For various reasons, I haven't had the time to scribe anything original today, so I thought I would follow another bloggers advice and try my hand at the Instapundit style. So...here we go with some Insta-hoglets...let me know if they should become a regular feature and maybe even replace the Friday blogabout.
John Negroponte gets the nomination as the new Intelligence Chief. That should work well with Gonzales and Chertoff. Now, Negroponte can turn a blind eye to torture, human rights violations and underhand dealing in his own country instead of other people's, and can be trusted to keep quiet about anything Bush doesn't want spoken about. For Negroponte's past career highlights see here and here.
I agree with Daily Kos that questions have to be asked about such a powerful figure's shady past. In fact, I would go further and suggest that not since the days of the Third Reich has an administration in the "civilised" West so carefully handpicked a set of ministers and officials to contain and control their own populace.
Think Progress reports that Bush has nominated a judge for the District of Columbia Circuit who has been practicing law in Utah without a state law license for the past four years, according to Utah state officials. If there is a master of irony in the White House (and I am sure there is) then it sure isn't George, who is quoted saying:
I’ve a constitutional responsibility to nominate well-qualified men and women for the federal courts – I have done so.
I recieved an email drawing my attention to Why Now blog, where Brian has some questions:
Who were the liberals that ignored warnings and eliminated the FBI counter-terrorism budget on September 10, 2001?
Who were the liberals that ignored over 50 warnings to the FAA about the possibility of a hijacking and suicide mission in 2001?
Who were the liberals that advocated abandoning the hunt for Osama bin Laden to attack Iraq?
Who were the liberals that exposed a CIA operative?
Who were the liberals that turned down three plans to eliminate Abu Musab al-Zarqawi before the Iraq invasion?
Who were the liberals that made killing American troops easier by failing to provide body and vehicle armor?
The liberals haven't been making the decisions and spending the money. If the right doesn't like getting blamed for the messes they create, they need to tuck tail and crawl back into their holes.
Finally, The People's Republic of Seabrook posits the question "Anyone know 'Hail to the Chief' on Banjo and Washboard?"