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August 01, 2003
I'm talking, here. Are you listening?

More about private soldiers. (On my new site, I should have a search feature, shouldn't I? So I can find and link back to my own posts in an orgy of incestuous self-promotion.)

This is probably a good idea from the Administration's point of view.

Yeah, it will keep information from us to a certain extent, but releasing every two-sentence potential WMD lead they receive causes some major problems when, as is normal, most don't pan out.

(On the other hand, with this Administration, I feel a certain compulsion to watch their every step, so it's a bad idea from that perspective.)


Oh, I don't know. I'm tired of being outraged about international affairs and the economy, okay? Just worn out.

Let's talk about my favorite subject for a change. Let's talk about me.

Recently in my office, we were visited by 6-foot, dancing bananas, in spite of the "no soliciting" sign by the door.

Solicitors just walk in, no one cares about those signs because they know businesses won't prosecute and if they can buttonhole a passing employee, they can force business cards and information on them. I don't know if such behavior results in sales but it does allow the salespeople to fulfill their "contact" quotas. Nevertheless, I've shushed more than one of them before they could get started on their spiel, pointed out that we do have such a sign, and asked them to take themselves out of my face. Politely, of course. Sort of.

We're a start-up, okay? We don't have any money to pay for anything and since there's only a couple of us, we also don't have time to listen to worthless sales pitches. Every ten minutes I spend with those people is ten minutes later I have to work that night to get the must be done tasks for that day out of the way.

The bananas were handing out free samples of drinks from one of those frozen-fruit-drink places. I declined the offer, but I was the only one who did. (We share space with a couple of other companies.) I wasn't rude, though. I figure a guy who has been forced to dance around in public in a giant banana costume has got enough problems without attitude from me.

It's been a tough three weeks. Not for any particular reason but because we're getting down to ironing out some of the nitty-gritty points that have to be put into place before we can really go full-steam ahead. As so often happens, we're all (us and the people we're consulting) in agreement on the major points but the nits are resulting in pitched battles. At the same time, we've got potential clients coming at us from all directions, all wanting information on exactly how we deliver on our promises, but until we get those nits ironed out, I don't have a "company line" of information to share with them.

Also, I'm writing contracts which I suck (scroll down) at but we can't afford a lawyer.

And creating comprehensive delivery programs built around a handful of concepts I'm not qualified to evaluate.

And writing "expert opinions" on things I don't understand.

Working at a small company provides quite a range of challenges.

Today, for instance, I was forced to threaten my co-worker and a consultant with exorcism if they didn't stop chanting what they've decided will be our company's new mantra.

I have enough problems and I refuse to sit next to people acting like unwilling refugees from some weird cult.

I'm also oddly aware of my butt today. Not for any unmentionable reasons (you people are so perverse!), though. It's because I've only exercised once this week and I have this hypochondria-induced sensation that I can feel my butt getting completely out of control.

Eating a pop-tart for breakfast probably didn't help. And that bowl of chips at 11:15 yesterday evening probably wasn't the wisest choice, either, I know.

I have no huge plans for the weekend. I'd like to go see Pirates of the Caribbean and, if memory serves, there was another movie out I wanted to see as well. I've forgotten what it was so I probably didn't want to see it very much, did I?

I have to work for a while (only four hours or so, I'm hoping) at some point during the weekend, to get one of the aforementioned "comprehensive delivery programs" ironed out to the point where it can be critiqued by others.

Sometimes I hate being FirstDraftGirl. Why does it always fall to me to be the one willing to face a blank piece of paper and take the first steps to creating something? Why don't I ever get to be the one who gets to look smart by editing someone else's rough draft and turning clunky concepts into polished prose?

Where did this fondness for alliteration come from and is there a pill I can take?

What shall I have for lunch? I had Japanese on Wednesday and Mexican yesterday. The other restaurants within walking distance of the office that I'd be willing to patronize (no fast-food hamburgers, thank you) include a Quiznos, a Subway, a pizza place (I don't like pizza) and a noodle place. I've never tried the noodle place but people say good things about it, so maybe I should toddle over there with my lunch money and see what they have to offer.

I have a lot I need to accomplish this afternoon, but I'm not in the mood. That probably means my blood sugar is tanking and I should eat something. On the other hand, it's an hour earlier than I normally eat lunch and if I eat now, the afternoon will be never-ending.

