Well, I’ve been away from the blogging world doing some other things. They include reading a couple of excellent books, taking part in some professional development courses at work (one of which will be extremely helpful when I write my masters thesis), and doing some self-reflection. Being away also meant that I didn’t spend as much time online and therefore missed a lot of posts from my fav bloggers. I’ll probably check a few out tonight before bed.
The news that I allude to is once more from the chimp in the Whitehouse, and his outrageous (yet, hardly surprising) decision to hand Scooter Libby a get out of jail free card.
Paul Begala over at the Huffington Post said it well when calling Chimpy a tough hombre:
“Tough enough to execute Karla Fay Tucker — and then laugh about it. Tough enough to sign a death warrant for a man whose lawyer slept through the trial — and then snicker when asked about it in a debate. Even tough enough to execute a great-grandmother who murdered her husband — after he abused her…”; “Mr. Bush is tough enough to invade a country that was no risk to America, causing tens of thousands of civilian deaths and shedding precious American blood in the process. Tough enough to sanction torture. Tough enough to order an American citizen arrested and held without trial.”, and “But if you’re rich and right-wing and Republican, George is a real softie. As George W. Bush demonstrated in giving Scooter Libby a Get Out of Jail Free Card, he is only compassionate to conservatives.”
I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised, because every day there’s something new on the political scene in the land of the free. Now, I know there are those out there in the world who would tell me that corruption happens on all sides of the political world, and I would agree totally. But it seems to me that this current administration seems to think it is above the laws of the land, and every day flouts the law and does what it wishes with no regard whatsoever for the consequences — because, as we now see, there are no consequences. When you consider that Paris Hilton served more time than Libby; that Judith Miller for her role in the outing of Valerie Plame also served time, yet the Cheney right-hand man gets off pretty much scott free, then you have to start to wonder where America is headed. Then again, the decline started when the administration rigged and stole the first election. Ok…off my soapbox and back to something else.
Those books I read — the first was a great story by a woman who gave up a life in the shadow of her husband’s corporate career, and headed out into the world, aiming to find herself and at the same time live among various cultures. really live! No 5 star hotels, no luxury cars, she travelled an often stony road full of dangers, but came out the other end in good shape. The book is “Tales of a Female Nomad”, by Rita Golden Gelman. I couldn’t put the book down — it wakened the anthropologist in me. The other book, “Fighting Masoud’s War” tells the extraordinary true story of a resistance leader’s fight against the Soviet invasion of his homeland, Afghanistan in the late 60’s. CNN interviewed Masoud for its Cold War series, and it gave a good insight into who Masoud was and what he stood for. Sadly, 2 days before the Sept 11 attacks on the US, he was assassinated, with a belief that it was on the orders of Osama Bin Laden. Newsweek conducted the last interview with Masoud, just 2 weeks before the assassination.
Well, time to check out what my blogging friends have been up to. 🙂