Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society

Library of America to issue volume of Philip K. Dick

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the world’s favorite cult writers, Philip K. Dick, is being canonized.

The Library of America, which releases hardcover editions of Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne and other literary masters, will publish four of Dick’s futuristic novels next summer, including Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?— the basis for the classic film, Blade Runner.

I might have to save up for these. I have a few Library of America books and they ‘re very well done. Archive quality paper and sturdy elegant bindings.

George Will is a case of travesty meets tragedy. Unlike this writer he can actually write. Although Will’s prose is usually a little dry at least he knows his way around a nicely structured sentence and if we loosely define the term, he is a journalist, a big media journalist at that. So he knows what he was doing when he left out part of the verbal exchange between newly elected Senator Jim Webb and Dubya, George Will Distorts WaPo’s Own Reporting To Smear Jim Webb. This episode isn’t some small time rudeness it reflects the kind of arrogance and callousness that is at the center of conservative attitudes toward their fellow citizens and their view that their elected federal representatives are akin to some kind of holy order. David Weigel notes the Bush-Rove attitude over at Reason, My God, He Didn’t Even Kiss The Ring!

Two fathers are meeting. One dad is an ex-military man whose son is serving in a conflict that’s lasted 3 years. The other dad is a military man who actually outranks dad #1 and is leading the army in said conflict. But his kids aren’t serving, and probably never will. The dad with the kid who’s fighting, right now, says that he wants to conflict to be over. The dad who’s commanding the army snaps back at him “That’s not what I asked you. How’s your boy?”

Really, who comes off as the loser in this meeting? We went from “George Bush is a regular guy you can have a beer with” to “I’m George Bush, bitch!” in pretty short order.

Will must be a secret Cheneyite that views the presidency as more then what it is. Bush is a civil service employee with an incredible healthcare and benefits package. He is not king or pope. To think otherwise is contrary to the founders basic view of what a democratic republic is supposed to be. If Will and his like minded brethren on the Right would like to live under a holier-then-thou authoritarian ruler there are quite a few places they could move to. Seriously is it a contest between Iran and Republicans to see who can prolong the Iraq debacle, Maliki’s Death Warrant

The Bush Administration has effectively signed Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki’s Death Warrant. The memo from National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley that undermined the Bush-Maliki summit in Jordan has now made Nouri al-Maliki a marked man in Iraq. Whether that was the intention of the leaked memo is unclear, but it will certainly be its effect.

Besides liking fart jokes Bush and company also seem to have grounded their foreign policy expertise in one part Three Stooges and two parts sado-masochism.

EXCLUSIVE: Iranian Weapons Arm Iraqi Militia

U.S. officials say they have found smoking-gun evidence of Iranian support for terrorists in Iraq: brand-new weapons fresh from Iranian factories. According to a senior defense official, coalition forces have recently seized Iranian-made weapons and munitions that bear manufacturing dates in 2006.

This suggests, say the sources, that the material is going directly from Iranian factories to Shia militias, rather than taking a roundabout path through the black market. “There is no way this could be done without (Iranian) government approval,” says a senior official.

If Iran wants to be part of some kind of Iraq/mid-east solution this is not the way to go about it. That Iran is backing the Shia is not news, that has been known for years. That Iran would be so brazen tells us that Iran as do most of the factions in the middle-east see Bush as weak. Iraq was the weakest nation in the middle-east, the Iranian reasoning is that the neocons couldn’t plan for or handle Iraq’s insurgency. Ironically Iraq is in talks with Iran, Iran: US exit key to Iraq peace

According to his web site Denis Prager did graduate work at the Middle East and Russian Institutes, has a radio show where he offers his insights into everything from religion to politics, yet it looks as though he could stand to take a Civics 101 class, Right-Wing Radio Host Fabricates Controversy To Attack First Muslim Congressman

But Prager’s column is based on one other glaring error: the swearing-in ceremony for the House of Representatives never includes a religious book. The Office of the House Clerk confirmed to ThinkProgress that the swearing-in ceremony consists only of the Members raising their right hands and swearing to uphold the Constitution.

Why does America have so many right-wing extremists lecturing us about morals and values and yet don’t seem to have much of a clue as to what those are. Taylor Marsh has more, That Uppity Democratic Muslim!

“Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.” – John Adams