Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Briefly Noted

- President Bush took a bit of a tumble from his bicycle today in Scotland, running into a local policeman and suffering cuts and scrapes on his hands and arms. The police officer went to the hospital for what the AP describes as a "very minor" ankle injury. I've got just one question - do the G8 leaders have so little to do at their summit that the leaders have time to be riding around on bicycles?

- There is jubilation in London tonight after that city won the International Olympic Committee's blessing to host the 2012 summer games, beating out Moscow, New York, Madrid, and Paris. It will mark the first time since 1948 that the U.K. will host the games, and Prime Minister Tony Blair called the decision "a momentous day" for Britain. I'm happy with the result. Reuters calls the British win "a bitter blow for French President Jacques Chirac that was all the more painful because he lost out again to his rival Tony Blair."

- Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson has a post over at TPM Cafe in response to the jailing of the NYT's Judith Miller. He writes "Clearly, the conspiracy to cover up the web of lies that underpinned the invasion of Iraq is more important to the White House than coming clean on a serious breach of national security. ... The real victims of this cover-up, which may have turned criminal, are the Congress, the Constitution and, most tragically, the Americans and Iraqis who have paid the ultimate price for Bush’s folly." It's an interesting take on the story - I don't completely agree with it, but it's worth reading. Jeff Jarvis at Buzzmachine also offers his take on the Cooper/Miller saga, which offers the very useful reminder "as we get to the stinky middle of this onion, we will find all kinds of smelly motives of people using people to push their own agendas. It's not just about principle. It's about politics."

- Earlier today, Alan at The Yellow Line asked "Is Roe v. Wade Bad for Democrats?"


At 11:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just hope that Fred doesn't go up on his lines. Who else thinks thia may affect Law & Order? After all, he is the d.a.


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