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Entries from May 2005

What Perils Await

May 31st, 2005 · 1 Comment

The periodic “speculation” about a retirement of some Supreme Court Justice during the Bush Administration is amusing to me. From where I sit, it’s impossible to imagine that Bush will not get to appoint a Justice to the Court. And there’s nothing atypical about the approach, either. “This White House — I congratulate it on […]

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Tags: The Bush Regime

Baking & Broiling a Reader, Westinghouse Style

May 30th, 2005 · 3 Comments

I introduced my wife to Vodka this morning. Todd Vodka. Vodka has an interesting style of writing and a quirky approach to life that, for some reason I don’t quite understand, reminds me of Saki. Or maybe it’s just because I expect to find both of them in a decent Japanese bar. At any rate, […]

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Tags: Old Journal Entries

Left, Right & Hijacking the Moral High Ground

May 29th, 2005 · 2 Comments

Oh for the days of old, when I could blog to my heart’s content. There’s so much I want to comment on these days, but I find little time for even an article or two a week right now. And — wouldn’t you know it — when I finally decide I can remain silent no […]

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Tags: Balaam's Ass

Say That Again?

May 27th, 2005 · No Comments

I spotted this over at the Blue Bus and I liked it so much — and currently have so little time for blogging — that I figured I’d share it here, too. Compare this: I’ll probably say it three more times. See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and […]

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Tags: The Bush Regime

Book ‘Em, Ricko

May 25th, 2005 · 7 Comments

The astute reader will have noticed that I haven’t blogged in several days now. Interestingly, I haven’t suffered much in the way of withdrawal. No doubt that’s because what’s been keeping me from my blog is finishing off a brief for a Hell’s Angels case I’ve been working. Arguments only in that brief consumed 151 […]

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Tags: Personal Life

Riddle Me This

May 19th, 2005 · 2 Comments

Why is it that we sometimes forget about some truly great people, until they’re gone? Batman: Any last riddles, Riddler? Riddler: Yes….what keeps coming back no matter how many times you throw it away? Batman: That’s easy. A boomerang. Riddler: Yes. I….am a boomerang….and I’ll….be….back….(falls down, unconscious) Only this time, I don’t think he will. […]

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Tags: Obituary

Shifting the Blame

May 18th, 2005 · 2 Comments

Perhaps I’m too cynical. Perhaps. But I’m not buying the idea that the Newsweek story about the Quran and the Toilet was false. It seems much more likely to me that Newsweek got it right and the Bush Administration is scrambling to achieve two goals: 1) Find some way to reduce Muslim anger and 2) […]

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Tags: News Reporting

U.S. “News” Media Officially State-Owned?

May 17th, 2005 · No Comments

Now I know the real reason so many “news” stories are unattributed these days. The White House says Newsweek magazine took a “good first step” by retracting its story that U.S. investigators found evidence interrogators at Guantanamo Bay desecrated the Quran, but it wants the magazine to do more to repair damage caused by the […]

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Tags: News Reporting

Blaming the Messenger

May 16th, 2005 · No Comments

Over the last few years, since a secret government was installed in America, I’ve often lamented the fact that we no longer get real news. Instead, we get Fox, presumably so-named because the right-wing Republican hicks who started and run it mis-pronounced “Faux” when they were working with their attorneys to file the incorporation papers. […]

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Tags: News Reporting

God Sued Over Intelligent Design Flaws

May 11th, 2005 · 3 Comments

He doesn’t except it from what? I’ve recently been accused of being a bigot because I think the fact that the bigotry of the theocratic conservative right — which as near as anyone can tell consists almost entirely of Republicans — is a natural result of their being poor and uneducated. This was despite the […]

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Tags: Religion