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October 24, 2003

I'm worrying about those miners trapped in Russia. People are working to rescue them but the fact that those who escaped were "neck deep" in water before they got out makes it sound very bad, indeed.

Posted by AnneZook at 01:51 PM | Comments (1)
Caution - Amateur history buff surfing
The conditions which surround us best justify our co-operation; we meet in the midst of a nation brought to the verge of moral, political and material ruin. Corruption dominates the ballot box, the legislatures, the Congress, and touches even the ermine of the bench. The people are demoralized; most of the states have been compelled to isolate the voters at the polling places to prevent universal intimidation or bribery. The newspapers are largely subsidized or muzzled; public opinion silenced; business prostrate, our homes covered with mortgages, labor impoverished and the land concentrating in the hands of capitalists.

The year is 1892 and a Populist Revolution seems to be underway. (I'm going to read the entire thing.)

If you haven't read Poynter on "A Week in the Life of the First Amendment, I encourage you to do so.

Where the Arab states want to fit into the modern world is a topic that tens of thousands of people, if not more, have been debating for quite a while now. Mona Abaza discusses recent history and the West's attempt to impose its worldview on, well, the world. Long article, many links, worth reading.

Pertaining to recent history, Mark Crispin Miller, who doesn't seem to have permalinks, gives us more on the black box voting problem. He's talking about how Florida was called for, and eventually given to, Bush due to some verrrry odd electronic votes.

Even more recently, a certain radically and obnoxiously conservative talk radio personality revealed a little drug problem, remember? I agree with William Greider. It's not that the Conservative press lacks compassion, witness their recent call for sympathy for Limbaugh, it's that they feel compassion only for rich, white guys. (Okay, that's not exactly what he said. He said they're "selective" where they bestow their compassion.)

Past, present, and future, it's something everyone, conservative or liberal, needs to be really, really concerned about. For those who still aren't up to date on the whole Black Box Voting thing, and who can't afford to buy the book, understand that you can read it online for no charge. (You can also make a contribution to the author, even a modest one, if you can afford it.)

Was she a nobody? Or the selfless saint we were offered as the media picture of Mother Teresa ?

And Henninger continues to confuse me. I'm not sure what today's column is about except that he thinks the Founding Fathers would be very unhappy about the way people vocally protest legislation they don't like these days. There are times, many of them, when I wonder exactly which history some of these people studied in school. He also thinks the FF would be appalled that today's "issues" such as abortion, gay marriage and judicial nominations (emphasis his and why the quotation marks around the word 'issues' is beyond me) are "death-struggles" instead of being "just politics."

The mind simply boggles. If the Founding Fathers understood anything, it was the necessity for a "death-struggle" over the critical "issues" of their day.

No doubt Henninger had a point, but I'm left wondering if he really understood what he was saying. (Suddenly I'm hearing Dogberry. O that I had been writ down an ass! *) If Henninger thinks that having the press say mean things about you is what constituted a "death-struggle" to the Founding Fathers, then, well, to paraphrase West Wing, he needs to go back to his school and demand a better education.

(* Much Ado About Nothing, Act 4, Scene II)

For anyone wondering why we're still failing to hearts and minds* the Iraqi countryside, you might consider that arresting an entire village has a few flaws as a strategy.

(* Can't remember. I think it came from Doonesbury, originally.)

It's not history, but it did give me a flashback. Via Chris Nelson, a site I didn't even know existed. Defend America is run by your very own DoD and they're current, brace yourself, asking around about people willing to serve on a draft board in their community. Just exactly how extensive are Bush&Co's upcoming military plans? The posted article is dated 9/22/03.

While I continue to applaud Ehrenreich's apparent attempt to bring understanding of what it means to be poor to the general public, I stand by my opinion that her analysis tends to be facile and detached. That said, the subject she tackles remain interesting enough to persuade me read what she writes.

Posted by AnneZook at 10:41 AM | Comments (0)

It will probably give the Radical Right a conniption fit, but I'm glad that a former President is working against AIDS since the, you know, current president is long on rhetoric and short on green.

There are signs of progress in Afghanistan.

We'll be helping out Liberia, but whether it's with peacekeeping troops or aid funds remains to be seen.

So, how are we supposed to feel about this? Should we be appalled because a supervisor, appointed temporary mayor in the absence of the actual Mayor, took it upon himself to make key appointments...something clearly against the unwritten rules of the situation, or be pleased that two environmentalists now sit on the Public Utilities Commission? Much as I hate to say it, I'm coming down on the side of being appalled. The guy overstepped the bounds of what he should have done.