These are the things that go through the minds of the average employee. As they sit there working diligently (or at least typing something, be it contracts or illicit blog entries, they're thinking about lunch, wishing the Elves of Employment would appear and finish up everything laying on their desks, and wanting to go home. We all want to go home.

People in Europe get six weeks off a year, you know.

On the radio last night (NPR), I heard someone talking about the culture of Vacation Guilt that exists in the USofA.

Not only has downsizing left most of us doing the work of 2-3 people, making it hard to take time off, but it seems that several billion dollars worth of unused vacation time is forfeited by people every year.

In the job climate that has existed (for the most part) since the early 80s, people are afraid of losing their jobs if they use the benefits they're technically entitled to. (Remember the 80s? That's when the Reagan Administration's love affair with big corporations started moving us from being a nation of people to a nation of producers.)

Plus which, as I whined earlier this week, it's hardly worth taking time off since the work of two or more people piles up on your desk every day while you're gone.

Mini-rant on short-sighted corporate downsizing removed.

Anyhow, now they've identified a "Vacation Deficit Syndrome" in USofA workers. People who don't take vacations not only suffer dramatically decreased quality of life (Life? What life? I have a job to do!), but they actually die. By some amazing percentages that I've forgotten (30 and 60 percent respectively?), men and women who don't take regular vacations suffer many more heart attacks than people with better balance in their lives.

I've been part of the work force, full time, for cough years, and in all that time, I think I've taken my entire allotment of vacation....four times. Maybe five. Those were usually jobs where I was in my first year of employment and only had five days coming.

I can't remember if this company's policy is 2 or 3 weeks per year. Doesn't matter. I think I took eight days last year, so I didn't go over the limit either way.

A friend who has a lot of unused vacation time at her job hit on a novel scheme. She's taking every Monday off for the next two months so that she doesn't lose her banked vacation time. I'm jealous.

I used to work four-10. Four days a week, ten hours a day. I loved those three-day weekends. Now, of course, I'm "management" and I work ten hours a day every day and frequently more.

It's not that I don't have a life. I have a life. I don't need help getting one. I need a more stable economy so that I could, for instance, book a vacation three months in advance with the assurance that my company will still be in business and I'll still be employed by then.

What this country needs is:

A) A vastly reduced defense industry. We should not be building or sustaining economic growth on a mountain of bullets and missiles, okay? If this is all we have to offer to ourselves and the world, then we're a very unsavory bunch.

B) Sanity and an eye on the big picture and the long term, in our foreign policy.

No more hissy fits because some tin-pot dictator has the nerve to say we should mind our own business.

No more unprovoked invasions of other countries.

No more tying war to the "needs" of USofA-based conglomerates' economic wish-list.

No more ignoring humanitarian concerns because some USofA-based companies have economic interests in a country.

No more financing terrorists today because they're "our" terrorists, then having to hunt them down at great cost to our soldier's lives ten years later.

No more tying sales of military equipment into our "peace plans" when we intervene.

No more selling to both sides in a war.

No more guns. No more dealing in death. When did we become this thing?

C) A shift to a life-based approach to living, instead of a "means of production" approach in our domestic economy. We should be the leisure-capital of the world, not the SCUD-missile capital.

D) 75 percent less advertising. For everything. This culture of consumerism was created around/'just after the Korean war and, not coincidentally, to take advantage of the new medium of television that allowed manufacturers to hawk their wares to a torpid audience. (I think there should be a ban on advertising anything that doesn't actually improve the quality of someone's life or actually produce more leisure time, while not egregiously harming the planet or other people, but that has as much to do with being tired of endless car commercials as anything else.)

E) Caps on the salaries and benefits of top wage earners. (Except that I'm sort of lassaiz-faire, economics-wise, so I'd prefer it if there were a nationwide stockholder and worker revolt to take care of this.)

(And the heck with pious claims that multi-million dollar payouts are "necessary" to keep good top executives with the company in times of trouble, okay? What kind of idiotic thinking is that? Who led the company into trouble? And why would any other company hired the kind of CEO who bails out when things get bad? People who run corporations live in some alternate reality where logic doesn't apply, don't they?)

F) Significant corporate reform. Forget election financing reform. What we need is to create a new legal definition of a corporation. One that mandates that a corporation is not, in fact, a "person" but an artificial entity that exists to produce goods, services, or ideas and, as such, is not entitled to guaranteed "growth" at the expense of workers.

G) Strike down NAFTA.

