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December 22, 2003

I thought I'd posted this four hours ago. Guess it just goes to show how distracted I get when I have some actual work to do.

Anyhow, you've probably seen all of these already, but here's what caught my eyes today.

Maybe the problem is that, yeah, "all men are created equal" but we're not exactly defining "men" correctly. (Okay, it's a bit of a Grinchy link, but very interesting.)

I don't think Riverbend is "anti-American." I think she's just very, very honest about the world she's living in.

Sunnis and Shi'a have always lived in harmony in Iraq and we still do, so far. I'm from a family that is about half Shi'a and half Sunni. We have never had problems as the majority of civilized people don't discriminate between the two. The thing that seems to be triggering a lot of antagonism on all sides is the counterinsurgency militia being cultivated by the CPA and GC which will include Chalabi's thugs, SCIRI extremists and some Kurdish Bayshmarga.

I'm very pleased to see Jonathan Dresner joining Cliopatria and I hope he doesn't stick strictly to political topics. I'd like to read his thoughts on F/SF since he seems to share my taste in authors.

Hey, I think I was the one who first called the current majority party's Congressional tactics "scorched earth" but I don't object to others using the concept. (Okay, no, I wasn't the first. I just wanted you to read the article.)

Matthew points to this as proof that conservatism has jumped the shark. Me, I just think the author needs an infusion of some of that "compassion" we hear so much about.

(You don't need to read the article if you're squeamish about these things. Basically it just says that some people don't make the best life choices and that you shouldn't help them because it might get to be a habit. And that if you loan a destitute person $5, you're entitled to hold a grudge forever if they can't afford to pay it back and maybe even to write publicly about how right it is to condemn succeeding generations to equal or greater poverty and Ebenezer Scrooge was so totally right and where in the heck is my five bucks, you homeless deadbeat.)

I read the Slate piece about Veep Cheney and empire/imperialism but couldn't think of much to say about it. TomDispatch doesn't have the same problem.

Are we supposed to be worried about global warming or global dimming? I dunno, but I can tell you I'm glad to hear that it's not that my eyes aren't what they were when I was 20, it's that things really are harder to see.

Checking out Wampum I see that my, "give them the benefit of the doubt and don't get all conspiracy-minded" attitude toward preliminary reports that Hussein was actually a prisoner held for the moment when we were going to pounce on him and declare WE GOT HIM! was overly optimistic in terms of accepting the kinds of machinations in which this Administration is willing to indulge. Or, you know. Not.

But until someone answers that question about the instantaneous DNA testing, I'm staying skeptical.

Tonight when I get home, I'm popping White Christmas in the VCR and escaping to a different post-war world. After that, I'm watching The Muppet Christmas Carol and It's a Wonderful Life. If anything can restore my faith in the magic of the holiday season, those three movies should be able to do it.

I just found out that we're closing early on Wednesday and we're closed on Friday. Now that's a worthwhile gift!

Take me away, Bing....

Posted by AnneZook at 03:23 PM


No "Holiday Inn"?? You need a copy of Holiday Inn. Much better movie than White Christmas. Trust me.

Posted by: Dail at December 22, 2003 08:30 PM

Oh, I love Holiday Inn. :) But there are only so many hours in one evening....

Posted by: Anne at December 23, 2003 10:53 AM