Just Another Day

"Any idiot can handle a crisis, it's day to day living that wears you out." - Chekhov

Monday, May 09, 2005

It Took a While But I've Come Around

For most of my cognizance I have been overwhelmignly unimpressed (really, really underwhelmed?) by fireworks. Bread and circus and all that. Well, until you see the excitement in your baby, 18 months old in a few days, you can remain that way. Today is the 60th anniversary of VE day and the fireworks set off thunderous booms all over the city for a short period this evening. It started slow with just the sound of cannons and no fireworks. Very ominous and sad to look at your baby and see that he is scared but trying to get something out of it, walking around going "Boom, boom" with a hesitance borne of fear. Ominous and sad not necessarily out of sympathy for your child but to think about what this city went through all those years ago and how many mothers had to care for frightened children while they themselves were afraid because the cannon fire was real and shells were landing. For those who don't know me well, I am a bad liberal and find it difficult to feel sympathy in this life, and the fact that I felt it this time gives some indication of how it felt. However, the mood changed when the fireworks started, and it was Kiddo who noticed, and he started screaming at the window while still going "Boom, boom." All of a sudden I felt an excitement watching the fireworks that I don't remember ever having before. Cool!

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Padded Walls

Proof that some people are just too damned dumb to be allowed out of the house. Today's WSJ poll shows that 72% of the responders think Robert Rubin was the best Treasury Secretary in the US over the past 10 years. Well, duh! Here's the stupid part: 16% think the honor should go to Snow. If it's not stupidity, it's a good joke.

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Even A Broken Clock Is Correct Twice A Day

Putin is a dictator who uses the old canard that Russia is too big for western-style democracy to mask his Soviet-style authoritarian tendencies. In all parts of the former Soviet Union, one regulaly hears the refrain that Russia needs a strong hand to rule it. Of course, what most of us would call democracy has never been tried there and the kleptocracy that defines Russia, from its horrid imperialism to the modern day, is something at which people have quietly winked. That being said, just because I don't particularly the guy's leadership, he does get it right at times. Speaking about Bush and ideas of democracy he hits the nail right on the head and says what many of us have been saying for a long, long time.

Reiterating his view that Russia must be able to dictate its own pace of democratic development, Mr Putin took a broad swipe at the cornerstone of Mr Bush's foreign policy: "Democracy cannot be exported to some other place. [Democracy] must be a product of internal domestic development in a society."

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