March 19, 2007

the aisle of truth is zero and cold


Gordon Matta-Clark, The Caribbean Orange, 1978

* Top ten conservative idiots. excerpt:

"7. The White House

"Perhaps the most interesting piece of testimony from last week's Congressional hearing on the Valerie Plame affair came not from Plame herself - although she certainly had plenty to say - but from Dr. James Knodell.

"Cast your minds back for a moment to the early days of the Plame Affair, when Scott McClellan said, 'The President has made it very clear that the leaking of classified information is a serious matter, and he takes it very seriously. That's why he is saying that we need to get to the bottom of this, and the sooner, the better.' That was about a week after George W. Bush said, 'I want to get to the bottom of this,' and, 'if there is a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is.'

"Clearly the White House were trying really hard to discover the truth behind Plame's outing, because two years later Scott McClellan was still saying, 'No one wants to get to the bottom of it more than the President of the United States.'

"So what does this have to do with the White House Director of the Office of Security? Well, according to Think Progress, he testified under oath last week that, 'to his knowledge the White House has never ordered a probe, report, or sanctions as a result of the outing of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame.'

"Oops."

* If you are not watching Ian Svenonius' Sort Focus, you should be.

* Three songs by The Pretty Things, from Popside.

* "I believe in saying the truth, coming out with it cold, shocking if necessary, not disguising it. In other words, obscenity is a cleansing process, whereas pornography only adds to the murk." -- Henry Miller, 1962

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