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November 07, 2003
Skimming the headlines

AlterNet offers us links to a story of what's reportedly the first time the so-called Patriot Act is being used for other than tracking down terrorists. (Sadly, the paper the story links to seems to be inaccessible at the moment.)

Naturally no one supports racketeering or bribery (or, you know, profiteering), but I still don't like it.

And, speaking of Iraq, are we actually breaking international law and can we be stopped?

I do like this story about the apparently growing fight over Diebold's reportedly faulty "electronic voting matchines." I'm impressed, too.

Diebold's defense of, "those are ours, they're copyrighted, they could be forgeries and maybe you changed the content" is pretty bizarre. I guess it's the sort of defense you get from a company notably on the defensive.

Iím not sure what this article was trying to argue, except maybe that it's okay if we have the death penalty in the USofA because 80% of the executions happen in the South, and mostly it's just Texas and Virginia. I fail to see why that's a good thing (except that I'm glad it's not here).

This article insists that we're not sending more troops and that the Bush Administration is searching for an Iraq exit strategy, but that's a contradiction of other reports I've read or heard over the last week discussing which soldiers are being told they're going to be returning to Iraq and the numbers of additional Guard troops being mobilized for shipping out.

The Washington Post takes on the uninspiring and uninvolving results of excessive gerrymandering.

I found this site the other day, quite by accident, and found it interesting.

The HistoryMakers is a national, 501(c)(3) non-profit educational institution committed to preserving, developing and providing easy access to an internationally recognized, archival collection of thousands of African American video oral histories.

E. J. Dionne, Jr. discusses the increasing polarization of the country.

Other than that, I didn't find much to move me to comment this morning. There's no point, after all, in me being the 5,000th blogger to cover the story that yet more soldiers have died in Iraq. I have nothing to add to the commentary on Bush's 'men-only' club, watching him sign guaranteed-to-be-overturned-but-hey-we-can-campaign-on-it-anyhow legislation banning a medical procedure most of them probably don't even understand. I covered the story that Turkey isn't sending troops to Iraq previously. I'm not economist enough to know if the economy is really developing a sizzle or if we're just seeing the usual pre-holiday spate of temporary hiring.

Maybe I need more coffee.

Posted by AnneZook at 09:01 AM


As a Las Vegan, I can confirm the reporting that Patriot Act is being used to investigate what's being called "G-Sting" locally. I'm thrilled that we won't be terrorized by naked lap dancers any more...(/sarcasm)

Posted by: Dail at November 7, 2003 09:04 AM