I Apologize to the Public

Following is a transcript of Gov. Eliot Spitzer’€™s brief statement to the public, delivered at his Midtown Manhattan office on Monday afternoon:

Over the past nine years, eight as attorney general and one as governor, I’€™ve tried to uphold a vision of progressive politics that would rebuild New York and create opportunity for all. We vowed to bring real change to New York and that will continue. Today, I want to briefly address a private matter. I have acted in a way that violated the obligations to my family and that violates my — or any — sense of right and wrong. I apologize first, and most importantly, to my family. I apologize to the public, to whom I promised better. I do not believe that politics in the long run is about individuals. It is about ideas, the public good and doing what is best for the State of New York. But I have disappointed and failed to live up to the standard that I expected of myself. I must now dedicate some time to regain the trust of my family. I will not be taking questions. Thank you very much. I will report back to you in short order. Thank you very much.

From I Apologize to the Public – City Room – Metro – New York Times Blog

Disappointed doesn’t even begin to describe it. I was very hopeful that he would be a Democratic TR. And among the first in a new post-identity-politics progressive movement that seeks to balance personal freedom, responsible government and social conscience. But the past year and change, Spitzer has done his best to pick petty fights and misread the electorate while he staff has run afoul of his own professed ethical standards.

China Regulates Buddhist Reincarnation

In one of history’s more absurd acts of totalitarianism, China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission. According to a statement issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs, the law, which goes into effect next month and strictly stipulates the procedures by which one is to reincarnate, is “an important move to institutionalize management of reincarnation.”

From China Regulates Buddhist Reincarnation – Newsweek Beliefs – MSNBC.com

Want an argument for separation of Church and State? You’ve got your argument right here. The very phrase State Administration for Religious Affairs send a chill down every bone in my secular humanist body. I wonder what would be next, a ban on haunted houses? Maybe they could charge a poltergeist tax.

blowback

In the 1980s, the Reagan administration sold fighter jets to Saudi Arabia, sparking a considerable controversy about Israel and a regional arms build-up.

In 2007, just as we’re learning about the aid Saudi Arabia is giving to Sunni militias in Iraq, the Bush administration is planning a large arms deal with the president’s long-time allies.

From
Talking Points Memo

The House o Saud is an unpopular regime surrounded by instability and growing anti-western and anti-american sentiment. So, what could possibly go wrong? Has everyone forgotten how the weapons we sold to the Afghan Mujahideen in the 80s were latter turned on us? Or how the arms we sold Iran in the 70s were turned on us? How short sighted can our foreign policy become?

Lieberman Backs Limited U.S. Attacks on Iran

“I think we’ve got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq,” Mr. Lieberman said in an interview on the CBS News program “Face the Nation.”
This could be achieved mostly with air attacks, Mr. Lieberman said, adding, “I’m not talking about a massive ground invasion of Iran.”

Lieberman Backs Limited U.S. Attacks on Iran – New York Times

Lieberman’s plan to improve the situation in Iraq is to open another front. Great idea. What could go wrong? And I really hope that Iran respects our decision to keep this military act limited. I would hate to think that Iran would get the wrong idea and think our bombing them should lead to an escalating conflict where they mobilize a couple hundred thousand troops to attack our troops and bases in Iraq or Afghanistan. And yes, I’m being sarcastic.