Communist State

There are a bunch of things I want to write about today, but I also have to, you know, work, so I may have to blog in spurts today. Oh, who am I kidding. I will do it while I should be doing some collection development, writing that review that is due soon, or planning my scheduled classes.

So first on the agenda: 2 stories regarding politics

Because of the fall-out over Mike Scheuer’s book (published under Anonymous), Imperial Hubris: How the West is Losing the War on Terrorism, the CIA is drafting new rules that would require all public writing by agency officials to have their writing first passed by a Publications Review Board. In case any of you are wondering, they already have rules restricting the use of classified material. These new rules are being drafted because Scheuer’s book, which came out in the election year, pissed off the White House. Huh, that’s funny. I had no idea I had suddenly begun living in a communist country. Remember how we alreadt tried all of this craziness with McCarthy?

What a waste: Now regarding the inauguration. Let me get a couple of things out of the way. I know that these things always cost a lot of money. I know that Democrats spend a lot of money too. I am not complaining simply because the President happens to oppose most of the things I find sane and normal. However, the White House has gotten the go ahead to use Homeland Security money to help pay for, not security, but for “reviewing stands for the inaugural parade and special license plates for the event.” You can read Wonkette’s take on the inanity of this here. She also has a link to the original story, which is here. All I have to say is we are in a war and the government would rather buy special license plates instead of equipment for our troops.

I lied. There is one more thing: In case anyone else missed it. We have officially stopped looking for WMD in Iraq. Gosh, no one saw that coming.

–Jane, is blue in a red state