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October 02, 2003
Skimming the headlines

Let's all remember, when a politician says they're "stepping down to spend more time with their family, it's code, either for, "they told me to go away" or "I can't take it any longer.

Death in Iraq doesn't even seem to make CNN's front page any more.

How are we spending our money in Iraq? Well, pretty much the way the military always spends money. $600 for toilet seat, $900 for a hammer, stuff like that. Take a look, and don't forget the $600 million to hunt for WMD.

I keep wondering how "the public," that vast, half-attentive mass that constitutes the majority in this country, is going to react to the news that the USofA and other U.N. countries fell for a shell game regarding Hussein's WMD.

But it's not as simple as just bailing out on the Middle East entirely. Simple-minded solutions won't work. Anyhow, we bear a significant percentage of responsibility for the problems the area is facing.

And there are more rumblings from North Korea. You remember North Korea. That's the war we didn't win before we didn't win Vietnam and before we turned our attention, for a few decades, to losing the war on drugs with little experiments like the Iran-Contra affair, which happened not long before the "Gulf War" which we still seem to be in the process of fighting. Anyhow. I don't know where I was going with that, but North Korea's churning out nukes.

How do the current crop of Democratic candidates stand on the issue of our country's poor? Is it, in fact, "too early" for them to be taking serious positions on serious matters? Does anyone but me think that a lack of concrete plans for how to change the direction this country is going might be contributing to "the public's" inability to distinguish one candidate from another?

And don't miss this bit of info . It's regarding the current investigation into an alleged leak of classified information, namely the name of an undercover CIA operative.

Is Ashcroft the worst attorney general in history?

I might want to switch my cell phone to a new provider. I don't intend to have to have a new number. Nor do I intend to pay extortionate charges for the imaginary "work" it requires the provider to give me my number.

It's good to have a smile in your day.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:27 AM


Foie gras with a moderately sized flute of Veuve Clicquot or perhaps a Sautèrnes or even an Eiswein (Trockenbeerenauslese) from Burgenland used to be one of those things that made life worse living (to quote Thurber). But now that we have learned about the force feeding practices in Hungary and other countries I, for one, forgo the liver and stay with the champagne. I am not particularly into animal rights (I like to eat them) but the way those geese are treated is to much even for an avid avivore, if you see what I mean.

Posted by: Bengt at October 2, 2003 12:29 PM

I feel the same way. Foie gras was a rare and much-anticipated treat for me, but I don't think I'll ever eat it again after what I've read recently.

I, too, have no problem eating meat but I decline to encourage practices that specifically harm animals during their (short) lifetimes.

Of course, by that measure, I'll have to give up eating turkey (they've been bred to maximize production of the profitable and popular breast meat until "farm" animals are a deformed version of the original) as well. I've boycotted veal for years.

I'm not squeamish because much of my food comes from animals. I'm squeamish because of the human interventions.

Posted by: Anne at October 2, 2003 01:50 PM