Of course, there's this to consider:

But Supervisor Tom Ammiano, who is running for mayor, said Daly's appointees are well-qualified, while Brown's selections “are usually patronage.”

And now I'm not sure how I should react again.

On the other hand, this was unquestionably tacky. If you're leaving office, I always thought it was sort of understood that you'd stop appointing your political supporters to vacant positions. Of course, reading the story, I find that, once again, I'm exposing my ignorance. Apparently SOP is to fill up every vacant slot there is on your way out the door, which makes the snippy remarks of Schwarzenegger's current spokeswoman sheer grandstanding in a pretense to some kind of high moral ground.

Via the Morning Fix, Anyone But Bush.

Read this. It's interesting and important.

This is an interesting interview with Molly Ivins. I'll be buying the book, of course.

I'll probably buy Bill Cosby's book as well.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:38 AM | Comments (1)
Yesterday's Blogging Around

John McKay points out a bit of misleading information (well, a lie, really) in a new book on Bush's religion. Doesn't bode well for the accuracy of the information provided in the rest of the book, does it? Assuming you care about a book purported detailing the story of someone's conversion, you can decide for yourself. Read the Village Voice review here.

Try not to get distracted by trying to fathom the kind of mentality that would give up candy as penance for sending people to their deaths. Or, since we already know that story is a lie, the kind of mentality that would present this as an admirable act from a supposedly mature, responsible man.

Someone involved in the story is an idiot but I don't care enough to figure out who.

Jeanne over at Body and Soul points out that not all human rights abuses are equal. Our gov'mint has, in fact, directed its State Department not to catalog or report those that we approve of in advance. It's a sort of PPO thing, isn't it? You call the 800 # and report what you want to do and get their approval first, then everything is hunky-dory. (Some days it feels like we just totally suck, doesn't it? How did we get this way?)

Hesiod demonstrates his intelligence and good sense by (if only he knew) agreeing with me that Rumsfeld's leaked memo demonstrates intelligent thought.

On the one hand, Eric Alterman thinks the memo demonstrates that Rumsfeld is clueless. I disagree.. I think Alterman is being a bit disingenuous when he objects to Rumsfeld's failure to address the Administration's official Hussein = terrorism claims. Even without having it explained to me, it was clear that Rumsfeld's memo was designed to provoke thought and discussion, to encourage his staff to consider the long-term requirements and implications of the Administration's current policies, so I can't imagine that Alterman didn't understand that. Rehashing what was said in the past would have been grossly out of place as well as an exercise in futility.

On the other hand, I'm very excited by the idea of Eric Alterman writing a second column.

The idea is to examine unexamined assumptions in the media about issues that I—and my ever-expanding team of media watchers—believe to be misperceived or wrongly framed, in the hopes of improving things a little.

It's called Think Again.

Via journalism at headquarters. Reporters covering CentCom during the invasion of Iraq suffered, in one reporter's words, "death by buffet." Or even "death by banality," as General Brooks struggled to complete his task, which was keeping the unvarnished truth out of the hands of the public. (Considering that there have been, as far as I can tell, no reports of serial incompetence or gross mismanagement in the original invasion, I still don't understand the disinformation fetish, but that's an extremist government for you.) (I'm pretty sure I linked to this one before, but for those of you who missed it....)

Via the same source, did the Administration really, really and truly think that an enemy army would turn itself over to an invader, intact and ready to be reassigned as construction crews?

Yuval over at GroupThink Central gives us the lowdown on Lieberman's grueling campaign schedule. Or, you know, not quite so grueling unless counting money bores him.

Also? I think that a man who doesn't understand what he's doing when he assaults women is a fine choice to run a state, don't you? A fine choice.

David, over at Ocrinus joins those discussing the alleged nazi roots of the Bush family fortune. Don't look to me to add to the verbiage on the subject, okay? Of all the reasons to dislike someone, what their grandfather did is one of the dumbest. If you want to go toe to toe with Grampa Bush, then go ahead, but attempting to hold Junior accountable for what was done before he was born is just obnoxious and stupid.

I do, however, support the efforts to investigate a wider topic, that being just exactly which corporations and millionaires in this country actually provided active support to Hitler and the nazi regime.

Via Pen-Elayne comes confirmation of what I always suspected. Google does it with pigeons. She's also got some good links to anti-black-box voting information, as does Lisa over at Ruminate This.

Posted by AnneZook at 07:48 AM | Comments (0)
October 23, 2003
Scam alert

Should you decide to take advantage of the upcoming law that allows you to take your phone number with you when you change cellular phone services, you'll probably be told that a substantial fee will be required.

Since those of us already possessing cell phones have paid an estimated $629,000,000 (in advance and largely without our knowledge) to cover those fees, I suggest you decline, politely of course but very firmly, to be gouged any further.

If you want to know the details, including how much you might have been paying personally over the last 23 months, check out the story.

And don't forget to read on down to the part where the phone companies are claiming that their costs to advertise the services they seem to know their customers are getting ready to dump are a legitimate expense they're entitled to charge us for.

(P.S. Well, this was the only thing missing from the mess in Iraq, up until now. Accusations that we're siphoning off the U.N.'s money to use for private purposes.)

Posted by AnneZook at 03:42 PM | Comments (0)
Seven Stories

I'm sure by now you've already heard that there's been another recall. This is Wisconsin's second in seven years. They seem to be having some issues with their elected officials.

By everything I've heard and everything I've read, Janice Rogers Brown is unfit to sit on the appellate court. Just as she was rated "unfit" when she was first nominated to the State bench. I heard excerpts from an interview on NPR this morning and her admission that she hasn't really thought about the First Amendment in terms of a state's ability to legislate free speech issues worried me, as did her characterization of government as some kind of parasite that destroys society. (I was equally worried by her seeming unfamiliarity with the Constitution.) We need another filibuster if we don't have the votes to defeat her nomination.

“Her many disturbing dissents, often not joined by a single other justice, make it clear that she would use the power of an appeals court seat to try to erect significant barriers for victims of discrimination to seek justice in the courts, and to push an agenda that would undermine privacy, equal protection under the law, environmental protection, and much more.”"

The quote is from an article on her nomination and, yes, the infamous cartoon.

Subject: Iraq.
Problem: We're doing it wrong.
Solution: Apply pressure.
Freidman slaps Republicans and tells them it's their job to keep their party's president (and his Administration) under control.

Oh, and George Will says Rumsfeld is the go-to guy for impossible problems. Like when Nixon appointed him to head "Office of Economic Opportunity, an agency devoted to the task of eliminating poverty in America." (Ooops...that one wasn't such a success, was it? But no one wins them all.) He also lauds the amazing breadth of Rumsfeld's resume and his standing as "child of that prairie-driven culture of vitality" whatever that means. (I love the way politicians have to have it all. Rumseld has, in Will's opinion, an amazing record of public service spanning decades, but he's not, you understand, a "Washingtonian" he's just a regular guy.)

Anyhow, along the way Will also takes us to task for not paying closer attention to the semantic meaning of the words the Administration used to pre-justify the invasion. I almost never agree with Will, but I do always read his columns.

And while you're at WaPo, read Richard Cohen on "How to Lose a Friend," an account of his recent experience in Germany.

Is Civilise or Die really the way we need to look at the world? It's not that I don't understand the motivation. We all get tired of reports of despot or dictator who has been attempting genocide. None of us like reading that this or that country has bombed a neighbor, or that yet another suicide bomber has succeeded in murdering a handful of innocent bystanders or that a few hundred, or thousand, people are being held in prison camps at the will of a tyrannical ruler. I think all sane people would agree that they want everyone to live in reasonable security and safety, and under the rule of just governments.

On Europe's borders, a massive effort has been made to prevent Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia from becoming failed states. If this works it will not be because a solution has been imposed by force, but because the Bosnians and others want to be part of a greater European structure.

That is absolutely the truth. You can't make someone be free. They have to want it. They have to work for it.

Contrary to the current wave of apathy that grips the majority of citizens in this country, freedom requires sacrifice, and it's not always the kind people think.

Beyond the sacrifice of blood it took to establish this county in the first place, we require the energy, effort, and time of everyone, in every generation, to participate in the process and keep the country as a whole on the right track.

You know, the boring day-in and day-out kind of effort. Paying attention to issues. Voting for candidates for a better reason than recognizing their name or using eeny-meeny guesswork. Anyone can offer a burst of enthusiasm and commitment when it's time to get the big things done, but freedom can be nibbled to death by rats just as surely as it can be ripped out at gunpoint.

