In the days after Bush stole the presidency in Florida 2000, Paul Krugman was, quite literally, the ONLY media figure to stand up and tell the truth about Bush, his administration, the Republican Party, and what was happening to our country. In the darkness and the horror and the helplessness, Krugman was one of the very few points of light and signs of hope. Read more about Mad props to Paul Krugman
Let's all share a happy moment:
"I'm going to have an interesting time because the Government Reform Committee has jurisdiction over everything. The most difficult thing will be to pick and choose."
-- Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), quoted by the AP, on what he'll choose to investigate as the incoming chairman of the panel.
Juan Cole points us to an interesting little item today. From the Original House of Fascism, a creative diversion of money from, well, creativity to destructivity. Via English language (but just barely) version of the Italian paper Agenzia Giornalistica Italia:
The voluntary contribution in tax returns ('otto per mille') paid by the Italian citizens to finance culture was used by the government to finance the mission to Iraq. FAI (Italian environmentalist fund) president Giulia Maria Mozzoni Crespi said today opening the yearly meeting on the artistic heritage. "I was astonished by what Enrico Letta (prime minister's undersecretary) told me. The money Italian citizens wanted to give to finance art, cultural and social exigencies was used to finance the war on Iraq and only a small part was used to struggle against starvation in the world. Enrico Letta said it in a conference but he told me that only a daily published a small article" she said.
Isn't that, indeed, creative? Take the tax form checkoffs intended to keep art alive, and use it to make people dead. Off the books. Read more about The Art of War (Financing)
Her name is Sweetie (and she is as sweet as they come--loves kids, no problem with other dogs, is anti-torture, etc.). She was rescued near Santa Monica Blvd. and Western Ave.--she had been running in and out of traffic, nearly being struck by so many vehicles and stopping the hearts of all who participated in the capture that one would-be rescuer broke down crying and had to leave the scene. My wife stuck with her task and was able to catch her without any bloodshed. My wife is amazing. Read more about Friday Adopted Dog Blogging
The ever thoughtful Digby has a post up titled "Winning into Losing." Inspired (or not) I wrote some lyrics along the lines of Digby's theme (Steve Earle is playing on the stereo so he may have influenced things a bit vis a vis these here lyrics).
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Just days after his resignation, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is about to face more repercussions for his involvement in the troubled wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. New legal documents, to be filed next week with Germany's top prosecutor, will seek a criminal investigation and prosecution of Rumsfeld, along with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former CIA director George Tenet and other senior U.S. civilian and military officers, for their alleged roles in abuses committed at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison and at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
What is the solution to the mess in Iraq? This is a question that I've pondered a great deal, and now that we have a Democratic majority, I expect a large number of people are considering anew. I confess: I have almost no hope that there is a way out of Bush's qWagmire that won't be painful, bloody, and expensive. Read more about The End to Truthiness in Iraq: Reframing the War/Occupation
Newberry is Shrill! And not without reason:
Why is the Post printed on paper?
To wipe the drool off their chins when talking about reactionary racist Republicans.
Michael D. Shear and Tim Craig turn in an unprofessional, biased and blatantly inaccurate piece on "The Rise and Fall of George Allen", blaming "Washington" and not Allen.
To one Republican voted out this week, I say "goodbye," instead of "good riddance."
In late September, a dozen Senate Democrats (and many House Dems, including holier-than-thou Rep. Harold Ford) gave Bush carte blanche to hold people without due process — and torture them.
Lincoln Chafee was the only Republican senator to vote against the bill, as he was in the vote that authorized the Iraq War. Read more about The last good Republican?
It is hoped Mr. Bush has lots of anti-bacterial gel handy--wouldn't want him to catch Progressive Fever now would we?