Defending the truth is not something one does out of a sense of duty or to allay guilt complexes, but is a reward in itself

Walter Reed medical chief relieved of command

The Army said Thursday that the two-star general in charge of Walter Reed Army Medical Center has been relieved of command following disclosures about inadequate treatment of wounded soldiers.

The All Spin Zone says this is just a case of forcing one guy ala Michael “Brownie” Brown and the Katrina nightmare to fall on his sword for the sake of another collective ass saving of the Bush administration and a conservative Congress that was drowning in a sea of corruption, incompetence and hubris before they were shown the door recently by better late then never voters. Anyone that is familiar with how the upper ranks of the military operates knows that actions of this sought are standard operating procedure- well except that the Right is supposedly the sole voice of, guardian angels of and standard bearers of military traditions like honor – all good things, but like the ads for five dollar Rolexs the Right never seems to living up to the advertisement. Obviously since complaints have been floating around since 2003 the Right must have suffered a case of selective hoarse throat at about the same time their guardian angel wings fell off. A brief chronology: The Right made prostitution a priority over counter-terrorism at the DOJ, President My Pet Goat/9-11, sent troops to Afghanistan, assigned getting Bin Laden to Pakistan, Bin Laden lost at Tora Bora, troops shifted from Afghanistan to Iraq based on some trumped up intelligence and exploitation of fear and patriotism, soldiers wounded, paid back in shoddy medical care. If a Democrat had been in charge of the “wasted” American lives and treasure caused by this epic series of arrogant blunders and their rotten carcasses would probably still be hanging on the Whitehouse lawn.

Dick Cheney is doing a great job of rallying the foaming at the mouth ideological base, but then again he’s pissing off everyone else, Bush Approval Falters Yet Again…

…George W. Bush’s approval rating is down 3 points to 29 percent — a point over the all-time low for the President in the poll*. The President’s ratings on both terrorism and foreign policy also hit new lows in the poll. At the same time, the Republican Party’s favorable rating — 34 percent positive, 56 percent negative — was worse than it has been at any point since 1998.

Bugsy Segal and Al Capone are twitching in their graves thinking if they could come back and do it all over again they’d just register as Republicans, GOP lawmakers tried to influence federal investigation

Sen. Pete Domenici and Rep. Heather Wilson of New Mexico pressured the U.S. attorney in their state to speed up indictments in a federal corruption investigation that involved at least one former Democratic state senator, according to two people familiar with the contacts.

The alleged involvement of the two Republican lawmakers raises questions about possible violations of House of Representatives and Senate ethics rules and could taint the criminal investigation into the award of an $82 million courthouse contract.

We’re having Saturday night early this week, Alleged D.C. Madam “Considering” Selling Off Phone Records

Back in October, the feds busted a long-time prostitution service in the Washington, D.C. area. The madam, Jean Palfrey, soon caught attention by telling a reporter from the Smoking Gun that they must be going after her as part of a larger investigation into “some Duke Cunningham-type bigwig client that got caught up in something[.]”

Whatever happens in Washington does not stay in Washington, everyone is supposed to know that by now.

People from the part of Northern Ohio in which Winesburg lies will remember old Windpeter by his unusual and tragic death. He got drunk one evening in town and started to drive home to Unionville along the railroad tracks. Henry Brattenburg, the butcher, who lived out that way, stopped him at the edge of the town and told him he was sure to meet the down train but Windpeter slashed at him with his whip and drove on. When the train struck and killed him and his two horses a farmer and his wife who were driving home along a nearby road saw the accident. They said that old Windpeter stood up on the seat of his wagon, raving and swearing at the onrushing locomotive, and that he fairly screamed with delight when the team, maddened by his incessant slashing at them, rushed straight ahead to certain death. Boys like young George Willard and Seth Richmond will remember the incident quite vividly because, although everyone in our town said that the old man would go straight to hell and that the community was better off without him, they had a secret conviction that he knew what he was doing and admired his foolish courage. Most boys have seasons of wishing they could die gloriously instead of just being grocery clerks and going on with their humdrum lives.

But this is not the story of Windpeter Winters nor yet of his son Hal who worked on the Wills farm with Ray Pearson. It is Ray’s story. It will, however, be necessary to talk a little of young Hal so that you will get into the spirit of it. Hal was a bad one. Everyone said that. There were three of the Winters boys in that family, John, Hal, and Edward, all broad-shouldered big fellows like old Windpeter himself and all fighters and woman-chasers and generally all-around bad ones.

Hal was the worst of the lot and always up to some devilment. He once stole a load of boards from his father’s mill and sold them in Winesburg. With the money he bought himself a suit of cheap, flashy clothes. Then he got drunk and when his father came raving into town to find him, they met and fought with their fists on Main Street and were arrested and put into jail together.

from Winesburg, Ohio (The Untold Lie) by Sherwood Anderson (1876–1941)

“Defending the truth is not something one does out of a sense of duty or to allay guilt complexes, but is a reward in itself.” – Simone de Beauvoir