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Friday, October 28, 2005
Fitzgerald's Sense of Humor There's not a lot that's funny about the Chief of Staff to the Vice President being indicted on five felony counts, but there is a subtle joke in the press release announcing the indictments.

In the first line, the office of Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald dispenses with I. Lewis Libby's official title and introduces him as a "Senior White House Official." Close readers of Robert Novak will recall that that is exactly the way he described his source when reporting that Joe Wilson's wiFe worked for the CIA -- the original "bad act" in this investigation.

Thursday, September 29, 2005
Whod'a Thunk It? Wow. Wonkette gets all serious and thoughtful about the House Majority Leader race ... and she makes a really good point about the true impact of the Democrats' instinctive reaction to news of David Dreier's candidacy for House Majority Leader.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Tales from the Kleptocracy Tom DeLay has been indicted.

Competence without Corruption. What more do the DNC image-makers need?

Thursday, September 15, 2005
C'mon ... Push Back! In advance of the President's speech tonight, NBC News reports one "bold action" that won't be on the agenda.
Finally, there are no plans to change the administration's stand on tax cuts. One official told me raising taxes to pay for Katrina recovery "would particularly hit people hurt by the hurricane."

I have my own standing disagreements with GOP rhetoric on tax cuts, but they're at least avenues of debate. This is a bald-faced lie, and it's a mistake for Kelly O'Donnell to repeat it as though it isn't.

You might be able to make that case if Bush's much-ballyhooed tax reform effort had already shifted the U.S. tax system to a consumption tax. But it hasn't -- the chief Federal tax is an income tax. What do the "people hurt by the hurricane" not have (among other things)? Jobs!

A Federal tax hike within the current system would precisely finance the recovery efforts by shifting from those who still have jobs (and homes and lives) to those who do not.

Friday, September 09, 2005
Trouble at Spitzer Online needs to think about toughening their defenses. At the moment, entry three in the home page's "Endorse Eliot" section comes from Patrick Semmel of Brooklyn, who writes:
Good for nothing!

Eliot Spitzer is fantastic for New York if it wants to continue to bleed jobs!

That said, the amazing thing is that there isn't more mischief like this apparent on the page.

Elsewhere in a brief tour of the site, I uncovered this passage in "Eliot's Blog:"

I traveled to the Western New York campus of St. John Fisher College to attend Buffalo Bills training camp. For this special evening practice, the Bills wore their throw-back uniforms and I couldn't help but think how exciting it would be to see J.P. Losman protected by an offensive line anchored by former Bills' greats, Reggie McKenzie and Joe DeLamielleure.

Wow. I understand the need to pander to the upstaters and all, but God, I hope I never have to hear him say that out loud -- I just know he couldn't make it sound convincing...

Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Shouldn't This Have Been Illegal Already? Gov. Schwarzenegger stands up for California's people over the powerful:
Governor signs bill to thwart stealing of savings from elderly

What's next? Governor proclaims 'apple pie is yummy'? Governor declares motherhood A-OK?

Sunday, August 28, 2005
A Reading From the Book of the Prophet W The old testament reading at church this morning was from the Book of Jeremiah (20:7). In that chapter, the prophet, angered at a local king who had ordered him jailed, renames the king "terror on every side," then calls on the Lord to smite his enemies ... or at least those who heaped derision upon him:
You duped me, O LORD, and I let myself be duped; you were too strong for me, and you triumphed. All the day I am an object of laughter; everyone mocks me.

Whenever I speak, I must cry out, violence and outrage is my message; The word of the LORD has brought me derision and reproach all the day.

I say to myself, I will not mention him, I will speak in his name no more. But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones; I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it.

Yes, I hear the whisperings of many: "Terror on every side! Denounce! let us denounce him!" All those who were my friends are on the watch for any misstep of mine. "Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail, and take our vengeance on him."

But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion: my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph. In their failure they will be put to utter shame, to lasting, unforgettable confusion.

O LORD of hosts, you who test the just, who probe mind and heart, Let me witness the vengeance you take on them, for to you I have entrusted my cause.

I have to think that the President has folded ove the page on this chapter in his personal bible...