Sneaking some time and bandwidth to update. Nope, just can't stay away from y'all.
First off, let's look at some of the current Republican heir apparent, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's comments regarding presidential power (from the National Review, via Glenn Greenwald):
Then he began to muse about, after a veto, "would the president have the constitutional authority to support them [the troops], anyway?" He said he's a lawyer so he wouldn't offer an opinion "off the top of his head," then he proceeded to do just that. He seemed to suggest that Bush could fund the Iraq war without Congress providing funding, but it was confusing. In an interview with a New Hampshire TV reporter after his remarks, he seemed more categorical and said, since the war had been authorized by Congress, the president has "the inherent authority to support the troops." But he added, "You have to ask a constitutional lawyer."You might also want to read Cintra Wilson's article in Salon about him. Here I was worried that I might have to end Electronic Darwinism's run afther the Chimp leaves. If ol' Rudy weasels his way into the White House, he'll provide me material for four more years or until I piss him off and he disappears me, whichever comes first.
And he said he'd do it, too.
What else? Oh, looks like those 15 sailors captured by Iran were released. Purely coincidentally, Iranian diplomat Jalal Sharafi was released, and the five Iranians captured on January 10 get to get a visit from Iran's ambassador to Iraq. These coincidences boggle the mind.
And speaking of coincidence, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was in Syria. I'm sure that the reports that Syria brokered the release are coincidental as well.
Looks like the Chimp is whining about the supplemental spending bill funding his Iraq occupation. Once again he rails about Congress actually having the temerity to submit a bill that isn't a rubber-stamp of his previous four years of failure. God, just because 70% of the public wants out of Iraq. Who do those Congresspeople think they are, members of a co-equal branch of the government with oversight authority or something?
Oh, and he stuck Swiftboatin' Sam Fox in as ambassador to Belgium. After, of course, he withdrew Sam's nomination from the Foreign Relations Committee. It's like making a five-year-old eat his vegetables, isn't it? On the bright side, it's not like Belgium is going to nuke us for this. I was going to say "What else could we do to piss the world off at us?" but the Chimp always manages to find an answer to that somehow.
That's it for now, I'll try to catch up with you next week at the latest.