AFTER-WORD – Saturday, December 04, 2004

  • The New York Times is presenting GOP objections to the 9-11 Commission Bill as some sort of "rebellion" (their word) which President Bush is seeking to crush. In truth, it is the President who is rebelling against Republican principles, and I think he is doing so in order to build political capital.

    The President is spending such capital for a flawed, rushed-through bill, and he is spending it on conscientious members of his own party.

    The President risks gutting at least part of his first term agenda.

  • Sitting on what is probably the largest financial and corruption scandal in the history of mankind, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan took up some slack for the late Princess Di on Friday, when he called upon the world not to pause "until all landmines are cleared, and these indiscriminate weapons banished forever."

  • President Bush has nominated Kellogg CEO Carlos Gutierrez to be his next Secretary of Commerce. In an unrelated move, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has named Democrat Chon Gutierrez (unrelated) as interim director of the California State Lottery.

    It's a question of scale.

  • I had a treat this evening. I listened to the live stream of KXPR, Sacramento, this evening when they aired The Golden Dreidal: a Klezmer Nutcracker. PRI's Ellen Kushner narrates over music re-arranged music by Tchaikovsky. Here's a description from that Amazon.com review:
    It is "the glorious, imaginative tale of Sara, a young girl who confides to her mother that she pines for a Christmas tree and loathes the family's annual Chanukah celebration. Shortly after her admission, Sara receives a magical golden dreydl, which transports her into a fantastical world peopled with demons, sorcerers, and sages. Beginning a holiday she will never forget, Sara goes on a mysterious quest and discovers the true meaning of her heritage and the holiday. A remarkable story filled with wit, humor, and wonderful irreverence."
    'T is the season.

  • Tomorrow AM, I watch, review, summarize, and analyze the Sunday Talk Shows for the Rightsided Newsletter. You can subscribe, of course, by visiting the web page or by sending a blank to rsn-subscribe [AT] topica.com. I'll link to a web copy in this space, include bits, and do the review of ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

    I might have some news regarding my Sunday Show review. Stay tuned.


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