06 July 2006

Busy as a ... (fill in the blank)

Haven’t had much time to post lately. July came in with a bang *grin* and I’ve been running like the proverbial rat on a treadmill. Two weeklies, a monthly and a tab to bed since June 29, and the rest of the month looks about the same. What’s all this happy crappy I keep seeing in the papers about the hot beach reads? Who has time for the beach? Who has time to read?

I’ve hardly even had time to pay attention to the news, though I managed to at least skim the headlines each day.

Lessee. In this, the first week in July (in no particular order) we’ve seen North Korea launch a slew of missiles on the 4th of July, even though the rest of the world said they’d better not, or else; Ken Lay did us the favor of keeling over in his Aspen vacation home, and thus will not be costing us any more taxpayer money to keep him incarcerated with three squares and a bed for the next umpteen-years; and Joe Lieberman has decided that he knows who should be in his Senate seat better than the voters do, so he’ll just ignore the Connecticut primary results if he loses to Ned Lamont and run as a “petitioning” Democrat anyway come November. So much for the will of the people. The Democratic leadership, with a few notable exceptions, seems to be OK with this.

And they wonder why they’re losing elections. Sheesh.

Then there were further Dire Rumblings about the press and its freedoms. As in, how we should be curtailing them. Censoring them. Charging them with treason if they say stuff Codpiece doesn’t want them to say. One paragon of journalistic virtue opined that Bill Keller, editor of the New York Times, ought to be executed.

That was pretty dispiriting, I’ll admit.

I was pleased, however, that the Supreme Court, with Chief Justice Roberts having the grace to recuse himself because his hands were all dirty, decided that it’s unconstitutional to continue to detain prisoners without hope of trial – or even charges -- at Gitmo until hell freezes over, just because we can. That was nice.

As for Iraq, well, things still don’t look to be turning that wonderful corner just yet. We’re still waiting for the light at the end of the tunnel to appear. For the page to turn and the other shoe to drop, you know. Current U.S. soldiers killed: two thousand, five hundred and thirty nine.

Iraqi civilians killed: Somewhere between 38,000 and 43,000. Give or take a child or a grandma or two.

I know that’s not all the stuff that’s happened this week, but it’s about all I have the energy to comment on tonight. Good night and good luck.

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