sign of the times
You know, like saying that the GOP wants to enslave all working class people in order to give all the fruits of society to the wealthiest 10% of Americans can be seen as the logical extension of Republican policies.
Vaguely Logical is about international issues, politics, sports, music, or whatever is sticking in my craw at any given time.
"It was never the intent of the framers to give the president such unfettered control, particularly where his actions blatantly disregard the parameters clearly enumerated in the Bill of Rights . . . There are no hereditary Kings in America and no powers not created by the Constitution. So all 'inherent powers' must derive from that Constitution."Well said. Somebody has called King George on his power grab. But no doubt, the Administration will issue a quasi-signing statement ignoring Taylor's ruling, and for all I know she will meet with an unfortunate accident quite soon.
For that we need serious politicians working together to craft a bipartisan and realistic effort to find an honorable exit from Iraq, where the U.S. presence risks becoming not only ineffective but intolerable to the Iraqis themselves. That in turn means reshaping the U.S. strategic presence in the Middle East and Persian Gulf.OK, I actually agree about reshaping the US presence in the Middle East. No question one of the root causes of terrorism is American policy in the region.
The more concrete we pour down America, the more deserts we destroy and farmland we destroy, the more global warming we're going to have. If there's more trees, more flowers and more greenery, it helps the environment and attracts nature.Growing plants on rooftops won't get it done alone, but every bit helps. Good for Chicago. One highrise roof planted with grass and trees in Chicago alone exceeds the effort of the de facto Bush Administration to mitigate climate change.
Rice has given U.S. Foreign Service professionals the space to construct new containment strategies for Iran (Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns) and North Korea (Assistant Secretary Christopher Hill), and those strategies have produced important U.N. Security Council resolutions and a communique by the Group of Eight supporting U.S. policy goals. "There has been a strategic click in the minds of others," says one U.S. official. "We must sustain and deepen it."Oh come on Jim, surely you don't expect us to believe this crap? Everybody knows that political appointees are the ones making policy; Burns and Hill and the other Foreign Service professionals are just carrying out orders. Sure, Burns and Hill make proposals but in the end, if Condi doesn't okay them, the proposals don't fly.
New Treasury Offering: 5.5% Fashion NotesNope, just some political appointee PR person who doesn't understand that Treasury's people aren't paid like Goldman-Sachs employees.
The Treasury Department's official newsletter indicates concern that the standard of dress at headquarters may not be adequate for new boss Henry M. Paulson Jr ., a former Wall Street executive.
"Treasury's fashion collection needs an upgrade," says the July 21 issue of Treasury Notes. "It's time to use Treasury's long marble hallways as a runway.
"Ladies, we work for Treasury. I don't have to encourage you to shop -- it should be your priority, nay, your national duty to contribute to our nation's economic growth," says the newsletter, published by the Office of the Executive Secretary. "I would recommend visiting different types of stores and mixing, and, since everything is on sale, you should indulge."
". . . Take your every day suit, find a fabulous and outlandish oxford, and pair it with glamorous sunglasses and colorful bag and shoes to match. . . . Gallatin would have wanted it this way, trust me." (Albert Gallatin served as Treasury secretary under Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.)
"Gents," the newsletter goes on, "have to get creative to make the every day jacket and tie less like an every day sandwich and more like an every day special." So "indulge in the beauty and love of a suit, by buying yourself a custom-made suit," the newsletter advises. "Outfit it with quality oxfords and eye-catching cuff links." Then "a pair of elegant, perhaps distressed leather loafers and you've got yourself a look more debonair than Alexander Hamilton , himself." Maybe as sharp as Paulson himself.
Have those folks been given a big raise no one else knows about?