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I won’t hesitate to bomb south of the border

Google bomb that is. Originally from MyDD via Majikthise, but I converted the line + <Br> into a ul instead. And what is with the spellchecker on html code dude? Anyway.

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Oh well, so much for Bob Rae as federal Liberal leader

It seems that Thornhill MP Susan Kadis has decided to support Rae. This is a woman who left Ignatieff in huff because he said that the Israeli bombings of Qana were a warcrime. Which they may very well have been. But Ignatieff is certainly a proud member of the Fighting 101st Keyboarders. His position on Iran (and complete lack of experience in public office) lost him my vote. Now Rae being supported by the usual knee-jerk Israel-uber-alles crowd looses him mine too. Which leaves Dion/Kennedy. Neither of them spark and keen devotion in me. So I guess I’ll stick with the Greens/NDP.

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Balkinization – A True Story of Lies by the CIA, and Abuse of Power by Federal Prosecutors Who Will Do Whatever it Takes

Brian Tamanaha writes at Balkinization of a trial in the U.S. where CIA lawyers were transferred to the justice department on a temporary basis to prosecute an ex-CIA stringer. They lied about their transfer and their interests. The Department of Justice supported their lies. They willfully crafted false evidence and submitted it. All manner of fun things.

This took place in Hawai’i in the 80’s. Imagine what they are willing to do now, with the MDA behind them.

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Neil Gaiman

I am a huge fan of his writing. I love his comics, his novels, his blog. However. I don’t think I like the books he likes. Off the top of my head, the only novels I have ever picked up, simply on a recommendation by him, are Susanna Clarke‘s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell and Gene Wolfe‘s The Wizard Knight, boith of which failed to thrill me. I found them both obtuse and boring. Jonathan Strange was full of long chapters where nothing happens; The Wizard Knight spends far too much time using conversations as expository text. Conversations that often take place in dialect. Wolfe also spends too much time jumping around in time.

Artistic they both may be, but enjoyable they are not. They spend too much time being clever in the manner in which they tell the story, and not enough time actually telling it. This is where Neil differs. Like the late, great P.G. Wodehouse, his use of language is parsimonious and his timing perfect.

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