I watched “Supersize Me” last night (second viewing); lots of bloating, nausea, sweating, high blood pressure, gas, intestinal upsets. Enduring the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament I have some of those feelings, related to the overuse of the tired and terrible sports cliches by the dozens of Dick Vitale wannabees.
‘Scuse me…..I gotta get some Alka Selzer and turn off the audio on the TeeVee.
No change in the big indicators today. This is good news, except that I would like to know where the USS Ronald Reagan is. Six days out of Hong Kong, this strike group could conceivably be only a few days from the Gulf by now.
A few minor sanctions against Iran may be voted upon by the UN.
The Russians seem to be protecting their stake in Iran by withholding nuclear fuel for the completion of the Bushehr reactor; this “sanction” is much more important than any of the others. If the Russians are committed to using it to cause compliance with the IAEA, then this hopefully will force the Iranians to get with the program in some way. But I doubt that Iran will stop enriching.
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Murray Waas at National Journal, a very reliable reporter of the Bush intrigues, has this:
Shortly before Attorney General Alberto Gonzales advised President Bush last year on whether to shut down a Justice Department inquiry regarding the administration’s warrantless domestic eavesdropping program, Gonzales learned that his own conduct would likely be a focus of the investigation, according to government records and interviews.
Bush personally intervened to sideline the Justice Department probe in April 2006 by taking the unusual step of denying investigators the security clearances necessary for their work.
Sources familiar with the halted inquiry said that if the probe had been allowed to continue, it would have examined Gonzales’s role in authorizing the eavesdropping program while he was White House counsel, as well as his subsequent oversight of the program as attorney general.
Current and former Justice Department officials, as well as experts in legal ethics, question the propriety of Gonzales’s continuing to advise Bush about the investigation after learning that it might examine his own actions. The attorney general, they say, was remiss if he did not disclose that information to the president. But if Gonzales did inform Bush about the possibility and the president responded by stymieing the probe, that would raise even more-serious questions as to whether Bush acted to protect Gonzales, they said.
President Bush’s shutting down of the Justice Department probe was disclosed in July. However, it has not been previously reported that investigators were about to question at least two crucial witnesses and examine documents that might have shed light on Gonzales’s role in authorizing and overseeing the eavesdropping program.
Investigators from the Office of Professional Responsibility notified senior aides to Gonzales early last year that the first two people they intended to interview were Jack Goldsmith, who had been an assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel, and James A. Baker, the counsel for Justice’s Office of Intelligence Policy and Review. Both men had raised questions about the propriety and legality of various aspects of the eavesdropping program, which was undertaken after September 11 as an anti-terrorism tool….
A senior federal law enforcement official said that after OPR launched its inquiry in early 2006, Justice Department political appointees were concerned that the internal ethics office might conclude that Gonzales or other administration officials had sidestepped the law in the authorization and oversight of the program.
Thanks to Rudy Giuliani’s comments at the 2004 Republican National Convention, George W. Bush apparently likes to compare himself with certain great men in history, among them Winston Churchill. That illustrates how much Bush knows about history, or how delusional he is, one or the other. According to Glenn Greenwald:
The greatest thing a man can aspire to in the eyes of our war-waging neocon friends is to exhibit the courage and internal fortitude of Winston Churchill…
On Wednesdays we’ll visit with Winnie, see how that comparison holds up.
Let’s start at the beginning: Churchill was a very good English student, and was a skilled writer and speaker. However, early in life he enlisted in the military, and
When Churchill finished training he asked to be posted to an area of action.
He became a war hero, winning Britain’s highest military honor, the Victoria Cross…. and George Bush? well, see my “Sundays with Harry S Truman” series. Bush got out of going to Vietnam by his family connections. He leapfrogged to the front of the line to get into a Texas Air National Guard Unit, and refused to go to combat. Then he walked away from his unit.