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Winry nesting, Cat-Winry-Nesting

My Colbert moment

So I skipped a couple of races on my ballot because I had no meaningful choice. Bristol County Register of Probate, frex -- they all sounded like they had the same positions on everything to me, and not liking the mild negative commentary by the Republican or the confusion of the guy running unenrolled because he hadn't known he was no longer registered as a Democrat do not constitute reasons to vote for the remaining candidate.

Aside from that, if I'm reading this right -- and I fully admit I might not be -- I voted what turned out to be the winning result for every race or question on which I voted. Obama, Kerry, Bowles, J. Timilty, income tax, marijuana, dog racing. Hell, even that Bristol Probate race -- if I had used those mild reactions as criteria, I would have gotten that one too.

So ... I'm typical? Since when have I ever been typical??

Or as Colbert would put it: I called it! Balloon drop!

In other (but related) news, I am proud and relieved and cautiously hopeful. I miss habeas corpus, and I hope it comes home soon.

(Ha! As I'm entering this, Rachel Maddow is describing Obama's message to enemies of America as "you are on notice". Speaking of Colbert shout-outs.)
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Cat-Suzie-Beauty

Al Qaeda blooper reel??

I'm going to maintain a healthy skepticism, but if this is for real ... good show.

On the one hand, it seems odd -- the typical military/administration message is that al Qaeda is lurking in your basement and will pop out and eat your children any second. A video showing key members of the group screwing up would seem to defuse that and to humanize them.

But on the other hand ... footage of "tough guys" screwing up is funny. And it would seem to be a very good tool to improve the morale of their opponents. (I mean, how many videos have we seen with W. misspeaking or wandering the wrong direction?)

So I can respect this. As long as it doesn't include one of the fighters getting a soccer ball to the crotch. Or Bob Saget hosting.
Cat-Suzie-Beauty

Strange bedfellows

With energy costs skyrocketing (largely due to the science of moving ethanol, replacing MTBE in summer-blend fuel), Bush recently gave a speech denouncing those you-know-whos:

"What can the government do? One of the past responses by government, particularly from the party of which I am not a member, has been to have — to propose price fixing, or increase the taxes. Those plans haven't worked in the past."

But his next words sound almost as if they might have come from Jimmy Carter (affiliation: The Party of Which Bush Is Not a Member) almost 30 years ago:

"I think we need to follow suit on what we have been emphasizing, particularly through the energy bill, and that is to encourage conservation, to expand domestic production, and to develop alternative sources of energy like ethanol."

(Leaving aside that ethanol is the current problem -- and, from what I've heard, consumes more energy in its production and distribution than the fuel volume it replaces.)

Meanwhile, today's Boston Globe has an article about Ted Kennedy's maneuverings -- including back-room deals with Ted "Psycho" Stevens -- to kill the Cape Wind project.

(According to the Globe article, "He said he's against the project because it would create a range of environmental and navigational problems and would hurt tourism, one of the area's key industries." Several high-profile environmental groups are in favor of the project, and I haven't seen a reputable environmental group arguing against it, which is why I'm cautiously in favor of the project myself. As for the tourism argument, I've heard counterarguments: Existing offshore wind farms apparently generate tourism.)

So a liberal senator for a liberal state partners with a (neo?)conservative pro-ANWR-drilling pork-barrel enthusiast to sneak-scuttle an alternative-energy project. And now, with gasoline prices climbing, a cross-party coalition is criticizing the clause because they've realized this is not a good time to kill an alternative-energy project.

I don't even know what today's lesson is. Nothing is ever entirely good or entirely bad, perhaps?