Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Is Nothing Sacred?

So, some lawyer out in Cali wants to ban Oreo Cookies.

Someone has way too much time on his hands.

Killer Ds

The harsh light of day is showing us that the Texas Dems may be on to something. Though they've met with expected opprobrium, they're getting support at least from the editorial pages of most of the large Texas daily newspapers.

Off The Kuff has a good roundup of stories. (Link via Atrios)

Monday, May 12, 2003

The grand facade

I decided a while back to take a wait-and-see attitude about "The War." Now that it's been announced "officially over" by George W. Bush in his heroic landing and speech on a carrier off the coast of California, I think it's time for some analysis.

Of course, my worst fears about a complete collapse of supply lines came to naught. But really, there was never a question in my mind that we didn't have the power to completely overthrow the country. My concerns for civilian casualities -- well, the destruction wasn't as widespread as I thought it might be, but still innocent people died. A coworker of mine sent a story around about a kid who had his hands blown off, trying to make a point that someday, this kid would probably thank America for taking out Saddam. I sent my coworker a followup story that had the kid complaining that the Americans weren't helping -- he thought we'd give him new hands.

Life doesn't appear to be getting any better for the average Iraqi. Complete anarchy, anyone? Oh, but we "have a plan." Sure, like the plan we had for Afghanistan. Forgive me if I'm less than convinced.

Meanwhile, Bush continues his efforts to help the bottom line and boost the economy while not appearing to clean out the treasury.

Is one term really too much too hope for?

Going down with a fight

Well, well. What do we have here? It appears that the Texas Democrats have grown a spine.

This tactic, stolen from the playbook of the 1979 Killer Bees, has evinced an expected amount of Republican vitriol, doubly so now that most of the crafty "Chicken Ds" have been found across the border -- in Ardmore, Oklahoma. They only have to wait until after Thursday to effectively break the quorum.

If nothing else, it's a great political maneuver and puts the Republicans against the wall. The Republicans, who were so close to finishing their first session with full control of the rudder of State, held up by a group with far more solidarity than their opposition counted on. What I see is Democrats playing hardball and hopefully making a clutch play -- preventing the complete poltical gerrymandering of Austin. If it ends the careers of a few of the Democrats -- and I'm not wholly convinced it will -- it's a spectacular way for them to go out.