Tuesday, August 31, 2004

catastrophic success 

There's Krugman -- go read

Then there's this:

The U.S. ambassador to Iraq, John Negroponte, has recommended to State Department officials that the $3.34 billion be reallocated from water, sewage and electricity projects. If security is improved, oil production could be increased, eventually making more money available for reconstruction, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Then there's this:

A militant Iraqi group said it had killed 12 Nepali hostages and showed pictures of one being beheaded and others being gunned down in the worst violence against captives since a wave of kidnappings erupted in April.

Then there's the con's convention. Headlines like this from the AP "Republicans Assail Kerry at Convention" or this from Rueters "Republicans Show Compassionate Side in New York" makes my head spin. I saw a lot of vitriol, a lot of snide swipes, a lot of arrogance, and a lot of misrepresentation of both Kerry and the reasons we went to war. The band aids of purple hearts were truly telling of their attitudes. not only does it depict their feelings towards vets in general (you may or may have not earned that purple heart -- we'll decide; and if we don't think you beld enough, we reserve the right to make fun of you accordingly) and they won't hesitate to sink to any depths to make a dig, nudge each other in the ribs, and laugh at anyone who is not them --

Democrats need to highlight the bandaids, we can't win, and my pet goat at every freakin' stop.

I have always been on the fence with McCain. I respected him. No more. To not call out the despicible display by the congregation is dishonourable and weak. He also earns the "just shut up award". No particular reason -- just shut up.

Oh well, at least there's the violence of the protesters we can focus on.

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