Anodyne
Saturday, November 17, 2007
 
Tonight's Youtube: Pretzel Logic
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
 
In The Falling Dark

Cold grey twilight. Metallic snow-smell in the air. Light breeze stirring bare trees, a premoniton of the gale force winds scheduled to arrive after dark. A friend phones with good news, another drops by for coffee, and I'm amazed at the sound of my own voice, like rusty cogwork starting up somewhere deep in my chest.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
 
So You Want to Be the Next Warren Buffett? How's Your Writing?
Sunday, November 11, 2007
 
Overheard at the desk:

"She's my favorite author, but I don't like anything she's written except my favorite book!"
 
The NYT rightly indicts the Democratic leadership's refusal to contest Michael Mukasey's AG nomination:

"On Thursday, the Senate voted by 53 to 40 to confirm Mr. Mukasey even though he would not answer a simple question: does he think waterboarding, a form of simulated drowning used to extract information from a prisoner, is torture and therefore illegal?

Democrats offer excuses for their sorry record, starting with their razor-thin majority. But it is often said that any vote in the Senate requires more than 60 votes — enough to overcome a filibuster. So why did Mr. Mukasey get by with only 53 votes? Given the success the Republicans have had in blocking action when the Democrats cannot muster 60 votes, the main culprit appears to be the Democratic leadership, which seems uninterested in or incapable of standing up to Mr. Bush.

Senator Charles Schumer, the New York Democrat who turned the tide for this nomination, said that if the Senate did not approve Mr. Mukasey, the president would get by with an interim appointment who would be under the sway of 'the extreme ideology of Vice President Dick Cheney.' He argued that Mr. Mukasey could be counted on to reverse the politicization of the Justice Department that occurred under Alberto Gonzales, and that Mr. Mukasey’s reticence about calling waterboarding illegal might well become moot, because the Senate was considering a law making clear that it is illegal.

That is precisely the sort of cozy rationalization that Mr. Schumer and his colleagues have used so many times to back down from a confrontation with Mr. Bush. The truth is, Mr. Mukasey is already in the grip of that 'extreme ideology.' If he were not, he could have answered the question about waterboarding."

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