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TGIF – Computer Blues

When I tried to put together this mornings post before I left home the laptop decided to lock up and laugh at me…So it was shutdown and hit the road with my post peculating in the back of my mind. The very first thing I heard on PBS as I was headed down the street I live on was about a major traffic backup two exits past the closest cross street to work. That told me right there not to hurry…so it was off through the country instead of down the freeway. Sadly, my back road trek still got me to within a couple of blocks of the office by 8am, and that’s where I spent 25 minutes trying to finish the trip. You really have to love Houston traffic…Or move.

The weather this morning was really what I consider springlike. It was 61 degrees when I hit the kitchen, so doors open and first cup of the morning while being serenaded by birdsong. The predominant player this morning, as on most here, was our state bird. When you get a half dozen Mockingbirds singing their hearts out to mark their territories, you really have a full chorus going.

I try not to let my political rants get out here very often, but this story in the Washington Post really got me .

The lawyers said any conversations Cheney and the officials had about Plame with one another or with reporters were part of their normal duties because they were discussing foreign policy and engaging in an appropriate “policy dispute.” Cheney’s attorney went further, arguing that Cheney is legally akin to the president because of his unique government role and has absolute immunity from any lawsuit.

U.S. District Judge John D. Bates asked: “So you’re arguing there is nothing — absolutely nothing — these officials could have said to reporters that would have been beyond the scope of their employment,” whether the statements were true or false?

“That’s true, Your Honor. Mr. Wilson was criticizing government policy,” said Jeffrey S. Bucholtz, deputy assistant attorney general for the Justice Department‘s civil division. “These officials were responding to that criticism.”

So there America, as far as your government is concerned, if you criticize this administration they have an inherent right to lie about you or break the law and you, dear citizen, have no recourse. Welcome to Mr. Bush’s Compassionate Conservative America, land of the rich and liars…

Source: Judge Told Leak Was Part of ‘Policy Dispute’ –

Here is a photo I took earlier in the week of a moth sitting on the outside of the window beside my seat at the computer…The photo was taken from the inside with the outside lighting showing through.

Have a great day…

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Wednesday Morning Coffee Muse

I guess I should enjoy these few short days of spring before summer really kicks in. Maybe I should define my terms for those of you who may stumble upon these pages and wonder what this fool is talking about so early in the year. To me spring is any day that starts with a temperature under 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the night time temperatures stop cooling down below 70 you know the days are going to start being pretty bad here along the Gulf Coast. Since the weekend when we were enjoying (at least some of us) average temperatures 30 degrees below normal for this time of year, we have climbed back into the plus side again. Two mornings running now it has been 67 as I sit down here with my morning coffee. Now don’t get me wrong, 67 degrees would be great if it didn’t come with a 90+% humidity to make it interesting.

Fred has a post entitled “Honeybee AIDS?” over at Fragments From Floyd. Worrisome subject with far reaching consequences for all of us if it turns out true.

From the ride to work…

The morning drive started overcast but as I got within a few block of work the sun started burning thru. When I passed this field of wildflowers and saw the two horses grazing the sun was still hidden. I could feel it trying to break thru though so I turned around and went back to see what opportunities were presented…This was one result.