Wednesday, December 17, 2003
Random thoughts - in no particular order
So here we are, at the end of the year. What to say, what to say?
First of all, kudos to our troops for catching the rat-in-a-hole coward last weekend. There isn't much I can say that hasn't already been said. While it was great news, this is hardly over. It's nice to have that hanging cloud removed. (And I still stand by my belief that OBL is fertilizing the spring flowers in Afghanistan's mountains-- the guy is too much of a media whore to be so silent for so long.)
Howard Dean would scare me as CIC. The guy believes that our foreign policy needs to be put up for a vote, where he would seek the "permission" of the UN to take action internationally. Meanwhile, Wesley Clark would give our European buddies "right of first refusal on the security concerns" of the United States. Nothing like a President who would allow other nations to rule us by proxy.
Why would anybody believe that John Hinckley should be allowed unsupervised visits away from his mental hospital? Seems a bit odd, but thankfully the Secret Service will continue to follow him whenever he leaves the facility. But still...
The "morning after" pill may soon be available over-the-counter. Excuse me? How is it that birth control pills are available only through a prescription, yet the "oops" pill will soon be as readily available as vitamins? It seems as though this might be the type of pill that should be administered with a doctor's supervision, given that it may be responsible for the death of a local teenager. It's already available through a doctor-- why the need to change that?
Could France finally be standing up to the rise of Islamism within its borders? Will targeting religious symbols really address the issue, or is the problem much deeper than that? Or perhaps they are becoming a nation that is intolerant of all things religious, a la USSR? Time will tell.
In Israel, it's more of the same. The Geneva circus proved once again that only Israel has Israel's best interests at heart. The "accord" was nothing short of a one-way concession, with no guarantees. In other words, Israeli actions would only ensure more promises. Again, more of the same. I'm starting to feel a little afraid for that country, but ultimately believe that the people will not be defeated.
And, finally, American Idol is coming back next month. We all need to get our entertainment somewhere, eh?
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