Good evening passengers, this is the Captain speaking.
I was in the middle of finishing up an absolutely fabulous inflight communique on Tom "Bugman" DeLay, and the power went out on the flight deck. Coincidence? I'll let you decide. Anyway, the UPS kicked in to save the onboard computer, but did a controlled shutdown on the system. That's the good news. The bad news is that my (boohoohoo) post in progress went bye-bye, and I was also disconnected from a positively scintillating chat with folks in the control tower.
Anyway, rather than try to reconstruct the communique, I'm rerouting you to Digby International. It's almost the same destination as the one to which I was headed, and I'm sure you'll enjoy the end result just fine.
Before I get back to flying this bus, allow me to pontificate and make the bold prediction that this is the week that Bugman DeLay goes down. There's a life-and-death struggle going on for the soul of the GOP, and I think Bugman sealed his own demise last week. There's a lot of constitutionalists among the GOP faithful, and they're not happy. DeLay and his cronies slapped them around but good in the wake of the Schiavo situation, and perhaps a few eyes were opened.
Things are going to be hopping in Washington, DC over the next five days. By the end of the week, it's entirely possible that PopeWatch 2005 will be relegated to page A-23 of the Washington Post. It's going to be that active.
So, from the cockpit of ASZ Air, fasten your seatbelt, and put your tray tables in the full upright and locked position -- we're about to hit some significant political turbulence. We'll do our best to get you to your destination safely!
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