If you arrive here and still find this in a premature state that is because Modulator's new home is still under construction and time is not permitting me to complete Phase 1 quite as quick as I had hoped. Modulator's other home is here. I won't be doing much posting until I get things up on this new site.
Blogging is pretty much on hold for a while as I move off Blogspot to a new host and migrate from Blogger to Movable Type. This is taking me longer than it might for someone with more time available and/or more experience installing applications in a Linux/Apache environment.
I still have a bit I need to finish:
Move all posts to new site
Compete rev 1 of my new tempate
Experiement with some of the Movable Type configuration options
Eric Alterman points us toward this NY Times article (free registration) which reports on Justice Scalia receiving the Citadel of Free Speach award in Cleveland. You will love the headline. But the Justice's views on individual rights scare me:
He talked mostly about the constitutional protection of religions, but also said that government has room to scale back individual rights during wartime without violating the Constitution.And I thought that the rights I enjoy were clearly stated in the US Constitution. I wonder if he has been reading a draft of something new being prepared by Ashcroft's minions.
``The Constitution just sets minimums,'' Scalia said. ``Most of the rights that you enjoy go way beyond what the Constitution requires.''
Read Tim Dunlop's take on what it means to be part of the coalition of the willing.
The administration can mouth it a 1000 times (they will), they can add names and numbers to a meaningless list (they will), they'll find countries to help clean up the mess, and this will still be the coalition of George and Tony.
And, one blog earlier Tim links to this dialogue on the casus belli.
a low death toll is key to convincing Iraqis and the rest of the Arab world that we are liberators, not conquerors or destroyers. In short, it’s key to making our invasion seem like a good thing.
But that’s the catch. Occupying armies will always keep things under control in the short-term. But the sort of transformation we engineered in the former Axis powers required a far greater pliancy, one which allowed us not only to disarm these countries but rewrite their textbooks, reorient their politics, and do much more.
Doing that in a foreign country may require a mauling of the civilian population that we are rightly unwilling to undertake.
Go here to read Ted Barlow's lightbulb jokes. There are enough of them to last many visits!
Steve Verdon questions the consistency of folks who allege that the Bush administration is, in many actions, ignoring the constitution while these same people support many other federal activities that would also appear to ignore the constitution. You can read his argument here.
What Steve does not tell us is whether he thinks the Bush folk are indeed requesting legislation and implementing regulations and administrative policies that ignore the constitution.
A late night thought from Emma suggests that water not oil may be the more interesting issue in the middle east. I wonder just how the Bush mob will keep things settled in post war Iraq while Turkey first begins selling 50,000,000 cubic meters/year to...Israel and then reduces the flows in the Tigres and Euphrates by 80% by irrigating land in Anatolia? Go read the story at Emma's she has links to the stats.
A lot of folks seem to be having trouble seeing clear answers on many issues. This should help you as well as those whose vision is crystal clear. Use your cursor to find the way. Requires Flash Player.
Bush looks like a strange apple for a Conservative Republican.
Now I couldn't find anything in the Kristol testimony to that would lead me to this conclusion. The paragraph that follows, though, is delightful to read and would make Molly Ivins proud. It begins:
I dont think that GW was a mature human being before 9-11.
Today he threatens the world's dictators with serious military consequences and pushes a new vision of the world that shows itself as rather Progressive and based upon Liberal ideals. I wonder how his old political friends, the Conservative Republicans and the Christian Right, feel about "their president" now?.
And, what do conservative republicans and the christian right feel about their president now? Probably pretty gleeful at the prospect of a global christian theocracy instead of the domestic one they thought they were going to get.
Thanks to Seth Farber at The Talking Dog for the review and TD Designation: Mudi. Leap right over to Seth's to find a wealth of reviewed blogs interspersed with well written commentary on world happenings.
Tim Dunlop wonders just how important Khalid Sheikh Mohammed really is.
There are many factors that drive up the cost of health care. Reuters reports today that cholesterol drugs save 6000 Britons a year. They also report that these drugs cost 91,000 UK pounds per life saved per year and about 547 UK pounds per year for each individual taking the drugs. Somebody has to pay for this.
Normally I would argue with myself that using these drugs also reduced the number of heart operations and provided substantial balancing savings. The article does not provide this supporting data. In fact, it says that over the last 3 years heart operations have increased from 40,983 to 53,000. Somebody has to pay for this.