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July 28, 2005
I Said I Cared

So, a few follow-up stories. But just a few. Because I'm on "light" blogging duty this week, right?

First, Big Labor's divorce, or is it just a trial separation?

Okay, who's dying to eat? (Hint: They're dying so we can eat.)

A lot of dirty deeds take place in the middle of the night. For instance, CAFTA passed. That sucks.

Some dirty deeds take place during the heat of the day. Like hundreds of children kept sitting in the sun, waiting for a politician who never shows up. (Okay, that was just mean...I don't blame Bush for the weather, in spite of his oft-touted personal relationship with the Almighty. But I do blame the organizers of such events who fail to properly organize things.)

Kenneth Galbraith, over at TAPPED, pulls together various bits of information about the London bombing(s) and the picture doesn't look quite the way it did before.

On the "journalism and media" front, this is an excellent discussion.

On the torture and mistreatment of prisoners, the details continue to emerge.

Homeland Security. Do you know where your tax dollars are going?

Dumbest. Poll. Ever?.

This was interesting. It's nice to tell Democrats to "stand their ground" on issues, but the last I heard, the so-called 'leadership' of the Party was fumbling around, trying to figure out what their issues were.

David Sirota has the same message, phrased a bit differently. Mostly he's trying to explain that the people who have named themselves the "Democratic Leadership Council" are nothing of the sort. For the record, when I mention the Dems so-called leadership, I am not referring to the DLC. Since I became aware that it was a committee of self-appointed corporate tools, I haven't considered them any kind of "leadership." My concern, though, is whether or not the actual Party leadership, the officers of the Party, traffic with the DLC?

Bread and circuses. I wouldn't watch one of those "matches." I don't watch so-called "reality" TV, a format that's based on the theory that if someone is going to be humiliated, millions will want to watch. Why can't we make anyone understand that this combination of growing violence and growing intolerance are bad, bad signs for any society?

I've never had an abortion. I've never been in the position where I had to make that decision. Had I been in the position, I'm not sure I'd have chosen to have an abortion. When it comes to supporting Roe or letting it go, my answer is hell, no, we're not going to let it go. It's not about abortion. It's about choice. My body. My health. My life. My choice.

Homophobia? Can be funny. (We may need a new word to replace, "homophobia." A lot of these bigots don't seem to be phobic. On the contrary, they talk and think about homosexuality incessantly. They can't get enough of discussing homosexuality, especially gay sex. We need a better word, a word that expresses their compulsive fascination with the topic.) On another front, some people are fighting for acceptance in unusual ways.

Aid to developing countries is a confusing subject. It's morally the right thing to do, but it's been less than wildly successful. I'm not sure I agree that the "Cold War" had that much to do with the lack of success, although I certainly do agree that tossing around hundreds of millions of dollars carelessly was not an intelligent approach. You can't buy a country's support that easily (at least, not in the long term) and without safeguards to insure that the aid actually gets to the needy, you'd be better off not sending any money at all.

Much like reports that we handed it out in pallet-loads of Iraq's money to well, no one knows who we gave it to.

An audit by the U.S. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction said U.S. auditors could not account for nearly $8.8 billion in Iraqi funds and the United States had not provided adequate controls for this money.

Speaking of fraud, I think we have to assume "we" are guilty of it. You just can't lose eight billion dollars, okay? The world's sloppiest accounting couldn't account for our inability to account for this. (Couldn't resist, sorry.)

Bottom line? Among the other things we're howling about, can a few of us howl about an investigation into this matter? Whether the money went to a sekrit slush fund, was pay-offs to local trouble-makers, went to enrich Chalabi discredited sources, wound up in a General's pockets, was used to create the next Taliban, or was burnt to toast marshmallows, the issue is accountability. We need to hold the Bush Administration accountable (I just can't avoid the word) for what's happening.

If I wasn't taking a few days off of blogging, you can bet I'd have blogged all of these things.

Posted by AnneZook at 11:37 AM


The Zogby Harry Potter poll is indeed one of the dumbest ever conducted. Note the contradictions, though: Most people would disavow Slytherin connections, but place our most prominent political leaders there; Hermione Granger is cited as presidential timber, but Hilary Clinton is placed in Slytherin.... never mind. It's silly season stuff.

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at July 28, 2005 01:50 PM