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March 04, 2005
I Don't Like It

I don't like the idea of a "Doomsday Bill" for the House. Considering that the Bush Administration is doing pretty much everything it can to insure that we'll be attacked by someone, I don't like the idea that they are responisble for planning for the future of the country in the aftermath. (Although, arguably, Congress is the body doing the planning.)

This bill is better than last year's, the one that allowed replacement Representatives to be "selected" by the House itself, but I can't help but think they're desperate to keep the specter of "terrorist attack" in front of the public's eyes.

I don't like government buying journalists, either. These days, when I hear that a conservative columnist has resigned suddenly and without explanation, I wonder if there's a large check in his recent past that he's afraid someone will find out about.

I don't like the Bush Administration and I don't like the current Congress. Big surprise. But stories like this just confirm my opinion that the inmates have taken over the asylum.

A bipartisan coalition in Congress, backed by credit card companies and other business interests, has been struggling for eight years to enact a bankruptcy bill. A dispute over abortion protesters who might use bankruptcy proceedings to avoid payment of court fines has thwarted earlier attempts at compromise.

Bankruptcy reform stalled by antiabortionists. Is there nothing in these people's worldview that isn't about someone else's sex life or the potential consequences thereof? But read the article and contemplate Alterman on usury.

I don't like this trend toward "guilty until proven innocent". Really don't like it.

As far as that goes, I really don't like the fact that the people nominally "in charge" don't have to answer for torture carried out under their noses. The more I learn about how the "investigations" are being handled, the less I believe that finding the ultimate truth of who ordered what, and when, will ever be found.

The more I read about what's happening, the less I like the entire situation, but I'm getting to rock-bottom there. It would be difficult to be angrier or more outraged, both about what's happening and about the indifference of so many USofA citizens.

I don't like displays of your religion in my government spaces. (For one thing, I don't like your religion. It's violent, discriminatory, and hypocritical, which are qualities I'd like to erase from our government if possible.) Anyhow. Moses Didn't Write The Constitution.

Also? Told you so.

President Bush's advisers knew that the 2001 tax cuts would probably cause budget problems, and welcomed the prospect.

Totally told you so.

I'm...undecided, but I'm not sure I like the MSM's continuing obsession with blogs. It's stupid, okay? Some bloggers are doing worthwhile research and writing, but most blogs are just the ramblings of half-informed civilians. I'd rather see the MSM putting this much focus on their own behavior. What they're doing is turning blogs into the latest fad...something short-lived and only tangentially relevant to the population at large. It's an interesting article, even if I do disagree, very strongly with point #4. (And, indeed, with many of the conclusions.)

(And the show this references sounds inane. I've yet to read the blog that was written to be read aloud. Those of you who don't know the difference between text for reading and text meant to be spoken are to be pitied.) (And really need to 'speak' some Shakespeare.)

Unquestionably, we need more "news" in our news, but I'd settle for more honesty and passion from those pretending to bring it to us.

I don't like what passes for "entertainment" on television these days.

To end on a positive note, I do like the Diddly Award candidates. In a sort of non-liking of the actual people way, of course.

Posted by AnneZook at 11:29 AM


I love the bit in the "Doomsday bill" article where they say that they've extended the election deadline because critics thought 45 days wasn't enough to stage fair elections.... extended it to 49 days. That'll help.

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at March 4, 2005 01:25 PM

They think, and probably rightly, that if they move fast enough, the USofA populace can be stampeded into unwise votes.

Posted by: Anne at March 6, 2005 02:47 PM