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Thursday, August 19, 2004

We are on the back stretch, heading into the weekend. About 3 hours remain before it's yabba-dabba-doo time, then on to Friday.

First, although I try to avoid discussing religious stuff, the following story is a bit sad:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5762478/
So let me see if I understand this: a Catholic priest can bugger an alterboy, and if he says a few Hail Marys he's in the clear, but this little girl is on the fast track to Hell because she's allergic to wheat? Wonder what God thinks of this. Personally, I'd say He'd side with the little girl, but unlike the Vatican I don't presume to speak for Him.

Then there's this guy. "Democrat" Zell Miller will be the keynote speaker at the Republican national convention. http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=536&e=2&u=/ap/20040819/ap_on_el_pr/convention_zell_miller

I think he should be on the 2008 ticket with McCain. Then everybody wins. They could form a new party - the Republicrats. (Sounds better than Demolicans.)

People have been calling McCain a man of principle, and Miller surely sees himself in the same way - a guy who broke from the party ranks to do what he felt was the right thing. McCain seems to a bit less of a sleazy politico than Miller (I've never heard McCain boast about how the job he was chosen to do was, to paraphrase, a waste of time), but if either of these two truly stuck by their guns, they'd have switched parties years ago. But both have chosen to remain in and reap the rewards of their respective parties, because there's a safety net. Who wants to give up the party money and perks? Who wants to answer the charge of being the ultimate flip-flopper/traitor? It's a bit sad, but no one should be surprised, because at some point every successful politician realizes that holding office is a killer job with great bennies, and why jeopardize that? And I don't believe for a second that either of these two are looking to transform their parties. They're both either complete ego-maniacs who will say and do anything to keep themselves in the spotlight, or they're playing to their constituents who want senators who play on both sides of the fence. I think it's a combination of both.

http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/West/08/18/bear.beer.reut/index.html
Shoddy reporting on CNN's part. A claim that anyone, human or ursine, is a "beer sophisticate" because they choose Ranier over Busch shows that the reporter has obviously never tried either brand. Cat piss or dog piss - pick your poison.

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