It's not just my changing jobs recently that's made it hard to follow political news from day to day. It's actually unexciting even to Dan Rather
, who complains of the exact planning and control of a basically moot Democratic National Convention. We're getting news stories telling us exactly what will be said in what speeches before they're delivered.
I don't really have any higher hopes for the Republican convention.
While I've already had all I can stand of daily polls, I predict the "bounce" for Kerry/Edwards will be small, possibly even having a reverse effect. We'll see how close I'm guessing in a few days.
In the year 2000, when I first began to teach myself Arabic, the Holy Land Foundation was the one source on the web for live video of the various Arab TV networks. Now, building a case for more than two years, the organization has been indicted
for supporting Hamas in various ways. It's too bad because now there is no good source of Arab TV anywhere on the web, certainly not in one place. Granted, these charges have yet to be tried but it's really not looking good for these people.
The laundry list of deceit in Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" continues to grow, with the longest one
at 44 pages if printed. This in addition to other stories of unauthorized funeral footage and the like.
I'm supposed to be getting a bootleg copy of the movie from someone soon so I can see it for myself without spending any money. Call it what you will; I'm not ashamed to commit this simple act of getting back at a corporate entity I find unjust.
I'm about to go vote in today's Georgia primary for state offices. I'm still not sure how I'll vote in the Senate race but I'll be anxious to see results and comment further tonight.
Whoop! There She Goes
They showed extraordinary tolerance for Whoopi Goldberg's contribution
to this year's pro-choice march in Washington but apparently the recent pro-Kerry/Edwards shindig at Radio City Music Hall was too much
for the Slim Fast people. Sure, we have free speech but when it comes to paid speech, there is no reason why sponsors can't have the last word in the context of endorsement contracts. For me, this is just one more black mark on the whole "Star Trek: The Next Generation" franchise, almost as disgraceful as O.J. Simpson's affiliation with the "Naked Gun" movies. I'm more than ready to see the post-November 2nd Hollywood.
Iraqis Taking Charge
In a development similar to the mysterious anti-as-Sadr militias in Najaf, an Iraqi outfit called the Rescue Group has expressed its desire to kill
az-Zarqawi because of the harm he's done to Iraq and Iraqis. Like the old rap song quoted in the film "Kiss of Death" says, sometimes people have to clean up their own back yards. This really isn't such a bad thing; "frontier justice" might not be legally kosher but I doubt if anyone will complain if this group achieves its stated goal.
Proof We're Winning
I am very proud that Colin Powell is our Secretary of State and that, according to ASEAN summit tradition, he performed
the song, "YMCA." Recall that the Village People's image was built entirely on gay stereotypes and that this happened in the world's most populous Muslim nation. That he performed with a reasonable amount of soul is in fact extraneous to what this represents. It should be noted that the Russian delegation, representing Great Britain's 19th century rival in central Asia, opted to perform the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine." What better demonstration of what freedom and pop culture can do for the people of the world?