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May 31, 2005
Your Government In Action

CNN's front page, politics section, has two headlines:

Cheney dismisses Amnesty

Bush: Gitmo report 'absurd'

In the "More News" hotlinks at the top of the page? Cheney is saying that the Iraq war will end before 2009.

That's nice. Only four more years at $1,000,000,000,000 a week and then "some kind of presence" he's not able to define for however long.

I can't even begin to do these justice....

I notice that CNN is also offering a Breaking News strip saying that "Deep Throat" has outted himself and CBS is saying it's W. Mark Felt, a former "top official" at the FBI. Looks like Nixon's habit of using the FBI to create an "enemies list" backfired.

(I'm trying something new from now on...very short posts on primarily one topic at a time. That seems to be the way everyone else does it.)

Posted by AnneZook at 10:36 AM


Why do things because everyone else does them? I tend to stay with single theme items, but that is also how I think.

A collection may generate a pattern that wouldn't be visible if the individual pieces were dealt with as individual elements.

Do as you please, but variety is nice. Just an opinion.

Posted by: Bryan at May 31, 2005 10:48 AM

Whereas I, as you might suspect, think in ten directions at once.

Thanks for the feedback, though. There's a lot in what you say.

Posted by: Anne at May 31, 2005 12:19 PM

Sometimes short and simple is fine; sometimes you create connections and resonances with long and broad that wouldn't otherwise become clear. Life is complex: doesn't mean that we can't speak clearly about it, but it does mean that we must sometimes speak at length and on multiple topics.

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at May 31, 2005 03:19 PM

You don't need to be like everyone else, you know. :) But I do admit that others are probably likelier to link to your posts if they're single-topic driven.

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at May 31, 2005 05:05 PM

That's a good reminder, Jonathan. I know sometimes as I read the headlines, I see connections that surprise me and sometimes when I read other people's blogs, I find that the stories they group together provoke a lot more thought than any one story alone would have.

I hadn't actually thought of that, Elayne. I was thinking more along the lines of making things easier on my readers. :)

I'm not much good at doing things just because other people are doing them anyhow.

Posted by: Anne at May 31, 2005 06:44 PM