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March 23, 2004
Issues, issues, issues

Gay marriage. What a sensible president might have said.

Dirty politics. Is there an "independent" smear campaign at work?

Tax cuts. Do they pay for themselves as some would have you believe?

The political "third rail" of Social Security and Medicare. Understanding recent projections.

Friendly fire. It's a feature of wafare.

Would this be domestic warfare? Bush's War Against Wonks.

The cost of warfare. $107,744,815,834 so far. I think. The cost climbs so quickly it's hard to pin down one number. That's enough to provide insurance coverage for almost 33,000 uninsured children for a year.

Corporate naughtiness. More from the makers of fine Coca-Cola products.

One vote. When murder is covered up because the facts get in the way of our military's goal, one voice can make a difference.

Prison reform. First, make sure everyone understands the problem. But be careful.

Healthcare. Or rather the lack thereof. Cholera in Mozambique.

The Ministry of Health , Mozambique has reported a total of 15,237 cases and 85 deaths between 20 December 2003 and 18 March 2004 in seven provinces (Maputo, Gaza, Sofala, Zambesia , Nampula , Inhambane ,Tete). Maputo city is the most affected area with 9,522 cases and 37 deaths.

Politics and the young. Where did they learn to play so dirty?

And, speaking of dirty politics, the "new McCarthyism." Or is this one just an example of typical, small-town insularity and paranoia? Read it and think.

(I'm just saying. Hollywood has been churning out movies mocking this kind of small-town, strong-arm policing for years. Anyone remember Rambo?)

Gay marriage. A poll about the importance of gay marriage in this campaign cycle suggests people are likely to vote this issue more than almost any other in November. But that's today. Things change in the landscape of an election.

Another poll gets different results.

It's my considered opinion that polls are confusing. Actually, the truth, as we all know, is that polls can "prove" whatever you want them to "prove" and it's not that difficult to achieve.

Taxes. Let's lighten the mood and let Dave Barry offers some help with those pesky forms.

And a few random thoughts:

Don't forget to keep an eye on the Republican Party's website to know what their primary talking points are for the week. (No one has yet explained to me how this political party that is not, in fact, a part of the government, qualifies for a .gov domain name.)

I must be getting old. I don't actually understand what this columnist is writing about.

From time to time, I feel a bit guilty about ignoring the usual major media sources, national and international, when I'm browsing the links, but then I comfort myself with the thought that y'all are reading the NYTimes and WaPo and CNN and all of the others without my pushing you to do so, so it's okay to take up space pointing to articles you might not otherwise read.

It's a bit sad because it means I'm almost never talking about what everyone else is talking about so I can't surf around the world o'blog and see what everyone else thinks of things.

On the other hand, if I'm not talking about what other people are talking about, I'm not embarrassing myself with thoughtless rudeness, either, so maybe it's just as well.

Posted by AnneZook at 11:09 AM


Comments

On Dirty Campus Politics: There's a chicken and egg problem there. When I was an undergrad at Georgetown, a campus newspaper uncovered a "vast right-wing conspiracy" -- a secret society called The Stewards -- to control student institutions including governance, political and cultural organizations, so as to keep campus politics on the Catholic Republican straight-and-narrow. I'm quite sure that some of those guys (I'm pretty sure they were all guys) are now working for Republican think-tanks..... like PNAC?

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at March 23, 2004 01:31 PM

On the Crawford Five: I like to see the positive. Perhaps the police in Crawford, unsure of the constitutional legalities involved, decided that the courts were the appropriate arbiter of fact and law in this case. In other words, arrest 'em all and let the judge sort it out. Or the appeals court. Or maybe federal court.....

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at March 23, 2004 01:35 PM

On the Republican .gov site: Democrats have one too: http://www.democrats.gov/. It's a pretty good parallel to the Republican site: both are not as agressive as the .org versions, which are clearly campaign oriented.

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at March 23, 2004 01:46 PM

Oddly enough, I looked for a matching Democrat site and didn't find it.

On Crawford, I stand by my original opinion. Small-town cops who, given a reason to get above themselves, do so with enthusiasm.

Posted by: Anne at March 23, 2004 02:20 PM