· 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, they knew they were ly­ing. Now, ev­ery­one knows the WMDs were nev­er there (check out the des­per­ate snivel­ing 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 fire the boss. So, to­day, tens of mil­lions get poured in­to the in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­monies. Mean­while, baf­fling­ly, it seems like they’re do­ing it again 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 ëcstätïc trïümph. Oh my good­ness gra­cious, Jon Udell has built a won­der­ful mon­u­ment of mëtä-schölärshïp on this base.
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