July 31, 2007 by lonbud
This ‘N That
Full Disclosure: I’d just like to get another post in the books before July is out, though not for any lack of things to note or discuss.
I’m mindful of the New Year’s intention I had to post more regularly this year, but it’s not working out that way. C’est la vie.
Is speaking French a deportable offense yet?
Last Throes Redux: A Re-jiggered “Dead-eye Dick” Cheney was back on Larry King Live tonight, looking and acting for all the world like the recalcitrant, lemon-sucking, gnome of Darkness he is.
He had much to say — rather, he said a lot — from the seat where he opined in May 2005 we were seeing “the last throes, if you will” of the insurgency in Iraq. The rough translation of his appearance tonight would be, “go f*ck yourself.”
El Mentiroso : “Abu” (you can call me Al) Gonzales, in addition to being the first American of Hispanic providence to lead the U.S. Department of Justice — and yet completely unrelated to his heritage — has now endured more official humiliation, as recorded for posterity by The Congressional Record, than any Cabinet member ever.
From The Sports Desk: We live in times of polarity and extreme. Barry Bonds is on the brink of setting the career home run record, and even among the most loyal fans of the game — not to mention the commissioner’s office — we’ve naught but sturm und drang.
Is speaking German a deportable offense yet?
Media Matters: Thanks to Glenn Greenwald, we recognize and understand more about the mechanics of modern propaganda than we’d like to. Thanks to Ingemar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni we have a nearly endless supply of material to keep us blissfully inured to it. Those of a more funky bent can look tomorrow to PBS Great Performances for a different taste of the naked truth, or surrender completely to the summertime blues and read about growing up.
Money, Money: Two more days of lower prices have compounded pressure on world financial markets after last week’s debacle — the largest one-week decline in five years. The dollar has revisited three-year lows against world currencies. Have we seen the Top of the Bush administration’s economy?
Tell me — does it feel like recession dead-ahead, or a springboard to green grass and high tides?
Summertime Makes Me Feel Free: In the midst of the very thing Donald Rumsfeld once described as a “long hard slog,” the Iraqi government is taking the month of August off. Talk amongst yourselves.
Science News: Or Business Website?
A Ray of Hope : Notwithstanding the photo of Dr. Fredrico Mayor on the home page.
Next Steps: Has it not been ever thus? We’ll forego the opportunity to do the right thing, forever moved by fear and ignorance of the past, and wait, again, for Godot.