Monday, February 27, 2006

Symphony for the Devil: Lyrics Update?

I helped set the charge 'neath the Golden Dome,
'cause the neo plan just wasn't keeping
Still waiting for my hat tip from
Roger though.
Guess I'll remind him when he's done with the

Now everyone seems to know their role,
as they jockey for a toe hold on the brink.
But, who could forget all those purple doves,
They lent such a nice touch, don't you think?

Drum has a somewhat heartening Report from Baghdad . However, I was struck by an exchange Fareed Zakaria had Sunday with the roundtable on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" He pointed out that India, Nigeria, Malaysia and other nations with multi-ethnic populations have sectarian riots from time to time and they do not fall into civil war. When asked what a civil war would look like he said, "a concerted effort by the communities to continue." He did not think this applied to Iraq, because there seemed to be a "pull back."

However, when reminded that the activities of the Iraqi Interior Ministry hit squads and the retaliatory executions had been going on for months, Zakaria admitted that when the US allowed militias to be an intergral part of the Iraqi defense forces, for the sake of political expediency, it was a grave error and endemic to the continued sectarian conflict.

Translation: For the sake of G.W.'s election campaign, we colluded with militia groups so they could keep a lid on things long enough for the US elections to take place and for all the "democracy" events to proceed long enough for us to get the hell out of there before the 2006 mid-terms.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Rising Housing Bubble Floats Many Middle Class Losers

In Business Week, Michael Mandel makes a nice correlation between rising home values and the Democrats inability to get any traction criticizing the borrow and spend Republican economic policies.

Middle class workers aren't feeling the decline in real earnings--about $1,100 per year, between 2000 and 2004--because more of them own homes and have offset those losses through the wonder of home mortgage refinancing.

A downturn in the housing market bodes ill for Republicans, so Bush probably thinks he did his party good when he recently turned a question about making housing more affordable into an opportunity to state reassuringly,
"I don't think you have to worry about the mortgage deduction not being a part of the income-tax law."

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Kinda Chickensh*t?

White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan: "protocol was not followed by Mr. Whittington when it came to notifying others that he was there. And so, you know, unfortunately, these types of hunting accidents happen from time to time." Several hunting experts were skeptical of McClellan's explanation.

Skeptical is a nice euphimism. It is always the shooter's responsibilty to make certain the line of fire is clear.

I will go out on a limb here and presume Whittington has done quite a bit of hunting. I mean, only the upper crust ever make it out on Katie Armstrong's patch of heaven, dontcha think? All these boys have probably been shooting their great grandad's Franchi since before they were old enough to bully the hired help. To think Whittington was doing something so completely and totally asinine or unexpected that it relieves Cheney of responsiblity seems far fetched.

Sure, accidents happen. But Dick's --cough, cough--"straight shooter" image is going to suffer unless he stands up and takes responsibility.

Update: Better late than never, Cheney takes responsibility during interview with Fox News' Britt Hume on 2/15/06 . I'm curious to hear from the many condescending Bush/Cheney Monarchists who knew it was Whittington's fault.