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OK, But Why?

As Mustang Bobby put it: McClellan Tells What Happened.

Essentially Scott McClellan has confirmed what everyone with more than two neurons firing had already figured out, even if a jury hadn’t found, beyond reasonable doubt, that the White House leaked Valerie Plame’s name to the media, and then lied about it.

So the question becomes why is he writing about it in a book? There has to be more money in working for some rightwing foundation than in a book, and he knows from personal experience in the White House what nasty people he is dealing with. So, Scott must have his own score to settle.

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November 22, 2007   4 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving

TurkeyMy view of Thanksgiving was skewed by my Father’s attitude. Having grown up on a poultry farm, he viewed the holiday as the culmination of weeks of work “processing” dozens of turkeys to be frozen and readying a few dozen more for fresh delivery. We generally ate ham when he was alive.

Having been on my Grandfather’s farm at this time of year I can understand my Dad’s attitude: our meal was subject to interruption by people picking up a fresh turkey at the last minute. A sale is a sale when you are business for yourself.

The Foxistas have forced YouTube to take down the funniest Thanksgiving show ever, the WKRP Turkey Give-away, and the writers are on strike, so read a book, or, gasp, talk to your family.

Enjoy your meal and try to forget about the world’s problems for a day: they’ll still be there on Friday.

Update: Undeniable Liberal at Maru’s has located part of the WKRP show.

Update II: Aha, Pachacutec at the Pyro Poodle Puddle supplies the punchline bit in the second cut: “As God is My Witness, I Thought Turkeys Could Fly”.

November 22, 2007   15 Comments


It was afternoon and I was on my way to a chemistry class. I had stopped for a drink of water when the news came over the speakers in the classrooms.

For those who weren’t alive at the time: remember what you felt on September 11, 2001 for a taste of November 22, 1963. It was a massive change for the worldview of my generation and it marked the beginning of a period of disruption and decline in the civility of American society. Arthur had died and Camelot fell.

At his inauguration John Kennedy made the point: “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.”

The colors of my world will never be as bright as they were on November 21, 1963.

The last seven years have been a nadir in American life. Hopefully we can recapture some of the greatness America once represented.

November 22, 2007   4 Comments