HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

March 19, 2007
Potpourri

Ernest Cassara


The Advantage of Divided Government

The Republican-controlled Congress having refused to hold the Bush administration accountable for anything, it is refreshing to see the Democrats making up for lost time.  This past week’s hearings on the scandal of the White House crowd outing of an undercover CIA agent, to “punish” her husband Joseph C. Wilson IV for the presumption of challenging its statements in the press was long overdue.  After four years of Republican stalling, Valerie Plame told her side of the story. As she told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, “My name and identity were carelessly and recklessly abused by senior government officials in both the White House and the State Department.”

As quoted in the New York Times, “she said the security breach might have endangered agency officials but also ‘jeopardized and even destroyed entire networks of foreign agents, who in turn risk their own lives and those of their families to provide the United States with needed intelligence. Lives are literally at stake.’”


Ron Paul Running for President

There is one stalwart Republican Congressman whom I could be very tempted to support for the presidency.  That is, Ron Paul, from, of all places, Texas.  Every time, without exception, that I have heard him speak, he has demonstrated remarkable common sense. For instance, on his website, on March 7, 2007, he wrote re The Walter Reed Scandal:

“Clean it up, paint the walls, make Walter Reed look neat and tidy! But this won’t solve our problems. We must someday look critically at the shortcomings of our foreign policy, a policy that needlessly and foolishly intervenes in places where we have no business being.”


Guantánamo

Among the more absurd statements that has been made in defense of this administration’s policies:  Guantánamo, being in Cuba, we cannot hold our government accountable for what it does there. But, then, we are used to incredible statements from the present occupants of the White House.


Halliburton to Dubai

Well, well!  Halliburton, which has soaked us American taxpayers for billions of dollars - some of which the government is finally questioning - is moving its headquarters to Dubai.  But, we are assured that Mr. Cheney’s old firm is not trying to avoid U.S. taxes!  And, then, there are those who believe in the tooth fairy!


Army Spokesmen

Have you noticed of late that spokesmen for the army always appear in fatigues.  It finally occurred to me why.  The audience might burst out laughing at the incredible chestful of decorations that most of them sport.


General Pace And Homosexuality

The General expressed the opinion last week that homosexuality is immoral.  Not sure who asked him for his opinion on the subject!


Style Trends

Perhaps some one of our readers could inform Ye Olde Observer why it is now the style for men who appear to have receding hairlines to go all the way and have their pates shaved clean!

And, as you know, I having struggled with a new set of eyeglasses recently, perhaps someone will inform me as to why tiny glasses are an advantage over what used to be the norm.


TV Trends

Am I the only one who thinks that the statement that a television program is “all new” is absurd?  After all, is the introduction to the program different; are the credits at the end of the program different?

And, speaking of TV, the channels must be in cahoots!  Have you noticed that when you flee one channel to avoid ads, all of the other channels carry them at the exact same time?


For President?

Larry Hamby wrote to ask if I would vote for this guy!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=f45K8Jh14-k


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