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When Pardons Turn Political – New York Times

My coworkers and I were discussing this in line at Qdoba a couple days ago.  When I heard Libby had been convicted and sentenced to 30 months in prison, I thought to myself, “Well, all his legal team has to do is draw the appeals process out long enough so Bush can pardon him late next year, near the end of his term.”

But an astute coworker pointed out that Bush appears to genuinely care about his “legacy” and think that history will smile upon him.  And if he’s really concerned about his legacy, he won’t commit any lame duck cop-outs.  We’ll see, I guess.  But my money’s on Scooter getting pardoned before December 2008.  Anyone want to take that bet?
When Pardons Turn Political – New York Times

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Cheney Assails Those Favoring Iraq Drawdown – New York Times

Cheney Assails Those Favoring Iraq Drawdown – New York Times

“I think if we were to do what Speaker Pelosi and Congressman Murtha are suggesting,” Mr. Cheney told ABC News, “all we will do is validate the Al Qaeda strategy.”

My comments: What our Vice President doesn’t seem to understand is that his own strategy has been validating the Al Qaeda strategy all along. We’ve played right into their hands by fighting them on their own terms – increasing rather than decreasing the fear and hatred in the world.

But wait a minute! What does the Iraq drawdown have to do with Al Qaeda after all? Hasn’t it already been shown that there was no significant Al Qaeda presence in Iraq until we invaded the country?

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Drivel Politics

US may grow medicine producing rice – Food Business Review

US may grow medicine producing rice – Food Business Review

So let me see if I got this right.  The federal government is approving a modified rice that contains human genetic material in the hopes that it may help scientists invent some unspecified new drug.  But they won’t allow researchers to use embryos that can never become living humans to help them cure Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

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prediction: Libby will be pardoned on March 24

When this news…

I. Lewis Libby Jr. News – The New York Times

…that Scooter Libby is now a proven felon was announced, Beth asked me if I thought he would be pardoned.  I said, “Of course he will.  That’s how the good old boys network works.”  She asked when it would happen.  My prediction was that it would take 18 days.  That puts us at March 24, 2007.

Anyone taking bets?

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Film Politics

Osama Team Hunger Force – CollegeHumor video

Osama Team Hunger Force – CollegeHumor video

Here’s a very funny video that helps emphasize just how stupid the city of Boston.

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Food Politics

New Moon Farms CSA

Beth and I just joined our first CSA, New Moon Farms. In case you don’t know, CSA stands for “community supported agriculture” and the idea is that you buy a share (or, in our case, a half-share) of one growing season at a local farm. The farmers plant, raise, and harvest the food, and then split it up among the members of the CSA. So, if it’s a good year, we get lots of food. If it’s a bad year, we get less. But regardless, it’s all fresh locally-grown stuff raised by a farming family we can meet and talk to, as opposed to coming out of some faceless megacorp at the local supermarket.

We’ll get fresh produce, herbs, etc. every Wednesday from May until October. Presumably, a half-share is enough for 1-2 people, so I hope we won’t have so much we have to throw anything out. Of course, it’s possible that if it goes well, we could do a full-share in 2008 and then store some of the food over the winter. But that might require getting a bigger freezer or a dehydrator. I think I’m too lazy to can stuff in Mason jars.

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Politics

Positive Press on Iraq Is Aim of U.S. Contract

Positive Press on Iraq Is Aim of U.S. Contract – Anyone read “1984” lately? In that book, the government used public relations to make citizens feel good about a war that was made up against an imaginary enemy in order for the populace to feel their government was doing a sound and admirable job of protecting them.

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Drivel Politics

Slash Fanfiction

You have not truly lived until you’ve read and enjoyed a short story about Cheney and Rumsfeld as gay lovers:

http://japanimatedfastshow.homestead.com/Fanfics.html

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I’m a realist

I was chatting with my little brother online this evening, and telling him a little about cohousing. I wrote something about neo-cons not being likely fans of cohousing. He wrote back, “I wonder if you’re a neo-con if you have to google the term when your brother mentions it.”

So he looked up the definition and turned me on to this quiz.

I took it. It’s got hard questions! My own person results were that I’m a “realist” which is defined like so:

Realist
Realists…

* Are guided more by practical considerations than ideological vision
* Believe US power is crucial to successful diplomacy – and vice versa
* Don’t want US policy options unduly limited by world opinion or ethical considerations
* Believe strong alliances are important to US interests
* Weigh the political costs of foreign action
* Believe foreign intervention must be dictated by compelling national interest

Historical realist: President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Modern realist: Secretary of State Colin Powell

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Politics

Batting .500

Tuesday was Election Day, of course. Here in Broomfield, we had 8 questions on the ballot. Out of those, 4 of the ones I voted for actually won! Given how seldom my candidates historically win, 4 out of 8 is pretty outstanding! Of course, 2 of those races were ones for school board where the person was running unopposed. So 2 of my4 winners were “gimmes”.

It’s nice to see that Referendum C passed. I voted for that one. I figure any time my dad and my wife both agree on anything related to politics, it’s probably got merit. That was the case with Ref C this year.