Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Long, long day at work. You know how when you're building a house, and the framing goes up really quickly, and then there are walls, and you're thinking this is going to go really quickly, but then the distance between "almost done" and "done" ends up being almost as great as the distance between "barely started" and "almost done" was? Well, it turns out that building ecommerce sites is a lot like that. Either way, it's the finish work that kills you. So that's where my days are going.

Meanwhile, politics is getting entertaining again. If you're the type to get your political news from the TV, you're probably just starting to hear about it, but the Internet's been buzzing for a while now, knocking down each successive line of lies about why, exactly, the Bush White House decided to fire a handful of U.S. Attorneys.

Legally, the firings were fine, as were the appointments of politically connected supporters as replacements (thanks to a clause that snuck into the Patriot Act in the middle of the night). But Congress asked why, and the Attorney General lied. He lied about why they were fired, he lied about who was involved, and the proof that he lied has since been released to the public, where everyone can see that he did, in fact, lie.

Now, I can sympathize. Several of the attorney's fired were in the middle of high-profile investigations and prosecutions of Republicans. Others were rather obstinately refusing to prosecute Democrats because they felt the evidence was insufficient. They were, in other words, trying to do the jobs they'd been given to the best of their abilities. Obviously, they hadn't been reading the papers, or they'd have known that's not how this White House does things.

Did you know, for example, that in the sorts of local political corruption cases that don't generally make the national papers, that 10 times as many Democrats were prosecuted than Republicans? Well, the people doing that prosecuting were the ones who didn't get fired.

How is Gonzales supposed to defend that before Congress? He obviously can't get up there and say "They were making us look bad. So we fired them." No, he lied. The only problem is that lying to Congress is a crime. A big one.

And now Bush's response to the accusation that his White House has been lying to Congress is to get angry, and to offer up his aides to testify, provided no transcript is kept or released of what they say, and that they don't have to swear to tell the truth.

I've got a sweet tooth for this shit.

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