Philadelphia Daily News correspondent Will Bunch, whose blog is called "Attytood," has been doing a better job keeping up with Tha Bush Mobb's impending attack on Iran than I have, and here's a possibility I should have thought of: that an attack on American soldiers in Iraq could be "traced" back to Iran and provide the pretext for a Bush Mobb campaign. Unfortunately, Mr. Bunch's blog entry quickly got swamped by a bunch of comments ranting about how it's not that unusual for the U.S. to draw up "contingency" plans (the BBC's term) to attack countries. We've drawn up contingency plans to attack Canada, for Ford's sake! Why doesn't Will Bunch know that? But I wonder how many "contingency" plans come with actual aircraft carriers sailing over to the Persian Gulf.
Werther's latest, "How to Be a Washington Expert," is not a how-to so much as it's a demolition of Scooter Libby apologists. Well, one apologist in particular, one Victoria Toensing, who gets to write for the Washington Post a lot, possibly as part of some sort of affirmative-action plan for right-wing noisebags. Be aware that plenty of said noisebags are at this moment pretending that Libby is on trial for leaking secrets, when he's not: he's on trial for perjury. Be aware, also, that when Libby is convicted, plenty of right-wing noisebags will whine that it's only a perjury charge. As I recall, they were trying to impeach Bill Clinton on a perjury charge.
Cheap airfare will be a thing of the past, so says Gregory Lamb at the Christian Science Monitor. I love flying to other places, so I feel a bit sad and a bit guilty about all of that. But please read as many of the AlterNet comments as you can; like the folks who write in on Wired's blogs, these are really smart people I'd like to know in real life. Like the engineer who writes that maybe solar panels on an airplane wouldn't be such a good idea, because they might fly off and such. I wonder if any companies are still investing in LED paint.
Finally, Philadelphia's other local free weekly has a green issue, except this one isn't concerned so much with food as it is with home design. Actually, it'd be more accurate to say their annual home design issue has gone green. From the link above, you'll find four more links, including this North Philly low-income/environmentally-friendly housing project. Ever driven around North Philly? Then you know there are many houses in need of refurbishment, and why not environmentally-friendly refurbishment? I find myself jealous that I don't have more disposable income. Maybe I should have sold my soul to some corporation long ago, just to hoard the cash I'd need to parachute into a sustainable life. Nah!