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The lawyer started surfing the channels searching for something that would shut his mind off. He was angry. The lawyer couldn’t bear to watch the news any longer. “Hey! I was watching that!” said the younger man in the bed next to him. The young man glared at the lawyer. “Look,” said the lawyer, “they’re going to say that the Russian government is involved. That’s all. I have seen the same segment 3 times already.”

The lawyer thought back to when he was in school, how the news was only watched from 6 or 10 in the evening. Something changed, and now he watches it any time there is a tv  around.

“What’s more important than the news?” demanded the young man. The lawyer cycled back to CNN and put down the remote. He didn’t have the emotional capacity to fight about the television. He had been angry for too long.

The nurse entered the room to check the lawyer’s blood pressure. “You need to relax,” she said. “You’re too tense.” She took the remote control and turned on the television to the Disney Channel. “No news.” The young man in the other bed glared at her, and pulled out his phone to read the news. “Hey, can you check my I.V.?” asked the young man. “I think it’s loose.”

The lawyer tuned out. His mind shifted to another time.Less than a century ago, the nurse would have been wearing a white uniform, but today, nurses wear comfortable scrubs that may be any color. The scrubs consist of a tunic and pants. The lawyer thought about how the combination seemed more sanitary and less authoritarian than the older uniforms.

Within minutes he felt himself slipping out of consciousness. He was so tired. “Was it the anger from the news? Was it from my I.V.?” The lawyer was back in the hospital room, but it was a different era. There was a cathode ray television that probably weighed 50 pounds. It was tuned to a movie about a ghost named Vigo the Carpathian, and his pink ooze. He looked out the window. Outside looked like Moscow.

The lawyer saw there was no I.V. on him. He stood up, and walked out of the room. He was in the woods. In the distance he saw a black dog. He walked to it, but as he got closer, he realized it was a goat. He was overwhelmed by a feeling of fear like he was falling. The lawyer woke up out of breath. It was night time. He was too awake to fall back asleep. The young man next to him was on his phone still. The lawyer decided to turn on the television.




So what. Really, so what. This news is getting way too much publicity, and I wrote my thoughts on why, below. Yeah, it’s cronyism. Yeah, it’s a “miscarriage of justice.” So what? Are they doing it on purpose to make people sick of it faster? Help them ride it out quickly? It’s working with me. +1 on that initiative.

Glen BeckPeople are trying to compare this to the Clinton impeachment 10 years ago. Honestly, that’s a reach. News sources like CNN’s Glen Beck, are comparing a blow-job with leaking national security secrets. Perjury is perjury, but the reasons for it and the backgrounds behind whatever Clinton did a decade ago and what goes on today in the Bush Administration are not the same. Perjury is wrong, but perjury isn’t the issue. Besides, one would expect Bush to learn from Clinton’s mistakes – not improve on them.

I would hit itHillary Clinton cut through the bullshit when she responded, “This (the Libby decision) was clearly an effort to protect the White House. … There isn’t any doubt now, what we know is that Libby was carrying out the implicit or explicit wishes of the vice president, or maybe the president as well, in the further effort to stifle dissent.” It wasn’t just pardoning a friend, or cronyism. It was protecting the Bush Administration. That’s where ordinary becomes extraordinary.

My message for the people is rather than putting all the focus on Scooter Libby, just add it to the punchlist of all the issues where the Bush Administration has Cleveland Steamrolled the law. In the past few weeks alone, there’s Cheney’s 4th branch of government, the denial of subpoenaed documents by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, there’s the denial of subpoenaed documents by Sara Taylor, and now Scooter Libby’s sentence commuting. It’s just another drop in the bucket, but not a very big drop. Stop treating it like a big drop. Ignore the smoke and mirrors.

Hangin out in TehranYaser Hamdi was captured in 2001 while he was in Afghanistan. Allegedly, he was fighting for the Taliban against the US and Northern Alliance. However, the truth has never been established. According to his parents he wasn’t part of the Taliban. But then why was he fighting against the US?

He wasn’t.

He was caught in a shootout against the Northern Alliance. The Northern Alliance is run by the same warlords that the people of Afghanistan tried to kick out before the Taliban took over. It’s no surprise that the people of Afghanistan who were already established in their villages would reject the Northern Alliance. It’s possible that Hamdi was just fighting along side them. At any rate, upon his capture, Hamdi was turned over to the US as a Taliban fighter; probably for a reward. No charges were brought against him until 2004, when the Supreme Court finally decided to hear his case. The Bush administration sought to detain Hamdi indefinitely, as an enemy combatant. Thus, even in the US, citizens may be denied rights as “enemy combatants.”

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