(I know...it takes too long. That's what everyone says. The problem is that it does take a significant commitment in the beginning. If you're behind, you have to make the commitment to catch up. Once you're abreast of what's going on, it's a much easier matter to stay caught up. Of course, a rational and reliable national news media could help substantially with that, but we're not actually blessed with one in this country. In any case, that's really an entirely different rant.)

Another question is, and Cooper's column doesn't address this, what form should the freedom take? As I said in an earlier post, 'democracy' the way it exists in the USofA is not the solution for everyone.

More on that at a later date. (I know, I said that last time, too, but that's not a quick post to write.)

Posted by AnneZook at 09:49 AM | Comments (1)
Things I meant to say yesterday

Via this link to "Important History Lessons for the President. Of course, we know he won't read it, but that shouldn't stop the rest of us.

Another story that keeps popping back up is the number of private, civilian contractors the army is using these days. I found this story interesting because it confirmed that the "security guards" in question were, as I suspected before, Dynacorp employees. Also note that this article says that about a third of the $3,900,000,000.00 a month, or $1.3 billion dollars a month we're spending in Iraq is going to private contractors.

Doug Brooks, president of International Peace Operations Association, the industry group for private military companies, says the problem of no-shows is overblown. " I'm sure there must be some no-shows," he says. "But I think this is a myth that's been built up. It's not a real issue; it's only an issue in the press. These are risky environments, but these guys are all former military, they know what they're getting into. They're getting paid to do this." And anyway, says Brooks, there are some jobs that are best left to the private sector. "The United States has the best military in the world, but they're not peacekeepers. It's a waste of talent to have these guys, say, guarding a museum. And it's demeaning to have soldiers, with all their training, cleaning toilets."

Can someone explain to me exactly how soldiers are too well-trained to be guards? (Also? Something tells me cleaning the bathrooms wouldn't be considered quite as "demeaning" if the soldiers in question were female.)

I won't even get into the way the hair on the back of my neck stands up when I'm told that our "peacekeeping troops" aren't peacekeepers, so we need to pay mercenaries to keep the peace once we've invaded a country bombed a country into submission.

I don't even know what makes a saint but maybe the good Mother Teresa did outweighs her hypocrisy, personality flaws, and the possible misuse of funds donated to her charity. (On second thought, maybe not.)

Posted by AnneZook at 08:04 AM | Comments (0)
October 22, 2003
The good, the bad, and the alien

If you're interested in the question of the so-called ' partial birth abortion,' (the procedure is actually called, " Intact dilation and extraction" by everyone but the scaremongers) recently and most unconstitutionally banned by the Senate, I suggest you read this Salon article. It's not entirely pro- or anti-abortion and does contain, I warn you, some fairly graphic descriptions of abortion which might upset those of you who try not to think about it, but at least it's not some wild-eyed rant full of inaccurate diagrams of doctors killing babies.

Did ya ever notice that the anti-abortion people who are always up in arms about 'saving innocent lives' don't generally seem to feel the same way about life after birth? I mean, I don't see any of these right-to-lifers organizing massive protests and lobbying for legislation against new ways of killing anyone who's over a foot tall.

I know you've all seen it by now, but I have to admit that reading Rumsfeld's memo makes me think he's not as dumb as he acts in public. At least he understood that he needed to ask the questions, okay? And he asked the commanders in the field, always a good place to start.

And we're building a permanent prison in Guantanamo, confirming that we intend to be holding people there for years to come.

We're sure unpopular in Australia these days.

The bad news is that there's a polio outbreak in Nigeria...and the disease is spreading.

The good news is that we live in a world where this can happen. 30,000 citizens of tiny Ecuador are suing multi-national giant Texaco for polluting their country's water sources and rainforest. Here's CNN's take on the story.

Those groping stories, or at least the ethics of having published them days before the election continue to be debated.

I already knew about DeLay's attempt to do his Bacardi contributors friends a favor, but I still enjoyed Molly Ivins' take on the subject.

And if you haven't read Kristof on the Bush Administration and the Illiad, you really should.

Bush-hating is another topic that doesn't seem to go away. Naturally there's a comparison to Clinton-hating and I still think that's a bad analogy. The Right attacked Clinton for having sex and for (as it turned out) not making money on an investment. The Left's attack on Bush is about starving social programs (and the poor) out of existence and dead people in Iraq.

