Molly Ivins, Populist Texas Columnist, Dies at 62 – New York Times

Molly Ivins, the liberal newspaper columnist who delighted in skewering politicians and interpreting, and mocking, her Texas culture, died today at her home in Austin. She was 62.

Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman,
via Associated Press

Molly Ivins in 2006.

Her death, after a long fight with breast cancer, was confirmed by her personal assistant, Betsy Moon.

In her syndicated column, which appeared in about 350 newspapers, Ms. Ivins cultivated the voice of a folksy populist who derided those who acted too big for their britches. She was rowdy and profane, but she could filet her ideological opponents with droll precision.

After Patrick J. Buchanan, as a conservative candidate for president, declared at the 1992 Republican National Convention that America was engaged in a cultural war, she said his speech “probably sounded better in the original German.”

And another of the good ones leaves too early…

Source: Molly Ivins, Populist Texas Columnist, Dies at 62 – New York Times

The Bait-and-Switch White House – New York Times

I don’t know about you but to me it looks to me like Bush and Cheney have seen to many police shows on TV. I mean come on guys, good cop bad cop is so lame…

We often wonder whether there is a limit to the Bush administration’s obsession with secrecy, its assault on the rule of law, its disdain for the powers of Congress, its willingness to con the public and its refusal to heed expert advice or recognize facts on the ground. Events of the past week suggest the answer is no.

In his State of the Union speech, Mr. Bush stuck to his ill-conceived plans for Iraq, but at least admitted the situation was dire. He said he wanted to work with Congress and announced a bipartisan council on national security.

That lasted a day. By Wednesday evening, Vice President Dick Cheney was on CNN contradicting most of what Mr. Bush had said. We were left asking, once again, Who exactly is running this White House?

To me what this White House has gotten good at is getting their message out their first and knowing that most people will never read the follow up in a couple of months. They count on the short attention span of the American People. They also count on the inability of the MSM to believe or report that they are lying outright about what they are doing. If nobody calls them on their lies are they really lies? If no one holds them accountable for anything they say are do, should they be honest?

Come on people, these are the same people who push lies into the media to smear their opponents in the elections…Over and over and over again. They do it and they get away with it so they do it again. And now you question how they can run the country in the same way…Get real.

The only way this administration is ever held accountable is in a court of law. Preferably, not one with their appointed judges…

Source: The Bait-and-Switch White House – New York Times

Defending Iraq War, Defiant Cheney Cites ‘Enormous Successes’ –

 You have to wonder what they are putting in the Kool-Aid at the Cheney manse.

Vice President Cheney said yesterday that the administration has achieved “enormous successes” in Iraq but complained that critics and the media “are so eager to write off this effort or declare it a failure” that they are undermining U.S. troops in a war zone, striking a far more combative tone than President Bush did in his State of the Union address the night before.

The only way that comment makes sense is if the Vice President has forgotten which stage of his career he is in. Sir, you are working for the American People now, you left Halliburton six years ago…

Source: Defending Iraq War, Defiant Cheney Cites ‘Enormous Successes’ –

State to argue for reinstating DeLay charge | – Houston Chronicle

Some day we will be able to put the DeLay era behind us. I feel sorry for Virginia… 

AUSTIN  — A part of the criminal case that helped drive former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay from public life is hanging on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, which will hear arguments Wednesday about whether a dropped conspiracy charge against him should be reinstated.

Prosecutors want the charge reinstated, but lawyers for DeLay and two co-defendants contend a lower appellate court got it right — that the law was not in effect when the alleged conspiracy occurred in 2002.

DeLay’s trial on remaining felony conspiracy and money laundering charges must wait until the state’s highest criminal court rules, which could be weeks or months after Wednesday’s hearing.

Source: State to argue for reinstating DeLay charge | – Houston Chronicle

the ramblings of my brain over that first cup… and other meanders