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Best of Blogs Round-Up: Wednesday, February 1

We're liberal to the core, but that means keeping an open mind as much as seducing closed ones. And so from the left, the right, the in-between, we include in this daily blog review the political, the social, the cultural and the undefinable. We browse all over the globe. And we're suckers for good writing regardless of ideology.Today's special entrée: Bush's State of the Union fabulism. Clicking the link will take you to the original blog post.

Featured Blog I: L’État C’est Lui
Q&A: Our Omnipotent Bush

Q. Can the president spy on Americans without a warrant?
A. The president has to spy on Americans without a warrant! We're at war, and the president's gotta defend America, and he's not gonna wait for a permission slip from a judge or a senator or America to do it!
Q. That's just the kinda tough, no-nonsense thinking I like in a de facto dictator! Now some crazy people say the president broke some silly old laws like FISA and the National Security Act and the Fourth Amendment. Are these crazy people crazy?
A. They sure are! Maybe those laws worked back in 1978 back when Leonid Brezhnev was snortin coke with Ayatollah Khomeini and groovin to the hits of the Bee Gees, but in today's dark and dangerous times they just aren't enough.
Q. Things sure have changed since the innocent days of mutually assured destruction! But is it legal for the president to ignore the law?
A. Maybe not according to plain ol stupid ol regular law, but we're at war! You don't go to war with regular laws, which are made outta red tape and bureaucracy and Neville Chamberlain. Read the rest at Fafblog...

 

Featured Blogger II: Bubble Mania
Off You Go, Alan Greenspan, Not a Moment Too Soon

[The United States may be tepidly absorbed in President Bush's North Korean-like Applause Moment at the Capitol, but the world does go on. Amit Varma, based in Mumbai, India, is a cricket correspondent for one or more publications. His blog is delectable for several reasons: he's an accomplished writer. He's engaging. And his travels take him to nooks cranials of the world others would normally not venture in. Case in point: He was just in Karachi, Pakistan, city of (in some quite justified public perceptions) thieves and fanatics, whose handy work resulted in the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002. Mr. Varma's take is intended to show the, well, Viennese side of Karachi.]

KARACHI— never realised normalcy can be overwhelming, but when your expectations are of things out of the ordinary, the normal can surprise. One has heard so much about Karachi: unsafe city, teams don’t like to play here, don’t go out at night, yada yada yada. Well, at the risk of generalising, the city doesn’t seem unsafe to me at all. Last night I was out till past midnight with a charming Karachi couple, Mr and Mrs Teeth Maestro, and it felt like driving around in Mumbai or Delhi with old buddies. (And ah, Karachi’s much-spoken-of similarity to Mumbai is only in terms of weather; otherwise, the city sprawls serenly, and the roads are wider than even Delhi’s. Much rockacity.) One does see a lot of cop-type people on the streets, but otherwise it doesn’t feel unsafe at all. It bustles and hustles and throbs and robs bobs, and immense fun can be had. Especially if you like movies. Many fine DVDs were bought at a fine place recommended by many noble souls, all at 100 Pakistani rupees (around 70 India rupees each). Take that. Read the rest....

 

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