Archive for November 17th, 2006

O.J. CSImpson

I think it’s great news that O.J. has written a book about how he would have killed his wife and Ronald Goldman, if he were the killer. As anyone who reads or watches a lot of whodunit crime thrillers like CSI or Criminal Minds or Wire In The Blood knows, the key to catching an insane killer is to get inside his head and understand what he was thinking before, during and after the murder. That O.J. has reached this stage can only be viewed as a testament to how serious he is about his quest to find the real killer or killers and bring them to justice. It should also be recognized for the impressive achievement that it is; typically a person has to be borderline insane themselves in order to inhabit the mind of a killer so thoroughly and completely, so for a sane and peaceable fellow like Mr. Simpson to pull it off is nothing short of amazing.

…Or maybe he just figured out a way to cash in on having committed a double murder without actually admitting to it, but only a hardened cynic could believe that.

3 comments November 17th, 2006 at 11:37am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Books,Wankers

Bullpartisanship

NYT on Dubya’s peculiar definition of “bipartisanship”:

The voters sent a clear message last week that they do not want the far right of the Republican Party calling the shots in Washington. But President Bush has ignored the message, resubmitting a group of archconservative, underqualified judicial nominees that Senate Democrats have already said are unacceptable. With the Democrats about to take control of the Senate, it is highly unlikely that these men will be confirmed. But the renominations suggest that when it comes to filling judgeships, Mr. Bush is still not looking for either excellence or common ground.

The four most controversial nominees that President Bush resubmitted are ideological in the extreme. William Myers III, a longtime lobbyist for mining and timber interests, would no doubt use his position on the San Francisco-based United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to gut environmental laws. William Haynes II, who helped develop the administration’s torture and “enemy combatant” policies as the top lawyer for the Pentagon, could be counted on to undermine both civil liberties and reasonable limits on executive power.

Terrence Boyle, a district court judge in North Carolina and a former aide to Senator Jesse Helms, has a long record of insensitivity to victims of race and disability discrimination. He would be able to pull the law in the wrong direction in these areas if he became an appeals court judge. Michael Wallace, a former lawyer for Senator Trent Lott, Republican of Mississippi, has a bad civil rights record, including arguing in favor of letting Bob Jones University, which discriminated on the basis of race, keep its tax-exempt status.

….Mr. Wallace is the very rare appeals court nominee to receive a unanimous “not qualified” rating from the American Bar Association.

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President Bush’s decision to resubmit these names could be a final sop to his far-right base. Perhaps, once this slate fails one more time, he will make more reasonable choices. Mr. Bush may have no other choice, if he wants to get any nominees confirmed in the next two years. Senator Charles Schumer, Democrat of New York, has said that “the days of hard-right judges” are over, and when Democrats take over in the Senate, he will be in a position to see that they are.

Remember, this is after Bush made a big deal about “bipartisanship” and working with the Democrats after they won both houses of Congress. Thing is, I don’t think anyone asked him to define precisely what he meant by “bipartisanship.” I can only conclude that he would have said: “Bipartisanship is Democrats voting for what I want.” So from his perspective, he’s trying to reach out to the Democrats by offering them a hearty dose of bipartisanship right off the bat. Surely it would be churlish of them to refuse such a generous opportunity.

2 comments November 17th, 2006 at 07:34am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Politics,Wankers

Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

This week’s quote is from the much-maligned Nothing But Trouble, which I actually found quite fascinating and entertaining, in a train-wreck kind of way. Plus it had a cameo by Digital Underground.

Look who’s got the front seat to the Mexican hat dance now! Just like a bunch of spiders in a birthday cake!

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s cats…


The shadowy and mysterious Codename B. meets the shadowy and mysterious Codename Foot.

3 comments November 17th, 2006 at 07:25am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Cuteness,Favorites,Friday Quote & Cat Blogging


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