H) Cease, instantly if not faster, all charity programs the government runs where it pays corporations to, for instance, move jobs from Georgia to Puerto Rico.

There were probably other things but I've decided on Japanese, so I'm going to lunch now.

Posted by AnneZook at 01:01 PM | Comments (0)
And again

al-Quaida might strike again, but we're busy dying in Iraq so it looks like it's up to airport security to protect us. It's rather a pity that this Administration, after federalizing airport security employees, wound up having to lay about 40,000 of them off because they didn't have the money to pay them, isn't it? But that's okay, because the Administration is all over it. Wolfowitz has assured us that, "the peace in Iraq is now the central battle in the war on terror" so we can all sleep more soundly, can't we?

I mean, as long as neither we nor anyone we care about is planning to get on a plane in the next couple of years.

What do you know. A USofA corporation might be held accountable for its bad behavior overseas! Is holding the USofA government accountable for the state of things in places like Guantanamo next? (Don't hold your breath on that one.)

On a more serious note, astronomers are beginning to suspect that most of the universe went over to the dark side a long time ago. (Okay, it wasn't serious, and it was a science-geek link, but once I'd thought of it, I couldn't resist saying it.)

In the "weird beyond weird" category, apparently Hussein did, in fact, bury things he wanted to keep hidden. Things like jets. I guess if you live in a desert, you're a little stuck for places where a MIG won't stand out like a sore thumb.

Is Congress developing a spine?

Would you vote for Gore if he were persuaded to run? I mean, he's not exactly a progressive, but he's pretty liberal in a lot of areas. Like the environment. He's entirely sound on the environment. And on abortion. Now that we know all of those bad stories about him we heard during the last campaign were just media creations to boost ratings and interest in a lackluster presidential race, he might look better to a lot of previously undecided voters, don't you think? (If only we could be sure that Average Voter has, in fact, discovered that Gore's "lies" were nothing of the sort.)

I think it's good to keep considering all of the Democratic candidates right now. We have what I consider to be a unique opportunity to evaluate their responses to a wide variety of situations over the next six months or so.

Posted by AnneZook at 10:35 AM | Comments (0)
Another dose

Deep in the heart of Texas, the Governor is trying to raise a quorum. A new stand-off is in place by Democrats refusing to cave in to pressure and allow the unusual and highly partisan redistricting plan to go through. (For those curious about the continued fuss in Texas, it's my opinion that Rove is desperate to keep Bush from losing the state in '04 and is trying to stack the deck.)

Delay's interference isn't limited to Texas, though. He's got his fingers in the Middle Eastern pie, too.

The Bush administration's "road map" to peace rests on cease-fires, a halt to Jewish settlements in Palestinian territories and Palestinian statehood. DeLay's vision for Israel does not. His Christian Zionist religious belief holds that a Jewish Israel is necessary for the second coming of Jesus Christ and the "rapture" that will deliver Christians into heaven. That view abjures negotiation since compromise by Israel would interfere with the fulfillment of the prophecy.
Religious people are scary, okay? I'm thinking maybe from now on none of us should vote for anyone who isn't willing, at the very minimum, to put their bibles into a blind trust while they're in office.

I don't know what I think of this. Certainly I'm not in favor of handing anyone over to a country that practices torture. Even if that someone is criminal.

Looks like shifting the ground of our war on terror to Iraq had the effect of...well, giving terrorists some breathing space. (Hands up, everyone who's surprised.)

We haven't found any WMD, as we all know, but new reports indicate that such things are being saved as a big surprise for us. (I'm assuming a major event, like another significant drop in Bush's polling numbers, and we'll be getting that present.)

And what's this all about? Anyone but me wondering how the Baghdad Museum was "persuade" to lend some of it's treasures for a US tour?

Here's a sobering take on life in Iraq right now. It compares the aftermath of Gulf I and Gulf II. The bottom line? Iraqis are no less willing than anyone else would be to jump in a rebuild their country. The only thing standing in the way is...wait for it...the USofA!

Also in the same part of the world, it appears that Syria hasn't been behaving itself. They got a Powell warning and if they don't straighten up, well, they just might find themselves regime-changed before they know it! After all, they're just a missile-shot across the western Iraq border.

