Karl Rove out with a piece defending the Bush years. I always find it surreal and interesting to read about historical events from someone who helped to shape them. Along with Richard the Bruce Cheney, Rove is probably in the top three people most loathed by lefties. I can’t really imagine any higher praise. My favorite part of the Rove article:
But despite facing challenges and crises few others have, the job did not break George W. Bush. Though older and grayer, his brows more furrowed, he is the same man he was, a person of integrity who did what he believed was right. And he exits knowing he summoned all of his energy and talents to defend America and advance its ideals at home and abroad. He didn’t get everything right — no president does — but he got the most important things right. And that is enough.
The one major disagreement I found I possessed with Rove’s writing was the portion where he cast the President as implementing “spending restraint”. I don’t really pretend to understand everything that happened leading to the spending binge that’s taken place in the past years, but I do know that term can’t hold hands with G W Bush, much less give him a smooch. That said, I still like and admire the man… I do believe history will add a much sunnier disposition to his presidency.
Mentioned several days ago the way that the media seemed to be equating the accidental, yet tragic, deaths of Palestinian civilians with victims of Hamas’ suicide bombings. This eve I stumbed across an article in the Wall Street Journal written by a hoser who interviewed Benjamin Netanyahu… which is not only fun to say but is indeed a human person who might be the next (and former humorously enough) Prime Minister of Israel. Therin, a beautiful quote from this man regarding the civilian casualties in Palestine and the cold reality they underscore:
“We grieve for every child, for every innocent civilian that’s killed either on our side or on the Palestinian side. The terrorists celebrate such suffering, on our side because they openly say they want to kill us, all of us, and on the Palestinian side because it helps them foster this false symmetry, which is contrary to common decency and international law.”
The write-up also mentions that Netanyahu didn’t get along with Bill Clinton when he was Prime Minisutr. That is to say that Clinton was not Prime Minister but indeed the President of the United States. Which was unfortunate. Anyway, another gold star for this guy – that can only betoken good things.
SI.com says the Houston Astros have asked Roger Clemens not to show up at Spring Training this year. Kinda emotional for the guy – what with being a rather significant person at one point. Probably a tactical error with the steroids, sir. Probably.
I discovered just now that I had been able to creatively tuck away the horrifying memories of the one hundred and sixty-third game of the Minnesota Twins season just concluded. Time really does heal! The Star and Sickle says Nick Blackburn is healthy and ready to bust up some peeps this year. Also points to some interesting stats about his run support lackage and amount of garnered double plays that makes me appreciate the bloke more.
Lastly, I once again have a crush on Rebecca Saint James.
Have a tremendous evening :).