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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Political bits

(Newsday) Giuliani walked out on his position on the Iraq Study Group to make speeches for big cash. He kept not showing up for what most would've considered a fairly important duty to country. (ThinkProgress has excerpts.)

(NYPost) Meanwhile, Bernie Kerik cries over the lost relationship, "I accept the distance created by Giuliani. I understand it, but inside, it's killing me... It's like dying a slow death, watching him have to answer for my mistakes."

(Kerik is conveniently (for the Giuliani campaign) out of the country building a nuclear bunker in Jordan.)

(Politico) Roger Simon tears into Romney for the pardon not given, and the pardon he urges for Libby. "And Romney's true standard seems to be: No pardons for nobodies. Somebodies can catch a break." (What, the man-crush is over?)

And, Sweet Jesus, are you kidding me? Anton Scalia, at a legal conference in Ottawa.
Senior judges from North America and Europe were in the midst of a panel discussion about torture and terrorism law, when a Canadian judge's passing remark - "Thankfully, security agencies in all our countries do not subscribe to the mantra 'What would Jack Bauer do?' " - got the legal bulldog in Judge Scalia barking.

The conservative jurist stuck up for Agent Bauer, arguing that fictional or not, federal agents require latitude in times of great crisis. "Jack Bauer saved Los Angeles. ... He saved hundreds of thousands of lives," Judge Scalia said. Then, recalling Season 2, where the agent's rough interrogation tactics saved California from a terrorist nuke, the Supreme Court judge etched a line in the sand.

Later: This is interesting. Take a minute to look at this graph. Notably, the top three Republican candidates have all appeared on FoxNews more than the other two networks combined, and the Dems haven't appeared on FoxNews at all.

And, the Giuliani campaign doesn't like the ISG story at all.


  • Always comforting to know that our justices are grounded in reality.

    By Blogger Lew Scannon, at 12:21 PM  

  • So "originalist" apparently means "staunchly dedicated to upholding the truthiness doctrines of fiction and fantasy."

    Scalia's a real piece of work...

    By Blogger -epm, at 2:20 PM  

  • It's just jaw dropping isn't it?

    He referenced a fictional plot, a constructed reality designed to make the torturer the hero as justification.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 3:27 PM  

  • "He referenced a fictional plot, a constructed reality designed to make the torturer the hero as justification."

    And where the outcome is determined by a script, where "reality" always perfectly matches the wishes of the writers.

    If you think about it, this is how the neo-cons approach the world. The make plans based on what they wish was really happening, not on the sober truth of reality. And if someone challenges their assertions -- a general, or a study group -- they simply replace that "writer".

    By Blogger -epm, at 3:54 PM  

  • HIJACK: Headlines and the message beyond words:

    Two headlines from Reuters:

    "Republican Thompson highlights serious Iran threat"

    While Democrats...

    "Democratic candidates squabble over Iraq war"

    Big tough, no-nonsense Admiral Thompson (fict.) vs. those screechy, petty Democrats.

    What is it the the MSM and their juvenile man-crushes! Sadly, this is what passes for so-called journalism in the 21st century.

    By Blogger -epm, at 4:03 PM  

  • Actually, your neocon plotline thing isn't that far removed. The father of the neocons, forget his name right now, preached the need of a myth for the masses, that it was the ruling elites job to supply that myth to allow the actions he believes are best.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 5:30 PM  

  • Oh. Feudalism. Now I get it.

    By Blogger -epm, at 6:24 PM  

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