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· Naughties
· · 2005
· · · January
· · · · 20 (2 entries)

Inauguration Day · On this occasion, I’d like to wish our American neighbours the best of luck over the next four years; and I think you’re going to need it. I was one of the tiny percentage of non-Americans who thought invading Iraq might be sane, but then I thought then and I think now that it’s not OK to start a war based on on a bunch of bald-faced lies and yes, <a href='/ongoing/When/200x/2004/07/09/IntelReport'>they knew they were lying</a>. Now, everyone knows <a href='http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4169107.stm'>the WMDs were never there</a> (check out the <a href='http://instapundit.com/archives/020470.php'>desperate sniveling</a> from the pro-administration camp). I, like I suspect a large majority of the civilized world, really hope that the Iraquis manage against the odds to pull off a decent election and end up with some sort of a decent society, and that the US kids sweating it out and dying in the desert manage to make it home alive. Whatever you think about that, a majority of Americans disagreed with my opinion that if the US were a business, it was time to <a href='/ongoing/When/200x/2004/10/14/Election2004 '>fire the boss</a>. So, today, tens of millions get poured into the inauguration ceremonies. Meanwhile, bafflingly, it seems like <a href='http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2005_01/005443.php'>they’re doing it again</a> and once again, it seems to be working. You couldn’t make this stuff up.
 
Ërüdïtïön · There’s exhaustive research and scholarly publishing, and then there’s pop culture, and sometimes they meet in <a href='http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heavy_metal_umlaut'>ëcstätïc trïümph</a>. Oh my goodness gracious, Jon Udell has built a wonderful monument of <a href='http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/gems/umlaut.html'>mëtä-schölärshïp</a> on this base.
 
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