June 8th, 2007

News

supplemental: three good reads

"Perhaps no fact is more revealing about Iraq's history than this: The Iraqis have a word that means to utterly defeat and humiliate someone by dragging his corpse through the streets. The word is 'sahel,' and it helps explain much of what I have seen in three and a half years of covering the war.

Coverage: "A presidential pardon sends one cynical message: Powerful, well-connected people can lie with impunity. The administration behaved as if it were above challenge and rebuke."

"Vice President Cheney told Justice Department officials that he disagreed with their objections to a secret surveillance program during a high-level White House meeting in March 2004... Comey's disclosures indicate that Cheney and his aides were more closely involved than previously known in a fierce internal battle over the legality of the warrantless surveillance program."

Bonus: Cat and Girl presents A Brief History of Puppet States.
News

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"With most of the U.S. military's surge troops already in place, the numbers are starting to come in on how well it has succeeded in its goal of reducing sectarian violence in Iraq. And they aren't encouraging."

FRIDAY NEWS:
* "A Council of Europe investigator says he has evidence to prove the CIA ran secret jails in Poland and Romania to interrogate 'war on terror' suspects."
* Sinking Ship? The head of the Joint Chiefs steps down.
* Can Congress legally end the war?
* Jefferson pleads not guilty, doesn't explain the money hidden in the freezer. I can't wait for the trial.
* BAGnewsNotes on Rice vs. Cheney.
* One benefit of mixing up the primary season? Candidates can finally start ignoring Iowa.
* Defending the fatwa in modern society.
* Push vs. pull: "Within 24 hours, no primate on the planet will be unaware of Paris Hilton's transfer from the pokie to the ankle bracelet, but it is a safe bet that within weeks or even months, relatively few Americans will know the big news going down now in Iraq."
Scorpion

Taking the hint

After work I Metro up to White Flint, and ready myself for the mile-walk over to Dream Wizards to play in the HorrorClix tournament. About a block into it, the skies open up. Being a good commuter, I have my purloined umbrella, but I assure you, it in no way kept me dry.

As I am approaching the store, I note all the stores around it seem to have closed up early. No dice. Power outage hitting the entire area. I find pseudotheist and crew inside, and we stick around until we get kicked out. Was not meant to be! I hitch a ride home from another player, and get home in time to startle M. and catch a shower, so we can head over to girlie47's party. Which I was going to skip to hit the tourney. I'm not superstitious*, but I know a sign when I see it.

* - I totally am.