May 6, 2004

I lit a match and the void went flash

* A 66 year old man, guilty of nothing but telling the truth, rots in a prison because he is an embarassing reminder of the lies of George Bush.

* Maureen Dowd: Shocking and Awful. excerpt:

"Can't the hawks who dragged us into this hideous unholy war at least pay attention to a crisis of American credibility that's exposing Iraq and the world to more dangers every day? For the defense chief and the president to party two nights in a row, Friday at Rummy's house and Saturday at the Washington Hilton, is, to borrow a Rummy line, 'unhelpful in a fundamental way.'

"President Bush also seemed in a buoyant mood on Saturday. But he might think about getting just a tad more involved so he doesn't have to first see on TV, as he clicks around between innings, the pictures sparking a huge worldwide, American-reputation-shattering military scandal. And so he doesn't keep nattering about how we had to go to war to close Iraq's torture chambers, when they are 'really not shut down so much as under new management,' as Jon Stewart drily put it."
...
"Just when you thought things couldn't get worse, The Associated Press reports from London that 'U.S. soldiers who detained an elderly Iraqi woman last year placed a harness on her, made her crawl on all fours and rode her like a donkey.'

"And Douglas Feith, the defense under secretary who was in charge of Iraqi postwar planning and the secret unit that furnished prêt-à-porter intelligence to back up Dick Cheney's doomsday scenarios, told conservatives that the administration might set up an office to plan postwar operations for future wars.

"Well, on the one hand, it would be refreshing to have a postwar plan. On the other: future wars???"

* Some very bad Scrabble hands.

* "Faced with changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof." -- John Kenneth Galbraith

* "There is no poetry where there are no mistakes." -- Joy Harjo

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