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July 19, 2004
No News Today

No headlines here, sorry. First, my internet access is still unreliable. I just don't need the frustration of having to hit every news site fifteen times over a three-minute interval before I can actually view the page. Second, and probably more importantly, I should be working anyhow, right?

I'm still working on The Federalist Papers and the Anti-Federalist, of course. While I'm not trying to memorize the books (and don't need to retain minute details for a test), they're not the kind of thing you can skim in an afternoon. I'm reading a lot of other stuff as well and while nothing I've read has changed my mind (I'm still on the side of the Federalists), I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that our checks and balances are badly out of balance in the federal government today.

I've also been doing some research on the southern part of this country, trying to figure out why a few states have this weird fixation on an imaginary glorious heritage. What I've finding is both instructive and amusing and I'll be posting on that later this week, but at the moment it's enough to say that "delusional" goes a long way toward explaining why some southern states in the USofA think they're special.

In addition, I keep finding myself wondering how this country or that country got into the mess it's in today so I finally decided to just pick one and do some research. (If you find yourself suspecting that this blog is just an excuse for me to buy books, you won't be far wrong.) Anyhow, what with one thing and another, I finally chose Haiti. It's a country that's been in the news, off and on, for as long as I can remember, so I figured there would be plenty of material out there to look at. "The rest of the story" on that one turned out to be...disturbing. That's another post that will be showing up later this week.

I'm focusing on weeding down my "to be read" pile, so expect to see reviews on Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them and Bushwhacked and The Emerging Democratic Majority and Jews For Buchanan and The Great Unraveling before long. (Franken, Ivins, Judis/Teixeira, Nichols/Deschamps, and Krugman, respectively)

It's all "jam tomorrow" on this blog, isn't it?

Posted by AnneZook at 01:09 PM


If you are going to read about the South you need to use as many first person accounts as possible. No one would be more surprise than Jefferson Davis that he his honored in the South today. He was one of the most maligned people that existed during his life, and the North didn't think much of him either.

Mary Chestnut's diary is a good place to start.

Posted by: Bryan at July 19, 2004 04:10 PM

Thanks for the suggestion, Bryan, and don't get me wrong, but I'm not, in fact, trying to learn anything about the south.

I'm trying to learn why some people in the south are and have for years been fantasizing that those states used to be some noble utopia.

It has nothing to do with history and everything to do with creating a make-believe world for....for whatever reason. (I haven't figured that one out yet.)

Posted by: Anne at July 19, 2004 09:14 PM