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July 16, 2004
Celebrating Friday

Avedon Carol admits to being a sucker for a sentimental story. I am, too. I ordered some flowers for a friend.

And let's celebrate Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-Jacksonville).

The argument started during a debate over HR-4818. The bill would provide international monitoring of the November presidential election. Congress has been considering an outside monitor due to all the confusion over the last election, and the "hanging chads" in Florida.

Representative Brown said, "I come from Florida, where you and others participated in what I call the United States coup d'etat. We need to make sure that it doesn't happen again. Over and over again after the election when you stole the election, you came back here and said get over it. No we're not going to get over it and we want verification from the world."

I'm celebrating David for the courage to keep on researching and speaking on a topic far too many of us are trying desperately to pretend doesn't exist. (And sympathy to Professor Kim and her neighbors.)

Let's celebrate the fine work many people do on the internet; especially the kind of thing that keeps us informed about election trends. (And let's celebrate the "weak Bush" trend of Colorado. There's still time for the majority of the voters in the state to come to their senses!)

NOT celebrating

Remember that early-morning post of mine where I contemplated a couple of pats on the back for the Bush Administration for seemingly following through on Bush's stated determination to stop pandering to evil regimes just for short-term gain for the USofA? I take it back.

Also I'm not celebrating the fact that some fools just robbed the satellite bank on the first floor of our office building, from what we hear, at the same time that another group of nuts were ransacking a crime lab in a suburb. (That doesn't sound right, does it? What kind of 'crime lab' could outsiders get into to ransack? But that's the rumor I heard.) (Maybe they fired some of the staff?)

(P.S. As a former Kansas resident, here's another book I have to buy. It will be interesting to find out how Kansas became such a hotbed of embarrassing stupidity.)

Posted by AnneZook at 01:47 PM


Crime labs are usually just that, labs. The people who work there are not in law enforcement and if you can convince them to lock the door you've made a major security improvement. Look at what's been happening at Los Alamos and you will get a feel for the regard scientists and technicians have for security.

The are generally found in strip malls near a hospital and generally do lab work for doctors as well as the police.

Posted by: Bryan at July 17, 2004 07:11 PM

Regarding applauding or denouncing the Bush administration, I have to say that the new bill, passed by the Republican-controlled Congress and signed eagerly by Bush, which toughens penalties and enforcement for identity-theft crimes is entirely welcome.

It's important to note when someone you basically think is ruinous and corrosive does something good. Keeps you balanced. You tried, but they failed. We'll keep looking.

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at July 18, 2004 04:25 AM

Jonathan - I've been burned by this Administration too many times. I'm going to withhold judgement until I read some 'reviews' of the legislation by people who understand those things better than I do.

(Granted, on the face of it, I can't imagine how I wouldn't approve such legislation, but still.....)

Posted by: Anne at July 18, 2004 09:04 PM

I'm with Anne. I started out assuming this Administration was going to be like the Nixon or Reagan administrations, doing mostly moderate stuff to keep the centrist voters happy and then occassionally doing something really right-wing to keep the militant base happy. Instead, for the most part, its been "let's appease the militant base all the time, in all things." Even when Bush occassionally passes one of those laws that under Nixon would have been a sop to the centrist voters, Bush somehow twists it all around.

Like Anne, I've tried to give Bush the benefit of the doubt a few times, and I've been burned everytime. To take one example, I thought if there was one thing this Administration could do right, it would be fight a war. But they've proven themselves incompetant even there. It's amazing really.

Happily, only 6 more months of this.

Posted by: Lawrence Krubner at July 21, 2004 12:35 PM