The Piecemeal Man (abmann) wrote,
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And the weekend was so good.

I wished to speak of lavsh times these last few days: hilarity and wit with moocowrich; couch snuggling with aetrix9; shibari with lady_fox; et cetera, et cetera. I cannot muster the guise of serenity for now. I'm worried. I'm worried about a multitude of things, some I can control and those I cannot.

So much time and so little to do.
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Current Book: Julie and Julia: 365 days, 524 recipes, 1 tiny apartment.
Last Book Read: The Truth (with jokes)
Pages read in 2006: 307

The Truth was entertaining but not neatly as hilarious as Lies or Big Fat Idiot. I think it's because Franken is genuinely furious with what's going in within the Bush administration. Assuming he is correct, and I think he is when I look through his source materials, his anger is justified. How exactly can Halliburton explain the complete the disappearance of $1.8 billion in relief aid or why do cement walls built in Iraq cost $1000 dollars each when Iraq used to be the leading exporter of cement to the Middle East? Cement is cheap.

Franken makes an interesting point in the second half of the book. Bush is a reality-builder and not in a good way. Bush manipulates his staff, daily activities and even the news coverage to fall in line with his view of reality. Contrary views simply do not exist - at all. Bush gets any adn all daily updates and briefs orally rather than reading all the briefs written for him. Further, he only allows the briefs to come from a handful of hand-picked representatives, some of which do not work within the departments from which these briefs come.

To contrast, Clinton read all the briefs and found extra material on them. In interviews and meetings staffers often said of Clinton that he always sounded like he was quizzing then, like he always far more informed on the situation than the staffers.

I suppose you're able to do this when you only sleep 4 hours a night.

Any way, the book is entertaining and infuriating. But it certainly looks factually correct.
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