Friday, April 07, 2006
Just for a hoot, try this: transfer the audio CD of Sarah Vowell’s Assassination Vacation to your mp3 player. Then, set it on ‘random.’
I did that, without knowing I had set it on random. Despite switching tracks about every three minutes, a half hour went by before I realized anything was amiss. And I’ve read the book!
I just didn’t remember it being quite that…experimental.
Is anyone else completely creeped out by that Burger King guy in the unmoving mask?
This week a student told me he had to cut back to part-time school so he could keep his
full-time job to pay for his methadone. As excuses go, that ain’t bad.
It’s a measure of how degraded our political culture has become that we devote more coverage to Katie Couric and Meredith Vieira than to the revelation that Bush actually ordered the leak of a CIA agent’s name to punish a political opponent.
I predict the usual conservative trolls will work their usual echo-chamber magic, and within a few days we’ll be heaping scorn on anybody who suggests that Bush doesn’t have the right, nay, the duty, to blow agents’ cover to protect his own approval ratings.
Nothing against Meredith Vieira, but I was rooting for Natalie Morales. Sigh.
It’s a good thing we have Homeland Security protecting us from the likes of the deputy of Homeland Security who just got busted for soliciting a 14 year old girl.
I saw a poet speak on campus yesterday, which was a terrible idea. She was able to switch voices, narrative speeds, whenever it suited her purposes. That has never been one of my skills. It made me insanely jealous. There are topics I’d love to address, if I had the writerly chops to do them justice, but nooo. This must be how the guy who made “Logan’s Run” felt after seeing “Star Wars” for the first time. “Humbling” doesn’t quite capture it. Sometimes being completely outclassed is more incapacitating than inspiring.
The rubber-chicken circuit is starting again. For the next few weeks, it’s all end-of-year functions, all the time. Better stock up on coffee and Diet Coke while I still can…
I have no idea who any of those people you're talking about as Katie Couric's replacement are. I'm barely cognizant of Katie. She's the one having Tom Cruise's baby, right?
Logan's Run: I think that you and I both are due for Carousel right about now. Check your palm.
DD, your crack about "Logan's Run" versus "Star Wars" hits me right there. I, too, feel like a hack writer or teacher when I come up against a fluid professional. But, then, I think of the fourth Star Wars movie with Jar-Jar and I feel muuuuuch better.
Also, your comment about the start-up of the rubber chicken circuit made me think of your Tuesday requisition post. Scaaary!
By the way... my palm is clear, and there are cats everywhere.
Oh... and let's hope there is no spinning Bush this time!
You are asserting a fact not yet in evidence, though it has become apparent that many already believe as you do. The fact is that Bush authorized Libby to release material that was in a classified intelligence document about Iraq. The proper liberal spin is that, at the same moment Bush was deploring leaks he was himself ordering them. (That was NPR's take yesterday.) The proper conservative spin is that when the President orders that information be released from a classified document, the document has become declassified by operation of law--and by definition is no longer a leak after all.
No one has said that this information, whether "leaked" or not, had anything at all to do with Plame. Or let me amend--the Times and the WSJournal and NPR have made it clear that the Plame identity is not part of this alleged leak, and I would take them at their word.
Please note also that Libby is not alleged to be the person who told Robert Novack of Plame's identity, that Fitzgerald apparently knows that identity, and Libby's lawyers are trying to pry that information out of him. They need it to prepare Libby's defense, they say, but Fitzgerald is resising, I don't know why.
When the story gets this complicated, over such a trivial matter, I actually don't blame the public for being more interested in Katie Couric. (I say it's trivial because I believe that Plame was not a covert agent at the time her identity was revealed within the meaning of the relevant statute. Plus I think the whole thing is essentially a Krugman fantasy.)
Good to know there is a demographic for him, though!
To settle a political score, Libby intentionally sacrificed American intelligence capabilities in a volatile region where intelligence is hard to get.
That's incredibly irresponsible, at best. If you care about national security, how could you not be horrified by it?
Sounds like a textbook leak to me.
It could be legal, as you point out. But it's amusing that a President who's railed against the evils of leaks throughout his time in office decides to leak very sensitive himself when it suits his purposes.
That's classic hypocrisy. Leaking is evil, unless I do it?
my additional point is that libby is not accused of giving Plame's name to robert novak, which was the original leak that started the investigation, and I take we all can agree on that?
BDD, you are alleging that libby's actions compromised national security, and that would be a bad thing. libby has asked the government to supply its assessment of that damage, which they are refusing to do. so i'm not clear on just how much damage was done, and why i should think that.
do i like the secretive relationships between the press and top government officials, and the ways they pass and manipulate information? i do not. but of all the gross errors the bush administration has committed, the plame affair and now this allegation of "leaking" seem like awfully small things to waste time on.
final note. the burger king marketing has been odd for years, it's just crossed the line into incomprehensible.
And I thought Libby leaked the information to Judith Miller? and Robert Novack was her husband?? And no it's not Bush's biggest illegal excercise but it's one that left a "paper trail" of sorts. After he leaked a CIA agent, Fitzgerald is oh so brave to try this investigation. I mean if a President outs an agent of his government after her husband criticizes his administration, what could he possibly do to an investigator? A lot!
And I couldn't be more tickled pink I won't ever have to watch Katie Couric in the morning again. Starbucks must inject her with an espresso IV every morning or something.
And DD his methadone habit? 0_o you just amde me thank my lucky stars my parents are former hippies who told me their "stories".
This administration's MO is to run so many scandals at once that the public actually can't even keep track. There's a demented genius to that.
Does the Burger King guy appeal to Gen Y? I'll have to ask those younger than me. To my mind, it's just a staggeringly ill-conceived ad, but I may be showing my fuddy-duddy stripes.