Their talk, however, was the talk of sordid buccaneers: it was reckless without hardihood, greedy without audacity, and cruel without courage

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MSNBC confirms: Outed CIA agent was working on Iran

Reports Shuster in this rush transcript: "INTELLIGENCE SOURCES SAY VALERIE WILSON WAS PART OF AN OPERATION THREE YEARS AGO TRACKING THE PROLIFERATION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS MATERIAL INTO IRAN. AND THE SOURCES ALLEGE THAT WHEN MRS. WILSON'S COVER WAS BLOWN, THE ADMINISTRATION'S ABILITY TO TRACK IRAN'S NUCLEAR AMBITIONS WAS DAMAGED AS WELL."

While too much of a contrarian to fully embrace the whole concept of leadership, as in unquestioning loyalty to one person, I do understand the need for a clear headed capable manager. So here we have the president, the nation's manager or of his closest assistant managers weighing priorities. Was it more imporatant to respect the identity of a CIA intelligence asset that had the inside track on Iranian WMD development or was it a higher priority to expose said intelligence asset in order to cover the president' and vice president's lies about African uranium. Like malicious little imps with their hands caught in the cookie jar the public officials in charge of managing the nation choose petty vindictiveness over America's security. Knowing that a mountain of evidence exists that proves conservative hubris always trumps competence and honor, and knowing that at no time in the last five years has Congress held Bush accountable, will the voters of American decide to hold the nation's far-right conservative managers to account.

Records of Abramoff's White House visits

The president has said he does not know Abramoff personally. When a photo of Bush with Abramoff surfaced earlier this year, the president said he has his picture taken with "a lot of people." In the 2001 photo, Bush is shaking hands with a leader of an Indian tribe. Abramoff is in the background.

WEll it could be that Bush and Abramoff didn't exaclty play slap ass after a game of rackett ball, but guess how many times Abramoff's lobbying team met with someone at the Whitehouse?

Abramoff was a $100,000 fundraiser for Bush and lobbying records obtained by the AP show his lobbying team logged nearly 200 meetings with the administration during its first 10 months in office on behalf of one of his clients, the Northern Mariana Islands.

Tango with an axe to grind

It is Robert Farris Thompson’s contention in Tango: An art history of love that the notion that tango had its provenance in the brothels is less a reason for its disesteem in the eyes of Argentina’s establishment than that its roots can be traced back to the Kongo Societies set up by the blacks of Argentina and prohibited to whites. Here, the grounded footwork of ceremonial African dance was fused with the embrace of European couple-dancing made familiar through the polka and the habanera. Thompson points out that the etymology of many of the terms associated with the tango, including the word itself, can be traced back to Ki-Kongo, a language of Central Africa. In creole Buenos Aires idiom tango means “A dance; a drum; a place of dance”. In Ki-Kongo tanga means “a festival”, tangala means “to walk heavily”.

The tango is something of a contradiction, alluring, yet by maintaining such disciplined facial expressions, there is a coldness, an emotional distance bewteen the dancers and the spectator.

"This devoted band called itself the Eldorado Exploring Expedition, and
I believe they were sworn to secrecy. Their talk, however, was the talk
of sordid buccaneers: it was reckless without hardihood, greedy without
audacity, and cruel without courage; there was not an atom of foresight
or of serious intention in the whole batch of them, and they did not
seem aware these things are wanted for the work of the world. To tear
treasure out of the bowels of the land was their desire, with no more
moral purpose at the back of it than there is in burglars breaking into
a safe. Who paid the expenses of the noble enterprise I don't know; but
the uncle of our manager was leader of that lot.

from the novel Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad