‘Beginning of the end of America’ – MSNBC.com

Olbermann: ‘Beginning of the end of America’ – Countdown with Keith Olbermann – MSNBC.com

‘Beginning of the end of America’

For, on this first full day that the Military Commissions Act is in force, we now face what our ancestors faced, at other times of exaggerated crisis and melodramatic fear-mongering: A government more dangerous to our liberty, than is the enemy it claims to protect us from.

I don’t often wax political on the ol’ Regensblog here, but I thought this call to consider historical precedent when it comes to civil liberties and the government’s infringement upon them was relevant and thought-provoking.

jet lag getting you down? it’s (still) getting me up.

We’ve been here in Michigan for 5 days down, visiting the peeps and prepping for Narg ‘n Carrie’s wedding (Holy Cats! Holy Crow! Holy…Matrimony! « Burgansburg), and except for yesterday, when I slept in to a decadent half-past-nine, I have not failed to wake before 6 all this week. Looks like Tammy & Matthias are having some trouble like that of their own.

Oh, there goes Carolyn’s snooze alarm again — sounds like the classical music radio station from Windsor.

We spent the first half of the trip mostly over on the East side staying with my parents (thanks guys!) and the recap so far looks like this:

  • Got in on Sunday
  • Had a nice dinner with my mom’s family
  • Got some shopping in at Costco with my dad on Monday, doing what he calls “sample surfing” (saves money on lunch)
  • Caught up with Heather at Shogun
  • Did my homework for Mom & Natalie’s class presentations
  • Got our shopping on at Lakeside, Great Lakes Crossing, and Somerset (everyday wear plus formalwear for Sarah for the ceremony
  • Tried out Grapeleaves at Mariam’s suggestion (she works with me in Regensburg) with Carolyn and Max
  • Checked out Carolyn’s house — it’s really cute and surprisingly roomy!
  • Caught up on wedding and general stuff with Narg and Carrie just last night and met Fluffernutter and got cool presents (mmm, Pop Tarts and books) and revisited my friends the Atchafalaya and maque choux at Howe’s Bayou
    Yet to come:

  • Haircut
  • Tux fitting
  • visit with Gram & Stevensons
  • a Cuban restaurant my parents are jazzed up about
  • a Burgan-LaMay breakfast
  • the rehearsal
  • the rehearsal dinner
  • the co-ed bachelor party
  • the wedding
  • a date with Sam and Andrea (might have to reschedule that…sorry dudes)?
  • Chow with more family (mmm, chicken & dumplings!)

So far, it’s been pretty low-stress and yet high-activity.