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I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.
I do not think that they will sing to me.

                     T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

20 October 2007

Dick Cheney's ultimate plan?
Here's a question for you on something you've probably never heard of but which could play a profound role in the future of our nation.

NSPD-51 (National Security Presidential Directive 51.

Have you ever heard of it? Do you know anything about it at all?

Well, you should.

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[Posted 4:50pm edt]

14 October 2007

Catching up, but just a little bit.
Sorry to have fallen silent but sometimes that's necessary. This has been a week of sorting things out, planning the next steps toward...well, that's still up in the air. So the coming week might not see me posting very often either. Due to the just-completed Great American Beer Festival and some developing stories, most of my online stuff will be going up over here and here for the next several days.

Meanwhile, here are two print pieces from today's papers which are available online and worth reading.

In the case of today's Frank Rich column in the New York Times, I say "must reading," actually. It's that good and goes where too few commentators have been willing to go.

And after being depressed by that, this pretty amazing story by Marie McCullough in the Philadelphia Inquirer is a feel-good piece which helps me at least feel a little better about the kind of people we are, or can be. If there aren't more than a few movie producers falling all over themselves to try and get the rights to turn this into a film, then I don't know me my movie producers.

Back when I can get back. Play among yourselves and stay off the good furniture.

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[Posted 10:20am edt]

3 October 2007

The Blackwater chickens join all the others roosting in the Bush Administation's burgeoning hall of shame.
One of my most loyal readers has gently complained that I too often quote others here and don't write enough of my own thoughts. He has a point, one I've thought about myself for a long time. I will try to do better.

That said, allow me now to quote Maureen Dowd , who says what I think better than I could.

Dowd writes some of the most inane columns you'll find in our major press outlets (and that's saying something, because there is a lot of competition). Now and then, though, she's dead on the mark. Today's column is one of those:

"He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster," Nietzsche said. "And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."

We're gazing into the abyss all right, and Blackwater is gazing back.

[ ... ]

[T]the compromises W. makes to slog on in Iraq, be it with warlords, dictators or out-of-control contractors, are spreading a dark stain on America's image.

[ ... ]

W. outsourced his presidency to Cheney and Rummy, and Cheney and Rummy went to war on the cheap and outsourced large chunks of the Iraq occupation to Halliburton and Blackwater. The American taxpayer got gouged, and so did the American reputation.

That's the gist of the thing right there, but the entire piece is worth reading (I love here reference to our new "mercenary-evangelical complex."

As the Supreme Court returns for its new session this week, I hope the Honorables will take a moment or two to consider the evil they unleashed on the nation with their political intervention into the 2000 presidential election. They won't, of course, because to do so would be to acknowledge, if only to themselves, how their names and reputations will be stained by history.

That enduring stain will not be enough, but it's something.

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[Posted 5:00pm edt]


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