Look, there is one statement that bothers me more than anything else. And that's the idea that when the troops are in combat, everybody has to shut up. Imagine if we put troops in combat with a faulty rifle, and that rifle was malfunctioning, and troops were dying as a result,” says Zinni.
Ted Leung is a thoughtful and not flamboyant blogger. He uses his weblog well to think out loud, and by seeing the map of his thought processes, I learn more than just about his conclusions, I also learn how he got there. This was a point that Larry Lessig made on Saturday in the great free-wheeling discussion we had at the end of the iLaw conference. He said even if no one reads your blog, you get something out of writing publicly that you can't get otherwise. Writing makes you smarter, I said, when other people expressed disbelief. But I read Ted, every time he updates, because he's a smart guy who get smarter, and helps me do that too. He makes me say Bing a lot. And then Bing Bing. And even occasionally a Bing Bing Bing.
Pretty exciting to think that this November we could elect the first female Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
And I live in her district! She is a blast to watch on C-Span, her press conferences are at least once a week, and as the American Prospect says:
Brilliant rhetoric isn't part of Pelosi's repertoire (few legislative leaders have been notable public speakers); neither is anger. In her speeches, she regularly precedes her recitals of Republican outrages with words like "sadly" and "tragically." The tone is one of almost motherly disappointment, and that's hardly the only aspect of Pelosi's leadership that seems shaped by a maternal sensibility. As is clear from the morning's two press conferences, Pelosi more regularly showcases her members -- including freshmen utterly unknown to the media -- than any party leader in modern memory.
I have never seen her be this direct, she is really laying into Deputy Sec of Defense Paul Wolfowitz before she begins her questioning. Ah, WaPo has an excerpt:
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) then hit Wolfowitz, who is seen as a major architect of the Bush administration's approach to Iraq, with a virtual indictment. "You come before this committee . . . having seriously undermined your credibility over a number of years now," she said. "When it comes to making estimates or predictions about what will occur in Iraq, and what will be the costs in lives and money, . . . you have made numerous predictions, time and time again, that have turned out to be untrue and were based on faulty assumptions."
Nuts! I must have missed Robert Byrd's turn to question Wolfie.
Caught an episode of TechTV this weekend (that sounds so late nineties, doesn't it?) and jotted some notes for Mariva, whose site www.FreeAfterRebate.info has been taking off since debuting only months ago.
Notes for Mariva: PC Mag just did an article on rebates - titled ? (note to self: google for PC Mag article on Rebates and fill in before mailing Mariva).