It wasn't a subtle threat, either. Continuing this Administration's policy of, "If you're not lockstepping behind us, you're the enemy," Powell said, They need, frankly, a better relationship with us to, in turn, have a better relationship with Iraq, which is one of Syria's largest trading partners, concessional oil and commerce. It's not happening,"

(Heard on the way to work this morning: Don't be impressed by the economy's 2.4 percent jump last quarter. Reports say that around 1 percent of that was defense spending, meaning that the government is re-arming for our next invasion. Or may because they need guns and ammo to buy support for our behavior in Iraq. Also don't be impressed because unemployment "dropped" last month. It "dropped" because reports show around half a million people gave up job hunting. I don't know if that's because their benefits ran out and no one's counting them any more or how it works. Also, the economy reportedly shed another 44k jobs last month, as well. (Although, if recent history is any guide, in about 30 days they'll "revise" that number upward by a factor of five.)

Posted by AnneZook at 10:12 AM | Comments (0)
Oldies, but....

Stories I probably shoul have linked to before.

TomPaine.com's Hawks Say The Darndest Things! by Mark Engler. He quotes Daniel Piper, who says that we invaded Iraq not for WMD or humanitarian reasons, but because Hussein was thumbing his nose at us. (Way to make us look like a schoolyard full of insecure five-year olds, Piper.)

From WaPo, although probably everyone has read this one by now, there's Bush Faced Dwindling Data on Iraq Nuclear Bid . It's yet another angle on the path o'shame that led to the inclusion of nuclear threats in the SotU speech.

From BothSidesNow, Sara Paretsky gives us The New Censorship. Liberty is, as I think many of us know, under seige.

And war-profiteer Richard Perle wants everyone to forgive Iraq's debt. I don't know what the point of that is, I read the article for the stomach-churning report of how much money we're funneling into worse-than-Iraq regimes under the guise of "fighting terrorism."

Doug Smith's piece here talks about "Fingering the Federalist Society" and activists hoping to block the appointment of right-wing judges. This story centers around Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

Democrats have approved the appointment of 140 of Bush's nominees so far. I think that's an important perspective to keep in mind. Blocking a few extremists isn't the obstructionism that the Republicans are claiming.

And a new site brought to my attention has a good cartoon on the front page right now. Check out thomasmc.

And let's end on a note of poison for a change.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:26 AM | Comments (0)
July 31, 2003
Go Ahead

Weep for your country.

Weep for what we've become.

For the sins we commit.

Another headline reads: "Now we pay the warlords to tyrannise the Afghan people" I think the subtitle gives us the rest of the story. The Taliban fell but - thanks to coalition policy - things did not get better

And it looks like the fuss over the Market o'Death is driving Poindexter out of his job. (Okay, I hated this idea and the "Total Information Awareness" thing, but if he's in charge of a group tasked with thinking outside the box, well, you can't say he wasn't fulfilling his mission.)

Posted by AnneZook at 11:11 PM | Comments (0)

We progress! (We progress? We progress!)

New blogsite domain locked in, site designer enrolled, random, disorganized thoughts on what the new site should look like sent!

Some day before too long, I should be announcing my big move!

Posted by AnneZook at 10:07 PM | Comments (0)
News and Views, A-F

If you're wondering why no one seems to be taking any action in Liberia, I guess you should follow the money.

(One thing is for sure, we can't afford to pay for it. Between reports that we're offering to pay other countries to station troops in Iraq and the massive tax cuts given to Bush Family & Friends, we're tapped out. And that's without, as we all know any kind of planning for the cost of keeping our own troops in Iraq over the next year.)

It isn't that other countries aren't willing. Nigeria has offered to take the lead but the widespread problems in Liberia ("perhaps up to 1000 people killed in the past week - cholera, looting and the collapse of civil order") require the efforts of more than one country.

But not everyone is starving. According to this, quite a few people here in the USofA are doing very nicely, thank you.

Before you get too excited, consider that the appallingly low numbers from Kansas are more a reflection of how marginal profits are for family farms and the communities that support them than anything else. While I agree that the income differential in this country is appalling, the only way to close this gap from the bottom up is for food to get more expensive. Which will, not surprisingly, hurt the people on the bottom of the pyramid the most.

Still, the article's wealth-charting project is an interesting concept. It would take someone who has actually driven the distances he's citing to really grasp the vast income gap he's describing, but it's interesting.

Here's an unusual and interesting sort of blog concept. Dedicated to, as the title says, hating the so-called Patriot Act. Contains reports of government actions under the Act and of challenges and responses.

More fussing by those left-wing greenies about a few minor alterations in the EPA's 'state of the environment' report. Those people need to get lives. What difference can correcting a few minor "redundancies" or "inaccuracies" make?

