The Valerie Plame Affair

Tuesday, 30 September 2003, 11:00 | Category : Politics
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It’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out. It’s looking pretty obvious at this point that somebody within the Administration revealed Valerie Plame as a CIA operative. Why really doesn’t matter – the fact that they did should be enough for Americans to demand full accountability from the White House. This isn’t just bad behavior, this is a major violation both of Federal law and of the protection of our intelligence community. Will the arrogance of the Bush Administration cause them to justify this in that smug manner that has characterized so many of their decisions? Will all those Stepford Republicans once again rally ’round, because if a Republican did it, it must be a Good Thing?

The Treehouse Saga

Friday, 26 September 2003, 12:49 | Category : Mississippi
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TO read about one of the most absurd, misguided applications of city government I’ve ever seen, check out this website about a wonderful treehouse
in Clinton, MS. Surely Clinton has more pressing problems than this.

Democratic Candidate Analysis Update

Thursday, 25 September 2003, 19:55 | Category : Politics
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Gen. Wesley Clark’s formal entry has once again scrambled the race for the Democratic nomination. I think the candidates hurt the most are John Kerry, Joe Lieberman, and Howard Dean. But I think it may alter the dynamics more than that.

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Living With Books

Tuesday, 23 September 2003, 8:23 | Category : Books
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Someone once asked me (an adult person, BTW) why I went to the library. I wasn’t sure how to answer. I mean, beyond the obvious – to get books – how do you answer a question like that? What they were really asking was, why do you read books? My response should have been (but probably wasn’t), “Why don’t you?” I’ve always read. I’m often reading on more than one book at a time. I always have a stack by the bed. And I read books on many, many topics, although history and science are probably my most-often read books. So, I thought I would begin offering a few recommendations from time to time.

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What Makes Bush-haters So Mad?

Monday, 15 September 2003, 21:06 | Category : Politics
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Jim asks; I’ll answer, somewhat. And I won’t even bring up the hijacked election. Let’s start with the energy policy. The Bush administration refuses to even say who was consulted in the development of this policy. They refuse to release any details of the meetings Cheney had with this mysterious group. What seems to be evident is that the Bush energy plan consistes of two things: drill and drill some more. Energy isn’t the biggest reason for the distrust and dislike of the Bushies, but it was one of the earliest examples of what has become a trend: the lack of accountability and closed-door modus operandi of this administration.

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