Saturday, March 01, 2003

Afternoon Musings-A lazy March afternoon, Florida style. We had a work day at church this morning, where I helped make keep-or-"find-a-good-home" decisions in the church library resource room, moved chairs and covered tables for a church dinner, peeled labels off of old sermon tapes for recycling and schmooze with fellow congregates, most of whom were in the leadership circle of the church. The old 80-20 rule rides again-80% of a churches work gets done by 20% of the people; we didn't see too many people there that weren't those basic pillars of the church. After that, a long nap for both Eileen and I; she's still snoozing. Den Beste has another one of his masterpieces on the reconstruction of Iraq, using post WWII Japan as a model. He wants Rudy to be military governor of Iraq, with the FDNY hat part of the day one uniform. However, in his laying out of the new political/legal system, he states that "There will be no trace whatever of Sharia in the legal code." I'm not sure we want that entirely. There might be some aspects that would fit into a Anglospherian framework; maybe I'm just flipping the statement to say that there should be "no trace whatever of the Bible in the legal code" when our legal system is pocked through with Old Testament ethics. Having some of the more noble (and more compatible with Ten Commandments virtues)parts of Islamic teaching apply might make it seem less foreign without compromising Anglospherian values. On a parallel track, Ruffini has a nice breakdown of Bush's AEI speech that's worth a read. The Wolfowitz Gang won the policy war after all.
After Bush laid it all out, what “hidden agenda” can the proponents of liberation be said to favor? What’s the worst thing that could be said about us? That we’re too zealous in defending democracy? Please, M. Chirac, don’t throw us in the briar patch! In our liberation of places as far flung as Paris, Prague, Tokyo, Kuwait City, and Mazar-i-Sharif, this nation rediscovered its true purpose. The days we did so remain our finest. Bush just confirmed that we will be seeing another such fine day ahead, and very soon.
Good sermon, Brother Patrick! Now, lets turn in our hymnals to hymn 136.
Soon and very soon, we are going to oust the king. Soon and very soon, we are going to oust the king. Soon and very soon, we are going to oust the king. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! We are going to oust the king.
Interesting piece here on Paul Martin, the likely (unless the small-c conservatives get their act together) next PM of Canada. He owns a big shipping company, Canada Steamship Lines, and conflict of interest issues are mentioned in the piece. As long as they watch CSL's relationship with the governments like a hawk, he shouldn't have to divest. I can see making people sell off big chucks of stock in companies they don't own outright, but causing someone to sell off a business they've owned and managed themselves seems a bit too harsh. The one upside is that as a business owner, Martin knows what government can do to businesses. I remember when George McGovern ran a business after leaving politics; he became a bit less socialist when he was on the receiving end of all that taxing and regulating. Canada could do a lot worse than have a businessman at the helm, even if he's a Liberal.

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