Last week my pub upset the higher seeded darts team. I've been playing fairly well, won one game and lost - by one dart - the other. I'm on a team with two marines, a heavily tattoed Mexican who is preparing to purchase a bar of his own, an tall attractive german who uses the word "bitch" as a form of affection; and a fairly stout fellow. We were playing the top ranked team in our division and lost a bunch of close games.
So that is where I was tonight while Bush was speaking. Was I irresponsible? At least I will sleep well tonight, as I'm currently not aggravated or angry. Crossleft has several people who commented.
While i'm at it, however, this is my pet peeve about the wire tapping. It is simply this: he didn't need to do it illegally. There are special judges that would let him do what he wanted to do. The attitude is more like one of divine right than of elected leader. It's almost as if he simply wanted to make a point: he can do what he wants, screw the law. And when you do this when the law generally lets you do what you want anyway, that's dangerous.
This is the general dialogue between the president and the law when everything is going ok.
President: Hi Law
the Law: Hi Mr. President
President: We've got some terrorists here. Will you let us find them?
The Law: Hey, Mr. President, of course you can. Thanks for asking.
This is what happened
Law: Uh, Mr. President?
President: Yes, Law?
Law: Mr. President, what are you doing?
President: Um, hunting terrorists
Law: well, do you know they are terrorists?
President: well, they might be terrorists
Law: Could you have asked me?
President: No. Hunting terrorists is my job. got to keep this country safe.
Law: But all you needed to to was ask me.
President: Can't ask. Got to hunt. got to find terrorists.
Law: But, I'm the law. It's in the law - you ask, and unless you're really stupid, we approve.
President: Well, I couldn't take that risk. There are terrorists out there, and we're going to get them, no matter what, and you can't stop me.
Law: But I wouldn't stop you.
President: You might. So that's why you shouldn't get in the way.
well, that's how I see it. Hey - I, personally, have no problem with survelliance. Survey away. But when the president ignores the law that has been designed to help the executive branch on exactly these issues, we've got problems from the top down.