According to EPA officials, details changed or removed include:

Climate change "has global consequences for human health and the environment" changed to "may have potentially profound consequences"

Graphic showing sharp rise in global temperatures during the 1990s replaced by a study, partly sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute, disputing that finding

Finding that recent warming was unusual and probably due to human activity removed, despite being included in a report commissioned by the White House

See what I mean? Trivialities. Silly liberals. Always whining about that unproven "global warming" nonsense, aren't they? I mean, it's not like Alaskan temperature averages have risen five degrees in the last 40 years or anything.

On the other hand, never believe this government isn't serious about prosecuting a war on terror. In spite of the INS's reported little booboo of issuing " a visa to Mohammad Atta, the lead hijacker, six months after 9-11" (probably a clerical error. After all, he was dead at the time), Bush has given his solemn word to get the INS updated so that our antiquated and unworkable visa system can be improved. And, by gosh, when he says a thing, he means it!

In the wake of the attacks, the Bush administration promised to increase funding for the INS, to get the agency fully computerized with modern computers and generally up to speed. All that has happened since is that INS funding has been cut.
Ooops...We don't know how that last sentence got in there!

Heh. Anyhow. I always enjoy Molly Ivins's writing. Read the rest of the column, which is very informative.

Maureen Dowd, on the other hand, is just a little bit mean-spirited.

There is no more delightful way to pass a summer's day in Washington than going up to Capitol Hill to watch senators jump ugly on Wolfie.
Naughty Maureen! No lima beans for you! Do go read her account of the Senate's attempt to grill Wolfowitz.

Remember when I said, earlier today, that we all know the USofA has offered to pay other countries to help us out in Iraq? Looks like even that distasteful of an arrangement wasn't quite enough. No, now we're going to buy guns from Cheney's defense industry buddies and use them to pay for soldiers. (And, of course, cash payments.)

Guns and bibles. That's what this Administration is all about. Cheney and Bush. Guns and bibles. Death and repression.

I wonder if that has anything to do with the fact that no one seems to like us?

In Japan, there was quite a fuss over the idea of Japan sending troops to Iraq to help us out. (No direct story link, but the photo can be found here and the short text that accompanies it reads, " Japanese lawmakers in the upper house got into a shoving match July 25 over a bill that would send Japanese troops to help with the reconstruction of Iraq."

And the Financial Times discusses just how Gulf II: The Iraqi Invasion might spawn Gulf III: The Iraqis Strike Back.

Really, you just have to wonder how this could happen, don't you?

Utility workers in Cape Coral admit hooking four homes up to the city's dual irrigation system, containing treated wastewater instead of its purified drinking water.
Fortunately no one got sick. (What I really liked about the article was the reference to using "reverse osmosis" to treat drinking water. I don't know why, but the phrase struck me as humorous.)

Anyhow. that's as far as I got down my reading list today. 'F' for 'Financial Times'

Posted by AnneZook at 11:32 AM | Comments (0)

Yesterday, Pen-Elayne was searching for a pithy response to the question of Did the Iraq War Compromise the Hunt for Al Qaida?

Well, duh.

It's about credibility, isn't it?

When we bomb the heck out of not-involved-in-9/11 Iraq while pretending we think they were involved in 9/11...all the while blithely ignoring Saudi Arabia, the home of the majority of the 9/11 bombers, well, it's a little hard to convince the thinking world that they should join our war on terror, isn't it?

As Afghanistan crawls out of the bomb craters we left behind and finds itself once again in the hands of extremist warlords and we find we're too busy laying pipeline in Iraq (to fight terror!) to commit the resources it would take to finish what we started, we lose credibility.

North Korea told us to kiss its nukes, and we piously opted for a "diplomatic solution" in spite of the very real threat of nukes and/or biochemical warfare. (Much more so than any danger we were in from Iraq. For one thing, I strongly suspect the Administration's obsession with smallpox has always had a lot more to do with North Korea than with Iraq. Also, Hussein was/is a sadistic tyrant, but no one argues with the fact that North Korea is being led by a certifiable maniac. The man is internationally acknowledged to be insane.)

"Humanitarian" intervention-wise, Liberia is going down in flames and we're "anxious to work with the U.N."

If you check a variety of South American countries, you'll find a lot of "humanitarian" situations screaming out for intervention. We contributed largely to the problems of a lot of those countries, including their home-grown terrorism situations, but you don't see us stepping up to the plate, do you?

