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Here a bomb, there a bomb, everywhere a little bombbomb… 1 July 2007

Posted by marisacat in DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, SCOTUS, WAR!.

  The Third Man - Vienna - Ferris Wheel

Who is IOZ has a pertinent entry, it will make you yearn for consummate writers, as well.  A contemporaneous quote on the ineptitude of the bomb makers, a snip from Dr Strangelove and IOZ’s own lovely and swift commentary in between:

Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent was published 100 years ago, and it proves beyond doubt that 1907 and 2007 are indistinguisable other than some minor advances in the internal combustion engine and the readier availability of pornography.

In it, Verloc, a lazy fellow-traveller of anarchist and communist radicals has spent the latter decades of his life in the pay of the Russian embassy as an informer and occasional agent provocateur. He’s also an informant for the police. One day, he is called to the embassay and upraided for failing in the provacateur portion of his agency. Off goes Verloc, who acquires a bomb and recruits his wife’s beloved, mentally retarded younger brother–whom Verloc boards and cares for–to plant the bomb. Needless to say, poor Stevie blows himself up on the way to his target.


To that I would add, from a posting of mine at LSF, in October 2005, on the too likely outcome of “Fitzmas” extended lunacy:

I am not the only person thinking of Welles’ The Third Man.  There is a leaden quality to all that passes these days.  I don’t sense some simple resolution, indictments (there may be some) and orderly progression.  Felt [Deep Throat] was one of two prosecuted and tried under federal charges arising from COINTELPRO acts while at the FBI.  Ford pardoned Felt, Nixon sent him champagne.  We are moral ambiguity.  Vienna was a devastated and traitorous landscape.  The zither, the cat who loved Harry Lime and the ferris wheel

Anna: That [Kurtz] was the man who brought me some money when Harry died. He said Harry had been anxious at the last moment.

Holly (recognizing the same concern Lime felt for him): He said he remembered me too. It seems to show he wasn’t in much pain.

Anna: Doctor Winkel told me that…

Holly: Doctor Winkel, who’s he?

Anna: A doctor Harry used to go to. He was passing just after it happened.

Holly: His own doctor?

Anna: Yes.

Holly: Were you at the inquest?

Anna: Yes. They said it wasn’t the driver’s fault. Harry had often said what a careful driver he was.

Holly (astonished): He was Harry’s driver?

Anna: Um-hum.

Holly: I don’t get it. All of them there – Kurtz, this Rumanian Popescu, his own driver knocking him over, his own doctor just passing by? No strangers there at all.

Anna: I know. I’ve wondered about it a hundred times, if it really was an accident. What difference does it make? He’s dead isn’t he?…

Holly: The porter saw it happen.

Anna: Then why worry?

We need a zither* player, all feels leaden.

[* speakers on]

********  close of October 2005 snip  ********


Not that we were, but speaking of ferris wheels – I wish This Week provided transcripts.  I would like the text in hand of Bay Buchanan and Cokie Roberts (that virulent daughter of the ”old” white South) espousing “separate but equal”.  Which they both just did.

   Klansmen ride the Ferris Wheel

As I land on things of interest will add to the post.


UPDATE, 9:53 am

Bruce Fein appeared on PBS’ News Hour last week and spoke about executive privilege with Smiec…

No guaranteed secret communication

MARGARET WARNER:   Bruce Fein, that was at the heart of the letter from both Fred Fielding and the solicitor general’s opinion, that until…

BRUCE FEIN:   It was the heart of the argument in the U.S. v. Nixon case, and the Supreme Court said no.

 That’s why it’s only a qualified privilege. There’s no one, including me and Doug Kmiec or anyone else who talks to the president who’s guaranteed that that communication is going to remain secret, because U.S. v. Nixon says it can be disclosed.

And yet, in my experience, 15 years in Washington, I would wager Doug himself, he never encountered anyone who said, “I think I’ll compromise and clip what I advise the president because maybe, at some future time, it may be disclosed.” That is not the kind of advice you give to the president of the United States in the Oval Office.

And this idea of this huge chilling effect is really a concoction. And everybody knows when they go into that Oval Office, because U.S. v. Nixon, this could be disclosed information from time to time. Even, most recently, we’ve had Supreme Court nominees, Chief Justice John Roberts, whose internal advice was handed over to the committee that was going to examine his qualifications…

MARGARET WARNER:   But voluntarily.

BRUCE FEIN:   Voluntarily, but that was waived, and the Senate said, “We don’t want to confirm you until this information is forthcoming.” And the executive branch waived the privilege.

