7.21.2005

Not to beat a dead horse, but...

David Adesnik from Oxblog discusses the Wilson/Rover deal in an excellent post here. The information he links to, is quite compelling and makes a point similar to Andrew's.

Actually all of the posts from Oxblog today are pretty damn good. These guys are on it when they put stuff up there. Hmmm. Well this was this one made me laugh, perhaps wrongly (I haven't decided yet). Hee:


"DUMBLEDORE APPOINTED TO SUPREME COURT OF WIZARDRY: More than one reader (two, in fact) e-mailed to express their disappointment/anger at my inconsiderate revelation that Hermione is pregnant and that Voldemort may be the father.

Of course, I completely made up the whole thing. I assumed that my little joke was so ridiculous that no one would assume that this is what actually happens in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Then again, JK Rowling keeps telling us that her series will become progressively darker as it approaches its climax, so perhaps it isn't so unreasonable to believe that Voldemort would impregnate Hermione.

Actually, come to think of it, given some of the bizarre Freudian imagery in the earliest works from the Rowling opus, perhaps teenage pregnancy isn't all that far-fetched.

But come on folks, we're talking about Hermione here -- one of the most talented wizards of her generation. Surely as part of her studies of Defense Against the Dark Arts she has perfected the incantation of spells such as Putonsome Latexia, Ingesta Pillium, or (if worst comes to worst) Withdrawum Prematurum."

1 comment:

Andrew said...

Here’s a pretty interesting development:

July 22 (Bloomberg) -- Two top White House aides have given accounts to a special prosecutor about how reporters first told them the identity of a CIA agent that are at odds with what the reporters have said, according to people familiar with the case.

Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, told special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald that he first learned from NBC News reporter Tim Russert of the identity of Central Intelligence Agency operative Valerie Plame, the wife of former ambassador and Bush administration critic Joseph Wilson, one person said. Russert has testified before a federal grand jury that he didn't tell Libby of Plame's identity, the person said.

White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove told Fitzgerald that he first learned the identity of the CIA agent from syndicated columnist Robert Novak, according a person familiar with the matter. Novak, who was first to report Plame's name and connection to Wilson, has given a somewhat different version to the special prosecutor, the person said.

These discrepancies may be important because Fitzgerald is investigating whether Libby, Rove or other administration officials made false statements during the course of the investigation. The Plame case has its genesis in whether any administration officials violated a 1982 law making it illegal to knowingly reveal the name of a CIA agent.

(http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=an7SakVWGrTQ&refer=us)

While it’s impossible to prosecute perjury based on the differing testimony of only two individuals, clearly someone’s not being truthful here. While I honestly can’t say with a high degree of certainty that Rove’s version is correct and Novak’s isn’t, I highly doubt that Ex. DC power lawyer Scooter Libby who works in an environment utterly paranoid over giving legally false statements, who saw legions of friends get pulled into special prosecutor investigations in the 80’s would risk perjuring himself over something that probably isn’t even illegal: possible, but extremely unlikely.