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Phaemon the philosopher had a little dog whom he had trained to go to the butcher every bring back a lump of meat in a basket. This virtuous creature, who would never dare to touch a scrap until Phaemon gave it permission, was one day set upon by a pack of mongrels who snatched the basket from its mouth and began to tear the meat to pieces and bolt it greedily down. Phaemon, watching from an upper window, saw the dog deliberate for a moment just what to do. It was clearly no use trying to rescue the meat from the other dogs: they wouild kill it for its pains. So it rushed in among them and itself ate as much of the meat as it could get hold of. In fact it ate more than any of the other dogs, because it was both braver and cleverer.
– from Claudius the God, by Robert Graves, 1935
Such is the cruel fate of the virtuous when faced with suffuse and irradicable corruption.
Watch this video of Senator Robert Byrd denouncing dogfighting. Is he upset and angry, or just plain drunk on some corn mash? Oh, the humanity!
Johann Hari, a columnist for Great Britain’s Independent newspaper has written a devastatingly frank memoir of his recent trip on one of the National Review’s ocean cruises, intermittently held political-rallies-cum-vacations for readers of the conservative magazine with lots of discretionary income to blow on an overpriced voyage.
Impeachment Is the Only Salve to the Constitutional Crisis Brought on by Bush’s Commutation of Libby’s PunishmentTuesday, July 3rd, 2007
With the commutation of the prison sentence of Irv Lewis Libby, President George Walker Bush has sent the country into a constitutional crisis. The President now presents a far graver threat to the constitution of the United States of America than the phantom menaces of Osama Bin Laden or Saddam Hussein. This constitutional crisis, a final symptom of a Presidency arrogant of power and disdainful of democratic rule and republican government, can only be a assuaged by formal trials of impeachment.