May 21st, 2007

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Courtesy BAGnewsNotes:

"The article, In the Heat of Battle and Politics, the Hard Facts Melt, asks 'How can a single country look so kaleidoscopically different depending on the point of view?' In the text, the problems in perception are attributed to: 1.) competing political agendas; 2.) the breakdown in the flow of information out of the Iraqi government; 3.) The growing 'blanket of security' between Iraqi officials and life in Baghdad; and 4.) The desire of American officials to only hear what they want to hear.

"What the photo implies, however - which the more lofty and analytical article seemed intent on looking beyond - is how much perceptual problem regarding Iraq are being caused by the pure physical inability to see and hear...

"The main reason Iraq looks 'so kaleidoscopically different,' at this point, is because the place is sheer chaos and because (for both practical and political reasons) there are just not enough independent eyes available through which to monitor hell."
Scorpion

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So, yes, we're cat-sitting for a friend for the next week and a half. This tiny polar bear of a cat is approximately 85% made of energy. Constantly on the move, constantly underfoot. I presume it sleeps at some point, but I haven't seen it stop moving for more than a few minutes at a time. My prediction that I can make it a carrying cat in just four days may have been three days too long; we'll have to see once it actually gets used to the apartment and not as starved for attention.

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Today is picture day at Zoe's school, so exciting early morning of trying to wrangle her into decent clothes, and M. getting her looking presentable. I think a stellar job was done, however. Better pics to follow.

Reminder for those coming over: Heroes finale, tonight, my pad. Pants-time is 8 pm. Show's on at 9.
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"The case for Gonzales' departure is painfully clear. The case for Gonzales' continuing perch as Attorney General is not apparent."

A soldier returns home and tries to cope with life without war. (Courtesy jakethrash.)

Analysis: all of a sudden, Washington remembers how to make compromises. But will it last? And, could it mean a return to the Iraq Study Group? (You know, the one Bush commissioned, and then summarily ignored.)

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TV reviewer Lisa de Moraes looks ahead to next season.

Chinese college holds mandatory pregnancy tests.

Whoah. "Bryan is a very sick child. The whites of his eyes are yellow and his skin is an unnatural gold. The blue lights are saving his life."