Archive for November 4th, 2007

Bye Bye Boathouse Photoblogging

The last of the photos from the Boathouse:

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Beauty cloud shot – you can just barely see the rays, which I always have a hard time capturing.

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The Boathouse floor. It’s all about the light, really.

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Some docks. It kinda has to be in B&W, ’cause the water was kinda brown and unappealing.

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Looking over the stairwell out of the party room.

2 comments November 4th, 2007 at 08:37pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Cartoon Of The Day

From the great Married To The Sea:

You don’t want to mess with Lumberjackwater.

2 comments November 4th, 2007 at 06:33pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Comics

Democracy

As one might expect, the Bush administration which is oh-so-committed to democracy wasted no time in denouncing Musharraf’s constitution-spending power grab:

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday the U.S. will review its aid to Pakistan after the country’s military ruler suspended the constitution. Her announcement puts in question some of the billions in U.S. assistance to a close terrorism-fighting ally.

On a Mideast trip now overshadowed by the unfolding crisis in nuclear-armed Pakistan, Rice suggested that the Bush administration would not suspend aid wholesale.

The U.S. has provided about $11 billion to Pakistan since 2001, when Pakistan’s president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, made a strategic shift to ally with the United States after the Sept. 11 attacks.

“Some of the aid that goes to Pakistan is directly related to the counterterrorism mission,” Rice told reporters traveling with her. “We just have to review the situation. But I would be very surprised if anyone wants the president to ignore or set aside our concerns about terrorism,” Rice said.

BAM! Take that, Pervy! Here’s my favorite bit, though:

“I’m disappointed in his decision, sure,” Rice said. “I think his decision sets Pakistan back in the considerable progress it made toward democratic change.”

The what in the what now?

Seriously, does anyone really expect the Bushies to do anything about this? They’ve been perfectly happy to limit themselves to the occasional tsk-tsk (if that) while Pakistan has sold nuclear secrets to North Korea and stood idly by while al Qaeda and the Taliban consolidated power in Waziristan, all while making absolutely no substantive moves towards democracy.

Besides, I don’t think Dubya is really all that interested in sending the message that constitutions should be held sacrosanct. I think his secret, honest reaction to Musharraf’s clampdown is one of admiration and envy.

November 4th, 2007 at 04:58pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Constitution,Republicans

Secrecy

Okay, so let me get this straight: Tim Russert is (fraudulently) hammering Hillary Clinton for secrecy?

Um, where was he when Dubya made presidential records unavailable for, like, forever? Where was he while BushCo. was cementing itself as the most secretive administration of all time?

Chris Matthews may be a wanker, but he does wander off the Republican reservation every once in a while. Russert is nothing more than a Republican operative, pure and simple. His cover even got blown during the Libby trial… it’s just that no-one cared. Valerie Plame should have been so lucky.

1 comment November 4th, 2007 at 02:58pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Clinton,Corruption/Cronyism,Media,Politics,Wankers


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