…and what a week it was.
Well there was:
His mother, Cherry Jones, said she received the news of her sonâ€™s death in a phone call, which she called â€œevery motherâ€™s worst dream.â€
â€œTo the public he was known as Old Dirty Bastard, but to me he was known as Rusty. The kindest most generous soul on earth,â€ her statement said.
For those keeping score at home, having your son known as “Old Dirty Bastard” is a mother’s second worst dream.
…then there was Britney Spears releasing a new CD called Greatest Hits: My Prerogative. We’re guessing that she knows the meaning of three out of four words.
Speaking of which David Brooks defended the Presidents prerogative to get rid of anyone in the CIA who made him look bad when they leaked documents that showed that they were right and he was wrong:
Over the past several months, as much of official Washington looked on wide-eyed and agog, many in the C.I.A. bureaucracy have waged an unabashed effort to undermine the current administration.
At the height of the campaign, C.I.A. officials, who are supposed to serve the president and stay out of politics and policy, served up leak after leak to discredit the president’s Iraq policy. There were leaks of prewar intelligence estimates, leaks of interagency memos. In mid-September, somebody leaked a C.I.A. report predicting a gloomy or apocalyptic future for the region. Later that month, a senior C.I.A. official, Paul Pillar, reportedly made comments saying he had long felt the decision to go to war would heighten anti-American animosity in the Arab world.
…and, of course, that’s exactly what BushCheney is doing:
The White House has ordered the new CIA director, Porter Goss, to purge the agency of officers believed to have been disloyal to President George W. Bush or of leaking damaging information to the media about the conduct of the Iraq war and the hunt for Osama bin Laden, according to knowledgeable sources.
“The agency is being purged on instructions from the White House,” said a former senior CIA official who maintains close ties to both the agency and to the White House. “Goss was given instructions … to get rid of those soft leakers and liberal Democrats. The CIA is looked on by the White House as a hotbed of liberals and people who have been obstructing the president’s agenda.”
Yup. The CIA is a “hotbed of liberals”. Bet you never thought you’d read that in one sentence.
…and lastly, since appealing to the lowest common denominator to seems to be the order of the day, we finished the week with the American Music Awards which is kind of the short bus of awards programs and seems to exist only to validate the cultural zeitgeist of the People magazine crowd. A flat Bon Jovi delivered an execrable “It’s My Life” (which is a pretty horrid tune to begin with, but he and Richie Sambora have cute hair so who cares), then there was the cultural blip that was this years American Idol winner (who puts the awful in gawdawful), and Toby Keith be-hatted & bandanaed, croaking out a D-grade Jimmy Buffet-wannabe song with of the requisite cute-country-cliche wordplay that always makes the yokels go “hyuk”.
There seems to be two culture wars in this country… and one of them is already lost, which actually occured to me when I got home Friday night and discovered I won’t be reading Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers or The Collected Stories of Richard Yates any time soon since Beckham spent the afternoon eating them.
I’m still waiting for pages 31-37 of Yates to….. make an appearance, if you know what I mean.