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April 23, 2004
On A Friday

Denver, we got snow.

Happy birthday, Hubble!

I guess no one ever explained to Bill O'Reilly that he's funny. When someone brought it to his attention, the freepers attacked.

You know what worries me? What worries me is hearing that White House officials meet with Democrats and Republicans separately to discuss something like progress in Iraq. Are they telling different stories to each party or what?

I disagreed with some of this (the bit about "racial overtones" to the Janet Jackson's Boob Fiasco) but it was food for thought.

It's very difficult, if you're not a member of an ethnic minority, to figure out what progress this country has made toward real equality, but clearly we have a ways to go.

Japan is practicing a different kind of bigotry. No foreigners allowed…especially, from the way the article reads, Russians.

China's government uses civilian informants to maintain its authoritarian grip on the country. The article is worth reading for many reasons, not the least of which is how easily someone can move from being a "loyal citizen" to being a tool of unscrupulous powers.

You have to be able to tell right from wrong. You have to be able to draw the line.

Molly Ivins always amuses and informs. Today she has a number of points.

On the other hand, the IMF is eying the USofA deficit and they're not amused.

People are stupid. Sometimes criminally so.

Slavery. Today.

136 dead. No, not North Korea. The Sudan where government forces are alleged to have assisted in the massacre.

War dead. Yes, ours. The DoD continues to be Not Happy that this public information, obtained under a FOIA request, has been made public. Suck it up, boys. We're entitled to know and you're entitled to complain. Ain't democracy wonderful?

In Norway, not even a recent, violent crime has convinced the authorities that the police should be armed.

Remember Tami Silicio and her husband? She took the pictures of the flag-draped coffins on the airplane. The Veterans for Peace group offers their thanks to the fired couple for their courage. As does the Seattle-Times.

Is it time for Colin Powell to step down? Well, no, in his eyes he'll do whatever he has to to support the Bush Administration and he's said so. But I think he's incurably compromised. It's a shame. He coulda' been a contender.

California has taken an important step toward banning the unreliable and unproven electronic voting machines.

If anyone is talking about this, I haven't heard them. Spent nuclear fuel rods have gone missing. Can we have a little worry here?

The Beeb is cutting back its staff in Iraq. Not good news for those of us unsatisfied with the sparse information provided by USofA media outlets. (Fortunately for us all, Chris Albritton is headed back that way shortly. Drop him five or ten bucks if you can afford it.)

Feminism is facing off against transexualism. My only opinion on the subject is summed up by a quote from the article. "There is no monopoly on oppression."

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is teaming up with MoveOn.Org on the subject of health and reproductive rights around the world. Actually, more than one government agency is participating in this conference. Conservatives, who have never minded government websites promoting Republican talking points, are feigning shock and outrage. They're opposed to family planning, you see. (Anyone tells you Conservatives aren't anti-feminism, you remember this.)

Dave Barry mocks stupid severance packages and speculates on Ken's relationship with Pinocchio.

Cute baby monkey picture.

Posted by AnneZook at 09:42 AM


Hubble insists its birthday is actually "coming up this weekend (Saturday or Sunday, depending on whether you want to count from my launch or my deployment)."

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at April 23, 2004 12:09 PM

Yes, but I don't usually blog on the weekends, so I had to be a bit early.

Anyhow, me mentioning it in advance gives the rest of you time to ship your gifts. :)

Posted by: Anne at April 23, 2004 12:35 PM