The Arrogance of Power

West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd, spoke on "The Arrogance of Power."
We flaunt our superpoower status with arrogance. We treat UN Security Council members like ingrates who offend our princely dignity by lifting their heads from the carpet. Valuable alliances are split. After war has ended, the United States will have to rebuild much more than the country of Iraq. We will have to rebuild America's image around the globe.

A different kind of French kiss

Dave Barry writes about Franco-American relations in The Miami Herald
Relations are at an all-time low. The French view us as a bunch of fat, simplistic, SUV-driving, gum-chewing, gun-shooting, mall-dwelling, John Wayne cowboys who put ketchup on everything we eat, including breath mints. Whereas we view the French as a bunch of snotty, hygiene-impaired, pseudo-intellectual, snail-slurping weenies whose sole military accomplishment in the past 100 years was inventing the tasseled combat boot.

Bush doctrine alienating many in Ireland

Iraq is the first instance in which the Bush doctrine is being applied and it incites anger in most Irish citizens.

The Bush doctrine is built on two pillars: first, the US will do everything in its power to maintain unquestioned military supremacy; second, it arrogates the right to pre-emptive action.

The Bush Doctrine is grounded in the belief that international relations are relations of power. This belief is not entirely false but it exaggerates one aspect of reality˜military power˜at the exclusion of others. This does not sit well with most Irish.

Island Fever

Snowed inAlthough it is great to be inside where it's nice and warm--next to the fire making s'mores with the family that I haven't seen for up to ten years--I'm begining to get a little antsy. You see, it has been snowing 20 hours straight. I am in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (in the United States), and we are in the middle of a snow storm. It took the death of my beloved Grandpa to bring the family together after so long. (When friends hear I'm here for a funeral, they say sorry, but really, the Goldbach family is so optimistic, that really, this is more like an uplifting family reunion). The only problem is the snow. My small family of three is supposed to leave tomorrow, but the airports are closed. It's snowing 2-3 inches an HOUR, and we're up to 9 inches. By the end of Monday, we should be up to 20-28 inches! We are all stuck together, watching movies, eating munchies, but I find that I hate my cell phone more each minute. My cell phone has absolute shitty reception everywhere. None of my Flagstaff friends and teachers know I am going to miss even more school, and with a crappy cell phone--looks like they won't know until I come home. I'm least with the family...hope all is well where you are!

Posted by Misty
  • Current Mood
    anxious anxious

(no subject)

The most productive thing I could do every day is to set aside 90 minutes to read the overnight feed from my Newzcrawler and Radio News Aggregators.
[Posted by Bernie]


Suggested name: "sad eyes"

I chose this color because it's the color of my ex-boyfriend's eyes... I miss him

  • Current Music
    Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon

(no subject)

"There are two major products that come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX.
We don't believe this to be a coincidence." - Jeremy S. Anderson