Friday, March 30, 2007
And Also: Pelosi has a great challenge: we will give ya all the money you want, but sorry sonny, you will have some strings. Bush answers with "it's full with pork" (unlike all those other funding bills, huh?) and blaming Dems for not caring about the troops. Such a maroon. Elections have consequences. Don't know how far the Dems will take this, but damn it, the people are on your side. Anyway, Congress as a whole has now said the war can't be an open-ended laissez faire policy. Thanks for that at least.
Monday, March 26, 2007
And Also: A Talking Points Memo noted more than once, if you expect the government to be a political cesspool, maybe you don't care. But, if you expect a bit more, you might care that someone ... a prosecutor, that is ... with good performance bona fides was removed to put a Rove guy in Arkansas during the '08 election cycle. With no confirmation required. That sort of thing might be deemed dubious.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
And Also: Listening to the commentary track on the Pieces of April DVD. Interesting; good movie too. Likewise, I mostly liked Ophelia by Lisa Klein, a view of "Hamlet" from her point of view. Nice voice and sense of place, including a convent, but the last third probably goes too long. Still, good reading for teens, and adults too.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
And Also: I listened to a CD-ROM recording of For Love of the Game by Michael Shaara, which was later made into a decent, but overstuffed, movie starring Kevin Costner. The book in fact was found in draft form after the author died, and was almost a novella (150 pages). It was therefore more of a condensed work than the film, and mostly better for it. Ruminations on life and baseball on the final day of a pitcher's career. Good prologue to the season.
And Also: I noted that this was a test -- the bottom line had to be at least funding with conditions. This was done. Some libs in the House care not to compromise ... but there was just enough room. Bush sees conditions as impossible, so will veto -- blaming Congress for funding the f-ing war for some more time. I respect both groups of Dems, but the President (with soldiers as props at his press conference) deserves just scorn.
Friday, March 23, 2007
And Also: My thoughts on the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case and pro and con stances for the school. And, the constitutional issues to congressional subpoenas v. executive privilege. As usual, John Dean has some good stuff to say. Clearly, see my thread, there are dissents. But, ditto, I just don't think the strongest ones credible. Notice the refusal to focus on the wrongdoing of the President, focusing on fictional absolutism. Annoying.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
And Also: To add to my movie review, let me focus particularly on the poverty and parents. Major films do not usually highlight poverty, though one in five of the nation or such live under the poverty line (many more families struggle). The boy's need to wear his sister's hand-me down sneakers is an early reminder of the fact, seen in quite personal tones given the status nature of such things. Likewise, the film -- for adults particularly -- provide a sympathetic look at struggling parents, even if the father does not express his love for his son quite as much as the son clearly craves.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
And Also: Daily Kos has a good diary on a NYT piece today that seemed to me a bit too supportive of the "failure to fight voter fraud" reason given in removing one of the prosecutors. That is, it seems on some level to take it at face value without context. Context is on some level in the eye of the beholder, but this usually is a bad policy, especially with this bunch.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
And Also: I have been listening to Rachel Maddow of late since I have not been home (where the reception on my radio stinks at that time -- 1600AM just doesn't do it) 6-8PM these days. She is a good -- smart with a funny side (Kent Jones supplies news, including some strange news, and half the times cracks her up ... she has a loud laugh). She deserved getting out of her 5AM hole, after losing her 9-12AM slot to Jerry Springer (who's gone).
Friday, March 16, 2007
And Also: Today was Valerie Plame's day in front of Congress, or rather, Waxman's oversight committee. Just one tidbit -- the CIA's official rejection of the lie that she wasn't covert. Oh, and the fact the matter was never officially investigated by the security office tasked to care. Yeah, this administration is soooo concerned about protecting our secrets.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Of course, the reason that lying to Congress is a felony is because Congress is composed of the representatives of the American people, and when executive branch officials lie to Congress, they are lying to the country. They subvert the entire constitutional order by preventing the American people from exercising overisight over the executive branch through their representatives in Congress, and it turns the President into an unchecked, unaccountable ruler.
-- Glenn Greenwald