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Like many personal blogs of its era, this blog is moribund, a casualty of what we might call "the Facebook effect." However, as of late 2015, two things are clear: (1) The Indie Web is a thing, and (2) the re-decentralization of the web is a thing. So who knows? 2016 2017 2018 (!) could be the year this blog rises from its own ashes. Stay tuned!

Thursday, 24 July 2003
The International Herald Tribune (which has one of the craftiest site designs on the web) brings us the best article I’ve read about this recall foolishness here in California. Duly noted are the impact of Propositions 13 and 98, and Darrell Issa, San Diego slimeball extraordinaire. If you’re not up to date on this saga, this will catch you up.
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Thursday, 03 July 2003
Senate majority leader Bill Frist used to adopt stray cats, take them home, kill them, and cut them into pieces. I ain’t kidding.

[feel free to use gatsby/daisy as user/pass pair; found on The Morning News]
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Monday, 23 June 2003
John Edwards has balls. William Saletan proves it with a fantastic, short dissection of the candidate’s current message.

Points two through six form what I think is a strong common-sense argument that, if eloquently and passionately and intelligently voiced by a charismatic candidate, could put Boosh right out on his keyster. What are the odds?

[We now pause for a self-absorbed moment to note that this is mahna mahblog’s hundredth post. Huzzah!]
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Friday, 20 June 2003
Listen up, Americans. Iraq is not a quagmire, and we are not engaged in an occupation of that country, and anyone who says we are is a goddam freedom-hater. Right? I’m caught up, right? Oh, no, missed one thing: Combat ended May 1. Thus spake Boosh, right? So: War over, no quagmire, no occupation. And yet
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Wednesday, 18 June 2003
Last week, British Prime Minister Tony Blair abolished the office of Lord Chancellor (which has been around since 605 C.E.) and paved the way for a Supreme Court to replace it. I love the British political system: It is like a cranky, pissy, gummy old engine that seems built to last forever. It’s flexible enough (unwritten constitutions help in that respect) and magical enough to rear up every now and again, sputter and cough, backfire, and then neatly retune itself. Hell, even the elections come along at irregular intervals. “Surprise! Time for new leaders!” That can happen in Britain. And Tony Blair can establish a Supreme Court. Cuz they don’t have one.

Of course, the Tories are saying not so fast. (Love those wigs, too.)

[A Reuters article running in “Bangladesh’s Independent News Source” — isn’t the web the damnedest thing?]
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Monday, 16 June 2003
Alphablogger Cameron Barrett (the brains behind CamWorld) has launched WatchBlog, a three-columned blog focusing on issues relating to the 2004 election. Editors of the Democratic persuasion control the left column; Republican editors control the right column; and Third Party types control the content in the middle. This is a really fantastic idea. Let us hope the site does not disappoint!
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Thursday, 05 June 2003
“The postwar period in Iraq is messy. We haven’t found what we said we’d find there and there are unpleasant questions about assumptions we made and intelligence we had,” said one senior official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “If many more months go by and our troops are still there, the Iraqis are still fighting each other and us, and we still haven’t found any WMD, there will be hell to pay.”
Oh yeah? Ya mean things aren’t looking so good overseas? Well they’re no better here, where a new government audit spells it out quite clearly: Detentions of foreigners following 9/11 were “unduly harsh”. (A Justice Department spokeswoman’s response was the bureaucratic equivalent of “tough shit.”) Meanwhile, the Rs decided to trim the cost of the President’s tax cut by hosing cuts for the folks who need it most.

But not to worry. Perhaps it will all be over soon. (If you feel down about this stuff a lot, perhaps you should bookmark that last link.)
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Wednesday, 07 May 2003
If I may borrow a line from Get Your War On, “Do you ever get the feeling that a secret game is being played in America, and nobody will tell you the rules?”

All sorts of media outlets are reporting that Halliburton, Dick Cheney’s old company, is actually taking a far larger, more lucrative role in the rebuilding of Iraq than previously disclosed. Did Halliburton have to bid for this opportunity? Hell no. Is Cheney still on their payroll? Hell yes. (To the tune of up to a million dollars a year.) more...
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Sunday, 06 April 2003
This article in the San Francisco Chronicle makes the case that Howard Dean, governor of Vermont and Democratic presidential candidate, is beginning to harness the power of the Internet in ways that no politican ever has.

Are you against the war? Willing to vote Democratic? Don’t know much about Howard Dean? You should: He and Al Sharpton are the only two in the running who oppose our actions in the Middle East. Wanna know more? You can start with his official blog.
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Sunday, 23 March 2003
A wise poster on recently made the case that this country endured four decades of Cold War and never felt it necessary to rename Russian dressing. But the French go against us in the U.N. and suddenly the Congress is all about “Freedom Fries.”

It’s a great American pasttime to bash the French, but Tony Judt, in the first of a fantastic three-part piece about the politics of this war (appearing in the New York Review of Books), reminds us of a few sobering statistics that should make us rethink our view of the French as a bunch of “surrender monkeys” …
In World War I, which the French fought from start to finish, France lost three times as many fighting men as America has lost in all its wars combined. In World War II, the French armies holding off the Germans in May-June 1940 suffered 124,000 dead and 200,000 wounded in six weeks, more than America did in Korea and Vietnam combined.
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Wednesday, 19 March 2003
Gallup sez that 66 percent of American’s approve of Boosh’s ultimatum to Saddam. Well, at least I know with some degree of precision the size of the minority I belong to.
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Sunday, 09 March 2003
Roger Ebert is not just that large dude who reviews movies on the teevee. His printed reviews are generally brilliant, and when he skewers an awful movie, he is frequently hilarious.

The thing you really notice about Ebert after a while is that he is a real writer. The man could write convincingly about anything. Now for the treat: Sometimes Ebert gets worked up about the state of the world and writes an opinion piece, like this one in which he just eviscerates John Ashcroft.

(Crap. The last three words of the previous paragraph probably just got me on some damn Justice Department watchlist.)
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Thursday, 27 February 2003
See for yourself the global nature of the nascent anti-war movement. Alas, George remains convinced that he knows better than the rest of the world. So this man, who, as Nelson Mandela put it, “cannot think properly,” and who, no matter what really went down in Florida, did not receive as many votes as the Other Guy, is going to fire up the war machine. And since this man has no grasp of history at all — but rather bases his decisions on an arrogant, born-again worldview that holds that since our nation is righteous and Christian and freedom-loving, we can do no wrong — he doesn’t grok these well-known facts about the war machine: (1) When it starts up, you never know (and cannot control) when it will stop again, and (2) it in turn can start up other machines. Frightful machines. Evil machines. Machines whose actions we cannot even begin to imagine or predict.

George is going to turn the key soon. The gears will start turning, the machinery will be in motion, and there will be nothing for us all to do but hang on and try to survive the ride. And make some noise.
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Monday, 24 February 2003
Molly Ivins with the real scoop on France and the French. She absolutely hits it out of the park with the final sentence.
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