Surprise, surprise: according to Justice Department Investigator Glen Fine, the federal government has abused the PATRIOT Act, just like the far-right wingers said it would when Lyndon Johnson rammed it down the throats of a reluctant Senate after Tonkin Gulf. Only Ernest Gruening (D-AK) and Wayne Morse (D-OR) voted against the 1964 PATRIOT Act, as far as I remember. Oops, sorry -- forgot which evil alternate universe this was for a moment. Seriously, though this Mobb has greased the skids toward a police state like no other, future administrations will no doubt do better at reining in these pesky independent federal investigators -- while, of course, maintaining that patina of independence, since any good fascist state can't look like a fascist state. Otherwise even the rageheads get suspicious after a while.
Senate passes bill permitting limited bargaining rights to airport screeners, i.e. they can't bargain for better wages. That's what's wrong with liberals today in a nutshell -- we bargain for what we can get rather than what we should try to get, and Mr. Bush is going to veto the entire bill anyway rather than give airport screeners a smidgen of control over their workplace. Rather annoyed, also, with far-rightists claiming that giving airport screeners any bargaining rights at all hurts national security. So that's how we lost World War II!
Nevada Democratic Caucus drops Fox News as partner for Democratic Party Presidential debate; Fox News lashes out by describing good Americans like myself as being part of a "radical fringe, out-of-state in interest (group)." It could have been worse, I suppose, because I hate being lumped in with all those "mainstream fringe" interest groups, or worse, the "radical mainstream" interest groups. But that's what Fox News thinks of people who shun and shame them in exactly the way they deserve: we're not good Americans demanding better behavior from a news organ that needs a diaper change, but part of a "fringe." It's going to be hard, hard work, making Fox News a functioning part of society.
You may have heard that there's a burgeoning futures market on Scooter Libby's pardon. Remember all those times I said the economy was like a casino? Well, scratch that: it's worse -- a casino is a far healthier place to spend the day than the New Economy. And where are all the religious rightists who would denounce the immorality of placing bets on whether a sitting President pardons a man who might have perjured himself in order to protect him? Oh, right: they're more worried about the possibility that, somehow, somewhere, a woman might be enjoying sex.
On a more serious note, Boston lead singer Brad Delp has just died at the age of 55. Now he'll hit all those freaking high notes in heaven. Boston is not a case study in corporate shallowness, as even a brief perusal of their hits will reveal. No, it ain't Shakespeare, and a lot of the romantic stuff is stuck at the age of 17, but, really, lots of people do have to make believe they're living. And what the hell are our minds into?