Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Jailbait

[Yes, everyone, all the EZLN, zapatista and Other Campaign translations are in our Library, and there is a new translation today which you really should have a look at. One of the autonomías under threat.]


I’ve been terrible, and if I had a fetching little diamante-studded crop, I would…

Now that I have our attention, I’ll extend my most heartfelt apologies for being so neglectful of our various spaces this last week. Hundreds of excuses, of course, none of which are terribly fascinating. Just, you know, life as we sometimes know it.

But I have been following all the various crumbs – Spark off on his Quest, applications for editorial positions on YO! Basta [just back-channel, describing the column or article you wish to do – easy peasy – and you too can be part of our illustrious staff].

I must admit that I’ve been taking girlish delight in watching the takedown of Judith Miller [and I do apologize to our readers who are fortunate enough to be outside the range of US cable news. Or those who have a life]. Such a credit to her gender. She dresses like a 1970s kindergarten teacher, but knows that a massage and a martini at the end of the tunnel can get one through anything, even 3 months in the slammer. Not to mention that little previously noted lagniappe, the 7-figure book deal on her stay in the Big House.

Yes, the female equivalent of Karl Rove, but just, you know, with more cojones. After all, he’ll only be dragging an administration down with him, but she’s managed to lay waste to the New York Times.

Other than that, we’re pleased to hear that Iraq now has a Constitution. So that means all undocumented workers there can now go back to their countries of origin, yes? Maybe we should drop the new government a note and let them know about that little perk, the ability to repatriate those who don’t have their papers in order. Like all those pesky Americans and Brits and Halliburtonians. But not, of course, before freezing and seizing all their in-country assets.

And if, say, certain military services were to take a bit of umbrage and attempt to slip back through any of those "porous" borders, I'm sure some sort of arrangement could be made with the Minutemen. After all, they have a lot of experience at desert work, and I'm quite sure they would be equally brave facing down the firepower of the US Army as they are when chasing helpless, unarmed and desperate migrants.

6 comments:

TripleJ said...

I do admire Judith Miller for having managed to keep her mouth shut.

It earned her 3 months in jail, but she came out of it quite respectable.

Personally I wish she'd told who divulged the secret since it most likely would have been embarrassing for Weasily George. But she didn't and deserves respect for it.

penguinrocket said...

With all due respect, triplej, there is a world of difference between, on the one hand, protecting a whistleblower who attempts to expose governmental malfeasance and corruption at great personal risk to themselves--and, on the other hand, protecting corrupt government officials who use journalists as their shamefully willing proxies in a covert dirty tricks campaign calculated to smear and destroy such a whistleblower.

That the two could be conflated even in the mind of a visitor to this parlour is a sad testament to the Orwellian perversities of our day.

As for our charming host and comrade, may I recommend firedoglake for your diversion? For astounding flights of deductive logic, scurrilous rumour-mongering, and pure gleeful schadenfreude, I have yet to find its equal.

TripleJ said...

Sorry Penguin Rocket, but in fact there is no difference. There was an understanding between the journalist and the informer that the latter's identity would not be revealed. This occurs both with whistleblowers and corrupt government officials by the way.

The journalist stuck by the agreement and that's ok with me.

Now what her reasons were for blowing up the cover of the CIA agent were, I don't know and I don't care.

As for distinguishing between whistle blowers and corrupt government officials, I find it difficult to tell the difference. I don't like either. They are obviously untrustworthy since they betray secrets which their terms of engagement said they were not to let out. So should I respect someone in breach of an agreement? I think not. But I can respect a journalist for sticking to her word. If you can't understand this then too bad for you.

Heck! I even admire Hitler's autobahns (not that I think much of Hitler in any other ways, my sister in law's family was exterminated in his concentration camps, but his autobahns are cool!)

irlandesa said...

Dear penguinrocket, such a delight to have you back!

And what can I say about firedoglake - once I started reading it, it was impossible to tear myself away, and now I'm running an hour late with my day.

I don't know if you caught it, but they were actually referencing that 'Cheney resigns/Rice steps in as VP' rumour on CNN. I'm sure George the Lesser would enjoy that - having his favorite dominatrix back in the WH with him, no?

And I really should do that picture-adding thing more often, to soften the edges, as it were.

Spark said...

the trees are lovely here. and the mountains. also, lovely books to read

and Firedog, is Great

retail confession: splurge purchased peace and war motherland penguin T shirt. what with Avian Flu and all one can only but take these sensible precautions

also, Darling Irl I think you might just be that boy genius they're all looking for

maybe we should pay em a visit one day

PS what is jail bait

penguinrocket said...

Dear Irlandesa,

I'm never far--just waddling down the back roads (no Autobahns for me, thank you very much) of the Internet, in search of a tasty morsel or two.

There is no TV in the penguinhouse, so I'm afraid that I don't catch anything at all on CNN.

But I can tell you (and this may sound odd coming from one such as myself) that Condi is one strange bird.

The picture-adding thing is good. Please consider adding more of your lovely self.

Fondly,
PenguinRocket