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Thursday, August 12, 2004  
Sometimes the hawks really bother me - the pundits - the venom from both sides Democrat or Republican. But I wonder about this one story... It just comes down to the two parties seeing the world in very different ways. and this is an important paradigm shift phase of the world... going from nation-state industrialism to global information economy... I kind of want Clinton back, although you didn't hear me say that.

President Bush has said that Rep. Porter Goss is "the right man" to lead the CIA - but as of five months ago, the nominee didn't think he was even qualified to work there.
The Florida Republican told filmmaker Michael Moore in March, "It is true I was a case officer, clandestine services officer, and yes, I do understand the core mission of the business. But I couldn't get a job with the CIA today. I am not qualified."
Goss, who went on to become a multimillionaire and then a congressman after leaving his job as an agent, explained: "I don't have the language skills.
I, you know, my language skills were Romance languages and stuff. We're looking for Arabists today. I don't have the cultural background, probably.
"And I certainly don't have the technical skills, uh, as my children remind me every day, 'Dad you got to get better on your computer.'
"Uh, so, the things that you need to have, I don't have."
Moore interviewed Goss, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, for his documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11." This part was edited out, but Moore still has all the footage.
Goss faces tough criticism in the confirmation process from colleagues like Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who agree that he is not qualified.

11:39 AM

This story is incredible to me. I would say what are the chances, but hell, I don't know about chances anymore.

LONDON, England (AP) -- British Home Secretary David Blunkett said Thursday he plans to bar convicted felons from benefiting from financial windfalls while behind bars after a jailed rapist won £7 million ($12.6 million) on the national lottery.

Blunkett said that proposed legislation before parliament would force offenders who won the lottery or other wealthy criminals to contribute to a compensation fund for victims of crime.

His comments follow public outrage in Britain over the lottery win of convicted rapist Iorworth Hoare, who was on day release from his low-security prison when he bought the winning ticket on Saturday.

11:32 AM

Tuesday, August 10, 2004  
"Joy to the world..." I am singing that tune, but not for religious reasons. Not. at. all. quite the opposite. joy is going to come to be via the medium of TLC, who is signing BOBBY TRENDY (girls scream!), the world's most insane queen, to a new reality show called the designer. Don't know bobby trendy? Remember the insane "luxurious!!" designer from the Anna Nicole Smith show? That's him. I'm so happy about it. It's kind of a rumor right now (gawker the source) but oh pleeease let it be true!

I tried to set up two friends last night, and no sparks flew, and I felt weird in the middle. I don't like playing matchmaker. I like when things happen naturally.

I am stoked to come to NYC. last night as I hailed a cab, I was like, this is just not the same feeling I get of comfort when I hailed a cab in NYC at the end of a long night and saw it pulling over, my hand still up - feeling so in control and taken care of. That sounds really dumb, but I'm fucking looking forward to hailing a cab, okay? Strange days. I loved that feeling of driving off in a cab, homeward bound, watching the lights of the city go by, the storefronts, the streets. I dug it. New York got in my blood like that.

1:13 PM

Monday, August 09, 2004  
Can I hate Maureen Dowd with an irrational passion and still be a good liberal girl?

I hope so. She is so annoying!@!! Full of hyperbole and annoyingness. I miss Anna Q.
I am reading the birth of venus. loves it.
the secretary with the kitten pictures now has a cute bunny as well. all ears.
miss my benny bunny.

3:09 PM

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