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|RMN Has it Right
This editorial in the Rocky seems to hit the nail on the head. The money line is the last one: "The year that begins at midnight will tell whether the Bush Doctrine is an enduring reality or merely a three-year departure from the usual diplomatic credo of caution, prudence and paralysis."
Of course, the online RMN leads off with the story of how the proceeds from a new casino to be built by the airport will go to compensate the members of the Cheyenne and Arapahoe tribes for the 1864 Sand Creek massacre. I was at the U of Colorado during the big debate in the late 80s that led to the renaming of one of the dorms "Cheyenne-Arapahoe;" it was silly then, and I don't see how a.)money compensates for the massacre or b.)the fifth or sixth generation decendants of those massacred have a strong claim to compensation. This is exactly like slavery Restitution, only it involves another vice.
|Just for grins, I tried taking the personality profile Jonathan has been talking about. Turns out my profile is most like Albert Einstein. Okay. I mean, I'm no lightweight, but Uncle Al was way out there. I spent many hours pondering relativity once upon a time, and all I got for it was a headache (perhaps that explains Al's appearance). Nonetheless, as a phenomenal scientific mind who exalted the values of music, theology, and imagination, Albert has always been a hero of mine.
So, I'll take it. Not to necessarily endorse the accuracy of the results, but. . . I'll take it.
|President Bush Actually Has Mad Cow, and Infected the Holstein in Washington
You knew it was only a matter of time before the Dems (today, Dean, Kucinich and Gephardt) put the blame for the Mad Cow Disease on the President. The only question that remains is who is going to make the most outlandish statement, and how far out to field that statment will be.
I'm no veterinarian, but it seems to me that one cow found in a week with the disease falls a bit short of an outbreak. I know this is still a developing story, and it could get pretty bad, but so far it hasn't, and I think everything that can be done is very likely being done.
|Bad Signs for Democrats
I was just tooling around on the Colorado Democratic home page, and I noticed that they have three candidates listed for Ben Nighthorse Campbell's Senate seat, and nobody listed as a candidate for Bob Beauprez's House seat. And of the three Senate candidates, I've only heard of one of them.
Given that these elections are less than a year away now, that Beauprez's House seat was won by only a handfull of votes in 2002, and that the CO Supreme Court handed the GOP a big setback three weeks ago by overturning the redistricting plan, I would expect a stronger slate of candidates starting to emerge.
I don't think this is a sign of strength for the CO Dems.
|More Bad Economic News
Today the Nasdaq closed above 2000 for the first time in two years. Meanwhile, the Dow climbed over the 10400 level, marking a 4% growth in just the last two weeks and a 25% growth for the year.
Now, I know that the realtionship between the stock market and the overall economy is not a perfectly direct one. Nonetheless, psycholigically, it's huge. And in a couple months when people start opening their 401k statements they'll start feeling better about their future. And well they should.
Some quick analysis from the folks at FoxNews tonight is also quite optimistic. 2004 could be quite a good year.
|In Defense of a Global Strategy
A lot of conservatives are very critical of Secretary of State Colin Powell--I am not (by the way, a discussion of just what constitutes a "conservative" is coming in the new year). I tend to have enough respect for the American military--and for its leadership during the times that he rose to prominence--to think that someone who rose to the heights that Gen. Powell only did so on great merit. His recognition of the role affirmative action played in his rise does not diminish the fact that, when given the opportunity, he performed admirably and he did play a big role in a major military victory. And his role in the administration--while an obvious dartboard for neocons--is properly played: I want a SecState who thinks diplomatically first, and advises the President accordingly. Again, when called upon to make the case to the U.N. Powell performed admirably for the administration.
So I was very interested to read Sec. Powell's defense of the President's global vision, courtesy of Real Clear Politics. I have not had the time today to fully dissect this lengthy essay, but I would say again that Powell is doing his level best to perform admirably for the administration. And, perhaps, he articulates the case better than its been made so far--even by the President.
|So, Howard Dean has announced that he is going to start talking about God on the stump.
That would be like Mike Shanahan announcing that he is going to start talking about the arm strength of his quarterback. You suspect that he gives it a some thought; you wonder if it's crucial to his thought process; you know that it effects certain points of execution.
But why announce that you're going to start talking about it? After previously announcing his distaste for the subject, don't you have to think that it's not much more than a ploy? If Shanahan started talking about the QB's arm, I'm sure Denver's opponents would do nothing but start to study game film to find the weakness Shanahan was trying to hide.
And so, I'm hoping that several good journalists have already started the search for past quotes from Howard Dean (studying film) searching for prior instances as Governor or Representative when he spoke out about church/state or his own religious heritage (and bike paths). Somewhere in there is bound to be a weakness.
|I've blogged a bit recently about the Dems new reliance on 527s to raise money and flood the marketplace of ideas. Well, this article from last weekend seems to signal the GOP's move into this area. If, as was seen in the 2002 election with the 96-hour campaign, Colorado is a little ahead of the national GOP ideas curve, hopefully this is only the beginning of a vigorous national process to combat the Soros/Ickes influence.|
|"Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
|"Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. Glory be to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
|Light posting today, as the bulk of the day was spent watching "The Return of the King." Totally worth the time investment--I would see it again tomorrow (not today--my bladder can't take it).
With due respect to my brother, I could not disagree more with those who say the movie is too long. The last 45 minutes are absolutely necessary to tie up the loose ends and place things and people where they belong. And I know there are those who are really bothered by the omission of the "Scouring of the Shire." I'm not. Besides,there has to be something meaningful to go in the Director's Cut.
And for those of you who aren't big fans and don't know the difference between the Eldar and the Valar, the battle scenes are impressive, the personal stories are moving and the overall sense of grandeur should be sufficient to carry you through the 3hrs20mins without blinking an eye.
|This was sent to me by my brother, a Naval aviator. Worth the read for anybody who respects and admires the men and women in uniform.
There's really no way to adequately express the gratitude we feel for our soldiers (let's try to avoid doing it the way Time did it, okay?), but let's remember them in our prayers and our thoughts, and raise an extra glass for them at our feasts on Thursday.
|In and of themselves, many of the Dems early musings about Saddam Hussein and his WMD program are fairly innocuous. But Laurie Mylroie, via Powerline has compiled an overwhelming string of statements on the WMDs from Dems. Worth the read, if for no other reason than the volume of such statements.
Makes you wonder if anybody who is serious can possibly vote for a Democrat. I think the big point that they would make is that "we were all working on bad intelligence--what makes it wrong is that this President put Americans in the line of fire." In other words, yeah, we all thought the same thing--we're just ticked that you actually bothered to do something about it. Its not the thinking that makes the error, its the action that's really the problem.
Unfortunately for them, in the post 9/11 world, most serious people would prefer that their leaders act when they have concluded that a threat is out there. To not act once you have adopted the thinking is unforgivable for a leader--a real leader.
|Just killed four hours watching a battered Denver Broncos team with an offensive line that is the smallest in the pros push around a very good Colts team in a very important game. Pretty much a clinic on knowing your strengths and sticking with them when it's important.
In a related note, I don't think I've felt as bad for a team in a long while as I did when I watched John Carney's extra point fly wide right to end the New Orleans game. With a nod to the sports insights of The Elder, I would conclude that extra points are, well, important.