Sunday, December 23, 2007


These tidbits were gleaned from the local newspaper on December 20. They give me faith in the Cheney-Bush Team and their minions, faith that we Americans can rest safely in our beds at night knowing that we are safe from terrorists, our financial well-being is secure, and our environment is protected.

- The Customs and Border Protection folks at Miami International Airport spend significantly more time searching for and busting Americans with illegal cigars and rum from Cuba than they do looking for terrorists.

- The government of China is now the second-largest shareholder of the second-largest financial firm on Wall Street, Morgan Stanley, with a $5 Billion bail-out investment.

- The Environmental Protection Agency has ruled that the strict automobile emission standards implemented by the State of California (and many other states) can not be put into law, under provisions of the federal Clean Air Act. The EPA concluded that state law cannot be more strict than federal law, even though EPA has approved more strict state laws many times in the past. (A big party was certainly held at the auto industry lobby, with drinks probably donated by the White House.)

I feel so safe and secure right now that I think I'll jump in my big rig and go shopping out at the mall on the interstate!


It has been about 5 months since my last post. Chalk it up to blogger block (blogck - maybe a new term that will catch on...). But more likely it's unbridled cynicism combined with a feeling of total helplessness. Can things get any worse than they are - yes.

But thanks to the NYT News Service, a story today jolted me back from blogckitude, and here I go again.

"A newly declassified document shows that J. Edgar Hoover, the longtime director of the FBI, had a plan to suspend habeas corpus and imprison some 12,000 Americans that he suspected of disloyalty." This plan was sent by Hoover to the Truman White House shortly after the Korean War began in 1950. The plan was not implemented (as far as we know).

This revelation solves a number of mysteries for me, particularly a nagging one about Lord Darth Cheney. It all comes together now with two possibilities: 1) Hoover's brain is alive and active in a big jar in Darth Cheney's office, where it provides ideas to Darth, or, 2) Darth Cheney actually had the living brain of J. Edgar Hoover implanted in his head. Both of these make sense, and explain where some of Lord Cheney's ideas and pronouncements originate.

Wow...I'm glad that one is solved!