Saturday, August 04, 2007

this ought to go over well 

Insurgents! Meet your newest target:

The United States has asked Israel to check the possibility of pumping oil from Iraq to the oil refineries in Haifa. The request came in a telegram last week from a senior Pentagon official to a top Foreign Ministry official in Jerusalem.


The new pipeline would take oil from the Kirkuk area, where some 40 percent of Iraqi oil is produced, and transport it via Mosul, and then across Jordan to Israel.

Happy Hunting!

Friday, August 03, 2007

Meaningless Questions 

from Kafka:

"Why is it meaningless to ask questions? To complain means to put a question and wait for the answer. But questions that don't answer themselves at the very moment of their asking are never answered. No distance divides the interrogator from the one who answers him. There is no distance to overcome. Hence meaningless to ask and wait."

Tuesday, July 31, 2007


The 2007 US Primaries as mapped by The Political Compass

Sunday, July 29, 2007

'Meta-Data' and 'The Big "Unless"' 

For some reason, this passage in the most recent TPM post--

But then there is the big 'unless'.

Unless the president is party to the wrongdoing that placed the cabinet secretary in jeopardy. And that is clearly the case we have here, which explains the historical anomaly that the possibility of Gonzales' impeachment is even a topic of serious conversation.

--gave me a particularly Pynchonian chill. Have things gotten more Pynchonesque this summer?; or is it because I'm rereading The Crying of Lot 49; or is it that Josh Marshall has always liked to inflect the ongoing corruption stories with a little bit of an air of mystery?


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