This is Jo Ann Smith with a single-key diatonic autoharp, playing a rendition of Amazing Grace. Thanks to the folks at the Late Night Music Club over on Crooks and Liars for calling our attention to this quiet and lovely rendition of that favorite of hymns. To quote Bluegal, “As if ‘Amazing Grace’ were not a lovely enough song, Jo Ann Smith takes a simple backdrop and a lot of talent and makes the song soar higher still.”[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwpnFjlTSwU]
From Crooks and Liars – Well, it seems that Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee has a little bit ofÃ‚Â a Michael Vick problem. He’s apparently worked to cover up the fact that his then 18 year old son and another teenager got fired from working at a Boy Scout Camp back in 1998. Seems they caught a stray dog, hung it, slit its throat, and stoned it for good measure.
You can read quotes from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette by going to Dogster’s. It seems he was never punished for it. I guess Mike Vick had the money but not influence that Daddy Huckabee has, so Junior was never charged, despite admitting to the crime. Actually though, as it turns out, David Huckabee actually didn’t kill the dog, he merely exposed it to some enhanced interrogation techniques, and then the dog committed suicide to embarrass him.
That’s just who we need running around Washington, DC under daddy’s protection.
Steve Benen, in a post at Crooks and Liars makes an excellent point about the U.S. Attorney firings. It seems that all these high ranking Justice Department officials have been asked who created the list of the U.S. Attorneys to be fired, and none of them know. I guess given Bush’s divine dispensation, it just floated down from heaven.
Benen sums it up quite well:
Lawmakers asked Kyle Sampson about who drew up the list of U.S. Attorneys to be fired and how those names got on the list. Dunno, he said. They asked Alberto Gonzales. Beats me, he said. They asked Paul McNulty. Ask everybody else, he said. They asked Monica Goodling. Ask anybody else, she said.
As Benen says, it really is a simple question for which there seems no answer.