Frankfurt has my sympathy. Some UsofA schools, chronically starved by a population that thinks talking about quality education is all it takes, started selling advertiser access to students years ago.

Even people (and corporations) who really care about protecting the planet find it difficult.

In Uncivil Society, a WaPo OpEd, there's an argument that Republicans are sinking the USofA's already abused political processes to new depths.

I missed this one before, but from Oct 16, here's Will Durst explaining how Limbaugh's problems were caused by a librul conspiracy agin him. It's all the fault of, brace yourself, those evil Clintons!

Here's Dick Meyer from CBS talking about intolerance. And, yes, Boykin comes into it.

Also, I'd suggest living until 2025, if you have a choice, okay? Because we'll find the aliens by then.

Posted by AnneZook at 09:40 AM | Comments (0)
October 21, 2003
Religion, gender, and politics

And, you know, other stuff.

It's all very well for a Pentagon spokesman to say they don't know why some things were deleted from Boykin's 'apology' for being a crazy religious extremist offending a huge chunk of the world, but you only have to read what was deleted for the reasons to be obvious. No one wanted it to appear that his religious freedom was being curtailed (thus the deletion of his promise to stop speaking at religious events) and no one wanted the public to be treated, once again, to a public statement of belief that god takes a hand in USofA politics, because enough people in the country already think the neocons are dangerous lunatics.

Okay, maybe I'm speculating a bit on that second one. It could be that the statement was removed because the religious right had a coronary at the idea that god might have picked Clinton to be prez, who knows?

Anyhow, much as I dislike Boykin and all his ilk, and much as I dislike Rumsfeld, I have to say that I think Rumsfeld was right. Freedom of speech is the point.

Of course, the point is also that you should appoint extremists to positions of power and influence but whatever.

The article calls what we're doing "religious warmongering" and that might be a significant portion of the truth. There's a distinct bigotry in the Bush Administration.

In other news, you are what you are and no amount of denial or organized persecution is going to change that. male, female, shemale, hemale, whatever.

For example, the two hemispheres of the brain appeared more symmetrical in females than in males.

Women are more balanced than men. Big surprise.

Now I'll sit back and await the protests from some of the many, many, well-balanced men out there. And there are a lot of them, I know.

For instance, Tom Hayden makes a lot of sense. Well, okay, most people whose opinions agree with mine seem to me to be fair and balanced (nyah, nyah, Fox!), but this is a must-read.

Be aware, of course, that there are those who think the shift is in the other direction.

For what it's worth?

"In terms of the percentage of voters who identify themselves as Democrats, the Democratic party is currently in its weakest position since the dawn of the New Deal." -- Mark Penn, Democratic Pollster

We didn't leave the Democratic Party. It left us. We're all still over here on the Left, where we've always been. The party leadership strayed over to the middle, and even to the wrong side of the road, long ago.

David Brooks has an opinion on the subject and it's not that far from mine.

Speaking of democracy, they might consider practicing a little of it in Israel. Announcing that people who want to put an end to war are guilty of treason is...well...it's very neocon.

No loans for Iraq. I believed that from the beginning, although I'm not against a partial loan. It's a matter of pride, you see. I think that if the Iraqi people have to pay back a certain amount of what it costs to rebuild their infrastructure, it will be good for them. They won't be living in a country that's essentially built on hand-outs from the USofA. They'll have the pride of pulling together to pay their own way and I honestly do think there's value in that.

On the other hand, I think we need to be careful how much of the aid is in the form of a loan. We don't want to go too far and I think there's a very real danger than cripplingly large loans could provoke unpleasant consequences.

It's always a questions of balance, isn't it? You have to balance this or this against this.

Hee. Hee. It's official -- watching Fox News makes you ignorant. Yeah, we've all known about this one for days, but this article is still interesting and the line was too funny to pass up.

And this is one of the dumbest things I've ever read, but then I've never understood women who insist upon dragging reluctant and unwilling spouses along on shopping trips. If you're shopping for yourself, just buy what you like. If he's the one who needs clothes, he can buy them or do without. (I have never understood why marriage means people no longer have responsibility for themselves.) Of course, I do understand that in other countries, there may be a dearth of two-car families where everyone can just take themselves off and do whatever they want.

Kaspi thinks the French don't know enough about us because they don't study the USofA enough. There are a lot more USofA historians studying France and French history, you see, than French historians studying the USofA. What Kaspi may be missing is that those 2,000 historians in the USofA have thousands of years of French/European history to dissect, while anyone studying the USofA has just over 200 years to consider.

