Wednesday, September 24, 2003
RESET YOUR CO-ORDINATES TO
SEE YOU THERE!
Monday, September 22, 2003
The slumping American economy has proved to be a boon to the Army's efforts to recruit the 100,000 enlisted soldiers it says it needs this year to fill its active-duty and reserve ranks, senior Army officials say, so far relieving concerns that the turmoil in Iraq could crimp new enlistments.You just know that this story was the product of a conspiracy theory -- evil warmonger Bush tanks economy to recruit cannon fodder -- in the Times newsroom that every staffer knows is true, but can't quite prove...
Unlike this one, of course.
If the objective is to squash Bush's war advantage, vote Dean and move on to domestic policy. Vote for the general and you're stuck talking war till next November with a candidate who is not up to it.If this hideous prediction comes true, it will be further proof that in an otherwise mis-spent life, my one intelligent move was decamping for Australia.
Unless, of course, there's a third scenario, which, given last week's lamentable performance, makes a strange kind of sense. General Clark is merely an unwitting "stalking horse", designed to weaken both Dean and Bush just enough to enable the Democrats' real white knight to jump in: waiting in the wings, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Sunday, September 21, 2003
Me, I've been here two years and I've already learnt to acknowledge the real owners of the land on which I live -- when I wire them the rent every fortnight!
Not surprisingly, we didn't encounter much resistance.
Saturday, September 20, 2003
The 11-judge panel that will reconsider the California recall case includes eight appointed by Democratic presidents and just three appointed by Republicans, which at first blush might hearten the civil rights groups that had persuaded three judges, all appointed by Democrats, to delay the election in a decision issued Monday.Those damn conservatives again, following the law and abridging civil rights [or rather, the interests of "civil rights groups"--Ed.] like the jack-booted, racist, fascist right-wing death beasts they are!
But the consensus among legal experts yesterday was that most of the judges on the larger panel of the court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, are either aligned with the circuit's more conservative wing or are moderate in the sense of avoiding drastic actions like calling off elections...
Howard J. Bashman, a specialist in appellate law in Philadelphia, agreed, calling the panel about as conservative as one is likely to find on the Ninth Circuit.
Wasn't this sort of civil rights crusading supposed to have left in Howell Raines' briefcase?
P.S. Speaking of Domino's, which makes great bad pizza and sells it cheap enough so you can order a ton and have lunch taken care of the next day, what is up with all the mayo on their pies? I mean, hell, I'm WASPy as Judge Smails (and no slouch myself), but this is ridiculous!
The best sign that you are in love with someone is when you can rip off the stinkiest, rottenest, foulest, loudest fart possible while sitting on the lounge watching TV and NOT blame it on the dog.This and more wisdom from someone who might as well be my alter-ego, the Househusband Blogger.
Thursday, September 18, 2003
If any one figure sums up the illusions and errors of the 1990s, it is Clark. Clark was the general who led the U.S. into a purely humanitarian war in Kosovo – at exactly the moment that the Clinton administration was disregarding the gathering threat to the United States from Middle Eastern terrorism. Clark has criticized the supposed and alleged errors of U.S. planning in Iraq – notwithstanding that his campaign in Kosovo was based on an unending series of errors, above all his claim that his air campaigns could destroy Serbian military capabilities without harming the Serbian civilian population.Most disturbingly, however, we find out that Clark is a former Rhodes Scholar, which is enough to disqualify him in my book.
(Side note: Given Rhodes Scholars' penchant for trying as hard as possible to disavow their Americanness -- see Clinton, Bill and Talbott, Strobe for prime examples -- how did a guy like Clark wind up going into the military, of all places?)
Fortunately, Tex has stepped into the breach, dissecting the latest anti-capitalist drivel from Herald columnist Ross Gittins.
Meanwhile, readers who are feeling encumbered by an overabundance of cash or possessions are free to send surpluses here for safe keeping.
Tuesday, September 16, 2003
Now that Anne Summers ("Bush can expect a hot welcome", Herald, September 15) has prepared the way for a toxic cocktail of anti-war demonstrators, disgruntled Iraqi nationalists and disappointed farmers, may I suggest another scenario for our visitor.You won't be the only one, Leslie.
Bush may wish to thank some of the families of ADF personnel who served in the second Gulf war, brief ordinary refugees who had fled the murderous Saddam regime on his plans, and exchange dialogue with farming families seeking to break down trade barriers.
Ugly and unproductive demonstrations can only harm Australia's interests and feed the ego of media commentators.
Noel Hadjimichael, Mount Annan, September 15.
I would like to thank Anne Summers for reminding me about George Bush's visit. I will finalise my banner and go out there and join the demonstration, but I may be the only one there in support of his visit.
While George Bush may not be the greatest orator or carry the charisma of Bill Clinton, he at least had the gumption of not being fooled by the likes of Saddam, Arafat and their brand of ideology. Sadly history has demonstrated that the eloquent and charismatic leaders in the past have been totally hoodwinked.
Good on ya, George.
Leslie W. Rosen, Woollahra, September 15.
Monday, September 15, 2003
When will they stop the insanity and outlaw knives, once and for all?
(Seriously, though, they can have my beloved Furis when they pry them from my cold, dead, stinking-of-garlic hands...)
Perhaps some lawyer out there can tell me, then, why she can't walk the streets while her attorneys plan her appeal?
Now hardware giant Bunnings Warehouse has come up with a new option: Pony up the dough for the left-wing standover artists, but make the customers pay the black (er, green) mail.
Bunnings Warehouse, in an initiative with Keep Australia Beautiful, will add a 10 cent levy to disposable plastic bags distributed in its 176 stores throughout the country.Or, rather a win-win deal for Keep Australia Beautiful, which is getting the money charged for the hated bags -- making the so-called environmental organization as hypocritical as an anti-smoking campaign taking money from Philip Morris.
NSW Minister for Western Sydney Diane Beamer, who launched the initiative in Sydney today, said this was a win-win deal for the environment.
"Customers will think twice before using the disposable plastic bags," Ms Beamer said.Try reading that quote aloud in a German accent, and see how silly it sounds. Is there no end to the sort of private behaviour the do-gooders will try and change? Really, I guess not.
In the meantime, I'll buy my goods from stores that don't want to penalize me for taking them home.