The other co-worker says someone dumped garbage on his lawn after he put up a Kerry yard sign.
Both are looking forward to the end of the election.
Posted OCT 29 2004, 9:08 AM CDT (link here)
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I am only resolved to act in that manner, which will, in my own opinion, constitute my happiness, without reference to you, or to any person so wholly unconnected with me. -Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice
NBC News reported that on April 10, 2003, its crew was embedded with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division when troops arrived at the Al Qaqaa storage facility south of Baghdad.(Bold in the original.) So what's with the New York Times? Was the story really a partisan hit job one week from the election? With the emails I get from the Kerry campaign, you might think so.
Subject Line: "Incompetence
This morning, The New York Times published a story that offers further proof of how the Bush administration's incompetence and arrogance has endangered the lives of our troops and the American people..."Today, the Times is reporting that their story has become a hot potato of the campaign:
But over at NRO's Corner, a government "source" gives this account:
“The Iraqi explosives story is a fraud. These weapons were not there when US troops went to this site in 2003. The IAEA and its head, the anti-American Mohammed El Baradei, leaked a false letter on this issue to the media to embarrass the Bush administration. The US is trying to deny El Baradei a second term and we have been on his case for missing the Libyan nuclear weapons program and for weakness on the Iranian nuclear weapons program.”It is chilling thinking of the HMX and RDX in the wrong hands, but it's comforting to know that, as the Times quoted and administration official, at last, today, that,
"...'more than 243,000 tons of munitions" that had been destroyed since the invasion. "Coalition forces have cleared and reviewed a total of 10,033 caches of munitions; another 163,000 tons of munitions have been secured and are on line to be destroyed'..."
The Times editorialists rail,
James Glanz, William J. Broad and David E. Sanger reported in The Times yesterday that some 380 tons of the kinds of powerful explosives used to destroy airplanes, demolish buildings, make missile warheads and trigger nuclear weapons have disappeared from one of the many places in Iraq that the United States failed to secure. The United Nations inspectors disdained by the Bush administration had managed to monitor the explosives for years. But they vanished soon after the United States took over the job.
Emphasis added. Now, they didn't need to secure Al Qaqaa since there weren't any dangeous weapons there. But let's broaden what I'd guess the Times editors would then say--the weapons were probably lost or looted during the run-up to the war, and if we hadn't actually invaded, they would have stayed there and could have been monitored by the IAEA.
Apropos TMQ's item on the death of deconstructionist Jacques Derrida, Kevin Pugh, an assistant professor of educational psychology at the University of Toledo, imagines this postmodern football encounter:
Coach: How could you throw that crazy pass? Didn't you see the safety?
Quarterback: I did see the safety, but then I thought, how do I know the safety really exists? My eyes perceive a safety and he seems to be covering the receiver, but this might only be from my frame of reference. Someone in the stands might perceive the safety to be covering another receiver, or no one at all. Who am I to say that my perception is correct and theirs is wrong? Then I thought, maybe the safety does exist! But the taboo against throwing into double coverage is just an oppressive ideology used by the dominant hegemony to maintain the imperialist power structure. So you see, I had to make the throw in order to liberate myself.Full disclosure: I had not heard of Derrida until yesterday.
Q: You'd be different from Laura Bush?
A: Well, you know, I don't know Laura Bush. But she seems to be calm, and she has a sparkle in her eye, which is good. But I don't know that she's ever had a real job — I mean, since she's been grown up. So her experience and her validation comes from important things, but different things. And I'm older, and my validation of what I do and what I believe and my experience is a little bit bigger — because I'm older, and I've had different experiences. And it's not a criticism of her. It's just, you know, what life is about.Italics mine. I became a stay-at-home mom at the age of ...32 or 33, can't precisely remember at this moment. I have bussed tables, waited tables, sacked groceries, scanned groceries, cold call outdoor and indoor sales, managed dining services on an airline, served as a flight attendant, receptionist, secretary, account executive, editorial assistant--just off the top of my head. The unreal job Mrs. Heinz Kerry speaks of--stay-at-home motherhood--is without a doubt the hardest job I've ever had in creativity, patience, physical work, oh, and a host of other things I have neither the time nor the energy to post here.