I had hoped to post on Thursday, especially because Bruce is on vacation. And there is much to talk about. Terrorist organizations violating international boundaries and kidnapping Israeli soldiers. (I hope to say something about this tomorrow.)
Valerie Plame is attempting to extend her short time on center stage by filing a lawsuit against the Vice President, his former chief of staff and Karl Rove, “accusing them and other White House officials of conspiring to destroy her career.” It’s too bad we don’t have the British system of civil law where the loser pays because it’s clear this lawsuit is just for publicity. (Blogger Jim Rose basically agrees with me, via Instapundit.) This lawsuit is going nowhere. A federal judge will dismiss the suit and it will be relegated to the back pages of newspapers and not merit a mention on internet welcome pages.
Although this will be dismissed, in filing motions to dismiss, the Vice President et al. will incur further legal costs, costs which, in an ideal world, should be borne by those filing such a frivolous lawsuit.
After a scrupulous federal prosecutor investigated the case, he did not find sufficient evidence to indict a single person under the intelligence Identities Protection Act. Those who have followed the story closely know that no Administration officials attempted to destroy Ms. Plame’s career. They, albeit in a clumsy way, were merely attempting to discredit a dishonest critic.
I hope to be back up to writing speed tomorrow. I seem to be in the last stages of the most unusual summer cold. What has made this one unusual is that while I endure the familiar cold symptoms, congestion, scratchy throat, occasional aches, I have also enjoyed tremendous physical energy, not slacking in my Theater Manager duties at Outfest, working out as well (if not better) than ever and eagerly bounding up and down stairs at my building and elsewhere. I only seem to feel particularly bad when I’m not in motion.
And then combine that summer cold with a power failure in my building for the better part of the day. It’s only when you go without power for several hours do you realize how dependent we are on electricity. I couldn’t turn on the TV, could only use my computer as long as the battery lasted, couldn’t even use my landline as all my phones are cordless, couldn’t cool my apartment with a fan or air conditioning and, worst of all, couldn’t make coffee at home.
Given this absence of electricity (until the mid-afternoon) and my feeling pretty bad when I sat still, I didn’t get to post today and given Bruce’s travels, this blog lacked new content for a while. All that said, I did delight in today’s lessons and ambiguities. More importantly, as I could get by despite today’s misfortunes, I realized yet again, how, in the grand scheme of things, at the present moment in my life, I really am quite fortunate.
-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com
UPDATE: Seems like John at Powerline agrees with me about Plame’s suit as well, calling the lawsuit “comic relief:”
The Wilsons evidently can’t stand the thought of their fifteen minutes of fame coming to an end. Valerie Plame is like an amateur singer with a bad voice and delusions of stardom who won’t get off the stage. Eventually, the impresario will get out the hook, but by that time there will be no one left in the audience.
UP-UPDATE: Roger calls Ms. Plame, “one of the most tedious and narcissistic individuals to grace the cover of Vanity Fair in some time (and that’s saying something).“
UP-UP-UPDATE: In response to Raj’s comment #3, I note that I lack the time to read the complaint, but Curt at Flopping Aces has and has done a remarkable job of tearing it apart. So just read his piece and you’ll see why it’ll be dismissed. AJ Strata has also read it and found it “lame.”
UP-UP-UP-UPDATE: Once again, AOL’s news editors show their bias by leading their news with this story, giving a picture to Valerie Plame while not featuring as prominently the escalating crisis in the Middle East.