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Monday, April 10, 2006

Total Drek News Briefs.

Today in the (admittedly somewhat delayed) headlines:

Hack sued by cranks. Hack wins.

A high court judge today rejected claims that Dan Brown's bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code breached the copyright of an earlier book.

Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh had sued publishers Random House claiming that Mr Brown's book "appropriated the architecture" of their book, The Holy Blood And The Holy Grail, which was published in 1982 by the same publishing house.


We here at Total Drek have long been fans of Mr. Brown's work, and so are very pleased.

Scooter Libby, when asked who told him to leak classified information to the press, responded with a defiant, "Those two men over there with the Secret Service agents."

Federal prosecutors disclose that Vice President Dick Cheney's former aide, 'Scooter' Libby, allegedly told prosecutors that Cheney told him “that…President [Bush] specifically had authorized [Libby] to disclose certain [intelligence] information” about the war in Iraq.


In an unrelated story...

George W. Bush to be considered for list of top five most corrupt presidents ever.

He joins a distinguished list including Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Richard Nixon. Bush's inclusion appears to be certain owing to the scope of his actions. While Grant failed to prevent rampant profiteering on the part of his subordinates, and Nixon violated the civil rights of an opposition party for purely political gains, Bush has managed to one-up them both. Not only has he helped begin and prolong a war that has proven immensely profitable to certain parties who have ties to his administration, he has also allegedly (See the Scooter Libby story above) breached national security in order to exact political retribution. Given Bush's comments about the inappropriateness of revealing the NSA's domestic spying program, the Plame affair earns Bush hypocrisy points as well as corruption points. Some individuals have protested this decision, arguing that President Bill Clinton should also be included. The selection committee has responded by commenting that Clinton's wrong-doing primarily fell under the heading of poor taste.


Amidst significant protesting Congress considers the construction of a huge fence along the U.S./Mexico border.

One of the most controversial proposals in the debate about immigration would create a high-tech fence along one-third of the U.S. border with Mexico. Approved by the House in December, the barrier is modeled on an existing 14-mile fence between San Diego, Calif., and Tijuana, Mexico. Supporters say the fencing would bolster homeland security and curb illegal immigration. Opponents decry it as a new "Berlin Wall," antithetical to the American ideal of an open society, and the plan has sparked protests by Hispanic immigrants across the country.


This new policy follows in the footsteps of other highly-successful fencing projects including:



The Great Wall of China, which prevented the Mongols from entering China.



Hadrian's Wall, which is responsible for the total lack of Scottish folks in Britain.

And, of course:



The Maginot Line, which was exceeded only by the cunning plan of "offering them tea and croissants" in thwarting German invasion.

And that's the way it is.

3 Comments:

Blogger jeremy said...

I don't think the Maginot Line was a mistake.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006 8:06:00 PM  
Blogger Drek said...

I'm open to argument, but if the point was either to stop or significantly slow a German advance it didn't work. Certainly, the rationale behind it was somewhat reasonable in light of the experiences from World War I, but a course of action that was embarked upon for the best of reasons, but that later turns out to have been poor, still qualifies as a mistake.

Thursday, April 13, 2006 10:15:00 AM  
Blogger Potemkine! said...

It did. As you said, Maginot Line's goal was not to stop the Wehrmacht but to slow it enough to give time to mobilize the French Army.
Maginot Line resisted more than well to German assault. Most of the Line still resisted on June, 22 1940. Some forts even capitulated only with an order from the French government one week after the armistice.

The defeat of 1940 does not lie in the Maginot Line. A revolutionary tactic from the Germans who was only defeated by the Russian space, a country of 40 million inhabitants facing one of 85, and a high command with a WW1 mentality seem to me much better explanations.

Also, Maginot Line in eastern France was efficient enough to stop Italian attacks after the declaration of War from Italy, which tried to invade with forces 10 times the ones of their opponents, but did not succeed.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007 5:02:00 PM  

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