New Email, Old Politics

First of all, just a quick note to let people know that I’ve changed my email address. The old one will be inactive from here on out.

Second–I caught the premiere of Real Time with Bill Maher last night on HBO. Good to see him back on the air—even better to see him in a live, uncensored format. My favorite part of last night’s show (aside from when Chris Rock responded to shrill conservative fembot Ann Coulter with an incredulous “What the hell? Are you fucking the President?”) was the section of the evening that Maher calls “New Rules”. The best one:

“New Rule: Enough whining about the French. At least they’re standing up to the Bush administration, which is more than can be said about the Democrats….”

Ouch. Too true.

Another good line last night, during the debate about why we’re going after Iraq, instead of Bin Laden: “It’s like I lost my keys in the garage, but I’ve decided to look for them in the living room, because the lighting is better in there.”

Hit upon a disturbing political theory of my own this morning: it’s more than a bit paranoid, but perhaps even more frighteningly, makes some degree of sense. What if the Bush administration’s North Korea policy is driven by a desire to convince the American people that the idea of a “missle defense shield” is necessary? Think about it–we sit back and largely do nothing, until such time as it becomes conclusive that North Korea has nuclear weapons, and has missles that can reach the US (Right now, we’ve sure of the latter, but only suspect the former…they have the ingredients, we’re not sure if they have the finished product). So, then, the Bush administration turns to Congress and the American people and says “see? Told ya we need a missle defense shield…” and Ratheon or Grumman or General Dynamics gets a big fat contract for a multi-billion dollar system that currently is viewed as a folly.

Wouldn’t surprise me.


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