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January 02, 2004
Welcome to 2004

I'm thinking it's really not a good idea to piss off the Supreme Court. Especially for this Administration, which has become known for pushing the boundaries of constitutionality.

Libya saying if we donít lift our sanctions, they're not paying reparations for the people they killed is a little irritating. The problem is, I'm not sure if I'm more irritated because they're playing games or because we're perceived as not intending to keep our word on the matter. (I just don't know enough about the agreement we reached with them.) Maybe I'm just irritated because, if the agreement goes through as it seems to have been originally planned, one of the main "benefits" is to allow UsofA, yes, you guessed it, oil companies to go back into Libya.

And, speaking of WMD, I'll bet we all sleep better at night knowing the security for our own nuclear weapons labs is so exceptionally good, don't we?

There's a video over at CBSNews ("Good" Teens Get Racial Bail) that seems to indicate Seattle has a color-coded "bail" policy for their jails. The darker your skin, the more it's gonna cost you to get out of jail.

Lloyd Garver looks back at things that happened in 2003.

A report revealed that the crime rate in the United States was the lowest in almost 30 years. Obviously, they weren't counting big business crimes. People are still stealing from us, it's just that the thieves are better dressed these days.

Israeli and Palestinian leaders agreed to commit to a "road map" to peace. Unfortunately, like most men, they refused to look at the map once they got lost.

[. . .]

The Queen of England knighted the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger. It seems so silly that England honors celebrities just for being celebrities. It would be as if the citizens of one of our states elected a movie star with no political experience as their governor.

Personally, I doubt that anything comes of the French announcement that they investigate or maybe even indict Cheney as part of their investigation into Halliburton's alleged bribing of Nigerian officials. I just have my doubts whether or not a French law passed in 2000 can be used against citizens of other countries for acts committed before the law was passed, okay?

We aren't what we used to be and it's time we faced up to that. The question is, are we going back to who we were or are we sticking with the new "us" and are we actually going to be able to go back if we want to? (Hint: A different president would be a good start.)

Could Republicans become an endangered species? One can only hope that the current face of the Republican Party goes the way of the dodo very quickly.

For some reason, the OpinionJournal thinks a good way of bringing in the new year is to re-run a 1968 editorial about how liberalism collapsed under the weight of its warmongering and an inability to deal with domestic issues.

(It must have been an interesting senstation for Bartley to write this originally. Coming up with the wording of the part where he insists "old" liberalism is dying because everyone is so prosperous under liberal governance that they don't care about liberalism any more or whatever it was he was saying there. I wonder if he felt any unease for dissing "old" liberalism for supporting a coup in South Korea, a shameful act of regime change we should never have undertaken on such feeble grounds as humanitarianism and then dissing "old" liberalism for not breaking out the guns and ammo faster against protestors located here in the UsofA?)

That's not really the point, though. As a look back at "conventional" conservative thought at the time, it's well worth reading.

Among the faults he identified among "liberals" of the time?

The naive view of man, the search for frantic short-cuts, the devotion to commitment ahead of effectiveness, the excessive materialism.

Isn't that interesting? Because if the current Administration isn't frantically searching for short-cuts to their goals and if they're not determined to go ahead with their plans regardless of feasibility and if they're not obsessed with being "on our side" ahead of any question of whether or not "our side" is able to be effective or not and if the current crop of Republican leaders aren't some of the most materialistic we've ever seen, well. . . I guess I don't have to finish that, because they are.

So, based on Bartley's reasoning, we should be waving bye-bye to the Republicans at the next national election.

Still at the OpinionJournal, Claudia Rosett offers some timely words of caution. Offering to abandon his WMD project does not make Moammar Gadhafi any less of a despotic tyrant and the current Administration should think twice before welcoming him back to "the community of nations."

Nathan Newman has a few, rude words about Republican hypocrisy when it comes to unions and massive corporate fraud.

And now, I'm off to experience the joys of housework. Blech.

Posted by AnneZook at 11:05 AM


"I just have my doubts whether or not a French law passed in 2000 can be used against citizens of other countries for acts committed before the law was passed, okay?"

Dear Anne,

You don't know what we "old" Europeans can do when we put our minds (?) to it. Mr. Sharon, for instance, should not travel to Belgium or he will be nicked. Your (I'm using that pronoun in a generic sense) friend Mr. Pinochet was held in custody here for a long time before your (see above) loyal ally Mr. "I'm alright " Jack Straw released him "on humanitarian grounds." Yes, the hangman of Chile was released "on humanitarian grounds."

So Mr. Cheney should be prepared in case he comes over here and be sure to bring his medical record.

Oh, dear. I have promised to be nice in 2004 and it looks like I have broken that promise already. But I still don't smoke. But then I haven't since 1972.

Posted by: Bengt at January 2, 2004 12:03 PM

Thanks so much for the link to Pfaff's article, Anne. I'll be blogging about that one.

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at January 3, 2004 10:31 AM