....to the good folks on this (generally) knowledgeable and helpful
NG. (the exceptions prove the rule <g.)
My holiday gift to the NG is an introduction to the funniest satirist
writing today -- Andy Borowitz.
(The below is a quote from somebody on Amazon; they put it very well.)
"Borowitz's daily emails from BorowitzReport.com are unfailingly laugh-
out-loud hilarious, but more than that, they provide me with my only
link to sanity. And tremendous insight into the increasingly surreal
world in which we live. "
Andy's latest names his "Person of the Year" -- Sarah Palin. And the
Intrigued, I looked up 1641. Lots of things happened - but I think
he's alluding to the action of the Salem, Mass. authorities who in
that year decreed that witchcraft was a capital crime.
It's funny only to the uninformed. Since the Salem trials, Massachusetts
hasn't had ANY trouble with witches.
Here's another, similar, factoid that may save your life.
This business about a wooden stake through the heart of a vampire is pure
Hollywood bullshit! If you read Bram Stoker's book, you'll discover that you
dispatch a vampire with a BOWIE KNIFE, not some pissant tent peg!
I'm in Texas. We have a LOT of Bowie Knives and very few vampire problems.
Sorry, you've got some of the facts wrong:
"Plame's career destroyed, thanks to to White House criminal Scooter
Er, no. Plame was outed by a worker in the State Department, Richard
Armitage, not the White House and certainly not anyone in the Vice
President's office. Libby had nothing to do with Plame's career.
Libby didn't work in the White House either. While the Vice President
maintains a ceremonial office in the Eisenhower Executive Office building
next door to the White House, Libby actually worked at the U.S. Naval
Observatory (the location of all the vice-president's offices). He was,
however, a member of the Executive Branch.
Libby WAS convicted of two counts of perjury, one count of obstruction, and
one count of making a false statement, ALL of which stemmed from his trying
to cooperate (or dis-cooperate) with the FBI.
Pardon? According to the film (and perhaps the book which I have not
yet read) Libby WAS very much behind the move to humiliate Plame by
cutting off her clearance and isolating her in an empty office with
nothing to do. Well played by David Andrews, Libby is an amoral,
reptilian creature who protects the institution and the Administration
at all costs.
To put it mildly! I don't see that his geographical location has
anything to do with his role in this scandal.
Now I've heard everything! Do you need another bucket of whitewash to
complete your, er, sanitation of Libby's role?
I don't hold with "Never speak ill of the dead." Novak did endless
harm by utilitizing his bully pulpit to such unpatriotic ends.
I t would have taken a LOT of space on the NG to go through the
intricacies of the entire scenario, which BTW, is very well presented
in the film "Fair Game", based on Valerie Plame's book of the same
The book itself has been heavily redacted = censored by the CIA, so
one has to piece together the whole story from other sources.
Wikipedia has a very long and detailed article at:
There are many reviews on-line, such as Amazon's
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The ruthlessness of the Adminstration's revenge attack against Plame
for her husband's article lifts the curtain a bit on the less savory
operations of the CIA, which did not hesitate to ruin a faithful
operative, blow her carefully constructed spy network, and doom its
How did our national security benefit from this counter-productive
Guess what? I am not the government of the USA. I am a citizen...I
wouldn't hold the innocent or their families responsible for
I consider the UK and Canada to be our closest allies (and friends).
You, being a member of the minority wackos of your country.
I don't need to be informed on the international date format...I said
"out-of-respect" it should be "9/11".
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