreal weirdness, from the silly surreal to the deeply disturbing surreal. What's more terrifying, after all, than a doll coming to life (of a kind)?
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The battle for the Democratic nomination just gets crazier and crazier. Progressives are turning against progressives; in fact, I find myself occasionally thinking, "No wonder the right winger hate those bastards!" And that's not good. But we have met the enemy and they really are us. Who knew?
Mar. 29 James Carville compared Bill Richardson to Judas on good Friday and the detractors of Hillary Clinton naturally---as I predicted they would---tried to pin this on Hillary. (Shut up some more, Keith Obamaman). Carville responded in The New York times by reiterating that he meant every word that he said. Heh. The whole 'surrogate' thing is so effing stupid anyway. Anyway: yet another excellent illustration of how the 'Clinton rules' are way different from the 'Obama rules.'
Mar. 30 Obama said it was okay with him if Hillary insists on staying in the race. I was glad he said what he said---he called her a 'fierce and formidable opponent'---but D Cupples suspects him of a lack of sincerity. Not for the first time.
In other news, D Cupples was impressed that Hillary managed to gain grudging approval from long-time Clinton enemy Richard Mellon Scaife. Her point, by the way, wasn't that Scaife's endorsement should cheer up Dems, but that it proves Hill's ability, and willingness, to reach out to traditional opponents.
Apr. 1 The 11th Circuit dismissed a case brought by a Florida Dem against the Democratic National Committee. The problem was that he filed it before the primary had even taken place so he didn't have standing to sue. But did they hint that the us-disenfranchising DNC bastards might well be on the hook now? Oh, I do hope.
The Liberal Journal---a blog we've always liked--- wanted the pro-Hillary blogs (we're one) to get a grip: what's with the repeated references to right-wingers who are slightly aghast (if also amused) at the hatchet job our fellow progressives are doing on our fellow Democrat Hillary. I invited TLJ to consider why this is happening.
D Cupples suggested that all these superdelegates who are debating whether they should just put an end to Hillary's aspirations by just going ahead and throwing their support behind Obama step back and consider the consequences. After all, Hillary's got quite a lot of supporters out there who are prepared to resent a primary-level replay of the 2000 election. And while I'll vote for Obama if he's foisted on me without my primary vote counting, we have reason to know that there are a lot of Hillary supporters out there who aren't prepared to be so forgiving.
Air America's Randi Rhodes did a stand-up routine in which she referred to two distinguished female Democrats as....just read the piece, all right? While it will disgust you, you will be cheered to know that Air America finally drew the line. Meanwhile, Obama supporters argued for one rule for Imus, another for anyone who attacks Hillary.
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Why don't all the Americans who gripe about paying taxes care about this sort of flagrant waste and abuse of the system?
D Cupples reports on yet another arms dealer who has allegedly ripped
off taxpayers to the tune of hundreds of millions. I'm not even
talking about the cost of the war in Iraq generally; I'm talking
specifically about wasted tax dollars that are spent without getting
anything close to equivalent value. What if we could get all those tax
dollars back? That would be one hell of an 'economic stimulus
package.' PS. Where's mine?
I was puzzled
by the al-Maliki/al-Sadr dance in Basra. And I still am. But give me
this: at least I don't pretend to understand the nuances (unlike
certain right-wing bloggers)
In other news, an elephant painted his own self-portrait. Though I cross-posted at The Moderate Voice, you saw it here first! It was and is an important story---maybe THE story.
Mar. 31 As D Cupples neatly put it,
Bush's disapproval ratings have a voice of their own. Poor old W---who
I remember reading way back last year once said plaintively that he
wanted as much as anyone else to be loved---got booed. At a baseball game. While throwing the ceremonial pitch. Come on, that's just mean.
Although....I say that, and then I read how the Bush Administration, and with its trademark callousness toward the poor, continues to bungle the Katrina relief effort. (Isn't it tiresome how they insist on continuing to play the victim card after all this time?!) About the booing? Never mind.
Apr. 2 D Cupples reports that the Government Accountability Office slammed the Pentagon for all the billions paid to defense contractors who then proceeded to piss all those tax dollars down the latrine. Damn, can't somebody make the hemorrhaging stop?
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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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