So, who are we spending all of our time and money on? Iraq.

Don't get me wrong. I am, as implied before, in favor of finishing what we started, so I'm not saying we should pull out of Iraq now, at any cost. Nor do I dispute that Hussein was a tyrant who needed to be overthrown.

I'm just saying that if we'd been serious about fighting terrorism, we'd have gone after, well, you know, terrorists. Regardless of whether or not they were in control of huge oil reserves.

So aside from the question of what's the best thing to do today, my opinion remains firm that we invaded Iraq on flimsy evidence cooked up to fulfill the Administration's, or the Administration's friends', agenda and that said agenda had nothing to do with either "liberating" the citizens of Iraq or a real communal belief among true experts that Hussein was about to launch any kind of terrorist attack against anyone.

Posted by AnneZook at 09:31 AM | Comments (0)
July 30, 2003
Not today, sorry

In case it's not already obvious, I'm having another of those days when there's just no time for blogging.

Just so I don't leave you entirely disconsolate and linkless, go take a look at this and this

I'm not commenting on the press conference from earlier today. I haven't had time to read a transcript (or view any on-line broadcast). I'll probably have a few rude remarks on the subject later.

Posted by AnneZook at 11:45 AM | Comments (0)
July 29, 2003
Say, what?

Okay, now I'm completely confused. The Pentagon had enough faith in their Terrorism Futures board game to spend a few hundred thousand...or was it a few million? dollars on preliminary development, but didn't have enough faith in it to hang onto the concept for even 24 hours after they went public with it?

You know what that tells my suspicious little brain? That tells my suspicious little brain that someone "up top" in the recent past (3 years or so) came up with this brainstorm and the people detailed to make it happen didn't believe in it. So, before it got out of hand, they made an occasion to expose the idea to the public and voila! Stupid program dead!

Also, I hate it that CNN replaced the original story discussing how much money has been spent and was planned on this project with this "scrapped" follow-up. I don't think they should have overwritten the original story.

Here's one version of it. There are a few more out there but unfortunately I can't find one that gives the original cost estimates.

Now...back to work.

(And just because I haven't mentioned it, don't think I'm not mourning Bob Hope. Truly the passing of a legend.)

Posted by AnneZook at 03:30 PM | Comments (0)
Good Grief

Well, the Killer Ds seem to be, as the headline says, on the road again. I wonder what DeLay has on the governor of Texas to force him to keep exposing himself as a fanatic in this way? (I wish Colorado government had a few equally principled members. Our redistricting is a fait accompli now.)

And, if you read the article, you'll see that the Republicans are still opening cans o'worms they're not going to want to deal with in the future.

Senate rules require that two-thirds of the chamber support a bill before it can be taken up for debate. Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has said he would do away with that rule during the second session so that only a majority would be needed to debate a bill.
I'm just saying. You can't throw out any rule that's not convenient for you today. You have to think about tomorrow, too.

Warlords Threaten Afghan Democracy the headline says. Haven't some of us been warning about this for several months now?

We're under the control of lunatics, okay?

And this is one time the Democrats are absolutely, positively, overwhelmingly right. The idea of a publicly traded "terrorism market" is not only grotesque, it's repulsive.

Does it worry you that this plan had to have been approved by the Administration or the Pentagon couldn't have gone public with it?

Does it worry you that a lot of men with big guns and various kinds of missiles haven't outgrown "playing" at war?

Does it worry you that the Pentagon foresees that our involvement (i.e., war) with overseas terrorism is going to be this extensive and this long-term?

Does it worry you that the Pentagon, seemingly unable to figure out where the terrorists are, is relying upon such surreal tactics to figure out what's going on in the world? (And, no doubt, hoping to uncover people domestically who have the inside track on what's going to happen overseas.)

The mind just boggles, doesn't it? Someone assassinates a key figure in the Austrian government and I make money. Someone sets off a pipe bomb in an Egyptian restaurant, fifteen people die, and I make money.


I'm going to go continue the excavation of my desk. If my stomach settles, I may read a few more headlines today.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:29 AM | Comments (0)
July 28, 2003

Heck, no. I don't even have time to read the news today, much less make bitter remarks about it.

The worst part of having a vacation, even just a long weekend like I just had, is that no one does your work for you when you're out.

Now I'm off to dig down through the piles and search for the top of my desk....

Posted by AnneZook at 11:15 AM | Comments (0)