Sunday, May 31, 2009

Python v. Alligator

We were having an argument at a dinner party last night about this situation, so I decided to go search out the clip. Here it is in case anyone missed it. Just another day in South Florida. (And oh, by the way, the narrator here is local CBS anchor, and our next door neighbor, Elliott Rodriquez.)


Cheney is caught in a sad, bitter loop of his own devising. You would think he'd just clean his shotgun and go hunt some caged up 'wildlife.' And leave us alone for a while. But no. It's just one more whopper after another.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Politics of Torture

The Fuss Over Pelosi-- E.J. Dionne from the Washington Post

There is something very strange about seeing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the middle of a controversy over the Bush Administration’s policies on torture. Pelosi had nothing to do with the policy, yet she is facing all of the what-did-she-know-when questions. Republicans who opposed disclosure of the memos on the torture policy now want Pelosi to tell all about herself. My hunch is that the pressure on Pelosi will backfire on the G.O.P. by forcing a truth commission, or at least lots of hearings, and much more disclosure. Pelosi has been, shall we say, less than artful in her handling of this. Dana Milbank, in his typically pungent way, captured the take-away from her news conference Thursday when he wrote that Pelosi “performed the delicate art of backtracking while walking sideways.” Nonetheless, her claim that the CIA did not brief her in 2002 about the use of waterboarding is -- contrary to what my friend Ramesh Ponnuru suggests elsewhere – entirely plausible. Pelosi received at least indirect support from former Sen. Bob Graham who told MSNBC that “when I was briefed, which was about three weeks after the Speaker, the subject of waterboarding did not come up.” It actually matters whether Congress was fully briefed or not, and we need to know. I have been more sympathetic to normal Congressional hearings on all this than a truth commission, but given all the claims and counter-claims, maybe a truth commission is the only way to establish what happened and why so we can avoid a mess like this in the future.


If you can't trust Bob Graham, you can't trust anybody.

For a clear-eyed view of what was done in our name in Iraq, check this out.

Friday, May 8, 2009


Back in our mountain home.  

A different view out my office window.  Gone are the lizards and palm fronds and the humidity and the flat flat flat land.  

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Naples Press Club

Had a fine time in Naples last month at the Naples Press Club writers conference. Met some fine writers and some good folks in the audience. A very professionally run conference. Check it out.

But what's that orangutan doing in the same photo with me? Hmmm.

How do you like the cover for Silencer?  It could change, but this is the concept at the moment.  Comments?