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October 18, 2005
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Hah. Told you so.

Don't be deceived by the polls: The "median voter" is more of a liberal than you may realize.

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Okay, so Washington is on tenterhooks? It should be.

Wrapping up a two-year investigation that a growing number of legal analysts expect to yield indictments of at least one, and possibly two, of the George W. Bush administration's most powerful men as early as this week, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has Washington on pins and needles.

And I can hear the question echoing in the back of my head.... "What did the President know, and when did he know it?" (I know, I've said it before. I like that quote. I like what it represents...not about the venality of some of our elected officials but that they will wind up facing a reckoning. Unless they develop Alzheimer's or something, of course.)

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Frequently, over the past three years, someone has challenged my defense of the U.N., saying that our formation of NATO and individual alliances with favored nations provides us with the international leverage, security, and influence over world affairs, all that we need, and the U.N. is corrupt and ineffectual.

I disagree. The U.N., I insist, stands for something, for a kind of equality of international cooperation that our strong-arm NATO tactics really cannot replace.

Someone else had better words:

Straddling that question last week, I was interrupted by the voice of a 93-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, Studs Terkel, on a late evening TV news show.

When he was asked what scares him the most about the world in which we live, he essentially said that too many of us have lost our memory, which affects our collective intelligence and our sense of decency.

The creation of the United Nations 60 years ago arrived upon the memory of atrocities and destruction in world wars. Founders stretched to forge a bond of human decency between nation-states that could override war as the first solution to conflict and create a system for addressing world problems.

A bond of human decency.

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From Cursor.org, I read this:

Amid indications that 'Cheney May Be Entangled' and his 'office is a focus,' TalkLeft predicts that if a New York Daily News report of a "secret snitch" is true, "it's Karl Rove who flipped on Friday and gave up Cheney."

And you know what I think?

I think back on last week's rumor of Cheney staying out of D.C. because he's reported to have said that he's sick and tired of cleaning up Bush's messes, and I think that, yes, Rove would turn on Cheney if Cheney turned on Bush.

But I don't really believe it because nothing suggests that Cheney is an idiot and he had to know what kind of incompetent nitwits he was tangling himself up with when he signed on to this Idiot Parade. Right?

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I heard about this on NPR this morning.

A damaged, century-old dam continued to hold Tuesday as the water level behind it was reduced, but an evacuation order remained in effect and schools and highways were closed amid fears of a flood.

This is in Massachusetts.

While the Bush Administration is pushing through tax cuts for their wealthy friends, while the short-sighted and poorly educated on the Right are agitating for smaller government, doing less, this country's infrastructure is disintegrating.

The billions of dollars we've spent killing people in Iraq could have rebuilt huge chunks of our infrastructure and stimulated our economy.

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At one time, maybe even as recently as a year ago, it was almost inconceivable to think of this happening:

In the latest sign of the deepening split among conservatives over how far to go in challenging President Bush, Bruce Bartlett, a Republican commentator who has been increasingly critical of the White House, was dismissed on Monday as a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis, a conservative research group based in Dallas.


Mr. Bartlett, who was a domestic policy aide at the White House in the Reagan administration and a deputy assistant Treasury secretary under the first President Bush, confirmed that he had been dismissed after 10 years with the center but declined to make any further comment.

We spend so much time talking about how the Democratic Party doesn't actually represent (real) Liberals that maybe we overlook just how far the Republican Party is these days from representing (real) Conservatives?

Well, I know I don't because Iím not Conservative myself, but I also know that I used to have a certain respect for Conservative positions on some issues, so I sympathize with those who are watching in shock and horror at the wreckage of what used to be.

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In this month's Business Travel News, I see that the TSA is going to be allowed to charge us for doing background checks on us to see if we are the kind of people the Bush Administration wants to allow to go from one place to another.

This is, you understand, just one more brick in the wall that separates the poor from the not-poor. Rich folks will sail through airports while the have-nots are degraded to hours-long waits and potentially full body scans or searches. The people who have a staff to answer their e-mail, scan their calls, pick up their dry cleaning, and screen out unwanted visitors can saunter through airports with nary a check while those mentally calculating what the extra time is going to cost them in babysitting charges or parking fees and wondering if they can afford to get an overpriced (and nasty) cup of generic airport coffee while they try desperately to check in with their offices and assure their bosses that they are not wasting company time and please don't fire them for being late are stuck standing there for hours.

And thus, with the time they save, the rich will have the leisure to make a little more money. And they'll get richer.

(Okay...it's possible I got a little carried away there.)

Anyhow. Rich people don't commit crimes and decide to hop on a plane at a moment's notice and flee the country.

And rich people aren't wingnuts with radical causes or private agendas that will not benefit the USofA public. So we're not afraid of them.

And our fight against "terror" doesn't include USofA citizens who terrorize other citizens by stealing their money anyhow, so why did I even bother to write about this story?

Anyhow. The same publication also has an article titled, "Fuel Surcharges No Deterrent To Charter Jet Demand" and man it must be nice to be rich.

At the moment I start getting cranky and feeling my Inner Wingnut fighting me for the keyboard, I always think that's the time to stop blogging for the day.


(For those following the saga and caring about it, no less than three potential employers have wistfully expressed the wish that they could afford to hire me.

Which is flattering but not particularly useful at the moment.

I have one more solid lead...to a recruiter recruiting for jobs that I could probably do but would not enjoy. It's my opinion that any job that can be done without a computer in this day and age is....well, I don't want to be insulting. So I'll say, "...is not for me.")

Posted by AnneZook at 01:27 PM


Continued good luck on the job search front, Anne (to the both of us!)...

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at October 19, 2005 12:08 PM

Thank you, dear.

I've often thought of your long search (before I was in the position myself), and wished that your Dream Job would knock on your door one day soon. I haven't had anything useful to say (or any jobs to offer), so I haven't spoken up, but you've been in my thoughts.

Posted by: Anne at October 19, 2005 12:37 PM