Thursday, April 06, 2006

Libby: Bush OK'ed Leak

The Boston Globe is reporting that Scooter Libby testified that his leak of sensitive information was authorized by President Bush.

When I first saw the headline, I thought that this was it: game, set, match, and the Dems finally just might have their impeachable offense.  And then I saw this buried in the last paragraph of the piece:

"Defendant testified that the circumstances of his conversation with reporter Miller -- getting approval from the president through the vice president to discuss material that would be classified but for that approval -- were unique in his recollection," the papers added.

[Emphasis mine]  This muddies the waters, no doubt.  Politically damaging?  Yes, and in all likelihood, to a breathtaking degree.  A crime?  I'm still too medicated to get into that, but I doubt I'd make much headway even with a fully clear head.

About all I'll venture at this point is that no one -- not a soul -- will be happy with the final outcome of this revelation.  It sort of reaffirms my decision of a while back.

MORE:  Then again, this could be much ado about nothing (since there is no indication that the leak of Plame's identity was authorized) and I could have been fooled by the huge headline at  If so, blame the meds.

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"South Park" Wins a Peabody

"South Park" has won a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting for its irreverent satire:

"South Park" was praised as a show that "pushes all the buttons, turns up the heat and shatters every taboo," Peabody Awards Director Horace Newcomb said. "Through that process of offending it reminds us of the need for being tolerant."

Willing to acknowledge that the show is more than just "poorly drawn animated brats making poop jokes," Kevin?

Peabody Count

  1. John Stewart: 2

  2. Stephen Colbert: 1

  3. Matt Stone and Trey Parker: 1

  4. Bill O'Reilly: Still Zero

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Reconsidering Reincarnation...

and then reconsidering yet again when I saw the results of this quiz. Heh.

You are Gaius Caesar Germanicus - better known as Caligula!

Third Emperor of Rome and ruler of one of the most powerful empires of all time, your common name means "little boots". Although you only reigned for four years, brief even by Roman standards, you still managed to garner a reputation as a cruel, extravagant and downright insane despot. Your father died in suspicious circumstances, you were not the intended heir, and one of your first acts as Emperor was to force the suicide of your father-in-law. Your sister Drusilla died that same year; faced with allegations that your relationship with her had been incestuous, you responded, bafflingly, by declaring her a god.

You revived a number of unpopular traditions, including auctions of properties left over from public shows. When a senator fell asleep at one such auction, you took each of his nods as bids, selling him 13 gladiators for a vast sum. You attempted to have your horse, Incitatus, made into a consul and hence one of the most powerful figures in Rome. It was granted a marble stable with jewels and a staff of servants. At one point you forced your comrade Macro to kill himself - in much the same vein as your father-in-law - accusing him of being his wife's pimp. You, of course, were having an affair with said wife at the time.

Things went from bad to worse. When supplies of condemned men ran short in the circus, you had innocent spectators dragged into the arena with the lions to fill their place. You claimed mastery of the sea by walking across a three-mile bridge of boats in the Bay of Naples; kissed the necks of your lovers, whispering sweet nothings like "This lovely neck will be chopped as soon as I say so,"; dallied with your sister's lover and made her pull her unborn child out of her womb prematurely. Towards the end of your reign, you had a golden statue of yourself made and dressed each day in the same clothes you yourself wore. When you eventually died, the terrified people of Rome refused to believe that such a cruel reign could ever end, and believed you to be alive for years afterwards.

[via Cardinal Martini]

In other news, look for regular posting to resume later today or tomorrow as I (finally) start to bounce back.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Programming Note

Blogging has been light, and will likely continue to be light, as I fight off a spring weather-induced cold.

Back later.