TV analysis is useless. My question: why did Fitzgerald indict just Libby? He could have waited until charges against Rove were ready, too. I see a couple of choices: One, Fitzgerald doesn't think he can charge Rove. Two, Fitzgerald may be seeking some advantage by going after Libby first, such as flipping Scooter.
Setsuo is a young apprentice at a remote mountain inn in turn-of-the-century Japan, who falls in love at first sight of the beautiful Yukiko, one of a roving band of actors who have come to stay. Trapped at the inn by a blizzard is a larger group of strange travelers. Emotionally wrought by his feelings for Yukiko, Setsuo cannot see that he is getting involved in political skulduggery as he tries to fathom the increasingly odd behavior of the guests. The finding of a corpse and a mysterious small box keep the reader guessing too.
KEY WEST, Fla. - Hurricane Wilma churned toward
Florida on Sunday as tens of thousands of residents were ordered to
flee from vulnerable islands and coastal areas. Forecasters predicted
the storm would pick up speed "like a rocket" after flooding the
Tropical Storm Alpha formed yesterday in the Caribbean, setting the record for the most named storms in an Atlantic hurricane season and marking the first time forecasters have had to turn to the Greek alphabet for names.
Big business makes money fucking up the environment and then makes money cleaning up the mess. Thanks, libertarians!
The Kansas Supreme Court yesterday unanimously struck down a state law that punished underage sex more severely if it involved homosexual acts. The court said "moral disapproval" of such conduct was not enough to justify the different treatment.
In a case closely watched by national groups on all sides of the gay-rights debate, the high court said the law "suggests animus toward teenagers who engage in homosexual sex."
Would not suprise me if they cited Romer v. Evans. That one case, with its slightly ridiculous opinion of the court, will have a good long legacy of preventing much unjust stupidity.
The development of a vaccine for avian influenza is totally dependent upon an understanding of natural selection, molecular genetics and evolution. This is in conflict with the theory of intelligent design and thus provides a marvelous opportunity for proponents of that concept to stand up for their beliefs and refuse to be inoculated. They would also be doing their part to make sure that there is enough vaccine for the rest of us.
Stefan Presser had the credentials - degrees from Yale and New York Universities, for example - to make a fortune representing famous and powerful people.
Instead, Presser, who died Friday after a battle with cancer, chose to represent the most powerful ideals in America, even when they were momentarily unpopular.
Presser served 21 years as a lawyer and director of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. He worked hard to defend the rights of prisoners and the powerless, and of protesters (even when he personally disagreed with the content of their protest).
In this time of turnover on the Supreme Court, the meaning of the Constitution is much on everyone's minds. Stefan Presser devoted his career to defending the Bill of Rights and upholding the promise of a more perfect union. He will be missed.
See also here. I can only wish to accomplish what he did.
Mr. Presser, in my limited experience of him, could best be described as a selfless asshole. I can't say I liked him personally. That doesn't matter at all. His work is far more important than his personality. As the Inky said, he could have chosen to be rich in money, but instead he chose to serve his country by devoting his time and energy to defending the constitution from those who would discard it.