Comments: Doggone It

Barrett couldn't get the IRS under Bush to investigate either and he five years to try.

The French rioters were all poor, but they weren't all Muslim, and most of those who are identified as Muslim weren't terribly religious acording to the people on the scene.

The classified documents that Sandy Berger removed were his notes that he was reviewing for testimony which is why it didn't go any further. He shouldn't have done it, and it was illegal, but it would have been a tough case for a prosecutor to do anything with.

Posted by Bryan at January 29, 2006 07:15 PM

Well, I'm the polite one? That's a nice change... never mind.

Actually, I had another reaction to #2, the "successes in Iraq" one: We are, barely, capable of building things faster than insurgents can blow them up. Yippedy doo dah.

I recently heard a report on NPR that heads up my (as yet uncompiled) personal "Most underreported stories" list: over a million Iraqi refugees in neighboring countries since the invasion, as a result of the civil war we won't admit is already going on. The brain drain alone -- someone's been targetting professsors, doctors, engineers, so they're getting out in large numbers -- will cripple Iraqi society for a generation. So WorldNuts can talk all they want about hours of electricity service in Basra: until Iraqis are more likely to be moving into Iraq than away from it, we've got no cause for particular pride at our sewage (so to speak) and paving projects.

#4 is neo-Nazi territory. No, I'm not projecting: the borderwatch projects like the Minutemen are riddled with neo-Klan, Aryan Nation and NSM types, and "mainstream" figures like Malkin and Coulter and Limbaugh are real receptive to the "brown menace" message.

And, as far as our scores go, Anne, there's no way we're "average", even for political bloggers. You read everything, and I read you....

Posted by Ahistoricality at January 29, 2006 09:48 PM

Thanks for the info, Bryan. Your memory (or research) is better than mine.

Posted by Anne at January 29, 2006 10:13 PM

Ahistoricality, I don't think you're projecting. Again, the racist angle on the "Minutement" and other groups slipped my mind for a moment although the racist component of the anti-immigrant speeches by some politicians did not.

That "Iraqis leaving Iraq" story needs wider coverage. When next I visit your blog, sometime in the next 24 hours, I'm sure I'll see you spreading the story. ;)

(Me? Read everything? Don't make me laugh. Last Thursday I tried to read everything...I was blogging for seven hours, and I barely scratched the surface! Besides, you're always finding stories I haven't seen!)

Posted by Anne at January 29, 2006 10:17 PM