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January 26, 2004
Icy Monday

Nearly two hours to get to the office this morning. As I pointed out to my boss, with some bitterness, I didn't want to be here that badly. Fortunately, Buehler (that's what I call him in my head) has a sense of humor about that kind of remarks.

It's just my opinion, of course, but I didn't really see anything wrong with the plan to have caucuses in Iraq. I think pushing for all-out national elections at this point is a mistake and I think the people of Iraq would get better representation by personally discussing and agreeing on local representatives and then sending those representatives to Baghdad to form a government. And I think the religious leader who is making all the fuss about this system is just making trouble and (at least I suspect) afraid that the local caucuses won't chose the kind of religious figures he wants to see forming a government.

What are they doing with this case? If they actually had a case against this guy for espionage, why are they now charging him with adultery. Are they trying to make us look like idiots to the rest of the world, or what? Do have case cases or do we not?

And what's this story about some comedian making a bad joke in an airport and facing 15 years of jail time?

Oh, and I almost forgot! Today on NPR, we were told that Ashcroft (wandering around overseas somewhere instead of paying attention to Homeland Security) has announced he's sure we'll find WMD in Iraq because Saddam Hussein used "evil chemistry" and "evil biology" on people in the past.

The mind boggles.

Via Cursor, proof of what I've been saying, the amount of money we spend on 'defense' is obscene. (Would someone care to explain to me why the Department of Energy is in any way involved in "nuclear weapons activities"?)

In the meantime, Mustang Bobby is talking about racism and the courts in Florida and making the point, quite rightly, that it's still racism if it's part of the "cultural upbringing of those institutionalizing such patterns.

I'll probably be back later.

Posted by AnneZook at 11:03 AM


On Ashcroft: "somewhere overseas" happens to be Vienna today and I just heard the guy say those things on our TV here. Only he didn't say "in the past."
(I will se if I can get hold of a transcript.)

Posted by: Bengt at January 26, 2004 12:04 PM

On the Yee non-espionage charges: I can't find any reference that says whether Yee's adultery charges are mirrored by charges against his alleged "partner in crime" who is also liable under UCMJ.

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at January 26, 2004 01:56 PM

The "story about some comedian" was about Samantha Marson of South Tyneside, who "became aggressive when she was told she could not catch the plane" and "made threats towards staff that she had a bomb in her luggage." None of that sounds terribly funny to me. Sounds more like she acted like an idiot.

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at January 27, 2004 08:10 AM

Bengt and Elayne - This is why it's good to have readers. They can fill in the bits I don't know.

Bengt, I missed the beginning of the radio story about Ashcroft, that's why I didn't know where he was.

Elayne, I agree that that's not funny or very smart.

Jonathan - Some of us discussed that when the story first broke but to the best of my knowledge, if the other person involved is being charged in any way, the media has never mentioned it.

Posted by: Anne at January 27, 2004 09:11 AM

I wound up doing a whole riff on Marson's idiocy yesterday, in a way-too-long post about humor in general. I was apparently conflating Marson with someone else - apparently two idiotic Englishwomen have done this in different airports in the space of a week! My British husband says it's been well known in England for far longer than it has in this country that you just don't joke about bombs in an airport. They're utter morons.

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at January 28, 2004 09:11 AM

You'd think that absolute common sense would tell people this, but it doesn't.

On the other hand, it occurs to me that when people get nervous (and all of those people standing around with guns can make you nervous), they don't always demonstrate good sense.

Posted by: Anne at January 28, 2004 10:48 AM