From the Veterans
It turns out even a cursory search for veterans against Kerry
turns up quite a bit of revealing history, showing the candidate to be far more dishonorable than even I thought. More veteran comments are here
Countering John Kerry
Everyone is surprised that John Kerry would turn out to be the front runner, with some saying he may be "tougher to beat" than Howard Dean, for example. I disagree. All we really need to do is get out some background on Kerry's opportunistic and dishonest political career, starting with this piece
from Mackubin Thomas Owens and this one
from Joseph Farah, who actually witnessed the 1971 VVAW march on the Mall in Washington.
The Real Ms. Russell
See my Clubville post
for my reflections on this past Saturday night's events and what I really think of Lynne Russell.
Tonight's the Night
It's time for the Patriot Act thing with Lynne Russell, whom I've looked forward to having more than I do most rock acts at the club. I still don't know what to expect but I can share this much with you all: the Bloodkin crowd is definitely one to worry about the Patriot Act's potential abuses, yet they, like most people, have not suffered these supposed dangers...
In other news, I was sent this link for a Howard Dean remix
At the club this Saturday, part of our scheduled anti-Patriot Act
"rally" (or whatever purpose it will really serve) will include former CNN anchor Lynne Russell
. I've always liked her so we'll see how smart she really is. Also, we're supposed to let people in free until 10 pm when it will become $5. Hopefully we won't be overcrowded when the Bloodkin
crowd gets there. I printed out the Act last night and it came out to 168 pages. I don't know if I'll get to study and learn the whole thing by Saturday but at least I have it for a reference.
As for the Clarke County for Clark04, I elected not to go as a political reporter after all and I'm glad because the meeting lasted well over 2 hours, which most certainly would have strained my objectivity. They had a meeting again this past Monday. We'll see how that goes in the coming weeks as Clark and Kerry get more personal with their putdowns.
Have you ever heard of a French libertarian? Glenn Reynolds
, the Instapundit, introduces us to Sabine Herold
, libertarian activist and outspoken opponent of big government in France and greater Europe. Meet also Ayaan Hirsi Ali
, Somali-born Dutch MP and classical liberal (very different from the American connotation) in the footsteps of Pim Fortuyn.
Politics and the Workplace
At Tasty World
we're seeing the first of what will undoubtedly be many political events on the calendar this year, a natural fact of life as every candidate and cause wants a venue for their forum. Sometimes it's interesting, sometimes I can justify working some of the events as a professional making a livelihood and sometimes I question my willingness to work them at all.
From the first category of interesting events I don't have to work anyway, two of our staff have decided to get behind Wesley Clark (an interesting choice for two former Dean believers) and they'll have the first Clarke County for Clark04 meeting upstairs at the club at 7 pm tonight. While I might rather have my usual coffee and newspaper time, I'm thinking about going as a political reporter, especially since I might be the only one there.
From the category of things I have to work despite my feelings, there's a "Rally to Oppose the Patriot Act" Saturday 24 January. The bands are good, the money will probably be too good to refuse and the experience won't be difficult anyway, but I still wonder what exactly they're opposed to in the act. Because you and I should always know what we're talking about, I have found the entire text of the Patriot Act here
As for the category of political events I would have to simply refuse to work, even at the expense of job security, I see no such events on the horizon. One example that would fit this category would be anything to benefit the likes of Planned Parenthood. That's about the only thing of such seriousness I can really imagine we'd ever have, that I'd quit over. Say what you want about my principles; I will stand for them.
If You're Still Not Sure about Howard Dean...
...then you should read this
American Spectator article about Dean's position on abortion, including spending time on the board of Planned Parenthood and winning the Margaret Sanger award, no doubt given to people whose actions most closely resemble the spirit of the racist eugenicist
herself. Ask yourself, if Dr. Dean is so contemptuous of his Hippocratic oath, why would we trust him to uphold the presidential oath of office?
is safely landed on Mars and ready to send color images sometime today. Opportunity
will hopefully follow through in about three weeks. The ESA's Mars Express is working and doing its part. Beagle 2
may or may not be working but the British people can still take pride in the attempt as a milestone of its own space research and development, and the probe may yet prove functional to some degree.
I have added the Enterprise Mission
website to the links at the right to express my own interest in what we may find on Mars, particularly behind the scenes.
Song of the Year
Despite the trend of declining content in the last several years (the real reason for depressed music sales) the were some good songs released in 2003. I'd have to say Outkast's "Hey Ya!" is probably the overall best pop single of the year, across the board, if you want me to choose one that will matter to the masses. For me, however, the best song I was listening to was "Oceanfront Property
" by a mysterious act called Day Cube, whose handmade CD's "Oceanfront Property" and "Naturally Strong" were in the free box at Wuxtry back in the summer, I think. There was an e-mail address for comments but no other indication of who the artist is and nobody's heard the guy ask about booking at local clubs. He never responded to my e-mail comments so I've taken the liberty of making an mp3 of the song available on my web space. I hope he'll feel encouraged enough to press on and do more. The song always makes me think of Sandra Bullock
I wish I knew that everyone's new year is coming along as well as mine so far.
I do feel satisfied that 2004 will bring new prosperity in America with a solid 5% or greater economic growth.
An interesting trend I've noticed this week is the usual yellow-dog liberal Democrats on staff and on the scene here shifting their favor from Howard Dean and to Wesley Clark, of all candidates, so I'm really not worried about the presidential race.
At work, I began 2004 working and making out well at a successful bluegrass show (with my growing appreciation for it a good trend in itself). Best of all, my first solid meal of 2004 was oven-baked fried chicken and meatballs courtesy of the people putting on the hip-hop party upstairs. Sure, I had the blackeyed peas and collard greens for lunch yesterday but I love my fried chicken and may even get some more tonight.