Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Weekend Roundup

Domestic issues are such pains! Especially if you are dealing with a domestic issue all up close and personal. Some new stats out say that there are 39 million working poor in America. Despite what Ronnie Reagan used to think about the poor in this country (remember the Welfare Queen in her Caddy?) it seems like that Protestant work ethic Max Weber used to be on about really did take root. Despite being paid diddly people just keep on working instead of milking the system as Reagan so vividly imagined. Funny, innit? Makes you wonder why it is that with America "more productive," as the PoTUS is wont to say, that so many people just seem to be getting poorer. Wouldn't have anything to do with the way that companies are run, or the way their CEOs behave or anything. Or the slowed job growth. Just a thought.

Worried that your vote might not count? You should be. But we're glad to see that people aren't taking it lying down.

David Brooks thinks there are two kinds of presidential candidates with two kinds of visions. David Brooks translates to Broken Record in Hmong.

The people of Wyoming are getting three times as much Homeland Security money as the people of New York City per cap, despite the risk of attack in New York being about a million times higher than anywhere in Wyoming. Sure makes us feel safer.

Shockingly, it seems that much of the rest of the world has not been impressed by Dubya's performance as president. Never woulda guessed.

A number of very right wing Catholic bishops have been doing some pulpit campaigning against the Catholic candidate, because he is pro-choice. Seems like some rather selective reading to us-- the candidate they are stumping for is the former governor of the state that executes the most number of prisoners in the US and who started a war with Iraq. The Pope says that along with abortion both capital punishment and the war in Iraq are wrong. Did we miss the hierarchy of wrongness speech from the Vatican? Was there some special meeting with the bishops where the Pope said Okay, here's the bad stuff list in order of importance: 1) abortion, 2) embryonic stem cell research; 3) gay marriage, and a couple of optional ones at the bottom: executing prisoners is not so nice and preemptive wars that kill tens of thousands are pretty bad too. Worse than masturbating. There is a very interesting op-ed piece on this issue pointing out that very low abortion rates go hand in hand with strong welfare states. You know, when you offer a little (Christian) charity....

Meanwhile, Zora Neale Hurston has been put on the bad list in some Maryland schools, and your tax dollars are working toward getting the Bible place of her work. Instead of "Thier Eyes Were Watching God," it'll be just "God".

Speaking of Maryland, seems the GOP there is in the business of buying up websites just to smear an opponent. Who knew cyberspace would make bad behavior so easy? If you can't win on your own merit...

Everybody is saying they're going to be a little more cautious in calling the election this year. Even Fox. We won't hold our breath.

An Israeli think thank points out that the invasion of Iraq was a distraction from the war on terror. Gee, ya think? We're just gonna call it a mistake.

The electoral college sucks.

Judges are partisan on the envirnoment. Yet. Another. Shock. Not.

If William Saffire every touches down into the space of reality for long enough to read a paper he'll be shocked and amazed to discover that it the oil for food program wasn't just a French plot. Seems there were some of his fellow Americans making a buck off that one as well. Uh-oh....

Seems like the reporters in Iraq are on lockdown- which makes us wonder where the substance of the stories we are seeing is coming from. Might even make a security mom wonder. Some reports are really sounding bad- and worse still, it seems that the real reporting is getting quashed.

Seems like there is a plan for a big military push right around Tet, uh, Ramadan. The soldiers in the delta, er, desert are having a rough ride: "Sometimes I see no reason why we're here," Perez said. "First of all, you cannot engage as many times as we want to. Second of all, we're looking for an enemy that's not there. The only way to do it is go house to house until we get out of here." So rough that some are even heading to Canada- even if they aren't getting a warm welcome.

Oh yeah, and Rumsfeld seems to be very supportive of Kerry's plan to get more support from some of our European allies. Like NATO. Funny, that...


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