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Decidedly Pear-Shaped

Tuesday, Apr. 27, 2010 3:38 AM

George W. Bush's memoir, entitled, 'Decision Points,' is slated for a November 9 release, and said to be an account of 'key decisions in his life.'

Let's be honest - this is nothing more than Bush trying to salvage his 'legacy.' We know that he decided to ignore Richard Clarke's request for a meeting on the dangers posed by al-Qaeda; we know that Bush decided to ignore the August Presidential Daily Briefing; we know that Bush was curiously indecisive after 9/11, sitting in stunned silence for seven minutes; we know that he decided to promulgate the lies that Iraq and Saddam Hussein were connected to 9/11; we know that he decided to implement illegal, warrantless wiretaps and institute a program of torture; and we know he decided to do nothing about the economy, perhaps hoping the house of cards wouldn't come crashing down until the next guy had the wheel.

Now, I'm confident Bush's memoir won't be talking about decisions he got wrong - in fact, we're probably going to hear all about how he 'kept America safe from another terrorist attack.' Toss in a little paean to his faith. (But, really, if your faith in God only brings you to the point where you're a lying, corrupt war criminal, can you even say that was a good decision?)

The entire Republican caucus, plus Democrat Ben Nelson, believes there is no need for Wall Street regulatory reform, voting en masse to prevent the issue from being debated on the Senate floor.

Let's recap: the Republicans don't believe it's time for financial reform. They don't believe it was time for healthcare reform. And Mitch McConnell is busy whining that it's not time for immigration reform ... because there's so much more work for the federal government to be doing.

Like what? Obstruct a few nominations? Whine about socialism? Complain about how you're being left out? (Wait, you don't want to do anything, how can you be 'left out'?)

Senator McConnell goes on to point out that there's 10% unemployment in America, and that's more important than immigration reform.

So if illegal immigrants are stealing jobs from Americans, who's hiring them?

Oh, but, no, we don't need reform at all.

The North Coast section of the California Interscholastic Federation voted against a ban on metal bats, which had been requested by Marin County sports officials after 17 year-old Gunnar Sandberg was seriously injured by a line drive.

The reasoning is that they did not want to switch the rules in midseason, and that there is no evidence that aluminum bats are more dangerous.

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