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February 05, 2004
Civilization and ethics

Just when you start thinking that bringing civilization to the world is an impossibility, you find out that it's actually a perfectly natural progression.

On the other hand, ethics and morals seem to be disappearing all around us. (No, no, it's okay. This one isn't about Dick Cheney.) It seems that no group is safe from the temptation to do wrong for personal gain.

Once again we're reading Bush - Kennedy comparisons, but this time the example is the Bay of Pigs. And Vietnam.

Which reminds me that last night on NPR I heard E. J. Dionne and David Brooks being interviewed about the upcoming election and David Brooks said that Vietnam was going to be an issue in this country as long as the current generation (which he described as, "middle-aged and paunchy") is around. I'd like to file a formal protest. I've been on a diet and I am not paunchy.

Furthermore, I think it's a disgrace that someone in Brooks' position pretends we can ignore the impact of Vietnam on this nation's psyche.

Did I link to this before? It's interesting and you should read it. SFGate is always interesting.

Haven't we been saying this and saying this? The media needs to stop trying to tell us what we're going to do.

Speaking of budgetary pork....

It probably won't surprise you to hear that I'm in favor of saving the whales, and I'd like to thank the fisherman who go the extra mile and feed the whales.

I also enjoyed the BBC site's pictorial offering today. Bowie's Golden Years.

Posted by AnneZook at 01:01 PM


If we can learn nothing else from what Brooks says and writes, and we can't, we can know what the RNC is thinking. It looks like they're going to handle the very damaging AWOL situation by suggesting that Vietnam is old news and doesn't matter. I hope so because that's a damn stupid strategy.

Posted by: eRobin at February 5, 2004 05:57 PM

In fact, I've seen hints of this from the Right for the past several months. "Vietnam was a long time ago and no one cares but a bunch of old hippies." I've even seen it from individuals, which proves nothing more than it proves that education in this country is drastically in need of serious overhaul.

It really is a complicated issue for me. I find myself entirely unable to see myself protesting the fact that someone didn't want to go to Vietnam but at the same time, I find myself very bitter about someone who was gifted with a protected assignment who couldn't even be bothered to honor the requirements of it.

I've been reminded, from various sources, that, (1) "the paperwork is lost" isn't necessarily untrue when it comes to the government, and (2) Bush requested and received a flying assignment that was, in itself, not entirely a 'safe' berth.

It also occurs to me that Junior wasn't really right for a pilot (the lowest possible score on the aptitude test) and maybe it's actually a good thing that he didn't do that much flying? At least, for the people living around the flight training area.

Like I said, this is a complicated subject for me, but that doesn't mean I want the Right attempting to shove it on a back shelf, next to "Roman Empire" or something.

Posted by: Anne at February 6, 2004 10:57 AM