Thursday, November 16, 2006
Hot Links: Vietnam, comics and Katrina
Posted By CNN: 1:04 PM ET
Could we get over the junior high games? The reporting from the Hill seems to want to develop a tempest in a tea pot. I guess it is easier to deal with what is typical coalition politicing than substantive issues. Are we looking a 'favorite son' type nomination of Murtha? Pelosi recognized Murtha and then gave him the Committee Chairmanship where he can shine and irritate the 'stay the course' without keeping the Military at a readiness level 'in crowd'. The House will now get their arms bent with a little more schmooz and the speeches will be better on the floor. Oh, I forgot most of the reporters aren't old enough to remember when Party Conventions were real knock down drag outs instead of the Party Hardy window dressing that they are now.
Posted By Anonymous linda, bella vista,ar : 1:28 PM ET
I'm glad to see the "Comic Relief" people promoting the selling of the shotgun houses for $110,000. That's more empowering and dignified than giving the houses away.

I wish some conscientious insurance company would offer low-cost flood/hurricane coverage for these lower income residents. But I don't think that's gonna happen.
Posted By Anonymous xtina - chicago IL : 1:45 PM ET
Two of the four headline stories you've posted are disaster related. A tornado and hurricane can destroy lives in a second. How we respond to that suffering is a test on how we really are as people. Politics are important but in the big picture, it's "not all that." If we took one fourth of the energy in this country spent ranting and raving about issues and directed that towards, say..rebuilding the Gulf Coast?? We may have had more progress. That's just my opinion, I know most won't agree, but thanks for the space to whine. Thanks Comic Relief for your help. Take Care
Posted By Anonymous Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif. : 2:13 PM ET
I thought most of the things that FEMA and Brown did with regard to Katrina WAS comic relief. Buh dum bum.

Thank you, thank you, try the veal, I'll be here all week. Tip your waitress.
Posted By Anonymous Em, Toronto, Ontario, Canada : 3:50 PM ET
It's just my opinion, but I can't help notice that two out of your four topics are weather related disasters. In the big picture of things politics is "Not all That." Sometimes I think if we spent one fourth of the energy we expend ranting and raving about the political process and directed that to, let's say, The Gulf Coast, we would have rebuilt it all by now. Thanks Comic Relief and thanks for letting me whine on the blog. Take Care
Posted By Anonymous Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif. : 5:13 PM ET
Actually, Understanding this guy may not be all that hard. It is very common for inherently frightful (that is full of fright) people to turn double agent. The psycological theory is that they feel they must generate a valid reason for the angst and fear they naturally experience. Put simply, it creates a rational reason for the chronic fear the individual constantly experiences. "of course I am paranoid... I have Jihadis and Western Intelligence Agencies after me... It is natural to be paranoid under these conditions"

It seems that he has almost the same psychological profile as Azev, a Russian revolutionary and double agent for the Okrana. His case was brilliantly documented by Dr. Anna Geifman of Boston University in her book "Entangled in Terror".
Posted By Anonymous Matt, Cambridge, MA : 11:00 AM ET
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