I was on the committee in Congress that examined the executive branch’s internal documents on Iran-Contra. These concerned National Security Council deliberations concerning the sale of arms to Iran and the diversion of funds from Admiral Poindexter, who was National Security Council adviser, Bob McFarlane, George Shultz, Cap Weinberger, and those deliberations were disclosed because President Reagan waived it.

And despite the waiver, I didn’t find anyone in the aftermath saying, “Now I won’t talk to the president anymore.” So there is certainly a concern for this chilling effect, but it’s largely ephemeral and very attenuate.

Gee.  Seems clear to me.  But the WH is running the clock.  And they don’t have to run it for long.  The hard hurdle was [re-]election 04.  And they achieved that one.  After that it ws just swimming to shore, in a comfortable lap.  Does Bush care he is Mr 26%?  He could not care less.


Madman just popped me this link, the AP report on recent comments from Obama – after he got thru calling impeachment “unacceptable”:

Obama, a Harvard law school graduate and former lecturer on constitutional law at the University of Chicago, said impeachment should not be used as a standard political tool.

“I think you reserve impeachment for grave, grave breeches, and intentional breeches of the president’s authority,” he said.

“I believe if we began impeachment proceedings we will be engulfed in more of the politics that has made Washington dysfunction,” he added. “We would once again, rather than attending to the people’s business, be engaged in a tit-for-tat, back-and-forth, non-stop circus.”

Oh pardon me while I laugh.  No we don’t want ‘tit for tat, back and forth non stop circus’. Oh no.  Not that, we would not know how to function under that regime. Noooo. 

Remember this, Waxman has added powers brought to the Chair of his governmental over sight committee in the House, brought by Dan Burton – who issued 170 subpoenas for the Christmas Card List-Gate.  Meanwhile we suffer along while the Dems wonder whether to wear the patent pumps or the brogues to the discussion about whether to issue subpoenas.  And then, what to have catered in.

And I see liberal catnip has a post up on Pelosi comments on impeachment.

The President isn’t worth it… he’s not worth impeaching. We’ve got important work to do…

We are led by the passive and the sold out.

Just gonna repeat what Chalmers Johnson says, If impeachment is “off the table”, then the republic is “off the table”.

Oh Nancy, from the trenches on Normandy Terrace in San Francisco, such a little imperialist.  They just want the mantle of running the world… until the Republicans stage a return, which they will.

It’s the Dipshit Party.


UPDATE, 10:59

Ooops!  I left out my favorite Nancy quote from the diaries at Dkos…

But we need your help on these things. You know, everybody says “What are you doing about it?”

What we need to do is make sure that the public is aware of these issues, what we are doing about it… and I thank you for the question so that perhaps we can communicate on how we can communicate with you better so that you can help us with this . . .

S’okay Nancy.  You take it easy.  Have a lie down.  A rest.


UPDATE, 12:07 pm

God Save Bush and The Queen.  Blair and Brown…  No one else will…

TO has picked up the UK Observer story:

    Go to Original

    “Up to 80 Civilians Dead” After US Air Strikes in Afghanistan
    By Jason Burke The Observer UK

    Sunday 01 July 2007

Witnesses claim a village in British-run Helmand was bombed for three hours after the Taliban attempted to ambush a US-Afghan army convoy.

    Air strikes in the British-controlled Helmand province of Afghanistan may have killed civilians, coalition troops said yesterday as local people claimed that between 50 and 80 people, many of them women and children, had died.

    In the latest of a series of attacks causing significant civilian casualties in recent weeks, more than 200 were killed by coalition troops in Afghanistan in June, far more than are believed to have been killed by Taliban militants.

   Ban Ki-Moon, the United Nations Secretary-General, raised the issue of civilian casualties on a four-hour visit to Afghanistan on Friday on which he met the senior Nato commander there, the American General Dan McNeill.

    Senior British soldiers have previously expressed concerns that McNeill, who took command of the 32,000 Nato troops in Afghanistan only recently, was ‘a fan’ of the massive use of air power to defeat insurgents and that his favoured tactics could be counter-productive.

    ‘Every civilian dead means five new Taliban,’ said one British officer who has recently returned from Helmand. ‘It’s a tough call when the enemy are hiding in villages, but you have to be very, very careful,’ he added.

    The American general has been dubbed ‘Bomber McNeill’ by his critics.  [snip]

Have a fab 4th.


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