July 21, 2004

People Are Talking

Kos brings up Cheney's Halliburton ties with Iran. When referring to Iran, Cheney the businessman made the sensible argument that sanctions don't work, and they don't. Witness Cuba, or the fact that China has made more progress towards openness because of trade than due to any previous amount of saber rattling. But at the time, he thought that sanctions against Iraq were peachy. It would now appear that Iraq was the 'more innocent' of the two, as regards action against the U.S.

But regardless of Cheney's hypocrisy, I'd again caution people about jumping to conclusions. There is currently no more evidence against Iran than there was about Iraq when we went in. The main difference thus far, barring any iron-clad revelation, is that the nebulous allegations against Iraq have been thoroughly discredited.

Jeanne at Body and Soul discusses liberal dissatisfaction with Democrats, coming to the conclusion that transformation from within will prove to be more productive.

Pandagon also has a post up on the dreaded 'L' word, wondering if it's become less damaging to be labeled a liberal.

The Ford Motor Co. is apparently doing the same thing as all the other cool corporations: making profits and squeezing the workforce.

Love your local wildfire? Some of the people who would normally be there to fight it are serving extended tours in Iraq. Proving to the world for once and all that the U.S. is not invincible. I feel safer, don't you? But the capper of the article was the point that adding to the dismay of troops serving in Iraq, many have discovered that they were tricked into buying expensive and substandard life insurance policies at mandatory financial training sessions.

A U.K. editorial wonders if the prime minister's role has too much power, and if there is any other profession where grandiose cock-ups seem to have no serious consequences. For Mr. Freedland's enlightenment, I would suggest that there is such a profession. Mr. Blair would be a welcome addition to any media staff in the U.S., as he's a much more credible liar than the ones that seem to have been carrying the torch over here. He can have Judith Miller's job with my blessing.

Respectful of Otters is suspicious of a reported decline in reading, and has a good time mocking those whose paranoia against brown people leads them into suspicion against all evidence.

Trish Wilson talks about who should get to decide on abortion, discussing her own story and that of another woman who wrote about her decision on in a NY Times article.

Making up for the AWOL Environmental Protection Agency, eight states and the city of New York are suing power companies over emissions, charging apparently that significant economic damages will result from the aftereffects of their pollution.

Democrats in the Senate are still on the case blocking the most egregious judicial nominees. Some highly questionable characters have slipped through anyway, but it's nice to see they're making an effort instead of lying down.

India-Pakistan peace talks looking more serious, over which the entire world should breathe a big sigh of relief. Every step towards good faith between those two countries is a step towards a safer Asia.

Ampersand takes on the 'for the children' argument against same-sex marriage, by noting that having two parents of the opposite sex is not an enforced or enforceable right. He also wonders why any arrangement which ensures two legally responsible parents should be considered anti-child when it involves gay couples using artificial insemination, to which I'd add that no one is ever alarmed about automatic parental rights for straight couples using the same process.

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