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Thursday, September 30, 2004

he does not mourn

the unfeeling president E.L. Doctorow, the east hampton star, september 9, 2004

But this president does not know what death is. He hasn’t the mind for it. You see him joking with the press, peering under the table for the weapons of mass destruction he can’t seem to find, you see him at rallies strutting up to the stage in shirt sleeves to the roar of the carefully screened crowd, smiling and waving, triumphal, a he-man.

He does not mourn. He doesn’t understand why he should mourn. He is satisfied during the course of a speech written for him to look solemn for a moment and speak of the brave young Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

posted by roj at 11:47 pm  

Thursday, September 30, 2004

paper or diebold?

the florida presidential election electronic sample ballot is now available.

i still prefer paper.

[via metafilter]

posted by roj at 11:37 pm  

Thursday, September 30, 2004

how they make republicans

it’s simply too good not to share…

how they make republicans

posted by roj at 3:47 pm  

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Hans Bakker

witty and good fun (or so i am told)

posted by roj at 3:17 pm  

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Scott Muni

the professor

posted by roj at 10:41 pm  

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Izora Rhodes Armstead

weather girl

posted by roj at 8:25 pm  

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

christmas is here

i just saw my first tv commercial for “holiday gifts.”

so, christmas season is here. stardate: september 28.


posted by roj at 6:40 pm  

Monday, September 27, 2004

the president must speak clearly and mean what he says

this is really like shooting fish on a bicycle…

president george w. bush, springfield, ohio, september 27, 2004

In order to make sure America is safer, the President must speak clearly and mean what he says.

the man has a point….

Remarks by President Bush and Prime Minister Allawi of the Interim Government of Iraq in a Joint Press Availability, the White House Rose Garden, September 23, 2004

The Prime Minister said something very interesting a while ago, and it’s
important for the American people to understand. Our strategy is to help the
Iraqis help themselves. It’s important that we train Iraqi troops. There are
nearly 100,000 troops trained. The Afghan (sic) national army is a part of
the army. By the way — it’s the Afghan [sic] national army that went into
Najaf and did the work there. There’s a regular army being trained. There
are border guards being trained. There are police being trained. That’s a
key part of our mission.

we’re clearly training the troops. somewhere. iraq. afghanistan. detroit. somewhere. nearly 100,000 troops. yes.

no. wait. let’s ask the pentagon.

Bush claim on training of Iraqis disputed [seattle times, september 27, 2004]

The Pentagon documents show that of the nearly 90,000 people now in the police force, only 8,169 have had the full eight-week academy training. Another 46,176 are listed as “untrained,” and it will be July 2006 before the administration reaches its goal of a 135,000-strong, fully trained police force.

Six Army battalions have had “initial training,” while 57 National Guard battalions, 896 soldiers in each, are still being recruited or “awaiting equipment.” Just eight Guard battalions have reached “initial (operating) capability,” according to the documents.

Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee estimated that 22,700 Iraqi personnel have received enough training to make them “minimally effective at their tasks.”

erm. ok, well, that’s not exactly what we mean. we meant something else.

Bush claim on training of Iraqis disputed [seattle times, september 27, 2004]

The White House defended its figures, and a senior administration official defined “fully trained” as having gone through “initial basic operations training.”

ok. wait. what was i writing about? oh yeah.

the president must speak clearly and mean what he says.

posted by roj at 7:24 pm  

Monday, September 27, 2004

be back soon, and on a personal note…

i hope to get back to this in some fashion soon – lots of interesting things to share, but i’ve been largely unwired of late.

so, on the personal note (ahem), i am still looking for interesting “celebratory” music from around the world. if you’ve got any favorite tracks, performers, or other musical moments that speak to you in a way that says “this is happy” or “this is a celebration” – do drop me some clues…

posted by roj at 3:03 pm  

Sunday, September 26, 2004

i’m feeling safer now. iraq is unwinnable?

‘Staying the Course’ Isn’t an Option [newsweek, september 24, 2004]

Two thirds of America’s combat brigades are now tied down in this war which, under present conditions, is categorically unwinnable.

posted by roj at 10:13 pm  
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