Thursday, January 20, 2005

Some Inauguration Day Musings

As George W. Bush prepares to be sworn in for his second term, the blue-state/red-state divide looms as large as ever. Consider:

Rolling Stone magazine has always been 'progressive', but it used to be a good read. Now, it belongs to the group of formerly great magazines that have been ruined by an increasingly strident editorial stance, along with Playboy (I know, it's the oldest joke in the book, but it really did have great articles!) and Vanity Fair. Today, we learn that it has refused advertising for a new edition of the Bible aimed at young people. Advertising, mind you, bought and paid for, not an editorial endorsement of Christianity.
On Tuesday, USA Today quoted Kent Brownridge, general manager of Wenner Media, as saying his staff first saw the ad copy last week, and "we are not in the business of publishing advertising for religious messages."
No, of course not - they're in the business of running classifieds for hemp seed and anti-Bush t-shirts (UPDATE 01/26/05 11:53 pm central - Rolling Stone eventually relented and accepted the ad - still, how stupid was that to begin with?)...

Only two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted against the confirmation of Condoleezza Rice - Democrats Barbara Boxer of California and, yep, John Kerry of Massachussetts. Thank God we didn't elect this buffoon. Now the Democrats are threatening to delay her confirmation to send a message that they will fight Bush in the second term. I guess the message the voters have been sending them for the last seven years or so just isn't sinking in.

The confirmation process for judges, appointees, etc. has become nothing more than a stage for political posturing. If we are considering a change in the constitution for the protection of marriage and for allowing the Terminator to run for president, maybe we need to consider a better way to fulfill the legislative duty of 'advise and consent'.

Finally, to the younger Barbara Bush, an Inauguration Day message: I'm single, and I also like Robert Earl Keen. (Is it so wrong to have a crush on the President's daughter?)...

Here's to a great four years...

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