A king can’t do his own hunting

My blog hours are such that sometimes I'm the last voice in, but that does have its advantages, today or yesterday at this point Raw Story reported MSNBC reports Rove believes he is in legal jeopardy and Billmon, replete with literary references ties up most of the pertinate facts for us, Squealer

I don't know what Karl Rove was doing — or saying — in front of the grand jury yesterday, any more than anyone else who wasn't in the room at the time. Consensus opinion among the Plamegate experts seems to be that Karl is still trying to talk himself out of a jam — the one created by his sudden attacks of temporary amnesia during his initial FBI interview and in his first appearance before the grand jury.

Maybe so, and if so I'm sure it would be vastly entertaining to hear Karl's explanations for his memory lapses, for his office's mysterious inability to find his e-mail to Stephen Hadley, for what his lawyer told Viveca Novak and what she told him — the whole complicated mess.

Two ROTC buildings vandalized

As before, vandals sprayed anti-war slogans and profanity, splashed red paint and claimed responsibility with a mass e-mail message to area media outlets.

Lt. Col. Carol Ann Redfield of the Army ROTC program at N.C. State was caught off guard. "This is the first time I know of that anything like this has happened here," she said. "I certainly appreciate that people have different opinions, and they should be able to express them, but I have a problem when they damage property."

Lt. Col. Redfield doesn't just have a point, she is absolutely right. Let's assume for a moment that these vandals are actually anti-war in Iraq and not some right-wing prankster masquerading as anti-war protesters, they're crazy if they think they're doing anything positive or productive to end the occupation of Iraq sooner rather then later. This sought of stunt just brings a certain amont of discredit to those that are fighting the tedious unglamorous job of moving our current Iraq and terror fighting policies toward something that is more productive and less insane. Fighting the large scale insanity of this administration and its supporters with petty vandalism is as productive as banging your head against the wall. If these guys are concerned about the poor being recruited and exploited then go out and talk to those people combine it with a voter registration drive. Vandalism as protext in the America of the 21st century is an anachronism, if you want to bring back the sixties go buy a pair of bell bottoms and listen to some Janice Joplin.

Armstrong and Kos’s Crashing the Gate is out selling Insta-twit, and Glenn Greenwald's How Would a Patriot Act? Defending American Values from a President Run Amok is currently number 1.

By way of Brillant at Breakfast, Blogs I wish I'd written

As much as anything else, Bush defenders are characterized by an increasingly absolutist refusal to recognize any facts which conflict with their political desires, and conversely, by a borderline-religious embrace of any assertions which bolster those desires. It's a world-view which conflates desire with reality, disregards all facts and evidence that conflict with the decreed beliefs, and faithfully embraces any assertions and fantasies, no matter how baseless and flagrantly false, provided that they bolster the mythology.

Thus, things are going really great in Iraq – just as we predicted they would. When we invaded, Saddam had WMD's and he was funding Al Qaeda. Oil revenues will pay for the whole thing, we will be welcomed as liberators, the whole war will be won quickly and easily. A large military presence is unnecessary because there is no insurgency. Bush is a popular and beloved President. All but a handful of radical fringe subversives in America support the war and believe terrorism is the overarching problem. Americans want to militarily confront Iran, want illegal warrantless eavesdropping, and are happy with how the country is being governed.

It never matters how much evidence arises demonstrating the falsity of these beliefs. They are not susceptible to challenge or reconsideration because they are the by-product of faith and desire and not a critical or rational assessment. They believe these things because they want to believe them, they have to believe them, because the whole world-view on which their identity and purpose has come to be based — the brave, heroic President leading the great conservative nation in glorious, epic war-triumph over the evil Muslim enemy — depends upon believing these myths. No facts can shake these beliefs because they aren't grounded in facts and aren't the by-product of rationality.


Soon after 9/11, the Bush movement became driven by much more than a set of political beliefs. It provides its adherents with much more than just a vehicle for political activism. It gives them purpose and a feeling of strength and power that they otherwise lack. In that sense, it is not dissimilar to a religion, and it is therefore unsurprising — but nontheless ugly and destructive — that their beliefs and convictions are not grounded in facts and reality but in a resolute faith that cannot be shaken by facts. Every event is interpreted so as to bolster the faith, facts are disregarded which undermine the faith and fact-free assertions are embraced which confirm the faith.

Captain Ed of Captain's Quarters is embracing the label The 101st Fighting Keyboardists , thus finally admitting that Rightblogistan is composed of do nothing know nothing fringe zealots who's sole contribution to the battle against terrorism is waving their pom poms as others spill their blood. I've been unfortunate enough to know too many tough talking fake patriots like der kapitan. – Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're a thousand miles from the corn field.-
President Dwight D. Eisenhower

"My second decree is that every day you must bring me an animal for my supper. A king can't do his own hunting."
The animals nodded gloomily.
"And my third decree is, if you don't do as I say, I'll eat the lot of you!"
The animals now turned to one another in horror. They had thought a king would be wise and protect them. But Kali only wanted to bully and eat them. As darkness fell, the unhappy animals slunk away into the bush.

But at dawn they were back at the waterhole, hurrying to build Kali's palace. There was much to do and little time.

from the story The Hare Who Would Not Be King by Tish Farrel