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Friday, October 06, 2006

My Senator Reads The Tea Leaves

John Warner is an honorable man. A statesman. A man of integrity. A solon carving a herculean path to immortality. A man who has made his mark on the glorious history of the United States of America.

Well, actually the man read the poll numbers and decided to abandon his party and his President:
Senator Says U.S. Should Rethink Iraq Strategy
By David S. Cloud, The New York Times

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 — The Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee warned Thursday that the situation in Iraq was “drifting sideways” and said that the United States should consider a “change of course” if violence did not diminish soon.

The chairman, Senator John W. Warner of Virginia, expressed particular concern that Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki had not moved decisively against sectarian militias.

“In two or three months if this thing hasn’t come to fruition and this level of violence is not under control, I think it’s a responsibility of our government to determine: Is there a change of course we should take?” Senator Warner said. (link)
When George Bush's approval rating was at 90% and he said to the country, "This is going to be a long, drawn-out war," Warner nodded. And agreed.

Now that the mainstream press has finally been able to convince a majority of the American people that the war is finally in that quagmire that it's been saying we were in since the war began in Afghanistan, Warner nods. And agrees.

When the seas roil, the rats abandon ship.

The Ways Of The World

When the publisher of the Los Angeles Times defied his bosses and refused to reduce expenses by making staff reductions, he was lauded by those who long for the salad days of a strong, influential, and profitable press.

I don't do news. I do business. I knew he was a dead man walking:
Los Angeles Times Publisher Is Ousted
By Katharine Q. Seelye, The New York Times

In the latest chapter in a long-running drama at The Los Angeles Times, the nation’s fourth-largest newspaper, the publisher was forced out yesterday, three weeks after publicly refusing to make job cuts requested by his corporate bosses.

Ousting the publisher, Jeffrey M. Johnson, enables the Tribune Company, the newspaper’s parent, to reassert control over a renegade publication while averting further turmoil for now. Many of Mr. Baquet’s senior editors were considering leaving with him if he were fired or quit. (
What a brave guy. A brave unemployed guy ...

You Get What You Pay For

I'm here in a high-rise hotel in downtown Philadelphia. The kind that sets you back $200 a night. And there were four long black hairs on the bathroom vanity when I checked in. Not pubic hairs like I found on the bed at a Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge the last time I ever stayed at one many years ago but hairs just the same.

I don't know. Maybe I'm expecting too much ...