Sunday Shorts

October 5, 2008 at 1:07 pm (Cats, Nate, Politics) (, , , , , , )

*  Read an article in the Washington Post about Michelle Obama. It was pretty interesting, not all of it was muck flattery, but a decent piece of journalism about who she is and her relationship with Barak. The main idea I got from the article, which was condensed from the forthcoming biography of Michelle, was “ambition.” Both she and Barak were characterized as such. I hope they, Michelle and Barak, remember what Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote about ambition, that it is a good servant but a poor master.

*  I also read an interview with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari in The Wall Street Journal. Ummm, it was okay. Pretty short, but it made some pretty good points about how much better the Taliban can pay Pakistan’s military than the government can. Zardari seems to be moving progressively toward raising the funds to provide for his military so the Taliban doesn’t pay them better, improving relations with India, and assisting the U.S. in rooting out the Islamic militants, unwilling to be specific on that point, and dismissive about irritated relations with our government over attacks, but generally seemed to be a very sad, tired man who knows his head is on the chopping block, and what happened to his wife is probably going to happen to him. He just hopes he can get them, before they get him.

*  The WP and the WSJ  both have articles about the EU trying to bolster confidence in their financial markets. The WP  has a nice photo of Sarkozy and Merkel. At least he’s not trying to hug her or squeeze her. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, its when Dubya squeezed Merkel’s shoulders at the G8 Summit in Russia a few years back. Made big headlines then. Angela is a really interesting person. She was born in Hamburg but raised in East Germany. She’s a physicist and speaks fluent Russian. She and Putin must have gotten along well because he also speaks fluent German. Just thought that was interesting.

*  Mudflats, the Alaska journalist and blogger has a great piece up about the duel rallies held at the same time and blocks apart in Anchorage, Alaska. She also has continuing updates about the Troopergate (I hate calling it that!) and the Branchflower Report that is due out on October 10th. She has the phone numbers and e-mail addresses of the people in charge of deciding whether or not to release the report publicly and many are involved in an e-mail/call-in campaign to make sure it is released. The report is set to be completed even though Todd Palin and state employees, at the behest of the Attorney General of Alaska, Talis Colberg, ignored lawful subpoenas to give sworn testimony on this matter.

If sources are correct, Governor Palin was the first to say, “Hold me accountable!” and after becoming the Vice-Presidential nominee, the McCain camp swooped in and said, “Nah.” So much for all that government reform – accountabillty bullshit. That’s actually the only reason I liked Sarah Palin at all.

If you have nothing to hide and have done nothing wrong, then why not cooperate and get it over with?  Why not cooperate to exonerate yourself? Yeah.

*  The WP and Rolling Stone both have articles on John McCain. The focus of the WP article was the time that Senator McCain spent in Hanoi as a POW. The RS article gives an entire background of McCain, starting with prep school through the present. It includes a quote from retired Colonel John Dramesi, also a POW in Vietnam – “McCain says his life changed while he was in Vietnam, and he is now a different man,” Dramesi says today, “But he’s still the undisciplined, spoiled brat that he was when he went in.” Dramesi’s story is still spoken today among Air Force initiates and his story is quite compelling.

In short, you probably could not find two more opposite articles regarding John McCain. I read them both. The RS article is very long (10 pages on the Web), but I would suggest reading it, along with the WP article, just to get both sides of it.  Its very compelling. Very.

*  On the home front, Luna tried to incenerate herself in the oven earlier. What I figure is that one of the cats had been playing with the bottom drawer, or broiler of the oven, which was open about two inches. With their crafty paws, it wouldn’t take much to open it. After I opened the oven door a crack and turned it on, I came back to find the drawer opened even further. WTF? So, I closed it. Luna must have been in the broiler when I turned the oven on and when the flames in the oven poofed out, well, Luna came crashing out of the broiler door, opening it even further.

Luna must have hidden because it was a few minutes later than she tore deranged into the computer room, her coat singed and her long white eyebrow whiskers melted. If I had closed the broiler door when I turned the oven on, Luna would be dead. The thought tears at my heart, and I’m just so very thankful that I didn’t. Quite possibly when she squeezed out of the space of the broiler door it put the fire out and she escaped with a lot of singed fur but no burns. I’ll be checking the oven now before turning it on, just in case.

Her brother, Jirachi, is on another round of antibiotics and seems to be improving. He’s so spoiled, its unreal. We have coddled and babied him so much that he’s just a little rotten monster. He’s adorable. Rotten, but adorable. He does have decent manners though. Instead of jumping up on the counter or the table, although I’m not sure with his small size that he can, he just climbs up my clothes to obtain whatever it is that he wants. What actually happens is me dancing around yelling, “Ow! Ow! Ow! Get off!”

Rotten little puss likes to blog with me. He’s lain here the entire time, purring his face off. Its after 1, and I have a lot to accomplish before I pick up the Natester, who went to his first college football game yesterday. He said he had a really good time.

Have a lovely Sunday.


  1. kenju said,

    “If you have nothing to hide and have done nothing wrong, then why not cooperate and get it over with? Why not cooperate to exonerate yourself? ” My sentiments exactly! I think McCain said no because he thought the publicity about it would turn people off (as I think it would).

