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October 10, 2003
Some news, some opinions

I saw this story yesterday but I didn't blog it because the Vatican hadn't confirmed it at that point. I really don't have words for how appalling such behavior is.

I'm not impressed by the way the Democratic candidates are turning on each other instead of talking to the voters about what they stand for and what they'd do in office. It's really not enough, for instance, to talk up your own "middle class" background while pointing the finger of elitism at those born into wealthier families. Nor is it sufficient to continually point out that you voted against us invading Iraq. If I were one of those candidates and I had a voting record that I thought would prove I was the candidate the public wanted, I'd be advertising that. And I'd be advertising my opponents' voting records, or discussing the fights with the Republican leadership I'd had in Congress over the last couple of years. (Wait...wasn't there a candidate who tried to discuss the issues? Yeah, it was...whatshisname...Kucinich The one only the "radical" left is paying attention to.) (You know the "radical" left. They're those people who get all stirred up about dumb things like policy details instead of slavering over the latest rumor and innuendo.)

Second UN witness shot in Brazil
is, again, one of those headlines that sort of speaks for itself.

Here's A Century of U.S. Military Interventions from Znet. It's a "partial" list, but still appallingly long.

Common Dreams is bitchslapping the media for the way their coverage failed to address anything resembling issues during the California recall fuss. (Oh, and in the interests of fairness, I listened to excerpts from an interview with the governor-elect this morning and aside from the moments when he demonstrated that he doesn't actually know how the government works, he did sound sincere.)

Also from Common Dreams, one of those invaluable charts that compare a politician's words with his actual deeds. (It's a Bush thing.)

It may not be a full program of Iraqi WMD, but I'm not so na´ve as to think a single vial of botox just magically appeared in an Iraqi scientist's home all by itself, so I'm not entirely in agreement with the opening Dowd's column, but the rest of it, discussing the Rice - Rumsfeld tug of war, is interesting.

Krugman points out that if we get lost in meta-discussion, no one's going to be paying attention to the issues. He also kicks dirt on right-wing shoes about their eagerness to demonize Clinton's sex life while excusing Schwarzenegger's. Dionne does the same.

Here's just what the world needs. Yet another how to blog article.

Molly Ivins is always worth reading.

Mark Moford is selling his computer, but maybe he should have it bronzed, instead?

Posted by AnneZook at 08:26 AM


Comments

I thought the "how to blog" article was well done. It didn't mention that the "Blog This" thing was part of Google's toolbar, which I just found out (I'm loving it!), but other than that I thought it was a very decent primer.

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at October 10, 2003 11:11 AM

I suppose it was. It just seems to me that we've seen three dozen of these in the last six months.

These kinds of articles are more a reflection of how "in" blogging is, that everyone wants to write about doing it, than anything else.

On the other hand, maybe I'm just jealous that there weren't all of these "how to" guides back when I started my first blog?

Posted by: Anne at October 10, 2003 11:21 AM