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January 05, 2004
Ponder This

I've never understood why the Democratic Party's national website has to use the .org designation but the Republicans get a .gov domain name. They're not, in fact, a part of the government, any more than the Green party or the National Socialist Party or the Democratic Party are, so who pulled strings to get them the .gov domain name?

And for what it's worth, we may not be sanguine about the chances for a stable democracy in Iraq in the near future, but there are some Iraqis relishing the new freedoms they have.

Why have I been waiting for a couple of weeks, and completely in vain, for some USofA media, any USofA media, to start covering the letter bombs being sent to EU politicians? Are we no longer interested in acts of terrorism? Whatever happened to that war on . . . oh, never mind.

Marriage, of course, is a sacred bond between a man and a woman, even if just for the next fifteen minutes.

And I'm thinking that the opening sentences of Mark Steyn's 2004 predictions are a mite peculiar.

Two years ago, in The Telegraph, I suggested that the massed ranks of naysayers predicting doom and gloom for America should make a New Year's resolution to stop doubting George W Bush's resolution. Alas, they failed to heed me, and as a result the traditional New Year predictions column is a mite trickier than it used to be.

What? It's our fault we predicted Bush was going to be a disaster and he turned out to be a disaster?

The next sentence makes more sense:

Never mind events that have not yet occurred: we now live in a world where there is no agreement on events that have already happened.

That's true. We know, sort of, what happened, but we don't agree on what it means.

He goes on from there to be really offensive, calling Hussein a "fellow celebrity" to Michael Jackson and Martha Stewart, foreseeing an inexplicable "landslide" re-election for Bush, and predicting a rapid slide into corruption for the EU.

Now that I think about it, I'm not sure why I'm even mentioning the column and I certainly didn't find anything in there worth encouraging you to bother to go and read it. Much of it struck me as incoherent.

On the other hand, Judd Legum on taking our rights seriously is absolutely worth reading.

Posted by AnneZook at 05:05 PM