    I almost shut my cat up in the clothes dryer once, so I know how easy it is to do. This morning, while I was finishing up cleaning out and lining my kitchen cabinets, both cats got in one of them and went so far back under the sink that I could barely reach them. I had to wait until they decided it was time to come out before I could finish…..LOL

  2. Inanna said,

    Judy, it has had the opposite effect. The people of Alaska know and resent the fact the McCain campagin and spinmeisters are trying to take over their government until the election is over. I think it looks worse than any, as of yet undetermined, ethical violation Palin could have made. Especially since they are running on the platform of reform. If you want true reform then stop stonewalling and cooperate!

  3. eviltwinswife said,

    I hope you are able to get outside and enjoy the weather. It’s perfect today. I spent some time in my hammock – the kids played on the swing set. It is just gorgeous out!

  4. Vince said,

    Looks like today we’re getting a taste of what Euopean markets can do to us. The whole world is going to hell it seems.

    I may respect John McCain being ex-Navy, but that don’t make me like him or even make him a good officer and leader. I knew plenty of officers not worthy of the title leader.

  5. Jack said,

    “If you have nothing to hide and have done nothing wrong, then why not cooperate and get it over with? Why not cooperate to exonerate yourself? ”

    Funny. I always thought it wasn’t the individual’s burden to exonerate themselves when accused of wrongdoing, but the accuser’s responsibility to prove their own case. No one is required to “cooperate” to prove their innocence.

    I know about as much of the details of “Troopergate” as anyone probably does, which is to say, not a lot…just the bits that have made the news, the implication that Palin fired the Director of Alaska’s DPS because he wouldn’t can her ex-brother in law. Maybe I’m cynical, but it sounds a little politically motivated to me.

    I seem to recall cries of “Foul!” during Whitewater, Travelgate, the Vince Foster, Monica Lewenski, Swift Boat, Renko, Ayers investigations, and so many others. Funny how those same folks who called those investigations baseless and unfair, and who said that the concerned parties didn’t have to and shouldn’t respond to the accusations of wrongdoing now say Palin & Company must cooperate to clear their names.

    Well, actually, it’s not that funny, I guess.

  6. Marie said,

    I read both articles, very insightful. I have come to the point of hatr I believe, and I do not like that word, but the McP/Palin speeches of yesterday and today are like nails on a chalkboard. The lies are astounding. And all to take the average Joe’s mind off the failing economy. With McC’s background, I wouldn’t let him hold a dollar of mine.

    My cat loves to get in the dryer after it has run and I am folding the clothes. If I get a phone call or drawn away, thegrandson will run and close her in the dryer. Stinker!

  7. Inanna said,

    ETW, I was able to open the windows and let the sun stream in!

    Vince, one can only wonder what we ourselves would have done when placed in McCain’s position as far as Vietnam. As for the DOW, well, I’m glad it rallied to NOT close 800 under.

    Jack, what a pleasure to see you. You are correct. We, in America, are innocent until proven guilty. However, the question I asked was a rhetorical one. I did not demand that Palin defend herself. My problem is with the appointed Attorney General telling his staff and others not to respond to lawful subpoenas. That is a fact, one which he capitulated on as recently as today, perhaps to delay the issuing of the report, due on Friday, which sounds to me to be politically motivated, but maybe I’m just cynical.

    In reference to everything from Whitewater to Ayers, I hold the same standard for subpoenas for Democrats as I do for Republicans and I wasn’t one of those that called those investigations baseless and unfair.

    Furthermore, if you read the Anchorage News , this is not a witch hunt, this is an investigation began by the Legislature, to which Governor Palin responded by filing her own ethics complaint against HERSELF, asking that the matter be turned over to the Personnel Board. The Legislature refused and I believe both investigations are ongoing.

    Hence my question. If you file a complaint against yourself, to supposedly open the matter to the public and believe they will find no ethical violations, based on the above article, then why all the stonewalling now? Given the above facts – I believe the question I asked, rhetorical or not, is a fair one.

    I’d also like to point out that there is a difference between an ethics violation and doing something illegal. The line between the two can become blurry and they can converge. From a legal standpoint, I would prefer an ethics violation, “Conduct Unbecoming the Office of Governor” if you will, versus a finding of governmental abuse of power for the, potentially illegal, firing of Walt Monegan, which then opens up the Alaska government to an unlawful discharge civil suit. Whether or not the actions of the Governor, her staff, or whoever, may or may not rise to the level of criminal conduct depending upon the laws of the State of Alaska.

    From that viewpoint, I can definitely see the machinations of why Gov. Palin filed the ethics complaint against herself and then asked the Legislature to drop their investigation. Well, not her, but on her legal counsel’s advice. I guess we’ll see when the report is issued.

    Nice to see you. Hope Alex is doing well.

    Marie, you know, the truth lies somewhere in the middle as far as McCain’s concerned. I have to keep my cats out of the dryer before I turn it on. That would be another tragedy I don’t need.

  8. LisaBinDaCity said,

    I remember that quote from the Laura Ingalls Wilder books! Still as true as ever…

  9. restless angel said,

    My cat hides in the couch when he’s scared, which is probably about the craziest place he gets into. He also loves to play in his water bowl.

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