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August 11, 2004
Voting and Violence and Stuff

I hate the way we do business these days. We actually let the German courts convict this man once, even though there were those in our government who knew he wasn't guilty.

Danger, danger, Will Robinson! That the Electoral College system could produce a tie is not good news. (And what's that about one elector casting a "blank" ballot the last time around? I don't think abstaining should be allowed. Aren't they sent there under orders to cast a vote?)

"New Violence Deepens Darfur Crisis"

Helicopter attacks, raids on refugee camps and rapes carried out by Sudanese forces and Arab militiamen have worsened an already desperate situation in Darfur, humanitarian and rights groups say.

The United Nations has told Khartoum to curb marauding Janjaweed militia or face sanctions, but Human Rights Watch said Wednesday fresh atrocities disproved Sudanese government claims that security was returning to the western region.

(Just keeping it on your radar.)

I don't feel quite so stupid now. No one else knows who al Qaeda would be hoping to help if they interfered with the USofA elections either.

"So, having another of your little psychodramas down there, eh?"

That's what a Canadian interviewer asked Molly Ivins once during the Right's frenzy over Clinton's sex life.

As if that wasn't embarrassing enough for the poor woman, now she's having to explain the whole Bush Administration fiasco.

It's good not to be famous.

It's also good to thank our country's heroes.

Left and Right have more in common than you think

The country is polarized, we're told. Bush-haters versus Clinton-haters. Mel Gibson versus Michael Moore. Red versus blue states. Liberals and conservatives read different books, watch different networks, go to different churches.

But conservatives and liberals have more in common than you might think.

Both believe in government magic. And they want you to believe in it too. They want you to believe the president can be Superman, Santa Claus, and Mother Teresa all in one, and that he can cure poverty and racism, keep kids off drugs, and hold families together. But the world is complicated, and legislative actions often fail, backfire, have unintended consequences, or disappear into bureaucratic sinkholes.

Interesting column

That Louisiana party-switcher may find himself in financial trouble. He's been asked to give back the money donated to his campaign when he was a Democrat.

And that's all.

I'm not really in the mood for blogging today, sorry. I haven't been feeling well the last couple of days (nothing serious, probably a summer cold) and since I want to get out of the office a bit early today (friends coming over for dinner), I think I'll focus on the job thing.

Posted by AnneZook at 01:25 PM


Fahrenheit Gesundheit, by Ogden Nash

Nothing is glummer
Than a cold in the summer.
A summer cold
Is to have and to hold.
A cough in the fall
Is nothing at all,
A winter snuffle
Is lost in the shuffle,
And April sneezes
Put leaves on the treeses,
But a summer cold
Is to have and to hold....

We're just getting over one, too.

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at August 11, 2004 06:08 PM

Feel better soon, Anne! Time seems to be slipping away from me, I'm so behind in my blog reading I have 9 more posts of yours to go...

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at August 11, 2004 07:49 PM

*sigh* Molly Ivins makes the rest of us redundant, I think.

Posted by: Amanda at August 12, 2004 09:06 AM

Jonathan -

Thanks for the poem. :) I think I'll forward it to my boss. He's the one who, bravely showing his dedication to the job, showed up for three weeks coughing and sneezing and carrying on until he managed to pass the infection to me.

I hate people who show up for work when they're contagious, thinking they're doing a good thing.

(Okay, I'm here today and I'm contagious, but he started it.)

Posted by: Anne at August 12, 2004 09:18 AM

Elayne - Sometimes when I get that far behind, I just grit my teeth and ignore the older posts. That's the only way to keep up.

I've been ruthlessly cutting down the number of blogs I read daily anyhow. Too many days I have the choice to blog or read other blogs.

Amanda - Isn't that the truth? Most of the time I have to struggle against just transcribing everything she says.

Posted by: Anne at August 12, 2004 09:20 AM

Actually, if the cold came from your boss, you might consider Nash's "Winter Complaint": http://www.poemhunter.com/p/m/poem.asp?poem=36868&poet=6637&num=116

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at August 13, 2004 04:33 AM

I'm e-mailing that to him now. :)

Posted by: Anne at August 13, 2004 01:23 PM