I don't want to move to Moscow, but there's no doubt that on the face of it, this building is gorgeous.

And this article on history versus social studies was interesting. I don't see that there's a need for an either-or approach, but at the same time, I clearly see how misleading or even dangerous bias could be introduced into the social studies approach. (If you doubt me, take a moment and imagine how the neocons would write a social studies text about the Clinton Administration.)

Posted by AnneZook at 09:34 AM | Comments (2)
Oh, my.

Is there trouble in Bushland or it is an invasion by pod people?

Apparently the who and where of outsourcing isn't the issue. The key is that no matter where you are, you go find your labor elsewhere.

I'm telling you, those people have a weird way of looking at the world.

Also, if Arlen Specter is dissing his boss, then you know his boss must be really out of control. It's the Patriot Act, in case you were wondering. (Via Alternet.

You wouldn't think this kind of discrimination was still possible in South Africa, but I guess you'd be wrong.

And should we Let Boykin Preach in the hopes that the largely disinterested mass of voters in this country will realize by some kind of osmosis that the man is mouthing the beliefs of a significant section of Bush's Administration? I think not.

On the other hand, if prominent Administration officials continue to defend him publicly, well, then, maybe those inattentive citizens might just start to put the pieces together.

Since I mentioned Michael Moore's Dude, Where's My Country? before, I feel I should link to Spinsanity's take on the book. (As I'm sure I said before, Moore is entertaining to read, but I don't find him entirely reliable.)

Check out a new (old) way of generating power.

And from the British Medical Journal, read an article about "corporate hijacking of the food supply.

Oh, and Jim doesn't have comments, but you can send him a few good wishes via e-mail or, if you can afford it, buy yourself a treat from Amazon through his site. He needs a little support right now.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:03 AM | Comments (0)
October 20, 2003
In Related News

CBS News tells us that there have been 15 attacks on soldiers in Iraq today. Canada's Globe and Mail says two soldiers and a civilian died. Or was it one soldier and two civilians? No, wait, those are two different incidents. I think that makes it three soldiers and three civilians with an unnamed number of wounded.

Over in the Gaza Strip, there are three Israeli strikes in two hours killing three and wounding at least 23.

"Hundreds of thousands" of people flock to the "beatification" of Mother Teresa, a very dubious candidate for sainthood, unless you consider what a bunch of unreformed reprobates most 'saints' seem to have been.

Meanwhile, in the U.K. and parts of the USofA, the Anglican church threatens to fall apart at the consecration of their first, openly gay bishop. (I didn't know that "Episcopalians" were "Anglicans.") I heard the guy on NPR this morning and he pointed out, quite truthfully, that he's far from the first homosexual bishop the church has had. He's just the first one who has been open about it. He also said that if people's faith, or faith in their particular church, wasn't strong enough to withstand this issue and they chose to leave, he couldn't accept the responsibility for that.

I didn't read the column whose headline seems to be accusing Mother Teresa of groping.

I did read the one about people doing wild things in the 'burbs.

It seems that we need $87 billion to "rebuild" Iraq (is the translation: pay for Hallburton's contract?) but no one's asked for much-needed funds for medical care for our soldiers.

To no one's surprise, newspapers find they have a credibility gap. (Although it's hardly a "dirty little secret" that journalists tend to have university degrees and higher pay.)

To my complete surprise, it looks like Republicans read the paper and Democrats watch television news

It seems to be spreading. Like some kind of fungus. Please tell me the entire world isn't about to experience a right-wing shift? I mean, it's possible. Certainly we see other countries starting to balance their budgets on the backs of the poor. Progressives had better Seize the Moment.

Or maybe it's all part of the war on terror? Because there could be more attacks. Any day now. Any moment, so you'd better vote Republican.

It could have an effect on the economy but it's hard to be sure because the Bush Administration isn't big on talking about the economy, anyone's economy these days.

The bottom line, when you're talking politicians, is that it's all about the money.

By the way, speaking of money, Sony is cutting 20,000 jobs. No doubt the Administration will tell us it's all part of the economic recovery.

Or, not, because that would entail talking about the economy and they don't want to do that.

It's all very confusing and I have work to do.

(P.S. I did this over the weekend.

Not to be all shallow or anything, but this is a mighty-fine picture. It's good to see it attached to a nice story, too.)

Posted by AnneZook at 09:58 AM | Comments (0)