April 20th, 2007

Dead Dog Cat

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I'm just gobbling up these C. L. Grace (AKA P. C. Doherty) mystery novels set in Medieval Canterbury; this one is The Book of Shadows about the murder of a blackmailing magus. Still very good reads, though somewhat short.

Then, last night, after running to several stores, laying in supplies for Saturday, we finally sat down and watched the first two episodes of season one on DVD of The Sopranos. Very interesting.
Dead Dog Cat

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I must be getting old.

I recall a time that seems rather recent, when a public official, faced with a scandal, would resign rather than fight it, especially if there was fire behind the smoke.

But in the last several administration, it seems like folks feel like they have a right to these public office jobs, and they'll fight tooth and nail to keep them.

I remember British MPs resigning over scandals. I remember Nixon. Nixon! Can you imagine Nixon as a good example? And yet he was, both as a candidate not demanding a recount in his run against Kennedy, and later as President, when he resigned his post over Watergate (OK, it took a long time and a long fight for that to happen, but he didn't fight it to the bitter end).

So, I'm having trouble imagining why some of these people in the news are still in their posts. For that matter, I can't imagine why the President, with his abyssmal poll ratings, is bothering to give them his support. It's as though he's encouraging malfeasance, misfeasance, and incompetence.

Good grief.