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September 14, 2005
What Else?

150. that's the estimated body count from the latest round of violence in Iraq.

For those interested, Reuters is offering us a timeline of some of the major bomb attacks In Iraq since we gave them democracy and freedom.

Hunger strikers at Gitmo are getting force-fed.

To borrow from an old joke, I wouldn't want to have his nerve in my tooth. George Bush? Asking the world to have "compassion" for the "needy"? What planet is his brain from?

If the people in the U.K. have any sense, they'll hear Davis claiming "conservative compassion" and fail to vote for him by the millions.

In related news, a story this morning on NPR revealed that San Francisco is rethinking their disaster plan. They're retooling against the expectation that it will take the government 72 hours to get it's thumb out of Bush's ahem and get moving with some assistance, in the event of a major earthquake. They're building a new strategy based on the idea that if you have a disaster, the feds really don't give a shit.

Cluster bombs. They're supposed to be banned (well, yes, we use them, but we're us) but they're for sale at London's bombs n'bullets fair.

Land mines? They're illegal, so the Bush Administration is doing what they do best. They're renaming the new ones.

What the heck is this all about? Who is the Colonial Pipeline Company and why did they get precedent over the power needs of hospitals in the hurricane zone? Or was it, as it seems from reading the article, just an attempt to minimize the bad PR fallout by trying to keep gasoline flowing to the heavily populated northeast? I guess a few dead poor people isn't too high a price to pay for that.

And, by the way, it looks like the opinions are coming down...and they are...yes. Yes, Bolton has, indeed, been instrumental in derailing meaningful reform at the U.N.

Benjamin calls him Hurricane Bolton.

That's about all I can take at the moment.

(But, hey! Jeff Alworth is back and blogging. Pop on over and tell him howdy.)

(Any my apologies to those of you I haven't been responding to in the comments section. There's never enough time....)

Posted by AnneZook at 09:35 AM | Comments (1)
September 13, 2005

The Full Roberts

Roe in Troubled Waters (Or not?) (Or, yes?) (Who knows?)

Administration stonewalling?

Conservative grilling?

CBC questions John Roberts

Judge Roberts and the Court-Stripping Movement

No Contest: Real Questions for Judge Roberts

Roberts & the 'Apex of Presidential Power'

Dignified Process?

Roberts' bad decision

Because I haven't really blogged the Roberts nomination, and I should have. And, yes, I know those are a lot of Left-leaning sites, but I cared what the Left thought of the guy. We all already know that the wingnuts on the Right find him insufficiently Stalinist and that the Christian persecution movement finds him insufficiently old testament and in any case, I've pretty much had it for one week with trying to be "balanced" to take into account the opinions of a bunch of nitwits who are still determined to pretend that the Bush Administration is peopled by competent, caring adults.


Because we can't object that a conservative nominee's rulings have, in the past leaned Right, can we? Maybe we can if statistics show that the majority of Federal Judges do not, in fact, tend to side with any particular ideology? (Or do they "lean" Left? I can't figure it out from the text.)

While I'm not crazy about the guy's record, I just don't know what we can do...or what else we could have expected. The man does, at least, appear to be qualified. More qualified than many of the Bush Administration's nominees, judicial or otherwise. And much less of a nutcase than some nominees have been.

The question is...if we bring him down, who would they offer up next? Or will the maniacs in the White House just appoint him during the next recess?

(Does anyone care about Bolton now? Is anyone agitating over that fiasco? Are you seeing what's happening in the U.N.?)

Posted by AnneZook at 01:16 PM | Comments (0)