Archive for May 19th, 2007

We’re All Doomed

Steve Benen finds something scary:

The AP had an interesting item today, highlighting Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ perspective on being close friends with the president. As the embattled Gonzales sees it, his close relationship with Bush, which spans decades, is inherently “a good thing” for everyone.

“Being able to go and having a very candid conversation and telling the president: ‘Mr. President, this cannot be done. You can’t do this,’ — I think you want that,” Gonzales told reporters this week. “And I think having a personal relationship makes that, quite frankly, much easier always to deliver bad news.”

“Do you recall a time when you (were) in there and said, ‘Mr. President, we can’t do this’?” Gonzales was asked.

“Oh, yeah,” the attorney general responded.

“Can you share it with us?” a reporter asked.

“No,” Gonzales said.

Now, I think there are two ways to look at this.

1. Gonzales is lying about this little story, and there’s never been a time in which he’s had to keep the president from going too far. He’s the quintessential “yes man,” who does as he’s told.

2. Gonzales is telling the truth, and the Attorney General/WH Counsel — the one who’s approved of abandoning the Geneva Conventions and the rule of law — believes some of the president’s other requests are beyond the pale.

Boy howdy, just think how big a yes-man Gonzo would be if he weren’t the president’s good buddy.

4 comments May 19th, 2007 at 09:48pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Republicans

Random B&W Photoblogging

Some completely unrelated pictures:

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Kind of a skylight thingy.

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Tunnel/overpass. Shiny!

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The end of the railing.

May 19th, 2007 at 05:51pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh



This is rather long, but absolutely fascinating. By way of Phila at Bouphonia, it’s a New Yorker story about the “Antikythera Mechanism,” an ancient Greek clock/lunar calendar/orrery that by all rights should never have existed (the ancient Greeks were not supposed to know much about gears).

If you’re into archeology, antiquity, astronomy, or [synonym for technology which starts with A], you really must read it.

1 comment May 19th, 2007 at 11:55am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Science,Technology

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