"...the Bush IT expert who has been directly implicated in the rigging of George Bush's 2000 and 2004 elections...was killed last night when his single engine plane crashed...".
This is Bush Derangement Syndrome at its finest. The press release is written to make the Bush Administration look as bad as possible, of course. It doesn't say who filed the "federal lawsuit" that Mr. Connell was subpoenaed under, but it desperately tries to make it sound as if this is a criminal proceeding--which it is not.
An associate of Mr. Connell's told VR that Mr. Connell was involved with the destruction of the White House emails and the setting up of the off-grid White House email system.Uh...DUH? If the guy is Bush's IT expert of course he "was involved" with that stuff. Much the same way that Karl Rove "was involved" with the Bush campaigns, or Barak "Boss Tweek" Obama "was involved" with Chicago politics. (Or Hillary Clinton "was involved" with Bill Clinton's travails. You know. Or Edison "was involved" with the invention of the incandescent light bulb.)
Michelle Malkin also links to another story on this.
To anyone who seriously thinks that George Bush had this guy killed to keep him quiet, let me mention one name: Vince Foster. The circumstances surrounding Vince Foster's suicide were at least as suspicious as you allege the circumstances surrounding Connell's death being. Are you seriously interested in learning "the truth" about Vince Foster?
And while we're at it, what about Ron Brown?
Light aircraft (eg "single-engine") are notorious for their narrow safety margins--a light plane is only as safe as the person who operates it. Apparently Connell flew his plane into icing conditions, and ice adds weight while it reduces the efficiency of airfoils. Any pilot will tell you that the best way to deal with an icing condition is not to fly into it in the first place.
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How quickly the rose loses its bloom. An openly homosexual reporter for Time has identified Obama as a "bigot" and a "problem for gays"...over his selection of Rick Warren to give the invocation at the inauguration.
The problem with having your constituency supporting you based on how they feel is that feelings change, and quickly.
...but homosexuals comprise about 5% of the population. Even accounting for disproportionate representation among Democrat voters I doubt Obama has much to worry about. Heck, he doesn't have to start campaigning at least until this time in 2009, when things will start gearing up for the 2010 mid-term congressional elections. And who else will the homosexuals vote for, anyway? Republicans? Where will you go, Mr. Gay Man and Ms. Lesbian? Green Party?
It's actually funny.
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Their fawning over him helped him get elected, but he doesn't return the favor: Boss Tweek reportedly doesn't like the press.
Well, I can't fault him. I don't, either.
Boss Tweek has correctly identified the press as hostile to him--even though they fawned over him during the campaign, he knows that they are always looking. They will give him much more leeway than they'd give a Republican, but they won't cover his ass if he royally screws the pooch. As a Democrat President he can get away with not answering direct questions such as the ones referenced in this article; the question is, what will reporters do about it if he continues to do this? Will they begin to report his reticence? Will they resent it enough to call the attention of the American people to it? I don't really know.
I do know that the Republicans can't seem to get their heads around the fact that the press does not and never will like them. (Well, Sarah Palin knows. But practically no one else.) It's frustraing as hell, too.
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Mark Steyn on the automaker bailout and related issues. A good article, full of sarcasm and irony.
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The song "We Need a Little Christmas" has played a few times (okay, a lot) on the XM channel "Holiday Traditions", in particular the one sung by Angela Lansbury.
And I gotta say: Angela Lansbury? No no no no no, no no no, no singing. No. She doesn't have a good voice. It's like her and Ethel Merman are in a class by themselves, and it's not a good class.
Second, it sounds like an audio recording from some big stage production number but the source is not given, and I didn't really care enough about it to look it up.
And the line "slice up the fruitcake" has always seemed vaguely homophobic to me.
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With the symptoms of my ailment abating, I was able to sleep a lot more today than I had managed the entire firkin' weekend. Mom and I got the shopping done, too, although I still need to finish my Christmas shopping. (I may wimp out and write everyone checks.)
I'm really glad someone took my Monday shift (today's) because I would have ended up calling off regardless--though I am better I am still not good, and there is a difference.
But I will take feeling how I feel now over the way I felt Saturday night (and most of Sunday) because better is vastly preferable to frickin' horrible.
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My second character, Calandraxyzz, is 13th level, and I've joined a few ad hoc adventuring parties and had a whale of a good time. I've got to upgrade to a paid account so I can join a guild....